No Wonder You Were Afraid to Ask #50 – Elizabeth Pritchard – Chef Izzy on the Road Climbing Summits for Vets.

My name is Elizabeth Pritchard I was born and raised in Wilson, NC. I currently live the “gypsy life” living on the road traveling with SummitForVets, raising awareness for disabled veterans. I am a chef by trade, I studied Culinary at Lenoir Culinary Arts, and worked under a world renowned ...
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No Wonder You Were Afraid to Ask #49 – Loren Tolman – What We Do When Nobody is Looking

This Inspirational Interview brought to you by Loren Tolman, Talk Show Host/ Developer /Artist/ Author/Skin Care Executive out of Toronto, Canada. I am all about inspiring and supporting people. I love people and have been through so much. I just wanted to create a life-manual of sorts to help people ...
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Inspirational Educators – Real Rap With The Reynolds – The Longer I Do This the More Amazing it Becomes!

This Inspirational Educator Spotlight brought to you by CJ Re. He is in his eleventh year of teaching. Why did you choose to teach as a career? The greatest irony of my being a high school teacher is that I never wanted to be a teacher. Ninth and tenth grade ...
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No Wonder You Were Afraid to Ask #48 – Tangee Veloso – Teaching You How to Raise Connected and Confident Children

This Inspirational Interview brought to you by Tangee Veloso: A hybrid of all trades: an Author, a Connection Life Coach that specializes in conscious co-parenting, Founder & Executive Director of Family Love Village, virtual assistant, bartender, fire performer, spoken word artist, and most importantly a conscious mom. I was born ...
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No Wonder You Were Afraid to Ask #47 – Johnny Gonzalez – My Hope is to Promote the Feminization of the Construction Industry

This Inspirational Interview brought to you by Johnny Gonzalez, age 32 from Biloxi, Mississippi. Johnny works as the Program Manager, at the Moore Community House- for the organization, Women In Construction Women In Construction from Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation on Vimeo. Johnny said, "I"m from California by way of Nicaragua ...
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No Wonder You Were Afraid to Ask #46 – Abhishek Dhawan, Founder and CEO, Feelsofts – Stay hungry, Stay Foolish

This Inspirational Interview brought to you by Abhishek Dhawan, Founder, and CEO of Feelsofts. I was born in Baramati, A rural place in India. I am a drop out from college who founded a successful tech company that caters to all business requirements. “Feelsofts”, against all odds, managed to triumph ...
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Inspirational Educators – David B. Cohen – Capturing the Spark and Creating Fires

David B. Cohen - Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, CA - English teacher - Author of Capturing the Spark: Inspired Teaching, Thriving Schools How long have you been teaching? 20 years Why did you choose to teach as a career? At the time I chose teaching, it seemed like ...
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Inspirational Educators – Alex Kajitani, California Teacher of the Year and The Rappin’ Mathematician!

An Interview with Alex Kajitani, California Teacher of the Year, and the creator of Multiplication Nation You are known around the globe as “The Rappin’ Mathematician,” how did that come about? It was my first year of teaching, and I was sinking! I couldn’t get my students to pay attention, ...
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Inspirational Educators – Stephanie Dunne – I Love Working With Tiny Humans in a Career that I Love!

How long have you been teaching? I have been teaching for 7 years. I am currently in my first year as a special education preschool teacher. Why did you choose to teach? Initially I wanted to be a journalist for a magazine company. I studied journalism my freshman year of ...
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Inspirational Educators – Maria M. Briseno – No Excuses. Just Ideas, Time, and Effort are Required.

How long have you been teaching? I began teaching full time in 2014 in special education for moderate to severe students with Autism who are nonverbal. Prior to that, I was a sub for a couple years and prior to that I was a stay at home mom for 13 ...
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Inspirational Educators – Teresa Gilfillan – I LOVE Hearing Kids ask, “Do we have art today?”

