Tracy Frank Takes in Strays

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...

World-Class Designer and a Local Treasure:  Margaret Mitchell

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...

Luca Arrives Downtown

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...

Elm Creek Home is a Family Affair

Elm Creek Home is a Family Affair

The Elm Creek garden home of Dr. Francisco and Graciela Cigarroa is a study in elegance. The large gas lamp by the entry gate hints at the Old World ambience within. Just beyond the gate is a large courtyard of sun and shadows with a fountain that plays its natural...

Welcoming Your New Employee

Welcoming Your New Employee

Do you remember how it felt to start a new job? Did you find your "first day" interesting and exciting? Did your boss and your peers try to make you feel comfortable and glad to be there? Or did you experience a "first day" that made you wonder if you'd made a huge...

Austin: A capital idea for a weekend away

The Texas State Capitol's sunset red granite dome shimmers pink at sunrise. It's a glorious September morn in Austin, just 85 miles from the Alamo City, but a world away when it comes to the style, attitude and terrain of this town. Best of all, it feels distant,...

Putting That Extra Sparkle in Your Smile

Putting That Extra Sparkle in Your Smile

So you meet someone and you can't help noticing their facial features — particularly the eyes and then the mouth. You'll remember their smile as being pleasant — or perhaps for some rather unsavory teeth, dulled by stains from years of coffee or tea consumption,...

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