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16 CELEBRATING MEMORIAL MOMS With Mother’s Day coming up on Sunday, May 14th, we reached out to a couple of Memorial moms to catch a glimpse of their lives and how they plan to celebrate the special day.

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29 ROGER CLEMENS URGES ATHLETES TO STAY STRONG MENTALLY The retired baseball star visited his alma mater – Spring Woods High School – to motivate students about the importance of hard work in and out of the classroom.

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Hunters Creek resident Kathy Manley has pursued music as a member of the Houston Grand Opera Chorus for 26 years.

GETTING YOUR LIFE BACK WITH DR. SHEL

An expert in the fields of wellness, anti-aging and aesthetics, Dr. Shelena Lalji – known affectionately by patients and colleagues as “Dr. Shel” – is devoted to empowering both men and women by improving their inner and outer wellbeing with compassionate, customized care. Dr. Shel’s comprehensive approach results in patients looking and feeling confident and youthful.

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20 HOMETOWN HEROES: Joy Haley

21 JAMIE’S HOPE 5th Annual

24 FAMILY LAW Co-Parenting With a Narcissist:

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33 ZANE CARSON CARRUTH Publishes First Children’s Book 41 SCOTT R. MURI Earns National Communications

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42 absolutely! Q&A Texas Children’s Hospital

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44 DEPELCHIN CHILDREN’S CENTER CELEBRATES 125 YEARS: May 2, 1892 – May 2, 2017

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22 SEEN ON THE SCENE 34 OUT & ABOUT IN THE HEART OF MEMORIAL 40 MEMORIAL MENTIONS 48 A LITTLE PIECE OF HISTORY

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Debbie Clemens absolutely! Fabulous Finds Page 28

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EXCLAMATION POINTS! Associate Publisher, LARA BELL Vol. 13 No. 5 May 2017 Who else is getting end of school – beginning of summer – itches? I know I am.  In fact, making the kids’ lunches this past week, I have to admit I have gotten a little too lazy and sent Brooks to school with a half eaten lunch pack! On this month’s cover, you may recognize Memorial residents and TV personality Deborah Duncan with restaurateur Johnny Carrabba, but who you may not know is Dr. Shelena Lalji. Dr. Shel, as her patients refer to her, is who they see to reverse the clock.  She will explain what she is doing to help these well-known figures stay youthful and full of energy! Also in this issue, some area moms share with us how they celebrate Mother’s Day, and we shine the spotlight on several charity events. As Johnny Carrabba, Deborah Duncan, prom and graduation are upon us, it is a time for Dr. Shelena Lalji and Lara Bell. change in many seniors’ lives, so we at absolutely! Memorial Magazine wish all of the graduating seniors who read our magazine congratulations and best wishes for their future!   And speaking of change, last month I formed a company called Swoon Media LLC, and I purchased absolutely! Memorial Magazine. I take the reins beginning with the June issue and will slowly transition away from the mother ship! I am so excited to begin this chapter but would be lying if I didn’t also say I was a little scared. It is a big responsibility, but I am ready, able and full of gratitude for the opportunity.     Continue reaching out to me, giving me suggestions, good and bad comments letting me know how I can better support this wonderful community I call home – Memorial.   Sincerely,

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READER FEEDBACK Lara, I just read your interview with Sue and Lester Smith in the April issue of absolutely! Memorial. Outstanding! What an inspiration they are! I also saw the Hometown Heroes story about Kristin Abello. She is my neighbor and dear friend and a true inspiration! Great issue! Thanks for bringing such great people to light. Heather R.

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today’s society where hectic schedules and dual career parents have become the norm, the terms health and wellness have taken on a whole new meaning. The role of managing one’s health and wellness has become much more important – and complex – than in previous generations, and making it a priority for both women and men is oftentimes overlooked.

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“So many of us put our families and careers first and disregard our own wellbeing,” said Dr. Shelena Lalji, who has more than 20 years of experience as a board certified OB/GYN, author, internationally renowned speaker, media expert, health and wellness advocate and an avid educator. “Women and men need to take their health into their own hands – make it a priority – and find a physician who is an advocate for them, one who gets to know the patient as a person and not just a number. You cannot do your best for your family, your career and yourself if you are not in your best health.” “Getting your life back” is what this health and wellness expert is talking about. Known affectionately by patients and colleagues as “Dr. Shel” and considered by many as an expert in the fields of wellness, anti-aging and aesthetics, Dr. Shel is devoted to her

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The Lalji Family: Ayeez, Shelena, Zoe and Zade.

patients. “My team and I strive to improve both their inner and outer wellbeing with a customized approach to care while evaluating the root causes of our patients’ symptoms.” At her practice, Dr. Shel offers both wellness and aesthetic services for both men and women so they can look and feel confident and youthful, and get their life back. “Feeling your absolute best is an integral part of our philosophy of care,” she said. “I strongly believe the art of beauty and the science of wellness are key ingredients for a balanced and vital life.”

Compassionate, Customized Care At the Dr. Shel Wellness & Aesthetic Center in Sugar Land, patients are provided with relief from their ailments though customized, individualized care. “Understanding our patients’ lives, the root causes of their concerns, their inner and outer wellness goals and helping them achieve those goals is always our main priority,” said Dr. Shel. KHOU’s Great Day Houston senior producer and host Deborah Duncan knows first-hand the quality of care that lies within Dr. Shel’s hands. After the birth of her son, Duncan noticed a


substantial change in her body. She was fatigued but could not sleep. She also endured hair loss and depression, but when she reached out for help, the doctors she met with only wanted to treat her symptoms, rather than correcting the underlying cause of her symptoms. Finally, Duncan met with Dr. Shel, which was a turning point in her health journey. To understand why Duncan was experiencing such a dramatic change in her quality of life, Dr. Shel performed comprehensive lab work, which confirmed her suspicions that Duncan had hypothyroidism and hormonal imbalance. “Having a lab on the premises is so convenient,” Duncan said. “Dr. Shel rebalanced my hormones, nutrition and gut and literally saved my life. The hormones and detoxification helped to reduce inflammation in my body that had made me look puffy. This improved my weight, sleep and fatigue so I could feel great again!” Because she strongly believes in using natural over synthetic hormones, Dr. Shel offers bio-identical hormones, which are biologically identical to what the body produces and are recognized by our body’s cell receptors. Duncan also took advantage of Dr. Shel’s Intravenous (IV) Vitamin Therapy – a method of feeding essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants directly into a patient’s bloodstream – and Vanquish ME, which helps to eliminate body fat around the abdomen, arms, legs and hips without any surgery or downtime.

Wellness & Aesthetics: The Ultimate Combination

Dr. Shel believes you should be able to look and feel your best. By offering both aesthetic and wellness services, Dr. Shel Wellness & Aesthetic Center is your one stop shop for inner vitality and outer rejuvenation.

Health & Wellness • Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy BioTE Pellet Therapy • Low Testosterone Therapy for Men • Holistic Hair Restoration with PRP • Thyroid Optimization • IV Vitamin Therapy • Weight Loss / Detoxification • Sexual Health / Vaginal Rejuvenation / O Shot • Yeast (Candida) Overgrowth • Adrenal Fatigue / Chronic Fatigue • Gluten / Food Sensitivities • Nutritional Testing & Supplementation

Injectable & Fillers • Botox / Xeomin • Juvederm • Radiesse

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Skin Rejuvenation • Pearl / Pearl Fractional • IPL Photofacial • Microneedling with PRP • Hydrafacial • Laser Skin Rejuvenation Dr. Shel and patient Deborah Duncan.

“These services are the sure way that my body can instantly receive vitamins and essential nutrients, so I can keep up with my fast-paced life,” Duncan said. “And Vanquish ME helped to reduce the fat in my mid-section that was always a challenging area.” “There are so many cool, innovative procedures available in Dr. Shel’s office that can help you feel great from the inside out, and it’s all done under one beautiful roof. Dr. Shel is constantly on the lookout for the latest techniques and technology that can yield the best results for a better you.”

