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LES HILL, a master stylist and colorist is a leader in the industry with 35+ years of experience working with hair. Les has an uncanny ability to assess a client and determine the most flattering cut and style for both their features and personality. Les is constantly upgrading his repertoire by continuing education with global masters. CHARLOTTE MCGRAW Charlotte began her career at Shelton’s Salon and Spa in Bedford, Texas. After 16 years of working and training with top designers from around the world, she moved to Waxahachie. She began working with Les in 2010 and continues to use her artistic ability and passion to create a look designed for each individual. BEVERLY FRANKLIN With 32 years of experience working with hair, Beverly has been Aveda-trained for six years. She is constantly inspired by her continuing education. Beverly has a passion for creativity in color and hair design. She enjoys giving 100% to each client and possesses a true love for the industry. STEPHANIE JONES Stephanie is a haircut specialist with more than 10 years of experience. She was trained by and worked with Aveda for seven years. Her passion is creating haircuts customized to reflect your individual style.

DESI MUĂ‘OZ Trained by Aveda, Desi has created looks for individuals for more than 10 years. Highly educated in the art of color application and cutting hair, she excels at achieving a completed look of beauty by design. Desi has worked with Les off and on over the years and joined him most recently in 2010.

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JACLYN NESS Jaclyn completed the requirements for a cosmetology license in 2004. For the next few years, she continued her education and honed her skills at Worx, an Aveda Salon in Cedar Hill, where she first met and worked with Les. Since then, Jaclyn has worked locally, pursuing her passion of creating great looks through her haircutting skills. MELISA SALAZAR Melisa has a passion for hair that began in her childhood. She followed her dreams and eventually graduated from the Aveda Institute of Dallas. She now calls Salon Friends her home. Melisa uses her skills as a cosmetologist, along with client input, to realize her vision for your perfect look. SHARON LEACH Sharon has been practicing massage therapy in Ellis County since 2005. Professionally trained, Sharon takes a holistic approach in her treatments. She specializes in, but is not limited to, Swedish massage, aromatherapy, myofascia release and pre-natal massage. Her healing touch speaks for itself. DELILAH TERRY Delilah is a certified nail technician with 20+ years of experience. Her passion is healthy nail care, and she has continued her education and focus to hone her craft. Delilah is continually educating herself on fresh new trends and application of products from global industries. Her attention to detail, coupled with her dedication to customer service and professionalism has rewarded her with a faithful and loyal clientele.

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PAULA WEATHERLY Paula brings nearly 10 years of experience to her esthetician services, and she is constantly looking to improve the client experience. She offers eyelash extensions, full body waxing, skin care, microdermabrasion, brow and lash tinting, lash perms and facials. She believes facials are the healing of the skin inside and out. MEL RUIZ Mel is a hair stylist and barber. She graduated from Aveda Institute of Dallas and Dallas Blends Barber College. She specializes in color and cuts for men and women. Her passion is making each client look and feel their best.


CONTENTS NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018 |

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AROUND TOWN

14-18 YOUR SOCIAL CALENDAR FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON IN ELLIS COUNTY

FASHION

20 - 26 READY FO R FUN Three amazing ladies from the Waxahachie Junior Service League hang out with cute pups from the Pet Project in the latest looks. 28-30 BEAUTY GIFT GUIDE The gude to shopping for the beauty addict in the family!

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34 ON CHRISTMAS’ PAST Diane Johnson Collard looks back at the origin of Christmas in America. 38 COURTNEY WARREN COLUMN The room even the dog will envy! 42 NOVEMBER/DECEMBER GARDENING Ellis County Master Gardeners are ready to help everyone get ready for Texas “winter”.

MEDICAL

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46 FEATURE: ECLM PET PROJECT 2018

32 SEE ALL THE ENTRIES FOR OUR FIRST COVER DOG AND MEET KAI, THE WINNER!

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44 KEEPING THE HOLIDAYS FROM GETTING YOU DOWN by Baylor Scott & White - Waxahachie 46 WHAT’S YOUR RISK Dr. Valerie Gorman on breast health for women turning 30.

48 Cindy Burch, The Heart of Our Community


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EDITOR’S NOTE

Happy Holidays! THANK YOU FOR ANOTHER AMAZING YEAR! -Cindy Camp, Publisher & the ECLM Staff

Since the first issue of ECLM 14 years ago, we never thought we would have a contest for our cover, much less one with a furry face. Paula Baucum brought the idea up to us this summer after sharing her stories of being a volunteer for Meals on Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties. The staff immediately began thinking of what we could do this holiday season to make a difference, even just a smile to those who benefit from their incredible services. We launched the ECLM Pet Project in September with the hopes of finding a sweet face to brighten your mailbox! We received dozens of photos of dogs of all sizes and breeds along with their owner’s generous donations. Our winner Kai was a delight on set and we are so grateful to his dog family, The Reehers for their participation. - Meagan

