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Whether you're planning to exercise more frequently, shop locally more often or spend more time with your loves ones, now is the time to make changes.

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With presents to wrap, cards to mail, meals to plan and parties to attend, December hardly seems like the time to think about exercise. Who has time to run? I complain about running up to the mall because of holiday traffic! (Why is it so bad in Tyler, anyways?) January is the month to start exercising, the time to train and push yourself. December is a month to indulge, enjoy desserts and talk about exercising in January. However, Tylerite Clay Emge is not letting the holiday season excuse his exercise regimen. In October, Emge won the IRONMAN® World Championship by finishing a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bicycle ride and 26.2-mile run in less than nine hours. In his age group, he was the only American in the top five competitors. Now that will make you rethink your holiday priorities! I may not be able to bike 112 miles, but I can say no to a slice of pie – or at least a second slice of pie. I mean you don't want to deprive yourself around the holidays, right? Not only did Emge and 2,100 other athletes finish this nearly impossible race, they competed on top of dry lava rocks. The competition is held in Hawaii each year, so these amazing athletes compete under the most unlikely of circumstances while having to swim, bike and run insane distances. I'll bet that treadmill you probably have stored in your garage is looking better than ever. When you read Emge's story, you'll see this man is not unlike everyone else you know. He is an ordinary guy with a full-time job and family here in Tyler. So, how did this "guy next door" accomplish something extraordinary? He never gave up until he knew he could do it. Emge could have stopped at IRONMAN® Texas (a precursor to qualify for the world championship), and that would have been an accomplishment in

itself. Instead, Emge kept pushing himself to be better. He went on 100-mile bike rides and two-a-day training sessions so he could be called an IRONMAN®. Now, we're not saying everyone needs to train for the world's most challenging triathlon. However, every day we face a new opportunity – a chance to do things differently than the day before. Don't wait for the new year to roll around to strive to be a better version of yourself. While December is a time to take a breath and enjoy the season, it's also a time to set goals for the new year. Whether you're planning to exercise more frequently, shop locally more often or spend more time with your loved ones, now is the time to make changes. When January comes, you'll be happy you got a head start!

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Because we know the holidays are on your mind, this issue is chock-full of the Christmas content you crave. However, we've also introduced surprising content that departs from the typical holiday articles...

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Remember when you were a kid and the entire month of December (and in my case, October and November) held a feeling of excitement? You knew something was coming; there was a surprise in store. I never slept on Christmas Eve because of pure curiosity. There was something new to wake up to, something wonderful and unexpected. As an adult, I don't stay awake on Christmas Eve because I typically know what lies under the tree. Nowadays, I pick out the gift and help wrap it. (Which works out because these gifts are exactly what I wanted!) However, this year holds unparalleled excitement because 2014 is just around corner, and I have a similar feeling of anticipation about the new year. In January, BSCENE will release a redesigned magazine, a new look for the publication from cover to cover, just in time for the "New Year, New You" issue. We couldn't wait to share some of the fresh content with you, so this issue is full of articles that may surprise our readers. Of course, we always feature Mistletoe & Magic and our gift guide to celebrate the season. It wouldn't be the BSCENE December issue without a fabulous gift guide, our Holiday Hot List, to help navigate your Christmas and holiday shopping! I always look forward to the gift guide because you can find a wide range of gifts for everyone on your list. Also, we couldn't forget about a timeless Tyler tradition: "The Nutcracker." BSCENE popped by one of the rehearsals at Tyler Junior College Academy of Dance to witness the preparation for the 25th anniversary performance. This is a special year for "The Nutcracker," as it will include music from the East Texas Symphony Orchestra and professional dancers from the New York City Ballet. If seeing “The Nutcracker” isn't part of your family tradition, this is the perfect year to attend!

Because we know the holidays are on your mind, this issue is chock-full of the Christmas content you crave. However, we've also introduced surpising content that departs from the typical holiday articles, including a cover story featuring local IRONMAN® winner Clay Emge. I had heard of the IRONMAN® triathlon, but had no idea that an East Texan won first place at the 2013 world championship! Read Emge's surprising story of dedication and perseverance on page 14. Another unexpected article is peppered throughout the issue: Prepping For Disaster. With the popular National Geographic show "Doomsday Preppers," the recent wave of tornados in the midwest and the typhoon in the Philippines, prepping is a timely topic that you may overlook during the holidays. From what medical supplies to store to what food to keep on hand, BSCENE fills you in on all the information you need to know! We hope you flip through this magazine and feel excited about and surprised by the content. And as the new year approaches, we would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions! Go to www.BSCENEmag.com and send in your recommendations. We want to know what you think; what you want to see. BSCENE strives to provide you the most interesting and engaging content – so we're always open to your ideas!

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Spinout hosted a Jingle & Mingle holiday shopping night Nov. 13 with a mashed potato bar, holiday cheer and stylish gifts including Vera Bradley, Jon Hart and Kelly Wynne.

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NEWS / VIEWS / FACES What is “STREET SCENE”: glimpses of glitter, photos of friends, a few lines of life and laughter. Like a school's yearbook, Street Scene chronicles life in East Texas. You'll find businesses and others commemorating anniversaries. Celebrations and charities gloss these pages, accompanied by faces you know. Music, theater and other cultural events also make the scene.

Image Eye Care hosted an open house and ribbon cutting in Tyler with Dr. Amy Fisher on Nov. 12.

CEO Gary Stokes and Dr. Chris Sherman welcomed Chamber members, sponsors and guests to the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony for the Breast Health Center at Nacogdoches Medical Center on Oct. 30.

Nerium AD brand partners hosted a party at Bruno’s Pizza and Pasta on Old Jacksonville Highway on Nov. 12. Nerium AD is a product available in our gift guide.

Habitat For Humanity of Tyler held its 100th Wall Raising Ceremony in honor of its 100th home built in Smith County on Nov. 4.

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Members of TABA gathered for a builders luncheon on Oct. 31 at Jalapeño Tree in Tyler.

Cole & Co. in Tyler hosted a special event on Oct. 24 featuring fabulous holiday selections from designer Christopher Radko, beautiful entertaining platters and dishes by Arthur Court and the colorful jewelry designs by Kendra Scott. Mario Taré, the artist for Christoper Radko, was also present.

The Better Business Bureau presented Petland with a plaque as a BBB of Central East Texas accredited business on Oct. 26 at their store in the French Quarter Shopping Center in Tyler.

The inagural Spook Tyler event was held on Nov. 1 at Cork. Food & Drink in Tyler. Guests donned funcostumes and enjoyed drink specials and fabulous music.


The 2014 Tyler Cattle Barons’ Gala committee unveiled the theme for this year’s event, “Wranglers & Roses” at the annual Branding Party on Oct. 24 at Outback Steakhouse in Tyler.

The Sixth Annual Hispanic Business Achievers Awards Luncheon was held Oct. 29 at the Harvey Convention Center in Tyler. George P. Bush served as guest speaker for the event.

Designer Charles Krypell made an exclusive appearance at Susan Robinson in Tyler Nov. 4-5.

The Quality Inn Conference Center in Tyler hosted the area’s first ever Rose City Comic Con/Sci Fi Convention on Oct. 26. Several VIPs from the industry made appearances including actor Gil Gerard who played “Buck Rogers.” Celebrating National Philanthropy Day, East Texans gathered at the Faces of Philanthropy Luncheon on Nov. 12 at Willow Brook Country Club in Tyler. The 10th Annual National Adoption Day was held on Nov. 15 at Rose Heights Church in Tyler. 15 children were adopted during this event, totaling 143 kids adopted since Smith County’s first Adoption Day.

Cole & Co. in Tyler hosted a Stephanie Kantis trunk show on Oct. 29. Guests admired the jewelry in time for a Halloween treat.

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Young Audiences of Northeast Texas held Arts for All Kids on Oct. 29 at Willow Brook in Tyler. This organization is dedicated to bringing quality arts-in-education experiences into northeast Texas schools.

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Arc supporters donned their most glam disco attire for the 10th Annual Boo Ball at Hollytree Country Club on Oct. 25. Chairs Liz Ballard and Ginger Haberle, along with the help of their committee, transformed the club into the iconic Studio 54. The night’s events included cocktails, silent and live auctions and a dinner, all to benefit the Arc of Smith County. To finish the evening, guests had “boogie fever” and grooved in their platforms on the dance floor under the mirrored disco ball.

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ARTICLE BY CAITLIN GIDDENS, PHOTOS COURTESY OF CLAY EMGE & SETH COOKE Swimming against harsh ocean waves, cycling in sharp winds, running on top of dry lava rocks … These are the conditions Tyler native Clay Emge endured at the IRONMAN® World Championship in Kona, Hawaii in October. Emge raced among 2,100 of the world's finest athletes to finish a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bicycle ride and 26.2-mile run. However, he didn't just finish the triathlon, although this would have been an accomplishment for a first time Kona competitor. Emge won in his age division, the competitive 25 to 29 age group, to place first and become an IRONMAN® world champion.

