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Cara Maurizi

Music, Drama, Dance Teacher, Improviser, Composer, Urbana School District 116

The Amazing ways in which Families are Made : A True Story of Surrogacy

PRESENTED ON JAN 25, 2018
IN KALAMAZOO @ VOL 3

Cara Maurizi shares her incredible journey of childhood, motherhood and beyond as we all learn from her the amazing ways families are created. 

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The Men Who Fought for Our Freedom

BY HANNAH VLEUGELS
@ VOL 22 ON JUN 04, 2014

For Hannah Vleugels, it all started with the adoption of a grave at the American Cemetery in Margraten, the Netherlands. Together with a school friend, she started a school research project on the lives of two soldiers who died during World War II in the Ardennes region. They explored internet resources and military archives in the USA and even got in touch with the daughter of one of the soldiers- the names on the graves got a face. In this poignant presentation, Hannah tells us the entire history of one of the two soldiers.
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One Immigrant's Love Story with Louisville

BY DJENITA PASIC
@ VOL 7 ON FEB 21, 2012

Djenita Pasic talks about her life in Louisville as an immigrant and refugee of Bosnia. She speaks about her love and connection to the city as she grew closer to its culture and people. 

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Adopting a Heart that Needed Mending

BY STEVE SCHMIDT
@ VOL 1 ON OCT 01, 2015

Stephen Schmidt and his wife, Arlene, began the journey of adoption 18 years ago by becoming licensed foster parents. Stephen tells his family’s story, one filled with laughter and tears, sadness and joy, and ultimately filled with a family stitched together by love. Thinking of adoption? Beware: it may be the most powerful thing you ever do with your life.

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Expression of Gratitude: the untold story of a family unknown

BY KATY BOYCHUK
@ VOL 2 ON APR 25, 2017

"My journey of finding my birth mother lead me to the gratitude I have for my parents."
 
In honor of International Family Day, we highlight a PechaKucha Presentation that truly embodies what family is, while simultaneous breaks its mold, and in turn, captures our hearts.
 
In "Expression of Gratitude: the untold story of a family unknown" from PechaKucha Night London, Ontario, Katy Boychuk shares the story of her adoption at birth and the personal journey she embarked on when almost most 30 years later, she read her private adoption file for the first time and decided to find her birth mother. This is when her search began.
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My Inconceivable Journey and the Power of Shared Experience

BY AMIRA MIKHAIL
@ VOL 31 ON JUN 14, 2017

Everyone deserves to be a parent if they want to be. Infertility is a silent epidemic. Amira Mikhail shares her journey through endometriosis, miscarriage, infertility, and surrogacy.

 

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History Made Personal

BY ANTHONY ARONICA
@ VOL 15 ON OCT 19, 2018

Anthony Aronica personalizes the land of the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation with stories of fishing with his father and of his grandmother's love.

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Modern families

BY SJAMKE DE VOOGD
@ VOL 23 ON APR 18, 2018

Surrogate mother, foster father, stepbrother, half-sister, donor, bonus-grandpa, adoption parents, biological aunt, genetic uncle….. Sjamke de Voogd reminisces about relationships and special families and tries to make the best of it all.

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Share Your Story Loud & Proud

BY PA LEE MOUA
@ VOL 8 ON MAR 07, 2019

Pa Lee Moua shares her story of immigration to USA.

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A Story of Friendship

BY ALISA BARCAN
@ VOL 22 ON SEP 18, 2019

Alisa Barcan grew up in Romania. When she moved to the UK she realised she had learned to have a very different relationship to money than most of the people she met. In this delightful story she tells us about her friendship with money and how it has affected her career choice.