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IN THIS ISSUE: FITNESS… 100 FASHIONISTA… 88 IN AND OUT… 104
Nurses of the ICU EMPATHETIC NURSES MAKE SURE YOU’RE NOT JUST ANOTHER FACE By: LAUREN MACIAS-CERVANTES
Dr. Lisa Kafchinski EL PASO’S ONLY ORTHOPEDIC ONCOLOGIST IS FINALLY HERE By: NATALIE ECKBERG
Expecting a Miracle A PERSONAL ACCOUNT ON DELIVERING A PREMATURE MIRACLE By: CHRISTINA CHITTENDEN
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April is the month that we profile the doctors and medical teams in El Paso. As we prepared to write our cover story, there was no way to know just how the medical issue would touch our team. This month hit close to home as two individuals, in the circle of the magazine, both found themselves walking down the hospital hallways, towards the dreaded second floor of the ICU. The Intensive Care Unit. The acronym itself, ICU, brings instant fear, immediately followed by an uncontrollable rapid heartbeat. The burning desire of needing family, wherever they are, to drop everything and run to their loved one’s side. The outside world is no longer important, tasks that once seemed so important become trivial. Small arguments inside the family unit forgotten, out of office replies placed on your emails, the immediate sense that if it’s not life or death, it’s inconsequential. The waiting rooms become your hotel, your sleeping spot, the hospital restrooms where one brushes their teeth. Food doesn’t cross your mind until the smell of french fries enters the room on a plastic tray, and fashion is defined by comfortable workout clothes that can be worn for days on end. The sound of monitors
beeping is a constant reminder that this is critical, this is life or death. Every precious minute, every heartbeat is memorable, life flashes before your eyes, memories flood us and the thought of just one more day is everywhere. As the minutes become hours, you begin to become painfully aware that you’ve placed your loved one’s life in another’s hands, someone you don’t know. What your unaware of is that those hands become your lifeline. They are the Intensive Care Unit doctors, nurses and medical team. You learn to feel comfortable greeting them by first name, learning their shift times as well as you know your kid’s school schedule. You become friendly, often confiding personal elements that would never be told to the outside world. There’s a confidence and trust, an intimacy that develops on both sides; they become a counselor. The medical team goes beyond their training: they remove fingernail polish (the nail tech you’ll never forget), they brush the uncontrolled long hair gently, placing it into a style and become a hair stylist. On sad occasions, they bring you into the room to say goodbye, they become the shoulder you cry on, they become your friend. On a lighter note, there is more to read in the magazine. If it’s time to plan our summer vacations and Europe is in your future, read about a trip to Vianden Castle where our writer, Marie Moore, traveled. She learned first-hand the whispers about secret dungeons, where the daughter of the castle spent time when caught running amuck through the hillside until she was starved into submission. If you believe in legends or not, the castle has recently been restored and is worth the visit.
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Nurses of the ICU Compassionate Companions During Life’s Critical Chapters
After 10 days in the ICU, I will never be able to repay the exceptional care and kindness shown to my family during one of the hardest times of my life. – Kim North
Nurses of the ICU
o one likes to see their loved ones seriously ill, but when they are—they may end up in a hospital’s intensive care unit or ICU. This specialized section of a hospital is outfitted with
some of the latest equipment in medical technology and staffed with a highly trained team that cares for patients in serious condition who need to be constantly monitored. “People are coming to the hospital, in perhaps their most vulnerable position,” explained Kurt Gross, Network Director of Communications and Marketing for The Hospitals at Providence. “It’s not only the patient, but the family too. It can be a very scary time for the family. There’s always the fear of the unknown. Lots of tests and procedures are being done and it’s a stressful situation. To be able to understand and empathize what that family is going through is key, especially here in the ICU.” The
Campus has a team of 45 employees who staff a 20-bed medical/surgical ICU. Patients and staff agree that nurses in the unit are driven by passion. “It’s a very special group of people that have the compassion, the skill and the heart to care for our patients. You can find that in all of our
You can learn tasks and skills, and it takes years [in your job], but once you go past that, you see a person, or a family and get to touch somebody in a special way. – Sharon Davidson, RN, CCRN, CSC
nurses, but particularly in the ICU; that’s where you see it shine a lot of times,” said Gross. Registered Nurse Amy Gabriel worked in oncology before moving to the ICU. When asked about her choice of profession, the answer was simple. “I really enjoy taking care of people,” said Gabriel. The UTEP graduate shared that working in the unit takes a lot of studying to learn about a patient’s subtleties when they aren’t able to speak. It also takes the patience to teach when dealing with concerned family members.
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April, 2017 “We have to explain to the family what the situation is and have them understand what their family member is going through,” explained Gabriel. “It usually takes multiple times of explaining because when your family member is so sick, you’re not completely there, you’re not completely absorbing everything, so you need to reiterate what we are doing. It’s constant communication.” Working in the ICU stirs deep emotions for RN, CCRN (Critical Care Registered Nurse) Anthony Viscon. “It gives you the opportunity to really connect with patients and families at a level that other professions do not get to, especially here in the ICU. These patients are totally dependent on us and the families are in a very difficult situation,” said Viscon, who paused to hold back tears, “to help them to get through that is worth it.” Viscon worked as a first responder before beginning his career as a nurse. He started in the medical field back in 1985 as an EMT for the City of El Paso, then went on to become a paramedic. “My goal had always been to be a doctor and, as very often happens, life gets in the way, and I never was quite able to get to that point,” shared Viscon. “I had the opportunity to take a paramedic-to-RN bridge course that the community college offered many years back and got my RN thinking that, again, it was the stepping stone to medical school. But when I got into nursing I realized that I loved [it]. I look at it as one of the reasons I never had the doors open to go to medical school was because it wasn’t where I was meant to be,” he said. Staci Lau-Taylor, RN, CCRN-K (the “K” validates specialty knowledge and influence of care delivered to acutely/critically ill patients), leads the Providence team as director of nursing for ICU and dialysis. She said there is no question that the group is
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special. The hiring process is selective and aligns with the high standard set in the unit. Lau-Taylor said the nurses are self-driven and work well as a team to serve patients first. “Our teamwork is phenomenal in good times and in bad, and that’s where our strength comes from,” she explained. And strength is definitely a non-negotiable in the intensive care unit. “When we’re lucky, we help people back to health,” said Lau-Taylor. “Sometimes, we help at the end of their life to their death, but we do it as compassionately and comfortably as we can.” That comfort and compassion is not lost on families who spend time in the ICU. Many will tell you that nurses like Gabriel and Viscon went above and beyond their duties to make them feel comfortable or to give them peace of mind during their loved one’s stay. “These actions, no matter how small, sometimes made all the difference during a difficult day,” shared one family member. “[The nurses] truly sympathize with those in their care and it shows. I was deeply affected by their professionalism and dedication to providing round-the-clock care in this manner.” As Gabriel, Viscon and Lau-Taylor will tell you, the impact is mutual. “We are human, we make connections with people, and the longer that people are here, the deeper that connection is,” said Lau-Taylor. Viscon said the unit is cohesive, but all hospital staff – regardless of their title – play a part in making a difference in the patient’s lives. “It’s a difficult time. We are here to help, but it goes beyond that,” said Viscon. “It’s being able to make a difference in these people’s lives, even if the outcome is not good. These people www.thecitymagazineelp.com
At one point, in the midst of all the ICU chaos, our nurse told us to let them worry about the monitors, the beeping and readings. They said it would be most helpful for us to focus on our mom, as we knew her better than any of them, so if she seemed ‘off’, we would know that and could alert them to it. It was great direction. It took the pressure off of us focusing on things we did not know how to interpret and made us feel a part of the process. – Ellen Fennell Ordaz 23
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April, 2017 will remember this was a place that they came to get help and everything was done regardless of what the outcome is,” he said. As you may imagine, some days in the specialized unit are more difficult than others and some days even lead to tears for the staff. But it’s a calling ICU nurses gladly answer. “That’s what keeps me coming back,” said Viscon. “I know every person I touch in one way or another, is helped in some way. A little part of me goes home with them the same way that every day a little bit of these people go home with me, too.” “Making somebody better is an amazing feeling,” said Gabriel. “You see that progression and you say, ‘Hey, I helped do that.’ When someone is passing, you can make sure they are not suffering, make sure the family understands and is coping with everything that is going on. [With] both sides of the spectrum, you get fulfillment because you helped them on their journey,” she said. While many people may perceive nurses as champions or even super heroes, Viscon is not comfortable with the term and, without hesitation, said it’s those in serious condition who he admires. “To me, the heroes are the family members dealing with difficult situations, it’s the patients themselves who are very sick, yet maintain a positive emotional state. I’ve seen such sick people just smiling. Those are the heroes; I’m not. I get to be one small part of their lives,” he said.
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hen Dr. Lisa Kafchinski was younger,
she dreamt of a career in which she could
have a happy marriage between caring for
others and science.
“I had always been interested in science,” said the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso surgeon. “I loved putting science together in a way that gave me the opportunity to help people in a practical and meaningful manner. And I was really blessed to have mentors who encouraged me and inspired me to follow my specialty.” That specialty— orthopedic surgery with a practice focus on musculoskeletal oncology—has made Kafchinski a regional treasure. Kafchinski’s focus on adult and pediatric soft tissue and bone sarcomas; benign soft
Orthopedic Oncologist Dr. Lisa Kafchinski
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tissue and bone tumors; metastatic bone disease and chronic infections is a unique one. Kafchinski is the only orthopedic oncologist in El Paso. The next closest orthopedic oncologist is in Albuquerque. “I was really looking for a position where I would be able to provide a service that wasn’t available elsewhere in the community,” said the Reno, Nev. native when explaining why she chose to come to the Sun City. “I also wanted to be involved with a university dedicated to education and the community and Texas Tech combines those two things.” “The amount of community services that Texas Tech provides is outstanding,” she continued. “When I saw how that is coupled with its dedication to education— not just for medical students but through the residency program and professional development—it was clear that it was the perfect combination for me. In addition, the way in which Texas Tech embraced its neighbors and the surrounding communities was impressive to me. It was the combination of commitment to healthcare excellence, medical research, education and sustaining the community.” Kafchinski has more than seven years of experience in the field of medicine. She graduated from University Of Nevada School Of Medicine with her medical degree in 2010. She conducted her orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and an orthopedic oncology fellowship at the University
Dr. Lisa Kafchinski
of Toronto in Canada. She is now affiliated with numerous hospitals, including University Medical Center of El Paso. “Since arriving in El Paso, there have been so many memorable cases that I’ve worked on,” she said. “There is one in particular, however, that does stand out. There was a woman who had been waiting for about two years to have a mass removed from her leg. She had been suffering for quite some time. But being on the journey with her and helping her through that difficult process was very gratifying. Seeing her gratitude was a highlight, and reminded me of how truly fortunate I am to do the work that I do.” Early in her career, she learned the importance of remembering that every patient is a unique person with a family, a story, fears and hopes. “The first orthopedic surgeon that I worked with my first year in medical school really showed me the way,” Kafchinski said. “That physician took time with each patient and made that person feel like the most important person in the world. Even listening to the patient’s concerns is important and lets him or her know that they are not just another case. Each person has inherent value and deserves respect and the utmost care.” Especially in her field, she knows that treating patients with an extra dose of compassion is critical. “When patients or their families come to you, they come scared and worried,” continued Kafchinski, who credits her mother as her hero and person who taught her the importance of kindness. “Families can use all the support they can get—whether it’s surgical intervention or not. As a physician, when you employ compassion, you let that family know that they are not alone.”
