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Style Makers Meet six locals with instinct, flair, confidence, and a style all their own.

Beto, owner of Uglypress Hairdressing

Miniature Landscapes

Bring the outside in this month by creating your own minienvironment in a terrarium.

Yes, You Can Wear That! Break free from your solid-color sweater sets and experience fashion in a bold, new way.

sink your teeth

The newly renamed Amarillo Venom are back for another season of indoor football.


On the cover 35 Style Makers

Anyone can buy the newest fashion off the rack in an effort to be trendy, but it takes something much more than that to be considered stylish. This month we show off six locals who know how to pull off their best look – for work or play – every single day.

Features 21 Yes, You Can Wear That!

Sequins, stripes, graphic prints – it’s all good. Break free from your solid-color sweater sets and experience fashion in a bold, new way. We show you how to bring your work wardrobe up-to-date with confidence.

30 Miniature Landscapes

Bring the outside in this month by creating your own mini-environment in a terrarium. With help from Pete’s Greenhouse, we show you how to choose and arrange the right plants for a near-self-sufficient garden.

48 Sink Your Teeth

The newly renamed Amarillo Venom are back for another season of indoor football, and while they have winning on the brain, they’re also thinking about you, the spectator. According to the head coach and quarterback, it’s going to take community involvement to keep this team on the attack.


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Letter/Online Page...... 6 Out & About............... 8 The Way I See It....... 16 Get Involved............. 18 Dress Code............... 21 To Your Health.......... 26 Inside...................... 30 Outside.................... 32


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Inspire..................... 52 Book Nook............... 56 What’s Cooking?....... 58 Events..................... 61 Let’s Eat!................. 67 Retro Rewind........... 88 Local Exposure......... 90 Spotlight.................. 92



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editor’s letter

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’ve always been intrigued by fashion. I’m not sure why but I do remember admiring my mother’s purse and high-heeled shoe collection as young as five. She was the kind of mother who set out a week of clothes as complete outfits (including hair ribbons). Never mind that I was the dorkiest polyester princess in all of my school pictures. Maybe that’s why I love the idea of being stylish. Being the stand out geek through junior high can be pretty painful. I was determined to look better and leave those hilarious images behind, even if my kids still love digging them out for a good laugh. I believe that you really do feel more confident when you take the time to dress well (Try it. You’ll see). It was that thought that compelled us to feature a handful of stylish people who we have admired over the last year or two. As usual, I learned from each of them. Even if the topic of fashion isn’t the most in-depth discussion you can have with someone, it was a good reminder to invest in myself and, at the same time, not take myself too seriously either. We have the opportunity each month to cover a diverse range of topics and we sure have fun doing so. The interview and photo shoot process have taken us into some pretty unusual places. This month, we braved the locker rooms of the Amarillo Venom. I have all boys, so I’ve survived an athletic room or two (and even occasionally worry that my boys’ bedrooms smell like one). I have to say, the smell was still there but I had to appreciate the order. As locker rooms go, it wasn’t so bad. And we enjoyed talking with Julian and Jon, who are genuinely great guys, and learned quite a bit in the process about indoor football. I can’t wait to go to a game and cheer them on.

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out & about





Amarillo Chamber of Commerce Banquet The Chamber’s annual banquet was held January 21st at the Civic Center to reflect back on the previous year’s activities. The event also provided the opportunity for networking with businesses and members of the community. Attendees listened to motivational speaker and corporate trainer Pat Johns. The Chamber has been stimulating the improvement and expansion of Amarillo as well as the celebration of business excellence since 1926. 1. Pat and Joe Bowlin and Stan Morris, 2. Susie Thomason and Aaron Davidson, 3. Debbie and Gary Jackson, 4. Grace and Jerry Thames, 5. Miranda and Shane Watson, Frank Frausto, and Marissa Cochran, 6. Annette Asencio, 7. Gary Molberg, Bill McCarty, Rick Palmer and Don Sanders, 8. Rick and Cholie DeLeon, 9. Chance and Amee Smith



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PHOTos BY donna alexander

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Man and Woman of the Year Approximately 500 people filled the Amarillo Civic Center’s Heritage Room on January 27th to honor the 2009 GlobeNews Man and Woman of the year. Receiving the honor were Gary Pitner and Lilia Escajeda, who were awarded for their numerous involvements in the community and contributions to Amarillo. Also America Supports You Texas, an organization that supports military men and women in the community, and Paul Matney, the president of Amarillo College, were recognized as Headliners of the Year.


1. Alison Glen, Lisa Cross, Amelia and David O’Dell and Cherie Norman, 2. Lilia Escajeda, 3. Gary Pitner, 4. Gregg Bynum and Lindsey Murphy, 5. Eloise and Dr. Bob Fowler, 6. Reas Axtell, 7. Tascosa High School Junior ROTC, 8. Dr. Paul Matney


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Power of the Purse Luncheon Texas Tech University Health Science Center, Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health and the Community Connections Advisory Board of Amarillo hosted The Power of the Purse Luncheon and Designer Purse Auction on February 5th in the Civic Center Grand Plaza. All proceeds benefit the new InfantRisk Center in Amarillo. The center will be the first of its kind and will provide mothers with the free resources they need to seek medical advice for their infants. Guest speaker Jenna Bush Hager thanked and congratulated the people of the Panhandle for their accomplishment. 7


1. Jenna Bush Hager, 2. Mayor Debra McCartt, 3. The Vienna Conspiracy String Quartet, 4. Brenda Graham, Lisa Magee and Stephanie Smith, 5. Dr. Marjorie Jenkins, 6. TTUHSC Chancellor Kent Hance, 7. Beverly Lambert and Evelyn Ecker

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out & about

2010 Symphony Ball On February 6th, the Amarillo Symphony hosted its annual ball in the Heritage Ball Room at the Amarillo Civic Center. Guests were dressed in vivid colors as they celebrated the lavish theme, Carnaval Rio de Janeiro. The Symphony Ball honored the Symphony’s Belles and Beaux, a group of high school seniors who served as ushers during the symphony’s season. The evening consisted of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a Brazilian dinner catered by The Ambassador Hotel along with a samba, stilt walkers, professional dancers, roulette and other casino games. Proceeds from the ball benefit the Amarillo Symphony and its main educational programs.





1. Elizabeth Clark, 2. Edgar Tarango and Kaylee Keith, 3. Dana and Todd Rivers, 4. Ricky and Sharon Stubbs, 5. Fred and Darla Fish and Greg Welch, 6. Nona Burr and Kaki Copheranham, 7. Janet Whitsell, Jessica Richardson, Elizabeth McBride and Alejandra Alderete, 8. Arlene Pool, Jimmie Foster and Sharon Oeschger, 9. Gayla and Dewayne Mathis, 10. Suzanne and José Garcia




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the way i see it

Jon Mark Beilue

Fashion 101: Leopard Prints and Ball Caps I

know as much about fashion as Tim Gunn does about Tampa Cover Two defense. Gunn gained notoriety as a mentor to the contestants on the “Project Runway” fashion reality show. That I’m even aware of who Gunn is remains somewhat mysterious to me. This is a little embarrassing to admit but I’ve found myself actually watching a few episodes of the show if, for no other reason, than because it is so foreign to my simple way of life. And, of course, there’s always super model Heidi Klum parading around if things get a little slow. It’s just that I know so little about fashion, which puts me in the majority of most men. To borrow that time-worn phrase, “I may not know art, but I know what I like,” well, that about describes it from here. At this very moment, I’ve got on a running shirt underneath a gray sweatshirt. That’s right above some very comfortable jeans and some equally comfortable hiking boots. It wouldn’t be that bad at all if that ensemble (how’s that for a fashion word) were the fashion de jour for men. Of course, sweatshirts in the summer would get a little hot. Here’s what I know about fashion, men’s and women’s, in no certain order: 1. Khaki pants are good. They aren’t great because in the pants family only jeans are great. But tan, navy blue, and green khakis are comfortable. They’re interchangeable. They go with virtually any shirt hanging in the closet. They can look casual or slightly formal. Can’t have enough of them. 2. I’ve never seen a woman look bad in a leopard print blouse or dress. Never. You could go to any bus station in America, have the women slip on a leopard print dress and they would all look like Tyra Banks. 3. Top fashion models and the outfits they wear are so far out of the norm they make no sense. It’s hard to identify with any woman who could fall through a furnace grate. It’s even harder to care about ridiculously expensive dresses that only fit a size 2 (or .00034 of women) and who would only wear it once a year. 4. For a chick flick, “The Devil Wears Prada” wasn’t bad.


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5. Remember when those big, bold, black glasses were dorky-looking a while back, but then in the last few years they became cool? They’re back to being dorky-looking. 6. Ties get a bit of a bad rap. They don’t have to be the choke ropes they’re made out to be if the neck size on the shirt is big enough. That’s the key. The neck has to be big enough to swallow comfortably. I’ve got maybe 25 ties. Of course, some haven’t been worn since I was 25, but ties should be bold. They should make a statement. No boring pastel. I’ve got a Tabasco sauce tie of a basketball player, a baseball-themed tie, one with a gorilla on it, a Coca-Cola tie, and, yes, one with all the logos of the Big 12 Conference. 7. It’s impossible to wear a turtleneck and not feel just a little bit like James Bond. 8. Bow ties make men look like physics professors or Orville Redenbacher. 9. All women look great in caps. There’s just something about women in caps with a pony tail pulled through the opening in the back. And that’s not just me. Most guys will say the same thing. 10. Sweaters are very underrated, that is, as long as they don’t have an animal on them or a checkerboard design. The best thing is they can easily take the place of a coat and tie at, say, church. 11. Open-toed sandals may look good on some people, but not this guy. Some things, like toenails, should remain private. 12. If the significant other says, “Which earring looks better, the one on the right or the one on the left?” Just pick one. First, you don’t care which one. Secondly, by confidently picking one, she’ll think at least one of her choices was attractive. 13. If the significant other says, “Which shoe looks better, the one on the right or the one on the left?” See number 12. am

Jon Mark Beilue is a columnist for the Amarillo Globe-News. He can be reached at or 345.3318.

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Shouldn’t blowing out the candles be about the wish versus the battle for air?

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get involved

Relief Our American Red Cross Volunteers by Michele McAffrey






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icture this: you’re sleeping comfortably in your bed, just as you do every night, when you hear your fire alarm go off and smell smoke. You manage to get your family out of the house to safety, but find yourself outside in the middle of the night. Where would you go? Who would you call? What would you do if suddenly you lost everything you own? That’s the very place Ines Gaona found herself on a cold December night. The Gaona’s rent house caught fire. Even though it didn’t burn to the ground, it sustained enough damage and the family couldn’t heat the home with the utilities turned off. They had nowhere to go and several small children to take care of. Ines and her seven family members were without help or hope until Red Cross volunteers came to give her comfort and assurance that everything was going to work out fine. In the event of a single-family fire, the Amarillo Fire Department calls Red Cross volunteers to help victims with food and lodging. That night, the mother/daughter team Raenell Gore and Teri Stringer were on call. They found Ines and her family in shock, not knowing what to do. They got right to work listening and giving counsel so they could take care of their immediate needs. Every client has to fill out the Red Cross’ forms to receive aid, no matter the elements. And no matter where a person lives, there is only a certain amount of money allocated for hotel, food, etc. that a family can receive. For Ines, that meant two hotel rooms for her seven family members along with a debit card for food.

