Monday, November 12, 2018

Post Story Corps Interviews

A mom (Riley Roca) and daughter (Celeste Kuri) discussed how the library Children's Business Fair was a supportive environment for Super Soaps, an idea that won the $50 prize for the Highest business potential. Celeste started making soap as a hobby when she was about 9 years old. "I made them for fun and I didn’t think I would get anywhere with them. I gave them to my family. When I heard about the fair, I thought that I could make soaps because I love making soaps. One of my cousins is allergic to a lot of things. So I decided to color and scent them with natural products. I have colored my soaps with turmeric and beet root and scented them with essential oils. My parents helped me a lot along the way." She said in a Library post online. It was wonderful to see how supportive Riley was of her daughter who is home schooled. The library is a major resource for her home schooling needs.

Jessica Dawson and Sam Singhaus were close years ago but had a falling out. They came together to do the Story Corps interview. Sam is a local celebrity. I have seen him many times performing as Miss Sammy at events around town. He participated in Drag Queen Story Hour at the Orlando Public Library. Impulse  Group Orlando organized the event which was presented in the spirit of the City of Orlando and One Alliance’s “Acts of Love and Kindness” movement. I am proud of the library for sponsoring the program which must have been fun. Any time I have seen Sammy perform I know I will laugh out loud. Jessica's voice gave out so the interview had to be cut short, but it was heart warming to know that these friends realized that their differences weren't as important as what they have in common.

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