Marissa Makes Magic

Marissa watched as the man was led to her by his family. He was blind. It was only her second day of training, but she knew what to do. She took his hands in her own gloved ones and helped him feel her face. She guided his hands to her nose, her big ears.

“Who is it?” his family prompted him.

A smile grew across the man’s lips and his face lit up. “It’s Mickey Mouse!”     (more…)


Star Wars: The Force Awakens Feature

(Here’s the accompanying infographic: Star Wars By the Numbers. All the pictures in the infographic were designed by me using Microsoft PowerPoint.)

The announcement came in October 2012. Chad Morrill remembers the exact moment he found out. He was walking to his Heritage apartment from the Crossroads and looking at his phone when he read the news. Disney had purchased LucasFilm. And they were going to make a seventh Star Wars.

                Morrill is nothing short of a Star Wars fanatic with his closet full of Star Wars graphic t-shirts, his walls covered with the movies’ posters and his childhood full of memories of the classic films. He watched the original trilogy on VHS tapes. In kindergarten, the girl he had a crush on came over to his house and watched Star Wars with him and ate macaroni and cheese- a five-year-old’s dream date.  As soon as he could read, his dad bought him Star Wars books from the store. There were countless lightsaber fights with friends and endless hours of pretending to be Han Solo and Boba Fett. The love for Star Wars is embedded deep within Morrill’s childhood.  (more…)