“When patients or their families come to you, they come scared and worried, families can use all the support they can get— whether it’s surgical intervention or not. As a physician, when you employ compassion, you let that family know that they are not alone.” www.thecitymagazineelp.com
Dr. Lisa Kafchinski
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Kafchinski hopes that she will be able to
“The resilience of patients has amazed
get further involved in her adopted home.
me,” she said. “That and seeing firsthand how important it is to foster and
“Everyone has been so warm and
encourage people to reach out to friends
welcoming,” she said. “My favorite thing
and family. God has given us the ability to
about El Paso is definitely the people. They
make it through difficult times, and that is
are so kind, and I’m so grateful for the
a gift. But we can only do it together, as a
warm welcome I’ve received. I definitely
family of God’s people.”
want to give back by getting involved in the El Paso community and putting down
It’s a lesson she learned through the book
roots. But I also want to hit up some more
that changed her life, The Bible.
local restaurants. I definitely need to try more Mexican food!”
“It’s a story of redemption. Despite us constantly making mistakes, He has
And, of course, she also wants to continue
never given up on us and never will. He
to improve her craft.
is always the loving Father who is ready to welcome us with open arms. The Bible and its messages inform everything I do.”
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Bradenâ€™s Avery Aboud, Bradenâ€™s sister, annual release of the dove at the commencement of the race.
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with a person, a story, the story of Braden’s life.” There has never been any great plan in place, “The story has just sustained itself.”
It is often times assumed that an
veryone’s life has a purpose; your spirit
its endeavors, simply lending a name and
can outlive your life.” That purpose
contributing monetarily. This is NOT the case
is not always realized, apparent or
for Braden’s namesake. It remains volunteer
complete, but unfolds long after the
driven with only one paid employee. There are
life has ended. Braden Aboud’s purpose, the
36 board members and all are genuinely vested
Braden Aboud Foundation, continues to thrive
and willing to go above and beyond when the
years after his young life was claimed in a tragic
need arises. Whether it be driving a single
skiing accident. His spirit lives on in countless
pair of shoes across town to an impoverished
life, but on the giving of one’s self in order to
generosities and hands-on activities throughout
student or delivering a blanket to a homeless
better the community.
our community, touching and impacting
veteran, they never turn anyone away. In an
lives on a daily basis. Cindi and Gary Aboud,
unimaginably unselfish manner, the Abouds
“If a sport had a ball, Braden played it,” and
Braden’s parents, say it best, “This all began
actually want the focus not to be on Braden’s
like most teenage boys, Braden had an affinity
April, 2017 for the shoes required to best play those sports. Uniforms had become mandatory at his school and when his mom made a comment discerning what a great equalizer the uniforms were for students, Braden simply replied, “Until you get down to their shoes, they don’t have the right tennis shoes for sports.” Cindi remembered the comment, tucked it away and it later served as the catalyst for the B STRONG Shoe Giveaways. Each year, a deserving elementary school in the area is chosen to receive a pair of Nike shoes for each student, hand delivered in a box labeled specifically for that child along with a pair of socks. The smiles given in return are priceless. “It feels good to make another person feel good, feel special.” This undertaking is quite possibly the nearest and dearest to the hearts of all involved, as they personally interact with each and every child. Braden and his foundation have an innate ability to see a need and fill it. Like the shoe
April, 2017 giveaway, the blanket drive arose from an observation made by Braden the last year of his life. He knew there was a need, kept
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seeing it on TV and was aware the need was not being met. When his classmates entered their freshmen year at Coronado, they implemented the B WARM Blanket Drive
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and 10 years later it remains successful. The
• Beer & Wine
B FIT Fitness Program is embedded in the EPISD website and educates children and
• Outside Dining
their families about fitness and specifically
• Live Music Thur. to Sat.
about run/walk race preparation. The B SAFE Swimming Program educates people from
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outlying areas about water safety near canals.
small events Then there’s this “little” race that began with one young girl at Braden’s school simply saying, “Let’s have a race to remember Braden.” The Annual Braden Aboud Memorial Run/Walk has grown into the largest race in the Southwest and is the single largest competitive children’s
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race in the nation. Last year the event drew over 11,000 entries, including team entries where a portion of the money raised was given directly back to the schools. This money funded climbing walls, soccer and volleyball equipment and culinary and archery programs, all of which would not be possible otherwise. This year, for the first time, corporate team sponsorships are being offered. Helen of Troy, Rudolph Chevrolet and Whole Foods have already jumped on board, with the money raised being dispersed to the charities of their choice.
J. Salvador Saldivar, MD, MPH, FACOG, FACS
The Braden Aboud Foundation embodies all that is good and generous in the human spirit, in Braden’s spirit. All of these endeavors began with his life and continue with the support of friends, family and community. The Abouds are quick to express gratitude toward a community that, “Embraces people and catches you when you fall.” They still don’t have a plan and continue to believe that all of this is, “God-driven and bigger than we are.” There’s definitely something, or someone, very, very special at work here. Thank you, Braden.
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April Opportunities to Give & Support
Our Colors Run Together El Paso 5K Event: On April 2nd from 7 in the morning to noon, The Rio Grande Cancer Foundation hosts an inaugural 5K at Cohen Stadium to celebrate all cancer survivors and to honor those whose journey has ended. All proceeds will remain in El Paso, and fifty percent of the
money raised will be used in health services and funding programs for all types of cancer.
$15 for kids 5-12, $35 adults. Prices increase $5 on race day. Find more
information at rgcf.org or call 915-526-7660.
Tutu’s For Kidneys 5K Run/Walk- Health fair Event: On April 8th from 8 in the morning to one in the afternoon at Ascarate Park as Amigo Kidney Foundation of El Paso launches their inaugural Tutu’s for a health fair and 5K run/walk.
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Details: Admission is $25, and you can sign up through runsignup.com or call 915-929-6222. 19th Annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake Fundraiser Benefitting Big Brothers & Big Sisters Event: On April 22nd from noon to six in the evening at Bowl El Paso, eat, drink, dance, and bowl for El Paso youth. This all day event will raise money for the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring services of El Paso.
Details: This event is free, but you are welcome to help raise money through the activities that will be offered there. Visit bbbsep.org or contact Rebecca Romero at 915-544-4203.
Stuff the Truck Event: On April 22nd from nine a.m. to four p.m. and April 23rd from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., join the Salvation Army at Barnett Harley-Davidson as they help STUFF the Truck as part of their spring donation drive. These resources help the Salvation Army serve El Paso families in need. Proceeds will benefit the shelter programs of the Salvation Army.
Details: This event is free. Enjoy raffles for a MasterCool for your home, or dinner at Texas Roadhouse for every 20 pounds of donations of used clothes, housewares, furniture, and appliances you bring.
9th Annual Run/Walk for Autism Awareness Event: Autism Society of El Paso hosts their 9th annual run/walk for autism awareness on Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon at Ascarate Park. Learn about autism and help raise money for the local chapter and the families they assist.
Details: Register through their Facebook page, The Autism Society of Texas-El Paso,
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a Miracle | By: CHRISTINA CHITTENDEN |
ational Geographic describes a giraffe as the world’s
tallest mammal, one that is “fascinating in the way that
it roams the open grasslands in small groups of about half
a dozen”. However, to some the word giraffe has an entirely
different meaning. Giraffe, an incubator that personifies that of the female uterus, kept my baby alive for nearly three months.
At the early gestation of 25 weeks, I was admitted to Providence Memorial Hospital at two centimeters dilated with my amniotic sack bulging. Taking myself to the emergency room for some abnormal symptoms resulted in the scariest week of my life. I was transported to Providence from another hospital because they had Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) capabilities so that, if my daughter was born, we would be at the most well-equipped hospital in the area. I was quickly given shot after shot. A shot to stop contractions, a shot to protect the baby’s lungs, and an IV was placed for magnesium to also stop contractions. It seemed like my world was crashing and there was absolutely nothing I could do but lay—practically upside down—and pray that my baby stayed inside. This was Monday. By Sunday morning I was given the news that I was
going to have to deliver the baby to save both of our lives. A doctor from 41
Expecting a Miracle
the NICU came up to my room to explain what
tiny little hand that could barely wrap around my
Until you have experienced this kind of
would happen with my baby and her chance
pinky made my heart sink. She was only 1 ½
miracle, you really never understand. We
of survival—a very low 35% chance that she
pounds and smaller than a Barbie doll. Machines
can describe intense, intricate details to our
would ever come home with us. Devastation
surrounded her, cords hung from every inch of
families and friends, people can come and
filled my entire world as I knew it.
her tiny, transparent body keeping her alive. I
visit, but the journey is never understood by
cried at the miracle in front of me. My first child
an outsider the way it is for us as parents. To
Delivery came and after several pushes, our
laid there on life support and we had no idea
me, the hardest part of the whole experience
daughter was wheeled off to the NICU. It was
what the future held. It was the scariest, but yet
are the days you don’t want to talk about
hours before I could see her, and holding her
most beautiful thing I had ever seen.
it. The days you find out news that’s not so
Expecting a Miracle
April, 2017 great and you have no desire to share. The
are now, is how nothing was sugar-coated
After 104 days, our beautiful girl came home
majority of our days we spent more time
when information was given. We were sat
with us. Though the road ahead is still long
in prayer knowing God was the only one
down by her doctor the day after she was
in terms of her development and health,
who fully understood and had a plan for our
born and he went from head to toe, even
her father and I are amazed at how far she
daughter from the beginning.
with drawings, describing the possibilities
has come and the fact that she is even alive
as well as probabilities of what we should
today to smile and laugh at us. I couldn’t
When someone hears the news that they
expect. If it weren’t for the support of the
imagine a day without her huge smile and
are expecting a baby, a fear of preterm birth
staff, I truly believe we wouldn’t be here
is not usually the first thing that comes to
today to tell this story. The nurses were
mind. I’ll admit, my mind was overwhelmed
I believe it is so important to understand the
when I visited the NICU for the first time.
extremely high percentage of preterm births
Where our daughter started was in the very
here in El Paso. The preterm birth rate in El
back room of the NICU so, during each of
Paso County, found in a study conducted by
our visits, we had to walk by many other
Dr. Michael Cardwell, M.D. at the Department
babies and parents that were hurting much
of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Texas Tech
like we were. For over three months we
University, is an astounding 14.2%. This
visited this place. We learned to consider it
exceeds the national and state of Texas
our second home. From blood transfusions,
rates of 12.7% and 13.1%. Dr. Cardwell also
to requiring oxygen longer than anticipated,
found that, while there are evidence-based
to her dreadful heart surgery to close a valve
diagnostics and therapeutics available in our
that failed to close on its own, every day
county for healthcare providers to offer
brought a new challenge and, with that, an
to high risk pregnant women, they
even stronger faith. As time went on, we
are not nearly as utilized as they
began to see her reach milestones. For
should be. He proposed a Preterm Birth Prevention Clinic to help those
an NICU parent, milestones are much
who are at risk for preterm births. In
different than those of a healthy term
his findings, he found that a recently
baby. To us, every gram she gained made us light up the room with
developed preterm birth prevention
our smiles. Every centimeter
clinic in Salt Lake City, Utah saw
she grew in length melted our
results of a remarkable 28%
hearts. Right before our eyes,
decrease in preterm births. You
this once lifeless, tiny baby
can read more of his study at
fought for her life and proved
how much miracles really This year, consider participating
in El Paso’s March of Dimes event to support premature babies
The NICU staff at Providence
like ours. You can raise money
daughter. During my week long stay leading
never just there for our baby—
through their website for your
up to her birth, each doctor or nurse that
they always ensured we were
own walk and proceeds go
saw me always made sure I was well aware
as comfortable as possible and, even
of what was going on with my body and my
on days we were a little down, never failed
and programs to end premature birth, birth
baby. A doctor from the NICU came up to
to notice and ask if we were okay or if they
defects and infant mortality. We enjoyed
my room to inform me of what we would
could help. Every day, things got a little
walking in the event last year and can’t wait
be expecting once our daughter made her
easier with their help and receptiveness. I
to do it again with our daughter this time!
arrival. Once we had her, I can’t begin to
will forever be thankful for these people that
Spreading awareness of premature birth in
describe how amazing the NICU staff was
saved our daughter’s life.
our city begins with us.
to funding lifesaving research
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Gift of caring
Local Girls Scouts Team with Area Military and Sponsors to Deliver A Very Sweet Message
“Sending deployed military a ‘taste of home’ is truly one of the sweetest ways to show we care, so hosting and helping to present this annual event at Luemar Logistics is an honor and privilege,” states Marcos Lozano, Sales & Development Director for Luemar. Not only do recipient military get to enjoy a classic American treat as a result of this program, but the Girl Scouts who sell more than 8 boxes of cookies for this worthwhile cause, earn the GIFT OF CARING patch, to sew onto their uniforms. Even more important than the patch, Diane
vehicles, accompanied by a Brigade Line
Flanagan, Chief Executive Officer for the
ceremony and celebration.
Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest adds, “Through the Girl Scout Cookie Program our
Partnering in this year’s local GIFT OF
girls develop five essential lifelong skills: goal
CARING program are The Girl Scouts of
setting, decision making, money management,
people skills, and business ethics. These are
New Mexico and West Texas}; Fort Bliss;
all 21st century business and finance skills
Holloman Air Force Base, the American Red
that will aid them in future circumstances.
Cross and Luemar Logistics, the host of our
irl Scouts across the country use a little
With the Gift of Caring program our girls are
area’s 2017 program event.
initiative and a LOT of Girl Scout cookies
learning to give back to the community.”
Photos Courtesy of Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest | By: MARIE MOORE |
Location: 9155 Billy The Kid St., on the east
to show their appreciation for our men and women in uniform. The ‘GIFT OF
On Saturday, May 6th, members of the public
side of El Paso, near Zaragosa and North Loop.
CARING’ program allows customers who
are invited to join Girl Scouts who sold these
Time: 11 a.m.–12 p.m.
don’t want to buy cookies for themselves, or
cookies and official military representatives,
who choose to buy for both themselves and
sponsors, the press, military and Scout
GSDSW will deliver all Gift of Caring boxes.
others, to support the Girl Scout Organization
families at Luemar Logistics’s facilities, to
For more information about the event or the
that sends these cookies abroad.
enjoy complimentary refreshments and
Girl Scouts, call Aggie Reyes, Girl Scout
witness thousands of boxes of cookies
Product Sales Director at 1-800-895-7390 or
being loaded onto American Red Cross
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Doctors Worth Knowing
“Given one well-trained physician of the highest type he will do better work for a thousand people than ten specialists.” -William J. Mayo Most understand the dedication of time, effort and resources required to attain the noble ranking of ‘physician.’ What we don’t often hear about is the passion that drives their desire to provide care for others and improve one’s quality of life, of which underlie this huge achievement. The following pages do just that. Our ‘Top Doctors’ are not only passionate about their fields, it’s the patients they’re driven to care for that are the catalyst for their vision, all while serving to propel our city forward through the latest advances in medical care and innovative technologies.
SOUTHWEST CENTER FOR STEM CELL & R E G E N E R AT I V E M E D I C I N E Jose Luis Villarreal, M.D., P.A. El Paso … The future is here! And it’s called Southwest Center for
arising from sports injuries, just to name to name a few. What’s more,
Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine. Under the direction of Dr. Jose
stem cell therapies are totally and completely natural. Our bodies
Luis Villarreal, an uncommonly, triple-board certified pain management
contain fat tissue and bone marrow that contain an abundant amount
and anesthesia specialist, this new center’s game-changing approach
of stem cells and proteins that not only have incredible therapeutic
to pain management delivers cutting-edge stem cell regenerative
applications, they are simple to “harvest.” Adult stem cells derived
therapies that are proving to prolong, even rule out, the need for
from the body’s basic elements work to boost the body’s natural ability
expensive and painful surgeries. A native of El Paso, the Stanford
to heal itself in a dramatic and powerful way.
University graduate pursued his M.D. at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas before undergoing extensive
Stem cell and regenerative medicine can provide complete and
training in his areas of specialty. What followed is a slew of accolades
total healing without the invasiveness, downtime and cost of
that includes being the very first fellowship-trained, board certified
typical surgeries. With deductibles higher than ever, patients pay
Pain Specialist in El Paso and has treated chronic pain patients in our
high costs to have surgeries that are sometimes preventable and
area since 1995. In fact, Dr. Villarreal established his practice in his
can be more affordable.
hometown because it was an “underserved area” and today, by way of the most innovative medical advances known to our area, the Sun
The cutting-edge therapies at Southwest Center for Stem Cell and
City pain specialist is paving the way for regenerative medicine right
Regenerative Medicine are, unequivocally, a gift to the community
here in our own backyard!
through Dr. Villarreal’s commitment to excellence in care and his vision for the center, where he affirms, “I would like to see it grow [into] a
A growing array of regenerative treatments including stem cells is
center where both staff and providers are dedicated to stem cell and
showing to have tremendous healing capabilities. Dr. Villarreal now
regenerative medicine.” With plans for additional locations in the near
offers stem cell and other regenerative therapies for painful arthritic
future, let’s make no mistake, Dr. Villarreal is giving El Pasoans a bright
joints, spinal issues, soft tissue and cartilage repair and conditions
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Jose Luis Villarreal, M.D., P.A. Southwest Center for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine 5652 N. Mesa St. El Paso, Texas 79912 (915) 351-1155 Catalystrn.com/scscrm painandspinecenter.net
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Ruben Ramirez-Vega, M.D., M.S.C.S. With one of the highest rates for liver disease, if not the highest in the state, El Paso can now count on the expertise offered by Dr. Ruben Ramirez- Vega, the only private Liver Specialist in our city. Did we mention he’s also an expert in gastroenterology? Bring them together and you’ll find a physician who’s passionate about providing excellence in care for patients who draw from both his specialties. Commonly known as Dr. Ramirez, the Burges High School graduate completed his M.D. at Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juárez, followed by his residency in Internal Medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, where he served as House Staff President in his second year, and House Staff Vice-President and Chief Resident during his third year. His fellowship training followed in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, where Dr. Ramirez was elected as Chief Fellow, and subsequently, completed a Master of Science in Clinical Sciences (MSCS) at UT Southwestern. He’s published in various international medical journals, and conducts ongoing multicenter and international clinical trials. On top of that, he obtained a Liver Transplant Specialist degree at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, before bringing back his numerous credentials to an area where he “knew there was a need for liver services and to collaborate with local Gastroenterologists.” Today, Dr. Ramirez “guides the care of the patient” through a multidisciplinary approach which can now be done here in El Paso. Patients used to travel elsewhere for care, even for just routine visits, which was not only costly, it was draining on already weary patients. Often, patients couldn’t afford to travel for the care they needed. “In the past, patients were being lost to follow up,” Dr. Ramirez explains. That has since changed as he evaluates patients; as the first step in a treatment process involving the comprehensive and direct management of patient care via an integrated network of local specialists and referral centers who, together, review a case and ultimately navigate patients through their care path. A recipient of the Pillars of Public Health Award 2017 by the City of El Paso Department of Public Health, the America’s Top Physicians of 2015 award by the Consumers’ Research Council of America, as well as the notable Physician of the Month for the Hospitals of Providence in November of 2015, we can bet that this is a physician whose patients’ needs are met expertly, thoroughly and with the highest regard. Although once hard to come by, Dr. Ramirez delivers to our Sun City a level of patient care that’s truly, one of a kind! Ruben Ramirez-Vega, M.D., M.S.C.S. Gastroenterology and Liver Consultants of the Southwest P.A. 1700 Curie St., Ste. 4400 El Paso, Texas 79902 (915) 525-9194 email@example.com
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Muneer E. Assi, D.O., FACOI 1700 Cliff Dr., Bldg A., Ste. 100 El Paso, Texas 79902 (915) 351-6200 muneerassido.com bcomnm.org
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By: VERONICA NEVAREZ photographed by: BOBBY GALLAGHER
Muneer Assi, D.O., F.A.C.O.I. Although our city’s medical community is thriving, that’s not always
vision to promote diversity within osteopathic medicine, especially
been the case. Despite the current boom in healthcare, El Paso
among Hispanics and Native Americans, and is committed to positively
presses on with a well-documented shortage of physicians and
impacting the availability of healthcare through the development and
roughly half that of the U.S. average. There is, however, a silver lining
retention of locally trained, and highly needed, physicians.
for our residents that comes by way of Dr. Muneer Assi and his vision at the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) in Las Cruces,
That brings us to osteopathic medicine’s special emphasis on
N.M, which broke ground in 2015 as one of our nation’s newest
preventative care and “whole person” approach, which focuses on
medical colleges. Driven by its mission, “Para la gente y el futuro”
the “integration of the entire body’s systems.” MD’s and DO’s are
(“For the people and the future”), BCOM is focused on improving
both fully licensed practitioners capable of prescribing medicine,
healthcare in the Southwestern U.S. and Northern Mexico through
performing surgery and specialize in areas of interest. D.O.’s also
the pursuit of osteopathic medical education that aims to increase
receive special training in Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT),
physician diversity and retention in our area, all while improving
which involves using the hands to diagnose and treat illness. That’s a
access to healthcare in our region.
win-win for our area as we anticipate the first BCOM graduating class, right around the corner in 2020, and the huge leap forward it signifies
A proud El Paso native, Dr. Assi graduated from Baylor University with a
for our region. As Dr. Assi asserts, “By having more professional
BS in Biology before earning his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)
schools in the area, more professionals will stay here and make our
degree from the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Ft. Worth,
community better.” And with that, we can proudly look to Dr. Assi
Texas, and is board certified in Internal Medicine and a Fellow of the
and BCOM’s passion and dedication to fostering healthcare access
American College of Osteopathic Internists. Dr. Assi completed his
through regional medical education as the promise for a “vibrant
residency in Cleveland, Ohio and was in practice there until returning
medical community” and a much brighter Sun City!
home to El Paso in 2000 to begin his new private practice. He also serves as BCOM’s Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine and their
Interested in a career in osteopathic medicine or contributing to
Regional Assistant Dean for El Paso. Today, Dr. Assi shares the BCOM
BCOM? Visit bcomnm.org for information.