Of her experience, Ines says Raenell and Teri encouraged her and made her feel safe. Before the volunteers arrived, the family’s only choice was to divide people between their two cars and take turns running the motor for heat until the sun came up and they could try to find help. Ines remembers feeling helpless until she heard her niece say, “Look! There’s the Red Cross. We are saved!” and she felt an overwhelming sense of relief. After three days, she and her family were able to return home, but the experience changed their lives and showed all of them what was really important. am

The mission of the American Red Cross


When I met with Raenell, Teri, and Martha Riddlesburger, the Director of Disaster Services for the local branch of the Red Cross, along with Ines, it was clear that they were caring, passionate people. They knew details of Ines’ life, asking about her family members or her health like someone would talk to a close friend, even though they’d only met her for the first time in December 2009. As Ines shared her story, there were tears all around and I was astounded at the depth of their compassion and empathy. Raenell started her volunteer work with Red Cross in March of 2008 at the front desk answering phones, but as any one who knows Raenell will tell you, she needed to be a part of the action. A self-sacrificing, giving person by nature, Raenell has always volunteered in some capacity. As we talked, it became clear that she’s always made it her mission to touch the lives of others. As daughter Teri says, “She doesn’t think about it. It’s just how she is.” So, Raenell asked for the opportunity to work single-family fires and also worked at local Red Cross shelters for approximately six months before being deployed to Hurricane Ike in 2008. It was a life-changing experience for her. During her time at the Red Cross, Raenell has been on 16 fire responses and 25 flood cases including the recent Bushland explosion and Happy hotel fire. As for Teri, she says that volunteering is a way of life for her because of the way her mom raised her. And she started volunteering at the Red Cross in August of 2008 because she didn’t want her mother going out alone on calls. Teri and her mom are on call every Tuesday and Thursday night from 5 p.m. to 9 a.m. When they go on a fire response together, Teri will pick up Raenell and they will go together to sight of the fire. To date, they’ve been to 10 fires together. As I listened to Raenell and Teri, I became more and more curious. Because, to me, this type of volunteer work takes such courage and a level of compassion that few people possess. So I quizzed them. I wanted to know, what type of person feels compelled to reach out to others in their suffering? They laughingly said they were nosy. I say they are two of the most kindhearted people I’ve ever met. It’s rare to see people who are so compassionate and empathetic in spite of not really enduring hardship of their own. They say they’ve had a very blessed life and feel compelled to give to others out of their own gratitude.

The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its congressional charter and the fundamental principles of the international Red Cross movement, will provide relief to victims of disaster and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. Reprinted with permission of the Red Cross.

Quick Facts .90 cents of every dollar raised by or donated to the Red Cross goes straight to the client. 96.4 percent of the international Red Cross is staffed by volunteers. So without them, the Red Cross wouldn’t be able to do what they do.

For more information regarding volunteer opportunities, contact the Red Cross at 376.6309.


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dress code

Yes, You

Can Wear



equins, stripes, graphic prints – it’s all good. Break free from your solid-color sweater sets and experience the latest trends in a bold, new way. Wear sequins to that board meeting or stripes for your presentation. Follow a few simple rules and all of those off-limits pieces can be yours. We show you how to bring your work wardrobe up to date with confidence.


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To pull off a garment with a geometric pattern, go for non-primary colors, calmer shades that do not compete with one another. (Purple looks great on nearly everyone, especially when paired with brown.) The wide belt creates a modern shape, bringing this retro style up to date.

A loud print works better as a side dish rather than a main course. When you let a print peek from behind a jacket or a shrug, your outfits show sophistication with a little spunk.

On Angela: Antonio Melani dress $99; Antonio Melani shrug $99; Fossil hoop earrings $24, Dillard’s On Nikki: Jones New York faux leather jacket $49.99, Stein Mart Barse bracelet $20, necklace $50 and earrings $25; Jones New York tank top $69; Alex Marie trousers $99; Calvin Klein pumps $98, Dillard’s


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Instead of a black and white zebra print, consider a muted version. Using metallic threads to vary the texture, you can still wear an animal print while staying in your comfort zone. Stripes are a challenge no matter your size, so look for garments that give the suggestion of a stripe. The horizontal gradient at the hem draws the eye down, adding length to any figure.

On Angela: Antonio Melani dress $159; Gianni Bini peep-toe pumps $89, Dillard’s Attitudes necklace $24.99, Stein Mart Silver bracelet $168, Panache

On Nikki: Necklace 39.99, earrings $14.99 and bracelet $29.99, Target Antonio Melani short-sleeve blouse $89; Antonio Melani suit jacket $199; Antonio Melani skirt $119; Antonio Melani peep-toe shoes $79, Dillard’s

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Sequins are work appropriate when they take up smaller amounts of real estate. (Let’s avoid the disco ball effect.)

A large floral print needs a solid color partner to keep you from looking bigger than you really are. Proportion is key. Don’t wear a floral print in an area you want to hide.

On Angela: I.N. Studio jacket and belt $49; I.N. Studio denim trousers $39; Dillard’s Collection necklace $48, Dillard’s Sequined t-shirt $29.50, Express Nine West black pumps $49.95; Andre Oliver stretch bracelet $24.99, Stein Mart On Nikki: Editor trousers $69.50; sweater $39.50; yellow bangle bracelet $22.50, Express Merona floral sleeveless blouse $19.99, Target Ralph Lauren clip earrings $24; Gianni Bini black patent pumps $69, Dillard’s


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On Angela: Ruffled tank $39.50; capri pants $49.50; sweater $39.50, Express Gianni Bini heels $79, Dillard’s Metallic pyramid necklace $90, earrings $60, Panache

On Nikki: Merona halter dress $42.99; Merona ruffled sweater $29.99, Target Escape from Paris earrings $42, Riley Blue Gianni Bini black patent pumps $69, Dillard’s Sterling silver cuff $116, Panache

Choose graphic print garments in thinner fabrics like silk and polyester rather than twill or cotton so it doesn’t create a bulky feel. If you’re petite, avoid larger florals and choose muted color combinations.

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to your health

Color Story Dress yourself from the inside out Jennifer Brown, MS, RD, LD, CNSC


ust as a wardrobe drab in color creates a boring outfit on the outside, dressing yourself from the inside out with a colorless diet may create a drab you. Research indicates that a plant-based diet may reduce the risks of many ill-health effects. Choosing assorted colors of fruits and vegetables helps ensure an adequate intake of vital nutrients. In keeping with this year’s National Nutrition Month theme, “From the Ground Up,” we answer the question: Why does it matter? In a word: phytochemicals. These naturally occurring substances in plants may provide health benefits beyond those of essential nutrients, such as antioxidant properties and improvements in cardiovascular health. Thousands of phytochemicals have been identified, some of their actions known, some unknown. Additional research is certain to bring more of these health-promoting substances to the table. To get a healthy variety, think color. Fruits and vegetables provide an endless supply of vitamins, minerals, and other natural substances that may help protect against chronic disease. When selecting produce, the colors of fruits and vegetables selected will often tell you what vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals that the produce contains. While general healthy guidelines suggest an intake of 5-13 servings of fruits and vegetables daily, the average American eats three or less. There are many reasons we fall short of the mark: the typical American family eats fewer meals at home, less frequently dines at the table together, relies on convenience foods more often, and rarely cooks from scratch. These things combined are in part responsible for diets that are higher in fat, simple sugars, sodium and excess calories. We have an over-abundance of food that provides an inadequate amount of vital nutrients as a direct result of poor food choices and inadequate meal planning. It is important to note that while vitamin, mineral, and herbal supplements may help fill certain voids in our diet, they cannot and should not be relied upon to take the place of the naturally occurring nutrients found in foods. Adequate fruit and vegetable consumption is vital to good health. They are created by nature, rich in endless nutrients. Different colored fruits and vegetables provide unique health components that are essential to good health. New discoveries are made regularly, confirming the knowledge that we have and providing new possibilities of promise. am


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Lycopene, ellagic acid, Quercetin, and Hesperidin, vitamin C, folate, tannins Sources: cranberries, pomegranates, strawberries, tomatoes, red grapes

Orange and Yellow Beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, flavonoids, lycopene, potassium, vitamin C

Sources: cantaloupe, carrots, grapefruit, oranges, pumpkin, sweet potatoes


Chlorophyll, fiber, lutein, zeaxanthin, calcium, folate, vitamin K, Beta-carotene Sources: artichokes, broccoli, cucumbers, kiwi, spinach, zucchini

Blue and Purple Lutein, zeaxanthin, resveratrol, vitamin C, fiber, flavoinois, ellagic acid, quercetin Sources: black currants, blueberries, eggplant, grapes, plums


Beta-glucans, EGCG, SDG, lignans Sources: bananas, cauliflower, garlic, ginger, jicama, mushrooms, onions, shallots

Jennifer Brown MS, RD, LD, CNSC

Jennifer is a registered, licensed dietitian. She received her B.S. from Texas Tech University and her M.S. from TWU. She is an active member of the Panhandle Dietetic Association (PDA), Texas Dietetic Association (TDA), American Dietetic Association (ADA), and the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN). She received her Clinical Nutrition Support Clinician (CNSC) credentialing in 2008. She currently serves as the Media Representative for the Texas Panhandle for TDA. She has practiced clinical dietetics since 1997.

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to your health

Good Establishing

Sleep Habits

with Children

Oluyemisi Fatunde, M.D., FAAP


leep is a fundamental necessity for humans. Adults spend about one-third of the 24-hour day sleeping while children need considerably more than this. On average, full-term newborn babies sleep for 16 hours a day. This decreases gradually with age to around 13 hours in two year olds, 11 hours by five years old, and 10 hours by nine years old. (Fourteen year olds require approximately nine hours of sleep a night while 17 year olds do well with a full eight.) Adequate sleep appears necessary for sustaining life and for optimal functioning of a child. Insufficient sleep can result in daytime sleepiness, mood disturbances (moodiness, irritability, emotional lability, depression, anger), daytime behavioral problems, fatigue, as well as various problems with memory, attention, concentration, decision making, over-activity and impulsivity. Sleep occurs in cycles of different stages interspersed with periods of wakefulness during which the child may become fully awake. Sleep problems are common in childhood, affecting 20 to 30 percent of infants, toddlers and adolescents and can be divided broadly into problems with falling asleep, staying asleep and episodic sleep-associated behavioral problems like night terrors or sleep walking. If not properly treated in early childhood, sleep problems may persist into adult life. Parents need to know that, just like they have to teach a young child good morals, grooming, and behavioral habits, the act of sleeping also needs to be taught. The child should be able to fall asleep by himself both at bedtime and following normal waking during the night. Teaching a baby to fall asleep by himself should start between the ages of two and six months. The baby should be put to bed while drowsy but not yet sleeping. If the baby falls asleep before being put to bed, wake her up and then allow her to fall asleep by herself. The importance of this is to teach the baby to settle herself down in her crib and fall asleep. Learning to self-soothe in this

manner will also help when the child wakes up in the natural rhythm of the night, as she will repeat the same process. It is important for parents to resist the temptation to let their baby get in the habit of only sleeping with a bottle, with rocking or other comforts which the baby will then want to continue to enjoy. Night feeding is not necessary after six months of age. If the baby will not settle, is crying and demanding parental attention, it is important to be firm. Ignoring the cries of the baby has shown to be very effective and is known as the extinction method. However, if parents find it difficult to put up with persistent crying of a child, a modification of the extinction method is to stay in the room but ignore the child until he falls asleep. Another alternative is the graduated extinction method. This involves the parents going into the room of the crying child for a specified time at regular intervals. They may or may not comfort the child for a few seconds. The interval between look-ins is gradually increased, from every five minutes to every 10 minutes, then 15 minutes until the child falls asleep. For a child who is fond of frequent night wakings, another effective method is scheduled awakenings. The parents deliberately wake up the child 15 to 30 minutes before he would usually wake up and then allow him to

Whatever method parents choose for their children, success is dependent on consistency.


