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9 • cocktails & conversation • keeping you in the know Talking Points • Style • In the Mix • My Life Nostalgia • Bucket List • Wealth • Design

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Texas, our Texas! All hail the mighty State!” was adopted in 1929 by the state legislature as the state song. During the ‘60s when I was in school, we sang this song every morning directly after reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and singing the national anthem. I still feel a great sense of pride whenever I hear it. So it should come as no surprise that it makes me chuckle when non-Texans ask me, “Why are Texans so proud?” Did you know that Texas has more official symbols than any other state? We even have an official state vehicle—who would have thought? Granted, sometimes we can take it a bit to the extreme— as I found out when we were researching “Hail Thee Texas” (page 27 ) where we spotlight just a few of the 67 official state symbols. Although not officially recognized by our legislature as a state symbol, Texas is home to some amazing fashion designers, such as Tony Lama, Lucchese, Tom Ford, Kendra Scott and Elaine Turner—to name just a few. Designs from a few Texas designers transition wardrobes into the fall in “Style” (pages 12 and 54). For those who aren’t fed up with all things Texas yet, check out “Slow Southern Brunch” (page 44) for a Texas inspired brunch—whiskey battered biscuits, tumbleweed muffins, plus more. And a big shout-out to Billy Bob’s, Gruene Hall and Luckenbach for keeping Texas dance halls alive and well, as we see in “Dance Across Texas” (page 18)—you’re still on my bucket list! Those who know me well, know that I love to decorate for Halloween (starting in August!). If you’re looking for something a bit more on the ghoulish side, turn to “Creature Comforts” (page 48) for ideas on how to turn your man cave into a cave of horrors. To get in the spirit visit Martin Leal, a paranormal evangelist, who will take you on a walking tour to hunt for ghosts in San Antonio—read all about Martin in “My Life” (page 15). If you don’t already have 100 reasons to be Texas proud, this issue should get you well on your way. Ya’ll come back now, ya hear?




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>> For the KISS Army

>> For those who enjoy a Luxury Stay and Drive

JW owMarRiott and BMW Team Up through Oct. 26, guests at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort &


Spa have the opportunity to explore San Antonio in style through the BMW Resort Driving Tour. The program gives guests complimentary access to one of nine 2014 BMW models for up to three hours during the day and up to five hours in the evening. Guests are not responsible for filling the tank up or cleaning before they are returned. jwsanantonio.com #BabyYouCanDriveMyCar #BeepBeepBeepBeepYeah >>For The Texas Trivia Fanatic

Texas Sweetness nions are the state’s second most valuable vegetable


crop, behind potatoes. They also are the state’s third largest vegetable crop in terms of tonnage, behind potatoes and watermelons. Texas produces more than 300 million pounds, or about 155,000 tons, of onions annually, with a production value of $70 million. In 2013, Texas was the nation’s top producer of spring onions. The onion, specifically the Texas sweet onion, was declared the official state vegetable in 1997. #ThisIsNothingToCryOver #EverythingInTexasIsSweet

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ISS Army, get ready! Rock ‘n’ roll legends KISS celebrate 40 years as music icons with their first-ever residency, KISS Rocks Vegas, at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas this November. “What happens in Vegas will not stay in Vegas, not if we have anything to do with it. We intend to blow the roof off the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino,” said Gene Simmons, founding member of KISS. The chart-topping band will unleash its signature elaborate set designs, jam-packed set list, intense pyrotechnics and much more for nine of the biggest shows in KISS performance history. hardrockhotel.com #IWannaRockNRollAllNight #GeneSimmonsStillHasMojo

Paddington Trail esigned by a host of artists, designers and celebrities, 50 life-size Paddington


Bear statues will be placed throughout London marking The Paddington Trail. Furry footsteps on the trail will guide visitors through London’s museums, parks, shops and landmarks while celebrating the city’s art. The statues will be auctioned later in the year to benefit child-focused London charities. visitlondon.com/Paddington #WhoDoesntLoveTeddyBears #IWantARainHatToo



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>>For Face Off Fans

Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights


alloween Horror Nights, a new maze at Universal Studios, celebrates the spooky season with inspiration from the TV show “Face Off: In the Flesh.” Makeup and special effects will recreate morbidly disturbing inventions masterminded by visionary makeup special effects artists over the course of the show’s past six seasons. Twenty-two original “Face Off” designs—from human-insect hybrids to horror villains, ancient mummies and zombies—will descend on guests throughout the dark corridors of the terrifying maze, bringing to life select characters from the show.  Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights events have a more than 20-year history of creating incredibly entertaining, horrifying Halloween experiences that are consistently rated as the nation’s best. universalorlando.com #IWillKeepMyFaceThankYou

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hrough the month of October, the National Museum of Funeral History in Houston is spooking things up with haunting exhibits and activities. The museum’s third Annual Haunted House caters to young and old alike in a family-friendly thrill. The Dracula Cemetery Exhibition showcases the story of the real Dracula, Vlad “The Impaler” Tepes. The original Dracula book will be on display and guests are invited to participate in a coffin photo shoot complete with a cape and fangs! For those looking for something a little less freaky, the museum’s seventh Annual Halloween Car Show will showcase classic cars and costumed owners Saturday Oct. 25, with proceeds benefiting Star of Hope, DePelchin Children’s Center, the Shriner’s Burn Hospital, Houston Food Bank and the USO. To wrap things up, the museum will host a Dia de los Muertos celebration the first weekend in November. nmfh.org #DidDraculaMeetTheTrueDeath #WhoKnewThereWereFuneralHistorians

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Mobley and Boyan Kalusevic, Dorćol Distilling Company is an urban boutique craft distillery committed to meticulously handcrafting beautiful small-batch spirits. Located in San Antonio’s South Flores Arts District, the distillery’s inaugural Kinsman Rakia is a meticulously double-distilled Apricot brandy striking a perfect chord between a delicately balanced character and aroma. Kinsman Rakia is Texas’ first brandy. dorcolspirits.com #EverythingIsBetterInTexas #BeerBBQBrandyTheTexas3Bs

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my life

Martin Leal

Ghosts are leftover energy, stuck on earth for one reason or another.There are normal actions and habits.

Story | Abby Wilson

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s an international paranormal researcher, Martin Leal would like to dissociate his work from the “Blair Witch Project” forever. “It’s not real,” he says of the 1999 horror film. What he finds in San Antonio with his company, Alamo City Paranormal, is real. Armed with historical tales as well as technology, like electromagnetic field detectors, thermal cameras, non-contact thermometers, Leal conducts ghost tours 350 nights a year. “I used to pay other people to do the tour, but I love it too much,” he admits. Without his grandfather introducing him to ghost hunting, Leal may never have discovered his love of the paranormal. What began as a childhood hobby grew into a passion; that passion took him out of a career in commercial real estate to start Alamo City Paranormal in 1997. Based on a scientific approach, tour-goers won’t see any smoke or mirrors on their rounds of the Alamo and haunted hotels. “The goal of the tours is to educate people about paranormal activity,” Leal says, but his guests might still be shocked when they capture a full body apparition on the thermal camera at the end of the tour. Leal vividly remembers speaking with a woman and her daughter and suddenly hearing a man yelling, “I see it! I see it! I see it!” The woman laughed; it was her husband who ridiculed the idea of ghost hunting for weeks before their tour. Skeptics abound in his profession, but Leal enjoys winning them over. One such occasion left a college student in tears after seeing proof of the energy Leal identifies as the “human aura.” “Ghosts are leftover energy, stuck on earth for one reason or another. There are normal actions and habits,” Leal explains. “Just like we can observe and make assumptions about how animals migrate, we can observe ghosts’ behaviors.”

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taters ‘n’ tots

Story | Bruce Farr

A couple of generations ago, ‘Mr. Potato Head’ helped put the starch in toy sales.


n the early 1950s, a strange phenomenon began occurring in family households across America: potatoes started disappearing from kitchen vegetable bins at an alarming rate, and the odd thing was, they weren’t ending up on the dinner table. In fact, the potatoes were being purloined by children of all ages, who were using them to create cartoonish, three-dimensional caricatures, courtesy of a wildly popular new toy called Mr. Potato Head. The idea for it couldn’t have been simpler: the Mr. Potato Head kit consisted of a few-dozen pronged plastic parts—hands, feet, ears, eyes and mouth, among many others—that children could then insert into an otherwise lowly brown spud or similar item of produce, to create a comical anthropomorphic being. Despite its simplicity, however, like most ideas of genius, Brooklyn toy inventor George Lerner’s 1952 brainstorm had the rest of the world scratching their (nonpotato) heads and wondering, “Why didn’t I think of that?”



What made Mr. Potato Head so popular is anyone’s guess. In truth, Lerner’s invention was slow to catch on. A lot of toy companies rejected it at first, concerned with a plaything that relied on actual fruits and vegetables as components. (“What might happen if the potatoes or other perishables rotted, and began stinking up children’ bedrooms?” they must have fretted.) Finally, the Hassenfeld brothers (later Hasbro), toy manufacturers from

Did you know? Mr. Potato Head has the distinction of having been the first toy to be advertised on TV. What’s more, the toy commercial took the risk of directly targeting the children themselves, instead of their parents. It might seem commonplace today, but back at the dawn of the television era, it was a considered a radical idea.

Rhode Island, bought into the concept and introduced the first Mr. Potato Head Funny Face Kit to wide popular acclaim. A year after Mr. Potato Head’s introduction, as though to prove the adage that there’s a love story in even the most unlikely of circumstances, Mrs. Potato Head joined her soul mate, sparking even greater demand for the popular kits. In the 1960s, with increasing government restrictions on sharp, potentially dangerous toy parts, Mr. Potato Head’s pronged pieces were outlawed, forcing the company to develop a plastic body in place of an actual potato. The new potato torso had pre-drilled holes to insert the pieces, somewhat limiting the creativity with which children played with the toy, but, in fact, making it safer for them to handle. We’re happy to report that 60-plus years after he ambled onto the scene, Mr. Potato Head is still entertaining children, inviting them to create something that’s simply fun, from a few plastic parts and a charming idea.

