Philanthropy in Cenla: The Central Louisiana Community Foundation

Posted November 2014

November 2014 CoverThere are many tales of generosity in Central Louisiana.  Let’s start with one about a loving and faith-filled woman now living in Pineville.  As she and her husband accumulated wealth over the years, their unassuming lifestyle never changed.  Instead, they used their means to support ministries and other organizations dedicated to helping those in need.  When he passed, she turned to trusted advisors to help determine the way she could give most effectively–how she could maximize her giving to do the most good.  In 2013, she established the Harvest Fund of the Central Louisiana Community Foundation, a donor advised fund that distributes grants totaling over $200,000 annually.  And still today, you wouldn’t recognize her on the streets.  She chooses to [...]

Courbet and Cubism: Really?

Posted November 2014

My grandson is taking a course in art history at his German university. When it came time to write the paper, I got the “help!” call. He had been assigned a quotation written by Gustave Courbet (1819-1877) in a letter to a colleague. In his letter, Courbet put forth his idea that artists must paint […]

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Making Molehills Out of Mountains

Posted November 2014

The other day, I intercepted a rumor.  It was an average rumor, not much larger or smaller than any other morsel of news.  I could do one of two things with it.  I could forget it, letting it die on the vine; or I could take and add to it, embellish it, magnify it and […]

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Arts Council of Central LouIsiana Presents Abendmusik Alexandria

Posted November 2014

The Arts Council of Central Louisiana presents Abendmusik Alexandria’s third concert, Young People’s Concert, featuring the Young Artists Chamber Orchestra of Alexandria which will take place on Thursday, November 13th at 6:00pm at the Hearn Stage in the Kress Theatre in Downtown Alexandria.   Titled “Young People’s Concert” after the series Leonard Bernstein and the […]

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Opioid Abuse: A National Epidemic

Posted November 2014

Abuse of opioids (narcotic pain relievers) in the U.S. has increased four times over the last decade.  Deaths from opioid pain relievers have simultaneously increased at the same rate.  While states vary in their statistics, Louisiana ranks among the higher states for use and among the highest for opioid-related deaths.  Over 5% of adult Louisianans […]

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2014 Tax Returns May Be More Complex

Posted November 2014

The October 10, 2014 Kiplinger Tax Letter predicts that filling out a tax return may be more difficult next April because of the health reform law. For example, if you received a subsidy for your premiums, you will have to reconcile the subsidy received in advance with the actual credit you were entitled to, using […]

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Road Trip

Posted November 2014

My mother and I recently took a six-hour road trip. It was the first road trip we had taken together in probably fifteen years, and the last one was under not so pleasant circumstances.  But this was a fun, girls’ road trip.  I will admit I have difficulty focusing on one thing for any period […]

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