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I’m currently writing this from beneath a huge oak tree in Luckenbach, TX. I came up to interview Ryan Bingham for this month’s music article, and decided to stick around for a little bit and do what you do in Luckenbach. I’m a little embarrassed that I’m sitting here with my laptop open, as I’m sure that it’s some sort of unwritten law that technology must be checked at the door, but hey, it’s my job. This hippie keeps looking at me funny, obviously displeased with my technology invasion, and keeps muttering about how he’s going to spill his beer on my computer. But then he gets distracted and wanders off. The chickens wandering the property fascinate him. Anyway, welcome to April. It’s almost summer, but not quite just yet. We still may have one last gasp from Old Man Winter, but for the most part, I think we’re safe and we’re close to some good ol’ heat. I’m incredibly pleased with this month’s edition, and I hope you enjoy the heck out of it. Besides a smash-bang article on Ryan Bingham, we have a great Art feature on Johann Eyefells, a sculptor from Stonewall. We have yet another food critic piece from supersleuth Stephen Power, as well as a new fashion article by Debra Means, who has taken the job as our “Fashion Editor”, and the response has been great. Jo-Ann Power, who has been writing our literature section has taken a brief leave of absence as she is doing some world travels, but will be back in a few weeks. Additionally, Scott Matthews has been busy doing whatever Scott does, so he got a pass this month as well. Carolyn Chipman Evans of the Cibolo Nature Center has also come on board and will be doing a monthly article devoted to conservatorship and environment issues. Mac Wyle has talked us into running a golf article, and I’m happy with it. Finally, we have the assortment of local events and activities that we have found and will encourage you to experience for yourself. Ok, enjoy the issue. Enjoy the articles. Enjoy the Hill Country. Enjoy your family. And EXPLORE. Smiling, Benjamin D. Schooley PS – Luckenbach is freaking me out. After the discovery of wifi, I ordered a beer. The bartender punched in my order on a giant touchscreen monitor. Whatever happened to the old-school cash register?

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April 2008

04: calendar of events 05: health by Ann B. Davis, ND 06: hill country contrarian by Gael Montana 10: cibolo nature center

what ’s inside

from the publisher

A Word from the Cibolo Nature Center

A new feature by Carolyn Chipman Evans, founder of the CNC.

11: spiritual

“$1 million for my Brain.” by Kendall Aaron

15: Behind the Mic

Ryan Bingham by Elmo Lincoln

Hard knocks and hard living enable one young man to create some amazing music.

17: rocking the town square by Jackson

18: art

Trust, Respect and Love by Ben Schooley Johann and Kristin Eyfells of Stonewall, TX

20: Restaurants

Tales from the Epicure by Steve Power

25: BAAA Art Parade Boerne Area Artists Association Parade Your chance to tour some amazing local art.

26: backroads

Mackinac Island by Kristy Watson

28: fashion by Debra Means 31: interiors French Country by Catrina Hoelke A new column featuring the advice of award-winning Catrina Hoelke.

32: golf

Preshot Routine by Mac Wylie

34: gardening

April Showers, Maybe by Rob Doyen

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Tuesday, April 1 BOERNE: Magical Realism of Mexico Brought to Life in Art Show - Trained as an architect and influenced by artists such as Goya, Picasso and Diego Rivera, Raymundo Gonzalez is renowned throughout Latin America for his distinctive style of painting that captures the color, spirituality and vibrancy of Mexican culture and life. Many of his larger than life canvases, some created exclusively for this showing, will be on display at COSAS Fine Art and Folk Gallery in Boerne, beginning March 29 through May 5 www.cosasonline.com MASON: April 1-30-Bluebonnet Country Driving Tours Maps are available at the Mason Chamber of Commerce. (Began Mar. 1.) www.masontxcoc.com 325/347-5758 Thursday, April 3 MARBLE FALLS: April 3-20-I Do, I Do The show begins with Michael and Agnes on their wedding day and traces their life together over a period of 50 years until the day they leave their house to the next pair of newlyweds. Hill Country Community Theatre. www.hcct.org 830-798-8944 KERRVILLE: April 3-19-You Can’t Take It with You Kathleen C. Cailloux Theater. www.caillouxtheater.com 830-896-9393 Friday, April 4 BOERNE: Public Library - Art lecture at the library, Friday, April 4, 2008, Gary Bradley of Via Affirmativa, will be speaking on the subject of Beauty and how it relates to society. Program title: “Beauty and Society”. Refreshments served at 6 p.m.; program from 6:30-8 p.m FREDERICKSBURG: 4-6 & 11-13-Wine & Wildflowers Trail Enjoy the Texas Wine Country and lovely wildflowers. Includes special events, tastings, tours, food and entertainment. www.texaswinetrail.com MARBLE FALLS: Highland Lakes Fine Art & Wine Festival Stroll the street looking at some of the finest art from masters around the world while enjoying soft music in the background, and partake of some of the wines made locally and abroad. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Historical District of Marble Falls, 201 W. Main St. www.thunderbirdartists.com 480/837-5637 or 480/837-2355 Saturday, April 5 BOERNE: Hill Country Hiking Club – 9am every Saturday – meet at the TxDot parking lot by Chili’s – be ready for an adventure. COMFORT:Market Day in the Park Enjoy a day filled with arts & crafts booths, antiques, flea market treasures, family fun, food and musical entertainment. www.comfortchamberofcommerce.com 830-995-3131 SPRING BRANCH: Flights of Fancy: Butterflies of the Hill Country Learn about the natural history and identification of butterflies found in the area, what kinds of plants attract them and then head outdoors with Park Interpreter Craig Hensley. Reservations required. Guadalupe River State Park. 830-438-7653 or 830-438-2656 BOERNE: Cibolo Wilderness Native Plant Sale Includes trees, shrubs, wildflowers and grasses that thrive in the difficult Texas climate and soil conditions. Kendall County Fairgrounds. www.cibolo.org 830-249-8240

COMFORT:Market Day in the Park. Arts, crafts, food, music, more. 830-995-3131. JOHNSON CITY: Ninth Annual Pedal Power Wildflower Ride. Cyclists compete on 12-, 23-, 36- and 62-mile routes along beautiful Hill Country highways. 512-756-2607. WIMBERLEY: Market Day. Hill Country’s largest outdoor market. More than 470 booths offering antiques, art, crafts, clothing, furniture, much more. Concession stands, carry-out service, ample parking. 512-847-2201 Monday, April 7 INGRAM: April 7-11 - Deeper Meaning with Linda Huff. Hill Country Arts Foundation. 830-367-5120 Thursday, April 10 BOERNE: House Concerts in the Hill Country – Chuck Pyle - House Concerts in the Hill Country was born of a love of music, especially the full rich sounds of acoustic music. There is also an outward purpose, and that is to attempt to fill the “performance gap” that exists between San Antonio and Kerrville. www.houseconcertshillcountry.com WIMBERLEY: Blue Rock Studio presents the New Agrarians. 512-847-7440. Friday, April 11 SAN ANTONIO: Award winning author/illustrator, Mary Borgia, will participate in five signings of the first two books of her Tales of the Texas Mermaid book series “The Boot” and “The Charro” just in time for Fiesta! Compass Bank 18503 Blanco Road STONEWALL: Texas Book Festival at the LBJ Ranch Authors, educators and book aficionados gather for lectures and book signings focusing on LBJ’s educational legacy and the significance of the 1960s. LBJ Ranch. www.nps.gov/lyjo 830-868-7128 ext. 244 Saturday, April 12 BOERNE: Cibolo Nature Center - 2nd Saturdays Volunteer Service Workday Bring family and friends to spend the morning pulling weeds, picking up trash and other to-do projects to help keep the CNC beautiful BOERNE: Cibolo Nature Center – Outdoor Family Fair - This annual Kendall County event is for families with children of all ages. Enjoy entertainment, games, mystery guests, food and prizes. Don’t miss this fun-filled opportunity to become acquainted with the services and resources in our community CONCAN: Second Annual Frio River Shoot Out www.uvalde.org 830-278-3361 MARBLE FALLS: Children’s Day in the Park Enjoy food and activities for children of all ages. Johnson Park. www.marblefalls.org 800/759-8178 NEW BRAUNFELS: Kindermasken Parade Historic children’s costumed walking parade dates back to the founding of New Braunfels. Children must be in costume and accompanied by an adult. Parade begins at 10 a.m. www.nbheritagevillage.com 830-629-6504 SPRING BRANCH: Birds of the Hill Country Learn how to identify local birds as well as their natural history and status in the Hill Country. Begins at 7 a.m. Guadalupe River State Park. 830-438-2656 BOERNE: Market Days Includes dozens of vendors from all over Texas, arts & crafts, antiques, collectibles, unusual items and continued on page 33