I have been teaching Elementary Art for three years at Pioneer Park Elementary in Cheyenne, Wyoming. I previously taught conversational and business English for Berlitz while living in Switzerland. I also have 5 years of experience in substitute teaching at various schools including a long-term position in youth corrections. Why ...
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No Wonder You Were Afraid to Ask #45 – Antonio Fernandez – Founder of Inspirational Souls on his 7th Sobriety Birthday, 2 Year marriage Anniv, and Living with an Aortic Aneurysm

I was born in 1973 in San Francisco, CA. My parents moved us to Wheatland, WY- a town of about 5,000 people, in 1979.In 1991, when I turned 18 I left as quickly as I could and moved to Palo Alto, CA to lived with my sister, Dorothy who was ...
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Inspirational Educators: Denise Ivelich – Working with Teenagers is Never Boring

How long have you been teaching? 12 years - Currently at Vista High School. (Northern San Diego County) Why did you choose to teaching as a career? I’ve wanted to teach as long as I can remember. I suppose this is due in part to my wonderful elementary school teachers, ...
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No Wonder You Were Afraid to Ask #44– Jonathan Levy – The Zero Waste Guy!

Jonathan Levy aka the "Zero Waste Guy is an Environmental Consultant from Los Angeles. This is his story. I was born in the Bay Area but moved to Southern California for college. I wanted to get away, but still have the benefit of in-state tuition. I thought that SoCal and ...
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“Inspirational Educators: Havely Holt – I Really Want Your Child to Succeed.

How long have you been teaching? I have been teaching for 13 years. Why did you choose a teaching career? The way I came into this career is a little non-traditional. I have a degree in International Agriculture and Economics and was working in the banking industry. As I transitioned ...
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Inspirational Educators: Jodie Donner – The Kids Amaze and Inspire Me All of the Time. I Love Them.

How long have you been teaching? This is my 18th year as an educator. I started in 1999 at Thunderbird High School. Why did you choose teaching as a career? My passion has always been writing and reading. Much of that developed due to the guidance of effective teachers. Especially ...
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“No Wonder You Were Afraid to Ask #43 – Emily Provencio – The Solution for Ignorance is Education.

My name is Emily Provencio, I'm 17 years old, currently residing in Spokane Valley, Washington. I'm a full-time college student at Eastern Washington University, who will also be graduating High School this upcoming June. I plan to major in Political Science, with a minor in Communication studies, and hope to ...
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No Wonder You Were Afraid to Ask #42– Becky Litwicki – Creating a Life I LOVE, Instead of just Letting Life Happen to Me.

Becky Litwicki is 29 but will be 30 on January 9th! She is excited about her 30s now that she has gotten to know herself better in her late 20s. She says, "The next decade should be fun!" She lives in a small suburb of Chicago. Becky was born in ...
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No Wonder You Were Afraid to Ask #41– Kyle Kranz – From an Obese and Depressed Child to a Sub-Elite Runner.

Kyle Kranz lives in Rapid City, South Dakota. Right along the edge of the Black Hills Mountain Range and National Forest. Here is his story. I was born in eastern South Dakota and grew up on a dairy farm. Unlike most kids, I never did a great deal of farm ...
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No Wonder You Were Afraid to Ask #40– Emma Seppänen – Finland – Fighting to Help Women in the Slums of India and Animals.

My name is Emma, I live in Finland and I'm 27 years old. I graduated from the University of Lapland with a Master of Arts and I work as a photographer, filmographer, and editor. I also started to do Olympic-style (amateur) boxing and competed between 2007-2012. Twice I have placed ...
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No Wonder You Were Afraid to Ask #39 – Bryan Mahoney – He’s Been a Sailor, Writer, Ghost Observer, and a Connoisseur of Ranch Dressing.

Bryan Mahoney is a writer, communications consultant, and perpetual volunteer who lives in Los Angeles. He was born in Buffalo, NY. He arrived in Los Angeles by way of Rochester, Boston, Burbank, and finally Los Angeles. Currently, he is in the third National Novel Writing Month Los Angeles short story ...
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No Wonder You Were Afraid to Ask #38 – Donna de la Perrière – The Meaning of Life: Be Kind, Be Kind, Be Kind and Have Lots of Cats!

