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AN INSIDE LOOK AT
Eric and Leanora Eidson
A DYNAMIC COUPLE WITH A PASSION FOR MAKING A DIFFERENCE.
LONE STAR STORIES Our all-Texas edition is here
EXCESSIVELY EDIBLE Bringing home the tastes of the Fair
DEEP IN THE HEART Active adventures from Midland to Mineral Wells
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SEPTEMBER 2017 THE TEXAS ISSUE
ON THE COVER
18 I ATLAS VEIN CENTER IN THE SPOTLIGHT
22 I ACCENT PODIATRY
26 SURGICAL ASSOCIATES OF MANSFIELD
62 BONUS FEATURE
HOME IMPROVEMENT MOVEMENT
28 I At Risk: Health in Texas
70 I Your Fair Share
10 FROM THE PUBLISHER
12 14 16 20
SOCIAL CALENDAR BEST BETS TALK OF THE TOWN FRUIT OF THE VINE
Sunny Side Up 48
BEST IN BOOTS
HOMESTEAD 50 I
The New Art of Xeriscaping
THE TEXAS TOUCH TRENDING: FLOATING FURNITURE
FEATURES 24 I Fairly Complete
A visual tour of the Fair through the years
42 I Denim Days
Augment your autumn look
Rebecca Carol The Book Report
74 I Itâ€™s More than Just Football
High school gridiron in small-town Texas
62 I Tex-Active 66
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HEALTH IQ: VEIN CARE ON THE MIND: CALORIES
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September 2017 will be an exciting month for...
...our family, as our youngest son, Alex, and long-time girlfriend, Missie, will be getting married and our family will be growing. We’re excited to welcome a new daughter into the family. We’re so thankful and blessed. This month’s Living Magazine was especially fun to put together. Our annual Texas edition is crammed full of the things that make this state of ours like no other. As Author John Steinbeck wrote, “Texas isn’t just a state. It’s a state of mind.” We had fun attempting to capture that state of mind with everything from health concerns facing Texans to fun new styles in boots; from Texas-style home décor to killer state-fair-inspired recipes. We took a peek at the history of the State Fair of Texas and contemplated what football means when it’s Texas style. May you have as much fun reading it as we had writing it. Hope all our teachers, school administrators, and students are off to a good start. God bless you all. And remember what Proverbs 9:9 exhorts, “Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.”
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Hello from our Mayors…
MAYOR JEFF WILLIAMS
MAYOR RON JENSEN
MAYOR DAVID COOK
September is always an exciting time of year with school starting and all that comes with it. AISD and MISD have both held successful Back to School bashes to help prepare our students for the coming school year. Once again this year, local non -profits, businesses, and hundreds of volunteers jumped onboard to help provide backpacks, school supplies, dental services, haircuts, etc. assuring that each Arlington/Mansfield child begins the year ready to learn and succeed. It’s exciting and heartwarming to witness this “can do" spirit, helping our students and showing them that their education is a priority to all of us. As mayor, I want to continue to assist, support, and champion our outstanding public and private educational institutions, in any way I can. Our present and our future success is dependent upon the quality of education our children receive. I remain very proud of our educators and the entire community for joining forces to support education, so our students’ dreams can come true.
Here’s something most people do not think about ---- costly damage to fire trucks, school buses, garbage trucks and other high profile vehicles caused by low hanging branches and limbs.
When it comes to festivals and special events, Mansfield is second to none. Our city has received nationwide attention for our community events that draw thousands of residents and visitors to our city. So it’s no surprise that this fall Mansfield is introducing Music Alley, a new festival to Historic Downtown Mansfield centering on music and the arts. Set for Saturday, Sept. 9, Music Alley is a celebration with an eclectic variety of musical performers on four stages and culminating with a performance by the legendary vocal group The Drifters onstage at The LOT. The City and the newly-formed Mansfield Commission for the Arts are happy to bring this free, family-friendly event that showcases our city’s thriving arts community with live music, dance, theater and art exhibitions across Historic Downtown Mansfield. This is the first major event hosted by the Mansfield Commission for the Arts, who has been tasked with promoting, supporting, enhancing and expanding arts and culture opportunities in our city. Mansfield has a strong foundation in support of the arts and is home to a growing number of local artists and musicians. There are seven live music venues in Historic Downtown Mansfield, along with a series of murals that have been recognized in regional and national travel publications. The arts are alive in Mansfield and the Mansfield Commission for the Arts will put the spotlight on those creative ventures. This creative spirit is a significant part of our Historic Downtown Mansfield revitalization efforts. Not only will the arts enhance our efforts to make downtown a destination for visitors, it enriches the lives of our residents.
In fact, overhanging tree limbs can delay emergency vehicles when seconds can mean life and death. Be “tree-sponsible” and keep limbs trimmed 14 feet above ground to allow for safe passage. Visit gptx.org/CodeCompliance or call 972-237-8296 for more information. You can put bundles of tree limbs in six-foot lengths on the curb for regular garbage pick up. Or, the city picks up brush and limbs up to 10 inches in diameter once a month. Brush must be neatly piled (not scattered) at least 2 feet from utility poles, trees, gas and water meters, fire hydrants, fences, mailboxes, sprinkler heads, and any other obstacle that would prevent collection. Visit gptx.org/BrushPickup for info, pickup schedules or call 972-237-8525. Thank you for helping keep our first responders and school district equipment safe!
Ron Jensen Mayor, Grand Prairie
Mayor David L. Cook Mansfield
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SOCIAL CALENDAR SEPTEMBER 23 FABULOUS FAITH 5K & FUN RUN All proceeds and donations from the race are used to accomplish the mission of Fabulous Faith’s Foundation, which is to end suffering caused by pediatric cancer by funding childhood cancer research and facilities, and families affected by this disease. Katherine Rose Memorial Park, 303 N. Walnut Creek Dr. Visit fabulousfaithsfoundation.org for details. Mansfield
SEPTEMBER 28 TASTE OF GRAND PRAIRIE Hosted by Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce. Taste great food and a variety of drinks from over 70 exhibitors. A public silent auction, door prizes and much more. For more information visit tasteofgrandprairie.com. Grand Prairie
47TH ANNUAL FALL CRAFT FAIR
This is a free, all day event that brings the community together for environmental awareness. Bring the kids out to take a picture with EcoMan, play in a bounce house, face painting and much more. Demos for the adults and vendor booths. 10am-2pm. Founders Plaza, 100 W. Abram St. Arlington Parks and Recreation
MOBILE PET ADOPTION EVENT
To register visit coapar.siplay.com.
Adoptions will be at the Petsmart® in South Arlington, 203 E. I-20 (Arlington Highlands) 10:30am-3:30pm.
SEPTEMBER 2 TASTE OF ARLINGTON Enjoy specialty beverages, gourmet food stores, live music and raffles and of course lots of food! Benefitting Theatre Arlington. 2-7pm. 305 W. Main St. Visit tasteofarlington.info for details. Arlington
SEPTEMBER 9 LACROSSE CLINIC 10am-1pm for grades 3-8. Harold Patterson Sports Center. Equipment will be provided. Visit coapar.siplay.com/site. Arlington Parks and Recreation
SEPTEMBER 16 FAMILY DAY AT THE LAKE Take a boat ride, shoot a bull’s eye or kayaking, archery, fishing, food and more. $10/person; $25/family. Registration required. 9am-11am. Richard Simpson Park. Visit naturallyfun.org. Arlington Parks and Recreation
SEPTEMBER 22-OCTOBER 22 BUS STOP A charming and sentimental classic at Theatre Arlington. Visit theatrearlington.org for show times. 305 W. Main St. Arlington
Arlington Parks and Recreation
SEPTEMBER 9 AND 23
VOLLEYBALL REGISTRATION Arlington Parks and Recreation
Handmade crafts, specialty gifts, homemade foods and more! 9am-3pm. Eunice Activity Center, 1000 Eunice St. Visit naturallyfun. org/eunicecraftfair.
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MUSIC ALLEY MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL A one day music festival featuring four stages of bands, interactive art exhibits and more! 4pm-10pm. Downtown Historic Mansfield. Mansfield L I V I NGMAGAZ IN E . N E T
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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 7:30 PM LEVITT PAVILION
BATTLE OF THE SEXES EMMA STONE, STEVE CARELL
DIR. JONATHAN DAYTON AND VALERIE FARIS (LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE)
KANSAS Best known for their two gold single hits, “Carry On My Wayward Son” and “Dust in the Wind,” Kansas is celebrating more than 40 years as one of America’s most iconic classic rock bands. Kansas will perform in Arlington with special guest, Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, for the Levitt Pavilion’s annual benefit concert!
