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Nutrition Trends: Eating in 2021

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FROM LAURA For the last few months we at Nola Boomers have been on a hiatus, waiting and watching, like the rest of the world, to see what path COVID-19 would take. In the early days of the pandemic, I thought we would be back to normal – or a new normal – by the end of the summer. But here we are in the first few months of 2021, back to a modified Level One quarantine, hoping for an end to this worldwide nightmare. Philip and I got our first glimmer of hope when we got Dose One of the Pfizer vaccine the first week of January. That we could be part of the early inoculations gave us a feeling of taking control of this deadly virus. Our hope is that soon the vaccine will be available to all, and we can begin our way back to normalcy. During this time of quarantine, we have searched for ways to experience the beauty in the world around us. One such way is music. We listen to music every evening, and we have participated in the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra’s virtual fundraiser. I am especially pleased to welcome Carlos Miguel Prieto to the cover of Boomers. Mr. Prieto is the music director of the LPO, the country’s oldest musician-governed and collaboratively operated symphony, and a treasure in our city. One day last fall, Philip and I got antsy and drove to Laurel, Mississippi, a lovely town of 17,000 people, a two-hour drive away from New Orleans. Laurel has received well deserved attention for the beautiful restoration of its downtown and for reviving the old lumber town and its elegant and funky homes. Of course, having HGTV’s hit show “Home Town,” starring Ben and Erin Napier, has added immeasurably to the town’s appeal. Even though Mardi Gras is another COVID casualty, some clever New Orleanians are celebrating the season by lavishly decorating porches and stoops in Mardi Gras décor. The Krewe of House Floats has become an industry of its own, and will give New Orleans and visitors a socially distant manner in which to celebrate. Learn how you can be part of this new project in this issue. As of this writing in mid-January, there are 4000 COVID deaths each day in the United States. Orleans Parish reports 22,000 cases with 650 deaths. Jefferson Parish reports 33,000 cases with 650 deaths. The virus has hit boomers hard, making our demographic especially vulnerable to the ravages of the virus. If we have learned anything these last 11 months, it’s that our family and friends are our most precious gifts, that our spirits are a little bent but not broken, and, in the end, science will conquer this beast. So, take a deep breath. Look around and listen to the beauty that surrounds you. Mask up and get vaccinated. Your life and the lives of those you love depend on all of this. Fearlessly Yours,

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CONTENTS january/february 2021

FEATURES 7 Hiking With The Grandkids A Hands-On Adventure 10 Mardi Gras – With a Twist House Floats on Parade 13 Mental Health Resources Asking for Help is the First Step 27 Worth A Shot The Coronavirus Vaccine and What to Expect

THINGS TO DO 19 On the Go Where, When, and What to Do

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14 Eating For Health 2021 Nutrition Trends 28 Fitness Basic yoga techniques to enhance activity 29 Aging in NOLA Senior Care Directory

The joys of conducting and why New Orleans without the LPO is unthinkable.

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GEOFFREY RONIGER Owner of Freret Street Yoga Geoffrey has been teaching full time for nearly two decades and is considered an expert in the field of adaptive yoga. He lives in New Orleans with his wife, three children, and faithful dog.

MARIA SYLVESTER TERRY, MS, RDN Maria is the dietitian behind the operations, marketing, programming, and social media for Ocshner Eat Fit NOLA. Dietetics is her second career; she was previously an English teacher and is passionate about educating our community about food and nutrition.

FROM THE EDITOR As a local music lover, I’ve long enjoyed the artistry of our Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and the dynamic conducting of Carlos Miguel Prieto, who is the focus of our cover story. Prieto is truly inspirational, leading not only ours, but another three orchestras as music director. His passion is palpable and leaves us little doubt that our LPO will rebound brilliantly this year. I’ll be the first to admit that my healthier habits have fallen by the wayside this past year. My backslide started in February with a nasty illness that I now attribute to COVID-19. Once recovered, I continued to feel lackluster. Those feelings turned to depression, and I placated my lonely, quarantined self with ice cream, pizzas, and such. I’ve been digging myself out of that hole – thankfully – eating more sensibly again and feeling better mentally, walking the neighborhood for exercise. Luckily, vaccines are here! I took my dad for his shot last week at Walgreens; downloading and completing his form in advance to take with us made the process seamless. Laura Claverie also found her Ochsner vaccine trouble-free, and in her article encourages everyone to get theirs. Assuming that I’m not the only one who is looking to improve their health through better nutrition, we invited Maria Terry, Ochsner nutritionist and point person for their Eat Fit Nola program, to write about how she sees nutrition evolving in 2021. Last, we recognize the mental strain everyone has felt due to social distancing and worry. No one should suffer in silence; see the list of free, local mental health resources that are only a phone call away. Because, after all, we each are responsible for our own healthy outlooks and keeping ourselves well for our loved ones. Thoughtfully yours,

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KIMBERLY BLAKER Freelance family and senior writer She also is the founder and director of KB Creative Digital Services, an internet marketing agency, kbcreativedigital.com.

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hat better way to spend quality time with your grandkids and get in touch with nature than a fresh, invigorating walk in the woods, along a river, or the beach? What’s more, family hikes make for fun learning opportunities for grandkids and grandparents alike. So try some of these hiking activities with your youngsters.

A STONE IS A STONE IS A…MINERAL? Go on an excursion to learn about rocks and minerals. Shorelines offer a variety of stones. Before you go, learn which rocks and minerals are abundant in the area, and have everyone choose several to scout for. Take along a small plastic container with dividers, a descriptive rock and mineral guide, and a magnifying glass for viewing the colors, layers, and details. As you identify stones and minerals, discuss their uses and other neat facts.

SOUNDS OF NATURE Wander through a forest and listen carefully for a variety of bird and animal sounds. Before you go, visit your library for a DVD or audio CD of birds and wild animal calls. Then download an audio

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your hike to record some of the sounds you hear. Listen to the recording again at home and play a game of detective to determine the source of the sounds you can’t make out. Search the Internet, encyclopedias, and books to discover the makers of the mystery calls.

PHOTO ADVENTURE Capture nature’s splendor. Hiking trails provide plenty of photo opportunities, and kids will love snapping the shots. Discuss in advance what each person wants to photograph, such as a huge oak tree, a monarch butterfly, deer tracks, or a close-up of a nibbling squirrel. When you get home, print out the best photos, and create a nature scrapbook with them.

TREE TALES These giants of nature are not only intriguing because of their size but also because of their many variations. Borrow some books on trees from your library that describe the unique features of trees and their history. Use clues such as the shape of the leaves, texture of bark, and size of the trunk to identify the kind of tree.

