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Winter 2013 IX

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Publishers: JaLynn & Lance West

In This Issue:

• Selecting the Right Art for your Home by Gaylynn McBrayer • What are Realistic Expectations by Food and Fitness owner, Tony Paradis • Russell Webb and his Gold Standard • Len Schalkwyk offers products which make our lives easier • Patsy Corliss and Barbara McVicker, owners of Family Staffing Solutions, turn life’s lemons into lemonade • Johnna Bohannon makes Kwik Kar Lantana a female-friendly destination • Sta-Tex Roofers, a second generation family owned business to know about • CCA turns 40! • Huffines gives back to our community • Keepsake Biographers preserves family history by Lori Fickling • Who’s Your Family by Shannon Serwin • Houston we have a Problem by Matt Schirle, Chairman of Children’s Advocacy Center Denton County • When the Runway Went South by Lois Kasznia • Mike Fickling’s book review • Community Buzz • You’ve Been Snapped! • Our Community Magazine Distributors • You Know You’re a Texan When… • Lead by Example by Bonni Crisfulli • Flower Mound Summit Club by Mark Glover • Germ-free Advice from Debbie Sardone • Savvy Business Tips from Marsha Thomas

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ver this past holiday season, I have had the opportunity to meet many new and interesting individuals by attending corporate holiday functions, political receptions, nonprofit fundraisers, professional dinners and via chats over a Café Latte or two at the local Starbucks. Meeting and interacting with people is my passion. However, I had to take a step back from it all for awhile to reflect upon the reality of the circles in which I found myself and amidst all of the Brie and Chardonnay, I couldn’t help but be a bit surprised by the manner in which many spoke about their jobs and the way they went


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about obtaining and performing them, especially given the current titles they held. Many who attend functions such as these know very well the likelihood of encountering individuals who possess a high degree of power and status both in their communities and in the companies and organizations they lead. Somehow, chats at the holiday punchbowl are not unlike those had at the office water cooler and my experiences were by no means an exception to the rule. In fact, of the many people I had met, the majority of them identified themselves by high status titles. Some were CEOs of this and VPs of that. Yet others identified as Executive Directors, Sr. Managers and every variation of the C-Level acronym you could think of. Read her complete story at


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A Word From The Editor Thank You! These are two of my favorite words to say. It’s so easy in the daily routine of work, traffic, obligation and responsibility to allow stress to seep into our psyche. But when we take the time to step back and reflect on all the blessings which surround us, we remember the value of a grateful heart. In this positive state of mind the words thank you roll off the tongue like warm fudge topping on a hot fudge Lori Fickling is a former interior decorator and now works for Communities In Schools of North Texas as its Director of Community Relations. She has a passion for our community.


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Marsha Thomas President and Owner of T N T Promotions, LLC. Marsha has over 25 years of experience working in goal oriented environments developing and managing programs in the Human Resources sector. She has managed both client and employee facing initiatives and has a strong focus on brand awareness.

Helen Chouinard is a Professional portrait artist with 25 years of enjoyable experience behind the camera.

Bonni Crisfulli is a staunch

sundae. Sprinkle a genuine smile with these words and see how many doors open for you, how many people want to include you, how much brighter your day becomes. So in this issue we want to Thank You for opening your hearts, businesses and homes to Our Community Magazine. We love endorsing and promoting the good people in our area. May your 2013 be a year of health, happiness and prosperity.

advocate for the homeless and destitute of Denton County. Bonni is also owner and graphic designer for Presentations Unlimited, a Lewisville based start-up venture that designs and produces effective PowerPoint Presentations. She can be reached at

Shannon Serwin is a writer, wife, mom, treehugger and musician. She has lived in Flower Mound since 1993.

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Mike Fickling is a retired paramedic/ firefighter and avid reader. He is a regular contributor to and you can find many of his reviews at www. thereadersalmanac. Debbie Sardone is an independent maid service business consultant and owner of one of the largest maid services in the country, Buckets & Bows Maid Service. She is also the founder of Cleaning for a Reason, a non profit which cleans homes for women undergoing cancer treatments.