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 7:30 PM ARLINGTON MUSIC HALL
THE BLUES BROTHERS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 7:30 PM ARLINGTON MUSIC HALL
JOHNNY CASH TRIBUTE SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 8 PM LEVITT PAVILION
ALEX CUBA THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 7 PM LEVITT PAVILION
JOSH WEATHERS BAND FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 7:30 PM ARLINGTON MUSIC HALL
WHO’S BAD-MICHAEL JACKSON TRIBUTE SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 8 PM LEVITT PAVILION
THE RANKIN TWINS
Carell and Stone feature as ultra-chauvinist Bobby Riggs and outspoken feminist Billie Jean King in this based-on-a-true-story retelling of the famous 1973 tennis match that became one of the most-watched television events of all time, drawing over 50 million viewers in 37 countries. SEPTEMBER 8
KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE
BILL SKARSGÅRD, JAEDEN LIEBERHER DIR. ANDRÉS MUSCHIETTI (MAMA)
COLIN FIRTH, JULIANNE MOORE DIR. MATTHEW VAUGHN (LAYER CAKE, STARDUST)
The 1986 classic novel from literary master Stephen King becomes his second big-screen adaptation in two months, following last month’s The Dark Tower. Set in 1989, the nownostalgia-tinged story about a creepy clown terrorizing local youth may well find itself in good company tonally with work like Stand By Me and even Netflix’s recent Stranger Things.
The tongue-in-cheek action of director Vaughn’s 2014 The Secret Service is followed by The Golden Circle, which sees the very British Kingsman spy squad join its very American counterpart, Statesman, for a super-stylish adventure. Halle Berry, Channing Tatum, and Jeff Bridges join the ensemble cast.
BEN STILLER, JENNA FISCHER DIR. MIKE WHITE (YEAR OF THE DOG)
DIR. DOUG LIMAN (MR. & MRS. SMITH)
Following up his cult-hit screenplay writing for Freaks and Geeks, School of Rock, and Nacho Libre, writer/director White takes a look at our comparison-obsessed culture through the eyes of middle-aged Brad Sloan (Stiller), who accompanies his son on a college tour and wonders how he’s stacked up to some of his now-successful peers.
Cruise stars somewhat against type in this crime biopic based on the life of Barry Seal, a former pilot for TWA who became a drug smuggler and was ultimately recruited to serve as an intelligence agent for the CIA amidst the growing communist threat from Central America and the eventual Iran-Contra scandal.
SEPTEMBER 19 EDITOR’S PICK
THALIA: A TEXAS TRILOGY LARRY MCMURTRY
Texas-born author Larry McMurtry’s foundational Thalia trilogy, comprised of classic Texas novels Horseman Pass By, Leaving Cheyenne, and The Last Picture Show, is set to introduce (or reintroduce) readers to his writing this month. The works, all set in the fictional Texas town of Thalia, are collected in this compendium for the first time.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 8 PM VERIZON THEATRE AT GRAND PRAIRIE
SMOKEY ROBINSON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 8 PM VERIZON THEATRE AT GRAND PRAIRIE
HALF BAKED HARVEST: RECIPES FROM MY BARN IN THE MOUNTAINS
ANXIOUS FOR NOTHING: FINDING CALM IN A CHAOTIC WORLD
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While we check the accuracy of event information prior to press, details can change. Please check with the venue before hitting the road! KISS live at Allphones Arena, 2013, photo by KissBoy25/Wikimedia.org: CC BY-SA 4.0. Still from the trailer for Battle of the Sexes (2017), Fox Searchlight Pictures. Book cover from Thalia: A Texas Trilogy by Larry McMurtry (2017), Liveright. All imagery is presented for non-commercial illustrative purposes.
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A high school teacher recently posted on Facebook how she wished that parents would donate supplies to HS teachers like they do elementary teachers. As most of us know, many teachers spend their own money to supplement school supplies for students. Thankfully, some parents have been kind enough to donate extra items to help, but that usually tapers off after junior high. United Dermatology Associates decided to chip in and donate several large boxes of supplies to area high schools! Pictured is a group of teachers from Timberview High School along with UDA’s marketing director.
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Eric and Leanora Eidson A DYNAMIC COUPLE WITH A PASSION FOR MAKING A DIFFERENCE. BY MIMI GREENWOOD KNIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY BY LAUREN MARIE
iving Magazine recently had the chance to chat to Dr. Thomas E. Eidson, DO and his wife, Leanora. What a breath of fresh air! This dynamic young couple do something many would dread. They share a home, as husband and wife, and share a medical practice as coworkers. Dr. Eidson explained, “We complement each other so well in our marriage that we thought we could bring that together in our business.” Through passion for their chosen field and an abiding faith, they’ve seen Atlas Vein Care thrive and have touched the lives of many happy patients.
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Dr. Eidson first became interested in vein care during his residency. “I kept seeing patients with unexplained issues in their legs such as recurring infections, unexplained pain, skin and tissue changes, swelling, and even wounds,” he said. “No one seemed to know why. But one day I worked with an interventional radiologist
from the Mayo Clinic who showed me that these people were suffering from a treatable condition called venous insufficiency.” He started shadowing the doctor, on his own time, after he’d completed his duties at the hospital. “I realized that patients with these problems were frequently misdiagnosed and mistreated,” Dr. Eidson said. “Doctors and nurses are taught very
little about this treatable vein condition that causes so much trouble. I decided to dedicate my practice to this, becoming double board certified in vein disease, diagnosis and treatment. My greatest joy is helping a patient understand their problems are not in their head, that they have a very treatable condition, and that once treated, we can greatly improve their quality of life.”
HELP FOR VEIN PROBLEMS Here’s the good news. Venous insufficiency is a very common medical condition that’s easily treatable and is covered by most insurance companies, including Medicare and TriCare. “Men and women are suffering needlessly,
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sometimes for decades, from a medical vein problem that can be easily diagnosed and treated,” Dr. Eidson said. “It’s our mission to provide hope and healing to those suffering with vein problems from the purely cosmetic, to the medically significant.” It’s important to Dr. Eidson that every Atlas Vein Care patient is evaluated and treated by a doctor. Here’s why. “Medical training and education about vein problems is very limited,” Dr. Eidson said. “It’s not taught much, if at all, in medical school or residency. Therefore, to some doctors, recognizing vein problems by the different symptoms that manifest in a patient’s body can be difficult. The evaluation and treatment of vein disease is our laser focus, day-in and day-out. It’s what we do. We’re focused on recognizing and treating vein problems and I have thousands of happy patients now living pain-free because of it.”
problems in the legs. Most people have symptoms such as leg/ankle swelling, restless legs, night cramps, pain in their legs, heavy feeling legs feel, skin darkening/texture changes, or even open sores or wounds on their legs. Any one of these symptoms can be caused by medically significant vein problems that are easily diagnosed and treated.”
MEET DR. EIDSON AND LEANORA
IT’S MORE THAN VARICOSE VEINS
Thomas Eidson is Arlington born and bred and proud of it! A lover of music and musical theatre, Dr. Eidson has played the viola since fifth grade. He also enjoys hunting, fishing, reading, working out, and Bible study. Since college, he’s volunteered with Special Olympics. He’s active in his home church where he teaches children’s meeting and helps with Bible camp. Passionate about his chosen field, Dr. Eidson mentors students interested in the medical field, serves as a site for student medical rotations, and speaks at local and statewide medical conferences on vein-related issues.