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fall asleep again in the usual manner. The intervals between these scheduled awakenings are then increased until they are no longer needed. For toddlers and older children, it is important to establish a consistent bedtime and waking up time. Transition from a crib to a bed should be made at about three years old. Avoid giving your child a nap close to bedtime. Activities around bedtime should be calm and non-stimulating so your child is able to wind down for the night. In order for children to go to sleep and stay asleep, their room should be dark, quiet and at a comfortable temperature. Using a small night light can give them comfort. They should also have familiar and pleasant “sleep onset associations” like stuffed animals, story time or a back rub. Star charts and rewards can also be used as positive reinforcements for an older child. Children who are afraid of the dark and monsters in the room need a parent’s reassurance that they are safe. Adolescents often do not tell their parents that they have sleep problems. However, many are sleep-deprived from not getting the eight to nine hours of sleep a night that they need. Social activities and study time often result in insufficient time devoted to sleeping. Even though teens have more independence, it is still important for parents to establish consistent bedtime and waking up time. Sorting out problems or conflicts and plans for the next day well before bedtime can help. Teens should also limit their caffeine intake later in the day to avoid wakefulness at night. Whatever method parents choose for their children, success is dependent on consistency. Parents need to set limits and enforce them. Good sleep habits in children will ensure good sleep for parents and ensure that all members of the family have less stress during the day. am Oluyemisi Fatunde, M.D., FAAP

Dr. Fatunde was born in Nigeria. She received her medical education at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and her residency training in Pediatrics both in Nigeria and in New York. She joined the faculty of Texas Tech University as an associate professor of pediatrics in 2007. She practices general pediatrics at the Texas Tech Pediatrics clinic in Amarillo.

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Landscapes Miniature


hen it’s too cold for gardening outside, or perhaps it’s just too daunting, bring the outside in with a terrarium, an arrangement of compatible, tropical plants that grow in an enclosed glass container. While these miniature landscapes give green thumbs a little something to tinker with during the winter months, they are also a great option for those who just want to add something organic to their decor. Terrariums require very little attention once the humidity levels are balanced and it’s as simple as choosing a container, selecting a few plants that grow well together, and keeping an eye on the moisture levels. Lynn from Pete’s Greenhouse showed us how easy it is to put one together.


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PHOTos BY donna alexander Location courtesy of pete’s greenhouse



1. Begin with a ¼-inch layer of charcoal in the bottom of the container. The charcoal serves as a filter for the water since there is no drainage system.


2. Then add another ¼-inch layer of gravel, creating a barrier between the charcoal and soil. On top of the gravel, add approximately two inches of quality potting soil. Make sure the soil doesn’t exceed the rim of the container so there is enough room to add plant roots.


3. Prior to planting, arrange your selections on the table in a desirable pattern. There should be a high, medium and low point. Once you create an arrangement you like, place the plants in the soil approximately three inches apart so they have room to grow. Fill in the area around the plants with more potting soil, leaving a small outline of space around the perimeter of the container so the glass dome won’t sever the plant roots.

4. Add a variety of moss like pool, sheet and reindeer moss, to cover the soil. Be sure to loosen the moss by tugging gently over the whole piece before laying it down to allow moisture to pass through. Trim the width and height of the plants so the dome fits snuggly over them. Add rocks, sand and other natural materials to the terrarium if desired. Be sure if you find things from your own backyard, that you clean them by rinsing them with hot water. This will help keep your container bug-free.

Once everything is planted, add water sparingly, just enough to make the soil settle. Do not overwater, as there is no drainage. (Three cups of water was used for this terrarium.) The addition of water only becomes necessary if no condensation accumulates on the glass. When water is eventually needed, it should only be added small amounts at a time. Over watering quickly increases the danger of fungus or mold. Recheck the next day, and if no condensation has appeared, more water may be added. When in doubt, always water less, but watch carefully so that plants do not become too dry and wilt. am Note: In the terrarium, Lynn used Babytears, Japanese Bird’s Nest, Aralia, California Ivy, and Dracaena. Do not place your terrarium under direct light, as it can negatively effect the humidity levels.

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Greg Lusk


e’re on the cusp of spring, which means it’s time to prune those overgrown roses and prepare them for the blooming season ahead. Understanding what type of growth your roses have enables you to properly prune without knowing what class your roses fall into. There are basically three forms of rose bush growth: 1) all stems or canes originate from the base 2) the shrub forms a scaffolding of branches 3) the plant forms a thicket of many branched stems. Think of pruning as an annual process of renewal. It gives you a yearly opportunity to reshape the growth and health of your roses. Correct pruning encourages vigorous blooming and healthy new shoots that will renew your plants. Removing weak, dead and damaged wood allows the plant to direct its energies into producing healthy new canes. Roses are very tough plants, able to withstand all kinds of neglect and abuse. Like a bad haircut, your mistakes will grow out quickly and it is better to make a good effort at pruning than to let bushes grow rampant.


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Before You Begin March is usually the proper time to prune your roses but try considering the clues that nature provides. I like to wait for the Forsythia to come into bloom before getting out the tools. Since pruning encourages new growth, starting too early will encourage growth that will likely be damaged by late frosts. This new growth can be protected when late cold spells are predicted by covering the plants with mulch or a tarp. If you wait too late to prune, you will also encounter some problems: too much foliage to see just what needs to be pruned and with all that pretty new foliage, you will tend not to remove enough plant growth.

You’ll Need: Small bypass pruners Loppers (large pruners)

Pruning saw Gloves Rake Fertilizer Fresh mulch

Making the Cuts Use clean, sharp tools and wear long sleeves and gloves to protect your skin from thorns. Look at the plant as a whole to determine what type of pruning method is right for your shrub. Decide what needs to be cut and choose the appropriate tool. (Use the small bypass pruners for smaller cuts, loppers for thicker branches, and a pruning saw for larger wood.)



First cut out all obviously dead, diseased or damaged wood, making these cuts at the base of the plant. Then cut away all thin, twiggy growth and remove any stems that cross or rub together. Consider the old wood. Roses that fall into the type 1 category should have all older stems removed. These stems can be identified by being darker, not bright green, and rough with many branches. New canes are bright green with few or no branching (image a). For type 2 roses, the main scaffolding canes are left in place and their branches are cut back by half (image b). For all rose types, make cuts at a 45-degree angle (image c), about ¼ inch above a bud that is facing outward or away from other branches. This is the most likely bud to grow into a new shoot, so leaving it will influence the direction of growth (image d). Modern shrub, or type 3 roses, should not be pruned the first two years except to remove dead



or diseased wood. Many Amarilloans are now planting this type of rose. These include landscape roses like the “Knock Out” series of roses, which bloom on mature but not old wood. Use the “one-third” method. Each year remove one-third of the oldest canes. You may do any shaping that needs to be done to keep the plant in bounds.

After pruning, remove any remaining foliage that is left on the plant to help reduce foliage diseases, such as black spot and mildew. Next, discard all pruning debris along with the old leaves. Don’t try to mulch rose clippings. The woodiness and thorns, along with the likeliness for disease, make this material unfit for the compost pile. (I also like to remove the mulch around the shrub to decrease the chance for re-infection from diseases and insects that may be lying dormant, image e.) While the mulch is pulled back, apply a generous amount of slow-release or organic fertilizer (image f). If you are using an inorganic fertilizer, wait about three weeks. Inorganic fertilizers supply nutrients almost instantly, resulting in an early flush of new growth which is susceptible to late frosts. While slow-release and organic fertilizers tend to be much slower acting, this will help your roses get past late freezes with less new growth to be damaged. Now that you have pruned and fertilized, replace the old mulch with a good three inches of fresh mulch and water well. This layer of mulch works like a blanket, buffering the soil from fluctuations in temperature and soil moisture. With the cold, wet winter we’ve had, our roses may be in a longer state of dormancy than during warm, dry winters. This longer dormancy could work in our favor. The longer roses stay dormant, the better the chance we have in dodging the late-freeze bullet. Just remember that the worst thing you can do is nothing at all. am

Greg Lusk

Greg grew up in southeast Colorado and attended West Texas State University. He earned a BS in Horticulture. During college, Greg worked at a commercial greenhouse where he gained experience in greenhouse production, maintenance, and sales. After graduating, Greg has worked as a personal horticulturist, a consultant, and has owned a landscaping company. He began working at the Amarillo Botanical Gardens as the operations manager/horticulturist in July, 2009. Greg and his wife Dawnette have been married for 24 years and have three children.

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orn in central Mexico, Beto moved to Stratford, Texas, when he was three years old. Growing up poor, he says, he always dreamed of finer things. After graduating high school Beto moved to Amarillo to attend the Exposito School of Hair Design. He worked in a handful of salons before opening his own, Uglypress, in 2004 on a $600 budget. “Style can change every course of your life,” he says. “It evolves. Style creates an occasion. It makes life light and fun.” Beto married his wife, Tara, in 2005. Their son, Maddox, is two.

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PHOTos BY craig stidham, Bevington studio

On Style:

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or Sarah, style is her life. Growing up in Amarillo, she was always reading the latest fashion magazine while working at a local boutique throughout high school. She graduated from Texas Tech with a degree in marketing and merchandising in 1998 and went on to spend 10 years in the wholesale industry in Dallas, representing six different lines at one time. She returned to Amarillo last year to be closer to family and started contemporary buying for j. Winston. “I’m doing what I love,” says Sarah. “I’ve been on both sides – retail and wholesale. I’m always searching for the latest trends to get things up and coming.” As for personal style, Sarah says she just has the right instincts. “I’m actually considering doing personal shopping on the side,” she says. “I always tell people not to be afraid.”

“Fashion is about making people feel good.”- Sarah


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ports and business aside, Fernando is all about his wardrobe. Lots of color, crisp shirts, and shoes. Lots of shoes. “Being Hispanic, there’s vibrancy. We are expressive as a culture and that’s embedded in me,” he says. Fernando has always been eclectic, liking what’s unique and different, saying he was the one who wore the white dinner jacket with a splash of color underneath. Married with three grown sons and two grandchildren, Fernando is proud to say he maintains all the laundry and ironing in the house, because “it’s an art form.” “Style is a form of expression,” he says. “It’s an outlet for what’s inside me.”

“Style personifies who you are inside.” - Fernando 40

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his married mother of six turned her passion into a career when she decided to become an image consultant three years ago. With certification from ImageMaker, Incorporated and a degree in Nutrition from Texas Tech, Julie’s goal is to help her clients become the best version of themselves. “People judge you on your style, whether they should or not,” says Julie. “I love helping people know how to dress appropriately for who they see and where they go.” Part knack, part knowledge, Julie admits to analyzing people out of habit, thinking about what they should and shouldn’t wear. She looks for their positives and decides how they should be accentuated. Start with color, she says, then focus on the fit. “Don’t get me wrong, I’ve made every mistake in the book. One time I showed up to a doctor’s function in a denim jumper,” laughs Julie. “But that’s how we learn.”

