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Publisher & Editor Scott & Kelly Murray

Administration Managing Editor Jana Melton Sub-Editor Bobbi Byrne

Writer & Editor Steve Gamel


Kelly Murray


Art Director Liz Wallace Graphic Designers Caroline Brock Stephanie Hansen Savannah Halfmann


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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

This was my chance to tell him everything would be OK and offer encouragement. Below is an excerpt from my response to him:

a mascot in his high school basketball

I know you are beside yourself with frustration

he apparently referred to them as the

noticed it, took ownership, and then sent an

game story from the previous night –

given your mistake last night, but the fact you

Panthers instead of the Raiders.

email to us apologizing shows you truly care

No one, not even the copy desk, caught

mistake is what it is, and it’s unfortunate. Just

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.

about your craft. ... At the end of the day, the 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

Finding errors in your copy isn’t fun, and

hear too much encouragement. This

20-year career over mistakes I’ve made. To

than usual.

I’ve freaked out plenty of times during my

gentleman needed to hear a little more

me, it’s as if I let the entire world down. I

I just hope my words helped him regain

still go pretty hard on myself.

some of his confidence.

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.

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).

necessarily reflect the opinion of the

publisher. Lantana Living is not responsible for omissions or information that has

been misrepresented to the magazine.

Advertisers and its agencies assume all liability for advertising content. No part of this publication may be reproduced

or transmitted without the permission in writing from the publisher.

© 2018 Murray Media Group

Sincerely Steve Gamel

Writer for Argyle Living, Lantana Living, Life in Castle Hills and Lake Cities Living 972.899.3637 Ex. 101 6 | LANTANA LIVING

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CONTENTS THIS MONTH: We’re focusing on health. Learn from your local experts what you can do to be happier with your health. Look for the icon.

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On the Cover: Dr. Bradley Axline owner of The Wellness Center for Women & Men

FEATURED: In A Busy World Let Us Take The Stress Of Aging Away ASK THE EXPERTS


20 Fitness with Jesse James Fit

08 Facebook News Feed Changes Affect Businesses

22 Dentistry with Dr. Matt 28 Edit This with Steve Gamel

10 Inside Community

34 Gardening with Complete Solutions

11 Inside Education


Counseling with Acorn Services

52 Makeover with Cloud 9 Salon 58 College Prep with Vanguard College Prep

PHOTOS FROM LANTANA 35 You Submit We Print

12 20 Questions with Guyer Soccer Coach


38 Glenn Garcelon Foundation Golf Tournament 42 Local Easter Services 46 Divine Finds for a Divine Cause 47 Cough and Cold Medications 49 The Euphoria of Suburbia 54 Sick of Being Sick?

14 4th Annual Boots & Blessings Gala

60 Scam Alert!

18 6 Rules for Eating Healthier

62 Local Residents for DISD Board

24 Guyer Signing Day 26

Prepared for Divorce or Death?

30 Argyle Mom Launches Non-Profit

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHTS 16 Buckets and Bows 40 Primrose School of Lantana MARCH 2018 | LANTANA LIVING | 7


Create meaningful content

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

Brady Bunch character you most closely identify with, mindless videos, and

complaints from


users whose

president Mark

news feeds are

Zuckerberg said

bogged down.

his goal with the

Zuckerberg said it’s putting people in a bad mood, and he would rather prioritize posts that spark meaningful engagement. Where this can hurt small businesses who are merely trying to foster organic relationships with their clients – many of those clients are family, by the way – is

everything else.

advertise or share blogs, updates, and

that there will be fewer opportunities to upcoming specials.

said much of the original intentions of

While this won’t affect every business,

of “extra stuff” to everyone’s news feeds.

engagement moving forward:

Facebook had been lost with the addition


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choose what they want to see more. Direct followers to your page and ask them to

select “see first” under news feed settings.

here are a few tips to improve your

your audience.

Diversify your social media presence 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

Plus, etc. Another way to increase your audience and reach. Ask your audience Have you considered asking your

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. Live Video On Facebook, Live Video is now a much

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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In other words, more posts from friends

So why is this happening? Zuckerberg

those who love the popular site can still

owners. Take advantage and increase


and family and a lot less from

Even though Facebook is making changes,

fake news sites, quizzes to see which

the most.

but don’t interact with as much.

“see first” option

specifically catered toward business

said Facebook

small-business pages you willingly follow

Tell your clients about the

your mom in Houston, and 10 posts from


from public content – including the many

and comments.

and there are many out there that are


conversations with and de-prioritize posts

sales pitch will drive more likes, shares,

Facebook groups are extremely popular,

reportedly affect

are likely to have “meaningful”

relationship driving rather than a boring

posts from Uncle Bob in Michigan and

pages you follow.

friends and family who we

content that is value-added and written for

For example, you may see two or three

latest change will

prioritize posts from

audience. Live videos, photos, and

Join more Facebook groups

the years? – the

latest change is to

The goal is always to engage your




Join us for the 4th annual Cloud 9 Charities Giving & Golf Tournament at Lantana Golf Club on April 2nd. Registration is at 8am. Breakfast, lunch, snacks, beverages, contests and prizes are just part of the fun! Cloud 9 Charities hosts fundraising and awareness events that address the needs of local families by providing funding to established nonprofits. Register today at

LANTANA GARAGE SALE On April 21st from 8am - 3pm Lantana will hold their annual garage sale. The garage sale will be at individual houses throughout Lantana. For more information contact Ashtin Slovak at or call 940.728.1660



Pregnancy Help 4 U is a free medical clinic that provides information and services for unplanned pregnancies. On April 20, 2018 starting at 6:30pm there will be a Gala held at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. They ask guests to dress in white apparel to honor the sanctity of life.

On March 24th from 10am - 12pm Lantana will hold their annual Easter Egg Hunt & Diaper Drive, benefiting YoungLives, at the Lantana Golf Club. The Easter Egg Hunt is for infants - 10 years of age with each age group doing their own hunt. There will be food and drinks for sale.

