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Around A Turn

  Gently flipping her curly, sand-dune inspired hair, Nicole Brumgardner opens a soda with her long red nails and curses as she breaks one. "I KNEW that was going to happen, and yet I did it anyway! It's like I have to test the universe to see if it's really going to follow the laws of ...


All Alone at the Sixty-Four World's ...

The backstage of the pavilion was simple with its wooden floors and temporary props. The 1964 World’s Fair of Flushing, NY would come and go and no one would remember the little five year-old girl who played with her Barbies in its grand shadow. While some country stars were just cutting ...


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A Great Hair Day

Featuring: Melissa K.
Written by: Mary-Kay Eastman
Melissa K. flipped her blond hair proudly over her shoulder so she could see its full length in the mirror. Her hair grew fast and thick and drew admiration everywhere she ...
Comments (7) Jun 17, 2008 48,062

Bake a Difference

Featuring: Karen Kelly Kiefer
Written by: Tamar Burris
A thick slice of fresh Irish soda bread, piping hot from the oven and slathered with butter—that’s what comes to mind for Karen Kelly Kiefer when she thinks of childhood. ...
Comments (1) Mar 17, 2010 40,608

It's All In Your Head

Featuring: Jennifer Smith
Written by: Sarah Peppel
Jennifer Smith, Austin's Mother, Knew That His Pain was not "all in his head" or "a migraine". Her determination got Austin the help he needed to remove a cyst from his brain. Steerin g ...
Comments (6) Nov 25, 2009 42,926

Life in a So-Called Strap of Steel

Featuring: Naiza Oclares
Written by: Sarah Peppel
I am Naiza Oclares. I live a simple life in the sun-kissed city of Manila, eating fish, vegetables, rice and whatever my mom fixes me. I enjoy life as it comes, but some days ...
Comments (4) Nov 06, 2009 63,102

New Heart, New Lungs, New Life

Featuring: Mark Black
Written by: Julianne Barclay
"The body does not want you to do this….it tells you to stop but the mind must be strong. You always go too far for your body. You must handle the pain with strategy... It ...
Comments (2) Nov 01, 2009 34,395

Pushing Past Post Polio

Featuring: Mary McManus
Written by: Sarah Peppel
Pushing Past Post Polio: Boston Marathon Runner Leaves Post Polio Syndrome at the Starting Line Crossing the finish line of the Boston Marathon, Mary McManus felt a ...
Comments (4) Sep 20, 2009 55,630

Tails of Therapy: Hero for a Moment

Featuring: Susan Hartzler
Written by: Rachelle Mobley
Dedication to a single pursuit is admirable. And when that pursuit is bringing cheer to sick children, long-term commitment is all the more laudable. But how many years must ...
Comments (3) Sep 17, 2009 34,914

Flying With a Heart and a Mission

Featuring: Ed Boyer
Written by: Sarah Peppel
Punching in the emergency access code, Ed Boyer connected with his party across choked telephone lines. It was August 29, 2005 and Hurricane Katrina had just devastated ...
Comments (7) Jun 28, 2009 40,568

The Rancher Who Won’t Eat Meat

Featuring: Howard Lyman
Written by: Tamar Burris
Howard Lyman likes to say that his glass is not half full … it’s overflowing. “I’m the most fortunate individual that’s ever lived on the planet. There’s nothing that I can ...
Comments (5) May 31, 2009 58,953

Jack's Helping Hand...the Legacy of Jack Ready

Featuring: Jack Ready
Written by: Cara Moorehead
  This is a story of love, commitment, sorrow, and community...this is the story of the Readys. Bridget and Paul Ready lived happily in sunny San Luis Obispo, California ...
Comments (3) May 06, 2009 80,376

A Life of Giving, A Life Worth Living

Featuring: Susan Jaye-Kaplan
Written by: Tamar Burris
  If a person’s beginnings determine their station in life, then by all accounts Susan Jaye-Kaplan should not be where she is today. When Susan was eight years old ...
Comments (2) Apr 28, 2009 31,229

Sixty, Sexy, Sassy and Free!

Featuring: Ann Fry
Written by: Sarah Peppel
A tear-drenched Ann Fry sat with her son in a Jack-in-the-Box in Austin, Texas as she questioned her choice to pick up and move to New York City six months earlier. In ...
Comments (4) Apr 05, 2009 37,194

Hearts and Paws Unite

Featuring: Julie Nowicki
Written by: Tamar Burris
  Julie Nowicki had never been a dog person. Sure, she’d had family dogs when she was a kid. However, the big ones would jump all over her and scare her. Plus, ...
Comments (7) Mar 31, 2009 39,384

You Don’t Need Arms to Be Happy

Featuring: Chet McDoniel
Written by: Tamar Burris
    What do you call a man with no arms? If you ask Chet McDoniel’s family and friends the answer would be that you call such a person a normal, ordinary man. ...
Comments (10) Mar 23, 2009 52,267

Visions From the Heart

Featuring: Shirley Cheng
Written by: Tamar Burris
  Shirley Cheng knows what it is like to have to fight. An award-winning author, motivational speaker, self-empowerment expert, advocate of parental rights in children’s ...
Comments (4) Mar 18, 2009 24,878

From Ambushee To Ambushed

Featuring: Kirk Bauer
Written by: Sarah Peppel
  On March 19, 2003, Kirk Bauer, Executive Director of Disabled Sports USA, sat watching his television as President George W. Bush declared war ...
Comments (4) Mar 15, 2009 45,469

IronWoman at 64

Featuring: Katharine Briar-Lawson
Written by: Jenoa Briar-Bonpane
  At age 64, Katharine Briar-Lawson shows no signs of slowing down. In fact she’s doing just the opposite. This year, she’s begun training for an infamously grueling ...
Comments (2) Mar 11, 2009 47,858

The Real Meaning of Cool: A ‘Fledgling’ Jazz Career at 72

Featuring: Elli Fordyce
Written by: Tamar Burris
On April 1, 2007 (a day late), Elli Fordyce celebrated her 70th birthday true to form … she sang. Holding the microphone in her hand at The Jazz ...
Comments (8) Feb 24, 2009 36,280

Can’t Keep this Mama Down

Featuring: Barbara Schantz
Written by: Jenoa Briar-Bonpane
  Multiple sclerosis tries to slow Barbara Schants down, but she can’t. With 2 sets of twins under the age of 5 to parent and a business to run, most days her MS ...
Comments (4) Feb 08, 2009 28,724

GramaBarb: A Grandmother for the 21st Century

Featuring: Grama Barb
Written by: Tamar Burris
  In life, there are those who look at becoming a grandmother as a sign of getting old and there are those who embrace their new role with gusto. GramaBarb is most ...
Comments (9) Feb 01, 2009 162,366

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