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20TH CENTURY HOBO Letter to My Father


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Gastronomy for Optimal Health A MINDFUL APPROACH

´ķë´®ȅœĉďąòëòêĪsimply means the practice of choosing, cooking, and eating good food. In the community, I often hear that the daily routine, family commitments, and absence of time ê“á´Ôď®ÔĴ¨Ĕäďďò“®Ò´ą´ďòĉĔ¨Ò“Ăą“¨ďÔ¨´Ȋ6§´äÔ´ģ´“ĂĂäĪÔëÅ “êÔë®ÄĔä“ĂĂąò“¨Ò¨“맴êòĉ林ë´ķ¨Ô“äȊnÒ´“ĂĂäÔ¨“ďÔòëòÄ mindfulness to cuisine requires that we remain fully present during our food choices, consumption, serving size determination, and method of preparation. Furthermore, and most importantly, exercising a mindful approach can lead us in the direction toward optimal health. With preventable deaths due to chronic health issues on the rise, it is our duty to self, family, and future generations to participate in the movement toward global health and wellbeing. Chronic health conditions do not discriminate on the basis of gender, ethnic background, age, or class. Even so, there are clusters of communities that are plagued with a higher incidence of type 2 diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease. These conditions are directly linked to the types of foods we eat, their rate of consumption, and the quantities in which we eat them. As an advocate for community health and wellbeing, I want to challenge a few misconceptions surrounding food. First, we do ëòďғģ´ďò“§“ë®òëďÒ´Äòò®ĉ“ë®ĸ“ģòąĉďғďĤ´äòģ´ďòò§ď“Ôë optimal health. Instead, we should opt to reassess our current approach to the quality of the products we use (i.e., processed ģĉȊÄą´ĉÒș“ë®òĔą¨Ĕąą´ëď¨òòáÔëÅď´¨ÒëÔĄĔ´ĉȘÔȊ´ȊȅÄąÔ´®ģĉȊ §“á´®șȅ“ĉĤ´ää“ĉòĔą®Ôĉ¨ÔĂäÔë´ą´Å“ą®ÔëÅĂòąďÔòë¨òëďąòäȊ

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Secondly, I want to challenge the notion that eating healthier is far more expensive. We can choose to pay for quality products now, or we may have to pay with poor health conditions and their associated medical costs later. Eating for optimal health is much cheaper than the latter. In addition, paying close attention to the types of foods you purchase can be cost effective in terms òħòďÒķë“먴“ë®òģ´ą“ääÒ´“äďÒȊ/òą´ĩ“êĂä´ȅÄą´ĉÒÄąĔÔďĉ“ë® vegetables are non-taxable items, however there is a caveat. When consuming fruits and vegetables, we must pay close attention to the sugar and carb content. Eating fruits and vegetables on the low end of the glycemic index is ideal for individuals with diabetic dietary restrictions. Moreover, it is also a powerful tool as a preventive measure for all of us when taken into mindful consideration. Finally, there is the belief that the lack of time does not allow us to prepare and eat healthy food types. Of all the commitments we carry daily, self-care for optimal health should not be the one of least importance. As a matter of fact, we thrive when we strive to be cognizant of the need to maximize our full potential regarding overall health. As a community, we are constantly challenged by our daily commitments to family, work, social engagements, and other events. Therefore, as a community, let us begin to have these candid conversations about how to empower each other, educate our children, and model health and wellbeing with our future generations in mind. ĔäďĔą“ääĪĉĂ´“áÔëÅȅ6“ê“Ĥ“ą´òÄďÒ´®ÔĴ¨ĔäďÔ´ĉÔëê“áÔëÅ healthier food choices. Starting with familiar traditional food types, then hanging a left at oversized portions, making a stop at misinformation, riding along with lack of complete underĉď“ë®ÔëÅȅķë“ääĪĤ´ą´“¨ÒòĔą®´ĉďÔë“ďÔòë“ď®òÅê“ďÔ¨¨ĔäďĔą“ä mindsets regarding food in general. Whoo! Is anyone else hungry after that long trip? My past relationship with food has taken me on a roller-coaster ride of personal frustration, health issues due to obesity, poor quality of life, and feelings of helplessness. My current relationship with food is designed to implement a more realistic, unapologetic, and mindful approach to overall health and wellbeing. Dig deep into your own strengths bag and design your mindful approach to gastronomy for optimal health. Deseos de buena salud. I




Letter to My Father BY JOFA BEETS

Hi Dad! It is 3:42 a.m. on Thursday. Sometimes I just wake up for no particular reason, and sometimes I get ideas and am compelled to express things. A very spiritual friend said to me one time that “the witching hours” of 4 to 5 a.m. are when “our egos are the weakest and our souls are the closest to the surface as possible.” I believe there must be something to this. A lot of times this is when people awake with the dreaded existential night terrors and wonder things like “Where is my life going?,” “Who am

realize our mortality and know that we won’t live forever on earth. This place—earth—is what some of us call earth school—a school for souls to come and learn about duality. Most major religions, including Christianity, believe in reincarnation, and so do I. Most of the references to reincarnation were edited out of the Bible at the Council of Nicea in 325AD, but there are still references to it, if you know where to look and can read between the lines. The Gnostic Bible references this subject. The world can be a pretty hard place, and I have spent a lot of time trying to learn thought systems to help me make sense of some of the craziness that goes on here. You know that I have spent nearly eight years now studying òĔąĉ´ÔëKÔą“¨ä´ĉȘ6KșĤÔďÒ a friend, and I have seen that this has changed my thought system immensely. This course basically taught me this thought system: In EVERYTHING that happens to me, I ask these two questions:

THERE IS SOMETHING BIGGER THAN US HERE. I?,” and “Why does everyone love bacon?.” This is when I think these same type of thoughts. So be it. I want to thank you for being my father. You have done an excellent job. I’ve been thinking and pondering about saying this for over a year now, and today I feel compelled to write this. I’m sorry that I didn’t get to express my feelings to Mom before she graduated from earth and went from our three dimensions here on earth to 4D. Now I’ll never get to say this in person to her on earth, and this is why I am writing to you now. I know this job of father never really stops; it’s a lifetime commitment. Parenting—like life—doesn’t come with an instruction manual. One way or another, we’re all here just trying to do the best we can in this hard world. I believe that as we get older, some of us tend to get a little more introspective as we begin to

1. Why did I attract this situation/person to me? 2. What am I supposed to learn from this experience/person? And by doing this, it can take some of the pain out of a bad experience, no matter what it is. Most of the religions of the world all agree on this basic tenet: There is something bigger than us here. The CIM is designed to help make sense of earth. Like many religions, it teaches this: Our bodies are temporary shells or space suits that act as vehicles for us to have experiences on earth school. Our bodies are “Experience Generators” for our permanent and immortal soul-pieces. These souls come from a big pool of collective souls and for VERY short continued h

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LOCAL/FED GOVERNMENT Ă´ąÔò®ĉòÄďÔê´ȘÔëďÒ´Åą“ë®ĉ¨Ò´ê´òÄďÒÔëÅĉșďÒ´Ī¨òê´ here to earth school to learn what it feels like to be separated from the pool and experience duality. At home in the collective soul, all is One. In the six times I have achieved out-of-body travel, I have seen/felt/experienced this one-ness, and I didn’t really want to come back here. It was nice “there,” if that is where we go when we “graduate from 3D.” I believe that is where Mom is now. And I believe that she is having a really good time as she has gone back to the collective soul. Sometimes I close my eyes, meditate for awhile, and see a picture of Mom sitting on a nice bench in a beautiful park. The picture just comes to ê´Ȋ6®òëȧďáëòĤÔÄďÒÔĉÔĉą´“äȘĤғďÔĉą´“äȅ“ëĪĤ“Īȋș§ĔďÔďÔĉ the same park that is spoken about by Robert Monroe called “The Park on Focus Level 27,” where souls go to rest, hang out, and review their earth school experience before they come back here again to learn their next set of lessons. And here on this earth school, there is duality: Light/dark, hot/cold, pain/pleasure, love/fear. NOT love/hate. Hate is just an expression of fear. You either embrace something, or you fear it. Although my friend mostly uses the Course in Miracles, I also use these other systems of guidance to help my incredibly ignorant space suit/“Experience gathering machine” navigate this VERY hard earth school: The book nɳ/éċü Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz, the ideas at TheSecret.tv, www.HumanDesignHawaii.com, the books of Robert Monroe of MonroeInstitute.Org, the fairly esoteric books of Carlos Casteneda, and others. One thing that many of these systems teach is that THIS is the dream and when we go to sleep THAT is what is real and ´ď´ąë“äȊBÔë®òÄäÔá´ďÒ´ķąĉďK“ďąÔĩêòģÔ´Ȋ6ßĔĉďĤÔĉÒďғď all the cool things that I can do when I go to sleep I could do Ò´ą´ȅďòòȅòë´“ąďÒĉ¨ÒòòäȊKĪäÔÄ´Ò´ą´ĤòĔä®®´ķëÔď´äĪ§´ more exciting. I would have more money, and—the coolest ÓąďȚ6¨òĔä®ĸĪȊ Either way, I wanted to thank you for being my father. 뮓ĉ“ēďÒ´ąȘďÒÔĉďÔê´Ò´ą´șȅĪòĔғģ´ď“ĔÅÒďê´òë´ of the greatest lessons of all: to be gentle and kind. And to always be honest. Everyone I run into who knows you says pretty much the same thing: “Your father is one of the kindest, most honest people that I know.” And if that is the main thing that one is remembered for, then that is pretty damn good in my book. Thank you. Love, Your Son It is now 4:32 and this feels done, so I guess it’s time to go back to sleep and dream/experience other places. I

Council Votes to Protect 2,830 More Acres Over Edwards Aquifer BY IRIS DIMMICK FOR THE RIVARD REPORT

City Council unanimously approved a more than $7.6 million payment to various property owners Thursday, March 30, 2017, for a conservation easement on 2,830 acres of undeveloped land in Medina and Bandera counties. The acreage, known as the Middle Verde Ranch, is situ“ď´®òģ´ąďÒ´ȩ"®Ĥ“ą®ĉĄĔÔÄ´ąòëďąÔ§ĔďÔëŏòë´“ë®Ĥ“ĉ acquired with voter-approved sales tax dollars as part of the ÔďĪȧĉȩ"®Ĥ“ą®ĉĄĔÔÄ´ąbąòď´¨ďÔòëbąòÅą“êȩȘ"bbșȊnÒÔĉÔĉďÒ´ ǼǵďÒ¨òëĉ´ąģ“ďÔòë´“ĉ´ê´ëďĂĔą¨Ò“ĉ´®ȩĤÔďÒêòë´Īȩ¨òä䴨ﴮ from the 2010 one-eighth sales tax and the last large piece of land the City will acquire with those funds, said Parks and Recreation Director Xavier Urrutia.

THE ACREAGE, KNOWN AS THE MIDDLE VERDE RANCH, IS SITUATED OVER THE EDWARDS AQUIFER CONTRIBUTING ZONE. Preserving the parcel – preventing development – will proģÔ®´ÒÔÅÒĤ“ď´ąĄĔ“äÔďĪ“뮥Ĕ“ëďÔďĪ§´ë´ķďĉ§´¨“Ĕĉ´ÔďÒòĉďĉ several features that allow water to seep into the Edwards Aquifer, according to a geological assessment conducted by ďÒ´ȩ"®Ĥ“ą®ĉĄĔÔÄ´ąĔďÒòąÔďĪȊ Middle Verde Ranch’s size and proximity to land already acquired by San Antonio make the purchase demonstrative of the EAPP’s shifting strategy to “be more selective,” Urrutia said. “Contiguous protection over the watershed makes a bigger impact.” Read the full story at www.rivardreport.com. I Reprinted with permission of Rivard Report

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Tech Trend Pushing Economic Upswing in Alamo City BY JASON P. OLIVARRI

6ëĸĔ´ë¨´iK“Å“İÔë´ recently sat down with David Marquez, Executive Director of the Bexar County Economic Development Department, to discuss the current state of economic development in the city. INFLUENCE SA: Can you tell us what your department does? Marquez: We help grow our economy by bringing companies here. We mainly work with big corporations and some ĉê“ää§ĔĉÔë´ĉĉ´ĉÔëďÒ´ÒÔÅÒȜď´¨Òķ´ä®Ȋ INFLUENCE SA: When you say big corporations, who, for example? Marquez: Obviously, Toyota, but we’re working on several prospects right now. Kohl's, GM Financial Services Center, those sorts of larger projects. INFLUENCE SA: What is the county’s Innovation Fund? Marquez: Two years ago, the county judge and commissioners court created an Innovation Fund to help build the high-tech, digital economy by supporting the ecosystem, places like Tech Bloc, that are helping to promote our community. We’ve done things with Choose SA, which promotes San Antonio’s tech community at places like South by Southwest. We’ve worked with Project Quest and the Open Cloud Academy to help train veterans with skills we need. We develop our economy by helping to grow companies and bring their good-paying jobs and capital investment to the community. INFLUENCE SA: What insight can you give us for the trend of economic development over the last ten years?

Marquez: The economy has been on a ®´ķëÔď´ĔĂĤ“ą®ﱓߴ¨ďòąĪȊƒ´ȧģ´ғ®“ sustained period of low unemployment, well under 4%. That’s a sign that we have enough jobs to employ all of our folks, yet we continue to grow because our population is growing. Balancing these two is a big part of the outcome we strive for, and we’ve been successful over the last several years. Even through the period of the Great Recession, our economy and our community continued to grow. INFLUENCE SA: What factors attract businesses to San Antonio? Marquez: The primary factor for all economic development is the availability of talent. We have over a million people in the greater San Antonio workforce, but the higher-value industries we’re after ë´´®ĉĂ´¨Ôķ¨ď“ä´ëďȊb´òĂä´ďò¨ò®´“ë® write software and deal with cyber security, people like engineers, chemists, and specialized mechanics for the oil space. Those types of skills or talents are the primary driver for economic growth. INFLUENCE SA: Does this city have the talent and the adaptability to attract these companies? Marquez: That’s what we’re focused on—trying to connect people who have the innate ability or some experience but who need additional training to be ĄĔ“äÔķ´®ÄòąďÒ´ĉ´Åą´“ďȜÓĪÔëÅßò§ĉȊ We’re trying to create a bridge between the availability of talented people and the companies here that we want to see grow. If they don’t get the talent they need, they won’t grow and stay, and we can’t attract more companies in that space.

INFLUENCE SA: And we have a lot of resources to develop those talents? Marquez: We have tons of universities and colleges. I’ve heard that there are about 100,000 students in higher education in San Antonio today. And we’re trying to focus those programs even more ĉĂ´¨Ôķ¨“ääĪďòÅÔģ´Ă´òĂä´´ĩ“¨ďäĪďÒ´ skills the industry needs. In the end, if the economy is healthy, people can even start small businesses if they choose. INFLUENCE SA: In closing, do you have any suggestions or encouragement you could offer to people with their own ideas about economic development? Marquez: I would strongly encourage them to look at Launch SA (launchsa. òąÅșȅÄòąê´ąäĪ“ĵòêê´ą¨´ȅģÔĉÔď 0´´á®òêȘÅ´´á®òêȊ¨òêșȅ“ë®Å´ď“¨ďÔģ´ Ôën´¨Òäò¨Șĉ“ď´¨Ò§äò¨Ȋ¨òêșȊnÒ´ĉ´ organizations exist to encourage the entrepreneurial spirit and to support people who have an idea to see whether that idea can be viable. For big corporations and small business entrepreneurs, opportunities and resources fueled by tech innovation are in abundance locally to make any idea possible. I

For more information on the Innovation /ċâ­éü“âġéĆɳü ü³Āéċü¨³ĀéÃóü³­ by the Bexar éċâĆġ"¨éâéá˨ Development Department, call ĶĵĴʼnķķĹʼnĴĺĺĻéüÄééâÛËⳓĆÉĆĆùŃŏŏ Ééá³ʼn§³Ġ“üʼnéüÄŏ³­ʼn

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Place an empty reusable water bottle, all the snacks mentioned below, supplements, and meals you may normally eat. This will help you avoid the temptation of eating airline food.

Snack Options: Trail mix, popcorn, rice cakes, fresh fruit, tuna pouches, protein powders and bars, grilled chicken, hard boiled eggs Ș“ĉäòëÅ“ĉďÒ´Īĉď“Ī¨òòäșȅëĔď§Ĕďď´ąȅ hummus and chopped veggies. Check to see if there’s a grocery store nearby to get any extra items you may need.

Get Organized to Prevent Airport Stress Don’t wait until the day before your trip to begin packing. This usually leads to lots of stress and forgotten items. Try to get to the airport two hours before ĪòĔąĸÔÅÒďďòêÔëÔêÔİ´´ĩ¨´ĉĉĤ“ÔďďÔê´Ȋ Remember that your items must comply with TSA rules to go through security.

What to Pack

Luggage: • Proper clothes for the events you’ll be attending, as well as some dress-down clothes • Personal hygiene items • Workout clothes and shoes • Set of resistance bands to work out in your room • Jump rope to get in a good cardio routine

Carry-on: Hotel Room: You will use one for personal items: Computers/tablets, chargers, headphones, light jacket, change of clothes, extra set of gym clothes (so you have no excuse for not working out if your lugœŴÅ´ďĉ®´ä“Ī´®șȅ“ë®ë´¨áĂÔääòĤȊ

Request a room that includes a minifridge and a microwave, so you can store and reheat any packed foods or leftovers. Stock up on water. This will not only save you lots of money, but also keep off the excess pounds.

Second carry-on will be for food:


An insulated lunch bag allows you to store your meals and keep them cool while traveling.

Continental breakfast can cause your downfall. These buffets are full of rich ¨“ą§òÒĪ®ą“ď´ĉȚĤ“ĵ´ĉȅďò“ĉďȅêĔĴëĉȅ

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Finding a healthy balance between traveling and keeping up with a healthy routine can be hard. After all, you’re in and out of hotels, eating out at restaurants, spending hours on the road or in the air, and getting little sleep. When hunger strikes, it’s so easy to just head to the closest fast-food restaurant or munch on some unhealthy snacks. This seems to be a problem for many people and can lead to stress and ultimately to weight gain. There has to be a solution. After all, everyone’s seen that business traveler at ďÒ´“ÔąĂòąďĤÒòȧĉÔëď´ąąÔķ¨ĉÒ“Ă´Ȋ4´ą´ȧĉ the secret!


STAYING HEALTHY AND IN GOOD SHAPE ISN’T AS HARD AS IT SEEMS. WITH A LITTLE PLANNING, IT CAN BE DONE AS EASY AS 123. pancakes, pastries, and cereal. ƒÒÔä´ĉòê´òÄďÒ´ĉ´“ą´ķë´Ôëêò®´ą“ďÔòëȅďąĪďò“ģòÔ® them if possible. Instead, have eggs, yogurt, fresh fruit, oatmeal, and granola. These foods will keep you energized and feeling full for hours. If you must eat breakfast on the road, have a simple Egg K¨KĔĴëȅĤÔďÒòĔďďÒ´¨Ò´´ĉ´ȅòąÄąĔÔď“ë®ĪòÅĔąďÔëĉﴓ®òÄ greasy and dense foods.

