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Contents 6



In This Issue

Regular Features

Wining & Dining

4 First Person with Ed Fruge 1 24 Who’s News 31 Business Buzz 40 The New Family Tree 62 McNeese Corral 63 By the Numbers 64 Happenings 66 Solutions for Life!

6 Cooking with Beer 10 Creative Turkey Recipes laces & Faces P 16 When Science and Nature Collide 20 War Time Reporter Returns Home Money & Career


Teaching Young Children the Value of Money 28 Timing and Tips for College Scholarships

Home & Family 32 36 39

Kitchen Love

Editors and Publishers

Kristy Armand Christine Fisher

Creative Director/Layout

Barbara VanGossen

Assistant Editor

Katie Harrington

Business Manager

Katie McDaniel

Assistant Designers

Shonda Manuel Kris Roy Mandy Gilmore

50 Advertising Sales Jeannie Weise Lauren Tarasiewicz ads@thriveswla.com 337.310.2099 Submissions edit@thriveswla.com Submitted articles and photos are welcome. Thrive assumes no responsibility for unsolicited materials and does not guarantee any submissions.

Cover Story: Don’t Worry, Be Happy Thank You Notes Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude in Children

Style & Beauty 42 The Great Facial Hair Debate 48 Don’t Be Afraid of Leather and Suede Mind & Body 50 Decoding the Secret Language of Dreams 52 Lung Cancer Month 54 Diabetes Awareness Month


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Brew Up, Chef! Cooking with


by Erin Kelly

All this time, you thought you knew what you were doing when it came to beer. You had your chosen brand, and bought it with pride. You knew what kind of beer tasted best and—most importantly—you knew how to drink it. Guzzle it, even. But all this time that beer has warmed your belly and lightened your step, it could have been braising your bratwurst and battering your hush puppies. If only you’d known how to cook with it. No need to worry. We’ve got David Blossman. “Well-balanced beers are the best choice for cooking,” says Blossman, president of Abita Brewing Company. Abita, located 30 miles north of New Orleans, brews more than 130,000 barrels of beer every year, including Abita Amber, Turbodog, and Purple Haze. Abita is also responsible for Abita Beer, Cooking Louisiana True, a cookbook with Abita-rich recipes from culinary powerhouses like Chef Emeril Lagasse, Paul Prudhomme, Susan Spicer and Marcelle Bienvenu. According to Blossman, the cooking process tends to intensify the flavors of the brew, which is why wellbalanced beers are the best way to go. “A bitter beer, or a beer that has been dry hopped, will become even more bitter with cooking,” Blossman says. “I usually save heavily hopped beers, like IPAs, for the cook to enjoy while working in the kitchen, instead of using them as an ingredient.” He suggests Abita Amber and Turbodog as ideal beers for batter, because they add a nice caramel and roasted flavor. But beer isn’t just for battering. “People associate wine with cooking, but beer is a great choice too. You can use it to marinate, braise, bake and add distinctive flavor to a variety of foods,” Blossman says. 6 www.thriveswla.com

And if you’re worried about all those extra carbs, don’t. Throwing back beers may give you a beer belly, but tossing it in your recipes won’t have the same consequences. The Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that alcohol loses a notable portion of its alcohol content, and its calories, when heated. So, pour yourself a beer and save one for the stovetop. Start with these recipes from Cooking Louisiana True.

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Beer Hushpuppies

Football Brats with Abita Beer

2 eggs, beaten 2 tablespoons dry buttermilk powder 2 cups self-rising cornmeal 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1 12-oz. bottle of Abita Amber 1 large onion, diced fine 1 large green bell pepper, diced fine Black pepper, to taste 2 tablespoons vegetable oil [use oil leftover from frying fish, if available] Salt, to taste

1 (19 oz.) package Johnsonville Hot and Spicy Brats 2 to 3 (12 oz.) bottles Abita Turbodog, depending on the size of your pot 1 (14 oz.) can purple sauerkraut, rinsed and drained Creole mustard Large kosher dills

Put the eggs in a large bowl; beat well. Stir in the buttermilk powder. Add cornmeal and flour; mix well. Pour in about 1/2 cup of the beer. Stir and check the consistency; keep adding beer, a little at a time, and stirring until consistency is thick yet pourable. Stir in the onion, green pepper and black pepper. Adjust the batter with more of the beer until the batter slides off the spoon. Heat the oil in a large skillet [you can use the same skillet to fry fish]. Make sure the oil is hot; it should be about 360 degrees. Spoon the batter into the hot oil, about seven hushpuppies at a time. The batter will cool the oil faster than fish filets do, so don’t overfill the pan with hushpuppies. Fry for a minute on one side, then turn them over. When the hushpuppies are golden brown, remove them from the oil with a slotted spoon and place them on paper towels to drain. Season with salt immediately. Serve hot. Pairs well with any Abita beer.

Using a fork or sharp knife, puncture holes randomly in the bratwursts. Place the brats in a pot large enough to accommodate them easily. Add enough beer to cover them completely. Cover the pot and bring the beer to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the brats are plump and cooked through. Transfer the brats to a platter and set aside. Reduce the remaining liquid in the pot to an almost syrupy consistency. Add the sauerkraut; mix well and heat through. Put brats on serving plates; cover with sauerkraut mixture and serve with a dollop of mustard and a dill slice on the side. Purple Haze can be substituted for a sweeter flavor. Brats can be served on poboy bread for a great sandwich. Pairs well with Turbodog, Amber or Fall Fest.

Warm Potato Salad 2 1/2 pounds red potatoes, peeled if desired 4 hard-cooked eggs, peeled and coarsely chopped 1/4 cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley 2 tablespoons minced green onions Salt, freshly ground black pepper and cayenne pepper, to taste 6 tablespoons olive oil, divided 1/2 cup finely chopped sweet onions 3/4 cup Abita Amber 3 tablespoons cider vinegar Pinch or two granulated sugar 1 tablespoon hot sauce, to taste Cook the potatoes in lightly salted boiling water until tender. Drain potatoes and let cool slightly. When cool enough to handle, coarsely chop the potatoes and put them in a large salad bowl. Add the eggs, parsley and green onions. Season with salt, black pepper and cayenne. Gently toss to mix. Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring, until soft, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the beer, vinegar and sugar. Bring to a gentle boil. Cook for about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and transfer the mixture to a food processor or electric blender. Add the mustard. With the motor running, add the remaining 4 tablespoons olive oil through the feed tube or hole in lid. Season with hot sauce. Drizzle the dressing over the potato mixture and toss gently to coat evenly. Pairs well with Amber, Pecan Harvest or Golden.

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Commandments of Cast-Iron Care

by Katie Harrington

In Southwest Louisiana, where food is everything, the vessel each meal is cooked in can make or break the dish. This is one of many reasons why cast- iron pots and pans are so popular. Not only can they withstand the test of time if treated properly, they also add lagniappe, a little something extra, in the flavor department when seasoned properly. Now, there are a lot of myths on exactly how to care for these kitchen essentials, but it’s really not that complicated. Follow these simple tips and your great grandchildren will be passing your pots and pans on to their children generations from now.

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Use it often. The more frequently you use your skillets or pots, the better they will work and the more you’ll care for them. Clean it up after every use. Wash your pan with hot water while it’s still warm.


Just say “No” to soap. Don’t use dish soap to clean cast-iron, ever! And no matter what, don’t ever put cast iron in the dishwasher.


Scour with smarts. Use coarse salt like Morton’s Kosher Salt for scouring stubborn bits of food without damaging the seasoning. Using a paper towel, rub the salt into

Dinnertime Conversation Starters Fall is here and with it comes holiday gatherings. Of course you’ll see close family and friends, but you might find yourself with a new crowd. Maybe you’re meeting your significant other’s family, maybe it’s a business gathering, or maybe a new social setting. Whatever the occasion, it can be tough to jump into conversation with new people, so here are a few suggestions. Ask people about themselves. It’s easy to generate conversation when you show interest in someone. Go beyond the simple: “What do you do?” and find out what makes them tick. Do they have any interests or hobbies? Do they read or watch a particular TV shows? Hazard a guess – maybe they don’t love The Walking Dead, but they do love Orange Is the New Black. Even if you don’t share the interest, you can learn something new about it. Bring up your own interests. People enjoy talking to people with strong interests. Maybe cycling has been a great source of fitness, but it has also taught you more about the geography of your home. Maybe you’ve met interesting people through volunteering at a recent festival. Travel. Ask other dinner guests where they’ve been recently – if you’ve never been there, what do you know about it? Maybe they can shed some light on common misconceptions about a place or tell you about the fabulous meal from the hole-in-the-wall restaurant. 8 www.thriveswla.com

the bottom and around the inside edges of the pan. A stiff bristle brush also work well. If food residue is still sticking, loosen it by boiling water in the pan.


Dry it off, immediately. Wipe your skillet dry after washing and heat it over a low flame for two minutes to open the pores of the

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Work. If the topic of work does come up, ask people more specific questions about their job. What kind of people do they interact with? What do they wish people knew about their job? What do they wish people would ask them about their job? Getting beyond the daily grind and into the deeper relevance of people’s occupations can get their wheels spinning. Current events. If you’re just meeting someone, it’s wise to steer clear of politics and religion. Maybe a recent human-interest story really spoke to you. Ask them if anything has stuck with them. Funny stories. Certainly you have a funny anecdote that never fails to amaze. Telling the story to a new audience can liven it up; you may even see it in a whole new light. Just give a brief overview and see

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iron. Use a paper towel and tongs to apply an even, light film of vegetable or flaxseed oil on the inside of the skillet.


Keep it cool. Store your pots and pans in a cool, dry place when not in use. For pans with lids, add a paper towel and keep the lid ajar to let air flow.


Become seasoned at seasoning. For cast-iron cookware, seasoning refers to the polymerization of fat bonded to the surface of the pan. In simpler terms, seasoning is the glossy sheen that gives cast-iron cookware its nonstick properties and prevents it from rusting. Protect and maintain the seasoning and your skillet will last forever. Check out the sidebar to learn how to re-season your cookware. Bust the rust. Rub cast-iron with steel wool. For seriously stubborn rust on old, neglected pans, take the pan to a machine shop and ask them to pressure blast it with air and sand. Once this is done, begin the seasoning process to build a protective coat.




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A. Wash vigorously. After removing any rust, wash castiron with warm and—just this once—soapy water. Dry it well. B. Rub with vegetable oil. Use a paper towel to rub oil inside and outside of the cookware, as well as any handles. Wipe away any excess oil.

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Think Outside the Pan:

Creative Ways to Cook Your Turkey

by Ellen Frazel

Do you have a go-to turkey recipe every Thanksgiving and want to change things up this year? We found some intriguing and mouth-watering turkey recipes just for you. Maybe instead of traditional bread stuffing, you could try a wild rice stuffing and make your turkey gluten-free. Or, move out of the oven and onto the grill and let your bird roast there. If you want a challenge, go for the turducken or do a buttermilk-brined turkey. Not quite a beer can turkey, the beer and rosemary roasted turkey takes things up a notch and keeps it culinary and classy. Then of course there’s the spicy Cajun turkey for those who like it hot! Cajun-Injected Spicy Turkey Food Network; Emeril Lagasse

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 1 tablespoon concentrated liquid crab and shrimp boil (recommended: Zatarain’s) 1/4 cup apple cider 3/4 cup honey 1 (12-ounce) bottle beer 1 tablespoon salt 1 tablespoon ground allspice 1/2 cup Creole seasoning 1/4 teaspoon cayenne 1/2 cup olive oil 1/4 cup finely minced garlic 1 (10 to 12-pound) turkey, rinsed well inside and out, patted dry 4 teaspoons kosher salt 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper 1 to 2 cups chicken broth, as needed for bottom of roasting pan

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Make the marinade by combining the Worcestershire sauce, crab boil, apple cider, honey, beer, salt, allspice, Creole seasoning, cayenne, olive oil, and minced garlic in a blender and process until very smooth, about 5 minutes. Fill a large syringe* and inject turkey in the breast and thigh area, as well as the back, wings, and legs, with at least 2/3 of the marinade. You will have to fill the syringe numerous times. Preheat the oven to 420 degrees F and line a large roasting pan with aluminum foil. Season the injected turkey well both inside and out with the kosher salt and black pepper. Place the turkey in a large roasting pan lined with aluminum foil and pour the remaining marinade all over the turkey. Bake the turkey uncovered for 30 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F, add 1 cup of the chicken broth to the roasting pan, and continue to bake the turkey until golden brown and an instant-read thermometer inserted Thrive Magazine for Better Living

into the deepest part between the thigh and the leg registers 165 degrees F. (If the turkey begins to brown too much, tent loosely with aluminum foil until it is done. Also, add more broth as necessary to keep the bottom of the roasting pan from burning.) When the turkey is done, remove it from the oven and set aside to rest at least 20 minutes before carving. * Large syringes designed especially for injecting turkeys may be purchased at many grocery stores in the spice / marinade / seasoning sections; many folks inject turkeys before frying them.

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Pomegranate-Glazed Turkey with Wild Rice


Food Network; Cat Cora 1 (3 pound) whole chicken, boned Salt and pepper to taste Creole seasoning to taste 1 (4 pound) duck, boned 1 (16 pound) turkey, boned 3 cups prepared sausage and oyster dressing Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lay the boned chicken skin-side down on a platter and season liberally with salt, pepper and Creole seasoning. Lay the boned duck skin-side down on top of the chicken and season liberally with salt, pepper and Creole seasoning. Cover and refrigerate. Lay the boned turkey skin-side down on a flat surface. Cover with a layer of cold Sausage and Oyster Dressing and push the dressing into the leg and wing cavities so they will look as if they still have bones in them. Lay the duck on top of the turkey skin-side down and cover it with a layer of cold dressing. Lay the chicken on top of the duck skin-side down and cover it with a layer of cold dressing. With the help of an assistant, bring the edges of the turkey skin up and fasten them together with toothpicks. Use the kitchen string to lace around the toothpicks to help hold the stuffed turkey together. Carefully place the turducken, breast up in

a large roasting pan. Roast covered for 4 hours or until the turducken is golden brown. Continue to roast uncovered for 1 hour or until a meat thermometer inserted through the thigh registers 180 degrees F. and a thermometer inserted through the stuffing registers 165 degrees F. Check the turducken every few hours to baste and remove excess liquid. There will be enough pan juices for a gallon of gravy. Carve and serve.

