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Mother’s Day! I’ve always loved this precious holiday when we reflect on and honor the women who represented the mother in our lives. What stands out about my mom to me is her amazing cooking talent. To this day, she won’t cook anything from a box or package. I remember the smell of her fried chicken and biscuits and gravy. And her banana pudding is still unmatched. She took us kids to countless baseball, football, and cheerleading events. She volunteered at community haunted houses and concession stands and would do anything for us. How many times did I hear how she looked like the actress Angie Dickinson—and she never looked a day over 29? To this day, I tell her she is still 29 in my eyes. The most beautiful thing about my mom today is her love for Jesus and her daily walk with Him. There’s nothing like seeing her filled with peace and joy, no matter what life throws her way. Mom, thank you for putting up with all the pranks I played on you, through the years. Especially when I put catsup all over myself and faked a bicycle crash. You’re my hero. I honor you and I love you, Mom..
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Community Service Opportunity!! There are more than 15,800 students in the Mansﬁeld ISD eligible for the free or reduced meal program during the school year that keeps them fed and gives them the best opportunity for learning. But what happens during the summer when these same students don’t have access to the program that keeps them from going hungry during the school year? Each summer, the Feed the Kids Program, a joint eﬀort of Common Ground Network, MISD Nutrition Department, and many local Churches, businesses and civic organizations, provide food for students so they can have enough to eat during summer vacation. The program needs volunteers that can help unload food from cases and ﬁll bags that will then go to the
local food pantries. Volunteers unload cases of food every Wednesday morning from 10 to 11 a.m. and assemble bags each Wednesday evening from 6 to 7 p.m. These volunteers will work every Wednesday from May 22 to Aug. 7 at the Mansﬁeld Cares Warehouse located here in Mansﬁeld at 150 S. 6th Ave. The Volunteers for this Program quickly discover that although they are volunteering their time to Bless the less fortunate, in reality, the Volunteers are truly Blessed as well! Please help by volunteering or donating to this worthwhile Program. This Program is another example of the spirit of giving that makes our Community one of America’s Best Places to Live.
We can expect new construction on the Lake Joe Pool peninsula through 2020. On the northeast end, Lake Ridge Commons will develop: • 98 homes from $400K; • 100 townhomes $275K-$325K; • and condos above retail. Across the street, a 4,000-square-foot QuickStop convenience store will be built, with retail space, open this summer. Beside the QuickStop will be the Mansions of Grand Prairie luxury apartments. The Mansions include retail/restaurant space on the ground ﬂoor. Permits are issued.
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Here are some encouraging numbers. Last year, the City of Arlington repaired and eliminated over 11,000 potholes. Each monthly, our citizens turn in over 2,000 tons of recyclables. The average 911 call in The American Dream City is answered within 10 seconds. And this past year, our city’s building inspectors inspected home on average, within 24 hours. Those are numbers we can all be proud of. If it’s been awhile since you visited the ArlingtonTX.gov website, I hope you’ll stop by and browse our new, revamped site. We’ve redesigned it to make it even more user-friendly, robust, and responsive. The site provides easier access to city services, with a greater degree of transparency for you. You can sign up to receive daily updates of articles published about our city and to stay abreast
GRA ND PRAI RI E On the southeast end, the Mira Lagos Townhomes North will open mid 2020. These 125 high-end townhomes start at $275,000, are age 55+ and gated. Mira Lagos Townhomes South are also under construction. These 87 units are high-end, and not age restricted. Serving the city’s lake sector, an expanded Warmack Library just reopened. Our libraries have been reborn as relentlessly relevant community connectors that educate everyone. The library doubled its space, adding two program rooms, a teen center, study rooms and a new Children’s library. Live Life Grand,
A RLINGTON of traﬃc conditions and city services. Stay up on cultural events and tune into MyArlingtonTV to see what your local Arlingtonians are doing to keep the American Dream alive. And be sure to take time, while you’re on the site, to let us know how we’re doing and how we can serve you better. Check it all out at ArlingtonTX.gov.
