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inside this issue AUGUST 2020 | w o r k

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FASHIONABLE FACES

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B UG OFF !

Tips for keeping germs at bay when school is back in session

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A SIM PLE P LAN

Downsizing your daily routines

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REM OT E R E ADI N ESS

Set yourself up for work at home success

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PUBLISHER’S LETTER

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SOCIAL CALENDAR

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BEST BETS

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TALK OF THE TOWN

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MIND OVER MATTER

POST-BABY BOOST

SUSTAINABLE STUNNER

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SOMETHING TO SMILE ABOUT

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LIVING PET CLUB

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letter from the editor

publishing PUBLISHER Misty Daniels EDITOR Heather Witherspoon

In Philippians 4:8, the Apostle Paul exhorts believers, “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” I have a beautiful example of this precept in my own family. Just over a year ago, my precious 25-year-old daughter-in-law had a surgery go awry and has been paralyzed from the waist down ever since. She and my son had only been married a year and she’d just begun her career as a sonographer. This precious young woman spent months in the hospital and months in rehab. The details of her suffering would break your heart. Yet she refused to let her paralysis define her. Instead, she started looking for ways to encourage others. Even as the COVID epidemic forced her to take on her own rehab, she’s continually looked for ways to inspire others who are paralyzed to help keep their chins up. God has given her the will and purpose to encourage those around her. She recently recorded a video hoping to do just that. I’d like to take the time to lift you up, dear reader, during this difficult time in our lives. It’s so easy to focus on all the bad in the world right now. But I want to encourage you to focus instead on the God who loves you. Our hope is in Him—and Him alone. Let’s rise above anything that’s not of peace, love, and joy. Let’s set our eyes on the very One who put our lives in motion. The One who gives us purpose. As Colossians 1:27 promises, “Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

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O U R M AYO R S mayor

DAVID COOK

Among the institutions that have been challenged the most during the pandemic are our school systems. In Tarrant County schools have been directed to continue virtual learning until at least Sept. 28 so public health officials can monitor any possible increases in COVID-19 cases resulting from Labor Day weekend activities. Many parents are facing difficult choices when it comes to not only the education of their children but their care outside of the classroom. Working parents are struggling with what this current public health emergency means for their families.

MANSFI ELD their students safe while also concerned about their education. And administrators are juggling the implications of all of this. The City of Mansfield is extremely fortunate that our partner school district is made up of the best that public education has to offer. We offer our support to Mansfield ISD Board of Trustees, Administrators, Teachers and Staff, all of whom care deeply for this community. Our thoughts and prayers are with MISD and with families as they navigate this difficult time. As for me, I will continue praying that our students are returned to the classroom as soon as possible.

Teachers are worried about keeping themselves and

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RON JENSEN

At the writing of this letter, COVID19 numbers were escalating. Hospitalizations were doubling every two weeks. Some say Texas opened too early. I say we just didn’t wear masks, wash hands and social distance when we re-opened the state. If we had, we shouldn’t have reached levels now threatening our health care system. Not only has this pandemic caused a crisis in health, I believe it has created a crisis in kindness. While we do see extraordinary acts of goodwill, we also see tempers flaring, opposing viewpoints flashing into fights, and cruel comments on social media. I’ve always thought Grand Prairie and Arlington were exempt from these type issues wuth which other cities have to deal. But what I read on social media sometimes makes me doubt

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GRAND PRAI RI E that and it breaks my heart. I saw a mask recently that said “If you can be anything in the world….be kind.” So, let’s work together to stay safe by: 1. Wearing a mask 2. Keeping 6 feet apart 4. Washing your hands 5. Staying home if sick Live Life Grand,

JEFF WILLIAMS

We don’t have to look far in the American Dream City to find folks going out of their way to make a difference. Case in point—as soon as the staff at River Legacy Nature Center realized COVID would prevent local kids from enjoying a traditional summer camp experience, the nonprofit put together an enriching virtual camp. Throughout the month of July and into August, their week-long programs are allowing Arlington kids between preschool and sixth grade to complete hands-on activities from their homes focused on wildlife, ecology, and the environment. Their curriculum—which is distributed via curbside pickup—is tailored to different age groups and includes at-home activities coupled with video lessons filmed at the Nature Center. Arlington Parks and Recreation and Elzie Odom Athletic Center got in on the act with their own Camp-in-a-Box

ARLI NGTON virtual mini-camp that allows campers to meet virtually and gives them everything they need to create your very own camp at home. They provide kids with learning materials, step-by-step instructions, and counselor guidance. Campers even get camp t-shirts. Thanks to them and so many others who offered their innovation and dedication to help our local kids enjoy summer 2020. I know we’re all ready to get back to nights on the town, the sights and sounds of Rangers baseball, and beating the Texas heat at the water park. Let’s all wear our masks, wash our hands, and do the things we’re supposed to do, so we can get back soon to living the American dream. Meanwhile, let’s all ask ourselves, “What can I do to make this time better for someone else?”

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AUGUST 10 - 14

CAMP REWIND/ELZIE’S ELITE 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

Let’s finish camp off with the best of the best. Summer Camp will be all about bringing back your favorite games, crafts, snacks and activities from the Summer! Elzie’s Elite will enjoy crafts, activities and games that will keep you moving and grooving until the sun goes down. Rec centers Cliff Nelson, Dottie Lynn, Elzie Odom and Hugh Smith. N AT U R A L LY F U N . O R G

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BACK TO SCHOOL SPLASH 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

Bring a new school supply and receive ½ off admission at any City of Arlington Pool. For supplies needed visit our website.

AUGUST 8

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.

AUGUST 15

TEXAS STRASSENFEST BEER FESTIVAL Arlington

Get 15 samples of the best Spring and early Summer beers while enjoying live entertainment throughout the day. Bring your pup, this event is DOG FRIENDLY benefitting the Humane Society of North Texas. All tickets include safely distanced seating. 3pm. Texas

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Live!, 1650 E. Randol Mill Rd. Visit our website for ticket packages.

Since arriving on the scene in 1985 in their native Australia, the Newsboys have taken Christian music by storm. 7pm. Ticket prices $18-$45.75. The Theatre at Grand Prairie, 1001 Performance Place. T H E AT R E G P. C O M AUGUST 23

SUPERKIDS SPLASH DAY M a n sf i e l d

Do you have a SUPER kid? One who has extra special powers but sometimes needs a little extra special attention? Mansfield Parks & Rec is proud to offer SUPER Kids events throughout the year designed to be sensory friendly, inclusive and accessible for kids with special needs and their families. Parents are required to stay with their children at all times; siblings are welcome to join the fun unless otherwise indicated. All SUPER Kids events are free but require registration so we can keep the numbers low and avoid big crowds. Clayton Chandler Park Splash Pad, 1530 N. Walnut Creek. For questions email parksatmansfieldtx.gov.