Treating the Whole Person “I believe we should take care of the whole person,” Dr. Shel explained. “We need to treat everyone from their cells to their souls. My team and I work very hard alongside our pa-

Other Aesthetic Services • BLU-U Acne Treatment • Chemical Peels • PRP Hair Regrowth • Laser Vein Removal • Laser Hair Removal • Skin Tag Removal

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tients, and our goal is give our patients their life back.” Dr. Shel’s success with her patients lies in her approach to their health. At her practice, general or broad treatments are never the go-to answer, and a patient’s concerns are never dismissed. When a woman complains of mood swings, fatigue, weight gain, low libido and depression, often the culprit is hormonal imbalance, primarily because of declining progesterone and / or testosterone levels, especially for women in their 30s and 40s. This unfortunate trend continues to worsen with declining estrogen as they enter their 50s and 60s into and beyond menopause. “Women need to be validated and not made to feel that it is all in their head,” Dr. Shel said. “Once we diagnose and correct the imbalances, women once again feel vibrant, energized, sexy and full of life.” Dr. Shel Wellness & Aesthetic Center specializes in more than hormones, detoxification, IV therapy and nutrition. From a range of other services, such as weight loss, sexual health, feminine rejuvenation and gut health to a plethora of aesthetic services, such as laser skin tightening, laser rejuvenation, Botox, wrinkle fillers, coolsculpting, fat reduction, microneedling, PRP hair restoration, laser hair and vein removal, Dr. Shel Wellness & Aesthetic Center is all-encompassing, providing women with everything they need to regain control of her health, vitality and confidence. “We are very complicated beings, and at my practice, we treat those complicated issues comprehensively. We no longer have to accept low energy, weight gain, low libido, hair loss, depression, mood swings, insomnia and many such symptoms as part of aging,” Dr. Shel stressed. “We can truly work on living our dream lives and being the best versions of ourselves.” Dedicated to providing her patients with the latest in medical and holistic advances and customized treatments, Dr. Shel’s research is never-ending; she is above all else a problem-solver. “My patients look to me for solutions, and research and technology is con-

Dr. Shel and patient Johnny Carrabba.

stantly evolving. I feel very strongly that the traditional approach to medicine is like putting a band-aid on issues. We shouldn’t treat just the symptoms with a multitude of medications and not address the actual cause. My team and I focus on the root cause, diagnose why our patients are feeling as they are, really listen to them, and get them feeling their best naturally and holistically.” Feminine Rejuvenation is a cutting edge non-surgical laser treatment changing thousands of women’s lives. “Women have been suffering in silence with vaginal dryness, pain, urinary incontinence and lack of sensation. No longer will they suffer,” said Dr. Shel. Her center was the first in the U.S. to offer several such treatments such as Mona Lisa Touch, Intimilase, Incontilase and the BTL Ultra Femme 360. She is involved in teaching and research on these topics and passes on the benefits of that to her patients. Holistic hair restoration with platelet rich plasma (PRP) is another such innovative therapy that Dr. Shel is known for. “PRP hair restoration along with low level laser is helping patients grow healthier, stronger hair. It’s one of the most promising options for potentially stopping or reversing hair loss in both men and women.”

Focus on Men’s Health Just as women have their own unique health and wellness issues, the same is true for men. “Hormonal balance is not just for women,” explained Dr. Shel. “It is a vital component of men’s health and their attributes – strength, tenacity, confidence, drive and initiative. All of these attributes

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are linked to men’s hormone and nutrition levels.” Dr. Shel has treated hundreds of men over the years with a strong focus on nutrition, testosterone replacement, gut health, IV therapy and aesthetics; all of which help them feel energized and revitalized, while aiding in weight loss, increased libido and motivation and getting their energy back. Houston restauranteur Johnny Carrabba really didn’t have any major health issues but was feeling tired and a bit run down when Duncan came to his home to film a cooking segment for Great Day Houston. “I told Deborah I just didn’t feel energetic, and I wasn’t sleeping very well,” shared Carrabba. “I just wasn’t feeling up to par. I attributed it to getting a little bit older, but Deborah recommended I go see Dr. Shel.” Dr. Shel met with Carrabba and ran a comprehensive series of tests. “Dr. Shel was able to create a natural formula for me so that now I have more energy, and I sleep much better. I feel a lot better. I believe sleep has a lot to do with it. Dr. Shel has educated me on how sleep is a natural healer, and she has replenished the deficiencies in my body naturally. Working with Dr. Shel and her staff has been a really good experience.” Balancing Carrabba’s vitamin and hormone levels wasn’t the only thing Dr. Shel focused on for his course of treatment; she also instilled the value of having balance in Carrabba’s life. “There are a lot of moving parts in my life,” said Carrabba. “Dr. Shel has taught me a lot about having balance in my life and the importance of overall wellness. She’s taught me that at times you may have to be a little focused on caring for yourself so you can take care of everyone else around you.” Carrabba’s customized plan also includes guided meditation by a certified meditation instructor on Dr. Shel’s team. “I appreciate the fact that Dr. Shel is very thorough, and there’s a plan individualized to me.” To create your custom health and wellness plan and finally get your life back, call 281-313-7435 to schedule your consultation.


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Celebrating Memorial Moms

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ith Mother’s Day coming up on Sunday, May 14th, be sure to treat the special mom in your life to sleeping in late, breakfast in bed or even a dozen red roses to show her you care. We reached out to a couple of Memorial moms to catch a glimpse of their lives and how they plan to celebrate the special day.

Missy Burke

Memorial Area Ties: My husband, David, and I both grew up in West Houston.

Family: David and I met through friends. We have three daughters: Maddie, Caroline and Meredith. My family and I really enjoy traveling as much as we can. We love the mountains and any place the girls can snow ski. New Mexico is a favorite for us. We also enjoy the outdoors, biking and running and taking our golden retriever Molly on long walks. We love grilling by the pool with close friends and family whenever we can as well. We love to entertain. My husband is quite the cook and really enjoys cooking for others. The Burke Family: Caroline, David, Meredith, Missy and Maddie.

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Missy Burke The Kids: My oldest daughter, Maddie, is a freshman at Stratford High School. My middle daughter, Caroline, is in seventh grade at Spring Forest Middle, and my youngest daughter, Meredith, is in third grade at Meadow Wood Elementary. It does get crazy at times with three girls. Trying to juggle their activities, schools, carpools, sports and social lives is definitely a full-time job and hectic at times, but I wouldn’t change a thing, and it is also a lot of fun. Our front door is pretty much revolving most of the time with girls of all ages coming and going.

The Best Part About Being a Mom: I love everything about being a mom. I come from a family of three girls, so it’s really fun to be raising three girls like my parents did. I think reliving so many of the things that I experienced as a young girl through my girls again has to be one of the best parts about being a mom. Ideal Mother’s Day: It would probably be a quiet day at home with my family hanging out by the pool. A day at a spa or to just have my house to myself for the day would be great too!

When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child. – Sophia Loren

Shannon Weir Memorial Area Ties: My husband, Eric, grew up in Memorial. His parents and both of his sisters still reside in Memorial as well. We have lived in Memorial since 2007.

The Best Part About Being a Mom: I love the sense of fulfillment I get knowing that it is my job to raise my children to be kind, thoughtful, hard working, compassionate and generous adults. Ideal Mother’s Day: My family makes fun of me for this, but I ask for it at least once a year. I love a family bike ride to Turkish Grill – Kate’s favorite. It is as simple as that.

Family: Eric and I have been married 19 years this September. We met in Houston while I was a student at the University of Houston. Eric had just moved back into town after playing a few years of football for the New York Giants. We married two years later. We have three children: Reece, 15, Kate, 13, and Luke, 10. We have two awesome dogs, Sammy and Duke. Eric works in the energy field, and I am a local artist. The Kids: Reece is a freshman at Memorial High School and has recently discovered a great interest in photography. She has an amazing eye for it. Kate, a sixth grader, plays tennis and takes hip-hop. She loves everything she tries and has a huge heart. Kate has Down syndrome, which does not hold her back from anything. She is mainstreamed at Memorial Middle School, where she has met many wonderful new friends. Luke is in fourth grade at Frostwood Elementary. He has a passion for all sports including football, basketball, baseball and golf. He is also the kid that you will always see riding his bike around the neighborhood with his friends.