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FATHER & SON ADVENTURE DAY A r l i n g t o n P a r ks a n d R e c re a t i o n
Venture out for a father and son adventure. Participate in archery, kayaking and fishing! Stop by for refreshments and breakfast will be served between activities. 9am-11am. Cost is $10. Dottie Lynn Rec Center, 3200 Norwood Ln.
ARLINGTON MUSIC HALL Arlington
Come check out some amazing performances that are scheduled! 224 N. Center St. A R L I N GTO N M U S I C H A L L . N E T
ART ON THE GREENE Arlington
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Come and enjoy some really great music! Visit our website for information event listings. T H E L OT D O W N TO W N . C O M M AY 3
NIGHT AT THE MOVIES
A r l i n g t o n P a r ks a n d R e c re a t i o n
Come watch a big screen movie in the gym. Feature movie is: Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back. Dress as your favorite Star Wars character. Folding chairs provided, but you may bring your own. Movies will be family friendly, adult supervision is required. 7pm-9pm. Cost is $3. Cliff Nelson Rec Center, 4600 W. Bardin. M AY 4
EPIC WATERS INDOOR WATERPARK’S WAVE POOL GRAND OPENING G ra n d P ra i r i e
Join us for an EPIC day filled with live music, food and waterpark fun for all ages! Waterpark will be open 10am-9pm and Wave Pool
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MOTHER’S DAY SWIM DISCOUNT A r l i n g t o n P a r ks a n d R e c re a t i o n
Mom’s receive free admission with the purchase of one child admission. Hugh Smith Indoor Pool, 1815 New York Ave.
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will tentatively be open 12pm-7pm weather permitting. Grand Prairie residents receive $10 Admission on May 4 and 5. Pre-purchased tickets from epicwatersgp.com will guarantee you admission. 2970 Epic Place.
Come and enjoy Arlington’s longest running art festival. Owned and promoted by a life long Arlington resident and artist that strives to create an atmosphere where artist and art lovers can come together. We are passionate about bringing the artist and the community together to create meaningful experiences and lifelong memories through art. Richard Greene Linear Park, 1601 E. Randol Mill Rd. For hours visit our website. Free! A R TO N T H EG R E E N E . C O M M AY 1 1
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This is open to all individuals who would like to run, with or without a furry-friend. Dogs from the Mansfield Animal Shelter will also be made available for those who would like to be teamed up with a running partner. Pre-registration is required. A portion of the fees will be donated to the Mansfield Animal Shelter. Following the 5K fun run is Mansfield’s first Barks in the Park doggy day out at Rose Park. 8am-11am. 303 N. Walnut Creek Dr. M A N S F I E L DT E X A S . G O V / E V E N T / 8 2 1 2 / B A R KS - R E C - 5 K
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MOTHER’S DAY TEA
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Celebrate Mother’s whether you are a mother or have a mother, through tea, snacks, conversation and something to take home with you. 12pm-1:30pm. Free. Pre-registration is required. Call 817-277-8091. M AY 24 A N D 3 1
FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY: DINNER SERIES
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Come out with family and friends to enjoy music and great food! 6pm-10pm. River Legacy Park, 701 NW Green Oaks Blvd. M AY 2 5
MOBILE PET ADOPTION EVENT Arlington
Adorable adoptable pets looking for new homes will be available at the mobile adoption unit for immediate adoption! Visit with adoptable cats available inside PetSmart! Adoptions will be at the Petsmart® in South Arlington, 203 E. I-20 (Arlington Highlands) 10:30am-3:30pm.
Discover A Great Concert Experience!
MAY 5/4 Generation & Friends Rock-N-Roll Doowop Extravaganza 5/4 Peter Paul & Mary "Alive" Tribute 5/9 Tribute to Rolling Stones 5/10 Rumours - Fleetwood Mac Tribute 5/11 Gene Watson 5/16 Eddy Raven 5/17 A Tribute to Conway Twitty & A Salute to Loretta Lynn 5/18 Satisfaction - The International Rolling Stones Show 5/20 Nathan Carter 5/23 BlackHawk 5/30 Leslie Jordan - Exposed
Upcoming Ana Popovic, Vicki Lawrence & Mama, John Schneider, Tony Jackson
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Sunday, May 12th at 8PM T h e T h e a t re a t G ra nd P rairie
Baker’s decades-long career has included four platinum and two gold albums with signature R&B hits including “Caught Up in the Rapture”, “Sweet Love” and “Giving You the Best That I Got”. With over 50 sold-out concerts plus a recent Lifetime Achievement Award honor from BET, this is truly an evening that you will not want to miss!
