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OMNI Houston Galleria Hotel – Coming back in style!

With Harvey we lost many things, besides invaluable lives. Perhaps one of the most treasured ones was our iconic OMNI Houston Hotel in Uptown – Galleria. We all remember what became probably the most beautiful lobby lounge in the city. But as a remarkable symbol of Houston’s strength, the gorgeous property is coming back, in style.

The OMNI Houston Hotel undergoing a $30 million renovation process that will elevate the guest experience and revitalize property grounds. The transformation will further reinforce the hotel as the perfect luxury oasis in the prestigious Galleria-area of Houston and will be helmed by its new general manager Allan Codore. The reopening date is slated for November 1, 2018.

Codore, who rejoins the Omni Houston Hotel on June 1 is an Omni Hotels & Resorts and Omni Houston Hotel veteran who started with the brand 22 years ago. Having served in several leadership roles, from front office positions to director of operations and general manager of various properties within the brand, Codore is poised to lead a successful reopening for the property. In his new position at Omni Houston Hotel, Codore will oversee the $30 million renovation the property is undergoing and will assist in carrying out the revitalization from beginning to end.

“It is an exciting time for the hotel as we are navigating through a major renovation that will transform each space and position the property as the hotel of choice in the Galleria-area,” said Codore. “I am excited to return to Houston and be back at the Omni Houston Hotel to lead the team, oversee the progress of the renovation and to welcome our guests back this fall.”

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Embracing Houston’s culture and attitude, the design of the renovated spaces at the 378-room Omni Houston Hotel begins on the first floor. The inspiration draws from an authentic local aesthetic that includes leathers, bronze, brass and lush greens, providing a new take on a “modern Texas.” The urban oasis will welcome natural light throughout with floor-to-ceiling windows, open communal spaces and the idea of bringing the outdoors inside. The lobby will feature a swanky moss wall that welcomes guests as they check-in at raw copper pods, evoking a warm and captivating arrival experience.

The first floor evolution continues throughout various common spaces including a high-end retail venue, coffee and wine bar and whiskey room that will pay homage to Houston’s history. The overall look welcomes clean lines that fuse rich and natural textures for a more residential feel. The hotel’s first floor restaurant will transform and take inspiration from Memorial Park’s lavish greenery while providing views of the outdoor landscape seen through floor-to-ceiling windows that line the venue. The dining outlet which has been reconcepted, will encourage guests to gather, collaborate and socialize around the curved shaped bar for a communal feel. Rich green leather bar seats tie back to bringing in simple, clean lines for a natural state. The iconic nightclub, Black Swan, will also return with a similar modern design, combining luxury and timeless energy, providing guests a vibrant nightlife experience. The lobby lounge that flows into the coffee bar affords guests plush sofas, leather armchairs, a bookshelf wall and fireplace with a built-in bench, which will create an inviting atmosphere.

Meeting space on the first and second floors are also set for a redesign and will include an additional 2,500 square feet of flexible meeting space. The property will offer two new conference areas with boardrooms and breakout space.

Mokara Spa & Salon updates include an aesthetic that embodies nature as designers used soft, whitewashed woods and lush green walls. The use of stone, wood and dark metals throughout create a mix of texture and contrast. Treatment rooms will use earthy elements such as raw wood accents and stone and pebbles will be weaved throughout to marry the spa with the natural outdoor landscape for a serene experience. As spa guests step out and enter the salon, they will see a more contemporary visual.

The hotel will welcome its first guests in time for the holiday season to mix, mingle and gather at the new space. Reservations for hotel stays are available now for bookings starting on November 1, 2018.


Owners and upper management from 18 luxury businesses were recently invited to attend the launch of HOUSTON BLACK BOOK OF LUXURY hosted by Rolls-Royce and Bentley of Houston.

HOUSTON BLACK BOOK OF LUXURY (HBBL) is Houston’s only private membership club, as well as ultra-elite network of luxury retail stores, brands and professional services. Within the HBBL, premium companies work closely together at senior director level for mutual business and client development.

Attendees were introduced to the innovative concept through a 40-minute presentation by its founder, who put it clearly:

The HBBL’s objective can be defined as targeting two main, simple areas, as follows:

1. BUSINESS MEMBERS – To substantially assist select business members gain and sustain a competitive advantage, promote brand recognition, establish strategic alliances, produce B2B and B2C networking opportunities, develop constant marketing strategies’ innovation and optimization, enhance business performance and, ultimately, acquire new clients and become more profitable.

2. PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS – To offer discerning individual members the opportunity to gain exclusive access to a wide range of VIP services and benefits, be introduced to all business members, preview new luxury products and services before they are made available to the general public, stay informed about new openings and expansions, participate in select networking and social events, receive preferred and advanced special promotions and offers, and stay on top of the world of luxury.