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To understand the feat that Emge has accomplished, one must understand the prestige of the competition. IRONMAN® was invented in 1978 to test the world's fittest athletes. It's been called the most grueling one-day competitive sport, the ultimate challenge in endurance for "super athletes." Just to qualify for the competition, participants must rank among the top athletes in their state. Emge did just that last May at IRONMAN® Texas, where he placed first in his age group at his first IRONMAN® race. “When you first hear about IRONMAN®, you hear about the distance that is involved and it's intimidating,” Emge admitted. “I didn't think I could do anything like that. Over time, you work your way up to the [IRONMAN®] distances, then you think, 'Maybe I could do that.'” In Kona, Emge won first place by finishing all three legs of the race in less than nine hours. While most IRONMAN® champions win by mere seconds, Emge beat the second place triathlete by two minutes. Among the top five in his age group, Emge was the only American. Before the race, Emge often exercised two to three times a day to reach peak condition. “I train whenever I can,” he said. “Before work, during lunch, after work. I cram training into my life whenever I have time.” Emge regularly attends Premier Fitness' lunchtime spin classes, as well as running on his own. “We see Clay quite a bit, at least four times throughout the week,” Premier Membership Consultant Tyler Lewis said. “I've seen him do 'two-a-days' a few times, coming in at lunch and then again after work. I've even asked Clay about training for 5Ks or 10Ks.” After finishing Premier's lunchtime spin class, Emge returns to his facilities engineering job at XTO Energy, Inc. in Tyler. Once he graduated from Texas A&M in 2006, Emge took a job in Houston. He returned to Tyler in 2007 to work for XTO. “I interned for XTO when I was in college,” he explained. “They called me and said they wanted me to be in Tyler. I wanted to be in Tyler too because I like being close to my family.” Around the time Emge started working at XTO, he began training for triathlons. A natural athlete, Emge has always been a runner and swimmer and considered walking on A&M's track team. "I would have been the worst one on the team then," he insisted. Instead, Emge focused on finishing his engineering degree and participated in marathons on his own throughout college. “I really started training in 2009, that was my year to really get into triathlons,” he said. “I did some sprint marathons, then an Olympic distance triathlon. Once you get into triathlons, you start hearing things about the different types of races there are. Inevitably, people talk about IRONMAN®.” Before competing in IRONMAN® Texas 2013 in No. 16 BS CENE

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May, Emge joined the Tyler Bicycle Club and participated in weekly rides, as well as 100-mile rides with his friend Seth Cooke. “Tyler is small so you run into the same people, and we both swim at the YMCA because it's one of the few [indoor] pools here in Tyler,” Cooke recalled. “We had some of the same goals and we ended up doing a lot of workouts together. There are people who will go out and ride on the weekends, but they're doing 50 to 60 miles. We were out looking for a 100 miles, so there aren't a lot of people who are going to join you for that ride.” Cooke also competed in the IRONMAN® World Championship in the 30 to 34 age division. Next year, Emge will move up and compete in the same age division as Cooke. “He will move up to 30 to 34, which is good for him but not good for me,” Cooke joked. “Any age group from 20s to 40s is stacked for some reason … it seems like people get into tris a little later. You don't see a lot of 18 year olds doing them. Once you get older, people start to make healthier decisions. When you're 18 you can eat whatever you want, do whatever you want and stay skinny.” Emge admits he does eat whatever he wants, but that's to fuel his constant workouts. He averages around 4,000 to 5,000 calories a day, and consumes even more before a long bike ride. “I'm constantly eating out [of ] my drawer at the office,” Emge said with a coy smile. “When you're burning so many calories, it doesn't matter. Well, it does in a way because junk in is junk out. Your body doesn't need that.” During the day, Cooke lives any triathlete's dream: he works as the fit technician B SC ENEMAG. COM

for Cobbs Cycling in Tyler. Most local triathletes and bicycle enthusiasts know about Cobbs Cycling, an international company that designs and manufactures specialized cycling products. “I have this job partly because I ride and can tell clients I know what they mean when they have a problem with their bike," Cooke said. "In the '90s, John [Cobbs] worked with Lance Armstrong in the wind tunnel. He's worked with numerous triathlon pros including Greg LeMond." Cobbs Cycling Owner/ Founder John Cobbs met Emge when the triathlete wandered into his cycling class at the shop. “As Clay got better at cycling, I paid more attention to him,” Cobbs recalled. “It's a big deal for a first time competitor to win in Kona because everyone there is fast. In Kona, if you win by 10 seconds it's huge.” Since founding Cobbs Cycling in 2008, Cobbs says he has seen Tyler become a more fitness-aware community."There's more running events and I say hats off to the mayor for endorsing her fitness programs,” he said. “When you drive up Old Jacksonville Highway, you see the new stores and see how Tyler is progressing, especially the city planning.” Cobbs also said,"For the youth, there's not a big reason to live in Tyler because there's not a nightlife like in Dallas. So Tyler has adapted upbeat thinking like Frisco did. They've made it an appealing area by adding running trails and programs for fitness. That way, the young people want to stay here.” With East Texas' fitness world growing, you don't have to be an IRONMAN® qualifier to get involved in

Tyler's cycling scene. Cooke explained there's a local group and a nearby race for every level of cyclist. “I'm a member of the East Texas Triathletes, Tyler Bicycle Club, East Texas Striders,” Cooke said with a laugh. “I'm a member of everything! When I first started I would go out and do one group ride once a week and there were maybe 10 to 15 people there. Over the past five years, it's gone from five to 10, then 25 to 30 people [in local group rides]. Tyler's definitely been a super competitive hub for cycling and triathletes.” East Texas hasn't always been a capital for cycling. Not long ago, Tyler State Park offered the only mountain biking trail in the area, according to Nevada Thomason, a Whitehouse native who now lives in Grove Club Lake outside of Whitehouse. Thomason started mountain bike racing in the 1990s and worked his way up to professional cycling. In 2011, he won the Louisiana state championship in mountain biking. To bring more trails to East Texas, Thomason designed the Lindsey Park biking trail and the new biking trail at Faulkner Park, both in Tyler. “Trails are important because they bring revenue to the city from surrounding areas,” Thomason said. “People come and ride, then they lunch and shop. It also helps young people get outdoors and stop playing video games.” The beautiful outdoor trails Thomason designed not only improve the scenery of East Texas and bring visitors to the community, they encourage athletes like Emge to stay and train in Tyler. A self-proclaimed workout addict, Emge will continue to train almost every

day, including holidays. He plans to compete in next year's Boston Marathon (he qualified for this race as well) and hopes to enter IRONMAN® competitions in other states and perhaps overseas. “A lot of people run for stress relief, but I don't do it for that,” Emge said. “I like to push myself and see how much I can improve and what I can do.”

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PREPPING FOR DISASTER Article By: Holly Head

Flash floods, city-wide blackouts, hurricanes, earthquakes, ice storms, tornados ... the weather can be very unpredictable in East Texas. And while it may seem a little overzealous to prepare before a natural disaster, there's usually not much advance notice when one occurs. Take for example Typhoon Haiyan that ravaged the Philippines on Nov. 8. When this disaster struck, those that normally would be helping in the midst of a crisis found themselves seeking shelter and survival – like the Philippine Navy at the Tacloban naval station. The aftermath is described as hell on earth. Once bustling streets are now piles of rubble. Starving survivors are now trying to locate missing loved ones and the death toll continues to rise. Food, water and shelter are now luxuries many survivors do not have. It is indeed a survivalist scenario in Tacloban.

In fact, such catastrophes make shows like National Geographic's “Doomsday Preppers” seem not so far- fetched. The show features Americans preparing for all types of disaster scenarios. There is even a quiz available on their website to test your survival skills that estimates how long you could survive in the event of a crisis. Everyone hopes such catastrophes as Typhoon Haiyan will never occur in East Texas. The reality is our climate alone makes the region susceptible to tornadoes, earthquakes, flash floods, hurricanes, tropical depressions and winter storms. What Tylerite doesn't remember the massive power outage in the early 2000s that left some East Texans without power for a month or more. The reality is any one of these could affect us right here in East Texas. That is why it pays to be prepared and Executive Director for the American Red Cross Chapters in East Texas Tammy Prater explained, “Year after year research shows the more time and preparation we do before any disaster event the more lives, property and money are saved.” She shared an old Red Cross quote: “The only force greater than mother nature is human nature.”

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Usually when something bad happens people want to help. “That's a very reaffirming and positive thing, and if you want to help you need to be prepared yourself because if you aren't prepared to help yourself you won't be able to help your community,” Prater said. And with January approaching, why not prepare for everything 2014 may bring? Don't leave your survival up to chance or count on others to supply your food in the event of a disaster. For those not sure where to start, here are some basics that are a must for survival situation.