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MAY 10 // DETECTIVE PIKACHU RYAN REYNOLDS, JUSTICE SMITH DIR. ROB LETTERMAN (SHARK TALE)
Nintendo’s a bit of a stranger to live action features— Detective Pikachu, based on the hugely popular Pokémon media franchise, is only their second since the bizarre 1993 Super Mario Bros. movie. Unusually featuring the vocal talents of Ryan Reynolds as cute, cuddly Pikachu (who is a detective in this movie), this effects-heavy buddy movie could become a huge family hit.
THROWBACK PARTIES: DEF LEGGEND Friday, May 10th at 7PM Texa s Li v e !
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GENE WATSON Saturday, May 11th at 7:30PM
MAY 17, 1991 // WHAT ABOUT BOB?
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EDDY RAVEN Thursday, May 16th at 8PM
One can hardly discuss 1990s comedies without mentioning the twisted baby-stepping of What About Bob?, which introduced us to the unlikely duo of Dreyfuss (self-centered psychoanalyst Dr. Leo Marvin) and Murray (good-natured but clingy patient Bob Wiley), whose reported off-screen friction only makes the on-screen dysfunction more hilarious.
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DERYL DODD Friday, May 17th at 8PM Levi tt Pa v i l i on Arl i ngt on
TERRY FACTOR Saturday, May 18th at 8PM T h e T h e a t re a t G ra nd P rairie
NATHAN CARTER Monday, May 20th at 8PM
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THE UNLIKELY CANDIDATES Friday, May 31st at 8PM Levi tt Pa v i l i on Arl i ngt on WHILE WE CHECK THE ACCURACY OF EVENT INFORMATION PRIOR TO PRESS, DETAILS CAN CHANGE. PLEASE CHECK WITH THE VENUE BEFORE HITTING THE ROAD!
F r o m t h e b e s t s e l l i n g au t h o r o f a s e r i e s of novels set in t he C arolina L owcountr y comes a return to Sullivan’s Island, focusing on beekeeper Holly McNee Kensen and the ways that the Lowcountry magic of the natural world meets the beat of the human heart.
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ADIES ENJOYED A SPECIAL EVENING AS THEY came together as a community to lavish, on others, the love that has been shown to
us through Christ. They escaped for a few hours to enjoy time with friends, a gorgeous setting, a delicious meal, a time of praise and worship,
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TREKKING OUT NEW CONCEPT STORE NOW OPEN
NEW TREK BIKE CONCEPT STORE IS NOW OPEN in Arlington, Owners Nate Aust and Ron Wood are thrilled to open the first Trek Concept store in North Texas.
Nate & Ron, also known as “Nate Dogg” and Ron “The Machine” by friends and cycle fans, came out for a two-day Grand Opening of the new store. In supportive attendance were other Trek biking families; Pro Cyclist Jens Voigt, Mayor Jeff Williams of Arlington and Mayor Betsy Price of Fort Worth. Arlington’s Fire & Police Departments were on site during the Grand Opening to show support of the growing cycle movement. Trek of Arlington collected donations and gave a percentage of the sales to Arlington’s First Responders.
