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In This Issue

Regular Features

Wining & Dining

24 First Person with Cullen Jones 28 Who’s News 32 Horoscopes 40 Business Buzz 46 By the Numbers 60 Ready to Wear 82 Community Contributors 83 Solutions for Life! 84 Happenings 88 McNeese Corral 90 Thrive in Five

6 Eat Healthy Southwest Louisiana 8 It’s Just About Time to Light It Up

Places & Faces


12–17 Special Section: Celebrating Sulphur’s 20 A Building that Honors a Family that Helped Build SWLA 22 Phoenix Building Rises from Ashes Money & Career


Are We Losing Touch with our Finances? 36 JA Educates Students on Real-Life Financial Descisions

Home & Family


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Spring Cleaning Guide l Our wonderfu e winners willtbhe revealed in of April issue Thrive!

Style & Beauty 62 Signature Salon Named to the Salon Today 200 63 Aesthetic Center Introduces New Cosmetic Filler

Mind & Body 64–70 Special Section/Cover Story:

Good Night. Sleep Tight.

72 Health Benefits of Olive Oil


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Wining & Dining The Partnership for a Healthy Southwest Louisiana and Dare to be Healthy is working with local restaurants to launch a new program that will mean easily identified, healthier options on restaurant menus around the area.

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Eat Healthy Southwest Louisiana is a program in its infancy with the goal of encouraging healthy eating and an active lifestyle to support the fight against obesity. “Calcasieu Parish has an obesity rate of 37 percent, this is higher than the state and national average,” says Janice Ackley, program coordinator. “Knowing that Americans eat out on average four times per week and spend almost half their food dollars eating out, we wanted to help make healthier options readily available.” With leadership from Eat Healthy planning committee chair, Jimbeaux Guilbeaux as well as input from local chefs and restaurant owners in the area, a set of guidelines have been developed to determine which local restaurants have menu options that are a healthier choice. “Simple and small changes can make a huge difference so we are looking for menus that offer a healthy entrée and a healthy side dish or dessert,” Ackley says. “We have a registered dietitian who sits down with each restaurant interested in participating, and helps them identify dishes that meet our guidelines.” To be considered for Eat Healthy designation, the main entrée must have less than 600 calories, less than 800 mg of sodium, less than 30 percent calories from fat, less than 10 percent calories from saturated fat and zero grams of trans fat. Side dishes must include a lean protein such as egg whites, fish, skinless poultry, lean beef or pork, beans, lentils or tofu. They cannot be deep fried and should include a serving of fruits or vegetables.

In addition to dish-specific guidelines, the program also encourages participating restaurants to offer a healthier dining environment by offering things such as “Pack Half.” “Pack Half allows the diner to order a dish and then have the chef pack half of it in a to-go box before even being served,” adds Ackley. “Portion control is huge when it comes to making healthier food choices but it requires will power. Pack Half is the perfect way to enjoy a smaller portion of the dish you love without being tempted to eat the entire thing in one sitting.” Participating Eat Healthy Restaurants will receive a tool kit complete with Eat Healthy stickers to place next to designated menu items, window clings, informative table tents, a yard sign, buttons for servers and much more. “We are currently in talks with several local favorites and excited about the prospect of making healthier choices more available in the area,” Ackley says. “Food is such a huge part of our culture and in no way are we trying to take away from that. This program allows you to have your cake and eat it too.” Eat Healthy Southwest Louisiana is made possible by the Dare to Be Healthy Challenge Grant, made possible by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation. It is supported by the Southwest Louisiana Dietetic Association and the Southwest Louisiana Chapter of the Louisiana Restaurant Association. For more information or to see a list of participating restaurants, contact Janice Ackley -- healthy@swlahec.com or visit www.healthierswla.com.


Calcasieu Parish has an obesity rate of 37 percent. This is higher than the state and national average. Knowing that Americans eat out on average four times per week and spend half their food dollars on eating out, the Partnership for a Healthier Southwest Louisiana is teaming up with area restaurants to bring you Eat Healthy Southwest Louisiana. The program encourages healthy eating and an active lifestyle to support the fight against obesity. We are committed to better health. Visit www.healthierswla.com today to find out which area restaurants are offering healthy menu options through Eat Healthy SWLA.


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by Chris LeBlanc

Here are a few spring grilling ideas that will allow you to enjoy the best of grilling outdoors without enduring heavy calories. All recipes have roughly four servings and oddly enough, there are about four six-ounce glasses of wine in one bottle. Coincidence? I think not. A few springtime wines are included here as well.


This buttery, sweet and savory treat will have you on your knees praising the sun gods. What you’ll need: - Four ears of fresh corn (husk on) - Three cloves of garlic, minced - One-half teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper - Three tablespoons of butter, melted Directions: Fold back corn husks, but LEAVE ATTACHED to the base of the ear. Remove excess corn “silk.” Soak in water with half a tablespoon of salt for about 15 minutes. Remove from water and towel off excess water. Mix garlic, butter and pepper. Brush corn cobs with seasoning mixture, generously coating all sides. Fold husks back to cover corn cobs. Grill over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes, turning every five minutes.

It’s important that a high quality olive oil is used in all recipes. A lowquality oil will alter the taste of the dish, particularly when grilling vegetables.


As with many vegetable dishes, the beauty of grilled asparagus lies in its simplicity. The unassuming deliciousness of this crunchy sprout will leave even the most vegetableaverse guest in wide-eyed wonderment. What you’ll need: - One bunch asparagus - One-half cup good quality extra virgin olive oil - One-half tablespoon kosher salt - One teaspoon freshly ground black pepper - One oz. balsamic vinegar Directions: Cut bottom ends of asparagus off to remove fibrous section. Brush spears with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill over high heat for 3-4 minutes, until spears are emerald green. Remove from heat and drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Pairing: 2011 Geyser Peak California Sauvignon Blanc. “Crisp” is the operative word here. Enjoy this dish with a refreshing, clean Sauvignon Blanc.

Wine Pairing: Cobblestone Vineyards 2010 Chardonnay, Arroyo Seco. The full, buttery taste of the corn pairs well with a full, buttery Chardonnay.

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Where asparagus is unassuming and light, grilled tomatoes are aggressive and rich. It’s time to just take a bite, sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. What you’ll need: - Four large hothouse grown tomatoes - Balsamic vinaigrette • One-quarter cup Balsamic vinegar • Three-quarters cup quality extra virgin olive oil • One-half teaspoon kosher salt • One-half teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper • One teaspoon brown sugar • One tablespoon minced garlic • One-half teaspoon dried oregano • One-half teaspoon dried thyme • One-half teaspoon dried basil - Whisk until evenly mixed

Directions: Slice tomatoes in half. Brush both sides generously with vinaigrette. Grill over medium-high heat, five minutes on either side (brush again before flipping). Pairing: Casa do Valle 2012 Rosé Vinho Verde, Portugal. It’s a bad idea to step in front of a flavor train when it’s running full speed across your taste buds. So it’s best to stay away from a full-bodied wine with competing flavors. Choose a dry rose to compliment without competing.


Before you veggie purists out there light your torches and grab your pitchforks, I know mushroom isn’t considered a vegetable, but then again neither is corn. I assure you, these garlic butterbrushed marvels will make you forget all about those minor botanical blunders.


Now I know you’re probably thinking: “I like to grill, but I draw the line at barbecuing LETTUCE.” Your misgivings about burning your leafy greens are understandable, but misplaced nonetheless. Grilling romaine adds grilling flair to vegetarian fare.

What you’ll need: - Eight large portobello mushrooms, washed and de-stemmed - Three tablespoons butter - Three tablespoons olive oil - One-half tablespoon of lemon juice - Three cloves of garlic, minced and crushed into paste - One-half teaspoon of black pepper - One-half tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped

What you’ll need: - Two to three hearts of romaine - One cup of balsamic vinaigrette (see recipe above) - One-quarter cup grated parmesan cheese Directions: Remove excess loose leaves from outermost layer of the lettuce. Slice in half, long ways (think hotdog, not hamburger). Brush vinaigrette liberally on either side, allowing some of the seasoning to seep between the leaves. Sprinkle parmesan over the surface of the hearts. Grill cut side down over very high heat until slightly charred but not wilted. Turn with tongs and repeat. Pairing: 91 Ken Wright 2011 Pinot Blanc. Although tasty, the flavor of grilled romaine is not big bodied and strong by any means. Thus pairing it with a “big” complex wine would be a mistake. A Pinot Blanc is to this dish what jelly is to peanut butter.

Directions: Melt butter in skillet. Add olive oil and bring to temperature. Saute garlic and rosemary until fragrant (about 30 seconds). Remove from heat, skim and discard rosemary. Stir in pepper and lemon juice and let mixture cool. Brush generously over both surfaces of mushroom caps. Grill over medium heat for six to eight minutes on each side. Pairing: 2005 Sticks Yarra Valley Pinot Noir. Something as substantial as a portobello calls for a substantial wine, a nice rich Pinot Noir. Sometimes the best compliments lie in contrasts. The earthy butteriness of the mushrooms and the big bodied fruitiness of a Pinot Noir are a match made in pairing heaven.





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Spring Your Spirits Toward With springtime making its long-awaited appearance, the temperatures—and spirits—in Southwest Louisiana are beginning to rise. In keeping with the fresh attitude that accompanies the changing of the seasons, we’ve put together a spring wine list that pairs well with light, crisp springtime fare.

by Chris LeBlanc



Possibly the most popular of all white wines, Chardonnay has a reputation for accommodating many palates and food pairings. The traditional descriptions of “buttery” and “oaky” are often accentuated by pear, melon and citrus flavors. Chardonnay’s versatility lends itself to springtime offerings like salads, grilled fish and fresh fruits. Suggestion: Cobblestone Vineyards 2010 (California)

Often thought of as Germany’s greatest contribution to wine, Riesling has gained tremendous popularity in recent years. Its ease of consumption, widespread palate appeal and pairing versatility have engendered this spike in popularity. From dry to sweet—and everywhere in between—Riesling has something to offer virtually any light springtime dish. Suggestion: Reuscher Haart 2012 (Germany)*

Sauvignon Blanc


Sauvignon Blanc embodies freshness. A holdover from its wild grape origins, the innate acidity of Sauvignon lends itself to a variety of light white meat and shellfish dishes. This wine also pairs well with virtually any kitchen herb. Suggestion: Geyser Peak 2011 (California) Elizabeth Spencer 2010 (California)*

Due to the nature of its construction, Rosé was traditionally looked at as a second-rate “byproduct” wine. However, recently the popularity of Rosés has been trending upward. These wines are made from excess juice used in the manufacture of red wines—so they maintain the body of red wines, while introducing the light, sweet, fruitiness of whites. With a Rosé, freshness is the name of the game, so make sure to purchase a more recent vintage. Suggestion: Casa do Valle 2012 (Portugal)

Pinot Blanc Native to the Alsace region of France, Pinot Blanc is the child of a genetic mutation of the Pinot Noir grape. It has similar characteristics to some of the more acidic varieties of Chardonnay, without the same versatility. But with its fruity—and occasionally smoky—undertones, Pinot Blanc pairs well with grilled seafood and vegetables. Suggestion: 91 Ken Wright 2011 (Oregon) 10 www.thriveswla.com

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Sulphur City History

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by Austin Price

Most residents of Lake Charles may think of Sulphur as little more than an extended suburb of their city. There’s little to draw one’s attention there besides a convenient route to the Cameron Nature trail and the plants, which are probably the first and last association most outsiders make with the city. It’s a bit callous, though, considering that Sulphur is very much its own city, maybe not wholly independent from Lake Charles but distinct enough that it deserves recognition as a city with its own history and own unique identity. If you ever doubted before, consider the city’s upcoming centennial: a four day celebration spanning March 13th through March 16th, this extended party is set to honor the first one hundred years of the city’s existence in grand style. Before you join in, though, you might want to know enough about the city’s history, have a sense of what’s being celebrated (and because everybody hates the tourist who’s just making an excuse of things to party). Planned out in 1878 by the engineer Thomas Kleinpeter in order to have a city that might take advantage of the region’s plentiful sulfur mines and to complement the construction of the Louisiana Western railroad, Sulphur wasn’t officialy recognized until April 17th of 1914 when governor Luther E. Hall issued a proclamation establishing the “village of Sulphur;” Dr. D.S. Perkins was appointed the first mayor. Within 10 years the sulfur mines had been thoroughly drained, which might have been a problem save for interests by oil producers, who saw the city as a natural place to set up shop, given the abundant water supply, proximity and abundance of natural resources and accessibility of the region. By the 1940s a number of major petrochemical producers had caught on, too, with Connoco arriving in 1941, followed shortly by

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Firestone in1943, with Matthieson Chemical and Citgo appearing in 1943. Since then the city has been on the rise and shows, according to current mayor Chris Duncan, absolutely no signs of slowing down. The city is currently experiencing a population boom, he reports, with hopes that this will increase as the southwest Louisiana region grows larger and thus presents more of a draw for those moving into the region and for those who have left. Though this is by no means a comprehensive history of the city (you would be well served to check out the Brimstone Cultural Museum’s new permanent exhibit for that!), it should serve as enough of a cheat sheet to give you some appreciation and context for the centennial, which, again, begins March 13th and PPG will continue through the 16th.

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Stroll through Sulphur’s Story by Austine Price

For those who want a visual guide of Sulphur’s history, they could do no better than to visit the city’s Brimstone Musuem, which will open a new permanent exhibition on the city’s history just in time for the city centennial. A collaborative effort between historian and Executive Director Tom Trahan and local artist and Creative Director Eric Manuel, the exhibit takes up the entire first floor of the Brimstone Musuem and explores the city’s history—from the formation of the city’s namesake sulfur deposits to the present day, with striking visual aids and guides and photographs. Trahan believes visitors will be “blown away by the quality of the work; it’s really fantastic.” He also noted the contributions from the community, saying, “we couldn’t have done this without so much help from the community. Museums are not possible without people. “ The exhibit opens on March 14 just as Sulphur’s centennial celebrations begin; regular hours for the Brimstone Museum are 10-noon and 1-5 p.m.

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Sulphur High School Provides Quality Education for More than a

Before there was officially a City of Sulphur, there was a high school. More than a century ago, Sulphur became the site of the fourth state-approved high school in the new Calcasieu Parish school system, and as business in the small community boomed – due in large part to the Sulphur Mines and the Union Sulphur Company – so did school enrollment. F.K. White was the school’s first principal, and he and parish school officials worked to hire qualified teachers to teach courses such as those comprising

“literary work, commercial, manual training, home economics and arts.” The focus was on providing a quality education that was relevant for students at the time. In one sense, Sulphur High has been a reflection of the community, where core values have been important and generation after generation has chosen to stay. Since its inception, one thing at Sulphur High School has remained constant: its desire to offer a good learning environment and a strong sports

program. “We wanted to be good in everything,” John Land, who served as principal of Sulphur High from 1980 to 1994, said recently.


Sulphur High got its start in 1913 at what is now the location of Frasch Elementary School, and as its student population grew and its building needs grew, so did the facility. By 1919, the school consisted of “three excellent buildings of pressed brick, one building for the primary and grammar

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schools, one for the high school, and the mechanical department is housed in another which also contains the electric light and water plant,” according to a report on parish schools. A fourth building was to be built, which would include an auditorium. At that point, a school farm consisted of 40 acres. By 1939, Sulphur was making plans to build a new high school, and the new $185,000 facility located three blocks from Main Street opened on Oct.6, 1941, with the new school term. Almost forty years later, the campus saw major change take place, when officials determined it was more cost effective to tear down the old building and replace it with a new, up-to-date facility, instead of renovating the older school. Major renovations took place again in the late 1990’s when the old auditorium was gutted and replaced with an English building, with a connecting new auditorium. Second story walkways connected the new building with pre-existing buildings, which allowed for easy upstairs access between the buildings. Later, four classrooms were added in the science wing. As Sulphur High’s student population continued to grow, and as the majority of the community was resistant to establishing a second high school, voters approved an $11.7 million bond issue to build a ninth grade campus across the street from the main high school campus. Gerald Conner was principal of Sulphur High at the time, and Chuck Hansen, an assistant principal, became principal of the ninth grade campus. The new school opened in the fall of 2004.


Sulphur is a one high school town, and people celebrate the school’s academic successes and its success in sports. “Some (principals) leaned a little more toward academics than others,” Land said. “Some leaned a little more toward athletics than others. But we all kept it balanced. We just tried to stay steady and keep a good learning environment.” Current principal Keith Bonin said there is a great deal of pride in Sulphur High, and the community rallies around its one public high school. “Sports is very important here,” he said. “We like the exposure it brings. But we also want to be ranked an ‘A’ school. Students have to understand that it’s academics first and athletics second.” However, he said, those two things can go hand in hand. “We keep the higher academic standards while bringing in the right people to coach.” Bonin said, students may take part in dual enrollment opportunities with McNeese State University and with Sowela to get both high school and college credit for certain courses. Sulphur also offers Advanced Placement courses which students may take, where they earn college credit after passing an exam at the end of the class. There are also band and choral programs, a culinary arts program, and numerous extracurricular activities for students, such as sports, quiz bowl, and service organizations. “Almost anything students want to do, we try to fit it into their schedule,” Bonin said. “We want to give students a chance to succeed.”

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Celebration MARCH 13 –16, 2014

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9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Centennial Display Sulphur Regional Library

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Centennial Display Sulphur Regional Library

5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Opening Ceremonies – West Cal Arena Old Timey and Family Fun Rodeo Sponsored by Tarver Ford

10:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Brimstone Museum Display Food/Arts & Crafts Booths 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Back to Basics Former Old Tyme Variety

FRIDAY|14 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Centennial Display Sulphur Regional Library 10:00 a.m. Unveiling of the City’s Permanent Display Brimstone Museum 12:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Brimstone Museum Display Food/Arts & Crafts Booths 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Carnival Rides 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Gary Blanchard - Centennial Stage Sponsored By The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco Free Living 6:00 p.m. Centennial Parade, Theme – “Then to Now” Sponsored by All Star Buick/GMC and the Kiwanis Club of Sulphur 7:00 p.m. John Michael Montgomery Centennial Stage Sponsored By The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco Free Living

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10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Kid Zone Sponsored by Sasol 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Carnival Rides 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Centennial Stage Sponsored By The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco Free Living 10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.

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11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Carnival Rides 12:00 p.m. Centennial Raffle Drawing 2:00 p.m. Opening of the 1989 Time Capsule 3:00 p.m. Presentation of the 2014 Time Capsule 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Centennial Display Sulphur Regional Library 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Centennial Stage Sponsored By The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco Free Living 11:00 a.m. Brad Brinkley with special guest Jody Barrilleaux 12:00 p.m. Christway Quartet 12:30 p.m Susy Alford 1:00 p.m. Master 4 Gospel 2:00 p.m. The Areno’s 3:00 p.m. Psalm 150 3:45 p.m. Sulphur High School Choir/Bebop Girls 4:00 p.m. Tommy Guidry & the Cajun Cowboys 5:00 p.m. Joe Simon & the Louisiana Cajuns

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Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for Officials with the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury recently held the groundbreaking ceremony for phase one of River Bluff Park in Moss Bluff. Phase one of the 26-acre development surrounding what is known as the old Highway 171 boat launch will take about a year and will cost $2.1 million dollars. According to Dean Kelly, assistant director, facility management, this portion of the project includes a boat launch, turn lane on Theriot Road, a passenger parking area, large parking area for boaters and a soft launch for canoes. “The existing single lane boat launch will be removed and replaced with a three-lane launch. The new launch will be flanked on both sides by wharves and step-down wharves.” At the tail end of phase one’s construction, a restroom facility is expected to be added at the boat launch. Phase two of construction, which is said to be considered for the 2015 budget cycle, will include a rentable pavilion, splash play area, 18 www.thriveswla.com

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restroom facility, additional parking and a playground. Brian Beam, parish administrator says the project has been underworks for several years now. “For many years the police jury has operated the boat launch. In 2009 we had the opportunity to purchase the land surrounding the launch at a cost of $1.5 million. The acreage is roughly the same as what we have at Prien Lake Park, just with a different type of terrain.” River Bluff Park will be located off Theriot Road in Moss Bluff along the banks of the Calcasieu River.