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A Hands-on Experience: Fun Hiking Adventures with Grandkids recorder on your phone and carry it on

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WHICH WAY DO WE GO? Roam the countryside and teach your grandchildren directional skills such as how to read a map and use a compass or the sun to determine direction. Before setting out, choose a trail system that provides maps, or make up your own. Take a trail that branches off several times, allowing for plenty of skill-building opportunities. For even more fun, turn the excursion into a treasure hunt. Hide a small prize just off the trail under a bush or pile of leaves, mark the location on your map, and let the journey begin.

ANIMALS ALL AROUND

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Take a quiet hike in a wooded area with grassy clearings, and see how many animals you meet. Watch for snakes, turtles, and ducks if there’s a nearby lake or stream. Also, look for chipmunks and squirrels playing chase or gathering food; birds of prey circling overhead; or grazing rabbits and deer. Discuss the animal’s unique characteristics and how those qualities help or hinder the animal. Talk about what the animals eat, their shelters, and species they are related to. Also, keep eyes peeled for animal tracks to identify and determine how recently they were made.

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CREEPY CRAWLY THINGS Scouting for insects is an all-time favorite among kids, and the variety of creepy-crawly creatures in the woods is remarkable. Carry an insect book, clear container, tweezers, and a magnifying glass for close examination of insects’ fascinating features. Bring a journal and track the types of insects you find. Read about insects’ defense behaviors and characteristics such as colors that indicate danger to predators.

PLANT LIFE, OLD AND NEW Discover with your grandkids the fantastic diversity of plant life. Before you head out, review some books on plants to spark your grandchildren’s interest. On each hiking trip, choose a different trail or area and see

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what plants grow in certain types of soil, climates, and in each season. As you inspect plants, look for their seeds, and notice the variations. Talk about how seeds travel by blowing in the wind or catching on the fur of animals. Carefully brush away the ground cover and look for seeds that have sprouted their roots that will soon develop into a new plant or tree. Learn how individual plants have evolved to have natural defenses to protect against creatures that would otherwise devour them.

WHERE TO FIND TRAILS You might be surprised to discover nearby trails that you never knew existed. Check with city, county, and state parks and for trails along rivers or near lakeshores and beaches. There are also national forests and parks throughout the United States with extensive trail systems. If you have access to a wooded area near you that isn’t too dense, a trail may not be necessary. When hiking off trails, use safety precautions to protect against tripping, poison ivy, getting lost, or other hazards.

BEFORE YOU GO Plan your activities before you leave so you’ll arrive prepared. For your comfort and convenience, carry a small daypack, extra clothing for cold air along trails, and don’t forget hiking boots. For your protection, bring along hats, sunglasses, sunblock, and insect repellant. Be prepared for emergencies by carrying a small flashlight and batteries, watch, map, bandages, and don’t forget plenty of water and snacks. Finally, make the most of your nature quest by carrying binoculars, a magnifying glass, and a small camera.

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BAYOU SAUVAGE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE Almost unbelievably, this 26,000-acre national wildlife refuge is just a 15-minute drive from downtown New Orleans, northeast on I-10 to Lacombe. The one-halfmile Ridge Trail is a boardwalk loop, and there are an additional five miles of nature trails. 61389 Hwy 434, Lacombe, LA, 985.882.2000. 

FOUNTAINBLEAU STATE PARK

GRAND ISLE STATE PARK Grand Isle – Louisiana’s only inhabited barrier island – features a 150-acre state park with sandy beaches and 900-foot pier, perfect for fishing and crabbing. Complete with nearly three miles of hiking trails, the marshes here afford excellent bird watching. Admiral Craik Drive, Grand Isle, LA, 985.787.2559.

ELMER’S ISLAND Elmer’s Island is a 230-acre wildlife refuge just off Highway 1 on the way to Grand Isle from Port Fourchon. Accessible by winding dirt and shell road, the island is directly across the Caminada Pass from Grand Isle. See the Wildlife & Fisheries website, or call their office (800.256.2747) for more information.

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Located along the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain, on a 2,800-acre tract that was a sugar cane plantation until 1852, this park features nature trails, bike path, and shoreline beach for sunning and splashing. 62883 Hwy. 1089 Mandeville, LA, 985.624.4443.

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How New Orleanians are celebrating Carnival this year BY TREVOR WISDOM Trevor is a native New Orleanian, avid parade goer, and managing editor of Nola Boomers.

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ou’re driving down the street when suddenly to your left, wildly colored papier-mâché flowers and Mardi Gras colors erupt your thoughts. Yes! You’ve stumbled across one of this year’s float houses! No doubt about it, New Orleanians are a creative lot. It’s been proven time and again that little keeps us down for long. “House floats’’ were born in response to New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell’s cancellation of 2021 Mardi Gras parades due to COVID-19 safety restrictions. Artistic energy is now being poured into adorning houses as floats, with imaginative decor previously seen only on wheels. Also known as “Yardi Gras,” the decorating trend is catching on across the city and beyond, and looks to become a permanent seasonal tradition.

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The Krewe of House Floats was founded by Megan Boudreaux in November as a safe alternative to celebrate Mardi Gras. Her idea is what started the trend. Megan remarks, “Parades (were) cancelled, so I decided to organize folks all over the city, the state, and the world who wanted to decorate their houses and celebrate safely in the midst of this pandemic.” Yes, the world. Expat New Orleanians are decorating their houses all over the U.S. and the world. Her organization has several roles, first serving as a conduit for artists and vendors and those looking to decorate their houses. The kreweofhousefloats.org website allows locals easy access to artists, props and decorations, costumes, and more. And their Facebook resource page serves as an open market for vendors and homeowners, and posting decorating tips. You don’t have to join to decorate your house. But thousands have signed up on the organization’s website to submit house themes, then joined one of the

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sub-krewes that are arranged by neighborhood. These sub-krewes in turn have themes, each with a captain and their own Facebook group page. Houses are not limited to decorations; some are planning throws, bands, and dancing groups for Carnival day. (Bands and dancing groups require city permits.)

LAGNIAPPE - A CITYWIDE MAP Beginning February 1, kreweofhousefloats.org will feature a map of all affiliated houses so that locals can tour different neighborhoods’ houses while socially distanced in their cars. Over 1,000 houses have been decorated to date, with more in the works.

HIRE A MARDI GRAS ARTIST The creative initiative “Hire a Mardi Gras Artist,” a partnership of float builder Caroline Thomas with the Krewe of Red Beans, was inspired by the Krewe of House Floats. The group’s goal is to create 40 professionally designed float houses. In order to support local artisans whose livelihoods rely on Carnival, Krewe of Red Beans founder, Devin De Wulf, explains, “(Float builder) Caroline Thomas had this idea ‘what if we created something that could...put peo-

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own Uptown house float

Hire a Mardi Gras Artist’s “The Night Tripper“ float in honor of Doctor John

House float of City Councilman Jay H. Banks, 2016 Zulu King

ple back to work, and instead of building floats like they would normally do, this year, they’re transforming people’s homes.’ Everytime we’re able to pull one of these projects off, it’s creating about 15 jobs.” The hireamardigrasartist.com website explains that houses can either be decorated by direct commission or crowdfunding, and features a donation page.