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Compounds with electric fences to ward off blood-thirsty zombies may be what some people envision when they think of disaster preparation. In reality, there are all types of disaster “preppers” including those preparing for the next natural disaster to those getting ready for doomsday. Jason Umbower of Big Texas Containers & Shelters has his own reasons and types of scenarios that he chooses to be prepared for. Having many childhood mentors who served in WWII and also people that survived the Great Depression, Umbower heard plenty of stories about the desperate measures that desperate times call for. “I remember being told a story from an elderly man where he explained how he and and his sister had to dig into the dirt to eat worms because they were so badly starving following the economic collapse of 1929,” he recalled. Such Stories made a major impression on Umbower. He has taken a cue from others that have lived through tough times to prepare for possible food shortages and water shortages. “Far too many people don’t understand that concept where if the wheels of society stop turning, you better know how to feed and fend for yourself.” Different types of “preppers” runs the gamet and Umbower explained that not all preppers are getting ready for catastrophic events or zombie attacks. “Some people are preparing for cosmic activities such as a solar flares, which could bring down the power grid. There’s other people that are preparing for WWIII. There’s a lot of different types of preparation,” Umbower said. Location, in Umbower’s opinion, spurs many to prepare for specific disasters. For example: due to the many tornado warnings in the East Texas region, many people may have a safe room stocked with food and water in case of a twister. In Arizona, Southern California and New York City, Umbower says home invasions are occurring at alarming levels, likely related to the high levels of substance abuse, poverty and more restrictive self-defense laws. Many people in these regions feel safer preparing for potential home invasions by installing panic rooms that are offered by BigTexasContainers.com. The truth is that everyone has a different idea of disaster preparation. At the most basic level, Umbower recommends people stock plenty of water and food that will keep for a long time, with a backup water source that can be filtered. Other than that, some people may feel prepared simply by carrying Mace, while others may prepare for disaster with an electric fence to fend off an army of post-apocalyptic zombie attackers.

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No matter what the situation, a fully-stocked first aid kit is a must. Myfirstaidcompany.com has a great first responder trauma medical bag for under $100. Just some of the essentials in the bag include a CPR pocket resuscitator, an instant glucose pen, a tourniquet and even multi-trauma blood stop. It is also important to keep a backup supply of prescriptions or medical condition necessities in case of a disaster and you are not able to refill them. Waterproof pill cases are great to protect prescriptions in case of a flood or other disaster. Finally, it is recommended to put your medical emergency stash in a waterproof bag. The only thing worse than not having the items on hand when needed is having them, but they are wet and not usable. Tammy Prater with the Red Cross also says, “All the first aid kits in the world won’t do you any good if you are not trained in first aid.” She recommends CPR and first aid training. You can sign up at www.redcross.org, or at the very least check out their free first aid app.

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The Nacogdoches County Civic Center hosted a spooky event on Oct. 26. The annual Black Tie Bingo benefits the Boys and Girls Club of Nacogdoches and encouraged guests to wear costumes for the Halloween-themed event. The function had many supporters and sponsors including Lehmann Eye Center who, in addition to sponsoring the event, donated two free routine eye exams. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Deep East Texas enhances the lives of disadvantaged youth in the area. They offer many different programs, along with leadership opportunities, to help these children thrive and become successful adults.

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ulmonary Specialists of Tyler is proud to offer services to the communities of East Texas. We are dedicated to excellence in patient care as a matter of pride and responsibility. Our practice has steadily grown to meet the needs of Tyler and East Texas. Currently, the group consists of five physicians with a broad diversity of skills and experience, including pulmonary medicine, critical care medicine, allergy/immunology and sleep medicine. Each physician is certified and prepared to treat patients with a range of health conditions. Typical patients treated by PSOT include those suffering from asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), obstructive sleep apnea, lung cancer, chronic cough, allergic disorders and pulmonary fibrosis. PSOT offers office and hospital based consultations in pulmonary disease, critical care, sleep medicine and allergy. Restorative sleep is essential to good health. Our team of experts is here to provide diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders. We offer referrals for in lab sleep testing when appropriate. Home-based sleep testing is also available. The physicians of Pulmonary Specialists of Tyler, PA are accepting new patients. For pulmonary needs, they ask that a referral is made from either the patient’s primary physician or another specialist. Patients with sleep and allergy problems may refer themselves. Their offices are located throughout East Texas in Athens, Carthage, Henderson, Jacksonville, Pittsburg, Sulphur Springs and Tyler. They are conveniently located close to East Texas Medical Center and Trinity Mother Frances.

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A NEW TWIST on a timeless tradition Article By: Caitlin Giddens, Photo By: Noel Martin

Each December, stage curtains open across the globe to celebrate a Christmas icon: Tchaikovsky's ballet “The Nutcracker.” The soft sounds of pointe shoes beating the wooden floor match the tempo of the music. While watching the show, East Texans forget their holiday to do lists and treasure the timeless beauty of the ballet.

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n December 7, Tyler's “The Nutcracker” ballet will be unlike any before, as this marks the Tyler Junior College Academy of Dance's 25th anniversary of the performance. To commemorate this achievement, “The Nutcracker” will feature music by the East Texas Symphony Orchestra and principal dancers from the New York City Ballet. Behind this milestone for the ballet stands Tyler Junior College Academy of Dance Director Justine Pojanowski. Pojanowski is a New York University (NYU) graduate who studied at the San Francisco Ballet School and the School of American Ballet. She has also attended the American Ballet Theatre School and the Royal Danish Ballet School in Copenhagen, Denmark. Then, after six years of professional dancing in New York, Pojanowski quit the business to study art at NYU. “When I was working at the gallery in Chelsea [New York], I moved toward a different art form,” she explained. “Then I started teaching ballet at Brooklyn Ballet and it just felt right to be back in ballet. There were probably six years I was completely divorced from ballet, and now that I'm back it's wonderful!” After moving to Tyler with her husband, Pojanowski picked up teaching a few classes

at the TJC Academy of Dance. She filled the director position in August, 2012, applying her professional expertise to further develop a stellar dance program. To make this milestone of “The Nutcracker” special, she called on her contacts in New York: Adrian Danchig-Waring and Abi Stafford, both principal dancers at New York City Ballet. These professional dancers will play the Sugar Plum Fairy and her cavalier. “I called them up and asked him to come down,” Pojanowski said. “They will be here the Friday before the performance and work with Richard Lee [East Texas Symphony Orchestra music director and conductor] a little bit before the rehearsal. Because they're professionals, they know the choreography [and they're practicing in New York] and can do one rehearsal for the two shows. We'll spend a week putting it all together, then they'll come in and we'll work with them." To ensure the choreography is perfected, Pojanowkski has overseen “The Nutcracker” rehearsals for months. Not only do these practices educate children in the arts, they instill discipline and dedication. “When you have an art form, you're supposed to make it look easy,” Pojanowkski said. “But the amount of strenuous work is something people may not realize.”

However, when the BSCENE staff visited one of "The Nutcracker" rehearsals, the dancers' commitment was apparent. Pojanowkski, who wore black workout clothes and a messy topknot, stood in the corner of the studio, nodding as students, 18-year-old Anthony D'Eramo and 16-year-old Michaela Hutchins, partnered for the Arabian dance. D'Eramo, who has been dancing since he was age 11, lifted his partner countless times to perfect the routine. “Doing lifts takes a lot of repetition until it gets in your muscle memory," D'Eramo said. "You have to do it again and again until you get it down. Then you can do the lifts without even thinking." In addition to taking business classes at TJC, D'Eramo will play three roles in this year's ballet, including King of Evergreen Forest, the Arabian and the iconic Nutcracker Soldier in the first scene. He's been practicing three times a week since September to prepare for the performance. "Wednesdays are the most difficult because I do both of our partner pieces [Evergreen Pas de Deux and Arabian] in a row," D'Eramo said. "That's difficult because of the strain in muscle. Me and Michaela have partnered in a ballet before, so it isn't difficult getting the moves down." Hutchins and D'Eramo also partnered in TJC's performance of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" ballet last spring. "It was such a good show that people cried," Pojanowkski said at rehearsal. During the practice, we witnessed the high level of teamwork needed for the Arabian dance. D'Eramo later explained, "With a partner dance, you have to stay very connected with your partner and think the same thing as the other. On the girl's part, she has to let the guy know where she needs to be [for lifts, etc.]. And the guy needs to let the girl know what she needs to do to help him. A lot of partner dancing is just communicating." In addition to chemistry among dancers, another important component of a successful ballet is an excellent instructor, which TJC is fortunate to have in Pojanowkski. With her impressive experience spanning from San Francisco, across Europe and New York, Pojanowkski is bringing a breath of fresh air to the Tyler art world. "Justine is the best Tyler has," D'Eramo said in a confident tone. "Her training definitely shows because she is a very, very good teacher." With live music from the East Texas Symphony Orchestra and performances from the New York City Ballet principal dancers along with talented local dancers, this year's "The Nutcracker" is a must on your Christmas checklist. Performances will be held at the Cowan Center on December 7 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

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HOTLIST 8TH STREET BOUTIQUE Urban Expressions studded cross body clutch is not only more durable than leather, but it’s also 100 percent% vegan approved. Visit 8th Street Boutique for more holiday finds. 117 E . E rwin St., Tyler, TX, 903.595.6557, 8thstreetboutique.com facebook.com/8thstreetboutique

ECCLECTIQUES Come do your Christmas shopping at Ecclectiques in Downtown Troup! This festive coffee mug, picture frame, Christmas ornament & burlap door hanger are all Glory Haus. 208 W. Duval St., Troup, TX, 903.842.5001

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B. JAXX This beautiful bow back knee length leopard print dress is versatile in style and will accentuate any woman’s wild side. B. Jaxx Tyler 903.561.2250 and Longview, 903.295.5290, bjaxxretail.com

CAVENDER’S BOOT CITY Finally, a cooler tough enough for serious outdoor use. Insulated to the hilt and built like an armoured truck! YETIs are durable and keep ice like no other. cavenders.com ®