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“This park is very special for many reasons,” says Shannon Spell, district one police juror. “It will be a great start to a town center for Moss Bluff, but it is also going to be a regional park that will promote economic development and attract tourists for years to come.” For more information, visit www.cppj.net.

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Sulphur’s History is Part of our History

The city of Sulphur’s history is intrinsically connected to industrial growth in our region, including Axiall’s. In the mid-1850’s men boring oil in Calcasieu Parish found sulfur under a bed of quicksand. Herman Frasch invented and developed the Frasch process of injecting steam into the sulfur deposit to produce molten sulfur which was driven to the surface with air. He purchased property near the site to be his headquarters. This property later became the city of Sulphur. Large oil pools and naturally occurring salt domes were discovered during the mining of sulfur in this location, and this provided the means for Southwest Louisiana to become the great industrial hub that it is today. Mining of sulfur ended by 1930, but Axiall continues to mine brine from the site. Fresh water is injected into wells drilled into the underground salt domes and mixed with the salt to form brine. The salt brine is then pumped to the surface and transported by pipeline to Axiall where it is used in the manufacturing of chlorine. Axiall’s brine field mining is a noninvasive utilization of natural resources. The plant extracts approximately 5.2 tons of salt per minute from the Sulphur mines. Axiall is proud of our shared history with the Sulphur and congratulate the city and its residents on reaching this momentous milestone. We look forward to future growth and partnership with the Southwest Louisiana community.

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A Building that Honors a Family that Helped Build Southwest Louisiana by Erin Kelly

The Lawton Building, the first commercial building to be completed in Walnut Grove, a new, premier Traditional Neighborhood Development in Lake Charles, welcomes its first tenants.

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Historic Beginnings The Lawton family has a long-standing relationship with Southwest Louisiana, beginning with William T. Burton, the great-grandfather of Walnut Grove developer, Jack Lawton Jr. Burton organized and operated many business and industries in his career, including mercantile, oil, shell, cattle, rice and sugar, among others. He bought the struggling Calcasieu National Bank during the Great Depression, restructured it and formed the Calcasieu Marine National Bank. He was a great proponent of education and was a major benefactor of McNeese State University. The University’s Burton Business Center and Burton Coliseum carry his name today. Burton remains one of the greatest philanthropists of Southwest Louisiana, having provided gifts in the medical field and to many other other civic, cultural and educational activities in the region, including the William T. & Ethel Lewis Burton Memorial Scholarship program for area high school graduates that existed for 40 years. Pally Lawton, a Lake Charles native, move to Sulphur in 1920 to work for W.T. Burton Industries. While there, he met and married Evelyn, the daughter of W.T. Burton. They had two sons, William B. Lawton and Jack Edward Lawton, Sr. Pally established the Lawton Ranch in 1930, This was the beginning of the Lawton cattle business which is now in it’s fourth generation of operation. The Lawton Building at Walnut Grove was named in honor of Jack Lawton Sr., who had a long and distinguished career as an area rancher and businessman. He was a member of the 1943 and 1944 Sulphur High State Champion football teams. After graduating from SHS, he used much of his success in farming, banking, and oil and gas to support his high school alma mater, as did his brother William “Bill” Lawton. The three-story Lawton Building is located at 1450 William Street, which was named after W. T. Burton. The building encompasses 22,800 square feet of office and retail space and is positioned at the head of Walnut Grove’s Great Lawn and overlooks the Contraband Estuary and out into Contraband Bayou to the south. The north view looks out onto Contraband

Alley, a pedestrian boutique shopping area and the edge of the Market Square commercial center, which currently has two large commercial buildings under construction, the Walnut Grove Post Office and the Market Building. Walnut Grove’s first commercial tenants, Jack Lawton Companies and Walnut Grove Development, L.L.C., have moved into the second floor of the building. Walnut Grove is located on the south side of West Sallier Street, just east of the Lake Charles Harbor and Terminal District. Uniquely designed for pedestrian travel, connectivity, natural beauty and a sense of community, Walnut Grove incorporates traditional southern architecture and style with modern amenities. Part 1 construction is well underway, with several homes and additional commercial

buildings nearing completion. Once completed, Walnut Grove will consist of approximately 180 homes and 92,000 square feet of commercial and retail space, spread over 57 acres. The Walnut Grove Model Home, Sales Office and Design Center is now open at 2070 Jabez Drive. Stop by or call (337) 497-0825 for more information on commercial and residential property available in Part 1 of Walnut Grove construction. Additional information is also available on the Walnut Grove website: www.walnutgrovetnd.com.

Walnut Grove Welcomes Morgan Stanley Wealth Management Morgan Stanley Wealth Management will open a new 5,783 square feet office on the third floor of the Lawton Building next month. The office will house nine Morgan Stanley financial advisors and a support staff. Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, a global leader, provides access to a wide range of products and services for individuals, businesses and institutions, including brokerage and

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investment advisory services, financial and wealth planning, banking and lending, cash management, annuities and insurance, retirement and trust services. “We are very excited to welcome the Morgan Stanley Wealth Management team to Walnut Grove,” says Gus Schram, III, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “They join Jack Lawton Companies and Walnut Grove Development in the Lawton Building, and several other tenants

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who have leased space in our Post Office and Market buildings.” Space is currently available for lease on the first floor of the Lawton Building, as well as in other commercial buildings under construction on the development’s Market Square. Residential property is also available, with several homes nearing completion on Jabez Drive, and new construction beginning on William Street.



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Phoenix Building Rises from Ashes photos by Shonda Manuel

by Katie Harrington

“We are surrounded by insurmountable opportunity.” This is a line once found in, Pogo, the long-running, daily American comic strip that often engaged in political and social satire through the adventures of funny animal characters. It’s also a line that local businessman Rick Richard takes to heart when it comes to discussing development opportunities, particularly those in downtown Lake Charles. As he looks out over the Ryan Street Streetscape from his second story window of the Empire of the Seed headquarters located in the Phoenix Building, he sees nothing but opportunity. Where many see an empty building or parking lot, Richard sees a strategic opportunity for growth. “The demographics of the area are changing, there’s a buzz in the air because definite change is coming,” says Richard. “We are surrounded by people who’ve seen other parts of the world, and they’re coming in and asking why not?” One simply has to look around to see it. Richard points to the new Botsky’s restaurant among other new ventures. “When you have over $50 billion in announced investments, that’s a lot of money. Even if you take half of that at $25 billion, that’s still a lot to get people to come in with new ideas and take a chance on building something great.” Understanding Richard’s insight provides a greater understanding of why he chose to build the Phoenix Building. In 2010, 100 years after a fire burned a large portion of downtown Lake Charles, the construction of this building began. Aptly named the Phoenix Building, it now stands proudly as a testament to the city rising from devastating circumstances. 22 www.thriveswla.com

“Back then all the buildings were wood so they burned, with the exception of the Majestic Hotel, which had its own water system,” Richard says. “Because of this they were able to protect the hotel as well as several buildings around it. What occupied the space that the Phoenix Building sits on today were a lot of the Immaculate Conception buildings including the convent. It was all wooden so it burned down. We built this building in brick to honor those wooden buildings that stood here in 1910 but didn’t survive the fire.” According to Richard, the construction of the building also coincided with the beginning of the construction of the Promenade and downtown Streetscape. “We at the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) were encouraging people to build. The Promenade was coming so Donna (Richard’s wife) and I decided to put our money where our mouths are. This was the first building to be built with the in-fill along with the Promenade and Streetscape. There was some method in the madness.” The first tenant, the accounting firm J. Walker and Associates, moved into the Phoenix Building in January of 2012. Today, the space is 75 percent contracted. Tenants include a variety of businesses, including two engineering firms, a photographer, Thrive Magazine for Better Living

two title companies and the Empire of the Seed headquarters. Of the space remaining available for rent, there’s one area for which Richard says he has special plans. “I would love to have some sort of local restaurant rent out the bottom, corner space. I want an innovator because I view this area as an anchor or a bookend for the many great restaurants along Ryan Street in downtown Lake Charles.” With ShaSha’s at one end of Ryan Street and a restaurant in the Phoenix Building at the corner of Kirby and Ryan Streets and Pujo St. Café, Luna’s, and the Blue Iguana sandwiched in the middle, downtown Lake Charles would see quite the restaurant row. “I see a brightened walking area that could really augment events like the Art Walk, Rouge et Blanc and Mardi Gras,” Richard adds. “ The doors could be open with tables outside and with Historic City Hall, the Courthouse and these other special events, a restaurant would be a nice stop going both ways.” What many might not know is that the concept for the Phoenix Building actually started out about half the size of what eventually became the finished product. “We were able to acquire some additional property so that allowed us to change the shape March 2014

and size of the building,” says Richard. “It was originally going to be three stories too but Donna convinced me to do a two-story building so we wouldn’t interfere with the majesty of the Cathedral and other surrounding buildings.” Aiming to create a focal point for downtown Lake Charles, Richard wanted the aesthetics of the building to match the other downtown buildings. The flags flying from the balconies are a homage to the Place de Arms Hotel in New Orleans and other old buildings found around the state. “When you look at other cities like New Orleans and Natchitoches, a lot of their prettier streets are lined with buildings that have wrought iron balconies,” adds Richard. “We thought this would be a great way to enhance the beauty of the street and during Mardi Gras, this is a great place to watch. You really feel like you’re in New Orleans. We weren’t trying to copy New Orleans; we just wanted to mimic the Victorian, Spanish, and French architecture seen in other places in Louisiana.”

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With the new City Transit Center and the recently remodeled Kraus Construction Company at the corner of Clarence and Ryan Streets, Richard says we’ve got one more block of downtown Lake Charles dressed up and looking great. “The broken window effect basically says if you see one rundown building with broken windows you’ll soon see more, and this is a sign of a city in decline. We are actually experiencing the opposite of that here. We are reversing that pattern and are seeing vibrant growth in this area. I just wish we had more buildings to save.” With the Phoenix Building, the Historic Calcasieu Marine National Bank Building and The Historic Cash and Carry Building all thriving, the logical question to ask Richard is “What’s next?” “There’s always something to be done, and we are always looking for new opportunities.” For more information on the Phoenix Building, visit www.empireoftheseed.com.

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Cullen Jones

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oday, Cullen Jones is the first African-American swimmer to break the long-course world record. The four-time Olympic medalist holds the American record in the 50m freestyle. Swimming didn’t always come easy for this decorated Olympian. When he was five, he nearly drowned at a New Jersey waterpark he was visiting with his family. His mother enrolled him in swimming lessons after that experience. Jones is quick to point out that why he has seen a lot of success After reading about your near-drowning experience at the age of 5, it’s easy to understand why you are an advocate of teaching children how to swim. What is the key message you hope to get across? The major thing that I want to get across to parents and children is how important it is to learn to swim. Drowning is a silent killer; in which many times children and adults are not even able to call out for help. This is absolutely preventable and the first step is learning to swim. You are only the second African-American to win an Olympic Gold medal in swimming and were the first African-American swimmer to break a long-course world record. What types of challenges have you had to overcome to be successful in a typically Caucasian sport? It goes without saying that the road was long, filled with trials and tribulations, and unfortunately, I have had to deal with racism and stereotypes. I know it was not an easy conversation for my parents to have with me explaining why someone was angry because of what I looked like. My father simply put it one way. He said, ‘the reason that they are mad is because you are beating their sons.’ I took that as motivation.

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swimming, it didn’t come naturally. But with perseverance and hard work he stuck with it and eventually earned a scholarship to North Carolina where he was a four-time ACC champion as well as an NCAA winner in 2006. Thrive had the opportunity to speak to Jones about the importance of swim lessons, what motivates him to keep going and more when he visited the area late last year.

You’ve said that swimming doesn’t come easy for you—that you didn’t start winning until you were 15. What motivated you to keep going? My coach told me that there are two major reasons that children swim: friends and fun. And it’s true; these two things drive me to the pool every day. Your training regimen consists of swimming six days a week. You’ve also logged more than 50,000 air miles since the London games, promoting swim education and other causes. How do you balance all of these commitments? I sleep a lot! My schedule is very hectic and my stress level is through the roof. But I honestly wouldn’t have it any other way. I work hard knowing that someday it will all pay off. Whether it’s going for gold on the Rio games or just trying to make my next connecting flight.

about starting my own apparel line. I’ve been told there is nothing better than having an idea and seeing it come to fruition, so I am definitely leaving my options open. What advice would you give to young athletes in any sport who have aspirations to be an Olympic athlete? What does it take? I would tell young athletes in all sports, be willing to learn. I’ve been swimming for over 20 years and am still learning. It is a demanding sport no matter what level you are at. Enjoy the journey. What’s next for you? What can we look forward to in Brazil in 2016? Continuing my work with Make a Splash, getting children water safe is not only my job but my passion. I always wish I could devote more time to this goal, but I’m also training for Rio.

You hold a degree in English with a minor in psychology and have said in the past that you aspire to write for a men’s fashion magazine, like GQ, one day. Tell us a little more about this dream. My dream has evolved over the years. I would love to write for GQ, but I’ve started to think

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Ready,Aim,Fire Away for Fun

Places & Faces

by Katie Harrington

PICTURE YOURSELF MOVING THROUGH AN ENEMY ENCAMPMENT. IN ORDER TO MAKE IT BACK TO YOUR CAMP, YOU HAVE TO FIRST PASS THROUGH THE MARKET, MAKING YOUR WAY PAST THE BAZAAR, THE GAS STATION AND THE ARMORY. IF THIS SOUNDS LIKE SOMETHING YOU’D EXPERIENCE WHILE PLAYING A VIDEO GAME LIKE CALL OF DUTY YOU’D BE RIGHT. IT’S ALSO AN EXPERIENCE YOU CAN NOW LIVE OUT RIGHT HERE IN SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA. For the last eight months, IronSight Airsoft provided 75 to 80 acres of airsoft play area. Located at the end of Elliot Road in South Lake Charles, this place is a video game come to life. Owner Bo Stewart, who’s no stranger to military simulation, is excited to bring this type of facility to the Lake Charles area. “My other company, American Milsim, provides big military simulations for civilians.

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Seven times a year we put on these events where we have around 600 people attend and we bring in helicopters, tanks navigation and more to do realistic military simulations,” Stewart says. “I thought it would be great to do something that we could have set up yearround so I started asking around about large parcels of property.” Stewart’s answer came from the Leach

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family, who happened to have more than 1,000 acres of property at the end of Elliot Road. It took Stewart and his friends months to get the initial land area ready, but he has plans to expand. “I’d like to eventually get it up to two to 300 acres of play area,” Stewart adds. “Right now we’re doing birthday parties and open play. We get anywhere from 20 to 40 people together

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and create what we call an op and we’ve had as many as 100 come from as far away as Baton Rouge and New Orleans to play.” “We have bags and bags of props so when you come out to play, we’ve got fake food we set up in the market area, we hang clothes on the clothes line and we even have old jet skis and a boat spread around the property,” he says. Eventually they hope to build mock villages like the ones found at the training areas at Fort Polk. They also hope to have boats that can take players to the back side of the property, drop them off and let them fight their way back through to the village. According to Stewart people of all ages and walks of life are venturing out to play at this airsoft playground. “We’ve got kids as young as seven and eight years old getting out here and you’d be surprised at the mom and dads who pick up the guns and play along with their kids.” Participants are using airsoft guns that .25 gram bebes 300, 400 and 500 feet per second. The bebes are biodegradable so they are not bad for the land. The games are constantly changing, but things like Capture

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the Flag and Domination are pretty popular. “Players can bring out their own gear, or right now, we have about 15 sets we can provide. Our sets include eye protection, the battery, the gun and the bebes,” adds Stewart. “Safety is very important to us so we provide a very organized play environment with a lot of supervision. We have admins that play along with the groups but are also supervising.” IronSight Airsoft is open by appointment only right now and the cost is $10 for open play. Equipment rental will run $25, making this an affordable, great place for people of all ages to come out and play. For more information, contact Bo Stewart at (337) 802-7280 or visit them on Facebook at www. facebook.com/IronsightAirsoft.

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Watson Appointed to Board of Commissioners of WCCH The Board of Commissioners of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital (WCCH) welcomed Rickey Watson of Vinton as a new member. Watson was appointed by the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury in October 2013 to fulfill the term of the Rickey Watson late Rapheal Fontenot. He represents the area of Vinton on the WCCH Board of Commissioners.

Dr. Craig Morton Receives National Recognition Craig G. Morton, M.D., Imperial Health Center For Orthopaedics Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist, was recognized as the Top Physical Medicine and Rehab Specialist in Craig Morton, M.D. Louisiana, Most Influential Doctor in the Lake Charles Region, Top Doctor in the Lake Charles Region and Thought Leader in the Lake Charles Region by HealthTap, a medical expert network comprised of over 50,000 U.S. licensed doctors dedicated to improving people’s health and well-being by providing registered users with personalized health information and free online and mobile answers. For more information, call (337) 721-7236 or visit www.centerforortho.com.

Center For Orthopaedics Staff Member Earns Advanced Degree Jessica Veillon, a certified athletic trainer with the Center For Orthopaedics Sports Medicine Program in Lake Charles, an affiliate of Imperial Health, earned a Master of Science degree Jessica Veillon in exercise science from University of Louisiana at Monroe. For more information, visit www.centerforortho.com.

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Physician Serves As Presenter at National Medical Conference Imperial

School Age Club/Organization Division First Place - Westwood Elementary Beta Club Second Place - Girls Scout Troop #142 Third Place - The Rougeau Revelers float

Health Endocrinologist, Dr. Timothy Gilbert presented a series of best practices and advanced medical professional training to over 200 endocrinology Timothy Gilbert, M.D. healthcare providers at the 2014 Expert Forum for Insulin Pump and Continuous Glucose Monitoring Technology Conference, held in Los Angeles, CA. For more information, call (337) 310-3670 or visit www.imperialhealth.com.

Club/Organization Adult Division First Place – CyPhaCon

Mardi Gras Shoebox Float Contest Winners Announced

Adult Division First Place - Lisa Reed Second Place - Jennifer Newton Professional Division First Place - Knight Media Printing Best of Show Jacqui Elliot’s class of Westwood Elementary

For more details on Mardi Gras in Southwest Louisiana, visit www.visitlakecharles.org/mardigras.

Westlake High School Future Business Leaders of America Attends Conference The Westlake High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) attended the 2014 FBLA District Conference held at McNeese State University. Maxwell Reeser and Priscilla Nkosi received 1st place overall in their competitions.

The Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau held a community-wide Mardi Gras Shoebox Float Contest. Those entering ranged from school groups, clubs and organizations, professional divisions and residents of all ages. Children’s Division First Place – Alex McMillan Second Place – Elizabeth Landry Third Place – Kaylee Guidry Teen Division First Place – Breanna Landry Second Place – Claire A. Elementary School Division First Place – Jacqui Elliot’s class from Westwood Elementary School Second Place - Rachel Palombo’s class from Dolby Elementary Third Place - Dawn Graham’s class #3 from J.I. Watson Middle School Division First Place - Mary Donaldson’s class from J.I. Watson Middle School Second Place - Elissa Guillory’s class from Lake Charles Charter Academy

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The following students rated superior and qualified for the FBLA state conference: Alex Widcamp, Alexis Bergeron, Ashlyn Scheinost, Baleigh Derouen, Ben Bergeron, Bethany Bergeron, Caitlin Rogers, Caitlyn Gwartney, Carly Ryder, Chris Dickerson, Courtney Newsom, Desiree Guasp, Emily Meek, Haley Sacksteder, Heidi Bankston, Jaydon Gibbs, Jennifer Miller, Jessica Elliott, Kacie Brown, Kane Todd, Keaton Pilcher, Kena Pilcher, Kimberley Moseley, Kristin Norris, Kyrstin Holmes, Lauren Fuselier, Madeline LaCombe, Melanie Newsome, Michael Davidson, Morgan Green, Rysa Wing, Sami Rathjen, Simon Reeser, Sydney Bergeron and Tristen Henagan. The following students rated an excellent: Alex Ortiz, Alexis Johnice, Lauryn Perry, Nichole Feagin, and Timothy Newsome.

