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YOUR LOOK. YOUR STYLE. YOUR YEAR!

CATCHY EDUCATION

PILLARS of

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AFTER THE I DO’S EXPECTATIONS VS. REALITY

HOPE

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Kelly Laine Haney SHAWN MICHAEL HANEY KHANEY@H3-Media.com SHANEY@H3-Media.com

Hope. The irony is that I never fully understood the meaning of the word until I experienced hopelessness. Twenty-fifteen did not exactly end the way I had planned. On December 18, I was on my way to my family Christmas weekend when I got a phone call that my brother, Tod, had collapsed with, at the time, what we thought was a seizure. He had been taken to the ER and was doing fine. However, the memories that were gained over the next 12 hours would prove to be some of the most cherished and also the most difficult of my life. As my sisters, Mendi McCall and Dena McGregor, and I sat with our brother in his hospital room, we had the best time we have had since we were kids. All together, just the four of us, for two hours, recalling childhood memories and giving each other a hard time. Just like we did growing up. Everything was fine and Tod was going to be alright. Our mom came back to stay the night with him and we left with our dad to go home, get some rest and prepare for our big family get-together. Then just like that, my life would never be the same. Over the next six hours, I would come to understand the meaning of the word HOPE because I had truly felt hopeless. Tod had not had a seizure that day, but instead had gone into cardiac arrest because of ventricular fibrillation. I had hope that each time he went into cardiac arrest, the doctors and nurses would bring him back and that his heartbeat would stabilize. But there came a point when extreme hopelessness consumed me, when he could not be stabilized long enough to be care flighted to a cardiac unit 26 minutes away. Tod’s heart gave out and he passed away in the early morning on December 19. What I am learning through this experience is that hope does not have one simple meaning. Every person has their very own unique definition of the word. It truly depends on the individual and the circumstances of life. To Stephanie Vasso, hope is not just a word that can be described in the dictionary. It is not something she does or does not feel. Hope is something she aspires to give through art. Six cold, weathered, dreary stone pillars were the canvas to provide that and to remind those that come under The Bridge to have hope. It is an amazing story of a community coming together to not simply brighten someone's day, but to add vibrance and life to what once was dull and hopeless. As we start this new year, I choose to not make my typical resolutions because I usually give up by January 15th. Nope, not going to fail miserably this year. But you know what’s funny about it, I usually don’t even think about how I didn’t stick to my resolutions until the new year rolls back around! However, I sure “hope” I get in the best shape of my life and slow down enough to smell the roses! From the BSCENE team to you, we wish you a blessed 2016!

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STREET | SCENE 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.

Members of the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce took turns in ringing the bell for Salvation Army, outside of FRESH in Tyler, on Dec. 17.

Brookshire’s in Tyler held a ribbon cutting ceremony for their grand reopening, at their food store located at 100 Rice Road, on Dec. 9.

Altra Federal Credit Union held a groundbreaking for their new facility at The Village at Cumberland Park in Tyler, on Dec. 11.

The Junior Achievement (JA) Board of Directors held a press conference to announce the Bergfeld family as the chosen family for the 2016 Laureate for the JA Business Hall of Fame, at Peete Elementary School in Tyler, on Dec. 9.

The Kilgore Chamber of Commerce presented the Christmas Parade 1st place award for “Best Use of Theme” to Arpco Valves & Controls at the Chamber office, on Dec. 4.

The Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Dermatology Associates of Nacogdoches on December 3.

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The Longview Chamber of Commerce welcomed Everything Gluten Fre e, in Longview, with a ribbon cutting ceremony on December 17th.

The Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce helped celebrate the Grand Opening of Goosehead Insurance on December 9th with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

The Breeze held their 7th annual Jingle Jam on December 6th at OneRealtor Center in Tyler. Guests enjoyed music from National Recording acts Daya, Max and Conrad Sewell. The event benefited Toys for Tots.

Independent Marketing Consultants for Ambit Energy gathered to volunteer at the 1st United Methodist Mission House in Bullard, on Nov. 14.

The Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Oak Hills Terrace Memory Care on December 18th.

Hospitality ER of Longview hosted a Grand Opening Reception on December 15 complete with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails for guests.

Longview Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting at Muddy Pups Dog wash to help welcome the new location to the Longview area, on Dec. 11.

The Children’s Miracle Network and the city of Tyler held a press conference to announce the Miracle Child of 2016 at the Tyler Rose Garden on Dec. 1.

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HOPE PILLARS OF

Article and Photos by: Jordan Sherrod

We all walk down hallways. Hallways whose walls are red from the sweat and blood it takes to live this life. We toil and exert effort to get from one day to the next. The floors of the hall are checkered. Checkered because our days become mundane, the pattern repeating itself over and over again. But the hallway has an end. At the end of the hallway are two doors, and these doors are open. Beyond the open doors is a balcony that opens into the night. It looks hopeful out there, peaceful and serene. The moon is shining and the stars are out. We see these great lights in the darkness from within our hall and we long for it. Yet we are unsure whether or not that balcony is for us. In the open balcony there is no roof, and all we have known is a roof. It is intimidating, but we still long for it. We ask ourselves, is this really for me? We feel like we need an invitation. We wait, and then the invitation comes. It is a bird. The bird lands on the railing of the balcony outside. We aren’t sure what kind it is yet, because of the darkness. The bird then turns, looks at us, and flies inside right to us. We see that it is a swallow with a royal red head and a beautiful blue body. We smile, because we know what a swallow means. A swallow means hope, and this hope has come to us.

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Six stone pillars lie under the bridge of Gentry Parkway in Tyler, Texas. They are large and they are massive. Originally they were also cold and lifeless, but now they are warm and welcoming. Inspirational scenes, such as the one described above, are now strategically painted on the pillars for travellers to see. Each of the pillars are painted according to a theme: Love, Peace, Community, Joy, Forgiveness, and Hope. The story of this feature is one of hope and transformation. The reader will be able to observe the transformation of six pillars that traversed from coldness to warmth, and from deathly to life giving. In order to begin this tale, one must start with the ministries under The Bridge. It is safe to begin by noting that the type of transformation enacted upon the pillars is perhaps the very thing desired by the ministries who meet under The Bridge. Only their desire is the transformation of people, not necessarily pillars. The Bridge is a common meeting location for many local ministries, such as Hunger for Love and Church Under A Bridge. Church Under A Bridge meets every Sunday under Gentry Parkway at 10 a.m. Its attendees are primarily homeless and low-income individuals; people who have lost homes, family, jobs, and friends. These people come without hope; yet seek it under this bridge. Over various distances and many miles, weary travelers and vagabonds come under the shelter of the Gentry Parkway Bridge to hear a message of hope. In the Spring of this year, a woman named Stephanie Vasso helped serve at Church Under A Bridge with her own church, Marvin United Methodist. While attending she looked around at the people and the bridge. She saw a lot of beauty going on, yet she kept noticing the concrete, stained pillars. Stephanie says she “felt called to bring the beauty out of that.” Thus began the painting of the pillars. Stephanie had a good head start in her desire. She teaches an art class to homeless individuals every Monday at HiWay 80 Rescue Mission and knew several muralists in the area. In order to get an idea of who would want to be involved, she asked everyone in her art class if anyone attended Church Under A Bridge. Everyone raised their hand. This solidified her desire to make a difference under The Bridge. She now had a direct connection to the individuals her paintings would impact. Furthermore, she would be able to provide an outlet in which her students were able to give back to the city. With the support of her class and the help of the community, Stephanie set out to paint the pillars. Her first task was to get approval from TX-DOT, owner of the bridge. That’s where city councilman, Don Warren, came in. It was only natural for Don, a native Tylerite, to get involved. Don says he’s always been drawn to the homeless, so when Stephanie asked him to get involved, “it was an instant yes.” Don said, “The project is a natural fit for things I have a passion for.” In addition, the Gentry Bridge is in Don’s district. With enthusiasm, Don called the city council together, met with TX-DOT, and drew up a MOU (a “Memorandum Of Understanding,” clarifying the conditions of the painting). To the delight of Don and Stephanie, everyone was on board. The process moved forward with “very little delay,” as Don said. The city


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council was behind the idea, TX-DOT approved, and everyone signed the MOU. This, of course, was very encouraging to those involved in the process.

She saw a lot of beauty going on, yet she kept noticing the concrete, stained pillars. Stephanie says she “felt called to bring the beauty out of that.” Thus began the painting of the pillars.

