Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Celebration at CityWalk


Can you say, “GRAND opening?” That is what last Thursday was for all of us at citywalk@akard, Central Dallas CDC, Central Dallas Ministries, our tenants, our partners, and our friends!

Thanks so much to all of our donors, supporters, community partners, and volunteers who made the night so incredibly special. Also, a big, “Thank you,” to Mayor Leppert and his continued leadership for The City of Dallas.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Women’s History Month – Adventurers

Gertrude Ederle Conquers The English Channel

In 1926, on her second try, the 18 year old daughter of a delicatessen owner became the first woman to swim The English Channel, considered the world's most dangerous swim. In spite of rough weather, Ederle beat the record time of the five previous male swimmers by almost two hours. New York City came out in full force with a tumultuous ticker tape parade in celebration of an event hailed as "a vindication of women athletes." Ederle's record stood until Florence Chadwick broke it in 1950.

Louise Arner Boyd Pioneers The Antarctic

When she was only 13 years old Boyd inherited her family's fortune and began to travel. In 1924, she visited the Arctic on a cruise liner and was hooked. Thereafter, she financed, outfitted and led her own expeditions, beginning with a futile 1928 search for a missing Norwegian explorer that took her across 10,000 frozen miles. Her scientific explorations in Greenland brought revelations about glacial formations, plant life, and animal life and she helped prove the presence of a previously unknown underwater mountain range. In World War II she served as a technical expert in the War Department and in 1955, became the first woman to successfully fly over the North Pole.

Susan Butcher Faces Down Wolves and Moose

Boston-born Butcher came to detest city life and yearn for the outdoors. Her love of animals led her to study veterinary medicine, but dyslexia persuaded her to give up studying and take to "mushing." She won the Iditarod, the dog-sled race across Alaska's wilderness, three years in a row, starting in 1986, enduring snow blindness, blizzards, avalanches and the perils of the northern wilds each time.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Urban Ministries Prayer Breakfast

Central Dallas Ministries is proud to announce our 15th Annual Urban Ministries Prayer Breakfast on Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at The Fairmont Dallas.

With the opening of citywalk@akard, a vertical neighborhood in the heart of Downtown Dallas, we have made our mark as a leader in the Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) movement. A first of its kind in Dallas, the 15-story building at 511 N. Akard is providing office and retail space, as well as a home to over 200 new residents, 50 of whom are formerly homeless.

In order to capitalize on the opening of this new project and give further life to the discussion of the need for more PSH options in the city, we have invited Rosanne Haggerty, Founder and President of Common Ground in New York City to be our guest speaker. Haggerty comes to the table with over 20 years of experience as an international leader in developing community strategies to end homelessness.

Central Dallas Ministries has been on the forefront of the issues and concerns of the community in which we live and work. We want you to be a part of this crucial and timely conversation which includes city officials, community leaders, homeless advocates, supportive citizens, financial backers and business leaders – all play a pivotal role in addressing the needs of the most vulnerable among us.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010
7:00 AM - 9:00 AM

The Fairmont Dallas
Regency Ballroom
1717 N. Akard
Dallas, TX 75201

For more information, go to

Saturday, March 27, 2010


I made biscuits twice last weekend. But the one I made Saturday was almost inedible while Sunday’s batch tasted great.

The difference was on Saturday I used four tablespoons of baking powder, instead of four teaspoons. The excessive amount of baking powder resulted in biscuits that looked great, tasted good when you first bit into them, but had a terrible metallic aftertaste. Sunday I used the correct measurement and the biscuits came out fine.

There is an interesting lesson to be learned from my mistake—and it’s not just that even experienced cooks can make silly mistakes (mistaking teaspoons for tablespoons is a classic mistake of inexperienced cooks, probably only exceeded by using salt when you should have used sugar). The recipe I was using was one by Alton Brown on the Food Network website. There were dozens of comments about the recipe and most of them were extremely positive.

About the second or third comment down, however, was very negative. It gave the biscuits a terrible rating because they had an extremely unpleasant aftertaste. I don’t think it’s hard to understand what happened. The commenter made the same mistake that I did, but blamed the recipe rather than themselves.

This is a tendency we all have, to blame others rather than ourselves, and one we all need to resist if we want to make good biscuits.

Friday, March 26, 2010

The Lights Come Back On

It’s been 20 years since the big 511s at CityWalk lit up. On March 24, 2010, the day before our open house, the lights came back on, as you can see from the pictures:

So far we only got the lights working on the south side of the building. Almost the entire crew of us who have been working to restore the building for the last two years went out to see the lights.