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Southwest District Livestock Show& Rodeo Announces Hall of Fame Inductees

Habitat for Humanity: Calcasieu Area Inc. names 2014 board of directors

Commemorating a history that has spanned 75 years, the Southwest District Livestock Show & Rodeo held its inaugural Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. For more information, call (337) 944-9710 or visit www.lakecharlesrodeo.com.

Craig Ryan has been named the president of Habitat for Humanity: Calcasieu Area Inc.’s 2014 board of directors. Ryan, who has been involved with the Calcasieu Area chapter for three years, is the director of operations for the City of Lake Charles’ AmeriCorps Program. Ryan is also co-moderator on the Habitat ReStore Advisory Committee. For more information on Habitat for Humanity: Calcasieu Area Inc., call 497-0129.

Inductees are as follows:

Craig Ryan

Local High School Team Invited to Perform at the Capital One Bowl The Westlake High School Varsity cheerleaders performed in the 2013 L.G. “Louie” Wittler

Robert J. Marcantel

C. H. “Buddy” Unkel

Glenn Conway LeBleu

Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Florida.The teams invited to perform in the pregame performance are selected based on their performance from Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) summer camps.

Carroll McCall

John E. Jackson

The students in attendance were: Seniors: Alex Widcamp (captain), Meagan Lonkowski (co-captain), Macy Kellogg (co-captain), Sami Rathjen, and Kassidy Conrad. Sophomores: Jessica Elliott, Jessi Rathjen, Jaden Towner, and Emily Treme. Coach is Bridgette Veillon. Arthur L. Gayle, Sr.

Clifton J. Derouen

Charles “C.C.” Collet

Calcasieu Cut-Ups Quilt Guild Announces Officers Calcasieu Cut-Ups Quilt Guild is proud to announce their 2014 Officers and Chairpersons. For more information, call (337) 527-7582.

George “Harry” Chalkley, Jr.

William Thomas “W.T.” Burton Joseph L. Baronet

L to R: Rena LeJeune, past-president & sunshine/shadows; Nancy Derouen, 1st VP; Annette Shroll, day secretary; Rita Manuel, lotto blocks; Alice Perry, 2nd VP; Debbie Russell, newsletter & publicity; Judy Blum, day ways & means; Rita Marler, treasurer; Jeanne Lejeune, night secretary; Corky Craft, nominating committee & community service and Sallye Coco, night membership.

J.C. “Jake” Barman

Sulphur Student named BESE Student Representative At the 64th annual LASC Convention held at Grace King High School, Sulphur High School junior Haley Campbell was chosen to serve as the SBESE student representative. Haley is the first student from Sulphur High and the second student from Calcasieu Parish to be chosen as the SBESE representative. Haley is the daughter of Tim and Paulette Campbell.

Cox Wins ICHRMA Professional of the Year Award Dr. Susie Cox has been announced as the 2013 recipient of the Imperial Calcasieu Human Resources Management Association (ICHRMA) Professional of the Year award Dr. Susie S. Cox, SPHR received her doctorate in Business Administration from Louisiana Tech University. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Management at McNeese State University where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses primarily in the area of human resources management. continued on p 30

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Places & Faces Family & Youth Announces 2014 Board Officers

Ross M. Raley Recognized by Louisiana Bar Journal

Family & Youth has announced their 2014 Board Officers. Buddy Hamic, human resources director of Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s office, will serve as chair of the Family & Youth board. Ann Barilleaux, marketing consultant of CenterPoint Energy, will serve as vice chair for the board. Mark Hanudel, of R&H Refractory Services, will serve as secretary for the board. Paul Pettefer, owner and vice President of Laundry World, will serve as treasurer for the board. The immediate past president is Leslie Harless, marketing director of First Federal Bank. For more information, call (337) 436-9533.

Ross M. Raley, an associate attorney with the Stockwell Sievert Law Firm, was recognized in the Young Lawyers Spotlight section of the Louisiana Bar Journal. For more information, visit www.ssvcs.com or call (337) 436-9491.

Ross Raley

Ford, Bacon & Davis Announce Vice-President

Buddy Hamic

Ann Barilleaux

Mark Hanudel

Jeff W. Fails has joined Ford, Bacon & Davis as vice president and general manager of the company’s Lake Charles operations. Fails previously worked with Furmanite’s Lake Charles office and is experienced in the electric utility, petro-chemical and the refining industries. Ford, Bacon & Davis is a privately held, full-service engineering, procurement, project management and construction management company with offices located in Baton Rouge, Jeff Fails New Orleans, West Monroe, Lake Charles and also in Greenville, South Carolina. For more information, visit www.fbd.com.

Family Foundation Announces 2014 Board of Trustees Officers

Paul Pettefer

Leslie Harless

Philanthropists of the Year Named The Family Foundation of Southwest Louisiana, the endowment arm of Family & Youth, honored Christine Perry, Phil and Dewanna Tarver, and First Federal Bank of LA for giving their time, talent, and treasure for the betterment of Southwest Louisiana during the Philanthropy Celebration and Awards Reception, presented by Entergy, at L’Auberge Casino Resort. For more information, call (337) 436-9533.

The Family Foundation of Southwest Louisiana (Family Foundation) has announced the 2014 officers of the Board of Trustees. Kerry Andersen, corporate director of media relations & public affairs of Pinnacle Entertainment, will serve as chair of the Family Foundation Board of Trustees. Ben Marriner, president & CEO of Southwest Beverage Company, will serve as vice-chair; John Stelly, owner of Nissan of Lake Charles will serve as secretary, and Andrew Vanchiere of Vanchiere Acquisitions & Management, will serve as treasurer; and Richman Reinauer, of Reinauer Real Estate is Immediate Past Chair.

Kerry Anderson

Ben Marriner

Andrew Vanchiere

Richman Reinauer

John Stelly

L to R: Lake Charles Mayor Randy Roach; Julio Galan, president & CEO of The Family Foundation; Charles Timpa, president & CEO of First Federal Bank; Christine Perry; Phil & DeWanna Tarver; Kerry Andersen, chair- Family Foundation Board of Trustees & director of community relations of Pinnacle Entertainment; and Greg Guilbeau, senior region manager for Entergy, Louisiana.

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Memorial Dedicates David B. Usher Reading Room Walk into the Lake Charles Memorial Hospital atrium and visitors’ eyes quickly pan to the second floor. There they will find a quiet space full of color and literature. The reading room is an open air space located on the second floor of the hospital’s atrium. It is intended to be a place where family members can wait comfortably while their relatives/friends are having procedures. Free use of books and Wi-Fi Internet access will be available to help patrons pass the time. Through various donations to the Foundation at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, the David B. Usher reading room is now a reality. The room was officially dedicated on Tuesday, February 18. “There is so much to celebrate with the completion of the reading room. It provides a variety of reading material for the patients of Lake Charles Memorial and their family members. It also celebrates Mr. George Rodrigue and his wonderful contributions to Louisiana artwork,” the Usher Family says. “For our family, it represents the opportunity to keep David’s memory alive. We hope people might be inspired to treat others with the same kindness and respect that David exemplified in his professional and personal life.” Six 6 feet by 4 feet Blue Dog mixed media

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paintings by George Rodrigue, flank the reading room, hanging from the atrium rafters. The original paintings were made possible by the George Rodrigue Foundation for the Arts and local donors: Mr. & Mrs. John Condos, Dr. & Mrs. Brett Cascio, Dr. Kevin Mocklin & Dr. Cynthia Scott, Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Shearman and Dr. Dale Archer, Jr. Additionally, Larry Graham, President & CEO of Memorial Health System, donated a seventh Blue Dog mixed media piece. It hangs on the Donor Recognition Wall, honoring the men and women of the Military Medical Personnel, past & present. The paintings are some of the last commissioned by Rodrigue before is passing in January. “I am so happy that Dad was able to complete this project with Lake Charles Memorial Hospital,” says Jacques Rodrigue, Executive Director of the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts. “The Lake Charles area was always so supportive of him and his artwork so our family is grateful that the community came together to present such a wonderful collection of work that will forever be displayed in the David B. Usher Reading Room.” Earlier this year, more than 300 employees throughout the Lake Charles Memorial Health System donated $75,000 to help fund the reading room.

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David B. Usher served Lake Charles Memorial in many different capacities for more than 20 years. His most recent role was that of senior vice-president of business development until his untimely death in May of 2013. “Words cannot describe the feeling of making this project a reality,” says Leif Pedersen, vice president of philanthropy at Memorial. “So many people came together with donations of time and money to make this happen. This room was built to honor a many that gave so much to the success of this hospital and it will be here to serve the patients and families for years to come.”



Happy Birthday Pisces!

This year the tides have the potential to flow in the direction you have been hoping for, as long as you don’t swim too fiercely against the current. There will be waves carrying a variety of surprises, but keep an open mind and share your joy and you’ll avoid potential wipeouts. It will be important to maintain balance as you experience periods of inspiration. You may be visited by someone from your past. Stay in control this year and you will own the tide.

Horoscopes Pisces

(February 19-March 20) Your intuition will continue to be very strong this month. Dreams are critical to Pisces, both while asleep and awake. Now is a time to reflect and listen to help bring you clarity about a particularly stressful situation. Worrying will get you nowhere; slow down and your instinct will lead the way as you guide the reigns. The answer may be closer than you think. Use your enhanced intuitive capabilities this month to help those around you, it could turn mutually beneficial.


(March 21-April 19) March is a good time to draw back your horns and take on the role of the peacemaker or quiet listener as you experience strife involving those around you, or encounter an additional hurdle to your career and goals. Stay focused. This too shall pass. Wait it out and do not be taken by the storm. You will be happy and satisfied when the clouds have lifted. Don’t worry, it’s not all bad this month! If you stay away from strife you have the potential to discover the beginning of an exciting new opportunity.


(April 20-May 20) It’s time to take the bull by the horns and dedicate the month of March to self growth and reflection. According to the stars, you have focused too much on those around you. It’s important to take time for yourself. The stars are pulling you toward a bold adventure. Put the phone on silent, hop off the computer and spend some time with yourself. Get to know yourself better and venture toward doing some of things that you’ve wanted to do, but haven’t had the time.

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(May 21-June 20) Mercury will be ruling your judgment this month, which brings the potential for you to be dynamic and indecisive when it comes to making choices. Don’t get caught on the small stuff. Keep moving, stay focused and try to embrace new energy. Avoid being caught in circles of doubt or second-guessing. Throw your energies into a new project to maintain balance, but make sure the project motivates you and does not consume you. Enjoy the ride now as things will start to slow down soon.


(June 21-July 22) The focused Cancer will find herself very productive this month. March is a great time to set reasonable goals, as you may be feeling particularly motivated. This is a good time to crawl out of your comfort zone and explore some new places, take a class or make an effort to bring some different people into your circle. Go to that new restaurant, museum or bar you’ve been talking about and try taking on new projects at work. The world is your oyster this month, so open your claws and go out there and catch it!

Leo (July 23-August 22) Love is in the air, whether you’ll be feeling especially romantic toward that special someone or have your eyes on someone new. Venus will be in your house throughout March and you will be feeling especially attractive. Take time for primping; get those nails done or try out a new hairstyle. Your charms will not only be effective in matters of the heart this month, you have the potential to be influential at work or socially. If you embrace it, you will be unstoppable!

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(August 23-September 22) Like the Leo, March is also a great time for you to experiment with a new look, whether a change in hairstyle, cosmetics or spicing up your wardrobe with something new and different. You have been filled with new projects; now look at changing that first impression. However, even if you don’t have time for a makeover, you’ll have a special energy this month to rock out everything from suit to that favorite old pair of jeans that you can’t bear to throw away. The stars point to a need for you to refuel during March with the possibility of late winter/early spring flu if you are not careful.


(September 23-October 22) March will be busy, busy, busy for the Libra, who will be excited by a number of new possibilities on the job and home fronts and in their social sphere. However, these emerging opportunities can also potentially bring psychological stress and fatigue. As always, make sure to stay in balance and spend some time on the side lines or you may enter the spring feeling completely depleted or with a bad cold. If you aren’t in one already, now would be a good time to sign up for a yoga class or book that overdue massage.


(October 23-November 21) March will bring showers of creativity. Be ready for significant changes. You will achieve newfound clarity and motivation. However, this can be overwhelming, so stay directed or you may not reap all of the benefits. Try a new workout routine, it may help you stay focused. Also, make sure to slow down to listen to those around you as it may help in avoiding potential conflicts.

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(November 22-December 21) March is the time for Sagittarians to focus on new forms of enjoyment and leisurely activities. Explore a new hobby or indulge your inner child with a roller coaster quest to an amusement park. It’s time for some fun outside of your comfort zone and time to to learn different skills and meet new people. Be creative with new endeavors.



(January 20-February 18) Swim with flow this month and try not to look a gift horse in the mouth. The stars have aligned to make March a pleasant month for you in every area of your life; however, if you push those around you too much or close yourself off to new possibilities it could have the opposite effect. Now is a good time to loosen up. It may also be a good time to balance your finances and create new financial goals.

(December 21-January 19) You will be in your element on the job this month. Trust in yourself and take on challenging projects. The boss will take notice. You may be faced with some difficult decisions at home. Follow your intuition and don’t second guess yourself. You will know what to do and it is likely others will look to you for guidance. All of this activity can get stressful, so pick up the phone and book that Saturday at the spa!

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Are We Losing Touch with our Finances? by Kristy Armand

In theory, modern technology is meant to make our lives easier. After the invention of washing machines and dryers, consumers hung up their wash tubs. After cell phones hit the mainstream, we got rid of our answering machines and stayed connected wherever we were. And now that we have e-mail, snail mail seems ancient, slow and irrelevant. As we surrender hands-on control, however, we have inexplicably found ourselves with more to do, and we have come to rely on these modern conveniences to take care of business that we once mulled over ourselves. Case in point: Our finances. “At one point in time, we received bills in the mail, wrote a check, recorded that transaction in our checkbook, put the payment in an envelope, stamped it, and sent it off. A few weeks later we’d receive that check in the mail, along with all or other cancelled transactions, so we could reconcile it with our bank registry,” says Lyles McDaniel, Senior Vice President with Lakeside Bank. “That process now seems laborious and unnecessary. Instead, much of our bills are paid without us even seeing the invoice, thanks to things like scheduled drafts and online bill pay.” There are obvious pros to having our bills paid for us by unseen technological forces. It keeps our payments timely, for example. But as we 34 www.thriveswla.com

grant access to our banking accounts to more and more entities – cell phone contracts, cable companies, credit card companies – are we gaining convenience or losing control? “For the most part, consumers will probably decide that the pros outweigh the cons, but that doesn’t mean the cons don’t exist,” McDaniel said. “Probably the greatest downfall to bill pay systems is that these don’t allow us as much wiggle-room when we find ourselves short on cash one month. Certainly there are devices in place that allow us to tweak how much is automatically paid that month, but you have to catch it far enough in advance to make a change, and that doesn’t always happen. When consumers enroll in automatic debits, they have to be aware that they are giving up some level of control over how their bills get paid. There may be times when you want to change the numbers, but won’t be able to.” Having automatic debits also makes it easier Thrive Magazine for Better Living

to lose track of your transactions, McDaniel said. You have to remember to keep a record of all your automatic debits so you can factor those expenses when balancing your checkbook – a practice that you should still be doing, despite advances in the new millennium. “You can give up the pencil, paper and calculator if you like, and rely instead on spreadsheets and software, but no matter what, you should still be balancing your checking account,” he added. “If you don’t, it becomes easier and easier to lose touch with the reality of your finances. It’s important to remember that these are not just numbers on a screen that go up and down. These numbers reflect real money – your money – and you are responsible for monitoring and managing it.” Other ways we give up control of our finances include contracts, such as with wireless service providers, cable providers, and fitness club memberships. Although there are times when these March 2014

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Whether it’s getting started with investing, saving for college, managing risk, preparing for retirement, arranging your estate, supporting an aging parent, or all of these, the experienced advisors at Rau Financial Group can help. We’ll listen to your goals and dreams first. Then we’ll develop a sound customized strategy to help you pursue them. Let us help you take a closer look at your finances with a free consultation. things are virtually unavoidable, it’s important to recognize what could happen when you financial handcuff yourself to certain services. “Most of us are involved in many different types of transactions, contracts and automatic payments,” McDaniel said. “Unfortunately, these things often don’t factor in a sudden loss of income or emergency. If you find yourself out of a job unexpectedly, it’s not as if you can cancel all your contracts and stop payments – not without facing some dire consequences, at least.” If you’re a control freak, you can still hold onto old-school practices. Paper bills and checks may not be the modern way, but it’s still done. And if you’re skittish about contracts, there March 2014

are some things you can do, such as opting for a pre-paid phone instead of a two-year wireless contract. Unfortunately, these things aren’t always practical. “In this day and age, you are likely to find yourself locked into something in one way or another,” McDaniel said, “and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.” He says the best piece of advice is to keep good records. Hang onto signed contracts. Know what you are getting yourself into and have some general idea of what your options are if you find yourself facing a financial emergency.

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Junior Achievement Program Educates Students on Real-Life Financial Decisions JA Finance Park™, a program of Junior Achievement, helps students build a foundation for making intelligent, lifelong, personal financial decisions through hands-on, realistic site-based experiences. This year, the Calcasieu Parish School System mandated that all students enrolled in the Journey to Careers class (8th through 12th grades) would participate in JA Finance Park. During each one-day simulation, each student becomes “an adult for the day” and is assigned a fictional life situation so they can experience firsthand the real-life challenges of making personal budgeting decisions. After calculating their net monthly income for the fictional salary they’ve received, and while mentored by adult volunteers, the students visit 19 business kiosks that each represent a different budget category. Through this interactive process, students grasp the relevance of what they learn in the classroom to the real world, and better

understand the relationship between income and lifestyle. The hands-on experiences teach students about banking, budgets, buying, careers, choices, consumers, credit, debt, exchange, expenses, income, interest rates, investments, money, opportunity costs, saving, scarcity, social security and taxes. Local schools participating this year included Oak Park Middle School, Westlake High School, Starks High School, LaGrange High School, Maplewood Middle School, Molo Middle School, Barbe High School, DeQuincy Middle School, Reynaud Middle School, DeQuincy High School, Sam Houston High School, WW Lewis Middle School, Sulphur High 9th Grade, Vinton High School, SP Arnett Middle School, Sulphur High School, Iowa High School, Bell City High School, JI Watson Middle School and Washington Marion High School. All JA programs are designed to support

the skills and competencies identified by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. These programs also augment school-based, work-based, and connecting activities for communities with schoolto-work initiatives. For more information, visit www.lakecharles.ja.org.