Restaurants: Don’t overindulge just because you’re at a restaurant. You can still have a delicious meal that won’t pack on the extra weight. When ordering, ask for lower-calorie options or ask ďÒ´êďò¨ĔĉďòêÔİ´ĪòĔą괓äĉďòķďĪòĔąë´´®ĉȊ6ÄĪòĔȧą´´êbarrassed to say you’re on a diet, just say you have allergies. Some tips for preparation: • Grilled over fried or breaded • Dressings and sauces on the side • Steamed or baked veggies • Light or no cheese • No thick, creamy sauces When the server brings your food, immediately ask for a to-go container. Restaurant meals are usually two to three times a normal serving size. Putting half into the container will prevent you from over-eating. Also, avoid the temptation to munch on bread and drink multiple cocktails—they’re unnecessary calories. Enjoy a drink or two with your meal, but try a lower-calorie option. So, there you have it. Staying healthy and in good shape isn’t as hard as it seems. With a little planning, it can be done as easy as 1-2-3. Whether ĪòĔȧą´ĸĪÔëÅòą®ąÔģÔëÅȅĪòĔ now know what to bring, what to eat, and how to ÄòääòĤ“ĸ´ĩԧ䴹òĔďÔë´Ȋ Soon you’ll be that person everyone’s looking at and wondering how you do it! I

The Absentee Executive BY DR. JOHN W. LOVITT, LPC-S

“Come to the parking areaë´ĩďďòêĪòĴ¨´“ë®ď“á´ê´ďòďÒ´ emergency room,” Dave said through the phone in an urgent tone. ƒÒ´ë“ąäďòë“ąąÔģ´®“ď“ģ´ȧĉòĴ¨´ȅÒ´ÄòĔ뮓ģ´ĉäĔêĂ´® over the steering wheel, pale and disoriented. Carlton helped Dave into the passenger seat, then called his physician and wife Susan and told them to meet him at the hospital. The hospital staff and Dr. Williams got Dave out of the car and rushed him into the emergency room. Meanwhile, Carlton answered questions to help diagnose the problem. Susan left the children next door and drove to the hospital. Upon her arrival at the hospital, Carlton, who was Dave and Susan’s new Sunday School teacher, told Susan what he knew about the situation and tried to keep her calm. “Dave has been totally consumed with his job, and our family has suffered immensely,” Susan said. “I’ve been very concerned about his absence and his health. When he does come home, he’s exhausted. He re-tucks the drowsy twins in bed, watches the evening news, and usually sleeps in his chair until I ask him to come to bed.” Äď´ąÄòąďĪȜķģ´êÔëĔď´ĉȅąȊƒÔääԓêĉ¨“ê´ÔëďòďÒ´Ĥ“ÔďÔëÅ area. “Dave is stabilized and sleeping. We’d like to keep him under observation for the next day or two. Exhaustion seems to be a major issue for the time being.” Carlton and Dave were scheduled to play golf, so Carlton called the other two men in their foursome, explained the situation, and asked them to replace him and Dave for their round of golf on Saturday morning. “I had no idea that Dave was playing,” Susan said. “But that’s the situation much of the time. I guess he’s so busy he forgets.” Äď´ą“Ä´ĤĉÔä´ëďêòê´ëďĉȅiĔĉ“맴œëďò¨òëķ®´Ôë“ąäton. Apparently, Dave had missed an appointment with Carlton regarding a coaching session Dave had wanted. Susan apologized for Dave and then added, “Dave and I have been married ten years and dated two years before that. I’m recently pregnant with our third child and the twins are eight-years-old.” “Has Dave always been so driven? He seems to be the opposite continued h

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of a twenty-four-hour executive.” “I need to get the boys by 10 p.m.,” Susan answered. “So this will be a bare bones version of our situation.” “Good enough for me.” Ȥ“ģ´ĉď“ąď´®ÅòÔëÅĤÔďÒÒÔĉ¨òĤòąá´ąĉÄòą“Ȧ®´§ąÔ´ķëÅ session’ after work several years ago. He’d waltz in the door ĉ´ģ´ą“äÒòĔąĉä“ď´ąÄòąďÒ´ķąĉďĉÔĩêòëďÒĉȊÄď´ąďғďȅÒ´ĉď“ąď´® ĉäÔĂĂÔëÅÔëďòďÒą´´òąêòą´ÒòĔąĉȊ6ķąĉďďÒòĔÅÒďÔďêÔÅÒ林 another woman, but I found out he was addicted to alcohol. He didn’t agree with me at the time.” Susan shook her head. “After one of our sessions in Sunday school on honesty, I asked him what was going on. He told me he may have had a problem with alcohol, but he was getting better and would start coming home earlier, especially for the boys. They were complaining big time that they hardly ever saw their dad.” “May I ask you a question?” Carlton said. “Yes.” “Since we are discussing nɳ/éċü Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz in Sunday School, we might work on each agreement as preparation for our weekly class. Would you make a commitment to do this if Dave concurs?” “Yes, absolutely.” Susan smiles. “Just out of curiosity, what are the four agreements?” “ģ´Ò´ä®ĔĂÒÔĉķëÅ´ąĉ“ë®ďԨᴮòÄÄďÒ´“ëĉĤ´ąĉȊȤǶș´ ÔêĂ´¨¨“§ä´ĤÔďÒĪòĔąĤòą®ȏǷș®òëȧďď“á´“ëĪďÒÔëÅĂ´ąĉòë“ääĪȏǸș ®òëȧďê“á´“ĉĉĔêĂďÔòëĉȏ“ë®ǹș“äĤ“Īĉ®òĪòĔą§´ĉďȊT먴Ĥ´ ķÅĔą´òĔďĤғď´“¨Ò“Åą´´ê´ëď괓ëĉďòĪòĔąēêÔäĪȅĤ´¨“ë measure how well each member keeps their agreements. The ĉ¨“ä´ĤÔääÅòÄąòêǶȊǵȘ®ò´ĉëȧďá´´Ă“Åą´´ê´ëďĉșďòǼȊǵȘÒòëòąĉ ´“¨Òê´ê§´ą§Īá´´ĂÔëÅďÒ´Ôą“Åą´´ê´ëďĉșȅĤÔďÒǹȊǵȘá´´Ăĉ “Åą´´ê´ëďĉ“§òĔďғäÄďÒ´ďÔê´ș§´ÔëÅêÔ®®ä´ÅąòĔë®Ȋȥ Susan nodded. “Making and keeping agreements will give us more time to care for each other and reduce the friction in our family.” “Another area for improvement, after completing nɳ/éċü Agreements, might be something called Family Infrastructure (by DòģÔďďșȊnÒ´“ą´“ĉďò§´®´ķë´®“ë®®Ôĉ¨Ĕĉĉ´®Ĥ´´áäĪ“ą´ȄǶșKÔĉ-

ĉÔòëȚƒÒĪ®òĤ´´ĩÔĉďȋǷș‚ÔĉÔòëȚƒÒ“ď®òĤ´Ĥ“ëďďò§´¨òê´ “ĉ“ēêÔäĪȋTąĤғď®òĤ´Ĥ“ëďďò®´ķë´ĔĉȋǸș‚“äĔ´ĉȚÔ®´ëďÔÄĪȅĂąÔòąÔďÔİ´ȅ“뮨òêêÔďďò´“¨Òȏǹș´äÔ´ÄĉȚÔ®´ëďÔÄĪȅĂąÔòąÔďÔİ´ȅ “ë®ȩ¨òêêÔďďò´“¨ÒȏǺșiď“뮓ą®ĉȚĤғďĤ´ĉď“ë®Äòą§“ĉ´®òë êÔĉĉÔòëȅģÔĉÔòëȅģ“äĔ´ĉȅ“뮧´äÔ´ÄĉȚÔ®´ëďÔķ´®ȅĂąÔòąÔďÔİ´®ȅ“ë® committed to each—“ Susan interrupted. “Slow down a little. You’re getting ahead of me.” Ȥ6áëòĤÔďĉòĔë®ĉäÔá´“äòďȅ§Ĕď6ďÒÔëáĪòĔȧääķë®ÔďĤòąďÒĤÒÔä´Ȋ Okay for me to go on now?” When Susan nodded, Carlton ¨òëďÔëĔ´®ȊȤǻșòĔë®aries—fences built for others that create space for us psychologically, emotionally, and spiritually, among òďÒ´ą“ą´“ĉȏǼș4òê´ ground rules—includes opportunities for keeping family space clean, inviting, “ë®äÔģ“§ä´ȏǽșeĔä´ĉ of Engagement— Listening, Non-Defensive Listening, Care-Frontation, Managing by Agreement, Validation, Problem-Solving to Reengineering, and Inquiry to Dialogue. nÒÔĉĤÔääą´“Ăê“ëĪ§´ë´ķďĉÄòąĪòĔąēêÔäĪȅȥ“ąäďòëĉ“Ô®Ȋ One of the nurses approached Susan and Carlton and said, “Dave has eaten and is asking for his family.” Susan and Carlton walked to Dave’s room. After hugging Susan and shaking Carlton’s hand, Dave asked about the twins. “They’re staying with Mary and Sean until I return from the hospital. I’ll bring them by in the afternoon if you want. They’re anxious to see you.” “Please do. I have an apology for them and you, Susan.” Carlton reached for Susan’s hand. “I’m so glad to see y’all. I gave myself a real scare. Things are going to change. I don’t know ĤғďďÒ´Īȧääķë®ĤÒ´ë6ď“á´ďÒ´ď´ĉďĉȅ§Ĕď6ȧê®´ď´ąêÔë´®ďò become a better husband and father.” “Carlton, do you remember our conversation about the Aztec Indian Prayer?” Dave asked. “As the Aztecs thank the Creator for their breath and life, they acknowledge that they are only on loan to each other for a short while.” Dave answered, “I’ve decided to treat my family and friends as they want to be treated from this day forward.” I


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A Lifelong Educator Calls It a Career Retired educator Richard A. Middleton holds a bachelor of arts degree in American history from Trinity University, a master’s degree in education administration from UTSA, and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in educational administration. He started teaching at Roosevelt High School, and during his long career, he served in a number of positions in schools and administration in the North East Independent School ÔĉďąÔ¨ďȘL"6ișȊ4´ĉĂ´ëďďĤò years as deputy superintendent for instruction in the Lamar Consolidated Independent School District, then he returned to the NEISD as the associate superintendent for business services. Two years later, Dr. Middleton was named the superintendent for NEISD. After his retirement in 2011, he accepted a position as regional vice president for The College Board, from which he will retire this June. Born sixty-nine years ago in Brownsville, Texas, he lived in Fairfax County, Virginia, and moved to San Antonio in 1960. He and his wife Susan have two children. Andrew John Middleton is married to Amy, and they live in Denver with their almostsix-year-old daughter, Aubrey Leigh. Younger son Patrick and wife Leigh live in San Antonio. ƒÒ´ë“ĉá´®ďòą´ĸ´¨ďòë his forty-plus-year work life, Dr. Middleton said, “I have thoroughly enjoyed my careers

ÔëďÒ´ĂĔ§äÔ¨ĉ¨Òòòäĉ“ë®ÔëďÒ´ëòëĂąòķďĤòąä®Ȋ6“êÒòëòą´® to have been given the responsibility of leading a school district “뮓ą´ÅÔòë“äòĴ¨´Ȋ䴓®´ąêĔĉ塀´“ď´“ë“ďêòĉĂÒ´ą´ where motivated people can accomplish their mission. It is a task not easily created nor maintained, but it is a challenge worth attempting. Your worth as a leader, then, is measured by the success of others in accomplishing common goals.” ȤKĪķąĉď“®ģÔ¨´ďòë´Ĥ䴓®´ąĉȅȥÒ´ĉ“Ô®ȅȤĤòĔ䮧´ďò¨Ò´¨á your level of courage. If you are afraid to fail, then rethink your career. Be honest about your ability to embrace stress, and be ready to voice your beliefs.” He has had many opportunities to interact with new superintendents. He has been a district judge for the Excellence in Education awards created and sponsored by HEB. The CEO, Charles Butt, is widely recognized for his business success, but to educators, he is a tireless advocate for advancing educational opportunities for youth, teachers, administrators, and ĉ¨Òòòä®ÔĉďąÔ¨ďĉȊȩ Successful educational leaders create a vision for moving forward and exhibit the courage to meet the unknown with new solutions. Effective leaders not only possess these traits themselves, but they also step out with an assertiveness to êòģ´òďÒ´ąĉďò“¨ďȊȩ “In retrospect, I think one of my strengths was that I was not afraid to fail,” he observed. “While that may sound odd, I realized

early in my career that I didn’t Ĥ“ëďďòĉ“¨ąÔķ¨´ĂąòÅą´ĉĉÄòą quiet complacency. We owe too much to our future—the chil®ą´ëȚďòëòďďąĪë´ĤĉòäĔďÔòëĉȊȥȩ During his twenty-one years as superintendent, the district passed several bond issues to meet growth and to remodel older facilities. The bond committees created bond packages that touched the whole district to provide equal opportunity for all students. The district focused on hiring the best staff for its mission to create educational excellence. The staff also enjoyed strong community support. Despite differences of opinions about charting the future, the district ĂĔďďÒ´ë´´®ĉòÄĉďĔ®´ëďĉķąĉďȊ Dr. Middleton still has a sense of urgency about improving. He would celebrate successes more than he did, but he still believes in continual improvement. “We must do all we can in the time Ĥ´ғģ´ȅȥÒ´ĉ“Ô®Ȋȩ He is a member of Class XIII of the Masters Leadership Program of Greater San Antonio. He is excited about his next chapter of service to others, including serving on several ëòëĂąòķď§ò“ą®ĉȊȩ We asked the long-time educator, “What’s on your nightstand?” “I am a history reader,” he answered. “My book is American Ulysses by Ronald C. White, a biography of U. S. Grant.” I

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A jewel of a ristorante called Fratello’s Italian Market & Deli is situated on Broadway Street. We recently stopped in for lunch and met Marilyn Magaro, wife of co-owner Tony Magaro, and gener“äê“ë“Å´ąȅDòĔÔĉȘDòĔÔ´șD´¨ò¨á´Ȋ We talked about Fratello’s history and its mission, and of course, tasted the food—incredibly delicious and authentic. Marilyn said, “This is a labor of love. You take an electrical contractor, a masonry construction gentleman, and a human resource specialist and put them all together and come up with a restaurant like this. They had a dream—they wanted to see something back in San Antonio like Paletta’s, an Italian village that began downtown, where the Italian emigrants had centered along Martin Street, in the same neighborhood as the Italian church. Mr. Paletta moved out to the north side of town because of urban renewal years ago. He has since passed away, and the restaurant closed. People were missing that home-style cooking, and ëòĤďÒ´Īķë®ÔďÒ´ą´Ȋȥ Fratello’s encourages families. “Bring your kids with you! If they make a mess on the ĸòòąȅĤ´ȧää¨ä´“ëÔďĔĂȅȥK“ąÔäĪëĉ“Ô®ȊȤnÒ´Ī䴓ąë“§òĔď6ď“äԓëÄòò®ĉ“ë®Ĥғďą´“ääĪÔĉďÒ´

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heart of the food here, all those recipes that began around the dinner table with grandma, Nana, on Sunday.” Fratello’s, three and a half years old, was started by three men—Tony Magaro, human resource specialist; Bobby Farbo, electrical contractor, retired; and Dan Martinelli, masonry contractor. Marilyn is credited with coming up with many of the restaurant’s creative ideas. General Manager Louie Lecocke, ĤÒòғ®§´´ëĤÔďÒDĔ§ĪȧĉÄòąďÒÔąďĪȜķģ´ years, talked about the restaurant’s ê´“ď§“ääĉ“ë®ĉ“Ĕ¨´ȊȤƒÒ´ëĤ´ķąĉď opened, different chefs used different sauces—each one wanted to use his recipe. We decided as a group we want´®ďòą´ĸ´¨ďòĔąēêÔäÔ´ĉȧÒ´ąÔď“Å´Ȋ‰òĔ go to Italy, the food in northern Italy will taste totally different than that of southern Italy, but the meatballs made here in San Antonio by local Italian families are going to be basically the same. Somebody will put a pinch more parsley and somebody a little more garlic, some a little more bread and egg, but it’s all basically the same recipe if they’re made from scratch like ours are. We fry the meatballs. They cook quickly, and the outside gets crusty. You break that meatball open and smell all the spices, especially the parsley inside—you know you’ve got it.”



Louie describes Tony as being “religious about our culture, passionate about our food.” Tony comes in every Saturday with his Fratello’s work clothes on and works in the back, side by side with the cooks. They love Tony, and he loves them. “When Tony “ë®6ķąĉďĉĤÔď¨Ò´®ďÒ´ê´“ď§“ääą´¨ÔĂ´ȅ we thought we were having a mutiny for a while,” Louie said. “Tony showed them how we roll the meatballs—oblong, not round. We are so fortunate to have the people we have, but Tony took them under his wing and infused our culture in them.” The restaurant’s signature dessert is the basil cake. “People think it’s pistachio,” Louie explained, “but it’s not. It’s just the right infusion of basil. It’s got a very refreshing taste

to it.” Thinking that people wouldn’t eat cake with basil in it, Louie gave it away at ķąĉďďòÅ´ďĂ´òĂä´ďòď“ĉď´ÔďȊ But it has become so popular that it’s their bestselling dessert. “Not giving away anymore, I can tell you that,” Louie said. Fratello’s caters for law òĴ¨´ĉȅ§ĔĉÔë´ĉĉòĴ¨´ĉȅ“ë® many other venues. Many of those catering orders include a large basil cake. Marilyn’s involved with the San Antonio Herb Market Association, which sponsors two events a year: Herb Market in October and Basil Fest in May. The Basil Fest

includes educational activities and a chef’s challenge, and the public votes on their favorite dish with money. The money raised goes to a local charity. Fratello’s has won the cook-off the last two years. I


Fratello’s is front and center Ëâi“ââĆéâËéŦĀ¨ċÛËâ“üġ³âĚËüéâá³âĆĀ³üĚËâÄĮâ³6ƓÛ˓â ¨ċËĀËⳓĆĶĹĴķü铭ě“ġ ĻļĶĵĹʼněěěʼnÃü“Ć³ÛÛéĀ­³ÛËʼn ¨éáʼn

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Don’t you sometimes marvel at your ability to become focused and helpful in times of extreme trauma? After the initial impact, we focused on the needs of others and only repressed the traumatic ´ä´ê´ëďĉòÄĉòê´®ÔĴ¨ĔäďĉÔďĔ“ďÔòëȊ This happened to a friend of mine. "ģ´ëëòĤȅķÄď´´ëĪ´“ąĉä“ď´ąȅÒ´ĉďÔää tears up when he recalls the moment he held an eight-year-old child in his arms while the child died. All of his senses were on high alert. He could smell the burned rubber and the blood; he could hear the cries of the victims and the responders as they took control of the scene. He could see the anguish on the faces of people who had gathered from nearby homes. He could even taste the chemicals from hoses and gas tanks. And sadly, he could feel the life going out of the little boy he had helped remove from one of the cars and whose body he now supported. The incident had been a ê“ßòąǶǵȜǺǵȘ“¨¨Ô®´ëďșȅ“ë®ďÒ´êòďÒ´ą

of the little boy died instantly. The child looked at my friend and asked, “Is my momma okay?” My friend remembers smiling through his tears and saying, “She’s going to be ķë´ȊȥnÒ´§ą“ģ´äÔďďä´ boy smiled, closed his eyes, and joined his momma. Now friends, that’s trauma. What followed was grief. Even when the trauma doesn’t happen to us personally, we can still suffer post-trauê“ďÔ¨ĉďą´ĉĉ®Ôĉòą®´ąȘbnișȊĪ®´ķëÔďÔòë PTSD is “a mental health condition that is triggered by a terrifying event—either experiencing it or witnessing it.” Many Ôë®ÔģÔ®Ĕ“äĉȚêÔäÔĪĂ´ąĉòëë´äȅķąĉď responders, and many trusted others—are dealing with one level or another of PTSD. Can people really experience so much trauma that they develop a serious disorder that can manifest itself as totally unacceptable, or even tragic, behavior? Are they a danger to themselves or to others? Are more and more people displaying PTSD? The answer to these questions is, unfortunately, yes. In my research, I have found sad-buttrue instances in which people have been hurting and have asked for help only to be told that their situations are “just part of the job” or that they will “eventually be able to handle things better as their

