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want to share a story about an email I received recently from a young freelancer who writes for the same local newspaper as I do. In that email, he frantically apologized for misidentifying a mascot in his high school basketball game story from the previous night – he apparently referred to them as the Panthers instead of the Raiders. No one, not even the copy desk, caught the flub before going to print. So he wasn’t the only one to blame. But he went on and on about how horrible he felt and that he understood if we decided to cut ties with him. When I read his email, I couldn’t help but laugh – not at him, but rather the situation. Finding errors in your copy isn’t fun, and I’ve freaked out plenty of times during my 20-year career over mistakes I’ve made. To me, it’s as if I let the entire world down. I still go pretty hard on myself. That’s the way this poor kid was reacting. He was correct that the mistake shouldn’t have happened, but he legitimately thought we’d stop using him because of one mistake that we ultimately were able to fix in our online edition of the story. This was my chance to tell him everything would be OK and offer encouragement.
Below is an excerpt from my response to him: I know you are beside yourself with frustration given your mistake last night, but the fact you noticed it, took ownership, and then sent an email to us apologizing shows you truly care about your craft. ... At the end of the day, the mistake is what it is, and it’s unfortunate. Just try not to make the same mistake again. And above all, don’t lose any sleep. In many ways, I acted like I was writing to my younger self. I’ve had plenty of mentors give me similar advice, and I know I’m a better storyteller now than I was even a year ago. Still, you can never hear too much encouragement. This gentleman needed to hear a little more than usual. I just hope my words helped him regain some of his confidence. We hope you enjoy reading this month’s magazine. If you’ve got a story you’d like to see, send me an email. I’m also the owner of Edit This®, check out my article in this magazine (find it on the right hand side).
Sincerely, Steve Gamel
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The Recent News Feed Changes &
HOW THEY AFFECT
YOUR BUSINESS by Steve Gamel
acebook is doing an overhaul of its news feed algorithm to again make changes to what we see and
interact with on the popular social media site. While this is nothing new to any of
us – how many updates have there been over the years? – the latest change will reportedly affect businesses the most.
Facebook president Mark Zuckerberg
said his goal with the latest change is to prioritize posts from friends and family
who we are likely to have “meaningful”
conversations with and de-prioritize posts from public content – including the many
small-business pages you willingly follow but don’t interact with as much.
In other words, more posts from friends and family and a lot less from everything else.
So why is this happening? Zuckerberg said much of the original intentions of
Facebook had been lost with the addition of “extra stuff” to everyone’s news feeds. For example, you may see two or three posts from Uncle Bob in Michigan and fake news sites, quizzes to see which
Brady Bunch character you most closely
identify with, mindless videos, and pages you follow.
Zuckerberg said Facebook received
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your mom in Houston, and 10 posts from
are bogged down. Zuckerberg said it’s putting people in a bad mood, and he
would rather prioritize posts that spark meaningful engagement.
Join more Facebook groups Facebook groups are extremely popular, and there are many out there that are specifically catered toward business
Where this can hurt small businesses
owners. Take advantage and increase
relationships with their clients – many of
Diversify your social media presence
who are merely trying to foster organic those clients are family, by the way – is
that there will be fewer opportunities to advertise or share blogs, updates, and upcoming specials.
Hopefully, you are using more social
media sites to engage with clients than
just Facebook. If not, look into sites like LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Google
While this won’t affect every business,
Plus, etc. Another way to increase your
engagement moving forward:
Ask your audience
Create meaningful content
Have you considered asking your
here are a few tips to improve your
The goal is always to engage your
audience. Live videos, photos, and
content that is value-added and written for relationship driving rather than a boring sales pitch will drive more likes, shares, and comments.
Tell your clients about the
audience and reach.
followers what content they’d like to see more? Listen to what matters more to them and fulfill those needs.
Change your post frequency Try to avoid multiple posts in a day. Think about how many times you post and exactly what you want to post.
“see first” option
Even though Facebook is making
On Facebook, Live Video is now a much
changes, those who love the popular site can still choose what they want to see
more. Direct followers to your page and
ask them to select “see first” under news feed settings.
higher priority instead of standard content with blocks of words. Live Video will be shown more in the feed algorithm. Be
sure to post live to get the most out of this strategy.
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PAWS ON THE SQUARE Pawrents! Get ready to bring your pet to an afternoon Paw-ty in Downtown Carrollton.
Paws on the square is a free event that brings people, pets, animal welfare organizations, and pet-friendly companies together to make Carrollton a better place for our pets. This event takes place on Saturday April 7 at 11am. For more information, visit www.cityofcarrollton.com/downtown.
MOONLIGHT & MARTINIS
Come celebrate Discovery Village at Castle Hill’s one year anniversary in style with
heavy appetizers, specialty martinis, and live entertainment! The event will be held on March 22, 2018 from 6:30-8:30pm at Discovery Village at Castle Hills. They will have impersonators performing popular music by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Liza Minnelli and more! You won’t want to miss out on this entertaining evening with the Rat Pack! RSVP today, call 972-810-0200!
