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Unexpected bond changes foster parents’ understanding of family

The enemy was in my car. I could see her earrings glint in the sunlight and smell her perfume. I fiddled with the radio, realizing I had no idea what type of music she listened to. I thought about turning it off, but any noise seemed better than silence. I opened my mouth to speak, then closed it like a goldfish behind glass. I needed to choose my words carefully. The stakes were too high. It started...


Put interior design on your wedding, baby registry with Havenly site

Put interior design on your wedding, baby registry with Havenly site

It’s wedding season, graduation season and baby shower season. What do all three of those life-cycle events have in common? They often represent a time when you either change homes or apartments or you are changing the home you live in to represent your new status in life. How do you go from dorm room or first-apartment look to grown-up design if you have no idea what furniture, finishings,...
Have a shady spot in your yard? Pick these plants

Have a shady spot in your yard? Pick these plants

When the sun pelts us with relentless, record-setting summer temperatures, Central Texas gardeners spend a lot of time figuring out what to plant that won’t fry in the full sun. But there are many different gardening conditions, and they all have their own challenges. Just about the time you figure out what to plant in that sunny bed, the trees have grown and it’s now a shade bed, and...
Austin mom turns Willie Nelson guitar picks into Art Bra Austin piece

Austin mom turns Willie Nelson guitar picks into Art Bra Austin piece

“How do you top a bra made out a thousand paper cranes you and your children folded for months?” That was a question that kept coming back to Lauren Ward, who has participated in four previous Art Bra Austin events in support of the Breast Cancer Resource Center. For the annual event, women who have or have had breast cancer model bras that are the canvas for amazing artwork made by local...
Austin360 arts list, May 26-June 1

Austin360 arts list, May 26-June 1

Theater & dance “The Comedy of Errors.” Austin Shakespeare’s Shakespeare in the Park production is set in a colorful ancient world at the crossroads of cultures. It’s a fast-paced tale of mistaken identities in which two pairs of twins are reunited in a surprising turn of events. 8 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Free. Zilker Hillside Theater, 2206 William Barton Drive. austinshakespeare...
Austin360 recreation list, May 26-June 1

Austin360 recreation list, May 26-June 1

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...
Summer in Austin: Find weird, wonderful things to do with the kids

Summer in Austin: Find weird, wonderful things to do with the kids

It’s the unofficial start of summer! We’re ready to pack in the fun with the kids for the next three months. To help you, we offer suggestions on where to find that fun all summer long. For more on what’s happening in June, check out the Raising Austin column at austin360.com/raisingaustin. There you’ll also find suggestions of great new kids books to pick up and more ideas...
How does Austin’s park system compare to other U.S. cities?

How does Austin’s park system compare to other U.S. cities?

Zilker Park celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. Photo by Tamir Kalifa/American-Statesman We’ve got Zilker Park (which celebrates its 100th birthday this year, by the way), the Barton Creek Greenbelt and a whole lot of parkland in between.
Texas couple catches record-size largemouth bass, credits chicken nugget as bait

Texas couple catches record-size largemouth bass, credits chicken nugget as bait

A Texas couple set a record for catching a giant largemouth bass earlier this month, but they’re giving credit to an unlikely source: McDonald’s. Highview Marina, which is located on Lake Bardwell in Ennis, a town in North Texas, posted about the record catch on Facebook in early May. <div></div><br><div id="fb-root"></div> <script>(function(d...
It’s unlikely teen could die from caffeine overdose, says local doctor

It’s unlikely teen could die from caffeine overdose, says local doctor

This month we’ve read the reports of the 16-year-old high school student in South Carolina whose death on April 26 was ruled a caffeine overdose by the local coroner. Davis Allen Cripe had ingested a latte from McDonald’s, a Mountain Dew and an energy drink two hours before he collapsed in his high school. He had had a heart arrhythmia that was attributed to the amount of caffeine he drank...
American Academy of Pediatrics recommends not giving infants juice