“Patients often don’t understand why they need to see a vein specialist when don’t have varicose veins,” Dr. Eidson said. “Varicose veins are only one of many possible symptoms related to vein
Dr. Eidson and Leanora have dog and cat “fur babies” but hope to expand their family someday. They had this to share. “We’ve been trying to have a child, for over seven years. Five years
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ago, we both underwent painful fertility testing and realized that Leanora suffers from PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) a common and treatable condition. We began fertility treatments thinking we’d soon be holding our new baby. Leanora made baby blankets and burp cloths and we began picking out baby names. More treatments. More drugs. More Loss. More hope. Time passed and we started focusing on some of other dreams. Business dreams. This has been a long hard struggle for us, however, our story is not over.” Leanora and I deeply believe in the verse, ‘Ask and it will be given to you. Seek and ye shall find, Knock and the door will be open to you. For everyone who asks receives, the one who seeks finds, and the one who knocks, the door will be opened.’ Matthew 7:7-8”, Dr. Eidson said. “We’ve been through alot together and owning and operating our business has brought us even closer.” Atlas Vein Care 2701 Matlock Road, Suite 103, Arlington, TX 76015 817-795-8346 atlasvein.com
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WHEN WE SEEK TO KNOW GOD, RATHER THAN UNDERSTAND HIM, WE WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED BY LISA JENKINS-MOORE
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ost of you who read Fruit of the Vine each month consider yourself Believers/Christfollowers/Christians. Your heart is to follow truth and live according to Biblical principles, yet even in doing so, a nagging emptiness often exists. All of us, at one point or another, have been so caught up in the “doing” of Christianity, we’ve neglected the “knowing.” We give our time, our money, and our emotional energy to faith-based works, all the while neglecting the foundation of it all—our relationship with Christ. Countless Believers have poured themselves into their “calling” only to lose themselves (and their connection with Christ) along the way. Others are at church every time the door opens, volunteering at every opportunity, running head long into “burn-out.” We were created with a “God-shaped hole” only He can fill. We mistakenly look to fill that space with other things—sometimes worldly things such as sex, drugs, alcohol, and others. After we come to Christ, we try to fill it with good works, and once again, we come up short. Obviously, we know faith without works is dead. We know God calls us to serve Him and one another, and we know He expects us to live what we believe. Nevertheless, our good intentions often lead us into performing and striving, driving a wedge between us and the intimacy Father God desires with each of His children. At times, I wonder if our being busy isn’t a tool we employ to avoid a close relationship with a God we often don’t understand. As one who values intellect, education, and a growing mind, my faith has struggled with seeming contradictions or actions that fail to align with my finite logic of how God should operate. In these times, God reminds me that He is infinite. I am incapable of ever understanding Him completely, and what I do understand, I understand only because He has illuminated my mind, opened my heart, and allowed the revelation. For the most part, God desires faith. In fact, it’s impossible to please Him without it. Faith requires an incomplete understanding, for when we know the next step, faith becomes obsolete. While we will never understand God completely, many of us have attributed actions to His character which are simply unbiblical. In her book, Misunderstood: A Refreshing Guide to Dumping Religion for Good and Diving Deep into a Personal Discovery of a God Who Changes Everything (Amazon, 2017), Andrea Joy Moede takes her readers on a weekly journey of exploring who God says He is.
or even well-meaning religion. Bill Johnson says it best: ‘If earthly fathers were ever accused of teaching lessons in the way that God is we would all be convicted of child abuse!’” Andrea’s book is designed in a very user-friendly format, perfect for personal or group study. Weekly topics include the following ten concepts regarding who God is: • Eternal & Unchanging • All-powerful, All-knowing & All-present • Sovereign & Just • Loving • Good & Faithful • Holy & Beautiful • Merciful & Gracious • Peaceful & Joyful • Jealous & Patient • Personal Andrea is passionate about her message. She writes, “We are consumed with comparisons and let the misunderstandings of others cloud our own opinion of God. I’m ready for more people to stop looking at God through the lens of this broken world. Instead, it’s time for us to get back to what He actually says about Himself and ignore the little whispers that say otherwise. God is so deserving of fully committed believers who really see the brilliance of His nature and refuse to listen to any more of the slander that has been aimed at our hearts for so long.” Andrea is absolutely right. Man’s opinions of God are not what matters. We will not be held accountable for what others think, only what we have chosen to believe. Our belief must be grounded in the truth of God’s Word, our inspired, infallible, unchangeable source of truth. As we seek to find Him, He’ll be found. As we seek to know Him, He will make Himself known. When we seek to know God, rather than understand Him, we will not be disappointed.
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Andrea’s book is a product of a hurtful time in her family involving great misunderstanding. As she walked through the pain, she was reminded of how God is daily misunderstood by the creation He loves so dearly—His children. She says, “I wanted to take a fresh look at God’s character to challenge the ill-informed impressions we’ve all received of Him, whether through life circumstances S E PT E M B E R 2 017
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he human foot is an amazing contraption. Together with its ankle, each foot contains 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments. In fact, one quarter of the bones found in our bodies are in our feet and ankles. With them, we take on average 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day, logging up to 115,000 miles in a lifetime. (That’s more than four times around the world.) It’s no wonder almost 17% of Americans will experience foot or ankle problems at some time in their lives. If you do, it’s important to have experienced podiatrists in your corner.
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MEET THE ACCENT PODIATRY ASSOCIATES TEAM Dharmesh Bhakta, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S. Dr. Dan Bhakta has a passion for taking care of people. “They just happen to be people with foot and ankle issues,” he said. “I get special joy and happiness from resolving patients’ pain; resolving concerns and deformity. There’s a real sense of accomplishment that comes from helping people get back on their feet.” As perhaps the busiest surgical podiatrist in DFW, Dr. Bhakta never wants to forget that surgical skill needs to go hand-in-hand with a caring bedside manner. “I believe in treating all people with kindness and respect,” he said. In his spare time, Dr. Bhakta enjoys time with friends and family and volunteering at his Hindu temple, as well as at health fairs and charity tournaments.
Keyvan Ganz, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S. Dr. Keyvan Ganz knew he wanted to be a surgeon, since childhood. “The intricacies of the human body are fascinating. And the idea that a doctor can restore health and functionality; ﬁxing problems with a hands-on approach within the body is amazing,” he said. “Restoring a patient’s ability to walk, run, and compete in their sport after injury is very satisfying.” Patient education comes ﬁrst for Dr. Ganz. “The patient is ultimately the one responsible for their own health,” he said. “They deserve to understand what’s happening and how to best care for themselves. If I take the time to patiently explain their condition and treatment to them, it can make all the difference in their recovery.” When not on the job, Dr. Ganz enjoys working out, hiking, playing tennis, playing the guitar, cheering for his beloved Cowboys and Broncos, and spending every minute he can with his wife and four-year-old son. He’s involved in his synagogue and volunteers at health fairs and caring for pro-bono patients.
Shae Paschal, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S. It was a traumatic foot injury that ﬁrst stirred up an interest in medicine, for Dr. Shae Paschal, and led him to abandon his masters in education to become a podiatrist. “I really like helping people and seeing the relief on their faces, when they’re improving and healing. It’s very satisfying.” Dr. Paschal takes a down-home, relaxed approach to treating his patients, slowing down and affording them time to speak. “My patients’ time is just as important as mine is,” he said. “My goal is to treat each patient like friends and family.” In his spare time, Dr. Paschal enjoying cars, sports, traveling, golf, and the gun range and spending time with his wife, family, and dog.
Jinal Mehta, D.P.M. Dr. Jinal Mehta ﬁrst felt the tug toward medicine after witnessing the vulnerability of life, following an earthquake in her home country of India. “Growing up I watched my grandmother suffer from immobility due to multiple foot problems,” she said. “I often wonder what difference I could have made in her care.” Dr. Mehta takes seriously her role as educator. “Neglected foot and ankle issues can result in long-term pathology,” she said. “I try to educate my fellow healthcare providers, patients, and the community about the health beneﬁts of podiatry.” “Medicine demands more than a simple desire to help others,” Dr. Mehta said. “It’s also about gaining the patient’s trust and treating them with the respect they deserve.” When not on the job, Dr. Mehta enjoys reading, designing, and spending time with her husband and family. She hopes to be able to return to medical mission trips soon.
Steve Silvey, LPT, CWC Physical Therapist Steve Silvey feels blessed to be able to combine two of his passions: helping others and an interest in the human body. “My main interests are neuroanatomy/ physiology; restoring normal movement and allowing people to return to sports, work, and recreation,” he said. Steve places an emphasis on educating patients about their condition and treatment and teaching them how to avoid injury in the future. In his free time, he enjoys exercise, hiking, hunting, ﬁshing, and spending time with his family. He’s a youth leader at his church where he also volunteers working with kindergarten through sixth graders.
