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September 27, 2010

Recuperating After The Quake

RECUPERATING AFTER THE QUAKE

These days our morning news is filled with stories about the pending midterm elections, and weekend football scores. But for the family of Dick Gordon’s guests today, the Haiti earthquake is still their main story.  Myrtha Almonor nearly died when the cinder blocks of the school where she taught, crashed down on her back. She remains paralyzed from the waist down.  After the earthquake, Myrtha’s brother Francis brought Myrtha to the U.S. for treatment. In a way, Francis was repaying a debt. Myrtha had saved his life when he was young.

BEGGARS AND CHOOSERS

We asked listeners recently to tell us a business story – a story
about a decision you made in business and how that changed things. Pam Smith has owned a vintage clothing and antiques store for 32 years. The store became a gathering spot in downtown Pittsboro, North Carolina. But a robbery one year ago changed everything. Pam lost her faith in her customers. But the day she held a “closing” sale, something happened that reaffirmed her faith in her community.

DOWN THE HATCH WITHOUT A SCRATCH

By day, “The Lady Aye” works as a copywriter for a major department store in New York City. But by night, she is one of the world’s few female sword swallowers. Aye gained an interest in side show performances as a teenager, but it wasn’t until she was in her late 20s that she decided to learn fire eating. It took a special trip to Florida to learn the rarest and most difficult trick. Aye joins Dick Gordon to talk about learning her new skills and the empowerment of her “double life.”

OPEN MIC: NORWEGIAN WOOD

We recently aired a story about a woman who heard her father’s favorite song. “Danny Boy” repeatedly during the first few weeks of dating a new man. The couple took it as a sign, and married. Today, a listener calls in to our Open Mic line with his story about how the song Norwegian Wood played a role in his life.

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