February/March 2021 Contributor Articles 

Dr. Marvin J. Stone: 83 Years of Living the Dream

by Dan Price

Have you ever met someone so passionate about their chosen field that it shines through, and you can genuinely tell this person is living his dream? That, in a nutshell, is Dr. Marvin Stone MD, MACP, FRCP. As I heard the interview conducted between Dr. Stone and Debra Saxon, it was evident this man was supposed to do what he has done throughout his career and continues to do; educate and heal. And I do mean he continues to do. 


An Ohio native born in 1937, Marvin Stone was a schoolboy when he knew medicine was in his future. He did his undergraduate studies at The Ohio State University (Go, Buckeyes!). In 1958, he left his beloved Ohio and set out for new lands. Marvin attended medical school at the University of Chicago, graduating in 1963 with honors. He did his internship, and first-year residency in St. Louis at Barnes Hospital and shortly after left for Bethesda, Maryland, to work at the National Institutes of Health as a clinical associate in the National Institute of Arthritis and Metabolic Diseases.  


In 1968, Marvin moved to Dallas, and he's called Big D home ever since. He accepted a position as a senior resident in medicine at Parkland Memorial Hospital/UT Southwestern and, eventually, became a fellow of oncology and hematology. After six years on the UT Southwestern faculty, Marvin became the first chief of oncology and director of the Baylor Sammons Cancer Center, positions he held for 32 years.


In 2002, Dr. Stone was forced to stop seeing patients after his own medical complications. Although patient care was the last thing he wanted to give up under ordinary circumstances, it ended up being the first, beginning what Marvin refers to as his semi-retirement. 


So, what does someone who has achieved so much in the areas of medical practice, research, and education do when he is semi-retired? He keeps teaching and writing, of course. 


At 83 years old, Marvin teaches at Baylor University Medical Center for the Texas A&M students and The University of Texas at Dallas in the Medical Humanities area with undergraduate honors students. He co-teaches that class with the former Dean of Arts and Humanities, Dr. Dennis Kratz.  "We are sort of a tag team," says Dr. Stone, "and we have a great time with these students.” Dr. Stone also serves on the board of the Southwestern Medical Foundation where he and his wife Kathy support scholarships for medical students.  


Dr. Stone also completed a book last year entitled When to Act and When to Refrain: A Lifetime of Learning the Science and Art of Medicine. Instead of taking the typical autobiographical route, Dr. Stone has crafted something more of a medical memoir. A chronological respective of his medical career. Yes, he does cover a bit of his childhood, his time in medical school, and his work at Baylor, but he also delves into stories of specific cases, trauma surgery situations, bioethics, and diseases he helped battle in the name of medicine.  His career was the confluence of patient care, research, and education, and the book reflects that. 


When asked what prompted him to write the book, he sat back, thought a moment, and laughed. "Good question.” After reflecting a moment, he said, "I was thinking how fortunate I've been throughout my whole career in terms of teaching and research and especially patient care," said Stone. “But it couldn't be passed up because I had such a wonderful time being immersed in all three of these activities. I had been so lucky and so fortunate, so I just decided to sit down and see what I could put on paper." 


"It stands for the experiences I had throughout all those years.  I'm particularly interested in giving it to my children and my grandchildren." Dr. Stone laughed.  "And if no one else sees it, that's okay."


I've often heard people say don't let your occupation define you. After learning about Dr. Stone from his own words and researching him online, the man that is Marvin J. Stone and his amazing career are so intertwined, it is hard to tell where one side of his life ends and the other begins. This is a person who has saved lives and made the world better due to his occupation. The nobility in that is awe-inspiring. He knew as a child that this was his path, and he manifested his destiny. This takes me back to my original point; Dr. Marvin Stone is living his dream.


For more information about Dr. Stone or to purchase his book, visit his website at www.marvinjstonemd.com or email marvinjstonemd@gmail.com. 

