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Development By: Michael Echols (318) 366-7370

‘m excited to report the new news in downtown Monroe. Between the new River Market which opens October 13, the expansion of the Cultural District to add 6 new blocks of property to that district, new businesses locating in the area and of course art crawls, lots of momentum is making downtown Monroe a destination for everyone. The Cultural District expansion provides incentives for artists who sell original works of art to do it TAX FREE to the purchaser. The district also allows buildings that are at least 50 years old to benefit from a 25 percent state tax credit on qualified restoration work. Visit for more information. On the business expansion front, new offices of Restorative Health and First Choice recently relocated their corporate offices downtown on Desiard Street. Saint John Pharmacy and Coffee Shop is now open serving up prescriptions and one of the best lattes in town. On the “coming soon” front, Matt Sanderson has a new restaurant concept coming in late fall to the old Swift building beside the railroad track on Walnut. Rain the Salon announced and is building their new home on the corner of 4th and Desiard. I have seen their new space and its cool new design will blow you away. We applaud those on their commitment to the area! Stay tuned for More updates about downtown Monroe. There is a great deal happening. Come be a part of something special. Michael Echols


Carolyn Clampit Owner/Publisher

Welcome back. In this issue we have stories that will feed your mind, touch your heart and speak to your soul. Some will make you laugh and others will probably have you shedding a few tears.

First, I made some new friends, the Robertson family and they took time to share their amazing story as well a couple of their recipes. Hats off to a family that has brought so much positve attention to our area. They are truly amazing! We also lost some old friends and I felt it was only fitting to say a final farewell. Victor Casio has been a dear friend for many years. His smile always managed to make it all the way to his eyes. His encouragement lifted me when I had doubts about starting this magazine and I will miss him dearly. I will be forever honored to be among the many that can say... I knew Victor. As we head into the fall season (my favorite time of year) we begin to prepare for the holidays and yes, let us not forget hunting season, a favorite pastime of mine and to many others. Lastly, I would like to say how much I appreciate all of those who work so hard to make Tres’Bella happen. A special thanks to our advertisers and to our readers.


Angela Blake .............................................................. EDITOR

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Carolyn Files .......British vs. American Labs / Organ Donation mark sanders ......................................................... I Knew Victor Sharon Humble .......................................................... Local Spotlight Linda Boles Campbell .......................... Hunting & Fishing 101 andi holifield ..................................................... Eat to Live Angie O’Pry ......................................................................... Ask Angie Larry Forman ............................................................. Local Spotlight BILL DYE ...................................................... Lessons at the Gas Pump KAY NORMAN CHANDLER .................................................... Ask Kay James Mccready ......................................... Makeup Game of Lights donna underwood ....................................... Trust but Verify MICHAEL NICHOLS ................................... Downtown Development STEPHEN WANGER .............................................. Bead Town Project Edward Nader ...............................................................Trend Watch Jennifer Sweeney ................... Salute to Sal / Traditions on Trenton Donna Ellen McManus ........................................ Walls that Talk Taylor Arbour .............................................. Art of Flint Knapping Mark Lindstrom...........................................Prepare Your Entrance BA Tripi...............................................................Where Are They Now Keith Allen......................................................................Waterfowling Ray W. Scriber..................................................................Main Street Buford Shively.............................................................................Basil

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I knew victor By: Mark Sanders Tres Bella Magazine

“I knew Victor Cascio.” It’s a phrase we’ve heard quite a bit over the past few weeks. After all, Mr. Cascio had become a public figure and one of the most recognized faces in North Louisiana. Known to most simply as “Victor,” he was known for Monroe’s iconic Chateau Restaurant, just one of the Cascio family restaurants. We knew Victor for his society column wherein he would report the latest of haute couture, fashionable parties and best places to see and be seen. In yet another venue, Victor was a regular television personality in his vignette, “Holidays with Victor.” I knew Victor. Walking into the Chateau, he was usually the first one to call my name. In that manner, I was not unique. He knew the names, preferred tables and favorite wait staff of most of his loyal patrons. In an interview, he was quoted as saying, “the Chateau was my living room and the dining room was my stage on which to perform.” His many acts of kindness made his restaurant one of the main-stays of the Twin Cities. He opened his doors for many clubs and organizations, donated to charities, and was always eager to host the judges for the Miss Louisiana Pageant. When my father was undergoing chemotherapy treatments, Victor would call for us to pick up soup and corn bread to take to him. He also remembered my mother when she was in the hospital and packed lunch for her on a regular basis. I knew Victor as a man who loved and was loved by his family. His wife, Marie, never missed a party with him, and he never left her side, even though friends and acquaintances were pulling him from one photo-op to another. The two had a beautiful life together, adoring their sons Joe, Vic and Rodney and their families. It was when Victor was away from the public and spending time with his children and grandchildren that he enjoyed the most. I can picture him sitting in kitchen at Joe and Rene’s house on Christmas afternoon–the children playing and Victor entertaining everyone with stories of the Christmases of his childhood. I knew Victor to be a man of honor and to be a man of his word. If ever a man honored his Father and his Mother, it was Victor. Learning the art of entertaining and charming guests was a gift from his father, while the passion to succeed, to be the best and to earn a reputation as his own celebrity was his mother’s heart’s desire.

I knew Victor to be a lover of the arts with a great vision for design. His style, nurtured by his dear friend, Speed Lamkin, became his signature. His combinations of styles, textures and patterns were blended seamlessly. He brought the idea of the eclectic bistros of New York back to the Chateau and decorated it abundantly with photos of family and friends, unique lamps and paintings. Among other interests, Victor and Marie loved to travel, often occupying their trips with shopping and sight-seeing. I remember once, while on my way to Chicago, I asked Victor if he were looking for anything in particular. He replied simply, “take pictures of the beautiful windows.” It was a joy for him to bring the style and new trends from his travels to the Twin Cities, and they could be seen in anything from his clothing to his new additions to his home or restaurant. I knew Victor to be very passionate about the success of The Chateau. After all, his mother began with very little to create The Spaghetti Garden on DeSiard Street. Later, his father and his Uncle Tony joined her to build The Italian Village on Louisville Avenue, then the Paragon Club and finally The Chateau. The recipes had his mother’s name on them, and he wanted the quality that Josephine had guaranteed. Victor loved the people that he worked with, as well as the patrons that loyally came to eat and visit. As he closed the doors to The Chateau for the last time this past spring, he shared with me that he knew that his mother would have been proud. When Victor’s son, Joe, and daughter-in-law, Rene’, announced the opening of their restaurant on Trenton Street, I know that Victor was pleased to know that there would be another generation of Cascios in the restaurant business. I knew Victor as a friend and as a mentor. He helped to select photos for my cookbook, he stayed to help me stage the photos. I knew him as a great listener and a source of lasting support. He was one to listen and think before giving advice. Even in giving advice, he was never negative, and he was anxious to see his friends succeed. He wanted everyone to be happy, and he wanted to be a source of some of that happiness. I knew Victor Cascio, and for that I am eternally grateful. The Publisher, Writers & Staff of Tres Bella Magazine wish to extend our deepest sympathies to the Cascio Family.



101 by: Linda Boles Campbell Tres Bella Magazine


When I was a little girl, nobody I knew was a hunter. No one in my family hunted, and none of our friends hunted. I had heard about some hunters who had big camps and lots of land, but none of them were close to me. When I met my future husband, he didn’t hunt or fish or do any sort of that outdoorsy stuff. He was a great tennis and golf player, though, and I thought he would work out just fine. And then we moved to Monroe. As we began to meet people, people who hunted and fished began to come out of the woodwork. Some of these people I had known a long time—I just didn’t know their secret life. I would hear them ask if my husband if he would like to go fishing with them, and he would say yes. I didn’t comment, but I was hoping he wouldn’t fall out of the boat or hit somebody in the head with the hooks. He managed to stay out of the hospital, and they continued to ask him; so I thought this might work out ok. And then I began to learn that hunting and fishing were much more complicated that I ever imagined. The first thing I learned was that when acquiring equipment for these things, you can never have enough. Even when it was just fishing, you could not just have a fishing pole and worms. You had to have gear. One fishing rod was not enough; you had to have enough to fill up a storeroom. You had to have enough that when about ten got stolen, you did not even know it until the police called to get you to come pick them up because they had caught the thief. You had to have many different types of baits, not only because there are many different types of fish, but these fish are moody. And you have to have the right bait to attract them in whatever mood they’re in. You also have to have tools, hooks, line, and tackle boxes to keep it all in—and then, of course, you have to have a boat. So we got all this, and he went fishing; everything had worked out just fine. Then one day at the bank where he worked, a man walked in and wanted to talk to him about starting a business making duck calls. The man’s name was Phil Robertson, and from what I understand, he has been somewhat successful at it. So my husband comes home and tells me that he is going to go duck hunting. Now I know that there will be a great deal of hunting gear to get and that he would never get enough, but there were other things that I didn’t know.

The next thing that I learned was that a lot of the equipment you acquired was noisy. Those duck calls I mentioned—well, I don’t know if they would get ducks to come down, but they sure would make both you and the ducks deaf. And since we didn’t live in the country, they make a lot of the neighbors deaf, too. Since there is more than one kind of duck, there is more than one kind of duck call; and you have to practice on all of them—a lot—to get good. We began to get strange looks from our neighbors. Also when a hunter says he is going on a wild goose hunt, there are real geese involved. I know this because one time I opened the freezer, and a wild goose flew out. After my heart started beating again, I picked up the frozen dead goose up and took it to my husband. I asked him why it was in the freezer. He said to put it back—he was going to get it stuffed. I put it back, and it flew out at me a few more times before I let it fly into the garbage. Now when you go duck hunting, you hear about deer hunting. So now we had a lot more equipment to get, and we had to get a place to put it. So we joined a hunting club, and we had to get a used trailer to stay in and keep all our stuff in. And the first night I stayed there I learned that the most important thing about hunting and fishing is that the people who do these things are different—really different. And they take your children and make them different, too. So that first night, we went to one of the other camps to eat supper, and I met a lot of really nice people who really didn’t seem so different. We went back to our trailer and when I opened the door, I almost went into shock. Everything was turned over, the things on the wall were crooked, and the shades were off the lamps. “What happened?” I screamed. “Is everybody alright?” Several young boys appeared with BB guns in their hand. I looked at them, looked at the mess, looked at their guns, and asked again (more or less), “What Happened”?

A few years later my husband and my sons had decided to hunt with a bow and arrows—more equipment. One of the things that they got was a plastic target in the shape of a deer. It looked like the real thing and even had antlers. They put it in the back yard and would practice with it. One day I came home, and as I pulled into my carport, I could see feet hanging off the roof of the house. When I walked up to the gate, I could see my son and some of his friends on the roof with their bows, sighting them in on the deer target for the up-coming hunt. I told them that they better get down before their dad got home—he would be mad. They all leaned back, and there he was. I looked at him and at the boys and told him, “Robin, when you and your hoods get down, put up the ladder.” I got him to move the deer under the carport, and he put a huge sheet of styrofoam behind it. One day there was a storm, and the wind blew the styrofoam over, which knocked the deer over. When the deer hit the ground, his head came loose and rolled off down the driveway toward the street. One of my neighbors that I didn’t know too well drove up and slammed on the brakes as it rolled in front of her. I went running out, and as I picked up the head, I caught a glimpse of her face. She looked like (forgive me) a deer in the headlights. I yelled that it was just a target and pulled off one of the antlers to show her. Then I got out of the street in a hurry because it was obvious that she was about to leave in a hurry and did not need any further explanation. So these are some of the things that have happened to educate me into the lifestyle of hunting and fishing. I have learned a lot. One of the most important things is that the world around us is very special. All of us who enjoy it (whether we fish, hunt, or— in my case—do neither) need to take care of it. The beauty and majesty of nature must be preserved so that those who follow us will be able to find their spot in it, too.

“We were having a mouse hunt,” they answered. Still somewhat in shock, I asked them, “Did you get it”, and they answered yes. I looked at them and then the trailer; and I told them to straighten everything up before they went to bed. Then I went to bed knowing that my life had changed forever.

