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90 A Fresh Start 16 Don’t Quit Your Day Dream Keeping It Real with Teri Netterville Northeast Louisiana dance instructor Lindsey Williamson 78 Paying Tribute Butler embarks upon her lifelong The life and legacy of Louisiana’s first dream of teaching dance full-time female governor Kathleen Blanco

81 Louisiana Meets Idaho A local group experiences the trip of a lifetime in Idaho


29 Fashion Through the Decades A journey of fashion from the roaring twenties to the gnarly nineties 59 Creative Costumes Adult costumes for the win this Halloween


49 Integrate Your Health Cooking oils decoded 67 Water, The Incredible Life Force Not all waters are created equally 60 Makeup Magic Local artist creating Halloween looks with wow



8 Simply Southern Cottage Reclaiming hope while restoring a home 38 Hostess with The Mostess How to throw an epic Halloween party 64 The Boss of Southern Cuisine Caring for iron cast iron 54 Tabula Rasa Design A blank slate lends freedom in home design


44 Levi’s Legacy A heartbroken mother’s mission for water safety 74 ADHD and Dyslexia Just the facts without the hype 23 This Is Us The humor in “Happily Ever After”


94 Lola Party Presents Saturday Night Fever Get Your Groove On 86 Women in Business Networking works 20 Money Matters How to avoid marital money woes 71 Community Reads The Community Foundation 98 Social G.O.A.T.S Getting. Others. Aware. Today. Successfully 102 Must Attend Events 101 From Her Perspective Meagan Crews Miss Louisiana 2019

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n God We Trust! These four words will greet every Louisiana student as they walk through the doors each morning of every school in our state. Many say, “It’s about time.” I say, “It’s about DANG time!” Typically, I tend to lean on the “rainbows and butterflies” side of things. On the rare occasion I find the time to watch TV, I prefer watching Full House or PJ Mask over national news (perks of living with an 11-yearold and a 3-year-old). Violence is just NOT my thing. The degree that I avoid anything remotely scary drives my husband a tad crazy. He is banished to another room if he even tries watching anything other than cheesy sitcoms or romantic comedies. Unfortunately, closing our eyes and covering our ears does not shield us from our way-too-often, hardto-swallow reality. The gut-wrenching news of violence can become overwhelming, but I will always believe there is more good in our world than bad. At times, I have been paralyzed by fear for our children growing up in a world where “safe” is a relative term in almost every circumstance. Violence is present in our schools, our churches, our local Walmart. This is when the word “faith” comes into play. Fearful is exactly what God calls us not to be. He calls us to trust Him. It is heartbreaking to witness the progression of God being discarded from so much in our country, yet I am bursting with pride that our great state refuses to remove God from our schools and from our children. Although full of compassion, kindness, this world can be

frightening. We may choose to close our eyes and cover our ears during the scary parts, but we will continue let our children play and celebrate our lives. We will not live in fear, because in Louisiana life is good and IN GOD WE TRUST. Fall is full of fun in Louisiana and this issue of Lola Magazine brings just that! Find festive tips on Halloween hosting and creative DIY costumes. Get inspired to create your own she-shed as we look inside one of our area’s most fabulous she-shed cottages. Take a trip through the decades of fashion from the twenties to the nineties and see how modern styles meet trends from the past. We also pay tribute to the phenomenal life and legacy of Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco. As always, this issue of Lola Magazine is filled with health, beauty, and a bit of humor to enhance your life and put a smile on your face. As the seasons change and the leaves begin to turn, we hope that you find comfort in cooler weather and peaceful days… Unless we are talking football, in that case, scratch the peace and bring on the fun!

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8. Simply Southern Cottage (Author: Sara McDaniels) Can you pinpoint a precise moment that changed absolutely everything about your life?

That literally changed the trajectory of your path? For me, that moment in history came in the form a conversation with my now ex-husband when he sat me down on Sunday evening, July 5, 2009, and told me he had messed up. My mind swirled. In one short sentence, everything I knew to be true became false. My hopes, dreams and plans shattered. My future stolen and there was absolutely nothing I could do to change the circumstances. I begged God to give me back my life. I yelled at him when he didn’t. I spent hours on my face before him questioning his motives. I mean, he is all-knowing, all-powerful, yet he allowed this life-altering moment in time to proceed. I couldn’t wrap my head around it.



ast forward two and half years and lots of water under the bridge; my marriage wasn’t saved and ended in divorce. This wasn’t supposed to be my life. I was supposed to be married forever, with the white picket fence, two kids, a dog and cat with my happily ever after fully intact. Yet, here was my reality…my new normal. Divorced. I had a decision to make. I could wallow in self-pity and anger OR I could pick myself up and begin anew. I chose the latter. Was it easy? Absolutely not. It was slow and tedious, but I made purposeful, intentional decisions about my new life that greatly aided in my healing. At the time of my divorce, I was living in Corpus Christi, Texas. My parents begged me to move back home to Louisiana. “Never!” I said. I was perfectly happy living fifteen minutes from the beach with no intentions of ever moving back home. And just like I had no intentions of being divorced, a few years later, the Lord unexpectedly laid a burden on my heart to move back to Louisiana. Five years post the most traumatic moment of my life, I audibly heard the Lord tell me to move home. I argued with him…again. South Texas was my home and I had found much peace and healing there. Yet, he wouldn’t allow me to let it go. I basically challenged him. “Fine. I’ll move home IF you place me in a safe community with walkable amenities, that’s near my parents AND an airport. Oh and, I’d really love to have an old house.” Thinking he’d NEVER be able to meet each of these demands, I resolved to continue living in Texas. Throughout 2014, the nudging increased. It burdened me greatly so I began to entertain what moving home would look like. I explored many cities all around the Ark-La -Tex, none fitting my bill of five requirements…until December 2014, when I was visiting my parents for Christmas and decided to take a drive to Minden. Growing up in Webster Parish, I visited Minden often and remembered the quaint southern city, filled with historic homes and loads of hospitality. “I’ll go but I’m sure nothing will come of it.” I thought. And again, the Lord jolted me with a life-altering moment in time. Driving down East and West Street and into the Minden Historical Residential District, I happened upon a little cottage completely overtaken by Red Tip Photinias. So much so, the front of the house was completely stime, this was supposed to be my house and Minden was supposed to be my home. With every fiber in my being, I knew that I knew that I knew. However, securing ownership of the house proved to be extremely difficult. I reached out to the owners and they weren’t interested in selling…at the time. While they never told me a flat no, they asked me to wait. They had entertained the idea

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of selling, but weren’t quite ready. “Oh, I can wait.” I thought. I still wasn’t completely convinced I even wanted to move home. Yet, something about the house pulled me in. Every time I would come home for a visit, I stopped by this cottage. It drew me in like a moth to a flame. About every four to six weeks for twenty-two VERY long months, I contacted the family. “Not yet.” They would respond. The burden became stronger with each passing day. My attitude shifted and suddenly the move home to Louisiana burned in my soul. It was time and I was ready. July 2016, seven years after the conversation that changed my destiny, I received a text from the family that said, “Let’s proceed.” And just like that, we were under contract, and I closed on the broken-down cottage,

left in shambles and ruins, much like my life. By October 2016, I was living in Louisiana and in full-on renovation mode. After planning all fall, demo began in January 2017. This little cottage was well on her way to returning to her former glory. While it was no easy task, one might be surprised at how smoothly the entire restoration went. Again, seeing the Lord’s hand even in the process, I had an amazing group of contractors who overdelivered on every single aspect. There was not even one hiccup. I never got that “uh oh, we found this” phone call. The Lord orchestrated the entire renovation. It was evident his hand was upon it. The entire floor plan was reconfigured. Walls ripped out. Floors refinished. New plumbing, electrical, insulation, and HVAC were

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all installed. I repurposed as many of the original details and architecture as possible. Every interior door in my cottage is original. All the existing light fixtures were restored and reused. Layers of wallpaper, cheesecloth and paneling were torn out, revealing 90+ year old shiplap. The fireplace mantel was relocated to a more functional location. I added a big, ole southern back porch. And the attic space was finished out to make a functional living space for guests. And somewhere along the way, I began to realize‌ The restoration of my house paralleled the restoration and reclamation of my life. My walls of resentment, anger and bitterness were torn down. A new me and a new life were being carefully crafted and fashioned. While remnants of the old life remained, they were altered and polished, yet the flaws remained,

adding in character and wisdom. New places in my mind and heart were established, allowing room for growth and healing. And here we are in 2019. Ten years after the conversation that changed my life. In that moment, I felt my life was over. That I would never have normal again. But truth be told, my life was just beginning. The Lord, with his infinite wisdom and grace, had gone before me, preparing me for this season YEARS prior to 2009. I’ve traced his hand back to conversations and opportunities stemming back from my teens and twenties that steered my ship in this new season. I am constantly asked why I painted my front door a bright yellow. And my response? I have SO much joy after experiencing such great devastation. My home is my outward

display of the amazing work the Lord has completed in my life. The bright yellow is my banner of victory over evil. And I want all who see it, to know that victory can also belong to them. He has restored all the locusts have eaten, actually and proverbially, and I claim the victory that is mine. So I rest in this. Redemption is real. Mercy and grace are alive and well. And I’m more certain than ever, that what was intended to harm and destroy did not prevail. I reclaimed and restored my little cottage, all the while the Lord was reclaiming and restoring me. You can read more about Sara and her story over on simplysoutherncottage. com and You can connect with Sara on Facebook or Instagram at @simplysoutherncottage, where she regularly posts inspirational pictures from her home and stories from her life.

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Northeast Louisiana dance instructor Lindsey Williamson Butler embarks upon her lifelong dream of teaching dance full-time WRITTEN BY DANIELLE RICHARD

One hot Fall afternoon in the mid 1980s, a small but mighty 6-year-old twirled into her very

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first class at Miss Tommie’s School of Dance. Her new leather ballet shoes softly padded on the cool linoleum floor in the open studio building. Within those walls, with the steady guidance of the loving, passionate, and patient Miss Tommie Church, Lindsey Williamson Butler got her first introduction to something special. A calling. A magical merging of beauty and power that somehow transcended the earthly bounds of physics and logic to create something graceful and wonderful: DANCE.