But things weren’t always to be encouraging for Stephanie and her team. Though the city of Tyler was behind her, the weather of the world was against her. Saturday, October 24th, was the day painting was to begin. Everyone was looking eagerly to that date. But on the 24th, the cold Fall rain fell and postponed the first day of painting. This was quite disappointing to the team, but in the end they kept their chins up and fought for the hope they wished to display. The next week was also dreary with light rain, but Stephanie and a few volunteers showed up to begin placing stencils on the pillars. With things looking bright again, Stephanie and her team continued to meet every Saturday at 1:00 p.m. to paint the pillars. Various groups and individuals came to pitch in their support in different ways. Students from Tyler Junior College, The University of Texas at Tyler, and the Bishop T.K. Gorman Regional Catholic School came to paint alongside the homeless. Though community coordination is important in this project, the painting of the pillars is not simply a community project. Rather, it is a tool of communication. “Art is a universal language,” says Stephanie, initiator of the painting of the pillars. The primary message the painters of these pillars desire to communicate is hope. Hope for hopeless, the lost, and the weary. Hope is a term that can sometimes be loosely thrown around. For the purposes of this situation it would seem that hope is best defined as, “A feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.” Many people find hope in a wide variety of things: good weather, God, family, friends, kindness, morals, or even puppy dogs. However, while one can place their hope in each one of these things, there is an object of hope in this list that seems to stand out above the others. God is a being worthy of our hope. In him all our deepest expectations and desires can be met. He is someone who will always pull through. Everything else on the list above is inconsistent or will one day prove unsatisfactory. It is this type of hope that Stephanie and her paintings attempt to hint at. “There will be some implication (of religion),” says Stephanie, “But no religious symbols or the face of Christ, but I think God will be glorified through it.” There were many individuals who came to help promote this message of hope. One individual from Stephanie’s art class at HiWay 80 came out every week to help. His name was Billy. Billy was involved in an accident some time ago in which he fell off a tank. When he went to the hospital for his accident, the doctors erred in their treatment and caused Billy to suffer injury. Hope seemed far off for Billy. His parents, who he had been staying with, both passed away over time. He eventually moved to Lindale

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to live with his sister. While living with her, he decided to attend Stephanie’s art class. Billy says he likes to “try new stuff.” The art class has been one of Billy’s favorite things. When Stephanie initiated the art project under The Bridge, Billy eagerly volunteered to help. “Billy is here every time. He’s one of my biggest helps,” said Stephanie as she smiled at Billy. Billy came from a background of little hope, yet under this bridge he has found a source of inspiration. Billy thinks that the pillars will help inspire a feeling of freedom in the community and that God will be honored in the project. Though a majority of the painters were either the homeless or art students, there were also everyday-citizens of Tyler who eagerly joined in the project. One of those individuals was Diana Ortiz. Diana was born in the local community and has been very involved in her neighborhood and the city of Tyler. She met Stephanie one day as Stephanie was formulating her plans for the painting of the pillars. Diana was delighted to hear these plans and told Stephanie, “When I can I want to volunteer my time.” Diana believes that volunteering comes from the heart. It is a personal matter for her. “Being a Christian, this is what I do,” says Diana. She also believes community service is a thing every good citizen should do. “Why not give back to the community?” Diana asks. Why not, indeed. Supporters of the pillar painting believe the result of this project will ultimately benefit the community in a multitude of ways. Stephanie Vasso believes the project will do three things for the community: 1) “Bridge the art community,” 2) “Inspire people,” and 3) “Glorify God.” For her HiWay 80 art class she believes her students’ participation in the project will help them learn about “giving back and contributing.” City councilman Don Warren says, “I hope whenever the homeless are there, they can look at these pillars and something they see creates hope.”

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“I HOPE WHENEVER THE HOMELESS ARE THERE, THEY CAN LOOK AT THESE PILLARS AND SOMETHING THEY SEE CREATES HOPE.” Consider if your house or apartment had no decorations, no paintings, no plants, and no color. Not much of a home, is it? You probably wouldn’t want to invite people over because it may be so dull. Decorations and color bring life to a home. It creates a feeling inside of warmth and welcome. It demonstrates that someone lives in that place; it shows that a human thoughtfully placed each piece of décor. The Bridge under Gentry Parkway is like a house. For the homeless, it is their dwelling place. But this dwelling place is not a home when its “walls,” the pillars, are cold and blank. By painting these pillars, its inhabitants can truly call this bridge, “home.” This is why the painting of these pillars is so important. The painted pillars bring life, warmth, and a feeling of welcome to those who walk under its loud overpass. Perchance a homeless individual may be walking by on a rainy and cold day. Maybe this individual has lost it all: home, family, friends, and hope. Let us say this person flees the driving rain by seeking shelter under this very bridge we have been discussing. What then? Before the pillars were painted, the individual would have found shelter, a house of sorts, but they would not have felt at home; they would not have found hope. But now that the pillars are painted, the weary traveler can come beneath the shelter of The Bridge and see a host of paintings that was painted for them. Now they can feel warmth, welcome, and life. Now they can be at home. Now they can find hope. Photo by: Noel Martin

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do not. The goal: to help you make more informed choices among the hospitals in your community. Most below-average hospitals had unaccountably high rates of patient deaths or infections, or potentially preventable complications that landed patients back in the hospital within a month. Many may have chosen a better hospital, if only they had been able to easily research their options. Now they can. Visit health.usnews.com to find where uncommonly common care is being delivered when you need it. Welcome to a new day in common care. Welcome to Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics.

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HISTORIC TYLER CHRISTMAS PARTY DECEMBER 17 Historic Tyler celebrated their annual Christmas Party on December 17, at the Liebbe House, which is located on South Broadway. Guests mixed and mingled while sipping on cocktails and enjoying the tastes of the season.

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Calling all fiances and to-be fiances out there! Planning on getting hitched in this new year? Think you have an idea as to how a wedding goes down? Think again! The popular beliefs come straight out of a movie. For example, wedding planning is a horror, you can register for a pool table and Egyptian cotton sheets and expect to get those, and from the I-Dos to the speeches, you get to drink lots of champagne and munch down on wedding delights. Well guess what?! Those are beliefs, but not quite the reality. The thing about weddings is that each one plays out differently. No two weddings will ever be the same, at least for a couple to experience. Everyone goes into a wedding expecting something, that in reality turns out to be the opposite. To prove that, we reached out to local newlyweds to get the real scoop. We came up with some popular wedding expectation versus reality moments, and wanted to see if our couples could relate. Boy are you in for a surprise!

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY: DONNA CUMMINGS EXPECTATION: WE JUST GOT ENGAGED LAST WEEK AND HAVE ALREADY BOOKED A VENUE. WILL: Our reality was much closer to our expectation. Part of Whitney’s job is planning events and being a sort of Social Director, so she has great experience and judgment to be able to put together a wedding. That, combined with our families, friends and wedding party helping out, we were on top of almost every aspect of planning with plenty of time to spare. EXPECTATION: REGISTERING IS A BLAST. I’VE ALWAYS WANTED A FOOSBALL TABLE. WILL: I knew it wasn’t feasible to ask for a foosball table (no matter how I tried to sell it as a “family activity and motor skill coordination center”). But it’s true, a lot of the items you need to register for just aren’t terribly exciting, even if they are useful and necessary. Still, we were able to sneak in a few things that we both wanted and needed. And if anyone is interested, there is still a really nice grill on the list! WHITNEY: Men and women definitely have different ideas on what makes registering fun! It was a great activity to do together, being able to plan out what our “family style” would be (we decided on transitional), and to trying to keep Will from scanning 16 egg poaching rings kept me on my toes. In my defense, poached eggs are delicious. EXPECTATION: CAN YOU TAKE IN ONE MORE INCH FROM THE SIDES? I’LL BE A FEW POUNDS LIGHTER BEFORE THE BIG DAY. WILL: We both worked hard to get ready for the wedding, going to classes, working with a trainer and being smart with what we ate and drank. Whit looked absolutely stunning in her dress, and I was just trying to keep up in my tux.

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WHITNEY: I ended up losing too many pounds between my last dress fitting and the day of the wedding. We had my corset tied as tightly as possible and I still felt like it may slide down when the dancing started! EXPECTATION: I’M GONNA HIT THE SACK NOW AND GET MY BEAUTY REST. WILL: I’ll never understand why people have bachelor and bachelorette parties the night before the big day. You end up feeling terrible, you’re barely making it through the ceremony and you look like a sweaty red mess in every photo from the reception. That’s not to say we went to bed by 9, but (almost) everyone was in excellent condition on the wedding day. EXPECTATION: WE ARE GOING TO LOOK PERFECT AND BREAK INSTAGRAM. WILL: You can only smile authentically so many times in row before your face starts to cramp up. That’s why so many models look angry in photos – that and they’re probably really hungry. Luckily, our photographer, Donna Cummings is supremely talented: she was able to capture how beautiful my wife looked and make me seem like I at least belonged in the frame. WHITNEY: Looking back at our photos, I was so happy to see the many genuine looks of happiness and joy on our guests’ faces. I may be biased, but I feel like we had one of the most attractive wedding parties that I’ve ever seen! Donna Cummings was a phenomenal photographer – she’s a dear friend and has the priceless ability to make you feel comfortable in your own skin on the most important day of your life. Perhaps it’s the love talking, but I find Will and I to be quite the striking couple, so taking photos together seems easy!

ADVICE: IF YOU COULD BOTH GIVE ONE PIECE OF ADVICE TO A COUPLE GETTING MARRIED… WILL: For me, this is easy to say and hard to do: simply try to make it an event you would enjoy attending. The bridal party, families and guests love and support you, and you’d think by this point they also like you – so have a celebration that’s true to who you are and what you love. WHITNEY: My advice to a couple getting married would be to place a trusted and responsible friend in charge of coordinating your wedding weekend. I had a bit of trouble handing over the reins, but I will be eternally grateful to Theresa and Sherry, our friends who assisted us over the entire wedding weekend. I was able to enjoy myself and not worry about details being left to chance or tasks being incomplete. WHITNEY: I lied – I have one more piece of advice: get a videographer! I was worried about the cost, but it is truly a priceless thing to have footage of every aspect of the wedding. There was much of the day that Will and I weren’t together so seeing what he and my guests were experiencing while I was hidden away was so much fun. We got to see all of our guests enjoying themselves, dancing and laughing, and can relieve it on every anniversary for the rest of our lives.

