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From Starbucks Executive To Lead Singer, Paula Boggs Followed Her Dream!

This former Starbucks attorney stopped at nothing to follow her dreams! Paula Boggs is not only a former Starbucks executive but also an Army Airborne veteran who decided to trade in her incredibly successful career to pursue her passion in music. Boggs started her career in the ARMY ROTC in college, continuing on into the military and then law school; followed by a successful career which ended in her last role as a Starbucks' Executive. Although she left her career behind for her music, she still currently sits on the board of the public radio station KEXP, is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (The Grammys©) and serves on the President's Committee for the Arts and the Humanities.


The drastic shift to music happened after a family tragedy. In July 2005, Bogg's sister-in-law, Julie Boggs, who was married to her brother, Dallas, was killed in an automobile accident leaving behind their two-year-old, Jada. Boggs and her partner, Randee Fox, would subsequently become legal guardians of Jada. After the accident, she decided to pick up her guitar and enroll in a course on songwriting. Having always loved music, the course brought her back to her passion and changed the course of her life. After a little encouragement from her teacher, she knew she had to pursue her true passion in life and took early retirement from her successful career. That is when her life began with the Paula Boggs Band !

This video was produced by Lucia Nazzaro and shot/edited by Keith Woodard II.

Revel In The Merry Beauty Of This Town's Holiday Gathering

Since the 1890s, the New England town of Ridgefield, Connecticut has played home to five Pulitzer Prize winners, a Nobel Laureate, two presidents of the National Academy of Design, famous Architects, Innovators, Authors, Actors and Musicians. Today, Ridgefield's arts community is still thriving. With the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, The Ridgefield Playhouse, The Prospector Theatre, the Ridgefield Theater Barn, and the Ridgefield Guild of Artists, there are plenty of places to get a culture fix in town. To honor the big roles that the arts and the community play in the personality of the town, each holiday season Ridgefield does something unique to honor both.

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This Song Is Bound To Give You 'Christmas Smiles'

Kate Diaz writes her own music and plays acoustic guitar at venues all over Chicago. For Christmas, 15-year-old Kate decided to write an original song "Christmas Smiles" and donated her entire December earnings to a cancer research charity called CureSearch.

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This Women-Run Gourmet Catering Company Trains Refugee Women in Cooking and Service

The global refugee crisis is ever-present in the news these days, but the United States has received displaced peoples from all over the world for a long time now. The catering company we'll tell you about today found in this crisis the inspiration for its mission: to train and employ refugee women who are eager to establish new, fulfilling lives in their new homes.

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Catch A Lift Fund Is Transforming Wounded Veterans' Lives Through Fitness

Do you ever wonder how veterans cope with life once they come home from combat? After being trained to be on high-alert 24/7, what's it like for them to integrate back into everyday society? It raises the question: our military members protect us, but who protects them?

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To Honor The Son She Lost, A Mom Built A Playground And Started A Movement In Accessibility For All!

Every kid deserves a place to play and have fun. Amy Barzach is one of the people who is fully dedicated to making that dream a reality.

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These "Kindness Rocks" Are Starting A Happiness Movement!

The Kindness Rocks Project is inspiring people to be kind and happy! Founder, Megan Murphy started randomly placing rocks, painted with inspirational quotes and sayings, on the beaches of Cape Cod and now people from all around the world are doing the same thing!

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This Man May Be Paralyzed But That Hasn't Stopped Him From Helping Children In Need

It is easy to give up after failure or tragedy. Don't! Randy Bertisch is living proof that success truly happens when you fight back. Randy defied all odds by surviving a nearly fatal car crash, rebuilding his life, and developing the My Gym Challenged America Foundation. He always lives life within his motto… Never give up or lose hope because you just don't know what the future holds.

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Things We're Thankful For: These 3 Heroes Making A Real Difference In The World

The holidays are a time to give thanks and be grateful for the things we have. This year HooplaHa - Only Good News wants to say thank you to these special kids - our heroes! Over the past year, we have met many people (and animals) with incredible stories and these three kids are part of the reason why we love doing what we do.

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