Lola Magazine November/December 2018

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46 Is it in Your Jeans or Your Genes? The real answers on those hard to lose pounds 64 Attitude of Gratitude How gratitude can rewire your brain 78 Integrate Your Health/Food for thought The connection between gut health and mental health 130 Nailed It The inside scoop on today’s nail trends


92 Fight Like Emilie Foundation Fighting for others in memory of Emilie 110 Rain or Shine Teachers keeping our kids safe, no matter the elements 34 Home for The Holidays An inside look into the heart of adoption 115 Dream Nurseries Beautiful baby nurseries full of whimsical design and sweet details



12 Hostess with the Mostess 5, 4, 3, 2, 1- A countdown to New Year’s Eve entertaining 30 In The Navy When blue is your color with Space:interiors 122 Christmas Cocktails and Cocoa 125 Tired of Turkey Your ideas on spicing up holiday meals 127 The Boss Chef Hardette Harris shares her favorite recipe for Holiday Chicken 83 Holiday Dining with Design Designer’s table setting tips for magical holiday celebrations

20 That’s A Wrap! Your guide to wrapping the perfect presents 40 Tinsel, Trees & Twinkle Lights Christmas traditions come alive with the Iubas family 53 Think outside the Box A creative list for the hard to gift 69 The Great Lola-Day Giveaway 2018 98 Be Merry, Be Bright and Be Truthful Get laughs with this family’s Christmas card funnies


8 Barbra Sugar A special tribute to a life well lived 24 Lola Lady Jodie Glorioso 60 Three Generations Singing 87-year-old promotes family and faith through YouTube channel 104 Hope, Humor and Humility During the Holidays Keeping it Real with Teri Netterville 144 From Her Perspective Gemma Zuniga 134 Guided Rock A reminder that God’s message is a stone's throw away 139 Must Attend Events

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Go Jesus, it’s your birthday!

everal times over the last couple of months, as our team has worked to bring you this issue of Lola Magazine, we have been asked, “Can we say Merry Christmas, or should we say Happy Holidays, to stay politically correct?” Typically, our policy is to steer clear of actual politics. We see all different points of view, and we love people from all walks of life. But when it comes to JESUS and CHRISTmas, we may be a little “politically incorrect,” and that is OK by me. A little cliché, but the truth is, Jesus is the reason for the season, and HE gives us so many reasons to celebrate. I seriously LOVE the holiday season. My sweet husband has learned to just let me do my thing when it comes to decorating for Christmas. On Nov. 1, my Christmas trees come out, all four of them! My philosophy is, as much work as it takes to decorate for Christmas, you might as well enjoy it for as long as possible. In my case, that’s November through mid-January. Nothing beats the glow of Christmas lights and a cozy cup of coffee. Not to say because of my Christmas decorating obsession, I am on top of all my holiday tasks. I am a last-minute shopper; a really last-minute wrapper, and my family Christmas cards get mailed out about every other year. As much as I relish in holiday magic, it can also send me into full panic mode once or twice each year, but holidays with my family and friends will always be one of my life’s favorite blessings. This issue of Lola Magazine is loaded with Thanksgiving and Christmas goodies. From creating beautiful holiday tables to wrapping the perfect gift, we have you covered. Learn why a spirit of gratitude is so important this Thanksgiving and get a giggle with Christmas card funnies. These pages are filled with stories of fortitude and families that inspire. The holidays seem to fly by every year and before we know it we are left with bags of crumbled wrapping paper, refrigerators full of leftovers, and not nearly enough AA batteries. Before it comes and goes, may we all enjoy the moments and be grateful for people with whome we share these moments. All of them, even the Uncle Eddie type. Thank you all for another great year of Lola Magazine. From our Lola family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving and MERRY, MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Blessings, Bevin


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Maddox also recognizes that Home Federal has allowed him the opportunity to work in a very female-centric work environment. He is proud to work alongside the professional women in HFB’s mortgage lending division and those in the local real estate industry. Maddox added, “I continue to be impressed by the professionalism and heart these women show every single day. It is a joy to work alongside them because they are uniquely aware of the challenges and pitfalls that await families looking to purchase a home. These women are exceptional at guiding their clients through the oftenoverwhelming process of home ownership.”

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Barbara Sugar A Tribute to Celebrate a LIFE WELL LIVED

was and we are here to celebrate the beautiful life that was Barbara Sugar, and to acknowledge that we will never again experience the brilliance in which she lived it.


er children, Melissa and Ashley, her beloved grandchildren, her devoted sisters and the multitude of those who called her friend experienced first-hand the magnificence of Barbara’s love and the unique way she expressed it. Indeed, she was special. Each of us has our own stories that we will keep always and on occasions, share with others. She will live on in our retellings of the great and original person that she was. Our stories, as entertaining and special as they may be, will never be articulated to fully express who she was to those who did not know her: The uniqueness that was Mrs. Sugar. To others she was a dazzling woman who wore designer clothes and stunning jewelry as if it was tailored made just for her. Most have never seen a walking spectacle who would stop and then make the most inappropriate statement as if she just were giving directions. You never knew if it was a deliberate set up for a Candid Camera show, or if it was just what it was, a woman who never met a stranger and who just wanted to know your opinion and thought. If she had a question to ask, rest assured, it was asked. She was a sponge for knowledge and had her own special way of explaining what she knew; she entertained you. You

may also have need of the decoded handbook to know what she actually meant to say. WD40 was a tax return. ADVD was Attention Deficit Disorder. Zantac, well, she actually meant Xanax, and Crick was meant for those she thought were on Crack. Yes, she had her own language and we were uneducated until we got to know her and the Barbara Sugar Style. If you knew her, intimately knew her, then your life was sweeter for it - Sugar Sweet. And, I knew her. I knew her heart and she knew mine. She was my best friend, my confidant, the one who since my own mother died, looked at me adoringly, and I her. I am told by my faith to not put up my treasures in this earthly world for one day all of this will end. I am told to put my treasures up in Heaven so they will be safe for all eternity. Well, one of my greatest treasures is now in Heaven because we talked about Jesus and about Him being her Lord and Savior. Barbara had concerns that her choice of colorful words of expression might keep her on this side of the pearly gates, but I assured her that He knew her heart just as we do and that her mouth probably would be washed clean, and the angels would definitely have their task ahead in teaching her a more

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angelic way of expressing her thoughts. Barbara, may your wings have sparkles and your halo have lights as you continue on your journey with the knack of never meeting a stranger as you walk the Halls of Heaven with your beloved Alan. Godspeed my dearest of dears, know that you were are and will always be - loved. I am Hugh Johnson and yesterday my heart was broken. Today we celebrate Hugh Johnson with Barbara Sugar her life and tomorrow we will see each other again with great joy. Please raise your glass: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, only Our Lord knows which one you are. Shining brightly like a diamond in the sky, you beautiful, beautiful little star… Barbara Ann Sugar. Alan and Barbara Sugar

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Serve a crowd-pleasing classic cocktail Don’t overwhelm yourself with trying to stock your bar with everyone’s favorite. Serve a nice champagne and a classic vodka martini with several garnishes.



ow that the holidays are in full swing, 2019 is just around the corner and it's time to start thinking about where you'll be come New Year’s Eve. But between searching for the perfect gift for your hard to please (insert in-law of choice) and making sure all the kids have matching outfits, there’s still plenty to do before 2018 comes to a close. Planning another soiree is probably last on your list, so it’s understandable if you literally can't even. With that in mind, we have a few tips to perfect your celebration for the turning of another year. If there's one thing I know, it’s how to throw together a gathering amidst a million other things. So take my advice and keep it small. It's way more fun to have a few fun people you know than to invite a hundred people only to have a disaster zone in your house the next day.


Auld Lang Syne learn the words

We all know you need a great soundtrack to set the mood for a party, and you have to play the midnight traditional song… so learn the words. We’ve put them in this article just for you!

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Make spirits bright

Get silly with festive items like push pop confetti and streamers. Set out lots of votive candles and turn lights low. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on decor because your house is already decorated for the holidays!

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Make-ahead dishes

Mini crab cakes are a great dish that can be made in advance and frozen, then popped in the oven during cocktail hour. Smoked salmon is another favorite of mine that can be smoked a couple days in advance and stored in the fridge until party time. Take advantage of your husband using the smoker for another item prior to, it only takes the salmon about 20 minutes.

Let me explain… After a million holiday parties, sweet potato pie, and grandma’s coconut cake, you won’t be alone in thinking you may die if you see another piece of pie! Try serving something easy on you and easy to just have a bite of something sweet if anyone changes their mind. We placed store-bought chocolate truffles on a skewer and placed them on top of shots of port wine for a fun celebratory end to dinner without a lot of “weight.”

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What is ‘Auld Lang Syne’ and why do we sing it on NYE?


e’ve all heard the melody and mumbled some version of what we think it says after the clock strikes midnight, but do we really know the words or what they mean? It’s the ultimate mondegreen -- mishearing of a phrase in a way that gives it new meaning. As the story goes, in the 1780s poet Robert Burns sent the poem “Auld Lang Syne” to the Scots Musical Museum indicating that it was an ancient song but that he’d been the first to record it on paper. The phrase “auld lang syne” roughly translates to “for old times’ sake,” and the song is all about preserving old friendships and looking back over the events of the year. It became a tradition in mostly English-speaking countries to mark the end of something or for old times’ sake. What we do know for sure is that Canadian bandleader Guy Lombardo helped make it a New Year’s Eve tradition in the United States. Before Dick Clark started his Rockin’ New Year’s Eve, there was a concert hosted by Lombardo. Lombardo made “Auld Lang Syne” the theme song in 1929 and it quickly became an institution that would span generations for a send off of the old year and into the new. So, what does it really say? Here are the English translated lyrics:

Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And auld lang syne. CHORUS For auld lang syne, my jo, For auld lang syne. We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet, For auld lang syne.

