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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...


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...
Dell Children’s, Seton hospitals in national program to improve emergency room care for kids

Dell Children’s, Seton hospitals in national program to improve emergency room care for kids

Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas as well with the 10 other Ascension hospitals in Central Texas are participating in a national collaborative program to improve the care of children in emergency departments, particular those emergency rooms that are not in a children’s hospital. The  Pediatric Readiness Quality Collaborative ...
Fit after 60: Austin 60 Strong reveals faces of 2019 calendar

Fit after 60: Austin 60 Strong reveals faces of 2019 calendar

Miriam Raviv was one of 12 people selected for the Austin 60 Strong calendar. Family photo Congratulations to a dozen of Central Texas’ most fabulously fit older residents, who will be featured in an upcoming calendar. Two local physician networks set out to find inspirational residents, ages 60 to 69, to feature in the 2019 Austin 60 Strong calendar. They’ve announced the...
Keep kids hydrated, safe from heatstroke at recess, PE, practice

Keep kids hydrated, safe from heatstroke at recess, PE, practice

Every afternoon around Central Texas, the band kids are marking their halftime performances on the parking lot pavement. The cross-country runners are setting new paces on trails and sidewalks. Physical education classes are out walking or running the track. And the elementary schoolers are on the playground for recess. And it’s been 100-plus degrees. Austin Independent School District sent...

Are your teen’s vaccines up to date?

When it comes to vaccines and teens, the Centers for Disease and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics gave parents and doctors a mixed report recently. More teens are up-to-date on their HPV vaccines than in previous years, the CDC tells us . The number of adolescents age 13-17 years who have completed the recommended doses in the HPV series was up 5 percentage points from 2016 to 2017...
A joy to serve others a meal of dignity

A joy to serve others a meal of dignity

I’ve got a new waitressing gig, and I’m loving it! By word of mouth, I heard about Home Cooked Fridays at All Saints Episcopal Church in Austin. This project was an outgrowth of a cooking class for young women who, after they learned culinary skills, wanted to be of use. Micah 6 Austin, a group of churches whose mission is to help homeless and impoverished people around the University...
Bloomberg Philanthropies handsomely rewards 26 Austin cultural groups

Bloomberg Philanthropies handsomely rewards 26 Austin cultural groups

Bloomberg Philanthropies has named 26 Austin cultural groups that will receive significant grants as well as management training as part of a $43 million second-wave campaign to strengthen small to medium-sized American arts nonprofits. The charitable foundation — established by businessman and former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg — chose the groups by invitation only in select...
Fall running season officially arrives Sept. 7 with Zilker Relays

Fall running season officially arrives Sept. 7 with Zilker Relays

Pam LeBlanc, Jody Seaborn, Mercedes Orten and Chris Thibert jump before the 2014 Zilker Relays.   According to my race calendar, but definitely not the thermometer, fall has nearly arrived. The Zilker Relays, unofficial kickoff to Austin’s fall racing season, takes place Sept. 7 at Zilker Park. The four-person, 10-mile relay starts at 6:30 p.m. on roads in and around the park...
Where’s a great place to train for Olympic surfing? Maybe Central Texas

Where’s a great place to train for Olympic surfing? Maybe Central Texas

What makes a better training ground for surfing’s Olympic debut — a wild and unpredictable ocean wave, or a manufactured, freshwater one generated at a pool in Central Texas? Officials with USA Surfing are betting on the latter, for at least part of the time. A few weeks ago, they sent their 2018 World Junior Surf Championship Training Team to BSR Surf Resort outside of Waco, where, more...
Austin360 arts list, Aug. 31-Sept. 6

Austin360 arts list, Aug. 31-Sept. 6

Theater & dance “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.” Be Zach’s guest for the next Zach Theatre production, a musical. This tale as old as time follows bookworm Belle, who rescues her ailing father from the clutches of the angry Beast, a once-dashing young prince cursed by an enchantress. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. $25-$125. 202 S. Lamar Blvd. zachtheatre.org...
Channel your super powers at CASA Superhero run on Sept. 16