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ONLINE CLASS

A r l i n g t o n Wa t e r U t i l i t i e s

Join Tarrant Regional Water District’s Learn and Grow program for an online class called Fall Vegetable Gardening. 6pm. For information about how to sign up visit our website. SAV E TA R R A N T WAT E R . C O M AUGUST 28

DOTTIE DAY TRIP - EXPLORE MAGNOLIA 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

Have a fun day of exploring Magnolia in Waco! Have lunch at the food trucks, dessert at Silos Baking Company, coffee at Magnolia Press Coffee Company, and shopping at the Magnolia Market. 8:30am-4:30pm. $25/person. Adults only. For more information call Dottie Lynn Rec Center, 817-277-5001.

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THIS M ONTH IN M OVIE HISTORY

AUGUST 14 // THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN DISNEY +

Disney’s adaptation of the award-winning book The One and Only Ivan is an unforgettable tale about the beauty of friendship, the power of visualization, and the significance of the place one calls home. This hybrid live-action and CGI film features Sam Rockwell, Angelina Jolie, Danny DeVito, Helen Mirren, and Chaka Khan. T H IS M O N T H ’ S MU S I C

AUGUST 27, 1964// MARY POPPINS JULIE ANDREWS, DICK VAN DYKE DIR. ROBERT STEVENSON (THE LOVE BUG) Emily Blunt’s recent reprisal of this beloved character in Mary Poppins Returns introduced a whole new generation to this iconic role. Over 50 years later, Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke entertain with ease and songs like “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” and “A Spoonful of Sugar” still stir up magical moments in this timeless classic.

WHAT TO R EA D

AUGUST 4 // THE LAST STARGAZERS THE ENDURING STORY OF ASTRONOMY’S VANISHING EXPLORERS BY EMILY LEVESQUE

AUGUST 7 // LUKE BRYAN

BORN HERE, LIVE HERE, DIE HERE

AUGUST 14 // RUMER NASHVILLE TEARS

AUGUST 14 // KATY PERRY SMILE

AUGUST 21 // DECLAN MCKENNA ZEROS

Imagery from Disney (2020). Movie poster from Mary Poppins (1964), Walt Disney Productions. Book cover from The Last Stargazers (2020) by Emily Levesque/Sourcebooks, with description excerpt from publisher. Album covers and all other materials are presented for non-commercial illustrative purposes.

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Humans from the earliest civilizations were spellbound by the night sky — craning their necks each night, they used the stars to orient themselves in the large, strange world around them. Stargazing is a pursuit that continues to fascinate us: from Copernicus to Carl Sagan, astronomers throughout history have spent their lives trying to answer the biggest questions in the universe. Now, awardwinning astronomer Emily Levesque shares the stories of modern-day stargazers, the people willing to adventure across high mountaintops and to some of the most remote corners of the planet, all in the name of science.

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FAITH, FELLOWSHIP & FUN CAMP THURMAN HOSTS MISSION ARLINGTON FOR A ONE-OF-A-KIND CAMP EXPERIENCE

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S THE BUS PULLED AWAY, a few counselors couldn't resist running alongside waving and shouting last words of encouragement. The smiles on the faces of the kids inside the bus said it all. It had been a day of outdoor fun, acceptance, and inspiration as a group of kids from Mission Arlington enjoyed a one-of-a-kind experience at Camp Thurman. Over the past 50 years, the nonprofit ministry-minded summer camp has blessed thousands of kids who've attended as campers or counselors — or both. In addition to hundreds of other campers who attend each year, they've also played host to Mission Arlington executive director, Tillie Burgin, and over 400 Mission Arlington kids who enjoy the pools, lazy river, rope courses, zipline, giant bouncing pillow, trapeze jumps, games, crafts, and more spread out over 14 verdant acres where kids can feel far from home, even though they're only in Pantego. But their visits are about much more than outdoor fun. They're about sharing God's love and helping each child discover their identity in Christ. At the end of the day, it's hard to tell who was more blessed — the kids or the counselors who served them, sharing their love of Jesus and His perfect plan for each young life.

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By Nolan Ryan, in Round Rock. Recently opened by the life-long cattle rancher and baseball legend, the full-service boutique butcher shop is a true “destination store.” Customers can purchase from two new lines of Goodstock beef that is custom cut by an in-house butcher, as well as an array of complementary Texas-sourced artisan products. Goodstock is also the latest product line from Nolan Ryan Brands and includes fresh beef, grilling provisions, and home goods. “I’ve been raising cattle for over 40 years and on the beef production side of things for 20 years, so I thought it was high time to make custom beef cuts available to the community,” said Ryan. “What makes me most excited about the new store is that it’s not only an opportunity to sell great quality beef, but it’s also an opportunity to educate folks on beef selection and preparation. We go to a lot of effort to ensure our beef is tender and flavorful every time, so we want to give our customers all the right information and tools for a great experience at their table. We’re also excited to be featuring so many local producers and artisans in the store. It’s a true Texas collaboration.” The concept for Goodstock By Nolan Ryan was to create a space that is warm, welcoming, authentic, and reflective of Nolan’s own Texas roots and values. He wanted it to be a stand-out place — a destination where customers can pick up quality beef and discover unique locally crafted Texas products, curated to complement the brand, and have a singular experience that makes them want to come back.

LOCATED AT 3800 EAST PALM VALLEY BOULEVARD, SUITE 110, GOODSTOCK BY NOLAN RYAN WILL BE OPEN WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, 11:00 AM TO 7:00 PM, SATURDAY, 8:00 AM TO 6:00 PM, AND SUNDAY, 12:00 PM TO 5:00 PM. ONLINE PURCHASES WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THE STORE’S WEBSITE, GOODSTOCKTX.COM, BEGINNING IN AUGUST.

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WELL WISHES W h e t h e r yo u are le ar n in g v ir t u all y or in a classroom, we wish all parents, students, faculty, and staff a safe and healthy school year. Our heartfelt thanks go out to everyone who works diligently to educate our children and make their environment as productive as possible during these unprecedented times.

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IN 2003, GOD HAD A SURPRISE FOR MY FAMILY.

us years ago, He wanted us to adopt Jonah,

With our first three kids settled in school

we’re asking Him what plans he has for this

and when I was starting to expand my

next chapter of our lives.

interests outside the home, He suddenly — and unexpectedly — made it clear we were to

What Now, Lord?

adopt. Through a series of coincidences (with

Parenting is a noble calling, and I’ve loved 99%

God there are no coincidences), He showed

of it. Yet it’s only a part of what God’s calling us

us we’d be a Mom and Dad to a sweet baby

to do. Lately, I’ve been reflecting on Matthew

boy. A few months later, one-year-old Jonah

22:35-40, when Jesus was asked, “Teacher,

joined our family.

which is the greatest commandment in the

Sitting on my desk where I’m writing this

law?” Jesus replied, “You shall love the Lord

now is a photo of the first time that blue-eyed

your God with all your heart, with all your

boy crossed our threshold, in the arms of his

soul, and with all your mind.” — “You shall

adoring sisters. I keep it there to remind me

love your neighbor as yourself.”

