Month: November 2011

Her Prescription is Hope: Dr. Paromita Datta

If there is one message that Paromita Datta, M.D., hopes to convey to her patients, it’s that “Cancer is not a death sentence.” As medical director of the Aurora Breast Care Clinic, she has to deliver her share of unwelcome news, but nearly always, she says, “There are things we can do. There is life after cancer.” Dr. Datta, who was brought up in West Bengal, India, grew up “knowing I liked to be with people, helping out.” That soon translated into an ambition to become a doctor or a nurse, like some of her extended family. Because Bengal...

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Hidden (and not so hidden) Treasures

A Lalique rose bowl, a set of embroidered hand towels, picture frames, ladies’ shoes in a size 7 narrow, a vintage fur coat, sterling silver, an original oil painting, bric-a-brac, tools, glassware, antique salt cellars, a 17th-century secretary, a comfy sofa, a lawn mower, bed linens, lamps, books, fine and costume jewelry, a bicycle, kitchen appliances, children’s clothes, dishware, Oriental rugs and more books. These are just a few of the items one can happen upon at an estate sale. Every weekend, avid estate sale-goers scavenge the local papers, forage the Internet and haunt the streets in search of...

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The Business of Bling: A visit with four local jewelry designers

Silver, silver and gold, silver and gold — everyone wishes for silver and gold. How do you measure its worth? Just by the pleasure it gives here on earth …” sung by Burl Ives. Everyone loves silver and gold, and during this season of lights, tinsel and glitter, it’s fun to glam it up a bit when it comes to holiday wardrobes and accessories. Sure, we enjoy wearing fashionable jewelry year-round, but with holiday parties and the hope of a little box full of “sparkle” in our stockings on Christmas morn, all eyes are on pretty jewelry this time...

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Hill Country Aerie: Villa is perfect home away from home

The drive from the entry of Cordillera Ranch to the Villas of Di Lusso is quite enjoyable in the late afternoon, when the long golden rays of the sun stretch across the undulating hills. Long shadows from the oak trees spill across the winding road that climbs up the rise and ends at the wrought iron gates. Light breezes blow across this hilltop, and the panorama is magnificent. Les and Terrie Whitman live in a Tuscan-style home in this new enclave. It’s a home away from home for them; they own a ranch in Waxahachie, Texas. A separate business...

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Fleming’s Steakhouse

There’s something Mad Men retro about most steakhouses —whether they serenade you with Sinatra or simply shake a stylish martini. Or both. But as these are not boom times, we suggest a stratagem for struttin’ your own style at a reduced rate: Hit happy hour. This is especially true at Fleming’s, where their 5 for 6 until 7 policy can get you any of five wines or five cocktails for six bucks until 7 o’clock. Throw in five appetizers, plus a burger, for the same price, and you either have a light dinner or a mighty fine introduction to...

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