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Andy Villa Andy Villa was born and raised in Ingleside, TX, a small community north of Corpus Christi. “My parents picked cotton and would often tell us stories of how their fingers bled from picking from sunrise to sunset”. Because they had to work to help their parents and family survive, neither graduated from high school. “My parents did not know much about higher education, so they never encouraged us to go to college or seek a vocation, but they always made sure we made good grades, and they instilled in us, by example, a strong work ethic and a sense of responsibility”. Villa's determination, and the
lessons he learned from his parents propelled him towards college and ultimately, entrepreneurship. In 2002, Andy Villa started META Consultants that focuses on helping non-profits increase revenue, evaluation of data to measure outcomes, and other professional development services. In 2011, he started Comprehensive Home Health, and in 2018, he opened Comprehensive Hospice Care, along with his business partner. Today, Mr. Villa serves as CEO/President of all three business entities. His businesses stand as a testament to Villa's dedication to helping others. His focus on providing high-quality home care services, including skilled nursing, therapy, and social work, demonstrates his commitment to the well-being of his patients.
What sets Villa's businesses apart is their local ownership, allowing for more streamlined decision-making and a personal touch in patient care. This contrasts with larger corporations that may be burdened by bureaucracy. The integration of technology, such as Tissue Analytics, into Comprehensive Home Health's practices showcases their commitment to utilizing innovative solutions to enhance patient care. Tissue Analytics provides remote access through mobile app and diversifies patient populations and accelerate patient recruitment and participation. This technology provides AI-powered 2D and 3D imaging eliminates 90% of measurement errors and
provides real-time access to data as it is collected and enables retention of more data. These tools we need to record, track, and analyze patient wounds. The technology allows us to better measure the healing over time. This technology not only improves wound care but also enables better tracking of healing progress.
Furthermore, Villa's dedication to giving back to the community is evident through his charitable endeavors. From donations to food pantries to providing scholarships and empowering youth through leadership programs, he actively contributes to the betterment of the areas his businesses serve.
The challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic forced adaptations in the way Comprehensive Home Health operated. Despite the initial decline in patient numbers, Villa, and his team persevered, adhering to health guidelines and implementing necessary precautions. With the introduction of vaccines and effective therapies, demand for their services has rebounded.
Andy Villa's story is a testament to the power of hard work, determination, and a commitment to improving the lives of others. His impact on the field of home health services in Texas is significant, and his dedication to his community is commendable.
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I have always had a strong connection with art and painting. As a child, I was surrounded by it daily. My Grandfather, Mother, Aunts, and Uncles were all artists and it was a common sight for me to watch one of my family members painting in real-time. For me though, I first felt a connection to painting when I was in High School, but it wasn’t until in college that my connection deepened further and I became inspired by my travels abroad. A fascination for colors grew into adulthood; I admire colorful scenes of everyday life in the city, at the beach, or park. For many years before going to the Art Students League, I tended to embrace the beauty of nature, a characteristic that has brought a nurturing and spiritual effect to my work. I was attracted to bright, bold colors and the excitement of adventure. I had fun exploring and finding who I was as an artist during my travels, but once settled back home in New York, I felt the urge to continue my studies and acquire additional guidance. Joseph Peller was my first teacher, he taught me the use of shadow and light, which is a tremendous tool that I use in my painting practice. Gregg Kreutz taught me to be courageous in New York City, to take my supplies, and set up and paint a street scene from life. Gregg is the reason I started Plein-air painting. Tom Torak taught me how to implement movement into the initial sketch of a painting, a great tool that adds impressions of a classical tradition: the linchpin of his class. It was at the Art Students League that I acquired many skills that propelled my art career. Today, I favor subjects that have meaning for me personally. The Brides, Dripping Dots, and Plein-air scenes have become a part of my daily practice, among the Hearts and other impressionist scenes. With the Brides series, I aim to create exotic forms with expressive and highly textural brushstrokes that are full of intense color, loosely inspired by artists of the French Impressionist movement such as Renoir, Degas, and Mary Cassatt. All impressionists whose works blend traditional academic art with the radical movements that went on to dominate the art world in the 20th century. I try to capture impressions of “The Ballerinas” which are found in many of Degas works where he has captured movement like never before. With the music I listen to, my brush lands on the canvas with immediate rhythm and style. I want the Bride to have a dazzling explosion of variable life to symbolize the future that lies ahead for her. The surprise of the rhythm is what excites me while creating these pieces, and I aspire to bridge what I’ve learned in school with my passion for exuberant abstraction and depth of color into the essence of her figure and spirit. While I focus on a variable of subjects, they have remained consistent over the last decade, today, I continue to use new techniques to create joy and surprises for the viewer.
How to Restore Your Budget After a Blunder We all make financial mistakes occasionally, whether a surprise bill or overspending on a shopping spree. These financial blunders can wrench our budget and leave us anxious and stressed. Luckily, the good news is that you can restore your budget after a misstep. Below are some steps you can take to get your budget back on track. Face the Reality of the Situation The first step in restoring your budget after a blunder is to face the reality of the situation. Take a deep look into your finances to identify the extent of the damage. This may be uncomfortable, but it’s essential to be honest with yourself about the situation so you can take the necessary steps to correct it. Cut Back on Unnecessary Expenses
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Once you’ve identified the extent of the damage, the next is to cut back on unnecessary expenses. This may mean canceling subscriptions, eating out less frequently, or putting a hold on non-essential purchases. Reducing your costs can free up more money to restore your budget. Prioritize Your Bills If you’ve missed a bill payment, it’s important to prioritize which bills to pay first. Start with bills with the highest interest rates or late fees to avoid further financial damage. This may mean putting off other bills for a short period, but it’s essential to communicate with your creditors and make a plan to get caught up. Create a Repayment Plan Creating a repayment plan is crucial if you’ve incurred debt or fallen behind on bills. This means determining how much you owe, how much you can pay each month, and the time it will take to pay off the debt. Be realistic in your repayment plan and ensure it’s manageable with your current income. Build an Emergency Fund Growing an emergency fund is one of the best ways to prevent future financial blunders. This means setting aside monthly money for surprise expenses like a car repair or medical bill. By building an emergency fund, you can avoid piling up debt or falling behind on bills if a financial emergency arises.
Bonita Productions + Lorena Monroe Dos Latinas Show, Third Season By: Desiree H. Serna, MPA Bonita Productions announces its third season of Dos Latinas talk show produced and hosted by Lorena Monroe. This season Lorena welcomes co-host DeAnn Lopez Marcell to the set of Dos Latinas. Marcell is a San Antonio business owner and social philanthropist. Marcell leads local nonprofit as CEO and President of Beautiful Boss Babes. Season three will also feature special guest and co-host, actor, Andrew S. Cortez to the show. Cortez is a San Antonio raised actor, whose international acting career includes roles in award winning films. The trio has been traveling the map from Mexico to New York on the social scene. Monroe and co-hosts Cortez and Marcell were live at Fashion Week New York, Texas Fashion Week, Mexico and beyond. Dos Latinas talk show features San Antonio businesses, socialites and philanthropists on the show to share their story and impact in our beautiful San Antonio and surrounding areas. This season Dos Latinas has a sensational line up with special guests to share their story with San Antonio. It is gala and soiree season and Bonita Productions will be reporting live on the Red Carpet. Bonita Productions reports live during Gala and Socialite Season 2023. The third season includes red carpet report segments, featuring San Antonio’s most fabulous social events. Lorena, along with co-host Andrew S. Cortez and DeAnn Marcell will report live from the red carpet scene at sensational events such as White Party and Texas Fashion Week. Dos Latinas is produced by Bonita Productions and broadcast across networks Bonita Productions TV, SA Monthly Magazine, and Livestream Media TV. Lucrative advertising is available during the Dos Latinas segments. Follow Bonita Productions on Instagram at BonitaProductionsUSA.
