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Half Breed: Finding Unity in a Divided World

From the desk of Lauren Palmer--this content was originally featured in our March 2020 magazine In her first book, Halfbreed: Finding Unity in a Divided World, biracial author and speaker LeTesha Wheeler shares compelling keys to unite a divided nation. Her open...

Privileged

From the desk of Lauren Palmer I have not suffered the way many have. I have never been ostracized based on my color. I was born white to parents who taught me to love Christ from the moment I took my first breath. I grew up safe and healthy in a 2-parent household,...

The Swimsuit

From the desk of Lauren Palmer Greetings from South Padre Island! I'm back on the island at my parent's place, enjoying the waves and doing some fishing with my Dad and the boys. Usually we go out on my father's boat to fish, but yesterday I hired a fishing guide and...

American Lawnscapes

From the desk of Lauren Palmer originally published in the Spring 2020 magazine “A lot of people don’t realize this,” Douglas Ringer told me, "but lawns on the same street rarely need the same fertilization and pre-emergent programs. Homes built at different times...

TAOLB x Andrea Holmes

From the desk of Lauren Palmer Good morning my friends! Today I want to show you a fun project I have been working on with my friend, local artist Andrea Holmes. I've actually written about Andrea before here on the blog--you can read her story here. Due to the...

Makeup Junkie Bags

From the desk of Lauren Palmer I was thinking the other day about how sad I feel for the graduates of 2020 for not getting to have their senior prom, graduation, or graduation festivities. Truly, these are the events they have been waiting and working for, probably...

Mother’s Day

From the desk of Lauren Palmer Good morning my friends! I hope each of you had a lovely weekend and Mother's Day celebration. We enjoyed the beautiful weather by heading to the Farmers Market on Saturday morning, a routine that feels almost medicinal to me. If you...

Christen Benat-Horse Portraiture

From the desk of Lauren Palmer Portrait artist Christen Benat’s love of horses stems from childhood during her rides each summer at camp and visiting her grandfather, a horse breeder in West Texas. She recalls the times spent in Abilene on horseback with her cousins:...

Christen Benat Portraiture

From the desk of Lauren Palmer “I think not having kids of my own allows me to see children from a different perspective — free of all the responsibility that comes with being a parent.” —Christen Benat Capturing the likeness of a child through portraiture is the art...

Meet Christen Benat-portrait artist

From the desk of Lauren Palmer Well, I’m going to need an art studio and a horse, thought portrait artist Christen Benat while gazing out at the expansive pastures Rich Benat, her soon-to-be-husband, showed her in Celeste, Texas. This was back in the early 2000s. The...

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