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2015 HHMCD

2015 HHMCD

Our 17th annual event is April 18, 2015!
Thank you all for participating.  Below are the various elements which have been approved.


Flyer (2 sided)

Flyer Front

Flyer Back

Pre-event Press Release

1 of 4 Newspaper ads

These are now posted to the hhmcd web site.

For your convenience, here are the Volunteer form and Food/Beverage Donation form.

Attached are two recycling handouts we will be providing those who visit on April 18th.  We encourage you to post these on your site too.  I will also post to

Recycling Handout and St. Charles Additional Recycling Handout

Thank you!


Jan L. Herrington
(225) 295-3125 - office
(225) 939-6101 - mobile

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Cosmology and the Evolution of the Universe

Martin Ratcliffe

Martin Ratcliffe


Martin has been an amateur astronomer since 1968, when he received his first telescope. He is a contributing editor for the national magazine, “Astronomy”, and has written their Night Sky column since 1996. He is currently employed as Director of Professional Development, Sky-Skan, Inc, a planetarium company, and is a former President of the International Planetarium Society (2001-2002),. He is author of four books, including Night Sky Revealed (Barnes and Noble), State of the Universe 2007 & 2008 (Springer), Cosmology and the Evolution of the Universe (ABC-CLIO), and currently is a series editor for Springer Briefs in Astronomy. He moved from England to the USA in 1991 to direct the Buhl Planetarium at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, PA, and later ran the CyberDome theater at Exploration Place, Wichita KS. He has filmed total eclipses of the Sun for television, and enjoys astronomical photography from his own home-built observatory in Wichita. He is a past council member of the British Astronomical Association and Society for Popular Astronomy (UK). He earned his Bachelor’s of Science degree from University College London (England) in Astronomy.  Martin is an adjunct lecturer at Wichita State University and a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.

About the Book:

Cosmology and the Evolution of the Universe is a volume in the Greenwood Guide to the Universe Series.  Cosmology encompasses everything in the universe.  It is the ultimate big picture.  We humans have recently come to understand that the formation and origin of everything around us – are intimately related in a deep and fundamental way.  It’s a fantastic story, based on real objects in the universe.  Uncovering the intriguing details about our universe, how it came to be, and what it is made of, is the subject of this book.  It’s designed to introduce any adult, or student entering college, to our universe.  It is purposefully written in an accessible way that is easy for nonspecialist readers to follow.  The book will also be useful to the planetarium professional, and any teacher in high school and college who wants a nonmathematical introduction to cosmology.  Modern planetariums of today are able to display the new three-dimensional maps of the entire know universe.  By escaping from the grip of an Earth-bound view of the old days, they can now tell the modern story of cosmology as easily as showing the constellations.  This book will help them tell the story.

The story is about how we come to know what the universe is made of, how stars and galaxies are formed, and how we understand the distant echoes embedded in the light now being received by our telescopes.  No mathematical background is required – simply an inquisitive nature about the origin, evolution, and future of the universe.

This volume in the Greenwood Guides to the Universe Series is designed to convey what an exciting time it is to be alive, and to become aware of the amazing steps we have made, as a species, in understanding our universe and how it works.


Martin is listed as Series editor of these Springer Publisher publications.

The Moon's Near Side Megabasin and Far Side Bulge - Charles Byrne

Space Weather and Coronal Mass Ejections - Tim Howard


Measuring the Angular Momentum of Supermassive Black Holes - L Brenneman


Constant-Scale Natural Boundary Mapping to reveal global and cosmic processes - Pamela Clark


How We Met!

Martin Ratcliffe is employed by Sky-Skan Inc., one of the IPS2012 sponsors, and we met at the Baton Rouge Irene W. Pennington Planetarium during the week-long conference.  We soon discovered a shared appreciation of books and photography.  He is the author of five books, writes regular columns for Astronomy magazine and has his own backyard observatory.  I think it is funny that he lives in Kansas, yet has never watched "The Wizard of Oz!" However, he is originally from England and does see James Bonds movies.  Since IPS, I have had he pleasure of working with Sky-Skan and Martin at Digital Sky Academy training meetings. 

Recent newsSee this same link on the News page too.

September 5, 2014
As seen in the September edition of Astronomy Magazine, an article by Martin Ratcliffe, "Mars Meets Its Rival."  Read the article:




Additional Books





Other Interesting Links


December 11, 2014
A photograph taken by Martin Ratcliffe was selected by NASA's APOD (Astronomy Photograph of the Day)!

CNN Interview with Miles O'Brien:

Interview on March 10, 2014 in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Going beyond the dome
Schools using their planetariums, observatories for more than star-gazing



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Painting...a Quest Toward Xtraordinary! and Watercolor...Let's Think About It!

Judi Betts

Judi Betts, AWS


I am a PAINTER who teaches,

not a teacher who paints.” Judi Betts



“Artists should doodle more and Google less!”     Judi Betts

Judi Betts nws, aws has attained an international reputation for her transparent watercolor paintings. Her paintings have won over 100 awards in major competitions i.e. The National Academy of Design, American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society and Watercolor USA. Paintings by Judi appear on national TV, wine labels (5 International Awards in label competition), CDs, DVDs and in over 35 books. Invitational exhibitions include State of the Art, Taiwan Art Education Institute, Federation of Canadian Artists, Walt Disney’s EPCOT Center, Allied Artists of America at the Butler Institute, Pogan Galleries (CA), “Masters of Watercolor”, and Selected Artists of the National Arts Club.  Judi’s paintings were selected to be exhibited in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Invitational Exhibitions of Contemporary International Water-Media Masters, sponsored by the Jiangsu Watercolor Research Institute in Nanjing, China. Another of her paintings was selected for inclusion in the Inaugural Shanghi Zhujiajiao International Watercolor Biennial in Shanghai. Her work is included in the E Gene Crain Collection (Newport Beach, CA). Two of her paintings were selected for viewing when portions of the collection were displayed at the Oceanside (CA) Museum of Art. The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association featured CATTLE CALL on the June 2012 cover of their internationally circulated publication. Judi’s painting, COALIE and JAKE, was selected by the Springfield Art Museum to receive their Purchase Award from WATERCOLOR USA’S 50th Anniversary Exhibition in 2011. Judi’s painting FRESH START was selected to be exhibited in the 2009-2010 Exchange Exhibition between the Japan Watercolor Federation and Watercolor USA Honor Society. The exhibit was displayed in Tokyo in the Japanese National Art Center in April 2010. Senator and Mrs. Long commissioned Judi to paint the RUSSELL B LONG Federal Building and Court House for their private collection. Her painting of the Louisiana Old State Capital hung in the Rotunda of the Governor’s Mansion during the Foster Administration. Judi’s paintings are also in the Permanent Collections of the States of Arkansas and Louisiana, the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Springfield (MO) Art Museum.


Judi has received the Louisiana Governor’s Award for Professional Artist, the state’s most prestigious award; the Transparent Watercolor Society of America awarded her their “Master of Watercolor” designation. Judi was selected for a special award for ”Contributions to the medium of Watercolor” by Watercolor USA Honor Society and in 2012 received their Lifetime Achievement Award, their highest honor.  Judi is the author of the award winning books WATERCOLOR...Let’s Think About It!  (5th printing) and PAINTING...a QUEST toward XTRAORD!NARY (5 awards) and is also a contributor to many prominent art magazines. The ARTIST’S MAGAZINE selected Judi to be a juror for their 2002 International Art Competition which drew over 15000 entries. She judged the Experimental Art Category. Over her career, she has been juror/judge for over 150 national/international and regional competitions. In 2009, she served on the Awards Jury for the American Watercolor Society’s 142nd International Competition. More than 425 workshops have been presented by Judi; and she has given invitational sessions for watercolor societies in Norway, Puerto Rico, Sweden and Canada.


Judi is a signature member of the American and National Watercolor Societies. She also holds memberships in both the National and Salmagundi Art Clubs in New York City; and is listed in WHO’S WHO IN AMERICAN ART. Her paintings are included in corporate, university, museum and private collections.



Painting...a Quest toward Xtraordinary

The challenge of a serious painting adventure lies in discovering your creative competence and improving technical ability.  In painting there are many different ways of seeing and doing.  This book explores two approaches to painting creatively!  Paintings that more than meet the eye.  Paintings that --  excite your imagination, enrich your view, stimulate emotion and are painted from the heart.

Watercolor...Let's Think About It!


This award-winning book is a truly different book about painting - unique, provocative, and entertaining.  This book is about painting, but it is also about looking, a way of looking at our world.  It's also a book about thinking, thinking about painting.

Judi also produces Color-Sketch books for her workshops.  (Please see the Other Work and Products Tab.)
 Click here to view a list of Judi's 2014 workshops!





How We Met!

Around 2000, I saw a Judi Betts watercolor displayed in Taylor Clark Gallery in Baton Rouge.  I was looking for a judge for the Plaquemine Bank Art Alert Art Show and was given her contact information by the gallery.  She agreed to serve as a judge, and has since served in that role many times. 

I had the pleasure of working with her at the International Planetarium Society post-conference workshop held at Nottoway Plantation.  Judi provided a mini-workshop that served as a sampling of what she can do for the conference attendees at future conferences.  During this event, we developed a Best Practices document to present to IPS Council, based on the success of IPS 2012 held in Baton Rouge under the leadership of Jon Elvert.

In these two images, Judi draws what she sees out of the window at Nottoway Plantation. 
(Ian McLennan is taking a photo of the same in the background.)  Both photographs courtesy of David Kors.

