Author Archives: Laura Alford, PhD

About Laura Alford, PhD

I'm a recent graduate of LSU (PhD in Accounting). In addition to academic research, I also write fiction when I can (usually 4 am).

Contempt of Convertible

65 and sunny. My car was made for days like this. I drop the top every chance I get, but am amazed by the number of convertibles I see with the lid on. Maybe they spent a lot of time … Continue reading

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No Grits, No Andouille, No Problem

TGFA (Thank God For Amazon). You can buy just about everything online. I’m ambivalent about it, though. I think Amazon is a great example of not only what is great about America (innovation, individualization, free market) but also what concerns … Continue reading

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First Call

It’s like “last call,” but earlier. Or later if you’re out ’till 2 am (not that there’s anything wrong with that.) First Call sounds every morning at 7:55 and that means there’s 5 minutes until the national anthem begins to … Continue reading

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A Patch of Earth

This house I’m renting comes with a yard. I hacked the rosemary growing over the stairs and it nearly filled the recycle bin. Don’t worry. There’s plenty left. I decided that all I needed was a weedeater to deal with … Continue reading

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21st Day in Monterey

3 weeks it’s been since Lyle and I drove up, up, up the hill to my rental in Monterey. I can get to and from the office, Big Sur, and Safeway without any help from Sacagawea, which is what Lyle … Continue reading

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King Mountain

King Mountain. That’s what Monte Rey means in Spanish. What moving to Monterey means is that even though I’ve moved from one end of the El Camino Real to another, I’m still on the same damn road. While the weather and … Continue reading

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Continental Divide

To make a long blog short, I’d have never done this crazy cross-country move in a covered wagon hitched to a pair of mules, especially with kids in tow. (Although I suspect that a couple hundred years ago the roads … Continue reading

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