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Len Schalkwyk, franchise owner and Texas distributor of Interflon America “Be brave, try new things: you never know what is there for you!” This is the philosophy of Len Schalkwyk, franchise owner and Texas distributor of Interflon America. When you meet him and his lovely wife Margaret, you see their passion for Interflon’s amazing products and practical uses. They begin with simple demonstrations which seem a bit like magic tricks. But instead, it’s a marriage of modern science and progressive technology created to make our lives easier, to help us save money in our homes and our businesses. In 1980, Interflon, a European company, was founded and it is now in 43 countries with more than 135,000 clients. They offer 65 products with 2,200 applications of cost savings! It’s Teflon ® based, water and dust repellent and anti-corrosive. What does this mean? Your windows and other surfaces stay cleaner longer. Your car and motorcycle engines, lawn mowers, power tools and even garage doors run efficiently with less maintenance. This leaves more time for you and

money in your pocket. Great customer service and 100% satisfaction is Len’s Schalkwyk’s refreshing approach. His philosophy is simple, “We will not sell customers anything we don’t believe in. We believe that business is built on trust and relationships, and our customers trust us to provide them with the right technical advice to solve problems. We come to your business, assess the lubricant or cleaning issues and help customers choose the right product.” As he demonstrates the magic of Interflon technology, you see its many potential uses and the products sell themselves. It’s affordable, eco-friendly and sold right here in Denton county. Contact Len for a no pressure demonstration. You’ll love the products and enjoy Len’s passion for these amazing products.

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Russell Webb and his Gold Standard Whether it’s running a business or devoting time to his family and our community, Russell Webb, commercial real estate broker and managing partner at Silver Oak Commercial Realty, believes in living by the Golden Rule. He has a cut-to-thechase, direct approach which assures his clients that he is working diligently on their behalf, to find the best property for the best price. In 2003, Russell was voted “Top 35 Under 35” by the Black’s Guide. In 2004 and 2006 he was a Top Five Producer for Stream Realty and was listed in the Dallas Business Journal’s annual “Heavy Hitters” list. In 2011 Russell and his partners LeAnn Brown, Deb Perryman and Jim Leatherwood formed Silver Oak Commercial Realty located in Southlake, giving them 75 years combined experience and streamlining their resources throughout DFW. Their extensive contacts create a power house of representation for businesses looking to buy, lease or sell commercial property. A native Texan from Abilene, Russell’s roots grow deep in our Lone Star State allowing him an insightfulness of negotiating a deal. His extensive contacts and relationships enable him to open doors for his clients, always representing their best interest. A graduate of Texas Tech, Russell serves on the Ft. Worth


committee for Rawls College of Business and is the former Chair of the Dallas Breakfast committee for Rawls. He is a board member of the Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce and serves as a advisory conduit between the Chamber and Town of Flower Mound for the Chamber board as far as economic development. He’s also served on the Board of Trustees at Treitch United Methodist. You can tell that Russell is a hard-working man and a good provider but his eyes light up when he talks about his family; his wife Kristi, and children Matthew and Macie. When time allows, they love to travel to Playa del Carmen, Mexico, ski up in Idaho and spend time at his family’s ranch in Throckmorton, TX. Silver Oak specializes in the submarkets of southern Denton and NE Tarrant County, Mid-Cities, North Richland Hills and Coppell. Personal relationships and doing business the right way are the gold standard for this firm. Russell offices in Flower Mound and Southlake. Contact him at Silver Oak Commercial Realty. 2805 Market Loop Suite 100. Southlake, TX 76092. 817-849-8282 office

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Johnna Bohannon and Kwik Kar Lantana


ou don’t expect a Kwik Kar Lube and Auto Care to to have a touch of femininity but the one in Lantana does. Family owned and operated, the personal touches are the thoughtful whimsy of Johnna Bohannon, a Native Dallas girl and resident of Double Oak. She and her husband John, their son, and a devoted crew of employees work to create this haven among Lube and car care shops. Kwik Kar Lantana’s service is friendly and helpful and their lobby has a warm atmosphere with a television, toys for young children and magazines to read. The most pleasant surprise is Johnna’s back room of Unexpected Treasures, a fun little place to shop while you wait. Even the garage area is spotless! The Bohannon’s hard working business ethics and honest approach keep them busy. They keep up with the vehicle technology advances which are a challenge today. Kwik Kar Lube & Auto Care Lantana is an experience like no other. Don’t be surprised if you see Johnna working under the hood of a car or cleaning the windows. She and John won’t ask their employees to do anything they aren’t willing to do themselves.

