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September 17, 2019

The Bull x The Horns: Is “Manifesting” Effective?

Q: I hear a lot about “manifesting” and how some people just believe, focus and think about something they want in their lives and then they use positive thinking to help them get it. It seems like wishful thinking, or a passive way to reach goals. Is there any science…

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September 16, 2019

The Escape Room Aboard the USS Lexington

The USS Lexington arrived in Corpus Christi in 1992, opened that October, and has since served as a naval aviation museum and educational facility that explores the deep and rich history the ship holds. Nicknamed “The Blue Ghost” during World War II, the ship’s flight deck aboard the USS Lexington…

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September 16, 2019

Brews and Bay Views in Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi’s craft beer scene is booming as new breweries and brewpubs open throughout the city. There are restaurants that have begun their own brewing operations, as well as local brews on tap in almost every Corpus Christi restaurant. Escape the beach and the Texas heat for a little while,…

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September 16, 2019

Foodie Experience in Corpus Christi

With seafood, sushi, and burgers galore, there is no a shortage of dining options in Corpus Christi. Because new restaurants are opening frequently all over the city, Corpus Christi is becoming quite the foodie destination. When envisioning a true Corpus Christi lunch experience, sitting on an open-air pier over the…

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September 16, 2019

Top Photo Spots in Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi is a diverse, ever-growing, Texas beach town is filled with endless scenic opportunities to explore the outdoors, eat your weight in delicious seafood, learn about the history and culture of the city, and relax on the beach with a local beer in hand. With so many intriguing places…

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September 11, 2019

Beaumont-The Best of Both Worlds

Straddling borders but not bound by state lines, Beaumont is big Texas fun with Cajun flair. Embodying the best of the Lone Star State and Louisiana with Southern charm to boot, it’s so unique that we made up an adjective to describe our culture – Texiana.

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September 10, 2019

Good Newscast: Episode 17

The Texas Optimism Project and Frost Bank are proud to share episode 17 of Good Newscast, a podcast about good news in the world. Optimism can change lives, but it doesn’t always come easy. Join hosts Owen Egerton, Arely Silva and Andrew Roush as they dive headfirst into exploring the…

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September 6, 2019

South Padre Island Experience

This summer, Ana Cruz, author of the lifestyle blog Rollos De Mujeres, paid her first visit to South Padre Island. From dolphin watching to family waterparks, Cruz’s trip to the Texas Coast was one for the books.

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August 26, 2019

Five Ways to Say “Spa-ahh” This Fall

Sometimes one has to get away in order to get back to one’s true self. Whether you’re looking for a rejuvenating weekend getaway or a far-flung all-encompassing retreat, here are five sanctuaries worth savoring.

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August 23, 2019

How to Prize Fest in Shreveport-Bossier, Louisiana

From January to February, the people of Shreveport-Bossier yell, “Throw me something mister!” to Mardi Gras parade floats rolling through downtown Shreveport. In early October, on some of the same streets they cheer, “¡Viva La Film Prize!” Prize Fest, like Mardi Gras, is engrained in the culture of northwest Louisiana.

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August 20, 2019

Good Newscast: Episode 16

In episode 16 of Good Newscast, sponsored by Frost Bank, Owen praises the equalizing power of the see-saw, Arely shows us how easy it can be to help alleviate grim conditions at the border, and Andrew finds a Korean precedent for protest in Hong Kong.

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August 19, 2019

Texas Whiskey Trail Certified

Last year, the Texas Whiskey Association made the decision that in order for it to be considered true Certified Texas Whiskey, all of these steps must be done in the Lone Star State.

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August 15, 2019

The Bull x The Horns: How to be Optimistically Negative

Q: I struggle with being honest when people ask me about things in life that, frankly, kind of suck. This theme pops up in different areas of life, but particularly as a new mom with PPD, I don’t know how to address my experiences entering parenthood. I don’t want to…

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July 29, 2019

Good Newscast: Episode 14

In this episode of Good Newscast, sponsored by Frost Bank, Arely, Andrew, and Owen spotlight good news about public health, mental health, and an underground international safety network that provides assistance to people across the world who are LGBTQ.

