November 2016 - Absolutely Memorial Magazine

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November 2016

Homemade Hope: Dishing up Holiday Joy

MEMORIAL Theatre's DEDICATED Volunteers

'Tis the Season

Entertaining & DINING HOLIDAY Gift Guide

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F E AT U R E S 14 VOLUNTEERS TAKE CENTER STAGE Memorial High School Theatre volunteers

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10 HOMEMADE HOPE: Dishing up Holiday Joy A non-profit with Memorial roots, Homemade Hope grew out of Memorial High School alum Blair Bentley’s passion for homeless children and awareness of their significant needs. This month, Homemade Hope will coordinate Thanksgiving feasts for children and families at five local shelters, grounding this season of their childhood in traditions and memories.


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For this month of giving thanks, our cover story reflects just that. Memorial’s own Blair Bentley is doing great things to help children who live in shelters celebrate the holidays with their families in the most traditional of ways. Her organization is called Homemade Hope, and Blair is not only inspirational, but she is teaching these families the true meaning of giving thanks. Also in this issue, some Memorial High School volunteers take center stage in Jennifer Elliot’s col- Britney Smith with Bonnie, Pete, Hunter and Bailey umn on page 14. In our neighbor- Bell and Brent, Lara, Dylan and Brooks Milam on Thanksgiving Day 2014. hood news, we have an Eagle Scout who did a big project for St. Francis. Speaking of St. Francis, you’ll meet the church’s new assistant rector on page 19. Looking ahead, you will not want to miss our December issue. It is our first ever absolutely! The Best Readers’ Choice issue, and you will love seeing the winners! We want to wish everyone a beautiful Thanksgiving. As most people know, I lost my mom this past January. The “firsts” are always the toughest, so this “first” Thanksgiving without her will be what I am calling my new, brave normal where new and old traditions are intertwined with the same love and gratitude for the time I had her. The photo above is from two Thanskgivings ago before my mom’s brain cancer diagnosis. Had we known she wouldn’t be with us a little over a year after this photo, we wouldn’t have changed a thing! Love your family and be thankful! Absolutely! yours,

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As her involvement deepened, Bentley’s passion for homeless children and awareness of their significant needs grew. She began to see the impact of this culinary program in their lives, and the vision of Homemade Hope was born. In 2014, Homemade Hope received its 501 (c)(3) non-profit status. Since then, the organization has expanded its programming and reach in partnership with local shelters. Homemade Hope strives to bring the joy and stability of a home life to homeless and at-risk children living in Houston’s shelters through the three pillars of its work: weekly cooking and nutrition classes, holiday celebrations and culinary field trips.

Harnessing the Power of the Kitchen

Homemade Hope: Dishing up Holiday Joy F or children living in shelters, holidays can serve as a reminder of all that is missing from their lives, reinforcing the trauma of their circumstances. Homemade Hope, a Houston non-profit with Memorial roots, is determined to transform this experience. This month, Homemade Hope will coordinate Thanksgiving feasts for the children and families at five local Houston area shelters, grounding this season of their childhood in traditions and memories. Through Homemade Hope’s programming, the children join in the holiday preparations – crafting table decorations, creating invitations, planning a special menu and learning to cook traditional Thanksgiving dishes – in the weeks leading up to


the event. Because the children participate in hosting Thanksgiving dinner for their families, the celebration holds soul-level meaning for families in crisis. The love in the room is palpable with smiles, grateful tears and all of the warmth that comes from a special meal prepared with heart.

Bentley’s passion for cooking began when she was a child, growing up in Memorial with a family of three girls. Unlike her two sisters, Bentley was somewhat shy. She found her voice in the kitchen, where she loved preparing meals for her family and friends. The kitchen gave her confidence and allowed her to contribute to her family, and she believed cooking could do the same for children surviving stressful and uncertain circumstances. “There’s something about the process of preparing a recipe from start to finish every week that is meaningful,” said Bentley. “It creates stability and routine and the opportunity to overcome small obstacles while doing some-

The Origins of Homemade Hope Homemade Hope grew out of Memorial High School alum Blair Bentley’s volunteer work in homeless shelters. Bentley began leading cooking and nutrition classes for children at a local shelter in 2012, introducing them to simple, healthy recipes they could prepare with available ingredients.

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thing fun. The kids see that they can create something nourishing for themselves and others, and it gives them hope for their future.” Through weekly classes, the children are introduced to new foods and educated about nutrition in a loving and supportive environment. “We learn about vegetables, fruits and all kinds of proteins and dairies that we don’t know about,” said Emerald, a 10 year-old Homemade Hope student. Andrew, another regular student, relishes the independence of cooking. “When I get to make food, it’s fun, because I get to do it on my own with nobody actually helping me. I feel really, really happy since I can make some food.” In the last year, Homemade Hope has expanded its work to adolescents at Star of Hope and now teaches threehour intensive cooking workshops to teens with an emphasis on life skills. With instruction from Bentley and a group of committed volunteers, they prepare a full meal with an entrée, side dish and dessert. These skills help them care for themselves now and will prove invaluable when they are living independently in a few years. Mr. Lynn, the children’s director at Corder Place Transitional Center, recognizes the impact of Homemade Hope’s classes. “When Blair comes in with Homemade Hope to a homeless child, to a homeless anyone – someone preparing you a meal, showing you how to fix a meal and have fun doing it – it’s a blessing.”

