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Regular Features

Wining & Dining

20 First Person with Katrise Lee-Perera 30 Who’s News 40 Business Buzz 64 Happenings 66 Solutions for Life 67 McNeese Corral

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Putting Passion in Every Dish Living the Daily Grind Now, That’s Italian: LaVoglia Opens in Lake Charles Hosting a Home Wine Tasting

Places & Faces 25 Coastal Restoration, Ten Years After Rita 28 Crying Eagle Brewing Company Breaks Ground

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Your 32 COVER STORY: Charge into Future

Money & Career 34 4 Ways Introverts Can Overcome Fear

36 So You Wanna Be a Landlord? 38 Why You Need a Cash-Only Christmas

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Home & Family 42 Breaking Up: Does It Have to Be Hard? 44 6 Tips for Raising Grades and Test Scores

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Style & Beauty 48 Skinny Jeans are Dead. Long Live Comfort Denim! 50 Dressing Up Without Dressing Up 52 Plump Your Pout

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Mind & Body 54 Alzheimer’s: The Local Push for a Cure

58 Pregnant? Don’t Stop Pilates 60 Conquering Anxiety at the Dentist Office

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Putting Passion in Every Dish by Mitch Thomas

Brian Comeaux’s Culinary Education Comes Straight from the Kitchen Comeaux calls his signature style “Creole Country Cooking.” Since the age of 19, this electrical engineer from Lake Charles has sampled spices, tested tastes, and absorbed enough flavors to put together a repertoire of dishes that has made him the cook to turn to when his friends and family hunger for a dinner that leaves them wowed. Though Brian may have graduated McNeese State University in 1988 with his engineering degree, his culinary education came straight from the kitchens of his father and grandfather, which left him with not only with a passion for cooking but also some of his most frequently requested dishes. 6 www.thriveswla.com

Among those is one of his personal favorites: sausage and red gravy. “It’s my favorite gravy, and a favorite with all my friends -- I don’t know anybody who wouldn’t say this isn’t their favorite,” Brian said. “When I tell them I’m cooking sausage and red gravy, they’ll come get it. I never have to throw any away, never.” It was a dish learned during a trip with his father to Toledo Bend. When wind and rain put fishing off the day’s business, and with nothing else to cook but some pork sausage Brian had brought, his father decided it was time to show Brian how his own sausage and tomato gravy was made. It has been one of Brian’s most requested dishes since. “It smells good while it’s cooking. It looks good Thrive Magazine for Better Living

in the pot. And when you put it on a plate of rice and you take a bite, it’s unbelievable. The weight of the fork breaks the sausage -- the texture of the sausage changes completely,” Brian said. It’s not enough to know the recipe, though. For Brian, what the cook puts into his dinner is just as important as how it’s put together. For seasonings, Brian will use salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper most frequently. He prefers finer-ground black pepper over coarser varieties, and while he will use garlic powder on some occasions, he prefers fresh garlic, onions, celery and bell pepper. He will even use the white bulbs on green onions for the extra flavor they provide. But Brian doesn’t measure. He can portion out November 2015


a teaspoon or tablespoon into the palm of his hand, and after years of cooking with his cookware, he knows his pots and pans and just how much seasoning each one needs. For rice, Brian only uses medium grain, as he says it absorbs gravy much more readily. And as for his pork sausage, Brian will only buy from two places, Market Basket on Nelson Road in Lake Charles or Sonnier’s Sausage and Boudin on Mill Street. Brian will only use the freshest ingredients, and as an avid hunter and fisherman, and with a friend who maintains a garden, it’s no trouble to find fresh ingredients that are in season, though he’s not afraid to prepare his ingredients well ahead of time. In July, he will receive several bushels of fresh okra of about 20 pounds each, which he will then smother and freeze to make shrimp and okra gumbo later in the year when shrimp comes into season. Much of his cooking success can be attributed to his willingness to take the time to prepare his dishes properly. “I’m a moody cook,” Brian said. “I have to be passionate about it. If I’m cooking just to cook, you’re probably going to get those kinds of results. But if I’m in the mood for gumbo, I’ll get up early in the morning and start thinking about a day ahead of time what I have, what I need and what proportions I want.” The care Brian takes in his cooking, though, is what makes his dishes so popular. Even a pork sausage jambalaya whose ingredients have been prepared in advance to cook while traveling will draw lines of people. And Brian is also not afraid to experiment. He’ll talk to cooks at restaurants, take recipes from cook books or cooking shows and find a way to make something new and delicious. “If it’s something I feel like we have fresh ingredients around here for or I could turn into a creole dish or something, I’ll look at it and I’ll substitute this and that and try it. Ninety-nine percent of the time people love it,” Brian said. One of his popular concoctions is his shrimp dip. “I take 2 pounds of shrimp and then boil them like you would for a shrimp boil, put them in a food processor and chop them up and put them in a bowl. You’ve got to have this one dip: Kraft french onion dip, not the other name brands. Then you put in Worcestershire, lemon juice, Tabasco, salt and pepper, a little bit of Cajun seasoning, mix that all up, and it’s unbelievable on a Captain’s Wafer.” It took Brian several years to reach a level of cooking skill that didn’t require a third of his meals to be thrown out. But as long as a novice cook starts simple, takes enough time and has passion, he or she can learn to bring out the best in dishes. “You have to be passionate about it,” Brian said. “I always have a taste and texture in mind and that’s what I am shooting for in a particular dish and then there is the actual taste and texture. As you get better the two tend to match consistently.”

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Comeaux Cook-ups: Pork Sausage and Tomato Gravy

Ingredients: - 5 lbs pork sausage (fresh from Sonnier’s or Market Basket on Nelson Road) - 2 cans (29 oz) tomato sauce - 1/3 cup sugar - 2 large yellow onions - 1 cup water - 1 tablespoon of cayenne pepper - 1 tablespoon of onion powder - 1 tablespoon of black pepper - 2 tablespoons of salt - ½ cup ketchup Cut sausage into 3 inch pieces, place in black iron pot on high. Brown sausage while stirring for 10 minutes. Add sugar and 1 chopped onion; continue to brown 10-15 minutes. Add water, scrape pot to make brown gravy. Add remaining ingredients and stir. Simmer on low for 3 hours stirring every ½ hour. Brian uses a pot warmer on a gas stove for indirect heat.

Shrimp and Potatoes Ingredients: - 2 pounds peeled and deveined shrimp - 4 large baking potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters - 1 tablespoon of course red pepper - 5 table spoons of olive oil - 1 table spoon of minced garlic - 1 teaspoon of salt - 1 table spoon of Old Bay seafood seasoning Place potatoes into a pot and cover with water, when water comes to a boil, cook for 10 minutes and remove from heat and drain the water. Place potatoes on cutting board and allow to cool for 15 minutes. Cut potatoes into 1/4” cubes. In a skillet, heat olive oil and course red pepper on high for 5 minutes, add garlic and stir. After 1 minute add potatoes and even them out in skillet then add salt to taste. Do not stir, allow potatoes to cook for 5 minutes (crisping the edges). I usually flip the potatoes to turn them over but it can be done with a wood spoon. Allow 5 minutes then add the shrimp and Old Bay, reduce heat to medium and stir. Cook for 15 minutes stirring every few minutes. Sample and adjust seasoning. Great side dish.

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Daily Grind

by Angie Kay Dilmore

When it comes to coffee, Southwest Louisiana carries serious brand loyalties. But there’s a new coffee company in town and they’re converting coffee connoisseurs as quickly as a customer can sip a free sample. In January 2015, business partners Nancy Holmes and Nancy Kirby opened Acadian Coffee Roasters in a small brick building on Hodges St. where they roast, blend, flavor, package, and distribute their products. Currently they sell their coffees through their website and at the Cash and Carry Farmers’ Market.

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“We love participating in the Cash and Carry Farmers Market,” says Holmes. “It gives us an opportunity to visit with people first hand, not just customers but people who are generally interested in coffee knowledge.”

Nancy Holmes and Nancy Kirby, owners of Acadian Coffee Roasters.

Acadian Coffee Roasters uses 100% organic, Rain Forest Alliance, and Fair Trade coffee.

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The Road to Roasters

Palate Pleasing Varieties

Like many people born and raised in Louisiana, coffee was part of their culture, and they love it. Until early this year, they lived in Shreveport and worked for a national printing company. Several years ago, they attended a week-long course in Florida on coffee roasting and brought their new skills home. They roasted coffee as a hobby for themselves, family, and friends. All that changed when their employer went out of business and the two women were unemployed. They decided to take a risk and create a business doing what they enjoy – sharing their love of coffee with other java enthusiasts. They moved to Holmes’ hometown, Lake Charles, and set up shop.

Holmes says coffee is a lot like wine. The taste is different depending on where the bean was grown. And, like wine, “everyone has different tastes in coffee,” she adds. To better serve all their customers, they sell six different single origin coffees in both medium and dark roasts. Kirby says their Guatemalan coffee embodies natural chocolate undertones. Holmes created a medium gourmet blend called Early Bird. They make a decaffeinated variety using a special Swiss Water Process. Kirby developed nine flavored varieties including Amaretto, Hazelnut, Cinnamon Roll, and their most popular flavor, Chocolate Pecan Pie. Some flavors are seasonal, like the autumn favorite, Pumpkin Spice. Looking ahead, they have several blends planned for Christmas and Mardi Gras season, as well as espresso and a dark roast blend on the way.

All Organic Holmes and Kirby use only 100% organic Rain Forest Alliance and Fair Trade coffee beans. They are certified organic by the USDA, a difficult process to earn and maintain, but the label is important to them. “We’re the only organic coffee roaster between here and New Orleans,” says Holmes. Selling organic coffees illustrates their commitment to good health, environmental stewardship, and fair trade.

Small Batches Ensure Freshness Acadian Roasters obtain their raw beans from Central and South America. Though their shiny red roaster can roast up to forty pounds of coffee an hour, the company is considered a micro-roaster, making less than 100,000 pounds a year. They sell their coffees in regular grind, but customers can special order French press, K-grinds, or whole beans.

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Coffee Makes a Great Gift Holmes and Kirby sell gift assortments and customized gift baskets. They package coffee for private businesses with the company’s logo on a unique label. They also package coffee for gifts at special events like weddings, baby showers, and festivals. Whatever your coffee needs might be, these ladies can accommodate your request. “We hear a lot of people say they are looking for something different in their coffee,” says Kirby. “Being organic and fresh roasted makes that option even better.” For more information, visit acadiancoffee.com, call (318) 677-9050, or visit them at the Tuesday afternoon Cash and Carry Farmers’ Market. Other distributors include select Market Baskets, Pronia’s Deli, and Paper Smith.

Acadian Roasters obtain their raw beans from Central and South America.

Friday, the 13th and Horror Show wine – a terrifyingly delicious tasting occasion!

Friday, November 13 from 4 – 6pm Join us for a complimentary tasting of New Orleans Vending Machine Winery’s Horror Show, presented by Glazers. This red blend is ripe and full of chocolate and blueberry notes that linger on the palate. It’s weird, beautiful and balanced – perfect for a red wine lover! Paired with some of our favorite gourmet cheeses, this Horror Show tasting will make for the luckiest Friday the 13th you’ve ever had.

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Now, That’s Italian!

by Robin Barton

LaVoglia Opens in Lake Charles

LaVoglia, a new, upscale Italian restaurant, is now open in Lake Charles. Owned by Alfredo Kulici, who owns and operates the popular New York Pizza & Pasta and French Quarter Bar & Grill restaurants in East Texas, LaVoglia offers authentic Italian cuisine, along with seafood, steak and Mediterranean dishes. LaVoglia also offers a full-service bar and outdoor patio seating. Kulici is originally from Albania and grew up in northern Italy. The youngest of nine children, he says his home while growing up was like a restaurant, with fresh, good food at the center of their family life. He trained classically as a French chef, and immigrated to the United States in 2003, after a vacation led him to Dallas, where he donned the chef’s hat in a friend’s restaurant. Kulici is following the growth taking place in Southwest Louisiana to open LaVoglia, a restaurant. that will return him to his childhood culinary roots of fine, handmade Italian pasta dishes. “LaVoglia, which means ‘the dream,’ will give me and the four

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members of my family who will be joining me at the restaurant, the chance to prepare and serve the kind of food we love best,” says Kulici. “We are very excited about this new venture and can’t wait for Southwest Louisiana to taste our favorite family recipes, which have been handed down through generations. We love to cook and I think this will be very apparent to our customers.” Featuring a beautiful, contemporary design, including outdoor seating, LaVoglia is located at 5656 Nelson Road, Suite B2. The restaurant encompasses 4,000 square feet in Oak Crossing, the 20-acre business park development located on the corner of Nelson and Ham Reid Roads in South Lake Charles. LaVoglia is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week. Sunday – Thursday, 11am-10pm, and Friday-Saturday, 11am-11pm. For additional information about LaVoglia call 337-602-6310, or visit www.lavoglia.net.

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Great Grains! by Angie Kay Dilmore

HAVE YOU NOTICED A RECENT TREND IN GROCERY STORE AISLES? ANCIENT GRAINS! THEY’RE IN SANDWICH BREADS, CRACKERS, GRANOLA BARS . . . EVEN CEREALS LIKE CHEERIOS NOW PROCLAIM THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF THESE “NEW” INGREDIENTS TOUTED AS SUPER FOODS. What exactly are ancient grains? Are they truly better for our health than traditional wheat, rice, and oats? While there is no formal definition of ancient grains, the Whole Grains Council loosely defines them as grains that have been unchanged by hybridization over the last several hundred or even thousands of years. Ancient grains are generally higher in fiber and nutrition than common grains. Some are gluten-free. While they may sound exotic to American consumers, these grains have been staples in other countries around the world for centuries. Below is a summary of some of the grains getting recent attention.

