Sunday, November 29, 2009

It's a great time to fill the branches on your family tree

Telegram Staff Writer

Christmas is a time for giving - and it's a time for asking.
'With everyone over, it's a prime time to find out what you can about your family,' said Norman Sisk of Temple, president of the East Bell County Genealogical Society. 'Start with the oldest person in the room and work you're way down.'
The grandparents and great aunts and uncles of the family will be able to provide the foundation of the family tree: the main names of the family, and the cities and states of origin.
'Quiz them about their aunts, grandparents and uncles, where they lived, who they worked for and where they traveled,' Sisk said. 'Ask them about their favorite family memories, and then ask them to see their family Bible.'

Saturday, November 28, 2009

To live is to give: People find joy, purpose as volunteers

Telegram Staff Writer

It's the season to give.
All of us know that. December is near, and so is the time to start piling presents under the tree.
But for several people in the community, "the season to give" didn't just get here.
"It's been here all along," said Charles Taylor of Temple. "The time to give is here and now, no matter what the calendar says."
He's talking about the kind of gift that comes from the heart, not a store.
"You do what you can to help who you can," he said.
Taylor is a long-time volunteer for one of Temple's food banks, Churches Touching Lives for Christ. He works one of the desks in the welcome area.
"I see clients and write them vouchers for food, clothing and household items," Taylor said. "I make sure everyone leaves with a list of all the help agencies in the area, and then I offer them a Bible and if they want to pray, I pray with them."
He's been doing this for 15 years.
"Every week, twice a week," Taylor said. "There might be a day when I don't feel like getting out of the house to head over here, but by the time I step through the door, I am so glad I came."

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Jewelry gives Temple native good career

Telegram Staff Writer

Her jewelry bears the brand of Dirty Librarian.
'It's kind of a joke,' said the artist, Temple native Susan Domelsmith of Brooklyn, N.Y., promising that there's nothing X-rated about the pieces she designs.
'I had a friend who worked at a record store, and he had a crush on me,' she said, giggling as she explained. 'That was his secret pet name for me. I wore glasses and always had my hair in a bun.'
She learned about the term of endearment through a bit of gossip with a mutual friend.
'Once I found out, he go so embarrassed,' Miss Domelsmith said. 'I teased him and teased him. It's a great memory.'
No romantic relationship came from the interlude, but the 1998 Temple High School graduate didn't have to think twice when it came time for her to develop a brand for her jewelry.
'Dirty Librarian Chain - it's a catchy name. DLC for short,' she said. 'There's humor, and I love the old vintage library image it conjures.'

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Fellowship is born of two cultures

Telegram Staff Writer

The Lipan Apache tribesman is proud of his heritage.
'I am Native American,' said Ed 'Lone Red Hawk' Hernandez.
Raised on an Indian reservation in New Mexico, he embraces all parts of the culture - and celebrates it.
'I respect the spiritual side too,' Hernandez said. 'I know that Creator is real and true as do all the good people of the old way. But what got left out of the lesson is that Creator had a son named Jesus.'
That's why Hernandez launched the Native American Baptist Fellowship.
'I want to reach out to Native Americans, and show them how the gospel fits to the Creator,' Hernandez said. 'It is the same God.'

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Whipping up wishes: Boy from Moody at home in the kitchen

Telegram Staff Writer

In the kitchen, anything is possible.
'I make all sorts of stuff,' said Keighton Farrenkopf, 13, of Moody. 'I just put things together and see what happens. Most of the times it's tasty. Sometimes it's not. But it's always fun.'
The lad says his best dish is chicken parmesan.
'I love making pastas,' Keighton said.
His mom, Tanya Farrenkopf, said Keighton has inherited all preparation responsibilities for Thanksgiving dinner.
And that's just fine with the young chef. He says he's 'a pro at it.'
'I made Thanksgiving two years ago,' he said. 'And the gravy was my masterpiece.'
The turkey's stuffing was flavored with lemon.
'I like using different spices and herb butter,' he said.
Keighton grinned as he talked about his culinary adventures.
'He loves being in the kitchen,' said his mother, Tanya Farrenkopf. 'He loves to be the chef and play host. That's where he gets his joy.'
'Well that, and I like to eat,' Keighton said, breaking out an even bigger smile.
Growing up sick
Keighton likes to laugh. He's hungry to talk about life and food. Nothing in his behavior hints to the illness he endures.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Woman's hobby is a book in progress

Telegram Staff Writer

She's got a whole world inside her head.
And she's trying to share it the only way she can - with her art.
'It's a very dark, very serious futuristic story about a female bounty hunter who's on a quest for revenge,' said Samantha Oliver of Killeen. 'Her brother was killed in front of her, and there's great sadness in her life.'
Entitled 'The Hunter,' her story started as a writing sample for a college scholarship application.
'I kept on writing and writing, and by the time I got to page 15, I still wasn't done,' Mrs. Oliver said. 'I missed the application deadline, but it didn't matter.'
She had created a parallel universe.
'And I had to get to the end of the story,' she said.
But it's not a story that relies solely on words. 'The Hunter' is a graphic novel.
So Mrs. Oliver is creator of both prose and art.
'The talent's natural, I guess,' she said. 'It's in my family.'

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Faith-based group helps kids find stability

Telegram Staff Writer

Magic slippers sent Dorothy home to Kansas. Her misadventures were only a dream.
No such luck for Rosa Hernandez, 2003 graduate of Temple High School.
'I was 16 when I met the people I call my parents,' she said. 'That's when I got home.'
And her childhood nightmares, they are real experiences of neglect and abuse.
Miss Hernandez, 24, and her three siblings spent the majority of their childhood in group shelters and foster care.
'It depended on where we were on whether it was good,' she said. 'Sometimes it was, sometimes it wasn't.'