"I am a scrappy activist and advocate. The seeds of my activism were planted and have bloomed in and out of seasons and pushed me ever closer to my purpose. Season One: Childhood I was born into a family of educators who spent their careers educating children in large urban school districts. Growing up I heard stories about children who were poor, lived in marginalized communities, and often did not have enough to eat.  Of the many stories that I heard there is one that stands out. My mother was an elementary school principal.  One morning my mother was called to the cafeteria because a first grade student...

"Never Give Up" Meet Joe Woodley "I was involved in a long-distance relationship with a young lady from Columbus. We had known each other for quite some time and I had traveled to Columbus numerous occasions. In April of 1998, she called to inform me that she was pregnant. Having grown up with my father not being involved in my life, I wanted to do what I thought was the right thing, and be there for my child. Frankly, I was afraid and I knew that I was ill-prepared to be a father at the time, but that August I boarded a Greyhound bus which departed Grand Central...

Mom and dad divorced when I was near the age of 5, leaving mom with 3 little ones, under the age of 5, to nurture on her own. Dad was in and out of our lives, but mostly out. Multiple disappointments, no shows, no calls, all while I waited- leaving me in tears. As a kid, I often wondered what was wrong with me? Why couldn't I be his little girl anymore? Why did my dad not love me like all of my friends dad's loved them? I wondered this through my entire childhood. These thoughts haunted me. Dad remarried multiple times, and he ended up having five kids...

Hello, we are the Culvers. We met on an Internet dating site. My husband Soluman was born in Oregon and raised in Bellingham, Washington. I am from Columbus and had moved around the country a bit before coming back to Columbus to “settle” in. When we met, he was a medical student and lieutenant in the Army on hiatus from school to go through a divorce. I had my Masters degree in Education and was working at a local university as a federal loan officer, also getting a divorce. We were both finishing up divorces. It is not a classic love story, but it is...