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32 Fashion from The Experts Local Boutique owners give their advice on how to look your best 70 Rock the Bump




46 Clearing up Arthritis Integrate Your Health with Dr. Nicole Cotter 76 Daddy’s Do Hair Too Single dad discovers breakthrough for frizzy hair 67 I Can’t Take It Anymore Anxiety and the Brain


52 N is for Nursing A look into the world of nursing


22 Ready, SET, Impress - Table Setting 101 Hostess with the Mostess with Jessica Comegys 79 Your Spring Bloom Cheat Sheet Red River Re-do’s: 56 Beautiful Bathroom on a Budget 60 Outdoor Living Comes to Life 63 Paint Color Trends for 2017 74 Small Updates, Big Impact




80 Birthday Bash Where to plan your child’s next birthday party 30 How Yoga Can Impact a Child 11 How to Raise an Optimistic Child


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I can’t believe that Spring Break is around the corner. It feels like my daughter just started the second grade, and here we are in March. Carie and I have a big trip planned to take our families snow skiing for Spring Break. We do not travel as much as we did before we had our babies, so we are excited. It has been a while since I have hit the slopes; therefore, I may be spending a lot of time on the bunny slopes. Speaking of exciting- We are in the process of planning “Lola Party 2017- Louisiana Saturday Night”. This will be celebration for the record books. Lola is teaming up with 421 Texas Street and Imelda’s to celebrate all things Southern. Lola Party will have delicious Southern cuisine, Abita beer, great wine and fantastic Southern music that will make you “kick off your shoes and throw em’ on the floor”. Make sure to get your tickets for Lola Party soon; they are going fast. This issue of Lola Magazine also celebrates what a privilege it is to be “Southern”. Clinton Downing, a man of many talents recently joined Team Lola. He tells us about growing up with his grandparents, and how he got all his Southern Charm. Jessica Comegys, our Hostess with the Mostess, teaches us the proper way to set your table and impress your guests. We spent the day with Jessica Harrison The Lola team receives an ADDY in her exquisite Southern home. She compiled a list of her award for the September/October cover of Lola Magazine favorite Southern Traditions, a list that will make you proud to be Southern. For all the “daddy’s girls” out there, Teri Netterville shares some of the life lessons she learned from her father, Tommy. What an incredible man he was. I also share a piece of my childhood, in “It Takes a Village”, a story about my mother and her best friend, Faye Barnes. We are so honored to have our Spring Fashion brought to us by local fashion experts. Our area boutique owners give their advice on dressing your best. For those of you expecting, we have you covered. Check out the latest trends in maternity wear and rock that baby bump! We hope that you enjoy this issue of Lola Magazine as much as we have enjoyed bringing it to you. There is something so special about the life we live in the South. Grab yourself a big glass of sweet tea, settle down on the front porch, and soak up the beauty of Springtime in the South.

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Growing Up with the Grands G

Clinton Whitney Downing is a man of many talents. He resides in his hometown of Monroe. He is a writer, floral designer, interior decorator, historical preservationist and fashion designer. After much travel, he has returned to his southern roots and his love of Louisiana. He is devoted to his community, lending his talents to various charity organizations. Much of his enjoyment in his life comes from spending time with his two rescue puppies, Cookie and Cooper. He is excited to be joining the LOLA team.

rowing up as a southern lad, I remember a much simpler time. I remember spending many of my weekends with my grandmothers and great grandmother. They were all southern ladies in their own right. My Gran, Jean, learned how to live self-sufficiently after surviving the great depression as a child. She learned the importance of simplifying and conserving resources. When it came to gardening and yardwork, she was very hands-on. It was a southern tradition for southern women to maintain their gardens and sculpt their flowerbeds with much pride. It was rare to find a southern lady without a green thumb. I remember helping her build her composting bin with corrugated tin and pipes. We filled it with leaves we had raked in their yard. We would often feed and nourish that compost so that it would be ready to nourish her bedding plants and garden. Once the gardening tasks were done, we usually settled into a swing under a shade tree with a nice cold glass of iced tea. My gran and I spent a great amount of time in the kitchen canning and preserving the offspring of her garden. From the pepper and tomato relishes to the pickles and jams, we would stockpile from

the harvest. Her canned delicacies were also a great bartering tool amongst friends. My great grandmother, Karline, was the queen of Sunday lunches. Going out to eat after church was not an option. It was a time when our family would gather around the table and say grace before feasting on what seemed to be a mile-long smorgasbord of southern delights. If there was a ham, there was also a roast, fried chicken, and a meat loaf to join it. If there was rice and gravy, fresh mashed potatoes from the garden were present as well. Homemade macaroni and cheese, blackeyed peas, butter beans, squash, fried okra, and cabbage were normal fair. If that were not enough, she made hot water bread, cornbread, biscuits, and rolls. No sooner than dinner was over, she was bringing out dessert. The usual variety of pecan, chocolate and egg custard pies were accompanied with a chocolate, lemon and pineapple upside down cake. Cooking the entire weekend was her escape from her millinery and dress shop. My mamaw, Mary Frances, taught me about the finer things in southern living. Having worked in antique shops and fine gifts, she had a great knowledge when it came to setting the perfect table. She knew the correct placements for all the pieces of silver and china, and she taught me proper etiquette and good manners’. Her vast knowledge

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made me an inquisitive pupil. Although she worked a lot, we still had great quality time together. Her love of music, art, history, bird watching and gourmet cooking intrigued me. Some nights we would watch National Geographic until bedtime. Other nights she would insist we stay up to watch Soul Train; she found it equally culturally fascinating and entertaining. These special Saturdays were a ritual. As complex as the conversations could be, the cooking was sometimes rather simple. With her busy schedule, she would pick up a bucket of the Colonel’s recipe. What child doesn’t love fried chicken? There was something about those evenings that gave that chicken the best flavor, and it wasn’t the Colonel’s secret recipe. It was the time that I got to spend with her as we broke through an age barrier and shared a love for art, antiques, culture and Soul Train. I embrace these memories. I reflect on them often. Each of these southern women helped to shape and mold me into the southern gentleman I am today. Each of my grandmothers had a special way of making sure that I had a weekend to always remember. Together we built southern traditions. Not a day goes by that I do not wish I could recapture just one of those most wonderful memories with each of these true steel magnolias. They enriched my life in many amazing ways.


Jessica Harrison is Southern personified. Her home is full of

good old Southern Charm. To have dinner with the Harrisons means that you eat supper on the fine china and a pecan pie is always on hand. Her “Southerness” fills the room when she walks in. In the spirt of all things Southern, Jessica put together a list of what it means for her to be Southern. Her tea is sweet, her words are long, her faith is strong and she could charm the dew right off a honeysuckle.


1 1.Sweet Tea- There is a saying “In the South we don’t

hide crazy, we parade it on the front porch and give it a glass of sweet tea”. We drink our tea with real sugar and lots of it. If you ask for a glass of sweet tea, and they say, “All we have is unsweet,” you just respond, “I’ll have a water.” PHOTOGRAPHY BY WALLACE LEE FLORAL DESIGN BY 2 CRAZY GIRLS

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3. Grandmother’s China- She used it, why

shouldn’t I? Some only bring out the fine china for special occasions. I say dinner with my family and friends is a special occasion, even on a Tuesday.

4.Front Porch Sitting- In the South we


spend a lot of time on our front porches. Make your front porch your happy place. Sit, wave hello, read a book, chat with friends, hang a flag, enjoy the season, watch your children play, and make memories.

5.Hospitality- Southern

hospitality in particular. You can google it. In the South we practice kindness. We open doors and ask, “How are you today?” We bring meals to our neighbors, be it a new baby coming home or the passing of a loved one. We want to make people feel welcome and never want anyone to be hungry.


6.Pecan Pie- You can never go wrong with a good pecan pie. Everyone will agree on pecan pie, they just may not all agree on how to pronounce it.

7.Manners- Yes Ma’am and no Ma’am is second

nature, and if we ever forgot that, our parents would quickly remind us. It is the same with “please” and “thank you”. In the South, we mind our manners.

8.Monograms- Nothing says Southern like a


good monogram, especially on our children. When it comes to dressing our children if it does not have a monogram, it’s because it’s smocked.

9.Fresh Flowers- There is just something about fresh flowers that make a home feel like home. Even if just daffodils picked from the yard, fresh flowers add a little extra love to a good Southern home.

6 10.Handwritten Thank You Notes- Write them and mail them. They will always mean a lot to whomever receives them. Thank you notes are a must in the South, always.

11.Sunday Mornings- We head to church to praise The Lord who blessed us with his precious son Jesus Christ. After church we gather with our families for Sunday lunch, some good sweet tea, and a little front porch sitting.

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Raising an Optimistic Child: Tips for Parents

Optimism versus Pessimism ohnny throws down his baseball bat and stomps off while saying, “This is dumb, I’m never gonna learn how to hit the ball”. We have all been there, those moments where our kids seem to be negative, defeatists, and have a “give up” kind of attitude. But what if your child always seems to be the “glass is half empty” rather than the “glass is half full” kind of kid? Is there anything you can do about it? The good news is that optimism, was once thought to be an inborn trait and part of your temperament, can actually be taught. Being an optimist or a pessimist is not like having a particular temperament, like tending to be shy or outgoing, which tends to define our personality. Rather, being optimistic or pessimistic has to do with your explanatory story: your way of viewing the world and what you tell yourself when bad things happen. The good news is that even if you are born with more of a pessimistic style, you can learn to be optimistic.



Why is it Important for Children to be Optimistic? The research is clear; how we view the world has a significant impact on how successfully we can function in it. Optimism, or the belief that things will generally work out okay in the end, is the cornerstone of resilience. It is also considered to be important to achieving success. Research shows that optimists who believe they can achieve success are in fact more likely to do so. Unlike people who believe that the worst case scenario is always the most likely to occur, optimists tend to have faith in their ability to succeed in any circumstance. Children (and adults) who are often pessimistic can be more vulnerable to depression. They don’t do as well as optimistic children who generally have higher levels of motivation and drive, and feel that they have more control over their lives (Seligman, 2007). In fact, optimists are healthier than pessimists, get fewer illnesses, have longer relationships and live longer (Danner, Snowdon & Friesen, 2001). If there were an optimism vaccine, wouldn’t we all want to take it? How to Teach Optimism Even if your “Negative Nathan” or “Debbie Downer” seems to be born with a tendency towards pessimism, there is a lot you, as a parent, can do to increase your child’s optimism quotient. There is

evidence that we learn at an early age how to view the world and its potential from those around us, and that a depressed, negative parent can easily influence us to interpret events in a negative way. The field of cognitive therapy has shown us that if we can change the way we talk to ourselves about events and how we interpret them, it can change our emotional reaction to our experiences. For example, when you do poorly on a test do you think “I’m not really that smart, I’ll never be good at school,” or do you say to yourself, “That was a hard test; I really didn’t prepare enough. Next time I will start studying earlier.” What you say to yourself, your internal self-talk, affects your behavior and how you are likely to respond in the future. Notice the Lens through Which Your Child Sees the World As a parent, it is important to begin to notice how your child thinks about things and responds to events. When something bad happens, does he see it as reflective of his entire life, does he think the misfortune is pervasive, permanent, and personally directed at him? (“Why does this always happen to me?!). If you see that he’s pessimistic, you can help him learn optimism. Once you spot that automatic negative thinking in your

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child, your need to challenge his or her way of thinking. Pessimistic thinking can be defined as expecting bad things to happen. Pessimists think catastrophically. For example, they might say, “I can’t start that new school. I won’t have any friends there. I don’t know how to make friends.” Their negative thinking may prevent them from being willing to try new things or new opportunities. As a parent, to confront pessimism, you must challenge the four thought patterns that lead to pessimistic thinking. The negative four P’s include the following: Permanence: “Bad stuff always happens and always will.” Pervasive: “Nothing ever works out for me”. Personal: “Bad stuff always happens to me”. Powerlessness: “Doesn’t matter what I do. I just have bad luck. Bad stuff always happens to me.” Changing Perspective The key to teaching optimism is to view setbacks as temporary, isolated events that are not personal, and are within your

power to fix. This is the exact opposite of the above negative P’s (Permanent, Pervasive, Personal and Powerless). Martin Seligman, the founder of the Positive Psychology Movement, says the most important question you should ask when confronted with misfortune is, “Could I have done something differently in this situation which would have changed things?” The most important thing is to teach your child that they are not powerless in most situations. Sure, some things are bad luck, but he can still control how he chooses to act and re-act in any given situation. For example, if a child fails a test, you want to stop the runaway thought train of, “I’m stupid and I never do well on tests” and replace it with, “I need to study more.” Cultivating & Model Optimistic Thinking Help your child learn to cultivate optimistic thinking. This can be achieved by confronting the negative self-talk

and replacing it with positive self-talk. Challenge those negative thoughts such as, “Really, you never do well on tests? Just last week you got an ‘A’ on your spelling test and a ‘B’ on your history test”. Finally, in addition to challenging your child’s thinking process, it is important that you, as a parent, be mindful of your thought process and what you model for your child. Do you say things like “Ugh, we are never going to get out of here; the line is so long” or “Great, we are done with that task, on to the next!”. Your view of the world will help to shape the lens through which your child views the world. If you want your child to be more optimistic, try being more optimistic yourself. For parents wishing to learn more about teaching optimism to their child, read “The Optimistic Child: A Proven Program to Safeguard Children against Depression and Build Lifelong Resilience” by Martin E. P. Seligman.