HARLEY’S Give the gift of stylish versatility with this hand crafted wine opener and knife from Montana Artisan Collection. Available at Harley’s in La Piazza,Tyler, TX, 903.534.9799, harleysformen.com

ALL DOLL’D UP Get All Doll’d Up Head to toe with Oribe our luxury hair care and Get Fresh, paraben free spa products. La Piazza,Tyler, TX, 903.561.8724, alldollduptyler.com

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HOTLIST PETLAND Meet your next life time companion with lifetime warranty that will put a smile on your face. Petland pets make life better. 4512 S. Broadway, Tyler, TX, 903.561.3142, petlandtyler.com

ELLIE BEE’S Cinda B.’s stylish, fun and functional carry-on rolly is available at Ellie Bee’s Paper & Gifts at 1418 McCann Road in Longview, TX, 903.758.0300, elliebees.com

HAUTE TOTZ Bring your little ones favorite bedtime stories to life with the Books To Bed nighttimes set exclusively at Haute Totz! La Piazza, Tyler, TX, 903.534.5888, hautetotz.com

COLE & CO. Look stunning in this gorgeous Sterling Silver and Pave Black Spinel jewelry suite from the SLANE Nuage collection. Perfect for your holiday and New Year’s parties this season! La Piazza, Tyler, TX, 903.592.8585, cole-and-co.com

FIXTURE THIS The Perpetua Lantern in Wrought Iron with a stunning Pyrite Bronze finish and Antique Glass panels. A perfect addition to your home! 4614 DC Dr. 1A, Tyler, TX, 903.939.1300, fixturethistyler.com

BRIDGETTE’S FUN. FASHIONABLE. FABULOUS ... a silky soft fur scarf will keep you chic and stylish as the temperature drops. Multiple colors available in ombre or chevron. Exclusively at BRIDGETTE’S. La Piazza, Tyler, TX, 903.561.3136, bridgettestyler.com

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HOTLIST JANIE’S CAKES “The Carrot Jane” is a Carrot Pound Cake filled with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Buttercream. Nothing says I love you like a Janie’s Cakes. 308 E Front St, Tyler, TX, 903.592.6105, janiescakes.com

LIPSTICK & ROUGE A Whimsical Antique Capodimonte musical pepper grinder is a unique gift . Lipstick & Rouge in Frankston, where you can find furniture, home décor and more. 390 HWY 155 N, Frankston, TX, 903.216.1531

LOUISIANA SCI-PORT Visit Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center to experience LEGO Castle Adventure through January 12, 2014. Step inside The Discoveries Unlimited Gift Shop to find a unique gift! 820 Clyde Fant Parkway, Shreveport, LA, 877.724.7678, sciport.org

SWANN’S FURNITURE & DESIGN Give a chair inspired by Mid Century Classics. Forty-one inch height chair features gracefully sloped arms and oiled cherry finish. Swann’s Plaza, Tyler, TX, 903.561.6400, swanns.com

PINOT’S PALETTE This year give a masterpiece experience! Local artists lead the way while you Paint.Drink.Have Fun at Pinot’s Palette. Located at 322 ESE Loop Ste. 156, Tyler, TX, 903.561.2773, pinotspalette.com/tyler

NERIUM AD This holiday season, share the gift of youth with our Limited-Edition Nerium AD Age Defying treatment gift pack. You and your loved ones can have soft, radiant, and vibrant skin like never before. Contact Kim Blake 214.869.0959

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HOTLIST DISCOVERY SCIENCE PLACE Give one of a kind, innovative, fun science gifts at The Explorer Store, the only place in Tyler that offers these for purchase. Store admission is free and open through the holidays. 308 N. Broadway, Tyler, TX, 903.533.8011, Facebook.com/The-Discovery-Science-Place, discoveryscienceplace.org

SPINOUT Bring the scent of the holidays into your home this season with the “Ski House” collection from LAFCO. You can find the candles, diffusers, and soaps all at Spinout. Located in the Swann’s Plaza., Tyler, TX, 903.526.2226, spinout.myshopify.com

LOCKSMITH SERVICES OF TYLER Give the gift of security with this American Security UL-listed 2-Hour Fire Safe. The perfect gift, to keep your valuables safe. Located at 241 S. Broadway, Tyler, TX, 903.595.1109, locksmithservicesoftyler.com

MORGAN ABBIGAIL These hammered metal bracelets come in three sizes, sterling silver or gold fill and are available with any name or word up to nine characters. 1505 Judson Rd., Longview, TX, 903.234.9944, morganabbigail.com

STEELE’S FEED & SEED Ruby Splash Corinthian Bell Windchimes. Features a bold red finish over a dark background. 115 S. Georgia, Troup, TX, 903.842.3411, steelesfeedandseed.com

ROCKET FIZZ “Sweeten Your Holiday” with Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shop’s unique selection of soda pop flavors, candy, gags, and gifts for your family, friends, neighbor, or client! 4129 S. Broadway Ave., Tyler, TX, 903.561.3499, Facebook.com/RocketFizzTyler, rocketfizz.com

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HOTLIST KATIE’S Willow Tree% – Beautiful figurative sculptures cast from artist Susan Lordi’s carvings. They make the perfect meaningful gifts for loved ones, friends and family! Available at Katie’s – your holiday gift headquarters – in College Station, Fredericksburg, Lindale, Lufkin and Tyler.

THE FARMHOUSE RETREAT Peppermint Sugar Scrub, just in time for the holidays! Offered as a free gift to couples who tour The Farmhouse Retreat Wedding Venue from December 1- December 14. While supplies last. Call 903.749.1682 for an appointment. Facebook.com/ TheFarmhouseRetreatWeddings, 18202 FM 3079, Chandler, TX, farmhouseretreat.com

COLE & CO. Layer up in these beautiful 14K gold and diamond KC Designs’ necklaces. Pick a symbol that most represents you ... perfect for all ages! La Piazza, Tyler, TX, 903.592.8585, cole-and-co.com

SWANN’S FURNITURE & DESIGN Stunning swivel chair featuring a collage of Calypso Red Leather, Dark Bridle Hair on Hide and Crocodile Textured Leather. A gift to treasure! Swann’s Plaza, Tyler, TX, 903.561.6400, swanns.com

THE WRITING HORSE “Check Out” our Courtly Check Three Tier Sweet Stand and other MacKenzie-Childs selections exclusively available at The Writing Horse. Located at 5825 Old Bullard Rd. Suite 500, Tyler, TX, 903.595.3900, Facebook.com/TheWritingHorse

COLLEGE BOOKS This trendy TJC embroidered Hoodie and more are available at College Books, Inc. ... your place for great Christmas gifts for your TJC student or alumni. Located at 1232 E. 5th St., Tyler, TX, 903.592.4112, collegebookstx.com

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Christmas Star Journey back over 2000 years to Bethlehem as we seek to discover a scientific explanation for the star the wise men followed to find the baby Jesus. This modern retelling of the Christmas story is sure to charm and captivate audiences of all ages.

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OKTOBERFEST / 10.26.13

Parents Anonymous of Tyler, Inc. hosted its Third Annual Oktoberfest on Oct. 26, at the Mayfair Building in Tyler. This casual event included beer samples from R&K Distributors, G&G Distributing and Ben E. Keith Co. Guests enjoyed music from the Grammy award-winning Brave Combo and a plethora of German-inspired food. There was also a drawing for a $3,000 jewelry suite from Cole & Co.

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ouldn’t it be great if we all had our own personal nutritionist? If that was a reality, I’d like mine to follow me around everywhere and tell me what to order at restaurants. They could steer me away from the foods lurking on menus and in grocery stores that masquerade as “healthy” foods. Sadly, many of the foods that are marketed as “healthy” options to consumers may actually be hindering your weight loss. Some could even be making you sick. BSCENE enlisted the help of health and fitness guru and former Marine, Christy Cunton, AFAA Personal Trainer, IFFA Sports Nutrition of XTC Fitness. She sheds some light on some of the top unhealthy health food contenders, and even ranks the offenders. This list is not meant to discourage readers from eating at the many fine eating establishments in East Texas. However, if you are trying to lose weight, you should avoid these items. And readers should be aware that just because an item is marked or labeled “low fat” or “healthy,” doesn’t mean to skip reading the label. Check out our recommended alternatives that can fill your appetite and slim your waistline. Let’s start with the most minor offender and work our way to the No. 1 most unhealthy “health” food on the list.

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Egg Whites “A lot of people will go for egg whites because it’s low calorie, but an egg is the most healthy protein you can have ... whole eggs are nearly a perfect food,” Cunton revealed. The yolk of an egg does contain fat, but it’s a healthy fat. “It’s a good thing to have a good fat from a healthy option ... unfortunately a lot of people cut the yolk because they think it ups their cholesterol ... but the more you learn about the cholesterol battle, [you learn] your body needs the good kind of cholesterol. You have to eat fat to lose fat.”

Instead of going for an all egg white omelet, Cunton recommends a 2:1 ratio of two whites to one yolk. This ratio equals 25 to 30 grams of protein, which is the recommended amount per sitting and will also help you feel full longer. Cunton likes to load her omelets with vegetables and sliced avocado or homemade salsa (skip the cheese).

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Agave Nectar Just because a product is natural or organic doesn’t mean it’s healthy.

