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Features 18 Overcoming Obstacles Three women tell how they put a difficult past behind and went on to acheivement and success

24 Born to Excel Whitney Solcher came back to San Antonio to further her career in finance

28 An Artful Life in Olmos Park Ruiz-Healy property includes a residence and a seperate studio

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12 Editor’s Letter 14 Contributors 16 What’s New 57 Wine 59 Beauty & Fitness 62 Health Matters 83 Dollars & Sense 97 Scene Around Town 109 Mommy Matters 112 Dining 119 Arts & Culture 122 Restaurants 124 Weddings 128 Women on the Move 129 AstroForecast 130 Looking Back

44 Shop SA Shopping in San Antonio made easy

67 March of Dimes

Elegantly tailored, structured and layered


54 Focus on Food Enjoy the versatile pumpkin in more than pie recipes

38 Fashion 121 Entertainment 126 Events

101 Women’s Wellness

85 Women in Law Women are flocking to careers in law, making important contributions in today’s changing world


115 Role Model

Whitney Solcher Born to Excel at Investing

Elizabeth Rosemblum helps the homeless meet goals for bettering their lives

photography Liz Garza Williams

117 ArtBeat Artist incorporates photography into three-dimensional creations

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Liz Garza Williams

Letter from the Editor

PUBLISHER J. Michael Gaffney EDITOR Beverly Purcell-Guerra CUSTOMER SERVICE MANAGER Kyra Bragg

Early on, Whitney Solcher was fascinated by business and finance. She had lemonade stands, of course, and recalls using the school pay phone to call her broker to buy stocks in AOL. After earning a business degree and working eight years at Goldman Sachs, she returned to her hometown to join four partners and start San Antonio Capital Management, LLC, which she serves as president. She is our Profile subject. The women in Up Front have been successful, too, but their accomplishments lie in overcoming childhood poverty, discrimination, lack of education and, in one instance, brutal parental abuse. Read about Melissa Anderson, now the mother of seven and a recent graduate of St. Mary’s Law School; Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch, who left a poor neighborhood in Laredo to attend college and serve in the Army, becoming the highest-ranking Hispanic woman in the Combat Support Field; and Dr. Maria Hernandez Ferrier, who once believed she was “not college material,” and is now the inaugural president of Texas A&M University-San Antonio. Their stories are truly inspiring! Our Role Model, Elizabeth Rosenblum, drew on her passion for running and other healthy pursuits to become co-founder and executive director of Street2Feet, a fitness program that partners with SAMMinistries to promote transformation in the lives of the homeless through running. Environments visits two adjacent homes in Olmos Park that serve as the RuizHealy family’s residence as well as Patricia Ruiz-Healy’s art studio. Both are filled with outstanding art. Focus on Food proves that there are recipes for pumpkin besides pumpkin pie. Fashion for fall is tailored, structured, layered, all with a touch of glamour. Artbeat features artist Joan Frederick, who incorporates her photographs into lampshades, mobiles, chair seats and other unconventional objects. Arts and Culture reminds us that it’s time for Fotoseptiembre, this year with a Taiwanese connection. There’s also a rundown on museum shows, theater, music and dance during the busy fall season. You’ll find articles on women choosing legal careers today, innovations in women’s health, the significance of birth order in families, the importance of having a valid will and the pleasures of value wines. Relive some of spring and summer’s gala occasions in Scene Around Town, and visit Roaring Fork restaurant with our reviewer. Shop SA will help you compile your shopping list for fall bargains. With the approach of the fall social season, we’ll all be paying more attention to our appearance. Beauty & Fitness presents the wide range of choices in makeup, hairstyle and fashions, while Health Matters reviews noninvasive cosmetic procedures for a better body image. Be sure to read the special section on the March of Dimes, the progress being made in treating premature infants and the stories of families that have benefited from this agency. Then visit our website,, where you’ll find blogs and photos from some of our writers. We also invite you to be our friend on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Just stay in touch.


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With master's degrees in English and business and a background in teaching and marketing, Mary Anne Cole keeps her ear attuned to financial issues that affect women, from managing careers to handling debt. "It's a dynamic field," Mary says. "Women's financial issues change not only with changing economic conditions, but also with their different stages of life and life events. Still, there is much we have in common, regardless of our stage of life, and it is that commonality that informs my articles for SAN ANTONIO WOMAN. While I can seldom go into great detail on any one subject, I hope that what I say will interest women in finding out more about the importance of managing their financial lives so they can be independent and secure."

Carole Miller has been a contributing writer for SAN ANTONIO WOMAN for three years.  She is the former editor of Scene in SA magazine and has been covering the San Antonio social scene for more than 10 years.  A native of Dallas, she went on to attend the University of Georgia, where she received her degree in journalism and mass communications. She is also the mother of Nick, 15, a sophomore at Alamo Heights High School, and Faith, 12, who is entering the seventh grade at Alamo Heights Junior School. "The generosity and giant hearts of the people of San Antonio never cease to amaze me," she says. And her new blog, with photos and information about all the latest events, can be found at

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the Junior League of San Antonio, Inc. Since its inception the event has raised $1.4 million for projects across the city.

The third annual Fashion’s Night Out at the Shops at La Cantera

Among the special events are a preview party on Oct.19; Ready,

will bring live entertainment, plenty of shopping and something

Set Shop, with a fully catered brunch; Happy Hour for Heroes; Girls

new this year – contemporary art. Eight artists will use their own unique techniques and mediums

Night Out; and Family Day. General shopping tickets are $15. For information on tickets to individual events, go to

to create works of art on recycled mannequins. The event marks a collaboration with the Blue Star Contemporary Art Center. Fashion’s Night Out, on Thursday, Sept. 8, is open to the public without charge. For a list of shopping incentives and offers, visit On Sept. 7 there will be a private preview at Blue Star 9, earning VIP status for Blue Star ticket holders at Fashion’s Night Out. For

GET A TASTE OF INDEPENDENCE HILL RETIREMENT COMMUNITY Independence Hill Retirement Resort Community will offer “The Taste of Independence Hill,” featuring samples from up-andcoming restaurants as well as old favorites, on Oct. 19 from 1 until 4 p.m. Guests may RSVP by calling (210) 615-4000.

ticket information, call (210) 227-6960, or go to


SAN ANTONIO CAPITAL MANAGEMENT ANNOUNCES CHANGES San Antonio Capital Management, LLC is now San Antonio Capital & Trust, LLC. The firm recently organized San Antonio Trust Company in order to offer corporate trustee services in addition to its wealth management services. Rebecca A. Crowder is president of the new trust company, and Whitney E. Solcher will continue to serve as president of San Antonio Capital Management, which now manages some $100 million in assets for families, trusts and foundations. The firm has welcomed Stephen A. Palmer and Omar Akhil as vice presidents and Dr. G. P. Singh to its advisory board.

Now open at 2430 McCullough at Olmos Circle, McCullough

The advisory board includes Richard T. Schlosberg, chairman;

Avenue Grill specializes in old-fashioned American comfort food

John C. Kerr, vice chairman; J. Bruce Bugg, Jr.; Steve Q. Lee;

with a twist.

James W. Gorman, Jr.; Dr. Mike Murphy; John W. Feik; James W.

Owner Maria Sanchez praises her team for working together to

Collins; Alan Dreeben; and Whitney E. Solcher, CFA.

present great food in a great environment. Ever-changing daily specials allow for creative freedom.


Live music is presented on most nights. The restaurant is open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. For information call (210) 822-6644..

PROTECT-ACT-STAY SAFE WOMEN’S SEMINAR TO BENEFIT RAPE CRISIS CENTER Here is a stunning fact...In the United States, a woman will fall victim to sexual assault every two minutes! Due to this daunting statistic, STW Krav Maga has again joined forces with the Rape Crisis Center in the fight against sexual assault. Protect-Act-Stay

Earlier this year, Saint Mary’s Hall students presented a

Safe, a back-to-school women-only seminar, will be hosted by

check for $3,800 to the San Antonio chapter of the American

STW Krav Maga at 11 a.m. on Sept. 24. Pre-registration is recom-

Red Cross.

mended; visit or call 210-348-6127. All proceeds benefit the Rape Crisis Center.

Receiving the check were Mike Bennett, CEO and chairman of the San Antonio chapter, and Anna Sweeden, chief development officer.

HOLIDAY OLÉ MARKET COMING IN OCTOBER The 2011 Holiday Olé Market presented by Valero and benefiting

During their weekly chapel service following the tsunami in Japan, the students were inspired to help and quickly put together

the Junior League of San Antonio, Inc., will take place Oct. 19-22

an all-school fundraiser. The student body sold baked goods,

at the San Antonio Shrine Auditorium, 901 North Loop 1604 West.

tacos, pizza and drinks, raising more than $3,800 by week’s end.

The Olé Market will offer boutique-like shopping with some 90

Bennett commended the SMH community, saying, “The stu-

merchants selling apparel, jewelry, children’s items, home goods and

dents of Saint Mary’s Hall have stepped up to the plate several

original holiday items. Proceeds will benefit the community programs and projects of

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times to raise funds for disasters across the globe and to support people in our own community.”



Obstacles Three women tell how they put a difficult past behind and went on to achievement and success By COURTNEY BURKHOLDER



he women you are about to meet in this article changed my life. I once considered myself a godly woman of faith, with a heart for the less fortunate, a strong will, honorable in my intentions and striving to do my part to make this world a better place. But I was wrong. I have not even begun to tap into my potential. The women within these pages are the definition of strong, godly, honorable, capable, and I don’t feel worthy to tell their stories. But I will do my best. These warrior women, as I have come to think of them, endured a myriad of circumstances including poverty, discrimination, lack of education and a brutally abusive childhood and went on to fulfill dreams and destinies far beyond the reach of the common woman. And they’re not done yet. I hope their stories touch your lives as they have touched mine, for each is unique, and each will inspire you to believe in the impossible, work harder and persevere. They are not simply victims. They are more than survivors. They are women who refused to let circumstance guide their destiny, and instead, paved their own roads to success and happiness on every level.

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MELISSA ANDERSON Her earliest memory is of her father beating her little brother until they thought he was dead. “He was only 3 years old,” Melissa recalls. “My parents wouldn’t call 911 because they didn’t want to get caught, so they put him in the bathtub and left him there.” This first memory exemplifies the horrific childhood Melissa and her 16 siblings endured in the small desert town of Apple Valley in Southern California. “My parents ran the gantlet of abuse,” Melissa states. “Physical, emotional and sexual abuse; also physical and educational neglect.” Her stories of daily starvation, beatings, strangulation and torture are so horrific, so unimaginable, I want to cover my face and hide from her words. Yet Melissa’s voice is calm, almost soothing, though there is no mistaking the note of steely determination behind her words. She has told this story before. And she will tell it again and again, for it is her calling. “People don’t understand the nature of abuse because it is too ugly to look at,” she says. “If we refuse to look at abuse, it is going to keep raging, and children will continue to suffer.” Pulled from school in the fifth grade, Melissa, the oldest daughter, was left to care for her younger siblings while her parents were out with friends all day. “The school system was noticing signs of abuse and reporting it, so my father decided to home-school us,” she says. Although numerous reports were made to Child Protective Services by the school and their church, in the end, Melissa and her siblings were left to fend for themselves, as much victims of our justice system as they were of their parents. “I still feel that someone should have known. Someone should have done something,” she muses. Despite her young age, Melissa was in charge of taking care of her brothers and sisters: “I did my best to make sure they got something to eat. I was in charge of their education. I tried to protect them. I cared for them 24 hours a day.” It was Melissa who cleaned them, medicated them, put them to sleep in her own bed, dried their tears and took countless blows for them when she could. And it was this responsibility to her siblings that kept her going through endless days of hell and virtually complete isolation from the outside world. “I had nothing outside of the home; no contact with anyone.

Melissa Anderson's parents took her out of school in the fifth grade to care for her younger siblings. The children endured unending physical, emotional and sexual abuse; their father is now serving a sentence of life in prison plus 96 years.

Every once in a while they took us to church, but that was a farce. Aside from that, we never left the house,” she recalls. The children were not even allowed in the front yard, only the back yard for short periods of time and only with permission. But Melissa refused to give up. “I had to take care of my siblings. There wasn’t time to worry about myself. And I had this innate belief that there was someone out there who wanted me and loved me,” she recalls. “I clung to religion like crazy, no matter how much my parents tried to beat it out of me. It was my safety net.” Yet she admits she had no idea that there was something different out there. Something better. “Abused children don’t have any other idea of normal,” she explains. “Normal for me was being beaten, starved and watching my brother tortured. That was normal to me. I thought all families were like mine. I thought everyone had secrets.” Melissa’s turning point came at the age of 17, when she joined the Army and left behind the nightmare of her childhood for good. “The

Army was my saving grace. I had to get out. I didn’t even know how badly I had to get out, until I was out,” she says. In basic training, deep in the heart of South Carolina, Melissa began to experience some normalcy for the first time. “It was in the Army that I was fed daily until I was full,” she laughs ruefully. “All my peers were complaining about how awful the food was, and I thought it was the best thing I had ever tasted in my life!” She saw tall, beautiful trees like she had never seen before; watched people interacting with each other, showing kindness to one another, and she began socializing with people outside of her family for the first time since she was a young child. The Army brought many other good things to Melissa’s life. It was there that she met her husband, Jared, whom she describes as amazing. “He never saw me as broken. He just saw me as me.” They were married in 2001, and at the tender age of 19, nine months later,

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Though she had only made it through fifth grade, Melissa was determined to continue her education. She began taking classes at a junior college doing basic math and reading. She then transferred to another junior college, where she received an associate degree. The University of Arizona was next, where she earned a 4.0 GPA and received her bachelor’s degree in political science and history with a minor in Mandarin Chinese. She took the LSAT, scoring in the top 50 percent of the nation, and was accepted to St. Mary’s Law School, where she graduated in the top 20 percent of her class this year. All this while having and raising their seven children and serving in the Inactive Reserves. In 2010, she wrote and published an illustrated children’s book, The Big Fib, which is available on She has also written a memoir about her life that she is hoping to have published: “It’s a story of triumph; a story of healing. It’s the story of making it when nobody thought you could.” Melissa intends to use her law degree to help other children who are victims of abuse, explaining, “I want to change some laws to better protect children. And I want to raise awareness about what children in our country go through.” In February, she will return to active duty as an Army lawyer in the Judge Advocate General Corps. Her message to other victims of abuse? “The best way to thumb your nose at your abuser is to succeed,” she states firmly. “The shame of abuse is not yours, it belongs solely with the person that abused you. There is nothing shameful in having survived abuse. And although the pain will never go away, that pain is sanctifying. You don’t After a stint in the Army, Anderson earned a college degree and graduated in the top 20 percent of her class at St. Mary's Law School. She and her husband are the parents of six children and one adopted sibling.

have to look at the pain of surviving as something ugly. It can be beautiful. It’s the one thing that you have left, and you will have to live with it your whole life. But you can. You can make it through, and you will be stronger for it.”

Melissa gave birth to their first child. “It was the scariest thing. I’d seen torture, but nothing was as scary as holding this baby in my


arms. I was so afraid I would hurt her. I didn’t know how not to hurt



grant parents and

her,” she says.

raised in El Rincon

But she was determined. Melissa spent hours sitting in public parks and libraries watching other mothers interacting with their chil-


dren. “I watched these mothers touching and hugging their babies.



I’d never seen mothers touch their children so much. I thought it was



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unnatural. Personal touch was hard at first,” she says. Now, with six

Castillo Kickbusch is

children of their own and one adopted sibling, Melissa’s sister, Kayli,

no stranger to the

Melissa has mastered the art of love and touch. “My kids have ab-

darker, seedier side

solutely no concept of personal space,” she laughs.

of life.

“The bus

The Army also brought about the counseling Melissa needed to

wouldn’t come into

open up about her abuse. Following the death of her oldest brother

my neighborhood,”

in 2007, Melissa began receiving grief and trauma counseling. It was

she recalls. “The po-

during this therapy that she first began to speak about the abuse she

lice wouldn’t come

had suffered as a child and working through the grief of surviving

to my neighborhood

abuse. Even her husband had no idea of the atrocities she had en-

until after the ambulance did. It is hard

dured in her childhood. “I could finally say it was wrong,” she recalls. “It shouldn’t have happened, and it’s not my shame.” During this time of healing, Melissa also began to feel a conviction

to emerge from that type of community with any sort of positiveness. The negativity was overwhelming.”

to do something about the abuse she and her siblings had endured.

Growing up, Consuelo encountered many challenges that threat-

She spoke with her younger brother (the recipient of the majority of

ened to entrap her and imprison her in a world of poverty, ignorance

torture inflicted by their father while she was living at home and now

and despair. “Poverty was so ravishing and debilitating, you sort of

a decorated sergeant in the Army) and convinced him to press

already knew all the other outcomes of it: drug addiction, crime, illit-

charges. Melissa and six of her siblings served as witnesses. In 2009,

eracy, alcoholism,” she recalls. “My mother suffered from mental ill-

Richard Jay Swank was arrested, tried and sentenced to life plus 96

ness, and, of course, we didn’t have insurance. There was no medical

years in prison for his crimes.

plan for the poor. No outreach clinics to help her.”

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She describes life in the Devil’s Den as being surrounded by ignorant innocence — “You don’t know what you don’t know.” And she recalls dark times in her childhood that threatened to pull her deeper into the black abyss of the despair. Between the ages of 9 and 12, Consuelo was sexually abused by a neighbor. “My mother was suffering from her most severe bouts of mental illness,” she explains. “I felt so alone.” One day, Consuelo found herself hiding out in the chicken coop and praying. “It dawned on me, I had gotten into a cage: the chicken’s cage. The chickens couldn’t get out, but I wasn’t like those chickens. I could get out. I went to bed and said to myself, tomorrow will come and tomorrow will be a better day.” Despite her family’s extreme poverty and the rough, forbidding neighborhood she called home, Consuelo recalls being blessed in other ways: “My family was rich in culture, identity and values.” She credits her parents with giving her the ability to look beyond the world she knew to a better life. “I never once heard them complain about their circumstances. I never once heard them express hate or bitterness. On the contrary. They always preached love and forgiveness. I would always see my mother and father work to solve their problems; take an extra job, whatever it took. And they loved this country.” Spirituality has also been a fundamental part of Consuelo’s life. “From early on, I learned there was a power much greater than me,” she says. “I embraced that spirituality. It is something that is embedded in me. I know in my heart that I am one with my God, and I share my relationship with my God.” And this spirituality helped get her through the most difficult times in her childhood. After graduating from high school (“just barely,” she laughs), Consuelo began attending a local junior college, where she was befriended by one of the college recruiters. “Mr. Cooper introduced me to the library. It was the tipping point for me. I found answers to so many of my questions. I became addicted to

Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch left a rough Laredo neighborhood for junior college, Hardin Simmons University and 20 years in the Army, rising to become the highestranking Hispanic woman in the Combat Support Field. Today, she is a motivational speaker, encouraging at-risk children and families to aim for success.

reading.” Hardin Simmons University, “my second saving grace,” says Consuelo, came next, where she met another man

Field of the U.S. Army. In 1996, she was offered a position for a Bat-

who would be instrumental in changing her life. “Dr. Bridges is the

talion Command, an eight-year commitment that would put her on

second person I owe my life to. He helped me to know more about

the path to the higher-ranking world of the Army. Instead, to the dis-

myself. He would not accept mediocrity. He would say, ‘I’m not

may of many, she chose to retire and fulfill her mother’s dying wish

going to let you be another statistic.’” At Hardin Simmons, Consuelo

of returning to her roots and becoming a community leader.

was first introduced to the military. “I thought I was joining a little social group called the ROTC,” she laughs. Following graduation from HSU, Consuelo entered the U.S. Army

“My mother was deeply hurt by the lack of human respect she saw in our old neighborhood, the shift toward violence in our community,” Consuelo recalls. “She told me ‘You have been so blessed and so for-

as an officer. “The Army was a great fit for me,” she says proudly. “It

tunate to be educated, worldly, to have what many in the community

was high-energy and based on merit. I didn’t only want to be looked

are still struggling to find. You are a leader, a voice. So what have you

at as a Mexican and a woman. I wanted to be looked at for what I

done for the voiceless?’ She told me ‘You are on a journey, but you

worked hard at. I wanted to be judged on my performance, on my

will always be that little girl from Devil’s Den. How dare you focus on

commitment, on my knowledge. The Army is the greatest example

yourself and improving your life when others are dying?’”

of diversity in America.”

Consuelo took her mother’s dying words to heart. From that time

For the next 20 years, Consuelo served in the military, where she

forward, she dedicated her life to telling her story and helping other

became the highest-ranking Hispanic woman in the Combat Support

children that come from similar backgrounds to see the potential

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Divorced and with two small children at the age of 30, Dr. Maria Hernandez Ferrier didn't consider herself to be college material. Today, she is president of Texas A&M University-San Antonio.

change has to be passed on.” Consuelo’s message is simple: This too shall pass. “People who are hurting want to know ‘when will this end?’ They recognize first and foremost their biggest enemy is within them. So I tell them, ‘If you think you can’t, then you won’t. But if you know that you want to, then you will.’ I remind them to laugh because it’s important to laugh and smile. Don’t carry the hate and bitterness.” Married to retired Lt. Col. David Allen Kickbusch for 20 years, Consuelo is the mother of five daughters and grandmother to two grandchildren with one on the way.

