Sixty-nine years ago this week, children's book author and artist Ashley Bryan was in a segregated Army unit, waiting off-shore for D-Day to begin. He and other African-American soldiers in his unit were responsible for bringing supplies onto the beaches. He kept a sketchbook in his gas mask and drew when he could. "It kept me connected to my humanity," he says.
Dick Gordon talks to one young, Russian-trained ballerina, Grier Cooper. These days Grier is a mother, writer and photographer. But as a young girl, Grier attended New York City Ballet's prestigious and demanding School of American Ballet, where she trained under another of the great Russian teachers Antonina Tumkovsky. After she won a contract at the Miami City Ballet, Grier shocked family and friends by leaving her dream behind. Also in the show: A man finds a new home on the soccer field.
Elizabeth Murray quit her dream job to volunteer in Monet's garden in Giverny, France. Her family thought she was mad to leave her cushy horticulture job in California on a verbal promise for free room and board. But Elizabeth says her urge to work there was unbreakable.
year with a mixture of appreciation and regret. Don made it to the NFL, but like many young players, injuries curtailed his dreams. Don had another dream, though. After he left the Redskins, Don found his way back to college, and these days he pours his physical energy into his first love, sculpture.
Say your movement is restricted to one zip code - you might get stir-crazy, feel restricted. Sound recordist Tony Schwartz knew there was enough in his NYC neighborhood to keep him recording an entire career.