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he name is Spade, Samantha Spade, Ingredient Detective. I hunt down and expose the criminals in our food. I’m hired to flush them out of the system. Last week I made a little visit to a steakhouse. I ordered a steak and it arrived looking great, smelling wonderful, oozing delectable juices. I couldn’t wait to take a bite. But then, what’s this? Sniff-sniff. Something wasn’t right. I decided to interrogate the suspect. He was reluctant to open up but when I picked up my knife and fork he squealed. “Have you been marinated? You look like you’ve been soaked”, I asked. “No, no. I’ve been seasoned with MSG and brown sugar to make me taste better and get you hooked.” Boy, did that ever make me mad. “What else are you hiding from me?” “I confess. I contain antibiotics, hormones and pesticides. They made me gain weight and they’ll make you fat too!” I realized this steak was bad news. I put him under house arrest and threw the book at him. Then I went in search of an organic steak. Samantha Spade, Ingredient Detective. What’s on your plate? The average person living in the developed world is now contaminated with up to 500 industrial toxins. A study conducted by the Environmental Working Group found that unborn babies may be negatively affected the most. Researchers tested the umbilical cord blood of ten children (the samples were collected by the Red Cross after the cord had been cut). They found a total of 287 industrial chemicals and pollutants in each cord, with an average 200 per cord. And of the 287 chemicals, 180 are known to cause cancer, 217 are toxic to the brain and nervous system and 208 cause birth defects in animals. How do the chemicals affect us? For example, MSG excites the brain, is addictive and makes you want to eat more. It can trigger metabolic syndrome and obesity. Our bodies are not equipped to handle and eliminate synthetic chemicals so they are stored in fat. Acute poisoning is exposure to large quantities which induce almost immediate and often violent reactions that account for a staggering 220,000 fatalities worldwide each year. Long-term exposure is subtle, lower levels that gradually build up. Chemicals are also fattening. Farmers have been using powerful fattening synthetic chemicals to force animal weight for a long time. They alter the animals’ metabolism so that less food goes much further. The chemicals damage the appetite switch and more food than needed is eaten. They also prevent the body burning up existing fat stores, reduce your overall metabolic rate, and affect your weight-controlling hormones. Synthetic chemicals can lower overall physical activity and chemical toxicity symptoms include weak muscles and general fatigue. Chemicals shrink the muscles which reduces strength, stamina and energy drive. Chemically damaged muscles are less able to burn up energy. Are you beginning to see why you might be having difficulty losing weight or just can’t muster up the energy to exercise? Our entire supply has been tainted with chemicals. What can we do about it? We can start by eating organic food as much as possible. Eat more fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and whole grains. Avoid processed food that is lacking in nutrients and has had many chemicals added to it to make it palatable. Learn to read labels! If it contains unpronounceable names then you probably shouldn’t eat it. Use organic skin care, cosmetics and household products so that you’re not polluting yourself through your skin and respiratory tract also. In addition, you can detoxify through a number of different means. Just changing your diet for the better to more fruits and vegetables will start the process. There are herbal cleanses you can do but you have to be careful to do them slowly so that you don’t experience too many uncomfortable detox symptoms from all the toxins trying to get out of your body through your kidneys, colon and skin. Ionic footbaths are very good for gently pulling out toxins. Drink lots of water and exercise to mobilize fat stores and enhance your detoxification processes. Use a dry skin brush to stimulate your lymphatic system. Sweat it out in a sauna or steam bath. Fasting is an option but needs to be done under supervision if you have no experience with it. Whatever you decide to do, at least start becoming more aware of what you put in your mouth and on your body. Don’t expect food companies, restaurants, and manufacturers of personal care products and household products to look out for your welfare. It’s your responsibility and you will reap the reward of a healthier, stronger, more energetic body once you embark upon The Healthy Way!

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his first day of spring brings to mind the clear, sweet sunny days on the old Arrow-B Ranch between Waring and Welfare, now known as ‘Southern Oaks’. I’ve tried to be respectful and succinct, short & sweet... spent all day trying to make my sentences work right but it was a waste of energy. There’s nothing in this world like missing the heart of the matter and that’s the deal. The best has passed. Those coming up must take some mighty huge steps to cover that gap. My old friend, Bill Bacon, and I spent many a leisurely hour putting around the old Arrow-B in his old Dodge truck with the ever-present and most loyal pal, Oso, enjoying a beer, lots of stories and the beauty of these old hills. Everyone who knew the General as a friend can relate because so many of us were blessed to be among his extended family. We were his tribe, I guess. No one was shunned; everyone who knew him was lifted by that selfless familiarity & strength. Eventually the inevitable housing developments began to surround their ranch with no respect whatsoever for the history of the land they felt compelled to dissect. Little by little folks began chipping the land into shards, breaking Bill & Doris’ heart and stealing their peace. Bill laughingly wondered whether to install a shooting range or a rendering plant along those fence lines, and I’m pretty sure he was nearly serious. Considering the fact that he saved that very ranch from greed and the threat of usury in the 40’s, it’s no wonder he was revered as a local hero. Bill Bacon was a man of few words when up against it, and he made it very clear, in no uncertain terms, that the local bankers would not have the family land to liquidate under any circumstances. No one argued with Bill about things of import. He was above reproach when it came to justice, living by a code of no-nonsense honor and seeing to it that those he dealt with followed suit. I wish it were possible to relate the exact words he used with that long-ago banker but they would 1.) not be politically correct & 2.) I’d get my mouth washed out with lye soap by Doris in my next life. No kidding. For years I sold cord wood that came from the diligent grooming of the Arrow-B & carried it to folks from Fair Oaks to San Antonio four or five times a week. Bill would have it cut & loaded in a covered horse trailer and I’d pick it up and deliver it evenings after work. He sold it to me at a reasonable rate and I was able to turn it for enough to make the trip worthwhile, even though 1604 was referred to as ‘death alley’ in those days. It was never about getting rich. Plus, I stayed in pretty darn good shape through those years. Bill & Doris also had stacks of “Polo” brand velour ‘casual’ suits, which we sold quite a few of at bargain prices, not to mention the rabbit meat, but that’s another story. There was always plenty of good-natured wheeling and dealing going on down Baconville Road. Bill also had the finest Beefmaster herd in the country, and the biggest damn bull I’ve ever seen. That bull would eat from your hand (if you held it high enough) and was waiting for me each evening under the tree where the trailer was parked...right next to the tub of cake. He was gentle as a lamb and followed Bill around like a puppy, a mental picture I’ll take to my grave. They were so alike. It puts me in mind of how truly big, strong men in the world, no matter their physical stature, are not shaken by the small stuff or by differences in people real or imagined. I’ve run into folks who have become so impressed with their own marching orders they tend to walk all over folks, or worse, just not take the time to bother with anyone who slows them down on their path to power. Heck, I’ve encountered fellows who won’t shake my hand...I guess because I’m a woman, but who knows? Maybe it’s just because I’m a nuisance. General Bill C. Bacon was not among that tedious number. As it turns out he was a loyal friend to so many of us. I will miss him and that laugh of his from now on. He taught me to abide. When I first began my journey into the web-building world, Bill said he needed me to go ahead and build a good presence for the Hill Country Veterans Council since there was precious little communication forthcoming from Washington (DC) . He did not ask, he made it understood. That’s just how it was. We needed to save the Kerrville VA Hospital, and we needed to get with it quick. At one point, San Antonio had proposed a plan to the Kerrville City Council to utilize the VA Hospital facility as a kind of ‘half-way house’ for three-time losers who had trouble being rehabilitated. Bill had a heart-to-heart with the powers that be, and, needless to say, that bad idea never happened. He figured it to be an exceedingly bad deal for the surrounding area to be over-run with the two-bit criminals (and worse) that SA was hoping to jettison from Bexar County.



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Bill took the time to meet & speak with Rep. Lamar Smith on several occasions seeking support for the Kerr County Veterans Hospital, but to no avail. At that point we all dove in and went to work putting petitions everywhere they would let us, asking for support via signature from the US Vets all over the country who understood the problem, and oh-my-God did the Vets ever respond! We addressed representatives from all over the US with hundreds of thousands of appeals to make good the promise to those who served with all they had, unlike the fancy oh-so-busy politicians who barely lifted a finger for the Vets. Lamar’s e-mail literally would not receive our appeals unless we sent them one-by-one, making the entire project grind to a mindnumbing pace. Of course they did offer up $1,500 plates of BarBQ with an eye to raising campaign funds for the self-serving re-election business they’re forever wrapped up in. Bill pointed out that he didn’t really know any Veterans who could afford that kind of party, but perhaps that outfit could serve up what was promised to them since the Vets in question had laid their lives on the line so folks like Mr. Smith could go to Washington in the first place. Unfortunately, the politicos wouldn’t up the dust for the hospital so the council went to the mat on their own. Lamar was, as Bill pointed out to him personally, an S.O.B., but allowed that he was OUR S.O.B. No matter how dysfunctional a politician might turn out to be, Bill was a positive force in his behalf in the end. He resisted, often with a great deal of effort, cutting a man down at the knees. At Bills customary ‘request’ his colleague and friend, General Walter Schellhase, traveled to Washington DC to exercise his considerable influence to invite Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Anthony Principi, to have a look at what was at stake; namely the proposed closing of our VA Hospital. Thanks to General Schellhase’s diligence, Principi came and made the connection. He was favorably moved by the dedication of the Hill Country Vets grassroots operation. The late Bill Bowden, his daughter, Bill’s wife Helen and all of the the council et al, were instrumental in orchestrating much of the detail. The rest is history; the Kerrville Veterans Hospital remains in operation to this day. I honestly believe, despite the lack of hope in this world, that a few people can change the course of history when strong, dedicated individuals work together. We could learn a lot from those fellows, now, when everyone seems angry and unhappy with everything coming down the pike. Bill came through the rye knowing that war was not the answer, but he made us think long & hard about the question. Call your various ‘Departments’ what you will, America, the world feels nowhere near as safe without Bill Bacon watching our backs. Rest in peace, Old Top, it’s never going to be the same without you. The Hill Country Veterans are alive and well. Please visit them at www.hcvc.org. They represent the best of us, treat them with respect: President Walter Schellhase Past President the late Bill Bacon Board Members: Joe Benham Gene Higgins Alan Hill Bernard Jesko Jack Ledford Bennie Hyde Joe Strange Bob Weinberg Dan Bacon Judd Ashmore Bob Waller Sam Barker

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From Mexico, Latin America and Other Interesting Places to Travel and Shop!