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EXPECTATION: A BIT UNCOMFORTABLE BUT THEY LOOK GREAT ON MY FEET SO JUST GO AHEAD AND CHARGE THESE SHOES TO MY CARD. WILL: I’ll leave this one to my wife. However, she’ll take 20 Advil before she loses the fabulous shoes. WHITNEY: I feel that I was quite responsible when it came to my wedding feet fashion. I opted for a Michael Kors silver glitter kitten heel that was easy on my feet, yet gave a little glitz when my feet peeked out from under my hemline! EXPECTATION: THE HORS D’OEUVRES ARE GOING TO BE DELICIOUS. WILL: You get unreasonable amounts of advice from everyone you meet for months leading up to the wedding, and this is one thing everyone was right about: you really do not have much of a chance to eat at your own wedding. So, we had the caterers put together a care package to go, just in case, and that’s what we had for dinner. However, I went to great lengths to have a “maroon velvet” groom’s cake – and they left my piece out of the to go box! WHITNEY: We received lots of compliments on our catering from FRESH, and we had arranged with the caterers to set up a “to go” box for us that would be in our car upon departure. There was nothing quite as happy as kicking off your shoes and diving into a delicious meal after such a long and stressful day. My mother hosted a bridal brunch at Cork for me that morning and I was very thankful for the rib-sticking chicken fried steak bowl by the time the wedding came around!

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Stephanie Foster is a bright light leading the way for the future of our healthcare in Longview. seen in her faithful volunteerism for many worthy organizations such as, Junior Achievement, Boys and Girls Club, and the March of Dimes. Not only has she volunteered on with these originations, she has also served in many leadership roles such as, a former board member for the Junior Achievement and Globe Scholar. Stephanie’s leadership skills, talent, dedication and loyalty have earned her worthy awards, such as the Community Health Systems “Leadership in Excellence” countless times, as well as the Lions Club of Longview, Nurse of the Year award. Stephanie truly stands out, shining brightly in our community. She continues to work tirelessly for the health our community. Stephanie Foster is a bright light leading the way for the future of our healthcare in Longview.

Those who know Stephanie Foster all agree that, her contagious charisma, hardworking nature and kindness to anyone she meets, make her are a loyal and special friend and loved one. Stephanie shines bright in her job role at Longview Regional Medical Center as the Chief Nursing Officer, she has been in this position for 10 years. She has worked at Longview Regional Medical Center for more than 21 years. Healthcare is Stephanie’s passion, and she takes great pride in her work

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Now BCBS members have a real choice in healthcare We’re pleased to announce that ETMC Tyler is now a preferred provider with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas PPO plans. It’s a victory for the more than 30,000 Smith County residents covered under BCBS who value competition, choice and access to the widest range of local hospital services. ETMC Tyler is proud to join other ETMC facilities and physicians in East Texas as an in-network provider for BCBS of Texas. You have won the freedom to choose ETMC Tyler and receive the maximum benefits your BCBS plan offers. We are excited to have the opportunity to serve BCBS members in Smith County and beyond. We look forward to providing care that revolves around you and your families.

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Bariatric Center Behavioral Health Breast Centers Cancer Institute Cardiovascular Institute Digestive Disease Center Family Birthplace First Physicians Clinics Imaging Services Level I Trauma and Emergency Centers • Movement Disorders Center • Neurological Institute • Orthopedic Institute • Pain Management Center • Sleep Centers • Specialty Hospital • Surgical Services • Urgent Care • Urology Institute • Wound Healing Center

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Dr. Garland Glenn DPSc, DC practices functional medicine and is an international speaker with a global patient base. He is registered with the Institute for Functional Medicine and is widely regarded as an expert on gluten and its impact on the gut and brain.

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Do you suffer from brain fog, loss of focus, loss of memory, learning disabilities, or depression? The more we learn about the gut the more we realize just how much it controls. The GI system has a profound influence on everything from developmental disorders to mood disorders including: ADD, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Alzheimer’s, dementia, heart disease, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, and depression. Health care practitioners are not trained to identify early signs of brain degeneration. We will discuss the first steps in protecting your brain, and it starts in the gut.

Frustrated with trying to lose weight? If you’ve tried fad diets, injections or even surgery and still can’t lose the weight, there’s a good reason -- They don’t work. Find out why calorie counting and exercise are doomed to failure. Losing weight is NOT about calories in = calories out. If you have tried dieting in the past only to be disappointed, learn what works, why and what to do.

If you have either chronic diarrhea or chronic constipation, the latest research on the state of your “micro-biome” may hold the key to solving one of life’s most unpleasant conditions. We will talk about: gut flora (bacteria) and why it’s so important; the only test that shows if you have a gluten sensitivity; the hidden land mines in our diets that cause major issues; and ways to fix the problem.

Are you tired, worn-out and just feel terrible even when your lab test are normal? Do you have trouble going to sleep or staying asleep? Chances are your adrenal glands are at the heart of the problem. The thyroid takes a backseat to the adrenals, which are involved in everything from digestion to sleep. We’ll talk about how diet, stress and other factors conspire to undermine adrenal function. We’ll also discuss the immune system and gluten and its relationship to Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism. Save yourself from a life of chasing thyroid symptoms and lab numbers by finding out if your adrenal glands are working properly.

EACH TALK, COVERING THE HOTTEST TOPICS IN HEALTH TODAY, WILL BE GIVEN SEVERAL TIMES BEGINNING IN EARLY DECEMBER AND STRETCHING INTO THE NEW YEAR. FOR TIMES AND DATES CHECK OUT THE CALENDAR AT WWW.DRGARLANDGLENN.COM. PLEASE CALL 903-944-7552 TO REGISTER AS SEATING IS LIMITED.

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continued from pg. 22 EXPECTATION: WE JUST GOT ENGAGED LAST WEEK AND HAVE ALREADY BOOKED A VENUE.

EXPECTATION: THE HORS D’OEUVRES ARE GOING TO BE DELICIOUS.

JAKE & JESSICA: Well it took us about 2 months to book a venue. I knew I wanted something that reflected our personalities. If the two of us collided it would definitely be rustic meets elegance and Centaur Arabian Farms was absolutely perfect. That was the easiest decision; the rest was so much more difficult and complex. We waited until the absolute deadlines to turn in our music and our food menu because we could not make decisions. We tasted cakes in about 10 minutes and when the wedding came around we couldn’t even recall what we chose.

Neither of us even recalls what we ate when we sat down for a mere 15 minutes during the reception. But we do remember going through two boxes of food at the end of the night. We sat there and guessed what each was because we couldn’t even remember what food we requested for the reception. Things that seem so important and one point will seem so minute at another.

EXPECTATION: REGISTERING IS A BLAST. I’VE ALWAYS WANTED A FOOSBALL TABLE. JAKE & JESSICA: Registering is so fun….the first HOUR! Little did we know this process would take several hours and become very monotonous. Jake was still living in his bachelor days and worried about every single grilling tool with the thought he had so many guys’ nights in his near future. The sales associates advised we register for one item per guest that we invited. That’s 425 items! I recall saying over and over “I feel so greedy, we don’t need all of this.”. My best advice: start the registry in the store and sit at home and complete the remainder online, let one another add at least one ridiculous item that the other does not agree you need at all, and give the man the registry gun!

ADVICE: IF YOU COULD BOTH GIVE ONE PIECE OF ADVICE TO A COUPLE GETTING MARRIED… JAKE & JESSICA: We heard the same advice over and over so here’s a little something different: Never let the wedding become bigger than your relationship. continued on pg. 33

EXPECTATION: CAN YOU TAKE IN ONE MORE INCH FROM THE SIDES? I’LL BE A FEW POUNDS LIGHTER BEFORE THE BIG DAY. JAKE & JESSICA: Oh Fittings! After one fitting and a few minor alterations my dress fit like a glove. I picked it up for my bridal photos and had a very rude awakening. I literally could not sit down. I had to fall backwards onto a chair and hope the chair did not move in the process. It never crossed my mind to attempt to sit down during my fitting to assure it was even possible. So during your fitting dance, sit, bend, MOVE IT! EXPECTATION: I’M GONNA HIT THE SACK NOW AND GET MY BEAUTY REST. JAKE & JESSICA: I can sum up this question….”Jake how was the night before for you? Were you hung over the next morning?” He still had not been able to recall exactly where he had drinks that night. But he made it to the golf course bright and early on the wedding day. I opted out of the whole “beauty rest” myself. A night out with my bridesmaids and a sleepover were a much better remedy for my nerves. EXPECTATION: WE ARE GOING TO LOOK PERFECT AND BREAK INSTAGRAM. JAKE & JESSICA: Pictures are far from what you imagined. You can save all of the Pinterest perfect poses of those adorable couples but rest assure, you will look NOTHING like that! Jess made me lift her in the air for our engagement pictures and my quad has never been the same. I still have limited movement six months later. He’s right, I had all these pictures I wanted and my favorite ones are the absolute most candid moments like when he played “Queen of my Doublewide” as we exit the wedding and I laughed so hard. EXPECTATION: A BIT UNCOMFORTABLE BUT THEY LOOK GREAT ON MY FEET SO JUST GO AHEAD AND CHARGE THESE SHOES TO MY CARD. JAKE & JESSICA: Jess’ wedding gift to me was a pair of gator boots to wear to the wedding. I broke them in only 24 hours in advance because she wouldn’t let me open them early. By the end of the wedding night I felt I had ran a marathon barefoot through Africa. Those boots never left my suitcase on the Honeymoon. J A N U A R Y | F EB R U A R Y 2 0 1 6

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continued from pg. 29 EXPECTATION: WE JUST GOT ENGAGED LAST WEEK AND HAVE ALREADY BOOKED A VENUE. MYRANDA: I didn't have a wedding Pinterest board when Jacob asked me to marry him, so I went out and bought a step-by-step book on how to plan your wedding. After looking through it, I wondered if we should elope. A friend suggested that I make sure to do all the small things early because I'd run out of time and think they're not as important. I made a timeline for myself to have everything finished 1.5 months early, that way I could enjoy all my showers and not be a bridezilla. I started on my DIY projects early and would try to do one per weekend. By the time my showers rolled around, 1 month before the wedding, I enjoyed every minute and was not stressed! Jake: Hold on... there was a cake tasting?

