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An Attitude of Gratitude If you havent read Randy Pauschs num- ber one best seller The Last Lecture or seen the video on YouTube I implore you to make the hour-long investment this holiday season. Its the true story of a college profes- sor who finally gets his life exactly where he wants it and finds out he has just months to live. Pausch shows grit grace humor and honesty as he imparts his wisdom all the while reminding us to spend our time wisely and to live in a constant state of gratitude. Thats a solid message. For ourselves and for our kids. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holi- days not just because the Lilly family comes to town and warms our home our friend Nancy Lieberman hosts her annual touch football competition were gonna win this year and my sister-in-law Mindi throws a luncheon of epic gastronomical proportions but because the holiday is focused on giving thanks. Something we dont always take the time to do. So as Good Life Family closes in on completing our first year in business I have SO MANY people to thank First and foremost I am grateful to my husband of 19 years David and my chil- dren Bryce 17 Jaxie 16 and Lindsey 14 for sharing the time that used to be 100 percent yours and for giving me a reason to care so much and love so deeply. And for allowing me to use so many emojis in my text mes- sages I am grateful for my teammates who work alongside me every day a team who has invested their time hearts and talent in our purpose to enrich the lives of others I am grateful for our advertisers who invest their financial resources because they recognize that our readers are not simply a dominant target audience indeed we are but that we are a community of people who benefit from learning I am grateful to our Advisory Board whose collective wisdom and dedi- cation throughout this year has served as a sounding board and a source of great insight and inspiration I am grateful for the amazing people far too many to name that are impacting lives every day in our community philanthropists executive directors volunteers business leaders PTA parents teachers soldiers survivors most of whose names you would not even recognize but whose words and deeds inspire us to do more give more think more every day and I am grateful to our readers print and digital because with- out your desire to live learn and laugh with us we would just be talking to ourselves. In the spirit of gratitude this issue of Good Life Family is focusing on giving giv- ing thanks giving time giving love giving knowledge. The spirit of giving is alive in our communities and we are honored and humbled to be your conduit. Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other. - Randy Pausch NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2015 7 Contributors goodPEOPLE Rick Seaney Travel Expert Internationally known travel and airfare expert Rick Seaney CEO and co-founder of FareCompare is the medias go-to resource for airline industry news. Ricks mission is clear I wanttohelpconsum- ersfindthebestflight deals available every time they shop and he loves to share his insider information. Besides his advice blog on FareCompare Rick began writing a weekly column for ABCNewsbackin2008whichcontinuesto this day he is also USA Todays Airfare Ex- pertcolumnistaswellasaregularcontrib- utor to Fox News and is frequently quoted in the pages of the New York Times Wall St. Journal Huffington Post and more. Dr. Susan Sugerman Adolescent Medicine Physician Board Certified by the American Academy of Pediatrics Dr. Sugerman is the presi- dent and co-founder of Girls to Women Health and Wellness GTW a multidis- ciplinary medical practice in north Dallas dedicated to the physical and emotional needs of girls and young women ages 10-25. Published au- thor and speaker on subjects ranging from adolescent develop- ment bullying sex- uality and risk taking to resilience and preparing teens to tran- sition to college she brings a professional perspective onwhats normal and whats notwhen considering the struggles and celebrations of our youth as well as some wisdom about how the grownups in their livescansupportthemtobecomehealthy adults who can take good care of them- selves. Paige McCoy Smith TV Personality PaigeMcCoySmithisatelevisionpersonali- ty radio host and professional speaker who has entertained and educated audiences with content that resonates with the notsoperfectside oflife. Sheisaregu- laronWFAAChannel 8s Good Morning Texas and has made a name for herself being a real and relat- able mom who gives women the freedom to be who they are perfectly imperfect. As Paige saysIts not about being perfect. Its aboutbeingreal.Letsstumbleonthisjour- ney together. James Bryant Director of Programs James Bryant is Director of Programs at Grant Halliburton Foundation a Dallas nonprofitorganizationcommittedtoteen and young adult mental health and sui- cide prevention. A seasoned professional in creating and implementing advocacy initiatives James has a long career work- ing on public health issues. Prior James spent time with CONTACT Crisis Line and over 13 years with Mothers Against Drunk Driving overseeing a wide range of campaigns across the country. Kristin Cicciarelli ProfessionalWriter Kristin Cicciarelli is a free- lance writer and editor in the Dallas area spe- cializing in ghost writ- ing magazine articles marketing content in- cluding newsletters and advertising and helping small businesses improve their search en- gine rankings. Her articles generally fo- cusing on living a healthier more balanced life have appeared in a number of print and e-zine sites including Dallas Child Skin Inc. Les Nouvelles Aesthetiques Dermascope In With Skin AZ Net News and more. With Our Deepest Thanks The 2015 Editorial Advisory Board Over the past year weve been on quite the journey and it would have happened as smoothly without our Editorial Advisory Board. Their collective wisdom and dedication to GLF served as a non-stop sounding board and a source of great education inspiration and admiration. James Bland Photographer James Bland has been showcasing his award-winning craftsmanship as a photogra- pher for over 25 years. His zeal for capturing the essence of the people in front of the lens is evident in each of his pieces of work. He has earned numerous local and in- ternational awards and his portrait photography work has been showcased in exhibits and shows in Dallas and Washington D.C. His clients include advertising agencies national and regional magazinesrecordcompaniesandcorporateleaders.Blandsim- pressive work is splashed throughout this issue of GLF including on the cover and fashion pages. Amy Levenson Krumholz Designer and Stylist Amy Levenson Krumholz has worked in thefashionworldforover20years.For14 years she owned a showroom at the Dal- las Apparel Mart and represented over 85 lines of womens clothing andaccessories.She has designed three lines of contempo- rary sportswear and served as a retail buyer consultant and stylist on numerous photo shoots. For the last 12 years Amy has worked with indi- vidual clients helping them discover their own personal style. Her services include wardrobe assessment closet makeovers and personal shopping. You may have caught one of Amys fashion segments on Good Morning Texas. She has three wonderfulboysatthreedifferentschools which keep her very busy Rebecca Baker ExecutiveDirectorTheJimUtleyFoundation Christopher Bianez LawEnforcementOfficerStudentMentor Michael Cohen ElderLawAttorney Dr. Sandy Gluckman FunctionalBehaviorHealthCoach Vanita Halliburton FounderandPresident TheGrantHalliburtonFoundation William McLaughlin HighSchoolPrincipal Dr. Cary A. Israel PresidentEmeritusofCollinCollege Pamela Blankenship Murray ExecutiveDirectorC.A.R.E. Sonja Pegram MiddleSchoolPrincipal Dr. Leslie Pidgeon EmergencyPhysician Stephany Sipes AssistantHighSchoolPrincipal Dr. Susan Sugerman AdolescentMedicinePhysician We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give. - Winston Churchill 8 NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2015 VIPAWARD Dallas has become a world-class city yet tonight an estimated 5000 children and their families will not have a safe place to sleep. Heartbreak to Heroine AFTER THE DEATH OF HER 19-YEAR-OLD SON VANITA HALLIBURTON BECAME A CHAMPION FOR CHANGE IN SOCIETYS ATTITUDE ABOUT MENTAL ILLNESS. NOW WERE TALKING. Few parents can imagine a tragedy worse than the death of their child. Vanita Halliburton not only had to endure such a tragedy but also had to exist with the reality that her son took his own life. Grant Halliburton was a gifted young artist and musician who graduated from Plano West Senior High School in 2005 and went on to attend the University of Texas at Aus- tin. His passion for music and art accompanied by his genuine warmth and affec- tion for the people in his life assured him a lasting place in the hearts of many. But Grant also had the demons of bipolar disorder and depression fighting inside him to take con- trol of his life and destroy his young adulthood. Ultimately the bad guys won the battle and at the age of 19 Grant jumped off of a 10-story building to his death. The Halliburton family had known for five years that Grant was struggling with some form of mental illness when they dis- covered he had been cutting himself in the eighth grade. The Halliburtons did everything in their power to get help for Grant using every possible resource they could muster to help him find his way back. However his symptoms continued to worsen over time and Halliburton says they just simply did not have all of the information about how to help Grant or even know where to look for it. She attributes this dearth of resources to the stigma associated with mental illness. After Grants death in November of 2005 Halliburton expe- rienced all of the heartache and shock one associates with this type of tragedy. She just wanted answers as to how this could have happened to her bright and talented son who seemed to have such a promising future before him. While searching for answers Halliburton discovered what a silent epidemic mental illness in teens had become. The American Psychiatric Associa- tion estimates that one in five young people in the United States suffers from a diagnosable treatable mental illness. Yet nearly two-thirds of them get little or no help. Halliburton was deter- mined to bring this rampant problem out of the dark and into the light. This type of situation should not happen to someone elses child simply because a parent could not find the resources to save his or her childs life. Halliburton says At the same time that I was wrestling with the devastating grief of losing my son I felt this fierce desire welling up inside a desire to do something to help other families and other young peo- ple find a better ending to their stories than ours. Thus the Grant Halliburton Foundation was born in early 2006. Halliburton using her background in marketing and adver- tising has created an organization determined to eliminate the mystery surrounding mental illness and therefore to help pre- Vanita says of Grant Music and art were his passions but to Grant people were the most important part of life. He was known for his creativity his warmth his easy smile and his love of people. His high school classmates voted him Most Likely to Become a Recording ArtistandCoolest Kid on Campus. At the same time that I was wrestling with the devastating grief of losing my son I felt this fierce desire welling up inside a desire to do something to help other families andotheryoungpeoplefindabetter ending to their stories than ours. - Vanita Halliburton By Melissa Chaiken Section Editor is a website provided by the Grant Halliburton Foundation that features a searchable database of mental health providers and resources in NorthTexas. NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2015 9 VIPAWARD vent youth suicide promote better mental health and strengthen the network of mental health resources for young people. She repeatedly stresses that mental illness is simply an- other treatable medical condition and likens societys mindset toward it to the stigma that was associated with cancer not so long ago. People whispered about the C word as if it were a shameful disease. What has changed that A massive ongoing effort to educate the public about cancer says Halliburton. Education Halliburton insists is the key to changing societys attitude toward mental illness. She is a frequent speaker to students school staff parents and mental health pro- fessionals on the importance of recognizing symptoms of mental illness and early inter- vention. Halliburton says that parents should make it a priority to know the symptoms of mental and emotional distress in their teens as readily as they know the symptoms of an oncoming cold or flu. She also believes it is important to educate teens about how to recognize the signs of mental distress in each other because teens often show different aspects of themselves to peers and can tend to hide feelings or problems from their parents. Vanita Halliburton is a fighter and an inspiration. She says that after Grants death she felt she had lost so much more than her son she lost her foundation and her faith. She fought her way out of this abyss of hopelessness and despair and she found a way to use her heartbreak to help others. Halliburton says the thought of another young person suffering and giving up hope or another family struggling to find the right help for their child helped her realize what she had to do with the next chapter of her life. She believes that Grant would be pleased with the work the Foundation is doing to help teens and young adults navigate the darkness of mental illness. Halli- burton says Grant was one of the most genuinely caring people Ive ever known. He touched many lives with his boundless capacity to support and encourage. Like mother like son. When you meet Vanita you are instantly mesmerized by the unlikely combination of grace and grit. Instead of sinking into an abyss we all imagine wed want to fall into this devastated mom breathes life into her sons legacy by pouring her heart into educating families and inspiring us to change our attitude toward mental illness. To say she inspires us is an understatement of epic proportions. - Sheryl Pidgeon editor-in-chief GLF To nominate someone you know for the GLFVIP Very Inspiring Parent Award go to KEEPING AN EYE OUT FOR SIGNS OF MENTAL ILLNESS IN TEENS The key word is changewhich can come in the form of uncharacteristic anxiety fearfulness irritability anger aggression conflicts with others changes in eating or sleeping habits falling grades or use of alcohol or drugs. Halliburtonisafrequentspeakertostudentsschoolstaffparentsandmentalhealthprofession- als on the importance of recognizing symptoms of mental illness and early intervention. Half of allmentaldisordersbeginbytheageof14.Thisfactaloneshouldconvinceusthatearlyinterven- tion is essential to maintaining good mental health for our children. Our VIP Very Inspiring Parent Award honors the everyday and not-so-everyday heroes in our midst. Those whose tenacity integrity and courage inspire others to exemplify the same character and put their families and community first in spite of the challenges life has thrown at them. Good Life Family will present the recipient with an elegant crystal award and will make a donation to the charity of their choice. There will be on VIP award recipient in each issue of Good Life Family magazine and featured on GoodLifeFamilyMag. com. For complete details or to nominate visit or email Tricia Untitled by Grant Halliburton 10 NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2015 Talking about mental health with teens can be challenging. By using open-ended questions you allow teens to answer in their own words. Here are some questions to get the conversation going and open up the lines of communication with teens. Break the ice. Sometimes you just need a way to engage a teenager and start a conversation. If you could have anyone do the voice-over for your reflections on life who would it be What is one of the most adventurous things youve ever done What is some place that you would really like to visit If you could be a contestant on any game show which one would you choose If you could have any one superpower which one would you choose and why If you had 1000 to spend how would you spend it What is your favorite thing to do with friends What is your dream car If you could go on a trip anywhere with three other people where would you go and what three people would you take What was your favorite movie when you were younger Steer the conversation toward mental health. Incorporate these questions into your con- versations to help teens identify and talk about their feelings and experiences on a deeper level. When do you get discouraged When do you feel most vulnerable What is something you like about yourself What is something you are looking forward to doing within the next six months What is one regret you have from last week What was the highlight of your week What is the biggest struggle you are facing in life right now What is one personal tragedy you have overcome Name one weakness and one strength you have. Name one short-term goal and one long-term goal you have. STARTTHE CONVERSATION HOWTOTALKTOTEENS ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH Youth mental health is an area that demands our attention. In the Dallas-FortWorth area there are 1.5 million young people between the ages of 10 and 24. An estimated one in five or about 300000 have a diagnosable treatable mental disorder though less than half seek help. FAST FACTS 1 in 4 teens is bullied and 3 out of 5 teens witness bullying behavior daily. 1 in 6 teens engages in self-harm compared to 1 in 100 adults. High stress levels are the number one trigger for teen depression. Depression is responsible for more suicide deaths than any other risk factor. Suicide is the second leading cause of death amongTexas teens. A young person dies by suicide at the rate of two per week in the DFW Metroplex. 