I have worked with Judi to prepare a few interview articles requested by publishers of The Artists Magazine and Watercolor Artist, as well as for a showing at the Baton Rouge Gallery.  In so doing, we not only enhanced our professional relationship, but also our friendship.


Judi Betts, an Xtraordinary painter and person has a trademark line, “Artists should doodle more and Google less!” which is virtually the same message Natalie Goldberg shares with writers in her book The True Secret of Writing.  Goldberg instructs writers, to write by hand and feel the flow of handwriting with your entire body and being.  (I finished Goldberg's book and wrote this on Valentine’s Day during the Sochi Olympics, so emotion and practice are abundant in the air.)  I recently shared Natalie Goldberg's book In Living Color with Judi and she could not help but smile and recognized Goldberg's  affection for Matisse.



Buy the Books!

Buy the Books!

All books and items may be purchased from Aquarelle.  Contact Judi Betts at
("Some books are available online, but they are either used or overpriced," Judi explained.)

Visit her website at

2015 Workshop Schedule



Artist's Statement



My paintings are meant to illuminate life and stimulate discussion and thought about subjects and scenes found everyday. I try to give life to my subjects and entertain the viewer. I’m a happy person attuned to harmony. I want my viewers gladdened and awakened - awakened to see something old or new in a different way. I want to entertain my audience as I’m entertained by life … I like to laugh, love and share.


I was trained to see in black and white. It forces you to see negative shapes; to think about contrast. Contrast creates excitement and tension. I utilize flat area shapes to weave positive and negative shapes together. These are not “thing” shapes - such as a tree, they are usually patterns of light against a mid-tone or darker value. In my paintings they’ve become known as ‘magical shapes’. My shapes are edited and redesigned. I exaggerate what I see or leave out of my composition. I use shapes as visual arrows to help direct a viewer’s eye, to add visual vibration to the painting’s surface, or combine several small shapes to make a more interesting pattern. Often, I use these shapes to create intrigue, orchestrate color, and create rhythm. Just as rhythm in music structures a piece, I use patterning to create vibration, direction, balance and mood.


Simple shapes are also important to me. The simplest shapes can often be the most striking so I try to display my subjects in that manner. I make every effort to simplify that which is complicated. I eliminate unnecessary shapes and combine small pieces into one larger shape. All of the elements combined create a feeling - an atmosphere - I call “creative realism”.


Painting, for me, is the result of emotions which have evolved from personal experiences. I savor cheerfulness; and I try to be an optimistic, enthusiastic person. Emotion does not have to be happiness, but happiness is what I choose to display. I enjoy taking ordinary, everyday scenes and developing them into dramatic, simplified presentations by utilizing light, abstract configurations, and invented color. I am pleased that my work has been described as watercolors that ‘sparkle’!




Other Work and Products

  From her recent cruise, Judi prepared a booklet.

Enjoy this sneak peak into some of the booklet pages -- click here to download the mini-PDF.

July 2014 - Alaska Workshop (See news page for more information.)


Judi Betts and Aquarelle offer several products including her Color-Sketch book and a popular double-ended Shape-Maker brush.  All items may be purchased from Aquarelle, contact Judi Betts  Visit


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Three Feet Under - Journal of a Midlife Crisis

Christee Atwood

Christee Gabour Atwood


Christee has written five business books, three humor books, and facilitated personal and professional development classes for a couple of decades now. She’s designed, written, and conducted communication, leadership seminars, and strategic planning since 1986.

She’s been honored with awards, ranging from the Knowledge Management Leadership Award of the Global Knowledge Management Congress to Outstanding Adjunct Faculty at Baton Rouge Community College, and a number of best-selling distinctions for my books. In 2012, one of her books was translated into Japanese and she spoke at the convention where it was released in Tokyo. While she can’t read a word in the book, it certainly looks impressive!

Her background in radio, television, and newspaper has helped her realize the importance of sharing knowledge, while her time as a stand-up comic helped her realize that sharing knowledge is even better when you link laughter with that learning. After all, we remember jokes better than we remember speeches, right?

If you’re bored now and would rather read the funny version of her bio, please click on the Story of Christee Atwood image.

About the Book
In Celebration of Elastic Waistbands

As seen on Amazon:
Episodes of Imperfection, Insanity, and Occasional Enlightenment

This book celebrates the fact that we are complex people who have better things to think about than a number on a tape measure. After all, chubby is temporary, but laughter echoes forever.

In a style reminiscent of humorists Erma Bombeck and Dave Barry with a dose of Dorothy Parker thrown in for spice, Atwood pokes fun at herself and shares the lessons learned as she makes the same mistakes two, three, or sometimes 27 times.

The episodes in this book demonstrate valuable lessons such as:
1) How to achieve overnight success in only 50 years,
2) How to use your exercise bike as a coat rack,
3) Why Oreos should be considered as one of the major food groups,
4) How to have fun at work, and
5) How to enjoy the job search that follows having fun at work.

As Atwood explains in the Introduction:

I am the proud founding member of the Elastic Waistband Society.

I am starting this society because I’ve realized that, while it is important to stay healthy, it’s also important to give ourselves a little leeway for the occasional times when other things take priority.

So while I’m residing in the “elastic end” of the closet right now, I know that it’s only a visit, not a permanent address.

This period in my life has helped me recognize that there are times when we need to give ourselves permission not to be perfect … and nothing does that more than the perfection of elastic waistbands.

These are the magic tools that allow us to be size 12 when, in all honesty, a size 14 would be more appropriate. These are the tools that show us how items can be stretched as needed and then, when the time is right, happily returned to their original size. And elastic also allows us to make full use of our investments at all-you-can-eat buffets.

This book celebrates those elastic times. It laughs at my misadventures in the hope that it will make you feel better about yours. It ensures that you know you’re not alone in the dark end of your closet, whether dealing with inches or issues. Your elastic friends are right here with you. And we’ve probably brought brownies.



How We Met

I first met Christee with David at a LA Post/Ford Soundesign Christmas party.  Soon after, we worked together where she provided on-camera talent and voice work for a Plaquemine Bank television commercial.  We would see each other during voice over sessions and I was once able to join a book group meeting she held at Barnes and Noble.  Of course, any meeting with Christee was good fun.  I am so impressed by Christee's writing and wide range of business skills.  Though she has lots of fun no matter what she does, I do appreciate her taking work seriously and always appreciate her input.  I haven't yet told her, but I love to read her column -- it never fails to make me laugh...and now, I enjoy her Uncommon Sense Facebook page.


Congratulations Christee!


Web Link:

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St. Charles IndustryAware!

St. Charles IndustryAware!

St. Charles LEPC

Community Outreach and All Hazards Brochure and Project

Brochure to be mailed to all St. Charles Parish households and then posted online at St. Charles Parish government site, Positive Results, Inc. site and each participating member will receive an electronic version to post on their intranet and/or own web site.

Click on three bolded names below to see current PDFs of front cover, back cover and company highlights.

3 Front Cover Options (in progress)
ote:  FPO means "for position only" indicating it is not the exact photograph, simply a concept.

Sample Back Cover (in progress)
Not all of these logos are high resolution; not all committed companies are shown yet; and not all companies shown have provided commitment, though we believe they will.

First four completed company highlights:  Cornerstone Chemical Company, Grace, Hexion and Williams.  (IMTT has sent their article, logo, photograph and web site - we will upload once it is completed.)

Each participating companies receives a 1/2 page highlight.

Please see the Other Project Samples tab for other industry projects.
My contact information is below in the Contact tab.

Thank you!



Jan Herrington
Positive Results, Inc. (St. Charles LEPC Meeting Facilitator)

(225) 295-3125 - office
(225) 939-6101- mobile

Other Project Samples

St. John Industrial Group - annual newsletter mailed to all households and businesses in the parish to communicate TRI/SARA Title III emission data.

Visit to see the website.

2014 newsletter


Iberville CAER/LEPC

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Authors in the News and Useful Information

Authors in the News and Useful Information

The Louisiana Book Festival will take place on October 31 this year and it is going to be another great festival!  This initial information is to let you know that exhibitor registration forms are now available on our website, so if you are interested, please register as soon as possible.  We are offering tiered pricing again this year, so the earlier you register, the lower your costs! 
Early Bird Registration      :           now through August 9
Standard Registration       :           August 10-October 4
Late Registration                :           October 5-October 16
Applications are not accepted after October 16.  Please mark your calendars with these important dates so that you can join us!  For registration forms, please visit
Please be aware that the authors who participate as exhibitors are distinct from authors who are invited to participate in the festival as featured authors.  If you participate as an exhibitor, your location and listing will be in the exhibitor section, not the author section. 
Thank you!
 Lesli Gray
Exhibits Coordinator
Louisiana Book Festival

On Mardi Gras Day (Tuesday, February 17, 2015), Dionysios Simopolous sent me two links to this wonderful haven  for this Published Authors page!  (Thank you Dionysios!!)  I hope you all enjoy!




Check out Judi Betts' 2015 Workshop Schedule!

December 11, 2014
A photograph taken by Martin Ratcliffe, with Sky-Skan, was selected and posted on today's APOD (Astronomy Photograph of the Day). Congratulations Martin!