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Ahh the lure of leather. We love the way it feels beneath our fingers, the way it cocoons us with a warm, comfy feeling, it fills our nostrils with the heady scent of the wild. We feel a little more daring when we put it on, almost as though we are putting on our alter ego. A wilder side of us that doesn’t have to take what the world dishes out. We walk into our meetings with our shoulders a little straighter. We take to the mall knowing that we are secretly demanding attention from those we pass. They are looking and wishing they had the confidence to don leather, yeah that is why we love to wear leather. But let’s not forget our oldest and dearest friend, lace. Lace has covered us in beauty since before we could walk. From our Christening dresses to those little bows that our mothers taped onto our still bald little brows, lace has been a part of what makes us women. It has always been a timeless symbol of femininity and has at least a small part in every fashion week since time began. It can translate as powder-puff pretty or rock ‘n’ roll chic depending on the look we are trying to achieve. Lifting our spirits and forcing us to catch a secret passing glance at the hallway mirror to reaffirm how

beautiful we feel. Lace will always hold a dear place in our hearts. Fortunately, I am here to tell you that you don’t have to choose between these loves. Separately they are amazing in their own right but together they are captivating. While the question here may not be whether you want to look sassy or sexy, a girl has got to stop in front of her closet door and ask herself which textures to adopt as her signature for taking the chill off the crisp fall nights and days in the office too. Taken together leather and lace make an unstoppable pair. Harder edged pieces like cropped leather and suede jackets can be paired with delicate lace skirt. A flowing lacy calf length dress is just begging to be covered by a smooth, rich caramel colored leather jacket. And let’s not forget the accessories. A well coordinated clutch made from exquisite leather or playful lace can add just the right touch to any outfit. No matter where you are headed, here is your invitation to reach for two of your oldest loves. Leather and lace, it is the mix of two textures that wear perfectly together. 11


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The Game of Lights

By James McCready Tres Bella Magazine


Don’t you wonder how all of the models in magazines and in pictures look so perfect? Well, it is ALL ABOUT THE LIGHTING. In a picture, we can make you look perfect. Primarily because when artists and photographers are taking pictures, they can control the lights. Professionals know where to place them and how they make your facial features the best they can be. The photographer’s flash can be their best friend in the photo process. However, the same flash is not your best friend as a makeup artist. A flash washes the entire subject (you) with light and completely washes your facial features. Fortunately we have the sun, and live in an overhead lit world. Overhead lighting can give you more prominent cheekbones, the look of full lips, and a sharp jaw line that makes you looks thinner and younger. *How many of you hold your camera or phone above you when taking a new profile picture of yourself for Facebook? Unfortunately, overhead lighting shows when you need your roots done and can also make shadows under the eye, which most of you think are dark circles. The majority of “dark under eye circles,” happen because the puffiness (water retention) under the eye then adding overhead lighting (the sun, office lights, bathroom lights etc.) and voila, the combination creates a shadow underneath the puffy area. Also, as we age, gravity, takes its toll on us year after year. The older we get, the less definition in our facial features. As a makeup artist, it is my job to put the definition back into your features so they will show up in photograph or even on an everyday basis. How do we do this? Makeup is nothing but a game of lights. It is all

about highlighting and contouring. Defining the features plays with the lights that naturally hit the face and can make a feature stronger, look younger, and take off ten pounds with the simple stroke of a powder brush. Highlighting will bring a feature forward or make it stand out. Contouring will push back or make a feature less prominent. Highlighter colors are usually half a shade lighter that your normal skin and contouring colors are one to two shades darker than your normal skin. The facial illustration shows the light and the dark areas on the face. These are just areas where most makeup artists focus on. They should be very blended of course and should not really be noticeable. Sheer powders are a great way to ease your self in highlighting and contouring. People will notice something different with you, but will not be able to pinpoint what it is. You can achieve a more defined and youthful appearance with a few brush strokes. Try it and see if you can tell a difference in your look. The worst thing that can happen…. You have to wash your face. One of my favorite defining product that works on everyone! THE Chocolate/Vanilla DEFINING DUO by Ultimate Face Professional $32.00 available online or at Rain, Monroe, LA

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s the seasons change so do our daily routines. In the fall the days become shorter, the air cooler and we adapt to these changes by making small adjustments like wearing warmer clothes. Well here’s how you can bring the spirit of the fall season into your daily beauty routine. So you can look and feel your best this autumn.

Pumpkins are good for much more than just decorating your stoop this holiday season! In fact, pumpkins are rich in alpha-hydroxy acids, a great exfoliator; loaded with antioxidants, beta-carotene, vitamins

A and C; packed with anti-inflammatory benefits and even boast of natural UV protectors – making it the ideal skin care ingedient! So, after carving you pumpkin for decoration, take the inside of the pumpkin and make some DIY face and body treats, with spa like results. After removing the seeds scoop out some of the flesh of the pumpkin and bake or steam it until mashable (or just crack open a can of pumpkin puree, if that’s more your style!). Then, hit the bathroommade-spa with these recipes designed to exfoliate and moisturize for fresh, smooth and sexy skin ready for dry winter days!

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Pumpkin Coconut Hair Mask

Mix a few tablespoons of cooked and mashed (or canned) pumpkin with 2 tablespoons of plain, unsweetened yogurt (rich in lactic acid, a great natural exfoliator) and 1 tablespoon of ground almonds and/or oats. Apply the scrub to your face and let it sit for a few minutes to allow the pumpkin and yogurt to start to soften dead skin cells before using your fingers to gently scrub your face in small curricular motions. The dead, dull skin cells will wash away and your face will look fresh and flawless

Mix 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (fresh or canned), 1/2 cup virgin, cold-pressed coconut oil (which not only moisturizes, but also helps to exfoliate dead cells and even has anti-bacterial properties) and 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (which is antioxidant rich, anti-bacterial and smells delicious!). Apply generously to clean skin (in the shower is neatest!) and massage it into the skin. After 10 minutes, rinse with warm water and pat dry – we think this is a perfect body treat to do while you let a deep conditioning hair mask steep (which of course we have a great recipe for you to try!).


Mix a few tablespoons of pureed pumpkin with 1 whipped egg white (which will help tighten pores and reduce the appearance of fine lines), 1 tablespoon plain yogurt (which will help exfoliate) and 1 tablespoon honey (which is anti-bacterial, great for clearing acne). Apply to entire face, avoiding the eye area, and leave on for 10 minutes before rinsing. The yogurt and pumpkin will encourage cell-turnover and exfoliate, while the honey has anti-bacterial properties to ensure a fresh face for fall!

Mix 1 cup fresh pumpkin - cubed, cooked and pureed (or 1 can pumpkin) with about 4 tablespoons of coconut oil. Combine ingredients in blender or food processor, let mix for at least 5 minutes. Apply the mask to dry hair and then wrap in shower cap or plastic wrap. Leave mask on for 30 full minutes. you may need to wash several times to get the mask completely out but there will be no need to condition hair after. It will look soft, shiney and it will feel new and healthy.

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He gained weight, developed sleep apnea, ache, had numerous pains and no energy. His doctor cautioned him that he wasn’t going to live past 50 if he continued to maintain this lifestyle. The Wake-Up Call “I went outside to play with my kids and couldn’t catch my breath playing chase in the backyard. I was about to tag Peyton, my 5 year old, when I caught my reflection in the window. I was disgusted. I had do something about my weight. When you are that heavy you feel stuck, and I felt my only way out was surgery.” - Joseph With his mind set on bariatric surgery, Joseph met with Andi to meet his insurance requirements. After a quick assessment, Andi developed a customized Eat to Lose plan for Joseph. “Six weeks later and 36 pounds lighter preparing for my surgery. I quickly realized bariatric surgery was not for me, but this amazing lifestyle and confidence change became my new inspiration.” Andi’s diet plan helped Joseph lose weight with simple customized diet ideas. The Food Joseph was an emotional eater with no real game plan to change his eating habits. “I didn’t want to be in the position of taking meds in my early 30s. Andi had me list my top 10 authentic food cravings, my top 3 favorite restaurants and my work schedule and weekend schedule.” Based on that information, Andi strategically mapped out a step-by-step plan that included the time, amount and what Joseph should eat. “She changed my plan every 21 days so I never hit a wall!” The Fitness Six weeks into Eat to Lose with 36 pounds lost through diet changes, Joseph started his workouts. At first it was only 20 minutes a day then gradually increased to an hour. After losing 50 pounds and gaining an incredible sense of confidence, Joseph became a fit coach for Beach Body. There he found the inspiration to stay committed reminding him of his high school football days. “Now I have a healthy food and fitness life style. And I have to say I’m looking good with 79 pounds gone! No surgery!”

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RUSTON HeaTHeR CalleNdeR lost 26 lbs in3 months! Heather Callender- Gym member and thin and healthy client I guess I would say my story begins the day my dad died. I never thought something like the death of a loved one could cause a change in a person, but I am proof that it can. Even though my dad was older he could have lived longer had his heart been healthier. After he died, I began to realize that if I didn’t make a change soon that I too could die from being unhealthy. So at the age of 34, with my weight at almost 220 pounds and an activity level of zero, I decided it was time to go to the gym. I was nervous thinking that I was going to be the only heavy person in the place, but with the encouragement and support of my husband, family and friends, I began my journey. After working out for two hours every day at the end of my first week, I had actually gained weight. So frustration set in. That’s when I was approached by a Thin & Healthy coach. The first question she asked was how often I ate. My answer was “once, maybe twice a day.” I learned then that sometimes the less you eat, the more you gain. I was shocked to hear that I was over weight because I DID NOT eat enough. That is when I decided it wouldn’t hurt to get some guidance. When I started the Thin & Healthy program I was hesitant and went into it only HOPING I would lose some weight. I set my goal, and within the first week I had lost several pounds. I wasn’t sure I could eat the food and do the workout required but with a constant drop in weight and inches, I knew the program worked. After 5 months and almost 40 pounds later, I am a believer. There is no magic pill, just hard work, dedication and, for sure, lots of prayer. There have definitely been times when I was tired, frustrated, and wanted to give up, but that is when my amazing coaches, Ashley and Dani, stepped in to encourage me. Having support in the gym is great! I am lucky though because I have had friends and family behind me every step of the way. And I am so grateful for a husband who is so supportive. I would recommend Thin & Healthy’s Total Solutions to anyone! It is the total health package. It is not only the diet and workout. It is also the emotional aspect. It truly helps every part of your life. Because of this program, I am more active, and I look and feel better. I am able to offer my best. I know I won’t live forever, but I have given myself and my family a chance at a longer, healthier life.


Dani Pendarvis- Gym Manager, Personal Trainer, and Thin & Healthy Membership Specialist, Coach and MRT instructor. i graduated college with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in exercise science. Soon after my i got married, my husband was offered a full-time job in Monroe, la, so it was time for me to head back to my alma Mater! Upon moving back to the Monroe area, i took the job as manager of the anytime Fitness facility in Ruston. i have been here for three years, and it amazes me how much we have grown in that time. We are doing some very Big things here! The best part of our growth has come in the amazing stories and lifestyle changes i have been able to be a part of and see. There are so many stories, but i remember one that sticks out in my mind as special. i was making phone calls to gym patrons about our new program, Thin & Healthy’s Total Solution. One of the ladies i told me that she had tried everything to lose weight and nothing had worked. Mrs. Kathy Shipp, defeated and discouraged, walked in the gym at a weight of 290lbs with a goal of reaching 160lbs. Mrs. Kathy is in her late 50’s and has battled with her weight for years. She was totally and completely intimidated by the gym, but after seven months on our program she is already down 40lbs and has lost over 20 inches. Many people are looking for a fast fix, but this program is real; there is nothing easy about it, but that is why we are here to “lOve Ya, HUg Ya, BUg Ya” to stick with it, to overcome objections, and to have many viCTORieS! Ashley Butler - Assistant Manager & Thin and Healthy Director, Membership Specialist, Coach and MRT instructor. i graduated from louisiana Tech University in august of 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and Health Promotions. i received a call from the anytime Fitness owner and he asked me to become the Thin & Healthy director. The fact that i am doing a job that is helping people achieve their goal is a tremendous blessing for my life. Our crew is dedicated to helping others, and it is truly inspiration. Being the Thin & Healthy director comes with a lot of touching moments for me, because knowing that i am impacting lives matters. i have connected with the clients on an emotional level because i want them to achieve their goals just as much as they want it. For this reason, i not only consider them clients, but i also consider them friends. i am here for them to talk to about anything, and just knowing i am there for someone in that way makes me realize that i am making a difference, and that is more than i could ask for in a job.



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By request, here is Kay’s premier article for those who had yet to discover Tres Bella.


ow often have you heard, “if Momma isn’t happy then nobody is happy”? Well, if there is a way to make Momma happy then Daddy wants some of that happiness too! The great news is that oftentimes those dismal days and nights are a result of hormones which can be treated. The personal interest of the listening ear of a compounding pharmacist as well as a caring physician can minimize those symptoms of both Mom and Dad with a unique prescription of exactly what their body needs. The ever increasing need of today’s baby boomer’s have brought back the pharmacist of yesteryear that took care of patients long before any drug companies were established. The day of communicating with your pharmacist with specific needs and the creation of custom medication are back in full swing! A skilled, seasoned compounding pharmacist can address your personal needs, communicate those needs with your physician, and personalize your medication.