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It Takes A Village


It is often said, “It takes a village to raise a child”. Faye Barnes was the mayor of my village.


ne of my greatest hopes as a parent is for my children’s friends to think of our house as their home away from home. I hope to always have a pantry full of snacks and a slew of kids that know they are always welcome. It is often said, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Growing up in Ruston, Louisiana, I learned about “the village” at a young age when my mother, Gay, was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was thirty-five. I was in the second grade, and the group of parents that came together to support me was a village indeed. Faye Barnes was the mayor of my village. Faye was my mother’s best friend. Her oldest daughter, Adrianne, and my big sister were best friends. Her youngest daughter, Ainslee, and I were joined at the hip from day one. We grew up running the halls of Mrs. Faye and Mr. Guy Barnes’ home. I remember every detail of their house from where she without expectations of those she loves. Every Saturday morning kept her TAB cola, to the cabinet above the coffee pot where we would wake up to a “chore list” sitting on the counter, waiting she kept her liquid sweet-n-low. I especially remember the to be checked off. If you spent the night, your name was on that giant Weeping Willow tree in her front yard that made for the list followed by your chores for the day. When you finished your perfect play house. We spent our childhood dressing Barbies, chores, you got to play, and boy, did we play. performing impromptu fashion shows, and dance offs. As a In the fall Mrs. Faye and Mr. Guy would load us up in their mother now, I look back and think about Mrs. Faye often. She giant blue van and take us on weekend trips to the mountains gave her undivided attention to us as children. She wanted to of Arkansas. We stayed in small log cabins and built campfires. make our childhood memorable and she did. Her genuine Ainslee and I would spend our time arguing over which amusement and contagious laugh is still so prevalent in New Kid on The Block we were going to marry. “As the my memory. These moments are so etched in my heart. years went Our summers were spent in her backyard pool They enriched my childhood beyond what by I observed the where I learned to swim. The hours of playing words can describe. friendship between my Marco Polo are countless. It always made me feel As the years went by, I observed the mother and Mrs. Faye. so “taken care of ” when she brought lunch to us. It was something to be friendship between my mother and Mrs. We would eat our sandwiches, wrapped up in wet Faye. It was something to be admired, even admired, even as a towels, and the only drink option… milk. I hated as a child. Mrs. Faye had taken the reigns on child.” milk, but I drank it at Mrs. Faye’s; it just tasted better making my childhood special because my mother there. After lunch she would make us wait thirty minutes before had fallen ill. As I sit here now, writing these words sting getting back in the pool. That was the longest thirty minutes my eyes and puts a small lump in my throat. I am thirty- five ever! She would make us wash our hair after swimming so that now, and the friendships that I share remind me of my mother our blonde hair would not turn green and then spend an hour and Mrs. Faye’s devotion to each other. When my mother went brushing out the “rats’ nest”. Mrs. Faye is a caretaker, but not for treatment, it was only expected for me to move in with the Page 14 | LOLA MAGAZINE | March-April 2017

Barnes. They took care of me like they always had. If my grades were not up to par, I was grounded, even if Ainslee was not. That did not upset me; as a child it made me feel loved. It made me feel like family. People like Faye make you scratch your head as to how they make the time to fit in everything that they do, and do it to the highest standard. Faye and Guy Barnes have run a staple photography business in North Louisiana for nearly forty years, Barnes Portrait. If you were raised in Ruston, more than likely you had your photos taken by Guy and perfected by Faye. She would sit with a pallet of paints and hand touch each portrait. Clearly photography has evolved over the past four decades, but the traditional beauty of Barnes Portraits is unmatched by any modern photography. Recently the photography studio had a facelift and is now Meadows Manor , the newest and most exquisite event venue in Ruston. Meadows Manor, like everything that Mrs. Faye pours her heart into is perfection. They are currently booking bed and breakfast stays, private dinner parties, weddings and special events. They have plans to turn the old potting shed into a small gift shop, filled with plants and pottery. Landscaping is another of her magic talents, along with designing children’s clothing, event planning, photography, and anything else that she can get her hands on. She says that she is a forty-year-old in a seventy-year old’s body. I beg to differ; in spirit she is not a day over thirty. To work for Mrs. Faye is not for the

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faint of heart. Like everyone in her life, to work for her makes you family, and she will hold you to the same standards that she holds everyone she loves. She loves hard and she works hard. The work ethic of this woman is unlike anything I have ever witnessed. At seventy there is absolutely no signs of her stopping. She will tell you that work makes her heart happy. Bringing people together and making beautiful things is what she does. Over the years, I have grown up, moved from Ruston and do not get to see Mrs. Faye often. I was able to visit with her recently. Her face may or may not have aged in the past twenty years. It’s hard to tell. I can only see the same eyes beaming with determination, searching for her next project. She laughs the same laugh that fills the room for her ten grandchildren as she did for us as children.

My appreciation and admiration for Faye Barnes has always been present. My childhood was fully stacked with happy memories created by her. I will say, my gratefulness has grown as I have become an adult. After my mother passed away in 1994, I knew that Mrs. Faye grieved. I knew that she had stepped up to the plate as my mother’s best friend. As a grown woman now, I am blown away with the devotion she had for my mom. I am just as thankful for the example of friendship, hard work, and love she taught me as a child, as I am for the sandwiches and milk by the swimming pool. I hope that I find my home full of kids that are not necessarily mine, but they feel like family, as I felt with the Barnes. I pray that I am a part of “the village” for many. It takes a village to raise a child; I am forever grateful that Faye Barnes was the mayor of mine.

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Lessons from

My Father Written By Teri Netterville

“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision and with finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world. You impoverish yourself if you forget this errand.”

~Woodrow Wilson


an you imagine the shape this world could be in if we imparted and impressed this philosophical truth into the hearts and minds of our children on a continual basis? There is such conviction in President Woodrow Wilson’s words. You get the sense that he not only chanted this mantra, but he fully believed in it. I grew up with a father who was constantly imparting words of affirmation and empowerment into my three siblings and me. It was so imperative to him that we fully understand the magnitude of our existence in this world that he would literally whisper these kinds of words in our ears at night when he thought we were sound asleep. It’s true. Each night, as he tucked us into our childhood beds, he would lean down and whisper life into our hearts with

these ten profound words: “I expect you to do great things with your life.” Most nights he thought we were asleep... but we weren’t. We still talk about how those words manifested in each of our souls. Such powerful words of strength and courage he urged our souls to take in. I have very vivid memories from my childhood that continually travel back to the forefront of my mind when the time is ripe for its resurgence. One of my favorite memories was when I was 9 years old and in the 4th grade. My family and I had just moved into our new townhouse and we loved the area. Mom had convinced Dad to move us into a better school district, and I was so happy she did because I loved my new school.

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I was making new friends, and I liked my teachers very much. All was right with the world until this one day when my teacher, Mrs. *Dryer*, was introducing “fractions” during our math hour. Granted, math had never been my strong suit, as the literary subjects tended to be more my thing, but even though it took a bit more explaining, I would eventually catch on and do average work in the subject of math. Well, this particular day, Mrs. Dryer outwardly assigned another student to help me understand fractions a little bit better. But the way she presented it to the class absolutely devastated me.”Now, class, fractions can be a little difficult to comprehend at first so stay with me. Miss Shepherd, I am going to have to ask you to buddy up with Miss Spinks and help her stay up with us during this particular class period.” I smiled and began scooting my desk over to be closer to my new friend, Susan, but I could feel the heat begin to rise in my cheeks as I begged myself on the inside not to cry. I’m sure I used humor to mask my

devastation over Mrs. Dryer “outing” me in such a public way, the world is drawn to people like that.” but had there been a hole in the floor, I might have jumped in it After a few more moments of his healing soliloquy, I hugged wishing it would close up behind me. him, got up from his lap and headed upstairs to my room. Before I. Was. Humiliated. I reached the third step, he stopped me one last time, “Hey! One I knew math was my struggle, but until Mrs. Dryer pointed more thing.” my struggle out to the class, I had never felt less than before. I halted in my tracks and looked back at my dimple-smiling In an instant, feelings about myself...about my brain...had father. plummeted. I felt less than. I felt dumb. And I wanted to go “I hope you never change a thing about you. That would be home and hide. such a shame,” he said while shaking his head. He continued on Once the final school bell rang, I bolted home and straight with his thought, “I’d rather have a little girl who is a champion for my dad who was sitting on our couch writing on his trusty for people than one who can champion math equations any day yellow legal pad. He was forever writing. of the week.” “Dad!” I cried, as I jumped in his lap and hid my face in his Life altering. Words from a father to his daughter that forever chest, “I hate my brain! I hate my brain!” affirmed what was most important to this world....goodness, My father pulled me from him so he could look kindness, sincerity and a hope-filled spirit, ripe me in my eyes and urged, “Teri, what is it?” with encouragement. I couldn’t speak. “Teri Ann! Tell me what Yep, greatness was something my father “Treating others this is all about!” felt we were destined for, and he looked for with kindness, I pushed my face back into his chest and any opportunity to share this encouraging respect and love sobbed, “Mrs. Dryer told everyone I was dumb quest with us. today!” My siblings and I all knew from an early was better than any Confused, he repeated what I said back other achievement age that Dad never equated greatness with to me, “Your teacher told the class you were money, fame or any other monetary riches. or accolade we dumb??” Greatness, to him, was in the way we treated could ever attain.” our fellow man. “Not in those words, but she might as well have!” I sobbed and sobbed. He and Mom felt that treating others Finally, Dad calmed me down and insisted with kindness, respect and love was better I tell him exactly what happened so that he could understand. than any other achievement or accolade we could ever attain. After I told him the scenario, he hugged me as tightly as he My father didn’t just hope this to be true for us...He totally could and softly whispered, “Okay, baby. First of all, you are not and completely EXPECTED it from us. And he never shied away dumb. You’ve never been dumb. And you’ll never BE dumb. In from reminding us. fact, you are one of the smartest little girls I know.” “Until your life is over”, he would surmise on those occasions I didn’t believe him in that moment and he knew it. when we were wallowing in self-pity, “you have a job to do, So he continued his point, “So what if math doesn’t come people to love and a whole world to affect. So, stop wallowing in as easily to you as other subjects?! Who cares!! This does your self-pity and get on with it...get on with your life...do what not change one thing about you! You are still my beautiful, you are supposed to do...live and love! Conquer the world with wonderful, funny, loving, special little girl.” your heart!” I liked his words. They felt good to my heart. A father’s passion to He held my tear-stained face in his hands and uttered these motivate his children to pursue words that freed my soul...forever, “Teri Ann, you look at me their own personal greatness and you understand what I am about to say to you. YOU have is like giving them an assured something more wonderful and more powerful than anything destiny filled with opportunity, you could ever learn from a book.” along with great growth. I kept looking him in his eyes waiting to understand. Dad left behind many of his “Teri, you have GREATNESS inside of you. It’s true. You writings. And we treasure every word. It’s as though he left a exude kindness and goodness that comes from the deepest part tangible piece of himself behind to help guide us into our finest of the heart, and people recognize that about you.” hours on those occasions when his voice has become weakened, I couldn’t help but smile imagining that others thought this and we can’t remember his words anymore. about me. His writings make me smile, make me laugh and sometimes He went on, “You are a natural born encourager, Teri, and make me cry. But no matter what, they always make me think.

“Live and love! Conquer the world with your heart!”

