A Chat with Roma Downey
It was wonderful to meet Roma in person during a prescreening of “Son of God.” I was so impressed with her sincerity — this is truly a Christian actress who lives, works and prospers regardless of Hollywood stereotypes. Go see this highly recommended faith-based film.
Houston’s Own Dominique Sachse and her French Country Charmer Cy-Fair Lifestyles & Homes Magazine – see the digital page turner pp. 27-36 We all know her as KPRC’s Channel 2 news anchor. But Dominique Sachse is also a wife and mother in a newly blended family. Her three story country French home has plenty of room for five kiddos!
A Conversation with Lyle Lovett Houston Lifestyles & Homes Magazine — see the digital page-turner version pp. 36-39 Lyle Lovett was incredibly gracious during our interview and shared insights into his family and faith. Interestingly, he was born and raised Missouri-Synod Lutheran, as was I (and my daughter). It takes one to know one! Check out Lyle’s take on the old Lutheran churches and old St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Serbin on the video page of LyleLovett.com — “Trucks, Tortillas, and Tombstones” (Part 3).
Danielle Bradbery is The Voice CyFair Lifestyles & Homes Magazine — see the digital version pp. 26-27, 76-77 Our little local treasure hit it big with Team Blake. Danielle Bradbery has taken on a whirl-wind ride to stardom, starting with her hometown roots in Cypress and extending to the world. What a voice, and she’s only 16! Imagine what she’ll be doing next year…
Grant Manier’s Artwork Benefits Autism Awareness
Fort Bend Lifestyles & Homes Magazine — see the digital version pp. 62-64
In honor of Austism Awareness, this cover feature displays the artwork of Grant Manier. Read all about his support of the annual Strike Out Autism event at Constellation Field in conjunction with the Sugar Land Skeeters.
More than a Horse Show Katy Lifestyles & Homes Magazine — see the digital version pp. 42-43
Charity and horsemanship combine at the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show, an annual event benefiting children with illnesses. This highly regarded U.S. show is renowned as far as Europe, South America, Mexico and Canada, drawing expert horseman and an astounding array of horse performances.
Pin Oak Charity Horse Show The Woodlands Lifestyles & Homes Magazine — see the digital version pp. 62-63 If you love horses, you’ll love the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show. Olympic-caliber horsemanship, plus appearances by magnificent horses from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe and South America, all benefit children suffering from illnesses. For 69 years, the event has been a Houston hallmark.
Michaelis: Girl Band Fort Bend Lifestyles & Homes Magazine — see the digital version pp. 56 – 59
From Fort Bend County to Nashville, this trio of sisters is making music. Some call their tone “earthy,” and others might say “ethereal.”
Regardless, you’ll love their musical vibe, which something quite new on the scene.
50 (or More) Things You May Not Know About Welcome Wilson Houston Lifestyles & Homes Magazine – see the digital version pp. 28-31, 67
Welcome Wilson, Sr., is a Houston treasure with a life that’s reads like an encyclopedia. My interview spanned 80 years as Wilson shared the adventures of a lifetime. His roots run deep, from his beloved University of Houston to Tiki Island to his family business which owns four million square feet of single-tenant industrial and office facilities from Rosenberg to Conroe.
A Chat with Page Parkes Cy-Fair Lifestyles & Homes Magazine — see the digital page-turner version pp. 32-35 I knew of Page from her renowned modeling centers, but had no idea that an elegant, compassionate person existed behind the glamorous exterior. Unable to have children of her own and volunteering as a child advocate, she adopted a set of siblings and became an instant mother of three, along with husband Bob Eveleth. Also notable is her appearance on E’s Scouted.
Roger and Debbie Clemens Majestic Home in Memorial Houston Lifestyles & Homes Magazine — see the digital page-turner version pp. 30-39 This architectural feature of Debbie and Roger Clemen’s Memorial-area home showcased soaring infrastructure, custom touches and a 10,000 square foot gymnasium. Needless to say, a photo shoot across three acres took nearly a full day! Many thanks to Gary Zvonkovic Photography for his exquisite eye during a hectic (but gorgeous) session.
The Clemens’ Majestic Home CyFair Lifestyles & Homes Magazine – see the digital version pp. 52-55 It takes a staff to manage this estate! The Clemens’ friendly Labrador Cy and Jack Russell Terrier Rocket patrol the backyard pool and pool house, the family enjoys outdoor barbecues on the patio. Read ahead to see the beautiful homestead in the heart of Memorial.
A Majestic Memorial Home The Woodlands Lifestyles & Homes Magazine – see the digital version pp. 70-80 It takes a staff to manage this estate! The Clemens’ friendly Labrador Cy and Jack Russell Terrier Rocket patrol the backyard pool and pool house, the family enjoys outdoor barbecues on the patio. Read ahead to see the beautiful homestead in the heart of Memorial.
Memorial Majesty! Katy Lifestyles and Homes Magazine– see the digital version pp. 40-50 Debbie and Roger are the busy parents of four boys: Koby, Kory, Kacy and Kody. The expansive mansion is home-sweet-home to a slew of family and friends, with an interior filled with memorabilia from Roger’s career spent in baseball. See what the kids are up to, and get a glimpse into Debbie’s work out philosophy.