1 1/2 cups wild rice, rinsed Kosher salt 1 cup roughly chopped roasted chestnuts (fresh or jarred) 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 3/4 cup finely chopped onion 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh thyme 1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh savory or rosemary 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley Freshly ground pepper 1 12 -to-14-pound turkey (thawed if frozen) 4 slices pancetta or bacon 1 1/2 cups pomegranate juice 1 to 2 tablespoons honey Rosemary sprigs, for garnish (optional) Combine the wild rice, 3 cups water and 1 teaspoon salt in a medium pot. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring once. Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook until the rice absorbs all of the liquid, 45 to 55 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spread the chestnuts on a baking sheet and toast in the oven to remove some of their moisture, about 10 minutes. continued on p12

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Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, thyme, savory and parsley and cook until the onion softens, about 5 minutes. Stir in the cooked rice and the toasted chestnuts and season with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat and cool slightly. Remove the neck, giblets and any excess fat from the turkey; discard. Rinse the turkey under cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Season the cavity with salt and loosely fill with the rice stuffing,

leaving space for the rice to expand during cooking. Put the pancetta slices over the cavity opening and secure with toothpicks or skewers to enclose the stuffing. Truss the legs and wings with kitchen twine. Rub the outside of the turkey with salt and pepper and place on a rack in a roasting pan. Roast until the skin is golden brown and a thermometer inserted into the breast registers 165 degrees F to 170 degrees F, 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours.

Transfer the turkey to a platter and let rest 30 minutes. Meanwhile, pour the drippings from the roasting pan into a skillet; add the pomegranate juice and honey. Bring to a simmer over low heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly syrupy and reduced by half, about 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Brush the turkey with some of the glaze. Garnish the platter with rosemary, if desired, and serve with more glaze.

Delicious Pumpkin Recipes

Decorative gourd season and roaming through the pumpkin patch time is here. Oh yes, pumpkin is the name of the game—pumpkin in everything: appetizer, entrée, dessert. Get out your pumpkin carving tools or stock up on canned pumpkin, because we’ve collected some tantalizing pumpkin recipes for you to try out this autumn. Start off with pumpkin-shrimp bruschetta, move on to pumpkin chili or pumpkin cannelloni, and finish off your pumpkin-themed menu with pumpkin cheesecake bars or pumpkin ice cream. And of course, since it’s fall in Louisiana, we couldn’t pass up a recipe for pumpkin bread pudding! Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars with Chocolate Topping Better Homes and Gardens ½ cup butter 1 17 ½ ounce package oatmeal cookie mix 2 8 ounces packages cream cheese, softened 1 ¾ cups sugar 3 eggs 1 15 ounce can pumpkin 1 teaspoon vanilla ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice ¼ teaspoon salt 1 cup semisweet chocolate pieces ¼ cup butter 48 pecan halves Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 15x10x1inch pan with foil, extending foil over the pan edges. Lightly grease foil. Set pan aside. In a large bowl, use a pastry blender to cut 1/2 cup butter into cookie mix until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press mixture evenly onto the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes or until set. In a large bowl, combine cream cheese and sugar. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until combined. Add eggs, one at a time, beating on low speed after each addition until just combined. Stir in pumpkin, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Pour pumpkin mixture onto the hot crust. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes more or until mixture is slightly puffed around edges and just set in center. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine

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chocolate pieces and the 1/4 cup butter. Microwave on 100% power (high) for 30 to 60 seconds or until softened; stir until smooth. Drizzle chocolate over the cooled bars and carefully spread evenly. Gently press pecan halves evenly across top of bar mixture. Cover and chill for 2 to 24 hours. Using the edges of the foil, lift the uncut bars out of the pan. Cut into bars, cutting straight down with a large knife. Place bars in a single layer in an airtight container; cover. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Pumpkin Chili Living Well Kitchen 1 lb. ground beef (at least 90/10) 1 medium onion, diced (about 1 ½ cups) 1 green bell pepper, diced (about 1 ¼ cups) 1 yellow bell pepper, diced (about 1 ¼ cups) 1-2 jalapeños, seeded & minced 4 cloves garlic, minced 2 tbsp chili powder 2 tsp cumin 1 tsp paprika 2 (15 oz.) cans no-salt-added diced tomatoes (with juices) 4 cups chicken broth 1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin puree 1 (15 oz.) can black beans, rinsed & drained Heat a Dutch oven or soup pot over mediumhigh heat. Add ground beef, onions, and bell peppers. Cook, breaking up meat, until meat is browned. Drain and return to pot. Add jalapeños, garlic, chili powder, cumin, and

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paprika. Stir for a few minutes until fragrant, and add diced tomatoes & juices, chicken broth, and pumpkin. Stir well and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and let simmer for about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in black beans and add any additional seasoning if needed. Enjoy with desired toppings such as cheese, green onions, or cornbread.

No Churn Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream savingdollarsandsense.com 8 oz Heavy Whipping cream 14 oz Sweetened Condensed Milk ¾ cup Pumpkin Puree 1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice ½ tsp Vanilla Whip the cream until stiff peaks form. Gradually add condensed milk while continuing to beat. Stir in the pumpkin, vanilla and spice. Freeze for at least 4 hours.

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Ed Fruge, local music producer and owner of Lake Charles Music, knows he’s a lucky guy. He’s a successful business owner, gifted musician and producer and he is part owner of a film company that has six movies in the works. He also co-wrote three songs for an iconic movie franchise. Fruge recently talked to Thrive about his past, present and future successes.

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When people ask you what you do, what do you tell them? Well, I usually say “I produce music.” By definition, most music producers are also a musician, singer, songwriter, arranger, orchestrator, audio engineer and music coach. How many instruments do you play? All of them—sort of. My primary instruments are acoustic piano and keyboards. However, because modern digital keyboards/synthesizers employ “sampling technology,” they can now emulate any musical instrument in the world and an infinite number of unique hybrid sounds limited only by one’s creativity and imagination. So, do you have a favorite instrument? Again, all of them. Although I prefer the acoustic piano for songwriting and film score theme development. I use the digital keyboard sounds or voices for music recording/production and orchestration. Throughout the years, I have collected an arsenal of analog and digital synthesizer/keyboards, as well as computer software plug-ins that allow me to create keyboard sounds, drum tracks, string and horn arrangements, guitar parts and orchestra sounds to name a few. How old were you when you learned to play your first instrument? I was 4 years old when I first began to play piano. My father, Hubert Fruge, was a blind piano tuner. He lost his sight in his early 20s and was fortunate enough to attend the School for the Blind in Baton Rouge. It was there that he received an education in reading and writing Braille music and piano tuning/reconditioning. Throughout our childhood years, he taught me and my other two brothers this lost art. We therefore learned to play and tune the piano by “ear.”

store in Lafayette, whom I worked for during my college days, decided to retire and sell me Lake Charles Music. In 1983, my brother, Gerald Fruge, and I decided to break ground and build the Lake Charles Music Plaza. It was designed to be a two-story, 14,000-square-foot “total music store” and include departments specializing in pianos, organs, keyboards, church and commercial sound systems, home theater systems, guitars, amps, drums, sheet music, teaching facilities and my recording studio, EMF Productions. You co-produced the score music for the soundtrack of Rocky IV. Please tell me all about it. I began commuting back and forth from Lake Charles to Los Angeles around 1980 to continue trying to move my music career along. During that time, I met my music partner, Vince DiCola, and our manager, Robin Garb. Robin eventually became the music supervisor for the Rocky IV film and sent us the script so we could write a demo. As luck would have it, I had just completed building my recording studio, EMF Productions, in the Lake Charles Music Plaza, so the timing to record a demo was perfect. Vince and I decided to record three songs for the film — “War,” which was the big Russian fight scene score piece;“Training Montage,” which was the score piece when Rocky trains in Russia and “Heart’s On Fire,” which ended up being used twice in the movie including during the roll of the end credits. Ultimately, we were hired to coproduce and write the entire music score. Since the store opened, there have been monumental changes in music technology. Can you give me an extreme example? I think the biggest change has been the advent of digital mixers and recording gear. When we

were recording the Rocky IV music, a digital 24 track recorder was about $250,000. Now with a computer, recording software and plug ins, the cost is closer to $15,000 and you have unlimited tracks. What are you working on these days? Well, some people don’t realize that Louisiana ranks third in the nation in movie production. Most of that production is going on in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Shreveport. Here in Lake Charles, we are not getting as much of the production because of the lack of infrastructure. I have been working with my partners out of Los Angeles, who include Michael McGowan, a native of Lake Charles, and we have started our own film company LA2La Productions (Los Angeles to Louisiana). We really believe in the talent of Southwest Louisiana and we just completed our second movie How To Love A Geek. It is a romantic comedy and was shot almost entirely here in Lake Charles. The majority of the actors are also from the Louisiana area. One of my jobs is to compose music for our film company, which I really enjoy. I have created a pre-production music room in my home which houses a Mac Pro with film scoring/music production software including ProTools. I typically will write temporary score pieces and songs for the film while it is being shot. As the movie progresses to final cut, I begin to refine the material so it can sync/lock to final picture. During the post production process, I will complete final mixes of the songs for the DVD or CD as needed. We presently have an additional five movies slated for production in the near future. Will luck strike again? I have come to learn this about luck: Luck is when hard work and preparation meet opportunity.

How did you come to own Lake Charles Music? Lake Charles Music was originally established in 1946. I purchased it in 1977 but here is a little background as to how that came about. I attended college at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. I worked my way through college by tuning pianos for a local music store and playing gigs as a musician. After graduating, I received an offer to go on the road and play music for more money than I could make working for General Electric designing mechanical systems. After being on the road for four years, I decided to make a life change and come back to Louisiana. As luck would have it, the owner of the music

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An Educational Force: When Science and Nature Collide by Katie Harrington

There’s been something stirring since 2005 that will forever change the face of the Lake Charles lakefront and put Southwest Louisiana on the global map. The estimated $68 million National Hurricane Museum and Science Center (NHMSC), now just past the halfway fundraising mark, has only grown in scope over the years and is inching ever closer to becoming a reality. “We currently have about $38 million raised and will be making announcements of additional contributions in the coming months,” says Jill Kidder, project manager. “About $28 million of that is capital outlay funds from the state and we also have pledges from the city of Lake Charles and the Port of Lake Charles.” The remaining funds are a combination of corporate, individual, grant and small foundation gifts. “Momentum is growing on a daily basis and we really can’t say enough positive things about our Southwest Louisiana delegation,” Kidder adds. “They’ve really been behind this project.” Although this project is independent of the local industrial expansion, it hasn’t been untouched by it, according to Kidder. “Fundraising success is definitely connected to the economic boom. The recent donation from Cheniere Energy, for example, is a great show of their commitment to quality of life in our area.” The focus of the center is something that has evolved over the years, but is on track to put Southwest Louisiana at the forefront of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education globally. “This center will have a strong educational program while being dedicated to saving lives and reducing property loss,” Kidder says. “We will do this through educating students and citizens about weather, water and wetlands.” The project started as a way to honor the lives lost in Hurricane Audrey. The Creole Nature Trail AllAmerican Road Board of Directors wanted to create a moving memorial of sorts. 16 www.thriveswla.com

“The group visited similar sites like Mount Saint Helens and came up with the idea to have a string of pearls in Southwest Louisiana,” reflects Kidder. ”They wrote a grant, hired my company and in the summer of 2005 we had just started the RFP (request for proposal) process when Katrina and Rita hit.” Fourteen exhibit designers all came back to the group and said there was a bigger story to tell, considering what had just transpired on the Gulf coast. “It has been an incredible journey to be involved in the project evolving from that of a Hurricane Audrey Memorial to the scope of a National Hurricane Museum & Science Center,” says Shelley Johnson, executive director of the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The Hurricane Audrey Memorial stemmed from the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road to celebrate the people, culture and their connection to the land as a way to honor those who experienced Hurricane Audrey.” Chairman of the Board Gray Stream says being involved with the project is a privilege. “There are so many good causes in this community, but this one is special because it is an ambitious, forwardthinking venture that will provide a great branding opportunity for the community. We started with this idea of having a top-notch attraction with incredible architecture and design that would draw a regional audience. From there, using the facility as the centerpiece, we are creating value by leveraging the reputational capital of a national network of preeminent experts and also developing a strong curriculum to provide people with information they Thrive Magazine for Better Living

can use to protect their lives and property.” More than just a memorial, the project is designed to include an educational component to excite kids about weather, math, technology and science. “We want to be a part of the educational solution,” Kidder says. “Research shows that the middle school years are where kids lose interest in math and science. So many jobs in the local economy are dependent on these fields, the NHMSC wants to help engage students interested in these core subjects.” In addition to a curriculum aimed at enticing school-aged children, the center will also offer training for first responders and the general public. Although the process is slow-going, Kidder says the time is right for this project. “Things are falling in place, economically speaking, the state and the nation. The National World War II Museum in New Orleans took 10 years to get off the ground. It was a project that started with two gentlemen who wanted to honor members of the Armed Forces who were involved in D-Day. They are now in the process of a $300 million expansion.” As far as the timeline goes, Kidder says the board wants to reach the 70 to 80 percent mark on the funding and then they will begin to finalize the design plans. “We’ve only become public with our public fundraising efforts in the last six months, so the board is very pleased with the progress being made.” For more information on the NHMSC, visit www.nhmsc.com or like them on Facebook.

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McNeese Alumni Association Names Awardees 2014 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year

Robert Noland

Throughout McNeese’s history, there have been outstanding individuals who have stepped forward to assist in the university’s growth and progress. Robert Noland, class of 1974, is one of these notable individuals. Noland exemplifies the definition of a philanthropist – one who promotes the welfare of others especially by the generous donation of money to good causes. He has established six endowed McNeese rodeo scholarships with a $724,500 donation, funded numerous other McNeese scholarships, including the Robert Noland Nursing Scholarship, Powell Timber Company Scholarship, and the Helen Weber Harris Memorial Scholarship. He has generously supported McNeese athletics in innumerable ways. Just a few of which

visual equipment, a kitchen serving area and include funding the resurfacing of the McNeese exterior lighting, the Robert Noland Alumni Pavilion football field with artificial turf and the renovation stands out as a state-of-the-art university facility,” of Cowboy Stadium. The Noland Family SkyRanch, said Patterson. “So, whether Robert is funding which houses private suites, club seating and the student scholarships or faculty development, press facilities, is named in honor of his family. athletics programs or the rodeo team, or an alumni “Robert and I attended McNeese together pavilion or the new Kappa Sigma house, his and it still amazes me how he can find new and continued generosity allows McNeese to stand out unique ways to support McNeese,” stated Alumni among the universities in the state.” Affairs Director Joyce Patterson. “For instance, he Noland’s vision has always been one of purchased a 2009 Prevost 55-passenger custom looking forward. He chaired the Calcasieu motor coach and had it completely reconditioned Parish Communication E-911 District and was and added a custom ‘wrap’ exterior that has the instrumental in getting the community to vote for Cowboy logo and Web address. Not only does the tax that would create the 911 emergency this help to save the athletics department travel number program. His hands-on approach and expenses, but it also is a mobile billboard for the knowledge of technology was instrumental in the university.” The response was so positive that he formative years of this program. just donated a Ford truck with a custom design wrap for the rodeo team. Patterson is especially continued on p18 excited about Robert’s newest donation – $460,000 towards the construction of the Motor coach donated by Robert Noland Robert Noland Alumni Pavilion. “The pavilion has over 5,000 square feet of covered area. The university can now host large outdoor events regardless of the weather. With airconditioned restrooms, large commercial ceiling fans, audio/

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2014 Distinguished Service Award He has served as commander of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary for the Lake Charles region, president of Crime Stoppers of Lake Charles, president of the McNeese Quarterback Club and has served as a director or officer in organizations such as the Kiwanis Club of Calcasieu Parish, the Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School, Camp Fire USA – Southwest Louisiana Council and the Kappa Sigma Housing Corp. Noland serves as president and director of Bennett Oil Company, president, CEO, and director of American Sulphur & Oil Company of Louisiana, including the following subsidiary and affiliated companies: Powell Timber Company; Land Management & Realty Services LLC; W.G. Ragley Lumber Company; and RN Entertainment Company. He previously served as a corporate officer or director for R& D Fashions Inc., Agrilectic Power Inc., Farmers Land & Canal Company Inc., Farmers Rice Milling Company Inc., W-K-N Real Estate Inc. and Hayes Lumber Company. He also finds time to develop real estate and raise Belgian, Quarterhorse and Standard Bred horses at his Timberland Ranch.