Soon the enormous 511s should be visible every night, bringing back one of the first of Dallas’s trademark building lights to its rightful place in the night skyline.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Spring Day 2


I wrote last week about our $40 tomato and how we planted our garden plot for spring. Well, Dallas woke up Sunday morning to another 3 or 4 inches of snow. We staked and covered our little tomatoes hoping that it would not get cold enough for a frost. Imagine my surprise waking up to a bit more than a skiff of snow that the weatherman promised the night before.

They say in Texas if you don’t like the weather just wait. Or, as Mark Twain once said, “In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six different kinds of weather inside of four and twenty hours.”

Here is a picture of our little garden plot. Yes, somewhere under the snow are hopefully some very hardy tomatoes, broccoli, and strawberry transplants and some carrots, lettuce, and pea seeds waiting for better weather to sprout.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Women's History Month - Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Track and field athlete. Born Jacqueline Joyner on March 3, 1962, in East St. Louis, Illinois.

Joyner-Kersee attended UCLA, where she starred in both track and basketball. One of the greatest female athletes in history, she won a silver medal in the heptathlon in the 1984 Olympics and gold medals in the 1988 and 1992 Games. She also won a gold medal in the long jump in 1988 and a bronze at the 1992 Olympics. Joyner-Kersee is the heptathlon world record-holder and American record-holder in the long jump.

Jackie married her controversial coach, Bob Kersee, in 1986. Joyner-Kersee's brother, Al Joyner, is also an Olympic gold medalist, having won the Olympic triple jump in 1984. Her sister-in-law is the late track star Florence Griffith Joyner.

A sufferer of exercise-induced asthma, Joyner-Kersee officially retired from track and field in 2001 at age 38. After her retirement, she started the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Youth Center Foundation to encourage kids in her underprivileged hometown to play sports.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Women's History Month - Inspiring Quotes


I am prepared to sacrifice every so-called privilege I possess in order to have a few rights.
Inez Milholland, Suffragist 1909

Modern dance isn't anything except one thing in my mind: the freedom of women in America.
Martha Graham, choreographer, 1946

We are coming down from our pedestal and up from the laundry room.
Bella Abzug, lawyer

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Women’s History Month – Famous Firsts


Edith Wharton is the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize, 1921

Wharton won the prize for her 1920 novel The Age of Innocence. Like many of Wharton’s books, The Age of Innocence was a critique of the insularity and hypocrisy of the upper class in turn-of-the-century New York. The book has inspired several stage and screen adaptations, and the writer Cecily Von Ziegesar has said that it was the model for her popular Gossip Girl series of books.

Frances Perkins becomes the first female member of a Presidential cabinet, 1933

Perkins, a sociologist and Progressive reformer in New York, served as Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Secretary of Labor. She kept her job until 1945.

President Ronald Reagan nominates Sandra Day O’Connor to be the first woman on the Supreme Court, 1981

O’Connor was confirmed that September. She did not have much judicial experience when she began her Supreme Court term—she had only been a judge for a few years and had never served on a federal court—but she soon made a name for herself as one of the Court’s most thoughtful centrists. O’Connor retired in 2006.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Women’s History Month – Famous Firsts


Joan Benoit wins the first women’s Olympic Marathon, 1984

At the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles, Joan Benoit (today known as Joan Benoit Samuelson) finished the first-ever women’s marathon in 2:24.52. She finished 400 meters ahead of the silver medalist, Norway’s Grete Waitz.

Manon Rheaume is the first woman to play in an NHL game, 1992

Manon Rheaume, a goalie from Quebec City, Canada, was no stranger to firsts: She was well-known for being the first female player to take the ice in a major boys’ junior hockey game. In 1992, Rheaume was the starting goalie for the National Hockey League’s Tampa Bay Lighting in a preseason exhibition game, making her the first woman to play in any of the major men’s sports leagues in the U.S. In that game, she deflected seven of nine shots; however, she was taken out of the game early and never played in a regular-season game. Rheaume led the Canadian women’s national team to victory in the 1992 and 1994 World Hockey Championships. The team also won silver at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan.

