When we think about mid-life career changes, I'm sure many of us have daydreamed about pursuing something that was lucrative, stimulating, and did some good in the process. If that dream isn't good enough, how about adding something that totally supports our health and fitness -- AND we can partner with our spouse?
I am ashamed to admit that I struggle to remember everyone's names, to separate the stories, but I feel the weight of their belief in the Unexpected Project, to share their stories and to make a difference for their surviving daughters, sisters, nieces and granddaughters.
I continued to call Dallas home, not just for the career opportunities, but because the city constantly took steps forward to becoming one of the world's greatest cities.
As the Dallas economy booms, flush with oil money and new development, the arts and restaurant landscapes have flowered like never before. And the new places are packed. Here are some of the exciting entries right now.
Texas never does anything small.
Founders, Lisa Robison an Kim Turner have created a high spirited interior design-related way for many to contribute creatively to families who struggle with homelessness and poverty. What they have created is inspiring and worth a deeper view.
It's not all about the pad thai, people -- even though they have that too.
If Americans understood how many veterans we lose to suicide, I don't think we'd tolerate it. As a nation we'd demand something be done. Maybe all we need for that to happen is a wake-up call.
In the last few years, airport hotels have evolved from being an unavoidable stopover to luxurious, must-visit retreats.
Almost like a game of six degrees of separation, people were brought together by their common love for this exuberant, mocha-skinned woman with the million dollar smile.
I find I'm much more relaxed when I get where I'm going and can get work accomplished on the way, if there's work to be done. If not, there's always someone to talk to or the passing scenery, if it's not always pretty, is at least interesting.
McCall Fine Art at the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show ...
For the first time since April 2008, the UFC will have an undisputed welterweight champion not named Georges St-Pierre, as Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler are set to square off in the UFC 171 main event.
Should we be really calling this competition a derby for winners? Sadly, the real losers in this country's breakdown of social care are the people who are still struggling on our streets. No matter what city or state they reside.
Truly, the arts are not peripheral to our problems; to sustain them is why we need to solve these seemingly competing problems. A safe, engaged, healthy child is a creative child, and that child will make for a safer, healthier, more brilliant world.
In 2010, Dallas resident Dawn Strauss founded Team Shayna to participate in the Red Balloon Event, a run and bike ride fundraiser for Children's Medical Center in Dallas. Team Shayna is named in honor of Strauss's seven-year-old Shayna, who was diagnosed with congenital heart defects when she was 15 months old.