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Other Stories

Sometimes I find stories I want to write that, for any number of reasons, other publications I write for don’t end up publishing. I’m going to start sharing them here.

The Serenity Club

While reporting about Floyd Mayweather, I came across something — and someone — truly remarkable.
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Nepal Relief

A Nepal earthquake survivor — and one of my wife's cousins — is trying to help the victims.
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Here’s a cop story that won’t make you hate the world.

When a woman in Tarrant, Alabama got caught stealing, the responding officer didn't arrest her — he paid for what she stole.
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Three-year-old beats Ebola, proposes to nurse.

Ibrahim was vomiting constantly, deeply stricken with Ebola, when he meet Isata Kallon, his nurse at Kenema Hospital in eastern Sierra Leone. He arrived at the hospital with his mother and his older brothers, who were 5 and 8, all of them suffering from the virus. They’d made the trip 170 miles from home in...
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What ‘The American Dream’ Means Today To Aspiring Writer Lou Mindar

An insurance agent and aspiring writer shares his thoughts on what the American Dream means today. Part of the 'Behind Your Drive' series.
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A beggar becomes a millionaire — and then does something that hit me right in the feels.

'A beggar becomes a millionaire' is a pretty great story itself. What this beggar did after becoming a millionaire is even better.
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On How To Please Your English Teacher

By my granddad, may he rest in peace, where he's probably distracting angels from their jobs by making them laugh too much.
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On the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Just trying to figure out everybody's love and hate for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
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J.D. Gerlach: ‘Why I Run’

The story of a man who runs because of another man he never got to meet.
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The Pie Bandit

One man, one bad mother, one devil child, and a whole lotta pie.
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How Hunter Harrison Turned A Vine Hobby Into A Million-Dollar Business

Hunter Harrison was 30 years old and working for a bank. Then the Vine app came out and Hunter discovered he was pretty good at it and he co-founded Parabox, a company that makes Vine videos for the likes of Samsung, Home Depot, Chevy, and more. Then Parabox was bought for more than $1 million....
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Debbie’s Belief

A true story about cancer, hope, and love.
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Help Kara help kids.

This is my oldest younger sister, Kara. She's a second-grade teacher in Raleigh, NC. And this summer, she's going to Uganda for 40 days to help save orphaned babies. Here's how and why, and how, if you want, you can help her help them.
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