Coming to America | Her Journey is a Story with Heart

Monir Zandghoreishi has long been a highly respected designer in the Pacific Northwest, but her story begins thousands of miles from here in Iran. Monir Zandghoreishi knows what it is to Come to America. Her life in America began with hope and struggle, and now today, she is taking all of the success she has earned and is pouring it back into her teaching and mentoring.  Her journey is a story with heart. 

Maurice Leary | In His Own Words

Growing up, my five siblings and I didn't have much. We were homeless for an extended period of time. Living in an apartment building with no basic necessities, no water, food, clean clothing, and shoes. The hard floor was our bed, but we slept in the seated position most of the time.  


Keeping up with Step-it-up Camp

It’s been well over a year now since Fashion Designer and Entrepreneur Monir Zandghoreishi joined her son-in-law Maurice Leary to expand Step-It-Up Camp. At first, Step-It-Up Camp was the brain child of  Monir Zandghoreishi's son-in-law Maurice Leary to provide after-school athletics to high risk students. Maurice started out with 16 kids to help them develop their skills and to stay out of trouble. Maurice himself had experienced a hardscrabble past. He was born and raised in New Rochelle, New York and knew one way to get kids on the right path was by mentoring them and giving them another road map to grow stronger and more resilient every day. 


Beauty Surrounds Us

Our story about Monir Zandghoreishi and Maurice Leary is a fine example of what America stands for. Maurice is built like a linebacker and Monir has the regal bearing of a Persian Princess. Monir fled Iran during a time of grave political upheaval and unrest.  Maurice comes from a hardscrabble past in New Rochelle, New York. They both share something in common: a heart of gold and a commitment to help young people.


EYE OF THE BEHOLDER?

Fifty years ago, folksinger Phil Ochs wrote that “In such an ugly time, the true protest is beauty.”  Today, at a time when even our discourse is ugly, may beauty infuse the vision for which we protest.


A Brief Glimpse in Time – New York City Library on 5th Avenue and 42nd Street

The key to understanding people and the world around us begins with education. One way to learn about the world is by developing a love of books. Each month, we profile a library. Large, small, urban, rural, post-modern, quaint or neo-classic; do you have a library that you love? Tell us about it. This month, Patricia Vaccarino writes about the granddaddy of all libraries on 42nd Street and 5th Avenue in New York City.


"All Rise!"

“All rise!” is what the clerk of court calls out when a judge enters a courtroom, at all levels of our legal system, from traffic court to the Supreme Court. We are asked to rise out of respect for the judge, who represents the judiciary branch of government, in which we place the even-handed enforcement of what we call the rule of law.


Jobs: Doing It for Yourself

From Cape Town, South Africa | Jobs: Doing It for Yourself Chantal Stanfield is an actress, singer, dancer and stage actor – an accomplished all-round performer.  The public will recognize her from various local soap operas, earning her the label “Soap Star” in the mix. Chantal knows the fickleness of the industry all too well, especially after a year of disappointment, disillusionment and confusion. Here’s her take.