Kay Norman Chandler is the 20 year owner of Kay’s Hideaway Pharmacy and Vital Care Pharmacy Services in Monroe, Louisiana specializing in Compounding and Home I.V. Therapy. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from ULM in Monroe, 1987, and a PharmD degree from UAMS in Little Rock, AR, 2002. She can be reached for your compounding needs at 318-343-4777


Some might consider compounding an ancient art. It is indeed an art and thanks to the sophisticated tools of today, the “one size fits all” no longer holds true. We as compounding pharmacists match medications to patients rather than the opposite. It is indeed a wonderful trend in treatment by physicians to customize your medication with your symptoms and no longer be held to the limitations of pharmaceutical companies. Hormone replacement in women and men is a truly rewarding area in the life of the compounding pharmacist who makes EVERYONE in the home happy. How do I know if I need hormone replacement one might ask? Where do I begin in getting the information necessary to know if this the right fit for my life? Begin with education and seek out a professional who is the best in the field. We will begin by addressing the needs of women. Word of mouth has been our greatest advertisement as well as happy families. Happy patients make happy physicians. As team players, the doctor and pharmacist can meet the unique needs of their patients. The most important person to address at home is, of course, Momma! Mom, have you grown so accustomed to waking up at all hours of the night, throwing off the covers, and being the only one in the room with a sleeveless blouse in the winter, that you have imagined this as normal? Are you anxious during the day, joint pain in the morning, depressed because you are tired, upset because your children say you have Alzheimer’s (you are only 35!), and going crazy because you do not know why? You are on antidepressants, sleeping pills, anxiety medicine and even that does not work anymore? All of these symptoms and more can be related to a hormone imbalance and can begin

occurring as soon as you approach puberty up until the time of “the change” or a hysterectomy. In our practice we see women of all ages from all types of physicians. The doctor’s in the North Louisiana area that use us to our maximum capability often call with a specific patient problem, send the patient to our facility and we work together to come up with a problem solving formula. Together we create the medication needed in a dosage form that the patient can be committed to and hopefully begin a better life for them. This is wonderful for the practitioner who wants to care for his or her patient yet may be uncertain of the exact formulation they might need. It is difficult to explain the specifics in the creation of the ever changing balance of hormones in women. Fancy words like Estrogen Dominance or Progesterone Deficient often mystify those unfamiliar with hormone replacement. Some examples of those symptoms are: Estrogen Dominance/Progesterone Deficient: abdominal weight gain, migraine headaches, breast tenderness, frequent awakenings at night, hot flashes day and or night, joint pain(especially in the morning), anxiety, memory loss, constant state of PMS(pre-menstrual syndrome) How do I get started? Dad might be saying, “Sign her up!” An initial evaluation can be performed at our facility by simply filling out patient information which we will go over with you. At your request we can offer a recommendation to you to provide to your physician if hormone replacement is indeed what your symptoms suggest. There are many dosage forms to choose from which include topical cream, vaginal cream, and sublingual drops. The choice one makes will determine how rapidly results are achieved and how often it is taken. It is ultimately the decision of you and your doctor as to which path you choose regarding your health. There are physicians in our area which specialize in hormone replacement that are an integral part in the role of compounding. If you are the patient of one of these specialists, their knowledge, combined with the skills of your trained pharmacist, will have you well on your way to Hormonal Happiness! Dad, we have not forgotten about you! We want to make your life enjoyable by making the woman in your life smile. We will address your symptoms in our next issue…….Until then…… ***Be sure to “LIKE” us on our new Facebook page- Kay’s Hideaway Pharmacy and Vital Care for additional compounding tidbits!

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trust but verify

Parenting tip that is relevant at every age.

By: Donna Underwood Director LearningTECH Quest School 2401 Oliver Road Monroe, LA 322-6000

Parenting is perhaps one of the most difficult, challenging responsibilities in today’s society. Since children do not arrive with an instruction manual, most parents rely on personal experience, family, friends, and/or professionals to help make parenting successful as well as satisfying. In a recent conference, a grandparent commented that one of her main parenting suggestions was “trust but verify.” Of course, she was not the first “official” to use this meaningful adage. This phrase became one of former President Ronald Reagan’s signature phrases. Often Reagan utilized this selfcontradictory phrase when discussing relations with the Soviet Union and the arms race. Since then, President Barak Obama and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal have used this phrase in response to the 2012 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Even former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin, commenting about her daughter Bristol Palin’s second failed marriage proposal with Levi Johnston, employed the phrase in a statement to People magazine, “I wish for Bristol to be able to move forward in life with her same forgiving, gracious, optimistic spirit, but from henceforth, she’ll know to trust but verify.” No, I’m not comparing parents to government officials; however, in dealing with children, we must trust but verify in many situation. For example, if a child asks, “May I ride my bike to Sarah Jayne’s house?” the parent may approve but demand that the 4th grader ride a certain safe route with much less traffic. The child agrees; the parent then inconspicuously confirms that the child peddled where directed. In middle school or before, parents lay the foundation of proper computer usage, including approximate websites, time management, and social networking. Parents must trust but verify by securing kid browsers and integrated fast remote web filters. Providing children with unsupervised access to the computer can be educational, entertaining, but dangerous; however, ensuring real time page blocking, safe buddy messaging, usage time limits, and removal of all web advertisements – all enable parental verification.


Then in high school, students receive drivers’ licenses. This milestone creates an imperative “trust but verify” situation. Susan, a junior, says, “I’m going over to Sally’s to study.” Her mom agrees, givers her time to arrive at Sally’s, and then calls Sally’s mother to verify that the girls are there studying for their biology test. On a school night, Alex announces, “I’m going to the library to meet my physics study group.” Alex’s mom waits thirty minutes, travels to the local library to confirm that Alex is indeed there. Do parents trust but verify only once? No! The “trust but verify” parenting theory and involvement is an ongoing process. Will most children violate their parental trust? Probably more than once! However, children must know that love involves parental follow-through to ensure that trust is warranted. If children violate the essential trust factor in any family, the reestablishment of trust will be a process of love. To reestablish trust in any relationship shaken by misinformation, parents must continue to use the trust but verify method. If children arrived at birth with Baby’s Instruction Manual carefully tucked in a pocket of their blankets, one of the most important chapters would be “Trust but Verify.” LearningTECH/Quest School is an educational services center. Foremost in its offerings is the Quest School, a non-public school for children who, for whatever reason, cannot find success in a more traditional setting. Quest School students may have a formal diagnosis of ADHD, Dyslexia, and/or Autism or may have no formal diagnosis but may be below grade level academically. Using a specialized curriculum and low teacher : pupil ratio, Quest School provides an alternative environment for families who desire other educational choices. In addition, LearningTECH offers after school tutorials, educational evaluations, and test preparation for ACT, SAT, GMAT, MCAT, LEAP, iLEAP, etc.


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In this column I will answer a few questions that are asked by my customers. I invite you to visit my “health supermarket” located in the heart of Monroe on North 18th Street to “ask Angie” in person. Question: What juicing machine would you recommend that is fast to clean and fairly priced? Angie: At last the best of both worlds in juice attributes is here. The POWERGRIND PRO Hybrid machine’s slow RPM technology produces less oxidation. The pulp is extracted and gently ground at the same time, allowing the right amount of fiber to be left in the juice. This machine also has the capacity to juice leafy greens and wheatgrass . It also makes almond, soy and rice milk. Assembly and cleaning time is approximately 3 minutes. During the month of August purchase the POWER-GRIND PRO at $349 and receive a complimentary copy of LIVE FOOD Owners: LIVE BODIES by Jay Kordich, a $35 value. Jamie Grassi | Dewayne Warner Question: Dr. OZ has been touting the benefits of green coffee bean extract caps for 2122 Avenue weight loss.Forsythe What do you think? | Monroe, La. 71201 | 318.322.9800


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Angie: We love selling green coffee bean extract because of the research behind it and the great customer feedback. It works as a “good –for –you” non- stimulant diet aid by inhibiting the release of glucose in the body while boosting the metabolism (the burning of fat in the liver). Green coffee bean has properties that promote cardiovascular health and balancing blood sugar levels. I’ve been told it tames a sweet tooth too! Question: What would be the best choice for Omega 3, fish oil or krill oil? Angie: Krill are small crustaceans that are a crucial link in the marine food chain. Concerns about the ecological impact have resulted in krill fishing being banned on the U.S. West Coast and limited in other countries. Fish oils derived from salmon, anchovies, and sardines are a more sustainable source, provide a higher concentration of Omega 3 per serving and are backed by more reputable human studies than krill oil. It is best to invest in Omega 3 products from manufacturers that specialize in using fish from unpolluted waters and processes in such a manner to preserve freshness without chemicals. Our staff can help you make the right choice. Question: Any suggestions on foods Fiesta stocks that are allowed on the Paleo (Caveman) diet? Angie: We stock a wide variety of nuts, nut butters, nut flours, organic bison and beef, chicken and deli meats, free-range eggs, and coconut oils. For snacking we recommend natural turkey and beef jerky, vegetable and fruit chips, seaweed chips, dehydrated kale, and sweets made with raw ingredients. The newest best thing is Paleo bread! Our list of paleo-friendly foods is available for the asking. Our café, CILANTRO ORGANIC BISTRO, always has a Paleo choice for lunch. Angie O’Pry Blades is owner of Fiesta Nutrition Center , a local business started in 1976. In 2010 Fiesta expanded to it’s new location, a 4000 sq. foot health supermarket in the heart of Monroe on N. 18th St. These statements are not intended to treat or diagnose disease or conditions, for informational purposes only.

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Cooksey Vision & CosmetiC Center Would like to welcome Dr. richard k. Apt to the family

k DOCTOR COOKSEY WELCOMES A NEW ASSOCIATE... Doctor John Cooksey announced that a long time colleague and friend will be joining his practice this September. Dr. Richard Apt is a Board Certified ophthalmologist who has practiced for 30plus years in exclusive areas of Century City & Beverly Hills in Los Angeles. He specializes in refractive surgery (LASIK) and cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the eyelids. During his time in Southern California he served as Assistant Clinical Professor and UCLA and USC Schools of Medicine. He has lectured at national and international meetings and authored chapters in ophthalmic textbooks. Over the years he has volunteered his services to the needy in third world countries. Dr. Apt has maintained an active private practice that included many high profile members of the entertainment industry. No stranger to Monroe, Dr Apt spent time here during his residency training at the Ochsner Foundation Hospital in New Orleans; it was there that our life long friendship began.


Richard K. Apt, M.D. is an expert refractive surgeon who has been providing up to date comprehensive eye care to the communities of Southern California since 1974. He is Board Certified in Ophthalmology and a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Association of Cataract & Refractive Surgery, the California Association of Ophthalmology, and the Outpatient Ophthalmic Surgical Society. Raised and educated in greater Los Angeles, Dr. Apt graduated from Loyola University and completed medical school at UC Irvine. After finishing ophthalmology training at the Oschner Foundation in New Orleans, he was awarded two fellowships in ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Albany Medical Center in New York, and the University of Toronto where he studied the delicate subspecialty of plastic and reconstructive surgery of the eyelids. Dr Apt keeps up with the newest and latest technologies available, specializing in cataract and intraocular lens implantation, refractive (LASIK) surgery, as well as plastic and reconstructive surgery of the eyelids. He is an Assistant Professor at the Jules Stein Eye Institute (UCLA) and the Doheny Eye Institute (USC), where he shares his knowledge with doctors in training. He has lectured nationally and internationally on eyelid reconstruction and refractive surgery. His offices are located in Century City, California. Dr Apt has volunteered his surgical expertise throughout Asia, Mexico, Africa, and the Republic of Georgia (in the former Soviet Union) restoring sight to the disadvantaged. When he is not helping people see the world better, he enjoys skiing, long distance bike riding, and studying oriental rugs with his wife and sons.

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Is Diabetes Hurting Your Eyesight? Diabetes is a leading cause of sight loss so having a yearly eye exam is extremely important even if your vision is OK. Finding problems early can be the key in preventing more serious problems later. If you are living with diabetes be sure to ask your eye care professional to check for signs of cataracts and glaucoma. During an exam the eye is dilated and this allows a clear picture of your entire eye including the blood vessels in the back called the retina. Retina damage happens slowly. The retina has tiny blood vessels that are easy to damage. These break and leak blood into the vitreous of the eye. The leaking blood keeps light from reaching the retina. Over the years, the swollen and weak blood vessels can form scar tissue and pull the retina away from the back of the eye. If the retina becomes detached, you may see floating spots or flashing lights. You may feel as if a curtain has been pulled over part of what you are looking at. A detached retina can cause loss of sight or blindness if you don’t take care of it right away. Call your eye care professional right away if you are having any vision problems or if you have had a sudden change in your vision. Diabetes also causes two other eye problems-cataracts and glaucoma. People without diabetes can get these eye problems, too. But people with diabetes get these problems more often and at a younger age. A cataract is a cloud over the lens of the eye, which is usually clear. The lens focuses light onto the retina. A cataract makes everything you look at seem cloudy. You need surgery to remove the cataract. During surgery your lens is taken out and a plastic lens, like a contact lens, is put in. The plastic lens stays in your eye all the time. Cataract surgery helps you see clearly again. Glaucoma starts from pressure building up in the eye. Over time, this pressure damages your eye’s main nerve-the optic nerve. The damage first causes you to lose sight from the sides of your eyes. Treating glaucoma is usually simple. Your eye care professional will give you special drops to use every day to lower the pressure in your eyes. Or your eye care professional may want you to have laser surgery.

How do I know if I have retina damage from diabetes? You may not have any signs of diabetes retina damage, or you may have one or more signs: • blurry or double vision • rings, flashing lights, or blank spots • dark or floating spots • pain or pressure in one or both of your eyes • trouble seeing things out of the corners of your eyes

The professionals at Gossage Eye Institute and Optical know the importance of maintaining healthy eyesight while dealing with diabetes. Call today to schedule an appointment.