And surely ye’ll be your pint-stowp! And surely I’ll be mine! And we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet, For auld lang syne. REPEAT CHORUS

We twa hae run about the braes And pu’d the gowans fine But we’ve wander’d mony a weary foot Sin auld lang syne. REPEAT CHORUS We twa hae paidl’d i’ the burn Frae mornin’ sun till dine. But seas between us braid hae roar’d Sin auld lang syne. REPEAT CHORUS And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere! And gie’s a hand o’ thine! And we’ll tak a right guid willy waught, For auld lang syne. REPEAT CHORUS Should old acquaintance be forgot, And never brought to mind? Should old acquaintance be forgot, And long, long ago. REPEAT CHORUS And for long, long ago, my dear For long, long ago. We’ll take a cup of kindness yet For long, long ago. REPEAT CHORUS And surely you’ll buy your pint-jug! And surely I’ll buy mine! And we’ll take a cup of kindness yet For long, long ago. REPEAT CHORUS We two have run about the hills And pulled the daisies fine; But we’ve wandered manys the weary foot Since long, long ago. REPEAT CHORUS We two have paddled in the stream, From morning sun till dine; But seas between us broad have roared Since long, long ago. REPEAT CHORUS And there’s a hand, my trusty friend! And give us a hand of yours! And we’ll take a deep draught of good-will For long, long ago. REPEAT CHORUS

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Crab Cakes SERVES 10 12 oz crab meat 1 egg 2 tsp lemon juice 3 tbsp mayonnaise 1 tsp Sriracha sauce 2 tbsp parsley fresh, chopped 3 green onions chopped ½ cup breadcrumbs I used Panko salt and pepper to taste 1 tbsp olive oil or pan spray • Add all the ingredients (except the olive oil) to a bowl and gently mix it all together. • Form the crab mixture into patties, depending on how big you want the patties, I get 20 mini patties out of my mixture. Use a small cookie scoop for easy portioning. • If freezing do it now in an airtight container. When ready to cook, preheat oven to 400 and line a sheet tray with foil and brush on olive oil or spray. Cook 20-25 mins until brown on top. • Serve with your favorite remoulade.

Late Night

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Waffle Bar

1¾ cups flour 2 tablespoons sugar 1 tablespoon baking powder 2 lg eggs 1¾ cups milk ½ cup butter, melted and cooled 2 tsp vanilla • In a large mixing bowl combine all wet ingredients together • Beat until well blended • In another bowl add all dry ingredients and slowly start to add them to the wet • ingredients • Mix all ingredients until everything is good and wet (don’t over mix) • Cook in a waffle maker according to makers instructions


ven if you’ve had a nice dinner earlier in the evening, sometimes after midnight (if you’re still awake) you need another snack. I like to keep the dinner light and have a little surprise for guests who go the distance. A fancy waffle is just the ticket, it also goes with champagne… or maybe you prefer mimosa? You can make this batter the morning of the party, serve half to your kids and reserve the other half for the party. Put a few fresh berries out, syrup, and whipped cream.

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Kissing at Midnight:


Kissing at the stoke of midnight is a tradition with ancient roots. It’s thought to bring good luck to ward off evil winter spirits.

This goes back to ancient times once again, when people would light firecrackers and even beat drums to spook evil spirits away.

Popping Champagne: YELLOW RIBBON

The bubbly beverage has been used for religious rituals since the late 1700s. By the 1900s the producers of Champagne started marketing for celebrations when they increased purchasing power for ordinary people. Martin’s in New York could have spurred the tradition we know today when they served “Champagne only” after 9 p.m. at a New Year’s Eve party in 1937.

Why do we have the traditions we have?


New Year’s Resolution: Messing up and promising to do better next time may be a uniquely human instinct that has no season, but making a New Year’s resolution dates back to ancient times. They were not merely resolutions for selfimprovement, they were required to make an oath to the sitting King and considered essential to keep the kingdom in the gods’ favor.

Money, Money, Money:


Lots of traditions usher in riches for the new year. From the Filipinos wearing polka dots to symbolize prosperity to the southern United States eating blackeyed peas, collard greens, and cornbread because they resemble gold coins, dollar bills, and shiny gold. A huge number of New Year’s traditions are all about the money.

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Presenting perfectly adorned gifts this Christmas! WRITTEN BY TANYA MCMASTER • PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRITTANY STRICKLAND




Brown butcher paper… inexpensive and can be used for other gift giving as well. Add strips of Christmas plaid or denim fabric cut with pinking shears, tuck in twigs, fresh greenery, cotton bolls, and pinecones…works perfectly for a rustic, outdoor, hunting theme. White butcher paper is great for allowing

children to draw and write on the paper with waterproof colored markers, then tie it all up with brightly colored ribbon, add candy canes, and other festive baubles to the bow…tag with brightly colored construction paper cut in squares or rectangles, or even Christmas-tree shaped.

Buy coordinating papers, or reversible paper

that can be cut and wrapped in an overlapping design. Layer the ribbon over this and add a fun, plump bow.

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Try wrapping the lids of shoe boxes in one paper and the bottom of the box in another, tie it all with a beautiful ribbon for an easy-to-open present!

Make name tags in special shapes and colors for each family member’s gifts. This makes it easy when passing out gifts on those bustling Christmas



For those who love vintage and antique treasures, wrap gifts using vintage hankies, doilies, or napkins instead of paper or use these vintage treasures to replace the tissue inside a box…the receiver then gets another keepsake along with the gift. Add lovely old ribbons and adorn the bow with vintage ornaments or jewelry, or a tiny photo frame. If the receiver loves to cook, adorn with vintage cookie cutters.

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Try these ideas for the perfect way to wrap your gift giving this holiday season!



Coordinate the tissue paper inside a

box with the gift itself. Select a colored tissue that will enhance the gift inside…if not using colored tissue, then go for traditional white. The gift will look its best when wrapped in the perfect color of tissue. Gift bags are always easy, just remember to add plenty of tissue popping out of the top.



Think outside the box and use nice shoe

bags, or even pillow cases to nestle a gift into… look for vintage flour sacks to wrap things in… again, the receiver gets an added bonus gift of the sack/bag.

Good quality pre-decorated boxes,

lovely wicker or straw lidded baskets/boxes, or metal lidded containers are always a great and easy way to wrap quickly. Just tie the perfect ribbon around it and make sure to use a great tissue inside it. These are ready to go in a jiffy. Also, these can be stored away and used year after year…designate themed boxes that pertain to certain family members. These loved ones will begin to search with anticipation for “their” special boxes tucked under the tree!

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10. Save bits and pieces of ribbon. You can

enhance a regular bow by adding these pieces into it. Learn how to make your own ribbon bows, it is really easy! Then you can enjoy creating unique and perfectly sized bows for all your gifts, wreaths, and other holiday decorations.

11. I avoid any type of premade or store-bought

bows and only use the plastic-coated paper ribbon for quick gift bag bows or to enhance gift bottles of wine. I save the ribbon from balloon bouquets and use several colors together, stripping them with scissors the old-fashioned way for curly cue ends. This makes a great pop of colorful ribbon “fireworks” for a festive New Year’s Eve gift bottle of champagne.

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A Window into her Soul Jodie Glorioso

Passions, Produce and Philanthropy


In a home with her mother’s piano playing and Grandfather’s opera singing voice - classical music was always at the forefront of her childhood.


f the eyes are the window into the soul, the voice is the echo.” Jodie Glorioso’s opening line to her Centenary Students on the first day of Voice for the Stage class. A constant champion of all things art in our community, Jodie Glorioso has dedicated her life to the arts, and thankfully she belongs to Shreveport/Bossier City. Building art communities is not an easy feat, yet those who live and play in Shreveport/Bossier City have access to something artistic every night of the week. Films, art walks, galleries, live music, fashion shows, gourmet meals - all creative, all art, all here in the SBC thanks to those that help cultivate our thriving arts community. Jodie is quick to explain that nothing is done alone, but those around town know she is certainly one of our art cornerstones as well as an advocate for the community. Her calling is a spiritual one as her love of all things art penetrates to the depths of her soul. Every part of Jodie is embedded with art from her fashion choices and art gallery downtown to her teaching career and family produce company, Santa Maria. Each and every aspect of her life embodies art in some form or fashion. Her love affair with the stage began at a tender age in the 1950‘s as one of the child ushers with the Shreveport Little Theatre wearing a dress, Mary Jane type shoes and the loveliest shade of blue velvet cape with matching Tam cap - every little girl’s dream. Being raised in a home with her mother’s piano playing and Grandfather’s opera singing voice - classical music was always at the forefront of her childhood. The musical background coupled with her love of the theatre was encouraged by the Nuns at St. Vincent’s as a grade school girl which is where she

had her first taste of theater life. However, it was Shakespeare that sealed her fate when she was able to join the traditional all boys Jesuit’s spring production her Junior year - the year Jesuit allowed girls to join for the first time. Jodie studied theatre at Loyola University in New Orleans and completed her degree at her beloved Centenary College where she has taught a Voice for the Stage class since 2003. Gaining entry into a master’s program in Dallas, a highly competitive degree at the time, Jodie graduated with a Masters of Performing Arts with an acting emphasis which gave her the credentials necessary to lead her fabulous life. As a mentor, Jodie cited that piece of paper as most important for those looking to pursue a career in acting/ performing arts or any type of art medium. She explained how that one piece of paper affords the ability to be able to be in a classroom on a collegiate level. Those serious about this journey must have this degree in order to provide benefits and still preach their passions. Fueling her acting and performing love, teaching allows her creative energies to flow, yet her greatest thrill is taking the stage with her students. From intimate surroundings to performing in the “GREAT LADY” as Jodie calls the majestic Strand Theatre - all stages suit as she said best, “If you are blessed enough to get a role in the Theatre”. Jodie is often quick to explain the easiest ways to support

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our performing art community is simply by buying tickets or showing up to the events and while she holds the theatre near and dear, attending the events is another avenue of her passions. Using her chic fashion style, she is an icon in Shreveport/Bossier City - always dressed thoughtfully to match the occasion. Her favorite form of creative expression - fashion helps to heighten her theatre experience and emerge her into the event. To become one with the performance as a watcher - she dresses the part so take note as her fashion is carefully thought out.

