Sunday, September 28, 2008

Drawn soldier is safely home

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

The soldier in her picture: 'Did he come home safe?'
Amanda Hoelscher asked that question in 2005. The Temple High School senior remembers the concern she felt for the kind face in her drawing.
'I wanted to know more about him,' Miss Hoelscher said. 'I looked and I looked but never found anything.'
She got her answer three weeks ago. A woman who recognized the soldier as her husband called Miss Hoelscher's art teacher, Barbara Wilson from the Wilson School of Art in Morgan's Point Resort.
'I was surprised, without words,' Ms. Wilson said. 'Her name was Stephanie Edwards, and she wanted to give her compliments to the artist. She said it was wonderful and that it looked exactly like her husband Lucas.'
As the two women chatted, Ms. Wilson learned that Mr. Edwards returned home without injury.
'Then I asked her how she saw the drawing,' Ms. Wilson said. 'And she said it was on the Internet.'
That bit of news dumbfounded Ms. Wilson: 'I had no idea how it got on the Internet. I didn't put it there. Amanda didn't put it there.'
So Ms. Wilson thanked Mrs. Edwards for her call and the compliments. She was eager to call Miss Hoelscher and share the news.
'That was so neat that the soldier's wife called Barb,' Miss Hoelscher said. 'It's exciting as all this is coming together.'

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Boy's simple question makes the funnies

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

Saying 'Amen' at the end of a prayer isn't common sense to everyone, especially to those of us still learning the way of the big, wide world.
'Why Mom and Dad? Why do you say 'Amen' at the end of the prayer?'
The question came from 8-year-old Isaac Romer of Lorena early this spring.
'He asked it at the end of our prayer meeting,' said Mom, Brandy Romer, adding that prayers are routine in their household.
In response to Isaac's question, Dad (the Telegram's Paul Romer Jr.) offered this explanation: 'It's what you say when you agree with what was said in the prayer.'
But Isaac wasn't satisfied. He wanted to know what people said when they disagreed.
His parents couldn't answer. There was an awkward silence, Mrs. Romer said, until one of the other three children changed the subject.
Silent for the remainder of the evening, Isaac's brain was still pondering the subject. The conclusion he came to was this: 'Awomen.'
'To him, it made perfect sense,' Mrs. Romer said. 'The opposite of men is women.'
Isaac clearly remembers when and why he started asking questions about 'Amen.'
'My sister prayed that I would start liking Barbies,' Isaac said. 'And I don't.'
Come Sept. 21, Isaac's 'Awomen' solution will be the subject of a Pickles comic strip.

Salado artists see silver anniversary

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

Dogs howled, and the floor was stained from oil leaks.
That's how it was in the beginning for the Salado Village Artists. Not having a place of their own, they met where they could - in a car garage that had a pair of Dobermans as mascots, in gas stations and in members' homes.
But that was in 1983 when the club was planting its roots. These days, as the club celebrates its 25th anniversary, the Salado artists meet in the refurbished schoolhouse behind the Salado Civic Center.
'Getting the building, that's something we're real proud of,' said Andy Phair, club founder.
Dedicated to the Salado Village Artists in 1994, the barn-like building had once served as a storeroom for the old Salado High School. Dick Goodman of Salado rebuilt the interior with donations from local supporters of the arts.
'But the most important thing to celebrate is that because of us, Salado has an art club,' Ms. Phair said. 'It wasn't like that when I moved here. I came from Austin where I was a member of two art clubs, and when I got here, I was sorely disappointed to find out that there wasn't a single one.'

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Salem Kids say goodbye

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

It's not just another reunion.
It's the last one for the Salem Kids - the folks who learned their letters and numbers at the old two-room Salem School.
Having dwindled from a group of 300, they have become a rare breed.
'At last count, there were about 55 of us still living,' said Victor Mueck of Waco, reunion coordinator. 'We had 12 to attend the reunion last year. Age, illness and travel distance haven taken their toll.'
For those able to attend this year, the Sept. 20 reunion is sure to be a fine party.
'They'll be some good barbecue and good visiting,' Mueck says in the invitation. 'Even if it's just for a while, the trip out will be worth it. It's likely the last chance the most of us will have to see each other.'