Mexican Splendors, an exhibit featuring paintings by Raymundo Gonzalez. Based in Cuernavaca and renowned throughout the Americas. March 29 - May 5.

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One Perfect Moment by Carolyn Chipman-Evans

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y office porch, perched on a bluff, overlooks a rippling tall grass prairie, a meandering streamlet leading from the marsh, and, in the distance, the majestic silhouette of the cypress trees lining the Cibolo Creek. I feel as if I am peeking out of a hidden tree house with a window on a peaceful world. As the golden spring light slants low across the prairie it catches every new green leaf, and sparkles off the streamlet. Joy itself unfolds before me. Five laughing children bounce by on horseback, legs tight-gripped around the fat bellies of their happy horses, only bobbing heads and flowing manes visible in the tall grass. The sound of laughter rings across the countryside. In an instant burst by the young men running for the cross-country team. Thundering down the porches of the CNC like a herd of buffalo, they leap off the deck onto the trails that will lead them through the budding woodlands. Suddenly, all is quiet again. Birdsong returns. Grandmama gently strolls down the secret path below with a tiny, wonder-filled friend. So slowly they wander their way to the little bridge, spying upon the tadpoles and minnows and all things fascinating to a curious child. Grandmama answers questions while the youngster discovers a world of questions. Here passes a man that walks the trails everyday. I do not know his name, but I value his quiet meditation. He ambles through the cypress cathedral, nodding to the rhythm of his own footsteps on the solid ground. I see young lovers, slow strolling, hand in hand, discovering beauty in every step, enchanted by the exuberance of springtime at the Cibolo. Perhaps they, like so many, will marry here. Myself, I watch the children play, the elders wander, the volunteers teach, the lovers love, the troubled walk their worries away, and all seems right with the world. The years of everyday struggle to keep the Cibolo Nature Center surviving and thriving melt away in the presence of such a perfect moment. I know my hidden window observes what is only a tiny spark of joy in a world that can so often seem a dark and hostile home. I have learned much from the tall-grass prairie, however, and I know that sometimes it takes merely one spark to create a wildfire.

Carolyn Chipman-Evans is the founder of the Cibolo Nature Center, and has been actively involved in conservation, preservation, and education her entire life. She has published a book on Nature Centers, and continues to steward the CNC, and increasing awareness for a variety of nature-based ministries.

Cibolo Nature Center 18th Annual Mostly Native Plant Sale 2nd Saturdays Volunteer Service Workday Date: Saturday, April 12 Time: 9 AM – noon Cost: Free Location: Park in the back field of the Kendall Co. Fairgrounds across from the CNC entrance. Sign-in will take place at the CNC bus parking lot. Description: Join the CNC for our special 20th Birthday Workday. Bring family and friends to spend the morning cleaning up the Cibolo Creek. Wear appropriate clothing and bring gloves, waders, trash bags, and cameras. Join us after the clean up for a group photo and birthday cake!

Outdoor Family Fair Date: Saturday, April 12 Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Cost: Free Presenters: Kendall County Child Services, Texas Cooperative Extension Dept. of State Health Services, City of Boerne, Boerne Public Library Native Plant Society of Texas Boerne Chapter, Cibolo Nature Center Location: CNC Park Description: This annual Kendall County event is for families with children of all ages. Enjoy entertainment, games, mystery guests, food and prizes. Don’t miss this fun-filled opportunity to become acquainted with the services and resources in our community.

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Find native and non-invasive plants that are tried and true for the Hill Country Meet local growers and get their expert advice Enjoy presentations on a variety of topics For more information call the Cibolo Nature Center at 830/249-4616 or e-mail nature@cibolo.org

April 5, 2008 Kendall County Fairgrounds Boerne, Texas 78006 Gates open 8:30 am Sale 9:00 am – 4:00 pm $5 admission per car to support the CNC

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was driving with my dog not too long ago, on some far away stretch of road. I couldn’t find much on the radio, and through the static of some far-off AM radio station, I heard enough of a pastor’s sermon to catch the above question. And so it got me to thinking. We put all sorts of disgusting things into our minds, and I enjoyed the novelty of thinking “Well, what if I had taken out a mortgage to buy my brain? How would my behavior change?” I can be pretty frugal (wife calls me cheap), but I like to call it “careful with money.” Whatever it is, decisions over purchases can take me quite some time thinking over the pros and cons of each item. So when the decision is made for purchase, the item in questions receives the finest care and maintenance. So, what if I had bought my brain? This question was great fun to kick around on a sleepy Saturday drive. I sometimes think I’m not smart enough to accomplish a goal or task. It’s that little voice of insecurity that can pop up every now and again and keep you from attempting a certain activity. If I had paid $1 million for my brain, you’re darn tooting I would believe my brain sufficient enough for ANY task. It’s the SAME task, but I wouldn’t let the insecurity get in the way. And sometimes I have thoughts I shouldn’t have, make decisions I know I shouldn’t make, and criticize myself unduly. Again, not with MY $1million brain!! It’s true, though. You have insecurities. You have sins. You have thoughts and feelings you know you shouldn’t have. You somehow think your neighbor is smarter than you, or prettier than you, or funnier than you…but heck, they paid the same $1 million for their brains too!! So why are they any different? God blesses each of us with the same capacity for greatness and virtue. Yes, some of us have talents that others may not have, but they have talents that I don’t have, too. I can sing with my guitar, but I can’t paint. I can write these articles, but I can’t do accounting very well. So my $1million brain has some quirks to it, but it has a fine piece of machinery, capable of anything. I think it’s important to remember that each of us capable of virtually anything. Some things will come easier than others, but the capacity to accomplish anything we may dream is always evident. And so when you think about the things you allow into your brain, you might be due for a “check-up”. If my brain was a computer, I would have every anti-virus program running, all the latest software patches, the most secure firewalls. You know where I’d get ‘em? The Bible. Think about it – there is no larger investment than one’s brain. Why not take care of it? The Bible tells us all the time that we are unique, loved creatures created by God Himself and are to be filled with the love of Christ. Are you filled with that love? Is your brain oozing with the joy and inner peace of God? If you paid $1million for it, I bet you it would be. We also learn that Christ died for us. He died for us, so that each of us could receive our $1million brains for free, and that our brains (souls) would live forever with Him in heaven. Take care of yourself. Take care of your mind, and regulate tightly the thoughts and emotions you allow into your mind. Remember that nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission. God has equipped you with a brain that is capable of everything, and so don’t forget to take the time to remind yourself of that. Fill it with optimism, and joy, and love… these are the ingredients to a brain that will fill your life with everything you have ever dreamed.

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yan Bingham doesn’t look like much from a distance. Stained white cowboy hat, skinny pants, and beat-up boots. A bit of unkempt hair protruding from under the brim, and a 3-day beard. However, once he sat down across from me, you can immediately sense he knows more than he’s letting on. A traveling troubadour in the most literal sense, Ryan, with cigarette dangling from the corner of his mouth, speaks with a gravelly voice that should belong to someone three times his age of 25. And that’s the attraction for most. Ryan’s sound is so far separated from any clear-cut genre of music, that upon first listen, people are stopped in their tracks. It’s not country, it’s not rock, it’s not blues…it’s some variation where each level of sound contradicts the next. He has a slide guitar, which fits country, but his voice is so rock and roll, peppered with bluesy riffs of funk. As he puts it, “It just is what it is. I know good music, and I play what I like. And if that doesn’t fit a genre, then that’s ok too.” A Hobbs, NM native, Ryan learned all about the road early on. “I was born into a family of ranchers in Hobbs. It was a tough upbringing. I learned early that there ain’t nothing easy. From there, we took off for West Texas to work oil fields. Then to Houston. Then to Laredo. I dropped out of high school in Houston. Life was hard. And once we finally got to Laredo, my folks split up, and I figured that was as good a time as any to split up with them, too. So I left home at 17, right after finally finishing high school, and went up to Tarleton State to ride in the rodeo.” However, right before leaving Houston, Ryan happened upon a guitar and began to learn. “I picked up the guitar when I was 16 and we were in Houston. This guy in Laredo that we knew would play guitar, and he would play this terrible mariachi music, and that’s how I learned. He played these awful songs, and I got tired of singing these old songs, so I just started making up my own shit. That’s when I first began to realize that there were some songs in me somewhere, and I enjoyed letting ‘em out.” Armed with a guitar, the clothes on his back, and an opportunity to rodeo at Tarleton, Ryan set out on the next chapter of his life. “At Tarleton, I didn’t know what the hell I wanted to do. I was just taking basic classes just so I could ride bulls. It was just something to do. When I was there, I would be going down the road to the next rodeo and just started writing songs. We’d get to the rodeos and sit on the tailgates and drink and sing a few songs afterwards. So I started getting these gigs playing music after the rodeos. Some friend would say they knew a local bar-owner and they wanted me to come play. So I started doing that. And soon the gigs outnumbered the rodeos.” However, stability isn’t something Ryan is accustomed to, so adventure started calling again. “I left Tarleton and went to Paris. I somehow got this job in a wild-west show in Paris at the Euro-Disney there. It was ridiculous, but it was work, and I sure as shit wasn’t sitting in a desert anymore. And I wrote some music while I was there, too.” Upon returning from France, Ryan details being homeless. “I was back in Texas and didn’t have anything. I was homeless. So I lived the couch-circuit for a while. And of course I played a few shows here and there. Eventually I had enough scratch to go to Nashville and record my first record, ‘Dead Horses’. And I hated it. It was all slick and Nashvilley. So I went the other direction to California, and I wanted to tear all the slick Nashvilley shit off of it and do it the right way. We were still broke, but we figured we could be broke in Texas or broke in Cali, so we drove the whole way until we hit the ocean, then just shrugged our shoulders and had a blast. I mean, damn, at least we’re not in the desert!” Ryan laughs. Armed with his debut release, Ryan began playing shows for more and more people around the area. And with those shows, he sold CDs. “Those