Madeleine Albright becomes the first female Secretary of State, 1997

In January 1997, the international-relations expert Madeleine K. Albright was sworn in as the United States’ 64th Secretary of State. She was the first woman to hold that job, which made her the highest-ranking woman in the federal government’s history. Before President Bill Clinton asked her to be part of his Cabinet, Albright had served as the country’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations. In 2004, Condoleezza Rice became the second woman--and first African-American woman to hold the job. Five years later, in January 2009, the former Senator (and First Lady) Hillary Rodham Clinton became the third female Secretary of State.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Donations update


We’ve received so many donations from the community for the residents of CityWalk that we are nearly running out of storage space in our building. So if you’d like to donate any large furniture items such as dressers, dining room sets, couches, etc., please contact donations coordinator Jamie Beach at She can coordinate a pickup of your items, which will be taken to the Central Dallas Ministries Thrift Store.

We are still receiving food (non-perishables), toiletries and clothing at 511 N. Akard. Just let me know when you’re coming by to drop the donations off. And if you have any questions about other ways you can help or become involved with the work we are doing at CityWalk at Akard, contact me at or 214.573.2570 ext. 2133.

We can’t say thank you enough to our donors. They are very special to us and to our residents.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Women’s History Month – Female Firsts


Inventing the Boom Microphone: Dorothy Arzner

The longest-working and most respected female director of her time in Hollywood, Arzner directed Clara Bow in "The Wild Party" (1927), a female buddy movie that was Paramount's first talkie. On that set, she devised a boom microphone. Arzner also directed movies starring Katharine Hepburn and Joan Crawford.

Winning an Olympic Gold Medal as an African-American Female Athlete: Alice Coachman

At the 1948 Olympics, Coachman's gold in the high jump competition put her in the record books. A track and basketball star at Tuskegee Institution, Coachman participated in sports against the wishes of her father, who, she said, wanted his daughters to be "dainty, sitting on the front porch."

Organizing Latina Workers: Luisa Moreno

After she won the right of women to attend universities in her native Guatemala, Moreno came to the U.S. in 1928 and could only find work in a sweatshop. To fight the abuses there, she organized a Latina garment workers' union. Later, she did the same for cigar factory workers in Florida, food processors in the Southwest and cannery employees in California.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Back to work


This past weekend was a lot of fun! We went to the Saint Patty's Day parade for a bit and experienced the mass of people, then went to a friend’s house for some good BBQ. I only wish the weekend had been a little longer - the weather was amazing. Now it’s back to the grindstone at Central Dallas CDC.

I'm looking forward to the grand opening of CityWalk at Akard and hearing what everyone thinks about the newly refurbished building. I was not here during the beginning of the process of converting the building, but I have been here long enough to see how much change has happened at least within the past month to a month and a half.

I personally think the building looks incredible on the inside and that they have truly re-captured the original look and feel of how the building was when it was built.

Monday, March 15, 2010

The $40 Tomato


Last year my friend and I obtained a garden plot at the Lake Highlands Community Garden. We were so excited to have a place to hopefully grow some of our own vegetables. Neither of us had gardened before but we had some high hopes - visions of sharing our bounty with our friends and dazzling them with our green thumbs.

Unfortunately things did not go as planned. We got a late start on our summer garden and did not plant until Mother’s Day. We fought cucumber/squash bugs, which at first we thought were just unfortunate yellow lady bugs; squash mites, which we did not mistake for anything but, and the cute little bunnies that have found our garden and tend to help themselves.

We watered, weeded, and pleaded with our little garden to grow. It showed signs of promise, but unfortunately that was all. All in all by the end of the summer we had some peppers, three cucumbers, four squash, and a tomato, that a bird got to first. Our fall garden did much better as we found we had some talent with growing lettuce and broccoli.

This weekend under beautiful skies we moved 3 cubic yards of compost into our plot, tilled, and planted again. Cabbage, carrots, strawberries, broccoli, lettuce, corn, tomatoes, peas, and beans.

As our kids talked about what they were going to eat first my friend and I smiled at each other. We knew it really was not about what grew or didn’t (though a bit of a harvest would be nice). There is something about a garden and tending to growing things. It’s fun to watch the kids measure the progress of a plant as the bloom becomes the vegetable.