“Junior Achievement’s mission is to empower young people to own their economic success and we are passionate about bringing financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship programs to area kindergarten through twelfth grade students. Over 1400 8th through 12th grade students received in-class, teacher-led lessons on subjects such as budgeting, saving, taxes, investing, and credit. Volunteers discussed the importance of staying in school and getting a good education to allow the students to be prepared for a good career that has a comfortable salary. “ ~ Meg Lovejoy, District Director, Junior Achievement of Southwest Louisiana

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Startup Weekend Comes to Southwest Louisiana

Startup Weekend, a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs, is coming to Southwest Louisiana, March 28-30. Powered by Google for Entrepreneurs, the event will be held at McNeese State University and it aims to teach participants the basics of founding startups and launching a successful venture. The weekend is a 54-hour event designed to provide education for technical and non-technical

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Supports a Regional Impact Study for Southwest Louisiana The Southwest Louisiana Task Force for Growth and Opportunity (GO Group) recently announced the launch of two major studies. The first is a comprehensive Regional Impact Study. The Regional Impact Study (RIS) will assist the GO Group in preparing the region for this economic growth and all the changes growth will bring. Sasol is sponsoring the study. CSRS, a Louisiana company that specializes in infrastructure and facilities planning, will conduct the study. Simultaneously, the GO Group’s partner organization, Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance, is conducting a detailed housing strategic plan for the region. Both studies will provide community leaders with the information needed to plan for short term impacts and for long term quality of life and community growth. Calcasieu Parish Police Juror Hal McMillin, Chairman of the GO Group, stated that “Sasol is making an incredible investment in our community by partnering with the GO Group effort and funding a comprehensive study to improve the

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quality of life in our region for the foreseeable future. Public officials at all levels must own the responsibility for implementing the improvements needed to prepare for upcoming growth, and we will. This is a unique opportunity for us as public officials to get it right, and failure to do so is not an option. We could not have asked for a better path forward for our future generations.” The GO Group has been working diligently since its formation in early 2013 to develop strategies to ensure the successful implementation of planned economic development projects for Southwest Louisiana (SWLA) that now total an estimated $65 billion. Today’s announcement is the next step in preparing our region for the coming economic growth. The Regional Impact Study will examine the cumulative impact of the announced industrial, commercial, and other economic development related projects on our five-parish region. This study will include a full socio-economic model of SWLA that includes the planned capital projects; an evaluation of the existing condition of the region’s

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infrastructure; and recommended pathways to address the potential infrastructure gaps and community needs that may develop as these projects begin to reach the construction stage. The study will investigate critical areas such as transportation, schools, health services, utilities, emergency services, environment, and regulations relative to land development. The GO Group’s role during the RIS will include assisting CSRS in identifying and accessing the information needed to conduct the study. The GO Group will also offer input ensuring the study’s findings and recommendations are useful to community leaders in their preparation and planning efforts. As the study’s findings and recommendations are formulated and presented to community leaders, the GO Group will continue its work with local governmental agencies in planning and policy development. The GO Group’s goal is to ensure that SWLA emerges from this economic growth and development stronger, smarter and more diversified than before.

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Money & Career All you need to know to stay in the know! Yoga Center Opens 2nd Location

The Yoga Center of Lake Charles; established in 1998, has announced the opening of a 2nd location in South Lake Charles in addition to their downtown location. Yoga Center South will be located at 4920 Lake Street. For more information, call (337) 497-0017.

Live @ the Lakefront Headliner Sponsors Announced

The Arts Council of SWLA, City of Lake Charles, and Deep South Productions have announced headliner sponsorships from Fusion Five and McDonald’s of SWLA for the upcoming season of Live @ the Lakefront, the annual free outdoor concert series taking place at the Lakefront Promenade on three consecutive Fridays, March 14, 21, and 28. For more information, visit www.artsandhumanitiesswla.org or call (337) 439-2787.

First Federal Bank Received 5-Stars

BaurFinancial of Coral Gables, Florida congratulates First Federal Bank of Louisiana on its 5-Star Superior rating. This rating indicates that First Federal Bank of Louisiana is one of the strongest banks in the nation. For more information, call 1-800-388.6686.

Permanent Hair Removal Now Available in Downtown Lake Charles

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Dee Vallette brings Pure Electrolysis to downtown Lake Charles, providing permanent hair removal to women and men of all skin types and hair colors. Find Pure Electrolysis inside GiGi’s Downtown. Visit pureelectrolysis.net for more information or call (337) 309- 2318.

I-10 Hospitality to Donate to No Kid Hungry

Louisiana based I-10 Hospitality, LLC, a restaurant, hotel and gaming management company announces a partnership with Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign to end childhood hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day. The campaign helps connect kids in need with effective nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals and teaches low-income families to cook healthy, affordable meals through Cooking Matters. I-10 Hospitality’s first restaurant location is scheduled to open in the spring of 2014 in Sulphur.

Laboratory at WCCH Receives CAP Accreditation

The laboratory at West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital has been awarded accreditation by the Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), based on the results of a recent onsite inspection. The laboratory’s director, Tiffany Martin; the blood gas director, Gary Taylor; and the medical director, Robert L. Rumsey, MD, with The Pathology Laboratory, were advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the excellence of the services being provided. The laboratory at WCCH is one of more than 7,000 CAP-accredited laboratories worldwide.

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Top Walkers and Companies Recognized for Raising Critical Funds for Heart Disease Over 3,000 attended the annual SWLA Heart Walk, an event to benefit the lifesaving work of the American Heart Association. The walkers united to celebrate the campaign. This year, the event raised over $205,000 under the leadership of 2013 Heart Walk Chair, Donald Lloyd II, CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital administrator.

The American Heart Association of SWLA recognized top individual walkers and companies for leading the fight against cardiovascular disease and stroke. The following individuals were recognized as “Superheroes” for this year’s walk: 1. Byron Graham, Team Byron 2. Carolyn Stivender, Team JWill 3. Deloris Parnell, Christus Home Care 4. Becky Riley, McNeese College of Nursing 5. Geoff Banta, Team Amerisafe 6. Andi Sims, Team JWill 7. Heather Hendrix, Team Heather 8. Cathy Brimmage, CHRISTUS Cardiology 9. Dr. David Engleking, CHRISTUS Admin Team 10. Leon Lagneaux, Team Amerisafe 11. Paul Hutchens, Isle of Capri 12. Karen Kleinman, Team Memorial 13. Dana Williams, Team JALH 14. Alex Richard, JD Bank – Loan Ops 15. Donald Lloyd II, CHRISTUS Admin Team

There were outstanding company groups who have excelled in fundraising. The 2013 Top Five Companies are as follows: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital - $30,747 Amerisafe - $8,830 Lake Charles Memorial Hospital - $8,642 McNeese State University - $8,465 Jennings American Legion Hospital – $6,740

For more information, call (337) 249-8935 or visit www.heart.org.

Magnolia LNG Signs Definitive Pipeline Capacity Agreement

Magnolia LNG LLC has announced that it has executed a legally binding pipeline capacity agreement, known as a Precedent Agreement (PA), with Kinder Morgan Louisiana Pipeline LLC (KMLP). The PA secures sufficient firm gas transportation service rights for the full 8 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) capacity of the Magnolia LNG Project (the MLNG Project) in Lake Charles.

Merchants & Farmers Bank Opens Newest Location in Sulphur

Merchants & Farmers Bank has opened the doors on its newest location in Sulphur with a ribbon cutting. The newest location is at 975 Beglis Parkway. The board of directors, as well as its president Ken Hughes, was present to discuss the opening of the location as well as the products and services Merchant & Farmers offers both commercial and consumer customers.

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Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover by Erin Kelly

Reading does more than make you literate—it makes you healthy


ure, reading books can improve your communication skills and teach you how to spell words and form sentences. But when you curl up with a good book, you’re doing much more than that. Studies show that reading books reduces stress, strengthens intuition, staves off Alzheimer’s disease, helps you sleep and makes you more empathetic. In other words: Books don’t just make you a better reader. They make you a better you. “The ‘secondary’ benefits of reading are equally—maybe more—important,” says Delma McLeod-Porter, PhD, a McNeese State University Distinguished Professor and longtime literacy advocate. The Louisiana Endowment of the Humanities honored Porter with its 2008 Humanist of the Year Award for her outstanding contributions to the study and understanding of the humanities—a discipline that includes language, literature and art. “Sharing other people’s experiences gives us insight into our own small lives. When we take ourselves out of the moment and enter the story world—even if it’s an historical account or other nonfiction—we momentarily become a part of that world. It engages and enables us to empathize with someone who is very unlike us; it forces us to consider courses of action that we may never have to consider in our day-to-day lives; it introduces us to cultures and people

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whom we may never meet face-to-face.” Reading has such an impact on emotional intelligence that Forbes recently claimed that if its readers wanted to succeed in business, they needed to read more books. The article points to studies that show reading increases a person’s accurate awareness of themselves and others and their ability to create positive relationships based on managing their own reactions—in other words, it helps you understand real people and situations, thus making you a better leader. Unfortunately, not everyone has reaped the benefits of a good book. A recent poll from the Huffington Post found that 28 percent of adults hadn’t read at all in the past year. Many adults stop reading once they’ve escaped the required reading lists of high school or college. A shame, according to Louisiana State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton. “It is very important … to create a culture of literacy,” Hamilton said. “We know that it’s important that our children begin reading early, which is why we provide training on early literacy initiatives for our public library staff. We also know that it’s important for children to continue to read and learn through the summer months, which is why we sponsor and provide the Louisiana Summer Reading Program and the Young Readers and Teen Reader’s Choice Award programs. (And) we are all too aware of our adult population that are not readers, or who are illiterate, which is why we sponsor and provide our Adult Reading Program.” Thrive Magazine for Better Living

Ideally, would-be readers would be hit with books at every level, not just when they’re given a required reading list. “The key to becoming a reader is reading—if reading this week’s Sunday school lesson is important, that’s a good place to start; if reading the news is pertinent, get a subscription to the local newspaper. What a person reads is not as important as the ‘act’ of reading,” Porter said. And that “act of reading” could have health benefits, as well as psychological ones. Research conducted in 2009 at Mindlab International at the University of Sussex showed that reading was the most effective way to overcome stress. Participants experienced relaxed muscle tension and decreased heart rate within six minutes of turning pages. Reading was found to alleviate stress better than music, walking, or tea. According to the study researcher, it didn’t really matter which book it was—just as long as it was being read. This study came a few years after researchers found another promising association—this time, between books and Alzheimer’s risk. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, showed that adults who engaged in hobbies that involved the brain— such as reading books or solving puzzles—were less likely to develop Alzheimer’s. It could also help you get a good night’s rest, sleep experts say—as long as you don’t do the reading on your laptop or another backlit device. For a restful snooze, pages are best. March 2014

That’s not to say there’s not a time and place for those backlit devices, Porter notes. “I don’t believe technology has had a negative effect on reading; in fact, electronic readers make it much easier. I read from my smart phone when I have a spare minute,” she says. The key to becoming a reader and basking in all its benefits is simple: Just read. Read anything. Porter suggests Reader’s Digest as a good start, because you get a little bit of everything. And once you start reading, don’t stop. You won’t just become a better you—you’ll be part of a better community. “An educated and enlightened community where all members are engaged and participatory will thrive and grow and be better,” Hamilton says. Porter agrees: “Reading helps us become more critical thinkers; it fosters a thirst for experience of people and place that we can realistically quench in a reasonably short time; it helps us to become more – or in some cases, less – tolerant of people who are different from us. Reading enables us to live in worlds that are larger than our own.”

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March is National Reading Month and Thrive has a lot of Bookworms. In honor of National Reading Month, we asked some of the Thrive staff and contributors about their reading habits.

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Favorite book? It’s hard to pick just one. A Farewell to Arms and Gone with the Wind would be at the top of my list. Number of books/month? At least 20 Digital or old-school? Digital What are you reading right now? Hands Free Mama

Kristy Armand, co-owner/writer Favorite book? Can’t pick just one. The Stand, The Da Vinci Code, To Kill a Mockingbird, A Time to Kill, Winter Garden – I tend to pick favorite authors and read anything they write. Number of books/month? Six to 10. Digital or old-school? Digital What are you reading right now? The Wedding




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Components of Everyday Products Made Here at Home WHAT DO INSECT SPRAY, MAKEUP AND LAUNDRY DETERGENTS HAVE IN COMMON? THEY EACH CONTAIN PRODUCTS MADE BY SASOL NORTH AMERICAN OPERATIONS. “Sasol North American Operations is a regional division of Sasol, an international integrated energy and chemical company with more than 35,000 people working in 37 countries,” said Paul Hippman, operations manager. “In the United States, Sasol has locations in six states, including the one here in Southwest Louisiana.” The Sasol Lake Charles Chemical Complex (LCCC) has been a part of the Southwest Louisiana community for more than 50 years and under Sasol ownership for 12 years. Although the name is easily recognized, people often wonder what exactly is made at the complex. “The existing LCCC has seven manufacturing units with eight main product lines,” Hippman said. “Though individuals cannot purchase these products directly from Sasol, their ingredients are found in everyday household items.” According to Hippman, the most familiar product lines include linear alkylbenzene, which is used in most household laundry detergents, alcohols which are used in shampoos and cosmetics and alumina which is used as a catalyst, mild abrasive and thickener. 44 www.thriveswla.com

Sasol is currently working on three major expansions which will change the face of the manufacturing operations and introduce new products. The first is an ethylene co-monomers unit, which is expected to start operations early in 2014. It is the first of its kind in the world and will produce octene and hexene, which are used to make products that give plastic additional elasticity and strength. The second project, an ethane cracker and derivatives complex, is expected to reach final investment decision in 2014 and begin construction soon thereafter. These units will convert ethane - a colorless, odorless gas - into 1.5 million tons per year of ethylene and other downstream derivatives. These are ingredients in a variety of everyday consumer products including synthetic fibers, soft drink bottles, laundry detergents, hand lotions, cleaners, adhesives and plastics. The third project is a gas-to-liquids (GTL) facility which will convert natural gas into more than 96,000 barrels per day of GTL diesel and other valuable products. GTL diesel features significant environmental benefits because it is virtually free of Thrive Magazine for Better Living

sulfur and aromatic compounds and burns cleaner than conventional diesel, with equivalent or lower greenhouse gas emissions. Sasol plans to reach FID on the GTL facility approximately 18 – 24 months after FID on the ethane cracker and derivatives complex. The ethane cracker and derivatives complex and gas-to-liquid facility combined will create more than 1,200 permanent jobs and more than 5,000 construction jobs at peak construction. With all of these expansion and technological advances taking place, company officials are quick to point out that in addition to the growth and new opportunities, their core focus will not change. “Our focus has been and will remain safely producing innovative and quality products,” added Hippman. “We plan to continue this mission for as long as we do business in Southwest Louisiana.” For more information on Sasol North American Operations, visit sasolnorthamerica.com.

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Kasen Mire, sales

representative Favorite Book? Where the Red Fern Grows Number of books/month? Two or three Digital or old-school? Digital What are you reading right now? Just starting the KGI (Kelly Group International) Series

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writer Favorite book? Little Women Number of books/month? Maybe one new one each month, but I like to re-read books, so I’ll pick up a favorite when I have a few minutes and enjoy them again. I usually read a little bit every day. Digital or old-school? Old-school What book are you reading right now? Here are three fun ones that I’ve been re-reading lately (I’ve been on a French kick!): Bonjour, Happiness! Secrets to Finding your Joie de Vivre, Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Lessons I Learned While Living In Paris, Living The Savvy Life: The Savvy Woman’s Guide to Smart Spending and Rich Living.

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Favorite book? Charlotte’s Web – this was the first book I read that gave me an understanding of the power of the written word. Number of books/month? None – probably more like one/ quarter. I blame DVRs. I do, however, constantly listen to books on CDs in my car. Digital or old-school? Both What book are you reading right now? Divergent

Erin Kelly, contributing writer Favorite book? The Underneath Number of books/month? Depends on my schedule, but about four Digital or old-school? Both What book are you reading right now? The Tyrant’s Daughter Mandy Gilmore, graphic

designer Favorite book? Jane Eyre Number of books/month? Just One. Any more and I’d never get anything done. Digital or old-school? Both What book are you reading right now?The Great Gatsby

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Favorite book? The Pelican Brief Number of books/month? Probably just one every two months - I’m a slow reader. Digital or old -school? Digital What book are you reading right now? The Gods of Guilt

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Boostyour Creativity IF YOU FIND YOURSELF KNOWING ON A TOUGH WORK CHALLENGE, TRY THESE NEW WAYS TO BRAINSTORM. Pour some pinot. A University of Illinois, Chicago, found that because it loosens inner controls, the relaxing effects of a glass of wine might fire up your level of inventiveness. “It makes you willing to consider ‘crazy’ ideas,” said lead researcher Andrew Jarosz. Head outside. Backpackers who took a creative intelligence test after a four-day hike did 50 percent better than those who took it beforehand, according to University of Kansas study. Since nature is typically devoid of e-mails pinging or phones ringing, a nice walk outside may be just the escape you need to make to fire up your creative juices.

Watch a foreign film. A study at Tel Aviv University tracked creativity among people living abroad. The results showed that identifying with two cultures at once trains you to see multiple perspectives. If you’re not headed to France anytime soon, the same advantage can come from eating foreign cuisines, watching foreign films or taking language classes.

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Warm Up Your Green Thumbs, or Your Red Boots

After a harsher than normal winter, temperatures are finally on the rise in Southwest Louisiana. That can only mean one thing, it’s time to break out your work gloves and rubber boots and take your yard back. Thrive’s special section has the latest on what you need to know before heading out to work in your yard.

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Now Trending: What’s Hot in Landscaping by Laura Jameson

Soothing water features, elaborate outdoor living spaces and fish ponds are just a few of the landscaping trends for 2014, according to the owner of a local landscape company. Bobby Johns, owner of SuperBob’s Lawn & Landscape, LLC said lots of mulch — and beautiful colors — will continue to be popular this year. “Customers commonly ask me for mulching and ‘seasonal color,’” he said. “Simply applying mulch will make a night and day difference to the curb appeal of your landscape. However, adding seasonal color along with mulching will completely bring your landscape to life with all of the vibrant colors that spring and summer annuals have to offer.” Water features are gaining in popularity, Johns said. “With the economy here in Lake Charles booming like it is, people are willing to spend more money on their landscaping and outdoor

living,” Johns said. He said they are his “personal favorite.” “They can transform a basic backyard into the highlight of the entire property within a week’s time,” Johns said. “Water features produce a tranquil setting that one can enjoy right in their own backyard.” But, they do require a certain amount of upkeep to keep them working properly. “Water features can be hard to maintain if you don’t give them attention monthly or (at least) every few months. I deal with a lot of customers who say they will maintain the water feature themselves on a monthly basis, but that winds up being a yearly basis,” Johns said. “That’s when it gets expensive. If you let a professional maintain your water feature monthly, or even quarterly, it will ensure that your water feature looks great year round,

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Home & Family | Gardening and it will save you money in the long run.” Since the economy is booming, Johns said more and more residents are investing in making their backyards into lavish outdoor living spaces. “A majority of the people who live here love being outside during spring, summer, fall and even winter. More and more people are starting to spend more time and money on their outdoor patios and decks for family functions,” he said. “I have a few customers that honestly spend more time on their patios or decks than they do in their homes; they have everything from mini bars to TVs to fire pits and much more. Outdoor living areas truly are one of the greatest additions to enhance a backyard.” In addition, garden décor will also continue to be sought after items, but we’re not talking the typical bird baths, garden gnomes and pink flamingoes. So, what do people want? Custom fountains and Koi fish ponds, Johns said. “More and more people are starting to spend more money on outdoor living and what better way to enhance your outdoor living area than with a custom fountain or Koi pond?” he asked. When it comes to landscaping, residents will plant everything from azaleas to zinnias. Look for plenty of sasanquas, camellias, holly, knockout and drift roses, agapanthus (Lily of The

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Nile), gardenias, loropetalums, variegated ginger and flax lily, and boxwoods, just to name a few, Johns said. Also, there will lots of “seasonal color” popping in area landscaping, including vincas, impatiens and sun impatiens, begonias, verbena, lantana, angelonias and zinnias. “But there are so many more to choose from,” he said. Residents love their trees — and they’ll plant even more of them this year, Johns said. “I see an increase in planting trees. Residents

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want to see more of them throughout their landscapes and their yards,” he said. “Some people want shade trees that don’t have blooms and some want no shade trees that have blooms. And then there are those who want shade trees with blooms. Trees within a landscape are what bring the whole landscape together.” For more information on SuperBob’s Lawn & Landscape, call 274-4799.