EXPECTATION: A BIT UNCOMFORTABLE BUT THEY LOOK GREAT ON MY FEET SO JUST GO AHEAD AND CHARGE THESE SHOES TO MY CARD. MYRANDA: I decided to go with “Tiffany Blue” dyed, satin, 6” high stiletto’s (only found online). I bought them and put them on a couple of times for my dress fittings and photos. My feet were already hurting a couple hours into the reception, but ”beauty is pain" was my reality and my expectation was wrong haha. JAKE: Tuxedo shoes are very uncomfortable. We went with a soft flat black leather. They weren't shiny like tuxedo shoes, but I know my groomsmen loved me for it.

EXPECTATION: REGISTERING IS A BLAST. I’VE ALWAYS WANTED A FOOSBALL TABLE.

EXPECTATION: THE HORS D’OEUVRES ARE GOING TO BE DELICIOUS.

MYRANDA: Jacob and I owned our own homes when we got engaged. After registry packages started arriving at our doors we literally had to plan a garage sale 2 weeks after our wedding to be able to live in our new home together. We had a total of 5 cutting boards at one time! Jake: I let Myranda pick out everything and didn't have one bit of input, but I wanted it that way. She worked hard on everything and I hoped all the presents would make her a happier bride.

MYRANDA: (On the way to the honeymoon) Babe, how was the $700 grooms cake, fajita bar and candy/popcorn bar? Did you happen to grab any I’m starving? We had to use our imagination and prayed it all tasted good. Make sure you have someone designated to make you boxes of each thing to take with you!

EXPECTATION: CAN YOU TAKE IN ONE MORE INCH FROM THE SIDES? I’LL BE A FEW POUNDS LIGHTER BEFORE THE BIG DAY. MYRANDA: I exercised daily, ate healthy and had great dress fittings. What I did not account for was after the wedding. I was in Cabo with my handsome new husband, so why not celebrate with frozen drinks, great meals, desserts and room service! Then, the week after getting back, I wanted to use every cooking and baking item I received from our registry … domesticated “wifey” stuff. I made dinner every night (can't forget dessert, homemade bread, etc.). I guess that’s where the term “fat and happy” comes from. Jake: I added weight so Myranda thought she lost more. EXPECTATION: I’M GONNA HIT THE SACK NOW AND GET MY BEAUTY REST. MYRANDA: I went to bed around midnight but couldn't sleep. I calmed down by telling myself everything will be fine as long as the electricity doesn't go out. And … it did. On the way to the reception I was screaming ‘Do they not have a backup generator?’ How were the guests supposed to see us, my ice sculpture and cake? That list went on and on, and yes this is true life. Jake: I think we could've benefited from a couple of sleeping pills the night before. I had the bachelor party a few weeks prior so I had plenty of time to recover. I don't think you could have too much sleep or water leading up to the wedding day.

JAKE: MEN, make your wife sit down and eat. Take a breather. Enjoy a moment to look around. If I could change one thing about our reception, this would be it. While you should try to visit and say hi to everyone, make sure you and your wife have a moment before it's over. ADVICE: IF YOU COULD BOTH GIVE ONE PIECE OF ADVICE TO A COUPLE GETTING MARRIED… MYRANDA: No one tells you about all the adjustments you will have to make. You learn a lot in the first month. One of the most important things to learn is your love language (pick up a copy of “The Five Love Languages” by Gary Chapman.) Once you know the love language for your partner, you can always know how to make him feel loved. If you learn this habit the first couple of months after marriage, you will get in the routine of expressing it on a daily basis. Jacob would always tell me “Forever same team” and I had that engraved on his ring. That one phrase changed my whole outlook. We are now the George team and help one another grow with God. Marriage is one of the most rewarding promises you will make! JAKE: Myranda said it nicely. I do think you have to realize that your spouse is the most important person in your life, and remind yourself every now and then. There has to be a mutual respect and a constant effort to stay kind and positive. We've found that praying together helps us be kind and positive more than anything. continued on pg. 82

EXPECTATION: WE ARE GOING TO LOOK PERFECT AND BREAK INSTAGRAM. MYRANDA: 5.5 hours to get ready with your bridesmaids should make anyone beautiful, right? I did not factor in the thunderstorms and rain. ‘WHO HAS AN UMBRELLA?’ JAKE: I only needed 30 minutes to get ready with 45 minutes to spare, which was needed to try to explain to my dad which parts of the suit he could keep and which needed to be returned. It was raining and I thought Myranda's hands might be clammy because she was nervous so I took a handkerchief. (+10 points)

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PAM CHAIN, WAYNE FUDGE

ANGIE KENNEDY, BLAIR COLBY, HEATHER & JOSH CARAWAY

TRACY HAYS, WANDA ROBERTS

MIKE TEAGUE, ALYCIA HEPLER

JUSTIN SMITH, MISSY MERRITT, ALLISON & CHARLIE WILLIAMSON

PAULA & DAN FLORCZYKOWSKI

SUZANNE & WADE TURNER

STEVE JOHNSTON, KATHERYN COURVILLE, KAREN TORRES

NEAL MCCOY ANGEL NETWORK ROCK CHRISTMAS PARTY DECEMBER 19 The annual Rock Christmas Party benefiting Neal McCoy’s East Texas Angel Network was held at Maude Cobb Activity Center in Longview on December 19. All you needed to enter the party was a donation of a gift card. Gift cards collected were given to children in the area for Christmas. Guests enjoyed live music, great food and spirits.

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AMANDA & CHRIS GORDY, ALECIA & JD RILEY

MARK WATSON, DEBORAH TAYLOR

HEIDI HITT, AMANDA TRAYWICK, JACKIE MOSELEY, HEATHER KELLY, MICHELLE MILLER

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SHIREL MCCAULEY, MICHELLE MUCKLEROY

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TAMMY JACKSON, MELISSA COX

CHIP PERALTA, MARSHA FULLER

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CAROTID ARTERY SCREENING Carotid Stenosis, the “silent killer,” shows no early warning signs or symptoms for most people. And with more than 500,000 new strokes occurring in the US each year, 20 to 30 percent of those are caused by Carotid Stenosis. Blockage in the carotid arteries is a major risk factor for stroke. The carotid arteries are located in the neck and supply vital blood and oxygen to the brain. Some kinds of stroke occur due to a blockage, or plaque buildup, in the arteries that supply blood to the brain. Certain people have an increased chance of having a stroke based on certain “risk factors.” Generally, the greater the number of risk factors, the greater the person’s risk of stroke. Controlled Risk Factors include: history of heart disease or tobacco use, high blood pressure or cholesterol, diabetes, history of peripheral artery disease, obesity, blood disorders such as sickle cell and excessive alcohol use. Uncontrolled Risk Factors include: age, gender (more common in men), family history of stroke, personal history of stroke or heart attack, and race (AfricanAmericans are at greater risk). A quick, painless test – called a carotid ultrasound – can detect blockage in the carotid arteries. All tests are performed by registered vascular technologists who only perform vascular testing, and are interpreted by board-certified peripheral vascular surgeons. The test takes about 30 minutes and is performed by moving an instrument over the patient’s neck to visualize the carotid artery and the degree of blockage, if any. If carotid stenosis is diagnosed, treatment options include open surgical treatment – called carotid endarterectomy – and carotid artery stenting. Dr. Smith is board certified in Vascular Surgery by the American Board of Surgery. (903) 606-1400 TMFHEART.ORG


Caring.

Nature. Caring is much more than a word that describes our nature. At UT Health Northeast, it’s what we dedicate ourselves to do for our patients day in and day out. And as such, much of our work revolves around patients with cancer. We’ve brought together recent breakthroughs in cancer technology with groundbreaking techniques in personalized cancer care and prevention. Backed with the University of Texas System’s resources, we’re the only university medical center in the region, and the only hospital situated on 600 acres of healing Northeast Texas woods. If you or someone you love is looking for hope, call 1.855.506.HOPE. Healing just feels better here.

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KEVIN HOOD, KAREN PARTEE, CONNIE MILLIGAN

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TEXAS BANK AND TRUST ANNUAL OMNICLUB CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE DECEMBER 1 Texas Bank and Trust held their annual Christmas Open House for its Omni Club members in the Hazel Hickey Community Room, in Longview, on December 1. The Omni Club program was created for clients who enjoy escorted travel, lifestyle and financial seminars, as well as exclusive events hosted by Texas Bank and Trust. The holiday gathering gave club members the opportunity to mingle with fellow members in a festive holiday setting.

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The 30-Minutes-Or-Less E.R. Service Pledge – only at Longview Regional Medical Center. LongviewRegional.com *Medical professionals may include physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners.


2016 The Must List... Article by: Amanda Kosmer Courtesy Photos

HEALTH: Fitbit: Apple’s app store reported the Fitbit fitness tracker app was their most downloaded app on Christmas Day as well as the day after. A sure sign that the Fitbit was a top seller this past holiday season and will continue to be on many wish lists for 2016. Hint, hint: Valentine’s Day is February 14th. Don't let this hot item slip past your wrist, ahem, list, for your sweetheart.

ENTERTAINMENT: Downton Abbey: The swoon-worthy and ever so fashionable Crawley’s return for their 6th and final season on PBS. The much anticipated premiere begins Sunday, January 3rd, on PBS. As in true American style, BScene is guilty of committing a British faux pas by posting this information a day after the media event of the decade! Be sure to catch up and don't miss a moment of this period drama.

TRAVEL: Fitness and Adventure! RootsRated has collaborated with outdoor and adventure experts in the United States to produce a list of “Must-Visit American Cities for Outdoor Adventure.” Topping the list is Asheville, North Carolina. This Appalachian city is known for its eclectic art and music and is a craft-beer connoisseur’s dream destination. Outdoor activities noted for optimum adventure are backpacking (hello gorgeous Appalachian mountains), mountain biking at DuPont State Forest, and whitewater paddling on the Nantahala River. For a complete list of the highest rated cities and towns, including Portland, Oregon, and Hilton Head, South Carolina, visit RootsRated.com.