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When it was introduced in 1952, the first Mr. Potato Head Funny Face Kit, with 31 plastic parts, cost a whopping _____ retail. A. $3.98 B. $1.99 C. $ 0.98 D. $7.49



How many Mr. Potato Head kits were estimated to have been sold in 1952, the first year of the toy’s release? A. 25,000 B. 75,000 C. 100,000 D. 1 million


From the following, pick the two statements about Mr. Potato Head that are true: A. In 1969, Dunkin’ Donuts jumped on the Mr. Potato Head popularity bandwagon and introduced Mr. Donut Head. B. President Ronald Reagan had a commemorative Mr. Potato Head on his desk in the Oval Office. C. Within a year of the 1952 introduction of Mr. Potato Head, potato sales in the U.S. soared by 22 percent. D. As more toy produce items were released by Hasbro to join Mr. Potato Head following the kit’s success, one that proved the least popular was Mr. Eggplant. E. In 2002, to celebrate his 50th birthday, Mr. Potato Head traveled around the country to 250 Wal-Marts in a specially outfitted Spudmobile.

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In 1987, Mr. Potato Head became an honorary spokesperson for the American Cancer Society for having done what? A. His parent company, Hasbro, donating $1 million to the cause. B. Raising money by bicycling across the country on a Spudcycle. C. Giving up his pipe, which had been one of his original accessories. D. Declaring himself a vegetarian.

Know Your Celebrity Spuds! Through the years, Mr. Potato Head has assumed the identity of several celebrity characters from the movies and real life. Among the following, select the actual celebrity characters that have shown up as Mr. Potato Heads: 1. Spuds McKenzie 2. Darth Tater from “Star Wars” 3. Luke Frywalker from “Star Wars” 4. A Mr. Potato Head version of the band KISS 5. The Monster Mash, a scary Mr. Potato Head for Halloween 6. The Three Stooges Potato Heads 7. Potato Head O’Gratin, a release for St. Patrick’s day

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ANSWERS Mr. Potato Head Trivia: 1. (C), 2. (A, E), 3. (D), 4. (C) Know Your Celebrity Spuds: 2, 3, 4 and 6

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dance G

Across Texas

Story | Angela Ambrose

rab a partner and two-step over to an authentic Texas dance hall and experience the excitement of Western dancing and live country music that began more than a century ago. Your bucket list isn’t complete without a trip to the oldest, biggest and most hip honky-tonks in the state.

If you want to hop on the back of a bucking bronco, bring a helmet and your Championship Bull Riding card. Waivers are required for bull riding.

walk in, it’s almost overwhelming because of the magnitude and history of the place.” Located in the Fort Worth Stockyards, Everything is bigger in Texas, especially when Billy Bob’s Texas has been voted “Nightclub it comes to dance halls. Billy Bob’s Texas is of the Year” 10 times by the Academy of the largest honky-tonk in the world, with 127,000 square feet under one roof, including Country Music. “Whenever you come up here and there’s 30 bar stations, a dozen pool tables, arcade live music that dance floor is packed,” and bull riding arena. “It’s a one-of-a-kind McGehee says. “People come out here just experience,” says Amy McGehee, marketing dressed to the nines in their western style, manager at Billy Bob’s Texas. “When you

and they are out there twirling and spinning and kicking their legs up in the air. It’s pretty wild.” Looking to perfect your cha-cha, Cotton-Eyed Joe or three-step? You can take partner dance lessons for $5 per person on Sundays and Mondays or free line dance lessons Thursday nights. In between dancing and music sets, check out the bull riding competitions in the arena. billybobstexas.com



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Dance at the largest honky-tonk in the world

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before you go Luckenbach is about a 90-minute drive from Austin and San Antonio, so fill up your tank before you head out. Book a room at a nearby bed-andbreakfast in Fredericksburg and squeeze in a winery tour.

Experience firsthand what Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson sang about

Enjoy the simple pleasures of life in Luckenbach, nestled among the vineyards in Texas Hill Country. In 1971, a prominent goat farmer and folk singer named Hondo Crouch purchased Luckenbach’s historic post office and community center, transforming

them into a popular music hangout. Luckenbach’s welcoming, laid-back atmosphere was immortalized by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson, in their 1977 hit, “Back to the Basics of Love,” also known as the “Luckenbach, Texas” song. “That’s what made Luckenbach famous worldwide, but what keeps them coming back is the mystique,” says Abbey Road,

Luckenbach’s event manager. “Our purpose in life is to just hang out. You get rid of the cell phones and laptops and all that. You sit down at a picnic table under the big oak trees and you listen to some good music.” The 10-acre town includes a general store, outdoor stage, bar and open-air dance hall, where you can work up a sweat dancing to your favorite country band. luckenbachtexas.com

be within an arm’s reach of the musicians. flaps are down, the cool breeze off the water Boogie at the oldest operating dance hall in Texas flows through the 6,000 square foot dance hall, Adorning the walls are pictures of all the Visiting Gruene Hall is like traveling back in time to the 19th century. The original building, wooden dance floor, stage and signage date back to the 1870s when Gruene Hall first opened its doors. What makes Gruene Hall so special? “For starters, it’s the oldest operating dance hall in Texas,” says Pat Molak, owner of Gruene Hall. “But the real reason is it’s just kind of a magical spot.” The hall sits 100 yards from the Guadalupe River, the most popular recreational river in Texas. When the building’s wooden

making it feel like an open air pavilion. “There’s always been just an indescribable connection between the artists and the audience of the joint,” Molak says. The old fashioned stage allows the audience to

famous artists that have set foot onstage through the years—from Little Richard to Garth Brooks. A beer garden and a basketball hoop are behind the dance hall for the children. gruenehall.com.

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before you go Gruene Hall is part of the historic district in New Braunfels, which includes 35 buildings, most of them restored from centuries ago. After you’ve had your fill of dancing and music, mosey down the road, grab a bite to eat, shop for antiques or do some wine tasting.

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Baby Boomers versus Millennials:

Family Wealth Management Behaviors Samantha Kennedy, Managing Director and Private Client Advisor at U.S. Trust Houston


light on the changing direction of wealth management in the coming years. One in five millennials say that one of the top purposes of their wealth is to change the world by finding solutions to major problems. Therefore, threequarters (75 percent) of millennials consider the social and environmental impact of the companies they invest in to be an important part of their investment decision-making. While 67 percent of millennials say their investment decisions are a way to express their social, political or environmental values, only 36 percent of baby boomers feel the same way. Furthermore, only 58 percent Investing in Social Impact of baby boomers believe it is possible to The majority of wealthy people today achieve market rate returns when they invest (78 percent), and particularly baby boomers, achieved financial success through creating it, in companies based on their social and environmental impact, compared to versus inheriting it—and at least half (52 percent) grew up in middle-class or lower- 73 percent of millennials. middle-class households. Planning for Medical Crises Unlike their own upbringing, their children and heirs are more likely to grow up Being one of the top five circumstances that affects overall family financial well-being, wealthy and are the future beneficiaries of medical crises are highly prevalent. However, substantial family fortune. More than half planning for these crises is not as widespread. (56 percent) of the surveyed millennials According to the survey, millennials are (ages 18 through 33) are second- or thirdmost likely to have a plan in place to address generation wealthy and nearly half (48 comprehensive long-term care costs when percent) have already received a financial compared to baby boomers. While only inheritance. 6 percent of baby boomers have planned Aside from the different ways they’ve for the cost of long-term medical care for received their wealth, millennials also plan themselves and their spouses or partners, the to spend their money differently than the study shows 17 percent of millennials are generations before them, shedding new s modern American family dynamics continue to evolve, so does today’s family wealth management. A new U.S. Trust study of high-net-worth individuals in the U.S. explores the changing dynamics of the American family and the resulting dichotomy in financial planning behaviors among generations. The survey reveals that millennials’ approach to investing, planning for medical crises and sentiment toward financial outlook greatly differs from that of the baby boomer generation.

prepared for these costs. And, while only 7 percent of baby boomers have planned for the cost of long-term medical care for themselves, 17 percent of millennials have incorporated long-term care costs into their financial plans. Looking Ahead Furthermore, U.S. Trust found that as the markets have improved, high-net-worth investors across the board are feeling optimistic and more willing to take on risk, but outlook sentiments vary among generations. For example, when asked about the stock market and the outlook for the year ahead, millennials are more likely to describe themselves as “not wanting to know,” but hopeful, and also opportunistic when the markets are down. Meanwhile, baby boomers are more risk-averse, as 68 percent said they place a higher priority on managing risk even if it meant a lower potential return. Only 42 percent of their millennial counterparts are likely to pursue a higher potential return with higher risk. Changing family structures and roles among multiple generations of immediate and extended family members affects the way family members communicate and manage their wealth. Given the shift in financial behaviors and perspectives, traditional approaches to wealth management need to evolve and incorporate the diverse outlook, roles and contemporary needs of the modern family.

Survey Methodology: The 2014 U.S. Trust Insights on Wealth and Worth® survey is based on a nationwide survey of 680 high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth adults with at least $3 million in investable assets, not including the value of their primary residence. Respondents were equally divided among those who have between $3 million and $5 million, $5 million and $10 million, and $10 million or more in investable assets. The survey was conducted online by the independent research firm Phoenix Marketing International in February and March 2014. Asset information was self-reported by the respondent. Verification for respondent qualification occurred at the panel company, using algorithms in place to ensure consistency of information provided, and was confirmed with questions from the survey itself. All data have been tested for statistical significance at the 95 percent confidence level. This content represents thoughts of the author and does not necessarily represent the position of Bank of America or U.S. Trust. U.S. Trust operates through Bank of America, N.A. and other subsidiaries of Bank of America Corp. This article is designed to provide general information about ideas and strategies. It is for discussion purposes only since the availability and effectiveness of any strategy is dependent upon your individual facts and circumstances. This content represents thoughts of the author and does not necessarily represent the position of Bank of America or U.S. Trust. Tangible assets can fluctuate with supply and demand, such as commodities, which are liquid investments unlike most other tangible investments. Diversification does not ensure a profit or protect against loss in declining markets. Credit and collateral subject to approval. Terms and conditions apply. Programs, rates, terms and conditions subject to change without notice. U.S. Trust operates through Bank of America, N.A. and other subsidiaries of Bank of America Corp.. Bank of America, N.A., Member FDIC.


1 “2014 U.S. Trust Insights on Wealth and Worth” (June 2014) prime-living.com


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Looks Good on Paper W

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hen did wallpaper get such a bad reputation? Perhaps it was overdone in the ‘80s and ‘90s, but these days classic florals have been updated for today’s palettes. Geometrics and abstract patterns are abundant, and new technologies and innovations have allowed for beautiful textured papers with materials ranging from grass cloth, silk, suede, vinyl, glitter and metallics. One of my favorite ways to introduce wallpaper into a home is through handpainted scenic papers. A truly indulgent and classic look for dining rooms, entries or bedrooms, they are completely customizable in terms of the colors, flora and fauna. Many companies are now producing more monochromatic scenes that look fantastic in a modern space. Another big trend is printed grass cloth papers. Grass cloth has been around for decades. It brings texture and warmth to a space, but now that great texture is available with a pattern. Stripes, grommets, graphic monochromatic florals and geometric patterns are all being printed on top of grass cloth. Also look for metallic papers like shimmering silver leaves for a dining room ceiling, glitzy beaded papers for a bar backsplash or a paperbacked silk for a master bedroom. Banish that boring, poorly textured Sheetrock and give your walls the extra treatment they deserve.