The full program is scheduled to be available to the public in January, although business members are already joining. Rolex Boutique, Peter Lik Gallery, Alexander’s Portrait Studios, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars of Houston, Deutsch & Deutsch Jewelers, Bullock Jewelers, Susan Iverson Wealth Management, Hal Martin’s Watch Co., Omni Hotel Houston Galleria and Bentley Houston count as some of the new members in the Uptown / Galleria area. More businesses in The Woodlands, Katy, Clear Lake, and Sugar Land areas are joining as well.

Joining the HOUSTON BLACK BOOK OF LUXURY is somewhat restrictive, as prospective business partners must submit an application with the endorsement of two existing business members; the application will then be submitted to the HBBL Admission Board for review and final approval. This application method guarantees that only businesses with a superior reputation will be accepted. There is an annual membership fee for Business Members, as well.

Businesses admitted in the HOUSTON BLACK BOOK OF LUXURY will follow certain rules and guidelines set in place to ensure tangible benefits to Business Members and Private Individual Members alike.

Exclusivity is another key component of the HBBL. For many businesses, HOUSTON BLACK BOOK OF LUXURY will not allow disadvantagous competition. For example, once a Mercedes-Benz dealership is admitted as Business Member, no other Mercedes-Benz dealership within the same DMA (demographic market area) will be admitted. DMAs will vary, and are defined differently for each industry. For some Business Members this is a first-come, first-served opportunity.


For some sectors, there is no total or semi-exclusivity rule in place. For example, there is no limit for restaurants, men’s or women’s apparel boutiques, etc. However, as an example, there will be a limit set for Brazilian Steak Houses in the Galleria area, as there are three restaurants of the same type within a two-mile stretch of Westheimer Road.

There is no pre-qualification criteria set for Individual Members wishing to join HBBL, other than paying an annual membership fee.

Based on the immediate response from the initial Business Members, the club is expected to grow rapidly both in memberships, as well as in the range of benefits and activities offered. There are several HBBL committees, each designated to analyze, adjust, and organize different aspects of the Club, such as benefits, rules, events, and guidelines, giving members a voice within the organization.


Individual Members receive a weekly email with updates, special opportunities offered by Business Members, invitations to events, and more.

In addition to having a fabulous website and a strong social media presence, the HBBL will annually produce a physical Houston Black Book of Luxury. This Black Book will be mailed to all Business and Individual Members, as well as to a number of additional select hotels, organizations and business locations.

The HOUSTON BLACK BOOK OF LUXURY will shake-up and substantially enhance the way in which luxury is perceived and experienced in Houston. Luxury just got smarter. A lot smarter.


Tilman Fertitta, the World’s Richest Restaurateur, is a bright Houstonian, successful businessman, entrepreneur, and, now, star of the reality show Billion Dollar Buyer. His net worth positions him as one of the wealthiest Americans today, according to Forbes.

We had the unique opportunity to sit and visit with him. Considering he has just finished four months of filming for the second season of his popular TV show, he didn’t want to see anything resembling a camera, yet, he was gracious enough to spend some time with us -and our cameras-.

Tilman Fertitta is not just the “Billion Dollar Buyer,” but he is also the genius mind behind one of the world’s fastest growing empires. The key to his consistent financial growth is rooted in positioning his business to be relatively unaffected by economic downturns. He believes when the economy is looking up, people often tend to forget that it doesn’t always last; and at the same time, when money matters are looking doubtful, people tend to forget they will eventually improve. He has always been a cyclical player, building or acquiring new real estate, even when the time doesn’t seem to be the right one.

During the 10-year real estate recession, from 1986 to 1996, he took advantage of the economic situation, purchasing prime properties for less. Once the economy bounced back, he was ahead of the game. He believes that a strong business strategy is to invest even when the market is down.


Born in Galveston, he is the sole owner, chairman and CEO of Fertitta Entertainment, Inc., which owns both the restaurant giant Landry’s, Inc. and the Golden Nugget Casinos, and is recognized today as a world leader in the dining, hospitality, entertainment and gaming industries.

The Company today has revenues over $3.4 billion and assets of more than $3.5 billion. Landry’s operates more than 500 properties in 34 states and owns a number of international locations. It is also one of the country’s largest employers, with more than 60,000 employees. Landry’s owns and operates more than 50 different restaurant brands, including McCormick & Schmick’s, Chart House, Landry’s Seafood, Rainforest Cafe, Saltgrass Steak House, Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, Claim Jumper, Mitchells Fish Market and many more award-winning concepts. Landry’s Signature Group of restaurants includes some of the world’s premier fine dining concepts, like Mastro’s Steakhouse and Ocean Club, Morton’s The Steakhouse, The Oceanaire, Vic & Anthony’s, Brenner’s Steakhouse, Grotto, La Griglia and Willie G’s, just to name a few. What is further unique about Landry’s is that it operates all of its locations and doesn’t license or franchise any of its domestic units.

