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In 1911, Booker T. Washington drew 5,000 to Austin park

On Sept. 29, 1911, the celebrated orator, author, educator and presidential adviser Booker T. Washington spoke to a very large crowd in Austin at Wooldridge Square. The ex-slave and founder of the Tuskegee Institute came at the invitation of the Rev. L.L. Campbell of St. John Orphanage and Ebenezer Baptist Church. “He started his day at the St. John Orphanage,” said Ted Eubanks, an Austin...


Zebra mussels found clinging to Austin Water intake filters

Clusters of invasive zebra mussels have been found clinging to filtering screens in Austin’s water utility intake pipes on Lake Travis. Divers made the discovery Sept. 7 while inspecting the screens at the Handcox Water Treatment Plant on Lake Travis. The plant uses three intakes set one above the other at different depths to bring in water. At the beginning of the month, divers went down to...
How to keep kids safe online, on social media

How to keep kids safe online, on social media

Parents probably were horrified at the news of  Cody Wilson, maker of the 3-D printed gun, being accused and arrested for sexual assault after meeting a 16-year-old girl online. What can parents do to make sure their children don’t become targets on social media or websites? In the Raising Austin column, we’ve featured many experts in parenting or internet...
At least 5 dogs killed in massive kennel fire at dachshund rescue 

At least 5 dogs killed in massive kennel fire at dachshund rescue 

A massive fire that destroyed a dog kennel and left several animals dead in York County is under investigation. >> Read more trending news  The fire happened late Thursday night at Chapman's Dachshund Rescue and has left the future of the shelter in jeopardy. Employees said they worked hard to rescue as many dogs as possible until firefighters got the flames under control. The cause of...
Pet store puppies linked to bacterial outbreak in 18 states, CDC says

Pet store puppies linked to bacterial outbreak in 18 states, CDC says

>> Read more trending news  In its Friday Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Atlanta-based CDC reported that puppies with Campylobacter jejuni -- a bacteria that causes about 1.3 million diarrheal illnesses in the United States annually -- are to blame for at least 118 people in 18 states falling ill over the past two years. The CDC linked the outbreak to puppies...
What are you going to do with the kids this rainy weekend in Austin, Sept. 21-23

What are you going to do with the kids this rainy weekend in Austin, Sept. 21-23

The rain is back! Saturday looks to be the worst of it, so plan your weekend events accordingly. It should clear up Sunday, fingers crossed. Here are some events happening this weekend (some are indoors, too, to avoid the rain): FRIDAY Kidz Bop Live! You’ve heard them coming from your child’s room and in your car in the carpool lane. Now you can hear them live. 7 p.m....
Brain surgery ends tremors for veteran with Parkinson’s

Brain surgery ends tremors for veteran with Parkinson’s

With the push of a button, Dr. Mark Burnett switches off the deep brain stimulation system in his patient Jairo Molina. The tremors from Parkinson’s disease quickly return. They go up from Molina’s fingers until, within seconds, his whole body is moving. Then Burnett turns the system back on and Molina’s tremors start to ease until they are almost gone. Burnett, a neurosurgeon at...
What to consider when estate planning if your child has special needs

What to consider when estate planning if your child has special needs

Estate planning. It’s not something parents really want to do. You have to face your own mortality and the fear that you might not live long enough for your children to become adults. For parents who have kids with special needs, they know their kids might outlive them and need a support system to handle everything from finances to personal care. Last summer, Down Syndrome Association of Central...
Take on the challenge to find understanding through interfaith events

Take on the challenge to find understanding through interfaith events

Making the decision to join an interfaith network is a big deal. Individuals must be willing to step outside their comfort zone to embrace the uncanny. In this network, members pray for the well-being and salvation of others who think and believe differently than themselves. Embracing the interfaith community means accepting a multitude of cultures and religious identities. To all the brave souls...
Don’t let names of these plants fool you: Peace lily and century plant