Moondog Night
Image Credit &
Copyright: Martin Ratcliffe

Explanation: In this night scene from the early hours of November 14, light from a last quarter Moon illuminates clouds above the mountaintop domes of Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson, Arizona. Bright Jupiter is just left of the overexposed lunar disk with a streak of camera lens flare immediately to the right, but that's no fireball meteor exploding near the center of the picture. Instead, from the roadside perspective a stunningly bright moondog or paraselene stands directly over Kitt Peaks's WIYN telescope. Analogous to a sundog or parhelion, a paraselene is produced by moonlight refracted through thin, hexagonal, plate-shaped ice crystals in high cirrus clouds. As determined by the crystal geometry, paraselenae (plural) are seen at an angle of 22 degrees or more from the Moon. Compared to the bright lunar disk they are more often faint and easier to spot when the Moon is low. About 10 minutes after the photograph even this bright moondog had faded from the night.

Posted November 10, 2014

Randolph Thomas Book Release Party - Sunday, November 16, 2014

   See Paul Allen on December 16, 2014.

October, 2014
Lynn Shurr also paints. Check out her page to see her flower paintings.  She offers the paintings as note cards.  Her work is currently on display at St. John's Restaurant in St. Martinville, Louisiana.

September 5, 2014
As seen in the September edition of Astronomy Magazine, an article by Martin Ratcliffe, "Mars Meets Its Rival."  Read the article:

Posted September 5, 2014
As seen August 4th in USA Today - Rachel Sharpe highlighted!  Congratulations Rachel!
Cold Ambition by Rachel Sharpe.
When Jordan James decided to embark on a career as a private investigator, she never could have imagined that a chance encounter would lead to her staring down the barrel of a gun on the roof's edge of a high-rise building. As she begins to investigate her first case, the puzzling murder of a prominent businessman that has left Boston's finest mystified for more than two decades, she finds herself suddenly immersed in a treacherous underworld brimming with betrayal, raw greed, and political subterfuge of international proportions. In the midst of this, she discovers she is falling for her mysterious client despite the hints of his dark past. Can this feisty Southern girl with a penchant for trouble solve this baffling case or is she doomed to become another tragic chapter in an international conspiracy?

Read the entire article here:

Late August 2014
Check out this new drawing by Michael Gravois.  This illustration was created for an illustrator workshop he will attend soon.

August 13, 2014
Judi Betts recently returned from her Alaskan workshop and shared these!


See her individual page for another image!

Visit Michael Gravois at Gravois-Fare and check out his mosaics!

August 11, 2012

August 10, 2014
Hammond Daily Star
reported on the writer's conference.  See the attached PDF's and if you have an online subscription, here is the link to the story:

Read the entire news story from the e-edition of Hammond Daily Star in these two PDFs.
Page 1.   Page 2. 

August 7, 2014 - Synchronicity Story!
I am excited to be attending the Creative Minds Writers Group 2014 Conference on Saturday, August 9 themed "Berries, Bridges and Books" featuring keynote speaker author Erica Spindler.  This past weekend I read my first Erica Spindler novel entitled, "Breakneck."  I enjoyed the book and recommend it.  Joe Mariano was named in the acknowledgements and he had been referred to me as an Apple computer expert by graphic artist Cathy Throop Linder, with whom I attended high school.  I read Ms. Spindler's bio, learned she resides in Mandeville, Louisiana and asked Rachel Sharpe, a featured author on this site, if she knew Ms. Spindler.  Though she did not, Rachel discovered this writers conference being held in Hammond.  I now follow Erica Spindler on Twitter and sent her a tweet regarding #BerriesBridgesBooks.

July 9, 2014
Review of Cold Ambition by Rachel Sharpe (as seen on Twitter, Facebook and more!).  
Rachel Sharpe (@RachelCSharpe) tweeted at 10:58am - 7 Jul 14:
Always nice to start a new week with a good review...#Authors #ColdAmbition #FiveStars (
  I retweeted this!

Check out two new authors to this site - coming soon Ruther Williams and Gordon Hutchinson.

June 24, 2014
It is obviously summertime...just look at all the hot author news! 

Katy Evans now offers note cards featuring her watercolor flowers.
See more note cards on her page on this site.

Michael Gravois had a mosaic showing in Bay St. Louis yesterday.  See his new FaceBook page at

Judi Betts is featured with an 8-page article in July/August 2014 edition of The Artist's Magazine, the Sports Illustrated of the art world.  (I am pleased to share that I assisted with the article.)

Click here to read part of the article. 

June 23, 2014
Laurie Gregg demonstrated stained glass at Lincoln Center's Craft Festival on June 14 and 15.  New York City!

See more photographs on Laurie's individual page!

June 23, 2014
Rachel Sharpe's new novel is now available from Amazon!  Buy your copy of Cold Ambition here.

May 26, 2014
Rachel Sharpe tweaked this blurb for “Lost Distinction”:When Jordan James agreed to search for the missing son of a U.S. Ambassador, she didn’t realize she was walking into a case one hundred years in the making. The deeper she delves into this assignment, the more shocking, and the more dangerous, it becomes. With time running out and lives at stake, Jordan must race to identify the culprit of an elaborate plot while also uncovering a far more personal truth too intimate to ignore... COMING SOON FROM SOUL MATE PUBLISHING!

Saturday, April 12, 2014
I met with both David Atwood and Christee Atwood at the Jones Creek branch library in Baton Rouge during Louisiana Authors day.

March, 2014
Author Katy Evans and her husband Jim ran a 5K for a good cause.




Hammond Daily Star - full article PDFs. Page 1 of articlePage 2 of article.




Speakers Bureau

Speakers Bureau

If you are interested in having any of these authors speak at an event or meeting, please contact me and I will help connect you.
(225) 295-3125

A few of my favorite posts seen on Social Media:





I follow these on Twitter:  @eBooksHabit  @BookBub

Indie Author News @IndieAuthorNews

WriteIntoPrint @WriteIntoPrint

BookTweeters @TheBookTweeters

Erica Spindler, author @EricaSpindler

SeanMcCabe @Seanwes

Sue Monk Kidd @suemonkkidd

Deepak Chopra @DeepakChopra

Rachel Sharpe, author @RachelCSharpe

Rachel Sharpe with Erica Spindler! 



Interesting Sites and Links:

John Kremer - Book Marketing Tips -

Plus, please visit each author's page on this site to see their websites.






Cool Bookworm Sites!

Cool Bookworm Sites!

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library - 

See the Links tab for Twitter and links.

Sean McCabe
I follow him on Twitter and enjoy his writing, advice and drawings.  At 25 he already knows so much and readily shares it.  Because of him, I now begin each day writing at least 1,000 words before any electronic media (including email and my phone!)

Natalie Goldberg
What an inspiration!  I've mentioned her throughout this site.  I thoroughly enjoy her books and am eager to read her fiction.  I have learned a lot and plan to do a video on this site explaining her workshop and writing advice, as I understand it.  Further, she is a very talented artist.  I love her work and hope you check it out. 

At her recommendation, I purchased J.I. Rodale's "The Synonym Finder".

John Kremer
I subscribe to his newsletter.  He has a LOT to offer authors and writers.  I've read his famous book and recommend it.  (I need to purchase a copy.)


East Baton Rouge Parish Library -  Also, visit - a digital library serving East Baton Rouge offering eAudiobooks, video and ebooks for download.

(Be sure to go to your own library web site often!)

Favorite Author Sites

Favorite Author Sites

Vince Flynn -

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The Quest and the Quarry and The Great New Orleans Gun Grab

Gordon Hutchinson

Gordon Hutchinson

Bio (Short version)

A 1969 graduate of LSU, he enlisted in the United States Army, and graduated from Officers Candidate School in June, 1970.  Shortly after that he completed airborne training at Fort Benning, Georgia, and was then assigned as an Airborne Infantry Lieutenant with the famed 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.  He made numerous parachute jumps during this time both with his Weapons Platoon, and later as an Information Officer for the Division.  Upon leaving the service, Gordon embarked upon a career in newspaper advertising, finally returning to settle in his hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, employed with the daily newspaper.


Gordon is the senior instructor certified by the Louisiana State Police to teach the Concealed Carry Permit Course, having continuously taught the class since there was an approved training regimen, beginning in 1996.  Gordon estimates he has instructed well over 4000 people in self-defense and firearms safety and proficiency since he began instructing in 1992.


Gordon started his business, Gunsafe Firearms Instruction, in 1992 and has operated it continuously since then.  He has been chief instructor for Baker Range since 1999.


Gordon teaches concealed carry courses at least once monthly at Baker Range.  He also contributes a monthly column on shooting and firearms politics entitled “The Shootist” for Louisiana Sportsman Magazine.  The column has run for twelve years, and Gordon has been writing professionally for the magazine on outdoor subjects for twenty years.


Visit the tab below for Gordon's full bio.

About the Books



Gordon is the author of a successful novel, “The Quest and the Quarry,” ( which was published in Fall, 2005 by Louisiana Publishing Company, Inc. The book depicts the lives of a line of trophy bucks, and the descending generations of farm kids that hunt them, schooled in the ethics of life and the hunt by their elders.  It was chosen as one of the top three outdoor books of 2006 by the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association (SEOPA)—a professional organization of outdoor writers and communicators from fourteen southeastern states.

he book is available online, through AMAZON, at Barnes & Noble, and at the Baker Range.

"This is a must-read for anyone who has taken to the woods, rifle in hand and hope in heart, eyes scanning for spectral movements from the white-tailed ghosts of the forest. " At $19.95, it makes the perfect gift for the hunter in your life.


Gordon shared this about his books: 

"I have had two books published.  The first was my novel—an “outdoor” novel—I was trying for the type of story and novels that were popular in the ’50’s and ’60’s when I was growing up but have disappeared from the scene.