By Howie Nestel As we usher in the fall of 2023, San Antonio small business owners find themselves at a crucial juncture. The 4th quarter presents a unique opportunity to boost profits, enhance customer engagement, and prepare for the upcoming year. Here are some tips to ensure your small business thrives through this pivotal period: 1. Digital Presence: Boost your online presence. Optimize your website for mobile users, offer online shopping options, and invest in social media advertising. San Antonio residents are increasingly turning to digital channels for shopping and recommendations and “Buy Local” has become a big thing. 2. Tax Planning: Consult with a tax professional to strategize year-end tax planning. The IRS offers various incentives and deductions for small businesses, and taking advantage of these can reduce your tax liability. A great bookkeeper will be able to guide you on expenses you can make before 12/31/23 to take as legal deductions. 3. Customer Loyalty Programs: Implement customer loyalty programs to keep your patrons coming back. Offer rewards, discounts, or exclusive access to loyal customers to build last-
ing relationships. This is especially important at a time when the economy seems to be contracting. Building a strong client/ vendor relationship can help business owners weather the impending storm. 4. Prepare For The New Year: Start planning for the next year. Set goals, create budgets, and identify areas for growth and improvement. Consider attending local business networking events to connect with other entrepreneurs who can be good referral partners. As I like to say, “Your Network Is Your Net Worth.” The 4th quarter is not a time to slow down and ride off into the end of the year. Instead, look at the last few months of the year as an opportunity to finish the year off strong. While your competitors are thinking about turkeys, hams and holiday parties, you’ll be sprinting past them with the speed and agility of a gazelle. Howie Nestel Sharkmatic Advertising Visit the new Sharkmatic.com! Cell: (210) 286-3439 Office: (210) 375-0000
Prestige Motorsports by Bryan and Sandra Shreve SA Monthly Magazine editors Bryan and Sandra Shreve were at yet another business grand opening in San Antonio. Businesses are thriving, and for the car enthusiast, a new concept to protect our precious investments, Prestige Motorsports, located at 9711 Plymouth Road, San Antonio, TX, is the Rolls Royce of exotic and climate-controlled collector car storage. This one-of-a-kind concept available to our readers, offers a pristine service of care and concierge storage, club membership, unrivalled perks, a lounge with a full-bar, special membership events, and an on-site boutique dealership, offering consignments of exotic cars, backed by a team of like-minded enthusiasts. Prestige Performance Shop can also care for those personal touches of auto detailing, ceramic coating, and other services to make your personal investment stand out of the crowd. The Formula One simulator is a great addition and worth testing your driving skills. A must do! Founder Ben Brunton and Eric King are car enthusiast pioneers, and more importantly Ben’s daughter Grace Burton is an impeccable brand ambassador for Prestige Motorsports, which impressed Sandra and I. Good people and a great concept! Prestige Motorsports can store your “garage queen”, AKA “my baby” or my “weekend car,” while at the same time, you
network with like-minded people, be entertained, pampered, and protect your valuable investment. What a concept! I may have to dust off my old Corvette (finally) and bring her out into the sun (now that fall is coming), and finally actually drive her! What a motivation. SA Monthly readers, if your garage needs some space, and you don’t trust the storage unit that offers only a concrete slab and a metal door (which is disrespect to your baby), my recommendation, change your life, and talk to the professionals at Prestige Motorsports. As always, support small businesses in San Antonio, and read and share our favorite on-line contemporary magazine, SA Monthly Magazine, the hottest photos and articles for San Antonio. www.prestigemotorsports.us Acquisitions | Concierge | Storage Automotive Society Bryan Shreve
Material Media Press to Publish Children’s Book Based on the Life of Well-Known San Antonio Artist Alberto Mijangos The late Alberto Mijangos, the beloved and widely collected San Antonio artist, teacher, and longtime promoter of Mexican culture, inspired a new children’s book, Looking For The Cherries, to be published in September by Material Media Press.
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CHERRIES Kay Karcher Mijangos Illustrations by Laura Mijangos
Told through the eyes of Alberto’s fictitious granddaughter, Frankie, Looking For The Cherries is authored by his second wife, Kay Karcher Mijangos, with illustrations by his daughter, Laura Mijangos-Rapp. “I wrote this book to spread Alberto’s wisdom about how to live a meaningful life.” It is a story for all children and all ages. In Looking For The Cherries, Frankie recounts important milestones in Mijangos’ life, beginning with his arduous trek from Mexico City as a young man. But all these details are only meant as an allegory of the challenges of Everyman. While Mijangos’ particular life entailed struggles in many forms, his path to transformation remains profoundly universal. This is the theme of the book. Mijangos’ oldest child, Laura, is the book’s talented illustrator. Every elegant, exquisite, and sensitive illustration reveals her love for her father. “Creating these illustrations about my dad was so much fun because he had such a playful side to him. He was young at heart and had a great rapport with his grandchildren. I used the memories I have of his relationships with them to create this loving and inspiring bond between him and Frankie.” Laura added that she enjoyed collaborating with Kay, her stepmother. “We had the same goal – to share my father’s wisdom and inspiration. I am very grateful to her for inviting me to be part of this beautiful project,” she said. Lionel Sosa, a fellow artist, and friend of Alberto said “Looking for the Cherries is a salute to one of the most wonderful human beings he’s ever known and to one of the most accomplished and sophisticated artists to ever come out of Texas. Guillermo Nicolas said Looking for the Cherries is an ode to Alberto’s positive outlook on life. “I knew Alberto most of my life. I was his friend, his student, and an avid collector of his artwork. He loved young people, and this work will introduce him to a new generation.” To order copies of the book, visit https://materialmedia.com/product/looking-for-the-cherries/. About Alberto Mijangos Born in Mexico City, Alberto Mijangos felt the pull of art from a young age and, as a boy, watched Diego Rivera work on one of his epic murals. He attended art school until, at the age of 16, his mother died. When he and his father could not live peacefully together, Alberto sought a new life in the United States. With $6 to his name, he made his way to the Texas border and Chicago. After moving to San Antonio, he landed a job as a window dresser for a major department store. In 1959, he was named director of the Mexican Consulate’s Art Gallery. After Hemisfair ’68, Alberto was instrumental in transitioning the Mexico Pavilion to the Mexican Cultural Institute, where he created an important cultural exchange between the United States and Mexico, organizing major exhibits of Mexican art, music, and dance in San Antonio. In 1979, Alberto began painting again and pursued his dream of being a full-time artist until his death in 2007. In 1996, he opened the Salon Mijangos, where students and other artists painted and learned alongside him. About the Author Kay Karcher Mijangos is a lifelong educator and a dedicated student of Maria Montessori’s philosophy of education. After 30 years as a Montessori preschool guide, she founded and became headmistress of St. Paul’s Episcopal Montessori School in San Antonio. Looking For The Cherries is her first book. She is donating her royalties to fund scholarships for underserved children. About the Illustrator Laura Mijangos-Rapp graduated from Trinity University in 1979 with a BA in Fine Arts and later studied painting with her father. Laura is a figurative abstract artist who works primarily in mixed media. Her inspiration is often life experiences and the lessons they teach.