CHIHUAHUA-IN-CHIEF FIFI FIFI@LIVING-MAGAZINE.COM PUBLISHER CINDY CAMP publisher@living-magazine.com

ART DIRECTOR CARLY PECHAL creative@living-magazine.com

PARTNER-STRATEGIST PAULA BAUCUM paula@eclmedia.com

CREATIVE DIRECTOR LINDSEY KEENEY lindsey@living-magazine.com

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF MEAGAN CAMP editor@living-magazine.com

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ELLIS COUNTY

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The studio Lavish Leathers Looking for unique yet affordable jewelry for gifting this holiday season? Lavish Leathers offers a wide variety of styles all at afforable prices, perfect for the holiday season. lavishleathers.com Find us on Facebook & Instagram

Copper Rose Located in Forreston, Copper Rose is a boutique that carries the latest trends in fashion, farmhouse chic home decor and gifting ideas! Take the short drive to Forreston to discover our charm and hometown friendliness! 118 S. Highway 77, PO Box 117 FORRESTON 214.546.8023 Find us on Facebook & Instagram @copperroseshop

We carry Music of the Spheres Windchimes “The Windchime for all Seasons�. Handcrafted in Austin, these chimes are perfect for any backyard or front porch. 3671 N. Hwy. 77 WAXAHACHIE 972.617.7740 www.TheStudioTX.com Find us on Facebook & Instagram

High cotton exchange Step back in time with vintage Christmas decor from High Cotton Exchange. Come browse our fun, whimsical pieces and much more! Located on the Historic Square of Downtown Waxahachie, we offer a mix of antiques, home decor, unique items and wedding decor rentals. 209 S. College St. | WAXAHACHIE 469.261.4772 Find us on Facebook & Instagram


AROUND TOWN NOVEMBER

Waxahachie

NOVEMBER 8, 5 - 8 PM 2ND THURSDAY LADIES NIGHT OUT Every Month in Downtown Waxahachie with Participating Merchants NOVEMBER 9-11 WAXAHACHIE WWII WEEKEND & REENACTMENT The big battle will be at 3 pm on Saturday, November 10, Historic Downtown Waxahachie NOVEMBER 10, 10 AM ELLIS COUNTY VETERANS APPRECIATION CEREMONY Waxahachie Civic Center NOVEMBER 10 BOGO 2ND SATURDAY Participating Downtown Merchants NOVEMBER 10 LANTERN FESTIVAL Texas Motorplex For more information: www. texasmotorplex.com NOVEMBER 16-17 6TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF TREES A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS 5 pm-9 pm and 9 am-3 pm Waxahachie Bible Church, Silent auction and lots of fun family activities, including Santa and Mrs. Claus. Benefitting Habitat for

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Humanity of Ellis County elliscountyhfh@gmail.com or 972-937-2797 NOVEMBER 17, 9 - 1 PM JUNK IN THE TRUNK Downtown Waxahachie NOVEMBER 17, 9 - 4 PM COLEMAN JR. HIGH OLD FASHIONED CRAFT SHOW Formerly the Waxahachie High Pre-Christmas Craft Fair! $3 admission benefitting the WISD Student in Need Fund. kimkrie@aol.com for more details. NOVEMBER 17, 2 - 6 PM WAXAHACHIE WINE WALK Downtown Waxahachie NOVEMBER 17, 6:30–10 PM NAVA DOG ANIMAL RESCUE FUNDRAISER The Women’s Building, 407 West Jefferson. Hosted by Julie & Bruce Webb of Webb Gallery, downtown Waxahachie. To purchase tickets: www.navadogtx.com NOVEMBER 24 SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY Downtown Waxahachie NOVEMBER 26, 6:30 PM CREATIVE QUILTER’S GUILD OF ELLIS COUNTY Waxahachie Bible Church www.elliscountyquilters.com

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NOVEMBER 27, 6:30 PM CHRISTMAS PARADE & COMMUNITY TREE LIGHTING Downtown Waxahachie Other activities include – CNB of Texas Train Rides, Ewe Pet Petting Zoo & Pony Rides and other children’s activities followed by photos with Santa. NOVEMBER 30, DECEMBER 1-2 & DECEMBER 7-9 BETHLEHEM REVISITED 6 pm-9 pm 402 N. College Street (behind Central Presbyterian Church). Free Admission. Donations welcome. SEE PAGE 16 FOR DETAILS NOVEMBER 30DECEMBER 2 A CHRISTMAS CAROL PRESENTED BY SAGU Hagee Communication Center www.sagu.edu/christmascarol

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NOV 24, 10 - 2PM SHOP SMALL SATURDAY NOV 29, 5 PM LIGHTS OF ENNIS PARADE AND BLOCK PARTY Historic Downtown Ennis Parade, live performances, kids crafts, photo opps, food and more