Maybe this will be the year for two $20 tomatoes.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Women’s History Month – Famous Quotes


Never limit yourself because of others' limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination.
Mae Jemison, astronaut

I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much.
Mother Theresa, social activist

How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!
Maya Angelou, African American poet

In politics if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.
Margaret Thatcher, British politician

[at Wellesley College Commencement] Somewhere out in this audience may even be someone who will one day follow in my footsteps, and preside over the White House as the President's spouse. I wish him well!
Barbara Bush, First Lady

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Women's History Month - Female Firsts


Riding a Horse in the Kentucky Derby: Diane Crump

Amidst a media frenzy and surrounded by a police escort, 20 year old Diane Crump arrived at Hialeah Racetrack in February 1969 to make history as the first female jockey in a pari-mutuel race. After a winning year, she broke the same barrier by riding in the Kentucky Derby the following May. Not until an injury forced her to hang up her tack in 1990 did Crump step down from the saddle.

Traveling Into Space: Sally Ride

Women had been trying to enter the astronaut program since the 1960's, when NASA required them to wear high heels and hose during qualifying tests. Eventually, by 1983, astrophysicist Sally Ride broke the gender barrier, traveling as a mission specialist aboard the space shuttle Challenger.

Spinning Disks for a Major Radio Station: Alison Steele

In 1966, Steele went on the air at WNEW in New York City, where she became the first female radio disk jockey. Known as "the nightbird," Steele proved herself a knowledgeable promoter of progressive rock and her show remained one of the most popular radio programs until 1979.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Let the sunshine in


In all of the hustle and bustle of moving in residents, coordinating donation efforts to help furnish their units, growing our network of resources to help them transition well, and everything else CityWalk, it was so wonderful to receive a beautiful, unexpected gift from a fellow co-worker.

Our director of projects, Johnice Woods, surprised me with these the other day and they have definitely brought the sunshine in to my office, especially with all the rain we’ve been having!

Johnice is a great lady to work with. She is well-liked and well-respected by us all, and we depend on her for a lot at the Central Dallas CDC office. She always puts others first even when she’s swamped with work, which is most of the time!

Johnice, thanks so much for all you do at Central Dallas CDC!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Women’s History Month - Shirley Chisholm


US representative and social activist. Born Shirley St. Hill on November 30, 1924 in New York City.

Chisholm spent part of her childhood in Barbados with her grandmother and graduated from Brooklyn College in 1946. She began her career as a teacher and earned a Master's degree in elementary education from Columbia University. She served as director of the Hamilton-Madison Child Care Center from 1953 to 1959 and as an educational consultant to New York City's Bureau of Child Welfare from 1959 to 1964.

In 1969, Chisholm became the first black congresswoman and began the first of seven terms. After initially being assigned to the House Forestry Committee, she shocked many by demanding reassignment. She was placed on the Veterans' Affairs Committee, eventually graduating to the Education and Labor Committee. She became one of the founding members of the Congressional Black Caucus in 1969.

Chisholm became the first African American woman to make a bid to be President of the United States when she ran for the Democratic nomination in 1972. A champion of minority education and employment opportunities throughout her tenure in Congress, Chisholm was also a vocal opponent of the draft. After leaving Congress in 1983, she taught at Mount Holyoke College and was popular on the lecture circuit.

Chisholm was married to Conrad Chisholm from 1949 to 1977. She wed Arthur Hardwick, Jr. in 1986. She is the author of two books, Unbought and Unbossed (1970) and The Good Fight (1973).

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The spirit of giving continues


We're receiving donations for CityWalk residents on a weekly basis now. The community is excited about giving and our resources for our residents are growing tremendously.

Belinda Oler, another one of our very special donors, dropped off more household goods yesterday. The items that she donated are going to really help make a resident’s new apartment feel like home.

Thanks so much Belinda!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Just thinking…


As an avid movie watcher, Sunday night was a lot of fun because I thought the Oscars were pretty good. Lots of films were included, but it was really good.

The date of the opening for CityWalk at Akard is getting closer - you can tell with all the work that has been done just here in the last few weeks. I finally was able to gather all the historical Dallas third floor artwork for the building, though it did take me about two weeks to do so.

Thank goodness the Dallas Mavericks are finally on the up-swing. I love watching them when they are playing well.

I am ready for the rain to go away and for the sunshine to peek out once again.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Women’s History Month - Emma Willard


Educator. Born Emma Hart on February 23, 1787, in Berlin, Connecticut.

Emma Willard is remembered for her trailblazing efforts on behalf of women’s education. Raised by a father who, while a farmer, encouraged her to read and think for herself, she attended a local academy from 1802 to 1804 and then began teaching.

