A Deeply Thankful Dreamer

As a young dreamer, the journey of my life ahead could easily be tracked by such milestone phrases as "You're hired," "I do," "It's a healthy baby––" "You've just won the lottery," "I'd like to thank the Academy...." Come on, admit it! We've all planned our dream wedding, picked out baby names and practiced our acceptance speeches, haven't we? But, life has other plans and the course of our days takes many twists and turns. Jobs come and go. Relationships come and go (though ever-hopeful) and we learn the lessons which sustain and enrich our lives — that our friendships, extended family and the fulfilling work we create are truly the greatest 'lottery-win' imaginable. For this and more, I am

Women Of Service

Of our loved ones who bravely fought and served our country, let's take a moment to recognize the countless women who quietly served right along their brothers in arms. Throughout our collective past, women have always been present, with dedication and fortitude, to defend our nation. As aptly reflected in the March 2019 edition of Homeland Magazine: "Patriotism and the desire to serve one’s country in times of conflict have never been limited to men. American women have taken up the cause in one capacity or another since the Revolutionary War. And while the door to official military service may have been closed to many of them, women have always found a way to contribute. Some, such as Debo

A Transformative Trailblazer

Today marks the birthday of one of the most unsung artists within animation. Walt Disney's vision of feature-length animated storytelling was realized thanks to the guided talents of hundreds of unsung artists, and within those at the top of that list stands the remarkable Hazel Sewell. The oldest of 10 children in the Bounds family of Lapwai, Idaho, Hazel married Glenn Sewell and moved with their young daughter to Los Angeles, California. Living near the Robert Disney family in the Los Feliz area, Hazel came to know Robert's nephews Walt & Roy, who were just starting the first animation studio on the West Coast. Hazel's presence would have a lasting impact on this burgeoning studio, as well

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