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here was a time when undergoing surgery meant a long, painful recovery, not to mention blood loss, risk of infection and trauma to surrounding tissue and organs. But with ever advancing robotic surgery options, even the most intricate procedures today can be performed through robotically-assisted and minimally-invasive surgery with significantly less pain, shorter recovery time, less blood loss, less trauma to the body, and far less risk of infection—and with far more precision and control. The doctors of Surgical Associates of Mansfield have pioneered robotically-assisted surgery in the Arlington/ Mansfield area with the cutting-edge daVinci Surgical System. This next-generation technology offers surgeons
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same direct eye-hand instrument alignment found in open surgery but operating through an incision as small as two centimeters. “Robotic surgery allows us to see and perform complex maneuvers with much less trauma to the body,” Dr. Alexander explained. “This offers our patients less pain, less bleeding, and less down time after surgery.” The da Vinci Surgical System is a sophisticated platform designed to expand traditional surgical capabilities, offering these and other benefits: • • • • • •
A more delicate approach to procedures Less movement and handling of body tissues Smaller incisions and potentially less pain and blood loss Significantly decreased complications and scarring Typically shorter recovery periods and hospital stays Potential for better clinical outcomes
Here’s how it works. Seated comfortably at the da Vinci console, Surgical Associates of Mansfield doctors view a magnified, high-definition image of the surgical site. The da Vinci responds to the doctor’s hand and finger movements in real time, translating them into precise micro-movements of the instruments. “We’ve been performing minimally invasive, or laparoscopic surgery for some time,” Dr. Parcells said. “Robotic surgery represents the next stage of growth and innovation. It allows us to do operations we were already performing laparoscopically, only better.” With gallbladders, for instance, instead of four incisions, only one is required. There’s also a significant decrease in post-operative pain with hernia repairs, and shorter hospitalizations with colon surgery. “When we perform colon surgery using the robot, we have the ability to check perfusion of the bowel in real time,” Dr. Parcells said.” This may not seem like a big deal, but adequate blood flow is key to minimizing complications and healing.” “Our vision at Surgical Associates of Mansfield is to provide consistent quality care to our patients; to return to the golden days of medicine, when you could trust your doctor to look out for you and fight for you, without worrying about shutting the doors because of the economic realities,” Dr. Alexander said.
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ume tertiary care centers at the Texas Medical Center, including Memorial Hermann Hospital and MD Anderson Cancer Center. His clinical experiences at MD Anderson led him to specialize in colon and rectal surgery. He completed his colon and rectal fellowship training at the Baylor University Medical Center and obtained his board certification in general surgery from the American Board of Surgery. Throughout his surgery training in Houston and Dallas, Dr. Winston Chan was exposed to advanced medical technology, which he has incorporated into his practice. His surgical interests include colon and rectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, benign colon and rectal disease, anorectal pathology, and use of minimally invasive surgery to improve surgical outcomes and patient satisfaction, including robotic surgery and incisionless transanal surgery. Dr. Chan met his wife in medical school, a fellow MD specializing in physical medical and rehabilitation. They have two children. The Chans enjoy living and raised their kids in Texas. In their spare time, they cycle and swim together. (682) 518-8619 2975 E. Broad Street #200 Mansfield, TX 76063 MansfieldSurgery.com
Drive around any large to fair-sized city in Texas, and it appears there’s a new 24/7 gym popping up on virtually every corner. And no matter the time of day or the temperature, you can usually find runners, bikers, and walkers out on our streets and trails. All of that, of course, is good! But don’t let the outward appearances fool you. By most metrics, Texas is not a particularly healthy state. In a recent ranking of healthiest states, the United Health Foundation ranked Texas in the bottom half, 34th among its sister states. The many different ways to approach the topic make a discussion of health issues difficult. You could examine men’s health or women’s health, or health issues among certain racial groups, the elderly, or children. Any one of these health topics is worth an examination in itself, but to reduce the complications, we’ll cut across gender, ethnic and age lines and concentrate on the health issues generally considered the most serious by the Texas Medical Association and other medical authorities.
Standing at the top of the TMA’s list of Texas health issues is tobacco. Since the surgeon general’s first report on the health hazards of smoking, over 20 million Americans have died prematurely from the effects of tobacco. Today the annual death rate from smoking in the United States is about 500,000 a year, and it’s not just smokers who are affected. People exposed to second-hand smoke have a 30 percent increased chance of heart disease and cancer. In the face of this ongoing health threat, many Texas organizations have ramped up their anti-smoking
campaigns. A number of Texas cities have passed ordinances that essentially ban designated smoking area in public workplaces, restaurants, and bars. Smokers can still smoke, but to protect workers and other patrons, they must go outside to light up. Still, according to statistics compiled by the Centers for Disease Control in 2009-10, 50 percent of adult Texans were exposed to second-hand smoke, ranking Texas 39th among the states.
For the smokers, contrary to what some think, it’s never too late to quit, and doing so has almost immediate benefits. Your circulation will improve and your lungs will work better. And ten years after kicking the habit, your chances of getting lung cancer will be half of what they are now. Ranking second on the TMA’s list of health issues confronting Texans is obesity. For adults, obesity is generally defined as having a Body Mass Index (BMI) higher than 30, while for children it’s defined as having a BMI higher than the 95th percentile for children of the same age and gender. Due to a combination of circumstances including a lack of exercise and poor eating habits, among others, more than two out of three Texas adults are overweight or obese, along with one in three children ages 10-17. The National Health Foundation ranks Texas in 40th place among the states because of its extremely high obesity rate. The costs of this health problem are tremendous, and are not limited just to those who are overweight or obese. According to TMA statistics, obesity costs Texas L I V I NGMAGAZ IN E . N E T
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According to the TMA, immunization against disease is an ongoing health issue in the state. For example, according to the TMA’s most recent statistics, 59 percent of adults did not get a flu shot during the past year, and while 70 percent of infants between 19 and 35 months received the immunization recommended by the medical community, Texas still ranks 48th in childhood immunization. A complicating situation is the controversy swirling around potentially negative effects of immunization shots, a question that led the Texas legislature to pass legislation allowing parents or legal guardians of children to decline vaccinations. Any examination of Texas health issues must note the effects of asthma and allergies. According to specialists at the Texas Allergy Center in Dallas, 80 percent of those suffering from asthma have underlying allergies, and many Texans suffer an almost constant barrage of irritants, cedar in the winter, tree pollens in the spring, and ragweed in the fall, complicated by a high mold count triggered by warm temperatures and high humidity. Unfortunately for asthma and allergy suffers, it’s expected that allergies will double and possibly triple during the next 20 years because of declining environmental conditions. Finally, there is the inescapable Texas sun and its potentially harmful rays. While many consider a nice tan to be a fashion statement and even a sign of vigor and good health, in reality, tanned skin is damaged skin. Nationally, cases of basil cell and squamous cell carcinoma are skyrocketing, especially among women, and recent studies indicate that one in three Texans has some form of skin cancer. If caught early, most forms of skin cancer can be treated successfully. One of the keys is self-examination, looking for anything that looks suspicious, using what dermatologists call the ABCDE rule for cancer determination: asymmetry, borders, color, diameter, and elevation. If you note anything suspicious, see your dermatologist immediately. Rain or shine, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends using a sunscreen with a Sun Protective Factor (SPF) of 30 or higher. There is some good news to come of this discussion of Texas health issues, and that’s that none of them are foregone conclusions! With a bit of awareness and the application of some common sense and discipline, many of these health risks can be minimized and possibly even eliminated. David Buice is a freelance writer based in Irving and can be reached at email@example.com. L I V I NGMAGAZ IN E . N E T
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news is that diagnosis and treatment is far easier than it was in the past, major surgery is almost never necessary, and medically significant vein issues are often covered by insurance. Once diagnosed, you might be asked to wear compression stockings to improve blood flow, and to start walking, cycling, doing yoga, and stretching. Thomas E. Eidson, DO, a vein specialist in Arlington, Texas, reminds patients that most insurance companies require trying compression socks for relief before further treatment is allowed. They may assist with the symptoms, but will not fix the underlying problem. Rimas Gilvydis, MD, a board certified
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How many calories should I be eating each day? BY MIMI GREENWOOD KNIGHT
Calories are simply a tool of measurement. Like a cup or an inch or the number of miles in your daily commute, calories measure the energy a food or beverage provides from the carbs, fat, protein, and alcohol it contains. Calories provide us with fuel to work and think and play– even to rest and sleep. Unfortunately, they can also give us love handles and muffin tops. Though that standard “2,000 calorie diet” is well known, the number of daily calories our bodies require depends on a variety of factors, including genetics, gender, age, weight, body composition, and activity level. As unfair was it may seem, women may need to push away from the table before men. The USDA provides a list of recommended daily calories for men, women, and children of all ages and activity levels. • Women, 19–51 years old: 1,800–2,400 • Men, 19–51 years old: 2,200–3,000 • Children and adolescents, 2–18 years old: 1,000–3,200 People who lead more active lifestyles or those who want to gain weight will need to consume a bit more. The National Institute of Health (NHLBI.NIH.gov/health) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA.gov) both offer more precise guidelines further broken down into age groups and activity levels. But it’s also important to get the right mix of calories. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NationalAcademies.org) recommends that, for adults, 45 to 65 percent of our calories should come from
BEWARE OF ‘HEALTHY’ FOODS WITH HIDDEN CALORIES. Smoothies Commercial chains often add syrups or refined sugars to natural sugars, include full-fat yogurt, even chocolates, resulting in 1,000-calorie smoothies (more than a fast-food burger). Trail mix Store-bought versions often contain sugar-coated pieces, yogurt-covered raisins, and deep-fried banana chips crammed with trans-fats and refined carbs. Energy bars Processed with high fructose corn syrup, added sugar, and saturated fats, they can contain 350 calories or more (as many as a regular candy bar). Bran muffins Many commercially-sold bran muffins include about 800 calories in sugars, fats, butter, and dried fruits (more than a cake doughnut). Frozen yogurt It may have less saturated fat than an ice cream but be packed with added sugars and high-fructose corn syrup. Granola A bowl of store-bought granola with milk could easily hit 600 calories. Salads Creamy dressings, meats, and croutons can pile on the transfats and sugars.