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Dr. Jose D. Burgos and Dr. Marcelo Chauvet UCare Urgent Care Clinic. 3051 N. Zaragoza Rd. El Paso, Texas 79938 (915) 401-8019 UcareClinics.com
Jose D. Burgos, MD, MBA Marcelo Chauvet, MD The newest state of the art urgent care facility to open in the far east side is the UCare Urgent Care Clinic. Opened in October of 2016, it is the brainchild of Dr. Marcelo Chauvet and Dr. Jose Burgos. Both Burgos and Chauvet bring years of experience in offering the highest standards in medical care. Both doctors are products of the Texas Tech School of Medicine and worked at University Medical Center for several years before opening UCare. They know firsthand the unique health care needs of this border community. They also recognize that the ever-expanding far east side of El Paso was the perfect location for their facility. There is a shortage of clinics like UCare and their goal is to provide an option for health care needs without the elevated expenses and copays from emergency rooms as well as the businesses in the area who need a place to go for work related injuries. A very experienced nurse practitioner is on staff to assist with patient care, as are two x-ray technicians, two receptionists and an office manager who make up the team at UCare. The clinic is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. They offer the possibility to schedule an 54 | SPECIAL ADVERTISING
appointment online but everybody is welcome to walk-in
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Dr. Salvador Saldivar RGU Cancer Center Gynecology Oncology Surgical Group & Radiation Center 7420 Remcon Circle, Bldg. C-3 El Paso, Texas 79912 Appointments: (915) 225-2060 After Hours: (915) 298-1023
J. Salvador Saldivar, MD, MPH, FACOG, FACS A proud El Paso native, Dr. Salvador Saldivar of RGU Cancer Center
Inc. for their da Vinci® Surgical Systems, and is skillfully practiced in
embarked on a mission to bring his top-notch training and credentials
laparoscopic (minimally-invasive) surgeries.
to our community in the pursuit of delivering leading-edge cancer care to an area in need. Among a number of distinctions, this gynecologic
With an 80 percent focus in robotic/minimally invasive surgery, Dr.
oncologist trained at the likes of MD Anderson Cancer Center,
Saldivar offers the most advanced medical, radiation and surgical
currently ranked one of the top cancer centers in the U.S., as well as
oncologic services at a single location along with warm, compassionate
the British Columbia Cancer Agency in Canada, of which he credits
and caring staff. Upholding his vision for a comprehensive cancer center
to have “molded his foundation.” Specializing in cervical, uterine,
and a product of world renowned hospitals whose physicians prove to
ovarian and vulvar/vaginal cancers, Dr. Saldivar is also an expert in
be our nation’s best, Dr. Saldivar is well on his way to pioneering the
robotic surgery and serves as a training proctor for Intuitive Surgical,
most innovative cancer care facility right here in our own Sun City.
By: VERONICA NEVAREZ photographed by: BOBBY GALLAGHER
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Frank Agullo, MD, FACS and Humberto Palladino, MD, FACS Successful partnerships require vision, hard work, and respect.
Southwest Plastic Surgery has managed to combine cutting edge
These have been the main elements brought together by a dynamic
technology with a personal touch. Their use of social media has
duo, Dr. Humberto Palladino and Dr. Frank Agullo. They have been a
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ith all the stay-fit buzz swarming throughout our communities, outstanding programs and startup fitness gyms flourish for those in pursuit of healthy lifestyles. Of the recent El Paso start-up gyms, one in particular tailors to the elderly who struggle with
Parkinson’s disease. The new gym, Rock Steady, is a
“move therapy” gym that offers physical and speech
therapy services and operates as the counterpart to the
gym’s shadow (non-contact) boxing program. Gym owners, Kathy and Steve Brooks, began Rock Steady to give the community a place to come and exercise boxing techniques in an environment accustomed to the clients’ needs while at the same time, providing a healthy dose of challenge by increasing their stamina to a level they did not know could once again be attainable. Kathy’s idea to start this gym stems from a journey where she combatted Parkinson’s disease alongside her father when he was first diagnosed. Kathy at the time was studying physical therapy while she encouraged and supported her father. She received her certification in physical therapy methods for Parkinson’s as well as a certification for Power Life, another physical therapy method for Parkinson’s. She recounts, “It was in this course where they displayed the ‘Rock Steady’ video and I was so happy to realize that this is what I had been looking for.” She also said that she was not impressed or pleased with the treatments for Parkinson’s at the time, so it led her to start the Rock Steady gym. New research conducted on the disease of Parkinson’s states that if an activity involving high intensity is performed, especially when removed from a comfortable setting, results of managing the disease are much more sustainable. Shadow boxing is beneficial to Parkinson’s in that it improves handeye coordination, balance and mobility. In Rock Steady boxing classes, Kathy and Steve focus on customizing exercises to specific problems that members with Parkinson’s have. “So within the
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first thirty minutes of class we generally work on posture to extend their backs by incorporating stretching and mobility exercises, which could be done from the floor, sitting on a mat or standing and sitting. Stretching and mobility increases strength in the back as well as strengthening our trunk”. Rock Steady also challenges members by emphasizing mobility and balance in areas where they practice punching the bag; increasing hand-eye coordination and balance. “These classes also contain workouts to improve arm and leg strength. Other classes teach members how to get up after falling down while some require a lot of bag work where boxers practice a wide variety of techniques, including heavy bags and seed bags. At some point in time, clients pair up taking turns hitting and holding the bag with each other.” Gym community plays a major role at Rock Steady as well. Clients are intentional in getting involved by encouraging each other to finish the workout strong and to keep pushing forward. Community is so vibrant that members at the gym do not miss an opportunity to sing “Happy Birthday” to each other either. Kathy and Steve confessed, “Our clients are like cheerleaders for one another.” Prior to beginning the exercises, Kathy ensures that members join to huddle for get-to-know-you icebreakers. This really helps lead the clients into pre-determined workouts that contribute to the well-being of each other’s involvement. Their social groups are so tight knit that when they go home, they often research their disease in order to discuss their findings with other gym members. Good accountability describes their realization in knowing they are not alone in the fight against Parkinson’s. Rock Steady Gym has altered the ability of El Paso’s elderly to take on challenging workouts enabling them to both stay fit as well as combat illness and diseases like Parkinson’s. Now, the community is able to enjoy life and maintain a healthier lifestyle, where they can spend more time in activities they enjoy, like visiting with extended family, or venturing out of the house with friends and colleagues. For a long time coming, fitness gyms of all sorts are spreading throughout the city. Rock Steady is one gym where the integrity of physical fitness could be regained for the elderly who are working to secure a healthy lifestyle that embodies new friends, community and partnerships in combating illnesses together.
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n December 14, 2016, brothers
All of these tribulations presented challenges
commented how emotionally overwhelmed
John and Kurt Schwartz set sail from
unto themselves, but with each issue the pair
he felt when he hugged his tearful mother,
the Canary Islands on their quest
were quick with survival-thinking, alternative
the person for whom their boat, The Bonnie
to complete the Talisker Whiskey
solutions and found themselves another mile
Rey, was named after.
Atlantic Challenge—a daunting 3,000-mile
closer to their destination of Antiqua. I asked about the simple things that 79
row across the Atlantic Ocean. (The first part of this story was first published in our Dec/
On March 3, after 79 days at sea, 32North
days at sea had made them grateful for.
Jan 2017 issue).
finally docked at dry land. Amid the cheers
The brothers laughed as they agreed at
of enthusiastic locals and teary-eyed family
how amazing it felt to take a hot shower.
In mid-February, I was fortunate enough
members, the Schwartz brothers finally
A cold beer and hamburger was their first
to talk to them via satellite phone while
ended their adventure. They were touched
meal of choice and the comfort of a warm
they were somewhere in the middle of the
by the unwavering enthusiasm from the local
bed provided for a surprising first night of
Atlantic. During that call, I was struck by how
people of Antiqua as they entered the harbor,
peaceful, uninterrupted sleep.
energetic and jovial they sounded despite a
but more so by the months of dedicated
number of unfortunate events.
effort of the women in their lives.
John pointed out to me that they found it incredibly “eye-opening” what the human
At the beginning of the excursion, a bit of
body can go through in 79 days. Much like
concern set in when the brothers realized
the cancer patients, in whose honor they
they were running low on peanut butter.
were rowing via their nominated charity
Their MREs of good breakfast food was
The Samfund, it was clear to the brothers
dwindling fast and rationing was in short
that the strength to adapt in a challenging
order sooner than they thought. Beyond that,
environment is beyond belief. The brothers
and probably most importantly, they had a
found strength they didn’t know they had.
recurring power issue, lost their GPS and had They told me that they would draw back to
batteries that were running at only a fraction of full capacity.
They spoke with a great sense of humor
moments from this trip for the rest of their
about taking their first steps out of the
lives. They spoke about memories of burning
It seemed as though a lot of bad fortune
boat and learning to use their shaking “land
orange and red sunsets, the loneliness they
was in their way. For a period, there was no
legs” again. Despite their wobbly gait, the
felt during a storm, the rage and sheer calm
water maker, no cabin lights, no iPad and no
brothers walked to the nearby officials of the
of the sea and the beauty of the simple things
navigation light. They ran in complete darkness
Challenge and were immediately weighed
they value. For them, the challenge was a
and only charged their satellite. As they began
and informed that, between the two of them,
personal endeavor. Kurt commented, “This
to prepare the boat for the worst, they decided
they had lost a mass of 80 pounds.
time together was fantastic. We’ll treasure this experience forever.” To that, John piped
to switch back to a previous battery that had unexpectedly died earlier in the row and voila!
One of the most emotional moments for both
They were back to full power!
men came as they hugged their parents. Kurt
in that he indeed agreed. 65
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Healing with a Shamanic Journey | By: MICHELLE CROMER |
to knock, through a big, wooden, adobe door came the most expressive eyes. They were the color of dark blue sapphire; the color of a river hurrying to join the great ocean. And like the ocean they were iridescent, a true blue, with little specks of gold glistening through them. They were full of warmth.
After I returned home, I witnessed the most incredible metamorphosis taking place inside
Dark hair with her head held high, she
of me, as I learned to shed the pain, grief,
waltzed by me with effortless saunter. Five
guilt, fear and anger of cancer that was
foot seven, willowy and a face cut right from
ravishing my body, mind and spirit.
the pages of a men’s magazine. Something radiated from within that immediately put me
There is so much less of me now: less
ego, less anger, less envy, less desire, less attachment. But there is more of me: more
She had a kind of understated beauty; perhaps
love, more joy, more compassion, more inner
it was because she was so disarmingly
peace, and more gratitude. I understand now
he essence of truth sits at the
unaware of her beauty. Her white Irish skin
that spiritual healing doesn’t mean the illness
edge of every story and the story
was completely flawless. She was all about
never existed, it means the illness no longer
is what connects us and allows
simplicity, making things easy, and helping
has the power to control my life. I have the
us to help each other to heal and
me to relax. Perhaps that is why her skin
ability to endure, with the right attitude,
to find peace. My healing tale includes not
glowed so, it was her inner beauty that lit her
whatever I have to face in my daily life, and
just the healing of my physical body, but also
eyes and softened her features. When she
to rise above them.
the recovery of my spirit through the ancient
smiled and laughed I couldn’t help but smile
therapeutic use of a shaman practitioner.
along too, even if it was just on the inside. To be in her company made me feel like I was
My hope was that the shaman could help
outside being warmed by the summer rays.
me with the spiritual imbalance I was feeling from the trauma of having melanoma skin
Acting on the concept that you can’t heal
cancer and four surgeries on my face. I met a
what isn’t there, this beautiful shaman
shaman years ago while traveling in Peru and
explained that we would journey together to
learned that shamanism is the oldest healing
find and bring back the parts of my soul that
spiritual practice dating back 30-40,000
were needed to make me whole again. She
years. It is a complex phenomenon and
would also be looking for a guardian spirit
the practitioner is considered a messenger
who was willing to come and give me power
between the human world and the spirit
to restore balance and harmony.
worlds. They treat ailments by mending the soul and thus restoring balance on all levels.
