Monthly Archives: May 2017

3 Beach Hair Ideas for Short Hair

The countdown to Summer ’17 is here! It’s time for bathing suits, sunscreen and beautiful weather. How will you transform your short hair into the perfect beach hair? It’s really simple, with beach hair ideas inspired by these top 3 on trend beach hair looks.

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Hawaiian Poke Bowl with fresh fish and fruit

Where to Find Hawaiian Poke Bowls in Dallas

The Hawaiian poke craze has hit the Dallas/Forth Worth Metroplex in full force. This popular food trend combines fresh cubed fish with sushi rice to form a version of a sushi salad. Poke, pronounced POH-keh, is a healthy and delicious Hawaiian dish meaning “cut piece” or “small piece. Here is a guide on where to find Hawaiian poke bowls in Dallas/Fort Worth.

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Preston Hollow Open House And Estate Sale

This Preston Hollow Open House is a rare gem filled with treasures!

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Alcohol-Free Activities in DFW

Drinking is overrated. But what alcohol-free activities in DFW is there to enjoy?

You have stopped drinking. Now what? What alcohol-free activities in DFW is there to enjoy? How do you stay off the alcohol binge?  How will you spend your weekend, not to mention Sunday brunch?  The good news is there is a lot of fun things to do that can benefit you (no pun intended) and not actually affect you. Continue reading

Unique Western Style Look

How to Impress with a Unique Western Style

Standout from the crowd and impress with a unique Western style. Just add handmade accessories that reflect your personality to your favorite outfit. Here are a few tips to get started:Unique Western Style Look Continue reading

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Should I Download Snapchat? – Answer for the Baby Boomers

Yes, it’s that app with the dog face! And yes, if you have a grandchild or young niece or nephew, they have the app. They may have asked you to join their selfie where your onscreen face instantly transformed into a bumble bee or a vomiting pineapple. So hip! So connected! Now, you kind of sort of want to jump on board and download Snapchat…am I right? Continue reading

Dallas-Dijon Twinning 60th Anniversary: you are invited!

Did you know that Dallas has a French twin sister? This sister city relationship looks like a well-kept family secret. Taking a closer look at the Dijon-Dallas twinning, you find a great match for two major cities and an anniversary this fall.

Dallas-Dijon Twinning

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Robert L. Thornton (L) with Mayor of Dijon, Chanoine Kir at the Nieman-Marcus banquet during French Fortnight. (Photo by Thomas D. Mcavoy/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Ask around. Nobody seems to be aware the city of Dallas has a famous French sister, Dijon, the capital of Burgundy. Every family has their secrets. This one is astonishing. This story begins with prestigious parents and birth celebrations. In 1956, President Eisenhower, a Texan, announces the Sister Cities International organization.  Its purpose is to foster friendship, cultural exchanges, economic growth and ultimately peace between cities. In July 1957, Dijon officially became Dallas’ French sister city.

Documents indicate that Mr. Stanley Marcus was instrumental in the success of the project. The formal ceremony occurs in conjunction with Neiman Marcus’ first of many Fortnights that featured France. To learn more about the Fortnights, click here.

At the Dallas-Dijon twinning luncheon hosted by Dallas’ Mayor Robert Lee Thornton, shines the famous Dijon’s Mayor, Canon Felix Kir, along with many dignitaries. In December Dijon’s renames one of its street “Avenue de Dallas.”

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Vougeot, France, August 03 2013.
Famous Clos de Vougeot vineyard in Burgundy. 

A Great Match

Like in many siblings these sisters are different but also have a lot in common. These resemblances are evidence why Dijon is a great match for Dallas. There is a family flavor.

Don’t mess with Burgundy, don’t mess with Texas. The two cities history screams their independent nature. Caution! Independence runs in their veins from the golden age of the dukes of Burgundy to the history of the Republic of Texas. To learn more, consult: “The Golden Age of Burgundy” by Joseph Calmette.

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Liberation Square and the Palace of Dukes of Burgundy (Palais des ducs de Bourgogne) in Dijon, France.

Both cities owe part of their wealth to their precious liquid gold, black for Dallas, gold, and ruby for Dijon. One runs through pipelines, while you pour the other into crystal glasses.

The climates of the Cote d’Or vineyards are now classified Patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO.

Both cities love their beef, from Dallas barbecue, rib eye or chicken fried steak to the iconic Boeuf Bourguignon revisited by Julia Child.

Both cities are well known for their unique condiment. Let’s not forget that Dijon is “the mustard capital of the world.” Texas is “picking up the pace” with its Salsa Picante. Bring some Dijon to the campfire; you will hear “Get a rope!”

Both are proud of their power materialized by their big initial D. The Dijon Metropole is named “Grand Dijon.”

60th Anniversary This Fall


Glass jar of yellow mustard.

Milestones have marked the Dallas-Dijon twinning such as the celebration of the 20th anniversary in 1977 as part of the Neiman Marcus “Fortnight” themed “Unknown (French) Provinces,” featuring Bourgogne. The exhibition “The Mourners, Tomb Sculptures from the Court of Burgundy” at the Dallas Museum of Arts (DMA) in 2011 is the most recent culmination of cooperation between the cities.