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by Allie Mariano

Spring Plant Care Tips There is so much to learn about lawn, plant and shrub care. Daniel Chimeno, general manager at Greengate Garden Center, offers some tips on getting your plants ready for spring: Spray roses weekly, alternating at least two of these fungicides — Broad Spectrum Landscape and Garden, F-Stop Lawn and Garden, Liquid Systemic Fungicide II or Rose Pride Disease Control. If insects are present, add Systemic insecticide. Wait until azaleas finish blooming and then fertilize them with Fertilome Azalea, or camellia food. Along with root stimulator, using Agriform fertilizer tablets next to the roots when planting trees and shrubs will ensure a steady release of fertilizer for the first year of growth. Use root stimulator solution on new plants to encourage new root development. Treat St. Augustine lawns with Fertilome St. Augustine Weed and Feed. It will fertilize, kill most of the weeds, and prevent new weeds. Spray Chinese (large leaf) holly varieties with oil emulsion and malathion to kill and prevent scale. Some of the blooming flower bed type plants that usually withstand hot summers are periwinkle, salvia, lantana, pentas, impatiens (shade), purslain, moss rose, verbena, and Mexican heather.

We are fortunate to have good native top soil in Southwest Louisiana, but it is heavy and planting beds should be raised and loosened. It is hard to beat the dark green, dense, blooming Confederate Jasmine vine on a fence for privacy. Treat gardenias with systemic granules or insect drench to kill and prevent White Fly. Camellias can also be treated for scale. Plant tropical plants such as hibiscus, bougainvillea, and allamanda, which usually arrive from Florida in mid-March. To make them prettier, cut back established tropical plants such as hibiscus and allamanda that are either in the ground or in pots. Treat crape myrtles and daylilies with systemic granules to prevent insect infestation. If there are chewed leaves on your vegetable or ornamental plants, look for caterpillars. If you see them, dust with Dipel or spray with Thuricide. They are not poisonous to people.

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In our subtropical climate, tropical plants such as hibiscus have a long period of blooming, and usually survive our winters. You can grow colorful plants in the shade with torenas, impatiens, coleus, begonias, jacobena, indigo, azaleas and camellias. If indoor plants look ragged, set them outside in the shade, prune and fertilize, and leave them for a while. Purchase caladium bulbs early for best selection. Plant after the soil reaches about 65 degrees. Check the soil ph for Azaleas, Camellias, Gardenias, and similar plants every few years to be sure that the soil acidity is in the range for good growth. For more information on your spring lawn and garden, call Greengate Garden Center, located at 4226 Lake St., Lake Charles, at 477-6080.

If there are chewed leaves but no caterpillars, treat top of soil under plants for snails and slugs with a bug bait.

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Spring Landscaping Tips

Spring means it’s time to get your hands dirty and unearth the gardening tools for home landscaping projects. Joshua Keith of Landscape Management Services Inc. in Lake Charles shared some tips on how to begin. “The first step would be to look at what kind of garden you want,” Keith said. “Figure out what kind of sun and light requirements your plant choices have, and assess the amount of shade and sunlight in your yard. The next step is determining if you want a raised bed and bring in soil or if you want to use the native soil. Then, you can think about irrigation and drainage. If you don’t want to hand-water, you will want to set up an irrigation system, or a 52 www.thriveswla.com

cheaper micro-irrigation system.” After you have determined these basics, you can go to a local nursery to buy plants and talk through your gardening plan with an expert. “If you get plants locally,” Keith said, “odds are they will do well here. Traditionally, azaleas, crepe myrtles, magnolias, and Indian hawthorns are some good choices.” Keith explained that it is best to get the seeds in the ground as soon as the danger of frost passes. “The earlier you get them in the ground before spring and summer, the better. The roots will develop during this time, and then the shoots and stems will get to grow and soak up the longer days with more sun.”


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Once you get the seeds in the soil, Keith said, “Make sure you have a good 3 to 4 inches of mulch material over the top to help hold in moisture and protect the seeds from the cold. It’s also always a good idea to give them a light fertilizer whenever you initially plant.”

“Keep it simple, don’t try to do too much. Sometimes people think they want a lot of different plants, but if they stick with a theme it will be neater and less cluttered.Let your garden reflect your personality and preferences while keeping it manageable and fun!”

What’s Blooming at the 15th Annual Southwest Louisiana Garden Conference and EXPO Green thumbs, novice gardeners, and plant enthusiasts alike can dig deeper into their gardening skills at the Louisiana Garden Conference and EXPO from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, March 21 and Saturday, March 22, at the Burton Coliseum. At the event, formerly known as the SWLA Garden Festival, you can also check out gardening talks, buy plants, and get advice from gardening experts. There will be up to 50 vendors selling plants, trees, shrubs, books, tools, and garden accessories. The 4-H Cart Service allows you to load up your own personal cart as you explore. Sponsored by the LSU AgCenter, specialists from the AgCenter as well as regional and state speakers will share their gardening knowledge through talks and demonstrations. Friday’s lectures will be on fruit and vegetable gardening, while Saturday will focus on landscaping, ornamentals, and herbs.

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Robert Turley of the LSU AgCenter said some of the talks will highlight specialties such as grafting or growing plants like roses, figs, and pecans. Other features of the conference include a flower show by the Federated Garden Clubs of Southwest Louisiana called “Art in Bloom” and a Plant Health Clinic where Master Gardener volunteers and LSU AgCenter specialists can assist you in diagnosing any plant problems and advise you on how to take care of different plants. To kick off the weekend, there will be a gumbo dinner, silent auction, and preview party from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 20. Tickets are a suggested donation of $10. Tickets for the conference are $3 per person, and children 12 and under get in free. All proceeds go to the SWLA Master Gardener programs. Each year the conference attracts between

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3,000 and 5,000 visitors. Turley said, “Anyone interested in gardening should stop by. It’s great for homeowners interested in starting gardens, listening to garden talks, and buying plants.” Join in to celebrate gardening, take in some natural beauty, and cultivate your knowledge of plants.



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Spring Cleaning Guide

Spring is here, and it’s time to open the windows and doors, let the sun shine in, and clean and sweep away the gloom of winter, along with the year’s grime and cobwebs.

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by Leslie Fain

Spring Cleaning Made Easy The idea of spring cleaning can seem like an incredibly daunting chore for many of us. However, making it as enjoyable as possible is a good way to start. “I get motivated by playing music real loud as I work. Helps to pass the time,” Kayla Fontenot commented on the THRIVE Facebook page. Catherine Fontenot Lorenzi, a Lake Charles stay-at-home-mom, agreed, saying, “I enjoy dancing around, and it makes cleaning the curtains, fans, etc. more bearable. My daughter, who will be 3 in May, thinks it is fun to clean and cook. I tell her you might as well enjoy what you have to do.” Dana K. White, a Texas-based writer at the blog, A Slob Comes Clean, said when it comes to actually cleaning, it is important to start small. “Instead of starting by taking down curtains and dragging rugs outside, do a basic overall cleaning of your home first,” she said. “This will help you see what really needs to be deep-cleaned and your home will feel better even if you run out of time or energy before you cross everything off your list.” When it comes to spring cleaning the kitchen, start by decluttering first, then you won’t have as much to clean, according to White. Kitchens tend to have stickier dust than other rooms (from grease and such), so look for cleaners that are safe for your

surfaces but that are specifically made to cut through grease.” When cleaning the kids’ rooms, White said get the kids involved in working in their own rooms. “Start by purging trash, broken toys and outgrown clothing.” Lindsay Campbell, a Lake Charles stay-at-home-mom, added, “My best tip for letting go: If it hasn’t been played with for 6 months or more – then you no longer need it! Then we talk about giving it to a child who has less and would enjoy it.” White added: “Let the kids go with you to donate items and talk to them about who will benefit (and how) from the items they’re donating.” When deciding what clothes in your own closet to get rid of, follow the six months rule, as well. Leanne Maddox Reon, 1st grade at Combre-Fondel Elementary, said: “I turn all hangers backwards. After clothes are worn and washed I hang the hanger forward. If it hasn’t been worn in about 6 months, I get rid of it.”

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Home & Family | Spring Cleaning by Kristy Armand

Don’t Spring Past Safety When Cleaning Inside Safety Tips: Snow. Sleet. Icy. Temperatures in the 20s. This is not a typical Southwest Louisiana winter. Now that it’s nearing an end – hopefully – most people are eagerly anticipating springtime activities. For many, that includes spring cleaning. Even if “eagerly anticipating” may be a stretch, most people do some type of annual cleaning in and around their homes. The American Cleaning Institute reports that 3/4 of Americans say they engage in spring cleaning each year. You might be surprised to hear that spring cleaning is actually rooted in ancient history. An annual cleansing of the home and preparation of the fields for planting coincided with the venal equinox, which, in many cultures, marked the beginning of the new year. These traditions of cleaning and incorporated many rituals used to symbolize renewal and optimism for the new season. Ultimately, spring cleaning may have more to do with simple biology, according to researchers. During winter, we’re exposed to less sunlight due to shorter and often overcast days. The lack of exposure to light triggers our bodies produce melatonin, a hormone that causes sleepiness in humans. As spring begins and we’re exposed to more sunlight, our bodies produce much less melatonin. Scientists suggest that the urge to clean in the spring is a natural inclination that arises as we wake up from winter’s melatonininduced daze and feel more energetic as the days grow longer when spring arrives. Suddenly we notice the dust under the furniture, the dead limbs in the trees and the cluttered closets, and actually have the energy to do something about it. But before you haul out the buckets, ladders and lawn equipment to spruce up your home and yard, Joni Fontenot, director of the Safety Council of Southwest Louisiana advices caution due to the to the risk of injury that accompanies spring cleaning activities. According to the Home Safety Council, unintentional home-related injuries cause 21 million medical visits and nearly 20,000 deaths on average, each year -- many resulting from the kinds of activities conducted while spring cleaning. “Awareness of potential injury risks, along with preventive measures are critical to ensure that an injury doesn’t derail your cleaning plans,” Fontenot says.

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When cleaning out closets or reorganizing, keep stairs, steps, landings and all floors clear. Avoid creating so many piles that you can’t safely maneuver around them.

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Keep electrical cords for cleaning tools clear of walkways. Carry loads you can see over, and keep one hand free to hold banisters and railings. Be careful walking on wet floors, and alert others in your home of any wet surfaces.

If you need to climb, use a stepladder or ladder. When using a ladder, stand at or below the highest safe standing level. For a stepladder, the safe standing level is the second rung from the top, and for an extension ladder, it’s the fourth rung from the top. Before using, make sure the rungs are dry.


Follow safety recommendations when using cleaning products, such as wearing gloves and masks. Do not mix products together because the contents could react, causing dangerous results. Make sure these products are properly stored and out of the reach of small children.


When cleaning out medicine cabinets, check expiration dates and throw out expired medications as they often lose their effectiveness or may become dangerous. Make sure medications are stored out of the reach of young children. In homes with young children, never leave a bucket or any standing water unattended. Store buckets empty and upside-down.

Outside Safety Tips:


Wear protective goggles and ear protection while using outdoor machinery to prevent sight and hearing-loss injuries.


Keep all garden tools out of children’s reach and store them with tines, blades or spikes pointing downward.


The best place for children under 12 when you’re using a lawn mower or other motorized equipment is indoors. Some tools are so noisy you can’t tell if a child is nearby.


Even hand-powered ones can kick up sharp rocks, sticks, and small toys that could strike eyes or skin, and blades can chop fingers or toes. Clear the area of debris before mowing.


Never take a child as a passenger on a ride-on mower he could slip and fall under the rotating blades.



Fuel mowers outside and only when the motor is completely cool. If necessary, store small quantities of gasoline outside the home in a detached garage or shed, tightly sealed in an approved safety container and out of the sight and reach of children.

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Start the mower outdoors to avoid raising carbon monoxide levels inside the home or garage.


Store pesticides in their original containers and out of the reach of children, and only mix and store pesticides in containers not used for eating or drinking.

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Give Your Medicine Cabinet an Annual Check-Up

Don’t forget your medicine cabinet while spring cleaning your home. It could save you unnecessary pains and uh-oh moments down the road. An annual check-up for your medicine cabinet is the perfect opportunity to toss old items and restock the essentials. Consider these three steps for a clean sweep Check Expiration Dates: If you find yourself past the expiration date, it’s best to trash the contents. It’s possible the chemicals may have degraded, making them less effective. The safest way to dispose of tablets is to take them to a local collection site (find one nearby at americanmedicinechest.com). If there’s not a center nearby, place the medicine in a sealable plastic bag, add water and let them dissolve. Mix in coffee grounds, seal the bag and throw it out.

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Anyone interested in becoming a member of the Lake Charles Community Band can call Denise at (337) 625-5330.

Store Pills Safely: Studies show that about one in four high school students have taken a prescription drug that was meant for someone else. It may be wise to keep certain prescription pain killers or things like Ritalin and Adderall in a lockbox. Select a container that can fit all the bottles, but is too big to conceal in a purse or pocket. Purchase New OTC Medications: Every medicine cabinet should contain painkillers (acetaminophen or ibuprofen), heartburn products, cough medication, an antihistamine and an oral electrolyte. Don’t forget to purchase first-aid supplies like Neosporin, reusable ice packs, sting-free antiseptic cleansing wipes and bandages.

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Soak It Up Like a Sponge These absorbent cleaners are good for more than just scrubbing away grime. Consider these clever uses for sponges. Prevent Pedicure Smudges Cut a sponge in half lengthwise, then cut four slits along one of the long sides of each. Use them to separate polished toes until they dry. Hydrate Houseplants Before adding the plant and extra soil to a pot, place a sponge in the bottom. The sponge will help retain moisture until the next watering. No-slip Soap Rest your bar of soap on a sponge in your shower or bath tub. The sponge’s uneven texture will keep the soap from slipping off the tile. Make an Ice Pack Instead of grabbing a package of peas to soothe bumps and bruises, try this homemade ice pack. Wet a sponge, put it in a ziptop plastic bag and freeze it. You can also toss this in a lunch box to keep its contents cool.


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Let Fashion Go to

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Accessories are a fun way to add personality to your outfit. You can get by with a few, well-chosen pieces in your core wardrobe if you have plenty of colorful accessories to add a little zing.

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We usually think of scarves, belts and jewelry to accessorize a look, but let’s start at the top for a change and look at hats and headbands. Hats are more useful than a cover for bad hair days. I’ll admit, rare is the client who has fun with everyday hats; and if they do have a few in their closet, I usually hear, “I have no clue how to wear those.” Hats intimidate a lot of us; we don’t want to look like we are trying too hard and we don’t want to look silly. For the last few seasons, hats


have started creeping into the limelight as a must-have accessory. Feel secure in knowing that it is fashionable to finish off an outfit with a hat for the upcoming spring and summer seasons. There are a lot of choices when it comes to hats, so let’s take a look at some that you’ll see this season.




Remember, if you have a fashion question for me, just email it to edit@thriveswla.com or post it on the Thrive Facebook page. It could be answered in an upcoming column. If yours is chosen, you’ll receive a Thrive t-shirt.

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1. Fedora- the best image of this is Indian Jones. A stiff, mediumwide brimmed hat that has a lengthwise cease in its rigid crown.

2. Trilby – is the style you’ll see a lot mistaken as a fedora. This is a smaller, flexible brimmed hat that is typically tipped up in the back. Also has lengthwise cease in its crown. It’s typically made of felt or straw.

5. Cloche – a closefitting crown that has either no brim or a small flare edge brim. A 20’s era style, meant to be worn down on the forehead.

6. Floppy or Sun hat - Wide brimmed hat with little rigidity that allows the brim to create a wave or floppy appearance.

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3. Newspaper cap- is an 8-paneled

4. Bowler hat, or Derby hat - an oval

fabric cap with a visor.

with a round and rigid crown typically with a curled up brim.

7. Panama hat- Has the structure of a Fedora but is made of straw with a wide brim, and a more pliable and taller crown.

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Now that we are confident in knowing that it is fashionable to sport a hat, we want to make sure that you can find the right one that is proportionate for your face shape. Long, angular face shapes should stick to the fedora, newsboy or cloches hats to prevent creating more elongation of the face with high crowned hats. Round and heart shape faces work well with the bowler, vagabond, or panama hats. You want to avoid round-crowned hats, which will emphasize

your round face shape. Square faces can pull off the floppy hats or an angled or tilted trilby or vagabond style. These styles help to soften the sharp angles of the face.

Now, for the fun part: wearing them! Here are a few tips: • Try to always make sure you have some hair showing even if it’s your bangs swooping across to help give you a feminine touch to your look. You can wear your hair messy, in pigtail braids or

For days when you don’t want to cover your head, but you want to add some accessories to your hair, try a headband. They’ve have grown since the thick plastic headbands that we wore as little girls. Now you can wear them with cocktail dresses or for everyday wear to spicy up your outfit. Here is a great example of wearing two simple, thin headbands to create some texture and detail to your plain up-do for a night out. The forehead head wrap is a romantic, hippie look that can be worn with different looks from a solid t-shirt and jeans or with a flowy sundress. I wouldn’t recommend this look for all ages; it’s a more youthful look for 30’s and below. The same goes for the more gypsy look of the three-strand headpiece that is typically made from chains. It creates a more 20’s flapper era look or hippie vibe depending on the outfit that they are worn with. Two more looks are the pin-up headband and the Turban. These looks are great to add some flirtiness to swimwear.

twisted up inside the hat but with small bits of hair coming down on the sides. • Use a hat to help jazz up a denim outfit. Even if its just jeans and a t-shirt, by throwing on a straw trilby you have created a whole new look that looks finished off but effortless. • Some hats like the panama, fedora and newspaper boy caps could use some extra feminine details in your outfit with red lipstick, a flirty top or sundress.

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Signatures Salon Named to the Salon Today 200 by Salon Today Magazine Signatures Salon in Lake Charles, owned by Wendy White McCown, was recently named to the SALON TODAY 200 by SALON TODAY magazine, the top business publication for salon and spa owners. This was the fifth time Signatures has been recognized in this annual ranking and the first they were featured on the cover. “Like most small-business owners, we come to work every day with the same goals in mind—to offer the best service possible, evolve and grow as a business, and keep our clients satisfied. We don’t do it for the recognition, but when recognition comes, it’s invaluable, validating and humbling,” McCown said. “To be named the best of anything is such an honor, but to be named one of the best in your chosen profession is beyond satisfying.” The magazine’s 17th annual SALON TODAY 200 issue profiled the selected salons in its January 2014 edition. The 200 salons were selected for their best business practices from applications submitted by SALON TODAY readers, who represent the 25,000 top-producing salons and spas in the country. For a salon to be named to the SALON TODAY 200, it had to meet stringent criteria in multiple areas of business practices. The magazine honored applicants in 11 different best practice categories, including Advanced Education, Compensation & Benefits, 62 www.thriveswla.com

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Customer Service, Environmental Sustainability, Philanthropy, Planned Profitability, Recruitment & Training, Retail & Merchandising, Retention & Referral Programs, Technology and Growth. Signatures Salon was honored for Planned Profitability. “Our editors recognize that strong business leadership requires the mastery of a number of different best business practices,” said Stacey Soble, editor-in-chief of SALON TODAY. “The salons named to the SALON TODAY 200 for 2014 not only proved they excel in one or more or more of these areas, they also have created rewarding environments for their staff members and standout experiences for their clients. Their willingness to share their success offers our readers important business benchmarks and inspirational sales-building ideas.” Signatures opened in 1996 and has grown to include a staff of 19, including two business managers, 11 stylists, two aestheticians and three salon coordinators. The salon team attends regular courses on technique and business practices, and ongoing education programs are provided for staff in the salon’s education center. Signatures is located 803 W. McNeese St. in Lake Charles. Additional information about services is available at www.signaturessalon.biz. March 2014

Aesthetic Center Introduces New Cosmetic Filler VOLUMA cosmetic filler injections are now available at the Aesthetic Center in The Eye Clinic. This new, FDA-approved injectable gel was designed specifically for adding volume to all three areas of the cheeks: apex, apple and hollow, three common problem areas that show more noticeable signs of aging. It can also provide a subtle lift, helping to restore contour and a more youthful appearance. “VOLUMA provides an new, effective option for those wanting to address hollow cheeks due to aging or weight loss,” says Dr. Mark Crawford, facial cosmetic specialist and Medical Director of the Aesthetic Center. “It can also help patients who have always wanted more volume in their cheeks, but do not want facial implants.” VOLUMA is part of the Juvederm family of cosmetic filler injections, and like Juvederm, VOLUMA is made of hyaluronic acid (HA), a naturally occurring, hydrating substance found in your skin. “As you age, you start to lose HA, which causes the skin to lose structure and volume,” explains Dr. Crawford. “VOLUMA is gel-based, which allows for a very smooth result as it fills out problem areas in the cheeks. Another big benefit of VOLUMA is that its effects last up to two years.” He explains that dermal fillers have been in use for years and are popular ways of reducing or eliminating lines and folds in every part of the face. “As technology advances, these fillers just keep getting better, safer, longer-lasting and more customized for specific areas of the face,” says Dr. Crawford. For more information about VOLUMA or any of the cosmetic injections or services available at the Aesthetic Center, call (337) 310-1070 or visit www.facehealth.net.