Lindsey ties her pointe shoes before practice as a high school student in 1999


t the time, Miss Tommie was the only dance teacher in Winnsboro, a city of about 5,000 and the seat of Franklin Parish in rural northeast Louisiana. She drove the 45 minutes from Monroe a few days per week to teach ballet, tap, and jazz. Word had spread quickly throughout the families with daughters in town, and by now the dance studio was thriving with students eager to learn from the young dance instructor. It was apparent pretty early on that this whole dance thing was going to be a big deal for Lindsey in particular. When picked up after her very first class, she proclaimed

Miss Tommie (center stage) and Lindsey performing in the 2017 recital finale number

that she’d like to be Miss Tommie when she grew up. While most kids regularly waffle on decisions willy nilly, Lindsey’s choice to pursue dance never wavered. She couldn’t get enough of it and the joy and energy it provided. If you were to create a movie montage of the next few formative years of her life, it would be filled with action shots of leaping, tapping, 8 counts, black leotards, and pink tights, followed by lots of hard work, sweat, ponytails, practice, and dedication. As she grew into a high school student, she began taking additional classes and working as one of Miss Tommie’s assistants. She also performed with her high school dance line at every football game, with practices every day after school in the Fall. Cue the pom poms, sequins, and marching band routines. College-aged Lindsey didn’t slow down for a minute. While pursuing a degree in elementary education at University of Louisiana at Monroe she continued working for Miss Tommie in the afternoons, making the same 45 minute drive from Monroe several days a week as her mentor. She also continued to take more and more advanced college level dance courses, toured with a performance dance group, and participated in dance competitions around the region. After graduation, the full-time career began with Lindsey diving head first into the 2 dozen children assigned to her care as a first grade elementary school teacher back in Franklin Parish. While most people would consider one full-time job to be the most you can expect out of a person, she was thrilled to be able to keep on at Miss Tommie’s in the afternoons when school let out. If you’re still watching the movie montage, now is where you’ll notice tote bags full of papers to grade,

Miss Lindsey and staff perform “Singin’ in the Rain” at the 2019 recital

followed by late nights dancing, and early morning bus duty as an educator. Elementary school teachers are notoriously over-worked and under-appreciated, but that divide becomes even more obvious when the teacher is someone who cares so deeply about the students she takes on every year. While Lindsey kept on dancing in the afternoons and teaching during the day, she would earn the title of Teacher of the Year by the Franklin Parish School Board not once, but twice! She also managed to juggle the two jobs in addition to starting a family. As Miss Tommie’s 40th year of teaching dance in Winnsboro approached, Lindsey began taking on more responsibility at the studio and thrived in her role as Assistant Director. She acknowledged Miss Tommie as the ultimate mentor and friend, teaching her so much more than just dance. It was at the 2017 recital that Miss Tommie announced the following year Lindsey would be taking over the reins. Retirement was bittersweet, but the time had come and Miss Lindsey was ready. After a year of conducting lessons in the original rented building, an opportunity to purchase her own place presented itself. With the help of the handiest husband ever, as well as the rest of her family and community, Lindsey managed to turn the most disgusting, run-down watering hole into the studio of her dreams. The exhausting montage now displays scenes of insulation, sheetrock, paint, and brand NEW clean linoleum all laid to her specifications. This new normal of running her own dance studio while teaching first grade full-time was scheduled to continue for another five years until she could retire with the expected

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benefits from the school system. But this Fall when fresh-faced students file in to Gilbert Junior High School, Mrs. Butler will be absent. After a scheduling conflict at school arose this summer, she was able to weigh all of the options and knew it was time. It was a sign, and she followed it. She quit her day job to focus solely on Miss Lindsey’s School of Dance. What a leap! Right now the montage wraps up in slow motion as everything becomes clear and the dancer defies gravity for just a moment longer than anyone could hope for. With the full force of her passion and dedication, coupled with the perfect location, the possibilities are truly unlimited for this girl destined to dance. New and expanded classes, dance team summer camps, adult and kids trampoline fitness classes, movie nights and more are on the agenda for 2019. Lindsey recently announced “I am absolutely thrilled to be living out my dream of being a dance teacher and studio owner. I thank God for these blessings, and my family, friends, and community who have supported me all along. I thank you all for the opportunity to share my love of dance with your children, and I promise to give them my very best effort, advice, and guidance.”

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Understand each other’s financial history

Finances can be an emotional topic, bringing up cultural and family differences, issues of independence, and past failures. Learning about your partner’s experiences with money can build a foundation of understanding from which the structure of a financial plan can be built. Pick a good time to ask each other the following questions: What was money like in your birth family? What is their first memory of money? Do you prefer to spend or save? What emotional needs are met for them when they do spend or save?

Review each other’s debts – especially consumer related debt


According to Captain Obvious (and verified by recent surveys), couples with less consumer debt have fewer arguments over money. With today’s low interest rates, it might make sense to refinance your higher interest debt to lower, fixed rates. Pick a good time to ask each other the following questions: What debts do we have? How would our life be better if we could eliminate some liabilities? What is your credit score? Map out a plan to address any issues that arise from this conversation.

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nder the influence of romance, practicalities often go overlooked or unaddressed. While disputes over who takes out the garbage might not be lifechanging, studies show that couples who can’t agree on how to spend and save have a higher likelihood of divorce. To maintain a healthy relationship, it’s important to address these financial questions before they become a problem. Talking about money remains taboo in polite society, yet so much of your family’s life and future is dictated by the financial decisions you and your spouse make today. With so few opportunities to talk on such a high stakes subject, no wonder couples find it difficult to come to a middle ground. So how can you find financial peace with your spouse? Here are five ways to prevent financial arguments from getting in the way of your family’s happiness. Each section includes questions for you to ask each other. Keep in mind that God gave you a spouse not to frustrate you, but to complete you. Their self-worth is more important than their net worth.


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Hiding spending or debt from your partner is a dangerous game. Be honest with your spouse about your slip-ups and your financial goals. Be honest with yourself about what incentives will best motivate you to meet your goals. The truth will set you free. Pick a good time to ask each other the following questions: What kind of lifestyle do you envision for retirement? What rewards would motivate you to work towards these goals? Make note of where your answers overlap and where they diverge. The problem areas tend to be the divergences.

Separate control of your assets


If you do not feel you are financially compatible, but still want to stay in a relationship, then joint accounts are not for you. You might keep three types of accounts: his, hers and ours. Pick a good time to ask each other the following questions: How will regular household expenses be divided? Will we make investments separately too? How do we handle emergencies? Will we pay off our debt together or separately?


About the Author: Ben James is the Co-Founder of Deupree James Wealth Management. He and his wife, Dr. Stephanie James, live in Shreveport with their four children.

Work with a financial professional

Hire a reputable financial advisor to help you find common ground and honor both of your needs. A good advisor can help hold you both accountable to your stated best intentions, and build a financial plan that can help sustain your relationship. Pick a good time to ask each other the following questions: Do we have a plan including tax-efficient investing, saving and spending strategies? Do we have the expertise, time, and temperament to handle our finances on our own? Could we benefit from a second opinion? Finances can be a balancing act, and we all can struggle at times. Like anything else, practice makes perfect. Marriage, it is said, smooths away our rough edges, like two stones bouncing down the river of life. Don’t give up, go with the flow, and who knows how far you will go?

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“We had the 23. This is Us (Author: adulting gig Payton Denney)in the bag. And then we had kids..”

y wedding dress isn’t the only thing that no longer fits. I’m not the same person that my husband married. Fifteen years in, I remember what that woman looked like, but I have no idea who she was. We’ve changed. At the age of 24, Pat and I were married in a large wedding in our home town. There were 20 members in our wedding party. I remember our vows and that Pat sweated profusely throughout the entire ceremony. But mostly I remember crying in the bathroom at the reception because his fire department buddies ripped him away from me on the dance floor. There I stood alone, while they took him out back for his embarrassing “welcome to

manhood” initiation. My mother said an ugly word to his best man. It wasn’t our best moment. To escape the emotionally taxing task of Southern wedding planning, we took a week-long honeymoon to Mexico. We came home to new dishes, a full work schedule and unsecured debt. Pat and I talk often about how we could have used the money differently. After a year of eating frozen dinners, we paid off our debt and saved enough for a down payment on our first home. We were well-rested and had disposable income. Our baby had fur and four legs. We traveled and hosted parties because spending

time with friends was priority. Our new perspective on life allowed us to offer regular parenting advice to our siblings as they raised our nieces and nephew. Work/ life balance was a reality. There was time for the gym and each other. We had the adulting gig in the bag. And then we had kids. We have learned many valuable lessons. Note to self: When the red light on the septic system blinks, it’s about to overflow. Calling your spouse an ugly name in front of her mother is a terrible idea. No free trip to Las Vegas is worth 23

the harassment you’ll endure from the timeshare salesman. There are no exceptions to using the phrase, “My kids will never…” Our life today runs at the pace of a

sprint but is more like a relay. Between growing my business and Pat’s shifts at the fire station, we’ve gotten good at passing off the baton. Our commonality and our life’s joy at this phase in life is our kiddos. I keep everyone fed and the toilets clean. Pat delivers the discipline and does the math homework. We both shuffle kids but often with a divide and conquer playbook. Pat’s at his best on the kids’ sporting event sidelines, while I’m at my worst. We switch roles at the parent-teacher conferences. We still travel, but the car conversation is different. We play the license plate game under a fog of flatulence, but I’m still riding shotgun tapping to the backbeat. A few days of recuperation after we return home is necessary. The primary concern is making memories while the kids are under our roof. With each tick of the odometer, we anchor our hearts closer to the foundation we are trying desperately to instill. Once a year, we still escape for an adult Mexican respite. Together, we may just get this right. Pat says that we’ve switched roles over the years. I’ve learned to be tough in uncomfortable or highly emotional situations. And while I’ve learned to cry less, Pat tears up more often. Speaking his mind happens less and less these

days. On the flip side, my opinion runs loud and loosely. Our bodies are – different. Daily, the following questions are discussed between us: “Does this look cancerous?” “What, exactly, is happening right here?” “Why is hair growing here and not there?” Then there’s a burst of laughter. Aging isn’t so bad as long as we’re doing it together. As partners, we not only raise human babies but feather ones, too. I trap the chicken predators, and Pat shoots them. He puts hammer and nail to the projects I dream up, but he occasionally carries a terrified opossum inside the house to harass me. I guess that’s a fair tradeoff. One thing hasn’t changed. Pat’s pranks have remained a constant source of joy -- for him. He’s still catching snakes and chasing me with them. A few years back, there was a handful of flour following my ice bucket challenge. Nightly, he switches off all the lights in the house and then lurks in the shadows awaiting his chance to pounce on someone. Once, there was a weightbearing firecracker placed under the toilet seat. It’s a miracle that I haven’t gone into cardiac arrest. We’ve had some scary times, too. Shortly after our first anniversary, we discovered that I

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had atrial fibrillation. An erratic, racing heartbeat is unnerving at best, especially when your parent died at an early age from cardiac complications. Pat’s been my anchor when my nerves flirted with lunacy. I know that many times he had to be worried when doctors didn’t have an answer, when an emergency heart cath was ordered, when vision was temporarily lost in an eye. But Pat never wavered. He stood by my side, encouraging and supportive. He has the “in sickness” part in the bag. A few months ago, it was my turn to stand firm. Pat was scheduled for shoulder surgery. And even though it was considered minor surgery, there were still risks to be considered. The nurse came in to give him his loopy meds, and then I was dismissed to the waiting area. I kissed his surgery-capped forehead, squeezed

his hand and walked away. As I sat down in the lobby, I felt a lump form in my throat. My life, my joy was in someone else’s hands. I needed to pray. For over a decade our house has remained the gathering place because even though free time is scarce, friends remain our lifeline. Our friends are invested in the success of our marriage and us theirs. Together we’ve watched life come and go. The first of our friends have divorced. We’ve wrestled to make sense as other friends have taken their lives or engaged in infidelity. With each year that passes, life seems more uncertain. And while we agree that life doesn’t make sense, we’ve rested on our foundation that in time God makes all things right. Our marriage hasn’t been perfect. We’ve had rough patches, said things we couldn’t take back, entertained visions of choking the other out. But neither of us has ever given up on the promise we made -- for better or worse. We’ve created a soft space for the other to land when life takes us out at the knees. Next up for the Denneys: puberty, clicks and backtalk. And those are just the challenges that we know are coming. But we’re ready as a team. We are stronger and more mature than our 24-year-old lookalikes. Our values are the same, but our convictions are stronger. We’re faithful that the good times will be more plentiful than the bad. Because this is us, till death do us part.

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Midi length bias cut dresses, puff sleeves, belted waists and large yokes or collars ●● Old Holywood evening gowns- backless, sleeveless, long bias-cut dresses ●● High waisted sailor pants and wide leg beach pajamas ●● Casual sports clothes- skirt like shorts, striped knit shirts ●● Slouch hats, tilt hats, knit berets ●● Fur collar winter coats ●● Oxford shoes with perforated details and evening T-strap heels ●●


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Below knee length drop waist dresses with a loose, straight fit ●● Beaded evening dresses inspired by “flappers” ●● Mary Jane or T-strap heel ●● Cocoon fur coats and fringe wraps ●●


Cloche hats and short bobbed hairstyles ●● Bead or feather headbands for evenings ●● Long pearl necklaces, bold Art Deco colors, faux gemstones ●● Small beaded purses held pretty makeup compacts and cigarette cases ●●

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Knee length A-line dresses with puffed shoulders in patriotic colors ●● Plaid A-line skirts with white button down blouses ●● Victory suits: man-tailored skirt and jackets ●● Wide leg, high waisted pants ●● Workwear overalls and jeans created the Rosie the Riveter look ●● Shoes – peep-toe heels, loafers, oxfords, wedge sandals ●● The two-piece bikini debuted ●● Hats, turbans, head scarves, snood and flower clips topped women’s heads ●● Lingerie – seamed stockings, socks, simple bra, girdle, slip and panties ●●

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ome people only think of wearing vintage for a

“costume” look. But, combining stand-out vintage pieces with modern staples is my favorite way to style a look. Mixing eras is an easy way to stay on trend but still have a unique flair. If you’re new to vintage, I would suggest starting with a nice piece of outerwear. A vintage coat is an easy and WARM way to begin a relationship with vintage clothing.

