Feel Grateful This Thanksgiving

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Serve a Thanksgiving menu rich in tradition around a beautifully decorated table. (Christy Rost)

My husband Randy and I love the time we spend in our Colorado mountain home, but as Thanksgiving draws near, our focus shifts to family gatherings.

Each year, shortly before Dallas-area oak leaves turn red and yards overflow with colorful chrysanthemums, we return home to share this beautiful season with loved ones.


Highland Park Invites Residents to Library Town Hall Meeting

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The Highland Park Harvey R. “Bum” Bright Library, 4700 Drexel Drive, is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. (Photo: Lance Koppa)

The Highland Park Harvey R. “Bum” Bright Library leaders have scheduled a public meeting on Wednesday to get input for a master plan, which is expected to shape programming at the library for years to come.

Residents are invited to share ideas regarding the types of services, activities, and content they want to see offered by the library, officials said. The meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 15 in the Armstrong Elementary School auditorium, 3600 Cornell Avenue.


Take Cues From Your Cat

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“Declawing should never be an option — it’s like pull-ing off your finger or toe nails.”

Cats have charmed many of us into lifelong (theirs) submission (ours).

Growing up, my family usually had a cat around, and throughout my life random felines have found me and moved in (my latest crawled out of a drain behind my house patchy, starving, and affectionate — oy!).

Here are some interesting notes on this peculiar species we have welcomed into our homes.


Rihanna’s Makeup Line a Hit

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Rihanna’s makeup line features products that complement any skin tone. (Courtesy photos)

Gorgeous Barbadian singer, songwriter, and actress Rihanna has become a quadruple threat by adding makeup brand founder to her resume.

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna, the hottest, fastest selling line out right now, features foundations, highlighters, shimmer sticks, blotting powders, and special little lip glosses.

Why is it called Fenty? Well, that’s her last name.


Sneak Peak: ABPA Homes for the Holidays Home Tour

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4122 San Carlos. Courtesy: Gittings

Armstrong Bradfield Preschool Association is pleased to host the annual ABPA Homes for the Holidays Home Tour on Friday, Dec. 1. This holiday tradition has been delighting our community for 19 years, allowing residents to have an inside look at some of the most striking homes in the Park Cities during the holiday season.

The 2017 Homes for the Holiday Tour will feature four homes in Highland Park and one in University Park: a newly constructed contemporary French Provincial on Versailles with incredible craftsmanship and attention to every detail; a colorful contemporary traditional home on San Carlos with custom art by Lindsey Meyer; a recently renovated historic home on Beverly with exquisite wall coverings, and a midcentury modern with classic accents and an art lover’s paradise on Potomac.


Jones, HP Finish Perfect Run in 15-5A

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Prince Dorbah and Ryan Coxe helped the Highland Park defense stifle Wylie East during a 42-7 win on Friday. (Photo: Melissa Macatee)

Last season, Highland Park entered the playoffs after an upset loss to Wylie East in its final regular-season game, and wound up winning a Class 5A Division I state title.

This year, the Scots will start postseason play with a nine-game winning streak after gaining revenge in a big way with a 42-7 victory over the Raiders on Friday at Highlander Stadium.

HP will open postseason play against Texarkana (Texas) in the Region II bi-district round at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco.


Scots Seek Revenge Against Raiders

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Jay Smith and the high-powered Highland Park offense will look to keep rolling on Friday against Wylie East. (Photo: Melissa Macatee)

Highland Park already has clinched the District 15-5A title — the 50th district championship in program history, by the way — and the league’s top seed in the 5A Division I playoff bracket.

Yet there’s some unresolved business when the Scots host Wylie East in the regular-season finale on Friday at Highlander Stadium.

The Pirates handed HP a 20-9 loss a year ago, which gave the Scots multiple regular-season defeats for the first time in almost two decades. Then again, perhaps it provided a wake-up call heading into a postseason run that led to a state championship six weeks later. So who knows?