Don’t let names of these plants fool you: Peace lily and century plant

The century plant seems prone to exaggeration. First of all: the name. The American century plant — the common name of the Agave americana, according to the Missouri Botanical Garden website — is somewhat of a misnomer. It is “so called because it supposedly blooms once every 100 years, then dies. This is not exactly true. It doesn’t quite take 100 years; it’s more like...
Austin360 arts list, Sept. 21-27

Austin360 arts list, Sept. 21-27

Theater & dance “Atlantis: A Puppet Opera.” With a soaring original score and expressive vocalists and puppeteers, this new production envisions a fantastic world where Queen Solstra and Prince Helios seek world domination with the help of their mighty battleship Invinctus. 8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday through Sept. 29. $15-$35. The Vortex, 2307 Manor Road. 512-478-5282, vortexrep...
Austin360 recreation list, Sept. 21-27

Austin360 recreation list, Sept. 21-27

Markets 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...
Study: Sending a thank-you note has more impact than you think

Study: Sending a thank-you note has more impact than you think

Your mother might have told you to write that thank-you note or letter of gratitude, but how many of us actually sit down to do that? Amit Kumar, assistant professor at the McCombs School of Business at University of Texas, reminds us why thank-you notes and other expressions of gratitude are a good thing. Kumar, as well as a Nicholas Epley at the University of Chicago, conducted several experiments...
Hurricane Florence: Trucker driving school bus rescues 64 dogs, cats from South Carolina

Hurricane Florence: Trucker driving school bus rescues 64 dogs, cats from South Carolina

A Tennessee truck driver is being hailed as a hero after he rescued 64 shelter dogs and cats ahead of Hurricane Florence. According to the Greenvale News, Tony Alsup, 51, from Greenback, Tennessee, drove a school bus to South Carolina last week as the deadly storm strengthened in the Atlantic. Once there, he stopped in Orangeburg, Georgetown, Dillon and North Myrtle Beach, picking up 53 dogs and 11...
Hurricane Florence aftermath: Man rescues dogs in flooded kennel

Hurricane Florence aftermath: Man rescues dogs in flooded kennel

A man from Texas who is volunteering in North Carolina after Hurricane Florence flooded the area is being hailed a hero after he rescued six dogs that were found in a locked cage. Video of the rescue shows dogs barking and standing on their hind legs as Ryan Nichols of Longview, Texas, approaches the kennel, Daily Mail reported.  He got them out and they swam out of their cage. >> Read...
How to plan your estate when you have a child with special needs

How to plan your estate when you have a child with special needs

Estate planning. It’s not something parents really want to do. You have to face your own mortality, and the fear that you might not live long enough for your children to become adults. For parents who have kids with special needs, they know their kids might outlive them and need a support system to handle everything from finances to personal care. Last summer Down Syndrome...
Ariana Grande deemed bishop's touch at funeral an accident, declined to file complaint

Ariana Grande deemed bishop's touch at funeral an accident, declined to file complaint

Ariana Grande declined to file a complaint after a touching incident involving a bishop at Aretha Franklin's funeral, Detroit Police said Friday.     » RELATED: Watch Ariana Grande sing 'Natural Woman' in tribute to Aretha Franklin      The pop star's representatives said she regarded the breast contact as accidental and wanted to move...
Find deeper meaning in the assignments life brings

Find deeper meaning in the assignments life brings

I took on someone else’s assignment today. A friend had an issue that I knew I could “fix,” make happen, take care of it and get positive results. In the midst of trying to take it on, I felt negative emotions. I thought the negative energy was due to the problem, however, when I was able to get still and explore it, the negative energy existed because I intervened in an assignment...
Plant Swiss chard and its family of vitamin-heavy vegetables

Plant Swiss chard and its family of vitamin-heavy vegetables

The goosefoot, or Chenopodiaceae family, includes diverse and nutritious species. Here in Central Texas, we have an edible wild variety of the Goosefoot family called lamb’s quarter (Chenopodium album) which frequently pops up uninvited, but is actually a tasty, spade-shaped leaf richer in vitamins A and C than spinach. This family also includes epazote, a pungent herb used for culinary and...
Pediatricians warn against using marijuana while pregnant or nursing