As an art collector, Jodie has amassed quite the collection of sculptures, jewelry and paintings - her art collection is so large she and dear friend, Rick Rose, opened a gallery to display their collections in downtown Shreveport. All of her art choices reflect her life in terms of people she’s met, places she’s traveled, and pieces that have inspired her. Jodie now runs the Santa Maria Produce Company with her brothers - all third-generation owners. Celebrating 100 years in business in 2021, the company has over 30 workers some of whom have spent their whole working lives with Santa Maria delivering fresh produce daily, serving some customers over 50 years. Radiating from Shreveport, the delivery trucks travel as far South as Lake Charles but also drive to Mississippi, Texas and Arkansas delivering produce from all over the world. When the first delivery trucks rolled out, Jodie’s grandfather, Charles Maggio applied his passion for art by creating the first public mobile artworks right on the side of his delivery trucks. Hand painted works of art that common folk could easily view such as the well-known Michelangelo Truck of the Last Supper hand painted on canvas and applied directly on the truck still in use today. The last three trucks have kept up with the times using digitized artwork, but be sure to look for the American flag on each truck. It was important to Mr. Maggio to show his love of this country, the country that embraced him and provided a beautiful way of life for generations delivering fresh produce to those that would otherwise not have this opportunity. Jodie says our art community is alive and well because of other’s work, but I think we have Jodie to thank for being a champion of our area’s arts. Always. She’s always been there, in some form or fashion. Either behind the scenes or stealing the show, she’s always had our hearts. Protector of the Arts Jodie Glorioso.

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NAVY SPACE: INTERIORS was recently called to a lovely new home nestled into the verdant pastures of Bossier City.


e work quite a bit in Bossier and love it when folks want to break from the “li’l brown box” and try something that is more individual and unique! That is just what we found with the Rhodes. This newlywed couple had just settled into their new home and needed a smidge of help pulling everything together. Alex (the wife) already had the walls painted white and had decided to use navy blue as her accent color. Few palettes look crisper and more modern than blue and white, and I absolutely LOVE it! In the living room, we relocated a couple of navy chairs to a seating area

adjacent the kitchen and added two new grey linen chairs from Nader’s Gallery. These were lighter, had a more modern shape and fit our overall aesthetic better. A super cool, round concrete coffee table (CB2) with an amazing ombre’ centers the space. We repositioned the existing sofa and simply added graphic pillows with varying shades of blue and white. Flanking the sofa are two smaller steel/terrazzo side tables topped with oversized lamps with purposefully displayed navy-blue cords (Material Things, Monroe). A large abstract now presides over the living area carrying the palette and adding additional shades of

blues and other colors. (TIP: ALL blues go together, look at the sky. Mix them for depth.) The existing dining table had been painted a glossy black and needed equally bold seating. An exhaustive search of worldwide inter-web led me to the perf chairs that have the most richly saturated blue velvet fabric and high gloss woodwork! The nanosecond I saw them I knew the search was over. This dynamic pairing was tempered with a soft, organic rug to help balance the space. (TIP: Don’t force your pieces to compete, let something be the “star” and others “supporting cast.”) Custom

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drapery/shades (Virginia Harris) beautifully ricochet the blues around this large open area. In the master bedroom, we added lamps, a neutral rug, and custom drapery to frame the recessed seating area. You can see how the blue keeps your eye moving around the room. This is a li’l “designer” trick to give a room consistency and cohesiveness. Folks, “you can sail the seven seas” and not find a more balanced, pulledtogether home and that should “put your mind at ease.”


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s the holidays approach, we begin to settle in to the anticipation of the hustle and bustle. We look forward to the joy of the season, and in Louisiana, plead for cooler weather. It is also during this time that we become acutely aware of others around us who experience the holidays differently. We choose to give extra to the food bank, stuff the bus with toys and teach our children the seemingly “hard” lesson that giving is better than receiving. For Dustin and Erin Powell and Terry and Shelley Hamilton, this holiday season is filled with unchartered emotions. Both families share their story of a child who was not abandoned, but chosen through adoption. Chosen to be a Powell, chosen to be a Hamilton, and embraced into a family and community. Children who are escaping perilous circumstances and shown unwavering love and support. Children whose adoptive parents want nothing more than to have them home for the holidays. Dustin and Erin Powell felt called to adoption very early on in their marriage. They agreed that at some point they would explore the possibility, but not setting a time frame as to when it would happen or even how it would happen. Three years into their marriage they had their first child, a baby girl they named Emery Hope. A couple of years later that welcomed

their son, Desmond. When Des was a little over a year old they began to feel the pull of adoption re-emerge. They decided to get serious about this opportunity and began researching what it would look like. They had always kept their eyes and ears opened and paid close attention to those who have adopted before them. Early on it still wasn’t clear what type of adoption they would pursue: Domestic? International? Foster care? There are so many children in need of a forever home, it becomes overwhelming to stay focused on what is right for each family. “Determining God’s plan for our family became a journey in itself,” said Erin. They jumped in and enrolled in foster care classes, but after a few weeks questioned if this was where God wanted them at this time. They dug deep and really focused on discerning the direction of God’s plan. One day, Erin noticed their neighbor’s son from Taiwan drawing with sidewalk chalk on their driveway. She quickly realized that he drew the symbol for BLUE! The Powells felt very clear that God was telling them that they would adopt a boy. Next, they began their research on China’s adoption process that is a special needs-based program. This is not something they had truly considered before but were open to the idea and willing to explore it. “I began really searching my heart and praying for God

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to open our hearts to the special needs He would want us to parent. We were surprised about how open we were to many different conditions,” explained Erin. They spent a lot of time researching the resources available in the area and who they could lean on for information and support. Dustin felt like “all the puzzle pieces were coming together, and a path was being cleared to bring our child home.” The process took 13 months for the Powells, and they were supported by family, friends, and a church community that rallied behind them and became their cheerleaders along the way. The travel was exhausting but nothing could match the feeling of seeing their son, Samson, for the first time. Sam was 2 years old at the time of adoption and he had been institutionalized his entire life. The Powells were careful not to overwhelm him with all the emotions they were feeling and knew that they had to give him space to understand who they were and that they would be his “forever home.” Sam has been home for 6 months now and is doing wonderfully! Because he has spent his entire life sleeping in a crib lined up with 20 others in one room, he would only sleep on Erin’s chest for a while. It was clear that he wanted to feel a closeness that he had missed for 2 years and Erin was thrilled to provide that for him.

With the holidays approaching, they are all looking forward to the many “firsts” experienced with Sam. They have a fall tradition to talk about what they are thankful for and they expect Sam to be at the top of the list! They anticipate seeing his face across the table when the Thanksgiving turkey is served, when the Christmas tree lights up for the first time, and hearing the true meaning of Christmas through the Christmas story. They know that these are things that he would have never had experienced if they didn’t follow the journey. “We are just so grateful to have had this opportunity, to be able to welcome Sam into our home, and know that he was meant to be a Powell forever, “Erin said. As the Powells prepare for the holidays with Sam, the Hamilton family prays and hopes that their adoption process will bring their own daughter home for the holidays. Terry and Shelley Hamilton sought out the adoption of their daughter, Selena, after Terry’s first meeting her on a mission trip. Selena is 9 years old and from Haiti. Terry was part of medical team that served hundreds of Haitians per day. He quickly became frustrated with this process and longed to make a bigger impact in this community. The next day Selena walked into the clinic and turned his world upside down. He treated her as he did the other patients

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It’s more like the odds of you getting lightning to strike a specific place.

but at the end of the day and the trip, he could not get her off of his mind. Shelley felt the same way and at the time had not even met her. After returning to the states, they began to explore the possibility of adopting Selena. They found out that she lived in a tin house with a tarp roof and slept on the floor. She was being raised by her stepmother and rarely saw her birth parents. Her food was scarce, and she only ate once a day. They discovered that there were many seemingly impossible hurdles that they would have to overcome for Selena to be adopted. First and foremost, she wasn’t up for adoption. Terry and Shelley centered themselves into their faith and moved forward. They visited Haiti again 5 months later, and Terry feared that Selena wouldn’t remember him. He had felt so strongly about his connection to her and questioned if she felt the same. He was thrilled when he saw her, and she ran and jumped into his arms. “Yes” he thought, “this is my daughter.” Shelley immediately shared his feelings and was re-energized to fight for this child. Because of the various hurdles, the Hamiltons were told that the chances of adopting Selena were very slim. Specifically, the adoption agency stated, “Your chances of adopting this little girl aren’t like the odds of getting struck by lightning. It’s more like the odds of you getting lightning to strike a specific place.” Though the battle was fierce, it was won and everything fell into place for Shelley and Terry to call Selena their forever child. “Adoption is a up and down roller coaster that bring your emotions all over the place. Most of the time we feel joy, but the past year has been really tough. Seeing her and then having to leave her behind is heartbreaking,” explained Shelley. They anticipated Selena to be home by Christmas, but unfortunately the process is taking longer. Shelly and her husband refuse to give up on the notion that their daughter will make her way home for Christmas. “We know that God can move mountains and will continue to pray that His timing will be perfect.” Like the Powells, they anticipate all of the “firsts” of the holiday season. With tears, Shelley says it best, “To us, Selena is a true gift from God. We absolutely believe she is a gift, so a Christmas homecoming is so fitting, the time of year where faith and family are celebrated the most.”