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CDs were just burned copies. I mean, all they had was a little title that I had written on them with a friggin’ sharpie. But they sold. And one day Lone Star Music called and wanted to sell them in their shop. I told ‘em I didn’t have any money, but they wanted to print it in-house, and sure enough, it kept selling.” Shortly after “Dead Horses” was released, Lost Highway Records called and was interested in Ryan. “That’s a weird phone call, man. I mean, I don’t know what I’m doing, where I’m going, and half the time I don’t know what’s going on. Shit, I don’t even know why you’re here talking to me. So to get a call from a record label was surreal, for sure. And we drove all the way to Nashville, and no sooner than we crossed into town, our van died. So in the lobby of a Best Western we signed our deal and ran straight out and bought a new van!” “Mescalito” was released in the fall of 2007, and has catapulted Ryan to becoming one of the most popular voices on the Americana scene. The night I spoke to him, he had just finished selling out the venerable Gruene Hall. And Luckenbach was expected to sell out the next night. His demeanor is refreshing – he has no idea why someone would bother to write an article about him, nor how he should talk or dress. He makes music originally, and does not concern himself with radio singles or packaging. He walks with a gait that speaks to the miles he has traveled, both physically and literally, and his voice is a testament to a life of hard knocks, and good laughs. He doesn’t take himself too seriously, but has a laser focus on freedom. “I’m in this for the long haul. This has been the most fun I’ve ever had. I hope that it never ends, but like anything in life, it could be over in a few years. So if that happens, I’ll at least know I had more fun than anyone.”

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ho says Boerne is scared of live music? On April 5 at 1pm, the city will be treated to a full-on rock concert right in Town Square. Cy Torgerson, owner of Bohemian Guitar Player, and several of his students perform every few months in the Square. A fantastic event, the celebration both of music and the students themselves, has fast become a very popular event. Cy, the brainchild behind the event, created it “because we needed to give kids the opportunity to get out and play in front of people. And recitals aren’t nearly as much fun as getting out there as a band and perform in sync, set up, and play together. It’s more of a learning experience for everyone. They’re not recitals, they’re performances. Kids don’t know the first thing about being in a band, and so they need to learn the ins and outs of each aspect of being in a band. And plus, they’re a lot more fun!” Students age in range from 9 to adult. Katie Wolters, one of the members, describes the passion for the event. “The thing that I love most about the shows at the Square is that you get to interact with so many different evolving musicians, all of whom are talented, and many of whom have very different styles of playing. I’ve played in the square with everyone from girls with incredible voices who sing country music, to guitarists who can nail classic rock solos. There is always an eclectic mix of singers, guitarists, and bassists, and each of them have unique styles that make each show different and exciting to play. The thing that I’ve learned most from lessons through Cy is how to play with others, which I think is the single most important thing that a learning musician, or any musician for that matter, can do.” Additionally, what teenager doesn’t dream of being a star? Emily Galliardt sums it up nicely: “My favorite part of doing these shows is getting out there, and having fun! I love getting together with other students and bringing so much talent to the table. It’s also a good way to try and get my name, Emily Rose Galliardt out there.” Additionally, Cy has done an amazing job of inspiring the kids, and being a teacher who not only motivates, but genuinely cares for them and wants to see them succeed. The students respect him intensely, and it shows. Garrett Loggins says, “Cy has been a great teacher and friend. He has taught me a lot about music, guitar, and performing. Cy is an amazing guitarist and performer and I’m lucky to be his student.” And Emily Galliard adds, “I’ve been taking lessons from Cy, for a little over three years now and everything has been great. He’s an amazing guitar player, role model, and influence of mine. I would not be where I am today with out him he’s helped me get out there and do what I love. I could not imagine having a better teacher and friend.” Boerne is in dire need of live music. Please come out on April 5 to support not only live music, but the younger people creating that music. April 5, 1-3pm at the Town Square.

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longside busy Hwy 290, just east of Fredericksburg, you will find a humble signpost, and a rustic and simple sign swinging in the wind: Eyfells and Eyfells / Receptual Art. Tucked into one of the several out-buildings that are sprinkled across the meandering property, Johann Eyfells is busy creating. With his wild, untamed hair and quick wit, Johann looks amazing for being 84 years of age. And as he gives me a tour of his property and art, Johann displays passion about his surroundings and the art that he and his deceased wife have created. “We are both from Iceland, which is a place I love, but would never want to live again. My father was an artist, and produced a total of 4 paintings. He never really encouraged me to try art, as we were always struggling financially while I was growing up. My mother was not excited about me living the life of an artist. Eventually, to appease her, I moved to Berkley, California to become an architect. This was the closest I could find to creating, or producing art.” It was at this time in Berkley that young Johann met Kristin. “I never believed in love at first sight. I also never believed that some things were pre-determined. That was until I met Kristin. I saw her at a party, she stood up and introduced herself, and I was done. I knew that she would be with me forever.” So with his new architectural degree, they moved to NY, where Johann worked the next decade as an accomplished architect. Kristin opened a dress-making shop, which she had also done in her younger years back in Iceland. However, the fires that burned within Johann would not extinguish. “I was frustrated as an architect. I designed an airport one time, and all of my columns were designed to look like ‘tree forms’. My boss told me he was a purist and would not accept such work. I knew I had to get out.” And so Johann and Kristin headed to Florida, where Johann worked on his Master’s degree in Sculpture, while Kristin studied psychology. Additionally, Kristin began work on her paintings, and finished up her Fine Arts degree. Never having children, Johann commented, “Kristin said her paintings were her children, and she meant it. They were an extension of herself, and were borne from within – they were products of her inner emotional sensitivity.” Johann and Kristin worked tirelessly in Florida on their art, and making memories. In 2002, Kristin passed away and Johann was left direction-less. “I needed a change after I lost

my Kristin. Everything was unbearable. Everything I saw reminded me of her and the many wonderful years we shared together. I was a slave to the past, so I made the decision to move to Texas.” Shortly thereafter, a family friend sent Johann some photos of a property, and he bought sight unseen. In 2003, Johann became a Hill Country resident. Kristin and Johann’s art have few similarities. Johann’s sculptures

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are abstract, philosophical pieces centering on an analysis of “time”. Utilizing various metals and melting processes, Johann produces pieces designed to elicit a discussion on our place in a moment, and how each moment is all that we have. “It’s my way of thinking…my enthusiasm for the future. We have lost so much enthusiasm for new possibilities. The floors of the ocean to the jungles, they are varied and unexplored, and contain varied possibilities for our futures.” Kristin’s work consists of facial paintings. Unique and highly decorated, they are simple and yet deeply personal and profound. Focusing heavily on celebrities, Kristin’s work hypnotizes Johann to this day. As we toured the “museum” Johann has constructed for her works, he points out small brush strokes and discusses the hidden meaning behind them. Occasionally he’ll stop and say “Oh my! I have never seen this before” while pointing at a very minute detail to the painting. He’ll almost whisper, “Oh, it is so beautiful.” “My respect for her work is God-like. Her command of articulating an inner sensitivity to expressive forms is breath-taking. Her command is the key to my admiration. It’s not in the sense of being bossy, it’s having an inner wisdom…and nobody had more than Kristin.” As for Kristin’s thoughts on Johann’s work, he summarizes for her. “Kristin trusted my art. ‘Liked my art’ isn’t the right word. She believed in my art. She felt my art was significant. Come

to think of it, she may not have liked my art at all, but she definitely trusted it. She didn’t care for the fact that I was always harping that my latest effort was my best ever, because the next piece was my best one, or so I would say. The thing is, I’m 84, and my best work is still yet to come.” Outside of the sculptures, Johann has also been working with spirals. Giant, iron spirals 50 feet in height pepper his property. Large semi-circles, and corkscrew type features swinging in the wind around the property. It is his continued practice of “receptualism.” As he puts it, “It covers all activities that have an essential element of birth or newness. It establishes every moment to be unique to that particular moment in time. Total repetition or cloning is impossible.” Your author feels that might apply to Johann himself. As we walked a tour of his spirals, he gasped while pointing at two large semi-circles that were slowly swinging. They had turned to where they were side by side, and gently clinked against one another. He ran at almost a full sprint toward them to get a better look. “Oh my, I have never seen them in this position before! They are absolutely beautiful. Why, it’s almost as if……..they’re in love.”

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THE RESTAURANT SECTION

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ondering what to do with your federal income tax rebate check next month? (Remember, this is in addition to any tax refund check you might receive.) Sure, we all have expenses and bills that compete for every dollar, and while I’m in favor of prudent, personal financial planning, every now and then a little spending spree is definitely in order. Consider stimulating our local economy by taking a portion of your check to enjoy a delicious Hill Country steak!! You have many restaurants to choose from. Here are two I visited recently.