American Academy of Pediatrics recommends not giving infants juice

Children younger than age 1 should not be given fruit juice, the American Academy of Pediatrics said in a recommendation release Monday. It’s the first change in the recommendations since 2001. Until this point, the recommendation just extended to the first six months of life. Why? It’s loaded with sugar and high in calories. It can lead to unhealthy weight gain and tooth decay. Recently...
Choose your doctor first over urgent care facilities, clinics

Choose your doctor first over urgent care facilities, clinics

The American Academy of Pediatrics revised its policy statement on “the expanding models of acute care services.” Translation: that’s all the walk-in clinics, urgent care facilities, stand-alone emergency rooms that have popped up. The statement “Nonemergency Acute Care: When It’s Not the Medical Home,” was published in the May issue of Pediatrics. It states that...
What to do Memorial Day weekend in Austin

What to do Memorial Day weekend in Austin

A three-day weekend is upon us. Here’s how to spend it in Central Texas.  Wednesday, May 24: Watch the new “Baywatch” on a beach. The Rock. The Rock’s pecs. Zac Efron. Zac Efron’s pecs. Drinks and waterpark fun. Need we say more? Friday, May 26 through Sunday, May 28: Fredericksburg Crawfish Festival. Live music, crawfish, vendors,...
Before you go swimming, know what’s lurking in the water

Before you go swimming, know what’s lurking in the water

Does this kid know what she’s jumping into? Shelby Tauber / AMERICAN-STATESMAN Last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports, that the Cryptosporidium outbreaks were double what they had been two years before.
New valve replacement at Dell Children’s avoids open-heart surgery

New valve replacement at Dell Children’s avoids open-heart surgery

Alyson Hunter knows the pain of having open-heart surgery. She had three heart surgeries by the time she was 7. The first, at birth, was to put in a shunt that would allow her heart to work well enough for her to go home. The next was when she was 11 months old and the last at age 7, to put in a new pulmonary valve. Alyson, 13, was born at 32 weeks gestation with VATER syndrome; the acronym stands...
American Academy of Pediatrics: Quit giving babies fruit juice

American Academy of Pediatrics: Quit giving babies fruit juice

What’s in this baby’s cup? It should only be milk or water. American-Statesman 1999 Children younger than age 1 should not be given fruit juice, the American Academy of Pediatrics said in a recommendation released today.
Drink Zilker Brewing Co.’s Parks & Rec beer, help Zilker Park

Drink Zilker Brewing Co.’s Parks & Rec beer, help Zilker Park

I do love a beer after a nice bike ride. Or a paddling session, run or swim, on occasion. In case you needed another reason to toss back a cold one, check out the newest release from Zilker Brewing Company — a canned version of its Parks & Rec brew, a limited-edition beer that honors Zilker Park’s 100th anniversary. A portion of Parks & Rec sales benefits the Austin Parks Foundation&rsquo...
Dell Children’s chief surgeon helps create guidelines for trauma care

Dell Children’s chief surgeon helps create guidelines for trauma care

When Nilda Garcia first meets a patient at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, it’s never for a good reason. She’s a pediatric trauma surgeon, who came to Dell as the director of the trauma department in 2010 and became the surgeon in chief in February. She tries to sit down, make eye contact, talk to the patient and always talk to the mom. She thinks about what she...
Check out Shakespeare in the Park at Zilker before its run ends

Check out Shakespeare in the Park at Zilker before its run ends

Theater “The Comedy of Errors.” Austin Shakespeare’s Shakespeare in the Park production is set in a colorful ancient world at the crossroads of cultures. It’s a fast-paced tale of mistaken identities in which two pairs of twins are reunited in a surprising turn of events. 8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday through May 28. Free. Zilker Hillside Theater, 2206 William Barton Drive. austinshakespeare...
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).
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...
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...
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...
Learning to love, and lose, as foster parents

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...
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...
U.S. death rate from Alzheimer's rose dramatically over 15 years. Why?

