Archive for January 2010

My Aching Back

by Joy Donovan on January 31, 2010

My back has hurt for a week, and I can tell you exactly when the problem started this time.

I say “this time,” because I will admit to my back causing me problems in the past. Oh, I’ve been to physical therapy, and they had me do “baby exercises” compared to what I do in my aerobics class. No measurable improvement, either.

But this one started as I sat on an airplane, minding my own business. I even had carefully made sure my coat didn’t spill over into his seat, because whoever sat there didn’t need to be putting up with my stuff.

Then this perfectly pleasant, yet very large man, asked if I would mind if we would raise the arm rest. Yes, the arm rest that previously had designated which seat was mine and which one was his. He wanted all of his and part of mine.

Now I have much sympathy for people who need to lose weight. Gee, I’d even put myself in that category, not being a skinny girl. I know dropping some pounds can be a difficult, all-consuming task.

So since my momma raised me to be polite as possible, I raised the arm rest, and he proceeded to take up a seat and then some. When I found out his wife was sitting in another row, I offered to trade seats. Yes, take my aisle seat, I said, and I’ll take her middle seat. I was hoping I could at least have the arm rests down.

Nope, he didn’t want that. Have you guessed why? She wasn’t so tiny herself.

So I spent an hour-and-a-half with my feet barely touching (another issue that I have on airplanes) and leaning to the right so my seatmate could have all the space he needed.

And I’m thinking my new friend’s need of two seats should have made his wallet hurt since he was in need of not the one seat he paid for, but the almost two he actually used. But, alas, it’s my back, not his pocketbook, that hurts.

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Empty Bowls

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Date: 2010-02-19

Location: Amon Carter Exhibits Hall, Fort Worth

Start Time: 11:00 am
End Time: 1:00 pm

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Description: Soup and light lunch from more than 25 vendors with a handmade bowl. Benefits Tarrant Area Food Bank. Tickets $35. Call 817-332-9177.

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‘Empty Bowls’ to Fight Hunger Artfully

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The “souper” fundraiser, Empty Bowls, will feature savory soups, delicious desserts and artistic bowls at the annual event, to be held this year from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 19 at Amon G. Carter Exhibit Hall, Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3401 W. Lancaster, Fort Worth.

This special luncheon, which benefits Tarrant Area Food Bank, is an opportunity to taste soups and desserts from top Fort Worth chefs, plus select a handmade bowl from among 2,000 created or painted by professional, recreational and student artists.

Tickets cost $25 and are sold only in advance, either online at or by calling Susan Frye, community events director, at 817-332-9177, extension 10. Susan Frye, Community Events Director, 817-332-9177, ext. 110.

Empty Bowls’ proceeds benefit Tarrant Area Food Bank, founded in 1982. The non-profit organization is the primary source of donated food for 300 major hunger-relief programs in Fort Worth and the surrounding counties of Tarrant, Denton, Johnson, Hood, Parker, Cooke, Bosque, Erath, Hamilton, Hill, Palo Pinto, Somervell and Wise. Each month, the network distributes groceries to more than 40,000 families and serves more than 500,000 meals and snacks on agency sites. For details, visit

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Charity Antiques Show & Sale

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Start Date: 2010-02-06

Location: The Masonic Center, 1100 Henderson Street, Fort Worth

End Date: 2010-02-07
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Description: Historic Fort Worth sponsors a two-day event featuring a variety of vendors. $10 admission is good for two days. 817-336-2344.

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Valentine Home Tour

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Date: 2010-02-14

Location: Colleyville and Southlake

Start Time: 1:00 pm
End Time: 5:00 pm

Description: Valentine\’s Day home tour benefiting the Baylor Women\’s Council Scholarship Fund. 866-281-9444.

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You Are the Fashion in Me

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Date: 2010-03-28

Location: DFW Marriott Solana

Start Time: 2:00 pm
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Description: Southlake Chapter of National Charity League presents its annual fashion show with members as model. Tickets $60. Contact Deanna Eubank at 817-442-9389.

