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Articles in Exceptional Lives, April Blackburn, Mandy Cowley, Cristian Hardy, Turn the Page, Family Life and Holidays

A Love Letter to Baton Rouge: All the Things We Miss

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As my family begins its seventh week of isolation, home-centeredness, physical distancing, lockdown or whatever you want to call it, we’re all feeling itchy, missing the things we love most. Beyond missing physically seeing our family and friends, of... Read full article

A Gold Medal Life: Full and Wondrous

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Julia Hawkins has been a mother for 73 years, giving birth for the first time on her 30th birthday, and now she is 103. ... Read full article

Finding Strength in the Struggle

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“I don’t remember a time when I was ever not conscience of my weight. I did a lot of swimming and played a lot of sports, but I was heavier. I was a bigger kid,” shares Jessica Stafford. When Jessica was 15 years old, she was in a bike accident tha... Read full article

New Year, New You

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Reconnecting after the holidays.... Read full article

It’s Hot, Baby! Keeping Little Ones Safe in the Heat

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Louisiana summers offer a unique sort of heat. And when it comes to babies, it can be downright dangerous. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), excessive heat poses the greatest danger to infants and children up to four years old.... Read full article



Have Baby, Will Travel

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All of that to say we tried it because we had no other choice. We have learned that while travel with a baby is different, it’s also completely doable and a new adventure.... Read full article

Thriving Theater Passion Follows Hearing Loss Recovery Journey

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For 21-year-old Grace Graugnard, hearing limitations never registered when she was a child, even though she wore hearing aids and eventually received cochlear implants.... Read full article

Magnet or Charter? What Are the Benefits?

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Colorful billboards for different schools line the interstate. Parents drive through the city and see school signs boasting the best qualities through branding and marketing. But, what are the real benefits of them?... Read full article

The One Word You Must Teach Your Toddler

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You’ve likely been there before. While playing with your busy toddler in your yard, his excitement gets the best of him and off he goes! He’s quickly running toward the street and you’re chasing him after him as fast as you can, which only leads him ... Read full article

Strategies for a Stress-free Christmas

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Learn how to relieve stress during the holidays.... Read full article

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