Uptown residents Bryan Batt and Tom Cianfici took on the decorating tasks themselves, sourcing their vibrant flowers from Phil Floats, a float builder in Westwego ($30-$150/each), and giant beads from Lou’s Ballz in Uptown ($50/8-feet), among other items. These vendors and others can be found by Facebook or Google search. Bryan explains, “We love to decorate, so it was great for us. But it’s work! The flowers don’t come ready to hang. They’re staple-gunned to wire and you have to bend the wires to fashion them. And then you have to attach some sort of hardware to be able to attach them to a wall or banister. Also you have to polyurethane (the papier-mâché) to be able to take the rain.” Laughs Bryan, “My neighbor said, ‘You’ve raised the bar!’ It’s really put smiles on faces. And that’s what Mardi Gras does, puts smiles on faces!”

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MENTAL HEALTH. Protect your mental health: asking for help is the first step

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et’s be honest. Social isolation and loneliness can be crippling for all ages, leading to bouts of sadness, or longer lasting depression and despondency. Depression rates have been on the rise particularly for boomers since last March, with few, if any, of us unaffected by COVID-19-related illnesses or deaths. Regardless of the reason, if you or someone you love is feeling overwhelmed, free and confidential mental health resources are available locally. The Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Behavioral Health has a free phone line to support the emotional health of state residents coping with the stressors of COVID-19. Trained specialists and clinicians are on call 24/7/365 in multiple languages to assist those needing help before a crisis occurs. Call 1.833.333.1132.

The Thomas E. Chambers Counseling and Training Center, at the University of Holy Cross, provides free, remote community counseling. Staffed primarily by graduate students in the university’s master’s-level counseling program who have received education and training in working with a variety of client concerns. These students are supervised by department faculty members.15- to 50-minute sessions by phone or Zoom. Mon. through Thurs., 11 am-8 pm. Call 504.398.2168. VIA LINK, a local United Way agency, has crisis intervention counselors available 24/7 for those going through a hard time, having suicidal thoughts or just needing to talk. Call 1.800.273.TALK (8255). They also can provide information and referrals to local mental health services, substance abuse treatment, senior services, and more, by calling 2-1-1. Metropolitan Human Services District’s Metro Crisis Response Team has a 24-hour helpline for those having a mental health, addiction or disability crisis. Call 504.826.2675. Peer support groups and individual counseling also available. Call 504.568.3130.

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2021 Nutrition Trends

Five trends for improved longevity that may surprise you

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MARIA SYLVESTER TERRY, MS, RDN Maria is the Ochsner Eat Fit NOLA dietitian; her mission is to promote visibility of nutritious items wherever food is served and break down nutrition myths for all audiences.

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ould the phrase “New Year, New You” enter unexpected retirement? While health goals continue to top the list of New Year’s resolutions, the nature of these resolutions has dramatically shifted after the hardships we all experienced in 2020. The impacts of COVID-19 on people’s physical and mental health have redirected the focus from restrictive diets to overall wellness. Our new phrase: New Year, Renewed You. After seeing loved ones, coworkers, and communities suffer the effects of COVID-19, people understandably wish to protect and, if possible, control their health. I predict these five trends will emerge this year in response to a growing interest in improved longevity.

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BALANCE After many experienced a year of loss, emotional fatigue, and extraordinary stress, people are beginning to recognize overall health and longevity as a worthwhile goal. The comforts of food became a coping mechanism, and access to favorite restaurants and fitness facilities was quickly limited. Balance is both desired for long-term health and feasible: have your cake and eat it too, enjoy fitness that feels good, and savor the meals out while cooking mostly at home.

IMMUNITY “BOOSTERS” Expect to see increased marketing that targets immune support. Vitamins, minerals, and supplements (often called “immune boosters”) are not in fact “boosting” the immune system or preventing disease. However, certain nutrients support our immunity.

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The food industry will market products with added nutrients such as Vitamin C, Vitamin D, zinc, and selenium. Herbal supplements associated with immune health – elderberry, echinacea, turmeric, ginger – will continue to rank as best sellers. But you should exercise caution before investing in these products; current research does not support that they can prevent or treat illnesses.

FOCUS ON MENTAL HEALTH & SELF-CARE Choosing more whole, nutrient-dense foods in place of processed foods can support mental health. After all, countless physiological processes happening in the human body require the nutrients we receive from food. Nutrition is a complement to forms of therapy such as medication, rather than a replacement. Improving sleep hygiene and decreasing stress are also key elements of self-care.

FOOD WITH A PURPOSE Customers now want products with a purpose and to make an impact with their purchases, seeking companies whose missions align with their own values. Do proceeds support a good cause? Does the company have fair employment practices? This push includes purchasing locally grown food. Not only does this support the community’s economy, but local food is often fresher, more nutritious, and has a positive environmental impact compared to food that travels hundreds (or thousands) of miles for consumption.

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After years of trying restrictive diets with unsustainable results, consumers desire a middle ground to their nutrition and a means of improving their health without giving up favorite or seasonal treats. While dieting is not gone for good, people are looking for flexible approaches to their dietary intake. This may usher in the age of the “flexitarian” diet, which encourages more plant-based foods with animal products in moderation. A “flexitarian” can customize their approach and set their own goals to increase nutrient-dense foods in their diet. There are no set meal plans, strict rules, or time-frames. Going “flexitarian” may be ideal for the person who wants to improve overall nutrient intake, prevent chronic disease, and make sustainable changes. The energy of the New Year feels slightly different this year, as so many enter 2021 feeling hopeful yet fatigued. Approaching nutrition from a holistic perspective is sure to bring more benefits than not, ushering in a new age of stability in health and wellness goals.

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BY TREVOR WISDOM Trevor is a native New Orleanian, music lover, and managing editor of Nola Boomers.