Celebrations are to come on the occasion of the 60th anniversary this fall. Make sure you won’t miss out the festivities: follow us on Facebook or Instagram or even better, become a member of the Alliance Francaise.

To learn more about Dijon and its gastronomy, consult the excellent:, dijon.Fr,

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Hard Proof: Advertising Creative Drives Sales

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Does advertising creative drive sales?  Indeed it does, according to two recent studies that have electrified the industry. The findings are significant:

  • Highly creative ads show double the sales impact of those that are less creative.
  • Advertising creative drives sales 5x as much as media spend.

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Best Oak Cliff dive bar – Barbara’s Pavillion

Bishop Arts District. Karaoke. Local craft beer. These are a few of Dallas’ favorite things, and the Oak Cliff dive bar Barbara’s Pavillion brings them all to you in less than 1,000 square feet, every day starting at 4 p.m. Continue reading

Stressed Working Parents

Why Working Parents Should Just Say “No”

Have you ever said “yes” to something, and then instantly regretted it? It may seem innocent enough, but all those small yeses add up. Continue reading

YEA World AfterSchool Pilot


YEA World AfterSchool Pilot tests the latest technologies 

Typically, AfterSchool programs are equipped with “hand me down” computers from organizations updating their own computer infrastructure. This does give access to the internet and hands on use of a computer. However, this approach does not give students access to the latest technologies and  further reinforces the image of being a second class citizen.  The YEA World AfterSchool Pilot brings the latest in technology.  Much of which is not yet available in the schools or society at large.  The objective is to instill a sense of personal pride and develop the belief that “I Can Go Anywhere I Want to Go and I can do Anything I Want to Do.  My Vehicle is Education”

H.I.S. BridgeBuilders has been selected as the initial YEA World AfterSchool Pilot.

Key Technologies and Products 


Google Expeditions is a virtual-reality teaching tool. Take Field Trips to virtually anywhere from Machu Picchu to Antarctica to the International Space Station.  Explore career options by viewing the life in a day of fireman to microbiologist to astronauts.  Google Expeditions brings excitement and engagement to students in the YEA World AfterSchool Pilot.  



Google classroom is the control center assignments are created, distributed, feedback is sent and the teacher can see everything instantly, paperless and almost effortlessly.  The Google Classroom provides the key integration feature of the YEA World AfterSchool Pilot. 


Google Chromebooks have revolutionized education not only in the US but world wide.  In the US, 58% of classroom computers are Chromebooks.  Consistent with  he philosophy of YEA World AfterSchool Pilot Chromebooks with the latest technology have been selected.  The ACER Chromebook R11 features a touch screen and convertible from a laptop to a tablet. The ability to install Android Apps directly to the Chromebooks opens a whole new world to the Chromebook.



Snapchat has become the preferred social media application for the under 30 age group.  The ability to install the Snapchat App with the Android Apps directly to the Chromebook allows this to become the standard Social Media choice for YEA AfterSchool Pilot without the requirement for an expensive Smartphone.


Snapchat Spectacles allow the wearer to do a 10 second video and send to Snap Friends.


360 Degree VR Camera with Dual Spherical Lens

Dual Spherical Lens provide 360 degree view for both horizontal and vertical visual angle. Video recording (960P @30fps) up to 2 hours, video format of .MOV & converted video format is .mp4). Image (3008*1504/JPG)

Check the live view on the smartphone or choose VR Mode for more fun. Free Apps (SYVR360) available on [Google play] or [App store]; 

Built-in Wi-Fi allows wirelessly transfer files between smartphone and camera



This section will be fleshed out as experience is gained in the Google Expeditions portion of the YEA World Pilot. Will include the Joseph Campbell Foundation Follow Your Bliss

You're Going to be a Grandfather


You learned that you were going to become a grandfather. Initially, you feel like you’re growing old and that the best days of your life are over. However; you will eventually discover that the future holds more joy than you have ever imagined. Continue reading

Running in the heat - Hottest Half

Running in the Texas Heat: Why?

Running in the Texas heat challenges even the most intrepid runners. Beyond the misery of bathing in your own sweat for hours on end, Texas runners need to take the time to properly acclimate. They must also heed the warning signs of heat stroke.

So why do it? Despite the dangers, running in the Texas heat brings significant rewards for those disciplined enough to stick with their training plan through the dog days of summer.

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Weather Needs Respect Around Dallas

The Journey Begins

The weather needs respect around Dallas, when on August 2, 1985, Delta Flight 191 crashes on final approach because of wind shear from a severe thunderstorm.  The media covered the story for days and a 12-year-old just moving to Dallas had his life changed forever.  Continue reading

Class #1 5/15/17

Lecture decks for Class #1 5/15/17.




Syllabus & Schedule, Advanced Digital Engagement, Summer ’17

Here we go again. Looking forward to it.

Here are the syllabus and class schedule for the Advanced Digital Engagement Summer ’17 CAPE class.