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Good Night. Sleep Tight.

Sleeping, that thing we are supposed to do between work, play, raising our families and the other million obligations we are faced with daily. With only 24 hours in the day and so much to get done, it’s easy to justify sleeping less to live more. Medical experts weigh in on why a good night’s sleep should be a priority and provide tips on how to get your best rest yet.

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Early Birds vs. Night Owls Early birds get worms, night owls get depression

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If you tend to stay up past your bedtime, there’s a chance that you might be more successful in life than your early-morning counterparts— unfortunately, it also means that you’re more vulnerable to depression, nicotine and alcohol. According to researchers in Germany, most sleep patterns (known as “chronotypes”) fall into one of three categories: early, late or intermediate. About 10 percent of people are early birds, 20 percent are night owls and the rest fall in the middle. When researchers studied this mixed bag of chronotypes, they discovered that night owls’ white brain matter was in worse condition than their peers, especially in areas associated with sadness and depression. They called it a “chronic form of jet lag accompanied with sleep disturbances, vulnerability to depression and higher consumption of nicotine and alcohol.” This isn’t the first time night owls have been called out for having a darker outlook on life. In 2009, researchers in Brazil found that people who went to bed past midnight were three times more likely to suffer symptoms of depression than early birds, and five times more likely than middleof-the-roaders. It still isn’t clear if the symptoms trigger late nights, or if it’s the other way around. “The science behind sleep is constantly ongoing, so it’s hard to tell which is the cause and which is the effect,” said Dr. Jana Kaimal, sleep specialist and medical director of the Sleep Disorder Center of Louisiana. “We’re always learning new things about how sleep patterns affect daily life. Unfortunately, people still seem to underestimate the importance of restful and patterned sleep, even though studies continuously show that even the most subtle changes in sleep pattern can have monumental affects on mood and outlook.” Despite having less-healthy white brain matter and a potential for sadness, night owls didn’t completely draw the short end of the stick. The University of Madrid performed research on the chronotypes of nearly 1,000 teenagers and found that night owls tended to perform better than morning people when it came to inductive reasoning, which is a key indicator of intelligence and has been associated with career advancement and overall higher incomes. Why? Some think it’s because night activities are more appealing to people with inquisitive minds, “but we don’t know for sure,” Dr. Kaimal said.

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Mind & Body | Good Night. Sleep Tight. According to Dr. Kaimal one of the reasons night owls suffer from feelings of chronic jet lag is because they have trouble waking up. “This doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with the number of hours they sleep, because early birds and night owls oftentimes get the same amount of sleep. It’s just that one wakes up earlier than the other—an average of 40 minutes earlier, by some estimations,” Dr. Kaimal said. “It could be that night owls struggle to wake up because they don’t have the same amount of restful sleep as early risers, and they may not even realize it.” When you struggle to get out of bed and spend most of your morning feeling sluggish, it affects your overall daily performance, even after three cups of coffee have perked you up. “What people fail to understand about sleep is that it affects everything you do, even when you’re awake and even if you’re not feeling sleepy,” said Arthur Primeaux, MD, family medicine physician with Imperial Health. “Poor sleep patterns have been associated with everything from heart trouble to obesity.” Night owls may find it difficult to adjust to life around them, according to therapist Keri ForbessMcCorquodale, MS, LPC, LMFT, CEAP, owner of Solutions Counseling & EAP. This constant need to readjust can cause anxiety, depression and an overall discontented disposition. “Think about it,” Forbess-McCorquodale said. “Just about every person’s day is built around a morning and daytime schedule. School, traditional workdays, office hours. If the world is ticking into productivity by eight a.m. and you’ve hit the snooze button seven times because you don’t want to get up, you’re already behind everyone else. For some people this lifestyle has become so commonplace that they hardly noticed that it might have negative effects on productivity and outlook.” Ideally, Forbess-McCorquodale said, the world would offer more flexibility—but that’s not always possible. “The more we study people and their habits, the more it’s believed that people should find the environment that fits them, rather than struggle to fit into their environment—when you can ideally match your personality to what you do every day, it makes for better quality of life. So if you’re a person who goes to bed at one a.m. and wakes up at ten and you can find a lifestyle that allows you to do that, chances are you’ll be more content than begrudgingly waking up at six.” Unfortunately, life isn’t always that flexible. Hence, the chronic jet lag. Genetics play a role in chronotype, so it might be difficult to change your sleep personality, but there are still a few things you can do if you find yourself hitting the pillow after midnight and hitting snooze in the morning sun.

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exercise “As always, good exercise is the answer to better quality of life,” said Dr. Primeaux. “Morning exercise is especially beneficial—not only because it gets the metabolism going for the rest of the day, but because it’s a good way to wake your body up.” Consider going for a jog instead of giving yourself an artificial boost with coffee.

change the way you wake If you’re like most people, you probably set your alarm and give yourself a few snooze passes. Unfortunately, the snooze button isn’t the ideal way to start your morning. You run the risk of falling back into a sleep cycle, only to force yourself awake again. “Plus, your brain is too fatigued to think clearly, so you may decide, ‘Oh, I’ll just sleep for an extra ten minutes, even though I know I have that important meeting at nine,’” Dr. Kaimal said. Instead of snoozing yourself out, give your brain a boost. Consider waking up to a different song every morning to trigger your neurons; download a smartphone app that requires you to solve a math problem to quiet the alarm; or leave your alarm on the other side of the room so you have to actually get out of bed to turn it off.

focus on the morning first “One of the reasons people fall victim to insomnia is because they’re preoccupied with bedtime. They stare at the clock and think, ‘It’s midnight and I’m still not asleep. Now it’s one a.m. and I’m still awake. I can’t believe it’s two o’clock,’ and so on. Instead of focusing on what time you’re going to bed, put yourself on a schedule for the morning. Eventually your body will readjust and you’ll find yourself going to bed at the right time the night before,” Dr. Kaimal said. Have patience, though. It may take a couple of weeks for your body to catch up with your brain.

step away from the carbs Instead, have protein for breakfast. “Protein wakes up the brain. Carbohydrates can make you feel sluggish,” said Dr. Primeaux. “Eat eggs instead of bagels.” Although the news for night owls seems bleak, it’s not all bad, Dr. Kaimal notes. “Studies have shown that people who are late to bed and late to rise have more stamina than those with certain bedtime,” Dr. Kaimal said.

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Baby Boomers Battle Sleep Problems by Kristy Armand

Need a good night’s sleep? Apparently, so do many older adults. As millions of Baby Boomers move into their 60s, they are discovering what many older Americans already know: The chances of enjoying restful sleep slowly but steadily decrease as you age. “The older the adult, the more likely you’ll have insomnia and other sleep disorders,” says Phillip Conner, M.D., with CHRISTUS Medical Group. He says that among 20-year-olds, only about 12 percent suffer from insomnia. But between the ages of 50 to 64, it’s more than 20 percent, and it rises to more than 25 percent after age 65. But insomnia is only part of the

challenge. Snoring and sleep apnea, repeated short episodes of not breathing, also increase with age. About 60 percent – or three out of five – adults over 65 have some kind of sleep complaint, according to national studies. Dr. Conner explains that aging in and of itself doesn’t cause most of the problems. “It’s often the health conditions and medications that can come with it. Many health problems that develop as you age, such as arthritis, angina and prostate enlargement, can make it difficult to sleep through the night. In addition, blood pressure medicines, decongestants, cancer drugs and antidepressants can also keep adults awake.” He says the problem often develops over many years. Unfortunately, poor sleep is more than a minor annoyance that can be alleviated with a good nap. There’s growing evidence that poor sleep can foster diseases that shorten life. “Untreated, continued on p69

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hitting the snooze button.

“The snooze button gives you an extra ten minutes or so of sleep and in the grand scheme of your day, this just really doesn’t provide you with any more energy. In fact, it does the opposite as interrupted sleep can cause us to feel more tired.”

inconsistent sleep schedule.

A regular sleep and wake schedule makes it much easier to get to sleep each night and wake up feeling refreshed. “It’s important to go to bed and wake up at roughly the same time every day, including weekends. There is about an hour leeway for weekends, but sleeping in any more than that will only lead to disruptions to your circadian rhythm.”

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Enjoying longer than necessary naps.

Naps longer than 30 minutes can disrupt your circadian rhythm as well so if you’re desperate for a nap keep it shorter than half an hour and make sure it’s before 4 p.m. “A short nap after lunch can help restore your energy level, just make sure you don’t oversleep!”

consuming too much caffeine.

There are some definite health benefits to your morning cup of joe, but it’s important to keep your caffeine consumption confined to the first half of the day. “Caffeine can stimulate your body for up to 12 hours after consumption so restrict your intake later in the day and be cognizant that certain herbal

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by Katie Harrington

Common Sleep Mistakes You Don’t Know You’re Making The reality is most of us have struggled at one time or another with sleep. Whether it’s struggling to drift off at night, difficulty sleeping soundly or fighting to wake up in the morning, finding the right balance can be tricky. “Sleep is essential if we want to have a productive life,” says Michelle Zimmerman, a nurse practitioner with the Sleep Disorder Center of Louisiana. “It provides us with the energy we need to function and helps our bodies and minds recover from the information and activities that have taken place during the time we are awake.” Zimmerman points out these common sleep mistakes and offers solutions to get a better night’s rest.

drinks like green tea can also have a high dose of caffeine. Check the label always!”


taking a hot shower or bath before bed.

“Your body’s core body temperature should drop a bit around the bedtime and this signals your body that it’s time to sleep. A hot shower or bath right before bed can silence this signal though. If a steamy soak is a must for you at the end of the day, aim to take it one and a half to two hours before bedtime.” Working out at night also elevates your core temperature so avoid exercise that fall less than five to six hours before bed.


stressing and thinking negatively.

Stress is a common reason why people find it difficult to sleep. “Stress produces chemicals that can stop us from sleeping so it’s important to clear your mind before bed. One trick is to keep a notebook near your bed so you can write down any thoughts plaguing you. This allows you to store them away for later consideration.”


exposing yourself to too much or not enough light.

Our bodies depend on sleep signals to fall asleep and wake up. “Darkness signals sleep time so it’s important to make sure your room is as dark as possible before trying to fall asleep. Seeing sunlight in the morning triggers a chemical reaction in your brain to wake you up so once your alarm goes off, try and soak up about 15 minutes of sunlight to reset your internal

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clock.” If you’re up before the sun, a wake-light or blue therapy light can mimic the sun’s effects.

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Imbibing before bed.

While it’s true that alcohol is a sedative, consuming it before bed may actually impair your sleep during the second half of the night. This leads to interrupted sleep patterns that will leave you feeling tired in the morning.

Watching tv in the bedroom.

“It’s easy to fall asleep on the couch in front of the TV, but it’s important not to replicate this strategy in the bedroom. Introducing this mental stimulation can severely disrupt your sleep.”

eating a protein-packed nighttime snack.

“Protein is indirectly converted into dopamine and high amounts can keep you awake. Consider having a high-protein breakfast and a carb-based bedtime snack.” For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the Sleep Disorder Center of Louisiana at (337) 312-REST or visit www.sleepdisordercenterofla.com.

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Baby Boomers chronic sleep disorders can lead to biological changes that cause weight gain, increase diabetes risk, promote heart disease and worsen depression,” says Dr. Conner. “Memory and mental performance also suffer with poor sleep, which, in older people, can mimic dementia and might lead to misdiagnosis. There’s also pioneering research suggesting sleep loss can impair immune function, possibly hindering older adults’ ability to fight off illness.” Driving safety of the sleep-deprived is another key concern, particularly in the elderly who may already be facing driving limitations. Not surprisingly, the sleep medication business is booming. According to an article in The New York Times, Americans spend $4.5 billion a year on sleep medications. Dr. Conner says medications can be helpful in the short term, “but you have to be very cautious. You can develop a tolerance to them, which decreases their benefit, and there is a potential for dependence and side

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effects. It’s much more important to identify the cause of the sleep problem and then an appropriate plan of treatment for long-term results. There are many factors that influence sleep, and simple lifestyle changes can lead to great improvement for some people.” For example, weight loss can reduce apnea and snoring. Hypertension drugs might need to be changed and daytime naps shortened to less than an hour and taken earlier in the day. Exercise can also improve sleep if it’s not within a few hours of bedtime. “The most important thing for people to remember if they you are having trouble sleeping, don’t accept it as an inevitable sign of growing older,” says Dr. Conner. “Talk to your doctor. Poor sleep does not have to be a natural part of aging. There are many possible causes for your problems and a range of treatment options available and lifestyle changes that can help.”



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Hush, Little Baby by Christine Fisher

Sleeping Tips for New Parents When it comes to sleep troubles, perhaps no one understands them more than a new parent. Even though the baby is completely adorable and the parents feel blessed to care for this amazing creature, it is exhausting to be on call 24/7 for months on end. For the first few days, the endorphins of the childbirth experience can help new moms and dads cope, but soon the reality sets in. Feedings throughout the night make it impossible to get a good night’s sleep. While lack of sleep for new parents is expected and can be humorous, there are serious physical consequences that can result. “Some slip ups can be funny, like trying to call someone using the television remote by accident, or answering the phone when the door bell rings, but foggy thinking can also lead to serious problems,” said Alycia Rodgers, MD, pediatrician with The Pediatric Center of Southwest Louisiana and medical staff member of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital. “Drowsy driving, not having enough energy to complete tasks whether it’s at home or at work, and the emotional toll of continuous exhaustion can be too much for new parents.” Getting enough quality sleep is critical for good health. With a baby, however, sleep schedules are interrupted. So, how can new parents reconcile these two? Dr. Rodgers advises her patients to, ironically, be patient. After a month or two, most babies sleep for several hours at a time. “By six months of age, many babies can sleep for six to nine hours at a time and parents can usually get back to their regular sleeping patterns,” she said. In the meantime, a little creativity can help new parents get some zzzz’s.

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stay cool. Just as adults sleep best when the room is cool, so do babies. Keep your baby’s room warmer during the day and cooler at night. Aim for between 65° to 70°F.

go dark. Light is one way to regulate a baby’s sleep habit. During the evening, keep the lights low throughout the house and dark throughout the night. When the baby wakes up to eat, use a dim light and quiet tones to encourage a restful feeding and hopefully, a quick return to sleep.

sleep when your baby sleeps. This is probably the most popular advice given from moms to moms and it’s because it works. In the first few weeks after birth, it’s okay to put your normal routine on a shelf and give yourself permission to nap while the baby naps.

watchful waiting can work. Sometimes, a few whimpers or fussiness during the night could simply be the baby settling down. It doesn’t always mean they are hungry or need to be changed. They may be able to comfort themselves and return to sleep. It’s okay to wait a few minutes to see if the baby truly needs something.

bring in the bottle. If you’re breastfeeding, get the baby used to drinking pumped breast milk from a bottle so that the new dad can help during night feedings. By sharing the night shift, you can both get longer stretches of sleep. “The best thing for new parents to remember is that this phase doesn’t last long, although while you’re in the throes of it, it can seem to go on forever. After a few months, the baby will begin to settle into a more predictable pattern, and everyone in the house can begin to sleep better,” said Dr. Rodgers. For babies who have trouble settling into a sleep pattern after a few months, new parents should enlist the help of family members or volunteers. Sleep is necessary for good physical and mental health. If parents are having significant trouble and the baby’s sleep patterns are continuously interrupting their own sleep, talk with the pediatrician about it to see if there are adjustments that can be made to the feeding schedule or other ideas that the parents may not have thought of yet. Once the baby gets on a more manageable sleep schedule, lives can return to a more normal pattern. When the exhaustion is eased, it’s easy to go back to cuddling, spoiling and thoroughly enjoying your beautiful baby.

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The Health Benefits of Olive Oil

by Erin Kelly


Studies show that regular consumption of olive oil could help decrease blood pressure, prevent the progression of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis, reduce the risk of stroke, and aid in the prevention of heart disease and diabetes. Olive oil is also rich in antioxidants, which may also minimize cancer risk. “It seems you can’t go wrong with olive oil as part of your regular diet,” said Melanie McMullen, co-owner of Crave, a specialty food boutique that sells a variety of fresh, extra virgin olive oils on tap. “Another great thing about olive oil is its diversity. You can find different kinds of olive oil to fit whatever flavor you’re going for - fruity, grassy, buttery, nutty or infused with fruits or herbs. There’s a wide range of choices.” According to McMullen, olive oil can be used not only to cook, marinade or bake with, it can also be paired with a balsamic for salad dressings or as a finishing oil on your foods after cooking. She said not all olive oils are created equally, thus the misconception that you cannot heat extra virgin olive oil. “Our oils are from Veronica Foods and meet their very high standards. Our oils have a much higher smoke point than the mass produced oils on grocery store shelves. In fact, olive oil is much more stable when heated compared to most vegetable oils. Although olive oil may cost more when compared against everyday canola, peanut or

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vegetable oil, the extra cost is probably worth it, according to Steve Springer, MD, family medicine physician with Imperial Health. “If you’re going to pay a higher price for anything, choose your grocery bill rather than medical bills for health problems. Those extra pennies could mean less harmful saturated fat in your diet, which ultimately plays a large role in your overall health and lifestyle,” Dr. Springer said. “Among the plant oils, olive oil is the highest in monounsaturated fat and lowest in polyunsaturated fat, which means it’s high in fats that don’t oxidize the body, and low in fats that do.” Oxidation is a complicated physiological process that refers to the oil’s ability to become chemically combined with oxygen in the human body. Diets low in oxidation allow the body’s cells and enzymes to function as normal. Ingesting foods that are high in oxidation—such as vegetable oils, for example—can damage enzymes and other parts of the cells by inhibiting the energy needed for digestion, production of thyroid hormone, immunity, and clot removal. “This is why it’s important to maintain a diet rich in anti-oxidants and high in non-processed food. Think about it this way: In many processed foods that are now part of the standard American diet, products go through a series of chemical processes before finding their way to our mouths. Once we eat it, we’re essentially placing ourselves and our bodies in that chemical process,” Dr. Springer said. “This is true when we eat vegetable oil instead of olive oil, or French fries instead of

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salad. The closer your diet is to the original source of the food, the better off you’ll be.” “The olive oils at Crave have not gone through the same chemical process as vegetable oil or margarine,” said McMullen. “We believe the better informed you are as a consumer, the better choices you will make for your health and diet when it comes to purchasing quality oil. That’s why the olive variety, date of crush, country of origin, awards received and a chemical analysis of the polyphenols, oleic acids, free-fatty acids and peroxide levels -- all determinations of quality and taste -- are listed on oils in our store,” she added. “Plus, you have the opportunity to taste and try each oil before purchasing.” Researchers in France recently found that older people who consume olive oil daily had a 41 percent lower risk of stroke compared

to those who did not consumer olive oil at all. These results were noted even after considering other factors, such as age, weight and history. Another recent study published in Diabetes Care showed that a Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil reduced the risk of diabetes by as much as 50 percent, even when compared to a low-fat diet. The Mediterranean diet was also found to reduce endothelial damage and dysfunction, according to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. “Maintaining a healthy diet is essential to living a healthy life,” Dr. Springer said. “And there is certainly a strong argument for adding olive oil to such a diet.” Crave is co-owned by Fran Avery. For more information about olive oil varietels, call Crave at (337) 421-0040 or stop by 2801 Ryan Street in Lake Charles. by Kristy Armand

Six Foods that Don’t Belong in A Healthy Diet EVERYONE WANTS TO EAT A HEALTHY DIET, BUT WHAT IS THAT EXACTLY? According to Jacqueline B. Richard, MS, RD, LDN, assistant director of patient services, CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital., it’s not as complicated as some people and late-night infomercials selling the latest weight lost plan make it out to be. “Basically, everyone needs a mix of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats, along with enough vitamins and minerals for optimal health.” However, ongoing research is indicating that food choices within these Added sugar. Whether it’s white granulated sugar, brown sugar, high- fructose corn syrup, corn sugar, or honey, sugar contains almost no nutrients and is pure carbohydrate. When you eat a lot of sugar you are filling up on empty calories, causing your blood sugar to rise and fall like a roller coaster, and can keep you from eating foods that with important nutrients and fiber. Research cites soft drinks and other sugarsweetened beverages as the primary source of added sugar in the American diet and a major contributor to weight gain. In fact, just one extra 12-ounce can of a typical sweetened beverage a day can add on 15 pounds in a year. That’s not only because the drinks themselves add calories, but also because those liquid calories aren’t as satisfying as solid food. Dairy fat. Ice cream, whole milk, and cheese are full of saturated fat and some naturally occurring trans fat and therefore can increase the risk of the health problems, notably heart disease. The healthiest milk and milk products are low-fat versions, such as skim milk, milk with 1% fat, and reduced-fat cheeses. March 2014

categories are better than others. Harvard nutrition scientists have compiled the following list of foods you should keep to a minimum. Research suggests that eating these foods regularly (and to the exclusion of healthier choices) can set the stage for life-threatening illnesses such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and even some cancers.

