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Articles in Local Profile, Madeline Rathle, April Guides and Holidays

Changing Families, Changing Traditions

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When there is a death, divorce or remarriage in the family, the holiday season is laden with change.... Read full article

Expert Tips on Handling Holiday Havoc

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Do the visions of sugarplums dancing in your head get flattened by your massive “To do” list each holiday season? Does the dream of a perfect white Christmas have you seeing red when it comes to dealing with family schedules? If your holiday travels ... Read full article

Our Christmas Playlist

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We all have that one song that gets us in the holiday spirit. Here are a few of our favorites.... Read full article

No Santa Here (Except When He Is)

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“What are you asking Santa to bring you for Christmas?” Strangers in the grocery store and well-meaning friends at church ask my daughters this question without fail throughout December. My girls can usually answer, translating the question to the ... Read full article

25 Days of Peace

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The angels proclaimed on the first Christmas, “Peace and goodwill to all.” Yet, the Christmas season seems to be about everything but peace in our hectic, consumeristic society. We can sing all the Christmas tunes we want about peace, but unless we ... Read full article



The Big Buddy Program

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Forty years ago, an LSU psychology class started a class project after their teacher decided they should have an off-campus mentoring experience. The students partnered with a local woman who was running a daycare center in her home, and when the cla... Read full article

Christmas is the Best Season

by Jami Redmond and Katrina Liza on

Before kids, Christmas felt a lot less stressful. My first year as a mom, I found myself buying Christmas presents in the Spring. I stored them away in a closet and would pick up toys and gifts all year long. I think that’s the most significant chang... Read full article

Manners of the Heart

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She began going to lunch, armed with red paper napkins and silly puppets with spaghetti-filled mouths, to teach the children basic table manners, how to write thank-you notes, and how to have respect for one another.... Read full article

Deaf Focus

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Deaf people can do anything except hear. This is the truth that Deaf Focus and everyone who works there wants you to know. Deaf Focus is a nonprofit organization that exists to fill gaps in the community for Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing in... Read full article

5 Ways to Keep the Holidays Jolly

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Christmas is normally a time of togetherness, where families and communities can experience the season with each other. However, this Christmas is looking to be different because of the spread of COVID-19 and safety guidelines suggesting that everyon... Read full article

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