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erforming arts going dark with COVID-19 closures last March left a huge void for New Orleans arts lovers. And yet this time has been a catalyst for these organizations to creatively reinvent themselves. This especially is true for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO). Similar to the period following Hurricane Katrina, the LPO has devised novel ways to present their music during the hiatus, including a digital membership for viewing “Orpheum Sessions” and “Suite Sundays” performances. The dynamic Carlos Miguel Prieto is the LPO’s

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Adelaide Wisdom Benjamin Music Director and Principal Conductor from September through May annually. He also is music director of three other orchestras, including the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México since 2007 during their normal season, and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería during the summers since 2008. He and his wife and three children split their time between New Orleans and Mexico City. Also in the summers, he leads the Orchestra of the Americas (Washington, D.C.), which comprises culturally and racially diverse, talented musicians, ages 18-30,

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KATRINA DAYS This is not the first time that our New Orleans orchestra has had to reinvent self. In some respects, the COVID dark days are similar to the ones in which Carlos Miguel Prieto found himself after accepting his New Orleans position. He had signed his contract in August 2005, nine days before Katrina hit. Prieto explains his drive post-Katrina, “To imagine New Orleans without the LPO is unthinkable. I never for a second hesitated; the deepest energy and love was needed from my end to get this orchestra back, as it would help the city.” Too, New Orleanians may remember the dark days over 30 years ago, when the then-New Orleans Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra found itself in a financial hole and went dark. In 1991, the orchestra reemerged as the LPO, becoming the only musician-owned and collaboratively managed professional U.S. symphonic orchestra. Of both circumstances, Prieto notes, “That’s why the LPO is such a gem. The fact that every concert in New Orleans has this extra musical part, which does affect the music positively. The artists own it. And after Katrina, 90% came back.” Carlos Miguel expresses gratitude to all who make it possible for him to do what he loves, not only in New Orleans but in his other work, explaining it as a deep, almost religious conviction. “I don’t do it on my own...I do it for the kids in the street who wouldn’t have an

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orchestra and Mozart and Copland.”

WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL? Prieto describes the generosity of heart that goes into conducting and playing and how that translates to the audience. He has conducted in the greatest symphonic halls in the world, including Verizon Hall, Tanglewood, Musikverein (Vienna), and Berlin, noting that each was meaningful and unforgettable in it’s own way. However, “The places you remember are the smaller places, such as a church in Bogatá where you played Beethoven’s 4th Symphony.” Prieto’s first concert in City Park was one of those sentimental concerts where a connection was made in the least likely place. There, he made 80 kids dance in front of the orchestra, starting a tradition that soon grew. “I remember the faces of the musicians and the parents, and everyone thought it was a miracle. Those are the connections that are special.”

MIXING GENRES Carlos Miguel is a proponent of mixing genres. By having a group of people who are known for doing one thing, do something else, he’s able to curate an unusual performance. By blending, he’s able to smash the concept that an orchestra is sacred, such as matching mariachi musicians with jazz musicians. “As Duke Ellington said,” he laughs, “there are not ten types of music, there are two: good and everything else.” Another example is what he has done here in New Orleans with “Play Dat,” in which musicians and students from the community rehearse and join the LPO in a side-by-side concert. Prieto tells of a past concert at Holy Cross School, with 200 people in orchestra, 60 of whom were LPO members, the rest musicians from all walks of life. “The joy was amazing!”

WHAT’S NEXT? The LPO’s mission is to transform people and communities through music, and they’re continuing their work during this new normal with their virtual series, supplemented by special concerts. (See lpomusic.com for information.) As for Prieto personally, when asked about aging as a conductor, he pensively speaks of the knowledge that comes with age and a deeper understanding of a composer’s emotional scope. “I think most people think conductors have long lives. Famous conductors get famous very often when old, as (it’s) then they find the poignancy and depth of the music. It’s not a guarantee of a longer life, but you have to live life experiences like now...and I love every single thing I’m doing.”

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representing 25+ countries in the Western Hemisphere. A passionate proponent of music education, Prieto beams with pride when he speaks of the impact this organization has had on music education in Latin America, “partnering with incredible groups to provide the highest level of musical training to kids and young musicians who come from disadvantaged circumstances.” Amazingly, under normal circumstances, he also tours. “I have an incredible amount of concerts a year, which is very exciting. And yet it’s almost addictive in the sense that it’s exciting to be all over the world, here and there, and that’s where my life was up until (last) March.” Prieto derives his energy from the level of the music, the orchestras, and the musicians. “I get the energy from them, and how they make (music) as a collective. It’s what drives my life.”

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FRIDAYS 15th BUCKTOWN FRIDAY HYBRID MARKET Featuring farm fresh foods, baked goods, ready to eat goodies, and more, the Friday market is now open for walk-up sales. Or items can be pre-ordered online for curbside pick-up. Bucktown Harbor 325 Hammond Highway, Metairie crescentcityfarmersmarket.org 3-6 pm

NOMA RESET: FREEDOM AT THE MAT Join in this new series of virtual workshops on mindfulness, creativity, comfort, and reflection. “Nourish Your Dreams” is this week’s theme, honoring Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday. Advance registration required: noma.org/event 6-7:15 pm

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ORPHEUM SESSIONS: TANK AND THE BANGAS Premiering tonight is the latest video release of the LPO’s Orpheum Sessions online series. This pay-per-view livestream special features Tank and the Bangas with the orchestra, under the direction of Music Director Carlos Miguel Prieto. To register: lpomusic.com. $15. 7pm.

OPERA GUILD HOME CONCERT WITH BRYAN HYMEL AND IRINI KYRIAKIDOU Virtual concert with an exclusive tour of the Women’s Guild Home presented by Opera Guild members. neworleansopera.org. $20. 7:30 pm.

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pathy, and understanding in the Mending The Sky exhibition, and how astrology can aid individual and collective understanding. Participants also will learn about upcoming transits for 2021. Virtual via zoom. Advance registration required: noma.org/event. 6-7:15 pm.

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Join the National WWII Museum for a special partnered program with the Intrepid Museum. The museum’s senior historian, Robert Citino, PhD, and curator, Joshua Schick, will join the Intrepid Museum’s curator of history & collections, Jessica Williams, to discuss the Pacific War and both institutions’ collections. To register: nationalww2museum. org. 4-5 pm.

NOMA RESET: MENDING THE SKY – AN ASTROLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE Astrologer Myrto Daskaloudi will lead an introduction on the history of astrology going back to ancient Mesopotamia, North Africa, the Levant, and Southern Mediterranean. This program will utilize the themes of healing, em-

AND THE BALL AND ALL! The classic New Orleans comedy about the yatty ladies of the Krewe Of Terpsichore will be gossiping, telling jokes about their husbands, and fighting over float themes! Purchase tickets: rivertowntheaters.com. $30/person. Showings: Jan. 29-30, 7:30 pm; Jan. 31, 2 pm; & Jan. 31, 6 pm. Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts 325 Minor St., Kenner

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New Orleans Public Library. To register: nolalibrary.org. 11 am-12:15 pm.

SUSTAINABLE MARDI GRAS POP UP Shop sustainable Mardi Gras throws & party favors for your alternative Mardi Gras celebrations. Support local businesses and the environment at the same time. Grounds Krewe 3962 Magazine St. facebook.com/ events/309122717167653 for a list of participating vendors. Noon-3 pm.

LAURA ANDERSON BARBATA: TRANSCOMMUNALITY Enjoy a live Q&A and virtual gallery walk-through with artist Laura Anderson Barbata, led by the show’s curator. Newcomb Art Museum newcombartmuseum.tulane.edu/ events 3 pm.

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YOGA WITH A VUE All-levels yoga, with Andree Khalif and Joanne Letten of Pilates and Yoga Loft, Reservations required, class size is strictly limited; participants must bring their own yoga mats. Admission to the gardens is included; stay and stroll after class.