Pediatricians warn against using marijuana while pregnant or nursing

Last month, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that its doctors counsel women who are pregnant or breastfeeding to not use marijuana. In theory, marijuana could affect the neurodevelopment in fetuses. Not enough research has been done in marijuana use in pregnancy and breastfeeding, the recommendation points out. The fear is that with legalization comes the idea that marijuana is safe...
Is your child in the right car seat? Keep up with the new guidelines

Is your child in the right car seat? Keep up with the new guidelines

Last month, the American Academy of Pediatrics changed its guidelines on car seats in one pretty significant way. Instead of children being in rear-facing seats until they turn 2, the American Academy of Pediatrics is now recommending that children stay in rear-facing seats as long as possible until they meet the upper number for that seat’s height or weight limits. That means that most children...
Want to elevate your camping experience? Try a Woolly Bear

Want to elevate your camping experience? Try a Woolly Bear

Nothing beats snuggling inside a tent and staring out mesh windows at hooting owls, breeze-ruffled tree branches and a night sky full of stars. Could anything possibly enhance the experience? After noticing a host of photos of tents that either attach to the roof of a vehicle or unfold like origami from a trailer, I wondered. Curiosity in tow, I dropped by Outdoorsy, an online RV-sharing platform...
Hurricane Florence: Evacuating a horse? This site can help you find a stable

Hurricane Florence: Evacuating a horse? This site can help you find a stable

Families are under evacuation orders ahead of Hurricane Florence, and that means taking their pets, too. But when your pet is a horse, things get a bit more difficult.  WSB-TV’s Wendy Corona met with a woman who is stepping in to make it easier.  “If someone had two horses and brought them, they could go here,” GoHorse.com co-creator Jenny Fudge said as she showed ...
Austin360 arts list, Sept. 14-20

Austin360 arts list, Sept. 14-20

Theater & dance “Atlantis: A Puppet Opera.” With a soaring original score and expressive vocalists and puppeteers, this new production envisions a fantastic world where Queen Solstra and Prince Helios seek world domination with the help of their mighty battleship Invinctus. 8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday through Sept. 29. $15-$35. The Vortex, 2307 Manor Road. 512-478-5282, vortexrep...

Austin360 recreation list, Sept. 14-20

Markets 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...
Austin couple shares the secrets of civic leadership

Austin couple shares the secrets of civic leadership

Show up. Listen. Make friends. Do right. Collaborate. Learn about your city. Help when and where you can. These are some of the lessons — applicable to philanthropy, as well as business and other fields — shared recently by Tom and Lynn Meredith, who left behind California and, before that, Washington, D.C., for a life as open-eyed Austin newcomers almost 26 years ago. The occasion for...
UT’s Latin American Collection is a wonder of the library world

UT’s Latin American Collection is a wonder of the library world

The Nettie Benson Latin American Collection is a University of Texas treasure you should get to know better. Founded almost 100 years ago in 1921 with the acquisition of Mexican historian and bibliophile Genaro García‘s library, it grew vastly under the direction of UT professor Carlos Castañeda — partial namesake for the Perry-Castañeda Library — then under...
A frank view of Austin dating in HBO documentary ‘Swiped’

A frank view of Austin dating in HBO documentary ‘Swiped’

The new HBO documentary “Swiped: Hooking Up in the Digital Age” opens on a postcard-beautiful shot of Austin, followed by scenes of a house party held in town. It’s the kind of party anyone who’s lived here in their 20s will find familiar: laid-back vibes, shirtless bros, a smoky barbecue grill, lots of beer in red Solo cups. The appearance of a hovering drone shooting video...
Grounds for competition: Austin baristas’ monthly throwdown showcases a latte talent

Grounds for competition: Austin baristas’ monthly throwdown showcases a latte talent

Melanie Marcee-Ducayet has dedicated her career to coffee. So it’s no surprise that the former Jo’s Coffee and Caffe Medici barista was in her element on a recent Thursday night at Texas Coffee Traders as she crafted a heart on top of a latte in front of a roomful of cheering spectators. “(Coffee) is kind of my world,” she said. Once her heart latte was finished, she set her...
The high-spirited daughters of ‘East Austin’s Pastor’