Channel your super powers at CASA Superhero run on Sept. 16

Kid superheroes line up to chase villains during the CASA Superhero Run in Austin, Texas, on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN   One year I met Superman – not an imposter, but the real deal. He was nice to me, probably because I was wearing my Wonder Woman costume (which, by the way, I wore to rappel down a 38-story building last year, and...
At Austin’s first 100 percent inclusive coffee shop, change is brewing

At Austin’s first 100 percent inclusive coffee shop, change is brewing

Alyssa Smith needs a recommendation. It’s her first time at Empowered Coffee in downtown Austin, and she’s not sure what to order. Barista William Mullican, 21, is ready to help. Get the Rwandan, he says. Iced. Smith accepts his suggestion and takes a sip. “It’s delicious,” she says. It may sound like a typical morning exchange, but Empowered Coffee isn’t your average...
How much do you think you spend on your dog? $40, $60 a month? Way more

How much do you think you spend on your dog? $40, $60 a month? Way more

Most Americans don’t realize how much they spend every month on their dog and just how fast the expenses can add up. From food to regular teeth cleanings, owning a dog can become an expensive venture. >> Read more trending news  In a new survey by Rover.com, a network of dog walkers and petsitters, dog owners said they thought they spent between $26 and $75 a month on Fido...
Let’s play ‘Look where they parked that bike/scooter’!

Let’s play ‘Look where they parked that bike/scooter’!

Dockless bicycle going for a swim in Shoal Creek. Photo by Jim Berry   In yesterday’s blog, I posted a photograph of a Lime electric scooter that someone tossed in Shoal Creek along the hike and bike trail near Fifth Street. I spotted it while riding my bike to work yesterday morning. Dockless bicycle taking a nap near the Lance Armstrong pedestrian bridge over Shoal Creek....
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...
Property Brothers return to Austin … this time with a kids’ book

Property Brothers return to Austin … this time with a kids’ book

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.” The Property Brothers Drew, left and Jonathan Scott, sit in an Austin home on Shoal Creek Boulevard that they remodeled for the show in 2012. AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2012 Instead, they’ll...
Wrestling with Texas writer J. Frank Dobie

Wrestling with Texas writer J. Frank Dobie

At some point, every Texas writer must come to terms with “Mr. Texas.” Author J. Frank Dobie. American-Statesman file photo. To the extent that Austinites today recognize the name of folklorist, teacher and widely published columnist,  J. Frank Dobie, they might associate it with a middle school, or a freshly renovated mall at the base of a dormitory tower (despite the...
Celebrate Minecraft and more family fun for the weekend, Sept. 14-16

Celebrate Minecraft and more family fun for the weekend, Sept. 14-16

Minefaire is in town. For all you parents of Minecraft players, you might have been alerted to this convention happening at the Austin Convention Center. Minecraft has its own convention called Minefaire, which is in town this weekend. If your kids aren’t into that or you’ve said, “No” to going, there are plenty of other fun things to do in Austin this weekend....
A massive ‘Harry Potter’-themed dance party is coming to San Antonio in October, Quidditch pong and all

A massive ‘Harry Potter’-themed dance party is coming to San Antonio in October, Quidditch pong and all

Get your dress robes ready -- it’s time for the “Wizarding Event of the Year.” WizardFest, a “Harry Potter”-themed dance party, is set for Oct. 10 in San Antonio. According to the Facebook event, the party is taking place at The Rock Box and will feature butterbeer (for witches and wizards over 21) and other Potter-themed drinks, a costume contest and Quidditch...
Paw Paw trees lure Zebras and Dark Kites

Paw Paw trees lure Zebras and Dark Kites

Callaway Gardens is famous for a lot of things in the world of nature and certainly, the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center is among the best in the country. It’s the place to give you a glimpse into the butterflies of Central America and the Tropics. Outside the Center, however, is where I like to hang out where you see what can happen at your home. In other words, build and they will come. After...
Need help with smart-home setup? At-home tech support may be answer

Need help with smart-home setup? At-home tech support may be answer

The great thing about shopping online is you don’t have to worry about a pushy salesperson trying to upsell you on something. The downside of shopping online for electronic items is you might need someone to help you figure out how to use your gadget and have it sync up with your other Wi-Fi-connected products. Companies are realizing there’s a need for home tech support as electronic...
How to harness the power of pastels

