Redemption, Recovery and Restoration in Cenla

Posted August 2015

August 2015 CoverAccording to Webster’s dictionary, redemption is defined as to ransom, free or rescue by paying a price or to convert into something of value.  To restore is to give back, return or put back into use or service.  In terms of alcohol and other drugs, recovery does just that for those affected by the abuse or dependency of alcohol and/or drugs.  Until the early 20th century, dependency was viewed as a moral issue.  “If only they were strong enough…had enough willpower…had enough faith…loved their family more…” were familiar refrains.  Over time, we have come to recognize that alcohol and other drug abuse/dependency is a complex biopsychosocial process. Addictions are insidious killers of societies, families and individuals.  The toll is physical, [...]

River Oaks Features More Artists Than Ever in August

Posted August 2015

On August 15th, River Oaks Arts Center will host its first ever Mini-Resident Artists Show, featuring over 150 students from the popular Summer Arts Studio arts camp that took place during June and July. “Our Summer Arts program has been around for over twenty years, which makes it the longest running visual art camp for […]

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The Hidden Nature of “Good”

Posted August 2015

“For whatever a person sows, that he will also reap.” Galatians 6:7   Things that are considered to be “good” usually have a hidden nature.  What seems to be good has the capacity to be bad.  Even a good person has the capacity for evil.  Joseph Stribling was a typical 18-year-old, whatever “typical” is.  He […]

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Pops on the River Returns to the Riverfront

Posted August 2015

Along with LSU football, one of the most recognized signifiers that it is fall in Cenla is the Rapides Symphony’s “Pops on the River”.   This year, we’re back outside at the Riverfront Amphitheater on Saturday, September 26th with a concert we’re calling “A Starry, Starry Night”.  The star of our concert is legendary New Orleans […]

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Bad Apples and Bad Barrels, Why Place Matters

Posted August 2015

Louisiana suffers from a plethora of poor statistics:  high obesity, high teenage pregnancy, high infant mortality, high STD/HIV rates, high poverty, high incarceration rates and high murder rates.  The South, by and large, shares Louisiana’s poor outcomes.  But even within the region (and the state), the statistics vary greatly from place to place and from […]

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Smart Kids

Posted August 2015

As our children grow older and wiser than their parents, there remain several topics that we must provide guidance and information for shaping their future. One, of course, is the “birds and bees” talk that is difficult to begin but absolutely required. Another is the importance of church and the lessons learned from reading and […]

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LSUA 5K

Posted August 2015

Join the LSUA student-athletes and run with the Generals on Saturday, September 26th.  The 5K will take place on the LSUA campus and begins at 8:30am.  In addition to the 5K, there will also be a one-mile fun run with each participant receiving a t-shirt, prizes and a surprise bonus.   Registration is available online […]

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