They love every aspect of serving their customers and it shows. The Bohannons give back to several favorite nonprofits. The one which is closest to their hearts is the Wounded Warrior Project. They have a deep respect for those who’ve served our county. Their dream? ”To be successful of course, to be respected is even better. You can’t have one without the other.” Beautiful words from a beautiful lady, inside and out. For a pleasant car care experience go to Kwik Kar Lube & Auto Care Lantana. You’ll be glad you did. They are located at 7100 FM 407, or Justin Rd. next to the Sonic - phone: 940.584.0852 - find them on facebook and twitter for additional specials.

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CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY ACTION TURNS 40! Christian Community Action was formed on February 22, 1973 when a Bible study group of seven individuals at St. Philip’s Catholic Church in Lewisville resolved to put the love of Christ in action by helping those less fortunate in their community. Today at CCA, there are over 3,000 volunteers and 150 staff members serving more than 12,000 local families in crisis every year. On February 22, 2013, CCA will kick off its year-long 40th Anniversary celebration with a ribbon-cutting and luncheon at their new Donation Center in Flower Mound. The celebration continues on April 20 with a High Tea hosted by the CCA Charity League at the Hilton Garden Inn, Lewisville.

On May 18, the popular “Hearts for Angels” Auction returns. This gala event, also at the Hilton Garden Inn, is black-tie optional and will include both live and silent auction opportunities. The year-long celebration wraps up on October 17 with CCA’s annual Season of Hope Gala. For more information regarding any these events, please contact Sheri Snyder, 972-219-4329,


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Two Sisters Turn Life’s Lemons into Lemonade

reat others as you wish to be treated. These words have a special meaning as you meet the owners of Family Staffing Solutions. Patsy Corliss and Barbara McVicker are two sisters who have taken life’s lemons to make lemonade. As young adults, their father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and their mother with heart disease. The pain of this journey, caring for and losing their parents, made such an impact that they decided to team up and help others who face similar challenges. Both left wellpaid jobs when they purchased Family Staffing Solutions, located in Lewisville. This is a wonderful service which allows our elderly and physically challenged the dignity of staying independent, at home and in charge. From simple home visits to round-theclock care, they provide the assurance and freedom of living in your own home with your own familiar surroundings. Their goal is to improve the quality of life for their clients. When meeting Patsy and Barbara you are struck with the genuine passion and commitment to the people they serve. They consider their clients to be part of their own family, and if you ask who their heroes

are, they say it’s the ones they serve. It is a special gift to help the elderly of our community in such a caring and compassionate way. Family Staffing Solutions is a customized service catering to individual needs, not a cookie cutter approach to home care. Barbara and Patsy take a handson approach with their clients and caregivers. (All caregivers have been carefully screened with background checks. They only hire the best.) Although work is demanding and the phone rings 24 hours a day, they still take time to give back to non-profits. Their favorites are Meals on Wheels and Alzheimer’s Association. These two Native Texas ladies have helped so many people already and when you are faced with some of these tough decisions, we recommend you give Family Staffing Solutions a call. You’ll be glad you did.

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“Houston, We Have a Problem”

truly believe that every cloud holds a gold lining. In 2012, we not only witnessed clouds, but also violent storms that impact children’s lives all over America. The tragic and unbelievable act of sexual abuse involving children and denials that often follow, surfaced with allegations involving Penn State, Syrcause, Boy Scouts, and others. The first step of preventing, or solving, any problem begins with admitting it. As a “Champion for Children”, my challenge to America starts with your help to put a gold lining on the cloud at Penn State. Increase awareness and recognize that, “We have a problem” right here in our neighborhood, in our city, in our country. In my role as a chairman of the Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County, one of the 66 Children’s Advocacy Centers in Texas that provide justice and healing for abused children, I see and hear the damage this problem causes to children and to the future generation. Let me share my awareness and the impact, the ultimate selfish act of sexual abuse involving a child places on our society; • After 15 years of marriage my spouse disclosed she was sexually abused by her father repeatedly between the ages of seven and twelve. Never reported to authorities, a generation later four grandchildren reported how he abused them then only received a 180 day jail sentence be cause no one from the first generation came forward to report his actions. The pain and struggles of a victim, who was never treated after her mother told her, “it is not happening,” are horrific. • Two women from wealthy society shared their pain of sexual abuse for the first time after I reached out to join me as a “Champion for Children”. Pain became visible as they shared their stories. I felt like it happened yesterday. • A teen boy in an upscale North Texas community reported, then helped prosecute his coach, who abused him over a 4 year period. • The Penn State debacle empowered many abused to share their personal childhood experiences of sexual abuse including one of the most respected sportscasters in Dallas history, Dale Hansen.