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lose to the Louisiana/Texas border, a home well known for its amazing Christmas displays brings love and tradition to all that visit. Lights, manger scenes and holiday cheer are the norm for this family where each and every holiday is celebrated in grand fashion - all for the kids. Imagine Easter egg hunts with over 700 eggs, entire rooms filled with collector Christmas villages, even a peppermint room where everything is white/red/silver - every occasion is a celebration where the family gathers. This is life with the Iubas family, where just being a family is reason enough to celebrate. Gail Iubas is a maker of magic and protector of tradition. Pouring every ounce of her energy into the holidays, Gail’s mission is to create heartwarming memories for her family just as her mother did for her. Adopted at the age of 4, Gail and her adopted brother, Gary McDaniel, knew they had hit the parent jackpot. Gail was aware as a young child that older children have less

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“Being chosen by a family to be loved, to be a part of, a forever home - is something she holds dear to her heart.�

chance of finding a family. Being chosen by a family to be loved, to be a part of, a forever home - is something she holds dear to her heart. Garry and Gail, two lucky kids, went from having no family or home to a picturesque situation where they were taught the true meaning of love - the love of a family. Their beloved mother, Claire McDaniel Nolley, taught them to love deeply, laugh a lot, and cherish their traditions, which is exactly what Gail has done. Though the holidays were full of glitz and glamour, Gail and her mother spent countless hours hand-making many ornaments, decorating the home, and purchasing gifts for every family member. Now, as Gail pulls out her boxes of decorations, though they may be tattered or torn, her favorites are the ones she made sitting beside her precious mother, a mother she had always wished for and now had. Some of the ornaments have lost their sparkle, some are too frail to bring out, yet Gail finds great joy at every glance. These are not just things, these are small pieces of her mother’s spirit that still lives within her home. With each room of her home decorated in a theme, color coordinated, and full of life - every time Gail walks past the 1970s felt tree skirt she and her mother made with glue and scissors, she smiles. This treasure has stood the test of time. An otherwise ordinary tree skirt represents everything her mother taught her about love, about life, and most importantly about family. Page 42 | LOLA MAGAZINE | November-December 2018


Gail and her Mother

ehind all of the tinsel, the thousands of outside lights, the sparkles - this home is decorated as a remembrance to person who gave her a family, who gave her a home. A person who gave her unconditional love. Gail’s mother was by her side decorating even at the age of 87. Now, Gail continues the decorating tradition for the next generation of youngsters - her grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Each room in her home is a wonderland with its own theme and tree. Tuxedos and top hats, LSU, woodsy, peppermint - each done with love to bring the family together and make something special of the holiday. She is magic. She is tradition. She is loved.

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diet is best described as a fixed plan of eating and drinking where the type and amount of food is planned out in order to achieve weight loss or follow a particular lifestyle. Personally, I don’t believe in diets because in most cases, diets are NOT sustainable. I support health dietary lifestyles that incorporate clean, fresh, seasonal, nutrient-dense, whole superfoods, supplementation with optimal (not “fairy-dusted” RDA) ingredient levels of nutraceuticals/ supplements, and body movement. If you are following any of the aforementioned diets, let’s talk. Have you ever wondered why certain diets work for some but not all people? There is a scientific rationale. Guess what? It may absolutely be influenced by your genes, i.e., your genetic markers. Are you familiar with this alphabet soup of genes? FTO, PPRA, UCP2, UCP3, APOA2, APOA5, CLOCK, PPARG and VDR. Are you ready to become enlightened? I certainly was when I had an opportunity to be tested. Like me, with these genetic markers you will be able to understand the concept that genes only contribute 20 percent and environment (choices we make) 80 percent to diseases/disorders, i.e., weight issues. FTO is the gene for appetite. Among recently identified obesity-susceptibility genes, there is one gene that has a particularly strong association: FTO. For this reason, the FTO gene is often dubbed “the obesity gene.” Research suggests that carriers of a particular version (A allele) of the FTO gene are biologically hardwired to eat more, feel hungrier sooner and be more responsive to fatty foods. Individuals carrying the A allele have a natural tendency to want

to eat more. They have higher levels of the “hunger hormone” Ghrelin in their system, meaning they are likely to feel hungrier, especially after a meal. Studies also show that their brains respond differently to Ghrelin and to the sight of food, leading to an increased appetite. If you carry just one copy of the A allele, you are 1.3 times more likely to be obese. If you carry two A alleles, you are roughly 1.6 times more likely to be obese. PPARA is the gene for fat burning. The ability to use fat as fuel combined with the distribution of fast and slowtwitch muscle fibers are important factors affecting endurance. As PPARA turns on genes that shift metabolism from carbohydrate burning to fat, this genotype is perfect for those undertaking endurance-oriented activities. However, multiple studies have shown that continuous bouts of endurance training can boost our PPARA levels (and hence our ability to burn fat) regardless of our genotype. The processes of lipid oxidation in the liver and ketosis are important adaptive responses during the fasted state to provide the required energy for the tissues and allow for weight reductions. UCP2 is one of the genes for metabolism. Having a high metabolic rate results in more calories burned in a given time period, particularly if combined with exercise. This process can and does occur during sleep. Those individuals with the better variant of the UCP2 gene are provided with a reduced risk of obesity and weight gain. This is particularly so with a healthy level of physical activity. In addition, studies have shown that there is a lower incidence of Type-II Diabetes and insulin resistance

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in people with the better variant of the UCP2 gene. Bottomline, UCP2 is one of the regulators of insulin secretion. Remember, not only does insulin influence our blood glucose levels but insulin also signals the body to store fat. UCP3 is another one of the genes for metabolism. UCP3 is mainly expressed in skeletal muscles and is involved in fatty acid metabolism and protecting cells from oxidative damage, i.e., “rusting” or aging. Both UCP2 and UCP3 are involved in the regulation of free radical levels in cells, play a role in metabolic rate and possibly basal thermogenesis. FYI: Basal thermogenesis or basal metabolic rate is the amount of energy per unit time that a person needs to keep the body functioning at rest. APOA2 is the gene for response to saturated fat intake. A variation in this gene has been associated with a larger response to saturated fat intake and obesity. The key is to incorporate a diet of low saturated fats. APOA5 is the gene for blood triglycerides. Those with lower levels of the APOA5 molecule have an increased risk of high triglyceride levels in the bloodstream when consuming a high polyunsaturated fat diet. CLOCK is the gene affecting sleep cycle or the circadian clock. Our biological clock regulates the timing of sleep and a number of physiological processes fundamental to health, performance and well-being. Additionally, this gene has an effect on muscle recovery and weight loss goals. Possessing the better variant of the CLOCK gene relates to a lower risk of

obesity and an easier time losing weight. A recent study suggests that toxins build up during the day and sleep is critical to removing these from the brain via detoxification by the liver and kidneys. Sleep is also important in muscle building and recovery. Recall that the body releases growth hormones during REM sleep. Here are some timing points of reference. High alertness occurs at about 10 a.m., with best coordination at around 2 p.m. and fastest reaction time at 3 p.m. Greatest muscle strength occurs at around 5 p.m., and Melatonin (a hormone associated with sleep onset) secretion begins at 9 p.m. PPARG is the gene associated with fat and carbohydrate processing. Carriers of the better variant of the PPARG gene seem to be at a lower risk of obesityrelated features such as poor glycemic control. VDR is a gene for Vitamin D processing/activation. Sufficient Vitamin D influences immunity, bone health, skeletal muscle strength and hormone levels. Research shows that Vitamin D levels significantly affect physical function, especially in the elderly. One study revealed that test subjects over 65 years of age, with lower Vitamin D had poorer physical functioning and greater disability. Additionally, ideal Vitamin D levels (50 - 80 ng/mL) can decrease the risk of breast cancer in women; prostate cancer in men; and colon cancer in both genders. And, there is a strong association of ideal Vitamin D levels with weight loss and maintenance. So, in summary, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll end up obese if you carry the less than favorable variant of these above discussed genes, particularly the FTO gene. How you eat and how you exercise (in short, your lifestyle) plays an important intermediary role between your genetic make-up and your ultimate bodyweight. With variations in our

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genes, we each respond differently to diet and exercise, thus, it is possible to tailor nutrition and workout plans that account for these genetic variations. By understanding how your body metabolizes macronutrients, i.e., carbs, fats and protein, consider investigating these specific discussed genes (and Vitamin D); and genetically optimized dietary lifestyle plans. Previously, a lot of these decisions would have been based on guesswork. Armed with this knowledge, people are learning about their own internal physiology and, in doing so, are empowered to make the dietary and training decisions best suited to them. These plans can offer you the lean, healthy physique you desire while maintaining balanced hormonal health. In closing…know your alphabets!!! Be proactive by aligning yourself with a knowledgeable healthcare provider offering this comprehensive testing.

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om was born in a small town in Minnesota during the Great Depression. The year was 1931. If you know a bit about Hollywood trivia, you are likely aware that Shirley Temple was a child movie star during the 1930s. Shirley Temple movies were quite popular due to her talent, but also because the movies gave people joy during a time when conditions were somewhat dismal. Why do I bring up Shirley Temple? My mom was also a child prodigy as far as musical talent goes. In fact, Mom performed as a Shirley Temple look-alike. Beginning at the age of four, Mom tap danced and sang her way across the stage at numerous talent shows and events. In addition to receiving vocal and dance instruction, she studied the piano and organ. During her teen-age years, Mom sang with big band groups at various resorts. As a young adult, she auditioned for the Metropolitan Opera. Mom earned her degree in music education from the Minneapolis School of Music. And, that’s where she met my dad – a handsome young man attending school on the GI bill. He was from the great state of Texas and a talented musician in his own right. Mom decided to give up her 87-year-old Promotes dreams of a stage life and chose to marry and raise a family of six children Family and Faith through instead. Fast forward many years later…Mom is now 87 years old. She is a YouTube Channel grandmother of 15 and a great-grandmother of three (soon to be four). She remains an accomplished vocalist and pianist, although she is not doing much tap dancing these days. Our family is quite musical, and my mom and I often perform together. A couple of years ago, I made a home recording of us singing “Amazing Grace.” Just for fun, I put the song on YouTube. I was amazed at the response. We actually heard from someone in France who had watched and enjoyed the video. Shortly after that, I asked my son, Sean, if he would record “Hallelujah” with Grandma. I wanted this video to be of professional quality, so I contacted my friends at Young Pros Entertainment. At the beginning of the recording, Sean announced our group as three generations of family members singing together. From that moment on, we have been known as “Three Generations Singing.” I posted the “Hallelujah” video on Facebook and YouTube, and we quickly reached over 10,000 views. A few weeks later, my daughter, Kelleen, asked to make a recording with Grandma. Kelleen chose a song called “River” which was written by contemporary artist, Leon Bridges. The song is unique, because it is in the popular genre but is also deeply spiritual. The three of us recorded the song, and once again, I was quite surprised at the response. So, I began to wonder…Would people other than our relatives actually care to watch these videos? Is there something special about a great-grandmother having a YouTube channel? And, finally, could this be God’s perfect timing to have my mom return to the stage (albeit a cyber stage) at the age of 87?

