From Swimmer to Tech Entrepreneur for a Safer World

Lisa Falzone

Growing up in Santa Barbara, California, all I wanted to do was swim. A childhood spent playing all types of sports gave way to a focus on swimming by middle school. My first job was as a swim instructor, and by the end of high school, I had my sights set on one thing: a […]

Gravity and Grace

Kath Delaney

I recently read a poem by Natalie Diaz with a line that struck me: “I am riding the night on a full tank of gas, and my headlights are reaching out for something.”  For me, during COVID, that something has been practicing self-care. I’ve made this a time to choose compassion for myself and others, […]

Deception, Financial Ruin, and Triumph.

Shelley Underwood

I loved my life in Thomasville, Georgia. Married for twelve years, I was living a busy and fulfilled life as a wife and stay at home mother of five boys. I home schooled the boys and felt a true purpose in being there for my family.  We lived a conservative and traditional life: my husband […]

Infinite Love – One Family’s Childhood Cancer Story

Andrea Verdone Gorsegner

Dan and I met in college through a mutual friend and married two years after graduation.  I was working as a photo editor/producer in NYC and Dan was working in a family business in NJ.  Fast forward five years and Hannah Rose was born, and after six months in an increasingly cramped NYC apartment, we […]

How I Became A Menopause Warrior (Part 2)

Amanda Thebe

Excerpt adapted from Menopocalypse: How I Learned to Thrive During Menopause and How You Can Too, by Amanda Thebe WHEN MENOPAUSE AND MIDLIFE COLLIDE Have you ever googled the world “midlife”? The first thing that comes up is “midlife crisis,” along with this definition at Wikipedia: “A midlife crisis is a transition of identity and self-confidence […]

How I Became A Menopause Warrior

Amanda Thebe Menopocalypse

Chapter 1: Excerpted from Menopocalypse: How I Learned to Thrive During Menopause and How You Can Too, by Amanda Thebe. Available October 2020 from Greystone Books. The Chinese call it “a woman’s second spring.” Westerners call it “The Change.” I call it “menopocalypse.” Yes, I am talking about menopause. My journey into the unknown started […]

From Afghanistan to America: How My Passion For Art Lit the Way.

Five-year-old refugee My parents had to make the decision to flee Kabul quickly. Afghanistan was embroiled in a civil war and had become unsafe for us. It was 1994, the mujahadeen had taken over the city and battles were waging everywhere. The Taliban were just beginning to emerge as a force in our country. Five […]

A Friend to the End: A Story of Loss, Regret and Second Chances

Stacy Quarty

Risa and I met on that first day of college. We were both one of the very few students left by our parents, shortly after the car was unpacked. Most of the student’s families stayed for the day-long orientation and were huddled in small groups. We were a group of two and became fast friends. […]

College and a New Career After 50

Beverly Adams

For years through my volunteer work, I knew I had a calling to work with people suffering from substance abuse and mental illness.  Because of my life circumstances and responsibilities, it took a while to be able to pursue this professionally, but after starting college at 50, I now have the career I always wanted […]

Grateful Every Day

Joelle Jarvis

“If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.” My life has been a story of highs and lows. What I’ve learned is that while you can’t control what happens, what you can control is your attitude and what you do to respond and recover. Everything was fabulous in my life. I was […]