Midlothian NOVEMBER 10, 2-9PM WINE TASTING 3-8PM MIDLOTHIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WINE & ART WALK Presented by Founders Row. Join us Downtown for our fabulous Wine & Arts Festival! Texas wineries, craft beer for sale & sample, over 150 artisans & vendors and live bands! Plus, tons of shopping, food trucks and an inflatable park for the kids! NOVEMBER 15, 5 TO 7 PM OPEN HOUSE FOR MANNA HOUSE’S NEW LOCATION Come and go event. Learn more about the mission and vision of Manna House. 3241A Robinson Road, Midlothian www.mannahousemidlothian.org NOVEMBER 17, 10 - 4 PM 11TH ANNUAL GOLIDAY GIFT MARKET The Holiday Gift Market is a beautiful showcase of handmade, vintage, and quality gifts and foods in a warm, relaxed shopping atmosphere for the Holidays. This year, the HGM is honored to benefit BESTWA’s Pregnancy Support Network, bringing life to pregnant mothers with no access to medical care or education in Liberia, West Africa. www.bestwa.org


WISHING YOU A HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND LOTS OF FUN AT THESE ELLIS COUNTY EVENTS!

DECEMBER

Waxahachie

DECEMBER 1, 10- 5 PM CHRISTMAS MARKET & GIFT SHOW SPONSORED BY THE WAXAHACHIE JUNIOR SERVICE LEAGUE Friday, November 30– Preview Party from 6 pm-9 pm Waxahachie Civic Center DECEMBER 1-2, 2 - 8 PM CANDLELIGHT HOME TOUR Brighten your holiday spirits by visiting three unique homes adorned in their holiday finest. DECEMBER 1-2; 2 PM THE NUTCRACKER Waxahachie Performing Arts Center hosts two incredible performances by the Lake Cities Ballet with special arrangement by Mr. Tracy Jordan. This professional ballet is a perfect way to add to your holiday magic this year. www.whsdramadept.org/ tickets-and-merchandise DECEMBER 8 BOGO 2ND SATURDAY Participating Downtown Merchants

DECEMBER 1, 2 - 6 PM CHOCOLATE SIP ‘N STROLL WITH SANTA PHOTOS Downtown Pocket Park & Participating Downtown Waxahachie Merchants DECEMBER 1, 6 - 8 PM GETZENDANER PARK CHRISTMAS HAY RIDE Enjoy a traditional hay ride around the park. DECEMBER 7-9 CHRISTMAS BELLES CHRISTMAS SHOWCASE Chautauqua Auditorium in Getzendaner Park Ticket Available online at www. waxahachiecommunitytheatre.com DECEMBER 8-9 TICA ALL BREED CAT SHOW Ellis County Expo Center DECEMBER 13, 5 - 8 PM 2ND THURSDAY LADIES NIGHT OUT Every Month in Downtown Waxahachie with Participating Merchants DECEMBER 15 YMCA SANTA RUN Downtown Waxahachie

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ALL DECEMBER DOWNTOWN ELF SEEK & FIND GAME

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DECEMBER 1 , 10 - 4PM LUCKY’S C.C CAR SHOW AND TOY DRIVE Historic Downtown Bring a toy and enjoy car show and live music by the Studebakers DECEMBER 1 CARRIAGE RIDES OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT Featuring The Star 213 W. Knox Parking Lot DECEMBER 8 CARRIAGE RIDES OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT Featuring Frozen with live appearance by Elsa 213 W. Knox Parking Lot DECEMBER 12 OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE PROCESSION DECEMBER 15 CARRIAGE RIDES OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT Featuring Home Alone 213 W. Knox Parking Lot

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Nothing Like Home Embracing local loves for the Holidays

WRITTEN AND STYLEDPECHAL BY CARLY PECHAL WRITTEN AND STYLED BY CARLY PHOTOS BY SIERRA SUMMER PHOTOGRAPHY PHOTOS BY SIERRA SUMMER PHOTOGRAPHY

White Tunic $24.99 Blue Popcorn Sweater $42.99 Black Velvet Jeggings $36.99 Plaid Tunic $36.99


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LEGGINGS GOOD JEWELRY SWEATERS PLAID SCARF BOOTS COFFEE

“Hello, my name is Gimli. I’m named after the dwarf from Lord of the Rings. I am a 2 year old Corgi. I enjoy walks, learning new tricks and playing with my dog friends!”