GRETNA FARMER’S MARKET Open every Saturday, rain or shine, offering fresh produce, prepared foods, and assorted homemade goods.

Longue Vue House & Gardens 7 Bamboo Road Register: longuevue.com $15/non-members, $5 for members. Saturdays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. 9:30-10:30 am.

FINDING ISABELLE LONDON JEFFERSON: A NOLA FAMILY MATRIARCH Gaynell Brady will guide attendees in genealogy research through the life of Isabelle “Ma Belle” London Jefferson (18881971), an African American matriarch of New Orleans.

Market Pavilion Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna. facebook.com/Gretna-Marketplace-2318992941706579. 8:30 am-12:30 pm.

SUNDAYS 17th NEW ORLEANS SAINTS VS. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS The Saints take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the divisional round of the NFC Playoffs. Mercedes-Benz Superdome 5:40 pm.

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WHERE, WHEN & WHAT TO DO IN NOLA! 18th MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. CELEBRATION Join NOMA in-person or online to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In-Person: enjoy self-guided materials and explore works related to courage, empathy, and social justice. Online: visit NOMA’s website to explore a special selection of features, activities, and content that reflect MLK’s vision and legacy. New Orleans Museum of Art noma.org. Free admission. 10 am-3 pm.

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. CELEBRATION 2021 4th annual celebration. Join the Ogden’s 4th annual celebration on-site or at home as they use art to imagine a world without racism. Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Visit: ogdenmuseum.org/mlkday2021 for ways to celebrate. 10 am-5 pm.

drink, sunscreen, and hat and come dig alongside the garden staff in the beautiful eight acres of Longue Vue’s gardens. This is a “rain or shine” event. Sign up at longuevue.com. Longue Vue House and Gardens 7 Bamboo Road. 8:30-11:30 am.

TUESDAYS 19th THE RIB KING VIRTUAL BOOK LAUNCH Join Octavia Books virtually for the launch of author Ladee Hubbard’s highly anticipated new novel, The Rib King, where she will appear in conversation with author Jami Attenberg. Each paid registration admits one person to the online event and includes either one signed copy of The Rib King or Jami Attenberg’s latest book, All This Could be Yours. Registration required. octaviabooks.com/event/rib-kingladee-hubbard-launch. 8 pm.

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People Program. This popular course is back for 8 weeks, running through March 17. Topics include types and styles of wine, food pairing, how to read a label, and much more. To register: peopleprogram.org.

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selves and up to four guests with a valid government-issued photo ID. Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St. For more information: audubonnatureinstitute.org/audubon-community-connect. 10 am-4 pm.

LUNCHBOX LECTURE: TRIPLE NICKLES – THE 555TH PARACHUTE INFANTRY IN WORLD WAR II Via Zoom, join retired Army Sergeant Major Chris Lewis, Director of Education and Volunteer Services at the National Infantry Museum, for a talk about the 555th Parachute Infantry, more famously known as “the Triple Nickles.” To register: nationalww2museum. org. 11 am-noon.

THE PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION Join virtually to watch the 2021 Presidential Inauguration Ceremony for President-Elect Joseph Biden. The 59th Presidential Inauguration will look different, this year featuring an official outdoor swearing-in ceremony, community service events, a reimagined parade, and virtual celebrations to bring the country together. For more information: bideninaugural.org. 11 am-5 pm.

27th INTERNATIONAL HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY: “SURVIVAL AGAINST ALL ODDS” WITH STEVEN HESS The National WWII Museum will present a virtual webinar with Mr. Steven Hess. He and his twin, Marion Ein Lewin, were born 45 minutes apart on January 14, 1938, in Amsterdam, Holland – children of German-Jewish refugees who had fled the Nazis. They are among the few twins

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WHODUNIT? MYSTERY BOOK CLUB Solve crimes together and discover “whodunit” on Zoom. Each month, a new selection is unveiled. New members welcome. New Orleans Public Library. Information & registration: events. nolalibrary.org/event/4629732. 4-5:30 pm. Photo Credit:

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THURSDAYS 21st CRAFT WORKSHOP: POLYMER CLAY MILLEFIORI People Program. A polymer clay cane is made with a design that runs the entire length of the clay log, so that when sliced, it reveals a design. When these slices are then arranged, they create a field of flowers, or “millefiori.” Workshop runs each Thursday through February 25. nolaboomers.com | January/February 2021

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DRAWING 101: LEARN TO DRAW FROM NATURE Monthly drawing exercise led by museum educator, Michelle Pontiff, examining “Iris” by Walter Anderson. Explore the artist’s style and interpretation of nature; followed by the instructional exercise. Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Pre-registration required: ogdenmuseum.org/event/drawing-101-13.Noon-1 pm.

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK – ART FESTIVAL In celebration of Catholic Schools Week, the Archdiocese of New Orleans hosts a festival displaying the artwork of local schools. Veterans Skylight area. Continues through Feb. 4. Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. 10 am-8 pm

TUESDAYS 2nd GROUNDHOG DAY Watch as the Seer of Seers, Punxsutawney Phil, makes his prediction for the end (or not!) of winter. Follow along virtually at groundhog.org.

16th - Fat Tuesday VIRTUAL POPULAR FICTION BOOK CLUB Gaynell Brady will guide attendees in genealogy research through the life of Isabelle “Ma Belle” London Jefferson (18881971), an African American matriarch of New Orleans. New Orleans Public Library. To register: nolalibrary.org. 11 am-12:15 pm. Free.

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THURSDAYS 4th ORLEANS PARISH APPRECIATION DAY Orleans Parish residents receive free admission to Audubon facilities for themselves and up to four guests when they present a valid government-issued photo ID. Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, 1 Canal St For information: audubonnatureinstitute.org/audubon-community-connect. 10 am-5 pm.

11th MUSIC AT THE MUSEUM SERIES Venue TBA. Join the philharmonic’s all female chamber ensemble as part of the LPO’s regular Thursday evening concert series at museums around town. Updated information: lpomusic.com. 6 pm.

18th WHODUNIT? MYSTERY BOOK CLUB Solve crimes together and discover “whodunit” on Zoom. Each month, a new selection will be unveiled. New members welcome. New Orleans Public Library. Info & registration: events.nolalibrary. org/event/4629733. 4-5:30 pm.

MUSIC AT THE MUSEUM SERIES “Four Seasons and a Little Bit of Jazz” with an LPO chamber ensemble, as part of their museum series. Besthoff Sculpture Garden,

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WHERE, WHEN & WHAT TO DO IN NOLA!

25th Purim Begins at Sundown

FRIDAYS 5th THE PILLARS OF DEMOCRACY: CELEBRATING THE JOURNEY FROM IDA TO KAMALA The New Orleans Opera, in partnership with OperaCréole presents this free virtual concert. To register: neworleansopera.org. 7:30 pm.