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The gold lining becomes visible. • A successful young lady came forward as a 17 year old and testified to help incarcerate the father of a family that shared vacations with her middle class family for years. He abused her starting at 13 years of age. She set an example for all of us. Jenna Quinn stood up, testified, got justice and healing, and now continues as a “Champion for Children” by working with legislatures to pass laws to protect our children. She is a role model for me and I smile when I realize all the children she has saved from abuse by sharing her story. Jenna is a gold lining! Finally, while writing this article, I met an incredible man named Jarrett Stephens who at nineteen years of age reported the sexual abuse that took place between eight and twelve years old by his little league coach, one of the most popular in his small Louisiana town. My concerns on the size of this problem became validated when Jarrett reported that authorities estimated over 200 children were abused, yet only two carried enough strength to stand up and testify. In every single case, the perpetrator shared a relationship with the victim and gained the child’s trust before the abuse began. Make a gold lining on the storm clouds by taking off our blinders. Accept my challenge and join us as “Champions for Children” and shout out: “America, we have a problem!” You can become a Champion by supporting you’re the Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County. If you are aware of abuse, or if you suspect abuse is taking place, please contact your local police department to call the abuse hotline at 1-800-252-5400.

Matt Schirle lives in Southlake, Texas and is an executive with over 25 years’ experience in the semiconductor industry. He is the Board Chairman of the Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County.

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nly you can determine whether or not your goals or expectations are reasonable. I will offer you some guidance though on some very common mistakes I see people make. If you have not been consistently exercising for a long time, then it is unreasonable to set a goal to exercise every day. Start off with a goal of 2-3 times per week. If you get more, that’s great. If you only get 2 workouts in per week, it is still a major improvement from zero per week! Unless you are extremely overweight, setting a goal for more than 1 pound per week of weight loss is not realistic either. It is possible to lose 1 and even more per week, but not reasonable. You didn’t gain this weight overnight, you’re not going to lose it that way either. Obstacles are going to come and go and you

by Tony Paradis Registered Dietitian

have to roll with the punches as you continue on with weight loss. If you have a history of struggling with weight loss, emotional eating, or feel like “no matter what you try, you can’t lose weight” then it is unrealistic to set a weight loss goal that entails you making these efforts on your own. You’re at the point where you need a coach to help guide you and keep you in the right direction. Just as a struggling businessman should hire a business consultant, the struggling dieter should hire a dietitian. Be realistic. Set realistic expectations. Consider your preferences and personal history before making goals. Tony Paradis - Registered Dietitian - C.I. Cert Pt

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elcome to 2013! Another year is gone and a new one is beginning. Does it seem to anyone that the holidays went too fast? It sure did to us. We had a wonderful year thanks to our loyal friends and customers. We can’t thank you enough!! The New Year will present many challenges for us as I am sure they will for you. There are some things we can control and others we can’t. So here are a couple of ideas to keep you from pulling your hair out. Get organized! If you weren’t last year, now is the time to start. Get your calendar updated, clear up the last of the straggling issues from last year, and get ready to forge ahead. Delegate, Delegate, Delegate! We all think that the only way to get things done right is to do them ourselves. But most of the time we overload ourselves and then things come out half-done or incorrectly done. Use your valuable staff that you hired because you knew


they were competent. If you have no one to delegate to, then use check sheets or spreadsheets to keep on top of things. White boards are a great way to keep the large things in mind (and remember to keep it updated). Schedule! At the end of the week look at your calendar for the next week and see what you have scheduled. If you need to see customers, call them and get the meetings set up so you are not rushing at the last minute. If you know you have a project due or an event to get ready for, put time on your calendar to work on it. And stick to your schedule. And lastly – take some time for yourself. You are no good to anyone if you are totally stressed out and depressed about the mountain of work on your desk. Go to lunch – yes, I know you don’t have time but you will be surprised how much better you will work if you take that break. And try to keep reasonable hours whenever possible. Your family will appreciate it. Keep this article and post it on your wall so that you remember throughout the year to keep yourself on track to being successful. Happy New Year from the staff at TNT Promotions!!!