Also, I saw an entire generation of kids that were urban-raised and would never have the wonderful experiences us “baby-boomers” learned from the family farms that were so common then.  After all, our we were only one generation removed from those farms, our parents having come from them.  We still had the opportunity to spend time with our grandparents and learn what it was like to follow a mule or horse behind a plow, milk a cow, pick corn or strawberries, and most importantly, learn the skillsets our grandfathers and grandmothers taught us about life lived close to the soil and nature.


But I saw (and see) some hope here in the camps—the fishing and hunting camps, where the old ways are still being passed down from father to son and daughter, saving at least the best parts of our rural heritage.   It is in these camps that young folks still learn to make fires, dress game, retain some of the closeness with nature that has been eroded with our move to a less rural society.


And, I wanted to capture and write about the essence of the farm families, as displayed by my cousins in southeastern Mississippi, and how they raise their kids, teaching them values and transforming them into young adults through example and hard work.


It’s a coming-of-age novel wrapped around a young boy’s quest to kill a monster buck no one has ever been able to harvest—and he is taught the ways of the woods and how to hunt the deer by his grandfather, a wise old woodsman that took a nearly destroyed young boy who had lost his father, and raised him in the ways of the camp and the farm, and the woods, and in the end gave the boy much more than hunting skills.  It is a multi-generational story, and the young boy grows up to pass on the wise ways of his grandfather to his equally bereft younger sister, who goes on to have her own hunt for her trophy in her time."


The novel is called “The Quest and The Quarry”   and it can be found on Amazon.


His second book is entitled: 




The expose’ was more of being in the right place at the right time.  Todd Masson was my editor at Louisiana Sportsman magazine and sent me, In April of 2006, to cover an NRA meeting in New Orleans.  That meeting was the catalyst for the book—the meeting was held in a downtown hotel, and I estimated over 300 people at the meeting, quite a turnout considering none of the media would  give them any coverage, and the promotions were all email and word-of-mouth.


I never heard such raw hatred by a citizenry for their police force in my life, and having served for over 30 years as a reserve deputy and then police officer, it took me completely by surprise.  But the stories related at the microphones of the beatings, intimidation, and unvarnished confiscation of legally-owned firearms from law-abiding citizens that refused to evacuate New Orleans in the face of Hurricane Katrina were legion, and shocking.


It was all I could do to tear myself away from the current person at the microphone ripping NOPD to shreds, run out in the hall, collar the person that had just talked, scribble down their phone and email address, and rush back into the room to listen to even more tales of abuse from the hands of the very authorities charged with maintaining order and protecting the citizens.


The result was “The Great New Orleans Gun Grab,” and it created quite a bit of stir when it came out in 2007.  It was reviewed in a number of national gun magazines, and people finally found out what really happened down there when civil rights were thrown right into that stew of poisoned, still water that did not leave for six weeks.  


The egregiousness of the violations caused national laws to be enacted to ensure that no authorities would ever again use the excuse of a disaster to arbitrarily confiscate guns from the embattled citizenry, leaving them defenseless in the face of the looters, thugs, and leeches that the police and military were supposed to be pursuing in the first place…


But instead, the authorities turned their sights on the citizens that did not leave, and attempted to force their evacuation by removing their means of defending themselves. 

How We Met!

No one who ever meets Gordon Hutchinson ever forgets him!  What a character and a great guy with character.  He was assigned to be my advertising representative at The Advocate after Dixie Culotta retired.  We got along great from the start and worked together for many years....until he retired from The Advocate.  We weren't only sales people working together on mutual accounts, we became good friends.   

For a retired guy, he certainly keeps busy!  He is running for Constable in Central this November.  So, buy his books and, if you live in his area, consider voting for him.

Though I don't get to see him as often these days, it is always a pleasure when we chat and visit.  I want to tell everyone I know with a young boy or grandchild (or young girl for that matter) to read The Quest and the Quarry.

  Gordon and I at his Advocate retirement party in 2012.

The photograph above is from a trip to Ireland and he was kind enough to share his travel photographs.  (I keep photo folders of others' vacations to places I want to visit!)

Buy the Books and Links

Buy the Books!

If you want any more information on either book, you can go to my website,  and click on the link at the top that says “Books.”


The Quest and the Quarry is available through the publisher’s website for $19.95 + 2.95 S&H at: or through Amazon, Barnes & Noble or your favorite bookseller.

The Great New Orleans Gun Grab is available through the publisher’s website for $19.95 + 2.95 S&H at: or through Amazon, Barnes & Noble or your favorite bookseller.




Full Bio


Gordon Hutchinson brings a wealth of personal experience to his teaching of self-defense and concealed carry courses at the Baker Range.


A 1969 graduate of LSU, he enlisted in the United States Army, and graduated from Officers Candidate School in June, 1970.  Shortly after that he completed airborne training at Fort Benning, Georgia, and was then assigned as an Airborne Infantry Lieutenant with the famed 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.  He made numerous parachute jumps during this time both with his Weapons Platoon, and later as an Information Officer for the Division.  Upon leaving the service, Gordon embarked upon a career in newspaper advertising, finally returning to settle in his hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, employed with the daily newspaper.


Gordon was commissioned a Reserve Sheriff’s Deputy with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office in August, 1980, and began a long career of part-time public service with that office, serving as a squad leader much of the time with uniform patrol squads at Kleinpeter Substation, and the old Brownsfield Substation.  He later commanded the Reserve Detective Squad, and served for a time as an Assistant Reserve Commander.  He also served in the Reserve Warrants Squad. Gordon was involved in every facet of criminal investigations in both uniform patrol and criminal investigations, and participated in numerous high-profile cases during these years.


But throughout his career, beginning in 1991, and ending with his retirement from law enforcement in 2005, Gordon was always heavily involved as a firearms instructor for the office, and in addition to criminal patrol duties, spent many weekends each year training reserve and regular EBRSO personnel in the safe and proficient use of firearms.  A member of the informally organized pistol team in the eighties, he competed across the state in team and individual police competitions.


Gordon teaches an entertaining and informative course on self-defense and concealed carry that meets all the requirements of the State of Louisiana—most people that attend his courses leave them surprised and pleased at the information and enjoyment they have received, in addition to being certified to apply to the state for a concealed carry permit.


Gordon is the senior instructor certified by the Louisiana State Police to teach the Concealed Carry Permit Course, having continuously taught the class since there was an approved training regimen, beginning in 1996.  Gordon estimates he has instructed well over 4000 people in self-defense and firearms safety and proficiency since he began instructing in 1992.


Gordon started his business, Gunsafe Firearms Instruction, in 1992 and has operated it continuously since then.  He has been chief instructor for Baker Range since 1999.


A shooter and self-professed “gun nut” all his life, Gordon traces his interest in firearms back to his uncle, Leonard M. “Buzz” Williams, a Chemical Engineer for EXXON, and an accomplished machinist and gunsmith who always had time to answer the questions of a kid fascinated with guns.


Gordon teaches concealed carry courses at least once monthly at Baker Range.  He also contributes a monthly column on shooting and firearms politics entitled “The Shootist” for Louisiana Sportsman Magazine.  The column has run for twelve years, and Gordon has been writing professionally for the magazine on outdoor subjects for twenty years.


As seen on...

From Gordon's site:

The Quest and The Quarry

Robert Ruark can rest easy.

new tale has been told to take up where The Old Man and the Boy left off. Gordon Hutchinson has written a story of growing up steeped in he traditions of the hunt.

The boy and Pa in Hutchinson's new classic The Quest and the Quarry follow in the footsteps of Ruark's grandfather and boy in his timeless tales of a young man growing up and learning life's lessons as he is mentored in the practices of the hunt. Hutchinson follows several generations of a Mississippi family through the classic method of a troubador - a tale-teller who describes the story as it evolves. His characters will resonate with anyone who ever was taught life's lessons with love and a gentle touch by a wise grandparent.

Everyone, hunter or not, will be enraptured by these beautiful vignettes on growing up in a farming family, pursuing trophy bucks, and learning the lessons of leading a good, character-driven life, taught by the wise old man and the ways of the hunt.

The Quest and the Quarry is available through the publisher’s website for $19.95 + 2.95 S&H at: or through Amazon, Barnes & Noble or your favorite bookseller


The Great New Orleans Gun Grab

 August 29, 2005, was a day no American will forget.

hen Hurricane Katrina, one of the top five-strongest storms ever to build in the Atlantic Basin, slammed into the city of New Orleans, her towering storm surge tested the limits of the flood walls and levees protecting one of America’s largest cities. The surge would find them lacking.

As the city filled and drowned, it descended into mass hysteria and anarchy, and within hours became a place that would reveal to Americans whether their Constitution had any more value than the frayed, fragile, brown parchment on which it is written.

As looters and thugs took over, the city’s leaders turned their crosshairs and iron sights toward the lawful, gun-toting citizens who sought nothing more than to defend themselves from the marauding hordes. In what proved to be the greatest real-life test case of the Second Amendment in American history, America failed miserably.

The Great New Orleans Gun Grab tells the story of New Orleans residents who legally defied mandatory evacuation orders to protect their property, and who were subsequently beaten, harassed and robbed of their guns by the very civil authority that was funded and charged to protect them.

The Great New Orleans Gun Grab is available through the publisher’s website for $19.95 + 2.95 S&H at: or through Amazon, Barnes & Noble or your favorite bookseller


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A Summer Abroad: Clotheslines, Bouchons, and Snails That Eat the Mail

Lisa Knotts

Lisa Knotts


For years a stay-at-home mom, Lisa Knotts has published her first book, A SUMMER ABROAD: CLOTHESLINES, BOUCHONS, AND SNAILS THAT EAT THE MAIL, a travel memoir recounting her favorite summer. She lives with her husband and three children in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Ms. Knotts is a graduate of the writing programs at Louisiana State University and the University of Texas at Austin. 