• Paper the backs of your bookcases in a textured paper or a graphic pattern for interest.

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• Try running a stripe horizontally for a new spin on a classic. • Paper your ceiling instead of walls, especially between beams and coffers. • Powder baths are a great place to try a wild pattern—you won’t get sick of it as easily.

lindsey herod Lindsey Herod heads up a Houston outpost of Palm Beach- and New York-based Kemble Interiors, Inc. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in architecture and Pratt Institute with a master’s in interior design.

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Body language can tell you all sorts of things. Like someone is having a stroke.






Know the sudden signs.

Spot a stroke F.A.S.T.




fearing the worst

Story | Sally J. Clasen


ost people are aware of phobias because they have been the subject of films for decades. In “Vertigo,” the central character’s fear of heights (acrophobia) triggers the movie’s title. In “Arachnophobia,” spiders are the basis for the dark terror that reigns. And then there’s “What About Bob?” a poignant comedy in which Bill Murray plays a troubled man who works through multiple phobias, including the fear of germs, heights, sailing, water and darkness. Despite the entertainment value, phobias are real. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 8.7 percent of American adults—or about 19.2 million people—suffer from one or more specific phobias. And for most, there’s nothing funny about being afraid.

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of Americans have suffered from a panic attack Specific phobias may run in families

The Fear Factor

A phobia is an anxiety disorder described as a persistent and irrational fear of an activity, situation or object that poses little real danger but provokes anxiety and avoidance. Phobias are divided into three general categories: social phobias (fear of other people or social situations), specific phobias (fear of single panic trigger such as snakes), and agoraphobia (fear of leaving home or a familiar safe area and being in open spaces where it is hard to escape). While the list of phobias is exhaustive and runs the gamut from the common to the unusual, unrelenting fear is the basis of all symptoms, which can include a physical or emotional reaction to the feared activity, object or situation. The response often involves a feeling of panic, dread, horror or

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The so called “hub” of fear lies in a peanut-sized part of the brain called the amygdala





19.2 Million Americans have a diagnosed phobia terror, and an overwhelming need to flee the situation. It also can produce nausea, sweating, shortness of breath and trembling. Researchers aren’t certain of the cause of phobias, which affect all ages, but one theory suggests there is a genetic component— having a family member with a phobia makes you three times more likely to develop one. Life events and stressors that involve observational and social learning can trigger phobias too. In addition, studies indicate that a brain structure called the amygdala plays a key role in emotions and fear response. It’s also believed that biochemical neurotransmitters such as serotonin are responsible for the physical and emotional symptoms associated with anxiety.

The Root of Anxiety In some cases, individuals can selfmanage their phobias and carry on regular lives in spite of their anxiety. For instance, if someone has a fear of snakes (ophidiophobia), it’s easy to avoid the critters by living where they don’t reside. Likewise, if someone has a fear of public speaking (glossophobia)—the top phobia affecting 74 percent of the U.S. population—the individual can simply decline invitations to speak in front of large crowds. Some phobias, though, are so debilitating that it’s impossible for people to escape their triggers. The result is an inability to work or function on a daily basis. Interestingly, phobias affect women twice as much as men and most develop by age 10. The only way to diagnose a phobia is with a clinical interview and diagnostic guidelines. It is important that the evaluation consider additional anxiety disorders, such as obsessive anxiety disorder (OCD) or posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in a person who might have a phobia, according to Diana

Treating phobias typically will involve a combination of behavioral and cognitive behavior therapy plus medication to control and overcome the response to the fear.

Lesser Known


Allodoxaphobia fear of opinions Aulophobia fear of flutes Blennophobia fear of slime

Collins, a psychiatrist who practices in Sugar Land. Collins recommends that a person with a phobia be screened appropriately by a healthcare provider for any underlying medical conditions or medications that could be causing anxiety or panic symptoms.

Take the Power Back

Phobias can consume an individual’s existence and if left untreated can increase the risk for mood and anxiety disorders. Those affected also are at risk for heart disease, substance abuse and are twice as likely to develop alcoholism. The good news is that the vast majority of phobias can be cured with proper treatment. “Treating phobias typically will involve a combination of behavioral and cognitive behavior therapy plus medication to control and overcome the response to the fear,” Collins says. The goal of therapy is to expose and educate patients about their fear and ultimately help them react differently to situations and bodily sensations that trigger panic attacks and other anxiety symptoms. “We identify the negative thoughts and replace them with positive ones and behaviors so that patients can realize they are in control and there is no power in their fear,” Collins says. “Individuals are taught to understand how their thinking patterns influence their



Seven years old is the median age of onset

symptoms and learn to change patterns of thought and behavior to confront feared situations.” Medications commonly used to treat the effects of phobia include selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, beta blockers to reduce blood pressure and block adrenaline, and benzodiazepines to control anxiety and depression and to increase relaxation.

Craft a Happy Ending Hollywood will continue to take creative license to capitalize on human fear with unusual names but it’s important to remember that phobias are common. And those who suffer from them can create a happy ending with professional treatment and a positive spin on their storyline.

Bromidrosiphobia fear of body smells Cherophobia fear of gaiety Chromophobia fear of colors Geliophobia fear of laughter Graphophobia fear of writing or handwriting Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia fear of long words Hyelophobia fear of glass Kopophobia fear of fatigue Kyphophobia fear of stooping Macrophobia fear of long waits Nephophobia fear of clouds Nomatophobia fear of names Octophobia fear of the figure 8 Olfactophobia fear of smells Omphalophobia fear of belly buttons Phobophobia fear of phobias Phronemophobia fear of thinking

Phobias are twice as common in women as men

Porphyrophobia fear of the color purple Proctophobia fear of rectums Pteronophobia fear of being tickled by feathers Trypophobia fear of holes Turophobia fear of cheese

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Texas! Hail Thee

Each state has a set of official symbols, national treasures and a cherished cultural heritage. Texans already have a lot to be proud of, including the fact that we have more official symbols than any other state. We rounded up a few of the official Texas symbols for the next time you’re asked why Texans are so proud.


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Follow the Signs to Texas Pride

Look for Texas-Grown Goodness at Your Local Retailer or Farmers Market Want to find the pick of the season? Look for the GO TEXAN mark on fresh-from-the-field fruits, vegetables, nuts and more grown right here in Texas. Whether you are shopping at a farmers market, pick-your-own farm or local grocery store, the GO TEXAN mark will help you identify Texas products. You’ll also be supporting local farmers, which supports the Lone Star economy. To locate a GO TEXAN retailer or farmers market near you, visit gotexan.org or download the free GO TEXAN mobile app. C o m m i s s i o n e r To d d S ta p l e s

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>> For the fresh-picked devotee

Cultivated Eats {Houston}

Coltivare Pizza & Garden (by owners of Revival Market in the Heights) grows herbs and produce in its own backyard, which are incorporated into dishes daily. A best-seller salad is composed of backyard lettuces, herbs, lemon, walnuts, grilled broccoli and Brussels sprouts. You’ll also find a Texas 1015 pizza with pancetta, thyme, clams and rapini. Another interesting pie is topped with slow-cooked duck, sweet potato, sorrel and pesto. Heartier appetites appreciate the wood grilled chicken with pickled grapes; Revival pork roast with sausage and polenta; and homemade fettuccine with chili, Gulf shrimp, orange zest and bread crumbs. coltivarehouston.com

>> For the steak lover

>> For the French connection


{Austin} Arro is a welcoming French bistro amid the busy warehouse cafes and beer joints crowding West 6th Street. The clean space is brightened with bistro furniture and artsy touches including bench seats crafted from recycled bike tires. Start with the classic raclette, a pungent melted cheese served in a cast-iron skillet with slivers of ham and pickled veggies. The wine program is strong with an all-French list designed by master sommeliers Craig Collins and Devon Broglie. For mains on the changing seasonal menu, try the grilled ora king salmon—so buttery and fresh—or the roasted chicken (the benchmark of a great chef ) with tomato gastrique and fried artichoke. Executive chef Andrew Curren, a part of ELM Restaurant Group that also owns 24 Diner and Easy Tiger, knows his stuff. Genuine French profiteroles made by his wife, pastry chef Mary Catherine Curren, are prepared daily in scrumptious seasonal flavors. Think rosewater with pistachio ice cream and raspberries. Oui! arroaustin.com



Chef John Tesar’s new steakhouse, Knife, has debuted in the shuttered Central 214 in Hotel Palomar. It’s been glammed up with a more inviting lounge, new banquettes and roomy tables, and counter seating. Steak lovers will delight in the extensive menu, like sous vide tri-tip, a West coast favorite, cooked over a red-oak fire grill. Big spenders like the 24-ounce bonein ribeye, which is enough to feed four guests. Lighter starters, like the pretty pea shoot and country ham salad, can be just right, but there are rib-sticking choices like blood sausage topped with sunny-side egg. Wines are ordered via iPad, just like Spoon Bar and Kitchen, Tesar’s other eatery—but first you might be tempted by the melon ball cocktail, an icy concoction topped with gorgeous pieces of fresh cantaloupe. knifedallas.com

robin barr sussman BIO Robin Barr Sussman is a Houston-based freelance writer who specializes in food, wine and travel. Her work has appeared in Texas Monthly, My Table, and Private Clubs magazine.