DR. MARIA HERNANDEZ FERRIER Like many little girls before her, Maria Hernandez Ferrier dreamed of being a good wife and mother when she grew up. Born and raised in a barrio on San Antonio’s West Side, Maria had loving parents who raised her with the traditional values and expectations of many young Mexican girls in the ‘50s. “I was blessed with parents who, though poor in financial resources, were rich in faith and love,” she recalls. “High school was thought to be the terminal degree and a reason for great celebration. I was not encouraged to think about college. In fact, young girls were expected to marry, have children (in that order) and become good wives and mothers, period.” Maria did just that. But life has a way of changing even the best laid plans, and at the age of 30, Maria found herself divorced, without income, and with two young children, ages 7 and 9, to support. To top it off, she had never learned to drive. Drawing from the foundation of love and faith her parents had instilled in her, Maria looked bravely toward an uncertain future. Her first job was a position as an aide at the 24th Street Mental Health and Mental Retardation (MHMR) Center, making minimum wage, approximately $1.60 per hour. The center was for children with severe retardation, many nonambulatory and most nonverbal. It their lives hold. She began humbly by speaking to an auditorium

was here at MHMR where she met Carol Tuell, a speech pathologist

filled with elementary school students. Word of her incredible story

and director of the center, who would become pivotal in her life.

of triumph quickly spread. “I have never advertised,” she says. “It is all word-of-mouth.” She began her business, Educational Achievement Services, Inc., a

“After I had been working at MHMR for several months, Carol asked me why I was not in college. I told her, without even hesitating, that I was not college material,” she recalls. But Carol did not give up,

human development company dedicated to helping at-risk children

continuing to encourage Maria to enroll in the local community col-

succeed in school and in life, and at-risk families stay together. Speaker,

lege. “Finally, she said to me, ‘Maria, if I find a way to pay for your first

author, Army veteran and educator, Consuelo now shares her message

semester at SAC, would you at least give college a try?’ Years later, I

globally and continues to mentor the youth of America through edu-

learned that even though she was struggling financially, she paid for

cational programs, motivational speaking engagements, books and

that semester for me out of her own pocket. Carol’s faith in me made

CDs that highlight her message of leadership and education. Her reward? Watching countless young people who have heard

me begin to believe in myself, and I was motivated to work hard and prove that I was worthy of the sacrifice she had made,” she says.

her message turn their lives around and find a meaningful purpose

Making the decision to go to college, to try to better her life and

in their lives. “For me, giving back to environments like I grew up in

her children’s lives, was not easy. “After the divorce I felt worthless

is a blessing,” she says proudly. “I want to be part of the change. I

and totally inadequate,” she recalls. “I had to overcome the mindset

love this great nation because change begins with me, and then

that I was not college material. I remember how in high school I was

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In her office at Texas A&M University-San Antonio, Dr. Ferrier confers with Lisa E. Pena, left, and Jan Mundine.

grateful for the poodle skirt my mom had made me that hid my shak-

Achievement for Limited English Proficient Students in the U.S. De-

ing knees as I walked into math class!” she laughs.

partment of Education during the George W. Bush administration.

But overcome it she did. Maria went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts

Though it wasn’t a straight shot, each step of her career affected the

degree in speech and a Master of Education in guidance and counseling

next, opening doors and providing her with opportunities to make

from Our Lady of the Lake University, then a Doctorate of Education

changes and affect people’s lives.

Administration from Texas A&M University. Maria attributes her ability

It seems that wherever she goes, Maria leaves a legacy of accom-

to overcome her difficult start to “a firm belief in and personal relation-

plishments in her wake, including the creation, development and im-

ship with God and surrendering my life to His purpose.” One of her fa-

plementation of many highly successful programs, including City Year,

vorite books is Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Life. “I know that many

Partners in Pride, the Southwest ISD/Kelly AFB Mentoring Partnership,

of the obstacles I have overcome have actually worked to my advan-

Helping Academic Leadership through Theater, and the multi-district

tage, and that when we turn our lives to His purpose and for His honor

Partnership School for expelled and adjudicated youngsters, just to

and glory, all things work together for good,” she says.

name a few.

Maria first received national attention while serving as a school

According to Maria, it’s all about faith and attitude: “As Charles

counselor at Windcrest Elementary on the north side of San Antonio.

Swindoll once said, ‘The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of

During her tenure there, two significant incidents occurred that set in

attitude on life.’ I’m convinced that my attitude toward life has a direct

motion a series of events that would pave Maria’s road to Washington,

impact on life’s attitude toward me. We cannot change our past or

D.C. During her first week at Windcrest, a young girl was kidnapped

the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the

while waiting for her parents to pick her up after school. Luckily, the

inevitable. I am convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me

girl was returned unharmed the next day, but Maria saw a need and

and 90 percent how I react to it.”

set out to fulfill it: “I started a program called Safety Kids — fifth-

In 2010, Maria was named the inaugural president of Texas A&M

graders were paired up as mentors for kindergarteners and first-

University-San Antonio, and with this endeavor, she has set her goals

graders for after-school pick-up. The fifth-graders were introduced to

high. “I want to grow Texas A&M University-San Antonio into a world-

the parents of the younger children and knew who each child was al-

class university that graduates experts in their chosen fields,” she

lowed to go home with. Safety Kids received a lot of media attention.”

states proudly. “The majority of our students mirror my own life ex-

The second incident involved a third-grade student at Windcrest El-

perience. They are nontraditional, many with families. It is critical that

ementary who was hit and killed by a drunk driver while getting into the

their time and effort in earning a college degree meet their expecta-

family van in front of her aunt’s house. “My office was flooded with chil-

tions to prepare them for the work force and take them to a higher

dren needing counseling, and nothing was working,” Maria recalls.

level of economic success.”

“These kids felt helpless. That is when grief and depression set in. So

And she takes these goals very seriously. Despite her numerous

we started doing research on drunk drivers in Texas and found that our

honors, national positions and appointments, Maria’s values remain

laws were very lax. These third-graders started writing to our legislators.

firmly rooted in her convictions and following God’s plan for her life.

We had a huge assembly and started the very first Students Against

She explains, “I want to be worthy of the trust that the wonderful

Drunk Drivers (SADD) chapter in the nation.” The assembly was at-

TAMU System Board of Regents have afforded me in this position. To

tended by the governor and ended up on the cover of USA Today.

be faithful to our students and to be a good steward of the tax dollars

Maria’s pattern of seeing a need, then setting out to fulfill it, is

that support us. To be a good daughter, mom and grandmother and

what eventually took her from the counselor’s office at an elementary

to be a good friend. To never forget that all that I am and all that I

school in San Antonio all the way to director of the Office of English

have comes from my Creator and that at the end of each day, to be

Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement and Academic

able to look in the mirror and know that I have given it my all.”

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Whitney Solcher relaxes with DS This Time Around at the Oakwell Farms Equestrian Center. She has competed at the state level, riding hunters and jumpers, and feels the experience gave her confidence when she entered the financial world.


Born to Excel Whitney Solcher came back to San Antonio to further her career in finance


y bloodline, upbringing and inclination, Whitney Solcher was born for business. President of San Antonio Capital Management, LLC, an investment firm founded in 2009, she’s the great-granddaughter of the late Walter McAllister, former San Antonio mayor and founder in 1914 of the San Antonio Savings Association (SASA), a savings-and-loan association of which her father, Gerry Solcher, was president. At 32, she’s president of San Antonio Capital Management, LLC, an investment firm she and four partners founded in 2009. Growing up, Solcher loved visiting her father’s office. “The whole atmosphere attracted me,” she remembers — “the leather sofas, the quiet.” Her father once let her hold $20,000 in cash from the vault, and that might have been the moment that sparked her interest in handling money. As a child, she operated “multiple lemonade stands,” and at age 12, she convinced her father to let her use his woodworking tools to craft jumps and other props for the Breyer model horses popular among girls on the horse-show circuit. She sold her work at competitions she entered, then used her savings to open a small account with a family friend and stockbroker. “At 12, I was reading the Wall Street Journal to check my stocks,” she says. “At lunchtime, I’d use a pay phone in school to call my broker and buy 500 shares of AOL.” Meanwhile, at horse shows, Solcher rode hunters and jumpers, competing at the state level, an experience she believes earned her bona-fides as a serious competitor. At an interview for her first job at Goldman Sachs, an international investment-banking firm, “I was



Solcher and her husband, Joe Miller, enjoy a game of chess with encouragement from their dog, Kiwi.

asked if I could be competitive without having played a team sport. I said I had played on a team of two, managing a 2,000-pound animal who didn’t speak my language.” After 12 years as a student at Saint Mary’s Hall — the last four on a Campbell Academic Scholarship, a prestigious merit award — Solcher says, “I’d had enough of liberal arts.” For college, she was “chomping at the bit” to begin her professional education in business. Though she was accepted at the University of Virginia and considered the school for its varsity equestrian program she chose the University of Texas at Austin for its undergraduate honors business program. During her college

years, Solcher explored career options through an internship at Merrill Lynch in Austin and an SBC summer management program in corporate finance. The experience taught her that she prefers working with individuals and families, an insight that launched her on a career as an investment adviser. At Goldman, she trained in New York and was sent to Houston, where she began as a financial analyst. Besides learning her trade in the firm’s sink-orswim method, Solcher also began studying to become a chartered financial analyst (CFA), the “gold standard” credential for investment professionals, comparable to the process of becoming a certified public accountant

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San Antonio Capital Management, LLC is now San Antonio Capital & Trust, LLC, offering corporate trustee services in addition to wealth management. Conferring above are Rebecca A. Crowder, president of the new trust company; advisory board members James W. Gorman (left) and J. Bruce Bugg, Jr. and Solcher, president of San Antonio Capital Management, LLC. (CPA) “but even more stringent.” Candidates for the globally recognized designation have to pass three exams to qualify. Only five percent pass all three on the first try, says Solcher, who was one of them, earning her CFA credential in three years. “In my first two years at Goldman, I had no life,” she says. “I’d work all day and come home to study at night.” The effort paid off: Solcher was twice promoted during her eight years with Goldman, eventually becoming the firm’s youngest vice president at the time. By 2008, however, she was ready to leave the company. During her last year, Solcher became increasingly uncomfortable as news of her employer’s investments in subprime mortgages began to come out. Even though she worked in the investment management division, not implicated in mishandling of toxic assets, she says, “I kept getting calls from clients, constantly having to defend myself against the headlines.” Solcher returned that year to San Antonio, a move she had been planning for years. “When I graduated (from col-

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lege), there weren’t a lot of opportunities here,” she says. “I needed to earn my way back, working somewhere else to build up the skills and experience you need to contribute on a significant level.” At first, she worked as a consultant to a few family offices here, but soon was approached by a family friend, Steve Lee, who invited her to become part of an investment group he was forming with Bruce Bugg, Jim Gorman and Dick Schlosberg, all seasoned business executives. “I really liked their investment strategy, because it was the opposite of what Wall Street was doing,” says Solcher. As the founding partners planned their business model, it was a simplified approach to investing, feeand tax-efficient and stressing diversification, liquidity and transparency, and the partners would invest along with their clients. The idea held a solid appeal to Solcher. “I want to build something great,” she says. “I also wanted to work with a smaller team, more like a family.” And, she says, “I’ve always been entrepreneurial. When I came back, I didn’t want to go to work for

Smith Barney or UBS; I wanted to do something I could put my stamp on.” While she and her partners were crafting the business model and planning a launch, Solcher also was planning her wedding to Joe Miller, a fellow entrepreneur she had met by chance a few years earlier when he came to San Antonio to visit his brother, who was serving in the military here. Now owner of the San Antonio Technology Center, Miller had an intriguingly different background from Solcher’s, yet he had the same competitive edge. Brought up in rural Alabama, he used a tennis scholarship to take him into a wider world; after a stint on a pro tour in Australia, he went into business for himself, primarily in real estate and biotech. The couple married in April 2009, about the time Solcher’s new firm registered with the Securities Exchange Commission. Though both Solcher and Miller put in long hours at work, they enjoy talking shop with each other. “We talk about business strategies, not clients,” she says. As for work-life balance, she says, “We’re working on it.” The couple plays tennis — “He babies


me,” she says, smiling — she loves to cook, and both look forward to more travel together. Meanwhile, Solcher loves her job. “I take a lot more pride in my work now,” she says. As an investment adviser, “Half my job is finance, the other half is psychology.” With new clients, she spends time figuring out what their financial circumstances and aspirations are. Given the confidentiality of her role, she says, “People open up to you; the amount of trust that they put into your hands is awe-inspiring.” Female clients, she says, “are more likely to talk about their risk tolerance, their emotional as well as financial needs.” Whatever the client’s history or requirements, she says, “There’s never a dull day (because) you’re helping people.” San Antonio investors, says Solcher, “tend to be conservative.” Some of the more common mistakes she has observed include “paralysis by analysis” — leaving money in investments that

are no longer good through indecision — buying high and selling low and hanging on to portfolios exclusively based on the depreciating U.S. dollar. Looking at today’s global investment market, Solcher hopes to attend the 2013 CFA Conference in Singapore, then go on to explore emerging opportunities for U.S. investors by traveling in Asia and Australia. However far she travels, though, San Antonio is home. Solcher is active in the community, sitting on the boards of the Witte Museum, the San Antonio River Foundation and Saint Mary’s Hall, as well as the Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Having earned her own way back to her roots, she says, “I support this city and any effort that will bring high-quality jobs to San Antonio. The quality of life here is so different from Houston or Dallas.” For Solcher, there really is no place like home.

"People open up to you; the amount of trust they put into your hands is aweinspiring."

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ENVIRONMENTS W Sculptures by George Schroeder of San Antonio and Javier Marin from Mexico enhance the pool area of the Ruiz-Healy property in Olmos Park. At left, Pedro Friedeberg’s iconic right-hand chair similar to one on display at the Museum of Modern Art.

An Artful Life in Olmos Park

Ruiz-Healy property includes a residence and a separate studio By ROBYN BARNES


Photography by AL RENDON

drive through the winding roads of Olmos Park

The foyer is floored in terrazzo tile with brass floral in-

affords glimpses into the diverse architecture

lays. The staircase features an intricate brass and wrought

of the neighborhood — Tudor mansions, ranch

iron banister and handrail leading upstairs. To the right of

houses, skeletons of old homes undergoing major renova-

the entry is Patricia’s personal study with rich red walls

tions. Around a bend on one of the dappled streets lie two

complementing the luster of her oak desk and bookcase.

houses, one of Mediterranean design and the other fashioned

Across the foyer is the formal living room, filled with

along French New Orleans construction. These two architec-

family photos, statuary, paintings and objets d’art. The

turally disparate houses have a great deal in common — an

eclectic furniture is a mixture of antiques and cushioned

accomplished family and an amazing art collection.

chairs. How did she pull it all together? “A good friend rec-

The French New Orleans house is the residence of Pa-

ommended we choose a Persian rug we really loved. We

tricia and Juan Ruiz-Healy and their daughters. The adja-

chose a Kerman rug and built the rest of the room around

cent Mediterranean villa is Patricia’s studio.

the colors in the carpet,” she says.

The Ruiz-Healy residence was built in 1943 and features

The comfortable sofa is flanked by antique end tables

the long, narrow windows and wrought iron work prevalent

from France that Patricia purchased in Mexico. Hand-

in the French New Orleans style. Each room flows gracefully

painted curio cabinets of English satinwood hold treasures

into the next, providing the scaffolding for the art displayed

purchased during international trips with her family. One of

throughout the home.

these is a small Sevres porcelain plate depicting a fruit still

Patricia has been collecting art in one form or another

life painted in exquisite detail. “Can you imagine owning a

for more than 25 years. A native of Sonora, Mexico, she

whole set of these dishes?” Patricia wonders. “Let alone

came to San Antonio in 1997 and settled in Olmos Park with

eating from them?”

her husband, Juan, and two daughters. Despite her young

A beautiful cobalt porcelain and ormolu chandelier

family’s hectic schedule, she earned a business degree from

hangs from an ornate ceiling medallion of the same style as

the University of the Incarnate Word in 2001. Her studies

the carved ornamental moldings. Patricia and her husband

convinced her that she could turn her art passion into a ca-

have collected chandeliers, some of which are antique, over

reer. She completed a master’s degree in art history from

the years, and nearly every room in the house has one.

the University of Texas at San Antonio and is a doctoral can-

The marble gas fireplace is flanked by famous paintings.

didate in Latin American studies with a concentration in art

Two Picassos and a Kandinsky are displayed near a bronze

history at the University of Texas in Austin.

by Felipe Castenada. Each item in the room is catalogued;

Her home reflects her passion. She has curated a resi-

Patricia knows the history of the artist and the artwork.

dence that combines significant modern art with the crafts-

Learning about the contents of her home is like taking a

manship of Old World furniture, porcelain figurines and

personal guided tour of a modern art museum with a

silver services.

learned professor.

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The formal dining room seats eight. Originally the

dess. “A statue and fountain of Diana the Huntress stands

room had a low, flat ceiling; Patricia converted it to a hip

in Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico City. This bronze was

vault style to better accommodate the furnishings and the

used as the model for that statue.”

ornate Baccarat chandelier. The heavy buffet behind the

Juan’s office is accessed through the sunroom. It’s a

dining table is set with an 1874 silver service. The Italian

masculine room with paneled walls, a red sofa and built-

china cabinet at the end of the room is full of crystal wine

in shelving laden with books, magazines and memories.

glasses, goblets and figurines. Chief among them is a col-

On the far wall hangs an 80-by-99-inch contemporary

orful Dresden porcelain centerpiece.

painting by Sergio Hernandez. Adjacent to it is a large

The sun room is done in pale aqua tones. A long wall of windows overlooks the red brick patio and landscaped

landscape by Abelardo Lopez depicting the countryside around Oaxaca, Mexico.

back yard. This room features a hotel-sized Persian Kerman area rug. Over the sofa hangs a 60-by-80-inch landscape painting titled Valle de Oaxaca by Abelardo Lopez and a watercolor by Texan Ray Smith from his Exquisite Corpses series. Several bronzes of Diana the Huntress are displayed around the room. “My husband is fond of figures of Diana the Huntress,” Patricia says as she indicates a bronze statue of the god-

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Patricia and Juan Ruiz-Healy collect chandeliers, many of them antique, which hang in nearly every room. At top, the sun room with its Persian Kerman rug and massive painting, Valle de Oaxaca, by Abelardo Lopez. Other artworks are by Texan Ray Smith plus several bronzes of Diana the Huntress. Below, the formal dining room and master bedroom.


THE STUDIO Behind her backyard, in the Mediterranean house, lies a major part of Patricia’s world. The two-story stucco villa serves as her guest house and consulting studio. The home was built in 1922; Patricia purchased it in 2001. She renovated the kitchen and added the outdoor amenities, including the flagstone patio, cabana, pool and bar. The studio is central to her consulting business. In 2006, she founded Ruiz-Healy Art, advising and assisting collectors, businesses and corporations with acquisition and management of art collections. Patricia works by appointment only and spends much of her time researching, writing and talking to artists. “I deal in modern and contemporary works of Latin American art — painting, sculpture, photography and works on paper,” she says. “Having my studio in a home allows clients to see works of art in a domestic setting rather than the ‘white box’ so often associated with contemporary display.” The wood and tile floors and natural lighting provide a perfect backdrop for the paintings hanging in many of the rooms. Patricia designed the art hanging system with a local craftsman. “This system makes hanging and moving large paintings easy, and it requires no holes in the walls,” she says.

A Mediterranean villa adjacent to the Ruiz-Healy home serves as a guest house and the studio for Patricia's art consulting business. At right, clients can view paintings in a domestic setting with natural light. Below, the basement-level living area and guest rooms. A photograph hangs in front of the flatscreen television.

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Currently she hangs a number of paintings by Pedro Diego Alvarado, the grandson of Diego Rivera, the famous Mexican muralist. The Spartan furnishings and sparkling chandeliers are excellent complements for the colorful paintings. “This is a great party house, and we do a lot of entertaining here,” Patricia says. “We’ll often start with cocktails at our residence and come here for dinner.” Dinner is held in the spacious dining room with seating for 14 beside a large stucco fireplace with small tile inserts. The large malachite chandelier hanging over the table once graced another San Antonio home. Patricia’s office is a comfortable, sunny room with an easy chair for visitors, a desk and floor-to-ceiling storage for books, files and catalogs. One shelf is devoted to catalogs from Sotheby’s and Christie’s auction houses; others are filled with art history and reference books. “My professional work is done in this office,” she says. “The office in my residence is used for things related to my family life. I like to keep the two separate.” The previous homeowner installed an intricate wrought iron circular staircase leading from a landing by the kitchen to the basement. The guest rooms and a large living area are located here. The beamed ceilings and cornices are replicates of the originals upstairs. Windows on either side of the fireplace provide a view of the beautiful pool and cabana area.

The formal living room houses many treasures, including paintings by Picasso and Kandinsky and antique furnishings.

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In the living room, a comfortable leather sectional sofa and recliner are arranged facing a wall of built-in shelves and a cupboard for the large flat-screen television. Hanging in front of the television is a photograph by Mexican master Graciela Iturbide. Strategically positioned near one bedroom door is an original mahogany Pedro Friedeberg right-hand chair similar to one on display at the Museum of Modern Art. “It’s one of the iconic furniture designs of the 20th century,” she says. French doors lead from the living room to the cabana. It was originally a carport before Patricia converted it to a colorful dining and living area. The cabana’s far end is anchored by an enormous red china cabinet filled with beautiful dining ware. “We love china!” Patricia exclaims. “We have six china services.” Next to the cabana is a flagstone patio with a bar area and barbecue. The large swimming pool becomes an arcing fountain with the flip of a switch. Scattered across the property are large iron sculptures by local artist George Schroeder and Javier Marin from Mexico. “I started working with Latin American artists, but little by little I have included local artists. I am very interested in this dialogue of artists from here and abroad,” says Patricia. “It’s so wonderful to have the opportunity to live and work in both these homes,” she says. “I know I’m fortunate to be able to combine family and career side by side without leaving this beautiful neighborhood.”

The cabana was originally a carport before the owner converted it to a comfortable living and dining area. The red china cabinet stores numerous china services.

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Fall 2011 Elegantly Tailored, Structured and Layered By Robert Mitchell Photography Liz Garza Williams

Navy wool blazer and pants by Philosophy; multicolored paisley shirt by Etro; orange fur trimmed wrap by Gucci, all at Saks Fifth Avenue. Gunmetal and stone-encrusted necklace by Cara New York; multicolored stone and gold brass knuckle ring by Sequin, at Nordstrom. Black lace-up pump by Via Spiga, at Julian Gold.

