Author: Errol Laborde

From the Editor: From Abbeville To Zwolle

One semester in college I had a professor who started every class with the same question, “Is anybody here from Clarence?” After the first couple of classes it was evident that none of us was from the Natchitoches Parish village,…

From the Editor: Our Commitment

A SPECIAL EDITORIAL We have all experienced our Evangeline Oak moments this year. In 1928 Huey Long, a then little-known candidate for governor, stood beneath the oak and made a speech that is a classic in American politics. Referring to…

From the Editor: Galloping Through the Decades

Hardly anyone knows it, but this year the Cajun Courir De Mardi Gras approaches the 70th anniversary of its revival. Had it not been for a few men wanting to rescue a lost ritual there would be no customs to…

From the Editor: Christmases' Midnights

What I remember most about going to Christmas midnight mass as a kid was the men standing outside the church until the last moment before the mass began. I didn’t know it at the time, but that was a French…

From the editor: A gubernatorial story

This is a gubernatorial election year, which raises the admittedly dorky question, to me at least: Who was governor 100 years ago? That would be in 1919. Well, it turns out the answer has significance in two of the state’s…

From the Editor: Easy Rider at 50

Fifty years ago, the search for the meaning of life wound through Louisiana with stops in the Pointe Coupee parish town of Morganza and in St. Mary Parish on the way to New Orleans. The motorcycle riders never found the…

Sister Act: Answering the Sibling Question

The sibling question is such a hard one for me to successfully answer, and I get asked it all the time. Everyone does. It is a typical “get to know you” question, ostensibly harmless: “Do you have any brothers or…

Health

Rare Surgery Saves Newborn SHREVEPORT – In late February, Brendicianna Turner was having what was supposed to be a routine ultrasound when doctors noticed that her son, who was at full term, had an underdeveloped jaw. “I thought I might…

Dreams and Dresses

When the sonographer first told me I was having a second daughter, I had a brief moment of … not disappointment, exactly, because I was so happy about everything else the baby had – a four-chambered heart! a brain! the…

Across the Ages: Having Kids Five Years Apart

Most of the time, I barely even think about the large age gap between my two daughters – it just is what it is. Earlier this week, though, I found myself in the office hooked up to a breast pump…

Health

FOUR LOUISIANA HOSPITALS PICKED TO PROMOTE NATIONAL BREAST-FEEDING PROGRAM OPELOUSAS – Although it is widely known that breast-feeding for at least a year has numerous health benefits for both mothers and infants, half of the infants born in the U.S.…

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Stair Masters in Shreveport SHREVEPORT – LSU Health Shreveport employees and students are making a conscious effort to take the stairs instead of the elevators as they move around campus. Daci Platt, a research associate and Master of Public Health…

Health: Medical News in Louisiana

Rapides Regional Is a Top Performer ALEXANDRIA – Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria recently was named one of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission. It is the only hospital in Central Louisiana to…

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State Health Care Plan Pushed Back BATON ROUGE – The launch of a private sector-based health care system for Louisiana’s low-income residents has been pushed back until February, according to Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce Greenstein. The…

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Medical/Residential Complex Gets Under Way LAKE CHARLES — On July 20, the City Council approved annexation of 76 acres of land off of Nelson Road for a multiuse development that will include a surgical specialty hospital, a rehab hospital, a…

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Nurse-Led Clinic Opens in Cenla PINEVILLE – Central Louisiana residents now have another option for medical care. Louisiana College’s Loving Care: Nurse-Led Clinic opened in May and serves LC faculty and area residents. The goal of the clinic, located next…

Mississippi and Alabama Travel

The beach is the quintessential summer vacation destination: the perfect place to relax with a best seller and a frosty beverage while your kids work on tans or sandcastles, depending on their ages. But even perfection can get boring after…

The Straight Poop

Ben Franklin famously said that the only things certain in life are death and taxes. He’s mostly right, but he forgot one other thing –– dirty diapers. But just because they’re a necessary evil doesn’t mean that they can’t also…