Farro -- a staple of the early Roman

Empire. Combines an earthy nutty flavor with vitamin B3 and zinc. This ancient wheat combats a myriad of modern health issues. Panera Bread recently rolled out a new menu item featuring farro and black barley.

spelt

-- slightly sweet, very high in protein and a good source of niacin, vitamin B6, iron, zinc, and phosphorus. Kamut -- a nutritional powerhouse. Contains eight essential minerals and ranks high in amino acids, lipids, proteins, selenium, zinc, magnesium, and antioxidants. Helps protect the immune system, lowers cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

quinoa

-- more mainstream and also considered a super food. Glutenfree, high in minerals, folate, protein, and healthy fats. Grows in high elevations and tolerates drought, heat, and frost, making it a favorite in the Andes mountains. It is a “complete” protein (contains all nine essential amino acids) and is rich in iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and calcium – perfect for vegans and those lactose intolerant. 12 www.thriveswla.com

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amaranth

-- first discovered in Mesoamerica 8000 years ago. Not a true grain, it has been referred to as both an herb and a vegetable. Whatever it is, it’s good for you! Amaranth is gluten-free, high in protein, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, manganese, folic acid, and vitamin C. Also considered a complete protein.

buckwheat

-- technically not a grain but rather a fruit seed related to rhubarb and sorrel. The seeds are also known as groats and have been consumed by humans for eight millennia. Kasha is a traditional porridge made from buckwheat. Nutritionally, it’s very similar to amaranth. Can lower blood pressure and improve glucose tolerance.

chia seeds

-- a staple in Mexico and Guatemala and popular in the ancient Aztec culture. High in antioxidants, riboflavin, niacin, thiamine, calcium, potassium, zinc, magnesium and copper. Can aid digestion and help control diabetes.

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sorghum

-- gluten-free and high in antioxidants which may lower risk of cancer, heart disease, and some neurological diseases. In America, it is primarily used to feed cattle but is a human staple in Africa and India.

teff-- the primary source of nutrition in Ethiopia and other African

countries. Gluten-free with a sweet molasses-like flavor. Very high in calcium and vitamin C.

millet-- it’s not only for the birds! Eaten routinely by humans in Asia,

Russia, and South America. Gluten-free and high in antioxidants, especially magnesium. May be helpful in controlling diabetes and inflammation. Are ancient grains healthier than modern grains? In a word, yes. But there’s no need to shun the common grains. Whole grain breads, pastas, popcorn, oatmeal, and brown rice offer plenty of nutritional benefits. But if you want more protein, fiber, vitamins and variety in your diet, consider adding a few ancient grains to your plate.

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The Perfect Pair: Your Best

Drink Matches for Holiday Meals

by Emily Alford

The holidays can be a hassle for any contentious host. Between menu planning, preparing for picky eaters, and laying the perfect table, drink pairings may fall to the wayside. But if you were hoping to ask your guests to bring the libations this year, why not have them bring a bottle that complements your carefully selected menu? Here are a few options for pairing drinks with traditional holiday dishes.

Thanksgiving Turkey

When you’re serving fowl, white wine may be your first instinct, but Justin Timsit, wine director and sommelier at Lacroix Restaurant inside Philadelphia’s iconic Rittenhouse Hotel, says a rich, red Beaujolais is actually the best option. “In Beaujolais, the wine gives off aromas of red berries, cherry, pomegranate, cranberry, and licorice,” says Timsit. “Turkey is a great match because the meat can dry out easily once you cut into it, and Beaujolais provides that laser beam of acidity you need to help you salivate. “ For an inexpensive option, he recommends Marcel Lapierre ‘Raisins Gaulois’ 2014, which retails for around $16. But if you’re a die-hard white wine fan, Stephen Tyson, general manager at Ember Grille & Wine Bar at L’Auberge Hotel and Casino, recommends something lighter to offset the heavy meal. “I would reach for something with higher acidity like a French Chablis such as the William Fevre, a riesling like Fess Parker, or a French White Burgundy such as Domaine Louis Jadot Chassagne-Montrachet,” Tyson says.

Christmas Ham

The salty-sweet flavor of honey-baked ham can be notoriously tricky to match, but one good option is rosé. The light, fruity notes will offset the saltiness, and the acidity will counterbalance the sweetness. Plus, who doesn’t like a good rosé? To pick a rosé, look for a 2012 vintage, and choose oldworld bottles from France or Italy for dryer versions, or California and South American vineyards if you prefer sweeter styles. A good rosé will generally only run about $10$20, so why not try both?

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Pumpkin Pie

You don’t necessarily have to break out the coffee with the dessert course, according to Timsit. A classic sherry can both keep the party going and provide a nice balance to your sweets. “Pumpkin pie has an unmistakable creamy texture,” Timsit says. “Its best match has an element of sweetness that can match the weight and flavor profile. I like a Pedro Ximenez (or PX) sherry here. It is made from sun-dried grapes and fortified to a high level of sweetness and gives off flavors of roasted caramel, hazelnuts, coffee, and cacao.” You can find PX sherries at many different price points at most liquor stores.

Beer

Not everyone drinks wine, and that’s just fine, says Timsit. In fact, the nutty, rich flavors of brown ales go beautifully with flavors like pumpkin, cranberry and even turkey. His favorites include Brooklyn Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery and Samuel Smith Nut Brown Ale. So as you find your stretchiest pants and dig in for a second helping of stuffing, drink up! The holiday season only happens once a year, after all.

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CurlUp with Cognac

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As we inch closer to winter, visions of winter cocktails start dancing in our heads. And nothing warms the spirit like Cognac. Many liquor connoisseurs consider Cognac the perfect winter drink—ideal for sipping by the crackling fire or huddling close inside a warm parlor while the snow falls outside. Yes, we know it doesn’t snow in Southwest Louisiana, and there aren’t many opportunities for crackling fires—but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy our Cognac.

Pomme Pierre

1.5oz Cognac 0.75oz Calvados VSOP 0.5oz Brown Sugar Syrup 3 dashes Creole Bitters 2 dashes Aromatic Bitters Herbsaint Rinse Stir all ingredients and strain into a chilled oldfashioned glass. Garnish with a lemon peel and ovendried apple slice.

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Harvest Moon

2oz cloudy apple juice 0.5oz Cognac 1oz fresh lemon juice 0.5oz ginger liqueur 0.5oz ginger-cinnamon syrup Ginger beer Sliced apple

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In a cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients, except ginger beer, with ice. Shake well. Strain into an old-fashioned glass over fresh ice. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with apple slice.

Alexander

1oz Cognac 3/4 oz dark crème de cacao 3/4 oz single cream Grated nutmet 5 or 6 ice cubes Place the ice cubes in the shaker, pour the Cognac and other ingredients. Close the shaker and shake until frosted. Strain into the glass. Sprinkle nutmeg on top.

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Champs Elysees Revisited 1.5oz Cognac 0.25oz Yellow Chartreuse 0.25oz Averna 0.5oz lemon 0.5oz simple syrup 1oz stout

Shake all ingredients, except for stout, with ice. Double strain into chilled double-rocks glass over ice. Top with stout. Garnish with grapefruit peel.

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Wine Tasting at Home As wonderful as it is to have a nice place to pick up a bottle for a dinner party, what’s even more exciting is the prospect of having a party devoted purely to the joy of wine. You don’t have to be a wine connoisseur to host a memorable tasting party, according to Lana Bortolot, east coast editor of the SOMMJOurnal and producer of the Quaff Report, a sommelier-to-sommelier blind-tasting feature 18 www.thriveswla.com

exclusive to SOMMJournal. “To have a great party, you just need to like wine and have an open mind,” she says. “And some decent wine glasses that have a large enough bowl for swirling and sniffing.” So if you’ve got plenty of clear glasses for tasters to see the color and clarity of the wine, you’re basically ready to get started. The first step to planning your perfect party is to pick Thrive Magazine for Better Living

a theme, says Fran Avery, co-owner of Crave, a food boutique in Lake Charles that sells a wide selection of wines. “You can select wines from one region like California or Tuscany, or you can also select wines based on grape varietal, like Cabernet Sauvignon and select wines from Italy, Washington, Spain, California, New Zealand and Chile, for example,” Avery says. You could also choose wines by type – red, white, rose, or dessert. Another fun idea is to have your guests bring their favorite wine for others to sample. Don’t get caught up in following any set rules. The goal is to have fun and enjoy some wine.” And if you’re at a loss as to what to talk about over your tasting, let fruit be your guide. Keep fresh fruit or pots of jam nearby to remind guests of what they’re meant to taste. “Talk about citrus or orchard fruits in white wines, or red berries versus black berries in reds,” says Crave co-owner Melanie McMullen. “If the tasting notes say a particular wine will frequently taste like pears or apples, or blackberries or blueberries,’ guests can remind themselves of what those flavors taste like by taking a bite of fruit or a little dip of jam .” November 2015


But don’t let fruit be your only snack. What goes better with wine than cheese? McMullen recommends hearty snacks like cheese, chocolate, bread, nuts and even pizza bites. “The tasting notes for the wines you are serving should provide recommendations for the best pairings. You can also ask for food pairing suggestions when you purchase your wine.” There’s no need to break the bank for your get together, Avery adds. Start with a few bottles priced in the ten to twenty dollar range and ask guests to bring their own picks. Avery says Crave even sells a wine tasting party kit that takes the guesswork out of hosting a home wine tasting. It includes wineglass markers, wine bottle covers, tasting notepads, a wine-aroma wheel, a wine-and-cheese wheel, and an entertaining and informative book that introduces you to the ins and outs of wine. “Wine tasting parties are a fun, relaxing way to expand your knowledge and appreciation of different types of wine,” says McMullen. “The holidays provide the perfect opportunity to give a home wine tasting a try.” For more information, call Crave at (337) 421-0040, visit crave-foods.com, or stop by Crave at 2801 Ryan Street in Lake Charles.

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hen Katrise Lee-Perera graduated from Sulphur High School in 1986, she didn’t initially plan on becoming an educator. Sure, she’d thought about it—she had educators in the family and nurtured a budding interest in teaching—but she’d also been raised as “a girl with limited resources who didn’t want to become an adult with limited resources.” Instead, Perera earned a degree in merchandising and marketing from the University of Louisiana, Monroe. After marrying her college sweetheart, Rajiv Perera, in 1991, they relocated to Charlottesville, Virginia, where she worked in advertising for JCPenney for a few years, but not before she fell into substitute teaching. Immediately, she knew that’s where her life was headed. And what a journey. In the two decades since Perera entered education, she has earned a master of arts in teaching from Mary Baldwin College, post-masters in administration and supervision from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, and a doctorate in education leadership and policy study from Virginia Tech. She started as a teacher in the hallways of Walker Upper Elementary School, then at Byrd Middle School in Virginia before moving into the assistant principal’s office at Short Pump Middle School, where she supervised more than 1,600 students. From 2004-2010, she served as principal of John Rolfe and Elko middle schools, where she championed innovative efforts to retain 98 percent of faculty and decreased disciplinary referrals by more than 20 percent. From there, she moved to the Houston Independent School District as Area Superintendent. She oversaw a cluster of the 297 schools and more than 43,000 of the 215,000 students in a district where more than 80 percent of the students were considered economically disadvantaged. Dr. Perera remained in Houston until 2011, when she was named superintendent of Isle of Wight County Schools in

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Smithfield, Virginia. She soon became known for pushing the boundaries of innovation—to the frustration of some, but praise of others. Ultimately, that push paid off. When Perera was hired at Isle of Wight, the district ranked 41st among more than 100 districts in Virginia in academic achievement and had an 88 percent on-time graduation rate. When she left this summer, the district had moved up to 14th position and had improved its on-time graduation rate to 93 percent, despite a loss of almost $13 million in their budget. In July, the National Association of School Superintendents named her the 2015 Superintendent of the Year. According to NASS, the award is based on outstanding achievement as a superintendent, demonstrated belief in continuous improvement, and commitment to collaboration in the profession. NASS described Dr. Perera as “an indomitable crusader leveraging teamwork to found a progressive global learning environment.” Dr. Perera, who was raised in Southwest Louisiana, was an All-American basketball player and All-State softball player at Sulphur High School. She and her husband have two daughters who enrolled in Louisiana State University this fall. Dr. Perera and her husband currently live in Richmond, Virginia, where she has returned to champion kids and to lead change in Henrico County Public Schools. Thrive recently interviewed Dr. Perera on her greatest trials and triumphs, her thoughts on the modern education system, and what she believes would be an ideal structure to educate our nation’s young people. What have been your greatest challenges as an educator? If you’re talking about the classroom, the greatest challenge is being able to teach kids where they are academically and having the resources for it. I’ve taught at schools where there weren’t a lot of resources and at times, students had to go without ideal learning environments. Another challenge is getting everything done in the day that needs to get done. Teachers spend a lot of time after school doing work and planning. Today’s teachers spend more than school hours preparing, planning, and collaborating. If you’re asking about leadership, I’d say the greatest challenge has been overcoming the stereotypes about female leaders. Women make up about 85 percent of the classroom staff, but the higher

you go up the professional chain, the fewer females you see. This presents real challenges. When only nine percent of superintendents nationwide are women—and I’m only talking about public schools, which doesn’t include private schools or charter schools— that’s a sad commentary. What do you think is the reason for the disparity? School boards hire superintendents; I’m not saying they don’t know what they’re doing. They’re just not always aware of what’s truly needed in this era of high stakes accountability. One thing they’re aware of is finances. So they hire someone they believe can take better care of the money. Generally, as a country, we envision men as fulfilling that role. Not to mention, the majority of schools boards are comprised

