Super Bowl

It’s not too late to have a Super Bowl Party. After all, it’s next Sunday, February 7. Get in touch with your friends and share some food and time. No matter which team you decide to root for, you’ll have a great time. Go ahead. Be sociable. Forget the diet for a few hours. Celebrate America’s favorite pastime on TV.

Annie Ambles looks forward to Super Bowl Sunday


Y Luncheon

Didn’t we just have a luncheon at the Downtown Y? Seems like it, yet another one is in the works for February 5 at 11:30 AM.  The theme is “Mexican Feast.” Bring what you’d like to share with others that will go with tacos. Since it’s close to Valentine’s Day, perhaps we could have a red and white them, too.

Annie Ambles is thinking about taking a cherry pie

We’re in the Top 10

It came as no surprise that our DFW is ranked right up there with America’s most future-ready cities. Three of 25 are in Texas–Austin (5), Dallas/Fort Worth (10), Houston (13). Annie came across this article on the web and thought you might enjoy reading it.

“San Jose, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Boston and Austin are America’s most future-ready cities—but each arrived on top with a different balance of strengths.

Those were the findings from the Dell Future Ready Economies Model based on insights and criteria developed at the 2015 Strategic Innovation Summit: Enabling Economies for the Future, hosted by Harvard University and sponsored by Dell.

The model is meant as a tool for cities to gauge their preparation for future growth.

The summit identified three primary characteristics of Future Ready Economies: the ability to attract people who are engaged in and open to lifelong learning that drives innovation; businesses that thrive in collaborative environments; and infrastructure that provides platforms for people to engage, collaborate, learn and innovate.

Dell commissioned IHS Economics to find proxy indicators that define those characteristics. The resulting index is a model intended to help decision makers understand what makes certain cities more prepared for future growth.

“We’re very confident these cities will grow faster in the next five to ten years than most other cities,” said James Diffley, IHS Economics Group Managing Director for U.S. Regional Services.

The rankings revealed no definitive formula for achieving future readiness, though education figured prominently. The top four cities overall were also the top four of cities with the highest percentages of undergraduate and graduate school degrees.

Austin outranked Boston in commerce and infrastructure, but Boston’s human capital grades—particularly in learning—boosted it to the fourth overall spot.

Portland, OR, rode the strength of its infrastructure into the top ten, while Dallas/Fort Worth made it primarily due to its commerce scores.

The index revealed that future readiness is not dependent on geography or being “better” than other economies, but rather relies on finding the strengths in a given economy and capitalizing on them.

Top 13 Future Ready Economies:

San Jose, CA
San Francisco, CA
Washington, DC
Boston, MA
Austin, TX
Raleigh, NC
Seattle, WA
Denver, CO
Portland, OR
Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
New York, NY
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
Houston, TX.”

Annie Ambles salutes Fort Worth

Travers Green

Unless you’re a fan, you probably don’t recognize the name Travers Green. No, he wasn’t a football player or a Rangers team member. He was an excellent artist who is a native of our fair city.

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You can see his fantastic paintings free until February 26 at Fort Worth’s Central Library, 500 W. 3rd. Street. The exhibit “South by Southwest: The Art of Travers Green” is a retrospective showcase of works by award-winning Fort Worth local artist Travers Green who was born in 1928 and died in 2008. These watercolor paintings have been reacquired by his son from various sources to compile a collection never before seen together.

Mr. Green’s “tight-loose” painting style, along with a unique scratch and splatter technique combine to create country-themed paintings. The viewer is given a sense of place and sees how the ordinary is turned into something extraordinary.

What a delicious feast of art. Come sample the show and enrich your senses.

Annie Ambles is a new Travers Green fan



The Green Factor

By the green factor, I’m thinking of money, not grass, trees, or the environment. Just finished reading Teresa Ghilarducci’s 2015 book, How to Retire with Enough Money and How to Know What Enough Is. For me, this was an extremely interesting book with clear answers to many financial questions. The best part, other than the concise writing, is the book’s length–only 116 pages. I read it in three to four hours and checked it out free from the Fort Worth Public Library.

Front Cover

The book’s introduction gives six simple steps you can use to plan a prosperous retirement, and here I quote from the book–

“1. Predict when you and your spouse or partner will retire, be laid off, or be physically and mentally unable to keep your job.

2. Predict when you will die.

3. Save more than 7 percent of every dollar you earn, starting when you’re 25. Oh, you’re 55 now? Just save 30 percent of every dollar.

4. Earn at least 3 percent above inflation on your investments, every year.

5. Do not withdraw any funds if you lose your job, have health troubles, get divorced, buy a house….

6. Time your retirement account withdrawals so that the last cent isn’t spent until the day you die.”

Challenging? Of course, just like life. No one can answer all the six questions, but any one can think about them. This little book is worth its weight in gold. Chapter One tells it like it is as do the following chapters. For example, you’re asked to face the facts. If you’re not worried, you probably don’t understand the situation.

The book’s Appendix gives useful web sites, books, and articles that give you up-to-date information. You don’t have anything to lose and a great deal to gain by reading this book and applying its principles.

Annie Ambles recommends an easy read with difficult issues

Membership Meeting

The Fort Worth Genealogy Society is having its general membership meeting, Tuesday, January 26, 6:30 PM until 7:45 PM in the Fort Worth Central Library’s Tandy Lecture Hall. This downtown library is located at 500 W. 3rd. Street. Parking is free on the street after 6:00 PM and in the parking garage just down the street.

The meeting is open to the public with no charge–free, free, free!

The speaker is from the Fort Worth Library Staff and will talk about “Touring the Fort Worth Library Genealogy Unit: What’s New?”

Have you been in the Fort Worth Genealogy Unit in awhile? Have you noticed some changes? Is there something you’ve wanted to try out or a question you’ve wanted to ask, but you were uncertain? This is the night to come and ask your questions! Tour the department and learn what is new. After business and refreshments, we will go downstairs to tour. Bryan McKinney and his staff will be available to teach us how to use the scanners, computers, and new databases. Bring a flash drive, if you want to save some scans for your home computer.  You can now email them to yourself.

For additional information contact Judy Ramos –

Annie Ambles to the meeting

Performers’ Showcase

Come downtown to the Fort Worth Central Library for an introduction to a variety of different performers with programs suitable for the entire family! As you view a sampling of programs, vote for your favorite performer for the day!Come join us for an introduction to a variety of different performers with programs suitable for the entire family!

The performances will start at 12:00 noon and continue until 5:00 p.m., Saturday, January 23 at our Central Library. What a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

The event is free and open to the public. Come and bring your family to experience a sampling of our local talent and enjoy the afternoon with other Fort Worth citizens. Please call 817-392-7745 for more information. Public parking is free on Saturday.

Annie Ambles to the Central Library’s Performers Showcase