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Tea length swing dresses with petticoats for fullness ●● Slim sheath dresses and tailored suits ●● Pencil or circle skirts, poodle skirts for teens ●● Capri pants, high waisted jeans ●● Swing coats in winter ●● Kitten heels, saddle shoes, stiletto heels ●● Small hats, headscarves, hair flowers ●● Jewelry: pearls, animal brooches, sweater clips ●● Matching Accessories: Gloves, hats, belt, handbag ●● Lingerie: Buttlet bra, girdle, backseam stockings ●●


Jackie Kennedy, Brigitte Bardot, Mary Quant were fashion icons ●● The Youthquake movement created “Babydoll” clothing ●● Short, shapeless shift dresses in pastels or bright colors ●● Button down shirts, turtlenecks, chunky knit sweaters ●● Mini skirts or pencil skirts in plaid ●● Jax pants, stirrup pants, bell bottoms, pantsuits ●● Low heels flats, boots and shoes made of vinyl ●● Stockings or tall socks in all colors ●● Pop Art Jewelry ●●

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Granny dresses, hippie dresses – midi and maxi length Edwardian inspired lace trim prairie dresses ●● Shift dresses – short mod dresses to knee length shirtdresses ●● Peasant blouses, tunic tops, funny t-shirts ●● Bell bottom pants and jeans called flares or loons ●● Homemade and decorated clothing – patches, fringe, embroidery ●● Pantsuits with silk bow blouses and blazers worn to the office ●● Jumpsuits could be worn as casual wear, eveningwear, or for disco dancing ●● Long knit vests layered over tops and pants ●● Vintage 1920s jewelry and accessories revival ●●



earing vintage is not only environmentally and

economically friendly, it’s also the privilege of being able to wear something that is truly one of a kind. I compare it even to being one of the lucky individuals who get to wear couture and one-of-a-kind designer pieces. Vintage clothing items have a unique worth because of their singularity and character.

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Big hair ●● Spandex pants ●● Neon colors in clothing and makeup ●● Puffy sleeves and shoulder pads ●● Leg warmers ●● High waisted jeans and pants ●● Sequin dresses with big bows ●●

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I’m Sarah Lyles, stylist and owner of Skeleton Key Vintage, a curated online and in-store vintage boutique located inside Kings Antiques & More at 133 Kings Hwy. in Shreveport.


I specialize in all things vintage glamor! I have everything from night-time glamour, daytime glamour, and even bed-time glamour! I love anything from the ‘50s and ‘60s, especially if they are covered in sequins and glitter. Some of my fashion icons are Betty Grable, Marilyn Monroe, and Dita Von Teese. I am located inside Kings Antiques& More at 133 Kings Hwy. in Shreveport. (You can’t miss me, I have the large pink and gold room upstairs).

My pieces have been described as having a rock ‘n’ roll vibe. I love dressing musicians for the stage, but I love just as much dressing a teen in a vintage dress for a dance or getting an ‘80s look together for a theme party. I think my collection is perfect for fashion lovers of all walks of life. It’s full of hand-picked, special pieces that have a history, but also a future, when they are brought to life by my stylish clients. I’m the daughter of an antique dealer, so I’ve been around old things with stories behind them my whole life. My online store began as a fun excuse to buy lots of vintage and make some extra money when I was in college. It became my true passion.

Interested in adding some unique vintage pieces to your wardrobe, but have no idea where to start? Reach out, and I can be your personal shopper. My favorite part of the process is matching the perfect vintage piece to a client.

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As an avid collector of vintage clothing, (the bulk of which is primarily the ‘60s to early ‘90s with a heavy concentration on the ‘70s,) I immediately recognized the incredible talent Sarah and Summer possess when I first stumbled upon their booths at Kings Antiques a couple of years ago, and we have been collaborating ever since! Their goal is to help women find their individuality in the world of vintage. All their items are handpicked and meant for both the discerning collector and those like myself, who enjoy wearing quality pieces that are unique, sometimes funky, and always full of character that will definitely make a statement about my personal style. › Holly Roca 36

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Decide the type of Halloween party you want to have. Do you want to go gory-slasher-flick style? Do you want to keep it kid friendly? Do you want to do a vampire theme or a mad scientist theme? I decided to do a spooky glamorous theme. Is that a thing? I think so! I don’t love the gory Halloween stuff but I love to create a creepy and spooky atmosphere.

2 Decorations

You could throw up a few fake spider webs, but to throw an epic party, you have to commit to the decor. Once you’ve decided your theme, you can figure out which direction to take your decor. I put a sparkling spider web all over the console mirror. I put out lots of gem-tone décor, including velvet pumpkins. I also used a lot of my antique silver pieces and didn’t polish them for that extra “abandoned” look.

3 Lighting

We’ve said it once, we’ll say it again. Lighting is one of the most important parts of the spooky factor. Turn off all the overhead lights and light the room with colored lights and candles everywhere. Be careful with your candles and don’t set your house on fire! I found these cool candles that appear to be bleeding as they drip!

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You could put on a generic Halloween station, but do you really want to hear “Thriller” 14 times? (I kinda do.) I find it best to create a station by listening to it in the days before and training it to play the stuff I like for the mood I’m creating.

5 Food & Drinks

Dry Ice is key for any spooky drink. Handle it with gloves and tongs; it will “burn” you. Adding it to the punch bowl will give it the smoldering look and really take your tablescape to the next level. We turned everyday party food into elevated Halloween magic just by putting a little creative touches on them. Like molding the cheese ball into a witch’s hat and adding some dark balsamic and herbs to the olives. MENU ›› Witchy Cheese Board ›› Pumpkin Hummus ›› Smoky Pumpkin Chili ›› Poison Apple Cider ›› Black Widow Martini


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SMOKY PUMPKIN CHILI 1 (2-3 pound) pork shoulder roast or butt 4 tablespoon honey ¼ cup chili powder 2 tablespoons smoked paprika 2 teaspoons chipotle chili powder 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon onion powder ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper 2 leaves bay 1 (12 ounce) beer (I used pumpkin beer) 2 teaspoons cider vinegar 2 teaspoons Worcestershire 1 (28 ounce) can fired roasted crushed tomatoes 2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste 4 cups fresh pumpkin diced (or 1 can pumpkin puree)* 1 (14 ounce) can black beans rinsed + drained (optional) shredded sharp cheddar cheese sour cream or Greek yogurt and cilantro, for topping


CINNAMON SUGAR PUMPKIN SEEDS 2 tablespoons butter 1 cup pumpkin seeds 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon salt to taste • Add the pork to the bowl of a crockpot. Drizzle the honey over the pork and then sprinkle with chili powder, chipotle chili powder, cinnamon, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne and season with ½ teaspoon salt. Add the bay leaves and then pour in the beer, cider vinegar, Worcestershire, fire roasted tomatoes and tomato paste. Add the cubed pumpkin and stir to combine. • Cover the crockpot and cook on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 4-6 hours (I recommend going low and slow). • Just before you are ready to shred the pork, make the pumpkin seeds. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a heavy-bottomed medium skillet, add the butter and melt over medium

heat until just browned. Butter will melt, foam, and froth, and then begin to brown along the bottom. Whisk the browned bits off of the bottom of the pan. Remove from the heat and stir in the pumpkin seeds, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Toss well and then spread the mixture out onto a parchmentlined baking sheet. Roast for 20-30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes to make sure nothing is burning. Remove from the oven. Taste and season with salt if desired. • Remove the pork from the crockpot and let cool slightly. Lightly shred the pork with two forks or your hands and return the meat to the crockpot. Add the black beans. Toss well, cover and warm through. If the chili base is too thick for your liking, add a cup or so of chicken broth until your desired consistency is reached. • To serve, ladle the chili into bowls. Top with a dollop of Greek yogurt and shredded cheddar cheese. Sprinkle the pumpkin seeds over the chili.


OOZY FIG BAKED BRIE 1 (8 ounce) wheel brie ¾ cup fig preserves arils from one pomegranate

2 ounces cream cheese cold 8 ounces gorgonzola cheese crumbled 1 tablespoon fresh sage chopped 4 cloves roasted garlic optional 2 tablespoons fig preserves 1⁄3 cup roasted pistachios chopped salt + pepper to taste poppy seeds for coating the hat pomegranate arils for the rim of the hat • Mix ingredients together using hands to really get it mixed. Mold in a ziplock or disposable piping bag so that the cheese can get the triangular shape, chill until firm. Garnish with seeds and arils.

• Place brie on a plate, spread preserves, microwave for 30-45 seconds until melted. Serve with crackers.

PUMPKIN HUMMUS 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus more for serving 2 chipotle chilies in adobo 1 clove garlic, grated 1 tablespoon honey ¼ teaspoon cinnamon ¼ teaspoon cayenne powder ½ teaspoon cumin

½ teaspoon oregano 1 teaspoon chili powder kosher salt and pepper

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• Combine the chickpeas, pumpkin and olive oil in a food processor and puree until smooth. Finely chop the chipotle chilies and add to a bowl. Mix the chilies with the garlic, honey, cinnamon,

cayenne, cumin, oregano, chili powder, and salt and pepper. Stir half chipotle mix into the hummus, and add the remaining to the top of the hummus. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with pepitas seeds before serving. Serve with sweet potato chips, fig crackers or other foods for dipping.

MARINATED MOZZARELLA EYEBALLS 1 (8 ounce) jar green martini olives drained 2 sprigs fresh thyme + rosemary 2 tablespoons fresh sage chopped salt + pepper to taste 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar pinch of crushed red pepper flakes olive oil enough to cover the cheese



MARTINI ¼ cup pomegranate juice 1½ ounces bourbon (or vodka works here too) ½ ounce raspberry liquor (Chambord) juice from ½ a lemon 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup, more or less to taste bing cherries for serving

I½ gallon apple cider 2 cups freshly squeezed blood orange juice ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice 8 ounces vodka (optional) 8 ounces brandy (optional) 2 (12 ounces) bottles ginger beer 2 (12 ounce) bottles of sparkling blackberry soda arils from 1 pomegranate

2 thinly sliced apples blood orange slices for garnish • In a large pitcher, combine the apple cider, orange juice, lemon juice, vodka, and brandy. Chill until ready to serve. When ready to serve, add the ginger beer, soda, pomegranate arils, and apple slices. Serve in punch glasses.

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y son, Levi, will never turn 4 years old. He will never have a 4th birthday party, surrounded by friends wearing Paw Patrol party hats. He will not grin with pride and embarrassment as his family and friends sing to this little boy who was adored by so many. Levi will never celebrate another birthday, because on June 10, 2018, our precious son drowned while we were on vacation in Alabama. My husband and I always knew we wanted three kids. We had two girls: Lily: she is 10 but, of course thinks she is 17. She was Levi’s greatest treasure, and his real mom. Lily had infinite patience for his toddler antics. Her tiny heart is broken, and she has asked me through tears: How did we not know Levi could drown when he was sitting on the couch?” Reese. She is 6 and wants to be 6 forever and ever and ever. Reese and Levi were 24 months apart, a package deal. Her Kindergarten heart is unable to process this permanent loss. “Mom, why did we only get him for 3 years and not for a real, whole life?” Levi. He was our third child, we assumed our final one, and our only son. And, he was a BOY. Levi had boundless energy and never slept; it now makes sense he was trying to fit so many years of living into just three. He loved chocolate chip mini muffins, reading books about scary ocean creatures, and jumping everywhere. We will never stop missing this energetic, snuggly, silly boy. During my husband’s anesthesiology residency, we became more family than friends with 5 other physician families. For the last decade, we have taken an annual summer beach trip to Fort Morgan, AL with these close friends. Sunday, June 10, our first full day, was perfect. The kids ate popsicles, swam, rode a kayak in the ocean. In all of my final pictures of Levi, he is wearing a life jacket. Flying a kite with his daddy: life jacket. Playing in the pool with his big sister: puddle jumper. I really thought I was doing everything right when it came to water safety.