The average food label bases the percentages of daily requirements on a 2,000-calorie adult diet. New FDA guidelines prompted by the American Healthcare Act (ACA) require fast food chains, vending machine companies, and other restaurants with more than 20 locations to list the number of calories in each of their menu items.
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Brighten, smooth, and soothe summer-sun damaged skin BY AUDREY ASHE
Not to knock our big star in the sky—it has helped the Earth thrive for billions of years—but sometimes those golden rays can do just as much harm as good. They can wreak havoc on your skin down to a cellular level, leading to skin cancer and premature aging, including wrinkles, uneven skin tone and texture, and dark spots (hyperpigmentation). Now that the dog days of summer are past, give your skin some much-needed TLC and help alleviate any trouble spots that may have popped up during all that fun in the sun. OVER THE COUNTER TOPICAL PRODUCTS
It seems like products that target sun or “age” spots and wrinkles are popping up as fast as you can say “sun damage.” OTC products tend to take longer to reveal results than medical-grade products or treatments, so it’s important to apply as directed and be patient—don’t give up too soon! And remember, it’s always advisable to check with your doctor or dermatologist before you begin using a new skincare product. You’ve probably heard of retinol, a big name in the world of skin rejuvenation. Retinoids refer to prescription-strength ingredients. Retinol, a form of vitamin A, is known to decrease the appearance of sun damage and promote fresh, radiant skin by stimulating the cell turnover rate. Everyone’s skin reacts differently to retinol, so give your skin some time to adjust to a new retinol product. Start by applying every two days or so, then gradually increase to the recommended application as your skin feels comfortable.
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AESTHETICS Consider using Prana Reverse A, which contains .08% retinol serum, and nourishes with vitamins B5 and E, gotu kola, and grape seed extract while stimulating skin regeneration through micro-exfoliation. By rebuilding and restoring your skin’s natural foundation, Prana Reverse A improves skin clarity, texture, and tone. Although hydroquinone is a powerhouse when it comes to fading dark spots, it can be harsh. Kojic acid—a gentler alternative—is a trending skin brightening ingredient that is especially popular in Japanese and Korean skincare products. Despite the “acid” moniker, kojic acid—a natural substance made from mushrooms—is generally safe to use. It goes deep into the dermis to repair and help prevent discoloration and hyperpigmentation. Check out BioRadiance Botanical Cellular Brightening Treatment by Skin QR Organics, a hydrating and evening cream that brings out natural radiance with the help of kojic acid. Or try SkinCeuticals Phyto+, a soothing gel that combines botanical extracts with arbutin and kojic acid to improve the appearance of dark spots and promote an overall brighter, more even and radiant complexion. MEDICAL AESTHETIC TREATMENTS
An appointment at a trusted medspa, dermatologist or plastic surgeon who offers aesthetic services may be the quickest way to reverse sun damage.
IPL (intense pulsed light), also known as photorejuvenation, is a proven, time-tested way to rejuvenate skin and fade dark spots. Non-invasive and nonsurgical, IPL works by damaging the melanin pigment (the brown pigment in freckles and age spots) which is then absorbed by the body, making those pesky spots less visible. Chemical peels and laser resurfacing are also great ways to refresh your skin. The top layer of skin is removed— addressing the worst of age spots, wrinkles, acne, and scars—then your skin regenerates. Ask your aesthetician what to expect for downtime and recovery, which can vary. YOUR BEST DEFENSE— STOP SUN DAMAGE ITS TRACKS
While treatments are helpful, why not avoid sun damage in the first place? Think of sunscreen as the skin’s best armor in the battle against sun damage. Wear broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more every day on all exposed skin—face, neck, ears, arms, hands, décolletage, anywhere that’s not covered! Don’t let overcast or winter days fool you. Just because the sun isn’t beating down or the thermometer isn’t pushing 90+ degrees doesn’t mean harmful UVA and UVB rays aren’t doing their dirty work on your skin.
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Y OU R BRIEF FA LL PR I ME R Autumn is here and that certainly means one thing—it’s time for boots. This year offers a gamut of timeless styles and edgy trends. We’ll help you find the quality, fit, and fashion statement that’s right for you. SOLE SEARCHING
A good pair of boots is an investment that will pay off for years to come. Opt for full-grain leather and a well-attached sole. “You can identify good quality boots by looking at how the sole of the shoe is connected to the rest of the boot,” said Sarah Kinsumba, a fashion stylist based out of Los Angeles and Paris. “Lower quality boots use a glued sole. Yes, they’re less expensive, but their lifespan won’t be long and it will be impossible to replace the sole when it gets worn down.” IF THE BOOT FITS
Shop for boots in the afternoon when your feet are already swollen from the day. Bring socks that are as thick as
those you will wear with your boots. Inside the boot, your foot should feel supported yet snug. Don’t buy boots that are too tight, hoping they will stretch. Leather will soften but not expand enough to keep your tootsies from getting sore. If you’re not sure, ask a boot specialist to size you. ALL ABOUT THE ANKLE
They’re comfortable and versatile enough to go with most outfits. Perhaps that’s why ankle boots are all the rage this year. Designers are presenting a bevy of choices from metallic or glittery lace-ups to vintage-style mod kicks in all shades of red. Watch out for the explosive white and nude shoe trend. No matter which pair—or pairs—of ankle boots you get, they can be your go-to shoe this season. Slip them on with ripped jeans for a cool, casual look. Wear with a flirty dress for a fresh take on the day. Or pair with your favorite shorts to spice up your evening look.