of men, so either consciously or unconsciously, they give men more consideration and hire them on their potential as opposed to their proven track record. But, we’re in the business of instruction and the academic progress and achievement of our students is our bottom line. If your leaders don’t understand effective instruction, how can they lead it? You wouldn’t hire a CEO to run a large company if they weren’t successful in business or if they only knew finance. It should be treated the same way in education. I can’t tell you how many leadership retreats, workshops and conferences I’ve attended where I’m the only, or one of a few, females in the room. That has to change. How do you approach that adversity? I approach it with a level of self-confidence knowing that I can hold my own. What they don’t know is that I grew up in a neighborhood where there were more boys than girls. I either had to join up and compete with the boys or go on my own. Those small feats of competition still drive me today, especially when I’m able to help others. Recently, at a conference workshop, a group of male superintendents were planning a golf outing and one of them asked me, ‘Are you going to play golf? Oh, I’m sure you’d rather go shopping.” I said, ‘I’m playing golf.’ And I made sure we were paired together so I could out-perform him on the course later. I can hold my own, whether it’s playing golf, my personal work ethic, or whatever it is. I was raised to believe that I can do anything the boys can do. I’m competitive. I won’t be defeated easily—that’s just not going to happen. How has education changed since the first time you walked into a classroom as an educator? When I was growing up, we may not have had a lot, but one thing we had was people who looked out for us and made sure we did the right thing. When I was a kid and I was out doing something I shouldn’t be doing, I’d come home

and see my grandmother standing in the door, waiting for me. That last 50 feet was the longest walk of my life. As a society, there’s a lot of pressure on schools to serve that purpose for kids. There’s pressure on schools to make better all the ills the students experience, including social emotional challenges and health concerns. On top of that are all the demands on every student - no matter their academic achievement level - they must pass a standardized test or the teacher pays the consequence. That isn’t fair and it is like asking every journalist to compose award winning articles with each published article or the editor will be held accountable. All of this testing and perceived failure of schools has caused quite a change in the public’s trust of schools. Educators work in a stressful and high stakes world, and that stress trickles right down to the daily instruction of our students, as well. There’s pressure from all angles, and it is especially rooted in the mandated testing, which manifests in all areas, and it’s slowly destroying our public education system, nationally. I don’t think there’s an educator alive who wakes up in the morning and asks themselves, “How many of my students lives can I ruin today?” Yes, there are some bad educators, but to be fair, there are bad people in every profession. What I have witnessed is that there are many, many more educators who care about their students’ progress and want to do well by all their students. Unfortunately, I don’t think that’s always the public perception, and they tend to believe what’s sensationalized on social media sites or “bus-chasing” reporters. The federal and state lawmakers have placed many hurdles in front of our public schools and some of those hurdles are too high for them to jump over. All students are not alike and they don’t all learn the same or at the same pace, which every effective educator knows; it’s a daily challenge. This will all play out like a Greek tragedy and in 15-20 years we will wonder why we are no longer a world leader in education. What we fail to recall is continued on p22

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Places & Faces | First Person to out-perform America and they are investing in their schools - not placing financial and unrealistic academic hurdles in their path. When you look back on your career so far, what do you find most rewarding? I’m a kid who grew up along the hemlines of my creole grandmother, who didn’t have a lot to give but she always gave me her best. I know, too, that I was fortunate to have coaches like Jack Speights and Vivian Dancy, my high school coaches - who believed in me, no matter where I came from or what I didn’t have. I am a kid from Alice Street with a meager background, so my drive is to get up every day and see if I can help change the trajectory of just one kid. If I can help just one, then it’s been a good day for me. Education allows me to do that. I’ve reaped the benefits on both sides of the desk. Being an educator has helped me become a better parent. Because of the things I’ve witnessed as an educator for more than 20 years, I’m always aware of what kind of parent I’m being to my girls. I didn’t want someone else teaching them how to read. As parents, we are our children’s first teacher - so I wanted to be that person. Being an educator has made me a better colleague and a better leader, simply because I want to build capacity in others so that they too can impact more and more lives on both sides of the desk.

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When you envision a perfect world for education, what does it look like? First, to be fully funded. We have a lot of federal and state mandates out there with no financial support behind it. To make any substantial change, you have to train, prepare, and provide the necessary resources to those empowered to impact that change. And you need financial support to make that happen. Take Common Core, for example. Frankly speaking and purely from a curriculum standpoint - it’s not a bad curriculum. It’s a rigorous curriculum that should have been accompanied by a strategic implementation plan. States who adopted it didn’t prepare for the backlash of obstacles while trying to implement a new curriculum in all grades with no strategic plan. I believe had there been a plan to strategically implement it at grades 3, 6, 9, and to roll it up each year with professional development and a budget for new resources - it would have been received better. But there’s no effective implementation because there were non-educators making decisions from 90,000 feet above the classroom with no real knowledge of what it takes to educate students. As a result, you have a national revolt against a curriculum that could have helped accelerate our students’ learning. If there’s no plan - then I can only believe the plan is to fail. I mean, you wouldn’t build a house with no blue print, knowing the strategic order of the construction

phases, nor without the necessary funding for building resources, right? Secondly, in my “education utopia,” every classroom would be a safe place for kids. It’d be a place where they’re able to take risks and to learn from their failures. With the high stakes accountability and a focus on quantity - not quality, many teachers may see that a child is falling behind, but they have no choice but to move on because there are mandated curriculum pacing deadlines to meet. Consequently, you mostly get surface learning, instead of truly acquired knowledge that students can consistently apply or use to problem solve. Therefore, in my education utopia, I would eradicate “bubble testing” and replace it with performance assessments that allow

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kids to think critically, collaborate, apply knowledge, problem solve and/or to create new ways of doing things. I want a place where students can be creative-creators and create their jobs of the future. Lastly, in my perfect education utopia, I would ensure personalized instruction for each learning style that affords students to learn at their own pace and in a space they feel most comfortable. Can all this be done? I don’t know. Are there places where it’s being done, to some degree? Absolutely - but not enough or consistently. Until then, I am enjoying the challenge of trying to create an education utopia wherever I am serving a community of students.

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The Messiah Chorus: A Lasting Legacy

Time-honored traditions season the holidays like cinnamon in a snickerdoodle. On December 6, the Lake Charles Messiah Chorus and Orchestra will celebrate their 75th Jubilee performance of George Frideric Handel’s Oratorio, the Messiah, in McNeese State University’s F. G. Bulber Auditorium. “It’s the longest running tradition at McNeese,” says board member Constance Darbonne.

A Musical Visionary

In 1940, Dr. Francis G. Bulber had a vision to create a long-standing tradition of performing this iconic choral work in Lake Charles. He contacted all the area church choirs and invited them to join him and the McNeese music majors in the production. They responded positively and thus began a Lake Charles and McNeese holiday tradition. Dr. Bulber directed the Chorus until 1974 when he retired. He returned to the podium for the 50th anniversary of Messiah in 1990. Dr. Bulber passed away in 1992.

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Temporary Setbacks

The Messiah performance has experienced some setbacks through the years. They took a hiatus during World War II. In 2005, Hurricane Rita damaged McNeese’s campus including F. G. Bulber Auditorium, destroying their risers. But not even a hurricane could stop the show. They held the event as a sing-along at First United Methodist Church on Broad St. for three years. The event returned to F. G. Bulber Auditorium and continued as a sing-along from 2008 - 2010, but something was amiss. The change of venue and format seemed to alter public perception, resulting in a decrease in interest and support. Funding dwindled. There was no Messiah performance in 2011.

Resurrecting a Ritual

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“Poddy Champeaux and I talked with [McNeese President] Dr. Philip Williams. He was so excited. He said, ‘This is too good and too wonderful a tradition to let go.’ Dr. Williams has fostered us ever since, listing this function in the McNeese Foundation.” The organization sustains itself through fundraisers and contributions from the community. Local philanthropists generously provide support. Darbonne’s brother, Dr. Lee J. Monlezun Jr., donated new risers. Messiah returned in 2012 with a full chorus, McNeese student soloists, and orchestra. That year, the director’s baton was passed to Colette Bulber Tanner, Francis and Patricia’s daughter, who continues the tradition today. “She’s taken up the mantle beautifully,” says Darbonne.

A Family Tradition

For many families involved with Messiah Chorus, the event is a family tradition. Some families have had four or five generations participating. Darbonne’s parents began singing with Messiah Chorus in 1960. She and her siblings were all required to sing in the Messiah their senior year in high school. “It was like a rite of passage,” she says.

A Worldwide Audience

In the early days of the Messiah performance, the Mutual Broadcasting System came to Lake Charles each year and recorded the event. On Christmas Day, they and the Armed Forces Radio Network aired the performance worldwide. “It’s a fabulous statement on how good this chorus was and I think we are still every bit as good today,” says Darbonne. In keeping with this broadcasting tradition, McNeese’s radio station KBYS will air the performance live, December 6, 3:00 p.m. Mrs. Bulber imagines her husband looking down with great excitement. “I don’t think he ever thought this project would be this long lasting. It has become, and it always was, the opening of the Christmas season here in Lake Charles.” A volunteer at the CITGO Caring for Our Coast event digs a hole for some of the 65,000 dune grass plugs planted on Constance Beach in Louisiana

The event is free and open to adults and mature children. For more information, see their website, http://www.lcmessiah.org.

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Shoring Up for

COASTAL RESTORATION, Ten Years After

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CITGO Petroleum Corporation and the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) recently led volunteers in restoring the dunes of Southwest Louisiana’s Cameron Parish Shoreline to commemorate the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Rita. Volunteers planted an estimated 65,000 dune grass plugs along six miles of beach and repaired two miles of sand fence to help restore protective dunes and boost soil retention. The event, part of the CITGO Caring for Our Coast campaign and CRCL’s ongoing restoration efforts, was held in conjunction with National Estuaries Week. CITGO participated in the restoration event as part of its Caring for Our Coast initiative, which works to conserve and restore natural habitats and educate the public on environmental protection and restoration. The campaign, launched in August 2014 to commemorate Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, has been a part of cleanup and restoration projects throughout the Gulf Coast region and nationally, as well as learning opportunities for both students and educators. In 2014, the program led more than 1,200 volunteers in restoring 81 acres of coastline and wetlands; planted more than 70,000 trees, bushes and grass plugs; and removed more than 230 pounds of trash. “We remember the damage and destruction caused by Hurricane Rita,” said Tomeu Vadell, vice president and general manager of the CITGO Lake Charles Refinery, located about 40 miles north of the Cameron Parish shoreline. “We have been part of the Louisiana community for more than 70 years and Caring for Our Coast is one of the ways we give back to this community by protecting the coasts and wetlands that are so critical to natural habitats and to the prosperity of the region.” As the Regional Gulf Coast Partner for National Estuaries Week, CITGO also took part in a series of restoration projects co-sponsored

A CITGO volunteer carries some of the 65,000 dune grass plugs planted on Constance Beach, Louisiana

by several Gulf Coast-based organizations, Louisiana. Our volunteer restoration effort proved including the Land Trust for the Mississippi that Louisianans understand how valuable and Coastal Plain, the Alabama Coastal Foundation important coastal restoration is to the protection and the Galveston Bay Foundation. and future of our state.” said Kimberly Davis-Reyher, “Coastal areas are not only home to fragile executive director of CRCL. “We were happy to ecosystems, but they also provide important partner with CITGO during National Estuaries defenses from hurricane damage,” said Jeff Benoit, Week to help halt and reverse damage caused by president & CEO of Restore America’s Estuaries, Hurricane Rita along the Cameron Parish Shoreline.” the national leader and coordinator for National Estuaries COMMERCIAL HOME AUTO LIFE HEALTH Week. “National Estuaries Week is the perfect time to learn more about estuarine ecosystems and help restore them.” CITGO and CRCL have previously partnered for environmental conservation and restoration events in Quality Protection with Professional Service the Gulf. In August 2014, CITGO and CRCL Since 1960 came together with Audubon Nature Institute to clear invasive Chinese Tallow trees from STEPHEN K. LYONS, CIC, CPIA SHARRIE BOULLION, CISR, CPIA RAMOND LITTLE the grounds of President & Senior Account Executive Principal & Operations Manager Senior Account Executive Audubon Louisiana Nature Center in New Orleans. “The Cameron Shore is the only natural buffer that protects so many communities 3100 Lake Street • Lake Charles, La 70601 in Southwest

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The Diamond of the French Quarter by Angie Kay Dilmore

In the jeweled crown of upscale French Quarter lodging, Hotel Mazarin is known as “the diamond,” and for good reasons. This genteel gem offers amenities not found at many other hotels in the Quarter. “Because we are a boutique hotel, we can be more attentive to our guests,” says hotel concierge Janet Wellman. “We get to know them very quickly. They become like family.” My husband and I recently visited New Orleans and had the pleasure of being guests at Hotel Mazarin. Centrally located at 730 Bienville St. between Royal and Bourbon Sts., Hotel Mazarin is a perfect choice for business or pleasure travelers. This historic property has been updated with modern conveniences. The rooms are comfortable and exquisitely appointed with crisp white linens, thick terry bath towels, robes and slippers, oriental rugs, black marble-tiled showers, a refrigerator, complimentary bottled water, and free Wi-Fi. Room rate includes a hot breakfast buffet. They offer valet parking and bag service, a fitness room and business center. A meeting room comfortably accommodates up to fifty people. Wellman sits at a corner desk in the lobby, eager to help guests with restaurant suggestions and reservations, tour bookings, and directions to local attractions. “We do our best to ensure our guests are taken care of and have a great time while visiting the French Quarter.” The courtyard, with its grand fountain, is the perfect place to relax, enjoy breakfast, or host a wedding ceremony. “It’s like a peaceful oasis in the in the middle of the French Quarter chaos,” says Wellman. Adjacent to the courtyard, we found Patrick van Hoorebeek holding court in his popular wine bar, Patrick’s Bar Vin. He is the “perpetual king” of Krewe of Cork, a Mardi Gras organization of approximately 400 wine enthusiasts. Van Hoorebeck is known around the Quarter as the bon vivant, which means a person who loves life. He greets his patrons, ensuring every stranger he meets is a new friend. Originally from Belgium, van Hoorebeek has led a life as colorful as the stylish clothes in his closet. He regales his friends, both new and old, with stories from his fascinating experiences. Van Hoorebeek moved to Louisiana at the age of 31 to join his father, from whom he’d been estranged for 20 years after his parents divorced. He spent the first year of his new life in the United States in—of all places—Lake Charles. He worked as a busboy at Chez Oca (now La Truffe Savauge) where his father was maître d’. At the