God loves me enough to allow me to raise this

How will that look now? Just as Jabez prayed

funny, laid-back, insightful child.

for God to expand his territory, we’re coming

Now, he’s busy selecting a college roommate

into a time of life where our energies can be

and gathering the things he’ll need to move

focused in many directions, toward many

four hours away and pursue his dream of

people. What can I do with the time I used

becoming a family and marriage counselor.

to spend keeping up with four busy, messy,

What a guy!

chatty — and yes, I’ll admit — spoiled kids? I

With his sisters happily settled in Alaska and

found such joy in looking for ways to express

New Orleans and his brother finishing up

my love to them. Surely, God can give me joy

his undergraduate degree and shopping for

in loving others, too.

graduate schools, it’s time to face the fact that this mama is about to be out of a job.Just the

Seeking Guidance

term “empty nest” feels like a sock to the gut.

The main verse God used, 17 years ago, to

It reminds me of those dusty, abandoned bird

lead us to adoption was Psalm 37:4, “Delight

nests I find around the yard. What was once a

thyself also in the Lord, and he shall give you

place of birth, life, growth, and potential is now

the desires of your heart.” We prayed and

an empty void. Soon, my noisy, rambunctious

invited God to cause us to desire whatever

house will be a tidy museum of what has been.

He desired for us. In that case, it was a roly-

I’m trying hard to see this as a transition, a new

poly baby boy. I have no idea what it will be

chapter potentially as full and adventurous as

this time. But I’m trying to be open to it —

the ones before it. Even as older parents, David

whatever it is.

and I statistically have a quarter of our lives

Parenting Adult Kids

left, and we get to decide how that will look. Hello, Stranger

Of course, our kids aren’t exactly through with us. One thing that has weighed on me,

Surely God’s not through with our marriage

over the years, is the fact that no one is going

yet. Why not make this a time to reconnect

to pray as fervently for my kids as I do. Even if

and zip off to romantic getaway weekends?

that’s the only thing I do for them now, that’s

The past several years were defined by our

huge. I might be finished parenting them in

roles as a mom and dad. Now, it’s time to be husband and wife again. Being attractive and interesting to one another can begin with pursuing some interests we didn’t have time for, while the kids were at home. Instead of

the flesh, but as long as I have breath, I’ll never stop “parenting them in the spirit.” Lastly, I’m holding on to Philippians 1:6, which says, “He who began a good work in you will

spending our nights at the ballfield, we could

carry it on to completion until the day of Christ

take ballroom dancing lessons. Instead of

Jesus.” I can’t wait to see where that good work

logging volunteer hours with the PTA, maybe

will take us next. And, Lord, if that includes

I’ll find a pottery class. Just as God showed

grandkids, you won’t hear me complain.

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GETTING BACK TO NORMAL CAN START WITH RELIEVING CHRONIC PAIN. If there’s a positive that comes from months of stay-at-home restrictions, it’s that introspection and focus are helping people find out new things about themselves. Whether it’s exercising their creativity with art or in the kitchen, learning new online meeting skills, more family walks or simply binge-watching those series or movies you’d wanted to make time for, this has been a time for people to concentrate. But still, we all yearn to get back to normal – not just a new normal, but a better normal. For some, that can mean overcoming chronic neck, back or joint pain.

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Arlington is fortunate to have one of the nation’s best facilities for treating and solving the issues that cause these types of pain. Helping people “get back to normal” is Baylor Scott & White Orthopedic and Spine Hospital – Arlington’s reason for being. This

orthopedic and spine care. This allows Baylor Scott & White – Arlington to provide a safe, serene and focused health care environment to reduce the tension or apprehension patients might feel about going to a hospital. Combining exceptional care with personal attention and compassion is the hospital’s priority, whether treating a simple neck strain or performing a complex joint surgery. The boutique-style facility offers an exceptional staff and 10 operating rooms, complete diagnostic imaging capabilities, and a Pain Management Center. The hospital also has a full-service ER open 24/7 making it a great alternative for emergency care. This is a momentous time for Baylor Scott & White – Arlington. As of this writing, Tarrant County is not under COVID-19 restrictions for elective surgeries by the State of Texas. That means that Baylor Scott & White – Arlington is ready to serve patients. If you or a loved one needs surgery to help alleviate pain this year, now is the time to get scheduled. The hospital has implemented a comprehensive COVID-19 Safe Care Plan that expands patient and visitor precautions. With a state-of-the-art multi-stage air fi ltration system that kills viruses in the air, the hospital provides an optimal environment for all patients. For all inpatient rooms and operating rooms, UV lighting systems scan the rooms after each cleaning to detect all types of bacteria that might remain so it can be addressed. Aerobiotix machines clean the air and decrease particle counts in each room. Baylor Scott & White – Arlington’s staff take extraordinary measures and wear appropriate PPE at all times, ensuring patients are protected. Even with state-of-the-art systems to ensure your health, the hospital takes temperatures at the door, face coverings and social distancing is required all throughout the facility. All porous and high-traffic surface areas are disinfected frequently throughout the day. As always, if you do feel sick, please stay home and protect others.

INTRODUCING THE ROSA® ROBOTIC SURGICAL ASSISTANT FOR TOTAL KNEE REPLACEMENT unique, industry-leading specialty hospital centers on comprehensive outpatient and inpatient treatment and provides orthopedic surgery, spine treatment, joint replacement, diagnostic imaging, pain management, and sports medicine. This is Dallas-Fort Worth’s only hospital that concentrates strictly on providing

Every patient is unique and has an individual anatomy. Baylor Scott & White – Arlington utilizes ROSA, which stands for Robotic Surgical Assistant. ROSA is designed to help your specially trained surgeon tailor the placement of your knee implant just for you.

This precise knee implant fit is important to your comfort and overall experience following knee replacement surgery. ROSA Knee uses data collected before and during surgery to inform your surgeon of many details related to your unique anatomy that may affect your implant fit. By using this data to make more informed decisions, your surgeon is able to plan for and carry out a personalized surgery based upon your individual needs. This leading-edge technology helps Baylor Scott & White – Arlington improve your total care experience. Before surgery, ROSA creates 3-D models of your knee anatomy to help your surgeon plan for the specifics of your operation. During surgery, your doctor will perform the procedure to guide ROSA’s every move with precision and to make the best decisions for your care. ROSA uses cameras and computer tracking to understand the exact position of your knee anatomy to place your knee implant with the utmost accuracy. This leads to better outcomes after surgery, with activities such as driving after just two weeks, gardening after three to four weeks, and golf after six to eight weeks. In other words: You can get your life back.

