Archive for March, 2013

47th Annual Tom Peyton Memorial Arts Festival Begins April 12th

Posted March 2013

For more than four decades, the Tom Peyton Memorial Arts Festival has offered a variety of exhibits and programs in Central Louisiana, including the first juried exhibit in the area. The 47th annual Festival is no exception.  The competitive exhibit showcases more than 70 works from regional artists. The opening reception on April 12th features […]

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Josh Hyde & The Hitchhikers “The Green Room”

Posted March 2013

The Green Room is the most vibrant and funkiest soul of Josh Hyde’s five CD’s. Growing funk: New Orleans Hammond B3 organ player John Gros (Papa Grows Funk) plays on three tracks: “Falling”, “The Cost of Loving You”, and “Undone”.  Seven additional new original songs encapsulate the tradition of New Orleans soul and funk, resulting […]

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Louisiana Health Rankings: 49th and Rising?

Posted March 2013

United Health Foundation recently published its 2012 America’s Health Rankings.  All of the states are ranked according to a collection of “health determinants” (or factors) and “health outcomes.”  Determinants include many aspects of behavior, community characteristics, policy and clinical care that determine health outcomes (such as diabetes, infant mortality, cardiovascular deaths, cancer deaths and premature […]

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March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Posted March 2013

Colon cancer affects more than 140,000 Americans each year and is the second most common cause of cancer death in the United States. Improvements in screening and treatment are helping to lower this number, but there are still far too many patients that put off screening and needlessly delay their treatment. If everyone 50 or […]

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Herpes Zoster (Shingles) Affect on the Eye

Posted March 2013

One of the viruses that cause herpetic eye disease is the varicella-zoster strain.  This is the same virus that causes chicken pox in the young, and shingles in older individuals.  This is not the virus that causes genital herpes; shingles is not a sexually transmitted disease.  The varicella-zoster virus lies dormant (inactive) in the nervous […]

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Parental Care

Posted March 2013

None of my kids live in or around Alexandria. They are already telling me that I am going to have to move closer to them so that when I get “old” there will be someone to take care of me. This past week, one of our elderly clients was admitted to the hospital and may […]

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The Inaugural Bizzy Awards

Posted March 2013

  It’s time to roll out the red carpet! The Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce Business Awards dinner and ceremony will provide local businesses the opportunity to celebrate and be recognized for their achievements in 12 categories. The inaugural Chamber Business Awards ceremony will be held on Friday, April 12th at 6:30pm at the Sai […]

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Design It To Work!

Posted March 2013

Classes at LSUA are almost at the mid-semester point.  For the first time in a number of years, I am again teaching an art structure class. We used to call this class Design, but now it has a fancier title. The purpose of the class is still the same, though—to teach students the various art […]

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Women: An Emerging Financial Power

Posted March 2013

The amount of wealth influenced by women and the rate at which it has been increasing are remarkable. Women are responsible for approximately $18.4 trillion in consumer spending, and hold approximately 30 percent of global wealth. They are the sole financial decision-makers for one-third of households in the United States, and 95 percent are involved […]

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Enjoying the Second Half of Life (Part 1)

Posted March 2013

I went to Lake Charles recently to baptize a great-granddaughter in a church I served back in the 70’s. After the church service, a former parishioner came up to me and said: “It’s amazing, just amazing.” “What’s amazing?” I asked. “That you are still alive!” she exclaimed.   It’s not only “amazing” but “wonderful”, because […]

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