Donna de la Perrière lives in Oakland, CA and is a Poet, Professor, and cat wrangler. Here is more about this Inspirational Soul in her own words. I was born in Athens GA, moved to Providence RI in my 20s, lived in Boston in my 30s, then spent 4 years ...
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Inspirational Transformation – Alexis- Helping You Meet Your FITnancial Goals.

I currently live in Austin, Texas, but have lived all over the world. In the past couple of years, I have lived in Peru, Italy, traveled throughout Australia, and explored so many different cultures. Because of these experiences, I've become extremely open minded to different lifestyles. I think outside-the-box, and ...
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No Wonder You Were Afraid to Ask #37 – Amora C Griñán – I am Pure Energy! Here to Elevate the Vibration of the Planet.

I am Amora. I live in Studio City, CA and I have many gifts of healing, balance, and alignment that I share with others through Spiritual counseling, Cellular Cleansing, Energy healing, Meditation, Life coaching, Crystal Jewelry, Talismans & more. I am an old soul but just made 33 years last ...
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Inspirational Advocate: B.L. Acker – Surviving Depression No Longer Was a Enough For Me. I Wanted to Live and Flourish.

I was recently asked to write about when I first realized I was suffering from depression. Normally, my words flow freely and abundantly. I often joke that while most people only put in their two cents, I don’t stop until I reach a quarter. However, looking back at my life, ...
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No Wonder You Were Afraid to Ask #36- Liv Wheeler – I Talk To Spirit Too

Liv Wheeler is a Shamanic Practitioner, focused mainly in the shamanic practices of the Dagara Tribe of Burkina Faso, West Africa. For eight years, she studied and apprenticed with Malidoma Some, Ph.D. (Dagara Elder, Shaman, Author). Through her experience with the Dagara diviners as well as immersing in Burkina culture, ...
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Inspirational Entrepreneur and Cancer Survivor: Samuel Bruni

Samuel Bruni is an entrepreneur and cancer survivor and this is his story. I was born outside of Eugene Oregon. After I got married, I moved to Utah because the economy was not great in Oregon back in the mid-1990’s. I currently live in Aliso Viejo and work in E-Commerce ...
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No Wonder You Were Afraid to Ask #35 – Angelina Avelar – Hiking Her Way to Happiness

I was born on April 1, 1977, in Paramount California but was raised in different cities in The San Gabriel Valley. I grew up in the 80s and I still love all things 80s! The music, the movies, the TV shows and playing outdoors until the sunset. Those were the ...
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No Wonder You Were Afraid to Ask #34 – Margaret Martin. She is So Much MORE than What Happened to Her.

Margaret Martin is an amazing and Inspirational Soul. Here is her story. I was born in Salt Lake City, UT. I moved around a lot as a child. I have lived in Ohio and Michigan but spent the majority of my maturation in the Napa Valley of California. I came ...
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No Wonder You Were Afraid to Ask #33 – Kathi Gold. Don’t Even Think of Challenging Her at Trivial Pursuit.

I was born in the San Fernando Valley, in Los Angeles, CA. I grew up in Chatsworth, with three older brothers and a little sister, plus our grandparents lived with us, so there were 9 people in the house. Chatsworth is the most Northwest part of the Valley, which when ...
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No Wonder You Were Afraid to Ask #32 – Tommy Chavez- From Lost to Finding a Whole New Tommy

I was born at Glendale Hospital and grew up in Pacoima CA. I was raised by a great man, my father, George M. Chavez I. He raised me to have great work ethic and to treat others with respect and dignity. I owe all of who I am today to ...
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No Wonder You Were Afraid to Ask #31 – Marquese Robinson- Out of Lost Money He Created a Friendship