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time, van Hoorebeek spoke little English. In an effort to learn the language, he enrolled at McNeese State University. He took an English course and, because he was interested in food service, he took a home economics class. He smiles as he tells the story of how he was the only guy in a classroom full of women. Lured by the promises of life in a larger city, van Hoorebeek moved to New Orleans and made a name for himself as a popular waiter and maître d’ in several high-end French Quarter restaurants. Four years ago, he opened Patrick’s Bar Vin, one of the first wine bars in the city. Bar Vin specializes in fine wines and van Hoorebeek’s beloved Belgium beers. Hotel Mazarin’s bar, The 21st Amendment La Louisiane, faces Iberville St. This 1920s-style

speakeasy specializes in Prohibition-inspired cocktails. Sip Sazeracs, Old-Fashioneds, and other uniquely-crafted cocktails. Listen to live traditional New Orleans jazz, surrounded by vintage photographs from the Prohibition era. New Orleans offers so much to see and do – there’s something for everyone. Sports fans follow the Saints at the Superdome. History buffs explore the numerous museums, most notably the phenomenally popular World War II Museum. Animal lovers flock to the Audubon Zoo and Aquarium of the Americas. Lovers stroll the lush landscaped parks. Shoppers peruse the myriad of quaint shops and the French Market. Party people meander along Bourbon Street. For food aficionados, there is simply no end to their

delight. I enjoy art, antiques and vintage clothing, so I gravitate to Royal St. The French Quarter is a magical place for me. The historical buildings and wrought iron balconies draped in flowers and greenery take me back in time. I love the street performers and the way the music never stops. It’s an entertaining mashup of sensory overload. No matter what your interests, it’s nearly impossible to go to New Orleans and not have a good time. Whether you are gearing up for game day, listening to music, or fine dining your way through the Quarter, Hotel Mazarin can meet your needs and ensure your visit pleasurable. And be sure to visit Patrick van Hoorebeek at Bar Vin. He’ll enchant you with captivating stories.

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Crying Eagle Brewing Company BREAKS GROUND ON BREWERY SITE

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A new business is brewing on the economic landscape of Southwest Louisiana. An official groundbreaking took place last month for Crying Eagle Brewing Company, a major new regional business and destination attraction. The brewery, a project of Avery Family Development, is being constructed at 1165 E. McNeese Street in Lake Charles on 10.45 acres of land. Crying Eagle will produce seasonal, handcrafted beers and also offer a wide range of additional entertainment and attractions. The company’s co-founder and President, Eric Avery, was joined by local supporters, public officials and community leaders to celebrate the beginning of construction of this state-of-the-art brewery, scheduled to open in the spring of 2016. “We are incredibly excited to mark the beginning of construction,” said Avery. “We’ve spent the past two years researching and planning this project; visiting breweries across the United States to study facility design, production processes and industry best practices. We’ve brought the best of everything we’ve learned and combined them with our own ideas

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to develop Crying Eagle, a world-class brewery and entertainment center. There are very few facilities in the country that offer everything we will have, all in one location. We can’t wait to make our unique vision a reality that everyone can share.” Avery said a design team has worked for more than a year on a building that will reflect the region’s history and culture. The name itself has historical roots. Calcasieu, the name of the river and parish, comes from the Atakapan word, “quelqueshue”, meaning “crying eagle.”“This connection was important to us,” said Avery. “Our products will eventually be sold all over the country, and we wanted our name – our brand – to honor our regional heritage.” Crying Eagle’s 15,000 square-foot production facility will include a two-story tap room, tasting room, bar, indoor and outdoor stages, private event facilities, and a beautifully landscaped outdoor beer garden. In addition to serving hand-crafted beers, Crying Eagle will also offer tours, special

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Crying Eagle flavor portfolio over time. The brewery’s brewmaster, Bill Mungai, a seasoned craft brewer, is already hard at work. “We look forward to building a thriving business and delivering products that make our region proud,” Avery said. Visit www.cryingeagle.com for additional information on Crying Eagle. Information and construction updates will also be posted on the company’s facebook page: www. facebook.com/CryingEagleBrewingLA. Groundbreaking Photo (from left to right) • Mayor Randy Roach, City of Lake Charles • Kevin Guidry, Calcasieu Parish Police Juror, District 9 Alliance • Alton Lewis, First Guaranty Bank • Senator Ronnie Johns, Louisiana State Senate • Larry Avery, Crying Eagle Brewing Company • Eric Avery, Crying Eagle Brewing Company • Bill Mungai, Crying Eagle Brewing Company • George Swift, SWLA Economic Development • Ben Tommasi, Tommasi Construction

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The Eye Clinic Welcomes New Administrator Michael Betzen has joined The Eye Clinic as the group’s Practice Administrator. Originally from Canyon, Texas, Betzen brings 24 years of experience in ophthalmic Michael Betzen practice management to his new position. Betzen comes to The Eye Clinic from Eye Associates of New Mexico, one of the largest eye care practices in the United States, with over 50 doctors and 15 clinic locations statewide. He held a variety of management positions there, most recently serving as Regional Director, responsible for the day-to-day operations of the group’s three Albuquerque area facilities.

Mayor’s Arts Awards Winners 2015 On October 9, the Arts Council of SWLA and the City of Lake Charles recognized the contributions of the creative workforce during the annual Mayor’s Arts Awards. Mayor Randy Mayor Randy Roach and Artist Roach presented awards of the Year Victor Monsour to area leaders from the arts community in seven categories. Photographer Victor Monsour was awarded Artist of the Year for his contributions in the Lake Area through his work behind the camera. The Arts Organization of the Year award was presented to the Tree of Life mural group. Jody Taylor was awarded this year’s Citizen of the Arts Award. The Citizen of the Humanities award was given to Dave Evans, owner and operator of the Luna complex downtown. Mayor Roach awarded the Patron of the Year to Exposure magazine, which was accepted by publisher Calvin Tyler, editor Warren Bujol, and marketing director Michael Wicks. McNeese State University painting professor Heather Ryan Kelley, along with printmaking and drawing professor Gerry Wubben, were awarded the Arts Educators of the Year Award. The last award of the evening, the Keystone Award, was created as a way to recognize the efforts of those who work behind the scenes in the arts. Mayor Roach honored Anna Lou Babin of 30 www.thriveswla.com

the Louisiana Choral Foundation with the award. For more information on this event or the Arts Council, visit www.artscouncilswla.org.

Daniel Frick Recognized Daniel Frick has been recognized as one of the Best Financial Advisers for Dentists in 2015 by Dental Products Report. Frick, a financial planner with Financial Management Professionals, was the Daniel Frick only financial adviser in Southwest Louisiana (and one of only two advisers in Louisiana) to be recognized nationally by Dental Products Report in 2015. The list of advisers by Dental Products Report is published as a resource for dentists to help eliminate financial worries and focus on the clinical side of the practice. With over 8 years of experience in financial planning, Dan has obtained the Certified Financial PlannerTM (CFP®) designation and the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) designation.

Tommie Anderson Named Chief Executive Officer SWLA Center for Health Services has hired Tommie Anderson as its new Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Anderson replaces Sheik A. Bacchus who served as SWLA Center for Tommie Anderson Health Services’ CEO from December 2011 through September of 2015. Mr. Anderson brings to SWLA 19 years of management experience in healthcare, with 16 years in executive management. For more information, visit www.swlahealth.org.

Dr. Jeffery Stevens Appointed to Board of Directors Ron McGinley, Managing Director, Angels of Southwest Louisiana, announced the addition of Dr. Jeffery Stevens, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at McNeese State Dr. Jeffrey Stevens University to the Board of Directors. Dr. Stevens received his Ph.D. from Texas Thrive Magazine for Better Living

A & M, and has been involved in entrepreneurial and management information system programs for many years. He has been teaching management and entrepreneurship, as well as working with the S E E D Center Business Incubator and Angels of Southwest Louisiana on the Annual Business Pitch Competition.

The Vein Center of Southwest Louisiana Welcomes New Nurse Practitioner Timothy “T.J” Dougherty, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, has joined the clinical staff of the Vein Center of Southwest Louisiana. He is a licensed Family Nurse Timothy “TJ” Dougherty Practitioner with over 10 years of clinical experience in regional hospitals, including work in emergency medicine, cardiac care, ICU, and medical/surgical departments. At the Vein Center, Dougherty will work directly with Dr. Carl Fastabend, the founder and Medical Director of the Vein Center. For more information, call (337) 312-8346 or visit www.veincenterswla.com.

Kyle Ardoin Receives CFSP Award Kyle Ardoin, CFSP, licensed funeral director, embalmer and owner of Lakeside Funeral Home in Lake Charles, Louisiana has qualified for the designation of Certified Funeral Kyle Ardoin Service Practitioner (CFSP) by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice. To initially receive this award, the practitioner must complete a 180-hour program of continuing education activities and events. In addition, the practitioner is required to accumulate 20 hours per year to recertify. Credits are awarded by the Academy for work leading to personal and/ or professional growth in four areas: Academic Activities, Professional Activities, Career Review, Community and Civic Activities.

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CSE Federal Credit Union Announces new Business Development Liaison CSE Federal Credit Union has announced its most recent addition to the Marketing Department, Lori Drumwright. As the new, Business Lori Drumwright Development Specialist, Mrs. Drumwright, brings an array of knowledge pertaining to developing and expanding meaningful business relationships and business opportunities for Lake Charles and the SWLA area. With numerous years of experience in customer service, public relations, and business development fields, CSE is confident that she will extend that hometown trust and confidence to our credit union members. For more information, call (337) 562-3130.

CSE Federal Credit Union Announces new Chief Financial Officer CSE Federal Credit Union (CSE FCU), the largest co-operative financial institution in Southwest Louisiana, has named Matthew Koch as Chief Matthew Koch Financial Officer. Matt will join the senior management team and will oversee all aspects of the Accounting and Finance Departments, as well as the ALM and Investment functions of the credit union. The position opened with the retirement of CFO Joyce Davis after 15 years of dedicated service to CSE. For more information, call (337) 562-3130.

Davidson Joins NAI Latter & Blum We are excited to announce that Joel Davidson has joined our commercial real estate team at NAI Latter & Blum. Joel’s extensive background in construction sales and Joel Davidson operations gives him an extra edge in the Commercial Real Estate world.

Shonda Manuel Appointed as Arts Council Board President The Board of Directors of the Arts Council of SWLA appointed Shonda Manuel of Healthy Image Marketing as its 20152016 Board President Shonda Manuel during its annual board meeting. Manuel has served on the Arts and Humanities board for five years and previously held the positions of Second Vice President and Vice President. For more information or list of other board members, visit www.artscouncilswla.org.

WCCH Honors Two Employees

Phyllis Duplechain

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West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital (WCCH) recently recognized its August and September Employees of the Month for 2015. Phyllis Duplechain, courier in the materials management department and Gwen Berzas, RN, were those selected to receive the honor during this time period. As a registered nurse in the Ambulatory Preadmissions Treatment Center (APTC), Berzas provides direct patient care for many outpatient treatment services and also provides care to those visiting the department for cancer treatment services. She has been with the organization for 24 years. Duplechain provides assistance to many departments of the hospital and also coordinates with outlying clinics and physician offices multiple times each day to deliver supplies and materials as well as transport laboratory services. She has been with the organization for more than eight years.

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CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital Names Chief Nurse Executive CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital has named Marsha White, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, as Chief Nurse Executive. As CNE of CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital, Marsha will be Marsha White responsible for patient care delivery, nursing and nurse practice. She will provide vision and set direction for quality evidence-based patient-centered care. Marsha will serve as a member of the hospital’s Senior Leadership Team.

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Charge into Your Future by Erin Kelly

The future is the great unknown. Some make plans for it. Others live day to day and take whatever happens. Many view it as an endless horizon of possibilities— things to be accomplished, mistakes to be corrected. The big tomorrow, where anything is possible, if we could just get it all figured out. Then tomorrow becomes yesterday and we’re left wondering where the time went. What stops us from charging into that great unknown? Often, it’s remembrance of past failures, pangs of buried hurt, and mountains of selfdoubt gathered from years of practice. It’s impossible to embrace the future when your arms are wrapped around the past. But there are ways to move forward and stake claim to the road ahead.

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HEAL PAST WOUNDS

Many people think the answer to releasing pain is to ignore it, says Leslie Petruk, licensed professional counselor and director of the Stone Center for Counseling and Leadership in Charlotte, N.C. “Ignoring pain from the past does not make it go away and actually feeds the power it has over you. It festers and grows,” Petruk says. Our tendency to bury painful memories comes from an understandable defense mechanism: We don’t want to remember things that make us sad, angry or depressed. We want to protect ourselves from further hurt and pain. We don’t want to become overwhelmed by the emotional rollercoaster unleashed by bad memories. But unresolved wounds replay themselves on our lives one way or another until they addressed, according to Petruk. “It is possible to heal the past so the burdens we have taken on—whether through childhood or traumatic experiences—can be released,” she says. You don’t have to “relive” the past. You just have to acknowledge it. “(Past pain) impacts current relationships and present day life. A common example is when

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people have been hurt in a romantic relationship. Instead of working through the pain around the loss and the beliefs and emotions they took on as a result of that rejection or hurt, they may just have a part that decides it won’t trust anyone again. So, that experience from the past impedes their current relationship,” Petruk says. “By talking about the incident—in this case the ‘breakup’— and the emotions and beliefs connected to it … those parts can be witnessed and healed. It’s a powerful process that allows for in-depth internal healing. I see dramatic changes in people and how they view themselves and others through this process. They are able to develop a sense of self-compassion which in turn allows them to have more compassion and caring for others.” When you unburden the beliefs and emotions from your past, you’re able to live a more intentional and connected life.