HERE TO SAFELY HELP YOU You may have put your health on hold these past few months but know that when you’re ready to get back to getting around, Baylor Scott & White – Arlington is ready too. Visit www.bswarlington.com for a full list of physicians, services and to schedule an appointment.

CONTACT 707 HIGHLANDER BLVD. ARLINGTON, TEXAS 76015 PHONE: (855) 41-ORTHO FAX: (817) 583-7101 HOURS OF OPERATION: 24 HOURS, 7 DAYS A WEEK BSWARLINGTON.COM

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LOCAL HOTEL Texas Live! Hotel MARTIAL ARTS STUDIO Troy Dorsey’s Karate and Fitness

HEALTHCARE BEAUTY & WELLNESS BARRE CLASS Premier Yoga & Fitness FACIAL TREATMENTS Avante Salon & Day Spa HAIR SALON Avante Salon & Day Spa HEALTH CLUB/GYM Orangetheory Fitness LASER HAIR REMOVAL United Dermatology Associates LOCAL WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM Slim4Life Weight Loss

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MANICURE/PEDICURE Avante Salon & Day Spa

PLACE FOR LUNCH Mary Lou’s Coffee and Sandwich Shoppe

MEDSPA Skinwerx MedSpa

SEAFOOD RESTAURANT Fish City Grill

PILATES CLASS Premier Yoga & Fitness

STEAK HOUSE The Keg Steakhouse

PLACE FOR A MASSAGE Avante Salon & Day Spa

SUSHI Suzushii

PLACE FOR BOTOX United Dermatology Associates

WINE BAR Poured - Wine, Beer & Bubbly

SPA Avante Salon & Day Spa

WINE SHOP Total Wine More

WAXING Avante Salon & Day Spa

ENTERTAINMENT

YOGA CLASS/STUDIO Sunshine Yoga Studio

BIRTHDAY PARTY VENUE Urban Air Trampoline Park

ACUPUNCTURE Amy Gonzalez, Acupuncturist Solutions Alternative Healthcare ALLERGIST AACM-Allergy & Asthma Centres of the Metroplex ASSISTED LIVING CENTER Isle at Watercrest Mansfield AUDIOLOGIST Dr. Melissa Danchak - Kos/Danchak Audiology and Hearing Aids BARIATRIC SURGEON Dr. Augustus Lyons - USMD BIO-IDENTICAL HORMONE CENTER Dr. Mandy Cotton - The Institute for Hormonal Balance BREAST SPECIALIST Dr. Kory Jones - Arlington Surgical Associates - USMD CARDIAC SURGEON Dr. Darien Bradford - Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery CARDIOLOGIST Dr. Steven Havard - Havard Heart CHIROPRACTOR Dr. Michael Bank - Back 2 Wellness COLORECTAL SURGEON Dr. Anna Toker COSMETIC DENTIST Dr. Sandi Hamm - Cosmetic and Comprehensive Dentistry

DINING

CITY PARK Katherine Rose Park

ASIAN RESTAURANT Blue Mint Thai & Asian Cuisine

DANCE STUDIO Dance Academy of Mansfield

COSMETIC SURGEON Dr. Michael Thornton - Mansfield Cosmetic Surgery Center

BARBECUE PLACE Big D Barbecue

GOLF COURSE Walnut Creek Country Club

DERMATOLOGIST United Dermatology Associates

BURGER PLACE Chapps Burger

GYMNASTICS CENTER ASI Gymnastics

EMERGENCY ROOM Mansfield Methodist Medical Center

DELI Dino’s Subs

LIVE MUSIC VENUE The Levitt Pavilion

ENDODONTIST Endodontics Associates of Arlington

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FAMILY DENTIST Dr. Sandi Hamm - Cosmetic and Comprehensive Dentistry

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FAMILY PRACTICE DOCTOR/GROUP Dr. Darin Charles - Hometown Health

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FERTILITY AND REPRODUCTIVE DOCTOR CARE Fertility

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FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE Green Oaks Chiropractic Clinic GASTROENTEROLOGIST Dr. Charles Owen - Texas Digestive Disease Consultants GENERAL SURGEON Dr. Jason Harrison - Highlander Surgical Associates HOME HEALTH AGENCY Hygia Healthcare

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HOSPITAL Mansfield Methodist Medical Center INTERNAL MEDICINE DOCTOR Dr. John Thurman Texas Health Care

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LASIK SURGEON Dr. Kelly Frasier - KleimanEvangelista Eye Center

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MEMORY CARE FACILITY Legend of Mansfield

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NEUROLOGIST Dr. Dung Chi Nguyen

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NEUROSURGEON Dr. Elswick - Brain & Spine Specialists of North Texas

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OB/GYN Omega OB/GYN

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ONCOLOGIST Dr. Detta Vasques - Center for Cancer and Blood Disorder

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OPHTHALMOLOGIST Dr. Huy Tran - Texas Eye Physicians

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TMJ DENTIST Dr. Carlos Weisse - Beautiful Lake Ridge Smiles

ORTHODONTIST Dr. Alexander Arlington Orthodontics

URGENT CARE Care Now

ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON Dr. Jason Lowry Arlington Orthopedics Associates PAIN MANAGEMENT Regency Pain & Therapy Institute PEDIATRIC DENTIST Dr. Wright & Dr. Sullivan Pediatric Dentistry of Mansfield PEDIATRICIAN Dr. Clive Daniels - Cook Children’s Pediatrics Mansfield

UROLOGIST Dr. Aaron Amos - USMD VEIN DOCTOR Dr. Eric Eidson - Atlas Vein Care

HOME & GARDEN CARPET RESTORATION/CLEANING Zerorez DOOR COMPANY Viking Overhead Door ELECTRICIAN Providence Electric

PERIODONTIST Dr. Daniela Zambon - Zambon Periodontics

FLOORING STORE All Pro Flooring

PHYSICAL THERAPIST Green Oaks Physical Therapy Mansfield

FOUNDATION REPAIR Korrect Foundation

PLASTIC SURGEON Dr. Yuki Nakamura - Accent On You

HEATING/AIR COMPANY Calverley Service Experts

PODIATRIST Dr. Bryan Molen Pryme Foot & Ankle Center

HOME AUDIO/VIDEO COMPANY H Custom Audio Video

PSYCHIATRIST Dr. Patrick Rabjohn Rabjohn Behavioral Institute

HOME BUILDER Mansfield Custom Homes INTERIOR DESIGNER Landry Designs

POOL COMPANY Pinch A Penny Pool Patio & Spa

SUMMER CAMP Camp Thurman, Pantego TX

REMODELER Posse Construction

TITLE COMPANY Providence Title

ROOFING COMPANY Joe Hall Roofing

TRAVEL AGENT Paul’s Cruises

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

TUTORING COMPANY Porter Tutoring

ACTIVE ADULT/RETIREMENT COMMUNITY WaterCrest at Mansfield ATTORNEY Karen Schroeder Attorney at Law PC AUTO REPAIR SHOP B&M Auto Specialists

