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 on Tuesday nights with the Asilomar Writers.

Endogeneity

Louisiana has a high percentage of people born in the state still living there. My question is this: do people stay because they can’t get filé, boudin & andouille sausage elsewhere OR does the lack of available cultural food stem … Continue reading

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Psychic Radio

Sometimes my iTunes is better than a Hallmark card; it plays the exact right song at the exact right moment. This morning, it was Guy Clark singing a version of Townes Van Zandt’s To Live is to Fly. I’d downloaded … Continue reading

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Scientist at Sea

I spent the past week on the USS Princeton as part of the Navy’s Scientist to Sea program and my photo will be on the next Imposter Syndrome poster. My cohort on this trip were actual rocket scientists and 20 … Continue reading

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OCD

The buckle on my lap belt is facing the wrong way. I have to fix it. If I don’t, then I’m pretty sure we’ll have an incident (I’m flying out of Monterey, so incidents are expected), and I will be … Continue reading

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OPSEC

Operational Security. It’s important that some people who know some things not tell some people that they know them. This defensive training runs counter to most government training where transparency is encouraged and expected. It can get confusing, so the … Continue reading

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Disco Duck & Sysco Chicken

Last night was the campus Navy Ball celebrating 244 years since the creation of the US Navy. The other branches also have balls, but I’m gonna have to build up my tolerance to dress uniform exposure. Too much finery might … Continue reading

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Disappointing Maya Angelou

This is one of my all-time favorite quotes. It’s a unique blend of understanding, forgiveness, and responsibility. Most days I can stick to this mantra (unless there is berry chantilly cake, Cadbury mini-eggs, or bourbon involved) and to the 4 … Continue reading

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