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On the first night, the dads planned to take the kids crabhunting, complete with matching, custom bright yellow shirts. When I put Levi’s shirt on him the evening of June 10, he was thrilled to finally be one of the big kids. “Mom! This is not my pajama shirt! This is my crab hunting shirt!” How could we have known that we would lose our cherished son before the crab-hunting trip even started? While we waited for it to get dark, we hung out in the main room of the house. Dinner was over, and the adults were cleaning up while the kids piled on the couch and watched TV. I split a brownie with Levi, ruffling his hair, and grinning at his delight. This would be my final interaction with my son. My next steps were meaningless. I wasn’t drinking, wasn’t on my phone. How did Levi get out of heavy doors, out of a room filled with adults and kids? It was truly moments, seconds. What lured him outside, away from me, when he never willingly left my side? HOW did I not see him? I walked out the back door to check the weather. As I looked over the balcony of the second floor and into the pool below; a bright spot of yellow pierced my soul. It was our Levi, on the bottom of the pool. First: confusion: “But, we weren’t even swimming. How can you drown when you are wearing khaki shorts?” Then: panic. I banged on the glass doors behind me, screaming. I sprinted down the spiral staircase and jumped into the water to grab my son’s lifeless body. The other half of the brownie was still in my mouth. We would later learn that children under

30 pounds can drown in 30 seconds because their lungs are so small and they don’t know to hold their breath. All 6 physicians, including my husband, were by the side of the pool in an instant. While I raged, my clothes soaking wet, begging the universe to please give me back one minute, they fought like hell to save our baby. I watched as my husband performed CPR on his namesake. We both fell to our knees in desperation, begging to trade places with this boy who had so much life left to live and who we had somehow failed to protect. Levi regained a weak pulse, was airlifted to Mobile, but died hours later. I can never do justice to the pain that is walking out of a hospital room without your child, with the knowledge that you will never see him on this earth, again. We handled it the only way we could, the way we have handled it for the last year: one step, one breath, one second at a time. Drowning. It’s hard to discuss. It is impossible to allow our minds to venture into this painful of territory, it is something that happens to neglectful parents. So, it’s mostly just ignored. We think: Kids can drown. What else is there to know?

Plenty, I promise. Do you know a child can fully drown in 30 seconds? Do you know that if your child does not make it to Kindergarten, the statistics point in likelihood of death by drowning? Do you know that for each drowning death, FIVE TIMES as many children are hospitalized, many with permanent brain injuries? Do you know that toddlers are more likely to drown in pools while teenage boys are more likely to drown in open water, like lakes and oceans? Drowning is a leading killer of children (and adults), yet discussions on drowning are background noise or deemed irrelevant, because people think, “well, I watch my kids when they swim” or “we don’t even have a backyard pool.” Trust me, I know how people think, because I used to be that person. Well, Levi drowned in a matter of seconds, during a non-swim time, in a pool that was not ours. We have to break the barriers. We have to talk about drowning. Trust me- you do not want to wait until tragedy is your reason to advocate. Exactly one week after we lost Levi, my husband discovered these drowning statistics:

›› Drowning is the #1 cause of death in children under age 5 ›› Drowning is the #2 cause of death for ages 5-14 ›› 69% of drowning happens when children aren’t even expected to be swimming, yet they slip away- just like our Levi. ›› The risk of drowning for teens ages 15-19 increased four-fold and is usually in natural water without life jackets

The truth sat there between us, suffocating and leering, piercing our already shattered hearts. How had this information been compiled, yet had not reached us? I was furious- at the universe, at the unfairness, at this monster that snatched my son when I didn’t even know how to protect him. As painful as it is, Levi’s death rests on us. I am not placing blame, but I wonder if our son would still be alive if we had truly known what we were up against? How were years of intentional parenting canceled out in seconds of cleaning up after dinner? As a person who believes in a shared human experience, I could not just sit back all summer and watch as more children drowned. I had to help spread these statistics I wish I had known. I had an idea- one that I believe would have saved Levi. I started a non-profit called Levi’s Legacy: Water Guardians. Since supervision is a vital part of drowning prevention, I created a tag that designates a Water Guardian. The laminated card (worn as a necklace or bracelet) serves as a reminder to the Water Guardian to watch the kids, to guard the water, EVEN when they are not swimming. These cards can be personalized with a child’s name and photo or the name of a beach/lake house. Designated supervision is just one layer of protection. It is important to have as many barriers as possible between your child and the water:

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›› Install a 4-sided fence that goes fully around the entire pool. ›› Make sure the fence has selfclosing and latching gates. ›› Utilize pool and door alarms.


›› Enroll your child in survival swim lessons. All swim lessons are not created equal. Progress should happen in weeks and months, not in years, and the goal should be on survival and respect for the water. Look for lessons that teach roll-to-float or how to get to the side of the pool. I firmly believe that survival swim lessons would have saved Levi, and I will carry this regret for the rest of my life. The AAP now recommends swim lessons can be started at age 1; please do not wait until your child is 4 to start lessons. ›› Remove toys from the pool EVERY TIME. ›› Learn CPR. ›› Always wear life jackets when on open water (lakes, rivers, oceans). Encourage teenagers, especially, to be cautious around open water.

Children can drown in 2 inches of water, and in 30 seconds. Be aware of buckets, toilets, irrigation ditches, ponds, baby pools, and bathtubs. I wish this was not Levi’s story. I just want 30 seconds back on June 10, 2018. But, I will never get that time back, will never get a second chance to save my son.

I used to be the mom who always found the loophole that would exempt a particular tragedy from being mine, but now I know that tragedy does not play fair. I cannot change the past, despite my desperation. But, I know I can help change the future. We are put on this Earth to help each other, to find the connections with others, to leave this world a bit better for the next generations. So, here I am, a broken mother, yelling from the rooftops that: DROWNING HAPPENS. It happens to real people; it happens in seconds; it happens when you are not expecting it. Drowning is a leading cause of death across all age groups. But, it is also 100% preventable. Please take this message seriously and help save our children. LEARN MORE:

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eat pan. Add oil. Cook food. It’s that simple, right? Nope. The type of cooking oil you choose affects not only the flavor but the safety of your food. Cooking oils also vary widely in their effects on our health. Oils have a smoke point, the temperature at which the oil literally starts to smoke. At this temperature, the oil will start to break down and can change the taste of the food and release

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toxic byproducts. It is, therefore, wise to choose a cooking oil based not only on the flavor you want, but the temperature at which you expect to cook. Here are three of my favorite oils and fats that I use when cooking. There is no one best option for all methods or all people. Experiment and find what you like best for the dishes you create!

Nicole M. Cotter, MD is an integrative physician in Shreveport, Louisiana. She was the first board-certified Integrative Medicine physician in northwest Louisiana and is one of the few integrative rheumatologists in the nation. She is the owner of Integrative Medicine of Shreveport-Bossier (, a consultative practice where she partners with patients to create personalized health plans that integrate complementary medicine with conventional to care for the whole person.


EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL (Smoke Point: 325° F) Use in dressings or when cooking at low heat. This is the oil extracted from olives when they are pressed. It is not refined, meaning chemicals are not used in the extracting process. Research brands for quality and stick with reputable companies. EVOO contains monounsaturated fats, which have a host of health benefits. It is also rich in antioxidant polyphenols.

50. Integrate Your Health AVOCADO OIL (Smoke Point: 520° F) Use for pan-frying, stir-frying, searing, grilling, and roasting. This is the oil extracted from avocados when they are pressed. Avocado oil contains mono- and polyunsaturated fats, both of which are linked to heart health. Its high smoke point allows for safe cooking at high heats.


LARD (Smoke Point: 370° F) Use for pan-frying, baking, and roasting.

Lard is fat from a pig. It can be rendered to yield a semi-soft, smooth, white fat. Don’t misunderstand…I do NOT mean vegetable shortening here or fat that comes from conventionally-raised pigs. I mean rendered pork fat from pigs that are humanely-raised on one of our local NW Louisiana farms. Lard is saturated fat, so use in moderation. Talk to your doctor, too, because some people should limit their intake of saturated fat. Lard is a stable fat and does not smoke at high heat.

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Photos by Marc Gibson Photography On unicorn-like rare occasions, I have the enviable project where my clients have no real preconceived ideas or direction in which they want their home to go. When this happens, I am mentally (and sometimes physically) doing the “Snoopy dance!” One of our most recent clients were just such folks. In actuality, this puts more pressure on me as a designer. I have now the unenviable task of imagining how these relative “strangers” should live, or rather, how I imagine them to live. On top of this, I must work within fiscal parameters as determined by the dreaded b-word: Budget! In most cases, folks have a definitive amount of “moola” they want to spend, but want to “redo” large portions of their homes. This spreads the funds entirely too thin (like Socialism...ha!) and its impact is far less dramatic than if concentrated on fewer rooms. We have multiple clients with whom we work in “phases.” This allots them a financial reprieve and an opportunity to live in and enjoy the work that has been completed. Now, back to this story. It was a glorious spring day when I first met my latest clients. The air was crisp, mother birds were teaching their young to fly, flowers were in full bloom and I was ready to shop as if our local economy depended on it! We entered into a vast entry hall reminiscent of a New Orleans boutique hotel (I’m not kidding.) The ceilings were 22 feet tall

and came to a peak and the hall was at least 35 feet from end to end, anchored by an L-shaped staircase. My mind immediately started spinning and it’s possible I missed the next 1-2 minutes of conversation. Luckily, Liz takes excellent notes so nothing of importance was missed. From there, we were led into the master suite, which was bland, uninspired and almost made me a smidge sad. It too had

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a high-pitched ceiling approximately 15 feet tall at its peak. Then, back through the cavernous entry hall where I made a faux, “hello…helloo…helllooo,” canyon-like echo call as we were shown the living and dining rooms. The kitchen was also mentioned as possible project, but that would be phase two! I like to use as much of a client’s existing items and furnishings as possible. This not only adds to the “mix” of our looks but also gives our clients a nostalgic feeling to be around familiar items. Sadly, none of the items in the master made the cut! Akin to my MawMaw’s biscuits, this room was created from scratch as was the majority of the rest of their home. I won’t bore you with the details of the new vibe that we created for this home but, I will say this. This lovely Long Lake home now oozes an understated sophistication which somehow looks new and old at the same time (kinda like myself)! The palette is simple, yet contrasting with soft “hand-offs” from room to room. There is an elegant interplay of colors that complement the adjacent spaces without competing against them. It is refined, yet livable and I love everything about it! Don’t take my word for it, just sit back and enjoy these gorgeous pics! Hopefully, the results will give you your own “Snoopy-dance” feeling.

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hen I was younger, a camera or crayons could always be found in my hands. I was always creative. It was the only thing that kept me sane. Today, I use art in the form of makeup to help others (and myself) find strength in who they are every day. When doing your own makeup, don’t be afraid to express yourself. That’s the most important part. Using fun colored eyeshadow or liners is one of the best ways to showcase your personality! Or even a fun lip! Just don’t be afraid to show people who you are.



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Before we begin, I want to say you can do this look with your everyday makeup. Therefore, it’s ideal for a last minute Halloween costume! Start by doing your normal foundation routine. You’re then going to heavily (and I mean HEAVILY) apply contour on your cheekbones, temples, and sides of the neck. You also want to shade the sides of your nose.


