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LOUISIANA LADIES 20 Seasons of Change Generations of doing hair and loving big

79 Keeping It Real With Teri Netterville Everyone has a story, be kind

56 The Friend Tribe Girlfriends who stick together when life gets sticky

69 Holli’ Conway Miss Louisiana 2018

C ON T E N T S Laura Hartman & Karen Lodato Photography by Sean Spansel



24 Winter Fashion Beauty Shop Glam

HEALTH AND BEAUTY 46 Hair Loss? The reasons behind hair loss and how to prevent it 74 Integrate Your Health The magic in magnesium 49 Luxurious Locks Stylist’s favorite products 14 Hostess With The Mostest Why to Wine, the truth behind the benefits of drinking wine 87 Boss of Southern Cuisine Chef Harris shares a recipe for Sweet Potato and Pinto Bean Soup

65 It’s All Fun and Games Cognitive development in children starts with play 8 Best Friends Forever Three young girls find friendship as they fight together 33 Let Them Be Little Why physical activity is essential to childhood 89 Home Is Where The Heart Is Homesickness happens, even in college 61 Differently Wired A mom’s review of a helpful book on raising children with learning challenges


37 Dames de Perlage New Orleans’ all women Mardi Gras krewe march to the beat of their own drum 42 Dr. Temple Grandin A message of valuing differences at Louisiana Tech 84 Our Time Is Now Positive changes are on the horizon 100 Must attend events 104 From Her Perspective Brittany Strickland, a true story teller 94 Lola Magazine’s Year in Review A look at all the fun we have had

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Happy 2019!

am not really sure how this happened. It feels like I graduated from high school five years ago, yet I just bought a new planner with the numbers 2-0-1-9 on its cover. This validates that it has, in fact, been nineteen years since high school, fourteen years since college and eleven years that I have been a mom. There is much truth in the statement, “The days go by slow, and the years go by fast.” The beautiful thing about each new year is it gives us all a chance for a fresh start. 2018 was a great year for my family. It was full of happy moments, chaotic mornings, and in 365 days, I think I told my kids to go to bed 3,665 times, but that is all part of this precious time in life. I often remind my husband to enjoy the chaos because one day we will have “peace” and not know what to do with ourselves. The truth is, life is not always easy, but every minute, every day and every New Year is something for which we should be grateful. This issue of Lola Magazine is filled with stories and advice from the experts that will leave you inspired for 2019. This time of year also brings us Louisiana’s biggest celebration— Mardi Gras! We take an inside look into New Orleans’ all-female marching krewe, The Dames De Perlage. These ladies sure know how to have a good time and have made history in the meantime. We get to know our 2018 Miss Louisiana, Holli‘ Conway, a true beauty both inside and out. You will find all the hottest winter looks and learn more about new research on hair health and the importance of magnesium in our daily diets. All of us at Lola Magazine are, as always, so thankful and humbled by the support of our readers, our advertising partners, and our amazing staff of designers, writers and photographers. Another successful year in the books, because of all of you. Thank you! We wish all of you the very best year ever and a safe and happy MARDI GRAS!

Cheers! Bevin NEW YEAR’S 2006

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he annual transition into a new year never fails to bring with it a multitude of promises

for new opportunities, changes, and growth. 2019 aims to be an especially exciting MORTGAGE L OAN OFFICER time for one of the oldest financial institutions in the Ark-La-Tex. Home Federal Bank,

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and businesses of South Highland is one of the many benefits of our

where a large part of our customer base is located” says Jim Barlow, HFB President and CEO. “Allowing us to better serve the residents

expansion. This location will also serve as a game-changer for daily commuters along the I-49 corridor by making local banking more

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At just over 3,000 square feet, this state-of-the-art banking facility will provide full service banking to individuals and businesses. These

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services include consumer and commercial lending, mortgage loans, JIM BARLOW, HFB PRESIDENT AND CEO

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and all traditional deposit accounts. As do other HFB locations, the new branch will include a 24-hour ATM, drive-through teller lines,

safety deposit boxes, and the same friendly customer service and local feel for which Home Federal Bank is renown.

Coming in 2019 925 Pierremont Rd. Shreveport

One of the new location’s most distinctive features will be a community space which residents, businesses, and groups can use for meetings. “Providing for the financial needs of our community is something we are extremely passionate about” says Barlow. “The Herndon Community Room,

named for HFB’s current Chairman of the Board, Daniel Herndon, and our past Chairman, David Herndon, will serve as a constant reminder of the Herndon Family’s contribution to Home Federal Bank and to the community we serve. We invite all of the neighborhood residents, businesses, and community groups to come experience what local banking is all about!”

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LEFT TO RIGHT: Avery Ella Buhl, Della Montelbano, Abigail Hinkie

leven years ago, some friends with a common interest in tennis and a passion of doing good for others decided to start a tennis tournament to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. The Northwest Louisiana St. Jude Classic was created! This year, the 11th Annual Northwest Louisiana St. Jude Classic was hosted by Southern Trace Country Club on the weekend of September 13-16. With the help of many generous sponsors, 290 players and 50+ volunteers, last year’s record-setting fundraising of $56,500 pushed the event’s 11-year total net donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to $365,585! All of the net proceeds of the tennis tournament benefit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Their mission — to find cures and means of prevention for children with catastrophic diseases through research and treatment — is a constant driving force. It is through the pursuit of that mission that they seize every opportunity to help the children who go to St. Jude for care and, in so doing, create new knowledge that will help children throughout the world. Consistent with the vision of the founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion, or a family’s ability to pay. The tournament kicked off the fundraising fun on Thursday night at the Calcutta Auction. Each year, the tournament committee honors a prince or princess who has successfully completed treatment at St. Jude. This year, it was a blessing to honor three adorable princesses, Della Montelbano, Avery Ella Buhl, and Abigail Hinkie, who are best friends and were diagnosed within 4 months of each other. They are 9 and 10 years old and went all the way through treatment together. In the most amazing and inspiring part of the evening, Heather Burchett (Della Montelbano’s sweet mother!) spoke at the Calcutta and told their heart tugging story, leaving not a dry eye in the room. Della Montelbano was diagnosed with ALL Leukemia B-Cell in March 2015 at the age of 5. Her mom Heather picked Della up from day care the day before, and she was complaining of a headache and a sore throat. She had been sick with this same cold it seemed for about 2 months. She called and got an appointment scheduled with her pediatrician Dr. Gene Mack later that afternoon. When they got to the pediatrician’s office, Della was very sick and running a temperature of 103. They performed labs, and then Dr. Mack came into the room and looked at her, saying her throat was fine, but her ears looked infected. Then he looked at the labs and his whole face changed. His first thought was that they had done something wrong because the numbers seemed so off. He recommended more labs be drawn. Dr. Mack began asking about the bruising on her legs. Her mom said, “She is 5 and likes to play!”

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He also noticed that she was pale, which is not uncommon when a child does not feel well. Dr. Mack pulled Heather out of the room and said the words that no parent should ever have to hear. “I think your daughter has Leukemia, and we are sending you to a blood specialist.” Heather’s heart stopped and jaw dropped. They went straight to the St. Jude affiliate clinic at Feist-Weiller Cancer Center. Nurse Nicole, who became like family, began an IV and drew more labs. It was scary how low her platelets were, and her immune system was at zero. Her mom was in full panic mode. “How are we going to handle this? How am I going to pay for this? How is this happening?” Then, this charming man walked in with a most genuine and sweet face. He introduced himself as Dr. Jeroudi, and he explained that Della did have Leukemia, but not to worry because she was going to St. Jude. The good news is that St. Jude covers all the costs! They take care of all the medical bills, supplies, housing, and food while you are there. He emphasized that this road would be long, and it would not be easy, but there is a 94% cure rate. It would be a 2 ½ year long process broken down into three phases. The first phase would be living

in Memphis for two months, the second phase would be traveling back-and-forth from Memphis for next two months or so, and the third phase would be given in Shreveport with some travel to Memphis. In the third, she would be getting weekly chemo treatments at the local affiliate clinic for the next 120 weeks. As soon as the family arrived in Memphis, Della was scheduled for her first surgery and chemo injection. She received a bone marrow biopsy, spinal tap with chemo injection, and had a port inserted to make blood draws and chemo treatments easier for the patient. Della was so sick with pneumonia and rhinovirus that she was put in isolation for 6 weeks. After that, Della was finally able to experience St. Jude as all the other patients did. Her mom described St. Jude as a magical place made for kids to be kids. It is normal to see beautiful bald heads and kids with masks, wheelchairs or walking sticks, amputated legs or arms, access ports, or IV poles enjoying arts, crafts, bingo night, and all kinds of events that they finally were able to participate in. Avery Ella Buhl was diagnosed with ALL Leukemia B-Cell in April 2015. Her story is eerily similar to Della’s. Avery Ella just couldn’t seem to shake this cold.

“How are we going to handle this? How am I going to pay for this? How is this happening?”

She kept running fever and running fever over a long period of time, so Avery Ella’s mom took her to the pediatrician, who coincidentally was Dr. Gene Mack. He ran blood work, sent them to Dr. Jeroudi, and after being diagnosed, she was sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The day after Avery Ella arrived, the girls got word that they were both at St. Jude and were able to get together and visit! They immediately hugged each other and were so happy to see each other. Della had been so lonely for the first few weeks from being in isolation. Avery Ella said to Della, “I get to have my port put in tomorrow.” Della pulled down her shirt and said, “This is what it looks like. They have to stick a needle in it to get blood and give chemo.” Della and AE also started talking about the medicines and how nasty the liquid medicine is. AE said, “Yeah I’m taking pills so far, and it’s not too bad.” It was a great feeling to have someone to lean on that knew exactly how they were feeling and vice versa. Avery Ella had a hard journey during phase one. She was diagnosed with ALL Leukemia B-cell low risk, but after phase one, she was moved to high risk due to the amount of cancer cells still in her bone marrow. Abigail Hinkie was diagnosed with ALL Leukemia T-Cell in June 2015. Abby’s family had been in a car wreck, and Abby was complaining of a sore knee, so they took her in to see her pediatrician. Her pediatrician did

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some lab work, and they immediately sent Abby over to Feist-Weiller Cancer Center. That night, she was airlifted over to St. Jude in Memphis. Abby was diagnosed with ALL leukemia T-cell high risk. Abby was very sick when she was first diagnosed. She did not get her port placement until about two weeks into her treatment process. Instead, she had a different kind of mechanism put in called a Hickman line. Basically, it is just a different way for them to administer the medicine and get blood from her. She was too sick to go under anesthesia. All three girls were put on the same research protocol (ALL leukemia protocol 16), broken down into B-cell or T-cell low risk, standard risk, or high-risk, which determined the type of chemo and steroid that went along with their treatment plan. Each girl got a different chemo and steroid that they had to take based on the research trial. In 1962, when St. Jude opened, there was only a 4% cure rate for children diagnosed with leukemia, but because of the dedication to finding a cure and continued support for childhood cancer, there is now a 94% cure rate! These girls were on protocol 16, and 1½ years into their treatment, St. Jude rolled out protocol 17. These 3 precious girls’ fight, pain, hurt, and sickness all goes to finally finding a cure. These three girls have spent the last three years doing homebound studies, and celebrating every birthday and holiday in a chemo clinic. They would go visit each other if one was in the hospital. St. Jude gave these girls hope and friendship beyond belief. They had someone to talk to about the pain or how scared they were. They would ask each other things like, “Have you had this procedure yet?” “Have you ever had this done?” “ I have to get my bone marrow test done tomorrow. How do you feel when you wake up from anesthesia?” “I don’t like getting my port

accessed. What do you feel about that?” These are conversations that 8 and 9 year-olds shouldn’t be having, but these girls were. Della, Abby, and Avery Ella are strong, brave, and fierce little girls that just knew they were sick and had to do what the doctor and nurses said to do to survive. “The triplets,” as the girls were nicknamed by their oncologist, will be lifelong friends. Now, all 3 girls are cancer free and look forward to a bright future. Because of St. Jude, they had each other, and they had hope. Thanks to St. Jude, they have a CURE! Della is now a 9 year old cancer survivor with a lively spirit who loves art, crafts, and, most of all, her best friends! Avery Ella is a 9 year old cancer survivor who lives in a fantastical world of fairies and imagination where anything is possible. Abby is a 10 year old cancer survivor who loves gymnastics, going on adventures, and, most of all, her family.

Teri Tallant Flash began her own 100% female-owned advertising agency based in Shreveport / Bossier City, Louisiana in January of 2001. She also serves as the co-chairman of the Northwest Louisiana St. Jude Classic tournament & Fund Raiser.


$365,585 2018- $56,500 2017-$40,600 2016- $25,600 2015- $28,400

2014- $32,985 2013- $27,100 2012- $26,500 2011- $38,500

2010- $33,500 2009- $27,300 2008- $28,600

The Northwest Louisiana St. Jude Classic is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization. Donations are tax deductible under our EIN #47-4926892. Northwest Louisiana St. Jude Classic Co-Chairmen are Teri Flash & Edmund Brown. For more information contact 318.393.0006 or

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Why to Wine?