Marquese Robinson is a filmmaker and entrepreneur who lives in Los Angeles. I met Marquese a couple of years ago when I found a folder with some money in it while I was crossing the street in Sherman Oaks. I eventually tracked down the owner and it was Marquese. We ...
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No Wonder You Were Afraid to Ask #30 – Tommy Giavocchini- A Second Chance to Bicycle His Way Through this Visit

I was born in San Francisco CA (did I mention 60 years ago crap). Lived in South San Francisco, the Industrial City, until I was 10. Moved down the Peninsula to San Carlos Ca, in 1964. I moved to L.A.in January 1991. I was a spoiled, privileged only child. In ...
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No Wonder You Were Afraid to Ask #29 – Mladen Borovic – Origami can mend a broken heart

I was born in Maribor, Slovenia. My childhood was quite interesting and hard at the same time. We used to live in a small basement apartment and financially our family was always struggling. I have very few nice memories of my childhood because there always seemed to be a lot ...
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Baton Rouge Strong – A Solution offered by Caleb Harris

This past Sunday was very tough for me. First off, my thoughts and prayers go out to the loved ones of the victims of this heinous hate crime towards law enforcement here in Baton Rouge. How much more blood will be shed before we realize that violence is not the ...
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No Wonder You Were Afraid to Ask #28 – Trine Standerholen- Women’s Advocate and Artist

The artist and all around awesome person, Trine Standerholen, was recommended to me by a friend who I interviewed before. I am so glad Trine agreed to share her life with my Websphere. Sit back and enjoy her story and please check out her art. "I live in Lillehammer (direct ...
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No Wonder You Were Afraid to Ask #27 – William “Bill” Pentland- To Bill or Not to Bill. Pentland.

The Internet is an amazing thing. For people my age, it is a great way to bring our past back into the present. Here is the interview with my high school English teacher, William "Bill" Pentland. Bill said, "I love to travel (not fly) and see state and national parks, ...
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No Wonder You Were Afraid to Ask #26 – Dave Block- Dave’s Not Here!

Dave Block was born and raised in Rockford IL, (Home of Hall Of Fame Rock Band “Cheap Trick”). He moved to South Beloit, IL in 2007 with his (then) wife to be closer to her family. he divorced and stayed in South Beloit. He met his fiancé who lived in ...
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No Wonder You Were Afraid to Ask #25 – Tracy Held Potter- Suddenly Split & Swiping Over.

World, meet Tracy Help Potter. I’m a writer from the San Francisco Bay Area who is based in Los Angeles to get into writing for television and film. I’m a single mom of two awesome young boys and I’m really grateful to have the opportunity to show my sons what ...
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Everything is Impossible Until It’s Done. – Misty Plowright – American Vet and America’s First Trangender Primary Winner.

Last Tuesday, Colorado's Fifth Congressional District chose Army veteran Misty Plowright (D) to represent their party in the race against incumbent Doug Lamborn (R) in November for the US House of Representatives. In a historic week in politics where the U.S. government removed its ban on transgender troops, Plowright became ...
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No Wonder You Were Afraid to Ask #24 – Jaclyn DuBois Lockhart aka the Confetti Monster

I don't recall how I met, Jaclyn Lockhart, aka "The Confetti Monster," but I know it was her quirky and unique art that caught my eye. Since I first spotted her work, she has created several pieces for me. I am going to leave my introduction very brief and let ...
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No Wonder You Were Afraid to Ask #23 – George Monroy- A Third Chance at Life, Leads to True Love

I first met George in March of 2012, when I showed up to volunteer at the World Famous Caine’s arcade. You can learn more about Caine’s Arcade here. I believe this was right before he suffered his first heart attack. After that setback, George turned his life around. George recalled ...
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No Wonder You Were Afraid to Ask #22 – Nena Bush- A Working Woman’s Factotum

I’ve never had so much fun as I did working with Nena at Starbuck’s in Emeryville while I was attending grad school. Nena was someone who wasn’t afraid to speak at loud volumes during business. She would be across the store asking me questions while I rang up patrons or ...
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No Wonder You Were Afraid to Ask #21 – Jesse Michaels – Punk Rock Renaissance Man

I’ve known Jesse Michaels for almost six years. I reconnected with Jesse recently when I attended a book signing for his first novel, “Whispering Bodies.” Jesse has created all types of art for a long time but said he is most proud of this book. I bought a copy at ...
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No Wonder You Were Afraid to Ask #19 – Dr. Nailah Thompson – The Primary Care Doctor You Dream About.

