Normal’s Just a Cycle on a Washing Machine


By the time this goes to press, we will have survived the political conventions, the Olympics (without doping or Zika, hopefully) and most of the triple-digit heat. People will be streaming back to town back to their normal lives. Whatever normal is. Nobody’s quite sure these days, although a whole lot of people feel like the whole world is spinning out of control.

I was in college during the ‘60s for the student revolution, the anti-war movement, civil rights protests, and drug culture, which rocked not only our nation but much of Europe as well. Political assassinations, the moonwalk, hippies, psychedelic music, and drugs made my senior year on campus very different from my freshman year. My parents’ generation was pretty sure the sky was falling, and they had lived through their own cataclysmic coming of age with the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and World War II. People protest that these times are much more frightening because of the sheer violence and the globalization of problems with social media.

Exclusive Pop-Up Shop at Highland Park Village


For four days only, Highland Park Village is offering an exclusive pop-up shopping experience with by REVEAL on Sept. 22. The 6X6 boutique will be located at the Southwest entrance of Highland Park Village and will feature merchandise from emerging local designers. Highland Park Village is holding its Fall Beauty Event on Sept. 23 following the debut of the pop-up boutique.

Details: Highland Park Village, Southwest entrance next to MARKET, Sept. 22 to Sept. 25

Lady Scots Take Control in 15-5A



Highland Park is the favorite to claim the District 15-5A title after starting 4-0. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park is the favorite to claim the District 15-5A title after starting 4-0, including a sweep of Lovejoy. (Photo: Chris McGathey)


With more than a month still left in the regular season, Highland Park has put itself in the driver’s seat for a District 15-5A title.

After all, the Lady Scots haven’t dropped a set thus far in league play, let alone a match. And their ability to take three hard-fought sets from defending Class 5A state champion Lovejoy on Sept. 16 puts HP in control — at least for now.

The Lady Scots put away Lovejoy by scores of 25-23, 26-24, 25-22, then swept Mesquite Poteet on the road in much easier fashion on Tuesday. They haven’t dropped a set in any of their past seven matches overall.

HP will travel to North Forney on Friday before returning home to play Forney on Sept. 27. And for those wondering about the Lovejoy rematch, the Lady Leopards will host it on Oct. 11.

Scott Griggs to Fair Park Foundation Chair: “Move to Dallas”

University Park resident Walt Humann, founder of Fair Park Texas Foundation, wants to manage Fair Park through a public-private partnership with the city of Dallas. (Photo: Josh Blaylock for D Magazine) 0
University Park resident Walt Humann, founder of Fair Park Texas Foundation, wants to manage Fair Park through a public-private partnership with the city of Dallas. (Photo: Josh Blaylock for D Magazine)

During the debate over Fair Park’s future, questions have been raised at Dallas City Hall over how involved someone from the Park Cities should be in Dallas city affairs.

At a city council briefing Aug. 29, Scott Griggs, representative of District 1, challenged University Park resident Walt Humann to move to Dallas within one year if he wants to run Fair Park.

Humann, who founded the Fair Park Texas Foundation, will serve as chairman of a nine-person board that will manage Fair Park through a public-private partnership with the city if council approves his plan. But Griggs said he “would like to see all Dallas residents on the board.”

His stipulation was not far out of line with concerns raised by other councilmembers over transparency, representation of Fair Park’s neighboring communities, and a private outfit’s lack of accountability to South Dallas constituencies.

But Humann shrugged off Griggs’ challenge as “just politics downtown.”

Humann, who is a former Hunt Oil executive, argues that his decades of civic engagement in South Dallas should matter more than where he lives.

Police Reports: Sept. 12-17


Skulduggery of the Week: A Real Steak Out

At 11:46 p.m. Sept. 13, two scoundrels broke into Royal Blue Grocery at Highland Park Village and stole 10 pounds of flank steak, packaged hotdogs, and two large peanut cans.


Between 3 p.m. Sept. 9 and 9 a.m. Sept. 12, a thief entered a house in the 3700 block of Euclid Avenue, damaged a $2,000 wood and glass cabinet and stole a $300 piece of costume jewelery, a $1,000 subwoofer speaker, a $1,600 sound bar, a $3,000 flat screen TV, a $5,950 diamond necklace, and a $7,000 flat screen TV.

At 11:16 p.m., Jamie Lynne Wiseman, 31, of Plano, was arrested in the 5200 block of Auburndale on a charge of driving while intoxicated.

A New Kind of Bubbly


This is a subject I never, ever thought I’d be writing up. Several months ago, a yoga friend suggested a lifestyle change to which my response was, “Ha! Not for me. I mean, I’d probably lose 10 pounds and save a bunch of money but … ” However, something clicked that day.

We were talking about drinking alcohol. A casual and regular part of my entire adult life. It’s everywhere. So prevalent in society that almost all events, meet ups, and experiences are centered around it.

My friend was talking about how he decided to drop it a year and a half ago and what an impact it made on him physically and mentally. As I was guffawing and saying, “I don’t drink that much,” and, “I enjoy it with food and don’t want to give that up,” he encouraged, “Just try it for 30 days.” Me: “Pffffft.”

HP Continues Solid Run in Cross Country

The Highland Park cross country teams will travel to the Lovejoy Fall Festival on Saturday in McKinney.

The Highland Park cross country teams will continue their seasons at the Lovejoy Fall Festival on Saturday in McKinney.

The Highland Park boys placed sixth and the Cedar Park Invitational cross country meet on Saturday, led by Logan Gwinn with a time of 17 minutes, 22 seconds on the 5-kilometer course.

Other runners for the Scots included Jack Alessio, Noah Culpepper, Cameron Hoglund, Matthew Meletio, John Moss, Charlie Philbin, and Trevor Schillaci.

On the girls side, HP was fifth in the team standings at the Flower Mound Invitational in Denton. Grace Beitter finished in 18th place individually to pace the Lady Scots. The team also included Olivia Scott, Emma Parker, Alex Davey, Sydney Cox, Amy Li, and Jordyn Kaplan.

Both the boys and girls teams will compete on Saturday at the Lovejoy Fell Festival in McKinney.

HP Competes Well at Field Hockey Festival

The Highland Park field hockey program is just seven years old, but competing with the veterans.

The HP field hockey program is just seven years old, but taking on the veterans.

Highland Park win two games and tied three times at the Southwest Field Hockey Festival earlier this month at Hockaday.

The Lady Scots defeated Arlington Oakridge and Austin St. Andrew’s, with Rachel Glasstetter and Claire Kemble supplying the game-winning goals. Other goal scorers for HP in the tournament include Anagha Kikkeri, Teagan Masson, and Kate Seiner.

Next up, HP will host a matchup against Fort Worth Country Day on Sept. 27.

What To Do? Zoo To Do!


Put on your walking shoes and get ready for the Dallas Zoo’s 25th annual Zoo To Do Silver Safari. The event will be held on Oct. 1. from 5:30-11:30 p.m and will feature interactive animal demonstrations, food prepared by top Dallas chefs and restaurants, and live music, as well as a raffle and live and silent auctions.

For questions or more information, call 469.554.7441 or [email protected]