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Learning to love, and lose, as foster parents

“Jingle Bells” was playing in the background as I cut the hospital bracelet from her tiny wrist. The discounted red holiday dress — a satin-and-crinoline concoction that was the only thing we could find left in her size — looked better suited for a doll than a newborn, and as we sifted through a bin of stockings in search of one with her initial on it — B, for Bailey...


LSU wins cool-shaped pool contest with new swimming hole

LSU wins cool-shaped pool contest with new swimming hole

One of the outdoor pools at Louisiana State University is shaped like the letters LSU. Pam LeBlanc/American-Statesman I get twitchy if I can’t swim or run or bike or hike or move in some way when I’m on the road – and I travel a lot for my job (and fun).
We love bulk collection week! But where do large trash items go?

We love bulk collection week! But where do large trash items go?

An overstuffed chair with stained pink fabric. A volleyball coated in a layer of dirt. A chipped and faded dining room table with chairs piled on top of it along with a gray tub of miscellaneous household items and a weed whacker. Piles of metal pieces from failed home improvement projects. Broken children’s outdoor play sets, faded by the sun. In Austin neighborhoods, twice a year our cast-asides...
St. John’s Episcopal Church starts labyrinth for all to garden, pray

St. John’s Episcopal Church starts labyrinth for all to garden, pray

Church’s labyrinth opens garden beds for community The layout of a North Austin church’s meditation labyrinth has indeed provided some inspiration. Though not quite finished, the Labyrinth Community Garden, on land owned by St. John’s Episcopal Church on Parkfield Drive by Braker Lane, is designed to somewhat mirror the adjacent meditation labyrinth. During the design stage, &ldquo...
Elizabeth Silver writes book about year without diagnosis for daughter

Elizabeth Silver writes book about year without diagnosis for daughter

In “The Tincture of Time: A Memoir of (Medical) Uncertainty” ($27, Penguin Press), Elizabeth L. Silver writes about the year following the day her 6-week-old daughter had an unexplained brain bleed. It’s a year of uncertainty, of never knowing if and when it would happen again. A year of not knowing what the short-term and long-term effects of a brain filling with blood would be...
Testing out new Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask: Does it work?

Testing out new Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask: Does it work?

When dermatologist Dr. Ted Lain first talked to us about Neutrogena’s Light Therapy Acne Mask, he was pretty excited about it. He’d been trying it out at American Academy of Dermatology conference. The cool thing about the mask was that it’s a scaled down version of some of the therapy he does in his office near Steiner Ranch, except you can get it at the grocery store for $40 for...
We don’t know how to put on sunscreen correctly, study finds

We don’t know how to put on sunscreen correctly, study finds

Researchers at the the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis set up an interesting experiment. They set up free sunscreen dispensers at the Minnesota State Fair. Then they sat back and watched 2,187 people use the dispensers during a 93-hour period. Picture a big state fair and only about 2,000 people choosing to put on free sunscreen. Here’s what they found: One-third...
Is your daycare doing enough to prevent a flu pandemic? Few are

Is your daycare doing enough to prevent a flu pandemic? Few are

Remember the swine flu aka H1N1 of 2009. It was pretty nasty and spread throughout summer camps, childcare centers, offices, amusement parks, etc. Researchers Timothy R. Shope, Benjamin H. Walker, Laura D. Aird, Linda Southward, John S. McCown and Judith M. Martin did a phone survey and wanted to know if that experience made any difference on the outcome of a previous study they had done with daycare...
At South Austin car wash, dinosaurs come alive for three quarters

At South Austin car wash, dinosaurs come alive for three quarters

Jurassic Car Wash on South Congress Avenue now has two coin-operated dinosaurs in addition to the other dinosaur attractions Put 75 cents into the slot and flip the switch to Tyrannosaurus rex and a 300-pound animatronic T. rex 12 feet long and 6 feet tall will roar, bob his head up and down, move from side to side and flick his tail. Then if you put another 75 cents in the slot and flip the switch...
Let us read the Quran for greater connection to God this Ramadan

