A husband’s legacy lives on helping families and kids deal with loss and grief.

When I met David, the love of my life, he said something very startling to me.  He told me he didn’t think he would live past age 40.  His words…

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Dawn and Maddy Massabni

After Losing her Daughter to Toxic Shock Syndrome, A Mother Becomes an Advocate to Create Awareness

My daughter Madalyn “Maddy” was adventurous and full of life. Her laugh was infectious and when she walked into a room, everyone knew Maddy had arrived.  Born and raised on…

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Lynn Regan Profile

Saving My Son from Addiction Changed the Lives of Many Others

Looking back, the worst day of my life was also the day that began the journey of getting my son back.  My drug addicted son, Daniel, had spiraled out of…

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Digging Up Your Buried Dream at Any Age

I’ve known I was a writer since I was three. I was one of eight kids, and when you grow up in those great big families, you desperately want something…

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Lynn Regan Profile

Saving My Son from Addiction Changed the Lives of Many Others

Looking back, the worst day of my life was also the day that began the journey of getting my son back.  My drug addicted son, Daniel, had spiraled out of control and was in trouble,…

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Rehmah Kasule 2019

Born a Village Girl — Became a Global Social Entrepreneur

Who could have imagined that after growing up in a village in Uganda, I would have met President Obama or that I would now be participating in the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University, the…

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Menopause Meets Its Match.

Growing up in the northeast of England in a working class neighbourhood meant that there was lots of opportunity for me to be led astray.  As I started high school and, in a concerted effort…

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THE RESILIENT


Sophie Stach Virgilio

From Occupied Poland to Asbury Park, NJ – An Author is Born at 80

  I begin my book, Goat in the Attic, with a note about my Mamusia, Aunt Katherine. . . As a child, I always thought Aunt Katherine was my Mother.  I called her Mamusia, in…

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Donna Ongsiako

On a Mission to Help Survivors of Violent Crimes.

I’ve lived in Monmouth County, New Jersey, my entire life. My daughter, Kiersten, was born the day after I turned 20.  I was young, single and unprepared but I had a lot of support from…

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Lisa Luckett Cozmeena

The Light in 9/11

My daughter Jen hadn’t been feeling well so I took her to school a little late that day.  She had just started 2nd grade in our quiet little New Jersey town.  I got home a…

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UNCONVENTIONALS


Suzanne Lecht Grit and Soul

From Rural American Girl to Art Impresario in Vietnam

As I grew up in rural Kansas, I could not have imagined in my wildest dreams the course that my life would take. My journey to becoming an art dealer living in Hanoi is an…

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Finding Joy and Purpose in Laos

I was born in Switzerland in 1980, a very sporty and temperamental little girl. During my teenage years, I first studied languages, then sociology and political science and eventually earned a degree in marketing. Later,…

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An Accidental Tour Guide to the Arctic

I’ve taken the scenic route through, well, just about everything in my life! I was married for about 5 minutes in my 20’s (his folks lived in a castle in Portugal, what was a girl…

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CAREER SHAKERS


Denise Woodard Partake Foods

My Child’s Food Allergies Sparked a Passion Within Me

My entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to education, were nurtured by my parents.  I grew up in a small town in Fayetteville, North Carolina to an African American father and a Korean mother.  While my father…

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Everyone has a Story — I wrote mine at 60.

I believe that everyone has a story.  Storytelling is an art form as old as mankind, and as an editor and teacher, I’ve been privileged to spend most of my adult life coaxing stories out…

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Patti Pao Grit and Soul

Twenty-Five Years to an Overnight Success!

Full disclosure, I grew up hearing I was ugly, dumb, fat, lazy and wouldn’t amount to much.  I heard this from my parents.  My father, in particular, would tell me I should be further along…

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