Business Spotlight - Sta-Tex Roofers

n 1955 Lou Hoefer (pronounced Hayfer) quit his job to build on his American dream and opened Sta-Tex Roofers in Dallas. In the Sixties, he also opened West Davis Lumber Yard, allowing him access to sheet metal and a storage yard. A hard working man and the youngest of six children, he grew up in the German town of La Grange, TX. Lou fell in love with Santa, a strong and beautiful Italian woman from San Antonio. Their sons, Jim and Tom Hoefer were born in Dallas and taught the trade of roofing. High standards and good ethics were the foundation of Sta-Tex Roofers, and to this day Jim and Tom stand behind every printed word and every installation using only the best products. They pride themselves on keeping the grounds around the home clean, not only when the job is complete, but at the end of each work day. Some of the trends they’ve noticed in the roofing industry are shingles made of modified composite ma-

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terial, with a wider selection of shingle design and color. This offers home owners a better selection, which will complement the architectural features and landscaping of their home. They like to give back to many of the various Veterans foundations. When they’re not working, Tom builds competition BBQ pits and Jim is into competitive shotgun sports. They enjoy the fascinating people they’ve met over the years. The one who has impressed them the most is Ross Perot. Following in their father’s footsteps, both Hoefer brothers married strong women, Jim to Susan, and Tom to Janis. They are the team of four who run this second generation, family owned and operated business. Sta-Tex Roofers has offices in Dallas and Lucas, Texas.

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Bare Walls? Tips on selecting the right artwork for your space

Every young woman would like to be like the famous New York fashion model, Ally Duncan, right? What looks like a great lifestyle is far from it. Ally decides to give up her career and packs up her things headed for Texas. She buys a house, a disguised money pit, adjacent to a cattle ranch. Not a good move for a first time home owner. Caleb Strait, confirmed bachelor and owner of the cattle ranch, wants nothing to do with women. To have someone like Ally as a neighbor, sets his temper on edge. Things used to be quiet until she came along.


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The right lighting is always key to showing art at its best. You may want to add a picture light above the painting or direct track lighting to it to so you can enjoy your art work at night and other times of the day when lighting is prohibited. Illuminating your artwork will create a beautiful ambiance and enhance your home for years to come. With all this said, at the end of the day you should purchase art you love and draws you in. Most interior designers, artists or gallery owners prefers you buy artwork that speaks to you and find the place to put it. If you feel strongly about a piece that is certainly the way to go. If you can’t find the perfect spot for it in your home, you may want to make some changes to the room such as moving the furniture or taking down patterned wall paper and even repainting the wall a neutral color. The changes will be worth the effort to enjoy the art you love.

“When the Runway Went South” by Lois Kasznia

Lois Kasznia, author of “When the Runway Went South”, graduated from the University of Illinois with a Masters degree in Music Education, Following graduation, she somehow ended up working with computer software. Becoming bored with software technical writing, she branched out and began to write romance novels, which she finds much more exciting. She lives in the Flower Mound area with her husband and daughter. You can follow Lois on Twitter, @LoisKasznia, and on her blog at Her next book, Play for Me will be released February, 2013, on and Barnes and

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re you staring at bare walls? Or would you just like to enhance your space with original art but don’t know where to start? Here are a few tips on how to select the right art work for your home or office, no matter what your budget. The key to successful art selection is figuring out what kind of art you actually like and determining how it will fit your space. If you change your décor frequently, you may want to buy more cost effective pieces to enrich a theme based around your color selections. If you want to invest in artwork that will stand the test of time, then choose colors that will compliment most design color schemes. If you regularly visit galleries, furniture/home décor stores or museums, you probably already have a good sense of what art appeals to you. If not, there are many opportunities to browse art within your area by visiting local galleries and art fairs. The bolder the art, the more room it needs to breathe. When selecting a painting to compliment the colors in the room, select one or two of the boldest colors in your room. Larger oversize paintings can look stunning if you have a large wall or a spacious area for viewing, whereas groupings or collections of smaller pieces work well in more confined areas. The location of artwork can also be a deciding factor. In a bedroom it’s appropriate for art to be calming or even a bit seductive, but in a dining room you can afford to be bolder and more dramatic. Or if you intend to relax in your living room, you may not want to select art that is too bold or anything that feels like it may over take a room. The purpose of the room where you intend to display your art should influence the tone of the artwork itself.