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37, LSB Director of Sales


n regards to developing his personal style, Keith credits his first day of school in the sixth grade. “I insisted my mom buy me a pair of parachute pants and a red Michael Jackson cut-off shirt,” he laughs. “I was so embarrassed. Pop fashion sucks. I never wore those again, so very early on I was developing my own sense of style.” Raised in Longview, Keith moved to the Panhandle after high school for a summertime role in “Texas” and ended up graduating from WTAMU with a drama degree. After spending some time in Austin (as every young man should, he says) to run a nightclub, he returned to Amarillo to marry his wife, Parie, owner of The Secret Garden. Keith has been with the Lone Star Ballet for five years and is currently going back to school for his teaching certificate. Naturally, he wants to teach drama. “Being a host every night at the club helped because I had to be dressed up,” says Keith. “Unless I’m at home, I’m always more comfortable dressed up. You know, this look is popular in any decade. It’s a classic style.”

“Don’t chase pop fashion. Find your own style and it will build your confidence.”- Keith


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32, Nurse Practitioner, partner at Awaken Spa


f you’re a patient of Kati’s, then you probably know her for more than just her friendly bedside manner. Chances are you’ve eyeballed her outfit. “I work in a very conservative profession, but I like to keep it fun,” says Kati. She’s been a nurse practitioner at Women’s Healthcare Associates for the past five years. “Medicine has become so casual, all scrubs, so I know it’s unusual to be all dressed up.” For this WTAMU grad, dressed up means heels and statement jewelry every single day, and it goes along with the advice she sometimes gives to her patients. “Heels are very feminine. They make you look leaner and taller. If a lady comes in my office feeling bad about herself, I say, ‘Go put on a pair of heels,’” she says. “They just make you feel more confident.” As a wife and mother of four children, she believes that getting up everyday and taking care of herself is the first step in feeling good. And it’s not just about the wardrobe. Proper skincare, eating healthy and regular exercise are part of the package. “Just because you get older or have a baby doesn’t mean you can’t take care of yourself or have to lose your style.”

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On Style:

The Look: Ivy Jane ruffled jacket $146, The Rack in Canyon Coach black patent tote $398, Dillard’s

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Amarillo Venom

by Jennie Treadway-Miller

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PHOTos BY jeff harbin, Life of riley photography

special feature


on Lyles and Julian Reese are back, which means if you aren’t watching the Amarillo Venom, you should be. “Our goal this season is to win every single game, one at a time,” says Jon. The new head coach is no stranger to the Panhandle. In 2003, Jon spent one year as a Wide Receivers coach at his alma mater – West Texas A&M University – and went on the following year to the formerly-named Dusters, Amarillo’s indoor football team, as the Offensive Coordinator. It was then, in 2004, that he saw footage of a young athlete with good mechanics and fancy footwork from Indiana. By April, Julian was in Amarillo and in that first season, led the then-Dusters to its only division title, conference title and league championship. “All of my professional development happened here,” says Jon, an Arp, Texas, native. “It’s very special to me to be back. It’s good to be back with him.” With Julian comes great expectation. He holds the team’s all-time record for passing yards, passing touchdowns, rushing yards, and rushing touchdowns. Yet, while this teacher-by-week, quarterbackby-weekend may bring impressive stats, when the game is over you’ll find him on the field with his teammates tossing the ball back and forth with fans. “It’s really for the kids and families,” says Julian. “The whole thing is family oriented. You don’t even have to like football to come down here and have a good time.” Indoor football, they say, is mostly misunderstood. Sure, the field is only 50 yards long, but that only adds to the pace and spectator interaction. The game is fast and intense. There’s music playing at all times, and once you add the hot dog eating competitions, kids’ relay races and performances from the dance team, you’ve more than gotten your money’s worth. Staying after the game to meet and greet the team is just the icing on a really big cake. While a night of indoor football may be a good time, Jon and his team are ready to win. With more than a decade of coaching experience, earning Assistant Coach of the Year in 2008 with the Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings, Jon is eager to start the 2010 season with the quarterback he met so many years ago. Julian is the seventh of 13 children, so there was always a sibling or cousin around to play football with while growing up in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. He played metro youth football as a kid, going on to play in middle and high school and eventually college. (First, Iowa Central Community College, and then Indiana State, where he graduated with a degree in Recreational Sports Management.) After playing arena football with the Everett Hawks in Washington and the South Georgia Wildcats in Albany, he came back to Amarillo to join the Dusters. Julian married his sweetheart, Erica, in 2008, and together they had son Julian Reese II, nicknamed “Deuce,” last summer. “You always have to put your family first,” he says. “It’s all about time management, and we’re pretty good about arranging schedules if we need to.” Only about 10 percent of the players actually live in Amarillo. While it takes up the bulk of a player’s time during the season, playing indoor football is not a full-time job. The team is currently made up of teachers, counselors, coaches, accountants and even one who works in juvenile detention. The Amarillo Independent School District also temporarily hires players as substitute teachers, those who come in town just for the season. The IFL is often thought of as a stepping stone for younger players who have the potential to go on to the National Football League.

It’s about being something special, bigger than ourselves. - Venom Coach, Jon Lyles quarterback julian reese and head coach jon lyles

“We want guys who have their lives together off the field,” says Jon. “And we take care of them. We pay for meals, housing and entertainment, so their check is just pocketed.” More than anything, Jon and Julian insist that the Venom cannot be a success without community support. In fact, they refer to their sponsors as partners and make volunteering a priority. “We work with the library a lot, reading to the kids,” says Julian. “You know, an hour of influence in a kid’s life can end up being a lifelong influence.” “It’s about being something special, bigger than ourselves,” adds Jon. Spectators beware – the rule in the stands is that if you catch a ball, it’s yours to keep. But if you catch a player, you have to give him back. am march 2010 • • Amarillo Magazine


special feature

Julian Reese QB

Birthday: 7/23/1981

6’2”, 225 pounds Years with the Dusters: 4th

Indiana State Indoor Experience: 4th

Career Notes: An old face returned to the formerly-named Amarillo

Dusters on June 1, 2009, which spread new life throughout the organization. Reese was a fixture in the organization during the 2004, 2005, and 2008 Dusters seasons. He led Amarillo to the organization’s only division title, conference title and league championship in 2004, when the Dusters played in the IFL (Intense Football League). Reese also holds the Dusters all-time record for passing yards, passing touchdowns, rushing yards, and rushing touchdowns. (courtesy of the Amarillo Venom)

2009 STATS

Name Change It was announced on January 28, 2009, that the Dusters would undergo a name change following their move from the Arena Football League 2 to the Indoor Football League. The organization then held a five-day citywide contest so fans could participate in renaming their team. On February 9th, “Amarillo Venom” was announced as the winning name, which was suggested by local fan Trace Hannah. As a result, he won two season tickets.









vs. Rio Grande 6/6












vs. BossierShreve 6/13












@ Arkansas 6/20












vs. Iowa












@ BossierShreve 7/4












vs. Stockton 7/18












@ Tulsa
























The new color scheme is similar to the former-Dusters’ black, red and white but with the addition of gold to complete the new Venom logo. For more information about Amarillo’s indoor football team, log on to


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2010 Venom Schedule Saturday, March 13

Odessa, Away

Saturday, March 20


7:11 p.m.

Saturday, March 27

Odessa, Home

7:05 p.m.

Friday, April 2

Austin, Away

7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 10

Corpus Christi, Home

7:05 p.m.

Sunday, April 18

Colorado, Away

2:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 24

Colorado, Home

7:05 p.m.

Saturday, May 1

Abilene, Home

7:05 p.m.

Saturday, May 8

Corpus Christi, Away

7:05 p.m.

Saturday, May 15

San Angelo, Home

7:05 p.m.

Saturday, May 22

Arkansas, Home

7:05 p.m.

Saturday, May 29

Abilene, Away

7:00 p.m.

Friday, June 4

Arkansas, Away

7:05 p.m.

Saturday, June 12

Austin, Home

7:05 p.m.

Saturday, June 19

San Angelo, Away

7:05 p.m.

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A Time

to Speak Dr. Mike Bellah


s 100 or so young people looked expectantly in my direction, a fresh wave of panic moved from my hot, flushed face to numbed, tingling extremities, including knees that were starting to wobble. What was I doing here? These kids obviously expected me to say something, something interesting, even inspirational. But saying something – publicly in front of a group of people – was exactly what I couldn’t do. It started in 1961 when I muffed my lines in a sixth-grade play. For some reason, I was traumatized. Not just embarrassed. Traumatized. So much so that the next time we tried the scene, I opened my mouth to speak and nothing came out. Nothing. I just stood there, mouth open. And then, my embarrassment turned to fear. To help overcome my phobia over the next eight years, my parents tried a variety of counselors but nothing seemed to help. I could talk to someone in normal conversations, but if I had to read aloud to a group or answer a particular question, including answering roll in class, I froze. Socially, I went from a loquacious and gregarious child to a sullen, alienated and rebellious teen. Then came April 1969. I was 20 years old and my wife and I were serving as volunteer youth sponsors at a Methodist church in Canyon. For some reason, I had let the kids talk me into speaking at a youth rally. Barely 30 minutes before taking the stage, I sat outside


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in my car, searching frantically in the Bible for some verse that would tell me what I was supposed to do. And I found it. Really. I was reading Paul in II Corinthians 12. There, the Apostle told how he prayed for God to take away a weakness but instead of removing Paul’s problem, his “thorn in the flesh,” God said to him, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” A few lines later, Paul concluded, “For when I am weak, I am strong.” I took this to mean that what God wanted from me that night was simply willingness and availability, not power. My job was to get up in front of the kids and inspire them. God’s job was to give me the power to do so effectively. He knew my weakness. He knew I couldn’t do it by myself. So I prayed simply, admitting my weakness and asking for His strength. That was it. I felt – well, I wouldn’t call it peace – I was still afraid. Now, I guess, I call it faith, not because I was sure God would do a miracle, but because I was sure I was doing what He wanted and whatever happened, He would make it turn out for good. So when the time came to speak, I spoke unbroken, unhesitating, sincere and passionate words. That was over 40 years ago, and ever since I’ve had a job that involves public speaking, a lot of public speaking. People who know me would say it’s my strength, but I know better. am

Dr. Mike Bellah

Mike is a professor of English at Amarillo College. His recent novelette, I Saw Jesus This Morning, is available online at where you can also read his daily blog.