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Here is a little snippet from a paragraph he wrote when introducing his credo...a credo that he wrote 18 years before he died. He wrote: “I think we are all on separate paths. I think our beliefs are based on what we grew up hearing, what we have heard from others, what we have read and liked, and from our own feelings and experiences. How in the world should we expect someone else to believe the same way we believe? So, why do we judge someone wrongly or put them at a lower level on the “Christian totem pole” if they don’t agree with our own beliefs, or if they don’t say the same words that we say. We are just on different paths. No one is more right and no one is wrong. So, I am trying to put some of my thoughts on paper for myself. I might share them with some of my friends, whom I feel will not judge me, but who will question some of my statements out loud and make me explain some statements.... which will only help me grow more. Some of my statements might evoke criticism from some individuals, but I can learn from them also. But I will try to be open and honest with my thoughts because if I’m not, there’s no sense in writing it. So, without being overly dramatic here and a little hokey, here is what I feel about a few things:”

Dad then goes into four fully typed pages of THE most thought-provoking, honest, raw and poignant thoughts and beliefs I have ever read. One of dad’s greatest qualities was his beautiful way of engaging people and getting them to really think for themselves about what it was they truly believed. And he always respected their belief system, even if it didn’t coincide with his own. He truly believed that if one’s belief system helped them to become a better citizen in this world, then more power to them. He was accepting of anyone wanting to use their life to make others’ lives better.

I completely bought into this line of thinking and am doing my best to impart this wisdom on my own children. If after reading this piece, you feel a “nudge” to write something down for your own children, let it manifest. Don’t hesitate to share words that will encourage, inspire, entice, enrich and inspire your own loved ones to live their best lives. May your words live on in the hearts and minds of those who will live in a time and place beyond your own life existence. Just remember to keep it honest and, as always,

Keep it Real.

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There are few things as special as gathering around a beautiful table to enjoy a meal with the ones we love. Setting the table to fit the occasion is one of the most enjoyable details of hosting. At times the rules of table setting can get a little tricky. Let me help you set a table to wow your guests and make Emily Post proud.

Have a plan for table setting perfection. • How many place settings will be needed? • Menu is key. How many courses? Will you be serving buffet or family dinner style? • What kind of drinks will you serve, and what kind of glasses will you need?

Pick your Theme & Color Pallet • The newest trend for tableware is using a verity of colors and patterns along with a mixture of everyday and fine china. This is also a great way to double your place settings. • White dishware is a great place to start, and then bring in design glassware, tablecloth, napkins, chargers, accessories, florals, etc. • Add some sparkle to your table with metallic elements. Add candles to create a warm, welcoming atmosphere — candles will also make your tablescape glow.

Vary Height to bring factor

Wow • Visual wow can be added by adding varying heights of glassware, candles, and florals. • Stagger the height of candlesticks or floral arrangements, but make sure the tablescape height allows for guest to see each other across the table.

Make your guests feel special with personal touches.

• Seating arrangements and place cards add design detail and a little extra love for your guests. • Print out your menu to add excitement about the thoughtful meal being served.

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Serves: makes 4 regular servings -- recipe can easily be doubled or tripled 1 bunch of fresh asparagus spears 1.5 quarts of chicken or vegetable stock 2 tbsp olive oil 2 tbsp butter 2 finely chopped shallots 2 finely diced garlic cloves 2 cups arborio rice (or riced cauliflower for healthy swap see notes) salt and pepper to taste 1/4 cup fresh shredded pecorino cheese (parmesan made me used) • Cut or snap off the woody ends from each asparagus spear but don’t discard them – cut them in half lengthways. • Put the stock and halved asparagus ends in a pan, bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes to extract all the flavour. Strain the flavoured stock into a clean pan and discard the bits left in the sieve. Keep hot over a low heat.\ • Heat the oil and butter in a medium-size pan, add the shallots and stir over a medium heat for 5-6 minutes until soft but not browned. Add the rice and stir well until all the grains are coated in the oil and butter. • Add the white wine and simmer gently, stirring, until it has been absorbed. Add a ladleful of the hot stock and stir until all the stock has been absorbed before adding another ladleful. Continue this way for about 20-25 minutes, stirring frequently, until the rice is creamy and tender, but still has a little bit of bite. You might not need to use all the stock. • Shortly before the risotto is cooked (5-6 mins remaining) add in the asparagus. • Once the rice is tender, stir in the pecorino. Spoon the risotto into warmed deep plates and shave over a little more pecorino to serve.

3 tablespoons all purpose flour 3/4 teaspoon coarse kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 8 3/4- to 1-inch-thick lamb rib chops 1 tablespoon butter 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 medium red onion, halved, thinly sliced (about 2 cups) 1 cup unsweetened black cherry juice 1 cup halved pitted fresh Bing cherries or other dark sweet cherries (about 7 ounces whole unpitted cherries) 1/3 cup thinly sliced fresh basil, divided Ingredient Tip: Look for unsweetened black cherry juice at the supermarket and natural foods stores. • Preheat oven to 250°F. Mix flour, 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt, and 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper on large plate. Lightly coat lamb chops with flour mixture; shake off excess. Melt butter with oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add lamb chops and cook to desired doneness, about 3 minutes per side for medium-rare. Transfer chops to baking sheet and keep warm in oven while preparing sauce (do not clean skillet). • Add onion to same skillet and sauté 2 minutes. Add cherry juice and bring to boil, scraping up any browned bits. Boil until liquid is slightly reduced and onion is slightly softened, stirring frequently, about 4 minutes. Stir in cherries and half of basil and cook 1 minute. Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper. • Place 2 lamb chops on each of 4 plates. Spoon sauce over. Sprinkle remaining basil over and serve.

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NOTES: For using cauliflower in the place of rice: follow all steps except adding the rice, instead add the cauliflower and asparagus at the same time to the reduced wine, shallots, and garlic. Add 1/4 cup of milk or unsweetened plain almond milk and 1/8 cup stock. Cook until asparagus is slightly tender, careful not to over cook the cauliflower, you want it to have an “al dente” texture to resemble rice.



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Combining its picturesque setting with professional event services and elegant, versatile facilities lets Squire Creek Country Club assure you a memorable event. Whether it’s your wedding, a friend’s special birthday, or that corporate gathering to inspire your team, our professional staff and broad array of experiences will help you create the event you envision. Opportunities include gourmet quality menus, indoor and outdoor event spaces, and an experienced service staff. In addition, luxury on-site overnight accommodations expand the possibilities for your family and guests. For intimate dinners or that once-in-a-lifetime event…a business meeting or a barbecue… a special evening or a leisurely weekend, contact us today and let Squire Creek make it yours.

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Your love lasts forever and so should the memories! Engagements I Weddings

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Help the Hurt The Ginger Bread House


“To handle yourself, use your head. To handle others, use your heart.”


keep this quote in mind as our Team works some of the most difficult cases you can possibly imagine. To look into the eyes of a five-year old and see deep-rooted pain, sadness, and fearfulness is heart-breaking. Many of the young child abuse victims we serve have endured circumstances that would break an adult’s spirit. Yet, their courage, resilience, and hopefulness inspire me daily. So often I am reminded of how precious life is and how important it is to protect our loved ones, especially our children. at the Gingerbread House dedicates its efforts to reducing the trauma experienced by child victims of sexual and severe physical abuse, including child victims of sex trafficking, ages 2-16 in northwest Louisiana. We are able to carry out our mission by employing a multidisciplinary approach to cases throughout the investigation, prosecution, and treatment phases. The multidisciplinary team approach has been designated as the best practice standard for handling child abuse cases. By coordinating services through the Multidisciplinary Team we reach out into the community and bring together twenty-five agencies representing law enforcement, child protective services, prosecution, medical, mental health, and child advocacy. At the Gingerbread House, children receive professional forensic interviews and child life services conducted in a childfriendly manner at a non-threatening facility. By promoting a caring environment, children feel more at ease to disclose the horrific details of their abuse. The interviews are recorded to reduce the number of times a child has to tell his or her story. Imagine having to talk to strangers about perhaps the most difficult event you have ever had to experience. Now imagine having to do that 8-10 times. Stop for just a moment and think of how difficult that would be as an adult

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and how much more difficult that would be if you were a young child. Prior to 1998, that was the reality of a child abuse victim in northwest Louisiana. Children often “talked to” 8-11 different adults before any actions were taken. As a result, less than 5% of cases were successfully prosecuted. Since the inception of the Gingerbread House in 1998, we have been able to reduce the number of interviews in most cases to just one. Prosecution rates have increased (over 97% successful prosecution of cases accepted by the District Attorney’s office) and the trauma experienced by victims has decreased, a win-win for all. To provide a foundation where the healing process can begin is the goal of our therapeutic approach. Our Counseling and Family Advocacy programs are staffed by professionals who not only have the professional capacity to carry out this difficult work, but also are also full of compassion. And that makes ALL the difference. Children feel safe and welcomed at our Center. It is thorough this approach that we are able to “reach” them and help them cope with the abuse. We work with the non-offending caregivers to provide support and education so that the adults will be better equipped to protect and support their children. Our efforts in the prevention and risk-reduction arenas are geared toward reaching children before they become victims. We must join hands through education to fight the epidemic of abuse through risk-reduction interventions, such as our Knowledge is Power curriculum. Knowledge is Power is a body safety educational curriculum geared for preschool and elementary-aged children. The program also has components for mandated reporters and


parents. Our Knowledge is Power curriculum has been approved by the Bossier, Caddo, and Webster School Boards and is offered free of charge to schools, both public and private. We have a new middle school curriculum, Making Good Choices, that addresses internet safety, healthy relationships, and human trafficking prevention. Finally, we are an Accredited Member of the National Children’s Alliance, the highest recognition possible for a child advocacy center in the United States. We are also a member of the Louisiana Alliance of Children’s Advocacy Centers, our state organization and we partner with local and state initiatives to help promote our message in order to keep children safe from abuse. For the past fourteen years, I have had the privilege of leading the Gingerbread House as Executive Director. Faith, Courage, Perseverance, and Hope…these are the guiding principles that inspire me as I continue to fight on behalf of innocent children who have been abused.

Thank you for joining hands with us as we continue to Help the Hurt.

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How Yoga can



f you could give your child lifelong tools to benefit them physically and mentally in just 45 minutes a week, would you add it to their schedule? If you did, you would enhance their athletic and academic performance and many more areas of their life. The physical gains from yoga are more than just flexibility, which alone can prevent injuries in sports, but also increases balance, strength, coordination and stamina. Unlike other physical activities, yoga joins the body and mind through movement and breath. This method allows individuals to gain increased focus, reduce stress and selfregulate to calm themselves. Most adults enjoy yoga for the calm sensation it gives them after class. In our fast paced society, children can be very anxious and stressed, and yoga is a tool to give them the same relaxation that adults experience. The kids’ classes at Breathe are 45 minutes to one hour long classes which are fun and playful because that is how children learn. You can expect a typical children’s class to contain the following elements (We say typical because children’s classes are never predictable!) After greetings, each class starts with breathing exercises not only to center the children but to also teach them how to use the breath to ease their nerves in

stressful situations. The breath we teach to the little ones may be like a balloon, a volcano, or many other creative ways to draw their attention to their breath and to slow it down. The older children may do some breath counting to learn to regulate their breath which will calm the nervous system. These techniques can be taken off the mat and into their daily lives to ease anxiety and to control their emotions. We have seen this work firsthand with our own children when they have used a breathing break to calm themselves. It is, however, called a practice for a reason. A f t e r t h e breathing exercises, class direction

m a y vary for different ages. The youngest yogis may go on an imaginative adventure infused with

lots of yoga poses. It is a creative way to hold their attention while demonstrating the yoga postures. Putting their bodies in these shapes promotes dexterity and coordination. The yoga poses will also prolong the natural flexibility of the little yogis. The older kids’ classes may move toward different sequences of poses to increase flexibility, balance and strength. For these children, we also introduce more challenging poses to teach them the patience needed for the practice and give them a self-confidence boost when they accomplish the pose. Classes of all age groups include some balance postures also. Balance postures are advantageous for any child. As with the other postures, they help with dexterity but they also greatly improve focus due to the concentration it takes to maintain the postures. Enhanced focus can be very beneficial in the classroom or in sports. This may also be immensely valuable for a child that has an attention deficit disorder. Non-competitive games and partner or group poses are also incorporated into classes to encourage cooperation and improved social skills. These games and poses are done in a safe, non-judgmental atmosphere, so children have the opportunity to be

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much needed time of stillness and rest. The icing on the cake for our program is that we weave positive themes into our class to instill yogic qualities such as kindness, patience, gratitude and presence. To bring home the topic we tell stories or give quotes to stimulate positive thinking and to ponder several of these yogic principals. Examining their thought and behavior patterns allows them to become more mindful. Mindfulness is simply becoming aware of your thoughts so that you can direct them. After all, life is full of stressful situations but it is not the situation that causes stress, it is your thoughts about it. Implementing these yoga practices can lead your child to a path of peace and well-being for life.

