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It’s All About Choices

By Beverly Kuykendall “If you always do, what you always did, you will always get what you always got.” As I nervously stood before a sea of what seemed to be thousands of other entrepreneurs in Washington, DC during a formal announcement by the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), I felt the need to reinforce…

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iPlaid: Intuitive Passion Launches an Inner Discovery

By Susan Fielder The loss of a loved one is huge. The passing of my husband, Don Mears, was from a horrific disease Pancreatic Cancer. His loss was felt by many and continues daily. The gain was an inner strength to try and make a difference for others by helping fund researchers who I met…

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Burger Business in the 50’s

By Susan Fielder I was raised in the Burger Business in Kansas City. We owned Allens and Smaks which was a really popular place to dine. Look at those cars! Allens was barbecue with the tele-tray and Smaks was like McDonalds. As a matter of fact, McDonalds wanted to buy us as we were the…

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Promotion? No, You’ll Just Have Babies and Leave

My husband and I moved to Minnesota and I needed a job. I was in my early 20’s and this was the 1960’s. I started in the Housing Rehabilitation Department at my first housing authority as a secretary. In 1963, women were pretty much relegated to secretarial jobs, unless you had a degree; then you…

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Before It’s Too Late

By Susan Fielder My book, My Living Legacy, is a workbook to leave your Legacy to loved ones, friends and family. Filling in the pages is a labor of love, and it is the most important book you will ever write. I came upon this project out of pain and grief, but mostly out of necessity.…

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The Turning Points in My life

By Beverly Kuykendall As time passes, I am beginning to reflect on the many lessons that I have learned over the years. One recent recurring memory is how difficult it was for me to date. I didn’t do very much dating because it felt so uncomfortable. Many of the young men I went out with…

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Airline Stewardess Life in the 1960’s

By Nan McKay As a teenager, my favorite thing to do was to go out to the little airport in Peoria to watch planes take off and land. As soon as I turned 20 I became a flight attendant for a large airlines based in Chicago. I had had 2 years of college, and I…

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My Love Affair Part 1. Urban Renewal, Stockyards & Concord Street

It’s pretty scary to realize that I’ve been working in subsidized housing since before HUD was created. I started with my first housing authority in 1963, and the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1965 created HUD as a Cabinet-level agency. The Public Housing Administration, U.S. Housing Authority, and House and HomeFinancing Agency were all swept into…

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1960’s: Shockwaves of Change

The decade was a roller coaster of experiences and contradictions. Wave after wave of change crashed through society. It was a raging storm of value clashes. The decade dawned on an emotional high of optimism. In 1961, John F Kennedy (JFK) was elected and particularly appealed to the young. It sparked a new commitment. People…

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Home in the 1950’s

By Nan McKay: In the 50’s decade, I was 8-18 so I’m remembering what it was like when I was a kid in grade school. I lived out of town a little way, between 2 farms, in a small town of about 3000 people in mid-Illinois. My dad was an accountant at Caterpillar about 15…

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