The company also owns and operates numerous gaming, hospitality and entertainment venues, including the iconic Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino brand, with 5 locations throughout the United States, including Las Vegas, Nevada; Atlantic City, New Jersey; Laughlin, Nevada; Biloxi, Mississippi and Lake Charles, Louisiana. In the Houston/Galveston area, Tilman operates the award winning San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference Center, The Westin Houston Downtown and several other award-winning regional hotels. The Company’s entertainment destinations include the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, The Kemah Boardwalk, Downtown Aquarium Denver and Houston and Tower of Americas in San Antonio, which are all featured on the Forbes, Travel Channel or USA Today’s top five lists of attractions.

Tilman will be opening an all-new Grotto restaurant in Downtown Houston, specially tailored to the niche downtown marke.

Tilman believes in the importance of giving back to the community and devotes a substantial amount of time to civic service and charitable organizations. He currently serves as Chairman of the Houston Children’s Charity, the Houston Police Foundation, and is currently the Chairman of the Board of Regents University of Houston. He also is on the Executive Committee of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, one of the Nation’s largest charitable organizations. He also serves on the boards of the Texas Heart Institute, and Greater Houston Partnership.

He and his wife Paige live in Houston with their four children, ranging in ages from 17 to 23; he anticipates his children will eventually be involved in different areas of his company. He believes their young minds will bring a fresh insight to his work, as well as learning his business savvy.

He is always looking for the next great idea. And this upcoming year will see the inauguration of ten new Saltgrass Steak House restaurants, three to four new Mastro’s, and a 350-room tower expansion at the Golden Nugget in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Also, he recently purchased a Manhattan-based franchise, that will add 15 restaurants to the six he already owns in the area, making him the largest restaurant operator in Manhattan. He also owns 40 properties all over the world, from the Middle East, to Asia and the South Pacific.

An influential business figure, Tilman has been frequently featured in the nation’s top financial and industry publications. He is a frequent guest of prominent national business programs on networks like CNBC and Fox Business News. He is one of the foremost authorities in the restaurant, gaming entertainment and hospitality industries.

Tilman also stars in CNBC’s Billion Dollar Buyer, currently entering its second season. His successful show has him visiting cities such as Miami, Naples, Fort Lauderdale, New York City, San Antonio and Los Angeles. At each location, he visits and evaluates a small, locally-owned business to determine if it can live up to the expectations of the Landry’s Inc. image, and the “Billion Dollar Buyer” himself. New episodes air Tuesdays on CNBC. Definitely a show you don’t want to miss.


Tilman’s many personal honors include: Entrepreneur of the Year Award from Ernst & Young and induction into the Texas Business Hall of Fame as the second-youngest inductee. In 2012, he was named Amusement Today’s Person of the Year, and in 2013, he was named Casino Journal’s Executive of the Year and one of restaurant news top executive almost yearly. Tilman debuted on Forbes 400 list in 2012 and is referred to as “‘the world’s richest restaurateur.“

His hottest project of the moment is The Post Oak, soon to be Houston’s most exclusive destination. The complex will contain a 5-fixture-bath hotel (the first in Houston and the most luxurious), residential units, 150,000 square feet of office space, four restaurants and two to three retail locations. His luxury dealership, that represents the Rolls-Royce and Bentley brands, will also gain an additional showroom in the main building. This fabulous project will take Houston’s hotel industry to the next level. The Post Oak will boast the biggest ballroom available in the Galleria area, and will offer a variety of luxury services such as: a Bentley and Rolls-Royce vehicle concierge, 24-hour room service, and a helipad with one of Tilman’s three helicopters on stand-by, just in case a guest is running late to the airport or an appointment. He anticipates The Post Oak to bring in even more tourism to the Houston area, and we are certain he’s right. We were given a sneak peek at a surprise for the complex, which we were asked not to reveal in this article. Although we are dying to divulge, we know this one addition alone will make The Post Oak a sensational attraction for affluent locals and tourists alike.

Tilman’s motto for business is to “understand that this is a changing world, and you need to stay on top for every new opportunity that arises. If you slow down, you will get run over, so you can’t slow down.” His final note for us is some advice for new entrepreneurs: “Complete knowledge of the business is a must and should be there, not only on the sales side but on the financial, marketing and operational sides also. And let go of fear, and do not worry about failure.”


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Principles of Positive Discipline

Policy makers, educators, child rights activists, and researchers from 21 different countries including the United States, England, France, Israel, Ethiopia, Australia, and New Zealand, recently gathered in Dallas for “The Global Summit on Ending Corporal Punishment and Promoting Positive Discipline”.