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time in service increases.” Some people have been referred to a “peer counselor” or even a company “shrink.” However, the peer counselors are well-meaning but inexperienced or the recommended psychologists are overbooked or not trusted. Many people simply don’t know to whom to turn. I believe there has been an increase in the number of citizens with PTSD. Let me share a couple of true cases that I have personally investigated. Although these examples involve law enforcement òĴ¨´ąĉȅÔë®ÔģÔ®Ĕ“äĉĤÒòĤòąáÔëĂąÔģ“ď´ companies and government agencies can also show the effects of PTSD. nòêȅ“ĂòäÔ¨´òĴ¨´ąßĔĉ陸¨áÄąòê his second tour in the Middle East, was driving on patrol at approximately 2 p.m. KòĉďòĴ¨´ąĉĤÔääĉĂ´ë®ďÒ´ÔąĉÒÔÄď“ëĉĤ´ąing calls from dispatch or from their EDT ȘďÒ´¨òêĂĔď´ąÔëďÒ´Ôą¨“ąșȊT뮓ĪĉĤÒ´ë òĔąòĴ¨´ąnòêÔĉëȧď§ĔĉĪ“ëĉĤ´ąÔëŨ“ääĉȅ he expands his service by performing self-initiated activity—things like checking parking lots for vehicles reported stolen or having been used in crime. TĴ¨´ąnòê®´¨Ô®´®ďò¨Ò´¨áďÒ´ doors of many of the businesses that were closed for the day in his area of responsibility. He locked his unit and began walking from door to door. At that time Tom was in a good mood, happy to be providing a service he can’t offer regularly. A mother and her seven-year-old son were walking along the sidewalk, and the little boy said, “Look Mom, a policeman.” Mother replied, “Why you don’t go shake his hand; policemen are our friends.” nÒ´òĴ¨´ąĉ“ĤďÒ´¨ÒÔ䮓ĂĂąò“¨ÒÔëÅȅ and something in his memory clicked back to the horror of war. He saw the approaching child as a Middle Eastern child with explosives strapped around ÒÔĉĤ“ÔĉďȊĉďÒ´òĴ¨´ąĤ“ď¨Ò´®ďÒąòĔÅÒ ÒÔĉê´êòąĪȘbnișȅÒ´ĉ“ĤďÒ´¨ÒÔä® ´ĩĂäò®´ȊnÒ´òĴ¨´ąą´“¨ď´®ÔëÒòąąòą and began screaming and backing away from the child. The little boy ran back to his mother understandably upset. The mother reported the incident immediate-



ly and a police supervisor was dispatched ďòď“á´¨“ą´òÄďÒ´òĴ¨´ą“뮨“äêďÒ´ ¨ÔďÔİ´ëĉȊnÒ´òĴ¨´ąĤ“ĉą´êòģ´®Äąòê service until he was cleared by the department psychologist. ëòĴ¨´ąÄąòê“ëòďÒ´ąĂòäÔ¨´®´partment came up to me at a training session I was holding for his department. He asked me if I was taking on any new counseling clients. I never know how to say no, so I agreed to see him after his shift the following week. I wasn’t going to be in his area very often; however, I would listen and make a referral if I felt he needed to continue to see a professional. I have done this for people ÔëòďÒ´ąò¨¨ĔÓďÔòëĉȅ´ĉĂ´¨Ô“ääĪķąĉď responders and school employees. nÒÔĉòĴ¨´ąĤ“ĉғģÔëÅďąòĔ§ä´ĉď“ĪÔëÅ focused while on the job. His mind drifted even while he was investigating complaints. During the course of our conversation he told me he was beginning to worry about roadside explosives while

on patrol. In fact, there were certain streets he avoided altogether. He knew this wasn’t realistic and that he was reliving his tour in Iraq, but he could not stop thinking about this even though he was back in the States. He was having more “ë®êòą´®ÔĴ¨ĔäďĪďą´“ďÔëÅďÒ´ĂĔ§äÔ¨ with kindness, and he was beginning to withdraw from his own family. He frequently referred to his police squad as his unit. Our citizen soldiers were not raised in a country that uses its children in battle. Our brains are accustomed to a more civilized society. The word propriety is rapidly disappearing from our vocabulary, and that is a tragedy. Many, many wonderful things can be said about this amazing country of ours. However, we are seeing a disturbing development in America and its people. Give some thought to how many men and women are serving in the military or have lived through tragedy of one kind or

another. Who helps them deal with the PTSD? In fact, the victim may not even be willing to admit they are suffering from this emotional dilemma. Do you recognize yourself in the above stories, or do you know others who seem to have similar problems? What is your department or company doing to help those employees who are returning from the Middle East? As one investigates this Ăąò§ä´êȅÒ´ĤÔääķë®òďÒ´ąĉĤÔďÒbniȊ What can be done to help people who suffer from this disorder and what can you do if your organization isn’t being realistic in dealing with this situation? Ò´¨áďòķë®òĔďÔÄĪòĔą¨òêÓëĪ has an Employee Assistance Program or department shrink. Treatment could allow people to stay on task, work safer, use fewer sick days, and become more productive, making the treatment cost effective beyond your wildest dreams. More later. Be safe and reach out to others. I







Putting Out Fires


Who’s Listening Anyway?



0òò®êòąëÔëÅȅ¨ä“ĉĉȇe“Ôĉ´ĪòĔąғë®ÔÄĪòĔғģ´“ķą´´ĩďÔëguisher in your home. You, Miss, in the sweats with the bagel in front of you. You plan to burn your house down? No? Then why have an extinguisher if you won’t be starting “ÒòĔĉ´ķą´ȋ TÒȇAĔĉďÔ먓ĉ´ȋnò¨òëď“ÔëÔďĉòê´ĤғďĔëďÔäďÒ´ķą´®´partment arrives? I can understand that. It’s not like they can be everywhere at once, right? And it’s your responsibility to ®òĤғďĪòĔ¨“ëďòĂąòď´¨ďĪòĔąĉ´äÄÔëďÒ´ķąĉďÄ´Ĥêòê´ëďĉ òÄ“ķą´Ȋ0òďÔďȊ iòȅĤғď®´Ä´ëĉÔģ´ķą´“ąê®òĪòĔòĤëȋ You don’t have one? Why not? Ah. I see. The police will save you, so you have no reĉĂòëĉÔ§ÔäÔďĪďò®òĤғďĪòĔ¨“ëďòĂąòď´¨ďĪòĔąĉ´äÄÔëďÒ´ķąĉď moments of an assault upon your home or person. Do I have that right? Oh, I see. You also don’t have the years of weapons and Äòą¨´ﱓÔëÔëÅäÔá´“ëòĴ¨´ąȊ So, you’ll be getting rid of that extinguisher until you gradĔ“ď´ÄąòêďÒ´ķą´“¨“®´êĪȋLòȋ In addition to being fun to shoot, a gun in the hands of a responsible, law-abiding citizen is no different than an extinguisher: both stop unexpected problems or contain them until ďÒ´ĂąòÄ´ĉĉÔòë“äĉķë“ääĪ“ąąÔģ´Ȋ Think about it. I

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T I T L E : W H O ’ S L I S T E N I N G A N Y W A Y ?: A GUIDE TO EFFECTIVE LISTENING AUTHOR: JOHN LOVITT, ED.D. ILLUSTRATOR: BILL BRISTOW PUBLISHER: LANGMARC PUBLISHING nÒ´“ĔďÒòąĉ“Īĉȅ“Many people underestimate the value of listening and overestimate their skill as listeners.” John Lovitt, Ed.D., wrote this short, easy-to-read book to educate people on the importance of listening and to help them improve their listening skills. Lovitt is a personal and corporate coach, trainer, psychotherapist, and writer whose passion for helping individuals improve their personal and business communication shines through the page. The author begins by sharing the importance of listening in his own life—beginning with his grandfather and father effectively listening to him as a child. He goes on to talk about emotional dehydration—how listeners can allow themselves to be drained of energy and self-esteem—and what it takes to rehydrate them. The book describes the four components of listening, the eight roadblocks that listeners put in their own way to prevent understanding, and the traps that speakers can create for listeners. Dr. Lovitt includes a scale he created to assess listening skills so readers can see where they need to improve and measure their progress. The humorous illustrations help readers understand and remember the concepts. The better people listen, the more effective they will be in their professional and personal lives. Who’s Listening Anyway?ê“Ī§´“ëÔ®´“äķąĉďĉď´ĂòëďÒ´ąò“®ďòÔêĂąòģÔëÅ listening skills. I

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San Antonio. What do you think of? Alamo. River Walk. Missions. Tejano music. Fiesta. Military. Rodeo. Visitors by the millions are drawn to San Antonio’s meandering River Walk, the eighteenth-century Spanish missions, and the ä“êòȊnÒ´¨ÔďĪÔĉòÄď´ë®´ķë´®ÔëďÒ´Ò´“ąďĉ and minds of tourists and locals alike by the archetypes listed above. On May 5, 2018, San Antonio marks the 300-year anniversary of the founding of the Alamo, the Presidio, and Villa de Bexar. As the city turns its attention to celebrating its culture and heritage, the Tricentennial Commission is working diligently to organize key events for May 1-5, 2018, and throughout the year. According to John Tafolla, a native of San Antonio and owner of Rio Design, Riodesign.com, “This celebration marks an opportunity for the city’s businesses, public institutions, and citizens to celebrate and tell our story of innovation as a continuous path from past to present.” With San Antonio being long known as the “Biggest Small Town in America,” John sees

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the Tricentennial as a platform to enhance the image of the city to include the concept that the future starts here. Like Disney’s Epcot starting with early human hunter-gather tribes using stone and ĸÔëďďòòäĉ“ë®´ë®ÔëÅĤÔďÒÒÔÅÒď´¨ÒëòäòÅĪ ķ§´ąòĂďÔ¨¨òêêĔëÔ¨“ďÔòëĉ“뮨òêĂĔďÔëÅȅ San Antonio is one of the oldest cities in the Americas bolstered by thousands of years of human presence and technology use. San Antonio is today a living laboratory for what is next in the grand experiment of American cultural transformation. Linking Water to Innovation According to the Edwards Aquifer website, Harriet Prescott Spofford, writing for Harper’s New Monthly Magazine in 1877, ąò®´òëòë´òÄďÒ´ķąĉďﱓÔëĉďòi“ëëďòëÔò and declared, “On a more enchanting spot the eye of poet never rested. There is probably nothing like it in America.” In 1691 Spaniards camped with the Payaya Indians on the stream they called Yanaguana. It was the day of Saint Anthony de Padua, and the Spaniards held mass and named the stream San Antonio. San Antonio is a city of springs and rivers from which ¨ĔäďĔą´“ë®ď´¨ÒëòäòÅĪĸòĤÄąòêďÒ´Óĉďďò the future. Excavations in 2013 unearthed a dam in the northern area of Brackenridge Park estimated to have been constructed in 1719. According to UTSA, archeologists interviewed by the Express News in May of 2013 determined the dam to be part of the Acequia Madre serving the Alamo, Mission San Antonio de Valero. The acequias, or aqueducts—the utilization of waterways for irrigation forming a


The Future Starts Here is a multi-part series linking the city’s history to innovation in medicine, aerospace, information technology, engineering, construction, manufacturing, tourism, education, and the arts. It’s a storyline from Rio Design linking the city’s history to the people and institutions ÔëĸĔ´ë¨ÔëÅďÒ´Ĥòąä®Ȋ


public water system—are the key innovation in San ëďòëÔòȧĉÒÔĉďòąĪòÄď´¨ÒëòäòÅĪȊƒÒÔä´ëòďďÒ´ķąĉď acequias built by the Spanish in the Americas, San Antonio’s system of waterways was the most elabòą“ď´ȊnÒ´ķÄď´´ëȜêÔä´ĉĪĉď´êòÄ®Ôď¨Ò´ĉ“ë®®“êĉ ÄòąêĤғďê“Ī§´¨òëĉÔ®´ą´®ďÒ´ķąĉďê´ďąòĂòäÔď“ë water system in the Americas. Modern aquifer innovations include Twin Oaks, “ëĄĔÔÄ´ąiďòą“Å´“ë®e´¨òģ´ąĪȘieșĉĪĉď´êȅ“ë® expansion of the River Walk north and south. The ASR system, according to the San Antonio Water System website, pumps water from the Edwards Aquifer to the Carrizo Aquifer in southern Bexar County. Later, during the hot, dry months, the drinking water is pumped back into the existing distribution system to help meet summer water demands. Once desalination starts at Twin Oaks, ÔďĤÔäääÔá´äĪ§´ďÒ´ķąĉďieäò¨“ďÔòëÔëďÒ´sëÔď´® States providing water from three different sources ĸòĤÔëÅÄąòêòë´ĉÔď´Ȋ San Antonio recently unveiled a much-anticipated extension to its celebrated River Walk, one of the top tourist attractions in Texas. This 1.3 mile, $72 million addition nearly doubles the River Walk length. Attractions along the extended River Walk include the San Antonio Museum of Art and the historic Pearl Brewery featuring restaurants, shopping, a hotel, and urban living. Bio-Medical-Life: Seeds of San Antonio’s First High Technology Economy In 1853 the Bexar County Medical Society ȘKișÔëi“ëëďòëÔòĤ“ĉďÒ´ķąĉď¨òĔëďĪê´®Ô¨“ä society formed in the state of Texas. Today, San Antonio’s bio-medical-life industry cluster contributes $30 billion to the local economy and employs approximately 165,000 people, according to the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation. The city’s story of medicine links charity, tourism, education, research, and the military to form a pioneering story that shapes the world today. In 1869 Sisters St. Madeleine Chollet, Pierre Cinquin, and St. Agnes Buisson, journeyed from Galveston on a bumpy stagecoach ride to the Alamo City to heal the sick and start what would become Santa eòĉ“4òĉĂÔď“äȊs뮓Ĕëď´®§Ī“ķą´ďғď®´ĉďąòĪ´® the center they planned to use on arrival, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word rebuilt and òĂ´ë´®i“ëď“eòĉ“6ëķąê“ąĪȅi“ëëďòëÔòȧĉķąĉď ĂąÔģ“ď´ÒòĉĂÔď“äȘi“ëď“eòĉ“4òĉĂÔď“äșȊ According to Mary Pat Moyer, CEO and Chief i¨Ô´ë¨´TĴ¨´ąòÄ6먴ääȊ¨òêȅi“ëëďòëÔòȧĉòąÔÅÔë“ä tourism economy was based on health resorts and

chronic disease recovery starting in the late 1800s. Early examples include the Terrell Wells Preventorium, Hot Wells Lodge, and Harlandale Hotel and Bath. The Hot Wells Lodge was a lavish 190-room, Victorian-style resort hotel. Originally built in 1893, the site along the San Antonio River on South Presa Street featured pools, a bathhouse, and a spa fed by hot sulfur spring water. The Army brought medicine to the city in 1879 by opening a small medical dispensary in a single ĉďòąĪȅĤòò®´ë§ĔÔä®ÔëÅĤÔďÒďÒ´ķąĉďĂ´ąê“ë´ëď hospital built in 1886. The Army medical presence would grow to become today Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, housing the Brooke Army Medical Center and the San Antonio Military K´®Ô¨“ä´ëď´ąȘiKKșȊiKKÔĉďÒ´´Ä´ëĉ´ Department’s largest inpatient hospital. Today, the Texas Biomedical Research Institute, founded in 1941, houses the world’s largest computing center dedicated to statistical analysis of the human genome. The facility is affectionately known as the Ranch. The Ranch is co-located on the Texas Biomed campus with a Biosafety Level 4 lab studying deadly viruses such as Ebola and the Southwest National Primate Research Center. The institute is leading the transition from live animal research to computer modeling, ultimately enabling the phaseout of many live animal research programs. K´®Ô¨“äÔëëòģ“ďÔòëĉĸòĤÔëÅÄąòêďÒ´ä“êòÔďĪ include creating a template to speed the indexing of genome for the Human Genome Project (Naylor and Garcia, UTHSCSA collaborating with Baylor òää´Å´òÄK´®Ô¨Ôë´șȏÔëģ´ëďÔòëòÄďÒ´b“äê“İȜiғďİ Stent, revolutionizing the care of heart disease and one of the top-ten patents of all time (UTHSCA “뮹òòáąêĪK´®Ô¨“ä´ëď´ąșȏ“ë®ďÒ´Ĕĉ´òÄ an excimer laser to indent eye tissue by Dr. John Taboada, leading to Lasik eye surgery. I

For more than a decade Jim Brazell has carried i“ââĆéâËéŦĀĀĆéüġéÃËââé̓ĆËéâ“üéċâ­Ćéěâ“â­ “¨üéĀĀĆɳěéüÛ­ʼn/üéáĶĴĴķĆéĶĴĵĺńAËá­³ÛËĚ³ü³­ speeches on San Antonio’s story of innovation from Léüě“ġĆéL˨“ü“Äċ““â­Ãüéá4“ě“ËËĆébéüĆċēÛʼn 4ËĀĀù³³¨É“ċ­Ë³â¨³ĀËâ¨Ûċ­³ĆɳƒéüÛ­éâÄü³ĀĀéâ Information Technology, the International Confer³â¨³éân³¨ÉâéÛéÄġbéÛ˨ġ“â­6ââé̓ĆËéâńĆɳn³Ġ“Ā "¨éâéá˨e³¨éĚ³üġéâóü³â¨³ń/éüĆi“á4éċĀĆéâń“â­Ćɳ6âĆ³üâ“ĆËéâ“Ûié¨Ë³ĆġÃéüb³üÃéüá“⨳ 6áùüéĚ³á³âĆʼnnɳĀù³³¨ÉńŤi“ââĆéâËéŃnɳ/ċĆċü³ iƓüĆĀ4³ü³ńŤËĀ“Ě“Ëۓ§Û³ÃéüÛ験ÛÄüéċùĀ“â­¨éâóü³â¨³ĀʼnAËá“â­ÉËĀěËóDËĀ““â­­“ċÄÉĆ³ü̓ÛËĚ³Ëâ i“ââĆéâËéʼnŨD³“üâáéü³AËáʼnü“ħ³ÛÛƓb³“üĀéâʼn¨éá

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“Success is never one person’s alone. It’s always a group of people. They need to have a can-do attitude, be able to take risks, be problem-solvers. You need to have a diversity of opinions at the table to go the right direction. You empower them, resource them, and then you get out of the way and let them do it.” This powerful statement, with clear intention and predication of innovation, came in an interview with Dr. C. Mauli Agrawal, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at The University of Texas at San Antonio. He also holds the Peter Flawn Professorship in Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Agrawal was born and raised in India. “I ķëÔĉÒ´®´ëgineering in India, worked for industry for a little bit, and then came to the U.S. for graduate work.” He landed at Clemson University in South Carolina and received a master’s degree in engineering, then he went to Duke for his Ph.D. He moved to San Antonio in 1991 with his wife; his son and daughter were born here. The UT Health Science Center planned to start a new program in plant materials and biomedical

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engineering, hence they hired Dr. Agrawal. After eight years as dean for engineering and three years as Vice President for Research for all of UTSA, Dr. Agrawal assumed his current role a year ago. Our interview drifted toward the topic of medical problems in the area of orthopedics and cardiovascular implants. Dr. Agrawal said last year he was inducted into the National Academy of Inventors in Washington, DC. He explained, “If we do research and come up with solutions to problems, it’s of no use until it reaches the patient. I tell my students that if you really have a good solution, you have to commercialize it. You have to take it through a company, through a business, so it reaches the patient. Companies, not universities, take products to patients.” Dr. Agrawal continued to inform us on the issue of older gentlemen having aortic aneurysms. Unfortunately, when the aorta pops and the heart is pumping, the results can be dire. Usually, a n´ĸòëďĔ§´ÔĉÔëĉ´ąď´®ÔëĉÔ®´ďÒ´“ąď´ąĪȊȤƒ´¨“ê´ up with this tube that is biodegradable plastic polymer. It’s electrospun, like cotton candy, but it’s spun as a tube. We put it inside and tried it in a man’s body; it actually put cells down and lined the inside of the aorta very nicely.” Dr. Agrawal was excited and took this venture into a company. He says now they are also looking at using the same thing as a blood vessel itself for people with diabetic peripheral vascular disease. In response to our question about which company he started, Dr. Agrawal answered, “Cardiovate. Cardio and innovate together— that’s the kind of stuff I like doing. I like creating companies.” We asked, “What would be your crowning jewel of competence? What are you most proud of?” “My family,” he answered. “I say my treasures lie at home, and I’m also very proud of what we have been able to do as a team at UTSA and the UT Health Science Center.” I


Biomedical Engineering and the Breakthroughs to Come



Stephen Webster of FOIE

Meet Stephen Webster and his team of innovators at San Antonio based FOIE: Fiber Optic Infrastructure & Engineering. These master engineers have a mission to develop, build, and deliver platinum ķ§´ąòĂďÔ¨ÔëÄą“ĉďąĔ¨ďĔą´¨òêêĔëÔ¨“ďÔòë networks as a regional utility transport. They will use patent innovative engineering models and hierarchic architectural designs derived from their parent R&D company, WebstarrWillams. Their purposed approach as a FibreWare delivery and middle-tier utilities company Ôĉďò§ąÔ®Å´ĤÒòä´ķ§´ąòĂďÔ¨ĉòäĔďÔòëĉ utilizing Sonet Ring & DWDM, intended to provide the highest speeds and widest bandwidths AT&T can offer. FOIE has a 6 Tier layer approach to migrate all current copper-wired communications to optical networks employing physical and virtual RING patent strategies. The company intends to be the premier data transport communications highway solutionist group for metros, urban communities, campuses, tech hubs, and regional businesses: • FTTC, inside the premises, campus, “ë®ê´ďąòķ§´ąÔêĂä´ê´ëďĉ ȃTibȅòĔďĉÔ®´ďÒ´Ăä“ëďȅķ§´ą§ĔąÔ“äȅ Ariel, cellular backhaul • Project management, network analyzer testing, architect designing solutions ȃL´Ĥ®´ģ´äòĂê´ëďĉ“ë®Óď´ëďķ§´ą communication devices iď´ĂÒ´ëȘÒ´Ăą´Ä´ąĉiď´ĂÒșĉ“Ô®ȅȤTĔą topology will advocate billion-bits-persecond optical networks everywhere on