Thierry-Clément Bignolet | Carla Soriano | Kevin Marple

Grab a Knife {Dallas}

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Side Sips Wine events you can’t miss

>> For the Pearl regular

Pearly Happenings

{San Antonio} Visitors and locals flock the Pearl on weekends for myriad good eats, boutique finds, farmers market shopping, music and festival fun. Expect new happenings when Kimpton Hotel and Restaurant Group debuts Hotel Emma in early 2015, a boutique hotel named in honor of Emma Koehler, wife of Pearl Brewery founder Otto Koehler. Executive chef John Brand plans to showcase the flavor of San Antonio’s culture on all the menus. He brings more than 25 years of culinary experience includes chef positions at Omni La Mansion and Broadmoor. Renowned San Antonio chef Jeff Balfour’s new restaurant, Southerleigh Fine Food and Brewery, opens on the ground floor of the historic Pearl Brewery this fall. Influenced by the coastal classics of chef Balfour’s upbringing in Galveston and married with the comfort of Southern cuisine, Southerleigh will be a unique culinary intersection of cultures that make up the historic roux of Texas. Guests can enjoy seasonally shifting and playful menu items like hand-rolled pretzels, Texas Longhorn jerky, traditional shellfish boils, beer-braised meat and more. atpearl.com >> For the Tex-Mex tippler

Sipping at Ninfa’s

Frank Photography | Gary Wise | The Pearl

{Houston} We never tire of the limey-frosty Ninfaritas at the Ninfa’s on Navigation, but for a change, look to the simple and fresh cocktail called The Perfect Tequila and Tonic. The drink is crafted with one huge ice cube in the center and garnished with fresh rosemary and a raspberry or seasonal fruit. A nosh with that? Newbies to try on the menu by chef Alex Padilla include savory rich build-your-own duck tacos served with jicama salad, or the oxtail tacos served with escabeche slaw. Don’t pass up those flour tortillas made in plain view! ninfas.com

>> For the sushi afficianado

New Japanese Jewel {Houston}

Kuu debuted in Gateway Memorial City joining Vallone’s Steakhouse, Seasons 52 and Churrascos. Ambitious chef Adison Lee crafts beautifully complex hot and cold Japanese dishes in a softly lighted contemporary and spacious atmosphere. Menu-musts include specialties wagyu and Unagi, (Texas Kobe and unagi kimchi emulsion); Uni with sakebraised abalone and caviar, and crispy duck with spicy-sweet wasabi beet reduction. Also expect plenty of traditional nigiri options and creative sushi rolls. Sommelier Ricky Cheung has created a sophisticated list of New World wines and super premium sakes to pair with the delicacies. For a culinary fantasy, try the omakase, a multicourse feast paired with wine or sake. kuurestaurant.com


he Food Network’s Wine and Food Festival is back in the Big Apple Oct. 16-19. Anticipate more than 100 events including wine tastings, cooking classes, demos, parties, and epicurean dinners. Nosh on these tasty highlights: Mario Batali hosts Jets + Chefs: The Ultimate Tailgate; Oktoberfest with Andrew Zimmern; Blue Moon Burger Bash with Rachael Ray, and Tacos & Tequila: A Late Night Fiesta with Bobby Flay. Other culinary luminaries to look for include Michael Symon, Mo Rocca, Tyler Florence and Martha Stewart. It’s a really big show! nycwff.org.


iscover the art of whisky in the company of connoisseurs and whisky celebrities at the Whiskies of the World Expo Sept. 27 in the Westin Austin at the Domain. From Scotch whisky and bourbon to American Craft, Scottish and Texan, come thirsty for hundreds of whiskies to sample while you meet the distillers and brand ambassadors from around the country. Seminars will be ongoing throughout the day for a chance to learn whisky based mixology, cigar and whisky pairing, and a guided Masterclass of tasting and educational tips. whiskiesoftheworld.com

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Discover the New World wine region of

chile Story | John DeMers


ecently I sat down with Arturo Cousino, whose family (originally from Galicia in northwest Spain) has been making wines in Chile for more than 150 years. In the past 20 years or so, more Americans than ever before have come to understand that Chile’s combination of quality, value and grapes brought over from Bordeaux (before the phylloxera epidemic) make Chilean wines a terrific discovery, as the conquistadores figured out in the first place. As in California (and yes, also here in Texas), initial wine production in Chile followed the padres—the friars, mostly Franciscan, who followed close behind the invading Spanish armies and needed wine to celebrate Mass. For all this antiquity, wine remained basic into the mid-1800s, when a Frenchman convinced the Chilean government to start importing vines from Bordeaux. Little could he know that the

world’s most famous wine region would soon lose all its crop, making Chile arguably the best place on earth for growing prephylloxera Bordeaux grapes. The superdry summers are credited with keeping phylloxera at bay, along with sheer distance from—well, almost anywhere that isn’t Peru. The most important (and simply the most) wines of Chile are red, not such a shock when you realize the most important grapes are those shared with Bordeaux. Cabernet sauvignon is king down there, along with merlot, malbec and cabernet franc. Still, there are a few delightful whites made, whether chardonnay or lost varieties that live on only there like sauvignon gris. Today’s Chilean wine industry is a tale of foreign investment. Chateau LafitteRothschild and Pernod Ricard of France are now making wine in Chile, as is Torres of Spain and even Kendall-Jackson of California. All these and more have read the long history, tested the soil, experienced the climate and tasted the wonderful wines that begin in this special place.

carmenere Carmenere: Chile’s own signature grape, the deepest, darkest, purplest of all red grapes needs a long growing season to reach its fullest potential. Carmenere is rich in berry fruits and spice (think blackberries and black pepper), with smooth, wellrounded tannins, making this a very pleasing and easy to drink varietal. Enjoy it with red meats and cornbased dishes, such as Chile’s favorite pastel de choclo (corn and meat pie), or take advantage of its natural fruity spiciness and serve it up with Indian curry or a Mexican mole.

John DeMers John DeMers is the author of 52 published books and host of the Delicious Mischief radio show heard weekly in Houston, Dallas, Austin and San Antonio. He divides his time between Houston and Marfa.

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Executive Chef Jason Hanin and Sous-Chef Chris Loftis

prime time for

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Story | hank lewis Photography | Brenlee McKnight


igh vaulted ceilings and slow moving tropical fans welcome you into the casual island elegance of Number 13 Prime Steak and Seafood on Galveston Island. With the bar as the venue’s centerpiece, the dining area looks out over Pelican Rest Marina and houses a Texas-sized wine and spirits locker.



Inspired by French pirates who were collectively known as “Number 13,” a well-known hospitality company The RK Group and Pelican Rest Marina, opened the restaurant late last summer. The name suggests a roguish attitude which given their Cigar Bar and Cigar Menu, is a good fit. Chefs Jason Hanin and Chris Loftis enjoy taking a creative approach to gulf coast fare. Whether dressed for a cocktail party or an evening on the yacht, begin with the refreshing signature Strawberry-Basil Lemonade—a smooth concoction of Marilyn Monroe strawberry vodka, blackberry liqueur, muddled basil, fresh lemon and club soda, served over ice with a strawberry and fresh basil garnish. Nosh on the fish tacos—batter fried red snapper or grouper folded into a semi-crisp white corn tortilla. Accompanied by crunchy cabbage and spicy pico de gallo, the tender fish is topped with charred lime, fresh jalapeño, cilantro and crema sauce, with a hint of Sriracha and fish roe. Each bite offers great balance: salty fish, crunchy cabbage, bitter cilantro, juicy tomatoes and the sweet heat of Sriracha. The Octopus a la Plancha features smoked octopus, alongside confit potatoes, pickled red onions and Spanish chorizo. Plated like a pirate’s treasure map, on this dish you’ll see a schmear of English pea puree stretching across the plate, with octopus clustered next to cabbage and potatoes cooked in duck confit. Smoked with red and post oak wood from outside the restaurant, the tender meat is splashed with lime giving a nice cut to the smoky flavor. The sweetness of the roasted potato confit makes a truly excellent accompaniment. The in-house dry-aged New York Strip with Alaskan Red King Crab is not to be missed at this steak and seafood establishment. Dry-aging allows Chef Hanin to create that slight pungence, reminiscent of blue cheese, but without the blue cheese topping that you’ll find in many Texas steakhouses. With a nice char on

the outside, the meat has a warm, juicy pink center. The garlic and Shishito pepper garnish gives some heat with an herbal mix. The delicate Alaskan red king crab tops the steak like meaty lumps of crab heaven. This dish pairs well with a good red wine or Saint Arnold’s Elissa IPA. Plan to share or ask for a to-go box, because you’ll want a light refreshing sweet to end the meal and clear your palate. You can’t go wrong with any of the desserts, however the lemon pie is worth the extra calories. Think of a pie turned sideways, and you’ve got a slice of Number 13’s lemon meringue pie. Hanin layers together pâte sablée, lemon curd, sauternes meringue and sprinkles of thyme. He then garnishes the layers with meringue crunch, ground pistachios and serves them aside a raspberrycabernet sorbet. Light with caramelized edges, the meringue tops layers of sweet but slightly sour lemon curd. The sweet pâte sablée adds a light, crunchy touch that holds the dessert together. The dish has the essence of lemon icebox pie, but the raspberrycabernet sorbet is something altogether unique. Number 13’s opulent menu could easily be found in a place such as Upper Kirby or a resort along the seawall. Beach goers looking for a great casual dining experience should try Number 13’s newest edition, The Terrace. Located adjacent to Number 13, guests enjoy al fresco dining with beautiful views of the bay. The menu is different from Number 13, a little more casual, but still fresh. Those who come up by boat from Houston can tie up outside and walk up to The Terrace without changing clothes. The next time you trek to Galveston be sure Number 13 Prime Steak and Seafood and The Terrace top your list of eateries not to miss. number 13 prime steak and seafood 7809 broadway galveston 409-572-2650 number13steak.com

fish tacos

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Ingredients 24 ounces skinless white fish, red snapper, grouper or sea bass 5 ounces rice flour 5 ounces cake flour 1 large egg 1 1/2 cups seltzer water salt, to taste 1 1/2 quarts vegetable oil pepper, to taste 12 soft corn tortillas, 6 inch 8 ounces green cabbage, thinly sliced 1/2 avocado, diced tomato salsa crema

Fish Tacos

Three Pound Main Lobster

Dry-Aged USDA Prime

Lemon Meringue

Pan-Roasted Skate Filet

Preparation Cut fish into thin 1-2 ounce strips, measuring about 3 inches each. In a large mixing bowl, combine rice flour and cake flour. Add seltzer, egg and salt to the flour mixture. Mix until incorporated. Do not over mix; there should still be lumps. Keep batter very cold. Place vegetable oil (less than 1/4 teaspoon) in a Dutch oven and heat to 375 F, using a candy thermometer to check temperature. Dip fish strips 3 at a time into batter. Then place in hot oil and fry on each side until golden brown. Remove from Dutch oven and rest on a paper towel. Season fried fish strips with salt and pepper to taste. Lightly brush tortillas with remaining oil. In a dry pan, warm tortillas over low heat. To assemble, place 1 fried fish strip in a tortilla. Add sliced cabbage and tomato salsa. Fold in diced avocado and drizzle with crema. Crema Ingredients ½ cup yogurt ½ cup mayonnaise ½ teaspoon Sriracha hot sauce

Yellow Tail Sashimi & Strawberry-Basil Lemonade

Octopus “A La Plancha”

Preparation In a medium mixing bowl, combine yogurt, mayonnaise and Sriracha sauce. If mixture is too thick, thin with water.