8 out of 10 young people who take their own lives give warning signs of their intent. Here are some common symptoms that indicate your teen might need help Depressed or irritable mood Recurrent thoughts of death of suicidal ideation Diminished interest or pleasure Poor appetite or overeating Weight loss or weight gain Fatigue and loss of energy Feelings of worthlessness Inability to think or concentrate Insomnia inability to sleep or hypersomnia inability to stay awake If you have observed three or more of these symptoms lasting more than two weeks and a noticeable change in your childs functioning it might be appropriate to have your teen evaluated by a physician or mental health professional. WHY FOCUS ON MENTALWELLNESS Being a parent is one of lifes most fulfilling experienc- es. Parents spend most of their childrens lives serving as protectors to provide a healthy upbringing leading to productive adult years. Ensuring that children grow up safe seems like a never-ending challenge and can be a constant struggle for parents. With toddlers parents have more control over their childrens surroundings and can easily protect them from harm. They go in car seats electrical outlets are covered and cabinets are locked. As children grow into their adolescent years the dangers continually expand outward from home into seemingly every corner of their environment. This presents new challenges for parents as they are not always around to protect them from harm. During the teen years most parents begin to worry about their children being bullied online ac- tivities school challenges peer pressure and countless other issues. As teens gain independence parents should remem- ber that they remain the biggest influence on their chil- drens behavior. Inevitably teens will need assistance when they are facing a crisis and it is crucial to have Keeping Teens by James Bryant Contributor NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2015 11 a support system in place. Parental support can be the difference between a child feeling hopeful or hopeless about a situation. One of the best ways for a parent to ensure safety for their teenager is to develop and maintain open lines of communication. The most important action parents can take is to just talk with their teens. This more than any- thing will help provide a barometer on the mindset of a child. Open commu- nication will help lay the groundwork for those times when a teens coping mechanisms are no longer effective and they reach out for help. If teens dont have healthy coping skills or support at home a small crisis can quickly spiral out of control. Stress can drive teens to risky negative be- haviors as a way to cope. It is not uncommon for teens to abuse substances self-harm or use violent outbursts as a way to address their problems. Ulti- mately this might lead to depression and other serious mental health con- cerns including suicidal behavior. Parents sometimes are reluctant to discuss challenging issues with their teens because they dont know what to do. Thankfully there are plenty of re- sources for parents that can help educate and provide guidance not only for themselves but for their children as well. Dont be hesitant to talk with your child. If you dont who will James Bryant is Director of Programs at Grant Halliburton Foundation a Dallas non- profitorganizationcommittedtoteenandyoungadultmentalhealthandsuicideprevention. Safe and Well goodTO KNOW RESOURCESTO HELP PARENTS ANDTEENS Grant Halliburton Foundation offers educational presentations conferences and resources that help teens and parents know how to recognize and respond appropriately to signs of unhealthy or unsafe behaviors which can negatively impact a persons mental health and well-being. Contact for information on how to bring these and other programs to your school or commu- nity. SAFEIssuesThatAffectTodaysTeensandHowParentsCan Help is a presentation designed to help parents understand and address adolescent stress social media concerns peer pressure teen mental health bullying and warning signs for suicide. SAFE Join the Conversation is an interactive program offered through schools to help students understand stress develop posi- tive coping skills recognize signs of depression and suicidal crisis and help a friend in crisisto connect with help. HereForYouth.Com is a new website with a searchable database of mental health providers and resources for children teens and young adults in NorthTexas.Visit What Parents Should Know is a collection of helpful articles for parents including 10Things Parents Can Do to Prevent Suicide How to ProtectYour Child from Cyberbullying and more. Go to httpgranthalliburton.orgforparents.html PeerSupportGroupsofferanopportunityforteenswithmental illnessaswellastheirparentstoshareinformationresourcesand encouragement. All groups are free of charge. Coffee Days meets on the first day of every month and is open to mothers of children teens or young adults with mental health issues. Details at www.GrantHalliburton.orgcoffeedays.html Dad2Dad meets monthly on Saturday mornings. Fathers with a personal stake in the mental health of a young person are wel- cometocomeandconnectwithothersforcoffeeandconversation. Dates and details at www.GrantHalliburton.orgdad2dad.html The Living Room is a peer support group for teens who have mental illness. Information on these groups at www.GrantHalli- burton.orglivingroom.html Find more helpful resources at 12 NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2015 Family is extremely important to attorney Robert Chaiken. Not only is he an involved father of two he and his older brother Kenneth own Chaiken Chaiken P.C. a family- based law firm in Plano. And while theyre regularly involved in complex corporate litigation matters theyre also passionate about representing individuals and families in serious civil injurymattersparticularlythoseinvolvingdrunkordistracted driving and all kinds of injuries suffered by children of any age including fraternity hazing school incidents and bullying. The Chaiken brothers commitment to family doesnt end in the courtroom however. They also spend their non- working time educating others through organizations such as the Young Mens Service League YMSL on the significant impact of civil injury matters on both defendant and plaintiff including the extreme dangers for both sides of being involved in these heinous activities. Its not just the roads where our kids are getting hurt. Its important that everyone understands the legal ramifications of injuring a child Chaiken says. Hes also the Texas representative for the Child Injury Network which is a network of attorneys across the country dedicated to protecting children. Interestingly Chaikens career didnt start out on this path. His first job out of law school was at a large Fort Worth corporate defense firm often representing product manufacturers in personal injury catastrophic injury and wrongful death lawsuits. His defense work opened his eyes to the impact these types of cases can have on plaintiffs particularly families. When I left that firm and went out on my own I just felt more comfortable on the other side Chaiken says. Because we operate on a contingency fee basis for our injury claims we can help a broader range of clients including those with limitations due to physical injury-related or financial resources. Since its establishment in 1998 Chaiken Chaiken has evolved into a full service crisis management practice quickly getting behind new and existing clients by obtaining or documenting evidence making necessary phone calls and marshaling all appropriate resources. Unfortunately crisis is sometimes inevitable Chaiken says. Serious injury and wrongful death cases are particularly sensitive often involving grief raw emotions and the need for medical attention. These smart efficient and trustworthy lawyers handle everything clients need from a legal standpoint so that they can get back to whats most importanttaking care of themselves and their families. When asked which cases have impacted him the most Chaiken says there have been several and most have been similar in terms of issues The ones that really get you are the senseless injuries such as those involving drunk or distracted drivingthings that didnt have to happen if a little extra planning or attention had been applied. Distracted and impaired driving also occurs when drivers even commercial truck drivers are fatigued from working too many hours. WhilehebelievesthatnonprofitorganizationssuchasMothers Against Drunk Driving MADD have made tremendous strides in creating public awareness of the dangers of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs we have a long way to go when it comes to distracted driving typically caused by texting and talking on cell phones. Most people believe that drunk driving is evil but we dont apply the same stigma to texting or taking a selfie while behind the wheeland I see people doing it all the time. Its absolutely just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated he says. Because so many teens and tweens now have cell phones and many of them drive the statistics for distracted driving injuries are increasing at an alarming rate. If youre a parent what can you do to stop this unwanted growing trend We need more dialogue with our kids. Talk to them about it regularly. Remind them that in todays technological world its very easy to determine when a driver is using his cell phone so dont think that if theres an accident they wont get caught. Get them to sign a contract stating they wont text or talk and drive before you hand over your car keys. Instruct them to put their cell phones in their glove compartments while driving and if they need them for GPS let a passenger navigate directions if possible Chaiken states. Perhaps the most important thing parents can do to increase awareness is to set a good example. Examine your own driving habits and be honest about them. Always let your children see you pull over to answer a call and text. Practice what you preach without exception. Many of our clients become like extended family members to us Chaiken says and we want them enjoying their own for many years to come. Standing up for kids like they were their ownthats the hallmark of this truly compassionate law firm. To learn more about Chaiken Chaiken P.C. visit Standing up for Kids and Families is a by Kristin Cicciarelli Contributor We need more dialogue with our kids. Talk to them regularly. Remind them that in todays technological world its very easy to determine when a driver is using his cell phone so dont think that if theres an accident they wont get caught. Top Priority for Robert Chaiken Most people believe that drunk driving is evil but we dont apply the same stigma to texting or taking a selfie while behind the wheeland I see people doing it all the time. Its absolutely just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. - Robert Chaiken 14 NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2015 Teaching Your Teens Fiscal Responsibility T H E G I F T O F F I N A N C I A L S AV V Y goodADVICE by AliciaWanek StaffWriter My sons teacher gave birth this week to her first child. When my twins were born I thought 18 years seemed like such a long time to teach them everything they would need to know to live successful adult lives. Boy was I wrong Now that they are in high school I feel like I have very little time left to make sure theyll be able to function in the big wide world. Will they be able to live on their own and take care of themselves How do we teach them to appreciate the value of a dollar In this season filled with abundance we also have the opportunity to share with our children the gift of financial savvy. Chuck Cowell Dallas Market Chairman for Guaranty Bank Trust says the key is to start early. The earlier kids get ex- posed to saving money and learning fiscal responsibility the better. He recommends letting even young children have money of their own. As they get older you can help them open their own checking account with a debit card preferably at a bank that will work with them from day one. Let them see how a community bank with a face behind it can offer a personal relationship with even the youngest client. Next Chuck says that when kids turn 18 you can help them build a good credit history. At first their car insurance rates are based on credit history. Then as they begin to apply for jobs employers will check their credit scores. Your credit score is a sign of how you handle yourself. Bad credit sinks you says Chuck. Much of what kids learn comes from how they see their par- ents handle money. Bryan Camper certified financial planner and wealth manager with Camper Rogers believes Parents dont always understand how their example sets the tone their kids will follow. If they spend more than they make their kids will too. If they live frugally so will their children. Their fi- nancial DNA is established early. Some of the lessons have to be taught. Showing kids how to create a budget getting them to donate some of their own money to charity and explaining how interest rates affect actual cost are lessons they likely wont learn in school. Even bigger is helping them to see the difference between wants and needs. They need clothes but they dont have to have name-brands for example. Bryan believes this generation often has an artificial sense of need. You as parents may have to make some non-popular de- cisions to help them learn that lesson. You may or may not be comfortable discussing your personal finances with your children but you can discuss basic principles. Let your children know how you make fi- nancial decisions. We had to replace the air conditioning unit this spring so well have to adjust our vacation plans this sum- mer. Or Your mom has been working hard and got a bonus. What do you think we should use the money for These days kids may see their parents as their personal ATM. Todays kids arent used to delayed gratification and tend to be more impulsive with their purchases. Its important for them to know what it means to bring in their own money. Its easier to teach lessons of fiscal responsibility when the money is earned rather than given ac- cording to Bryan. This lesson was driven home in my own family. My twin daughters got iPads when they were 12 and thought it would be un- fair for their younger brother to get one any earlier. He took it upon himself to clean up after neighbors dogs ask grandparents for odd jobs and save his birthday money to purchase his own device. The proud look on his face when he pulled out his own crumpled wad of cash was priceless. I was convinced that he learned a big lesson that day and so did I. - Bryan Camper certified financial planner and wealth manager with Camper Rogers Its important for them to know what it means to bring in their own money. Its easier to teach lessons of fiscal responsibility when the money is earned rather than given. For more information contact Bryan Camper at www. or Chuck Cowell at NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2015 15 goodADVICE Wrapping Up the Future for Your Family When it comes to holiday shopping are you the one who has all the purchases made by Thanksgiving and then sits back to enjoy the seasonal festivities Or are you the one running around last-minute trying to find something you can wrap in time Most of us would agree that when we take the time to think about our loved ones and shop around the holidays are much calmer and we feel better knowing that were giving that family member the perfect gift. The perfect gift you may buy for your family members this year cant be purchased in a retail store. A life insurance policy gives the gift of peace of mind knowing that youve provided for your family members when youre gone. Bobby Davidson local independent insurance agent can be your personal shopper. His 360 review asks all the right questions about you and your family to help you know youve purchased just the right policy. People need life insurance for different reasons Bobby says. The personalized attention he gives each of his clients during his 360 review considers his or her individual needs to determine how the policy should be set up and how much insurance each client needs. As you are planning toward the end of year in regard to all of your finances its a perfect time to look at your insurance needs according to Bobby. When you consider making those tax-deductible donations using up your FSAs and contributing to retirement accounts you should also look at your life insurance policies. Additionally at this time of year you may have more time with family to have some much- needed discussions when you are all together. We usually have some down time as the year comes to a close so take some of that time to call Bobby and set up an appointment. We never know what tomorrow will bring and insurance is ALWAYS better purchased now than later. Your rating and thus your rates can change just like that. Did you know even a weight gain can change your rating That may not be what we want to hear before the holidays but it may inspire you to get a life insurance policy in place before the holiday festivities begin. Theres never an ideal time to purchase life insurance but we all need it. Do your insurance shopping now and give your family the perfect gift. by AliciaWanek StaffWriter For more information contact your insurance agent or contact Bobby Davidson at 972.980.4884 or for a complimentary 360 Review Consultation. T H E G I F T O F P E A C E O F M I N D Whenyouconsidermakingthose tax-deductible donations using up your FSAs and contributing to retirement accounts you should also look at your life insurance policies. - Bobby Davidson Davidson Insurance Services goodGIFTS Cheap Winter Vacations IN FOUR EASY STEPS by Rick Seaney Contributor The holidays can be a killer shopping cooking and family visiting not to mention the cleaning up. So you deserve a vacation or maybe you dont but I wont tell. Fortunately winter is the perfect time for a cheap getaway. Heres how to create one in four easy steps but you must act now. STEP ONE CHOOSE THE RIGHT DESTINATION Some destination ideas that wont break the bank The Caribbean will be pricy but there are often a few relative bargains including Puerto Rico the Bahamas and sometimes Bermuda especially from New York. Flights to Florida are usually good deals especially Fort Lauderdale Miami Orlando and Tampa. Skiers should look at two generally cheap cities Boston which offers easy access to New England resorts or Denver the gateway to excellent skiing in the Rockies. STEP TWO FLY WHEN ITS CHEAP Find some of the best domestic deals of the year after the first week of January through mid-February. Make it even cheaper by flying during the week Tuesdays and Wednesdays but Saturdays can be cheap too. Tip Avoid flights on Fridays and Sundays which is when youll typically pay top dollar. STEP THREE LOOK AT PACKAGE DEALS Some airlines offer packages which include flights plus a hotel deal and sometimes even a rental car. Look at these options carefully though the hotels may be more than youd be willing to pay normally but the overall discount may put the total package within reach. STEP FOUR BOOK NOW Some airfare deals require advance purchase from 7 - 21 days before departure so book quickly. And remember to fly sooner rather than later because once Presidents Day weekend comes along in February airfares shoot up in anticipation of Spring Break. Rick Seaney is co-founder of FareCompare an airfare search site devoted to helping shoppers find the cheapest flights possible. FareCompare also offers easy-to-use practical information to help travelers save on every step of their journey. goodGIFTS FREE POLAR HEART RATE MONITOR with purchase of any piece of equipment TAX FREE ask manager for details Zero Financing up to 18 MONTHS FREE PERSONAL TRAINER one session with purchase of any piece of equipment ALL ELLIPTICALS TREADMILLS HOME GYMS EXERCISE BIKES ON SALE NOW SALESALE O N T O P N A M E B R A N D S L I K E UP TO 20 OFF DALLAS FRISCO PLANO SOUTHLAKE FORT WORTH Holiday Traditions Temperatures are cooling down the days are starting to get shorter and the holiday season is just around the corner.Thebestpartoftheyearisfinallyuponus Besides the school break delicious food and loads of gifts what is it that makes this time of year so special Whyisitthatourfondestfamilymemoriescanbetraced back to this period The answer is simple Traditions. We all have them and love them no matter how cheesy or childish they may be. Elf on the shelf Christmas cookies left out for Santa Potato pancakes and the dreidel game The rituals we carry out year after year surrounded by our loved ones add a personal aspect to our holiday spirit. Whether new or old these traditions bringustogetherandhelpuscreatefondmemories. With the holidays approaching once again its the perfect time to acknowledge and appreciate these specialmoments. Whatareyourmosttreasuredholidaytraditions by Madison Cook StaffWriter CompiledbyTriciaWhite ManagingEditorand SavannahPeer StaffWriter 20 NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2015 10 FAMILY-FUN FESTIVITIES TO CELEBRATE THE SEASON Tis the season to be jolly so put away your holiday shopping list just for a few hours and take in the magic of the sights and sounds of the season in the Saint Nick of time by Savannah Peer StaffWriter No. 1The 12 Days of Christmas at the Dallas Arboretum Many people are familiar with the twelve days of Christmas song so why not enjoy it in a three dimensional ex- perience Everyone loves holiday lights no matter how old you are and seeing over 500000 lights in one place is something that no one in the family will want to miss. For tickets and registration visit No. 2Panther Island Ice in FortWorth True its a bit of a drive but its also a long winter break. Sharpen you skating skills at Panther Island Ice beginning November 20th. FortWorths only outdoor skating rink remains open 7 days a week including all holidays through January 18th. Even thoughtTexas isnt known for outdoor winter sports Panther Island Ice is a cool way to make the most of our short winter season. No. 3Home for the Holidays in McKinney The weekend after Thanksgiving in Historic Downtown McKinney features non-stop family activi- ties entertainment and food galore. Christmas Tree Lighting and Candlelight Shopping on Friday Nov. 27 at 6 p.m. and start or finish your Christmas shopping with Candlelight Shopping until 8 p.m. at all the unique shops on the square. McKinneyTexas.orgcalendar No. 4Sounds of the Season atWatters Creek Enjoy live music non-stop festivities and free carriage rides while you tackle your holiday shopping list. Dozens of unique boutiques plus some of the best family dining options gathered in one area.Throw in a slice of oreo cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory and you have yourself one happy teenager. Check details daily at No. 6HolidayTrail of Lights at the Heard Museum Even though the cold weather is on its way there is nothing wrong with enjoying a short naturetrailwithChristmaslights.Bundleuploaduptheentirefamilyandbringhotchoc- olatetoenjoyatrailofholidaylightsattheHeardMuseum.Foradmissionfeesdatesand times visit No. 5Dickens in Historic Plano Charles Dickens idea of a Christmas Carol is brought to life with this historic festival in Downtown Plano. A fun way to travel to the activities is to catch the DART train from the BushTurnpike or Parker Road DART stations. See Calendar of Events for more details. No. 8AdolphusTea