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"Art in all of its manifestations is engagement with others. I love to grab someone’s hand and say, here it is---the story." --- Debra Magpie Earling A native of Spokane, Washington, novelist and short story writer Debra Magpie Earling has garnered numerous awards for her work,...
Keyboard 2 by flickr user john_a_ward When the Big Read launched in 2006, the program’s library consisted of four titles: The Great Gatsby, Their Eyes Were Watching God, To Kill A Mockingbird, and Fahrenheit 451. All were American classics, representing the lives, fears, and difficulties of...
Suzanne Asher. Photo by Joseph D.R. OLeary "Art constantly enriches my life and secures me to my own humanity." --- Suzanne Asher Suzanne Asher has always believed in a life of service, which initially meant serving her country in the U.S. Air Force in both operations and as a researcher...
Meet Bonnie Fogel, founder and executive director of Imagination Stage . Located in Bethesda, Maryland, Imagination Stage is a multi-disciplinary theater arts organization for young people and their families. With its motto promising "Serious Fun," Imagination Stage offers two main components:...
Ramona Emerson. Photo courtesy of Ms. Emerson "As an artist... you are the historian. You're telling people what your society was like at that moment in time." --- Ramona Emerson It's not surprising that filmmaker Ramona Emerson grew up to be an artist. Growing up with a visual...
Roy Acuff (center) and Pap Wilson (left) with Bashful Brother Oswald on the Grand Ole Opry , early 1940s. Photo courtesy of the Grand Ole Opry Archives On November 28, 1925, a fiddler named Uncle Jimmy Thompson was the first performer on a little radio show broadcast out of Nashville called the...
Pro Helvetia's exhibitor sign at the 2012 Frankfurt Book Fair. Photo by Ira Silverberg I was en route to meet some friends---a Portuguese editor, two Italian editors who publish a fantastic line of American writers in translation, and a Swedish agent, a pretty typical lot of the people who one...
If you've ever wondered what the lead inventor at an innovation laboratory does, then this week's podcast is for you. Josh McManus is founder of and lead inventor at Little Things Labs, a company that specializes in problem-solving for mid-size, post-industrial cities that are concerned...
Loose Change 2 by flickr user jswieringa The arts can speak to a nation’s soul, but how about its wallet? For the first time, details about the arts’ contribution to overall economic activity, the number of people employed in specific industries, and how much they earn will be available...
"Cowboy Boots" by Maxually via Flickr I was asked to list my 21 favorite country songs, so we could post one each business day for October also known as Country Music Month. I made a slight adjustment and came up with my favorite country song titles . Some are also favorite songs, but one...

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