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.

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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01
Jul

Woman About Town: Jess Menold Making People Walk

This piece was originally published in State College Magazine and is here with permission. Jessica Menold shows up at Local Whiskey after a long workday and pulls a granola bar out of her bag. “I’ve led meetings all day. This is my first chance to eat!” She laughs at her own explanation. “I’m busy. But...
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02
Nov

Why the Play: Where Hamlet and Syria Meet

147 Dead in Kenyan university attack. Explosions kill 40+ in Beirut, Lebanon. Unknown number shot in Paris attack. There is death.   Act II. Hamlet. Just at the end of this act, Hamlet is left alone on stage. He’s just arranged for a performance for the royal court by a traveling troupe. And one of...
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22
Sep

Passing of Phyllis Tickle

I was settling in yesterday to write a book review when I saw Byron Borger (of the beloved Hearts and Minds Bookstore) post about the passing of writer and wise woman Phyllis Tickle. This post is in memory of her. I never met Phyllis. Or not exactly. I went to a festival of “Faith and...
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Dana Ray

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