LITTLE DICKIE JONES: RODEO COWBOY AND MOVIE STAR

by RD Foster

As an accomplished athlete and professional rodeo star at the age of four, Little Dickie Jones was billed as “The World's Youngest Trick Rider and Trick Roper." Richard Percy Jones was born in 1927, the son of a newspaper printer for the McKinney Daily Courier-Gazette. In 1932 with his mother, LaVerne, acting as manager and stage mother, Dickie was a featured performer at the Dallas Centennial Rodeo, alongside cowboy movie star Hoot Gibson. Hoot was so amazed at the little fellow’s performance that he gave him a job in his traveling rodeo show and suggested to LaVerne, that if she brought him to Hollywood, the little cowboy could be in one of his movies. 


LaVerne took the cowboy film star’s advice, went to Hollywood, and within a matter of about two years, Little Dickie Jones was receiving costar billing alongside some of the most famous movie stars ever. For example, guests for his ninth birthday party, held at the famous Brown Derby Restaurant in Hollywood, included such famous celebrities as Hoot Gibson, Buck Jones, Ken Maynard, George O’Brian and Judy Garland. 


Starring mostly in westerns where his horse-riding skills were featured, he did his own stunts and in later years refused a stunt man and staged his own fight scenes. According to his fellow actors and stunt people, at five-foot seven, Little Dickie was one tough cowboy. He enjoyed the dangerous part of acting so much that he appeared in many films as an uncredited stunt man.


As his acting and singing abilities improved he would appear in a variety of major motion pictures, including “Stella Dallas” (1937), “Young Mr. Lincoln” (1939), “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” (1939), “Destry Rides Again” (1939) and a few “Our Gang” films. With his good looks, pleasant personality, nice voice and great energy, Little Dickie Jones was a director’s dream actor. 


By 1938, Dickie was 10 years old and already a veteran actor, having appeared in 40 motion pictures. However, the biggest starring role of his career would be one where he is not even seen on screen. In 1939, out of more than 200 actors, mostly adults, auditioning for the voice of Pinocchio, he was personally interviewed, auditioned and chosen by the great Walt Disney himself. “Pinocchio” would win two Oscars for its soundtrack and Walt Disney’s second animated movie would go on to be a major classic and is still popular today.


In the 1950s and ‘60s he appeared in many TV shows as Dick Jones, including the first episode of “The Beverly Hillbillies”. Many of Dickie’s films are available online and are very fun to watch. He appeared often in “The Lone Ranger”, “Hopalong Cassidy”, and played the lead role in the “Buffalo Bill Jr.” series.


Dick Jones was greatly admired by his fellow artists, according this actor: “What a great guy he was, how much fun he was to work with. “The Range Rider” (1951) and “Buffalo Bill Jr.” (1955). He was a good fight routine man. We had a lot of fun tearing the sets apart. He did all of his own fights. He was dependable. He didn’t phony it up by looking back to where he was gonna go and staggering to it, getting down on one knee when he took a fall. He did it like a true athlete. He worked it out. When he was gonna go back over a table, he knew where the table was, and he went over it just like you would actually do it.”


Dick Jones never forgot his early days in North Texas and visited McKinney quite often while his father was still alive. He would appear in more than 100 films and television shows. Jones' last acting role was in the 1965 movie, “Requiem For a Gunfighter”. He then started a very successful real estate business and passed away in 2014.•