The high-spirited daughters of ‘East Austin’s Pastor’

More than 100 years ago, the future Rev. Silas Leonard “S.L.” Davis worked as a farm laborer southeast of Austin. One day, this son of former slaves announced that he could not work on Sundays. “God’s calling me,” S.L. told his boss. “I have to go to church.” So the boss fired him when he did not show up. “Then he rehired him each time,” says his...
Perfume made the old-fashioned way at Krista Lacey’s Roux Saint James

Perfume made the old-fashioned way at Krista Lacey’s Roux Saint James

Scent always has been important to Krista Lacey. The 42-year-old owner of Austin-based Roux Saint James perfumery began playing with scent out of necessity. She’s allergic to a lot of the commercially made perfumes and beauty products. She remembers breaking out in hives as a young girl. “I became so sensitive,” she says. Then, in New Orleans, where her family has been for generations...
Turn to ourselves and to others for forgiveness and a path forward

Turn to ourselves and to others for forgiveness and a path forward

My twin 4-year-old children have provided me with a deeper understanding of the concept of teshuvah during the past year, more than any other time in my adult life. Teshuvah is the process of returning to our best selves and turning away from sin. Four-year old’s fight. They bicker about toys, they disagree about what music we should listen to in the car, and they are quick to tell one another...
We found the family fun in Austin after national survey knocked us

We found the family fun in Austin after national survey knocked us

OK, Wallet Hub. This one you got wrong. Austin was named 33rd in Wallet Hub’s list for the Best Places to Raise a Family. Why so low? Get this: It ranked us 106 in family fun. What? It couldn’t find our parks? Our children’s museum or the many other museums with family programming? Our family theater companies? Our at least one festival every weekend that is for families? Or recreation...
Grow your own protein with vegetables, beans and nuts

Grow your own protein with vegetables, beans and nuts

More and more often we hear that the path to good health takes us through the garden gate to fresh, local food. But what about protein? We know we need it. Protein is an essential building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin and blood, but most of us don’t have pigs, cows or even chickens in the backyard. So, what is a gardener to do? It might come as a surprise that protein doesn&rsquo...
Mothers’ own health influences obesity in children, study confirms

Mothers’ own health influences obesity in children, study confirms

Moms, when it comes to your child’s weight, you matter. A new study in the British Medical Journal confirms this. The study looked at more than 24,000 children of more than 16,000 nurses enrolled in the Nurses’ Health Study II in the 1990s. The researchers specifically looked at children who were not obese before age 9 and where they were at age 14. What they found was that 5.3 percent...
Beagle with PTSD to be honored with Animal Hero Award

Beagle with PTSD to be honored with Animal Hero Award

Her life didn’t start out as an easy one. Scarlett the beagle though will be honored for persevering and surviving as a lab animal before finally finding a happy life. Scarlett has been named the Inspirational Animal of the Year at the Animal Hero Awards.  She suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder after she was a laboratory test subject for two years. It is not known exactly what...

Austin360 recreation list, Sept. 7-13

Markets 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...
Austin360 arts list, Sept. 7-13

Austin360 arts list, Sept. 7-13

Theater & dance “Atlantis: A Puppet Opera.” With a soaring original score and expressive vocalists and puppeteers, this new production envisions a fantastic world where Queen Solstra and Prince Helios seek world domination with the help of their mighty battleship Invinctus. 8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday through Sept. 29. $15-$35. The Vortex, 2307 Manor Road. 512-478-5282, vortexrep...
Driving dog crashes truck trying to get to container of bacon grease

Driving dog crashes truck trying to get to container of bacon grease

IT’S BACON! A dog in Kentucky was going to do almost anything to get to the smell of bacon, even drive.  Police in Owensboro were called to an unusual car accident Sunday in the parking lot of a Meijer grocery store, the Owensboro Times reported. Paul Shearn, who owns Elvis the dog, left his truck running, but didn’t put on the emergency brake as he went inside the store to get some...
Alpacas wear tiny hats and spread cheer at La Grange center

