Archive for September 2009

Neighborhood Tails – Madison, age 9

September 2009
Madison pic

Madison, age 9
Labrador retriever
University Blvd.

In 2004, I had a litter of seven adorable yellow lab puppies. It seems like yesterday that I was nursing them all in the kiddie pool at my house. Every year, the pup’s dad, Buddy, and I have a birthday party for “the kids.” This year, three of our pups came to celebrate …

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From Mom to Musketeer

September 2009
Writer Cheryl Laird salutes before fencing at her first Summer Nationals tournament. (Photo: Christopher Germano)

Life-changing moments come in all shapes. For me, it was a beekeeper’s mask. Actually, it just looked like a beekeeper’s mask, with its black metal mesh.

“It’s for fencing,” said my husband. I finished unwrapping his Christmas present and posed awkwardly for a photo. The gift came with fencing lessons.

“For me?” I thought. “You shouldn’t have. Really.”

He explained …

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Buzz Kidz by Bobbie Richardson, age 16

September 2009
Making a fashion statement, even with second-hand clothing items, comes easily to Bobbie Richardson.

Passion for fashion

I have been a member of The Assisteens Auxiliary, a group of high school students that supports the efforts of the local chapter of the Assistance League, since I was a freshman at St. John’s School. Last year, I pitched the idea of a fashion show that would showcase some of the best clothing donated and sold …

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Summarize Your Life

September 2009
Catherine Griffin

It’s that time of year again.  High school seniors are gearing up for the application process while college graduates are searching for that elusive job.  In this economy, first impressions are more important than ever.

However, it’s not the interview that hooks a potential employer or admissions counselor, but the way a student first presents himself or herself on a …

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Seizing the Cache

September 2009
Avid geocacher Diane Cass takes in the view while caching in Tennessee, which required hiking up hills with a 900-foot elevation change.

It’s one part hike-and-seek and two parts high-tech treasure hunt, only without the serious bling at the end. Welcome to the world of geocaching.

If you loved looking for hidden treasure as a kid, geocaching may be your answer to fun. The new pastime is catching on with fraternity brothers, coworkers, parents and kids, and husbands and wives.

Geocachers search …

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Travel Buzz – From Andalucia to Albuquerque

September 2009
The millennial city of Cordoba, lying in a curve of the Rio Guadalquivir, is even more beautiful at night.

Some of us travel to seek the thrill of the unknown. Others go to take in legendary landmarks that have defined the human experience. For still others, it’s simply a chance to get away from it all, to leave the mundanity of daily existence behind.

Regardless of our reasons, there’s one thing most travelers agree on. One of the best …

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Extreme Grandparents

September 2009
Bubba Gauntt, a former UT baseball player, makes a daily 150-mile roundtrip to watch grandsons Travis, 17, Tyler, 15, and Turner, 10, play ball. (Photo: ##http://www.hartphoto.com##www.hartphoto.com##)

My grandmother always wore high heels. Although her cooking was unrivaled and she could crochet and sew as well as any, she never felt like a typical grandma. Earlier photos show her dressed as a flapper on the back of my grandfather’s motorcycle.

Many of us can recall a scrumptious recipe or the things we did at grandma’s house that …

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Dinner Party Redux

September 2009
Carolyn Faulk (in front) and her girlfriends enjoyed their 20th annual slumber party at her beach house in Galveston.

I always look forward to an evening out on the town. I like choosing the perfect restaurant and just the right friends to enjoy it with. But after lots of planning and anticipation, the big fancy night out often underwhelms when it finally arrives.

The nights I enjoy most are the ones when we stay in or get together at …

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Ka-ching

September 2009
Dylan Guthrie, 16, left, can benefit from the experiences of older brothers Stuart and Cameron when it comes to learning about financial responsibility for college.

Extra college expenses add up

With two children in college, sometimes I feel like an ATM machine. After paying for tuition, textbooks and rent, you might think you are done. You aren’t.

Think of it this way. You are setting up another household – in some cases two or three – with all of the costs to match. And, parentally …

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Buzz Eatz – Bring Your Own Bottle

September 2009
Pouring wine from your own private cellar is one of the appeals of BYOB restaurants.

I realized my mistake when my friend placed her order at Villagio’s Italian Grill. “I’ll have the Greek salad and, for my entrée, the pistachio-crusted grilled trout,” she said.

Because Villagio’s is an Italian grill, normally red wine would be ideal, right? But I forgot that my friend prefers seafood.

I had brought along a Villa Antinori Toscana ’06, which …

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Buzz About Town – September 2009

September 2009
Anthony and Donna pic

Scout’s honor pays off
Friends of West U Parks is the lucky beneficiary of Boy Scout Anthony Scheller’s good deed. As an Eagle Scout candidate from Boy Scout Troop 266, Anthony recently presented Friends of West U Parks with a check, in addition to his Eagle Scout project. His project consisted of designing and installing an English butterfly garden at …

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SportzBuzz – September 2009

September 2009
Wide receiver Durwin Lauderdale has all the right moves for the Bellaire Cardinals football team. Lauderdale is one of several offensive weapons for the Cardinals this season.

As the Bellaire Cardinals get set to kick off a new football season, they do so under the direction of first-year head coach Trey Herrmann.

“It was a busy summer,” said Herrmann. “There was a lot to be done to get us ready for the season in terms of staffing, facilities and having more kids in the program.  I …

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