CASTLE HILLS SPRING GALA
Castle Hills Spring Gala presents The Great Gatsby with all
Watch your kids have a ball as they gather eggs filled with
proceeds benefiting 1 Pour Life. Tickets include deluxe open
an assortment of candy and prizes. Take your picture with
bar, heavy hors’ d’oeuvres, carving station, photo booth, DJ & dancing. The gala will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 7-10pm at The Lakes at Castle Hills. 10 | LIFE IN CASTLE HILLS | MARCH 2018
Peter and plant a flower to take home and watch bloom. This event takes place on March 29 from 5:30-8pm at the Five Star Complex - 4100 Blair Oaks Dr, The Colony 75056. Admission is $3 per child in advance or $5 per child on event day.
INSIDE EDUCATION SECONDARY SUMMER SCHOOL LISD Summer School is an option for recovery of credit. A student must have previously failed a course in order to enroll in that course during summer school. The LISD Summer School session begins June 8 and ends June 29, 2018. Any questions should be made through the student’s home campus counselor or assistant principal. Transportation is available for a fee, but breakfast/lunch are free of charge for all students.
Prom will be held on April 21 from 8pm-12am at Andrew Ormsby
Catering at Cityplace Events and the theme is A View From Above.
Boys Soccer vs Carrollton Smith (district) JV and Varsity March 20, 2018 5:30pm and 7:15pm at Polk Middle School
Ticket prices depend on date of purchase ($70-$85). Food and beverages included. Event Security and The Colony Police Officers will be on site during the entire event. Dress code policy and event information can be found on tchs.lisd.net.
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LATIN COMPETITION WINNERS
The Hebron Academic Decathlon Team
Hebron Latin students earned 49 awards
The team even broke several school records!
students advanced to State. State Qualifiers:
competed in the STATE meet in San Antonio. Hebron won 4 individual medals including a Silver in Math and a Silver in Social Science thanks to Brendan Glascock, a bronze in
Literature courtesy of Jordan Springer, and
a GOLD in Literature from Debbie Kim. They had the highest ever team score in school history and the students broke the school record in their respective divisions.
Girls Soccer vs Newman Smith (Sr. Night) JV and Varsity Girls 5:30pm and 7:00pm at The Colony High School March 20, 2018
TCHS 2018 PROM
photo courtesy www.lisd.net/hhs
at thee TSJCL Area competition, and 23 Abigail Rieger, Alisha Patel, Grace Lee,
Hannah Mobley, Rocio Montiel, Vincent
Nguyen, Nathan Wise, Victor Doan, Chance
Hoang, Sarina Attri, Jospehine Lee, Magnolia Luu, Celeste Karraker, Aisha Aslam, Maddie
Freeman, Annable Wei, Huy Tran, David Cho, Hannah Rosenberg, Braden Ireland, Brittany Fang, Dinh Nguyen, Raegan Whiteley
EVENTS Varsity Baseball vs Byron Nelson March 13, 7pm - 9pm at Byron Nelson (Trophy Club, TX) Varsity Softball vs Flower Mound March 13, 7pm - 9pm at Flower Mound
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EASTER Creekwood Christian Church 2660 Forest Vista, Flower Mound www.creekwood.org April 1 Easter Services
First Baptist Carrollton 2400 N. Josey Ln., Carrollton www.fbcc.org April 1 at 10 am
8101 Justin Rd, Double Oak www.crossroadsbible.org April 1 Easter Services 9 am, 10:45 am
on the Mound The Flower Mound - NE of 2499 & 3040, Next to Tom Thumb
9 am, 11am
Crossroads Bible Church
Flower Mound Easter Sunrise Service
April 1 at 6:30am
First Baptist Church of Argyle 414 Why 377 N., Argyle www.fbcargyle.org April 1 Easter Worship 10:45 am
Freedom Church 2435 E. Hebron Pkwy, Carrollton www.findfreedom.church
Good Friday Communion Service: March 30 at 7 pm
Life to Life Easter Service: March 31 at 5 pm
Sunrise Service: April 1 at 7:30 am, Life to Life Easter Service at 6 pm
Faith Lutheran Church 6000 Morris Road, Flower Mound www.faithchangeseverything.com March 30 Good Friday Service 7 pm April 1 Easter Services 9 am, 10:45 am
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First Methodist 2201 E Hebron Pkwy, Carrollton www.firstchurch.net April 1 Easter Worship at 9am & 10:30am
Holy Covenant United Methodist 1901 E. Peters Colony, Carrollton www.hcumc.org
Sunrise Service: April 1 at 6:30 am, 8:30 am & 11 am
by Steve Gamel
Lamb of God Lutheran Church
St. Nicholas Episcopal Church
1401 Cross Timbers Rd, Flower Mound
4700 Wichita Trail, Flower Mound
www.log.org March 30 Good Friday Service 7:15 pm
April 1 Easter Services 8:30 am, 11 am
April 1 Easter Services
Valley Creek Church 5800 Long Prairie Rd, Flower Mound www.valleycreek.org/flower-mound
March 29 at 6:45 pm March 30 at 6:45 pm
Saturday, March 31 at 4 pm & 5:45 pm
6:30 am, 8 am, 10:30 am
Sunday, April 1 at 9 am, 10:45 am & 12:30 pm
St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church St. Mark Catholic Church
1897 W. Main St., Lewisville
6500 Crawford Rd, Argyle
