Month: September 2008

Tracy Frank Takes in Strays

In the early 1990s, Tracy Frank was working with autistic children and living in an Austin subdivision with a dozen dogs and several cats, all of which were rescued or adopted. Having that many animals wasn’t suitable — or practical — in that neighborhood, so Frank moved out to her family’s ranch, where she and the animals would have more space. Frank had always been the type of person who rescued animals by the roadside, and her new living environment only fostered that tendency. Not surprisingly, her menagerie grew larger. As word spread about the woman who took in...

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The Gift of Life: No longer experimental, organ transplants provide hope and prolong life

Thanks to the steady advancement of medical research, organ transplantation has become an effective last resort treatment for many patients suffering from organ failure. But the need for organs far exceeds availability, says Pat Giordano, the executive director of the San Antonio-based Texas Organ Sharing Alliance (TOSA), one of 58 federally designated organ procurement organizations in the United States. In Texas alone, there are currently 8,363 people waiting for a life-saving transplant, and many will die before a suitable replacement is found. That’s why TOSA and, for that matter, everyone else involved in organ transplants want the public to...

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Never A Dull Moment: In the world of marketing, one day is not like another

Sure, it may look glamorous, but marketing is a tough business, requiring both creativity and strategic planning. It is the special individual who can utilize both sides of the brain to conceive of fresh and exciting ideas and then execute and position them in a way that effectively penetrates the public’s consciousness. The following five women all have that special ability to merge the innovative with the practical and, ultimately, increase a company’s bottom line. And, while each woman has her own unique style and formula for success, there is one thing that all five have in common: they...

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World-Class Designer and a Local Treasure: Margaret Mitchell

In the costume shop of the University of the Incarnate Word’s theater department, Margaret Mitchell has laid out six or seven drawings of costume designs on a large counter. The pictures show women clad in lush, flowery long dresses with plunging necklines, while the men, at least the younger ones, appear sleek in black leather. In one drawing, an older gentleman looks like Henry VIII. All this attire was actually worn by actors in a recent production of Much Ado About Nothing produced by Austin Shakespeare in May. Amazingly, Mitchell, who has been in the theatrical design business for...

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Luca Arrives Downtown

Why not, we thought: Let’s make a mini-vacation of it. We agreed to meet for a drink downtown at Zinc Champagne and Wine Bar, then to wander through La Villita to our final destination, the new Luca Ristorante Enoteca at the Fairmount Hotel. I suppose I could have spent more time contemplating the details of this scenario, but Dining Companion more than made up for any sartorial slights on my part. She arrived with a new ‘do and a short dress that conjured immediate thoughts of the famous Marilyn Monroe image. Where was a street grate when you really...

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