Halo Hoop Small in Matte Black on Brass $32 Venus Cuff Ring in Matte Black, $25

Star Hoop in Gold $58 Leif Cuff in Gold $75

Mercury Bangle in Matte Black $45 Mercury Bangle in Platnum $45

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(From left to right) Plaid Babydoll Dress $38.99 White Tunic $24.99 Grey Waterfall Vest $32.99 Black Moto Jeggings $36.99 Plaid Poncho $26.99 Black Moto Jeggings $36.99

About WJSL “Each member of ours serves at least 60 hours each year to our community. Many do way more. Whether that’s volunteering with Ellis Co Casa, leading Sims Library story hour each week, or many other ways. We have about 20-25 non profits we actively volunteer for and also donate money to through the proceeds from the WJSL Christmas Market. We also have several scholarships in our name that we give out each year to Ellis County seniors, and have regular donations each year to every ISD in the county.” - WHITNEY BANG

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Keep Things Simple

Phoenix Necklace Large in Gold $68 Leif Cuff in Gold $75 Venus Cuff Ring in Matte Black, $25 Naarke Hoop Earrings Large in Gold $88

Sarah Briggs

“We LOVE and are so proud to be growing like crazy right here in Waxahachie. We were recently featured in People as a fave for fall & just returned from Magnolia’s Silobration. HAVEN is our newest collection with holiday glam, everyday wear-ability & a pinch of 80s! It’s cosmic rocker chic with lightening bolt crawlers, to cheetah beaded hoops! We hand-make every bit of it right here in our studio in Waxahachie.” - Sarah FOLLOW SARAH @SARAHBRIGGS

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Haven Johnnie Large in Apollo on Silver $48


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NOTHING LIKE HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

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TURQUOISE & TANGERINE Online Boutique www.shopturquoiseandtangerine.com

SARAH BRIGGS Handmade Jewelry www.sarahbriggs.com

SIERRA SUMMER PHOTOGRAPHY Wedding & Portrait Photographer www.facebook.com/sierrasummerphoto 972.217.6753

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WAXAHACHIE JUNIOR SERVICE LEAGUE KATI GARRETT

Christmas Market Committee Member 2nd Year Member

LAURA BARNARD Christmas Market Chair 4th Year Member

WHITNEY BANG

Christmas Market Chair 4th Year Member

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SCREEN DOOR HOME CO “Bringing homes to life through great design & character” www.screendoorhomeco.com

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LEGACY REALTY LESLIE MAJORS GROUP www.elliscountyhomefinder.com 972.921.6880


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Thank you to everyone who participated in our ECLM Pet Project! We are so excited about all the money raised to help Meals on Wheels of Johnson & Ellis Counties. Also, a special thank you goes out to our sponsors:

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ON THE COVER...

meet kai OUR PET PROJECT WINNER

Hi! My name is Kai. I am a 1 year old miniature golden doodle. I am the youngest of my siblings, McKailan, Chase and Hope. I love learning new tricks. I can sit, fist bump, shake hands, roll over, play dead when shot, walk like a man, turn in circles while standing and much more. My mom says I am the smartest one in the house!


A Celebration for Everyone

BY DIANE JOHNSON COLLARD

Growing up in northern Illinois, during my school years, I met very diversified people of varied cultures. As was common, the areas were divided into somewhat cultural sections, which I find to be true in most northern and eastern towns. On the east side of Rockford, Illinois the communities were filled with people of mostly Swedish heritage. They owned a lot of the larger businesses and often lived in the finer homes. They also had bakeries, restaurants and other small businesses scattered throughout their neighborhoods. Although it was rare, I loved riding through the east side of town. I first found my love of architecture on the streets of old Rockford where large brick and stone tutor homes lined the streets. Their perfectly manicured lawns, towering stone fireplaces and sharp peaked roofs adorned street after street of magnificent homes. Not all were huge, but each had a personality that captured something hidden deep in side myself that I would eventually understand.   The east side was especially exciting at Christmas time. The yards were filled with beautiful decorations. There were huge Christmas trees glowing through the leaded glass bay windows that were covered with an abundance of bright lights. That sort of holiday display was not seen in my neighborhood, so it was a special treat to tour past those beautifully adorned homes every December. It was a Christmas experience!

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On the west side of town the communities were somewhat diverse, but there was a very large Italian population, which dominated the area. Most of these people were hard working blue color workers and small business owners. For the most part they had very large families, so the holidays and family gatherings were a huge part of their culture. Decorations were generally limited to a live tree adorned with generations of family ornaments that beamed through a large picture window. Food was always the focus in an Italian home. Holidays were especially filled with old world recipes that made the season very special. The south, whether east or west, was much more culturally scrambled. There were splattering of folks from all ethnic groups who worked hard for little pay. Most were less fortunate financially than those in other parts of town. Like my relatives, they were factory workers, for the most part. They struggled from pay check to pay check. Life was hard. Many people on the southwest part of town where I was raised were from the south. For the most part, they were not well educated and had very few trade skills, so they migrated north for factory jobs, as there were factories scattered all over Rockford. The manufacturing industry was everywhere in the north at that time. Christmas was lean for those of us who lived in that area. We were lucky to have a Christmas tree of any sort, but I do remember when we got an aluminum tree with a rotating light that made the tree change colors. That was a really