Let us read the Quran for greater connection to God this Ramadan

Ramadan is approaching, and we want to look at some important things to consider about the month. Ramadan is the month the Quran was revealed to Prophet Muhammad through the Angel Gibreal (the Arabic word for Gabriel). This is the angel that spoke to Mary, the mother of Jesus. In chapter Baqarah (Chapter 2, called the Cow) verse 185, Ramadan is explained as the month in which the Quran was sent down...
Texas man takes a tumble off Topgolf second-floor ledge

Texas man takes a tumble off Topgolf second-floor ledge

If you’ve ever been to Topgolf, you’ve probably been afraid of falling off the second- or third-floor ledge after a particularly overzealous swing. A Fort Worth man had his fears realized when he took a swing from the second floor and found himself in a net at the Topgolf in Fort Worth. Twitter user @envynate posted the video on Sunday, writing, “My cousin fell at @Topgolf.&rdquo...
Fit Foodie Festival and 5K set for Saturday in Round Rock

Fit Foodie Festival and 5K set for Saturday in Round Rock

The Fit Foodie Festival takes place Saturday at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.   Imagine a fitness event that’s all about food, with a 5K run featuring food stations at every mile and a finish line festival with a lineup of local chefs.
Austin360 recreation list, May 19-25

Austin360 recreation list, May 19-25

Barton Creek Farmers Markets.9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Parking lot of Barton Creek Square, intersection of South MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1) and South Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360). 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays at 2323 S. Lamar Blvd.512-443-0143,bartoncreekfarmersmarket.org. Bastrop Producers Market.Indoor farmers market. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, 12 to 5 p...
Austin360 arts list, May 19-25

Austin360 arts list, May 19-25

Theater & dance “Bonhoeffer’s Cost.” Agape Theatre’s production of the World War II drama is based on the incredible and inspirational true story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, imprisoned in Berlin’s Tegel Prison during the darkest days of the war. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. $8-$20. The Sanctuary at Palm Valley Lutheran Church, 2500 East Palm Valley Blvd...
Austin bids farewell to Brackenridge Hospital after 133 years

Austin bids farewell to Brackenridge Hospital after 133 years

Jane Dryden Louis retains more memories of the Brackenridge Hospital emergency room than she does of the house in Wilshire Woods where she grew up. That is because for decades her father, Dr. Bud Dryden, was the one of the public hospital’s most loyal physicians. “We never went anywhere without stopping at the emergency room at some point,” Louis, 65, says. “I grew up on a...
Is Austin the Fashion Capital of Texas?

Is Austin the Fashion Capital of Texas?

Press Cleaners decided to crown the Fashion Capital of Texas. And it chose Austin. Why do we deserve such a title? Press Cleaners’ John Egan looked at the number of general clothing stores per 100,000 residents in Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio. It used 2014 U.S. Census Bureau data to get this information. According to the Census, we have 227 clothing stores, or 11.7 per...
FASHION: Dress up the graduation gown, wedding dress with wild shoes

FASHION: Dress up the graduation gown, wedding dress with wild shoes

Sometimes the event calls for an element of decorum … and sometimes you just want to scream. If you have a few of those events this summer, consider adding a statement piece in your shoes. Hot Chocolate Designs specializes in flats, heels and platform shoes that have vibrant designs that can’t be missed like lightning bolts and geometric patterns. Find them online at amazon.com and hotchocolatedesign...
SPA: Hiatus Spa + Resort introduces new treatments

SPA: Hiatus Spa + Resort introduces new treatments

Hiatus Spa + Resort has introduced new treatments to its lineup for summer. • The Epic Mani-Pedi uses seasonal ingredients to exfoliate hands and feet, deep hydration to renew dry soles and a foot massage with hot stones. $140. • The Turkish Delight uses bowls of warm water, a mint scrub, a full-body clay mask, warm body oil on a full-body massage. $175. • The Perfect Body Lift is an...
JEWELRY: Distillery launches second literature-inspired jewelry line