McNeese State University graduate and Lake Charles businessman Georges Homsi is the recipient of the 2014 McNeese Alumni Association’s Distinguished Service Award. This award recognizes alumni who have rendered outstanding and continuing service to the alumni association and the university. Georges grew up in a small Christian village in Lebanon, one of seven children. When he was 22, he immigrated to the United States – and specifically to Lake Charles - with the help of a family friend, George Abraham. He then went on to enroll at McNeese and graduated in 1994 with his Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and statistics. His Lebanese culture emphasizes the importance of family and loyalty, values that have stayed with Georges throughout his life. These are the same values that he carries forward in supporting his alma mater and other worthwhile causes. Georges attributes much of his business success to the support of his family. He and his brother, Sam, have successfully opened and operated two stores and a restaurant in Lake Charles. These are Homsi’s #1 on Broad Street, Homsi’s #2 on Kirkman Street and Cousin’s Lebanese Cuisine. A third Homsi’s store opened earlier this year in Orange, Texas. McNeese items and memorabilia are proudly on display in all of his businesses. Since 2008, Georges has helped sponsor numerous McNeese alumni events. The driving force behind the McNeese vs. LSU tailgate party in 2010, Georges garnered sponsorships and purchased, cooked and served all the food for over 1,500 Cowboy fans. He also created the idea for the official McNeese Wine and donates a large portion of these wine sales back to the university. He also cooks for McNeese booster clubs and athletic teams on a regular basis. When asked about why he gives back, Georges explained, “Growing up, we were taught that family was always the most important thing. For me, McNeese is my family and I want to do everything I can to help support them.”

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From left to right: Eduardo Assef, Vice President of Refining, CITGO; Mayor Chris Duncan, Sulphur; Tomeu Vadell, Vice President and General Manager, CITGO Lake Charles Refinery; Mayor Randy Roach, Lake Charles; Colonel Rock Palermo, Civil Air Patrol; Don Rowland, Chief Operating Officer, Civil Air Patrol.

CITGO Lake Charles Refinery Celebrates 70 Years of Fueling Good in Louisiana Recently, the CITGO Lake Charles Refinery celebrated 70 years of operations in Louisiana. It is the largest CITGO refinery and produces more than 3.2 billion gallons of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and other finished petroleum products every year. Hundred of employees, both current and retired, as well as local officials, community leaders and organizations joined CITGO to participate in the anniversary celebration. “CITGO is proud of our Louisiana heritage and our long history of providing fuel for residents and industries throughout the United States,” said CITGO President and CEO Nelson P. Martinez. “The communityminded attitude embraced by the team at our Lake Charles refinery is reflective of a larger, company-wide commitment to all communities in which we live and operate.” The CITGO Lake Charles refinery has a rich history of local and national significance. As the United States was drawn into World War II, it needed additional capacity to fuel military equipment. The refinery was built as a 100-octane aviation fuel facility in November 2014

Louisiana, the largest plant of its type in the world when it was built in 1944. In Louisiana, as hundreds of people moved to build and operate the Lake Charles refinery, the Maplewood community in Sulphur was established. Today, Maplewood is a thriving community and the refinery has grown to become a leading manufacturer of highquality transportation fuels and petrochemicals in the United States, providing jobs for approximately 1,100 regular full-time employees and more than 850 contractors. As it did 70 years ago, the refinery continues to make community service a priority, contributing regularly to several charitable organizations including United Way, SWLA Muscular Dystrophy Association and the SWLA Center for Health Services. Refinery employees donated more than 4,000 volunteer hours in 2013 alone, and are actively involved in activities that improve their community, including CITGO Caring for Our Coast, a yearlong initiative focused on restoring parts of the coast that were destroyed by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita nine years ago.

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War Time Reporter Returns Home by Lauren Jameson

Although Lake Charles native and veteran war correspondent Molly Moore hasn’t lived in Southwest Louisiana for many years, she said in her heart, she has never really left. “My mom and my extended family are here. I always come home,” she said. Moore, a former American Press reporter, will come home again when she serves as the keynote speaker at the Hector San Miguel Award luncheon, which will be held Thursday, Dec. 4 at L’Auberge Casino Resort Event Center. Moore started her career in journalism as a reporter at the American Press, where she covered local schools, government and the Louisiana Legislature. She then spent three years as a reporter at the New Orleans Times-Picayune before joining staff at the Washington Post in 1981. There, Moore served as senior political reporter, where she was the paper’s first woman Pentagon correspondent. After covering the first Persian Gulf War, Moore joined the Washington Post Foreign Service and, along with her husband, Washington Post reporter John Anderson, served as Washington Post cobureau chief in New Delhi, Islamabad, Istanbul, Mexico City, Jerusalem and Paris. Over a 16-year period, the two worked in more than 50 countries. Moore covered numerous wars and conflicts and has written extensively on the subjects of terrorism and global security. She is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist for her involvement in team coverage of the Kosovo war and the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan. She is also a recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy Award for international reporting and the Overseas Press Club Award, both for spotlighting the plight of women in developing countries. Closer to home, Moore knew both Bobby Dower and San Miguel well – they all started as reporters at the American Press around the same time,. “It is a huge honor for me to come back to honor them,” she said. “I have always hugely admired both Hector and Bobby. My main memories are of how all of us were so passionate about journalism.”

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Besides recollections of Dower and San Miguel, Moore said she will speak about her exciting, adventure-filled journalism career. “(It) has taken me from the wilds of the Louisiana legislature to the mountains of Afghanistan – and there are some similarities between the two,” she said. She will also talk about the challenges of covering the Persian Gulf War in 1992. “It was dramatic and scary charging into Kuwait,” she said. Moore wrote the book, A Woman at War about her experiences. She was the first woman ever to accompany a top Marine commander into frontline combat during the war. She is also featured in the PBS documentary “Women in War,” www.makers.com/documentary/womeninwar, which first aired in October. Also at the luncheon, Moore will discuss her ideas on the future of journalism. “Journalism has undergone such extraordinary changes,” she said. “This is a fascinating time to be in journalism. Times are exciting for cub reporters now.” Moore left the Washington Post in 2008. She is now senior vice president of Sanderson Strategies Group, a strategic communications company based in Washington, D.C. She is now working with environmental groups to help restore her home state’s coastline. “I am taking all the skills I have learned to help restore the Louisiana coast,” she said. Following the luncheon, Moore will sign copies of A Woman at War. There will be a limited number of books available on site for purchase.

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Dower to be Honored at Luncheon The late Bobby Dower, longtime American Press managing editor, has been chosen as this year’s recipient of the Hector San Miguel Memorial Fund award. The award honors San Miguel, an award-winning American Press reporter and editor who died in 2009 of complications from leukemia. The luncheon will be held 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4 at the L’Auberge Casino Resort Event Center. The award is given each year to a person who has produced outstanding achievements in journalism; has shown a relentless pursuit of the truth and whose work has made a substantial, positive impact on Southwest Louisiana Dower, who worked at the Press for 43 years, died of cancer in July. He was 62. During his American Press career, he served as a sports reporter, sports editor and then managing editor at the American Press. While he was managing editor, the Louisiana Press Association recognized the paper as Newspaper of the Year several times. During his time working in the sports, the department was awarded Section of the Year by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association. Dower was chairman of the American Press Editorial Board and he handled all the letters to the editor.

Sonny Marks, who worked with Dower at the newspaper for many years, said Dower “was the conscience and the soul of the American Press. He was steady, constant. He gave his life to the newspaper.” “As the newsroom mentor, Bobby helped guide many journalists into successful careers, stressing the importance of good writing and thorough reporting,” said Crystal Stevenson, American Press executive editor. “I have never met another person with such enthusiasm and dedication to the pursuit of truth...he took seriously the responsibility of holding our elected officials accountable.” Doors for the luncheon will open at 11:30 a.m.; the program will begin at noon. Tickets are $50 each. Corporate table sponsorships are $500 and include a reserved table for eight. A limited number of preferred seating sponsorships are available for $750 and include a reserved table for eight, a signed copy of Moore’s book, your company logo included in the event program and an invitation to a private reception with the Moore. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com or at the L’Auberge Business Center.

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Humana Announces Three New Employees Four Receive Employee of the Month Honors from WCCH

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West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital (WCCH) recognized four individuals over the course of July, August, and September with Employee of the Month honors. Kenzie Perkins, ER admissions representative; Betty Adams, radiologic technologist; Kitty Pullins-Moore, accountant; and Shelly Conner, RN, house supervisor, were those selected to receive the honor during this time period.

Merchant Named WCCH Safety Award Recipient West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital (WCCH) named Michelle Merchant, certified nurses assistant, as the recipient of its Safety Award. The award, which honors employees Michelle Merchant for their promotion of safety and safety awareness in and around the hospital, is distributed to those employees that demonstrate extraordinary awareness and action in minimizing potential safety risks.

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Deirdre Carter has joined Humana as a local insurance representative. After a detailed history in insurance, Deirdre has joined Humana to expand her expertise into the Medicare segment of insurance. Matt Mossor has Trent Piper joined the Humana team moving to the area from Florida. Matt will be a local insurance representative for the SWLA area. He will help members of the community with Medicare, health, and life insurance needs. Trent Piper has joined Humana as a local insurance representative. He has joined the SWLA team from Ohio. He will assist the residents of SWLA with their Medicare, health and insurance needs.

Women’s Commission Announces New Members Every year, the Women’s Commission of Southwest Louisiana, Inc. looks forward to the energy and fresh ideas that its new members bring to the organization. These new members have jumped right into the work of the organization by serving on committees and have also been instrumental in making this year’s Fall Conference a successful one.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of SWLA Elects Board The Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of SWLA have elected Ryan Weise as its new President for the upcoming year. The board also approved a new slate of Executive Committee members, including: Carly Leonards, chief operating officer of Ryan Weise JD Bank as vice president; Greg Mack, comptroller/sales manager of Farmer’s Rice Milling Company, Inc. as treasurer; and Hailee Fitkin, assistant manager of Midsouth Bank as secretary. For more information, call (337) 477-6638.

Magnolia LNG Project Execution Team Expands

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Magnolia LNG, LLC has advised the appointment of three experienced key management executives to join the current Magnolia LNG project execution team. These appointments include: Rafael Hernandez as Vice President, Engineering Ron Hogan and Construction; Gregory Pilkinton as EPC Commercial Director; and Ron Hogan as EPC Planning Director. For more information, visit www.MagnoliaLNG.com.

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Navy Airman Tyler Herbert Serves Aboard USS America

Airman Tyler J. Herbert, a 2011 graduate of Grand Lake High School, is serving in the U.S. Navy as part of a hand-selected crew charged with bringing the Navy’s newest and most advanced amphibious assault ship into service. As one of the Sailors who will commission the ship, Herbert is getting a firsthand look at improvements the Navy has incorporated into the design of the ship. Herbert has been in the Navy for just one year and is happy he decided to serve his country.

New Junior Achievement Board Member Russell Pawlowski, Bancorp South Bank executive vice president – Lake Charles market, joined the Junior Achievement of SWLA Board of Directors. Russell Pawlowski He joins the group of area business and industry leaders working to provide financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship programs to area kindergarten – twelfth grade students. For more information, call (337) 527-6168.

Memorial Honors Lake Charles Charter Academy Artists Lake Charles Memorial Hospital honored students who participated in the Young at Art Program over the summer. The program, which spotlights artwork from a different local elementary school each month, was designed to make a positive impact on hospital patients, employees, and the young artists themselves. The display featured artwork by students from Lake Charles Charter Academy. A panel of Memorial volunteers recognized first grade student Landon Fink, third grade student Kyleigh Batchan and fifth grade student Alyssa LaVergne with a $25 gift card.

James Babin Appointed as Arts Council Board President The Board of Directors of the Arts Council of SWLA appointed James Babin of ASI Office Systems as its 2014-2015 Board James Babin President during its annual board meeting. Babin, who has served on the board since 2011, is the General Operations Manager of ASI Office Systems and serves on the Fusion Five board of directors, the Leadership SWLA Council, and the Chamber’s Small Business Committee.

Abate and Eckard Attain Certified Financial Planner Designation Eva Abate and Mark Eckard, LPL financial advisors with Rau Financial Group, recently earned the Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) designation from the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards. Earning the designation requires at least three Eva Abate, LPL Mark Eckard, LPL years of qualifying full-time experience as a financial planner, successful completion of a CFP® Board-registered education program or equivalent, and a passing score on the 10-hour CFP® Certification Examination. The CFP® is the highest professional designation in the financial planning field.

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Money & Career Teaching Young Children the Value of Money During the Holidays

by Kristy Armand

When your child asks for something during the year, an iPad or the newest Playstation, for example – you probably see dollar signs, not entertainment.

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You probably suggest that the iPad can wait for a special occasion, like an upcoming birthday, or that those would be good things to put on their Christmas wish list. Now that Christmas is right around the corner, they’ve probably already given you that list. But Christa Comeaux, assistant vice president with Lakeside Banks says this is also a great time to talk to your young children about a different Christmas list – the list of gifts they want to give other people and how they might pay for those gifts. “Anytime your nine-year-old is ‘paying” for something, inevitably the money comes from the same place: You,” says Comeaux. “But in this case, the real payment isn’t from your wallet. It’s from a set of life lessons that are probably more important than you realize.” When it comes to life skills, there are a few nuggets that parents hold at their fingertips. Wash your hands. Brush your teeth. Tie your shoes. Unfortunately, the financial lessons of life sometimes fall by the wayside – and most grownups would agree that understanding money is one of the most vital skills to real-world survival. “Life isn’t all about money, but understanding money certainly makes life easier,” says Comeaux.

