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Where the Stories are discovered. Where the Whys are unpacked like new china and unfolded like a cartographer’s map. Here, you’ll find profiles, art reviews, and reflections on human journeys.

I love letters. I have collections of letters from over the years of my life. I keep childhood letters in a floral box in a deep closet in our house. Every few years I pull them out and enjoy the child script on such scarce and valuable American Girl Doll stationary. In high school, I...
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03
Aug

My New Question

Last month, shortly after my return from Italy, Robbie and I took a spare Friday evening and wandered around State College’s First Friday events. Sauly Boy’s had their gelato in a stand on the street. I couldn’t decided between their unique flavors so I asked: What is the most unexpectedly delightful gelato? The woman knew...
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25
Jul

“The Crooked House”: A Memorial to Home

“I’m still waiting to hear about the neighbors talking about the madman who cut off the front of his house,” Benjamin Fehl laughs. We are sitting in his garage-converted studio in Milesburg, door propped open to let in the early spring day and the first blue sky, the kind of day where the bushes decided...
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02
Jul

5 Italian Lessons on the Creative Life

The last two weeks, I’ve lived in Tufo, Italy, a tiny town with a castle about an hour east of Naples. I lived there with four other writers in a little pink house for the Backyard Writer’s Residency. It was my first experience with this type of residency, the only close experience being the following:...
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11
Apr

Stasia’s Style School

Look at it. Me on the left just nine weeks ago after I rummaged through the closet and tried on a million things. I was supposed to wear my current favorite outfit to share with my new classmates in this thing called Style School. My favorite? What was my favorite outfit? I definitely didn’t have...
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20
Mar

Prankster Dances On: Stephen White as Teacher, Competitor, and Friend

At MadJam this month, Stephen White posted on the event facebook page, “Come meet me in the bar!” Robbie and I knew he and Sonya had talked about dropping in for showcases after their Euro trip. It seemed plausible! So we took the fastest elevator we could find to get to the hotel bar to...
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20
Mar

Badass on the Dance Floor: Profile of Sonya Desserault

Sonya Dessureault is a badass. She talks about her life story as if it’s just the perfectly natural story of things you do to make your dreams happen. This makes her even more badass. Sonya and I skyped a few weeks ago, curled up under blankets on our respective couches hundreds of miles apart. It...
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01
Mar

Designing Wonder and Awe

This story originally appeared in State College Magazine and is reprinted with permission. Christian Baum is hard to miss in State College. You’ve probably seen him around, maybe at the co.space, the residential community for changemakers; or perhaps at New Leaf, the first coworking space in Centre County, which he also cofounded; or maybe you...
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01
Jan

Putting Down Roots: Young Couple Starts Ag Entrepreneurship to Preserve History and Make Stories

This story was originally published in State College Magazine. It is used here with permission. Between Snow Shoe and Bellefonte, you’ll find Rooted Farmstead up a two-mile gravel road. As you approach the property, there’s an old barn and leveled pasture and a little yellow house that spread out before you. Even in winter, you...
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01
Sep

Brightening Ideas: Andrea Groznik

This story was originally published in State College Magazine and appears here with persmission. Andrea Groznik, co-owner and creative director of Groznik PR, is the vibrant color behind State College’s most recent bright idea: a new urban flea market called “Pop Up Ave.” You might have heard the buzz about Pop Up Ave (popupave.com). The...
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Dana Ray

Writer. Dancer. Tea drinker. Idea Wrangle

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