JEWELRY: Distillery launches second literature-inspired jewelry line

The Distillery’s Catelyn Silapachai has launched her newest jewelry collection. The Golem and the Jinni is based on the book by Helene Weckert. The book tells the story of a woman who is created from clay and a genie unleashed in the streets of 1899 Manhattan. For the collection Silapachai brought elements from Thailand that were originally from the Congo and Afghanistan. The collection includes...
Pet mouse that ate heroin saved with Narcan

Pet mouse that ate heroin saved with Narcan

When a woman took an unresponsive pet mouse to an overdose prevention site in Canada over the weekend, a clinic worker jumped into action. >> Read more trending stories The woman told staff that the mouse had eaten heroin. Clinic volunteer Melissa Patton gave the mouse, Snuggles, an oral dose of Narcan, according to the CBC. The drug is widely used to reverse the effects of an opiate...
How to create a new cactus plant from an old one

How to create a new cactus plant from an old one

My teenage daughter has an interest in cactus. In early spring, she decided to try something she had seen on YouTube. Using basic instructions, she removed one pad off a prickly pear and let it dry out for a few days. Then she stuck the cut side down a few inches into the dirt, so it was firmly entrenched. It got watered occasionally. Basically, it sat there for a good while. Neither of us expected...
Solving the mystery: What is this growing in my garden?

Solving the mystery: What is this growing in my garden?

Name that mystery vine In early springtime, a vine with large leaves started growing in a mound of dirt in my yard. Soon bright yellow flowers bloomed, and after a week or two, something small and mostly green started to sprout. I thought perhaps I had dropped pumpkin seeds or watermelon seeds on the way to the compost pile in the backyard. The mystery plant seemed like a gourd or melon, as it got...
Study: Race matters in sudden unexpected infant deaths. Why?

Study: Race matters in sudden unexpected infant deaths. Why?

Babies should always sleep alone, on their back and in a safe empty crib with a firm mattress. A new study looked at 20 years worth of data of infant deaths due to Sudden Unexpected Infant Death, of which Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and Accidental Suffocation and Strangulation in Bed and other unexplained causes are a part.
Owner of Austin’s Sekrit Theater selling out, moving on

Owner of Austin’s Sekrit Theater selling out, moving on

Beau Reichert’s estate sale Saturday and Sunday boasted all manner of knickknacks collected over the years, some of them used as props in the famous themed celebrations he held in his backyard, like the “End of the World” zombie apocalypse party in December 2012. Many of the neighbors showed up at the sale to shake Reichert’s hand and to take home a piece of the Sekrit Theater...
Reveille Peak Ranch opens endurance trail

Reveille Peak Ranch opens endurance trail

A few years ago, I found myself grinding up a sandpapery expanse of granite at Reveille Peak Ranch, moaning a little as I hopped on and off my mountain bike to navigate the potentially rib-cracking terrain. Steep, rugged, able to shear the skin right off your kneecap at the slightest provocation, the ranch’s twisty trails have garnered comparisons to the slick rock trails of Moab, Utah. For...
Go inside Northwest Austin gardens, church labyrinth on Saturday tour

Go inside Northwest Austin gardens, church labyrinth on Saturday tour

The layout of a North Austin church’s meditation labyrinth has indeed provided some inspiration. Though not quite finished, the Labyrinth Community Garden, on land owned by St. John’s Episcopal Church on Parkfield Drive by Braker Lane, is designed to somewhat mirror the adjacent meditation labyrinth. During the design stage, “someone suggested a spiral idea, like the labyrinth,&rdquo...
Austin family fun May 14-20: Maker Faire, “Dream Big,” Game Day

Austin family fun May 14-20: Maker Faire, “Dream Big,” Game Day

Events Disney on Ice: Dream Big. Tinkerbell takes you on a tour of some of Disney’s favorite characters. 1 p.m. Sunday. $12.75-$47.75. H-E-B Center, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park. hebcenter.com Maker Faire Austin. See artists, scientists and crafters make things, and make some things with them. $9-$30. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road. austin.makerfaire...
Wrap up your weekend with the West Austin Studio Tour