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PREPARE TO BE A WARRIOR

Once you’ve taken stock of your past, it’s time to ask some questions that will lead you to your future. Leo Willcocks, registered therapist and author of DeStress to Success: Solving Stress and Winning Big in Relationships, Wealth and Life Itself, says we can learn from each of life’s trials. Ask yourself: How have past events helped you become a better person? How have you become stronger mentally, emotionally, and physically? In what ways have you become more kind and understanding of others? How have past events helped you set boundaries so you can take care of yourself? “Write 50 or more answers to these questions,” Willcocks says. “This helps you to see how the pain you felt also brought you strength that you didn’t even notice.” You need to gain the benefit of any significant lessons the past has taught you, but be prepared, adds Devon White, behavioral specialist and lead developer of a project called the Human Operating System—a synthesis of cutting-edge neuroscience and behavioral technology.

“Be prepared to be a warrior. (The past) is usually at the heart of the hurt. The best way out is through,” White says. “More to the point, nature is brutal and her signals of learning are painful. Bad feelings lead to negative self-talk, which leads to thinking about a desolate future, which leads to hopelessness and a revisiting of the good ole days, which in turns leads to feeling bad about the past and the whole cycle starts over again.” If you don’t learn the lesson, you’ll continue feeling bad about the past and the same hurtful things will happen in the future—a potentially endless cycle, unless you choose to end and “move forward into the future you want,” White says.

“ How do you finish a race if you don’t know where the finish line is? And—to stretch the metaphor further— what’s the motivation to heal that sprained ankle if you’re not even in the race?” – Devon White, Behavioral Specialist CHARGE INTO THE FUTURE

The most important thing about letting go of the past is to know what you want in the future, White says. “How do you finish a race if you don’t know where the finish line is? And—to stretch the metaphor further—what’s the motivation to heal that sprained ankle if you’re not even in the race?” No one knows what the future holds. You don’t have to know exactly what you want the future to look like. All you need to know is that you want tomorrow to be better than today. That’s enough. So why not start now? • Think about the potential for tomorrow. “Consider the opposite of the pain you’re currently in. What would that be like? Knowing this will help you get where you’re going,” White says. • Keep a gratitude journal to keep you focused on the present and feel better about your future. “Each day for 30 days, write down five things that you are grateful for,” Willcocks says. “At the end of the 30 days you’ll have 150 different good things that you’ve acknowledged happening in your life.

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This helps you see that good things happen to you every day, and life is better than you thought.” • While you’re at it, keep a compliment journal. Too humility aside and write down five compliments to yourself. “We easily let what other people say define us,” Willcocks says. So write down those self-compliments. Try it for 30 days. Get rid of negative self-talk and replace it with something positive. Like all habits, you need to replace the old one with a new one, White notes. Otherwise, you’ll just come right back to what didn’t work. • Follow your passions. Is there a book you’ve always wanted to read? Or maybe one that you’ve always wanted to write? Have you put off that new art class, or let your guitar gather dust in the corner? Don’t let another day pass you by. Take charge of today and tomorrow will look a whole lot better. Stop procrastinating your passions. Do something now that feeds your soul—creatively or mentally. Don’t get stuck in the rut of everyday life.

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Money & Career Ways Introverts Can

by Kim Staflund

Very early into my career as a book publisher, I decided to offer opportunities for authors to publish their books free of charge with my company. I did this because of my naïve assumption that there was only one thing standing in the way of people choosing my company as their book publisher over some of my competitors—price. I soon learned that there was something else standing in the way, something much more difficult to conquer. FEAR. But a fear of what? That’s the question. Or maybe a more accurate way to word that question would be, “What exactly causes fear?” And perhaps the answer is simple genetics—a surplus, irrational “fight or flight” survival instinct that is still present in the human brain even after thousands of years of evolution. The reptilian brain. According to The Brain from Top to Bottom, written by Bruno Dubuc at McGill University, the reptilian brain is the oldest component of the human brain. And it tends to be somewhat rigid and compulsive just as reptiles are. Reptiles are purely instinctual. They don’t “think” or “rationalize” things through. Nor do they have any sort of emotional response to things. Reptiles simply react out of their natural survival instinct. When they are faced with a common situation that’s known to them, they either live in/on it . . . or they eat it. When they are faced with a potentially threatening (unknown) situation, they run and hide. Theirs is a pretty simple, straightforward existence. Instinct is a good thing that serves a valid purpose in our lives, and we should pay attention to it; but, whenever your fear of the unknown has you avoiding potentially advantageous opportunities simply because they’re new to you, it is wise to consult with your more evolutionarily advanced neocortex—the logical, rational portion of your brain—by taking the following steps to overcome those fears: Articulate your fears. Write your fears down. Read them to yourself. When you do this, you’ll see just how irrational many of them are. Embrace your ideas. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve sat and had a coffee with who have sheepishly shrugged their shoulders and said, “It’s probably a stupid idea. Maybe I shouldn’t do it.” In my experience, introverts have a tendency to contemplate their ideas until they’ve picked them apart. But if you’ve had an idea for months or years, it’s not a fleeting though. It’s a life form of its own that wishes to be expressed. It wants to be given life, and it has chosen you as the conduit. That’s a gift. Accept it.

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Be inspired. If there’s something you want to overcome or a goal you want to achieve, use whatever tools you can. Read books. Watch videos. Seek inspiration from others. One of my most cherished sources of inspiration is a video of Spanx founder Sara Blakely talking about how she built her hosiery company from a mere $5,000 investment into a billion-dollar empire. She, too, was inspired by someone else—a speaker at a convention who said he could prove, in only four words, that there is no such thing as a bad idea: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES!

Know your truth. Criticism stings for introverts and extroverts alike, but it’s a part of life. Let me tell you, from one introvert to another, a few times I’ve had to ask myself: What is the truth here? Is it the joy and enthusiasm I felt when I held a printed copy of the book in my hand for the very first time? Or is it the self-doubt I felt when someone criticized it later on? Which one of those two moments will I use to determine the value of my book? I no longer base a book’s worth on whether or not I come up against criticism. Instead, I focus on the enthusiasm I feel after accomplishing a goal. That’s the truth I choose to hold onto.

About Kim Staflund Kim Staflund is the founder and publisher at Polished Publishing Group (PPG) and author of the newly released Successful Selling Tips for Introverted Authors. She is also author of How to Publish a Bestselling Book…and Sell it Worldwide Based on Value, Not Price! released in 2014. In addition to her book publishing background, Staflund has a substantial sales and sales management history that includes new business development, account and personnel management and leadership experience. Connect with Kim Staflund on Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Facebook. Kim's books are available in both paperback and ebook format through choice booksellers all around the world. Booksellers can order them in via Ingram Content Group.

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Heed These Tips Before You Invest In Rental Property Anyone who’s ever found themselves a renter has probably fantasized about being at the other end of that equation and picking up a nice, fat paycheck from tenants—and it’s a dream that seems more plausible as Southwest Louisiana’s economic climate develops. Well, the good news for would-be land barons is that the dream’s growing more and more real each day, with the market even friendlier than usual. According to Lindy Gier of PAR Southwest Realty, “properties are moving quickly,” offsetting the typical shortage that generally makes it so hard for would-be investors to get into the game. The catch – because there’s always a catch – is that it’s never so simple as grabbing a house, fixing it up and plopping it on the market. First, you’ve got to be sure the property you’re investing in is one you’re familiar with. As Gier advises, “what’s (most) important...is finding an investment that fits your background, experience, network and intended maintenance.” She recalls one instance where they steered a client looking to invest in a duplex or fourplex toward renting a building once they discovered he was an orthodontist with his practice already in the same complex. “For him, this was a

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great buy because he knew his potential clients so well. He knew their medical needs. He could explain the advantages of the building.” Consider your profit less in terms of the dollar amount and more in terms of the percentage of return, which Gier advises is the best way to determine if a property if truly profitable or not. As she warns, “fast-growing sectors of a market will often fetch high prices and high rent rates. [But] once analyzed, the percentage of return in those areas may be less than in a slower growing area.” All of this is assuming the absolute best of the property. What may look lovely on paper may turn ugly very quickly as you find yourself buried under a mound of unexpected costs. You can prepare for things like property taxes using a number of tools— like www.calcasieuassessor.org—but other costs, like damages due to an unruly tenant, are almost impossible to predict but seemingly inevitable. To that end, Gier says to look to the lease. “The language of your lease is always your first line of defense,” Gier says. Failing that, “your next best defense against the unexpected is good insurance.”

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And, of course, a good agent. While the market’s in a great place right now, it’s also operating rather differently from what Gier describes as the norm. “Many investors coming into this market are ready to move. They are ready to get in and start contributing in a growing economy and community,” but while this enthusiasm is good, she advises that “there are also investors who need to be educated on the area and take their time to acclimate themselves.” Someone looking to invest in their first property may be well-armed and educated, but lack the experience that a real professional possesses, and might overlook many of the subtleties or rapid changes the market’s currently undergoing, which makes them an easy target for predatory sellers. By contrast, Gier promises “a professional agent will never pressure you. They’ll educate you, cooperate with your timeline and work to discover property investments that match your long-term (or shortterm) goals.”

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“These companies may be selling stolen Social Security numbers,” Attorney General Caldwell said. “By using a stolen number as your own, the con artists will have involved you in identity theft.” Last month, Caldwell announced the arrest of a Baton Rouge man who operated a bogus credit repair service that tricked consumers into using stolen Social Security numbers to apply for millions of dollars in loans. How can you tell if a credit repair service is a scam? Here are the warning signs: • If the organization insists you pay them before they do any work on your behalf. • You are told not to contact creditors or credit reporting companies directly. • You are encouraged to dispute accurate information in your credit report. • You are encouraged to give false information on your applications for credit or a loan. • Your legal rights are not explained, and services or credentials of the organization are vague.

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Why You Need a Cash-Only

It’s the jolly holiday season—but if you’re like most Americans, it’s also the season of overspending and under-budgeting. If so, you may want to consider a cash-only Christmas, says Christa Comeaux, assistant vice president with Lakeside Bank. “It may not seem practical to carry cash when we’ve all become so reliant on our debit cards, but it’s been proven that people spend less when they have actual paper money in their hands,” Comeaux says. “We’ve become so accustomed to debit cards that we sometimes use them for one- or two-dollar purchases. Imagine carrying cash and seeing that money actually leave your hands. You become much more aware of how much you’re spending when it’s a more tangible transaction.” Still not convinced? Consider these additional reasons from Lakeside Bank: In most situations, the majority of the time, cash is much more preferable to credit cards. There’s no hidden fees or interest rates associated with cash. You spend what you spend. End of story. “It’s also much easier to underestimate how much you’re actually spending when you use a credit card,” Comeaux says. “For some reason consumers don’t view credit cards as ‘real money.’ They think of it as something they can worry about later. Unfortunately, ‘later’ usually includes high interest rates and additional fees.”

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It’s easier to keep track of cash. Let’s say you budget $200 for a shopping trip. If you use your credit or debit card, it’s easy to give yourself a little leeway; throw in an extra twenty bucks, sight unseen. You can also quickly lose track of where you are in the process, unless you painstakingly record every purchase. “When you have the money in your hands, you know exactly how much you’re spending,” Comeaux says. You spend less. According to the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, the average person saves as much as 20 percent when they spend cash. “It’s harder to let go of cold, hard money,” Comeaux says. To encourage the use of cash over cards, leave the debit and credit cards at home before you leave the house. That way you don’t have the option of defaulting to trusty plastic. “Shifting to cash is easier than you think,” Comeaux says. “It just takes a corresponding shift in your mindset. But now’s an ideal time to make the change. It’s always tempting to spend more than you have during the holidays, and switching to cash can help you prevent that, making your holiday season much merrier.” For more information about personal savings, or starting a Christmas Savings Club Account, call Lakeside at (337) 474-3766.

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Money & Career All you need to know to stay in the know! Surgicare of Lake Charles Offers Latest in Cataract Surgery Technology Surgicare of Lake Charles is proud to be the first facility in Lake Charles to offer patients and surgeons’ one of the latest and most effective cataract surgery advances available -- the VERION™ Image Guided System for laser cataract surgery vision correction. Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure performed in an operating room, and does not require an overnight stay. The actual surgery usually lasts about 30 minutes with minimal level of sedation. To learn more about cataract refractive laser surgery or for information on Surgicare of Lake Charles, visit www.surgicarelc.com.

CHRISTUS St. Patrick Foundation Elects 2016 Board The CHRISTUS St. Patrick Foundation recently elected new Board members and named the executive committee for the 2016 fiscal year. Leading the Foundation Brian Abshire for the upcoming fiscal year is newly elected Chair, Brian Abshire. Joining him on the Executive Committee are Eligha Guillory, Jr., Vice Chair; Sawsan Abu Shamat, Secretary; Eric Mire, Treasurer; and Members-at-Large: Myrna Conner; Keith Wimberly; and Don Lloyd, CEO CHRISTUS Southwestern Louisiana. For more information on the CHRISTUS St. Patrick Foundation, visit www.stpatrickfoundation.org.