Trek offers a ride series, rentals, sales and service of all bikes. Trek electric bikes help riders conquer hills, distances, and weather-related challenges. Riders say they feel like a kid again while getting fresh air and controlling their exercise as they zoom around the Trinity Trails. With the bike’s Pedal Assist and twist-and-go throttle, they’ll be in complete command of their workouts. Pedal or not, they can enjoy the scenery as they ride around town and beyond. The store also offers free demo rides. Trek Bicycles of Arlington is aiming to be the leading Trek retailer and service provider in Arlington and the DFW metroplex. Our goal here is to not only sell bikes but to grow a community where people from all backgrounds can feel welcome to get out and enjoy the benefits of cycling. Our focus is on the relational capacity and the fulfillment of our customers’ needs for prompt, efficient service, a knowledgeable staff, coaching services, providing a gathering place for regularly-scheduled rides as well as providing a destination for a mid-excursion on the River Legacy Trail. 1 0 0 1 N E G R E E N O A K S B LV D . , S U I T E # 1 9 0 , A R L I N G T O N , T X 76 0 0 6 . T R E K B I K E S O FA R L I N G T O N . C O M | 8 1 7 - 6 4 2 - 5 0 3 9 F O L L O W T H E M O N FA C E B O O K & T W I T T E R
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o matter where he is, who he’s with, or what he’s doing, Dr. Steven Thomas just enjoys being with people. How blessed he is, then, to have chosen a profession that allows him to get to know his patients personally and partner with them in their oral wellness journey. Since 1983, his practice has been the goto location for full-service dental care in a warm, inviting space. Integrity, empathy, and following God’s lead are the hallmarks of his practice. “My team helps me keep everything patient-centered,” he said. “We’re treating our friends, family, and neighbors. And I’m proud of the love and compassion my staff extends to each patient. Our goal is for your entire experience with us to exceed your expectations. My team truly makes my job a pleasure.”
DENTIST FEAR? Dr. Thomas says many of us carry “dental baggage”. Past experiences have developed a fear or dread of sitting in the dentist’s chair. “That fear is very real,” Dr. Thomas said. “I get it. Unfortunately, fear can keep some people from taking preventative steps to keep small little dental issues from becoming big problems. For those patients, I need to slow things down and offer them a chance to talk about what they’re feeling. My staff and I explain each treatment plan and give nervous patients the opportunity to ask questions, before we proceed. For our younger patients, we’re committed to doing everything we can to help them develop a positive impression of the dentist, from the start, so they never know what it’s like to be nervous or anxious about a visit.”
In Dr. Thomas’ care, you’ll enjoy comprehensive dentistry combining a wide variety of specialized treatments to restore any current problems, prevent future problems, and enhance the overall quality of your oral health. Dr. Thomas stays on top of dental advancements through continuing education and provides the latest technology restorative and cosmetic dentistry offer. Dr. Thomas is also an active member of the Academy of General Dentistry and a member of the International Team of Implantology.
MEET DR. THOMAS Steven W. Thomas was born in Fort Worth and raised in Arlington. He graduated from Texas A&M and completed dental school in Houston before returning to Arlington to begin his career. Steven and his wife,
Lori, have a blended family of five children ranging in age from 18-33 and four delightful grandchildren. Outside of their busy professional lives they love to travel, play golf, try new restaurants, and spend time with family and friends. Walnut Ridge Baptist Church is an integral part of the Thomases family life. Lori is a member of the Walnut Ridge choir and praise and worship team. Steven serves as a greeter and was recently ordained a deacon, which he says is a humbling experience. He especially enjoys attending Tuesday night Bible study fellowship and Wednesday morning small group, before seeing his 7:00 a.m. patients. “These studies fuel and equip me for the challenges of day-to-day life,” he said. “Lori and I are thankful for the small part they’re able to play in the ministries supported by our
church.” Those include Allies in Youth Development, International Gospel Outreach, Compassion International, and The Caring Place. The Thomas’ agree that their relationship with God is the most important part of their lives. “Being part of such an amazing Christ-centered church family is a great blessing that deeply enriches our lives,” Dr. Thomas said. “Daily I lean on the wisdom of Romans 8:28 which says, ‘And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.’ I feel abundantly blessed that God has allowed me to do work I love with people I love in a community I love.” Dr. Thomas and his dynamic team are now welcoming new patients. They look forward to meeting you and your family.