Kristin and Kendall Bumbera – NASCAR Born and Raised! Katy Lifestyles & Homes Magazine – see the digital version pp. 52-55 Kristin Bumbera Jester and Kendall Bumbera can best be described as inspirational women. How I enjoyed interviewing these talented sisters who race and win in a male-dominated sport: NASCAR!
Dominique Sachse’s French Country Home Fort Bend Lifestyles & Homes – see the digital page turner pp. 52-61 Dominque and her husband Nick Florescu invite readers into their beautiful River Oaks home, exquisitely appointed for a brood of five and many guests. This roomy three-story home is warm, cozy and built to entertain!
Dominique Sachse’s Three-Story Charmer Brings New England to River Oaks Houston Lifestyles & Homes Magazine – see the digital page turner at pp. 34-42 With five children ranging from seven to college-age, the Sachse-Florescu family has plenty of room to relax. Dominique’s photography of each child (and a dearly departed dog) takes center stage in a den. Enjoy her mix of elegant decor designed for living and entertaining.
The Sachse-Florescu French Country Home The Woodlands Lifestyles & Homes Magazine – see the digital page turner pp. 54-62 They began their lives with a beautiful wedding and blended their families under three-stories themed in French Country. Enjoy a glimpse at Dominique’s decorating style, replete with European influences.
A Conversation with Lyle Lovett Katy Lifestyles & Homes Magazine — see the digital page-turner version pp. 32-36 It was a pleasure interviewing the great Lyle Lovett. He’s definitely one of the nicest celebrities I’ve interviewed, and I appreciate him sharing his faith along with his fame. He is a horseman through and through and takes great pride in his stallion. If you get a chance, go in and “like” Smart and Shiney, on Facebook! You can follow Lyle on Facebook, as well.
A Conversation with Lyle Lovett The Woodlands Lifestyles & Homes Magazine — see the digital page-turner version pp. 32-36 Lovett is a guitar-playing singer-songwriter, composer and actor who from his very first album has woven a tapestry of western, folk, swing, jazz, blues, and gospel. His latest album, Release Me, debuted February 28, 2012, and marks his final collaboration with Curb Records, a partnership that began in 1986. Check the sidebar in the article for a list of his 15 albums.
A Conversation with Lyle Lovett Cy-Fair Lifestyles & Homes Magazine — see the digital page-turner version pp. 32-36 Lyle Lovett loves music, of course, but is also a fan of motorcycles and horses. From Cy-Fair to The Woodlands he’s left an imprint. By the way, as a boy he used to watch his parents slow-dance at historic Tin Hall in Cypress. And he spent his youth watching the local rodeo. It was wonderful learning how Lyle’s relatives live all over I-35.
Erika Marks, Sugar Land’s Newest Superstar! Fort Bend Lifestyles & Homes Magazine – see the digital version on pp. 58-60 Thiis 15-year-old sounds like Joss Stone and has been compared to Teena Marie and Jennifer Hudson. Erika Marks is truly a talent who is destined for a record label. Congratulations to Sugar Land’s newest Superstar!
Catching up with the Roger Clemens and Family Houston Lifestyles & Homes Magazine – See the digital version pp. 30-33, 61 Roger and Debbie Clemens are an extraordinarily close couple, busy raising their four sons. Baseball, as you can imagine, is a major theme around their house! They talk of family, pets, hobbies and their many philanthropies.
Simmons & Fletcher: Christian Trial Lawyers Katy Christian Magazine is a publication for the faith community and shares interviews with Christian business leaders, pastors, students and others. It was eye-opening to learn that some Christians struggle with the concept of lawsuits. Their concern arises from various scriptures . . . yet where does one turn when the negligence of others causes serious bodily injury? Robert Simmons answers questions and shares his own faith journey in this unusual interview.
Keith Drummond of Katy… For President?
Katy Christian Magazine
A presidential candidate straight out of Katy got on the ballot in New Hampshire and Missouri and received a number a votes that only slightly trailed the top Republican contender. Did Drummond expect to win? Not necessarily, but he believed, and still believes, he can do the job.
Boyd Bumbera: Next Generation NASCAR Katy Christian Magazine The next in Katy’s NASCAR dynasty, 8th grader Boyd Bumbera is already making the industry sit up and take notice!
Katy Christian Magazine often profiles Christian business leaders and chose the Bumbera family for it’s February 2010 issue. Their racing credentials span two generations and their automotive enterprise services everyday cars to RVs to high performance engines. It was a pleasure to interview them once again in an alternate publication, Katy Lifestyles & Homes Magazine in October 2011 (scroll to the top).
Irish in Katy Katy Christian Magazine — See the digital page turner pp. 9-12 Interestingly, just prior to the publication of the February/March 2014 issue I learned a local Katyite was Celtic to the bone… and had traced her Irish roots back to the American Revolution (and George Washington). This became a perfect opportunity to share both President’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day with readers in a special way!
Pink Divas: Fighting Breast Cancer Katy Magazine – downloadable (just click the link) I am truly honored that my cover feature, Pink Divas, received an Excellence in Cancer Journalism Award. How humbling it was to interview Creech Elementary School personnel and students who band together year after year to fund raise for the cause of breast cancer. Penny Ducote, a breast cancer survivor, shares her story as a very supportive staff and student body cheer on her victory. So many parents, boys and girls participated in Komen’s Race for the Cure on their bicycles. The unifying spirit was tangible.