I layed down and she started playing a
The shaman enters other realms to obtain
drum, which shifted my awareness and
solutions, and their techniques illustrate
consciousness. At times, the sound could
that the core shamanic experience is really
be as quiet as a tiptoe or as loud as a roll of
simple, timeless and universal.
distant thunder and the reverberating sound echoed deep within me, awakening my inner
After a trusted doctor and friend referred
spirituality and giving me back the rhythm
me to a shaman practitioner in Santa Fe, I
of life. This profoundly personal journey
anxiously drove there, arriving at the end of
taught me that I am both here and there:
a dark winter’s day. A light snow was falling,
both ordinary and divine, and to celebrate the
the air was moist and cold and the sidewalk
meaningful mystery of illness and healing. To
mushy under my feet. Right as I was about
celebrate the very existence of me.
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s you walk into
be the coolest job in the entire zoo and Carrie
the Africa area
is the full-time enrichment coordinator at the
of the El Paso Zoo
El Paso Zoo with that very responsibility.
and reach the zebra exhibit, you might see one of the
Carrieâ€™s path to enrichment started in high
zebras pushing an odd-looking
school, where she knew she wanted to work
tube around with their nose
with animals but wasnâ€™t quite sure at what
and then eating something off the ground.
capacity. She took her passion for animals
This contraption is just one example of the
and pursed a degree in biology from Keene
enrichment provided to animals at the zoo.
State College in New Hampshire. Upon
Animal enrichment is defined as providing
graduating, she applied for an internship with
animals with an opportunity to use their
Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, where she
natural behavior as they would in the wild,
worked with large exotic cats, many of which
including foraging for food, mating and
were rescued from the pet trade.
courtship, climbing, digging, making nests and even playing.
She turned a six-month internship into a 10year job where she was able to create and
If you ask the staff, the responsibility of
establish an enrichment program for large cats.
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When designing enrichment, Carrie focuses
zoo for six years and during that time she
on getting the animals to use the biological
has expanded the enrichments she brought
tools they would use in the wild. For
over from Turpentine and provides them to a
example, the sun bear enrichment focuses
variety of species at the zoo.
on getting her to tear something apart with her claws. The hogs are using their snouts
“We put a tremendous amount of effort to
to dig into the soil to get things out. The
keep our animals stimulated, and part of that
elephants are having to reach up or out into
is recreating their struggle when looking for
things with their trunks. The zoo ensures that
food whether it is physical, mental or both.
the enrichment program focuses on all five
sense of an animal. For example, they use different extracts, herbs and spices to stimulate the animals’ sense of smell and in terms of sound, they’ll sometimes play tracks of lions caroling or howling to recreate what the lions would hear in the wild, stimulating their behavior through sound. If you ask Carrie what her favorite part of enrichment coordination is, the answer is easy. “For me, it’s the ‘a-ha’ moment when you’re training an animal and they finally get it. You can see it in their eyes, just like kids, where they’re like, ‘I understand what you want.’ And from there, it opens up a brand new world for them because then we can offer other enrichments based off their newly-learned behavior.” The one thing Carrie and the other keepers made clear is that enrichment is a vital part of keeping animals healthy and happy. “It’s not about giving them a ball to play with like you do with your dog. It’s about doing the research on each species, pinpointing their natural behaviors and creating an activity or challenge that allows them to use those behaviors.” www.thecitymagazineelp.com
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There is definitely some truth to the statement: men are from Mars and women are from Venus. Most arguments between couples usually stem from pitiful misunderstandings, it all stems from different communication styles which I will explain more in detail. Being able to distinguish the different areas of communication between you and your partner can help your relationship.
man in a relationship is more direct when trying to get their point across, while a woman tends to put others’ needs before her own. Women and men simply have different
emotionally. They separate work, relationships,
and everything else. Women like to think of the “big picture” in which they connect all aspects of their lives and one event to another.
minds. I hate to break it to you ladies, but men just don’t function
It’s all about the details for women. We have a
great memory for details, meaning we are more
for men, don’t get defensive. Instead, respond with
sentimental then men. Who would have guessed?
more empathy and ask questions that will further
Men process information differently, impeding them
encourage her to talk it out. As long as a woman feels
from remembering specific details. Ladies cut your man some
that her emotions are being heard and understood she
slack next time he doesn’t remember a little detail.
will automatically feel better. A man on the other hand,
more than trying to play the mind reading game.
their emotions they tend to expect their significant other to read
say it. Believe me a man will appreciate directness and honesty
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women like to think of the “bigger picture.”
communication styles. Since women aren’t always direct with
that way. If you want something to be taken care of, you blatantly
A woman tends to say too much and he doesn’t say enough. When a woman stresses, she needs to vent. She can be melodramatic and use phrases like, ”I can’t believe they
could do this to me,“ “I would never!” Word of advice
when he feels stressed he goes into quiet mode. Just
Listening vs. solving. If a woman has a problem
like we expect men to be understanding we must do the
a man usually comes to the rescue and offers an
same. Give him his space. Men don’t know how to open
immediate solution. Often a woman is just looking
up about their emotions, he will eventually come around
for understanding and validation. We should
to it. Just be patient.
consider a new rule of thumb in which men offer compassion first and then try to help. On the contrary women should offer men help and then compassion.
Men are great at compartmentalizing, while
When it comes down to it ... men ask and women hint. A
For women it’s all about reminders. We don’t necessarily have to be reassured how much you love and appreciate us every hour, but a gesture of love here and there is important. A
man should keep doing nice gestures as he did when he was pursuing her. Let’s not get it twisted. Men can still be emotional creatures. The truth of the matter is that men can be sensitive and emotional too; the only difference is they don’t like showing
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very last Thursday of the month,
downtown El Paso comes alive at
night with a certain, undeniable vibe. Galleries stay open, artists frame their work to showcase personal art, booths stand to sell hand-
made products, and the rest of us,
talentless hands and all, get to take in the
beauty, the chaotic and colorful world that is art. Kegs are huddled in corners, appetizers are left out on white clothed tables and conversations revolve around perspectives and meanings—no small talk about the weather. Not only are you exposed to local art, but most of the artists are there, engaging and talking about their work. One such artist is Abel Saucedo. In the middle of Texas Avenue, no streetlights to guide you in any way, his studio serves as a gallery and workspace. Huge six by six and four by four feet finished paintings decorate the wall on display. While his current project, elevated in the middle by a huge easel, is left as a conscious display of progress for the public to also view. This current project depicts a Mexican Border Patrol agent riding a horse. “I’m almost done with it. I need to add the border wall here in the background,” Saucedo says, pointing to the bottom of the canvas, “and the Mexican flag.”
April, 2017 This is an ode to a famous painting of Napoleon, “Napoleon Crossing the Alps,” by Jacques-Louis David. With the same tone and feeling, the soonto-be-finished piece is undeniably political and speaks to many of the intersecting events and emotions that have occurred in recent times. The music in the background lends to happier, upbeat rhythms, adding both an encouragement of work and focus on what is going on in the various paintings instead. Originally from El Paso, Saucedo graduated high school from Cathedral and continued his education at UTEP, where he graduated with a degree in sculpting. In the past he has used this to create art out of piñatas—a disturbingly real representation on the horrific events that were going on across the border. His medium now, however, has now switched to painting. Coordinating different spectrums of colors, Saucedo says his paintings have political, narrative and spiritual themes. “I think [artists] have a responsibility. I think my paintings have a responsibility to represent our
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April, 2017 culture within this time and culture.” His passion and dedication are entwined in the words as he speaks them. A popular painting of his can be seen at International Bar, also in downtown El Paso. The exposed brick wall to your right is decorated with a painting containing the saddest eyes. The painting is of a man wearing a backwards baseball cap and dark shirt. A portrait painting, using a dark color scheme, the eyes are what draw you in. In them you see sadness, a lifetime of pain and living. “I think if you live in El Paso and come downtown, you have seen Andre before,” Saucedo says about the man in the painting. Andre is a homeless man that Saucedo saw around a lot and felt compelled to paint after talking to him. “The paintings create themselves. Once it feels forced, I stop,” Saucedo says while
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continuing to paint his Napoleon piece. He says that over the years as a painter and artist, he has matured with his work. Besides having the role as a painter and an artist, Saucedo also teaches science at St. Patrick Cathedral School. “Artists have several roles. Whatever pays the bills and doesn’t kill the soul.” It is apparent throughout his work—the several paintings hanging in his studio depicting pop culture, religion, oppression and more—that his soul has not been killed. “Art is meant to be seen,” he says and adds, “I think my favorite part of painting is the anticipation to see what the next painting will be.” And as he looks towards the future through his art, we can stand in his gallery and reflect upon the present.
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here’s a lot to be said about the perfect balance of sweet and savory. Honestly, this picture should say it all. By combining the earthy sweetness of roasted purple grapes with the classic and warm flavors of caramelized onions, these tartlets are guaranteed to make waves at your next event. Seemingly distant, the grapes and onion go great together. They’re teamed up with a fresh bite of feta and the aromatics of fennel seed. I normally don’t make hors d’oeuvres, but it’s warming up outside and cookout season is approaching fast. Finger foods are a great way to chip in at a cookout. Firstly, you’re not the guy who showed up empty handed. Secondly, they’re delicious! What makes this even better is that you can buy the puff pastry pre-made, making this a no-sweat dish that’s unique and fulfilling. Take a step away from the usual and bring something new to the party. Not feeling the grapes? Substitute any stone fruit in their place; that leaves you open for options such as peaches, nectarines, plums, mangoes, or cherries. All options work well and will leave you wanting more!
Roasted Grapes & Pearl Onion Tarts w/ Feta and Fennel Ingredients:
1 bag white pearl onion
1. Preheat oven to 350
3/4 cup purple grapes (whole)
2. In a small saucepan, combine the oil, butter, herbs and garlic. Heat on low, stirring often.
1 clove Garlic
3. Bring a small pan of water, filled half way, to a boil. While water heats, prepare an ice bath
3 fresh sprigs rosemary 3 fresh sprigs thyme 4 fresh leaves sage 1 tablespoon fennel seeds 1/2 cup feta Pre-baked mini puff pastry tarts (12 pack)
on the side. 4. Once water boils, add whole onions to water. Allow boiling for no more than one minute. Remove quickly and add directly to ice bath to stop the cooking process. 5. Once cooled, use a paring knife to remove rough end of onions and pinch the intact side to push out skinless onion centers. 6. Once peeled, set aside in bowl and combine with grapes. Strain the oil/butter mixture directly
3 teaspoon Butter
over the onions and grapes along with a pinch of salt and pepper. Toss and bake on a lined
1/2 cup olive oil
baking sheet for roughly one hour, stirring half way through, or until onions have caramelized
and grapes have blistered. 7. Fill your prebaked puff pastry with as much as they can take or as little as you see fit. Top with feta and a sprinkle of fennel seed. Reheat if necessary, as they are best served warm.
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| By: YARITSA ROSARIO | tâ€™s time to hang up our winter coats, box up our winter boots
and get ready for the new
spring season approaching. This
spring, pink shades, stripes and
statement sleeves are dominating the fashion runways.
All shades of pink have made a huge statement in the fashion world as of recent and will continue to do so for the rest of 2017. Designers like Celine and Valentino are using the color in their garments to demonstrate strong femininity instead of gushy-girly moments. The domination of the color has also been attracted by contemporary designers like Jay Godfrey, Amanda Uprichard and Generation Love. From thin pinstripes to bold colorful stripes, itâ€™s all about the stripes this season. With the timelessness and versatility this trend offers, you can expect a different style of stripes for everyone. Stripes will be seen in maxi dresses that can be taken to the beach, 70s and 80s inspired crop tops and muted palettes, as well as oversized menswear-inspired pinstripe shirts.