themselves. The kids love this part of class! Children of all ages need time to play, and these activities teach them acceptance, compassion and teamwork. The pace of each of our kids’ classes may change depending on the energy of the room, but no matter the degree of energy of the class, we always end in stillness. Movement makes stillness achievable for the kids. At the end of class, children stay on their mats where they begin to wind down and make their way to our final pose, savasana. In savasana, children have the opportunity to lie on their backs with eye pillows or roll their bodies in the mat like a burrito to get comfortable. To help get them settled, we utilize music, imagery or anything to help them find one focus. Here they learn to relax their body and ease their little minds. This counteracts the overstimulated environment which most kids have become accustomed. Just like adults, the kids welcome this

Photo Credits: Christiana Ross

Classes offered Monday - Wednesday 4 - 8 week sessions available Classes for ages 4-6, 7-9, and 10-13 FOR MORE INFORMATION, CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE AT BREATHEYOGASHREVEPORT.COM OR CALL (318) 798-0677 1935 E. 70th Street, Shreveport

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boutique Photography by: Wallace Lee Location: Meadows Manor, Ruston

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Advice from local boutique owners on how to look your best

featuring: Krush Favorite Sister’s Boutique Imelda’s Absolutely Abigail’s Pearlie Sue and Co Harper House Rodeo Boutique Sassafrass Page 33 | LOLA MAGAZINE | March-April 2017

“In order to be irreplaceable, One must always be different” ~Coco Chanel

Absolutely Abigail’s is the “Galleria” for fine linen apparel. Our collections are for women who do not subscribe to fashion trends. INSTEAD, our ladies are on a perpetual treasure hunt, collecting pieces to mix and layer, creating different combinations & infinite, timeless choices for her wardrobe. Art driven, sensual, comfortable, flexible, unstructured and edgy are perfect descriptions of this fashion montage. Flattering for any body type! For this fun photo, we are wearing SKIF International, made in the USA, paired back with Catherine Doll, whose clothing is created and reinvented from the finest goodwill textiles. Page 34 | LOLA MAGAZINE | March-April 2017

Favorite Sister’s

“Fashion is about embracing your personal style, regardless of age, size, or trend, and being able to build a wardrobe of pieces that leave you feeling happy and confident as you tackle the variety of things in your everyday life! Your fashion should always bring a smile to your face and work for your busy life.” Page 35 | LOLA MAGAZINE | March-April 2017

has been open almost 6 years now, which is truly thrilling for us! We’re a family owned and operated boutique that tries to provide “Real Clothes for Real People at Real Prices!”All of our jewelry is handmade and all our gift items are made by different regional artists. As your Favorite Sisters, we believe in the quality of our products at reasonable prices while maintaining that savvy, playful, and chic vibe our customers expect from us week after week, month after month, and season after season. We want your shopping experience to be fun and memorable, so that you leave our store feeling wonderful about your purchases and feeling great about yourself! Alex is wearing one our basic tops that is perfect for any woman as a layering piece in her wardrobe. She’s paired it with one of our absolute favorite Ciao Milano rain jackets that’s a go to with Louisiana weather, and her personal favorite, “change your life,” Lysse leggings! Carri Jo is aslo rocking her “change your life” Lysse leggings paired with our staple PIKO tops, which she has in every color! And finally, she’s paired it with a textured suede blush vest that is perfect for layering! Both ladies have paired their outfits with different pieces of handmade jewelry by Amy Oliver with Love AO.

“I have always believed that fashion was not only made to make women more beautiful, but also to reassure them, to give them confidence” ~Yves Saint Laurent

harper house Shreveport’s finest boutique in Pierremont Mall featuring Joie, Tibi, Shoshanna, Elie Tahari, Rebecca Minkoff, Rebecca Taylor, Julie Brown, Greylin, COH jeans. Come in and let Harper house dress you in quality clothing. Faith is wearing Elie Tahari laser cut cropped military jacket, ASbyDF silk and lace tropical print cami, Citizens of Humanity Rocket premium denim, Marc Fisher suede wedges. Page 36 | LOLA MAGAZINE | March-April 2017

Always wear what looks best on you. What makes you feel & look your best. That's what will bring out your true style!! Happiness & beauty within.

IMELDA’s The only true ladies shoe boutique in Shreveport/ Bossier. Carrying sizes 5-11 & narrows, however, “we’re not just shoes anymore!” As we’ve expanded our inventory to include everyday chic but “effortless” fashion, carrying Michael Stars (perfect example of that style) LA cool, throw on & go look. As well as everything in between all the way to formals. Customer service is the #1 thing we love providing. We’re not here to sell you a pair of shoes or a dress. If it’s not perfect for you, we don’t want you buying it. We truly want you to feel fabulous & look as great as you feel. Jennifer is wearing a fabulous cardigan by Michael Stars and top by Velvet paired with white, Fidelity jeans and shoes by Made. Page 37 | LOLA MAGAZINE | March-April 2017

sassafrass Sassafras Gift Boutique is a women’s boutique that offers clothes, shoes, and jewelry! We love what we do and hope you love us too!! Ashley Dean is wearing a peep shoulder royal top and distressed black jeans.

“S tyle is saying who you

are without having to speak”

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“Elegance is the only beauty that never fades” ~Audrey Hepburn

Pearlie Sue and Co. Ladies apparel and accessories boutique that focuses on comfort, quality, and style in everyday work or play clothing that can be dressed up or down! We call it everyday elegance! Our store strives to maintain a variety of styles and options so that every lady will find something she just can’t live without! We do carry plus sizes!! Come see what you can find today, and see what’s new with Pearlie Sue!! LeeAnne is wearing a beautiful floral kimono and white Capris Open Tues-Sat 10:00-5:30 1003 North Trenton in Ruston Page 39 | LOLA MAGAZINE | March-April 2017

“Every day is a fashion show, and the world is the runway." ~Coco Chanel

Rodeo At Rodéo, we are always eager to help and offer fashion advice. We’re known for always keeping up with the latest fashion trends. Whether you are looking for an everyday look, or an outfit for out on the town, we won’t let you walk out of the store looking anything but fabulous. We promise! Come shop and visit with us - We’re pretty fun to hang out with too. Downtown Ruston Katy is wearing an ivory and navy off the shoulder short romper. Perfect for Spring! Page 40 | LOLA MAGAZINE | March-April 2017

Don’t just walk the runway...

Krush the runway ~Daniel Adams

KRUSH At Krush, we believe life is a party so shopping should be too! With a high energy sales floor and sassy, knowledgeable stylists, we do just that! Every girl has an inner Diva and we bring her out by providing an extraordinary experience and giving her unforgettable personal service. Krush offers the latest, affordable, fashion-forward trends in junior/contemporary clothing, accessories, and shoes. With a distinctive eye for future trends, owner Daniel Adams fills the store with cutting edge looks, lifestyles and brands. Krush Boutique appeals to every girl with ah flirty spirit and an energetic passion for life. So spoil yourself in romantic vintage, stand out in vibrant neons, and sparkle with eyecatching jewelry. Grab your best friend for an unforgettable experience. Page 41 | LOLA MAGAZINE | March-April 2017

Photographer: Paige Johnson

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Airline Shopping Center 2333 Airline Drive Bossier City, LA (318) 752-3244

Pierremont Plaza

1409 East 70th Street, Suite 101A Shreveport, LA (318) 524-9992

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Don Juanz does its part to protect the environment With Don O’Byrne, owner of Don Juanz Baja Beach Tacos


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Your Health

with Dr. Nicole Cotter Dr. Nicole Cotter is a rheumatologist currently practicing medicine in Shreveport, Louisiana. She is board-certified in Rheumatology and Internal Medicine and is studying Integrative Medicine through the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. Dr. Cotter believes that an integrative approach to health is ideal. When not in clinic, you can

Clearing Up Arthritis

find her reading, running, cooking with her husband or chasing her two kids.

Eat a balanced diet of mostly plants. Avoid processed foods and added sugars.

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n interesting thing happened to me a few months ago. I was talking with a friend about this column and mentioned the possibility of writing about arthritis. I am a rheumatologist after all, so naturally I am chomping at the bit to talk about this subject. She rolled her eyes and said “no way! Arthritis is for old people. No one will be interested in that.” Not two months later, this same thirty-year-old friend developed joint pain and swelling. She called me scared, confused, and concerned for what was going on and what it meant for her future. Although this was a new conversation to this woman, it was a common conversation for me: young women developing joint problems and wondering what in the world is going on. There are many misconceptions about arthritis, but the idea that arthritis only occurs in the elderly may be the biggest myth of all. Arthritis can affect anyone at any age. The CDC estimates that 62% of adults with arthritis are less than 65 years old. The average age for diagnosis of Osteoarthritis is 50 and the typical age of onset for Rheumatoid Arthritis is between 30 and 60. Sadly, one in every 250 children in the United States has arthritis! I would bet that every reader of this magazine is in some way affected by arthritis, either personally or through a close relative, maybe even a child. While the rheumatologist in me has been looking forward to talking about this topic, the citizen in me wants to write about something relevant – and this is it. It has been called “the silent disease” because we don’t talk about it and, as I have pointed out, it is often misunderstood. I hope to share with you bit of what I know about arthritis so that we can all be better educated and perhaps more understanding to those of us who are stricken with this problem. Arthritis comes in many flavors. It is estimated that there are over 100 types of arthritis and it is actually a pretty complicated subject. As an adult rheumatologist, I see women and men from the ages of 18 to 90+ years old, many of whom have arthritis as part of a larger disease. Pediatric rheumatologists are pediatricians that specialize in rheumatic disease affecting children. It is our job to figure out what kind of arthritis a person has and what to do about it. That can be a challenging task in many cases. It doesn’t always look the same and sometimes it is downright perplexing. If you are concerned that you may have arthritis or a rheumatic disease, it is important to see a rheumatologist so that you can get the right answer. In many types of arthritis, early intervention is extremely important. Another myth that must be debunked is that a lab test can diagnose arthritis. Let me be clear: there is NO lab test that can diagnose any kind of arthritis. There are lab tests that can help to make a diagnosis, but definitive tests simply do not exist. By relying solely on blood tests, arthritis will be overdiagnosed in people who don’t have it and missed in people who actually do.

Arthritis is not “just part of getting older” Rheumatoid factor (RF) and antinuclear antibodies (ANA), for example, are two lab tests that are often ordered in people with joint pain. A positive test for either of these can lead to worry, but they do not necessarily mean anything is currently wrong. The reverse is also true: negative blood tests do not exclude arthritis. It takes the big picture to make a diagnosis of arthritis. Clinical history, physical examination, labwork, Xrays, and sometimes other studies are all part of the evaluation. Lab tests can help and are important, but they should not be the final word. Many folks are walking around with the belief that nothing can be done if you have arthritis. Not true! As I mentioned before, getting the correct diagnosis is of the utmost importance. Because we treat types of arthritis differently, we must know what we are dealing with to approach it properly. The diagnosis also makes a difference with prognosis, or how a person will do later in life. Some types of arthritis will only cause the joints to hurt. Other types, in addition to joint symptoms, can make a person very sick. Regardless of the type, there is always something that can be done. From simple lifestyle modifications to aggressive pharmaceutical treatment, there are comprehensive treatment plans that can help a person feel and function better. There are also things that we can do to prevent arthritis. First of all, get to and stay at a normal body weight. Being overweight not only puts strain on your joints, it also creates an inflammatory

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Speak up, be proactive in your healthcare, and take care of your body.

state that can set you up for disease, including arthritis. Obesity is a well-known risk factor for the development of arthritis and if you are overweight you may not respond as well to treatment. Next, eat the right food. There is not one way of eating that will definitively cause arthritis (except perhaps the Standard American Diet), but what you eat does matter to your health and arthritis is no exception. Although nutrition recommendations vary by person, there are general concepts for health that hold true for arthritis. Eat a balanced diet of mostly plants. Avoid processed foods and added sugars. I suggest the AntiInflammatory Diet to most people, which is less of a “diet” and more of a sustainable lifestyle. Lastly, exercise regularly. If you muscles are strong, your joints will be more stable. Exercise also helps to combat inflammation, which is a problem in the development of arthritis. If you experience joint pain, talk to your doctor. Pay attention to your symptoms.