Afternoon tea is the best way to warm up on a cold wintry day. Plan a mother and daugh- ter date at the Adolphus Hotel for afternoon tea time. Four courses are served along with a variation of teas in this two hour event every Friday through Sunday. For more informa- tion about reservations and the menu visit www.hoteladolphus.comdiningafter- noon-tea. No. 7Jingle Bell RunWalk Runorwalkwithjinglebellsonyourshoelacesforagreatcausethiswinterseason on this 1 mile or 5k holiday race series on Dec. 22 at Hilton Anatole. Anyone and everyonecanjointhisfamily-friendlyeventanditsawonderfulwaytospendtime with the family while giving back to the community as well. Dallasjinglebellrun. com No. 10 The Jingle Ball Ok people its loud its rowdy and its not the Dallas Mavs but this is THE concert of the holiday season.Trust us when we say your kids will think you are the coolest parents ever unless you start dancing in your seat. 1201 DallasTX American Airlines Center One Direction Calvin Harris Demi Lovato 5 Seconds of Summer Ellie Goulding Zedd Shawn MendesTove Lo Charlie Puth DNCE and more. No. 9 Studio Movie Grill Its hard enough finding a restaurant everyone can agree on never mind a movie. WellenterSMGtheperfectspotfortheentirefamilyorsneakawayfordatenight ThenewestlocationinTheColonyisaspectacularmixofstate-of-the-artsoundand screens plus a top-notch American grill menu and premium bar delivered right to yourpersonaltable. Multiplelocations. NoteThePlanolocationisunderrenovation. NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2015 21 The holidays are just around the corner and that means its time to celebrate our love for Walt Disney Apple electronics and Wii games. Waittheres something wrong with that statement Arent holidays really supposed to be about family and friends Shared experiences Perhaps a time to reflect on life And how about an opportunity to express gratitude for that which you already have The answer of course is yes. But try telling that to your wistful children whose gift lists are as long as the Magna Carta and whose friends are all getting the latest fill-in-the-blank. How do par- ents navigate around the fact that we do live in a material world yet successfully teach children to be more about giving than receiving Mary Sanger a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and FounderCEO of Insights Collaborative Therapy Group in Dallas thinks it begins with family traditions. Family traditions give a sense of cultural or religious identity and heritage Sanger says. They communicate a familys belief system and teach what the familys val- ues are. Traditions also provide kids with a strong foun- dation to stand on when theyre searching for their own identity and sense of self grounding and connecting them to family over many generations. Traditions are a stable force against outside pressures to conform to the materialistic society in which we live. Yes children are going to ask for things. And its both fun and rewarding to watch them unwrap a few pres- ents. But overindulging rarely pays off and instead can create unrealistic expectations and a lack of gratitude. Instead of showering children with gifts indulge them with your time. Spending time together as a family facilitates kids getting outside of themselves being in relationships with others having wholesome fun and doing something for people they care about Sanger says. This year help your kids bring the focus of the holi- days onto togetherness and family traditions both old and new. Without a doubt youll create special mem- ories that will last them a lifetime unlike last years video game. Living in a Material World THE IMPORTANCE OF FAMILY TRADITIONS by Kristin Cicciarelli Contributor IDEAS FOR CREATING NEW FAMILYTRADITIONS Salvation Army Adopt an Angel Tree Giving opportu- nities like these are in nearly every shopping center school and religious institution soon after Thanksgiving. Set the date when your family will choose an ornament from the tree and then shop together for a child in need. Reading Night Choose an evening where everyone sits down together and one person reads a short holiday themed book or passage. Take turns each year on the reader and dont forget the hot chocolate marshmallows and maybe a roaring fire in the fireplace. Be Charitable Whether you choose to bake cookies for a charity volunteer your service at a soup kitchen or take up a collection for a monetary donation include the kids in your ac- tivities. Theres no better teaching example than doing. Light the Candles or Trim the Tree Together Just because teens and tweens have busy social calendars doesnt mean Mom and Dad need to schlep out all the holiday dcor while their offspring are at the movies. Kids enjoy seeing the house decorated for the holidays so let them be a part of the process. Food Related Traditions Food provides a wonderful op- portunity to celebrate your familys heritage bring a sense of culture into your traditions or simply gather for nourishment and pleasure. Whether you incorporate Grandmas elaborate biscuit recipe into the big meal or takeout from your kidsfavor- ite and pricey restaurant serve something that you wouldnt serve on a regular day. It will give all of you something to look forward to each and every holiday. For more information about Insights Therapy Group or Mary Sanger M.A. LPC-SLMFT-S LCDC visit 22 NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2015 goodMEMORIES W H AT A R E YO U R M O S T T R E A S U R E D H O L I D AY T R A D I T I O N S Tweens Tell Us My grandparents take me my parents brothers cousins aunts and uncles on a beach trip every year for the whole week ofThanksgiving. They start- ed doing that before I was even born. Its awesome to spend the week with my extended family and the best part is all being together. We dont even care about tra- ditional foods. Sometimes weve even had Costa Rican beans and rice and watermelon for Thanksgiving - Zoe Bell 7th grader Parkhill Jr. High pictured below with her extended family My favorite holiday tradition is spending time with family and friends that I love. Last year my fam- ily started a new tradition. We had a big Hanukkah party. Exchanging white elephant gifts was the best -Sophia Weiss 6th grader Renner Mid- dle School On New Years Eve my family including cousins aunts uncles and one year my great-grandmother all get together at my grandmothers house to ring in the New Year. We sing karaoke good singers and bad dance and drink sparkling apple cider. We always watch the Times Square Ball drop at midnight in New York City on television and look forward to the new year. - Lily Russell 6th Grade Prince of Peace Christian School Early Learning Center Teens Tell Us My favorite holiday tradition is running the Tur- key Trot before my family goes to the Dallas Cow- boys game on Thanksgiving Day. We get there hours before kickoff to join up with our friends and tailgate before heading into the game. We all bring the entire meal to share turkey sides pies. We can eat with less guilt since we start the day with a 5K. - Blake Heckel Junior Jesuit School pictured above left with his brothers Kyle and Ben at the Turkey Trot. Every year my whole family goes to my grandpar- ents house in Atlanta. We always go on a family hike and do an art activity that my grandma whos an artist creates like painting small canvases that she hangs in a group. And we all cook all together on Thanksgiving day. Its the best And every year we take a family pho- to on their stairs with all the grandkids. Carly Miller Mandel Junior Plano West Senior High School shown below on the stairs of her grandparents home alongside all her cousins NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2015 23 goodMEMORIES W H AT A R E YO U R M O S T T R E A S U R E D H O L I D AY T R A D I T I O N S College Students Tell Us My favorite holiday has always been Christmas not just because of the presents but because of all the family time and special traditions we have. The day after Thanksgiving my family puts up and decorates the tree and we decorate the entire house and the whole month of December our house smells like homemade cinnamon candy and delicious baked goods. I love spending so much time together in the kitchen laughing making memories and being together and I will be passing these precious traditions on to my family one day so my kids will love the holidays as much I do. - Sara Sorge Freshman Texas Tech University Every year on Christmas Day we wake everyone up really early open presents eat my moms famous Christmas Casserole and then have an all day movie marathon that has to include Elf and Christ- mas Vacation. The whole family is there and I really enjoy not having to do anything but just sit around with everyone. That family time with no distractions is something that I would love to do with my own family one day. - Corbin Dotson Junior Texas Womans University Being that I will be getting married next year the thought of carrying on traditions and even cre- ating our new ones with my fianc is very exciting. Regardless of the traditions we create though I feel certain Cody and I will continue to participate in my familys annual Christmas Eve festivities. My family and mom along with aunts uncles and cousins come together to eat a big meal watch Christmas movies and simply enjoy otherscompany. - Sarah Gerken Senior Texas Womans University If I could continue my family traditions of playing board games volunteering at Christmas charities and riding sleds pulled by family pick-up trucks along the frigid sheets of ice across neighborhood streets then I could rest assured knowing that I had brought Christmas to my next family generation with love. - Deryl Tschoerner Sophomore UTD As a freshman in college the holiday traditions that I will carry on to my family in the future will be centered around both aspects of my culture that of my birthplace here in America and my ancestry in India. I will continue especially to celebrate Christmas Thanksgiving and Halloween every year wherever I am because those are the holidays that have meant the most to me in my life. For my Indian culture Ill continue to celebrate Diwali and Holi with my family in the future. For Diwali the festival of lights Ill put up lights all over the house light candles everywhere and be sure to light firecrackers. For Holi the festival of colors Ill go with my family for the festive powdered-color fight. - Kabir Ahluwalia Freshman SMU Good Life Family Staff Tell Us I buy each of my kids a Christopher Radko ornament ev- ery year at the beginning of the holiday season. Some years the ornament reflects their current interests basketball snow- boarding skiing dance etc. sometimes I will buy the charity ornament for that year if it is a cause that is dear to us and sometimes it is just a seasonal theme Santa snowman nut- cracker dreidel menorah etc.. When we are decorating our tree it is so wonderful to see their faces as they open the box- es and shout Oh I remember this one or This is my favorite Looks of pure joy And needless to say when you have teens looks of pure joy are few and far between - Melissa Chaiken Section Editor Good Life Family Magazine I have always purchased or made an ornament each year for each of my sons that represents our year. That way when theystarttheirownChristmastreetheywillhaveornamentswith memories attached. Our tree is absolutely alive with memories. - Tricia White Managing Editor Good Life Family Magazine We always have a cookie decorating party with the family traditional sugar cookies loads of buttercream frosting and all kinds of toppings. As the children in our family get older we have added cocktails to the cookie decorating party and some- times the decorated cookies get a little well...inappropriate. But we always have fun and always get full -Bobbie Ames Food Entertainment Editor Good Life Family Magazine 24 NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2015 Our family goes to the Cow- boys game onThanksgiving. Its a good thing that no one is a big fan of turkey since theres not time to cook one. Instead Im known for my lemon rose- mary roasted chicken that is tasty and looks like a baby tur- key We have it every Thanks- giving. - Kim Brown Advertising Marketing Manager Good Life Family Magazine Each Thanksgiving even if weve already been to a big fam- ily lunch my husband and I cook a super nice and formal Thanksgiving dinner. We enlist the help of the kids to set a beautiful table we dress up and then dine by candlelight. Making the dinner a super special and quiet time to talk and laugh we share what were thankful for and how we can use our blessings to bless others over the holiday season. - Beth Donahue Creative Director Good Life Family Magazine My family has always been the ones who throw the holiday parties so each year we have a huge Thanksgiving dinner with our entire family and we cook all day. The Christmas party is my favorite though be- cause everyone brings a gift without a name on it and we play white elephant in order to see who gets the presents. I just love it because it takes the stress off of buying gifts and allows us to spend more quality time together. - Savannah Peer Digital Manager Good Life Family Magazine When my children were little I used to go into each of their classes at school and read the story of Chanukah teach and play the dreidel game and pass out chocolate gelt coins. Now that theyre older we play the dreidel game at home and I make enough potato latkes pancakes to last all eight days of Chanu- kah. - Tracy Graivier Bell Senior Copy Editor Good Life Family Magazine Although we are divorced we have always agreed to share Christmas mornings as a family. Whoever has the boys the other parent goes to the house in PJs eat a big breakfast all together and then we open gifts. - Amy Levenson Krumholz Fashion Editor Good Life Family Magazine One of our longest family traditions is hosting a big Chanukah party to cele- brate the season with all our family and friends. We deco- rate the house pulling out all our kidsholiday art and hand- made menorahs. The menu is all the traditional Chanukah fare potato pancakes beef brisket and all that but our very favorite part is making dessert espe- cially marshmallow dreidels. It was quite a lengthy undertaking when our kids were toddlers more art project than dessert and we were still cleaning up errant sprinkles for weeks Now we can create dozens of mini masterpieces in an hour and its one of my favorite hours of the entire season. - Sheryl Pidgeon Publisher and Editor-In-Chief Good Life Family Magazine goodMEMORIES MARSHMALLOW DREIDELS For an easy spin on the Chanukah top whip up these fun treats that look as good as they taste Marshmallows form the dreidelsbodies chocolate kisses serve as the tips and pretzel sticks act as the knobs. A quick dip in melted white or milk chocolate provides a surface for colorful sprinkles. INGREDIENTS One bag of marshmallows One bag of thin pretzel sticks One bag of Hersheys Kisses One package white chocolate chips One package milk semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips Assorted Sprinkles DIRECTIONS Line a baking sheet with waxed or parchment paper. Using a separate microwave-safe bowl for each type melt the chocolate chipsoverlowheatstirringfrequentlytopreventscorching.Removefrom heat. Spear each marshmallow with a pretzel stick making sure it goes about 34 of the way into the marshmallow. Using the pretzel stick as a handle dip one of your treats into the chocolate so that it is completely coated. Adhere a Hersheys Kiss to the other end of the marshmallow. Place on lined baking sheet and decorate with sprinkles. Putthemarshmallowdreidelsinthefridgefor10minutesbeforeserving. My family has a favorite recipe for Sweet Potato Casserole that I only make during the holidays. -TriciaWhiteManagingEditorGoodLifeFamilyMagazine SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE CASSEROLE stick margarine softened 1 cups sugar teaspoon cinnamon 6 oz. can evaporated milk 2 eggs beaten 1 teaspoon lemon juice 6 8 sweet potatoes cooked and mashed TOPPING INGREDIENTS stick of margarine softened 1 cup pecans chopped 1 cup corn flakes crushed cup brown sugar Mixtogetherthecasseroleingredientsandpourintoagreaseddish. Bakeuncov- ered at 400F for 30-40 minutes until firm. Mix together topping ingredients and spread over cooked casserole. Return to the oven and bake uncovered at 400F for 10 minutes until topping is golden and bubbly. Holidays would not be complete in our home without Bourbon Pumpkin Cheesecake. -BethDonahueCreativeDirectorGoodLifeFamilyMagazine BOURBON PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE AdaptedbytheDonahues CRUST 34 cup graham cracker crumbs 14 cup light brown sugar 12 stick 14 cup unsalted butter melted and cooled FILLING 1 12 cups canned pumpkin 3 large eggs beaten 12 cup light brown sugar 2 tablespoons heavy cream 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 tablespoon bourbon liqueur or bourbon 12 cup granulated sugar 1 tablespoon cornstarch 1 12 teaspoons cinnamon 12 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 12 teaspoon ground ginger 12 teaspoon salt 3 8 ounce packages cream cheese at room temperature TOPPING 2 cups sour cream 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 1 tablespoon bourbon liqueur or bourbon Stir together crust ingredients until combined well. Press crumb mixture evenly onto bottom and 12 inch up sides of a 9-inch springform pan. Chill crust 1 hour. Whisk together pumpkin eggs brown sugar cream vanilla and bourbon until combined. In a separate bowl stir together granulated sugar cornstarch cinna- mon nutmeg ginger and salt. Add cream cheese and beat with an electric mixer at high speed until creamy and smooth about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to medi- um then add pumpkin mixture and beat until smooth. Pour the filling into crust smoothing the top. Place the springform pan into a shallow baking pan and bake at 350F until center is just set 50 to 60 minutes. Transfer to a rack and cool 5 minutes. Whisk together topping ingredients. Spread on top of cheesecake and bake for 5 more minutes. Cool completely in springform pan on a rack. Chill covered until cold at least 4 hours. Remove side of pan and bring to room temperature before serving. Garnish with pecan halves. goodMEMORIES 26 NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2015 goodLOOKS Dressed to Dazzle Charity Lunch Its a season of philanthropy and fashion. For a sophisticated daytime look I put Laurie in an A-Line bright blue blue is the new black shift dress topped with a deconstructed winter white blazer and this seasons must have suede booties. Lauri Paschetag Braschler owns and operates LuLus Blooms LLC an organic landscape company where she can put her passion for recycling and protecting the earth into her daily life. But her passion for recycling and protecting extends most profoundly to the people around her. At the age of 18 as a freshman in college Lauri was in an auto accident that killed two of the five people in the car. When she awoke from a 5-day coma doctors informed her family that she would have permanent brain damage her mind would remain that of a child. Lauri had other plans. Ifoughthardtore-learntosaymynametorememberthingstoread..I did500piecepuzzlesandothermemorizationtacticstoputmybrainback to work. I wanted to get my life back. She returned to college less than two months later still suffering some physical and mental ramifications but a changed young woman determined to live life to the fullest and to help other young people realize their life dreams. When she is not busy planting perennials and creating naturally beautiful landscapes for her clients she is competing in a run a warrior program or other athletic challenge to benefit a cause or person. Encouraging others to achieve what someone else has told them is impossible drives me. Whether thats in school in their work a sports team or an athletic challenge I want everyone to finish strong. TRANSITIONTO COMPANY PARTY To transition to her 300 p.m. office party Laurie could add this long strand of black pearls streamlined heather grey blazer suede pointy toe pumps. Dont forget to toss a red lipstick into this timeless handbag. Ooh la la Most women love to look good and it is my passion to help bring out their assets and personalities using fashion. The holiday season is filled with all types of parties and finding the right attire can be confusing. Here are some suggestions for looking great at any event. Entertaining at Home Youvedeckedyourhallsandinvitedfriendsovertobe jolly. My advice A trendy blend of casual and festive. Here Meridith is wearing a bare shoulder dressed- up T-shirt part of her own Maniac collection - with emerald green suede leggings over the knee boots a must have and an oversized necklace to pull it all together. Meridith