For more information go to or call 817.753.6222. 10 | LANTANA LIVING

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Photo courtesy of GuyerPTSA Facebook Page

On February 12, 2018 the Denton County Public Health Department of Epidemiology issued a letter that addressed the recent Influenza outbreak. In the letter parents were warned on the symptoms of the flu. For more information visit

FRIENDSHIP WALK FUNDRAISER President of the Best Buddies Club at Guyer High School, Isabel Riley, is asking for our help for their Friendship Walk fundraiser! Best Buddies is a international organization that raises awareness and builds friendships between individuals with disabilities and individuals without a disability! To help donate visit

GUYER EVENTS Boys Varsity Soccer vs Plano West Wolves Tuesday, March 20 @ 7:30pm Home Game Girls Varsity Soccer vs Plano West Wolves Tuesday, March 20 @ 7:30pm Away Game 5601 West Parker Road, Plano TX 75093



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QUESTIONS With Guyer Soccer Coach

Mandy Hall by Steve Gamel


s the soccer season slowly draws to a close, we wanted to check in with Guyer girls soccer coach Mandy Hall. This is Hall’s first season at Guyer after successful stints at Lake Dallas and Braswell. Coach Hall sat down with us recently to play an oldfashioned game of 20 Questions.

Q: What do you love most about soccer?

A: It’s a game that I grew up playing and

that my older brother played. I just like the strategy and tactical side of it along with the athleticism required to do it well. It’s the full package.

Q: Tell us about your time in college?

A: (she played goalie for the University of North Texas). It was an experience unlike

anything else. To be able to compete with

people from all over to make the one team that represents the school was fun.

I first stepped foot on the campus, I’ve enjoyed getting to know these girls.

Q: If you had to karaoke one song, what would it be?

A: I think I’d have to go old-school to

get the crowd into it, so I’d have to say a Brittney Spears hit. I think she’s a pretty solid karaoke hit.

Q: Which would you rather fight, a bear or a lion?

A: A bear. I feel like if they stand straight up, they’d be slower than a lion.

Q: What is the funniest coach at Guyer? A: Jonathan Ponsonby.

Q: Captain America or Iron Man? A: Iron Man.

Q: What is the worst trait you have as a coach?

A: If I am giving them a big speech at halftime, I have no clue how to end it. Q: If you could time travel, where would you go?

A: I would probably go to London and experience a childhood there.

Q: If you could coach any sport besides

Q: If you were stuck in an elevator, who

A: I’d do an indoor sport. I’ve always liked

A: I fear of being stuck in an elevator, so if

profession would you choose?

percent use the stairs. I’d rather be in there

have some friends who do that, and their

soccer, what would it be?

would you want there with you?

Q: If you couldn’t coach at all, what

basketball, but I was never great at it.

there’s a chance to use the stairs, I will 100

A: I guess I would get into consulting. I

Q: What is your favorite sport to watch

with my older brother.

jobs seem pretty cool.

Q: What is the ugliest thing you own?

Q: Do you have any phobias?

that are velcro. I think they’re great, but I

deathly and borderline irrational about

besides soccer?

A: I like Winter Olympics sports like

A: I have a pair of white high-top shoes

A: I am claustrophobic, and I’m also

get made fun of a lot for them.


around doing stuff there. I live off the

Q: What is the one thing you have

Q: What’s the one thing no one knows

a lot with my church, and I like to travel and

A: A visor. I can’t get on board with those

A: When I was a kid, I used to really be into

snowboarding or speed skating. Q: What do you do for fun?

A: I love the city of Denton, so I’m usually square, so I feel really connected. I also do

never bought and never will buy?

about you?

visit my friends.

at all. I’d never wear one.

crafting trends like make jewelry at home

Q: What do you like about coaching

Q: If you had a million dollars, how

A: Guyer is a 6A, but it’s not massive so

A: I spend all that money on plane tickets

at Guyer?

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kits or easy bake ovens.

would you spend it?

Q: What’s the last movie you saw at the

and travel wherever I could.

A: Proud Mary

movie theater?


4th Annual

Boots & Blessings Gala

benefiting Ally’s Wish


oin Ally’s Wish for a boot scootin’ great cause! The gala evening will include a

cocktail hour, a seated dinner buffet, and live Country-Western entertainment from The Breckenridge Band. Amy Vanderoef will be the evening’s emcee. Funds raised from this event will benefit Ally’s Wish. The Flower Mound-based organization grants wishes to young mothers battling terminal illnesses so they may create lasting memories with their children and


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Business Spotlight


Spring Cleaning am e l

TIPS by Steve G


t’s that time of year for some good, old-fashioned spring cleaning, and who could blame you if your first thought is to call Debbie Sardone at Buckets & Bows Maid Service, one of the largest independent maid services in the nation. They’re local and have a knack for taking an overwhelming chore like spring cleaning and making it look easy.

But a hallmark of this company, which ago from the trunk of her car, is its

commitment to education. So while

Sardone is willing to do the dirty work helpful tips if you’re handling spring cleaning on your own.

homes. Speed CleaningTM products have

a loyal base of fans all over the world,

and Debbie wants the local community to

“How do you eat an elephant?” Sardone

know about them too. Products like Speed

That’s how you tackle spring cleaning. It

like RED JUICETM and high-quality tools

says. “The answer is one bite at a time.

Cleaning’s non-toxic, eco-friendly cleaners

doesn’t have to be overwhelming.”

like the signature Speed CleaningTM apron

Sardone says the first step is knowing

the different types of cleaning. There’s

every day cleaning like picking up around the house, and there’s routine cleaning vacuuming the rug and cleaning the

toilets. Spring cleaning is done once or

twice a year and includes hand cleaning

all of the surfaces in your home and doing some purging and decluttering too.

make spring cleaning a little easier on

everyone, whether you’re a professional cleaner or a homeowner.

“The perfect weekend doesn’t begin with

a bucket and a mop,” Debbie says. “That’s why busy families rely on Buckets & Bows to help create free time for doing things

they want to be doing, and DIYers look to for expert techniques

3. Dress for the job. Wear your cleaning clothes, not your bathrobe and slippers! 4. Use great tools. Using cheap products just makes the cleaning process longer. 5. Limit distractions. Music is helpful and motivating. TV is not. 6.

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Health Article


Rules For


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. And 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, 18 | LANTANA LIVING

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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

Diana Risell

Nutrition Coach & Certified Health Coach 469.601.2824

alcohol, 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 | LANTANA LIVING | 19

Ask The Expert: Fitness

What Drives Someone



o many people say that they want to change. They say they want results, a different body, or to be healthier. They say they want to wear the pants that have been hanging in their closet for six years, be able to buy clothes, and actually feel good wearing them. But how many people actually change?