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During the past year, we have published over 30 videos on the channel – some are of professional quality and some are simply recorded from a cell phone. Our biggest endeavor thus far was to record a Christmas video with as many family members as possible. The end product is our rendition of the Pentatonix arrangement of “Away in a Manger.” This selection includes the great-grandchildren and represents four generations of family members performing together. As noted in the YouTube caption, it is “guaranteed to make you smile.” Page 60 | LOLA MAGAZINE | November-December 2018

Soon, we will post “King of the Road” which also features four generations of performers and is doubly guaranteed to make you smile as the two-year-olds in the group attempt to sit still long enough to sing on cue. People often ask me if I have a favorite recording. Each video is special in some way and each clearly conveys the importance of FAMILY. But I think there is a unique charm about “Dream a Little Dream of Me.” In this number, my mom accompanies Kelleen and plays a fantastic jazz piano solo. Mom is quite particular about her pianos and she had made up her mind about the type of piano she wanted to use for this Cass Elliott classic. She scoured the city of Shreveport to find a piano that had just the right tone. Eventually, she located a 100-year-old piano at the home of some friends of ours. Our friends were willing to accommodate us, so we went on location to shoot the video. I have to admit the extra effort was worth it. “Tears in Heaven” is another very special video, as we recorded this song with a family friend who was in a musical group that my mom had founded when we were kids growing up in Dixie, Louisiana. And, more recently, Mom and I made a recording with my cousin who traveled in from Austin, Texas, just to participate in this project. We chose “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” as a backdrop for us to offer a military tribute

to our family members who have served and to all who serve. This video tugs at my heart strings when I watch it. Sometimes I am asked to clarify my ultimate plan for the channel – what am I trying to accomplish? The answer is threefold: Clearly, the memories we are making are priceless. (As I often tell my kids, there are millions of talented singers out there, but how many are singing with their 87-year-old grandmother?) Secondly, I honestly believe that this channel brings joy to others. And, thirdly, the more I am able to get traffic to the channel, the more I am able to promote other important causes. For example, I am also using the channel as a platform to tell the inspirational story of a friend who is a Stage IV breast cancer survivor. (See “Miss Bettye’s Story” and “You Have to Trust the Detours.”) Whatever the end result, my mom and I are having an absolute blast making these videos. If you have a moment, please view a few of our recordings. Even better, please consider subscribing to the channel. Help us to continue to promote the message of family and faith as an 87-year-old jumps into the world of YouTube.

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ATTITUDE of GRATITUDE How gratitude can rewire your brain “ATTITUDE TAKES YOU TO HIGHER ALTITUDES” is a

favorite saying of mine that indicates my feelings on being grateful. In fact, not only is this my opinion, but there is irrefutable evidence that being grateful actually rewires the brain and makes the overall health of individuals very helpful. The benefits of gratefulness include: reduced pain, healthier lifestyle, better sleep, stress relief, decreased depression, reduced anxiety and increased energy. In a 2009 National Institutes of Health study, researchers found that the hypothalamus activates when we feel/act grateful and/or display acts of kindness. These acts flood our brain with dopamine, which gives us a natural “high” in our reward center, making us want to perpetuate the acts again. In addition, a 2003 study states that counting blessings


versus burdens, 10 percent of patients reported less pain after writing in a gratitude journal. Not only does gratitude help us learn to act with more kindness, but it can reduce pain in our bodies and even help us get more rest. A recent study on sleep concluded that patients who said prayers or had thankful thoughts before going to bed actually fell asleep more quickly and had better quality of sleep. So instead of counting sheep, count blessings. Another great benefit of sleep is stress relief and reduced anxiety and these also are benefits of gratefulness. A 2007 study of hypertension patients demonstrated that patients experienced a significant decrease in systolic blood pressure by simply using a gratitude journal. An additional 1998 study showed that 23 percent of heart patients decreased cortisol levels and 80 percent had increased heart

function just by doing the same type of journal. So not only the brain is benefiting, but also healthcare and overall wellbeing is benefiting. In 2005, a study of clients struggling with depression actually showed an increase in neural modulation and decreased depression by writing letters of thankfulness, and in a follow-up study in 2012, a whole slew of patients benefited from reduced anxiety by writing thankyou notes. Who wouldn’t want the added benefits of increased energy, lengthened lifespan, increased strength, as well as a healthier, more optimistic and more relaxed life? Approach this season of thankfulness and giving with an attitude of gratitude and reap the benefits. Here are a few ways to be deliberate with the attitude of gratitude as the season of thankfulness and giving approaches.

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Take time to SAY THANK YOU in verbal, text, email, and written thank-you notes. COUNT BLESSINGS. Get a blessings box or container and when the day is rough, read back the blessings previously recorded. Keep a GRATITUDE JOURNAL, which forces the brain to think in terms of gratefulness daily and then rewards the brain with dopamine to celebrate. Do deliberate ACTS OF KINDNESS and record them with a smile. POST WORDS OF GRATITUDE and uplifting acts of kindness to Facebook or other social media sites. Surround your workplace/home with WORDS OF GRATEFULNESS AND POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS. Seek out POSITIVE PEOPLE to be around. Season the grumpy ones with kind words. PRAY/MEDITATE daily. Explore ways to EXPRESS THANKFULNESS to others. Share affirmative thoughts with others and SMILE!


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look in a dictionary, the definition of mental health that you will find is “a person’s condition with regard to their psychological and emotional wellbeing.” This is a fairly basic definition, in my opinion, and lacking the truth essence of mental health. The World Health Organization, on the other hand, defines mental health as “a state of well-being in which

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The brain and the gut are closely linked, which helps to explain why what we eat is important for our mental health. The brain is responsible for receiving and processing sensory information and initiating responses. We have another “brain” in our gut, and it plays a role in such functions as metabolism, host protection, immunity, and constant communication with the brain in our head. The Gut-Brain Axis is the bidirectional communication between the brain and the gut, and it takes a healthy gut to have a healthy brain. The microbiome, or “the second brain,” is the trillions of organisms living in our gut, is established at birth, and develops based on our exposure and interactions with our environment. It has been proposed that the microbiome plays a role in most of the biologic processes in the human body. Growing research illustrates the effect of the microbiome on our nervous system. Mental health disorders, such as anxiety and depression, have been associated with imbalances in the gut microbiome. Diet-induced changes in the microbiome have been shown to affect brain function. We are mutually codependent on this community of organisms and keeping it healthy is vital. Diet is one of the many factors affecting the balance of our microbiome. A diet rich in vegetables and fruits, dietary fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and monounsaturated fats can nourish the microbiome, balance blood sugar, and counteract inflammation. A Mediterranean Diet such as this even appears to be protective against depression. The regular consumption of sugary foods compromises our mental health. When we consume sugary foods, our blood sugar spikes, making us feel temporarily good. Insulin then removes this sugar from the blood and blood sugar plummets, leaving us feeling tired and unsettled. This may have us reaching for another sugary snack, once again raising our blood sugar and sending us on a blood sugar rollercoaster that results in mood swings, an inability to focus and concentrate, and perpetuating symptoms of fatigue, anxiety, and depression. Highly processed foods have negative effects on mental health. A processed food is any food that has been altered in some way during preparation. Artificial food coloring is associated with hyperactivity, some preservatives have been shown to decrease attention and increase impulsivity, and certain additives negatively impact gut health. Ingredients

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such as high fructose corn syrup have negative effects on learning and memory. Pesticides are also problematic for mental health. They are found in many of the foods we eat and have been implicated in neurological disease and disruption of the gut microbiome. Ingestion of pesticides may impair vitamin function, deplete the body of minerals, and mimic hormones. Recent independent laboratory testing commissioned by the Environmental Working Group showed that many of the oat products consumed by Americans have unacceptable levels of glyphosate, a herbicide linked not only to cancer but also to mood disorders such as depression. It has been said that the state of mind when you are eating is as important as what you are eating. Common dietary habits that prove problematic for our mental health include skipping meals, eating on the run, choosing convenience foods, and not relaxing when eating. In contrast to these mindless eating habits, Mindful Eating promotes digestion and has been shown to be beneficial for mental well-being. Some of the core practices of mindful eating are bringing awareness to the experience of eating, distinguishing between physical and psychological hunger, appreciating the food you are eating, and choosing foods for nutritional value and personal satisfaction. Eating together as a family is an important practice for mental health. Members of families who sit down to eat together are better able to problem solve, undergo more complex thinking, and have higher self-esteem. Adolescents that eat meals with their families are less likely to use drugs, tobacco, or alcohol, and they have lower rates of depression. Social interaction at mealtime is beneficial for memory and cognitive function. What you eat throughout the day is largely under your control. Eating a clean and balanced diet can help you manage stress, work productively, and contribute to your community – hence, support your mental health. Take the reins and make choices that will give your body (and brain) the fuel it needs to function best.

