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MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR At TSC, there were never such devoted sisters
The Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants is in Lake Highlands… and the traveling dress and traveling stroller and traveling toys. They all travel their way to the bi-annual Three Sisters Consignment sale to find a new home with another baby or child.
Going on its eighth year and 16th sale, the project was started by – you guessed it – three sisters who decided they had too many outgrown toys and clothes that were too nice to put in a garage sale...
MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR Film building bridge between understanding, healing
Travel journalism has taken Lakewood author Lucy McCauley all over the world. But it was a trip to Germany that turned her into a filmmaker.
Her husband’s 8-month Fulbright grant in 2008 afforded McCauley the opportunity to spend plenty of time getting to know Germans and their country.
“I was impressed by the gravity of their history and curious about how they engaged the Holocaust,” she said. “I’m not Jewish, and I’m not German. But this i...
MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR Woodrow graduate rowing his way to the top
Eli Brown rows 12 miles in a morning without ever leaving his bedroom. He rows on White Rock Lake, too, as an alumni of the White Rock Boathouse Juniors Team and now serves as an assistant coach. But he doesn’t plan to stop there.
Brown just returned from the Junior World Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria where he represented the United States on a 19-and-Under team with young men from Washington State, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.
“It was ...
MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR Traveling Man making his mark in Deep Ellum
He is the most photographed man in Dallas and has women literally climbing all over him. He’s cool, he’s hot, and has actually been seen in more than one place at the same time. But he rarely wears clothes – they cover up his rivets.
The Traveling Man, or TM to his close friends, just celebrated his third birthday as a modern sculpture series above ground in Deep Ellum. And for one so young, he sure got popular fast.
“Yeah, it’s been amazing h...
MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR 'Lost Boy' finds his way by helping others
This is the second in a two-part series on Peter Alier, one of the Lost Boys of Sudan. Last week, WRLW told of the terrible struggles he and thousands of young boys faced in the wilderness and refugee camps of Africa. This week, read how Alier is turning a tragic past into a productive present and a hopeful future.
Today he wears the medical scrubs of a registered nurse, but when he arrived from an African refugee camp in 2003, Peter Alier wa...
MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR Living in America brings challenges for 'Lost Boy'
This is the first story of a two-part series
As children return to school, they may face bullies and academic struggles, but they don’t have to fear getting bombed or eaten by lions and crocodiles. When Peter Alier was their age, he did.
Alier is one of the “Lost Boys of Sudan.” Although now 32 years old, 6-foot-3, and hardly a boy anymore, he accepts the title.
“We will be the Lost Boys until we have grey hair,” he said with a smile and a sh...
MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR To bee or not to bee – is that the question?
Bees on their clothes, in their ears and on their hats. Bees in their home and in their yard. Their lives are abuzz with the presence of their “precious pollinators,” both living and artistic. And for Brandon and Susan Pollard, that’s how they like it – that’s their sweet spot.
As founders of the Texas Honeybee Guild, this East Dallas pair is passionate about their mission: education, conservation and artisanship to promote All Things Bee-ish....
MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR East Dallas man, family saved by a bowl of pho
Saigon was about to fall to the North Vietnamese. Khanh Nguyen was a small child, the eighth of nine children of the mayor of DaLat, the capitol of the Lam Dong province not far from Saigon. The soldiers were coming. His family had to get out immediately or tragedy would find them.
Today, as Lakewood resident Nguyen (pronounced “win”) sits in his new restaurant named for his hometown, the drama of that time seems far away and almost unremarkab...
MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR Prison leads to new kind of ̔Lifer̓ for East Dallas man
“Where did you go for vacation?” Colorado? Hawaii? Clark Crawford will tell you he’s been to Hell and back. And he’ll do it with a smile on his face.
“God has done something in me. People who knew me ‘back when’ can’t believe I’m the same person,” he said.
Crawford is a native East Dallasite and graduate of Bryan Adams High School, (’79). His life has been riddled with just about every hard thing you can imagine: gambling addiction, alcoholism...
MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR Let the games begin! Wheelchair Paralympian races toward London games
Watching the Olympics is fun – even more so when you actually know someone competing. That, however, is rare. But this summer, East Dallasites can cheer for Paralympic athlete Brent Lakatos, who lives and trains right here in East Dallas.
“I always knew that I could do whatever I set my mind on, and that being in a wheelchair wasn’t going to stop me,” he said. “My parents were very encouraging and pushed me to do things even when I didn’t want...