Gathering Around the Table Bentley began cooking Thanksgiving dinner for her family when she was

in middle school. She recalls brining the turkey with herbs, making fresh fruit pies and even creating handpainted place settings for her family members. She fondly remembers the excitement of waking up on Thanksgiving Day and heading straight to the kitchen, where she and her grandmother roasted the turkey and watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The holidays played a significant role in Bentley’s love for cooking. “Growing up, cooking was about so much more than just the food. It was about bringing my family together and creating memories and traditions. I wanted to share that experience and those holiday joys with these children.”

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Holiday celebrations are an integral part of Homemade Hope’s mission to strengthen families, which is why Homemade Hope hosts nine celebrations throughout the year, from Thanksgiving to Mother’s Day to the Fourth of July. In addition to teaching children how to cook, a significant emphasis of Homemade Hope’s work is bringing families together, as well as creating a sense of family within class. Every class ends with a “family dinner” where children gather together around the table to enjoy the food they’ve prepared in class and engage in conversations about gratitude and hope led by Bentley. Often, Bentley sends the children home with leftovers to share with their loved ones. Sometimes, the children ask to cook recipes they learned in class at home. Angel, an 11 year-old living with her mom and grandmother, said, “I remember Miss Blair’s steps of cooking, and I ask my mom, ‘Can I do them at home?’ And it’s really making me strong and healthy.”

Creating Vision for the Future Recognizing the limited opportunities of children in shelters, Homemade Hope also invests in the children’s futures. Bentley looks for the potential in the children she serves and helps them gain access to supportive educational environments. One young man now attends Chinquapin Prep, and several others have moved to high-performing schools specializing in the needs of atrisk children. In the summers, Bentley arranges field trips, providing a break from the stress of shelter life while opening the children’s eyes to what the future can hold. The last two years, she has taken the kids on restaurant visits to tour kitchens, enjoy cooking demonstrations by professional chefs, taste new foods and try their hands at a recipe. Several children have since expressed interest in culinary careers. Currently, Homemade Hope is partnering with Luby’s to host a Jr. Chef competition. Homemade Hope’s children will be sous chefs to the finalists, and the winning dish will be featured on the restaurant menu to benefit Homemade Hope.

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Looking Forward Homemade Hope plans to serve more locations – the next one in the Spring Branch area – as resources are secured, bringing hope and joy to more children. As families gather to give thanks this year, Homemade Hope will ensure its most vulnerable children have the opportunity to do the same. Visit to get involved. l NOVEMBER 2016


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f there was one thing Zarine Boyce had enough of as a child and teenager, it was classical music and opera. Her tastes ran more toward Elvis Presley and The Beatles as opposed to Giuseppe Verdi and Johan Sebastian Bach, but her father loved classical music and wanted his daughter to understand and love it too. Boyce’s outlook has changed over the years, and now she is enlightening the next generation of music lovers as the president and chief executive officer (pro bono) of the Memorial area’s Virtuosi of Houston, a chamber orchestra comprised of 55 to 60 of the area’s best musicians 11 to 18 years of age. The 501 (c) 3 non-profit Zarine Boyce. is funded by grants, donations and corporate support, much of it garnered by Boyce and her tight-knit team. Virtuosi welcomes children of all socioeconomic backgrounds. Students who need financial assistance receive it, and most students earn scholarships to some of the most prestigious music schools in the country. “This unique formula of a chamber orchestra gives our young musicians an opportunity to perform at a high level so that when they apply to different colleges, they are accepted,” said Boyce. Growing up, Boyce attended an English school in her hometown and high school in England. She began her philanthropic and public service as a five-year-old and has dedicated her life to hands-on volunteering and philanthropy. “My mother was a volunteer all of her life, so I am following in her footsteps.” Boyce also serves on other boards, including the Houston Public Library Foundation Board since 1992. She is a den mother, cheerleader, voice of reason, chief problem solver, fund raiser and passionate advocate for Virtuosi. Her husband, Dr. Meherwan P. Boyce, serves as chairman of the board of Virtuosi, and the couple is passionate about the students, going above and beyond and making Virtuosi what it is today.

Whether helping a student have the means to afford an instrument or simply making sure that everything needed for a performance is available, they do their best to make it happen. “They are cutting the arts from schools, and it’s so very sad. Classical music is my passion in life. If these kids want to learn and perform classical music, I must and should enable them to realize their dreams,” Boyce said. “I love the ability to help others by giving them the avenue and possibility of pursuing a career in music, whether it be in performance, education, management or anything else.” Boyce is a whirlwind of power and purpose. When the orchestra lost its studio in Town & Country Mall, she found a new location in Memorial City Mall and salvaged fixtures, glass and furniture from the previous mall for the new space. She calls on friends to make things happen when needed and isn’t afraid to ruffle a few feathers along the way. Virtuosi’s musicians play every three years side by side with the Houston Symphony, as well as volunteer their time playing in the community. Out of a total of 103 performances in the previous season, they performed 56 pro bono for various institutions and organizations in Houston. “We encourage musicians to audition with us. Last year, we had children from 34 different schools around Houston,” said Boyce. At the heart of Boyce’s volunteerism is the humble desire to give back. “If God gives you something in life, you have to give back. You hopefully change lives for the better. If you have the ability to volunteer financially and time-wise, that’s the best thing you can do.” Virtuosi kicks off its 21st season with an Opening Night Concert on Saturday, December 3rd at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Zilkha Hall. Tickets are available at For more information about Virtuosi, visit