big deal which caused lots of squeals and laughter as we watched our tree go from red to green to blue and back again. Mother worked at Woolworths during those years. I feel sure she that bought the tree as a floor sample after the season ended. I can’t imagine that we could have had it otherwise. She was always bringing home damaged items that she would glue back together. I feel sure that our sparkling tree was one of those items. It didn’t take a lot to make us happy. Christmas time was the most fun time of the year. After all, it was the only time we got oranges, apples and nuts. That alone was worth waiting for.   Oh, and let us not forget the giant peppermint stick that Mother hit with a hammer to break into small pieces. We were given small portions everyday until there was no more. Christmas was truly over when the last morsels were distributed. As a young adult my husband and I moved to Peoria, which was about a hundred miles south of Rockford. You wouldn’t think there would be such a culture shock, but it was very different. Peoria had an enormous Jewish population. I had never even met a Jewish person, so I knew nothing about them or their culture. I got a job right away in a furniture store as the store designer. It was owned by a Jewish family, as was every other furniture store in town.  I soon learned that the Jewish people owned most businesses that had anything to do with


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I feel so blessed to have experienced so many diverse ways of celebrating such an important season. Whether rich or poor, the joy of the holidays is in our hearts.

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Inch by inch I learned what was and was not acceptable in their faith. If you know me at all you know that I love to bake. Baking is like therapy for me.   In my past jobs I had always baked fresh cookies and taken them to work. Little did I know that only half of the people I worked with at my new job would eat them. Even though I was a Gentile, they eventually started eating my cookies. I was very persuasive. I did have a special pan that I cooked them in and I was very careful to make sure all the ingredients were kosher. Every year Christmas would come and go with little said about the holiday. I always felt sad that we didn’t have a company holiday celebration. Of course, they had Hanukkah and the rest of us had Christmas, but there was no celebration between us. There were no gift exchanges and no decorations in the store. It felt very empty to me, especially since I had always enjoyed Christmas more than any other time of the year. After I had been working in the store for several years I offered to have a holiday party at my home. I knew it was a testy subject, but I was determined to give it a try. The first thing I did was talk to the owners wife. I knew her husband would never enter my home, but Ruth was always very gracious and a little more flexible in her beliefs. I assured

her that I would do every thing that a Gentile could do to make a kosher table. She agreed, reluctantly, but she agreed. The plan was that the party would be open to all, but anyone who felt uncomfortable could choose not to attend. The rest of us would celebrate a generic holiday together. I shopped at the local Jewish market. The owners were very helpful in guiding me through my purchases. I bought a Jewish cookbook with all of the cooking regulations. I purchased new pans to assure that nothing unclean had been prepared in them. It was really great fun. I learned so much about their food and the reasons for following their traditions. The party was a great success. Ruth and her grown son attended, as did some of my other Jewish coworkers. I was thrilled that we all came together to share our lives, our traditions and our cultures.

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great love and admiration to celebrate our special beliefs. What a wonderful memory. I feel so blessed to have experienced so many diverse ways of celebrating such an important season. Whether rich or poor, the joy of the holidays is in our hearts. Let us join together, in all faiths, ethnic cultures and colors this holiday season to enjoy each other and show love to all of those around us. Make a special memory with someone. It will last forever. Happy Holidays to you one and all. May God richly bless you in 2019. Diane

I found it very interesting that none of them had ever been in a Gentile home. It was just as exciting for them to see how we lived and what our traditions were as it was for me to learn about them. It made for wonderfully interesting conversation and an unforgettable memory. I will never forget my dear Jewish friends who taught me so much about love and life. Many of them are gone now, but they will never be forgotten. Nor will my forbidden holiday party, where Jews and Gentiles came together with

meet diane

Diane Johnson Collard has been decorating Ellis Country since 1983. She has designed and built homes as well as completing scores of remodeling projects. Her great love is restoring the old homes of Waxahachie. She has written articles for every edition of Living Magazine since the first edition was published. Diane had a five year run with Good Morning Texas as their design consultant and completed many projects for the cameras. A magazine of her many articles and projects was published in 2015. Contact Diane at 972-935-8899

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THIS NEW BEDROOM IS FOR THE DOGS! WRITTEN AND STYLED BY COURTNEY WARREN PHOTOGRAPHED BY SIERRA SUMMER PHOTOGRAPHY

When you walk in to your new client’s house and they show you a custom made doggie door, complete with trim and a sliding barn door, you know they are dog lovers. When I walked in to Melinda and Randy’s home in Waxahachie, that is exactly what I found. They had recently sold their large historic house on Marvin Street to move to new construction and needed a dose of character and interest to make it their own. As we talked through their style and interests, they wanted a fun loving guest room for their grandkids to stay in, while also being grown up enough to house visiting overnight friends and family. So, the dog bedroom was born.

