Volume 1

Dawn Halfaker

  When Dawn Halfaker first opened her eyes in the sterile hospital room, she was stunned.  She let her shaken memory sift through what had transpired.  ...

John Hellerman

Like a small Chess master always thinking five moves ahead, ten-year-old John Hellerman considered his options.  The current exchange rate for converting Americ...

David Iannarone

"Dave, you know when to zig and when to zag,” proclaimed the baseball coach in admiration. A high schooler at the time, David Iannarone didn’t exactly know w...

Shiv Krishnan

Though he’s now a successful entrepreneur living the American Dream, Shiv Krishnan will never forget the man dressed all in white who arrived one day at the doo...

John Langan

Astonished, the woman stared at him for a moment. “You actually read this stuff?” she queried. John Langan nodded the affirmative.  Working an entry-level...

David Makarsky

"I’m not going to take no for an answer,” came the voice over the phone. David Makarsky wasn’t convinced, but his interest was piqued.  The recent graduate a...

Basim Mansour

Above all else, Basim Mansour is a runner.  Not a track runner, not a trail runner, but a life runner. While the cement of this disposition was poured long a...

Robert Morgan

Bob Morgan lifted his first bail of hay at age twelve.  Though he had a lot to learn about dairy farming on that small plot of land in rural Pennsylvania, his g...

Gary Nakamoto

Despite his obvious success and considerable impact, it doesn’t take one long to figure out that Gary Nakamoto isn’t from around here.  Exuding a humbleness and...

Bonnie Phipps

Sometimes, the best stories begin with a single decision—the kind of decision that, in retrospect, changes everything.  Bonnie Phipps, for instance, could have ...

Fouad Qreitem

"You guys make the best food,” remarked the man, as he laid down the bills to pay for his pizza.  “Not to mention that your customer service is amazing.  How co...

Roger Sandau

Tap tap tap, went the ruler on the shining wood of the piano.  Roger Sandau peered up begrudgingly at his instructor, a stern woman whose face and demeanor wore...