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If it doesn’t make a statement, it’s not a sleeve. Whether it’s bell-shaped or balloon, sleeves are coming at us in a huge way this spring. The statement sleeve trend was inspired by futuristic vibes, the 80s and Edwardian times. New York-based contemporary clothing brand, Petersyn, emphasizes this trend by adding oversized sleeves to their tops to create an exaggerated silhouette. The fashion world is giving skinny jeans a break and kicking flare denim into high gear. There was once upon a time when wearing denim that didn’t go past your ankles was something to be made fun of, but now-it’s all about the cropped flare look and everyone from celebrities to
shamelessly strutting them and making it a part of their everyday attire. You can expect contemporary denim brands like Frame and Current Elliot to demonstrate this trend in the best way. We can’t forget about our sunglasses in the Sunny City, protecting our eyes from all the sun rays while also adding glamour to our wardrobe. Classic sunglass styles like aviators will always be a part of our collection, but this year it’s all about stepping outside of the box. Designers are recreating the look of the aviator to keep it interesting by adding double rims for a futuristic look, as well as an ombre lens for a more chic appearance. The perfect circular lenses are a must-have pair that gives off retro vibes and come with dark lenses. The Australian based eyewear designer, Le Specs, does the perfect job of staying on top of all the hottest trends with an affordable price tag and a huge following, with celebrities such as Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid rocking them.
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| By: DENISE NELSON-PRIETO photos courtesy of: EDGAR PABLOS |
ative El Pasoan, Edgar Pablos, is a Renaissance man in the world of film. His resume spouts an impressive array of accomplishments, chief among them writer, producer and director.
He, and writing partner Judith Cummings, founded Tribesmen Pictures in 2007 in Los Angeles. Together they’ve created screenplays, feature films, documentaries, commercials and much more. Tribesmen has contributed to more than 200 video projects for various media outlets. An American-born son of Mexican immigrant parents, Pablos is steeped in the Latino immigrant narrative. His bi-cultural upbringing allowed him to maintain a strong Latino identity, with a unique border flare. He recounted pivotal moments during his childhood, which were often set against the backdrop of Hollywood blockbusters.
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“I remember the first movie I went to was for a friend’s birthday party,” he reminisced. “We went and saw Star Wars [A New Hope]. That movie had a strong effect on me.” A year later, his interest was piqued further after seeing the original “Superman.”
April, 2017 “That’s the ultimate immigration story,” Pablos said. “In one part of the movie, Lois Lane asks him why he’s here, and he says ‘I’m here to fight for truth, justice and the American way.’” That was a particularly poignant message, as his parents and older siblings carried Resident Alien cards. Seeing the word “Alien” emblazoned on those cards created a certain dissonance in his young mind. He likened the mission of Superman to the desire of immigrants coming into the U.S to make a better life for themselves, while fitting in at the same time. “They come here and they want to belong; they want to be American,” he explained. “I know I did. Technically I was an American but I still felt like an outsider.” “Superman” was also responsible for instilling in Pablos the desire to become a filmmaker. A
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few years later, he learned of the film program at the University of Southern California. He found out George Lucas is an alumnus of the program and that solidified things. After graduating high school in 1991, he applied to the program. Due to stringent SAT score requirements, Pablos attended UTEP his freshman year. A year later, he was accepted at USC, but had to wait another two years to get into the ultra-competitive program. Along with the small pool of applicants accepted for the program, Pablos said program directors also took into account applicants’ mission essays. When he stopped writing he wanted to follow in the footsteps of film giants Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Richard Donner [of “Superman” fame], and gave them something much more personal and inspired, he was accepted in the program. “It wasn’t until I really figured out what I wanted to do as filmmaker . . . [which was to] tell border and Latino stories, stories of my culture,” he said. “At the time Spike Lee was big. I admired his films—they were important social-consciousness films, but they were a little too militant. I wanted to do those types of films but for Latinos.” He graduated from college in 1995 with degrees in film and religious studies, the major he declared while awaiting entry into the film program. He has used Bible-based parables and cautionary tales throughout his career as a screenwriter. “We’ve heard about and read about [those stories] all our lives, and they work very well in cinema,” Pablos said. “It’s about really taking a step back when you see a character go through something and how they handle it; we learn from that.” His foray into the professional filmmaking realm came a mere two days after he graduated from USC. He was hired to be a production assistant by two Disney www.thecitymagazineelp.com
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producers, a job he kept for only three
Prohibition-era Walter Hill film “Last Man
a solid working relationship. Figgis co-
months due to lack of training.
Standing,” which was being filmed here.
produced Pablos’ short, “Agua Dulce.”
Pablos had admired Hill’s work for years. Pablos’ latest endeavor is the feature film
He was fired from that job, an event that turned out to have a glorious silver lining.
Another Hollywood heavyweight who took
“Horse Thief,” an autobiographical modern
notice of Pablos, was director Mike Figgis,
day Western which will be shot here. He’s
He came to El Paso to do some script writing.
best known for films like “Leaving Las
currently raising money for the project and
He became acquainted with a former film
Vegas,” “Cold Creek Manor,” “Time Code”
hopes to complete it by next year.
professor at UTEP who introduced him to
and others. Pablos worked with him as an
the costume designer on the hit of the 1996
assistant for several years, which secured
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ou may have heard the term before … “runner’s high.” And maybe you think
to yourself “Yuck, I hate running, I could never feel euphoria from that!” But it’s
our bodies’ natural instinct to want to run, because years ago, our ancestors once
depended on running to attain their food (pleasure source). So runners high occurs in
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our bodies to push us through the run to attain our pleasure source. Believe me, once
you get it going, you too could find yourself on a runner’s high.
How to ease your way into running:
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Start with walking. Thirty minutes a day for about a week. Then work your way up to a speed walk the next week. The third week you can start to jog a few minutes and rest until you feel your breath catch up to you, then start jogging again. I recommend two minute jog, two minute walk for 30 minutes. Keep doing that until you feel you’re at a good place to do longer minute jogs. Keep adding them on until you’re eventually jogging for 30 minutes straight. When your endurance starts getting better, start to add speed with each run. Sooner or later you’ll be up to running 30 minutes, 40 minutes, 50 minutes etc.
How to stay motivated: Track your results. Write in a journal or on your phone what you did and how you felt every day. You’ll start to see that every entry is better every week. Remember not to get discouraged if you have a bad run one day. You’ll have days where you’re tired from life, but just get back on it the next day. Don’t give up! Buy a fitness tracker. Having goal steps to get to every day helps keep you motivated. Making a calorie burning goal is also very motivating. Trying to burn 300 calories in 30 minutes will really get your fire going! Get a coach. There are a lot of really great running coaches out there that can help you to fix your body posture so that your run is not so hard on your joints or muscles. They can teach you a lot about breathing, endurance, and recovery. Make sure you recover! Always stretch and roll-out your calves, ankles, hamstrings and quads, so that you don’t cramp up or get shin splints. Sign-up for a run. Having a goal run like a 5k for breast cancer awareness not only keeps you motivated, but makes you run for a good cause!
Achieving a runner’s high: Push yourself hard—but not too hard. When our bodies go into a state of being physically uncomfortable, we produced endorphins as a natural pain killer. Endorphins will produce a sense of being high and happy. But they will not mask the feeling of an injury, so find a sweet spot where you are comfortably challenged to achieve that euphoria. The reason it has been compared to being “high” is because your body naturally releases a naturally synthesized version of THC, which is the chemical response for the buzz that marijuana produces. Studies suggest that you can more easily attain this reaction when running at a challenging pace first thing in the morning. So set your alarm and buy some running shoes! It’s worth experiencing! www.thecitymagazineelp.com
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Today, it is more important than ever to take care of our mental, emotional and spiritual health. Day to day, we’re facing stressors head on- whether it’s the news or being stuck in infamous El Paso traffic; One of the worst things for your health is stress. Here are some ways to de-stress, customized to your zodiac sign!
by Your Zodiac Sign Aries is ruled by Mars which is a highly active planet—an
Libra This sign is known as “the Scales” and therefore
Aries is rarely a couch potato! Getting active and engaging
needs balance-yoga helps them reconnect with themselves
in some type of sport is your best way to unwind.
and restore harmony. Music is also helpful so get up and
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Taurus is ruled by Venus so doing something relaxing
dance or sing out loud.
for yourself that deals with art and beauty are ideal. A visit to
Scorpio the Scorpion tends to hold their stress in and
the museum or a spa will do the trick to let out the tension.
needs time alone to rejuvenate themselves. Scorpio also enjoys getting lost in a movie to clear their mind.
Sagittarius the “Archer” is usually fun, adventurous and loves humor. Head to a comedy show or watch a good sitcom. Long walks are beneficial too.
Capricorn the “Goat” enjoys simple pleasures such as a nice meal or a massage. A pedicure is also helpful since Capricorn is grounded by their feet.
Gemini “the Twins” are known as the communicators,
Aquarius this air sign can benefit from many types of
so try expressing yourself with a nice journal. Keeping
artistic pursuits, varying from painting to dancing, or writing
the hands busy is key, but if writing is not your forte then
some poetry. Aquarius also enjoys board games—have a
maybe try some boxing or sparring.
Cancer this sign loves being home and is very creative. Being in the kitchen, cooking a homemade meal, can be therapeutic. Doing crafts or sorting through old pictures is also uplifting.
carries their stress in the back, so booking a nice
Pisces benefits most from water elements since they
massage would be ideal. Being outdoors and taking in
represent the fish. A nice swim in a pool, soaking in a hot
the sun is helpful. While laughter is great for most, it is
tub and a long walk on the beach puts them closest to
especially helpful to a Leo.
Virgo can benefit from some solitude when stressed.
Use the info provided above or seek out any other zodiac
Sitting down with a good book and some hot herbal tea
sign’s activities- you never know what you may enjoy. Take
is ideal. Some self-pampering, like getting a haircut or
time to make yourself a priority and truly live a more peaceful
manicure also sooths them.
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Outer corsets You’ve seen them on celebrities and now you’re wondering if you can pull it off. Well, wearing corsets on top of your shirts is a trend that probably won’t be dying this spring. Not only does the corset help cinch your waist and rock
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off a more flattering figure, but it also looks kind of
This spring is the perfect season to start
cool? You can opt for dozens of styles and materials
pulling out your favorite swimwear for that
and you can put them over your sweatshirts,
first pool party of the year. The versatility
blouses or t-shirt dress, we are sure that you won’t
of swimwear is that you can now treat it
be looking out of style.
like a regular piece of clothing to avoid getting dressed and undressed. You can treat a halter bikini like a crop top and just pair it up with some shorts or you can just layer it up with a spring jacket
and a skirt. For men, your swim trunks,
An easy way to dress up and look effortless is with
just treat them like shorts, put on some
a caftan—you can dress it up with heels if you’re
cool sneakers and t-shirt and you are ready
feeling fancy or just use some sandals if you’re
to go. Don’t forget the sunscreen!
feeling more casual. Put on a swimsuit if you’re planning on going to a pool party or some nice earrings if you feel like using it for a fancier place.
Was your BBQ cancelled?
Um fake freckles? Why do people think it’s cute to draw fake
Because that grill is messed up! It doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to have
freckles on their face? I mean sure freckles are cute, but try
a decent smile. We know that braces and dentist appointments can be a
to pull them off with make-up, it’s just a very try-hard move.
little expensive, but there’s so many products for a nice smile now that
Let authentic freckled people rock their unique face traits
there’s no excuse to have a pearly smile. There’s whitening products
and if you don’t have any, well don’t fake it.
that range from about $20-$40 more or less and even products that will help you straighten your teeth little by little. Invest in a better smile because that’s always a good presentation card. Remember to always floss and brush your teeth after every meal!
