His Whole House founder Molly McNamara shares her story of loss to build suicide awareness

Trying to navigate through a maze blind without legs — this is how Molly McNamara describes the feelings of pain and hopelessness accompanying the trauma of suicide.

McNamara is the founder and executive director of the Cypress-based nonprofit His Whole House, a ministry that uses a faith-based approach to help trauma survivors. The organization works to “break the cycle of trauma and shame” through training, mentoring and counseling. Among its clients are people whose loved ones have attempted or carried out suicide, as well as individuals who may themselves struggle with suicidal thoughts.

“We are not a crisis intervention ministry…however, what I’ve come to understand is there is a long-term recovery period for all of us — including myself,” said McNamara, who had herself overcome attempts of suicide as a teenager.

As a suicide survivor, McNamara will be sharing her story of loss and resilience during a live online talk Sept. 30 in observance of National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month.

On March 31, 1998, McNamara said she received the most horrendous news of her life — her son, Adam Thomas, had died of suicide.

“It was in that moment that I became the most reluctant survivor of suicide and truly felt a very, very dark cloud come over,” she said. “It had been one of several traumas that had occurred within a short period of time. I’d lost both my parents just months before…and this was my only living child. It was something that took me to the bottom of my ability to function and I felt as if I was in a maze, blind without legs.”

She lived in the oppressive shadow of that dark cloud for 11 years. She finally came to recognize that what she’d experienced was trauma — the trauma of loss. She founded His Whole House in 2010.

“When I came out of the silence of my own pain and trauma and started the 501(c)3, my intention was

One of the three inaugural eateries at Fishers Test Kitchen leaves

Fishers Test Kitchen is searching for a new restaurant concept to fill an accelerator space following the departure of Natural State Provision this week.

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The Southern comfort food counter-service concept — one of three in the inaugural cohort at the culinary incubator at the Sun King Innovation Brewery in the Yard at Fishers District that launched in February — was asked to leave, said test kitchen co-founder John Wechsler, though he wouldn’t elaborate.

“We wish them well at King Dough,” he said. “This was time for us to bring another concept in.”

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The move caught Natural State owners Adam and Alicia Sweet off guard, they said in an emailed statement.

“Although our experience with Fishers Test Kitchen has been challenging from the beginning, we remained positive and committed to the initiative. We are very surprised and disappointed by how we’ve been treated, especially for our employees’ sudden job loss during a pandemic,” they said. “We’re regrouping and exploring future opportunities that will be a better fit for Natural State Provisions.” 

a close up of a sandwich on a plate: Free-er Bird, fried chicken thigh, coleslaw, and dijon on a sesame seed bun, $9, from Natural State Provisions at the Fishers Test Kitchen an Sun King Brewery, in The Yard at Fishers District, 9713 District North Drive, Suite #1210, Fishers, Ind., 46037, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020.

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Free-er Bird, fried chicken thigh, coleslaw, and dijon on a sesame seed bun, $9, from Natural State Provisions at the Fishers Test Kitchen an Sun King Brewery, in The Yard at Fishers District, 9713 District North Drive, Suite #1210, Fishers, Ind., 46037, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020.

Natural State, which served up fried chicken sandwiches, root beer-glazed pulled pork and collards and was themed for chef Adam Sweet’s native Arkansas, had 11 employees at the Fishers space.

a man standing next to a blender: Natural State Provisions owner Adam Sweet, left, and Ryan Quinn, cook up culinary creations at the Fishers Test Kitchen and Sun King Brewery in The Yard at Fishers District on Feb. 1, 2020.

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Natural State Provisions owner Adam Sweet, left, and Ryan Quinn, cook up culinary creations at the Fishers Test Kitchen and Sun King Brewery in The Yard at Fishers District on Feb. 1, 2020.

The Sweets, who also own King Dough pizzeria, 452 N. Highland Ave., were approached to join the project 22 days before its launch, replacing another chef who backed out. They’d hoped to grow it into its own brick and mortar.