Guide Dogs of Texas Celebrates the Graduation of Exceptional Guide Dogs Guide Dogs of Texas (GDTX) is proud to announce the successful graduation of its latest group of guide dogs from its Advanced Training Program. A graduation ceremony was held this afternoon at Morgan’s Multi-Assistance Center at Morgan’s Wonderland. These remarkable canines have completed their rigorous training and are now ready to embark on their life-changing journey with individuals in Texas who are living with vision loss or low vision. The graduation ceremony marked a poignant moment as these dedicated guide dogs met their new owners – Guide Dogs of Texas clients - for the very first time. The graduating guide dogs have spent the past 6 months refining their skills and have been carefully matched with individuals across Texas who live in Beeville, Kerrville, Alpine and Houston. Each client has met the qualifications needed to be successful living and working with and caring for a trained guide dog. The graduation ceremony is not only a significant milestone for the dogs and their new owners but also a heartwarming occasion for the dogs’ devoted volunteer puppy raisers. These individuals selflessly volunteered their time and love to raise and care for these remarkable dogs for up to a year and a half, nurturing them prior to their advancement into the advanced training program – the final stage for a guide dog in training is deemed ready to serve. Many of these puppy raisers hadn’t seen their furry companions for 6 to 9 making it an emotional reunion and a truly touching moment for all involved. Upon completion of the advanced training program, Guide Dogs of Texas ensures the ongoing well-being of both the guide dogs and their owners. As part of the Annual Continuing Education and Support
program (ACES), clients receive a series of postgraduate visits the first year at 1, 3, 6, and 12 months, followed by a yearly home visit thereafter. These visits are essential in ensuring that the guide dogs continue to provide the vital support needed by GDTX clients. Guide Dogs of Texas CEO Pat Glines expressed his enthusiasm for this important event, stating, “This graduation represents the culmination of months of hard work and dedication by our outstanding guide dogs, their puppy raisers, and our dedicated professional team. We are immensely proud of the impact these dogs will have on the lives of our clients, and we are grateful for the support of our donors and sponsors that make this possible.” Guide Dogs of Texas relies on the generosity of grants and individual and corporate donations to fund its comprehensive training program, ensuring that individuals in Texas with low or no vision can experience increased independence and enhanced quality of life. For more information about Guide Dogs of Texas and its mission, please visit www.guidedogsoftexas.org. About Guide Dogs of Texas Guide Dogs of Texas (GDTX) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing purpose-bred guide dogs and training to Texans with low to no vision, empowering them to live with increased independence and mobility. GDTX is committed to delivering exceptional guide dog services through its comprehensive training programs, made possible by generous grants and donations.
The hottest trends for the months ahead is “Barbie Blonde” which is a bright life lifting blonde. The tones are warm and buttery. Barbiemania is sweeping is social media and blondes will be everywhere with some sort of pink outfit, sipping pink cocktails. Barbie comes in all shapes and sizes as well as all tones of hair, but the lighter and brighter, is closer to Barbie. There is a significant move towards the feel-good blonder shade of hair this fall. On our model Stephanie, Cynthia did a Baylayage with Strandlights to create a natural looking Milky Blonde effect. She is also sporting Cold Fusion Great Lengths Hair extensions in twenty two inch. These extensions are definitely a luxury brand that is perfect for the look we wanted to achieve. Our model Judy Guevara is a dark brunette. Cynthia did a mix of different hand painting techniques to achieve a golden buttery tone. Sydnee Uballe styled her hair using Miriam Quevedo products and she used Oribe Super Strong Hairspray for a touchable hold. The models were shampooed and conditioned with Miriam Quevedo’s finest luxury products. 1st Model-Stephanie Liserio Extensions by Cynthia Garza Baylayage by Cynthia Garza Makeup by Sydnee Uballe Model #2 Hilites by Cynthia Garza Hairstyle by Sydnee Uballe Makeup by Sydnee Uballe
I was always fascinated by the fashion industry. I remember in high school a buddy of mine and I tried to start our own clothing brand. I had no idea that my dreams of modeling would become a reality. Earlier this year, my hair stylist gave me Al Zavala’s phone number, a photographer that works with Nelson Fashion Group. I reached out to him; we had a phone call and he invited me to the Wonderland of the America’s mall where Lari Nelson Fashion Group is located. When I arrived, I was able to meet Ms. Lari Nelson and Al in person. They both welcomed me into the agency with open arms. Being able to work with Ms. Lari has completely changed my life for the better. She has opened so many doors for me and it has been an honor to learn from her. Ms. Lari has truly helped me become a better model and person since I joined her agency. I was advised by Ms. Lari to start acting as well. At first, I was a bit hesitant. But she still encouraged me to give it a try. She recommended that I visited Acting Studios 101 in San Antonio which is run by Jazmen Bleu. I decided to attend one of her classes and I must say that was one of the best decisions I could have made. I fell in love with acting again. Jazmen has helped
me sharpen my acting skills tremendously. She has taught me how to audition for roles, how to speak to agents, and how to make a character my own. I have become a much better overall talent from attending her classes. I also want to credit Shak Kanish, I met him at one of my first Nelson Fashion Group meetings and we instantly clicked. He has been extremely crucial in my development. Shak worked with me one-on-one almost daily whenever I had questions or needed extra help learning the industry. He helped me get out of my shell and boost my confidence as a model, actor, and throughout my day-to-day life. I am proud to call him one of my mentors and a friend. I recently went to the June 2023 Dallas Model and Talent Expo hosted by Mike Beaty. There I was able to win several awards in both modeling and acting. I was also able to receive callbacks from over 10 agencies from markets located in New York, Paris, Los Angeles, Miami, and more. This was all possible by learning from Ms. Lari Nelson. I am forever grateful for everything that she has done for me, and I am extremely excited for the future.
Social Soiree of the Month White Party 2023 White, Light and Blue Skies
By: Desiree H. Serna, MPA Fabulously known as “Karlos with a K,” local celebrity hairdresser and San Antonio socialite, welcomed a lively crowd into his eclectic Villa in Mahncke Park for his annual White Party 2023 benefiting Fuerza Unida, a local nonprofit. The remarkable host Karlos grandly entered the soiree smelling of roses, jeweled…like a White Orchid. Whoever said wearing white after Labor Day is a faux pas, obviously has not experienced the fabulous White Party hosted by Karlos with a K. “I create fashion and I absolutely believe you can wear white after Labor Day!” declares the incredibly fab host of the White Party Karlos with a K. The spectacular white themed affair was attended by San Antonio society proper wearing their most extraordinary fashions for the Villa’s garden party. The White Party attractions featured live indoor and garden entertainment including circulating yoga acrobats, rooftop flame dancing performance and greeting goddesses. Innovative 360photo booth captured a full perspective of fabulous guests, provided by Luminous Photo Booth. Local celebrity journalist, Michael Quintanilla, was Master of Ceremonies as the crowd
surrounded the stage and enjoyed a poolside fashion show featuring line designed by Rodger Canabar. Lorena Monroe, alongside the fabulous White Party Host Karlos, also announced SA Monthly Magazine’s “Business Man of the Year” 2023, Andy Villa. Bonita Productions hosted the red carpet coverage of the White Party 2023. The marvelous Lorena Monroe interviewed guests on the red carpet, alongside special red carpet guest and cohost, actor, Andrew S. Cortez. DeAnn Lopez Marcell also joined the red carpet report as cohost for local show Dos Latinas. “We love covering the red carpet at the fabulous White Party every year,” says Lorena Monroe, of Bonita Productions. The Bonita Productions red carpet coverage of the White Party 2023 will be broadcast on Bonita Productions, SA Monthly Magazine TV and Livestream Media TV.