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Story | Robin Barr Sussman

hoosing the best steaks in Texas is no simple task. We raise and serve fine beef. Also, the cut of steak is a mighty personal issue. Whether you like a juicy grilled ribeye, a towering and tender filet mignon, or prefer to carve away from a long-bone ribeye that could feed a small family, we’ve got three winners for you to wrestle with. Pour a big glass of cabernet and be thankful you live in Texas!



connoisseur Bragging Bites

Pappas Bros. Steakhouse | Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group | Jasper’s


Pappas Bros. is a special occasion steakhouse. You know it the minute you see the fresh meat case gleaming with butchered-in-house steaks and then get settled in the retro-clubby dining room trimmed in brass accents. A soothing calm envelops you until it’s time to order. Ah, which steak? All cuts are exceptional but the New York strip is a stunner. Dry-aged in-house for four to five weeks and broiled at 700 to 800 degrees, the slightly charred New York strip stands 2 inches tall and arrives crowned in butter. The flavor is swoon worthy—a bit nutty due to the dry aging and tender with sumptuous ribbons of fat. Sides are classic: colossal onion rings, roasted mushrooms kissed with rosemary, and a perfect wedge with stellar blue cheese dressing. Celebrate Texas style!

pappas bros. steakhouse dallas 10477 lombardy lane pappasbros.com


Kent Rathbun, owner of Jasper’s in Dallas, The Woodlands and Austin, and many other Texas eateries, is a man who knows steak and is known for serving regional “gourmet backyard cuisine.” He serves high quality standard cuts of Allen Brothers beef, like the Kansas City strip or the Delmonico ribeye. But the Black Angus wood grilled tenderloin filet grabs our attention. Not only because it’s fork tender, smoky flavored and literally melts in your mouth, but it’s also partnered with succulent, fresh ahi tuna steak. The duo is sauced in a rich-aschocolate red wine butter, a reduction of red wine, port wine, balsamic vinegar, shallots, garlic, herbs and black peppercorns, with a touch of cream. Instead of the standard salad and potato, sidekicks sport Asian flair: expertly prepared fried rice and charred bok choy, still a little crisp to the bite. How’s that for a global spin on the typical steak dinner?

Jasper’s Austin 11506 Century Oaks Terrace kentrathbun.com

Urban Steak

Sullivan’s is smack-dab in the middle of the Galleria area, an ideal destination for travelers, business folks and shoppers craving an over-the-top beefy meal. The handsome, dimly lit dining room makes it easy to linger—and eat. The dry-aged long bone ribeye, a trendy cut on steakhouse menus, weighs in at a whopping 26 ounces and it could easily feed two. It’s a force to be reckoned with and a guy’s cut, for sure. Compound butters are another steakhouse trend. If you like garlic, gild the lily with the garlic-Parmesan butter or a dollop of rosy cabernet goat cheese spread—light and lovely. For starters, try the petite seared tuna medallions with cooling shredded cucumber and fresh ginger. A warm, golden-brown loaf of sourdough is a welcome addition to the table, and one that’s easy to finish.

Sullivan’s Steakhouse Houston 4608 Westheimer sullivanssteakhouse.com

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Styling | grit+gold

Find brunch recipes on prime-living.com



Photography | nine photography

hrow a Texas chuck wagon brunch with little prep time. Create a stress-free, relaxed atmosphere through dress, dÊcor and food. Set out coffee (heated over an open fire, optional), sliced fruit, biscuits and eggs. Kick it up a notch by adding chocolate sauce for the biscuits, fruit torte in lieu of sliced fruit and bourbon cookies for dessert. Brunch is a perfect excuse for a little Southern Comfort—what a way to start the day!



Tumbleweed Muffins Keep with your theme and have fun when labeling each dish. Spirited Joe Flavor options for coffee are a must.

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Texas Torte Breakfast cake. Yum!


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Spokewheels Anyone? Be sure to provide a variety of easy-to-handle food. Makes it easier to walk and talk.


Floral Design Bows & Arrows Whiskey Batter Biscuits Serve hot or cold with chocolate sauce on the side.


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Keep It Southern Inspired Cast iron coffee cups, bandanna napkins, Texas Olive Oil and honey.

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For the man who commands the very best

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hat happens when a guy’s man cave is designed to be just that? Literally a cave, chock-full of movie-themed horrors? Prepare yourself...

Step into horror film aficionado Wesley Cannon’s cave featuring some of the most terrifying creatures from the silver screen. Cannon knew precisely what he was looking for when he commissioned special effects artist Tom Spina to transform two rooms in his North Carolina home into a literal man cave—one with rock walls, sedimentary fixtures and all the requisite paraphernalia to simulate a chamber of horrors chiseled out of an underground cavern. Spina, with his New York-based company, Tom Spina Designs, specializes in creating custom sculptures, mannequins, uniquethemed furniture and decor, and the restoration of film props and costumes.



Spina and his staff of artists also create entire themed rooms and home theaters. Spina has been, as he says, “building stuff— like puppets and masks and monsters” from a young age. His early creative spark led to, among other things, a college internship with Jim Henson’s legendary Muppets puppeteers. From there, Spina took his particular genius to his own puppeteering studio before ultimately founding Tom Spina Designs in 2004. Although Wesley Cannon himself prefers to stay out of the man cave limelight, Spina was happy to talk about his fanciful creation—without that is, giving away its specific location. “Let’s just say it’s in North Carolina—

not too far from Raleigh,” Spina told us when we caught up with him on a recent Friday afternoon. True to his profession, the masterful mannequin maker was just finishing up adding fur to a lion, a task that’s probably fairly routine for him, but, for most of us, not so much. Spina says that the pair of rooms he and one of the key foam sculptor artists on his team, Richard Riley, built for Cannon is the first man cave they’ve fabricated to look like a real cavern. “I guess it had always been a dream of Wesley’s to create a home theater that was an actual cave,” Spina explains. “To anyone else that might seem an unusual sort of thing to request, but around here it made perfect sense.”

Tom Spina Designs

Story | Bruce Farr

gentlemen’s room man cave

man cave MUST-HAVES Original Movie Props “There’s no better compliment to a themed home theater than the props or costumes actually used in the making of your favorite films,” Spina says. For a wide selection of magnificent memorabilia, check out: propstore.com

Tom Spina Designs

Horror seekers visiting Cannon’s cavern enter the first of two rooms, a dark, foreboding antechamber that gets visitors into the spirit of things. It leads them into the second chamber, a warmer, yellow-hued space that’s the heart of Cannon’s man cave media suite. Adorned with ominous-looking pipes, faux stalactites and rock furniture, the whole effect is like a cross between the Flintstones’ prehistoric Bedrock abode and a movie set from one of Vincent

Price’s 1960s’-era horror films. Aside from being a space for entertainment, the rooms serve as a permanent museum display for Cannon’s eclectic movie memorabilia collection—which includes one of Freddy Krueger’s gloves from “Nightmare on Elm Street,” and, similarly, a hockey mask that the murderous Jason wore in the “Friday the 13th” franchise. Spina says that Cannon’s a pure, devoted collector. “Yes, Wesley’s got the bug, for sure,” he points out. “There’s a pretty large community of people out there who collect original movie memorabilia—beyond movie posters or action figures or T-shirts or whatever might be available. I’m talking about someone who collects actual props and costumes that were used in the making of their favorite films. There’s something really cool about being able to hold something in your hand and look at it on-screen and say ‘Yeah, this is what I’m seeing in one of my favorite movies.’”

Outside-the-Box Furniture “The tables and shelving in [Wesley Cannon’s] horror man-cave appear to be made from rocks and stalagmites,” Spina says. “Design companies like mine can bring theme-park style decor into your space and really take your room to the next level.” tomspinadesigns.com Eyeball Lights with Dimmers “It’s critically important to present your man cave in the best possible light,” Spina says. “Small spots and floods can highlight the accents you’d like to focus on, and help obscure and add mystery to other areas.” Paint “If three-dimensional theming isn’t in your budget,” Spina says, “then the creative use of paint can give you the look of rusty metal, aged Venetian plaster or even copper with a heavy patina.” Big-Scary TV “Self-explanatory!” Spina says. 

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Alfa’s leadership may insist that we experience automotive performance their way and we respect and appreciate that the same way we savor authentic cuisine and experiences in Florence or Rome. But while our inner-geek got a kick out of seeing the top of that glorious engine nestled behind us each time we checked our rear-view mirror, the 4C needs one more dash of modern tech—a backup camera. For less than the price of many kit cars, Alfa’s 4C is not just a stellar comeback kid, it represents a rare bargain. When the sun sets, we’ll slink off to the garage just to admire the significant and fun 4C, pairing perhaps a class of Moscato d’Asti with a Chris Botti track or two. jeff yip Jeff Yip’s work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, San Jose Mercury News, Houston Chronicle and the New York Times, as well as consumer and trade magazines. He’s a second-generation car guy who still has the 1969 Chevy his dad loved.

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shifters, or you can just chill and cruise in automatic mode in three of the four performance modes owners can select. Less is more isn’t just lip service at Alfa, the 4C dispenses with the weight and complexity of power-assisted steering. With the sports car’s near 50/50 weight distribution, wrestling with the federal safety features.) or all intents, an entire steering is only a brief issue when The turbocharged and generation of Americans the car is at rest. With only 10.4 intercooled 1,750cc four-cylinder has no inkling of the rich comes to life with a primal “braapp” pounds per horsepower, this ride legacy of Alfa’s street and racing before settling into a menacing idle. gets down to business right now. machines. The 4C cures that Our 4C was one of 500 Launch We ripple-shifted through the problem. It’s also, as we confirmed gears along deserted winding roads Edition models that are jumpwhen we put the mid-engine and have no trouble accepting starting Alfa’s return to North screamer through its paces in Alfa’s claims that the car will do Northern California, an elixir for America. The $69,695 MSRP of 160 mph, pull lateral Gs in the these numbered intro versions boredom and distracted driving. From the moment you walk up includes the racing exhaust, larger 1.0 range and nail 0-60 mph in around 4.5 ticks. My co-pilot wheels and tires, special steering to this of automotive art, focus is demanded: on the way light plays wheel, brakes, seats and suspension and I ran out of road and nerve way before we ran out of power off its curves, how you must strap make them a smoking deal—if yourself into its cocoon-like cabin you can get hold of one and if the and grip. But up until that limit, we absolutely loved way the 4C after hoisting yourself up and over dealer can resist gouging. Don’t look for the traditional devoured time and space. You can the side rails of the carbon-fiber acquire this automobile for its style gearshift or clutch pedal. The skeleton that helps keep the 4C’s mass down to just 2,465 pounds. 4C’s modern performance twin- or exclusivity, but you’re missing the point if you don’t take it to the (European 4Cs weigh only 2,000, clutch transmission relies on track or autocross occasionally. but they don’t have the burden of steering wheel-mounted paddle

In a masterful slam dunk, the 2015 4C—Alfa Romeo’s stunning re-entry vehicle for the U.S. market—makes a powerful statement on Italian design.