MICHAEL RAKOWITZ AT THE NASHER SCULPTURE CENTER

provided by: Nasher Scupture Center 

Open since 2003 and located in the heart of the Dallas Arts District, the Nasher Sculpture Center is home to one of the finest collections of modern and contemporary sculptures in the world, the Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection, featuring more than 300 masterpieces by artists such as Calder, de Kooning, di Suvero, Giacometti, Hepworth, Kelly, Matisse, Miró, Moore, Picasso, Rodin and Serra. The longtime dream of the late Raymond and Patsy Nasher, the museum was designed by world-renowned architect Renzo Piano in collaboration with landscape architect Peter Walker. In addition to indoor gallery space, the Center contains an auditorium, spacious outdoor garden and amphitheater, and easy access to other attractions in the Dallas Arts District.
In addition to presenting rotating exhibitions of works from the Nasher family collection, the Nasher also regularly hosts special exhibitions of contemporary artists or work drawn from other museums and private collections. As part of its mission to be a focal point of modern and contemporary sculpture, each year, the Nasher Sculpture Center also awards a prize to a living artist whose body of work has had an extraordinary impact on our understanding of what sculpture is or can be.  The work of these laureates represents the pinnacle of achievement in the medium, extending the expressive possibilities of sculpture. 


The 2020 Nasher Prize Laureate Michael Rakowitz offers a deeply considered vision of sculpture’s possibilities in the face of political and humanitarian crises. Drawing upon his heritage as an American artist of Iraqi Jewish descent, he has confronted the complex legacies of centuries of conflict in the Middle East, most recently in the Iraq War and its aftermath. His ongoing reconstructions of the thousands of ancient artifacts looted or destroyed during the war turn a contemporary eye on some of the world’s oldest sculptures, while also bringing our attention to vulnerable populations that have suffered violence and displacement in parallel to attacks on their cultural patrimony.


Through this work, which comes together through international collaboration, Rakowitz seeks to refocus complicated aspects of cultural history. His concepts are expressed in an expansive variety of media which invite deep exploration. As we all face the complex reality of a global pandemic, Rakowitz’s work and practice offer us creative approaches to address loss.


To learn more about the artistic practice of Michael Rakowitz, please join us for a virtual tour of his work, on view now at the Nasher Sculpture Center, on March 11, 2021 at 2:00 pm CST. During our tour, we will connect his work to personal cultural history and experiences. This tour will be interactive, thought-provoking and fun.


The Nasher is open for visitors Thursday-Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our website is the best source for current information about openings and to book advance tickets online for contactless admission during the pandemic. On our website, you can also browse through variety of virtual activities. www.nashersculpturecenter.org

USING ESSENTIAL OILS SAFELY 

by Joey Bailey

Essential oils can be one of the most versatile and holistic healing tools in your medicine cabinet. The pain relieving, antibacterial, antiviral and anti inflammatory properties are well known and well documented and have been considered very effective treatments. I have been using essential oils for over 10 years now and I continue to learn new uses for my oils daily. This is what led me to earn my certification in Aromatherapy to further help others with their oil usage. 


Determining whether a specific oil is safe for you depends on a number of factors.
• Age
• Underlying health conditions
• Medication and supplement use 
When it comes to the oil, it’s important to consider:
• Chemical composition and purity
• Method of use 
• Duration of use
• Dosage
Many people will turn to diffusing oils for emotional support, energy or respiratory relief. You will want to remember Essential oils are very concentrated substances. One drop can be powerful enough to relieve an itchy bug bite or sooth a burn or stop a cold in its tracks. Just because oils come from plants doesn’t mean that they don’t come without risks. They can also cause minor reactions such as skin irritation or more serious respiratory distress and liver failure when not used properly. You will want to diffuse in short periods of time no more than 15-30 min at a time. Some essential oils, absorbed into the body through aromatherapy, can cause an adverse reaction when used with other medications or supplements. They may also trigger or worsen symptoms of an underlying medical condition. You will want to consult your doctor and a certified aromatherapist if you are using other medications and supplements. How to know if you are over diffusing Some negative reactions can be seen right away: coughing, Sneezing, watery eyes, headache, struggling to breathe lethargy. If you see any of this happening, it usually resolves when you stop diffusing and get access to fresh air.