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As Mother’s Day approaches, I find myself reflecting on motherhood and areas of my life that need improvement. Ah, who am I kidding? It has nothing to do with Mother’s Day and everything to do with my only-child perfectionist tendencies of over-analyzing every interaction every night when I turn out the light. I know I’m not alone. Many of you surely pull the covers to your chin as you wrap yourself in guilt, shame, and condemnation for not living up to the image you’ve created as the “perfect mother.” Here’s a newsflash: there is no perfect mother. Some of you have already grasped that reality and are happily settling into the mothering techniques unique to your gifts and talents, tailor-made for your family. And some of you might still struggle to know whether or not you’re doing it “right.” I’ve been a natural mother for 15 years and am still learning. I say “natural mother” because it is important for every woman to realize you are a mother even if you’ve never given birth, adopted, or fostered. Women have been innately granted an ability to nurture, to counsel, to extend grace and mercy. It’s important to the health of society that women embrace who we’re called to be, in spite of the voices screaming otherwise. The comparison trap is larger than life with the prevalence of social media and endless information at our fingertips. Former executives at Facebook can be heard in the YouTube video “You Won’t Believe What They Did” describing their work on social media sites and explaining how their primary intention was to create platforms that beckoned users to stay on their sites as long as possible. Social media is specifically designed to trigger feelings that lead to addiction. Our seeming realities are now linked to the phones in our hands while our true realities disintegrate into a pile of ashes, full of regrets, opportunities for meaningful relationships lost forever. This is where my focus lands at the end of every day, and this is an actual problem in need of a solution. We are created for relationships—with God and with others. Every commandment was reduced to one statement by Jesus, “Love God, love others.” How can we do either if we are not present in the present? A few years ago I watched the movie Transcendence. I’m a sci-fi lover, so
I enjoyed the film, which in my opinion was really a love story. The primary plot revolves around a character played by Johnny Depp who is dying from some incurable disease, so he wants to be uploaded into cyberspace where his consciousness can live forever. As you might imagine, this doesn’t end well, and ultimately in order for the world to gain control back from artificial intelligence, they are forced to destroy the Internet altogether. I cannot tell you how often I’ve wished for that scenario—to awake one day and find that the Internet is no more. I know it’s foolishness. We all depend upon the utility of the Internet, and my businesses are driven by social media marketing. Our modern society could not continue if we were suddenly and indefinitely unplugged. And yet I long for the simple days of Little House on the Prairie. Yes, life in so many respects was harder, but they were present. They lived in the moment, with meaningful human interaction and realities filled with tangible experiences. They built lives together. A few months back I read the book How to Break Up with Your Phone. I then downloaded an app called Quality Time to track my phone usage. I was shocked—I was using my phone for 5 to 6 hours on some days! It’s stealing my time, and worse yet, the precious little time I have with my children—who won’t be under my roof forever. While our lists of things to do grow longer and our desire to be “perfect mothers” never quite goes away, there’s a very real problem here—a problem many of us face every day—that we can actually solve. More than anything in the world, our children want us! They desire quality time with face-to-face interaction, not distracted answers while staring at our phones. Play a board game, fly a kite, have a picnic. Remember the simple life and do all you can to embrace the moment right in front of you. Let’s pray for one another to be present in the present. It’s truly the greatest gift we can give our children and those around us. Happy Mother’s Day to every woman everywhere! You are chosen. You are blessed. You are loved and have so much love to give!
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ONE OF THE MOST STRESSFUL PARTS OF SELLING YOUR HOUSE IS A FEELING OF HELPLESSNESS. BUT THERE ARE ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE TO ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE IN NEGOTIATING THE BEST SELLING PRICE POSSIBLE.