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The most unexpected phrase in the world has to be, “We found a mass in your child’s brain.” These words began our 9-year-old daughter Emilie’s trek into the madness of childhood cancer and sent our whole family hurtling out the other side into The Fight Like Emilie Foundation, our answer to destroying cancer forever.



error, sheer terror followed that unexpected phrase, and then the thoughts, “It’s not cancerous, it can’t be cancerous. If it is, then it will only be a stage one or two. It has to be.” That is what I told myself on September 9, 2016, after receiving the news in a Chic-Fil-A parking lot. While driving down the road, tears threatened to smear my line of sight while my child sat unknowingly in the back seat -- unaware that her world, that our world, was about to be twisted into something I can only explain as the other side of the rabbit’s hole. Somehow, probably since all was unknown at this point, I held myself together. Masked by my sunglasses, I silently cried at every stoplight, and I have no idea if she noticed the occasional gasp for air, but somehow, I made it home. Avoiding eye contact and silently holding myself together was common in the months that followed because my daughter had the worst of brain tumors, something called DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma). I had never heard of the disease, but the average survival rate is one

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to mutate, adapt, and grow. Then every child responds differently to the disease, as well as to the various treatments. Emilie had radiation at St. Jude in Memphis, immunotherapy at Benioff Children’s in San Francisco, then more radiation in Shreveport, followed by immunotherapy at Texas Children’s in Houston before her fight came to an end. Throughout most of the journey, most people could not tell she was even sick because outside of a lazy eye and a drooping mouth, she functioned like every other normal kid. She went to school In a most serious and grounded when she could manner, she asked me, “Don’t you and kept up with just wish this was all a dream?” swim practice. Because of her seemingly normal demeanor, some of her schoolmates about how that one lucky kid magically responded to treatment against all odds. had a hard time understanding that she was even sick, but they didn’t see I hoped that Emilie would be the one. The crazy thing about our story is the in between times when her life was that there weren’t many signs pointing anything but normal. We were lucky toward cancer. All I knew is that my in that the immunotherapy available daughter started having headaches, had very little side effects, but even which we called the doctor about, so, Emilie’s daily routine was often but they were attributed to possible uprooted with a nomadic quality of traveling back and forth from hospital dehydration. It wasn’t until she to hospital hundreds of miles away. complained about having headaches One incident far from home with flip turns at swim practice that regarding an expired vaccine set us on we decided this problem needed to be edge wondering if Emilie was going to addressed because Emilie had found her receive the treatment when she needed passion, and we weren’t going to let that it or if we were going to have to wait love for swimming go to the wayside until a new batch came in. Our room over headaches. When we saw the doctor had a large window that looked out over and she pointed out Emilie’s lopsided San Francisco. I can remember my chin smile, I was dumbfounded. I suppose I on her shoulder and my arms wrapped was so close to her all of the time that I around her while she was kneeling didn’t even notice what was right there backwards in her chair, looking out over in front of me, nor did I even begin to the city. In a most serious and grounded comprehend the fight ahead. Cancer manner, she asked me, “Don’t you just in general is difficult to understand. wish this was all a dream?” Oh how Not only does it have so many different I wished with all of my heart that all mutations that can affect so many parts of the blood draws, long, drawn-out of the body, but cancers such as DIPG shots, midnight ER runs, surgeries, adjust to treatment and find other ways year after diagnosis. Unlike my husband, who soaked up every bit of information he could, I could not look too far outside of our family bubble. The cancer community has a mantra: Minute by minute. I had to take life minute by minute -- make sure she went to her appointments, took her medication, and received the rest that she needed. Always, like most cancer parents, I hoped that the next treatment would be the miraculous answer we needed. We heard so many stories

steroid side effects -- rage, constant hunger, sleepless nights, lost energy -- and that horrific tumor that never stopped completely growing -- that all of it had been a nightmare that our whole family could have woken up from at that very moment. Unfortunately, it was a harsh reality that smacked us in the face every single day, and all we could do was put one foot in front of the other. Emilie definitely did that, and when she could spontaneously sing and dance while facing the hard truth in front of her, she did. In her last few weeks, she would often say, “Mom, you know what is stuck in my head?” and I would answer, “Let me guess, a song of some sort?” and she would break out singing the chorus to “Fight Song,” or something from Moana. She had an endless playlist in her head that changed with her mood, but reflected an amazingly strong outlook regardless of the fact that her body began to shut down. It wasn’t until the summer of 2017 that her balance began to waiver, and by the end of the summer, she was using a walker. DIPG attacks the computer center of the brain, shutting down all gross and fine motor skills. The child eventually becomes bedridden, where the parent has to bathe, feed, and change the child because she can no longer do for herself. We were lucky that the last stage only lasted a couple of weeks, and thankfully, we believe Emilie did

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not suffer much, sleeping a majority of We want to give money to research to the time until she passed away October end this disease, make sure that people understand how 31, 2017. complex DIPG and Once cancer has “ true Emilie style, all cancers are, and entered the picture, thinking about all of the we want to help it is impossible to ever see the world other kids fighting this families make it through survival the same again. We disease, she asked why mode when they walk on the other side of the looking there wasn’t a float for find themselves hurtled into the glass, and cancer Childhood Cancer.” unknown. is the monster we Our first see everywhere; therefore, we cannot ignore it. The only way to make sense move as a foundation has been to of what happened to our witty, spunky, form an initiative with the collegiate competitive, Hulk-smashing and International Public Debate Association. unicorn-loving girl is to turn her tragedy Teams from various schools across the into a catalyst for good. The Fight Like nation are choosing their own childhood Emilie Foundation is our answer to cancer charities and using debate to continue the fight because Emilie was raise funds. We have also donated always putting others before herself. money collected through Facebook and She would have jumped at the chance restaurant fundraisers to the Michael to help other families struggling with Mosier Foundation, a charity that gives cancer, which is what we aim to do. 100 percent of its proceeds to research

hospitals devoted to cures for DIPG. One of Emilie’s bucket list wishes was to be on a Mardi Gras float and while walking past all of the floats the day of the parade, in true Emilie style thinking about all of the other kids fighting this disease, she asked why there wasn’t a float for Childhood Cancer. To promote awareness and to make her dream a reality, we are working to make that happen. We plan to grow with our fundraising efforts, and there have been ideas regarding future golf tournaments, game nights, along with more restaurant fundraisers. If you would like to become a part of the fight, The Fight Like Emilie Foundation can be found on Facebook (@fightlikeemilie), and our email is This is just the beginning. Having been through the hell of losing our joy and heart, our purpose is clear, and we won’t stop until cancer is defeated for good.



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’m stranded in a Mexican airport with my husband, my dentist, and my gynecologist. There’s a tropical storm coming, and our plane is having technical difficulty. At least we have our bases covered. Somewhere between check in and Terminal C, I snagged a golf ballsized hole in the crotch of my pants. Now, there’s a runner down the leg of my favorite tights. And so here I sit — bottom flesh to plastic seat. This is obviously the best time to write my overdue piece for Lola featuring our family Christmas cards. After all, this inappropriate breeze is making me a little chilly. Cue “Jingle Bells.” I married the wrong man if mainstream was ever intended to be my goal. We’re not regular and

trying to be is comical. We were comfortable with our oddities until we had kids. And then we entered this vulnerable space of, “Oh, but I want my kids to be accepted.” It felt a lot like walking around in flippers. And so we tried — for a while. But smiling back at the camera lens wearing smocked outfits and knee socks felt fraudulent. What a sham. We may be a lot of things, but we’re not liars. So I tried, and I mean really tried, for the first few years of our newly established parenthood reign to keep our randomness at bay. Four weeks before Christmas, I would frantically scroll through candid snapshots searching for one, two, or four images to share with friends. Then I would take the seventeen to

which I had narrowed my selection and began editing. I would rotate, crop, blend, squeeze, brighten, and stretch each image in an effort to put our best foot forward. During one particular editing session, I huffed loudly in frustration. Pat was stirring Hamburger Helper on the stove. “What’s the problem, boo?” He was concerned and listening. “These stupid cards. This is so stressful. Nothing is working right.” I had overcommitted at work again, and I was not in the mood for boxed meat dinner. Pat, spooning the slop onto paper plates, said, “Can I ask you a question?” This felt like a trap, but I engaged, “Sure.”

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“Do you remember anyone’s Christmas card from last year?” He was waiting for my response. I looked up in an effort to locate the answer. Nothing appeared. I had zero response. Pat continued, “Seriously. Do you remember?” I couldn’t. And then he asked me an even scarier question. “Do you even remember what our Christmas card looked like?”

“One of the only regrets of my life was not having a picture of my mother’s face when she opened that first card.” This time instead of looking up, I looked down at my feet. How could I have forgotten? Pat was ecstatic at his discovery, but his excitement held a motive. He continued, trying to contain his excitement, “So here’s the deal. Give me one year. One year. Let me be in charge of the Christmas card this time, and if people don’t love it and remember it, then you can be in charge again.” I didn’t have a choice. And so it began. Within days random eBay packages containing props and getup began appearing at the front door. The contents

remained secret to the participants until the day of the photo shoot. The photographer, a very tight-lipped close friend, was sworn to secrecy. A few days shy of December 25 and without warning, the first off-the-wall Denney family Christmas card arrived in the mailboxes of our closest family and friends. One of the only regrets of my life was not having a picture of my mother’s face when she opened that first card. The ensuing flood of response was incredible. “This card. There are no words...” “Payton’s hair, how it that even possible?” “How did you get that 4 wheeler in the living room?” “Was that shotgun loaded?” “Is that dog urine on the tire?” I have never seen my husband feel more accomplished in all of the 20 years that I’d known him. I have also never laughed more in my life. Much like Charlie Daniels Band in “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” I knew that I’d been beat. And so, a Denney family tradition was born.

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For the next four years, our eccentric fivesome conjured up more anticipation than Rudolph could ever claim. We would tease social media with a cliffhanger snapshot of a package of sponge rollers. We snuck into a preacher-owned gym at night, threw a thumbs up at the security camera, and posed with the dumbbells and exercise bands. We also borrowed a few Walmart grocery carts and a goat. I had no idea that goats poop miniature Whoppers.

There’s evidently a lot that I don’t know. I never, and I mean never, understood how much people appreciate an honest effort of self expression. Who knew that so many people shared our sense of humor? Who could imagine that our Tiny Prints rep who proofed the cards would get such a kick out of our bucking of the societal system that she would write us a thank you card — twice? These cards — this legendary effort — followed us throughout each year. When we take the kids for a check up, the cards are still stapled inside their charts. After a season of medical office visit hiatus (it does eventually happen, young mamas) our pediatrician had to convince a new nurse that our cards were, in fact, a joke. To this day, I’m not sure that nurse is completely comfortable in

our presence. Several summers ago, we were invited to a friend’s house for a cookout. I went inside for a backup mayonnaise and noticed our first wacky Christmas card still hanging on the fridge. It was secured by several magnets. It was also the only item still there. Its hilarity had survived the test of time. Last year we didn’t send a card. Life had gotten heavy. We needed a season of less. In all honesty, we needed a season of none. Our swollen list of expectant recipients was not happy. But this practice, this tradition, has always been about being truthful to who and where we currently are in life. We tell no lies. We are also well-rested.