Sulfites? Organic Wine? Headache-less Wine?


ere is the truth about why you SHOULD drink wine. I’ve always wondered if the sulfites in wine are the culprit for that “yucky” feeling the next day. When I saw a bottle of sulfite-free, organic wine on my last grocery shopping trip, I couldn’t help myself. I had to test this theory. Is this a marketing gimmick, or does it really work? I may not be a sommelier, but I know wine. I’ve visited every winery from Spain to California and taken every educational tour you can imagine. I want to share with you what I’ve learned and hopefully debunk some of the myths floating around.


First off, let’s talk about what sulfites are — and what they aren’t. “Sulfites” refers to sulfur dioxide, which is used to stabilize and preserve wine, giving it a longer shelf life. Sulfites are present in many foods from french fries to dried fruit. A small percentage of people, especially those who suffer from asthma, are known to be allergic to sulfites. The FDA estimates that less than 1% of the U.S. population is sulfite-sensitive, so it is rare, but if you do have a sulfite allergy (which can develop over the course of your life) it is more likely to reveal itself through something other than wine. Page 14 | LOLA MAGAZINE | January-February 2019


Many foods have higher levels of sulfites than wine. The

amount of sulfites in wine is highly regulated around the world. Any wine containing more than 10 parts per million (ppm) of sulfur dioxide must affix to the label “contains sulfites.” Wine contains about ten times less sulfites than most dried fruits, which can have levels up to 1000 ppm. If you regularly eat dried fruit and do not have any adverse reaction, you are probably not allergic to sulfites.


• Sulfites in wine cause headaches. Medical research is not definitive

on the relationship between sulfites and headaches. There are many other compounds in wine such as histamines and tannins that are more likely connected to the headache effect, not to mention alcohol. • Red wine has extra sulfites, thus causes worse headaches. In the EU the maximum levels of sulfur dioxide that a wine can contain are 210 ppm for white wine, 400 ppm for sweet wines and 160 ppm for red wine. So, red wines typically contain less sulfites than white wine. They contain tannin, which is a stabilizing agent, and almost all red wines go through malolactic fermentation. Therefore, less sulfur dioxide is needed to protect the wine during the winemaking process.

• Sulfites are an unnatural part of the potential allergic reaction. Many people are against sulfites, because

they feel they are an unnatural addition when making wine. While that view is valid, it is important to remember that sulfites are also a natural by-product of the yeast metabolism during fermentation. Even if there is no additional sulfur dioxide, your wine will still contain sulfites.

So Why Do I Get a Headache When I Drink Red Wine? All of these scientific facts, however, do nothing more than say that sulfites are probably not the culprit for the well-known phenomenon of red wine headaches. Other possible reasons include, as I mentioned above, histamines, the alcohol content itself, and tannins. The latest evidence points to the latter: Buyer Beware: Mass Produced Wines why it’s only $6.99! Some mass producers take on the role of the scientist, adding a dash of acidity or a hint of red to bring their wines in line with what consumers want. Some even buy already pressed grapes from high-end wineries and press them again! Winemakers can draw on a list of more than 60 government-approved additives that can be used to tweak everything from color to acidity to even thickness. Then the

wines can be mass-produced in huge steel vats, which hold hundreds of gallons and are often infused with oak chips to impart the flavor of real oaken barrels. Every step of this fermentation process is closely monitored, and can be altered by changing temperature or adding more nutrients for the yeast. Eventually, the wine is mass produced, made available in your grocery store and sometimes sold for the same price as bottled water. Think Franken wine! Recap: While I believe that less processed wines are healthier, they are also better wines. For people who want to drink better wines, thinking of wine as food is a useful approach to achieve that goal. You get what you pay for, and anything in excess can have less than desirable results. Hot Tip: Most all old-world vineyards (think France, Spain, Italy) have always practiced sustainability in growing and harvesting, even before that was a term. Their growing concepts are naturally similar to what Americans are now asking for in the blanket term “organic.” Try to remember this when choosing a wine.

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Now let’s talk about the benefits of wine! • A healthier heart according to many reports confirmed that wine, in moderation, reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and heart attacks. Swedish researchers at the Karolinska Institute reported that light drinkers who consumed wine cut their risk of dying prematurely by almost one third, and wine drinkers as a group had significantly lower mortality from cardiovascular disease and cancer. • Wine offers anti-aging properties that could be helpful in the battle against free radicals that cause serious health issues. Wine is full of antioxidants that attack free radicals when they come lurking around. A study done by the University of Barcelona scientists found that the phenols in white wine had equal, if not higher antioxidants, than those in red wine. This is interesting because wine drinkers commonly believe red wine provides the most health benefits in moderate amounts. When you hear about healthy living and longevity, time and time again the Mediterranean diet comes up. At the core of that diet, beyond olive oil and vegetables, is wine. There is something magical inside the daily glass of wine that increases life span. That magic is “resveratrol.” Researchers at Harvard Medical School found that resveratrol activates a protein that acts as an antiaging agent. The interaction increases overall health, thus promoting longevity. If that is not enough reason to drink a glass of wine, then I don’t know what else it. #roseallday • Get happier gut bacteria with wine. We know our diets should contain probiotics like yogurt and sauerkraut for their natural gut-health benefits, but the good news is you can add your favorite wine to that list! Wine is a naturally fermented product, much like yogurt, pickles, kombucha,* and other bacteria-friendly foods, but early research has shown that wine may have more of a prebiotic effect, helping improve the bacterial composition of our gut. Bottoms up for good bacteria! • Boost immunity with wine. Don’t stop taking your daily vitamins, but adding a glass of wine daily can give your immune system a boost. Moderate alcohol consumption can ward off infections and keep your immune system in check. Don’t get carried away, though. Excessive consumption can lead to negative effects, so drink smart. • You could increase your calcium intake. Drinking milk is great, but you can do yourself a real favor and sip on a glass of wine. Red wine has high levels of silicon, which is great for your bone mineral density. It increases the density and reduces the chance of osteoporosis. Like warm milk, wine may help you doze off at night.

Wines to Try: SCOUT & CELLAR - a wine club developed by attorney turned sommelier that boasts clean crafted, no additives, organic, biodynamic, and boutique wine. Boutique you say? I’m in! I tried these California wines at a party and instantly fell in love with the sustainable practices of the winemaker not to mention the taste is on point. With several varieties, there is one for everyone’s taste. I personally love the cabernet. PRICE POINT: $19-42 with discounts on cases. WHERE TO BUY:


Bordeaux blend. This is a delicious, ripe wine that is packed with apricot, apple and pear fruits. It’s tangy and fresh. This wine scored 90 points on the Wine Magazine’s Best Buy List. PRICE: $13 WHERE TO BUY: Whole Foods

LOIRE VALLEY WINES - The entire estate is certified organic and with most of the vineyards being planted pre-1940 the yields are naturally low and all harvesting is done by hand. From Cabernet Franc to Chenin Blanc, these old-world wines from France are companion planted with fruit orchards such as cherries and artichokes which give the wine a notable aromatics and level of detail rarely seen. My favorites: Le Rocher des Violettes - Touraine Rosé & Vin de France Cabernet Franc PRICE POINT: $22-38 WHERE TO BUY: Cuban Liquor Don’t be afraid to try new varieties. Venture outside the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay box and get into some deep-rooted grapes. The white (blanc) French Bordeaux and Italian Barbera are full of dark cherry and ripe blackberry if you like a full-bodied red. I had a chance to visit a Cava winery in a little farming town outside Barcelona last fall. It produced the most amazing sparkling wine I have ever tried. Bonus, it didn’t give me that awful wine-head due to the lack of chemicals and added sugars. Next time you’re pursuing the wine section, venture out and try something new!

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or the past 40 years, My Friend’s Place Salon has been trimming locks, playing with color, and watching the hair trends shift from the 70s setting hair in rollers to crimping in the 80s and streaking the rainbow in 2018. Creating hair styles, mixing the perfect color, the latest in cut design – it’s all an art form and all ever changing with the times. Stylists develop deep connections with the people who sit in their chairs. A stylist’s hands help people. Their eyes see the potential in people. To have the power to help people morph into something new, reach their beauty potential, feel good about themselves that’s a stylist. Cindy Locke has owned and operated My Friend’s Place Hair Salon since its inception with the salon located on her greatgrandparents’ land. Her family has always been supportive of her hair passion: Her grandmother encouraged her to find success as a hair stylist, her mother sent her to hair school and her biggest cheerleader was her father, cheering her on to become a very successful business owner and stylist. Over the years, hairstyles have come and gone and come again, but Cindy’s salon, My Friend’s Place, continues to be successful. Generations of families come here for their haircuts, where laughter and the same friendly faces welcome Page 20 | LOLA MAGAZINE | January-February 2019

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them through the doors. Several people in the salon have been with Cindy since the doors opened. A consistent and dependable staff, the salon practically runs

itself like a well-oiled machine. If the walls could talk, the years of hair experience are astounding, which keep things running smoothly and help in a hair emergency. Often times, cars can be found in the parking lot after hours due to the extra classes the stylists take to add to their hair repertoire for the latest and greatest in hair design. For Cindy, hair is a family affair. Her daughter, René Coffield will be stepping into the owner shoes very soon. Taking the salon in a different direction more suited for the future of hair care, the pair have big plans for a massive remodel which will include the highly anticipated Color Bar, where ladies can pop in and peruse the colors for a quick streak or pass some time in the fun-loving space while getting a new color for their locks.

With an ever-evolving industry, René is looking forward to giving clients the same tender love and care with the highest quality of talent for another 40 years, just as her mother has done. Her vision for the future includes continuing the education programs and training while adding features to keep the stylists’ laid-back workspace just as beautiful as the hair they create. Taking that curling iron baton from her mom, René admires the large shoes she is to fill and is ready to revamp the space for the future of the shop. As Cindy explains, there is no one star in her shop, just many bright lights working together to create fabulous hair and create fabulous hair they certainly do.

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The importance of keeping kids active during cold Winter months


taying active this time of year is difficult for everyone. The cold weather hits, it’s dark when you get home, the kid’s activities are winding down, the holidays are right around the corner… the list of excuses can go on and on. Good news – the New Year is a perfect time to make family goals for getting active! Our home state of Louisiana has some scary statistics. Did you know that in Louisiana, 81% of students are not engaging in the minimum suggested levels of moderate to vigorous physical activity? Unfortunately, this is one of the reasons why 36% of our state’s children and youth classify as either overweight or obese. Being overweight affects a student’s physical, psychological, and social well-being. A long-term issue is that overweight children are much more likely to become overweight adults. When someone is carrying extra weight, they run a higher risk of developing early onset of heart disease, certain cancers, and diabetes. We are starting to see obese children developing chronic health issues that would typically appear in adulthood. These include, but are not limited to high blood pressure, asthma, type 2 diabetes, sleep and hormonal disorders. Because adolescence is a developmental period during which significant psychological and physical changes occur, January-February 2019 | LOLA MAGAZINE | Page 33

if students learn to enjoy physical activity now, they will likely continue it through life. Helping your child learn to enjoy physical activity will also give them added mental and physical health benefits. Socially and emotionally, overweight kids are more likely to be teased and bullied. Weight-related teasing or bullying is especially prevalent during childhood and adolescence, with the majority of teasing taking place between first and sixth grades. Sadly, they are often too embarrassed to inform their parents. They have lower selfesteem and are at increased risk for depression and suicide. Recent studies report that people who are physically active are three times less likely to suffer from depression than inactive individuals. This is why it is important to get kids involved in sports, whether individual or team. Parallels exist between life and sports, including problem solving, goal setting, teamwork, communication, management of success and failure, and receiving and applying constructive feedback. These sports programs are especially important for girls, because girls are more at risk for being sedentary than boys. Athletes who compete in group sports are connected with people of similar ages who are moving toward similar goals. They are building memories with peers during practice and games. These friendships naturally carry over off the field so that students have someone to sit with at lunch, hangout during recess or after school. What can you do as a parent to combat these statistics? Active students participate in moderate to vigorous activity on a regular basis. Health authorities recommend that kids get sixty minutes of moderate to vigorous physical exercise each day. This physical activity can come through group sports or a combination of group and individual sports. This time can be achieved in a collective manner from physical education, recess, sports, or before and after school programs. These activities should be enjoyable and

developmentally appropriate. As parents, you need to limit the amount of kids’ sedentary time. Evaluate how much time your kids spend playing video games, watching television, using the computer, or other non-athletic extra-curricular activities such as work or academics. This sedentary time needs to be substituted with activity. Youth who have been physically inactive should decrease sedentary behaviors to less than two hours per day and should safely increase their physical activity by 10 percent per week. Increasing physical activity too rapidly can lead to injury. It’s important to get creative and make exercise fun. Hop down the hall, bear crawl your way to the dinner table, roll out the yoga mats, or build an obstacle course in the house. Kids also love friendly competition. For example, see who can plank the longest, create an exercise scavenger hunt, family boot camps, or pickup basketball games. Running is one of the best forms of exercise for weight loss and it is convenient and inexpensive. It’s interesting, when you ask parents to recall their fondest memories of childhood, most respond with “playing tag,” “climbing trees,” or “playing catch”. Allow your kids these same memories and get some movement into their day. Intellectually, statistics show that fit kids score twice as well on academic tests compared to their unfit peers. Why not combine movement and homework to kill two birds with one stone? You can practice moving while doing homework. In my first-grade class, we do jumping jacks while practicing spelling words. When the dance move “dab” was popular, we would dab our spelling words. It is so important for students to move while learning. If your child is a cheerleader, allow them to make up cheers to go along with their study guide. Also, allow your student to stand while completing their homework. Traditional education involves desk, pen, and paper. Because of this educational style, students are asked to sit most of their school day. They

