Against All Odds: The Triumph of Christine Carter Love

Marguerite Grace King was a domestic worker from the deep South who cleaned office buildings for a living. For many, this meager job was merely an income, but for me,…

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After Breast Cancer, a New Career Blossoms

Sometimes when the absolutely, most horrible thing happens to you, a beautiful gift eventually reveals itself. You must try to stay open to see the signs. When I was diagnosed…

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Lynn Regan Profile

Saving My Son from Addiction Changed the Lives of 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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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…

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Change Advocates


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Amy Siskind—Wall Street to Political Activist

When I graduated from college, and during a long career on Wall St., I never would have guessed where my life would take me. I like to say I am in the third chapter of…

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Jackie Tobacco

The Healing Power of Horses for Autistic Children.

Ever since a pony accident when I was five years old, horses have been one of my greatest fears in life.  Never would I have predicted that someday I would own a farm, or that…

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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 the Jersey shore, her favorite…

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THE RESILIENT


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 turned out to be prophetic….

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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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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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Career Transformation from Nurse to Goat Farmer!

I grew up in Oyster Bay, Long Island surrounded by animals.  My dad brought home a lot of strays and we had a menagerie that included horses, dogs, cats, turtles and even an injured owl….

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CAREER SHAKERS


After Breast Cancer, a New Career Blossoms

Sometimes when the absolutely, most horrible thing happens to you, a beautiful gift eventually reveals itself. You must try to stay open to see the signs. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I was…

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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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