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The La Palina Mr. Sam Robusto is a true super premium cigar and a great example of the art of cigar blending and rolling right here in the USA.

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’d be surprised if the name Columbia Broadcasting System, or CBS, was unfamiliar to most people, but what many don’t realize is that CBS had its origins in the cigar business! Samuel Paley immigrated to the United States in the late 1800s from Ukraine, and eventually started the La Palina cigar company. By the early part of the 1900s, Sam’s son William joined the business. They bought a radio station to promote the cigars, and Columbia Broadcasting System was born. The La Palina brand died out, it seems that running a media empire takes time away from making cigars, until William Paley, Jr. came along and revived the brand in 2010. The La Palina line has a strong family theme, many of the cigars are named after family members, including the cigar I’ve chosen to review, the Mr. Sam, which is what the workers in his cigar factory called Samuel Paley. This is a terrific cigar with some refined and delicate flavors. The two examples I smoked, which were provided by the manufacturer, were well made, and had

refreshing and delicate flavors of earth, nuts and some coffee. It’s not a long cigar, but it smokes slow and easy, lasting well over an hour. I put this cigar on the mild side of medium in strength and body. This is truly a super premium cigar and a great example of the art of cigar blending and rolling. This was a limited edition originally, which was recently added to the company’s permanent portfolio. Mr. Sam is rolled at the El Titan de Bronze factory in Miami. A dark Ecuadorian wrapper surrounds a Nicaraguan binder and Nicaraguan filler, creating a beautifully crafted blend that is rich with flavor. This 4.75×54 Robusto is a must-have for any cigar connoisseur. Samuel Paley and his wife Goldie have been once again united, within the La Palina Collection. craig vanderslice Craig Vanderslice has been smoking cigars for nearly 20 years, and for the last five years has written about them on his website cigarcraig.com.

Country of Origin United States Factory El Titan de Bronze Wrapper Ecuador Habano Binder Nicaragua Filler Nicaragua MSRP $12.50/each or $250/box of 20

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ales of desktop computers continue to decline as consumers around the world go mobile. Some portable devices are just as powerful as desktop machines but there are many to choose from on the market. If you can’t decide between a laptop or a tablet, you might want to go for a hybrid machine. Checkout these popular options.

Apps to keep you productive For many users, software represents the biggest challenge in suiting up a tablet for work. Here are some apps to help with productivity and fun.




Sony Vaio Duo 13 The Duo 13 is one of the best convertible machines on the market now. It’s a 13-inch “slider” that can be used either as a tablet or as a laptop. A full-size keyboard and a tiny trackpad are revealed when sliding up the screen. Intel Haswell hardware powers the device, and a large battery ensures up to 10 hours of power on a single charge. This unit bundles a touch screen with a full HD IPS panel and a digitizer, so you can use it alongside the included pen for taking notes, writing and drawing. The body is made from carbon fiber, so it’s durable and offers good grip—and that helps the Duo weigh less than 3 pounds. store.sony.com


This easy-to-use app lets you take notes in your own handwriting with your finger or stylus. The state-of-theart handwriting recognition software will adapt and learn your style of writing.


Evernote can be an incredibly powerful tool for tablet users, offering basic word processing and robust information capture and management, all coupled with simple syncing and sharing of data. My favorite feature is the reminders tab, which alerts you to anything you mark important.

Michael Garfield Known as “The High-Tech Texan®” to audiences nationwide, Michael hosts technology and issue-oriented talk radio shows six days a week on The 9-5-0. See what he’s up to at HighTechTexan.com.

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Lenovo ThinkPad Twist The ThinkPad Twist is considered an “ultrabook convertible” as its screen rotates 180 degrees around its vertical axis. In other words, the Twist has a hinge in the middle, holding the screen together. The Twist comes with a 12.5inch high-definition screen and packs powerful hardware, plus SSD storage and all the other goodies. Dolby Home Theater v4 increases audio clarity and maximized volume output without distortion. Plus mini DisplayPort and mini HDMI enable quick and easy hookup to an external monitor, TV or projector. The multi-touch display allows users to touch, type or click for easy input. lenovo.com

Archos 101 XS2 Want the Microsoft Surface without the Microsoft? Archos might have the device for you. This unique tablet/keyboard combo turns itself from traditional slate into an Androidpowered ultra-light in a few simple steps. The Archos 101 XS2 is like a Transformer—a tablet with a full-fledged keyboard that turns the slate into an ultra-light notebook in seconds. The device has an HDMI output as well as micro-USB on the side next to a micro-SD card slot. It also has two front-facing speakers that produce great sound. The keyboard can charge the tablet via a micro-USB cable, although it does not contain a built-in external battery. It’s up to you to decide whether this form factor is something you’re looking for in a tablet. archos.com

This app uses your built-in camera to scan documents and digitize them. Just take a photo, and CamScanner takes care of the rest.

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Once, the affluent passed free time driving fine cars to and from lavish country clubs, there to be coddled from the first tee to the last bottle of wine. Now, foresighted developers are bundling luxurious amenities and offering them closer, much closer, to home.


ot just any home, mind you—nobody’s parking a double-wide next to the tennis court. But outside Houston and Dallas and other still-prosperous cities nationwide, large parcels of land are being carved into multi-faceted, resortstyle enclaves that eliminate that drive and redefine the privateclub lifestyle. “It’s a trend,” said Charlie Hill, general manager of Cordillera

Ranch north of San Antonio. “Families these days are so busy. There are so many other things folks want to do.” Cordillera Ranch is a prime and perfect example of that movement. It covers 8,700 acres of Texas Hill Country, bisected by several miles of Guadalupe River. Residents here are encouraged to “play” at home, and they have access to a variety of first-class outdoor (and indoor) experiences.

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Privilege has its memberships

For every high-end passion, there is somewhere in this country a development that caters to it. Golf. Tennis. Culinary arts. Wine. Offshore fishing. Fly fishing. Flying. Snow skiing. Water skiing. The formula is simple: Build whatever impressive facilities are necessary for the activities you’ll offer, install a polished, well trained staff, divide the remaining land into home-sized pieces, and let people know you’re open for business. Fun sells. Quality sells. Customer service sells. As a combined offering, they seldom miss.

“Not many communities have all that we have,” Hill says. “We’ve got fly fishing, an outfitters center, sporting clays course, equestrian center… the spa, and of course, our Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course.” Like most neighborhoods in its class—the number is on the rise in Texas, Arizona, California, Colorado and Florida—access to the clubs and amenities isn’t limited exclusively to residents. “You don’t have to live here to join,” Hill said, “but it sure makes it nice to be right here.” (Importantly, also: you don’t always have to join the clubs to live within these developments.) With a phone call at Cordillera Ranch, resident members can be picked up at home and delivered to an already floating kayak, saddled horse or a golf cart, with clubs and a favorite cocktail

already in place. A second example in Texas, only fewer than 10 percent as many acres but nonetheless impressive and enticing, is Houston Oaks Country Club and Family Sports Retreat northwest of Houston. Developed to their own tastes by a group of highly successful local families, its amenities include several dedicated fishing lakes, a beach nearly 100 miles from the nearest real one, and a big-league quality Little League baseball field. By design, residential offerings here are limited; only a few dozen lots within its boundaries are or ever will be sold. The serenity, exclusivity and amenities of these neighborhoods generate hefty price tags. Nearly everyone who justifies the investment and makes the move eventually will tell you they didn’t get what they paid for— they got more.

doug pike Doug Pike has traveled the world to satisfy his passion for the outdoors. During his career, he has won 100-plus state and national awards for writing, broadcast and photography.

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>> For the Musician

Star Treatment


t Chewton Glen, a luxury country house hotel and spa in Hampshire, England, travelers can satisfy their passion for music along with their wanderlust. With the Superstar Package, the guest records his or her own high-quality track at the hotel’s neighboring state-of-the-art recording studio, The Beach Studios. A team of expert engineers and multi-platinum producers is on hand to discuss the song choice and performance—the musician enjoys exclusive use of the 500-square-foot, acoustically designed space. The Superstar Package also includes overnight accommodation, available in a choice of room categories, as well as full use of spa facilities and a five-course seasonal dinner. The popular new Treehouse suites, built high among the trees in a secluded valley, offer panoramic views and outdoor terraces with a hot tub and day beds perfect for relaxing in the peaceful treescape. chewtonglen.com >> For the Art Aficionado

Carefree Comfort


ildflower honey and farmfresh eggs meet feather beds and world-class wines at Blackberry Farm, a Relais & Châteaux hotel and resort. Situated on an idyllic 4,200-acre estate in the foothills of East Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains, Blackberry Farm unites the charms of pastoral life with luxury to create a uniquely relaxing and elegant escape from the world. The resort’s new spa and wellness center, The Wellhouse, opened in June and features farm-inspired spa treatments, fitness equipment, steam rooms and a juice bar. Guests will also enjoy the inventive Foothills Cuisine at Blackberry Farm’s two restaurants, as well as a wide range of activities, from cheese tastings and cooking demonstrations to fly-fishing and horse-drawn carriage rides. blackberryfarm.com

Find the recipe for The St. Regis’ signature cocktail “The Southerner” on prime-living.com



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he highly anticipated, five-star Beaumont Hotel opens in London’s Mayfair district this September. The Beaumont is the first hotel by Corbin & King, the London restaurateurs behind such establishments as The Wolseley, The Delaunay and Fischer’s. Parts of the 73-room hotel date to 1926, and its grand architecture and classic interiors evoke a golden era of design and hospitality. The most striking element of the Beaumont, however, is ROOM, an inhabitable art structure by renowned sculptor Antony Gormley. Resembling a giant crouching figure, ROOM is an architectural extension to the hotel that serves as both public art and one-of-a-kind accommodation. The ROOM suite’s 13-square-foot bedroom is located inside of the piece of art. The small space’s interior of dark wood and stainless steel give it a simultaneously austere and intimate feel. thebeaumont.com

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n honor of National Bourbon Month and football season openers, The St. Regis Atlanta celebrates Southern spirit with a new batch of St. Regis Special Selection from Woodford Reserve. The hotel invites visitors to tailgate with a custom picnic basket featuring some of the region’s most celebrated purveyors of cheese, charcuterie and preserves alongside Woodford’s Special Selection 6.0. Try your hand at signature bourbon cocktail “The Southerner” created for St. Regis. Let the St. Regis butler service arrange tickets to a football game for you, and you’re set for a perfect fall day in the Southeast! stregisatlanta.com

>> For the Coffee Connoisseur

On-the-Go Joe

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ny serious coffee enthusiast knows that freshly ground beans make all the difference. A lightweight manual hand-mill like the Hario Coffee Mill Slim Grinder or Hario Ceramic Coffee Mill Skerton makes grinding on the go easy. Grind size is adjustable, and the hand-mills are easily packed and cleaned. hario.jp The Aerobie AeroPress Coffee & Espresso Maker, a well-known favorite among press coffee makers, makes a smooth, rich brew using gentle air pressure and total immersion. Press time takes less than a minute, yielding micro-filtered, particle-free coffee or espresso. A perfect coffee lover’s travel companion, the AeroPress is both compact and durable. aerobie.com

Kathryn Hunter Kathryn Hunter is an Austin-based freelance writer whose work has appeared in Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine.