“Typically, parents don’t think about teaching their children about budgeting, saving, or finances. They may give an allowance or tell them something is too expensive, but the actual real-life lessons are sometimes lost in the shuffle.” Comeaux says young children who don’t understand money management eventually grow into teen-agers who overspend, splurge or make snap financial decisions – traits that can translate into adulthood. “The good news is, there are opportunities around virtually every corner for parents to give their children hands-on experience with money, and what better time than the ‘spending season’ to get started?” she says. “Once kids know how to count, they can learn about budgets. They don’t need to know how to balance a checkbook at age seven, but they can certainly learn about budgeting in more fun, interesting and age-appropriate ways. At the grocery store, for example, parents can let their children hold the coupons and ask them to count how much money will be saved on each item with the coupon. Another idea for parents is to hold up two different brands of the same item and ask their child which item is less expensive.” Christmas shopping trips are also a good time to discuss responsible spending decisions and share personal beliefs about what is considered good

cost value. It can also provide an opportunity to teach children the difference between credit cards, checks and debits. The moment when your child asks for something they really want, like that iPod, bike or video game, provides a golden opportunity to set goals with your child, which is an important skill set no matter what the situation,” says Comeaux. “An even better lesson is setting the selfless goal of earning money to buy a gift for someone else. The holiday season is the ideal time to combine these two important learning opportunities for your child.” Comeaux says that many young children will obviously not have access to a great deal of money, but parents can devise a form of ‘payment’ with them. For example, they could agree to do chores every week to earn the money they need to buy the gifts they want for their family members. “And remember, the gifts they give don’t have to be expensive. This is another important lesson for children to learn – to spend within their means and to give from the heart.”

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Timing and Tips for College Scholarships

by Ann McMurry

It may seem to early, but the junior year of high school is the ideal time to explore options for college scholarships. Raylynn Castete, director of scholarships at McNeese State University, says that’s the best time for potential college students to look at their financial picture. “They need to do research about the universities, the financing, and the scholarships that are available,” Castete said. There are many scholarships available for students, and there are many scholarship search engines. Deadlines for many national scholarships and university scholarships often fall between Oct. 15 and Jan. 31 of a student’s senior year. When students apply online for college admission, there may be one part of the application that relates to class


rank, GPA, and test scores. Some may ask for extracurricular activities, leadership programs, and honors and awards. That may be all students are required to fill out to be eligible for academic scholarships, Castete said. “But they need to find out if there is a separate application process,” she added. At McNeese, the scholarship office will accept hard copies of resumes or additional information if students choose to submit it. But for performance scholarships, such as music, art, cheerleading, rodeo, dance, and other areas, students will be required to audition and/or submit portfolios of their work, in addition to turning in the proper paperwork. Castete said she always encourages students who are applying for scholarships to complete the FAFSA. Students who are applying for TOPS should complete it, but it is also used in determining federal grants, loans, and work-study. She noted that the cost of college tuition does come into play in determining aid—a student denied aid at one school could find it at another.

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While it’s important that students who are applying for scholarships submit accurate information in a timely manner, there’s more to it than that. “They have to do a good job of putting their best foot forward,” Castete said. “They have to sell themselves. They are in competition with other students and they need to set themselves apart.” Some scholarship applications require students to submit essays, but it’s worth putting forth that extra effort, Castete said. She recalled an instance several years ago where a business awarded a nice scholarship to one graduating senior in each high school in the area, but the

Scholarships may become available to students after they enter college, even though they may not have had one when they started. For example, a college freshmen who may have had a 19 on the ACT test and didn’t qualify for a scholarship upon entering college but had a strong first semester may apply for a scholarship at that time. High school information is no longer considered. “We’ll only look at what you’ve done in college,” Castete said. Those scholarships are highly competitive, but Castete said students should continue to apply for scholarships throughout their college career.

business required that an essay be submitted with the application. Eighteen students picked up the application at one high school, but only one turned it back in. That student was awarded the scholarship. Castete said high school guidance offices have various ways of putting out information about scholarships. They may post it on their webpage, put it on a bulletin board, send it out in a newsletter, or make an announcement at school, but she encourages students to keep in touch with their counselor. “Their best friend is their guidance office,” she said.

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New Retail Assessment Helps Identify Economic Development Opportunities along I-10/Highway 171 Corridor A retail market study conducted this summer in Lake Charles has identified spending patterns of consumers living along the Interstate 10/United States 171 highway corridor. This information will be used to stimulate economic development opportunities for regional entrepreneurs, national developers and retailers. Buxton Research analyzed the community, compiled local data and presented findings to local residents, elected officials and business leaders during a special meeting held last month at the Southwest Louisiana Entrepreneurial and Economic Development (SEED) Center. In Lake Charles, the company was tasked with learning about the present retail conditions along the I-10/Highway 171 corridor to establish an actionable program that will encourage local residents to consider business opportunities, help retain and grow current businesses ad recruit new ones into the region. Buxton’s initial efforts centered on the intersection of I-10 and Nellie Lutcher Memorial Parkway and extended over an area covering a

14-minute drive time. The study analyzed existing retail in the community, surrounding communities’ retail base, population density, road networks, household density, in the community, workplace population and industry experience. George Swift, president and CEO of the Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance, said Buxton’s findings are tailored for anyone seeking economic development opportunities in the corridor. He is pleased that important statistical data (demographics and psychographics on the area) have been compiled for the first time. “The I-10/171 area is prime for growth. The Alliance wants to encourage area residents to step up to the plate and make a difference in their community by using the information in this study—which pinpoints the goods and services that locals want—and figuring out ways to start their own enterprises.” Buxton officials are confident that the information they have compiled will help local economic developers and entrepreneurs when making decisions about opening new enterprises.

“We are thrilled to play a role in the Alliance and community’s retail attraction efforts. Buxton’s bestin-class analytics will give local leaders the data they need to present a convincing case to retailers. Additionally, tool’s like SCOUT are designed to provide market insights for existing businesses and entrepreneurs to stay competitive in this market poised for rapid growth,” said Eric Brown, an account executive with Buxton. The assessment was financed by a group of Lake Charles residents, business owners and the Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance. The study will be made available to the community. For more information, contact Eric Cormier, special projects manager/assistant communications manager, by calling (337) 433-3632.

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1. No feasting for the furry ones – Most pet owners know not to feed their dogs chocolate or anything sweetened with Xylitol. Fatty and spicy foods are also nono foods for dogs along with bones, grapes and raisins. Inform your guests not to feed your dog from their plates (be sure plates are not reachable by Fideaux). Keep dog treats handy and allow guests to give a few to Fideaux so the holiday and the guests make for a pleasant association for your dog. One last note: Keep garbage can lids closed so Fideaux cannot get human food by default. 2. Careful with cocktails – Alcohol should be kept away and far out of reach from Fideaux. A small amount of alcohol can cause your dog to become weak, severely ill, and possibly induce a coma which may result in respiratory failure then death. 3. A room of their own – Plan ahead and have a hidden retreat set up for Fideaux. Dogs can quickly become weary of all the activities and may start to show signs of stress. If you see your dog moving away from the guests, allow your dog to retreat to the quiet, no guests allowed area. Puppies and even adult dogs may need to be crated with a chew toy to relieve stress. Make sure your dog has access to fresh water and is taken out for potty breaks. 4. Decorations – Make sure lighted candles are placed so Fideaux cannot accidentally knock them over or catch on fire when passing by. Keep wires, batteries, glass decorations, Mistletoe and Holly out of your dog’s reach. 5. Medications – Inform house guests that dogs love their noses and will investigate new scents in the home. Medications should be secured and placed where Fideaux cannot get to them. Depending upon the drug, your dog can be made extremely ill or die from ingesting human drugs. 6. House rules – If your normal house routine includes outside time for Fideaux (and it should), allow one of your animal loving friends to take your dog outside to play or go for a walk. This frees you up to continue being the great host/ hostess for the other guest.

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All you need to know to stay in the know! Lakeside Bank Holds Ribbon Cutting at New Westlake Branch

high school students, the 2014 Fall semester represents a 33 percent growth from Fall of 2010 and is the highest enrollment in school history. For more information, visit www.sowela.edu.

Introducing innovative technology at Falgoust Eye Medical & Surgical

Lakeside Bank hosted a ribbon cutting and open house at their new banking center, located at 2203 Sampson Road in Westlake. Michael Carr, Vice President with Lakeside, is the Branch Manager for this new location, and Bank Officer Ryan Hess is the Assistant Branch Manager. For more information, call (337) 502-4144.

Donald Falgoust, M.D. and Brian Mikulla, M.D. of Falgoust Eye Medical & Surgical are among the first in Lake Charles to offer Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery to their patients. Falgoust Eye Medical & Surgical has performed cataract surgery for patients in our community for over 12 years and is excited to offer this new advancement in cataract removal. For more information, call (337) 477-0963.

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Lake Area Medical Center Now Offering Advanced Robotic Surgery Technology Robotic-assisted surgeries are now being performed at Lake Area Medical Center. Robotic surgery was recently added to the hospital’s surgical service line as an alternative to traditional open surgery. Lake Area Medical Center is the only hospital in the Southwest Louisiana region to offer this elite imaging capability associated with robotic surgery. For more information, visit www.lakeareamc. com.

The Diagnostic Center of WCCH Adds Revolutionary New MRI Technology The Diagnostic Center of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital (WCCH) has announced its recent installation of a new type of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology. The center is now using the first-ever digital broadband MRI system: the Ingenia 1.5T from Philips Healthcare. This revolutionary machine is designed to quickly perform high-quality MRI scans with a high level of patient comfort. To learn more, call (337) 310-8834.

Alliance Shares Success With U.S. Officials

With a celebratory ribbon cutting, Chennault International Airport announced the official opening of Hangar H, a 112,000-square-foot, $21.5-million facility. Hangar H can accommodate up to C-5 sized aircraft and features an unobstructed interior, LED lighting and largediameter fans. The hangar also includes an additional 6,000 square feet of office space.

SOWELA presented the inaugural “Rising Star Tracy Beaugh Scholarship” award to Brandon Harrell. The award was created in remembrance of former faculty member, Tracy Beaugh of the Graphic Art Department. For more information, visit www. sowela.edu.

Lake Area Medical Center Named 2014 Best Places to Work in Healthcare List

Pelican State Credit Union Named One of Best Places to Work Pelican State Credit Union was named as one of the 2014 Best Places to Work in Baton Rouge. The awards program is presented by the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report and sponsored by the Greater Baton Rouge Society for Human Resource Management and the Louisiana WorkForce Commission. This survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Baton Rouge, benefiting its economy, its workforce and businesses. For more information, visit www.bestplacestoworkbr.com.

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The Alliance and United States Department of Commerce partnered to conduct a communitytraining program at the Southwest Louisiana Entrepreneurial & Economic Development (SEED) Center. Economic development professionals from around the five-parish area and state of Louisiana along with industry representatives participated in the event. For more information, visit www. allianceswla.org.

Lake Area Medical Center (LAMC) announced it has been named a 2014 Best Places to Work in Healthcare winner by Modern Healthcare magazine. Lake Area Medical Center is one of the top 100 healthcare companies across the country to earn the award, and one of five healthcare companies in the entire state of Louisiana to be recognized. For more information, visit www.modernhealthcare. com/bestplaces.

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Kitchen Love

by Lauren Jameson

Local residents love their kitchens – and for good reasons Since kitchens are said to be the heart of the home, it seems perfectly normal that some people really love their kitchens. Chelsea Boudreaux loves how she and her husband transformed the kitchen in their historic home into a bright, airy, inviting space. Amanda Whitstine loves how she renovated her kitchen over several years so it perfectly fits her family’s needs. Sharon Thierry loves how her kitchen brings back childhood memories of watching her mother cook in the family kitchen. And Karen Smith loves her new kitchen because it is exactly what she wants – right down to the pot filler faucet. Read on to find out more about these lovable spaces.

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Sharon Thierry has fond childhood memories of watching her mother cook in the family kitchen. “I hold these memories very close to my heart,” she said. As an adult, Thierry wanted her kitchen to have that same warm, family feel. That was the main goal when her family home was being built in Lake Charles last year. “Family, entertaining and enjoying one another’s company is primarily done in our kitchen,” she said. “The kitchen is open to the family area and large enough to have people gathered in the kitchen 32 www.thriveswla.com

with me as I prepare food. Our kitchen is the room where we cook, spend time with family and friends and where lots of memories are made. I wanted it to be functional, reflect my personality, style, and be a place where you would want to linger.” But it is the functionality of the space that Thierry enjoys most about her kitchen. “There are various areas that are dedicated to a specific function. I called them my stations, as I was designing this kitchen,” she said. There is a coffee preparation station, a baking station, a wine station and a cooking station. Thrive Magazine for Better Living

“I made sure that this kitchen was well organized and items needed to perform a certain task was at hands reach,” Thierry said. All in all, it is the kitchen she has always wanted – ever since she was a little girl watching her mother cook. “To me it is a dream kitchen, but most of all is the love and memories that come out of food prepared for my family and friends,” she said.

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A perfect ‘work in progress’ Amanda Whitstine of Carlyss said her kitchen is definitely her “favorite room in the house.” “It’s a reflection of me! It’s a work in progress. I also love it because it’s huge,” she said. Her renovation took place in stages and over several years. “I’m so proud the work that has been done to it. The cabinets and floors have been painted by me. I installed the backsplash only a few weeks ago,” Whitstine said. Her favorite thing about the kitchen? The open shelving. “When we first saw the house, it was something that really made the kitchen stand out for me. I had seen this concept in magazines but I wasn’t comfortable tearing out existing cabinets to accomplish it, so I was excited to see them already in place,” she said. “I love collecting interesting dishes and I enjoy being able to display them.” Her decorating inspiration came from home improvement magazines and online websites, such as Pinterest. “My favorite kitchens have always been ‘country chic’ – farm elements with high-end fixtures. So that has always been the picture in mind when I thought of my dream kitchen,” Whitstine said. She advises others who want to renovate to “take it slow – one step at a time.” “Once we lived in the house for a while, we moved on to the next phase. Living a while with each renovation/upgrade before moving on to the next really helped me discover what I really needed my kitchen to be, which inspired each (phase of) renovation after that,” Whitstine said. “We live life and the kitchen changes to fit our needs. Eventually, it became the perfect kitchen for me.”



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Brand spanking new At age 49, Karen Smith of Lake Charles said she now has the “kitchen of her dreams.” She and her husband, Virgil, had their Lake Charles home built in 2013, so the kitchen is done exactly the way they want it. “We bought our appliances early and I asked our contractor if he could recess our refrigerator,

and now we have a full size refrigerator that looks counter depth,” she said. The couple originally wanted to purchase an already built home but they didn’t have any luck finding what they want. “We looked at so many. We definitely knew what we didn’t like in those houses. The major thing that I wanted was the open layout,” she said.