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T “Humanity has unquestionably one really effective weapon - Laughter.” ~ Mark Twain

he year was 1983. It was Christmastime: My father’s very favorite time of the year. A few months earlier, my family and I moved from our hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana, to an even smaller town, Madison, near Jackson, Mississippi. I was just shy of turning 13 years old when Dad and Mom called a little family meeting in our living room. We had had these meetings before, but this one felt different at the onset. What I couldn’t have known at the time was how significant this family meeting was and how much that particular Christmas would mean to me for the rest of my life. It was during this one holiday season that I would learn my most humbling and most important life lesson about hope, humility and the significant role that humor plays in all of it. Abraham Lincoln once said, “With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die.” When I think about Lincoln and the life he lived, it is very reminiscent to me as to how my father lived his life as well. As an entrepreneur, (before it was cool to be one), my father understood that by taking risks, you were setting things in motion that could potentially backfire if they didn’t go according to plan. And when those times happened, (and they did), there would be a great let down of the spirit, along with harsh criticism by some who didn’t understand the mindset of a “dreamer,” as they used to call entrepreneurs. Also like Lincoln, Dad’s greatest weapon to stave off the negative words and worrisome thoughts that must have surely plagued him during the “down” times was his ability to press on with humor, with hope and with a humble spirit. We actually never knew when these down times happened because our parents did a great job at shielding them from us. Mom, many times, would shoulder the burden of worry and stress so that Dad could continue in his quest to find meaning and financial satisfaction in his many entrepreneurial endeavors…. which he absolutely did many times and especially at the end of his life. When he reached his pinnacle, he never shied away from rewarding Mom for her love, devotion and belief in him. But this particular December in 1983, Dad sat all of us down, while he and Mom sat side-by-side across from us. I knew this family meeting felt a little bit different than the other family meetings because of the serious tone of the atmosphere. Mom looked at us and then turned back to look at Dad. Dad stared at us for a few seconds and then he smiled a

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softer version of his dimpled smile, “Guys, you know how much I love Christmas. Some might even say I go overboard during this time of year.” He paused purposefully and looked at Mom, who smiled back, indicating that she was the culprit he was speaking of. “But look,” he continued, “When we moved here, I was promised many things that haven’t quite panned out.” The next thing he said was hard to hear, but not because of the words spoken to us, but because of the hopelessness and helplessness that dripped from those words as they fell out of his mouth. “Guys, Mr. Smith (the man who had hired my dad and moved our family to Mississippi a few months earlier), hasn’t been able to keep his end of the bargain, so we are going to have to make some hard changes.” I’m sure our eyes must have all widened to the size of saucers because he immediately reassured us that it was all going to be okay. We four just sat there dutifully listening.A “Um…uhh…” He stammered, “This Christmas is…uh…it’s going to be a little different…” He was smiling but there was a sadness to his smile. Noticing Dad struggling to find the right words, Mom interjected calmly, “So, guys, this Christmas is going to be about us being together more than it’s going to be about getting tons of gifts under the tree.” Upon seeing what I’m sure were four little dead-pan, disappointed faces, Dad chimed in quickly, “I mean, don’t get us wrong! We are still going to have so much fun this Christmas! We’ve already made up a list of some of the Christmas fun we want to do with you guys! Like tonight, we are going to jump in the car and go look at all of the beauuuuutiful Christmas lights around Madison! Would y’all want to do that?”

We could feel that the purse strings had tightened a bit, but it wasn’t all that bad since laughter and fun remained in our home.

Excitedly, we jumped up, grabbed our coats, hopped in that big ole white Oldsmobile of ours and had THE best night together looking at Christmas lights in the towns of Madison and Ridgeland, singing Christmas songs and laughing at Dad’s silly remarks along the way. Those are the sweetest of memories. I remember so much about that December. In fact, it’s probably my most memorable Christmas ever. One memory is etched in my mind. I remember waking up in the middle of the night to get a glass of water and as I made my way to the kitchen, I noticed my Mom sitting by herself on the living room floor in her long flannel gown in front of the TV. Sleepily, I asked her what she was doing up so late. That’s when she showed me what she was working on. My mom was staying up late each night, after we all went to bed, making the most beautiful “Precious Memories” dough ornaments for all of our extended family members that Christmas. If she couldn’t purchase gifts for them, she determined she would make them gifts to treasure. And they absolutely did. And still do! These collectible teardrop-eyed figurines are known around the world for their messages of God’s

love and promises for us. So, for me, those dough ornament replicas that Mom made for our family embody and symbolize where my mom’s heart and especially where her faith remained during a time when most wives would have been filled with hopelessness. How fitting that in a time of great humility, Mom was able to not only feel the hope of God’s promises for our future, but to continue to share it with those she loved. Dad, as usual, kept the fun and laughter as the mainstay in our house. Christmas music played constantly. Happiness filled the air and we never missed a beat.

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We could feel that the purse strings had tightened a bit, but it wasn’t all that bad since laughter and fun remained in our home. Our great surprise that year was having our Aunt Kirdy, Uncle Tom and Cousin Robyn fly in to be with us that Christmas! Both of our grandmothers and our Papaw were there as well because they spent every Christmas with us, no matter where we lived. And we loved it! Not really expecting much Christmas morning, we were thrilled to see that Santa Claus didn’t let us down. Our stockings were full of fun stuff and under the tree, he left me some jelly shoes that I desperately wanted and a HUGE jar of State Fair pickles…My favorite!! I was happy! Anyway, after all the gifts were opened, Mom made all of us some hot chocolate, as Christmas music filled

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avid was partial to a pirate theme, but Nicole wanted something a little more fitting for a nursery. She combined pirates with adventure, exploring, and seeing all the world has to offer. The result was both a design success and full of fun. The space includes adventures of all kinds, from the high seas to a mountaintop camp fire.

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Her creative eye expanded to a wall dedicated to her “Louisiana girl.”

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That means splitting it in half (butterfly), removing the backbone, flattening and that’s it. Season as usual and it’s ready for the oven.

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Holiday Chicken 2 whole chickens 2 T Italian seasoning ½ bunch of fresh basil leaves chopped ½ bunch of fresh parsley leaves chopped ¼ cup olive oil 2 T salted butter softened Salt and pepper to taste 2 lemons cut into quarters 8 garlic cloves whole 1 large onion chopped 2 stalks of celery chopped OPTIONAL: Add 1-2 tsps of your favorite allpurpose seasoning (watch the salt) Omit lemons if desired

• Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray roasting pan with cooking spray. • Wash chickens and pat dry. If desired split (spatchcock) chicken and flatten to shorten cooking time. • In a large mixing bowl combine Italian seasoning, basil, parsley, olive oil, butter and S/P. Squeeze juice from lemons into the mixture. Reserve lemons after squeezing. • Mix together cut lemons, garlic cloves, onion and

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celery and add to spice and herb mixture. Rub mixture all over chickens and under the skin. Place lemons, onions, celery and fresh herbs under skin. • Marinating for up to 8 hours is ideal but not necessary. • Roast on 400 for about 20-25 minutes. Reduce to 350 for about 35-45 more minutes. Check for doneness. • Remove and let chickens rest for about 15 minutes before serving.


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We found the pros and cons of three different nail techniques so that you can find your perfect manicure. So, scrap the standard polish and discover a new way to rock your nails!

Gel manicures have a lot of pros, but also a few cons.

Gel Manicures

Unlike regular nail polish, gel manicures won’t chip and will stay shiny for weeks! Gel polish has a formula that can harden under a UV light in only thirty seconds. They can last for up to two weeks or longer, depending on how fast your nails grow, until there’s a noticeable gap between the nailbed and the polish. Salon prices may range from $35 to $40, and removing old gel manicures might cost up to $20. For at-home manicures, a bottle of gel polish and the gel basecoat can cost around $7 to $10 each. You will also need a UV light, however, which can cost anywhere from $25 to $40. In terms of nail damage, it is never the polish itself that damages the nails, it’s the removal process! Picking or buffing gel polish off can cause significant damage to the nail. The best way to go about removal is wrapping an acetonesoaked cotton ball around each finger with a piece of tin foil, then waiting ten to fifteen minutes until the polish gently slides off the nail. The other downside to gel polish is the UV light; UV light might cause premature aging of the skin and increase the risk of skin cancer. So this manicure style should be used with caution!

Dip Powder Manicures

Dip nails supposedly last longer than gel nails, up to three or four weeks. Unlike the gel, dip nails don’t need a UV light to set. Instead, dip nails require putting a special base coat on your nails, and then dipping each one into a pigmented powder. Just tap off the excess powder and throw on the sealant topcoat, and your manicure is done! In terms of cost, dip manicures at salons generally range around $45 to $50. If you want to do it at home, individual powders can cost around $10 each, although you will need the basecoat and topcoat polishes around $7 to $10 as well. The main issue with the dip manicure is that it isn’t the healthiest product on your nails. Dip powders are technically acrylic, which means removal can be a tedious process of filing and soaking in acetone, both of which are not great for your skin or nails.

Dip powder manicures are a comeback trend in the nail world.

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Brazilian manicures are a little intimidating because of the messy process!

Brazilian Manicures

Unlike the American manicure, Brazilian manicures apply color to the entire nail, from cuticle to tip. As no edges are left bare, the polish can last around several days to a week without chipping. The process starts with an in-depth removed of the nail cuticles. Once clean of cuticles, the nail – and much of the skin around it – is messily coated with nail polish. While this step is a little scary looking, painting the polish this way allows color to get to every corner of the nail. After color, the excess polish is carefully rubbed off the skin, then cleaned up with acetone. Brazilian polish might cost a standard manicure price at any Brazilian salon, around $15 to $25. Or, if you take the time to work on your cuticles and clean the polish off your skin, the Brazilian manicure can be done at home. Because the polish is normal nail polish, nail damage is not much different than that of any normal American manicure. No buffing or soaking needed for these nails!

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‘Tis the Season… A couple of topics tend to surface during the Holiday Season. • The Medicare Annual Election Period (AEP) in which individuals can change either their Medicare Advantage or Prescription Drug Plan (PDP) runs from 0ctober 15, 2018 through December 7, 2018. You may be able to save money by changing plans. • The upcoming holidays tend to be a time when families discuss “family issues.” Many times, extended care planning is a part of that discussion. Whether it be funding a current need for extended care or planning ahead to mitigate a future extended care need, we’d be happy to assist you in understanding the current options available in the marketplace.