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Volunteers Take Center Stage Daniel Fonseka, Meredith Rauch and Brian Carles in Memorial High School’s production of Kiss Me, Kate.


he curtain goes up, the lights come on, and a student actor gives the opening line. The scenery sets the stage, and the costumes help the story come to life. Over the years at Memorial High School (MHS), students have come and gone, but a couple of volunteers continue to work tirelessly, production after production. Karen Donovan started making costumes for MHS Theater in 2008, when her youngest son was a freshman, and the school was putting on the musical Beauty and the Beast. Although she no longer has children in high school, she continues to oversee the costumes, from finding fabrics and patterns to the actual sewing. “As an empty nester, I have some free time. So this is one way I can continue to give back to the community, as well as fulfill the creative side of my personality,” said Donovan. Donovan’s skills as a seamstress allow her to coordinate teams of parents and students and help them achieve the desired results. “When I first started, I couldn’t sew, but because of Karen’s great instruction, I am now able to contribute. She’s very patient with the parents and students, and before you know it, there’s a whole sewing factory set up in the black box of the theatre,” said Renna


Rauch, MHS parent. MHS Theater has amassed so many costumes over the years that they have a 10 foot by 20 foot storage unit and rent out their costumes to other schools and organizations. “This money is used to pay for storage and help scholarship kids who otherwise might not be able to afford to participate in the theatre program,” explained Donovan. Back in 2008, Donovan recruited Adolfo Torres to help construct a couple of the more elaborate costumes. Since then, he has used his construction ex-

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pertise to assist with many of the productions, even though he has never had a student at MHS. “Depending on the play, sometimes I help with just little props and sometimes all of the scenery,” said Torres. After Torres delivers the pieces, the students help with painting and assembly. “What I love about Karen and Adolfo most is that they are committed to teaching kids and empowering them to be able to do the work the next time by themselves. They are here to mentor kids so that creativity and these arts – woodworking and sewing – are attainable for kids with little to no experience. They are craftsmen in their own right and love sharing their passion with these kids,” commented Nicole Morgan, director of MHS Theater Arts. Both Donovan and Torres rank the costumes and props for the musical Shrek as one of their very favorites. Donovan enjoyed sewing for the enchanted characters, and Torres liked the elaborate scenery that the show required. “Karen and Adolfo exemplify volunteerism. The costumes, props and scenery keep getting better, and we have developed a great working relationship. They are truly educators here at MHS and in our community,” said Morgan.

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With the holidays approaching, is it time to clean out your closets, kids’ rooms, garage or even the whole house? Consider donating your unwanted treasures to the Memorial Freshman Garage Sale. The event raises funds so that all students of the class of 2020 can attend their senior prom and other senior events. The sale is set for February 23rd through 25th at 10321 Katy Freeway in the Jason’s Deli shopping center. Coordinators are currently accepting furniture, books, housewares, toys, accessories, clothes, shoes, sporting goods, electronics, pet supplies, lawn and garden items and even holiday décor. Upcoming collection days take place from 10 am to noon on select Saturdays: November 5th and 19th and December 3rd and 10th. The drop-off location on these dates is conveniently located at the Memorial High School field house. Don’t miss this annual event. There will be designer shoes, clothing and bags in addition to fabulous furniture pieces and name brand toys. Last year’s sale found KHOU’s Shern-Min Chow scoring a $15 vintage designer fringed skirt while she reported from the sale location. For more information, visit www.

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many friends and neighbors know, I have been involved in Citizens for Animal Protection (CAP) for many years. We used to do weekly Pet of the Week segments on television, I have volunteered at CAP, I have attended numerous CAP events, my children, Dylan and Brooks, were junior honorees a couple of years ago, and this year, my husband, Brent Milam, and I were asked to be honorees at the Celebrity Paws Gala. The shelter’s largest fundraiser of the year, the Celebrity Paws Gala will be held on Saturday, November 12th at the Royal Sonesta Hotel. Celebrating CAP’s 30th annual gala, this year’s theme is Paw-ty with The Great Gatsby and promises to be a fabulous evening, while raising much needed funding for some of Houston’s finest furry friends. As in previous years, the gala will feature the presentation of Houston’s Top “Elite” Honorees and junior honorees, who will rock the runway with their beloved pets. This year’s honorees are Cindy and Jack Childress, Kim and Scott David,