ďÒ´ÄąòëďȜ´ë®ȩÔëĉﴓ® of 60-100Mbps. We’re mapping 1-10-40-80100Gbps and great´ąȩòĂďÔ¨“äë´ďĤòąáĉ òģ´ąòĔąÓď´ëďȩ0n6TeenȊȩnÒÔĉÔĉê“ëĪďÔê´ĉ faster than the Internet2 model being pilot ď´ĉď´®Ôëê“ëĪĉď“ď´ĉȊȥȩ FOIE provides direct business to business ȘǷșķ§´ąòĂďÔ¨ĉ´ąģÔ¨´ĉ“ë®ĉòäĔďÔòëĉďò serve, build, install, connect, and manage network infrastructures for companies and contractors. Sectors served include construction, utilities, federal facilities, cellular backhauls, telco, ISP, data warehouses, and information technology data centers. The company also offers advance technology developments for high speed Ôëď´ąë´ďÔëÄą“ĉďąĔ¨ďĔą´ĉȩÄąòêďÒ´“ą¨ÒÔď´¨ďĉ of WebstarrWilliams engineering e3 ®ÔģÔĉÔòëȩȖ0´òÅą“ĂÒÔ¨n“ëÅÔ§ä´6ëď´ą¨òëë´¨ď TĂďÔ¨“äe“®ÔĔĉeÔëÅĉnòĂòäòÅĪȗȊȩ A direct derivative of FOIE’s e3 triangular engineering bridges or combines computerized network communications, telecommunications, and cellular communication networks and all the electronic data content for transport across a 100% optic radius ring topology. This physical topology radius ring has unlimited capacity, because its foundation model is built on gigabit bandwidth and speeds, 2Gbps, 10Gbps, 20Gbps, 40Gbps, 80Gbps, 100Gbps—plus. GTIORRT can absorb all current network mediums, including present mesh topologies, onto itself. That implies ď´ä´¨òêêĔëÔ¨“ďÔò먴ëﱓäòĴ¨´ĉ“ë® all cellular companies and computerized networks divisions can dump their data onto the optical radius ring for optimal transport between them and customers to the Internet of Things, as a service. Going forward, infrastructure should be built “¨ąòĉĉ´ĩÔĉďÔëÅ“ë®ë´Ĥä“ë®ķ§´ąòĂďÔ¨

developments through the deployment of optical radius rings. The Intelligence Transporter at both the transport and physical layer stack optical carrier equally of Sonet Ring and DWDM methodologies is a frontend tangible property with unlimited capacity to mirror any backbone virtual system communications or network operations. Real-time change updates of bandwidth, 2Gbps – 100Gbps or higher, 600Gbps radius ring cover wider ranges than horizontal implements. With a 10-1000-mile radius in scope, they ¨“ë“äĉò§´¨òëķÅĔą´®Ôë“ĉĄĔ“ą´ȜêÔä´ matrix. Tangible interconnect optical radius rings can be conveniently attached from one ring to the next, extending its core bandwidth to all rings that connect to the primary or secondary ring, including inner metro, middle metro, outer metro, rural, or regional dispersed interstate rings. nÒÔĉÔĉďÒ´ēĉď´ĉď“ë®êòĉď´Ĵ¨Ô´ëď way to build infrastructure and meet present and future demands for expanding technology in the sectors of computed data, telecommunication, cellular data 5G6G, etc. The architecture of Geographic Tangible Interconnect Optical Radius Rings will feature middle distribution—outward transport topology, front and backwards ®“ď“ﱓĴ¨ą´®Ĕ뮓ë¨ĪȊ There is a push for Congress to pass a technology land bill, the Internet Highway – High Speed Data Act, to create federal aid much like the National Interstate and Defense Highway Act did for roads and bridges in the 1950s. The virtual highway “¨ďòħĔÔä®ÔëÅ“ë®®´ĂäòĪÔëÅķ§´ąòĂďÔ¨ infrastructure and cabling everywhere across the whole U.S. would create more Äò¨Ĕĉ´®ȅ¨´ąďÔķ´®ķ§´ąòĂďÔ¨¨òëĉďąĔ¨ďÔòë and engineering companies, which will employ thousands of new trade-holderskilled jobs. I

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Society’s young innovators exhibit inspiring talent and ambition. We knew ÒòĤĉĂ´¨Ô“äďÒÔĉòë´Ĥ“ĉĤÔďÒÔëďÒ´ķąĉď ķģ´êÔëĔď´ĉȚĉÒ´ғ®ĉòêĔ¨ÒĉĂÔąÔďȊ Get ready for Makirah Leandra Florence, aka Meme. A ten-year-old photographer, app builder, and loving daughter to Marty Florence—quite an outspoken young lady, but all in good fun. Meme is interested in military snapshots. Good thing they’re in the military city. Marty says, “She uses direct focus; she captures detail.” Meme uses a Canon T6 while her father uses a T5. They have their own business called Daughter and Dad Photography. You can catch them roaming downtown and also on 6ëĉď“Åą“êȅĤÒ´ą´ĪòĔ¨“ëķë®êÔäÔĪ photos with the signature #1makirah. K´ê´¨òê´ĉķąĉďĤÔďÒK“ąďĪȊnÒ´ą´ were times during our interview Meme would stop her father and say, “They are asking me.” We all laughed. As we were getting to know Meme and Marty, we asked what she would like to be when she grows up. She answered, “A military sniper.” This young girl entertains a room. Marty asked her, “Meme, what are some of the American values?” She said, “Hold on; I’m chewing my gum.” Then Meme responded. “Individualism, equality, materialism, science and technology, progress and change, and work and leisure.” Wow, we thought. “Although Obama wants change, I want tens and twenties,” she added, eliciting more laughs. On top of loving military photography, she loves math. Meme is taught at the ķÄďÒȜÅą“®´ä´ģ´äďÒąòĔÅÒòëäÔë´ĉ¨Òòòäing. She and Marty—her father, teacher, and best friend—moved to San Antonio from Detroit in 2016. We were in awe of the love these two have for each other.

Marty is an app developer and over the years has taught Meme about app §ĔÔä®ÔëÅȊK´ê´§ĔÔäďÒ´ąķąĉď뮹òÔ® “ĂĂĤÒ´ëĉÒ´Ĥ“ĉķģ´Ī´“ąĉòä®Ȋƒ´ immediately searched YouTube for Ȥķģ´ȜĪ´“ąȜòä®ÅÔąä§ĔÔä®ĉ뮹òÔ®“ĂĂȊȥ nÒ´ą´ĉÒ´Ĥ“ĉȚķģ´ȜĪ´“ąȜòä®K´ê´ explaining with a coherent vocabulary. Meme told us about the current mobile app called MYSAHD—My San Antonio Hotel Directory. Marty explained, “We got lost downtown—like the rest of the tourists. We didn’t know where to go.” Meme said, “I told Dad, ‘It would be cool if we could just get from point A to point B.’” Marty continued the story while Meme had another gummy bear. “The app is a GPS that will get you right to the location and back again without having to worry about all the other things that Google pops up. The base location is the hotel a person is visiting, and listed below are all of the places the app will GPS them straight to.” Marty was the developer and Meme his ĂąòďµÅµȊ This young lady, a child innovator, radiates intelligence and innovation. We asked her for the secrets to success. She answered, “Here is all that I’m going to need. I’m going to need printer paper and about 2000 dollars.” Hmm. She stopped and asked to play a video, an inspirational speech by Eric Thomas, called “Secrets to Success.” As we closed our interview, we asked what was on her nightstand. To our surprise, she said, “At my mom’s house are some of Tupac’s old poems. Every two nights I watch a movie, but I watch the motivational video, too.” This is Makirah Leandra Florence— Meme—#1makirah. A child innovator setting an example. I


A Daughter and Her Dad


Leaving a Loving Legacy LIFE, LOVE, AND IMPACT Family can be a source of nurture, inspiration, and companionship. Family can also be the source of our deepest worries and ¨ò먴ąëĉȊÄď´ą´ëĉĔąÔëÅĪòĔąķë“ë¨Ô“äÒòĔĉ´ÔĉÔëòą®´ąȅÔďê“Ī be time for you to answer the question, “If you could make the Ĥòąä®§´ďď´ąÔëòë´ĉÔÅëÔķ¨“ëďĤ“ĪȅĤғďĤòĔä®Ô林ȋȥ With great wealth, comes great opportunity. Americans donated an estimated $358.38 billion to charity in 2014.1 As your assets grow, so does your ability to create change for the people, institutions, and causes that are near and dear to your heart. Studies completed by the Women Philanthropy Institute found that the wealthiest American women over age 50 are more likely to give 3% or more of their income to charity than their male peers—those same women give 156% more to charity than “ĵĔ´ëďê´ëȊ2

To help increase your effectiveness throughout your giving journey, there are several tools you may want to incorporate into your comprehensive wealth plan: • ғąÔä´e´ê“Ôë®´ąnąĔĉďĉȄ Allow you to provide for both a ëòë¨Ò“ąÔä´ą´¨ÔĂÔ´ëďȘĉĔ¨Ò“ĉĪòĔąĉ´äÄș“뮓ģ“äĔ´®¨“Ĕĉ´Ȋ • ғąÔä´D´“®nąĔĉďĉȄ´ë´ķ¨Ô“ąÔ´ĉ“ą´Ă“Ô®òëäĪ“Äď´ąÔë¨òê´ÔĉÅą“ëď´®ďò“ĉĂ´¨Ôķ´®¨“Ĕĉ´òąòąÅ“ëÔİ“ďÔòëȊ • bąÔģ“ď´/òĔ뮓ďÔòëĉȄďąĔĉďòąëòëĂąòķď¨òąĂòą“ďÔòëĔĉĔ“ääĪ funded by a small group of individuals.

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Some questions you may want to consider when setting a philanthropic strategy within your estate plan include: • How will I decide on my giving goals and approach? • How will I choose which organizations to support or which social impact businesses to invest in? • How will philanthropic dollars be invested and how much will be disbursed? • Who will be involved in the decision-making? • How will I make sure this legacy lives on even after I’m gone?

The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2014, Giving USA, 2015 Women Take an Activist Path to Philanthropy, The Chronicle of Philan-

thropy, 2013

Courtesy of: E. Portia Parker, RICP® Financial Advisor Branch Name: Morgan Stanley, 112 E. Pecan St. Ste. 1500, San Antonio, TX 78205, Phone Number: 210-271-6108 nÒ´“ĔďÒòąȘĉș“ë®ȐòąĂĔ§äÔ¨“ďÔòë“ą´ë´ÔďÒ´ą´êĂäòĪ´´ĉòÄëòą“ĴäÔ“ď´® ĤÔďÒKòąÅ“ëiď“ëä´ĪiêÔďÒ“ąë´ĪDDȘȤKòąÅ“ëiď“ëä´ĪȥșȊĪĂąòģÔ®ÔëÅ ďÒÔĉďÒÔą®ÓąďĪĂĔ§äÔ¨“ďÔòëȅĤ´“ą´ëòďÔêĂäĪÔëÅ“ë“ĴäԓďÔòëȅĉĂòëĉòąĉÒÔĂȅ ´ë®òąĉ´ê´ëďȅ“ĂĂąòģ“äȅÔëģ´ĉďÔœďÔòëȅģ´ąÔķ¨“ďÔòëȅòąêòëÔďòąÔëŧĪKòą-

A good starting point to consider will be on focusing your “ê§ÔďÔòëĉȊKòą´òÄď´ëďғëëòďĪòĔê“Īķë®ĪòĔąĉ´äÄĤÔďÒďòò ê“ëĪÅą´“ďÔ®´“ĉȏĉďòÄħĪķÅĔąÔëÅòĔďȤƒÒ“ď®ò6Ĥ“ëďďò accomplish?” To help you reach a decision, sort your objectives into four categories: • òą´Ȅ The area or areas where your primary passions lie • Ôĉ¨ą´ďÔò등ĪȄThe causes you support at the behest of others • "ê´ąÅ´ë¨ĪȄn´êĂòą“ąĪȅą´“¨ďÔģ´¨“Ĕĉ´ĉȘÔȊ´Ȋȅ®Ôĉ“ĉď´ąą´äÔ´Äș • Other causes outside your core interests

gan Stanley of any information contained in the publication. The opinions expressed by the authors are solely their own and do not ë´¨´ĉĉ“ąÔäĪą´ĸ´¨ďďÒòĉ´òÄKòąÅ“ëiď“ëä´ĪȊnÒ´ÔëÄòąê“ďÔòë“ë®®“ď“ in the article or publication has been obtained from sources outside of Morgan Stanley and Morgan Stanley makes no representations or guarantees as to the accuracy or completeness of information or data from sources outside of Morgan Stanley. Neither the information provided nor any opinion expressed constitutes a solicitation by Morgan Stanley with respect to the purchase or sale of any security, investment, strategy, or product that may be mentioned.

Once you’ve set your goals, develop your philanthropic mission statement and put it on paper. Having a clear and concise message will set guidelines and boundaries for family members and friends who want to get involved. Take action and track your progress by identifying your patterns of giving. Only then will you be able to gauge how well your current actions are aligned with your stated goals and mission.

Article by Wealth Management Systems Inc. and provided courtesy of Morgan Stanley Financial Advisor. E. Portia Parker may only transact business, follow-up with individualized responses, or render personalized investment advice for compensation, in states where she is registered or excluded or exempted from registration, www.MorganstanleyFA.com/Portia.Parker or FINRA Broker Ò´¨áÒďďĂȄȐȐ§ąòá´ą¨Ò´¨áȊķ뱓ȊòąÅȐi´“ą¨ÒȐi´“ą¨ÒȊ“ĉĂĩȗȊ © 2016 Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC. Member SIPC.

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K“ëĪĂ´òĂä´“ĉáê´ȅ “How can I make sure I’m always employed?” It’s one thing to go to a job and get paid, yet it’s another thing to think about how you really want to contribute. I refer to this concept as lifetime employability. Begin to think of yourself as your own company, Me, Inc. By doing this you continue to learn, to build relationships, and to take ownership for your own destiny. Lòê“ďď´ąĤғďďĪĂ´òÄßò§òą¨“ą´´ąķ´ä®ȅďÒ´ą´“ą´¨òêêòë tips to staying in the game for the long haul. The twenty items in this survey can give you a quick idea of the areas to focus on to be engaged in the world of work and beyond. Review the statements below and rate yourself according to the following: 1 = Need Help Fast ǷȅǸȅòąǹ= Somewhere in between 5 = YES! I have it all together 1. ____ I know what I need to learn to remain marketable in my profession and industry. 2. ____ I understand the strengths I have to contribute to organizations in the future. 3. ____ I have developed positive relationships with people inside and outside my organization. 4. ____ I am actively involved in the community serving as a volunteer. 5. ____ I am serving as a leader in my professional organization. 6. ____ I have determined how I can be visible to my customers and clients. 7. ____ I have a written six-month plan, as well as a three- to ķģ´ȜĪ´“ąĉﱓď´ÅÔ¨Ăä“ëÄòąêĪĉ´äÄȄK"ȅ6ë¨Ȋ 8. ____ I am working with a mentor inside the organization and with an external executive coach. 9. ____ I am clear about what is really important to me in my life.

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10. ____ I maximize relationships without being a user. 11. ____ I look for ways to serve on internal enterprise-wide task forces. 12. ____ I participate in activities that can be considered fun in my organization. 13. ____ I am aware of how I can manage my personal life with my professional life. 14. ____ I let others know that I want to be involved in learning and development opportunities. 15. ____ I am maximizing social media tools to remain in touch with people. 16. ____ I am knowledgeable about international business and interactions. 17. ____ I understand that ´êòďÔòë“äÔëď´ääÔŴ먴Ș"dșÔĉ a critical component of being an approachable leader or colleague. 18. ____ I have a current resume, bio, and LinkedIn Ăąòķä´Ȋ 19. ____ I am committed to investing in myself. 20. ____ I am interested in leaving a legacy as Me, Inc.

How did you score? If you scored mostly 5s, congratulations! You’re well on your way to lifetime employability. If you have lots of 1s and 2s, admitting that you need help fast, take action now. If you are somewhere in the middle, you need to recognize how you can improve. I encourage you to maximize your relationship with an executive coach or mentor. Partner with them to utilize the following strategic resource: what you can… • start doing, • stop doing, • continue doing, and • do more of to establish lifetime employability, Me, Inc.? How will you move forward in managing your new company, Me, Inc.? I



Midlife Hormonal Shifts Hit Guys, Too BY LEROY A. JONES, M.D.


6ďȧĉ“ē¨ďòÄäÔÄ´Ț“ĉê´ë“Å´ȅthe level of testosterone in their bodies decreases. Starting at about age thirty, a man’s testosterone levels decline ten percent each decade. Although this wane is normal, some men experience a more dramatÔ¨¨Ò“ëÅ´ȊnĤ´ëďĪďòķÄďĪĂ´ą¨´ëďòÄ Ò´“äďÒĪê´ë§´ďĤ´´ëďÒ´“Å´ĉòÄķÄďĪ“ë® seventy have lower than normal levels of testosterone, a condition referred to as ď´ĉďòĉď´ąòë´®´ķ¨Ô´ë¨Īòą“뮹òÓĔĉ´Ȋ Among diabetic men, low testosterone is particularly common, affecting up to one third of them.

Since testosterone affects nearly all processes in a man’s body, the symptoms òÄď´ĉďòĉď´ąòë´®´ķ¨Ô´ë¨Ī¨“맴ēą reaching but subtle. For example, men with a lowered testosterone level may experience a decrease in sexual desire and erectile function. They may report feeling run down, listless, or depressed. Some men notice an increase in irritability and ғģ´®ÔĴ¨ĔäďĪ¨ò먴ëﱓďÔëÅȊ6Äď´ĉďòĉď´ąone loss is severe, men may experience night sweats, reduced muscle mass, and loss of body hair. They may also be at risk for other health problems, such as heart disease and osteoporosis. In men, mid-life hormone changes usually begin gradually, and individuals ĤÔďÒäòĤď´ĉďòĉď´ąòë´òÄď´ëғģ´®ÔĴ¨ĔäďĪ linking their symptoms with the cause. Self-assessments, like the one below, can help a man identify whether he might be suffering from low testosterone. If the assessment indicates that low testosterone is a possibility, he should schedule a checkup with a urologist or endocrinologist who is knowledgeable about andropause symptoms and the issues associated with testosterone levels and aging. In addition to reviewing your medical history and discussing your symptoms, your doctor will conduct a simple blood test to measure the amount of testosterone in the body. For a man whose test results show his §ò®ĪëòďĂąò®Ĕ¨ÔëÅĉĔĴ¨Ô´ëďď´ĉďòĉď´ąone, testosterone replacement therapy

Șnenș¨òĔ䮧´ďÒ´“ëĉĤ´ąȊneną´ďĔąëĉ abnormally low levels of testosterone to age-appropriate, normal ranges. TRT is available in several forms including injections, patches, creams, and gels. Currently there is no safe oral testosterone replacement therapy. Within three to six weeks, a man taking supplemental testosterone should notice a change in his energy level, mood, concentration,


cognition, libido, sexual performance, and overall sense of well-being. Other Ăòď´ëďԓ䧴ë´ķďĉÔë¨äĔ®´ê“Ôëď´ë“먴òą improvement in bone density, improved body composition, muscle mass, and muscle strength as well as improvement in visual-spatial skills. Testosterone replacement therapy is not for everyone, though. Only men diagnosed with low testosterone should take supplemental testosterone, and then only under the supervision of their doctor, who will routinely monitor the results of treatment. Testosterone is a powerful hormone continued h

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and can be dangerous to a man’s health if taken recreationally, without a doctor’s prescription. However, in appropriate men, testosterone replacement therapy plays an important role in improving and maintaining their quality of life.

