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When Carl and Jo Shannon moved to Eagle s Trace in Houston from their home in Wharton three years ago, they left behind a Texas-sized yard. [caption id="attachment_12842" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Senior Grower Bill Smartt offers advice about container gardening to Jim and Norma Pickett.

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Think of it as a men s locker room without the sweat. The Men s Breakfast Club at Highland Springs meets all the other requirements necessary for manly bonding slaps on the back, tales of heroics past and present, and of course, a few jokes.

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For someone who has acted opposite Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, and Debra Winger, Betty King is remarkably down to earth.

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[caption id="attachment_11705" align="alignright" width="280" caption="After a production rife with aunt-ics, the cast prepares to take a bow in front of an audience that s all smiles."]

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[caption id="attachment_11710" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Mary Norman, M.D., and her husband celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary last year by renewing their vows in the Hillcrest Clubhouse at Highland Springs, where she is the medical director."]

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From the plains of west Texas to the sprawling acreages in the hill country, if there s one thing Texans have in common, it s their penchant for wide open spaces. [caption id="attachment_8828" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Pete and Barbara Scholl relax in their 1,900-square-foot apartment home at Eagle s Trace."]

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The Olive Branch Book Club is the third and newest arm in the tree of reading groups at Highland Springs.

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[caption id="attachment_6454" align="alignright" width="200" caption="Theresa and Kurt Eichenwald at the premiere of The Informant in New York City. (Photo courtesy of LIFE)"][/caption] Highland Springs has a celebrity in its midst. Theresa Eichenwald, M.D., physician at the on-campus medical center, happens to be married to Hollywood s newest celebrity.
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Howard Van and Charlotte Chatsey Vandevender recently moved toHighland Springs, theErickson communityin Dallas, Tex. The decision to move took them over three years. Van wasn t much for it, Mrs.