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Wilderness Luxury


ountless visitors, both recent and of centuries past, have found inspiration in Yosemite National Park—in its granite domes, roaring waterfalls and rivers, flowerstrewn meadows and ancient sequoias. June 30 marked the 150th anniversary of the first legislative act to protect the park, signed by President Abraham Lincoln. Tenaya Lodge, an all-season, four-diamond resort, is located at the park’s South Gate, making it a convenient and comfortable base from which to explore Yosemite’s vast wilderness. World-class accommodation options and amenities, including the new Ascent Spa, complement the grandeur of the scenery. Dining options range from casual to candlelit, and the lodge is famously pet-friendly with packages that include a special dog bed, dogsitting and other services. tenayalodge.com

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Boucoup Boutique Hotels Try these exquisitely unique and posh outposts across Texas to rejuvenate your intrepid traveler mojo.

Story | Jessica Mebane


here’s something magical, nostalgic and uniquely American about hitting the open road. Just watching the scenery rush by the car window awakens the nomadic spirit of adventure in all of us. And when it’s time to stop for a while and cool the tires, what’s more charming than a mom-and-pop style motor court hotel? While many of these charming, kitschy outposts of traveler hospitality might have faded to flickering, neon-lit mirages of our childhood, one hotelier—with the help of Lauren Rottet of Rottet Studio—is trying to bring back the cool of motor court traveling with the sophistication of luxury boutique hotel amenities. So the next time you feel like getting the heck outta dodge, consider heading to Austin, where the Lone Star Court will welcome you with Texas Hill Country hospitality. Upon opening the weathered white farmhouse doors to the lobby, you’ll immediately feel as though you’ve re-entered the golden age of roadside Americana. Lone Star Court has 123 rooms that overlook a center court full of Texas Hill Country

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native flora that seems to draw butterflies as easily as the elliptical pool draws in overheated travelers. Consider a short stroll over to the Lone Star Court food court, where you’ll find a gleaming silver Airstream trailer with breakfast and lunch menu offerings. Try the chicken and waffles for breakfast or poblano mac ’n’ cheese for lunch. But get there early; this food truck enjoys a steady stream of hotel guests, Domain Center shoppers as well as local IBM employees who regularly plop down at one of the outside tables to wait on their comfort food fix. Don’t mistake the retro feel here for a dead zone from technology. Lone Star Court provides “ranch tech” amenities such as free Internet connectivity as well as local libations that are stocked inside each room’s sherbet-colored SMEG refrigerator. Each room is furnished with eclectic, mid-century style furnishings, featuring a sturdy iron frame bed slippered in cool, white monogrammed sheets, and a bathroom tucked behind a barn door that glides noiselessly on its rails to allow the weary traveler to wash off the trail dust in privacy. Once refreshed, step across the Lone Star Court to the Water Trough bar and quench your thirst for adult beverages with their signature drink, the Chill Cowboy, while local artists soothe the soul with live music. lonestarcourt.com

The Highland Dallas Unwind in the lobby each evening with complimentary wine from local wineries and hop on the DART to get downtown or to the convention center. SMU is just across the street. thehighlanddallas.com Magnolia Hotel Take in the exquisite view of Houston from the pool atop this swanky downtown establishment, or cruise the cookie and milk buffet at night for a sweet tooth fix. magnoliahotels.com

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Hotel Havana This quiet Mediterranean Revival hotel on the North River Walk area of San Antonio is steeped in turn-of-the-century charm. Its signature drinks, curated by the attentive staff at the Havana Bar, bring an air of contemporary appeal, as do the award-winning menus available in-room or at restaurant Ocho. havanasanantonio.com

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The Houston Kappa Kappa Gamma Charitable Foundation will host its bi-annual Holiday Pilgrimage Home Tour from December 5-7, 2014 and will honor one of its members, Dr. Stephanie Coulter, Director of Texas Heart Institute’s Center for Women’s Heart & Vascular Health. For more information or tickets visit HoustonKappas.org

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Texas is home to more historic courthouses than any other state, with more than 235 courthouses at least 50 years old and many that were built before the turn of the 20th century. Steeped in Lone Star history and folklore, we’ve compiled a few of these architectural beauties.

Denton County Courthouse {Denton}

The new courthouse, known locally as courthouse-on-thesquare, was erected in 1897 by architect W. C. Dodson— following a scandal and lawsuit between the county and architect J.R. Gordon.

Did You Know?

The first courthouse in Denton was a log cabin built in 1858 and caught fire on Christmas Eve 1875. The fire destroyed most of the county records and was rumored to have been started by an accomplice of train robber and outlaw Sam Bass—who was trying to destroy court records to free the famous outlaw.

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Gonzales County Courthouse


This Romanesque Revival style courthouse was built in 1896 by J. Riely Gordonis, who took pride in the details—such as the brick that came from St. Louis, Missouri and the white limestone trim that was cut from a nearby quarry. This courthouse was recorded as a Texas Historic Landmark in 1966 and underwent historic restorations in 1997.

Did you Know?

The courthouse clock became an obsession of Albert Howard who was found guilty of a capital offense and in January 1921, was condemned to die. Howard bided his time denying his guilt and obsessing over the courthouse clock, vowing that if he were executed it would be the clock that would indicate his innocence. On March 18, 1921, as Howard was led up the steps of the gallows inside the jail, he shook his fists at the towering timepiece vowing that it would never again count down the remainder of another’s life. Howard’s was the last execution in the county, and legend has it that the faces of the old clock rarely gave the same time. Several times over the years the tower has been struck by lightning, damaging the clock.




Bee County Courthouse

{Beeville} Whitney and Heldenfeld designed and constructed the Bee County Courthouse in 1912. The Goddess of Justice tops the brick Beaux-Arts style building.

Did you Know?

Bee County’s first courthouse was built at Beeville-on-the-Medio in November 1858, had a dirt floor and a clapboard roof. A new courthouse was built at Beeville in 1860; it housed the county offices and a Masonic Lodge on the second floor. In 1878, another new courthouse was erected and then burned down in January 1911. While a new courthouse was being built, the auditorium of the Grand Opera House served as a temporary courthouse. 

Milam County Courthouse

{Cameron} The first courthouse, a crude wooden structure, was also the first building in the city. It was replaced by a second courthouse which burned April 9, 1874, but not until after the county clerk was shot.

Did you Know?

A counterfeiter, who did not want to go to jail, torched the courthouse in 1874 to destroy the evidence. The one that stands today is the fourth courthouse, built by A.O. Watson in 1892. The north and south sides of this Renaissance Revival style building are identical to each other. september/october • 2014






Parker County Courthouse {Weatherford} Parker County’s previous three courthouses burned, but the fourth has been standing strong in its Second Empire style since 1886. The Seth Thomas Clock was added to the limestone structure in 1897. Recent renovations have returned the building to its turn-of-thecentury charm.

Did you Know?

The Texas legislature passed a law in the 19th century stating that effort should be made to place the county seat of each county to within five miles of the geographic center of the county. The citizens of Weatherford took this to heart and made sure their town was located in the center of the county and the courthouse is built over the exact center of the town.

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Dewitt County Courthouse

{Cuero} After residing in two other former county seats, the DeWitt County courthouse was moved to Cuero, but like many courthouses during that era, burned in 1894. The present brown sandstone courthouse was designed by A.O. Watson in 1896. The pink granite used on the building was brought in from Marble Falls. Although the interior has since been renovated, the original exterior remains.

Did you Know?

Legend has it that one night, the shadow of a full-skirted woman appeared on the lighted face of the clock. No one knew who she was or why she was pacing. It was said that the lady in the clock had something to do with one of the fluted finials on the roof falling off. Fearing for the safety of the town, the remaining four finials were removed. After that, the lady in the clock was never seen again. Not only are the four original finials missing from the building, but one of the balusters on the second floor balcony is upside-down.




Somervell County Courthouse

{Glen Rose} The elegant General Grant style courthouse that stands today has a fireproof vault and was designed by architect John Cormack, who designed several other courthouses throughout the state.

Did you Know?

Somervell County court was first held in an old store. Construction started on the first courthouse in 1880 but was paused for financial reasons. Only a few years after completion, it burned to the ground along with the county records, however the walls were retained in the present building.

Shelby County Courthouse

{Center} This all brick building has served as the Shelby County courthouse since 1885. Irish architect J.J. E. Gibson designed the building’s many chimneys to be reminiscent of the castles in his home country.

Did you Know?

There is a door located in the front hallway that can only be opened from the inside. This served as the original escape door for the judge. Next to the judge’s chair on the floor is the escape hatch. If the courtroom crowd were to get upset by a verdict, the judge would open the hatch, climb down the stairs and go out the one-way door. The deputies were left keeping a watchful eye on the crowd—once it was confirmed that the judge had mounted his horse and made his escape, they would let the courtroom crowd leave.

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f you’ve had a little work done lately, you’re not alone. Statistics released by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery indicate a 12 percent overall increase in cosmetic procedures performed in the United States in 2013—the largest since the Great Depression of 2008. Improved technology, less invasive treatments, access to procedures and a rebounding economy are cited for the upswing in nips, tucks and other aesthetic enhancements among men and women. The top five surgical procedures include liposuction, breast augmentation, eyelid surgery, tummy tuck and nose surgery. The top five nonsurgical procedures include botulinum toxin, hyaluronic acid, hair removal, microdermabrasion and photo rejuvenation.