Gago’s

From the minute I walked into Gago’s restaurant I felt I had come into a family’s private dining room. Owners Carlos and Lucy Gago recently moved their restaurant to Boerne, taking over the space at 518 River Road that had housed El Rio restaurant. The dining room has an intimate feel. The rich blue colors of the napkins and tablecloths invite diners to relax and enjoy an evening meal. An added plus involves the fact that most of the tables allow diners to have a full view of the parrilla, (“iron grill”), where the cooks prepare most dishes over a hot, flavor-enhancing mesquite wood fire. The menu welcomed us to their “little version of Argentina” where countrymen often share their culture through native foods. We learned that while all meat products come from Texas, they are cooked in the Argentine style, which restaurant manager Christian explained means they use their homemade Chimichuri (Argentine marinade) sauce, a bit of salt and grated peppercorns. This was all new to us, and we were eager to try it!

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Eddie, our waiter, further reviewed the menu with our party of four. When I commented on the fact that, in addition to the beef, lamb and goat entrees, the menu also features several pasta dishes and nearly a dozen pizzas, he explained that the international flavor of the menu is quite similar to what a tourist would find while staying in Buenos Aires. (Good information for future visits!) We nearly didn’t make it past the appetizers. It was tough to choose from among the Jamon Serrano (imported Prosciutto with Argentine potato salad), the Picada Argentina (Genovese salami, aged South American white cheese, olives and small peppers in vinaigrette sauce) and the Provelta (provolone cheese seasoned with olive oil and spices and then heated over the wood-burning grill). Because we all wanted to leave room for the entrees, we went with the Provelta, which was delicious.

Steaks and chops are listed in the “Gaucho’s Favorites” section. I opted for the Baby Bife de Chorizo, a 12-oz. choice-cut grilled rib-eye steak. (A 24-oz. size is also available.) My wife chose the Vacio, a special cut of beef similar to a sirloin strip. Gago’s steaks are described as “rustic”, which means that they are cut in the kitchen from a side of beef, rather than being shipped to the restaurant already pre-cut. Our friends elected to share a Seafood Argentinean Brochette, featuring shrimp, green peppers and onions grilled on the parrilla. All entrees are served with a choice of house salad, grilled veggies or house potatoes. Eddie helped us select a delicious Argentine malbec from the impressive and reasonably priced wine list. Argentine beers, soft drinks and maté (Argentine tea) are also available. The appetizer and the entrees were scrumptious and done to our specifications! We all agreed it must have something to do with the flavors being locked in by the open-grill cooking. The grilled veggies were fresh and not overly done. My house potatoes (similar to French fries) came with two sunny-side-up eggs on top, a unique touch and very tasty. Owner Carlos came by to introduce himself and to ask if our experience was satisfactory. We assured him we were quite impressed and satisfied, and that we’d be back soon! After all, with such fine hospitality and great food, how can we say no?

the building is the first commercial building you come upon after around 10 miles of driving. From their website I learned that O’Brien’s offers gourmet style cooking that features steaks, chicken, sandwiches, burgers, fresh seafood, pastas and salads. Proprietors Tim and Becky O’Brien have nearly 30 years of restaurant experience. The O’Brien’s have done a superb job of converting the former gasoline station into a tastefully decorated, large restaurant that includes a spacious patio for outside dining. In addition to a full bar, there are

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continued from page 21 two indoor dining rooms: the main room where there is piano music, and a smaller, cozier room. If you’re interested in a quiet dinner, be sure to ask for the smaller room. The appetizer menu made our mouths water. While it was tempting to order the fried calamari, the crab cakes and the steamed crab claws, we restrained ourselves and opted for the escargots, which featured a unique pastry topping on the escargots bathed in yummy garlic butter. (Even our friends, who are not escargot-lovers, were impressed.) O’Brien’s definitely features Texassized steaks! Among the choices are two 16-ounce options: “The Texan” T-bone and “The Wrangler”, a certified Angus NY strip steak. Each comes with a dinner salad and choice of one side dish. I opted for the smaller 12ounce Rib Eye, because I was attracted by the mushrooms, onions and whole roasted garlic it comes with. I went with a steamed spinach side dish, the best I’ve ever had. My wife was in the mood for lamb chops, which came with dried fruit compote and mint jelly. Both our Texas-style dishes were very tasty and cooked to our specifications. Our friends decided to eat lightly and ordered the crab cakes, and they shared a Chef’s salad (very good). The crab cakes were the best they had ever tasted. We did encounter a few problems. While our order of a glass of wine to accompany the escargots was filled promptly, too much time elapsed before the wine to accompany our entrees arrived. However, upon tasting we determined that the wine needed to breathe, and our server did respond to our request to decant the wine. After the meal, our server forgot to bring me my cup of decaf coffee, and, mysteriously, my credit card was misplaced and couldn’t be found for nearly 10 minutes. While I’d give O’Brien’s a “Fair” on service, the food dishes were quite good. So, go have fun with some of your tax rebate check. Help a Hill Country business while enjoying a mouth-watering steak! Hey, even if you’re not entitled to a tax rebate, do it anyway. After all, if we can’t have fun with our money, what’s it all for?

Hungry Horse Restaurant 116 Buckskin Dr. · 109 S. Saunders Boerne, TX 830-816-8989

306 Grill & Icehouse 14370 Hwy 281 N Spring Branch, TX 830-885-5770

Tapatio Springs Resort & Conference Ctr. 101 Preston Trail · Boerne, TX 830-537 4302 · 800-999-3299

Antler Cafe Hwy 281 N & Hwy 46 Bulverde, TX 830-980-4464

Chili’s Restaurant #844 601 W. Bandera · Boerne, TX 830-249-8558

Back Porch 32850 Hwy 281 N Bulverde, TX 830-980-8848

O’Brien’s Restaurant 848 Hwy 46 East · Boerne, TX 830-336-3955 · 830-229-5600

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Scenic Loop Cafe 25615 Boerne Stage Road San Antonio, TX 210-687-1818

Blanco Road Bar & Grill 30690 Blanco Road Bulverde, TX 830-980-7427 Chicki’s Coffee Shop, Inc. 20630 Hwy 46 W, Ste 115 Spring Branch, TX 830-438-4780

Spinelli’s Vistro & Country Inn 911 S. Main · Boerne, TX 830-249-9563

Conchita’s Restaurant, Inc 20450 Hwy 46 W, Ste 100 Spring Branch, TX

Cheesy Jane’s 215 W. Bandera, #101 · Boerne, TX 830-248-1000 · 210-541-1480

Debby Kay’s 2355 Bulverde Road Bulverde, TX 830-438-3459

Kendall Inn & The Limestone Grille 128 W. Blanco · Boerne, TX 830-249-2138 · 800-364-2138 Bumdoodlers 929 N. Main · Boerne, TX 830-249-8826

Gathering Place 17130 Hwy 46 West Spring Branch, TX 830-885-6388 Gourmet Smoked Meats 8545 US Highway 281 North Spring Branch, TX 830-885-5953

The Creek Restaurant 119 Staffel · Boerne, TX 830-816-2005

Honey Creek Cafe, Bar & Grill 25089 Highway 46 West Spring Branch, TX 830-438-3190

Boerne Grill 143 S. Main Street · Boerne, TX 830-249-4677

Katrina’s 1005 Laswell Lane · Bulverde, TX 830-438-6058

Lily’s on the River 412 River Road, #103 · Boerne, TX (830) 249-9202

Pappagallo’s Mexican Restaurant 29782 Hwy 281 N, #2 Bulverde, TX 830-980-4777

Eat Smart Restaurant 1595 S. Main, Suite 121 Boerne, TX 830-249-9288 Guadalajara’s Diner 103 N. Main Street · Boerne, TX 830-249-0900 Dodging Duck Brewhaus 402 River Road · Boerne, TX 830-248-3825 Bear Moon Bakery P. O. Box 756 · 401 S. Main Boerne, TX 830-816-2327 El Chaparral Mexican Restaurant 707 S. Main Street · Boerne, TX 830-816-8288

Perfect Slice Pizza 30070 Hwy 281 North Bulverde, TX 830-438-4567 Picadillo Mexican Restaurant 30089 Hwy 281 N · Bulverde, TX 830-980-5895 Purple Endive Italian Restaurant 20475 Highway 46 West Spring Branch, TX 830-438-8611 Shade Tree Saloon & Grill 13430 Hwy 281 N Spring Branch Texas 78070 830-885-5550

Mague’s Cafe 934 N. Main · Boerne, TX (830) 249-9168

Texas 46 Bar & Grill 2 Sun Valley Dr Spring Branch Texas 78070-7000 830-885-4605

Naples Pizza Restaurant 215 W. Bandera Road, Suite 106 · Boerne, TX 830-249-0089

The Espresso Spot 20450 Hwy 46 W Ste 200 Spring Branch Texas 78070 830-438-7889

814 — A Texas Bistro 713 High St. · Comfort, TX (830) 995-4990

The Picket Fence 2360-1 Bulverde Rd Bulverde Texas 78163 830-980-9719

Guenther’s Biergarten and Grill 220 Hwy 473 at 6th St. Comfort, TX 830.995.5370 Welfare Café 223 Waring Welfare Road Boerne, Texas

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Benito’s BBQ & Mexican Restaurant 9650 Hwy 281 N Spring Branch, TX 830-885-6347

The Grill at Leon Springs, LTD. 24116 IH-10 W · San Antonio, TX (210) 698-8797

PO-PO Family Restaurant 829 FM 289 · Boerne, TX 830-537-4194

Steve Power loves a meal, carefully cooked, beautifully plated and happily ser ved. He’s delighted to share his discoveries of those restaurants that offer the best of the Hill Country.