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the bead town project Five years of effort has come to fruition…

Five years of effort to combine fine-art, sustainable sourcing, and tourism development has come to fruition in the Bead Town project. Artist and founder Stephan Wanger is bringing his vision of a cleaner and more prosperous Louisiana to schools and parishes across the state through community-created bead mosaics, culminating in an exhibit that has been created from millions of recycled Mardi Gras beads. It’s finally arrived! The Bead Town project is a compendium of classes, artworks, and exhibits that has grown from the collective endeavors of schools and volunteers from around Louisiana. German transplant Stephan Wanger, has made his living creating Mardi Gras bead mosaics in an effort to promote and teach the manufacture of environmentally friendly pieces of high-art. Every year over 10,000 tons of Mardi Gras beads are sent to landfills as a result of this iconic celebration. Mardi Gras beads are, initially, symbols of revelry and dedication to the spirit of New Orleans. But when the festivities are over, very commonly, they are sent to storage or discarded. This tremendous waste, in addition to the results of Hurricane Katrina and the BP Horizon gulf oil spill, contributes to the destruction of the historically renowned landscape of Louisiana. Bead Town’s projects incorporate separated and sorted Mardi Gras beads and recovered objects from around the state, including wood and other materials used in antebellum buildings and artifacts, that may have been relegated to garbage dumps if not rescued for this work. Bead Town aims to bring ecologically sound and artistically profound activities to regional schools and Louisiana towns. It offers art classes that are open to the public in addition to the school-specific projects that define the Bead Town ethos, resulting in art pieces that represent the area from which they originated and the students that put in the hours of work required to make these wonderful homages to local character. Stephan brings all of the necessary supplies, teaches the precision skill required for mosaic work, and guides the students into a greater understanding and respect for their region. The work produced during a Bead Town event remains with the town or school that created it, or it can tour with the collection. Those that stay

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behind are represented in promotional and reproduction material. Wherever they are, these pieces act as a physical affirmation of what is beautiful and valuable in these areas and are beacons for the media attention drawn by Bead Town as it travels the world. As our traveling exhibit gains exposure, so do the mosaics that reside in their respective towns. Bead Town is a traveling spokes-piece for local tourism bureaus and the people they represent. In March of 2011 Stephan Wanger’s artwork “The Titillations of New Orleans” was chosen as a cover of WHERE Magazine. The Bead Town name was coined by Douglas Brantley, Editor of WHERE Magazine New Orleans. One of these exciting school based events, that truly embodies Bead Town’s artistic, promotional, and environmental motives, and the first leg of our tour, is taking place in Winnsboro, Louisiana from September 6th through November 4th, 2012. Four local schools will participate in the series of classes and exhibits, creating four pieces that depict defining Winnsboro & Franklin Parish events and images. These will include the Catfish Festival, which attracts nearly 20,000 people a year, a cotton field, which has shaped southern economics, the Princess Theater, which has substantially contributed to the intellectual life of the area, and a forth image that will encapsulate the Old Post Office Museum. Over 50 pieces of art will be displayed at businesses and landmarks throughout Winnsboro. It will be a city-wide Bead Town celebration of the Franklin Parish area. “Winnsboro residents share our excitement.” Kay LaFrance-Knight, Winnsboro Main Street Manager and Curator of the Old Post Office Museum, and added, “Stephan’s work is unbelievable. The people of Franklin Parish have been looking forward to this exhibit for months and we are thrilled to be a part of the Bead Town project! It is so appropriate that our proud community was chosen as one of the first Bead Towns, as we have some treasured icons that our students are anxious to include in the traveling exhibit. For Stephan to instruct some of the students in our schools in his unique workshops is indeed an honor and a thrill. We can’t wait to see the results!”

Sherry Anders Randall, 2012 President of the Winnsboro-Franklin Chamber of Commerce states that “the Residents of Franklin Parish Louisiana are proud that Winnsboro was chosen to be the first host city for Stephan Wanger’s latest exhibit. We were treated to a preview of “Bead Town Winnsboro: A Louisiana Reverie” at our August Chamber membership meeting in the Old Post Office Museum, which will be the setting for most of the exhibit. The museum is the perfect backdrop for Bead Town, as it too was reclaimed and re-purposed, like most of the Mardi Gras beads used in creating the artwork. Wanger’s excitement and enthusiasm for this exhibit have been contagious, as everyone from students to senior citizens are looking forward to viewing the works of art that are so tied into our Louisiana heritage, and also to participating in the workshops and projects that Stephan has planned for us. We welcome Stephan Wanger and Bead Town to Winnsboro and Franklin Parish with open arms!” After our time in Winnsboro, the exhibit will travel to Ruston, Louisiana from November 7th to December 16th. In January 2013 there will be a world premier of the full exhibition in New Orleans and a full tour throughout Europe in spring of 2013. Love for Louisiana drives this movement. Every art piece, composed from recycled Mardi Gras beads and, very often, locally sourced surfaces, is a reminder of the effort that it will take to maintain Louisiana’s status as a thriving ecological and cultural resource, but also how worth it that effort is. The combined efforts of Stephan and this burgeoning community of students, teachers, and volunteers are inspired by a love for Louisiana culture and the people of this great state. This project promotes a sense of civic pride, an appreciation for the sustainable use of resources, and a feeling of community amongst those who contribute to these artworks. The “Sanctuary of Alegeria” an 8’x30’ mural featuring the skyline of New Orleans, holds the Guinness World Record for the largest mosaic made out of Mardi Gras Beads. A manifestation of Mr. Wanger’s stylistic and environmental goal is the use of recycled materials for his pieces. Not only does he collect discarded beads throughout Mardi Gras in an effort to clean post-parade debris, but he regularly visits salvage yards to gather additional materials for his work. Through his art, Mr. Wanger hopes to inspire the citizens of Louisiana to recycle and to create, and encourage the rest of the world to appreciate and gain fondness for the unique culture and natural beauty that Louisiana has to offer. We invite you to become a part of this growing phenomenon. For more information please visit


trendwatch By Edward Nader, Jr., Nader’s Gallery

The home furnishing industry has been woken up with color and patter with a fearless push to a fresh approach in design. Here are a few things you can watch for in the years ahead from out top trendsetting designers that will define our interiors.


For a man that is passionate about neutrals, I am moved and somewhat influenced by the direction that color is taking. Consumers have absolutely no fear of color. The strong influence of color is obvious with all the top designers. Color blocking solids with colors that blend – not match – is key. Two colors that are off tone by a skosh…..just enough to catch your attention. When it comes to companion patterns, the colors do not match. One pattern might have a red-orange, while the coordinating pattern has more of a yellow-orange. Look for aqua with navy, or cobalt and ultramarine. Throw in greens and whites with those mis-matched blues and really wake it up. Orange, turquois, citron and Kelly make for great color combinations that come to the forefront. Also look for red-oranges and yellow-cast oranges as mentioned earlier to mix with chocolate and off-white. Also seen is a dark berry red toile over offwhite, accented the two red-cast orange values. A loose interpretation of the classic toile we are all familiar with, in a new unpredictable pattern and scale.

Neutral foils are mixed with pinks, browns, oranges, grays. Mixing with almost anything but predictable primary colors. Geometrics are smaller and tighter, making a bold statement unlike the bigger block pattern from the 80’s. While blocks, optic effects and flat color make a bold statement, softened watercolor effects also make a powerful impact. Silhouettes along with aged and worn textures continue to grow through mid 2013. Watercolor looks give flowers, toiles and zigzags soft and vague feel morphing into patterns that work in just about any environment. Also fuzzy, unfocused looks, Italian marble papers, grass-cloth and light metallic will continue to rise. Tropical feels are everywhere! When it comes to French styles, expect to see a lot of postmark, type, and scripts that are appearing bolder than the faded pattern overlays we have seen before. Smooth cotton and course burlap are gaining over linen as the fabric of choice. Burlaps begin to take patterns, embroidery and trim. They also take color, giving the basic mainstay fabric, new life. Watch for straw to begin popping up.


Stripes are on the rise, with variance of the height and textures used within one floor covering. Floral patterns are building and will continue building into 2014. Wool is the fiber of choice, mixed with silk or bamboo (rayon) for a brilliance that cannot be achieved with wool alone.

Pinks are moving toward berry-tinted pinks and continue on strong by 2014. From cherry, wine, and mauve all the way to fuchsia - pinks may be pushing some of the oranges out of the limelight by the end of 2013…and will move on even further to a pinkish purple by 2014.

Linens are mixed with sisal and sea grass, and being processed to soften the fibers and make them more plush and livable. Patterns are becoming more midsized and less huge than have been in the recent past.

Look for reds to become dark, rich, blood reds in 2014. Citron green begins its decline, but will still have a strong presence in accents. Watch for dark, cool greens to become more prevalent.

As far as floorcovering color, grey is still a strong neutral. Brights are building, and mid-greens are mixed with blues and whites. Blue kilims are big. Oranges are mixed with blues and greens for an organic, yet fashion forward addition.

Grays are warming up moving more towards browns and less cool, and browns are on the rise. Black, especially matt black is very strong in couture, expected to grow every steady.

So - The bottom line here is do not fear color or pattern. Think classics, but with a fresh approach of scale and color. Be lead only by your imagination !


Edward Nader, a design trend and color forecaster has been writing and covering major home furnishing markets for nearly 10 years. He has had the honor of interviewing such icons as Martha Stewart, Donald Trump, Jonathan Adler, Larry Laslo, and Vladamir Kagen, just to name a few. Nader and his sister Margaret Love have been partners in Nader’s Gallery for the last 30 years. Nader’s Gallery is an art, framing and design gallery and has been named one of Americas top 100 picture framers for 5 consecutive years.

Pattern is as strong as color. Asian influences have been strong and are still building. Things to keep a lookout for: Chinese writing, calligraphy, dragons, butterflies and pagodas. Jacobean florals and paisleys will continue to become more and more prevalent. Vintage postmarks really “hip up” more classic fabric, case goods and art. Tweaking color and scale of Chinese motifs really modernizes these classic and ancient patterns and imagery. Chinese culture is one of the oldest known cultures, and with theses updates, become one of the newest and freshest designs in homes. Southwest influenced patterns are starting to emerge again, along with the “mauve resurgence” Patterns are looser, updated, and layered - not quite as bold as the look we have known in the past. Large kilim-inspired outlines in a single mid-tone hue woven over stripes of colors such as cobalt, warm yellow and off-white are popping up. Diamond and stripe patterns, with ikat influenced jagged edges are appearing. This “new southwest” design appeals to a modern generation. Make note that chenille is starting to give way and move out of the forefront where it has been for so many years. Tribal killim–rug designs are defining an updated western look by the beginning of 2014. Indian headdress, abstract zigzags, and modified chevron patterns will illustrate this style. White, dark brown or black against color to create a graphic look that recalled retro patterns - a strong salute to our midcentury roots influenced by pop culture such as television’s Mad Men series.


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Most people in this area are familiar with the TV program, “Duck Dynasty”. It is seen on the A & E network and has become so popular that a new season is now in production. “Duck Dynasty” is about the Robertson family who has built a very profitable business that centers on the production of a duck call aptly named the “Duck Commander”. At first glance this might seem to be just a Southern reality show about a family of “good ‘ole boys,” but it is really much more than that. “Duck Dynasty” tells stories about both the day-to-day life and special events that the Robertsons share. Each episode is, in essence, a parable. In a humorous, down to earth way, the family takes an idea or an issue and develops it in Robertson fashion. The Robertsons do not work from formal scripts, they simply bring to each show their own personalities and beliefs. Telling a story which ultimatly leads to a moral lesson that is put so simply and subtly the average television veiwer benefits from having been a part of the family, if only for a short thirty minutes. In one episode, Miss Kay (Phil’s wife) decides to open a restaurant. She finds out that there is a lot more involved in running a business than just being an excellent cook. Through her trials and tribulations the viewers were rooting for her success. She didn’t let the nay-sayers change her mind and in the end, she ran her own restaurant if only for an evening. The moral? Some things are harder than they look; appreciate the efforts of others. In another, Phil and Willie come to the realization that Willie’s daughter has reached an age when a young man begins to take an interest. Needless to say, they must first come to terms with her growing up then they take the time to get to know her suitor. Ultimatly they find that he is a fine young man who shares their values and faith (and their ability to shoot). The moral? Keep an open mind; you may find more than you thought you would.