Now, use a black liquid liner to fill in the bottom of your nose to mimic the shape of a deer’s. Apply black lipstick (or black liquid liner) to only the top lip to further the deer illusion. You can always switch it to a nude or red lip if you’re going to be drinking and eating all night.


Then, use a white cream liner (I used NYX’s Jumbo Pencil in “white”) to apply the white dots over the contoured areas. Also, add a little to the tip of your deer nose and blend it out. This give the illusion that the nose is wet. If you don’t have access to the white liner, you can also use a concealer that’s lighter than your skin tone!




Start by outlining all of your features in black, such as your cheekbones, nose, lips, and jawline. Heavily line your eyes and fill your brows in with black. I used Mehron’s Paradise Paint in “black” for this look, but it can be substituted for a black liquid liner as well.


Use gold glitter, metallic gold paint, or gold eyeshadow to fill the crown. Then, use red liquid lipstick for the lips and star on the crown.


3. Add white lines right next to the black lines using white liquid liner (I used NYX’s white liquid liner). As simple as this step may seem, the highlights really pull the comic book style together!

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Before we start, I’d recommend buying wateractivated body paints for this look. These paints dry down completely, don’t transfer, and wash off easily with soap and water! Much less of a hassle than using grease paints. I normally use Mehron’s Paradise Paints or Graftobian’s Pro Paints for my projects. You can buy these directly from the company’s website or from


Start by using a light shade of blue as your base. To activate the paint, wet a foundation brush with water. Then, cover your entire face and other desired areas. Then, paint little stripes around the perimeter of your face and body using a darker shade of blue. You can also use this darker blue paint to fill in your lips. Now, use either a pink paint or lipstick to cover the bottom of your nose and center of your lips.


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asura Emoto wrote an elegant book that I picked up again from our extensive office library. His New York Times best seller is entitled The Hidden Messages In Water. The crux of the book (so visually captivating) is that when water is exposed to sounds, words or pictures; and then frozen, the subsequent crystals have unique characteristics. When exposed to lovely music, kind words like joy and gratitude (my 2019 word) and beautiful pictures, the resultant crystals, seen under a microscope, are stunning! When water is exposed to loud or hard music, harsh words and ugly pictures, the crystals are disorganized and chaotic. Fascinating, right? Switching from my somewhat ethereal beginning discussion on water to the health and beauty aspects… Health begins with water, for it is the most essential nutrient needed by the body. True health requires proper hydration of the body. The developing fetus in a mother’s womb is composed of 92 percent water. The average senior citizen becomes 50 to 70 percent dehydrated, which is why a great majority of elderly people can develop chronic degenerative diseases of aging, i.e., heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s


disease and cancer. Know that the average human body is 72 percent water. Here is the breakdown of the water percentages in the major organs: the brain – 85 percent, the liver – 90 percent, the blood – 83 percent and the bones – 35 percent. When we become dehydrated, the body instinctively begins to ration water to each organ. The brain being the most important organ gets the most water. The skin (largest organ) being the least important, is rationed the least amount of water. Ladies and gentlemen, this can lead to chronically dry skin, i.e., wrinkles and dandruff. Athletes listen up; researchers determined that 1 percent dehydration causes a 5 percent drop and athletic performance!

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• Water hydrates the brain, leading to ideal brain functions and reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and Lou Gehrig’s disease. • Water helps reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes by preventing clogged arteries. • Water increases the efficiency of the immune system, including against cancer.

• Water lubricates the mouth, nose and eyes, and it is the best lubricating laxative to prevent constipation. • Water is the main solvent for all foods, vitamins and minerals. • Water is directly needed for the production of all hormones, including sex hormones.

• Water clears toxic waste from the body and takes it to the liver and kidneys for disposal.

• Water is the best way to lose weight. Drinking water separates the sensations of thirst and hunger.

• Water is the main lubricant in the joint spaces and helps prevent arthritis and back pain.

• With that being said, water is involved in digestion, metabolism and assimilation. 67

Which water you drink is of great importance! Before listing the waters, just a little science lecture on pH (potential of hydrogen). Our bodies require pH balancing and the pH of liquids we consume is important if we want to be healthy. The pH scale is a measure of acidity or alkalinity of water-soluble substances. It is represented by a number from 1 to 14 with 7 being neutral. Values below 7 indicate acidity and those values above 7 indicate alkalinity. Colorwise, the pH 7 is blue; very acidic pHs (<7) are red and very alkaline pHs (>7) are bluish-purple. Just remember that red will make you rust and blue will make you beautiful!

This is the lineup of the various waters listed from bad to good: � Distilled Water � Reverse Osmosis Water � Filtered Water � Alkaline Water � Ionized Water � Alkaline Ionized Water � Electrolyzed Reduced Water

Additionally, we need to shed some light on both tap water and carbonated water. But first, the lineup… Both distilled water and reverse osmosis water pull minerals out of the body and are linked to the rapid onset of osteoporosis and multiple sclerosis. Filtered water is contaminated water that producers try to clean up. Alkaline water is filtered water with the addition of elemental minerals used to increase the pH into the alkaline range. One would say, minerals… doesn’t the body need minerals…Correct? The elemental minerals in alkaline water are in a form that the body cannot use efficiently. So, given that our bodies are smart, the minerals in alkaline water can get deposited into soft tissues and joint spaces.

Ever heard of kidney stones and arthritis? Ionized water has a charge but the pH may be variable. Alkaline ionized water is a combination of alkaline water and ionized water. As per the Environmental Working Group (EWG), the tap water composition of most municipalities, including Shreveport, LA, contained several harmful chemicals that may contribute to various health challenges. These health issues include harming the brain/nervous system and the thyroid gland, as well Check out the EWG article. as causing cancer. system.php?pws=LA1017031 As mentioned, city water can contain several harmful chemicals, one of which is chlorine. Chlorine is an iodine inhibitor and can contribute to the development of thyroid gland abnormalities. Carbonated or sparkling water is water in which carbon dioxide (CO2) gas is dissolved either by technology or by a natural geologic source. The downside to these “fancy” waters is that they are acidic and can cause bloating, thus posing a risk to people with irritable bowel syndrome. They are also slightly erosive to teeth (oh no... I’m a dentist’s daughter). Now let’s talk about Electrolyzed Reduced Water (ERW). This is water that is restructured electrically, and not chemically, from a large macro cluster to small micro clusters, allowing for rapid absorption into the cells. This water serves us best as it maximizes nutrition and detoxification. ERW provides pH buffers to help the pH balance of your body. The fact that it contains high levels of antioxidants, this water is by far the most superior drinking water available. ERW has a negative charge (Negative Oxidative Reduction Potential). The majority of body functions (sleep, digestion, exercise and response to stress) create a positive charge (Positive Oxidative Reduction Potential). Thus, ERW helps to counter the detrimental effects of a positive ORP. Consuming ERW is similar to the negative ORP benefits of berries and green tea.

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In summary, the daily consumption of water should be Electrolyzed Reduced How much water should one drink per day is a common Water, in the minimum amount question that certain health-related guidelines address. of half a person’s body weight in ounces, consumed from either a glass Typically, if a person is in good health, the minimum water or a stainless steel vessel (glass and/ intake should be half the body weight in ounces. Thus, an individual or bottle). Plastic water bottles, even weighing 140 pounds is advised to drink 70 ounces of Electrolyzed if BPA-free, can act as hormone Reduced Water. Those individuals with acute or chronic health issues disruptors and are significant should drink more water, to the tune of 75 percent and 100 percent of pollutants to the beautiful waters on our Earth. body weight in ounces, respectively. However, there is a disclaimer for those with some health conditions like congestive heart failure and kidney disease. The amount of water (ERW) is restricted to 48 to 64 ounces a day.

I began this article with a book and now let me end it with another book. The 2005 New York Times best seller by Tom Standage: A History of the World in 6 Glasses (beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola) may need to be revised and entitled A History of the World in 7 Glasses (water, beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola). Cheers! 68



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I am a reader. That said, if I am a reader, my husband is a READER! (And obsessive lover of music, but that is for another article.) My husband enthusiastically loves a book or an author almost as much as a friend. Sometimes when he reads, he cannot wait until the end of the chapter or even the page to tell me about the brilliant, witty or mind-boggling thing he just read about. He just has to share it right then, in the moment. Because he is such a consumer of books, he is my personal, at-home, book club curator. His nightstand literally has so many books stacked up they constantly fall over. Needless to say, I have a pre-vetted and interestingly balanced “Little Free Library” just a few feet away.



ne writer much beloved by my husband is the late David Foster Wallace. In 2005, Mr. Wallace delivered a commencement speech entitled “This is Water” at Kenyon College. Wallace warned the young graduates of the difficulties of controlling one’s own thoughts and urged them to seek the ultimate freedom of awareness. Wallace explained, “Everything in my own immediate experience supports my deep belief that I am the absolute center of the universe; the realist, most vivid and important person in existence …it’s pretty much the same for all of us … It is our default setting, hard-wired in our boards at birth … other people’s thoughts and feelings have to have to be communicated to you somehow, but your own are so immediate, urgent, real.” As people we must do the hard work required to get “free of [our] natural, hardwired default setting which is to be deeply and literally selfcentered and to see and interpret everything through this lens of self.” We must stay alert and attentive and “exercise control over how and what we think.” This means “being conscious and aware enough to choose what you pay attention to and how to choose how you construct meaning

from experience.” Simply, Wallace wants us to fight our natural human proclivity to become the very center of our own universe and instead pay attention, much attention, to the world around us. I recently heard a story about a professor who walked into his classroom and declared to his class that there would be a pop quiz that day. He passed out the quiz face down and then asked the students to turn over the page. The students looked around in confusion as they all discovered that the paper only had one black dot in the center. To answer the quiz, they were simply instructed to describe what they saw. Each student described the dot: its size, color and/or location on the page. Not one student described the white space that existed around the dot. The professor explained to the class that their hyper focus on the importance of the dot made them miss everything around it. I began my tenure as Chief Executive Officer of Community Foundation of North Louisiana in January 2018. I spent much of the last two years learning about the challenges our community faces. Of course, I still have much to learn as our community and its problems are complicated and nuanced like layers of an infinite onion. 71

That said, it is a privilege to be in a perpetual state of learning about one’s community, a privilege that I do not take for granted. To understand why we at CFNLA want to start a book club, I feel compelled to provide you with a bit of background information. Community foundations are endowments, created from generous gifts from donors, intended to last in perpetuity to benefit a community. The great advantage of these endowments is they are generally unrestricted and, as such, flexible by design. Unlike an endowment for a certain purpose, unrestricted foundation funds can be used over time to respond to the ever-changing needs of a community. Community Foundation of North Louisiana was founded in 1961. Each year CFNLA returns earnings from its endowment (currently valued at $140 million) to the community through grants to nonprofit organizations. As a steward of the community’s endowment, it is imperative to CFNLA that grants be used in the most efficient and effective way possible and in response to the community’s most pressing needs. To aid us in this pursuit, we gather and study community data and work with community partners to determine the greatest needs. Simply it is our job to try to understand the world around us, where its problems lie, and the resources available to solve those problems. I am often asked by younger members of the community without the means to make a substantial financial commitment how they should engage in philanthropy. Of course, volunteerism is imperative to the nonprofits in North Louisiana. That said, in times of information overload it is often difficult to discern where best to lend one’s time and talents. While in my role at CFNLA I can spend time studying our community, I recognize that many do not have that time privilege. So, if education about community problems and available solutions is the first step toward more effective philanthropy, then let’s learn together. Community Foundation of North Louisiana is excited to announce it is launching Community Reads, a book club intended to better connect readers to our community. I invite anyone and all to join us as we read about issues like poverty, education, substance abuse,

blight and criminal justice reform. According to Socrates, “[t] rue wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.” To me, the beauty of reading is that it transports me from my own mind or perspective to the perspective or shoes of another. As David Foster Wallace explained, the ultimate freedom is gained by escaping the boundaries of one’s one perspective to a greater awareness. We will begin our series in September with the memoir Educated by Tara Westover. Tara spent her childhood in the mountains of Idaho. Born to survivalist parents, her memories revolve around canning seasons and discussions of avoiding societal detection. Because of her father’s distrust of mainstream society, Tara never attended school or received any sort of medical care from a doctor or a nurse. When Tara’s brother leaves the mountains for college, she finds inspiration in his new way of life and strives to follow in his footsteps. Tara’s unusual educational journey leads her to Brigham Young University, then Harvard, then Cambridge. Tara ultimately finds freedom in the new perspectives her education has given her.