In all, very few actually do. Instead, they wait. They procrastinate. They excuse themselves out of what they want and instead embrace that feeling. We all know it - it’s that feeling like you’re wrapped in a warm blanket near a cozy fire on a cold day.

schedule, but action in spite of the


guides you.

excuses that can hamper an otherwise amazing transformation. The drive and discipline needed to make these changes occur comes from within you. It’s not an exterior force that drives your motivation, it’s the reason, the call, that

Change, progress, and forward motion occur not when we are comfortable but when we are UN-comfortable when we no longer excuse our actions as “just okay” and begin down a path of accountability that acknowledges our current state and calls us to make a change.

Find your reason, and remind yourself

It’s that call, that reason, that is so important.

stopped. Don’t let your past stop you

Even when some people get uncomfortable, it only lasts a short period of time. We’ve been programmed, from a very early age, to revert back to habits that we’ve been taught or created, whether good or bad. Action is the ultimate key to creating a successful habit. Not action when it’s convenient or when it works into your

of that daily. Take action daily. Stop making excuses. Create a goal, put a plan together, and execute. This isn’t easy, but it’s worth it. Accomplishing what you set out to do stirs a beast within you that cannot be today. Go out and get what you want, create the life, the body, and the world you want by taking action daily through motivation created by your reason. Do it now. If you don’t, tomorrow will come and you will be exactly where you are today. To create a better you, takes action daily. Go ahead, wait one more day, then look back and tell me how many of those days you waited, you actually WASTED.

by Jesse J. Leyva, Owner of Jesse James Fit, Outlaw Bootcamp & Outlaw Fit Camp •


Ask The Expert: Dentistry

Dental & The




t can happen on any typical day. My kids are once again struggling to maintain their composure as they impatiently stare at the spinning Netflix circle, eagerly waiting for the ever so frustrating buffer cycle of their anticipated show. Amongst their complaints, I find myself reminding them of times long ago when cartoons were only shown on Saturday mornings, on an immobile TV set, that required manual changing of the channels. Without sounding too archaic, I still take the time to remind them of things not to take for granted. In this medical issue, I would like to take the time to point out the importance of not taking your dental health for granted in your overall health. We often think our teeth stand alone from other health concerns, but more and more evidence of an oral health and systemic health connection is coming to light. It may


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not seem obvious, at first, but an astute

infections can put a patient at risk of life

will reveal that they are living organs

airways or meningitis.

physiological understanding of our teeth comprised of blood circulation, nerve

innervation, remineralization capabilities,

and inflammatory and immune responses. In addition, the supporting periodontal structures integrate with oral and facial

tissues that connect the circulatory system with other organs of the body. A failure in these structures can put other systems at risk of infection or malfunction.

A few brief examples of this connection included diabetes, in which patients are more likely to have gum disease

from a reduced resistance to infection. Pregnancy hormones can also affect overall gum health. Patients with

moderate to advanced gum disease are

more likely to have cardiovascular disease and increased risk of stroke. Dental

threatening-conditions like obstructed

Moreover, certain disorders can also be

diagnosed through a dental examination

such as oral cancer or cancers of the head and neck. Generalized tooth pain can

indicate a sinus condition. Bad breath

may be an indication of kidney disease or acid reflux disorders.

It is important never to disregard dental health when taking care of your overall

health. Your teeth are a part of you, and you want them to last your lifetime. Happy smiling!

by Dr. Matt who is a owner of Country Lakes Family Dental

Announcing the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Texas 12th Annual Benefit Golf Tournament Lantana Golf Course Lantana, Texas

Thursday, April 26, 2018 1:30 p.m.


Guyer Wildcats

National SIGNING DAY by Steve Gamel


nother national signing day is in the books for Guyer High School, and once again a slew of

prospects in multiple sports are moving on to the next level.

2018 National Signing Day List

FOOTBALL Josh Nicholson

Abilene Christian

The Wildcats had 13 signees representing three sports take part in the annual

recruitment ceremony on Feb. 1, which is the first day college football teams

can officially sign 2018 freshmen. Many athletes from around Denton County,

including those from Guyer, made their commitments well in advance – but this

Caleb Gill

Midwestern State Dylan Alexander Hendrix College Blayne Miller Friends

was a chance to officially sign on the

Arian Bhat

Of Guyer’s 13 recruits, eight were from

Luke Stillwell

dotted line.

football and four played girls soccer.

Amber Lyons led that pack as she signed

Missouri State Kilgore JC

with UNT. Lyons, a forward, is considered

DeRay Darthard

recent years. The senior has been right

Tre Turner

one of Guyer’s better goal scorers in in the middle of the Lady Wildcats’

resurgence this season and has the team

Austin College Austin College

thinking playoffs after a one-year absence.


Lyons is following in the footsteps of

Amber Lyons

Guyer girls soccer coach Mandy Hall, who was a standout goal keeper at UNT. Lyons is a forward, but has shown incredible aggressiveness all year.

University of North Texas Naomi Regan

Oklahoma Christian

Joining Lyon on the signing podium

Kalia Beckwith

Texas-Permian Basin) and Taylor Wallace

Taylor Wallace

were Naomi Regan (Oklahoma Christian, (Ouachita State)

Ouachita State

In football, the Wildcats had eight players sign, which is proof that Guyer has more than enough talent to compete with the likes of anyone.


Texas-Permian Basin

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BASKETBALL Katherine Silvaggio

Texas Woman’s University




Are You Prepared? by Charla Bradshaw, KoonsFuller Family Law


ducating yourself about your estate for an unexpected divorce, or the

death of your spouse, is essential. But

what should you know to be prepared? Here are some examples:

1. Know all of your banks and lenders,

account numbers, and make sure you are named to have access to same

2. Know all of your investments, and

the broker/manager, and have access to same

3. Know all credit card accounts,

whose name is on each account,

and make sure you have access to view those accounts

4. Know where cash is kept and how to get access to cash in an emergency

11. Read and sign all income tax returns and don’t leave this to your spouse

12. Have copies of all beneficiary

designations on retirement and any other assets

13. Know where yours and your spouse’s estate documents are and what attorney prepared them

I know for some people, gathering

this information may be stressful on a

marriage, but the stress on a marriage is insignificant compared to the stress

that can ensue in the case of divorce or

death. The emotional strain in either case is overwhelming.

Unfortunately, I see this problem

find out their rights, and to know what kind of money will be necessary if a divorce happens.

