Month: July 2007

From Fat to Thin: Yes, it’s possible to lose weight and keep it off

It seems that just about everybody wants to lose weight but, sadly, few succeed. Yet experts tell us that, as a nation, we must slim down or suffer all sorts of unpleasant consequences, such as poor health, impaired mobility and even shorter life spans. To be sure, slimming down is not easy, but it’s hardly impossible. Just ask the ladies we talked to for this article. Each one has shed more than 100 pounds. If there is a lesson in their stories, it’s probably that seeking outside help, in whatever form suits you, makes weight loss easier to accomplish....

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Influential Physicians: Women Doctors who are making a difference

Over the years women have influenced and enhanced the practice of medicine, though there was a time when women doctors were a rarity. Today half of the students enrolled in medical schools are women. As the number of women physicians continues to grow, so does their level of influence in the communities in which they live and work. In the early years of medicine, doctors were in the role of primary caregiver and decision maker for their patients. The progress of time finds women doctors making positive changes in today’s health care system. These changes have included an increased...

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The Literary Connection

One thing that keeps coming up in conversation with Gemini Ink’s director, Rosemary Catacalos, is her concern for the community. Whether she is talking about personal memories or the goals of the literary center she’s led for the past four years, her love for San Antonio shines through. This is her home, she says, the place where her dead are buried. And this is the city she wants to serve. “I am still tremendously excited (about her job) because few cities have this kind of resource in their midst,” she says. “We are really blessed to have Gemini Ink...

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Hill Country Haven

Deerbrook Farm is a love story, straight out of the True Romance series. It’s about a young girl named Betsy Skillin, born in New York City and raised in Europe, who met Tom O’Connell, an American soldier, on a train traveling from Frankfurt to Paris. She was 14, and he was 20. Their chance meeting led to several years of friendly correspondence. Somewhere along the way, Tom met another woman and married. Betsy married Nolan Welmaker. Tom developed a successful career in advertising sales, and Betsy became known in San Antonio as a successful mother, community volunteer and entrepreneur,...

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Fig Tree Restaurant

really like it when locals come,” offered our garrulous waiter/real estate broker about midway through a very pleasant dinner on Fig Tree’s dramatic, terraced patio. “The tourists we’ll never see again, but we know you might come back.” For the setting alone — perhaps the best on the River Walk — we might just do that Fig Tree has long had the reputation of being a fine but somewhat fusty restaurant, with lace curtains and expense-account prices being the impression du jour. But the interior of the historic house on Villita Street has been updated to include blown-glass art...

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