Author: San Antonio Woman Editor

Susan Franklin: Taking the Arts to New Levels in San Antonio

Susan Franklin’s Personal Touch Makes the Difference. Susan Franklin is a woman of many talents, one of which is a flair for special touches that make people feel good. When I arrive at the Franklin Park retirement community on Sonterra Place that she co-founded with her husband, Aubra, I can’t believe my eyes when I come face to face with a sign proclaiming “Welcome Jasmina Wellinghoff of San Antonio Woman magazine.” This has never happened in my entire career as a journalist. And the lady herself is right there in the lobby to warmly welcome me in person. Before...

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Winter Romance: Finding Love in Later Years

Older people may have a harder time finding a life partner, but when they do, they often create more harmonious relationships than the young. The couples we talked to for this article share their personal experiences. Shirley and John Neither Shirley Rushing nor John Poteet was looking for a new relationship when circumstances brought them together, back in 1992. At the time, she was the chairwoman of Trinity University’s department of physical education, and he worked for the Cooper Institute in Dallas, the premier research and education organization devoted to healthy living practices. The two had known each other...

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At Home: Marymont Redesign

It has been nearly 20 years since interior designer Toni McAllister, of McAllister Designs, moved her family from their sprawling historic house in Monte Vista to a contemporary one in Marymont. The upkeep of the older home was overwhelming, so the more contemporary one had its advantages. Originally, McAllister didn’t much care for the new house, which was built in the early 1970s and already dated in appearance when she acquired it. In fact, it was the sort of project that she would advise her clients not to undertake. Yet the stunning results of one of McAllister’s most challenging...

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Role Model: Gemologist Amanda Moreno

An Expert in all that sparkles. The most important gems in the colored-stone market, rubies are a symbol of wealth, success and passion. They’re also a favorite of Amanda Moreno, 30, a role model for all those assets. A face you’ll see daily at Peñaloza & Sons Jewelers in San Antonio, Moreno recently earned the industry’s most prestigious credential — a graduate gemology degree from the Gemological Institute of America — an accomplishment that required four years of study for her to learn 500 stones, inside and out, then ace a final exam by identifying 20 gems correctly. “That...

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