The culinary accelerator that tech startup advocate Wechsler and local foodie Jolene Ketzenberger started in partnership with the city of Fishers was designed to have chefs try restaurant ideas and leave on a staggered schedule. It would add to the local culinary scene and save startups some of the hefty costs of equipment, leases and other elements needed to prove their concepts.

The two other initial concepts at the facility are Korean street food Korave Korean BBQ and global street food purveyor Lil Dumplings.

Fishers Test Kitchen is now taking applications for a popup to occupy the counter-service restaurant stall vacated by Natural State. The temporary occupant will move in October and could be considered for a longer stint, Wechsler said.

“As the other two concepts evolve, we’re already into the window of less than a year for them to graduate out into their

PIPPIN, The Garden Theatre At The Eagle

An exciting new production of the Broadway musical about a prince learning the true meaning of glory, love and war

BWW Review: PIPPIN, The Garden Theatre At The Eagle

BWW Review: PIPPIN, The Garden Theatre At The EagleAfter launching this summer with the sold-out musical Fanny and Stella, The Garden Theatre at The Eagle presents a new production of the popular musical Pippin. This is a socially distanced, outdoor production produced by Peter Bull for LAMBCO Productions.

Pippin originated on Broadway in 1972, famously directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse, with music/lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Roger O Hirson. The Garden Theatre production uses the 1998 new ending by Mitch Sebastian.

The much-loved musical tells the tale of a young prince learning the true meaning of glory, love and war. Pippin is a coming-of-age story with a message that true happiness isn’t found through success and ambition, but rather in the simple and ordinary. However, the real draw of this show has always been its catchy 70s-inspired music.

This production is significantly smaller than originally conceived, with a stripped-down cast of six, all whom are seasoned West End performers. Ryan Anderson as Pippin is exceptional and his rendition of the famous “Corner of the Sky” number does not disappoint. His voice is effortless, his dancing captivating and his acting is raw and honest.

Joanne Clifton is also a standout, playing Fastrada/Bertha with flawless comic timing and leaving the audience awestruck by her dancing. The cast also includes Tsemaye Bob-Egbe, Tanisha-Mae Brown, Harry Francis and Dan Krikler.

Designer David Shields and director Steven Dexter have done a wonderful job of turning the Garden Theatre into a sort of hippie commune. The audience are seated in traverse, under a makeshift tent. The actors are dressed as bohemian flower children, which altogether creates an atmosphere of watching a travelling circus troupe put on a show.

The only element that doesn’t seem to fit is the cast using American accents. Pippin’s magical world, created by this motley crew, feels like it shouldn’t call for a particular accent, and therefore the cast speaking with their natural voices would have felt much more authentic and in tune with the environment.

Nick Winston’s choreography still manages to wow us, despite the space restrictions. We can see Fosse’s original iconic choreography but adapted for this unique setting, and with Winston’s individual stamp.

In all, this smaller-scale production of a Broadway and West End favourite is still filled to the brim with light, colour and energy.

Pippin is running at The Garden Theatre until 11 October

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75 Home Improvement Tips – Easy Ways to Makeover Your House

Your home, like life, is a series of evolutions and special moments. Tackle these mini projects yourself — and sometimes with help! — and you’ll create a space that’s truly your own. Flaunt your “after” pictures on Instagram by tagging #MyHouseBeautiful — we’ll publish our faves this spring!

1. Restyle your bookcase. Strip off those garish dust jackets, assemble an arsenal of pretty like-colored objets, and paint the back wall of the shelf a calm — or glamazonian — hue to make it all pop.

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2. Wrap books in shimmery marbleized paper. Available at craft stores, it makes even the fluffiest beach read look smart. Luxe much?

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3. Good lighting changes everything. This update doesn’t require an electrician: Mount a plug-in sconce to spotlight a painting or your nighttime reading. Illuminating! ($595, Serena & Lily)

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4. Class up cabinets with knobs that wow you. You can swap out the pulls yourself in minutes.