www.stmarkdenton.org April 1 Easter Services 7 am, 9 am, 1:30 PM (Spanish)
March 30 Good Friday Service 3 pm March 30 Good Friday Stations on the Land 7 Ppm April 1 Easter Services 7:15 am, 10 am (on new property 1171 Flower Mound Rd) April 1 Easter Services 9:30 am, 11:30 am (at the Lewisville church)
The Village Church 2101 Justin Rd, Flower Mound www.thevillagechurch.net/flower-mound March 30 Good Friday Services 5:30 pm, 7:30 pm
March 31 Easter Services 5 pm, 7:15 pm
April 1 Easter Services 7 am, 9 am, 11:15 am
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Ask The Expert: Counseling
TOP 10 REASONS Why You Need A Life Coach
ife isn’t always the easiest, and sometimes we just need someone to talk to. Sure, friends and family
are great to chat with, but not always the
perfect listening ear. Do you want to hear the same song and dance over and over again from your spouse, mom, or Aunt
Mildred? When you need guidance, think about reaching out to an expert. It is just
like when your car breaks don’t work, you
call a mechanic. Consider the following to start a conversation with a coach.
1. A life coach can help you with being more efficient with your time by
evaluating your present situation and keep you focused toward your goals. 2. A life coach can help you with
maximizing your accomplishments. Get assistance and guidance from your life coach and achieve your
dreams without any anxiety or doubt. 3. A life coach can help you overcome your obstacles. Feel motivated to
stay focused on your desired goals
by helping you eliminate them with a step-by-step plan.
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4. A life coach can help you become more accountable in order to
overcome your fears and take more
responsibility for your own personal and professional growth.
5. A life coach can help you have a
balanced lifestyle. Often we find it
hard to balance work, health, home, family, and personal pursuits. A life coach can help you recognize the
and stress. Your day and your task at hand will become clearer.
9. A life coach can boost your
confidence so you can focus on
building your own successful reality by improving your self-esteem.
Doubt and negative self-talk will no longer be part of your day.
10. A life coach can help you have peace
important aspects of your life and
of mind in order for you to create
will feel positive and satisfied.
Leave your coach feeling refreshed
help you flourish in these areas. You 6. A life coach can promote growth.
positive feelings and strategies. and revived.
Seek the guidance of a coach to
Contact Life Works for a free 20-minute
a stereotyped life and bring new
with a Coach” to start the conversation.
remove the complacency of leading
session during March and April for “Coffee
changes to achieve new levels of
Limited space is available.
success and happiness.
7. A life coach can help you with
support during tough times and
assist with navigating through life’s difficult situations.
8. A life coach can help you eliminate anxiety by helping you untangle
yourself from the cobwebs of anxiety
If you would like help, we encourage
you to start the conversation. Live well. Let us help.
by Stephenie Patrick, CPC Lifeworks
6 EFFECTIVE WAYS To Build Your Child’s
Reading : Ask The Expert
READING WRITING and
ummertime is coming up fast. For our children, that means more time to play, go on a family vacation or to summer camp, schedule a few sleepovers at a friend’s house, or just sit around and play the latest video game.
The great folks at The Reading Ranch®
want you and your family to squeeze every ounce of fun and excitement out of this
summer. After all, that’s what it’s for – and it only lasts for so long. But as good-
emotional impact on your child can lead to bad behavior and lack of confidence. So, what can be done to curb summer reading loss?
intentioned parents, we need to make
As parents, the responsibility falls on us.
time for your child to read and write.
year-round to ensure our children don’t
Believe it or not, summer is a critical time
to keep your child on track during the
sure that itinerary includes some quality
when students either leap ahead or fall behind when it comes to their reading and writing skills. Without continuing education, they regress and end up
walking into the next school year lacking the proper skills to keep up in class. We
want our kids to succeed, but we’re often pulled in so many directions during the summer that we blink one day in late
July and realize little Johnny hasn’t read anything of substance since May.
Statistics show students generally lose
about two months of reading enrichment if they are not actively reading or writing during the summer. Over time, that
summer learning slide can add up to the equivalent of three years of reading loss by the end of the fifth grade. And the
We need to support reading development fall behind. Here are 6 effective ways summer.