In the case of divorce, the uninformed spouse will usually experience higher attorney’s fees simply because the

information must be obtained from the

other spouse. This process can become expensive if the informed spouse is

unwilling to provide the information. If so, then the uninformed spouse must send a

formal request under the law to obtain the information. If the informed spouse does not comply, then the uninformed spouse has to incur more costs to file a motion with the court to make the informed

spouse turn over the information. The

frequently. Spouses don’t have the basic

scary part is that because the uninformed

those accounts are located, the account

finances, assets or liabilities, they have no

the other owners are, where the

paid. Usually, it’s because most couples

may be too late.

are located, and who keeps that

and in the case of a divorce or death,

knowledge of their accounts, where

spouse does not know about their

numbers, or even what bills need to be

idea what is being done to them until it

documents regarding that business

have one spouse in charge of the finances,

I want to help in any way I can to get this

information for the business

the other spouse is placed at an extreme

5. Have copies of the deeds to any real estate

6. If you own a business, know who

7. Know where your life insurance

documents are and who the life insurance agent is

8. All household bills that have to be paid and the passwords to access that information either spouse

10. Know your CPA and have copies of

to speed in an already stressful situation. If a spouse is unwilling to provide such information, and has no good reason,

then that should be a red flag. Any spouse

and obtain the information. If a spouse is unsure how to go about obtaining

this information, they could benefit by consulting with a family law attorney.

as little stress as possible in the case of

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that both spouses sit down bi-annually

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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

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.

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

4. I can use my imagination.

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.

on Tuesday killing time before covering 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. 11. I love that words are like puzzle pieces.  12. Every day is a different writing opportunity.

clients, give me a call. I like to say I handle anything involving the written word, from blogs to content writing for websites, press releases, editing, ghostwriting, 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 not good writers. This situation leads to mistakes in grammar or an important message that doesn’t come across the way

up, no ceilin’, when we in our zone.

13. It’s a chance to research and use statistics.

they hoped it would.

I don’t know why, but those lyrics

14. It’s a chance to refine a rough canvass.

In this day and age, business owners

15. It’s just me and my computer.

might say they can’t afford to hire a

immediately made me think of the feeling I have when I sit down to write something

– anything. It really is a feeling deep inside

16. My clients value my ability to write.

my bones, and it’s incredible to think I

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Local Mom Launches

Non-Profit And 5K Race

HELP SICK KIDS by Steve Gamel


emperatures may have been low, but spirits were high last month as more than 130 local runners came

out in droves to support a worthy cause

at the first CABDA for Children 5K and 1K Fun Run.

The event, which was held on February

10 at Doubletree Ranch Park in Highland

winner finishing in just under 20 minutes.

find a specialist to understand and treat

for all participants and volunteers. Some

symptoms,” Hardy said.

The event included music, food, and fun of the sponsors for the event included

Groggy Dog, Magnolia Realty in Argyle,

Pandas Network, Chik-Fil-A, Canyon Falls, Argyle High School and Middle School and Office Depot.

Village, was to support the ongoing

The special guest speaker was Amobi

Brain Disorder Association, a non-profit

Okoye drove in from Houston to share

efforts of the Children’s Autoimmune aimed at improving the quality of life for children with autoimmune brain disorders such as

Autoimmune Encephalitis and Postinfectious Autoimmune

Encephalopathy. Lisa

Hardy, an Argyle resident whose son suffers from the illness, started the

Okoye, formerly of the Houston Texans. his own story and recovery from

Autoimmune Encephalitis.

“We consider an event a great success anytime complete strangers will come out early on a Saturday morning to run in brutally cold and windy conditions..”

organization in July.

“We consider an event a great success anytime complete strangers will come

out early on a Saturday morning to run in

These illnesses are caused by malfunctions of the

immune system in which

The event was produced by the Tri Sherpa Multisport team and was led by Archie

Salters and Stacey Harris. It was a timed

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facing the difficult day-to-day challenges

living with these illnesses. This experience made Lisa, a former Surgical Intensive

Care Nurse, realize the need to launch

the non-profit. She pulled together board members from Dallas/Fort Worth, San Antonio, Houston, and Austin with a wide range of backgrounds and launched CABDA.

research, while supporting children and

rapid-onset neurological

and psychiatric symptoms.

Since initial symptoms of

autoimmune brain disorders mimic

other illnesses, many children experience

delays in proper diagnosis and treatment.

significantly impair their ability to function.

support its goals.”

resources for their children’s health while

wide range of devastating,

attacks the brain causing a

for three hours,” Hardy said. “With all the

businesses, CABDA raised money to help

with similar stories, all struggling to find

“We believe by focusing our advocacy

These brain disorders seriously impact

support from the community and local

She managed to find other parents

the immune system

brutally cold and windy conditions – the

wind chill was 20 degrees – and hang out

our child’s ongoing, previously diagnosed

the health and well-being of children and CABDA’s priority is to advocate for early

identification and treatment, so children are restored to health with minimal

disability and families are fully supported in the process.

“When we moved here from Georgia in

June of 2016, we found it challenging to

efforts on awareness, education, and families, we will reduce the delay to

treatment, thereby minimizing disability and leading to a better quality of life,” Lisa said. “The non-profit envisions a

world where all children who suffer the

disturbing, rapid onset of an autoimmune neurological illness will receive prompt world-class health care.”

For more information on Children’s Autoimmune Brain Disorder

Association, please contact Lisa Hardy at

or (940)489-2131, as well as visit the association’s website,, or Facebook



In a Busy World

Let Us Take The

STRESS of Aging Away by Steve Gamel

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here’s a joke making the rounds at Dr. Bradley Axline’s office that it’s difficult to tell who’s in charge.

And we’re here to tell you, that’s a great thing. Whether you’re there to see Dr.

and wellness needs for both women

expectations while providing warmth,

comprehensive gynecology and obstetrics

that has truly taken ownership of every

and men. This includes everything from to fertility assessments, arterial health, weight management, cardiovascular

Axline himself, his wife and registered

disease risk analysis, preventative

knowledgeable staff, you’ll receive

and CoolSculpting®.

nurse Meredith, or the rest of their

wellness, hormone replacement,

seamless whole-body wellness care

Dr. Axline has more than 20 years of

and a unique team approach.

experience practicing medicine, and he’s

empathy, and dependability from a team facet of the practice.

“I think the team aspect is vital to everything we do,” Dr. Axline said. “It’s a personal approach here.”

