We’ve still got a ways to go before we’ll be a ‘weekly’ publication, but we’re adding more voices, more content, and more features.


This issue has some great stuff in it.


Your top priority read should be Sarah Sorensen’s piece on school funding. Did you know that Texas ranks 40th out of 50 states in per-student funding? And that our state government keeps cutting its support for schools and pushing more of the burden onto local property taxes?

I love this month’s cover art by Carmen Cartiness Johnson. It’s a joyful celebration of family and friends that’s a perfect fit with the approach of Thanksgiving.


We’ve got another art feature that’s going to become a regular part of LNF Weekly. Photographer Al Rendon plans to choose one of his photos each month and tell us the story of how it came to be. This month’s pick is a photo of author Sandra Cisneros, a shot that’s currently hanging in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.

A colorful painting of a large group of people and food in the center of a home

Carmen Cartiness Johnson's painting, 'Heart of the House', is our cover art for this issue.

You’ll also want to check out Thea Setterbo’s article on what’s going on with further development at Hemisfair. Hemisfair is such a valuable part of our neighborhood; we owe it to ourselves to keep its development on-track. Thea has suggested two things we can each do to make that happen.


Janie Barrera is president of LiftFund, a regional non-profit that provides loans and support to small businesses that have trouble getting attention from the big banks. Her article reminds us that Small Business Saturday is coming up, and she recommends some neighborhood businesses for your patronage.


Of course, Small Business Saturday is a gateway event to holiday shopping, and the holidays are coming.

Holiday season means food, and we’ve got some recipes for you.


As temperatures drop, there’s nothing like hot soup, and Pharm Table’s Chef Elizabeth has a couple of suggestions.


And Jane Gennarelli introduces one of my personal favorite dishes, saltimbocca. It’s her recreation of a terrific veal dish from a now-gone Italian restaurant in New York City’s Greenwich Village.


And you can’t cook without cookware. Did you know that two of the best places to buy quality cookware at great prices are right here in the neighborhood?


Of course, for many of us, holiday season means that mountain cedar season is just around the corner. But there’s good news: I’ve found a way to beat it, and my doctor has endorsed it.


As you think about the holidays, you are probably also thinking about charitable donations. One neighborhood non-profit that can use your support is The Cannoli Fund, our local animal welfare organization. Cannoli Fund co-founder Nancy Diehl wrote about the organization last month. This month she gives us some advice on what to do if we find a lost animal.


This is also the time of year that the Lavaca Neighborhood Association gets organized for the coming year, putting together a slate of officers for election at the January annual meeting. This organization has, in the past, played an outsized role in the neighborhood’s development and direction, but it doesn’t get the love it needs to really prosper. Find out more about it in this article.


And finally, we’ve added some new pages to the site. Most significantly — now that we’re building a library of content — we’ve added an archive page that will let you scroll back and find previous articles. We’ve even moved a few articles from our old Lavaca & Friends website into the archive.


I hope you find a lot here that’s worth a read.


If you have any comments about any of the articles, click the ‘Contact’ button and let us know.


And if you have any ideas of things we should cover, let us know that, too.


And, if you’d like to be a contributor, contact us and let’s talk!

Jim Feuerstein is co-editor of LNF Weekly; he also designs and manages the website.

Did you know that Texas ranks 40th out of 50 states in per-student funding? And the state keeps cutting.

Holiday season means food, and we've got some recipes for you -- two soups and a veal saltimbocca

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