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A GLIMPSE AT A DIFFERENT LIFE

Story & Photos by McKenzie Oviatt In June of 1973, Homestead Heritage started as a small chapel in the slums of New York City with around 30 members sharing a common goal––to have a peaceful chapel, bringing diverse people together. Although the church members lived in separate units, when...

FROM THE ASHES

Story by Brennen DiMarzo | Photo by Clarissa Pompa Samantha Sanchez has battled her whole life—through addiction, prostitution, the death of her father and prison. She turned these challenges into triumph when she recovered from her past and founded UMatter in 2011, a street ministry that provides shelter, the...

A LETTER FROM THE EDITORS

It’s rare, if not impossible, to transcend the human experience of fear. We believe the individuals and families featured between these pages do, in fact, feel afraid from time to time. This magazine is about those who refuse to let fear control them. They are trailblazers, innovators and pioneers....

Need for Clean

Story by Caroline Waterhouse | Courtesy photo I don’t remember when it all started; it began as a routine then slowly turned into a silent prison. The first memory I have of it was as a kid waking up in my pajamas in the morning. My clothes couldn’t touch...

Yoga helps Trauma Survivors

Story by Lauren Friederman | Photo by Corrie Coleman For people who struggle with post traumatic stress disorder, simply living life can be challenging. Mundane tasks can become overwhelming. Especially for people who experience interpersonal trauma. “In the perpetrators grooming of the victim, they strip the person of their...

Life in 3D

Story by Taliyah Clark; Photos by Maggie Malone   Creative science? Those two words don’t usually correlate, until you meet Alex Le Roux. A recent Baylor mechanical engineering graduate, Le Roux designed and created a 3-D printer that can create large concrete structures and 3-D images. Le Roux has...

Savory Smokey Success

[slideshow_deploy id=’14540′] The rest of the state has brisket. We have sausage. By Kate McGuire It is no doubt that German and Czech heritage run strong within the communities of Taylor and Walburg and can be seen most prominently in the delicious smoked and summer sausages that are made...

He’s Got Sole

[slideshow_deploy id=’14607′]   From his upbringing to a lifelong passion, Greg Carmack creates masterful leather goods from the heart By Laura Beth Moore Inhale, as the whiff of leather seeps in deep, powerfully transporting one back in time to the days of saloons, gun smoke and back when the...

This Land

[slideshow_deploy id=’14596′]   A Photo Story by Constance Atton There are many people outside of Texas who envision ranching as a lifestyle only made up of baling hay and sipping sweet tea on a front porch swing. However, what they don’t see is the privilege that these families have. ...

The Wild Side | By Nicollette Niles

In a small shopping center in Hewitt you can purchase coatimundis (members of the raccoon family,) micro mini pigs, chinchillas, sugar gliders, leopard geckos and many more exotic animals. Established in 2012, Critters Exotic Pets brings an animal experience to the region unlike any other. Owner Tierny Krueger wanted...

Watching a Dream Take Shape | By Kyndall Jirasek

Silver hair tied back in a loose ponytail, a few strands sweep across a woman’s face as she leans over the wheel. Wearing a red apron with the word “sister” stitched across the front, Titia Califano shares the journey of faith that led her to become a potter and...

All Who Are Hungry |By Elizabeth Arnold

Inside the kitchen, a smoothly operating staff hustles to keep up with the rush of customers. They wear personalized white aprons speckled with faded yellow stains. The 15-by-15-foot space is crowded, walls stacked floor to ceiling with an array of pots, pans and canned vegetables. A worn paper sign...

A Well-Worn History | By Liz Hitchcock

Stacks of National Geographic copies sit in front of the window as light pours through, illuminating the smallest brush strokes on a piece of white Canson paper. His glasses rest on the bridge of his nose and his curly black hair glistens in the light. If looking closely, paint...

The Men Behind The Plan

Story by: Rebecca Malzahn Photo by: Kyle Beam Before Shane and Cody Turner became two of the most sought-after property developer and construction duo, they grew up learning everything they know from their father in Groesbeck, 45 minutes from the stirring streets of downtown Waco. “It just happened. You...