Alpacas wear tiny hats and spread cheer at La Grange center

Nothing beats an alpaca wearing a tiny black cowboy hat, bandanna and monogrammed red vest when someone’s day needs brightening. A trio of fluffy, four-legged emotional support alpacas named Tex, Willie and Waylon proved that when they strolled into the Texas Rural Health Services building in La Grange recently, gamely fielding hugs and pats from adult clients with intellectual challenges. &ldquo...
Dell Children’s, Seton hospitals join national ER care for kids project

Dell Children’s, Seton hospitals join national ER care for kids project

Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas and the 10 other Ascension hospitals in Central Texas are participating in a national collaborative program to improve the care of children in emergency departments, particularly emergency rooms that are not in a children’s hospital. The Pediatric Readiness Quality Collaborative launched in January and will run through December 2019. The...
Is your child in the right car seat? New guidelines to check

Is your child in the right car seat? New guidelines to check

Last week,  the American Academy of Pediatrics changed its guidelines on car seats in one pretty significant way. Instead of children being in rear-facing seats until they turn 2, the American Academy of Pediatrics is now recommending that children stay in rear-facing seats as long as possible until they meet the upper number for that seat’s height or weight limits...
Jump into museums, theater and a circus with the family, Sept. 2-8

Jump into museums, theater and a circus with the family, Sept. 2-8

Events Domain Northside Kids. Come to the lawn at the Domain Northside for activities for kids 18 months to 6 years old. Free. Discovery, 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday. Reservations required. domainnorthside.com Shrine Circus. The big top comes to H-E-B Center. 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Sunday. $35-$19. H-E-B Center, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park. hebcenter.com Starry Nights. See a star show in the...
Central Health rescinds previous vote to cut Sendero Health Plans

Central Health rescinds previous vote to cut Sendero Health Plans

Sendero Health Plans might continue to exist for at least another year after Central Health board members Saturday voted unanimously to rescind an earlier budget decision that had shuttered the nonprofit insurer. The board at press time had not decided whether and how to fund Sendero, which provides low-cost insurance to 24,000 low-income Travis County residents. But after hearing hours of public...

Today’s horoscopes - Sunday, September 23

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Does it feel as if you’re looking for something to believe in? Start with you. Believe in your breath, your heart and your body, and go from there. The more you can embrace about yourself the more powerful you’ll be. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Your attitude is more important than any other factor today. A winning attitude makes you a winner, even if, by the rules...

Man’s loyalty to roommate jeopardizes his relationship

Dear Abby: I have been in a relationship with “Mason” for almost two years. I moved in with him a few months back, and things have been very good between us. I know he’s The One, and I’d marry him right now if he’d ask. My problem is his roommate, “Ryan.” Mason has hinted about a proposal in the near future, which is something I used to want until recently...
Today’s birthdays - Sunday, September 23

Today’s birthdays - Sunday, September 23

Today’s Birthdays: Singer Julio Iglesias is 75. Actor Paul Petersen (TV: “The Donna Reed Show”) is 73. Actress-singer Mary Kay Place is 71. Rock star Bruce Springsteen is 69. Director/playwright George C. Wolfe is 64. Rock musician Leon Taylor (The Ventures) is 63. Actress Rosalind Chao is 61. Golfer Larry Mize is 60. Actor Jason Alexander is 59. Actor Chi McBride is 57. Country...
CDC approves nasal-spray vaccine for flu season

CDC approves nasal-spray vaccine for flu season

After advising the public to avoid the nasal-spray version of the flu vaccine for the past two years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now giving it the green light. A favorite of the needle-averse, the spray did not appear to work as well against H1N1, a strain of the flu, in the past few seasons, the CDC said. But it’s expected to work better this year, said the CDC and Dr...
Eye exam shows promise in predicting Alzheimer’s years before symptoms

Eye exam shows promise in predicting Alzheimer’s years before symptoms

ST. LOUIS — Using an easy eye exam, researchers at Washington University of Medicine in St. Louis were able to detect evidence of Alzheimer’s disease in patients before they had symptoms of the disease. The findings, involving 30 patients, were published today in the journal JAMA Ophthalmology. Scientists estimate that Alzheimer’s-related plaques begin accumulating in the brain two...