Bryan and Sandra Shreve, editors of SA Monthly Bryan and Sandra Shreve, editors of SA Monthly are on onsite at San Antonio’s most iconic must go to White Party 2023 at the famous Le Mirage with the greatest host in SA known as the socialite of all socialites, Karlos, with a K, Anzoategui! No one else is as exciting. For our SA Monthly loyal readers and soon-to-be loyal readers (it is free just check us out online), Sandra Shreve, and I along with our good friend Kat, also with a begins with a K, (very cool, meow), catered the most incredible culinary made Chicken Alfredo Fettuccini, and that was not as important! We took crazy photos for this once-a-year party for our many long-term and new friends. SA Monthly readers please support the best magazine, local businesses, non-profits, and be happy! Share photos, you beautiful socialites! Let’s plan the next socialite party! If your socialite calendar meets up to the level of publishing with our publication standard, contact me anytime. Must have beautiful friends and happiness to post on our network! Thanks, many friends! As always, support SA Monthly, small businesses and non-profits. Let’s find a cure for aids, cancer and Alzheimer’s. Let’s support of family in Israel. God be with them and bring peace to our world.
NIA MOORE FEMALE MODEL OF THE MONTH
I am Nia Moore. I was born in Biloxi, Mississippi, but raised in San Antonio, Texas. I’m a model, singer, and actress. I had a list of things I wanted to accomplish when I was younger, but modeling, acting, and singing were always goals of mine. However, I didn’t know where to start, going in and out of different agencies without direction. I was fortunate to come upon Lari Nelson. Lari became my mother agent and not only taught me the appropriate way to model, but she also introduced me to Acting101, where I receive acting and vocal training. After 11 months of modeling, vocal, and acting training, I was confident enough to attend the Model & Talent Expo in Dallas, Texas. During my time at Expo, I learned a lot
about myself and that the possibilities are infinite if I put my mind to them and believe in myself. I had multiple agencies and a record label interested in representing me. After attending Expo, I signed a contract with Brogan Agency in Los Angeles, CA. When I’m not working, I’m enrolled at Northwest Vista, pursuing my second degree in digital video and film production to better understand what happens in front of and behind the camera. I hope to one day develop my own films or television series. My long-term aspirations include furthering my professional career, traveling, and establishing my own business.
Hi everyone, my name is Shandel Hi everyone, my name is Shandel Koehn pronounced as (Shandel Cane) and this is my story about how I have been blessed with so many opportunities leading up to where I am at now. I was born and raised in Dodge City, Kansas and went to The University of Kansas for my college years in Lawrence, Ks. I was grateful to have had the opportunity to be a Jayhawk cheerleader during my time there. After graduation I moved down to San Antonio, Tx and have been here for 3 ½ years now. Being a cheerleader my whole life and being granted with all the talents I’ve been given, I knew I wanted to become a model/actress from having all the camera action in the past but never took action in actually pursuing it. As my time here in Texas, I have to give a huge thank you to my boss who encouraged me to branch out and go to one of the interviews with who is now my mother agent, Lari Nelson Fashion Group. I have been with the Lari Nelson Fashion Group since January 2023, and just in 6 months of being with my mother agent I went to Expo in Dallas Tx, of June 2023. Not knowing much experience but being in a total of maybe 10-12 gigs beforehand made me push for excellence even more with being featured in a commercial with apple productions and other photoshoots to become ready to compete and perform my best at Expo.
Let me tell you it was nothing but an incredible experience getting to meet many agents, from all over the world, while performing runway, monologues, two-person scene, and a cold read for commercials. I received 7 callbacks from LA/Dallas/ Atlanta/Louisiana/NewYork and signed with my LA/Hollywood agent, Avalon Artist. Leading up to where I’m at now, took hard work, time, and dedication from ongoing training/ classes, to achieve getting signed on with a Top LA Agent for acting. Fast forward, I have been auditioning for movies and going to casting roles at this present time and hope to be featured or staring in movies and shows and becoming a successful model/ actress. I have learned so much in just 8 months. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for my mother agent, Lari Nelson. She has shown me many skills throughout my whole time working with her in this industry. I am eternally grateful for all she’s done with her help and guidance alongside with my photographer, Al Zavala. I’m so excited for what the future holds for me, and remember to never give up on your dreams, you just have go out there and try, like I did! :)
An Extrodinary Culinary Experience from Chef Maldonado! By Lucy Huereca Chef Kevin Maldonado's summer event series at Beautiful Genarrios Trattoria was an extraordinary culinary experience that left a lasting impression. From the moment I stepped into the restaurant, I could sense the anticipation in the air as guests eagerly awaited the gastronomic journey that awaited them. The evening commenced with a delightful Asparagus soup that set the tone for the rest of the meal. The soup was a perfect blend of flavors, with the freshness of the asparagus shining through, leaving us craving more. Chef Kevin's attention to de-
tail was evident in every spoonful, and it was clear that he takes great pride in sourcing the finest ingredients. Next came the much-anticipated filet mignon, and it did not disappoint. The succulent and perfectly cooked meat was accompanied by a medley of seasonal vegetables and a tantalizing sauce that enhanced its natural flavors. Each bite was a revelation, and the dish was a true testament to Chef Kevin's culinary skills. To conclude the meal on a sweet note, the tasty cheesecake was presented with an artistic flair. The velvety texture and harmo-
nious blend of flavors made it a divine indulgence that left us in awe of Chef Kevin's dessert mastery. What stood out most throughout the evening was not only the exceptional quality of the food but also Chef Kevin's humble and down-to-earth demeanor. He mingled with the guests, sharing insights into his creations and graciously accepting compliments. His passion for cooking and dedication to his craft were evident in every aspect of the event. The combination of Chef Kevin's culinary talent and his warm
personality created a dining experience that felt like an intimate gathering of friends rather than a formal event. Beautiful Genarrios Trattoria provided the perfect backdrop for this memorable evening. In conclusion, Chef Kevin Maldonado's summer event series was a resounding success, offering a journey of flavors and a showcase of his undeniable talent. If given the chance, I would eagerly attend another of his events, as it was an evening of sheer culinary bliss.
Fall 2023 Wine & Food Experience tasting menu
Kuhlman Cellars today announces the Fall 2023 Wine & Food Experience tasting menu. This exemplary wine tasting experience is a 45-minute seated tasting in Kuhlman’s cozy Barrel Room featuring a sample of five Kuhlman Cellars wines expertly paired with seasonal, chef-prepared bites. The new menu goes into effect on Friday, October 6th and includes beloved fall flavors such as apple, pumpkin, and cinnamon.
The new Fall 2023 Wine and Food Experience menu includes:
Cheddar apple tart with crust streusel and thyme paired with Kuhlman Cellars’ 2021 Calcaria Kuhlman’s signature herbed almonds paired with Kuhlman Cellars’ 2022 Estate Rosé Carrot corn muffin topped with carrot maple creme fraiche and parsley pecan oil paired with Kuhlman Cellars’ 2020 Mourvedre Mini rye slider with pumpkin ketchup, roasted pork and pickled red onion paired with Kuhlman Cellars’ 2019
Cinnamon Shortbread topped with whipped goat cheese and dried cranberry paired with Kuhlman Cellars’ 2017 Ignis Tickets are $40/person, or $17.50 for Vina Vita Wine Club Members (up to four guests).
About Kuhlman Cellars Texas winery Kuhlman Cellars is passionate about exceptional wine and food pairings. Lifelong wine lovers Chris and Jennifer Cobb founded Kuhlman Cellars to produce terroir-driven wines of the highest quality and to share their love of the “wine life” with the community. The award-winning boutique winery is located on the famed Hwy 290 Wine Trail between Fredericksburg and Johnson City and offers tours, tastings, educational wine seminars, delicious bistro items, and more at its picturesque Estate vineyard. For more information, visit www.kuhlmancellars.com.