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U.S. shoe sales for men will soon surpass those for women, according to market research company NPD Group. So, what are men buying and wearing this season? Look for the Chelsea, a man’s ankle boot made popular by the Beatles. The slim design now comes in a variety of colors. A shoe this sleek works well with nearly any ensemble, from collared shirts and tailored slacks to jeans and a trendy T-shirt. COWBOY CHIC
Texas style triumphs again. Cowboy boots are all over the runways with Louis Vuitton, Stella McCartney, Calvin Klein and other big-name fashion houses offering bold takes on the tried-and-true staple. You don’t have to rope and ride to wrangle a pair of cowboy boots this season. New looks include steel-toes, patchwork patterns, and tints of lavender or white. L I V I NGMAGAZ IN E . N E T
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CLIMATE-COORDINATED, MINOR MAINTENANCE If images of wide expanses of weedy, white gravel and withered grasses come to mind when you think of xeriscaping, it’s time to open your thinking to a new wave of Texas landscape architecture. Xeriscaping doesn’t have to be dated, old, or out of style. It can provide natural beauty that is harmonious with the climate in fresh and new ways, while saving water, encouraging a native habitat, and providing a pleasing respite in your garden. By mindfully choosing your plants, using the latest architectural elements, and selecting ground covers that work best in the Texas heat, you can find peace with your garden or yard rather than fighting it through the long Texas summers, all while staying fresh. Here are some easy ways to create a xeriscaped yard and garden, from the soil to the bloom. START WITH SOIL
By definition, xeriscaping is a form of gardening that finds ways to work with the natural landscape of your yard rather than in opposition to it. By stepping away from water-soaked lawns and toward
the low-maintenance beauty of a more natural, environmentally friendly habitat, you can create not only a beautiful space surrounding your home, but you can also take steps toward helping the planet. When you choose a garden that requires little or no irrigation, you can find ways to blend with your surroundings rather than to fight it. Your soil should be a balanced pH so that drought resistant plantings that require little water can flourish. Most cacti and succulents thrive in a pH6 soil, which means that the soil is slightly acidic. This doesn’t mean that a xeriscaped garden is only succulents; in fact, many blooming plants, herbs, and vegetables can thrive without a lot of water. The key is to treat your soil with care so that the plants you choose succeed. Talk to your local garden center about a testing kit for your soil, and then take the necessary steps to bring your soil quality to the standards you need for successful planting. FIND YOUR PATH
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THRIVING HERBS An herb garden is the perfect addition to a xeriscaped yard concept. Partition a labeled herb garden so that the entire family can benefit from your land. Rosemary is a fragrant thriver in the Texas heat, and a variety of sages are beautiful bloomers and also go great with marinara and Italian meals. Always have mint on hand for that perfect glass of iced tea, and don’t forget dill and oregano for dips and sauces. All of these herbs succeed in low water areas and with partial sun.
pavers. Decomposed granite makes a beautiful, functional pathway and can be edged by pavers or rock borders. It’s a big job to lay the foundations for strong garden paths and partitions, but it’s worth it, especially when you’re tackling one section of your yard at a time. Brick pavers, smooth river rocks, and decomposed granite can make an interesting combination of textures and surfaces for your spaces, and are also great ways to highlight water features and to incorporate outdoor lighting for your paths. Contractors specializing in landscape architecture are experts in suggesting the best materials for your needs, so don’t hesitate to get an estimate for the vision you want to create for your spaces. Mulch is necessary for retaining soil moisture, regulating soil temperature, keeping weeds at bay, and preventing soil erosion. Beyond that, mulch can add splashes of color and beauty around your plantings, trees, and shrubbery. By incorporating rock and mulch together, you can create an aesthetic that’s both pleasing and functional, all while adhering to a xeriscaped concept. CHOOSE YOUR BLOOMS
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and soft purple liriope are frequently seen in Texas because they succeed despite unpredictable summers. Sedums, verbenas, and varieties of feather grasses also work well to frame paths and to splash guaranteed color and greenery, all while using very little water. CHOOSE A WATER FEATURE
Your low-water garden space means that irrigation isn’t a big part of your landscaping plan. It doesn’t mean that your yard must be a desert. Creating a water feature can provide sound, movement, and a pleasing focal point for your yard. It can also attract natural wildlife and birds to your outdoor space. Water features that recycle the flow of water continue to conserve resources and can make your garden a place to gather, enjoy, and to share for years to come.
HOW DO I TEST MY SOIL? Talk to your local expert at the home and garden center about what pH level works best for your area. In general, a neutral soil with a pH between six and seven means that your plantings can thrive, but some plantings succeed with either higher acidity or higher alkaline properties. To treat soil that is highly acidic, add lime. If your soil is alkaline, treat it with peat moss.
Touch TIPS TO MAKE YOUR HOME FEEL LIKE TEXAS BY LARUE V. GILLESPIE
After traveling the globe over the years and living in various states, I’m sure of at least one thing—Texans are darn proud of Texas. We’ve plastered the state outline on billboards, signs, home décor, and heck, even beer bottles? It’s a thing, y’all. If you haven’t added a little Texas flair to your Texas home, we’ve got some expert tips and fun selections for you to consider. If you’re wondering what exactly typifies “Texas style,” Diane Rogers, Lead Designer/Buyer for La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries, explained it like this: “Texas style is relaxed, comfortable sophistication—it’s not just about cowboys. This style repurposes pieces from the past to add dimension and make the home personalized when paired with new, modern pieces.” According to Rogers, Texas style incorporates organic elements such as stone, reclaimed barn wood, iron, and leather. Reclaimed barn wood has become quite popular in Texas and has been incorporated into mantles, ceiling beams, accent walls, tabletops, and furniture pieces.
color throughout your home with accent pillows and rugs, but don’t be afraid to go ahead and blanket an entire room or an accent wall in green paint though. “This nature-infused hue is making a huge comeback, everything from pale pines like PPG Paints brand’s Pale Pine all the way to teals like Glidden paint’s Totally Teal,” said Dee Schlotter, Sr. Color Marketing Manager, PPG Architectural Coatings, the makers of Glidden, Olympic, and PPG Paints.
Of course, leather is king in a Texas home and can be featured in furniture, cowhide rugs, lampshades, and pillows. In addition to smooth, soft leather, a Texas home typically should have multiple textures going on, from limestone accents (big around Austin) and reclaimed wood to stone pieces.
Keep in mind that there isn’t one true “Texas” look because Texas is a huge state and is diversified in taste and décor choices depending on where you are located. “Homes in El Paso, for example, may have a more southwest flair borrowing colors from the desert and a beautiful, multi-colored sunset,” Rogers said. “Coastal homes would tend to be more nautical and inspired by nature while utilizing organic materials.”
For color, the key is to integrate natural light with nature-inspired colors, such Pantone’s Color of the Year, Greenery, Rogers said. She suggests adding splashes of
“But one thing is for sure,” Rogers added. “No matter which town, there is a continuing element of Texas pride and love of country.” L I V I NGMAGAZ IN E . N E T
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MOVEMENT THIS TIME OF YEAR IS A GREAT ONE FOR SHOWING YOUR HOME A LITTLE TLC BY MIMI GREENWOOD KNIGHT
Renovations With Return
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Most homeowners have a daydream or two about an improvement we’d like to make. Last year alone U.S. homeowners spent $326.1 billion renovating our homes. If you’re ready to take the plunge, here are a few changes that offer a good return on investment.
Drafty windows not only make home life less comfortable but can play havoc with your utility bill. Last year home owners who spent money on energy-efficient insulated vinyl or aluminum-clad windows saw an 81 percent return on their investment.
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A simple coat of paint either interior or exterior can provide dramatic results with a modest investment. You’ll spend less on a professional paint crew than you will for most other renovations that aren’t anywhere near as immediately noticeable.
Want to paint but can’t decide on a color? Gerri Willis, the anchor of CNN’s Open House, says pale yellow homes tend to sell faster and for more money. “Yellow is optimistic and inspirational,” he said. “It gives people joy and the sense that brighter times are ahead.”
ADD SIDING According to a 2007 cost versus value study conducted by Remodeling Magazine, fiber-cement siding (composed of sand, cement, and cellulose fibers) is estimated to recoup about 88 percent on investment. That means out of an average $13,200 you’ll likely see $11,635 back. The material holds up well against the elements and is resistant to fire, rotting, and termites.
INSTALL A DECK A deck offers a seamless transition from inside to outside, especially when constructed of natural wood, rustic wood, or wood-look materials. Real estate
Bathroom upgrades like updated countertops and new fixtures provide returns of 68 to 78 percent. But don’t go too trendy. Instead upgrade with classic features—like white subway tiles—that appeal to both traditional and contemporary tastes. For quick touch-ups on existing sinks, toilets, and tubs, a surface-restoration company can recoat ceramic, porcelain, and fiberglass fixtures with a chemical bonding agent that looks like shiny new porcelain.
UPDATE THE KITCHEN The kitchen is the heart of your home. The right redo there can net more than 80 percent of the renovation cost. Quick and inexpensive changes include painting cabinet fronts and, if appliances are in good working order, applying a coat of electrostatic paint to give them a metallic or enamel-type finish.