ROOM DETAILS: The inspiration for the room were the two painted canvas dog portraits (top right, page 40), which we hung above the bed. Bright, solid colors combine to make the black and white dogs stand out, and create the fun atmosphere we were trying to achieve. Melinda has collected small dog replicas of the pets they have had through the years, so I choose a handful of her collection to display on a small 3-tiered stand.

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Since they previously lived in a historic home, they had a large collection of antiques. Some items needed to be replaced with new furniture, however some of the antiques were near to their heart. Can you pair newly bought furniture with antiques? Of course! It is fantastic to combine old and new! Matchy-matchy looks like Grandma’s bedroom, so do

not be afraid to add interest by combining items that are different but still fit your style. Did Melinda and Randy ever dream they would have a bedroom outfitted with dogs? Probably not. However, part of great design is seeing what people get excited about and building a room around it.

In Melinda’s words, “Courtney is a master in her craft of interior design. She worked very hard to achieve the design I was looking for in this new house. I can be happy with this look for years to come. I hope our family and friends will want to come spend many fun-filled hours here. I could never have achieved these spectacular results on my own. I have enjoyed going in a new direction for this home’s furnishings. It will keep both my husband and me young at heart!”.

meet courtney

Courtney is an an award-winning interior designer who specializes in decorating, renovation & home staging to help stuck people adore their home. She loves her Waxahachie historic cottage and have been published 3 times in National magazines for Better Homes and Garden’s Special Publications. She lives in her 5th renovated historic home in Waxahachie with her 2 boys & husband, who is a local pastor. Her and Joel love creating beauty so much that they just launched Screen Door Home Company, where they renovate to restore beauty to historic homes around Ellis County. You will find her wearing flip flops rather than heels and drinking a Sonic Diet Dr. Pepper. She loves to make new friends so come say hi around town! Follow her daily projects on Instagram at @courtneywarrenhome & @ screendoorhomeco and see her work at courtneywarren.com.

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HOME + DESIGN 13th Annual Ellis County Master Gardeners' 2019 Gardening Calendar

November

BY MELINDA KOCIAN {ELLIS COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS ASSSOCIATION}

PLANTING

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Now through February is the perfect time to plant container-grown trees and shrubs. Dig a hole two times the diameter and one inch shallower than the root ball. Make sure the root ball and the hole are thoroughly wet before planting. Backfill with existing soil and water well. Use the “Custom Tree Selector” at http:// texastreeplanting.tamu.edu for help in selecting the right tree for the right location. Also, see “Native and Adapted Plants for North Texas” at https:// wateruniversity.tamu.edu/about/publications. Plant pansies and violas now. Bluebonnets can still be planted from transplants. Daffodils and grape hyacinth may be planted once soil temperature drops below 55° F. Plant 2-3 times as deep as the bulb is tall.

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It’s time to winterize! Disconnect hoses from faucets and drain all hose-end sprinklers. Drain fuel from gasoline-powered engines and run the carburetor dry. Greenhouse owners should check the heating and ventilation systems to ensure proper operation. Check outdoor potted plants for insects (mealybugs, whiteflies, spider mites, aphids, roaches, ants) before moving inside for the winter. Apply a labeled insecticide if needed. When planning new landscapes, select trees, shrubs and perennials that are winter hardy in your area. According to the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone map, Ellis County is located in Zone 8 (average lowest annual temperature is 10° F to 20° F). Therefore, it is best to choose plants listed for Zone 8, or the one or two zones to the north (Zone 6 or 7).

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Plant berry-producing trees and shrubs to add winter color to your landscape. Choices include possumhaw and yaupon holly, Carolina buckthorn, rusty blackhaw viburnum and American beautyberry. Plant pre-chilled tulip and hyacinth bulbs mid to late month. Plant bulbs in masses for best effect. Daffodil bulbs may still be planted. Look for early and small-flowering varieties that tend to naturalize and return yearly. Considering a living Christmas tree? Choose an adapted plant. Junipers, Arizona cypress and pyramidal hollies are good options. While indoors, place the tree in the brightest natural light and keep soil moist. Do not leave indoors for more than two weeks.

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Apply a root stimulator such as liquid seaweed or a high-phosphorus fertilizer to newly planted trees and shrubs. Do not top crape myrtles or remove the central leader of any shade tree. It destroys the crape myrtle’s natural shape, and delays blooming by five or six weeks. If your plant is too tall or too wide, remove or relocate it, and replace with something smaller that won’t require trimming. Remove mistletoe from trees as soon as it becomes visible. Use a pole pruner to remove the entire twig from infected branches before the mistletoe produces berries. There are no effective consumer products to control this parasitic plant.

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Plant deciduous trees on the south and west sides of your home to receive the most benefit from summer shading while allowing the sun to warm your home during winter months. Just three trees properly placed, can save you up to 30 percent in energy use. Plant evergreen trees on north side of your home to block winter winds and reduce heating bills. Stockpile fallen leaves for use in compost or as mulch. It is an excellent way to enrich the soil and to nourish plants. Mix one cup of high nitrogen fertilizer per cubic yard of compost. Turn pile with spade fork to keep it aerated. Water, if needed.