U.S. death rate from Alzheimer's rose dramatically over 15 years. Why?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has just put out a grim report about Alzheimer's disease in the United States. Death rates from Alzheimer's climbed 55 percent from 1999 to 2014, CDC found, and the number of Americans afflicted is likely to rise rapidly in the coming years. About 5.5 million people 65 years and older have the disease — a wretched and fatal form of dementia...

Today’s horoscopes - Sunday, May 28

ARIES (March 21-April 19). One of two things is going to have to happen for you to succeed at today’s challenge. You’ll either have to alter the challenge, or you’ll have to alter your approach to it. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Friends will come to you because they need to be heard. Don’t let it stop there, though, or it will turn into a pity party. Keep going and look for the...
Today’s birthdays - Sunday, May 28

Today’s birthdays - Sunday, May 28

Today’s Birthdays: Rockabilly singer-musician Sonny Burgess is 88. Actress Carroll Baker is 86. Producer-director Irwin Winkler is 86. Actor John Karlen is 84. Basketball Hall-of-Famer Jerry West is 79. Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani is 73. Singer Gladys Knight is 73. Actress-director Sondra Locke is 73. Singer Billy Vera is 73. Actor Jean-Pierre Leaud is 73. Singer John Fogerty...

Dear Abby - Sunday, May 28

Dear Abby: I have a step tracker. I am dedicated to getting in at least 10,000 steps every day, most of them walking around inside my office building at lunch. I walk quickly, often with headphones on. My problem is, I’m constantly confronted by people who stop me wanting to chat. I honestly don’t have time to talk to these people because I need my steps. My exercise is important to me...
What should your kids be reading this summer? Check out our list

What should your kids be reading this summer? Check out our list

Summer is nearly upon us — and so is the lovely season of agenda-less reading. No reading logs, no genre requirements, no literature prompts. Those all have their place, but developing a love of reading in this digital age also needs a shot of sheer pleasure. To that end, here are summer reading picks for all ages, from a modern pioneer’s biography to an undercover warrior’s fantastical...
Happy endings and new beginnings for foster family

Happy endings and new beginnings for foster family

The enemy was in my car. I could see her earrings glint in the sunlight and smell her perfume. I fiddled with the radio, realizing I had no idea what type of music she listened to. I thought about turning it off, but any noise seemed better than silence. I opened my mouth to speak, then closed it like a goldfish behind glass. I needed to choose my words carefully. The stakes were too high. Read the...
Too many Americans aren’t using vacation time; when they do, they still work

Too many Americans aren’t using vacation time; when they do, they still work

Summer vacation season is approaching, which means it’s time for some well-deserved rest and relaxation. But, according to a new study, not only do too many Americans skip vacations, they tend to work during time off, too. Glassdoor surveyed more than 2,200 people on how they spend their time off. The online job and recruiting site found that two out of three Americans work while on vacation...
5 ways to explore nature in Austin with your family

5 ways to explore nature in Austin with your family

Zilker Botanical Garden’s Woodland Faerie Trail opens on Saturday. Credit: Zilker Botanical Garden Get out of the house and explore what’s around you and what makes Austin a natural wonder.
Doctor: Popular charcoal masks could cause permanent skin damage

Doctor: Popular charcoal masks could cause permanent skin damage

A popular “do-it-yourself” charcoal mask that has been trending all over the internet could cause serious damage to your skin, according to a dermatologist. "It might be dangerous if you like all three layers of your skin," Dr. Seth Forman, a dermatologist in Tampa, Florida, said in an interview with WFTS.  Many people have taken to YouTube to show users the painful...
Memorial Day 2017: Travelers will hit highest level since 2005

Memorial Day 2017: Travelers will hit highest level since 2005

If you plan to travel Memorial Day weekend, expect a lot of company. A whole lot. AAA said more than 39.3 million people are planning a holiday trip at least 50 miles from home - the most since 2005 and a 2.7 percent increase over last year. Of those, travelers, 34.6 million - or 88.1 percent - will drive to their destination. “We think it’s because of the increase in wages,” said...
East Austin bar hosting fundraiser for one-year anniversary of Harambe’s death