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should be allowed movement during the unstructured parts of their day. Sometimes this time of the year, you just need to get out of the house. ShreveportBossier offers many opportunities for kids to get active during the dark, cold winter months. Bowling is a family friendly activity that can be done year-round. Holiday Lanes in Bossier frequently offers special pricing if you sign up for their emails. We have two different indoor trampoline parks in the area. These are great for family fun, or a time when you need the kids to burn some energy while you watch from afar. G-Rock offers indoor climbing for people of all ages. Children can participate in after school classes, take lessons, or visit during the free climb hours. Mall St. Vincent has an indoor puttputt place called Lunar Golf. This is a fun activity for the whole family. Karate is available year-round. It has the ability to help mentally, physically, and improve leadership skills. Even in the winter, the BHP Billiton YMCA offers indoor swimming. Members can join a swim team, take swimming lessons, or splash around in the kid’s pool. D1 is also available year-round in Shreveport. They have age-appropriate classes designed to help children of all ages reach their individual goals. Breathe Yoga studio offers children’s yoga classes and workshops. Sportspectrum also offers a monthly one-mile race series called “Kids on the Run.” Races take place at various locations throughout the school year. You can register through Sportspectrum. Obesity is a pressing issue in our communities. We have to start educating our children at a young age about a healthy lifestyle as well as encourage parents to think about health and fitness as a family affair. Take some time this New Year to create movement goals for your family. Your child’s physical, psychological, and social well-being will thank you!

References - Armstrong, S., & Oomen-Early, J. (2009). Social connectedness, self-esteem, and depression symptomatology among collegiate athletes versus non athletes. Journal of American College Health, 57(5), 521-526. - Debate, R. D., Gabriel, K. P., Zwald, M., Huberty, J., & Zhang, Y. (2009). Changes in psychosocial factors and physical activity frequency among third- to eighthgrade girls who participated in a developmentally focused youth sport program: a preliminary study. Journal of School Health, 79(10), 474-484. doi:10.1111/ j.1746-1561.2009.00437.x - Greenleaf, C., Petrie, T. A., & Martin, S. B. (2014). Relationship of weight-based teasing and adolescents’ psychological well-being and physical health. Journal of School Health, 84(1), 49-55. doi:10.1111/ josh.12118 - Strong, W.B., Robert, M.M., Blimkie, C. J.R., Daniels, S.R. & Trudeau, F. (2005). Evidence based physical activity for schoolaged youth. Journal of Pediatrics.

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am a Dame de Perlage. When I suit up for Carnival, what I am really donning is a year-long saga of excitement, despair, rejuvenation, and pride. Together with the Dames de Perlage, a tight knit, all-female marching krewe, we are a walking canvas of beaded bustiers and feathery headdresses. Depicting scenes of New Orleans history and pulse, we bring fun and pageantry to the parades down St. Charles Avenue. I help make Mardi Gras sparkle. From Mardi Gras Indians to Mardi Gras Royalty, the intricate artistry of perlage, or beading, is arguably the most admired art form in New Orleans, and we, the Dames de Perlage, have it down. Founded in 2012 by Grande Dame Julie Lodato and Grande Dame Christine Clouatre, the krewe is


Along with the rest of the krewe, I start the beading process right after Mardi Gras. Within that year’s theme, we choose subjects that resonate with locals and intrigue visitors. We bead anywhere -- in “sacred perlage circles,” at home, and even in exotic places – on a boat, a mountain, in a piazza, by a river – keeping it secret until Twelfth Night (January 6), when we reveal our new theme for the year. For 2019, it’s “They All Ask’d for You,” as a tribute to the Audubon Nature Institute and inspired by The Meters’ beloved song. Although most of the Dames are local to New Orleans, there is a far-flung handful, like myself. And, through the Grand Dames’ leadership and the magic of social media, we have managed to cement a network of support and collaboration that helps us create our new suits for Carnival time. I have been both witness to and recipient of the amazing energy generated by the Dames. It’s inclusive, it’s nonjudgmental, and a lot of fun. Of course, everything is not unicorns and rainbows. Occasionally, there arises a serious situation among the krewe, whether it’s a medical emergency, relationship issues, job woes or just a dip in motivation levels. We are quick to offer help, goodwill, or an ear to any Dame

And through all of this we continue to sew, sew, sew. now seven years old. I joined a year after we formed, which means I myself have produced six different beaded costumes for Carnival. Multiply that by 50-plus Dames and you have a new glittery gallery of New Orleans life every year.

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who needs it, whether we’ve met in person yet or not. We motivate and offer practical tips to help put any distressed Dame back on track. Sometimes it’s an external crisis – a hurricane, flood, a blood shortage – that spurs the Dames into action. We raise tens of thousands of dollars in funds, collect tons of needed items and provide hours of elbow grease to help. And through all of this we continue to sew, sew, sew. Julie and Christine talk about how they came up with the Dames idea. “We were in another krewe, the Bearded Oysters, which we loved. Those costumes were already made for us, so Christine and I started embellishing ours. Out of that grew our need to start our own krewe,” says Julie. “We didn’t think about actually beading until our very first meeting. We were going to glue Mardi Gras beads like some of the other girl krewes had been doing.” Someone there suggested, “Why not bead like the Indians do?” and the Dames de Perlage concept was born. Immediately, help from all quarters poured in with tips on designs, suppliers, and sewing lessons. (Most of the Dames had never even sewn a button before.) Out of that, a sisterhood was born, a diverse group of women with a desire to learn, help, and have fun. “This is going to be our best year yet,” Julie claims. “We have more diverse experience than ever, and it’s an endearing theme, ‘They All Ask’d for You.’ That one song has pulled us together in a way we haven’t been before. “It’s thrilling to watch how the Dames have blossomed over the years” Julie notes. “Some have come way out of their shell, made huge life changes and are much happier in their personal life. It’s gratifying. We’ve learned that we will do whatever we can to keep a Dame engaged.” “Being a Dame gives you more than you can get from a singular friendship,” says Christine, mother of three with a full-time job and an owner

of The Shack restaurant in Covington. “In addition to getting day-to-day support, we have an amazing pool of knowledge at our fingertips to tap into to help solve just about any problem. One of the best developments in our seven years is our social aid efforts. It has really grown. I never thought that we could be as powerful a force as we are in such a short period of time. Imagine us in ten years! We won’t be a bigger krewe, but we will be stronger in influence and experience and able to do even more good in the community.” Dame Karen As Christine tells me this over the phone, I can hear her negotiating bedtime with her children. She comments, “Someday soon our kids will be marching along with us.” She also muses, “We all have so much going on in our lives, yet we always make time for each other and ourselves, because the rewards are just that great. Sometimes you need some extra energy to make something happen, and we get that with this amazing group of women, 65 strong, that are feeding you the support you need to get you through.” A Dame who has been part of the krewe since the beginning is Rachel Nicolosi. She had been Dame Stacey looking for an opportunity to be creative in a collaborative way. A friend told her about the Dames, so she jumped on it. “I love the art and the discipline of it, and the family it has become,” she says. “I love the meetings. I often bring one of my kids, to show them what a community is like.” She’s always asked about what it’s like being a Dame. “We’re different, we don’t dance, we don’t all look alike; we’re individuals within a larger group, we’re art,” she says. “Because of the diversity of the Dames, I have increased my knowledge of the world exponentially.” Rachel Dame Christine says that this access to a larger circle is

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invaluable. “Somebody always knows

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“It’s magical, a unique experience to help bring Mardi Gras to the world, that’s how grand a scale it is. To be a Dame is a privilege.” ~Dame Karen Dame Seran

somebody that has an answer.” She also notes, “Mardi Gras builds community everywhere. My sister in North Carolina has a party every year to make my throws. My cousin, a polymer clay artist, makes the charms to go with the theme. They invite their friends to string beads, make bracelets for me, listen to Mardi Gras music and eat king cake. So, in a sense, because of the Dames, there is now another community of like women outside of New Orleans!” Karen Lodato was invited to join the first year, but other duties, like being a new mother, had kept her away for several years. Her passion for women celebrating womanhood finally overtook her and she joined the Dames in 2018. “I loved the way the Dames felt free to be beautiful, to be sexy, and have it be just about them. This was the creative outlet I needed to get my art out,” she declares. “Plus, the social aid aspect – giving and doing – takes me out of myself and lets me help others.” What Karen didn’t

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realize when she first joined the Dames was the thrill of parading. “The second I stepped onto the street in my costume, I came alive, with a feeling I didn’t know existed. There’s no word for it, but really, the intensity lasted for weeks afterward.” She continues, “It’s magical, a unique experience to help bring Mardi Gras to the world, that’s how grand a scale it is. To be a Dame is a privilege.” Of the Dames itself, she says, “Sometimes it’s difficult to build bonds with women for whatever reason. We are all so different and have so much going on, yet we band together easily to support each other, even before we meet in person.” She gets quiet for a moment, and then says, “The Dames offer us as women a platform to shine. So often we are made to feel guilty by society when we celebrate ourselves. That all goes away when I’m suited up and marching with the Dames.” “All of us have a desire to create something. Yet, I was terrified of coming

Dame Angela

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up with a design worthy of the krewe, and the amount of time it was going to take. The Dames stepped right up, supported my ideas, and reinforced that I could do it, and I did!” says Angela Faust, who joined in 2018. “My first parade felt like I was in a different reality, it was electric. Seeing us all together in line, cinching each other up, helping with lashes and head pieces, it feels very familial. There is sincere and genuine affection for each other. Then when we step out into the street, I feel an immense amount of pride, knowing what it took - together - to create these pieces, and seeing the crowd’s reactions,” she beams.

In between the design phase and the parade is about nine months of building the costume, in which anything can happen. When there’s a problem – whether personal or with our beading - someone in the group will speak up and we rally. One longtime Dame in particular has been the recipient of such support. Stacey Meany discovered she had breast cancer, and posted it on the Dames private page, as a way of dealing with the blow. “The next thing I know, Julie had rallied the Dames and scheduled a Meal Train. All the slots were immediately filled, mostly by new Dames who I didn’t know. They took turns for weeks bringing meals and

keeping me company as I recuperated from a double mastectomy. I got to know them and made new friends. It’s not the first time I’ve been shown the generosity of this group, either. It has carried me through the years. I can’t take it for granted but I know it’s there when I need it.” As I talk to my fellow Dames, I hear terms like creativity, support, community, service and, of course, fun. I will be eternally grateful for this time I’m spending as part of the Dames de Perlage, as we celebrate our womanhood and spread excitement beyond New Orleans and on to the next generation. There is nothing like a Dame!

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ompanies and organizations need all kinds of minds to find success. That was the message Dr. Temple Grandin delivered to the packed Howard Auditorium Thursday night. Grandin, a professor of animal science at Colorado State University and a well-known spokesperson on autism, helped celebrate the kickoff for Louisiana Tech University’s Education and Research in Children’s Health (ENRICH) Center. Grandin spent much of her career using her experience as an autistic person equipment to help ensure humane treatment of cattle. The author of a New York Times Best Seller focused on helping individuals not be defined by the label of a disability. “Concentrate on things your disability doesn’t prevent you from doing well,” said Grandin, quoting Stephen Hawking. Children should have hands-on experience and build things, Grandin said. Thinking skills improve with exposure to art, sewing, cooking, learning an instrument, and anything causing children to visualize and do something. “Children prefer real activities compared to pretend,” Grandin said. “People need to touch in order to perceive.” The ENRICH Center conducts research, education, and outreach designed to improve children’s health.

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Dr. Temple Grandin delivers her message of valuing difference to a packed house at Louisiana Tech University’s Howard Auditorium.

