Happy Father’s Day!  To all of our fathers, we celebrate you this month! 
I remember thinking as a kid that it was so hard to find the right gift for my father for Father’s Day!  I never really knew what he would like; besides a shirt.  His was a world of things so different from anything I was familiar. 
My father was a tool and die maker (and a furniture upholsterer for a time).  He worked second shift and would come home long after I was asleep.  I would wake in the morning and see scribbles of mathematical equations on the kitchen table.   What was he doing? 
He was invited by the CCC (during Roosevelt’s administration) to attend medical school but he declined because he didn’t want to leave his mother, who had just lost a son during WWII.  I wonder if he regretted that decision, and how it shaped him after that. 
When I was 14, my dad had his first major heart attack and was never worked after that.  He died from lupus when I was 19, my freshman year of college.  I remember turning the corner walking home from high school and wondering if I would see an ambulance in the driveway.  Sometimes I did.  I learned a lot from being in an environment of chronic illness.   I learned that patience, perseverance and positivity were paramount.  He took up oil painting and cooking during his convalescence.  He was the best whistler I have ever heard.
Fast forward to seeing my husband as a father and how much planning, care and support he gives to our daughter.  I observe their rapport, and notice how uniquely different it is from mine with her.  And essential.  When she was a toddler he would playfully toss her up in the air and she would giggle with delight.  (I would never have done that!)  They discuss financials and politics.  She talks with me about her relationships.  I see traits of him in her.  And they make me smile.
To all the dads out there who keep trying to keep it all together, you are appreciated, respected and acknowledged.

If you would like a suggestion for a Father's Day gift, True Verdant is a fresh, green smelling fragrance that men especially love as an aftershave.

Enjoy the day!


My dad, Hank, taken between 1939 and 1940

     David and Jacqueline 2003


"To be in your children's memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today." ~Barbara Johnson
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True: Verdant

From the Latin, viridis, green, lush and luxuriant

Verdant is a complex, happy, androgynous fragrance with an appeal to both men and women.

Top notes of spruce, eucalyptus and sage transition into heart notes of true Melissa and marjoram.

A rich woody base note arrives and lingers with the warmth of balsam, fir and vetivert.

Light yet warm, this fragrance is one that can be worn both day and evening.

True: Citrus

Unexpectedly complex, True: Citrus greets you with unexpected head notes of black pepper, clary and ho wood.

Its middle notes emerge as a floral citrus with rose and may chang and are anchored by base notes of patchouli and rock rose.

Light, springy and happy, this complex citrus natural perfume is one that can be worn by men and women and interestingly, can be easily mixed with True: Verdant.

Upcoming Classes and Events:

Holistic Festival – Life & Wellness

June 26, 2016 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Plano Center

2000 E Spring Creek Pkwy.

Plano, TX 75074

Are you seeking SPIRITUAL HEALTH, MENTAL CLARITY, and PHYSICAL WELLBEING? If YES, this festival is for YOU!!

In one day, in one space, you’ll be able to learn about and sample a HUGE variety of life-enhancing modalities from highly skilled teachers and practitioners, including:

Pranic Healing – Vedic Chanting – Ayurveda – Yoga – Meditation – Chakra Balancing – Intuitive Guidance – Herbal Nutrition – Skin Care – Aromatherapy – Reiki – Feng Shui – Astrology – Psychic Readings – Tarot – Tantric Healing – Vastu Shastra – Massage Therapy
And so much more!

Meet specialists licensed in western medicine whose focus is geared toward holistic living. There will be many renowned doctors with specialties in family health, fertility medicine, and who offer various other skilled wellness services.

Featuring dynamic speakers with a wide variety of topics. Special Guest Speaker JP Spears

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For more information and special VIP passes,  you can go to the festival website: Holistic Festival of Life

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Spa Night in the Garden


August 24, 2016 6PM – 8PM

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

8525 Garland Rd

Dallas, TX 75281

Join Clinical AromatherapistMary Ellen Dorey, and learn about essential oils and their many uses including their benefits for body and soul.  In this experiential class, you will make your own personalized products to create a spa experience in your own home.


Enjoy the relaxing and balancing aromas of pure essential oils and leave with a basic knowledge of how to use some essential oils safely, effectively and with products that leave you refreshed, relaxed and nurtured!


Dallas Arboretum to register.

Cost: $110 ($99 for Members)


June 26, 2016
10 AM - 8 PM
Holistic Festival - Life & Wellness

August 24, 2016
6 - 8 PM
Spa Night in the Garden