She got it. In fact, it’s one of Smith’s favorite things about her kitchen. She also loves the long counter and the pot filler faucet. “I didn’t even think about the pot filler until I went to a plumbing supply store. It’s something that is easier on a new build rather than a renovation,” she said.

A renovation from the heart When Chelsea Boudreaux and her husband Carl bought their 100-plusyear-old home two years ago in downtown Lake Charles, the kitchen was far from perfect. “There was only one set of cabinets on the teal walls and five layers of linoleum (on the floor),” she said. Now, she has her dream kitchen. But, attaining the dream wasn’t easy. “My husband gutted it down to the original hardwood floors, put up custom shaker cabinets and even built cement countertops,” she said. Boudreaux said she is most proud that she and her husband did the job all by themselves. “We put our hearts into it,” she said. “We went about three months without a kitchen and it was worth every day.” 34 www.thriveswla.com

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The new kitchen is spacious, homey and a great place to entertain. “We opened it up to the dining and living rooms and painted it with complementary colors. It has a bright, airy and comfortable feeling,” Boudreaux said. Her advice to others who are thinking about redoing their kitchens – “Make a budget first and then toss it in the trash.” Boudreaux also advised would-be renovators to watch DIY shows and look online for inspiration, ideas and ways to cut costs. “If I fell in love with a high-end item, I searched for something similar for a much more affordable price. We did a lot of online shopping,” she said. “Most of all, you have to be patient!” November 2014

Five Habits of Grateful, Happy People by Erin Kelly

You can’t walk five feet without bumping into a curmudgeon. But in a sea of grumbles and complaints, there’s usually someone who sees the rainbow behind every raincloud. A person who skates on silver lining and bats away negative pitches with positive curve-balls; an individual who is genuinely high on life, thankful for each minute, and grateful for every breath. In some cases they’ve experienced a massive life overhaul that’s rewarded them with new perspectives. But what about those folks who seem to have an innate attitude of gratitude? How do they do it? The Journal of Positive Psychology has researched the joyful effects of gratitude and found that it comes from changing your approach to life, not your circumstances in it. Here’s a quick peek into the minds of those enviable Pollyannas: • They know how to forgive. Anger has a way of festering. These folks have better things to do than tend to old wounds and hold grudges. They move on with their lives and don’t expend energy on anger. Instead, they forgive. • They go out and get what they want. They understand that life doesn’t owe them anything, so they don’t sit around and wait for life to come to them. They have no sense of entitlement. Their joys come from their own achievements, not from what is handed to them. • They drive over ruts instead of getting stuck in them. Bad things happen. Such is life. It might get them down, but not for long. They understand that life isn’t good unless you have some bad. And they get over it, sooner rather than later. • They adapt. Life changes. There’s no avoiding it. Rather than cling onto stubborn old ways, they embrace new things to come and understand that life is fluid and surprising. • They focus on the future. Rather than fall miserably into the deep well of past regret, they look toward the promise of the future. They accept yesterday’s disappointments, but choose to move toward tomorrow’s achievements.

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Don’t Worry, Be Happy by Erin Kelly

New Ways to Approach Old Problems—Starting Now

We’re a nation of stressed people. That probably includes you. If you’re like most Americans, you find something to fret about daily, whether it’s the condition of your home life, wallet, or workplace. Around every corner there’s something new to toss us into a tailspin. Stress has become so common in our culture that it’s virtually the new normal. In a study by the American Psychological Association, 72 percent of respondents said their stress level has increased over the past five years, and the number of Americans reporting “extreme stress” continues to edge around 20 percent. Money, work, and relationships continually lead the pack as sources of anxiety, according to the APA. “This isn’t surprising, considering that these are the things that dominate our daily lives,” says Keri Forbess-McCorquodale,MS, CEAP, LPC, LMFT, owner of Solutions Counseling & EAP. “Unfortunately, not everyone copes well. An alarming number of people report that stress has a strong impact on their physical health. Stress has been shown to trigger a vast number of health problems, including heart attack, sleep deprivation, and gastrointestinal disorders.” The APA study found that 42 percent of respondents lay awake at night because of stress; 36 percent overeat or binge on unhealthy foods; and 27 percent skip meals altogether. 36 www.thriveswla.com

“Obviously, all these things are concerning, especially when coupled with the physical implications that aren’t immediately visible,” Forbess-McCorquodale says. “The interesting thing is, people often know that they’re not coping well, and they understand what they need to do to manage their stress. They just choose not to do it, because the steps they have to take—diet, exercise, time management, difficult conversations—are hard and complex and cause even more stress. So instead they fall back on old habits.” Diet, exercise, and rearranging your life are all well and good. But what are some things you can do today—right now—to feel better? ForbessMcCorquodale and her staff of licensed therapists at Solutions provided Thrive with some relatively simple strategies for reducing stress in those areas that commonly cause people to worry the most.

Wallet Woes? Give Something Away. It may seem counterintuitive, but research has shown that one way to reduce your financial headache is to give something away. It doesn’t have to be much. Five bucks, even. The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and Science actually studied this phenomenon and found that people who gave money away were happier than those who didn’t. “It’s easy for us to get trapped in our own worlds Thrive Magazine for Better Living

of woe. Anxiety, stress and depression—especially about money—can cause us to focus inward. The stress builds and only breeds more stress. By giving something away, you’re able to get away from yourself and shift the focus elsewhere, in a positive way,” says therapist Chauntelle LeJeune, MA, LMFT, LPC. “It fosters feelings of charity and social connection. It focuses on the positive feelings of generosity rather than the negative feelings of financial shortcomings.” It also gives you a sense of making a difference. According to the University of British Columbia psychologist who led one of the studies, monetary stinginess affects the stress hormone cortisol. Thus, the theory goes that giving a few dollars away is good for your body, mind or soul, no matter the amount. Another way to control your mental financial tailspin is to give yourself a break. Don’t punish yourself with blame or shame. Focusing on mistakes only muddles the solution.

Relationship Ruckus? Pay Attention. Our lives are rife with relationships. Spouses, partners, children, bosses, co-workers, aunts, uncles, in-laws—people are everywhere and we have to interact with them, for better or worse. If you’re lucky, it’s a pleasant experience most of the time. But no matter who you are or where you roam, November 2014

you’re bound to stumble upon relationship hiccups. It could be a defiant child or a distant spouse. Maybe it’s a difficult mother-in-law or needy best friend. Whatever it is, it’s bound to heap on the stress, especially if it becomes commonplace. You may think that untangling these problems is a massive chore that will deplete your emotional reservoir, but many times the answer is simpler than you think, according to therapist Kendall LeJeune, MA, LMFT, LPC. “I find that the most common reason why people keep fighting losing battles is because they don’t listen,” LeJeune says. “And when you don’t listen, you can’t communicate.” Listening doesn’t mean sitting quietly waiting for your turn to talk; it means actually hearing what the other person is saying to you. It’s not fighting back with gusto until you’re proven right—it’s being able to set aside selfrighteousness to have productive conversations. Listening means tossing out your ego, anger, and attitude so you can nurture your relationships, rather than poison them. “Many people think they’re good listeners because they stay quiet when someone else is talking, but that does not make a good listener. A good listener hears, and responds,” LeJeune says. “It’s harder than it looks, because human beings are imperfect and we let our emotions get the best of us. We don’t want to be patient and hear the other person. We want to make our point. But that usually doesn’t get anyone anywhere.” The next time your child wants to talk to you, listen to them. Don’t position yourself for a lecture or posture your wisdom. Show respect, and you’ll get it in return. And that goes for most of the other relationships in your life, as well, LeJeune says. “Another simple way to diffuse bad blood and resentment is to remember to show affection to the people you love. Again, this is harder than it looks. But it’s surprising how easily a hug can solve problems. And you don’t have to wait until you’re in the middle of a brawl. Appreciate the people in your life every day for who they are, and don’t forget to show them and tell them that they mean something to you,” LeJeune says. “People want to be heard, loved, and appreciated. When those three things are accomplished, it can knock battles off their course before they even start.”


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Wallowing Workplace? Change Your Story. You don’t have to hate your job to get stressed out about it. Even people who love their jobs find themselves rubbing their temples at the end of the day. There are so many demands and so few hours, after all. And the ever-looming raincloud of financial uncertainty doesn’t help. If you have a job, you’re probably stressed about something. (And triple that if you don’t have a job or can’t find one). You may have an incompetent boss or irritating co-workers. You may have a great boss and fantastic co-workers, but five thousand things to do. Rest assured, you are not alone. The workplace is one of the most common causes of stress in America, and that is virtually unchanging. The solution may seem obvious: Rearrange your schedule, change careers, drop your dead-end job and follow your dreams. But that’s not exactly practical, and it’s not something that will help you today. What will you help you today is a change of perspective.

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“More often than not, the stress we experience at work is all due to perception. We perceive a certain situation inside our own bubble and never take the time to step outside of that bubble and look at things objectively. When we fail to do that, it’s easy to get defensive, angry or irritated by what happens around us, especially in a work environment where there are so many different personalities, approaches and opinion. It’s that filter of self-doubt that causes a great deal of stress,” according to Forbess-McCorquodale. For example: You ask for more time on a project, but your boss refuses. She doesn’t give many

details, except that it needs to be done by the stated deadline. This sends you into a tailspin. Is the boss out to get you? Does she not trust that you’ll get it done? Is she trying to send a message? Is she on a power trip? Maybe. But maybe not, Forbess-McCorquodale says. “You have to remove yourself from the situation and look at it as if you’re a third party. Pretend the situation is happening to other people and you’re observing it as an outsider. Do you still have the same conclusion?” she asks. “It’s amazing how our perceptions change once we decide to become

objective, rather than subjective.” Also: Remember that work isn’t everything. Yes, it pays the bills. Yes, it’s important. Yes, it needs to get done and it’s a necessary evil. But you don’t have to take that emotional baggage home every day. “Give yourself permission to let go,” ForbessMcCorquodale says. “If you hate your job for 40 hours a week, why would you want to sacrifice another ten hours complaining about it? That’s ten hours you could use to do something better for yourself. If you’re in a miserable work environment, don’t give it any more energy than it deserves.”


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season of thanks. It’s easy to feel stressed and overwhelmed when you’re sitting in traffic or hovering over a project. But it’s difficult to get anxious when you’re focused on gratitude. If it’s a specific person you’re thankful for, take it a step further and tell them. The effects of the positive energy may surprise you. Don’t focus on the past.

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Using Thank You Notes to Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude in Children Writing thank-you notes has gotten a bad rap as a chore that’s, well, thankless. For parents, getting their kids to write them can double the feelings of thanklessness, especially during the busy holiday season. “I know some people feel that thank-you notes are an old-fashioned concept or just too much trouble in the hectic pace of today’s modern life,” says Sara Smith, local etiquette expert and owner of PaperSmith. “A phone call, email or text might be a whole lot quicker - and is certainly better than no ‘thank you’ - but in a world in which kids can get almost anything ‘on demand,’ taking time to show a little gratitude with a handwritten thank-you note is a timeless gesture of gratitude that never goes out of style.” Smith adds that teaching your children to write timely, thoughtful thank-you notes for the gifts they receive is more than just a lesson in manners – although it is definitely that too. “The reason behind taking the time to express ‘thanks’ is crucial to helping children develop compassion, empathy, kindness and even happiness, according to numerous research studies.” The holiday season provides the perfect opportunity to start developing the habit of writing thank-you notes with your child, and it’s never too early to start, according to Smith. “The key is to make it a creative project in which kids get to express themselves, even with very young children. As with anything else you do with kids, if you make it fun, you can eliminate the battle.” She offers the following tips: Set a time for it. You shouldn’t teach gratitude by nagging. Make it a big deal, get some snacks, turn on the music and gather everyone around the table. Gather your supplies. Put together a supply kit with note cards, a return-address stamper, pens, crayons, markers, stickers, address book, postage stamps, address book, and other fun craft items that can be used. Take them shopping with you to help choose the supplies – this will help them feel even more involved and excited.

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The Walnut Grove Institute and the Arts Council of SWLA are proud to announce the opening of the first art exhibition in the Walnut Grove Post Office. Walnut Grove is the new traditional neighborhood development (TND) located on West Sallier Street in Lake Charles.

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Bringing Children Home KPLC reporter Britney Glaser, in partnership with the Department of Children and Each day, an abused or neglected child is removed Family Services (DCFS), highlights one child each month who is legally ready to be from an unsafe home and placed in Louisiana’s foster adopted. Thrive is supporting The New Family Tree by featuring each month’s story. care system. They remain in the system until their Young girl’s one wish: a loving family home environment is safe—but for many, that never Despite having a different childhood than some of her friends, 11-year-old D’Janae is hopeful for a family while she waits in foster care. Smart, kind and happens. Of the 4,000 children currently cycling in playful, D’Janae wants a mom who loves her for who she is and will help mold her state foster care, about 350 are ready to be adopted into the young woman she dreams to become. “Every morning I’d wake up and tell her good morning and I love you,” said today. More than 60 of them are in Southwest D’Janae of her future mom. Louisiana, right here in our community. Although she is no different than your typical, modern preteen who likes to talk about fashion, popular music and first crushes, D’Janae is unique in that her strongest desire is to be adopted by a loving family. Carla Wilson with the Department of Children and Family Services says D’Janae is a sweet girl with a great, fun-loving personality. “She will definitely keep you laughing all the time,” said Wilson. Additionally, D’Janae loves everything girly. She enjoys dancing, cheering and singing. D’Janae is ready to be adopted through the Department of Children and Family Services. Call 337-491-2470 to make a request. For more information, call 337-491-2470. or 1-800-8141584. Follow Britney Glaser’s “The New Family Tree” series at www.kplctv.com.

Quick Facts on Adopting a Foster Child • Minimum age is 21. • Single people can adopt. • Many of the children in state custody are considered “special needs,” which is defined as the following: older child, race/ ethnic background, sibling group, medical conditions, physical/mental/emotional handicaps. • Children in foster care are there as a result of abuse, neglect or abandonment. • The certification process typically takes 90 days to complete. Once matched with a child, the process to legally adopt a child takes about one year.

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Thank You Notes, continued from p39 Teach by example. Write your thank you notes while they are writing theirs. Let them see that this is a habit they will share with you for a lifetime. Be creative and age-appropriate. Obviously, children of different ages will have different writing capabilities. You can help them express themselves authentically. Here are a few ideas: • Let your child make a drawing of the gift, and you can be the designated writer. • A younger child can use colored-ink pads to make a rainbow of fingerprints across the front of the card. Then they (or you) can write a letter in each, spelling out THANK YOU. • Trace your child’s hands and cut them out, then send them as a thankyou “round of applause. • Cut rectangles from one of his big watercolors or finger paintings, then glue them to folded blank card stock for one-of-a-kind art cards. • Cut out half-hearts in different colors and patterns. Write THANK on one and YOU on the other, then let your child glue them next to each other on folded blank card stock. PaperSmith is located at 2925 Ernest Street in Lake Charles and offers a wide selection of note cards and writing supplies for all ages.