The Weir Family: Eric, Kate, Reece, Shannon and Luke.

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GIVE MOM A BOOST OF CONFIDENCE

A Mother’s Day Gift Guide

This 28-Day Slim Down Kit has everything she needs to look and feel her best. Hotze Health & Wellness Center. Call 281-646-1659; www.HotzeVitamins.com.

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Treat Mom special with the gift of China Baroque for Mother’s Day. China Baroque, 879 Frostwood Drive in Houston. Call 713-996-8995; www.chinabaroque.com.

KEEP MOM COOL! Keep Mom “cool” in one of many selections at Texas Direct Auto! Texas Direct Auto, 12053 Southwest Freeway in Stafford. Call 281-499-8200; www.TexasDirectAuto.com.

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MAKE MOTHER’S DAY SWEET Make this Mother’s Day the sweetest yet with a delectable treat from Nothing Bundt Cakes. Cakes are available in 10 flavors and four sizes, from decorated cakes to bite-sized bundtinis. Nothing Bundt Cakes, 14555 Memorial Drive, Suite 200 in Houston - Energy Corridor. Call 281-920-9693.

DETOX MADE EASY Dr. Shel’s Advanced 14 Day Detox Kit is a comprehensive, science-based nutritional program designed to support safe and effective detoxification. Everything you need is consolidated into daily packets to ensure that you don’t miss any necessary nutrients! Dr. Shel Wellness and Aesthetic Center, 1437 Highway 6, Suite 100 in Sugar Land. Call 281-313-7435; www.drshel.com.

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emorial resident Joy Haley recalls with vividness her childhood growing up in a workingclass family with parents, who although had “minimal education,” were persevering providers. Still, times were hard. “Our only safety net was my grandfather, who fortunately swooped in with financial help when necessary,” said Haley, 57, a married mother of two Joy Haley. adult children. To this day, Haley is inspired by her grandfather’s succor, because it demonstrated to her the dramatic impact just one person can have on the lives of so many others. And this is why Haley volunteers. “When I volunteer, I feel that I am helping to provide a safety net for my community, where so many hard-working people do not have a generous grandfather. We can be each others’ safety net.” A decade ago, Haley joined the National Charity League Houston Hearts chapter with her daughter, who is now 22 years old, which then inspired her to volunteer with Memorial Assistance Ministries. “Memorial Assistance Ministries fully embodies the philosophy, ‘Think globally, act locally,’” Haley said. “The families who utilize Memorial Assistance Ministries’ comprehensive services are my neighbors. They work, send children to school and strive to build better lives for themselves right where I live. We are part of the same community. Our committed volunteers, invaluable staff members and clients are all part of the same fabric that makes Houston the unique city I have grown to love.” As a volunteer, Haley works in the Holiday and Housewares department of Memorial Assistance Ministries’ resale shop, where she and the other volunteers sort through copious amounts of donations and carts full of useful and decorative items that are priced and put out for sale in the resale shop. “Some days, we have the satisfaction of finding a treasure in a donation box, pricing it, putting it out for display and seeing a happy customer purchase it. It’s a wonderful

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way of recycling for a worthy cause.” In previous years with Memorial Assistance Ministries, Haley also interviewed clients – in both English and Spanish – to help identify ways in which the non-profit could assist them. She was also involved in grant writing. “I love the sense of community that I feel at Memorial Assistance Ministries,” she said. “We are a diverse group of volunteers and staff members all united by a common goal. I know exactly where the funds I help to raise are going to be spent – on school uniforms, on medical visits, on ESL and job-training classes – and I feel a deep sense of connectedness to my city.” Volunteering is a means to nourish a city, said Haley, who also volunteered in her subdivision and in local public schools like Frostwood, Memorial Middle and Memorial High schools. Haley, who was a high school English teacher before becoming a full-time volunteer and homemaker, has also mentored a student in Spring Branch ISD since the student was in third grade. “This year, she will graduate from Spring Branch Middle School and begin high school, and I will be with her every step of the journey,” Haley said. “To truly affect change on a personal level, it takes more than policies and programs. It takes a one-on-one commitment sustained over time. I feel such gratitude to have this opportunity. “Collectively, we reap what we sow. If we want to live in a community where we feel a sense of belonging, safety and opportunity for all, then our individual effort to embody those values is the first step.”

Memorial Assistance Ministries volunteers Joy Haley and Camille Westbrook.

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Jamie’s Hope 5th Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament

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Shiner Pork Presented by Mercedes-Benz of and Beef, Houston Greenway and Tenaris, Jamie’s Shiner, Texas Hope 5th Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, June 2nd BRING STRAIGHT-FROM-THE-FARM at Blackhorse Golf Club. This celebrityFRESHNESS TO YOUR FOOD. SHOP OUR filled, amateur only tournament will kick MARKET EVERY THURSDAY AT 3 P.M. off with lite bites and a bloody mary and mimosa bar followed by a live Celebrity 10503 Westheimer at Rogerdale Caddie auction. Celebrity golfers are up WWW.WESTCHASEDISTRICTFARMERSMARKET.COM for grabs to play on teams prior to the tournament on the online auction. Golfers will have a fun-filled day as they hit the green and compete to win a trip to play in the Mercedes-Benz Eastern Sectional Tournament at Torrey Pines in La in conversation with Jolla, California on October 1st through Mike Feinberg, founder of KIPP 5th. Golfers will come off the course to Friday, May 12 at 7 pm relax at the 19th Hole Lounge for enterMemorial Drive Presbyterian Church tainment and drinks courtesy of Flying Pug Sports Bar and Flying Vine Wine Bar Call for details 281-497-8675 followed by dinner courtesy of Grazia 14532 Memorial Dr. Italian Kitchen and Peska Seafood Prime @ Dairy Ashford COLOR FORMAT: CMYK JOB#: WCD2-067-2015 AD: MM Steaks. The day will finish off with the bluewillowbookshop.com FILE NAME: - WCD2-067-2015-Por CLIENT: Westchase District CW: VR awards ceremony and a live helicopter STUDIO#: BQR Advertising TRAFFIC: VR ball drop featuring amazing prizes, inHEADLINE: Packaged on Wednesday. Yours on Thursday.TRIM: N/A cluding a $7,000 BullFrog Spa courtesy PUBLICATION: Absolutely Memorial NON-BLEED 4.75" x 4.75" of Glacier Pool Supplies & Spas.2015 PUBDATE: SAFETY: N/A Funds raised from this event go toward personalized medicine research at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and help aid individuals who are battling cancer through Jamie’s registration Hope programs. in May Visit www.jamieshope.org/gt2017 to become a sponsor, play in the tourna* Johns Hopkins University study about summer slide: http://education.jhu. edu/PD/newhorizons/Journals/spring2010/why-summer-learning/ ment or purchase helicopter golf balls. Beat Summer Learning Loss at For information, contact Cindy Barnes at Cindy@JamiesHope.org or 713-8575255. Photo by Matt Albiani.

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EVENTS

Seen on the Scene

By Stephanie Valtasaros

30th Anniversary Diamond Winter Ball Benefiting the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America

May 9th, 11:30 am • Forty Years of Families Luncheon Join Spaulding for Children as they celebrate 40 years of transforming the lives of children in foster care through adoption at the Houston Country Club, located at One Potomac Drive. KPRC 2’s Chief Meteorologist Frank Billingsley will be the keynote speaker, and Emmy award-winning anchor Dominique Sachse will serve as the luncheon host. To purchase tickets, visit www.spauldingforchildren.org.

February 11, 2017 • Hilton Americas-Houston

May 12th – 14th • Madame Butterfly The Houston Ballet presents their production of Stanton Welch’s Madame Butterfly at the Miller Outdoor Theatre, located at 6000 Hermann Park Drive. The production unfolds dramatically on Peter Farmer’s picturesque sets, which beautifully evoke the mystery and languor of 19th century Japan. Free tickets are available at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance, and there is open seating on the hill.  Visit www.milleroutdoortheatre.com or call 832-487-7102.

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May 20th, 11 am and 2 pm • Bunnicula

Photos by Kim Coffman, Daniel Ortiz and Dave Rossman.