Baked sweets. Cookies, snack cakes, doughnuts, pastries, and many other treats are hard to pass up, but these commercially prepared versions are packed with processed carbohydrates, added sugar, unhealthy fats, and often salt. White carbohydrates. Bread, pasta, potatoes, rice, cookies, cake, or pancakes — if you enjoy these foods, opt for whole-grain versions. Whole-wheat pastas and breads are luckily easy to find. And you can always make your own homemade cookies or bars using grains such as oatmeal, and less sugar and unhealthy fats. Processed and high-fat meats. Shun the cold cuts and “pigs in a blanket.” Despite some conflicting reports, the balance of the evidence confirms that processed meats like bacon, ham, pepperoni, hot dogs, and many lunch meats are less healthy than protein from fish, skinless chicken, nuts, beans, soy, and whole grains. Fresh red meat should be eaten sparingly and the leanest cuts selected.

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Salt. Current dietary guide lines and the American Heart Association recommend reducing sodium to 1,500 mg per day and not exceeding 2,300 mg per day. But most of us get 1 ½ teaspoons (or 8,500 mg) of salt daily. That translates to about 3,400 mg of daily sodium. Your body needs a certain amount of sodium, but too much can increase blood pressure and the risk of heart disease and stroke. Are there foods you never should eat? “Not really,” says Richard. “If you crave a hot dog or chocolate milk shake occasionally, have a small one. But don’t make it a daily event. And you can offset the less healthy choices you make – that late-night snack of chips and dip – with healthier choices the next day. Healthy eating doesn’t mean eliminating certain foods altogether, it’s just important to be are that there are some things that should only be eaten rarely.” Learn more about healthy nutrition at www.christushealth.org.



Mind & Body

Culinary KIDS

by Carrie Poole Gerber

Like many other Southwest Louisiana homes, our kitchen is the busiest room in the house, but unfortunately, busy doesn’t always mean that the family is all together for meals in the kitchen like it did once did in the past. The kitchen often becomes a traffic hub, with family members passing each other to and from various separate activities. Family life has become more like a sprint to make it to the bedtime finish line, instead of a marathon of family fellowship. Life in general is faster-paced today, and finding quality time isn’t as easy as it used to be. That’s why we’ve made it a point to make our kitchen not just a hub, but the heart of our family life with our four kids. We try to cook together and eat together as a family as much as possible. Everyone in our household knows there are very few acceptable excuses that will get you out of this sacred time we’ve carved out of our busy lives.

As a result of our focus on food and family, our youngest, 11-year-old Patrick, has become quite a skilled cook and culinary critic. Maybe it’s his age or maybe it’s his general adventurous personality, but he has developed a love for food and an eclectic pallet we are proud of. Patrick is the first one to volunteer to help in the kitchen, which is why we decided to enlist him to share some of his favorite recipes. In this new, regular Thrive feature we hope to inspire parents to find ways to inspire their children to get involved with meal preparation. It’s a great way to spend time with your kids and teach them about food choices and preparation. And, you’ll be amazed at how much you learn about their lives through conversations that take place while chopping vegetables together. So pick up a whisk and have some fun with your family in the kitchen!

CEASAR DRESSING ¼ cup mayo ¼ cup finely grated parmesan Cheese 2 tbl fresh lemon juice 2 tbl Olive Oil 1 tsp Dijon Mustard

1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce One small squirt of anchovy paste kosher salt/black pepper to taste ½ medium bunch of Kale 2 hard cooked boiled eggs

Wash your kale and tear into bite size pieces. You want your kale to be very dry so that your salad isn’t full of extra water. (We put our through a salad spinner, which the kids also love to use.) Hard boil two eggs. While eggs are boiling you can begin making your dressing: Start with your mayo, then whisk in one ingredient at a time. The anchovy paste is a very small squirt. Whisk all ingredients together so that your olive oil isn’t separating. Toss your dressing with the kale and top with diced eggs. Our kids always add extra shredded parmesan cheese. This salad is usually best after it’s chilled for about an hour – enjoy!

Carrie Gerber and Patrick Collins enjoying quality time in the kitchen.

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10 BENEFITS OF COOKING WITH YOUR KIDS 1. Cooking brings families together. 2. Cooking builds self esteem. 3. Cooking makes kids more willing to try new foods. 4. Cooking teaches kids math skills. 5. Cooking teaches kids reading skills. 6. Cooking teaches kids chemistry skills. 7. Kids who cook tend to eat more fruits and vegetables. 8. When kids cook they learn about the origins of food. 9. Cooking teaches kids about different cultures. 10. Cooking with kids gives them an important lifelong skill.

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Taking a Closer Look at Pink Eye by Kristy Armand

CONSIDERED BY MOST PEOPLE TO BE CHILDHOOD AILMENT, PINK EYE WAS RECENTLY THRUST INTO THE INTERNATIONAL SPOTLIGHT WHEN BOB COSTAS MISSED SEVERAL DAYS OF ANCHORING NBC ‘S OLYMPIC COVERAGE DUE TO A SEVERE CASE OF PINK EYE. HIS IRRITATED, PINK EYES WERE IMMEDIATELY VISIBLE TO VIEWERS, BUT HE SAID IT WAS THE SENSITIVITY TO LIGHT AND BLURRED VISION THAT MADE IT IMPOSSIBLE TO WORK. According to Dr. Mel Gehrig, optometrist with The Eye Clinic, these are common complaints among adult sufferers of the condition. “Most people will have at least one incidence of pink eye in their lives. It’s a common and frustrating problem.” Conjunctivitis, the medical name for what is commonly called “pink eye,” affects the conjunctiva, the clear membrane covering the white part of the eye and interior lining of the eyelids, explains Dr. Gehrig. As the infection sets in, this membrane becomes inflamed, causing the eye to turn pink. Symptoms include redness, irritation, swelling, pain, light sensitivity, blurred vision and discharge. The leading cause of pink eye is virus infection, but it can also be caused by bacterial infection. “Pink eye is a very unpleasant health condition, but it typically doesn’t pose a serious health threat to the eyes if it’s treated properly,” says Dr. Gehrig. “Children are the most common victims of pink eye because they are exposed to so many different infections through close contact with their peers. Pink eye can spread rapidly in close quarters.” Contact wearers can also be sensitive to developing conjunctivitis, Dr. Gehrig said. “Pink eye in contact lens wearers is often caused by infections from poor hygiene. It is very important that wearers rinse, soak, and clean their contacts daily and properly using the proper solution. The contact case should also be washed regularly to avoid bacterial build-up,” Dr. Gehrig said. “It’s also wise to make sure hands are washed and clean before handling lenses.” Prevention of pink eye is easier for adults than children, but preventative measures should be taken to not only prevent infection, but thwart further spreading of the condition. Adults and

children should wash their hands regularly; avoid sharing washcloths, towels or pillowcases; and avoid rubbing the eyes. Prevention of pink eye in children is tricky, but not impossible, Dr. Gehrig said. “Remember to teach children general personal hygiene habits, such as using tissues to cover their mouths and noses when they cough, and washing their hands often. Reiterate the importance of these habits to not only prevent pink eye, but numerous other ailments as well,” Dr. Gehrig said. “Also, discourage children from rubbing or touching their eyes.” Even the most diligent of precautions can fall short of beating pink eye. A person infected with conjunctivitis should stay home and out of contact with others until the condition clears. “Be sure to see an eye doctor if you suspect you have pink eye,” says Dr. Gehrig. “This isn’t one of those conditions that you should ignore. Leaving untreated could lead to long-term damage of the conjunctiva, which can impair vision.” Treatment will depend on the cause of the infection. A bacterial infection may require eye ointments or drops, while treatment for a viral

infection may be more limited. “Viral infections usually clear up on their own, but they can last anywhere from a few days to several weeks. No antibiotic drops will help viral conjunctivitis, but there are still measures than can be taken to ease discomfort and prevent long-term consequences,” Dr. Gehrig said. For more information about pink eye, call The Eye Clinic nearest you in Lake Charles, Sulphur, DeRidder, Moss Bluff or Jennings, or visit theeyeclinic.net.


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Regaining Function Lake Charles Memorial’s Neurologic Outpatient Rehabilitation Program is uniquely designed and delivered for each patient based on their individual needs. Patients commute from home and take part in the most complete rehabilitation program in the area including: physical, occupational, speech and language/cognition therapy, and neuropsychology. “Therapy focuses on patient and family education to transition the patient to a more independent level of care,” says Nick Cronan, a doctor of physical therapy and team leader for outpatient and physical therapy at Memorial. “As therapy goals are met or conditions change, certain therapies may be discontinued, while others may intensify. Out of necessity, outpatient rehabilitation has become very functional and direct.” This rehabilitation program is tailor-made to each patient’s current abilities and future goals. The therapy staff is comprised of certified specialists to provide care for multi-trauma patients, both with standard and unique issues. Physical Therapy is meant to improve the patient’s overall ability to move around under their own power, improve safety and maximize their independence. There is a focus on increasing the patient’s ability to move safely and freely throughout their house, community, during

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recreation and work environment. Occupational Therapy is client centered approach to assist in restoring a person’s independence in daily life activities. The focus is to improve/ establish the client’s ability to participate in everyday roles, routines, habits, and rituals. It targets improving deficits in upper body strength, coordination, mobility, cognition, endurance, and safety. Speech Therapy focuses on an individual’s present communication ability and utilizes specific approaches to enable the patient to communicate most effectively. Concrete and abstract approaches are utilized to address the patient’s ability to comprehend information and/ or express basic wants and needs. Assessment and treatment of swallowing also falls within the speech pathologist scope of practice. Swallow disorders are characterized by difficulty chewing, initiating a swallow, and mechanical weakness that decreases the movement of food into the esophagus. Usually the first step toward re-integration into the community is a functional evaluation followed by goal-directed training. Memorial’s neurologic program uses real life assessments of independence in the community, capabilities

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and functional limitations prior to an individual’s attempt to return to pre-injury activities or employment. “Outpatient evaluation and training is designed not only to monitor progress towards rehabilitation goals, but also to build skills, confidence, self awareness and compensation strategies in a variety of settings,” Cronan says. “Our number one goal for a successful rehabilitation is to get our patients as close as possible to the type of life they want to live.” For more information call, (337) 494-2556.



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Cartilage Restoration:

Knee Renewal Instead of Replacement by Kristy Armand

WHEN YOU CUT YOURSELF OR BREAK A BONE, YOUR BODY IMMEDIATELY WORKS TO HEAL THAT INJURY, SENDING NUTRIENTS THROUGH THE BLOODSTREAM TO REPAIR AND RESTORE THE DAMAGED TISSUE. BUT IF YOUR CARTILAGE IS DAMAGED, YOU’RE OUT OF LUCK. THIS SOFT, FLEXIBLE TISSUE THAT CUSHIONS THE JOINTS HAS NO DIRECT BLOOD SUPPLY AND THUS LITTLE ABILITY TO HEAL ITSELF. Cartilage is the smooth protective covering lining the ends of the bones at the joints, and is very important within the knee joint, particularly. “Normally, cartilage acts as an effective shock absorber, tough enough to survive both the wear and tear of daily activities and high level sports,” explains Dr. Steven Hale, orthopaedic specialist with Center for Orthopaedics, an affiliate of Imperial Health. “It has an extremely low friction surface that enables the knee to bend and move easily and painlessly.” However, cartilage can become damaged through injury or as a result of the wear and tear that occurs over years, according to Dr. Hale. “A traumatic injury, such as falling and twisting your knee, usually causes a more localized type 78 www.thriveswla.com

of cartilage injury. Damage due to wear and tear, otherwise known as degenerative arthritis, or osteoarthritis, occurs over a lifetime. In many cases, it may start as a localized area of damage, but progress to involve larger areas of cartilage damage, leading to further wearing away of cartilage, bone damage and painful movement.” Dr. Hale says articular cartilage defects, small areas of injury, have been notoriously difficult to treat, and can lead to persistent pain in an otherwise healthy knee. “We know that if we can treat these types of small defects successfully, we can prevent more extensive damage from occurring within the joint, which could require more complex procedures to restore pain-free movement, such as a joint replacement. “ Thrive Magazine for Better Living

“A good way to think about cartilage restoration is to compare the injured cartilage surface to a damaged road,” says Dr. Hale. “If the road is completely damaged all the way across, the best way to fix it is to clear out all the damage and replace it with a completely new surface. If the injury is just a small pothole, then that one spot can be repaired. In the knee, our goal is to mimic this same approach to successfully repair small cartilage defects whenever possible. New innovative technology is allowing us to do this with more and more success.” Microfracture has long been the traditional treatment for cartilage defects, according to Dr. Hale. This procedure allows the body’s own bone marrow stem cells to “fill-in” a defect, producing March 2014

a scar tissue patch. This effectively repairs the damaged site and aids in protecting the adjacent cartilage from progressive damage. The surgeon creates small holes into the bone underneath the damaged cartilage in order to allow blood and marrow healing elements into the area of missing cartilage. However, while scar tissue, called fibrocartilage, fills the area where the cartilage is missing, it does not have the same strength and resiliency as normal articular cartilage. Fibrocartilage does not usually stand up over time and typically wears down after a few years, and may require a repeat procedure. Over the past decade, new techniques have been developed to improve upon microfracture, allowing doctors to renew and restore healthy cartilage. Center for Orthopaedics’ physicians have been involved in multiple FDA Phase II clinical trials to evaluate various restoration techniques and Dr. Hale says the results are very positive. “Biocartilage grafting is one technique that we are using with a great deal of success,” says Dr. Hale. “It is used in conjunction

with traditional microfracture, but instead of a repair based only on fibrocartilage growth, we are able to generate the growth of real articular cartilage by implanting a paste of micronized allograft dehydrated cartilage mixed with platelet-rich plasma into the small microfracture openings This approach has been shown to improve the strength and stability of the regenerate cartilage.” Dr. Hale says Biocartilage is just one of numerous new cartilage restoration techniques that are dramatically improving the treatment of cartilage defects. “This is a rapidly evolving field so the data available only goes back several years, but the results are very promising and give us more options to offer our patients than ever before. The technology is very exciting and basically allows us to harness the body’s ability to heal itself in new ways.” Learn more about cartilage restoration from Dr. Hale at a free community seminar on Thursday, March 20, at 5:30 pm, in the Lake Charles office of Center for Orthopaedics. Call (337) 721-7236 or register online at www.centerforortho.com.

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Social Interaction is One Prescription for Good Health By Leslie Fain


“The biggest obstacle for senior citizens is that for many of them, it is not possible to get out and socialize,” said Sorrells. “Most can’t or shouldn’t drive anymore, and many of their friends are deceased or are in the same situation they are in.” As a result of this lack of socialization, many senior citizens spend their time sitting down, watching television and their cognitive, fine, and gross motors skills deteriorate, according to Sorrells. Since many in this demographic are losing their eyesight, they 80 www.thriveswla.com

often cannot even read for recreation. Thanks to the social interaction available at assisted living homes, such as The Gardens Assisted Living, senior citizens begin to thrive, emotionally, mentally and physically, she said. “Even something as simple as a meal gets them out with other people, and their nutrition improves,” said Sorrells. “In our facility, it is restaurant style, and we try to seat people according to common interests.” Thrive Magazine for Better Living

Social interaction is also made available through special events at The Gardens, including special luncheons, Christmas parties, ice cream socials, sing-alongs, and shows by visiting performers. Residents are also given ample time to play games, Wii, trivia, and cards. To meet the spiritual needs of residents, prayer services and Catholic masses are held, as well. “From bridge playing to happy hour, we encourage all our residents to be out socializing,” March 2014

said Sorrells. Sorrells said there are two or three activities taking place at the facility every day. Since 90 percent of their residents use walkers and wheelchairs, facility staff take them on assisted outings where they need to go, whether it’s to Wal-mart, to the mall, out to eat or to the doctor. As for physical activity, exercises are offered each morning. “If a person is shy, we try to encourage, - we don’t force. If someone is new, we might come knock on the door and invite them to join the exercise class.” An assessment is done of each person’s needs once they become a resident. For example, a resident may need help getting in and out of the shower, or may need help with their medication, she said. Sorrells said she has witnessed and heard of several success stories about people who came to The Gardens and improved mentally and physically after experiencing ample social interaction. “One gentleman who had severe depression and hypertension wouldn’t come out of his room. Now he goes to exercises, goes to bingo, plays cards, and he’s made friends. He’s thriving.”

She told another story of a female resident from New Orleans who had lost everything in Hurricane Katrina. She lost all her friends, too, because she had to move. “She had to start over, but now she has friends here.”

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Community Contributor$ Billy Navarre Donates to Abraham’s Tent

L to R: Robert Piper with Abraham’s Tent and Billy Navarre.

L’Auberge Donates to Special Olympics

Billy Navarre of Billy Navarre Chevrolet Cadillac donates $30,000 to Abraham’s Tent to help fund the building of the new location. The new location will provide a comfortable facility for serving hot meals everyday to anyone who needs one.

L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles hosted Polar Plunge Benefiting Special Olympics Louisiana at Touloulou’s Beach Bar & Grill and donated $5,000 toward the cause. The fundraiser calls for community volunteers to plunge into the frigid water of Contraband Bayou to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics Louisiana.

Billy Navarre Donates to Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School Billy Navarre of Billy Navarre Chevrolet Cadillac donates $170,000 to Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School. The donation will be used for the exciting south campus expansion of Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School. L to R: The Reverend Deacon Frances “Boo” Kay with Biship Noland Episcopal Day School and Billy Navarre.

L-R: Sergeant James Anderson, public information officer Louisiana State Police Troop D; Kayla Vincent, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office; Katie Bird, Special Olympics Louisiana director of special projects, SW Region; Keith W. Henson, L’Auberge Casino Resort senior vice president and general manager; Maria Sanchez, Special Olympics Louisiana director of special projects, SE Region.