Let’s talk about it. Jimmy Campbell (318) 618-0063 Ext. 1063 Jimmy Campbell is a 2001 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, and he earned his MBA from Louisiana State University in 2009. He developed his keen understanding of the needs of older adults while owning and operating a Home Instead Senior Care franchise from 2010 to 2015. In addition to mandated insurance licenses, Jimmy carries the CLTC (Certification for Long-Term Care) designation.

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A Reminder That God’s Message Is A Stone’s Throw Away


When a rock is thrown into water, ripples are expected, but none have had quite the impact my cousin and I experienced. We came back from Greece in 2014 with a unique message for one of our friends whose daughter committed suicide at age 27 in 2011.


anice Turber of Atlanta, Ga., and I decided to go on the trip even after Janice’s Souldrama workshop was canceled since the tickets were non-refundable. In our 50s, we had never traveled together. It was our last day in Tinos and we put on bathing suits to take one last walk on the beach. We had already collected rocks to take home and I performed a special ceremony for a dear friend, whose daughter had committed suicide after bouts with depression. I picked out a rock and wrote with a regular ink pen, “Love and Let go--Lori.” The message was meant for her mother - to still love her daughter, but also help her let go of the pain and hurt of losing Lori, while still living on in memories, pictures and thoughts. I

wanted my friend to be able to move forward with her life and not be held hostage by her grief, to know that she had God and the support of those around her to help her heal and move forward. We took a photograph of the message and Janice snapped a picture of me throwing the eight-ounce rock 30 yards into the Aegean Sea. Then we began looking for a rock among the many there to take back to mark the ceremony. I found one that looked like a mushroom, symbolizing something coming out of the dark and blossoming anew. We sat under an umbrella to dry off before heading back to the room. I took a short nap. We had a beverage on the porch to relax before showering for our last dinner

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in Greece. After dinner, we returned to the beach and I put my hand in the shallow water, not in the same place from which I had thrown the rock into the sea four hours earlier. Incredibly, cupped in my hand was the rock with my message. We shed tears. This could only be from God. God was telling me that Lori was OK and her mother would be OK. It meant to us that Lori had been in pain, but couldn’t be on this earth and she wanted her mother to be happy. It meant I had a message for her mother to let her daughter go. Lori’s mother (whose name is being withheld) said the rock I brought back made her feel like she and Lori still had a connection even if they were in different places. “It was hard to understand, but it was a good feeling,” she said. The waves that returned the rock washed away some lingering thoughts and feeling like rubble. Lori’s mother keeps it on a shelf to share the message with visitors. Dr. David Jeremiah, a Christian preacher, on his radio show “Turning Point” recounted a story that Rabbi Harold Kushner tells about a man who attended a funeral of a co-worker his same age who died unexpectedly. They worked 50 feet apart, were not really friends, but had children the same age. In two weeks, the co-worker was replaced and his widow was moving back with her parents. This man thought for the first time that it could have

been he who died and he was losing sleep. “It’s like a rock falling into a pool of water and then the water is the same as it was before,” he said. “But the rock isn’t there anymore.” The man likened the rock story to perhaps never existing and being forgotten, that his life may not be being fully lived. Shouldn’t a man’s life be more than that, he asked. “If I look at life without God in the picture, it’s futile.” But Lori’s rock did return. Though she was young, her life had meaning and God was showing that to her mother who had found her daughter with a self-inflicted gunshot wound after she came home from work. Lori was the same age as my daughter and I related to the pain, similar to the man in the Jeremiah sermon. Lori probably asked the Lord to deliver some kind of message to her mother. A mental health therapist, Janice said those who commit suicide may think everyone is better off without them. Obviously, that was not the case, but Janice felt this sign was the beginning for a grieving mother. Interestingly, the canceled workshop was one by Souldrama. Their workshops lead to spiritual transformation, aligning the ego with the soul so that rational, emotional and spiritual intelligences are in balance. With no workshop to attend, we ventured to services at Panagia Evangelistria Cathedral, where the steps are adorned with red carpet for those on pilgrimages who crawl on their knees to seek healing at the holy site. We lit a candle. Father Don Calloway, in a May visit to Shreveport, told a story of a large holy rock where a church has now been built. It goes back to the 18th century. On the border between Colombia and Ecuador is a venerated image of Our Lady of Las Lajas. María Mueses de Quiñones, a woman from a village in Colombia, had heard rumors that a cave in Las Lajas (the Rocks) was haunted. Maria was carrying her daughter, Rosa, a deaf mute, on her back. Maria sat on a rock to rest. The child got down to play. The next thing Maria knew, Rosa was at the cave shouting, “There is a woman in here with a boy in her arms!”

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“Incredibly, cupped in my hand was the rock with my message.” This was the first time Maria had ever heard her daughter speak. She didn’t see the figures the girl was talking about and ran. One day Rosa disappeared from home and went back to the cave. Her mother found her in front of a splendid woman, playing affectionately with a child who had come down from His mother’s arms to let the girl enjoy His divine tenderness. Maria fell to her knees before this beautiful spectacle; she had seen the Virgin and Jesus. Frequently, Maria and Rosa went to the cave to place flowers. One day the young girl fell gravely ill and died. A distraught Maria decided to take her daughter’s body to Las Lajas to ask Our Lady to restore Rosa to life. That was when the marvelous picture of Our Lady on the wall of the grotto was discovered. Maria could not recall noticing it until then. But who put this magnificent image there? Doubters say someone snuck in a good artist. But geologists tested samples from spots in the image. There is no paint, dye, nor any other pigment on the surface of the rock. It doesn’t smear. The colors are of the rock itself. Even more incredible, the rock is perfectly colored to a depth of three feet. “The image is the rock. The rock is the image,” said Calloway. “Science has no explanation for

this. You think God is trying to tell us something?” Physicists were contacted for this story to determine the odds of the rock appearing hours later at a different location. Jeff Holcomb, instructional technologist for the Caddo Parish School Board, said his first thought would be to study the orbit of the earth and some kind of anomaly with the morphology of Tinos that makes an object move, maybe something with the tides or landslides where large land forms move. Seth Dubois, Captain Shreve High School physics teacher, said he would have to know weather conditions and the behavior of the sea. “Real world physics is very messy and complicated. The number of variables working on the rock in that water is almost uncountable. So, it’s not likely we could calculate the odds of this happening due to a lack of information,” he said. “I’ll admit it’s pretty surprising, but certainly not impossible.” Low probability events happen all the time; we just don’t notice, he said. “That said, I’d be the last to wish to take away from another individual’s experiences that they found personally meaningful.” The women believe the reappearance was not science, but divine intervention ordained by God. It just gets back to a miracle.

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hen I left Shreveport in pursuit of my legal education three years ago, I left with a sense of hopefulness, eager to be one step closer to achieving my goal of becoming a business lawyer. I understood that the years ahead would be difficult, in an academic sense, but I was entirely unprepared for difficulties that lay ahead. The summer after my first year of law school, I awoke to discover my biggest cheerleader in life, my dad had unexpectedly passed away. Returning to school after my father’s death, my motivation was low, my heart was broken and the challenge to prevail was great. My family had insisted that I complete my studies, because it would have been my father’s wish. My brother, Juan, selflessly agreed to continue operating the restaurant, and while I appreciated his willingness, a part of me didn’t want to leave. I knew that I would be surrounded by my classmates and friends, but I had never felt so alone. My first night in Waco, I cried at the thought of starting school again and no longer being able to call my father when I had a bad day, when I had car troubles, or when I simply wanted to hear his voice. My father had always known what to say and what to do, and I felt lost without him. I faced many challenges that second year of school and as I struggled to forge on I would remember my father’s words to my brother and me, “When you fall down, you don’t lay there forever. You pick yourself up and you keep going.” I realized that I had been “laying down” for far too long. I knew that I would always grieve my dad, but he wouldn’t want his passing to tarnish my outlook on life. My father would want me to keep studying and to continue to better myself. I pushed through the year, and with the support of my friends and family, I completed my second year of law school. That following summer, I felt a renewed sense of purpose as I came home to Shreveport. I was finally at a point where I felt like my life, both personally and professionally, was under control. Two weeks before my summer internship ended, as I was working on an assignment late one Saturday night. I noticed that I had several missed calls from my uncle, my brother, and the restaurant. My heart sank, as I feared something had happened to my mother. I called everyone repeatedly until I finally reached my uncle. He explained to me that Juan had been shot while protecting my mother from

being robbed in the parking lot of our family restaurant. Juan fighting for his life, and once again, our world had been flipped on its head. As August drew closer, we realized that Juan would be in the hospital for quite some time. I was faced with deciding if I should return to school or stay home with my mother and Juan. I wanted to stay and be a source of comfort for my mother, but I knew that if I didn’t go back to school that fall, I wouldn’t graduate on time. Juan’s condition had suddenly taken a turn for the worst with one physician giving him a 25 percent chance of survival. After delaying my return to Waco for a week, my mother insisted that I resume my studies. She reminded me of my father’s wishes for me, and said that she would be praying not only for Juan, but for me as well. As I walked into that last year of law school I felt as emotionally defeated as the year before, but I knew that I had to keep going. I threw myself into my school work attempting to lessen my constant worry. My classmates provided me with great support, always asking about Juan, lifting my family in prayer, and even going as far as preparing dinner for me on busy nights. As that fall quarter progressed, Juan’s condition improved, and that was the encouragement that I needed to continue. Nothing will ever compare to coming home after finals that year. When walking into my home, there was Juan, sitting on the couch, laughing in surprise at my tears. I hugged my brother, and that was truly one of the best moments in my life. After that break with family and friends, I returned to Waco, more determined than ever to finish the race, and that is exactly what I did. I graduated! At times, I struggle with words, when people congratulate me for graduating law school. It almost feels like someone else has lived these last three years! I am so lucky to have a family that loves and supports me and friends that are there every step of the way. As I go to work each day, I hear father’s words and realize that everything will be okay. After all, “If you fall down, you can’t lay there forever. All you need to do is pick yourself up and keep going”.

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