About the Book

In 2006, after two years of shuttling her husband to and from the airport while he traveled to France regularly for work, de facto single mother Lisa Knotts was rewarded with the opportunity of a lifetime: to move her family to France for the summer. In spite of three occasionally reluctant children and a husband who often had to work, Lisa endeavored to make the most of her family's time in Europe. A Summer Abroad invites you along as the author and her family blitz-tour Paris in a day (and listen to seven-year-old Michael expound on paintings in the d'Orsay), eat their way around Belgium with Lisa's cousins, walk the D-Day beaches in Normandy, and wander the streets of Pompeii with Vesuvius looming in the distance. Along with these road trips and the weekend jaunts around Provence, the unhurried living of everyday life in a small fishing village on the Mediterranean Côte Bleue translated the author's vague, youthful fantasy of living abroad into quirky, delightful reality, complete with marauding snails.


Resonating with those who have either lived overseas or traveled with children, this memoir has the power to charm anyone who's dreamed of spending a summer abroad.

How We Met

Lisa and I met when her youngest son was 2 ½ years old (today, he is in high school) and we were both members of the same St. Aloysius Catholic Church Small Christian Community group (SCC).  Lisa teaches English at Baton Rouge Community College and I experienced her teaching skills firsthand when she led a SCC meeting and guided us to explore a Flannery O’Connor short story.  The story and our discussion remain in my mind many years later.


I cherish this post card I received from Lisa and her family’s trip to France when her husband worked there, the very trip that she writes about in her book, and it decorates my dresser.


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Charles Dranguet, Jr. & Roman J. Heleniak

Charles Dranguet, Jr. & Roman J. Heleniak

Charles A. Dranguet, Jr.

About the Book

The history of Pass Manchac and the basin of Lake Pontchartrain.  For more than 35 years, the authors have been teaching history at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, only a few miles from the northern entrance of the Manchac Swamp.  Over this period of time, the historians have made countless forays into the swamp and the waters of the region, fishing, shrimping, and exploring.  This modest book is more than a historical publication for the professors.  It is, indeed, a labor of love.

How We Met

Mr. Charles Dranguet was a guest speaker at a DuPont Community Advisory Panel (CAP) meeting that I facilitate.  After the meeting, he had his book for sale, which I purchased and he autographed for me.

Buy the Book!

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Jared Andrews

Jared Andrews

Jared Andrews

with his wife, Emily, daughter Izzy and son Jace.


My Dad, My Hero, My Friend

Jared placed first in the statewide Louisiana Outdoor Writers' Association Youth Journalism Contest when he was 17 years of age.


How We Met

September 5, 2014
Jared Andrews turns 31 years old on September 11th! I met him through his Mom, Melanie Andrews, when he was 3.  When he was 17 years old, he wrote this article and submitted it to a statewide contest and won First Place!  I've always like this story and thought everyone would enjoy it.  Today, Jared is married to Emily, his high school sweetheart, and they have two children.

He wants to write again and is looking for more to share.

Links and Details

Links and Details


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Lynn Shurr

Lynn Shurr

Lynn Shurr


Once a librarian, now a writer of romance, Lynn Shurr grew up in Pennsylvania Dutch country.  She attended a state college and earned a very impractical B.A. in English Literature.  Her first job out of school really was working as a cashier in a burger joint.  Moving from one humble job to another, she traveled to North Carolina, then Germany, then California where she buckled down and studied for an M.A. in Librarianship.

New degree in hand, she found her first reference job in the Heart of Cajun Country, Lafayette, Louisiana.  For her, the old saying, “Once you’ve tasted bayou water, you will always stay here” came true.  She raised three children not far from the Bayou Teche and lives there still with her astronomer husband. 

When not writing, Lynn likes to paint, cheer for the New Orleans Saints and LSU Tigers, and take long road trips nearly anywhere.  Her love of the bayou country, its history and customs, often shows in the background for her books.


She is the author of the popular Sinners sports romance series, Goals for a Sinner, Wish for a Sinner, Kicks for a Sinner, Paradise for a Sinner, and Love Letter for a Sinner, and the Mardi Gras series: Queen of the Mardi Gras Ball, Mardi Gras Madness and Courir de Mardi Gras (scheduled for January, 2015).  She has also debuted a new contemporary western series: The Convent Rose, A Wild Red Roes, and Always Yellow Roses (release date, September 5, 2014).  Her stand-alone contemporary romance, A Trashy Affair, was published in 2013 along with two Cajun romances, A Taste of Bayou Water and Blessings and Curses.


You may contact Lynn at, or visit her blog –


How We Met

What a small world!  In August, I attended a writer's workshop in Hammond, Louisiana, with author Rachel Sharpe.  We were there to listen to, learn from and meet various local authors and their books  (We bookworms do indeed "meet" books.)

Lynn Shurr was a featured speaker and as she shared her background, sitting in the audience, I realized, "I know her husband, Dave Hostetter!"  I practically tackled her after her session to share my news.  I met Dave several years before working with IPS2012 as he served on the Planning Committee.  More recently, in March 2013, a Sky-Skan DigitalSky Academy was hosted by his planetarium in Lafayette and I worked with them for the workshop.

Lynn makes me laugh and smile.  She has written many books in the romance genre.  Check those out on the other tabs!

Lynn and I are Facebook friends.  Here is a photograph of her on the day we met taken by the Daily Star newspaper.

Buy the Books!

Buy Links to Amazon-Books by Lynn Shurr

The Convent Rose by Lynn Shurr

A Wild Red Rose


Always Yellow Roses


A Trashy Affair


Love Letter for a Sinner by Lynn Shurr


Goals for a Sinner

Wish for a Sinner


Kicks for a Sinner

Paradise for a Sinner


A Taste of Bayou Water


Blessings and Curses

Goals for a Sinner

Wish for a Sinner

Kicks for a Sinner

Paradise for a Sinner and

Love Letter for a Sinner, and

the Mardi Gras series: Queen of the Mardi Gras Ball, Mardi Gras Madness and Courir de Mardi Gras (scheduled for January, 2015). 

She has also debuted a new contemporary western series: The Convent Rose, A Wild Red Roes, and Always Yellow Roses (release date, September 5, 2014). 

Her stand-alone contemporary romance, A Trashy Affair, was published in 2013 along with two Cajun romances, A Taste of Bayou Water and Blessings and Curses.

Links, Blogs and More

You may contact Lynn at, or visit her blog –

Note Cards

Lynn also paints and offers note cards with some of her flower paintings.  These are her paintings.  See below for note card pricing.




Notecards are $5.00 per packet and include five cards and envelopes with three or four designs in each pack.  Add $2.00 postage for shipping.

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Cold Ambition and Lost Distinction

Rachel Sharpe

Rachel Sharpe


Rachel Sharpe is the author of Cold Ambition, the first novel in the Jordan James, PI series. Although born and raised in the South, "Yankee" relatives first led Rachel to historic New England, which she has come to consider her second home and is the setting for the series. 

After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in English, Rachel began dedicating her free time to her childhood passion, writing, and in the fall of 2013, she signed with Soul Mate Publishing. An active member of Sisters In Crime, Rachel currently resides with her husband in the Greater New Orleans area.

About the Books

BLURB from Cold Ambition

"It was my life-long dream to become a private eye. Little did I know that with my very first case, that dream would become a life-threatening nightmare..."

When Jordan James decided to embark on a career as a private investigator, she never could have imagined that a chance encounter would lead to her staring down the barrel of a gun on the roof’s edge of a high-rise building.  As she begins to investigate her first case, the puzzling murder of a prominent businessman that has left Boston’s finest mystified for more than two decades, she finds herself suddenly immersed in a treacherous underworld brimming with betrayal, raw greed, and political subterfuge of international proportions.  In the midst of this, she discovers she is falling for her mysterious client despite the hints of his dark past.  Can this feisty Southern girl with a penchant for trouble solve this baffling case or is she doomed to become another tragic chapter in an international conspiracy?

June 2014 - Now Available!!


Rachel recently signed a book deal for "Lost Distinction," the second novel in the Jordan James, PI series with Soul Mate Publishing!

BLURB from Lost Distinction

“It all started with a favor…”


When Jordan James agreed to search for the missing son of a U.S. Ambassador, she didn’t realize she was walking into a case one hundred years in the making. With time running out and lives at stake, Jordan must race to identify the culprit of an elaborate plot while also uncovering a far more personal truth too intimate to ignore. 








How We Met!

I first met Rachel at my wedding shower in 1988 where she was learning to crawl!  She attended with her Mom, my high school English teacher.  For several years, Rachel served as an email intermediary for me to reach her mother who was not particularly fond of this form of communication.  Since then, Rachel and I have developed a friendship with a book-lover foundation.

  Rachel Cedor Sharpe with Erica Spindler, NY Times best selling author.

Rachel and I attended the 5th Annual Writers Conference themed Berries, Bridges and Books!