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Style & Beauty

The Great Facial Hair Debate by Katie Harrington

Even though beards have become fashionable year-round, fall just seems like beard season. Maybe it’s the return of flannel, sweaters and boots or just the change in the air. Or maybe it’s No-Shave November (see sidebar) that makes this time of year the best time for showing off facial hair flair. This year has been dubbed the “year of the beard”, and facial hair seems to be the must-have male accessory for 2014. Unlike women, men can ‘flip-flop’ their looks by growing out a myriad of facial hair styles or going clean-shaven. Can you judge a man by his facial hair, though? According to Dr. Allan Peterkin, author of three books on the topic, a brand ambassador for Dove Men+Care and judge of the World Beard and Moustache Championships, the answer is yes. In

a recent interview, he said, “You can have a certain look now, but change it quickly. Guys have many choices when it comes to personal expression.” According to www.artofmanliness.com, there have been numerous scientific studies done to determine what other people are thinking when they look at facial hair. The most basic breakdown is that when you have any type of facial hair, including stubble, people associate aggression or dominance and maturity with you. A clean-shaven man, on the other hand, is associated more with sociability, health and cleanliness. So, what do some of the more popular facial hairstyles say about the man behind them?

Stubble The scoop: This is the most popular form of facial hair expression because it looks good on almost all faces. Stubble allows guys to have the best of both worlds. Contrary to popular belief, this style does require some upkeep. Keep the upper margins tidy and use electric clippers to maintain uniform length.

The Mustache The scoop: Although this style originated as a cultural expression in other parts of the world, American men eventually adopted it. Especially big in the 1970s, the moustache has seen a resurgence in recent years. What it says: You’re a little defiant and don’t care what people think of you.

What it says: You stay on top of the latest trends and like to be in the know.

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Full, Groomed Beard The scoop: When wellmaintained, this full beard looks good on a wide range of men. Often described as another limb to the wearer, it conveys classic masculinity. Beards are so revered and desired In Saudi Arabia that some spend substantial money on beard transplants. What it says: You are the quiet, confident type. Showing off is not for you.

Clean-Shaven The scoop: It is believed that facial hair trends cycle every 20 years or so, meaning the smooth face will be trending again soon. Facial hair may be losing some of its impact since so many people are now doing it and it has become a new norm. What it says: You like a classic look and prefer not to stick out.

Wild and Feral The scoop: This style is also known as the final frontier in the world of facial hair. It’s having a big moment right now thanks to popular shows like Duck Dynasty. The style is also a hit with the college crowd. It’s a bold expression that shows testosterone at work, and for many, the bigger the better. What it says: You’re a free spirit who doesn’t care for rules. You expect to be asked about your winning facial hair flair.

What is “No-Shave November”?

No matter what style you choose, daily cleansing and moisturizing remain an absolute must.

No-Shave November is an annual tradition where men don’t shave for the entire month, all in the name of raising awareness of men’s prostate health. The tradition got its start as “Movember” in Australia in 1999. In this international version, men shave their beard and trim their mustache. With No-Shave November, there’s no shaving of any kind. Men shave on October 31 and take a picture of their clean-shaven face. Then they tuck their razors away for the next 30 days. Intermittent pictures can be taken to show off progress until a final picture is taken on November 30 to show the end result.

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Style & Beauty

Breakup with these Makeup Disasters for Women over


by Christine Fisher

Let’s call her a well-seasoned woman. Her 40th birthday is in her rear-view mirror and she’s reached that comfort level with herself that is undeniably beautiful. It’s important, though, to not let that comfort zone get too cozy. If you’re using the same makeup shades and techniques that you were in your 20s, it’s time to face the mirror and make a few adjustments. “Makeup should enhance the beautiful woman you are,” said Andie Spell, aesthetician with the ENT & Aesthetic Center of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital. “As we age, our skin’s texture changes and lines appear. You can maintain a classy, flattering look with a few tweaks to your makeup routine.” Brush up on these makeup tips to enhance your look:

Powder lightly, if at all.

Lighten up on eyeliner.

Step away from the pale eye shadow.

Frame your eyes with beautiful brows.

“Powdering your nose” is passé after a certain age. “A soft, dewy complexion brings out natural beauty; an overpowdered face shows every line,” said Spell. Choose a natural mineral makeup or a creamy foundation and avoid a heavily powdered look. Accentuating eyes with a bright white or very pale eye shadow under the brow will put the focus on less-than-taught skin. Opt for muted shades of grays and browns that work well with your skin tone.

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A thick line of eyeliner works great at Halloween! Heavy eyeliner looks garish, not gorgeous. Again, choose a gray or brown color and apply a thin line as close to your lash line as possible. You should aim to define your eyes, but not with a heavy hand. Eyebrows thin as we age, and scraggly, unkempt brows do nothing to enhance your eyes. Get them professionally shaped then fill in sparse areas with a powder or pencil that closely matches your eyebrow color. Eyebrows with a nice arch, but not overly arched, can help lift the overall look of the face.

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Just say no to dark lip liner.

For a short time, the trendy look was to use a dark lip liner. That trend is over, ladies! “Lip liner can be beneficial if you have vertical lines around your lips. It will help lipstick stay on your lips instead of bleeding into the lines,” explained Spell. “If you use lip liner, choose a color that closely blends with your lip color. A darker shade adds years to your look.”

Add color with flattering lip shades.

Lips tend to thin and lose their color with age, so even when you’re going for a natural look, remember to add a little lip color. Choose a shade that’s flattering to your skin tone and not more than two shades darker than your natural lip color; it’ll brighten your whole face. November 2014

Avoid matte lipsticks.

Dry and caked-on lip color is not the look we’re going for! Think dewy and soft when choosing lip products. To keep lips soft, exfoliate them every few days with either a product or by gently rubbing with a wet washcloth and warm water.

Blush lightly.

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Choose muted shades of blush and apply with a light hand. You definitely do not want to apply blush only to the apples of your cheeks; you’ll look like you’re having a perpetual hot flash! Lightly sweep a muted blush color across the highest point of the cheekbones. This, like a well-arched brow, will lift your face.

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“The overall focus is light and natural. Avoid harsh colors and heavy layers of makeup,” said Spell. “Excessive makeup adds years to a woman’s face. It takes some trial and error to learn the techniques and colors that suit you, but it’s worth it.”

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Style & Beauty

Got Eczema?

Here’s How to Flare-Down for Fall Summer can be brutal for people with eczema, but fall isn’t always a cake-walk either. Changes in temperature— both outside and inside—can create perfect storms for eczema flare-ups. Characterized by patches of dry, red skin that may have scales and/or crust, eczema usually occurs on the face, neck and insides of the elbows, knees and ankles Atopic dermatitis is the most common form of eczema affects at least 28 million people in the United States. “Climate changes can be a cause for eczema flare-ups,” said Dr. Kevin Guidry, a board certified

dermatologist with Dermatology Associates of Southwest Louisiana. “When it gets cooler outside, people are more likely to run their heaters, which can also trigger problems.” Moisturizing ointments can prevent the skin from drying, cracking or itching, but the effective treatment of eczema often requires a multi-faceted treatment approach that includes medication,

proper skin care, trigger avoidance and coping mechanisms, Dr. Guidry said. “It’s not always enough to rub salve on the problem,” he said. “If you want long-term relief, there are even more steps you can take.” Topical treatments. Moisturizers can help relieve dry skin while corticosteroids will help reduce inflammation. “Cold compresses applied directly to the skin can help relieve itching,” Dr. Guidry added. Oral medications. If the eczema is keeping you up at night, antihistamines with sedative ingredients can aid with a good night’s sleep. “Phototherapy or immune-suppressing oral medications can help relieve some moderate to severe cases that aren’t responding to other therapies,” said Dr. Guidry. Watch what you wear. As the weather turns cooler, you may find yourself wearing heavier fabrics, like wool. But certain garments can cause flare-ups. Choose loose-fitting clothes. Opt for cotton instead of synthetic. “Cotton is much gentler on the skin,” Dr. Guidry said. Choose detergent wisely. Fragrance-free detergent is best. It’s easier on your skin. Regulate temperature. Changes in temperature can wreak havoc on the skin. Try to spend time in environments with regulated temperature—not too hot, not too cold. “Obviously this is easier said than done, especially if you spend a lot of time outdoors,” Dr. Guidry said. “But when you’re indoors, try to be mindful of the temperature and humidity levels and set your thermostat accordingly.”

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Don’t Be Afraid of Leather and Suede

by Lauren Jameson

Leather and suede are everywhere this fall. Thanks to fun new colors and sophisticated, elegant silhouettes, you will want to stock up on these cool-weather classics. You can make a statement in stylish leather pieces – everything from pants, skirts, shorts, dresses and of course, coats and jackets. Try a colorful leather skirt for a chic, uptown look. This season, you can find skirts in the usual black, brown and tan, but why not step it up a few notches and wear one in a vibrant color such as orange, royal blue, red, purple, or even pink? A black motorcycle jacket is a go-to staple for your wardrobe, but other leather coat and jacket styles are just as important. They can easily transition between both work and weekend attire. Pair a leather jacket with a tailored business dress for work or throw one on with a miniskirt or jeans for your “play” time. But with so many styles out there, how do you pick the right leather jacket? Try on several styles to determine the best

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color and style for you. Try to avoid a trendy look and stay with a jacket that is more timeless, so you can wear it well into the future. If you don’t want to wear all leather, try pieced-leather leggings, a leather-front t-shirt or sweater, a coat or jacket with leather sleeves or patches, or pants with leather trim, leather-look quilted patches or other accents. Keep in mind that since most items are also available in faux leather, prices won’t fracture your finances. Also this fall, don’t be afraid of suede. It, too, is making a comeback because of its vivid colors and clean lines. Consider colorful suede as an alternative to leather or you can easily wear the two together. Anything goes! Look for lots of suede pieces and accessories – which you can wear well into spring. Suede staples to hunt for include shoes, shirts, pants, dresses, skirts, and of course, bags. You can accessorize any outfit with a hobo fringe handbag and suede flats, heels or boots.

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A leather vest looks great paired with a shirt, cuffed jeans and oxford shoes. Coats, jackets, skirts and dresses in suede patchwork pieces have a cool, yet updated, 1970s vibe. So does the classic, yet updated, suede fringe jacket, which is also making a resurgence. You can pair the look with a white blouse, skinny pants or jeans and some leather booties for a mature – rather than heavy metal hippie – look.

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Mind & Body Decoding the Secret Language of


We can all relate to the uncomfortable feeling of being haunted by an intense dream or nightmare that lingers throughout the day and leaves us questioning: Where did that come from? People have long been baffled by dreams. Early civilizations saw them as prophetic and a link between the earthly world and the heavens. The Romans were known for submitting dreams to their Senate for analysis and interpretation. We even see stories of prophetic dreams in the Bible, such as in Genesis, when the pharaoh’s torment over his dreams led him to place Joseph in charge of Egypt. Today, the many available paths toward understanding dreams can seem as confusing as the dream itself. It wasn’t until the later part of the nineteenth century that Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung composed the more widely known dream theories of the modern era. Freud felt that dreams served as a palate for resolving repressed wants, while Jung thought dreams revealed the secret language of one’s unconsciousness— composed of repressed memories and experiences. These theories led to the popular practice of dream analysis, and with advancements in technology, numerous approaches are performed and researched by psychoanalysts, dream analysts, scientists, academics, clergy members, New Age practitioners and enthusiasts throughout the world. Regardless of their backgrounds, most experts agree that dreams are rich with symbolic messages that can provide deeper insight into our lives. Many of these themes are not unique to the individual, but are thought to be part of the general human dreamscape. Here’s a look into what dream experts see as some of the most common scenarios and their possible meanings.

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Naked in public Public nakedness may mean that you’re trying to hide something or may not be prepared for a project and fear being exposed. However, if no one notices, the fear may be unfounded.

Falling Falling is thought to symbolize insecurities and anxiety. There may be something significant that is out of your control or you may be feeling a sense of failure.

Being chased

This nightmare often symbolizes the avoidance of a problem/s. The issue you are trying escape is usually defined by whom or what is chasing you and what they represent.

Taking a test (or forgetting that you have one)

This can also appear as missing a meeting or class or returning back to school—it has many variations. Experts typically say this means that you are feeling scrutinized or overwhelmed. It also may signify something that has been neglected and needs your attention.

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Running, but going nowhere This is often associated with the chasing dream. You may have too much on your plate and this is a sign to slow down and focus on the most important issues.

Flying Dreams of flying typically symbolize the feeling of being in control of the things that matter most. However, if you experience issues maintaining flight it may signify that you feel something or someone is holding you back. If you’re afraid while flying, it could mean you’re overwhelmed.

Loss of teeth

This dream is indicative of anxiety or insecurity, sometimes related to appearance. Many experts also point to this as a loss or of power or difficulties with communication.

When it comes to theories on how to decode dreams, scientists have been traditionally spilt in many different directions. Some feel that dreams are without meaning and are nothing more than electrical brain impulses patch-working random images from our memory, which is then constructed into a story when the person wakes up. Others feel that dreams serve an important purpose and see them as a biological defense mechanism to identify potentially threatening events. However, recent studies on brain activity during dreaming have shaken-up the beliefs of many in the scientific community. These studies explored the connections between dreams to memories and emotions by utilizing electroencephalography (EEG) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to track brain waves, structures and sleep stages. The combined findings of the studies demonstrate that dreams appear to assist with us understanding our emotions by building memories of them. While an image may not be real, it symbolizes a genuine feeling. Dreams can serve a preventive toward developing mental illness by processing feelings, especially negative emotions.