Wrap up your weekend with the West Austin Studio Tour

Art West Austin Studio Tour. This year’s self-guided West Austin Studio Tour features 172 artist studios, 45 galleries, 92 temporary exhibitions and much more to see and do. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and May 20-21. Free. Various locations west of Interstate 35, east of MoPac Boulevard, south of U.S. 183 and north of William Cannon Drive. west.bigmedium.org Dimension Gallery. &ldquo...
How Austin family’s tragedy turned into libraries

How Austin family’s tragedy turned into libraries

Editor’s Note: This story was originally published June 15, 2014 and was lost to our website. We’re republishing today because we know Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are sometimes hard holidays.
Man poisons neighbor’s dog with ricin-like toxin, police say

Man poisons neighbor’s dog with ricin-like toxin, police say

A man soaked lunch meat in a homemade ricin-like poison and threw the slices over a fence for his neighbor’s dogs to eat, police said. Michael Lynch, 76, was arrested and charged with first-degree aggravated animal abuse, two counts of first-degree attempted animal abuse, second-degree animal abuse and unlawful possession of a firearm. Lynch said he is innocent. "I didn't do anything to...
Mother protects children from aggressive pit bull at bus stop

Mother protects children from aggressive pit bull at bus stop

A woman blocked a rampaging dog from approaching children, including her own, Thursday morning at a school bus stop. “I was thinking, ‘I’ve got to protect my kid and make sure the kids were OK,’” Diedre Shows told KPTV. “I didn’t want anybody else to get hurt. I would hope anybody else would do the same thing for their kid, or mine.” Police were...
Class of 2018: The New and Redesigned Cars, Trucks and SUVs

Class of 2018: The New and Redesigned Cars, Trucks and SUVs

As the auto industry rolls into the 2017 model year, spy photos and manufacturer's teaser images are beginning to appear on the new vehicles we’ll see for 2018. If your new-car buying timeline extends into next year, you may be interested in seeing what's in the pipeline. You might find something worth waiting for, or you may decide to seal the deal on a current-generation model. There&rsquo...
2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 revisited

2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 revisited

Late last year, the world got its first taste of the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe. Fitted with a 650-horsepower supercharged LT4 V8, sport-tuned suspension and aero-enhancing body bits, it’s simply the highest performing Camaro ever. Now, we've had the chance to slip behind the wheel of the just-released ZL1 Convertible and also checked out the equally new 10-speed automatic transmission...
It’s moving day for Austin’s historic downtown hospital and its patients

It’s moving day for Austin’s historic downtown hospital and its patients

At 7 a.m. Sunday, doctors at the old University Medical Center Brackenridge will lock the front doors. Across the street, at the same time, doctors at the new Dell Seton Medical Center will turn on the lights, pull up the blinds, unlock the doors and start accepting patients. With that, UMC Brackenridge will be closed to the public. And moving day will commence. For pretty much the entire day &ndash...

Today’s horoscopes - Sunday, May 21

ARIES (March 21-April 19). The cliche is true; these really are the good old days. The same grimy bits of life that you’ll feel inclined to complain about today will be looked back on with fondness. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Though taking the so-called high road usually results in bringing levity to the situation, ironically that road is often found by way of digging deep down inside yourself...
Find fun things to do in Austin before school’s out, May 21-27

Find fun things to do in Austin before school’s out, May 21-27

Events Woodland Faerie Trail. See fairy houses on this trail. Saturday-June 30. Free with admission. Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road. zilkergarden.org Theater “Playing Possum: A Trickster Tale from Mexico.” Pollyanna Theater presents a folk tale. 2 p.m. Sunday. $10-$14. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org Museums Bullock Museum. ...

Dear Abby - Sunday, May 21

Dear Abby: I have been married to “Amanda” for four years. During that time, my parents, especially my mother, have called her and her family “trashy” because they live in a rural area in Texas. My mother has no reason to abuse my wife the way she does. Amanda’s family has always been very kind to me. What really gets me is that my mother also grew up in a rural area...
Look inside Austin’s bulk trash collection. What can you find curbside?