In a show of family core values, the final scene of each episode portrays the family sitting down together to share a meal. Phil is quick to give thanks for the many blessings he and his family have received. With this simple yet profound sharing, the Robertsons are able to both entertain and inspire their audience. Back before Duck Dynasty came into being, Phil Robertson made a simple decision that set he and his family on this path. Phil grew up in the town of Vivian, which is near Shreveport. From a large family, he learned to hunt and fish early in his life to help do his part in providing for them. An excellent athlete, he received a football scholarship to Louisiana Tech University where he played starting quarterback while the second stringer—named Terry Bradshaw—waited his turn. Eventually, he earned an undergraduate degree in Physical Education and a Masters in Education. which led to teaching for a while. Phil then decided to try to find a way to earn his living from the things he loved: hunting and fishing. He made and patented a duck call named the “Duck Commander” and began to try to market it. Although it began slowly, the sale of the “Duck Commander” and other duck calls has grown to impressive heights. These, along with other hunting products including clothing and videos, are manufactured and shipped from a complex in West Monroe. Through the success of their business enterprises, the Robertsons have been able to offer employment and financial opportunities to the Monroe area. The hunting videos, known as the “Duckmen” and the of course the ever popular “Duck Dynasty” program have provided a world-wide stage not only for the Robertsons, but also for this area. Many people come to West Monroe and Monroe to see the manufacturing facility, contributing to the local economy while they were here. Because of the interest the TV show has generated, the manufacturing complex now includes a retail store where visitors may purchase “Duck Dynasty”, “Duckmen”, and “Duck Commander” merchandise. One item that will soon be available there and in other stores is the book being written by Willie Robertson and his wife Korey. The women of the Robertson family contribute to its success on a daily basis. Taking an active role in the day to day opertations. Whether it be actually coming to the office or taking over the chore of picking up each other’s children. When asked how they do it all Ms. Kay said it best when she quickly replied ... “Working together with my family makes it easy.” In spite of the great success they have enjoyed, the Robertson family has remained true to the


standards and values that they have always had. The family remains very down to earth, and as far as what is really important to them, nothing has changed. If any of the family happen to be around when people drop by, they will stop and welcome the visitors to the area. The family still takes a trip together to Florida—except for Phil who would rather work on his land than have sand all over him. Miss Kay is plainly the backbone of the family and the organization, and all of the wives work there, too. This allows the whole family to spend a lot of time together which according to Miss Kay is the very best part of the business. Even the grandchildren have not been affected by fame and fortune. To them their family is no different than the families of dentists, firemen and teachers. But if asked, each will happily and politely sign an autograph.

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Besides the financial success, “Duck Dynasty has provided Phil with an opportunity to present his way of life to others. To him, God, family, nature and education are the most important things in life. Everything else is just extra which gives him and his family a chance to better their lives and the lives of others.

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Phil wants those who watch the show to see how important nature is, and how important that it is to protect it. He uses the show to teach others—in little ways—how to find better ways to live and appreciate all that life has given. It is a lesson that people seem to be learning, because the Robertsons get many emails and letters from people thanking them for showing how important it can be just to sit down together and offer thanks for the blessings that have been received that day.

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Phil Robertson once made the statement that “Terry [Bradshaw] chose the bucks, I chose the ducks”. While he ended up with plenty of bucks, he and his family have continued in the way that he chose when he “chose the ducks”. While the TV show and the international fame may not last forever, they will enjoy it while it lasts. And if it ends, they will still be deeply rooted in the values that have been with them all along. And they will in Phil’s famous words be happy,happy,happy.

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by Bill Dye, North Monroe Baptist Church

Due to the passing of Brother Bill’s mother, we thought we would share his premier article for those who had yet to discover Tres Bella. We would like to express our sympothy to all of those hurting during this difficult time. Our prayers are with you.


The needle was in the red when I heaved into the local Chevron to offer another arm and leg for the right to move freely about the nations roadways. As I stood there sending liquid gold into that ravenous beast called a Chevy Suburban, a young twentyish girl talking feverously on her cell phone whipped around to the pump in front of me. She drove an aging Chevy Impala. It was an old-school kind of car with the gas cap behind the license plate at the very rear of the vehicle. She got out, still talking on the phone, and with one hand struggled to open the spring-loaded license plate, twist out the gas cap, and wedge it into the side of the plate to hold it down. It took a couple of tries, but once successful she moved, still talking on the phone, to the card reader on the pump. I turned back to my pump and watched the numbers spin. It felt like a long time before I look up again to see the girl, still talking on the phone, trying to fumble for a credit card with one hand, hold her purse with the other and not lose the precarious hold her shoulder had on the phone pressed to her ear. It took her forever. Undaunted, she finally found the card and with the phone still sandwiched between her ear and shoulder, she managed to slide it through the card reader and wait for approval. The whole gas-in-the-car thing was obviously secondary to the engrossing phone call. Still talking, she somehow got the hose out of the hanger, pushed the fuel selection button and walked to the back of the car. I looked back at my pump to watch whirling numbers. I looked again and she was back in her car. “Man,” I thought, “she couldn’t have gotten more than a couple of dollars of gas. How far does she expect to go?” Then I noticed that the license plate was still down and her fuel cap was still wedged in the gap to hold it open. She started moving forward. I was just about to yell

and try to stop her when she suddenly hit the breaks. I assumed she must have remembered. She got back out of the car, still talking on the phone, and went back to the gas pump. She pulled the hose out again and moved to the back of the car, phone still crammed between shoulder and ear. Ah, she hadn’t pulled up far enough. The hose wouldn’t reach. She tried to pump gasoline but apparently when she re-hung the hose it cancelled the transaction. Unperturbed, she kept talking and went through the whole frustrating ritual of finding and sliding the card again. I thought to myself, “Why doesn’t she pay more attention? Do one thing at a time. Life would be so much easier for her.” Just then the nozzle finally clicked in my hand. She was still messing with something and talking on the phone as I pulled away from the gas station. I kind of clucked my tongue and shook my head and thought, “That is one distracted chick.” I went to the local hospital and spent some time with one of our sick church members. When I walked out to get back into my truck I noticed that the door to my gas cap was open and the gas cap was hanging loose on the side of the truck. Matthew 7:3 suddenly came to mind. “Do not judge for in the way you judge you will be judged.” The Spirit whispered that timeless truth to this old head one more time, “Bill if you spent less time critiquing others, life would be so much easier on you.” I get it. I learned a powerful lesson at that gas station that day. And I don’t figure I’ll need to learn it again ... until the next time I fill up.


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salute to sal

Sal’s funeral was a hodgepodge of humanity…

By: Jennifer Sweeney Tres Bella Magazine

My first encounter with Sal Miletello was, like every other encounter I would later have with him, laced with a blessing. I’d just moved into my neighborhood in the Garden District, was overwhelmed and exhausted from the chore of unpacking, and looked forward to the luxury of sleeping in on that crisp fall morning. Lord, I needed the rest, but it would be shortlived.

a fiddle, due to the hours he labored in the garden. But over the past year, I’d begun to occasionally send over Sunday dinner… baked, glazed ham, vegetables, and sometimes dessert. To say that the home-cooked meals were well-received is something of an understatement. Knowing that, I wish I’d sent something over more often, especially during the past several months when Sal’s health began to fail.

The sudden roar and racket of an engine somewhere outside ground out any promise of late-morning slumber. I stomped toward the window, wide-eyed and angry, to see what total nitwit had dared crank an engine that loud, that early. There, bless his soul, was Sal Miletello, gliding right past me on a spiffy green tractor, wearing a gray jumpsuit and a little beret. I didn’t know him from Adam, but I loved him at first sight. Before I could amend my attitude, scramble into clothes, and get myself outside to thank him, he was gone. I would later learn that this was Sal’s modus opperandi. He spent his life performing countless acts of kindness, and any attempts at thanking him were almost always met with a slow grin and a wave of his weathered hand. Sal mowed my yard for years, probably never knowing how much I genuinely appreciated his thoughtfullness. I couldn’t count the times I arrived home from my teaching job on a Friday afternoon, worn and weary, to find my yard tidy and manicured for the weekend.

Sal was a good Samaritan. For years, I witnessed the measure of his generosity from the vantage point of my front porch. Sometimes, he provided food or met people’s needs for the day. Other times, he gave enough for them to multiply the blessing and pass it forward. Always, he fed their souls. I often worried about his safety, since there was usually a fairly constant flow of people in need of help. Sal never worried. He just did what his huge, big heart led him to do, and left the good Lord in charge of his safety. I’d say the Lord pretty well had the issue covered, since Sal was eighty-seven years old when he passed away this summer. Still, I’m stingy. I’d like to have had him stay on a little longer. It’s not the same now on our end of “the garden”.

Not long after I met him, I recognized my new neighbor as the same gentleman I often saw tending the glorious garden on the corner of Roselawn and North 8th. I’d admired it for years, never imagining then that one day samples from those bountiful crops of greens, carrots, onions, squash, tomatoes, potatoes, and cabbage would one day (and often), be left in bundles on the table beside my front door. Sal’s labor of love in that garden graced the tables and fed the families of so many people in our community. This gift of giving was just a continuation of the practice he’d begun many years ago as a business owner in Monroe, and he’s remembered today by several generations of people who experienced his many acts of kindness.


Sal liked to eat food almost as much as he liked to grow it. You’d not know it to look at him. He was lean and trim and fit as

In the weeks since his passing, I’ve heard so many stories of needs met and lives impacted by the giving spirit of this one man. Sal’s funeral was a hodgepodge of humanity…bluejeaned and casual, tailored and suited…a smattering of people from every walk of life. “Just like Heaven”, I thought. “Perfect.” On my way home after the services at St. Matthews, I decided to swing by the corner of Roselawn and North 8th streets one more time, as a farewell to my old friend. As I neared the garden, I witnessed the most touching tribute. There, along the first row, beautiful arrangements of flowers had been lined up from one end to the other. Bouquets of roses, sunflowers gathered into the shapes of crosses, and assorted arrangements of flowers and ribbons fluttered in the hot summer breeze. And there, in the center of the place that once grew to overflowing with food for friends and strangers alike, was one lone, empty garden chair…a salute to the friend of so many who were touched by his life, lived with purpose.

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Traditions on Trenton

The largest resource for English and French antiques in North Louisiana By: Jennifer Sweeney Tres Bella Magazine

going to the airport to board the last flight to England. We hadn’t eaten all day and found a little café where we ordered French baguettes. We had just enough time to eat, if we hurried, and then leave for the airport. I took one bite, looked down at my baguette (not a good thing), then at Melanie who, being the good friend that she is, fell out of her chair laughing. I’d lost my front tooth in my baguette!”

One of the best things about Traditions on Trenton on West Monroe’s Antique Alley is that, though it has grown to become the largest resource for English and French antiques in North Louisiana, some things there have remained the same. Owners Melanie Liles and Pam Wood are two of them. They exude the same friendly attention to their customers as they always did, and their genuine enjoyment of what they do makes visiting and shopping there a truly fun experience. While it’s always nice to see local businesses grow beyond an area or region and realize impressive success, it’s also nice when, having reached those milestones, they manage to retain their personable appeal and original charm…those things to which people want to return again and again. I’ve known Pam since my youngest son (now twenty-three), required a stroller and a diaper bag for our antiquing junkets, and I met Melanie over soccer a few years later. It’s no surprise to those who know them that they’ve realized so much success, and the fact that they are two of the funniest and nicest people on the planet is just icing on the cake. Really. They just are that special. So, when I dropped in on the two of them recently to review what things they might like me to cover in an article about Traditions, I looked forward to the project for purely personal and entirely selfish reasons. They’re just plain fun to be with. It is a bit of an understatement to say that, when asked to share details of their most memorable antiquing trips, my friends did not offer up the typical fare. Why was I not surprised? Many other women/business owners (successful, savvy, knowledgeable…all that), would’ve described their rise to the top, but not these two. In typical fashion, they waved away my mention of personal or business accomplishments or accolades when discussing details about what to write. They referred me instead to their website (quite nice and definitely worth checking out), and immediately began to rehash some of their funniest encounters abroad. After more than sixteen years of biannual buying trips, averaging 1500 road miles per trip, they’ve plenty to tell. I’d heard bits and pieces of some of their escapades before, but these stories, like their antiques, get better with age. That day, knowing I was in for some serious laughter and fun, I listened to the retelling of some of the best of them. We were well into holding our sides and laughing out loud when Melanie had to leave to do late afternoon errands, prior to a well-deserved vacation. When I reminded her that I didn’t really have a lot of “business info”, but a book-load of funny memories about which to write, she said, “Go ahead. Be funny. Write whatever you want”. And then Pam joined in with, “Yeah…funny‘s fine...we trust you”. So, with their blessing and some reservation, here comes a story…one of their very own. I hope they don’t regret this. I really have enjoyed knowing them. As I mentioned just now, Melanie had to leave, so Pam told the story her way…“We were in Belgium, very hungry, short on time, and trying to get a bite to eat before