I first met Nailah almost three years ago while working side-by-side with her in Biloxi, Mississippi, during Kaiser Permanente's annual volunteer trip to the Gulf Coast. We bonded immediately over women's college hoops (have to admit I was a little jealous when I found out she's practiced with the Stanford ...
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No Wonder You Were Afraid to Ask #18 – Bushra Burney – The Caffeinated Muslim

Bushra is one non-family member who I would take a bullet for. It has been over five years since I first met Bushra at work. Bushra and I bonded over many things, but our talk about writing, blogging, traveling and self-improvement often kept me going during our busiest months as ...
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No Wonder You Were Afraid to Ask #18 – Philip Horvath – Innovator of Your Future

Recently, I was blessed with the opportunity to hear Philip speak at a conference I attended on Innovation in Health Care. I was immediately captivated by his presentation, as he told the story of his journey, from an extremely intelligent and energetic child to a constantly soul-searching and highly self-aware ...
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No Wonder You Were Afraid to Ask #17 Toni Le Busque – Amazing Artist and Poo Aficionado

I love Facebook because of all the serendipitous meetings it facilitates. Toni Le Busque somehow ended up on my friend's list, either I friended her or she friended me, I am not too sure, but none of that really matters. After getting updates from her through my timeline, I was ...
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No Wonder You Were Afraid to Ask #16 Jodie Donner – Protector of the Our Children’s Future

This world needs more educators like Jodie. She is one of the most passionate and caring people and it really came through in this interview. It was difficult for me to figure out how I wanted to start this piece because all of Jodie's answers were so passionate and heartfelt ...
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No Wonder You Were Afraid to Ask #15 Jimmy Franzo – The “Tin Man” has Nothing on Him.

Upon first meeting Jimmy Franzo four years ago I was a little intimated. He was a tall, ruggedly handsome man, with tiger-like tattoos, and a personality larger than the room. But, after getting to know him, I learned about the gentle and loving man beneath his larger-than-life exterior. I still ...
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No Wonder You Were Afraid to Ask #14 Kate Vancouver – Soon to be Appalachian Trail Blazer

I met Katelyn Vancouver a couple of years ago when I was volunteering on Long Island after Super Storm Sandy with the non-profit organization All Hands. Kate and her family decided to take a family trip and volunteer doing disaster recovery. I remember Kate’s mother, Laurie, telling me that Kate ...
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No Wonder You Were Afraid to Ask #13 Emilio Larrazabal- Ultra Marathoner -Ninja Bass – Rock Star!

I met Emilio Larrazabal by chance almost three years ago when we both showed up to volunteer for Gobble, Gobble, Give in Silverlake on Thanksgiving. One of the ways you can volunteer is by driving a car to deliver all the Thanksgiving meals donated by the community. I not only ...
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No Wonder You Were Afraid to Ask #12: Chris Whitney- An Optometrist with a Photographic Memory

Chris Whitney was born in Philadelphia and grew up in a family of five children. He said, “Growing up in an Italian family we would all get together on Sundays at my grandparents’ house. My aunt, uncle, cousins, parents, brother, and sisters and I would all be together. There were ...
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No Wonder You Were Afraid to Ask #11: Rufino Cabang – The King of Punny

I have only met Rufino once, but when we saw each other and realized who the other person was we gave each other a big hug. Rufino is such a force of exuberance. Everyone needs a Rufino in their life. When he sent me back his questions, I notice he ...
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No Wonder You Were Afraid to Ask. #10 C.C. Russell. High Plains Poet Who likes the Coldest Side of the Bed

I’ve known Craig since our high school days. I always remember him as being shy, but he was very clever. The type of person who could chime in with the witty thing to say just at the right time. I also recall that whenever he would say something funny, it ...
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No Wonder You Were Afraid to Ask #9 Caleb Harris – The Baton Rouge Angel Sent to Lift NOLA a Little Higher.