On Model: Wool coat by Vince; cheetah print skirt by Tucker; necklace by Givenchy; charcoal felt pumps by Joan & David, all at Nordstrom. Grey turtleneck sweater by Blugirl Blumarine, at Julian Gold. Leather handbag by Marc Jacobs; tortoise and rhinestone watch by Michael Kors; sunglasses by Prada, all at Saks Fifth Avenue. On Table: Purple mesh bootie by Jimmy Choo; grey and gold toe pump by Miu Miu; suede pump with Swarovski jeweled heel by Miu Miu; chocolate python T-strap stiletto by Alexandre Birman; suede fringe ankle boot by Gucci; grey open toe with bow stiletto by Miu Miu; nude patent Mary Janes by Miu Miu; suede stiletto by Yves Saint Laurent, all at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Winter white wool tunic, jacket and pants by Michael Kors; charcoal and gold glitter toe pump by Miu Miu; olive leather and fur handbag by Gucci; black leather handbag by Chloe; grey quilted handbag by Chanel; multicolored fabric and jewel-encrusted handbag by Chanel; purple crocodile handbag by Nancy Gonzalez; red leather handbag by Prada, all at Saks Fifth Avenue. Hexagon gold and python bracelet and purple stingray and gold ring by Kara by Kara Ross, at Aquarius.

Navy and white print blouse by Philosophy; navy sweater by Tse; multicolored print skirt by Roberto Cavalli; multicolored fabric and jewel encrusted handbag by Chanel; black suede fringe ankle boot by Gucci, all at Saks Fifth Avenue. Grey newsboy cap by August Accessories; gunmetal and multicolored stone-encrusted cuff by Sequin; gunmetal and crystal chain necklace by Givenchy, all at Nordstrom.

Leather coat by Robert Rodriguez; ivory and gold blouse and crepe wide leg pants by Rachel Zoe, all at Julian Gold. Brown wool hat by Lulu, at Nordstrom. Gold pyramid ring and gold and crystal chandelier earrings by Kara by Kara Ross, at Aquarius. Chocolate python T-strap stilettos by Alexandre Birman, at Saks Fifth Avenue.

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Make Your Autumn Shopping Excursion a Trip to Bountiful Bring along this helpful fall sale checklist to the stores this season By Janis Turk


harvest of new autumn items is on sale this season, making September and October a great time to shop. During August, the back-to-school bunch quickly emptied stores of bright yellow pencils, fat notebook binders and neatly stacked reams of college-ruled paper, leaving room for exciting end-of-summer-sale clearance items.

Then, while temperatures were still hovering in the high 90s, clothing retailers began to stock wooly sweaters and smart suede boots. Soon home furnishings and accessory stores, which until only recently held picnic baskets and summer patio sets, began to showcase pillows, throws, curtains, silk flower arrangements and fabrics in fall colors of red, gold, brown and dark green.

Autumn is a time of year for fresh starts and clean slates — and not just for school children beginning a new term. With a cool kiss of fall in the breeze and stores eager to help ease shoppers into a new season, autumn comes as a sigh of relief to South Texas. Days grow shorter as dusk and cool breezes descend earlier each evening, and folks start to move outside to their gardens and patios, where they can entertain or sit around a fire pit. Back-to-school energy still hangs in the air as students settle into a routine, and even for adults there is a feeling of anticipation as a harvest moon hangs in the sky and Halloween creeps onto the calendar.

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So how can we best embrace the cooler weather of September and October and bring the freshness of fall into our homes and our wardrobes? Why, by getting the best bargains possible this season, of course. Here is a fall sales checklist to keep in mind as we welcome the bountiful harvest season back once more. According to shopping bloggers, store websites and various web sources, these are some of the items most likely to go on sale in September and October. While some sale items may seem obvious (like back-to-school supplies still in stock), others (like canned goods and used cars) may surprise you.


On sale now Any back-to-school supplies still left on the shelves will surely be on sale. This is a good time to stock up on next year’s school items. Keep a small bin in a closet or cabinet where you can store printer paper, pens, pencils, folders and other supplies so when a school year begins next fall, you can shop your own closet first for big savings. Late summer apparel is on sale now. Be sure to head straight to the back of the store first to find sales racks. Sandals, flipflops and espadrilles can be worn nearly year-round in Texas, so while stores up


Shop SA north dictate that shops should have winter clothes in them by fall, here we can still wear our sunny summer styles and find them on sale. Surprisingly, in October there are also often some sales on a limited stock of fall apparel. Fall fashions are on the way out of stores as winter clothes move in by the end of the month. Gardening supplies. While the rest of the U.S. may think spring and summer are big times for outdoor entertaining and gardening, here in Texas we tend to use our patios, pools and gardens just as much in the early fall when it’s not quite so hot. Luckily for us, gardening supplies tend to go on sale in September and October, so we can get back into our yards, planting bluebonnet seeds, pansies, trees, shrubs and brightly colored fall crysanthamums. We love our gardens in the fall! Houseware items and even large kitchen and laundry appliances are often on sale in the fall months Auto batteries. Bicycles. Don’t wait for Santa to bring your child a bike. What better time to enjoy cycling than in the warm days of early fall after the “dog days” of summer have passed? Grills, like lawn furniture and other garden and patio gear, are often on sale after summer ends. Fishing and hunting equipment. Buck fever will come upon men all

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over Texas by November, so it’s best to make sure they have all they need before deer season begins. And does your angler need new fishing gear or an upgrade on his old boat about now? Carpet. Who knew? Paint. Some brands of paint are on sale this month in big home and garden center stores. Look for coupons and fliers in Sunday newspapers announcing these big sales. Sporting goods, like anything else that was a big hot-selling item in summer, are often on sale each fall. Canned goods, Stock up now on food items you will need during the holiday months, for believe it or not, discounts and coupons bring the price of canned goods down in the early fall. Get your pantry stocked now for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Baking Supplies. Stock up on baking ingredients for pies, cookies, cakes and candy for the upcoming holidays. You’ll be able to make your traditional family treats without a time-consuming trip to a crowded grocery store if you get what you need before the hectic holiday season begins. It’s a good idea to buy any cookie baking sheets, pie plates, cooling racks, roaster pans and the like now, too, before the holiday baking rush ensues. Cars – the new year’s latest model may be coming out soon, but no, that won’t be a bargain. Still, last year’s models just might be. Parents thinking of buying a used car for their teens this Christmas should be looking into that now instead of making a rushed decision in December.


Shop SA China, silver, flatwear and crystal stemware are sometimes on sale in the fall — don’t wait until you need these for Thanksgiving dinner but have budgeted only for holiday gifts. Check out the outlet malls in our area and watch stores for sales. Replace broken pieces now before you need them again for holiday entertaining. Snow ski equipment and winter outerwear: Many people don’t buy these items until they’re on their way to the slopes in December and January. Investing in these items now, and making sure the ski jackets and jumpers still fit your kids, is a smart move. You don’t want to find yourself buying both new ski goggles, jackets and gear at a time when your whole budget is earmarked for lift tickets and a family condo rental in Colorado. Fall family vacation packages — rates drop dramatically for condos and hotel rooms at the Texas coast and at other beach destinations, like Hawks Cay in the Florida keys, or at super-exclusive resorts like SuperClubs Breezes Jamaica and Breezes Panama. You’d be surprised at how affordable family vacations can be if you arrange for a long weekend or a fall getaway after summer is over and before the wintering “snow birds” from up north take to the beaches. Even airfares to these destinations are a better bargain when everyone else in America isn’t clamoring to get there at the same time. Resorts are less crowded and more pleasant and family-friendly in the fall, too. Fall vacations at snow ski resort towns are often phenomenal in fall. You may not see snow yet in some spots, but have you ever seen a glimmering golden grove of aspen trees tremble in the wind? Golf weekends and family package deals at places like The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs are often a great bargain, too. Hardware — keep watching weekend newspaper fliers for sales and coupons this fall. Summer fabrics are on sale. Pick up material for next season’s sundresses now. Lingerie. Don’t wait for Santa Baby to bring it — lingerie pieces are often on sale in the fall before the holidays. Halloween and fall decorations are already on sale at most craft and home accessory stores in our area. Find some garlands of faux fall leaves to adorn your windowsill. Holiday décor — artificial Christmas trees, Christmas ornaments, menorahs and more are out in the stores with big sale price tags on them in many craft and home décor outlets. Shopping during September and October is always fun because of the welcome advent of crisp fall weather and the fresh back-to-school feel of it all. The stores have colorful new merchandise, and you want to start changing your home to reflect the season. Go ahead: Change the wreath on your door, the flower arrangements in your house, the scented candles on your fireplace mantel, the throw pillows on your sofa and the colors in your kitchen. Celebrate the warm, homey feel of fall and the bargains that abound this season.

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Linus Knows: It’s

Pumpkin Time Enjoy the versatile orange squash in more than pie recipes By PAT MOZERSKY

Photography VERNON WENTZ


t happens each year, come autumn. Linus van Pelt of Peanuts comic strip fame braves ridicule from Charlie Brown, Lucy, even Snoopy, while he patiently awaits the coming of the Great Pumpkin. Although we will not join him in his pumpkin patch, the autumnal appearance of the pumpkin is much anticipated as we remember all the great pumpkin recipes, both savory and sweet, in store for us. In addition to feasting on pumpkin, we hail it as the symbol of Halloween. There is a good chance the pumpkin originated in the Americas,

to purchase a variety such as sugar pie. They are small and sweet with dark or-

but it’s not certain. We do know that the American Indians had been

ange-colored flesh. A medium-sized (about 4 pound) sugar pumpkin should

growing pumpkins for centuries when the Pilgrims arrived. The Indi-

yield about 1 1/2 cups pureed pumpkin. The pumpkins can be cut in half and ei-

ans used pumpkins for food and medicine and also cut them into

ther roasted in a 375° oven, microwaved, or peeled and cut into chunks and

strips and dried them to weave into mats. Pumpkin soon became a

boiled till tender. Puree cooked pumpkin in a food processor or pass it through

staple in the diet of the early settlers, who used them in stews, soups

a food mill. Refrigerate up to three days or freeze up to six months. The con-

and desserts.

venience of canned pumpkin puree is hard to beat, however.

Halloween-like celebrations began over 3,000 years ago. The Celts

Pumpkin seeds, as well as pumpkin seed oil, are extremely nutri-

are credited with creating the festival, which began at sundown on Oc-

tious. Pumpkin seeds, pepitas in Spanish, come in different forms. The

tober 31. Turnips and gourds were carved into glowing jack-o-lanterns

seeds are flat and dark green. Autumn is the best time to purchase

that were placed in front of homes both to honor deceased loved ones

them. Store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

and to protect households from malevolent spirits. The Celts believed that the souls of the dead were closest to the world

To dry and roast your own seeds, remove them from the inner cavity, wipe off any excess pulp, spread them out and let them dry overnight.

at that time, and therefore it was an auspicious time to communicate with

Preheat your oven to about 170° and spread the seeds on a baking sheet

them. The celebration also marked the harvest. The similarities to the Mex-

in a single layer. Season to taste with salt and bake for 15 to 20 minutes.

ican Dîa de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, celebrations are striking.

Eat them out of hand or use them to garnish vegetable dishes and salads,

Many references state that when European settlers arrived in America, they

or add them to oatmeal cookie dough or granola. Grind them and add

began to use pumpkins, obviously much larger and easier to carve than turnips

them to burgers or meat loaf, or include them in pesto. Drizzle pumpkin

or gourds, for their lanterns. Records show that in 1866 the pumpkin became

seed oil over pumpkin soup.

an emblem of Halloween in America. The pumpkin is a grand ingredient with which to cook. It’s a good

Pepitas are especially prominent in traditional Mexican cuisine. Dishes such as Pozole Verde, a hearty soup thick with hominy and ground pepi-

carrier for sweetness and spice, making it ideal for desserts such as pies

tas, fresh chiles, onion and herbs, is a favorite of many. Green mole sauce

and flans. Its smooth texture blends beautifully with butter and cream;

(mole verde), which is delicious over chicken, is made with tomatillos,

soups made with pumpkin can be ethereal. Pumpkin is a great foil for

green chiles and leafy herbs. Pulverized pumpkin seeds give it nicely tex-

aromatics such as onions and chiles in savory dishes, and it lends moist-

tured body. Pipî an Rojo is a savory sauce colored with sweet red chile,

ness to baked goods such as muffins and sweet breads.

and it too is thickened and given a wonderful nutty taste with the addi-

Pumpkin recipes can be made with fresh pumpkin, for which you will want

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tion of pepitas.

FOCUS ON FOOD W The humble pumpkin rises to spectacular heights in the hands of Valencia Hotel executive chef Jeffery Balfour when he prepares these sensational Duck and Pumpkin Ravioli. A pasta roller and ravioli press are used, although the press is not essential. VALENCIA’S DUCK AND PUMPKIN RAVIOLI

Duck: Preheat oven to 325°. Wash duck and remove organs. Cut into pieces — legs,

1 whole duck

wings, back — and split the breast. Season pieces liberally with salt and pepper. Add

Salt and pepper

duck, onion, garlic and thyme to a deep Dutch oven. Add enough oil to cover duck. Cover

1 onion, peeled and coarsely chopped

and cook 2 hours, or more if needed, until duck is falling off the bones. When duck is

8 cloves garlic 6 sprigs fresh thyme

tender, remove from oil. (Strain oil and freeze to reuse for another time; it will get better

1 quart, or more if needed, vegetable oil or

with each use. Just cut back on the seasoning or the oil will become too salty.) Pull meat

clarified duck fat (duck fat is preferable)

off bones. If desired, fry it in a nonstick skillet until the duck crisps slightly. While still

3 to 4 ounces sheep’s milk farmer’s cheese

warm, mix duck with farmer’s cheese — only enough to coat duck, not overwhelm it.

1 small to medium baking pumpkin

Pumpkin: Peel and seed pumpkin, boil in salted water for about 20 minutes, or until

1 1/4 cups flour 1 1/4 cups semolina 2 large eggs

tender. Drain and mash a few of the pieces with a fork. Dough: In a food processor, pulse the flour and semolina to combine. Mix two eggs and

1 egg beaten and mixed with 1/2 teaspoon

oil in a small cup and drizzle into running food processor. Add a bit of mashed pumpkin

olive oil, for sealing pasta

until dough is moistened enough to come together in a mass. If dough is too sticky, add a

Olive oil, for frying ravioli

bit of flour; if dough is too dry, add more mashed pumpkin. When dough is consistent,

1 shallot, chopped

place on a floured work surface. Cut dough into small equal portions and run through a

1/4 pound good quality butter, or to taste 2 sprigs thyme, leaves removed and stems

pasta roller according to directions, until dough is about 1/16th-inch thick. Lay pasta sheets


out on a work surface or over ravioli press. Fill with shredded duck mixture; wipe a bit of

Parsley Pesto

beaten egg mixture on edges of pasta sheets to ensure a good seal. Cover with the top

1 small bunch flat leaf parsley, large stems removed

pasta sheet, press and cut. Boil ravioli in salted water for about 3-4 minutes, remove from water and let dry

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, or more if needed 1 clove garlic Salt and pepper

slightly. Heat a little olive oil in a large fry pan over medium-high heat. Fry shallot until light brown, add remaining chunks of pumpkin, cook briefly until they brown and break

Combine all ingredients in a food processor

apart naturally. Add half of butter, thyme and ravioli. Season and add more butter until

and blend until smooth

pasta is coated generously. Serve in bowls, drizzle with parsley pesto and lightly sprinkle

Grated Parmesan

with Parmesan. Makes 4-6 servings.

Since 1997, when owners Albert and Cheryl Mijangos opened Beto’s on Broadway, they’ve been serving their signature empanadas — a wide array of both savory and sweet. The flaky crust and imaginative, perfectly seasoned fillings have helped build their reputation for fine Latin cuisine. Mijangos shares his luscious Pumpkin and Pecan Empanadas, and happily, they are baked, not fried. BETO’S PUMPKIN EMPANADAS Filling: 1 1/2 cups canned pumpkin puree 1 1/2 cups evaporated milk 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup white sugar 1/2 cup molasses 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 4 eggs, lightly beaten, just until foamy 2 tablespoons brandy 3/4 cup chopped pecans Puff pastry (purchased), defrosted, (preferred), or pie dough Egg wash (1 egg mixed with 1 tablespoon water) In the top of a double boiler set over simmering water, combine pumpkin, evaporated milk, brown sugar, white sugar, molasses, cinnamon, ginger, salt, cloves and lightly beaten eggs. Whisk to blend well and continue whisking until the mixture thickens. Remove from the heat, cool slightly, then stir in the brandy and pecans. Set aside. Preheat oven to 325°. Roll out dough and cut 12 6-inch-diameter circles. Place 3 ounces of the cooled filling in the center of the dough. Moisten the edges of the dough with water. Fold over into a half moon. With the tines of a fork, press and seal the edges. Place the empanadas on a sheet pan and brush each one with the egg wash. Bake for 15 minutes, or until crust is flaky and golden brown. Makes 12 empanadas

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At Earl Abel’s, owners Roger and Di-Anna Arias retain the beloved restaurant’s time-honored dishes, while introducing exemplary new seasonal items such as this luscious Pumpkin Soup. Arias says that during the fall, when fresh pumpkins are available, they prefer to use them.

EARL ABEL’S PUMPKIN SOUP 1 tablespoon butter, or a bit more, if needed 2 tart green apples, peeled, cored and chopped 1 onion, roughly chopped 1 carrot, chopped 1 rib celery, chopped 32 ounces Libby’s 100-percent pumpkin puree or fresh pumpkin *See Note 3 cups chicken broth 3/4 cup apple juice 2 tablespoons brown sugar Nutmeg, cinnamon, salt and pepper

Garnishes Roasted chopped pumpkin seeds or pumpkin oil or minced chives

Combine butter, apples, onion, carrot and celery in a large saucepan. Cook, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes. Add pumpkin puree, broth, apple juice and brown sugar; bring to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes. Puree the soup with a hand immersion blender or in a blender. Season with spices to taste. Garnish with your choice of roasted pumpkin seeds, pumpkin oil or chives. *Note: Peel and cube 3 small pumpkins — you should have about 4 1/2 cups. Cover with 4 1/2 cups water and simmer until tender, about 40 minutes. Drain and cool; puree in food processor. You could also roast the cubed pumpkin.

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The Pleasures 4 of Value Wines

Here are to enjoy now



ine does not have to cost a fortune to be an ex-

Viticultural Areas, including the Russian River, Santa Maria Valley

cellent, enjoyable experience. Value wines, as they

and Carneros. These cool climates are well-known for their ex-

are known, are that group of wines that we define

traordinary Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. The Heron is a

as wines that retail for less than $20, but drink well beyond their

medium- to full-bodied elegant wine with complexity and fra-

price point.

grant aromatics. This rich and layered Chardonnay features aro-

We explore four wines that fall into this category and analyze the aroma, bouquet and flavor profile of each. The first wine is Les Vignes de Bila Haut 2009 made by pro-

mas and flavors of green apple, peach and pear with hints of caramel and butterscotch. The mouth feel is rich with bright acidity and balance.

ducer M. Chapoutier. It’s a medium-bodied white wine made

Surprisingly, no malolactic fermentation is used in producing

with Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris and Macabeau from the

this wine. Malolactic fermentation is a secondary fermentation

Cotes du Roussillon, located in the Languedoc region in the

that converts the acidity in the wine from a harsh malic acid to a

South of France. The grapes are hand-harvested, as this is the

softer lactic acid. Malic acid is like biting into a lemon, while lactic

least intrusive and gentlest process for gathering the grapes.

acid has a buttery and creamy texture. The wine is fermented and

Typically, there is less bruising, and the grapes are superior to

aged in French oak, which imparts softer nuances with elegant

those from a mechanical harvest.

flavors of butterscotch, buttered popcorn and caramel. American

This Old World-style wine has a citrus aroma, including lemon

oak has assertive oak aromas and flavors, along with cucumber

and grapefruit, with smoky nuances. The palate offers great acid-

and dill. French oak barrels can cost three times as much as Amer-

ity with flavors of mandarin orange, tangerine and lemon-lime

ican oak barrels.

wrapped around a vibrant structure with a hint of minerality on the finish. A pale yellow wine with green hues, Bila Haut is a product

The age of the grapevines also plays an important role in the final product. Heron Chardonnay vines have an average age of 22 years. Once a grapevine is planted, it takes about three years

of its terroir, typical of the terraced, stony soil found in the Cotes

for the vine to start producing, with six years to maturity. Vines

du Roussillon. The terraces on the side of the hills allow the nu-

at the age of 40 years are at

trients to wash out through erosion. Grapes thrive in a porous

their maximum level of

soil that has little or no nutrients. The soil in this region of France

quality and production.

is rocky gneiss mixed with limestone and clay, a combination that provides added layers of complexity, such as minerality, structure, strength and balance. Heron Chardonnay 2009 is made by a talented winemaker, Laely Heron, who has made wine in three countries, including the U.S. and France. The grapes for this wine come from three American

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Hundred-year-old vines offer low yields but produce the most intense and concentrated fruit. One last note: The grapes are handharvested, impacting the superior quality of this wine. Domaine de Servans from the Cotes du Rhone region of France is one of our favorite summertime light reds. The wine is predominantly a blend of Grenache with Syrah. The blend changes from year to year, depending on the harvest. For the 2009 vintage, the ratio is 78 percent Grenache to 22 percent Syrah. Hand harvesting and vines with an average age of 40 years make this an exceptionally easy-to-drink wine. While the Syrah offers up blackberry and black raspberry flavors, the Grenache fills the palate with red cherry and black pepper. Serving this red with a slight chill will lower the alcohol feel while enhancing the vibrant fruit. Serving the wines at 72 degrees is ideal. The last wine, Crios Malbec, offers more structure than the previous red Rhone. This mediumto full-bodied wine with a robust and earthy style from Mendoza, Argentina, is composed predominantly of Malbec with a small percentage of Bonarda. With aromas

Robert Parker from The Wine Advocate suggests that the Crios wines should be bought by the case because of their great value.

of crushed black cherry and a smoky component, this wine has pronounced black fruit mid-palate. Fine-grained tannins support the jammy, fruity style that is the backbone of this wine. Pepper and spice, including sandalwood, fill the powerful, lingering finish. Mendoza is the largest and most prominent wine production area of Argentina, with almost two-thirds of the country’s grapes grown here. Terroir is important, as this is one of the most highly regarded and recognized regions in the world for the Malbec grape. Malbec is also one of the grapes used in the production of Bordeaux. One way to find value wines is to work closely with a small wine store that has a wine specialist on staff. All the wines we discuss in this article are available in the San Antonio area. Check your local wine shop and ask if they can get them for you.