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Hands and Fingers Kim May


he best part of when my children learned to walk was the shock of delight I felt the first time a tiny, chubby hand reached for mine, a lightning bolt of joy from hand to heart. Logan, my oldest son, is eight. I asked him, just a few weeks ago, if he was done holding hands with mom. With a look somewhere between complete love and absolute misery, he put his hand in mine, swung them wildly for about 20 seconds and then gently pulled away. “That,” I thought as I tried to stop my tears, “just might be the last time we hold hands.” Then there’s Jax. He’s just five. And judging from the bear hugs, “I love you’s” and kisses that he showers on everyone, this mommy can bank on a few more years of hand holding. But my real guarantee stems from his Type 1 Diabetes. I hold his hand several times a day. Grab a little finger and draw blood. At five, Jax hasn’t quite mastered this himself, so it’s my job. More importantly, since he’s only five and obviously can’t take this task on by himself, it’s my job to keep him alive. I’ve found routine in some of the tasks surrounding this overwhelming job the doctors


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handed over to me. I’ve even become equipped with an internal clock, almost to the minute that reminds me when it’s time for breakfast, snack, lunch, snack and dinner. What I’m fighting about this disease, the parts that aren’t routine and probably won’t ever be, are the constant ups and downs. I take blood glucose levels, carefully measure food and count carbs. Watch Jax for signs of hypoglycemia (which, by the way, I’m mastering quite well, thank you very much). Then I collapse in bed. Only to wake up to the knowledge that all of the work from the day before will not help me today. Each day is different. We can only start all over again. And again. And again. It hit me softly, swirled around almost tenderly, while I was taking Jax’ blood sugar one night. As I cleaned a sweet little finger of my sleeping baby boy, I stopped. I held one finger after the other, turning each one to inspect the fingertips. I rubbed my thumb over each raised callous. I noticed for the first time the tiny prickly red scars on both sides of every tiny finger. “What will these fingers look like in ten years?” I wondered. It’s been just 12 months and already the scars of diabetes are showing. “What will they look like years from now when you do this for yourself?” Sometimes I look out the window, not really seeing what’s there. Wishing we’d had a few more healthy years, a few more carefree years without rigorous maintenance just to keep Jax alive. I’d even bargain for one more day. I’d relish every minute of perfect health. We’d go everywhere. Do everything. Eat the entire day. Snack till our stomachs

“While I hold on to

the dream of some supernatural marvel, God reminds me not to miss the miracles that He’s sending to our family every day.

popped over our belts. Stop at every ice cream shop we spied. Stay up all night. The reality is that it’s been 12 long months and I’m ready for diabetes to go away. Instead, we are just getting started. The routine and constant ups and downs will continue for the rest of his life. I weep for the day I hand this dreaded care over to my child, when all of my work becomes his responsibility. Jax never gets a break. One day, I’ll be free from diabetes, but my son will not. I hope for a cure. I pray for a miracle. But while I hold on to the dream of some supernatural marvel, God reminds me not to miss the miracles that He’s sending to our family every day. Jax made it through the flu and a fever of 106.5. Four days of vomiting didn’t send him to the hospital or dehydrate his tiny body. After three months with no job, my husband was offered a job the week before Jax was diagnosed. We have the most amazing nurse practitioner. We have health insurance. I have a wonderful job with a flexible schedule. I’m the proud mom of the two cutest, smartest little boys you’ve ever laid eyes on. I am a child of God. God cares more about Jax than even I do. I’m counting the little miracles. And actually, they’re really not that little. am

Kim May

Kim, originally from Denver, is proud to call Amarillo home. Kim is the director of business development at the Discovery Center and spends the remainder of her time taking care of her son, Jax, and carving out special time with her eight-year-old son, Logan.

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book nook Teen

City of Ashes By Cassandra Clare McElderry, 2009

Following City of Bones, this action sequel has the Shadowhunters battling a world of demons that only a few can see. Jace, the strongest of the clan, is singled out with suspicion because his father, Valentine, is determined to rule the world. Good writing, strong characters and plenty of love triangles will have readers pacing for the next book in the series.


When You Lie about Your Age, the Terrorists Win: Reflections on Looking in the Mirror By Carol Leifer Villard, 2010

Using her background in stand-up comedy, Carol Leifer pulls together a collection of her best and most hilarious columns. From her childhood disappointment over the cheap Babblin’ Barbara doll (she really wanted a Chatty Cathy) to her reasons for needing seven dogs, Carol’s hilarious and honest anecdotes are perfect for a light-hearted Spring Break beach read.


Tea with Hezbollah: Sitting at the Enemies Table, Our Journey Through the Middle East


Horns: A Novel By Joe Hill William Morrow, 2010

Ignatius Perrish just spent a year in torment after his beloved, Merrin, was murdered. Lonely and under accusation, Ig’s life of privilege is overshadowed by his grief. After spending an evening in drunken debauchery, he wakes up with horns growing out of his forehead. Just when he thinks he’s been abandoned by everyone, including God, he begins to think otherwise. This chilling novel, written by the son of Stephen King, will leave readers reeling from the the battle battle between between Good Good and and Evil. Evil. son of Stephen King, will leave readers reeling from think otherwise. This chilling novel, written by the abandoned by everyone, including God, he begins to of his forehead. Just when he thinks he’s been debauchery and wakes up with horns growing out


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By Ted Dekker and Carl Medearis Doubleday Religion, 2010

To answer the question – can you really love your enemies? – authors Ted Dekker and Carl Medearis traveled to the Middle East during the summer of 2008. They began in Egypt, made their way through Saudi Arabia and Beirut, and ended their trek in Jerusalem, and it wasn’t without incident. From late-night border crossing to candid discussions with the leaders of Hezbollah, Dekker and Medearis answer the big question and get to the heart of the conflict in the Middle East.


Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes By Elizabeth Bard Little, Brown and Company, 2010

When this American journalist met a Frenchman in London, it was like a dream come true. Their courting happened in the kitchen via onions, bacon and figs, strolling through Parisian markets and eating comfort foods all winter. Elizabeth Bard writes of a love story with her husband, France, and the food that drew them closer. Best of all, she includes her favorite recipes.



By Noah Boyd William Morrow, 2010

By Sarah Blake Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, 2009

The Bricklayer

The Postmistress

In his debut thriller, Noah Boyd pens the story of an FBI agent-turned Chicago bricklayer who is pulled back into law enforcement to help with a gang-related investigation. As the demand for money increases, so does the body count. It quickly becomes clear that whoever’s in charge knows a little too much about the inner workings of the Bureau.

In her debut novel, Sarah Blake threads the lives of three women together in one story between small-town Franklin, Massachusetts, and Europe circa 1940s. War is coming, and when postmistress Iris James intercepts a letter containing valuable information, more than one life will be affected. This novel addresses complex issues with rich character plots, which only adds to the depth of the storyline.


Be Careful What You Pray For By Kimberla Lawson Roby William Morrow, 2010


In her sequel to The Best of Everything, author Kimberla Lawson Roby brings reverend’s daughter Alicia Black to the spotlight with a new marriage and a resolve to make this relationship work better than the last. However, when her clergy husband starts sneaking around with other women, she starts to wonder how she’ll pray her way into a better life.

To Hell on a Fast Horse: Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett, and the Epic Chase to Justice in the Old West By Mark Lee Gardner William Morrow, 2010

Western historian Mark Lee Gardner shares both sides of the hunt – documenting William Booney’s courthouse escape from the hands of Sherriff Pat Garrett in April 1881. The author addresses the myths and realities of the famous outlaw and how the epic chase between these two lives on in film and books. Photos included! included! Photos


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What may sound like settling for less may actually be the answer to a lifelong, happy marriage. Finding herself 40 years old and single, author Lori Gottlieb makes the case for Mr. Good Enough, the man who meets most of your requirements. Analyzing both culture and biology, she brings to light that women may have high expectations that simply cannot be met. Humor and brutal honesty make this book a fun read, and it just might help the dating world look a little brighter.

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what’s cooking?

Roll Play


hat used to be a scary, I’d-never-eat-that food is now one of the most hip and entertaining cuisines to enjoy. Sushi dropped its fad reputation years ago, becoming as common as Italian and Mexican fare, and the good news is that it’s super easy to enjoy at home. So go on. Play with your food.


Bamboo roller Plastic wrap Cutting board Sharp knife Small bowl of water (for dipping your fingers)


Make the rice:

Two cups of uncooked Japanese sushi rice yields a little more than three cups cooked rice, which is enough for four full rolls of sushi. Follow the cooking instructions on the package to prepare the rice. (It is important to prepare the rice ahead of time so it can cool to room temperature.) In a mixing bowl, whisk together 3 tablespoons rice vinegar with 1 teaspoon sugar and ½ teaspoon salt. Add the cooked rice and turn to combine. Spread the rice out on a strip of plastic wrap to let it cool while you prepare the other ingredients.

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Cream Cheese Roll

California Roll

Salmon Roll

Spicy Tuna Roll

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what’s cooking?

California Roll

Cream Cheese Roll

Package of sushi-grade nori (sheets of seaweed) Japanese short-grain sushi rice Rice vinegar 1 teaspoon sugar ½ teaspoon salt 1 seedless cucumber, julienned 1 avocado, julienned 4 crab sticks Toasted sesame seeds

Package of sushi-grade nori (sheets of seaweed) Japanese short-grain sushi rice Rice vinegar 1 teaspoon sugar ½ teaspoon salt 1 seedless cucumber, julienned 1 avocado, julienned 4 ounces cream cheese (half of an 8-ounce block, cut length-wise) 4 crab sticks Wasabi paste

To assemble, layer in order, the bamboo mat, a sheet of plastic wrap and a thin layer of rice, approximately one cup. (Tip: Keep a small bowl of cold water to moisten your fingertips while handling the rice.) Lay a sheet of nori on top of the rice. Arrange the strips of cucumber, avocado and crab in a line in the center of the nori. Bring the bottom end of the rolling mat and the plastic wrap over the ingredients. Tuck the end of the nori into the ingredients and tightly roll until snug. Adjust the roller and plastic as needed to achieve a tight roll. Rub a small amount of cold water on the edge of the nori to seal the roll closed. Gently squeeze the rolling mat around the sushi roll until the nori feels secure and the roll holds in place. Sprinkle toasted sesame seeds on top of the rice. Use a sharp knife to cut the roll into approximately ¾ -inch slices. Serve with wasabi and soy sauce for dipping.

To assemble, layer in order, the bamboo mat, a sheet of plastic wrap and one sheet of sushi nori. Spread a thin layer of rice (approximately one cup) leaving a one-inch border on either end of the nori. (Tip: Keep a small bowl of cold water to moisten your fingertips while handling the rice.) Arrange the strips of cucumber, avocado, cream cheese and crab in a line in the center of the rice. Bring the bottom end of the rolling mat and the plastic wrap over the rice and ingredients. Tuck the end of the nori into the ingredients and tightly roll until snug. Adjust the roller and plastic as needed to achieve a tight roll. Rub a small amount of cold water on the edge of the nori to seal the roll closed. Gently squeeze the rolling mat around the sushi roll until the nori feels secure and the roll holds in place. Use a sharp knife to cut the roll into approximately ¾ -inch slices. Serve with wasabi and soy sauce for dipping.

Spicy Tuna Roll

Salmon Roll

Package of sushi-grade nori (sheets of seaweed) Japanese short-grain sushi rice Rice vinegar 1 teaspoon sugar ½ teaspoon salt 1 6-ounce can of albacore tuna 1/4 cup mayonnaise 1 teaspoon chili powder ½ teaspoon wasabi paste (or more, if desired) 1 seedless cucumber, julienned 1 avocado, julienned 1 small carrot, julienned

Package of sushi-grade nori (sheets of seaweed) Japanese short-grain sushi rice Rice vinegar 1 teaspoon sugar ½ teaspoon salt 1 seedless cucumber, julienned 1 avocado, julienned 4 ounces cream cheese (half of an 8-ounce block, cut length-wise) 3 slices smoked salmon, cut into strips

To assemble, layer in order, the bamboo mat, a sheet of plastic wrap and one sheet of sushi nori. Spread a thin layer of rice (approximately one cup) leaving a one-inch border on either end of the nori. (Tip: Keep a small bowl of cold water to moisten your fingertips while handling the rice.) In a small bowl, combine the tuna, mayo, chili powder and wasabi. Arrange the strips of cucumber, avocado and carrot with a dollop of tuna in a line in the center of the rice. Bring the bottom end of the rolling mat and the plastic wrap over the rice and ingredients. Tuck the end of the nori into the ingredients and tightly roll until snug. Adjust the roller and plastic as needed to achieve a tight roll. Rub a small amount of cold water on the edge of the nori to seal the roll closed. Gently squeeze the rolling mat around the sushi roll until the nori feels secure and the roll holds in place. Use a sharp knife to cut the roll into approximately ¾ -inch slices. Serve with wasabi and soy sauce for dipping.