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STYLE: Blanket Scarf: This trend setting accessory is as simple as it gets but adds maximum impact to a pair of skinny jeans and a t-shirt. Find these cozy scarves in a multitude of plaid colors from sunset orange and apple red, to pine green and mallard teal. Is it a blanket, poncho, or a scarf? The styles are endless as your imagination! Confused on how to wear the scarf? Visit Youtube for a demonstration on “Easy Ways to Wear a Blanket Scarf.”

WHEW. I COULD USE SOME DOWNTIME ANYWAY!

FAMILY: Less TV; more time for imagination. The TODAY show has compiled a list of “Parenting Resolutions”. Coming in second as a top New Year’s Resolution is “I want to cut back on the amount of TV my kids watch.” Busy moms have created reward charts for playtime without the television. Top nontv activities include: Legos, coloring, reading a book, and playing with dolls. Each fun activity earns points towards television time. But watch out, you may find that your children actually enjoy these activities and less television might become a natural evolution of time.

HOME: Too much stuff? Could you be on an episode of “Hoarders”. Time to declutter in 2016. Try some of these ideas: Fill a bag of clothes, shoes and accessories not worn within the last year and donate once a month. That’s a total of 12 bags of goodies going to a new home and refreshing your closet. Another wise move: for every new toy brought into the house; two toys must go out. Keep it simple and eliminate “stuff” for a cleaner and happier home while helping out those in need. A win-win situation in 2016!

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With an arsenal of cancer technology rivaling the biggest names in health care, it’s no wonder that UT Health Northeast Cancer Treatment and Prevention Center is considered innovative. Simply put, it’s in our nature. Our specially trained team of medical and radiation oncologists, surgeons, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, and other cancer experts all work together under one roof. Powered by The University of Texas System’s resources, we are the only university medical center in the region surrounded by 600 healing acres of peaceful pines. If you or someone you love is looking for hope, give us a call for an appointment now at 1.855.506.HOPE. Healing just feels better here.

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ROBIN BUIE, KELLY MICHAELS, KIMBER SPINKS

JACQUELINE CAVENDER, PAT CAVENDER

SUSAN DAVIS, DEBBIE ROOSTH

RAE MOORE, GENA PHILLIPS

GAIL HAAS, MAURI DOUGLAS, TOMI ELLIS, BETTY PAUL

DAWN LEATHERWOOD, VERONICA TERRES

NANCY CAVENDER, DEBRA SMITH, DONNA BROOKS, REBECCA ROARK, CHRISTA DREWRY

SCOTT HAMILL, JEFF BIGBIE, DREW DENMAN

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CAVENDER’S BOOT CITY HOLIDAY ROUND UP NOVEMBER 30 Guests were invited to Cavender’s to enjoy sips and bites featuring the launch of "As the Spur Stirs: A Cookbook by Jacqueline Cavender" Proceeds from the cookbook benefit American Cancer Society.

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The Catch, a new seafood restaurant in Tyler, brings in coastal influences to the piney woods of East Texas. More than just a restaurant, The Catch actively gives back to the community by integrating students from a local high school’s Culinary Arts Program.

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Walking into The Catch is like walking into a dockside restaurant on a fishing wharf. It’s fast-casual dining meets fisherman’s paradise. “I grew up in Rhode Island, so if you went into Rhode Island, this is like what you would see,” The Catch owner, Scott Nordon explained. “But I wanted to infuse some of the Texas Gulf Coast, East Coast and West Coast influences into the restaurant.” The Catch opened at the end of November 2015, but has already been well received by the community, especially due to its unique integration with the Whitehouse High School Culinary Arts Program. This union is the only program of this caliber nationwide. Through this system, grade 12 students who are in the program are able to work at The Catch as a type of internship, where they become a part of the entire restaurant process from designing menu items to conducting interviews. Each of the eight students plays a different role that is vital to The Catch operating as a fully functioning restaurant. Whitehouse Culinary Arts Program instructor, Chef Deidra Stewart is there to guide and supervise the students throughout the entire process. The students, along with Stewart, also run a restaurant in the high school called Wildcat Bistro. The students who have been in the Culinary Art’s Program for four years have already had three years of experience running a restaurant at the high school. For the students’ final year in the program, they will complete their internship at The Catch.

“It’s outside of the school, so they have to learn a whole new set of responsibility,” Stewart said. “Whereas in the school it’s a part of just going to class and running the restaurant through there. Here, they’re having to leave campus, be here on time, do the job that they’re sent to do, clock in, clock out, - it’s a different environment.” Because The Catch had only been open for a few weeks before the holiday break, the students only got a taste of what they’ll be doing in the restaurant. However, Stewart said that starting this month, their roles in the workplace will become more defined. “For example, we have an Executive Chef and they are responsible for the specials going on,” Stewart explained. “We will start serving whatever specials they come up with and they are to do menu pricing and train the line, the people behind, on prepping. We have cold prep, we have a pastry chef, you can look for things like home made pies or cobblers that a student has developed, menu priced, marketed, and brought to the restaurant. We also have a front of the house manager; they are the one in charge of running the front of the house, doing interviews and scheduling. This restaurant is giving them the ability to come in and take an active management role, a leadership role into something else.” Stewart said the students sign up to enter the program as 8th graders. Those students interested in becoming restaurant owners, chefs, nutritionists or any other career in the culinary arts will become a part of Stewart’s program once they enter high school the next year. Stewart said she teaches 185 students every day in the program. BS CENEMAG. COM

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“All of my students are certified nationally with the National Restaurant Association, which is a very big honor,” Stewart revealed. “So if you are looking to bring a program into your restaurant, you want students that are the best, ones that are leading the pack and that’s what Whitehouse is doing.” Students are involved hands-on with almost every aspect of The Catch. When they begin the process of designing menu items, they start by researching the food items that are selling well. Stewart said the students would take an item that is doing well and add their own spin to it. From there it is a process of trial and error when creating samples, and Stewart provides feedback every step of the way. They then price the item based on cost to produce and other factors, and offer it as a special for two weeks. “So much more goes behind it than just ‘I think I’ll choose shrimp,’” Stewart said. “They’ll get exposed to really every asset of the operation, everything we do,” Nordon said. “It’s like anything else, like any sport or any task, different individuals bring different things to the table. I think as time goes on they’re going to be a big asset to what we’re trying to accomplish.” Stewart emphasized the importance of hands-on learning and real-world experience and said she has never taught “by the book.” “I require them to work with their hands,” Stewart explained. “If you make a mistake, then you fix it with your hands. We’re not going to write a paper about it, we’re going to get in there and fix it. That same concept applies to The Catch. The way the students are going to learn is not by me taking them on a tour of the restaurant.” Working for The Catch through the Whitehouse Culinary Arts Program also enables the students to begin building their resume and career path even before starting college. It also helps pay for their higher education degree. “Last year Whitehouse got $500,000 in scholarships for culinary students in the program to go to college,” Stewart said. “Those students are going to need job experience and resumes and The Catch is going to provide that. Scott is going to provide that.” The Catch is also owned by David Weaver, who opened the restaurant with

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Scott after over a decade of working in the restaurant industry. “I think the longer any of us do something in life, you get to the point where you start thinking about what you want your journey to be about,” Weaver said. “Deidra’s in a position of giving, even though it’s a job, she’s still giving and I think we started trying to aspire to that. I think even indirectly you can have a significant impact on the student’s lives.” The students are just as invested in The Catch as the workers are in the students. They are always offering solutions to better the restaurant’s systems and are actively involved in many decision-making processes. “If you ask these kids, they truly believe that they have ownership in this restaurant,” Stewart said. “They are your biggest critics. They say, I don’t like how this is going; let’s change it to this. Scott and David are really good about that. They’re like, ‘okay, I like that idea.’” Because The Catch is a seafood restaurant, it has an ever-revolving seasonal menu full of a variety of food depending on the time of the year. There is always something new offered. “We’re going to do some awesome things when it’s crawfish season that people aren’t going to expect or get at a chain restaurant,” Stewart said. “You’ve got to reinvent yourself from time to time,” Nordon added, “and let people know we have some cool things going on. We want them to come in and say, ‘wow we weren’t expecting that kind of experience.’ We want them to be blown away when they come in.” The Catch also has a self-proclaimed one of the best, if not the best, Happy Hour in town. In addition to lasting a long period of time, from 4 to 7 p.m., The Catch also has a large variety of appetizers to choose from and pair together. So far, the crowd favorites tend to be the gumbo and hush puppies, which Stewart said are “phenomenal.” “The drinks are the best around and probably the best prices around,” Stewart said. “On top of that, we have really good starters that go with our happy hour; I mean there’s nothing better than gumbo with a bucket of beer or hush puppies with a margarita.” As for the future, Nordon and Weaver plan to expand The Catch to other locations. One will be in Longview and will open up around February, B SC EN EM A G.COM


the other will be in Waco, but they are currently sorting out business plans to get it up and running. In addition to The Catch expanding, Nordon and Weaver are also pursuing other restaurant projects, one being a potential nationwide franchise. “Several investors and potential franchisees have shown interest,” Nordon said. “We’ll see where all that goes. We’d eventually like to go to the Dallas market but we’ll just see. We’ve got plenty to keep us busy for the next six months to a year just doing these different locations. Stewart said the most rewarding part of watching students learn and grow is simply seeing them advance throughout the program and become successful.