SATURDAYS 6th SUPER SATURDAY Work assignments and tools are distributed at the Volunteer Center at 9:00 am, and volunteers work until noon maintaining areas around City Park. New Orleans City Park 1009 Harrison Ave. neworleanscitypark.com or call 504.483.9459. 8:45 am.

ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION SEEDLING GIVE-AWAY Mandeville Trailhead, 675 Lafitte St., Mandeville. The Parks and Parkways Commission of the City of Mandeville will be celebrating Louisiana Arbor Day with the annual distribution of free tree seedlings. This year’s focus is on wildlife and fruiting trees, including pawpaw, beautyberry, catalpa, buttonbush, American beech, and dahoon holly. For information, call: Catherine Casanova, city arborist & landscape inspector, at 985.624.3104. 9 am-2 pm.

12th Chinese New Year Year of the Ox, the Chinese New Year begins today and ends with the Lantern Festival on Feb. 26 MARDI GRAS FOR ALL Y’ALL Parades may be cancelled this year but the spirit of Mardi Gras will be in full swing! Mardi Gras for All Y’all is a 3-day virtual event featuring iconic artists, chefs, and personalities at famous New Orleans venues, including Mardi Gras World, Antoine’s, Dookie Chase, and others. For all information: mardigrasforall.com. Feb. 12-14.

nomic training opportunities in a quality race environment great for the many upcoming marathons & half-marathons. New this year: “virtual” registration and participation option. For information: call 504.884.7565, email chuck@nolarunning.com, or see nolarunning.com. Run begins at 8 am. VIRTUAL CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP New Orleans Public Library. Writers will create, share, and critique original work while learning to develop their own voice and style via Zoom. Novice and experienced writers are welcome. Registration required: Kathleen Balma at kbalma@nolalibrary.org. Every other Saturday through April. 1-3 pm.

20th KREWE DU POOCH The North Shore’s Krewe Du Pooch dog parade is going virtual in 2021 with a costume contest and a fun run/walk and 5K race that participants can complete from anywhere. For information: krewedupooch.org.

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travel It is often said, and rightfully so, that small towns in America are dying, and many are. But Laurel proves that small towns are not only worth saving, they can and must be.

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fter 97 days of quarantine, my husband Philip and I needed a trip. We weren’t ready to fly anywhere, and a long driving trip wasn’t in the cards. The only way out of our zip code was a day trip somewhere. Anywhere. True confession: I am hooked on HGTV, the television channel that features home renovations 24/7. I am particularly addicted to “Home Town,” a wildly popular HGTV show that airs each Monday and features the renovations of Erin and Ben Napier, the cutest couple ever, and their down-home-yet-chic renovations in Laurel, Mississippi. Laurel is a shade over two hours from New Orleans, so off we went. Laurel, population 18,000, is an old lumber town. Back in the 1800s, wealthy timber barons﹘and later oil barons﹘built a fine little town with a quaint downtown area and gorgeous mansions. In the 1920s at the peak of lumber’s success, the Laurel mills were producing one-million feet of lumber each day. Today that same historic district built in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries is intact and considered Mississippi’s largest and finest collection of early twentieth century architecture. The historic district is listed on the National Register of Historic places and is definitely worth the trip. “Each year more than 30,000 tourists visit Laurel, representing all 50 states and 11 countries,” says Judy

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Holifield, Executive Director of Laurel Mainstreet. “There’s no question that ‘Home Town’ has benefited us, but really, most people come to see our world-class art museum and beautiful town.” As we walked the slightly hilly streets of the city, we found a vibrant downtown. City fathers have done a terrific job repurposing historic buildings and giving them a hip vibe. The old JM Wilson and Sons Feed Store, right next to the railroad, now houses Scotsman’s Crafts, Ben Napier’s large workshop where he and his carpenters craft beautiful furniture, bookcases, and home accessories that inevitably find their way into Erin’s renovations. Laurel Mercantile, home accessory and clothing shop owned by the Napiers and friends, is worth the short walk. The shop–with its original old brick walls, concrete floor, and husky tables (made by Ben and available for purchase)–houses colorful splatterware, a large collection of books, clothing, and vintage silverware. The warmth and rustic elegance of the store reminds the shopper of a Ralph Lauren shop with a slightly younger, cooler twist. A visitor could spend all day puttering around downtown, visiting the shops and parks, and talking to the friendly, welcoming locals. There are several lunch places to consider. At this visit, all restaurants and shops either require or request patrons wear masks and observe social-distancing mea-

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The Lauren Rogers Museum of Art is the centerpiece of the historic district. The exquisite 1923 Georgian Revival structure was designed by New Orleans architect Rathbone DeBuys and features seven dazzling galleries of permanent exhibits and three temporary galleries filled with inspiring American, European, and Japanese art, Native American baskets, Georgian silver, and more. Plan to spend a couple of hours here. Admission is free, but a donation is suggested. If you have time and a good pair of walking shoes, take the self-guided walking tour of historic Laurel homes. From modest Craftsman-style homes

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to massive, elegant mansions, all evoke a time and place from Laurel’s fine history. Each home, garden, and park is beautifully manicured, and the civic pride is obvious. Erin and Ben have an eclectic inventory of homes﹘small, large, historic, and trendy﹘to choose from in this small, but fascinating, town. It is often said, and rightfully so, that small towns in America are dying, and many are. But Laurel proves that small towns are not only worth saving, they can and must be. Each repurposed building, brick street, and restored Laurel home honors the past and says “yes” to the future. Each local resident welcomes the tourist and appreciates your visit. Laurel is a little over two hours from New Orleans and a delightful way to escape your zip code for a day or so.

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sures. Pearl’s Place, a popular lunch spot, is filled to its 50% capacity with a short waiting line. Here the diner can feast on plate lunches piled high with collard greens, purple hull peas, and a hefty banana pudding. The cashier at Laurel Leaf, a funky collection of gifts, local art and clothing, tells us that her shop once housed Fine’s Clothing, known for Laurel Jeans and the town’s first Piggly Wiggly. She also recommends that we eat at Lee’s, which according to her, has the best pimiento cheese sandwich in the state. “And if you don’t want a fullon sandwich, get a sample cup on the side of the counter,” she says. We follow her advice and, by the last bite of my sandwich, I have to agree that Aunt Lee’s special pimiento cheese recipe is mighty fine. And if you are near Ben’s workshop, the food truck called The 5000 has a decadent crawfish grilled cheese sandwich with fries.

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he moment Philip and I learned we were eligible to receive the Coronavirus vaccination at Ochsner Health, we signed up. We were ecstatic! Our appointment was only 3 days away. We mentally blocked out the morning, expecting an arduous process. After all, in the two days prior, Ochsner administered the vaccine to more than 22,000 patients. And the day before our appointment, they received 56,000 phone calls requesting a vaccine. Our fears were unfounded; we found the process simple, efficient, and organized. The staff was upbeat and competent. Dose One was a breeze. It didn’t take much to convince us to get the vaccine. The numbers are staggering. As of this writing, more than 23 million Americans have contracted this virus and more than 400,000 have died. In Louisiana, more than 370,000 have been infected and more than 8,000 have died.