CHRISTUS Announces Regional Director of HR Strategy CHRISTUS St. Patrick is proud to announce that Shelly Aguillard, Director of HR Strategy, has accepted the dual role of Regional Director of HR Strategy for both the Shelly Aguillard Southwestern Louisiana and Southeast Texas regions. In her new role, Aguillard will be located at both CHRISTUS St. Patrick and CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth campuses. She will lead the day-to-day activities of the Human Resources Strategic Business Partners in both regions and serve as a member of the Executive Leadership Team for both facilities.

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SOWELA Receives National Accreditation The automotive training program at SOWELA Technical Community College has received accreditation by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). SOWELA’s automotive program has been accredited in the following areas: Engine Repair, Automatic Transmission/Transaxle, Manual Drivetrain, Steering and Suspension, Brakes, Electrical, HVAC, and Engine Performance. For more information, call (337) 421-6592, ext. 4319.

Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana CVB Honored The Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) was recently honored with the highly coveted Shining Example Award for Tourism Office of the Year with competition from the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

Imperial Health Urgent Care Draw Station Now Offers Saturday Morning Hours Imperial Health’s Urgent Care Draw Station in Lake Charles is now offering Saturday morning hours from 8am–Noon. The patient blood draw station is located inside Imperial Health Urgent Care on Nelson Road, 4201 Nelson Road, Lake Charles. It is also open Monday through Friday from 6am to 4pm. This draw station provides a convenient, alternate location for Imperial Health patients who need lab work. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call (337) 310-2273 or visit www.imperialhealth.com.

CHRISTUS St. Patrick Regional Heart Center Receives AHA Accreditation CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital is the only facility in Louisiana to receive the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Heart Attack Receiving Center Accreditation. The accreditation program — sponsored by the American Heart Association and the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care —recognizes centers that meet or exceed quality of care measures for people experiencing the most severe type of heart attack, ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), in which blood flow is completely blocked to a portion of the heart. For more information, visit www. christusstpatrick.org/hearthealth.

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The staff at the CVB had a tremendously successful year with major accomplishments including the opening Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point, hosting Travel Media Showcase national event of media professionals, and creating ‘My Southwest Louisiana Home’ original video and song. Not to mention, the CVB launched several apps in addition to working with sporting events and hosting groups, with tourism bringing in $385 million to Calcasieu Parish in travel expenditures. For more information, visit www.visitlakecharles.org.

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Breaking Up: Does it have to be hard? by Jim Hjort, LCSW

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When the time comes to end a relationship, there’s no avoiding the fact that at least one—and likely both—parties will experience all manner of negative feelings: blame, regret, vulnerability, disappointment and fear, to name a few.

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We have a strong impulse to protect ourselves from injury; even stronger, perhaps, than our impulse to seek close connections. Anger often emerges in the face of an intense breakup, but a good dose of self-righteousness can provide a temporary feeling of empowerment—the ability to act in support of ourselves, instead of being helpless in a painful situation. In order for both parties to emerge from a breakup as healthy as possible, you need to remember something simple, but easy to forget: the breakup is a stage of your relationship, just like any other. That means that all the rules of healthy communication and respect for your partner still apply.

Breakups can be a rocky road. Here are some tips to smooth the path: The healthy approach is the open and honest one: let the other person know what need of yours isn’t being met, or what need of theirs you are unwilling or unable to meet. (The “it’s not you, it’s me” speech isn’t really accurate; it’s both of you whose needs and willingness and ability to fill needs have to fit together, like two pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.) Use “I” statements to own your perspective, instead of attributing thoughts, feelings, and motives to the other person. If you’re the breaker, own your decision and explain it. Approach a breakup with the goal of arriving at a mutual understanding. This tends to defuse the natural, defensive anger response. It also provides both of you with clear information and a matter-offact perspective on what happened, eliminating the unknown, which tends to spawn negative rumination and feelings as much as animosity. This certainly won’t eliminate the pain of a breakup, but it does accomplish something more important: sending both of you on your way with a bandage and an aspirin, which is about the best outcome you can hope for. Jim Hjort is founder of the Right Life Project.

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Tips for Raising Grades and Test Scores by Barbara Dianis, M.Ed

THE SCHOOL YEAR IS IN FULL SWING. SOON ENOUGH, THE “TESTING SEASON” WILL REAR ITS STRESSFUL HEAD AND IT’LL BE CRUNCH TIME. BUT THERE ARE THINGS YOU CAN DO NOW TO PREPARE FOR HIGHER TEST SCORES, AND HIGHER GRADES. JUST BECAUSE THE YEAR STARTED WITH A C AVERAGE DOESN’T MEAN IT HAS TO END WITH ONE. HERE’S HOW PARENTS CAN HELP THEIR CHILDREN AVOID A SCHOLASTIC SLIDE: Children and teenagers entering a higher-grade level typically need to upgrade their study skills to help them keep pace with their current curriculum. Children and teens benefit from reviewing the notes they take in each of their classes for at least five minutes a day. Reviewing the class notes taken will help children and teens retain more core learning concepts. Consistent review will also assist their ability to access the information on tests. All students can benefit from a few minutes of reviewing key learning concepts such as grammar and phonetic rules. Check the student’s grades online together several times a week. Parents who check grades online with their child show that they care about their child’s education. Additionally, if there are downturns in their grades or missing assignments then educational solutions can be applied proactively. The extra accountability generally helps students of all grade levels stay on track throughout the school year. Tests and quizzes become an important part of the academic experience. Children and teens should add more study and preparation time to the system they used in the previous grade level. Students of all ages benefit from studying for tests and quizzes several days before they are given. Parents can help their student to understand their brains may need time to absorb and readily access the educational concepts they will be tested over. Find solutions as soon as your student begins to slide academically. All too often scholastic slides are not addressed early enough because the parent may feel it is a problem that will correct itself. It is generally better to address the academic difficulty early on before grades spiral downward. One way to address academic slides is to help your child or teen correct their mistakes on graded assignments that have multiple mistakes on them. Make learning fun during the homework and study time. Children and teens can make review and drill time into a game show format using flash cards. They can make the flash cards from their study material. When review time is presented in a game show format, students generally are more engaged throughout the learning process. Parents may wish to host a study review time for their child or teen with several students in their son’s or daughter’s classes. Parents can help their child or teen develop an interest in learning by asking their teen to tell them three concepts they learned in their classes each day. Asking their child or teen to report several core concepts learned in class can also help improve a student’s ability to focus in class. In addition, the student typically will report the class to be more interesting and fun. Barbara Dianis is the author of Grade Transformer for the Modern Student.

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Cyberbullying: Tips for a New Generation

EIGHTY PERCENT OF KIDS REGULARLY USE CELL PHONES AND 52 PERCENT REPORT BEING CYBERBULLIED, ACCORDING TO THE 2014 COUNSELING SERVICE REPORT. THE INCREASED USE OF SMARTPHONES AND SOCIAL MEDIA HAS MADE CYBERBULLYING A COMMON AND SERIOUS ISSUE AMONG CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS—ONE THAT CAN RESULT IN ANXIETY, DEPRESSION, AND THOUGHTS OF SUICIDE. SOCIAL MEDIA MAKES FOR EASY TARGETS. POSTS CAN BE MADE ANONYMOUSLY OR PASSIVELY, WITHOUT A FACE-TO-FACE CONFRONTATION, AND CAN BE SPREAD TO A LARGE AUDIENCE IN A SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME.

Types of Cyberbullying There are several ways kids can be cyberbullied, according to AlertID: • Sending someone mean or threatening emails, instant messages, or text messages. • Excluding someone from a message buddy list, blocking their email or communications for no reason, or “unfollowing” them. • Tricking someone into revealing personal or embarrassing information and sending it to others. • Breaking into someone’s accounts to send cruel or untrue messages while posing as that person. • Creating websites to make fun of another person such as a classmate or teacher. • Using websites to “rate” peers.

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How to Talk to Kids

How to Deal with Cyberbullying

One of the best ways to deal with cyberbullying is to stop it before it starts. Teach kids to never open emails from someone they don’t know or from someone they know is a bully. Tell them to never put anything online that they wouldn’t want classmates to see, even in email. Encourage kids to be as polite online as they are in person. Tell them not to send messages when they’re angry. Before clicking “send,” teach them to ask themselves how they would feel if they received the message.

How do you deal with cyberbullying once it starts? First of all, make sure your child feels safe enough to tell you about it. Encourage your kids to tell you immediately if they, or someone they know, is being cyberbullied. If your child finds a profile that was created or altered without his or her permission, contact the site to have it taken down. If the bullying involves instant messaging or another online service that requires a “friend”

or “buddy” list, delete the bully from the lists or block their user name or email address. Also, tell your child to ignore mean or threatening messages. Instead, they should print it out or save it so they can share it with a parent, teacher, law enforcement officer, or another trusted adult. For more information and other tips to prevent cyberbullying, visit: www.alertid.com/search/ cyberbullying.asp.

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We’re Searching for a Few Great Artists for the 2016 Walnut Grove Institute The Walnut Grove Institute and the Arts Council of SWLA invite area artists to submit work for consideration to be exhibited in our Post Office building at Walnut Grove in Lake Charles.

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To submit work for consideration: Email 10 - 15 high resolution digital images with the pieces’ titles, mediums, and prices (if for sale) along with a bio and headshot to Caroline Landry at caroline@ehealthyimage.com by Friday, December 18, 2015. All pieces submitted must be ready to hang and available to exhibit.

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Skinny Jeans are Dead. Long Live Comfort Denim! by Emily Alford

There was something missing at New York City’s Fall Fashion Week 2015: the “skinny” silhouette. Sure, there were still pin-thin models sidling down the runways, but what was missing were the black skinny jeans, an industry staple since 2007. Instead, skin-tight denim had been replaced by more comfortable looking options. In case you haven’t been following denim trends, the skinny jean has been the choice of hipsters, fashionistas, and regular folk alike for nearly ten years. The jeans are more like leggings than denim: usually high-waisted and tapered to a super narrow fit at the ankle. The skinny jean was perfect with the sky-high heels of 2009 or the ankle bootie of 2010, but now, women are looking for new, more relaxed ways to wear their denim. Most denim retailers, from designer brands like Rag and Bone to more affordable standards, like Gap, are breaking from the confines of the skinny jean to experiment with roomier styles. So, no matter your budget, next time you’re jean shopping, free your ankles! Life’s better loosened up.

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The Boyfriend Fit Meant to mimic the casual fit of men’s jeans, boyfriend jeans are loose at the hips and thighs, which make them much more comfortable than squeezing into skinny shapes. However, a word of caution, boyfriend fits can look frumpy with an oversized top, and they can make your lower half appear a little shapeless. If you love the fit of boyfriend jeans but still want to look tailored, pair them with a fitted top and cuff the ankles to add some shape.

Flares High-end denim companies, like J Brand, are freeing the ankles as they abandon the skinny look. A flared jean is fitted through the waist and thighs, but loosens at the calf an ankle for a wider leg. However, if you’re imagining hip-hugging bell-bottoms, breathe easy. The new flares are more subtle, with high waists, and look great with a simple tee or sweater.

Straight Leg If you’re tired of chasing denim trends, try a straight leg. As the name implies, straight leg denim doesn’t taper or flare at the ankle. Instead, it stays a uniform length all the way down, making straight leg jeans fitted at the thigh and a bit looser at the bottom. Straight legs look great with most shoes and are generally flattering for all body types. One caveat: they do look sloppy if they’re bunched at the ankles. Consider having straightlegged denim hemmed so that it just grazes the top of your shoe or cuff to wear with ankle boots. Thrive Magazine for Better Living

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Dressing Up Without “Dressing Up”

Let’s face it. You’re busy—too busy to be spending time getting decked-out for every event. And you work hard and deserve to be comfortable. Leave the dress at the cleaners and grab your favorite pair of jeans or leggings. Here’s some ways to look fabulous without the drudgery of the “glamorous.”

by Jen Breen

Nothing adds citystyle sophistication than wearing black on black. A black pair of boots, long cardigan or tailored jacket is always a win. A belted jacket can also step it up a notch.

One of the easiest ways to jump from dress-down to dressup is wearing the right accessories. Don’t be afraid to go glam. Isn’t everything better when it sparkles?

A killer pair of heels will add spice and dress up any outfit. Remember, the shoes make the woman.

A party top is always the perfect solution—the dress without having to wear the dress.

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‘Man buns’ cited as a new cause of

BALDNESS A growing trend among millennials is to put their hair in what they call "man buns," reports the Association of Mature American Citizens. It’s popular among urban men lucky enough to have particularly thick tresses. But Dr. Sabra Sullivan, a dermatologist from Jackson, Miss., recently created a mild male millennial panic when she said man-buns wearers risk going bald in due course, because “men are putting traction on the hair follicles that the hair is not really meant to

take,” she said in an interview with Mic.com. “Traction alopecia,” a form of gradual hair loss, is caused by sustained tension, often seen with cornrows, braids, and—increasingly—man buns. The condition isn’t limited to men. In fact, it’s more commonly found in women who regularly wear their hair pulled back taut and high on their heads. But as man buns continue to gain momentum, gradual receding hair lines could be increasingly seen in men.

