Learning independence one game at a time

Umpire Lupe Rosas stands ready atop the pitcher’s mound. While the boy at bat prepares to swing, Coach Colleen Ostrom shouts words of encouragement from the dugout. And for a moment in the sun, the Challenger League baseball team, for children with special needs, appears like a regular...

Feed my sheep

To Jeane Dick, the leader of Mission Waco’s Friday Morning Breakfast, all who come through the church doors on Friday morning are family....

Rick Caywood Ministries

Stranded and low on cash after icy conditions left his group unable to fly home from a 1996 weekend trip to Big Bend National Park, Rick Caywood was in a prime position to be confronted with his fourth major career change. He just didn’t know it yet....

1 life

What constitutes a meaningful life? It is the question humanity has pondered through the ages, one that touches the core of every human heart. So significantly weighs the subject — the quest for meaning and happiness — that it has birthed numerous experiments, years of research and a plethora...

A Form Of The Heart: Dance Instructor Teaches Ballet To Local Youth

A Waco ballet instructor at the Deborah Korpi School of Classical Ballet announces that it’s time for class and four students, ages 5 to 7 form a single line and enter the ballet studio as they walk gracefully on their tiptoes. The ballerinas performed exactly as she instructed, without...

Baylor Fulbright Scholar Shines Abroad

After more than a year of work on application forms, essays, recommendations, language study and research, Robert Moore received word that his dream of going to Nepal would be realized. He was a Fulbright Scholar....

Crazy

“If you don’t do it, then who will?” Those eight simple words have stuck with Linda Haskett. She remembers the conversation like it was yesterday. She was talking with a friend about her disappointment in the Baylor Children’s Theatre being closed, when her friend told her to start her own children’s...

Students In An Uproar

When looking at Uproar Records from the outside, it may seem to be small and simple. Once you speak with those involved in Uproar, however, it reveals their passion for their work and for the Baylor and Waco community....

Making The Pen Bleed

Temples pulsed wildly with anger and fists clinched tightly enough that fingernails ripped into skin. Gabe Dominguez, formerly named on “Waco’s Most Wanted” list, remembers a fellow inmate pushing paper and pen into his hands and demanding that he write it out....

Innovation In Motion

The crowded streets of a big-time town glow with neon signs and blinking car signals. The city radiates with buses honking, people talking and sirens singing. It’s not unusual to pass a struggling violinist or a six-piece band playing for tips. Impersonators and magicians may even stop you in...

I Have A Dream

Telling your parents that you want something to eat. Knowing how to respond to a stranger. Engaging with a group of your friends while sitting still at a table. Responding to your dad’s question. Talking about many different subjects when conversing with a friend. Accepting the embrace of...

Song For The Houseless

Michael Gienger could have done what everyone else usually does. He could have frantically locked his car doors. He could have pretended to be on his cell phone or merely looked the other way in order to avoid eye contact. He could have just kept driving. But instead, when...

Building The Guild

Charleen Isbell and her dear friend Ellen Foster breezily finish each others sentences. A relationship initially constructed by a mutual love for wielding a paintbrush to canvas has become a relationship of profound connection....

The Art Of Grace

It is a Friday afternoon and the temperature reads less than scorching and a slight breeze is rustling the trees, causing some leaves to prematurely fall. At South Terrace Apartments, kids at Waco Arts Initiative will be searching through the scattered leaves to use in today’s class....