Month: January 2006

Bread On the Waters: Deaf friends pointed a troubled girl toward a career serving the hearing-impaired

Kay Chiodo knows firsthand that bread cast upon troubled waters may indeed return after many days. She has spent much of her life responding to the bread of kindness that a little group of deaf kids gave her when she needed it most, and the returns have been enormous. “Almost everything I”ve ever learned, I owe to deaf people. I don”t know a single deaf person who is not more clever than I”ll ever be, because they have had to be,” she says. Chiodo is president and owner of Services By Vital Signs Inc., a company she started in...

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Beyond the Balance Sheet: Banking careers yield high interest

A job in banking comes with a lot of stereotypes. Think of the stuffy seriousness of pin-striped suits or loan officers maintaining that desk-width distance as the crinkle of paper intrudes upon the quiet dignity of the conservative surroundings. It might surprise some, then, that banking — while serious business — is neither stuffy nor boring, at least according to several women who went to work in banks and stayed on for flourishing careers. It may surprise some, too, that a career in banking is about a lot more than money. The women you’ll read about here claim that...

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Grey Moss Inn: Dine in a romantic rural setting

It was a benign and balmy night. To the west, trees sheltering the patio at Grey Moss Inn limned ink-brush forms against the fast-fading light. To the east, a full-bellied moon rose almost reluctantly in a dusky dome. Nearby, trumpet-shaped blossoms of melon-hued datura broadcast their perfume into lambent air already scented with hints of Hill Country cedar … and just in time, two glasses of crisp white wine arrived to break the grip of prose becoming ever more purple. It’s not for nothing that Grey Moss is perennially proclaimed one of the city’s most romantic restaurants — but...

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A Perfect Balance: Familys home is both elegant and livable

Were it not for the Winston Churchill Charger varsity golf placard adjacent to the front door of Bianca and Jim Rhodes’ home, one could easily envision the elegant stone structure as a grand manor house languishing on a hillside in rural France. Adding to the illusion is the upward winding drive to the entrance courtyard, a drive with a view of five acres of lush terraced lawn, gardens and enchanting woods. At first glance, the 8,000-square-foot home at the end of the short drive is resplendent with archetypal French features, including the classic hipped roof, flared eaves and massive...

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An Artist and A Christian: Her murals adorn a church, a school and more

A lot of people volunteer in their church, but few can do what Shawn Bridges has done. A member of Trinity Baptist Church, Bridges has transformed the children’s ministry building into a pictorial Noah’s ark by painting hundreds of life-size animals all over the walls of the central rotunda and along the hallways leading to the classrooms. The elephants, giraffes, zebras, horses, koala bears and the entire colorful menagerie are so realistically portrayed that a child could get a good zoology lesson right there without ever going to the zoo. It took the artist four months of nonstop work...

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