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Nina Victor Crittenden paints children's books at her home studio
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Nina Victor Crittenden: Painting With Love of Art & Animals

by Karen Pavlicin-Fragnito

Award-winning illustrator Nina Victor Crittenden sits at her home studio and begins to paint. Shy and modest, she’s hesitant to talk about herself, but the words come easier as she strokes her watercolor brush across the back of a flying dragon. A certified veterinary technician, Nina is an animal lover. She says, “What I love about being an artist is that I can draw pictures of dogs and cats and horses … It gives me a chance to combine two things I really love: artwork and animals.” […]

Tim Hoppey poses with a child of a fallen firefighter at the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation 2012 Memorial Weekend.
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Tim Hoppey: Hero Inspired by Kids’ Courage

by Meagan Frank

Retired New York City firefighter Tim Hoppey was inspired by the courage of children to write The Good Fire Helmet. For all the brave feats he accomplished as a first responder on 9/11 and through the 27 years he worked as a firefighter in Spanish Harlem, Tim believes some of the bravest people he has seen are not always who you think they would be. Children have inspired him to see courage from a different perspective. […]

Terri Barnes: Messages From Military Life
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Terri Barnes: Messages From Military Life

by Karen Pavlicin-Fragnito

Third-generation military wife Terri Barnes writes transparent, personal, and emotionally universal messages that have made her weekly Stars and Stripes column, Spouse Calls, the newspaper’s longest-running military life column. The relevance of her writing to both military and civilian readers led to her first book, and Terri is both humbled and excited by the effect her book is having in diverse communities to stir conversation and increase understanding of military life. […]