Cunton said, “I am not a fan of agave nectar … One tablespoon of agave has 60 calories,” She shared, “That’s a lot of calories. People will get that instead of sugar and think they are doing better.” So what is a sweet alternative? She recommends local honey as the best option, especially for allergy sufferers: “Go to a local honey farm – it is proven to help with allergies.” Organic coconut sugar is another alternative. “Coconut will give you energy. I actually have people take it before they work out. It has so many benefits,” she said. Coconut sugar also averages 15 calories, and has a similar “maple leaf flavor” of agave with less calories. Still, the best option is calorie-free stevia. Stevia is Cunton’s top healthy choice for sweeteners.

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Yogurt With Fruit Topping Some of the tastiest yogurts available have a delicious fruit mixture

on the bottom to spruce up otherwise boring yogurt. However, for some people it may not aid in weight loss. “A lot of people don’t realize that dairy is a culprit of weight gain,” Cunton said. And while she does admit that the 1:1 ratio of carbs to protein plus probiotics make Greek yogurt nutritionally beneficial, if it has added sugars or fructose in the fruit mix it is not the healthiest option. For example: Oikos Greek Yogurt with Fruit On the Bottom not only contains peaches, it also contains sugar, fructose and corn starch. As an alternative to sweeten up Greek yogurt, “My husband has pomegranate juice added to his,” Cunton said. “Make sure whatever is in it is as close to the natural state. Make sure you do not have lactose intolerant allergies ... but there is much worse [food] than yogurt.” B SC ENEMAG. COM

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Dried Fruit Many people reach for dried fruit as their “go to” when they have a sweet tooth craving. Cunton sets the record straight why it is not as healthy as people perceive it to be: “Dried fruit is mostly abused because of portion control. It’s smaller and some of the fiber is taken out of it so you are going to consume a lot more in a sitting.” In addition, the dehydration process takes nutrients out of the fruit. For example, compare Craisins (130 calories for 1/4 cup of dried cranberries) to fresh cranberries (15 calories for 1/4 cup). Many dried fruits often contain additional sugar or have a sugar coating on the fruit. If you are craving something sweet, Cunton suggests fresh fruit. She also says to be picky which fruits you eat. “The best choices are berries. You can have a lot more for less calories. The antioxidants found in berries outweigh everything else – they are super foods!”

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Canned Soup Unfortunately, if it’s soup from a can or restaurant it’s probably not a

“healthy” meal. “I don’t get the soup thing. A lot of people think it’s healthy and they are just looking at it’s calorie [content]. They aren’t looking at what’s in it,” Cunton said. Many processed soups are very high sodium with few vegetables and if they contain meat, it is likely cured or processed. “Many of my clients like soup and I cringe because it’s processed. If you are making it at home it’s OK, but if it’s pre-made it’s very processed.” She also says most soup is low protein and does not contain the macronutrients needed for a healthy diet. When the weather is cold and something warm is what you crave, Cunton suggests drinking hot tea instead. Her alternative meal recommendation: try a cup of hot green tea with a lunch of chicken and spinach salad. It will satisfy soup cravings and provide the macronutrients your body needs.

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Packaged Turkey Meat Packaged turkey meat or cultured turkey meat is another food that is deceptive.

“People think it’s a healthy food because it’s turkey meat. They think it’s better than getting a hamburger,” Cunton said. However, it’s an unhealthy choice because it contains nitrates and lots of sodium. She added, “The protein is minimal, and it’s high in sodium. It’s so processed it’s unreal – and by that we mean it’s not a piece of turkey.” Nitrates can also be found in hot dogs, bacon, sausage, cold cuts and other cured/processed meats. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, nitrates are chemicals used in fertilizers, to kill rodents and as food preservatives. There is also a link between nitrates and many infant and fetal health complications, and serious health conditions in adults including many different types of cancer. Check out the full report at epa.gov by searching “nitrates.” So, instead of a processed turkey sandwich, go for grilled chicken breast. Cunton explained healthier choices are “all about preparation and not convenience food.” And if you are an on-the-go type person, tuna in water packets are a great grab-and-go alternative. To keep it healthy do not add mayonnaise!

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Soy Milk With more Americans developing intolerances to lactose, soy milk

would be the seemingly second best choice, right? Wrong. Cunton ranks soy milk as the second worst offender on the list. Soy is one of the most genetically modified crops. “There’s not a reason to drink or eat anything that’s processed GMO soy,” Cunton explained. “Soy is also processed by the body like estrogen. As women, that’s the last thing we need ... Just some of the symptoms processed soy can cause include symptoms of lactose intolerance, diarrhea, cramps and vomiting.” If it’s soy you are craving, Cunton recommends miso or tempeh, which is made from fermented soy and is very healthy. Because fermented soy is not processed, the body knows what to do with it efficiently. So, if you want the health benefits of soy, go for fermented soy. If a milk alternative is what you are seeking, almond milk is a good choice, but make sure it does not contain carrageenan “because it is proven to cause cancer,” Cunton said. Coconut milk is another healthy alternative.

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Sweet Potato Fries Cunton ranks sweet potato fries as the worst contender that consumers

often mistake as a healthy option. From a nutritional aspect, “the high heat from the frying oil can counteract and kill some of the vitamins and minerals in the sweet potato,” Cunton explained. “Sweet potatoes are extremely healthy, but as soon as you put them in oil, you just killed the healthy aspect of it. It’s empty calories you are adding for no reason.” So what is a good healthy alternative? Cunton recommends baked sweet potato chips. “They are crispy with olive oil and salt and pepper, or even a baked sweet potato is good for you.” Baking the sweet potato in the oven instead of the microwave will help bring out the flavor. “A lot of people like to add cinnamon. It’s very common and cinnamon is very healthy.” B SC ENEMAG. COM

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FRENCH BAKERY & CAFÉ This second generation, family-owned/operated bakery is much more than a great place to share a simply delicious pastry and gourmet coffee. Chez Bazan offers stellar catering services and truly innovative cake and pastry design to accompany their unparalleled bakery and café. During the holidays, let Chez Bazan satisfy your sweet tooth with signature pies, croquembouche, bouch de noel, iced cookies, homemade breads – and don’t forget to order a gingerbread house! Your friends at Chez Bazan would like to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas! Holiday hours: Christmas Eve 8-11 am Closed Dec. 25th - Jan. 1st. 5930 Old Bullard Rd • Tyler, TX 75703 • 903.561.9644 • chezbazan.com Café Hours: 11a.m. – 2p.m. M-S Bakery Hours: 7a.m. – 6p.m. M-F, 8a.m. – 4p.m. S, Closed Sundays

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JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR Specializing in traditional Japanese cuisine Steak-Seafood-Sushi Boats-Bento Boxes-Udon Soup Two Private rooms available Live DJ every Friday and drink specials from 9 p.m. until midnight Karaoke Every Saturday 9 p.m.-1a.m. Happy Hour: Monday-Thursday 5:00p.m.-7:00p.m Kids eat free on Sunday

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Mercado’s has been serving up some of East Texas' best Tex-Mex for over 30 years. Come on in and try one of our 25 new items featuring Taco Al Pastor and handmade Gorditas! With all this variety you are certain to find a dish that satisfies. Mercado’s is also equipped with a full bar, so ice cold beer or your favorite cocktail is always on hand. Oh! And, don’t forget about our fresh, made-by-hand tortillas or free chocolate and vanilla soft serve. Bring the family, bring your friends and join us for some great atmosphere and authentic Tex-Mex cuisine.

2214 W Southwest Loop 323 • Tyler, TX 903.534.1754 www.posados.com

VILLA MONTEZ LATIN KITCHEN

Spend your holidays with Villa Montez! Choose from a menu of the finest, freshest ingredients prepared with care and skill by Executive Chef Carlos Villapudua. Or work with our expert staff to create a catering feast that will ensure your holiday party is a smashing success. We offer multiple venues and innumerable menu options for your private or company gathering this season. Book now and dine in one of Tyler’s most beautiful settings, both indoors and out, mixing the magic and glamour of Old Tyler with a progressive, flavor-filled, adventurous menu and a spectacular wine list.

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THE RACK

HAMBURGER GRILL When nothing else will do but a mouthwatering burger, The Rack is the place to be … and not just any burger. Try the venison, buffalo or lamb grilled to perfection! With the largest patio dining available in Tyler and 28 Regional and Domestic Beers on tap, your inner child and your big boy/girl hunger will be not only satisfied, but have you wondering, “When’s my next trip to this place?” Every Monday, Tuesday and Saturday, $1 Miller Lights, $2 Shiners and $2 Rack Sliders. Enjoy our 110 inch screen for game day action! 2127 South Broadway • Tyler, TX 75701 • 903.787.8182 • theracktexas.com Monday-Thursday: 11a.m. – 10p.m. • Friday & Saturday: 11a.m. – Midnight • Sunday: closed Twitter: @theracktexas • Facebook facebook.com/TheRackTexas B SC ENEMAG. COM

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Whatever one’s taste or budget, there is something in the Ecclectiques showroom for you or your favorite somebody.

