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Heeding the ‘What If’ in Creative Exploration

Kate Cohen once had a ceramics teacher who would have students select their best pieces and take them to a long hallway. Then they’d mow their creations down with a bowling ball. “They would smash into pieces,” Cohen says in our recent interview. I gasp. “It taught us nothing is precious,” Cohen says. Ah, now I understand. The idea of art is to go beyond what’s precious. “Otherwise you’ll only go so far,” she says. “That means no growth.” The 61-year-old self-employed artist knows something about growth, and for that matter, what it means to be an artist, to live

A Life Riveted to ‘Star Wars’

How do you go from making a living in photo journalism to crafting Star Wars figures for Lucasfilm? If you’re Stephen Hayford, you let the perfect storm of a changing journalism landscape, a Star Wars obsession that began at age 6, and a near-death experience have its way with you. Toss in a strong desire to spend more time with family and it all starts to feel poetic. The Force lending a hand, perhaps? This 44-year-old former photo journalist now makes his living as an artist creating, according to his Life in Plastics website, “elaborately detailed dioramas which he populates

"Strive endlessly to stir the venturesome spirit that moves you…."

A Professor Becomes an ‘Accidental Icon’

A Fordham University student on the “Rate My Professors” site wrote the following about Dr. Lyn Slater, Ph.D., in the Graduate School of Social Services: “Comedic, complex, and challenging … Dr. Slater … is like Michelangelo painting the Sistine Chapel. She is brilliant and inspirational, but does not hesitate to lend scaffolding to those who ask for help. Dr. Slater empowers you to work hard, play hard, and love yourself in the process.” Slater doesn’t typically read her reviews, but when I read this one to her in our recent interview she said, “What a poet!”

The Greatest Adventure of All

Rich Maines is relentless in following his pursuits both on and off the bike. As a professional mountain bike athlete and Application Development Manager for Microsoft, he shares his passions at every turn, inspiring others to follow their ambitions. In 1997, he relocated from Maryland to Arizona and discovered his passion for the outdoors, enjoying many hikes in the Grand Canyon, frequent mountain bike rides, and travels throughout the Southwest.