Make a note of which joints hurt, when they hurt, what makes the pain better or worse, what time of day your symptoms are the most severe, and whether or not your joints swell. Remember that not all joint pain is arthritis. Don’t be scared if your primary care doctor suggests you see a rheumatologist. Getting the right diagnosis is the first step to getting better. Talk about it. Read about it. One in four women have been diagnosed with arthritis by a doctor. You will find that more people than you think have experienced similar symptoms or know of someone who has. There is support all around, including organizations like the Arthritis Foundation (www. arthritis.org). Arthritis is not “just part of getting older”. Speak up, be proactive in your healthcare, and take care of your body. Do you have a question for Dr. Cotter or a topic you would like her to address? E-mail her at LOLA at Drcotterlolamag@gmail. com

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n the historical view of nursing, it is notable that along with teaching, nursing was one of the two acceptable career choices open to women. Considered a subservient role, the early nurse was expected to do what they were told, and understand that their primary role was service to the doctor. We’ve come a long way baby! The profession of nursing is much more than that today. Nursing has expanded to cross generational, ethnic and gender lines. Nursing has established a knowledge base to allow practice based on standards of care and ethics developed by and for nursing. Nursing’s primary recipient of service is the patient population or community they serve. Nursing is a vibrant, growing profession that allows for many career paths within its borders, boundaries, margins (choose

one). Entry into nursing can come through one of two routes: LPN (licensed practical nurse) – training usually occurs in the trade school setting. LPN training can take one to two years depending on the program. RN (registered nurse) – Registered nurses may choose to enter the profession via the associate of science in nursing (ASN) degree or the baccalaureate of science in nursing (BSN) degree. The ASN degree is most commonly granted through the community college systems, while the BSN degrees are conferred at the university level. Both must meet the minimum standards for entry into nursing practice by passing the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). Nursing is an important, bedrock component of nursing practice. Nurses

can specialize in and receive certification in population specific areas exhibiting expertise through testing and advancing skills. For example, a labor and delivery nurse may seek certification as an inpatient obstetrical nurse, in fetal monitoring or high risk OB. Nurses have the opportunity to advance their careers with formal education as well. The master of science (MSN) degree is required for nurses seeking the advanced practice registered nurse roles. These include Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM), Nurse Practitioners (NP), Nurse Anesthetists (CNA), and Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS). Nurses can also seek advanced degrees in administration and education. Nurses choosing to reach the pinnacle of the educational spectrum can do so

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by pursuing a doctorate degree. The two most common are the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) which is a practice doctorate and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) which is considered a research doctorate. They share a combined goal of improving patient outcomes; one through creating new knowledge and the other by putting that knowledge into practice. Nursing requires much from those who choose to join its ranks. Nursing education is exacting. It requires sacrifice and dedication to achieve it. While other young adults are fellowshipping with friends, taking in the latest movies and bingeing on their favorite TV shows; nursing students are typically scheduling another study group, making note cards for the next exam or revising a care plan for the umpteenth time before finally turning it in. The work is hard; therefore, the commitment must be absolute. The student must have a motivation beyond money and job security. There must be compassion, a desire to improve the lives of others, and a calling to serve. Nursing has consistently been regarded as the most highly trusted profession for many years. The unique characteristics of nurses, the nature of the service the profession provides, and the ability to put the needs of others before the needs of self is a major reason for the public trust afforded to the profession. Nursing today is as varied as its members. Nurses are not only the largest group of health care workers; they are authors, policy makers, corporate CEOs and board members. They are

military officers, community leaders, researchers, educators and administrators. Nurses are entrepreneurs, promoters of health, and patient advocates. This variance strategically places nurses in a position of power to positively impact the communities they serve locally, the national health care landscape as well as the international health of the global community. Nursing is a giving profession, and I have received much from it. Starting as a baccalaureate graduate, I worked in labor and delivery and had the most fun singing happy birthday every day and also experiencing times of the most extreme sadness when a baby was lost. Labor and delivery allowed me the opportunity to care for mothers and babies in routine situations, experience the adrenaline rush of the emergency C-Section, or scrub in during surgical procedures. With that same nursing degree, I was able to work on a medical surgical unit preparing to become a nurse manager of a new neurology unit. Then it was back to school to take on the advanced practice role as a family nurse practitioner, caring for patients, teaching, and owning a business. My journey includes obtaining the DNP, which allows me to work with DNP students with the express purpose of creating leaders to impact and improve patient outcomes, all within the profession of nursing. Each nurse’s story is different. Each nurse’s path is unique. Most of us who have been in the trenches for any length of time would tell you that while there are challenges, we are proud to be called a nurse.

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A Passion for making patient Relationships a priority WRITTEN BY: CARLA ANDERSON


hen I originally moved back to the Shreveport area, I was truly struggling to find my place professionally. I had not pictured myself moving back to the area, but I found myself very close to an ill grandmother. Shreveport was my hometown sure, but my ultimate calling to help people caught me in some very lackluster jobs. But, as only God can, he used one of those jobs to open a door to an industry I have a deep passion for medical staffing and caregiving. So what is medical staffing and caregiving exactly? The neat thing about our job is we are able to assist facilities with their staffing needs – from front desk positions to clinical professionals to coding specialists. In addition, we also have our caregiving sector of business providing families assistance when their loved one is recovering from a procedure to more long term illnesses such as dementia and Alzheimer’s. IT KEEPS US BUSY! But that is what I love most about what we do. It keeps us on our toes and allows us to help people in need. Prior to starting Elite, Joanna and I worked with a corporate medical staffing firm based out of Baltimore, MD. Joanna actually hired me! If only she realized how bossy I was back then! We had a small office in Shreveport, and we were able to place nurses and aides within various hospitals around the area while obtaining training from a national company regarding protocols within the industry. We absolutely LOVED what we did – it

was fast paced, always challenging, and again revolved around helping people. But in 2008, the economy fell out and the company downsized Louisiana to one office in Baton Rouge. We were crushed and while both of us were approached by several competitors in the area, none of them fit “us.” I remember our initial conversation about starting a business. I looked at Joanna one day and said, “Look, we are not the smartest kids on the block, BUT we are certainly not the dumbest either. Let’s try it and see what happens.” And just like that…..Elite Health Solutions was born. We literally wrote our business plan at my dining room table in a two bedroom townhome at the time and proceeded to get advice from my parents on the accounting side. I remember calling clients from that table and thinking “how in the world are we going to do this?” But God has surely proved us wrong. He has allowed us to continue growing - both in business and with helping people. John Wayne once said, “Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway.” If I could put into words the level of fear Joanna and I had when starting Elite, it would probably have bordered on a life or death moment. Here were two young ladies that had worked for a corporate medical staffing firm now being offered an opportunity to start a small business in their hometown. But what a lot of people don’t see is just how much we care about our clients, our

customers, and our employees. Joanna and I, both natives to Shreveport, ran in similar circles growing up, but we did not cross paths until years after college when she was managing a staffing. When we first started Elite, we assisted only facilities – hospitals, nursing homes, doctors offices, etc. We have seen a huge need to help facilities with their staffing needs so they do not have to carry the load of overhead when staff is unneeded.

Carla and Joanna

But as we would staff, we would get calls from families that would say, “Your employee has assisted our loved one while in the hospital. Can we use her when we get discharged?” Now….if anyone ever tries to tell you caring for a patient is easy, do not believe it. . It is literally one of the hardest things PHOTO CREDITS: BRIAN LEWIS PHOTOGRAPHY

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we deal with on a daily basis, but it involves again that passion of helping people and building relationships. I am often asked which sector of our business is harder to manage – caregiving or staffing facilities? And each time I answer with more validity than the time before – caregiving, hands down. When a family initially comes to us, they are usually in a panic state. They are either exhausted from a hospital stay, live out of town and can’t get to their loved one, or they are seeing their loved one reach the end of life and need someone to help them cope. It’s very emotional. Indirectly we see each family’s grief, stress, humility, and anger process unfold, and it usually happens all within the same day. Our business works hard to take those feelings of panic and provide a solution to help families in need. Do we hit a homerun each time? I wish. But I will tell you this…..we genuinely care about our patients. I still remember the passing of our first client, I still remember holding

the hand of a client when they took their last breath, and I still look ahead, getting up each morning, believing in what we do because of the power of relationships. My grandmother was a nurse for many years in the community. I still run into people who remembered her, and they tell me she was one of the most compassionate people they had ever met. Twenty plus years after retiring from Schumpert Hospital and in declining health herself, my grandmother was eating at IHOP and runs into a lady (Sillia) that had worked with her while doing diabetic education. Sillia, now a caregiver, had just finished caring for a patient that had passed away and signed on with Elite per my grandmother’s wishes. We placed Sillia with my grandmother, and she assisted her as a caregiver until her passing. It was the most beautiful thing. She also helped with my two girls and most recently my dad. All this is due to a relationship which was started 20 plus years ago inside a hospital with a nurse and an office clerk. It’s all about relationships.

I think about our story here at Elite and the services we provide. God has truly opened doors for our organization and allowed us to care for some of the neatest families in town. Most recently I received an email from a son in South Carolina about the passing of his mother. We were able to assist his mom and dad until his dad’s Alzheimer’s was so bad that he needed to be placed in the home. But his email touched my heart because two days after his mother had passed he writes to inform me how impacting our care was for his parents. It is in those moments I cherish this crazy ride and thank the big man upstairs for the opportunity to provide care for this community. At the end of the day, the goal of helping people and building relationships is fulfilled.

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The homeowners really wanted a New Orleans-style courtyard! They wanted an outdoor space where they could actually sit and enjoy themselves! After some major demo on bushes and trees both in the yard and inside the courtyard, we had a few of the columns sandblasted to achieve the exposed brick look they wanted. Shreveport’s Copper Works Custom Lighting designed beautiful (gas and electric) lanterns for the home. The new front door and trim were painted, and a new doorknob set from Tommy’s Hardware was installed.


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Self-talk matters... It takes courage... Real beauty...

Putting an end to gossip. These are just a few of the lesson themes from Girls on the Run curriculum, a lifechanging program for girls in third through eighth grades. While living in Washington, D.C., in 2010, I became involved with the local Girls on the Run council on a whim. I was a runner and looking for volunteer opportunities. It seemed like a good fit to spend spare time helping as a 5K committee member. I had no idea that Girls on the Run would have a life-changing effect on me. I happened to be placed at the finish line of the 5K that season and seeing the powerful look of accomplishment on every girl’s face as she completed the 5K was incredible. I quickly realized this wasn’t just a running program; it was transformative. That’s the thing about Girls on the Run – it’s so much more than just running. Over the

course of a 10-week season every spring and fall, girls meet as a team with their coaches twice a week to train for a 5K. At each practice, the workouts are designed around a central theme from our guided curriculum encouraging girls to recognize their inner strength and cultivate positive emotional, social, mental, and physical development. The lessons effectively equip every participant with life skills to live a joyful, healthy, and confident life beyond the finish line. The following year I served as the 5K Race Director for the Girls on the Run DC Council. Throughout the year, I began to realize that the program’s transformative power wasn’t limited just to our young participants. It was one of the few times in my life where I was surrounded by women in a professional setting who didn’t undercut each other, who didn’t talk behind each

other’s backs, and who could genuinely enjoy eating a Georgetown cupcake without lamenting the rest of the day about how to burn off the extra calories. It was liberating. In the summer of 2011, I moved to Shreveport with my husband for his Neurosurgery Residency at University Health. A few years later in the summer of 2013, a small group of dedicated men and women in Shreveport worked together to bring a Girls on the Run Council to our area. We officially launched our first season in January 2014. Supporters of our program include The Ballengee Foundation, the Guthikonda Family, The Powers Foundation, Women’s Health Clinic, Boyd Family Dentistry, Lang & Blackwood Orthodontics, Cosse Silmon Orthodontics, Breast Care Specialists, Chemistry Hair Salon, Citizens National Bank, Jamey & Marci Moore, The Lyons Group at Raymond

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James, Chuck Horne RE/ MAX Executive Realty, and University Veterinary Hospital. Since our inception, we have grown to serve over 300 girls in Northwest Louisiana, and its effect has been expansive. One of the most rewarding benefits of the program is receiving feedback from parents and teachers about the changes that they see in the girls who are participating. Every season we receive phone calls and emails letting us know that the program is working and how amazed they are at the newfound confidence they see in their daughter or student. After teaching the lesson on how to stand up for yourself followed by a lesson on how to handle gossip, we learned that a young fifth grader had confronted her friend with the following statement, “I feel disappointed when you talk badly about others behind their back because I

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know you’re so much better than that. I would like for you to please stop saying mean things.” The teacher shared that this particular group of girls had fallen into a vicious cycle of

name calling and backstabbing and exclusivity until Girls on the Run was offered at their school. She was astounded by the way in which they were now handling conflict.