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Cypress Grille 170 S. Main Street · Boerne, TX 830-248-1353

Sidelines Restaurant & Sportsbar 1361 South Main, Suite 301 Boerne, TX (830) 331-9464

Boerne’s 1st Soup, Salad and Spud Bar!

High’s on High Street 726 High Street · Comfort TX 830.995.4995

Vintage Wine - Coffee Bar and Bistro 2295 Bulverde Road Bulverde Texas 78163 830-438-8684

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$280,000 - Fair Oaks Garden Home on the golf course. 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, approx. 2200 s.f. of living area. Beautiful views and lots of room in this home.

$1475 - 3 bedrooms, 2 bath in Boerne Heights with approx 1800 s.f. of living area. Many upgrades in this home. $3500 - 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, approx. 4600 s.f. living area in Fair Oaks sub. on golf course lot. TThis home has e liv. areas, beautiful kitchen, and close commute to San Antonio. Home is also for sale.

$2800 - GREAT HOME - Lots of Privacy. 3 Bedrooms, 3 Full Baths, over 3000 S.F. of Living Area on 10 Secluded Acres. Granite Counter Top in Kitchen w/ Top of the Line Appliances. Large 3 Car Garage. Property is Fenced & Gated.

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he snow continued to fall as I gazed out of the front window of the Cloghaun B & B, one of the oldest Victorian homes on Mackinac Island. It was the middle of October and way too early for a winter storm. This was the second annual carriage-driving weekend with my family and I remembered how last year was so perfect with 70 degree temperatures during the day. The Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau had invited us to bring our horses to the island on this special weekend that happens only once a year. Many people were caught off guard with the cold weather this year, including the members of the Michigan Harness Horse Association and the 15 horses that we brought to the Island across the Straits of Mackinac (between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron) on a big barge. Even though we had to bear the cold, the island was beautiful in the snow. I was determined to make the best of it as I recalled a dream that I had had a few months earlier. I had lain down to take a nap on my couch in Bergheim, Texas with the temperature outside being 95 degrees at the time. I dreamed that I was first stuck in an airport and then I was running through a victorian town at night in the snow. Was I having a premonition about this family trip to Mackinac Island? I wondered. After a long day’s plane ride from Texas to Michigan, the alarm had gone off at 4:00 am and an hour later we had loaded the two horses into the horse trailer. Four bikes went into the back of the pick-up truck and my sister Jackie, from Sedalia Colorado, my mom, dad and I started the 5 hour drive north to Mackinac Island from my parent’s home in Fremont, Michigan. My brother, Kurt towed an english two wheeled cart and one of my dad’s hand-made meadowbrook carts in a trailer behind his jeep with his daughter, Hallie and his long-time girlfriend, Kathy. The morning started very pleasant, and as the sun came up, we commented at how beautiful the contrast of the white snow looked on the bright red and orange fall trees. Traveling north towards Cadillac, we crossed our first overpass bridge and cringed as the wheels of the truck wiggled from under us. It was going to be a dangerous ride. The slushy snow fell harder as we drove farther north. Even though we had made it to Interstate 75, the regularly wide highway was now a two track path through the snow. My dad did a good job of driving and with over 60 years of experience, he was the best man for the job. My mom was in the back seat in charge of “slush control”. When dad drove too far to the right, she would yell “Slush, stay in the path!” I was in the passenger seat of the truck with the job of speed control. I watched the speedometer for any fluctuation. When dad went over 20 miles per hour, I would say “Slow Down!” Jackie stayed calm in the back seat, listening to the Glenn Miller Band on the radio and giggling at how worried mom and I were getting. Semi trucks were flying by us passing on the left side and dad would look over his shoulder to watch them. “Look at the road!” mom yelled. “You’re going too fast!” I told him. The truck fish-tailed and we all held onto our seats – only to let our breaths out when dad was able to straiten the truck and trailer again. We continued on the snowy highway, now following a large semi-truck that was travelling with an oversized load the rest of the way. Crossing the 5-mile suspension Mackinac Bridge between Mackinaw City on the southern peninsula and St. Ignace on the northern peninsula during high winds was a challenge. Mackinaw City is spelled differently than Mackinac Island. English speaking settlers spelled it with a “w”, but French speaking people spelled it with a “c”. The island, straits, forts, and bridge are all spelled with the “c”. Mackinac is short for Michilimackinac, which is based on the Native American phrase, “The Great Turtle.” If you look at a map of Mackinac Island, it looks like a great turtle swimming in Lake Huron. I didn’t want the horse trailer catching a strong wind and pulling us 200 feet into the

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chilly waters below. We drove slowly and safely made our way across the bridge and headed directly to Arnold’s transit dock to catch the 1:00 pm barge. If you go without your own horses, you can catch Arnold’s, Star, or Shepler’s ferry services from Mackinaw City also. Arnold’s is the oldest starting freight service in 1878. They are closed from January through April when the straits are iced over. Cost of an adult round trip ticket is about $20, and the cost to transport horses, wagons, and bikes is extra. Our horses were loaded first on the lower deck and we tied them to a big rope at the front of the barge. We then filled the two buggies with our luggage and put the hay and straw onto the barge. The 30 minute barge ride over the rough waters made one horse drop to it’s knees, but he was ok and got right back up. Once we docked at the island, the equipment and buggies were unloaded first and then the horses were led up the ramp onto the dock. We hitched our horses to the carts and led them through the town with a lead rope. The smell of fudge was in the air. With no cars allowed on the island, the only mode of transportation is horses and bicycles. The spring and summer months are the most popular with tourists when the lilacs are in bloom and the temperatures are in the 70s and 80’s. We were just catching the end of the tourist season before winter. We dropped our luggage off at the Cloghaun B & B and continued with the horses to Jack’s Livery Stable a few blocks away. With just a short lesson on the skills, you can rent horses for riding or driving at either jack’s Livery Stable or Cindy’s Livery Stable. During the off-season, the horses are transported from the island, back across the straits to pastureland in Michigan. Only a few horses stay over the winter to do the work of transporting goods and people with sleighs. I watched a fancy maroon colored, horse-drawn taxi round the corner of Market Street and head up the hill to the Grand Hotel. Built in 1887, the historic hotel boasts a 660 foot front porch (the world’s longest) and over 385 guest rooms. One ton of bulbs are planted each fall including 25,000 tulips and 15,000 daffodils. “Somewhere in Time”, starring Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour and Christopher Plummer, was filmed at Grand Hotel in 1979. Teatime was just starting at the Cloghaun, so I grabbed one of the inn-keeper’s home-made brownies and a cup of mint tea and headed upstairs to the “Anna” room that I shared with my sister Jackie and my niece Hallie. We felt at home in the Cloghaun. Thomas and Bridget Donnelly left Ireland in 1848, and completed Cloghaun in 1884. The same family has owned it ever since. My parents were down the hall as were my brother, Kurt and Kathy. After unpacking, we all gathered in the Cloghaun’s library and spent the rest of the day putting a puzzle together, watching a movie and drinking a good whiskey over ice. The next day was slightly warmer and the snow was beginning to melt. After a big breakfast, we hitched up the horses and drove them to the interior of the island where the wind wasn’t blowing as much. We took Cadotte Ave past the Grand Hotel. We turned right on Annex Road and another right on Garrison Road past the cemeteries. Then we drove down Fort Holmes Road to a circular lookout where we could see views of the Lake Huron shoreline. We headed back and turned again at the cemeteries down Garrison. The Halfinger horse had a broken strap on the harness and we stopped to fix it. The big horse, Brent, wouldn’t stand still and we noticed a hold-back buckle had become unhooked on his harness as well. At this point we were lost, and a man on a bike helped direct us onto Carriage Road for the quickest way back to the barn. The next day after a little shopping in the downtown area, we prepared our horses for the annual carriage parade. Miniature horses were the hit of the parade and the crowd’s favorite. I dressed in a wool cloak and skirt and road in the wedding carriage driven by a man named John who worked for one of the carriage tour companies. My mom wore a wool skirt, big scarf and derby hat as she rode with my dad with Brent, the tall Standardbred. Kurt and Kathy were bundled up in wool hats as they drove Sandy, the Haflinger. During the parade, a strap broke on Brent’s harness in front of the Grand Hotel. Kurt jumped out of his cart to help him. Then Brent threw off his bridle. Seeing this, I jumped out of the wedding carriage and hopped into the meadowbrook cart with Kathy for the rest of the parade so she would have someone to help her. We found out later that Brent also sat down at one point. My dad learned that his ex-race horse needed some serious training