 When using oils Topically Always dilute oils with carrier oils such as coconut oil or almond oil. Never use oils directly on your skin unless discussed with a certified aromatherapist. Some essential oils are photosensitive and cause skin burns if you apply to an area that may cause a burn if exposed to the sun. Some oils can be poisonous if applied directly to skin so you will Always want to try a patch test. Here’s how to perform a patch test
• Wash your forearm with unscented soap. 
• Pat dry. 
• Rub a few drops of diluted essential oil into a small patch of your forearm. 
• Wait 24 hours


What to do if reaction occurs If you notice any redness itching or burning, apply a carrier oil (jojoba, almond, coconut oil) to the site in question, then wash off with warm, soapy water. Re- apply a carrier oil on top to soothe the skin - don't re-apply essential oils on the skin for a few days.


Never ingest oils unless consulted with a certified aromatherapist you may be burning your insides with out knowing what’s happening if you don’t understand how powerful these small bottles can be. 


Essential oils are nature, we are Nature. Nature is complex and so it is best to view essential oils as nature treating nature.  Essential oils are unique in how they work and treat the body and mind. Sometimes an oil is said to be calming by one source and energizing by another. On a spring day the air can be chilling while the sun is quite warm you can stand in the shade and be cool or when you step into the sun you feel warm this is synergy and how so many oils can work so many helpful ways If used safely. Have fun with your oils snd consult an aromatherapist with any questions you may have to bring more energy to your essential oil use.• 

I WANT TO STAY IN MY HOME 

by Kimberly Scarlett

Dorothy Jamison’s kids want her to leave her home. Two live fairly close, but one moved across the country. All her friends, her church and a few relatives live close by. However, Covid changed the way she interacts with everyone. Her daughter, living the farthest away, now seems worried about her going out, her blood pressure and her meds from the doctor.  She loves her daughter, but the calls to her siblings and to her are getting extreme. Dorothy’s daughter has also has suggested a care facility might be best for the family.


Because of their mother’s medical issues, Mrs. Jamison said her two closest children were not comfortable visiting unless they were first tested for the coronavirus. Because of that, they haven’t visited much. They asked two neighbors to check on her periodically. The other two children are also starting to be concerned.


 But, a care facility isn’t best for Dorothy. She wants to stay where everything is familiar. She is still capable of handling her daily activities. How can she put her children’s fears to rest and still maintain living where she’s happiest? 


Mrs. Jamison had Aware Care Network install a platform, made by GrandCare Systems. In addition to enjoying video chat with all her children, it also uses motion sensors and data from her blood pressure machine to show her daughter and her doctor she is taking her meds.  


“The information GrandCare gives my children provides them with a sense of relief, knowing I’m addressing all my needs”
“The most vulnerable of our society are definitely not comfortable going to the grocery store, much less the ER or doctor’s office,” says Kim Scarlett, the owner of Aware Care Network. 


“Aware Care’s installation of sensors and telehealth machines can store medical information such as blood pressure, glucose, blood oxygen and medication confirmation and much more.”


With the array of available products, an Aware Care Network professional can assess and offer a number of chosen specific gadgets that can alert caregivers, remind clients of appointments, medications or even to have some lunch. Once someone settles on the type of devices needed, the consumer gets an “out-of-the-box ready” product installed in their home. 


“Given training, a client can remain in their home, by using the most up-to-date self-assisted technology available.”


Any of the children can log into a portal to view the results, which are delivered via a wireless connection in their mother’s home. If either her blood pressure or blood oxygen is out of whack, the adult children can reach out to their mother or her doctor can receive a text. When their mother’s oxygen levels dropped one day, her son called to remind her to insert the nasal tube that connects to her oxygen supply device.


They are also notified if a motion sensor in the hallway leading from her bedroom to the kitchen, does not detect movement after 10 a.m., her usual waking time.


If an elderly parent’s primary issue is managing medications, a medication reminder may be the solution. That can be as simple as a smartphone app that sets off an alarm. Or for a parent who needs more oversight, an adult child can buy a dispenser that unlocks a pill compartment at the right time and signals the caregiver via a wireless connection in the older person’s home if the medication is not taken.


Once someone settles on the type of device, the consumer needs to see how “out-of-the-box ready” a product is to use, according to Ms. Scarlett. Most devices require a wireless internet connection.