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e avoid touching the really dirty things like the toilet and garbage can, but what about those nonso-obvious things in the home? They need to be cleaned too especially during the flu season. Here are some of the places we forget to clean but need to: 1. Purse – the bottom of a woman’s purse can be a literal germfest. We set our purses on restroom floors, grocery store carts, and check out counters. Then we plop the purse down on the kitchen table.

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2. Remote Control – when everyone in the house is pushing buttons and no one is wiping it down, cross contamination occurs. 3. Toilet Handle – we disinfect the seat and the bowl, but don’t forget to clean the handle. 4. Lemons – All those coughed and sneezed-on hands at the grocery store have been caressing the lemons you take home. Before you squeeze the lemon over a salad or cooked fish, wash thoroughly. 5. Kitchen sponge – germs and food particles get trapped in the crevices creating a breeding ground for bacteria. Microwave the sponge for 60 seconds to kill germs. Debbie Sardone is The Home Cleaning Expert and President of Buckets & Bows Maid Service.

1 tablespoon(s) olive oil 1 pound(s) ground turkey (93% lean) 1 medium onion, chopped 4 teaspoon(s) chili powder 1 tablespoon(s) ground cumin 1 can(s) (28-ounce) whole tomatoes in juice, chopped 1 can(s) (15- to 19-ounce) white kidney beans (cannellini), rinsed and drained 1/2 cup(s) plain nonfat yogurt

1. In 12-inch skillet, heat oil on medium-high until hot. Add turkey and 1/2 teaspoon salt, and cook 6 to 8 minutes or until turkey loses its pink color throughout, stirring to break it up with side of spoon. Add onion and cook 4 minutes. Stir in chili powder and cumin; cook 1 minute. 2. Add tomatoes with their juice, beans, and 1/2 cup water; heat to boiling on high. Reduce heat to medium and cook, uncovered, 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Ladle chili into serving bowls and top with a dollop of yogur

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Book Review By Mike Fickling


or my most recent Happy Birthday, I was rewarded with a set of three books from my wife, written by local author Commander Mark Bowlin, USN (retired) of Flower Mound, Texas. She heard the author speak at a community event and decided that the books sounded “just exactly like me.” I was certain she had not read the books herself, and carefully formed an educated explanation of exactly what she meant by that – but I didn’t ask. I decided to simply read them and see for myself what I might have in common with these books. The story is presented against the backdrop of World War II, in September 1943. A proud and adventurous group of Texas National Guardsmen participate in the first Allied invasion of Europe. These soldiers of the 36th Division were led by two cousins from South Texas, First Lieutenant Sam Taft and First Lieutenant Perkin Berger, who would become famous for their bravery, courage under fire and ability to adapt and overcome in battle after battle. While Sam and Perkin are not career soldiers, their natural leadership abilities and work ethic serve them well as they face the veteran soldiers of the German army on foreign soil. Motivation for Sam is nothing more than surviving the war and returning to his ranch and his wife, while Perkin is more of a student of history and sees the war as a once-in-a-lifetime


By Commander Mark Bowlin, USN (retired) opportunity for high adventure and an opportunity to have his name forever linked to the tragic and historic events of the war. Perkin earns the title of true Texas war Hero when he single-handedly attacks a German panzer tank by climbing aboard and using an available sledge hammer to blind and disable the guns of the tank, eventually killing the entire crew. Later in the book, it is Sam that has the presence of mind to retrieve the hammer from the battlefield and save it for his cousin, thereby preserving the hero’s accolades. The Texas Gun Club is first and foremost a great story, especially if you are a native Texan. The author does a masterful job telling the story, including the brotherhood of soldiers and the patriotism of being an American. But it is the pride that comes from simply being a Texan that rings the loudest. Commander Bowlin did a wonderful job of combining the historic facts of the war with the fictional account of how the battles were fought, survived, and eventually won. The characters are expertly presented as both larger than life and ideally suited to serve their country in the war, and serve notice to the rest of the world that those boys from Texas were not to be taken lightly. My wife was right – I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I highly recommend The Texas Gun Club. It is a great story told by one of our own. Well done, Sir. The Texas Gun Club and the other books in Commander Bowlin’s series – Victory Road and For God and Country – can be purchased from Amazon, or you can learn more about the author and purchase books at