HIRE A PRO MOST HOUSES THAT ARE FOR SALE BY OWNER END UP LOSING MORE for their owner than they saved in real estate agent commission. Don’t go it alone. Do your homework and find a real estate agent who’s selling homes, selling them fast, and selling them for a good price. STEP BACK YOUR HOME IS A PLACE WHERE YOU’VE MADE COUNTLESS MEMORIES. But now is the time to stand back and look at each room as though through a stranger’s eyes. Try to see the spaces like you’re seeing them for the first time. If they appear cluttered or unattractive, make the changes you need to make so they give the visual impression that will attract a top-dollar buyer. EVALUATE IT’S EASY TO DO TOO MUCH. To avoid selecting the wrong things to improve or renovate before listing your home, take a moment to ask yourself if your project adds tangible value or a selling point to the home. Will your intended renovations be of
broad appeal? Stick to known, appreciated improvements and avoid getting too esoteric. Remember, you’re improving the house for the next owner, not for yourself. DECLUTTER YOUR HOME HAS ONE CHANCE TO MAKE A GOOD FIRST IMPRESSION. Put in some time making your rooms look clutterfree and organized. (That includes closets and cupboards where potential buyers often peek.) Remove items from your kitchen and bathroom counters. Clear shelves of knick-knacks. Leave nothing on the floors but floor coverings and furniture. Pack away your collectibles and leave only a few tasteful items to create a simplified and calm atmosphere. Stow toothbrushes, products, and implements out of sight. If you have so much furniture that your rooms appear crowded, get some of It out of there. CLEAN A CLEAN HOME CAN REALLY APPEAL TO BUYERS. Windows should be clean and clear inside and out.
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Put out a plate of cookies.
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Display fresh flowers.
Have spices simmering on the stove or bread baking in the oven.
If it’s a sunny day, open drapes and curtains to let the sunshine in.
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Make sure your home isn’t too hot or too cold.
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“Remaining thankful and prayerful throughout any transaction helps me ﬁnd the little things I can do to make any process smooth and enjoyable for my clients. I have been abundantly blessed with clients who recommend me and who call me for their next purchase and their next. It’s very rewarding to be able to help someone and to have them thank me by referring me to the people they love.”
Julie Short realizes it sounds cliché to claim she loves selling real estate because she loves helping people. But what can she say? It’s the truth. “I understand how stressful buying or selling a home can be,” she said. “It’s often the largest financial investment a family will make. As a realtor, I’m in a unique position to look for—and find—ways to reduce that stress and make my clients lives easier throughout the real estate process. Many of them are shocked to see that my team and I can even make buying or selling a home fun—really!” Julie didn’t originally set out to become a realtor. As the wife of a successful homebuilder, she thought it might be helpful for her to understand the real estate business. She was as surprised as anyone to realize she’d found her calling in helping families find and afford their dream home. “Over the years, I’ve developed a knack for viewing the issues that crop up, not as problems, but as a challenge, as I figure out a way to make the deal work, rather than getting frustrated and wanting to give up. It has helped me become more tenacious and persistent. And believe me, my job never gives me the chance to get bored.” In fact, Julie still gets excited about every deal. “It can be so easy to get flustered throughout the labyrinth that is realty,” Julie said. “But remaining thankful and prayerful throughout any transaction helps me find the little things I can do to make the process smoother and more enjoyable for my client. And I’ve been abundantly blessed with clients who recommend me and who call me for their next purchase—and their next. It’s very rewarding to be
taking and connected in the community and world of real estate to give you the best exposure and the best options.” There are misconceptions about realty Julie would like to clear up. “Some buyers still think it costs to have me represent them,” she said. “But I don’t charge a transaction fee or any other fees for my service as a buyer’s representative. Others think once a realtor gets a contract they just sit back and wait until closing… NOT. Marketing and selling a home is a lot more work than most people realize.”
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When not helping local families buy and sell homes, Julie serves as a city councilwoman in Mansfield. She’s also active at Living Church where she serves as a prayer partner, greeter, and elder. As a board member for the Mansfield Education Foundation Board, she helps raise funds and provide grants to teachers and students throughout the district. Last December, Julie realized a lifelong
able to help someone and to have them thank me by referring me to the people they love.” Working closely with her husband has helped Julie gain an insider’s knowledge of construction. “That experience can be very helpful for clients looking to buy a new home or for clients who may be interested in renovating an existing home,” she said. “I understand the questions to ask and the boxes to check, so we don’t overlook any details. I understand the process and know what should be happening and how it should look along the way. I also have a good idea of what change orders and add-ons should cost, so my client gets a reasonable price.” Julie says she’s also blessed with a team that embraces her philosophy of being committed, compassionate, and connected. “Committed to give you the best service,” Julie said, “compassionate for the often life-changing steps you’re
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REMEMBER THAT DEPRESSION IS NOT A CHOICE. Depression is not just a bad day or a bad mood. It’s sometimes feeling sad,
IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU. W hen your loved one needs space or becomes distant, it’s not time to take stock of your relationship or wonder what you did wrong. Don’t blame yourself or try to make sense of it.