5. Visual mishmash out, big beauty moment in! Take down all the pictures in a room and rehang them as one statement-making gallery wall. 

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6. Upgrade your shower nozzle. It’s not your water pressure, it’s your showerhead. Switch it out for Waterpik’s Torrent PowerSpray. It feels like a downpour. In the Maldives. ($35, Waterpik)

7. Paint the ceiling. A.k.a. the fifth wall. Blue is as calming as the sky, silver reflects light, jewel tones are bravely bold — and just might work.

The glossy barrel ceiling in the master bath is painted in Farrow & Ball's Skylight. P. E. Guerin tub fixtures. DeAngelis chair in Empress Satin by Fret Fabrics.

8. Add a little bling. Have your framer gild a lamp, table, or chair in gold leaf (or silver, or copper, or metallic hot pink).

9. Restock your linen closet. If you wouldn’t show your current bath towels and bed linens to your visiting mother-in-law, ditch ’em and start anew. You deserve better.

10. Contain your kitchen. Under-counter swing-out corner storage helps organize a clutter zone — ideal for heavy, rarely used pots, or the collection of Tupperware we all inevitably amass. (Hardware Resources)

11. Invest in a great mattress. Something that gets to sleep with you for years should be worthy! Stearns & Foster’s Estate line is cashmere-wrapped for winter warmth and summer cool. 

12. Make an opening statement. Buy house numbers with (ahem) character. ($25 each, Nak Nak Design)

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13. Find your crowning glory. Hire a contractor to add crown molding, a chair rail, or wainscoting to a room or two — it’s a one-day job with architectural pow.

14. Dress your windows. The Shade Store can install anything from ripple-fold curtains to wood blinds just 10 days after you order. 

15. Add tassels and tiebacks. Or glam up what you’ve got with silken accessories — tassels, once a talisman against evil spirits, are timeless and touchable.

16. Paint your muntins black. Or order Marvin Windows and Doors’ powder-coated beauties, which can match any color. 

17. When in doubt, go for linen curtains. Restoration Hardware’s Belgian linen is beloved, thanks to sustainably grown flax

Meet the ‘no cap’ offer: Escalation clause to win a real estate bid

  • Matt Bauscher is one of Boise’s top real estate agents, and recently used a ‘no cap’ offer to win an in-demand home for his clients, at $125,000 over-ask. 
  • The ‘no cap’ offer is an escalation clause modified to outbid any other offers on the table. 
  • Bauscher said he’s done hundreds of escalation clauses before but never a ‘no cap’ deal: ‘No one had ever heard of what we did here either.’
  • Leader of one of Idaho’s top real estate teams, Bauscher says he’s designed many escalation clauses before, but they all had caps on them.
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“No one had ever heard of what we did here either,” Matt Bauscher told Business Insider.

Bauscher, a top Boise real estate broker with Amherst Madison, was talking about his recent success winning a home for his clients with a “no cap” offer. 

Bauscher has been in real estate since 2014, and leads one of the top real estate teams in Idaho, per Real Trends.

“It was the first time I’ve ever done it — I’ve done hundreds of escalation clauses, but most with a cap.” 

Bauscher’s “no cap” offer came about as a result of the feverish Idaho real estate market, where realtors are describing a market overwhelmed with bidding wars and sales often going for $100,000 over ask. It’s a real estate “feeding frenzy,” as Bauscher puts it, as city dwellers flock to the Gem State.

While typical escalation clauses make a contractual provision in a home buyer’s offer letter that seeks to outbid competition by a designated amount, the “no cap” offer means a buyer is essentially writing a blank check for a home — determined to successfully outbid any other offers on the table. 

“I often do an escalation clause on my offers when I’m representing a buyer,” Bauscher said. For example, “I will write in the contract, ‘Buyer agrees to beat any competing bona-fide offer by $5,000 over the highest competing offer. A copy of the competing offer must be provided for escalation clause to be valid.'”