“From the time they come in as babies, as ninth graders lost completely, to watching them grow into mature adults and watching them become husbands and wives and parents and become a successful part of the community is so rewarding,” Stewart said. Underneath The Catch sign is a type of slogan that proudly boasts “Est. 1985.” Although The Catch has only been open since late November, Nordon said that the dream of owning his own restaurant was established the year he and Weaver graduated from high school in 1985, even though it took 30 years to turn that dream into a physical manifestation. Nordon said 1985 is when he believes all of this started and had to develop before becoming a brick-and-mortar location. Nordon mentioned that his favorite part of owning The Catch was actually getting to pursue his dream every single day and watching it come to fruition. After leaving behind a job at a different restaurant, it’s rewarding for Nordon to watch his hard work pay off. “You know, I think getting up everyday, coming up here and working is the best part of the job,” Nordon said. “For me, I left a successful career to pursue something that I wanted to do all my life. It’s been an interesting road, because we’re pretty much doing this with not a lot of capital, with not a lot of marketing dollars. It’s a lot of shaking hands and trying to put out the best product that we possibly can. It’s the American Dream.” BS CENEMAG. COM

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MAN ABOUT TOWN WITH DR. AUBREY D. SHARPE PHOTOS BY: BRYAN STEWART

STEP AWAY FROM THE ORDINARY AND STEP UP TO DAKOTAS Well, here we are again. Yep, it was fall a year ago that Linda Rudd and Steve Hellmuth hosted a huge Man About Town party at the new Dakotas “of yesterday”. It was a smash. We said at the end of that article, “We went to the mountain top of fine dining. But, this is just the beginning. There is more a-comin’ with Dakotas! Stay tuned for the next enhancement coming soon. It’s gonna knock your socks off!” Guess what? The mountain top just got higher. Dakotas has moved to it new location in La Piazza Center, 4803 Old Bullard Road (903.581.6700) and created from the ground up a Taj Mahal of fine dining. Elegance is an understatement for this outstanding destination environment which is thoroughly stunning. The shock and awe of the stately interiors begins upon entry. The theme of genuine mahogany wood trim and light chocolate walls, dark wooden plank floors, Tiffany’s-look stain glass chandeliers and distinctive paintings of large tigers, lions, and leopards is carried throughout. The dining room is large, but cozy and warm with mahogany wainscoting, ceiling beams and crown moldings, romantic indirect lighting and multicolored chandeliers. A wall of windows and sliding glass doors form the entire north wall affords easy access to the semi covered outdoor patio that will eventually include a “show stopping” water feature and garden area. Then there’s the bar. Oh my, what a bar! One wall is floor to ceiling mahogany, two walls are floor to ceiling glass with patio access and the final wall frames the entire room with a fully stocked beverage and service bar. The highlight of the room is a giant eighteen seat horseshoe bar topped with Italian Red Onex that, with the LED lights beneath, has a volcanic lava look in colors of orange, black and white with a marble swirl effect. It’s worth a few drinks just to sit at and experience this one-of-akind bar in all of East Texas.

dinning—two rooms for 15 or 35 or one large group of 50. Want catering? They still offer that fine Dakotas' catering experience. You may experience this world class restaurant Monday—Friday, 11:00 - 2:00 lunch and 5:00 - 10:00, dinner; Saturday 10:00 - 2:00 Brunch, ($3.00 Mimosas, $4.00 Bloody Mary’s) and 5:00 - 10:00 dinner. They remain open daily 2:00 - 5:00 for appetizers and drinks. Closed Sundays. Happy Hour is 4:00 - 7:00 weekdays with lady’s night on Wednesday and ½ price drinks for the ladies (open till midnight Friday-Saturday). Enjoy live music on the weekends. Linda and Steve graciously hosted a full scale intimate dinner for our group of eight. It was over the top! The feast began with mixed drinks of choice and the finest of wine along with giant crab claws in lemon butter garlic sauce, Dakotas' unique Oysters Rockefeller and Oyster grilled in lemon butter, red onions, bell peppers, with Ramona cheese (which could be a dinner by themselves—so-o-o good). Entrees included America Prime Beef, Texas Wagyu Blend, grilled to perfection and beautifully displayed and fresh sautéed Tilapia fillets. Top all of this off with house specialty desserts of Godiva Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Soufflé Lave Cake with Molten Center, NY Cheese Cake, Kentucky Bourbon Pie and Bourbon Pecan Pie, both topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and you have a marvelous night of gastronomical sinfulness…but there is great pleasure in such sinning. One last trip to the bar was in order. So, we eased in to a full to capacity bar, which is neither seen nor heard of by the patrons in the dining room. After glad handing a number of good ole friends and a night cap or two we made our way out of Dakotas' winter wonderland into the night and made our way home. So if you’re out and about, look for us, we’ll be about town.

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This suede navy jacket over a lighter blue, plaid button down, paired with classic denim, looks regally, effortless. Throw on some matching blue suede with tan leather loafers and you’re ready for a casual dinner date or happy hour with the guys. Comstock Navy Jacket Sebastian James Plaid Shirt Comstock Denim Jeans Swims Loafers AVAILABLE AT HARLEY'S

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With the warm temperatures lingering, you can also carry the white wardrobe pieces into a more casual expression of your fashion disobedience. Throw on a comfy threequarter-length top and pair it with a light, denim, A-line skirt. Work in a black leather jacket for the cooler days or leave it solo carrying into spring. AVAILABLE AT JEWEL

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Fun in February means catching a Valentine’s Day movie after a quintessential East Texas dinner at the local barbecue joint. Wear your heart on your sleeve … or just the front of your shirt for your date night in this burn out cotton, three-quarterlength raglan. Pair it with your favorite jeans and cowboy boots and you’re ready for that red-hot date! Southern Grace “Be My Love Song” Raglan Ethyl Boot Cut Jeans Lane “Love Sick” Red Studded Cowboy Boots Whimsical Original Swarovski Accents and Leather Bracelet Mbellish Gold-Toned Tear Drop Earrings AVAILABLE AT STEELE'S

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Let love rule or just let rouge rule your February wardrobe … even during the day! The not-so-shy color instantly exudes confidence without whispering a word. Basic wardrobe pieces like straight-legged jeans and a neutral shirt, as your base, are turned up a notch when topped off with a red, statement-making cardigan. Add your favorite accessories, incorporating the same punch of color, and you’ll be ready to take on any shopping excursion or movie night with your hubby. Urban Mango Open Fleece Red Cardigan Ethyl Pants in Candlelight Lane “Buckaroo” Cowboy Boots KurtMen Leather Tote Bag (Made in Texas!) Mbellish Feather Beaded Pendant Necklace and Earrings Set Scojo Tortoise and Coral Glasses AVAILABLE AT STEELE'S

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Tyler Police Chief, Gary Swindle, has worked for the city of Tyler since he was twenty-one years old. He started with the city in 1982 and has been the active Police Chief since the year 2000. His sixteenth year as Police Chief will be celebrated with a brand new facility and the fulfillment of keeping East Texas safer than it was before. What does a day in the life of the Tyler Police Chief entail? Well, Chief Swindle is a very busy man. His days are filled with not only keeping East Texas Residents safe, but also keeping the City of Tyler in order. Swindle is responsible for three other departments in addition to the Tyler Police Department, including the Neighborhood Services Department, which includes the grants, housing vouchers, home funds, rental assistant vouchers and more. This Department reports through Chief Swindle, to the City of Tyler. Swindle is also responsible for the Animal Control and Animal Shelter Departments within East Texas. Since early 2015, when hideous acts of animal cruelty were discovered at Klein Animal Shelter, the city of Tyler has moved forward with plans for a new animal shelter in the East Texas area. They have broken ground on the facility, to be located on Hwy. 31 west. Last but not least, the Code Enforcement Department also falls under the watchful eye of Swindle. “It is a busy day, but I have the help of my two assistant chiefs and our public information officer who keep me updated. I then review their information and keep the City Manager, City Counsel and Mayor informed on what is going on in East Texas from traffic issues to any major crime,” Swindle detailed. Swindle sets the policies and procedures for the police department. He keeps an eye on issues going on around the country to ensure that Tyler officers have the latest and best equipment. For example, body cameras were brought into the department in January of last year as a result of the trends around the country. “My job consists of looking to the future, planning and setting a vision for the Police Department, as well as assisting and making sure each department has what they need in order to do their job well,” Swindle added.

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Swindle revealed that the new station has been over ten years in the making. The current station is located at 711 W. Ferguson St., in downtown Tyler. The Ferguson St. location was last renovated in 2002 – 2004. During the remodel, they doubled its size, adding about 17,000 square feet in order to accommodate the needs of the department. Following the renovation, Officers immediately began looking at the city’s rapid growth and contemplating what their next steps would be.

“We knew the majority of the city’s growth was moving south, which put a tremendous amount of distance between there and our current location,” Swindle said.

Officers recognized the amount of distance between the current location and the growth of the city, as well as the amount of time this adds onto response time when making their way to their destinations. Therefore, the plan for a new station in south Tyler came into place. The new station will mirror the current police station located at the entrance of Faulkner Park, at 574 W. Cumberland Road. It will officially be named the Faulkner Park Station. This is the first police “sub-station” that will offer all of the operations of the main Police Department. The station was chosen for this location specifically according to the needs of East Texas residents and the rapid growth taking place within the city of Tyler. “The whole idea behind having an additional station is to lessen the time it takes officers to reach their assigned areas,” Swindle revealed. The new station is a fully operational law enforcement facility. It will support patrol operations, criminal investigations, community response, and traffic, as well as, provide administrative support. Essentially, the new station will be able to offer the same services available at the current location. However, the new station does come with added benefits for the city of Tyler.