Dr. George Holden of Southern Methodist University organized this conference, the first ever to bring together internationally recognized experts from diverse fields to promote awareness of child rights, the negative consequence of using corporal punishment (e.g., spanking and other forms of physical discipline), and ways of encouraging positive discipline in homes and schools.
Dr. Elizabeth Gershoff, Co-Chair of the Summit’s Organizing Committee and a professor at The University of Texas at Austin, summarized the results of many studies examining the negative effects of corporal punishment of children. She asserts “until researchers, clinicians, and parents can definitively demonstrate the presence of positive effects of corporal punishment, including effectiveness in halting future misbehavior, not just the absence of negative effects, we as psychologists cannot responsibly recommend its use”. Careful review of the research literature provides a clear picture: there are no positive effects of such punishment, only negative effects.
Gershoff acknowledges that discipline is one of the most challenging tasks of being a parent. Given that very few parents receive formal training on how to discipline their children effectively, they primarily learn “on the job” or default to using the strategies their parents used. Gershoff laments, “this unfortunately means we sometimes use discipline methods that are familiar but not effective”, such as corporal punishment. This brings us to the important question of what constitutes effective, positive discipline that can teach children acceptable behavior.
Drawing on the research literature as well as years working with children, Gershoff outlines four main principles of effective positive discipline.
1. Guide, not punish. Punishment can teach children what not to do, but it is even more important for parents to teach their children what to do.
2. Focus on the positives. Building a strong relationship with your child is the cornerstone of effective discipline.
3. Be prepared. Let your child know what type of behavior you expect in different situations.
4. Be consistent. Children appreciate consistency – create fair consequences, share these with your child, and implement when needed.

¿Quién dijo que a los hombres no les interesa la cirugía estética?

as mujeres pueden dedicar más tiempo y dinero en belleza, pero los
hombres invierten tanto tiempo en su apariencia como la mujer.
Sorprendentemente, un creciente número de hombres ha recurrido más y más a la cirugía estética durante los últimos años. Un estudio reciente indica que hubo un aumento del 273% en los hombres que se someten a cirugía plástica entre el año 1997 y 2013.
Este aumento puede ser el resultado de varios factores, como las tendencias inspiradas en las celebridades, el fenómeno “Selfie”, el auge de las redes sociales o incluso la competencia en el mercado laboral.
Las estadísticas de 2014, publicadas por la Sociedad Americana de Cirujanos Plásticos (ASPS), informa que los procedimientos más populares realizados a pacientes masculinos durante el año pasado fueron los implantes pectorales y la reducción de mamas para hombres. Según el informe, se realizaron 1.054 implantes pectorales, representando un incremento del 208% desde 2013 hasta 2014, mientras que hubo 26.175 reducciones de mama en hombres en el 2014, un aumento del 29% desde el año 2000.
Al igual que en las mujeres, un número creciente de hombres quiere sentirse cómodo y seguro en situaciones cotidianas. Estos hombres se están dando cuenta que la cirugía plástica es una buena opción.
Incluso las opciones no quirúrgicas están ganando popularidad en el sexo masculino. Los tratamientos como los rellenos cosméticos, faciales y la reducción del vello con láser se están convirtiendo en los favoritos entre los hombres. Estas opciones, mínimamente invasivas, están destinadas a crear cambios sutiles, como el borrado de líneas y arrugas durante cierto tiempo. El Botox es, por mucho, el procedimiento no invasivo más popular entre ellos, con más de 380.000 procedimientos realizados en hombres en el 2013, según la Sociedad Americana de Cirugía Plástica Estética.
En un mercado laboral competitivo donde la apariencia es fundamental, hay aún mucho más en juego. El viejo dicho sigue siendo válido hasta el día de hoy: “Mientras mejor te veas, mejores serán tus posibilidades de ascender en la escala corporativa”.
Los medios de comunicación también juegan un papel importante en motivarnos a mejorar nuestra imagen externa. El protagonista principal de una película de los 50’s estaba menos tonificado y era menos musculoso que un actor principal en una película de los 90’s o del 2000. La presencia de hombres cincelados y musculosos en la cultura popular puede distorsionar nuestra visualización del “hombre ideal”. Esto puede añadir aún más presión para la construcción de una cara y un cuerpo masculino.
Érase una vez una sociedad donde la cirugía plástica era considerada tabú, pero esto está cambiando poco a poco, ya que se está volviendo cada vez más aceptable socialmente. Es una verdad universal que la gente quiere verse y sentirse lo mejor posible. La cirugía estética puede ayudarte a verte y sentirte mejor.

Si estás interesado en la cirugía estética, programa una consulta con el Dr. Germán Newall, cirujano plástico certificado. Llama al 713.799.4768 para concertar una cita sin compromiso. Quedarás sorprendido con las posibilidades.



Why enjoy only one brand, when you can have them all?

Houston’s luxury and exotic auto festival, coming up, May 22, fro 11 AM to 5 PM, at NRG Park.



Violencia Doméstica

La violencia contra la mujer en el círculo del hogar se practica en forma generalizada, sin importar el grupo étnico o racial ni la condición económica o social. Debemos resaltar el hecho lamentable de que los hispanos hemos heredado en nuestros países de orígen este horrible rasgo de “machismo latino”, y somos quizás los Número Uno en maltratar a nuestras mujeres. Lo que sucede es que la mujer hispana está acostumbrada a soportar sumisa este tipo de abusos, y por ello aún no se echa de ver en la luz pública esta realidad vergonzosa. Como sea, este problema ha conducido a la búsqueda de razones que, a través del estudio y el análisis, puedan echar luz y proporcionar esperanza a las mujeres víctimas de éste problema.