I’d heard this story before and, I have to admit, it was even funnier the second time around. I mean, think about it…what would you do? As Pam told it, you’d do the only thing you could do, which is carry on. After Pam’s initial shock and several minutes of Melanie’s unreserved laughter (and that of several other café patrons, as well), the two made their way, tooth in tow, to the airport. Having cleared customs, they spied an office bearing the universal sign for “medical help”, and decided to go in, reasoning that a doctor was at least better than no dentist. But maybe not, since he saw the humor in the situation and laughed, too. Pam explained her predicament and the fact that she and her highly amused partner were not nearly finished with their buying trip, and wondered what solution he might suggest. His answer? Airplane glue. No lie. He actually suggested that the ladies avail themselves of the airport gift shop nearby, where they might purchase some. Having no better alternative to the prospect of spending the rest of her buying trip “whistling Dixie” through the gap in her mouth, Pam bought some. Now I really hate to tell the rest of this story, because nobody but Pam Wood or Melanie Liles can really do it justice, but the finale to all of this is such a riot that I’ll at least give it my best shot. Fast forward to the ladies room in the airport. “Imagine”, Pam said, “I’m face-to-the-light in the ladies room, trying to offer my friend the best vantage point from which to mend my mouth. There, hovering over me and still shaking with laughter is Melanie, permanent airplane glue in one hand and my only other front tooth in the other.” I have to admit, for the first time, I really got the full import of that. “Melanie,” Pam continued, “my only hope... someone whose engineering skills rival that of a toddler! She could tear up a steel ball!” (Sorry Mel…Pam’s words, not mine…you shouldn’t have left the shop early that day). Engineering skills notwithstanding, Melanie did finally reattach the snaggled tooth prior to their departure time and, normally, that would be the end of the story. But just about the time Melanie completed the procedure, and in an effort to reassure herself that the tooth was indeed in place, Pam gave it a firm push with her thumb, which came in contact with just enough airplane glue to securely affix it to her tooth…permanently. And so people, that is how Lucy and Ethel entered the airplane. Frick, fraught with laughter and Frack, frantically fiddling with her “fumb” in her mouth. Yes, these are the dignified, lovely ladies on “the Alley”, who are responsible for about 6,000 square feet of some of the finest European antiques to land on our shores. “Amazing” doesn’t begin to describe their accomplishments, when you really think about it. Grins. All fun aside, Melanie and Pam have traveled far and wide to bring home some of the best 18th, 19th, and 20th century antiques that Europe has to offer. The girls have done their homework, taking advantage of opportunities to broaden their knowledge of the business and their antiques by attending seminars and forums at well-respected and widely recognized venues like Sotheby’s Antique School, in London, and Southern Accents antique seminars. They’ve used their considerable knowledge and expertise to gather together a beautiful and impressive inventory of high-end, quality antiques. Furniture, accessories, sconces, chandeliers, French mirrors, oriental rugs, oil paintings, and bamboo…the list of what’s “in store” for you there is long. Pam and Melanie have just recently returned from another of their buying adventures, and their ship will be coming in around the third week in October. Watch for their ads for the exact date and take your Christmas list when you go. I hear this latest shopping trip was a real success. Don’t miss the opportunity to surround yourself with a few classic, quality antiques…and while you’re there, be sure to check out the merchandise, too! You won’t be disappointed with either.

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7 inexpensive ways to update your home







Oftentimes, buying a home opens up a bottomless pit of opportunities for projects and improvements. While some homeowners engage in different repairs and fix-ups out of necessity, many others like to freshen-up their spaces out of personal preference instead of need. But even the most wellintentioned projects can be waylaid if budgets are tight. What many homeowners may not realize is that there are many ways to make updates and changes to a home that do not require a major overhaul or a large price tag. The following are seven projects that won’t break the bank.


1. Hang new wall art. It may be time to look at your photos and artwork and make a few adjustments. Finding new prints to hang could instantly change a room’s ambience. And you needn’t spend a lot of money on professional photography, either. Grab your camera and take a few closeup shots of flowers or take in a landscape scenery. Many of today’s home printers can produce professional-quality prints in minutes. 2. Move around furniture. You may be able to change the look of a room without spending any money. Interior designers know how to arrange furniture for maximum appeal, but the average homeowner can do it, too. Find a focal point in the room and angle the furniture toward it. Don’t make the focal point the television, however. Try changing the placement of chairs and sofas. Simply moving a curio cabinet from one corner to another may also make a difference. 3. Change knobs or small accents. Give a room a new look by focusing on the small details. Switch out cabinet knobs for something updated and modern. Take inventory of wall outlets and light switches and think about selecting new ones that coordinate with your home decor. 5. Add new pillows or drapes. Changing a few aspects of a room can give it an entirely new look. If you want to add a splash of color but don’t know what to do, think about incorporating some new throw pillows or change the curtains. An accessory here and there in a bright color also can incorporate a new hue without it being overwhelming.


5. Add lighting. Lighting at different levels in the room can create a vibrant impact. Many homeowners mistakenly put in a couple of table lamps and think that will be adequate. However, properly illuminating a room means varying the lighting to create different moods at different times. Plus, more light can make a room feel more welcoming. 6. Use plants. Empty corners or spots you’re not certain how to fill may benefit from a plant. Plants are inexpensive ways to add instant color and visual appeal to a room. Plus, having live plants can help improve indoor air by filtering out contaminants. A home with plants also feels more cozy. 7. Try a new coat of paint. After you’ve exhausted other avenues, choosing a new paint color may be the new look you desire. Painting is one of the least expensive yet most dramatic methods of changing a home’s interior. With dozens of hues to choose from, and new apps that enable you to take snapshots of things in nature or in your life and match them up to a paint color, you will have scores of opportunities to explore fresh new colors for your home. When you get inspired to make improvements to the home but fear how much it may take out of your wallet, consider inexpensive tricks that can induce a big “wow” factor.



The Lincoln Parish Museum “Walls that Talk”

By: Donna Ellen McManus The Lincoln Parish Museum, also known as The Kidd-Davis House, is located on North Vienna Street in the historic residential area of Ruston. This stately mansion was constructed in 1886 for Captain Milton Bailey Kidd and his family. The house included four rooms built around the large hall, a semi-attached kitchen, indoor plumbing and an upstairs loft. The Kidd family occupied this house until 1921. At that time the Robert Wesley Davis family moved in. Mr. Davis, a well-known lumberman, and his three older brothers founded the Davis Brother’s Lumber Company. This company was one of the largest lumber enterprises in northern Louisiana. Robert Wesley Davis was married to the very prominent Charlotte Arabella Long of Winnfield. She was the sister of two of Louisiana’s governors, Huey and Earl Long. Both political leaders visited the house on many occasions. Over years many additions and changes were made to the house. The last major renovation was in 1938. William King Stubbs, an architect from Monroe, changed the square columns in the front of the house and replaced them with round ones. Chippendale top railings were added and part of the spacious front porch was enclosed to enlarge the front rooms. The Davis family lived in this house until 1964. In 1975, the daughters of Robert & Charlotte Davis, Mary Olive Davis Green and Charlotte Davis Parrot, generously donated their hometown mansion to the Lincoln Parish Museum and Historical Society. In 1984 the property was entered in the National Register of Historic Places under the name “KiddDavis House”. The vintage furnishings of the museum were donated by area residents, though not original, they are of the same period of time. The upstairs portion of the museum contains many cultural artifacts of interest from the 1800’s. This section of the museum depicts domestic life during the early 19th century. Vintage clothing, agricultural tools, dollhouses and much more are on display. In the main hall of the house are exquisite vignettes, delicately hand painted under the direction of the late Mary Moffett and the Louisiana Tech art students. Original historic photographs from the late 1800’s to early 1900’s were used to create these murals to tell many fascinating stories of Lincoln Parish. In 2009, individuals who have a connection to each mural, made audio recordings telling the story behind them, thus creating “Walls That Talk”. Each unique story is very interesting and fascinating. The first mural by Jack Ritchie was of the hot air balloon ascension in 1912 at Railroad Park. Joe Mitcham tells the second story about the peach industry. Mitcham’s family started one of the first peach orchards in the parish and continues to


harvest delicious juicy peaches to this day. Dorothy Kidd Nicol Clinton explains how her great grandfather, Captain Milton Bailey Kidd, was a prosperous businessman in the town of Ruston. He transported cotton to New Orleans where it was made into clothing. Trot Hunt is the grandson of T. L. James who purchased the Chautauqua property in 1922. He describes the Chautauqua Pavilion that was chartered in 1890 as a place where people from all over the state would gather for special events. The Chautauqua was an adult education movement that paved the way for the founding of Louisiana Tech University located in Ruston. In 1905 a group of African American men formed a Chautauqua in the Allen Greene community. This Chautauqua educated the African American teaches of Louisiana. The year 1884 brought the east-west railroad to Ruston. Billy Green, who was raised in the Kidd-Davis house, tells how the Davis Brothers Lumber Company greatly depended on the railroad. Pat Smith tells about the racetrack that was built in the early 1900’s on what is now Tech Farm in Ruston. Harness and sulky races were the entertainment of that time and were held every Sunday afternoon. Part of the embankments of the old track can still be found today. The last mural depicts the landscape, wild life, and waterways of Lincoln Parish. Larkin Hudson Norton tells the history of this parish. Daniel Colvin, one of the early settlers, pioneered a trail from the Ouachita River to what is now known as Colvin’s Creek in Lincoln Parish. Mr. Allen Greene, a farmer & businessman, proposed that a new parish be created in 1873 out of the four corners of Claiborne, Bienville, Jackson and Union parishes to be named Lincoln Parish after our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln. Robert E. Russ is the founder of Ruston. Mr. Russ had the railroad engineer’s map out the town of Ruston before the first tree was cut. The streets going north and south were named for the communities around Ruston. The streets going east and west were named for our states. This has been a wonderful trip back in time. My words can tell you the story but you need to experience the charm and beauty of this historical house where you too can see and hear the “Walls that Talk”.

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“A glimpse into a long-ago lifestyle” At this point the rock has become so thin it can not withstand the percussion strokes, so slow steady

By: Taylor Arbour, Tres Bella Magazinepressure is applied in shaping and sharpening its edges. If you are lucky enough to be invited to watch a group of flint nappers working at this ancient skill you will experience a glimpse into a life style that is long gone. During the fall of each year when we celebrate Thanksgiving we can stop our busy technology driven lives and reflect on a time when all man had was his environment, imagination and his own hands to carve out survival. “People have been using stone tools all over the world for thousands of years and while this technology has long ago been eclipsed by that of various metals and even the synthetic polymers there remains a deepseeded recognition in the human psyche of the rock as a material both valuable and important. This recognition may find no better expression today than the practice of actually fashioning stone tools and blades from raw materials, a practice known as ‘flint knapping’. Flint Knapping is a practice that requires much dedication and perseverance to see the development of even a rudimentary level of skill. Learning how to flint knap is the kind of pursuit that is up to the task of keeping one’s attention and fascination peaked. It is something amazing, almost unbelievable, to see a crude blob of weathered, unworked stone as it is stroke by stroke transformed into an instrument that can be appreciated on deep and subtle levels. It is recognized for its form and aesthetic, for the efficiency which one can imagine the tool performing the functions for which it was crafted, and for the intricate, delicate techniques the hand of the knapper must apply to the rock to educe just the right reaction for the removal of the flakes which will leave behind the desired shape in the flint. There is also a sense of connection with one’s own ancient history and ancestry while holding a tool made of the same materials and in the same way that our distant relatives in the past would have made, and this feeling of connection can sometimes be the most rewarding result for the knapper


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his year I’ve had two friends have double transplants. Considering how often we personally know someone who has had a transplant, two friends receiving two new organs within a couple of months of each other really hit home with me. Chase Poindexter of St. Francisville received a kidney and a pancreas on February 6th. Chase developed Type 1 diabetes as a child, diagnosed not long after a bout with pneumonia. Doctors weren’t sure what actually triggered the diabetes, but years of being a diabetic took a toll on Chase’s body. At 36, Chase was legally blind, had neuropathy in several areas of her body, and dealt with end-stage renal disease. Chase was approved for a transplant Thursday, February 2nd, and got the call to get to Ochsner’s Medical Center about 2:00A.M. on Sunday, February 6th. Most recipients wait months to years for that phone call. Anne Butler, Chase’s mother almost didn’t pick up the phone for that call. Just a little earlier that night, someone had called to make reservations at Butler Greenwood B&B, and Anne thought it was just another late night call. Anne’s neighbor, the parish chief deputy, had told them he would escort them to Oshsner’s when the time came, and escort he did. Jerelyn McLendon of Oak Ridge has been on, off, and back on the waiting list for a heart. During her wait for a heart her kidneys began to give out so a kidney transplant was in order as well. The first part of March found Jerelyn back on the list.


The Saturday before Easter, right about the time Jerelyn’s parents were getting ready for bed, Jerelyn got her phone call. A short delay in helping her mother get ready and they were off. Two weeks earlier the McLendons had gotten a call telling them to get to Ochsner’s: about half way there they received another call saying the heart had been lost and to go back home. A devastating phone call, but in hindsight Jerelyn re-

alized it was for the best. The two week period between the first and second calls gave Jerelyn’s vital signs/health time to stabilize, reducing the risk of rejection. Jerelyn received her heart one day, her kidney the next. Yes, Jerelyn can say she has three kidneys. Jerelyn and Chase both immediately felt better after receiving healthy organs. They both have been given a new life, both literally and figuratively. Chase is helping Anne run Butler Greenwood B&B, scheduling overnight guests or giving tours. Jerelyn is back on a walking routine, wearing a medical mask to help keep down contamination. One of the first edible requests Jerelyn had after surgery was for a blueberry crumble, a pastry she had enjoyed as a child. Chase’s edible request was for a scoop of chocolate peanut butter ice cream. When checking her blood sugar after the ice cream, her blood sugar was normal. Both girls now have a much wider menu to choose from, thanks to healthy organs. The Brent House at Ochsner’s is a hotel that can be utilized by patients and their families while receiving care. Jerelyn called The Brent House home for six weeks while she recuperated and had tests run to make sure her body wasn’t rejecting the organs. The Brent House offers 143 rooms surrounding an atrium area, a beauty shop, coffee shop, and other amenities. For people staying there. Smiling, Jerelyn admitted to getting quite spoiled during her stay. Right now there are over 1800 people in Louisiana waiting for an organ transplant. Over two million donors are registered in Louisiana alone. Nationwide over one hundred fourteen thousand patients wait for a new lease on life. People can register to become an organ donor through the Office of Motor Vehicles when obtaining their license or by going online to Yes, my license has the little red heart indicating that I am an organ donor.