TELLING THEM IT’LL GET BETTER DOESN’T HELP.
f you love someone who struggles with depression, you know it can be difficult to know when to reach out and when to give them space, and to understand what to say and what to leave unsaid. Here are some things to consider.
sometimes feeling empty, and sometimes feeling nothing at all. But it’s never a conscious decision.
In fact, it can come across as dismissive. Try instead just to be there and let them know you believe they’re stronger than what they’re going through. Ask what you might to do to help and what they think might make them feel better.
DON’T BE OFFENDED IF THEY PUSH YOU AWAY. People who suffer from depression often worry they’re a burden on other people. If they become distant, let them know
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You can also help your loved one with depression by:
HELPING THEM KEEP CLUTTER AT BAY
GETTING THEM OUTSIDE
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“IT’S OKAY TO SUGGEST PROFESSIONAL HELP. DEPRESSION AFFECTS ABOUT 17 MILLION ADULTS AND 3 MILLION ADOLESCENTS IN THE U.S. EACH YEAR. THE GOOD NEWS IS DEPRESSION IS TREATABLE! THE PASSION I HAVE IS WHY I SEE RESULTS TIME AND TIME AGAIN.” DR. REDD
you’re still there, but don’t try to force them to talk about what’s going on unless they want to.
early, or say “no” to activities altogether, remember it’s nothing you did. It’s just one of the side effects of living with depression.
IT’S OKAY TO GET FRUSTRATED. Your depressed loved one needs to feel loved and supported. But if their depression is having a negative impact on your life, step back and consider how you might help while also maintaining your own sense of happiness and fulfillment.
THEY DON’T ALWAYS WANT TO DO IT ALONE.
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There will be times when your depressed loved one wants their space, but that doesn’t mean they want to face their fears completely alone. Offer to spend time with them out—something they can look forward to. Ask if you can
They can look totally fine one moment and have no energy the next. If they cancel plans suddenly, leave events
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Colorful flags line the five streets that spoke off of the central plaza’s hub. The pedestrian-only street that heads to the beach is crowded with barefoot surfers, tourists on vacation, young backpackers who also seem to be on vacation (permanently?), and families with young children. Vendors line the streets selling handmade trinkets and souvenirs while the shops above the street sell surprisingly high quality artwork. Back at the hotel I expand my knowledge of local culture with The W’s culinary and
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beverage classes. Ceviche is a common staple of Latin American beach communities. It’s a fresh, tasty, healthy dish that I learn during my class is as easy to make as letting raw fish soak in lime juice for ten minutes, cutting up cilantro, tomatoes, onions and jalapeños, then mixing everything together. I had thought I knew everything there was to know about Mexican liquors, but during a mezcal class later that evening the instructor introduces me to my new favorite liquor—raicilla. “It is a cross between mezcal and tequila,” says Viridiana Garcia, who’s running the class. Raicilla is made from an agave plant like tequila and is roasted like mezcal. It’s smoother than tequila, but not as smoky as mezcal. A long w ith explaining the
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for the casserole:
salt, and oregano. Stir and cook
1 pound box of jumbo shell pasta
for 15 minutes until peppers are
2 tablespoons olive oil
soft. Move onions and peppers
1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 2-inch strips
to the open side, cooking until
1 green bell pepper, seeded and cut into 2-inch strips
browned and breaking up with a
1 large yellow onion, sliced
beef, peppers, and onions. Re-
3 cloves garlic, minced
move from heat.