Presented by Main Street Theater and based on the book by Deborah and James Howe, this spirited musical tale of mystery will thrill children and animals alike. This performance is recommended for first grade and up and will take place at MATCH Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston, located at 3400 Main Street. For tickets, visit www.mainstreettheater.com.

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Co-Parenting With a Narcissist: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

“Secret Garden” Heart Ball Benefiting the American Heart Association February 18, 2017 • Hilton Americas

By Nancy L. Rommelmann, Family Law Attorney

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igh conflict divorce/couple” – There is a myth among divorce professionals that couples involved in high conflict family law cases are both at the same deviation of the spectrum of irrational or crazy. Common parlance among family law attorneys in a high conflict case is, “Well, a 4 doesn’t marry or get together with a 10,” suggesting that the parties are likely at the same level of emotional development. While this might be true in some cases, if you have snagged a spouse or partner who is a narcissist, none of the common sense rules apply. A narcissist has no understanding of teamwork. It is impossible to co-parent with this type of individual. They do not have the capacity for empathizing or being emotional. Your focus has to be on co-parenting in spite of a narcissist and shielding yourself and your child from the narcissist’s manipulation and rage.

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“Narcissus weeps to find that his Image does not return his love.” – Mason Cooley

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Seen on the Scene 18th Annual Hats Off to Mothers Luncheon Benefiting Easter Seals Greater Houston

Swim for Dyslexia

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The weekend of Saturday, May 20th, a team of adventurous student swimmers, including several from the Memorial area, will attempt a historic, first-ever open water swim by swimming the length of Galveston Island. The distance is approximately 30 miles, with each swimmer completing a portion of the swim in a rotating relay format. All of the swimmers have dyslexia or are supporting a family member or friend with dyslexia. Their collective goal is to use this swim as a platform to highlight their grit, resiliency and drive that comes with learning differences. While many people think of dyslexia as a negative, these students are aware of the many positive and unique neurological advantages, as well as strong coping skills that come with this learning difference. Participating in an open water swim relay is a team effort, and everyone plays a vital role in the success and morale of the swim. The swim team captain, who is a dyslexic, will help boost morale and social support for all swimmers. There is also a dyslexic student crew chief who will be supporting the swimmers with feeds, boat event logistics, as well as social media from the boat. On shore, a student with dyslexia will be in charge of shore logistics such as the landing party, organization and shore based media. In addition to the students, there is group of successful dyslexic adults from Houston who are offering their expertise, including support through paddle boarding, life guarding, swimmer support, weather and conditions advising and crew logistics. The Memorial community is invited to show their support by following “Kerry Swims For Dyslexia” on FaceBook where there will be highlights of the event and live feeds. The collective goal is to raise a total of $10,000 for the dyslexia non-profit NoticeAbility that brings innovative and strength-based curriculum to middle school dyslexics. Visit www.crowdrise.com/kerrys-swim-for-dyslexia/ fundraiser/kerryswimsfordyslexia for more information.

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Have you ever wondered how the tooth fairy tradition started? Join Abella, a precocious little fairy, on her journey through Tulip Hollow, and learn how she accidently starts the tooth fairy tradition.

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You may know me as a Memorial mom of four fabulous boys and wife to Roger Clemens, but what you may not know is that I love finding cool and unique products because, let’s face it, in a house full of boys, a girl needs her girl stuff! So, here are some things I absolutely love... and hope you will too!

Kavy Camo Jacket I love the high neck and the added blue on this jacket, and the embroidery is beautifully done! I give Zadig and Voltaire a thumbs up. www.zadig-et-voltaire.com

Golden Goose Deluxe Brand Sneaker I bought my first pair in Paris two years ago and finally found them now here in Houston. I cannot choose just one pair as my favorite – they all rock! www.abejasboutique.com

Tiem Cycling Shoe I am obsessed with indoor cycling, and this shoe really will revolutionize your ride! Avoid stiff shoes you have to change into before class. You can put these on and wear them from home! www.tiemathletic.com

Healing Honey Stick Roll this raw, unfiltered honey on chapped lips, dry hands, rough heels, minor cuts, burns, diaper rash or even your pet’s paws! It is rich in antibacterial agents. www.thegrommet.com

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By Rusty Graham

Urges Athletes to Stay Strong Roger Clemens motivated students at Spring Woods HIgh School.

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oger Clemens knows about being physical. The seven-time Cy Young award winner intimidated batters throughout his 24 year major league career, winning a couple of World Series along the way. But the 1980 Spring Woods High School graduate told athletes at his alma mater that it’s the mental part of a game that separates elite athletes from the rest. “There are only 650 players in the world who can compete at that level,” Clemens said of Major League Baseball. “If you can’t retain information, you’ll be out of the league.” Clemens said athletes need to work on their strengths but work harder on their weaknesses. Long known as a workout warrior, Clemens could often be found in the training room, either making himself stronger physically or getting himself ready for his next start. But even more important, he said, is the mind game of professional sports. “Mentally, I got you,” he said. “Most people can’t handle the high rate of failure in professional athletics. You’re going to fail a lot as a professional athlete.” Clemens was brought back to Spring Woods by the Parent Teacher Association (PTA), which constantly looks for ways to build parent networks between the PTA and the Athletic Booster Club, said Spring Woods High PTA President Theresa Rivera. “Roger Clemens, a graduate of Spring Woods, has a heartwarming story coming from a single-

parent home that many of our students can relate to,” Rivera said. “Who better than him to come and speak to our athletes about his journey that started at Spring Woods High School?” Clemens played for longtime Spring Woods baseball skipper Charlie Maiorana, who Clemens said was a “great coach but a better teacher.” He added Wayne Graham, Rice University baseball coach who was Clemens’ coach at San Jacinto College, and Cliff Gustafson at The University of Texas as important male figures in his Roger life. Clemens. Clemens’ dad died of a heart attack when he was nine, and his mother worked three jobs so he could have nice equipment while pursuing athletics. He was a three-sport letterman at Spring Woods, playing football, baseball and basketball. Clemens played baseball at San Jacinto College and then at The Universi-

ty of Texas after leaving Spring Woods, foregoing a professional contract until drafted 19th overall by the Boston Red Sox in 1983. He played for the Red Sox, the Toronto Blue Jays, the New York Yankees and the Houston Astros over the course of his professional career. He played in six World Series, winning two with the Yankees in 1999 and 2000. He told Spring Woods students that his life and fame as a professional baseball player has afforded him financial security and has given him access to any number of celebrities. He’s been friends with former president George H. W. Bush since his Spring Woods days. He’s appeared in several movies, in several episodes of the television show Arliss and in television commercials. But other than his family, Clemens said the highlight of his life was being asked to go to the Middle East to support U.S. troops prior to the invasion of Iraq. “I was blown away,” he told the Spring Woods students. “Those men and women weren’t much older than you guys. I couldn’t believe the energy they had. Out of all the celebrities I’ve met, it pales when going to the Middle East and seeing our troops. I have total respect for those guys.” He implored students to always thank military members, law enforcement and firefighters when presented the opportunity. Clemens said there will be plenty of days when you’re tired, having relationship problems or family or money issues, but set those aside and keep working hard. “Get your work done in the classroom, so you can represent the Tigers well.”