Caleb and I have never met in person, but the universe brought him into my journey because he has a big heart. Caleb answered a Craigslist ad for a videographer when I was working with the non-profit, Phoenix of New Orleans. We were trying to create a video for our ...
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No Wonder You Were Afraid to Ask # 8 Anthony Rodriguez – Once a Loser by Default, now His Scene His Rules

Anthony Rodriguez was born in Monterey Park, CA and is the middle child out of three. He grew up in Los Angeles' Boyle Heights community and attended Catholic school from kindergarten until high school graduation. When asked about how he got into comedy, Anthony said, “My introduction to comedy was ...
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No Wonder You Were Afraid to Ask #7 Stephanie Wilson – Rocky Mountain Photographic High

Stephanie and I grew up in the same small town in Wyoming. I never really talked to her while growing up, but I knew of her. It wasn’t until we connected many years, later on, Facebook, as friends, that she and I talked about her work. I love art of ...
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No Wonder You Were Afraid to Ask #6 Sawkia P. Living her dreams from the West to the East Coast

I met Sawkia on a volunteer trip to NOLA with Kaiser Permanente almost four years ago. She said, “That one week spent in NOLA rebuilding changed my mind and life.” I felt the same way. The thing I admire most about Sawkia, besides that she is a strong African American ...
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No Wonder You Were Afraid to Ask #5 Eric Miller From Near Death to Peak Performance.

I met Eric Miller a few years ago while he was a trainer at the gym on the campus where I work. I took a couple of classes from him and the first thing I noticed was how humble he seemed. Eric was a great motivator in the class, but ...
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Now Wonder You Were Afraid to Ask #4 – Paul Gilmartin – A Survivor Leaving No One Behind.

I’ve known Paul Gilmartin for about four years now. He’s helped me a couple of times through some rough patches. He is probably one of the funniest, kindest and most honest people I know. I wanted to share his current project with all my friends because I believe he is ...
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No Wonder You Were Afraid to Ask. Happy Birthday! Dorothy Fernandez. Legally she’s a Philanthropist.

Dorothy Fernandez was born in San Francisco - right at the Kaiser on Geary Street. She said, "I am basically almost back where I started by a roundabout path that took me to Wyoming, then Stanford, then to the East Coast (to Harvard), back to San Francisco, and then to ...
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No Wonder You Were Afraid to Ask. #2 “An Artist with so much Soul” Matthew Doherty

Matt Doherty, is 38 and has been acting for nearly 30 years. He currently lives in Los Angeles and as he says, “(I live) primarily in the present. Though however I do visit the past and future in my mind. Especially when stuck on Pico or Olympic trying to ford ...
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No Wonder You Were Afraid to Ask. “An Artist Not of This World” Gabrielle Tesfaye – The Inaugural Interview.

Gabriela Tesfaye, was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and is now an artist living in Harlem, New York Tesfaye says, “Getting to New York took getting to a place inside of me that triumphed all adversities, realized I am not a victim of anything and taking charge of my own life ...
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No Wonder You Were Afraid to Ask. A sample of what’s to come. Me Interviewing Me.

I am so excited to kick off this new series. Here is a sample of what's to come. The idea to interview people I know by letting them pick their own questions came to when I was looking through my Facebook friend's list and realized how many amazing and talented ...
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He was My Best Friend. In Memory of Jacob Hurblad. Great Gig in (the Sky) Car Audio at Circuit City

Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies. Aristotle In the short time that I knew Jacob Daniel Hurnblad he taught me many things, including what his last name meant in a European language I can’t seem to recall now. When he asked me to take a stab at ...
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