We also hear many times over from parents how their daughters “come out of their shell” after participating in Girls on the Run. Or, how they’ve incorporated some of the lessons into life at home. For example, for the lesson titled “Self-Talk Matters” the girls come up with a sign or signal to alert their friends when they’re saying something negative about themselves. A negative self-talk statement might be, “I could never run a 5k” or “I’m not good at math.” One mother shared that she hadn’t realized how often she negatively talked about her own physical appearance until her daughter brought it to her attention after the “Self-Talk Matters” lesson. She shared that she and her daughter now have a signal to stop each other if one of them launches into negative self-talk.

And yet the most profound impact of the program continues to be seen at the finish line of the end-ofseason celebratory 5K, as I had witnessed so many years ago when I first became involved in DC. Watching every girl’s face beam with pride and accomplishment at the culmination of a hard-earned 10-week season is nothing short of inspiring. My most memorable 5K finish line experience was at the end of our first Shreveport season. One of the girls in the program that year had cerebral palsy. At times, her running was more labored than her teammates. The other girls recognized this, and throughout the season they always acknowledged her efforts through “Energy Awards,” which is a fun part of a GOTR practice where girls are recognized by their teammates for showing their inner strength and motivating others.

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On the morning of our celebratory 5K, all of the runners had finished except for our final Girl on the Run, her dad and two coaches. Once they were visible about 100 yards away, her teammates who had previously finished, noticed and sprinted out to meet her. Running together as a cheering pack, they all crossed the finish line together. It was a beautiful example of teamwork and the power in connectedness, and there wasn’t a dry eye at the finish line. So when I get asked what exactly Girls on the Run does, I always pause hoping to gather the right words. It really isn’t just about the running. We spend 10 weeks teaching young girls that they’re worth it, and by the time they cross the finish line, you know without a doubt that

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“I Just Can’t Take It Anymore!”

Calming the Anxious Brain to Increase Performance


nxiety can be a debilitating condition. Anxiety changes chemicals in your brain that can affect the way you think and the way you feel to such a degree that each thought feels normal or can become overwhelming. People struggle to tell themselves that they’re worrying WRITTEN BY DONESA for no reason, but anxiety tells WALKER, M.ED, them that their worry makes sense. OWNER OF Anxiety makes them genuinely feel LEARNINGRX OF SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER there are issues to worry about. It does this by negative thinking. It’s the act of genuinely believing that something negative is going to occur because of the way anxiety affects your brain. Most detrimental stress comes from the overanxious brain and can lead to physical inhibitions and depression. This is especially true for a pattern of anxious behavior that can lead to anxiety attacks that can physically shut down the body and make a person ill. The chemical changes in the brain can be responsible for an overall shut down effect on the body, but you can control your anxiety by dealing with the stress in advance as it begins to occur. Academic and social performance both in school and on the job are greatly impacted by anxiety.

HERE ARE SIX TIPS TO DEALING WITH ANXIETY AND TO STAVE OFF ANXIETY ATTACKS BEFORE THE CHEMICAL CHANGE OCCURS IN THE BRAIN. Prayer/Mindfulness - Centering your thoughts outside yourself and on nature, God, the beauty around you and focusing on these have a cleansing effect on the brain and allow the brain’s neurons to problem solve in a relaxed manner. Over time, people who engage in this centering process of prayer and meditation develop thicker layers of neurons in the attentionfocused parts of the prefrontal cortex and in the insula, an area that’s triggered when we tune into our feelings and bodies. Other research has shown that being mindful boosts activation of the left prefrontal cortex, which suppresses negative emotions, and minimizes the activation of the amygdala which is the “alarm” trigger for fight or flight. To reduce fight/flight once it has started, begin to think small to large-my fingers are fine, my toes are ok, my arms are ok, etc. until you reach your core….As in Philippians 4:8, Think on these things: things that are true, honest, just, pure, good reports….”

Positive Journaling – Preventative measurewrite down good uplifting thoughts such as scriptures that can combat anxiety and put into places that you will see them when you are facing the anxiety such as on your bathroom mirror,

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refrigerator, dashboard of your car, on your child’s notebook, in your child’s lunch sack, etc. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.

Surround yourself with Positive People – “Birds of a feather flock together.” Positive thinking friends have a profound influence on your mental health and the negative ninnies do too. Locate people that act the way you want to feel and spend time with them. If you find positive relationships, you’ll become more positive around them and it spreads. Smiles are contagious. If you have a solitary job or situation, find positive videos/pictures that make you smile and laugh. Laughter is good medicine for the soul.

Social Media Diet - Take time off from negative feeds in your social media account-stay away from negative people and negative press by suppressing your feed to those that are not uplifting in what they post, or stay off the social web altogether to re-center yourself.

Attainable Goal Setting – A sense of accomplishment is also a great tool for positivity. Set many different small attainable goals for yourself. Reaching these goals shows you that you worked for something, which is a great way to overcome anxiety. One such goal can be to overcome negative thought by practicing positive restatement because if you’re able to overcome anxiety you’ll be able to overcome negative thinking. But in the meantime, focusing on becoming a more positive person can have profound results for your day to day happiness.   Exercise Cognitively and Physically– Both mental and physical exercise create positivity. When your brain/body feel healthy, your mind releases more “good mood” neurotransmitters that help you deal with some of the symptoms of anxiety. Setting up a quick walk or a mental exercise to do when anxiety strikes allows you to think ahead and combat negative feelings before they can take root. Perhaps counting backwards from 100 by 2s…spelling your city backwards...even singing songs that are old tunes that you have to recall the words also opens up the neurons to fire in a positive manner-Think of Little Orphan Annie singing Tomorrow…the sun will come out tomorrow…or the cute little mice singing “somewhere over the rainbow”… or grandma singing “Jesus never Fails “Exercising the brain in a positive manner gets those neurons firing and bundling together which causes endorphins to boost, and you can have a little chocolate (serotonin) to boot without guilt if you have exercised that body! Stress doesn’t have to be a bad thing and can actually be quite good for the body as it makes us work more quickly and

diligently. When the pressure becomes a level of stress/anxiety that our body and mind cannot handle, then the chemical changes occur and become detrimental to our health and wellbeing. Scripture tells us that God has not given us a Spirit of Fear but of Love and a sound mind so we need to practice this in our everyday life. There are all kinds of simple tools from scents/oils such as peppermint to soothe to professionals that have psychology and counseling degrees as well as medications to help. If you are struggling with extremes, seek out a professional and be upfront with what you are feeling. If you need a brain trainer to boost your academic and cognitive thought processes, seek out LearningRx or other local professionals. If you need spiritual help, find a good local church with an active positive group of people to interact with and engage yourself and your family. Boost your performance by taking steps in advance to reduce anxiety load and see if you don’t feel better in 2017!


Brain Awareness Week (BAW)

is a nationwide effort organized by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives and the Society for Neuroscience to promote the public and personal benefits of brain research. The official week for the next BAW is March 13-19, 2017, but the month of March is Brain Awareness Month. Several local facilities have upcoming events that focus on the brain such as Pi Day on March 14, 2017 at LearningRx and Brainy Camp during Spring Break. SciPort has many events scheduled for that week in addition to camps for Spring break also. Also, ThinkFirst has some workshops. For a list of activities in our area, go the link for Brain Awareness Week on Dana.org.

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Rock the Bump


aim to have at least 10 basic items of clothing in your perfect pregnancy wardrobe. Then you can mix and match pieces to create different outfits, from day to night, jazzed up with various accessories.

The Vest

Photo Credits: Britt Elizabeth Photograhy

Maternity vests are an essential for your capsule wardrobe during pregnancy. They are perfect for layering. Hormonal changes will mean that you feel the heat more when you’re pregnant, so wearing a vest is perfect when you have to peel off those extra layers!

F ashion forward women don’t need to give up their

style when they become pregnant! Now that spring is here, you may find it difficult to style your blossoming baby bump. No matter where you buy your maternity clothes, be it designer wear or otherwise, you have to consider certain factors before you decide to buy your clothes. Take a look at some of our Do’s and Don’ts to rocking your bump this season and also some superb pieces that will look great in your capsule wardrobe!

The Maternity Jeans Jeans are always a good idea! They are a wardrobe staple and they go with anything. They can be worn to go out in the evening or more casually during the day. Darker colors are really slimming. If you opt for a bootcut or a straight leg - this will give balance to your beautiful silhouette.

The Dress Choose a colorful or striped print to make yourself feel bright and breezy this spring. We added a basic white tee for a more casual daytime look. For a more formal look, try adding a blazer for a more sophisticated feel!

The Blazer Everyday blazers are a great essential to have in your capsule wardrobe! From work to evening it is a great way to change your look from casual and fun to Page Page 2 |70LOLA | LOLA MAGAZINE MAGAZINE | January-February | March-April 2017 2017 professional and classy.


choose two different neutral shades for the core of your wardrobe. Fitted trousers, skirts and dresses in black and dark grey are perfect for the office (depending on where you work that is!). Add splashes of color with tunics, camisoles and accessories to add glitz to your outfit.

The Skirt A flattering long skirt will give you a good shape, while also being comfortable. Bright colors or simple stripes will enhance your figure.


buy your normal clothes in larger sizes. By doing this, the clothes will make you look bigger, and they will not fit properly. There are so many affordable maternity clothes out there; invest in some key pieces that fit well and give you a flattering shape.

The Shirt Make sure to invest in a couple of good quality cotton t-shirts. They go with anything, from jeans to shorts (for the warmer weather!).


break the bank! - Remember you’re only pregnant for nine months. Just select your 10 core pieces, then glam them up by adding gorgeous accessories like scarves, bags, jewelry and shoes.

The Tunic A tunic can add color or a fresh print to your capsule wardrobe. Light florals worn with jeans and flats or pixie boots can be a comfortable but casual look.

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ooking to make a few small updates in your home? You do NOT want to spend a million dollars, but you want to do something that makes a large enough statement that you (your friends and, let’s be real, the neighbors) notice? Here are a few suggestions for small updates with large impact! Look fresh from the road! – Make a statement from the road by painting your front door a new, fresh color! Whether you choose a clean new “neutral” or a pop of color, the neighbors are sure to notice! You could even take it an extra step by adding a fun new door knocker!

New Numbers – A fun transformation piece to the exterior could be new house numbers! Update the style, size or the color!

New Cabinet Hardware – Try changing out the hardware in your kitchen or bathroom! New color or finish, or just a new style- this change will be quick and easy! All you need is a screwdriver (or hand drill)!

Add An Accent Wall – You can add a fun accent wall by adding some color (try coordinating or a fun pop!) or even wallpaper (if you dare) or even shiplap! It can totally transform your room!

If you aren’t just dying to DIY, you could also make a large impact by changing out your faucet in the bathroom or kitchen or changing out your lighting fixtures! We would definitely recommend calling in the professionals for these jobs though! Photo Credits: Sarah Baker

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Definition of Lubricity: The capacity for reducing friction


oon after my daughter Alden turned 11, she decided she was too old to wear her hair in ponytails or braids. She wanted to style her hair like older girls did, because she was now an older girl herself. As a single father, I put on a brave face and told her that I would do whatever I could to help her as she learned to navigate the complicated world of haircare. We quickly learned that Alden’s hair was not easy to style. Her thick, course locks often tangled, would not hold a smooth style, and no amount of over-the-counter products seemed to last through a full school day. And why, I wondered, did her hair seem to grow bigger every time we brushed her hair or when she stepped outside into the thick Louisiana humid air? I thought there might be a salon solution that would help, so I began researching salon offerings only to learn that popular keratin-based straightening treatments were expensive, time consuming and

As a father, I was extremely frustrated. As a PhD chemist, I was intrigued. Why did humidity make her hair bigger? What were the chemical and structural bonds that caused her tangles and frizz? There had to be a scientific answer to these questions and a better solution to these problems than exposing people to the same toxins used in the embalming process. At the time, I was working in the energy industry and was set to travel to the Arctic Circle for a months-long project. So, I checked out two books, each 700+ pages, on the anatomy, morphology and composition of hair. I thought that if I could understand why her hair behaved the way it did, then I could create a solution to our problems. I used my time on the long flights to and from the Arctic Circle as well as my non-working downtime to do just that. When I returned home, the experiments began. I contacted

“As a father, I was extremely frustrated. As a PhD chemist, I was intrigued.” Dr. Clark at lab with daughter

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pharmaceutical and personal care companies that were developing cutting-edge compounds capable of changing the molecular structure

of hair. For over 6 months, I would test various formulas I created on Alden, often trying one solution on half of her hair and another on the other side of her hair. I would measure results, document them, and continue improving my formulas. I spared no expense – after all, this was all for the betterment of my daughter’s hair and I used only high-end, naturally derived ingredients. At formula number 17, we had a breakthrough. Alden’s hair was soft, shiny and manageable. She didn’t wake up with tangles and her hair didn’t frizz when she stepped outdoors. I was thrilled. She was elated. I made a large batch of #17 and stored it in a 5-gallon bucket, thinking that would be enough to get us through her teenage years. My journey was complete. Or so I thought. When Alden returned to school, she came home with notes from her teachers asking what we had done to her hair and where could they buy the products. So I started scooping out my creation into plastic containers and sending

them to her teachers. The word quickly spread and within a few short months, my 5-gallon bucket was almost empty. Then I got a call from a local spa that specializes in high-end retail products, including many top haircare brands. The owner told me he had heard about my creation and that he wanted to carry my product line. I looked at my nearly empty bucket and thought “my product line?”. I told him I needed 30 days, and Lubricity Labs was born. Lubricity Labs’ products are now available in several salons in Baton Rouge and are sold direct to clients via our website at www.lubricitylabs.com. We offer professional strength formulas for salons only as well as an at-home treatment, shampoo and conditioner, and a men’s line of products. Lubricity Labs was recently selected as the winner of PitchBR, a local Shark Tank style competition where start-up businesses compete to earn funds through the venture capitalist firm Innovation Catalyst. With

these investment funds, Lubricity Labs will undertake an aggressive marketing campaign to help build our brand and increase our client base. I don’t think I could have imagined going from making products in my home kitchen to producing on a large-scale in a fully equipped lab. But I am humbled by the tremendous response I have gotten to my products and am excited about the future. To learn more about Lubricity Labs or to shop online, please visit www.lubricitylabs.com.




