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Summer’s Siren Call

Mary Margaret Stewart skipped math and history for art classes, and upon graduation from high school in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, couldn’t get to Europe fast enough. She fell hard for Paris, and for her first love, and that summer abroad became…

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Dean Potter’s Gift

Celebrated climber Dean Potter’s death from a tragically failed wingsuit BASE jump this past May hit me harder than I expected, and maybe understandably, since I had met the legendary man himself at a Reel Rock movie screening (a movie…

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Startup to ShutDown: What’s Next?

Sarah M. was not the typical candidate for a startup. Until a few months ago, she’d worked extensively in property management, specializing in relocating professional athletes. But then she read about Campus Coliving, a new-fangled housing startup for Millennials (think…

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Parking Lot of Dreams (Part Two)

Carlos Muela feared no one would come. The quick opening he’d anticipated for SoMa StrEat Food Park had dragged into months, then a year. No income but massive bills for rent, architecture, infrastructure, and improvements piling up. “It was a…

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