THE HEART OF THE HOME
In a 2017 study of 2,700 homeowners who renovated their kitchen last year (spending $25,000 to $50,000): • More than 80 percent installed granite or quartz countertops and changed out their backsplashes and sinks • More than half opened up the space leading into a nearby room • Many chose to paint their cabinets and add built-ins and recycling cabinets • The most popular renovation styles were contemporary or farmhouse L I V I NGMAGAZ IN E . N E T
One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.
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TRENDS IN SLEEK, MODERN, SPACE-SAVING FURNITURE BY ANNETTE BROOKS
Whether you want to optimize space or update a room with a contemporary look, floating furniture offers sleek, functional, modern living. Attaching furniture to a wall results in a clean aesthetic, creates the illusion of more space, and gives you innovative ways to make your home more livable. Designs and finishes vary, fitting into nearly any décor. Materials, which can be mixed, include reclaimed, distressed, or traditionally finished woods—with maple, walnut, ash, mahogany, and teak veneer—as well as glass, metal, and even melamine. MEDIA CABINET
Giant wall systems take up a lot of floor space and can visually dominate a room. They made sense when electronic media components were big and cumbersome, and when we needed plenty of storage for an ever-expanding DVD collection. Now we have thin, wall-mountable TVs, smaller, streamlined components, and online streaming media that’s replaced most physical discs. New console designs have caught up with the times, too. Floating, wall-mounted media cabinets create an uncluttered appearance, and come in various styles, shapes, and sizes. Thin shelves are light and airy, but won’t have as much storage capacity as a cabinet with multiple shelves and drawers.
Some designs even come with an integrated electric fireplace. SHELVING
Floating shelves—a more refined and simple version of traditional book shelves—have been around for a while, but now we have more options. A variety of designs make it a cinch to revamp your walls and showcase favorite accessories, pictures, and books. They can be functional as well, holding household or bathroom products, food, kitchenware, and plants. Newer concepts include floating wine shelves for hanging glasses and keeping a few bottles, and rustic wooden shelves with a hidden slide out compartment for storage. TABLES AND DESKS
Floating tables and desks—which are especially handy in small spaces— make legs seem like pointless obtrusions and can bring function and interest to an unused corner of a room. A wall-mount in a kitchen alcove not only holds essentials and tucks away clutter, it can double duty as a desk and a shelf. HEADBOARDS AND NIGHT STANDS
Is it time to transform your bedroom and give it a clean, stylish look? Skip the hulking headboard and go with an elevated design. It can maximize
Chic and somewhat minimal without being stark, today’s wall-mounted furniture channels a Mad Men-esque retro style with a modern twist that even Don Draper would approve of. Martinis, anyone? your available floor space, and many floating headboards include sliding doors and shelves which provide handy out-of-sight storage. If you’re going for a wall-mounted headboard, compliment it with floating nightstands. Not only do they provide a surface for a lamp and your favorite reading material or electronics, they usually feature drawers for storage, or cubbies. Perhaps better yet, go all-out and select a floating headboard with two extending, integrated nightstands. These eye-catching yet practical built-in designs often feature hidden wire management for lamp cords, alarm clock cords, and phone chargers. Floating shelves and furniture, especially pieces intended to support a lot of weight, should be attached to wall studs for optimal support. If you’re a DYIer, invest in a stud finder to help you locate these. Wall studs in a home are usually spaced 16 or 24 inches apart. L I V I NGMAGAZ IN E . N E T
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The Book Report BY REBECCA ASHBROOK CARRELL
FOR THE LORD TAKES DELIGHT IN HIS PEOPLE; HE CROWNS THE HUMBLE WITH VICTORY. -PSALM 149:4 NIV Do you remember your first book report? I haven’t the faintest recollection of mine, but I will never forget my son’s.
already read, I told him to pick one out at school, bring it home, and we would work on it together that afternoon.
Nick was a seven-year-old first-grader when he brought the assignment home. It was as simple as you would expect a first-grade book report to be:
Now for a moment of context.
. Select a book from home or library. . Answer four questions. . Don’t forget to write your name in the top right corner. . Turn in on Friday. The project came home on a Monday. Nick’s library day was Wednesday. Not wanting him to select a book he had
The book report assignment came home while I was in the middle of an intense period of preparation. At the beginning stages of writing lessons for a women’s retreat, I was studying everything I could get my hands on having to do with ancient Israel. One day my son and I were snuggling on the couch and found a documentary on--you guessed it--ancient Israel. As the show’s host guided our tour, I would periodically comment on how much I would love to travel to the country one
day and walk in the footsteps of Christ. Back to the book report. Tuesday night, as I tucked my children into bed, I reminded my son to pick a book for his assignment. Wednesday afternoon, as the kids climbed into the car, it was the first thing out of his mouth: “Mom, I got a book and you’re going to love it!” “I can’t wait to see it, honey, but let’s wait until we get home.” Once the snack was eaten and my daughter was settled with her math, I turned to Nick. L I V I NGMAGAZ IN E . N E T
My sweet son had thought of me. While he was combing through the aisles of brightly colored covers, he bypassed Frog and Toad, The Doug Chronicles, Junie B. Jones, and The Dork Diaries to choose a book for one reason alone: to please me. “I love it.” I whispered as I caught him up in a bear hug. “I just love it.” HIS PLEASURE IT NOT IN THE STRENGTH OF THE HORSE, NOR HIS DELIGHT IN THE LEGS OF THE WARRIOR; THE LORD DELIGHTS IN THOSE WHO FEAR HIM, WHO PUT THEIR HOPE IN HIS UNFAILING LOVE. -PSALM 147:10-11 Did my son’s book choice make me love him more? No, in fact, that is not even in the realm of the possible, because my love for both Caitlyn and Nick has nothing to do with their behavior and everything to do with their identity. They are mine, and my love for them is unchangeable. But when they think of me, when they seek to please me, my heart nearly bursts with delight. I hope that brings you a measure of peace. This is how your Heavenly Father loves you.
“Okay, buddy, let’s see what you picked!” Crumpled paper and crumbs tumbled out of his backpack as he fumbled for the book. Glimpsing the cover, my eyes immediately filled with tears as a lump swelled in the back of my throat. “Look, Mom, it’s on Israel,” he proudly exclaimed. I slowly turned it over in my hand. It was a textbook, not a storybook, roughly two inches thick. The font was smaller than his seven-year-old eyes were used to, and there were far more words than pictures. “What made you choose this book, buddy?” “It’s a God book,” he said, puzzled at my reaction. “Plus, I knew you’d like it.” Be still my heart. S E PT E M B E R 2 017
Your good works can’t make Him love you more, just as your sin can’t make Him love you less. His love for you is not connected to your behavior. I’d like you to read that one more time. His love for you is not connected to your behavior. His love for you is not affected by your love for Him or lack thereof. It is not connected to your faithfulness or your faithlessness, your selflessness or selfishness; nor does it hinge on how often you go to church, how much you read your Bible, or how much money you give. His love for you has nothing to do with what you do and everything to do with who you are. If you are in Christ, you are His. Completely, irrevocably, inexorably His, and when God’s children seek to please their Heavenly Father, His heart overflows with delight.
My children make plenty of mistakes. They push their boundaries and test my patience. They fight, they holler, and then can turn a clean house into a disaster zone in less time than it takes me to cook dinner. It doesn’t shock me. I expect it. It is part of the growth process. And because I am a loving mom, I discipline them. Not to punish, but to correct and instruct. You have and will make plenty of mistakes. You will push your boundaries and test His patience. You will sin accidentally and sometimes deliberately. You will silence His whispers and ignore His nudges. He is not shocked by this. He saw it coming, which is why all of us need a savior. And because He is a loving Father, He disciplines us. Not to punish, but to correct and instruct; to bring you closer to Him, that you might know Him better and discover the joy only found in obedience. The more you know this joy, the more you’ll seek to please Him. And you do please Him, not because of you, because of Christ. But when you choose His will over your way, you delight Him. Ultimately, Nick picked a different book. But later, as we sat flipping through his first choice, he turned to me and asked, “Can I take you to Israel someday Mom?” Tears threatened to spill down my cheeks and smudge my mascara. “You bet you can, buddy. We will go to Israel someday, and will show you all the places where Jesus walked.” “Will we see Him there?” “No. But we’ll feel Him.” Oh, be still, my heart. THE LORD YOUR GOD IS WITH YOU, THE MIGHT WARRIOR WHO SAVES. HE WILL TAKE GREAT DELIGHT IN YOU; IN HIS LOVE HE WILL NO LONGER REBUKE YOU, BUT WILL REJOICE OVER YOU WITH SINGING. -ZEPHANIAH 3:17-18
Tex-Active! Texas adventures for active families and outdoor enthusiasts BY ANNETTE BROOKS
There’s more to Texas than barbecue and rodeos. The Lone Star State serves up a bounty of a diverse activities perfect for families and individuals. We’ve pulled together a few of our favorites to inspire you to get out there and experience our amazing state—up close and personal.
