Month: January 2010

Teaching Caring and Compassion: Dr. Ruth Berggren

Speaking to a group of fourth-year medical students at UT Health Science Center about HIV diagnosis and management, Dr. Ruth Berggren reviews basic knowledge about testing, therapy and disease transmission in different parts of the world, frequently interrupting herself to allow for questions. The nine fledgling doctors in the room are eager to participate. All have signed up for this elective course in global health because they will soon be visiting developing countries such as Ethiopia, Guatemala or Haiti. In those places, medicine is often practiced with considerably fewer resources than in the United States and in different cultural...

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When To Call In Professional Organizers

After “start exercising” and “stop smoking/drinking/ overeating,” “get organized” is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. No wonder — organizing the chaos in your home or office can foster a sense of calm and control, save money and time and reduce stress and frustration levels. According to a survey by the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), 71 percent of respondents said their quality of life would improve by just getting organized — chances are you agree. Luckily, dozens of NAPO members work here in San Antonio. We’ll talk to four completely collected women, each with her...

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Trips Yield Treasures: Memories are the decor

From the outside, Jim and Susanne Waters’ home looks like many other production homes on cul de sacs in north central San Antonio. It has a brick façade, neatly trimmed front yard and concrete driveway. What’s inside makes it unique. Jim and Susanne Waters’ home is filled with mementos from their travels to Mexico, the Caribbean and other locations. The living room, opposite, also contains family treasures, such as the coffee table Jim built of stone and logs and the rustic frame for the map of Texas constructed by Susanne’s father. After their marriage, and before Clifton arrived, Jim...

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Comfortable In Her Own Skin: Actress Cassandra Small

It was perhaps preordained that actress Cassandra Small should portray the famed New Orleans voodoo priestess Marie Laveau in the upcoming musical Fire on the Bayou. Small says she has had “a strange history with Marie Laveau” ever since she impersonated her at the Zoobilation Ball back in 1993. She showed up in character with dangling jewelry and a white turban on her head. The party planner had instructed her to pretend to be a fortune-teller and “just make up something” for the guests’ entertainment. “I held the hand of the first ‘customer’ and started talking: ‘Such a pretty...

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Family Connections : Maricella Borroel

When Maricella Borroel was getting ready to go off to boarding school for the first time, it was a gift from a family member that brought home how much her life was soon to change: “When my tia sent me a ski hat, I knew how different it was going to be — different climate, even different clothes.” Before she even arrived at the prestigious Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., Borroel had made up her mind to embrace those differences and learn from them. “Andover was a world in and of itself,” she says of the venerable prep school...

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