“We’re all in charge,” Meredith said with

spent that entire time working locally with

To understand that team approach

all floating around covering for each other

Axline graduated in the top quarter of his

have to go back to when Dr. Axline first

degree from Northeastern Ohio University

the medical world since 1996, Dr. Axline

education, and training qualify him to

felt would improve a patient’s wellness

care needs of his patients, including

restrictions of working for someone else.

a laugh. “We all do everything, and we’re

patients right in his own backyard. Dr.

atmosphere and where it came from, you

and getting to know our patients. It’s a

medical school class, receiving his medical

started his practice. Already a veteran in

College of Medicine. His vast experience,

sought to expand medicine the way he

identify and manage the varying health

longevity and quality of life – without the

team – but it’s also like family.”

Meredith added, “It feels great to offer that level of service.”

Dr. Bradley Axline, MD is more than just your standard OB/GYN practice. Since

disease prevention.

2012, the Flower Mound-based practice

And it’s all done with a personalized

a wide array of total-body healthcare

calls his office, the goal is to exceed their

has proudly identified and managed


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approach. From the moment a patient

To help him realize that dream, he

needed a reliable team that shared the

same mindset. Enter two amazing ladies named Minnie and Ami. Both had been

working with Dr. Axline for years and were

Minnie is the front office manager and is

cleared device to permanently freeze

off the ground. As Dr. Axline put it, both

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instrumental in getting his new venture

the first person their patients talk to and

ladies took an ownership role and had

three trusted medical assistants and also

made. Minnie even took it upon herself to

of course, there’s Meredith Axline. Beyond

their hands in every decision that was

doubles as the back office manager. Then,

create the company logo from scratch.

being Dr. Axline’s wife and confidante,

In many ways, this is their

business, too. For Dr. Axline, having that support

system was invaluable. “They are take-charge women, and since I

knew them from a prior practice, I had a level

of confidence in them

that couldn’t be matched,” Dr. Axline said. “There was

no need to worry about what I was getting. I knew from the start.”

And the best part? Patients of Dr. Axline get to see Minnie and Ami every day.

Meredith adds a unique element as the on-site registered nurse. Most medical practices don’t have that.

With more than 20

years of experience, Meredith oversees

everything the MAs

are doing while also

drawing up medications,

managing proper protocols

and compliance, and helping

educate the staff as needed. She’s

also a certified cosmetic injector and the lead consultant for the practice’s

CoolSculpting® procedure, the only FDA-

fat and eliminate it without the need for procedure uses controlled cooling to

eliminate this stubborn fat in as little as one to four treatments.

Patients at Dr. Axline’s practice love the

whole staff experience that they receive, and they know the staff well because

most have been with him for so many

years. Newer staff members like medical

assistants Juana and Keyla only add to that level of comfort. From the time patients

are greeted at the front desk to the time they leave, the staff at Dr. Axline’s office

makes sure they have received a level of care and expertise that is unparalleled.

With all that experience and dedication under one roof, why would you go anywhere else?

“Who’s in charge? We all are,” Dr. Axline said.


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

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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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


is overgrown, and it’s too late to cut it back

by PJ Kratohvil of Complete Solutions

Photos were submitted by area residents. If you’d like to submit your photos for publication or if you have any questions please email us at

BGC WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL Saturday, May 12, 2018 Purchase Your Tickets at


7th Annual

Glenn Garcelon Foundation



he Glenn Garcelon Foundation is hosting its seventh annual golf classic on April 15 at Tour 18 in

Flower Mound. The foundation, started

by Garcelon’s widow and children, holds various events each year to benefit brain tumor patients. The golf tournament, in

particular, continues to bring supporters out in droves.

Teams and individuals are invited to join in on a fun day at the links. Registration

opened on February 14 and will continue through to the day of the event, which

years, aiding victims of natural disasters.

struggle with daily, their passion has

including reading books on tape for the

for other families.

He also held many volunteer positions,

blind, implementing a student and mentor reading program at a local elementary school, and volunteering in a crisis call center and at a hospital.

He regularly donated both blood and

plasma and had plans to become a bone marrow donor before his illness. He

supported a multitude of causes including Mercy Corps, Doctors Without Borders,

become to help to alleviate that struggle Through the generous donations of golfers, volunteers, supporters, and

sponsors, the foundation has managed to

raise more than 174,000 over the previous six events. The only year in which there

wasn’t an actual golf tournament – it was

canceled due to inclement weather – was in 2014. But the foundation still raised 29,000 without any golf taking place.

All proceeds from the golf tournament go

is set for a 1 p.m. shotgun start. The

the Nature Conservancy, the Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, and Save Darfur.

to help families and caregivers with their

provided by McAlister’s Deli and a fun-

When he died in 2008 due to

its continued support and dedication, the

event will include a complimentary lunch filled dinner with raffle items and great

door prizes. Last year’s tournament pulled in 144 golfers while raising more than

$36,000 to help brain tumor patients and their families.

Glenn Garcelon, the tournament’s

complications from a brain tumor, it was no surprise that his family wanted to

pay forward the lessons of love, warmth, support, and compassion that they learned from Glenn.

day to day struggles here in Texas. For all foundation is consistently recognized as

one of the top non-profit organizations in

the annual Best of Denton County awards. To register, volunteer, apply for a

grant, or to learn more about Glenn’s

His wife, Gail, and daughters, Nicole and

story and the people who have benefited

to helping others. A friend, neighbor,

Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit

to many, Glenn always put people first.

quality of life for brain tumor survivors,

worked for the Federal Emergency

emotional and financial support. While

namesake, will always be remembered

Danielle, formed the Glenn Garcelon

from the foundation’s support, visit

volunteer, and well-respected co-worker

organization. Its mission is to improve the

Tour 18

Per the foundation’s website, Garcelon

caregivers, and their families by providing

Management Agency (FEMA) for 30

observing first-hand the toll caregivers

by friends and family for his commitment


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8718 Amen Corner Flower Mound, TX

11 a.m. Registration

1 p.m. Shotgun Start


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Business Spotlight


Above and Beyond



by Steve Gamel


rank and Erin Lundie were sold on the Primrose School experience long before they opened their own in

Lantana two years ago. As the parents of

three beautiful children – Claire, Adelaide, and Graham – the Lundies watched

Lantana and Argyle have

the chance to experience that same feeling. “This was a great

children grow and learn in a nurturing

but also fostering character development, creativity, self-esteem, critical thinking, and

experience for us and

our kids, and it is a model


elementary school teacher and assistant

principal. “Everything we do is purposely

woven into the day. Nothing is by chance.” Frank added, “It’s serious results, but it’s also fun. Learning should be fun.”

