South Africa Winelands

An African safari was on my To Do list, my bucket list if you will, even before I had a bucket! I highly recommend and will take my children on the next one. Whale watching and the sardine run will be one you won’t forget either! But for a not so off the beaten path trek, the Winelands wine tour will enlighten you in new ways! https://www.lonelyplanet.com/south-africa/winelands/places Promised to see and be ”scened” like no other wine land in the US. And the South Africans’ etiquette and kindness will melt your heart!

Pre Catalan

Ah, Paris! The destination of a lifetime? Maybe, but if you are one of those that needs to plan everything ahead, be prepared to toddle off the beaten path when plans don’t fall perfectly into place…..like they did with us! Fear not to stroll down unsure streets just to happen across an otherwise undiscovered community outdoor market, a quaint café, or boutique. The views along the way will be memorable no matter what! And at least you have GPS in your phone….I did not!
When I was there, most of the museums were on strike for a couple of day. Our meanderings took us to the beautiful Bois de Boulogne in the west end of Paris. Not only is it one of the largest parks in the world, …approx 2.5 times larger than Central Park in NYC: it envelops horse tracks, chateaus, waterfalls, amusement parks and is traditional in that you may see wedding parties, romantics strolling, and vast gardens. Additionally, for the culture lover, it’s home to the Louis Vuitton Foundation‘s stunning exhibition space dedicated to contemporary art. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g187147-d194187-Reviews-Bois_de_Boulogne-Paris_Ile_de_France.html
But if you wish for a dining experience of a life time, please cross your fingers the stars and moon align so that you can dine at Pre-Catelan! http://restaurant.leprecatelan.com/index.cfm/page/lid/2/rid/3896/
Bon appetite!

Ivan Rodriquez’s Career with the Texas Rangers

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Texas Rangers
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Texas entrepreneur Stacy Stine Cary has held leadership positions with a variety of businesses, ranging from Patland Oil Company to the parental rights organization Family Focus. In addition to her various professional and charitable activities, Stacy Cary spends time supporting local sports teams like the Texas Rangers.

Catcher Ivan Rodriguez leads all players in Texas Rangers franchise history with 49 wins above replacement (WAR), a sports metric used to denote how much value a player brings to his or her team compared to an average league player at the same position. Rodriguez signed with the Rangers as an amateur free agent in 1988. He made his team debut in 1991 as a 19-year-old and played the first 12 seasons of his career in Texas.

The power-hitting catcher quickly established himself as a reliable offensive player, hitting at or above .300 over the course of eight seasons. He finished the 2000 season batting .347, having hit 27 home runs and driven in 83 runs. Virtually all of Rodriguez’s personal bests came during his time with the Texas Rangers. He made 199 hits in 1999, including 35 home runs, both career highs. He also stole 25 bases that season, well above his career average of eight steals per 162 games. Rodriguez left the Rangers after the 2002 season, having been named to 10 All Star games in the preceding 12 years.

Potential Signs of Animal Abuse

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Potential Signs of Animal Abuse
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Stacy Stine Cary is a Texas-based entrepreneur and philanthropist. Stacy Cary is especially involved with Operation Kindness and other organizations that advocate for animal protection.

Any individual who sees an incident of animal abuse should report the occurrence to the local authorities and any nearby animal-rights organizations. However, sometimes a person may sense an animal is being abused without having witnessed an actual event. There are several signs that should tip a person off to potential abuse.

Physical signs of abuse are often the most obvious. An animal that has been physically abused may appear seriously underweight or have open and untreated wounds. Abused animals may also be very dirty, with matted coats and long nails. Similarly, any animals left outdoors should have access to food and water. A cat or dog left outside without either resource is likely either suffering from abuse or, at best, living with an uninformed owner.

Other signs of abuse may be less overt. For example, owners who leave their animals outdoors should use a fence or tie to make sure their animal does not wander away. However, abused animals may be tied down in a way that allows little to no movement. Other ties, such as chains and spiked collars, are generally considered abuse, regardless of how much movement they allow the animal.

Finally, odd animal behavior is a very common sign of animal abuse. Abused animals often avoid human contact and either hide or assume a submissive posture the moment a human comes near. In other situations, an animal may become severely hostile, regardless of a nearby human’s demeanor, especially if the animal has been involved in animal fighting.

Health Benefits of Organic Food

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Organic Food
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With nearly 30 years of cumulative experience in the real estate and oil and gas industries, Stacy Stine Cary is also an entrepreneur and founder of GeOasis, a company that imported and sold products made from nature. Along with her success in business, Stacy Cary managed a working ranch, where she learned to grow vegetables organically.

Organic food keeps rising in popularity, with the organic food industry experiencing approximately 30 percent growth in the past five years. This growth is largely due to campaigns run by advocates who do not want chemical pesticides and fertilizers to damage the environment.

Organic food supporters claim there are benefits to eating organically grown food. First, studies have shown that organic food has more antioxidants than nonorganic food. This is largely due to the absence of chemicals that may interact with nutrients in food.

Second, organic milk and meat are more beneficial to heart health. This can be partly attributed to higher levels of CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) in animals that have been grazed in pastures. In short, organic food is thought to be healthier for people because it has no added chemicals that might negatively affect the human body.

Dallas Mavericks Sign Dorian Finney-Smith

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Dorian Finney-Smith
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Stacy Stine Cary is a former owner at Patland Oil, where her responsibilities included bookkeeping and landman work. She was mentored by her father and brother for over 20+ years in the oilfield. Outside of her career, Stacy Cary enjoys watching sports, particularly the Dallas Mavericks professional basketball team.

The Mavericks recently signed free agent forward Dorian Finney-Smith. Unselected in the 2016 NBA draft, Finney-Smith is a welcome addition to the Mavericks’ roster as the team continues scouting for younger, faster, and more athletic rookies. Finney-Smith is expected to bring more versatility to the team.

A native of Portsmouth, Virginia, Finney-Smith entered college at Virginia Tech but eventually transferred to the University of Florida, where he played his final three collegiate seasons. He played 134 collegiate games and averaged 10.7 points and 7.1 rebounds in 28.6 minutes per game.

Finney-Smith’s 1,220 points playing for Florida rank him 36th in the school’s history. Moreover, he holds the distinction of being the first Florida player to score 1,000 points after transferring from another college.

The Meaning of the USDA Organic Label

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USDA Organic Label
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Stacy Stine Cary has several years of experience as a business administrator and real estate professional. Also a mentor at the startup accelerator Tech Wildcatters, Stacy Stine Cary enjoys a healthy, holistic lifestyle and often cooks with organic food.

In the United States, the Department of Agriculture is responsible for certifying foods as organic. To obtain this certification, farms and food handlers must be inspected annually and document their processes to ensure they meet guidelines in areas such soil quality, use of additives, and animal treatment.

Soil quality. No prohibited substances can be applied three years before harvest.

Additives. Livestock must be fed organic feed and not be given antibiotics or hormone supplements. Additionally, processed organic foods cannot contain artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, or other non-organic ingredients (although there are some exceptions to this rule).

Animal Treatment. Living conditions for livestock must mirror the animal’s natural environment, such as allowing grazing and full access to open pastures.