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Attitudes

Jan 16, 2017

Since the founding of America, attitudes toward nature have changed and they continue to do so.  Early pioneers maintained a European mind-set, considering nature an entity to be conquered, civilized and rid of competing wild beasts as necessary.  The theory of manifest destiny reflected a theological belief that settlers were divinely appointed to "use" the earth for the enhancement of civilization, no holds barred.  Such attitudes eventually led to the decimation of Native Americans and the extinction or near extinction of several animals.

 

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Not everyone is rich. So, does the profession of financial planning have anything to offer to the average or even poor person? What could just plain old regular folks do to live better?

I have met individuals worth multiple millions who had no time, no love and no peace in their lives. I have also met others who could list all their possessions on the back of a napkin whose family, community and lifestyle were a constant source of joy to them.

So let’s begin with the understanding that wealth never made anyone rich and poverty never made anyone…well, poor.

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The Louisiana's Master Gardeners Club is holding the seventh annual January Gardening Seminar Saturday, January 14th at the West Monroe Convention Center. This event is in collaboration with West Monroe's annual Ag Fest.

The seminar is focused on local foods. According to Kerry Heafner, northeast Louisiana's climate allows for a diverse agricultural crop. Local farmers can grow sweet potatoes, rice, and various fruits along with harvesting local eggs and honey from Louisiana's numerous bee farms. 

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Project 41 is hosting the annual White As Snow Gala at the Monroe Convention Center on Friday, January 13 from 7 p.m.to 9 p.m.. The event is organized to raise awareness and educate the community on the realities of sex trafficking. 

Project 41 is a local non profit organization founded to rescue, value, and transform the lives of victims of sex trafficking. Co founder and executive producer of Project 41, Lindsey Nadler, shares that, "there are over 27 millions victims right now that are trapped in the sex industry. This is happening in every city, every town, and every state."

Carolina Parakeet

Jan 9, 2017

They were thought of as noisy mobs of rogues hell-bent on destruction.  They swarmed the grain fields and orchards of European settlers consuming the fruits of hard labor.  If they possessed redeeming qualities it was only after they were dead and skinned, either for decoration on women's hats or fried in lard for the table.  Linnaeus named them Carolina parakeets in 1758, and within that group there was a subspecies with slightly different colored plumage called the Louisiana parakeet.

 

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Sometimes the numbers seem to say one thing, but real life screams something else.

That’s the case when I talk to young people with lots and lots of college debt to pay off.

The voices in their head say something like this:

Box Turtles

Jan 4, 2017

That an old, time-marred box turtle in my hand today could be the same one held by my great grandfather on the edge of this swamp a hundred years ago infers a connection mystical if not spiritual.  Though unlikely, it is possible.

 

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Saturday, January 7th the Monroe Athletic Club is hosting the 2017 Yogathon.  This year's Yogathon is benefiting Pilots for Patients. 

For those who aren't familiar with the idea of a Yogathon, think of a marathon. In a marathon, one runs all day, and in a Yogathon, one can take yoga classes all day. The Monroe Athletic Club offers different level classes starting at a beginner's yoga class and moving up to more advanced yoga levels. 

Feeding Birds

Dec 26, 2016

Nothing can brighten a gray winter day faster than a splash of crimson cardinals or goldfinches gathered at a window side bird feeder.  The popularity of bird feeding continues to grow, and a recent report estimates that 63 million Americans provide food for wild birds, spending more than $2.5 billion on birdseed and feeding supplies each year.

 

Seemingly unrelated political decisions often impact wildlife resources and lead to a cascade of unanticipated events in the most unlikely of places.  That U.S. policy in Iraq and Iran could suddenly influence my daily biological work in the spectacular Lacassine marshes of southwestern Louisiana is a good example.  The nexus involves humans' peculiar obsession with fish eggs, and the story line goes like this.

 

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