Lucie Dickenson_Anxiety

Anxiety Would Not Defeat Me.

I absolutely believe we are more alike than we are different. We all have a story and your story may not be my story, but mine is just different in…

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Greer Hendricks_Grit and Soul

Chapter Two Starts at Age 50!

I recently found a drawing from when I was a lot younger. It showed me with a husband and two children. In the picture, I am holding a book that…

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The Bergdorf Goodman Guide to Animal Welfare

There is an old expression that says gifts sometimes come in strange packaging. I hadn’t thought about that quote in a while. But it came to me early one morning…

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Janice Lintz_Grit and Soul

Turning Obstacles into Opportunities!

The Never-Ending Divorce My ex-husband was abusive shortly after we married in 1988. I never thought abuse happened to women like me; well educated, living on the upper East Side…

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Change Advocates


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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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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Ilene Lainer

Improving the Lives of People with Autism

As a young woman growing up in New Jersey, I would not have imagined that in my 50s, I’d be President of NEXT for AUTISM, a non-profit organization focused on building and supporting innovative programs…

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THE RESILIENT


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, the long corridors of the…

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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 control and was in trouble,…

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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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UNCONVENTIONALS


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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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This is Not Your Mother’s Menopause

I may be known as Meg’s Menopause today, but the journey here has been full of interesting twists and turns, ups and downs. Everything I’ve done, I dove into full speed ahead, and never looked…

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Beginning a Modeling Career in her ‘50’s!

Growing up in Canada, it was inevitable that I would embrace outdoor activities in all seasons, however, in the dead of those long winter months, when frigid temperatures prevented any sort of outdoor fun, I…

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CAREER SHAKERS


Greer Hendricks_Grit and Soul

Chapter Two Starts at Age 50!

I recently found a drawing from when I was a lot younger. It showed me with a husband and two children. In the picture, I am holding a book that I had written. Just before…

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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 with breast cancer, I was…

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How a High School Dropout Became a Successful Educator

At 86 years old, I’m a widow, mother of four boys, one granddaughter that I raised as my own, and retired educator. I was born on July 31st, 1931 in Newport News, Virginia. My six…

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