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The Lifelong Benefits of Exercise

How to Stay Young When You’re Retired

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ohr Keet of South Afa greater sense of optimism rica bungee jumped and a lower chance of demenwhen he was 96, landtia.” ing himself in the Guinness Board See the world – or at least of World Records. Yuichiro Miura some of it. There are no doubt of Japan climbed Mount Everest plenty of places you haven’t when he was 80. Not everyone ventured out to, some close by in the golden years of life will atand others far away. Traveling tempt and accomplish such ex- Ann Vanderslice. and enjoying new experiences traordinary feats, but most peois a great way to keep feelple can take steps to keep themselves ing young and enthusiastic about life, young – at least in spirit – when they whether you head to a state park just reach retirement. an hour’s drive away or board a plane Unfortunately, for many people, retirebound for Paris. “Part of the fun of travment planning remains fixated on financeling is deciding where you want to go,” es, so when the big day arrives, they’re Vanderslice said. “The sky should be the not quite ready to segue into life’s new limit.” Don’t eliminate anything from your chapter, said Ann Vanderslice, president initial list just because of expense. You and chief executive officer of Retirement might be able to find bargains, and bePlanning Strategies, which specializes cause you’re retired, you can travel any in advising federal workers about their time you want, which allows you go in benefits. “After you’ve planned for the the off season when prices are lower. money, there is still anxiety about retireRemember your doctor’s advice. ment. You don’t know what it’s like to Activities such as enrolling in a college not work, and so there is that emotional class can help keep you stay mentally part of retirement you need to manage. young, but you want your body to coopSometimes people aren’t ready in any erate too. “We’re always looking for that way, shape or form.” magic bullet, the easy and quick way to Vanderslice recommends a few ways feeling younger. The truth is that those to hang onto a little youthful exuberance things your doctor tells you – exercise, while aging gracefully in retirement: eat a healthy diet, get the appropriate Be a lifelong learner. Making the amount of sleep – are about as close to effort to learn about new things keeps a magic bullet as you’re going to get.” the brain young. Read something you “People think that money is the most wouldn’t normally read. Sit in on a lecimportant aspect of retirement, but it’s ture that a college opens to the public. really number two,” Vanderslice said. “Some of my clients mention they took “You can have more than enough monclasses in philosophy or in a foreign laney, but if you aren’t healthy or doing the guage,” Vanderslice said. “It’s proven things you enjoy, the money won’t matthat those who are lifelong learners have ter.”

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Stop procrastinating and start exercising! The benefits of physical fitness are too great to ignore. Feel younger, live longer. It’s no slogan. These are actual benefits of regular exercise. People with high levels of physical fitness are at lower risk of dying from a variety of causes, according to a recent study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association. Especially as an older adult, regular physical activity is one of the most important things people can do for their health. It can prevent or minimize many of the health problems that seem to come with age. It also helps muscles grow stronger to keep doing day-to-day activities without becoming dependent on others. Not doing any physical activity can be bad, no matter a person’s age or heath condition. Keep in mind that some physical activity is better than none at all. Health benefits will also increase with an increase in physical activity. Set realistic goals and take small steps to fit more movement into daily life, such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator and walking to the grocery store instead of driving. “The key is to start gradually and be prepared,” said Permuth-Levine. “Have your shoes, pedometer and music ready, so you don’t have any excuses.” To stick with a new exercise habit, vary your routine, like swimming one day and walking the next. Remember that physical fitness is attainable. Call Campbell Wellness Center at 281-740-4550 for more information. See ad on page 7.


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The Buckingham Receives Center for Successful Aging Certification The Buckingham, Houston’s premier retirement community, was recently recertified as a Masterpiece Living® Center for Successful Aging (CSA). The Buckingham embraces a wellness-minded attitude and encourages learning at any age, focusing on an individual’s key development areas – physical, mental, social and spiritual. A CSA certification truly distinguishes a community, as The Buckingham is one of four communities in Texas and the only CSA community in Houston to have this designation. This is the second time the community has received this honor. The Buckingham will maintain its CSA status through 2019, when the team will reapply for certification. As a part of the partnership with The Buckingham, Masterpiece Living provides programs such as “Living It!” and “Nourish” to encourage residents to seek new ways of aging successfully. To become certified, communities must apply and are then scored in the following categories: culture, leadership, outreach, team member engagement, resident/member engagement and purposeful programming. Recertification involves an established and continued dedication to improvement and reaching new goals as a community. The Masterpiece Living program enables staff at The Buckingham to develop a customized program for each resident based on a preliminary Lifestyle Review, which establishes a benchmark for where they currently are in all four developmental areas. Located in the Memorial neighborhood in Houston, every aspect of The Buckingham has been designed to enhance residents’ lives, well-being and sense of confidence for the future. For more information, visit www. buckinghamhouston.com or call 832426-1372.

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Treemont Redecorates Dining Room to Delight of Residents

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As the first senior living community of its kind in Houston developed about 40 years ago, Treemont Retirement Community is Houston’s “Retirement Tradition.” It is a testimony to the long-tenured, caring staff that fosters a cozy atmosphere that this continuing care retirement community (CCRC) has served multiple generations of Houstonians. Treemont has been updated in recent years, starting with the renovation of Building A and now a complete remodel of the Treemont Dining Room. The remodel was guided by Casey Brand of Cassandra Brand Interiors. The original, classic brass chandeliers were refurbished by sanding and repainting them a beautiful bronze color. Plus, new light-emitting diode (LED) energy-saving lights were installed to give the dining room a special glow. The dining room was painted in a warm gray with accented colors for the molding, and the classic walnut chairs were sanded and reupholstered. A key enhancement was the installation of a wood floor that gives the dining room a “country club” feel. The final step was the purchase of new table linens. “I am delighted with the new dining room and pleased that management continues to enhance the community. Treemont is a wonderful place to live, and the dining room remodel makes for a more enjoyable ambiance!” said resident Margaret Sojka. Treemont is located in the Memorial area, about four miles west of the Galleria near Westheimer and Gessner. Call Lupe or Linda at 713-783-6820 to schedule a lunch and a tour.

Zane Carson Carruth Publishes First Children’s Book

Zane Carson Carruth.

About 25 years ago on a Sunday afternoon, Houston resident Zane Carson Carruth sat down, grabbed a spiral notebook and started writing about a little fairy. She had her daughter pictured in her mind as she wrote. Carruth had no plan in mind or a story; she just started writing. As the story unfolded on paper and the little fairy lost the bead on her favorite purse, the toothy fairy story just happened – one page at a time. Carruth eventually put the book away with the intention of publishing it at some point. The idea of publishing it resurfaced several months ago while attending an etiquette certification seminar in Charleston, South Carolina. “The instructor had written and published a children’s book, and I gleaned as much information about publishing as I could from her. Since then, I was laser focused on getting my book in print,” said Carruth. Having just completed the coloring and activity book on The World’s First Tooth Fairy…Ever, Carruth is almost finished with her second book about Abella and her friend Darcie. The untitled book is about Abella and Darcie getting their first magic wands and their adventures learning to use their new powers. For more information, visit www. worldsfirsttoothfairy.com.

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MEMORIAL Several ninth grade students were recently confirmed at St. Francis Episcopal Church. At the confirmation were Carson Irwin, Rt. Rev. C. Andrew Doyle, Father Robert Wismer, Grace O’Donnell, Tyler Huff, Rachel Cole, Jack Roehr, Louise Jones, Anya Bourenin, Blair Barineau, Claire Seinsheimer and Annie Valicek.

Chairs Adam and Rachel Dunn with Suzanne and Trey Martin dreamed up an exciting, sportsfilled evening for The Parish School’s 24th annual gala, Sports Bowl XXIV, at Lakeside Country Club.

Wendy Dawson, founder and executive director of Social Motion, Inc., was named one of Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women of 2016 by Houston Woman Magazine. Congratulations! Spring Branch ISD recognized its elected school trustees Carter Breed, Chris Vierra, Karen Peck, Josef Klam, Katherine Dawson and Chris Gonzalez with personalized jerseys.

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Residents Charlie Brown and Sue Stocks of The Buckingham retirement community celebrated the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s Go Texan Day. Residents participated in a chili cook-off and indulged in a Texas-style barbecue dinner complete with a live band playing classic country tunes.

Brenda Stardig and Sonia Soto attended the District A Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) meeting at Spring Woods High School.

Thirty members of the Class of 2018 Helping Hands Chapter of the National Charity League (NCL) recently met to create pillowcases as part of the NCL “Sleep Tight” initiative, which focuses on creating one-of-a-kind, colorful pillowcases for those who have served or are currently serving in the military.

Displaying their pillowcases were Abby Haralson, Claire Kamp, Erin Newton, Caroline Hastings, Jordan Kouns, Grayson Gabrisch, Katherine Flajnik, Madison Bigler, Robin Graves, Catherine Parnell, Allie Rincon, Sydney Ashmore, Katherine Kaiser, Julia Davis, Marye Stuart Greer, Reilly LaGrange, Claire Medina, Ellie Pena, Cameron Cizik, Avery Agosto and Camile Settegast.