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he Man” made the short trek from Tyler to Troup in record time. Our mission was to visit a place called Ecclectiques at 208 Duval Street, right downtown, for lunch. Having never been there, we had no idea what to expect. This easy to find place is an 1860s building which through the years has been a dry goods store, a hardware/ furniture store and a dance hall. The loft at the rear was even used in the aftermath of the New London school explosion! Well, that was then and this is now. Ecclectiques is the happy home for antiques, gifts, an espresso bar and a bistro. Let me tell ya, “The Man” got the surprise of his life in this hidden land of enchantment. The experience was not unlike that of Lucy in C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia book, “The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe.” When playing hide-and-seek with her siblings, Lucy discovers an antique wardrobe in the home of Professor Digory Kirke through which she enters a wintry fantasy world called Narnia. This thrilling treasure in Troup is a trip you must take to see. The display windows in the front are a precursor to what lies ahead. They are boldly creative and colorful for each season. Listen, Macy’s in New York City will have to step high to match the unique designs and displays upon opening the front door. Like Lucy, one is greeted with more than a simple passing glance can take in. It is just a splendid fantasyland of color, lights, shapes, unusual gifts, antiques, repurposed furniture, lamps, floral arrangements, wreaths, hanging mobiles and tablescapes. Whatever one’s taste or budget, there is something in the Ecclectiques showroom for you or your favorite somebody. But there is yet another charming surprise at the store! It is the talented and beautiful ladies that make everything happen. Ecclectiques' Rene’ Stovall, Pam Kidd and Donna Dowdy grew up together and went to school as children in Troup. They still live there, so you must meet ’em. They are likened to the “Steel Magnolias” with their espritde’cor, interesting stories and endearing personalities. Everything they turn out is beautiful, unique and exquisite.

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Well, after an hour of being interviewed and entertained by the “Troup girls,” my BSCENE partners Caitlin Giddens and Sonya York arrived for pictures and a “never to forget” lunch at Ecclectiques which included a little of everything on the menu for the day, which changes every day. All of the items are home-cooked family recipes, the likes of which just may not be on this planet. The “Troup girls” (along with Rene’s sister, Cindy Steele), the BSCENE girls and “The Man” chowed down together for a laughin’ good time. We enjoyed countrycooked pot roast; Italian sausage and potato soup; a trio salad of Mexican tuna, chicken salad and pimento cheese; ham and turkey sandwiches; homemade Italian cream cake and peach cobbler. Donna and Pam do the cookin’ in the little bitty kitchen designed just for coffee and desserts. If two people are in there together they have to “get mighty friendly.” But, it works and they produce a perfect product that

is more than worth the drive. If that weren’t enough, these wonderful women also offer an espresso bar that rivals Starbucks! Choices range from frappés and lattés, to shaken peach tea, which is shaken fresh in a mason jar. They also have just plain good home-brewed coffee. After nearly three hours of fun, food, and fellowship with three marvelous new friends, “The Man” left, vowing to return at least every season to survey the rebirth of the store when the old is moved out and replaced with the new. Of course, the delightful home cookin’ will, no doubt, call my name to return even more often. Ecclectiques is definitely a place to add to your Christmas shopping list, and when you go, tell “The Man’s” “Steel Magnolias” I said hello. They are open Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. So, if you’re out and about, look for us, we’ll be about town.

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FEATURED IN TEXAS MONTHLY From business lunches on-the-go to larger parties who’ve got the place to themselves, Currents will go the extra mile to ensure every customer feels like a regular returning to their favorite spot … because after the first visit, you will be. We also do wedding receptions, bridal showers and corporate events. COME BY AND VISIT OUR NEW LOUNGE Tyler, TX • 903.597.3771 • currentstyler.com Lunch menu starting at $7.95 Dinner menu starting at $12.95

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BRUNO’S PIZZA AND PASTA ITALIAN RESTAURANT

Family Owned and Operated since 1976 Bruno’s Pizza And Pasta has been providing East Texans with delicious homemade Italian food, pizza, pasta and more for decades. We have catering and takeout available, and our banquet room seats around 55. We also offer appetizers, salads, specialty pizzas and sandwiches. Whether it’s a quiet evening with the family or sharing a slice after the game, Bruno’s has you covered! Be sure to call us and ask for our daily lunch special! And, don’t forget to bring your favorite wine or ice cold beer for the ultimate Bruno’s experience!

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JAKES TYLER STEAKS & SEAFOOD

Jakes staff and owners, Alan and Kamla Utz wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas. Make reservations for your Christmas parties. We have holiday menus starting at $15 that are sure to make your celebration a joyous occasion. Thank you to our loyal patrons for a wonderful 2013 and the promise of an equally wonderful 2014. Don’t forget to visit the Chaveta, Tyler’s only rooftop lounge. Enjoy dinner, drinks or your favorite cigar while watching the sunset overlooking Tyler’s historic Downtown Square. Weekends offer live music. Never a cover charge. Jakes has the best happy hour in town, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday-Friday. $5 martinis, wells and selected wines. $3 domestic beers and $5 appetizers. 111 E. Erwin, Downtown Tyler 903.526.0225 jakestyler.com

FIT CITY FOODS HEALTHY PREPARED MEALS

Fit City Foods, bringing clean eating to Tyler. Our meals and snacks are prepared using 90/10 meats, fruits and vegetables that are all fresh. Our nutritionist has put together a scientifically developed program designed to promote good nutrition and overall health. Order online today and choose your preferred pickup location for tomorrow! Fit City Foods – Building a Community Fit for Life! Get $10 off your 1st order of $50 or more! Promo Code: CHRISTMAS

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Here’s to a season filled with family, friends and plenty of cheer. Wishing East Texas the happiest of holidays from our family to yours!

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RUSTY TACO

TACOS ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT MEAL OF THE DAY! Happy hour every day 4-10 p.m. Scrub Day Thursday, every Thursday! We cater! Call and ask us about catering your next event. Two Tyler locations, and Longview location to better serve East Texas. Let’s keep East Texas Rusty!

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CORK

FOOD & DRINK Enjoy modern Euro-Asian cuisine, from our famous Shrimp Mezcal & Lamb Chops to the market-fresh Sushi & Seafood. Cork Food & Drink is a unique casual dining restaurant with an extensive wine list, live music, hand-crafted cocktails & fabulous dining! Serving Lunch & Dinner Tuesday - Saturday 11am - 10:37pm Serving Brunch Saturday & Sunday mornings! We also cater. We are located in the Times Square Shopping Center! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. corktyler.com 5201 S. Broadway Ave. Ste 162 • 903.363.9197

BASIL THAI CAFÉ

EVERY DISH IS HOMEMADE BY OUR FAMILY From our traveling experience, we cannot help but notice that Thai food is pretty unique. It is quite different from basic Chinese food. At Basil Thai Café, every dish is homemade by our family so you can enjoy the authentic Thai food. For some of you who do not know about Thai food, there are so many flavors that you can explore in Thai dishes. Some of you may have heard that Thai food is only spicy, but we have more flavors than that! Spicy, sour, salty, or sweet, you name it … It is fullflavored, delicate and HEALTHY! If you like a little kick in each bite, you can always request – Dad & Mom can always make them! Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. & 4:30-9 p.m. Closed Sunday 1700 SSE Loop 323 Suite 102 • Tyler, TX 75701 903.566.8000

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PREPPING FOR DISASTER

For disasters, perhaps the most obvious items to stock are basic needs: food and water. Most websites suggest at least three days worth of food and one gallon of water per person per day. Don’t forget to stock food for and water for any household pets. Other than stocking bottled water, several sources can be tapped within your home should you need drinkable water. Clean water can be drained from water faucet pipes and the water heater. Keep in mind the tank will need to be refilled by a professional before turning gas or electricity back on. One survivalist item we found is the WaterBOB emergency drinking water storage device at campingsurvival.com. It enables you to store tap water in the bathtub and seal it to keep it clean and drinkable. This is very handy in the event of a hurricane or flood where water supplies may become contaminated. Nonperishable food is another “must” to stock. Campingsurvival.com has a plethora of shelf-stable foods including: homemade jerky, dehydrated food, freeze-dried foods, MREs, heater meals, emergency food bars, even shelf-stable milk. Remember: some of these items may require adding water. Executive Director for the American Red Cross Chapters in East Texas Tammy Prater recommends putting food in the kit that you like to eat, “It’s OK to put granola bars and Snickers® bars in there and snacks that everyone is going to like.” Another must for emergency food prep are non-electric can openers and eating utensils. If you want to be resourceful, “The average family can put some [inexpensive stainless steel] utensils from Big Lots in a plastic bag and add it to the kit,” Prater said. However, if you are looking for an impressive all-in-one gadget the Rothco Colombia Eat’N Tool is a combination of a spoon/fork/knife with a bottle opener, screwdriver, metric wrenches and a mini-carabiner made of steel and a D-ring loop to hook on your belt. It’s a must for roughing it in extremes!

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When it comes to clothing, there are several necessities to stock in a disaster/survival kit to keep you cool, warm and dry.