DR. BEAGLE BAXTER - PET THERAPIST

by Patti  Shattil

Q: Dear Dr. B, I'm a 2- lb mini Chihuahua. My owners named me Mr. Tiny. Its hard enough being so small but to add to my humiliation why did they have to go and name me Mr. TINY! I get teased from bigger size dogs when they find out my name- it brings attention to my size( or lack of it) and shakes my confidence.


A: Dear Mr. Tiny, you can be a SUPER STAR at any size! Size  doesn't define the dog. Let me remind you of some famous dogs who built their fame on being small; like the Chihuahua on Taco Bell commercials. Or that adorable Chihuahua who starred in the movie Legally Blonde. Many human celebs favor your breed and pampering them like royalty.
My suggestion is when you meet new dogs , introduce yourself as Mr. T, tell them its stands for Terrific!. Be proud of your breed and keep your tail pointed high. •

MISS CAROLYN 

by Mitch Cohen

“Miss Carolyn” is a familiar name to those that know me in Houston. “Miss” Carolyn Bertrand Hodges is a spritely nonagenarian, Houstonian, and accomplished artist.


I have known Hodges for at least 16 - 17 years, but it’s only been about the past 5 or so years that our acquaintance turned into a friendship. Up until that point, I always called her Ms. Hodges, she was after all, clearly my senior. But she always introduced herself as Carolyn, so I added Miss, a southern moniker I always liked.


Hodges introduced herself to me at my outdoor art market shortly after it opened in 2004 or ‘5. The market was the first of its kind in Houston to my knowledge, and she was so impressed that she came to meet me and gave me a thick envelope containing a proposal she had presented to the City of Houston many years before thinking it might be of use to me.


The proposal described many of the studio art communities and public parks that Houston has today such as Sawyer Yards and Discovery Green. She was ahead of her time and remains so to this day.


I am always ready with a notebook or recorder around Hodges because she constantly drops some amazing quotes about art and life.
Hodges celebrated her 94th birthday on January 18. Opening her birthday cards after nearly polishing off an ice cream sundae, “Miss Carolyn” looked up at me sternly and said that I got it wrong, she’s 4-9, for-tee nine as she broke into laughter.


Reading a six-page printout of birthday wishes from a Facebook post I created, she asked who all these people were. She just has no idea how many people ask after her. Hodges has never had time to learn how to use a computer or “smart” phone she has told me. Most of her free time is spent creating art or studying art.


Carolyn Bertrand Hodges is a lifelong artist and currently works with pen and ink. She studies current art trends and has a ferocious appetite for art literature. She’s a regular visitor of museums, galleries and her favorite; visiting artists in their studios to engage in artistic discourse.


Born in Houston, as a teenager, Hodges studied art at The Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH), under Robert C. Joy. Hodges told me Joy introduced her to modern art including the works of Van Gogh, Cezanne, Matisse and many others whose works were equally as instrumental in shaping modern art today but not as well known to the public. 


Joy, Hodges said, ruined her for other teachers when she was younger. She had a hard time finding teachers that knew more than herself. She said Joy’s instruction was that thorough. Following the MFAH, Hodges studied at the prestigious Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts with a grant from the Barnes Foundation.


Hodges has lived life on her terms. Always looking for that elusive break to the big time, she worked when she needed to, and traveled to study when she wanted. Researching the times and places she’s been is fascinating. 


She was part of the burgeoning modern art scene in Houston in the 1950s. Hodges recalls fondly of participating in juried shows alongside John Biggers, David Adickes and many other Houston artists. She has the newspaper clippings still naming her as a place winner.


 In 1955 Hodges was among the first wave of artists to study and work in San Miguel de Allende, a city in central Mexico, still popular with artists. The film Serenade starring tenor and actor Mario Lanza was filmed there at the same time. 


