There's always a place for a story

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.

Any party wins when Amanda Cruz shows up with a dish. It is, after all, her career to create with food. A one-time hobby, cooking is now her life as the entrepreneur and chef behind The Gourmet Girl Personal Chef Service. At its heart, Cruz’s work serves people in their most basic need — to eat...
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22
Jan

“So what do you do?” Meeting Dana

Hey Friends, It’s sometimes too easy for me to not share my voice on my own blog. I’m deeply invested in sharing the voices and formative experiences of incredible artists—not people you’ve heard of or would know, but the everyday artists who show up to their lives and their work with humility and commitment and...
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06
Jan

Rooster for a New Day

Meet Jerry, my new friend hanging above the couch in my living room. Jerry is a rooster. Roosters are the sign that the sun is rising, the night is over, a new day is here. Jerry is a gift. A gift for a new day. A wedding gift. My friend William Snyder III (goes by...
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28
Dec

2017 Favorites for 18 Year Old Me

  This is me at 18. I had just graduated from high school. This summer “in-between” was spent at my dad’s workplace as a summer intern, crunching data sets in excel sheets and drawing trace lines around the heart beat peaks and valleys in the ultrasound machine. There was not a lot to do and...
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16
Dec

Make It New: “Triversity” and West Coast Swing

“I don’t plan on getting political. But I need to say this: that was incredible. I don’t see three women dancing. I see three performance artists kicking ass and doing their thing.” –Robert Royston Hours after watching Triversity perform at DCSX (November 19th, 2017), I struggled to articulate my thoughts—mostly because my voice kept catching...
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01
Dec

StoryOn: Stories that Empower

“I want to be a part of telling the stories that are empowering to be told.” Megan Staub tells me this on a clear fall day, the kind where you can see the full length of the valley from my front porch. We’re on the phone and she’s at her home in Charleston, SC working...
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16
Oct

“I am Spud”: Mapping a New Narrative

Spud Marshall’s latest endeavor will point the way toward innovation. It’s been 12 years since Spud Marshall came to State College as an undergraduate student. In that time, State College and Penn State saw pivotal and heartbreaking moments that changed the region forever. Before and during those moments, Marshall began telling a different story for...
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08
Oct

Glasses Up for the Love of Craft!

We stepped into Martine’s in Galway, Ireland, looking for a cozy place to have dinner. It was our fifth night of our honeymoon and we’d covered the width of the island, hiked the Cliffs of Moher, and begun our quest for the best Old Fashioned in the country. There weren’t any seats immediately available so...
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28
Aug

Delightful Creative Work You Already Know How to Do

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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Dana Ray

Writer. Dancer. Tea drinker. Idea Wrangle

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