The first items to stock are rain gear. L.L.Bean® has a very wide array of adult and children’s rain gear from the classic trail model reflective rain coats to nylon tarp ponchos and waterproof trekking hats. For cold climates, a hooded parka is another must to shield you from the elements. The Baxter State parka from L.L. Bean®, the brand’s “warmest parka,” was field tested in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The waterproof fabric repels ice and water, while the goose down fill and fully-insulated hood add extra warmth. For more severe climates, it doesn’t get more authentic than Canada Goose’s Resolute Parka with a removable coyote fur ruff. This coat is built for extremes Canadagoose.com explains, “the Resolute Parka is worn at both poles by explorers on trans-Antarctic expeditions as well as workers at high-Arctic observatories.” Another simple but very important necessity for your kit is a change of clothes. It’s basic, but in case of bad weather a dry change of clothes is essential. You may event want to vacuum seal it in a bag for easy watertight storage. Executive Director for the American Red Cross Chapters in East Texas Tammy Prater said, “Those are good items to have not only for the house but for the office and also for the car. I have a kit in my car, a kit in my office and a kit at home because you never know where you’re going to be when something bad happens. Sometimes tornados blow through at 2 p.m. and you may not be at home.” For disaster wardrobe essentials, items that work in different climates are a must. Plus, these multi-climate items give the most bang for the buck. The Bison boots by L.L.Bean® are perfect and comfortable for wet and cold weather extremes. The upper part of the boot laces and molds to the foot for a perfect fit. More importantly, it’s handcrafted

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If you are deliberate and creative with your storage solutions, keeping your house organized will not feel so daunting. Here’s a list of three easy steps to disguise clutter around your house and transform it into stylish organization.

1. IDENTIFY THE CLUTTER Pinpoint where the problem areas are that clutter collects around your home. For me, it has been the constant flow of mail and paperwork around the house. For others it might be gift wrapping paper, laundry supplies, remote controls, linens … the possibilities for disorganization feel endless.

2. THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX Once you have identified the areas that would help you stay organized, now it’s time to have fun. Think about ways you can “disguise” these items in a more interesting way than a typical unattractive plastic box organizer. Here is a list of new ideas to get you started transforming your clutter (Fig A). You would be surprised by how much cleaner spaces appear when we transfer the product that was once in a labeled box or jar, into a clear, unlabeled glass container. Labels are messy and add clutter to a space with different graphics and colors. And labels, for the most part, are distracting. Consider products in your pantry or bathroom that you could transfer into a new clear glass canister.

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This last idea is random, but I love it. My friend recently told me she has established a “giving bowl” for her home. This is a place where she puts anything she wants to get rid of, but feels wasteful throwing away. She saves things here to give to someone else in need. Some of us would call this our “Goodwill pile.” The difference is my friend gives back to people personally, as she hears of needs … rather than handing off the responsibility of giving to another business. With the holiday season of giving in the air this month, I could not help but share this idea! Staying organized in your home is a daily habit that must be established. Once you have the containers in place, that’s more than half the battle. If the containers are more decorative and enjoyable to see, chances are you’ll be more inclined to use them. As we enter the holiday season, so many of us are scrambling to prepare our homes for guest. Lets face it, clutter stacks up. Disorganization happens. This year face the feat of organizing your home with a new, creative eye and save your plastic containers for the attic. B S CE N E M A G.COM


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How To Save Money During The Holidays

We have asked our friends at nerdwallet to share tips for saving money during the greatest spending time of the year

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Does the approaching holiday season fill you with joy – or dread? For many consumers, the pressure of financial worries often hampers holiday cheer. The costs of gifts, big meals and travel expenses add up quickly, making an already hectic time even more stressful. If this sounds familiar it’s time to learn a few ways you can alleviate the burden on your wallet and spend more time relaxing. Try these simple tips to SAVE on some of the season’s most common expenses. Setting a concrete budget for your gift list is the first step toward managing your holiday costs. A simple handwritten list or Excel spreadsheet is all it takes to get a handle on your seasonal expenses and avoid overspending. Record the amount you’re willing to spend on each recipient and what you’ll need beyond gifts, such as decorations, food, travel and even pet boarding. If your total gift budget cuts into other essential areas of your holiday necessities, start scaling back your gift expenditures. Once these are set on paper you’ll find it much easier to reign in your spending. W Who says you have to run out and drop your hard earned cash on the biggest, most expensive items for gifts? Create gift baskets filled with homemade baked goods or buy items in bulk for each basket, like bath products or kitchen amenities. Print up creative coupons offering your time as a gift, for tasks such as babysitting, dog walking, yard cleaning or cooking a meal. Your personalized effort will be worth more to your loved ones than any dollar amount you could spend.

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Save money and the environment by sending out emailed holiday cards this year instead of dozens of paper ones. If you’re computer savvy or know someone who is, put together a heartfelt or humorous digital message or poem, along with your favorite holiday photo. Send these out with the click of your mouse instead springing for costly postage on top of cards, envelopes and printing costs. Travel can take the biggest chunk out of your wallet. To save if your holiday destination is a plane ride away, buy your seats as far in advance as possible. Also note that flying on Tuesdays or Wednesdays and overnight are generally cheaper ways to travel. Look for online coupon deals and use your credit card rewards points, whenever possible. Don’t let the stress of holiday spending get the best of you. Getting creative, setting goals and keeping costs in perspective can help you and your family relax and enjoy the season. Nerdwallet.com is a personal finance and credit card comparison website Nerdwallet writers guest post on Texas Bank and Trust’s “How We See It” blog at www.texasbankandtrust.com.

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Innovation Academy Models Cutting-Edge Learning for Primary Education “The Innovation Academy is based on the academic blueprint of a university, with project-based thinking. We teach students how to analyze a situation, recognize what they know and need to know, and develop a plan or strategy to accomplish the task.” -- Eli Crow, School Superintendent Tejas Narayanan is a lot like any other fifth-grader . . . with one notable exception. He wakes up every morning eager to get to school. “I feel great about going to school every morning, knowing that I will learn something new and exciting. We are never bored or feel left behind,” he said. Tejas is one of 475 students in thirdthrough seventh-grade who attend The University of Texas at Tyler’s Innovation Academy across three campuses in the area – Tyler, Palestine and Longview. The pioneering new educational program integrates technology and project-based learning with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math. The earlier students learn how to use critical thinking, the more successful they will be in higher education and their future career, he said. “Studies show that 80 percent of all future careers will require students to use science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) thinking. The same is true of project- based thinking.”

The Innovation Academy was launched by the UT Tyler Ingenuity Center, a component of the Texas STEM initiative to improve science, engineering and mathematics achievement among Texas students. “UT Tyler was uniquely positioned to launch the Innovation Academy model because of the Ingenuity Center’s work developing and supporting STEM academies across the state,’’ said Dr. Michael Odell, Ingenuity Center executive director. “We also wanted to develop a model demonstration school for STEM schools, focusing on college and career readiness. We believe this model can be replicated across the state and nation.”

e ding t e W y Innovation Academy organizers say the university charter school is one way UT Tyler can empower primary and secondary educators by example. “The community needs a way to educate our students for the future, and prepare them

for college in real-world ways,’’ said Angela Stinson, Innovation Academy English teacher and team leader. “Project- based learning not only teaches state standards, but also teaches them how to solve real world problems.” Teaching models used at Innovation Academy allow area school districts to see innovation in action. Students in the entire region can benefit from the lessons learned, said Brian Weaver, director of curriculum and instruction. “Educational institutions have always wrestled with the best way to prepare our students for their futures,’’ Weaver said. “Just as every classroom has diverse students with diverse needs, every community should have multiple mechanisms for providing education opportunity.” “As a charter school,’’ he added, “We are helping to meet the diverse needs of our communities. We do have some freedoms that will allow us to ‘experiment’ with some approaches that may prove to be transferable and beneficial to other schools in the community, throughout the state and


the nation. We hope to contribute to the endeavor of meeting the diverse needs of students and our community.” In addition to project-based learning, fresh educational practices the Innovation Academy is bringing to the table include flipped instruction, cooperative learning groups, one-to-one technology, parent partnership in blended learning and professional learning communities. “We also have a little different philosophy about technology than other educational programs’’ Crow said. “Technology is something we all use. It is all around us, constantly changing and moving among us. Phones, iPod, laptops – they are just part of who we are and what we do. So, we see it as one of the most promising practices in education.” Every student in the program receives an iPad to use. Students are also encouraged to bring their own electronic devices to school as tools to tackle the challenges of the day. Innovation Academy students are immersed in strategic practices designed to push them into a higher level of comprehension and learning. Even the weekly schedule for students is the “out-ofthe-box.”

y in t e ife of Monday through Friday, students experience face-to-face, on-site learning with teachers for four hours. “This time is for project-based learning,” Crow said. “They work in groups to tackle projects developed by teachers. This project-based learning flips the process upside down. They start with a project and in the process of completing the project, they learn the educational objectives.” Stinson noted, “Most of our daily lessons do not come out of a box or notebook. They are carefully planned by the faculty, based on the needs of our students and what’s happening in the real world that affects us each day.” The educational process doesn’t end when the students leave the classroom. They work through one to two hours of online lessons, a mix of practice work and lesson introduction. “We give them the information ahead of time so that when they come to class, they can put it to use,” Crow said.

