Santa Paws, a.k.a. Anita Baez, steps out of her car in the parking lot at the Senior Care of Western Hills nursing home in Temple surrounded by an assortment of critters decked out in their Christmas best.
Story by CATHERINE HOSMAN
From the first chapter, when Houston airport ranger volunteer and veterinarian Dr. Stacy Broussard makes a grisly discovery, it’s clear “Deadly Encounter” will be another thrilling read from DiAnn Mills.
Country Dances at Belton Senior Center
The Contemporaries of the Azalee Marshall
Tucked away in the heart of rural Belton is the home of Dr. Tom and Mrs. Carol Runyan. A country road meanders past rolling hills, working ranches with horses or cattle grazing placidly and leads to the entrance drive of their Southern-Greco style house that sits on several acres of land dotted with oak trees, flora and fauna.
Vickie Silva is a foodie. As owner of Ma’s Place Restaurant in Harker Heights, her eatery is more like walking into mom’s kitchen and keeping her company while she cooks. Ma’s Place seats around 30 people, with some limited seating outdoors. She serves breakfast and lunch, and her community following keeps her busy cooking up the comfort foods that are reminiscent of home, wherever that might be.
Meeting Vivian Kusak is like reuniting with an old friend you haven’t seen in years. She greets her guests at the door with a big smile and an enthusiasm to share her story of the art that she creates.
Nestled among the trees along the banks of Salado Creek is what some describe as a Central Texas hidden gem, Alexander’s Distillery. The upscale-casual restaurant and cocktail lounge is as rich in ambiance as it is in history. Alexander’s is located on the site of an old 19th century distillery, once owned by William R. Alexander. A flood washed the building away many years ago.
Most valuableTOOL in her BAGMy notebook and pen are essential. I am a chronic list maker — groceries, meal plans, to-do lists — and I also use it to take meeting notes. I guess I’m pretty old-fashioned, because I’d much rather write it down with pen and paper than use my phone. There is something so satisfying about physically crossing an item off a to-do list.Do you have a signature beauty product you are known for wearing or using?Scarves. I love scarves, and wear them pretty much year-round. It’s fun to take a simple outfit and dress it up with a brightly colored scarf. They’re also functional; when the office is cold (as mine often is), they provide an extra layer of warmth.Do you have a helpful hint to share with readers?I try to keep healthy snacks on hand, in my purse or my car (fruit, almonds, protein bar). It’s much easier to make healthy food choices when I have them readily available.
Sixth Annual Community Garage Sale
From the opening passage, it’s clear mystery is at the heart of Beth Moore’s first novel, “The Undoing of Saint Silvanus.” It begins with a gunshot on Christmas Eve in 1921 in a church in New Orleans. Quickly jumping to the present day, that church is now a home of sorts — a collection of apartments and the holder of long-buried secrets waiting to surface.
Music is a universal language. Whether instrumental or with words, and regardless of age or style, music speaks to us all. It can soothe heartache, calm rage, incite euphoria — mirror whatever emotion we feel in the moment.
Jane Boone, marketing director at Temple CACMost valuable TOOL in her BAG...
Location: 206 E. Rancier Ave., Killeen Phone: 254-526-2326 Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Eat in or take out.
Stocking your kitchen with the essential tools is the key to making cooking enjoyable, fast, and fun. Many people claim they “hate to cook” or that they “can’t cook,” and you would understand why if you stepped into their kitchens. Even a short, 30-minute recipe that requires only a couple chopped ingredients becomes very laborious when using a dull knife; and then cooking with a cheap, thin pan that causes foods to stick or burn only escalates the problem. No wonder people choose to eat out or warm up a pre-made convenience meal from the freezer.