Casey is the founder of Dallas-based company Maniac which gives100ofnetprofitstoDallasChildandFamilyGuidanceCenteran organization that has provided counseling and treatment to those in need for over 100 years. Armed with a business degree from the University of Georgia and a love of fashion Meridiths life took a turn when her adult brother was diagnosed with bipolar disorder three years ago. Maniac is the merger of my passion for casual comfortable stylish clothing with my compassionformybrotherandthoselikehimshesays. TRANSITIONTO COCKTAIL ATTIRE Swap the over the knee boots for a dressy ankle strap shoe and throw on a statement faux fur jacket and a gold chain purse to turn heads at a fancier fete. Fab TOP Maniac NECKLACE Sukan GREEN SUEDE PANTS AND JACKET ElieTahari at NorthPark BOOTS Chanel SHOES AND PURSE Jimmy Choo DRESS AND GREY BLAZER Elie Tahari at Northpark GREY SHOESWhite HouseBlack Market atWatters Creek PEARLS MPowered Pearls BAG Neiman MarcusWillow Bend BOOTIESWeitzman by Amy Levenson Krumholz Fashion Editor NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2015 27 goodLOOKS ModeledherebyRadhikaisaperfectcombinationofprofessional yet chic. Shes wearing a jacquard high-low full skirt classic silk black top strappy suede pumps tisthe season for jewel tones and a custom-designed horn necklace. Radhika Zaveri is a longtime marketing executive for the likes of Nestle USA Green Mountain Coffee Rubbermaid and Weight Watchers and a visiting professor at CWRU University. Radhika is the founder of Sukan a line of jewelry designed locally and made in India. Sukan means good wishes which reflects her aspirations to provide means to women in rural India to bring forth their art and gain independence. Our pieces are made in India yet represent global purpose of building a conscious society everywhere. The idea isthatweempowerourselvesandthosearoundtodefinethetypeofworldwewanttolive TRANSITIONTO GIRLS NIGHT OUT To meet her girlfriends for a holiday gift exchange Radhika slips on this seasons must- have flared jeans an embellished saddle bag and the new neutralburgundy platform heels. The jeweled earrings complete her look. Tres Chic SKIRT Anthropologie atWatters Creek NECKLACE AND BRACELET Sukan PURSE StuartWeitzmann SHOESWhite HouseBlack Market atWatters Creek JEANS LOFT atWatters Creek SHOESWeitzman EARRINGS Designs By Sarina For Kim I selected an elegant sheath dress with a crisscross undergarment that gives it an edge. The simplicity is timeless. Kim Bannister is a writer author and community volunteer and the co- founder of Sawyer Collection an artful Lucite home accessory collection alongwithherdaughterSawyera15-yearoldstudentatTheHockaday School. Passionate for philanthropy she has a hard time saying no to wonderful charities such as Heroes for Children The Elisa Project American Heart Association Community Partners of Dallas and The Cattle Barons Ball. I learned early on from my parents the importance of doing things for others it is part of my core. We have our health ourfamilyandfriendsandnoteveryonedoes. Itdoesnthavetobeabig action or financial just something that shows another you care you are there to help and support them. Volunteering is hope and strength for manyandhelpsorganizationsgrowandmakeadifferenceinthelivesof many.Howcanyounotplayapart TRANSITION FROM COCKTAILTOWORK EVENT Having more than one event on one night is common during the holiday season. For a quick change from fancy to understated Kim can top off her dress with a blazer an eye catching belt closed toe shoes and a structured handbag. Looking good Cocktails Anyone DRESS Reveal atWest Lovers Lane NECKLACE AND BRACELET Sukan SHOES AND PURSE Dior JACKET LOFT atWatters Creek NECKLACE MPowered Pearls BAG StuartWeitzman at North Park Fashions styled by Amy Levenson Krumholz Photographed by James Bland Creative Director Beth Donahue The Company Holiday Party No. 1 PICK A PLACE Where are you going to have the party Will it be a big event or a little get together At home or at a venue Good Life Family is compiling a directory to help you find the right place for you whether its a bowling alley a movie theater a restaurant or a party room. Go to to see our list. If you have suggestions we want to know Email No. 2 SELECT YOUR MENU Are you a gourmet cook Choose your menu and prepare to impress. But if you are more epic storyteller than epicure- an you may want to consider the myriad of catering options available. Want to make a few items and buy the rest Whole Foods Market Street Central Market and Eatzis all have a wide selec- tion of prepared gourmet options. Restaurants are also excel- lent resources. Our editors have named some of our favorites in our Holiday Dining Guide on page 54 and go to GoodLife- for a more extensive list. No. 3 MAKE THE GUEST LIST Often mixing longtime friends with newer ones makes for an interesting and fun guest list. If in doubt invite You will rarely look back and wish you hadnt included someone but you may feel bad that you left someone out. Work party In that case we suggest you limit the guest list to people from work and their guests only. Even though a work party is a social occasion professional decorum is rarely regretted. No. 4 MAKE A PARTY PLAYLIST Whats a party without music How you get there is com- pletely up to you. An iPhone and a few speakers will work or use your home sound system. Want to make an impact Hire a DJ. Have a teen that is an aspiring DJ Even better But remem- ber the music should provide ambiance and should not drown out the conversation. No. 5 SET THE MOOD AND TONE WITH LIGHTING AND DECORATIONS Dcor can be as simple as candles and flowers or as elaborate as you wish. You can stop at your local party supply store if youve got imagination or choose from a host of party rent- al companies to help you out. Planning an over-the-top fete Call Gary Peto owner of Shag Carpet Productions to trans- form your venue into any theme you envision. Winter Won- derland Easy. Monte Carlo No problem. Cirque du Soleil Done. Roaring 20s Cmon give him a hard one. No. 6 TAKE PICTURES Odds are youre going to want to remember this party on Facebook Twitter and other social media platforms in addi- tion to reminiscing about it for years to come. So take pictures of everything. If youre going all out set up a photo booth an area of the room set up specifically for taking photos. You can hire a professional or create your own by setting up a backdrop of black fabric and providing a basket of funny hats and props for people to use in their photos. No. 7 GET HELP You dont want to miss your own party because you are busy cooking re-stocking the buffet manning the bar and bussing tables. Depending on the number of people expected at your party you could hire an entrepreneurial college student to help or you might decide on a professional team. No. 8 PROVIDE A MEMENTO As your guests leave give them a heartfelt token. Whether its a cupcake or a themed party favor its nice to send everyone home with something special to remember the occasion. 8 Tips for a Perfect Party by Bobbie Ames Food and Entertainment Editor A party is a gift you give to your friends. Let your warmth and personality shine though your special event. Theres noth- ing like having all your friends together in the same place. But how do you do it With adequate planning and a few unique twists your party is sure to be a hit and maybe even an annual tradition. Get More PartyTips at goodFUN Want to know the one secret that takes your party from won- derful to WOW Two words Shag Carpet. Give owner Gary Peto a theme and a pretty sturdy budget and his team of creatives build- ers electricians painters and movers will transform your venue into any place your mind can imagine. Shag Carpet Productions started in 2001 creating memorable 70s themed parties. Since then Peto has added props and decor for virtually any theme imaginable. In addition to his off-the-shelf props and dcor 55000 square feet of it he can create practically any prop you need. Every event needs to be stunning but I think the best events are the ones that have constant change taking place. At one particular white themed party we changed the lighting from white to black half way through the night and completely transformed the venue says Peto. And you wont find him taking a bow. He rolls up his sleeves and gets to work often 7 days a week until every client is what he calls a fan. To say this guy is passionate for his product and for the clients he serves is a huge understatement. Gary has a great vision for his company and truly understands what it is to be in the service industry. He does everything first class with everything he sets up and how he treats his clients says Brian Smiley a Shag Carpet client and clearly a fan. The editors at GLF think Peto is out of this world. Maybe that will be the theme for our next party For more information visit Shag Carpet Takes the Party Over-the-Top Every event needs to be stunning but I think the best events are the ones that have constant change taking place. - Gary Peto Owner SHAG CARPET Savannah Peer StaffWriter You Have Dreams For Your FUTURE. You NEED a Team To Get You There. You Have Dreams For Your FUTURE. 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To make your cocktail a holiday cocktail use in- gredients that create deep elegant colors or warm spicy hues.To take it up a notch add something spar- kling - prosecco sparkling wine or Champagne.Your sig- nature cocktail should be easy to prepare ahead of time and so simple to serve that your guests can even serve themselves. COMING UP ROSES A perfectly elegant concoction 8servings 4 limes sliced into wedges 5 oz. rose syrup buy it or make you own 16 oz. Bacardi Razz or other raspberry rum 16 oz. brut Champagne 24 rose petals Muddle the lime wedges and rose syrup. Add the Bacardi Razz pour into a glass pitcher and re- frigerate.Whenreadytoservepourintohighballglasses filled with ice. Top each glass with 2 oz. chilled Cham- pagne and garnish with rose petals. CINNAMON FIG MARTINI Spicy and special the fig is the surprise ingredient that adds that deep purple hue. 8servings 12 oz. vodka Belvedere is my favorite 2 oz. Grand Marnier 12 oz. lime juice fresh squeezed if possible 8 oz. blood orange juice 3 tbsp. simple syrup 1 tsp. cinnamon 8 fresh fig slices Mix all ingredients except fig slices in a glass pitcher and refrigerate. When ready to serve pour one serving into a cocktail shaker filled with ice shake and pour strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a fig slice. THE GINGER CAIPIRISSIMA The ginger brings a little heat and tang tothisdrinkanditsasrefreshingasitisfes- tive. 8servings 5 - 6 limes sliced into wedges 40-48 wedges 8 cubes brown sugar 6 oz. ginger syrup buy it or make you own 16 oz. white rum Crystallized ginger for garnish - optional Muddle lime wedges and sugar cubes reserving 8 wedges for garnish. Mix with ginger syrup and rum and transfer to a glass pitcher. When ready to serve stir vigorously and pour into collins short glasses filled with crushed ice. Garnish each glass with a lime wedge and a piece of crystallized ginger if desired. RUBY RED GRAPEFRUIT FIZZ Perfectly simple Mix together cup sparkling wine 1 tablespoon Coin- treau cup fresh squeezed ruby red grapefruit juice. Add ice cubes. goodFUN Cheers For a non-alchoholic version of any of these specialty drinks simply replace the alchohol with equal amounts of club soda. Dont forget to garnish by Bobbie Ames Food and Entertainment Editor 32 NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2015 NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2015 33 Top 5 Holiday Dangers to Pets PREVENTIVE MEASURES CAN SAVE PETS Take preventive measures to protect your pets this holiday season. Being aware of these top five dangers could save you a trip to the veterinary emergency room. No. 1 HolidayTinsel and Ornaments Tinsel while not toxic is very attractive to pets particularly cats. The shiny dangling decoration reflects light and can move in the slightest draft appearing to come alive to watchful critters. The problem with tinsel is that once its consumed it can cause seri- ous injury to your pet. If not caught in time this foreign body ingestion could actually be fatal as it twists and bunches inside your pets in- testines. Immediate veterinary care is required. In addition bright and colorful tree ornaments can attract your pets curiosity. Place glass alu- minum and paper ornaments high- er up on the tree. Pets can chew and swallow these fragile objects and not only can broken pieces form sharp edges that may lacerate your pets mouth throat and intestines they could also create a choking hazard. No. 2 Holiday Lighting and Candles Got a pet that likes to chew Twinkling shiny and dangling holiday lights such as the icicle netting garland curtain rope and candle varietal may be another source of danger to your curious pets. Electrical shock may occur when a pet chomps down on an elec- trical cord causing tongue lacerations and possible death. Check your holiday lights for signs of fraying or chewing and use a grounded three- prong extension cord as a safety precaution. If you have candles on dis- play place them in a hard-to-reach spot so that your pets can not access them. Not only can pets seriously burn themselves but knocking over candles creates a fire hazard and may leave a trail of hot wax that will easily burn the pads of paws and more. No. 3 GiftWrap Ribbon You may be tempted to fashion your pet with a decorative ribbon collar but beware that this could become a choking hazard. Also its best to quickly discard ribbons and bows wrapped around holiday gifts so that your curious companions wont be enticed to chew or swallow them. Ingested ribbon can cause a choking hazard and ul- timately twist throughout the intestines leading to emergency surgery and even death. No. 4 Food Hazards Festive events often mean edible treats and lots of them. Unfor- tunately some of the most popular holiday goodies such as choco- late and nuts can be extremely toxic or fatal to pets. Chocolate contain various levels of fat caffeine and the chemical substances methylxanthines which stimulate the nervous and car- diovascular systems. Humans metabolize the chemicals relatively quickly animals process them more slowly so the effects are more pronounced. Depending on the type and amount of chocolate ingest- ed pets might experience vomiting diarrhea muscle spasms excessive panting hyperactive behavior seizures and dehydration all of which can cause death. Abundant in many cookies and candies certain nuts should not be given to pets. Almonds walnuts Macadamia nuts and pistachios can cause an upset stomach an obstruction of your dogs throat andor in- testinal tract seizures or neurological symptoms. Lethargy vomiting and loss of muscle control are among the effects of nut ingestion. Pea- nuts roasted cashews not raw and hazelnuts are not toxic to pets but should only be allowed in moderation. Fat trimmings and bones are dangerous for dogs. Fat trimmed from meat both cooked and uncooked may cause pancreatitis. And although it seems natural to give a dog a bone a dog can choke on it bones can also splin- ter and cause an obstruction or lacerations of your dogs digestive system. No. 5 Toxic Holiday Plants They may be pretty but some holiday plants are poisonouseven deadly. As little as a sin- gle leaf from any lily variety is lethal to cats. Others to avoid Christmas tree pine needles can produce oral irritation vomiting diarrhea lethargy trembling and posterior weakness. Holly commonly found during the Christmasseasoncancauseintensevomitingdiarrheaanddepression. Mistletoe another Christmas plant can cause significant vomiting and diarrhea difficulty breathing collapse erratic behavior hallucinations and death when ingested. Poinsettias can cause irritation to the mouth and stomach and some- times vomiting. Taking precautions with pets during these festive times can help en- sure that you and your family will enjoy a happy and healthy hol- iday season Content courtesy of Veterinary Pet Insurance A Nationwide Company Often during the holidays families will experience some added chaos and a unique set of dangers for their pets. With all the hubbub it can be easy for pets to accesscandyribbonandotherpotentially harmful items or for a pet to run outside unnoticed when guests arrive. We want the holiday season to be a festive and safe time for every member of your family. A little extra caution can go a long way in keeping your furry friends safe. - Dr. Brian Benjamin Ohio Drive Animal Hospital goodLIVING Heres a Theory Get Fit and Stress Less The holiday season is often a stressful time the pressure of spending extra money on gifts trying to make sure everyone is happy prepping for out of town guests The list can seem daunting. The holidays can also be a letdown. Months of planning and anticipation and then in the blink of an eye another year has passed. While our bellies may be full from overindulgent holiday meals research suggests that one way to beat back stress and bust through the blues is through exercise. There is no question that mental health and physical health ab- solutely go hand in hand says Craig Lewin of FitCorp the own- er of Busy Body Fitness and Fitness HQ. Both retail chains with multiple locations throughout DFW provide expertise and a full array of home gym equipment. Once you get yourself in a work- out routine it always makes you feel better. You have a cleaner energy a better attitude and you become way more productive. Whats most important though is that the endorphins that get re- leased while training and after absolutely bring your stress level way down. It just makes you feel so alive. Mayo Clinic statistics support Lewins theory that regular exer- cise helps ease depression in a number of ways which may include releasing those feel good brain chemicals endorphins. Exercise may also help keep anxiety and depression from returning once someone is feeling better. Other psychological and emotional benefits of exercise include helping you Gain confidence. Meeting exercise goals or challenges even small ones can boost your self-confidence. If you are bored with your current exercise routine mixing it up with group exercise may be just what you need to get you excited motivated and back on track. - Lara Price Regional Fitness Expert Orange Theory Fitness Try out a class for free schedule on line at by Stacey Kam StaffWriter NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2015 35 goodLIVING Take your mind off worries. Exercise is a distraction that can get you away from the cycle of negative thoughts that feed anxiety and depression. Get more social interaction. Exercise and physical activity may give you the chance to meet or socialize with others. Cope in a healthy way. Doing something positive to manage anxiety or depression is a healthy coping strategy. So if we know it helps why dont we do it Regional Fitness Specialist Lara Price of Orange Theory Fit- ness says many people have a negative outlook on exercise. They know they should do it and know it has many benefits but arent motivated or may get bored trying to do it on their own. Working out in a group setting can ease this negativity and get you going on the right track says Price. A group setting can be fun and offers a variety of benefits you might miss out on. Price says some of the benefits of group exercise classes like Orange Theory offers include exposure to a social and fun environ- ment a safe and effective workout designed by a certified professional a consistent exercise schedule that will not bore you an account- ability factor for participating in exercise and a workout that re- quires no prior exercise knowledge or experience. You dont have to come up with the workout she says. You just show up and follow your coach. If you are bored with your current exercise routine mixing it up with group exercise may be just what you need to get you excited motivated and back on track. Orange Theory coach Debbie Breihan is one of those motiva- tors. There are many reasons why I enjoy being an Orange The- ory coach. For me its about helping members achieve their fit- ness goals. I love watching members come out of their comfort zones training in ways they nev- er thought they could. Each day is a new fitness journey doing one more rep increasing their speed becoming more confident in their athleticism. The best compliment is when I see members bodies transform and confidence levels increase she says. Lewin tells his clients that a home gym is only good if you use it for something other than a place to hang clothes FitCorp even sends a personal trainer on house calls to help clients learn to use their equipment properly and maximize their workouts. Many of Lewins longtime clients find that they enjoy having a home gym and also a venue for group