Jernee Kilgore, Lara Bell and Arielle Lawson-Ho.

Photo by Michelle Watson.

Communities In Schools of Houston hosted a fundraising luncheon at the Houston Country Club. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner was a featured speaker along with students from the area who have been helped by the non-profit.

Nina Magon and Sandra Lee were spotted during Superbowl LI at a luxury show house designed by Magon.

Good Samaritan Foundation celebrated its 29th annual Pearl Ball with a Space City themed dinner, drinks and dancing at the River Oaks Country Club. Event chairs Bill and Courtney Toomey helped raise over $220,000 in support of nursing professionals.

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y! l e ut dly l o abs Frien Pet Rescue Rebuild Big improvements were recently completed at a local Houston pet adoption shelter as approximately 15 Rescue Rebuild volunteers and staff helped make the Houston Special Pals shelter project a reality. Rescue Bank, headquartered in Houston, partnered with its sister program, Rescue Rebuild, to help Special Pals at 3830 Greenhouse Road in West

Savannah tested the couch in the new Special Pals Dog Retreat space.

Houston with an $80,000 renovation project. The Rescue Rebuild team completed four new Dog Retreat spaces designed to get dogs out of the noisy, stressful shelter environment and give them time in a more home-like setting. As the shelter’s dogs rotate through the Dog Retreat, they will be treated to a living room setting complete with heating and cooling, a couch of their own, a personal play yard and toys. Potential adopters will also use these 120 squarefoot spaces to spend quality time with pets outside of the kennel area. The volunteers also built a new, 300 square-foot cat colony building to get the shelter’s cats out of the cages they formerly lived in, allowing them room to roam. Rescue Rebuild’s Catty Shacks also have an outdoor Catio space, so the kitties can get all of the fresh air and sunlight they wish. The Catty Shacks

Matthew Russick fastened the artificial turf for the Catio.

not only lower the animals’ stress making them more adoptable, they also give potential adopters the ability to play with the pets to make sure they are a great fit for their home and family. Rescue Rebuild’s mission is to rebuild, repair, renovate animal shelters and rescues in need. For more information, visit www.rescuerebuild.org.

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Improving the World One Walk at a Time By Erika Oropeza As a nature and animal lover, Terry Hershey Park is one of my favorite places in Houston. My nine-year-old golden retriever, Lucas, and I spend at least six hours of our week there. Our walks at Terry Hershey are the best part of the day. When I started visiting Terry Hershey Park a few years ago and noticed the amount of trash left behind, it upset me. I realized I had the power to make a change in the world – or at least in this beautiful park. For the last two years on our daily walks, Lucas and I have been picking up trash everywhere we go, recycling items that can be recycled and disposing items that need to go to the trash. I show photos on my Instagram account @dogsdontlitter to encourage followers to stop littering and recycle. I am concerned about the damage trash causes to the environment and to all of the habitants of Terry Hershey Park, including armadillos, raccoons, turtles, birds and possums. These innocent animals need to be respected. That’s why I do my best to protect them and keep their habitat clean. Dr. Jane Goodall said, “You cannot get though a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” Let’s be the change we want to see in this world.

Lucas on a walk in Terry Hershey Park.

Why Is AAHA-Accredited Important to Pet Owners? Most people who own a pet don’t realize that unlike human hospitals, veterinary hospitals aren’t required to become accredited. That’s because gaining accreditation is not easy. The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) is the only organization that accredits animal hospitals throughout the United States. To achieve AAHAaccredited status, practices undergo a rigorous 900 quality standards evaluation process that ensures they meet excellence. Hospitals being evaluated must go above and beyond the basic state regulations to become accredited. Being an AAHA-accredited practice means hospitals must: • Provide diagnostic services to quickly and accurately diagnose pets. • Show quality of care in anesthesia, contagious diseases, dentistry, pain management, patient care, surgery and emergency care. • Have an onsite pharmacy to begin treatment immediately. • Have thorough and complete medical records, which help veterinarians better understand a pet’s medical history. The standards developed by AAHA are widely accepted as those components of veterinary practice that represent the highest quality care. Plus, standards are reviewed to ensure that they remain consistent with evolving knowledge and technology. Accreditation helps hospitals stay on the leading edge of veterinary medicine to provide the quality and range of services pets deserve. By attaining AAHA accreditation, veterinary hospitals demonstrate their dedication to providing the best care possible. VERGI Emergency & Critical Care Hospital is one of the newest veterinary hospitals to be evaluated and become designated as an AAHA-accredited hospital. VERGI is dedicated to providing the best care possible for pets. For more information, visit www.vergi247.com. www.absolutelymemorial.com l MAY 2017

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ne day, my pal Susan Hulburt was telling me about her dog,

Samantha, who is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. She always has an interesting “tail” about their latest adventure. She keeps me up to date on the Cavalier breed and some of the health issues Samantha might Cavaliers like Samantha are susceptible to heart problems. She gets regular checkups at the vet.

have. The main health problem with the Cavalier concerns the heart. In mitral valve disease, the valve between the left atrium and ventricle doesn’t close tightly, allowing the blood to leak backward when the heart pumps. Although heart problems are common in small, elderly dogs, Cavaliers can develop issues early on, and symptoms include coughing and lethargy. Some of my past pooch pals were rescues and others were pure breeds. I don’t think I was on top of some of their health problems. My Pomeranian, Stud-

Studley Dudley Moore died of a collapsed trachea at the age of 13.

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ley Dudley Moore, had a tendency to lose his hair and eventually died of a collapsed trachea, which is a health issue in toy breeds. Poms are also predisposed to an adrenal gland disease called alopecia X, causing hair loss. Bridget Bardot Dog was a Maltese, a breed that is susceptible to little white shaker syndrome. This funny named condition is just what it sounds like: tremors in small dogs that are white. An inflammation in the cerebellum causes shaking in dogs, and they can barely walk. Luckily, Bridget escaped this. Dogs come in all shapes, sizes, colors and temperaments, and this diversity has been achieved through selective breeding. Unfortunately, this practice occasionally causes undesirable results in a given breed: Poodle – Poodles are one of a handful of breeds that are at increased risk for glaucoma, which is a buildup of fluid in the eye and causes pressure, pain and eventual blindness. Miniature Schnauzer – Any dog can develop diabetes, but the Miniature Schnauzer seems to be at higher risk.

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Diabetes is a serious condition, but with insulin and diet changes, this breed can lead a normal life. Bulldog – Like all dogs with those adorable smashed in faces, bulldogs can suffer from breathing problems. The bulldog’s small nostrils, elongated soft palate and narrow trachea are the reasons why he probably snores. Pug – With their bulgy eyes, pugs are at risk for eye problems. The most serious is an eye popping out of its socket. This can happen if a pug gets into an accident or a dog fight. Beagle – Epilepsy, a brain disorder that causes seizures, seems to be more common in Beagles than in other dog breeds. Frequent seizures can be helped with medications. Dachshund – Because of their long bodies, Dachshunds are at higher risk for back injuries and spinal disk problems. The best way to keep your dachshund feeling its best is to keep it at a healthy weight. Cocker Spaniel – Dogs like Cocker Spaniels with floppy ears are prone to ear infections. Yorkshire Terrier – Portosystemic shunt (PSS) is a blood vessel birth defect that is common in small breeds like the Yorkie. Golden Retriever – Unlike people, dogs don’t sneeze when they are allergic to something. Instead, they tend to get itchy skin. Frequent licking, scratching and chewing can lead to hot spots. My hubby and I are happy parents of a rescue pooch named Crazy Gracie. We think she is a combination of schnauzer, Maltese and poodle. That would make her a “schmoodle.” According to health issues of those breeds, we might be dealing with the diabetes of the schnauzer, the white shaker syndrome of the Maltese and the glaucoma of the poodle. Crazy Gracie gets regular visits to the vet and is in great health. However, we have decided she will go to doggie heaven from the exhaustion of chasing the neighborhood squirrels, a few lizards and birds before she succumbs to any problems from her different breeds.


