Archive for November 2013


by Joy Donovan on November 26, 2013


Claire, Meg and Katie celebrate the 100th birthday of Kathryn McGee Connally Brandon.

Claire, Meg and Katie celebrate the 100th birthday of Kathryn McGee Connally Brandon.

Dan’s mother, Kathryn McGee Connally Brandon, was 101 years old, but Friday morning she decided that was enough, dying in her sleep just seven weeks short of her 102nd birthday. She’d been praying “for Jesus to take her home” for a long time, and I guess He did. Dan had the opportunity to see her just this week, so we are thankful for that.

 She was married more than 50 years to Dan Brandon, known to their many grandchildren as “Pa.” Together they reared four children, including “Dan Jr.”  She was faithful to her Baptist church, singing many hymns by memory at her 100th birthday party. Cooking for a crowd was among the things she loved to do, and she was very proud of her years in high-level security work at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma. She and her sister performed instrumentals on the Fort Worth radio, about the time, I think, she was setting girls’ basketball records in high school.

 So “Mimi” lived a long, productive and good life, and we are fine knowing that her time of frustration, near blindness and life in a nursing home is finished. She will be remembered by all of us as a strong and honorable person who loved her family.

The memorial service will be Fri., Nov. 29 at John Ireland Funeral Home in Moore, OK.

Be thankful this week for families. Be thankful for long lives lived well.


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Dinosaur Zoo Live to Roar into Dallas

by Joy Donovan on November 25, 2013

DALLAS _ The Australian theatrical creation, Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live (, will play The Majestic Theatre in Dallas for 5 shows only, January 18-19.

Performances will be at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Jan. 18 and at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Jan. 19.  Tickets will going on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at, by phone at 800-745-3000 or at any Ticketmaster outlet.

Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live takes audiences on a prehistoric journey into a new dimension where they get to meet a menagerie of insects, mammals and dinosaurs that once roamed the planet millions of years ago.  Featuring a large-scale cast of dinosaur puppets, the life-like dinosaur recreations connect children to science with 16 large-scale puppets on stage

The Dallas engagement will be co-presented by the Dallas Zoo, the Dallas POPS, and TCG Entertainment.  A portion of the shows’ proceeds will go to the Dallas Zoo.


Dinosaur Zoo Live will come to Dallas for five performances in January.

Dinosaur Zoo Live will come to Dallas for five performances in January.

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Chefs Cook Up Tasty Fundraiser

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The eighth annual Celebrity Chefs event, billed as an “Evening of Culinary Magic and Auction,” has been set for 6 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Hurst Conference Center.

Presented by Mid-Cities Supports of SafeHaven, the even will feature area chefs offering specialty cuisine. TV personality Scott Murray will serve as emcee for the fundraiser, which benefits SafeHaven of Tarrant County ( Proceeds will help child victims of domestic violence.

Tickets cost $125 per person, and are available by contact Tara Hutchins-Welsh at 817-975-1180 or

SafeHaven’s two emergency shelters, one in Arlington and one in Fort Worth, accommodate a combined 174 women and children, making it one of the largest shelters in Texas. Mary Lee Hafley serves as president and CEO of the organization.

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