RETAIL BABY/CHILDREN’S BOUTIQUE Maggie & Me Boutique

CHILD CARE Imagine Nation Learning Center

BRIDAL STORE Lang’s Bridal

COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY The University of Texas at Arlington

CAR DEALERSHIP Vandergriff

COUNSELING SERVICES Rabjohn Behavioral Institute

DRUG STORE/PHARMACY Ray’s Pharmacy

CPA PSK LLP

FLORIST Urban County Flower Company

EARLY EDUCATION Park Row Christian Academy

FURNITURE STORE Vintage Vibe Texas

FINANCIAL ADVISOR Derrick Kinney & Associates

GROCER Kroger

INSURANCE AGENT (AUTO & HOME) Al Clark- State Farm

HEALTH FOOD STORE Sprouts Farmers Market

INSURANCE AGENT (HEALTH) Blue Cross Blue Shield

JEWELRY STORE Mansfield Fine Jewelry Store

MORTGAGE LENDER Service First Mortgage

RESALE/CONSIGNMENT SHOP Mansfield Mission Center Thrift Store

MUSIC STUDIO/LESSONS Music Place Mansfield

WOMEN’S BOUTIQUE Paisley Grace Boutique

LANDSCAPE COMPANY Steve’s Landscape & Irrigation

REGENERATIVE MEDICINE Resurgence Wellness

MAID SERVICE Love My Maids

REHABILITATION CENTER Medical City Arlington

NURSERY/GARDEN CENTER Calloway’s Nursery

RHEUMATOLOGIST Dr. Joanna Geslani Rheumatology Associates

OUTDOOR STRUCTURE COMPANY Baldi Gardens

PET BOARDING Richter Animal Hospital & Pet Resort

PAINTING COMPANY Melgoza Painting

PET GROOMER Richter Animal Hospital & Pet Resort

PATIO FURNITURE COMPANY The Backyard Store

PHOTOGRAPHER Landon Day - Day Dream Photography

PEST CONTROL COMPANY Sandhoff Services

PRIVATE SCHOOL Pantego Christian Academy

PLUMBER Serna Plumbing Solutions

REALTOR Robyn and Lanae Twenty Two Realty

SPINE SURGEON Dr. Vishal Patel - Texas Spine Associates THERAPY SERVICES Dr. Rabjohn Rabjohn Behavioral Institute

WEDDING/EVENTS VENUE Green Oaks Wedding Chapel

BANK/FINANCIAL INSTITUTION Chase Bank

PULMONOLOGIST Texas Pulmonary

SLEEP DOCTOR Dr. Sandi Hamm Mansfield Snore and Sleep Solutions

VETERINARIAN Richter Animal Hospital - Dr. Lee Richter

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The team at Regency Pain & Therapy Institute would like to thank the community for their vote of confidence in selecting us as “Best Of” for Pain and Therapy Services. Regency Pain & Therapy Institute (formally known as Arlington Pain & Therapy) provides a full range of treatment options and services for patients suffering from chronic and acute pain. Our highly skilled team offers a wide range of treatments, from conservative pain management to the most advanced minimally invasive procedures to help our patients get back to their everyday activities as quickly as possible and without heavy reliance on medications. Our goal is to reduce pain to its lowest possible level and limit the impact it has on the lives of the patients we serve. At Regency Pain & Therapy Institute we are committed to “Redefining Pain and Getting You Back to the Good Life.” Take the first step toward relief and contact us today!

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y definition, a placebo is anything that seems to be a real medicine but isn’t. It can take many forms, a capsule, a pill, a saline injection, or oral liquid. Whatever the form, placebos do not contain any active ingredient meant to affect your health. Yet, often they still produce beneficial results, a phenomenon that is known as the placebo effect.

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The use of placebos in medical trials Placebos have long been used in the clinical trials of new drugs. People in one group get the test drug, while others receive the placebo, believing they’re getting the real thing. Typically, in a trial, an experimental drug needs to be statistically more effective than the placebo to be considered a valid drug treatment.

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TWO IMPLICATIONS OF THE PLACEBO EFFECT Despite numerous studies demonstrating the success of placebos in improving certain medical conditions, skeptics continue to insist the placebo effect is nothing more than self-deception, instances of patients simply convincing themselves they feel better. In the UK, a scholar who has spent much time researching the placebo effect is Dr. Steve Taylor, a senior lecturer in psychology at Leeds Becket University. In an article published in Psychology Today, Taylor concludes there are two main implications of the placebo effect.

Initially, the placebo effect was considered a sign of failure. More recently, however, many experts have concluded that a favorable placebo reaction indicates that another non-pharmacological mechanism may be present and working. Consequently, due to the placebo’s ability to produce favorable outcomes, researchers have begun studying them in their own right. And this work with placebos has shown success in treating a wide range of medical issues, from pain and depression to anxiety disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, and epilepsy. An ongoing mystery and possible explanations For all this success, how placebos work to produce beneficial medical effects is still not fully understood. Expectations and conditioning Part of the power of placebos may lie in the expectations of individuals taking them. This factor is enhanced when the recipient has a strong, trusting relationship with the physician administering the placebo. Augmenting expectations is life-long classical conditioning. We’re accustomed to taking medication to feel better, and the simple act of taking a pill — even a fake one — helps elicit a positive response. Changes in brain chemistry Numerous studies dating back to the late 1970s have verified the physiological effects that placebos have on certain portions of the brain. For example, several studies have found that when taken as pain killers, placebos brought decreased activity in parts of the brain associated with pain and made use of many of the same neurotransmitters and neural pathways as opioids. Further, other studies have established that placebos often produce neurological changes in areas of the brain targeted by antidepressant drugs, possibly explaining why placebos have a 50 to 75 percent success rate in trials involving antidepressant drugs. In summary, placebos have shown to work in some situations, and if they can be used safely alongside pharmaceutical interventions, they may have the potential to improve medical treatments.

First, he believes the human mind can powerfully influence many aspects of our physiology, including the experience of pain, the alleviation of some symptoms, and in some conditions, actual healing. Consequently, he concludes we have much more control over our health and our bodies than we usually assume. Our bodies are not just machines that can only be fixed by medical interventions. Our mind, he insists, is intricately interconnected with our body, and with our beliefs and intentions, we unconsciously influence our health. Taylor believes each of us has far greater potential for self-regulation and selfhealing than we are aware of. He believes the second implication of the placebo effect is that the conventional view of the relationship between the mind and the brain may be wrong. Traditionally, we see the mind as a by-product of the brain, a kind of shadow cast by our neurological processes. If this is true, he asks, how is it possible for mental processes to influence the brain and body. A shadow, after all, cannot influence the thing it is the shadow of. He concludes that the placebo effect suggests that our minds are more than just the product of matter, that the mind is, in some sense, primary rather than secondary to the brain. In both implications, much food for thought!