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To assemble, layer in order, the bamboo mat, a sheet of plastic wrap and a thin layer of rice, approximately one cup. (Tip: Keep a small bowl of cold water to moisten your fingertips while handling the rice.) Lay a sheet of nori on top of the rice. Arrange the strips of cucumber, avocado, cream cheese and salmon in a line in the center of the rice. Bring the bottom end of the rolling mat and the plastic wrap over the rice and ingredients. Tuck the end of the nori into the ingredients and tightly roll until snug. Adjust the roller and plastic as needed to achieve a tight roll. Rub a small amount of cold water on the edge of the nori to seal the roll closed. Gently squeeze the rolling mat around the sushi roll until the nori feels secure and the roll holds in place. Use a sharp knife to cut the roll into approximately ¾ -inch slices. Serve with wasabi and soy sauce for dipping.



American Quarter Horse Exhibit The American Quarter Horse is the world’s largest equine breed registry and membership organization. AQHA is headquartered in Amarillo. In addition, right next door is the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum. The museum consists of artifacts, history and technology, including a new exhibition, The Art of the Western Saddle, which made its debut at the museum in January. Many of the saddles have never been displayed in an exhibit and this is an opportunity to view the astonishing design and detail of each saddle in the collection. Exhibition runs through July 31, 2010 Museum hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum 1600 Quarter Horse Drive, 376.8151

To have an event listed on the calendar, email details to or fax a press release to 806.345.3282. VIEW AN UPDATED LISTING OF EVENTS THROUGHOUT MARCH AT AMARILLOMAGONLINE.COM

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Tuna Does Vegas 7 p.m. Amarillo Civic Center Auditorium 401 S. Buchanan, 378.3096

March 4

Tuna Does Vegas 7 p.m. Amarillo Civic Center Auditorium 401 S. Buchanan, 378.3096

March 18

Third Thursday 6:30-9 p.m. Amarillo Museum of Art 2200 S. Van Buren, 371.5050

March 26

Honk! 7:30 p.m. Amarillo Little Theatre 2019 Civic Circle, 355.9991 Jazz on 6th 8 p.m. Fibonacci Building 3306 SW 6th Avenue, 236.3545

March 5

March 27

Gianni Schicchi 7:30 p.m. Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts 500 S. Buchanan, 378.3096

Kicker Arena Cross 7:30 p.m. Amarillo National Center 10th and Grand, 376.7767

Honk! 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Amarillo Little Theatre 2019 Civic Circle, 355.9991

The Dixie Swim Club 8 p.m. Amarillo Little Theatre 2019 Civic Circle, 355.9991

March 28

First Friday Art Walk 5-9 p.m. The Galleries at Sunset 3701 Plains Blvd., 353.5700 The Jungle Book presented by the AC Lamplight Theatre 7:30 p.m. GlobeNews Center for the Performing Arts 500 S. Buchanan, 378.3096

March 6

Kicker Arena Cross 7:30 p.m. Amarillo National Center 10th and Grand, 376.7767 The Jungle Book presented by the AC Lamplight Theatre 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts 500 S. Buchanan, 378.3096 The Dixie Swim Club 8 p.m. Amarillo Little Theatre 2019 Civic Circle, 355.9991

March 7

The Jungle Book presented by the AC Lamplight Theatre 7:30 p.m. GlobeNews Center for the Performing Arts 500 S. Buchanan, 378.3096

March 11

The Dixie Swim Club 8 p.m. Amarillo Little Theatre 2019 Civic Circle, 355.9991

March 12

The Dixie Swim Club 8 p.m. Amarillo Little Theatre 2019 Civic Circle, 355.9991

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The Dixie Swim Club 2:30 p.m. Amarillo Little Theatre 2019 Civic Circle, 355.9991

The Dixie Swim Club 8 p.m. Amarillo Little Theatre 2019 Civic Circle, 355.9991 Harrington String Quartet 7:30 p.m. Amarillo Museum of Art 2200 S. Van Buren, 371.5050


March 14

Honk! 2:30 p.m. Amarillo Little Theatre 2019 Civic Circle, 355.9991


Restaurant Roundup 2010 6-10 p.m. Food and wine tasting event. All proceeds benefit Meals on Wheels and the PRA Scholarship Foundation. Rex Baxter building on the Tri-State Fairgrounds 10th and Grand, 373.4277

March 6

Make-a-Wish Car Show 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Amarillo Civic Center Heritage and Regency Rooms 401 S. Buchanan, 378.3096

March 7

Make-a-Wish Car Show 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Amarillo Civic Center Heritage and Regency Rooms 401 S. Buchanan, 378.3096 BEEFaTHON 1-6 p.m. 40th annual fundraiser on KAMR, NBC Channel 4. The MS Beefathon is a televised auction featuring quarters of beef from the finest feed yards and even local artwork. Place your bid by calling in to 877.287.BEEF (2333) or 351-4BEEF (4233). Call April Brownlee at 468.8005 for more information.

March 10

In the Pink Luncheon 11:30 a.m.– 2 p.m. Susan G. Koman’s “In the Pink” event is educational and there

will be recognition of survivors. Amarillo Civic Center Heritage Room 401 S. Buchanan, 354.9706

March 13

Tantalizing Tables 7 p.m. Dinner, dancing, and a celebrity newlywed game are all a part of this annual fundraiser hosted by Women’s Council for West Texas A&M University. Amarillo Civic Center Heritage Room 401 S. Buchanan, 354.9706

March 27

Amarillo Area Women’s Forum 2010 Distinguished Service Awards Luncheon 12 p.m. The luncheon will give recognition to women in the Texas Panhandle who have dedicated themselves to volunteering. Amarillo Country Club 4800 Bushland Boulevard, 374.2816


Spring Gardening 101 – The Basics 10 a.m-12:30 p.m. Amarillo Botanical Gardens 1400 Streit Drive, 352.6513

March 9

Meet Texas Hero William B. Travis 7 p.m. Panhandle Plains Historical Museum Hazelwood Lecture Hall 2503 4th Avenue, Canyon, 651.2244

March 20

Carbon to Chlorophyll: Intro to Organic Gardening 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Amarillo Botanical Gardens 1400 Streit Drive, 352.6513


An Uncommon Dream: The Amarillo High School Collection of 19th and 20th Century Art Open through April 11th Amarillo College Fine Arts Plaza 2201 S. Washington Street, 371.5050 The Art of the Western Saddle Open through July 31st. American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame and Museum 2601 I-40 East, 376.5181 New England Family Goes West: Bugbee Clothing and Textiles Opens March 6th through Sept. 6th Panhandle Plains Historic Museum Textile Gallery 2503 4th Avenue, Canyon, 651.2244

Remembering the Alamo, 1836-2009 Open through March 14th Panhandle Plains Historic Museum Mary E. Bivins Gallery 2503 4th Avenue, Canyon, 651.2244 Contemporary Furniture from the Powers Family Open through May 2nd Panhandle Plains Historic Museum Furniture Gallery 2503 4th Avenue, Canyon, 651.2244

March 3

Andy Chase Cundiff 7 p.m. Blue Sky 4201 I-40 West, 355.8100

March 4

Andy Chase Cundiff 7 p.m. Leal’s Mexican Restaurant 1619 S. Kentucky, 359.5959 Eli Young Band 10 p.m. Midnight Rodeo 4400 S. Georgia, 358.7083

New Gifts and Acquisitions Open March 26th-July 4th Amarillo Museum of Art 2200 S. Van Buren, 371.5050

March 5

Wet Paint: Art Acquisitions Since 2000 Open through Sept. 5th. Panhandle Plains Historic Museum Furniture Gallery 2503 4th Avenue, Canyon, 651.2244

Tennessee Tuckness 10:30 p.m. Hoots Pub 2424 Hobbs, 358.9560

Pantheon of Gods, Dieties and Guardinas of Asia Open through March 21st Amarillo Museum of Art 2200 S. Van Buren, 371.5050

March 12

MUSIC March 2

Jason Boland 10 p.m. Midnight Rodeo 4400 S. Georgia, 358.7083

March 6

Joey Green Band 10:30 p.m. Hoots Pub 2424 Hobbs, 358.9560 Aaron Lewis 8 p.m. Concert with the lead vocalist and acoustic guitarist of the hard rock group “Staind.” GlobeNews Center for the Performing Arts 500 S. Buchanan, 378.3096

Andy Chase Cundiff 7 p.m. 575 Pizzeria 2803 Civic Circle, 331.3627

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Chancey Bernson Band 10:30 p.m. Hoots Pub 2424 Hobbs, 358.9560 Aaron Watson 10 p.m. Midnight Rodeo 4400 S. Georgia, 358.7083

March 17

The Tommy Gallagher Band 10 p.m. Golden Light Cantina 2908 West 6th, 374.9237

March 19

Hank III 10 p.m. Midnight Rodeo 4400 S. Georgia, 358.7083

March 26

Texas Renegade 10 p.m. Midnight Rodeo 4400 S. Georgia, 358.7083 The Flying Elbows 10:30 p.m. Hoots Pub 2424 Hobbs, 358.9560 Zach Walther 10 p.m. Midnight Rodeo 4400 S. Georgia, 358.7083

March 27

Madlore 10:30 p.m. Hoots Pub 2424 Hobbs, 358.9560

NATURE March 1

Luncheon with the Longhorns 1:30-2 p.m. Palo Duro Canyon State Park Headquarters Building 11450 Park Road 5, 488.2227

March 13

Second Saturday 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Wildcat Bluff Nature Center 2301 N. Soncy, 352.6007

March 16

Canyon Wildlife 4-5 p.m. Accessible for the mobility impaired. Palo Duro Canyon State Park Lone Star Interpretive Theater 11450 Park Road 5, 488.2227


Make-A-Wish Car Show The Make-A-Wish Foundation has been making dreams come true for children since 1980, bringing them hope, joy and excitement. The Texas Panhandle chapter of Make-A-Wish teamed up with The Panhandle Council of Car Clubs to raise money. Car collectors from all over the nation come to showcase their cars and the public is invited out for viewing. The funds raised will help Make-A-Wish grant the wishes of children who have been diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses.