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Mind & Body

Health Insurers Start Taking Notice of Lung Cancer Screening by Erin Kelly

NOVEMBER IS NATIONAL LUNG CANCER AWARENESS MONTH detection is the only way to curb the loss of life caused by lung cancer. Lung cancer has a substantial mortality rate and accounts for more than a quarter of all cancer deaths. To put that in perspective—about 160,000 people die of lung cancer each year,” said Dr. Mohammad Khan, oncologist with CHRISTUS St. Patrick Medical Group. “Despite these tragic numbers, lung cancer has been woefully underfunded at every level and for a variety of reasons. This screening is a big step in the right direction. This is the first screening we’ve been able to offer for this disease that will allow us to detect it at an earlier, more treatable stage in high-risk populations. ” Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women, killing more people than colon, breast and prostate cancer combined. Although tobacco use is considered the primary trigger for lung cancer, the disease has attacked those who have never touched a cigarette in their lives. According to a past study by the American Cancer Society, as many as 24,000 lung James Ingram, Jr. MD, FACS cancer deaths each Since 1992, The Vein Center year are related to of Louisiana has offered factors other than comprehensive diagnosis and smoking. If nontreatment of vein disorders tobacco-related such as Varicose Veins and lung cancer were Spider Veins. Dr. James Ingram placed in a separate is a vascular surgeon and one category, it would of Louisiana’s first vein still rank in the top specialists. Diplomate, 10 most common American Board of Venous fatal cancers in the and Lymphatic Medicine. U.S., according to the Learn more at: study. www.DoctorIngram.com

Health plans under the federal exchange and some private insurance companies will now cover specialized lung cancer screenings for high-risk beneficiaries. This comes on the heels of a heady push from more than 60 patient advocacy and medical organizations headed by the Lung Cancer Alliance, the American College of Radiology and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, all of which have urged the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to cover low dose computed tomography, known as LDCT. The American Cancer Society and American Society of Clinical Oncology have also joined the cause. “It’s essential for health insurance plans to cover LDCT because early screening and

About a quarter-million people are diagnosed with lung cancer each year, according to the ACS. Unfortunately, these diagnoses don’t occur until symptoms have started—and once the symptoms have begun, it’s often too late to adequately treat and manage the condition, Dr. Khan says. “That’s why this is important. That’s why we have to urge more health insurance companies to cover LDCT. We’re talking about thousands of lives that could possibly be saved,” Dr. Khan said. 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. Congressional leaders from both sides of the political aisle have sent letters to CMS encouraging them to also cover Medicare beneficiaries. More than 70 percent of lung cancer cases occur in patients 65 and older, making this group uniquely vulnerable to the disease. According to Dr. Khan, the purpose of cancer screening is to find cancer early, when the disease may be easier to treat and could be curable. LDCT, which involves taking a series of X-rays to create 3-D images of the lungs, is currently the only recommended screening test for lung cancer. The screenings are quick and painless, according to Michele Hurley, RN, Oncology Nurse Navigator , with CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital. “There are some specific risk factors and guidelines that would determine who who may benefit from LDCT screening, and the details on coverage are still being finalized, but that’s what I’m here for – to help people get the answers they need, and to guide them through whatever paperwork is required.” For more information about lung cancer screening at CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital, call (337) 491-7569.

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For certain people at high risk, screening for lung cancer using low-dose CT scans is proven to save lives. New guidelines will help you understand if CT screening is appropriate for you.


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Take Steps to Prevent Foot Problems from Diabetes by Kristy Armand

Foot problems are a well-known risk associated with diabetes, and can become one of the most serious. Diabetes is the number one cause of lower limb amputations in the United States, with over half of amputations performed caused by the disease. The disease can cause reduced blood flow to the feet, depriving them of oxygen and nutrients. This makes it more difficult for blisters, sores, and cuts to heal. Diabetic nerve damage called peripheral neuropathy can cause numbness in your feet. “When you can’t feel cuts and blisters, you’re more likely to get sores and infections,” explains Dr. Tyson Green, foot and ankle specialist with the Center for Orthopaedics, an affiliate of Imperial Health. “If you don’t notice or treat these sores, they can become deeply infected. This is what typically leads lead to amputation. Unfortunately, having a toe, foot, or lower leg surgically removed is 10 times more likely in people with diabetes.” As frightening as this sounds, Dr,. Green stresses that serious foot problems are not an inevitable part of having diabetes. “It is estimated that at least half of the amputations related to diabetes that take place each year could be prevented through proper care of the feet. The key is learning about the risks for foot problems making sure you do everything you need to do to prevent these potential complications.”

Fortunately, an ounce of preventive care is an investment well made when it comes to diabetic foot care. Dr. Green offers the following tips for putting your feet first: Check feet daily. Look at your feet every day to check for cuts, sores, blisters, redness, calluses, or other problems. Dr. Green says checking every day is even more important if you have nerve damage or poor blood flow. “Look over both feet carefully every day, and be sure you check between all of your toes because blisters and infections can start between there, and if you have diabetic neuropathy, you may not feel them until they’ve become irritated or infected.” Wash with warm water. Wash both of your feet briefly each day with warm water. Make sure the water is not too hot by testing the temperature with your elbow. Do not soak your feet, and dry your feet well, especially between your toes. Make sure your shoes fit well. If you have diabetes,

good shoes are an investment worth making. “Even the slightest tightness or rubbing in the wrong place can cause a blister that could turn into a sore that won’t heal,” says Dr. Green. “Shop for shoes at the end of the day when your feet are bigger, and before buying or putting on shoes, check inside for rough edges or other irregularities that could hurt your feet. Also, when you get new shoes, break them in gradually by wearing them for short periods of time – an hour or two a day.” 54 www.thriveswla.com

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No bare feet. Always wear shoes or slippers, and always wear socks with your shoes. “Direct contact with leather, plastics, and manmade shoe materials can irritate your skin and quickly bring on blisters,” says Dr. Green. “And although you might prefer the look of hose or thin socks, these don’t give your toes or heels enough protection.” Stay soft - but dry. High glucose levels can cause dry and cracked skin. Dr. Green says this means double trouble for the feet. “It makes it easier for bacteria to get under the skin, and harder for infections to heal.” He advises using a small amount of skin lotion daily, but be sure to rub it in well. “You want your feet to be dry, not damp or sticky, and you don’t want to get lotion in between your toes.” Practice foot maintenance. File corns and calluses gently with an emery board or pumice stone after your bath or shower, when skin is softer. Keep your toenails trimmed and filed smooth to avoid ingrown toenails. It is best to cut them to the shape of the toe and not too short, according to Dr. Green, and then to file the edges with an emery board. Fix problems. If you have bunions (the big toe slants sharply in toward your other toes, with a big bump on the knuckle of your big toe), corns (spots of thick, rough skin on the toes), or hammertoes ( buckled-under toe), these problems need to be addressed with a foot specialist. Dr. Green says all of these problems make it difficult for shoes to fit properly, which can lead to blisters and other problems. Dr. Green says the underlying message of all these recommendations is to be extra vigilant about your feet if you have diabetes. “This will not only help you prevent problems, but also help you notice any changes at an earlier, more treatable stage.” He November 2014

adds that it is also important to talk to your doctor if you have any concerns, regardless of how minor it may seem. “Tell them about any changes in sensation in your toes, feet, or legs. Don’t worry that it seems too trivial. It’s far better to be overly cautious than to ignore a symptom that could be a sign of a serious problem. Your feet are your foundation for mobility and independence, and your doctor can only help you maintain this foundation for life if you keep him or her informed.”

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Keep an Eye on Diabetes by Kristy Armand

If you haven’t had a dilated eye exam lately, November is an ideal time to make an appointment for one. It’s American Diabetes Month, and eye disease is one of the most common and debilitating complications of diabetes. Diabetics have heard for years about the changes that could occur with their vision, and according to health experts, complacency is a pitfall. “Monitoring your eye health is critical if you’re a diabetic. We’ve said that for years, and I worry that the message may be ignored,” said ophthalmologist Alan Lacoste, MD; F.A.C.S with The Eye Clinic. “The vision problems diabetics might have are very real.” Regular eye exams are critical for effective diabetes management. In fact, once a diagnosis is received, it’s a good idea to make an appointment for an eye exam in order to see if any damage has already been done and to keep tabs on changes. Ophthalmologists can also play a key role in reducing the impact of diabetes in individuals who are November 2014

unaware they have the disease, because the early signs of diabetes can often be discovered during a dilated eye exam. “There have been many times when I’ve examined a patient and I can see the changes from diabetes in their eye, but they haven’t been diagnosed yet. I’ll talk with them and urge them to talk to their primary physician for follow-up,” says Dr. Lacoste. The changes Dr. Lacoste is referring to occur due to blood sugar fluctuations. He explains that elevated blood sugar can cause the lens of the eye to swell, changing the ability to see clearly. Diabetes is a significant contributing factor for three main vision problems: Diabetic retinopathy. This is the leading cause of irreversible blindness in the United States. Damage to the blood vessels in the back of the eye is responsible for the vision loss, and it’s due to high blood sugar levels. Laser continued on p56

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Mind & Body | Diabetes Awareness Month, contined from p55 treatment is used to treat these blood vessels and prevent further damage and vision loss. Glaucoma. People with diabetes are 40 percent more likely to have glaucoma than people without diabetes; and the longer someone has diabetes, the greater the chances of complications like glaucoma. Symptoms, such as tunnel vision, are usually a late finding. During an eye exam, the pressure in the eye is checked. If the pressure is thought to be too high for that patient, then it can be treated with eye drops, laser or more invasive types of surgery.

Cataracts. Diabetics are 60 percent more likely to develop cataracts, a clouding or fogging of the focusing lens in the eye. People with diabetes tend to get cataracts at an earlier age and they progress more rapidly than in people without diabetes. Blurred vision and problems with glare are the most reported symptoms. Surgery can usually restore clear vision; most patients report an improvement after surgery. Dr. Lacoste says the impact of diabetes on eye health can be postponed by keeping blood sugar levels within the recommended guidelines. This involves a healthy eating plan, regular exercise and routine check ups with health providers, including

eye exams. However, the number of years a patient has the disease remains one of the biggest reasons for complications. “Many of the vision problems have little to no symptoms at first, which means they can go unnoticed for years until it’s too late to reverse the damage. For patients who regularly have eye exams, we can notice small changes from year to year and take steps to hold onto the best vision possible.” said Dr. Lacoste. For more information about diabetes and your eyes, call (337) 478-3810 or visit www.theeyeclinic.net.

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Win the Cold and Flu


IT’S ONE OF THE BEST TIMES OF THE YEAR. THERE’S A CHILL IN THE AIR AND CRAVINGS FOR GUMBO AND OTHER FALL FLAVORS REIGN SUPREME. ONE LESS THAN PLEASANT VISITOR THAT COMES ALONG WITH ALL THE GREAT THINGS OF FALL AND WINTER IS COLD AND FLU SEASON. What is it about this time of year that makes us so much more susceptible to these unpleasant illnesses? According to Timothy Haman, M.D. an an internal medicine and infectious disease physician at CHRISTUS Internal Medicine ClinicMoss Bluff, it’s a number of things. “For one, we close up our windows to keep the cold air out and thousands of germs take that as their cue to multiply. Thanks to the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, a lot of our healthy habits get shelved for various reasons.”

So what’s a person to do? “For one, get a flu shot,” says Dr. Haman. “While getting a flu shot is not a 100 percent guarantee that you won’t get the flu, the vaccine can help lesson flu symptoms if you do get sick.” Another way to ward off the cold and flu this season is to exercise. “New research suggests that regular exercise may be one of the best ways to reduce acute respiratory infections,” Dr. Haman says. “Whether it’s walking on the treadmill or doing simple yoga stretches, moving your body increases oxygen circulation

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Mind & Body | Cold and Flu, continued from p57 through your blood and lymph system, allowing for better illness prevention.” Dr. Haman also recommends taking in your share of protein. “Protein aids in the production of immune cells, which in turn help fight infection. Try to incorporate a little protein each time you eat a meal by consuming things like fish, eggs, nuts, seeds, lentils, beans and tofu. An added bonus is that many of these foods also contain valuable infectionfighting zinc and magnesium.” In addition to exercising and adding protein to your diet, minimizing your stress level can also help keep you healthy. “When you are stressed, certain hormones like adrenalin and cortisol are released, causing your heart rate to accelerate and your digestion to slow. Major muscle groups get a burst of blood flow, giving them energy and strength,” Dr. Haman-- says. “Once the stressor is removed, your body will return back to normal, but chronic stress can impede your body’s natural relaxation response, putting lots of wear and tear on many of your body’s system, including the immune system. This makes it tougher to fight off germs. Exercise and/or mediation are great ways to reduce your stress levels.” Cold and flu viruses are sneaky. One way they make their way into your body is through hand-to-

hand contact. Do you really know who last touched that pen that you’re using to sign your grocery store receipt? “If you touch something that someone who is sick also touched, the bugs can be transmitted when your unknowingly touch your mouth, nose, eyes or elsewhere on your face,” adds Dr. Haman. “It’s estimated that most of us touch our faces one to three times every five minutes. That’s 200 to 600 times a day! Try to carry your own pens and similar items with you. If you need to handle something from someone else, break out the hand sanitizer and remember, washing your hands is the single most important step you can take to stay healthy.” Finally, Dr. Haman says getting enough sleep is critical to avoiding colds and flu this season. “Getting less than seven hours of sleep each night can increase your susceptibility to germs. Sleep helps your body function at its optimal level by producing protective substances that help you fight infections or inflammation.” Dr. Timothy Haman is an internal medicine and infectious disease physician at CHRISTUS Internal Medicine Clinic-Moss Bluff. To schedule an appointment, call (337) 430-4262.

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Therapy to a Different Tune Sarah King has only one question for the patients at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital: “Would you like to hear some music?”

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“It was rewarding for me to brighten their day and add a little something extra for them,” King says. She found that some patients joined in, then awaited her return. “I really enjoyed being in a medical setting,” says King, a sophomore at Loyola University in New Orleans. “I’m comfortable in the environment and I know that I would love to work in a hospital someday as a music therapist, hopefully start a program.” Research has shown that music therapy can be beneficial in managing pain, lowering rates of depression, relaxing muscle tension and calming patients in medical settings. According to the American Music Therapy Association, music has increasingly been used to address patient needs related to respiration, chronic pain, physical rehabilitation, diabetes, headaches, cardiac condition, surgery and obstetrics, among others.


If the answer is yes, she adjusts her guitar and sings through her selections in a voice reminiscent of Norah Jones. “I’ve been singing forever,” King recalls. “I’ve always been in choir. Music has always been my number one. I started to play the guitar around 7th grade and kind of taught myself piano by ear. It’s just been a huge thing for me all my life.” King spent her summer sharing that gift with patients. “Sarah is one of many students from around the U.S. coming to our facility to gain experience and contact hours with patients receiving comprehensive therapy for physical trauma, stroke, head injury and major orthopedic conditions,” says Lake Charles Memorial Director of Physical Rehab Services, Dale Shearer. King played for patients of Lake Charles Memorial’s inpatient rehabilitation unit and those who required longer stays at Memorial Specialty Hospital.

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For the fourth consecutive time, West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital is the recipient of Grade A honors for safety, thanks to our physician-led team. This “A” Grade was given by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national organization using publicly available data to apply letter grade safety ratings to hospitals nationwide. The Leapfrog Group reviewed all aspects of safety, including injuries, accidents, preventable medical errors and infections. To view results, please visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

Your Brain on

Nature Why should you get outdoors—no matter what fall or weather winter brings? Benefits: Walking outside can improve your memory and attention span by 20 percent according to a study from the Rotman Research Institute in Toronto. Previous studies support the idea that spending time in nature may also aid in lowering blood pressure and easing muscle tension. How it Works: Just like too little engagement can fatigue the mind, so can too much. There’s something about nature—scientists are still working to find out what—that replenishes your brain. Surprise: You don’t even have to be a lover of nature to benefit researchers have found. So hit the great outdoors, no excuses!