Se han hallado explicaciones sicológicas como el masoquismo de la mujer que decide permanecer al lado del hombre que la maltrata porque pareciera disfrutarlo inconscientemente; culturales, porque así lo aprendimos en casa de nuestros padres, donde la mujer es la sirvienta y el hombre el patrón; sociales, porque simplemente imitamos a nuestro padre que golpeaba a todos los miembros de la familia, y muy especialmente a la esposa, como muestra de que él es el número uno dentro del poder jerárquico familiar; y hasta religiosas, donde el hombre debe mantener su papel histórico de patriarca y la mujer de subordinada.

Lo cierto es que, no importa qué justificación querramos darle a este fenómeno, la realidad es muy cruda y sencilla: el hombre le pega a la mujer porque ella no tiene fuerza para defenderse. ¿O acaso ha sabido usted de algún caso en que sea la mujer la que abusa físicamente del hombre? Es cierto que hay mujeres que no se dejan, y si su esposo las golpea, ellas le devuelven el doble. ¿Pero ha sabido usted de algún hombre que – pobrecito – sea una víctima constante del abuso físico de su esposa? Pues en realidad sí, ha habido casos, pero comparativamente, son mínimos y muy aislados. No importa cuán feo suene, no importa cuánto quiera el hombre justificarse y disculparse, no importa cuánto quiera el hombre echarle la culpa de sus abusos a su esposa, lo cierto es que el hombre le pega a su mujer porque es un enfermizo abusador, y un cobarde. ¿Cuántos hombres conoce usted que le cuentan a sus familiares, o a sus amigos, o a sus vecinos, que le dan una paliza a sus esposas todas las semanas? Por supuesto, ni uno.

Esto prueba solamente una cosa: lo que hacen no está bien, y ellos lo saben muy bien, y saben tambien que no importa cuánto los provoque su esposa, no tienen justificación para pegarle, y mucho menos para hacerlo regularmente. Saben muy bien que nadie aprobaría su conducta, por ello deben mantenerlo en secreto, y así hasta amenzan a su esposa y a sus hijos para que también lo mantengan en oculto. Un hombre puede llegar a tener muchos defectos vergonzosos, pero nada es tan despreciable como valerse de la fuerza física para someter a una mujer, o maltratar a niños o ancianos indefensos. Aunque hayan muchas explicaciones que parecieran querer desvirtuar esto, lo cierto es que en los Estados Unidos un hombre que termina en corte por violencia doméstica, en el 99% de los casos no es enviado a ver a un sicólogo, ni a un hospital siquiátrico; sencillamente lo ponen en un programa de “anger management” (control del enojo) de apoyo para personas con este problema durante un año o más y ya estuvo. Solo si el caso incluye abuso o heridas severas, puede tener que pasar algún tiempo encerrado en la cárcel.

Todos acordamos en que el abuso a una mujer no es bueno, ni es legal. ¿Por qué, entonces, tantas mujeres permanecen calladas y soportan esta situación? En muchos países latinos el abuso a las esposas es considerado una cuestión familiar, privada, donde las cosas deben arreglarse privadamente, y por ello el hombre puede salirse con la suya y cometer cuanto atropello quiera. Pero en este país, desde la década de los 70 ha sido reconocido como delito el maltrato de la mujer, aún dentro del seno del hogar, y cada vez es menos tolerado. Sin embargo, muchísimas mujeres, particularmente las hispanas, por su trasfondo cultural, continúan soportando el maltrato. Permítame mencionar algunas de las razones para este fenómeno de tolerar el abuso:

1- Miedo a lo que pueda pasar
La mujer está tan aterrada de su esposo que teme hacer nada en lo absoluto. Tiene miedo a las represalias que este pueda infligirle a ella o sus hijos.

2- Dependencia económica y emocional
“¿Que haré si lo dejo?” -“Aquí no tengo familia adonde acogerme” -“No sabría donde ir” -“¿A dónde voy a ir a parar con mis hijos?”

3- Complejo de inferioridad
La mujer se cree inferior al hombre, y por lo tanto debe soportar lo que él quiera hacer con ella.

4- Justificación
La mujer justifica y disculpa a su esposo, y así minimiza su culpa. Cree que va a cambiar, y quiere darle otra oportunidad, creando un círculo vicioso que nunca termina y cada vez se agrava más.

5- Aislamiento
Ella cree que es la única que sufre esta violencia, y se siente sola y desamparada: “Nadie tiene mi problema, nadie me va a creer o a entender.”

6- Falta de conocimiento de sus opciones
La mujer quiere romper con el yugo de un hombre abusador, pero quizás no sabe inglés, o no tiene idea de quién la podría ayudar, no sabe a quién acudir. Desconoce sus derechos en este país y por lo mismo no se atreve a ir con las autoridades pues teme que por ser ilegal la puedan deportar (en realidad una mujer víctima de violencia doméstica recibe amparo inmediato y tiene la oportunidad de legalizar su situación migratoria como víctima de un crímen). No se atrve a ir con un familiar o vecino, por temor a que le digan a su esposo y las cosas sean peores aún.