SAFE AND EFFECTIVE “The first thing to know is that this vaccine is extraordinarily safe and effective,” says Dr. Joseph Dalovisio, infectious disease specialist at Ochsner. The two vaccines currently being administered under the Emergency Use Authorization by the FDA are about 95% effective in preventing COVID-19 illnesses. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses, the second administered 2-4 weeks after initial dose. Maximum protection is achieved about one week after the second dose, although there is partial protection before that. Duration of protection is unknown, but more will be known as studies continue.

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MINIMAL SIDE EFFECTS

“Side effects are minimal, much like a flu vaccine,” says Dr. Dalovisio. “Some patients might experience some temporary soreness at the site of the injection, a fever or headache, fatigue or muscle ache, but in most cases a Tylenol or Advil will take care of any complaint.” If side effects take place, they will appear within three days after the inoculation and last about a day. Because neither vaccine is made from a live virus, there is no way either can cause COVID-19. The Coronavirus has spike-like structures on its surface called S-proteins. After vaccination, cells begin making the S- protein. The immune system then recognizes that the protein is foreign and begins building a protective response and antibodies. If a person has had COVID-19, they still need to be vaccinated; no data exists on how long natural immunities last. The speed of the vaccine’s development is attributed to sophisticated genetic sequencing of the COVID-19 genome and scientists’ willingness to share data quickly with the global scientific community. It also was fortunate that the vaccine trials did not show any deaths or significant adverse effects.

CONTINUE TO SAFELY DISTANCE Conquering this virus will take all tools available and those who have been vaccinated will still need to wear masks, stay socially distant, practice good hygiene, and stay home if sick. “There are no definitive answers as to how long these precautions will be needed. It really depends on how many are vaccinated. But we can expect to practice these behaviors until next fall, at least,” he says. For herd immunity to take place, up to 70-80% of the population will need to be vaccinated. “We hope that we reach that number,” says Dr. Dalovisio. “But your first responsibility is to protect yourself and your family and friends. By getting vaccinated, you do just that. It’s really all you can do.”

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structor might even tell you what not to do as a preventative measure so that you can avoid common injuries that result from improper form. But very rarely will that instructor give you any information on how to economize your effort. In other words, you won’t really be guided in how to be at ease while you exercise, strengthen, or challenge your body. For this reason, adopting some basic principles of yoga can enhance literally any activity that you choose to engage in and can make it more enjoyable and sustainable.

BALANCING DOING WITH UNDOING

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ne of my favorite expressions from little league baseball was when the third base coach would yell encouragingly at me for not swinging at a bad pitch, “way to be!” Reflecting upon that now as an adult, I think it was one of the only instances where I was applauded for not doing something. Our culture venerates doers, people who innovate, perform, and make things happen. This is completely understandable because things that are done are visible, whereas things that are not done tend to be invisible. But when this mindset, this unexamined bias toward doing over being, is applied to the world of health and fitness, it can very easily lead to frustration and injury.

ECONOMIZE YOUR EFFORT Take up any exercise regime and you will invariably be told what to do and how to do it by an instructor so that you can maximize its benefits. Sometimes that in-

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The physical practice of yoga is essentially about balance. This doesn’t simply mean balancing on one foot, but rather creating a balanced muscular tone throughout the entire body so that it can function in a coordinated and efficient manner. You could also think of this principle as the art of balancing doing with undoing, or stated slightly differently, balancing action with allowing. Action is obviously something that can be brought about by willpower. However, allowing has more to do with softening, releasing, and letting go. Those words often sound repugnant to Western ears, but they are every bit as important to physical fluidity and competence as their counterpart. Take, for instance, the service motion of a professional tennis player – it is the softening of the wrist and a releasing of the racket head that produces a 135 mile per hour serve. It is never a matter of brute strength! Otherwise, Arnold Schwarzenegger would be better at tennis than Roger Federer. Here are a few concrete ways that you can practice undoing in the midst of anything that you are doing:

ALLOW YOUR SHOULDERS TO RELEASE AWAY FROM YOUR EARS. The superfluous tension that most people hold in their shoulders prevents healthy tension from expressing itself in their feet and legs, which are the prime movers of the body.

SOFTEN YOUR JAW Your breath will happen more efficiently, your hip joints will move more freely, and you will feel generally less tense and irritable. Trust me on this one.

ALLOW YOUR EXHALATIONS TO COMPLETE THEMSELVES Don’t push the air out, just let the stale air fall out. The exhalation is the relaxing phase of the breath, so by permitting it to happen, you will create a systemic relaxation in your body/mind. As simple as these strategies sound, they are tremendously powerful in their application. Try them and I bet you’ll feel the inexplicable joy that emanates from having re-identified yourself as a human being instead of a human doing.

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Nursing Home Directory Nursing homes aren’t just nursing homes anymore. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all definition — a facility could focus on one type of care, but another provides several levels or a combination of care. Rearching what’s best for or your aging parents can be daunting. And for that, Nola Boomers presents our Nursing Home Directory. Here, you’ll find definitions of need-to-know-terms, local and state resources, and a directory of area nursing homes from the Southshore to the Northshore. The directory is formatted by the type of home first, then by the zip code of the address.

Adult Daycare Centers *Plan to re-open when conditions allow Facilities that provide meals, structured activities, transportation, and social interaction for people with cognitive or functional impairments, usually serving those 80 and older. Adult daycare centers also offer a safe place to go when family caregivers are at work, run errands, or just need a break. On-site and on-call medical professionals, transportation, and field trips and activities are provided. Poydras Home 5354 Magazine St., New Orleans 70115 504.897.0535, poydrashome.com Total # of Beds: 110, private/semi-private rooms available Payment Accepted: Private Pay PACE Greater New Orleans 4201 N. Rampart St., New Orleans 70117 504.941.6507, pacegno.org Total # of Beds: N/A Payment Accepted: Medicaid, Medicare John J. Hainkel, Jr. Home & Rehabilitation Center 612 Henry Clay Ave., New Orleans 70118 504.891.7400 Total # of Beds: 102, private/semi-private rooms available Payment Accepted: Private Insurance, Private Pay, Medicaid, Medicare, VA Contracts

Kingsley House 1600 Constance St., New Orleans 70130 504.523.6224, kingsleyhouse.org Total # of Beds: N/A Payment Accepted: Private Pay, Medicaid, VA Contracts