Currently, the state of Louisiana is ranked near the bottom of lists rating children’s health status. In addition, 18 percent of Louisiana’s preschool children are obese. The WISE program is designed to change that while promoting healthy eating for younger kids. Teachers are trained to encourage healthy eating in their students, and they engage in hands-on experiences with students that reinforces the need for fresh fruits and vegetables. There are now 30 classrooms in Louisiana using this program, according to Dr. Julie Rutledge, director of the ENRICH Center. In order to encourage early literacy, BBC gives preschoolage children one book a month along with a flyer relating to the theme of the book. In the last five years, the BBC has delivered 35,000 books to preschoolers and their families in Lincoln Parish.

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Their newest upcoming program, BBC: Babies, is a lot like BBC except it targets infants instead of preschoolers. Anyone who delivers a baby in a local hospital will be sent home with a BBC: Babies Kit. The kit includes 12 developmentally appropriate books and parent flyers that relate to the theme of each book. Rutledge said ENRICH hopes to deliver over 600 kits in the first year. Dr. Temple Grandin signs a copy of The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin for Louisiana Tech student Victoria Ned.

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s a review, “Rapunzel” is a German fairy tale in the collection assembled by the Brothers Grimm, and first published in 1812 as part of Children’s and Household Tales. The Grimm Brothers’ story is an adaptation of the fairy tale “Rapunzel” by Friedrich Schulz published in 1790. Its plot has been used and parodied in various media and its best-known line (“Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair”) is an idiom of popular culture. Rapunzel’s story has striking similarities to other epic stories and/or poems, in which she offers to let down her hair from her tower so that the prince/her lover can climb up to her. Some elements of the fairy tale might also have originally been based upon the tale of Saint Barbara, who was said to have been locked in a tower by her father. Okay, now to the topic of hair. I bet you may have heard: “I am not my hair.” But I dare say many of us, both men and women, are defined by our hair, i.e., social beauty norms. We say things like “Good Hair Day” or the weather is great (for us in the South, i.e., Louisiana -- low humidity), so my style will “keep.” Female hair concerns, particularly hair thinning, are more common than many people can imagine. The truth be told, many women never expect to face dealing with hair thinning at all, and they are caught by surprise when loss occurs. Hair is typically at its thickest when individuals are in their 20s. Hair will naturally begin to thin after that age and may thin at a higher rate due to hormonal changes caused by pregnancy, pre- / peri-menopause, menopause, surgical menopause (hysterectomy) and other health-related issues. Statistics reveals that women with naturally thin hair are likely to experience loss at a disproportionately higher rate. For many women, dealing with thinning hair isn’t easy. It changes their self-image, the products they purchase and ultimately how they feel. It may cause them to change hairstyling habits, which many have had for years. A relevant

study reported that women have a difficult time confronting hair thinning and baldness. They can suffer from a number of emotional consequences. Along with depression, they report feeling scared, embarrassed, unattractive and paranoid about their appearance. There are so many proposed solutions for hair concerns, particularly women’s hair care concerns. Many less-than-quality companies seem to target the emotional state of those suffering from the hair concerns; however, buyer beware! First of all, understand from a medical standpoint, there are studies that have looked at several different hair products, i.e., shampoos, conditioners, leave-in conditioners, root stimulators, hair lotions, hot oil treatments, and others. The studied products were chosen based on results from a survey of women asking them about their product use. In these studies researchers tested each product for the presence of endocrine/ hormone disruptors that are associated with a variety of, not only “hair health,” but health effects such as reproductive disorders, birth defects, asthma and cancer. These endocrine/hormone disruptors are not unique to hair products but can be found in other personal care items. They include preservatives, i.e., parabens, paraben alternatives like the glycol ether, i.e., Phenoxyethanol, phthalates, fragrances, sulfates, phenols and siloxanes, along with colors and dyes. Bottom line: Avoid these at all costs. Keep a copy of a “never ever” list with you or download the app: Environmental Working Group (EWG). This way you will always stay informed and use the information to make good buying decisions. Next, perform your due diligence and align yourself with a qualified provider who can help find solutions for women (and men), whether it’s hereditary (androgenetic alopecia) hair loss or thinning caused by a medical condition such as hormonal imbalances, particularly Hypothyroidism, certain nutritional imbalances, i.e., iron deficiency, alopecia areata or any other common cause of baldness.

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Depending on the severity and type of hair thinning, trichology professionals (fancy term for haircare specialists) may recommend:


Investigating your comprehensive health and wellness status, particularly sensitive/specific biomarkers on blood work and free/active hormones at the tissue level. With any metabolic, nutritional and/or hormonal imbalance identified, i.e., a root cause, then those issues can be properly addressed. Management could include hormone therapy; anti-inflammatory/alkaline dietary lifestyle choices, including the correct water; and the incorporation of clean, nutrient-dense, quality supplements, particularly those that can nourish the hair (amino acids, Vitamin B Complex, minerals, Glutathione and others). And, to re-iterate, only use toxic-free haircare products. Use that app, EWG, and always read labels!


Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) has been clinically proven to be a major cause of hair thinning. DHT Inhibitors prevent DHT from attaching to the receptors of the hair follicles, thus slowing or preventing hair growth. DHT Inhibitors come in various forms, i.e. oral and topical (prescriptions, over-to-counter and supplements). Finasteride (Propecia) and Saw Palmetto Extract are DHT Inhibitors. As a side note, Minoxidil (Rogaine) works by helping the blood flow to the hair follicles.


Recently CBD oil has been discovered to help maintain scalp health, stimulate hair regrowth, curb hair fall, prevent graying, prevent hair damage and condition your hair. What is CBD oil, you might ask? CBD oil is one of over a hundred cannabinoids found in cannabis plants: Marijuana or hemp plants. These non-psychoactive (mind-altering) cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, and thus are useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation-associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune disease. So, it’s no wonder the amazing benefits this oil has on your scalp and hair. Components of the CBD oil include Vitamin E and fatty acids, particularly Omega fatty acids. Vitamin E and fatty acids condition your scalp and your hair. Specifically, Vitamin E helps to get rid of dandruff that clogs your hair follicles especially the oil, waxy, and dry kind. Fatty acids help feed the follicle and allow hair to continue growing…for longer amounts of time. They also strengthen the pigment cells within the hair follicle, thus preventing the destruction of pigment cells…graying. The omegas: omega 3, omega 6 and omega 9 improve scalp tissue, making the scalp stronger, and allowing the follicles faster growth and expansion.


This therapy represents pain-free, low-level laser systems that stimulate new hair growth. The therapy is based on the principle of photo-biotherapy, a procedure where laser light reactivates protein synthesis. This laser light is a red-beam/near-infrared laser with a wave-length between 600 and 1000 nanometers and a power from 5 to 500 milliwatts.


for hair loss is a three-step medical treatment in which a patient’s blood is drawn, processed, and then injected into the scalp. The proposed mechanism of action is that the PRP injections trigger natural hair growth. And, there is also the belief that the injections maintain the hair growth by increasing blood supply to the hair follicle and increasing the thickness of the hair shaft.


is a highly refined process in which surgeons harvest donor hair from one portion of the scalp and transplant it to other areas that are thinning or balding. This procedure can be time-consuming and is definitely an investment; however, the results are often natural looking and permanent.

If you have concerns, I hope you will take advantage of the valuable content offered here in this article and use it accordingly. I welcome the opportunity to guide women (and

men) near and far, to take control of their hair challenges and begin their journey to attaining fuller, thicker, stronger and healthier looking hair.

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DISCLAIMER: All of the information found in this article is based on the opinion of the author Karen M. Pendleton, M.D. The information is meant to motivate readers to make their own health decisions after consulting with their own health care providers. All readers should consult a doctor before making a health change, especially those that are related to a specific diagnosis or health condition. No information in this article should be relied on in determining a diet, making a medical diagnosis or determining a treatment for a medical condition. The information in this article is not intended to replace a relationship with a qualified healthcare practitioner and is not intended as medical advice. No information in this article should be used to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure any disease or condition.

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These handy lipsticks are ultralongwearing, with the staying power of a lip stain but the vibrancy of a lipstick. Made with avocado oil and vitamin E, these lipsticks are comfortable and lightweight, yet still long lasting! They are also cruelty free, and there are twentythree different shades to choose from.

Global Keratin Flat Iron Moroccanoil Shampoo and Conditioner

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Moroccanoil has a large variety of products to keep your hair silky and healthy. Their volume shampoo will bring life back to your hair with a mixture of antioxidant-rich argon oil and revitalizing nutrients. Their volume conditioner does the same thing, giving your hair stunning volume and high shine while also detangling and smoothing.

Hair perfume is a lightweight fragrance to freshen up your locks and have you smelling great. Jessie James Decker makes a variety of her “Bless Your Hair” hair perfumes to keep you feeling pretty and fresh. Choose from three delectable scents of Sweet Magnolia, Honey Dew, and Mermaid Kisses!

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Global Keratin’s flat irons have a lightweight design, quick heat up time, a durable titanium plate, digital LED temperature display, and a 360 degree swivel cord. With these handy flat irons, you can achieve either a sleek, straighten look or smooth, voluminous waves!

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MAC Prep and Prime BB Beauty Balm Price: $31.00

MAC’S Prep and Prime BB Beauty Palm does it all for your skin! It improves skin texture, blurring out imperfections and evening skin tone. At the same time, this product protects your skin from UV rays with a thirty-five SPF. MAC’s BB Beauty Balm is waterproof, yet it still remains lightweight on your skin.

Obagi’s ZO Skincare

Price: $124 for pack of daily skincare products Obagi has amazing skincare products, everything from anti-aging, anti-wrinkle, and hyperpigmentation. Obagi’s collection of creams, serums, gels and more are made with ingredients to make your skin look its best. The ZO Skincare line is cutting edge and meant to not only make your skin beautiful, but healthy as well.

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“I had been wanting to address the loose skin under my chin and the jowling around my jawline for a couple of years and when I saw an ad for Dr. Pennington, I scheduled a complimentary consult with her just to get some information. While I was there Dr. Pennington spent so much time with me, explaining all my options so clearly, really listening to my concerns and what I was wanting. I felt like I could instantly trust her. Before leaving the consult Dr. Pennington had put together a personalized plan for me that was too attractive to resist and I actually ended up scheduling my surgery for a couple weeks later. After my facelift


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with Dr. Pennington I felt 100% more confident in my appearance, I saw my before and after pictures and it was shocking, I no longer had the “family jowls” I was used to looking at in the mirror for the last few years. I work in the medical field as a nurse and it means a lot to me to have a nice appearance in my profession. My procedure with Dr. Pennington exceeded any expectations I had and I have such a natural looking result. I send all my family and friends to see her.” Late 50’s - facelift,eyelid and brow lift patient

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Members have a wide range of fitness levels. Though in burning calories up to 36 hours after you’ve Orangetheonterested r y F i t n e s s S H R E V E P O R T | 1 3 7 0 E 7 0 t h S t #1000 | Shreveport, LA 71105 | 318.716.7776 worked out? If the answer to that question is yes, then there are a few challenges for those who enjoy competition, Orangetheory is the place for you. A high-tech exercise

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calories to be burned,which is why most are at the gym - to burn those calories.

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Marathon Runner • Triathlete Cyclist • Cancer Survivor

Nurse Anesthetist • Mother • Encourager All Around An Amazing Person

“I have two oranges for breakfast, every morning - 2 back-to-back Orangetheory workouts.”

“In the past, I’ve always expected weight loss to happen quickly and when it didn’t, I would get frustrated and quit. At Orangetheory I allowed it to be a process. Every week something else was added or changed, or someone in my life encouraged me in some way that kept me going. I hope to do the same for someone else one day. Orangetheory gave me my life back.”

Always having been an active person, Mike Kuhr’s world was turned upside down after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in 2007. The 225 pound weight lifter watched as his fight with cancer left him alive, but weak and significantly smaller at 168 pounds. Anxious to return to his former fitness level, Mike was mentally and physically ready to regain his former self. Though he knew workout routines and was able to complete his training on his own, he had a level of frustration without being able to track his progress or have any type of feedback. Mike then discovered Orangetheory and became an inaugural member. Passionate about this program, Mike’s favorite aspect is his ability to track his progress and see his zones on the screen to know if he can really give it more during his workout. He has watched his endurance build and enjoys the high-fives and fist bumps when a base pace changes for him. For Mike, there is no plateau. He wants to continue to progress and finds different aspects of his fitness to improve such as speed or his push pace. Feeling the best shape of his life, Mike attributes this to the overall Orangetheory experience - a workout perfectly blended with friends to encourage, a coach to push, and statistic reports he receives daily on his progress. It is the perfect recipe to crush his fitness goals and watch his friends accomplish theirs. “We are all in this fitness journey together,” Mike explained. “Ever since I joined, Orangetheory has established a new base for me which I apply to my daily life - I now attack everything in life with an ALL-OUT effort.” CONVENIENTLY, ORANGETHEORY FACILITIES ALL AROUND THE WORLD ARE AVAILABLE TO MEMBERS WITH EACH STUDIO COMPLETING THE SAME WORKOUT REGIMEN FOR THE DAY. BY DOING THIS, NO ONE HAS TO MISS LEG OR BACK DAY IF TRAVELING.