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Richard Creative Earns Bronze at the 2017 Addy Awards LOLA MAGAZINE, COVER DESIGN: “FALL INTO FASHION“ SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2016 ISSUE


Richard Creative was honored to receive two bronze Addy Awards this year for our work with Lola Magazine and Tejas Kitchen, Bar & Patio. These clients are pouring their heart and soul into their respective endeavors, and have brought innovative business concepts to the Shreveport area. It was a creative joy to work with both the clients and the wonderful photographers they brought to the projects, Brittany Strickland and Wallace Lee. Richard Creative is honored to partner with local innovators and creatives.




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Spring Bloom A


Written By: Jonell Hart

s a preface to any suggestions I might make, let me emphatically state that I am not a professional horticulturist! My knowledge comes from lots of internet searches and gardening books. I have always loved working in my yard, and have always had an interest in plants and flowers, but any gardening success I have is mostly a result of trial and error over the years. So with that said, I will list a few of the plants I like, and the ones that have worked for me. I’m limiting this list to some common, easy-to-grow annuals in our gardening zone (Zone 8a). These can be planted in early spring, as soon as the danger of frost is past – usually around March 15. A visit to your local nursery will provide lots of information on plant varieties suitable for our area, lots of plant choices, and lots of inspiration! If I can do it, anyone can!

Early Spring Annuals

(thrive in cooler weather)

Mid-Late Spring Annuals (bloom & thrive in our hot summers)

Profusion Zinnias












Mexican Heather




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Lola Birthday Bash Guide



Where to plan

your child’s next birthday party

MONROE/ WEST MONROE Excalibur Family Fun Center 455 Cheniere Drew Road West Monroe, LA 71291 318-396-8800 www.excaliburfun.com

Spa For Kids

5923 HWY 80 Princeton, LA 71037 318-464-4197 spaforkids@aol.com www.spaforkids.webs.com Contact: Michelle Luquet

Skatetown 165 – Skatetown West Monroe 3151 HWY 165 North Monroe, LA 71203 318-387-7051

Skatetown165@ gmail.com

www.skatetown165.com 105 Division Street West Monroe, LA 71290 318-322-2977 www.skatetownwestmonroe.com skatetown@gmail.com

Bayou Gymnastics 902 Finks Hide-a-Way Road Monroe, LA 71203 318-343-7768 info@bayougymnastics.com www.bayougymnastics.com

Tummy Yummy Creations Inc.

405 Natchitoches Street West Monroe, LA 71291 318-398-1954 tummyyummycreations@msn.com www.tummyyummycreations.com

Mane Street Mini Golf and Games

205 Mane Street West Monroe, LA 71292 318-322-7229 www.manestreetminigolf.com

Flower Child

403 North 6th Street, Suite 9 West Monroe, LA 71291 318-348-7914

Kiroli Park

820 Kiroli Road West Monroe, LA 71291 318-396-4016 Parks@westmonroe.com www.wmparksandrec.com

Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo 1405 Bernstein Park Drive Monroe, LA 71201 318-329-2400 lozoosociety@gmail.com www.monroezoo.org

202 Louisville Avenue Monroe, LA 71201 318-342-0667 4700 Milhaven Road Monroe, LA 71203 318-651-2002 Flowerchild@gmail.com

Altitude Monroe

710 North 32nd Street Monroe, LA 71201 318-323-5867 altitudemonroe@gmail.com www.altitudemonroe.com

Bayou Bowl

Northeast Louisiana Children’s Museum 323 Walnut Street Monroe, LA 71201 318-361-9611 contact@nelcm.org www.nelcm.org

Uncle Robert’s Orchard 110 Lucky Lane Monroe, LA 71203 318-340-9400 unclerobertsorchard@gmail.com www.unclerobertsorchard.com

100 Horseshoe Lake Road Monroe, LA 71203 318-325-2062 bayoubowl@yahoo.com www.bayoubowl.com

Black Bayou Lake 480 Richland Place Monroe, LA 71203 318-387-1114 blackbayoulake@fws.gov


Bounce Town Party Center Orange Leaf Yogurt


505 North 18th Street Monroe, LA 71201 318-600-6924 www.jumpmonroe.com

2225 Tower Drive, Unit 107 Monroe, LA 71201 318-855-4284 kanderson@orangeleafyogurt.com

She’s So Spoiled Kid Spa 4105 Old Sterlington Road Monroe, LA 71203 318-237-1775 405 Stella Street West Monroe, LA 71291 318-608-7330 shessospoiled@ymail.com www.shessospoiled.com

CC Gymnastics of Monroe 1906 Ruffin Drive Monroe. LA 71202 318-398-8485 Ccgymnastics1@gmail.com www.ccgymnasticsonline.com

Chuck E Cheese’s 3731 Pecanland Mall Monroe, LA 71203 301 Catalpa Street Monroe, LA 71201 318-410-0665

Forsyth Park

2401 Sycamore Street Monroe, LA 71201 318-329-2458

Charles Johnson Children’s Park 3313 Bernstein Park Drive Monroe, LA 71202

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Ruston Princess Parties, Enchanted Entertainment LLC 150 Bear Creek Road Ruston, LA 318-381-5237 laprincessparties@gmail.com www.rustonprincessparties.com

Different Strokes (318)243-4298 3138 Hwy 818 Ruston, La 71270 Mecosalter@yahoo.com Social Bites (318)251-2483 106 W. Park Ave Ruston, La 71270 Socialbitesofruston@hotmail.com

Party Galaxy (318)255-4944 119 Gus Lane Ruston, La 71270 Rustonpartygalaxy.com

The Zone (318)254-1111 5131 US-167 Ruston, La 71270

The Art House (318)548-3419 414 James St Ruston, La 71270

SHREVEPORT/BOSSIER Acro Sports 735 American Way Shreveport, LA 71106 318-868-3547 1240 Shreveport Barksdale HWY, Suite 109 Shreveport, LA 71105 318-347-2608 yogachicksusie@gmail.com www.aerialexpressions.com

Air-U Trampoline Park

Ascend Combat Kids Play Parties 7728 Greenwood Road Shreveport, LA 71119 318-402-6644 318-402-7073 ascendcombat@comcast.net www.ascendcombat.tv

Bayou Bounce 9241 North Southland Park Drive Shreveport, LA 71118 318-687-4FUN (Shreveport) 318-747-4FUN (Bossier) info@27474fun.com www.7474fun.com

Gymboree Play and Music

Bricks 4 Kids

Holiday Lanes

5800 Line Avenue Shreveport, La 71106 318-869-4769 sportla@gymboreeclasses.com www.gymboreeclasses.com

Barksdale Air Force Base, LA info@bellaprincess.com 747-578-3534 www.bellaprincess.com

Aerial Expressions

424 Ashley Ridge Blvd. Shreveport, LA 71106 318-606-2367 www.airu-shreveport.com

Bella Princess Whimsical Events

3825 Gilbert Drive, Suite 139 Shreveport, LA 71104 318-734-5346 emcfarland@bricks4kidz.com www.bricks4kidz.com/louisiana-bossiercity-shreveport

Capes and Tiaras Parties and Events

4012 Reily Lane Shreveport, LA 71105 318-840-4599 capesandtiaraspartiesandevents@ gmail.com www.capesandtiaraspartiesandevents. com

Game On, LLC Video Game Truck

1141 US HWY 80 Greenwood, LA 71033 318-938-1199 www.gatorsandfriends.com

Hot Wheels

3000 Old Minden Road Bossier City, LA 71111 318-747-5095 5110 W Bert Kouns Ind. Loop Shreveport, LA 71129 318-686-6095 www.sbhotwheels.com

Jill’s Gymnastics

2630 Minden Avenue Shreveport, LA 71108 318-453-3274 gameonvideogametruck@gmail.com www.gameonvideogametruck.com

Gators and Friends

3316 Old Minden Road Bossier City, LA 71112 318-746-7331 Marketing: Robin Williams-williams@ bowlholidaylanes.com Party Guru: La’Tasha Taylor-tasha@ bowlholidaylanes.com www.bowlholidaylanes.com

2210 E. 70th Street Shreveport, LA 71105 318-797-5455 jillsgymnastics@gmail.com www.jillsgymnastics.com

Jubilee Zoo

6402 HWY 1 Shreveport, LA 71107 318-929-7387: Inquiries 318-617-6932: Ordering Service jubileezoo@jubileezoo.com www.jubileezoo.com

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La Cheernastics 9744 St. Vincent Avenue Shreveport, LA 71106 318-865-0264 Jason@lacheer.com www.lcncheer.com

The Logan Mansion 725 Austin Place Shreveport, LA 71101 318-459-2285 lebrunbilly@att.net www.theloganmansion.com

Party Central Family Fun Center 4401 Viking Drive Bossier City, LA 71111 318-742-7529 info@partycentralinfo.com www.partycentralinfo.com Acrosports1@aol.com www.acrosports-la.com

Pokie Party Reading Pals

4610 Crawford Road Shreveport, LA 71107 318-272-6402 pokiepartypals@att.net www.pokiespartypals.com

Prepped Up Meals 4726 E. Texas Street Bossier City, LA 71111 318-678-9007 318-464-4027 preppedupmeals@gmail.com www.preppedupmeals.com

The Swim School

Regency Beauty Institute 7460 Youree Drive Shreveport, LA 71105 800-787-6456 Regency@regency.com


820 Clyde Fant Parkway Shreveport, LA 71101 318-424-3466 1-800-724-7678 www.sciport.org

Splash Kingdom Waterpark

7670 W. 70th Street Shreveport, LA 71129 318-938-5475 info@splashkingdomwaterpark.com www.splashkingdomwaterpark.com/ shreveport “Birthday Once Upon a Parties, Superhero Parties and Painting with a Twist: Group Character Appearances Shreveport/Monroe Outings, 3654 Youree Drive and Private 1409 E. 70th Street Shreveport, LA 71105 Events are Shreveport, LA 71105 318-828-0009 fun and 318-230-7653 onceuponasuperhero@outlook.com memorable Shreveport@paintingwithatwist.com www.onceuponasuperhero.net at Splash Kingdom. We host youth www.paintingwithatwist.com/ groups, family reunions, company shreveport The Party Farm events, church groups, school groups, 1818 Tower Drive 6060 North Market Street sports groups, girl scout groups, boy Monroe, LA 71201 Shreveport, LA 71107 scout groups, and much more! We have 318-538-1357 318-205-1266 options for day groups and private Monroe@paintingwithatwist.com krthepartyfarm@gmail.com www.krthepartyfarm.com www.paintingwithatwist.com/monroe events after hours.” 1838 Texas Avenue Shreveport, LA 71103 318-222-7946 4825 Shed Road Bossier City, LA 71111 Contact_us@theswimschool.org www.theswimschool.org

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Hill Country V I LL A GE

12475 Ellerbe Road Shreveport, LA 71115 www.hillcountryvillage.net


Rustic Charm or

downtown chic

421 TEXAS Page 83 | LOLA MAGAZINE | March-April 2017

421 Texas Street Shreveport, LA 71101 www.421texas.net


Shreveport & Bossier


01-31 TUESDAY - SATURDAY 11 A.M. - 5 P.M.