Low Testosterone Quiz 1. Do you have a decreased sex drive? Y † N † 2. Do you have a lack of energy? Y † N † 3. Do you have a decrease in strength and/or endurance? Y † N †

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4. Have you lost height? Y † N † ǺȊ4“ģ´ĪòĔëòďÔ¨´®“Ȥ®´¨ą´“ĉ´®´ëßòĪê´ëďòÄäÔÄ´ȋȥ Y † N † 6. Are you sad and/or grumpy? Y † N † 7. Are you erections less strong? Y † N † 8. Have you noticed a recent deterioration in your ability to play sports? Y † N † 9. Are you falling asleep after dinner? Y † N † 10. Has there been a recent deterioration in your work performance? Y † N †


If you answered “yes” to question 1 or 7 or at least three of the other questions, you may have low testosterone. Be sure to discuss the results of this quiz with your doctor. I D³eéġʼnAéâ³ĀńKʼnʼnËĀ“§é“ü­ś¨³üĆËĮ³­ ċüéÛéÄËĀĆĀù³¨Ë“ÛËħËâÄËâá³âŦĀĀ³Ġċ“Û᳭˨Ëâ³ʼn4³ùü“¨Ć˨³ĀěËĆÉsüéÛéÄġi“ââĆéâËé“â­¨“⧳ü³“¨É³­“ĆĶĵĴʼnĺĵĸʼnĸĹĸĸ éüěěěʼnċüéÛéÄġĀ“â“âĆéâËéʼn¨éáʼn

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Native American people lived in the San Antonio region for thousands of years. It was called “the place of refreshing waters.”

The area was called Yanaguana by the Payaya Ôë®ÔÅ´ëòĔĉĂ´òĂä´ȅĤÒòĤ´ą´Ăąò§“§äĪďÒ´ķąĉďďò encounter the Spanish colonials. Many other tribes of Native Americans—Apache, Comanche, Kiowa—lived and thrived in this area.

In 1536, Spanish explorer Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, who had been shipwrecked and then enslaved by Native Americans for a time, visited the area and described what was later named the San Antonio River. On June 13, 1691, a group of Spanish explorers and missionaries discovered the river and a Native American settlement in the area of present-day La Villita. It was the feast day of Saint Anthony of Padua, Italy, so they named the place and river San Antonio in his honor.


The Alamo Mission in San Antonio, commonly called the Alamo and originally known as the Mission San Antonio de Valero, is part of the San Antonio Missions UNESCO World Heritage Site in San Antonio. The mission, founded in the eighteenth century as a Roman

Catholic mission and fortress compound, became the site of the Battle of the Alamo in 1836.


Water is the key to building a settlement. Water from the San Antonio River was provided to ďÒ´êÔĉĉÔòë§ĪďÒ´ķąĉďÔąąÔœďÔòë®Ôď¨ÒòÄ Texas, the Acequia Madre de Valero. Six miles long, it irrigated 400 hectares and also supplied water to the people who lived in the compound. Acequia Madre de Valero, which ran from what is now Brackenridge Park southward to the present Hemisfair Plaza and South Alamo Street, was the beginning of a much more extensive system.


On May 1, 1718, Don Martin de Alarcon gave possession of the Misión de San Antonio de Valero, later known as “The Alamo,” to Fray Antonio de Olivares.

San Antonio to the little frontier town of Nacogdoches, Texas, at the American border.


nÒ´ķąĉ陸ĂďÔĉê“ďďÒ´ë´Ĥ Mission San Antonio de Valero was performed on July 8, 1718, according to the baptismal register of the mission.


San Antonio grew to become the largest Spanish settlement in Texas and the capital of the ĂąòģÔ먴òÄn´ß“ĉȚiÓëÔĉÒ“ďķąĉď“ë® later Mexican. The Camino Real, present-day Nacogdoches Road, ran from


Antonio López de Santa Anna was elected President of Mexico in 1833 and rescinded the Mexican Constitution of 1824. Violent reactions started in many provinces of Mexico, including Texas. The Anglo settlers, known as Texians, joined Hispanic Texans, known as Tejanos, in demanding a return to the Constitution of 1824. In the early battles, the rebel forces forced a retreat from Texas by the Mexican military. I


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er name is Maricela Cavazos. She tells us to call her Mari, pronounced Ma-di or Ma-ti. nÒÔĉĤ“ĉòĔąķąĉďê´´ďÔëÅȅ and all we wanted to do was listen to her story. An act òÄĉ´äĸ´ĉĉë´ĉĉȊiĔ¨Ò“Å´ëĔÔë´ÒĔê“ë §´ÔëÅȅÒ´ąĂòÔĉ´ą´ĸ´¨ďĉ“ë´äÔď´Ĥòê“ë of power. No sense of bitterness radiated from her mouth. Her devotion to family, work, and the community of San Antonio demonstrate who she chooses to be. In 1994, Mari received her Juris DocďòąȘAș®´Åą´´Äąòêi“ÔëďK“ąĪȧĉi¨Òòòä of Law, then it was time to hit the ground running. A successful woman who ran for State District Judge, she is the mother of two daughters and one son, as well as an attorney and mediator. Ten years “ÅòȅĉÒ´òĂ´ë´®Ò´ąòĤëķąêȅ“ģ“İòĉ Mediations, focusing on mediations. “With success comes an obligation to better your community and help others,” Mari tells us with a smile. So here we are living in an immigration nation, and to Mari’s surprise, she found how to use her advocacy skills. “I was having lunch with my mentor and good friend from San Antonio Independent School District shortly after the election. She told me how scared the children are of being deported and of their parents being deported. They have many questions in their minds: ‘Am I going to be “§ä´ďòķëÔĉÒÒÔÅÒĉ¨Òòòäȋê6ÅòÔëÅďò be able to go to college anymore?’” Mari decided to help. A couple of

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months later, she took a course on immigration law, put her mediation practice on hold, and took a job with Refugee and Immigration Center for Education and Legal i´ąģÔ¨´ĉȘe6"ișÔë“Åą“ëďȜÄĔë®´®ȅĉÒòąďȜ term position now through the summer. She represents unaccompanied minors. “All my clients are under eighteen. They came here without parents; they have risked and given up everything they know and value and cherish for a chance at a better life.” Her expressions during our conversation were of true compassion. “Unfortunately, not all of them get to stay in the US—a lot have to return,” she added. Her tone of voice told us she Å´ëĔÔë´äĪ¨“ą´ĉ“ë®ďąÔ´ĉďòķÅĔą´òĔďÔÄ there is relief or a possibility for the children to stay in the United States so they too may enjoy the privileges that so many of us take for granted. Mari says there are three things that make her a successful professional. 1. Integrity—“It’s so much easier to keep a good reputation than it is to rebuild a bad one.” 2. Hard work—“I tend to over-prepare.” 3. Passion—“You must have passion for what you do, or you’re not going to enjoy it. You’re not going to do well at it, and it will show.” All right Mari, we all want to know— what’s on your nightstand? “Spreadsheets on real estate.” She explained that during her free time she likes to make real estate investments. Case closed. No, not for this woman.




e greeted each other with eager ĉêÔä´ĉȅķąê handshakes, and respect. This woman means business and not just from a retirement standpoint. She went from one uniform to another in her career. Retired United States Air Force major general and former Bexar County Sheriff, this is Susan Pamerleau—Paw—Merlo. It’s French Canadian. Born Paula Susan Lewellyn, she said, “I go by Susan, not Paula. Here’s a good lesson: If you start with a name professionally, stay with ÔďȊȥiĔĉ“ëò먴´ë¨òĔëď´ą´®“ą´“äȜĤòąä®K6ȘêÔĉĉÔëÅÔ듨ďÔòëș incident when a colonel with whom she had been stationed lost track of her because her name had changed. Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, to a loving mother and father (a êÔëĉď´ąșȅiĔĉ“ëĉĂ´ëďÒ´ą´“ąäĪ¨òää´Å´®“Īĉ“ďbÒÔääÔĂĉsëÔģ´ąĉÔďĪ in Enid, Oklahoma, and received her degree from the University of Wyoming. Twice divorced with no children, Susan tells us, “I’m just an ordinary person who got some extraordinary opportunities.” We pause and inhale the irony with the fact that as sheriff, this woman with no children had almost 2,000 kids to look after. After retirement from the Air Force, Susan joined the United iď“ď´ĉĔďòêò§Ôä´ĉĉò¨Ô“ďÔòëȘsișÔëi“ëëďòëÔòȊiÒ´ķää´® the role of vice president of membership development for three years beginning in 2001, then senior vice president until 2007. In 2012, Susan was elected sheriff—time to put the uniform on. Susan explained that being sheriff is about running a very big business. “Forty percent of the county’s employees work for

the sheriff, and forty percent of the county’s operational budget comes to the sheriff. We’re talking in real numbers today almost 2,000 people. And there’s a two-hundred-million-dollar budget and another eighty million in capital projects and another ten million in technology programs.” Susan explained that it is important to have executive leadership skills and deep experience in law enforcement and jail operations. Picking the right people to be on your team is critical. Ȥ´ÔëÅďÒ´ĉÒ´ąÔÄÄòÄďÒ´´ä´ģ´ëďÒä“ąÅ´ĉďĉÒ´ąÔÄÄȧĉòĴ¨´ÔëďÒ´ ë“ďÔòëÔĉëȧòĔďáÔ¨áÔëÅ®òĤë®òòąĉòąê“áÔëÅﱓĴ¨ĉďòĂĉȊ6ďȧĉ about managing—it’s about leading.” Assertive throughout her career experiences, Susan told us about her personal experiences with her brother who had bipolar disorder. “In the 1960s and 1970s, they called it a nervous breakdown.” She remembers him receiving awful treatments. Sadly, prisons and jails today have become de facto mental institutions. “Now jails and prisons are where your mentally ill are. That’s a part of public safety, but it’s an area that we need to address.” Susan invests her time in two areas: domestic violence and mental health issues in the criminal justice system. Besides, serving on several boards, she says she has plenty of things to keep her engaged. “It’s not about me being a woman. Its about getting the job done.” She didn’t have a mentor, but her mother was her role model. Susan says she had quiet strength—we see that same quiet strength in Susan. As the interview wound down, we asked, “Most leaders are always reading something. So, what’s on your nightstand?” “Texas Tenacity by Susan Combs. Interesting book about being focused on what you do and having the tenacity to work through challenges.”

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arwat Husain, the founding president of the San Antonio chapter of the Council on American-Islamic RelaďÔòëĉȘ6eșȅ§ą´“áĉ the barrier between political and social change in our city. “I am a born activist,” she said. We agreed with someone who also serves on the San Antonio Interreligious Council and Texas Media Empowerment Project. We agreed with the founder of the San Antonio Muslim Council and member of the San Antonio Council for International Visitors. Agreed with someone who served on the FBI Regional Advisory Council and was selected to serve on the board of the San Antonio Mayors Commission under Mayor Garza. Lastly, we agreed with someone who publishes her own Muslim newspaper, Al-Ittihaad Monthly, (largest ê´ąÔ¨“ëKĔĉäÔêë´ĤĉÓôąÔën´ĩ“ĉșȊƒÒ“ď®ò´ĉäȜäďďÔғ“® mean? Unity. The activism Sarwat applies with CAIR stands for all. All women, men, Americans, and Muslims. We’ve all heard this line from the United States pledge of allegiance: “One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” FOR ALL. Not for one, nor for none, but for all. Sarwat withstands harassments and attempted assaults in San Antonio. She mentions being followed by cars and someone shooting at her home with paintballs. Sarwats’ dedication to CAIR is not only powerful, but life changing. Her ongoing actions in San Antonio empower communities to become one. Born and raised in Pakistan, she moved to the United States,

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where Sarwat’s strong-willed activism attitude sprang into action. 4´ąķąĉďĤ“ĉďòĤ“ą®ďÒ´´ä®´ąäĪȏÒ´ą“¨ďÔģÔĉêĉď“ąď´®ÔëëĔąĉing homes and hospitals, after she studied clinical nutrition in Wisconsin. College in Wisconsin was only the beginning—Texas came next. Today, Sarwat has lived in San Antonio for twenďĪȜķģ´Ī´“ąĉȊĔąÔëÅďғďďÔê´ȅĉÒ´ą´¨´Ôģ´®“ĉ´¨òë®ê“ĉď´ąȧĉ degree in nutrition from the University of the Incarnate Word. She told us about her experiences before and after 9/11. Before 9/11, Sarwat did not wear her hijab (Muslim woman’s ﱓ®ÔďÔòë“äÒ´“®ĉ¨“ąÄșȊÄď´ąǾȐǶǶȅi“ąĤ“ďą´¨´Ôģ´®ĂÒòë´¨“ääĉ from Muslim women, expressing that she did not know what it felt like to be Muslim in America. Who could foresee what was to come? Sarwat decided to go out in public wearing the hijab and said, “It was not because my religion says to put it on—it was for me.” Soon, Sarwat received hatred and disrespect. September 11, 2001, instilled unquestionable fear in Americans. Yet, fear was also instilled in the Muslim community. After experiencing such hatred within her daily commute, Sarwat continues to wear the hijab. After all this, her accomplishment is her supportive family— her husband and two children. She said, “Whatever the need is, do that. Whatever the need is, get up and do it.”

I AM A BORN ACTIVIST. “When it’s time to recharge,” we asked, “what’s on your nightstand?” i“ąĤ“ď“ëĉĤ´ą´®ȅȤnÒ´dĔą“ëȘBòą“ëșȅďÒ´ą´äÔÅÔòĔĉď´ĩďòÄ Islam.” After the interview, we saw a woman of power. A woman of devotion. A woman of heritage. A women of purity. Yes, a born activist all right.





ay hello to Leslie Kingman, a seasoned McAllen, Texas, native and community advocate with a track record of giving back to others. She has done this through Ecumenical Center, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Battle of Flowers Association, Charity Ball Association, and church volunteerism. Perhaps her best achievement since moving to the Alamo City in 1986 has been rallying the community through Snack Pak 4 KidsSan Antonio to help feed hungry schoolchildren, and in doing so, fuel them for a successful future. The Alamo City branch has òĂ´ą“ď´®ĉÔ먴ǷǵǶǷ“ĉďÒ´ķąĉď franchise of a larger program started in September 2010, in Amarillo, Texas. It places paks of food in the backpacks of school children weekly in SAISD, Northeast ISD, and Alamo Heights ISD. The kids have been idenďÔķ´®§ĪďÒ´Ôąﴓ¨Ò´ąĉ“ĉ§´ÔëÅ “chronically hungry.” According to Kingman, even if children appear well-taken care of, there are situations at home where, for one reason or another, they don’t have food available to them on weekends. The distress is clearly on display on a wall of the Daily Bread Ministries Warehouse where paks are assembled and stored by volunteers. When asked, students illustrated the pains of hunger as everything from sadness to anger

to physically “having a volcano explode within them” or “being attacked by a dog.” “What we are trying to do is provide better nutrition for kids so that they can learn better,” she said. “We’ve had situations where the mother may be very ill, so the family support system isn’t good §´¨“Ĕĉ´ďÒ´Ī¨“ëȧďķÅĔą´òĔďÒòĤ to deal with the mom’s illness.” Paks of food consist of shelf-stable, nutritional, brandname products like milk, jerky, and more that children as young as four years old can open without adult supervision. These goods are stocked and packed monthly before shipping to area schools for weekly distribution by teachers. Kingman has had no problems ķë®ÔëÅģòäĔëď´´ąĉďòê“ď¨ÒďÒÔĉ growing demand. Special needs students, corporations, civic organizations, churches, and community members alike have stepped up to aid in packing snacks and praying over the food before delivery. “I never worry about volunteers; it just happens,” she said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to serve.” While this program appears food-centric on the surface, Kingman said, “Snack Pak 4 Kids is ultimately an educational enhancement program, because if children are hungry, they can’t learn.” “Teachers tell us they see improvement in overall health, behavior, concentration, participa-

tion, absenteeism, and ability to learn,” she said. “If we can relieve a child of the weekend hunger issue and help them be better able to learn, their self-esteem improves, and their ability to stay in school also increases.” While things are presently stable, Kingman says future plans consist of preparing for Snack Pak 4 Kids’ future expansion. The program has almost doubled the number of children reached each year. They are always looking for more volunteers as well as church and civic organization partnerships and businesses that would like to adopt a school as well as aid in hiring a full-time warehouse employee.

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an Antonio has been home for Renee Watson for the last eighteen years. She can identify parts of town as quickly as we cash checks with our cell phones. Renee is Director of Small Business and Entrepreneurship Department in Bexar County. She serves as the program manager authorized by the Bexar County Commissioners Court to coordinate, facilitate, implement, and monitor the county’s Small, Minority & Women TĤë´®ĔĉÔë´ĉĉ"ëﴹùÔĉ´ȘiKƒ"ș“ë® Ôĉ“®ģ“ëď“Å´®ĔĉÔë´ĉĉ"ëﴹùÔĉ´Ș"ș program policy. Renee acts as the liaison ĤÔďÒòĴ¨´ĉ“ë®®´Ă“ąďê´ëďĉďò´ëĉĔą´ that SMWBEs have access to county procurement, contracting, and professional services opportunities. We see her as a woman of power on account of her “desire to serve the public in order to provide access to opportunities for a better quality of life for all sectors of the community.” Renee began working for Bexar County in the year 2000. Her education included Sam Houston High School, UTSA Ș“¨Ò´äòąòÄĔĉÔë´ĉĉ®êÔëÔĉﱓďÔòëșȅ Baruch College in New York, New York ȘK“ĉď´ąòÄbĔ§äÔ¨®êÔëÔĉﱓďÔòëșȅ“뮓 K“ĉď´ą´ąďÔķ´®òêĂäԓ먴®êÔëÔĉﱓďòąȘKș´ąďÔķ¨“ďÔòëÄąòêKòąÅ“ë University in 2013. According to her biography, “She reviews current practices to assess and recommend improvements to increase participation. Renee works in cooperation with the Purchasing Agent, òĴ¨´ĉȅ“ë®®´Ă“ąďê´ëďĉďò´ĩĂäòą´ďÒ´ĉ´ concepts and analyze the advantages and disadvantages to modifying current practices. In addition, she works directly

with community organizations, other public entities, and vendors to promote participation and access in local, state, and federal and private sector procurement opportunities. She is a member of the County Manager’s Executive Leadership Team.” She tells us one of her secrets to success is strong political acumen, which she describes as “understanding political power in an organization, being able to Äą“ê´“ë®ĉ´ääÔ®´“ĉȅÔëĸĔ´ë¨´òďÒ´ąĉȅ negotiate, maintain ethics and integrity, persuade, build networks, initiate and manage change, and effectively manage organizational crises.” She received recognition this year with the “Reverend Dr. R.A. Callies, Sr. Courage” Award, San Antonio Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, and the Alamo City Black Chamber of Commerce “Community Spirit” Award. Renee has also worked as the Chief of Staff for State Senator Rodney Ellis. When we asked her who her mentor was, she

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replied with Ellis, an American politician. He represented Texas’ 13th State Senate District in the Texas Senate from 1990 to 2017. Renee’s prominent voyage in San Antonio has also included service to others. When asked about accomplishments, she responds with, “Serving as a Big Brother/ Big Sister for the past thirty years, ÔëĸĔ´ë¨ÔëÅĪòĔëÅĂ´òĂä´ďò®ò§´ďď´ą“ë® want better for their community.” Makes sense since her next career mission is to earn a Ph.D. with a focus on leadership ÔëĸĔ´ë¨ÔëÅďÒ´Ĕą§“ëĂąòÄ´ĉĉÔòë“äȅďò develop a leadership program for a university, and to serve as a professor and business consultant. Renee has enjoyed arts and crafts and doll making since 1995. When we met, we could sense her work ethic, her importance to society, and her leadership in any situation. “By the way, Renee,” we asked. “What’s on your nightstand?” Renee responds with more than one book: “BËâÄéâéá˨ĀŃně³ÛĚ³6ââé̓ĆËĚ³ċüü³â¨Ë³ĀÃéünü“âĀÃéüáËâĉéċü ċĀËâ³ĀĀ“â­DËó6âĀùËü³­§ġüʼnK“üĆËâ DċĆɳüBËâÄAüʼn, by Rodney Sampson; nɳe³Ûċ¨Ć“âĆ"âĆü³ùü³â³ċüŃnċüâËâÄ ü³“áĀËâĆébüéĮĆĀ, by Michael Masterson; Joe, the Slave Who Became an Alamo Legend, by Ron J. Jackson, Jr. and Lee Spencer White with Foreword by Phil Collins; and nɓâØĀĆébüËĀéâ, by Marc Bazaldua.” Renee makes an impact on San Antonio and on the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Department in Bexar County.




t is rare to meet someone who can help anyone transition and grow in their career with ease. Here is one—meet Barbara Greene. Today her job is to help accelerate people getting to where they need to be, faster than if they had to do it alone. Barbara encourages others to drop the stereotyping that might keep a young person from risking an entrepreneurial venture or a senior citizen from a drastic career move to another ķ´ä®Ȋĉ/òĔë®´ą“ë®"TòÄ0ą´´ë´ɕĉĉò¨Ô“ď´ĉȅ6ë¨Ȋȅ“ą§“ą“ has seen enough to know anything is possible. She has written for the i“ââĆéâËéċĀËâ³ĀĀAéċüâ“Û, co-authored the n³Ġ“ĀAé§4ċâĆ³üŦĀ0ċË­³, and frequently speaks to local corporations and professional organizations, including the National Society of Hispanic MBAs Association, Young Professionals Group, and the US/China Symposium.