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roductivity is an important part of a fulfilling and meaningful life. Even if you don’t work outside the home, you still have tasks and responsibilities. But many people struggle with productivity. What can you do to boost energy levels and perform better throughout the day? Exercise!

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Take a little time each day to do some simple exercises to kick up your energy levels, boost brain function, and get more done. Try these four basic bodyweight exercises to get started:

Keep your back flat with your head and neck in a neutral position. Drive your elbows into the floor. Hold for 30 seconds. Repeat three times.

When done right, push-ups strengthen shoulders, triceps, and elbow joints. If you’re a beginner, it’s best if you do modified push-ups by keeping your knees on the ground. As you push up, keep your back straight and push up to straight elbows. If you don’t keep your back straight, you’ll know because your

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Squats strengthen thigh and glute muscles, which makes it much easier to bend down to pick things up — like kids, pets, heavy boxes, or other objects. Get started by standing with your feet a little wider than hip-distance apart, toes pointed slightly out, arm out in front. Squat down, keeping weight in your heels, knees apart. Perform two or three sets of 15 to 20 repetitions.

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Planks build core strength and stability, working your whole body. Core strength helps those in more sedentary desk jobs or who stand in one place for hours. Planks are a floor exercise, so you’ll need a towel or yoga mat. Lay face-down on the mat, then lift up onto your forearms. Next, lift your hips so

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SIT-UPS You probably know that sit-ups strengthen the abdominal muscles, but did you know that a strong back injury? It’s true! Lay on your mat with a straight back, arms above your head, knees bent. As you sit up, let your arms shoot between your knees. Start with three sets of 15 to 20 sit-ups.

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f you spend your days being a super mom, but you aren’t feeling so super about the effect’s motherhood has had on your body, then a mommy makeover might be right for you. There are some things that no amount of exercise can sculpt, and mommy makeovers can help with that. However, if you think mommy makeovers are just about vanity, then think again. They can be a way to help you feel more confident about yourself.

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What is a mommy makeover? Mommy makeover is a blanket term that can include two or more mix-and-match procedures to help women regain their pre-pregnancy figures.

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Common items include, but are not limited to: • A tummy tuck • Arm lift • Breast lift, with or without breast implants • Breast reduction • Liposuction • Facial rejuvenation, such as fillers Are you a good candidate for a mommy makeover? You might consider undergoing a mommy makeover if childbir th has lef t you w ith any of the follow ing characteristics: • Sagging, uneven breasts • Breasts that are much larger since childbirth and are causing back pain • Excess skin around your waistline • Fat which hangs over a C-section scar • Pockets of fat around your abdomen, arms, or thighs that don’t improve with diet and exercise It is extremely important that you have a clean bill of health from your doctor before scheduling surgery. If you are a smoker, it is advised that you give it up at least three weeks before surgery.

While the results can be amazing, mommy makeovers are not designed to substitute diet and exercise. While some fat may be removed during surgery, you need to be at a healthy weight. Ideally, you will have lost most of your baby weight prior to booking a consultation with a plastic surgeon. When is the right time for a mommy makeover? It’s no secret that pregnancy and childbirth are stressful on your body. For that reason, you will need some recovery time before contemplating surgery. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons recommends waiting at least six months after giving birth before having a mommy makeover. It’s best to wait until you’ve finished having children to have some procedures, such as a tummy tuck. What is the recovery time? Since every mommy makeover is customized, recovery times vary. In most instances, patients can resume daily activities such as driving and running errands after two or three weeks. Strenuous activities, such as lifting more than 25 pounds, will probably be off-limits for several weeks, so you will need to be sure you have extra help with childcare. The best way to learn all of the answers to your questions is to schedule a consultation with a skilled plastic surgeon in your area.

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So, how do breakthrough technologies speed up orthodontic treatment time? Without getting too technical, you need to know that orthodontic tooth movement relies on your body’s natural biological response to sustained force. When force is applied to your teeth, bone cells mobilize around the root of the tooth, causing changes in the bone surrounding the tooth. This bone remodeling enables orthodontic treatments to move teeth into a new position. While new orthodontic brace systems address how force is applied to the teeth, other technologies focus on what’s going on below the teeth. A Texasbased company claims their hands-free, FDA-cleared orthodontic device, AcceleDent, is clinically proven to speed up teeth movement and reduce discomfort by as much as 50 percent. Easy to use, its precisely calibrated, gentle vibrations transmit through the roots of your teeth to the surrounding bone. This process increases bone remodeling cellular activity and speeds the

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rate in which your teeth can move. It can decrease the discomfort associated with orthodontics, too. Another approach uses light therapy instead of vibrations to promote faster tooth movements. Harnessing the power of near-infrared light, OrthoPulse, a device worn like a mouth guard that is FDA-cleared for use with both traditional braces and clear aligners, uses low levels of light energy to stimulate the bone surrounding the roots of your teeth to facilitate tooth movement. Of course, not everyone is a candidate for fasteracting orthodontic treatment. After a thorough exam, your treatment provider will let you know which orthodontic system should work best for you and your budget, and if a bone remodeling device used in conjunction with your treatment may be suitable for you. With so many new technologies available, there’s no better time than now to begin orthodontic treatment for your children or yourself. Call your orthodontic provider today to schedule a consultation and get ready to reap the many benefits of straighter teeth, an aligned bite, and a more attractive smile.

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ooner or later, every homeowner must consider new floors for their home, and with that decision comes another consideration — carpet, hardwood, or a little of both?

According to HGTV, the number one request of home buyers and renters when shopping for a home is hardwood floors. A recent study by USA Today (using data from the National Association of Realtors) found that 54 percent of home buyers were willing to pay more for a home with hardwood floors. But you should also consider carefully whether hardwood flooring is the right choice for every room in your home — and what type of wood flooring you might want to install for the best resale value.

