Month: July 2006

Full Circle: Erin Barry stands up for kids, a comfy home court, true love (and basketball)

For Erin Barry, home is where you live right now. Married to San Antonio Spurs guard Brent Barry, she’s followed her husband as his basketball career has placed him on five different teams in 11 years. With each new city, she’s determined to cultivate the sort of stability that makes their lives more grounded, less nomadic. She makes their home the sort of haven that, once you walk in the door, you know you’re home, no matter which city happens to be on the other side of that threshold. She also seems to find ways to immerse herself in...

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Special Moms: When a child has special needs, moms rise to the occasion and then some

Among unexpected challenges that test our mettle, having a child with a serious disability must be one of the most difficult. Yet many people deal with this challenge daily. Though there are resources and professionals in the community who can help, it’s often the mother who shoulders the lion’s share of the responsibilities. The three women profiled in this article are shining examples of motherhood at its best, as they bravely and lovingly help their children to realize their maximum potential. Stepping up to the plate Merced Diaz is a good-looking little boy who loves playing in the water....

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Animal Attraction: Women apply caring and compassion to veterinary medicine

A love of animals draws many women to the field of veterinary medicine. After all, compassion and intuition — two traits women are believed to have in abundance — have strong currency in the animal kingdom. Surprisingly, women in Texas entered veterinary medicine decades later than they penetrated other male-dominated professions. Texas A&M University houses the only veterinary college in the state, and the university did not accept women students until 1963. The first woman to become a licensed vet in Texas received her degree in 1966. Today, about 70 percent of Texas A&M’s veterinary students are women. Here,...

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The Witte Grows Up

Marise McDermott remembers bringing her children to the Witte back in 1986, when her son James was 4 and daughter Julia was still in a stroller. “There was a fabulous dinosaur exhibit we all loved” says McDermott, who is today the Witte’s president and CEO. “A little later there was another one on animal senses, and they loved that one, too. They became so engaged in this place. My kids could learn about the Texas cultural makeup, about the natural environment, animals … Where else could they learn all of that?” Where indeed? Thousands of San Antonio youngsters have...

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A Work in Progress: Alamo Heights home grows, changes with family

The Alamo Heights home of Carol and Ed Kopplow, designed by architect Fred Buenz, was built in the early 1940s. It seems, however, that the home has been a work in progress since they purchased it more than 30 years ago. The reason is simple. Needs changed as their once young children transitioned to adulthood, and through those years, the Kopplows proved to be immensely creative as architectural changes developed and the modification of interior design elements evolved. The interior design changes have been influenced in a major way by the couple’s very close friend, neighbor and accomplished interior...

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