Month: November 2007

Maven of Manners: Diane Gottsman

As I prepared for my interview with Diane Gottsman, the founder and director of The Protocol School of Texas, my mind started whirring. Earlier that morning she had changed our meeting from a coffee locale to breakfast at a restaurant. I didn’t think anything of it at the time, but as I made my nest at the table with my laptop, latte and silverware, I began to worry. Would she think me rude to type as we talked rather than focusing my full attention on her? What should I order, if anything at all, so I didn’t make any...

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Brick and Bronze: Donna Dobberfuhl’s sculptures

Saint Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church on Thousand Oaks Drive is one of those contemporary temples designed to appeal to a minimalist’s taste in décor and atmosphere. There are no paintings or statues in nooks and crannies along the walls, no fancy columns to pull your eye heavenward — it’s a simple, open space. But behind the altar rises a huge figure of Christ, seemingly emerging from the brick wall itself, his arms outstretched, his gaze focused on the world beyond the sanctuary’s walls. The effect is one of a silently commanding presence. The larger-than-life, high-relief sculpture is the...

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A Child of Their Own

Adoption is certainly not a new thing, but like everything else in our society, it has undergone changes in the last couple of decades. Babies are no longer adopted under an ironclad cloak of secrecy, international placements are common, and singles have joined the ranks of adoptive parents. Below are the heartwarming stories of four families who found happiness through adoption, each in its own way. DETERMINED TO BE A MOM When you walk into Michael and Debbie Leal’s house in northwest San Antonio, you know right away that a child reigns over this household. Toys have pretty much...

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Women Shift Into High Gear

Automobiles have been a male-inspired industry dating back to 1769, when the first selfpropelled mechanical vehicle was designed by French inventor Nicolas- Joseph Cugnot. (Some dispute who was first to create a motorcar.) But any way you look at it, men have consistently dominated the space. Even songs about cars have been primarily written and sung by men. Think about it. There is Riding Around in My Automobile by Chuck Berry, Mustang Sally by Wilson Picket, Jaguar by the Who and Little Deuce Coupe by the Beach Boys, to name a few. But men are slowly beginning to move...

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A Monte Vista Showcase

It takes a special talent to look at an old house and see possibilities. The Monte Vista neighborhood, one of the largest and oldest historical districts in the United States, has its share of beautiful renovations. Here and there, though, there are structures whose inhabitants appear to lack the imagination or the drive to breathe new life into aging walls. Down one tree-lined avenue there is an old stone house that found a woman willing to revive it. Lobie Stone saw the bungalow for what it was and what it could be. “The outside wasn’t bad, but the interior...

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