Twitter: @rachelcsharpe


August 4, 2014
As seen in USA Today - Rachel Sharpe highlighted! 
Congratulations Rachel!
Cold Ambition by Rachel Sharpe.
When Jordan James decided to embark on a career as a private investigator, she never could have imagined that a chance encounter would lead to her staring down the barrel of a gun on the roof's edge of a high-rise building. As she begins to investigate her first case, the puzzling murder of a prominent businessman that has left Boston's finest mystified for more than two decades, she finds herself suddenly immersed in a treacherous underworld brimming with betrayal, raw greed, and political subterfuge of international proportions. In the midst of this, she discovers she is falling for her mysterious client despite the hints of his dark past. Can this feisty Southern girl with a penchant for trouble solve this baffling case or is she doomed to become another tragic chapter in an international conspiracy?

Read the entire article here:

Video Links

Cold Ambition Book Trailer


Lost Distinction Book Trailer

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Real Life Fitness and Keep It Short and Simple Fitness

Carey Long

illiam "Carey" Long


Carey Long is a Fitness Consultant, Trainer, Business Owner and Author

  • Carey Long began his career in 1995 with Spectrum Fitness Clubs, a chain of fitness centers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
  • In 1999, he became a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant (LPTA) and certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA-CPT) and Johnny G Spinning Certified.
  • Also in 1999, Carey started his company, Complete Fitness Inc. which provides personal trainers for multiple health clubs in Baton Rouge.
  • He has served as the Greater Baton Rouge and State of Louisiana Senior Olympics Fitness Challenge Directors, Channel 2 (Cable Channel 5) WBRZ/ABC-affiliate "Ask the Expert" fitness advisor and currently serves as the Director of Fitness for Spectrum Fitness Club.
  • Carey published his book, Real Life Fitness in 2010 and it focuses on getting the 40+ year old exercisers and first-time exercisers moving. The major focus of the book is extending life expectancy and quality with simple changes in views toward exercise, nutrition and balanced lifestyles.
  • He recently promoted Real Life Fitness on the Donald Barrett show and is the guest fitness blogger for the Gonzales Weekly.  He maintains his own blog at

Personal Life

Carey Long was born on June 9, 1968 in Opelousas, Louisiana and is the third of four children.  He studied at Our Lady of the Lake and lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Carey became interested I fitness at an early age.  He was very athletic in high school and a standout in football, soccer and track and field.  Following high school he began weight training.

After years of a body building weight lifter and fitness career, Long's life changed following the early deaths of his parents.  His father died of heart 

After years of successfully training clients and other trainers on his program he published REAL LIFE FITNESS to reach a larger audience.

About the Books

Real Life Fitness

Keep It Short and Simple Fitness

Click here to read more.




How We Met

I met Carey Long at my office, after being referred by Orhan McMillan, to review publicity and public relations ideas.  He is very knowledgeable about fitness, easy-to-speak with and sincerely wants to help people increase the quality and length of a healthy life.  We quickly discovered a shared interest in mystery novels and discussed some of our favorite protagonists.

Buy the Book!

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Choose Stocks Wisely: A Formula That Produced Amazing Returns

Paul W. Allen, DBA

Paul W. Allen, DBA


Dr. Paul W. Allen has a bachelor’s in professional accountancy (BPA), an MBA, a DBA in Accounting, and is a CPA. Holding the distinction of Professor Emeritus from Mississippi State University, he has authored numerous academic and professional journal articles in accounting and finance, served as a reviewer on many other articles, and has had some of his work republished as chapters in several books.

Even more important than these qualifications, however, is the performance of his own stock portfolio, a portfolio that produced a 38.73 percent annualized return across ten years from early 2003 through early 2013 while, across the same period, the S&P 500 produced a 7.93 percent annualized return. Dr. Allen’s Christian worldview supports the notion that following a wise investing approach is consistent with good stewardship of the financial resources God has entrusted to us.

To encourage others to adopt the same ideal of good stewardship, Dr. Allen is sharing his investing strategy in his book, Choose Stocks Wisely: A Formula That Produced Amazing Returns, so that others can reap its rewards and use those rewards to change the world around them as well.

About the Book

Though his background included being a CPA and holding a doctorate degree in accounting, having taught graduate courses in accounting and finance for many years, and having worked in accounting for a large oil company, Dr. Paul W. Allen did not experience immediate success when he first began investing in common stocks. As a result, he turned to his extensive background in accounting and finance to develop a system for consistently buying quality companies at bargain prices. Since devising the system just over a decade ago, he has achieved portfolio returns far above normal market returns. Dr. Allen’s buying method is simple to learn and does not require an accounting background to understand.

An informative, practical, and essential investing tool for beginner and experienced stock investor alike, Allen’s step-by-step system will show you how to apply his highly successful personal balance sheet buying formula for common stocks. Significantly lowering investor risk while maximizing profit through a system that purchases quality stocks trading at bargain prices, his model will teach you to use online tools to filter the total population of common stocks into a smaller pool of stocks that can then be analyzed using his unique buying formula. From learning the concept of the balance sheet, how it pertains to investing, and how it blends with market expectations, he lays the groundwork as he outlines the process for choosing stocks and how to allocate resources to them. While he can’t guarantee success—no one can—he can guarantee you that it has worked for his own portfolio.

Intended for anyone interested in investing, Allen’s eye-opening how-to guide puts the emphasis where it needs to be so that the money goes where you want it to: your pocket. Filled with easy to follow explanations that don’t require a doctorate to understand and apply, Choose Stocks Wisely: A Formula That Produced Amazing Returns provides the tools you need to see the stock market in a different light—tools that can work for you starting today!

How We Met

It was a bright and sunny day on the Florida Gulf Coast in 2011 and I happened to be wearing my New Orleans Saints ball cap on the beach.  Paul Allen also happened to be walking by donning his Saints hat and we instantly formed an alliance and sense of recognition.  Though I may have had a Louisiana State University purple and gold koozie and he wore Mississippi State shorts, we found that we had much in common.  Since this initial meeting, his wife Mickie, two lovely daughters Beka and Hannah and grandson have become dear friends.  We have shared many a good meal, with an emphasis on pizza appreciation, good times and our Saints kinship is one of many of our shared interests.  Paul is a man who seeks to follow Christ and acknowledge Him in everything.

I am quite thrilled that he listed me in the acknowledgements of his first book!

In the News!

Check out this upcoming class!









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Ruther Williams

Ruther Williams

Ruther L. Williams


Ruther Williams worked for over 10 years directly in the rehabilitation of autistic patients in Boston and New York City.  She has assisted young people to develop independent living skills.  She presently works with several children with a diagnosis of Autism in her home state of Louisiana.  She is a graduate of Plaquemine High School, Louisiana State University (BA History) and Fellow of the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont.

Book Blurb

Peter and the Spindle Whales

John Schweitzer, Ph.D. reviewed this remarkable first work of visual artist Ruth L. Williams and wrote, "It's a post-card picture of a placid sea and a small boy, alone.  His name is Peter, and he's highly favored with security, bright, caring parents, living on a fabled coastline with billowing clouds, seabirds and haunting whale song and alone is he."  He continued, "As the story unfolds, we learn that Peter is a boy who rows his boat to a 'different drumbeat.'  "

Readers of all ages will delight in this wonderful tale.

Luis F. Interiano C., MLIS, Public Librarian In Louisiana, also reviewed this story.  Part of his review reads, "This interesting little book by Ruther L. Williams, a visual artist, operates simultaneously on several levels.  First, it tells the story of Peter, a bright young boy who lives a happy life while struggling with communication problems due to the mysterious cognitive syndrome called autism.  After a chance meeting with whales on the seashore, Peter is able to communicate better, leading his loving and supportive parents, who are also professional scientists, to explore a possible link between the whales and Peter's progress.  On the scientific level, Williams introduces the reader to her novel theory of a link between spindle cells, contained in both human and whale brains, and used to regulate emotions and communications, and a solution to the riddle of autism."

How We Met

Ruther Williams and I met at the 2013 Plaquemine Bank Art Alert Art Show. Ruther is a professional artist and author and entered her work into the 26th Annual show.  We began speaking about her passion, autism.  Since 2013, she published her first book whose protagonist has a diagnosis of autism, and we saw each other again during the 2014 Art Show.

She is a talented woman with a kind, caring soul.

Plaquemine Bank Art Alert Art Show Winners - 27th Annual
(Ruther Williams, second from left.)

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Ruther Williams - in the news...Plaquemine Post-South - May 8, 2014  htttp://

  Photograph courtesy of Plaquemine Post South.

Art Work

Art Work

Ruther Williams placed in both the 2013 and 2014 art shows.  She received a fellowship grant to attend Vermont Studio Center.  She has sold paintings to private and corporate collections worldwide including actor Ben Vereen and musician Garth Brooks.  She has donated some of her original paintings to various charitable organizations.


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Momma and Me

Cherie Schofield

Cherie Schofield


Cherie Schofield has lived in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, most of her life, having moved there at the age of seven with her family. She received two bachelor's degrees (Sociology and Elementary Education) from Louisiana State University and taught briefly before becoming a probation officer for Baton Rouge City Court. The bulk of her adult life, however, has been spent as a stay-at-home mom and community volunteer. Her goals at the age of 59 are to laugh and to love and to spread both as much as possible. If you are interested in having the author speak to your cancer support group or other cancer-related organization, please contact her by e-mail at

About the Book

Momma and Me is a true story of a mother and a daughter who simultaneously suffer cancer - one ovarian, one breast. The memoir highlights the experiences of mother and daughter during a six year period, 1991-1997. Virtually all women and those who love them have been, are being, or will be touched by similar, real-life experiences. It is the author's hope this story will reach out to those people and help to guide them through the maze.