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Those who have watched David Price in one of the area marathons may not have realized he recently celebrated his 32nd anniversary of ordained ministry! The new assistant rector of St. Francis Episcopal Church, located at 345 Piney Point Road, is an enthusiastic runner and also practices yoga with his wife of 35 years, Jennifer Price, a cardiac nurse at CHI St. Luke’s Health in the Texas Medical Center. The couple has three adult children and recently welcomed their first grandchild. Price, who has served Texas parishes in Midland, Lubbock, Palestine, Houston and for the past 10 years as rector of Grace Church in Alvin, said he “loves the whole wondrous variety of parish ministry: learning and worshiping together and serving the community. In parish work, God draws people in, builds them up and sends them out to be ambassadors of reconciliation in the world.” In keeping with the church’s theme #RealChurchRealPeople, Price said, “A real church is formed of imperfect people who see both the world’s beauty and its desperate needs. We wish all to find a welcome in this home of real people.” The Rev. Stuart A. Bates is rector and The Rev. Robert D. Wismer is associate rector of St. Francis Episcopal Church. For more information, visit www.sfch. org.

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kay, let’s all be honest for a bit. Parenting is really, really hard. I know in this day and age of social media, we all post images of our perfectly behaved children in matching clothes, wearing both shoes at the same time, smiling and enjoying that they are being photographed. But, Christmas card worthy photos don’t show the true, raw, daily experience of parenting. Much of the stress that comes with parenting stems from a breakdown in empathy or communication between the parent and child. That sounds simple, because it is. The solutions are a bit harder, but let’s understand how those breakdowns can be categorized.

The Child’s Own Problems These situations directly affect the child but not the parent, and the stress originates when the child feels the parent doesn’t empathize or properly acknowledge the situation. In fact, this is the stereotypical teenager problem: “You just don’t understand, Mom!” It might be based in how the child looks, their relationships with friends or the fact that they texted that one kid four minutes ago and they haven’t texted back yet, so they are worried that person hates them.

To solve this, parents should first realize that the problem is the child’s, not theirs. And because of that, the solution has to be the child’s as well. This is difficult for a parent, since parents have an innate desire to swoop in and save their babies from any paper cut, tear or difficulty. But, a parent can’t text that other kid for their child. The parent’s role here is to listen – not dismiss – the emotions that the child is feeling. Truly empathize and empower the child to both resolve and overcome the situation. Be supportive and encouraging. Think of it like learning to ride a bike. Eventually, the parent has to let go – and let him fall – if the parent wants their child to find his own balance in life.

The Child’s Bothersome Behaviors Here, the parent feels that the child doesn’t understand or properly follow “common sense” or the parent’s expectations. Examples include leaving dirty laundry on the floor or making the bathroom look like it flooded during a bath. The key to realize here is that the child doesn’t empathize with the parent, and in fact, the child usually doesn’t even notice the problem behavior or consider how it might be affecting the parent. The parent’s goal is to change the problem behavior, and the strategy is to speak with the child about expectations and how the situation makes them


feel. Set the child up for success by lessening the likelihood he will do the behavior again, and set logical consequences should the situation arise again. In the example of the laundry, the parent should talk to their child about how a stinky room makes them feel, help by making the laundry basket easy to get to, and perhaps don’t wash the child’s favorite shirt if it isn’t placed in the basket.

A Combination of Both I call this one the “shopping cart meltdown.” Here, the child feels that the parent doesn’t understand situation, and in response, they exhibit a bothersome behavior in an effort to change that. This is the hardest one to deal with personally. I would pay extra just to checkout at the grocery store in a lane with no candy. But I digress.

The best techniques to handle this situation are to start by acknowledging the child’s emotions and desires. “Yes, I think candy tastes good too. That’s why you want it, because it’s yummy, right?” Second, explain why we can’t give into those desires, even if they are justified. “Well, look at all of this amazing food Mommy is buying for us to have at home. Even the yogurt you picked out too! That candy is yummy, but the yogurt is yummy and will make you have strong bones. Where do you want to sit at home when you eat your yummy yogurt?” Finally, seeing how the child still will probably throw a fit about not getting the candy, parents can address the bothersome behavior by explaining how the shouting makes them feel and how it might make others around feel too. Tell the child the right way to ask for candy and what goals or expectations he needs to meet in order to buy and ultimately enjoy it. Or, find a check out lane without any candy.

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When Adam Desroches decided to devote his Troop 825 Eagle efforts to benefit St. Francis Episcopal School, it didn’t take long to settle on a venture that the St. Francis baseball program would value for years to come – installing two permanent, commercial batting cages to provide more hitting and pitching practice for the Wolves sluggers. The project culminated a journey that began when Desroches joined the St. Francis Cub Scout pack as a sevenyear-old under the guidance of Father Wismer and continued through beginner baseball in the St. Francis Sports Association. After five years of tournament play with the Houston Hammer and a spot on the Wolves baseball team, giving back to St. Francis seemed only natural. Desroches met with Director of Facilities James Lair and coaches, then researched athletics suppliers and set his sights on fundraising, raising a total of $22,000. The project kicked off with installation of the cage posts. Two days later – after help from 15 fellow Boy Scouts and five dads – turf and cabling were laid, and nets and screens were installed on the 60 foot and 70 foot cages. Extra funds meant the addition of a pitching machine, portable pitcher’s mound, hitting mats, L-screens, baseballs and ball holders, all of which point to a great season for the Wolves next spring – and well beyond. “It feels good to have done this for St. Francis,” said Desroches, an eighth grader. “It means a lot that it will last for such a long time.”

