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).

History is Important

Huey Long was a strong supporter of LSU Athletics. When the Legislature refused to appropriate funds for a new football stadium, he connived a way around it by building an archecturally unique dormitory at the stadium. But, it’s “Uncle Earl,” … Continue reading

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If Gilda Radnor Gave a Mouse a Cookie…

It’s always something…. And in my case, almost always self-inflicted. To celebrate graduation, I got a 2004 Thunderbird. Since I’m leaving the state that’s 2nd most dangerous to bicyclists and moving to Monterey (think Big Sur, 17 mile drive, and … Continue reading

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No Doubt About It

Somedays– at least 3 times before breakfast — I question my sanity. Take this morning for example: It’s a holiday in Louisiana (Mardi Gras), but my alarm went off at 5:01 am.  (Am I crazy?) I got up, drank a … Continue reading

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Make It So

Several years ago when Louisiana was simultaneously flooding and on fire, I renounced any desire to be “the decider.” While I did retain the right to proclaim that, “I’m not in charge,” which is passive-aggressive code for, “You’re not doing … Continue reading

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The Last Swim Meet

I’m sitting on the metal bleachers at the Birmingham Crossplex, inhaling chlorine and exhaling tears. During senior presentations, it occured to me that I might not be here next year to witness this for Lyle. I’m not crying because I’ll … Continue reading

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Halfway to Infinity

I joined a group called 12 Short Stories. You submit 1 a month and there’s a max limit of 1500 words. The prompt for the month of January was “No One Can Ever Know.” I wrote a story titled Halfway to … Continue reading

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A Memorable Glass

Today’s prompt: Write about a memorable glass of water. My most memorable glass of water would have to be the glass I drank right after I took a swig of fish grease. No, I wasn’t on some crazy cleanse or … Continue reading

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