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Meet the Newest Member of our Physician Team,

Brian Wilder , MD, Internal Medicine Physician

Brian Wilder, MD, board certified internal medicine specialist, has joined the medical staff of Imperial Health, the region’s largest multi-specialty medical group. He specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases that affect adults. Originally from Lake Charles, Dr. Wilder earned his undergraduate degree from McNeese State University and his Medical Degree from Louisiana State University Medical College in Shreveport. He completed an internal medicine residency at LSUMC – Shreveport, where he also served as Chief Resident. Dr. Wilder’s office is located in Jennings, and he has over 18 years of private practice experience. He has also served as the ICU/ER director at Jennings American Legion Hospital for the past 16 years. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Wilder, call (337) 246-7200.


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2014 McNeese Homecoming Court Announced Joel Berken, an agricultural sciences senior from Jennings, and Kourtney Kennedy, a business education senior from Moss Bluff, have been named Kourtney Kennedy and Joel Berken as McNeese’s 2014 Homecoming King and Queen. Other court members are: Will Hansen, Sulphur, Heather Morrissey, Moss Bluff, Ashlyn Simien, Lacassine, and Matthew Thibodeaux, Central, seniors; Lee Butler, Rosepine, Dalton Hinton, Moss Bluff, Caryn Meschwitz, Lake Charles, and Truclinh Truong, Lake Charles, juniors; Aaron Myers, Elton, and Rosemary Prejean, Lake Charles, sophomores; and Keifer Ackley, Sulphur, Taylor Ashworth, Starks, Ansley Rosett, Shreveport, and Hunter Self, Lake Charles, freshmen.

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Godwin Donation to McNeese

McNeese Radio Station KBYS Has Ribbon Cutting McNeese State University’s radio station - KBYS 88.3 FM – is officially open after a ribbon cutting ceremony in October.

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Retired Judge Fred R. Godwin donated $25,000 to McNeese State University through the McNeese Foundation to establish the Jeaneal White Godwin Memorial Recruiting fund. The fund will assist the McNeese Office of Admissions and Recruiting with its recruiting efforts.

Gleaux Pokes 5k Scheduled

L to R: McNeese President Dr. Philip Williams; Chad Thibodeaux, McNeese chief information technology officer; Philip Tarver, businessman and supporter; Perry Vincent, president of Louisiana Radio Communications; Keith W. Henson, L’Auberge senior vice president and general manager; McNeese President Emeritus Dr. Robert Hebert; Lake Charles Mayor Randy Roach, and George Swift, president/CEO of the SWLA Economic Development Alliance.

On November 7, McNeese Colleges Against Cancer will be hosting Gleaux Pokes 5k in the quad. Registration is $15 and the event will begin at 7:00pm. For more information or to register, visit www.tinyurl.com/gleauxpokes5k.

The 2014 Sneak Peek is scheduled for November 5th at 6:30pm at Memorial Gym. This event will offer a sneak peak of the upcoming season with autographs, free t-shirts, schedule posters and kids club. For more information, call (337) 562-4MSU.

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Mark Your Calendar! St. Paul Lutheran Church Annual Craft Fair

Louisiana Women by Carolyn Woosely. Dates and times are: October 30-November 1 and November 7-8 at 7:00pm and November 9 at 2:00pm. Tickets are $15 or $10 for students. For more information, visit www.iteneranttheatre.com.

The Mousetrap School Performance Scheduled

Life Matters Banquet Scheduled The ABC Pregnancy Resource Center’s Annual Life Matters Banquet will be held on November 11 at Treasures of Marilyn’s. Doors will hopen and silent auction will begin at 6:30pm, followed by dinner at 7:00pm. Tickets are $50 per person. For more information, visit abcprc.com.

Reins of Hope Charity Horse Show Family and Youth Counseling Agency, Inc. and The Stables at Le Bocage are hosting the Reins of Hope Charity Horse Show on November 22nd. The event will take place at The Stables at Le Bocage in Lake Charles. Proceeds will benefit the children participating in programs at the Shannon Cox Counseling Center. For more information or to make a donation, call (337) 436-9533.

On November 14 and 15, St. Paul Lutheran Church will hold its annual craft fair. The annual fair will be held at 1620 East Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles and will feature a wide variety of baked goods, holiday items, antiques and gifts. For more information, call (337) 477-0327.

Gingerbread House Building Contest The Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau will hold its Annual Gingerbread House Contest on December 6 in conjunction with the Lake Charles Christmas Lighting Festival. The deadline for entering the contest is November 6. Entries must be delivered to the Convention and Visitors Bureau between 1-4:30pm on December 5. For more information, call (337) 436-9588.

42nd Annual Rayne Frog Festival The 42nd Annual Rayne Frog Festival will be held on November 15 at the Frog Festival Grounds. The traditional Carnival Family Night will be held on November 13 and 14 from 5-10:00pm. There is no admission charge on both nights. Gates open Saturday at 10:00am with a full day of activities scheduled. Admission is $5.00 for adults and children 12 and under gets in free. For more information, visit www.raynefrogfestival.com.

Humana Medicare HMO Seminar Scheduled A Medicare HMO seminar will be held on November 5th at 1:00pm at Springhill Suites in Lake Charles to help people choose the best Medicare options. For more information, call Tim Klein at (337) 496-6565 or visit www.Humana-Medicare.com.

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Kiwanis Coats for Kids Collection Event The Westlake High Theatre Department announces school performances of Agatha Christies, The Mousetrap. School performances are scheduled for November 20 at 10:00am at Westlake High School’s theatre. Tickets are $7 per person. For more information or to reserve tickets, call (337) 217-4950.

LA Vets Fest Partnership Brings Powerhouse Performers Marcia Ball will join Jimmie Vaughan & the Tilt A Whirl Band featuring Lou Ann Barton at this year’s LA Vets Fest event. LA Vets Fest 2014 will be held on November 15 from 10:00am-9:00pm at the West Feliciana Sports Park in Saint Francisville. For more information and full lineup, visit www.lavetsfest.org.

Free Swim Kicks Off PLACE

The Kiwanis Club is looking for used coats for donation to families before Christmas. Coats may be donated from October 27 through November 20 at area AAA Cleaners and these area schools: Barbe, LaGrange, Iowa, Hamilton Christian Academy, S.J. Welsh, Oak Park Middle, Moss Bluff Elementary, Prien Lake Elementary, Dolby Elementary, St. John, Episcopal Day School, Immaculate Conception, Our Lady Queen of Heaven, St. Margaret Catholic School.

Pinnacle Entertainment to Honor United States Veterans and Service Personnel Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. will honor veterans and active duty military personnel by offering complimentary meals at the company’s awardwinning buffets on Veterans Day, November 11. The complimentary breakfast or lunch will take place at Le Beaucoup Buffet at L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles from 8:00am – 3:00pm. For more information, visit www.llakecharles.com.

PLACE, a project from the new Free Swim Initiative in SWLA, will kick off this month. Visiting artist, Jessica Cornish, and local artist, Tacy LeMieux will collaborate in the old Social Security building at 825 Ryan Street. PLACE is a “a sitespecific, placemaking residency and cultural exchange, partnering local businesses and property owners with artists and community collaborators.” With the help of volunteers and students, the location will be transformed from vacant property to “cultural venue.” Over the course of the month, the site will host activities, events, and performances. In addition to showcasing artists, PLACE aims to help property owners as well. The temporary exhibits will give owners “an exciting new way to market [their] vacant property to potential tenants” through increased foot traffic past the property. The exhibitions will showcase the space, making it into an “attractive art site,” and it will be featured through Free Swim’s own publicity. This month, be sure to join Free Swim and its first resident artists in their new PLACE.

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Historic City Hall Arts and Cultural Center Offers a Great Variety The City of Lake Charles will open three new exhibitions at the 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center on Friday, November 7 and three will run through January 10, 2015.

David Hockney: Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm In 1970 David Hockney and Petersburg Press released Six Fairy Tales, a compilation of 39 etchings and the texts of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm’s fairy tales. The tales are drawn from centuries of folklore. Two Points of View by Michael and Leslie Elliottsmith Two Points of View includes bodies of surrealistic works by both artists. As individual artists, Michael and Leslie have different visions for their photography. Theirs is a unique relationship of competition, admiration, and education; each bringing something to the table.

Michael Elliottsmith “A Day at the Beach”

The surReality Show In conjunction with Two Points of View, Television Production students at Lake CharlesBoston Academy of Learning will present The surReality Show. Thirty four students from Barbe, LaGrange, Sam Houston, Washington-Marion, and Westlake High Schools produced a collection of short videos using green screen and other special effects techniques to create surreal scenes and backgrounds for their skits. The videos were inspired by the surreal themes of the Elliottsmith’s exhibition and will be showing in a screening room on the third floor. Historic City Hall is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are gladly accepted. For more information, please call 491-9147 or visit www.cityoflakecharles.com.

Leslie Elliottsmith “From Pillar to Post”

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David Hockney “The Boy Hidden in a Fish” from “Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm” 1969

David Hockney “A Black Cat Leaping” from “Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm” 1969

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Solutions for Life

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

Dropping the Ball Ahh, autumn. Cooler weather, gumbo cooking, football on TV and … domestic violence? Many people think the NFL dropped the ball on this one – they had an opportunity to set an example regarding domestic violence and chose the easy way out. Others feel that the football players are being placed under an unfair microscope. Regardless of your views on how the NFL has handled some of its “bad boys,” one thing is undeniable – a conversation about domestic violence is in the forefront right now. I have quite a bit of experience with domestic violence, or physical/ emotional/mental abuse that occurs between adults in relationships. I’ve facilitated groups for perpetrators of domestic violence. I’ve worked with many couples who experienced abuse as a part of their relationships. I have even taught the Domestic Violence unit at the Law Enforcement Training Academy. I can remember vividly during graduate school when I found out I was going to be running groups for men who were court ordered to counseling for anger management because of their propensity for violence with their partners. To say the least, I was not thrilled. Why should I help these animals? (Because I needed the hours towards my license, that’s why!) Stupidly, I don’t remember being scared to be in a room with 12 men who had battered their partners to the point that they had been arrested. (Ahh, youth.) Well, it didn’t take long for me and my co-facilitator, Kelly (another female and good friend), to figure out these guys were some damaged people, with so much scar tissue it was hard to know where to begin. As they told their stories, it was apparent that their childhoods had been so much worse than anything they had ever done to

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their partners. They were actually an improvement over the previous generation. So, Kelly and I decided to use a “tough love” approach – we connected with these men, listened to them, helped them let go of their painful childhoods, and then challenged them to be better people than they ever even thought about. We were a deceiving duo: these guys thought that being in group with the two cute chicks was going to be a cake walk. By the end of our time together, we were often told how tough we were but that they were glad they had us as facilitators. Here are some things I know about Domestic Violence:

It Works. It’s just that simple. When

you hit someone, they will stop doing whatever you don’t want them to do. And they will start doing whatever you want them to do. Now, it has consequences – it imbalances the relationship, causes bitterness and resentment, keeps both parties from growing and developing as humans, and (oh yeah) can land you in jail. It’s a short term fix, much like spanking and yelling. It does cause immediate behavior changes, and lands you in a never ending cycle.

what feels normal. People who didn’t grow up like that can sometimes get in a relationship with an abuser, but will usually get out quickly. Abusers need a fairly underdeveloped person (in the psychologically healthy sense), with little sense of self and low self-esteem. So, if you don’t want to end up in an abusive situation, your best bet is to work on becoming a strong, healthy person.

New Toolbox Required. Anger

management works. When all you have in your toolbox is a hammer, you have to use a hammer on everything. But when you get additional tools, you can choose which tool is the best for the job. Learning better options to deal with angry emotions is quite effective. Anger management therapy incorporates communication skills, conflict resolution skills, and problem solving skills – all wonderful additions to anyone’s toolbox. If you are involved in an abusive relationship, as either the abuser or victim, I hope you will find the courage and strength to seek help. We’ve come so far as a society in many areas; let’s not drop the ball on this one.

It is Learned. In nearly every instance,

abusers are not the first person in their family to use physical violence to get their way. They observed others in their family doing the same thing. The great thing about this being a learned behavior is that it can be replaced with a new and improved learned behavior.

Abusers Need Victims. Who would

ever choose to get in a relationship with an abuser? A victim, that’s who. Victims often grew up in similar households as abusers, so the abuse is

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Family Medicine Rodney Acuna, M.D. Stewart Greathouse, M.D. Ashley Greenman, M.D. Carolyn Hutchinson, M.D. Percival Kane, M.D. Ameer Khan, M.D. George Kohatsu, M.D. Micah LeLeux, M.D. Gerald Mouton, M.D. David Muguku, M.D. Mark Samii, M.D. Michael Seep M.D.

Family Medicine/LSU Family Medicine Residency Program Bryan G. Barootes, M.D. Caroline Courville, M.D. Alan LeBato, M.D. Bradley Loewer, M.D. Danette Null, M.D. Tuananh Pham, M.D. E. J. Soileau, M.D.

Internal Medicine Louise M. Becnel, M.D. Craig V. Broussard, M.D. Brian D. Clements, M.D. Jarmon C. Comeaux, M.D. W. Gerry Hebert, M.D. Edward V. Hebert, M.D. Susan B. Ieyoub, M.D. Peter W. Karam, M.D. Mir Akbar Khan, M.D. Mark D. Lafuria, M.D. Ron M. Lewis, Jr., M.D. Cristian Romero, M.D. Lynn Speight, M.D.

Moss Memorial Primary Care Harpal Benipal, M.D. Tariq Khan, M.D. Albert Lie, M.D. Muhammad Nazim, M.D. Ricardo Samudia, M.D. Mohammed Sarwar, M.D. Muhammad Shaikh, M.D.

Neurosurgery Robert Abramson, M.D. Gregory Rubino, M.D.

Thomas Axelrad, M.D., Ph.D Brett Cascio, M.D. Nathan Cohen, M.D. Robert Duarte, M.D. Paul Fenn, M.D. Lawrence Weber, M.D., Ph.D

Pain Medicine Seth Billiodeaux, M.D.

Physical Rehabilitation Michael Lane, M.D.

Pulmonology & Critical Care Robert Craig Broussard, M.D. Clifford Courville, M.D. Manley Jordan, M.D. Gary Kohler, M.D. Ben Thompson, III, M.D.

Stacy McBroom, D.O. John Upshaw, M.D.

Frank Marrero, M.D. Khaled Nour, M.D.

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