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if he was ever coming to the island again. Just getting along at a fast walk and trot wasn’t going to cut it for island driving. The day that we left the island, the sun came out and Hallie and I rode bikes around the 8 miles of Lake Shore Road. Being cold and windy, we decided to turn at British Landing, and take an interior road into the island. We turned right from British Landing Drive onto State Rd past the Wawashkamo Golf Course. Needing a break from the bikes, we took a 1/4 mile hike down crack-in-the-island trail to see the Cave in the Woods — an ancient shore that was formed by crashing waves. On our way back to town, we took Garrison Road past Fort Mackinac. At the fort, you can stroll through 14 original historic buildings. Constructed by British soldiers on a limestone bluff during the American Revolution, Fort Mackinac served as a sentinel in the Straits of Mackinac for 115 years and is now a National Historic Landmark founded in 1780. After checking out of the B & B, Jackie had decided to ride around the island by herself, so we made plans to meet her at the barge. When it was almost time to go home, my dad and mom drove Brent on the meadowbrook cart back to the docks since he was still a little unsettled. Meanwhile, Kathy and Hallie went for one last jaunt on the island with Sandy, while Kurt and I rode bikes behind Sandy’s cart. As Kathy drove the Haflinger leisurely up Main Street something a block ahead caught my eye. I saw a pair of the taxi team horses acting up, and I noticed that one of the double trees that connected the horses to the carriage was detached and dragging on the asphalt. The team was now coming directly at us at a gallop. Everything seemed to go in slow motion — and for a second I thought about reaching out to the horses to help the driver to stop them. Then, I realized that I was in danger if I didn’t move out of the way. The driver yelled “Move over!” and Kathy was able to get Sandy to the right side of the street just before the wheels slid by each other. The brakes on the taxi carriage were engaged and the wheels were skidding along the road, making a black stripe as they went. I looked behind and saw the taxi carriage wheels take down over 20 bicycles that were parked along the sidewalk in front of the stores. One bicycle became wedged under the carriage’s tire and made an awful sound. The horses weren’t slowing down and I could see them heading for a glass-covered store on the next block. Knowing that the crash might spook Sandy, I rode my bike up beside Kathy and told her to continue on. Kurt was already on his bike trying to catch up with the run-away team. The team finally came to a stop just before the glassed-in store. When Kurt caught up with the team, he found the driver’s feet on the breaks with his head in his lap just waiting for the crash – there was nothing more that he could do. An 8-year island driving veteran, John (who I had just met the day before when he drove the wedding carriage) was experienced enough to handle the situation. This accident just goes to show how unpredictable horses can be and how important it is to use well-trained horses in public situations. The good thing was that there were no people or children standing in the street at the time. It could have been much worse. Sandy, the Haflinger was perfectly behaved during the whole situation and almost ambiguous to the run-aways coming at her. When everything settled down, we headed back to the board the barge. By then the police were talking with the taxi company owner who claimed that the smaller carriage association horses that had come to the island for the weekend were spooking his bigger horses. We wondered how he could have accused us for causing his horses to spook since we were so far from the taxi team where they were standing at the time. Unable to communicate easily with this man, we boarded the barge with our horses, buggies and luggage and headed for home, wondering if we would be invited back with our horses to our favorite family vacation spot in Michigan. Maybe next time we will have to rent horses on the island like the rest of the tourists. On second thought, that sure sounds a lot easier.

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nd again we are taken back to the wonderfully confusing 80’s where neon colors were popular…just like today! That’s right, neons are it for this spring’s hottest colors. Let,s not forget the rest of the colors on the wheel.Pastels are pretty and primary colors were cool last year, but right now, it’s all about the reflective “wow” factor of neons! Fashion and beauty insiders are embracing these electric shades, but it’s not the head-to-toe hues we experienced in the ‘80s. Rather than going highlighter-happy, a hint of irridescent tint is all you need to get the look. After all, a pop of pigment is the perfect way to get in the mood for spring! Like it or not, here are a few suggestions on how to wear neon colors…the right way. Although I wouldn’t necessarily say that everyone looks good in neon, but if you do and you are a fan by all means let it all hang out this spring because it’s your year! We will start to see the shelves fill with everything neon colored from pants to shirts and even purses. Of course, there will also be a wide variety of neon accessories, which I’m all for! No girl can have to many accessories. Try many of our local boutiques for their vision in neons. Vintage boutiques of course have a big selection of original 80’s neons that are right on target today and of course no one else will be wearing the same thing you are. If you’re going to wear a neon colored top, keep the bottoms a simple, neutral color. Black and white are good choices. You can always go for khaki or beige (although natural colors like those require finesse paired with something like neon!). Don’t over accessorize since you’re already wearing a bright color, keep it simple. Now the runways have shown us neon colored skirts and pants, but I cannot condone that! I think if you stick to a neon colored top, it is more than enough. Neon colored pants are just not right, in any way. But if you must, remember the rule: keep it simple! I have to say that I am attracted to neon colored dress. They’re fun, flirty and very bold. So try a neon orange, pink, and even yellow with a pair of natural inspired shoes.

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Add some simple accessories and a white bag- you’ll look superb! This is no season for shrinking violets.This trend is bright, perky and perfect for crawling out of the winter rut and into bloom for spring. Certainly, not everyone can wear such bright clothes, therefore designers have offered the compromise - bright neon flashes on a background of neutral whole-colored clothes. It can be both a garment, and any noticeable accessory - handbag, glasses, bracelet. As we are all well aware, make-up is still a big part of every womans daily routine and always changes with the fashion trends.Just a few tips to follow. Keep the rest of your face simple and understated when you wear a really bright lip. Ease up on the shadow, and focus more on great skin, perfect flirty lashes, a little eyeliner, and the right bright for you. Neon lips in shades of pinks, reds, corals, oranges and magentas are the “it” colors this Spring, but some may be confused as to the best way to wear these candy colors. Well, the best rule to follow is the same one as above keep it simple. Almost all of the big make-up labels are carrying items in their lines in neon. Nars is my favorite and always has the best renditions of this electric trend. And then remember this last bit of advice.....When you rock a more daring look, you have to own it. Your confidence will turn heads more than the neon you’re wearing .”So go ahead and give it a try and I promise you will go thru your day with a smile. Dare You, Pink (Debra Means) Debra Means is the owner of Petticoats and Hubcaps Vintage Boutique with her partner and husband, Trey. Debra has been in the fashion industry for the past twenty years, and is constantly on the cutting edge of fashion, designing her own lines of clothing and jewelry with a vintage flare. Debra has written numerous fashion and art articles for regional publications throughout the area.

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break the room up a bit and “compartmentalize”. So I would encourage you to track down a great lamp table, lamp, and a pair of unique chairs. Make them large, comfortable chairs. The kinds that encourage you to grab a good book, your favorite throw blanket, and waste an afternoon. To induce the French Country look you’re after, go for layers. I would layer fabrics – the French Country look is going to involve layering fabrics and textures to evoke the emotion we’re seeking, but we’re not done. Following fabric selection, I’d begin to looking at more elaborate fabrics. What I mean by that is why need to combine the fabrics for your chairs and drapes with the chairs and furniture. So look for ways to combine leather, carved wood, and fabrics of different trends to the mix. I know it all sounds daunting, but if you take it one step at a time, it’s not as complicated as it sounds. As always, a great interior designer can help you make your vision a reality. Finally, your home is your castle. Make it your own. Visualize what you want, and get out there to find it. The Hill Country has so many great places to find unique and versatile furniture, and those range from custom furniture makers to exclusive design studios. The overall theme you’re after is the most important goal, and from there, you need to visualize each area of the room. If you don’t have the vision, find someone who does. A sketch rendering of the room are very helpful. That was you can visualize what the end result will be. A good storyboard of paints, fabrics, and furniture combinations will make the work much easier. You can also take cardboard or paper and cut out the dimensions of the furniture, and lay them in your room to see the layout without doing all the furniture moving! If you have the focus and drive to take your time and imagine your room in its finished form, you’ll do fine. And, as I always tell my clients – if you can dream it, we can create it. Love, Cat Catrina Hoelke Owner, Catrina’s at the Ranch Catrina Hoelke is the owner of Catrina’s at the Ranch. Utilizing 30+ years of design expertise, she has done interior design work for homes from Santa Fe to Cancun. A recent winner of the Best Furnishings Award for the 2007 Parade of Homes at the Dominon, Catrina is a staple in the design scene, and is always available for consultation. www.catrinasattheranch.com

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ear Joan, First of all, welcome to the Hill Country! It’s the greatest place on earth, and I’m sure you agree. As to your specific question, I have several suggestions that can help. With a room of that size, you have a lot of options. My first suggestion would be to separate the room and create dual sitting areas. If I was in your living room, I would want to find the focal point for the room, whether it is a fireplace or entertainment center. If you are lacking either of these, we could move into doing some custom work. I know, I know…you talked about not breaking the bank, but custom entertainment centers can absolutely MAKE a living room. Short of custom, look at carved wood pieces, utilizing scrolled wrought iron to complement the French Country look you’re after. If you look hard enough, you can frequently find some really nice pieces to complement the room, and do so cost-effectively. Secondly, we want to create an additional sitting area. Because your room is of a good size, it’s sometimes a good idea to

Dear Cat, I’ve just moved to the area, and am in love with the French country look I see in many of the finer homes in the area. I’ve got a nice sized living room in my house (about 20x25), and I’d like to overhaul it a little bit and improve the aesthetics. When looking at such a large room, what are some suggestions that can have a dramatic change, and do so without destroying my bank account?