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Who Dat Saints Fan?

by Joy Donovan on January 25, 2010

I didn’t plan it. It just happened.

I think I’m a New Orleans Saints fan.

It just so happened I was in the Big Easy for the Saints’ play-off game against the Vikings. I thought, “Well, isn’t this nice.” Get to be around town watching all the hoopla before the Saints and the Vikings hit the field. Wouldn’t it be great to see all those happy people rooting for their teams.

Then slowly, but surely I was sucked into the “Who Dat Nation.” I wasn’t even sure about all this “Who Dat” bidness, but it was explained to me by an oh-so-nice fan. As a matter a fact, a lot of their fans were really nice, and they wear really great gear…like beads and feather boas and fancy umbrellas. I like all that. A lot.

When their team won in overtime–and it was an exciting game–the town just about exploded. They danced in the streets and honked their horns. I admit all of the sudden I was dancing with them (is it “second lining?”) and screaming “Who dat” at perfect strangers.

Those Saint fans are happy people who care alot about their team, but also took time to thank the Vikings for showing up and playing such a great game. What southern hospitality!

So Feb. 7th–Superbowl Sunday, you’ll know me. I’ll be wearing black and gold, sporting as many beads as the legal limit will allow and screaming “who dat.”

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Cooking Up $1 Million in Donations

by Joy Donovan on January 20, 2010

Something to celebrate Monday night at the 4th Annual Celebrity Chefs Benefit and Auction…Mid-Cities Supporters of SafeHaven jumped into a new category.

With co-chairs Donna Burdette and Anna Saunders organizing the event at the Hilton in Southlake Town Square, Monday night the group surpassed the $1 million mark in its donations to SafeHaven.  Early numbers have this year’s total topping $90,000.

The fundraiser, which aids child victims of domestic violence, included a stable full of fabulous chefs who not only trotted out their specialty dishes, but also offered up exclusive dinners for auction. For their part, the chefs whipped up an impressive array of treats for us, the lucky party-goers. From pulled pork to tenderloin to gourmet mac ‘n cheese to crepes, the food was outstanding. Participating in helping a crowd of people blow their new year’s diets were Chef Jaime Aguilar of Copeland’s of New Orleans; Chef Hans Bergman of Cacharel Restaurant and Grand Ballroom; Chef Sally Bolick and Chef Mike Swirczynski of Strong Bravo!! Catering and Event Planning; Chef Joanne Bondy of the Gaylord Texan’s Old Hickory Steakhouse; Chef Jon Bonnell of Bonnell’s Restaurant; Chef Susan Clark of Creative Memories Cakes & Catering;Chef Eric Hunter of Fire Oak Grille; Chef Brian Olenjack of Olenjack’s Grille; Chef Morris Salerno of The Grotto; Chef Manuel Vera of Truluck’s Seafood, Steak and Crab House; Chef Chris Wilson of Market Street; Chef Mark Yamada of Trophy Club Country Club and Chef Charles Youts of The Classic Cafe.

Very special in this year’s live auction was a ruby-and-diamond brooch. The jewel had belonged to the late Colleen Meadows, a long-time supporter of Mid-Cities SOS, and her friend, Leah Shaver, had the honor of circulating the ballroom enticing potential buyers to bid on the sparkly reminder of Colleen.

But besides the money raised for a worthy cause, the evening was a delightful way to start the week. Just as we got to the end of the red-carpet entrance, we were offered a glass of bubbly. Nice touch. And maybe a bit of a good luck charm because by the end we truly had something to celebrate!

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Black Tie & Boots Gala

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Date: 2010-02-13

Location: Hilton, Southlake

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Description: Altrusa DFW fundraiser with cocktails, dinner, dancing and an auction. Tickets $75. Call Laura Roach at 214-707-4967.

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Colleyville Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet

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Date: 2010-02-05

Location: Hilton, Southlake

Description: Colleyville chamber of commerce honors its outstanding members. Tickets $60. Call 817-488-7148.

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