Huge clinical trial collapses, research on alcohol remains befuddling

Research on alcohol consumption is in a pickle. There’s no question that pounding one drink after another is bad for your health. Things get murkier when it comes to “moderate” drinking. What does that mean? What’s the limit? Can a health-conscious person serenely order a second round? The alcohol industry has long embraced the notion that alcohol in moderation not only won&rsquo...

HPV-related cancer rates are rising. Vaccine rates are rising, too

Cancers linked to the human papillomavirus have increased significantly over the last 15 years in the United States, with throat cancer now the most common HPV-related malignancy, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 43,000 people developed HPV-associated cancer in 2015, compared with about 30,000 in 1999, the CDC said. At the same time, the CDC said, HPV vaccination...

Google’s revamped fitness app tracks ‘Move Minutes’ and ‘Heart Points’

Google’s trying to get you off the couch by simplifying the look of its Fit app to measure just two things: how much you move and how good that is for your heart. The company redesigned the app in partnership with the American Heart Association and the World Health Organization to reflect both the amount that people move every day and the intensity of that movement. It also looks more like Apple&rsquo...
Want to be healthier? Pick up the pace

Want to be healthier? Pick up the pace

Everyone knows that walking is one of the best exercises for health, which is why physicians regularly recommend 150 minutes a week. But that’s a measure of volume. What about walking speed? Does that make a difference? A recent paper indicates the answer may be yes. Previous research had focused only on total amounts of exercise in minutes, or steps. A team of epidemiologists in Sydney looked...
Austin is one of the most tourist-friendly cities in America, according to this list

Austin is one of the most tourist-friendly cities in America, according to this list

Some locals may whisper “don’t move here” under their breath to tourists, but that doesn’t stop them from coming. Austin has made yet another list, this time ranked as one of the most tourist-friendly cities in America by travel website Expedia. RELATED: Austin named best travel destination for solo eating and drinking According to their travel...
7 television series all parents should watch with their teens

7 television series all parents should watch with their teens

Recently I wrote a column for The Washington Post on the seven movies all parents should watch with their teens. I enjoyed perusing the reader comments, with many people offering their own picks. And one person asked, “How about television series recommendations?” Great idea. Here are my top seven. - “Roots.” The miniseries based on Alex Haley’s novel first aired in 1977...
HGTV’s Property Brothers to read new children’s book at Austin’s BookPeople

HGTV’s Property Brothers to read new children’s book at Austin’s BookPeople

Property Brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott will be heading back to Austin in October. This time, though, it’s not to shoot an episode of their HGTV show “Property Brothers.” Instead, they’ll be at BookPeople Oct. 7 to read “Builder Brothers: Big Plans.” ($17.99, Harper Collins) The Property Brothers Drew, left and Jonathan Scott, sit in an Austin home...
Robert Earl Keen, Cavender family inducted into Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame

Robert Earl Keen, Cavender family inducted into Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame

Musician Robert Earl Keen and the Texas family behind  Cavender’s — the chain of Western lifestyle stores that includes Austin-area outlets — are among those who will be inducted into the  Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame during the  Fort Worth Stock Show on Jan. 17, 2019. Robert Earl Keen will be inducted...
Choose natural fixture colors to match your environment

Choose natural fixture colors to match your environment

Q: Dear Ed, my husband and I are lucky to retire in a small house in a seaside community. We plan to remodel the kitchen and wanted to ask about kitchen decorating choices to blend in with our surroundings. Can you please give us some ocean-inspired kitchen ideas? — Dottie, Rhode Island A: It’s a good practice to include a little of your outdoor environment with your indoor projects. This...
When to do it yourself, when to hire someone