Flower Mound Summit Club - Men on the Move by Mark Glover

he Summit Club of Flower Mound is Flower Mound’s oldest service club for men. The Summit Club was officially formed in 1974 because of political turmoil that was tearing Flower Mound apart in the early 1970’s. Local elections became so spirited that long term friends had a hard time coming back together for the good of the community. The solution was simple. Form Summit Club and everyone leaves the politics at home. It worked and the Summit Club has operated under this policy ever since. Summit Club is on the move and provides financial support and volunteerism to many local Flower Mound charities. Very recently, Summit Club took a leadership role in delivering a new landmark and legacy for the Town of Flower Mound - Fort Wildflower. Over a dozen Summit Club Members contributed their time to the construction of this kids park at Fort Wildflower, along


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with many community volunteers. Summit Club also contributed financially as a Gold Sponsor. Summit Club holds Flower Mound’s oldest community event as well, the Easter Sunrise Service on the Mound. Summit Club and Women of Flower members started this Sunrise Service in 1971 and have done it yearly ever since. Last year’s service turned out around 1,400 worshipers for this sunrise service. Western Saloon Night is the major fundraiser for Summit Club. This year’s event is March 2 at Circle R Ranch. Proceeds from the casino style event go to support Denton County Friends of the Family. Summit Club meets first Thursdays, 6:30 pm at Salernos. Potential members are welcome. Find out more about Summit Club at

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Keepsake Biographers Dedicated to Preserving Family History by Lori Fickling

Family has always been important to me, and I’ve always loved hearing the stories of my parents, grandparents, and past generations. The funny thing about the stories, however, is that they fade just a little more with each passing year. About six months ago my husband and I had the idea to begin the process of preserving family histories. We are both writers and both have a passion for storytelling and for family history. We spent time talking and realized that while searching ancestry is very popular these days, when you get into that process you really end up with a list of dates and places, but none of those wonderful stories your family has passed on from generation to generation. We’ve also noticed that our friends place a high value on their family history, as the “Baby Boomer” generation is starting to experience the passing of their parents and are left as the only “history” their children know. After weeks of discussion and many more weeks of planning

Everyone has a story to tell… It is a personal and unique story. Relationships, experiences, families, career path and faith combine in a special way to become a biography or legacy….. the story of their life. Let us write your story and publish it in a custom book to leave your legacy to generations.

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Contact Mike Fickling at 972-948-0660 for more information.

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and research, we decided to start a company called Keepsake Biographers. Keepsake Biographers’ mission is to collect, preserve and publish family histories by conducting interviews and writing personal biographies of a family member or members. The idea is to turn those long-treasured stories into a family keepsake by giving the customer a hard bound book – complete with photos, maps, or anything the family wants to include. In addition, we will provide the family with their own family web site where the family history will be published in electronic version with the capability of regular updating and a family interactive component. While Keepsake Biographers is the culmination of a dream, it is also a business that we are nurturing and growing. Our web site contains a great deal of information about what we do. And you can always find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. Call 972-948-0660 to discuss how Keepsake Biographers can help preserve your family history.

You Know You’re a Texan When… By JaLynn West 1. You know the difference between y’all and all uh y’all. 2. You begin to think seceding from the union is a viable economic solution. 3. You wear the state flag as part of your wardrobe. 4. You know the words to the Cotton Eye Joe and love to line dance. 5. You acquire a hankering for jalapenos 6. You crave Tex Mex in your daily diet. 7. When people ask you where you’re from your first response is “Texas”, then apologetically admit that you were born in another state, concluding with, ”But I got here as soon as I could”. 8. If you’re a woman: You go blond, put on makeup to go to the grocery store and wear your designer cowboy boots with cute skirts. 9. If you’re a man: A nice jacket, shirt, expensive belt and boots and pressed jeans are your suit. 10. Even if you’ve given up on the Dallas Cowboys, you still love the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders because they’re so dang hawt! 11. You know how to shoot a gun and enjoy going to the gun range. 12. Going to the gun shows is a family outing. 13. You can tell a tall tale with the best of them. 14. You appreciate the independent and entrepreneurial spirit of our residents and appreciate the opportunities here despite the downturn in the US economy.