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homestead | DECORATING DILEMMA

For most of us, the budget will set the parameters for the type of floor we install. Installing hardwood floors can cost between $9 and $12 per square foot, compared with about $3 to $5 per square foot for carpet — so some homeowners elect to install hardwood floors only in some rooms rather than throughout their home. However, carpet typically needs to be replaced if it becomes stained or worn out. High-end quality carpet can last about 10 to 15 years, while high-quality hardwood floors are long-lasting, even forever. In addition to your personal taste, you should consider styles, preferences, traditions, and even the climate in your community. While many buyers and homeowners prefer hardwood floors throughout their home, some prefer durable carpets with padding in the bedrooms and living rooms — because they prefer softer surfaces in those rooms. Also, if you live in a multi-story home, carpeting will help muffle noise. Rugs can be laid over hard floors, but there is the added expense of the rug and pad on top of the cost of the new floor. If you live in a warm, humid climate, you may want to steer away from wood altogether and go for a beautiful tile. In traditional markets, tastes still lean toward oak wood f looring, but some owners of contemporary homes are opting to refinish and stain their wood floors in different colors. Some other trends include wide planks, reclaimed or hand-scraped wood, and even exotic species like hickory or walnut. For those on a tighter budget, laminate flooring offers the look of wood floors at a lower price point. Other considerations include whether you have children, pets, or allergies. Hard surfaces are easier to keep clean, and there is typically less dirt and fewer allergens that can get trapped in carpet fibers. Even though carpet can be less expensive, hardwood floors last longer and can be easier to keep clean and can be refinished. Ultimately, though, the hardwood vs. carpet decision should be made based on your personal preference, especially if you intend to stay in your home for a few years.

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A SIMPLE PLAN

For many of us, the recent shutdown was an opportunity for a do-over. As we stepped out of our day-to-day life, there was suddenly time to reevaluate our commitments, routines, habits, and decide whether we’d return to business as usual or make some changes. If you’ve longed to streamline your life, this could be a great time to do it. But how do we welcome simplicity, clarity, and spaciousness into our days without the wheels falling off? Consider your everyday routines and habits and, for one week, try these challenges and see how much clutter you can jettison from your days.

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S T R E A M L I N I N G Y O U R D A I LY ROUTINES AND CLEANING OUT THE CLUTTER BY MIMI GREENWOOD KNIGHT

STREAMLINE YOUR MORNING ROUTINE

routine of a green smoothie for

• Lay out your clothes or at least consider what you might wear.

soup or stir fry for dinner. Use

• Make your lunches and pack your bag or briefcase. • Get your workout clothes ready. • Place everything you’ll need by the front door to grab and go. • Make breakfast or at least consider what it might be.

breakfast, salad for lunch, and this as a starting point, then change it up any time you want.

EDIT YOUR CALENDAR AND DAILY TASKS • Look at your schedule for the next month. Where can you remove things and simplify them? Can you limit the number

SIMPLIFY YOUR EATING HABITS • Plan your meals for the week, so you know what you need to purchase. Being organized eliminates the need for multiple grocery trips and reduces impulse buying. • Is it possible to streamline your meals? Consider a

of meetings you run or attend? Might a memo or phone call be just as effective as a meeting? • Reduce the number of times you check your emails to two or three times a day, not every time you see an alert. • Consider reducing the kids’ after-school activities to the ones that genuinely interest them.

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LESS IS MORE Have more in your life by having less to distract from the things that really matter.

PURGE // It’s a great time to toss things you don’t need. Start in your kitchen with cooking utensils, gadgets, forgotten cookbooks, and topless Tupperware. Donate anything you don’t use or any multiples. Then proceed to the next room.

GO PAPERLESS // Automate everything that you possibly can. Pay bills electronically. Refill prescriptions online or over the phone. Switch to electronic bank statements. When catalogs or coupons arrive, look at them, then recycle them.

ADOPT ORGANIZATIONAL SYSTEMS // Take time to create systems. Then use them. When you remove clothes, return them immediately to the closet or put them in the hamper. Consider cooking batches of food on Sunday to eat all week or freeze for future meals. Group your errands and tasks by areas of town.

DELEGATE TASKS // Outsource tasks whenever possible. Hire someone to clean your house. Sign up with a landscape service. Enlist a dog walker to walk your dog. Have your dry-cleaning picked up and delivered. Sign up for a meal kit delivery service such as Blue Apron or Hello Fresh.

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REMOTE READINESS T I P S TO M A K E WO R K I N G FROM HOME A S U C C ES S BY ANNETTE BROOKS

IF YOU’ VE JOINED THE LEGION OF WORK-AT-HOME EMPLOYEES, WELCOME TO THE CLUB! NO MORE STRESSFUL, TIME-CONSUMING COMMUTES OR MAINTAINING A CLOSET FULL OF WORK CLOTHES AND SHOES. INSTEAD OF WASTING TIME IN THE BREAKROOM, YOU CAN FOCUS ON GETTING THE JOB DONE WITH TIME TO SPARE FOR PERSONAL ACTIVITIES.

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OFFICE SPACE Stake out an area for your home office that is as private and quiet as possible. A spare bedroom or den is perfect. If space is limited, create a designated “office zone” in a multiuse room. A large closet can work if necessary, but most people do better in an open room with natural light.

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STICK TO A ROUTINE It can be tempting to stay in bed until the last minute and skip a morning shower. Ins tead, get up, a t tend to grooming , dress, have breakfast, and begin and stop work around the same time every day. Use a planner. Communicate with clients and co-workers versus becoming insular. And remember to get out of the house for a while, too. Go out for lunch or take a walk. Call a friend to socialize.

SET-UP Aside from a desk that fits your needs, choose a supportive, high-quality office chair. Also, think about your equipment requirements. Consider the advantages of an all-in-one printer and an all-inone P C w i th a large s creen versu s a t y pic al l ap to p. T h i n k ab o u t w h e t h e r or not having a second or third screen would be beneficial.

BALANCE Main tain in g a wor k- li fe b al an c e c an be a challenge because your personal and professional life boundaries tend to blur. It’s easy to fall into the habit of knocking out that one last task instead of being fully engaged with your family. And speaking of family, tell your kids and spouse no interruptions while you ’re working. Be prepared to enforce this rule. If need be, hire a babysitter or put your children in daycare for at least part of the day.

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HISTORIC

hospitality GO BACK IN TIME AT ONE OF HENRY TROST’S EARLY WEST TEXAS HOTELS BY J ENNI FER SI MO NSO N

n a late morning in May, the West Texas town of Marfa is unusually quiet. The yoga studios, art galleries, and artsy bookstore the town is so famous for will be closed for the day due to recent pandemic measures. The only cars that line the main avenue that leads up to the Presidio County Courthouse are clustered under the famous neon red Hotel Paisano sign. Visitors to the region sit on the hotel’s patio at safely spaced tables around a 1930s Mediterranean fountain eating steel-cut oatmeal and discussing the day’s plan.