When to do it yourself, when to hire someone

Seasonal chores: DIY or outsource? How you decide what tasks to take on and what to delegate depends on several factors — cost and time involved, safety concerns and personal preference. After all, one person’s chore is another person’s relaxation. Liza Hausman, vice president of industry solutions for Houzz, said that if you’re on the fence about whether to tackle a chore...
How to protect yourself against common home improvement scams

How to protect yourself against common home improvement scams

Home improvement, repair and renovation projects represent significant investments. And with that kind of money at stake and decisions often made under pressure, home repairs make an inviting target for scam artists who plan to take the money and run. Protect yourself from fraud by looking out for these common schemes: “Hey, I was doing a job in the neighborhood and I have some extra materials...
A colorful story: Welcome to Leslie’s house

A colorful story: Welcome to Leslie’s house

The minute you meet Leslie, your heart is happy. She is one of those people who radiates sunshine. So when I found out Anne, one of our designers, was going to be working with Leslie to help her bring all that light and love to her interior design, I couldn’t wait to see what this talented team would come up with. Like Leslie, the story of her house is very interesting. It is located in a wonderful...
This home has all the right angles

This home has all the right angles

KING COUNTY, Wash. — This is a story with lots of angles. It begins and ends, as so many stories do, at home. And in this extra-special case: Even the home has lots of angles. THE COMMUNITY ANGLE John and Cathy live in a close, connected neighborhood near Woodinville. There’s a gate to get in, but otherwise, not one single suggestion of “suburbia”: not in the relaxed weekend...
Try these 7 tips for affordable artwork

Try these 7 tips for affordable artwork

Artwork doesn’t have to be expensive to look expensive. Designers use a number of tricks to create interesting and original artwork without breaking the bank. Here are seven tips for adding artwork to your decor on a budget. 1. Mix and match. Whether using frames and prints of different shapes and sizes or placing two mismatched pieces of art side by side, mixing it up can create interest. 2...
Bee Colorful flower mix reminds us why triadic harmony is so stunning

Bee Colorful flower mix reminds us why triadic harmony is so stunning

Bee Colorful flower mix is so vibrant in color it’s as if a color artist was involved in its design. Which always seems to be the case when gardeners use triadic harmony; it simply looks harmonious. Bee Colorful is a new mix from Suntory of Japan. This mix, no doubt, will attract those pollinating visitors but also will garner wows from your friends and neighbors who’ll want to visit more...
5 ways to enhance your home’s curb appeal

5 ways to enhance your home’s curb appeal

Everyone wants the prettiest home on the block, which is why curb appeal never gets old. It’s that bump of pride you feel every time you pull into the driveway or stroll up the front walk. Curb appeal also adds value to your home, since it will bring in buyers when the time comes to sell. And a lot of projects are DIY-friendly, meaning homeowners with the right mix of time, tools and talent...
These are the 5 most popular Austin neighborhoods to rent an apartment

These are the 5 most popular Austin neighborhoods to rent an apartment

Looking to move into a new ‘hood?  According to Apartment Guide, the five most popular Austin neighborhoods to rent an apartments are -- in order -- downtown, Riverside, Mueller, Clarksville and South Lamar. One of these things is not like the others (that is to say, one of the neighborhoods is actually below the average cost for apartment rentals in Austin). RELATED: ...
Survey: Majority of Austin-area families own fewer than 20 children’s books, which could affect kids’ education

Survey: Majority of Austin-area families own fewer than 20 children’s books, which could affect kids’ education

According to a new study by a literacy nonprofit, 58 percent of Central Texas families own fewer than 20 children’s books, and 35 percent own fewer than 20 books total.  The 2018 Central Texas Reading Study cites research that claims having books in the home increases a child’s academic performance. The study, conducted by BookSpring, also claims digital devices...
Are household disinfectants making kids overweight? Study finds possible link

Are household disinfectants making kids overweight? Study finds possible link

Obesity affects nearly 1 in 6 children in the United States, according to new data from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s State of Obesity report. And new findings from the Canadian Medical Association Journal reveal there may be more contributing to that stat than overeating. Overweight children are approximately five times more likely to be obese or overweight as adults, increasing...
America might need Tim Gunn now more than ever