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ust hearing the labels ADHD or Dyslexia for some gives them chills and anxiety, but the truth is that everyone has cognitive skill differences and the knowing is half the battle. Cognitive skills are the thinking skills we use every day to make sense of the world around us and they control everything we do from breathing to memory. When there is an inefficiency in these skills, we often end up with labels such as ADHD or Dyslexia just like when the body inefficiently manages our blood sugar, we end up with the label of diabetes. This does not determine who we are nor who we are capable of becoming. The core cognitive skills that affect the overall efficiency of learning are long-term and short-term memory, processing speed, visual/auditory processing, logic and reasoning, and executive function. Executive function

Each day we are training our brains and ourselves to be THE BEST person we can become NO MATTER how old you are. is the skill that is essentially the CEO of your brain. It helps you to control the overall management of the other skills and things like senses which can lead to sensory overload or time management issues as well as ADHD or Autism. Finding the weakness in this skill can be as easy as identifying which of the six components of executive function you struggle with: organization, focusing and task shifting, regulation/ sustaining effort and processing speed, managing emotions, utilizing working memory and recall, or self-monitoring and self-control. Dr. Thomas E. Brown calls these the Executive Function Impairment of ADHD: Activation, Focus, Effort, Emotion, Memory and Action. Identifying where the struggle is and working on that skill can make all the difference in the world especially for those who struggle with ADHD. Logic and reasoning impacts math skills, test-taking skills, comprehension skills, understanding abstract concepts and impulse control. Addressing this skill through rigorous training can give the person the ability to handle tasks with more thinking before they act as well as improving test taking and math/comprehension skills. Processing speed is the hardest of the skills to address as it requires the speeding up or slowing down of the thought processes and requires the person to learn to listen to his/her own thoughts and to manage this skill through exercise. This is often paired with meditation or breathing exercise as this is an important aspect to learning to manage anxiety. Visual and auditory processing are very important as these skills impact all of the learning experience and the way that information is encoded to memory. The visual-spatial sketchpad is the tool that we use to hold things in working memory to work on them much like our screen on our computer holds what we are currently working on while on the computer. Learning to utilize this sketchpad correctly such as learning to hold information there or when to discard this information can be the difference in following multistep directions correctly and being a good listener. It can also impact the way we read as we can create a visual movie of all

the different things we read about on this brain screen. Pairing it with the auditory processor, which manipulates the sounds we hear into words, and words into meaning as well as the letters we see into sounds we can blend into words that have meaning can be the difference in enjoying the reading process or making it a laborious task to be dreaded. All of these skills add up to different strengths and weaknesses, for example, typically a dysphonetic dyslexic person can struggle with not only memory issues with the code of the English language, but also the understanding of the sounds that letters/words make and the processing speed of the brain. This can be really confusing as there are about 13 different ways we make the sound A in our language and only one is by the letter A at the beginning of the sentence -how about EIGH for example? That’s why a sentence like “The bandage is wound around the wound” can be so confusing! There are many different types of attention issues and many different types of dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, etc. But none of these defines a person anymore than someone with a heart condition is defined by that. Remember the next time that you see someone struggling with learning or behavior that inefficiencies do not define us. We define them by how we refine them. Struggling with learning issues isn’t a way of life, it is something that can be trained. No one stays the same. Each day we are training our brains and ourselves to be the best person we can become no matter how old you are. Take a step today to be the best person you can be. Partner with a local brain trainer and overcome some of the challenges you face to continue towards the best you. LearningRx and The Brain Train Learning Solutions are happy to partner with you to direct you to the resources in our community that can assist you with being the best person you can be and helping you to discover the greatness within you or your children, grandchildren, spouse, etc. Most of all remember to cherish those around you for who they are no matter what their differences.

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• Feeling very sad/withdrawn for more than 2 weeks (e.g., crying regularly, feeling unmotivated). • Trying to harm or kill oneself or making plans to do so. • Out-of-control, risk-taking behaviors that can cause harm to self or others. • Sudden overwhelming fear for no reason, sometimes with a racing heart, physical discomfort or fast breathing. • Not eating, throwing up or using laxatives to lose weight; significant weight loss or gain. • Severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships. • Repeated use of drugs or alcohol. • Drastic changes in behavior or sleeping habits (e.g., waking up early and acting agitated). • Extreme difficulty in concentrating or staying still that can lead failure in A Behavioral Healthto System Providing Help and Hope Since 1971 school. • Intense worries or fears that get in the way of daily activities like hanging out with friends or going to classes.

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Kathleen Babineaux Blanco BY KATHY SPURLOCK

Louisiana’s first female governor set a high bar for public service and ethics during her administration and in the years leading up to her election to the state’s highest office. I love her and admire her. John Denison, Former Television Journalist She never acted as if she was better, or knew better, or deserved better — even after she wound up in charge during the worst disaster to ever hit her state. It may have been why some people in politics underestimated her. It may also have been why they were entirely wrong to do so.

She wasn’t the boldest or most charismatic politician Louisiana ever produced, but Kathleen Blanco may have been the most empathetic, compassionate person to serve as Louisiana governor. That’s no insignificant distinction. Knowing her as I did, I suspect she would be fine with that legacy. Robert Mann, Author & Professor, former Blanco Communications Director

I am proud and humbled to have known her and called her a friend. While we didn’t always agree, I always had tremendous respect for her kind heart, spirit of service and love for Acadiana and Louisiana. Our thoughts, prayers and sincerest best wishes are with her family, friends and the people of Louisiana who have lost a real leader and deeply caring soul. This is a moment we can all rise above the things that divide us to recognize what one person can accomplish when she works hard, perseveres and stays true to herself and her values. She will be truly missed.

I first met Kathleen Babineaux Blanco when she was a public service commissioner. If you’ve ever tried to read a PSC filing, you know it takes a pretty smart person to figure it out. Definitely smarter than I am! We became women who mutually respected each other’s work as she sought other offices, and friends over time as I grew to know her family and her values. She would always call me when she was headed north, and we often would find ourselves riding around visiting between her official duties. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to tour her around “MY north Louisiana” when she became lieutenant governor, and to garner her support for our region that is so often left out. She made me that promise that she would remember us, and she fulfilled it again and again as she served as lieutenant governor and then won the governorship. We were, in turn, thrilled to attend her inauguration as governor and dance until the sun came up. She has given so much to our state, raised an amazing family, enjoyed much success and endured much heartbreak. My prayer is for God to wrap his arms around Coach and the Blanco family in comfort during this time. I know He has a welcome home party already arranged for her.

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The 10 of us had been planning our trip down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River for over 18 months before we finally set out on the rafts. We’d seen pictures, slideshows, and heard lots of tales of the Middle Fork. Nothing could prepare us for the fun, scenery, or sadness we felt on the river.

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ike I said, we’d been planning this trip for what seemed like years. We had been texting, calling, and meeting up about this trip for months! The anticipation and excitement were high for everyone! We were so excited to get to have this trip of a lifetime together! We all had to make sure our kids were taken care of -- 14 children between us, gear was ordered, and our flights were booked with plenty of buffer. It’s a good thing we planned the buffer because flights were delayed and a few of our party had to spend the night in Salt Lake City. Neil, Jill, and Kenneth and I went up two days before everyone else. We wanted to get a jump start on the relaxation, mountain air, and temps less than 100 degrees! We started our vacation in Boise (we learned that it’s pronounced BOY-C) with a fun dinner, a little bit of Boise downtown, and trip to the store for our river adult beverages. On our way to the

tiny town of Stanley, Idaho (population 67), we stopped in the resort town of Sun Valley, Idaho. This fancy little ski town is home to mountain biking trails, cute restaurants, and fabulous shopping. Neil and Kenneth really wanted to go mountain biking, so Jill and I decided to shop, eat lunch, and sight see. We wrote postcards to the kids and to friends and just had a nice, little afternoon while our husbands biked. We had just found a scenic lake when we got the text. The text came from an unknown number since Jill and I had our husbands’ phones. It said “It’s Neil. We are at the bike shop -- Kenneth cut his leg.” We rushed over to the bike shop to check out the damage not knowing that we would find a shirtless Kenneth with blood running down his leg and his calf tied up with his shirt. Oh goodness. Neil and I went to get the car, we tracked down 81

“This trip was unbelievable. I could go on this trip over and over again and never tire of it! The guides were incredible, the food was amazing, and the atmosphere was perfection. Sleeping under the stars was breathtaking. I loved the thrill and excitement on the river! I was shocked at how safe the crew made us feel. We came on a couple’s trip with friends, but I cannot wait to bring my kids on this adventure soon! Hope you don't get tired of our Louisiana crew IRJ, because we will keep coming back for sure!”

- Jennifer Earnest the ER and headed that way. Kenneth hobbled inside and with one look by the ER nurse he knew it was bad. She raised his homemade t-shirt bandage and said, “Ohhhhh.” The ER doctor had to consult with a surgeon to see if he needed surgery, and just like that, the river trip that we had been planning was over for them. It was like a shot to the heart for all of us to hear that news. Our sweet friends were going to be going home after we had planned all this time for memories that would last forever. After the ER and a stop at the pharmacy, we headed to Stanley, Idaho, the site of the Idaho River Journeys meeting. We had magnificent views in Stanley! The Mountain Village resort motel where we stayed was the only place to stay in Stanley. This tiny town had so much charm. From the Merc to the Stanley Bakery and mountains everywhere we looked -- we felt like we could stay there forever. The other three couples arrived to a relaxing evening bonfire. We enjoyed the company and tried to make the best of Jill and Kenneth not being able to go on

the river. We went to dinner with 14 of the 21 people going on the trip. That’s where we met Roland and Patti. Stay tuned for more of Roland and Patti. After dinner, we had a trip meeting where we received our dry bags, mugs, life vests, wet suits, and lots of instructions. We were so excited to get back to the motel rooms to pack! After everything was set, we headed back to the bonfire and that’s when Roland and Patti stopped in. They hung out with us for a little while just chatting and getting to know us. Patti sat next to me and I told her what happened to Kenneth. She was sad for us but headed to her room. A little while later Roland came back to the fire to offer their home in Sun Valley, Idaho, to Jill and Kenneth! We were so humbled by their generosity! This truly set the tone for the entire river tip. The next morning, we loaded up, said our tearful goodbyes to Jill and Kenneth, and headed to the river. We were told there were three types of rafts. There’s the oar boat: luxury Cadillac-type boat where you barely get wet and you

don’t paddle. Princess style. There’s the paddle boat: 1 guide who “steers” and 6 paddlers and you get wet! And then the “ducky:” an inflatable kayak that is only for the single paddler. I knew right off the bat I was going on the oar boat. I surprised myself when, by the end of the week I did the paddle boat and even did the ducky for 10 miles down the river! Our first night to camp was simply impressive. We rolled up to camp to see every tent set up, a dining table (with table cloths) and chairs, a drink station, hand-washing stations, and the ever-soimportant “groover” (the toilet). Wow! We were so impressed. I couldn’t decide what I liked more -- the river or camp! The food was spectacular! We couldn’t believe how gourmet it was -- all cooked outdoors. We had three, three-course meals per day. Our favorites were the Elevation Coffee Cake and the Ponderosa Plum Torte. We are still having dreams about the camp food. The safety we felt on the river was impressive. The guides

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knew the river like the backs of their hands, and you could tell they truly loved their jobs. The sights we saw down 100 miles of river are memories I will never forget. From seeing ancient native American pictographs, Veil falls, and countless waterfalls --the views were astounding. One of our favorite things to do was to fill up our water bottles from fresh cold springs. The most delicious water I’ve ever tasted. We had tons on fun! The wives had been plotting for months to sneak silly bathing suits in for the husbands. We settled on cat/taco/pizza suits and they were the hit of the night. Our guys came up with all sorts of “camp games” that we played in the evenings. The guides said they had never had any sort of competition! We started first with tent building. My husband challenged two guides who set up 60 tents each per week to a tent-building contest. He had never even built these tents. Next night was the 40-yard dash, and we finished with feats of strength -- a giant rockthrowing contest. These Idaho folks didn’t know what hit them with these native Louisianans. One of my favorite memories from the trip was when we “lazy rivered” on the last night. This camp had a slowish flow, so we were able to jump in and float down to camp. We did this while singing “Louisiana Saturday Night” in the middle of the canyon! All of us would highly recommend this river trip. Take a group of friends and enjoy being unplugged and immersed in nature!