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Protect tender vegetation from the cold with a lightweight frost cloth available at most nurseries and garden centers. Continue to water lawns, newly planted trees, shrubs and perennials if rainfall is insufficient. Prepare garden soil for spring planting by tilling in 6 inches of organic matter (compost) to a depth of 8 to 10 inches. Take time during the holidays to check out the new seed and nursery catalogues. Order early to ensure availability. Let’s not forget our feathered friends during the winter when their natural food supply is limited. Providing sunflower, safflower and thistle seed, suet and fruit will attract many species of birds to your backyard. And be sure to provide water.


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Keeping the Holidays from Getting You Down

BY BAYLOR SCOTT & WHITE MEDICAL CENTER - WAXAHACHIE

From mid-November through the end of the year, the biggest health worry people for many people is what is going to happen to their waistline thanks to all the holiday goodies. However, there is another health concern that is often overlooked: behavioral health. And not just run-of-the-mill holiday stress. Feelings of depression and anxiety can be amplified during this time of the year, even for those who typically don’t struggle with these issues. “The holidays have all the right ingredients to be one of the most difficult and stressful times of the year,” says Josh Martak, MD, a family medicine physician on the Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Waxahachie medical staff. Between the financial pressures of the holidays, getting together with people who may bring out strong emotions, the hassle associated with potential travel and all the other expectations surrounding the holidays, feeling more blue than red and green can be natural. Add to it the memories of family and friends who are no longer with us, and it can be almost overwhelming.

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MANY NAMES, COMMON THREADS The holiday blues, social isolation and seasonal affective disorder are part of the continuum of depression and anxiety issues some people experience around the holidays. Being inundated with television shows and commercials showing the warmth, happiness and ease of the holidays can even exacerbate feelings of sadness. Regardless of the name, there are symptoms people should watch for and address, including: Loss of interest in activities that are • normally enjoyable/routine • Less energy • Withdrawing from other people “It’s ok to take time for yourself – and in fact, during the holidays you should. But if the sadness or anxiety is taking over and getting you out of your normal routine, then it may be time to go see your primary care doctor or find one,” says Dr. Martak. Friends and family also can play a key role by watching out for these symptoms in loved ones and intervening. Openly discussing – or asking about – potential behavioral health issues doesn’t have the stigma attached to it that it once did. “The biggest thing friends and family can do is to talk about it,” advises Dr. Martak. “It’s not a fun conversation to have, but ask if everything is ok or make plans to do something with them that may lead to a conversation later on.”

GIVE YOURSELF A PRESENT It may not be possible to ever have a holiday without the extra stress, pressure and demands on both time and money. But there are ways to prevent or minimize feelings of depression and anxiety that accompany all the magic of the season. Dr. Martak makes the following recommendations: • Set realistic expectations and know it will be ok if everything doesn’t go according to plan. • Make plans ahead of time to do things you enjoy throughout the season. • Make time to grieve and reflect on the loss of loved ones. • Talk about any struggles with family, friends, your doctor or in a group therapy session (whatever makes you most comfortable). • Take time to focus on you. “Realize it’s ok to say ‘no’ to certain things,” says Dr. Martak. “Take some time to focus on yourself. It’s alright.” In fact, that advice may not only help lead to a happier holiday season, but make for great new year’s resolution as well. Physicians provide clinical services as members of the medical staff at one of Baylor Scott & White Health’s subsidiary, community or affiliated medical centers and do not provide clinical services as employees or agents of those medical centers or Baylor Scott & White Health.


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What’s Your Risk?

TOP ASSOCIATIONS RECOMMEND BREAST CANCER RISK ASSESSMENT AT AGE 30 BY VALERIE GORMAN, MD, BREAST SURGEON AT TEXAS SURGICAL SPECIALISTS

Two organizations—the American College of Radiology and the Society of Breast Imaging—recently released new breast cancer screening guidelines. They now recommend that all women be assessed for their risk of breast cancer at age 30. Once your risk has been assessed, if it’s higher than average you can start screening earlier, when it’s more likely that breast cancer could be caught at an earlier, more treatable stage. Race and ethnicity are important because if you are African American or of Ashkenazi Jewish descent, you have higher-thanaverage odds of genetic mutations that can increase your risk of developing breast cancer. African American women are also more likely to develop a form of breast cancer called triple negative, which is harder to treat than other types of breast cancer.