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Assistant Chief Jimmy Toler, Investigations Division Commander, explained just a few of the ways this station will help to keep East Texans safe. “The greatest benefits of the new station are access to services and response times. The station will allow citizens to access services without having to travel to the main police station on Ferguson. In addition, individuals working in the southern patrol will be in closer proximity to them once they leave the station,” Toler said. “One large benefit is that the city of Tyler does not have any big facilities in the city of Tyler in which a city councilman can hold a city meeting or a senior citizen group can hold activities,” Swindle added. Faulkner Park Station will include a training room that will be used for police officers at the new location, but will also be available as a multi-purpose room to include community meetings with city councilmen and the Mayor, for districts in the south area of Tyler. This multi-purpose room can also be used for senior citizen meetings, crime watch meetings or any special training that the Police Department would like to offer to the general public. Faulkner Park Station is ideally located across from Tyler’s new 700,000 square foot retail space, The Village at Cumberland Park. This area continues to grow and with that comes more traffic as well. The Police Department is in the perfect location to respond quickly to needs and calls for service. The current facility, Ferguson location, will continue to operate in the same manner as before. The new station simply enhances police capability within the community. “Being strategically positioned in the southern part of Tyler,

it allows us to provide a faster service to the community,” Toler explained. There are currently 194 police officers within the Tyler Police Department. A portion of these officers will be relocated to Faulkner Park Station, while the other portion will remain at the Ferguson location. The Tyler Police Department is looking forward to the new Faulkner Park Station and all of the ways it will help to provide even better protection for our city. Swindle insists that working for East Texas is unlike any other city. The immense gratitude that the Tyler Police Department receives from residents is overwhelming. "Out of one hundred letters and comments from residents, I receive ninety-nine positive comments from citizens where officers have gone above and beyond to help them. Whether it be that an officer helped someone change a flat tire in the rain, on the side of the road, or they were traveling without any money and an officer bought their dinner. It happens all the time. Hearing these stories, and the stories where officers have risked their lives in order to keep residents safe, these are the constant reasons why I got into this profession and is the highlight of the job. It makes everything worthwhile,” Swindle added.

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WORKING TO LIVE SEVEN GREAT IDEAS FOR WORKING FROM HOME Article by: Kim Lewis

With the turn of a calendar year, don’t you feel an internal sense of empowerment stirring to kick the New Year off with ‘boot camp’ style strength? It’s strange how the turn of a page can give us a fresh slate and chance to start over. Mentally a new calendar year can feel like a reboot. For me, 2016 must bring better balance between work and life. (Anyone who knows me is nodding his or her head yes right now). Balance is tough when your home and office are the same address. I call it my “Hoffice” (Home Office). With the rise of self-employment and telecommuting, the need for dedicated home office space is a home trend for 2016. According to analysts, the frequency of telecommuting is up 80% since 2005. In early 2015 there were an estimated 10 million self-employed jobs in the United States. The latest U.S. Census Bureau supports the rising number of people working from home as well. So all that data, and I cannot help but wonder, how are people evolving their homes to accommodate the change in work style.

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If you’re working form home (even part-time), do not underestimate the importance of setting yourself up for success and productivity. I’m happy to help prove getting outside of that 8x8 cubicle is good for the soul, but we have some work to do to get there. For all you list makers, there are SEVEN boxes to check:

1. DESIGNATED DESK Take yourself and your work seriously by designating a very specific space in your home. Allocated home office space also helps during tax time with deductions. If you move your laptop around in the home, the IRS does not recognize those remote areas. Consider a nook in the living room by a window, or a spare bedroom if you have that luxury in space. If you can, avoid placing your desk in the bedroom because it is healthy to physically separate from the place where you should be getting rest.

2. ROOM WITH A VIEW Give yourself the “corner office”! Your desk should be placed in front of a window. Natural sunlight is healthy for productivity and mental happiness. Be sure you have sufficient lighting and add lamps for softer ambient lighting to decrease stress. If placing your desk by a window is not an option, try hanging a rectangular mirror over your desk to give the space dimension and visual depth. Visually, we can avoid those creative blocking walls.

3. THE ESSENTIALS To beg a question, does clutter create chaos or creativity? I recently read an article in The Huffington Post entitled “Messy People are Really Just Productive Geniuses”. I mean…honestly I would love to think this true. A study by Kathleen Vohs of the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management,

found that a cluttered environment helps increase creativity. “Disorderly environments seem to inspire breaking free of tradition, which can produce fresh insights,” she said. “Orderly environments, in contrast, encourage convention and playing it safe.” For some, worrying about a mess might be a waste of a good mind, relinquishing this idea that we can control the space around us. For others, having a clean and organized work environment is essential to our productivity. Our job responsibilities likely determine which work environment is the best platform. Either way, I’ve pulled a few favorite essentials for your home office: o o o o o o

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4. NERD ALERT Having the right equipment is key. Laptop, monitor, printer, shredder…with digital advancements our work environment can be much more streamlined and efficient. CNBC says “More and more workers are staying home. In fact, the percentage of all workers who worked at least 1 day at home increased from 7 percent in 1997 to 9.5 percent in 2010, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, with two-thirds of those working exclusively from their homes. But to get the job done, remote workers need the right equipment.” Data protection is essential. Services like Dropbox and Google Drive offer storage in the Cloud so remote workers can share files. Backups for your data and a universal power source are both critical in terms of saving your work. Have a playlist! One of the benefits of working from home is getting to play whatever music makes you groove through the day. Apps like Spotify and Pandora stream through my laptop most every day. One of my favorite apps is Genius Scan. Don’t waste desk space on a scanner when you can snap a scan with your Smartphone.

5. BOARD IT UP Give yourself a work board. Whether you put up cork, chalkboard, dry erase or a pegboard, there’s just something empowering about seeing your goals up on a wall. If you need an old school calendar like me, that’s cool too! Check out these beautiful desktop calendars from a lady I went to college with at Texas A&M: http://www.maydesigns.com/m/desk-calendars

6. WORK IN STYLE Choose home office furniture you don’t mind looking at. When guests come over, this space can easily be transitioned and not an eyesore. I suggest going with pieces that are not necessarily labeled as “office” furniture. In other words, stick to sourcing your paper, pens and supplies at the big name office supply retailers…not your furniture.

a few fashionable ideas: Double down on the desk selection. This is your best bet for a cool workspace. (Source: www.westelm.com) • Throw a sheepskin on your task chair to feel like a million bucks. (Source: http://www.overland.com/) • Layer old rugs under your desk to add warmth. • Always have fresh flowers on your desk your desk from the local market. • Find a funky digital wallpaper for your laptop sleep mode. (Check out www.designlovefest.com for inspiration)

• Accessorize your desk with a cool clock like this: (Source: http://www.dotandbo.com/category/decorand-pillows/clocks/table-clocks/steampunk-clock) • Task lighting doesn’t have to be bulky. (Source: www.dwr.com) • For desktop accessories, hit up local boutiques for fashion forward solutions to organizing your supplies. • Add a splash of color with the vibrant Poppin products (http://www.poppin.com/)

7. SPEND SOME MONEY TO MAKE SOME MONEY Don’t underestimate the design of your home office. You’ll be more productive if you’re comfortable and inspired. After all, isn’t part of being an entrepreneur the lure of NOT working in that cubicle? While the desk from a hip retailer or more luxurious furniture store might cost more than that laminate option manufactured for the masses, I say it’s time to invest in yourself. With the turn of a calendar year, I see an opportunity to adjust and reboot my setting, so that I’m creating work that positively impacts the world around me. Will I find better balance in 2016? I hope so. Mostly because when we invest in our own dreams and passions, we are able to give back to our community in far greater ways. So whether you live to work, or work to live, I believe the New Year marks a moment where we can take back some control over the way we do both!

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EXPECTATION: WE JUST GOT ENGAGED LAST WEEK AND HAVE ALREADY BOOKED A VENUE. ASHLEY: I like to think of myself as an organized person, so I had my dress bought, dj booked and cake flavors picked out within the first few months of being engaged! It may have also helped that Blayne’s two sisters and I had a secret Pinterest board created months before we were engaged! BLAYNE: Luckily, we didn't have to worry about booking a venue. We both knew right away that we wanted to get married on our land where we plan to build a house and where I proposed to Ashley. EXPECTATION: REGISTERING IS A BLAST. I’VE ALWAYS WANTED A FOOSBALL TABLE. ASHLEY: Registering was fun. There was so much to choose from that I wanted it all … and now my guest room has items that won’t fit in my kitchen! I think my husband had more fun with the scanner. BLAYNE: Registering was something fun to do together. I'm not too picky on the household items so I let Ashley handle that for the most part. EXPECTATION: CAN YOU TAKE IN ONE MORE INCH FROM THE SIDES? I’LL BE A FEW POUNDS LIGHTER BEFORE THE BIG DAY. ASHLEY: I had to have a few dress fittings weeks before the wedding. I lost some weight (due to stress) The altering lady at Dress Me told me nicely not to lose anymore weight. I easily gained that back on the honeymoon! I took full advantage of the pizza shack at our resort. EXPECTATION: I’M GONNA HIT THE SACK NOW AND GET MY BEAUTY REST. ASHLEY: I was at home the night before the wedding finishing up the wedding favors. I don’t want to know what the groomsmen were doing. I heard they had a little too much fun that night and the next day at the golf course. BLAYNE: This was definitely not the case for the groomsmen and I! We didn't let a 7:00 a.m. tee time Saturday morning put us in bed early Friday night. It was a long night and a very early morning. I think a couple of the guys only got an hour of sleep.