TMI There’s nothing wrong with a little venting once in a while on Facebook, but when you try and decide to use FB as a personal journal, well your followers might find it awkward. Not everyone wants to know about your “haters” or how you had that awful fight with your significant other. Have family problems? Well, leave that for your diary because Facebook is not for you to get that serious.
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Investment Challenges of the Affluent Investor | By: TRAVIS HUGHES, FINANCIAL ADVISOR | High-net-worth investors face investment challenges that some would consider unique to their financial status. The fundamental tenets of investing apply equally to them as with any other investor, but the affluent investor needs to be mindful of issues that typically arise only from substantial wealth.
Let’s examine a few of these.
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their intelligence, hard work, and self-confidence.
When an individual has more assets than they
This very success often carries over to the belief
think they’ll ever spend, there can be a tendency
that building or managing successful enterprises
toward conservative investment. This may result
is not dissimilar to managing great wealth. In
in lower long-term returns that may shortchange
fact, it can be quite different, requiring a whole
the impact of bequests to charities or the wealth
different body of knowledge and experience.
that will transfer to the next generation.
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Affluent investors often place their investment
The affluent have a tendency to invest in their
assets with multiple advisors thinking that better
passions, and many collectibles have performed
results will arise from that. However, many of
well over the years. However, one common
the key needs for larger portfolios such as risk
mistake is not keeping up-to-date appraisals on
management and tax efficiency will suffer, since
record, which may have adverse consequences
there is no overarching view into the larger
with regard to estate liquidity and taxes.¹
picture of an individual’s entire portfolio. The independent actions by separate advisors, all
with the best of intentions, may actually work to
Some senior executives accumulate large stock
positions in the company that employs them.² This creates a unique risk and potentially can be
With increasing wealth come even more unique
managed in several ways.
challenges beyond those covered by this discussion. Consequently, affluent investors
are encouraged to seek professional guidance
Some wealthy investors have achieved a high level
that may be best suited for their particular
of success in their careers in large measure due to
needs and circumstances.
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downturns or markets that have little or no liquidity. There is no guarantee that collectibles will
maintain their value or purchasing power in the future.
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ometimes, being a journalist has its perks! Being toured through the beautifully refurbished Great Assembly Hall, the Upper Chapel, Knight’s Study, Byzantine Gallery, Granary, Prison, Armoury and Kitchen of Vianden Castle by the town’s Burgermeister, was a special treat I will not forget—
and definitely one of the highlights of my humble writing career. From start to finish, it was an impressive tour. Massive high archways, timbered, vaulted ceilings, meter thick marble and stone pillars, opulent centuries-old tapestries, secretive dark chambers and sunlit Romanesque windows are all to be found in one of Europe’s most remarkable castles. It is an awesome edifice and just like the rest of Luxembourg, well worth a visit. Fascinating stories haunt the walls of this chateau. For example, one of its inhabitants, Mary of Spanheim-Vianden, is represented on her nearby tombstone with her hands clasped in prayer and her feet resting on a basset hound. Legend explains that when her father disappeared as a Crusader in the Holy Land, she ran amuck with the regent who threw her into a secret dungeon, intending to starve her into submission. The plan was foiled though because Mary’s www.thecitymagazineelp.com
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beloved pet; the basset hound, brought his mistress food every day. She never gave in, and when her betrothed finally broke into the castle to find her, the little dog led him directly to Mary. Cool.
3D Brow Building Extensions And what is the story behind the castle itself? Well, the original stronghold dates back to the early 9th and 10th centuries when the first Lord of Vianden erected a primitive palace in the northeast region of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. In the 13th and 14th centuries, the â€œHouse of Viandenâ€? spread
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to eventually include 211 villages, hamlets and mills. During this local renaissance, its lords and ladies embraced and sponsored architectural and artistic excellence, accumulating a wonderful collection of art and finely crafted furnishings for the castle. In those days, murals adorned many of the original chapel walls but sadly, only a few remnants of these once colorful
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frescoes remain. However, during the building’s restoration which started more than a century ago and continues to the present, serious efforts have been made to find and purchase several enormous ancient tapestries. My ‘guide’ seemed most proud of these priceless antiquities, lovingly hung in the great halls of Vianden. A lot of folks might think that a tapestry is just a fancy name for a rug, but I dare anyone to stand in front of the one which depicts a battle scene from the Crusades, and not be impressed. It’s hard to imagine that the ‘picture’ before you is woven thread and
April, 2017 not a brilliantly painted canvas. For me, the tapestries alone made my journey to this lovely little town worthwhile. The hero of this story is the Grand Duke William
commissioned a German Architect; Bodo Ebhardt, to rebuild the castle, which had wasted away to no more than ruins in 1905. William’s project reignited a spark of enthusiasm and historical perspective in the town’s people and marked the beginning of better days for local industry. Word traveled fast. The birth of a successful tourism industry followed and today, the castle at Vianden is the centerpiece of a rich, cultural landscape. In 1977, the State took official possession of the entire Castle property, spent a small fortune re-doing the roof and designated its use for special occasions and important cultural events. It is not always open to tourists but in most cases, if you are visiting when the grounds are closed, appointments may be made. In closing, it was August 1862 when Victor Hugo visited Vianden for the first time. He came back. Hugo was as inspired as I am. Years later, when he was exiled from his native land of Belgium, Hugo chose Vianden as his second home and the house where he lived, is now a museum filled with collectables and works from the time he spent there. My own tribute to Vianden pales in comparison but it’s just as heartfelt and I have no doubt at all that your visit will be just as inspiring as ours! A brief sidebar here: There is no butter,
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cheese or chocolate on this planet that I would compare to the gastronomic specialties I sampled in Luxembourg. The townspeople
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Costumer Advisor and Technician for Acorn Stair lifts What’s your Job about?
state of their current stairs, the installation it depends on the
“My job consists in helping people that are in the need of stair
product they want to purchase, the installation is fairly quick,
lifts, and help them overcome the difficulty of regular steps,
people think we take ages installing them but it could take from
in case they’re senior citizens or disabled people. I go to their
around 3 to 10 hours, after that they’re ready to use”
homes and see the conditions of their stairs and see if our products will fit their homes properly”
Where would you take a visitor to have a good meal in El Paso?
Where’s your favorite family place in El Paso?
“I enjoy going to Cattle Baron right there by Joe Battle, the
“It’s going to sound really lame, but me and my family really like
steak is really good and if you’re not a big carnivore they have
to go to the movies, we love the movies. We take my daughter
other options like seafood. The ambience is good, and the
to see whatever kid friendly movie is playing and we just enjoy
food is pretty great too”
spending time with one another, sharing popcorn, soda and candy, we just like the whole cinematic experience.”
Who would you advise to get an Acorn Stair lift? “Senior Citizens are our main consumer, but I recommend it
How long does the process of installing a stair lift take?
to people that have difficulties going up and down stairs for
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some sort of health situation.”
Senior Designer/Interior Designer at A-1 Kitchens by Sierra What’s the most popular kitchen design El Pasoans choose?
around the border can inspire you. They inspire me so much
“Texans love traditional style, that’s the name of the kitchen
making my designs very unique and interesting”
style. Traditional style is considered, elegant classy, decorative with warm colors, very very popular in very high demand”
Where do you get your favorite food in El Paso? “Besides my mom’s delicious pozole, I really enjoy Joe Vinny
What made you get into interior design?
& Bronsons Bohemian Café their sandwiches and coffees are
“My mind is very creative, before going for such a fun career I
would go into spaces and start changing and re-decorating it in my imagination. To be honest, I still do to this day, that’s how
What’s the thing you love the most about your job?
I knew I had to choose interior design.
“I love going into big beautiful houses, especially if they have stunning views and obviously it’s even better if I get to
How does living in the border inspire your designs?
decorate those houses!”
“The great thing about living here, is how the different cultures 114
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Franklin Mountains Poppies Fest ::: April 1
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Castner Range-Franklin Mountains Join the celebration at the Museum of Archeology and explore the field of poppies and other marvelous desert plants. Admission: Free Info: texasmountaintrail.com
21st Annual Veterans Parade ::: April 5
9:00 a.m. Veterans Memorial Plaza Friends and family are welcome to honor their veterans. 2017 Grand Marshall will be introduced, lighting of candles, and a POW-MIA table ceremony will all be featured at this event. Admission: Free Info: sanelizariohistoricdistricts.org or call 915-851-1682
Mozart’s Requiem ::: April 8
7:30 p.m. Abraham Chavez Theater The El Paso Choral Society brings you Mozart’s Requiem. Preformed by the El Paso Chorale, professional orchestra and world-renowned soloists. Admission: $10-$40 Info: ticketmaster.com
12 El Paso Chihuahuas Baseball ::: April 5
In The Mood ::: April 1
7:30 p.m. Plaza Theatre Get “In the Mood” for a trip back in time when the Swing Era was big and classics like Frank Sinatra, The Andrews Sisters, Harry James, and many others ruled. Don’t miss out on a fun-filled night! Admission: $54+ Info: plaza.theaterelpaso.com
The Chihuahuas are back! Don’t miss your favorite tradition and head out to Southwest University Park for the 2017 Chihuahua season! April 6- 8 @ 7:05 p.m. April 9 @ 1:05 p.m. April 10 @ 11:05 p.m. Chihuahua vs. Tacoma April 18- 20 @ 6:35 p.m. April 21-22 @ 7:05 p.m. April 23 @ 1:05 p.m. April 24 @ 6:35 p.m.
Cirque Du Soleil: OVO ::: April 12-13
7:30 p.m. Don Haskins Center Experience Cirque Du Soleil as they head into a new ecosystem teeming with life through poetic energy set forth in motion. It tells a story of a mysterious egg of symbolism appearing in an ecosystem, sparking curiosity within the rest of the wildlife there. You don’t want to miss this! Admission: $40+ Info: cirquedusoleil.com or ticketmaster.com
Downtown Artists and Farmers Market ::: April 1-29
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Union Plaza District Find delicious food, hand crafted art and exciting entertainment at the Downtown Artist and Farmers Market located in the Union Plaza District. Come and shop local!
9:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. Veterans Memorial Plaza Enjoy some of the best vendors at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing Farmers Market as they offer lush variations of fruit, home goods, jewelry, and other fun finds every Saturday. While you’re there, enjoy a delicious brunch on the patio of the restaurant! You won’t be sorry!
Michael McDonald ::: April 4
7:30 p.m. Plaza Theatre Singer, songwriter, and five-time Grammy award winner Michael McDonald brings you classics from his Doobie Brothers hits like, “What A Fool Believes,” or solo songs like “I Keep Forgetting.” Admission: $38-$45 Info: ticketmaster.com
Ardovino’s Desert Crossing Farmers Market ::: April 5-30
Sesame Street Live: Elmo Makes Music ::: April 14-16
8:00 p.m. Abraham Chavez Theatre Elmo and friends are back! This time, Jenny the new music teacher arrives on Sesame Street to find that all of her instruments are missing. Come find out what that mystery is, and help sing along as they go through their journey! Admission: $15+ Info: ticketmaster.com
Jewel Box Series: Bernabe ::: April 8
2:30 p.m. Philantropy Theatre Theater veteran Hector Serrano tells the story of a man whose love for the earth is rooted in the Aztec mythology. Admission: $16+ Info: epfc.org/give/donate or ticketmaster.com
Raymond Orta ::: April 14
8:00 p.m. Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Center Raymond Orta brings you a unique style of Latino humor mixed with stories of growing up in the barrio, the “Man with A Thousand Voices” will keep you laughing all night! Admission: $25 Info: ticketmaster.com
2017 KCOS Art Auction ::: April 22-23
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. An annual televised event where funds raised will go toward the top-notch and award-winning programming El Paso and Southern New Mexico has come to enjoy from KCOS, your local PBS station.