Fall Wines by Kuhlman Cellars Fall Wines by Kuhlman Cellars By Chris Cobb As temperatures drop and leaves turn orange, our dining choices also tend to change, often rotating to more substantial and heavier cuisine. Historically, this is when our winter vegetables ripen with their rich carbohydrates along with preparing more hearty dinner fare rich with protein and fats to see us through the winter chill. With the cooler temperatures, we also naturally gravitate to more hearty wines including full bodied reds and rich whites. We love classic fall wines such as oaked Chardonnay white wine and beautiful Cabernet Sauvignon based reds. With today’s wine selections, we can look beyond the traditional “international varieties” and explore fun, exciting and new grapes which delight our palettes while still delivering a classic mouthfeel we expect for fall.
Meals heavier on the palate, such as a smokey brisket, braised short ribs or even smoked whole chicken call for wines with increased structure and mouthfeel to match the weight of the cuisine. Look beyond Cabernet Sauvignon to wines with red grapes such as Tempranillo, Petite Sirah, Mourvédre and Malbec to signal a more robust wine. For white wine lovers, look into Viognier and Roussanne for a different delight, while still enjoying a rich, powerful flavor profile. 2020 Kuhlmanation Estate Red - ($42) - Made exclusively from grapes growing at the Kuhlman Cellars Estate, this beautiful wine is composed of Carignan (47%), Mourvédre (33%), and Aglianico (20%). Fresh blackberries, plum and smoked paprika greet you on the
nose which compliment the black currant and vanilla on the palette. It’s a bold, vibrant wine suitable for roasted meats, BBQ chicken and a fatty brisket. 2018 Astéries – ($48) Inspired by the Bordeaux terroir of “Calcaire de Astéries,” this red blend offers aromatics of cassis, sage, dried rosemary and molasses. The palette confirms these aromatics with additions of dark fruits like blackberries and dark cherries. This 100% Texas grown wine hails from the Texas High Plains wine is a blend of 62% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 13% Malbec, a perfect old world Bordeaux blend. Pair Astéries with
rich foods such as braised beef short ribs with polenta. 2019 Barranca - ($46) - This is a big aromatic wine full of flavor. This stunning wine smells of tobacco, licorice, mint and dried cherries and tastes reminiscent of blackberries, chocolate, cinnamon and black pepper. It has full, velvety tannins. You can definitely taste the High Plains terroir in this beautiful red wine blend led by 44% Petite Sirah, 28% Tempranillo, and 17% Malbec. Drink this with anything from the grill for a dinner party al fresco, or enjoy a rich succulent Lasagne.
2021 Calcaria ($30) - Our most popular white wine makes the cut for fall because it holds up to the rich flavors of the season. This little gem offers a brilliant gold color and is a perfect blend of 48% Albarino, 39% Roussanne and 13% Viognier. It is a wonderfully textured wine and will be perfect for grilled seafood, rotisserie chicken and even spicy cajun gumbo! Shop them all and more at kuhlmancellars.com. Shipping is included for Texas orders over $199.
Restaurant of the Month!
by Food and Wine Editor Bryan Shreve SA Monthly Magazine foodies and fans, Sandra Shreve and I have been patrons of our favorite wood fired pizzeria in San Antonio, Texas since the restaurant’s inception years ago (since 2007). I believe the founders Doug and Lori Horn are consistent in quality and their golden goose, Dough’s Pizzeria, is a fan favorite as true pizza aficionados. I have also witnessed a nice wood fired pizza oven come and go because it was not good enough to bring the most authentic pie to San Antonio. I can honestly say, Dough’s has the best wood fired (Italian) pizza ovens (2) in San Antonio. Obviously, Dough’s Pizzeria Napoletana location on Blanco Road in San Antonio, Texas is our favorite. We
have honestly seen managers, chefs, sous chefs, pizzaiolos and servers come and go, and employee turnover does not matter. Quality and delightfulness of presentation never waivers! Rarely do we find the quality of flavor, texture and presentation, culinary experience year after year. My humble advice is to go beyond your own neighborhood, spend some money, go to Doughs! Taste the house made burrata, Margherita pizza, or invite your friends for the Campionatore, the sampler of all burrata served, which is my favorite, and comes with brick wood fired oven baked flatbread! The select wines, beers, and filtered water invite you to experience an adult evening away from the chains and the processed food presented in too many other so-
called mainstream franchised ordinary restaurants. As always, support your local businesses, especially those who put their sweat equity in giving you the best service, product, and experience. We can’t forget the servers, they need support as well, and advice from an old restaurateur, respect those who respectfully serve you. SA Monthly Wine and Food Editor Bryan Shreve
Chilaquil: A Culinary Journey from Mexico to San Antonio Authentic and Inventive Mexican Cuisine
in the Heart of San Antonio’s Famed Pearl Food Hall Chilaquil, a vibrant culinary destination rooted in the heart of Mexico's rich flavors, proudly announces its journey from a humble family venture to a beloved dining establishment in the heart of San Antonio. Founded in 2018 by Susana and Orlando Aguirre, Chilaquil has blossomed into a culinary haven, sharing their cherished family recipes with the local community and visitors alike.
A Family Dream Realized With a deep-rooted passion for their heritage and unyielding love for authentic Mexican cuisine, the Aguirres embarked on a culinary journey to bring the flavors of their homeland to their neighbors. Drawing inspiration from their childhood memories and family gatherings, they aspired to create a space where the community could experience the warmth of traditional Mexican dishes. A Taste of Tradition Chilaquil's menu is a testament to the owners' dedication to preserving the essence of Mexican culinary traditions. Embracing staples such as tortillas, beans, and fiery salsas, the menu showcases a spectrum of flavors that resonate with the soul. From mouthwatering street food to heartwarming comfort dishes, Chilaquil caters to every palate seeking a genuine Mexican dining experience. Seasonal offerings include housemade aguas frescas in mouthwatering flavors like Piña Chamoy, Lavender Lemonade, and Strawberry Horchata, among others. In celebration of Taco Tuesday each week, customers enjoy free 16-ounce agua fre-
scas with an order of tacos.
From Wheels to Walls What began as a modest food truck venture soon evolved into a thriving culinary enterprise. Starting with weekend service, Chilaquil's popularity quickly soared, leading to its transformation into a brick-and-mortar establishment. Nestled within The Pearl Brewery's Bottling Department, Chilaquil now welcomes patrons every day, offering a haven where culinary traditions blend seamlessly with modern dining. Quote from Susana and Orlando Aguirre, Owners of Chilaquil: "Chilaquil is a labor of love, a journey that has allowed us to share the flavors of our heritage with the vibrant community of San Antonio. Our hope is that with every bite, our guests can savor not only the authentic tastes of Mexico but also the memories and love that go into every dish." Join Us Chilaquil invites everyone to embark on a culinary adventure that transcends borders. With a menu that pays homage to time-honored Mexican dishes, Chilaquil promises an experience that nurtures both the appetite and the soul. Visit them at 312 Pearl Pkwy. Building 6 San Antonio TX 78215 within The Pearl Brewery's Bottling Department and relish the magic of Mexico's flavors. Website: https://eatchilaquil.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/eatchilaquil Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eatchilaquil/
Scooter’s Coffee ® Serves Up Cozy Fall Feels with Savory Pumpkin Drinks & Treats Scooter’s Coffee is pumped for its customer- favorite: the all-vibrant Pumpkin Season. From refreshing blended and iced drinks to spice-infused warm beverages and bites, Scooter’s Coffee ushers in all the cozy feels of fall that make customers smile throughout their day. Pumpkin Caramelicious: Fall so hard for a symphony of flavors that sings to your senses. World-class espresso melds with creamy caramel, hot, textured milk and all the pumpkin spice flavors, creating a perfect medley in a cup. Enjoy this drink with luscious whipped cream and caramel drizzle. Pumpkin Spice Latte: Make the most of every fall moment with all of the seasonal flavors that make you smile – cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and more. These autumnal flavors that you crave are combined with robust espresso, steamed milk, a fluffy
dollop of whipped cream, and a dusting of cinnamon. Pumpkin Cold Foam: Layer on this fall must-have topping to any iced or blended drink. Pumpkin Cold Foam is made-to-order with nonfat, freshly frothed milk, smooth pumpkin flavor, and finishing touches of caramel drizzle or a dusting of sweet cinnamon. Pumpkin Spice Cake Bite: The taste of fall now comes in an amazingly moist Pumpkin Spice Cake Bite. Traditional pumpkin spices are covered with rich, creamy frosting, and topped with festive autumn leaf sprinkles. Meet your new fall treat! Pumpkin Caramelicious Muffin: Scooter’s Coffee took the
buttery caramel flavor of its signature Caramelicious ® drink, added the warm sweetness of pumpkin spice, and infused it into a freshly baked pastry. Autumn Caramel Crunch: This exquisite latte combines signature espresso, creamy caramel, hazelnut, and classic vanilla flavors to create the perfect pick-me-up on a crisp, fall day. Maple Waffle Sandwich: Fluffy, golden, maple-flavored waffles are married with juicy, just-enough-spice sausage, a perfectly cooked egg, and rich cheddar cheese. For an extra boost of energy to fuel your day, try Scooter’s Coffee exclusive energy drink SCOOOT! Energy™ in a Blue Raspberry SCOOOT! Energy Infusion.