Valarie Spiser-Albert is the owner of WINE, a fine wine shop, and is working on her wine educator certificate. Denise Easdon is a certified sommelier and a certified specialist of wine.

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Latest Word Fall Makeup, Hair & Fashion in


Anything goes, from bold and bright to subdued and subtle


By ANNE MOORE ig, bold, bright. OR demure. This fall,

Grab your mascara wand; it’s time for your

more towards the ears and runs down past the

the range for makeup goes from

close-up. Long, spidery lashes are in style.

lips, along the sides of the face. OR you can

one extreme to the other.

Also, stubby, clumpy ones. A hint: Don’t let the

choose the slightly flushed, more neutral ap-

Overall, make-up can be very heavy or

layers of mascara dry in between applications.

pearance in color and depth of application.

very soft. Red! Lips can be any shade as long

Something new (and I’m not so sure better) is NEW (OLD) LOOKS FOR HAIR

as they’re some shade of red. Although true

to use downward strokes at the ends to give a

red is preferred, the range goes from bub-

“sleepy” or “next day” look. To me, it’s more

Hair styles feature ponytails. They are big

blegum pink to orange (another big color) to

like an after-the-party-is-over-and-I’m-hung-

and poufy, loosey-goosey and generally messy.

darkest ruby. OR you can choose from nude

over-and-have-had-no-sleep look.

They can start up high on the head or down

or beige-y shades, or to use just gloss or stain

To continue in this vein, brush some eye

low on the neck. They can also be neat and

shadow under the lower lashes as well. Shad-

slicked back close to the head on top and the

Brows should be bold, heavy, thick. Draw in

ows this season are applied heavily, and many

sides. If braids are used, there’s no attempt to

individual hairs if you wish. Twiggy’s back, or

are metallic and/or intense shades of orange,

make them tight or neat. This look is some-

at least her eyeliner “look” is back. Yes, you can

teal, plum, etc. OR, as we said before, barely

times referred to as “biker head” because it

once again draw cat eyes, or “wing-tipped”

dust a neutral color on the lids.

on your lips.

has a windblown look. Speaking of which, hair

eyes, or double-line your eyes with liquid eye-

Cheeks sport bold colors, including that or-

“up-dos” like beehives of old are back with all

liner (both upper and lower). OR you might

ange mentioned before. There’s also a “rouge

the teasing, but not the spraying, so they’re re-

prefer the softer approach of lightly dusting

gone wrong attack” whereby the placement is

ferred to as “tornado” twists. Hair can also be

the eyelids and using no liner or one that’s

different from the usually recommended “ap-

neat and slicked back, close to the head on top

hardly visible.

ples” of the cheeks. This application starts

and sides.

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W BEAUTY & FITNESS But wait — there’s more — added to the mix this year are androgynous styles that can either be “butch” because of waxed or slicked-back masculine cuts with sideburns or softer and breezier feminine styles. Show me your nails! They’ll surely be noticeable with polishes in colors of orange, teals, blues, etc. Match them to your eyes and eye shadows. OR you can choose the nude alternatives, like all the makeup options this year.

WHAT WILL WE BE WEARING? Groovy, baby! Here come the ‘70s (again). Fade out the slim-legged pants; bring in the flares, bell-bottoms and even wider-legged pants reminiscent of the Bohemian era. OR return to the sophisticated glamour. You’ll see pleated skirts, longer skirts and dresses (mid-calf to floorlength). These add overall elegance and comfort plus warmth to your ankles and legs. Old-fashioned-looking duster coats, swing coats and military-influenced jackets return. Throw on a knit sweater or a blazer for a totally different look. Although black still rules, look for tartan plaids and bold geometric patterns — graphic lines, color-blocking. Peter Pan collars are back; so are shift dresses and a cropped version of pea coats. Polka dots! Wear them all over or as an accessory, such as a scarf or blouse. Red again! All shades are popular in clothing as well as lips. Bright colors will be available in pants and jeans. (Think red jeans.) Wear them with more subdued blouses and shirts, etc. Other popular subdued shades are variations of yellow, royal blue, teal, pink, plum, jade and rust. Fabrics can be sheer, shiny, metallic, vinyl, plastic, rubber, leather and lure, including knitted versions of these. Elegant evening gowns and maxi-dresses might be strapless or have interesting necklines encrusted in jewels, sequins or other types of bling. Also reappearing are velvet, brocade and lace accents. Waistlines come back in fitted jackets and figure-hugging dresses. The exception — flapper dresses of the ‘20s, particularly for evening. Arriving with the slicked-back masculine haircuts are man-styled clothing. Fitted suits are back, along with ties; flat-heeled, lace-up “men’s” style shoes and tuxedos for evening. I’m not sure these ever really left. Tux jackets should be fitted and fall just below your hips for a long, lean line. Wear them as formal attire with a traditional white shirt and bow tie or a beautiful blouse underneath, or layer with jeans or tights and a tee-shirt for casual affairs. You’ll want some of the key pieces in your wardrobe in colors of black, white, grey or cream.

ACCESSORIES RUN THE GAMUT Platform shoes survive, but more feminine pumps with shorter, skinnier heels are appearing together with the longer skirts. Lace-up ankle boots make a comeback. Also great for the longer, flowy skirts. Structured handbags are still around. Accessories include solid, heavier jewelry like wide chokers and collars, cuff bracelets, long pendant necklaces and vintage rings. Did I mention leather harnesses? Yep, you heard me. But this is not the only controversial item trending. How about real fur on clothing? Sure, there’ll be the faux we’ve come to love, so why bring back the real thing? They’ll be using fur as big puffy sleeves, as trim on coats and jackets and in many other ways. Be sure to read the labels and the price tags to make sure you’re making the right decision (faux). Although “anything goes” this season, designers are said to have emphasized separates, allowing women in these times of economic recovery to update their wardrobes one piece at a time. There seems to be something for everyone: Brights? Neutrals? Pouffy? Slicked back? Plaids? Polka dots? Shiny? Furry? Whatever. Being a fan of comfort, I’m looking forward to the longer, looser, more forgiving fashions scheduled for this fall and winter.

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Cosmetic Procedures foraNewYou

Rejuvenate your look with noninvasive options



ant to enhance your appearance? If you’re looking to go beyond highlights and a new haircut, you’ll be pleased to know there are a number of technologies available that stop short of surgery. Whether you’re considering cosmetic procedures to get a leg up in the workplace or simply want to boost your selfconfidence, here are some of the noninvasive options that can rejuvenate your look.

Botox — Approximately 5 million Botox injections were performed in 2008, making it the most sought-after nonsurgical procedure. It temporarily paralyzes overactive facial muscles around the eyes, nose, lips and brow and typically lasts four to six months. It can even reduce the appearance of the linear bands on the neck produced by overactive platysmal neck muscles. GFX Nerve Ablation System — New on the market is a device that uses minimally invasive radio-frequency energy selectively to weaken nerve signals. The use of this technology on nerves that control the muscles of the forehead may reduce the appearance of frown lines, or glabellar furrows. If you’re concerned about injections, this might be an alternative therapy for you.

INJECTABLES Complementing facial rejuvenation procedures, injectable soft- tissue fillers help patients achieve a more youthful and enhanced appearance. Fillers and other injectables improve skin texture and form and can augment facial features. There are a number of injectable fillers on the market today. Here is an overview: • Restylane is a purified substance of nonanimal sources that occurs naturally in all living beings. It has been approved in the United States for use to diminish the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles in the skin. Because it is only minimally allergenic, a skin test is not required before injection. Restylane usually lasts six to nine months.

Cosmetic Procedure Resources

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The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (312) 981-6760

The American Academy of Dermatology (866) 503-7546

The Food and Drug Administration (888) 463-6332


THE PRICE OF COSMETIC PROCEDURES Cost is always a consideration with elective procedures because they’re not covered by medical insurance. Prices for procedures can vary widely. A doctor’s cost for procedures may vary based on his or her experience, the type of procedure used, as well as geographic office location. Your satisfaction involves more than a fee. When choosing a doctor for a cosmetic procedure, remember that the doctor’s experience and your comfort with him or her are just as important as the final cost.

• Juvederm Ultra Plus consists of more highly cross-linked hyaluronic acid than Restylane and flows a bit more easily, which sustains its effect. It is used for lip volume enhancement and filling nasolabial and marionette lines. Pleasingly, it has been lasting 12 to 15 months in the lips. It is "smoother" to inject than Restylane, and patients generally prefer it in the lips. Perlane is another hyaluronic acid filler, but it doesn't have the durability of Juvederm. • Radiesse is an FDA-approved biodegradable calcium hydroxylapatite microsphere filler that lasts longer (10 to 15 months) than the hyaluronic acid fillers. It is used mainly for nasolabial and marionette lines. It should not be used in lips. Because it is injected more deeply, it has more "lifting power" than hyaluronic acid fillers. It can even be used as a nonsurgical rhinoplasty ("nose job") in some patients if part of the nose needs added volume. • Sculptra is used as a volume filler for cheeks and marionette lines (not lips), producing a "lifting" effect as well. This is helpful for thin, fit women or men who have lost facial cheek volume (lipoatrophy) and have resultant looseness and wrinkling in this area. Lasting two years (or more), it has been called a "liquid face-lift." Typically, three sessions are required for optimum correction. • Evolence is a new dermal filler that is made with natural collagen. This is an advanced form of collagen that has been cross-linked to last at least six months. It can be used in the face to soften unwanted wrinkles and folds and to restore structure and contours in areas that have become depleted. Some dermatologists warn against the use of permanent fillers because they will show as an unsightly linear nodule with age.

LASER REJUVENATION The desire to reduce the visible signs of aging or reinvigorate a seemingly tired appearance often leads patients to facial rejuvenation. One method is laser rejuvenation (or nonablative laser resurfacing). It is a relatively new and promising minimally invasive procedure using a laser to reverse signs of aging. A long-pulsed Nd:YAG laser stimulates collagen and ground substance production in the skin and improves facial and neck fine wrinkling, resulting in modest tightening and acne scar improvement. A series of treatments (usually six) over the course of a year constitutes the typical regimen. This is a no-downtime treatment, producing minimal redness for less than an hour. It is relatively inexpensive. Various lasers can also be used to treat scars, shaving bumps, excessive redness, rosacea and pigment changes.

CHEMICAL PEELS Chemical peeling is a technique used to improve the appearance of the skin. It is typically performed on the face, neck or hands. In this treatment, a chemical solution is applied to the skin that causes it to peel off. The intensity of the chemical preparations varies. The new, regenerated skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin.

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HEALTH MATTERS | W MICRODERMABRASION Microdermabrasion is a skin-freshening technique that helps repair facial skin that takes a beating from the sun and the effects of aging. A doctor uses a device like a fine sandblaster to spray tiny crystals across the face, mixing gentle abrasion with suction to remove the dead outer layer of skin. As with other skin rejuvenation techniques, more than one treatment may be needed to reduce or remove fine wrinkles and unwanted pigmentation.

SUPERFICIAL VARICOSE VEIN THERAPY "Spider" veins are abnormal small superficial red or blue blood vessels on the legs or face. They are usually dominantly inherited. They can cover a large area of skin and be quite unattractive. If spider veins are unsightly or uncomfortable, they can be treated with a long-pulsed Nd:YAG laser, a pulsed dye laser or by injection sclerotherapy (hypertonic saline or Sotradecol) that will cause them to disappear or become much smaller. Sclerotherapy is the most efficient method if there are large numbers of vessels. Support hose are usually recommended to be worn for a few days to a week after the procedure.

Choose a board-certified doctor By choosing doctors who are board certified within their specialty (e.g., plastic surgeons are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery; dermatologists are certified by the American Board of Dermatology), you can be assured that the physician has graduated from an accredited medical school and has completed a three- to five-year residency. To become certified, the doctor must then successfully complete comprehensive written and oral exams. Board certification is a voluntary process. However, buyer beware when it comes to advertisements touting “board certified” that don’t

specify which specialty or certification board. If an ad doesn’t tell you which certification board, that’s a red flag. It’s a good idea to verify that information. You can search online at the American Board of Medical Specialties( by specialty and state to find a list of board-certified physicians. Be sure to ask for referrals. Physicians specialize in many different areas of cosmetic treatment, and most are not experts in every area. Don’t be afraid to consult with more than one cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist to discuss varying techniques and your desired outcome.

LASER HAIR REMOVAL A wide range of treatment options for managing unwanted hair has been available over the years, such as shaving and waxing, but these methods are temporary and offer varying degrees of success.

AMAZING LASHES Initially used to treat glaucoma, or high pressure in the eye, LATISSE® solution is a prescription treatment used to grow eyelashes,

Until recently, patients with light skin and dark hair were the only

making them longer, thicker and darker. LATISSE® combats eyelash hy-

good candidates for laser hair removal. However, the new longer wave

potrichosis, which means having inadequate or not enough eyelashes.

length lasers and skin-cooling devices have made it possible to treat

A couple of warnings about this preparation, though: It may cause

patients with darker skin types. Multiple treatments, typically six, are

eyelid skin darkening, which may be reversible, and there is potential

necessary to achieve satisfactory hair reduction.

for increased brown iris pigmentation, which is likely to be permanent.

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Not Your Ordinary Medical Spa


s you enter the HealthTexas Rejuvenation Center, you quickly realize you are not at any ordinary medical spa. The folks at HealthTexas have done it right. The décor is simple yet elegant. You know you are in a medical spa yet the feeling is more comfortable than one would expect. The staff is very attentive and quick to make you feel at ease. In short, if you want to get rid of unwanted hair, reduce signs of skin damage, acne and wrinkles or simply need fillers and Botox®, the HealthTexas Rejuvenation Center is the place for you. The Sciton laser equipment is state-of-theart with licensed individuals performing the procedures. “What sets us apart from many other medical spas is we have a certified Laser Safety Officer performing the procedures. This means you have a highly skilled professional doing the work instead of someone who may not have gone through such extensive training,” said Abigail Hendershot, who has been a certified LSO over six years. “Working with the skin is a technical art and you need to know what the client wants and how to best attain those results,” continued Hendershot. The starting point for each new client is a complimentary consultation which includes a VISIA® Skin Analysis.

The goal at HealthTexas Rejuvenation Center is to not only make your skin look as good as possible but to help your skin be as healthy as possible. In the south Texas sun, healthy skin is an on-going battle. There is no cookiecutter procedure at this aesthetic center. Each client receives a customized program to attain optimal results. The best way to describe this innovative center is by its mission statement: “At HealthTexas Rejuvenation Center, our mission is to provide the best therapeutic and medical aesthetic services to each and every client. We strive to do this through utilizing the highest quality and most advanced technology. We intend to uphold an atmosphere of professionalism, personal attention, and excellence in care. We focus on educating our clients on maintaining health, wellness and beauty to treat and prevent both the inner and outer signs of aging.” There is little or no wait time at this center. You seem to get settled into the comfortable leather couches when you are called in for your appointment. “We understand everyone’s time is valuable so we try to be as efficient as we can,” explained Shyla Casey, the center’s concierge. “Sometimes it gets hectic with clients coming in and the phone ringing, SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

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but it’s all worth it when people are happy with their results.” Satisfied clients are key to this center’s success. The “Refer A Friend” program is designed to reward satisfied clients and expose new clients to the center’s services. If an existing client refers a friend to the Rejuvenation Center and the friend has a procedure done, the referring friend receives spa credits toward future procedures. If clients aren’t referring friends, they are holding Private Spa Parties at the Rejuvenation Center. Clients can host a party, mingle among friends and learn about new services or products while receiving spa credits and special discounts that evening. The Rejuvenation Center can help with anything from acne to wrinkles and everything in between. Some of the more popular procedures and products are Botox® and fillers, SkinTyte, Profractional Laser Resurfacing, Microdermabrasion and Peels along with a full line of Obagi and private label skin care products. For more information about the HealthTexas Rejuvenation Center, call 210.824.9963

March of Dimes funded research that led to the prevention of

Board of Directors

polio. And we haven’t stopped defending the health of babies since. From pioneering genetic research to promoting folic acid to fighting for lifesaving newborn screening, the March of Dimes continues to do all we can to make sure every baby is born healthy.

Patrick Eurek, 2010, Board Chair NuStar Energy, LP Glenn Errhalt, 2009, Vice-Chair Randolph Brooks Federal Credit Union Kevin Wherry, 2009; Board Treasurer Clear Channel Brenda Baldwin, 2009 Capital Group Patrina L. Fowler, 2009 Community First Health Plan Christie Goodman, 2005 Intercultural Development Research Association Dr. Fernando A. Guerra, 2011 Metro Health Mary Rozar Hogan, 2004 Daymon Worldwide Tracy Holmes Brazil, 2010 Christus Santa Rosa Health System Brittani Kavanagh, 2010 Ernst & Young Steven Krauskopf, 2009 KFW Engineers Tammy McQueen, 2011 Accenture Learning BPO Services John O’Keefe, 2011 Ken Batchelor Cadillac of San Antonio Mark Outlaw, 2006 Plains Capital Bank Chris Price, 2005 The Price Company Gary Simmons, 2008 Valero

State Executive Committee Glenn Geller Campbell Ewald

Staff Noah Almanza Executive Director Shelia Austin Director of Program Services KJ Delgado Community Director — March for Babies

At the March of Dimes, we are working together for stronger, healthier babies in hopes that one day ALL babies will be born healthy. Since our founding in 1938, when we began our journey to conquer polio, we have been committed to solving some of child and maternal health’s toughest mysteries. Though we are still searching for the answer to prematurity, we have made some remarkable discoveries along the way. If you or your baby received a polio vaccine, if you took folic acid before and during your pregnancy, if you had or know someone who has given birth to a premature baby that spent time in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), if you had or know someone who had a healthy baby due in part to good prenatal care at home and from a doctor, then the March of Dimes has already been a part of your lives. We were also a part of your lives if you were one of the 53,924 families who had a premature baby in Texas this year. We provide support and resources to NICU families wondering when, or if, they’ll be able to take their babies home. We are striving to prevent prematurity, birth defects and infant mortality, and we are doing that through our research, community programs, education and advocacy. We are giving a voice to those who can’t yet speak and a shoulder to the families who need someone to be there. We are more than a resource; we are family. Like NuStar Energy, March of Dimes is here to make a difference in the San Antonio community. We will partner together with the brightest minds, and we will work tirelessly to find answers. I have worked side-by-side with numerous volunteers to help March of Dimes raise funds through different events like March for Babies and Signature Chefs, and I have met the families that have experienced the crisis firsthand. We all know what’s at stake. Funds raised at March of Dimes in San Antonio impact programs right here in San Antonio. CenteringPregnancyO, Honey Child and Stork’s Nest all happen right here in our community, but that is not enough. We are not finished! In the next few pages, you will learn more about local events and programs that help raise funds and awareness. You’ll also read about our ambassador families who experienced the pain of premature birth, when not once but twice they were hit with this hardship. I encourage you to read, but more so to act! San Antonio deserves to find answers, but until we do, we have wonderful programs and volunteer opportunities right here that help families have healthy babies. March of Dimes is moms’ No. 1 resource to help them have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies, but if something does go wrong, we will be there to offer information and comfort to those families. We are working for babies so one day every baby will have a healthy start in life. Respectfully,

Lisa Shelley Community Director — Signature Chefs

San Antonio Division 7400 Blanco Rd #129 San Antonio, TX 78216 Office: (210) 696-1030 Fax: (210) 694-0577

Patrick Eurek NuStar Energy, L.P. Director, Marketing and Business Development Chairman of the Board, March of Dimes San Antonio


Mission Success


Our oldest wrote in a letter recently:

When our first child was born in an emergency nine weeks early, we had no idea what an impact the March of Dimes would have on our family. Our baby was given surfactant therapy to strengthen her tiny lungs, and she was whisked across town to a special neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) where trained doctors and nurses would care for her for five weeks. There was once a time in this country when newborns weren’t even considered to be patients. The attention was focused on the mother alone. But thanks to the March of Dimes, today there are medical specialists, petite instruments, research-based treatments and NICUs across the country for helping children like ours. Our story is one of many that has no explanation. No one knows where things went wrong. I had done everything the doctors said to do: regular prenatal visits, taking vitamins, eating healthy, exercising when I was supposed to, resting when it was time to rest, no alcohol, and I never smoked or was near anyone who did. For many families, that is all it takes to deliver a healthy baby. But for us, it wasn’t enough. Ac-

“It moves me that more than 1,000 babies are born prematurely each week in Texas. I want to help a lot because my sister and I were born prematurely. And Dad said one of the worst times of his life was when my mom and I could die. But thanks to the March of Dimes, we had really good doctors and medicine to save us and give us a healthy start. People like you made that possible.”