What started as a goal to lose weight has now evolved into a complete lifestyle change. Taking the terrifying simple steps to cross over the Orangetheory threshold changed Shannon Lawhead’s life for the better. Shannon has lost over 75 pounds since she began her Orangetheory journey. In the beginning she wanted to improve her self-image, be a positive role model for her two daughters, and find a healthier lifestyle. What she discovered on her fitness journey was a tight-knit bond between her fellow Orangetheory goers, her coach, and herself which enabled her commitment to this fitness journey and bring a constant state of health for a healthier life. This mentality has evolved beyond just herself with the entire family planning meals and physical adventures together as a new normal. Having always been focused on just losing weight, Shannon was the victim of the yo-yo dieting, never fully committing to one program. However, that all changed when she was welcomed with open arms to Orangetheory which has transformed Shannon into a marathon runner through the positive encouragement of her coach always pushing her to try a little harder than the day before and her desire to stay the course. The sense of accomplishment after completing the workout is a huge bonus for our busy nurse, not to mention stress reliever, but with the eyes on the prize she strives to increase her speed and become a more efficient runner. Shannon has big plans for more races and family adventures as she keeps adding races to her repertoire. Shannon often describes Orangetheory like working out at a night club thanks to the fun music and low lighting. She may even dance a little with the right song. “I just keep trying to meet my benchmark goal they have set for me and improve,” Shannon beams, “I started out walking on the treadmill and now, I’m a runner.” Every text from her coach, every fist bump from the front desk, and every encouraging word are Shannon’s fuel to keep pushing at Orangetheory.

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Make-up Artist • Creative Director Renaissance Man • Positive Community Force

“Every day I go to Orangetheory I have something that I am proud of, something few people take time to celebrate in a world inundated with schedules, but every day I am able to say I did something that aids in my health. It was a challenge and I feel better - I celebrate after my workout.”

A visionary for the SBC, Michael Angelo is a well-known name usually spoken with a loving smile. Those who know him, adore him for his vibrancy and eyes that see a Utopian world full of silver linings. Michael Angelo sees people for who they are and what they want to be - especially in his field of work. Having been a yo-yo dieter his entire adult life, Michael has tried every plan possible from purchasing workout videos to Internet diet plans. He has been through trainers (whom he enjoyed), fad diets, not so fad diets, and some unhealthy avenues of losing weight. Weight loss was an obsession, and he would fluctuate from extremely heavy to far too thin. Yet, he never made a lifestyle change until Orangetheory. At 32 years old, Michael has found a fitness regime that he has been able to keep - daily. What started as a simple plan to accompany his friend to a new workout facility, because this is Michael Angelo and he would never allow a friend to approach something new alone - of course, he signed up. He showed up to the 5 a.m. workout with no prior knowledge. His first thought, “Am I going to die in front of these people?” Knowing he can rise to any occasion, Michael committed to the workout as he began on the treadmill. Noticing some of the other runners were much like gazelles panting and sweating, he made it through the workout. “I knew if I could complete one I could do it,” is what Michael thought at the time and so he has. Going on to win the Transformation Challenge after losing 13% of his body weight, Michael has competed in every challenge, loving how each one motives him to his next fitness goal. With the daily report summary of fitness progress to measure success, Orangetheory’s coaches, and professionally designed workouts, Michael Angelo has found the perfect appeal to keep him motivated and capable of accomplishing greatness physically. Ready to maintain his active lifestyle, Michael found Orangetheory. ADVERTORIAL PHOTO CREDTIS: MISTY SWILLEY

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After a lengthy war with infertility treatment, I convinced myself that getting pregnant and having kiddos is the hardest part of parenting. How naïve could I possibly be? After the twins were born at 34 weeks gestation, I quickly discovered how wrong I was.

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here was a lot I didn’t know about parenting. I didn’t know that plastic nipples need to be sterilized and that real nipples need to be moisturized. And while I did know that babies eat every two hours, I wasn’t aware that it takes each of them 20 minutes to eat. Add the twin recipe on top of that and my new parent, breastfeeding, energetic world got rocked. Just about the time we got the twin baby routine down, the third kiddo made his unplanned appearance. We were outnumbered and so tired that we could fall asleep sitting upright. Much of those baby years was a blur. We had the help of our mothers. We slurred words to each other. Again, I was certain that this was, without a doubt, the most difficult season of kid-rearing.

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And then they got older and started walking. I didn’t know that kids stick things in light sockets and pick up poo poo. That they run everywhere: in parking lots, down steep hills, and into poles. That they stand on top of furniture, break Limoges bowls, and are always naked. Kids drain bank accounts and energy, and one morning you look in the mirror to wonder how your rested, optimistic self disappeared. The yin yang of parenting is enough to drive the most level-headed, mild-tempered individual to the nut house. But it’s not just the challenge of raising kids that sets a person over the edge. It’s the combined pressure of work, marriage and cultural demands. Child rearing happens at a time in life when we’re finding our adult way on this planet. This is the sink or swim time of life, and we have no idea what to expect or how to navigate. The clichéd “it takes a village” mantra of these parenting years applies as much to our need to be raised as parents as it applies to our children. I can’t trace back to how it happened exactly — how I found a tribe of women who walk with me on this daily trek of life. We weren’t raised in the same town. We aren’t the same age. Some of us work outside the home. Some of us stay home. We are from different Christian denominations. Our personalities are as varied as a box of rainbow Skittles. We’re different, but we’re a team. Together we’ve survived: medical school, election campaigns, birth, loss, cancer, open-heart surgery, unemployment, broken bones, traveling spouses, shift work, new business start-up pains, marriage, depression, bullying, hormones, and grunting teenagers. And that’s only been in the past few years.

A few weeks ago, our newest village member was born. Her big brother brought RSV home from school and graciously “shared the love.” As I drove home from work, I turned the familiar route to Willis Knighton South. As I drove, I recalled that the last time I drove this route, it was Stacey who was calming me down. Stacey’s my first call when my kids are hurt. In her level-headed ER physician voice, she assures me that all will be OK. It works. I stop crying,

and then listen to her directions. Today, I was headed to see her sick baby. Life comes full circle. Stacey is one of seven in our tribe. Heather has mental health radar on me. Somehow the universe sends her a notification when I have reached the end of my rope. She buzzes my phone and calls me out. She delivers dinner and the book I’ve been wanting to read but haven’t made the time. And then she shames me into calling in sick the next day. Donayle observes and encourages my efforts. She texts me words of affirmation, my love language. What she doesn’t know is that I go back and reread them when I need a pick me up. Mia puts my physical and emotional self back together in her salon chair. Her costume box is the reason my kids haven’t disowned me for my failed attempts during Homecoming and Red Ribbon dress up weeks. There’s nothing that intimidates me more than well-executed kiddo costumes. Teresa nourishes my soul with humor and cupcakes. Her courage and capacity for forgiveness encourages me to keep going when I want to quit. Shannon’s going to be the reason I get into Heaven. She’s my nonjudgmental spiritual counselor who allows and helps direct answers to my crazy questions.

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Laura is my sounding board on all things work, kiddos, and marriage. She watches over my household with love and zero judgement. She also helps me raise my chicken village. That includes 13 feather babies and the occasional 6-foot chicken snake. If it feels like I’m bragging, I am. I hit the friend jackpot with these ladies. We buy extra meat to feed each other’s kids. We bandage boo boos and share hugs. We bonfire, sled on old car hoods, and catch moles. With a watchful eye, we give the kids enough room to create and learn. Sometimes that means that they bathe in the chickens’ water trough in the front yard. Our parenting strategy is that as long as everyone is safe and loved, it’s allowable. Don’t get me wrong, we have bad days, too. There is the occasional text, “Could you hear me yelling at your house?” Or, “I quit. If anyone is looking for me, I’ll be at TJ Maxx spending their college tuition.” It happens. We have bad days. We make parenting mistakes. Sometimes we cry big and ugly during Bible study. But it’s always met with grace and usually tears of empathy because in life there are no original problems. Our tribe carries the burdens of the others and sits patiently with us in the mess until the storm clears. If you don’t have a girl tribe, I implore you to pay attention to the relationships in your life. Tribal relationships involve no judgement. They want to see you win. Not sure if your relationships are tribe-worthy? Here’s the litmus test… does an unexpected drop-in, when your house is in the shambles, make you feel shameful? Or can you invite her in for a glass of wine despite the mess? There are the societal rules and then there’s the real stuff. Tribal relationships cut straight to the core of authentic. Build your team around that, so when the structure of life around you comes crashing down, your search and rescue team knows how to dig you out.


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It’s YOUR time to look your BEST The Art of Facial and Body Contouring Dr. Hopkins has Non-Surgical Anti-Aging Solutions Janine Hopkins, M.D., F.A.A.D. is a board-certified dermatologist and experienced physician practicing in Monroe, LA since 1996. She received training through a progressive dermatology program with an emphasis on surgical and cosmetic dermatology at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Department of Dermatology. Dr. Hopkins’ practice focuses on skin cancer prevention and detection, general dermatology, laser treatments, and cosmetic procedures with an emphasis on non-surgical facial aesthetics and body contouring. Dr. Hopkins lectures at educational meetings on both laser and facial aesthetics. She uses her expertise, education, and training to focus on what will work best specifically for each patient’s skin and body type.

Dr. Hopkins’ Exclusive Trinity of Anti-Aging During her career, Dr. Hopkins has been immersed in cultivating advanced, non-surgical procedures to help her patients look their best. She explains, “When consulting patients for cosmetic concerns, I find it essential to evaluate both the health and general appearance of their skin. I examine patients carefully from all angles to determine the degree of collagen and volume loss in the areas of concern. Using a combination of neuromodulators, fillers, and laser treatments which I refer to as the “Trinity of Anti-Aging”, my patients enjoy significant improvements in their appearances without looking over done.” Uniquely combining her artistic eye with the science behind FDA approved fillers, neuromodulators, and laser treatments, Dr. Hopkins produces remarkable results for her patients, without the risks and downtime of surgical procedures or novice injectors.

Body Contouring In addition to providing the “Trinity of Anti-Aging” for facial aesthetics, Dr. Hopkins offers body contouring to reduce areas of unwanted fat, and to tighten the skin. She offers several non-surgical treatments, such as Kybella, TruSculpt iD, Fotona TightSculpt and SculpSure. Dr. Hopkins explains, “When I began practice, liposuction was the only option to treat areas of unwanted fat. Although I still perform liposuction and great results, it is a surgical procedure, and has certain risks and downtime for patients. Newer options like TruSculpt iD treat multiple areas of unwanted fat in 15 minutes with less cost, pain and no downtime. We can also add the Fotona TightSculpt procedure, to tighten skin laxity, reduce wrinkles and target stretch marks anywhere on the body.” Dr. Hopkins tailors these non-surgical treatments to target individual patient needs.

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Differently Wired:

Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World

first stumbled upon Deborah Reber’s podcast series, “Tilt Parenting,” from a recommendation deep within a comment By thread, deep within a Facebook group. This was one of many Facebook groups I had recently joined, searching for parents with whom I could relate. But THIS nugget of hope was unlike those that I typically scrolled past. Once I listened to an episode of her podcast, I immediately began binge-listening to her past episodes. The Tilt Parenting podcast is a treasure trove of information, recommendations, and research-based advice for parents who are raising what she calls “differently wired” children. Reber, like many parents of exceptional children, found the resources and information available for parenting neuro-typical children to be of zero use to her family. She and her husband are raising a gifted tween with many other

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diagnoses, a combination sometimes labeled “2E” or “twice exceptional.” Although my two children share the “gifted” diagnosis, they have their own 2E struggles with ADHD. Many normal parenting techniques just don’t work with these neuro-atypical kids. Like Reber, I felt lost trying to source information and insight into what could help MY kids. The struggle was definitely real. Not surprisingly, Reber’s book proved to be equally as binge-worthy as the podcast. The brilliant part of both is that somehow Reber manages to UNITE a group of parents with her very relatable interviews and insight. She brings in expert after expert on a vast array of topics from the neuro-atypical

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It is liberating to find a source who “gets it” and brings real-world solutions to those who are so desperate for support.

world, including well-respected researchers, authors, and experienced counselors and coaches. Now, amazingly, anyone struggling with parenting a differently wired kiddo can benefit. The individual diagnosis of each child doesn’t stand in the way of allowing us into the differently wired tribe -instead the differently wired umbrella wholeheartedly welcomes parents from all over the world, and with individual diagnoses all over the charts. The book differs from the podcasts in structure, obviously, but in the most logical and easy-to-follow way possible. Reber has distilled her years of research and study into a series of what she calls “tilts” or shifts in mindset -- all while driving home the need to join forces into a differently-wired revolution. It was surprising to learn that a full 1/5 of all students have a learning disability of one variety or another. That’s 20% of the entire student population of the world! Every single classroom is bound to have at least one student who would be considered neuro-atypical. Once you start looking at a group like that as a whole, you start to learn that most school systems are created (by necessity) for the 80% of average students. Although my two differently wired kiddos are in a wonderful public school with loving teachers, and two strong and capable parental advocates, the system as a whole is never going to be the perfect fit for them. Like most of the 20% of neuro-atypical kids, they will forever be the “square peg” with school and life serving as the “round hole.” After reading the book Differently Wired and continuing to enjoy old and new podcast episodes, I’m thankful to say that I no longer feel quite so lost. It is liberating to find a source who “gets it” and brings real-world solutions to those who are so desperate for support. The differently wired manifesto, revolution, and call to unite have been a breath of fresh air and I wholehearted recommend it to anyone who is struggling with their own “square peg” in this “round hole” world.


