Summer Jobs & the Krasnovas

"So, how's your headache?" Chelsey asked her mother. "It's gone," Ruth told her. "You've been having a lot of them lately. Don't you think you ought to go and see a doctor?" "No, I'm fine. So, how was Les Misérables?" "It was great. We were so engrossed in it that it didn't seem as long …

Movie, Porridge & The First Kiss

Dushan stood up and pulled on his coat over his denim shirt and jeans. It was time to head down to the JW3 Center where he was meeting Chioma. They were going to see the movie, Mothering Sunday. He was really looking forward to seeing her again. He grabbed his wallet and keys. After locking …

A Different Direction

One day I got tired of writing mundane stories about film stars, politicians, writers and other famous people. I guess people would think I'm crazy. How could I be bored with such stuff, they would wonder. Well, believe it or not, I was. I wanted to do something different with my life. I have always …

Health Over Glamour

Growing up, I used to think that smoking a cigarette, especially, the long, slender variety was glamourous. I mean, Bette Davis looked so sophisticated in Now Voyage when she smoked and countless of other Hollywood great ladies. They were always lighting one up in every single movie they were in. I watched them and promised …

Sought After Again

She was once a famous actress. Sought by everyone.  Accolades of awards adorned her lavish home.  Photos of her with other A list stars lined the walls.   She was voted People's Most Beautiful and graced the covers of TIME Magazine as person of the year.   And it seemed almost overnight... the roles became few …

The Tale of Two Nazanins

Two women, worlds apart and living very different lives.  Their worlds collided when Nazanin Afshin-Jam opened her email one afternoon and saw a message marked "Urgent." Nazanin Afshin-Jam is an Iranian-Canadian model, singer, and human rights activist. She is a former Miss World Canada and Miss World first runner-up, and has been an advocate for human rights in …

Global Renaissance Woman

"I thought, my voice killed him; I killed that man, because I told his name. And then I thought I would never speak again, because my voice would kill anyone..." Maya blamed herself for the death of the man who sexually abused and raped her when she was only eight years old.  For five years …

Writer and Philanthropist

My mother's favorite novelist is Catherine Cookson.  After I read a few of her books and watched movies based on them I became a fan too.  Her characters seemed so real and no wonder--her books were inspired by her deprived youth in North East deEngland, the setting for her novels. Catherine's story is as intriguing as the stories …

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