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City Ballet of Houston Celebrates 50th Anniversary City Ballet of Houston (CBH) celebrates its 50th anniversary in the Spring Branch and Memorial area! CBH is a non-profit regional dance company and Honor Company of Regional Dance America. Founder Margo Marshall began the company training dancers for professional careers, and many have gone on to prestigious companies such as American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Houston Ballet and Boston Ballet. When founded, the company was known as Greater Houston Civic Ballet, and its home theater was at the Kinkaid School. In the 80s, the name was changed and The Nutcracker productions were added. CBH is also celebrating the 30th anniversary for the Inner City Nutcracker! In this unique project, children who do not normally have the chance to take formal ballet lessons perform in this amazing event staged at some of Downtown Houston’s most impressive theaters. The company continues its exceptional training under the artistic direction of Luis Fuente and Mary Beth Arrington, who have worked tirelessly to carry on Marshall’s vision with dancers getting ready for the Inner City Nutcracker at the Wortham - Brown Theatre on November 14th and The Grand 1894 Opera House in Galveston on December 10th and 11th. CBH dancers train at the Academy of City Ballet of Houston, and many are from Spring Branch and Memorial. Visit or call 346-701-7275 for more information.

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here is a hardware store in the Memorial Area that has hammers, filters, sprinklers, house paint, nails, insecticides, garden tools . . . and dogs! They are rescue pooches looking for a forever home. The dogs at Ace Hardware on Memorial Drive are part of a rescue group known as West Houston Animal Rescue. When a visitor walks into the store, the dogs are in cages right by the front doors. This is a great spot for them, since everyone who comes in and out wants to see or hold them. Owner Nahid Haize said, “Each one is treated as if it is the only doggie in the store. They are loved, hugged, fed, doctored and taken care of by the employees.” Many have been adopted, but not until Haize has carefully screened all of the prospective new owners. Haize has a lot of love invested in them, and she wants to make sure the new owners are perfect for each dog. These animals are rescued from everywhere. “Sometimes, people find them and just bring them to the store,” said Haize. “Others include owner surrenders, flood victims, abandoned, dumped or strays. We occasionally pull from shelters. In all, we have found homes for approximately 100 a year.” That means over 500 dogs have been adopted over the years since the rescue group’s inception. A new arrival, Peanut, was being abused by some kids, and one of Ace Hardware’s employees brought him in when her child saved it from the attack. Another precious pooch came to the store because the doggie’s owner had cancer, and she couldn’t care for him anymore.


Peanut came to the rescue group after being saved from an attack.

Last year, four older dogs from four to 10 years-old were taken in, and all were adopted! Later, three strays were picked up in Brookshire, brought to the store, and two of the three have found new families. At times, the dogs come in as siblings, such as two-year-old Max and Daisy, who are a Shepherd mix. Daisy was adopted immediately. Sweet Max has a family who wants him, so his new life is pending. It would be great if they could be adopted together, but as Haize said, “At times it is best to separate them, so they can learn how to be independent.” Recently, I was in Ace Hardware and saw the cutest, sweetest and most adorable doggie with those “take me home” eyes, and I fell in love. His name is Remi,

Max, a two-year-old Shepherd mix.

and he is a nine-year-old Havanese Poodle mix. I got as far as taking him home to see how he would get along with my female rescue Princess Grace Kelly. They touched noses, sniffed around, and then Gracie started her usual barking bit, which means, “We don’t need another dog here in this house.” I was crushed I couldn’t keep him, but I still swing by the hardware store to see him. It didn’t work out for Remi and me, but I bet he is already in a wonderful home. Shelters and rescue groups are always at or above capacity. There is a point where they just can’t take in any more. That is why local organizations such as West Houston Animal Rescue are so important. You might want to go over to Ace Hardware on Memorial, buy some paint, light bulbs or filters and hug a dog! It will make your day. This is the time to be thankful for all of the things that are joyful. This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for people and places like West Houston Animal Rescue.

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November 19th A Christmas Carol A Ghost Story of Christmas This retelling of Charles Dickens’ classic story follows Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey with the three ghostly spirits who visit him on Christmas Eve. The show runs through December 29th at the Alley Theatre, located at 615 Texas Avenue. For show times and tickets, visit or call 713-220-5700.

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November 25th Houston Ballet’s The Nutcracker A wonderful ballet for the entire family, The Nutcracker is the perfect way to introduce young children to the power and beauty of classical dance. Join Clara on her unforgettable journey as she travels to the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets, and marvel as the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Nutcracker Prince dance a pas de deux of crystalline beauty. Tickets range from $34 to $130. The Nutcracker runs through December 27th at the Wortham Theater Center, located at 501 Texas Street at Smith Street. For tickets, call 713-227-2787 or visit

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Fourth grade girls Riley Smith, Charlotte Martin, Annalise Bash, Adair Cramer, Ellie Mattingly, Ruthie Egger, Ella Scholl, Camille Amoruso and Mary Grace Parker attended the Bunker Hill Elementary Annual Mother Daughter Tea at Lakeside Country Club. BY SUZANNE STILES

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The Swiss American Society of Houston met in the Memorial home of Swiss Honorary Consul Margrit Young-Zellweger and Ron Young. Enjoying the evening were Houston Swiss American Society officers and board members Lina Corinth, Lilian Tade, Margrit Young-Zellweger and Ron Young.

