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There’s a big qualifier for my best and worst picks for 2018 — I haven’t seen some contenders yet. So let’s say this is my best and worst so far. It’s been a strong year for women in film with actresses and directors. The Best Actress category is bound to be a crowded field with veterans like Glenn Close for “The Wife” and most likely Lady Gaga for her debut in “A Star is Born.” But I’m getting ahead of myself lets recap the year with some hits and misses that I’ve seen:

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Just going to sit outdoors tends to calm my nerves and help me to relax. With that morning cup of coffee outside on the patio the caffeine kicks in and I usually end up with at least 30 minutes of gardening “regular duties” like pulling some weeds, clipping unruly branches or re-mulching. It always makes me feel energized. Studies are showing that gardening can lift your mood, energize your step and actually add years to your life.

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Legally Blonde The Musical at the Lutcher Theater

“OMG you guys!!!” Legally Blonde — The Musical is coming back to the Lutcher Theater on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 7:30 p.m. America’s favorite blonde, Elle Woods, is ready to prove who’s in charge (again) as Legally Blonde — The Musical takes America by storm. The ultimate Broadway tribute to girl power, Legally Blonde will take you from the UCLA sorority house to the Harvard halls of justice with the timely coming of age story of Broadway’s brightest heroine.

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Amy Adams and Christian Bale star in McKay’s ‘Vice’

Adam McKay likes taking those pesky parts of history we tend to forget and turn them into movies lest we forget why we are where we are today. Take “The Big Short” about the house lending meltdown of 2008. We don’t like to remember there were some who sounded the alarm bell about what was happening in plain sight and then it happened, sending the economy spiraling with it. 

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Beaumont is no stranger to Cajun cuisine. From Sabine Pass to Newton, Southeast Texans are sure to find at least one Cajun eatery available near them. However, in an area where Cajun flavors are so accessible, there are bound to be restaurants that stand above the rest. One of these is Bayou Café. Nestled on Major Drive in Beaumont, this café straight from the bayou, is filled with flavor and personality. From seafood specialties to offbeat offerings this Cajun café is sure to impress. 

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