1. Place a value on literacy in the
home when the children are away from school
2. Make sure quality reading materials are available, and schedule reading time
3. www.readingranch.com/bedtimestories/” Read to your children at bedtime
4. Send the message to your
children that reading and writing
At The Reading Ranch, we offer multiple summer reading and writing enrichment programs specifically designed to fill the gap between the summer and the next school year. Our program is for kids in Pre-K through fourth grade and is phonetically based on reading, writing, and spelling. This summer, we are getting away from afternoon-only programs to offer both morning and afternoon sessions. This will allow us to provide better quality, a structured setting, and individualized attention. The bottom line is the Reading Ranch is here to help you. We want little Johnny walking in confidently to the next school year. After all, life is good when you’re reading well – and it’s a fun summer activity, too! To schedule a free sample class & assessment at our new Castle Hills location: Castlehills@readingranch.com 972.428.8040
is fun – not a chore
5. Create a positive climate for reading 6. Enroll your child in a summer reading program
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INDEPENDENT Non-Sectarian, Experiential by Steve Gamel
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eborah Hof is a self-professed Californian who isn’t afraid to try something new. That mindset
children. Hof didn’t mince words when
A senior foreign exchange student from
love for Selwyn to be an option for Castle
the Selwyn School after struggling at a
she said the school is growing, and she’d
was put to the test in 2016 when she
Hills residents. The Selwyn School is the
interviewed for the Head of School
only independent school north of Dallas,
position at the Selwyn School.
and their enrollment includes kids who
live everywhere from Argyle and Flower
“It’s a funny story because when I got
Mound to Sanger, Denton, and Pilot
hired, it sort of went like this, ‘Hi, we’re
Point. They are a member of the National
looking for a Head of School that can
Association of Independent Schools. They
turn things around, but, [as she was
warned] there’s a 30 percent chance you’ll
are also a non-profit institution run by a
South Korea recently transferred to
much larger school where individualized attention was not an option. He is now
flourishing. He has a stronger command of the English language, he’s making friends, and Hof said he would attend UNT in the fall to study business.
“There is a serious academic situation
private board of trustees.
going on here; we have a 100 percent
will fail. Basically, we need to move an
But the biggest difference with the Selwyn
our mission statement, it doesn’t even
a laugh as she recalled the interview. “My
leaders of tomorrow. They value parental
succeed and a 70 percent chance you
entire school and grow it,’” Hof said with
School is its commitment to building
answer was, ‘I can do this job,’ because
input and focus on quality teacher-to-
you could feel the passion in the room. Selwyn was a school community with a can-
– the Selwyn School
Each classroom is limited
drama, physical education, music, and Spanish,
she walked into a
for more personal education.
All students study art,
that was loved and had a
Hof admits that while
student relationships that allow
and because they are not tied to standardized tests, the
moved from the north
side of Denton on March
school has flexibility
curriculum spans Pre-K through high school. All students study
art, drama, physical
education, music, and
Spanish, and because
with their studies.
20, 2017, to a 15,000 square-
to 12 students, and their
they are not tied to
standardized tests, the
foot facility off Copper Canyon
school has flexibility with their studies.
Road in Argyle over Spring Break – the
For example, the eighth graders are
and by the way, she and the school defied
to younger classes. The school has one
experience was worth every minute. Oh, the odds and succeeded.
routinely asked to spend time reading junior student who has aspirations of being a meteorologist, so, when the
photography by Guy T Photography
“We’ve been driving this bus 100 miles
time is appropriate, he is encouraged
an hour ever since,” Hof said. “I’ve been
working with independent day schools for 40 years. I figured, if I can help this school make a move and it is successful, then I am doing my job.”
to be a teacher’s aid in the lower school science classroom when they are
this month and continues to be a popular
said. “We are putting out kids who are going to change the world. They have
heart, empathy, good sense. That’s the big picture for me – that these kids leave here and are going to make a difference. They
learn what it means to be a member of the world community.”
Jessica Brown, the Director of Admissions for the school, agreed wholeheartedly.
“These kids are well-rounded when they leave here,” said Brown, whose own
children attend Selwyn. “We are having our International Night on April 7, and it’s a chance for all the grade levels to
research and get to know other countries. There are children here who come from many diverse backgrounds, and they
are all growing up together. That’s very
important in our eyes. We want to work with families who are looking for a forever school.”