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Plump your Pout by Kristy Armand

There are many make-up tricks to enhance the fullness of your lips temporarily, but a growing number of women are choosing a longer-lasting option. In fact, injectables for fine lines, wrinkles, and lips increased by over 20% last year. One theory for the increase in lip enhancement injections is that these procedures are safer than ever. Mark Crawford, MD, facial cosmetic specialist and Medical Director of the Aesthetic Center in The Eye Clinic, says that cosmetic fillers have come a long way in recent years. “Our options for lip injections today are safer, longer-lasting, and provide a much more natural-looking result.” He explains that as we age, our lips lose collagen and fat just like the rest of our skin, and environmental factors such as sun exposure, repeated sipping, pursing and smoking add to the problem. “Today, it is

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possible to restore plump, more youthful lips with the newest advances in cosmetic injections, making lip plumping one of the most popular facial cosmetic treatments.” Dr. Crawford says his clients typically come in unhappy with thin lips, and creases around the lips. Some women experience difficulty placing lipstick or keeping it on the lip without it seeping into adjacent creases. “The goal with lip injections is not just about making lips bigger, but rather creating balance and proportion to the upper and lower lip,” says Dr. Crawford. “As people get older, they tend to lose definition in the lips, especially at the cupid’s bow at the center of the upper lip and lip border. Lip injections add volume where it’s this loss of definition is most apparent. We can work to define the cupid’s bow and lip line and smooth the skin around the lips. In addition, we can give the corners of

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the mouth a lift to help restore a younger looking appearance.� Dr. Crawford says one of the things women like most about injection treatment is the short time commitment and quick results, with minimal, if any, side effects. Injections take less than half an hour, including the deadening time, and results are usually visible within 24 hours. Learn more about cosmetic injections at the Aesthetic Center’s Holiday Beauty Celebration on Thursday, December 10, from 5:00 - 8:00pm at The Eye Clinic. Special savings, door prizes and product demonstrations will be offered. Call (337) 310-1070 for more information or to pre-register.

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Mind & Body Alzheimer’s: The Local Push for a Cure

There are trial drugs to test—but no patients to take them by Angie Kay Dilmore

One in nine Americans over age 65 has Alzheimer’s disease. That equates to an estimated 5.3 million people. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Currently, there is no cure. Lake Charles psychiatrist Dr. Kashinath Yadalam, along with many other doctors, researchers, and drug manufacturing companies, works mightily to change those startling statistics. He is a certified physician investigator and the director of Lake Charles Clinical Trials, a company that conducts clinical testing of potential new drugs for a variety of psychiatric disorders including depression, schizophrenia, ADHD, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Yadalam says drug research for Alzheimer’s disease is presently at a “feverish pitch.” He adds, “There are so many new compounds being looked at, but ultimately they will remain on lab shelves unless they are tested.” He estimates 20 or more drug companies have formulas they would like to test, but Dr. Yadalam has had to refuse their requests—he doesn’t have enough patients to adequately fill spots for the three Alzheimer’s drugs he is currently testing. Dr. Yadalam sees a dramatic decrease over the past several years in the number of people who volunteer to participate in clinical trials for Alzheimer’s drugs. “When we conducted the first Alzheimer’s drug trial in 2007, there was such an interest and enthusiasm. We had around 40 participants over a span of six

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months. We had to turn patients away. Since that time, there has been a lack of interest in participating in clinical trials. It has baffled [researchers] all across the country,” Dr. Yadalam says. He cites a lack of public confidence as a possible reason for the decline in participants. “We keep hearing about how another drug failed and another drug failed. Unfortunately, [clinical trials] are the only way we know right now to bring on a new drug. We have to do it because the number of people suffering from this disease is increasing, or at least it is being diagnosed more. As the baby boomers [age], we will have more people diagnosed with this condition. There has been a strong effort all across the country to help people understand if we are to move forward in treating this disease, we need more people to participate in trials. We could be helping so many more people,” Dr. Yadalam says. Another factor limiting the number of people participating in Alzheimer’s drug trials could be the stigma often attached to the disease. Dr. Yadalam says this is true for most psychiatric diagnoses. “No matter how hard we try to explain and reverse the stigma, it’s been a very hard battle. It’s unfortunate.” Victor Monsour, a well-known, retired Lake Charles photographer, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease on his 59th birthday. Now 60, he and his wife, Tamara, share their story and struggles in an effort to bring awareness about the disease and help counter negative stigmas. “One life helped, one life changed, one caregiver given one bit of information that is helpful – it’s worth it,” says Tamara. Dr. Yadalam currently tests a potential Alzheimer’s treatment called AC-1204, made by Accera, a biotechnology company in Colorado. NOURISH-AD is a 26-week, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, parallel-group study investigating the effects of daily administration of AC-1204 in subjects aged 66-85 with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease. There are currently 480 participants (75% of the number needed) enrolled at 90 sites nationwide. continued on p56

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Mind & Body | Alzheimer’s

The brain comprises only three percent of body weight but uses twenty five percent of the body’s energy; up to 50 percent if you are working hard and concentrating. The brain utilizes glucose to function. Brains of Alzheimer’s patients seem not to use glucose effectively. Researchers discovered these same regions can use ketones, a byproduct of medium chain triglycerides, in place of glucose. If this drug is effective, the ketones in AC-1204, extracted from coconuts, will assume the functioning role intended for glucose. Researchers evaluate drug effectiveness through standard scales

that measure memory and cognition, as well as activities of daily living, resource utilization, and quality of life. Accera hopes this drug will slow the progression and lessen the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. “That’s a victory, if we could do that right now,” says Dr. Yadalam. Monsour realizes enrolling in a drug trial may or may not help him – either way, he understands the importance of being involved. He participates for his children, grandchildren, and others who may get the disease in the future.

“This is an illness that devastates the family,” says Dr. Yadalam. “What is human is lost in this disease. We know the number of people being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s is increasing. We need to find a solution, a cure. We need to find better drugs than what we have. The only way is through clinical trials. They are our only hope to decrease the progression of this disease.” For additional information about enrolling in a study, visit www.AD-trial.com, or call 337-564-6405.

The Challenges of Caretaking

by Angie Kay Dilmore

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 85 percent of unpaid help provided to older adults in the United States is from family members. Tamara Monsour cares for her husband, Victor, at home. She works full-time and struggles daily with the strain of the disease. She sees the following four areas as the greatest challenges.

Safety Issues Caregivers must be concerned for the safety of the patient, themselves, and their property. “You have to be on your toes and think ahead about what might become a safety issue,” says Tamara.

Help the Patient Understand the Effects of Alzheimer’s Often patients don’t realize they are limited by the disease. They want to maintain their independence, but they don’t realize this may not be safe.

Avoid Arguments and Irrational Discussions As this disease progresses and their personalities change, an Alzheimer’s patient often does not think clearly or rationally. Though they look the same and sound the same, their ability to think is not the same. “It’s easy to forget that it’s the disease behind the conversation, not the person. It’s been a learning experience to not get drawn into these discussions,” says Tamara.

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out for a meal or to enjoy a particular activity and give the caretaker a needed break. The Sulphur Senior Center has been a blessing in the Monsour’s lives. Victor goes there most weekdays. He plays pool, socializes with the other seniors, and has lunch. “That is four hours where I can focus on my job and don’t have to worry about his safety,” says his wife. Need help caring for a loved one? You don’t have to struggle alone. There’s a support group for caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients in Lake Charles. They meet the last Tuesday of each month, 6:30 p.m. at Brookdale at Lake Charles, 2420 Country Club Rd. Call 504 335-2795 for more information.

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Chances are, you’re already volunteering. Think about it. The act of volunteering may be described as freely giving up time in order to do something for someone, like giving up a weekend to help an elderly neighbor with yard work coaching the local Little League without pay. Those could both be considered volunteer activities. And they’re good for you. Here’s how: • A 2013 Health and Volunteering study by UnitedHealth Group found that volunteering can have positive effects on one’s mental and emotional health. The report states that the “satisfaction that comes from assisting other people in need, drives a sense of purpose, and that purpose helps to create a sense of wellbeing and health.”

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Pilates is known for being a strenuous and effective workout. But according to Alisa Wyatt, founder of Pilatesology, it can also be an excellent way to prepare for birth. “It’s vital to stimulate your circulation daily because the body is busy growing the placenta, providing nutrients to the baby, hormonal changes, etc.,” says Wyatt, a renowned Pilates trainer for a range of clients, including Olympic athletes. “A Pilates workout is one of the best ways to get full body circulation going, particularly around your vital organs where you need it most. There’s nothing better for your baby than you keeping your body fresh and clean on the inside and that’s exactly what Pilates does.” If you’ve regularly practiced Pilates, you’re in a good position to continue the benefits of the workout. “A side benefit of Pilates is how you look when you practice consistently during pregnancy. Many of my pregnant clients report back after birth that they fit into their clothes much more quickly than with previous pregnancies. Jeans fit better because legs are more toned, it’s easier to pick up baby, you’re not as fatigued and hormonal shifts don’t throw you off emotionally,”

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says Wyatt, who developed the complete Pilatesology Fit Pregnancy Program. If you’ve never done Pilates before, it’s best not to start when you’re pregnant, since Pilates works the core deeply, Wyatt says. Instead, wait until after the baby arrives. “Even if you’re in good shape for one type of exercise, the demands of another can be a shock to your system and that’s not what you want when your body is already busy,” Wyatt says. “Unless you’re already extremely active with excellent body awareness, it’s better to simply stick to the types of exercise you’ve already been doing.” Additional fitness tips from Wyatt while expecting: • Vigorous walking is one of the best things you can do during pregnancy. An hour a day is great or wear a fitness tracker and make sure you get at least 10,000 steps in every day.

“Pilates during pregnancy is a wonderful way to prepare for birth.” Alisa Wyatt, Pilatesology

• Daily squats help prepare your body for birth and will keep your legs strong and toned. Stand with feet apart, toes pointed out, sit back with hips while pulling stomach in, make sure your knees stay aligned over the center of your foot weight in heels, push into the floor to stand up. • Push-ups. You might hate them, but push-ups do much more than just tone your arms. They keep your back and core strong, improve posture and will help you pick up your baby while making you want to show off your toned arms. • Trust your body. If something feels uncomfortable, leave that exercise or movement out. Your body will change from week to week so be prepared to shift your plan and simplify your routine as you go. For more information on Pilatesology, visit www.pilatesology.com.

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HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU PUT OFF SOMETHING BECAUSE IT GAVE YOU STRESS AND ANXIETY? WHILE SKIPPING OUT ON A PUBLIC SPEAKING OPPORTUNITY OR DINNER WITH YOUR IN-LAWS WON’T LIKELY CAUSE DAMAGING REPERCUSSIONS, IGNORING YOUR DENTAL HEALTH BECAUSE OF ANXIETY CAN CREATE SERIOUS HEALTH ISSUES. According to the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, it’s estimated that as much as 15 percent of Americans stay away from the dentist because of fear. If you are one of these 40 million people who will do just about anything to get out of a dentist appointment, dental sedation may be right for you. “For some people, the anxiety caused by a trip to the dentist is enough to cause them to avoid any future visits,” said Dr. Tim Robinson with Robinson Dental Group Family Dentistry. “Distancing yourself from the dentist can have a devastating impact on dental and gum health as well as in other parts of the body. Sedation dentistry can help quell this type of anxiety and reduce fears associated with dentistry.” Those who avoid the dentist because of anxiety may have a higher risk of gum disease and early tooth loss, and national studies have shown that people with poor dental health may also be at greater risk for heart disease and other serious conditions. Sedation dentistry is an individualized experience and has become more commonplace over the last several years. The amount of anxiety and type of procedure determine what type of sedation will be used. Dentists trained in

sedation utilize a number of different techniques to help the patient relax to varying degrees. With dental sedation, many patients do not even remember the procedure. “Another benefit of sedation dentistry is that it helps patients stay still. In many cases it is necessary for a patient to remain motionless while the dental team works,” Dr. Robinson said. “Sedation can be especially beneficial during long procedures and can reduce the number of visits because more work can be completed.” Don’t let anxiety stop you from taking care of yourself. “The greater risk comes with not doing anything,” Dr. Robinson said. A dental visit does not have to be a stressful experience. Before choosing the sedation dentistry method, sufferers of dental anxiety should discuss the variety of options with a sedation dentist.

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To find out more about sedation dentistry, contact Robinson Dental Group Family Dentistry by calling their Lake Charles office at 337-474-3636 or their Moss Bluff office at 337-429-5057 or visit www.RobinsonDentalGroup.net.

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Stars from Nickelodeon and Disney Will Shine in Lake Charles

The resurging popularity of variety shows, both on stage and on screen, brings fun and laughter to a wide range of ages. The national tour of “Tween Stars Live” is fast-paced, live-action entertainment and it’s coming to Lake Charles on Sunday, November 15 from noon to 1:30pm at the Lake Charles Civic Center. The show is specifically for young people and features Calum Worthy (“Dez”, Austin & Ally), Spencer Boldman (“Adam”, Lab Rats), Peyton List (“Emma”, Jesse and Bunk’d), Corey Fogelmanis (“Farkle”, Girl Meets World), Trinitee Stokes (“Judy”, KC Undercover) and Noah Monck (“Gibby”, iCarly).

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Tickets are $19.95, all seats reserved, and can be purchased through the Civic Center Box Office or www.tweenstarslive.com. The stars will host a VIP autograph and photo session following the show, from 2pm – 4pm. Tickets for the VIP event are sold separately. “The energy is unbelievable,” said Calum Worthy, one of the cast members. “Being on-stage with my friends and then getting to meet these incredible audiences on tour, it’s amazing. Everyone gets involved because the whole show is interactive.” “We pull kids from the audiences to come on stage with us for more fun and games. We do our

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own comedy and music, and get the audience involved in all of it,” he said. “One of the best parts is the audience Q&A session because it’s totally unpredictable. You never know what will happen and we just roll with it. The further it goes, the funnier it is.” In addition, the show features trivia geared toward young people, improvisation, games, competitions, plus prizes and giveaways. The family-friendly show, presented by Style Me Up!, is touring across the country this fall, with stops previously in Colorado, Illinois, Iowa and Alabama. The tour continues until Spring 2016.

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At Crawford Orthodontics, We Give Thanks For Beautiful Smiles. The end of the year is a great time to begin orthodontic treatment, allowing you to take advantage of flexible benefit account deadlines, as well as annual insurance deductibles that have been met. We offer a variety of advanced orthodontic techniques that create great smiles. We accept most insurance and flexible benefit plans, and offer convenient payment options

We’ll give you - and your kids - something to smile about.