Por su parte, el hombre violento y abusador tiene los siguientes rasgos: 

1- Manifiesta celos enfermizos El hombre abusador justifica su sentido de inferioridad y celos diciendo que son producto de su amor profundo por su esposa.

2- Siempre se justifica Siempre le echará la culpa a su esposa, aludiedo que ella es la que por una razón u otra lo empuja a reaccionar de manera violenta. El es más bien la víctima de su esposa y las circunstancias, nunca el victimizador.

3- Tiene expectativas irreales Espera que su esposa sea una perfecta ama de casa, madre, amante y amiga.

4- Aísla a su víctima El hombre abusador no quiere que se sepa lo que está haciendo en su hogar, y para ello procurará ahuyentar a las personas allegadas a su esposa, especialmente cuando él no está presente, para controlar la situación y vigilar lo que ella pueda decir.

5- Es cruel Manifiesta una conducta despiadada con todos aquellos inferiores a él en la casa, incluyendo niños y animales. 5- Abusa verbalmente No tiene nigún respeto por su esposa. No sólo la maltrata físicamente, sino que además le grita, insulta y abusa por todos los medios.

6- Es amenazador Aterroriza a su esposa con amenazas. Rompe y tira objetos, al punto de que ella vive aterrorizada por su propia vida y la de sus hijos. El daño colateral sobre sus hijos Cuando un hombre es violento con su esposa, generalmente lo será también con sus hijos pequeños indefensos. Sin embargo, es posible que en algunos casos no sea así. No obstante, ni por un instante crea que aunque solamente la mujer sea la víctima directa de golpes y abusos, sus hijos salen iilesos. De inguna manera.

Usted no puede ni comenzar a imaginar el tremendo daño que es para ellos simplemente observar o escuchar como su padre golpea y maltrata a su madre. Su pequeña mente inocente está siendo desequilibrada y trastornada, y los frutos de esto no tardarán en verse en adolescentes rebeldes, con tendencias criminales y hacia las drogas, con sentimientos de culpabilidad e inferioridad, y con la marcada tendencia a repetir lo mismo que aprendieron en casa, ahora en sus propios hogares. Es una verdadera tragedia ver como los actos violentos de un hombre pueden acarrear consecuencias devastadoras no solo en su esposa, sino en sus propios hijos y las familias de éstos por generaciones.

Qué Hacer

No hay duda que tanto el abusador como la abusada necesitan ayuda experta, pero siendo que la mujer es ampliamente la más perjudicada en una situación de violencia doméstica, ella es quien con más urgencia debe actuar, por su bienestar físico, mental y emocional, y por el de sus hijos – si los tiene -. Ante esta situación de temor, confusión y agobio, la mujer debe tomar la determinación de tener compasión consigo misma y con sus hijos y acudir a una tercera persona de confianza o a un profesional. Nunca acuda a un matrimonio amigo de su esposo que en su interés de querer ayudarla puedan ir a él y así hacerle saber que usted está ventilando su problema. Recobre el control de su vida. Infórmese. Hay agencias especializadas en tratar con mujeres con problemas idénticos al suyo.

Estas agencias tienen personas que hablan Español, latinas iguales que usted. Estas agencias no tienen nigún interés en su estado migratorio; son patrocinadas por fondos especiales y no le cobrarán un centavo por su asistencia. La ley federal de los Estados Unidos no solamente proteje a una mujer o niños maltratados, sino que adicionalmente ofrece programas de ajuste migratorio, al ser víctima de un crímen. Adicionalmente, le proporcionarán alojamiento gratuito a usted y a sus hijos en un lugar donde su esposo no pueda hallarla, y proveerán para todas sus necesidades y las de sus hijos mientras usted vuelve a recobrar su estima propia y el control de su vida.

O si usted lo prefiere, hasta pueden reubicarla en otra ciudad o estado donde él ya no pueda volver a encontrarla. La decisión será suya. Estas agencias pueden también ayudar a su esposo para que siga un tratamiento profesional que resuelva su problema de agresividad. Encubrir su problema puede llevarlo a hacerle daño, si no a usted, a otra persona, y eventualmente causar lesiones severas e irreversibles, tanto físicas como sicológicas, y que hasta podrían terminar en la muerte. Tenga también presente que si usted sabe de una persona que está siendo abusada – puede ser un hijo o hija, un anciano, una hermana, un pariente o vecina, o quien sea, – cuando esto salga a la luz, usted puede ser acusada con el cargo criminal de encubrimiento. Con encubrir a un abusador usted no le hace ningún favor a nadie; por el contrario, todos – incluyedo usted misma – pueden salir perjudicados.
Una palabra final: No someta su seguridad – ni menos la de sus niños -, ni su sentido de justicia, a su deseo de perdonar a su esposo. El hecho de que él le pida perdón de ninguna manera garantiza que ha resuelto su problema ni ha cambiado.