“If you were to spend a day in this
Through the Perspectives Program, all
a reason to choose another school,” Hof
for independent studies locally, nationally,
school, celebrates its 60th anniversary
mention the college admissions,” Hof
studying the weather.
students have a chance to go off campus
The Selwyn School, originally a boarding
college acceptance rate. But if you read
building, I’m confident there wouldn’t be said. “We just want to let people know we are here and that there is another option out there. Our hope is that when they
option for parents all over the Metroplex
The smaller class setup has become a
meet us, and they see how these students
balanced educational curriculum for their
children want individualized attention.
will be intrigued to learn more.”
who are looking for a non-sectarian and
huge focal point for many parents whose
are engaged in their learning, that they
Anyone interested in taking a tour of the campus or learning about how to enroll can do so by visiting www.selwynschool.org or by calling (940) 382-6771 2270 Copper Canyon Rd. | Argyle, TX 76226 MARCH 2018 | LIFE IN CASTLE HILLS | 17
SIGNING DAY 2018 by Steve Gamel
oth Hebron High School and The Colony had a slew of college
prospects in multiple
moving on to the next level. Some of the more notable signings included
Paul Akere (Columbia), Braden Daniels (Utah),
sports put pen to paper
Carlos Hatcher (Tulane)
during last month’s
Jaren Mitchell (Northern
National Signing Day. Both schools combined
DeMario Montez (Navy).
for an eye-popping 27 signees
Missing from that signing day
during the annual recruitment
(Oregon) and Clayton Tune
representing six sports
list were Verone McKinley
ceremony on Feb. 1, which is
(Houston). McKinley and Tune
the first day college football teams can officially sign 2018 freshmen. Many athletes from around
Denton County, including those
from Hebron and The Colony, made their
commitments well in advance. But this was a chance to make it all official.
signed during the early signing period in December.
Below is the list of signees from
Feb. 1, 2018. This list does not
that he missed his entire senior year due
Thomas Alexander, The Colony, Texas Lutheran
Jones was one of nine football players
Major Brown, The Colony, Itasca Community College
from The Colony to sign, but what was most interesting about the Cougars’
Antonio Delacruz, The Colony, Mary Hardin-Baylor
signing day was the number of sports
represented. Swimmer Emma Garfield
Nick Dill, The Colony, Northwestern Oklahoma State
signed her letter of intent to swim at
Arkansas. She was joined by four soccer
Jay Hurd, The Colony, Texas A&M-Commerce
players, and a volleyball star from the state champion Lady Hawks.
Meanwhile, Hebron had a high-profile
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Jaren Mitchell, Hebron, Northern Colorado DeMario Montez, Hebron, Navy DeAndre Warren, Hebron, West Texas A&M Clark Whitaker, Hebron, Lindenwood GIRLS SOCCER
Loren Sanner, Lynchburg College
players, two baseball players, two softball
David Leonty, Hebron, West Texas A&M
Lauren Campos, The Colony, Richland College
dual-threat quarterback and one of the
Carlos Hatcher, Hebron, Tulane
2018 NATIONAL SIGNING DAY LIST (HEBRON AND THE COLONY)
feel-good stories from signing day given
Braden Daniels, Hebron, Utah
Lori Baugh, The Colony, East Central
November or during the early signing day
by football player Jemel Jones Jr. Jones, who signed with Army, is a dynamic
Paul Akere, Hebron, Columbia
include those athletes who signed in
Of the 27 signees, 19 were from The
Colony. The Cougars’ list was highlighted
Abraham Olguin, The Colony, Texas College
BOYS SOCCER Patrick Caylor, The Colony, Texas A&M-Texarkana BASEBALL Chase Long, The Colony, East Texas Baptist Wesley Peerson, The Colony, Maryville College SOFTBALL Meredith Amrhein, The Colony, University of St. Mary Zariya Stiner, The Colony, Hardin-Simmons
Jemel Jones, Jr., The Colony, Army
Peter Kimani, The Colony, Mary Hardin-Baylor
Emma Garfield, The Colony, Arkansas VOLLEYBALL
Andrew Nelson, The Colony, Mary Hardin-Baylor
Angelee Ng, The Colony, St. Peter’s University
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Ask The Expert: Edit This
Reasons Why I
LOVE Being a Writer W
riting isn’t easy. It’s hard work and can be unnecessarily
frustrating at times. But I love it.
Here’s an example: I’m sitting around
on Tuesday killing time before covering
1. I can write about anything, from anywhere. 2. I am constantly learning something new. 3. It’s a chance to tell someone’s story first. 4. I can use my imagination.
Thanks for reading! Are you a writer, too? What are some of the many reasons you love to write? And as always, if you are a small-business owner who needs help coming up with the right words
a basketball game when I decide to jot
5. I love that moment when inspiration strikes. to communicate effectively with your
It’s supposed to be pressure-free writing,
6. I love the journey to becoming a better writer.
down some thoughts for my next blog.
but 20 minutes later I’m thinking, “Wow, I got nothin’!”
Just like that – yes, I’m about to be super
cheesy – that song Can’t Stop The Feeling by Justin Timberlake starts blaring on the gym speakers. You know the one ...
I got this feelin’ inside my bones. It goes
electric, wavy when I turn it on. All through my city, all through my home. We’re flyin’
7. I can build relationships with total strangers. 8. I can educate (writers, clients, students). 9. I can share stories about my life and family. 10. I am constantly meeting interesting people.
get to be a writer and editor for a living at Edit This®.
