Duke Blair lives alone in Noran, Virginia in a small blue house tucked into a mountain. Without a family or car, Duke relies on neighbors to take him to the grocery store, and finds loving company in his ten cats.
Christina Kenney, Nov.2017
"Christians and Muslims are one in Ghana," says Mustapha Xrajalaala, Professor of Islamic Training Institute in Accra, Ghana. "We are all watching the same god."
Joshua Foster, 32
Bo-ai Street and Yonghe Road well-known and loved occupant Zhong Xie Shui 種謝水 (Taipei, Taiwan)
Juanita Shepard from Birmingham, Alabama is now a 93 Akron resident who lives alone. She’s raised ten kids on an income acquired entirely on her own by working three jobs. She also babysat other children, including Peyton and Eli Manning.
“I never once was on welfare,” said Juanita. “I had all these kids and didn’t want people to say that it was all for welfare.”
Today, her oldest child is 72 and her youngest is 59. She made sure each child finished high school with a diploma. Framed on top of her piano are each of her children’s graduation photos.
“On the weekends I’d always take the kids on small trips to museums and parks to spend time together as a family. People would ask me why we were always going places, and I’d say it was to keep them off the streets.”
Juanita was happy to say that she walks up and down the church steps, “just fine, without holding the banister!” She even claims to be a jump roper. I asked her what her secret was to living a long, healthy life, but I got an answer that I wasn’t expecting.
“It’s very important to learn about your family’s history. My mother lived until she was 96, and my grandfather lived to be 115 years old.”
Portrait: Robin Blake, 25, saxophonist and vocalist in Cleveland, Ohio 10/4/2017
Senior Kent State nursing major Lauren First exercises at Snap Fitness on Jan. 30, 2017. “Fitness is important to me because it’s a way to express myself and inspire others in the process,” says Lauren.
Janel Hayes, Kent State Softball pitcher, 2016