East Austin bar hosting fundraiser for one-year anniversary of Harambe’s death

Just when you thought you were done hearing about Harambe, the gorilla-turned-meme that took over social media in 2016, an East Austin bar is making sure you never forget the slain gorilla. Rhino Room, a bar on Sixth Street just east of Interstate 35, is hosting Harambe: A Day of Remembrance on Sunday, the one-year anniversary of the day the gorilla was killed. The bar says the event will be a fundraiser...
Some decorative grasses spell trouble; attractive alternatives exist

Some decorative grasses spell trouble; attractive alternatives exist

CHICAGO — In the realm of good-looking grasses, Miscanthus has long held a certain pride of place. In 1893, the cover of Gardening magazine, published in Chicago, featured a border of hardy grasses — variegated Japanese silver grass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Variegatus’), zebra grass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Zebrinus’), fountain grass (Pennisetum) and giant reed (Arundo...
The best pastel looks for spring

The best pastel looks for spring

From flowers to fashion and home furnishings, spring is a time for soft, muted colors. Pastels are a popular choice, whether pink, blue, green, purple or yellow. What is appealing to many homeowners about pastel colors relates to the soft, soothing environments they help create. Pastel colors also pair well with other colors, especially neutrals such as cream, white, taupe, brown and even black. YELLOW...
Create beautiful outdoor spaces so party can spill outside

Create beautiful outdoor spaces so party can spill outside

Dan and I love to entertain at our home. When we lived in our grand old Greek revival in Atchison, Kan., welcoming large groups was no big deal. But our snug little lake cottage where we live now just doesn’t have the space for big gatherings. So when we renovated the house, we decided to make the most of our outdoor spaces so the party could spill outside. Our cottage has a walkout lower level...
The décor trend you never saw coming is here

The décor trend you never saw coming is here

Increasingly minimal interiors have been dominating decor trend reports for a while now, but as we all know, the pendulum always has to swing back the other way at some point. We started seeing a glimpse of this shift in aesthetics on NYFW’s F/W 17 runways and predicted interiors would follow suit. In the last month, this sentiment has only been confirmed with the proliferation of ultra-cool...
Lake home blends warmth and contemporary coolness

Lake home blends warmth and contemporary coolness

KIRKLAND, Wash. — You can see why Stuart McLeod didn’t give up on this prime slice of Kirkland real estate: On the water side, skinny sailboat masts bob like dancing exclamation points all along glittery Lake Washington. On the street side, it’s a leisurely mere-minutes commute — on foot — to the two downtown restaurants McLeod owns, Hector’s and Milagro Cantina...
Celebrate passion this spring with purple hearts

Celebrate passion this spring with purple hearts

The color purple has evolved well beyond links to Barney the dinosaur to become a favorite color for politics, hair and flowers. It’s little understood as a hue because royal purple is not the only shade offered. In fact, purple has two faces. It runs hot and cold. It is the high frequency child of two primary colors. Purple is the result of combining hot fire red and cool ocean blue. When the...

Kitchen overflowing? Try modern take on Julia Child-style pegboard

Great storage solutions are born in one of two ways: in a frantic effort to make sense of an ever-expanding universe of things, or as a surrender to the knowledge that space is, in the end, limited. In the case of most of our houses — and particularly our kitchens — that limitation seems to be more stringent than ever. There are only so many pots, pans, paring knives and gadgets that can...
Elderly man memorializes wife by continuing her blanket sewing charity

Elderly man memorializes wife by continuing her blanket sewing charity

An elderly man is keeping his wife’s memory alive by sewing blankets for those in need. “I just felt there was a need,” said Clayton Shelburne, 88, of Zionsville, Ind. “I enjoy doing it. If my wife was here, she would be happy I’m doing this too.” For 10 years, Clayton and his wife, Delores, spent their free time making blankets to donate to different organizations...
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...
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