Month: July 2011

Kymberly Rapier: The Joy of Generosity

Philanthropist Kymberly Rapier is conflicted: She wants to encourage others to give, but she isn’t comfortable talking about herself. “I wasn’t brought up to brag,” she says. Inside and out, her house — built around the turn of the last century for a West Texas cattle king — speaks for her. A onetime formal parlor is furnished casually; her living room looks lived-in, and her several rescued dogs and cats come and go as they please. At the curb in front of the grand entrance, a brand-new beige KIA is parked, ready to be given to a scholarship recipient,...

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Defining Civility Today: Have texting, cell phones and Facebook changed the old rules?

What is civility? A courteous nod to a familiar face; an “excuse me” when passing by someone in a narrow corridor; using please and thank you to show appreciation for another’s actions? In olden days, the word civil brought to mind a cold but correct conversation between two feuding families on the steps of the local parish. Today, you might consider civil as the way you treat an elderly neighbor, the pediatrician or your child’s teacher. In its simplest form, civility is being respectful, courteous and polite to one another. It’s about getting along with other people. In today’s...

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Women in Finance: Could more diversity have prevented the Wall Street meltdown?

What if women ran Wall Street? Could the financial meltdown that was precipitated by aggressive, greedy risk-takers have been avoided? Not only those who caused it, but also those in the government who were trying to fix it were, in almost all cases, men. What happened at Bear Stearns, Merrill Lynch, AIG and Lehman Brothers was largely because they were full of young, super-ambitious risk-takers — type-A guys who knew that the risks they were taking would be borne by some faceless other and who basically didn’t care- A toxic combination. What’s wrong with this picture, and why is...

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Hot Summer – Cool Art

The best way to escape the heat and have some fun at the same time is to sample some of the cool arts offerings around town. Literally cool, as in air-conditioned, and cool-exciting, cool-wonderful, cool-cool … you get the idea. Music and dance While most arts organizations take a break or lighten up their schedules in July and August, a few gear up for their showcase events. Such is the case with the Cactus Pear Music Festival (CPMF) and the Third Coast Rhythm Project festival (TCRP). As in previous years, the 15th annual Cactus Pear will fill halls in...

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Sandbar Fish House & Market

previous downtown location, Sandbar was much like a pilot fish in its symbiotic relationship to a shark — in this case, the larger and more laureled Le Rêve. Though it may have been a destination for many, it was equally likely to have been a fallback for those not able to get a last-minute reservation next door. Sandbar’s second-tier status was reinforced by the fact that, though soups could be kept warm in a Crock-Pot, the impossibility of adequate ventilation precluded any actual cooking; any hot entrées had to come from the mother ship via an underground umbilical. No...

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