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uring the first week of 2013 I found myself in New Mexico, the state where I lived the first 18 or so years of my life before taking off for college. As much as I loved visiting my parents, sister, and extended family, my mind continued to drift back to Texas and our town. I thought about the times I’ve envied my friends whose parents and siblings live nearby. They have not only consistent plans for holidays, but also steadfast ties that ensure there’s always someone at their side during a hospital stay, dance recital, or concert. Quickly, before I started feeling sorry for myself for having no close blood relation within several hundred miles, I inventoried all of the beautiful people close by who have, in fact, formed My Family here: • Older, wiser women who have shared amazing life lessons are my “aunts.”

by Shannon Serwin • Fellow moms of teenagers who offer their shoulders to lean on (and tissues for the tears) are my “sisters” for sure. • Goofy, teasing, guy-friends who are the silly “older brothers” I always wish I’d had. • Kind, soft-spoken gentlemen at church who give the side-hugs that could only come from “uncles.” • My best friend and confidant (a.k.a. Husband). • My dear friend from college who has never missed a Starbuck’s date since graduation (I’m pretty sure we shared the same womb). This is the group that helps me confidently call our community Home. Our modern culture, a world of blended and adopted families, teaches us that the heart can trump DNA many times over. It’s important, and luckily very feasible, for each of us to have the commonalities that bind us to at least a few other people who are our social and emotional anchors. So as my daughter prepares to leave for college this coming year, I’ll continue to remind her: Make sure you find a group where you can plug in while you’re away from home. Find your Family.

Christmas With Huffines This year the Huffines Auto Group Lewisville shared Christmas with four families from the J.L. Huffines Middle School located in Lewisville Texas. Huffines Chevrolet Lewisville shared with two of the families Wednesday, December 19th giving six bikes and several other gifts for each child. One of the families had five children and the other family had three. On December 20th, the Huffines Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram store in Lewisville shared Christmas with the other two families.

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One of these families had 7 children and the other family had 4 children, all families were headed by single mothers. Mark Hamons, Collision Center Manager was great as Huffines Santa. Santa’s helpers were Steven Ashley from the Chevy store, Louis Osuna,Parts Director from the Dodge store and my right-hand hard working assistant Ms Terry Hamilton, office manager from the Huffines Collision Center.Gifts were also donated by Paxton & Tawny Hurst and Deena Clibbens of the Texas Farm Bureau and Jamie Adams owner of Pro-Tow. Rascal

The Sue Weaver C.A.U.S.E., Consumer Awareness of Unsafe Service Employment, is gearing up for the 4th Annual Dancing for C.A.U.S.E., A Fundraising Gala, March 2, 2013, 7 pm, Texas Motor Speedway. Honorary Chair is Senator Jane Nelson and Actor Scott Michael Foster will Emcee the evening. Guests will enjoy a gourmet dinner, silent auction, wine pull, dance entertainment including local celebrities, and a chance to win a diamond at Bubbles & Baubles sponsored by Fitzgerald’s Jewelry. Tickets, tables, and sponsorships available at More information about The Sue Weaver C.A.U.S.E. or Dancing for C.A.U.S.E., available at or 877-450-5812.

Lewisville Chamber News Mark you calendars for May 10th, 2013 for the 5th Annual Denton County Women Leading Business Conference featuring 3 dynamic speakers, business-to-business networking opportunities, and a day filled with motivational experiences that will catapult your business to the next level! Held at the MCL Grand Theatre, the Women Leading Business conference is the women-centered conference and expo not to miss in Denton County. For more information, including admission costs and sponsorship opportunities please contact Erin Carney at 972.436.9571 or

Mark your calendar for one of the most entertaining fashion shows in our community .The Women of Flower Mound host their annual Spring Fashion Show on March 23rd at Celebrations Grand Ballroom in Highland Village. Proceeds benefit our high school seniors and local charities. For more information about this and other fun events, sponsorship opportunities and scholarship applications visit their website: The Women of Flower Mound is a 501c3. They meet the 2nd Tuesday of the month at Bridlewood Country Club. You DON’T have to be a resident of FM to attend. Come join the fun and meet new friends. You’ll be glad you did!

the Raccoon of “Back 2 School STOP Bullying Tour” was great with the children as well.We gave each child 4 gifts each and all families received a Turkey and groceries for Christmas dinner. Fred Whitfield, Business Relations Manager for the Huffines Auto Group Lewisville reporting and stating, Huffines since 1924 sharing Christmas with the community.

Start the new year out right with a clean house. $20 off your first three cleanings New Customers Only!

Dallas SCORE will co-host workshops with the Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce. Marketing 101 February 20th, 9 - 11:30 am How to Develop a Competitive Advantage 22

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