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July 17, 2017

Christmas in the summer?! And in July..the hottest time of the year across America.  It's an unofficial holiday that many people enjoy simply because its an opportunity to imitate the...

July 16, 2017

 For most of my adult life I have experienced an immense fear of heights, one family member argued "no Mary you have a fear of falling," all I know is that I couldn't even look over t...

July 13, 2017

In late June the American Spirit team was invited to Cuba, we accepted and for two weeks traveled with a group known internationally as NAME, National Association for Multicultural Ed...

June 24, 2017

So this month the American Spirit team became one of the four and-a-half million tourists to embark on a journey to Cuba.  In search of glistening white sands, fine art, cuban rum and...

May 8, 2017

We have been storytellers our whole lives, the American Spirit team.  And now, I think what we do is more important than ever.  Telling America's inspiring stories at a time when many...

March 6, 2017

I have been a storyteller my entire life, but nothing has touched me like the stories encountered while visiting the streets of California with the volunteers working on Miracle Messa...

February 4, 2017

Inspiring interviews with fabulous females about life, love, and labor.  That's how Janus Mumford describes her show Tell Janus.  Yet, Janus herself is exactly that.  A hard working,...

February 4, 2017

Imagine playing on stage like your favorite legendary rockstar! Or even better, actually jamming with them!  That's what Robert and Trina Gonzalez set out to do for hundreds of SoCal...

January 8, 2017

American Spirit is a dream job.  For more than a decade I've been saying one day I will tell all of the good stories happening in communities everywhere.  Well, that day has arrived a...

August 11, 2016

It was after 11pm California time.. (PST) ... my cell phone rang an unfamiliar tone, that of perhaps FaceTime. Turns out it was an internet call from Russia.  Just a few weeks earlier...

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