Bauscher used the example of a house being listed at $1.5 million, for which you could do an escalation clause beating any offer by $10,000, up to a max of $1.7 million. The ‘no cap’ would mean you are going to beat any competing offer for just what it sounds like, he said — without a cap.

Bauscher said the “no cap” requires proof, too: The listing agent has to provide a lender approval letter or proof of funds of the competing offer, so they can’t falsify an offer. 

It’s simple, but it works, according to Bauscher, who used the “no cap” offer to win his clients — who were coming from an affluent area out of state — a Boise home at $125,000 over ask.

“Many urban cities are losing people to Boise,” he said, pointing to the city’s safety, low cost of living, and seasonal weather, adding that residents can work from home and

Bathroom Accessories Market and Competitive Landscape & Pandemic Recovery Analysis 2020 – Technavio

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The research is classified into seven sections – bathroom accessories market landscape, market sizing, five force analysis, customer landscape, geographic landscape, drivers, challenges, and trends, and vendor landscape and analysis.

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Sidewall Pastry Kitchen to open in old Rocket Surgery space


For a little over a year now, the owners of Sidewall Pizza Company have been working on something new that would build upon their successful brand while also positioning the company for dynamic growth. Now, they are ready to share.

Sidewall Pastry Kitchen will open Saturday, Sept. 19, offering an array of sweet treats like macarons, muffins, cookies, cakes, fancy rice crispy treats and soft serve ice cream.

The new venture includes a retail and catering component as well as a full mail-order line. The former is available locally while the later will be its own entity, with specific branding, packaging and website.

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Executive pastry chef Kirsten Martin fills baking cups with cupcake batter at Sidewall Pastry Kitchen Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. (Photo: JOSH MORGAN/Staff)

The mail-order business will be a separate entity, offering a variety of items ranging including several specialty product lines. A line of gluten free treats and a line of vegan treats will both be their own brands.

The offerings will also include a line of what Sidewall owners are calling biscuit cinnamon rolls, which combine the best traits of a biscuit and a cinnamon roll into one.

Sidewall’s pastry chefs have been perfecting the recipes and techniques for well over a year, said Andy O’Mara, co-owner of Sidewall Pizza Company.

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“It follows true to the model we have had since we first started where we wanted to be able to produce everything that we were capable of producing,” O’Mara said.

Sidewall makes all sauces, dressings, pizza dough and its ice cream in house.

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Executive pastry chef Kirsten Martin fills baking cups with cupcake batter at Sidewall Pastry Kitchen Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. (Photo: JOSH MORGAN/Staff)

“We wanted to be able to put our same stamp on the dessert and that just had evolved overtime,” O’Mara said.

While the new concept has been in the planning stages for some time, its launch now comes as Sidewall, like nearly all restaurants are guarding against losses incurred from the coronavirus.

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The company closed its Sidewall Pizza Clemson location last month, and it is on track to open its newest location in Five Forks later this month.

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A peanut butter pie at Sidewall Pastry Kitchen Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. (Photo: JOSH MORGAN/Staff)

The Pastry Kitchen will be in the former Rocket Surgery place, at 164 S. Main St., Travelers Rest. That restaurant closed last year, and the space has remained empty until now.

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The pastries grew out of having certain resources, O’Mara said. Namely, having some talented bakers. The company now has three full-time pastry chefs who have been slowly making their presence known over the past couple years.

The team will supply Sidewall restaurants, along with Monkey Wrench, the barbecue restaurant the company opened in 2017.

In addition, the Pastry Kitchen

Online home decor retailer Ballard Designs to open Houston store

Ballard Designs, a catalog and online retailer of furniture and home decor, will open a store in the Houston market in Rivers Oaks Shopping Center.

The Atlanta-based omnichannel retailer will take over the 10,000-square-foot space previously occupied by Gap Stores in February, the company announced.

Ballard Designs joins other design and furniture stores in Weingarten Realty Investors’ renovated River Oaks center as it continues its brick-and-mortar expansion. The Houston store will be the chain’s 16th since first opening stores 2007.