In 1807 Emma Willard went to Middlebury, Vermont to head a female academy there. Two years later she married a local doctor named John Willard. She opened her own school, the Middlebury Female Seminary, in 1814 to provide advanced education that young women were denied by colleges. Her Address... Proposing a Plan for Improving Female Education (1819) was a much admired and influential proposal to get public support for advanced education for young women.

Emma Willard moved to Troy, New York, in 1821, where she opened the Troy Female Seminary. (It was renamed the Emma Willard School in 1895.) With both boarding and day students, in some respects it was the first U.S. institution of serious learning for young women, though even it recognized that most of its graduates would be housewives, not professionals, and most of its students came from families of means. The school actually made a profit, and she also earned money from the textbooks she wrote. (She also wrote poetry; only “Rocked in the Cradle of the Deep” remains known.)

After her husband died in 1825, Emma Willard remained at school until 1838. Her son and daughter-in-law took over management of the school for her. She had a disastrous second marriage and was separated within nine months. Her later years were spent in traveling to promote education for women, and she returned to Troy in 1844. She died in 1871.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Women's History Month - Mary Lou Retton


Gymnast. Born January 24, 1968 in Fairmont, West Virginia.

After developing a love of gymnastics as a girl, Mary Lou Retton moved to Houston, Texas, to train with acclaimed Romanian coach Bela Karolyi. Under his direction, she developed a style to suit her strong, compact frame, winning several prestigious competitions, including the American Cup and the U.S. Nationals.

At the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, Mary Lou Retton won a gold medal in the women's all-around by earning a perfect score of 10 in the vault, the final event of the competition. It was the first time a female gymnast outside Eastern Europe won the Olympic all-around title. Retton also won two silver and two bronze medals in individual and team competitions.

Mary Lou Retton’s wholesome exuberance won her many commercial endorsements, including an appearance on the front of a Wheaties cereal box. She retired from gymnastics in 1985 after winning her third American Cup title and was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 1997.

Mary Lou Retton resides in Houston, Texas, with her husband and four daughters. She is an occasional commentator for televised gymnastics.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Are You Short of Time?

I’ve noticed lately that I’m having more and more trouble getting everything done in a day that I need to get done. I thought maybe I was slowing down, or maybe I just had too much work to do, but now I’ve learned that it isn’t my fault. It was the earthquake in Chile.

Apparently the earthquake last week was so large and violent that it actually caused a small, but detectable, shift of the Earth on its axis. In turn, that shift caused a change in the length of our days—shortening each day by 1.26 millionth of a second.

Now that may not seem like a large difference, but I figure that over time it will add up. So, if like me, you’re getting behind, then take comfort in the fact that it really isn’t your fault. It’s the result of natural forces far beyond our control.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Bringing in Awareness


I love research!!! One of the many things I love to research is monthly observances. Most of us are familiar with some of the common observances like, Breast Cancer Awareness and National Domestic Violence Month in October, and Black History Month in February. The truth is there are approximately 50 different observances each month as well as weekly observances. Some are profound and some, well, in my opinion are a bit strange. Take for instance, June is Lane Courtesy Month and National Bathroom Reading Month; May is National Vinegar Month; March is Adopt A Rescued Guinea Pig Month (I don’t know if I have ever seen a lost guinea pig); and February and November are Sweet Potato Month (wow, they actually have two months).

See the site for all other monthly and weekly observances.

I like to observe and research topics that relate to my career and personal experiences. This month is Humorists Are Artists Month. I love humor. Without humor we would collapse under the weight of stress and imperfection. One of my favorite cartoonists is Gary Larson. As a child, my family’s first vacation was to Denver, Colorado. We visited the Denver Arts Museum and Gary Larson had an exhibition of his work, The Far Side. I was hooked. His depiction of everyday surroundings is remarkable. To this day, I can’t see a cow without thinking of what they are thinking about us (I know, I have a quirky sense of humor).

Blogger Steph Hicks from Oregon wrote, “The expressions of Larson's characters are priceless. He captures the annoyed look of a housewife, the terrified look of passengers on a plane, and the goofy look of a simpleton, all with a few pen strokes. Larson's humorous observations of the mundane details of everyday life, from laundry to childcare, make you laugh out loud because they are so accurate! It’s amazing to think that this guy never had art lessons.”