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British and American Labs have many characteristics in common. Subtle differences in size and temperament allow for personal preference in choosing which dog is best for an owner’s taste. Toughness, agility, and retrieving ability blended with intelligence and sociability are seen in both lines of Labs. Webbed feet and short, dense,slightly oily coats described as water repellent are physical traits of Labs that help in waterfowl retrieval, although Labs are equally as good as upland game retrievers

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Now is the time to get ready for the holidays. by Mark Lindstrom Sonny Panzico’s Garden Mart Monroe/West Monroe

Thank the Lord, it’s finally fall and the heat is gone. Now let’s go to work in the yard. Lawns: Fire ants are on the move now so let’s get rid of them and fertilize the grass at the same time. For 5000 square feet of lawn, mix 1 bag each of Fertilome’s Bug Blaster and Winterizer and apply to entire lawn. This will get rid of all lawn pest plus get the grass healthy to go into winter.

Shrubs and Trees: Lightly prune out summer damage and disease treat with a light application of Osmocote fertilizer. Spray for fungus with Hi Yields Flower and Ornamental Fungicide. If you are thinking about planting new shrubs and trees in the spring, think again. Fall is the best time to plant. Our winters are warm enough that the soil temperature keeps the roots growing all winter and you will have a “head start for spring”. Shrubs and trees that are planted in the fall will not need as much care during the hot days of summer. This in itself is a Big Plus!

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where are they now? McAleney’s New Meadows Lobster Inc.

Editor’s note: We thought from time to time it would be fun to check-up on local folks that started their life’s adventure in our area and see where the adventure took them. This is the story of Kathleen Williams McAleney and Peter McAleney. Peter was born in the working class town of South Portland, Maine in 1947. After a lot of fun in school and a lot less studying, he wanted to prolong his educational experience; very few colleges would accept him. On this short list was Northeast Louisiana University (now ULM), and Peter felt it was his best choice. In his 1960 Dodge, loaded down with dented can goods from his father’s grocery store he headed south; little did he know he was headed on a course that would change his life. Kathleen grew up in the tiny cotton farming town of Oak Ridge, Louisiana. Needless to say, the life of a farmer was not her idea of the ideal lifestyle. Though she loved the Southern lifestyle, the hot humid summers and cold damp winters were something she could live without. Wanting more out of life, she too enrolled at NLU. When Kathleen’s father, Sam, drove her onto campus for her first year of college he gave his eldest daughter some advice that she still remembers to this day. “Stay away from whoever drives that old Dodge with the Maine plates; you don’t know what kind of people they are.” Truer words have never been said.

start selling the iconic Maine product, lobsters. Kathleen designed their two story Southern style home, and they built it over their business. (For all you Southern cousins that may not realize the uniqueness of this, a lobster pound sits and extends into the ocean.) After growing-up and looking out at miles of farm land Kathleen now looks out at miles of ocean and a thriving city just a short walk away. Good thing she didn’t stay away from the guy in the 1960 Dodge. McAleney’s New Meadows Lobster Inc, is one of the premiere lobster distributors in the United States. In its’ 50 year history they have been a forerunner in the lobster industry catering to the individual, as well as, the finest restaurants and supermarkets. The McAleney’s home sitting on the Atlantic has hosted many special events and their pier is a Portland landmark.

Needless to say the Yankee charmed that Southern Belle, and right after Peter graduated with a degree in teaching, they planned to marry. On a hot August day in 1970 Kathleen was standing in the back of the Oak Ridge Southern Baptist Church, holding back tears of joy as she looked up at her father. He was about to give away his first daughter in marriage. Lovingly looking down at his beautiful daughter, Sam said the words that every father thinks to say but never does at his daughter’s wedding, “Baby, we can jump in the car right now, and you never have to see this boy again.” Assuring her father she loved that Yankee with all her heart, the wedding preceded. Years passed, Peter and Kathleen were blessed with a child, Matthew. Sam started to warm up to Peter. There were a few exceptions like when he almost blew his son-in-law up with an antique shotgun ( but show me one father-in-law who hasn’t thought of doing that). After years of teaching the children of Maine, Peter changed careers to


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waterfowling... Not a “hobby” in duck country.

By Keith Allen Banded Calls; co-host of “The Fowl Life” television series Ever find yourself trying to explain to someone the importance of waterfowling in your life? It is common for folks in modern America when becoming acquainted with someone to ask casually, “so, what are you in to?” Or, “do you have a hobby?” It seems a handy way to get a grasp on someone’s lifestyle and to know in many ways how they view and live life. Though, for those of us in duck and goose country who live the lifestyle of a waterfowler, we understand how vague an understanding of our lives a person who asks those questions has if they categorize our hunting in their minds in the same way they would if we responded, “well, I love to golf ”, or “I enjoy working on old cars”, or even “I love to fish”. In short, where these interests and hobbies fall short of the insanity that is waterfowling is that folks generally spend time and money on these things as time and money become available. In other words, they compartmentalize these hobbies in their lives and sensibly set aside time and finances for these pursuits and interests. Simply put, no hobby or interest that I’ve ever encountered conjures the dysfunction and passion in a life like the pursuit of waterfowl. Rest assured, if someone is a duck “nut”, you know a lot about them without even knowing them – they have job problems, relationship problems, money problems and all sorts of other problems. There is no sensible compartmentalizing with the waterfowler. His pursuit of waterfowl is intertwined into every aspect of his life. Not a day goes by that he isn’t doing something or thinking about something that isn’t related in some way to his pursuit of waterfowl. His choice of mate, jobs, vehicle, home, school, and on and on is directly related to waterfowl hunting. You can also be assured the waterfowler is as well rounded and knowledgable a person as a librarian – versed in agriculture, meteorology, biology, geography, hydrology, geology, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, carpentry, fabrication, and on and on and on. You can also figure on a “duck-nut” being an incredible employee and family member...10 months out of the year as he or she is banking credit in a figurative account they know they’ll run dry by season’s end. The truth is, I’ve come to learn that I simply cannot expect someone who’s lived life outside of waterfowl country to comprehend the wonderful mess that is our lives as waterfowlers. This is precisely why we feel at home only in duck and goose country. Have you ever wondered what makes the passion for waterfowling so extraordinary? What makes this lifestyle so different from any other hobby or interest? To be honest, I suspect that the fellow climbing a rock escarpment in Colorado with his buddies and the “hang loose” squadrons chasing the surf in southern California are as exhilarated pursuing their flavor of nirvana as my buddies and I are kicking the water in the flooded bottomlands of the Mississippi Delta. The difference, I believe, lies in the element of family. I have a theory. My theory is that every effort expended, dollar spent, and minute of sleep lost by a crazed duck and goose hunter is merely an endless pursuit to relive the feelings, emotions, and excitement of the sights, sounds, and smells of his or her first hunt – an experience likely shared with the most important person or people in their life. If my theory is correct, herein lies the explanation for such an extraordinarily rich and passion-filled tradition – the very thread of love that ties family members and the dearest of friends. In duck and goose country, the tradition of waterfowl hunting is much more than a hobby, it is a means of connecting to those


who mean the most to us – those gone before and those who remain and with whom we can continue to share mornings afield.

Certainly, there are many ways to reminisce. But, none so enchanting and powerful as in a duck blind – especially an old duck blind. The gadgets and gear and quality of photos in our game change constantly, but the tingle in the spirit brought on by the sight of a group of approaching ducks or geese remains timeless and unchanged. Every significant experience for the waterfowler during the season serves to spiritually tie him in a very real way to those in his heart with whom he wishes he could share the moment. So, is my point in all of this simply to brag about the fact that those of us in duck and goose country simply have it better than the rest of the world? Not at all. My point is that we as a waterfowling culture need to keep in our collective minds that what we have is indeed special and, more importantly, it is something that is always at risk. Certainly, waterfowl and waterfowl habitat are at risk. But, more concerning for me is the thought that our waterfowling culture could be at risk. Quite frankly, as the importance and prominence of family and family traditions diminish, so does the richness and vibrance of our waterfowling culture. We must not let this happen. I admonish you – get the calendar out, mark the season dates and resolve to get those closest to you in the blind this year. And, when planning the hunt and during the hunt, let me encourage you to make a point to not mention or place any importance on numbers of birds and limits. A score simply cannot nor should be given to the indescribable experience of a waterfowl hunt in the hallowed grounds of duck and goose country. If we do this collectively as a people, our families and lifestyles and culture stand to be unquantifiably enriched and preserved! Let’s make an admission amongst ourselves. Let’s admit that where we’ve gotten off track in recent years is in our emphases. There is a sense in all our hearts that something isn’t the same as it was when we headed to the blind with our granddads. I assure you, our gadgets, gizmos, and amazingly improved gear, tactics and techniques are not our problem. In fact, these things serve to make our experiences more enriching! Our problem is that of emphasis. My hope is that in some way the different perspective of these words might encourage waterfowlers to ask themselves, “why do I chase these critters?” An honest answer to this question will fix much of what has gotten off track within waterfowling in the past few years. I suppose the bigger truth with our waterfowling tradition and culture is that it is much more important than those of us who consider ourselves to belong to it. For many, it is as important as anything in life. In fact, when asked by an acquaintance, “why do you duck hunt so much?”, you may answer, “In duck and goose country where I’m from, waterfowling isn’t a hobby. This ain’t a “sport” to us. This is love. This is family. This is God. This is country. This is freedom. This is LIFE!”


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Simple facts for growing basil Two of the most basic and popular basils are the green and purple but there are over 100 types. I’ll share this information with you in the next issue. Basil is easy to grow. It prefers about a half a day of sunlight and morning light to afternoon. The best time to plant basil is early May when the soil is real warm. Basil is a plant that requires good soil but little or no fertilizer. The fertilizer will take away some of the natural basil flavor. Buford Shively, herb expert and author of “The Great Basil Bust,”

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Basil Soup 1 ½ lb zucchini ¼ cup butter 1medium onion, sliced 7 ½ cups water 2 chicken bouillon cubes 2 eggs 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil or parsley Salt Hot sauce Freshly ground black pepper TO SERVE: Grated Parmesan cheese Sprig of basil on top Top and tail the zucchini and cut into ¼ inch slices. Melt butter in a large saucepan and fry the onion for 5 minutes. Add the zucchini and fry, stirring frequently, for 5 to 10 minutes until lightly golden. Add the water crumble in the stock (bouillon) cubes, bring to the boil, cover and simmer gently for about 20 minutes. Puree’ in an electric blender, and then return to the saucepan. Just before serving bring soup mixture to a boil Put the eggs, cheese and herbs in the bottom of a large warmed soup tureen and, using a wire whisk beat together thoroughly. Still whisking, pour the boiling soup slowly onto the beaten eggs. Check the seasoning and add hot sauce, ground pepper to taste and serve immediately. Pass a bowl of Parmesan cheese separately. Serves 6 to 8.


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8 duck breasts

water milk flour

Italian Bread Crumbs Peanut Oil 2 cups of Season Frying Batter 1/2 cup of Italian Bread Crumbs 1 egg


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Instructions Soak duck breasts in fresh water for three days in the refrigerator. Change water several times. After three days, meat should look gray instead of dark red. Beat the breasts with a meat hammer as you would beef. Season flour with Phil Robertson’s Smokin’ Swamp Seasoning Soak breasts in milk then roll in the flour. Add to heated oil and fry like chicken fried steak. Serve, say Grace and Enjoy! -Willie Robertson

Directions: Cut the duck breasts cross grain into thin strips the width of the duck breast (about 3-4 inches) No thicker than 3/4 inch – Slicing the duck thin is important! Generously season the duck strips with Phil Robertson’s Cajun Style Rub. To make the batter, mix together Season Frying Batter, Italian Bread Crumbs, egg and beer or water Heat oil to 350 degrees. Toss duck strips in flour. Dip in batter. Drop in oil and fry till golden brown. Don’t over cook!


