Tracy Frank Takes in Strays

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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 moved out to her family’s ranch, where she and […]

The Gift of Life: No longer experimental, organ transplants provide hope and prolong life

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Thanks to the steady advancement of medical research, organ transplantation has become an effective last resort treatment for many patients suffering from organ failure. But the need for organs far exceeds availability, says Pat Giordano, the executive director of the San Antonio-based Texas Organ Sharing Alliance (TOSA), one of 58 federally designated organ procurement organizations […]

Never A Dull Moment: In the world of marketing, one day is not like another

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Sure, it may look glamorous, but marketing is a tough business, requiring both creativity and strategic planning. It is the special individual who can utilize both sides of the brain to conceive of fresh and exciting ideas and then execute and position them in a way that effectively penetrates the public’s consciousness. The following five […]

World-Class Designer and a Local Treasure: Margaret Mitchell

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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 men, at least the younger ones, appear sleek in black leather. […]

Luca Arrives Downtown

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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 spent more time contemplating the details of […]