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the child’s eyes. Orange has been shown to greatly increase a person’s sensitivity to tonic effects – such as music notes – and is associated with urgency, while violet corresponds to high cerebral activity, such as non-verbal communication (Torrice and Logrippo, 1989). Pink lowers aggression, even in male prison inmates (Morton, 1998), while black, brown and gray are all associated with negative emotions (Boyatzis and Varghese, 1993). What is the craziest part about all of this? Children don’t need to even see the colors to experience the effects. Since color wavelengths are absorbed by the skin, children who are blindfolded – and even children who are blind – are all still impacted by colors as described above (Wohlforth and Sam, 1982). So what does this mean to parents and educators? Well, for one thing,

too much of anything is not good for a child’s development. Even though most colors are associated with positive responses, if a child is overly stimulated with a single color or pattern, it has been shown to negatively impact the child’s focus and learning. The best environments give a balanced palate with each color perhaps helping identify a certain aspect, classroom or area that relates to that wavelength’s benefits. For example, my center’s new Pre-K 3 and Pre-K 4 has each early childhood center colorized by benefit: The high activity stations are red, the calming book nook station is blue, the story telling puppet center is green and the music station is orange. Parents should also keep in mind how colors may impact child in day to day life. For example, if you take your family to a restaurant that is predominantly orange and red, a child may seem antsy and have a higher sensitivity to a food’s smell. In the end, I know our son loved his yellow room, but he would have loved it just as much if it was any other bright and happy color. So, don’t sweat your paint swatches too much, Mom and Dad. There’s a whole rainbow of good choices out there.

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BY SUZANNE STILES suzanne@absolutelyfocusmedia.com

Living Water International (LWI) employees, friends and corporate sponsor Chick-fil-A joined Deborah Duncan on Great Day Houston to support the World Water Day 5K in Houston. On set were Melissa Posada, Karla Kreneck, Becky Morris, Jason Penner, Andrea Penner, Peggy Ottea, Jeanmarie Tade, Stan Hodges, Hope Livingston, Margaret Gibson, Constance Grobe, the Chick-fil-A Cow, Becky Geck, Mackenzie, Brian Lamb, Dana Dearmon, Carissa Helms, Kelly Demel, Deborah Duncan, Elizabeth Rable, Jeremiah Collins, Kim Rathgeber and Jordan Griebner.

Wilchester Elementary held its 50th anniversary celebration in February. There were artifacts from different decades displayed throughout the school, and the fifth graders sang a song that was written by the music teacher.

Fifth graders Meryl Schwertner, Lauren Turner, Natalie Boersma, Paige Mandery, Maaike Archer, Savannah Rush, Madison Eubanks, Catherine Mclees, Emma Dunwoody, Emma Taylor, Lauren Long and Abbilyn McEvoy.

Fifth graders Cooper Harrison, Addison Lanning, Maggie Whisler, Johnny Crawford, Ella Pezzia, Alexanne Fowler, Kira Sledge, Hank Hall and Abigail Stern.

Friends Ellie Cunningham, Annabelle Langford, Ava Cofran, Regan Weber, Meredith Cunningham, Lilly Morrow, Ashley Mahood, Jessica Jones, Ava de Lamora, Ella Everett and Sofia Talbi got to got together to celebrate a birthday and a new pool!

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Wilchester Elementary’s kindergarten students celebrated the 100th day of school by decorating hats with 100 items.

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Scott R. Muri Earns National Communications Technology Award

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For the second year in a row, the Rocketbombs finished the 2016 season undefeated. Congratulations to Graham Fuqua, Julian Keck, Jingzhi Chen, Luke Fuqua, Keel ten Wolde, Brando Blasi, Corbin Comiskey, Jared Norton, Joe Blasi, Harald ten Wolde and Trey Comiskey!

Spring Branch ISD Superintendent of Schools Scott R. Muri, Ed.D., was named the sole recipient of a high national recognition, the 2017 Communication Technology Award for Superintendents, by a leading group of communications and public relations professionals and a partnering education technology services firm. The National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA), which represents most community relations professionals serving public and charter school systems, and Blackboard, a United States technology and educational services firm, announced its award for innovative technology to Muri in an electronic newsletter published for its association members in February. The annual Communication Technology Award for Superintendents recognizes an education leader working in a K-12 system or in a closely related function, who is “redefining, upgrading and integrating cutting-edge community technology to improve and expand outreach and engagements with education stakeholders – both internal and external.” Muri’s winning nomination stated, “From his first week on the job as superintendent of Houston’s Spring Branch ISD, Dr. Scott Muri revealed himself to be a strong, collaborative partner whose creativity and avid belief in technology as a tool to engage and reach stakeholders created excitement among the Community Relations team that communication was going to be a true priority.” After his official start as new SBISD superintendent in July 2015, Muri began a #VisionLock Twitter campaign to introduce himself to the greater community and leverage the district’s core values as connection points and foundation frame for his leadership, shared focus and reason for joining the school district. Tweeting in both English and Spanish, his near-daily tweets reached more than 9,000 followers. In addition to the award announcement, Muri will be honored this summer in San Antonio during NSPRA’s annual national meeting, where a special session will be held reflecting on the community technology award. www.absolutelymemorial.com l MAY 2017

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The most common symptoms of norovirus include diarrhea, throwing up, nausea and stomach pain. Other symptoms can include fever, headache and body aches. These symptoms usually appear within 12 to 48 hours of being exposed to norovirus. For most people, norovirus illness is not serious, and they get better in one to three days. A person may become extremely ill and throw up or experience diarrhea multiple times a day, which can lead to dehydration. Symptoms of dehydration include decreased urination, dry mouth and throat and feeling dizzy when standing up. Young children who are dehydrated may cry with fewer tears and usually are sleepy and fussy.

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Norovirus is a highly contagious virus that causes acute gastroenteritis. Following introduction of rotavirus vaccination, norovirus has become the most common cause of gastroenteritis in adults and children. Viral gastroenteritis is an infection that can cause diarrhea and vomiting. It happens when a person’s stomach and intestines get infected with a virus. Both adults and children can get viral gastroenteritis. Anyone can get infected with norovirus and become sick.

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Unfortunately, there is no specific medicine to treat people infected with the norovirus illness. Norovirus cannot be treated with antibiotics, because it is a viral – not bacterial – infection. If your child has the norovirus illness, have him drink plenty of liquids to replace fluid lost from throwing up and diarrhea to help prevent dehydration.

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These tips will help protect you and your child from norovirus. • Always wash your hands with soap and water before eating, preparing or handling food and especially after changing diapers or using the restroom. • Wash fruits and vegetables and cook seafood thoroughly before preparing or consuming them. • Do not prepare foods or care for others when you are sick and for at least two days after symptoms stop. • Immediately remove and wash clothes or linens that may be contaminated with vomit or stool. You should handle soiled items carefully by wearing gloves and washing your hands after. • Clean and disinfect any surfaces thought to be contaminated. For more information about Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, visit westcampus.texaschildrens.org or call 832-2271000.

HOW DO KIDS CONTRACT IT?

Your child can become infected with norovirus by accidentally getting vomit or stool from infected people in his mouth. While that may sound weird, this usually happens by consuming contaminated food or drink, touching contaminated surfaces or objects and then putting fingers in the mouth or having contact with someone infected with norovirus. Typically, norovirus outbreaks happen when infected people spread the virus to others. Outbreaks can occur in numerous institutional settings including schools, child care centers and colleges, because it lives on surfaces and is resistant to many common disinfectants.

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The Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus. Photo by A. Kramer.

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Sports Spotlight By Tammy Hampton tammy@absolutelyfocusmedia.com

9/10 SBMSA Basketball Mary Claire Pounds and Annalise Bash.

salutes the kids and parents who hit the fields week after week.

Congratulations to these outstanding team players!

Spring Branch Track Zachary McElyea, Jeyla Kuliev and Bethany Lisman.

Razorbacks Football Jackson McAllister, Jack Johnson and Kenneth Kosasih.