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garlic frog legs Bulb of garlic Mushrooms (fresh)

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Bunch of frog legs (given to me by a guy -Scott- who I met at a dounut store on Sunday morning, it’s an LA thing)

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Butter Garlic infused grapeseed oil flour beer white wine seasoning more seasoning

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Soak frog legs in beer for an hour or so, season- I used our zesty cajun seasoning, pepper, and blackening seasoning. Roll frog legs in flour then set aside. In a large black skillet bring butter and grape seed oil up to high (don’t burn the butter, it will brown when burning) not much oil and butter, just about half an inch or so. When oil and butter starts sizzling, put frog legs in and brown on each side; should be about half way up on frogs, just enough to brown. If butter gets low, throw another half stick in. Set browned frog legs to side, now, with what’s left in the pan (which is the BEST of what’s left), add white wine, garlic (whole pods, peeled), mushrooms and cook for a few minutes. Add all of your frog legs back in on top of this, put lid on and cook in oven for about 30 mins on 300. According to how big legs are, these tonight were HUGE so they didn’t cook fully in browning process. If they are small then cook less. Meat will be falling off the bone, you will know its done, believe me! You can’t mess frog legs up, they are the best! Go find a ditch, catch some frogs and get to cookin’!! -Willie Robertson

flour (several cups) 2 eggs 3 cups milk frying oil

Directions: cut turkey breast in strips no more than a 1/4 inch thick (cut across grain) salt and pepper breast (or seasoning of choice) place cut strips in flour and roll thoroughly take eggs milk and water and mix together (beat or whip until you have reached a frothy foam) take the floured/seasoned breast and dip into your egg/milk/ water mix then immediately roll breast strips in fresh flour (this will make your outer crust stick to meat thus locking in moisture) placed 8 to 10 strips in family size deep fryer with a setting of about 375 degrees ( fry no longer than 3 minutes) take out of hot oil and place on paper towel then once again season to taste Recipes found at 65

Ms. Kay’s banana pudding 2 bananas 1 pkg vanilla wafers 2 sticks of butter

Candy Corn Sugar Cookies 4 cups sifted all-purpose flour

Swiss buttercream Filling:

1 teaspoon baking powder

¼ cup sugar 1 large egg white (use two whites if eggs are small) 12 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 ½ sticks) ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

½ teaspoon salt 1 cup ( 2 sticks) unsalted butter,

2 cups sugar

room temperature

3/4 teaspoon salt

2 cups sugar

3/4 cup all purpose flour 1 can evaporated milk

2 large eggs 2 teaspoons marshmallow extract (you can use vanilla)

2/3 cup milk 6 egg yolks, whisked 1 teaspoon vanilla Instructions In a heavy pot or double boiler, melt the butter Add sugar, salt and flour to the butter and stir. Add evaporated milk and milk then whisk until mixed well. Heat until mixture thickens. Gradually add 1 cup of the hot mixture to egg yolks. Slowly add back to remaining hot mixture, constantly stirring.

Sift flour, baking powder and salt into a medium sized bowl and set aside. Put butter and sugar in a bowl of an electric mixer, on medium speed; mix ingredients until pale and fluffy. Next add eggs and extract, continue mixing on low speed, then gradually add in flour mixture. Divide dough in half; flatten each half into a disk, wrap in plastic and refrigerate until firm for at least 1 hour or overnight. Preheat oven to 325° F with rack in the middle of the oven. Remove one disc from refrigerator and let dough stand at room temperature just until soft enough to roll, about 10 minutes. Roll out dough on a lightly floured work surface to about ¼ inch thick, adding more flour as needed to keep dough from sticking. Using a 4 to 5 inch cookie cutter, as you cut out each cookie, place them on parchment lined baking sheet. Roll out the scraps and repeat. Remove second disc from refrigerator and repeat. Chill cookies in freezer until very firm, about 15 minutes, this will help to keep cookies from spreading while they bake. Bake 15 to 18 minutes until edges turn lightly golden. Remove cookies from baking sheet and transfer to a wire rack to cool. Decorate as desired.

Add vanilla and stir. Cover the bottom of a 9x13 casserole dish with one box of vanilla wafers. Cut bananas into slices and cover vanilla wafers.

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Everyone knows someone who has been affected by this disease (Mother – Daughter – Wife – Sister – Aunt – Niece – Friend). The “pink ribbon” is the universal symbol of breast cancer awareness and is associated with individual generosity, faith and hope. The goal of breast cancer awareness is to raise public awareness for this disease. Supporters believe that greater knowledge will ultimatley lead to earlier detection of breast cancer, which is associated with higher long-term survival rates, and that money raised for breast cancer will produce a permanent cure. The Sugared Violet will join the Glenwood Regional Medical Center to help promote breast cancer awareness at their annual “Think Pink Tea” event Friday, October 5th, 2012. In honor of all the women who have lost their battle to breast cancer, those who continue to fight it and those who have survived it, The Sugared Violet and Trés Bella Magazine feature this special southern pink dessert that we are sure you will enjoy.

Pink Velvet Roulade Serves 8-10

Cake: 4 eggs ¾ cup extra fine granulated sugar 1 tablespoon oil 2 tablespoon buttermilk 1 teaspoon cider vinegar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 drop or small dab rose gel food coloring 1 cup all purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon salt Swiss buttercream Filling: ¼ cup sugar 1 large egg white (use two whites if eggs are small) 12 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 ½ sticks) ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9x13 jellyroll pan with white vegetable shortening and line with parchment; grease parchment paper. In a large bowl, beat eggs with mixer for 5 full minutes. With the mixer still running, slowly add sugar and oil to the whipped eggs. Next, add buttermilk, vinegar, vanilla extract and food coloring. Add food coloring a little at a time until desired color is achieved). Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Slowly add to the liquid ingredients and mix until well combined. Sprinkle a cotton tea towel with powdered sugar and rub sugar into the towel with your hands. Terry cloth towels and towels with a texture are NOT ideal for making cake rolls as the lint will stick to the cake. Pour batter into prepared jellyroll pan and tilt pan to distribute batter evenly. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Cake is down when it springs back when pressed with fingers. When cake is baked turn it out onto the tea towel immediately. Peel off parchment and quickly roll cake into the tea towel, beginning at the narrow end. Roll tightly and as evenly as possible. Place rolled cake on a wire rack seam-side down and let cool completely. Filling: Wisk egg white(s) and sugar together in a large heatproof bowl over a pot of simmering water. Wisk constantly until the sugar melts into the egg white. Check consistency by rubbing a bit between two fingers. If sugar granules remain, keep heating/whisking. When sugar and egg white are blended, transfer to a stand mixer. Whip until the mixture doubles in size. Add vanilla extract, and then whip in softened butter, a little at a time until mixture has thickened to buttercream icing consistency. Assembly: Carefully unwrap/unroll pink velvet cake, allowing the most tightly rolled end to curl slightly. Frost the inside with Swiss buttercream and roll cake back up tightly. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, cut into slices and serve.

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Circa 1970’s Oh, you lucky people who stroll up to the frozen food section to pick out your Thanksgiving turkey. Let me tell you how we used to get our turkey. Now, Miss Maude had this notion that a chicken or turkey or goose or guinea just could not be snatched up off the yard and eaten. Oh, No. That fowl had to be cooped two weeks and fed a special diet that included plenty of clabber and bread scraps in order to “clean him out.” This used to irk Mr. Burgess no end, “Miss Maude, they just been eating corn from the horse trough.” But Miss Maude had seen with her own eyes that those fowl ate something else that didn’t come from the trough. “Here, turkey, turkey,” she called. About a hundred assorted geese, chickens, and guineas joined in the scramble to get the corn. Finally she spotted the turkey and pointed him out. Russell said, “Stand still, I’ll circle around and grab his legs. That old Tom gave a great lurch, snatched his foot free, and with a terrified gobble, took off for the lot. Me, Russell, Sam, Jake Bias, one of the hands and with Mildred bringing up the rear, took off after him. Over and under the cribs and hay loft and barn the chase went. That old gobbler sailed out of the lot into the peach orchard. All of us got slapped smartly in the face with peach tree limbs. We were all whooping like Indians on the war path, and Russell was screaming at us all to stay back and let him catch the turkey. Miss Maude was busy cutting peach tree switches to use later to let us know it wasn’t wise to call that old turkey the names we had picked up at the lot from the hands. With the very last wind left in his body, that old Tom gave a crazed gobble and took to wing and sailed high up into a pecan tree. We threw sticks and screamed and shouted to no avail. Tom meant to stay put. “Mr. Burgess, bring the rifle and see if you can scare that turkey down,” Miss Maude said. Muttering many ***and double *** Mr. Burgess took careful aim and fired. He cut the limb out from under the old Tom. Being exhausted, he fluttered toward the ground, gobbling weakly. Jake Bias raised his arms and old Tom came to rest on his bosom. Now, Jake Bias wasn’t one of the smartest people on the face of the earth. To say that he was a halfwit would be giving him too much credit. All his marbles were rolling backwards. “Here, Jake, put the turkey in the coop,” Miss Maude commanded. “Yes’m, Just as soon as I’se ties my shoe.” Jake leaned over and sat old Tom on the ground in order to tie his shoe. Tom sprang to life, and took off like a bullet for the thicket down at the swale. Miss Maude threatened to take the switch to Jake. We all ran for our lives. Mr. Burgess took the rifle, picked out a likely looking turkey, and shot his head off. He picked him up, went over to the chopping block, picked up the axe and beheaded him, and hung him up to bleed. Turning he said, “Maude, there is your Thanksgiving turkey.” Without another word, he went into the house. That old barnyard turkey was delicious, even though Miss Maude got a little heavy on the sage to cover up the other things he had been eating from the horse trough.


Shining Star children of The zodiac

ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 Someone is not telling you the entire story, Aries. However, you will find a way to fill in the missing details. What you learn will come as a big surprise.

LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 Libra, you are ready to take a leap of faith, but make sure your parachute is on before you do so. Sometimes you tend to err on the side of risky.

TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, reach out to friends and family members for some support. A helping hand always can lift the spirits, and those closest to you will be happy to help.

SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 Scorpio, sometimes you take on too much. But you have a funny way of making it all work out. You will find this to be the case with a situation that presents itself very soon.

GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, you are strong and determined, so the obstacles that arise now will be no match for you. Just keep up the positive thinking and you will prevail.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 Sagittarius, if you keep pushing someone to their limits you may not be happy with the results. It might be a better plan to go with a softer method of inspiration.

CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 Cancer, this now is not the time to harbor secrets. It’s a good policy to always be open and honest with the people with whom you interact on a regular basis.

CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, you are ready for a change, but haven’t zeroed in on just what to do as of yet. A deep conversation later on just might reveal all of the answers.

LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, allow a friend to be the center of attention so he or she can enjoy his or her moments in the sun at an upcoming social event. Your magnetism can be addicting.

AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 It’s best to act while your motivation is high, Aquarius. Otherwise you are prone to extended periods of inactivity. Make the most of your productive moments.

VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, all that time and effort you put into past projects is certainly paying off now. It probably feels good to be back in the game and going along successfully.

PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Pisces, you serve as educator to others, and it suits you just fine. It boosts your spirits to help in unique ways.


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Acupuncture applies traditional Chinese medical theory to diagnose and treat illness, prevent disease and improve well-being. The focus of acupuncture is to treat the core issues of your medical problem.

For Treating: Anxiety Acupuncture stimulates the body’s innate healing Depression mechanisms. Insomnia Chronic Pain Headache Migraine Hypertension Arthritis Fibromyalgia It promotes a

response that stimulates the body’s

ability to spontaneously heal injuries to the tissue through nervous,

immune and endocrine system

activation. Inserting a needle sends

a signal through the nervous system to the brain, where endorphins,

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norepinephrine and enkephalin

are released. It reduces both the


disease and focus of

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intensity and perception of chronic

pain. Acupuncture relaxes shortened muscles. This in turn releases

pressure on joint structures and nerves, promoting blood flow.


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Acupuncture promotes blood flow. Blood delivers key ingredients needed for healing including oxygen, nutrients absorbed

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• Health Maintenance proper blood flow is vital to promoting maintaining health. Blood stimulates the releaseandof hormones flow decreases as we age and can • Sports Injuries be impacted by trauma, injury and and signaling substances that regulate disease processes. • Sexual Functioning the parasympathetic • Gastrointestinal Healthnervous system. • Cardiovascular Concerns Most people are familiar with this • Cancer Support “fight or flight” response that is • Menopause governed by the sympathetic nervous system. This is the stress response InFertIlIty everyone experiences dailyand in our Dr. that Thomason treats both women men, working with individuals and couples. He uses society. The parasympathetic nervous techniques compatible with IVF and other system has been called the “rest and Assisted reproductive technologies (Art). digest” and also called the “calm and Acupuncture is able to help address a wide connect” system. such Research implicates variety of conditions as elevated FSH, endometriosis, PCOS, amenorrhea, painful impaired parasympathetic function in or irregular menstrual cycles, recurrent a wide range of many chronic health miscarriage and male factor infertility. conditions. Services not covered by Medicare

During your first office visit, Dr. Thomason will collect a detailed medical history, discuss your symptoms, and conduct an examination of your physical and psychological status. Together you will develop a treatment plan to reach your desired goals and periodically re-evaluate your progress.

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Tres Bella October/November 2012  

Local living magazine for Monroe Louisiana and surrounding areas