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and reinforcing lessons

through songs and games, children retain key skills and develop faster.

The focus is not only

on academics, but also fostering character

development, creativity, self-esteem, critical

thinking, and confidence. A key element to making all that learning come

to life is ensuring the staff is actively

she and Frank are always onsite building relationships. “You can’t nurture a child without having that parent-teacher partnership in place. That approach definitely stands out to our parents.” Frank agreed. “If you compare that to a corporate-owned school, you may not get that same owneron-site connection,” Frank said. And in an age where quality education is seemingly on every corner, that makes all the difference in the world. “The teachers are happy to be here, the kids are learning, and the families feel reassured,” Erin said with a sense of pride in her voice. “It has taken many years to get where we are, but it’s exciting to know we are doing something that matters.”

partnering with parents.

“Our focus is on the children. But it’s

really important to us that the family feels comfortable,” said Erin, who added that

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we want to emulate,” said Erin, a former


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EASTER Argyle United Methodist Church 9033 Fort Worth Dr., Argyle

March 30 Good Friday Service 6:30pm

March 31 Family Service & Egg Hunt 5pm

Denton Bible Church

Faith United Methodist Church

2300 E. University Dr., Denton

6060 Teasley Ln., Denton

March 30 Good Friday Service 7pm

April 1 Easter Service

April 1 Easter Services 9am, 11am

7am, 9am, 10:30am

April 1 Easter Services 7am, 9am, 11am

Denton Presbyterian Church Creekwood Christian Church 2660 Forest Vista, Flower Mound

April 1 Easter Services 9am, 11am

801 North Texas Blvd., Denton (UNT) April 1 Easter Service 10:30am

First Baptist Church of Argyle 414 Why 377 N., Argyle

April 1 Easter Worship 10:45am

Lamb of God Lutheran Church Faith Lutheran Church Crossroads Bible Church 8101 Justin Rd., Double Oak

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1401 Cross Timbers Rd., Flower Mound

6000 Morris Rd., Flower Mound

March 30 Good Friday Service 7pm

April 1 Easter Services

March 30 Good Friday Service 7:15pm

April 1 Easter Services 9am, 10:45am

6:30am, 8am, 10:30am


by Steve Gamel

St. Andrews Presbyterian

St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church

300 W. Oak St., Denton

1897 W. Main St., Lewisville

April 1 Easter Services 8:30am, 10:50am

March 30 Good Friday Service 3pm March 30 Good Friday Stations on the Land 7pm April 1 Easter Services 7:15am, 10am (on new property 1171 Flower Mound Rd)

The Village Church 2101 Justin Rd., Flower Mound March 30 Good Friday Services 5:30pm, 7:30pm

March 31 Easter Services 5pm, 7:15pm

April 1 Easter Services 7am, 9am, 11:15am

April 1 Easter Services 9:30am, 11:30am (at the Lewisville church) St. Mark Catholic Church 6500 Crawford Rd., Argyle April 1 Easter Services 7 AM, 9am, 1:30pm (Spanish)

Valley Creek Church 5800 Long Prairie Rd., Flower Mound March 29 at 6:45pm St. Nicholas Episcopal Church 4700 Wichita Trail, Flower Mound April 1 Easter Services 8:30am, 11am

March 30 at 6:45pm Saturday, March 31 at 4pm & 5:45pm Sunday, April 1 at 9am, 10:45am & 12:30pm MARCH 2018 | LANTANA LIVING | 43


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FLIGHT SCHOOL Kinderaviators of Adkins sponsors events for incoming kindergartners and their families. If you have an incoming kindergartner (fall 2018) we invite you to join us and introduce your child to Adkins Elementary Art Time with Mrs. McGree (Art Teacher) Music Time with Mr. Schmidt (Music Teacher) Tuesday, April 3rd from 10:45 am -11:25 am in the Art & Music Classrooms MARCH 2018 | LANTANA LIVING | 45

Divine Finds for a


by Mark Miller, The Cross Timbers Gazette

ocated just north of Liberty Christian School on Highway 377 is a new business unlike any other in Argyle. Divine Finds Upscale Resale is a faith-based store that supports the two Pregnancy Help 4 U centers founded by Kayla Schroeder. Benefactors also include Buyamba Orphanage in Uganda, SOS International and Justice 61 Rescue Mission. The store features high quality, name brand furniture, adult clothing, home goods, handbags, children’s clothes. “We’re one of the first retail clothing stores here in Argyle,” said Schroeder, who opened her first pregnancy center in Keller in 2011. “This is a perfect spot. We are very different from other resale shops. We’re just a fresh way of doing resale and it is


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very upscale.” “Our tagline is ‘Purchase with a Purpose’ and people love to help others,” Schroeder said. “After praying and searching intensely all over the Metroplex, God gave us this exact place and has provided everything we need to get it started.” Store Manager Casree Holland and PH4U Board Chairman Ashley McWhorter were also instrumental in the store’s opening, and pleasantly surprised with the initial response of more than $12,000 in merchandise sold the first week. That will help the pregnancy centers continue focusing on medical treatments including pregnancy and STD tests and sonograms plus counseling with the goal of eliminating abortions. They served 3,272 clients ages 13-24 including

821 abortion vulnerable and abortionminded women whose babies were saved in 2017. They offer their services without judgement and continue to walk alongside their clients throughout their pregnancy and after birth. “My passion for this never burns out. I’ve been doing this now for over 13 years,” said Schroeder, who had an unplanned pregnancy at age 17 at a time when today’s education wasn’t available. “I wanted a place to help other girls make more informed choices.” Divine Finds Upscale Retail is open seven days a week. Come “shop in the name of love!” For more information call

469.744.7819 or visit lifeguards.


Cough and cold

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RightCHILD? For Your

by Dr. Rebecca Butler

How you can care for your child’s cough or cold without medicines: On average, children suffer from six to eight colds every year. Because antibiotics are not effective for illnesses caused by viruses, you might be tempted to give your child over-the-counter cold medicines to help them stop coughing or to clear up a stuffy nose. However, these medicines are not designed for very young children and could have negative effects. Over-the-counter cough and cold medicine is not routinely recommended for children ages 4 years and younger and should only be used under the direction of a physician. For children under 6 years of age, over-the-counter cough and cold medicines may have more risks than benefits, and if you are uncertain whether you should use these medications, talk with your pediatrician.