Our daughters holding their latest lemonade stand to raise funds, May 2011.


cording to our doctor, on a scale of 1 to 10, our case was a 9.5. The only reason it was not a 10, he said, was that we survived. Premature birth would strike us again two years later when our second child would live her first 48 days in a NICU. We used our fingertips to turn her over. Still, we were lucky. Premature birth is the leading cause of newborn death in the first month of life. It affects half a million babies a year in the United States. Those who survive may have lifelong health problems. Here, in the San Antonio area, more than one in seven babies is born too soon, too small and often very sick. In nearly half the cases nationally, the causes are unknown. The March of Dimes is leading the way to find answers by supporting research into the causes of premature birth and treatment of preemies. Our children have benefited directly from this research. I was given mega-doses of folic acid. And, in addition to the surfactant to strengthen their lungs, our newborns were evaluated using the APGAR scale of 1 to 8 (our oldest’s first score was an alarming 3). They were treated in high-tech NICUs with specially trained professionals. All of these things were made possible by the work of the March of Dimes. And for the first time in three decades, there has been a two-year decline in preterm birth rates. There is no way we can ever thank our tagteam of doctors, nurses and staff; all the people who created our medications, treatments and instruments; or all those who developed what was needed to care for our premature babies. But we do live in gratitude for the gift of our daughters and their health. Each year, we take them to the March for Babies to remind them that everyone involved cares about preemies like them and that these people worked hard to give them a healthy start. Childbirth should not be life-threatening. The March of Dimes has led our country to solve major medical mysteries before. And, we can do it again – together. – Christie L. Goodman, APR

“Holy Smokes!”

Photography by Mensan Studios Fine Photography

Those were the words exclaimed by Tami’s OBGYN, Dr. Tiffany Satterfield, the moment she turned on the sonogram machine. In the span of just a few minutes, we went from the uncertainty of not knowing whether Tami was pregnant to the realization that she was now carrying two babies. For the first few months, the pregnancy was normal. The babies continued to develop and the anticipation built. The doctor delivered the news rather nonchalantly: “You know you guys are having one of each? You guys wanted to know, right?” It was yet another heart-stopping moment to add to the collection. As the pregnancy moved on into the third trimester, Tami’s blood pressure increased and she became preeclamptic. As a result, she was put on strict bed rest. After spending three weeks at home, it was decided that she needed to go to the hospital. Tami was given steroid shots to help the babies’ lungs develop: “We needed time for the twins to develop as much as possible.” This was an emotionally difficult time as Tami was separated from Ava while in the hospital. “We are very blessed with a wonderful support system of friends and family that helped out tremendously,” she says. As the days went by, Tami and the twins were closely monitored. The preeclampsia was progressing, and the only cure for preeclampsia was delivery. Luke Joseph and Madeline Leandra were born at 33 weeks and 6 days on August 30th, 2010. Luke weighed 5 pounds, 13 ounces, and Madeline weighed 4 pounds 9 ounces. They were taken to the NICU for observation and care. Twenty-four hours went by before Tami could hold the babies because of the medication she was on. Luke and Madeline spent a combined 33 days in the NICU.

Luke required oxygen after birth. Otherwise, they focused on learning how to eat and grow and were soon on their way home. Today, they are healthy and thriving 1-year-olds. We are so blessed. To commemorate their first year of life, we are honored to be the 2011 Signature Chefs ambassador family, and we applaud the tireless work the March of Dimes has done to help babies like ours get the care they need to thrive before and after they are born. — Ernie and Tami Zuniga

Prayers Granted Alicia Grant was a March of Dimes volunteer for 6 years before her son, Kevin, was born 10 weeks early, weighing just 3 pounds, 5 ounces. Kevin’s brain was too immature to remember to breathe regularly, his lungs too underdeveloped to process oxygen properly and his muscles too weak to take a deep breath. Not being able to hold their newborn son, Alicia and her husband, Kevin, never could have imagined what it would be like to have a baby in newborn intensive care (NICU) for 53 days. Little Kevin is now a healthy 2-year-old and has been discharged from therapy — he is on his way to overcoming all his prematurity challenges and will be the perfect role model to help his new baby sister, Savannah, who was born 13 weeks early, weighing only 2 pounds. She spent 60 days on oxygen support, required two blood transfusions, fought infections and struggled with learning to eat. After 87 days in the NICU, Savannah was able to come home, and Kevin finally got to meet his little sister. As the 2011 San Antonio March for Babies Ambassador Family, the Grants have helped raise awareness of premature birth and encouraged families and companies to walk in March for Babies. Their team, Prayers Granted, raised over $5,000 this year. Alicia and Baby Kevin were special guests at 3 corporate team kickoffs as well as the San Antonio March for Babies city-wide kickoff, and the entire family shared their story during the March for Babies opening ceremony at SeaWorld. 7

Bringing San Antonio’s Top Chefs Together for

Stronger, Healthier

Babies Select chefs from the area’s finest restaurants will serve enticing creations to guests with the most discriminating palates who will also enjoy distinctive auction packages, while raising funds and increasing awareness of the March of Dimes mission to improve the health of all babies.

Pearl photo Shane Kyle


Dr. Maria Pierce of Pediatrix Medical Group and Dennis Martinez of Dennis Martinez Associates are honored to co-chair. When asked what connects them to Signature Chefs, Dennis stated, “We are proud to lead this event. It is the original, most premier chefs’ event in San Antonio, having been around for 23 years. It makes perfect sense for Dr. Pierce and Pediatrix to partner with March of Dimes because Pediatrix is the nation’s leading provider of maternal-fetal, newborn and pediatric subspecialty physician services. I read an article recently in the Express-News, where Curtis Davenport, Jr., born in 1992, was the smallest baby on record to survive in S.A. Success stories like his are thanks in part to medical research funded by March of Dimes.” “Signature Chefs Auction is one of our key events, and even though many are struggling during this economic turndown, I am encouraged by the generosity of the chefs, individuals and volunteers who continue to help with our mission. Thanks, San Antonio,” noted Patrick Eurek, board chair. Local businesses donate items and services for Signature Chefs such as food, beverages, auction items, printing, graphic design, etc. Each chef/restaurant that participates donates time, staff and resources to serve samplings of their signature dish to over 350 guests. Additionally, chefs donate

unique auction packages for guests to bid on, bringing even more funds to the cause. These packages usually involve the chef personally preparing a meal for a group of friends either at the restaurant, the auction winner’s home or a destination getaway. The possibilities are endless! Some of the chefs participating this year are Shane Bruns, of the Hotel Contessa, our lead chef for the fourth time; Bruce Auden of Biga on the Banks; Isaac Cantu of the Westin La Cantera; Enrique Perez of the Anaqua Grill; Dwayne Gale of Charthouse; Jonathan Demeterio of Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse; Dustin Alexander of the River Crossing Club; and our longest-running participant, Mike Bomberg of Spice of Life Catering. Tammy McQueen, March of Dimes Board member, summarizes, “The Signature Chefs Auction provides a wonderful evening of great food, socializing, and, most importantly, the opportunity to support healthier babies.”

23rd Annual March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction Wednesday, October 26, 2011 At the Pearl Stable For table and sponsorship information, please email

From the kitchen of

Shane Bruns Original recipes rich in folic acid for a healthy pregnancy.

Grilled Alaskan Salmon Heirloom Tomato Tart Yield is one 9" tart TOMATO MARMELLATA 1 qt. cherry 100's tomatoes 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/2 each lemon cut in half 1 cinnamon stick 3 tbsp. minced ginger Place all ingredients together in a nonreactive saucepan, bring to a boil, and then simmer for 30 minutes until thick. Make sure to stir often and burst the cherry tomatoes. This will help candy the skins. Set to cool. CRUST 3 cups all purpose flour 1/3 cup sugar 1/3 tsp. salt 12 oz. butter 1 egg yolk Mix all ingredients together, then cut in the butter using a KitchenAid mixer with the paddle attachment. Once butter is incorporated, mix in egg yolk to bind. Depending on the humidity of your kitchen, you may need to add water. If so, add a small amount of ice water until the dough binds. Wrap up dough and refrigerate for 1 hour. Remove dough from refrigerator, allow to soften a little. Roll out dough large enough to fit a 9" removeable-bottom tart pan. Fill the tart shell with the tomato marmellata mix. Roll out more dough and cut into strips. Lay the dough across the tart in a lattice pattern. Chill the tart in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Remove tart from refrigerator and egg wash the lattice work dough. Bake at 375° for 25 to 30 minutes. 10

with Cannellini Bean Ragout and Braised Greens 6 oz. Alaskan salmon filet 4 oz. cooked cannellini beans 2 strips chopped Neuskie applewood smoked bacon 1/4 cup yellow onion small dice 1 piquillo pepper, diced 1/2 tsp. garlic, chopped 1 tsp. chopped Italian parsley 3 cups chopped cleaned collard greens 2 cups chopped Napa cabbage 1 tbsp. garlic, chopped 1 tsp. brown sugar 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 1/2 cup chicken stock or chicken broth 1 tsp. kosher salt Black pepper In a medium saucepan over medium low heat, render down the bacon until crispy, add onion and continue cooking until onions are translucent, add cooked cannellini beans, piquillo peppers, garlic and Italian parsley, turn heat to low to hold. BRAISING YOUR GREENS: Start another large sautĂŠ pan over medium high heat with olive oil. Add collard greens and Napa cabbage and wilt for a couple of minutes while stirring the greens. Add chicken stock, garlic, brown sugar, kosher salt and pepper. Reduce the heat to medium low and allow the greens to cook down and most of the braising liquid to be reduced. Hold warm on burner until salmon is ready. Season both sides of the salmon filet with kosher salt and pepper, grill to your liking. BUILD YOUR PLATE: Place warm cannellini bean ragout in the middle of the plate or large pasta bowl, stack braised greens on top, and then place your grilled salmon on the braising greens. Drizzle the braising liquid from pan over the salmon. OPTIONAL GARNISH: Simple frisee salad tossed with sherry vinaigrette. 1 oz sherry vinegar, 2 oz extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper. Photography by Mensan Studios Fine Photography

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Highlight ing CHEF MIKE BOMBERG Chef Mike Bomberg is one of San Antonio’s best known chefs, and the only chef who has participated in every Signature Chefs since the ‘80s, back when it was called Star Chefs! He and his wife, Rocio, are the founders of Spice of Life — featuring Cutting Edge Catering and the Gourmet to Go. From their kitchen at 11319 West Avenue, on the edge of Castle Hills, Mike and Rocio oversee a staff of skilled culinarians and professional servers in the preparation of creative, cutting-edge restaurant caliber cuisine in private homes, ranches, offices and other locations in South Texas. Fresh ingredients, including homegrown herbs, imaginative menus, eye-catching presentations and culinary creations are the hallmark of Mike’s award-winning style. Mike is a graduate of both the University of Michigan and the renowned Culinary Institute of America. His local credentials include stints as the chef at La Mansion, Polo’s at the Fairmount, Anaqua Grill and the Dominion Country Club. 11

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For the second consecutive year, March of Dimes volunteers made a great splash for healthy babies by walking in the March for Babies on May 7 at SeaWorld. In its 41st year, this well-known fundraising walk attracted over 9,000 participants to a fun-filled morning of celebrating and honoring all babies — babies born healthy and babies born sick and too soon. The 2011 Ambassador Family, the Grants, shared their amazing story, and Ernie Zuniga and Monica Taylor from Fox News First, along with Jamie Martin from KJ97, emceed the opening ceremony. The gorgeous park provided an ideal setting for the walk while Shamu got the crowd warmed up, and the Spurs Coyote passed out water at the finish line! March for Babies is the March of Dimes’ annual fundraising event to help every baby have a healthy start. This year, we are working with March for Babies chairman, George B. Hernández Jr., to raise $780,000 in San Antonio. As CEO of University Health System, Mr. Hernández knows all too well that when a baby has to fight for life, we all need to help. When you walk, you give hope that every baby will have a healthy start. Employees at Mission Pharmacal, this year’s Premier Sponsor, raised funds through March for Babies to support programs and research that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies. Together with our Presenting Sponsors, HEB and University Health System, employees

from these companies and more than 100 other organizations and more than 70 family teams joined together and rallied around a cause everyone can support – healthy babies. With 1 in 7 Texas babies born prematurely, it’s not hard to find someone you know who has been affected by the March of Dimes mission to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. We won’t rest until the day comes when all babies are born healthy, and joining the cause to take the reins as next year’s March for Babies chairman is Joseph Bray, city president at BBVA Compass and recognized leader in our community. Join us in the fight to help families have healthy babies, and go to to sign up today!

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National Prematurity Awareness Month Dr. Diane M. Ashton, deputy medical director of the March of Dimes, will be the featured speaker at a National Prematurity Awareness Forum on November 9 at the San Antonio Public Library Central Branch, 600 Soledad, 5:007:00 p.m. Dr. Ashton leads the March of Dimes Prematurity Campaign, which was launched in 2003 to address the crisis of prematurity and to help families have healthy, full-term babies. In 2008, the campaign was extended globally. Premature birth is a complex problem with no single solution. Babies born just a few weeks too soon can face serious health challenges and are at risk of lifelong disabilities. In 2008, more than 3,000 babies were born prematurely in Bexar


County. In up to 40 percent of cases, the cause is unknown. March of Dimes researchers are seeking the causes of prematurity as a step toward developing ways to prevent it. Community-based interventions focus on ways of putting a stop to preventable preterm birth.

The Prematurity Awareness Forum is a partnership with San Antonio Healthy Start. To attend, contact the March of Dimes San Antonio Division office at (210) 515-4841; seating is limited.


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Planning W Where there’s a will, there’s a way By MARY ANN COLE

e’ve all heard the story about the fabulously wealthy woman who willed her millions to her dog. Crazy, right? Then there’s the man who carefully instructed his third wife that he wanted her to have half of his money but that he wanted the other half to go to charities and to his children from his first marriage. Who’s smarter?

The schnauzer-lover, that’s who.

These are horror stories, but they’re more

Perhaps the most important part of writing

common than you might think. Oh, I know —

a will is choosing your executor, the person

out her wishes and left it where she was sure

your family would never behave badly, but

who is charged with carrying out the instruc-

it would be enacted.

strange things happen to people when money

tions in your will. Many people choose a

Why? Because she had a will that spelled

In the case of the man who gave careful in-

is involved. The most loving thing you can do

spouse, but some people prefer to choose

structions to his third wife, she intended to

for your family is to take the questions out of

someone — a trusted friend, for example —

carry out his wishes, but when she found out

the equation; if you have a legal will and leave

who is not a beneficiary to avoid concerns

the state was going to give her everything be-

it where you can be sure it will be enacted, you

about fairness among beneficiaries. In any

cause he didn’t have a will, well, she just could-

will save your family the conflicts that could

case, whomever you choose should have a

n’t resist taking it all.

arise otherwise and ensure that your assets go

copy of all your estate-planning documents

where you intend them to go.

and should agree to do the job. Settling an es-

I knew a man who had a will that left considerable sums to his children from his first

For most people, estate planning is not

tate can be very time-consuming, and some

marriage, but he left the only copy in his files.

very complicated, and it is those people for

people provide financial compensation in their

When the man died, his second wife, by then

whom this article is intended. In any case, it is

wills for the executor’s time and effort.

not really competent, allowed her son and

advisable to consult an estate attorney or fi-

daughter from an earlier marriage to go

nancial planner when planning your estate.


through his papers, and they destroyed the will

No, but it does cover your real estate and

before anyone could see it. As far as the state

cash or cash-equivalent assets (stocks and

was concerned, there was no will, so everything went to the second wife, whose children then convinced her to pass everything to them, leaving the man’s own children with nothing.

WHY HAVE A WILL? A will allows you to: • Choose who gets your assets after you die

bonds, savings accounts and so on). It does not cover assets that have their own beneficiaries like insurance policies, annuities, pension plans and IRAs, nor does it cover assets that are in

• Keep your assets from going

trusts or property owned jointly with a spouse.

ried for many years to the same wonderful

to unintended beneficiaries

Many people are surprised that wills often don’t

woman. Since they’d had no children, they

• Choose who cares for your

cover property like cars, jewelry and other per-

were perfectly happy to have everything they

minor children

sonal possessions. These are usually handled in letters of instruction to your executor.

Then there’s the man who had been mar-

owned go to the other, so neither of them had

• Minimize estate and inheri-

a will. When the wife died, the husband sank

tance taxes

into grief and depression and died six months

• Make the job of distributing

later, still without a will. Although he and his

your assets easier for everyone

wife had been involved in several charities to

by making your final wishes

which they were deeply committed, all of his

legally binding

The documents you’ll need other than a will are: Financial power of attorney — gives someone the ability to handle your financial affairs if you should become incapacitated. The finan-

money went to his closest relative, a second

cial power of attorney expires if you die, when

nephew he had never even met.

your will takes over.

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Health care or medical power of attorney — gives someone the ability to make decisions about your health care if you should be unable to do so. This job usually falls to your spouse, but if you want someone else to do this or if you have no spouse, it’s a good idea to clarify it in this document. A living will (or medical or physician’s directive) — gives specific instructions about what you do and do not want done medically if you should become incapacitated. Do you want extraordinary measures taken to keep you alive? Do you draw the line at having a feeding tube? Do you want to be resuscitated if your heart stops but you have no brain activity? Keep in mind, though, that you must have a conversation with whoever has your health care power of attorney and your family members, as hospitals will not usually honor living wills if the person with your medical power of attorney objects. Letters of instruction — a summary of your wishes concerning

one) each year without triggering federal gift taxes, and spouses can

the distribution of personal property. While this is not a legal docu-

give $26,000 together. Another is to fund 529 college savings plans,

ment, it can contain such information as the names of those you wish

which allow you to make up to five years of contributions in advance

to be notified on your death; how you want your physical remains

— as much as $130,000 at once. You can also pay someone else’s tu-

handled; instructions for your funeral or memorial service; instruc-

ition or medical expenses without incurring a gift tax, as long as you

tions for handling financial matters that may need immediate atten-

pay them directly to the provider, not to the person.

tion, such as debts you need to pay or money owed to you; and locations of important documents. Remember that the more information you can leave your fam-


ily and other survivors, the easier it will be for them to make de-

There are several reasons why you may want to con-

cisions and the less conflict they’re likely to have at a time that’s

sider a trust, in which case you should certainly consult an

already emotional.

attorney. A trust is a financial instrument in which you give

While there are do-it-yourself kits available for creating your will and the other documents you need, consulting with an attorney to produce the documents you need may be worth the modest cost.

PROTECTING YOUR ASSETS Your assets can often be depleted by either or both of two factors: your last illness and taxes. Our final illness is often the most expensive of our lives, and many individuals’ assets are completely wiped out by those final medical and funeral expenses. Some people buy life insurance policies to handle these final expenses, and they instruct the beneficiary that this is the purpose of the policy’s proceeds. Long-term-care insurance can also help protect your assets during a final illness by reducing the costs of long-term care. As to taxes, spouses are the only ones who can inherit estates of any size without taxation. However, while you can make your wishes known, you cannot control what your spouse does with assets he or she inherits from you after your death. Texas is a community property state, so

up personal ownership of assets by transferring ownership to the trust. Consider a trust particularly if:

• You and your spouse have more than $1 million each in assets • You want to protect your privacy since, unlike probated wills, the information in your trust is not part of the public record • You want to deplete your assets so you qualify for Medicaid • Your assets need to be available to your beneficiaries immediately, which may be the case if you have a business • You have a blended family from multiple marriages • You have minor children or children with special needs • You want to have some control over how your heirs use your assets after your death

spouses jointly own all of the assets they purchased with money they earned during the marriage, and your spouse will inherit those assets. If you have assets you acquired before marriage, your will can instruct

Consult a trust attorney or financial planner if you are considering a trust. Trusts are complicated, and they re-

to whom they go after your death — but if that person is not a spouse,

quire you to give up ownership of your assets. This is no

estate taxes may kick in. The current estate tax laws are pretty liberal —

time to do it yourself!

you can pass $5 million in assets tax-free in 2011 and 2012, with a 35-percent inheritance tax rate for assets over that amount. (I don’t know about you, but I’m not too worried about having more than $5 million.) How-

Estate planning can be complex, but for most of us, just a small

ever, if you’re not planning to die in the next 18 months or so, the picture

amount of effort, thought and preparation can ensure that our hard-

is less clear.

earned assets go where we want them to go. Just as important, it can

There are several ways to whittle down your estate before you die.

save our families from frustration, conflict and having to make difficult

One is to give gifts to individuals or charities — as much as $13,000 in

decisions. Like so many other things that are not sitting on the beach

assets to any number of beneficiaries (that is, as much as $13,000 to each

eating ice cream, estate planning is part of being a grown-up.

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LAW Women are flocking to careers in law, making important contributions in today’s changing world By JANIS TURK


ost of us know personally or are familiar with female attorneys, judges, law school professors, law students, clerks and paralegals pursuing successful careers. Women at work in the field of law are certainly not uncommon today — though that’s not always been the case. Just 136 years ago, in 1875, the Wisconsin Supreme Court denied a woman named Lavinia Goodell admission to the state bar, stating that women were no more “tempered” by nature for a career in law than they were for “the physical conflicts of the battlefield,” and that “womanhood is molded for gentler and better things.”

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W WOMEN IN LAW Likewise, just a few years earlier, in 1872, the United States Supreme Court upheld an Illinois Supreme Court decision that a woman named Myrna Bradwell would not be admitted to the state bar, stating in Bradwell v. Illinois, “The paramount destiny and mission of woman are to fulfill the noble and benign offices of wife and mother. This is the law of the Creator…” In fact, it wasn’t until 1878 that Clara Shortridge Foltz became the first woman to be admitted to practice law in the State of California. We’ve come a long way, baby. While 136 years sounds like a long time, it’s actually a relatively short time when one considers how slowly attitudes, gender roles and social norms change and evolve. While most people today think of women as being equal to men — equally capable of logic and hard work — and believe women should be able to try to “have it all” — careers, social lives, family lives, fit bodies, nice homes and time for professional, charitable, religious and civic associations — there are still some who think a woman’s place is in the home and that females are prone to being emotional and hormonal and thus highly unsuited to careers in jurisprudence or even the military. As archaic as those attitudes may seem, such prejudices still may be found among people raised to embrace traditional gender roles. Sadly, revolutions in such thinking come slowly. Still, the times they are a-changing, and nearly 50 percent of those entering law schools today are women. However, that percentage seems to be in decline from recent years, according to some studies.