Elevation Coffee Cake Boundary Creek is at 5800 ft. The gradient in 1st 25 miles is 47ft per mile. The average gradient is 28.3 ft per mile. Indian Creek is at 4650 ft. Dry Cake Mix (prepared at home) : 1 ¼ cups sugar 2 ½ cups unbleached flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1 1/4 teaspoon salt Pour dry mix into a large bowl. Add wet ingredients. Wet Ingredients (prepared on the river) : 1/2 cup (1 stick butter) melted 3 eggs 1 cup milk 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup sour cream

TOPPING : • Add topping 5 to 10 minutes before you take the coals off the dutch oven, this will create a nice golden brown texture on top. • In a separate small bowl, melt ¾ stick butter and mix with topping ingredients in small Ziploc: • Small Ziploc (prepared at home) • 1 cup golden brown sugar • 1 cup chopped walnuts • 1 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon. • Notes: The cake can take 30-45 minutes to bake. Put coals on the dutch oven as soon as possible to ensure enough time to bake.

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RECIPES BY Mary Papale with help from the Idaho River Journeys crew

When the tree reaches 110 to 120 years old (a mere teenager for a Ponderosa pine), it begins to shed its black bark and reveal an inner bark of yellow, “yellow pine.” Look at a stump of an old Ponderosa and you'll see a massive swath of yellow. Scientists don't know why a closely sniffed Ponderosa smells like vanilla. The aroma may arise from a chemical in the sap being warmed by the sun. 12” Dutch Oven Dry Cake Mix (prepared at home) : 2 cups flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 ½ Cups of sugar Wet Ingredients (prepared on the river) TO MAKE BATTER: • When you arrive at camp get 4 cubes of butter (one pound of butter) out of the cooler, unwrap and place in a mixing bowl to soften. Four cubes for two mixes (2, 12” Dutch), two cubes for one mix. The softer the butter, the easier to cream with the sugar. • For each mix cream 2 cubes of butter with 1 ½ Cups of sugar. Sugar will be measured in torte ziplock. • Add 2 eggs for each mix to creamed butter and sugar.


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• Add the flour mixture to above and beat well. • Spoon the batter into a well oiled (canola) Dutch Oven. • For each Dutch Oven slice plums in half removing pit. • Lightly place the plum halves skin side up on top of the batter. • Sprinkle lightly with the juice from half a lemon. Then lightly sprinkle with sugar and a bit of cinnamon. • Bake for 40 to 50 minutes in a Dutch Oven or in a pre-heated 350° conventional oven.


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“Network like a woman” is new terminology to me, but I’ve been watching men network like men for years.

happen naturally in the lounge or on the golf course for us. So I started as a nervous bystander at the local BossBabes group started by Lauren Ross and Jessica Wimberly, but now it can only be described as a mission. One of the many things I love about the Shreveport area is all of the fantastic woman-focused networking opportunities. You can attend the Ladies in Leadership luncheons put on by the Petroleum Club of Shreveport organized by Rachel Lopez. There are opportunities to volunteer with groups that give back to the community full of hard-working smart women, like the Junior League of Shreveport Bossier. The Athena mentorship program that focuses on women in business and community is amazing, and from the comfort of your own phone there are the informal Facebook groups that encourage women to support each other and share their business no matter how big or small, such as “Who Run the World, Girls,” “Girl Talk with Talk with Amy Ly & Friends,” “All Things Girly” or parenting-focused groups such as ”Shreveport-Bossier Moms in the Know,” all started by local women.

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During my training as a facial plastic surgeon, I was often one of the only women in the room. I noticed that the male surgeons who were hanging out on weekends, playing golf or having dinner together often discussed their practices, referred patients to each other and, in general, were friends as part of their business relationships. There is a reason it is referred to as a “good ol’ BOYS’ club.” I often felt like I was intruding just by sitting around the doctor’s lounge listening to the conversations, many of which were not intended for female ears. Men who have similar interests and experiences are drawn to each other, and it makes sense that men bond with other men. These relationships help men make connections, gain access to opportunities, and overcome roadblocks that are encountered. Women have come a long way in the workforce, but networking can still be a considerable hurdle. Unlike men, women are better served to seek out deliberate networking opportunities. It just doesn’t

Put yourself out there. Meet women from other backgrounds who will help educate you and provide access to new networks you otherwise wouldn’t meet.


That is not to say that women do not need to also network with groups that are predominantly men. No matter the makeup of the group, it’s important to “sit at the table.” This is an area that I will likely always struggle. Whenever I attend national conferences, I’m one of a handful of women in the room during surgical presentations. I was asked to speak at one recently and felt overwhelmed with a lack of confidence that I belonged there. This time, it was my staff that supported and pushed me. I put myself out there and realized during the process that I was just as experienced and educated on the topics as any of the men in the room. I realized how silly it was that I had let myself feel inferior. I discussed difficult cases and learning opportunities with the men there and learned a lot. I then reached out to the few other women at the conference and really enjoyed the experience. Additionally, I gained a referral connection to a doctor in a nearby town. I could give similar examples from meeting with potential investors for our upcoming Every Man a King Distilling company or a number of other times. With each step out of my comfort zone, past the fear phase, I learn and grow and realize a greater potential for myself and family. So, reach out to the other women in your area whether you’re selling skin care from home or running a large company. Women who are in the position that you seek can be immensely helpful. Every single one of those women that I’ve approached has been more than willing to help and provide advice and counsel. They have been where you are.

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They know the struggles and you will find no better support. When I first took on the daunting task of starting my own medical practice from the ground up, I called a doctor with a practice in New Orleans I had never met before, but heard speak once. She gave me tons of advice; I even drove down to New Orleans where she showed me around her practice, educated me on staff training and patient flow. I remain in touch with her to this day, and she continues to give advice about how to balance work and life as mother, which is something we’re both still working on. If any of you have the answer, please let us know. By taking a chance and reaching out, I’ve gained invaluable knowledge from a colleague that became a friend. Diversify your inner circle. Include men and women from different backgrounds and race. Don’t rely solely on your immediate networks like your fellow school moms or high school friends. Put yourself out there. Meet women from other backgrounds who will help educate you and provide access to new networks you otherwise wouldn’t meet. I have been blessed to meet so many amazing women doing things for themselves, their families and their communities. I am embarrassed that I once complained about how hard it is to make female friends in Shreveport.

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the workplace. Let’s change that through thoughtful and deliberate networking and support of other women. Offer mentorship when you can and take it when you need it. Look into local activities you can participate in, push yourself outside your comfort zone, and have fun doing it. RESOURCES ›Lean › in: Women, Work, and the will to lead. B Sheryl Sandberg & Nell Scovell ›Some › assembly required: A Networking Guide for Women By Thom Singer Dr. Lindsey Pennington is a Cosmetic Facial Plastic Surgeon in Shreveport-Bossier, she runs her

Ladies in Leadership at the Petroleum Club If you can relate, then it may take more effort and more thought than the standard male networking. Even though my husband has not had to dedicate the time or apply any of these strategies, he seems to be doing just fine professionally. That’s not a surprise, because women have historically had to work harder to get to the top of


own private practice medical office. In addition, she is a co-founder and proprietor of Every Man A King Distillery and CEO of The Revenir Restaurant. She is the mother of a 15-month-old girl, who is her pride and joy. She works daily to balance work and mothering, “not always gracefully” and finds her best support both professionally and at home in local women who love building up other women.

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he beginning of each new school year was always one of my favorite times when I was a little girl. The excitement of seeing all of my friends again after not seeing them for a whole summer. The excitement of finding out who my new teacher was going to be and which of my friends were going to be in my homeroom class. It was all just so exciting. One of my very favorite parts of a new school year was getting all of my new school supplies. Brand new pencils, brand new erasers, glue, crayons‌ And I especially loved my new notebooks. Ahh...Fresh notebooks! Not one page torn,

smeared, tattered or marked on. I especially loved writing on that very first page. I don't know why but it just seemed that on that first page I always tried my hardest to write as cleanly and neatly as I possibly could. To me, my

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notebook was a symbol of a fresh start, a new beginning. I would always think back to how tattered and torn my old, messy notebook was from the year before. You see, all of the old tattered and torn notebwooks were all once new, fresh notebooks as well, but after a year of wear and tear due to lessons, assignments and challenges, my notebook was simply banged up. The new, fresh notebook had endless possibilities. What lessons would be accomplished in this new notebook? What learning challenges were ahead of me that would fill this notebook? Just the idea of it all was so exciting to me. Each year, I would start off carefully trying to make sure I didn't mess up or make a mistake that would cost me to tear out a page, erase a blunder or even have it marked through with a red pen. T h e

I reeeeeally didn't love the red ink on my pages, so much when I was little, I would get so nervous when I would see my work marked in red, especially if there were marks all over the assignment. And I couldn't wait to get through each assignment because there was always a new fresh, clean page waiting to be used right after that messy used-up one. But here's the deal, as I grew up and matured, I realized that the red ink was actually something to learn from. I began looking forward to seeing what my teacher had written because I knew that ultimately it would be something to help me improve my assignment for the next page. Let's think about something. What if we had notebooks that represented our own lives? What would they look like after a year of living? I can only imagine all of the "red marks" that would give color to many of the pages in my own lifenotebook. There is no d o u b t that there wou l d also be many pages

I can also speculate that there would be pages highlighted where I would want others to see where I had actually made some wonderful progress in my life story. You see, each chapter of our life brings with it lessons‌ Sometimes very hard and humbling lessons. Throughout our lives, we will discover things about ourselves that we cannot possibly imagine at this point. There will be tasks ahead of us that will challenge us in ways that will stretch our heart, our mind and our spirit. If your life was lived out on that fresh new notebook, what do you think it would look like at the end of the year? Would it look brand-spanking new at the end of the year? I hope not! I would hope there would be all kinds of lessons, challenges, tests and stories that would tell the world of your work. Mistakes? Absolutely. This is how we learn! Red ink? Pages torn out? Yes! Without a doubt! How else would we receive wisdom, courage and strength of character? Each fresh new page, however, is up to you as to how it will be written. Take pride in those old, banged-up, tattered notebooks of life. Those lessons are invaluable. All of our life lessons are purposeful and good. Take advantage of every fresh

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red "teacher" pen... Remember those? The red teacher pen was used when the teacher needed to give special attention to my work that had mistakes on it. She would then use that very same red pen to write down different ways I could improve upon that particular assignment.

torn out where I would wish to forget some of my decisions. In fact, many pages would most probably mysteriously disappear for fear that anyone else would know about these poor decisions. I bet there would be many scratch outs, erases and markthroughs where I learned from and tried to correct my errors.