EXPECTATION: WE ARE GOING TO LOOK PERFECT AND BREAK INSTAGRAM. ASHLEY: I’m in love with all of my wedding photos! Our photographer caught so many great moments. It was a little chaotic afterward the ceremony trying to gather all 8 nephews, family members, etc. I guess my grandparents weren't paying attention or possibly really hungry because they went straight to the reception. BLAYNE: All of the pictures turned out great and everything looked just as expected. EXPECTATION: A BIT UNCOMFORTABLE BUT THEY LOOK GREAT ON MY FEET SO JUST GO AHEAD AND CHARGE THESE SHOES TO MY CARD. ASHLEY: I didn’t care what shoes I wore. I actually didn’t even buy them till the week of the wedding. I knew I wasn’t going to wear heels (I may or may not be taller than my husband) and my shoes didn’t show that much. That was the last thing on my mind. My husband on the other hand had to buy an expensive pair of boots because he just knew people would be looking at the boots. BLAYNE: Ashley got the expensive dress and I got the expensive boots! I told her from day 1 of engagement that I would be needing a new pair of boots for the big day. EXPECTATION: THE HORS D’OEUVRES ARE GOING TO BE DELICIOUS. ASHLEY: I maybe had a few bites of food and that was after the wedding. I heard it was all great. Same with the cake. I guess we will have to wait till our one year anniversary to eat the cake. BLAYNE: Food? What food? I was so busy taking pictures, dancing, and visiting with everyone that I actually didn't eat anything. Although I did hear from others that it was delicious. ADVICE: IF YOU COULD BOTH GIVE ONE PIECE OF ADVICE TO A COUPLE GETTING MARRIED… ASHLEY: Don’t worry about the things that won’t matter. I always told people that the only thing I wanted to do on October 17th was marry my best friend. Everything else was just an added bonus. The wedding day goes by so fast so make sure to soak up every moment you can. BLAYNE: I would tell anyone that is getting married not to rush it and enjoy every minute of the engagement. The actual day goes by so fast. Our day was perfect but looking back on it everything went by so fast.


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EXPECTATION: WE JUST GOT ENGAGED LAST WEEK AND HAVE ALREADY BOOKED A VENUE.

ADVICE: IF YOU COULD BOTH GIVE ONE PIECE OF ADVICE TO A COUPLE GETTING MARRIED…

CADIE: It is chaos trying to figure out a date that is great for the both of you, and also family and friends. Once you decide on a date, you hope that the venue you want is available that day, also the band, wedding coordinator, etc.. It's a process!

CADIE: Make your wedding your own. Keep the traditions you want but change little things here and there. We wanted the traditional ceremony but wanted the music to be our style. We love Mo-town, so we incorporated that music. Our mothers were seated to Al Green’s “Let's Stay Together.” My Dad and I walked down to Stevie Wonder’s “Isn't She Lovely.” And once we were announced as Mr. and Mrs. Nick Kelly, we walked down the aisle to “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours” by Stevie Wonder. It was great and made our wedding our style. Also, you are going to mess up here and there during the ceremony. No big deal! We both made mistakes and everyone laughed and so did we. It made the wedding even more relaxed and memorable for everyone.

EXPECTATION: REGISTERING IS A BLAST. I’VE ALWAYS WANTED A FOOSBALL TABLE. CADIE AND NICK: Registering is a long, long, long process! It literally took us a month and a half to finish our registries at 2 places. You need to have more than one place for your guests to choose from. EXPECTATION: CAN YOU TAKE IN ONE MORE INCH FROM THE SIDES? I’LL BE A FEW POUNDS LIGHTER BEFORE THE BIG DAY. CADIE: I tried on about 100 dresses and all of them looked the same as every other bride. I wanted something different and I thought I had an idea of what I wanted. I finally went to the Bridal Boutique at Stanley Korshak in Dallas. They pulled dresses for me and I finally put on “the dress!” It fit like a glove, was the perfect length and I felt stunning wearing it. It was nothing like the dress I had in my mind. My advice is to go out of your comfort zone for your wedding dress and try on all styles of dresses. EXPECTATION: I’M GONNA HIT THE SACK NOW AND GET MY BEAUTY REST. CADIE AND NICK: You end up staying up a lot later than you anticipate the night before your wedding. All of your family and friends are in town and you want to hang out and catch up with them. EXPECTATION: WE ARE GOING TO LOOK PERFECT AND BREAK INSTAGRAM. CADIE: Pictures … soooo many of them, but you're finally having the day you've dreamed about for years! It's worth every picture taken that day and if you are truly happy, your smile will always be genuine. EXPECTATION: A BIT UNCOMFORTABLE BUT THEY LOOK GREAT ON MY FEET SO JUST GO AHEAD AND CHARGE THESE SHOES TO MY CARD. CADIE: Ladies, take time to break in your shoes before the big day! I wear high heeled shoes everyday, but I had only worn my wedding shoes twice before. Wear them around the house to break them in and that way you won't be uncomfortable during the reception. NICK:We all know tux shoes are not comfortable. Just know to be prepared for a little bit of pain. EXPECTATION: THE HORS D’OEUVRES ARE GOING TO BE DELICIOUS. CADIE AND NICK: We had our dinner privately after the ceremony, before our first dance. It was perfect and we had a few minutes to ourselves to relax, eat and have a beverage. Also, about an hour before we left, we had mini tacos served to everyone for a late night snack. We would always suggest doing a late night snack for you and your guests. Everyone loved it!

NICK: Enjoy every second because the wedding goes by very quickly. All of the sudden you are getting ready to leave. Enjoy the time with your bride, family and friends. Also, give yourself a few extra days for the honeymoon!


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have a problem; the kind that cannot be resolved with a prescription, meditation, or exercise. You may recognize it by its official term: “foot in the mouth syndrome”. I am still reeling from my latest outburst during Christmas while we were visiting my husband’s side of the family: As the kids and I were scoffing down homemade sweets, my svelte and sophisticated cousin-in-law picked up a sugar cookie. “Yum!” she gasped as she took a dainty bite and continued, “First sugar cookie of the year!” With this being said, I paused from stuffing my face and, in amazement I stupidly responded, “Oh, you mean ‘first cookie of the season’, ‘first Christmas cookie’?” “No, first cookie of the year,” she repeated. Once again, my brain could not compute this information so I pushed further. “So,” I asked, “January, February, March, April, May… you haven’t had a cookie?”

“Nooo,” she enunciated, and then fell the awkward silence. “I don’t keep sweets around,” my perfectly posed cousin-in-law stated. It was at that point that I finally picked up on the social cue that this conversation was over. I was in disbelief! How can one go a year without eating a cookie? Is that even humanly possible? More importantly, I humiliated myself once again and was afraid I had embarrassed her as well. So much for staying on the “good” list with the in-laws! This brings me to New Year’s Resolutions. While “foot in the mouth” syndrome isn’t found on many resolution lists, the following might sound more familiar: get in shape, change your diet, save money, quit smoking, and get more sleep. Fortunately, in a technically driven environment, these New Year’s Resolutions are easier to obtain thanks to iOS apps that behave like your very own wellness assistant.


CARROT Fit

WANT TO GET FIT? This app is available for $2.99 and provides 7 minute exercises that require no gym membership. With sweat inducing workouts entitled “Mt. Doom Climbs”, “Celebrity Face Punches” and “Dragon Mating Dances”, who wouldn’t be interested this challenge, if not just for kicks and giggles? CARROT Fit also includes weight and step trackers, rewards for your hard work including 12 additional exercises (in app purchase), a calendar to view your workouts and a BMI calculator. Beware though; rumor has it that this is one sarcastic if not pushy AI (Artificial Intelligence) construct to kick your booty into shape!

LIFESTRUM

WANT TO BEGIN A HEALTHIER DIET? LIFESTRUM is a free app focused on helping you create a healthier lifestyle. With a meal and water log, food and exercise feedback, and recipes selected just for you, this app has all the right features to keep you motivated. A pedometer and a food database that ranks food according to their health level teaches you to make wise decisions when eating. For $8.99 you can join the Gold Membership that breaks your meals down to the very last drop of sodium and protein. With reminders and feedback, LIFESTRUM promises to keep you on track!


MINT

RUNNING LOW ON DOUGH AFTER THE HOLIDAYS? MINT, by Intuit, is a free app that tracks where you spend your money. Other features include monthly budget goals for fuel, groceries, restaurants, and more. A weekly summary page displays your top spending categories, where you shop most frequently and which day you do the most spending. Budgets are analyzed and allow you to select from a suggested budget or build your own! Set goals and improve your savings with MINT.

SLEEP CYCLE

NEED MORE SLEEP? The SLEEP CYCLE alarm clock app uses the microphone on your phone to analyze your sleep patterns. By doing so, SLEEP CYCLE claims it can track your sleep phases and promises to wake you up at the most opportune moment within a 30 minute window in which you have set your alarm. With an upgrade fee, SLEEP CYCLE can track how coffee, eating, and stress affect your sleep. A heart rate monitor using the camera in your phone measures your resting heart rate; weather is analyzed to see how, or if, it interferes with your sleep. SLEEP CYCLE is an app designed for those needing quality rest as well for those of us who are just naturally curious.


SMOKE FREE SAY GOODBYE TO CIGARETTES WITH SMOKE FREE. This free app inspires you to cut out the cigarettes by providing a daily health watch. Evidence based techniques provides you with the tools needed to become smoke free as you log cravings and see how much money you are saving by not picking up that smoke! New scientifically tested missions provided each day keep you focused on your goal and identify patterns throughout your day to help you become aware of your habits. Get extra help with tips on how to deal with your cravings. SMOKE FREE claims that through a recent “rigorous science experiment”, their app can double your chances of successfully becoming smoke free.

Keep your New Year’s Resolution this year and share your success stories with BSCENE. We want to know: Which apps worked best for you?

As far as the “insert foot in mouth” syndrome: sorry, no apps available. Guess I am on my own with that one.


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