She said, “There's an internal drive of excellence and an internal drive of helping others to be the best that they can be, whether that's an organization or individuals within that òąÅ“ëÔİ“ďÔòëȊȥ4´ą¨äÔ´ëďĉÔë¨äĔ®´´ĩ´¨ĔďÔģ´ĉȅëòëĂąòķďòąÅ“ëÔzations, and businesses of all sizes. Barbara uses her credentials “ĉ“¨´ąďÔķ´®¨ò“¨ÒĤÔďÒ“ê“ĉď´ąȧĉ®´Åą´´ďòÄò¨ĔĉòëĉĔ¨¨´ĉsion planning, career growth and transition, mentoring, and coaching. After an early career in childhood education, she has transitioned her own career into one of teaching adults, and in the process, has grown into an equity relationship with Career Partners International. How does one get here from there? Barbara told us it involves needs assessments, creativity, good communication skills, networking, and partnerships. She shared some of the successes she has had along the way: A 99% referral rate from ¨äÔ´ëď¨òêÓëÔ´ĉȘĉòê´/òąďĔë´ǺǵșȅLƒTȧĉ"ëďą´Ăą´ë´ĔąÔ“ä Spirit Award as Mentor of the Year, the i“ââĆéâËéċĀËâ³ĀĀ Aéċüâ“ÛŦĀ Mentoring Leadership Enterprise Award, and the Texas Council’s DiversityFIRST Leadership Award. One of her most challenging projects was the closure of the local plant of a major international manufacturing company that involved the career transitioning of 765 employees—line workers to PhD engineers to executives. With a six-month notice of the closure, Barbara and her team were able to help 89% òÄďÒ´ĉ´´êĂäòĪ´´ĉķë®ë´ĤĤòąáòą´®Ĕ¨“ďÔòë“äÄĔë®ÔëÅďò prepare for new careers, all within ninety days of the closure. That led to a repeat performance with the same company at its New York facility. Perhaps most inspirational, however, are Barbara’s contri§ĔďÔòëĉďòëòëĂąòķďòąÅ“ëÔİ“ďÔòëĉÔëi“ëëďòëÔòȅÔë¨äĔ®ÔëÅ the American Society for Training and Development, the San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind, North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Women Business Owners, Texas Diversity Council, and the THRU Project. She is also a leader of the 2017 City Year recognition event. Our last question for Barbara: What’s on your nightstand? What book are you currently reading? “ƒÉ“Ć0éƉéċ4³ü³ƒéâŦĆ0³Ć‰éċnɳü³, by Marshall Goldsmith.” Barbara Greene is a resilience coach, and hanging from her neck is a powerful whistle.

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eet Annette Rodriguez, President/CEO of The Children’s Shelter, a woman with passion for education and children’s and women’s issues—a woman of wonder in San Antonio. At a young age, she knew she wanted to work with children. “I am “ķąê§´äÔ´ģ´ąďғď´®Ĕ¨“ďÔòëÔĉòÄď´ëďÒ´òëäĪģ´ÒÔ¨ä´ out of poverty for many of our inner city children.” Annette has presented compassion in her work— helping vulnerable children reach their maximum Ăòď´ëďԓäȊȩiÒ´ßòÔë´®nÒ´ÒÔ䮹´ëȧĉiÒ´äď´ąÔëǶǾǾǼ and became President/CEO in 2011. Annette was born and raised in San Antonio. She has been married for thirteen years, with no children. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Our Lady of The Lake, a Master of Science in School Psychology from Our

Lady of The Lake, and an Executive MBA from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Annette told us one of her secrets to success: “Don’t be afraid to take risks—life’s biggest lessons come from failed projects.” eĔëëÔëÅ“ëòëĂąòķďÔĉ“êĔäďÔȜē¨´ď´®ßò§Ȋëë´ďď´ȧĉ®“Ī“ďnÒ´ÒÔädren’s Shelter consists of board meetings, communication with donors about funding programs, and agency and community meetings. Annette works to remove obstacles that prevent children from identifying their inner talents and gifts. She shared another success secret: “Stay true to yourself—align your work and decisions with your values.” Her courageous acts in the community are of utmost importance, because they revolve around the children and families the agency serves. Her greatest accomplishment, she claims, is having the honor to be the CEO. Next in her career, she would like to start mentoring young female professionals as they seek to become leaders in their professions and communities. We asked who she admires and why. Annette admires Hilary Clinton for her tenacity, determination, and fearlessness. Even if she is the only woman in the room, she does not shy away from sharing her thoughts and ĂòĉÔďÔòëȊȩȤ6ďÒÔëáÔďȧĉÔêĂòąď“ëďďò§´“ďďÒ´ä´“ë®ĉғą´ĪòĔąģòÔ¨´Ț´ĉpecially when no one else looks like you.” Annette makes valid differences in matters of shelter, treatment, housing (abused, abandoned, or neglected ¨ÒÔ䮹´ëșȅ´®Ĕ¨“ďÔòëȅ¨òĔëĉ´äÔëÅȅ“ë®ĉĔĂĂòąďȊ 4´ąķë“äĉ´¨ą´ďďòĉĔ¨¨´ĉĉȄȤòďÒ´ąÔÅÒďďÒÔëŧĪòďÒ´ąĉȅ“ë®®òëȧďď“á´ yourself too seriously.” On weekends and after work, Annette enjoys jogging. She said that it helps her think clearly about the issues she is facing. Also, some of her best ideas have been born during her routine jogs. nÒ´ë¨òê´ĉòĔąķë“äĄĔ´ĉďÔòëȅȤƒÒ“ďÔĉòëĪòĔąëÔÅÒďĉď“ë®ȅëë´ďď´ȋȥ “Typically two books at once—one for fun and escape, the other for thought, provocation, and learning. For fun, I’m currently reading Diana Gabaldon’s TċĆۓ⭳üi³ü˳ĀȊ/òąďÒòĔÅÒďȅ6ßĔĉďķëÔĉÒ´®Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates.”


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Angela (Angie) Salinas CHANGING UNIFORMS donors and provide walking tours of our leadership centers. I travel to different cities and give speeches about my career as a Marine and why I chose to serve with the Girl Scouts. The best part of any day is when Girl Scouts come to visit my òĴ¨´ȅáëòĤë“ĉďÒ´òêê“ë®bòĉďȅďò earn their CEO patch.


INFLUENCE SA: Tell us about your background. Salinas: Born in Alice, Texas, and grew up in Vallejo, California. I have a MA from the Naval War College and BA from Dominican University of San Rafael, California. I moved to San Antonio in 2013 to retire after a thirty-nine-year career as a U.S. Marine. INFLUENCE SA: Describe your current job—a day in the life of a woman of power. Salinas: I am part of the largest girl-serving organization in the United States. I spend each day telling our story to the public. Girl Scouts is about the three Cs—no, not camping, crafts, and cookies, although they’re part of our foundation. Girl Scouts is about courage, ¨òëķ®´ë¨´ȅ“뮨ғą“¨ď´ąȊ Although there are no typical days, there are typical tasks each day—basics like emails, phone calls, and staff meetings. I tell the Girl Scout story at receptions, breakfasts, and luncheons. 6ÒòĉďäĔë¨Ò´ĉ“ďêĪòĴ¨´ÄòąĂòď´ëďԓä

INFLUENCE SA: What motivated you to pursue your current career? Salinas: I truly intended to do nothing but cut the grass and play golf. But, in the spring of 2015, I was asked if I would consider applying for the CEO of Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas. I didn’t hesitate because it was such an amazing opportunity! To be part of an organization more than 100 years old with a mission to "build girls of courage, ¨òëķ®´ë¨´ȅ“뮨ғą“¨ď´ąĤÒòê“á´ the world a better place" is exciting and motivating. I feel fortunate to be working with an incredibly dedicated and talented ĉď“ÄÄ“ë®ĉ´ģ´ą“äďÒòĔĉ“ë®Ĕëĉ´äķĉÒ“®Ĕäď volunteers. INFLUENCE SA: What are some of your extracurricular activities? Salinas: I play golf. I started as a êÔ®ȜÅą“®´òĴ¨´ąĤÒ´ë“Ĥòë®´ąÄĔä L“ģĪòĴ¨´ąďòä®ê´ÔďĤòĔ䮧´“ë“ĉĉ´ď as I moved up the ranks. He was right! Golf provided many opportunities, and 6ғģ´ê´ďĉòê´ď´ąąÔķ¨Ă´òĂä´òëďÒ´ green. I currently serve on the Board of Directors of the First Tee in San Antonio, because the game teaches so much about character. INFLUENCE SA: What are your secrets for success? Salinas: Work hard; treat people with

ķąêë´ĉĉȅēԱë´ĉĉȅ®ÔÅëÔďĪȅ“뮨òêÓĉsion. Be accountable, set the example, do what you ask others to do, and have a sense of humor. INFLUENCE SA: Who do you consider your mentor? Salinas: My mom. She inspired me with her work ethic, perseverance, and integrity. She had a grade school education but never let that hold her back. Every day I try to be the person she would be proud of. She lived with me for more than thirty years until she passed in June 2013. When I became the Marine Corps' ķąĉďD“ďÔë“Å´ë´ą“äòĴ¨´ąȅĉÒ´ĉêÔä´®“ë® said "That's nice, mijita." INFLUENCE SA: What's been your greatest accomplishment? Salinas: I am proud to have earned the title Marine, but none of the success I’ve enjoyed would have happened without my college degree. INFLUENCE SA: What’s next for your career? Salinas: I will challenge people who want the girls they love to grow up to be 䴓®´ąĉȚďò§´Ĥòê´ëòĨòĔą“Å´ȅ¨òëķdence, and character—to bring the girls to Girl Scouts for one year. If they don't see their girls grow, make friends, learn, and have fun, they have only invested $25. I also plan to seek more women like Susan Pamerleau and Barbara Greene who support Girl Scouts through their ķë“ë¨Ô“äĉĔĂĂòąďòÄòĔąAĔäÔ´ďď´ȧĉÔą¨ä´Ȋ INFLUENCE SA: What's on your nightstand? Salinas: Start with Why by Simon Sinek and Bob Buford's Finishing Well.

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wendolen Wilder began by telling us about herself. “I’m ÄòąďĪȜķģ´ȅғĂĂÔäĪ divorced, and the kickass mother to my phenomenal nineteen-yearold son.” Gwendolen’s story started in Princeton, North Carolina, on a secluded farm. After her high school years, her family relocated to Goldsboro, North Carolina. In 1990, this inferno of life joined the United States Air Force. She retired in 2012. “I had the wonderful pleasure to serve my country, travel the world to thirty-four different countries, meet exciting people, and explore vast cultures.” Gwendolen has lived in San Antonio for eleven years. She has earned three degrees: Bachelor in Applied Behavioral Analysis, Associate in Social Services, and Associate in Business Management. She has “äĉòą´¨´Ôģ´®¨´ąďÔķ¨“ďÔòëĉÄąòêďÒ´´Ă“ąďê´ëďòÄ´Ä´ëĉ´ȅ Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, state law institutions, and various universities. Despite all her education and expertise, she wants to make a difference with her work. As busy as she is, Gwendolen faces each day with swift focus. “My current job is being an advocate for change in the disasďąòĔĉĤòąä®òÄ®òê´ĉďÔ¨ģÔòä´ë¨´ȊȥĉÔ®´ÄąòêĤąÔďÔëÅķ¨ďÔòë“ë® ëòëķ¨ďÔòë§òòáĉȅĉÒ´òÄÄ´ąĉ¨òëĉĔäď“ďÔòëĉ“ë®ĂąòÅą“êĉďòą´“¨Ò those in need of coaching and managing a crisis. In the corporate sector, she offers the Domestic Violence Management Program, a sixty-day business program designed to improve corporate behaviors. Then to help her followers, Gwendolen announced a female group called Kickass LEADS (Lady Entrepreneurs from §Ĕĉ´“ë®òê´ĉďÔ¨‚Ôòä´ë¨´iĔąģÔģÔëÅiĔ¨¨´ĉĉÄĔääĪș¨òêÔëÅ soon to her Wilders Members Club.

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We asked, “What motivated you to pursue your current career?” Gwendolen tells us it was her son. After experiencing a violent attack motivated by domestic violence in 2015, she wanted to end the cycle of abuse. “I had been experiencing domestic violence in some form over the course of about twenty years, but I was in denial.” She did not want her son to believe the behaviors under the circumstances were considered normal, acceptable, or a sign of love and respect. Gwendolen speaks from experience. Her outlook on the issue of domestic violence is powerful to the community of San Antonio. Why? She believes that each of us has the “§ÔäÔďĪďò§´“ëÔëĸĔ´ë¨´ąȊȤ6ȧê trying my best to speak up and bring awareness for this cause. ë®ďÒÔĉÔĉÒòĤ6괓ĉĔą´êĪĉĔ¨¨´ĉĉȚÔÄ6ȧ꧴ÔëÅ“ëÔëĸĔ´ë¨´ąȅ affecting positive change, and speaking up about the cause, I feel successful.” And just like any honorable mother, Gwendolen says her greatest accomplishment lies within her son. “Raising a healthy, honorable, and contributing citizen has been the best.” This ķą´§“ääòÄ“Ĥòê“ë“äĉòď´ääĉĔĉÅĔ´ĉďĉĂ´“áÔëÅÔĉë´ĩďòëÒ´ą agenda. “I plan to start my book signing/guest speaking tour in April 2017, and I’m super excited. I have received several international requests to guest speak in the United Kingdom and Australia as well as here in the US.” iÒ´ķë®ĉĤ“ĪĉȅĉĔ¨Ò“ĉą´“®ÔëÅȅďòêòďÔģ“ď´Ò´ąą´“®´ąĉ“ë® followers. On her nightstand is nÉËâØ“â­0üéěe˨É, by Napoleon Hill. Gwendolen Wilder, a motivational woman, with efforts for ¨Ò“ëÅ´ďғď“ą´“ĂĂąò“¨ÒÔëÅÄĔäķääê´ëďȊ


Gwendolen Wilder NO TIME FOR SILENCE



We’re regularly out in the community engaging with our civic leaders and business community,” said Jenna Saucedo-Herrera, the President and Chief "ĩ´¨ĔďÔģ´TĴ¨´ąÄòąďÒ´i“ëëďòëÔò"¨òëòêÔ¨´ģ´äòĂê´ëď/òĔ뮓ďÔòë Și"/șȊ4òĤ®Ô®ĉÒ´ēääÔëďòďÒÔĉĂòĉÔďÔòëȋȤ6Ĥ“ĉ“ë´ĩ´¨ĔďÔģ´ĤÔďÒbi"ë´ąÅĪ and on the Board of the SAEDF when they began the national search for the next president and CEO of the SAEDF.” She saw the job as the perfect opportunity to leverage executive and managerial experience. In July 2016, Jenna was selected for the position. She was motivated to pursue an unlikely career by the realization that this job had the potential to make great change in the community. Jenna assures us that the SAEDF Ôĉ䴓®ÔëÅi“ëëďòëÔòȧĉ´¨òëòêÔ¨®´ģ´äòĂê´ëď“ë®®Ôģ´ąĉÔķ¨“ďÔòëďÒąòĔÅÒą´¨ąĔÔďê´ëď and retention of job-producing investments. “The SAEDF,” she said, “exists because of the support of our partners in the public and private sector.” We asked Jenna her secrets to success. She replied, “While there are no secrets to success, I like to share three pieces of advice that have helped inform my path to leadership:

Ôďȧĉ®ÔĴ¨ĔäďďòĂÔëĂòÔëďȅĉÒ´äòģ´ĉďòĉ´´ professionals whom she has managed or ê´ëďòą´®ĉĔ¨¨´´®ĤÔďÒÔëďÒ´Ôąķ´ä®ĉòÄ interest. Considering Jenna and her team are helping grow San Antonio’s economy, her next move is to continue execution of the strategies developed at the SAEDF. TĔąķë“äĄĔ´ĉďÔòëÄòąA´ëë“Ĥ“ĉȅ “What book is on your nightstand?” iÒ´ą´ĉĂòë®´®ȅȤ6ȧģ´ßĔĉďķëÔĉÒ´® reading é“ü­0“á³Ā by John Montford, who is a San Antonio business leader and former state senator.”

• Be aware – In whatever industry you work, opportunities are impacted by what’s happening in the world around us, and we absolutely have to be informed. • Be authentic – It’s important to be true to yourself in your career, because no one wants to hire a cookie cutter leader. Engage your authentic character, and let it shine through your leadership style.


• Be actionable – You’re only as good as your performance says, so be actionable and complete each project and task to the best of your abilities.” San Antonio, which Jenna calls “a fantastic community,” has always been home — from growing up in Elmendorf to attending St. Mary’s University, where she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing Management. She has interacted in the community by serving on various community boards and councils: The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, Visit San Antonio, Free Trade Alliance, EPIcenter, San Antonio K´®Ô¨“ä/òĔ뮓ďÔòëȅiòĔďÒĤ´ĉďe´ĉ´“ą¨Ò6ëĉďÔďĔď´ȘiĤe6ș®ģÔĉòąĪnąĔĉď´´ȅä“êò Academies, and BiomedSA. Recently in celebration of Women’s History Month, Jenna was a guest speaker on a panel of San Antonio women business leaders at the Texas ƒòê´ëòÄ6ëĸĔ´ë¨´Ȋ So, what would she consider her biggest accomplishment? Although Jenna said

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The Playhouse San Antonio community has heard phrases like those in the title of this article since George Green, CEO/Artistic Director for the Playhouse, has taken over operation. Curtains at the historic Playhouse—ready to rise, 370 seats— ą´“®Īďòķääȅ“뮓ąďÔĉďĉĤÔďÒďÒ´á듨áÄòą entertaining—ready to perform. Meet George Green, who’s career ultimately led him back to his hometown of San Antonio. Inspired to create a permanent stage for passionate local artists, George wants the talented, dedicated artists to empower the San Antonio community. George says theater teaches relationship building. He makes a valid point. “I want to make sure that we are able to capitalize on the themes of the productions with partners that we create in the community that inspire people to do something.” George’s management team includes his longtime colleague, Playhouse technical director, Dan Heggem, and Playhouse marketing and social media director, Daniel Baumer, plus twelve full-time employees, all keeping ambience in and around the Playhouse. George grew up on the south side of San Antonio where his artistic and creative side was unveiled. At six years old—while attending Schulze Elementary, part of Harlandale Independent School District—George starred in a commercial. He performed through a cardboard box TV set. “I knew at six I wanted to be an artist. Any opportunity I had to do a commercial or go to a community center play, I wanted to do that.” In his early twenties, George worked around the clock—full time in the military and part time with theater and radio. After serving nine years in the US Air Force, George was honorably discharged in 1998. A young man on the move, George went in search of his passions. He took the road to Spokane, Washington, where Ò´§´¨“ê´“ÒĔĉ§“뮓ë®ēďÒ´ąďòķģ´®“ĔÅÒď´ąĉȊ‰´ĉȅķģ´ daughters—six women, enough to keep any man both honest and reaching. He invested in radio stations (where he was the 䴓®ÔëÅAș“ë®ä“Ĕë¨Ò´®ĂĔ§äÔ¨“ďÔòëĉȅ“ääďÒ´ĤÒÔä´“¨ďÔëÅĤÒ´ë he could. So, back on the road he went. Fast-forward to June 2016—George is hired as the new CEO/ Artistic Director for the Playhouse. How did this opportunity fall

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into his lap? George’s sister heard about the opportunity and contacted him. After volleying email, interviewing by phone, and then making a personal visit, he was selected for the CEO slot. While George could’ve waited till the ink was dry, he ĉ“Ô®ȅȤ6ďĤ“ĉêòą´§´ë´ķ¨Ô“äÄòąê´ďòÅ´ď here as soon as possible.” Today George is ÔëĸĔ´ë¨ÔëÅďÒ´¨òêêĔëÔďĪ§ĪÔëďąò®Ĕ¨ÔëÅ change. Plans to renovate on the 130-year-old building are in the early stages. For example, a test room has been completed, giving George and his team an outlook on designs. The San Pedro PLAYHOUSE, a building funded by its city, is eager for further engagement. Where art thou, San Antonio? Today, the biggest challenge the Playhouse faces is lack of perception in professionalism and quality. But, on a positive note, George hears people saying the Playhouse is no longer the same Playhouse. You are correct. George has created a new adventure for the Playhouse because he knows San Antonio is ready. As George says, “San Antonio is bubbling right now artistically. ‰òĔĉ´´ȅ“ë´Ĥ“®ģ´ëďĔą´Ôĉ¨“ääÔëÅòëĪòĔȊ‰òĔȚďÒ´“ĵĔ´ëďȅ art-appreciating society. You—who goes to the Majestic or the Tobin. You—aspiring actors who travel out of town to witness or partake in a play.” The Playhouse invites you to see its lineup of outstanding performances in both its Russell Hill Rogers Theater and Cellar Theaters. George’s love for the theater and vision for the Playhouse is grand. So, George, what’s on your nightstand? “A stack of scripts and a book called Legacy by James Kerr. 4´ą´Ôĉ“ĉĂ´¨Ôķ¨ĄĔòď´Äąòêďғď§òòáďғď6§´äÔ´ģ´“ĂĂäÔ´ĉďò what I’m attempting to accomplish: ‘Focus on getting the culture right; the results will follow.’” Ah yes, a stack of scripts and a text on creating culture. And as they say in theater—the show must go on! I


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Mr. & Mrs. G’s Home Cooking In a town known for barbecue and Tex-Mex, Mr. & Mrs. G’s Home Cooking in San Antonio has been recognized as one of the top 10 soul food restaurants in the country by USA Today. Visit the cafeteria-style eatery on the Eastside during lunch, and you’ll see why they’ve won so many awards, including many local readers’ choice awards in a variety of categories. There’s plenty of diversity in the patrons, but little diversity in the menu. Everything is good, old-fashioned Southern cooking. Eating at Mr. & Mrs. G’s is like visiting Grandma’s house for dinner—lots of delicious comfort foods in a simple, homey environment. The line starts with desserts— ķąĉďďÒÔëÅĉķąĉďȅąÔÅÒďȋëÔ¨´ĉ´ä´¨tion of homemade pies, cakes, and cobblers, along with their popular banana pudding, makes the choice ®ÔĴ¨ĔäďȊ/òąĪòĔą괓äȅĪòĔ¨“ë choose a meat and three sides or if you’re really hungry (or can’t make ĔĂĪòĔąêÔë®șȅĉ´ä´¨ďďĤò괓ďĉ“ë® three sides. You’ll get a cornbread êĔĴëĤÔďÒ´ÔďÒ´ą괓äȊ Meat choices include pot roast, ham hocks, smothered steak, pork ¨ÒòĂĉȅ괓ďäò“ÄȅÄąÔ´®¨“ďķĉÒȅ“ë® their famous fried chicken—often called the best in the city. Among ďÒ´ď“ĉďĪĉÔ®´ĉȅĪòĔȧääķë®ďÒ´§´ĉď sweet potatoes in the world—Mrs G learned to make these as a young girl and says the secret is a little vanilla and nutmeg. Other popular dishes include collard greens, black-eyed peas, creamy mac and cheese, squash, green beans, okra, corn, and other Southern favorites.

