SheStories Founder Anasa Troutman Supports, Encourages, and Trains Women to Flourish  By Timothy Hutchinson Beginnings As a child, Anasa describes herself as painfully shy. She gravitated to music, books, and movies. Her father loved the Star Trek saga, and they would binge watch the movies during Star Trek marathons. This lit an interest in science…

Bringing Unity Through Contemplating What We Have in Common As Family By Timothy Hutchinson Think of all the people you know, all the people you have ever met, and all the people you have ever seen. Now think of all the people they have ever known, seen, or met. How many generations do you suppose you…

Q&A with Sharon Reed, Innovative Change Agent for Social Good   LR: What led you to the work you do? SR: In late 2012, my ten-year-old daughter and I each faced major setbacks that collectively provided rich fodder for introducing her to the subject of women’s empowerment, global development and what it means to lead…

by Emily Bouchard   In families, women play an important role as storytellers, and as educators of their children and grandchildren about the family’s legacy. Knowing how to discover, share, and preserve your family’s history is an essential component to your overall plan for future generations. As a trusted colleague, Amanda Weitman, from Wells Fargo…

by Matthew Roser Korea, the ancient “Hermit” Kingdom, as it was once called, remained enshrouded in mystery for much of its time. Romantic tales told of a land that wore the ocean fog like a pale cloak. A strange people emerged from behind its veil, bearing gifts of ginseng and other tribute for the mighty…

A few weeks ago, I came home and there was a beautiful vase of roses sitting on my porch with a delightful note from an admirer. I took them inside and put them on the table. Within a few days, they started to show signs of drooping, so, I cut the stems, changed out the…

How My Grandfather’s Memoir Changed My Life   Growing up, I knew my grandfather had written a Korean War memoir, but I wasn’t particularly interested in reading it. I assumed it was boring, filled with war talk and little else. I didn’t think of it for years, until he passed away and we were cleaning…

by Matthew Roser Are Stories Alive? A living entity is defined as something possessing the capacity for “growth, reproduction, functional activity, and continual change preceding death.” With such a broad definition, celebrated British author Neil Gaiman was prompted to muse about the idea that stories are living: “Do stories grow? Pretty obviously — anybody who…

I remember telling my friend, who is a well-known author, that I was a little nervous to publish my memoir. “It’s so personal,” I said. “Do I really want to put myself there like that?” She said, “It’s all worth it. Somewhere, some woman is going through hell and you have a chance to help…

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