exercise. Regardless the simple fact is that exercise is good for you. We all have some form of stress in our lives and must have an outlet says Lewin. Working out makes you feel stronger both physically and mentally and ready to attack the world with a positive atti- tude. And lets face it. We could all use a little bit more positivity in life Working out makes you feel stronger both physically and mentally and ready to attack the world with a positive attitude. - Craig Lewin owner Fitness HQ and Busy Body Fitness I strongly feel there is a direct correlation between ones mental health and their physical well being. When taking part in a regimented exercise program your bodys internal workings run more efficiently and effectively. One will experience increased energy increased focus and renewed vitality when exercising regularly. A great side effect of regular exercise is the physical change in ones body. Increased strength lean body mass flexibility fat burn and toning are all achievable results when exercising consistently.Unquestionably having a positive bodyimagehelpsselfconfidenceandselfesteem. We see it every day at Orange Theory Fitness - Shane Adams Regional Owner Orange Theory Fitness goodLIVING Holiday decorating adds an extra touch of sparkle to your home so its always a little depressing when the holiday decorations come down and you once again notice everything around the house youd like to change whether its one room or a large-scale home remodel. Getting the project started is prob- ably the hardest part. Deciding what you want to accomplish es- tablishing a budget and then choosing the professionals to help you achieve your goals gulp can be overwhelming. Everyone has heard the horror stories of home projects gone wrong and sometimes that sense of foreboding keeps you from ever getting started. Terry Garner general contractor and manager of Star Interior Resources encourages you to do it now. Why wait You can almost always get back the money you put into a remodel with the increase in your homes value. A great majority of his customers wait to make updates until they are preparing to sell their home. Says Terry If I could tell anyone anything it would be to make the changes you want right when you move in or someone else will enjoy all the work you did. How do you choose who to help you achieve your vision Ask around. Word of mouth is often your best resource. Call the neighbor or friend who just completed a project to see if they would recommend their contractor and then get references. Lo- cal mom Kimberly Nelon recently finished a complete gut of her 1960s era North Dallas home. She says her primary con- sideration was reputation. However she reports the most frus- trating part of the remodel was dealing with the subcontractors. Sometimes they didnt even show up You can make what could be a stressful situation much easier by considering a one-stop shop like the Star family of companies. From initial design to flooring to custom cabinets to appliances to well pretty much anything Star companies offer consistent quality reliable trades to make your project go as smoothly as possible. Theres really nothing else like it in the Dallas area. Michael Pidgeon president of Star Interior Resources and CFO of StarFloors says Our advantage is that we can meet all your needs by partnering all the divisions of the Star Compa- nies. Theres really not anything we cant do with our resources for products for your home. Starpower StarFloors Star Interior Resources and Ed Kellum Sons all work together to make your All Through the House... Star Interior Resources Offers Expert Advice to Re-Do and Re-New Your Home Sweet Home by AliciaWanek StaffWriter Most customers arent looking to completely remodel their entire home. Just focusing on one or two rooms can make a big difference. Terry Garner general contractorandmanagerofStarInteriorResourceshasalistofhistopfiverelativelyinexpensiverenovationsthatcanimprovethelookandfeelofyourhome. 36 NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2015 KITCHEN COUNTERTOP BACKSPLASH A kitchen refresher is probably one of the most beneficial remodels you can make. It can cost 13 to 12 less than a full kitchen remodel and you get a lot of bang for your buck. PAINT A fresh coat of paint spruces up a room in a really short period of time. NEW FLOORING New flooring changes the entire look of a room. Replacing the flooring is espe- ciallyimportantifyouhavewornordirty carpet. project a seamless collaboration. You first have to determine how much you want to accomplish and you may want to start with a designer to help bring your ideas to life. Victoria Schnabel at Star Interior Resources is a licensed interior designer AND an architect so she can see the full potential in your home. Frequently a third party perspec- tive can see how to make your updates even better than you could have imagined. Maybe you are looking to renovate be- fore you move. Ann OBlenes Realtor Performance Partners at ReMax Dallas Suburbs says If you are remodeling with the idea that you may list your home in the near future it is a good idea to consult a realtor to help determine what would maximize your resell value. Realtors like Ann know how to separate your own personal design choices with the updates that would appeal to a broad audience to get the best price for your home. Most importantly let the renovations reflect your lifestyle. Pidgeon says Since 911 weve all put a premium on family and friends. When you really make your house a home where you want to spend time with the ones you love how much better does it get For more information visit or contact Terry Garner at 972.503.6000. APPLIANCES Theres nothing better than new appliances to make a space feel modern and updated. Stainless steel is always popular but Ed Kellum and Sons has a huge selection of quality appliances to choose from. LIGHTING HARDWARE Itsoftenthesmalldetailsthatmake a huge difference says Realtor Ann OBlenes ReMax Dallas Suburbs. 38 NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2015 goodDEEDS Passionate About Philanthropy ASHLEE AND CHRIS KLEINERT EMPOWER OTHERS WITH ENTHUSIASM Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. Ralph Waldo Emerson Ashlee and Chris Kleinert have certainly taken this quote to heart. In 2008 during the countrys financial crisis the Dallas couple and parents of three grown children founded Executives in Action EIA a pro bono consulting firm connecting out-of-work senior level executives with nonprofit organizations. Unemploy- ment was high Chris says. Wed seen in personal relationships how job loss can have a devastating effect on both employees and their families. At the same time many nonprofits were struggling to keep operations going due to decreased donations. The impact of EIA is two-fold says Ashlee. The executives feel like theyre contributing to something greater and the non- profit benefits from their expertise which they probably couldnt otherwise afford. Its more than a temporary jobits a life chang- ing experience she says. Since its inception EIA has part- nered with more than 270 nonprofits and utilized the expertise of nearly 700 executives. Theyre now consid- ering Students in Action captur- ing what they believe is the younger generations prevalent philanthropic spirit. Ashlee the daughter of Nancy Ann and Ray L. Hunt CEO of Hunt Con- solidated grew up seeing charity in action. The notion of quiet philan- thropy has stayed with her through adulthood and its something shes shared with Chris since they met. In her soft-spoken way Ashlee claims Theres nothing spe- cial about Chris and mewere just part of a team of really good people and great collaborators trying to figure out where we can do the best work. And then there are Ruthies Food Trucks the highly success- ful company that Ashlee started in 2011. One of Ruthies philan- thropic programs Ruthies Dozen promotes a different nonprofit each month through print and social media. Ashlee says We fig- ured the sides of our trucks are a great place to post information. People can read all about a nonprofit while they wait. Weve had wonderful feedback from donors volunteers and also recipients who were unaware of the services offered. Ruthies Random Snacks of Kindness RSK program gives back to the community by offering free food to those in need. The recent Executives in Action Kind Truck allows executives to deliver items such as books for schools canned goods for food pantries or supplies for victims of an apartment fire. More recently the Kleinerts have turned their passion to New Friends New Life which helps women and girls whove been trafficked andor sexually exploited. Though Ashlee has been in- volved with the organization for a long time she and Chris know that human trafficking is a growing problem. Earlier this year the organization formed the Mens Advocacy Group twenty men dedicated to education advocacy and awareness. The good news by Kristin Cicciarelli Contributor Ashlee Kleinert serving food from a Ruthies FoodTruck a company she and Chris foundedin2011whichoffersgreatfoodandapercentageofprofitstonon-profit organizations. TheresnothingspecialaboutChrisandme were just part of a team of really good people and great collaborators trying to figure out where we can do the best work. - Ashlee Kleinert NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2015 39 goodDEEDS is drug laws have gotten stricter Chris says but unfortunately many drug dealers have turned to trafficking and those laws hav- ent yet caught up. Shockingly Ashlee discovered a trafficking operation in the very Addison office park where Ruthies is based. Decreased parking availability and numerous men going in and out of what looked like an empty office space at all hours prompted her to call the po- lice who shut down the operation. Trafficking is happening right before our eyes she says. We have to be more aware and do some- thing about it. The Kleinerts enthusiasm for everything they do is certainly contagious. While they tirelessly pour their hearts into so many good things Chris offers this excellent advice Its important to find your passionwhat motivates you to help others. Wherever youre most passionate is where youll make the most difference. Empowering others to pursue their passions That sounds just like Ashlee and Chris Kleinert. Ashlee and Chris Kleinert Aug. 25 2015. Ashlee is honored as one of Dallas Business Journals top 25 Most Influential Inspirational and Charitable Women in DFW. This photo is from the New Friends New Life WINGS event in April 2015 and it was the first time the Mens Advocacy Group MAG was announced publicly. Its important to find your passionwhat motivates you to help others. Wherever youre most passionate is where youll make the most difference. - Chris Kleinert The Executives in Action Kindness truck offers Random Snacks Of Kindness to students at St. Phillips School and Community Center in Dallas. 40 NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2015 goodDEEDS Teaching Philanthropy to Kids Starts at Home Iam fortunate to have the opportunity to be a part of two amaz- ing organizations that allow me to spend quality time with each of my children while teaching them about the importance of philanthropy. My 16-year-old son and I belong to a local chapter of the Young Mens Service League YMSL. Two Plano mothers who had a vision for an organization in which moms and their high school aged sons could work together to assist those in need within their community started YMSL in 2001. YMSL is now a national or- ganization with a Board of Directors that governs and promotes the expansion of YMSL chapters throughout the United States. The mission statement of YMSL is to assist serve and support those who are in need in our community develop leadership skills among our membership and promote mother son relation- ships. YMSL is a four-year program beginning in the boys 9th grade year. My son and I are in our third year of membership in YMSL and have had the privilege to meet and work with people from all walks of life. We have enjoyed spending time cooking for and feeding the homeless helping out at Special Olympics swimming and softball practices building a fence for a play area at a family resource center volunteering after school at the Boys and Girls Club just to name a few of our experiences. In addition to the philanthropic element of the organization the boys have several meetings throughout the year where they learn how to run an official meeting according to rules of order. The meetings often include guests who speak to the boys on an array of topics such as managing personal finance the risks of impaired driving acquiring life skills such as how to change a tire do laundry and prepare simple meals for themselves and the dangers of using Performance Enhanced Drugs. YMSL members have served over 100000 community service hours since the organization was formed in 2001. My14-year-olddaughterandIarealsoinourthirdyearofmem- bership of a local chapter of the National Charity League NCL. NCL was established in 1925 in Los Angeles and incorporated in 1958. It has since been one of the nations most distinctive and well-respected mother-daugh- ter organizations. This program has over 55000 members mothers and their daughters in grades 7 through 12 in 23 states throughout the country. The mission of NCL is to foster mother-daughter relation- ships in a philanthropic organiza- tion committed to community ser- vice leadership development and cultural experiences. by Melissa Chaiken Section Editor YMSL members have served over 100000 community service hours since the organization was formed in 2001. THE CORE VALUES OF NCL ARE Honoring the mother- daughter bond by together learning growing and modeling responsibility and graciousness Empowering young women with the skills and confidence to lead Nurturing through mentorship Inspiring a legacy of social awareness and compassion Providing depth of support in local communities Integrity and excellence in everything they do IsabellaChaikenBethanyKulaSydneyGrayCarlyNealandLoganMeadevolunteeringatRonaldMcDonald House. goodDEEDSThrough our NCL experience my daughter and I have had the opportunity to make breakfast for families staying at Ronald McDonald house as well as volunteer at day camps for siblings of the patients. We have also participated in Friday Night Friends which is a program run by a local church that provides care for children with special needs so that their parents can get a much needed night out. One of our favorite charities is Shoes for Orphan Souls which is a branch of Buckner International that provides new shoes to at-risk children in the United States and or- phans in 68 countries. We have spent hours in their warehouse sorting banding and packing up shoes for these children and love stuffing a special note of encouragement in the shoes The NCL experience changes lives by inspiring and empowering women to succeed as confi- dent well-rounded and socially aware contributors in their communities. NCL members volun- teer approximately one million hands-on hours each year in local communities. As a parent it is rewarding to share these experiences with my teens. It is my hope that once they are no longer in my nest they will continue the tra- dition of giving back to others that we have established during this time. Members of NCL Frisco at Shoes For Orphan Souls. Melissa Chaiken with son Spencer 15 work- ing at Plano Community Garden as volun- teers from theYMSL Silver Star Chapter. WeeklyHeadlines DirecttoYourInbox AccesstotheDigitalEdition ofGoodLifeFamilyMagazine Sign up at Subscribe SHARE. LIKE.TWEET. REPEAT. GOODLIFEFAMILYMAG.COM No purchase necessary. By subscribing you will automatically be entered to win a gift card to Kennys Burger Joint. Drawing will be held on December 1 2015. Your Go-To Parenting Source is Just a Click Away Every Day Sign Up and Enter toWin a 50 Gift Card to Kennys Burger Joint 42 NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2015 OVERALL ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR SuperShuttle Represented by Ken Harcrow For benefiting Family Gateway at Sparkle which allowed kids in their program to receive new toys for Christmas adopting three rooms at the Center and always being a phone call away when buses or vans were needed to transport kids on field trips. CONGREGATION OF THE YEAR Northway Christian Church Represented by Sharon Gardner Samantha Durst Connie True For adopting two rooms at the Center donating hygiene and laundry products giving a monetary gift to help with the Cen- ters renovation as well as always being committed to volunteer- ing by serving meals planning special art activities with the kids and hosting the annual Boo Bash. COMPANY OF THE YEAR North Dallas Bank Trust Co. Represented by Landa Shaw and Allen Hudson For adopting a room at the Center and a family at Christ- mas as well as giving a huge amount of in- kind donations such as back-to-school uni- forms winter wear and summer games for our kids. VOLUNTEER INDIVIDUAL OF THE YEAR Cullen Corr For donating a 10000 check to launch Family Gateways Education En- dowment at the Education is Key event this summer raising funds for the Cen- ters teen room organizing volunteer projects such as tutoring KHK 5K run Boo Bash and donating a new van to the agency through Kids Helping Kids. VOLUNTEER FAMILY OF THE YEAR Sarah Robert Shields For adopting four rooms at the Center providing monetary donations so kids could go on summer field trips donating Christmas gifts being dedicated Guild Members and hosting Q Clothier suit drive to ensure fathers have proper attire for job interviews. Giving Hope to the Homeless goodDEEDS FAMILY GATEWAY Dallas is a world class city yet tonight an estimated 5000 children and their families will not have a safe place to sleep. Founded in 1986 by then Mayor Annette G. Strauss Family Gateway has served homeless families for nearly 30 years. In addition to providing safe and stable housing as well as com- prehensive case management Family Gateway works along- side partner agencies to deliver a wide range of services to its clients including mental and physical health care employ- ment readiness job training GED preparation classes after- school programs and more. The Goss-Michael Foundation hosted the 2015 Gateway to Opportunity Sponsor Party honoring the host committee sponsors and 2015 volunteer award recipients. The November 5th luncheon will feature Judge Glenda Hatchett a nationally recognized authority on juvenile and social issues and outspoken advocate for children everywhere. The luncheon will raise awareness of juvenile issues and crit- ically needed funds that will help to end child homelessness in our community. Event Chairs are Rich Moses and Selwyn Rayzor. Serving as Honorary Chair is Ruth Sharp Altshuler. byTriciaWhite Managing Editor Photo credit Howard Taper An equal opportunity institution. 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Weve put the wrap on gifts to add sparkle festivity and delight to the spirit of giving and just in the Saint Nick of time 46 NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2015 goodGIFTS Gifts That Keep Giving 1. PARTNERS CARD Shop with Heart at over 750 participating retail locations and restaurants through Sunday November 8 2015. Partners Card offers shoppers a 20 discount at their favorite stores and restaurants while contributing to a worthwhile cause family violence inter- vention and prevention. Cards are 70 each and 100 of the pro- ceeds will directly benefit The Family Place Dallaslongest-serving family violence agency. In its history the community has helped raise more than 15 mil- lion through the Partners Card program. For more information visit contact the Partners Card Hotline at 214 443-7754 or email Since 1978 The Family Place has counseled more than 225000 clientsinresidentialandoutreachprograms.Inadditiontheagency has provided life-saving shelter to more than 22000 women and children and has answered more than 550000 calls for help. For more information please visit or call 214 559- 2170. 2. PEARLS WITH A PURPOSE MPoweredcreatesPearlswithaPurpose.GivingbacktotheCancer Support Community formerly Gildas Club is the primary focus of Martha Anderson who is a breast cancer survivor and jewelry de- signer. She has created hundreds of pieces most one-of-a-kind and the majority of her pieces can be purchased for under 200.00. Browse and buy at 3. BEKA LANE Founded by longtime friends and business partners Andrea Ber- kowitzacancersurvivorandStaceyKamwhosemombattledcan- ceratthesametimeasAndreaBEKALaneiscommittedtobringing a little light to women during some of their darkest days. For every product you purchase one surprise gift is donated to a woman bat- tling cancer. See the entire collection at 4 Designer-Inspired FrayedEdgePlaid Scarf the hottest trend this season 18.00 MightyPurseClutchwithBuiltInCellPhoneCharger A great gift for the girl on the go Charge your smartphone anywhere anytime with this adorable leather wristlet with a built in smartphone charger Available in many styles and colors. 