March 6th and 7th, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Amarillo Civic Center Heritage and Regency Rooms 401 S. Buchanan, 378.3096 or call the Make-A-Wish Foundation at 358.9900 for more information. 64

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March 17

Family Nature Hike 2-3 p.m. A one-half mile hike on the Pioneer Nature Trail, suitable for young children. No pets, please. Palo Duro Canyon State Park 11450 Park Road 5, 488.2227

March 20

Bird Walks and Talks 9-10:30 a.m. Palo Duro Canyon State Park Trading Post 11450 Park Road 5, 488.2227

March 27

Night Hike Arrive 7:45 p.m., hike 8-9 p.m. Make reservations by March 25th. Palo Duro Canyon State Park 11450 Park Road 5, 488.2227


Amarillo’s Largest Garage Sale 12-7 p.m. Amarillo Civic Center North and South Exhibit Halls 401 S. Buchanan, 378.3096

March 13

Amarillo’s Largest Garage Sale 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Amarillo Civic Center North and South Exhibit Halls 401 S. Buchanan, 378.3096

March 27

Medication Clean-Out 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sponsored by Texas Panhandle Poison center and AISD. Amarillo College, Washington Street Campus, Durrett Hall parking lot (drive-thru event) 2201 S. Washington, 351.5626,


Amarillo Gorillas vs. Tulsa Oilers 11:05 a.m. Amarillo Civic Center Coliseum 401 S. Buchanan, 378.3096

March 12

Amarillo Gorillas vs. Wichita Thunder 7:05 p.m. Amarillo Civic Center Coliseum 401 S. Buchanan, 378.3096

March 19

Amarillo Gorillas vs. Rapid City Rush 7:05 p.m. Amarillo Civic Center Coliseum 401 S. Buchanan, 378.3096



March 27

Amarillo Venom v. Odessa Roughnecks 7:05 p.m. Amarillo Civic Center 401 S. Buchanan, 378.3096


Amarillo’s Largest Trade Show 12-7 p.m. Amarillo Civic Center North and South Exhibit Halls 401 S. Buchanan, 378.3096

March 13

Amarillo’s Largest Trade Show 12-7 p.m. Amarillo Civic Center North and South Exhibit Halls 401 S. Buchanan, 378.3096

March 19

Western Collectibles Trade Show 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Amarillo Civic Center North Exhibit Hall 401 S. Buchanan, 378.3096

March 20

Western Collectibles Trade Show 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Amarillo Civic Center North Exhibit Hall 401 S. Buchanan, 378.3096 Texas Gun and Knife Trade Show 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Amarillo Civic Center South Exhibit Hall 401 S. Buchanan, 378.3096

March 21

Western Collectibles Trade Show 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Amarillo Civic Center North Exhibit Hall 401 S. Buchanan, 378.3096

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Amarillo Gorillas vs. Odessa Roughnecks 4:05 p.m. Amarillo Civic Center Coliseum 401 S. Buchanan, 378.3096

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El Tejavan

El Tejavan prides itself on every meal being entirely homemade – and we’re fine with that. From the guacamole to the corn tortillas, the family-run business was built on mama’s recipes, which means each dish is delivered to the table with a little bit of love. Originally opened in 1994 as a grocery store on Grand Street, the Santos family began selling homemade tacos and tortis to bring in extra money. The business grew, so they added a front porch to the store (“El Tejavan” is Spanish for porch) and started the restaurant. Even when they moved to their newest location on I-40 West eight years ago, they kept the front porch look for the bar area to support the name.

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Take full advantage of El Tejavan’s weekly specials, like Happy Hour’s 99 cent margaritas and draft beer Monday through Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. On Monday nights, couples can buy one entrée and get the second one at half price. On Wednesday nights, enjoy 1 cent margaritas from 4 to 9 p.m.

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575 Pizzeria Toppings runneth over at 575 Pizzeria, not to mention the specials that rotate every month. (Check the board when you walk in.) It’s familyowned and family-friendly, so it’s a great Friday night dinner choice. 2803 Civic Circle 331.3627 $$ C T Abuelo’s Mexican Food Embassy The authentic atmosphere and generous portions make for an enjoyable lunch or romantic evening out. If you’re stumped by all the choices, try the Enchiladas de Cozumel, three crepes filled with guacamole and topped with bountiful seafood, fresh spinach and roasted peppers. As a rule, always get the queso. 3501 SW 45th 354.8294 $$ ^

c Amarillo Legends Amarillo Legends serves up comfort food at its finest. Loosen your belt for old-fashioned favorites like chicken-fried steak, patty melts, pot roast and bacon wrapped chopped sirloin. Generous portions and affordable prices will keep you coming back for more. Plus, breakfast is served all day long, and kids eat free everyday. 2909 I-40 West 322.3663 $ c NEW Arnold’s Burger If you’re in the mood for a juicy burger, Arnold’s is the place to visit. They offer a variety of burgers - you name it, they probably have it. You can even order a giant 24” burger since we all know everything is bigger in Texas. Just make sure you bring a crew to help you finish it. For something special for the kids, they even have a burger with a bun shaped like a teddy bear. 1611 S. Washington 372.1741, $ The Back Porch An Amarillo original, this quaint tea room serves up great lunch fare. The Chicken Avocado Sandwich on croissant is the way to go. Get the lunch plate with a cup of cheesy veggie soup and chips. Wash it all down with their excellent flavored tea. 3440 Bell 358.8871 $ Bangkok Tokyo This casual, quaint place is often packed, so try it for an early dinner or a late lunch. Try the Crispy Chicken with Basil or the Bangkok Tokyo Fried Rice. Neither disappoints. 2413 S. Western 353.4777 $$

Barnaby’s Beanery Visit Barnaby’s on historic Route 66 for classic café food. If you haven’t had their corn bread cheeseburger, you’re missing out. Leave room for homemade fruit cobbler. 3811 SW 6th 358.6998 $ NEW Biti Pies Biti Pies are miniature versions of the traditional pies everyone loves. They are just the right size for one person and possibly a friend - that is if you feel like sharing. They also offer catering. Don’t miss out on this bite-sized treat that is meltin-your-mouth good. 604 S. Maryland 367.6413, $ Café Marizon Enjoy the quaint café atmosphere in a historic building on Polk. Great homecooked taste with consistently tasty specials of the day. Go early so you can have a piece of the homemade pie or cake. 705 S. Polk 374.3058 $ y Chop Chop Japanese Steakhouse Chop Chop’s slogan is “Simple. Fresh. Fast.” And that’s exactly what you get when you order their hot teppan-yaki-style Japanese cuisine. They’ve renovated the dining room and offer both a quick drive-thru and delivery options so you can decide how you want to dine. 3300 Coulter 457.0700 $ Coyote Bluff Café Don’t let the outside fool you. This is seriously good food. The full pound, green chili cheese burger is Southwest divine (add jalapenos for extra zip). Cool off with an ice cold beer. 2417 S. Grand 373.4640 $ C ^ Crazy Larry’s BBQ A visit to Larry’s isn’t complete without an order of Frito Pie – make it a “moose” with the works. Their authentic Texas-style BBQ is finger-licking good, and everything on the menu is delivered with some of the friendliest service in town. The prices are reasonable too. 4315 Teckla 359.3176 $ Doug’s For a quick and tasty meal, stop at Doug’s and try the chopped-beef sandwich. The menu is reasonably priced and their barbecue sauce is fantastic. 3313 S. Georgia 352.8471 $


Cowboy Gelato Consider the painted façade as a good warning: You’re about to experience the perfect combination of Italian-style gelato with an authentic western flare. Don’t let the saloon décor and cowboy greeting throw you. There is seriously good gelato to be eaten, that is, if you can settle your taste buds on one or two (or four) flavors. Here’s a tip – they let you sample, which is the fastest way to get you hooked. 2806 SW 6th Ave. 376.5286 $ 68

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Dyer’s Bar-B-Que If you’re a meat lover, Dyers is the place for you. Their all-you-can-eat lunch special is hard to beat. Wash it all down with sweet tea and finish up with a heaping bowl of hot fruit cobbler. 1619 S. Kentucky 358.7104 $$ ^ Eat-Rite The food at Eat-Rite isn’t just good for you, it’s delicious as well. Feast on the organic salad bar or choose from a variety of tasty sandwiches. 2441 I-40 West 353.7476 $ El Bracero Mexican Restaurant For ten years, El Bracero has provided hungry patrons with delicious meals and great traditional Mexican food. The Nachos con Carne appetizer and a Michelada are a must. 3303 Bell 355.0889 / 2116 S. Grand 373.4788 $ Tc

El Tejavan Their Ceviche makes for a great starter or a light meal. For authentic taste, try the soft corn tortilla chicken tacos. 3801 I-40 East 372.5250 / 3420 I-40 West 354.2444 $$ c English Field House Restaurant Visit a piece of Amarillo history at the English Field House. Named for Amarillo’s first air field, the restaurant offers great cooked fresh café food. Take the family for Sunday breakfast. It’s worth the drive. 10610 American Drive 335.2996 $ Fatcat Fish & Grill From sea food to cheeseburgers and steaks, Fatcat Fish & Grill offers fresh-cooked food at a reasonable price. 1309 N. Fillmore 373.3581 $ Fernando’s Restaurant & Cantina Family-owned and operated, Fernando’s serves up classic Tex-Mex with a twist. They offer a self-serve salsa bar that caters to the tastes of even the most delicate diner. From spicy to mild, zesty to sweet, there’s something for everyone, even cucumber and chipotle salsa. 2028 Paramount Blvd. 356.0342 $ c Fire Slice Brick Oven Pizzeria You’ll know you’re in for a good time at Fire Slice when you see the menu. Choose from pizza specialties like “Tommy Boy” and “Hot Momma” or build your own. Each pizza is made fresh in their custom-built pizza oven. 7306 SW 34th, Space 10 (behind Chop Chop) 331.2232 $$ C NEW Gatti’s Food galore is what you will find at Gatti’s with unlimited pizza, pasta, salad bar and desserts. You won’t have to tell the kids twice to finish their meal because once

they do, they can head to Gatti Town and feed their fun. 4412 S. Western 355.5601 $ Golden Light Café As the oldest operating restaurant in Amarillo, the Golden Light has been in business since 1947, all in the same location. For a great burger and fries, this is the place to go. 2908 SW 6th 374.9237 $$ C


Green Chile Willy’s As the owners say, the way you like it is the way they fix it. Hand cut grilled steaks, excellent burgers and grilled chicken, you name it, they’ve got it. And you can’t beat the country atmosphere for a relaxing good time. 13651 Interstate 27 622.2200 $$ ^ Hoagies Deli Hoagies made a name for themselves with their delicious Philly steak sandwich. Now they have a new location and a newly expanded menu. Fill up at lunch or dinner with a warm Panini or a generously portioned Colossal Spud. 2207 S. Western 353.5952 $ Jamaican Flame You’ll feel like you’re on vacation in the Caribbean when you visit Jamaican Flame. It’s off the beaten path but worth the effort spent finding it. Feast on favorites like Jerk ribs, chicken and pork along with sandwiches, pasta, rice dishes and even bread pudding. Vegan friendly and you can BYOB. 4132 Business Park Dr. 322.1043 $-$$ Joe Taco Great atmosphere and a variety of southwest favorites make Joe Taco a great place to sit and relax. Especially while enjoying one of their signature margaritas. 7312 Wallace Blvd. 331.8226 $$ C ☎ T y Jorge’s Mexican Bar & Grill If you’re in the mood for fajitas, look no further than Jorge’s Mexican Bar and Grill, specifically their new location at Hillside and Bell. Portion sizes are generous and prices are reasonable. 6051 S. Bell 354.2141 $$


Jorge’s Tacos Garcia At Jorge’s, serving authentic Mexican food is a family affair. In the same location since 1999, the Veloz family serves up traditional favorites that keep their loyal customers coming back time after time. Try the Swiss enchiladas or the Chile Relleno Lampriados. You won’t be disappointed. 1100 Ross 372.0411 $$ c march 2010 • • Amarillo Magazine