Scooter’s Coffee also has added new drinks to its Kids’ Menu which can be ordered as a Kids’ Snack Combo that comes with two Mini Sugar Cookies. Chocolicious Milk melds creamy milk with the sweetness of white chocolate, all nestled inside a Smiley cup complete with chocolate drizzle. Lemonberry-ade infuses the tangy flavor of lemonade with the vibrant sweetness of blue raspberry, served over ice. Check out the Scooter’s Coffee website to view the pumpkinfilled fall menu. For additional convenience, download and use the Scooter’s Coffee Mobile App to order ahead and collect “Smiles” that can be redeemed for loyalty rewards. For more information, visit scooterscoffee.com, facebook.com/ scooterscoffee, or ownascooters.com!
Scooter Coffee ® NEW FrankenSCOOOT! Energy Infusion Offers a Spine-Tingling Boost of Energy During Spooky Season
Move beyond the witches’ brew to sip a spooky drink this Halloween season with the new, spine-tingling FrankenSCOOOT! Energy Infusion from Scooter’s Coffee. This hauntingly refreshing and energizing drink is available now through October 31, and will put a pep in the step of ghosts and ghouls alike. A scary delicious combination of mouthwatering raspberry and bold blue raspberry flavors bring to life the limited-time FrankenSCOOOT! Energy Infusion. You don’t have to be a scientist to go mad for this concoction. “At Scooter’s Coffee, we believe that every sip should be an experience, and our new FrankenSCOOOT! Energy Infusion embodies the spirit of the Halloween season in a fun, energizing way,” said Malorie Maddox, Scooter’s Coffee Chief Marketing Officer.
“We’re proud to offer our exclusive SCOOOT! Energy™ Infusions in a variety of flavors. They have the same amazing quality as our world-class coffee, which means great flavor. They are a perfect pick-me-up treat to power you through your Halloween celebrations.” Pair the new FrankenSCOOOT! Energy Infusion with Scooter’s Coffee Sweet Cold Foam, and enjoy it with a Pumpkin Caramelicious ® Muffin to make your days sweet instead of scary. Whether you&#39;re looking to recharge after a night of ghostly fun or simply seeking a delightful, Halloween-themed pick-me-up, make your local Scooter’s Coffee a go-to haunt this Halloween season.
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Dissociative Identity Disorder 57.8 million Americans presently live with a mental illness, per the National Institutes of Health (2023). What does that translate to? Roughly one in five Americans will be diagnosed with a mental health condition that greatly impacts their functioning in everyday life. With Americans being aware of the growing number of incidents or issues in the media regarding persons impacted by a mental health condition, some of the lesser known conditions are starting to get their due notice.
Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly known as multiple personality disorder) is a serious chronic condition that effects fewer than 2000,000 Americans. People who are diagnosed with this experience "a disconnection between thoughts, memories, feelings, surrounding, behavior, and identity (Mayclinic.org) This causes a break from reality in a maladaptive manner, rendering it difficult to function in everyday life.
For people who experience dissociative identity disorder, it is a response to a traumatic event that has caused the brain to be able to separate itself from the pain of the event and the person experiencing the event. These symptoms can be exacerbated during high times of depression, stress, and anxiety. This can cause a person to revert back to the age and time of the trauma many years later, and distort their present reality. With people who are diag-
nosed with this, they will toggle into their other identities that live within their minds but are very real to them. In my work with these patients, their whole demeanor, voice, affect, mannerisms, behaviors, ages, and even their names and genders may change. These persons will switch into these different personalities dependent on the situation or trauma, and often have a different identity formed based on the different ages or stages of their life trauma that they
can identify. It causes issues in employment, relationships, socialization, memory loss/amnesia, cognitive abilities, and can increase symptoms of co-occurring disorders. Persons with this diagnosis have issues coping with high stress situations, as well as they have an elevated risk of self-harm and suicidal ideation and attempts. It is very important that if someone is experiencing self-harming or suicidal ideation symptoms, that an emergency line be called. So what do you do when you love someone who has these symptoms? What if this describes you? It should be stressed that this is not a common trauma response, so when a person is experiencing this, regular and
routine psychiatric and psychological treatment is crucial. Identifying a support network as well as a collaborative team approach to helping aid a person in managing these symptoms is important to develop for long term success. Educating yourself about this diagnosis and connecting with support groups like National Alliance on Mental Illness are also beneficial, not just for the patient, but for their loved ones too. If we as a society can break down our guard and have honest conversations about mental health, we can also break down the stigma that creates barriers from accessing mental health care. Dr. Ana Alicia Potthast
Spontaneity when traveling!
By Lisa Scharf Fitness Editor Spontaneity when traveling is extremely rare and definitely a luxury, especially when traveling with a family of five.
This past weekend I experienced that rare luxury when my family traveled to Tampa, Florida to attend the Lions-Buccaneers game and to visit my husbands Aunt Bonnie & her family.
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The weather in Tampa during our visit was pristine, 80 degrees and sunny. The beach was beautiful with balmy 65 degree water. I am always amazed with the type of energy our boys have, non-stop body surfing, boogie boarding, playing football and finding the time in an eight hour beach day to collect sea shells for their Nana.
Sunday’s weather was epic, perfect for NFL Football. The game matched two teams on the rise. The Detroit Lions entered this road contest with a 4-1 record. Where as, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a 3-1 record, as they have already had their bye week. Unfortunately, the game did not live up to its billing with the Lions defeating the Buccaneers, 20-6 to earn their 5th victory in 6 games. Spontaneity is rare and a luxury, however on a Mid October weekend, the Scharf family was blessed to experience such a luxury and do the most important thing a family can do together-create memories.
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Alzheimer’s and Dementia: The Ugly Truth Alzheimer’s and dementia are a growing concern, and as of 2023, it’s estimated that 6 million Americans are affected, with the numbers expected to be 13 million by 2050. The fact that the number is expected to grow and not reduce should greatly concern you. Our resources and technology in the US should allow us to prevent and reduce the incidence, not allow the numbers to grow. One in three seniors dies of Alzheimer’s, a number larger than prostate and breast cancer deaths combined. Alzheimer’s costs the nation $345 BILLION and, by 2050, could rise to $1 trillion if we don’t gain control. Consider the caretakers, too. 11 million Americans provide 18 billion hours of unpaid care to their loved ones valued at over $350 billion.