Look inside Austin’s bulk trash collection. What can you find curbside?

Residential Bulk Collection pickup lets us into the world of our neighbors. What have they been hiding behind their four walls? What do they no longer use. Take a look at some of the items we found, plus learn what you can put by the curbside and what you cannot. Check out our bulk collection guide.
Black market baby finds long lost sister 70 years later

Black market baby finds long lost sister 70 years later

  Toni Rosenberg nervously scanned the passengers deplaning and flooding the gate at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport from a late Tuesday afternoon flight. When a spirited 87-year-old woman with short Irish-red hair rolled toward Rosenberg in a wheelchair, Rosenberg lunged toward her and cradled her in a bundle of warmth and love. At the ripe age of 72, Rosenberg was hugging her...
Are you bogged down by clutter? Here’s the fix

Are you bogged down by clutter? Here’s the fix

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — To be successful in life, you need things like motivation, focus, planning and perseverance. All well and good. But, if you’re like many Americans, first you have to get organized. You need to find your stuff. And to do that, you must deal with clutter. Yes, whether you’re planning on running a marathon, climbing a mountain, getting six-pack abs or starting a...
Add beads for garden pizzazz

Add beads for garden pizzazz

For me, the obsession began with sparkling rosaries that were so plentiful in my grandparents’ home. My affinity for rosary beads evolved into hippie love beads in my teens. Together they represent roots of the affliction: a fascination with beautiful beads from around the world. Beads can be a great source of zest in your garden, too. Those made of glass, ceramic or metal stand up to climate...
He spent 30 years making this house his own

He spent 30 years making this house his own

SEATTLE — The aged, empty estate had seen better days. Like in 1907, for sure, when the formidable home claimed its hilltop foothold in Rainier Beach. But house and hold had gone decidedly downhill by 1986, when Kevin Howard first encountered the tipsy relic. “The property was particularly troublesome because the house sat on large boulders as part of the foundation,” Howard says...
The do’s and don’ts of selling a home

The do’s and don’ts of selling a home

When it comes time to prepare a home for sale, there are a number of quick and affordable fixes that can help seal the deal, while some so-called improvements may sink a sale. When it’s time to put your home on the market, there are some definite do’s and don’ts. DO: Give your home a fresh coat of paint. Freshly painted walls are one of the top selling features for potential buyers...
A grow-with-them room for boys

A grow-with-them room for boys

I predict that when Tammy and Tyler’s boys are 27, they will still want to live at home with their folks, just so they don’t have to leave their amazing bedroom behind. This welcoming retreat is designed to delight its current inhabitants — 11-year-old Carter and 8-year-old Sawyer — now and for years to come. When I saw this bedroom suite for the first time, I wanted to move...

Fulper pottery is still collectible

Dear Helaine and Joe: This Fulper pottery set was given to my mother around 1950. It has “Fulper” stamped on the bottom of each piece other than the flower frog. Is it still considered to be collectible? Thank you, E. S. Dear E. S.: To find the beginnings of Fulper Pottery, it is necessary to go back to 1805, when drainage tiles began being made in Flemington, N.J. Some sources say this...
‘Stock tank pools’ are apparently all the rage this summer, but Texans already knew that

‘Stock tank pools’ are apparently all the rage this summer, but Texans already knew that

If you grew up in Texas, chances are you have fond memories of beating the summer heat by running through the water sprinkler in your backyard. Because, let’s face it, when the temperatures top 100 degrees, you’ve got to stay cool by any means necessary. But if you grew up in rural Texas and your family didn’t have the money to shell out for a swimming pool, you may have memories...
Start-up aims to elevate men’s fashion with RompHim rompers for men

Start-up aims to elevate men’s fashion with RompHim rompers for men

A Chicago-based start-up has raised tens of thousands of dollars in support of its aim to diversify the male closet with its recently unveiled romper for men. ACED Design launched a Kickstarter campaign Sunday for its RompHim collection. For $95 -- $90 for the 200 people quick enough to snag an early bird RompHim – aspiring fashionistas can get one of RompHim’s three initial-offer...
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