How We Met

I met Cherie Schofield through my nephew Ben Herrington during one of his boyhood birthday parties.  His backyard-across-the-canal neighbors, Grady and Lane, were his friends and Cherie is their Mom.  Lane and Ben were in the same school grade.  The entire Herrington-Schofield families became and remain dear friends to each other.

My sister-in-law Jill Herrington provided the illustrations for Momma and Me.

See additional illustrations on the next tab!


Illustrations by Jill Herrington

Additional Illustrations by Jill Herrington

(These are among my personal favorites!)


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CC Lockwood

CC Lockwood

CC Lockwood


Wildlife photographer C.C. Lockwood has lived and worked in fragile ecosystems whose preservation shapes his artistry. Through words and images, he has captured the unique sense of space in wild places as diverse as Louisiana swampland and the rugged backcountry of the American West. His work has earned him international acclaim as an environmental artist, including the Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Award for conservation photography. Lockwood’s work continues to reflect changes and perils in the natural world. His eleventh book, Marsh Mission, is part of a years-long effort by Lockwood to bring attention to the crisis of vanishing Gulf Coast wetlands. His newest book, CC Lockwood's Atchafalaya, revisits the Atchafalaya Basin, which he first explored nearly 40 years ago.



Continuing coverage of Louisiana vanishing coastal lands and marshes. 

He will produce a digital book on birds soon and is working on landscapes of special places all over Louisiana for a future coffee table book. 

Other future projects include books on sunsets, beaches, and dogs. He is also working on a sustainable agriculture project. 

Most recently CC 's iconic image, “Flat Lake Sunset,” has been chosen by the USPS to be the official bicentennial stamp. For more information click HERE.


·   TheOil Flow, an app for iPad, Wind River Creative, 2011
·   C.C. Lockwood’s Atchafalaya, LSU Press, 2007
Atchafalaya Houseboat, photographs by C.C. Lockwood, LSU Press, 2006
·   Marsh Mission: Capturing the Vanishing Wetlands, with Rhea Gary, LSU Press, 2005
·   Mike the Tiger, the Roar of LSU, photographs by C.C. Lockwood, 2003
·   The Alligator Book, LSU Press, 2002
·   Still Waters: Images, 1971-1999, LSU Press, 2000
·   Around the Bend: A Mississippi River Adventure, LSU Press, 1998
·   Beneath the Rim: A Photographic Journey Through the Grand Canyon, LSU Press, 1996
·   C.C. Lockwood’s Louisiana Nature Guide, LSU Press, 1995
·   The Yucatán Peninsula, LSU Press, 1989
·   Discovering Louisiana, LSU Press, 1986
·   The Gulf Coast: Where Land Meets Sea, LSU Press, 1984
·   Atchafalaya: America’s Largest River Basin Swamp, LSU Press, 1981



·   Smithsonian Magazine, “The Yucatán’s Flooded Basement,” April 1998

·   National Geographic Magazine, “Mississippi Delta,” August 1983

·  National Geographic Magazine, “Neshoba County Fair,” June 1980

·   National Geographic Magazine, “Atchafalaya,” September 1979

·   Additional credits in thousands of magazines, books, advertisements and other media


·   Conservation Communicator of the Year, Louisiana Wildlife Federation, 2005

·  Louisiana Legend Award, Louisiana Public Broadcasting, 2000

·   Louisiana State University Alumni Association Hall of Distinction, 2006

·   Notable Book of 1984, American Library Association

·  Book of the Year, Louisiana Literary Awards, 1981

·  Sierra Club Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography, 1978


·   Marsh Mission, 30 photographs, in collaboration with painter Rhea Gary, 2005

·   Alligator Exhibit, 40 photographs, 2002

·   Gulf Coast Exhibit, 25 photographs, 1984

·  Terrebonne Parish Exhibit, 48 photographs, 1979

·   Atchafalaya Exhibit, 35 photographs, 1975


·   “Atchafalaya: America’s Largest River Basin Swamp,” filmed, written and directed by C.C. Lockwood, 1977

·   Numerous environmental public service announcements


 Lockwood is a frequent speaker on wildlife, conservation photography and environmental issues at national, state and local conferences


·   American Society of Media Photographers
·   North American Nature Photographers Association
·   Friends of New Orleans, Board Member
·   Southeastern Outdoor Press Association
·   Louisiana Press Association
·   Baton Rouge Audubon Society, co-founder
·   The Clean Team, co-founder
·   Nature Conservancy of Louisiana, past board member
·   Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, past board member


C.C. Lockwood was born in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1949 and grew up in Fort Smith, Arkansas, where he graduated from Southside High School. He moved to Louisiana in 1967 to attend Louisiana State University, where he received his B.S. in Finance in 1971. During his early years in Louisiana he fell in love with the state’s swampy backcountry, and he abandoned plans for a career in business as soon as he graduated. He taught himself photography and headed for wild places, determined to make a living capturing images of nature. Much of this time has been on a houseboat.

He has been married to Sue Richardson since 1996.


How We Met

I have known and appreciated the photographic work of CC Lockwood for many years and have several of his photography books which I cherish.  I met him personally at a friend's home in St. Francisville during a party, and had the pleasure of working with him a few years later.  A client of mine, the paper mill, Crown Vantage,featured some of his images to promote their Delta and Mission papers in a promotional brochure Positive Results, Inc. produced.  One of my goals is to attend one of his bird and wildlife classes.  (Two friends accompanied him on his regular Grand Canyon-led trips and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.  Put that on my bucket list!





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Thimage Weight Loss and Body Sculpting Through Hypnosis

Laurie Gregg

Laurie Gregg


Laurie Gregg, creator of Thimage Weight Loss and Body Sculpting

I was raised in a small town with traditional beliefs about women.  I believed I was supposed to be sweet, a good listener and pretty, which included being slim.  I had wonderful friends, a loving family, made good grades and participated in fun, extracurricular activities.  In college, I modeled professionally.  Everything looked pretty good, right?

I moved to Manhattan to pursue modeling.  Now the pressure was really on.  There was no escape.  I wouldn't be paying my rent if I didn't keep myself at the perfect size.  My real work became watching the scale, not modeling.

I was always working to "fix" my body.  You know the drill - diet centers, fad diets, diet pills, trading diet trends with friends.  And you all know the results.

I added movie production to my work.  While doing research for a documentary, I was introduced to hypnotherapy and began to understand its impact -- the power of our inner thoughts over our lives.  Combining this with medical and psychological research helped me to redirect my ideas towards my old nemesis, weight loss.

They say "good things come in threes".  In 2000, I welcomed the birth of my son, the birth of my psychic abilities and the birth of Thimage Weight Loss and Body Sculpting.

So many have bodies they are ashamed of and feel they can do nothing about -- and the sad, stressed-out faces to go with them.

I am here to empower you, as I have done for myself, and help you feel at peace so you are able to create your dream body the easiest, most permanent way -- With Your Mind!


It's Not What You're Eating.
It's What You're THINKING!

Have you ever gone on a crazy string bean and grapefruit diet and still didn’t lose any weight? Annoying isn’t it? People who are out of control with their eating are not happy, no matter how much money, or success, or love they have in their lives.

Why? Because when you are not happy with your body image, you aren't happy with YOURSELF. And that's why nothing on the outside can fix it.  I often have people ask me why their last diet or aerobics class didn't work. People who are frustrated because all of the weight loss programs out there, all the exercise classes, all of the little pills, potions, drinks, points and e-materials won't change the one thing that needs to be changed the most to have easy and PERMANENT weight loss...forever!


So what is the secret that unlocks this power?


Your MIND.

Your 8-week Thimage Series includes:  

  • Introductory audio to fully explain the process and to demonstrate your own mind-body connection.
  • Eight weekly audio programs to give you insight and inspiration.
  • Maintenance CD
  • Affirmation CD
  • Pendulum
  • Workbook
  • Daily Journal


How We Met

Laurie and I were Delta Zeta sorority sisters at Louisiana State University and she was my little sister.  Later, we became roommates and had a great time together!  Our friendship is long and true...we remain "sisters" today.  Our experiences and stories could fill a book (what a novel idea!), but I will spare you the details and now you know we have been friends since college.  We share many fond memories and appreciate the chances to make more.  Laurie is beautiful inside and out.  This many years later, whenever I share a photograph of Laurie with my Dad, he cannot get over just how pretty she is.

Update:  June 2014 - Laurie took a few Stained Glass courses at LSU.  She renewed her interest recently and had a Stained Glass show in Lincoln Center!  (see the Authors in the News section.)  Here are a few of her stained glass pieces:

              Tissue box


  Her first large piece.

Buy the Books!

Buy the Books!

In addition to Thimage, Laurie offers the ebook:  How You Look at Your Plate is How You Mate

Laurie explains in this ebook that they way you do anything, is the way you do everything.  Your personal style affects the way you communicate, your physical mannerisms, your eating habits, the way you date, your attitude toward sex and the way you approach everything else in life.  Yes, the way you eat is the way you have sex.  Discover your own and tohers' technique in this comical, yet factual ebook. 






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Plays, Illustrations, Articles, Books, and More

Michael Gravois

Michael Gravois

MICHAEL GRAVOIS is the author of 21 books for teachers published by Scholastic Teaching Resources and has written numerous articles for Instructor Magazine. His first play, Aesop’s Fable-ous Christmas Tree, was published by Dramatic Publishing in 2012, and they will publish his second play, Aesop’s Fable-ous Barnyard Bash, in 2014. He holds a bachelor’s degree in theatre from the University of New Orleans and a master’s degree in education from Rutgers University. A former fifth-grade teacher, he is now an adjunct professor at the University of Memphis, where he teaches theatre and education classes. Gravois is a resident company member at Playhouse on the Square, a professional theatre in Memphis, Tenn., where he has performed in dozens of shows including God of Carnage, Clybourne Park, The Drowsy Chaperone, I Am My Own Wife, and The Pillowman. He is also an accomplished director (The Diary of Anne Frank and Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol) and scenic designer (Tuesdays With Morrie, Three Days of Rain and God of Carnage). He is currently writing a middle grade novel set in Pompeii called A Stone From the Ashes. And he is illustrating a picture book he wrote called On the Graceful, Grassy Great Grain Plain.

