Archive for November, 2014

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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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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November 2014 Picture Page

Posted November 2014

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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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Sweet Potato Streusel and Bisque of Curried Pumpkin, Crawfish and Corn

Posted November 2014

I absolutely love the smells of fall: pumpkin, pears, apple and our locally grown and harvested sweet potatoes.  Many varieties are available throughout Avoyelles Parish; Orleans, Beauregard, Evangeline, Jewel and even one just with a number (#50146) or a white fleshed variety (Benita) that is also farmed locally.  Here are a couple of favorite recipes […]

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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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Willie Mae Kennedy

Posted November 2014

Folks around Leesville proclaim that Willie Mae Kennedy has a heart of gold. She is known throughout Vernon Parish as a compassionate soul as she has dedicated decades of her life to volunteer work.  “I feel blessed to help others anyway I can. When you volunteer, you are helping others and don’t have time to […]

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Louis Mykoff: Running the Distance to Make a Difference

Posted November 2014

Athlete Louis Mykoff hopes to inspire others to make a difference in people’s lives by running ultramarathons.  Recently, Mykoff raised nearly $23,000 for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)—also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease—research by completing an ultramarathon of his own design. He ran 125 miles in five days on the Mississippi River bank levee from downtown […]

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Jewish Temple In Alexandria Celebrates Two Historic Milestones

Posted November 2014

Congregation Gemiluth Chassodim–the Jewish Temple in Alexandria—celebrated two major historic milestones, just before Rosh Hashanah, 5775: the synagogue’s admission to the National Register of Historic Places and the 155th Anniversary of the founding of the Congregation, an event called “An Afternoon of History”.   Current and former members, friends of the Congregation, neighbors and the […]

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