DRY SURFING AND TOBOGGANING Over near Midland/Odessa lies a natural sandbox that does Texas right. With deceptively huge dunes, Monahans Sandhills State Park is a great place to dry “sled and surf.” You can rent sand toboggans and disks at park headquarters. Other activities include camping, hiking, and picnicking (and horseback riding, if you bring your own horses!). While in Monahans, check out nearby Odessa Meteor Crater, which provides an interpretive trail into the impact site.
DAZZLING FALL FOLIAGE (YES, IN TEXAS!) You don’t have to travel to Vermont to go autumn “leaf peeping,” as New
Englanders call it. Lost Maples State Natural Area, located around two hours northwest of San Antonio, protects a special stand of Uvalde bigtooth maples that deliver brilliant fall foliage. The large canopy maple trees are especially colorful in late November, painting the hills with bright orange, yellow, and red leaves. The park offers 10 miles of hiking trails with plenty of scenic twists and turns, including a loop that takes you along the top of a 2,200-foot cliff.
HIKES WITH A VIEW Texas is a hiker’s paradise, with trails of all types and gradients. For example, Galveston Island State Park, about an hour from Houston, offers reasonably nonstrenuous hikes about wetlands, sand dunes, and coastal prairies. Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, located on the Llano Uplift north of Fredericksburg, Texas, is especially popular. A four-mile loop trail offers interesting rock formations. A shorter, steeper summit trail leads to the top of Enchanted Rock, which is a huge pink granite outcrop. If you climb to the top
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ROCKS AND ROPES Try your hand at outdoor rock climbing at Penitentiary Hollow in Mineral Wells State Park, located a couple of hours roughly due west of Dallas. This small maze of sandstone bluffs offers toproping, which has an anchor at the top of the climb. The rope goes from the belayer at the bottom, all the way up to the top, through the anchor, and back down to the climber. Toproping, a relatively easy technique, is popular with beginners. Make sure you go after a day or two of dry weather. Climbing on the wet rocks is prohibited.
PADDLE YOUR WAY BACK IN TIME Situated along the border of Texas and Louisiana and full of old cypress trees dripping with Spanish moss, Caddo Lake is like something from out of this world. Depending on the time of year you go, you can see snowy egrets and great blue herons,
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SHRED THE GNAR… OR NOT If you’re into mountain biking, get yourself to Pedernales Falls State Park near Johnson City in Blanco County. Fifteen new miles of mountain bike trails were created a couple of years ago that climb and turn, dip and dive. They skirt creeks and small pools, and offer access into wooded areas. If you prefer on-road cycling, Fredericksburg, located in the Texas Hill Country, is considered by many to be the cycling capital of Texas. The back roads of Gillespie County around Fredericksburg provide miles of scenic views for cyclists to enjoy. Visit MapMyride. com/us/fredericksburg-tx/ for maps of Fredericksburg cycling trails.
WIND AND WATER With miles of shallow, calm water in the Lower Laguna Madre—a long, narrow saltwater bay—and strong winds coming off the Gulf of Mexico, South Padre Island is a windsurfer’s dream. Additionally, kiteboarders, surfers, and anglers all find plenty of reasons to spend time on this narrow bay between Port Isabel and South Padre Island.
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ho doesn’t love going to the State Fair of Texas every summer? You might not be able to hit the fair more than once or twice each year, so why not take a bit of inspiration home with you? I’m bringing some of that fun right into your own kitchen with some fun fair-inspired recipes that you won’t be able to get enough of. Kick up those boots and let’s get to cooking, shall we?
Fried Chicken Waffle Cones with Spicy Honey Drizzle For the chicken waffle cones: 2 skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch chunks ¾ cup buttermilk 2 teaspoons kosher salt ¾ cup all-purpose flour 1 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoons cayenne pepper ½ teaspoons onion powder ½ teaspoons black pepper Canola oil for frying 4 pre-made waffle cones For the spicy honey drizzle: ¹/ cup honey ³ ½ teaspoons cayenne pepper In a small bowl, whisk together honey and cayenne pepper for the spicy honey. Set aside. In a separate bowl, mix the chunks of chicken breast, buttermilk, and 1 teaspoon of salt. Cover with plastic wrap and let chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Combine flour, baking powder, cayenne pepper, onion powder, and pepper in a large sealable bag. Seal and shake the bag well to combine the dry ingredients. Using a slotted spoon, remove the chicken pieces from the bowl, drain, then add to the bag with the flour mixture. Once all the chicken has been added to the bag, seal the bag and shake well until all of the chicken pieces are covered with the mixture. In a medium heavy saucepan, heat approximately 4 inches of canola oil over medium heat until the oil reaches 350 °F. Add the chicken pieces, frying about 5 at a time, for about 4 to 5 minutes until the chicken is golden brown. You may want to cut a piece open to make sure there is no pink inside, or you can test the chicken with a thermometer, making sure it reaches at least 165 °F. Drain on a plate lined with paper towels. Add chicken to waffle cones and drizzle with spicy honey. Serve immediately. Makes 4 cones.
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cups strawberries, tops cut off bananas, cut into 1-inch pieces cup dark chocolate chips cup white chocolate chips wooden skewers
Soak wooden skewers in a shallow pan filled with water for 15 minutes. Pat dry. Alternating between strawberries and banana pieces, add fruit to skewers. You should have approximately 2 to 3 pieces of each fruit on each skewer. Set aside on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Add dark chocolate chips to a microwavable bowl. Microwave in increments of 30 seconds, stirring between each one, until the chocolate is melted. Repeat this same process with white chocolate chips in a separate clean bowl. Drizzle skewers with both types of chocolate. Let rest until the chocolate is set, in a cool dry place or in the refrigerator.
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Smoky Chili Margarita For the drink: 4 ounces tequila Â˝ teaspoon chipotle powder 3 ounces lime juice 2 ounces orange juice 2 ounces agave For the rim: 2 teaspoons salt 2 teaspoons chipotle powder In a small bowl, stir together salt and chipotle powder for the salt rim. Wet the edges of two margarita glasses with lime juice. Rim the edges with the chipotle salt. Set aside. Fill a shaker with ice. Add tequila, Â˝ teaspoon chipotle powder, lime juice, orange juice, and agave. Shake well. Strain into the rimmed margarita glasses. Garnish with lime wedge and serve immediately.
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Forever is a long time. But in the fall, across the more than 268 square miles of the state of Texas, between the lines of a white chalked field that stretches 120 yards long and 53 1/3 yards wide, forever occurs over 48 minutes for thousands of high school students. The love affair between the state of Texas and high school football is an indescribable bond between teammates and coaches, fathers and sons, husbands and wives, and communities in large cities and small towns alike. Friday nights have a hold on us that reaches deeper into the souls of our communities—moreso than the NFL, college football, or any other sport for that matter. Drive through a small Texas town on a Friday night and the brightest lights for miles around will come from the high school football stadium. Local businesses will have “closed for game” signs hanging in the store windows. These are the days we anticipate during scorching summer afternoons. The days we prepare for with our t-shirts, pom-poms and face stickers. The days we mourn when they’re over in the winter. No, there’s nothing quite like Friday night in Texas. “I can name a dozen people that I wanted to be like that played high school football,” says Michael Odle, the new head football coach at Lewisville High School, outside Dallas. “And I couldn’t name you more than three or four professional. That’s really how powerful Friday nights were.” He remembers watching football games at Max Goldsmith Stadium, a place the Lewisville Farmers call home. As a 5th grader he longed for the day he could play under those lights in front of families and friends. “I’d dream of playing on that field and wearing maroon and white,” Odle says. All season long, players, families, coaches and community members count wins and losses, wondering if maybe,
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