Though Hodges has mastered oils, acrylic’s and other art mediums, she tells me she has found the most freedom in creativity with a pen. I have related to her many times that her current work looks like contemporary sculptural studies. It is here that her work really shines too, reflecting mostly on the world around her. 


“Contemporary art is fragmentary, chaotic, like life now - it is all about today's issues,” Hodges said. 


In her artist statement, she recently wrote the following gem about her approach to creating now.


“Like in dreams, the images may be a mystery,” Hodges said. “The whole unconscious is a mystery to most of us. Like the unconscious, we can dream up images with our art. Also, as with meditation we may transcend beyond the ordinary when we create art … making art as a whole; the great ‘I am that … I am.’”


“There is a ceaseless flow of imagery, and with such spirit, things don’t matter, for detail, memory, etc., are part of the whole, and all-embracing.”


Find more about Miss Carolyn at CarolynBertrandHodges.art.


Mitch Cohen is an arts promoter, artist and writer and owns and operates First Saturday Arts Market and The Market at Sawyer Yards. He is also Debra and Dan's brother...He lives in Houston. 

STEHLE'S FAVORITE SHOW AND PHONE APPS 

by Stehle (Stay-Lee) Yarbrough

My Childhood did not consist of cell phones or computers, nor could I watch a tv show or a movie without commercials. This can be looked at in a couple ways. Without those things, my parents could not just find me at any given moment if I didn’t want them to, I actually had to go to the library to look up information needed in a school report and commercials gave you time to run to the bathroom or get a drink. However, with the changing technology I now have the ability in the palm of my hand to find out information within seconds and I decide when to pause tv and do not miss out on any of my favorite shows.


This brings me to one of my favorite online shows on Netflix right now, called “Virgin River”. It is a romantic TV Drama about a nurse practitioner looking for a fresh start in a remote town, vastly different from the city of Los Angeles where she is from. This show is filled with some great characters which you cannot help but get drawn into their stories. If you haven’t seen it yet, you must check it out! Remember to always give a show more than one episode to decide if it is for you since the first one is just trying to set up the seasons characters for us.


If you have ever tried to find a Smart Phone App that makes things easier for you then you have found there a quite a few to choose from and it can get overwhelming trying to pick the right one. The one I use every day is “Waze”, it is a navigation app that will choose the fasted route based on traffic or accidents. Plus, I got to choose the voice that tells me my directions, I chose a male British accent, because let’s face it, he just sounds smart.


Another App I just love is “Giftster”! It allows you to sign up free and create a wish list to share gift ideas with your friends and family. This has made buying gifts so easy and I know it is something they really want.


The last one I will share with you is “Tasty”, this app makes it so easy to try a new recipe. Not only does it give you a list of the ingredients, but they also have a short time lapse video of someone making it. This is a game changer for someone like me who is visual and likes to see the steps instead of reading them.

LOSING SLEEP OVER SLEEP APNEA? 

by Amireh Awad, DDS, MS, MS

Sleep is a crucial part of our daily routine where we spend about one-third of our time. A chronic lack of quality sleep can increase your risk for disorders such as high blood pressure, heart disease, cardiac arrhythmias, diabetes, depression, obesity, stroke, metabolic syndrome, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. It is important to visit your physician if you are feeling sleepy or tired even after getting adequate sleep, repeatedly waking in the middle of the night, or have symptoms of a sleep disorder such as snoring or gasping for air. 


Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is one type of sleep disordered breathing. OSA occurs when the muscles in the back of your throat relax so much so that it causes the upper airway to become obstructed. Your brain senses this obstruction and briefly wakes you from your sleep so that you can reopen your airway. Typically, this awakening is in the form of a snort, choke, or gasp. This pattern repeats itself five to 30 times or more per hour, all night, impairing your ability to reach a deep, restorative sleep. Depending on your sleep study from a sleep medicine specialist, they will categorize your OSA as being mild, moderate, or severe. Mild cases can be managed with lifestyle changes such as weight loss, exercise, avoiding alcohol and certain medications, and quitting smoking. However, moderate-severe OSA is managed either via 1) the use of a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, 2) oral appliance or 3) surgery. Surgery is typically a last resort option when the other two treatments have failed. 