10 FRIDAY 7 P.M.

02 THURSDAY 7:30 P.M. - 9:30 P.M.


Shreveport Pastel Society, Bossier City Arts Council

Miss Glamouese, Shreveport Little Theater


Shamrock Shuffle 5K & Fun Run, Red River District


Shreveport-Bossier Geek Fair, Centenary Fitness Center


Stevie Nicks “24 Karat Gold Tour”, Century Link Center Polar Plunge for Special Olympics LA, East Ridge Country Club

14-18 TUE-SAT

318 Restaurant Week

17 FRIDAY 6 P.M.

St. Patty’s Day Block Party, Red River District

17 FRIDAY 4-9 P.M.

St. Patrick’s Day Party at Zocolo



March 6 • 6-9 PM







(318) 865-0175 M - F: 10am - 5:30pm SAT: 10am - 5pm


MAR 23


BLOOM Festival at R. W. Norton Art Gallery


Cork: A Red River Revel Wine Event, Festival Plaza



Brantley Gilbert: The Devil Don’t Sleep Tour, Century Link Center


69th Holiday in Dixie Cotillion, Shreveport Municipal Auditorium

Defenders of Liberty Mud Run, Barksdale Air Force Base

08 SATURDAY 12:15 P.M.

Ark-La-Tex Ambassadors BBQ, Cook-Off, Festival Plaza

09 SUNDAY 3-6 P.M.

Wine & Swine at Wine Country

APR 21





“Once” (a new musical), The Strand Holiday in Dixie, Festival Plaza

Louisiana Comic Con, Hirsh Memorial Coliseum ARTBREAK

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10-12 FRIDAY - SATURDAY 9 A.M. - 6 P.M. SUNDAY 10 A.M. - 4 P.M.

Big Creek Trade Days

11 SATURDAY 1:30 P.M. - 11:30 P.M.

Alice in Wonderland Hosted by Ruston Weddings

25 SATURDAY 9 P.M. - 2 A.M.

GlowRage Paint Party


Color Me for a Cure 5K

18 SATURDAY 7:30 A.M. - 1 P.M.

MedCamp Madness- 5-K and Cycle Tour

MAR 25



I Love The 80’s

M AR CH 11 SATURDAY 10 A.M. - 1 P.M.

Railroad Makers and Music Fest


5th Annual St. Paddy’s Bicycle Parade & Festival at Kiroli Park


24-25 FRIDAY: 8:30 A.M. - 10 P.M. SATURDAY: 9 A.M. - 6 P.M. SUNDAY: 12 P.M. - 5 P.M.

Junior League of Monroe Spring Market

Louisiana Delta Ballet presents Dancing with The Louisiana Stars, Monroe Civic Center 11 SATURDAY 12 P.M. - 3 P.M.

3rd Annual Crawfish Boil - Vet Social

APRIL 22 SATURDAY 4 P.M. - 7:30 P.M.

Landry Vineyards presents: Mason Granade

MAR 24-25 29 SATURDAY 7 P.M.

Monroe Symphony Orchestra: “Tchaikovsky Spectacular”

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FROM HER PERSPECTIVE First Judicial District Court Life as an “always on call mommy,” a full time public servant and a part time volunteer is fairly exhausting; but I wouldn’t trade it for a diamond bedazzled, size two jean – that would actually fit over my right ankle. My name is Erin Leigh Waddell Garrett and I am a married, mother of three (age 4 and under), who spends her days judging cases at the First Judicial District Court. I was elected as a Caddo Parish District Judge in November 2014, after a yearlong campaign, which, incidentally, felt like it lasted for the better part of my adult life. Also, let me say, campaigning is not for the birds, especially not pregnant, while practicing law, tending to a one year old and selling a house. It’s no surprise then, when I tell you that I love chaos; although I am certain, my friends would choose another adjective to describe it. Having been two years since my election, I’d like to report that I’ve figured out a healthy balance between work and home, mom and judge, crazy and sane. But let me be real – that is most certainly not the case. Most days, I’m running late, wheeling through carpool, finishing my makeup, spilling coffee, noticing I’ve forgotten a bag or realizing I failed to dress a child in activity appropriate clothing (soccer/ gymnastics/yoga). See, my children (yes, even my boys) wear smocked clothing seven days per week, because I only have a few years to dress them like little dolls – before they go all Kardashian on me. Bless their hearts, a smocked frock is hardly the best clothing for kicking a ball or head standing. But I digress, the point is, my “balance” is really more of a see-saw. As you may imagine, being a judge is no more predictable than life with three little

children. Even though I know I have court, I have absolutely no idea what will happen in court: how people will act, what they will say or how it will make me feel. Some people are respectful, some aren’t; some people are resentful, some aren’t; some people are misunderstood, some aren’t. Nevertheless, I am expected to behave in an appropriate manner - which isn’t always easy; and there is no room for error, due to the work of my fabulous court reporter who is vigorously transcribing my every word. That’s right. I have to be especially purposeful in my words and my actions. Seriously though, I’m purposeful because how I act, what I say, the decisions I make, on a daily basis, directly impact the lives of people, for better or worse. Sometimes, the stress is so intense that I can actually feel my muscles petrifying. It’s worth it though, and I am so very thankful for the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people – especially these days. Too often, it seems like everywhere I turn, someone is angry or placing blame. So many people are caught up in what they think is right or wrong, that they forget the fundamentals of humanity - love, respect, compassion, empathy. If I’m honest, I probably don’t have a lot in common with 90% of the people that come through my courtroom; but I treat them with respect. The way I see it, I can balance fair and impartial justice while exemplifying compassion, empathy and common sense. I can be firm, and still be kind; one does not negate the other. Maybe, just maybe, my compassion helped

motivate recovery. Maybe, just maybe, one person needed someone - anyone - to care. Maybe, just maybe, a mistake was made and a second chance was well deserved. Maybe, just maybe, I made a difference. Maybe, just maybe, despite all the mistakes I’ve made, the pearly gates will open when I ascend to meet my Maker. Maybe most importantly, I want a better environment for my children as they grow. I want my children to live in a world less filled with hate, and more filled with love, than what we are experiencing right now. I want my children to know that they don’t have to agree with someone to show them kindness; and they can stand firm in their beliefs and still empathize with others when expressing those views. In my opinion, adversity is better received if it is made without insults and threats anyway. My daddy always says, “you get more bees with honey.” I don’t want to send the message to my children, or anyone else’s children for that matter, that we shouldn’t treat each other with mutual respect. I want my children to live their lives in a world where they’re not always afraid of what’s around the next turn, but instead, they can live vividly and let their little lights shine brightly! I think that starts with the basics, the fundamentals. And from my perspective, that’s what it’s all about - making the future better for our children. Despite all of the chaos, if we all choose to show more love, empathy, and respect; then maybe, just maybe, we can make the future a little better, a little brighter, for our children.

My daddy always says, ”You get more bees with honey.”

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Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology r. Bryan Vekovius, M.D. Oculoplastic Surgeon and Neuro-


Ophthalmologist is dedicated to helping his patients receive the finest in eye care. Bryan Vekovius, Oculoplastic and Neuro“Ir.have a passion andM.D. unique fervor forSurgeon taking on and solving Ophthalmologist dedicated to said helping his patients receive difficult problems for ismy patients,” Vekovius. “I often havethe finest in eye care. patients coming to see me who have very little if any hope left for their “I have a passion and unique fervor for taking on and solving situation.” He enjoys the challenge, and the chance to help make a difficult problems for my patients,” said Vekovius. “I often have huge difference in someone’s life. “I enjoy treating patients tearing patients coming to see me who have very little if any hope left for their problems, He eyelid malpositions, andand I have great deal of experience situation.” enjoys the challenge, the achance to help make a making unevenineyelids morelife. symmetrical,” said patients Vekovius. huge difference someone’s “I enjoy treating tearing Vekovius is committed to quality, compassionate care, superior problems, eyelid malpositions, and I have a great deal of experience patient satisfaction, and excellence in cosmetic and reconstructive making uneven eyelids more symmetrical,” said Vekovius. surgery. He’sis known as antoexpert aesthetics andcare, treatment of Vekovius committed quality,incompassionate superior diseasessatisfaction, and syndromes involvinginthe eye, eyelid, tearing system and patient and excellence cosmetic and reconstructive the opticHe’s nerve. He’sas performed twelve-thousand procedures surgery. known an expert over in aesthetics and treatment of on the eyelid alone, andinvolving is one of the surgeons who is a diseases and syndromes the few eye,cosmetic eyelid, tearing system and member of the American Board of Ophthalmology. the optic nerve. 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It’s State University inHe 2001. “I went was always intrigued his by this field,” said very rewarding.” then on to complete fellowship training Vekovius. “I lovesurgery, helping specializing improve the quality of life for It’s in Oculoplastic in techniques of patients. plastic surgery very rewarding.” on to complete his fellowship training as it relates to theHe eyethen andwent the related surrounding structures, such as in Oculoplastic surgery, specializing in techniques of plastic surgery eyelid repairs, brow-lifts, tear duct surgery and treatment of thyroid as relates to the eye and the related surrounding structures, such as eyeitdisease. eyelid brow-lifts, tearisduct surgery and treatment of thyroid Therepairs, health of the patient always Vekovius’ number one concern— eye anddisease. he hopes his patients will keep that as their number one priority as The health of the patient is always Vekovius’ number one concern— well. “I direct all patient care toward not only the cosmetic appearance and heeye hopes patients thathealth as their as of the andhis eyelid, butwill alsokeep on the of number the eye,”one saidpriority Vekovius. well. “I direct all patient care toward not only the cosmetic appearance Trained by Thomas C. Spoor, M.D., Vekovius also was taught the art of the eye and eyelid, but also on the health of the eye,” said Vekovius. of Trained laser skin resurfacing and treatment of facial veins and blemishes, as by Thomas C. Spoor, M.D., Vekovius also was taught the art well as the of Botox and and treatment fillers. Heof then sought trainingasin of laser skinuse resurfacing facial veinsfurther and blemishes, Neuro-Ophthalmology, which is the subspecialty of Ophthalmology well as the use of Botox and fillers. He then sought further training in and encompasses the optic nerve, nerves which control eye Neuro-Ophthalmology, which is thethe subspecialty of Ophthalmology movement, and the the brain. addition, and encompasses theconnections optic nerve, with the nerves whichIncontrol eyeVekovius is an expertand in skin cancer excision Today, he movement, the connections withand the reconstruction. brain. In addition, Vekovius continues multiple surgeries each month toToday, remove is an experttoinperform skin cancer excision and reconstruction. he cancer from the eyelids and face and rebuild the defect to produce an continues to perform multiple surgeries each month to remove aesthetically pleasing cancer from the eyelidsresult. and face and rebuild the defect to produce an Some think of cosmetic aesthetically pleasing result.surgery as something for movie stars and the think very wealthy. That’s not the case. “Thisfor isn’t a glamorous Some of cosmetic surgery as something movie stars profession—it’s for everyone” I do in my practice and the very wealthy. That’s notsaid theVekovius. case. “This“What isn’t a glamorous is really service-oriented. I’msaid truly dedicated to myI do patients’ and profession—it’s for everyone” Vekovius. “What in my vision practice overall is reallyhealth.” service-oriented. I’m truly dedicated to my patients’ vision and overall health.” Despite the lack of glamour, for Vekovius, his chosen career is akin lack ofgets glamour, forothers Vekovius, his chosen career is“I’m akin to Despite a dreamthe job—he to help and make a difference. to a dream gets to in help others andVekovius. make a difference. really here job—he to help people need,” said “My staff “I’m and I are really to help people in need,” said Vekovius. “My staff andwhile I are whollyhere committed to providing quality, compassionate care, wholly committed to providing quality, compassionate using the most current and up-to-date techniques.” care, while using thewant mosttocurrent and and up-to-date techniques.” “You see better look more rested and attractive, while want to see better and lookNo more attractive, while still“You maintaining a natural look. onerested wantsand to appear to have had still maintaining a natural look. No one wants to appear to have had cosmetic surgery.” Vekovius adds, “Look Better, See Better!” cosmetic surgery.”  Vekovius adds, “Look Better, See Better!” Not all issues are cosmetic. There are many common eye diseases Not allcause issuespain are cosmetic. are many common eye diseases that can or visionThere problems, as well. Dr. Vekovius is a that can cause pain or vision problems, as well. Dr.dry Vekovius is a specialist of treatment of tearing, watering eyes, eye syndrome specialist of treatment of tearing, watering eyes, dry eye syndrome and ophthalmic manifestations of neurologic disease such as Multiple and ophthalmic manifestations of neurologic disease such as Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. Other conditions which Vekovius Sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. 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