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Rocky Alvey, What’s Your Story?

May. 1, 2012—Around the time Rocky Alvey turned 52, he decided he was going to write one song per week for a year. So he did. Mostly in his truck. Commuting usually isn’t the most rewarding part of anyone’s day, but Alvey’s journey between home and Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory, where he serves as director, has proven to...

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Lindsey Huddleston, What’s Your Story?

Apr. 5, 2012—Sometimes a gust of wind topples a vase and shatters it. Sometimes the wedding officiant is late. Sometimes attendants are uncooperative, family members are estranged, and there are crayon-covered floors or gooey chafing dishes to be scrubbed. Lindsey Huddleston, co-owner of dandyLion alternative event planning, tackles all such wedding-day challenges armed with a ready supply...

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Dave Perkins, What’s Your Story?

Mar. 1, 2012—“For me, the creative life is a life of the spirit,” said Dave Perkins, musician, Vanderbilt Divinity School graduate and associate director of the school’s Religion in the Arts and Contemporary Culture program. “An animating force is given to you, and at the same time you’re using it as a tool. You become a conjuror...

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Tracy Parsons, What’s Your Story?

Feb. 1, 2012—At 10:30 p.m., the phone rang and woke Tracy Parsons from a sound sleep. She thought the call must be from her husband, Glen, a truck driver who was on the road that night. But caller ID read “Department of Children’s Services.”  The Parsons had recently been certified as foster parents through DCS and were...

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Jen-Jen Lin, What’s Your Story?

Jan. 1, 2012—Jen-Jen Lin keeps six lions in her basement and a dragon in the closet. The awesome lion costumes live at her home until brought to life by dancers who perform the traditional Chinese Lion Dance under her direction. The spectacular 60-foot dragon, used in the traditional Dragon Dance, is a wonder of craftsmanship kept in...

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Midori Lockett, What’s Your Story?

Dec. 5, 2011—The arts have always been a big part of who Midori Lockett is and how she lives. “I saw my first play, Jack and the Beanstalk, at Nashville Children’s Theatre when I was 3,” she said. “I had my first art class when I was 5 from a woman who taught at her home on...

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Camp Howard, What’s Your Story?

Nov. 1, 2011—When Camp Howard was 8 or 9, he went to the circus and saw performers on unicycles. “I could do that!” he thought. His parents found a unicycle at a bike shop in nearby Roanoke, Va., and soon he was leaping from the hood of their car onto the seat of a 6-foot unicycle. He...

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Lyne Bingham, What’s Your Story?

Oct. 3, 2011—    Lyne Bingham’s gestures say a lot, whether she’s in the midst of a lively conversation or conducting a symphony orchestra. Such expressiveness and easy sociability in a person with Asperger’s syndrome might come as a surprise. Asperger’s, a form of autism, is characterized by significant difficulties in social situations. But Bingham, a faculty...

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Kim Drake, What’s Your Story?

Sep. 1, 2011—Thumbing through a handful of her daughter’s recently taken senior photos, Kim Drake was a little tearful. “I’m having a mother moment,” she explained before tucking them away to offer some friendly guidance to a patient at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center’s Patient and Family Resource Center, where Drake is program coordinator. Patients find a warm...

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Nominate yourself or a co-worker for ‘What’s Your Story?’

Aug. 23, 2011—If you have an interesting story to share, you could be featured in the "Vanderbilt View."

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Snjezana Bojic, What’s Your Story?

Aug. 1, 2011—Seventeen years ago, Snjezana Bojic left her home in war-torn Bosnia as a refugee looking to escape the brutality and deprivation of that devastating conflict. She was 22 years old, and it was the second year of a war characterized by genocide, ethnic cleansing, massive casualties and displaced people. “It was very hard living there,...

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