2 teaspoons salt
When the mixture is cooled, stir
1 teaspoons dried oregano
in cheese and egg. Fill each shell
1 pound shaved beef
with the mixture and place in
1½ cups ricotta cheese
the baking dish. Repeat until all
for the sauce: ½ cup butter 1 pint heavy cream 4 ounces cream cheese
crank u p
1 teaspoons garlic powder
SOME CLASSICS RECIPES AND PHOTOS BY MEGHAN YAGER
Embrace classic flavors while changing a few ingredients to transform them into something new and improved! From surprising flavors like Sriracha to making your favorite brunch cocktail work as a drink and dessert, you’re about to enjoy a new twist on your favorite flavor combinations.
½ teaspoons dried oregano
spoon as needed. Stir together
shells are stuffed. Set aside. Melt butter for the sauce in a small saucepan
heat, then whisk in cream, cream cheese, garlic powder, oregano, salt, and pepper. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes over medium heat. Stir in Parmesan cheese, stir-
¼ teaspoons salt
ring until the cheese is melted.
¼ teaspoons black pepper
Pour the sauce over the shells
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
evenly. Cover the baking dish
with foil and bake for 25 min-
Preheat oven to 400˚F. Spray a 9” x 13” baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook the jumbo shells according to the package directions. Drain shells and rinse with cold water. Set aside. Add oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add peppers and onions. Cook for 5 minutes, then stir in garlic,
to one side of the pan. Add beef
utes. Remove foil and bake for another 15 minutes until the top is brown. Serve immediately. Spread ricotta in an even layer over the center of the puff pastry. Top with cooked leeks and garlic. Add roasted parsnips. Bake for an additional 7 to 10 minutes. Sprinkle with bacon, then slice and serve.
TIPS & TRICKS If you want a non-alcoholic option, top with lemon soda for a summery refresher that works for brunch, lunch, and even dessert!
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together on high until com-
2 cups fresh orange juice
pletely combined. Freeze mix-
Â˝ cup water
ture in an ice cream maker
2/3 cup honey
according to instructions. Add
Champagne or Prosecco
sorbet to an airtight container and freeze for at least 4 hours.
Scoop into champagne flutes.
Combine orange juice, water, and honey in a blender. Blend
For a boozy option, top sorbet with Champagne or Prosecco.
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DEVILED EGGS M A K E S : 1 2 H A LV E S | T I M E : 1 0 M I N U T E S
ingredients: 6 eggs, hard boiled and cut in half ¼ cup mayonnaise 1½ teaspoon Dijon mustard 2½ tsp Sriracha sauce, plus a bit for garnish 1 teaspoon lime juice 1 teaspoon freshly chopped cilantro, plus a bit for garnish ¼ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon black pepper
instructions: Gently remove the hard boiled yolks and place them in a medium bowl. Smash the yolks with the back of a fork until smooth. Stir in mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, Sriracha, lime juice, cilantro, salt, and pepper. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper to taste.
TIPS & TRICKS
Place the hard-boiled egg white halves
It’s easiest to get the shells off your eggs if you shock them in an ice water bath once they’re done boiling, and peel under running water.
Scoop approximately 1 to 1½ tablespoons
on a serving platter (rinse first, if messy). of the yolk filling into each of the egg halves. For a nicer presentation, pipe the filling into the halves with a piping bag. Garnish with Sriracha and chopped cilantro as desired. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.
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CREAMY COFFEE Try something new in the morning with butter coffee from Grass Fed Coffee, which uses organic, fair trade coffee extract, MCT oil, and sustainably-produce grass fed butter that’s high in healthy fats and perfect for keto diets. $15/3 PACK, GRASSFEDCOFFEE.COM MAKING MUSIC D O IN G IT AL L
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Our unending enthusiasm for televised competition continues with Songland, which focuses on giving talented undiscovered songwriters a chance to carefully craft a bonafide hit with America’s best producers. BEGINNING TUESDAY, MAY 28, AT 9 PM ON NBC MEET MEAT
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May is officially National Barbecue Month— though like many special holiday months, the origins are a bit fuzzy and the history inconsistently documented. Best to play it safe and fire up the grill anyway. ALL THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF MAY
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