There are a million reasons why I love being a writer. For the sake of brevity, here are 20:
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resumes, newsletters, and more. Many business owners don’t have the time to write or double-check their work. In some cases, they freely admit they are mistakes in grammar or an important
14. It’s a chance to refine a rough canvass.
my bones, and it’s incredible to think I
press releases, editing, ghostwriting,
12. Every day is a different writing opportunity.
I don’t know why, but those lyrics
– anything. It really is a feeling deep inside
blogs to content writing for websites,
not good writers. This situation leads to
13. It’s a chance to research and use statistics.
I have when I sit down to write something
anything involving the written word, from
11. I love that words are like puzzle pieces.
up, no ceilin’, when we in our zone.
immediately made me think of the feeling
clients, give me a call. I like to say I handle
15. It’s just me and my computer.
message that doesn’t come across the way they hoped it would. In this day and age, business owners might say they can’t afford to hire a
16. My clients value my ability to write.
professional writer. We say you can’t
17. It’s a chance to bring joy to people’s lives.
afford not to.
18. I have won cool awards along the way. 19. I get to partner with other business owners. 20. The finished product is worth writer’s block.
by Steve Gamel Edit This 469.360.3611 EditThisLLC.com
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HEALTHIER by Diana Risell
used to joke that I worked out so I could eat whatever I wanted. And I realize looking back that that’s exactly what I was doing: working out to offset my terrible eating. For a long time, it worked. I ate what I wanted – sodas, fast food, deli sandwiches, pasta during my vegetarian phase -- in a diet based on cheap convenience. Then working out stopped working around mid-thirties or so, certainly after my kids were born when I had turned 40. I couldn’t work out enough to stop what came with my poor eating habits – weight gain, obese-level body fat, low energy, and sluggishness. Luckily I hadn’t (yet?) experienced what many in my family have struggled with: morbid obesity, diabetes, heart disease. Working out had helped me maintain the body I had for a long time, but it couldn’t save me from what I was eating any longer.
I lost weight, body fat and dress sizes the old-fashioned way with an Excel spreadsheet. It was like managing a large scale project: me getting healthier. The sodas, fast food, simple carb-loaded diet -- how I had eaten for 40-plus years -- had to go. My nutrition required a complete overhaul from what I ate to when, where, how, and why I ate. I learned that getting healthier was no different than anything else I wanted in my life. I had to work hard, read and get educated, invest time and money, and connect with like-minded people (you are the 5 people you spend the most time with!). I also had to stop saying “I know” (I didn’t!) and I had to apply a new set of rules for eating which helped me build healthier habits over time. These are my six rules for eating healthier. I love that they aren’t complicated to execute, are largely visual, and easy to know if you nailed them or not. Of course, 22 | LIFE IN CASTLE HILLS | MARCH 2018
they aren’t easy; change is hard! But these six rules to eat by are a great place to start and to live by. 1. Eat in color. Shades of brown or
grey are for home décor. Your plate should be a rainbow. Color equals nutrition so long as it’s natural color. Most of your shopping budget and time should be spent in the produce section loading up on color.
2. Vegetables at every meal.
Carbohydrates get a bad rap, but your body can’t function without carbs, and veggies should be your primary daily source. The six to eight recommended servings of vegetables per day is hard to meet if you’re only eating them at dinner. Veggie omelets or salads for breakfast, chopped vegetables as snacks, and two vegetables at dinner will build a more plant-based diet that is essential for all of us.
3. Eat breakfast. I never ate breakfast.
5. Track. You’re likely not even aware
Some days my first meal came at
of your eating habits. You just “eat”
11:00 am or 1:00 pm when I hurried
like you’ve always done. Keep a log
to the office cafeteria. What a terrible
of everything you eat and drink,
message to send to my body: I might not feed you today! A great breakfast is protein-rich (and remember the veggies): hard boiled eggs, plain Greek yogurt, real protein shakes with veggies and low sugar, and last night’s dinner make breakfast easier. It is the most important meal of the day. 4. Drink at least half of your body weight in ounces of water. Sixty percent of your body is water. Don’t hydrate and you’re just recycling the water you are already holding. Yuck! Start with at least 64 ounces of water every day and work up to your target. If you weigh 150 pounds, then 75 ounces is your goal. Don’t drink your calories. Drink water.
including when, where, why, and how for a few weeks. Look for patterns: Are you always grazing at 3:00 pm? That’s something to work with! And you might just stop yourself from eating the donut if you have to write it down. 6. Challenge. What can you do for 30 days? Can you go without alcohol,
Nutrition Coach & Certified Health Coach 469.601.2824
soda, bread, added sugar? Pick one. It doesn’t have to be about deprivation (although that list does tend to yield noticeable results). Can you eat breakfast, drink enough water, and have veggies at every meal for 30 days? This is how you build new habits.