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This year come boogie the night away with music from The Good News Band, enjoy stellar cuisine, funky cocktails, far out entertainment, a slammin’ silent auction and some out of this world surprises! Tickets are limited so be there or be square! Grab your foxy duds and we’ll catch you on the flip side!


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Meet Stephen Williams, Candidate For Lincoln Parish Sheriff

Family, Faith & Lincoln Parish

Lincoln Parish is wonderful place to live, work and raise a family. One of the people who has helped make it a safe place to live is Stephen Williams, who has overseen all departments and programs in the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office as Chief Deputy. In 2004, the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office implemented a plan to protect our children. The presence of a uniformed Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s deputy is a constant reminder that school safety has been and will continue to be of utmost importance.

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Stephen is married to Laundi (Hanson), and they have three children – daughter Reagan and sons Cade and Jordan. He and his family attend Trinity United Methodist Church.

“As sheriff of Lincoln Parish I will continue and expand the existing School Safety Program. And in my administration, school safety will be a top priority.” - Lincoln Parish Chief Deputy Stephen Williams

Paid for by96 Stephen Williams for Sheriff, 1765 Williams Road, Choudrant, Louisiana 71227

Branding 101 part 2

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nce you have created your logo -- the visual representation of your brand -- it’s time to show it off! Creating strategic marketing pieces to promote your brand is an important investment – but sometimes it’s hard to know where to begin.

To get started, we recommend a few key pieces:

Business Card

Brochure or Postcard

Branded Apparel

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This little card can open 1,000 doors – it’s crucial to have a professional, polished card in your pocket. Whether you choose to work with a designer, DIY, or utilize the design services at your printer, make sure you check these important things off the list:

A printed promotional piece is a great tool for spreading the word about your products and services. Depending on the purpose and message of your company, there are several helpful formats available.

1) Keep it simple – Your business card

big story to tell or lots of products to promote, a brochure is your best option. The layout, design, and content of a brochure usually require the help of a professional designer.

should be clean, clear, and to the point. Make your logo, name, and contact information the focal point, and keep everything else to a minimum.

2) Upgrade – Choose a premium paper

1) Brochure – If your company has a

2) Rack Card – If you want to give

option – trust us on this! A heavier cardstock will automatically create a better first impression – and your cards will have a longer shelf-life.

potential customers a quick read in an attractive format, a 3x8˝ rack card is our pick. Rack cards offer the perfect amount of space to highlight your business and show off your logo.

3) Spellcheck – and then spellcheck again! There is nothing worse than 1,000 brand-new business cards with one wrong number or letter. Check your spelling, phone numbers, and details – and then send the proof to a friend or two for back-up.

3) Postcard – A postcard is a fantastic, low-cost way to spread the word about your business. Whether you choose to mail them or hand them out in person, postcards can really show off your logo, one or two business highlights, plus a coupon or discount code.

Y’all know everybody loves a free t-shirt – get your brand out into the world by making everyone an ambassador! Shirts, caps, and tote bags are the most popular and most utilized promotional products – invest in items your customers and fans will love!

1) Shirts –Make sure your logo is prominent, and choose neutral colors than anyone could wear. 2) Caps – Baseball-style caps are an eternal classic, and they make a fantastic giveaway! Invest in a great cap with an embroidered logo. 3) Tote Bags – From the park to the beach to ballgames, tote bags are an essential item for every family! Large, stylish, and sturdy are three things we look for in a great bag – and you can create your own online, or call on a local company to ensure great quality and service.

Creating merchandise for your business is a big investment – and we would love to help!



Getting Others Aware Today Successfully BY DANNI BRADFORD


Currently, SocialGoats is based in three states: Georgia, uthor and motivational speaker Rasheed Ongunlau once said, “It is not blindly pushing your own agenda that Louisiana and Texas. Within these states they have partnered will enrich the world. It is your ability and willingness with many entrepreneurs to build a radio station that offers to understand, appreciate, anticipate, address, serve and an array of topics. Some of the most prominent shows are support the lives of others that will.” Since its inception in “The Setup” and “Wheww Chile,” where members discuss 2017, SocialGoats’ has strived to be a beacon to its community topics ranging from celebrity gossip, to questions concerning everyday life, and some by uplifting, supporting and political influences. Another serving others. Moreover, important program is this organization has “Unplugged,” where local been a heavy influence talents are invited to in utilizing its resources showcase their talents, to promote the talents of inform listeners of their local entrepreneurs and upcoming events, and show artists. This article allows themselves in a more candid readers to get a glimpse of light. The shows listed are a who SocialGoats is, while fraction of what SocialGoats understanding the obstacles offers; however, with each that they have faced since program one thing remains their establishment. true, shedding a positive In September 2017, light on the good in the Shreveport native Darien Shreveport Urban Film Festival sponsors community. Willis decided to form SocialGoats has worked diligently to reach the status that SocialGoats, which stands for Socially Getting Others Aware Today, Successfully. He designed the organization to “bring they are at now, but this has come with its share of hardships. light to the unlit, and let their voices be heard.” Additionally, Vice President Danni Bradford spoke with us on those he wanted to develop an organization that would reach challenges. Like all nonprofits, the organization has faced a children in urban areas. Still in its infant stages, SocialGoats financial challenge. Coupled with the challenges of bringing awareness to the organization, while continuing the mission, has obtained record momentum.


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has indeed brought on its share of frustration. However, Danni states that the motivation for continuing is “understanding why we started.” With a keen understanding of business, she knows that in every organization whether for profit or not, “consistency and motivation” are key ingredients to longevity. Additionally, she understands that she must remain strong when facing challenges, so that her “Goats,” as they are rightfully called, are able to continue even in their discouragement. Danni believes that “the body is only as strong as the head,” so she continues to motivate, encourage and uplift her members when needed. Furthermore, she continues to push past these challenges to ensure that SocialGoats becomes the organization that it was designed to be. Not dwelling on the obstacles of the organization, Danni has outlined the future of the organization. First, she would like to see the brand recognized on a national level. As previously mentioned, SocialGoats currently has seeds in Louisiana, Texas and Georgia, in the coming years they would like to add Alabama and Mississippi to complete the Southeastern region. It should be noted that they while these states

are first, the ultimate goal is to have a hand in all 50 states. Secondly, she would like to focus more on displaying p o s i t i v e messages, so that children in the community are being influenced in an encouraging manner. To achieve this goal, the SocialGoats have plans to expand their media outlet to include a children’s program, in addition to creating an afterschool program. Lastly, they plan to research more artists to give the platform needed to showcase their talents. SocialGoats is more than just another podcast or radio station. It’s an organization designed to uplift its community members. In their two years, they have been a part of projects such as Teen Summit 2018, which is a mentoring program for high school students. Additionally, they partnered with local leader Daryl Joy Walters in last year’s Winter Talent Showcase.

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With this event, not only did it give exposure to some of has made them a staple in the Shreveport community. Shreveport’s rising stars but was it also a drive to collect clothes Additionally, they are making strides to do the same across the nation. And as exciting and coats for those in need. as these two years have been, Most recently, they hosted the there is so much more left to “Crank that Test Tour,” where discover. There’s more talent they went to several local to discover, more children to schools and held pep rallies in influence, and a community hopes of motivating children to uplift. to do well during state testing, As Saji Ijiyemi, author of while alleviating the stress. Don’t Die Sitting, says, “You Lastly, they participated in are either supporting the the JMAX Realty Backpack vision or supporting division.” and School Supplies drive, SocialGoats is proud to be the end of the summer a supporter of everyone’s bash that assist parents and vision. And if you would children, in ensuring they like to assist in helping their have the necessary items for a With celeb Darrien Henson organization, you can visit successful school year. There is no doubt that SocialGoats is on the rise to There you can learn more about them becoming one of the most influential organizations around. and view past content. Additionally, they can be found on all Catering to all audiences, it incorporates news, entertainment social media outlets under the name SocialGoats, Inc. and community service into one conglomerate. Even with the challenges that the organization has faced, their perseverance


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FROM HER PERSPECTIVE: MISS LOUISIANA 2019 “Are pageants even still relevant?”


t 22 years old with nearly seven years of involvement with the Miss Louisiana Organization — three years of competing for and one year of serving as state titleholder with the Miss Louisiana’s Outstanding Teen Organization, and then going on three years of competing for the Miss Louisiana title, these were questions I received fairly regularly. What many did not realize about the Miss America Organization when asking about its relevancy is that it is the largest scholarship provider for young women in the world, and as a first-generation college student needing all of the scholarship money I could get, competing in a pageant that would provide me those scholarships was completely relevant. So to me, it did not matter how long it took, I had a dream that needed to be fulfilled, and as my mom has always liked to so fondly call it, I’ve always been a bit “strong-willed.” Don’t get me wrong — my dream to be Miss Louisiana has not always been so clear cut. In fact, after two years of competing, I felt like God was leading me in a different direction, so I took the 2018 competition off. Little did I know, however, that ironically my time away from Miss Louisiana is what would prepare me MOST for Miss Louisiana. During my year off, I went on to become heavily involved on campus at LSUS, even serving as SGA president for my university. I had really begun to enjoy my time away and had even started to consider not coming back to compete. But once again God’s plan prevailed, and I went on to compete for and be crowned the Miss Louisiana preliminary titleholder of the Miss Louisiana Watermelon Festival. It was the most fun, supportive year of preparation I have ever had throughout my years of competing. So much of my winning Miss Louisiana is owed to being Miss Louisiana Watermelon Festival. I am so clearly reminded daily of God’s grace and perfect timing. Since being crowned Miss Louisiana 2019, my year has been a complete, utter whirlwind. You know the movie “Princess Diaries” when Amelia learns she’s the Princess of Genova and overnight her life went from pauper to princess? Yeah. That’s my life. Overnight I gained a new home on ULM campus where the university so kindly sponsors a beautiful apartment by the bayou, a new vehicle provided by JPS Ford in Arcadia, and a new job — all of which I get to keep for a year.

“Are you sure you still want to compete? Aren’t you getting a little too old to be dedicating so much into a pageant?” I’m now almost two months into the job, and I still find myself waking up in the mornings pinching myself, afraid it’s all a dream. But I guess it is — only it’s a dream come true. While being Miss Louisiana is fun, it is not all glitz and glamour. It’s a job, and a real, challenging job at that. And with only a year to live this dream, it’s my goal to not allow a single day go to waste. In addition to preparing for the Miss America competition being held in December, I’ve set forth several goals and initiatives I intend to accomplish throughout my year of service. I’m learning every day the wide variety of hats that Miss Louisiana wears — from speaking to students at schools to serving as the official hostess of the state. But one of my personal first priorities is to serve as an ambassador for my social impact initiative, the Northwest Louisiana YWCA Leadership Empowerment and Development (LEAD) Program, working to establish the LEAD program in all five of our YWCA locations throughout the state. Secondly, I will advocate for our Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, as that is the Miss America Organization’s national philanthropy, and visit all five of our CMN Hospitals in Louisiana as well as raise funds for the foundation. Throughout this journey, I am focusing on cherishing every moment and remaining grateful. I have been blown away by all of the love and support I have received so far, and I can only hope to make my state and hometown of Bossier City, Louisiana, proud as my year continues.

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Wine, Dine and Equine 6:00-10:00 pm at Hill Country Village. Benefitting The Arc Caddo-Bossier’s GREAT program





Senior Class of 2020 LOYOLA COLLEGE PREP



presents 67th annual Style Show and Luncheon




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102. Events OCTOBER 22


Shreveport convention center | doors open at 10:45 am $45 at the door | $40 in advance

Sponsored by the Loyola Parents Association

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October 11-13 October 18-20

Nov 29-Dec 1

beginning Sept. 13th


November 8-10 Homecoming Weekend



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A Dynamic team of Women Helping Women

Holly Roca is an agent known for empowering real life “wonder women” to pursue their real estate goals. Holly and her savvy, creative and compassionate team proudly support and serve the women of this community, treating each other like family. With Roca’s team you don’t just get a real estate expert and a new home, you get the loyalty of confidentiality and friendship for years to come.

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