To celebrate its 25th anniversary, Spring Branch Education Foundation’s (SBEF) Running for the Arts is on the move with a new name and location. On Saturday, May 6th, runners will gather from 8 am to 1 pm at the Altharetta Yeargin Art Museum, located at 901 Yorkchester on the campus of Westchester Academy for International Studies. “Moving to this gem of a museum is a wonderful opportunity to expand into a true arts festival,” said Cece Thompson, SBEF executive director. “All of the district’s fine arts programs – visual arts,

music, theater and dance – will participate.” Community artists and artisans will be involved too. The morning will be action packed with a competitive 5K, 5K walk, Kids 1K, kids’ activities, performances, food trucks, art-related vendors and garage bands. Proceeds will benefit SBISD fine arts field trips, the Altharetta Yeargin Art Museum and the Health Fitness Teachers Association, whose members helped organize the run. Visit runningforthearts.com or call 713-251-2279 for more information.

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Spring Branch Education Foundation Hosts Running for the Arts 5K and ArtFest

The winning Running for the Arts 5K ArtFest artwork created by Memorial High School junior Suzanna Jinks will be featured on the event T-shirts.

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Kathy Manley of Hunters Creek Lives and Breathes Music

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unters Creek resident Kathy Manley doesn’t just like music. It’s in her blood. It helps define who she is. Manley is in her 26th season as a member of the Houston Grand Opera (HGO) Chorus, one of the three pillars of the company’s permanent foundation, along with the HGO Orchestra and HGO Studio. She has sung in around 75 productions and just finished with Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem, presented as part of HGO’s winter repertory, deKathy Manley. scribing it as “beautiful, exciting and uplifting.” The HGO Chorus, which was created at the same time as HGO itself in 1955, has become one of the world’s most acclaimed opera choruses under the direction of esteemed Chorus Master Richard Bado. There are typically about 85 members of the HGO chorus, and auditions are held every year with around 50 new people trying out. Chorus members are integral to HGO, and like Manley, are each artists in their own right. Manley’s connection to HGO began in high school after she attended her first opera, Anna Bolena, which she found “mesmerizing.” Upon graduation from Stephen F. Austin State University with a vocal degree, she auditioned for the HGO Chorus in 1991 and began singing that same year in La Clemenza di Tito. She also performed for eight years with Opera to Go!, part of Houston Grand Opera’s education and outreach program. Manley’s passion for music began early on. One of six children in a musical family, Manley and her siblings all played musical instruments and sang, with her focus being on the guitar. This carried over into church as a youth, then later on in college, where Manley performed in musicals. She is a music teacher for the Upper School at Duchesne Academy, serves as a cantor at St. Cecilia Catholic Church and is the mother of three children: Allyson, Jackie and Jacob. “Music defines who I am,” said Manley. “I feel so fortunate to pursue music in my vocation and as a member of the Houston Grand Opera Chorus. Being a part of this world-class organization, the experiences and friendships I’ve gained are invaluable.”

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DePelchin Children’s Center Celebrates 125 Years: May 2, 1892 – May 2, 2017 In 1892, Kezia Payne DePelchin – a pioneering teacher, nurse and social worker – took a leap of faith and accepted into her care three orphaned infants for whom no other accommodations were available. DePelchin cared for the children in two borrowed rooms at the home of a friend, relying on her personal earnings and donations from caring Houstonians. Within a few months on May 2, 1892, DePelchin moved the children into a small, rented house. DePelchin stated, “I suppose I will have to call it my ‘Faith Home.’ I’m entirely dependent on my faith in God and the good people of Houston to support it.” DePelchin died within a year of opening her orphanage, but the Houston community embraced her vision, adopted the home and helped it to grow. The young boys whom she cared for at the small frame house on Washington Avenue were the first of thousands to benefit from Faith Home. DePelchin’s location moved throughout the city before settling in its current location on 12 acres of wooded land at 4950 Memorial Drive.

DePelchin Faith Home’s first location on Washington Avenue in the late 19th century.

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or are in the State’s child welfare system. DePelchin has expanded beyond Houston to help children across Texas with locations in Austin, Brownwood, Lubbock and San Antonio. Over the years, many have attempted to chronicle the dates and events that shaped Houston’s oldest family service agency, but the complete history of DePelchin Children’s Center is not easily put into words and can never be fully documented. It lives mainly in the memories and hearts of the children and families, who during their darkest – and happiest – hours, have passed through its doors. Visit www.depelchin.org to learn more about celebrating 125 years with DePelchin.

DePelchin Children’s Center’s Kinder Program Services Building.

In 1983, DePelchin Faith Home changed its name to DePelchin Children’s Center to reflect DePelchin’s identity as a multi-disciplinary agency with many new programs, including post adoption counseling, maternity care, day

treatment and home-based therapy. Today, the center cares for children by integrating prevention, foster care, adoption and post-adoption programs to improve the mental health and physical well-being of children who are at risk of entering

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Congregants gathered outside of St. John Church in the 19th century.

A LITTLE PIECE OF HISTORY By The Heritage Society

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he country church is probably the most common social institution found in rural America. Churches represented comfortable connections to families and countries of origin and provided a degree of stability in a changing world. These spaces additionally served as schools and also sponsored such social events as picnics and other community gatherings. Hundreds of these small, rural churches dotted Texas in the mid to late 19th century. In those days, most Texans lived and labored in rural areas – 90.8 percent in 1880 and still 82.9 percent in 1900. Agriculture dominated the state economy with a majority of Texans engaged in farming or ranching. Nevertheless, Texas grew rapidly at the end of the 19th century. The population grew from 1,591,749 in 1880 to 2,235,527 by 1890 and reached 3,048,710 in 1900. Individuals who migrated or immigrated to Texas in the 19th century tended to settle in locales of family or ethnic concentrations, and sometimes, whole villages even relocated. For example, the over 20,000 Germans who came to Texas between 1840 and 1860 predominantly established homogeneous communities in central Texas. Two settlements that were started by German immigrants in northwest Harris County were the White Oak Community and nearby Vollmer. The land on White Oak Bayou was good, sandy loam and could be purchased for 50 cents an acre. It was a perfect location for industrious German farmers. The center of the White Oak Community was St. John German Evangelical Lutheran Church founded in the 1860s. In 1866, the congregation paid $7 for two acres of land. In conjunction with the church, there was also a school and a graveyard. The earliest tombstone records the death in 1866 of a young girl who was slain on her way to church school. By 1872, the congregation purchased an additional six acres for $5 from the Houston & Texas

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Central Railway Company. When the original church was destroyed by a hurricane in 1875, it was replaced by a second modest building. In 1889, the pastor, Reverend Frank Neuhaus, urged the congregation to build a new church, which opened in 1891. This building was constructed at a cost of $860 plus another $60 for the bell. Reflecting their roots, the congregants primarily spoke German well into the 20th century. The small, neoclassical structure with Gothic windows served the congregation well until a new sanctuary was built in 1955, and the 1891 building was repurposed to a Sunday school building. In 1968, the 1891 building was donated to The Heritage Society and moved to Sam Houston Park. Restora-

Today, the beautifully restored St. John Church is located in Sam Houston Park.

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tion efforts included reinstalling the original paneled altar-pulpit that had been given to St. Peter’s United Church in Spring Branch. In addition, the residual four cypress plank pews left in the building were reunited with the remaining original pews that had been given to St. Paul’s Methodist Church in Spring. All of the pews were made by church members Otto Moers and Louis Tiel from cypress logs hauled to the church site by teams of oxen. Finally, the Gothic style German script passages were painted over the altar, and the doors of the church were refurbished. These translate to “Blessed are they who hear the Word of God and keep it,” found in Luke 11:28 and “The Lord preserve your going out and your coming in. Amen,” found in Psalm 121:8. St. John Church represents the effort to preserve a significant part of the history of early Harris County residents. The communities of White Oak and Vollmer were about three miles north of today’s Memorial Park on what is now Mangum Road. Today, this area is well within the city limits, just outside the 610 Loop, but in the 1860s, these communities were quite distant from urban Houston. The structure is a wonderful example of the modest church buildings that peppered the Texas landscape in the 19th century. It also demonstrates the importance of religious practices to our forefathers and their communities. Visit The Heritage Society in Sam Houston Park to see the beautifully restored St. John Church.


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May 2017 - Absolutely Memorial Magazine  

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