Hardcover Book:, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, Books-a-Million eBook: Kindle reader Audiobook: Podcast: iTunes, SoundCloud, Google Play Music, Stitcher, PodBean, Player FM Pro Tip: Listen to a few podcast episodes, then head over to the Tilt Parenting website. Reber creates a “show notes” page for each episode with links to the guest’s body of work, social media links, and ways to dig deeper into each expert’s particular area of study.


Danielle Williamson Richard is a graphic designer, owner of Richard Creative, and the art director of Lola Magazine. She is all about organizing and creating, and has been a book nerd her whole life. Audiobooks and podcasts have become a near-obsession in her adult life, as listening while doing mundane chores makes for a much happier mama. Danielle is the mother of two exceptional children, and spends her days managing Richard Creative with her husband, James.

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Give the Gift of Learning: Mommy and Me Brain Training Classes at LearningRx

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Boondoggled: Putting the Right Foot Forward, or is it the Left?



tarting a child off on the right foot is often a challenge and leads parents on a merry chase to find the correct preschool offering or setting that will give the child the best opportunity to make it big in the world. But what all parents want most is a happy, well-adjusted child who will flourish and not struggle. The demands of the curricula today are most difficult for many parents to wrap their heads around, much less to assist their student in the learning process, especially in the math field where the methods of teaching and performing math have changed drastically from their own experiences in the classroom. Gone are the days of math facts recitation repeatedly on a daily basis and here are the times of multiple ways to get to a solution and show me each way. The process has become more important than the answer and this is hard for many to grasp. Here are a few thoughts to help guide parents in this new competitive world of choosing the right path for your littles. Cognitive development is the upmost importance in a child’s development of skills that will follow him/her all the way through the school system. Unfortunately, many parents do not know to get a cognitive assessment done or even where or when to start this process. When to get this assessment done is before starting school, but it is never too late. Adults can benefit from knowing their own cognitive strengths and weaknesses so they too can work on enhancing their own skill sets. Where to get this assessment is from a respected resource like a local psychologist, school specialist/diagnostician or a reputed resource such as LearningRx. Many preschools even partner with some of these resources to get screenings or offer discounts to these facilities. For example, getting a child’s vision/hearing checked is essential to making sure that the student has the ability to see and hear the information being delivered, but what if the brain cannot process the January-February 2019 | LOLA MAGAZINE | Page 65

information at the speed of delivery? This makes the student struggle to keep up with the others in the class and ultimately fall behind. Or what if the memory is not as strong as it should be because the apple didn’t fall far from the tree? Then the child struggles to remember what the teacher has told them or to follow multi-step directions when orally given…so how do these things get addressed? Knowing the strengths helps to continue to build on these and knowing the weaknesses allows for the intervention necessary to get the child off to the right start. After getting the results, then the fun begins. Cognitive intervention/exercise is much like that of the physical exercise and many times even involves using body movement as this connection is crucial in the brain. Gross body movement includes large muscle groups and fine motor movements include things like handwriting. If a child struggles with motor movements, an Occupational Therapist or Physical Therapist can assist with assessing and treating this difficulty just like a Speech Therapist can assist with assessing and treating speech difficulty such as delayed language or difficulty with forming certain sounds. Cognitive Therapy falls into two categories: behavioral and foundational. A Cognitive Behavioral Therapist assesses and treats the behavior much like a counselor but with intensive intervention such as play therapy and other techniques to help address behavioral concerns while a Cognitive Trainer such as those at LearningRx actually exercises the brain’s ability to use memory, processing speed, attentional issues and logic. Cognitive exercise is something we all do to some extent because we use our thinking skills daily but when an area is weak it is used less and thus never strengthens. It is the purpose of cognitive exercise to deliberately work these weak skills until they become stronger. As a result, IQ is boosted and the student becomes a better learner at any age. IQ is simply the sum average of all of our thinking skills and the stronger these skills are, the better the IQ. Neuroplasticity means that the brain is malleable and that it can be trained, which in turn boosts the sum average of the skills (IQ). **

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One of the most incredible ways to work on cognitive skills is simply through games. Games of all types including limited technological games have value but it is the interaction with the adult that increases the vocabulary and trains the child to think. Learning to cook well means that one must practice the cooking and not just watch and read a recipe; learning to play the piano means that one must practice doing so in order to become a master at it… the same is true with thinking skills. In order to become a master at thinking and processing lots of new processes, thoughts and data, one must practice doing so. Games and toys that are difficult and challenge the child are beneficial and can boost great thinking skills. Local toy store owner Sarah Toups at LearningExpress Toys prides herself on carrying the best thinking games and toys to challenge the brain and her staff is eager to assist anyone in the purchase of games that will target specific skills that the child needs to work on. In addition, there are many free games and activities both online and homemade that can be beneficial to boosting a child’s cognitive function. LearningRx and LearningExpress Toys are partnering to offer a special Mommy & Me classes in February aimed at

teaching family members to use these games and activities to boost cognitive function in the littles.** Gymboree and many of the other local facilities such as Bricks for Kids, Code Ninjas, music/dance/karate/gymnastics and so many more also offer classes that work on different parts of whole body/brain connections. The main point is to be deliberate. Do not wait and do be purposeful in starting your child off right whether it is the left foot or the right. And SchoolHouse Rocks still has benefits so put some music on that teaches a few facts and dance the night away with your preschooler, for after all, the parent is the best toy/learning activity that a child can have, and that includes the cardboard box with which to make imaginary places, for it is the imagination that takes us places through incredible reading and playing together.

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olli’ was born from the union of Hollis and Charlotte Bergeron Conway on September 9, 1994. She was raised in Monroe, Louisiana, along with her sisters, Angelique Conway and Tarvia Conway. She graduated from Northwestern State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in theatre with concentration in musical theatre. During her time at NSU, she acted in productions of Rent, Avenue Q, Hairspray, and Sweeny Todd. I had the privilege to share the stage with Holli’ in a production of South Pacific in 2015 with Strauss Theatre Center and the Monroe Symphony Orchestra. From that moment, I knew I had worked with a precious jewel just beginning to shine. Holli’ celebrated her 24th birthday in one of the most magical ways. She competed for the title of Miss America on September 9, 2017, representing the Bayou State as Miss Louisiana 2018 where she finished as second runner-up and preliminary talent winner. When her life’s journey began, pageants were no where on the radar of her passions and dreams. She was very athletic and somewhat of a tomboy growing up. She competed in field and track though she was a theatre major. Holli’ comes from a very athletic and competitive family. Her father, Hollis Conway, is a two-time Olympic medalist in the high jump, taking home the silver at the 1988 Olympics at Seoul, Korea, and the bronze in 1992 at Barcelona, Spain. Her mother Charlotte is an active runner. January-February January-February 2019 2019 || LOLA LOLA MAGAZINE MAGAZINE || Page Page 69 69

That competitive spirit and her genetic catapulted Holli’ into a place she never saw on the horizon. While attending Northwestern State University, Holli’ sang during the Miss Northwestern Lady of the Bracelet competition as entertainment between competitions. She was not a competitor and never intended to be. After the pageant, she was heavily approached by the reigning Miss Louisiana, the board, the judges, the local directors. They all thought that Holli’ needed to step into the world of scholastic pageantry. Holli was perplexed. She didn’t know how to do a pageant; she was an athlete. She didn’t do pageants. Track and field were her only competitions. Her lack of knowledge in the pageant world created an organically authentic breath of fresh air. She just wanted to be herself. She took heed to the Miss Louisiana America Organization’s standards of promoting confidence, self-love, and encouraging others to be as real as they can. That realness paid off when she competed in her first preliminary and won the title of Miss Taste of the Twin Cities 2015. She didn’t want to change herself. She just wanted to have fun with it and win some scholarship money along the way. She was third runner-up that first year to Miss Louisiana, Jaden Leach. The following year she would go on to be first runner-up to Miss Louisiana 2016, April Nelson. As she was one spot from the title, one might think that Holli’ would have found the next preliminary to gain a title to allow her to compete in the 2017 Miss Louisiana Pageant. Holli’ was graduating college by then. She threw everyone a

curve ball when she opted out of competing to embark on the open waters. Holli’ signed a contract with Bloc Talent agency. She was part of the Number One play cast in the fleet on the Carnival Sunshine and Carnival Elation cruise ships. She was exploring her artistic side and career passion of performing. During that time sailing from port to port and performing, something kept resonating in her mind. Though it would come and go, it always reappeared in her thoughts. She wondered if she would just give it one more shot in the pageant arena. As Holli’ was home a break to see family and friends in more than a year, the opportunity presented itself. Holli was in the audience of the Miss Louisiana 2017 as Justine Ker took the crown with her most supportive friend, Cassady Adams, who been with her along this journey. There she was wishing she was on that stage competing. There was a short window of time before Holli’ would return to the cruise line to fulfill her contract. There was no way possible that she could compete and fulfill her contract. God opened a door. The first preliminary, Miss Heart of Pilot, was more than three days before she would return to work as the playlist vocalist for Carnival cruise lines. Holli’ decided she would give it a shot and compete. If it was meant to be, it would happen. Holli’ competed that evening and won. Holli’ was now taking on a second job while working on the cruise ship. She would have to prepare herself for the 2018 Miss Louisiana Pageant. There would be no pageant coaches, personal trainers, or mock interviews throughout the year. She was responsible with keeping in shape and staying current on the world events. That is a lot for any one person to take on. Many would snap under pressure, but Holli’ knew her strengths and weakness and focused on them. She left the handwork in the hands of God and allowed him to mold her through the process as she continued to perform well into the spring of 2018. When she docked back in the United States in March 2018, Holli’ knew it was crunch time. It was three months away, and she didn’t have a dress for the pageant. She took to the streets of New York City shopping for that perfect dress for competition. Then it was time to get with her pageant team, coaches and trainer for crunch time. While most girls had been preparing with assistance since the remainder of 2017, she was just beginning. Among her assistance was Miss Louisiana 2011, Hope Anderson, a registered dietician that helped her focus on heathier eating habits. As the days drew closer, it was announced that the Miss America Organization’s new reigning board and president were taking the competition in a new direction with the development of the “ME TOO” movement. The swimsuit and evening gown portion were being eliminated and being replaced

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Holli’ has a smile and a voice that will captivate any audience. with a red carpet attire and extra onstage interview portion. As Holli’ took the stage at the 2018 Miss Louisiana Pageant, she won preliminary night talent with her rendition of Fantasia Barinno’s, “I Believe”. On June 23, 2018 Holli’ once again took the stage at the final night of the competition. She advanced into the Top 10 once again where she would complete before the judges as well as a live and televised audience. Over the next two hours she would compete in swimsuit, evening gown, and talent portions of the pageant. As it was time to trim the competition down to the Top 5 the lady in red heard her name called. She would advance to the onstage question with four other lovely ladies. As it was time to announce the winner, Host Ed Walsh and Hostess Melissa Clark Whitworth, Miss Louisiana 2003, began to call out the runners-up. As each name was called, Holli’s name was not among them. When it was down to the final two women, Holli’ stood locking hands with friend and competitor Emily Randon. In that one amazing moment, the words, “Your new Miss Louisiana 2018 is Miss Holli’ Conway, Miss Heart of Pilot.” The crowd went wild. The sheer joy and genuine appreciation beamed from Holli’s infectious smile. She had captured that crown and was headed to Miss America. Preparing for a new version of the national competition in a short

two months was going to take some legwork and fast thinking. During her preparations, Holli was sent to Los Angeles where she would spend time with two former Miss Louisiana winners for interview coaching and vocal preparation for Miss America. She was taken under the wings of the Miss Louisiana 1984, Anita Whitaker and Miss Louisiana 2000, Faith Jenkins. Whitaker was the first African American Miss Louisiana and Jenkins was the second. She was also first-runner up at Miss America. She was in good hands with two of the best who have crafted a life in film, music and television. With any contestant in the system, they are required to have a platform. Holli’ chose “InspHIGHER”. InspHIGHER is a motivational platform to encourage others to discover their gifts, develop their talents and display them for the world to see with hope that it will take them to new heights while inspiring others along the way. She takes her knowledge of inspiration along with her in every aspect of her life on and off stage. Her platform’s unusual spelling is intended as to send a message of higher thinking and inspired actions to encourage others to follow their dreams and give them a good foundation to get there. She says that having a passion and finding it can pull people out of bad situations. Much of this inspiration also comes from her father who is a motivational speaker. While Holli’ had set her goal to become the first Miss Louisiana to be crowned Miss America, God had

a different plan for Holli’. After the competition she returned to Louisiana to fulfill her reign as Miss Louisiana until the June 2019 pageant. Her presence as Miss Louisiana has been a breath of fresh air for the organization and our state. She effortlessly conveys a heartfelt sense of joy and happiness to everyone she meets in her statewide travels. She is very approachable and just happens to be wearing a crown. Holli’ has a smile and a voice that will captivate any audience. Since Miss America, Holli’ has made the national television airwaves and live streams twice more. She had a dream fulfilled as she sang the national anthem at the New Orleans Saints vs Atlanta F a l c o n s game on Thanksgiving Day in the Superdome. At a last minute, she was informed that it would be televised as part of the game for all the multimedia viewing audience to witness. Her beautiful rendition was celebrated with arousing applause from football fans in the dome. Just a few days later she was asked to share her vocal talents for the 70th Bayou Classic at the Superdome between the Grambling State University Tigers and the Southern University Jaguars with the national anthem that would again be televised. As Holli’ is committed to fulfilling her reign as Miss Louisiana for the next six months, she is preparing for a move to New York City to pursue her theatrical and vocal gifts from God. To hear this angel sing is a pure joy. To call her a friend is a blessing. Holli’ Conway is a LOLA Lady and LOLA LEGEND in the making.