“Students spend half of their day working in cooperative groups on projects,’’ she said. “The other half of their day is spent at home doing enrichment that supports the standards the projects are built around. Instead of spending our classroom time lecturing, students have the lecture at home through a variety of modes – online curricula, books, videos or lessons designed by the teachers. By having the lecture at home, students are then free to apply the concepts at school.”

e l World duc tion Students also are taking what they learn and applying it to real-world projects that impact the lives of others. Teachers, students and parents have joined forces to make a difference through community projects, including events to assist victims of natural disasters, community awareness activities and recycling efforts. “When students studied natural disasters, they wanted to raise money for disaster relief by having an ‘Innovation-athon.’ They walked, rode bikes and scooters and raised over $2,400 for victims of Super Storm Sandy,’’ Gentry said of the Tyler campus. “With the fundraiser, they also created disaster awareness videos which can be presented to audiences to instruct on preparedness and how storms form.” All three campuses got involved, with each group of students designing their own way to raise money, Crow noted. More than $6,000 was raised for the cause. “That’s pretty impressive for only 280 students,’’ he said.

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Administrators say parental involvement is a vital ingredient to the success of the academy. Parents and teachers work as an educational team.

“We knew we would have very involved parents and engaged students when we began,’’ Crow said. “But we have been pleasantly surprised by the level of it. I could not have predicted the level of support and the engagement of parents.” Tejas’ mother, Lalitha Krishnan, said she chose Innovation Academy to provide a different learning experience for him. “I believe it has infused a ‘purpose for learning’ in my child. The projects have motivated him to take responsibility for his learning. He has developed a thirst for learning and an enthusiasm to work in groups,” she said. Krishnan serves on the Parental Field Experience Committee and has helped plan field trips and events to complement learning. Parental involvement in the educational process is an important factor to a child’s success in school, she said. “All in all, it has been a rewarding experience to work with teachers and students and contribute toward the learning process.” Gentry said the teacher-parent partnership is more rewarding than she could have imagined. “I honestly feel like we are making a difference in these kids’ lives, and working towards changing the paradigm of education,” the teacher said. Stinson agreed: “I feel like the Innovation Academy is ‘our’ school. The faculty and parents here have ownership in the ideas that have helped shaped the school. Students are excited to be here, and eager to see what the next day holds. As you walk through any of our classrooms, you will see students engaged in learning.” Innovation Academy plans to add a grade each year until the program teaches third through 12th grade. Any student can apply to the school. A lottery is used when applications exceed open spots. For more information about the Innovation Academy, go to www.uttia.org.

The afternoons are also free for field trips and extracurricular activities. “We give the students the ability to take control of what and how they learn by using the Flipped Classroom model of teaching,’’ said Astrid Gentry, an Innovation Academy science teacher and UT Tyler graduate. B SC ENEMAG. COM

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FINANCIAL PLANNING FOR YOUR HOLIDAY SPENDING As the holidays quickly approach plans are being made for family, gifts, entertaining and many other activities that can lead to stress. The last thing someone needs during the holidays is stress about financial issues. A little planning and budgeting can help ease the pressure of the busy holiday season. With the extra activities surrounding the holidays it’s easy to overspend and create financial stress. When you pre-plan, you will spend less time worrying about your finances and more time enjoying the holiday. It’s important to look well ahead to the future for the extra activities and expenses. Creating a holiday budget is a great way to stay on track with your spending. For the holidays, we recommend you start far enough in advance that you can save the funds for the extra expense rather than using credit sources. Categorize your activities and formulate anticipated spending to structure a budget that will meet your needs and stay within your income or savings. As you start your holiday spending, compare and track each expense to your budget. This will guide you through the holidays and help you stay within your budgeted spending and relieve possible financial stress. There are many budgeting software applications available for household use all year long, which may be helpful during the holidays. Software programs can be useful in managing and budgeting income and expenses. Also helpful are Internet Banking products which may have built in functions to manage expenses. The My Finance application, which comes with the American State Bank internet banking product, will enable the user to track, categorize and budget income and expenses. It also includes account aggregation which brings in all the users account balances under one simple login. Using these helpful tips can lead you to a less stressful and more enjoyable holiday season.

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he Christmas season is celebrated all over the world. Festive decorations are installed, stores fill with shoppers, families carry out traditions and communities come together. Throughout time, cultures have embraced this holiday as a celebration of giving and Judy Wilkins-Smith and Katherine Hartvickson of Tyler are no different. Their book, “Christmas at Jim’s Place,” is a story that brings light to the generosity shown by communities during this season. Published this July, the book has already sold many copies all over the globe. The story is set in New York and follows Jim, a young redheaded boy in third grade. The plot takes a few bumps and turns as he prepares for his school’s Christmas party. With a tie to September 11, “Christmas at Jim’s Place” is a moving tale about the importance of giving and sacrifice during this season. The story takes on a serious tone that the author, Wilkins-Smith, writing under her maiden name of J.M. Ashwell, said was her intended purpose. “I thought, this is my country, how can I give back and see, that even in the middle of a tragedy, there can be a whole lot of magic,” Wilkins-Smith said. “This story just wrote itself. So, it’s a little boy who makes a wish and what can

happen when a community really surrounds him and makes that come true and in the process turns everyday people into heroes.” Wilkins-Smith was born and raised in South Africa, but has lived in the United States for 18 years; and became a citizen, along with her daughter, two years ago. She has a background in healthcare and a current business as a systemic coach and business consultant to companies such as Baylor, NFL, A Glimmer of Hope, Shell Oil, Exxon Oil and JP Morgan. She is also the coowner and president of the Tyler-based Innovation and Visionary Leadership in America Inc., better known as Beyond the Box. Her business partner, Hartvickson, has led the human resource team for iconic companies such as Campbell Soup, Blue Diamond Almonds, S&W Fine Foods and Trane Heating and Air Conditioning among others. She now has her own human resource consulting business and serves as co-owner and CEO of Beyond the Box. “We wanted to be able to get America excited again about what a great country we have. If people could help each other … then we could cut through a lot of the red tape it takes to get things done,” Hartvickson said. “So that brought us to doing our own project.” For three years, Wilkins-Smith and B S CE N E M A G.COM


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Hartvickson have hosted Beyond the Box style conferences all over the country, and are now planning joint global conferences with expert speakers. Aiding in everything from writing business plans to patenting, speakers and leaders from all over the business world come out to help one another. “Christmas at Jim’s Place” is their newest venture and keeps with their overall mission statement. “The whole thought behind [the company] was to get out of the box. If you put your mind to it and are willing to work hard, do all the right things and build relationships you can build communities,” Hartvickson said. “And we thought, ‘how can we do that?’ And we said, ‘through our story.’” Wilkins-Smith and Hartvickson hope to strengthen communities all over the globe through their story, but they are starting with the community they call home. “We are really interested in Tyler being aware of [the story] because it has the reputation for being the little city that does,” Wilkins-Smith said. “This [story] is for communities; we want our own community to be aware of it.” The story of “Christmas at Jim’s Place” is the first in a series of “Jim stories” and is available (in English and Spanish) through Amazon as a digital book. Wilkins-Smith and Hartvickson have big plans for the project including raising funds through Kickstarter, an online crowd-sourcing portal for entrepreneurs. They hope to earn $350,000; enough to publish a screenplay for the book, commission sculptures of the characters and begin the process of

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making an animated film. They have created incentives for varying levels of donations to raise the funds and start the ball rolling. The largest prize will be a private book reading and cookie decoration party with Wilkins-Smith and Hartvickson, as well as renaming one of the characters after the donor so they can be part of the "legend." “We are really wanting that [person] to be someone from Tyler, Texas,” Hartvickson said. “I think we [go beyond the box] because Tyler is a very generous community. I think we are an example community.” To the Beyond the Box's creators, “everything makes a difference” when giving back to your community this Christmas season. “And no matter how rich, how poor, how young or how old, that doesn’t matter,” Hartvickson said. “Everybody has something to share to make this world a better place.”

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Since 2005, video game lovers have basically had two consoles going toe-to-toe for their hard-earned cash: the XBOX 360 and its arch nemesis, Playstation 3. I, like so many others, finally turned to Microsoft for virtual entertainment after years of being mostly a “Playstation guy.” My reasons were simple, the XBOX was released first and this time it was even cheaper than the Playstation. Sure, the Playstation had a Blu-ray player but that was hardly enough to sway me to purchase one. All I cared about was getting my hands on my first high-def video game experience and I was pretty blissed-out when I did. Call of Duty 2 was the first title I played and was on permanent rotation for well over two months. Soon, other great titles took their place like Gears of War, Grand Theft Auto and the flawless BioShock franchise. Yes, it was safe to say the Sony Playstation had fallen completely off my video gaming radar. So, it seemed to me that the decision to go with Microsoft again was a no-brainer, but the roles are once again reversed. The Playstation 4 comes in at a cool $100 cheaper than its counterpart. While neither device supports backward compatibility which I found pretty disappointing; this time however, the XBOX ONE is equipped with a Blu-ray player, giving up its once staunch resistance to the Sony created optical drive. However, the XBOX ONE comes standard with its motion-detecting gizmo, the Kinect. The Kinect is all set up for 3-D, infrared and HD image capturing which give players motion-gaming options as well as the ability to Skype with fellow XBOX ONE members. For some, this feature is unwelcome as erroneous rumors of “spying” and “gamer eavesdropping” has swept across the Internet. A few months back, Microsoft gave everyone quite a scare stating XBOX ONE owners/players would need to “check-in” online once every 24 hours and that games could not be shared amongst consoles. Since then, however, Microsoft has reversed its online and game sharing policy, quickly trying to put a band-aid on its hemorrhaging fan base. Only time will tell if the ONE will be able to overcome the bad-taste it left in customers mouths months before the console was even released.

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