Mr. and Mrs. G, William and Addie Garner, opened the restaurant in 1990. They share the cooking duties, with Mrs. G focusing on desserts and Mr. G specializing in fried chicken and vegetables. Both learned to cook as youngsters and carry their recipes in their heads. They claim they don’t do anything fancy, just cook good, old-fashioned comfort food. Obviously, good home cooking is exactly what their customers want. Mr. & Mrs. G’s is open only from 11 AM to 6 PM on weekdays and serves 200 to 300 people a day. Military personnel and civilian employees come from nearby Fort Sam Houston. People who work in local businesses and residents from the surrounding community are regulars. Some folks drive across town ÄòąďÒ´ÔąķĩòÄiòĔďÒ´ąë¨òêÄòąď food. Mr. and Mrs. G and the staff are friendly to guests but keep the line moving so diners with a short lunch period can get back to work on time. Delicious food that stays true to its Southern home cooking roots, friendly service, and a homey atmosphere keep folks coming back to Mr. & Mrs. G’s. And maybe wishing they were open evenings and weekends! I


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I consider myself a fairly handy guy. By no means a Bob Vila or, to be more relevant today, a Chip and Joanna Gaines. However, I think they would agree that the most important part of “ëĪÒòĔĉ´ÔĉďÒ´ÄòĔ뮓ďÔòëȊȩ6ÄďÒ´ÄòĔ뮓ďÔòëÔĉëȧďĉòĔë®ȅďÒ´ë what you have is a house of cards—the slightest breeze could ĉ´ë®ÔďďòĂĂäÔëÅ®òĤëȊ‰òĔąķë“ë¨Ô“äÒòĔĉ´Ôĉëò®ÔÄÄ´ą´ëďȚĪòĔ êĔĉďғģ´“ĉďąòëÅķë“ë¨Ô“äÄòĔ뮓ďÔòëȊȩ4òĤďғďÄòĔ뮓ďÔòë is constructed differs from one professional to another, but, in my opinion, the purpose is to protect the most important wealth-building tool you have—your income. To illustrate this ĂòÔëďȅ6ȧ®äÔá´ďòĉғą´“ĉďòąĪĤÔďÒĪòĔȊȩ I met Moses, whom I’m happy to now call a friend, almost a Ī´“ą“ÅòȊȩKòĉ´ĉȧäÔÄ´Ôĉòą®Ô등ĪȏÒÔĉĉďòąĪÔĉëòďďғď®ÔÄÄ´ą´ëď ÄąòêĪòĔąĉòąêÔë´Ȋȩ4´Ĥ´ëďďò¨òää´Å´ȅĤÒ´ą´Ò´ê´ďA“ëÔ´ȅ ďÒ´Ĥòê“ëòÄÒÔĉ®ą´“êĉȅĤÒòêÒ´ĤòĔä®´ģ´ëďĔ“ääĪê“ąąĪȊȩÄď´ąĉòê´ďÔê´ȅďÒ´ĪÒÔďďÒ´ÔąĉďąÔ®´ȊȩnÒ´Īғ®Åą´“﨓ą´´ąĉÔë banking and health care. They purchased a home and cars, had “¨ÒÔä®ȅ“ë®ȅäÔá´êòĉďȅғ®“êò®´ĉď“êòĔëďòÄ®´§ďȊȩiòòëďÒ´Ī began to dream about starting a business—and that’s exactly ĤғďďÒ´Ī®Ô®ȊnÒ´Ī§´Å“ëďòĉĔĉÔë´ĉĉȊȩ Then everything changed. ȩA“ëÔ´Ĥ“ĉ®Ô“Åëòĉ´®ĤÔďÒ¨“먴ąȊȩnÒ´Ôą®ą´“êĤ“ĉĂĔďòë hold while they focused on her health battle. She fought the can¨´ąÄòąďÒą´´äòëÅȅғą®Ī´“ąĉȅ“ë®ďÒ´ëďÒ´ķÅÒďĤ“ĉòģ´ąȊsëfortunately, Janie did not win her battle, but she didn’t just leave §´ÒÔ뮓ĉòë“ë®ÒĔĉ§“ë®Ȋȩe“ďÒ´ąȅĉÒ´ꓮ´ĉĔą´ďғďÒ´ąäòģ´ȅ Ò´ąĂą´ĉ´ë¨´ĤòĔ䮧´Ä´äď´ģ´ąĪ®“ĪÄòąďÒ´ą´ĉďòÄďÒ´ÔąäÔģ´ĉȊȩ ƒÒ´ëďÒ´Īķąĉďê“ąąÔ´®ȅKòĉ´ĉ“ë®A“ëÔ´®Ô®ĉòê´ďÒÔëÅ “ê“İÔëÅȅĉòê´ďÒÔëÅê“ëĪòÄĔĉғģ´ëȧď®òë´ȊȩnÒ´Ī§ĔÔäď“ĉďąòëÅ ÄòĔ뮓ďÔòëÄòąďÒ´Ôąķë“ë¨Ô“äÒòĔĉ´ȊnÒ´ĪĤòąá´®ĤÔďÒ“ĂąòÄ´ĉĉÔòë“ä¨òëﱓ¨ďòąĤÒòꓮ´ĉĔą´ďÒ´Ôąķë“ë¨Ô“äÄòĔ뮓ďÔòëĤòĔä® weather any storm, including death. The foundation they built allowed them to focus on building a retirement nest egg, saving for Sam’s college, and purchasing their dream home. When Janie was diagnosed, that same foundation allowed her to focus òëďÒ´ķÅÒďȊȩnÒ´ą´Ĥ“ĉëò“®®´®ĉďą´ĉĉòÄĤòë®´ąÔëÅĤғďĤòĔä® happen to her son and husband if she didn’t make it. It allowed them to pour every resource they had into her treatment. They didn’t have to spend time, energy, and money on the rest—it was ÓąďòÄďÒ´ÔąĉďąòëÅÄòĔ뮓ďÔòëȊȩ When Janie eventually succumbed to her illness, she did so at peace, because she knew the foundation they built was strong. It would allow “her boys” to move forward and make decisions Äąòê“Ă䓨´òÄĉďą´ëÅďÒȊȩnÒÔĉĉďą´ëÅďÒ¨“ê´ÄąòêďÒ´ē¨ďďғď their home, cars, and other debt would be paid off and Sam’s

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The Valero Texas Open 2017 The Valero Texas Open (VTO) is the sixth oldest professional tournament in golf world-wide, the third oldest on the PGA TOUR, and the longest held in the same ¨ÔďĪȊȩ6ëǷǵǶǷȅďÒ´ďòĔąë“ê´ë勤䴧ą“ď´® its ninetieth anniversary. Its list of champions includes some of the greatest names in golf history: Walter Hagen, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, Ben Crenshaw, Hale Irwin, Lee Trevino, Nick Price, Justin D´ò등®ȅ“¨ÒAòÒëĉòëȅ®“êi¨òďďȅ Jimmy Walker, and 2016 Champion Charley Hoffman, to name a few. Valero Energy Corporation, through its subsidiaries, is an international manufacturer and marketer of transportation fuels “ë®òďÒ´ąĂ´ďąò¨Ò´êÔ¨“äĂąò®Ĕ¨ďĉȊȩ‚“ä´ąò subsidiaries employ approximately 10,000 Ă´òĂä´ȅ“ë®Ôďĉ“ĉĉ´ďĉÔë¨äĔ®´ķÄď´´ë Ă´ďąòä´Ĕêą´ķë´ąÔ´ĉĤÔďÒ“¨òê§Ôë´® throughput capacity of approximately three million barrels per day, eleven ethanol plants with a combined production capacity of 1.4 billion gallons per year, and renewable diesel production from a joint venture. Through subsidiaries, Valero owns the general partner of Valero EnerÅĪb“ąďë´ąĉDbȘL‰i"Ȅ‚Dbșȅ“êÔ®ĉďą´“ê ê“ĉď´ąäÔêÔď´®Óąďë´ąĉÒÔĂȊȩĂĂąòĩÔê“ď´äĪ 7,500 outlets carry the Valero, Diamond Shamrock, Shamrock, and Beacon brands in the United States; Ultramar in Canada; and Texaco in the United Kingdom and 6ą´ä“ë®Ȋȩ‚“ä´ąòÔĉ“/òąďĔë´Ǻǵǵ¨òêÓëĪ based in San Antonio. Please visit www. valero.com for more information. Since Valero became title sponsor in 2002, the Valero Texas Open has become a leader in charitable fundraising among PGA TOUR events. The tournament ďòÅ´ďÒ´ąĤÔďÒďÒ´´ë´ķďÄòąÒÔ䮹´ë eclipsed the $100 million mark in charita-

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ble giving in 2015, becoming the fourth PGA TOUR event to do so. Raising $10.5 million in 2016, the tournament has now contributed more than $116 million to hundreds of worthy charities. This year’s initial collection of players has accumulated six major ¨Ò“êĂÔòëĉÒÔĂĉ“ë®ķÄďĪȜ´ÔÅÒďb0nTseĤÔëĉȊ If you haven’t already grabbed your tickets, get them right away, and bring the family. This year, two new events have been added: a Dash to the VTO & Children’s Golf Clinic and an Executive Women’s Event. VTO will host the Dash to the VTO on Saturday, April 15. Lace up your sneakers and enjoy a 10K and 5K run/walk around TPC San Antonio’s Oaks Course. Children fourteen and younger can participate in a one-mile run/walk. It’s a chance to get a sneak peek at the tournament layout before the competition begins later that week. The race starts at 9 AM, and the entry fee includes a race shirt, a chipped bib, and a ticket to attend the Valero Texas Open. This event will help raise funds and awareness for the Birdies for Charity program. Register at www.ValeroTexasOpen.com/ dashtothevto. After the races, families and children are encouraged to stick around for the annual Children’s Golf Clinic presented by The Kolitz Family Foundation from 10 AM to 11:30 AM. This is an exclusive opportunity for children to hit golf balls where the PGA TOUR pros practice, led by The First Tee of Greater San Antonio. Children can also enjoy a golf clinic hosted by a PGA TOUR pro. nÒ´ķąĉďǸǵǵ¨ÒÔ䮹´ëĤÔääą´¨´Ôģ´“ë´ĩ¨äĔĉÔģ´ĉĤ“ŧ“Åķää´®ĤÔďÒ lots of fun goodies! D“®Ô´ĉȅê“ąáĪòĔą¨“ä´ë®“ąďò“ďď´ë®ďÒ´ķÄďÒ“ëëĔ“ä"ĩ´¨Ĕtive Women’s Day on Tuesday, April 18. Executive Women’s Day promises a full day of opportunities to experience a world-class b0nTse´ģ´ëďķąĉďғë®ĤÒÔä´ë´ďĤòąáÔëÅĤÔďÒòďÒ´ąĂąòÄ´ĉĉÔòë“ä women who share your passion for success. Enjoy a keynote luncheon, an interactive panel discussion, a behind-the-scenes walking tour, and a networking mixer to wrap up the day. VTO is delighted to have Tina Tchen as the keynote speaker. Until recently, Tina Tchen was an assistant to President Barack Obama and the chief of staff to First Lady Michelle Obama. During her eight years at the White House, Tchen also served as the executive director of the òĔë¨Ôäòëƒòê´ë“ë®0Ôąäĉȅ䴓®ÔëÅďÒ´ķąĉďȜ´ģ´ąƒÒÔď´4òĔĉ´ iĔêêÔďòëƒòąáÔëÅ/“êÔäÔ´ĉȅ“ĉĤ´ää“ĉďÒ´ķąĉďȜ´ģ´ąsëÔď´®iď“ď´ of Women Summit. I


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Real Estate Rock Star K´´ďe´“Å“ë0ą´´ąȅ a real estate rock star who has been involved in the real estate industry since 1979. He has been a licensed real estate broker since 1981; has worked in residential and commercial real estate, new home sales and management, and corporate relocation; and has held positions in the mortgage and title industries. Reagan was recognized as the San Antonio Board of Realtors Broker of the Year in 2011 and the Platinum Top 50 Realtors of San Antonio Broker of the Year in 2011. “As a native San Antonian born and raised here,” Reagan said, “it’s still hard Äòąê´ďòÅ´ďêĪêÔ뮓ąòĔë®ďÒ´Ô®´“ďғďĤ´ȧą´ďÒ´ĉ´ģ´ëďÒȩä“ąÅ´ĉď¨ÔďĪÔë the country. My memories of growing up here include driving downtown at Christmas time to see Santa on top of the Joske’s building (now Rivercenď´ąK“ääșȅÄòääòĤÔëÅďÒ´¨òëĉďąĔ¨ďÔòë“ë®ÓąďÔ¨ÔÓďÔëÅÔë4´êÔĉ/“ÔąǻǽȅďąÔĂĉ to our still-famous zoo, Brackenridge Park and Skyride, birthday parties at BÔ®®Ô´b“ąáòëąò“®Ĥ“Īȅķ´ä®ďąÔĂĉďòĔďď´ąBąĔĉď“á´ąĪ“ë®ďÒ´ä“êòȅ“ë® attending Fiesta events! As you can see much has stayed the same; and yet so much has changed.” Reagan attended NEISD schools, including Churchill High School, earned an associate of business administration degree from San Antonio College, and attended Texas A&M University. e´“Å“ëďòä®ĔĉďғďĤÒ´ëÒ´Ĥ“ĉÔëďÒ´ĉ´ģ´ëďÒȩÅą“®´ȅÒÔĉÓą´ëďĉ®´¨Ô®´® to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and move to a half-acre lot in what was considered the country at the time—281 and Brookhollow. The airport; highway system; Alamodome and SBC center; and new malls, communities, schools, and entertainment venues have transformed San Antonio from a sleepy small town to a thriving metropolis. Military consolidation, business expansion, tourist industry, and affordable housing continue to draw thousands monthly to call San Antonio and its surroundings home. “The thing that makes this place so special is the people,” Reagan observed. “Friendly multicultural individuals with a sense of pride and belonging that goes back generations and people who develop a love of the city within a short period of time. Many people seek a big city with a small-town feel, and they ķë®ÔďÒ´ą´Ȋȥ Reagan has been active in the industry and has served in numerous leadership positions, such as president, chairman of the board, secretary/treasurer, and committee chair, in the following organizations: San Antonio Board of Realtors, San Antonio Young Council of Realtors, San Antonio Real Estate PAC, Texas Association of Realtors, Texas Realtors Foundation, Texas Young Council of Realtors, and National Association of Realtors. 4ÔĉĂĔ§äÔ¨ĉ´ąģÔ¨´ĤòąáÔë¨äĔ®´ĉ´ä´¨ď´®òĴ¨´“뮓ĂĂòÔëď´®ĂòĉÔďÔòëĉȊ4´ has been elected Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3 and Bexar County District Clerk and has been appointed to a variety of agencies, task forces, and ¨òêêÔďď´´ĉ§Ī0òģ´ąëòąĉb´ąąĪ“ë®ĔĉÒ“ĉĤ´ää“ĉòďÒ´ąòĴ¨Ô“äĉȊnÒ´n´ĩ“ĉ Association of Counties Leadership Foundation presented him with the Best Practices Award, and the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce/Business n´¨ÒëòäòÅĪiĔêêÔďą´¨òÅëÔİ´®ÒÔêĤÔďÒďÒ´LòëȜbąòķďn´¨ÒëòäòÅĪD´“®´ą Award. He currently serves as the federal political co-coordinator for Con-

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“THE THING THAT MAKES THIS PLACE SO SPECIAL IS THE PEOPLE.” gressman Will Hurd and the City of San Antonio òëÔëÅòêêÔĉĉÔòë´ąȊ Reagan’s service extends beyond real estate and government into the community. He was a member òÄȩD´“®´ąĉÒÔĂi“ëëďòëÔòä“ĉĉòÄǶǾǾǷ“ë® recognized as Outstanding Young Man of America 1992. He serves on the Boards of Directors for Christian Assistance Ministry and Big Brothers and Sisters. He is an instructor for Junior Achievement and youth sponsor and teacher at Coker United Methodist Church. Reagan belongs to Churchill High School Band Parents Association, Charger Sports Association, and NEISD District Education Improvement Committee. I

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The whiskey of choice this month is Clyde May’s Alabama-style whiskey. An amazing blend of six-year-old aged bourbon gently folded with green apples and cinnamon. Oven-dried apples are added to the casks in which this delicious ĉĂÔąÔďÔĉ“Å´®Ȋďķąĉďď“ĉď´ĪòĔȧääëòď´ďғďȅ“äďÒòĔÅÒÔďÔĉòëäĪ 85 proof, it packs a heck of a punch as far as smell. Once you get past the initial strength of it and breathe deeply, you can taste in the far reaches of its notes apple and sweet cinnamon §òĔą§òëĸ“ģòąȊ Aged in oak casks under the Alabama sky, this kind of whiskey is perfect on the rocks while you kick back, enjoy the view, and feel the country breeze roll across your backyard. If you aren’t lucky enough to have a country view, then you’re still in luck because jamming Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” is almost the same. "ëßòĪďÒÔĉ¨òòäȅ“ĂĂä´Ȝĸ“ģòą´®ĉĂÔąÔďĉäòĤȊ´ĉĔą´ďòď“á´ your time and enjoy the little notes of green sour apple and hint of rye. Considering it’s a majority corn whiskey, it’s ®´ķëÔď´äĪòë´ĪòĔĤòĔä®á´´ĂòëďÒ´ĉÒ´äÄÄòą“ÒòďĉĔêê´ą night. The state of Alabama’s rich military history is spoken loud and clear though this bottle, and without a doubt or a drop spilled, it is a ‘Bama original. In fact, this whiskey inspired a poem from my mind as I sipped away at my glass… From my glass spills liquid heaven. In the background a Chevy Impala is revvin’ Rumbling the ground; I’m sure it’s a ’67. Freebird is playing, and this golden nectar is calling. Apples, bourbon, and cinnamon—the combination is appalling. However, whiskey does it; she is not a habit but a calling. I chase her to the last drop; for this spirit you will be falling. The drink is great for a Bourbon Sling: ǷﴓĉĂòòëĉĉĔĂ´ąķë´ĉĔœą 4 ounces lemon-lime soda 1 ounce lemon juice 3 ounces whiskey 1 ounce squeezed orange juice Happy drinking and enjoy!!!