I also had to stop saying “I know” (I didn’t!) and I had to apply a new set of rules for eating which helped me build healthier habits over time.
Here’s to your best health! MARCH 2018 | LIFE IN CASTLE HILLS | 23
Don’t Be a Victim this Tax Season by Steve Gamel
ood, honest taxpayers all over the world, including many unsuspecting residents right here
in Lantana, lose millions of dollars every year to illegal tax scams. Some scams
are very easy to spot while others are so
highly sophisticated that even the savviest person falls for them hook, line, and sinker.
Since we are in the throes of tax season,
here are a few scams that prey on our fear of getting in trouble with the IRS. Be on high alert if you or a loved one are targeted by any of
• Phony tax preparers passing themselves off as legitimate businesses • Someone promises free money in the form of inflated refunds • Refund money shows up as a deposit in your bank account before you’ve even filed your return • The last scam on this list is perhaps the most interesting of them all. It’s also one of the more recent ways crooks are scamming us out of our money. According to several media outlets and the IRS, crooks are finding
inventive ways to steal your data from legitimate
• Someone claiming to be an IRS agent
including your bank
account number if
According to the IRS website, the number of potential taxpayer victims from this particular scam jumped from a few
hundred to several thousand in a matter of a few days. Making things worse is
that many taxpayers who receive these
erroneous deposits end up spending the money or not following the proper steps to return the money directly to the IRS.
The IRS wants everyone to know a good rule of thumb: when in doubt, assume
it’s a scam. This is especially true if you’ve
always filed your returns on time and have never been in trouble with the IRS before. A few more things to keep in mind – straight from the mouth of the IRS. • The IRS will never call you • The IRS will never send you a text message
direct deposit for a
• The IRS will never send you an email
• A third party calls
refund. The scammer
• The IRS will never reach out through
gives the IRS your
claiming the IRS has issued a warrant for your arrest
• Someone claiming to be the IRS calls
asking for credit card, bank account, or social security information
• Phishing scams through email or phony website links
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information in the form of a fake return, then scares you with a phone call saying that you were a victim of tax fraud and to return the money. Of course, when you return the money, you are actually giving it directly to the crooks.
• The IRS will never ask you to divulge personal information (social security number, bank accounts)
The IRS has an entire page on its website dedicated to tax scams and consumer
alerts. Visit www.irs.gov/newsroom/taxscams-consumer-alerts to learn more.
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Ask The Expert: Gardening
Get Your Lawn in
Spring Shape R
eady or not, with the Bradford pear
simple but the consistency is KEY. Do this
place. If not, get on it or call a professional
trees starting to turn and dogwoods
and you will see results.
before you walk outside, notice everything
in full bloom, spring is definitely upon us. We’re focusing this article on information that should be helpful in the preparations of your own lawn/landscape. Such a mild winter could have you looking at a lawn full of weeds about now. If so, and you’re not ready to call the chemical company just yet, then let’s get to work! For some immediate results find a point and spray post-
If things weren’t cleaned up in late fall, then get it all cut back, reshaped and ready for that spring growth. If you haven’t taken the time to remove the old mulch before adding new for the last couple
“It’s simple but the consistency is KEY.”
emergent (add some color so you can track what you’ve covered as you go). Your first pre-emergent should have been down a few weeks ago. If not, don’t waste time back-tracking, stick with the spray treatments (most retail sprays are going to be recommended on a bi-weekly basis) and consistent bagged
growing seasons, then do so this year. Make sure you cultivate the bed soil and add fertilizer while it’s exposed. Our soil can get hard over the course of a year. Turning it over and
allowing the oxygen/ nutrients to really penetrate is always a good idea. Consider your plant needs, sun exposure and soil conditions when choosing a mulch. Color typically dictates what direction people go, but there are so many other benefits
without damage. We consider ourselves to be “small” local business, only servicing a few hundred lawns a week and having done so for the past 6+ years. In that time, the number of unlicensed, illegal and uninsured maintenance workers has at least tripled. We encourage everyone this year, especially in our competitive markets, to try and see past the benefit of the immediate cheap price and look into the future of our communities. There are hundreds of knowledgeable, tax paying local businesses that do great work, while also giving back and investing in our communities. Please consider supporting those who support our community.
to consider than just aesthetics.
mowings. As the grass starts to turn, train
We could write 10 pages on spring
it to a conservative watering schedule,
landscape prep. If you’re a do-it-yourselfer
consistent chemicals, and mowing. It’s
then you’ve probably already got a plan in
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is overgrown, and it’s too late to cut it back
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BEING SICK? by Steve Gamel
o one has time to be sick, right? Not only is being laid up in bed with the cold or flu a total bummer, but we’ve all got busy lives – kids need to get to school on time, that to-do list at work is getting longer, we’ve got an important meeting. So we keep pushing through, ignoring the early warning signs, until our body forces us to stop.