The statistics of race disparity of Alzheimer’s and dementia are as follows: Almost two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer's are women. Older Black Americans are about twice as likely to have Alzheimer's or other dementias as older Whites. Older Hispanics are about one and one-half times as likely to have Alzheimer's or other dementias as older Whites. Access to medical care, lack of insurance coverage, and lack of education and resources account for most of this disparity. Alz-
heimer’s has been named Type 3 Diabetes, and the incidence of Diabetes has increased in Hispanic and Black Americans. (All the above information was taken from a report on Alz.org.) How can we gain control? The contemporary medical system is geared toward treatment after the diagnosis to slow progression and not prevent its onset. Like all diseases, The genetic modifications of foods, the stressful American lifestyle, lack of exercise, hormonal imbalances, reduced nutrition, fast food, and instant food practices, etc., from birth lead to the insidious development and progression of inflammation and damage to the neurological system and it can be prevented at an early age. The bandaid effect of contemporary medicine to wait until the disease is reported is backward and inefficient at best. 4 out of 10 patients report their concerns about memory loss to their doctors at an early stage. My clinical experience is that patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s don’t realize they are struggling. In almost all cases, it’s the family or spouse that brings up the concern of memory lapses. The actual patient doesn’t see their deficits. When I have a patient in the clinic raising concerns about their memory, the cause is usually from another medical source, such as hormonal imbalances or a condition called MTHFR (genetic defect of folic acid metabolism) or related to medications and more. Patients with true dementia or Alzheimer’s usually do not see their memory lapses and frequently argue with their spouses or family that they are “fine.” Patients with Alzheimer’s seem to slowly disappear, while simple medical memory lapses keep their personalities and behaviors. Those with Alzheimer’s or dementia fade over time and are seemingly unaware. The best source of therapy is in prevention and from an early age. Diagnosis is complex, and testing is still very obscure and a process of elimination. By the time diagnosis is affirmed, in most circumstances, it is too late to make any significant effect. The caretakers suffer greatly. Caretakers are usually spouses and children, and almost always one child in the family and not balanced between multiple children or family members to share the rhetorical load. The time spent is arduous and not paid time. Work hours and social life hours are lost, and the caretaker becomes engulfed in isolation. I frequently tell caretakers to purchase the book “The 36-Hour Day” by Nancy Mace, MA, for its extensive efforts at assisting caregivers with tools to manage their emotions and frustrations and resources and guidance of all types. An issue most are not aware of is the disproportionate number of health care providers to cover the needs of the significant numbers of patients with Alzheimer’s. The numbers of providers, such as PCP (primary care providers,) doctors such as neurologists or geriatric specialists, nurse practitioners or physician assistants knowledgeable in Alzheimer’s, home health, or rehab specialists, are lacking. By 2050, the number of specialists will have to quadruple to make a significant difference and improvement in the outcome of disease management in America. At this
time, most medical professionals are lacking in knowledge of how to diagnose and treat neurological disorders. As mentioned, the scope of the issue rests on preventative measures. Primary care in tending to the body's needs is where all diseases are prevented. Inflammation is at the heart of almost every ailment, from heart disease, cancers, diabetes, autoimmune illness, mental illness, and more. It rests in increasing knowledge of improved eating habits and nutrition, exercise, reduced stressors, sleep, and mental health self-care, and not everyone has access to such basics. The breadth of this topic is immense, and my goal is to introduce the severity of this issue, bringing awareness to the forefront. I will be speaking on the subject at the “Enchanted Hearts Alzheimer’s and Dementia 5th Annual Passionate About Purple Gala” honoring the heroes of Alzheimer’s, the caretakers, Saturday, October 14, 2023, at 630pm at the Doubletree Hilton Airport. Please look for the event on Facebook under the Enchanted Hearts Alzheimer’s and Dementia Association page and join us. Your support matters, and we must continue to spread awareness. The odds are you, or someone close to you will be affected in your lifetime. Start prevention now.
Too much exposure to UV light Too much exposure to UV light increases the risk of eye diseases and other problems. Here are some of the eye conditions you can avoid by wearing sunglasses: - Cataracts and eye cancers can take years to develop. Every time you sunbathe without eye protection, you increase your risk of developing serious diseases. Babies and children should wear hats and sunglasses for this very reason. People of all ages should take precautions when outdoors. - Abnormal growths in the eye, such as pterygium, can appear in the teens or early 20s. Surfers, skiers, fishermen, farmers, and others who spend long hours in the midday sun or near rivers, oceans, and mountains are at risk. Snow blindness is a form of photokeratitis that can develop rapidly after exposure to UV reflections from snow, ice, sand, or water. Protect your eyes from sun damage in every season Many people forget to check the UV rating of their sunglasses before buying them. Be sure to choose sunglasses that give you 100% UV or UV400 protection, or block both UV-A and UV-B rays. Here are additional tips to protect your eyes from UV damage, no matter the season: - Wear a hat along with your sunglasses. Wide-brimmed hats are best. - Protect children and older adults with hats and sunglasses. Everyone is at risk
of sun damage. - Know that clouds do not block UV light. The sun's rays can pass through the mist and clouds. - Sunlight is most intense from midday to late afternoon, at higher altitudes, and when reflected off water, ice, or snow. - Never look directly at the sun. Doing so at any time, even during an eclipse, can damage the retina of the eye, causing a serious injury known as solar retinopathy. - Avoid tanning beds. Tanning beds present the same risks to the eyes and body as outdoor ultraviolet light. Sunlight and your health Healthy exposure to sunlight can have positive effects, as long as you protect your eyes from UV damage. You need some natural light every day to sleep well. This is because the light-sensitive cells in our eyes play an important role in our body's natural sleep-wake cycles. This is especially important as we get older and more prone to insomnia. Spending time outdoors, in daylight, can also help prevent nearsightedness in children. Exercise is not only great for eye health, but exercising outdoors can also be beneficial. Take your children outside to play to help reduce the risk of nearsightedness and teach them healthy habits for lifelong good eye health. Don't forget to wear hats and sunglasses!
Hydration – is the replacement of body fluids lost through sweating, exhaling, and eliminating waste. On average the body loses and needs to replace about 2-3 quarts of water daily. Dehydration – an abnormal loss of water from the body, especially from illness or physical exertion. There’s no doubt that this Global heat wave has brought about an increase in hospital emergencies and admissions globally due to dehydration and heat strokes. According to research the body is made of 50 - 70% water. Women need about 2.7 liters (11-12 cups) of water a day. Men require about 3.7 liters (15-16 cups) a day. We can survive 2 – 4 days without water, without water or food for one week and with water and no food 2 – 3 months. When planning out a meal plan and workout plan, I recommend that people multiply their body weight by .66 which equals the
amount of water in ounces to drink each day. Depending on how much cardio or physical activity, you may need to increase water intake and if you eat hydrating foods you can adjust the number of ounces. There are several fruits and vegetables you can eat to stay hydrated other than water and sports drinks etc. Careful with the sugary drinks and alcohol that cause you to lose fluids, increasing the risk of heat related illnesses. Keep in mind it’s not just about drinking water but also making sure you replace electrolytes you loose through your pores when you sweat. Electrolytes - sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium. You can replace electrolytes with electrolyte supplements, sports drinks with zero sugar which include electrolytes in them.