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Remember, you have a choice in your healthcare. Ask your doctor if your procedure can be done at Surgicare. We offer a full range of advanced surgical outpatient care including: Dentistry, Ear, Nose and Throat Procedures, General Surgery, Gynecology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, Pain Management, Plastic Surgery, Podiatry and more. For convenient and cost-effective surgical options, choose Surgicare of Lake Charles. We accept most major health insurance plans. Call 337-436-6941 for more information.

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Mark Your Calendar! National Philanthropy Day Event The Southwest Louisiana Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals will honor local philanthropists on November 12 at 6pm during its National Philanthropy Day Banquet at Treasures of Marilyn’s. National Philanthropy Day is a special day set aside to recognize and pay tribute to the generous contributions that philanthropists have made to our community. Gray Stream, president of Matilda Stream Management and Chairman of the Board of the National Hurricane Museum, will serve as this year’s keynote speaker. For more information visit the AFP LA, Southwest Chapter page on Facebook.

Mayor’s Armed Forces Commission to Host 2015 Veterans Day Activities On Saturday, November 7 at 10am, the City of Lake Charles Mayor’s Armed Forces Commission will host the City’s annual Veterans Day observance activities beginning with the Veterans Day ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park, Lakeshore Drive. The guest speaker for this year’s ceremony will be Brigadier General Timothy P. McGuire, Commanding General, JRTC and Fort Polk, LA. Erica Bivens, KPLC anchor/ reporter, will be the Master of Ceremonies, and this year’s event will pay recognition to all Southwest Louisiana veterans.

Walnut Grove to host 3rd Annual 5k and Color Run Walnut Grove will host the 3rd annual Walnut Grove 5K and Nutty Fun Color Run on November 7, with proceeds benefiting Bishop Nolan Episcopal Day School’s Eagle Fund. Registration continues through race day, with walk-up registration available for an additional $5 fee. Walnut Grove is a traditional neighborhood development located off West Sallier Street in Lake Charles. For more information on Walnut Grove or to register for the race, visit www.walnutgrovetnd.com.

2015 SWLA American Heart Association Heart Walk

event, sponsored by CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital, raises funds to fight heart disease and stroke, America’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers. The fundraising goal for this event is $145,000. For more information or to register, visit swlaheartwalk.org.

Walnut Grove Invites Public to Take Holiday Photos and Enter Contest Walnut Grove, a traditional neighborhood development located at 1500 West Sallier Street in Lake Charles, will be decorated for the holiday season in mid-November. The public is invited to take holiday photos in the neighborhood at any of the parks, common areas or around the commercial buildings. In addition, Walnut Grove will again host the “Deck our Facebook Wall Holiday photo contest” running through December 22. To enter, take a photo in front of the exterior holiday decorations at Walnut Grove, then post it on their Facebook wall at www.facebook.com/WalnutGroveLC. Both amateur and professional photos are welcome. Winners will be chosen randomly from among entrants to receive holiday gift cards and items from local businesses and restaurants.

Terri Savelle Foy at Christian World Join us November 8 at 10:00am as Christian World hosts Terri Savelle Foy. Terri is a cheerleader of dreams and is convinced that “if you can dream it, God can do it.” She is known across the globe as a world-class motivator of hope and success through her transparent and humorous teaching style. Terri’s unique ability to communicate success strategies in a simple and practical way has awakened the dreams of young and old alike.

Jerusalem Call Event Scheduled Friend Ships is hosting Jerusalem Call at Rosa Hart Theatre. This event is a call to stand with God’s promises to the Jewish people and the land of Israel. Outstanding speakers Netaninclude US Congressman Louie Gohmert, Ambassador Ran Ichay from Prime Minister yahu’s staff and security expert Erick Stakelbeck. Music will be provided by Barry and Batya Segal from Jerusalem. There is no cost to attend but space is limited. For more information or to RSVP, visit www.friendshipsisrael.com

The American Heart Association 2015 Southwest Louisiana Heart Walk is scheduled to begin at 8am on November 7 at Prien Lake Park, where more than 3,000 participants are expected to take steps for a healthier heart and a healthier region. The annual 64 www.thriveswla.com

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Louisiana Mosquito Control Association 58th Annual Meeting The Louisiana Mosquito Control Association (LMCA) will hold its 58th Annual Meeting on November 10-12 at Golden Nugget Lake Charles. Nearly 200 participants are expected to register, which includes members from mosquito control districts, universities and various organizations from across Louisiana and surrounding states. For more information, contact Colby Colona, LMCA president at Colby@tangimosquito.org.

Autism Rocks Event Scheduled Autism Rocks – Again! This year’s event, featuring Bag of Donuts, with opening guests, Greg Blanchard and John Ieyob, will be held on November 15 at L’Auberge Casino Resort. Doors open at 6pm with a cash bar, live auction, concert and dancing. $50 donation admits one with corporate sponsorship tables available. Proceeds to benefit Autism Services of Southwest Louisiana. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.AutismRocks.Eventbrite.com or call (337) 436-5001.

International Suicide Survivors Day On November 21, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will host an event where a community of suicide loss survivors can find comfort and gain understanding as they share stories of healing and hope. The event will take place at Treasure’s of Marilyn’s in Lake Charles from 9am-1pm. Lunch will be provided. For more information or to RSVP, call (337) 529-3784 or visit survivorday.org.

Winter Drive to Collect Items for the Homeless The Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Continuum of Care in conjunction with the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury’s Human Services Department will be accepting donations for the homeless until November 10. Some items needed include: coats, blankets, cough drops and more. A full list and drop off locations can be seen on the Police Jury website at www.cppj.net/winterdrive. November 2015


Tickets on Sale for 6th Annual Hector San Miguel Memorial Award Luncheon Former Governor Kathleen Blanco will be Guest Speaker

Autism Rocks – Again!

Featuring:

BAG OF DONUTS Guests: Greg Blanchard & John Ieyoub

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The Hector San Miguel Memorial Awards Luncheon will take place on Tuesday, December 8, at 11:30 a.m. at the L’Auberge Casino Resort Event Center; L’Auberge is Presenting Sponsor of the luncheon. Individual tickets are $50 and are available via ticketmaster.com. VIP and corporate tables are available by calling the Community Foundation. A corporate table is $500 and includes a reserved table of eight, close to the stage and company logo on the table. A preferred seating/VIP table is $750 and includes a table on the first two rows, company logo on the table and in the event program. This year’s keynote speaker is Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, the first woman to serve as Louisiana’s Governor. Blanco was governor during the rough months after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated coastal Louisiana. She never quit fighting Washington D.C. to get adequate money for the recovery effort, despite considerable resistance. As a follow-up to the recent 10-year anniversary of these transformational storms, Gov. Blanco will provide a unique perspective on the state’s response in the wake of unprecedented devastation with a true insiders look at managing a crisis and the media storm that followed. November 2015

This year’s Hector San Miguel Memorial Award recipient will be honored at the luncheon for outstanding achievement in journalism and/or relentless pursuit of the truth. The recipient will receive a commemorative plaque and a cash stipend. The recipient must live in the five-parish region or their work must have impacted Southwest Louisiana in some way. Additionally, one Southwest Louisiana working journalists will receive an award for continuing professional education. Hector left an indelible mark on Southwest Louisiana through an award-winning journalism career driven by his relentless pursuit of the truth. His memory will be honored by recognizing others for their excellence in journalism. In partnership with the Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana, the goal is to bestow an annual award stipend for a recipient selected by the fund’s advisory board. The Community Foundation is a non-profit organization that connects donors with opportunities to make a permanent, positive impact through their charitable giving. Call (337) 4916688 for more information or to reserve a table at the event.

This event will benefit the Autism Services of Southwest Louisiana (ASSL).

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Solutions for Life

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

Do You Feel Lucky? Years ago, a study was done on luck and personalities. The results have stayed with me. Basically, pessimists believe luck is involved in anything good that happens to them, and bad things are viewed as a personal responsibility. Optimists are just the opposite: good things are because of them (something they did, or some knowledge they have), and bad things are just luck. I have found I tend to fall on the optimist side of things. When good things happen to me, I quickly begin looking for anything I did that might have contributed to this good fortune. When bad things happen, I usually don’t blame myself. I also don’t spend too much time focused on the bad thing, other than what I need to do about the situation. (I’m not sure this is the best way to handle things – I have a tendency to gloss over the negatives in my life and about myself that probably could use some attention.) Here’s the thing: the way you view luck in your life will determine how much control you feel you have. It’s very frustrating to feel like your life is out of control, and this lack of control contributes to depression, anger, and giving up. When I work with depressed clients, the first thing I start doing is helping them re-gain some control in their lives. Many times they feel their situations are hopeless, and the “luck” of something good happening is out of their reach. They spend much time thinking about all the bad things in their lives, and they do a great job of blaming themselves for these bad things. I begin asking questions like, “How much of this is in your control versus being out of your control?” and “How is it helpful to spend time and energy thinking about and blaming yourself for this situation?” As the light bulb slowly begins to glow, these clients begin to realize focusing on the negative has not been useful. Diane was a great example. (And you already know this was not her actual name!) She came to me in a state of depression. Many things had gone wrong in her life, and she felt unable to control or change any of it. She was a single mother with very little support from her children’s father, was trying to get an education while holding down

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two jobs, and was losing her house to foreclosure. (Heck, even I was depressed and overwhelmed by the time she told me all of it!) Diane came in for session after session. Initially, anything positive I would point out to her was met with “yeah, but it’s not like I did anything to make that happen, and it probably won’t last.” In the meantime, Diane was unknowingly beginning to take control of her life. She started wearing make-up (which is something she used to do when she was feeling good), even when she didn’t feel like it. She started parenting her children more effectively. We worked on her communication skills, and she began to express herself in a way people could hear her. At times, Diane would say to me “but this isn’t why I came to counseling.” And I would say “Yeah, I know. But we can’t change a lot about your life right now. What we can work on is these little things to give you a break from it all.” One day Diane came in and said, “You know, I don’t think I need to come back for a while. Everything’s been pretty good lately.” Then she proceeded to take responsibility for the good things in her life. And she was more focused on those positive things than the bad things (believe me, she still had plenty of bad things). “I just feel like I can cope better.” I haven’t seen Diane for a while. (I’m going to put myself out of business this way!)

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McNeese Rodeo Awards

McNeese Receives National Recognition

L to R: Browning, Porter, Plush Abernathy, Smith, Hansen, Cooper, Doré Sr. and McNeese President Philip Williams.

For the fifth consecutive year, McNeese State University has received national recognition as one of the best regional universities and one of the top public universities by U.S. News and World Report, widely considered to be the foremost authority on college rankings. In the just released 2016 edition of “Best Colleges” McNeese is ranked in Tier One in the Best Regional Universities-South category and it is also ranked in the top 50 public schools in the southern region for a fifth consecutive year. The U.S. News ranking system considers information collected from several sources and measures indicators of academic quality including the strength of the faculty, freshman class rankings, retention and graduation rates, as well as cost, availability of financial aid and campus life opportunities. To see the full Best Colleges 2016 rankings by the U.S. News and World Report, visit www.usnews.com/education and follow the links.

Six McNeese State University rodeo team members were honored at a Rodeo Awards Banquet for their accomplishments at the 67th College National Finals Rodeo. Kirsten Smith, St. Francisville, won the National All-around Cowgirl Championship and the National Reserve Championship in goat tying; Bobby Abernathy, Athens, Ala., won the National Reserve Championship in tie down roping; Trace Porter, Leesville, won the National Reserve Championship in team roper heeler; and the women’s team - which also included McKenzie Cooper, DeQuincy, Lauren Hansen, Sulphur, and Paige Plush Abernathy, Merryville captured the National Women’s Reserve Championship. The rodeo coach is Justin Browning. William J. Doré Sr., one of the founding members of the Golden Saddle Club, sponsored the banquet and awards. The proud tradition of McNeese rodeo began in 1947 and McNeese is currently the only intercollegiate rodeo team in Louisiana.

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McNeese Sponsors Geaux Blue Contest Employees of local businesses and organizations are encouraged to wear their blue and gold every Friday in support of McNeese State University for a chance to win a 3 foot by 5 foot McNeese flag to proudly display in their office. The Geaux Blue Contest runs on Fridays through November 21 and is sponsored by the McNeese Office of Marketing and Licensing. Participants can submit a photo by 11am each Friday to geauxblue@ mcneese.edu for a chance to win a flag. The photo

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must include at least three employees wearing their McNeese blue and gold. Winners will be notified by the end of that business day. For more information and additional contest rules, visit www.mcneese.edu/marketing/geaux_blue_ contest_2015.

CB&I Scholarship Established at McNeese CB&I of Lake Charles has presented a $15,000 donation to the McNeese State University Foundation to establish the endowed CB&I Engineering Scholarship in the McNeese College of Engineering.

L to R: Roxie Boxie, Foundation Board of Directors member, Chris Fordham, plant manager at CB&I, and Dr. Nikos Kiritsis, college dean.

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At CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital, we are committed to providing health education and resources as well as high quality, compassionate patient care to help our community stay healthy and strong. • Behavioral Health Services • Chest Pain Center • CHRISTUS HomeCare – Hospice and Palliative Care • CHRISTUS Louisiana Athletic Club – Lake Charles • Day Surgery • Emergency Services • Gastrointestinal Laboratory • Neurosurgery • Orthopaedic Surgery with robotic-assisted total hip and partial knee replacement • Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation • Physical Rehabilitation • Pre-Admission Center • Regional Cancer Center • Regional Heart Center • Southwest Louisiana Imaging • Women’s Health Center • Workplace Wellness • Wound Center – Imperial Pointe

For more information on any of these services, call (337)491-7577.

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