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On July 15, 2010, nine months after deploying to Afghanistan, Army Capt. David Inbody’s life exploded. An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) that had been set for Inbody’s convoy hit its target.
“A lot of violent groups didn’t like the Americans or Afghan government presence there,” says Inbody. He was riding in a large armored truck when the bomb went off with devastating repercussions. Inbody suffered life-altering injuries including one that lead to the amputation of his right foot below the ankle.
Inbody’s army commanders began trying to reach his wife Tiffany at work, many time zones away at Texas A&M University’s General Services Complex in College Station. Tiffany had stepped out of her office for a meeting, and for the first time since her husband’s deployment, left her cell phone behind.
Inflammation is a part of the body’s natural defense system against injury and disease: the immune system calls up cells to devour or disrupt invaders and the inflammation eventually goes away.
Chronic inflammation is another story – it is actually a disease – when the system has gone into overdrive and instead of protecting our body it starts to kill us,
Four months ago, I walked into a Zumbathon hosted by Piranha Fitness benefitting The Princess Project not having a clue what Zumba was except some kind of exercise. The music was too loud, I learned 42 ways my hips didn’t move, and I signed up on the spot. That kind of sums up Zumba.
Look at your mental picture of a marathon runner: is it a college age sylph with a high pony or a hard body twenty-year-old dude running for the beer after the race? You need to get a new picture. “Most people would be surprised to learn that when the expected 3,000+ runners line up at the start of the Scott& White Healthcare BCS Marathon + Half Marathon, the average runner is a 32-year-old mother with a couple of children who has never done sports competitively,” says race director Chris Field.
With 2,350 runners already registered for the December 9 marathon and half marathon, the single largest demographic by far is women age 30-39. Men comprise 55 percent of the marathon registrants; women are dominating the half marathon at 68 percent. Why does it matter? Because regardless of your age or fitness background, whether you are in the race or cheering runners somewhere along the course, “everybody who goes to a marathon is inspired,” says Field. Inspiration could easily be the BCS Marathon’s theme.
Local women working together to build two Habitat homes will raise the walls this Saturday and they are looking for women volunteers to come help them.
Habitat for Humanity will begin construction on the 6th Circle of Women house on Saturday at 8am in the new Faith subdivision along Martin Luther King Drive between Military and Bradley streets. Volunteer days are Saturdays until December 15 (except Thanksgiving weekend). This is a Women Build House and volunteers are especially needed the afternoon of October 27, but there is room for 4-6 volunteers most other Saturdays. Contact Ryan Pierce at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (979) 703-1895 for more information and to sign up.
This Saturday is a special day for two Bryan mothers. Thanks to dozens of local women, Ella Foster and Chelsea Toliver will start building their news homes that day.
B/CS Habitat for Humanity is excited to announce the first ever Aggie Women Build along with the sixth Circle of Women Build. Both home builds kick off this Saturday at 8:00 a.m., when nearly 50 women will raise the walls on two houses in Habitat’s new Faith Subdivision.
Make plans to visit the fascinating new exhibit “Genome: The Secret of How Life Works” in the Ansary Gallery of American History at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M University. The exhibit will be on display through July 5, 2013.
Designed for all ages, the Genome exhibit explores the nature and impact of advances in genome research through visually rich environments, interactives, artifacts and multi- media presentations.
In conjunction with the Genome exhibit, there will be monthly issues forums by experts discussing a wide range of topics related to genetics, health, agriculture and more.
MSC OPAS will present the Martha Graham Company performing their signature ballet “Appalachian Spring” with members of Brazos Valley Symphony providing the music on October 23. Janet Eilber, artistic director of Martha Graham Company, discusses modern dance, their acclaimed ballet, and why the Company is excited to perform in the Brazos Valley.
Who is Martha Graham? Why is your company named after her?
“Martha Graham was one of the pioneers of modern dance and is recognized as one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. Her radical new stlye of dance in the 1930s used socially infused subjects and emotional themes paired with a powerful, risk-taking physicality. She developed contemporary dance as an American art form, which the nation has since shared with the world.”
Martha Graham started her company in 1926 with a group of young women who had been drawn to her creative work. They began teaching this new style, which eventually evolved into the Martha Graham School, now the oldest school of modern dance in the world.
Did Martha Graham create any new techniques of dance?
“Yes, she created a style of movement that is based on natural body language. It’s very expressive type of dance. The Graham technique includes Graham’s famous discovery – the contraction and the release, which are the driving movements behind all of Graham’s choreography.”
From acclaimed musical artists to sampling steaks, wine and more, when the 6th annual Texas Reds Festival takes over the streets of Downtown Bryan on October 12-13, there will be something for every age and every interest.
Artists and other vendors will join Downtown merchants for unique shopping while the Children’s Museum of Brazos Valley will provide a Kids Zone with games and activities for the youngest festival goers. Kid Zone attractions will be $1 for individual tickets or unlimited game wristbands are $8 in advance or $10 at the gate.