K - N Root Beer K - N celebrated their 40th anniversary last year. If you’ve tried their yummy burgers and floats, then you know why they’ve been a success for so many years. The K-N Special, a double-meat, doublecheese burger melts in your mouth. There’s nothing like the old-fashioned icy mug of root beer. 3900 Olsen 355.4391 $ Kabob Restaurant Take a break from your everyday routine and give Kabob Restaurant a try. It’s anything but ordinary. Choose from a variety of traditional Middle Eastern entrees like beef or chicken kabobs, meatball stew (our favorite) and stuffed grape leaves. It’s all delicious. 4925 S. Western 331.6771 $ La Fiesta Grande Authentic taste and a lively atmosphere make La Fiesta a great place to take the whole family. From nachos to barbacoa, there’s something for every taste. 2200 Ross 374.3689 / 7415 SW 45th 352.1330 $$ C La Frontera La Frontera has served the Amarillo community for more than 20 years, offering the true taste of authentic traditional Mexican food. With a cozy atmosphere, great service, friendly staff and delicious food, what else could you ask for? 1401 S. Arthur 372.4593 $ T Landshark’s Billiard and Sports Grill Locally owned and operated, Landshark’s combines the energy of a billiards parlor with a range of standard and not-so standard grill fare from chicken strips to their “garbage plate,” three mini burgers piled on top of three different salads. In addition to billiards action, you’ll also find video games and dart leagues all in a smoke-free atmosphere. And they’ll make sure you quickly feel like part of the family when they greet you by name. 3415 Bell, Suite K 352.3864 $c Leal’s If Mexican food is what you crave, Leal’s serves several dishes that blend the traditional flavors of Mexico with a few new twists that will delight you. Try excellent non-traditional items like quail and salmon along with new sauce combinations and desserts. Let’s not forget about their freshsqueezed lime margaritas, some of the best margaritas anywhere. 1619 S. Kentucky 359.5959 $$ c Lone Star Bar & Grill Visit Lone Star Bar & Grill for classic American grill-style food, including savory steaks, burgers, chicken sandwiches and more all at an affordable price. You’ll also enjoy down-home friendly service. Their guarantee: no hot beer and no small steaks. FM 1151 622.9827 $$ c Maddy’s Madhouse Café You’ll find great food in a family atmosphere at Maddy’s Madhouse Café. The small town feel and affordable prices make this a great place for kids, and they’ll find all their favorite eats there as well. Make sure you leave room for dessert. 3701 Olsen 331.6234 $ Mi Familia When it comes to Mexican food, Mi Familia delivers


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great flavor, affordable prices and the best hot sauce around. We think you’ll be impressed with the stuffed avocado. Make sure you save room for the warm sopapillas. 4515 S. Georgia 356.9950 $ My Thai It’s hard to find authentic Thai cuisine that compares to My Thai. We recommend the angel noodle with sautéed tomatoes and mushrooms for a tasty alternative to fried rice. 2029 S. Coulter 352.9014 $ ^ Nachos Bar & Grill Enjoy the fresh hot sauce and chips while you wait for your food. The wait staff are efficient and friendly, and the home town feel of Nachos makes this a great place to take the kids. 3333 S. Coulter 322.1140 $ c Olive Garden They’ll tell you, “When you’re here, you’re family,” and that’s the absolute truth. A dinner at Olive Garden feels like a meal at your Italian Grandma’s, and the portions couldn’t be more generous. With endless salad and breadsticks, no matter the entrée, you’ll leave full. 4121 I-40 West 355.9973 $$ ^ c On the Border Become a part of the revolution at On the Border. The fajita revolution, that is. Made to order, they’ll knock your socks off. Of course, good Mexican food is even better with a cold beer. Go ahead, indulge. 2401 Soncy 468.9800 $$ c Pacific Rim The Pacific Rim offers a variety of Asian Fusion cuisine in a unique setting. One of the best things about this place is the greeting you’ll get from Andy when you walk in. But let’s talk food. Their lettuce wraps are outstanding. In fact, everything is good. They even offer speedy delivery. 2061 Paramount 353.9179 $ C The Plaza A long-time Amarillo favorite, the many loyal customers of the Plaza attest to the great food and affordable prices. Eat your fill of the fresh chips and hot sauce and enjoy the laid back atmosphere. Perfect for a family night out, they offer enough variety to suit the pickiest eaters. 3415 Bell 358.4897 $c The Potato Factory Too Come hungry to The Potato Factory where you can fill up fast on huge baked potatoes loaded with toppings from veggies to chili. They’ve also got some of the best chili dogs and Frito pie in town. 2808 SW 34th 463.7783 $ Rio Grande Grill With food this good, it’s a shame they’re not open on weekends. Their breakfast burritos will give you enough fuel to last until lunch. If lunch suites you better, the nachos supreme taste like grandma made them from scratch. We are big fans. 909 S. Madison 372.2950 $ Robinson’s BBQ Craving a BBQ sandwich? Robinson’s is the place to visit. But don’t limit yourself to just a sandwich because they offer great Frito pies. And if you happen to be in the area for breakfast, they have great breakfast burritos. 5920 Hillside 358.2194 $

NEW Sabaidee Sabaidee offers a fusion of Asian tastes along with delicious, authentic Laotian dishes like sticky rice with beef jerky, chicken wings and tomato sauce and papaya salad. Try the Sabaidee Special for a guaranteed taste-treat. 2313 S. Georgia 331.6720 $ NEW Saffron You can experience the rich culture of the Middle East right here in Amarillo. Saffron’s menu consists of traditional Greek, Persian and Mediterranean dishes. The dining area is small and simple, but this really ads to the authenticity. Leave room for the Baklava. 1511 S. Nelson 367.8899 $ C Scott’s Oyster Bar If you are a fresh oyster connoisseur, Scott’s is the place for you. Even though it’s a little on the small side, the quick service and excellent seafood make it one of our favorite places to hang out. 4150 Paramount 354.9110 $$ C y Sharky’s Burrito Company Think of Sharky’s as a burrito assembly line, a place where you call the shots and load a tortilla (flavored or not) with all your favorite toppings. Start with the meat and work your way through a plethora of options including beans, rice, veggies and cheese. The endless combinations will keep you going back for more. 1612 S. Georgia 359.7330 $

Stockyard Café Experience the western heritage of Amarillo at the Stockyard Café. They serve up excellent steaks that will surely satisfy your beef cravings. Plus, the Stockyard also offers a hearty breakfast every day starting at 6 a.m. 101 S. Manhattan 342.9411 $$ ^ C Taqueria El Tapatio Taqueria El Tapatio serves up authentic Mexican flavor in every dish they offer. It’s just plain good food. The generous portions and affordable prices are easy on your pocketbook too. 3410 S. Coulter 331.6248 $ C Texas Firehouse Sports Bar & Grill More grill than bar, Texas Firehouse offers everything from a delicious fried green bean appetizer to steaks, all in a family friendly smokefree environment. Watch all your favorite sporting events while you eat. 3333 S. Coulter 351.1800 $-$$

C Tsunami Tsunami offers traditional Japanese steakhouse fare at affordable prices. Start out with the Southwestern egg rolls then fill up on the Salmon Teppan meal or Teppanyaki Steak. We guarantee you won’t leave hungry. 1108 Bell 352.2688 $ Vince’s Pizza Vince’s calzones are some of the best we’ve had. He also offers wonderful Greek salads, gyros and a huge family-sized pizza. The quirky atmosphere

will make you feel like you’re in Little Italy. 2413 S. Western 352.2656 $ NEW Western Bowl The next time you’re looking for dinner and some fun with the family, swing by Western Bowl. They strike up five different bowling specials throughout the week. In the spare time after you’ve worked up an appetite from all the bowling, head to the restaurant for some old-fashioned American food like a patty-melt or a B.L.T. 5120 Canyon Drive 352.2737 $ c Wheels, Chicken & Waffles You’ll feel like you’ve gone back in time to a quaint old-fashioned diner when you visit Wheels. The inside is covered with vintage car memorabilia and wheels galore. We love the southern friedchicken with waffles. The mix of savory and sweet is delicious. Save room for dessert when you dine. You won’t want to miss the waffle cheesecake. It’s a big Belgian waffle piled high with cheesecake filling, whipped cream and both chocolate and caramel syrup. 2710 10th Avenue 342.5400 $ Ye Old Pancake Station With breakfast this good, you’ll be glad to know that the Pancake Station serves it all day long. They also offer great café style meals. We recommend the huge omelets and fresh pancakes. 2800 Virginia Circle 355.0211 $ ^


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On March 9, 1938, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was the guest of honor at the Mother-In-Law’s Day parade and celebration in downtown Amarillo. This photograph was taken at the Santa Fe Station on her way to the reviewing stand. Sitting next to Mrs. Roosevelt is then-mayor Ross Rogers and L.O. Thompson, the former national president of the Mother-In-Law clubs. Lawrence Hagy, an Amarillo oilman, chauffeured the First Lady in an “Eleanor Blue” Buick, a vehicle designed specifically for her. 88

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Reflection Amarillo National Bank’s Plaza Two at 5th and Taylor opened in 1984, not only providing the city with new-and-improved office space, but also giving Amarillo a beveled reflection of the bright blue sky. The window panes create 12 floors of mirrored images echoing the expansive view from one end of the horizon to the other. It’s a building that gives this city character, and if you catch Plaza Two at the right angle, it melts away into a mirage.

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Kimbo Ishii-Eto Chances are you’ve seen Kimbo Ishii-Eto’s picture on a billboard around town promoting the Amarillo Symphony. You’ll recognize him by his enthusiasm and energy because it nearly leaps off the sign. To say Kimbo grew up playing the violin and piano is like saying Babe Ruth played a little baseball. Kimbo’s passion for music began at 10 years old when his mother took him to hear Itzhak Perlman, a violin virtuoso, in Tokyo. That was all it took, and from then on, violin, and later the piano, was his life. “Perlman had polio as a child and could play like that sitting down. I just couldn’t believe it,” says Kimbo. “I knew then that I didn’t want to be a doctor or businessman.” His formal training began around the age of 12 when his mother moved the family to Vienna, Austria. Upon graduating high school and college early, Kimbo moved to New York City at 19 years old to study at the Mannes College of Music. A year later, he went to Juilliard. Then, in 1988, at 21 years old, the musician developed a neurological disorder in his left hand called focal dystonia, leaving him unable to play his violin. Kimbo switched his focus and acquired a Master’s degree in Conducting. Since then, his thriving career has landed him in the pit of symphonies all over the world. He was the music director for the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra in Ithaca, New York, prior to moving to Amarillo in 2007. am

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When I get in my car, the first thing I listen to is… Absolutely nothing! My favorite meal to make from scratch is… Chinese-Italian fusion. How does it taste? Depends. In an alternate life, I would’ve been… A TV producer or hairstylist. The most famous or interesting person I’ve ever met is… Sir Simon Rattle, principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic. If I had an open plane ticket to anywhere, I would go to… Bali, Indonesia. After a long, hard day, I love to… Sit on the sofa and watch TV – most likely HGTV or Food Network. One of my favorite childhood toys was… Racing kits (with circuit lanes). One movie I could watch over and over again is… “Once Upon a Time in America.”


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The greatest piece of advice I’ve ever received is… My Grandpa once told me: “Relax! Your best is way better than anyone else out there. This is why you can take as much time to reach your own best!” You may be surprised to know that I… Used to weigh more than 200 pounds when I was in my mid-20s. I know every word to… “The Star-Spangled Banner.” If I had the time, I would… Go and live in France or Italy for several months to appreciate their culture and food. My favorite bad-for-me-food is… Chicken-fried steak, of course! The most unique place I’ve ever been to is…. Bodo, Norway in summer – the sun was up 24/7. The thing I love the most about living in Amarillo is… The friendly people and feeling so safe and comfortable raising my family.

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Amarillo Magazine | March 2010

Amarillo Magazine | March 2010  

Amarillo Magazine | March 2010