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The Kitchen Table

BY RAQUEL RIVERA-PABLO
@ VOL 1 ON MAY 09, 2018

Raquel Pablo-Rivera is a chef instructor and small business owner who provides cooking instruction in Bridgeport.  She describes how she promotes healthy food and the preparation of delicious meals that are cost effective and require little ingredients or equipment.  She provides services to local lighthouse programs, farmers markets, senior centers and food pantries and this passion comes through in her story of how food connects people of all ages, regardless of income, race, or education level 

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Making of “Heaven Stood Still:” A Work in Progress

BY LARRY LOCKE
@ VOL 1 ON MAY 09, 2018

Larry Locke has been working on a new film for over seven years and it is not finished yet. The key parts are the subject- singer Willy DeVille and his life story and the people he has met in the process  (like the late Ben E King, Peter Wolf from J Geils band, Marshall Crenshaw and many others). His story explains how the making of the movie has become its own story full of ups and downs spread across three continents with a deep connection to Connecticut.

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How “YouTube University” Changed My Life

BY DANIEL RECINOS
@ VOL 1 ON MAY 09, 2018

Daniel Recinos quit his job to document his life. As a first generation American from two Quatemalan parents he shares how his travels, his discovery of self-value and his education from "YouTube University" changed his life!

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The Indian Trail

BY MIA LIPSTICK
@ VOL 1 ON MAY 09, 2018

Mia Lipstick has strong roots in Bridgeport, especially to Beardsley Park. She tells the story of two kids enjoying the natural beauty of a trail along the water in the park, accompanied by Native American ghost spirits who encourage them to take care of the earth. 

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Annotating the Self: Writing and Recovering

BY AMY NAWROCKI
@ VOL 1 ON MAY 09, 2018

Amy Nawrocki became ill at age 19, and eventually ended up in a coma. She tells about her jouney through her illness utilizing her own journals from before and after the event. Writing through the illness and during rehabilitation was important to processing events at the time and making sense of them after. 

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The Top 15 Pieces of Theater that Influenced My Life

BY BILL DERRY
@ VOL 1 ON MAY 09, 2018

Bill Derry has collected programs from nearly 1000 performances! In this story he shares the 15 most influential pieces of theater --- those that most impacted his memories, emotions and thoughts. He tries to demonstrate that theater is much more than entertainment!

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A Feather Falls from the Sky

BY SUZANNE KACHMAR
@ VOL 1 ON MAY 09, 2018

Suzanne Kachmar shares her love for art, travel and unusual experiences to explain her work on a book -- that all started in magical Assisi, Italy. Her story expresses strong and emotional connections to the arts and the people of Bridgeport.

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Meeting the Artists: Christo, Jeanne-Claude & Chihuly

BY TINA SOMMERS
@ VOL 1 ON MAY 09, 2018

Tina Sommers, a graphic designer and visual artist,  shares her unusual experiences that culminated in meeting several artists. Her work on an online term paper started it all! 

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Poetry -- The Inspiration of Maya Angelou

BY SHANNA MELTON
@ VOL 1 ON MAY 09, 2018

Shanna Melton has shared her potery for years and has been making an impact on others. Much of her inspiration has come from Maya Angelou who set an example by sharing her triumph over the obstacles she faced and creating a legacy to influence others. Just as Maya Angelou elevated herself through her art, Shanna uses art as a bridge between herrself and her family/community.

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Curious Creatures and Fairy Tales

BY HEATHER DAILEY-MEZZACAPPA
@ VOL 1 ON MAY 09, 2018

Heather Dailey-Mezzacappa has always had a passion for creating whimsical works of art, and she shares the story of bringing a collection of sculptures and illustrated stories to life! The project culminated in an amazing book of  curious creatures and fairy tales!

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The Meaning of Jan

BY JAN SCHAEFFLER
@ VOL 1 ON MAY 09, 2018

Jan Schaeffler tells her journey that started out as a simple DNA test to search for her health history and discovered, much to her surprise, that she was British, not German. This led to a deeper journey into the woods where she discovered relatives she never knew, with family stories that were the same!

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Finding My Journey Home

BY SCOTT DAVIS
@ VOL 1 ON MAY 09, 2018

Scott Davis describes how he found renewal and hope through the creation of art, experiencing nature, and finding communities of like-minded people.