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The Power of Words and Actions in Relationships By Nancy L. Rommelmann, Family Law Attorney

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here would be less divorces and better relationships between spouses and parents and their child if more effort was made to communicate and act in a way that is supportive of the relationship. A relationship with your partner or child is built on communication and action, which fortifies the relationship. The following is an overview of words and actions that will make a significant difference. You can substitute “child” when it says “partner” below. These words should be said sincerely and often! Don’t overlook the power of words and actions, which play an important role in exhibiting love. Be aware of the “no-no’s” that undermine and destroy relationships. What to say: “I’m sorry!” Why? It acknowledges your partner’s feelings, which is key to a long and loving relationship. It can’t be perfunctory. It should be said at the right place and time. What to say: “Thank you!” Why? It shows appreciation and gratitude.


What to say: “How was your day?” Why? It nurtures listening, caring and empathizing. What to say: “How are you feeling?” Why? It shows you are interested. What to say: “I love the way you ____!” or “You’re so good at ____!” Why? It affirms. No-No’s: No partial truths. Tell the whole truth. It’s deceptive to leave a partner with anything but the whole truth. In a relationship, what a partner doesn’t know will hurt the relationship. No “white” lies. Lies in small matters suggests you might lie in matters of magnitude; dishonesty is the mortal enemy of trust. No whining or voicing regrets about your life. This may make your partner feel helpless about his own life. Your partner may start to see you negatively, and it can chisel away at a relationship. No hypocrisy. Hypocrisy sabotages trust and begs the question, “Who are you really?” “Love is nothing without action. Trust is nothing without proof. Sorry is nothing without change.” - Unknown

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While it is not an exact science, with practice, health care professionals can discern most innocent murmurs from pathologic ones. There are differences in the location of the murmur on the child’s chest, pitch, volume, duration and timing of the murmur. Whether the murmur comes when the heart is squeezing or relaxing is another clue. We also take the age of the patient and position of the patient – lying, sitting or standing – into account when deciding if a murmur is innocent or pathologic.

A murmur is not a disease, and it is not an indication that your child needs heart surgery. Most kids with murmurs have healthy, normal hearts. Many murmurs can be followed by a pediatrician or nurse practitioner without referral to a cardiologist. If your child’s primary care provider has concerns, the patient may be sent to a pediatric cardiologist, where the exam will be repeated. Sometimes, further testing like an echocardiogram, which is an ultrasound of the heart, will be performed. Other times, after discussing any symptoms or concerns, the cardiologist will simply provide reassurance that the murmur sounds innocent, and more testing is unnecessary. So, the next time you hear the term “murmur,” just remember the water hose example. Specialty care is not always required. The majority of murmurs in children are innocent sounds that go away with time. If referral is felt to be necessary, a pediatric cardiologist will be able to address any concerns that you may have. Visit or call 832-227-1000 for more information about outpatient cardiac care at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus.


The most important thing is to remain calm. You’re not alone – far from it. Lots of kids have murmurs. In fact, about half of kids – or more – will have a murmur at some point in childhood. The most common age is three or four-years-old. “Innocent murmurs” are those that a doctor can hear but are not



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Have you ever put your finger over the end of a water hose while the water was turned on? When you do that, you see the water spray and hear a “shhhhh” noise that wasn’t there before. The sound is the sound of the water swishing around and speeding past your finger. You’ve created turbulence in the water. The same principle applies to blood as it flows through the heart – if there is turbulent flow, or swishing of blood, it will make a noise. That “shh, shh, shh” can be heard through the stethoscope with each heartbeat. We call that a murmur. Murmurs can also be caused by the vibration of tissue within the heart, and there are other murmurs that we’re not even sure how the noise is generated.

associated with any heart disease. “Pathologic murmurs” are murmurs associated with a true heart abnormality. A ventricular septal defect (VSD) is a hole between the bottom chambers of the heart that causes a pathologic murmur. Innocent murmurs usually come and go and then eventually go away as the child grows up. They can come out when the child is sick, has a fever or is dehydrated. Pathologic murmurs will be present as long as the heart problem exists.

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Getting ready for Stratford High School Homecoming was Lindsay along with mom Jennifer Bates.

MEMORIAL Memorial resident Cindi Rose recently celebrated her birthday along with a baby shower for her soon to be granddaughter with a festive luncheon at Fleming’s on Kirby. Celebrating were Marisa Womble, Connie Kwan-Wong, Cindi Rose, Beth Cassidy, Lane Llewellyn and Dawn Gunter.

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Together with Presenting Sponsor Women’s Memorial Hermann, Memorial City, The Houston West Chamber of Commerce’s Women Driving Business committee presented High Heel Connections, a series of events to celebrate and recognize professional women and business owners.

