With the holiday season and party circuit in full swing, I'm also remembering my 2006 New Year's resolutions ' being healthy, happy and on constant holiday. To get a head start for 2007 in the health and happiness department, I recently walked for a cause to help stay in shape. The American Heart Association's Heart Walk (for heart and stroke research) was held in River Ranch on a sunny Saturday. My good friends of Van Eaton and Romero rubbed elbows with Party Girl, rather than tripping over my toes. Good thing this event was all about pace, not a race.
The good doctors at Opelousas General further helped my recurring resolution for a healthy new year at the open house celebrating the relocation of the Opelousas General Health System's Physical & Occupational Therapy Outpatient facility. Doctors, therapists and board members enjoyed healthy treats and inspiring speeches. Being healthy consists of many things like getting enough exercise â?¦ and running to another party!
Since culture always makes me feel happy, I trucked over to the Frame Shop and Gallery 912's artist reception on Friday, Dec. 8. The event marked the debut of Vergie Banks' new serigraphs, featuring her celebrated "Little Red Tricycle" series. The very limited serigraphs were created by Larry Schuh, a master printer from Lake Charles. All in attendance were filled with joy by the whimsical prints. I left with memories of my childhood flooding my mind. Wish I had my little red tricycle; that would make a great conversation piece to go with a Little Red Tricycle print.
Then it was time to get down to business at the official "Re-Grand Opening" of the Centennial Wireless in Time Plaza and its V.I.P. reception. A complete redesign of the facility was unveiled along with a cake featuring the Centennial Wireless logo from Southside Bakery, fabulous food and beverages from a la carte and an official ribbon cutting with members from the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce. If these holiday business events and parties keep up at this pace, I might have to take a week off to start 2007!
Party On! ' PG
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OCT 31 The National Journal posts another story from its visit to NOLA, this one about the struggling Vietnamese shrimpers in the area. The publication has been looking at how the state is recovering from Katrina, nine years later.
OCT 31 The New York Times posts this look at Louisiana politics, and how national issues are forcing out the old-time local politicking. Of course they mention EWE, aptly described as an old-time politician known for "charming one half of the state and mortifying the other."
OCT 31 Here's an AP story on the ABC site about Louisiana's chicken little response to an international medical conference planned in NOLA this weekend. Organizers (who are actual physicians, as opposed to the hand-wringing state officials who issued the edicts) say the orders are "unfortunate" given that a main focus of the meeting was Ebola.
OCT 31 Given the things Bobby Jindal has said and done since he's been governor, it's a pretty safe bet he thinks we're a bunch of dummies. Apparently, he's sure President Obama is one, too. This story on Huff Post quotes Jindal as saying the president - a graduate of Harvard Law - should sue to get his money back. (What should a Brown biology grad who doesn't believe in evolution do?)
OCT 31 Us old folks are used to a two-party system, although most of us aren't sold on its success. But what if that system wasn't in place; what if politics reflected the true level of diversity among voters? That's what an LSU student is dreaming of in this editorial. He sees the two parties' control of our politics as limiting.
OCT 31 And you thought the Senate race was dirty. This post on the Forward Now blog tells the story of a Shreveport mayoral campaign worker who was paid to "infiltrate" and "sabotage" an opponent's campaign. Karma's a beeotch, though, because turns out the guy really liked the "enemy," and now he's supporting her. For real.
OCT 30 The National Journal offers this analysis of Bobby Jindal's willingness to stump in any Senate campaign that's not in Louisiana. Why is that? The Journal asks some GOPers and finds that the answer is one we already know: he's so unpopular here, because he's been so busy running for President, that his support might be "toxic."
OCT 30 Blogger Tom Aswell is still all over the OGB mess - and all by himself, apparently. In this post, he's revealing orders from the Jindal administration to destroy records from the state employee health insurance plan. Those orders (he's heard) have angered the Secretary of State and caused an administration lawyer to quit her job. Wow!
OCT 30 A NOLA lady has alleged she was drugged and raped at a Bywater club that had a clothing-optional policy until recently, and she's now become the victim of a smear campaign, columnist Jarvis DeBerry writes in this post. She chose to reveal her story and her name, and she's being punished for that now, he says.
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