The CPAP delivers air pressure through a mask while you sleep. Most of my patients find this type of treatment uncomfortable; some have found that they even remove it subconsciously in their sleep. Furthermore, patients who wear dentures find their CPAP does not help because their airway is collapsed even more when they remove their dentures at night prior to wearing their mask, so the forced air into an already collapsed airway does not help alleviate their apnea. 


Depending on the type of sleep disordered breathing a person is diagnosed with, your dental specialist can work with you to make a customized oral appliance that will help with your snoring. These custom-made devices open your airway by bringing your jaw forward. The American Association of Sleep Medicine found that in 87% of patients with OSA, oral appliances were just as effective as a CPAP in reducing a patient’s apneic episodes. However, not all dentists understand how to use this type of therapy. In a survey of dental practitioners, 40% know little or nothing about oral appliance therapy, so it is important to visit with a specialist who will understand your needs. •

PAULA LEE: MS SENIOR WORLD 70'S - 2021 

by Paula Lee 

I DID IT!!!! I am Paula Lee, the newly crowned MS Senior World 70s, 2021. 


As a top hairstylist and makeup artist for 50+ years, I never imagined competing in pageants in my sixties. It took me ten years but what an amazing ride and to finish on top of the World! You see, I have been a caregiver most of my life. As the mother of one son and four daughters, two of them born severely handicapped, I took care of them until their death at age 21 and age 29. Their father had been exposed to agent orange during the Vietnam war. After his passing, I married my husband who passed not long ago with Parkinson Disease. I have five beautiful grandchildren and they are the love of my life. Having an abundance of love for others and with Gods guidance I enjoy bringing a smile to someone’s face or helping with a needy hand. 


Pageantry has afforded me the opportunity to travel and meet the most amazing people and enjoy life’s experiences. I won the title of MS Texas Senior America in 2010 and from that experience met my dear friend, Mary Frances Hansen. At that time Mary was my MS Texas Senior America Pageant Director and we developed a lasting bond. Mary taught me to never give up!


In 2020, I was awarded the MS Texas Senior World 60s title. This gave me the opportunity to compete at the newest pageant event for senior women…MS Senior World. This pageant promotes Women Supporting Women for ages 50 – 79. We compete in a private one on one five-minute interview with judges. We had the most fun performing our opening dance number to Shania Twain’s, “Man I Feel Like a Woman,” and WE DID!! We rocked it on stage! We also competed in personal active lifestyle wear, fashion runway and evening gown competition, walking the 24’ runway. Pageant week was filled with orientation, gift exchange, casino night, photos, Queens dinner, rehearsals, and making forever memories.


With interviews complete and preliminary night in the books, the finals were held on November 10th at the beautiful Biloxi Civic Center, Biloxi, Mississippi. Having my name called among the top 3 finalists was icing on the cake! The finalist in each age category 50-59, 60-69 and 70-79, then recompete in active lifestyle wear, fashion runway, evening gown and an on-stage question. When the scores were tallied, I knew I had done my best and the rest was in Gods hands. MS Virginia, Rebecca Nunn was announced 2nd runner up, MS South Carolina, Connie Ross Karl, 1st runner up, and the new MS Senior World 70s, was ME…Paula Lee!!  Now, I have much work to do in bringing awareness and promoting the MS Senior World pageant. We are more than a pageant; we are a movement of beautiful seasoned women who are making a difference and touching the world in our mature years. We are a pageant of glamour, beauty, sophistication, fun and support for other women.


The eyes of Texas were upon us as Sheree Koester, MS Texas, was crowned MS Senior World 50s!! 


Dreisa Sherrill, MS South Carolina, was crowned MS Senior World 60s!

If you are interested in competing, check us out at: 
www.seniorworldpageants.com
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