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Every One of Us Has a Story

Cathy Berggren Gives Hope At Real Life Center

December 28, 2012 by Maggie Worth  
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Building a non-profit is not a task for the faint of heart. It takes patience, persistence, and dedication. Building a one-of-a-kind non-profit that other organizations travel to see and replicate takes a truly brave soul — an innovative, strategic thinker with a dynamic, genuine personality and a huge heart. Someone, in fact, like Cathy Berggren, [...]

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Rose Marie Harper lives, loves and does well

November 6, 2012 by Nichole Bazemore  
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At some point in our lives, each of us begins to think about our legacy: we wonder how people will remember us when we’re gone and whether or not we’ll have left the world a better place than we found it. If we’re diligent, we use these questions as a guide, making decisions, orchestrating events, [...]

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Patricia Dablah, Kareen Underwood lead with Zumba

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Muy caliente! Zumba instructors Kareen Underwood and Patricia Dablah are heating up the dance floors at gyms across Fayette County, helping both women and men melt away the pounds while having fun. Spend any time around them and you’ll see — their energy is contagious. At first glance, Kareen Underwood seems to have it all: [...]

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Jean Peck leads the dream at Camp Southern Ground

November 6, 2012 by Kristin Hauch-Melton  
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Leaning casually against the wall in Camp Southern Ground’s office building is a small wooden slate with three words scrawled across it: “Dreams Come True.” Even though these three tiny words appear small and meek, sitting gingerly atop a console table, the declaration they make is mighty. “The idea that dreams can become reality suggests [...]

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The Extraordinary Tales of Dr. Bisa Batten Lewis

November 6, 2012 by Maggie Worth  
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An Ed.D., a parenting expert, a home-schooling single mother, an early childhood educator, a published author, and the founder of two successful educational firms walk into a bar. Wait, hang on. They’re all the same person: Bisa Batten Lewis of Tyrone, known affectionately as “Dr. Bisa.” And her energy, knowledge, and enthusiasm are certainly no [...]

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Leaders of the Pack: Tammy Livers and Heather Harding

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For decades, career-minded women have been wrestling with one nagging question: Is it possible to have it all? The answers range from yes; to no; to yes, but not at the same time. This month, for our Career Issue, we speak with two women who appear to have it all, at the same time. Heather [...]

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Amy Dingler, No Limits, No Walls

June 1, 2012 by Maggie Worth  
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Amy Dingler had three things when she stepped off a plane in India last year: a backpack, an address, and a dream. She wasn’t sure where she was staying that night or how to get to her destination. She was alone, she didn’t speak the local language, and she hadn’t brought a travel guide. But [...]

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Heart of Gold…Deanna McCurdy

May 1, 2012 by Kristin Girard  
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The Augusta 70.3 Half-Ironman triathlon race began at 7:30 a.m., but because of how it was set up with over 3500 participants, my swim wave didn’t begin until after 9 a.mAs I watched the athletes before me begin their race, calm came over me. No longer was I anxious about swimming in the Savannah River, [...]

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The Storyteller’s Story, Jill Smith Entrekin

April 1, 2012 by Maggie Worth  
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It all started with a tin can. Decorated with green paint, a crooked line of ric-rac, a shaky glue-and-glitter Christmas tree, and an equally unsteady star, the can was one of the first handmade gifts a young Jill Smith gave to her father. Nearly half a century later, it inspired an essay that eventually became [...]

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Sarah Smith, A Modern-Day Fairy Tale

March 1, 2012 by Nichole Bazemore  
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Many a girl, enchanted by Disney movies and childhood fairy tales, dreams of the day her Prince Charming will gallop into her life on a beautiful white horse, confess his undying love for her in a lavish ceremony, and whisk her off into the sunset to live happily ever after. Sometimes it happens that way. [...]

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Hope Soars: Rachel Isons

February 13, 2012 by Maggie Worth  
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Imagine that you’ve suffered a massive stroke at age 77 and been admitted to the hospital. The very next day, a 7.0 earthquake rocks your country and levels the hospital. You’ve been lucky, though; a nurse was able to push your wheelchair into the street before the building collapsed. You’re alive, but helpless. Around you [...]

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Peggy Thomas, She’s Positively Successful

January 5, 2012 by Ellie White-Stevens  
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We’ve all heard the saying, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” In other words, sometimes life presents us with obstacles, and we have to turn them into opportunities. But when given lemons, entrepreneur Peggy Thomas doesn’t settle for lemonade; instead, she’ll recruit your apples and my oranges, and make fruit salad. Peggy is fabulous [...]

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