“Zippity-doo-dah, Zippity-ay, my oh my, what a wonderful day…
Plenty of sunshine coming our way, Zippity-doo-dah, Zippity-ay”…

“Because I’m happy, clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth…
Because I’m happy, clap along if you know what happiness is for you”…

“Sweet Caroline, (dum dum dum), Good times never seemed so good…
So good, so good, so good, I’m feeling fine, (dum dum dum)”…

“Got that sunshine in my pocket, got that good soul in my feet…
I feel that hot blood in my body, ooooh”…

Do you also keep tunes in your mental memory bank? Is this normal? Well, I have found it a near must-have in recent years. Each above song brings me a level of comfort that allows for a moment of escape into those memories. This place is a safe and happy refuge from the noise of our daily lives.

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.”
–Helen Keller

In this issue of Shreveport Magazine, you will have an opportunity to read about Shreveport/Bossier City’s very own musical heritage. This rich history is a part of all of us whether we lived it or not. Music can truly transform lives and transcend stereotypes, age, gender, and race. Together, we can become a destination for music tourism.

This is also true of our cultural heritage and the many people, places, things, and events that follow it. You will meet proud Highland residents, the founder of one of our most beloved Mardi Gras parades, as well as the new creative director of The Meadows Museum at Centenary College.

“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”
–Albert Einstein

Shreveport Magazine is proud to support & promote locals with clever ways of thinking, and in this issue about maximizing on our natural resources. Emily McClamroch, John-Paul Young, & Kip Dehart are superstars of rethinking the way we use our local terrain and the nature that surrounds us.

By the same token, we have found Tracy Thomas who has battled cancer, not once but twice, and is currently winning the fight. Through his strong will to live, he has found great inspiration and is championing a program to allow other survivors a way to tell their stories their way.

“Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.”
-Mother Teresa

Our community is special. We have some of the most wonderfully smart, creative, generous & loving people. In our new segment, Meet Your Neighbor, I hope to introduce a few new faces. We are in this together and a new friendship can truly begin with the simplest act of kindness, a smile.

With love of community,
Tara John & The Shreveport Magazine Team