A Place to Kinect

  “Playing sports helps tremendously with the development of social skills, life skills and personal discipline – but teens and adults with disabilities don’t always have much of an opportunity to participate in sports. Fortunately, that changed two years ago with the creation of Kinect Sports League, which is open to people with all challenges […]

Meaningful Makeovers

“At Somerby St. Vincent’s One Nineteen, the senior residents are getting creative with old greeting cards by repurposing them into new ones. These new cards go to local veterans’ and children’s agencies, where they are enjoyed all over again by another round of recipients.” I love how these senior citizens are taking the time to […]

Off-Road Rider

“Not many people can say they started motorcycle racing at age 4, but Hoover High School graduate Trent Whisenant is one of them. Even at a very young age, Trent’s love for riding was evident – and it has only grown since then.” I’m in awe at Trent’s skill and determination to pursue this intriguing […]

Nothing in Her Way

“Makenzie McGuire is a senior at Thompson High School. Her academic accolades include membership in the National Honor Society and a 4.3 GPA (with AP courses), while her extracurricular activities revolve around horse shows, water sports and participation in Thompson’s marching band. Recently, she was selected as one of 40 attendees selected from a pool […]

Era of Change

“Loretta Cobb’s new novel, How Can I Keep from Singing?, centers around Bonita Byrnes – a girl on the cusp of womanhood during the Civil Rights era in Birmingham. Bonita lives in the city’s working class neighborhoods, and her mother, Ida, runs a boarding house. As Bonita comes of age and her mother makes one poor […]

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“Zach Andrews has accomplished something that only a handful of people in the world can claim. In October 2013, he completed the Pitchell 100K – a grueling self-supported run through the mountains surrounding Asheville, North Carolina, that takes participants through 67 miles and 30,000 feet of elevation change.” Zach was such a joy to talk […]

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Heart Strings

“Haeun ‘Honney’ Kim’s musical career began during her preschool years, but she didn’t make her Carnegie Hall debut until the ripe old age of 11. Since then, she’s logged one honor after another for her prowess on the violin, and recently returned from a Latin American tour with the 2017 National Youth Orchestra of the […]

A Whimsical Brilliance

“April Levi’s artistic talent manifested at an early age. She remembers beginning to intentionally create art when she was 5 years old, and since then, the paintbrush has practically never left her hand. The great majority of her life has been experienced through a lens of brilliant color and artistic adventure, and although she loves […]

Good Race

“If there’s one thing Cheyenne Thompson knows, it’s how to rise above the competition — both on the cross country course and in the classroom.” This feature on University of Montevallo runner Cheyenne Thompson ran in the August 2017 edition of Shelby Living. You can read the full article here.