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upplements and vitamins and minerals, oh my! It’s that time of year again…the time when America decides to get in shape and healthy once and for all. Supplements often play a role in this quest for health, but are they necessary? There is much understandable uncertainty when it comes to supplements. Let’s address one in particular that has been getting a lot of press in recent years – the mineral Magnesium. Minerals are inorganic compounds that our bodies need to function properly. We don’t make them ourselves, so we have to get them through our diets. Magnesium is an essential mineral that is involved in more than 300 enzymatic reactions in the body. It is necessary for energy production and plays a critical role in processes such as muscle contraction, nerve impulses, maintaining a normal heart rhythm, control of blood sugar, and regulation of blood pressure. Our kidneys control the balance of magnesium and determine how much to hold on to and how much to excrete. Food sources of magnesium include green leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, and whole grains. The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of magnesium is 320 mg for women and 420 mg for men. It is estimated, though, that more than 50% of Americans do not get enough magnesium each day. Those at greatest risk for magnesium deficiency are individuals with alcoholism, diabetes, gastrointestinal disease such as Crohn’s Disease, and the elderly, but mild deficiency is likely common in the general population. Severe magnesium deficiency can present with seizures, cardiac arrhythmia, or muscle spasticity. Symptoms from mild deficiency are more subtle. Because magnesium is involved in so many processes in the body, the symptoms of deficiency are vast, including anxiety, depression, fatigue, insomnia, headache, muscle cramps, gastrointestinal complaints, insulin

resistance, heart palpitations, or INTEGRATE abnormal nerve YOUR HEALTH sensations. These with Dr. Nicole Cotter symptoms are nonspecific and could be due to more than just magnesium insufficiency. It has been suggested, however, that consistently low magnesium may increase the risk of illness over time. Magnesium deficiency has been linked to medical problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, migraines, asthma, depression, and osteoporosis. It is not always a simple task to get enough micronutrients through our diets alone. Because of changes in our agricultural system, the micronutrient content of food has declined over the years. The refining of grains removes the bulk of the magnesium content from these foods. People who eat a low carbohydrate diet are at risk for inadequate magnesium intake based on the foods they choose to exclude. Protein is useful for magnesium absorption, so if you are not getting enough protein in your daily diet you may not be absorbing enough magnesium. Medications affect the absorption of magnesium, too. Proton pump inhibitors, for example, prescribed for heartburn decrease the absorption of minerals such as magnesium. Unfortunately, there is no reliable test for your magnesium status. Most of the magnesium in the body is stored in the bone and soft tissue, so a routine blood test for magnesium does not give an accurate representation of total body stores. Serum magnesium testing is often normal in people who have a mild to moderate deficiency. So, how do you know if you need more magnesium? Start by ensuring that you are getting the Recommended Daily Allowance

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SO, HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU NEED MORE MAGNESIUM? of this mineral in your diet. If not, increase your intake of magnesium-rich foods. If there are medical reasons why you may have a magnesium deficiency, such as diabetes or inflammatory bowel disease, address this with your doctor. The additional supplementation of magnesium may be useful in some scenarios. Research has shown that magnesium supplementation may increase the effectiveness of blood pressure medication, decrease the recurrence of kidney stones, prevent migraine headaches, manage the symptoms of asthma, increase bone density, promote better sleep, and relax muscles. Optimizing magnesium status appears to decrease cardiovascular risk and help to maintain a healthy blood sugar level. Magnesium is a calming mineral that may ease anxiety, irritability, and depression. Talk with your doctor before starting a magnesium supplement and be aware that magnesium supplementation can interfere with the absorption of some medications if taken together. The upper limit suggested for daily magnesium supplementation is 350 mg, primarily because higher doses

are likely to cause diarrhea. Magnesium can be obtained easily over the counter in a number of forms. Magnesium oxide is the least expensive but also less bioavailable and the most likely to cause gastrointestinal effects. Magnesium glycinate and malate are examples of more absorbable forms of magnesium that are also gentler on the stomach. Magnesium can be used topically in the form of epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) baths or magnesium gels and lotions, often used for muscle relaxation. Because magnesium is excreted through the kidney, those with kidney disease should not supplement with magnesium without the specific recommendation and oversight of their physician. Nutrition should be the primary focus of vitamin and mineral intake in general. Supplementation of minerals such as magnesium may be useful in some individuals. Magnesium is an essential mineral involved in numerous processes in the body; therefore, optimizing our intake and body stores is certainly important in our quest for health this New Year.

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“Everybody has a story, guys. Remember that. Everybody.” Dad would remind us of this truth many times throughout our childhood. While in the check-out lane at the grocery store, I noticed that the grocery clerk had a poor attitude. I was around 8 or 9 years old at the time and I noticed things like this. She wouldn’t smile at me when I smiled at her. She wouldn’t giggle when Dad tried to be funny and she seemed almost frustrated that we chose her lane to check out in. In my young mind, anyone with that attitude should be fired. So, as we headed to the car, I smugly chided to my father that the clerk who checked us out didn’t deserve that job. She should be fired. I felt very pious in my assessment about that clerk …until we got in the car. After the groceries were loaded, Dad sat in the driver’s seat and put the keys in the ignition. But before he started the engine, he turned to look at me straight in my eyes. He said, “Teri, we don’t know her story. She might just be having a bad day. Maybe she has sick kids at home and she’s having a hard time focusing on customers because her heart and head are with her sick kids. Or maybe she received some terribly sad news right before she came to work and she can’t get it out of her mind. We just don’t know. So, rather than being angry at her or judging her harshly, maybe we just need to extend a little grace and simply be kind to her no matter how she treats us.” Lesson in the extension of grace learned. As a family, the six of us were traveling on vacation when my little brother spotted a disheveled, dirty-looking homeless man sitting on a corner with a sign asking passersby for money. From the backseat came total harshness from us four kids. My brother hollered, “Ewww! Look how dirty that man is! He’s not even wearing any shoes!” The rest of us shrieked and fell into fits of laughter. Mom instantly turned around with a look of admonishment, while Dad put up his great big hand and said, “Hey, hey, hey…. Cut that out!” With great disappointment, Dad went on to teach all of us a great lesson in compassion. He said, “What if I told you guys that the homeless man back there was actually a former war hero who got injured while protecting our country. Let’s say he came back home and because of his disability, no one will hire him. Maybe his wife left him and took his children and now he lives on the streets wondering how he will eat

each day.” We four kids were devastated at the idea of that and began to feel great shame wash over us. Mom interjected, “We don’t really know his story, but what Daddy is trying to help you understand is that you guys should never make fun or judge someone for the life they are living.” Dad reiterated with, “Guys, I’ve said this to you before: Everyone has a story. You just do not know what another person has been through to make them act the way they act or live the way they live.” In stunned and shamed silence, we all just sat there quietly not knowing what to say. Dad continued, “There was a time when that man was a little kid, himself, just like you guys. I guarantee you he had big hopes and dreams for his future just like y’all do and I’m willing to bet he never in a million years imagined that he would grow up only to sit on a corner begging for help to get him through the day. Your job is not to judge him. Your job is to simply be kind to him. Pray for him.” Lesson in compassion learned. The lessons of my childhood are plenty and they usually come flooding to the forefront of my mind when I need to remember them the most. When going through a personal struggle years ago, I felt my despondent spirit filling up with great despair. I was doing what most of us do when going through a rough patch; I put on my happy face. I put one foot in front of t h e other

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and then pretended that life was just peachy to the outside world. On the inside, however, I was dying. I was so sad and so worried that things would never be the way I had always pictured them to be at that point in my life. As he always did, Dad saw right through my smiley façade. As the two of us watched my kids play outside, he put his big arm around my shoulders and pulled me in for a tight side hug. I looked at him and half-smiled. He smiled his dimpled smile back and said, “I don’t know what is going on in your world right now, but I do know you’re going to get through it. AND, I know how your story ends. …and baby girl, it’s going to be grand. Just get through these hard parts the best you can.” My eyes welled up with tears, “Oh Dad don’t make me cry in front of my kids.”“Look,” he said. “I don’t mean to make you cry. I just want you to trust this part of your life story. Whether you are going through good, bad or confusing times, your story is unfolding in the way that it was intended to unfold all along. So, embrace it. Feel it. Accept it. And even love it.” “Dad, it’s kind of hard to love this part of it. It’s not so fun right now.” “Well, baby,” he said, eyeing me with a sideways grin. “What choice do ya have?” I smiled shyly knowing the truth in his words. He continued, “Hey, remember how I used to tell you guys that everybody has a story?” I nodded, “Yes. I remember, Dad.” “Well,” he paused, “It’s true. And so do you.” “I know. I know.” I chided, echoing what he had told us our entire lives. “Everybody has a story. Some chapters are full of great fun, while others are full of great pain, but all of them worth the ride, because ultimately it all leads you to your divine purpose a n d ultimate

greatness in this world.” He threw his head back and laughed, which made me giggle, too. “Look,” he said, while staring out at his grandchildren playing, “Our ONLY job is to simply live our lives the best way we know how. …Annnnd to also teach our children to do the very same. “Trust your journey, Teri.” Noticing the tears welling up in my eyes, Dad had one last piece of advice, “Whatever you are going through right now, don’t be afraid to feel it. I promise you’ll get through it. And not only will you get through it, you’ll come out of it on the other side stronger and wiser than you were before. That’s worth something, isn’t it?” I nodded as the tears fell. He brought me into his chest for a big daddy hug. Then he pulled back and smiled mischievously “But hey, if I need to hurt somebody, you just say the word.” We both fell into laughter and my worries and tears fell to the ground and took my burdens with them. Everybody has a story. What a concept. Think about it, we all believe the way we believe and feel the way we feel based on our own life experiences, circumstances, what we’ve read, listened to, witnessed, and who we’ve chosen to associate with. All of these many parts are meant to strengthen our spiritual muscles, sharpen our spirits and eventually propel us to our ultimate greatness in this world. So, if we believe this about ourselves, then we must trust and believe this in others. We must begin to appreciate and place value in those life stories that are different from our own. Those are the stories that stretch our hearts and open our minds, helping us become better versions of ourselves. We learn and begin to place value in the extension of grace, the beauty of compassion, the gift of empathy and understanding …and the preciousness of love in our lives. All of it matters. All of it leads you to your greatest destiny… your divine purpose for this world. During this Valentine season of love, take some time to love yourself… Embrace your journey….And keep your story real.

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hat’s a misnomer actually…it’s a considerably higher position. Shreveport has overwhelmingly elected Adrian Perkins as our new mayor. I am THRILLED with this result and encourage each of you reading this to actively support this incredibly bright young man (33 years old) in whatever capacity you can. Before I go any further, I’ll let you know that I am a progressive Republican. There is a vast difference between being a progressive vs. a liberal. This is a definitive new chapter for Shreveport, in fact, it’s an entirely new book! Mr. Perkins brings with him something Shreveporters haven’t felt in a looooong time… Hope! Our city struggled with leadership, civic pride and regional perception since the 1980s. But, those days are (hopefully) in the past. I cannot predict the future, but my gut tells me this will NOT be the same city in 4 to 8 years. Shreveport has a long history of “missing the boat” and or “dropping the ball.”