The Arturo Fuente Hemingway Classic Cigar BY VINCE ALEXANDER

nÒÔĉķë´äĪ¨ą“Äď´®¨Ôœąȅ made in the Perfecto style from §“¨á“ąòĔë®ďÒ´Ƿǵĉ“ë®ǸǵĉȅÔĉķää´®ĤÔďÒ“§´“ĔďÔÄĔä Dominican mild tobacco and wrapped in a light and delicate West African Cameroon wrapper. There are many styles of a Perfecto-crafted Hemingway. I chose the Classic because of its middle-of-the-road size, not to be underestimated, and its undying ability to burn long and slow. Like most good things in life, it takes time to get to the root of this cigar. Lòďďò§´Äòòä´®§ĪÔďĉĉÔİ´“뮓ĂĂ´“ą“먴ȅĪòĔȧääķë®ďÒÔĉ class of cigars will take you beyond the plains of Texas, past the Atlantic, to the shores of the Dominican Republic. Tasting the initial puff to light this inspiring blend, you’re immediately ĉďąĔ¨áĤÔďÒ“êÔä®´“ąďÒĪĸ“ģòąȅ“äêòĉďďғďòÄďÒ´ĤÔä®ȊLòď overpowering, the smoke is easy to handle, while at the same ďÔê´䴓ģÔëÅëòď´ĉòÄďÒ´òêÔëÔ¨“ë§Ôë®´ąĤÔďÒ“ĉĂÔ¨ĪķëÔĉÒ that begs to be matched with a spiced bourbon. Ernest Hemingway, a famous novelist at the time that the Perfecto cigar was popular, once said, “There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men. True nobility lies in being superior to your former self.” I smoked this cigar while staring out across the ocean, feeling and appreciating the strength of the working men’s backs that brought me this strong and earthy cigar. I thought of that quote and of the men and women who have strived to be superior to our former selves, constantly improving everything from cigars to science—advancing to the far reaches of this planet. This cigar, while named Classic, is a true Masterpiece. Best matched with a bourbon or rum. I suggest Charles Goodnight whiskey on the rocks. I

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We all knowďғďďÔê´òÄďÒ´Ī´“ąÔĉÒ´ą´ĤÔďÒďÒ´ķąĉďĉòĔë®òÄ vuvuzelas in the distance, the roars of the crowd, the tremble ÄąòêĉďòêĂÔëÅÄ´´ďòëĉď“®ÔĔêĸòòąĉȅ“ë®ďÒ´“ääȜáëòĤÔëÅÓĉĉÔòë“ď´¨ąĪòÄďÒ´ﴓêĤÒòĉ¨òą´ĉďÒ´ķąĉďÅò“䧹ÔëÅÔëÅÅäòąĪďò fans across the nation. In this case, San Antonio’s newest club, the San Antonio FC, has hit the ground running and seeks to bring glory to their new home in the Alamo City. The Start of a Campaign The San Antonio FC, based in San Antonio, Texas, made its debut in The United Soccer League in 2016. In spite of being ë´ĤäĪ§“ë®´®“ë®ķë®ÔëÅÔďĉÅąòĔë®ȅďÒ´ﴓêĉ“ďÔĉē¨ďòąÔäĪä´Äď

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the 2016 season with a record of 12-8-13 under the command òÄďÒ´ķąĉďÒ´“®¨ò“¨Òȅ“ąą´ëbòĤ´ääȅÄòąê´ą"äòësëÔģ´ąĉÔďĪ head coach and Orlando City SC Pro Academy director. Powell, having produced many achievements, will mark nearly twenty years of coaching in 2017. With the reins in full grasp from a Ĥ´ääȜĂ´ąÄòąê´®ķąĉďĉ´“ĉòëȅê“ëĪòÄďÒ´ĤąÔëáä´ĉÔąòë´®òĔď under Powell and his staff, and a strong foundation in the Alamo City, the SAFC has embarked on its journey and instilled a long line of curiosity for the 2017 season. The new club was introduced following the end of the San Antonio Scorpions franchise of the North American Soccer League ȘLiDșȊƒÔďÒďÒ´ĂĔą¨Ò“ĉ´òÄďÒ´Ƕǽȅǵǵǵĉ´“ďnòĪòď“/Ô´ä®Ôë



2015, the team set its sights on ruling its new turf. Got Game? With the sprouting of a fellow USL newcomer in Edinburg, Texas, SAFC sought after an in-state rivalry with the new club, which is known as the RGV FC Toros. The SAFC 2017 season started March 26 against the RGV FC Toros hosted at H-E-B Park Ôë"®Ôë§ĔąÅȊ6ëďÒ´Ò´“ďòÄķąĉďȜąòĔë® nerves, the San Antonio FC made the right moves, held its own, and managed to juggle right over its rivals, the Toros, with a 1-0 victory, starting the 2017 campaign off the right way. Shortly thereafter, SAFC hosted the LA Galaxy II for the home opener for the 2017 season on April 1 at Toyota Field. The game was the third matchup between the SAFC and the LA Galaxy II after recording a draw and a single loss against them in the

2016 season. In a club history moment, the SAFC came out on top with a 3-0 victory over Los Dos to seal the deal on home turf, putting the club at a 2-0 record for the 2017 season. Strong Backings They say third time is the charm. It ĉ´´êĉďÒ´ë´Ĥ¨äĔ§ғĉďÒ´ķą´òÄi“ë Antonio behind it, recording an average attendance of 8,081 for the 2017 season. And it’s only into game two! Local soccer enthusiast and SAFC fan Dylan Hansen had this to say about the Alamo City club: “The team has made its move; now is the time to keep up the intensity and get the community to show its full support for such a dedicated club.” With the stands and trails ablaze ĤÔďÒķą´“ë®ďÒ´i/¨Ò“ąÅÔëÅÄĔää force at each opponent, there is much to be heard from this Alamo City team. I

Kits with Culture Large in part from the culture bound South Texas city of San Antonio, The SAFC kit ғĉêĔ¨Òďòĉ“ĪȊ6ďĔĉ´ĉķģ´ diagonal bands fading from white to gray to red in order ďòĉĪê§òäÔİ´ďÒ´ķģ´§ą“ë¨Ò´ĉ of the Armed Forces. A classy homage to the military city it represents. On another note, who can miss the dashing spur in the top right corner of the logo? It represents a little piece of the owners. (Spurs Sports “ë®"ëď´ąď“Ôëê´ëďș

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JOSHUA FRILLING Frilling: Like most musicians, I wear several hats. Twice a week I teach at Mount Sacred Heart, a Catholic elementary school, where I provide lessons for 20 students. I also operate my own studio—Frilling Piano Studio—where I have thirteen students. Additionally, I gig around town, playing for banquets and weddings, and I am the Music Director Assistant at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church.

INFLUENCE: ƒÒ´ë“ë® ÒòĤ®Ô®ĪòĔÅ´ďĉď“ąď´®Ăä“ĪÔëÅȐĂ´ąÄòąêÔëÅȋƒÒ´ą´ғģ´ ĪòĔĂ´ąÄòąê´®ȋ Frilling: I started taking ä´ĉĉòëĉĤÒ´ë6Ĥ“ĉķģ´Ī´“ąĉ old after my parents found me plunking away on the piano at home. I’ve kept up with the piano ever since. I credit much of my success to my parents’ constant support. When I was in middle school, I was awarded the opportunity to perform with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic in Indiana. I was a soloist with the Notre Dame Symphony Orchestra twice during my college career. During the summer of 2012, I attended the Dino Ciani Festival and performed at a handful of venues in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy. My graduate recital was held at New York University’s Black Box Theatre in Greenwich Village.


INFLUENCE: ƒÒ“ďȧĉĪòĔą´®Ĕ¨“ďÔòë“ä §“¨áÅąòĔë®ȋ Frilling: I attended the University of Notre Dame, where I earned my bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance and Political Science. For graduate school, I

studied Solo Piano and received my Master of Music from New York University. I also studied Instrumental Conducting at the University of North Dakota, but did ëòďķëÔĉÒ“®´Åą´´Ȋ

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INFLUENCE: n´ääĔĉ“§òĔď ĪòĔąĉ´äÄȊ Frilling: I’m thirty-one years old and have been married to my beautiful wife Jennifer for over three years. No children yet, just a gray cat named Waldorf. I was born in Sidney, Ohio, and am part Korean from my mother’s side. I’m one of two children—my younger sister, Kristy, is a former professional tennis player and four year All-American from the University of Notre Dame. Clearly, she was the athlete of the family, while I was the musician. I also served four years in the United States Air Force as “DòÅÔĉďÔ¨ĉe´“®Ôë´ĉĉTĴ¨´ąȊ I was stationed in Grand Forks, North Dakota, where I met my wife, a former Force iĔĂĂòąďTĴ¨´ąȊ/ąòêǷǵǵǾ to 2010, I completed a oneyear tour with the Air Force’s entertainment unit known as Tops in Blue. We performed across the globe, including the Middle East, for military members and their families.

And while here in San Antonio, I have provided entertainment at events featuring guests such as Senator Ted Cruz, Governor Greg Abbott, and Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller.

INFLUENCE: ą´ĪòĔÔëģòäģ´®Ôë“ëĪ´ĩﱓ¨ĔąąÔ¨Ĕ䓱òą ģòäĔëď´´ą“¨ďÔģÔďÔ´ĉȋ Frilling: I am a fourth-degree member in the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal service organization, where I serve as the membership director. Politically, I have been involved at the grassroots level and was a delegate for the 2014 state convention. INFLUENCE: ƒÒ“ď“ą´ĪòĔąÅò“äĉÄòąǷǵǶǼȋ Frilling: My goals are to put on a solo recital this year and to expand my piano studio, in both clientele and scope. I am toying with the idea of creating my own piano method book. I hope to make a musical impact on San Antonio and inspire others to pursue the piano.

INFLUENCE: ƒÒò®òĪòĔ¨òëĉÔ®´ąĪòĔąê´ëďòąȅòąĤÒò ĪòĔ“ĉĂÔą´ďò´êĔä“ď´ȋƒÒĪȋ Frilling: Musically, Dr. Jeffrey Swann. He was my instructor at New York University, and his playing is truly inspiring. His recitals usually involve a lecture component that shows the passion and depth of his intellect. He speaks several languages and is extremely knowledgeable, relating music to a ģ“ąÔ´ďĪòÄòďÒ´ąķ´ä®ĉȊ6ȧ®äòģ´ďò§´“§ä´ďò®òĤғďÒ´®ò´ĉȊ I also joined a mentorship program for veterans called American Corporate Partners. I worked with Tom Dean, a ê“ąá´ďÔëÅĂąòÄ´ĉĉÔòë“ä“ë®ĂĔ§äÔĉÒÔëÅ´ĩ´¨ĔďÔģ´“ďòë®´ąvan, on creating my brand as a professional musician and instructor.


INFLUENCE: ƒÒ“ďȧĉĪòĔąÅą´“ď´ĉ¨òêĂäÔĉÒê´ëďȋ Frilling: After serving four years in the United States Air Force, I was a little nervous about becoming a civilian and changing careers. But with enough support from my family and friends, I was able to pursue something I truly love to do, ´ĉäÔĉÒêĪĉ´äÄȅ“ë®ķ뮓ëÔ¨Ò´Ôë“ĉď“ď´6ȧģ´§´´ë“§ä´ďò call home only since the summer of 2013. I consider that the ķąĉďòÄê“ëĪêĔĉÔ¨“䓨¨òêĂäÔĉÒê´ëďĉďò¨òê´Ȋ

INFLUENCE: ƒÒ“ďȧĉòëĪòĔąëÔÅÒďĉď“ë®ȚĤғď§òòá“ą´ ĪòĔ¨Ĕąą´ëďäĪą´“®ÔëÅȋ Frilling: My nightstand is reserved for recreational reading. I am making my way through Frank Herbert’s ċâ³. On a more serious note, I am reading G. K. Chesterton’s nɳ"Ě³üۓĀĆËâÄK“â, a book illustrating the spiritual journey of humanity. Chesterton was an early twentieth century English writer and Catholic convert who is known for his love of beer, cigars, and wine. It’s also worth noting that Chesterton is up for sainthood. I


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Coffee and café.AĔĉďäÔá´Aòĉ´òąAòĉµȊ4´ĂąòëòĔ먴ĉÒÔĉ name in four different ways (Spanish, English, French, and ą“§Ô¨șȊƒ´ĉ“ď®òĤëĤÔďÒAòĉµ“êĂòĉȅÓąďòĤë´ą“ë® operator of CommonWealth Coffeehouse & Bakery. That’s right. A coffeehouse, but seriously a coffeehouse. CommonWealth is located in Mahncke Park, a historic neighborhood across from the University of the Incarnate Word. Home is where the coffee is. A house from 1880, nonetheless, is where CommonWealth caters to coffee goers—neighborhood enthusiasts and good ol’ San Antonio folks. AòĉµȅďĤ´ëďĪȜĉÔĩȅĤÒòÔĉ originally from Mexico, told us he grew up in San Antonio as the oldest of four children; his parents were both real estate brokers. He attended college in Dallas at Southern Methodist Uniģ´ąĉÔďĪȘiKsșȅê“ßòąÔëÅÔëķë“먴 “ë®ĂòäÔďÔ¨“äĉ¨Ô´ë¨´ȊAòĉµÔĉëòď a Renaissance leader for owning a coffeehouse—he gives back more than coffee. It started at iKsĤÒ´ą´AòĉµĂä“Ī´®ĉò¨¨´ąȊ He also coached soccer for refugee children from Bhutan, "ďÒÔòĂԓȅ6ą“Ąȅ6ą“ëȅÄÅғëÔĉď“ëȅ“ë®òďÒ´ą¨òĔëďąÔ´ĉȊAòĉµ said, “It was eye opening.” Äď´ąĉďĔ®ĪÔëÅ“§ąò“®Ôë/ą“먴ȅAòĉµĤòąá´®ĤÔďÒďÒ´si embassy in Jordan. Today, in addition to owning the coffeehouse, he takes part in a refugee resettlement organization in i“ëëďòëÔòȊAòĉµĉ“Ô®ȅȤƒ´“ą´ĤòąáÔëÅĤÔďÒiĪąÔ“ëēêÔäÔ´ĉ here.” This young man with Hispanic roots and upbringing, as Ĥ´ää“ĉÔëĸĔ´ëďԓäáëòĤ䴮ŴȅÔĉ“¨Ò“ąêÔëŨғą“¨ď´ąȊ We asked how CommonWealth poured into his mug called life. He answered, “Jorge, who is my business partner now, Ĥ“ĉò먴“¨äÔ´ëďȊȥAòąÅ´§ąòĔÅÒďAòĉµòë§ò“ą®ďò®ò“ääďÒ´ marketing, “to lay out the campaign for the opening.” While òêêò냴“äďÒĤ“ĉÔëďÒ´ĤòąáĉďòòĂ´ëȅAòĉµĤ“ĉą´“®Ī to brew. ƒ´“ĉá´®ÔÄďÒ´ą´Ôĉ“ë´ĩÓëĉÔòëĂä“ëȊAòĉµĉêÔä´®“ë® responded, “We have seven new properties in the works. It’s ģ´ąĪĸ“ďď´ąÔëÅĤÒ´ëĂ´òĂä´ĉ“ĪȅȦƒ´äÔá´ĤғďĪòĔȧą´®òÔëÅȊȧȥ Besides CommonWealth’s neat location, the coffeehouse

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provides a French twist. Can you smell croissants “ë®ÓďÔĉĉ´ąÔ´ĉȋAòĉµďòä® us about their new concepts. “You’re going to see the raised gardens. You’re going to see the chickens. It’s tied in with the future of the city.” Aòĉµ“¨áëòĤ䴮ŴĉòĔą situations, whether that be a craving for a cappuccino or a need to provide for resettled refugees. His helpful work with refugees in San Antonio and his love for CommonWealth look to be only the beginning for this young Renaissance leader. We want to know what a young leader is reading. “What’s on your nightĉď“ë®ȅAòĉµȋȥ “Piketty. Capital in the ně³âĆġś/ËüĀĆ³âĆċüġ, by Thomas Piketty. I also love Elon Musk books.” I

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San Antonio native C.B. “Chip” Harper exchanged a military uniform for clerical vestments. He spent more than thirty years in the uniform of our country before answering the call to the ministry and now serves as rector at All Saints Anglican Church in San Antonio. He started preparing for his ķąĉ﨓ą´´ą´“ąäĪȅÅą“®Ĕ“ďÔëÅ from two military schools: Texas Military Institute and Texas A&M University. Along with an Air Force commission, at A&M he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism with a minor in Spanish. He also holds a Master of Arts degree in Personnel and a Master of Divinity degree and has additional education from a number of military institutions. Father Chip’s military career included stints in the Air Force, Army, and Marine Corps. While ò듨ďÔģ´®ĔďĪȅÒ´ĉ´ąģ´®“ĉ“ĂĔ§äÔ¨“ÄēԱĉòĴ¨´ą“ë®ÔëëĔ¨ä´“ą ¨ò꧓ďòĂ´ą“ďÔòëĉȅòĴ¨´ąﱓÔëÔëÅȅ“뮹´¨ąĔÔďÔëÅȊ4´ą´ďÔą´® from active duty in 2003. He began seminary near the end of his military career and entered ministry as a deacon in November, 2002, at All Saints. He was ordained a priest in June, 2003, at St. Stephen’s in Athens, Texas. Father Chip served as rector at St. Stephen’s for two years until his return to All Saints in April, 2005. Father Chip leads formal, liturgical worship, and he plays guitar and sings in the contemporary praise band at KoinoëԓȚÔëÄòąê“äȅ4òäĪȜiĂÔąÔďȜä´®ĤòąĉÒÔĂȚ“ääķąêäĪÅąòĔë®´®Ôë Scripture. He is committed to the Three Streams of Anglican spirituality—catholic, evangelical, and charismatic. Father Chip is active in the San Antonio community, having served ecumenically with groups like National Day of Prayer, Global Day of Prayer, KSLR Radio, Christian Assistance Ministry, Daily Bread Ministries, Women’s Prayer Internation-

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al, The Gathering ministerial association, and San Antonio’s Promise Keepers conference. As a member of the Christian Kòďòą¨Ī¨äÔĉďȧĉȩĉĉò¨Ô“ďÔòëȜä“êò Apostles chapter, he has ridden with the Patriot Guard Riders, escorting fallen and wounded military and their families. He has been a guest columnist ÄòąďÒ´ȩ"Ġùü³ĀĀśL³ěĀ, as well as ďÒ´Ĥ´´áäĪȩNorth San Antonio Timesȩ“ë®êòëďÒäĪȩChristian Beaconȩë´ĤĉÓôąĉȊ4´ÔĉĉòĔÅÒď out by media as a spokesperson for Christian viewpoints on news and always expresses a Biblical perspective, even when it’s controversial. Father Chip has served in national leadership in the church, ķääÔëÅďĤòď´ąêĉòëďÒ´"ĩ´¨ĔďÔģ´ Committee of the Convocation of Anglicans in North America ȘLș“ë®ғĉĉ´ąģ´®“ĉĂą´ĉÔdent of the Society of St. Athanasius, a fellowship of Anglo-Catholic Christians. He is currently dean of prayer and healing for CANA’s Western District. He is characterized by his high-energy, uncompromising approach to every aspect of life and faith. He preaches, teaches, administers the sacraments, and worships God in music. He loves the Lord and loves His people. He is also active in social media, where he has a ministry of direct engagement, in the style of Martin Luther, who said, “Peace if possible, but truth at all costs.” Father Chip enjoys motorcycles, long-distance biking, physical ķďë´ĉĉȅÒĔëďÔëÅȅķĉÒÔëÅȅ“ë®êĔĉÔ¨Ȋ4´“ë®ÒÔĉĤÔÄ´ÒąÔĉďÔ´ make their home in Bulverde. I

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