Hail the Fashion Statement that Keeps You Young


Here we are in August, one of the hottest months of the year, and while we relish every bit of sunlight we can soak up, some of us are ready for it to cool down a bit. I can’t wait for the first breeze of fall ­— which got me to thinking about a conversation I had recently and the importance of something that seems so superficial.

Sunglasses have always been a staple in my life. Even as a young girl, sunglasses were my thing. Now, as an adult, I appreciate them not only as eye protection and wardrobe-enhancer, but also as pals in helping me stave off injections for my wrinkles. I do not like to squint, never have, as I know it is a major cause of crow’s feet. Which, as many people will agree, we don’t like!

Wasp Stakeout Fakeout


A realization hit me several years ago that spraying toxic chemicals all over my living space to “clean” maybe wasn’t the best idea. For me, for my pets, or for the air and ground I inhabit.

Now when a household maintenance issue comes up, instead of hitting a grocery aisle full of toxic products — I google. My latest find is so simple (and somewhat hilarious) that I had to share it with you guys.

While I cherish bees in my garden, summer wasps are a bummer. When one yellow jacket wasp … then a few more … then many started wasp-ing around my backyard a few months ago, I looked all over for a nest to clear. Nothing. A few days later, they were still making appearances and cramping my garden’s style.

Police Reports: Aug. 1-6



Between 12:40 and 12:52 p.m., a shoplifter stole merchandise from Nordstrom at NorthPark Center.

At 4:35 a.m., a burglar broke into a vehicle in the 7900 block of Inwood Road and stole property. James Myron Black, 50, was arrested on a charge of theft.

At 9:31 a.m., a shoplifter stole purses from Nordstrom at NorthPark Center and stole property.

Anatomy of a Best Realtor


Five of D Magazine’s Best Realtors share their keys to success.

Who is your ideal client?

The ideal client is someone who knows which neighborhood they want and knows exactly what they are looking for in their home, and finally, one who has a strategy for their investment — such as, they know exactly what they want out of this home and they know how long they want to stay and what they need to do to capture future profit when it is time to sell.
– Alexis Collard, Allie Beth Allman (12 years) 

Keeping Faith in Education

Courtesy Photo

Courtesy Photo

Holy Trinity Catholic School principal Jill Fallon felt there was something missing in most Catholic schools in the Dallas area.

A deep appreciation for her faith and for keeping families together, as well as her years of experience in early childhood development and special education, inspired Fallon to create the Immaculate Heart program for dyslexic students, which she initiated in the spring semester of 2016.

Fallon says that students with dyslexia are among the most underserved and underperforming students in Catholic schools. Parents often have to separate children with learning disabilities into more expensive programs at non-faith-based schools.

Fallon considers the program a “pilot” for more individualized education for dyslexic students across the diocese.
“My goal is to keep our academic rigor and keep the bar high, but provide the support that children with dyslexia need.

A Good Night’s Sleep Works Wonders

Beds for Kids has provided 6,800 beds for school-aged children since its start in 2010. (Photos courtesy of S.M. Wright Foundation) 0
Beds for Kids has provided 6,800 beds for school-aged children since its start in 2010. (Photos courtesy of S.M. Wright Foundation)

Every night, tired children climb into their beds and reenergize for the coming day. But not all of them. Thousands of children in the Dallas-Fort Worth area will lie on a sofa, or on a bed sheet that separates their bodies from the hard floor.

This was brought to Rev. S.M. Wright II’s attention in 2009 while going door-to-door bringing Christmas gifts to residents in south Dallas neighborhoods.

“I was under the impression that everybody had a bed. That was my impression in the community, but it was not the case,” said Wright, of People’s Missionary Baptist Church. “I asked where the children were sleeping, and they were sleeping on the floor in the corner.”

Vacationers Cruise on Hillcrest in Ship Shape Shop

Ahoy Cruises owner Tom Pecena (Photo: Konrad Kaltenbach ) 0
Ahoy Cruises owner Tom Pecena (Photo: Konrad Kaltenbach )

As soon as you step into Ahoy Cruises on Hillcrest Avenue, you are transported to a maritime oasis, complete with model ships in glass cases, a wall-sized map of the world, and owner Tom Pecena dressed in a blue blazer, white pants, and boat shoes.

Pecena has been offering free cruise consultations at his one-man operation since 1999. His interest in boats dates back to his childhood, when he became fascinated with passenger ships and ocean liners, such as the Titanic and Queen Mary. He began cruising in 1982 and still goes on as many as five a year.

Pecena likes to help customers find a cruise that best suits their preferences. And it doesn’t hurt that cruise lines pay him a commission for each voyage he sells.

Penning a Literary Time Capsule


Before Nancy Smith was known for her public relations and antique appraisal work in Preston Hollow, she was a journalist covering some of the biggest openings in Dallas.

Smith started out writing obituaries and taking any other assignments she could grab. Eventually, during her long career as a columnist at the Dallas Morning News, she got to interview everyone from Nancy Reagan to Willie Mayes. She would be interviewing Cary Grant at the Dallas Club one day and receive an invitation from Frank Sinatra to the 1985 Reagan inauguration the next.

Last December, she released a book about Dallas’s glamorous past and all the famous faces that visited the city in the ‘80s.

Police Reports: July 25-31



Beween midnight and 7:20 a.m., a thief entered a vehicle in the 5000 block of Thunder Road and stole property.

Between 12:30 and 4:45 a.m., a thief stole the wheels from a vehicle in the 4500 block of Druid Lane.

Between 10:30 p.m. July 25 and 9 a.m. July 26, a thief entered a vehicle in the 3800 block of West Northwest Highway and stole property.