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This part of Texas popular for its raw beauty, rugged mountainside, and high desert have long drawn visitors. During the middle of a pandemic, the wide-open spaces seem like one of the best places to spend a few days. Tourists come out here to hike through cacti-lined trails, stargaze under the darkest skies in the region, and canoe down the Rio Grande river. Those looking to stay at a budget chain hotel can find the same roadside accommodations found along any interstate in America. Those looking to connect with the early settlers can find historic hotels along the byways that bisect the former railroad towns. A man by the name of Henry Trost is responsible for several of the historic hotels that dot the Trans-Peco region. In the early 1900s, Henry Trost created an architecture firm with his brother in El Paso. Trost and Trost designed more than 500 buildings throughout Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. Trost found inspiration in virtually every architectural style from Victorian to Art Deco but embraced the Spanish Colonial Revival more than any other. He was one of the first architects to design buildings adapted to the desert region, which he called “Arid America.” Four of his early hotels not only still stand in this part of West Texas, but they have each been renovated to show off their original grandeur.

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T H E HO TE L PA ISA NO

THE HOTEL PAISANO // MARFA The Hotel Paisano was built in anticipation of an oil boom that never materialized. Construction broke ground days before the stock market crash of 1929. Despite these facts, the hotel thrived during its early days with a steady stream of guests, including traveling salesmen departing from the local train station, ranchers buying and selling cattle in the lobby, and tourists in favor of the high desert climate. Known as the “most elegant hotel between El Paso and San Antonio,” Trost designed the Spanish-Baroque hotel around a Mediterranean-style fountain in its central courtyard. Much of Trost’s original detail work, such as the red-tiled roof, ironwork balconies, extensive interior tile, and wood beams, remain in place. The hotel’s real claim to fame was born in 1955 when Warner Bros. picked it as the headquarters for the movie Giant. Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, and James Dean, along with the rest of the movie crew, made the hotel their base for the movie’s six-week shoot. HOTEL EL CAPITAN // VAN HORN Seventy miles northwest of El Paisano sits its sister property Hotel El Capitan. The Van Horn hotel is a small version of its big sister to the south. Trost blended his Arid American style with Mission Revival, resulting in a pink stucco front with a mission facade. Like El Paisano, the lobby details include European tiling, wrought ironwork, exposed beams, and high ceilings. Twelve of the 52 rooms have French doors that open to courtyard balconies overlooking a central fountain that is surrounded by palm and olive trees. Both hotels opened in 1930 as part of the Gateway Hotel Chain. Encouraged by the news of the upcoming openings of Carlsbad Caverns, Guadalupe, and Big Bend National Parks, a local developer named Charles Bassett built a chain of five hotels in West Texas and New Mexico to draw tourism to destinations within 200 miles of El Paso.

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF: The Hotel Paisano and Jennifer Simonson

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GAGE HOTEL // MARATHON The two-story yellow-brick Mission-style hotel along Highway 90W has provided comfort for wayward travelers since 1927. Local rancher Alfred Gage commissioned Trost to design a building that would be the small railroad town of Marathon’s only hotel and act as a base for his ranching empire. As time marched on, the population of Marathon dwindled, and so did the Gage. In 1978 a Houston oilman purchased the all-but-forgotten hotel. Restoration began immediately. The new owners remodeled the 15 guest rooms in the original hotel and have added 20 pueblo-style adobe brick rooms. HOLLAND HOTEL // ALPINE In the early 20th century, an affluent rancher by the name of John Holland saw the need for a “respectable” hotel in Alpine. In 1908 he built a hotel with

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his namesake right across the street from the Southern Pacific Railroad depot. After his death, his son Clay Holland invested $250,000, hiring Trost to remodel the hotel. Trost designed the exterior to match existing adjacent structures and the interior with Spanish Revival elements such as arches, embossed wood beams, and tile floors. Upon the grand reopening in March 1928, the Alpine Avalanche described the remodel as, “No expense has been spared to make the hotel the very latest and most modern that could be built and it is believed that this modern hostelry will be the means of attracting many people of wealth to the area for vacation in the wonderful climate.”

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TIPS AND TRICKS A bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich often gets overlooked as a full meal. But the offering of vegetables, carbs, and protein in one easy and delicious item is sure to leave you satisfied with little to no mess. You can also easily add things like avocado, a fried egg, or cheese to switch it up.

BLT WITH GARLIC AIOLI MAKES: 2 SANDWICHES | TIME: 30 MINUTES INGREDIENTS: Sandwich: 8 slices of thick cut bacon | 4 slices of bread | Lettuce | Tomato | Salt & pepper, to taste Aioli: 2 tsp. minced garlic | 2 tsp. lemon juice | ½ cup mayonnaise | ¼ tsp. salt DIRECTIONS: FRY OR BAKE bacon to desired crispiness, set on a paper towel to soak up any excess fat and let cool. FOR THE AIOLI, mix minced garlic, lemon juice, mayonnaise, and salt in a bowl until combined. TOAST bread and spread aioli on both sides. Stack bacon, lettuce, and tomato onto bread and top with the other slice of toasted bread. SERVE with chips or soup for a classic meal.

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MAKES: 10 TO 12 SERVINGS | 30 MINUTES

This dish is perfect for “Meatless Monday”, or you can add in 2 cups of shredded rotisserie chicken for more protein. Top with sour cream, tomatoes, jalapeños, and more!

INGREDIENTS: 8 corn tortillas, cut into 4 triangles each | 28 oz. can red enchilada sauce | 15 oz. can black beans, drained & rinsed | 15 oz. can corn, drained & rinsed | 5 cups shredded cheddar cheese DIRECTIONS: PREHEAT oven to 400°F. DRAIN corn and black beans and combine into one bowl, set aside. PLACE half of your tortilla triangles in the bottom of a 12-inch cast iron pan. Sprinkle corn and bean mix over the tortillas. COVER with half of your cheese. COVER cheese with half of your enchilada sauce. PLACE the other half of tortilla triangles over the enchilada sauce. SPRINKLE remaining cheddar cheese on top and bake for 25 minutes. august 2020

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TIPS AND TRICKS SERVE WITH FRESH BASIL AND GRATED PARMESAN FOR A QUICK UPGRADE.

ONE POT SPAGHETTI MAKES: 4 SERVINGS | 30 MINUTES INGREDIENTS: 1 lb. lean ground beef | ¼ cup onion, diced | 1 Tbsp. garlic, minced | 28 oz. jar diced tomatoes | 2 Tbsp. basil | 2 Tbsp. parsley | ½ Tbsp. salt | 1 tsp. pepper | 8 oz. thin spaghetti noodles DIRECTIONS: BROWN beef in a large heavy pot. ADD garlic and onion and cook for 3 to 4 minutes until onions soften. Add tomatoes, basil, parsley, salt, and pepper. STIR until combined. BREAK noodles in half and add to the pot making sure all noodles are covered with the liquid. PLACE the lid on the pot and cook over medium to low heat for 18 to 20 minutes. Do not remove lid while cooking. You want the noodles to cook while in the pot. REMOVE lid. Stir well and serve!

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