Month: November 2003

Building their own Businesses:

These businesswomen met a need and found success SHIRLEY CRANDALL Growing aggravation. A plan. Then full speed ahead. That sums up how Shirley Crandall started Crandall & Associates, Inc. in 1987, by herself. “I had worked for an insurance company for four years. They kept taking little pieces of my money away,” she explains. “I thought, ‘This is crazy. I have to work harder, and then they take a little more.’ ” Her business advisor suggested Crandall start her own insurance business, but only after planning for a year, which she did. “I quit in December and started in...

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Party Time: Caterers bring the expertise

Caterers bring expertise as well as food to the table It’s an ordinary Thursday in September, but inside the spacious offices of UBS Financial Services there is a party in full swing. Formerly known as PaineWebber, the company is celebrating its reopening as a branch of the United Bank of Switzerland conglomerate. About 150 clients, employees and guests are leisurely milling around, drinks in hand, chatting and helping themselves from an elegantly laid-out buffet of hors d’oeuvres. “ I wanted a really nice presentation for this event,” says branch office administrator Chere Lampis, who hired Fresh Horizons Creative Catering...

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Organized Principal: School administrator Peggy Clemons

understanding the power of balance Peggy Clemons has been in middle school for at least 11 years — longer, if you count her own junior-high years in Alabama. To those whose early adolescence is a thankfully repressed memory, that sounds like an extreme recurring nightmare. Not so, says Clemons. Middle-schoolers — braces, hormones, self-inked tattoos and all — have a well-hidden sweet side. “Some of them still love their teachers,” says the principal of Garner Middle School. “It’s a wonderful time to help students reach their full potential.” There are around 920 of them at Garner, which Clemons has...

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A life Filled with Riches: Karen Norman

Volunteers Fulltime for Children and Cancer Patients That country is the richest which nourishes the greatest number of noble and happy human beings; that man is richest who, having perfected the functions of his own life to the utmost, has also the widest helpful influence, both personal, and by means of his possessions, over the lives of others.– John Ruskin We have been told that if we want to get something done, we should ask a busy person to do it. Whoever first made that observation must have been thinking of Karen Norman, who works as hard at volunteering...

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Healthy Holiday Eating Strategies: Martyrdom Is Not Required

Common Sense, Not Martyrdom, Will Help You Survive When I saw the Halloween candy piled waist high at my HEB, I knew the end was near. I consciously drew my navel to my spine and threw my shoulders back to brace myself for the holiday onslaught. Halloween is just a teaser for what’s to come. By November, the calendar begins to fill with family get-togethers, school events, office parties and open houses. It’s about this time each year I reminisce about a two-week trip my husband and I took to London. We timed it so we would get home...

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