America might need Tim Gunn now more than ever

Your Sunday: a day of rest. Tim Gunn’s Sunday: getting slaughtered by teens with sharp objects. “Slaughtered” is Gunn’s own word for what happens at weekly fencing bouts he’s recently taken up. Hyperbolic, sure, but you can’t argue it doesn’t paint a picture. The longtime “Project Runway” mentor, who knows a thing or a thousand about the power...
Austin Book Arts Center reaches out in the most endearing way

Austin Book Arts Center reaches out in the most endearing way

The Austin Book Arts Center didn’t ask for $50 million. Or $5 million. Or $500,000. Or $50,000. Dave Sullivan and Surya Veeraraghavan at the Austin Book Arts Center benefit. The backers of this group that engages folks in the art of making books — no, not bookmaking, that’s something else — requested a total of $15,000 to help them move from...
Today’s birthdays - Sunday, September 16

Today’s birthdays - Sunday, September 16

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Janis Paige is 96. Actor George Chakiris is 86. Bluesman Billy Boy Arnold is 83. Movie director Jim McBride is 77. Actress Linda Miller is 76. Rhythm-and-blues singer Betty Kelley (Martha & the Vandellas) is 74. Musician Kenney Jones (Small Faces; Faces; The Who) is 70. Actress Susan Ruttan is 70. Rock musician Ron Blair (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers; Mudcrutch) is...

Today’s horoscopes - Sunday, September 16

ARIES (March 21-April 19). You need attention as much as the next person, yet you also know the value of serving others. The purpose outside of yourself helps you get clarity on life. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). The love and support shows up. Maybe it’s a little on the late side. You’ve needed this for a while now, though maybe you didn’t realize it. Anyway, it’s here now, so...
Number of opioid prescriptions remains unchanged, Mayo Clinic finds

Number of opioid prescriptions remains unchanged, Mayo Clinic finds

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Despite increased attention to opioid abuse, prescriptions have remained relatively unchanged for many U.S. patients, research led by Mayo Clinic finds. The research, published in The BMJ, shows that opioid prescription rates have remained flat for commercially insured patients over the past decade. Rates for some Medicare patients are leveling but remain above where they...
Polio survivor is one of last iron-lung users in U.S.

Polio survivor is one of last iron-lung users in U.S.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — While waiting for a bus to take her home from work, Mona Randolph’s head felt like it was going to split open. She had a fever, chills. The sights and sounds of the world intensified. Her nerves were on edge. She was 20 years old, three days into a new job and three months away from getting married. It was 1956. A year before, the government had approved a vaccine for...
Doctor’s orders: Let children just play

Doctor’s orders: Let children just play

Imagine a drug that could enhance a child’s creativity, critical thinking and resilience. Imagine that this drug were simple to make, safe to take, and could be had for free. The nation’s leading pediatricians say this miracle compound exists. In a new clinical report, they are urging doctors to prescribe it liberally to the children in their care. What is this wonder drug? Play. &ldquo...
Video shows Taco Bell employee refusing to take English-speaking customer's order

Video shows Taco Bell employee refusing to take English-speaking customer's order

Taco Bell has parted ways with an employee captured in a video telling a woman at a Florida drive-through that she couldn't take her order because no one working at the store spoke English. » RELATED: Taco Bell voted best Mexican restaurant in US The video was posted on Wednesday by Alexandria Montgomery. It depicted her and at least one other person in a car at the drive-through window...
Former MLB player, Round Rock Express coach Spike Owen’s ranch estate on the market for $10.5 million

Former MLB player, Round Rock Express coach Spike Owen’s ranch estate on the market for $10.5 million

Former local sports icon Spike Owen is selling his ranch estate for $10.5 million, according to Curbed Austin. The former Major League Baseball player and Round Rock Express coach has put his 39-acre property on the market, including a 7,732-square-foot home on the property. The listing calls the property “off the grid yet minutes to the action” and says the land is on both sides of Barton...
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