109.00 Lay-N-GoCosmeticsBag No more dumping your collection onto a towel or having to worry about your cosmetics rolling off the counter and onto the floor. After each use simply pull the drawstring and the cosmetic bag is converted back into a completely sealed soft clutch.Washable. 35.00 4. 9HAPPY PEOPLE Founders Amrit Kirpalani and Candice Quarles believe that busi- nesses have a responsibility to the community. So they donate 50 of profits yes 50 to organizations that support job creation and jobtraininginSouthandEastDallas.Theirsociallyconsciousapparel company aims to spread happiness. And youll definitely be happy wearing their soft tees which share positive messages and know- ing that your purchase also made a difference. See the collection at PowerofNine WomensT-shirt 45.00 9SignatureMens T-shirt 40.00 We hope that as you shop for yourself or a loved one that you are also inspired by our mission to bring a little light to women during some of their darkest days. -Stacey Kam BEKA Lane 3 1 2 NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2015 47 Gifts For Her 1. DESIGNS BY SARINA Jewelry designer Sarina Schick who began her career at Neiman Marcus has perfected the art of handmade wire wrapping jewelry using metals including gold-filled vermeil gold-plated sterling silver silver-plated and copper. She only uses semi-precious stones Swarovs- ki crystals or pearls. A percentage of sales from The Florence Collec- tion named in honor of her mother who passed away from ovarian cancer benefits Be the Difference Foundation a charity with a mission to help women increase their chance of surviving ovarian cancer. See the entire collection at 2. DUTCH DIAMOND IMPORTS Dutch-born diamond expert Harry Schick has been in the finejewelrybusinessfornearly25years. Hisshowroomisatthe World Trade Center so you have to make an appointment but trust us its worth the time and effort to go. Wholesale prices. Need we say more 18kwhitegoldStar ofDavidwithblack onyxandmother ofpearl 1000.00 18kRosegolddiamond pendant.29-diamonds weighting0.14ct 585.00 Gifts for Your Best Friend 3. MY FURRY FRIENDS Pick up the perfect trinket for your furry friends. Collars from 9.95 Richardson MercantileSuite 1309 3When surprising someone with a puppy or kitten this holiday make sure that the person receiving the gift is in a position to keep the pet and that they will be able to care for it. Pets can live to be 15 years and older which is a long- term commitment. - Dr. Brian Benjamin Ohio Drive Animal Hospital See page 33 for more tips to keep your pets safe during the holiday season. 18kwhitegold diamondcross necklace 12diamonds weighting0.25ct 540.00 2GarnetearringsfromTheFlorenceCollection 1 ThePalomaRing TheMelanieEarring 48 NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2015 Gifts for All goodGIFTS 1. STARPOWER Starpower isTHE PLACE for high-end custom installations of audio video security and electronic automation. The 21-year-old retailer consistently rated Best in America offers the finest brands of equipment some of which are rarely seen outside of Hollywoods top studios. Sure they can custom create a dreamy home theater but they also offer some great gifts for anyone on your list.Three locations in DFW. The SONOS PLAY1 uses three state-of the-art digital amplifiers individually coupled with two speakers to deliver deep crystal clear sound to any room. 199.99 The Klipsch Music Center KMC 1 system is the ultimate portable music speaker. Its small size lets you take it just about anywhere while itsfront row centersound will astonish you with its impact and clarity. 299.99 BoseSoundTruearound-ear headphones by Bose are a no-nonsense music-only pair that will appeal to fans of rich bass and crisp highs that dont mind a little sound sculpting. From 99 Sennheiser Momentum Over-ear Headphones are sophisticated elegant and made with stainless steel and leather that might help justifythe350pricetagbuttherealvaluecomesinperformance where the Momentum is able to take music from any genre and createthe symphony of perfection. 350.00 3 2 3. DALLAS PHOTO STUDIO Award-winningphotographerJamesBlandhastakenupshopatValleyViewMallandoffersin-studio photography and portraiture. His craftsmanship is of the highest caliber we have found. JamesBland- Rates from 250.00 includes retouching on the photo selected. Hair and Make Up Options Available. 2. BUSY BODY FITNESS A great gift for the whole familyTheres nothing like being healthy and feeling good about your body and theres no better way to achieve that goal than to in- vest in quality exercise equipment you can use at home. Seven locations in DFW. Prices vary. I always put two or three lottery tickets in my kids stockings they love them - Melissa Chaiken Section Editor Good Life Family Magazine Improve your toning flexibility and balance with the BOSU Balance Trainer. Great for cardiovascular or aerobic upper body lower body and core training the balance trainerfeaturesdurablenonskidvinylandPEconstructionthatstaysinplaceduring use. 4-in-1 workout DVD and foot pump included. 119.00 AVEXwaterbottle This BPA-free water bottle features a one-touch AUTOSEAL lid that automatically seals between sips to eliminate spills and leaks. It also has a spout shield to protect against dirt and an ergonomic clip-on handle that attaches to your gear. Dishwasher safe. 1 Pearls with a Purpose Giving back to the Cancer Support Community is the primary focus of Martha Anderson a breast cancer survivor and jewelry designer. She creates one-of-a-kind pieces mixing real pearls with gemstones. You can find MPowered Pearls at cancer support events and home parties or schedule your own private showing. Host a party or schedule a private showing 214.725.7499 STYLEamyby Amy Levenson Krumholz 214 232 6601 personalshopperstylistfashionconsultant personal shopping closet makeover wardrobe consultation ensemble styling speaking engagements With a style of her own Sarina Schick has taken jewelry to a different level. Using stones that are semi-precious Swarovski crystals or pearls she has perfected the art of handmade wire wrapping jewelry. See more at I enjoy making pieces that make women feel good about what they are wearing. Working with different textures and materials inspires me to create unique designs. -Sarina Schick Principal Designer 50 NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2015 Perfect Hostess and Teacher Gifts 1. SUBLIME CHOCOLATE Be inspired bybean-to-barchocolates in flavors such as honey caramel with Hawai- ian red salt chili and lime lavender pecan pie and bacon yes you heard that right. What is bean-to-bar chocolate Chocolate without the middle-man In other words when a chocolates producer processes cocoa beans into a product in-house rather than merely melting chocolate from another manufacturer. By controlling the choc- olate-making process from the farm to the bar bean-to-bar chocolate entrepreneurs say they can create better chocolate chocolate that preserves the beansdistinctive flavors. Shipping available.Watters CreekAllen. Gift boxes starting at 15.00 for a box of 6 2 2. LAVENDER RIDGE FARMS Sweet Dreams. The aroma lavender is great for relaxing and winding down before bedtime add to bath or diffuse to create a calming and comforting en- vironment. Richardson Mercantile Suite 701. 9.95 to 14.94 3. MY NEST CREATIONS Dream Pillow. Also available in other de- signs Queen Love Rodeo and more this pillow is sure to sweeten any nest. Richardson Mercantile Suite 1605 3 4. CHRISSYLIZZZ Oliva Imports owners Chris and Mark Russo are passionate about their award-winning Eliad Extra Virgin Olive Oils from the Holy Land. Use on salads hummus cold cuts vegetable sauts or just simply for dipping your favorite bread into. Delicioso olivaimports. com. 24.00 Frisco Mercantile Suite 1510 4 Keep a few extra gifts on hand. This may seem excessive but I cannot tell you how many times how glad I was to have an extra gift card or homemade box of cookies on hand for that person who might have slipped my mind. - Bobbie Ames Food Entertainment Editor Good Life Family Magazine 1 VISIT US BY APPOINTMENT AT THE DALL AS WORLD TRADE CENTER 2050 N. Stemmons Fwy Ste. 7723 Dallas Texas 75207 214.742.5707 Dutch Diamond Imports Dallas Best Kept Secret just got less secret Fine Jewelry and Diamonds at Wholesale Prices Diamond expert Harry Schick has been providing unparalleled expertise in fine jewelry for over 25 years. Find out why Dallas most discerning clientele calls Harry when they need just the right piece of jewelry. ALSO OFFERING APPRAISALS AND REPAIRS LOOSE DIAMONDS WITH GIA AND EGL CERTIFICATES PRECIOUS GEM STONES PEARLS DIAMOND WEDDING SETS DIAMOND STUDS BRACELETS NECKLACES CUSTOM DESIGNS ESTATE JEWELRY PRECIOUS WATCHES 52 NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2015 goodEATS T H E D I N I N G G U I D E Seasons Eatings Hungry for something other than turkey Were serving up a menu of eating establishments to satisfy everyones appetite. Here are some of our favorites for dine in take-out or catering. by Kristin Cicciarelli Contributor Who doesnt love Thanksgiving dinner For many people even those who enjoy cooking its the only time of year you haul out giant roasting pans for that 20-plus pound bird and go to the trouble of making everyones favorite side dishes sixteen at last count. But as good as turkey tastes on Thanksgiving Day by Black Friday its delectability has dissipated and by Small Business Saturday you cant stand the thought of cooking turkey tacos or turkey tetrazzini. No worries Weve got you covered with these family friend- ly restaurants offering so much more than Butterballs Places to Dine Out KENNYS BURGER JOINT KENNYS ITALIAN KITCHEN KENNYS WOOD FIRED GRILL Whether youre in the mood for a really great burger dont forget the thick cut onion rings theyre epic from Kennys Burger Joint some classicSouthern Italian Ameri- cancomfortfoodmodeledaftertheLittleItalysectionsofBostonandNewYorkfrom Kennys Italian Kitchen think Parmigiana Picatta and Marsala or half-pound crab cakes and famous popovers from KennysWood Fired Grill along with the Perfect Grey Goose martini poured from their signature frozen tap system Kennys is the place to be when you gotta get out of the house and let someone else do the delicious cook- ing. Kennys Burger Joint 1377 Legacy Drive Suite 120 FriscoTexas 75034 214 618-8001 5809 Preston Rd Suite 588 PlanoTexas 75093 972 378-0999 Kennys Italian Kitchen 5100 Beltline Road Suite 764 DallasTexas 75254 972 661-9380 KennysWood Fired Grill 5000 Beltline Rd. 775 DallasTX 75254 972 392-9663 COFFEE HOUSE CAF This little jewel box offers delicious breakfast lunch and dinner at reasonable prices in a delightful setting. Its the perfect place for date night or just about anything else. Their coffee is European style handcrafted mostly organic and all that. If you feel like a date night at home they even offer a drive-through. Its all good. But really you had us at drive-through. 6150 Frankford Rd. DallasTX 75252 469 248-0554 TORCHYS TACOS What better anti-turkey meal than one including the best queso and chips in town This Austin-based eatery offers what most would callgourmettacos in a fun casual non-gourmet setting. Their taco of the month is always delicious and might include ingredients like pumpkin seed crusted chicken tenders or escabeche carrots.They also offer hearty breakfast tacos perfect for out of town guests. Locations throughout the DFW area Kennys Burger Joint Coffee House Cafe goodEATS The Caf Our European-style home away from home cafe is the perfect gathering spot for friends and family. The Coffee 100 Certified Organic Fair Trade and Shade Grown coffee beans from all three coffee growing continents. The Food Enjoy farm-fresh meals prepared by talented hands and served proudly by friendly wait staff. Your local community coffeehouse serving breakfast lunch dinner Drive-Through Service Begins at 6 AM Daily. HOURS OF OPERATION Mon Tues Wed 7AM - 9PM Thurs Fri 7am - 10PM Saturday 8AM - 10PM Sunday 8AM - 3PM 6150 Frankford Rd Dallas TX 75252 972 232-233 HICKORY This latest Plano outpost from favorite local chef Kent Rathbun offers everything you need for a festive night out killer burgers comforting sides green apple-cha- yote slaw or charred jalapeno creamed corn anyone and both familiar and fancy cocktails we love the Killin Thyme with vodka cucumber lime soda and thyme. Homemade condiments including pickles galore make this a must-try-and-repeat. 8100 Dallas Pkwy Ste 115 PlanoTX 75024 972 712-7077 THE OCEANAIRE SEAFOOD ROOM While this may be considered more of a date night place if you happen to bring your in-laws here for aThanksgiving weekend night out theyll never forget it.THE freshest seafood in a sleek setting makesThe Oceanaire the perfect spotforaluxuriousdinnerwithtop-notchservice.Menuofferingsarebasedentirelyon freshness and availability so arrive prepared tojust go with it.There are several sides youwontwanttomissincludingChardonnayRoastedMushroomsandShellsCheese with Smoked Gouda and Applewood Bacon. Their full bar might just make you forget you promised to pick up the tab. TheWestin Galleria Dallas 13340 Dallas Pkwy DallasTX 75240 972 759-2277 THE LION CROWN CLUB AT WATTERS CREEK If youre experiencing Downton Abbey withdrawal who isnt youll get your fix at The Lion Crown Club. A full English-style pub menu with good wines and 38 beers on tap will tide you over nicely until Downtowns Season Six arrives early January. Enjoy classicssuchasFishChipsCottagePieandBangers MashbutalsosomeAmericantwistslikePepperoni Flatbread.The cozy pub dcor adds to the fun. 932 Garden Park Drive AllenTX 75013 972 649-4311 LAZY DOG RESTAURANT AND BAR Reminiscent of a Jackson Hole Wyoming aprs-ski lodge this Addison outpost at the Village on the Parkway offers something delicious for everyone. From comfort food classics such as burgers and big salads to heartier fare including Lamb Stroganoff and HousemaidVeggie Lasagna Lazy Dog feels like the perfect place to replenish all those calories you burned off on the slopes or more likely holiday shopping at the Galleria. Village on the Parkway 5100 Belt Line Rd Suite 500 AddisonTX 75254 469 754-1300 Have the time of your life as you learn to cook with your friends at your very own cooking party. Capers brings the food the drinks the party atmosphere and the culinary expertise to the table - you bring your friends. Looking for a fun-filled gourmet adventure Schedule your customizable Caper right away at or by calling 214.912.0475. The Lion Crown Club 54 NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2015 goodEATS Places That Cater SMOKE While both locations offer some of the best meat-centric catering in town though there are plenty of options for pescaterians and vegetarians too SMOKE Plano also boasts a hugeprivatepartyroomavailableforallyourholiday-relatedevents.Whycookandclean if you dont have to TheirBarbecue Boardgenerously feeds three to four and includes six types of barbecued meats pickles relish and rolls for just 75. SPORK DALLASPLANO This retrofuturistic diner at Preston and Frankford is the perfect spot for both foodie and family. Classic cheeseburger Check. Bulgogi kimchi fries Check. Boozy shakes Check. Craft beers and classy cocktails Checkcheck. Pickled shiitake mushrooms on a buffalo burger with gluten-free bunTriple check. And if the wordsfried egg Caesarandcinna- mon roll wafflesdont lure you in we dont know what will. Open for lunch dinner and late night snacks. 6110 Frankford Rd. DallasTX 75252 972 930-0668 GRIMALDIS ALLEN There was a time when you could only get Grimaldis famous coal-fired brick oven pizza in New York. But that was then. Today there are Grimaldis almost everywhere it seems. While the menu is somewhat basic pizzas calzones salads its also consistent. But what we like about the Allen location is that it overlooks the little park atWatters Creek where live music is often played during warmer months. 836 Market St. AllenTX 75013 214 383-9703 TUKTA THAI RICHARDSON Delicious food a veggie-friendly menu dont worry theres meat too brisk service and a putting green Yes a putting green apparently the owners daughter is quite the golfer so there you have it. Quirkiness aside Tukta Thais Pad Thai is one of Richardsons best and the Curry Friend Rice and Pad Woon Sen are equally good. Its BYOB policy makes it a budget-friendly place to dine in or skip the putting green and do take-out. tuktathair- 9625 Plano Rd. Ste 500 DallasTX 75238 214 342-0121 HOPDODDY DALLAS PARK CITIES ADDISON Hopdoddy believes happy burgers start with happy cows humanely raised and without any added chemicals or hormones. In fact just about everything at Hopdoddy is happy local and organic vegetables handcut fries made from scratch buns including gluten-freeoptionsandcraftbeers.Theresnotableservicepersebutstaffhelpsyoufind a seat and is more thanhappyto bring you refills or anything else you need.Waits at the Preston Center location can be long at lunch but worth it. Preston Center 6030 Luther Ln. Ste 100 DallasTX 75225 214 363-2337 3227 McKinney Ave. Ste 102 DallasTX 75204 214 871-2337 Grimaldis Dallas 901 FortWorth Avenue DallasTexas 75208 214 393-4141 Plano 2408 Preston Road PlanoTX 75093 972 599-2222 SMOKE Spork ax t 17062 Preston Road Suite 100 Dallas Texas 75248 972-733-3354 972-733-3355-fax New York Style Restaurant Zoric BREAKFAST LUNCH DINNER CUSTOM CATERING VOTED THE BEST DELI IN DALLAS DINE IN OR CALL AHEAD FOR A PICK UP ORDER... AND WE ALSO WILL DELIVER YOUR NEXT CATERING ORDER. 17062 PRESTON ROAD AT CAMPBELL ROAD 972.733.3354 DELINEWSDALLAS.COM goodEATSURBAN CRUST Whats more relaxing on the night before or afterThanksgiving than ordering in a pizza Urban Crusts catering options take care of everything you need whether its a small pick- up order a huge catered affair or even their mobile pizza oven at your next home party complete with two pizza chefs. Pizza is Urban Crusts mainstay but it also offers delicious mini appetizers like Chicken Parmesan Sliders and Bite Size Calzones. Fresh and hearty salads will round out your menu. 1006 East 15th Street PlanoTexas 75074 972 509-1400 DELI NEWS A Plano lunchtime favorite for twenty years Deli News offers so much more than its famously deli- cious Triple-Decker Reuben Sandwich although ifyouhaventhadoneoftheseyoureallyneedto get in there. Catering is a breeze with authentic Russian-Jewish inspired Goulash Cabbage and Stroganoff as well as lighter fare such as Salm- on with White Dill Sauce. Your guests will think theyre in NewYork but with better weather. 17062 Preston Road DallasTX 75248 1-855-355-DELI 3354 CARRABBASS SometimesyouvejustgottahaveItalian.CarrabbassCateringmakesdinnerano-brainer offering classics such as CalamariTomato Caprese and Lasagne.We also love theirTag Pic PacTagliarini Pasta in housemade Picchi Pacchiu sauce with crushed tomatoes garlic olive oil and basil. All orders include ready-to-serve packaging serving utensils plates silverwareandnapkinsandtheyevenhaveheatedchafingdishesifdesired.Howeasywas that KUBYS SAUSAGE HOUSE AND EUROPEAN MARKET Kubys Catering has been a Dallas holiday staple for de- cades. From mouth-watering deli trays to box lunches to sit down dinners everyone loves Kubys sausages Omas PotatoPancakesSchnitzelReubenSandwichesandHome- made Soups that change daily. Catering starts at just 14 per person and includes two sausages several traditional German sides mustards buns and even Apple Strudel for dessert. 