Here are just a few examples of some of our larger flubs:

• We owned country music from the 1930-60s with the Louisiana Hayride at Municipal Auditorium. That genre migrated to Nashville, and by all appearances seems to have worked out quite well for them. • In the late 1960s, we passed on a small technology company called IBM. They moved their southern headquarters to Austin, where they currently employ over 6,000 people. • We passed on an Anheuser-Busch bottling plant in the early 1970s; we lost Western Electric, we lost GM and as recently as 2017 flubbed an opportunity to land Range Rover because our “leadership” decided to align itself with the yet-to-be-manufactured Elio Motors. Who? EXACTLY my point! • Our most recent example of ineptness came with a proposed $150+ million private investment, multi-use arena, living and retail along Cross Bayou. This opportunity has since chosen Birmingham, Ala., as its new home. The facility was pushed as a sports arena for the Pelican basketball franchise of New Orleans, but its primary purpose would have been a much needed mid-sized, multi-use arena for events such as cheer competitions, state basketball tournaments, smaller concerts, etc. That’s a $150 million, predominantly private investment, that passed on us because it was poorly presented to the city council and citizens.


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Is it any wonder Shreveport has been stagnant for 30+ years… geesh. We now have an excellent opportunity with Mr. Perkins to finally change this self-destructive course we’ve been on for so many years.

of life. This is the time for us to support our new leader who

Perkins’ plans include but are not limited to:

out to black folks, white folks, rich folks, po folks and everyone

only wants the best for ALL Shreveporters! Mayor Perkins didn’t just pander to his party constituents, he was the ONLY candidate whom made assertive bipartisan efforts and reached

• Hire 2-3 full time economic developers to target Manufacturing and Technology and Tourism.

in between. He is intelligent enough to know that nepotism

• Work with local business leaders to develop partnerships and programs.

leader and will do everything in his power to better Shreveport

• Restructure the M.P.C. (Metropolitan Planning Commission) to be busy friendly • Put more officers on the streets to curtail the crime. He is not a magician however, this is going to involve more community efforts as well.

is inane and serves only a few, not the whole. He is a natural for all citizens! I am excited about this and I hope you are as well. But he cannot bear this burden alone. We have a responsibility to help him. Each person has a strength they can contribute to better

• Make Shreveport a “smart city” by installing high speed internet, which most larger companies look for. And the list goes on and on.

our community. Start small but think BIG! I could literally

These examples alone are more progressive thinking than the last 3 mayors combined! This is our opportunity as law-abiding, hard-working, taxpaying citizens to stand up to those who care nothing of our city, continuously bring us down, who rob us of our pride, our sense of safety and opportunity to live and have a better quality

you with this.

stand on this soapbox for another 4 paragraphs, but I will leave It matters not what Shreveport once was; it matters not what Shreveport currently is...the only thing that truly matters is where we want Shreveport to be! Mayor Adrian Perkins has a roadmap for us to get there, who’s up for the drive?





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When my older brother Anthony eagerly set off to Fullerton College, California, to pursue his football dreams, I thought that was the end of him living in Louisiana. After that first year, though, Anthony was homesick enough to return to Shreveport. Sadie, my sister, went to the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville with a similar idea that she wouldn’t return to Louisiana for a long time. She was back in Shreveport after her freshman year as well. When I chose to attend college in Sewanee, Tennessee, I was determined to outlast both my siblings and stay at Sewanee until graduation.

ell, not only did I leave Sewanee after a year, but I transferred twice, going from Sewanee to Natchitoches’ NSU for a year, then I finally settled at Centenary College in Shreveport. I guess you could say I beat my siblings; neither of them were homesick at two different schools. Now, as I rapidly approach graduation, I find myself questioning why my siblings and I were so homesick early on in college. What could we have done differently to stay at those schools? Was there anything our parents could have done to encourage us? After sitting down for a long chat with my siblings, I found some reasons why college students suffer the worst bouts of homesickness after the holiday season, along

with some insight to hopefully let parents understand and help their children during such times. I chatted first with Sadie, or rather had an overly-long Skype session. After leaving Arkansas, Sadie attended LSUS and received her degree in International Business. The minute she graduated, Sadie hopped the pond to Ireland to work as an au pair. Now, having lived in Dublin for over a year, currently attending graduate school there, and traveling Europe any chance she gets, Sadie hadn’t thought back to her freshman year of college in a long time. “I think I didn’t want to be too far from home…,” she mused when I asked her why she attended the out-of-state school. “Arkansas was about six hours away. It was also a big

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“I wish I had put more effort into making good friends. I also think a mindset of being happy with yourself… if you’re not happy with yourself, it’s hard to be happy in other context.” enough school where you could be who you might want to be.” Like many other college kids, Sadie’s homesickness began after the holidays. “I think coming back to the comfort of home makes it hard to want to go back [to school]. And you go back in January, which is bleak as it is after the holidays. I think it’s just a hard transition back.” “Do you regret leaving Arkansas?” I asked, scribbling furiously on my mother’s yellow legal pad as she spoke. “To an extent, yes,” Sadie answered without much hesitation. “Part of me wishes I would have stuck it out, because I think it would have been really great. But, looking Rose and Sadie at it from now, I don’t think I’d be here, living in a different country in grad school, if I would have stayed.” She moved on to point out the importance of close friends and self-content in college. “I had friends, but not a solid friend group. I wish I had put more effort into making good friends. I also think a mindset of being happy with yourself… if you’re not happy with yourself, it’s hard to be happy in other context.” I pushed on, asking how our parents could have influenced her decision to leave or stay. “It’s hard because, as a parent, you want your child to be comfortable,” she answered slowly. “I think it’s important to listen to your child, help them come to a conclusion or find solutions to make things better. But your child is also becoming an adult. They need to start making decisions for themselves. If you always make their decisions, they won’t be able to make decisions later in life.” I had to point out the irony that, almost five years ago, Sadie was homesick being just a few hours away. Now, halfway across the world, she has no desire to return to America anytime soon. “When I left for college, I didn’t feel completely secure in my relationship with my family. I think that had a big play

in. But, leaving for Ireland, it was purely for me. I think it’s a bit different when you want something and put yourself there, rather than when you force something.” After my conversation with Sadie, I wanted to hear Anthony’s experience as well. My brother graduated from Centenary College and majored in Political Science. Far from Sadie’s lifestyle, Anthony currently lives in Shreveport with his wife and two sons. As I sat at the coffee table in their living room, my three-year-old nephew chattering away and making me Play-Doh dinner, I asked Anthony some of the same questions. “I wanted to live in California,” Anthony started, “and [Fullerton was] pretty much the best junior college for quarterbacks. I also had lived in Shreveport my whole life. I wanted to see and experience a different world than what I had grown up in.” Similar to Sadie, the holidays were when Anthony’s homesickness really started affecting him. “The worst kicked in between Thanksgiving and Christmas. When I came home for Christmas, it made it even worse. So pretty much every time I came back.” I asked if there was anything he could have down to change his mind at the time. After a moment, he answered, “I wouldn’t have come back home if I was focused on my academics more. I probably would have tried to attend a school that I felt could have really helped me develop, though I didn’t know at that point even what I would do.” “Well, could Mom and Dad have done anything to motivate you to stay?” I asked while accepting a multi-colored blob of Play-Doh from the persistent three-year-old. “In general, they never overly-pushed academics on me. They left it up to whatever I wanted to do with football. But if they would have told me what I should do, I would probably rebel, because I didn’t understand why. And I would ignore truth a lot. For instance, I thought ‘Don’t worry about school, test, studying. You can just be a professional football player.’ And that’s absolutely crazy I actually thought that… I was always really good at ignoring what I didn’t want to face me.” Anthony advised that college students should prepare to face adversity in life. “A lot of kids might attend the college of their dreams; there will still be hard parts about it, and homesickness is just one of those. It’s just a stepping stone of life.” The final person I sat down to talk with was my mother.

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things happening.” Prompted by my questions, my mother contemplated what she could have done as a parent to encourage her children at the time. “We didn’t ever Sadie in Europe Anthony with his family put up a fight, or argue too much Surrounded by Christmas décor and about staying at a school. I didn’t worry cinnamon-scented candles, I asked how any of you wouldn’t get an excellent she initially reacted to all of her children education somewhere else, though I becoming so homesick. would not have given in before that first “Well, of course, it hurts your heart to year ended. But you also have to realize, think your child might be sitting in their every situation is unique to itself in dorm room, sad and homesick, and you some way.” can’t be there with them. But I would At the end of it all, coming home was have really put up a fight for y’all to finish the right choice for my siblings and me at that first year before transferring closer the time. For Anthony, returning home to home, unless there were some major led him to take school seriously and

start his own family. For Sadie, she came home to find the personal reassurance she needed to leave Shreveport again, and this time to explore the world. For myself, coming back led me to a job I love with Lola Magazine, but I also discovered a dream to, one day, pursue a career in publishing in New York City. So do I mean to say that, just because your child is missing home after the holiday break, you should immediately bring them back? Not at all. I hope to help parents understand their children’s feelings at such times, and perhaps see ways in which they can help their children out of this rut. But, is it the end of the world if your child truly wants to move closer to home? No to that as well, and I think my siblings and I can attest to that. Now is the time where your kids will change their minds and discover themselves; homesick or not, everything will work out the way it was intended. Life goes on.

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Brittany Strickland



hen I was asked to write “From her perspective,” I, of course, was honored and grateful, yet I was a little nervous, too. I mean, I just wrote a book and exposed most of my life to the world so why was I nervous? I suppose because I am human, and we all get a little nervous at times! That’s what I wrote the Hauntings/Redemption about. It’s a story about “being human.” It started 5 years ago when, again, I was so nervous about tapping into the photography world. I had been shooting for about a year professionally. I went to see my mama because I found myself feeling uninspired with my work already. I remember walking in, she was sitting at the kitchen table and she said, “Hey baby, why are you not at work?” I kissed her, sat down beside her and said, “Mom, I don’t know if I am meant for this. I’m bored with this mundane photography and I am super nervous to capture how I see things, how I feel, because I don’t think anyone will get it.” She walked to the coffee pot and poured us both a cup, slammed the coffee pot down, turned around and said, “I didn’t raise you to be like everyone else. I raised you to be you. You, the one the creator made with all her quirks and emotion, passion and amazing sight. I raised you to be you, my darling and I will not stand for anything less. You are an artist and you will be ever emerging and always finding your way, but you will not quit!” I sat there with my eyes wide, mouth opened and said, “Why are you being so dramatic?” My mom was always dramatic, no matter what, God bless her soul! She continued, “You will be like this one day when one of your children walks in and questions themselves based on what others think.” That was a powerful statement. She looked at me and said, “You are called and set apart, my dear, NOW ACT LIKE IT!” She grabbed the almond milk creamer, came back to the table and said, “I know exactly what we will do. Yep, we are going to give Shreveport a show and watch how big it gets! They’ve always wondered about us. Let’s give them something to talk about. Let’s tell a story about witches for Halloween. Me and Jen can do the makeup and the three of us can style everything. We will do it right here in the backyard.”

I said, “Wait a minute, I don’t think you are hearing me, Mom. I’m trying to build a clientele, not scare them.” She told me to hush, that we were doing it, and there began my book, The Hauntings! The first year we created The Tea Party Hauntings. Mama passed away the following June of ovarian cancer and in her honor, we called it The Steampunk Wonderstrucks Hauntings, followed by The Muse Hauntings. I was done after that year. It’s so much work and I was not sure if people would even notice if I stopped The Hauntings series. (Hi, my name is Brittany and I am a perfectionist. Currently trying to stay in recovery.) And then I had this dream. I am pretty keen on dreams and could not ignore this particular dream. I saw the entire cast and the way I would shoot my vision, but I saw most clearly the reason I was supposed to do this one. I had been given an assignment to tell a story for the hurting. Not just the normal, “this is my story,” but to talk about the parts no one ever wants to talk about because of nervousness and fear. I wanted to give permission for people to be OK with where they are even though they may not be where they want to be. I wanted to talk about real love... the kind that most have but do not cultivate… unconditional love. Every character is a piece of myself except for Ms. Antonia. A person I have been, a person I have wanted to be and all the different chapters of my life that made me who I have grown to be. Before posting the story to social media each day, I thought WHY AM I DOING THIS?! Then I remember hearing my sweet mama say, “This is going to be bigger than you one day, baby, and that is why you can’t stop being you. You have a purpose and calling. Your way of seeing the world will be a beacon of light and hope for people you won’t even know.” She would tell my sister, my brother and me this often. Mama wrote this in a letter she left for me before she passed away. Every morning when I get my coffee, I read it. That’s why my photography is “different,” as some would say. I see more than just people that I photograph. My inspiration is not in capturing moments, it’s telling the whole story, because we all have a story.

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