Assisted Living Focused on daily living tasks, including bathing, dressing, and eating. Residents usually live in their own rooms and share common areas. They have access to three meals a day; help with medications, housekeeping, and laundry; 24-hour supervision, security and on-site staff; and social and recreational activities. Sunrise of Metairie 3732 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie 70002 504.273.4366, sunriseseniorliving.com Total # of Beds: 72, private/semi-private rooms available Payment Accepted: Private Pay The Atrium Assisted Living 6555 Park Manor Dr., Metairie 70003 504.454.6635 Total # of Beds: 78, private/semi-private rooms available Payment Accepted: Private Pay


Laketown Village 1600 Joe Yenni Blvd., Kenner 70065 504.467.1000, pegasusseniorliving.com Total # of Beds: 25, private/semi-private rooms available Payment Accepted: Private Pay

Avanti Senior Living at Covington 2234 Watercross Pkwy., Covington 70433 985.317.6110, covington.avanti-sl.com Total # of Beds: 98, private/semi-private rooms available Payment Accepted: Private Pay

Tranquil Living 4500 Leo St., Marrero 70072 504.304.9925, tranquelliving.net Total # of Beds: 10, private/semi-private rooms available Payment Accepted: Private Pay

Christwood Retirement Community 100 Christwood Blvd., Covington 70433 985.898.0515, christwoodrc.com Total # of Beds: 223, private/semi-private rooms available Payment Accepted: Private Pay

St. Margaret’s at Belleville 813 Pelican Ave., New Orleans 70114 504.362.7166, bellevilleno.org Total # of Beds: 53, private/semi-private rooms available Payment Accepted: Private Pay

St. Anthony’s Gardens 601 Holy Trinity Dr., Covington 70433 985.288.1075, stanthonygardens.org Total # of Beds: 99, private/semi-private rooms available Payment Accepted: Private Insurance, Private Pay, VA Contracts

HomeLife in the Gardens 1101 Aline St., New Orleans 70115 504.894.6100, homelifeinthegardens. com Total # of Beds: 95, private/semi-private rooms available Payment Accepted: Private Insurance, Private Pay, VA Contracts Ville St. Marie Senior Living Community 4112 Jefferson Hwy., New Orleans 70121 504.834.3164, villestemarie.com Total # of Beds: 87, private/semi-private rooms available Payment Accepted: Private Pay Good Samaritan Rehabilitation & Nursing Center 4021 Cadillac St., New Orleans 70122 504.246.7900, goodsamaritanrehabandnursing.com Total # of Beds: 180, private/semi-private rooms available Payment Accepted: Private Insurance, Private Pay, Medicaid, Medicare Vista Shores 5958 St. Bernard Ave., New Orleans 70122 504.288.3737, vistashores.com Total # of Beds: 162, private/semi-private rooms available Payment Accepted: Private Insurance, Private Pay, VA Contracts St. Francis Villa Assisted Living 10411 Jefferson Hwy., River Ridge 70123 504.738.1060, stfrancisvilla.com Total # of Beds: 65, private/semi-private rooms available Payment Accepted: Private Insurance, Private Pay, VA Contracts

The Trace 19432 Crawford Rd., Covington 70433 985.241.4310, thetraceseniorliving.com Total # of Beds: 77, private/semi-private rooms available Payment Accepted: Private Pay Village in the Oaks 75520 Highway 1081, Covington 70435 985.871.0111, villageintheoaks.com Total # of Beds: 34, private/semi-private rooms available Payment Accepted: Private Pay Beau Provence 100 Beau West Dr., Mandeville 70471 985.778.0755, beauprovence.com Total # of Beds: 46, private/semi-private rooms available Payment Accepted: Private Pay Brookdale Mandeville 1414 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville 70471 985.200.0203, brookdale.com Total # of Beds: 107, private/semi-private rooms available Payment Accepted: Private Pay The Windsor Senior Living Community 1770 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville 70471 985.624.8040, windsorseniorliving.com Total # of Beds: 136, private/semi-private rooms available Payment Accepted: Private Pay


Retirement Communities/ Continuum Of Care Retirement Communities A retirement community is a residential community or housing complex designed for older adults who are generally able to care for themselves. Activities and socialization are often provided. Continuing care retirement communities offer different levels of service in one location, which varies by facility. A resident might move from level to another depending on their specific needs. Healthcare services and recreation programs are also provided. Nouveau Marc 1101 Sunset Blvd., Kenner 70065 844.292.0638, holidaytouch.com Total # of Beds: 110, private/semi-private rooms available Payment: Private Pay Laketown Village 1600 Joe Yenni Blvd., Kenner 70065 504.467.1000, pegasusseniorliving.com Total # of Beds: 25, private/semi-private rooms available Payment: Private Pay Landing at Behrman Place 3601 Behrman Pl., New Orleans 70114 504.208.1075, sunshineretirementliving. com Total # of Beds: NA, private/semi-private rooms available Payment: Private Pay Woldenberg Village 3701 Behrman Pl., New Orleans 70114 504.367.5640, touro.com/woldenberg-village Total # of Beds: 120, private/semi-private rooms available Payment: Medicaid, Medicare, V.A. Contacts Poydras Home 5354 Magazine St., New Orleans 70115 504.897.0535, poydrashome.com Total # of Beds: 110, private/semi-private rooms available Payment: Private Pay St. Anna’s at Lambeth House 150 Broadway, New Orleans 70118 504.865.1960, lambethhouse.com Total # of Beds: 72, private/semi-private rooms available Payment: Private Pay

Ville St. Marie Senior Living Community 4112 Jefferson Hwy, Jefferson 70121 504.834.3164, villestemarie.com Total # of Beds: 87, private/semi-private rooms available Payment: Private Pay Chateau de Notre Dame 2832 Burdette St., New Orleans 70125 504.866.2741, cdnd.org Total # of Beds: 171, private/semi-private rooms available Payment: Medicaid, Medicare JoEllen Smith Living Center 4502 General Meyer Dr., New Orleans 70131 504.361.7923, jesliving.com Total # of Beds: 176, private/semi-private rooms available Payment: Insurance, Private Pay, Medicaid, Medicare, V.A. Contacts Christwood Retirement Community 100 Christwood Blvd., Covington 70433 985.898.0515, christwoodrc.com Total # of Beds: 223, private/semi-private rooms available Payment: Private Pay The Trace 19432 Crawford Rd., Covington 70433 985.241.4310, thetraceseniorliving.com Total # of Beds: 77, private/semi-private rooms available Payment: Private Pay Village in the Oaks 75520 Hwy 1081, Covington 70435 985.871.0111, villageintheoaks.com Total # of Beds: 34, private/semi-private rooms available Payment: Private Pay St. Anthony’s Gardens 601 Holy Trinity Dr., Covington 70471 985.288.1075, stanthonysgardens.org Total # of Beds: 99, private/semi-private rooms available Payment: Insurance, Private Pay, V.A. Contacts The Windsor Senior Living Community 1770 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville 70471 985.624.8040, windsorseniorliving.com Total # of Beds: 136, private/semi-private rooms available Payment: Private Pay


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