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Bexar County Women’s Bar Foundation Plans Annual Fundraiser The Bexar County Women’s Bar Foundation will hold its annual charitable fundraising event, the Autumn Affair, at the Witte Museum on Oct. 13. Autumn Affair will honor women judges throughout the State of Texas and recognize two outstanding Bexar County women lawyers as recipients of the Belva Lockwood Outstanding Lawyer and Outstanding Young Lawyer awards. The highlight of the evening will be a fashion show featuring the local Bexar County judiciary. Proceeds from Autumn Affair will be donated to the Center for Family Relations, also known as San Antonio Kids Exchange. For sponsorships and additional information, please contact Monica Lerma at (210) 447-8033 or, or visit the Bexar County Women’s Bar Foundation website,

Why? Consider this: A career in law has never been an easy choice for women — for even though the playing field has been leveled in some areas, many still feel an “old boys club” mentality prevails in legal firms and boardrooms across the nation. Add to that the cost of a


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from family and friends. Such a career can take a toll on one’s sleep schedule and one’s social and family life. Still, law can be an enormously satisfying and highly rewarding career, both professionally and financially, and it is a field to which many women feel strongly and quite naturally drawn. Law is a field to which women seem to be well suited by nature. A good attorney or judge must be a sharp, capable multi-tasker. She must possess good written and oral communication skills, an ability to listen, to read carefully, to assess situations logically and swiftly and yet to retain a sense of empathy that encourages trust in her clients and peers — strengths many women today exhibit in any number of careers. And though the history books are full of stories of women who were not allowed to work outside the home, practice

“My sense of success is more balanced. It's about enjoying the fruits of all the years of hard work by women of my generation and the trailblazers before us. There is profound satisfaction in looking down through the shattered glass ceilings of the courthouse and boardrooms throughout the city and finding women and minorities leading our legal profession. While challenges remain, I am confident that important groundwork has been laid for our daughters and sons.” Jo Chris Lopez, Langley & Banack

legal career — it requires a minimum of three years of difficult diligent study after college, as well as long hours of reading and lectures, mock trials, preparation for the bar exam, time spent clerking for other attorneys and great financial expense. After that, expect more hard work, long hours and time away

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law, own property or even vote, today there are also many encouraging precedents being set by successful women in law. Consider Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, who reached the very top of their profession through brains, unparalleled determination and years of hard work. Surely when they were in law school, it was an even harder time to step into a man’s world — there was more opposition to it than there is today, when women’s rights to work and practice law are no longer in question. Careers such as theirs required a great deal of time, work, diligence and dedication. The picture isn’t all rosy, however: A 2008 study of graduates of the University of Michigan found that attorneys who were mothers earned 10- to 15-percent less than women attorneys who were not mothers. Overall, women who were parents earned 35 percent less than men who were parents, that same study revealed. As in many careers, it is hard for female attorneys to balance the weight of work and family life and juggle


it all with finese. But none of that should dissuade women interested in law. More firms are allowing for flexible scheduling and time spent working from home. Women are finding ways to make their careers work for them in law and other demanding fields. One of the most exciting aspects of careers in law for women today is the broad array of specializations from which to choose — many of which are as new and exciting as the new world of changing technology and information sharing we enjoy today. So many of these areas can have a forceful impact on society and even on our planet. For example, intellectual property law is a fast-emerging specialization that has taken on super-importance in the world of computer websites, technology, software and hardware development, social media network sites and more. It’s a field which specializes in ownership of ideas and concepts — the new world currency in the Facebook era we’re living in now, and it’s an area of law that deals with patent, copyright and trademark rights. Another exciting and important specialization is environmental law, which has been defined as “…a complex and interlocking body of treaties, conventions, statutes, regulations and common law that operates to regulate the interaction of humanity and the natural environment, toward the purpose of reducing the impacts of human activity,” by a popular web encyclopedia. Other specializations female attorneys are engaging in include, but are not limited to, criminal law, patent law, constitutional law, business law, personal injury law, probate law, real estate law, insurance law, construction law and contract law. The possibilities to pique a woman’s interest are endless, and female attorneys and judges today are finding that they are able not only to do good work in a career they enjoy, but they can also make tremendously positive changes in the world — and even help ensure the safety and sustainability of our planet — through their work. When we look back at all the women in history who paved the way for women in law today, we see how these women’s struggles caused society to evolve and improve. And we’re still moving forward, even now. No one said it would be easy, but women today are living proof that a career in law is worth all the hard work and sacrifices they’ve had to make. With almost half of all law school students today being female, the future seems bright for women who have chosen to work in a field that protects personal freedoms, upholds justice and makes the world a more just place. All this in just over a century? Then imagine what lies ahead for tomorrow’s lady legal eagles — the strong, hardworking women of the new millenium.

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ALMOST SUMMER CELEBRATION 1. Chef Joseph Baker, Deborah Miller holding heart recipient Jordan Asiimwe from Uganda, Chef Rodrigo Ugartechea 1

and Chef Heather Nanez


2. Chef Damien and Lisa Watel 3. Dr. John Calhoon and Morris Miller



4. Former Mayor Lila Cockrell


and Sharon Jones Schweitzer 5. Monica Reina and Rebecca Reinhardt 6. Dee Dee Poteet and Ernest Bromley


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Charitable Events Take to the Sun Happenings benefit youth and other good causes By CAROLE MILLER


ountiful blooms and fun in the sun abound through spring and summer. From brunch with the ladies to an af-

and her court at Oak Hills Country Club. On her court were 2010 queen Natalia Canales, Sloanne Hollingsworth, Emily

ternoon of golf with the guys, charitable

Stampler, Katherine Dixon, Natalie Wils

events in San Antonio are as prevalent

Curran, Deandra Jaclen Buckley, Catherine

through spring and summer as the beau-

Dee Ricks, Erin Elizabeth Edwards, Ireland

tiful blooms at the Botanical Garden.

Shea Buckley, Diane Elizabeth Quintanilla,

Spring began with the annual Brunch

Alexa Sylvia Palomo, Olivia Hausman

des Chapeaux — a fun event where ladies

Watts, Savannah Jane Zars, Ramsey Marie

don their most fabulous hats and gather

Schultz, Caitlin Marie Edwards, McKenzie

on the lawn at the Argyle Club to raise

Schultz, Sophia Canales, Elise Nicole Ru-

money for the Autism Treatment Center.

biola, Mary Caroline Fitzgerald, Olivia

And every year, there is not a dry eye

Marie Briley, Sophie Jane Watts, Laura

in the crowd as someone affected by an

Jane Briley, Charlotte Camille Wills, Chloe

autistic child shares his heartfelt story.

Elizabeth Crawford, Emma Lee Gentry,

This year was no exception when fea-

Abigail Largen Watts and pages Chandler,

tured speaker Jeff Woodson spoke about

Chelsea and Rowan Simpson and Tano,

life with his autistic son. After his moving

Beau, Bebo and Coco Kleberg.

speech, there was a fashion show by Ju-

The Gardenia and Musical Club pro-

lian Gold highlighting all the hot new

motes sociability among its members and

summer fashions.

provides annual scholarships for fine arts

This year’s luncheon co-chairs were

students. Each year the club presents

Raven Labatt and Amy White. Serving on

scholarships to students graduating from

the luncheon committee were Anita Alli-

local high schools and continuing their


college studies in Bexar County.





Wendy Chipman, Shannon Gunn, Eliza-

Then it was time to get “Hot in Ha-

beth Hale, Jennifer Johnson, Julie John-

vana” at the McNay Museum’s annual Over

son, Leanne Kelly, Paola Lloyd, Laura

the Top, Under the Stars spring gala. This

Luce, Jennifer McLiney, Mary Beth Mos-

linen-and-guayabera-only party was the

backer, Carol Oliver, Victoria Roca, Adrian

coolest place in town that night for cock-

Sabom, Chaney Stuart, Shannon Turner,

tails, a silent auction and the unmistakable

Ashley Weaver, Kenda Willoughby and

sounds of a steel drum band on the patio.

Jodi Wood.

FROM TOP: Carroll Dorsey Walker and Shelly Miles at the Brunch des Chapeaux; Gardenia Club queen Tinsley Simpson with her grandparents Skinner and Dee Ann Simpson; Claiborne and Walton Gregory along with Cynthia McMurray, "Hot in Havana" at the McNay Museum.

Gardenia Club queen Tinsley Simpson

Chaired by Ty Edwards, this event took

The spring social season came into

guests around the globe and landed them

full bloom when the San Antonio Garde-

in Havana. They arrived in style and had

nia and Musical Club celebrated its

photos snapped on the red carpet and en-

golden anniversary at the 50th annual

joyed buenisimo food stations, hors d’oeu-

coronation dinner and dance honoring

vres and signature mojitos.

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FROM TOP LEFT, CLOCKWISE: Jim Dalglish and Michelle Moon at "Witte Uncorked"; Steve and Rachel Treviño with their son, Diego, at the Adopt-A-Doll luncheon benefiting Any Baby Can; Barry Davis with his winning team at the Dan Cook Memorial Golf Classic.

Not to be outdone, the Witte Museum got “uncorked” at the Sharp

Held at Sonterra Club, the tournament attracted 180 golfers, who

as a Whip party, with an outdoor evening full of rugged entertainment

spent a beautiful day playing golf, and raised more than $75,000 for pro-

starting with the astounding trick-roping skills of Kevin Fitzpatrick and

grams at SA Youth. Before the shotgun start, Jon Turner welcomed

his bullwhip. Then guests spread out their blankets and staked out a

golfers, and Dan Cook, Jr., gave the history of the event. Paul Mireles

place on the beautiful courtyard lawn for a special presentation of the

served as emcee for the awards luncheon. Serving on the golf tourna-

classic movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade on a huge outdoor

ment committee this year were Bob Benavides, Allen Lansing, Cynthia

screen after dark.

Le Monds, Louis Marin, Jake Palmer, David Olivares, Jason Riggan, Brent

The next event on the spring tour, the Any Baby Can Adopt-a-Doll

Taylor and Jon Turner.

Luncheon, took place at the historic Menger Hotel. Guests were treated

Dan Cook was instrumental in developing the SA Youth organization.

to a delicious lunch and learned the amazing and inspiring story of Diego

SA Youth works to prevent kids from dropping out of school and gives

Trevino, an adorable 4-year-old boy who suffers from severe autism.

those who have quit school a second chance for success through tutor-

Each year, Any Baby Can selects one child to represent the thou-

ing, music lessons, job-training opportunities, educational advancement,

sands of children who come to them annually looking for help and hope.

physical fitness, character education and life skills, healthy meals and

A local artisan crafts a likeness of the selected child into a porcelain doll.

other youth development opportunities.

Donors then “adopt” the dolls for a $1,000 donation and are presented with their dolls during the adoption luncheon. This year, little Diego replicas, complete with shiny brown locks and flirtatious, twinkling

San Antonio is, indeed, the perfect place to bloom.

chocolate eyes, raised close to $100,000. And finally, the Dan Cook Memorial Classic, presented by TETCO

Can’t get enough Scene Around Town? Visit Carole Miller’s blog

and KENS TV, was held in memory of legendary sports commentator

at for the latest party pics, information and up-

Dan Cook.

coming events.

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AWARD BANQUET 1. Susie Gonzalez and Ginger Hall Carnes 1

2. Wendy Rigby and Mary Anthony


3. Adriana Villarreal, Salwa Lanford and Catherine Duncan



2 4. John Santikos and Bill Chiego 5. John Feik and Betty Halff 6. Megan Rice-Yager, Chesley Seals, Traci Nix and Ann Cross



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What’s New (and Old) in

Women’s Health

The first successful in vitro fertilization was just 33 years ago



f you’re old enough to remember Louise Brown, born July 25, 1978, you’re probably more concerned about your daughter’s childbearing issues than your own. With the strides made in fertility treatments since then, it’s difficult to believe that that first “test-tube baby” — the first child conceived outside the female body and carried successfully to term — was born only 33 years ago. It’s commonplace now, but at the time, in vitro fertilization was world news.

Few medical topics carry with them as much controversy as women’s gynecological and obstetrical health, in part because the OB/GYN field has for so many years been dominated by male doctors, but also because the topic involves issues related to the definition of life and the mysteries of women’s psychology. Birthing trends over the last half century have run the gamut from giving women general anesthesia — perhaps to keep them comfortable, but also perhaps to keep them quiet— to judgmental tut-tutting in the ‘70s when a woman didn’t choose “natural” childbirth, to today’s wide range of choices among hospital births, water births, birthing chairs, at-home births, midwives and doulas. The controversies begin now when young women have barely reached puberty. At what age should they be introduced to those cursed stirrups? Should they be given the HPV vaccination? Should parents have a say in whether they’re given birth control advice? When they reach full adulthood, the controversies continue — not just about abortion, but also about when mammograms are necessary and how often (and whether) to do the Pap smear—not to mention the issues related to conception and childbirth.

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Even menopause brings no relief, as controversies continue to swirl around hormone-replacement therapy and overprescription of hysterectomy. What’s a girl to do? There are as many theories on why this particular field generates so much back and forth as there are theorists, but one thing is certain: Women must take control of and be responsible for their own health. That means keeping up with current information, asking questions and making informed decisions. There is often more than one point of view, so if your doctor rushes through your questions—and especially if he or she is patronizing about them or dismissive of your concerns—find a new doctor. Ignore those crazy emails about how this or that treatment will cause you to grow a third ear, and read information in magazines like Health and Prevention and on reliable websites like, the National Institutes of Health website, and Your body is not a car that you turn over to the mechanic with your eyes closed and fingers crossed. Let’s talk about just a few of the newer developments in women’s OB/GYN health care that can help you start the conversation with your doctor.


THE HPV TEST The Pap smear has been the go-to test for cervical cancer for many years. It uses visual systems (by a person or a computer) to identify the abnormal cells in the lining of the cervix that can become malignant, and it is responsible for reducing the cervical cancer rate by 70 percent since the 1940s. However, a Pap test can miss as much as 50 percent of cell abnormalities, so it relies on repeated tests every year to increase the odds that any missed abnormalities will be picked up the next year. The Pap test also results in a significant number of false positives, causing unnecessary alarm and worry, since cervical cells change often. Studies from the U.S. and Europe show that the HPV test, used in conjuction with the Pap test, would deliver correct results 99.84 percent of the time. How does the HPV test work? Most cervical cancers are caused by exposure to human papillomavirus (HPV), and the test finds the strains of HPV that cause cell abnormalities — not the cell abnormalities themselves. (Only two strains of HPV are thought to be responsible for about 70 percent of cervical cancers.) Barring any risk factors, such as smoking or precancerous lesions, a double-negative result on the Pap and the HPV test should clear you for two or three years and give you the peace of mind you may need to break the yearly Pap test habit. The HPV test has been approved by the FDA and endorsed by the American Cancer Society, yet only about 15 percent of doctors use it.

HOME BIRTHS, MIDWIFERY AND DOULAS We’ve come a long way from general anesthesia and two weeks in the hospital for a normal birth. Not every woman wants a medication-free experience, but more options are available for births that put the mother and the baby—not the doctor’s schedule—in the forefront. One of the options growing in popularity is home births with the aid of a midwife, where the quiet and relaxation of one’s own home replaces the bright lights and bustle of a hospital delivery room, and an experienced, involved midwife replaces a doctor who may be monitoring five labors at once. Many people believe that a normal, healthy woman

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Doulas are birthing coaches ....their sole focus is making the mother comfortable by offering physical, emotional and informational support. with a normal, healthy pregnancy and an experienced midwife to guide her can have a better — and just as safe — experience in her own home than she would be likely to have in a hospital delivery room. Although many doctors disagree with its findings, a study published in the British Medical Journal found home births to be as safe as hospital births for such women. If you want to have a little autonomy to do things your own way, a home birth with an experienced midwife may be worth looking into. A birth at home or in a birthing center with a midwife assumes that the mother has some innate knowledge about what to do to deliver the baby and that she should be a partner in the process, not the object of a procedure. Research has found that deliveries done by a midwife result in significantly less fetal distress, postpartum hemorrhage, birth injuries and need for resuscitation than those done in hospitals by doctors. However, one must consider that these statistics are affected by the fact that responsible midwives won’t take on deliveries that they

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have reason to believe may lead to complications. In any case, prospective mothers should consult at some length with an experienced midwife before making the decision to try a home birth. Doulas are birthing coaches. They don’t deliver the baby or offer medical advice, but they know what to expect, and their sole focus is on making the mother comfortable by offering physical, emotional and informational support. Numerous studies have found that births attended by doulas: · have shorter labor and fewer complications; · result in happier memories of the childbirth experience; · reduce the need for labor-inducing drugs, forceps, pain medications, epidurals and caesareans; · reduce post-partum depression and the length of hospital stays; and · improve the ease of breast-feeding and the level of affection new mothers show to their babies. Doulas can also focus on and involve the mother’s partner if the partner wishes.


The Captain of Your Team


e all know what happens when there are too many cooks in a kitchen, right? If there is not a head chef to direct the efforts then there can be complete chaos. The same is true with your health care. If you do not have a primary care physician overseeing and orchestrating your health care, you may not be receiving the best care available. Since its beginning in 1994, HealthTexas Medical Group has set itself apart as the leader in primary or “family” care in San Antonio. This distinct

health care of each patient. Statistically it is shown that when one primary physician oversees the care of a patient, the patient receives better quality care and avoids unnecessary procedures or expenditures. If a referral is needed to a specialist, the HealthTexas doctor provides that referral and the specialist reports back to the primary care doctor the outcome. This way, all the physicians and the patient are on the same page. With the most advanced Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system available, the specialized award-winning Art & Quality

tend to any little emergency that may happen during the day. Along with daily urgent care appointments, HealthTexas also offers Saturday appointments. Patient satisfaction surveys show HealthTexas truly is empowering its patients to live healthier, happier lives. Over 95% of existing patients would recommend their HealthTexas physician to a friend and 98% feel they receive efficient and appropriate care. Excellent doctors and satisfied patients are not

recognition comes from a variety of independent, third party physician peer surveys. One such survey is Best Doctors in America®. Less than 5% of physicians in the United States are listed as Best Doctors in America®. HealthTexas Medical Group of San Antonio has over 90% of its physicians listed as Best Doctors in America® and 100% of HealthTexas doctors are recognized as Top Doctors in San Antonio®.

of Medicine Program™ along with the one-on-one direct care provided by HealthTexas physicians, patients receive the right care in the right way. Another way HealthTexas doctors set themselves apart from other doctors is how they oversee the care of their patients in the hospital. This standard of primary care may appear to be old fashioned but it is very effective. This is only one way HealthTexas maintains such a high level of primary care expertise. The ultimate goal is to treat and empower patients to live healthier, more fulfilling lives! Preventive primary care is not all that HealthTexas doctors are recognized for. Each HealthTexas location has same day urgent care appointments to

all that makes HealthTexas Medical Group of San Antonio the best. The San Antonio Express-News and San Antonio Business Journal surveyed thousands of employees of local companies. HealthTexas Medical Group of San Antonio was recently recognized as a Top Work Place in San Antonio 2011. Unmatched medical primary care, satisfied patients and motivated employees make for a wonderful combination for San Antonio families. HealthTexas Medical Group of San Antonio accepts most major health plans and all HealthTexas physicians welcome new patients. For more information, check out or call (210) 731-4864.

With 14 locations and 36 providers to oversee and orchestrate your primary care, HealthTexas Medical Group brings its caring expertise to the general public. Where HealthTexas sets itself apart is how, as primary care doctors, they direct the total


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EASTERN FERTILITY TREATMENTS Not all fertility problems can be addressed by the age-old advice of “take a vacation and forget about it,” surgery to repair minor issues or medication to boost egg production. In the 33 years since Baby Louise was born, researchers have made “test-tube babies” through in vitro fertilization (IVF) all but commonplace. What’s new in IVF is the reduction in the number of embryos implanted in order to avoid multiple births and the potential complications — especially to the babies — that can accompany them. Instead of being implanted with six to eight embryos, women under 35 are being advised to do no more than two. Some infertility clinics have begun to embrace Eastern techniques as complements to other therapies. One study showed that acupuncture before embryo implantation increased the pregnancy rate by 10 percent, while another showed no increase. Acupuncture may decrease stress, which can help a woman’s ability to get pregnant — and it’s unlikely to do any harm. Whether you choose what’s new and promising or what’s old and proven, the central message remains the same: You are the boss of you. But being responsible for your health these days, especially if you’re a woman, means staying informed, using reliable resources, asking questions and insisting on straight answers.

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THE Significance OF

Birth Order A closer look at the misunderstood Middle Child


For generations of psychologists and parents alike, birth order has been an intriguing area of study and debate when it comes to raising children. How do children that come from the same parents and are raised in the same environment each turn out so differently? As the parent of three, I have always found it interesting to see how my children fit into these molds and how their birth order affects the personalities they are developing.


leader or a follower; the responsible, Type A overachiever or the spoiled, fun-loving free spirit. How do they fit in? Then there is the child that falls somewhere in the middle. The

characteristics. He is my rule follower and is most comfortable when

one spoken of in whispered tones, “Oh, he’s a middle child.” As if this

everyone else is following the rules, too. When one of his siblings

label alone somehow accounts for aberrant behaviors. There is just

steps out of line, he does not hesitate to tell them, or me, so. He is

something about the term Middle Child that has always tugged at

hard on himself. In fact, much harder on himself than we (his parents)

my heartstrings, and I wanted to understand it more fully. Certainly,

are, and often he cannot see the forest for the trees, focusing on

birth order is only one factor that contributes to a child’s developing

small mistakes, imperfections and areas of difficulty rather than look-

personality, but most parents agree psychotherapist Alfred Adler’s

ing at the big picture of his accomplishments.

theory is surprisingly accurate when describing their own children’s developing personalities.

