Sunday, August 31, 2008

The Avon Phenomenon: Perfume business makes sense

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'No way! You can buy Avon in a store?'
Leticia Solemon squealed in delight at the idea. Cruising the halls at Temple Mall, the 45-year-old woman's attention had just turned to the new Licensed Avon Beauty Center. She had spotted the store sign.
'Well now,' she said. 'Isn't that something? No more catalogs.'
With the revelation came a desire to purchase some hand cream and a perfume set. No longer at the mall to 'get some walking in,' Ms. Solemon became a Tuesday customer.
Comments of surprise - that's all the Avon storeowner has heard since the Aug. 18 grand opening.
'People can't believe there's an Avon store,' said owner Mary Kirkpatrick of Rosebud. 'A lot have come in and asked if I was sure it was Avon.'
She's sure.
'All of the merchandise is Avon stock,' Ms. Kirkpatrick said. 'We've had good traffic through here, despite the recent rain.'

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Saving Sierra: Baby needs a lot of help to beat the odds

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Some say it takes a village to raise a child. That very well may be true, but in Sierra's case - it'll take a world.
The future is bleak for 11-month-old Sierra Rose Fedelem. She's blind, unable to respond to touch and her brain is underdeveloped.
'The doctors say she'll never be able to walk or talk,' said Rosetta, her 26-year-old mother.
Her parents want to save her. Their plan is to raise $50,000 and travel to the Beike Biotech Center in China for Sierra to undergo experimental stem cell therapy.
'That'll cost about $25,000,' said the father, 26-year-old Jason. 'The other half is for the purchase of a hyperbaric oxygen chamber.'

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Religious counselor travels to China

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Trauma is the common ground between the Temple businessman and his Oriental clients.
'The culture and language are so different, but trauma is trauma,' said Michael Haynes, a crisis chaplain who worked Ground Zero at 9/11. The founder of the Faith Based Counselor Training Institute (FBCTI) of Temple was talking about his new relationship with the Hong Kong Institute of Christian Counselors (HKICC).
The HKICC became clients of Haynes' Counselor Training Institute this summer, not long after May's earthquake in the China's Sichuan province.
'People were dying, and people were hurting. There were hundreds who wanted to find out how they could help,' Haynes said. 'They have military, and they have groups who can rescue people trapped under rocks and groups who can feed the hungry. But they don't have people there who can work with their spirits and hearts. Our - U.S. - spiritual care is what they wanted.'

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Cemetery care: Man maintains grounds to honor his family

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The grass was cut, the leaves were raked and the weeds were pulled.
Joe Zvolanek was pleased with the morning’s work.
He had put his hat on and was about to head home — but he spotted something.
There was a stick that had made its way to his father’s grave.
“Can’t have that,” he said.
So, using his cane for support, the man who turns 90 on Monday bent over to get it.
That’s a common sight to the office staff at Hillcrest Cemetery in Temple.
“Mr. Joe’s out here every morning,” said manager Patricia Benoit. “Working, watering and mowing. He keeps an eye on everything, and if there’s anything that needs to be fixed, he tells us.”

Counselor transforms 'Star Trek' into class on stress management

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Captain Yule B. Calm of the starship InnerPeace is about to embark on a four-week mission across the Adrenal Frontier.
It is Stress Trek - one man's attempt to teach the techniques of stress management with the Bible and the glamour and hilarity of photon torpedoes.
'I promise I'm not a Trekky,' said Captain Calm, err - Larry Hall, the family life counselor at Belton Church of Christ. 'People just started giving me this stuff.'
Hall's office could suffice as a prop closet for any version of the 'Star Trek' television shows.
His desk plays space dock for a couple of miniature starships. The filing cabinet makes a nice cloaking device for Dr. McCoy's tricorder and Captain Kirk's phaser. And the closet must be subject to a force field because three of Starfleet's highest officers are held captive. Kirk, Picard and Mr. Spock look comfortable enough, but their bodies have become the consistency of cardboard.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Dog's enthusiasm inspires sermon

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The pup's name is Sadie - and her one true love takes the form of a yellow tennis ball.
'Whenever she sees one, her eye's on it,' said Mickey Blanks, lay pastor at Belton Church of Christ in Belton. 'It doesn't matter who has it or where they throw it, Sadie's going to get that ball.'
It's obvious the dog enjoys the chase. Her tail wags as fast as it can go, her ears are pointed in attention and her mouth does a dog grin.
The happy pup gave Blanks the idea for his July 20 sermon. Worship to us, he says, should be like the ball is for Sadie.
'The privilege to worship is the greatest gift after salvation,' Blanks said. 'Worship requires God's presence, so you should approach it as such.'