How to harness the power of pastels

Pastels are one of the hottest trends in home decor right now. Typically associated with spring and summer, pastel colors are some of the hottest new colors for fall. Why? Pastels are gender-neutral and blend well with other colors while creating a sense of soothing and calm in a subtle way. PASTEL PINK Pastel pink is one of the more popular pastel colors. Pink is a great foundation color and can...
Rustic timberframe home assembled by ‘dream team’

Rustic timberframe home assembled by ‘dream team’

“Extensive timberframe expertise” was not exactly a prerequisite when Daucey and Pat embarked on building their dream home in the elevated woods near North Bend, Wash. Turns out they assembled just the right dream team, anyway — and just the right dream home. “We had a couple acting as their own general contractor (with no previous experience), an architect [Larry Johnson,...
Summer bedrooms at Mary Lou’s cottage

Summer bedrooms at Mary Lou’s cottage

I’m amazed any of our neighbors are still speaking to us. We’ve tried their patience sorely with our painfully slow renovation of the little cottage next door. But now, the eyesore of the neighborhood is close to becoming the sweet little cottage I envisioned. Christened Mary Lou’s Cottage in honor of my mom, who lived there at the end of her life, this snug little spot has already...
Ideas to inspire your dream bathroom

Ideas to inspire your dream bathroom

Bathroom remodels have consistently high returns on investment year after year. Whether you’re setting your home up for a higher resale value or you simply want to make your mornings brighter, these remodeling ideas are sure to enhance both. VANITIES: FROM CENTRAL TO FOCAL The vanity can anchor your bathroom’s design because it is central to both your routine and the physical space. Updating...
‘Super Saturday,’ a day full of family activities in downtown Austin, is coming in October

‘Super Saturday,’ a day full of family activities in downtown Austin, is coming in October

This year, Oct. 27 is a particularly packed day.  The Austin Film Festival, Mexic-Arte Museum’s Viva la Vida Festival and Parade and the Texas Book Festival (elements of which are all taking place downtown that weekend) will be teaming up to offer a full day of family-friendly culture and activities. Live music, children’s art activities, retail booths and food will be available along...
ASA Moody Medical Clinic is a one-stop HIV center

ASA Moody Medical Clinic is a one-stop HIV center

Crusading for a time when the rate of new HIV cases in our area drops to zero,  AIDS Services of Austin ceremoniously unveiled its new one-stop  ASA Moody Medical Clinic on Cameron Road on Monday. Ross Moody, Greg Casar and Kathie Tovo at the opening of the ASA Moody Medical Clinic. Michael Barnes/American-Statesman Generously supported by the  ...
How to keep snakes out of your yard

How to keep snakes out of your yard

Forget about "Snakes on a Plane," we're more concerned with snakes in the yard. Even though snakes are nowhere near as prevalent as our irrational fears would have us think (assuming you don't live smack dab in the middle of rattlesnake territory), if you're a homeowner with a bit of landscape or yard under your direction, you may encounter snakes on occasion. » RELATED:...
Best Austin parties after Labor Day, Game Day

Best Austin parties after Labor Day, Game Day

We survived Labor Day and Game Day and now it’s time for the great Austin social machine to crank it up. These are some upcoming parties I hope to make. Sept. 9:  Picnic Bombazo for Puerto Rican Cultural Center. 701 Tillery St. Sept. 10:  Opening of ASA Moody Medical Clinic. 7215 Cameron Road. Sept. 13: “ I Saw...

Today’s horoscopes - Sunday, September 9

ARIES (March 21-April 19). There’s harmony in your relationships now — a happy but fragile condition worthy of your protection. You intuitively understand that good times are too precious to take for granted. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You can be spontaneous when you feel like it, but the opportunities don’t always arise. They will today, though, and it will be lucky to say &ldquo...
Today’s birthdays - Sunday, September 9

Today’s birthdays - Sunday, September 9

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Sylvia Miles is 84. Actor Topol is 83. Rhythm-and-blues singer Luther Simmons is 76. Singer Inez Foxx is 76. Singer Dee Dee Sharp is 73. Rock singer-musician Doug Ingle is 72. College Football Hall of Famer and former NFL player Joe Theismann is 69. Rock musician John McFee (The Doobie Brothers) is 68. Actor Tom Wopat is 67. Actress Angela Cartwright is 66. Musician-producer...
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