Have we created this perfectionism with overly high standards? Probably. But we work hard to keep our expectations in line with his

The stereotypical First Born child’s personality is easiest to un-

abilities. That’s not always easy for parents of First Borns because

derstand. First Born children don’t have to do much to garner their

we have nothing to use as a comparison. Both the First Born and the

parents’ attention. It comes to them naturally and without interrup-

parents of the First Born are tackling new territory on a daily basis,

tion. First Borns quickly learn that in order to maintain the right kind

and that can be a challenge.

of attention from their parents, they must simply do that which the

Last Born children are also fairly straightforward and simple to

parent wants them to do and do it well. First Borns are typically re-

understand. The “baby” of the family, Last Borns are often accus-

sponsible, rarely make waves and may take on the role as surrogate

tomed to getting their way. They have no worries of being “de-

parent to his or her younger siblings.

throned” (their role will not change or be challenged by another),

First Borns are often perfectionists, always striving to do their

and the level of attention they get from mom and dad rivals that of

best and make their parents proud. Life in the First Born lane is typ-

the First Borns. Last Borns are typically very social, very congenial

ically a straight and narrow path as these children strive to please

children. Personality plus! They can be innovative, finding new and

others, rarely step out of line, show excellent leadership skills and al-

different ways to stand out in the family. They are often comical and

ways try to do the right thing in order to maintain the high level of

entertaining and may be very social creatures. Last Borns may also

positive attention they are used to receiving.

be laid-back, spoiled, somewhat irresponsible and more dependent

When I think of my first child, I can certainly see many of these

on mom and dad than their siblings.

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W MOMMY MATTERS Do these characteristics coincide with my own Last Born child? Absolutely! Of course, she is only 2 years old. She is most definitely the baby of the family and is treated as such. Spoiled? Yep. Comical and entertaining? Check. Do my expectations and demands on her differ from those of her older siblings at the same age? Well, let’s just say she still takes a bottle, uses a pacifier and has no inkling of potty training or the word “no.” By the third time around, I’m a bit less stringent about reaching important milestones than I was 10 years ago. She will get there eventually. Sandwiched between these two very strong entities is the proverbial Middle Child. Often thought of as the “forgotten child” who somehow gets lost between the Type A older sibling and the needy younger one, the Middle Child may not understand his role in the family or may feel that he isn’t important. Attention doesn’t come easily to this child; the Middle Child has to work hard for it. A Middle Child is often very independent and self-reliant, even secretive. Friendships and peer relationships are very important to these kids, often seeking out their place to shine outside of the family. They are often very adaptable, “chameleons” in their ability to fit in, and can be real show-offs and highly social. Middle Children are also good peacemakers and negotiators. Some may suffer from Middle Child Syndrome, feeling ignored or resentful of the attention paid to their older and younger siblings. The truth of the matter is, I never wanted a Middle Child — this child that falls through the cracks or is overlooked and underappreciated. A forgotten child? How could any parent forget about their child, no matter when he was born into the family? So when I became pregnant with my third child, I decided my second child would never be a Middle Child. Yes, he was born between my first and third, but he would not be overlooked. He would receive just as much attention as my other two kids, be loved equally and would never be forgotten. But when I think of my second born, I have to admit I see many Middle Child characteristics, and they aren’t necessarily bad. Is he forgotten? Of course not. But he is more independent. He has observed his older sibling going through similar situations before him and is better equipped to handle them. And we as parents are more willing to step back and allow our second born to face challenges on his own, rather than holding his hand through each and every step as we did the first time around. No matter my good intentions of giving equal amounts of attention, he just doesn’t seem to need it. He is extremely social and is very capable of fitting in with almost any group of kids. Where my oldest feels constant stress and pressure to make good grades and succeed in all activities he attempts, my second child is content to pass and simply be on the team. He is more laidback than his older sibling and more independent than his younger. He bridges the gap between his siblings, the chameleon within the family. Completely capable of hanging with the big boys or playing on the floor with dolls and a tea set, my Middle Child can adapt to any situation. These are not just characteristics of a Middle Child to be overcome or tamped down, they are strengths that should be encouraged and embraced. I still work hard to ensure that he never feels overlooked and that he knows the important role he plays in our family. We as parents should strive to bring all of our children a little closer to this healthy middle ground. Perhaps then will those whispered words about the Middle Child be said in reverence rather than reticence: “Of course, he is a middle child!”

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RoaringFork Beef and pork entrees win applause By RON BECHTOL Photography JANET ROGERS


pt for the bar, that’s our suggestion. The Roaring Fork main dining room seems better suited to groups and families, but the bar provides some

good couples-scaled seating. Besides, if your waitress’s watch is running a tad late (wink, wink), you may just make it in time for the 7 p.m. happy hour cutoff. Suggestion number two: The martinis (gin, please) are better than the house margaritas. There is a kind of corporate vibe about the Fork, but it’s just that sort of slickness that brings us to suggestion number three: Put on duds that might seem just a little too, er, fashion-forward for most local hangouts. When the opportunity presents itself, we say, go for it. Yes, we know that San Antonio is a casual city and generally are perfectly happy with that, but something swell

does nobody any good hanging in a closet — just like that bottle of wine you have been saving for a special occasion. Drink it! The wine we picked from RF’s list was not one with airs, however; the 2008 Famiglia Bianchi Malbec was a good, workhorse red with lots of berry-flavored body and a reasonable price tag. It was a happy camper with the appetizer duck crêpe sauced with whole, not-too-sweet cherries. A good, crunchy slaw added textural appeal, and the duck itself

At top, the slow-roasted pork shoulder carnitas are among the popular entrees at Roaring Fork. Below, a view of the dining room.

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almost didn’t need its mushroom ragu. Save back a little bit of your martini to go with a lighter appetizer such as the fried avocado and crab. A lack of salt was the only issue here; the


Clockwise, from left, an appetizer of crumb-coated, fried avocado and crab, the shrimp and avocado salad and an end-the-meal serving of Huckleberry swirl cheesecake with fresh strawberries and a berry coulis. crumb-coated avocado was otherwise a perfectly polite

nying cilantro rice was a little boring, the black beans had

companion to the good crab in a spicy remoulade.

very good flavor, and the generous serving of pork had noth-

According to Dining Companion, the Big Ass Burger with

ing to be ashamed of. Among other house specials also can

poblano, cheddar and smoked pepper bacon really is worth

be counted Dr. Pepper baby back ribs and cedar-planked

its $13 price tag, but, ambitiously attired as we were, a burger

salmon; from the wood-fired rotisserie comes a spit-roasted

seemed to lack its own ambition and present danger all at the

chicken and the RF mixed grill with filet, duck confit, Elgin

same time. Braised beef short ribs to the rescue; they offered

sausage and stuffed shrimp, a combination that takes surf

the possibility of a good wine pair and were just pushy

and turf to entirely new levels.

enough with accompaniments of tomato jam and horserad-

After the usual protests, DC and I usually give in and split

ish-spiked potatoes. The kitchen might have pushed just a tad

a dessert — in this case an ancho chocolate torte. It was hand-

more with the “jam”; it came across as a sweet relish of un-

somely presented, almost dauntingly dense and unstintingly

certain texture. And, gluttons for sensation that we are, we

chocolatey. But any intimations of ancho were well-sup-

could have tolerated more horseradish (or a better distribu-

pressed at best. The very good berry coulis that shared the

tion of it) in the potatoes. But the ribs themselves were big,

plate fortunately saved the day. Or night.

meaty, good — and, yes, fine with the wine. The slow-roasted pork shoulder carnitas are served with

Note that RF offers a Sunday special of hickory-smoked prime rib and half-price bottles of wine and that members

flour tortillas that you may safely ignore. Carnitas are a risky

of the military are given a 15-percent discount with identifi-

venture for a corporate kitchen in a city with a tradition of

cation — no uniform required. Though that can be another

serving them in less-slick settings. But though the accompa-

way of looking classy.

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Steve Diego is the model for the Any Baby Can doll for the 2011 Adopt-a-Doll event.

Local Girl Scouts, Victoria Moreno, Arianna Moreno, Ruby Gradillas and Deseri Ruiz, appear on the box for special cookies celebrating the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts.

Shelly Jewett and Bryan Anderson chat and enjoy the Witte Uncorked event.

Ben Sanchez, Dawn Dixon and Dallas Peeples enjoy celebrating the Adopt-a-Doll luncheon for Any Baby Can.

Senator Leticia Van de Putte, Mayor Juliรกn Castro and Councilman Ray Lopez congratulate Arianna Moreno, Victoria Moreno, Deseri Ruiz and Ruby Gradillas for appearing on the Girl Scout cookie box.

Robert Taylor visits with Yvonn Baca at Cocktails & Culture: The Witte Uncorked!

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Elizabeth Rosemblum, co-founder and executive director of Street2Feet, with her husband, Rick Rosenblum, and their daughters Avery and Ryan.


Running Toward



Photography by JANET ROGERS

hen Elizabeth Rosenblum and Megan Cullip first pro-

week and sometimes as few as three participants, usually held in nearby

posed bringing a running program to guests at the home-

Milam Park. “Initially, we worked with a few hand-chosen people,” says

less shelter run by SAMMinistries, “we were told that

Rosenblum, who took over responsibility for the program after Cullip

(running) was a luxury,” says Rosenblum. “And we said, ‘Health is not

moved away to attend seminary at Princeton University. “Then SAMM

a luxury, it’s a necessity.’”

opened it up to the whole shelter.”

That was in early 2009, when the SAMM Shelter still was located on

In the early days of Street2Feet, Rosenblum remembers, “Ten (peo-

West Commerce Street, before this major provider of services to the

ple) was a good group. I’d walk by, and I’d see (guests) avert their eyes.”

homeless moved to its current Haven for Hope homelessness transfor-

Occasionally, she’d ask shelter guests if they’d like to run, with varying

mation campus off Cattleman’s Square.

success. Sometimes they’d turn her down one week but take part in the

The idea for the running program came to Cullip after volunteering to

next training, telling Rosenblum, “I came because you asked me to.” Al-

distribute breakfast tacos on Christmas Eve 2008. Wanting to find a long-

ways, she was careful to gear the training to the participants’ level of

term, more developmental way to help the city’s homeless, she did an on-

fitness. “I’m respectful of where they are. (In most cases), we are asking

line search until she found articles about Anne Mahlum of Philadelphia,

them to do something they’ve never done before, but we aren’t asking

founder of Back on My Feet, a program that that teaches discipline and

them to do it alone.”

self-confidence to homeless individuals through running.

For Rosenblum, a mother of two young children, the program was a

A runner herself, Cullip wanted to start a similar program in San An-

good fit. She herself came to running as a young adult, living in Austin

tonio; for help, she reached out to Rosenblum, another runner with a

while working at her first job as a recreation therapist in a residential treat-

professional background in recreational therapy. Together, they came

ment facility. Athletic in high school, she hadn’t followed any organized

up with a plan for a running program and presented it to staff at the

fitness plan during college at Texas State University. Running, she discov-

SAMM Shelter. “They were cautious, even skeptical at first,” says Rosenblum, “but

ered, “was a nice, quiet, ‘me’ time.” She set herself goals, working up to making 5K runs and eventually completing five marathons.

they gave us a chance. They trusted us with their people.” Called

Meanwhile, at work she helped to plan healthy activities for patients

Street2Feet, the program started small, with two training sessions a

with eating disorders. “Research shows physical exercise can have a posseptember/october 2011 |



itive effect on people with depression or anxiety and can also benefit oth-

500 runners entered the downtown run in February 2010, raising

ers,” she says. For people in crisis, she learned, exercise can lead to better

$20,000, and when it was held last February, the Toyota Texas

sleep, calmer moods and speed the way to healing. Rosenblum later moved to San Antonio to work at another psychiatric

Street2Feet Run registered nearly twice as many runners, with net proceeds at $60,000.

hospital here. Married 11 years ago to attorney Rick Rosenblum, she

Rosenblum, however, seems proudest of the individual achievements

stopped working outside the home after their two daughters, Avery, age

of her runners. One in particular, whom she identifies as Philip, has be-

9, and Ryan, 7, were born. Once they were

come her unofficial assistant, helping new

in school, she says, “I knew I wanted to do

runners at the twice-weekly trainings and

something with my time, probably some-

working with those who need encourage-

thing that used my psych background and

ment. Philip, who lost his job in a depart-

experience with people with addictions.”

ment store when it closed, drifted to San






Antonio from Canada and became home-

Street2Feet came along, the program

less when he couldn’t find work. He discov-

made perfect sense to her. “People in a

ered Street2Feet one day when he walked

shelter have so many needs that don’t get

past a training session, stopped to watch

met, and they are under unimaginable

and decided to come back another day.

stress,” says Rosenblum. “Part of running

Since Philip began running, he has made

is getting away from your (usual) environ-

two important life decisions: to stop smok-

ment, and this is a constructive way to do

ing and to become a personal trainer

that.” Also, as a sport, running allows indi-


through an online program offered by the

viduals to focus on their own measurable

Occupation: Director of Street2Feet, a volunteer organization partnering with SAMMinistries to promote transformation in the lives of the homeless through running. Why she’s a Role Model: Reimagined a favorite pastime as a new way to help homeless people living at Haven for Hope; organized an annual 5K race to benefit the program. Personal: Married to attorney Rick Rosenblum, with daughters Avery, age 9, and Ryan, 7 Best advice ever given: “From my husband, who reminds me not to let the perfect be the enemy of the good.” Believes: “God has given each of us gifts, and we are responsible to use them for good.” People would be surprised that I…am such a nononsense person. Favorite relaxation strategy: Yoga, spending time with family. What she’s reading: Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand, the true story of an American soldier who survived years of torture and privation as a Japanese prisoner of war during World War II.

Cooper Institute in Dallas. A scholarship will

progress, uses little equipment and can be pursued nearly anywhere. “Running is a personal thing,” she says. “You get out of it what you put into it.” To ensure that Street2Feet would make a lasting impression on participants, Rosenblum advocates setting goals — showing up regularly, losing weight, gradually building up from walking to running or completing a 5K run. The chronic homeless, especially, “may not have much experience of self-discipline. Learning to do something regularly and enjoy your progress in it could carry over into other parts of life, like moving toward jobs and homes,” she says. Thanks to donations from Run On!, a local shoe store, and others, Rosenblum is able to give Street2Feet’s runners shoes, socks and T-shirts, but not all at once. These

help pay tuition; his wages paid for the required textbook. When Street2Feet runners meet a goal, says Rosenblum, the whole group celebrates. One day last spring, friends of Philip brought her a pack of cigarettes with just one left. “It was his last pack,” she says. “He knew he couldn’t smoke and become a personal trainer, and he had promised that when his book came from the Cooper Institute, he would stop. He kept his promise. He didn’t even smoke that last cigarette.” Not every runner is as successful as Philip, but Rosenblum believes that most get something out of the program, whether it’s a taste of self-determination or just a new pair of comfortable shoes that fit. “Even if they do it for the wrong reasons,” Rosenblum says, smiling, “they’re still get-

items and others are given as rewards for

ting healthy. They can still be proud of what

sticking with the program: “You come five

they’ve accomplished.”

times, you get socks,” Rosenblum explains.

At present, she herself runs only when

“Ten times, you get a T-shirt.” The incentives

her children are in school, and she hasn’t

go up to shoes or a bus pass, highly re-

run a marathon for years, but she hopes to

garded prizes in a population where people

try it again someday. For those contemplat-

may have no footgear other than flip-flops

ing a new fitness regime, Rosenblum sug-

and little access to transportation beyond

gests interval training: “Start by walking 20

walking distance. “This is accountability,”

to 30 minutes at a time for three or four

Rosenblum says. “Perseverance is a very im-

weeks, then try to incorporate intervals of

portant life skill.” During its first two years, especially after the shelter moved in June

jogging — one minute of jogging followed by two minutes of walking — and increase them until you’ve turned walking into jogging.”

2010 to Haven for Hope, Street2Feet has grown. As many as 40 runners

It’s her hope that Street2Feet will continue to attract volunteers,

may attend a training session, and Rosenblum has added a monthly Sat-

donors and participants as long as the program is needed. At Haven for

urday practice to the schedule. The trainings have moved to Garcia Park

Hope, the running program has become a community within a commu-

on Frio Street, where Street2Feet received permission from the city to

nity. “One of the things I love about this (program) is that the runners are

improve a running trail. The program also has benefited SAMMinistries

not judgmental,” she says. “They support each other. (The participants)

through an annual charity event, the Street2Feet 5K Run/Walk. More than

need to move on, but the program needs to go on.”

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Photos &a Lot More  

Artist incorporates photography into three-dimensional creations



Photography JANET ROGERS

Joan Frederick will have a solo exhibit at Bihl Haus Arts this month in conjunction with Fotoseptiembre.

Josephine Street, and yet another sports a skyand-clouds shade. The huge images are printed on film that’s shaped into shades that are very difficult to make, says Frederick. But she won’t reveal details of the process, wanting to protect her trade secret. “I don’t know of

anging from the ceiling in Joan

“I have the tendency to take photos and

anybody who is doing what I am doing,” she

Frederick’s living room is a very un-

play with them,” says the artist. Among her

notes. Another visually attractive installation

usual 4- by 3-foot mobile. It’s called

other playthings are lamps, chairs, water

consists of a large circular sky photo sus-

Day Clouds. and it consists of gently swaying

bowls, purses and other objects, all modified

pended above and reflected in the mirrored

photos of clouds, themselves cut out into

to add unique aesthetic and/or social com-

surface of a round table.

cloud shapes and attached to wires branching

mentary features. The lamps are especially

But a substantial part of the exhibit will be

out from a central stem.

striking. An elegant example called The McNay

about relationships. In dealing with that subject, the artist can turn naughty albeit with a

This eye-catching but soothing installa-

at Night is a tall glass table lamp whose shade

tion is no toy, however. It’s a “sculpture with

has been replaced by a wide wrap-around

sense of humor. A piece titled What Men Want

photos” created by the mistress of the house

photo of the Stieren Center Sculpture Gallery.

will feature several Queen Anne chairs whose

that will be part of Frederick’s solo exhibit at

When the light is switched on, the gallery ap-

seats bear images you may not want your kids

Bihl Haus Arts this month. The show is or-

pears bathed in moonlight.

to see. Safe to mention is one showing a

ganized in conjunction with the city-wide Fotoseptiembre USA Festival.

Another lamp’s shade glistens with a rain-

woman’s face with a zipper sewn across her

soaked picture of the old Liberty Bar on

lips. “What do men want?” asks Frederick

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and prints of it can be purchased through her website. Eventually, Frederick, who had become quite knowledgeable about Indian art, received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to document traditional Indian painting in Oklahoma, and a year later published the biography of well-known Kiowa artist T.C. Cannon, one of the first Indian contemporary painters. She also published articles on Indian art in several magazines. Somewhere along the line, however, Frederick realized that she wasn’t happy to be just someone who writes about others. If she was to become an artist, it was time to focus on her own artistic ideas. It didn’t help that her marriage was not exactly going well either. She turned to experimenting with

Frederick takes her photos, plays with them and attaches them to objects. The lamp is called The McNay at Night and the shade is a wrap-around photo of the Stieren Center Sculpture Gallery. When the light is on, the gallery appears bathed in moonlight.

mobiles in media such as glass and metal, while teaching to pay the bills.Today, her fascination with the Na-

rhetorically while showing me the chairs. “For

notes.“She changes common objects into ex-

tive American culture is sometimes reflected

the woman to shut up and listen to them,” she

traordinary things that are often functional, but

in her artwork.

explains. Another creation with a message is

also charming, witty and poignant. There is

After moving to San Antonio in 1986, Fred-

Caged Bird featuring a large birdcage lined

definitely a sense of play in the way she can re-

erick integrated herself into the art community

with a pretty color photo of a reclining woman.

late a photo to a seemingly unrelated object,

by attending openings and meeting a lot of

“That’s the woman who marries for money,”

and suddenly you can see the connection; it

people: “I first got into photography by taking

Frederick remarks nonchalantly.

makes sense.”

pictures of artists and events, parties, open-

She’s giving me this tour more than two

McIntyre hopes that this Fotoseptiembre

ings, babies, funerals. I was always there with

months before the Bihl Haus opening, and at

show will give Frederick the wider exposure

my camera. Then I began to realize that this

some point she pauses thoughtfully and says,

she deserves.

camera business was fun. So I started taking


their surfaces. They were just too flat, and I had

“I’ll try to do a few more positive pieces about relationships between men and women.”

pictures that I could play with by modifying

Though her own marriage was not a good ex-

Growing up in Oklahoma, Frederick devel-

ample in that regard, she witnessed her par-

oped two strong interests early on — in art and

Frederick made a name for herself here by

ents’ devotion to each other and eventually

in Native American culture. “By the time I was

first exhibiting her documentary photos in a

to do something with them.”

experienced a sustained loving rapport with a

in college, I became very comfortable in the

number of places in town, but as her art be-

man herself. “It taught me what real love is —

Native American world. I enjoyed the sensibil-

came more daring, doors started opening to

respect for each other and mutual interests. I

ities of that world,” she says. After graduating

her art photography as well. She was included

recognized that this type of relationship was

with an art education degree — which led to a

in shows at the Southwest School of Art, Blue

possible in romance. Many people don’t

21-year career in teaching – Frederick became

Star, the Carver and the Guadalupe Cultural

achieve it,” she says. But right now her main

very close to the family of Baldwin Parker, one

Arts Center. In fact, it was the show at the

relationship is with her art.

of the grandsons of Comanche chief Quanah

Carver in 2009 that attracted McIntyre’s atten-

“Art is the only thing I was good at in

Parker. At the time she was doing research on

tion and earned her recognition as Artist of the

school, but it took me all these years to get

chief Quanah with the hope of writing a book,

Month by the Office of Cultural Affairs. In-

where I am at this point. I eat it, sleep it,

but discovered that Vincent Parker, a great-

cluded were photo composites, mixed media

dream it; it’s my life, which is great. I can’t be-

grandson, had already accumulated a lot of in-

conceptual pieces and installations that incor-

lieve I made it,” says the artist, who is in her

formation toward the same goal. They became

porated photography in truly unusual ways.

early 60s.

friends but ultimately no book on Quanah ma-

“I enjoy all of it,” she says. “Just the idea of

Bihl Haus Arts director Kellen McIntyre

terialized as the young man died, and the

coming up with something new is fun. I always

shares the enthusiasm. “I think it’s brilliant the

Parker family refused to do anything further

try to push further with each project to find a

way Joan takes a photo and attaches it to an

with the accumulated data. She did paint a

new way to say something. I think you should

object and it becomes a sculpture,” she

portrait of the famous Comanche, however,

say something with your art.”