Here are a few of my favorites (I have lots):

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Cold coffee, warm hearts


Our front desk clerk, Curtis Altenhofen, was pleasantly surprised this week when he returned to his desk after escorting a visitor to the third floor of CityWalk. One of our residents had left Curtis a really nice thermos after noticing that he had been drinking cold coffee during his shift. She purchased the thermos for Curtis during a recent trip to Washington.

Curtis was overwhelmed by the fact that a resident thought of him while she was many miles away on vacation. This wonderful act of kindness really speaks to the sense of community that is felt here at CityWalk. We’re truly becoming one big family.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Famous Firsts in American Women's History


American women's history has been full of pioneers: Women who fought for their rights, worked hard to be treated equally and made great strides in fields like science, politics, sports, literature and art. These are just a few of the remarkable accomplishments that historians not to mention people across the United States celebrate. What "Famous Firsts" will American women achieve next?

Amelia Earhart is the first woman to cross the Atlantic in an airplane, 1928

After that first trip across the ocean, which took more than 20 hours, Earhart became a celebrity: She won countless awards, got a ticker-tape parade down Broadway, wrote a best-selling book about her famous flight and became an editor at Cosmopolitan magazine. In 1937, Earhart attempted to be the first female pilot to fly around the world, and the first pilot of any gender to circumnavigate the globe at its widest point, the Equator. Along with her navigator Fred Noonan, Earhart successfully hopscotched from Miami to Brazil, Africa, India and Australia. Six weeks after they began their journey, Earhart and Noonan left New Guinea for the U.S. territory of Howland Island, but they never arrived. No trace of Earhart, Noonan or their plane was ever found.

The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League becomes the first professional baseball league for female players, 1943

Women had been playing professional baseball for decades: Starting in the 1890s, gender-integrated “Bloomer Girls” teams (named after the feminist Amelia Bloomer) traveled around the country, challenging men’s teams to games--and frequently winning. As the men’s minor leagues expanded, however, playing opportunities for Bloomer Girls decreased, and the last of the teams called it quits in 1934. But by 1943, so many major-league stars had joined the armed services and gone off to war that stadium owners and baseball executives worried that the game would never recover. The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League was the solution to this problem: It would keep ballparks filled and fans entertained until the war was over. For 12 seasons, more than 600 women played for the league’s teams, including the Racine (Wisconsin) Belles, the Rockford (Illinois) Peaches, the Grand Rapids (Michigan) Chicks and the Fort Wayne (Indiana) Daisies. The AAGPBL disbanded in 1954.

Janet Guthrie is the first woman to drive in the Indy 500, 1977

Guthrie was an aerospace engineer, training to be an astronaut, when she was cut from the space program because she didn’t have her PhD. She turned to car racing instead and became the first woman to qualify for the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500. Mechanical difficulties forced her out of the 1977 Indy race, but the next year she finished in ninth place (with a broken wrist!). The helmet and suit that Guthrie wore in her first Indy race are on display in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.

Read about more “Famous Firsts” here.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

CityWalk donors do it again!


CityWalk donors are the best donors in the world! Whenever a resident has a need, our donors come through every time. This week, we needed a bed for a great young couple and after a few emails and phone calls, it was a done deal.

A huge thank you goes out to Christopher Harrison, who donated the bed and box spring; Elizabeth Smith and Angela Schneider, who purchased a bed frame; Ben Jones, who used his truck to transport the bed from Oak Cliff to 511 N. Akard, and the man behind it all - Justin Schneider, an attorney with Central Dallas Ministries’ Legal Action Works (L.A.W.) Center. Justin coordinated everything after I contacted him about the need.

Thanks so much everyone!

Monday, March 1, 2010

March is Women’s History Month


Women’s History Month, now celebrated annually in the United States, grew out of a weeklong celebration of women’s contributions to culture, history and society organized by the school district of Sonoma, California, in 1979. The idea quickly caught on within communities, schools and organizations across the country. In 1981, the U.S. Congress made it official, passing a resolution establishing Women’s History Week. Six years later, the event was expanded into the entire month of March.

Each year, the National Women’s History Project selects a theme that highlights achievements by distinguished women in specific fields, from medicine and the environment to art and politics. The 2010 theme, “Writing Women Back into History,” commemorates the project’s 30th anniversary and recognizes efforts to document women’s accomplishments and experiences in textbooks and other educational materials.

Women’s History Month coincides with International Women’s Day, which many countries celebrate every March 8 with demonstrations, educational initiatives and customs such as offering gifts and flowers. The United Nations has sponsored the holiday since 1975.