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July 23, 2019

Good Newscast: Episode 13

In episode 13 of Good Newscast, sponsored by Frost Bank, Owen takes us on a pilgrimage across Spain, Andrew spotlights new ways to keep plastic from outnumbering fish in our oceans, and Arely gives us the story behind the story of a hero meteorologist in Abilene.

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July 22, 2019

The Bull x The Horns: Help! I Have Imposter Syndrome.

Q: My husband works in a creative field and has ‘imposter syndrome.’ He worries that he’s not talented enough or can replaced at any moment. When he thinks about pursuing new opportunities, he becomes terrified of failure—professionally and financially. This stress is causing him to withdraw and be unhappy. How…

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July 21, 2019

Building A Habitat For Sustainable Life In Space

As NASA and private companies race to send humans to Mars and beyond, the need for a program providing sustainable life for long periods in space becomes apparent. Dr. Robert Skelton has proposed a growable habitat with 1 G of gravitational force to solve this need. Skelton, a Texas A&M Engineering Experiment…

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July 16, 2019

Austin’s Historic Places

The City of Austin is rich with history and culture, boasting a variety of cherished landmarks that elevate the area. From its stunning springs to its quaint museums, each gem tells a story of Old Austin while informing the present, as a reminder of how far the city has come…

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July 2, 2019

For “Bobby Bones” Host Amy Brown, Optimism is a Choice

Austin native Amy Brown is a radio personality on the popular syndicated “Bobby Bones” radio show. Broadcasting live from Nashville, Amy often shares stories from her life with listeners. When her mother, Judy, was diagnosed in 2012 with cancer for the third time, Amy shared how she chose joy through…

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June 27, 2019

Grill Like a Texan: Other Meats

Chicken is sometimes underappreciated due to its neutral flavor, but that makes it a fantastic backdrop for marinades and rubs. Grill bone-in, marinated chicken quarters over medium-low heat with a visit to the hot side of the grill to crisp the skin. Choose thicker cuts of fish over leaner fish…

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June 27, 2019

Grill Like a Texan: Sides and Desserts

The grill is the perfect place to round out the menu because practically anything that you can cook indoors, you can cook outdoors. Cut squash and potatoes lengthwise for grillable pieces that you can serve whole or cut after they’re cooked through. Whip up smoky green beans and asparagus by…

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June 26, 2019

Grill Like a Texan: Marinades vs. Rubs

Marinades serve double duty by adding zippy, delicious flavors as well as tenderizing the meat. Acidic liquids like vinegar, mustard, lemon juice, or wine serve as the tenderizer, while herbs and flavorful vegetables like garlic, thyme, onion, and rosemary provide flavor notes. Marinate less-tender cuts…

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June 26, 2019

Grill Like a Texan: Novice Mistakes

We’ve all been there: Visions of photo-ready grilling give way to burned burgers, empty fuel tanks, or dried-out chicken. Keep the grill dream alive by heading off common mistakes.   COLD SNAP Charcoal requires time to reach optimal cooking heat. Don’t slap meat on the grill until the coals…

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June 26, 2019

Grill Like a Texan: How to Grill a Steak

Choose a grill-worthy cut. For a tender steak, look to cuts such as ribeye, strip steak, and top sirloin. Flat iron, skirt and flank steaks are leaner and benefit from marinating. Avoid excessive edge fat and gristle, and look for fresh, deep-red color. H-E-B makes this easy on…

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June 26, 2019

Recipe: Spicy Hawaiian Burger

Chef Sean’s Spicy Hawaiian Burger Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Serves: 2 Ingredients 2 pineapple slices Nonstick spray 2 H‑E‑B Sliced Canadian Bacon 2 H‑E‑B Prime 1 Brisket Burgers 1/4 tsp. kosher salt 1/4 tsp. black pepper…

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June 26, 2019

Recipe: Queso Fundido

Chef Charlotte’s Queso Fundido Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes Serves: 6 Ingredients 4 oz. asadero cheese shredded 4 oz. Manchego cheese, shredded 2 1/2 oz. Palacios Chorizo, diced 1/4 cup jalapeños, diced 1/4 cup onions, small diced 1/4 cup…