Grábese esto en su cabeza: Cuando un hombre abusador pide perdón, el genuino arrepentimiento siempre conlleva dolor por el mal que ha causado, acompañado por un cambio, o por lo menos una clara muestra de que se quiere realizar un cambio (como ir a un especialista o tomar un programa de auto-control), y no repetir el abuso. El hecho de que el acto se sigue repitiendo vez tras vez es la prueba fehaciente de que su “arrepentimiento” no es genuino, sino más bien producto de la emoción de un momento o del miedo a las consecuencias. Por amor a sí misma, por su dignidad, por su respeto propio, y por el amor e interés en el bienestar de sus hijos (ellos son siempre gravemente lesionados emocionalmente con sólo observar el maltrato hacia usted), por favor no siga esperando.

Las cosas NO van a cambiar. Si usted tiene problemas de violencia doméstica, o si sabe de alguien víctima de violencia doméstica, llame a la Linea de Violencia Domestica 713-528-2121, donde le brindarán orientación inmediatamente.

Si su vida o la vida de otra persona se encuentra en peligro, llame inmediatamente al 9-1-1.


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Uptown Plaza – Houston
4715 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77027
877.775.3462 |

The Woodlands Mall
1201 Lake Woodlands Dr, The Woodlands, TX 77380
281.363.3409 |

La Centerra at Cinco Ranch
23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd, Katy, TX 77494
281.395.5533 |

The Galleria Mall
5085 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77056
713.966.3500 |

River Oaks District
4444 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77027
713.904.1310 |

Hughes Landing
Hughes Landing Blvd.

Vintage Park Shopping Village
110 Vintage Park Boulevard | Houston, TX 77070
281.655.8000 |



Peli Peli – Galleria
5085 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX 77056
281.257.9500 |

Peli Peli – Vintage Park
110 Vintage Park Blvd. Houston, TX 77070
281.257.9500 |

Peli Peli – Cinco Ranch Katy
23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd, Katy, TX 77494-3095
281.257.9500 |

BRASILEÑA (Brazilian Steakhouse)
Chama Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse
5865 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77057
713.244.9500 |

Mala Sichuan Bistro
9348 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77036
713.995.1889 |

Willie G’s
1605 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056
713.840.7190 |

The Oceanaire Seafood Room
5061 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77056
832.487.8862 |

CUBANA (Cuban)
Havana Houston
14543 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77079
281.497.3600 |

Italiana (ITALIAN)
Grotto – Uptown Plaza – Houston
4715 Westheimer Rd. | Houston, TX 77027
713.622.3663 |

Grotto – Downtown
1001 Avenida de las Americas, Suite A
Houston, TX 77010
713.658.0752 |

Grotto – The Woodlands
Market Street – 9595 Six Pines Dr #100
The Woodlands, TX 77380
281.419.4252 |

3755 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77046
713.622.6778 |

Tony’s Mexican Restaurant
2222 Ella Blvd, Houston, TX 77008
713.862.6516 |

Tony Mandola’s
1212 Waugh Dr, Houston, TX 77019
713.528.3474 |

2200 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056
713.622.9996 |

El Tiempo Cantina Vintage Park
114 Vintage Park Blvd, Houston, TX 77070
281.374.0500 |

El Tiempo Cantina – River Oaks
3130 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77098
713.807.1600 |

Sal y Pimienta Kitchen
818 Town and Country Blvd #105, Houston, TX 77024
713.907.0412 |

Steakhouse (CHURRASCOS)
1650 West Loop S, Houston, TX 77027
713.993.2500 |

Laurenzo’s Steakhouse
4412 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007
713.880.5111 |

Brenner’s Steakhouse
10911 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77079
713.465.2901 |

Steak 48
4444 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77027
713.322.7448 |

Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille – River Oaks
1964 W Gray St, Houston, TX 77019
713.866.6982 |

Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille – Houston
9827 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77024
832.358.9000 |

Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille – The Woodlands
6700 Woodlands Pkwy, The Woodlands, TX 77382
281.362.0569 |

Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille- Sugar Land
2115 Town Square Pl, Sugar Land, TX 77479
281.565.2727 |



La Más extraordinaria Experiencia
en Cinemas en Houston
The River Oaks District
4444 Westheimer Rd c-220, Houston, TX 77027
832.709.2146 |



IW Marks
3841 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77025
713.668.5000 |

River Oaks District
4444 Westheimer Rd. A168, Houston, TX 77027
713.621.2400 |

Valobra Jewelry & Antiques
4078 Westheimer Rd. | Houston, TX 77027
713.961.4500 |



IW Marks
3841 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77025
713.668.5000 |

Patek Philippe
River Oaks District
4444 Westheimer Rd. A168, Houston, TX 77027
713.621.2400 |



