Meet Your Neighbor
MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: Couple, doctor share pregnancy stories of faith
The pain of infertility. The grief of a miscarriage. The joy of your newborn’s cries. One couple has experienced all three and has a message to share of compassion, hope and humor.
“Every pregnancy is unique,” said Marlo Wood, “but not every situation is unique. We want to encourage women in whatever they are going through.”
“Wow. I thought we just wanted to write a funny book,” responded her husband, Roy.
This collection of 40 true stories is...
Kony wanted for crimes against children
Who is Joseph Kony? Never heard of him? If you keep reading, not only will you find out why he is #1 on the International Criminal Court list (Muammar Gaddafi was #24), but why a group of Bishop Lynch students are part of a world-wide movement to make him famous.
To most of the world, Kony’s victims are invisible. But for the Bishop Lynch students, where you live shouldn’t determine whether you live.
“I have learned that I can make an impact ...
MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: “Oh! The places you’ll go!”… if you can read
What if you knew that only one or two hours a week of your time could help determine whether or not a child graduated from high school? The answer to that is why there is a special building at Truett Elementary.
According to multiple studies, children whose reading skills are behind by third grade are 70 percent more likely to drop out of high school. Once they fall back, they tend to fall behind more quickly as time passes.
Reading Partners, ...
MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR Love blossoms at Arboretum after loss
Flowers aren’t the only things springing up at Dallas Blooms at the Arboretum. A new relationship between old acquaintances opened a beautiful landscape in the lives of Sandy and Tim Carr.
As this year’s chairs for the floral festival, the Carrs are well-suited to the task of being the Arboretum’s ambassadors.
“This has been so much fun,” she said. “We love answering questions and greeting guests, and it’s just so beautiful out here.”
MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: Running for (not from) the police
Some people may want to run from Dallas Police officers, but an upcoming event at White Rock Lake gives everyone a chance to run with and for them. Two local figures – one uniformed and one not – are at the heart of the action.
Peninsula neighbor Mel Cyrak has been an avid participant in two groups, making him perfect for the job: vice president of the Dallas Running Club and a member of the Dallas Police Northeast Division Volunteer Board.
MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: ELPO volunteer pawsitively talented
Jeannie Hopf in her happy place – a well-organized, fully stocked sewing closet.
Some folks have so many irons in so many fires that it is hard to pin them into just one persona. With roles like DISD teacher, Pan Am attendant, painter, scuba diver and fiddler on her resume (just to name a few), Jeannie Hopf is one of those folks.
Perhaps what she is most invested in these days, however, is applying her considerable creative talents toward fund...
MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: Forget going green – he's gone orange!
The next time you are staring at a row of taillights during your commute to work, think of Brad Bartel. In his snazzy ride, he’s there in five minutes… eight if the lights are red.
“I got so sick and tired of the traffic from Garland and thought how fun it would be to live downtown,” he said.
Bartel is the proud owner of a tangerine-orange golf car (not cart). But the inspiration for the unusual set of wheels didn’t come until after he had mov...
MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: Scout makes East Dallas the location to be
Blending fantasy with reality comes in many forms, but it is what Kim Dillinger Davis does best… and movie producers pay her to do it.
Davis is a location scout for filmmakers, commercial producers and photographers. She makes it her business to know where to find just what is needed and to make the arrangements to make it happen.
Need a farmhouse? No problem. A golf course? She’s got several in mind. An oil well, a warehouse, a mansion, a lak...
MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: East Dallas volunteer thrives on Irish music
When the North Texas Irish Festival rolls around, everyone thinks they’re a wee bit Irish. But long-time festival volunteer Gale Roberts could bleed green: 100 percent Irish and proud of it.
She has worked several jobs within the festival since she started in 1996. Her favorites are handling instrument check in and driving the shuttle for out-of-town guests from the hotel to Fair Park where the festival is located.
“I love the musicians! They...
MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: ‘Little Old Lady’ likes to L.O.L (laugh out loud)
Sometimes big things come in small packages. If you crammed a lifetime of hard knocks, wit, determination and zest for life into a five-foot frame, you’d have Lillian Lawson. But beware: when she tells you she is “just a little old lady,” she just pulled the pin on a gregarious grenade.
“Well, I am little and I am old,” laughed the 79-year-old widow. “I may be five feet high, but I feel 10 feet tall. Besides, when you say that, people don’t ha...