WHAT IS BREAST CANCER RISK ASSESSMENT? Breast cancer risk assessment is a way of taking into consideration the different factors that could influence your likelihood of developing breast cancer. It can be a bit confusing because some factors increase your risk more than others. But generally, these are the risks that are evaluated: • Any personal history of breast cancer • Previous treatment with chest radiation • Genetic mutations in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes • Diagnosis with certain genetic syndromes • Your age • Your age when you had your first menstrual period • Your age when you first gave birth, if applicable • Any history of breast cancer in your mother, sisters, or daughters • Your number of previous breast biopsies and their findings • Your race/ethnicity

HOW DOES YOUR RISK CHANGE YOUR SCREENING TIMELINE? By evaluating these risk factors, your doctor can recommend an appropriate screening timeline. If your risk assessment determines that you are at average risk for breast cancer, both organizations recommend screening mammograms beginning at age 40. If your risk assessment finds that you face higher-than-average risk, your doctor may recommend other screening exams that could include: • Digital mammography, which can be better than film-based mammography at detecting breast

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cancer in women with dense breasts 3D mammography, or breast tomosynthesis, which takes multiple images of the breast to create a 3D model that may be more accurate than 2D mammography Breast MRI, which may be able to detect cancers that are missed on mammograms or ultrasounds Ultrasound, which can effectively detect cancer in women at high risk but has a higher false-positive rate than other methods

Your doctor will consider your risk and recommend that you begin one or more of these screening exams at a certain age and repeat the exams over specific time periods. WHAT SHOULD YOU DO NOW? Talk to your doctor about your risk for breast cancer. Your doctor can evaluate your personal and family history and your other risk factors and, together, you can develop a breast cancer screening schedule that’s right for you.

Valerie Gorman, MD, FACS | 469.800.9830 | Breast Surgeon at Texas Surgical Specialists

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The Heart of Our Community It’s getting to be that time of year when downtown Waxahachie gets busy decorating for the holidays and our stores begin stocking their shelves with Christmas merchandise in anticipation of fourth quarter sales. When my husband and I opened the Doves Nest in 1994, I never thought we would be preparing for our twenty fourth Christmas season. But here we are, proud to call Waxahachie our home and grateful for our success. Over the years we have seen our downtown transform from almost a ghost town into a destination for locals and tourists alike. More people are living in our downtown lofts, dining in our restaurants, sipping lattes in our coffee shops and we are finally seeing true revitalization begin to happen. Where we shop, where we eat and where we go for entertainment impacts our community and the dollars we spend locally have a domino effect on our economy. The holiday shopping season can make up 20 to 40 percent of the total year’s revenue for some of our merchants. You’re not just buying for others when you shop or eat locally -- you’re doing yourself a favor, too. Economic studies show that local independent retailers return over three times as much money, per purchase, as the big chain stores. Creating and sustaining a stronger local economy is critical to our long-term success. None of this is intended to knock box stores, chain restaurants, shopping malls or the internet. I understand our residents have jobs with those businesses too. They all have their place and I certainly take advantage of shopping at Costco and ordering from Amazon Prime throughout the year, but I urge

you this holiday season to spend some time shopping and dining in your own backyard. Whether it’s a sense of pride, a feeling of duty or the genuine support of a friend or family member, knowing that your dollar has gone to not only a member of the community but to a business owner, that you trust, should make every purchase that much more special. Small businesses are often major contributors to the heart of a community. When we shop locally, we help maintain these businesses that contribute to your child’s school project, sports groups, donate items for fundraising raffles and employ locals. Business owners also become mentors and decision-makers in the community, working with governments to improve infrastructure like parking and sidewalks that benefit the community at large. I have enjoyed many years serving on the board of our Waxahachie Downtown Merchants Association as well as our Chamber of Commerce and Waxahachie Partnership, Inc. If you have noticed the construction in our Doves Nest parking lot, the city has built an art wall or fence called Love Locks. The Ellis County Museum is selling red heart shaped pad locks you can purchase for $10 and all the proceeds go to the museum. You can also bring your own lock and attach it to the fence declaring your love for someone. The city encourages you to take a photo and post it using #hachieheart. If there is one thing I have learned in these twenty four years, Waxahachie is full of people who care about their community and work hard to support it. Who knows, maybe you’ll

get more than just a gift or meal while out shopping local this season. Perhaps you’ll feel a little bit of the pride and joy knowing you are giving business to someone who cares about giving you a quality product over just collecting your hard earned dollars. May Waxahachie always have a place in your heart and I wish you all a very blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year.

PLEASE JOIN US IN DOWNTOWN WAXAHACHIE FOR THE FOLLOWING UPCOMING EVENTS:

November 17 Waxahachie Wine Walk November 17 Doves Nest Christmas Event with Santa & Mrs. Claus 4PM-8PM November 24 Small Business Saturday November 27 Christmas Parade 6:30PM December 1 Candlelight Tour of Homes, Photos with Santa & Chocolate Stroll

Cindy Burch and her husband, Andrew, own and operate The Doves Nest in historic downtown Waxahachie. Cindy is also a freelance writer, caterer and consultant. Her award-winning cookbook, “The Doves Nest Restaurant: New American Recipes From A Historic Texas Town,” is in its fifth printing. Cindy Burch

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