Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Introducing Grant Wager

Grant Wager is a salesperson for a medical mobility company, a member of Huntsville's accessibility advisory committee, a husband and a father.

To read Grant's profile, click here.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Musing: People who have come alive

American author, philosopher, theologian and civil rights leader Howard Thurman said, “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs are people who have come alive.”

This has become more apparent to me since I started profiling community members for the Forester. The people I find most inspiring aren’t those who have been successful in the traditional definition of the word, but those who truly love what they are doing.

They have come alive, and their enthusiasm (Greek for "the god within") makes its mark on the world in large and small ways.

People like that, if you look for them, are more common than you might think.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Introducing Olivia Cain

Olivia Cain recently graduated from Huntsville High School and plans to become a hair stylist and figure skating coach.

To read Olivia's profile, click here.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Introducing Ginger Davies

Ginger Davies was the manager of Flotron's on Main Street for about 30 years and is a member of the Huntsville Sports Hall of Fame in the builder category for his contributions to the development of both hockey and lacrosse in the town.

To read Ginger's profile, click here.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Musing: The things we don't know

There’s so much we don’t know about each other.

I’ve had the pleasure of profiling several people I consider to be good friends, people with whom I’ve shared so many conversations and experiences that I thought I could probably write their profiles without interviewing them. We sat down for interviews anyway, because if nothing else it was a good excuse to spend some time together.

I learned so much.

We think we know our friends and family, but how often do we set aside our mental story of who they are and ask them about the experiences they’ve had and what those experiences have meant to them? How often do we ask about their hopes and goals and what matters most to them?

Try it. I have a feeling you’ll be as surprised and delighted as I was.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Introducing Sue Barker

Sue Barker is a teacher at Riverside Public School who likes nothing better than helping her students to discover and explore their own interests.

To read Sue's profile, click here.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Introducing J.P. Ledez

J.P. Ledez is a Ministry of Transportation driver improvement counsellor whose top priority is keeping the roads safe. He and his wife moved to Huntsville 12 years ago.

To view J.P.'s profile, click here.