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More than 200 guests raised $35,000 for Literacy Advance at Scrabble in the City thanks to a generous dollar-for-dollar match from the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation. Neil and Maria Bush announced the match at the beginning of an action-packed evening. Photos by Matthew Crowley.

In addition to enjoying swag bags and raffles, girls and guests viewed fashion forward dresses, hair and makeup at ME2 Beauty Bar to inspire them for upcoming fall and holiday happenings.

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The Junior League of Houston’s annual Opening Style Show was a stylish flashback to the 80s! This year, the theme Girls Just Want to Have Fun celebrated the 80s and commemorated the building’s 30th anniversary along with the “greatest hits” of League accomplishments of that era. Fady Armanious, creative director of TOOTSIES, excited the crowd and showcased the hottest trends of the season with “Fady’s Fall Faves.”

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State Fare Kitchen & Bar State Fare Kitchen & Bar in Gateway Memorial City is a restaurant where the locals go to settle in, relax and enjoy fresh, made-from-scratch, Texas-centric food in a casual, fun atmosphere. Located at 947 Gessner at I-10, State Fare combines comfort food favorites with contemporary cooking techniques and exquisite service. The menu features over 70 items including many favorites that are sourced locally, as markets permit. Delicious menu items include Roasted Oysters, Smoked Double Cut Pork Chop, Dill Pickle Dip with house made BBQ potato chips, State Fare Cheeseburger with hand-cut fries and JIMMY’S “Texas Red” Beef Chili. Thanks to its owner’s love of Mac ‘n Cheese, State Fare offers a special section of the menu dedicated to Mac ‘n Cheese with four different entrées or shareables. For those who are planning lunch or dinner for a big group or a special event, call State Fare’s Events & Catering team. The restaurant is the perfect location to host occasions of any kind, from corporate happy hours to bridal luncheons and rehearsal dinners and even to school team gatherings. Choose between family-style service, a buffet or passed apps. Can’t make it to State Fare? Let State Fare bring food to you via the restaurant’s offsite catering services. Made-fromscratch box lunches at the office and sit-down dinners at home will taste delicious and be executed with every detail in mind. State Fare is a member of the Cherry Pie Hospitality family of restaurants. Visit or call 832831-0950 for more information. See ad on page 43.


Located in the heart of Memorial City, 024 Grille is uniquely named after its 77024 zip code. The chef-inspired menu with a farm to table approach represents the evolution of American cuisine. The crafted recipes use fresh produce, organic ingredients and pasture-raised meats from local area farms. 024 Grille’s contemporary and intimate atmosphere is the ideal spot for private events. The four private dining rooms with exposed brick walls or wine room views can accommodate gatherings up to 40 guests for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. Have a larger celebration in mind? Take over the entire 200 seat restaurant for a private party. With an extensive wine list and signature cocktails, 024 Grille is the perfect setting for holiday parties, rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, business lunch or dinner meetings, baby showers, birthdays, anniversaries, graduations and much more. The rooms also feature large screen television monitors and Wi-Fi connectivity for convenience. For a more vibrant and chic setting, the 024 Lounge is also available for private gatherings for up to 200 guests and a semi-private room for 18 to 40 guests. Its sleek and modern interior in shades of calming blues and greens create the perfect venue to mix and mingle. The lounge features a cascading, two-sided waterfall, sleek, soft seating and flat screen televisions all in an atmosphere conducive to enjoying delicious beverages and delectable selections from 024 Grille’s menu. A private event coordinator works with clients on every detail to make their next event extraordinary at 024 Grille or Lounge. For more information, call 281-501-4350.

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he holidays are literally right around the corner, and for the majority of us, a little weight gain comes with the festive times! This year, I am determined not only to not gain weight over the holidays, but I am hoping to lose weight. I spoke to some experts at Medi-Weightloss to provide some tips so your weight doesn’t tip the scales.


With the holidays approaching, what tips do you have for someone who is trying to stay the course through the season of over indulging? The biggest tip of all is to be prepared! Here are three easy tips to keep you trim during this holiday season: Have a Plan. Never show up to a party hungry and empty-handed. Bringing a healthy dish or two will ensure you have something healthy to eat. You also can ask the host what is on the menu. If there are few to no options for you to enjoy, eat before going to the party, so you can enjoy the good times and good friends without compromising your healthy lifestyle. Look for Healthier Alternatives for Holiday Favorites. Healthier alternatives like roasted Brussels sprouts, cauliflower mash, turkey meatballs, roasted sweet potatoes and wine spritzers will keep you on track and taste just as good as their high calorie and high fat counterparts. Relax! Being stressed out can lead to unhealthy food choices and binge eating. The holidays can be a busy time, and it’s important to take time for yourself. Studies have shown that stress increases insulin and cortisol levels, prompting people to eat more. Lifestyle changes to decrease stress, such as meditation and yoga, may help you maintain your sanity and figure.


