Mooney to Sign Books at Barnes and Noble

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Mike Mooney (Photo: Matt Shelley)

Mike Mooney (Photo: Matt Shelley)

Michael Mooney, a writer for our sister publication D Magazine, will be signing copies of his book, The Life and Legend of Chris Kyle, at the Lincoln Park Barnes and Noble tonight. The story is this: Mooney wrote a story for D on the famous sniper, then an e-book, and now that e-book is being turned into a physical book.

D‘s esteemed editor Tim Rogers gives his two cents on the upcoming appearance here.

The reading will take place at 7 p.m. at the Northwest Highway location in Lincoln Park shopping center.


Don’t Fear The Reaper

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Columnist Len Bourland

Columnist Len Bourland

March is a peculiar month.

It has tornadoes but also the emergence of the first shoots of bulbs and leaves. It’s the solemnity of Lent but also the carnival atmosphere of spring break. It’s spring cleaning, a time when we can no longer avoid that dreaded tax workbook we find under that pile of clutter on the desk.

Glumly we are reminded that nobody escapes death or taxes. For the Baby Boomers, that first part, death, is in the news. At least that is what Harvard physician Dr. Atul Gawande in his best-seller Being Mortal explores in a concise summation of “the medicalization” of death.


Cambridge Senior Is an Award Finalist

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Kira McBride

Kira McBride

Kira McBride, a senior at the Cambridge School of Dallas, has been named a finalist for the Texas Christian Athlete of the Year, an award sponsored by Lay Witnesses for Christ.

Regardless of whether she’s ultimately named the winner, it’s already an accomplishment just getting this far, as they say. McBride, a Preston Hollow resident, is one of 10 finalists out of more than 4,000 students statewide.


Winston Program Aims to Relieve Stress

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Dr. Laura Vogel

Dr. Laura Vogel

The excellent Winston School Speaker Series will continue this week with a visit from Dr. Laura Vogel, director of early childhood therapy at the Momentous Institute.

Vogel’s presentation is entitled “Flipping Your Lid: The Impact of Stress on the Brain and What You Can Do About It,” which is pretty self-explanatory. Vogel is a licensed psychologist who will give an overview of how our brains manage emotions and helping both adults and children manage day-to-day stress.

The free program is slated for 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Winston gymnasium. For registration information, contact Janet Mottram at 214-691-6950 or mottram@winston-school.org.


College Ceremony Honors Hockaday Athletes

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From left, Mackenzie Capetillo, Charlsea Lamb, Samantha Toomey, Mimi Asom, Jessica Savage, and Maura McCrary

From left, Mackenzie Capetillo, Charlsea Lamb, Samantha Toomey, Mimi Asom, Jessica Savage, and Maura McCrary

Congratulations to a handful of Hockaday seniors who will compete in athletics in college, and who were recognized during a ceremony earlier this month at the school.

They include Charlsea Lamb (Rice, track and field), Mimi Asom (Princeton, soccer), Mackenzie Capetillo (Rhodes, volleyball), Samantha Toomey (Carnegie Mellon, volleyball), Jessica Savage (Colorado College, basketball), and Maura McCrary (Sewanee, tennis).


Darrell Baltimore Named GPV Director

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Darrell Baltimore

Darrell Baltimore

Darrell Baltimore has been named the new executive director of Grace Presbyterian Village, under the umbrella of Presbyterian Communities and Services.

“I am touched by the deep connection our community forms with each resident,” Baltimore said.

Baltimore has served for 10 years as executive director at three large senior living companies and holds a master’s degree in gerontology from the University of North Texas. He’s also a licensed Texas Nursing Home Administrator and a certified administrator for residential care homes.

“We are thrilled to welcome Darrell to Grace Presbyterian Village,” said PCS president and CEO Godwin Dixon. “His range of knowledge in gerontology and senior living administration greatly impressed us.”

 


Curtain Call Gala Celebrates DSM’s 75 Years

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Don’t miss out on the opportunity to catch dinner and a show at Dallas Summer Musicals‘ 11th annual Curtain Call Gala on May 1 at the Music Hall at Fair Park.

The event, along with celebrating DSM’s 75th anniversary, will benefit the children’s education and outreach programs such as the DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards, Seats for Kids, DSM Academy of Performing Arts, Kid’s Club, Stage Right and Hear Us Now!


Former Anorexic Finds Catharsis in Memoir

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Park Cities native Jordan Knape modeled for the cover of her book, which is available on Amazon or on her website, bestbodymemoir.com.

Need help or just need to talk to someone?

Children’s Health Eating Disorder Services: 214-456-8899

National Eating Disorders Association’s helpline: 1-800-931-2237, Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Just a few days before that, Knape attended a Christmas party with her mother where everyone raved about how beautiful she looked.

Knape was dangerously thin and suffering from anorexia, a disease common among middle-school and high-school girls.


Expert to Speak About Oil Sector Volatility

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Jerry Swank

Jerry Swank

The recent volatility in the oil and energy markets affect different folks in different ways, and it takes an expert to sort through all of those varying perspectives.

One said expert is Jerry Swank, president and CEO of The Cushing Group, who will give a presentation called “Oil Volatility: Its Effect on the U.S. Economy and Energy Renaissance” on Tuesday at the Hilton Dallas-Park Cities.

The program also will feature Bill Carter of Carter Finanial Management in Dallas, who is the sponsor. It begins at 7 p.m., and will be followed by a reception. To RSVP, call 214-363-4200 or email rsvp@carterwealth.com.


Presbyterian Village North Preps For Easter

Presbyterian Village North residents June Cornell, Ann Foster, and Jo Ann Angiel make “no sew” Easter-themed wreaths for fellow residents to enjoy. (Courtesy photo) 0
Presbyterian Village North residents June Cornell, Ann Foster, and Jo Ann Angiel make “no sew” Easter-themed wreaths for fellow residents to enjoy. (Courtesy photo)

Presbyterian Village North residents are ready to celebrate Easter by hosting “stuffing parties.” What’s that? They’re events to stuff Easter eggs for the children of Dallas firefighters, children of Big Brothers Big Sisters, and other seniors within their community.

Next Monday, March 23, the residents will stuff eggs at 2 p.m. at New Mount Zion Church and host an Easter egg hunt for the Big Brothers Big Sisters. Way to get in the spirit, PVN!


PH Student’s Art on Display at DMA

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"Beggar" (Courtesy photo)

“Beggar” (Courtesy photo)

Preston Hollow resident and Booker T. Washington High School student Carsin Ablon has been featured in the Dallas Museum of Art’s Young Masters Exhibition.

His work, “Beggars” — a wood, metal, plaster, and found-object piece — will be on display in the museum through April 28 with 60 other student works.

His piece was selected, with the other finalists, out of 750 student submissions. Way to go, Carsin!


Music Can Provide Therapy For Aging

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Columnist Stephanie Casey

Columnist Stephanie Casey

This year, I am checking off each of the final 365 days of my 30s.

Pre-teens were born after the millennium, notable celebrities who have “stayed the same age” since my youth are suddenly looking “older,” and gas is less than $2 a gallon … wait, one of these things does not belong.

So, time is marching on. There is no getting around or defeating aging. A family friend with Alzheimer’s was recently moved to a very nice nursing home but the place still comes off as an institution — a hospital rather than a home. My grandparents fought (with success) to live out their lives in their own home. Surrounded by the familiar, the comfortable, it’s what most prefer — especially at a time when one is vulnerable and physically weakened.

I certainly hope by the time I am in need of late-life assistance, we have modified our elderly care to something less clinical and more cozy. But in the meantime, a nursing home or non-family assisted care is common.