6601 Snider Plaza DallasTX 75205 214 363-2231 Dallas 17548 Dallas Pkwy DallasTX 75287 972 732-7752 Plano 3400 N Central Exwy PlanoTX 75074 972 516-9900 Deli News 56 NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2015 Whose Kids Are They Anyway by Susan Sugerman MD MPH Contributor NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2015 57 One day I woke up and suddenly realized my child did not be- long to me anymore. It happened with all of my three boys each at their own time and their own developmental stage. I imag- ine it is similar to aging where one day you look in the mirror and ask Whose wrinkles are those But with my kids the change was both as sublime as the fading of winter into spring and as abrupt as being hit by a truck. These were the days when I realized I no longer owned my children but that they belonged to the world instead. Thesearethetimeswhenyour15-year-oldaskstogotoaconcert at Fair Park. And no you are not invited. It happens when your 8th grader forgets to ask permission to download music you figure it out after the fact when obscenity-laden rap music blares from speakers behind a closed bedroom door. Because by-the-way the music is no longer downloaded but streamed live using the data on your cell phone plan. And you thought you were in charge of the iTunes account You feel it when your freshman makes plans on a Friday night without consulting you first and when your senior turns in an application to a college you never heard of. These are both the best of moments and some of the most fright- ening times of a parents life. These are the times when your baby grows up and away from you. Its what we want and what we dread all at the same time. What are the upsides Teens have a duty let alone genetic predisposition to separate themselves from their parents and to figure out who they are and whom they would like to become. Margaret Mahler called this phase adolescent separation and individuation. Just as during early life when toddlers begin to figure out they are distinct phys- ical bodies from their parents teenagers go through this process all over again this time in an effort to prepare for adulthood. Their goals are to answer those key questions of growing up Who am I and Am I normal Little do they know the first question sometimes takes decades to answer or more. The second ques- tion is a proxy for Am I valued or Do I matter not just to their parents but to the greater world of their peers. Of course if they didnt feel loved by their parents they couldnt get out of bed in the morning. But a parents love wont help them secure a date to homecoming let alone a place to sit in the middle school lunch room. Its a teenagers job to reach out and try new things. Things we didnt plan for them things we didnt know they were interested in things we didnt know they could do. This is when it begins to feel as if our children belong to the greater world and to their peer culture. They are not our little babies anymore. Its also their job to test their parents limits to find out where their decision making starts and ends and where you as the adult are going to draw a hard line. This is when they prove to us they have their own minds and that while we have a voice and certainly the most votes they figure out that they truly belong to themselves. Inevitably teens will make mistakes. This is how they learn to self-correct to do it differently the next time. It is our job to let them except when safety is at risk. This is the crux of effective parenting how a parent can be as my colleague and author Dr. Ken Ginsburg says a stable point from which they can differentiate themselves. A good parent is the lighthouse providing a beacon of guidance to safe passage along with warnings to avoiding crashing into rocks. Is it safe to let your child attend that concert without you The answer is It depends. It depends on your childs likelihood of making potentially dangerous decisions and his or her savvy with social skills to negotiate safety concerns that may arise. Do you let your child have access to download music or other con- tent off the internet without your supervision It depends on your childs sophistication in recognizing inappropriate content and willingness to self-police or notify you if he or she stumbles into problematic situations. Do you allow your child to make plans for the weekend without consulting you It depends on your childs willingness to honor your personal family traditions first and ability to meet your standards for com- pleting school work and other obligations consis- tently. And that college application you didnt see coming What an opportunity to learn about your childs inter- ests priorities and values Finally do you let your child go with the homecoming group to the lake house overnight after the dance That depends on too many factors to enumerate in this article. I sympathize with anyone struggling to make that decision in 2015 Probably the most important question to ask yourself is not how youwillmakesureeverythinggoesrightbutratherhowyourchild is likely to handle herself or himself if it goes wrong. Are the downsides manageable How severe are the potential risks How likely is your child to ask for help if things dont go as planned How likely can your child recover from a mistake in this particular situation What safety guards can you put in place to minimize the damage just in case At some point or other the child you held in those first few mo- ments of life becomes the property of the greater world you cannot control. Your job as a parent is to help make that child competent to explore that world as safely as possible. Certainly it is comfort- ing when our kids make those forays into new territory a little lat- er than earlier when they have more development and hopefully wisdom behind them. But each child is different and operates on his or her own timeline. If we can be mindful of the unique personalities and skills of our own children and support them to match their exploration to their emerging competencies we will go a long way to making the transition as smooth as possible. In the end they belong to themselves. But we can remain the safe place they come home to for guidance love and comfort. GOOD PARENTING IS FILLED WITHLETTING GOMOMENTS To read more from Dr. Sugerman go to Dr. Sugermans Bio can be found on Page 7 or reach out to her at Girls To Women Health Wellness The Plano ISD Edu 19th Annual Ski P Southfor January Visit for more information and to purchase tickets. Benefitting the students faculty staff and schools of Plano ISD Come Hit the Slopes and Celebrate S.K.I. Planos 20th Anniversary at a New Location Plano Marriott at Legacy Town Center Pull out your aprs ski apparel to eat shop and dance the night away at S.K.I. Plano 2016 FEATURING Cocktails . Dinner . Live Band . Dancing Big Board . Silent Auction . Raffle Prizes . Wine Pull S.K.I. Plano is the primary fundraising event for the Plano ISD Education Foundation. SAVE THE DATE January 30 2016 Naturally Lose Weight Inches Reduce Blood Sugar Highs Lows Sleep Better Increase Energy Reduce Appetite Increase Mental Clarity Level Hormones Balance Endocrine System Relieve Chronic Pain NO Shakes NO Added Stimulants NO Meal Replacements 100 Natural 214-725-1981214-725-1981Tricia WhiteTricia White Better Health Weight Loss All Natural Effective Affordable Independent Ambassador 220677Independent Ambassador 220677 What would happen if your income was gone tomorrow Its not something that any of us want to think about but insurance is the best way to make sure your loved ones are taken care of after youre gone. Just like a medical check-up you need an insurance check-up to re-examine your policies and see if they are still the best fit for you. 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WWW.INCTUTORING.COM INFOINCTUTORING.COM 682.777.8213 What sets us apart from the pack We incorporate the students learning style and interests into our lessons to make the subject at hand relevant and interesting. We not only work with the student but with schools teachers parents and in the curriculum they are learning every day. OUR PASSION YOUR WILLINGNESS TO LEARN ENDLESS OPPORTUNITIES INCTUTORING Getting passionate about calculus Could it really happen In this day and age with the focus on STEM Science Technol- ogy Engineering and Math kids need these skills in a way our generation didnt. Jay Veal and his mother Gloria at INC Its Not Complicated Tutoring are passionate about math and science and their approach to helping your student be a successful learner offers a refreshing change from traditional programs. The one thing that sets us apart is our holistic view of a student says Gloria Veal Principal Program Man- ager of Communications Public Re- lations for INC. 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Something else that differentiates INC from big box tutoring companies is that they work on an hourly rate one session at a time and dont require you to sign long contracts. We are creating lifelong learners not lifelong customers Gloria explains. Their goal is to help find where the breakdown in a subject occurred to see what the student does know so they can work from a place of success. It may be that the student needs help not only in the subject matter itself but also with study skills or seeing the application of the content concretely to see how it is relevant. 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But how to decide which one will give your student a better score Fortunately there is a diagnostic test that can help your stu- dent determine which is better suited for them. The SAT and ACT exams consist of different subtests. For example the writ- ing subtest of the SAT is structured differently than the English subtest of the ACT. Additionally the ACT has a science subtest not included on the SAT. At Victory Step Test Prep their di- agnostic assessment can examine your childs strengths and the different parameters of each exam and make recommendations as to which will likely yield your childs best performance. Varun Tewari of Victory Step says Its often best to focus more effort on one exam and this diagnostic can identify which one. Tewari almost always suggests Victory Steps di- agnostic for any of their clients enrolled in a one- on-one tutoring program. These one-on-one pro- grams are ideal for stu- dents who get distracted easily and offer a lot of flexibility with scheduling especially for those students who are involved in a lot of extracurricular activities. Victory Step also offers group preparation for either exam. Both plans are very af- fordable as compared to other nationwide test prep companies and they are very successful. The key to Victory Steps success is the amazing qualifications of their tutors. Who better to help your student prepare than someone who scored in the top 2 on the exam themselves All of their tutors have been teaching four to five years and want to motivate and encourage your child to do their best. Tewari says We want to make sure tutoring is a fun process so they dont dread it. Ultimately he says he hopes all of his clients can find what their passion is and excel in that passion. 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ENGAGING INSTRUCTORS who make the pro- cess interesting. 3. A thorough INDIVIDUALIZED CURRICULUM formulated to strengthen weaknesses based on the results of an initial practice test. 4. REASONABLY PRICED instruction. WHY DOES VICTORY STEP STAND ABOVE THE REST ACT OR SAT WHICH TEST IS BETTER FOR MY CHILD FIND OUT WITH OUR FREE DIAGNOSTIC TEST HOLIDAY PACKAGE VALUE 199. OFFER VALID WITH ANY PACKAGE PURCHASE THROUGH DEC 31 2015 NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2015 63 We all want our kids to reach their potential and be successful and happy in whatever they do. Sometimes the best way for them to reach that goal is not to go directly to a four-year uni- versity after high school. A community college like Richland College part of the Dallas County Community College Dis- trict might be the best place to start. The public is not always aware of all the benefits of a community college ed- ucation says Donna Walker Associate Vice President of Enrollment Manage- ment and Superintendent of the Rich- land College High School. From the moment a student enrolls the school of- fers a level of personalization you cant always get at a large univer- sity. The faculty and advisors offer a more intimate connectivity as they work with each individual to build their skill set explore job options and determine what certifications or degrees they will need to go out into the work force. Then they help them do just that. First-time college students are encouraged to take career inven- tories offered at Richlands Career Services department. These help identify aspects of your uniqueness and suggest careers stu- dents may not have considered before or even knew about. One student was convinced he wanted to be a computer programmer because it was a lucrative profession but when his career assess- ments revealed how his skills and interests were really not a match at all he was able to revise the focus of his coursework to work toward another better-suited degree. Donna believes The fabulous part of working at Richland is we have students who wouldnt otherwise be able to attend a four- year university. Perhaps a student didnt quite have the focus in high school to have a high enough GPA for UT or Texas AM perhaps they changed schools often during childhood and didnt have continuity in their education so there are gaps in their learn- ing or maybe they just cant afford it. Richland will work with students to help them with study skills and make them aware of what they need to be successful in school. Donna estimates 70 of beginning students need devel- opmental math because they just arent ready for college algebra and so they are able to prepare them for the col- lege-level courses on campus. And you definitely cannot overlook the affordability. Students save thou- sands and thousands of dollars Donna reports and they dont incur the same amount of debt as they would at a larger university for the first two years. Community colleges were created to serve the community and the students represent all walks of life. Donna says The growing un- derserved population is those who may have walked away from education for any number of reasons. Its not too late to go back to gain new skills toward a new career to explore a new interest or to work toward the degree you never got. Richland has the resources to help. by AliciaWanek StaffWriter At Richland College Community is the Key Word goodTO KNOW Formorethan40yearsRichlandCollegehasfocusedonteachinglearn- ing and community building. In recognition of these efforts the White House and the Department of Commerce named Richland a 2005 recipi- ent of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award the only communi- ty college to have received this award. Picturedabovearestudentsinthe CommunityPharmacyClass. RichlandCollegeoffersstudentslivingincontiguouscounties the opportunity to enroll in Richland Collegiate High School RCHS one of the first junior-senior dual credit charter high schools administered by a community college.TheTEA Exem- plary-ratedRCHShascapacityforupto900studentswhomay simultaneously earn a high school diploma and an associate degree.Picturedrightare2015RichlandCollegeGraduates. PicturedabovearestudentsattheRichlandCollegeInternationalFestival. 64 NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2015 When I first began researching this article I of course knew that Alzheimers was a devastating disease for which there is no cure however I did not have a true appreciation for how prevalent and wide-spread the problem is. Alzheimers is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States and it kills more people every year than breast cancer and prostate cancer com- bined. I also didnt fully grasp the distinction between dementia and Alzheimers not that surprising now that Ive learned that dementia is not a specific disease but a term that encompasses a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a persons ability to perform every day activities. A major reason people often confuse and interchange the two is that Alzheimers is the most common form of dementia accounting for 60 to 80 of all de- mentia cases. In spite of the pervasiveness of Alzheimers it is not a normal part of the aging process. N O V E M B E R I S A L Z H E I M E R S AWA R E N E S S M O N T H Alzheimers and Dementia Awareness by Melissa Chaiken Section Editor The Alzheimers Association warns that everyone with a brain is at risk for Alzheimers disease or dementia. That is quite an eye-open- ing statement. Further eye-opening is that among the top ten causes of death in the United States Alzheimers is the only one that cannot be prevented cured or slowed. goodTO KNOW Alzheimers is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States and it kills more people every year than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2015 65 Balancing a life that involves caring for a parent with Alzhei- mers and dementia symptoms along with supporting and caring for your own children can be a stressful undertaking. Andrew a University Park dad of three girls recognized when his father was in his early seventies that something was going on with his fa- ther that he could no longer attribute to just getting older or the normal aging process. His father lived alone 100 miles from An- drews house and would visit often driving himself up and back. When his father began failing to show up at the appointed time or forgetting his plan to visit Andrew became concerned. When his father reported to the local police that his car had been stolen and an investigation determined that it was not stolen but he had simply forgotten where he parked it Andrew knew it was no longer safe for his father to live alone. Being very inde- pendent his father resisted moving in with Andrews family so he moved into an assisted living facility near Andrews home and eventually into its Alzheimers and Memory Care unit where he passed away a few years later. Andrew says he remembers thinking ironically He was raising me not too long ago and now he needs my support. As the disease pro- gressed the support he needed was sim- ilar to what one of our younger children required. Bobbie a Plano mom of two teens had similar issues when her mother who lived across the country began show- ing signs of dementia. For several years Bobbie and her five siblings would take turns traveling to visit their mother and report back to each other on her condi- tion. When it became apparent that hav- ing home caretakers around the clock was no longer working her mother was moved into a skilled nursing facility that provided residential care. Bobbie says When you are dealing with these is- sues long distance you rely on impressions from the people who have been around your loved one most recently. In our case one sibling would report that nothing was wrong another that she needed immediate medical attention another that she needed her medications checked and yet another that she was halluci- nating. Bobbie says when you dont have regular day in and day out contact with someone suffering from dementia the issues can get murky. People have different perceptions and differing ways of expressing those perceptions and to complicate things further the inconsistent demeanors and actions of a dementia patient are often a symptom of the disease itself. Bobbie says Even after her death it is difficult to separate her behaviors that were fueled by the disease from the behaviors that were truly her. As our parents age it is important to educate ourselves on the symptoms and signs of Alzheimers and demen- tia as well as what to do next should a diagnosis be determined. Alzheimers can be diagnosed through a complete medical assessment that includes a thorough medical history mental status testing a physical and neuro- logical exam and other tests such as blood tests and brain imaging to rule out other causes of dementia-like symptoms. While certain behaviors or actions should raise a red flag for you re- member that there are typical age-re- lated changes such as making a bad decision once in a while missing a monthly bill payment forgetting which day it is and remembering lat- er sometimes forgetting which words to use and losing things from time to time. The best course of action is to go with your gut instinct. If you feel like something is not right then its probably a good idea to have your parent checked out by their physician and get his or her recommendation on how to proceed. Caring for an elderly parent with Alzheimers dementia or any other debilitating condition or disease can be a daunting task and most likely one you cannot undertake without professional help. Andrews advice is Be very patient with your ailing parents. It is an extremely frustrating situation for them. Your number one job is to make decisions that will keep them safe and comfortable. goodTO KNOW So what behaviors or actions should concern you if you witnesstheminaparent 10 EARLY WARNING SIGNS OF ALZHEIMERS 1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life 2. Challenges in planning or solving problems 3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home at work or at leisure 4. Confusion with time or place 5.Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships 6. Struggling with words in speaking or writing 7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps 8. Decreased or poor judgment 9.Withdrawal from work or social activities 10. Changes in mood and personality IMPORTANCE OF EARLY DIAGNOSIS An early diagnosis allows people with dementia and their families a better chance of benefiting from treatment more time to plan for the future to experience lessened anxieties about unknown problems increased chances of participating in clinical drug trials and helping advance research an opportunity to participate in decisions about care transportation living options financial and legal matters time to develop a relationship with doctors and care partners to benefit from care and support services making it easier for them and their family to manage the disease goodREADS Cant We Talk About Something More Pleasant is the beautifully written story of one womans journey in navigating the world of caring for elderly parents while coming to terms with a less than perfect parentchild relationship. Book Review CANT WE TALK ABOUT SOMETHING MORE PLEASANT Roz Chast has written a memoir that is simultaneously hilarious and heart wrenching. The famous The New Yorker cartoonist tells the story of her aging parents final years through her beloved cartoons family photos and documents along with her own candid narrative. Cant We Talk About Something More Pleasant will res- onate with anyone who has dealt with aging parents and the tough decisions that must be made when the parentchild roles start to reverse. Chast an only child had a difficult relationship with her parents. Her mother Elizabeth was an overbearing retired assistant princi- pal who never showed Chast the love that she craved. George her father was quiet and anxious Chast describes him as a chain-wor- rier. While living under the thumb of a dominant wife he never seemed to break free enough to establish a meaningful relationship with his daughter. Chast left her childhood home in Brooklyn for college and did not return for a long time. She states From 1990 to 2001 I had not set foot in Brooklyn ONCE. Denial avoidance selfishness la- ziness and the day-to-day busyness of my life two little kids car- toon deadlines grocery shopping were all partly to blame. But really I just didnt want to. Then one day out of the blue I had an intense need to go out to Brooklyn to visit my parents. It was easy to remember the day because of the events that followed Septem- ber 9 2001. A Sunday. What Chast found when she visited was that her parents were extremely frail and their living conditions reflected their inability to properly care for themselves. To complicate the situation her parents refused to discuss any plans or what their wishes were in the event that something should happen to them what Chast calls by Melissa Chaiken Section Editor ReMax dallas suburbs 972.898.6600 facebook.comRealtyPerformancePartners A Commitment to Exemplary Service Performance Partners Here is your opportunity to experience country living in Planos most desired zip code 75093. The largest in the subdivision this spectacular 4 acre lot is located on a quiet estate development street just one block from Gleneagles Country Club. An equestrians delight the property allows up to 8 horses. This property is priced at lot value only 2500000. Schedule a visit or see more at Ann OBlenes Elizabeth Ritch Passion...Pursuit...Performance. Life can get messy... ....let Insights help clean up your mess. Healthy living requires an holistic approach mind body and spirit. Therapy is like yoga for your mind it calms it stretches it strengthens it builds endurance. Insights provides a comfortable relaxed and inviting environment where you can calm your heart stretch your mind strengthen your internal resources and build your skills and endurance to face lifes difficulties. Anger Management Abuse Recovery ADDADHD Alcohol Drug Addiction Anxiety Behavior Problems with Kids and Teens Career Problems Co-Dependency Compulsive Behavior Depression Mood Disorders Parenting Problems Pre-MaritalMarital Counseling Divorce Recovery Relationship Problems Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders Sex Addiction Sexual Problems Social Skill Problems in Children Trauma 214.706.0508 5445 La Sierra Drive Suite 204 Dallas TX 75231 Excerpt from Cant We Talk About Something More Pleasant by Roz Chast. their aversion in general to the discussion of unpleas- ant topics. After several falls some health scares and many heart-to-heart talks Chast finally convinced Elizabeth and George to move to the Place near her home in Connecti- cut. It was 2005 and they were both 93. Chast clev- erly depicts life in the assisted living facility as like the high school cafeteria but with old people. George passed away first in 2007 and Elizabeth lived another two years. Chast skillfully depicts her heartache and regret when Elizabeth becomes attached to her full- time Jamaican aide Goodie. Although Goodie was a godsend for Elizabeth Chast couldnt help feeling guilt at not doing the dirty work. The book was a 2014 National Book Award Finalist and named one of the New York Times Book Reviews 10 Best Books of 2014. 68 NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2015 NOVEMBER NEATHTHEWREATH GIFT MARKET WHEN Thursday November 5 through Sunday November 11 WHERE Plano Centre 2000 E. Spring Creek Pkwy. WHAT The Junior League of Collin County is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism developing the potential of women and improving the com- munity through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Neath the Wreath provides critical funding for the Junior League of Collin County. COST Tickets are 13 CONTACT Kelly Noonan AN EVENING OF HOPE GALA A NIGHT IN MOROCCO WHEN Saturday November 7 at 630pm WHERE Hilton Granite Park 5805 Granite Pkwy Plano WHAT The 2015 Gala marks 29 years of Hopes Doors service in Collin County with a Moroccan-inspired evening. Hopes Door is a comprehensive domestic violence agency that offers intervention and prevention services to individuals and families affected by domestic violence as well as educational programs that enhance the communitys awareness. COST Individual tickets start at 250. Sponsorships available. CONTACT Suzanne Bock Grishman Chief Development Officer at 972.422.2911 or THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS WHEN November8throughJanuary3daily 900am to 500pm WHEREDallasArboretumandBotanicalGar- den 8525 Garland Road WHAT Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with Holiday at The Arboretum featuring the magnificent The 12 Days of Christmas outdoor exhibit which showcases an elaborate collection of 25-foot Victorian gazebos filled with the charming costumed characters and whimsical animals made famous by the beloved Christmas carol. COST Adults are 20 for non-members and 12 for members. Seniors are 15 for non-members and 10 for members. Children ages 3-12 are 10 for non-members and 9 for members. Children under 3 are free. Checkwebsiteforspecialpricingandpromotionsandnighttimepricing. CONTACT 214.515.6615 or 30th ANNIVERSARY NATIONAL PHILANTHROPY DAY LUNCHEON WHEN Friday November 13 at 1130am WHERE Hyatt Regency Dallas 300 Reunion Boule- vard WHAT The Greater Dallas Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals will host the 30th lun- cheon celebrating Dallas National Philanthropy Day bringing together area nonprofits volunteers fundersfoundationsbusinessandcommunitymem- bers to honor many of the citys finest who give self- lessly in support of numerous worthy causes. On this special anniversary year Dallas Philanthropist Nancy Dedman will serve as the events first honorary chair. COST 85 individual tickets CONTACT MadeleineCrouch972.233.9107ext.204 ART IN MOTION -- MOVINGTO A CURE WHEN Saturday November 14 at 700pm WHERE NOAHS EventVenue 5280Towne Square Drive Plano WHAT Journey into an interactive night filled with lights sound movement artistry and glitz as you enjoy a variety of food and beverages in a cocktail party type setting. Preparetobemesmerizedbythecreativityofmusicandmovementperformersandvisu- al artists chosen to intrigue and inspire your senses. Explore the food and drink stations while you bid on a variety of unique silent and live auction offerings. Funds from this event will benefit the American Cancer Society. COST Individual tickets are 85 while sponsorship opportunities range from 500 to 10000. CONTACT Renee Corley at 214.819.1219 or ITSYOURTIME SIX02 6K WHEN Saturday November 14 800am WHERE Klyde Warren Park Dallas WHAT Introducing Foot Lockers 2nd Annual Its Your Time SIX02 6K Run. The race will take runners through Klyde Warren Park the streets of Dallas and the historic Katy Trail. Once across the finish line the cele- bration continues with post-race events includ- ing getting pampered and free giveaways. Your SIX02Momentisamomentintimetheminutesorhoursyoutakeforyourself. Wheth- er it is first thing in the morning or following a long day of work it is that time of day whenyoufeelinspiredtoaccomplishanindividualgoalmakethemostofyourworkout or set your sights on new ambitions SIX02 has chosen The Family Place as its charity partner. The Family Place is the Dallas areas leading organization delivering programs empowering victims of family violence. COST 38To 45 CONTACT CHI OMEGA CHRISTMAS MARKET WHEN Thursday November 19 through Saturday November 21 WHERE Centennial Hall at Fair Park Dallas WHAT The Chi Omega Christmas Market offers a unique one-of- a-kind shopping experience with over 175 merchants showcasing gifts for every age including holiday dcor womens clothing and accessories home accents childrens clothing and toys food gifts and much more In its 38-year history Chi Omega Christmas Mar- ket has distributed 6.75 million dollars to the Dallas community through grants to local charities and collegiate scholarships. In 2014 they donated 269500 to worthy local organizations and are thrilled to continue the tradition of giving this year COST 15 at the door see the website for special market hours and events CONTACT 214.890.1999 or community calendar goodTIMES STEAKS ONTHE LAKE benefitingThe Grant Halliburton Foundation WHEN Friday November 20 630 to 1100pm WHERE Rosine Hall Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gar- den 8525 Garland Road WHAT A crisp fall evening a delicious steak dinner live en- tertainment by Downtown Fever and a silent auction with many exciting items all in support of the Grant Halliburton Foundation. Come join the fun and raising of funds to help promote better mental health for teens and young adults. COST 150 for individual tickets. Sponsorships available. CONTACT 972.744.9790 or THE 28TH ANNUALTRAINS AT NORTHPARK EXHIBIT benefiting Ronald McDonald House of Dallas WHEN Saturday November 21 January 3 1000am to 900pm. Check the website for holidayclosings. WHERE NorthPark Center Dallas WHAT The Trains at NorthPark presented by Bank of Texas celebrates its 28th year of a favorite holiday tradition. The most elaborate toy trains exhibit in Texas the display includestrainsrollingacross1600offeetoftrackonajourneyacrossAmerica. Morethan 70000 people visit theTrains at NorthPark each year as part of their holiday tradition. COST Adults 7 Children and Seniors 3 CONTACT 214.631.7354 or DALLASYMCATURKEYTROT WHENThanksgiving Day November 26 at 900am WHERE Dallas City Hall Plaza WHATThe DallasYMCATurkeyTrot is aYMCA tradition that draws people from all over thecountryeachyear.Evenifyourenotarunnerorwalkertherearefunactivitiesforthe whole family to enjoy clowns pony rides bounce houses live musical entertainment and much more COST 15 to 35 CONTACT 214.954.0500 or CHRISTMAS INTHE SQUARE WHEN November 27 through January 2 WHERE Frisco Square WHAT Frisco Square Property Owners Asso- ciation presents the largest choreographed holiday lights and music show in NorthTexas. This event draws over 665000 visitors an- nually. Snow machines are used to create a WinterWonderlandon the sidewalks of Fris- co. Families friends and holiday guests from throughout north Texas the DFW Metroplex and southern Oklahoma come and enjoy the spectacular show. Lights Music Snow Holi- daylightsandmusicavailableon107.3FMchoreographedbyFriscosownJeffTrykoski Illumimax LLC.With over 175000 lights 11.5 miles of wiring and 8 miles of extension cords. COST Free CONTACT 469.633.7117 DECEMBER DICKENS IN HISTORIC DOWNTOWN PLANO WHEN Friday December 4 600 to 1000pm WHEREHistoricDowntownPlanoTreeLightingat700pminHaggardPark901E.15th Street. WHAT Plano Parks and Recreation Department will host Dickens in Historic Downtown Plano and will include the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Food and drinks will be available from several of the down- town restaurants. COST Free CONTACT DALLAS CHILDRENS HEALTH HOLIDAY PARADE WHEN Saturday December 5 at 2015 WHERE Commerce Street Downtown Dallas WHAT The best holiday traditions become great family memories. The 28th annual Dallas Childrens Health Holiday Parade will march through the streets of downtown Dallas to ring in the holiday season. Take your family young andoldtotheseasonsmostspectacularevent--marchingbandsfestivefloatsandfun family activities to carry into the new year. COST Free to the public. CONTACT CANDLELIGHT PICTURE PERFECT WHEN Saturday December 12 at 300pm WHERE Dallas HeritageVillage at Old City Park 1515 S. Harwood St. WHAT Sing along with strolling carolers tell St. Nicholas your holiday wishes ride in NipandTucksdonkey-pulledcarriageandmakeholidaycrafts. Localgroupsperformon three stages. Festive foods are available from food trucks as well as a bake sale. COST Tickets are 6 to 12 CONTACT Mandy Olsen 214.413.3669 or Book Music and Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse Based on Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol THE MUSICALDecember 17-20 Showing at Courtyard Theater 1509 H Ave Plano TX 75074 Tickets - 10 in advance 12 at the door Purchase tickets at or call 972-422-2575 70 NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2015 goodTIMES See more photos at NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2015 71 HOCO 2015 LetTheGoodTimesRoll 72 NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2015 goodTIMES CITY HOUSES BLUE MOON GALA The 2015 Blue Moon Gala benefiting City House took place on September 19 in Frisco. 820 guests attended City Houses primary fundraiser of the year that raised almost 500000. The organization serves local youth who are at risk due to abuse neglect or homelessness. Del Friscos Restaurant group served as presenting sponsor of the gala with gold sponsors AdvoCare Park Place Lexus Plano Sam Packs Five-Star Ford Blue Cross Blue Shield and Roy Susie Barber. MAD HATTER TEA PARTY Methodist Hospital of Richardson hosted its Mad Hatter Tea Party on September 12. The event which was held at the hospital cele- brated its new 3D Mammogram technology. Breast cancer survivors patients and guests walked the pink carpet in their finest fun and creative headwear. Renowned breast cancer surgeon Dr. Jenevieve H. Hughes was the special guest speaker for the event. THE 22ND ANNUAL FANTASY FOOTBALL DRAFT NIGHT BENEFITING THE WARREN CENTER Former Dallas Cowboys player Randy White hosted the Warren Centers 22nd Annual Fanta- sy Football Draft Night. Over 400 guests were in attendance and the event raised more than 200000 benefiting the foundation. For over 47 years The Warren Center has worked with fami- lies in North Dallas to ensure that every child with developmental delays has continued success through Early Childhood Intervention Thera- py Services Program and Family Education and Support Programs. The event was chaired by Mi- chelle and Todd Steudtner. WFAA Sportscaster Joe Trahan served at the nights emcee. FOOD 4 KIDS PEANUT BUTTER CHALLENGE Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere attended a special pep rally on Wednesday September 30 to collect the 1566 jars of peanut butter donated by the JPIIHS community. Mayor LaRosiliere challenged JPIIHS to exceed the 1000 jars the school collected last year for the Food 4 Kids Plano program.Nothing is great- er than seeing our youth help other youth he said. Plano Mayor LaRosiliere is committed to addressing the issue of food insecurity of chronically hungry early childhood and elementary school children in Plano by partnering with NTFB to provide them with a backpack filled with nutritious kid-friendly shelf stable food every Friday during the school year. 4 EverYoung entertained the guests with classic 50s songs Mayor of Plano Harry LaRosiliere with President ThomasW. Poore and students of JPIIHS Former Cowboys RandyWhite andTimmy Newsome JoeTrahan Lasondra Jackson AJ Jackson and Constance Jackson NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2015 73 goodTIMES YOUNG MENS SERVICE LEAGUE WILDCAT CHAPTER The moms and boys of the Wild- cat Chapter of Young Mens Service League YMSL volunteer for many worthwhile causes. Among these was the School Supply Project at Resurrec- tion Lutheran Church. YMSL partici- pants sorted packed inventoried and delivered school supplies to the Collin County Assistance center for needy school-aged children. The Wildcat Chapter moms and boys also helped the Heritage Farmstead with its annu- alFriends of the Farmsteadfundrais- er by cleaning the barn setting up ta- bles and replacing lights for the event. THE WORLD PREMIERE OF THE AMERICAN DREAM featuring Tony Dorsett Starpower hosted a watch party for the premiere ofThe American Dream on September 2 at its North Dallas store. The American Dream is a new series about the real-life stories of profession- al athletes from the world of sports. The pilot episode featured NFL Hall of Fame Legend and former Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Dorsett. In the episode Dorsett recalls his early days growing up in Pennsylvania his college football years and his life as an integral part of Americas Team. Dorsett takes the viewer through the ups and downs of life as a professional football player and recounts the sometimes-high cost of achieving the American Dream. Kim KarlWestWendy Blake Lewis Amy Austin Hendrix andTera Collin Harrison Quentin Yvette Frederick Joey JenniferTatum and Sue Jacob Hughes NATIONAL CHARITY LEAGUE GOLDEN CORRIDOR CHAPTER SENIOR STYLE SHOW The Golden Corridor Chapter of the National Char- ity League held their annual Senior Style Show on October 4 at the Westin Stonebriar Hotel in Frisco. Fashions for the models were provided by Julep Firefly and WhatchamaCallit. The style show is the culmination of the senior girls participation in National Charity League that begins in the 7th Grade. Event Co-chairs were Sheryl Pidgeon and Corinne Frank and Amy Levenson Krumholz and Elle Parks served as emcees. Gina Clary Photography. Front Row L to R Avril Payne Madison Chenoweth Addison Coleman Isabella Sanchez Sara Plotkin. Middle Row L to R Chandler Grace Smith McCallie Foley Chloe Kersh Hannah Messer Alyssa Hill Emily Breihan. Back Row L to R Hannah Elcan Katie Howell Maggie Sagers Brooke Doyle Caroline Lebeuf. Not pictured MadelineWilson Madison Zimmerman TheTony Dorsett Family KTCK Sportsradio 1310 TheTicket talk show host Norm Hitzges Fitness HQBusyBody Fitness owners Ilanit and Gary Glanger and Craig Lewin right 74 NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2015 31ST ANNUAL CARE BREAKFAST featuring Charles Haley CARE Chemical Awareness Resources and Awareness held its 31st An- nual Breakfast on October 5 at the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas. Scott Murray interviewed 2015 NFL Hall of Fame inductee and former Dal- las Cowboy Charles Haley. Haley candidly relayed his struggle with bipo- lar disorder and substance abuse and the havoc it wreaked in his personal life until he finally got help. In his recovery Haley works with his Tack- le Tomorrow fund which helps to continue to educate children during non-school hours. Natalie and Mike McGuire served as Honorary Chair- men of the event which was sponsored by Bank of Texas. CARE serves over 10000 families each year through its programs which help those struggling with substance abuse. Emmitt Smith Pat Smith Charles Haley CARE Break- fast Honorary Co-Chairs Natalie and Mike McGuire goodTIMES 20TH ANNIVERSARY TEXAS TRAILBLAZER AWARDS featuring Marisa Tomei The Family Place held its 20th annual Texas Trailblazer Awards Luncheon on Oc- tober1attheHiltonAnatoleHotelinDallas. NancyA.Nasherwashonoredasthis years Texas Trailblazer. This award recognizes someone who has accomplished afirstand opened doors of opportunity for other people while making significant contributions either in their community business or profession. Ms. Nasher is a dedicated philanthropist serving on nu- merous boards and in cultural and edu- cational leadership positions in the Dal- las community. The keynote speaker was Academy Award-winning actress Marisa Tomei. Ms. Tomei recently directed a short film based on the book Half the Sky which tells the story of a thirteen-year-old girls struggle with the institutionalized oppres- sion of women in Ethiopia. The Family Place is an organization dedicated to eliminating fam- ily violence through intervention and proactive prevention community education and advoca- cy and assistance for victims and their families. At the luncheon The Family Place announced plans for a 13 million capital campaign to turn a recently purchased building into a 50000 square foot Central Dallas Counseling Center. 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