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If you are bringing a dish, you can make something that not only your friends can enjoy, but you can as well, such as Pumpkin Casserole. No matter what your social event, plan ahead to avoid temptation. If there is an indulgence you just can’t miss, don’t deprive yourself. Just count it toward your daily calorie goal. Taste a bite of dessert or have that glass of wine, but don’t overdo it. If you indulge in moderation, you can have fun without putting a strain on your diet. Try to stick to a maximum of one alcoholic beverage.

Pumpkin Casserole Skip the potatoes – sweet and white – this year, and enjoy Pumpkin Casserole instead. Pumpkin is a versatile vegetable, and with about 50 calories per ½ cup, pumpkin is a favorite choice of health enthusiasts. Packed with flavor and essential vitamins and minerals, including calcium, vitamin C and carotene, pumpkin is a perfect choice for the holiday dinner table. For the casserole: 1 (15-oz) Can pumpkin 1 Large egg


We know protein is good for us, so does that mean Thanksgiving turkey is OK to indulge in? While roasted turkey and ham are OK to enjoy, it is important to keep portion sizes in mind. When preparing your plate, make sure that you stick with a piece that is about the size of the palm of your hand or three to four ounces.


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ITALIAN & AMERICAN CUISINE THE DEVINE AFFAIR RESTAURANT & WINE BAR 14021 Memorial Dr. 77079 281-759-6300 This casual, fine dining neighborhood restaurant is located in the heart of the Memorial/Energy Corridor. Established in 2010, the restaurant is proudly owned by native Houstonian and Texas Aggie Lindsey Jeffery. Recognized by Open Table and Trip Advisor as one of Houston’s “Top Best Italian Restaurants” and “Neighborhood Gem,” Devine Affair offers a variety of dishes including seafood, steaks, pastas, homemade desserts and daily specials. Devine Affair offers exceptional food, wine, service and ambiance in a friendly, comfortable atmosphere at an affordable price.

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The interior of Warneke Immigrant Trunk reveals a hidden compartment.

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The Warneke Immigrant Trunk.


Immigrant Houstonian

Heinrich Warneke

ost immigration to the United States, including Texas, was motivated by desire for economic opportunity, prosperity and a better life for the next generation. This was certainly true for Germans in the 19th century. Most Germans were accustomed to rural life based around small family farms. A succession of wars, political turmoil and finally industrialization threatened their way of life. In 1845, a recession, high unemployment and a series of failed agricultural harvests made German life very difficult. Texas immigrants did find opportunity, and many prospered, but they still faced turmoil and adversity. An example is found in the story of a German small-town baker named Heinrich Warneke. In September of 1846, Warneke was a husband and father to three young children when they decided to leave Germany. They boarded the ship Karl Ferdinand with over 100 like-minded Germans bound for Texas. The Karl Ferdinand arrived in Galveston December 20th, a journey of over three months at sea. The trip across the Atlantic was a difficult one. Conditions on the ships were notoriously bad, often lacking sufficient clean drinking water and toilet facilities. Rats, lice and bedbugs were common, and disease often spread quickly. It could not have been easy for Warneke and his wife, Fredericka, with a six-year-old, a toddler and an infant. The Warnekes managed to survive the ordeal intact. Upon departure from the Karl Ferdinand, however, tragedy struck the new arrivals. Reputedly, while the ship was being unloaded, some of the immigrant families lost precious farm implements and equipment as it was accidently dropped overboard. The Warneke family brought three large wooden trunks with them, and one of these was among the cargo lost to the deep Galveston Bay. Warneke had plans to settle in the new German enclave of Fayette County, west of Houston, but the fear of Comanche Indians changed his mind. He bought 300 acres for $100 in partnership with another immigrant man. Warneke built his home and farm there on Brays Bayou, about four miles outside of Houston at the time. The family might have felt


their hardships were turned around, but calamity came again. Warneke lived one short year as a Texan before he was stricken and died in a yellow fever epidemic. Despite Warneke’s untimely death, he succeeded in setting his family up for better times. The land he bought and subsequent land of his children became quite valuable. His daughter, Johanna, and youngest son, Auguste, both owned land where Rice Institute (Rice University) would be built. The Warnekes lived rather simple lives as farmers, but they established themselves in an area destined to become a bustling, thriving city. In this way, future generations of the family would prosper and eventually escape the hardships and struggles faced by their ancestors. Five generations have followed Warneke as Houstonians, preserving his story and perpetuating his legacy. Auguste knew much more of the struggle his father bore. He not only lost his father to yellow fever, but his wife, Mary, also an immigrant, had been orphaned by the disease at four years old. Auguste and Mary escaped the yellow fever epidemics but not disease entirely. They both contracted anthrax in their 60s, and Auguste succumbed to the affliction. Mary managed to recover and with her daughter and six grandchildren, carried on the family. This branch of the Warnekes passed down the memory of pioneer family founder Heinrich Warneke along with an emblematic heirloom artifact. For 170 years, the family preserved one of the trunks used to bring the family to Texas across the Atlantic. Still legible on the face of the trunk are the initials H.W. The simple wooden box that once held the whole lives and dreams of a young family now holds only memories and represents the man whose initials it bears: HeinThe initials “H.W.” are engraved on the Warneke Immigrant Trunk. rich Warneke.

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