Secret Expressions
26511 I-45 North
The Woodlands | TX 77380
281.301.0448 |

GUESS by Marciano
5015 Westheimer Rd #3400 | Houston, TX 77056
713.626.2700 |



M Penner
1180 – 6 Uptown Park Blvd, Houston, TX 77056
713.527.8200 |

Norton Ditto
2425 W Alabama St. | Houston, TX 77098
713.688.9800 |



Haras Spa
26503 Peden Road, Magnolia, TX 77355
281.789.6071 |

Adara Medical Spa
1401 Binz Street, Suite 250 | Houston, TX 77004
713.766.3638 |

Sensia Studio
1711 Post Oak Blvd. | Houston, TX 77056
832.266.1526 |



Persona – Spa para Hombres
2311 West Alabama St. | Houston, TX 77098
713.630.0772 |



Dr. Germán Newall, M.D., F.A.C.S.
4400 Post Oak Pkwy, Suite 2260
Houston, TX 77027
713.799.9999 |

Dr. Sukkar, M.D., F.A.C.S.
1616 Clear Lake City Blvd. Suite 102
Houston, Texas 77062
281.667.4824 |

W. Marshall Guy, M.D.
128 Vision Park Blvd., Suite 150
The Woodlands, Texas 77384
832.956.1040 |

Sugar Land Face & Body Plastic Surgery
16926 Southwest Fwy., Sugar Land, Texas 77479
832.900.0867 |

Jason Bailey, M.D.
5600 Kirby Drive, Suite M, Houston, TX 77005
713.588.3800 |



Dr Uriel Mushin

10504 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX 77043
713 464-9000 |



Studio 3 Salon
3642 University Blvd. | Houston, TX 77005
713.668.0333 |

Xtreme Lashes
9595 Six Pines Dr. Ste. 1360
The Woodlands, TX 77380
281.292.5577 |




Cypress Oral & Maxilofacial Surgery
26321 Northwest Freeway – Ste 700
Cypress, TX 77429
281.256.8400 |

Summerwood Oral & Maxilofacial Surgery
13141 W. Lake Houston Pwky
Houston, TX 77044
281.458.7400 |

Kent B. Lawson, D.D.S.
9660 Hillcroft, Suite 555 | Houston, Texas 77096
713.721.1222 |




Abraham’s Oriental Rugs
1801 Post Oak Blvd., Houston, TX 77056
713.963.0980 |

Eggersmann Kitchens USA
5120 Woodway Dr #250, Houston, TX 77056
713.877.8088 |

406 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX 77027
281.605.2770 |



Aston Martin Houston
Star Motor Cars
7000 Katy Rd., Katy, TX 77024
713.868-6813 |

Beck & Masten GMC
12820 Gulf Fwy, Houston, TX 77034
713.396.3510 |

Bentley Houston
1530 West Loop South | Houston, TX 77027
713.850.1530 |

Crave Luxury Auto
2408 Timberloch Place #1, The Woodlands, TX 77380
281.651.2101 |

Jaguar Houston Central
7025 Old Katy Rd., Houston, TX 77024
713.293.6100 |

Land Rover Houston Central
7019 Old Katy Rd., Houston, TX 77024
713.293.6100 |

Lotus of Houston | Star Motor Cars
7000 Katy Rd., Katy, TX 77024
713.868-6800 |

Mercedes Benz of The Woodlands
16917 Interstate 45 South | The Woodlands, TX 77385
936.206.7500 |

Maserati – Alfa Romeo – Fiat
Northside Imports Houston
23110 I-45, Spring, TX 77373
281.712.2207 |

Northside Lexus
17925 North Fwy, Houston, TX 77090
281.569.3300 |

Rolls Royce Motor Cars Houston
1530 West Loop South | Houston, TX 77027
713.297.2837 |

Westside Lexus
12000 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77079
281.558.3030 |



Royal Carriages Limousine
9212 Rasmus Dr, Houston, TX 77063
713.787.5466 |



Luxury Car Rentals of Texas
3151 West Loop South, Houston, TX 77027
713.623.4444 |



Skydive Spaceland Houston
16111 FM521, Rosharon, TX 77583
800-SKYDIVE | 281.369.3337

Air Texas Balloon Adventures
281-733-1500 |
Space Center Houston
1601 NASA Parkway | Pasadena, Texas 77058
281.244.2100 |

Houston Zoo
6200 Hermann Park Dr | Houston, TX 77030
713.533.6500 |



Museum of Natural Science
5555 Hermann Park Drive | Houston, TX 77030
713.639.4629 |

Children’s Museum of Houston
1500 Binz St, Houston, TX 77004
713.522.1138 |



Harrison’s Fine Antiques and Art
4310 Westminster Road, Houston, TX 77027
713.854.1391 |



Harrison’s Fine Antiques and Art
4310 Westminster Road, Houston, TX 77027
713.854.1391 |

Peter Lik Art Gallery
The Galleria Mall
5085 Westheimer Rd.- Suite B-2896
Houston, TX 77056
713.965.0190 |

Off The Wall Gallery
The Galleria Mall
5085 Westheimer Rd. – Suite 2208
Houston, TX 77056
713.871.0940 |