My favorite hydrating sports drink is PowerAde Zero, favorite mineral supplement in capsule form is Nutribiotic Performance Essential Electrolytes. I recently discovered this drink called PICKLE POTION #9 sport drink. HEB carries this item. My favorite hydrating foods; a. Watermelon – contains 92% b. Cucumber – contains 95% c. Honeydew Melon - contains 91% d. Strawberries – contain 92% e. Blueberries – contain 85% f. Grapefruit – 88% g. Kiwi – contains 83% h. Zucchini – contains 94% i. Tomatoes – contain 95% j. Bell Peppers – contain 92% k Raw Baby Spinach – contains 93% My favorite hydrating sports drink is PowerAde Zero, favorite mineral supplement in capsule form is Nutribiotic Performance Essential Electrolytes. One of my favorite Hydrating Protein Shakes especially after a workout: Protein Shake - In blender pour one container Premier Protein Shake Café Latte, add 1 cup frozen strawberries, 1 cup frozen blueberries, blend until you get a slushy texture and pour into your favorite glass or sports container. This is a great hydrating drink that will cool you down. You won’t be disappointed!! SKIES THE LIMIT power salad (one of many) Hydrating Salad - in bowl add 2 - 3 cups of raw baby spinach, 1 cup cilantro, 1-2 raw fresh jalapenos chopped without seeds,
1 chopped cucumber, 1 large Jumbo avocado chopped, 1 cup of chopped green onion, 1 cup of ricotta cheese, then add 3 tablespoons Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing and mix together for a flavor that pops in your mouth. Salad feeds up to 2-3 people. Yum Yum! You can add the following protein to the salad: Slivered raw almonds, raw walnuts, Shrimp grilled, broiled or baked - Chopped cooked turkey breast - Chopped cooked chicken breast - Ground turkey cooked Investing in your HEALTH is not an expense, it’s an INVESTMENT! Your HEALTH is your WEALTH! Skie Molinar – CEO & Founder of SKIES THE LIMIT Wellness & Fitness Clinic www.skiesfitness.com 210 – 452 – SKIE (7543) Fitness Editor for SA Monthly Contributing writer for Angel Rising Magazine ISSA Master of Fitness Sciences Associate in Physical Therapy Professional Pilates Instructor for Health Care Professionals A4M member & Certified in Anti-Aging & Sports Medicine Empire Who’s Who honored member Motivational Speaker Acting / Modeling References: www.hhs.texas.gov www.insider.com www.healthline.com
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Opus X, Opus One, a Trademark Infringement Lawsuit, and an Icon That Almost Never Was There are many different types of cigar smokers. Some are casual smokers and some take it a little more seriously. Some smoke on a regular basis, and others only on special occasions. Regardless of which category you fall into, anyone who has spent time around the cigar industry knows, that smoking cigars is an incredible way to bring people together. Cigar smokers come in all shapes, sizes, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Although my tendency is to smoke alone, I can honestly say it doesn’t matter what cigar shop, lounge, state, or country I'm in, If I’m smoking a cigar in the company of other cigar smokers, those people are my friends. With that being said, everyone seems to have their own brand or preferences. For me, it’s Arturo Fuente cigars. Many people will debate this, but I can taste and feel a significant difference in quality. For me, it’s the smoothness and elegance that I haven’t found in other brands. This is particularly so of their rare and higher end releases such as their special Don
Carlos releases and their Opus X line. I have to say, their rich history also adds to the experience. Arturo Fuente has a particularly unique story. I’d heard the name since I was a kid, but it wasn’t till I got much older that I began to realize the significance of this family in the industry. I won’t go too much into their history, because all of this can easily be found online, but let’s just say this family is the embodiment of hard work and determination. Cuban immigrants who moved to Florida in 1902 for a better life, Arturo Fuente struggled to make it in the cigar industry. At one point his cigar factory burned down, and almost ended the business. In 1958 his son Carlos would eventually take over the struggling business, but he would have to deal with the Cuban embargo. In the years following the embargo, efforts were made to establish production in Mexico and Puerto Rico, but the quality at these factories was not sufficient. The production spent
some time in Nicaragua, however a fire, and a Nicaraguan revolution, would cause them to eventually land in the Dominican Republic. Their business would be decimated over and over by revolutions, fires, and hurricanes. However, over the years they never gave up. This is particularly impressive to me considering the inevitable political and major infrastructure challenges they would encounter. Another significant challenge they would face was a Trademark Infringement lawsuit by one of the most powerful families on the planet. Around 1996, during the cigar boom, Carlos Fuente Sr., and his son Carlito Fuente were both running the company out of the Dominican Republic. Chateau de la fuente, their deservedly famous cigar farm,
was producing some of the best cigars in the world. One day a well known french tobacconist visited the Chateau, and famously made a comment to Carlito. He told him that he would never be a great cigar maker because he was only assembling the tobacco, not making it. Cigars are made of binder, wrapper, and filler. At the time, the Fuentes were getting their wrapper from other countries because, for various reasons, you couldn’t grow cigar wrapper in the Dominican Republic. Carlito not resting on the company’s success, and just as determined as his father, would eventually find a way to make a Dominican wrapper. In 1997 the first all Dominican (puro) cigar was made. As it turns out, it wasn’t just a good cigar, it would go on to be one of the highest regarded and the
most sought after cigars in the world. Its name: Opus X. According to the story, Carlito named it that because he wanted to convey the opulence of the cigar. The “X” was the special name they gave for the project that came from the tv show “Planet 9”. The problem was that there was another product with a similar name, Opus One wine. This wine was created by the famous Barron d Rothschild from france and Robert Modavi from California. They created this iconic and beautiful wine as a marriage between the old world of France and the new world of California wines. The company would eventually be sold, but the winery and their iconic wine still exists today in the Napa valley. In 1997 they sued the Fuente family for trademark infringement, that their Opus X cigar infringed on their iconic wine of a similar name. This was serious business. The plaintiffs not only wanted
the Fuentes to stop using the name, but to destroy the entire Opus X brand. To put it another way, it could have bankrupted Arturo Fuente cigars. As a lawyer I can tell you, it’s no secret, that lawsuits are expensive, and the outcome is never certain, regardless of the facts. The Fuente’s had a lot to think about. In the end, they would’t back down. In an interview with Carlos Fuente Sr. he states he told Carlito Jr. to fight the lawsuit with everything we have. He states I came from nothing, and I’ll start again from nothing if I have to. Hindsight is 2020 but it’s a whole lot different when your tail is on the line. I have a lot of respect for him making that decision. Fortunately the Fuente’s decision to fight had merit in the law. Yes, the law creates a cause of action if you infringe on another’s trademark, but these are two separate industries. Cigars and wine are not going to get confused. If the argument was coming from another cigar maker that would have been a different story, but it wasn’t. It was
coming from winemaker. After years of litigation, the Fuentes would be successful in defending their lawsuit. It’s a good thing they did, otherwise we wouldn’t have what I consider to be the best cigars on the market. What I like about their cigars is that they are 100% handmade with the highest standards, and are significantly aged. I’m closer to a special occasion cigar smoker, but when I have one of theirs, I feel like I am smoking a work of art that can’t be copied. I was fortunate enough to meet Carlito Fuente at a cigar event at Finck’s cigars a few weeks back. I have to say, I was a little star struck, but it was an honor to meet what I consider to be the best cigar maker in the world, from one of the most determined families on the planet. Philip A. Perez
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lawns, majestic oak trees, and a custom designed gazebo. Aside from featuring a blend of cozy, elegant rooms for a romantic weekend getaway, Owners Joe and Melissa Claire enjoy cooking exquisite meals for their guests to enjoy. Come and enjoy a timeless weekend that will leave you inspired and refreshed! Website: www.chateauclaire.com Instagram: @chateauclairebnb Facebook: Chateau Claire Boutique Bed &amp; Breakfast TikTok: @chateauclairebnb