YWCA 24th Annual Women’s Luncheon ::: April 27
11:30 a.m. La Viña Winery YWCA of El Paso del Norte Region hosts its 24th annual Women’s Luncheon with special guest Ashley Judd, a strong advocate for women and girls and celebrator of power for all women. Judd will serve as the luncheon speaker. Info: ywcaelpaso.com
El Paso Comic Con ::: April 21-23
El Paso Convention Center “Fly Your Nerd Flag High” at the El Paso Comic Con! Celebrity appearances by Kevin Eastman, Lou Ferrigno, and many more will be at the convention. There will also be guest panels, autograph signings, cosplay, contests, and many other special activities to involve the entire family! Info: elpasocomiccon.com
The 1975 ::: April 21
8:30 p.m. Abraham Chavez Theater Get ready for UK band, The 1975! They have announced their spring North American headline tour in support of their #1 US and UK sophomore album, “I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It”. Info: ticketmaster.com or 915-231-1100
La Viña Winery Spring Fest ::: April 22-23
12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. La Viña Winery La Viña’s annual Spring Fest returns with a wine tasting event at their winery in Anthony, New Mexico. For adults, ages 21+, enjoy nine samples with a complimentary wine glass. Music brought to you by Dusty Low, Austin Murphy, and many others. Admission: $20 Info: lavina.wolfep.com
::: April 23
3:00 p.m. Plaza Theatre The Classical dance and music company based in New York, Shen Yun presents a world of awe as they take you back to the wonder of a lost world that was once known as “The Middle Kingdom” or as “The Land of the Divine”. Dragons, Phoenixes, emperors and the sound of music will enthrall the crowd while bringing a beautiful story. Info: ticketmaster.com
Sun City Craft Beer Festival ::: April 29
1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. El Paso Convention Center Let the beer festivities begin! With over 150 craft beer brands to offer. Aside from craft beer, you can enjoy a variety of games and food to enjoy. Admission: $25+ Info: suncitycraftbeerfest.com
Foam Wonderland 2017 ::: April 29
8:00 p.m. El Paso County Coliseum A touring concert series features world-class stage productions with DJs, and the largest foam machines in the world! Admission: $15-$30 Info: ticketmaster.com
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Anson 11 $$-$$$
Edge of Texas
303 N. Oregon St. Ste. 110 | (915) 504-6400
8690 Edge of Texas St. | (915) 822-3343
Anson 11 is two exceptional dining experiences dedicated to the
Located in the far east, this is definitely worth the drive! Eat the best
military man, the gentleman and the food connoisseur that was
steak youâ€™ve ever had and enjoy the saloon.
Anson Mills. For a downtown dining experience like no other, Anson 11 is the restaurant to go to. PR, H
ALL OVER TOWN
El Taco Tote
The Downtowner $$
201 East Main St. | 2921 N. Mesa St. | 1000 Magruder St.
325 N. Kansas St. | (915) 532-5200
1461 N. Zaragoza | 9933 Kenworthy St. | 9910 Montana Ave. Eat like a downtowner. Found on the ground floor of the Hotel
3480 Joe Battle Blvd. | (915) 838-6000
Indigo, The Downtowner offers breakfast, lunch and dinner - the only breakfast spot available in downtown El Paso. The restaurant delivers
This is not fast food, this is Real Mexican Grill food that weâ€™ve made just
great American taste with a twist of our Southwest flair. Savor the
for you, El Paso. Changing the face of Mexican food, we offer different
amazing dishes offered on the menu and enjoy a cold and carefully
variations of tacos ranging from: barbacoa, pork, chicken, shrimp, fish
crafted cocktail while enjoying the gorgeous views of downtown.
and much much more. Also on our menu, try our new veggie taco.
Prices: $ - Low Priced Patio/Outdoor Seating - O
$$ - Medium Range Dog Friendly- DF
$$$ - High Priced $$$$ - Exquisite Dining Party/Private Room - PR Happy Hour - H
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5411 N. Mesa, Suite 1 | (915) 875-0034
6232 N. Mesa St. | (915) 584-3621
Join Mi Piaci Ristorante Italiano for lunch or dinner with Chef/Owner
Winning Best Taco for Best of The City 2015 and Best Chips
Cosimo Baltaglia, who hails from Calabria, Italy, for the freshest
and Salsa in 2014, Avila’s has a savory Mexican menu that will
seafood, gourmet hand-cut Angus reserve steaks aged 21 days,
satisfy your cravings. We’re open for weekend breakfast, have
and gently homemade pasta from Italy. O
lunch specials available daily and a convenient pick-up window is accessible for family dinners on the go. PR
The Green Ingredient
201 East Main Street #201 | (915) 298-1010 The Green Ingredient is a restaurant that offers delicious, nutritious, personalized meals, teas and more. Offering people the real perspective of health, you can get balanced meals that are nutritious, free from additives, preservatives, GMO’s and extremely high quality. Stop by for breakfast, lunch or dinner!
Sunny’s Sushi $$ 910 E Redd Rd. | (915) 842-9508
Westside’s 3rd Hole
1035 Belvidere Suite 168 | (915) 584-5577 There’s no better place to relax and grab a bite to eat than W3H. Nominated as El Paso’s best tacos, stop by today and see why we’re becoming El Paso’s go-to spot for catching a game and eating some good food. “We saved you a seat.” Now with NFL Sunday Ticket on all screens. O, H
The State Line
1222 Sunland Park Dr. I (915) 581-3371
Winners of The Best of The City for Best Sushi, you don’t want
Enjoying delicious authentic BBQ from The State Line. Based on four
to miss out on what this restaurant is cooking up. With incredible
principles: offer the highest quality smoked BBQ, provide generous
hospitality and great attention to taste and detail, you can be sure
portions at affordable prices, offer friendly table and bar services and
to enjoy any dish you choose to eat. With weekday bento box lunch
celebrate the heritage of Texas. Come on by to enjoy!
specials from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., prepare your taste buds for the top-rated sushi in El Paso. O, DF
The Smokehouse BBQ, Ribs and More $$ The Arena Sports Bar and Grill
8414 North Loop Dr. | (915) 592-RIBS (7427)
2301 N. Zaragoza Rd. | (915) 270-9979 Meat lovers! Welcome to a little piece of rib-heaven in El Paso. The Original Crowd pleasing, signature burgers and other delectable eats from
Baby Back Ribs are just one of their specialties of the house with their
the new MVP! Hit a touchdown with “The Cowboy,” topped with
own original recipes; prepared fresh and slowly cooked to perfection using
savory cream cheese-stuffed, bacon-wrapped jalapenos. Wings are
apple wood during the whole process creating a magnificent flavor. H
grilled to perfection, then fried, and available in take-home party trays. Weekday lunch specials 11-2pm, plus Happy Hour and food specials 3-7pm, make for the perfect play on your day. Full menu with other tasty treats, full bar and more! H, O
King Crab $$$ 1700 N. Zaragoza Suite 154 | (915) 849-8697 You can’t get seafood like this anywhere else in El Paso. With Chef Pierre bringing his Cajun home-style cooking from New Orleans, the
The Notorious B.L.T. at Murray’s $-$$ 1580 George Dieter, Suite 105 | (915) 328-1808
seafood boils and dishes will leave your mouth watering for more. Fresh seafood is brought in twice a week. Come in and try for yourself. PR, H
Home to the ‘Best Cocktails’ of 2016 is also the spot for another El Paso favorite: The Notorious B.L.T. food truck at Murray’s are some of the best tacos you’ll find around town! Their Mexican street-style tacos have quickly taken Murray’s-goers by storm and are available daily until 11p.m. The perfect complement to their top-rated cocktails makes for an official, win-win bar experience! DF, H, O
3450 S. Fabens Carlsbad Rd. Fabens, TX 79838 | (915) 544-3200 This is a family-style restaurant located on a 46 square mile working ranch. Come savor our famous juicy steaks and mesquite-smoked BBQ while enjoying miles of desert scenery and spectacular sunsets! PR, O
Mesa Street Grill $$$
The Garden Grill
3800 N Mesa St., Ste D1 | (915) 532-1881
111 W. University Ave. | (915) 351-2121 Mesa Street Grill introduces their newest dessert creation – the Pineapple Crostata. This refreshing blend of pineapple, cinnamon and nutmeg is crowned with a cashew crumble and handmade sugar garnish. Taste this dessert once and it’s sure to become a summertime favorite. O, H, PR, H
Rulis International Kitchen
Enjoy American cuisine with influences from around the world. Try the popular green chili soup, sip on some wine after work or class and enjoy El Paso’s weather on our outdoor patio. Located inside the Hilton Garden Inn, this treasure is for all of El Paso to experience. O, H
4176 N. Mesa St. | (915) 313-4806 Take a bite out of any of the delicious plates being served at Rulis’ International Kitchen. As winners of Best Beer Selection for Best of The City 2015, there’s also a good reason to stay and drink. On Sundays try their savory Paella dish or stop in for Happy Hour Mon. - Fri. 4 – 7 p.m and Th-Sat 9 – 11 p.m. O, H, PR, DF
Prices: $ - Low Priced Patio/Outdoor Seating - O
$$ - Medium Range Dog Friendly- DF
$$$ - High Priced $$$$ - Exquisite Dining Party/Private Room - PR Happy Hour - H
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RGU Cancer Center.......................................................Pg. 37
Autism Society of Texas – El Paso................................Pg. 25
Robe-Ana Construction....................................................Pg. 4
Bogart’s Steakhouse......................................................Pg. 83
Scott Asbury, Allstate Insurance....................................Pg. 87
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D’ansa Jazz Stage..........................................................Pg. 97
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Dr. Jorge Villarreal........................................................Pg. 110
Southwest Plastic Surgery..............................................Pg. 9
Edge of Texas................................................................Pg. 85
Southwest University at El Paso.................................Pg. 2, 3
Elaine Gordon Consulting............................................Pg. 115
Spectrum Technologies...............................................Pg. 103
El Paso Country Club.....................................................Pg. 45
Sugar Skull Fashion Boutique........................................Pg. 99
Fox Auto Group.............................................................Pg. 73
Sun City Craft Beer Festival...........................................Pg. 79
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Sunset Funeral Homes..................................................Pg. 85
Grace the Psychic Lady.................................................Pg. 95
Table Occasions.............................................................Pg. 97
Hal Marcus Gallery......................................................Pg. 110
Hotel Indigo.................................................................Pg. 101
The Green Ingredient.....................................................Pg. 36
Hughes Financial Group.................................................Pg. 76
The Hospitals of Providence..........................................Pg. 13
Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino....................Pg.11
The Hospitals of Providence Children’s Hospital...........Pg. 57
Kayton Lee Residential....................................................Pg. 5
The Italian Kitchen West................................................Pg. 37
KB Realty.......................................................................Pg. 39
The State Line...............................................................Pg. 94
KTSM News Channel 9...............................................Pg. 107
Vanities Jewelry & Gifts, Inc............................................Pg. 1
Mattress Firm............................................. Inside Back Cover
Mix/Salon and Spa.......................................................Pg. 123
Wyatt/Underwood Trail Lawyers...................................Pg. 15
Nicholas Reyes Hair Salon.............................................Pg. 31
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Quatermane Salon.......................................................Pg. 113
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