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Preshot Routine

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A critical part of playing golf well is to incorporate a pre shot routine that is comfortable and repeatable for each individual player. This aspect of the game is mostly overlooked by the average player but to touring professionals and top level amateurs it is what they focus on the most when playing. Again you want to establish a routine that is unique to you but there are some guidelines and also a particular order in which you want to approach each shot. On the course you should start each shot from behind the ball standing on the target line and pick a specific target at which to aim. Next grip the club and approach the ball. As you walk to the ball focus on the target as much as possible. In addressing the ball again there is a certain order in which to follow. First with your feet close together set the clubface behind the ball and align it to the target. Make sure to look at the target during this process. Next place your feet in position and align your body parallel to the target line. Make sure to look at the target again while aligning your body. The reasons we need to set up in this order are for one the clubface is what aims at the target. Your body is aimed parallel to the target line so the club needs to be aimed first. The other reason is all your clubs are a different length so you end up a different distance from the ball with each club. We need to measure that distance by placing the club in position first. Once the setup is complete you are ready to swing. I would not suggest standing over the ball for very long. I for instance look at the target once while I align the club. Once while I align my feet and body and then I swing. Every swing, chip, or putt I hit I look at the target two times. Again this is personal preference and something you want to develop that you feel best fits your game but it is very important to not stand still over the ball for very long because your muscles will tighten which will inhibit you from making a good rhythmic swing. Also standing over the ball too long could cause you to think too much which may make you become too mechanical with your swing. I feel the less you think about mechanics on the golf course the better. The practice area is where you want to think about your mechanics. Once you hit the course it is time to just play. To play your best develop a consistent pre shot routine and commit to it shot after shot. Doing the same thing over and over on the golf course will help lead to consistency in your game. Make your routine a kind of ready, aim, and fire process and I know your scoring will improve. Mac Wylie is Director of Golf for Frontier Indoor Golf. He is a fifteen year PGA Member. He has been selected as Southern Texas PGA Harvey Penick Teacher of the Year and Southern Texas PGA Junior Golf Leader for the Western Chapter. He has also twice been select as Golf Range Times Magazine top fifty teachers in North America.

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great food. Main Plaza. www.mainstreetinboerne.com 830-249-5530 BOERNE: Parade of Artists Enjoy a self-guided art tour of more than a dozen studios and galleries in and around Boerne. www.boerneart.com 830-816-1796 NEW BRAUNFELS: Folkfest Features living history demonstrations, early craft demonstrations, children’s activities, ethnic food, music and entertainment. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Heritage Village, 1370 Church Hill Drive. www.nbheritagevillage.com 830-629-6504 BRACKETTVILLE: Bat Flights at Stuart Bat Cave Watch an estimated 500,000 bats emerge from the cave in the evening. A program is held regarding bats, the environment and the resources of the park. Call for times. Reservations required. Kickapoo Cavern State Park. 830-563-2342 Tuesday, April 15 BOERNE: Cibolo Nature Center – Mother Nature’s Story Time - Children ages 3-5 and their caregiver are invited to join Miss Constance for a fun-filled hour of nature related stories, finger plays, motion games and crafts. Our theme for the day will be SNAKES Wednesday, April 16 KERRVILLE: Texas Writers’ Conference. Schreiner University. 830-792-7409. Thursday, April 17 DRIFTWOOD: April 17-20-Old Settlers Music Fest. Bluegrass, country and jam bands perform at the Salt Lick Pavilion. 512-268-3048 Friday, April 18 BANDERA: Spring Fling Features area musicians and special events. 11th Street Cowboy Bar, 307 11th St. www.banderacowboycapital.com 830-796-4849 FREDERICKSBURG: Trade Days Shop more than 350 vendors, six barns and acres of antiques. Hwy. 290 E. www.fbgtradedays.com 830-990-4900 or 210-846-4094 LLANO: 19th Annual Crawfish Open. Music, arts, crafts, golf tournament. Crawfish, barbecue, jambalaya, more. Mark Chestnutt Saturday night. Llano City Park. 325-247-2270 Saturday, April 19 BOERNE: Cibolo Nature Center – Boerne Birders! When breeding and nesting, birds vocalize and can be found and identified easily if you know their songs. This is a great opportunity to learn to use your ears! Join a friendly group, who welcome beginners and experienced birders. BULVERDE: SPRING CRAFT SHOW Great Vendors, from all over Texas with one of a kind Craft items and gifts !! HOMEMADE BAKED GOODS &RUMMAGE SALE 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Bulverde Senior Center BOERNE: Annual Texas Corvette Association Open Car Show Features lots of incredible cars with something for everyone. Includes music, food vendors, a silent auction and more. Main Plaza. www.texas-corvette-association.org 210-226-5386 BLANCO: Market Day Features arts & crafts, plants, food and more. Old Blanco County Courthouse, 301 Main

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St. www.historicblanco.org 830-833-2211 JOHNSON CITY: LBJ 100 Bicycle Tour. Rides include 10, 31-, 45- and 62-mile routes. 830-868-7128 ext. 231. WIMBERLEY: 10th Annual Butterfly Festival. Butterfly release, music, food, family fun. EmilyAnn Theatre. 512-847-6969. SAN ANTONIO: Walk Across Texas. San Antonio Botanical Garden. 210-829-5100. JOHNSON CITY: Texas Wildflower Days. Wildflower tours, historic home and garden tours, farmer’s market, arts and crafts, vendors, music and more. 830-868-7684 Sunday, April 20 FREDERICKSBURG: Texas Woodcarvers Guild Spring Roundup Features six days of classes. Gillespie County Fairgrounds. www.texaswoodcarversguild.com 979/798-2378 WIMBERLEY: 2008 Spring Festival and Raffle. Food, games, auctions, more, plus a drawing for Kawasaki® Mule. St. Mary Catholic Church. 512-847-9181 Tuesday, April 22 CONCAN: April 22-27-9th Annual Spring Nature Quest. Abundant wildlife, Mexican free-tailed bats, crystal clear springs, wildflowers, birds, a real adventure. 800-210-0380 Friday, April 25 BANDERA: April 25-27-Cowgirl Weekend. Trail rides, horsemanship, barrel racing, roping, more. Silver Spur Guest Ranch. 830-796-3037 Saturday, April 26 BOERNE: Cibolo Nature Center – Wildflower Walk - Come on this delightful walk with a self-taught botanist who has a never-ending curiosity and love for Texas native plants. We will spend the morning finding and observing our colorful spring wildflowers, great and small. You will leave with fresh insights into the wild world all around us. BOERNE: Cibolo Nature Center – Conservation Easement Workshop - Are you in love with your land? Do you own 50 acres of wonderful Hill Country you would like to preserve permanently? A conservation easement may be a way for you to do just that. Federal tax incentives for conservation easements were passed in 2006. They include up to a 50% deduction from Adjusted Gross Income for up to 15 years for landowners who put conservation easement on their property, and 100% for individuals and companies that derive the majority of their income from farming or ranching. BUDA: Buda County Fair & Wiener Dog Races Includes sanctioned barbecue and chili cook-offs, arts & crafts, kids games, live entertainment, Saturday night dance followed by fireworks, bake-off on Sunday, Wiener dog races and more. Buda City Park. www.budalions.com 512-312-1685 MARBLE FALLS: Citywide Garage Sale Offers more than 50 different garage sales in one location from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Johnson Park. www.marblefalls.org 800/759-8178 Sunday, April 27 BULVERDE: Annual Spring Chicken Festival Includes chicken dinner, arts & craft show, and more. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bulverde Community Center, 1747 E. Ammann Road. E-mail: cindycross17@satx.rr.com 210-535-8650 BOERNE: Boerne Garden Club Plant Sale- Native plants, herbs, vegetables, cacti, and crafts starting at 50 cents. Proceeds go to “Beautify Boerne”. 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the gazebo on Boerne’s Main Plaza.

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ee whiz!! Where did all the rain go? Someone asked me the other day about when we got rain in the Hill Country. Well, I pondered for a short period. I would say that we probably average 3 to 4 days per year. Yeah, normally 10 inches at a time. Of course I’m kidding, sometimes we get 5 days or more. When it rains the countryside turns green overnight. When we get no rain, brown dominates. Growing up in Kerrville during a drought, which was most of the time, we never wasted water. I have read several great articles about the value of our water and preserving our pure water. The destruction of our land will eventually destroy water quality and the amount of water will increase. My son Jason is a science teacher in Round Rock and he does his very best to demonstrate the ways of science. One of his favorite sayings is “man is the only animal that destroys its own environment.” Why do we do this? We have been fortunate enough to live on the last pristine stretch of the Guadalupe River. Parks and Wildlife has predicted that the Guadalupe will be a dead river in 20 years. This is an estimate, but it could be sooner than later. We say that we are cleaning up the river. Well, the river has done fine without us. April has sprung or at least springed. Please excuse my poor grammar and misspellings to gain your attention or at least smile…Tomatoes planted with extra compost, buried up to the second leaves, and mulch. Perfection! Make sure that your garden is protected from deer. What you have worked hard on all winter can be eaten in one day. This year we need to water our vegetable gardens and flower beds deeply. Many seeds will have trouble germinating, and also the roots are reaching for moisture. Dig eight to ten inches down and water accordingly. Flower beds many times do not get enough moisture from a sprinkling system. Flower beds should have soaker hoses set at different times depending on the needs of the vegetation in the bed. A new home owner should have 6 to 8 inches of good weed free soil. Make sure your sod has been delivered fresh. Sod should be delivered directly to your new home if possible and be ready to get the sod down ASAP. Remember: good soil, 6 to 8 inches, lay sod that is all green, and water according to restrictions. The yard is in and you need trees. Dig the hole as large as the root ball or bigger if you can. Unwrap roots that are wrapped around each other or make cuts down the sides to create new roots. Many people place a starter solution or time release fertilizer in the hole. I like to use Medina Plus for a new lawn and all plants. Medina will not burn or damage roots. It is good to be green. For an established home, add Medina Hasta Grow per directions to all established trees and shrubs. Make sure that you by Rob Doyen mow your yard at least twice before you fertilize. Try to stay away from weed and feed products because they may harm The Garden Guy your trees. Also if you yard is very green maybe add Texas Tea or Medina Plus. If you improve your soil your grass will (Certified Nursery stay green. Consultant) Do not overwater. Overwatering causes diseases and obviously wastes water. Boerne’s Home Depot May all your weeds by wildflowers.

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