Archive for April, 2014

Local Artist Makes Donations to Rapides Parish Library

Posted April 2014

Nationally renowned artist Mr. Morris Taft Thomas is giving back to the community with a generous donation for the new, soon-to-open Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch of the Rapides Parish Library.  Mr. Thomas has graciously offered to donate both a painting of Dr. King, and an 8-foot-tall sculpture honoring the late Dr. King.  The painting, […]

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Mayhaw Vinaigrette

Posted April 2014

It’s Mayhaw time in Louisiana, so whip up a batch of this mayhaw vinaigrette that is sure to please!  It’s excellent on salads, as a dipping sauce for egg rolls, or for use as a meat marinade prior to grilling or baking. – – – –  –   Ingredients 1 Cup Mayhaw Juice 1/3 Cup […]

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Survivor Decisions

Posted April 2014

Recently, I had a client ask me a question concerning her eligibility for survivor benefits for Social Security. Social security and IRA’s can be two sources of confusion for the surviving spouse. Most people realize that a widow or widower is entitled to a Social Security survivor benefit that is equal to 100% of the […]

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Like Teacher, Like Student

Posted April 2014

Like most college professors in the arts, I teach a combination of lecture and studio courses. Lecture classes in art history and appreciation tend to be larger classes, as students are often required to fulfill a certain number of hours in the arts and humanities, regardless of major. Some of my most outstanding art history […]

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MayFest Set for May 2nd & 3rd

Posted April 2014

Music, art, crafts, food and more will be featured during the Annual MayFest Arts & Crafts Festival, set for May 2nd and 3rd in the Downtown Leesville Historic District. Sponsored by the Vernon Parish Tourism Commission, the festival has been a favorite among Vernon Parish residents and visitors alike for decades, offering free musical entertainment […]

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The Arts Council of Central Louisiana Presents The Retrieval

Posted April 2014

The Arts Council of Central Louisiana is proud to present the upcoming film, “The Retrieval,” one of the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers’ newest offerings.  The story is a Civil War-era Western in which a fatherless boy is sent to find a wrongfully-convicted man.   The film illuminates the unfolding of their relationship as they […]

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Health Insurance for the Rest of 2014

Posted April 2014

Now that open enrollment is over for individuals to purchase health insurance, what happens next? Either you have decided to pay a tax of $95.00/person (or 1% of your income), or you have health insurance. Congratulations to those of you that now have health insurance, or have at least applied for health insurance by March […]

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When the Tongue Gets Ahead of the Brain

Posted April 2014

We’ve all done it.  We’ve talked before our brains can process the words.  It’s a universal malady.  Let me confess a small example.  Rev. Donne Wilkinson and I were standing at the grave of the late Mathilde Bradford.  Mathilde was one of those wonderful ageless persons who loved to work with children as a social […]

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Changing Guidelines for Hypertension and Hypercholesterolemia

Posted April 2014

For those who are interested in preventive care—which should be everyone—there has been some comfort and consistency in recognizing and achieving goals suggested by your physician.  These are not arbitrary goals, but the result of recommendations produced by expert panels from distinguished organizations (notably the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association and the […]

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Haven of Hope

Posted April 2014

New to our community is the Haven of Hope, a community-based outreach ministry of Horseshoe Dr. Baptist Church in Alexandria. Ministries offered at the church include a resale shop, free medical clinic, food pantry and a licensed therapist.   The Clothes Closet Etc. is a resale shop that is open to the general public. The […]

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