Say Namaste to National Yoga Month


t’s time to clear the fall leaves from your walkways—and mats. September is National Yoga Month, an observance designated by the Department of Health and Human Services designed to educate about the health benefits of yoga and to inspire a healthy lifestyle. As part of the celebration, you can obtain a yoga month card for one week of free yoga at more than 2,200 participating yoga studios. yogahealthfoundation.org

Pulling for Oral Health


ome are ditching their traditional mouthwash in favor of a slightly greasier dental routine. “Oil pulling” is the new oral hygiene trend to alleviate bad mouth habits like tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath. Since oral bacteria thrive on fat, the belief is that by swishing and rinsing your mouth with oil, it will attract and pull the bacteria from the surface. Coconut oil, noted for its antimicrobial, antiviral and antifungal properties, is the preferred modern-day choice for oral habit but oil pulling is not new—it’s an Ayurvedic practice that is centuries old. And it’s not a quick rinse—an article in the Journal of International Oral Health recommends swishing with oil for 10 to 15 minutes will get the job done. While no solid scientific data is available to confirm the health benefits of using oil as a mouthwash, dental experts say there’s no proof it’s harmful either.

Another Reason to Eat Dark Chocolate


ccording to a recent study at Italy’s Sapienza University, people with peripheral artery disease (or PAD) who ate dark chocolate were able to increase the time and distance they walked each day. Roughly one in every five people aged 70 or older are affected by PAD, which makes moving about difficult and can eventually contribute to heart disease. It’s important to note that consuming dark chocolate did not lead to massive changes in blood flow or energy. However, Dr. Thom Rooke, a Minnesota-based cardiologist, who did not help with the Italian study, says it’s an important finding worth following up on.



Man’s Best Friend Sniffs out Prostate Cancer


talian researchers released findings from a study at the 109th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Urological Association that suggest dogs can sniff out prostate cancer with a high degree of accuracy. Gianluigi Taverna of Humanitas Research Hospital in Milan and colleagues took urine from 320 men with prostate cancer and 357 without it. Those with cancer had all different stages of the disease, from very low-risk, slow-growing tumors to cancer that had spread. Two trained dogs used in the study had a 98 percent detection rate in identifying the urine samples of those with prostate cancer. The theory is that the heightened sense of smell in dogs, which have 200 million olfactory cells in their nose, are able to smell volatile compounds linked to prostate cancer. Results from the study could be particularly promising for those with this disease that kills 29,000 men in the United States each year.

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Anteaoxidants active component could help prevent cancer, which opens For centuries, people have been drinking up a lot of new cancer research using compounds that people green tea for medicinal purposes—from may have not thought about, improving brain function and digestion to including other natural food products such as pomegranates, losing weight and preventing cancer. onions or spices. Lee’s study adds to a large BioMed researcher and author reen tea is loaded with body of research showing the of the study. “We’re not talking powerful antioxidants about getting an infusion of green potential health benefits of green called polyphenols. These tea, and then your cancer will go tea. Numerous studies have also antioxidants reduce free found an association between away.” Instead, he recommends radicals in the body, which drinking a couple of cups of green green tea and a lower risk of contribute to aging and a wide breast, skin, lung, colon and tea daily in conjunction with range of diseases. bladder cancer. But before you current cancer therapy. A newly published study in Lee explained how green tea’s start downing eight cups of green the journal “Metabolomics” sheds light on how green tea might work in fighting or preventing pancreatic cancer. A powerful antioxidant in green tea, called EGCG, disrupts the metabolism Unlike black or oolong tea, green tea is unfermented, of cancer cells by suppressing the so it retains a higher amount of antioxidants. Less expression of an enzyme linked processing also means green tea has a shorter shelf to cancer. life. When shopping for tea, buy a high-quality, organic “Drinking green tea is part brand and use it within a year or by the best-use date. If of a healthy lifestyle choice that brewed properly, hot and iced tea offer the same health has scientific basis,” says Dr. benefits. Wai-Nang Lee, a Los Angeles Story | Angela Ambrose


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tea a day, consider that most of these studies are observational in nature and do not necessarily prove cause and effect. “Green tea is a beverage that’s calorie-free, sodium-free, and if you enjoy the taste that’s great. But don’t forget the rest of the healthy eating pattern,” says Katherine McManus, dietitian and director of nutrition at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Both Lee and McManus suggest drinking green tea in moderation and discourage the use of green tea extracts, which are concentrated compounds that could cause side effects such as kidney stones or liver problems. Drinking excessive amounts of caffeinated green tea can cause jitteriness, nausea and insomnia. “There’s not one food or beverage that makes us healthy. It’s the totality and synergy of a healthy eating pattern,” says McManus. “If you’re just having green tea on top of the Standard American Diet, good luck to you.”

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ometimes it’s difficult to stay abreast of each quicklyshifting makeup trend, and about the time you’ve decided to brave some au courant, avant garde look, (no-mascara lashes, no lower lashes, bleached brows, bushy brows or glossy, baboonbutt red lips), the moment has passed and you look a bit, well, odd. What has remained constant no matter what peculiar makeup movement is one simple idea: the judicious, careful application of a good mascara makes your eyes pop like no other tool in the makeup tackle box. To get the maximum effect out of your eyeball fringe, try one of these new lengthening mascaras to amp up the femme fatale look. 1. Lift Kit Yves Saint Laurent’s Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Baby Doll wants to help you lift and separate each individual lash to its utmost potential, and with a patented formula which includes a “sensorial elastomer flexible material” to ensure softness and optimum lash separation, you’ll get great lash coverage without

the “crunchy” after-effects of some mascaras that can dry your lashes out. Bonus: this golden tube really invigorates a stale makeup bag, and the light floral, almost rose petal-y scent is lovely. yslbeautyus.com, sephora.com

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3. Detail Work Lancome offers many great mascara products, but the Hypnose Star Waterproof 24 2. Fringe Benefits If you want some organic options Hour mascara stands out in a crowded field for its long-lasting in selecting your next lash cosmetic, try Physicians Formula’s wearability and smaller wand brush, which at first would seem Organic Wear 100% Natural a drawback, but in fact allows Origin FakeOut mascara. With you to really get in there at the the first 100 percent natural base of your lashes and also reach nylon and silk cotton fiber those teeny-weeny lashes at the ingredients ever offered on the corners. We also like how it market, this product promises doesn’t seem to “flake out” like to “amplify lash volume, length most waterproof versions and is and curl for an unbelievable easier for contact lens wearers 3D effect.” There’s an absence to use during sports activities or of harsh chemicals, GMOs and swimming. sephora.com synthetic preservatives, which



did you know? According to statistics released for 2013, mascara led the pack of all cosmetics purchased in grocery stores, with U.S. sales at $100.3 million. The second-most popular item purchased, at $70 million, was lipstick, with nail polish remover coming in last with a measly $19.2 million.

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who can’t connect There is a disorder that is making sense of breakups— Alexithymia. This personality disorder renders a person unable to communicate or understand their feelings or anyone else’s feelings, including their partner.


s you can imagine, the person who has this condition does not suffer alone. Their partner usually feels lonely and unable to connect. Nick Frye-Cox, a doctoral student at the University of Missouri, studied people with this condition. He found that although the disordered person can describe physical feelings such as a headache, stomachache or rapid heart rate, they cannot identify if the emotion accompanying the physical is sad, happy or upset. People with this disorder have trouble relating to others, and they tend to be uncomfortable in social situations, which may also cause them to suffer social anxiety. They present as being the stoic type and avoid emotional topics. Many people with Alexithymia get married because they like the security and sense of



feeling that they belong—but it is nearly impossible to build an emotional intimate relationship with them. When surveyed, they reported feeling lonely and had low marriage quality. Alexithymia affects both men and women, but tends to be more common in men. People with this condition are constantly weighing the costs and benefits of being in a relationship, so they enter and exit quite easily because they don’t expect others to be able to meet their needs, and they don’t try to meet the needs of their partner. This personality trait is correlated with other conditions such as autism, post-traumatic stress disorder, panic disorders, substance abuse and depression. There is a spectrum for this disorder, meaning some people may suffer from it minimally while others suffer severely. The treatment for Alexithymia may be dependent on the disorder

keep you close and connected on a physical level. If you have mature children, both you and your children should discuss the disorder so your child understands. Helping your children understand their parent’s it accompanies. If you are in a inability to express or committed relationship with understand emotion helps them someone suffering from this feel more secure in themselves. disorder, the most important Because the majority of these thing is to take care of you and relationships are not strong, begin therapy for emotional it is important that you don’t strength and guidance. blame your partner for what Because your partner cannot they cannot do. Alexithymia appreciate emotions or discuss is passed down genetically or them, it will be important to can be caused by severe stress. I establish a group of close friends have seen couples work through who are aware of your situation. Become invested in your interests, this disorder, but it requires patience and understanding especially if they are of the from both partners. Having emotional nature. This will help Alexithymia is not a death you feel more complete. sentence for a relationship, When you do things with if the couple works together your partner, make sure they ensuring both partners’ needs are things you both enjoy doing are fulfilled in other ways. together. Sharing activities can

mary jo rapini Mary Jo Rapini is a Houston-based psychotherapist specializing in sex and relationships. In addition to being a speaker, author and TV personality, she shares her expert advice Tuesday mornings on Mix 96.5 and Friday mornings on Fox 26 Houston. For information, visit maryjorapini.com.

Houston Restaurant Weeks Kickoff Party


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Supporters, sponsors and restaurateurs gathered at Local Pour to kickoff the 11th year of Houston Restaurant Weeks—a fundraiser for the Food bank. Pablo Gomez, culinary operations manager of HUSA Management which owns Local Pour, prepared a menu of delectable bites including salmon ceviche; caprese skewers; charcuterie and cheese plates; and beef crostini. Party-goers enjoyed entertainment by DJ Triple G (Alex Supgul) and a lip-syncing battle—won by multi-talented MasterChef contestant Willie Mike. Houston Restaurant Weeks was founded in 2003 by Cleverley Stone and is the largest annual fundraiser for America’s largest food bank. To date, the event has raised more than $4.3 million to fight hunger in Houston. Photographer | Roswitha Vogler

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PRIME Living's 2014 "Lone Star State" Issue  

Fall Fashion By Texas' Leading Designers; Blackberry Sage Cocktail Recipe; 26 Official Symbols of Texas; Dance at the oldest, biggest and mo...