About the Books:

21 Scholastic Books

25 Totally Terrific Science Projects: Easy How-to's and Templates for Projects That Motivate Students to Show What They Know About Key Science Topics


Showcase students’ learning with these 25 fun and easy-to-make presentation formats for key topics in physical, earth, and life sciences! This collection of motivating projects, features the Super-Power Comic Book, Phases of the Moon Four-Fold Book, Digestive System Datadisk, and many more hands-on ways for students to share what they’ve studied in class or researched on their own. Includes step-by-step directions, templates, photographs of sample projects, and a rubric for easy grading. For use with Grades 3–6.

Below are covers of just a few of the 20 additional Scholastic Books Michael has written.
Click here to see a PDF with description of all 21 titles.






Aesop’s Fable-ous Christmas Tree

When Aesop's fables are given a holiday spin, you'll get a mash-up of The Twelve Days of Christmas and The Tortoise and the Hare, where the six birds of Christmas compete in a comical race—with the turtle dove winning, of course; a tiny snow mouse teaches the abominable snowman that little friends may prove great friends; Ebenezer Scrooge realizes that wealth unused might as well not exist; Santa's elves dream of a life outside the workshop as they sing a "patter poem" about their ideal careers; and even though the eight reindeer panic when Rudolph gets a cold in the nose, they learn that necessity is the mother of invention. A dozen vignettes illuminate important life lessons by reinventing the classic fables, blending humor, rhythmic elements, rapping, puppetry, poetry, song and storytelling to create a fast-paced, fun-filled show that's filled with Christmas spirit.

Premiere production  at Playhouse on the Square in Memphis, TN, where Michael Gravois is in the Resident Company.


How We Met!

I am blessed to have Michael as a first cousin.  Consequently, we have known each other all of our lives. We are FAMILY!  Michael received a few extra helpings in the talent line when he was created.  He is an accomplished actor, writer, playwright and artist.  And, he happens to play piano too.  I fondly remember seeing him act in Oliver! in a New Orleans theatre when he was about 8 years old.  I told him recently, though he was not cast as Oliver, he was the star of the show to me.  He remembers waving from stage to my brother during the performance.  Check out his mosaic work on the other tab. 

A poem Michael wrote me on my birthday! He posted this on my Facebook timeline:

For unto us a child was born--
My dear old cousin Jan!!!
Remember Cocoa Pebbles?
Well now we've switched to bran!!!
(copyright 2014 by Michael Gravois)

Late August 2014
Check out this new drawing by Michael Gravois.  This illustration was created for an illustrator workshop he will attend soon.

Two Michael Gravois illustrations for his book-in-progress:  On the Graceful, Grassy Great Grain Plain.





I loved the colors of two matte tiles I bought and created this series of the four seasons.  It highlights my graphics arts background and the use of positive/negative space.  In addition to the the two matte colors, I chose a single additional color to best represent each of the seasons:  notice the red berries in winter, the green stems of spring, the yellow sun rays of summer, and the orange leaves of fall.  I enjoyed making this series so much that I made a full color version of the seasons.  This series is called, “If Ever I Would Leave You (Monochrome).”

This mosaic is called “The Plot of Pantalone.” 
I can just imagine what Pantalone must be whispering to Colombine on behalf of Leandro. 
Of course it is all to benefit Pantalone in the end!

Check out Gravois-Fare on Facebook for more mosaics.


Theatre Performances


  The characters of Osage County.

  The Mousetrap

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Find Your Way Home

David Atwood

David Atwood


Born in the New Orleans suburb of Metairie, Louisiana, David Atwood's childhood playground was the French Quarter.  His carousel consisted of daily rides on the Algiers' ferry.  And his musical training started on the second line. 

Through all of this, Atwood has been a historian of the moments he has witnessed -- as a musician, storyteller, radio personality, and now in this collection of poems that share the adventures of coming of age in Louisiana and the experience of seeing that home carried into the waves of history.

With the familiar landmarks erased and once active neighborhoods shrouded in blue tarps, Atwood chronicles the journey of each of us as we travel the world to find our place in it before we can find our way home.

About the Book



How We Met

In 1997, Jeff Ford, of Ford Soundesign and Riverwide Music, introduced me to David Atwood during a voiceover session, in which Dave served as the voice talent.  Since then, David has been the voice to many Positive Results, Inc. client radio ads, television commercials and long format videos.  He and his wife Christee, also a writer and published author, both appeared in a Plaquemine Bank and Trust Company television ad.  David Atwood never fails to bring a smile to my face and I am pleased to count him among my friends.

David wrote a poem for me:

For Jan on Wednesday

there is light that burns

like lasers fire

and smolders at your surface

then claws its way

to my soul's heart

Buy the Books!


The easiest way to purchase David's poetry book is to follow this link to Amazon:

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A Fave Photo

Dave happily working -- I love this pic!

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St John Industrial Group

St John Industrial Group

 July 16, 2015


We are working on the TRI cover options to share with you.  See the Covers tab below to see the three we've developed so far with our theme CELEBRATE LOUISIANA!  Eager for your feedback on these ideas.  (My favorite is #3.)  These are now updated with correct logos for Nalco and Pinnacle and with a few new photographs.

Please let me know when I can expect to receive the materials I need from you.  Yes, the deadline is officially July 20th, but I thought I'd see if anyone might be able to send some information early, particularly graph data, recipes, PowerPoint updates and event date preference.  Plus, if you do that now, you'll only need to send me your Community Involvement and article by July 20th.

I can complete the art contest ad if I know that and can begin on the graphs which are used on the website, in the newsletter and on the PowerPoint.

Thank you.



Jan L. Herrington


(225) 295-3125 – office

(225) 939-6101 - mobile


Need from You!

I need from you:

  • TRI Event Date October 14  - confirmed

  • Verification of number of employees
  • Graph data
  • Slide updates
  • Article
  • Recipe
  • Photo for article
  • Community involvement list
  • Invitation list review


Cover Ideas

Cover Ideas

Some of these are stock photographs.

Do you have any photos from Andouille Festival, Parades, food events, school events, fishing etc.?

Please click here to see This year's cover ideas!


Photos I Have

A few photos I have that might work

Do you like any of these?      Do you or anyone at your facility have some we can use in place of those stock image?


Expansion of SCL                                                   Fishing camp


One of last year's art entries                            Krewe de Mond parade

(colors go well with #3)                                        (would need to get permission to use)


HHMCD - could merge these two.

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Katy Evans

Katy Evans

aty Evans


Katy taught in elementary schools for 30 years.  During that time she developed many ideas for helping students acquire a positive attitude.  She founded her own professional speaking business, “Katy Evans – Positive Awareness,” and gave presentations at educational conferences, parent meetings and school staff meetings in order to share her ideas with educators and parents.  She put these ideas into this book so as to share them with you.

UPDATE July 2014 - Be sure and check out her watercolor paintings and notecards on the tab below!


Some of the chapter titles include:

   Getting and Keeping a Positive Attitude
appiness Comes from Within
eacher Impact
ositive Discipline
   Positive Results from Using a Puppet
deas to Help Develop a Positive Attitude


About the Book

How We Met

Katy Evans was my cross-the-street neighbor on Markham Drive in Slidell in the 60's, the mother of one of my first friends, my first grade teacher and a LSU graduate/fan.  Katy Evans taught me to read!  I have known Ms. Evans as long as I can remember and am so pleased to remain in touch, particularly at LSU football games,  through her moves to Michigan and Florida.  What a most wonderful person to influence my life and the lives of so many children, including her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Buy the Book!

Buy the Book:

Send an email to Katy at Kposaware@aol.comOnly 25 copies remain. 

Watercolor and Notecards

Katy Evans enjoys watercolor painting.  Here are a few of her paintings as note cards.  These are available for sale.  Read her account below of how she began her watercolor painting adventure!




Katy wrote and shared, "After retiring from teaching  I was able to spend time with my aging mother. One day she received a cute card and as I was talking with her I started to sketch the picture that was on the card. I enjoyed doing it and started to sketch often as I visited with my mother. Later I took a drawing class at the Mount Dora Center for the Arts and the teacher suggested I try watercolor painting. I purchased some supplies and on my own I started to paint cards and then from there I started painting larger paintings. After several years I was making very good progress and I participated in several art shows in the Mount Dora, FL area where my art was very well received and I was encouraged to continue.  I spoke with Birget  O'Connor who is a very well known artist from CA and she offered some very good suggestions and encouragement.  That helped motivate me to devote more time on my painting and I loved doing it. Unfortunately I fell and broke my right wrist. The surgery was quite intricate and the healing and therapy took a long time. Therefore I was unable to paint for about five months and that broke the rhythm and routine I had achieved. After much encouragement from my husband and three children I have resumed painting and I am concentrating on  painting notecards. My former love for painting has returned and I am getting back into my routine again. I find it to be very relaxing, rewarding  and enjoyable."

For information on purchasing notecards, contact Katy Evans via email


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