October 2015 – Exclamation Points!

Patti Parish-Kaminski. Photo by Alisa Murray

Patti Parish-Kaminski.
Photo by Alisa Murray

Once Upon a Time . . .

October is my absolute favorite month out of the year, and one thing that I look forward to each October is sharing some personal, poignant stories about outstanding members of our community with our readers. For eight years, we have produced community events – first the JEWELS, now the GEMS – honoring amazing men and women in our community who give.  I love getting to know these community servants and sharing their stories. I hope you will join us at GEMS this year benefitting the Fort Bend Family YMCA on Thursday, October 22nd. It’s a GEMS and jeans casino-themed evening, and it’s a tribute honoring Bob Hebert, Don Kerstetter and Steve Onstad – a fun-filled evening that you won’t want to miss!

Other stories that we share each October are part of our Focus on the Cure Breast Cancer Awareness section.  Our cover features Karol Behne’s story and how she and her husband turned a negative into a positive with their racing boat Lucky Draw 777. These two are literally racing for the cure! Read about the amazing Methodist Sugar Land Hospital doctors who took “Team Behne” to the finish line.  And, take a moment to read about early detection and the amazing resources we are fortunate to have in our community. These stories can save lives.

No October issue would be complete without some Halloween stories. We have some “spooktacular” recipes for the trick or treaters, and best of all, check out Living the Sweet Life for the most amazing Halloween transformations! Alisa Murray has a long-standing Halloween tradition called Theatrical Spooktacular where she transforms little ones into their dream characters. In honor of Halloween, Alisa shares some of her amazing portraits from her personal collection.

American poet Muriel Rukeyser said, “The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.”  I hope you enjoy our stories as much as we enjoy bringing them to you.

Stay focused,