You may try home remedies such as: Giving your child warm liquids such as tea or broth to loosen up mucus and soothe a sore throat

Use saline solution, such as nose spray, to help loosen mucus in the nose

Use a humidifier to help your child’s throat and nose stay moist

Have your child blow their nose frequently or use a suction bulb if your child cannot blow his or her nose

ONLY if your child is over 1 year old, give them a spoon full of honey to help combat coughing

Let your child breathe in steam from a warm shower, which can loosen mucus

Give your child cold items like ice cream or popsicles to soothe a hurting throat

Remember, your child just needs time to heal. It can take weeks to get over a cold or a cough. Your child’s symptoms should gradually get better during this time.

If your child’s symptoms get worse, you should always call your child’s pediatrician. Children may need to see a medical professional if they have:

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Dr. Rebecca Butler is Board Certified in Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is proud to be a resident of Lantana and the owner of Lantana Pediatrics. For more information on Lantana Pediatrics, Dr. Butler and/or Melanie Bitzer, CPNP or to schedule an appointment with one of these providers, call the office at 940.455.7200.

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Why Not!

Once Strangers,

Lantana Residents Create Tight-Knit Bond

by Steve Gamel


essica Johnson figured everyone in the neighborhood would think she was crazy. It was 2008 and she

and husband, Randal, were excited to be

newly-minted Lantana residents. The only problem was that neither knew anyone

in the immediate area, and the idea crept into their minds that they had forgotten how to make friends.

That’s when Jessica, normally an introvert, stepped outside her comfort zone and

posted a message to the neighborhood internet site asking if anyone was

interested in starting a dinner group — nothing fancy, just an opportunity to meet people.

Their kids play

together, and some of

the couples have gone on vacation together. “We had nothing in

common except that we

all lived in Lantana, and to say we have built strong

friendships since then is an understatement,” Jessica said. “There have been vacations, new babies,

moves, job changes, loss — all the things that typically

happen over the course of

10 years. And yet, this group

Names of couples from top to bottom are: Deb and Kevin Abreu, Shannon and Jeff Kutcher, Marjorie and Ivan Posada, Kim and Jeff Waddelow, Jessica and Randal Johnson, Emily and David Allen Not shown: Nancy and David Brown

“Keep in mind, I felt anonymous behind

has stayed committed to

with a laugh. “But I was nervous.”

been a blessing, and if you met all of us,

the safety of my computer,” Jessica said Not only did Jessica receive positive

responses, but the group created that

our monthly dinners. It has

the group at first but eventually moved

you would quickly learn how different we

Fellow group member David Allen

all are.”

comes back to visit from time to time.”

agreed. He and his wife, Emily, joined the

group three or four months after it started.

day will celebrate its 10-year anniversary

Kim Waddelow and husband, Jeff, are also

Neighbors, is exactly what it was designed

Jessica’s message like it was yesterday.

who meet once a month for dinner and

Dallas and didn’t know anyone. The

on a rotating schedule at their house, and

house for an initial afternoon meet and

Jessica being one of them, who are the

the core group of seven original couples is

anything else, they laid out a few ground

I’ve heard of different clubs, but this

in April. The group, dubbed Nosy

original members, and Kim remembers

to be: a collection of former strangers

They, too, had moved to Lantana from

conversation. Each member hosts dinner

original members all met at Jessica’s

this group. There are a couple of ladies,

while new members have been added,

greet to gauge everyone’s interest. Like

glue of this thing and keep it going.

relatively intact.

rules. But it was also very laid-back, and

is different. We’d do anything for

they started almost immediately.

each other.”

most groups start with people who

“I had no expectations. But my husband

And to think, it all started with one

the original couples may have lived in the

said. “We’ve had spinoff bunko groups

“I am a believer that God put these

before Jessica’s email. Over the years,

has managed to stay together after 10

That’s an accomplishment considering already know one another. All seven of

and I figured, ‘Sure, might as well,’” Kim

same community, but they had never met

and things like that. But this core group

they’ve bonded and become like family.

years. Even one couple that was part of


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“It’s a great group of people, and the

good news is that everyone can cook,”

David said. “There’s no way I would have known some of these people if not for

random email.

people in our path and knew what

we’d need over the years,” Jessica said. “They’ve become family.”

The Euphoria of Suburbia by Madhuri Bandla

Strolling down Lantana’s lanes over trails and hills, Enjoying the bliss of solitude where Time stands still... Diamond dewdrops glistening in the sun, Enjoying the wealth of nature as I walk and run ... Emerald green leaves dancing in the breeze, Ruby red berries decorating the bushes and trees... Pebbles like gemstones scattered on earth, Mother Nature inspires joy and mirth! Walking across the miles of trails, Spotting butterflies, squirrels and snails... The sunset like a blush of gold, A priceless painting that can never be sold... The silver lake with still waters and secrets running deep, The fountain bubbling forth fresh with promises to keep.. The majestic white crane with its ivory wings, Resting on a green blanket like a stately king... Colorful flowers in bloom, Nature’s natural perfume... Overgrown mosses by the rocks, The lush green sights made this a splendid walk... Lantana’s greenery is nature’s jewels and gems, To be treasured by us residents, women and men... Strolling down Lantana’s lanes over trails and hills, Enjoying the bliss of solitude where Time stands still... Madhuri and her husband Naveen Bandla have lived in Lantana for 11 years. They have 2 kids, Vishnu (10) and Shefali (8). Lantana has been their suburban oasis and they have spent many fun and memorable moments in the pools, parks, tennis courts and trails. Madhuri was inspired to write this poem after one of her trail walks in the spring of 2016.


Ask The Expert: Counseling

Discussing A

TOUGH TOPIC What is pornography?


ebster defines pornography as “the depiction of erotic behavior (as in pictures or

writing) intended to cause sexual

can simply be described

as a picture or video of a

person (people) with their clothes off. Why does

pornography matter?

rather pretend pornography doesn’t

exist or pertain to us. In reality, startling statistics relate to both the usage and the emotional damage pornography


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internet access. Pornography damages

of information are not necessary. A

due to easy, and often unrestricted,

brain development, self-esteem, and the ability to create and maintain

Pornography also skews body image, distorts healthy sexual relationships, and creates unrealistic sexual expectations.