“We’ve been serving Houston designers and homeowners for 35 years through our catalog, so we already have a large following here,” Dominic Milanese, senior director of retail for Ballard Designs, said in an announcement.

RELATED: In Marie Flanigan’s new design book, there’s beauty in every home

Ballard is targeting a soft opening in early 2021. Social distancing protocols will be in place.

“Shopping is one of the Top 10 things to do in Houston,” Milanese said. “And at Ballard, we have such a robust assortment, we expect people to love our upholstery and larger furniture pieces, but also to stop in for smaller accessories as well.”

The location on West Gray Street near Shepherd Drive is close to the affluent River Oaks and Montrose neighborhoods, a couple of miles west of downtown. Weingarten Realty is developing the 30-story Driscoll at River Oaks apartment tower in the center, with opening planned in mid 2021.

Ballard Designs also has stores in Fort Worth and Dallas. The company is part of Qurate Retail Group, which also includes QVC, HSN, Zulily, Frontgate, Garnett Hill, Grandin Road and Ryllace.

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White House worried about Republican opposition to Trump controversial Fed pick

The White House is worried about opposition from Senate Republicans to Judy Shelton, President Trump’s nominee for a spot on the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors, according to people familiar with the matter.

“Her nomination is imperiled right now,” said Stephen Moore, an outside economic adviser to Trump.

“The White House is really not sure they have the 50 votes in the Senate to confirm her,” Moore told the Washington Examiner. Moore met with Trump and multiple senior White House officials on Wednesday.

Shelton is not expected to get support from any of the 47 senators who are Democrats or independents. Now, there are concerns that she does not have enough support from Republicans to garner the 51 votes necessary for confirmation.

Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, the Republican whip, told reporters Tuesday that Shelton doesn’t have the votes needed for confirmation. Yet Trump’s National Economic Council director, Larry Kudlow, said Thursday at an event hosted by the Economic Club of New York that Trump remains firmly behind her nomination. Kudlow added that he thinks the White House can get the 50 Senate votes for her confirmation.

Republican Sens. Susan Collins, from Maine, and Mitt Romney from Utah said they would vote against her nomination in July. Moore said the White House is worried about other Republicans also voting against her, including Colorado’s Cory Gardner, who is up for reelection this year, and Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski.

Gardner and Murkowski did not respond to requests for comment.

An individual familiar with the matter said that Kudlow has been key in keeping Shelton’s nomination afloat.

“I was told she’s toast and the White House has to find somebody else to nominate,” a former senior administration official said. “But then, later in the day, she wasn’t toast anymore. Kudlow is her biggest supporter, and he will fight for her to the death.”

Shelton has generated opposition for her pointed criticisms of the Fed and her advocacy for a return to the gold standard as a monetary system.

In the past few months, her nomination faced several challenges after multiple Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Banking Committee indicated her views made her unsuitable for a seat on the Fed’s board of governors.

She has raised concerns on both sides of the aisle for her view that the Fed should have less power and independent discretion and instead have closer ties to the White House.

Nevertheless, the Senate Banking Committee narrowly approved her nomination in a 13-12 party-line vote in July. Her nomination has now moved on to the full Senate. Trump formally nominated Shelton to the post in January of this year.

Moore, who is also an Washington Examiner opinion columnist, said the new opposition to Shelton is due to Democrats putting pressure on Republicans such as Gardner and Murkowski.

“The Left is really out to get her. They don’t want any independent thinkers on the Fed who are going to challenge the way the empire does business,” Moore said.


Select Interior Concepts appoints new CTO (NASDAQ:SIC)

Select Interior Concepts (NASDAQ:SIC) has appointed Satish Kalalaas Chief Technology Officer, reporting to Nadeem Moiz, Chief Financial Officer of SIC.

Mr. Kalala previously served as Founder and Managing Partner of A5 Ventures, a growth advisory and tech ventures incubation firm.

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