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By Meagan Russell
In Bayou Outdoors
Jun 26th, 2014
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Freedom in the Great Outdoors article by Dan Chason As we welcome another year of Independence for our country, I cannot help but think back to our Founding Fathers and the reasons that this nation was founded.  One word describes it all:  freedom.  That freedom is never more apparent than when in th...
By Meagan Russell
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May 21st, 2014
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Packing Like a Pro article by Erin Sharplin Love Summer is fast approaching, and that means it’s time to start prepping for that upcoming beach trip!  When it comes to packing for the beach, “minimal” is the word you should live (and pack) by.  Admit it…lugging around a heavy, overly-packed bag isn’t...
By Meagan Russell
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May 21st, 2014
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article by Angela Genusa After the kids get done with all the summer camp fun, they’re gonna be hungry.  Here are some deals on meals almost every day of the week that will make parents happy campers, too. (Be sure to call participating restaurants to confirm details.) MONDAY O’Charley’s ...
By Meagan Russell
In Bayou Outdoors
May 21st, 2014
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KIA:  Fallujah, Iraq 23 June 2005 article by Dan Chason Every father dreads the day that his daughter finds the man of her dreams and moves on with her life.  I am and was no different.  My daughter, Danielle is an exceptional woman.  To understand how exceptional, I will divulge some things that hav...
By Meagan Russell
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May 21st, 2014
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New Orleans’ Saints tight end, Ben Watson, talks to BayouLife about football, his passion for family and his foundation One More. The country song “Chain of Love” was released in 2000 and sung by Clay Walker. It was a song about how one random act of kindness can be passed along and somehow it ends [...
By Meagan Russell
In Center Block
Apr 25th, 2014
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Roosevelt Wright’s gambit to change the game of education with his new school, Excellence Academy. article by Michael DeVault | photography by Joli Livaudais When the Monroe City School Board approved granting a charter for a new middle school, few people in the community believed the organizers woul...
By Meagan Russell
In Center Block
Apr 25th, 2014
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How to Protect Your Loved Ones From Financial Abuse     by Angela Genusa “Granny!” sobbed Justin* into the phone, in a voice she barely recognized because of the muffled crying, “If you don’t send me $1,700, they won’t let me out of jail here.” Here was the Dominican Republic, of all places, where Ju...
By Meagan Russell
In Bayou Icon
Apr 25th, 2014
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Adele Ransom article by Michael DeVault | photography by Joli Livaudais “Have you ever been to Sedona?” she asks. She’s seated in a high-backed chair that makes her look much smaller than her impossibly small frame. A shock of white hair whisps across her forehead, perpetually winds...
By Meagan Russell
In Center Block
Mar 31st, 2014
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New Orleans-based Tipitina’s Foundation has a new outpost in Monroe article by Michael DeVault Live music in northeast Louisiana has a new champion with an old name, now that New Orleans-based Tipitina’s Foundation has a permanent outpost in Monroe. Tipitina’s held its first event, a Sund...
By Meagan Russell
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Mar 31st, 2014
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Baby Boomers Find New Careers at Mid-Life by Angela Genusa Former school teacher Lauren Lancaster of West Monroe had always imagined what retirement would be like. “I thought that I would go to the luncheons at the church, do some volunteer work, read and clean up my house, maybe work in my yard, and...