Overtly as a culture, we would

manifests. Children see explicit

open the door for discussion with our

healthy relationships. Trust

excitement.” When speaking to children, pornography

pictures and videos at early ages partly

is destroyed in marital

relationships. Pornography also skews body image, distorts healthy sexual relationships, and

creates unrealistic

sexual expectations. What can you do?

Talk to your family! As strange as

it may sound (or feel!) start discussions

with your children while they are young

about what pornography is and what to

do if they see inappropriate images. As

parents, let’s introduce tough topics and

kids. Explicit details and large amounts small discussion can go a long way in

keeping kids safe and the lines of family communication wide open. Set the

standard that nothing is off-limits to talk about in your home!

I am passionate about this topic and

love helping families navigate through the muddy waters of parenting. Adolescents

are also one of my favorite age groups to counsel. Call or email with any questions or comments! You don’t have to do this alone.

by Ashley Barkley, LPC Acorn Counseling Services 940.222.8703 ext. 701



Ask The Expert: Makeover




ackie Pennington is a single woman in her early 60s who spent most of her time helping care for her granddaughter, Harper, who suffered from CDKL5 Disorder. For almost six years she helped her daughter, Penny, care for Harper. Unfortunately Harper passed away in January 2016 and shortly after Jackie was laid off her job. The heartbreak of loosing her granddaughter and the loss of her job didn’t stop Jackie though, who always found the light even in the hardest of times. Cloud 9 Salon wanted to help Jackie find a new purpose in her life, and a makeover seemed to be a perfect first step.

Makeup by Olivia Barr Olivia focused on hydrating her face with anti-aging moisturizer and a dry oil serum that also works on the skin’s texture and firmness. The foundation used was Expert Finish Cream to give her good coverage that evened out the skin tone with a velvet finish. She wanted to accentuate her beautiful cheekbones and eyes, so Olivia used golds and browns on her eyes and popped her cheeks with a little pink. Hair by Peter Yoon



Right away, Peter wanted to put some highlights in her hair to give her lightness and depth, he made her base color two shades darker. Peter cut a good 6 inches off to get a more clean and professional feel.  He also gave her long layers for more versatility and movement. 

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Photos by Hannah Claire

and a more youthful look. For contrast


Health Article

Sick of

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:




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.




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 | LANTANA LIVING | 55


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Ask The Expert: College Prep



anguard College Prep has been working to provide holistic preparation in the Denton community over the last 5 years. Instead of a taking a cliche one-sizefits-all approach prevalent in the education industry, we address the college application process through meaningful test-prep, individualized college counseling, and essay consultation that is tailored to each student.

When it comes to competitive college


to getting into your dream school.

you’re interested in, keep in mind class-

admissions, these are the three key steps KNOW YOUR STUFF

In showcasing your smarts, there’s no

faking it. The best way to achieve high

scores is through engaging in meaningful learning with the content and aligning your focus to the test. Discover your

areas of weakness, and seek to better understand those concepts. Keep

practicing, and take full, timed tests.


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While you build the list of colleges

size, location, and program specialities.

Consider what you’re looking for from a social and academic environment. Visit

negligible has never been more important for families. Start early. Find out your Expected Family Contribution to know how much to save. Know what scholarships you qualify for, and prep well-written essays to win.

colleges early, so you have a chance

to see these factors in action. Discover what you want, and work to tailor your applications to the colleges that fit. PLAN FINANCIALLY

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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

the following:

inventive ways to steal your data from legitimate

• Someone claiming to be an IRS agent

tax professionals,

calls demanding

including your bank

immediate payment

account number if

for delinquent

you’ve requested

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

tax obligations

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


information in the form of a fake return, then scares you with a

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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.

social media

• 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 to learn more.


Local Residents Run for

DISD School Board by Steve Gamel


n an effort to add what they called a much-needed parent’s voice to the continuing conversation on safety in

schools, two Lantana residents have

thrown their names into the running

for the upcoming Denton ISD school board elections.

Jonathan Balmos and Barry Barnes, both of whom have children in the school

district, officially filed for consideration

old suspect Nikolas Cruz murdered 17

Barnes, who is in the transportation and

wounding 14 others. Per CNN, the mass

resident for two years. He has one child

shootings so far this year. The parameters

at Blanton. Balmos is the president of JB

students and campus personnel while

shooting in Parkland is one of eight school

at Guyer, another at Harpool, and a third

CNN used included:

Construction Services and has contracts

• Shootings that involved at least

maintenance and security upgrades. He’s

one person being shot (not including the shooter)

before the election cutoff on February 16.

• A shooting that occurred on

men are eager to earn support from their

• A shooting that included grades K

Election Day is slated for May 5, and both fellow residents to take on a leadership role in the community they love.

If elected, Balmos and Barnes would be

the first Lantana residents to serve on the DISD school board.

“A parent’s voice is important right now,” said Barnes, who added that no current

school grounds

through college and university level

• Gang violence, fights, and domestic violence

• Accidental discharge of a firearm

as long as the first two parameters were met

school board official has a school-age

The conversation on gun violence and

link between the board and the parents.

matter where you live. Balmos and Barnes

a parent on the board helps ties things

parents and residents after a recent

child in the system. “There needs to be a

safety in schools hits close to home no

Right now, I think there’s a gap. Having

said they were approached by concerned

together better.”

meeting, and that a grassroots effort to get

Both men said they felt a calling to serve

because of the increasing threat to school

them elected to the school board sprung from that.

safety, especially after the tragic events at

“I was asked to fix this,” Balmos said.

Parkland, Florida. On February 14, 19-year-

this fixed.”

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in


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logistics industry, has been a Lantana

“We both have a vested interest in getting

with the federal government to do

been working with the school district to

upgrade school security for a year and a half and felt the next logical step was to step into a leadership role.

“We have around 28,000 students to

protect,” said Balmos, who has a first-

grader at Blanton. “Barry said it recently that he talks to his kids every day and knows what’s going on in the schools

and what type of safety protocols are in place. You can’t get that sitting in a board room somewhere.”

Barnes said a significant piece included

in the upcoming election is a $750 million bond initiative. He said having that type

of money, if approved, means the school district could make a meaningful change in the way students and campuses in the DISD are protected moving forward.

“No Lantana resident has ever run for

the school board,” Barnes said. “I can sit around and wait for the problem to go away, or I can throw my name into the ring. That was my motivation.”

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