L’Auberge Donates to Family & Youth

Isle of Capri Casino Hotel Donates to United Way Staff from Isle of Capris Casino Hotel presented a check for $53,341 to United Way of Southwest Louisiana. Through this contribution United Way will be able to continue its mission of positive community impact in Southwest Louisiana.

L to R: Isle of Capri Casino Hotel’s Danielle Broussard and Vice President and General Manager Paul Hutchens; United Way of Southwest Louisiana Resource Development Associate, Becky Ainsworth; and Isle of Capri Casino Hotel employees, Jan Wilburn and Christina Lorio.

L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles hosted Family & Youth Counseling Agency’s 16th Annual Connections Count Professional Development Conference and donated $5,000 L-R: Keith W. Henson, L’Auberge Casino Resort senior vice president and general manager; Dr. Candis Carr, Family & in kind toward food and beverage. At the Youth senior vice president; Julio Galan, Family & Youth president and CEO. Connections Count Conference, professionals and practitioners met to expand, enhance, and share knowledge and expertise for the benefit of children, youth, and families in their collective communities.

Sowela Receives Gift From Lake CharlesToyota

Entergy Supports Abraham’s Tent Entergy has presented Abraham’s Tent with a $5,000 check in support of its food bank.

L to R: Phillip Tarver of Lake Charles Toyota and Dr. Neil Aspin wall, chancellor of Sowela.

Southwest Louisiana Technical Community College (Sowela) received a $5,000 gift from Lake Charles Toyota to help fund scholarships for the College’s automotiverelated programs. For more information, visit www.sowela.edu.

L to R: Anthony “Chip” Arnould of Entergy Gulf States Louisiana and Pearl Cole of Abraham’s Tent.

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Solutions for Life

On The Eating Of

from Solutions Counseling & EAP by Keri Forbess-McCorquodale, MS, LPC, LMFT, CEAP


Q: How do you eat an elephant? A: One bite at a time. Lately I’ve been working with a lot of people who have elephants to eat. They’re overwhelmed with big projects or busy schedules. They have so many irons in the fire that they feel like they are unraveling. Often, things are chaotic in more than one area of their life. We can usually manage if work or home is crazy. We don’t do so well if work AND home have too much going on. Many times when we feel overwhelmed, we resort to our old friends: avoidance and procrastination. If only those methods truly worked. Sadly, putting off dealing with issues or projects only means they hang over our heads. We never completely put the elephant out of our minds; it’s just hanging out in the corner, slowly rotting and waiting to be eaten. The best thing to do when you’re feeling overwhelmed is to consider doing one or more of the following. Schedule it. If you have a project that you’ve been avoiding, it’s time to put it on your calendar. I am a big believer in putting things in writing, even little things. Once it is on my schedule, I don’t have to keep worrying about it because I know I have dedicated time to deal with it. And, when I see it on my schedule every time I look at that particular day, I’m reminded of the commitment I made. Writing this article every month is blocked out on my calendar. Cleaning out my closet gets put on the calendar as well. Those of you who don’t maintain

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calendars are missing an opportunity to let your mind relax a little and not have to remember everything! Time or Task. Everyone is either a “time” or a “task” person. You need to figure out which you are. Either you work better with an “I’ll do this for 30 minutes, then take a break” mentality, or “I’ll stop when I get this task done” philosophy. Both can be successful. And both can result in epic failures. If you’re a “time” person, you have to truly work for those 30 minutes. No daydreaming or stopping to check emails/texts/social media. Often “time” people report back that at the end of the agreed upon time, they had some momentum going so they kept working.

half-way mark, read another chapter of that book you are loving or go tinker in the garage for a bit. When you finish the last bite of that elephant, it’s time to really celebrate! These methods are tried and true. I use them with kids and their homework, couples and getting their financial life together, business people and their huge projects, etc. Trust me, they can work for you too! Elephants, beware!

“Task” people tend to have a more difficult time with project management because they consider the task to be the completion of the entire project. Just like eating the elephant, you need to take one bite at a time: figure out the first step and think only about that step. And don’t plan out all the steps, just the next few steps. Then you won’t be so overwhelmed with the knowledge that you still have 3,000 steps to go. Reward. If you are dreading/avoiding/ procrastinating about something, obviously it is not appealing to you. It is helpful if you reward yourself along the way. At the end of the 30 minutes or the step you are working on, get up and stretch or listen to your favorite song or play with your dog. When you reach the

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Mark Your Calendar! Run With The Nuns Motorcycle Ride and Charity Event Scheduled CHRISTUS St. Patrick Foundation is revving up for the fourth annual Run with the Nuns Motorcycle Ride and Charity Event, which will take place on March 8, at presenting sponsor Isle of Capri Casino Hotel. The ride will depart at 9:45am and will make its way on a 100-mile journey through Southwest Louisiana. There will also be a rice and gravy cookoff during the event. For more information or to register, call (337) 430-5353.

Volunteers of America’s Beats & Eats Scheduled Volunteers of America will hold its Beats & Eats fundraiser on March 7 from 6 -9 pm at Treasures of Marilyn’s in Lake Charles. The casual event will feature a dinner buffet and dancing to music by Tommy Shreve, Danny Kimball & Friends. The proceeds from Beats & Eats will be used to support the life-changing programs provided by Volunteers of America in southwest Louisiana. For more information or to purchase event tickets, call Volunteers of America at (337) 497-0034.

Empty Bowl Fundraiser Scheduled The Salvation Army will hold its sixth “Empty Bowl” dinner at L’Auberge Casino Resort Thursday, March 13, from 6-9 pm. Guests will enjoy a meal which will include a variety of soups provided by thirteen of Lake Charles’ premier chefs. In addition each guest will be given a handmade one-of-a-kind ceramic bowl designed by local artisans for helping those in need. For more information on sponsorships and the purchase of individual tickets, call (337) 433-4155.

Jazz in the Arts Jazz in the Arts Foundation is gearing up for another awesome Jazz In The Arts concert March 16 at Central School Arts and Humanities Ben Mount Theatre at 5 pm. The featured guests are two seasoned jazz musicians that is not only known in their city and community but also in other parts of the world. Sylvester “Stank” Leblanc and Charlene “Salemah” Broussard have traveled throughout the country sharing their music “Jazz”. For more information, visit www.jazzinthearts.com.

Itinerant Theatre Brings Acclaimed Play to Lake Area Itinerant Theatre (IT) has returned to the Lake Area with an acclaimed two-man play, Tuesdays with Morrie by Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom. The production occurs March 13-14 at the Imperial Calcasieu Museum. Tickets are $15 or $10 for students. For more information, call (337) 436-6275 or visit www.itineranttheatre.com.

Gallery Talk and Exhibition Opening by Renowned Artist The City of Lake Charles will host a new art exhibition entitled Natural Exuberance beginning March 13, at the 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center at 1001 Ryan Street. The artist, Lilian Garcia-Roig will conduct a gallery talk during the opening reception. The doors will open at 5:30 and the talk begins at 6pm. The event is open to all ages at no charge. The exhibition will hang through Saturday, April 19. For more information, please call 491-9147 or visit www.cityoflakecharles.com.

Tickets on Sale Now for A Black Tie Affair Tickets are now on sale for the annual fundraiser of the Calcasieu Medical Society Foundation fundraiser. A Black Tie Affair will be held March 8, at L’Auberge Casino Resort. The event will kick off at 6 pm and the disco-themed event will feature dinner, live and silent auctions. For more, call (337) 478-3780 or visit www.ablacktieaffair.org.

Colors of Spring Art Classes Scheduled ALA Gallery by the Lake will be having on-going art classes. Watercolor for intermediates with instructor, Sue Zimmermann, will be held on Tuesdays from 9-11:30am. Oil painting for beginners with instructor, Lois Derise, will be held on Tuesdays from 6-8:00pm. Oil painting landscapes with instructor, Barbara Haviland, will be held on Fridays from 1-3:00pm. Seating is limited. Call (337) 436-1008 for more information or to reserve your spot.

L-R: Linda Wranosky, executive director for the Calcasieu Parish Medical Society; Kayla Rigney, executive director for the Calcasieu Community Clinic; Dr. Yoko Broussard, president of the Calcasieu Medical Society Foundation; Dorothy McDaniel, vice-president of the Calcasieu Medical Society Foundation, and Bobbie Young, chairperson of the Black Tie Decorations Committee gather together to make final plans for the event.

Lake Charles Civic Ballet to Perform Assemble’ 2014

The Lake Charles Civic Ballet is once again joining forces with the Lake Charles Symphony and collaborating with many other local arts organizations and individuals. Performance dates for Assemble 2014 at the Rosa Hart Theatre in Lake Charles are March 22 at 7pm and March 23 at 3pm. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (337) 491-1432 or visit www. ticketmaster.com.

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Ainsley’s Angels Ride Again The 2nd Annual Ainsley’s Angels “Spread Your Wings” Dinner and Auction is set for Saturday, April 5, beginning at 5 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Lake Charles, located at 3828 Ernest Street. A silent and live auction and pork and sausage jambalaya dinner is planned. Tickets are $20 each. Doors open at 5 p.m. for silent and live auction viewing, followed by dinner at 5:30 p.m. and live auction at 7 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Ainsley’s Angels Southwest Louisiana Chapter. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Kristine Seaward at (337) 802-4181 or by email at krseaward@yahoo.com.

MaciFest to feature Bethany Hamilton, Soul Surfer All Proceeds to benefit American Red Cross Bethany Hamilton, American professional surfer and inspiration for the 2011 major motion picture Soul Surfer, will headline MaciFest on April 5, 2014 in Lake Charles. The family festival is planned from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the James E. Sudduth Coliseum at the Lake Charles Civic Center. Hamilton has become a source of inspiration to millions through her story of faith and determination. At the age of thirteen, she was attached by a 14-foot tiger shark while surfing off Kauai’s North Shore. The attack left Bethany with a severed arm, but she returned to the water just one month later to continue pursing her goal of becoming a professional surfer,

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which she achieved in 2007. She has since participated in numerous world tour events. MaciFest, a family festival, is named after ten-year-old Maci Fontenot, daughter of Ryan and Nikki Fontenot of Lake Charles. At 4 years old, Maci was diagnosed with optical glioma—a tumor growing through her left optic nerve—and during her journey to recovery, the Make-A-Wish Foundation granted her wish of meeting the Jonas Brothers. Never forgetting that experience, Maci decided that she wanted to give back to others. The first annual MaciFest was held with this mission in mind in 2011. continued on p86




In addition to a message by Hamilton and other local talent, the festival will offer delicious cuisines, an auction and tons of family activities. Rock-climbing walls, robosurf, sports inflatables, human bowling, face painting, and an Adrenaline Rush Obstacle Course for kids and teens are planned for the event. Young Band Nation, Barbe Show Choir, St. Louis Show Choir and S.J. Welsh Show Choir will light up the stage with live music. The event raises necessary funds for rotating nonprofit organizations. Having raised $25,000 in its first two years for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, this year’s event will benefit the American Red Cross. According to Maci, however, the money raised is lagniappe. The event’s primary mission is to motivate attendees to find their purpose and to make a difference with whatever means they have been given. Maci, her mother, Nikki Fontenot, Todd Bruney, board president, and a host of volunteer committee members plan the event. Tickets will be available at the door for $15, and the cost for families will not exceed $60. Tickets may be purchased at the door or online at www.eventbrite.com. A VIP ticket is

also available for purchase, which includes meeting Hamilton. In 2011, Maci and her mother authored a book titled “You Can’t Take My Vision.” The book was published in 2012, and sales from the book benefit the Texas Children’s Hospital optical glioma research team to help find a cure for the blind to see again. Following MaciFest, an inspiration challenge titled “Waves of Impact” will be held at Glad Tidings Church in Lake Charles from 4 to 6 p.m. Hamilton, along with her husband Adam Dirks, will speak about the life experiences that have built character and the platform they have been given to touch a large number of people with their message, charitable efforts, and overall spirit. A concert will precede the challenge. Pre-sale tickets are available online at www. eventbrite.com for $20. Tickets will be sold at the door for $25. MaciFest is sponsored in part by Mayor Randy Roach and the City of Lake Charles. For more information or to make a donation, contact Nikki Fontenot at 337 802-7932 or visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/macifest.

Mayor Randy Roach and Maci.

Sixth Annual Free to Breathe Run/Walk Set for March 22 The sixth annual Free to Breathe 5K run/walk, hosted by the Southwest Louisiana Lung Cancer Group Partnership, will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 22, at the Lake Charles Civic Center. The 5K run and one-mile walk will travel through Lake Charles’ historic garden district. The event provides an opportunity for lung cancer advocates, survivors and the community to raise awareness and support in the movement to defeat lung cancer. All proceeds benefit the Louisiana Lung Cancer Partnership’s research, education and awareness programs. Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer of women and men in the U.S., taking more lives than breast, prostate and colon cancers combined, yet federal research funding for lung cancer lags behind many other common cancers and diseases. The National Cancer Institute recently reported that it spent only $1,638 per lung cancer death, compared to $13,519 per breast cancer death and $11,298 per prostate

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cancer death. About 85 percent of the 213,000 people diagnosed with lung cancer each year in the U.S. will die within five years of their diagnoses. Up to 15 percent of lung cancer patients are nonsmokers. According to a study by the American Cancer Society, the incidence of lung cancer among lifelong non-smokers was about equal to that of brain and other nervous system cancers. This year’s event honoree is the late Candace Sanderlin Hebert, who retired from teaching with 30 years of service. She was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer in January 2013. Her diagnosis was greeted with astounding bravery. To those that knew her, that graceful courage came as no surprise. Her courage and kind disposition never faltered, even when the treatments failed to have any impact on the aggressive cancer invading her body. During her teaching career, she touched over

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3,000 students in her career and her class was a memorable experience for each student. Candace spent numerous hours planning lessons that were rich in content and was consistently attentive to the details of a lesson. She held her students to a high standard of excellence and took pleasure in her students’ successes. She saw potential in every child and felt called to serve the students that struggled academically. Additionally, Candace embraced every teaching assignment from her administrators with cheerful optimism and capably served as the department chair. She loved her chosen career and was a teacher of quality. The search to find effective treatments requires consistent, substantial, ongoing funding and Candace’s courageous struggle touched the heart and soul of every person at her former high school. Last year, Barbe High School’s 1,200 students and over 100 faculty and staff joined hands in her honor to raise $18,412 for the Lake Charles Free to Breathe event. She was deeply touched by this thoughtful gesture and it gave her hope for herself and for others. Candace was married to the love of her life, Danny. Their son Daniel and his sweet wife, Christina added to her joy with granddaughters Grace and Therese’. Her home was an extension of her love for family. She was a fabulous cook and an avid gardener who frequently created exquisite flower arrangements.

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Maci addresses the crowd at a past MaciFest.

The CHRISTUS St. Patrick Foundation proudly invites you to come out to the 2nd Annual Dragon Boat Race in Lake Charles… bring your lawn chairs, blankets and enjoy the race!

Registration cost for the 5K run/walk is $20 on the day of the event. For more information on the event or for sponsorship opportunities, visit www.freetobreathe. org or email Kamla at jkamla@ lalungcancerpartnership.org.

Saturday, April 26th • 9:00 a.m. Lake Charles Civic Center Seawall


Limited team sponsorships still available call 430-5353 today to reserve your space in this fun-filled event!



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Donation to McNeese Banners

Donation to McNeese Athletics

McNeese Banners Announces Event Lineup

Banners at McNeese State University is annually supported by donations from area corporate sponsors. Entergy has donated $10,000 for the 2014 Banners program.

Axiall Corp. has donated $10,000 to McNeese State University athletics.

Each year, Banners presents a full season of more than 20 outstanding performances related to arts and humanities – from lectures to music and dance. For more information on the events listed below, call (337) 475-5123.

L to R: Chip Arnould Jr., Entergy regional customer service manager, and Patricia Prudhomme, Banners director.

Donation to McNeese Foundation Charles Viccellio has donated $15,000 to the McNeese State University Foundation to create the Joanna Steele Viccellio Scholarship for Business Majors in honor of his wife, Joanna. Both Joanna and McNeese will turn 75 this September.

L to R: Bruce Hemphill, McNeese athletics director, Jon Manns, Axiall plant manager, and Patricia Prebula, Axiall public relations consultant.

McNeese Hosted Grand Opening of Student Innovation Center McNeese State University held a grand opening of the Student Innovation Center on February 12 in the SEED Center. The Student Innovation Center’s vision is to inspire meaningful creativity, encourage student exploration of new frontiers and stimulate economic development. For more information, visit www.mcneese.edu.

March 7 Members Only Gala March 9 Harlem String Quartet March 13 John Griswold March 14 Halie Loren March 15 B.H. Fairchild March 19 Amour March 21 Bridman|Packer Dance Co. March 22 Perfect Strangers March 26 L’Assaut – The Assault March 27 Imago Theatre March 29 Pam Houston April 2 Des Hommes et Des Dieux – Of Gods and Men April 3 26th Annual National Works on Paper Exhibition April 3 Downton Abbey and History by Dr.Derek Blakeley April 4 Lightwire Theatre April 5 Sam Bush April 8 Robert Cooper April 9 Coleur de Peau: Miel – Approved for Adoption April 11 Kenya Safari Acrobats April 12 The Retrieval April 13 The Hit Men April 16 Les Adieux a La Reine – Farewell, My Queen April 24 McLeod Lecture April 25 Ethel and Robert Mirabel April 26 The Alley Cats May 2 Sybarite5 May 3 McNeese Jazz Festival with Joey DeFrancesco

L to R: Charles Vicecellio, Joanna Viccellio and Richard Reid, vice president for university advancement and executive vice president for the McNeese Foundation.

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Throwback Sneaky! In 1950, a student sneaks past a dormitory check-in desk.

How’s this for winter weather? This picture dates back to between 1939 and 1941, and features four students posing in the snow with the McNeese Arena in the background.

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smart phone photography

Smart phones have completely revolutionized the snapshot photography universe. With their ease of use and portability, everyone is getting in on the action. Here are a few tips from Shonda Manuel, associate creative director with Healthy Image marketing and Thrive’s photographer. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••



DITCH THE FLASH Using the flash on your smart phone will result in an awkward, unflattering glow on your subject, not to mention serious red eye action. The best option is to seek out a better light source for your subject. If the moment is more important than the quality, then feel free to use it.

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KEEP YOUR LENS CLEAN Grime from fingers, pockets and purses can result in photos that are hazy and dark. Give the lens a quick wipe with your shirt and get into a habit of using a cleaning solution for long term care.



HOLD STILL Its easy to have blur on pictures due to the lightweight nature of the smart phone. If time is not of the essence, take several pictures to achieve clarity. CROP, DON’T ZOOM Resist the temptation to use the digital zoom (pinching in closer on the smart phone screen). Take a much wider shot and crop the image later. This way, you will retain much more clarity as well as have more options for cropping.


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EDIT BEFORE YOU FILTER SnapSeed, Photoshop Express, and iPhoto are great examples of apps for your smart phone that will allow you to make adjustments, like contrast, sharpness, and color temperature. Feel free to make extra enhancements from apps such as Instagram and A Beautiful Mess before releasing it to the masses on the social media platform of your choice.

Choose to be


According to new research in The Journal of Positive Psychology, just attempting to be joyful can improve your mood. In their study, two groups listened to happy music, a proven mood brightener. The group that was asked to try to feel happy while listening reported a greater mood boost. “When you have the intention to feel happier, you’re more likely to appreciate positive aspects of your experience,” said lead author Yuna Ferguson, PhD, assistant professor of psychology at Penn State, Shenango.

••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Taking photographs does require some skill, however some of the best images occur by accident. Have fun, be creative and break the rules every now and then. For more information about professional photography services at Healthy Image Marketing, call (337) 312-0972.

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diagnostic checkup? March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month. If you are age 50 or older, get your colonoscopy with an experienced, board certified gastroenterologist. Reassess your health and restore your peace of mind.

Frank Marrero, MD

Khaled Nour, MD


To find a Memorial physician that’s right for you, call 1-800-494-5264(LCMH).

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