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Taking the Heat in the Kitchen

Len Vertefeuille was born and raised into a loving family on the East coast. He now lives in North Carolina and he and his wife Lisa have two children who mean the world to Len. He has been working in the Warren Wilson College kitchen since 1989. Len enjoys cooking for and working alongside ...


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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 41,240
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Heaven in a Cake Pan

Featuring: Brenda Tuttle
Written by: Joyce Macias
Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. It’s a passion for children’s cookbook author and chef Brenda Leukhardt Tuttle, a self-proclaimed chocoholic who adores anything and everything ...
Comments (0) Jul 20, 2011 25,744
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Write On Time

Featuring: Connie Bretz
Written by: Joyce Macias
When award-winning writer Connie Frybarger Bretz expects visitors at her home in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, she sets her nearly human-sized stuffed animal, George the Giraffe, ...
Comments (0) Dec 21, 2010 36,561
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Darby Day

Featuring: Darby L
Written by: Susan Young
It’s the second Friday which means it’s Darby day, whose life story I have been posting on this website for her as part of the Elder Stories program I started for Wesley Do ...
Comments (1) Dec 01, 2010 43,368
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Kevin Costner's Oil Solution: 'He Built it, So Let Him...

Featuring: Mike Walsh
Written by: Antje Wilsch
Kevin Costner really cares about the environment. 15 years ago he hired me as the first sales rep of Costner Industries Nevada Corporation (CINC). Kevin Costner, his brother ...
Comments (1) Jun 22, 2010 30,375
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Food For Thought

Featuring: Carolyn Brown
Written by: Tamar Burris
Carolyn Brown thought of her family as “simple eaters.” Carolyn’s mom was always very active and health conscious, but after her own childhood experiences of having to ...
Comments (1) Jun 09, 2010 69,903
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What’s It Worth?

Featuring: Lori Verderame
Written by: Joyce Macias
Integrity Launched a New Career for Dr. Lori Dr. Lori Verderame didn’t plan to get into the business of appraising art and antiques. With a doctorate in art history from the ...
Comments (0) May 09, 2010 21,685
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If You Build It, They Will Play

Featuring: Ron Samuels
Written by: Tamar Burris
It was the early 1980s and Ron Samuels’ good friend had just returned from the Oregon Country Fair with news about an incredible instrument that had turned the whole crowd on—the ...
Comments (0) May 01, 2010 26,148
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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 40,489
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A Home in the Round

Featuring: Melinda Sorber
Written by: Tamar Burris
Melinda Sorber was living in Colorado Springs in a 2,500 square foot home she didn’t like to clean in a subdivision she didn’t like when the idea of a living in a yurt sort of ...
Comments (1) Mar 04, 2010 36,085
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Flying Too High (or Flying Drunk)

Featuring: Capt. Joseph Balzer
Written by: Joyce Macias
A portable ladder dangled from the huge transport plane on the tarmac of Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. Joseph Balzer was only three years old, but he was tantalized ...
Comments (1) Feb 20, 2010 79,032
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Messages in a Bottle

Featuring: Christina Greenaway
Written by: Sarah Peppel
When Christina Greenaway returns to her childhood home, she stops to rest on one particular rock by the small fishing village of Mevagissy, now a tourist destination snuggled ...
Comments (0) Feb 10, 2010 30,465
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A Dictator’s Silverware Stirs Memories

Featuring: Arthur Zards
Written by: Joyce Macias
A brown-skinned turkey, homemade gravy, cucumber salad and all the fixings that made Thanksgiving dinner special were on the dining room table at the Zards’ family home in ...
Comments (7) Jan 28, 2010 76,401
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Where is Sonia Fuentes NOW?

Featuring: Sonia Fuentes
Written by: Tamar Burris
Sonia Pressman Fuentes is an American author, speaker, feminist leader and lawyer. She was a founder of National Organization for Women (NOW) and Federally Employed Women (FEW), ...
Comments (13) Jan 19, 2010 81,961
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Four Kids, Three Jobs: A Day in the Life of a VERY Busy Mom

Featuring: Dawn Papandrea-Khan
Written by: Tamar Burris
There is no disputing that Dawn Papandrea-Khan has her hands full. With a husband, three wee ones under six years old (and a fourth on the way any day now!), and three small ...
Comments (1) Dec 22, 2009 97,546
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Because You're the Girl!

Featuring: Linda Moore
Written by: Joyce Macias
Linda’s Fond Memories of Childhood Looking back on her childhood is one of Linda Moore’s favorite things to do, especially when she thinks back to the tricks her older brother, ...
Comments (0) Dec 15, 2009 28,633
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Cancer Starts With a ‘K’

Featuring: Kate Atwood
Written by: Tamar Burris
Kate Atwood was six years old when her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. All she knew about that illness was that it started with the letter ‘k’. As time passed, Kate ...
Comments (1) Dec 07, 2009 25,708
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Ron For Your Life

Featuring: Ron Shimony
Written by: Julianne Barclay
Meet “Mr. Possibility”: Making the Impossible…Possible! It is said a person’s childhood shapes much of their personality and determines who they become later in life. Most ...
Comments (1) Dec 04, 2009 37,396
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A Second Chance

Featuring: Lori Chance
Written by: Julianne Barclay
When asked to summarize her life in a six word autobiographical novel Lori Chance just couldn’t do it. Her life has been divided into two separate worlds…two separate universes…two ...
Comments (2) Nov 30, 2009 27,171
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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 42,675

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