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In Full Swing Fotoseptiembre opens the season with multiple exhibits By JASMINA WELLINGHOFF Fotoseptiembre Jennifer Shaw

Witte Odyssey


AT LEFT: Two images from Fairy Tales and Hurricane Story for Fotoseptiembre at the Mexican Cultural Institute. BELOW: Zeus, a remotely operated vehicle for exploring the ocean deep. See Zeus's robotic arm in Shipwreck! Pirates & Treasures at the Witte Museum.

fter the relative summer lull, the arts and entertainment scene roars back into full swing in the fall.

ANNUAL EVENTS The biggest event in September is the Fotoseptiembre USA Festival founded 16 years ago by artists/producers Michael Mehl and Ann Kinzer. It’s a huge, city-wide showcase of photography, from documentary and narrative to all sorts of experimental explorations of the medium and even photo-based multimedia installations. Of special interest this year is a group of exhibits jointly sponsored by San Antonio’s Office of Cultural Affairs and the Taipei Cultural Center featuring both traditional and contemporary Taiwanese artists. The venues taking part are the San Antonio Museum of Art, the City of San Antonio International Center

Yet another big annual happening in this period (Oct. 23) is the

and, most prominently, the Mexican Cultural Institute, which will host

Alamo Theater Arts Council Globe Awards Show at the Charlene Mc-

several shows curated by Mehl himself.

Combs Empire Theater. It’s our version of the Tonys, with excerpts from

Another noteworthy development is the participation of many

nominated productions, food and glamour galore.

women photographers, both local and international. The exhibit LookShe consists entirely of women’s work, for instance. An exploration of


self-image, it includes pieces by Elise Boularan (France), Dita Kubin

The venerable Witte Museum always has something exciting up its

(Canada), Malin Vulcano (Sweden) and Natahlie Daoust (Canada/Ger-

sleeve, and this period is no exception. Opening Oct. 1 is Shipwreck! Pi-

many), whom San Antonians have gotten to know from previous years.

rates & Treasures that will feature more than 500 artifacts recovered from

In a solo show, New Orleans–based Jennifer Shaw is presenting Hurri-

various famous shipwrecks around the world, plus hands-on interactive

cane Story, which Mehl described as “a unique visual account of the or-

pirate-themed experiences and fun computer games. Visitors will be able

deal her family went through because of Katrina.”

to see and operate some replicas of tools that are used in deep sea re-

San Antonio women are well represented as well. Besides Joan Frederick, who is the ArtBeat subject in this issue and whose work is

covery. The Witte is also celebrating its 85th anniversary this year, but more about that in the November/December issue.

on view at Bihl Haus Arts, several other galleries feature women artists,

Theaters across San Antonio are gearing up for their 2011-12 lineups.

including Carla Veliz, Debra Sugerman, Annette Landry, Elva Salinas and

The Cadillac Broadway in San Antonio season at the Majestic Theater

Sonja Heldt Harris. For a complete listing of events, go to www.foto-

starts with Mary Poppins (Sept. 29-Oct.9) and continues with the

beloved classic Fiddler on the Roof (Dec. 6-11) and the powerful Les

On the music front, mid-September is traditionally the time for the Jazz’SAlive Festival to be held this year Sept. 24-25 in Travis Park

Miserables (Jan. 3-8). The local premiere of Billy Elliot The Musical, the Blue Man Group and La Cage Aux Folles will follow later in 2012.

(, while in mid-October you can enjoy the

The Classic Theater and the Vexler have announced interesting sea-

International Accordion Festival in La Villita (www.internationalaccor-

sons too, with the latter also leaning toward modern classics this time Both events are high caliber and absolutely free.

around. Highlights at the former include The House of Bernarda Alba

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and Six Degrees of Separation, and at the Vexler you can see such

ABOVE: The cast of Mary Poppins, opening September 29 at the Majestic Theatre. BELOW: Principal dancer Sarah Aujon in Ballet San Antonio's Dracula; and having fun in the Mad Scientist Lab at the Children's Museum's Monster Bash event.

landmark plays as Our Town and A View from the Bridge. In addition, check out Cameo Theater that has a knack for finding great comedies and revue-type musical productions. To see this month: Fascinating Still Life Photography by Alexander Devora

Rhythm! The Musical Magic of George and Ira Gershwin. Fall means both the San Antonio Symphony and Opera are back with new treats for music lovers. Artistic director Sebastian Lang-Lessing, who has already won the hearts of many San Antonians, will conduct both the symphony’s first Ovation Series concert, Scheherazade (Oct. 14-15), and the Applause Series opening event, Paganini Rhapsody (Oct. 28-29). Despite the names, the programs consist of multiple pieces in addition to the ones referred to in the titles, but those titles sure sound enticing ( As for the Opera, you won’t want to miss its first offering: Romeo and Juliet, Charles Gounod’s soaring rendition of Shakespeare’s story of young love (Sept. 30-Oct.2). An altogether different operatic development in town is the Sept. 24-25 premiere of Navarro The Opera, a newly commissioned youth opera composed by James Balentine and performed by UTSA’s Lyric Theater students. Following the pre-

Children’s Museum

miere, the opera will tour schools to educate children about Jose Antonio Navarro, a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence ( In mid-October, Ballet San Antonio is going to put everyone, youths and adults, in the mood for Halloween with its brand-new production of Dracula Oct. 14-15. BSA is our own outstanding professional ballet company, and the same folks who bring you The Nutcracker with the symphony every year. Dracula promises to be quite a spectacle. Halloween is also on the schedule at the Children’s Museum, but before you take the kids to its Monster Bash “spooktacular” on Oct. 30, let them first celebrate Earth Science Week and Chemistry Week Oct. 14-16 and 17-21, respectively. At the former, they’ll learn to build “a test tube garden”; at the latter they’ll play with explosions. That’s how future scientists get a start and ultimately change our world.

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Museums ARTPACE Potter-Belmar Labs San Antonio artists Leslie Raymond and Jason Jay Stevens Thru 9/11 Fiddler on the Roof



Katy Perry with Janelle Morae AT&T Center 9/7 Wed, 7:30 pm

SAN ANTONO OPERA Romeo and Juliet Lila Cockrell Theatre 9/30 – 10/2 Fri and Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2 pm

Santana AT&T Center 9/11 Sun, 7 pm 1964…The Tribute Majestic Theatre 9/17 Sat, 8 pm Journey with Foreigner and Night Ranger AT&T Center 9/21 Wed, 7 pm Def Leppard & Heart AT&T Center 9/24 Sat, 7:30 pm Vicente Fernandez AT&T Center 9/30 Fri, 8 pm Judas Priest AT&T Center 10/12 Wed, 6 pm Enrique Iglesias AT&T Center 10/13 Thurs, 7 pm Andre Rieu AT&T Center 10/18 Tues, 7:30 pm Peter Frampton Majestic Theatre 10/19 Wed, 8 pm Don Williams Majestic Theatre 10/20 Thurs, 7 pm Taylor Swift AT&T Center 10/25 Tues, 7 pm Dwight Yoakam Floore’s Country Store 11/4 Fri, 7 pm SAN ANTONIO SYMPHONY Scheherazade Majestic Theatre 10/14 - 15 Fri and Sat, 8 pm Paganini Rhapsody Majestic Theatre 10/28 - 29 Fri and Sat, 8 pm Halloween Spooktacular Laurie Auditorium 10/30 Sun, 2:30 pm SLL Salutes America Laurie Auditorium 11/4 - 5 Fri and Sat, 8 pm

Dance Compaña Flamenca José Porcel Jo Long Theatre, Carver Community Cultural Center 10/2 Sun, 6 pm Ballet San Antonio/DRACULA Lila Cockrell Theatre 10/14-15 Fri, Sat

Theater Xanadu San Pedro Playhouse 9/23 – 10/23 Fri and Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2:30 pm Mary Poppins Majestic Theatre 9/29 – 10/9 Who Let the Ghosts Out The Magik Theatre 10/7-11/12 The House of Bernarda Alba Classic Theatre 10/14 – 10/30

Comedy Cleto’s Comedy Night Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club 11/2 Wed, 8 pm All Star Showcase Every Monday Night River Center Comedy Club 8:30 pm Oxymorons Improv Troupe Every Tuesday Night River Center Comedy Club 8:30 pm ComedySportz Family Friendly Improvisation Every Saturday Creative Drama Academy

By Permit Only Thru 11/19 at Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center Justin Boyd Multimedia Installations 9/22 - 11/27 Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller 9/22 – 12/31 BLUE STAR CONTEMPORARY ART COMPLEX Looking Back; The Minutia Series continues 9/1 – 9/30 Chuck Ramirez — Minimally Baroque 9/1 – 11/6 Recent Works — Featuring Rodolfo Choperena 9/1 – 11/6 Carlos Betancourt 9/11 – 11/16 H-E-B presents Blue Star Family Day 10/22 INSTITUTE OF TEXAN CULTURES Football: The Exhibit Thru 9/13 Texas Football: In Their Words Thru 9/13 Living Texas Interpretive areas that offer a firsthand view of early settlers in action. Texas One and All: Showcases more than 20 of the original cultural groups that settled in Texas. S.A.V.I.G. is San Antonio Virtual & Interactive Geometry. This exhibit provides students of all ages the opportunity to explore the world of geometry through hands-on experiments and interactive and virtual presentations.

MCNAY ART MUSEUM Shakespeare to Sondheim: Designs from the Tobin collection 9/7-12/18 Summer Jazz Concert: Richard Oppenheim’s A & R Band 9/18, 12:30 – 3 pm The Nightmare Before Christmas 9/14-1/1

Cassatt and the Orient: Japan’s Influence on Printmaking 10/5-1/15 SAN ANTONIO MUSEUM OF ART La Feria: Folk Art from Regional Fairs in Latin America Thru 10/9 Paul Jacoulet: Views of Korea Thru 11/6 Animal Instinct: Photographs of David Lee 9/3-2/19 5,000 Years of Chinese Jade 10/1-2/19 MUSEO ALAMEDA Revolution & Renaissance: Mexico & San Antonio 1910-2010 Thru 9/20 WITTE MUSEUM SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure 10/1 – 1/8

Misc. Starlight Movies in the Garden 9/2 To Catch a Thief 9/9 Sabrina San Antonio Botanical Garden, 7:30 pm Dos XX Taste of the River Walk River Walk 9/7 – 9/8, 6-11 pm Avenida Guadalupe Association 16 de Septiembre Parade and Festival Avenida Plaza Guadalupe 9/17 Sat San Antonio Botanical Garden Amazing Butterflies Interactive Exhibit 9/17-1/8 Jazz’SAlive – Travis Park 9/24 – noon to 11 pm; 9/25 – noon to 10 pm Oktoberfest 10/7 - 8 10/14 - 15 Beethoven Maennerchor Garten und Halle, 5 PM First Friday 10/7, 11/4 San Antonio Founders Day Festival The Alamo - Alamo Plaza 10/22 Sat Southwest School of Art Dia de los Muertos: La Ofrenda 11/1-5 Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center Project 2: Ray Santisteban Recuerdos de Nuestros Muertos 11/2-4, 8-11, 15-29

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Garage of Goods Benefiting Believe in Miracles and SNIPSA September 10 Pearl Brewery (210) 845-2760

Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas Trefoil Award Luncheon Honoring Suzanne Goudge September 22 Grand Hyatt (210) 349-2404

San Antonio Zoo 27th Animal Kids Zoo Relay September 10 San Antonio Zoo (210) 734-7184

Gemini Ink INKstravaganza September 22 Pearl Stable (210) 734-9673

American Wounded Heroes Freedom is Not Free Golf Classic September 12 The Club at Sonterra (210) 381-7492

San Antonio Parks Foundation Starlight Salute to Jazz’SAlive Gala September 23 St. Anthony Hotel (210) 212-8423

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ParTee Fore a Cure September 12 Dominion Country Club (210) 377-1775

Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation Walk for PKD September 24 Brackenridge Park (210) 414-6614

American Cancer Society Ranch Chic Fashion Show September 15 Ranch at the Rim (210) 595-0219

San Antonio Christian Dental Clinic Anniversary Celebration September 24 Sunset Station Depot (210) 220-2304

Morgan’s Wonderland Gala Free to Soar September 17 Morgan’s Wonderland Event Center (210) 493-2811

San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Fall Festival & Casino Night September 24 Expo Hall at Freeman Coliseum AT&T Center (210) 225-5851

UT Health Science Center President’s Gala September 17 Grand Hyatt (210) 567-2569

San Antonio Food Bank Harvest for Hope Brunch & Silent Auction September 25 Westin La Cantera (210) 431-8309

WINGS 12th Anniversary Celebration of Life & Hope September 17 Omni Hotel at the Colonnade (210) 946-9464

The Battered Women and Children’s Shelter An Evening with Deepak Chopra September 26 Laurie Auditorium (210) 930-3669

For the Love of Kids and Harleys Benefiting Local Children’s Charities September 20 Cowboy’s Dance Hall (830) 624-2473

Family Services 13th Annual Don Harris Golf Classic September 26 The Club at Sonterra (210) 299-2400



AUTISM TREATMENT CENTER Any Baby Can 17th Annual Style Show & Luncheon September 27 Pearl Stable (210) 227-0170

National MS Society Bike MS: Valero Ride Alamo Ride to the River October 15-16 AT&T Center (210) 494-5531

Women’s Global Connection Celebrating Partnerships September 29 Rosenberg Sky Room (210) 653-7492

Witte Museum Witte Game Dinner Back at the Ranch October 17 Witte Museum (210) 357-1922

SA Lighthouse for the Blind Lighting the Way 5/10K Run/Walk & Fall Festival October 1 Brackenridge Park (210) 531-1533

Arthur O’Krent Golf Classic Benefiting American Heart Association and United Way October 19 Westin La Cantera Golf Club (210) 227-7387

Blood & Tissue Center Foundation Red and White Ball Marriott Rivercenter October 1 (210) 249-4498

Junior League of San Antonio Olé Holiday Market October 19-22 San Antonio Shrine Auditorium (210) 225-1861 x302

TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas Stars Over TMI – An Evening in Spain October 1 TMI Campus – Stars Lawn (210) 698-7171

March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction October 26 Pearl Stable (210) 696-1030

Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children

Eva’s Heroes Celebrity Casino Night October 29 Airstar Private Hanger (210) 694-9090

Legacy Luncheon Honoring The John H. White Family October 5 Sunshine Cottage (210) 824 – 0579 x126 San Antonio Museum of Art Backyard River Bash October 5 San Antonio Museum of Art (210) 978-8106

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McNay Art Museum The Orient Expressed Gala November 2 McNay Art Museum (210) 824-5368 Mellen Hunter and Peggy Williams

Gala in the Garden Garden of the Alhambra October 6 Southwest School of Art (210) 224-1848 x306

Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio Casino Night Honoring Kymberly & Dr. George Rapier November 3 UIW Sky Room (210) 436-0686

CAM — Christian Assistance Ministry Feast to Feed Honoring Anne Smith October 6 San Antonio Country Club (210) 223-4099

San Antonio Zoo ZoobilationBall November 10 SanAntonio Zoo (210) 734-7184 x1045

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Morningside Ministries president and CEO Alvin Loewenberg announced the appointment of Suzanne Huber as the executive director of Morningside Ministries at Menger Springs in Boerne. Huber recently served as executive director at Morningside Ministries at Chandler Estate in San Antonio where she oversaw all departments and directed all facets of budget planning and initiated financial strategies.

Nancy F. Hudnall has joined the Business Financial Group as controller. With over 30 years’ experience, Hudnall has managed financial operations, conducted financial audits and supervised staff in the United States, Canada and Latin America. Her career has included tenures with the FDIC, Waste Management, Inc., an oil and gas explorer and, most recently, Frost & Sullivan global consulting firm.

Schmoyer Reinhard LLP announced that Monica J. Lerma was named the Outstanding Young Lawyer of San Antonio by the San Antonio Young Lawyers Association. Lerma’s practice focuses on the representation of employers in all aspects of employment litigation in state and federal court. She also counsels employers regarding compliance with labor and employment laws, as well as workplace policy issues.

The Business Financial Group has hired Sandy J. Little as a senior service specialist in the employee benefit services division. Little has worked as an auditor and claims processor, a complaint and appeal analyst, a broker liaison, a marketing specialist with a national broker and, most recently, as an account executive with a Florida insurance brokerage firm.

Dr. Katherine Luber Dr. Katherine Luber has been appointed Kelso director of the San Antonio Museum of Art. “After a comprehensive national search, we have found the ideal person for the job in Dr. Luber,” said Board of Trustees chairman Karen Hixon. Luber was formerly with the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She has been published in the field of Renaissance painting.

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Marla J. Rhodes Marla J. Rhodes, who has 25 years in the commercial property and casualty industry, has joined Business Financial Group as a consultant in the corporate risk management division. At Business Financial Group, Rhodes assists business owners in developing and implementing strategies to ensure against losses and to reduce risks through employee training and workplace safety assessments.


VIRGO August 23-September 22 It is time for you to prove your relevance with others, especially by midSeptember, in how you provide analysis and details to specific actions required to improve all relationships. Some of the insights you provide are after the fact, yet they are appreciated nonetheless. Be conservative with financial expenditures. A group expects leadership from you, so take the bull by the horns! A friend is in need of a pep talk and some motivational coaching.

LIBRA September 23-October 22 Daydreams are stimulating your inner imagination so you see things through ephemeral filters. These filters disappear by mid-September, with reality setting in around you and revealing what you can take as actions to manifest those inner dreams. Your strongest mediation skills come to the fore as delicate discussions require tact and diplomacy. If no one is up for compromise, you can play hardball by mid-October; whoever is fence-sitting will eventually come down.

SCORPIO October 23-November 22 There are some challenges to your will and the personal directions you desire. A “shoot first, ask questions later” syndrome can develop that causes great frustration. Avoid dropping-the-atomicbomb-to-get-rid-of-the-ant policy, as eradication methods may boomerang on you. You are more persuasive and amenable to options that empower people toward October; yet you can be itching for a fight. Stop and think of the consequences, then proceed.

CAPRICORN December 21-January 19 Your professional life is always front and center; now you are being asked to look at your personal life and what you want to assess as the most important values to lay a new foundation that will please you ultimately. Is it companionship? Is it intellectually stimulating? Is it fair and agreeable? These are just some examples, and there are even more not listed here. You will have a take-charge attitude with these affairs, and in October you will see through superficialities.

SAGITTARIUS November 23-December 20 Budgetary matters require a more microscopic than telescopic approach. You are challenged to account for all expenditures, no matter how small and inconsequential you think they may be. One thousand rounds of 10-cent purchases equal $100 spent! You are so tempted to throw out these simple mathematical equations because a “right here, right now satisfaction” pleases you more. Beware what satisfies now is regrettable later.

AQUARIUS January 20-February 18 There are some unpleasant, shocking and unsettling social exchanges that rattle everyone’s cages. How did everyone become so squirrely and skittish over what would be considered trifles? Then in a bold and courageous move you tackle the dilemmas with intellectual insights that take everyone’s breath away, leaving you with accolades and bravos! Be sure to get plenty of rest and sleep as you may be exhausted both physically and mentally.


PISCES February 19-March 20 You know you are meant to take actions that ultimately provide personal support, yet you hesitate, you feel ambivalent and confused because of an aversion to separating yourself from a sense of wanting to belong within a group or the family. People push your buttons to take sides, yet you are looking at what will unite instead of what will separate. Some individuals have selfish needs and desires; dovetail what can be best shared among all involved. ARIES March 21-April 20 Older and/or very experienced individuals provide you seasoned and practical advice that would behoove you to embrace. This will engage your creative willpower and creative expression that make you feel alive again. October is a cautionary month for you, as a “might makes right” attitude is fodder for disagreeable discussions, with the potential for estrangement. No one likes to be forced to swallow a bitter pill, so avoid becoming resentful.

TAURUS April 21-May 20 Adults at times can learn a few things from children, especially in learning how to have more fun. No matter how serious life becomes, make room for having fun. If you expect someone to be truthful and honestly sincere like you have been, you may be sorely disappointed with the lack of forthrightness from someone else. If you push the envelope, too many regrets may be your harvest. Abide by your inner counsel and realize other people will mature in time.

GEMINI May 21-June 21 You have some nagging feelings about yourself, especially what you think are imperfections, flaws and faults that are glaring only to you. Quit picking on yourself, as other people are more supportive of you than you are with yourself. Acquire greater confidence about what you are creating in this world and realize you hold and maintain the scales that measure your balance and equanimity in life. It is time to be introspective about your spiritual values. CANCER June 22-July 22 Family and domestic affairs are front and center in your life pretty much all the time, yet if you feel hampered in making decisions and then applying actions, you just undermine yourself. Have a strong and healthy “can do” attitude about life. October is a month symbolizing a rendezvous with personal destiny. You are so ready to explore and discover new territories and new horizons. You have more inner power, resilience and endurance beyond belief! LEO July 23-August 22 Motivate yourself when it comes to personal projects that require your persistence and know-how. You are in an editing phase of your life that obligates you to be thorough with small details, so you tweak the best out of yourself. Once this is out of the way, you throttle the engines and you roar down the highway of life! If you don’t sort out the small details, you are forced in October to backtrack, with some temperamental outbursts that unsettle you.

Lance K. Rodríguez is a professional Astrology/Tarot Consultant as well as a Usui/Karuna® Reiki Master. He can be reached at

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