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The flu season alone peaks between December and February, but can last as late as May. At the same time, there are a variety of other illnesses that can bog us down, from the common cold to respiratory infections, ear infections, and stomach bugs. So here we are lying in bed with two hoodies on, the blankets pulled up just below our eyes, and we’re watching re-runs of Dr. Phil. Whatever this is – the cold, the flu, or something else – just won’t go away. So how do we get to feeling better? There are plenty of well-known remedies, including getting the flu shot, being religious about washing your hands, taking medicine, eating better, and getting more than enough rest to recharge those batteries. Here are a few more options that might get you back on your feet even faster:
USE A HUMIDIFIER
GARGLE WITH SALT WATER
SALINE OR WARM WATER WASH
Humidifiers put moisture back into the air, significantly reducing the ability of airborne viruses to cause flu infections. Using a humidifier while you sleep – whether you are sick or not – has a myriad of benefits including improved sleep, faster healing, and decreased sinus issues.
Getting a large glass from the kitchen and gargling with salt water provides instant relief for a sore throat, sometimes faster than over-the-counter medicines or throat lozenges. It also has preventative benefits, so try it before you get sick or when you experience early warning signs.
This may seem like an unpleasant experience, but using saline, a Neti Pot, or simply filling your hands with warm water every morning and inhaling the water, clears your nose and nasal cavities. This can help with general colds, allergies, and sinus infections. Give it a try.
TAKE CARE OF YOUR GUT
USE APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
DETOX BATH AND HOT SHOWERS
If you want to be healthier next winter, start eating more foods that support a healthy gut. A healthy gut makes it difficult for bacteria that cause colds, the flu, and other viruses to gain traction and wreak havoc on your life. You can do this through probiotics/shopping or healthier foods.
We’ve mentioned several natural remedies. Apple cider vinegar in water helps kill bacteria in the body. You can get the similar benefits from coconut oil, garlic, fermented cod liver oil, a spoonful of honey, and elderberry syrup.
Try detox baths with a few dashes of Epsom salt even when you aren’t sick, as it is known to draw out toxins while easing stress, improving sleep and concentration, and reducing muscle inflammation.
PUT VICKS VAPORUB ON YOUR FEET, CHEST, AND NOSE Vicks VapoRub has been around forever, and everyone knows its benefits as a decongestant for your chest and throat as well as being a remedy for headaches and achy muscles. But have you tried rubbing it on your feet and covering them with warm socks? Do this before bedtime, especially if you have a nagging cough. MARCH 2018 | LIFE IN CASTLE HILLS | 29
he Colony High School is chock full of amazingly talented athletes in every sport. And swimmer Emma
Garfield is clearly making a strong case to be at the top of that list.
The senior and swimming phenom held
off a Lakeside Aquatic Club teammate to win a gold medal in the breaststroke at
the Class 5A swimming championship on
Feb. 17 at the Jamail Texas Swim Center at the University of Texas in Austin. Garfield finished with a time of 1:01.74 and set a
by Steve Gamel She didn’t compete at state as a sophomore, but that was only because she chose to try and qualify for the Olympic team. According to a Star Local Media article last year,
Garfield set school records
in the 100 free, 200 free, 500
free, 200 IM, 100 backstroke, and 100 breaststroke as a junior.
She was one of 19 athletes
Garfield’s time barely edged the second-
national letter of intent on
School sophomore Jadyn Jannasch.
Garfield’s times are already good enough to possibly land her several SEC Championships when her college career begins. Last year, for example, it took 1:02.68 to score the C final in the 100 breaststroke and a 2:14.28 in the 200 breaststroke. Mary Soderberg, the Razorbacks’ top 200
new Class 5A record in the process.
place time of 1:02.71 set by Frisco High
According to Swimswam.com,
from The Colony to sign a Feb. 1. She was the only
swimmer to sign from the
breaststroker, graduated last year, per Swimswam.com, adding an even bigger need for Garfield to hit the pool fast in 2018.
“[The record] was on
and it’s really fun to get
interview with the Dallas
signing class, “I am extremely
Last year, we signed the best
my mind before I swam,
that,” Garfield said in an
The gold medal highlighted an
impressive weekend for Garfield, who also won
a silver medal in the 200 individual medley with
a time of 2:02.95. It also
caps a stellar high school career. Garfield, an Arkansas signee, also finished first in the breaststroke and second in the 200 medley as a junior. As a freshman, she finished second at state.
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the annual ceremony,
Arkansas swimming and diving head coach Neil Harper said on the Arkansas website of his 2018 happy with our recruiting class. diving class in the country. This year, we have signed swimmers
that will contend at the SEC and
team created great chemistry and
softball, volleyball, and soccer. Garfield was one of 10 swimming signees for Arkansas and the only one from Texas.
NCAA Championships. This year’s a culture that our recruits fell in love with. It is an exciting time to be a Razorback, as we continue to work on becoming the most improved team in the country.”
Published on Mar 14, 2018