It's week 29 of my personal photography project and this week's theme is "doorways" so I thought I'd take this opportunity to introduce you to my hometown of Coppell. Since I moved to Texas in 1996 I've lived in one apartment and three homes, all within a 1 mile radius. What can I say? I love the area. After stints in Irving (Valley Ranch), we settled in Coppell in 2002 where we remain today.
Enjoy this little tour of my city with some famous, and not so famous - but colorful - doors and doorways.
It's a big building and I wanted to get it all in, welcome to our City Hall.
Ginger Agrees, Libraries DO ROCK!
Our newly expanded and renovated William T Cozby Public Library
Hard 8 Barbeque
It's become a destination unto it's own. The first of now 5 locations in Texas opened in 2003 in Stephenville, Hard 8 Barbeque is a family owned and operated business that is an authentic eating experience where you'll be served "Texas Style" straight from the pit by the Pit Master who prepared your food. You'll come away smelling of barbecue, but you won't come away hungry! If you're ever in the Dallas - Fort Worth area, this restaurant is not to be missed.
I'm pretty sure Ginger missed the sign above the door that said "No Pets" (don't worry, we went no further than the doorway), but did see the "To Go" orders sign and was heading over there to take home a snack.
I put out a call for brightly colored doors on the Coppell, Texas Facebook group and was rewarded with numerous offers from my neighbors to photograph Ginger on their doorstep; thank you Coppellians!
As per the Taylor's Gift website, Taylor Storch lived her life with joy and brought happiness to all who knew her. The world lost a vibrant and gifted young person on March 15, 2010, when a tragic skiing accident changed everything for this Coppell family while vacationing in Colorado. After Taylor’s parents were told that Taylor would not survive, they made a choice—a prayerful choice they knew their daughter would want.
Her parents, Todd & Tara, agreed to let Taylor give the gift of life through organ donation. Although their grief is immeasurable, the Storch family has been transformed by the hope and happiness that have been restored to other families whose loved ones have been saved by Taylor’s organs.
Taylor’s organs went to a number of different people in need: her heart to a 39-year-old mother of two in Arizona; her pancreas and one kidney to a 49-year-old husband and father in Colorado; her other kidney to a 33-year-old man in Colorado; her corneas and liver changed two other lives in other parts of the country. Taylor’s Gift Foundation was created to honor Taylor’s many talents and gifts, and especially her ultimate gift: life for others.
Although her life ended too soon, her spirit lives on. Taylor’s Gift strives to increase organ donation through its mission to Regift Life, Renew Health and Restore Families. Taylor’s life and her passing have already inspired thousands of people from around the world to become organ donors themselves. Taylor was able to give the gift of life to a few and in turn, impacting many who will need it in the future.
This bright blue was Taylor's favorite color and is called "Taylor Blue", many homes in the Dallas - Fort Worth metroplex have painted their door this color in honor of her and to increase awareness of organ donation.
You can learn more about the organization by visiting their website Taylorsgift.org.
It's not famous, but it's ours; welcome home Ginger!
Tracy Allard of Penny Whistle Photography is a Certified Professional Photographer with the organization Professional Photographers of America; a designation held by fewer than 2,500 photographers nationwide and a hallmark of consistency, technical skill, artistry and professionalism. Penny Whistle specializes in both natural light and studio photography providing pet, couple and engagement, family and high school senior portraits as well as corporate headshots and commercial photography in her studio located in old town Carrollton as well as out on location in Coppell and surrounding communities in Dallas – Fort Worth, Texas.