Category: Inspiration Station

Steve Simpson’s Tale of Tragedy to Truimph

By Naimah Shaw Growing up in a modest suburban neighborhood in the Big Apple sounds like the epitome of the American dream for some, but for Steve Simpson it was a façade of a landscape that hid the intense physical, emotional and verbal abuse he suffered at the hands of his violently abusive alcoholic father. Being called a “failure,” a “moron,” and a “stupid kid” are only some of the destructive words that Simpson internalized as a child and he can still here those words today. Simpson recalls his early childhood, in which he was subjected to so much abuse...

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High School Friends to Lifelong Friends

By Renee Williams “Everyone has a friend during each stage of life, but only lucky ones have the same friend in all stages of life.” ~Anonymous These days, Thea Barry is a stay at home mom and married to her best friend, Jeramy. The couple has three children: Nola, Olive, Adah and are now in the process of adopting their fourth child. Barry graduated in 2010 from Augusta State University with degrees in Sociology and Criminal Justice. Before becoming a stay at home mom, Barry worked in the social work field and says, “She loved it!” Barry met her best...

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Faith & Basketball

By Naimah shaw Will Avery is propelled by Faith and basketball. Whether it is his own potential he is challenging or that of another avid young baksetball player, Avery gets up and trains everyday and spends an average of seven hours on the court dedicated to his sport.  Returning to Augusta where Avery attended Westside High School, he looks back on his childhood and notes that basketball was always his constant, even when he didn’t have much. The adrenaline that came from playing, even at the tender age of six could not be mistaken. Avery notes that his love for...

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Joseph Doyle

By Naimah shaw Grief is an emotion that affects every fiber of our being. It seems the only positive facet of grief is the spirit’s remarkable emergence through the wallowed depths of despair when affected by this overwhelming, all-encompassing emotion. Local farmer, Joseph Doyle found himself afflicted by grief after the loss of his wife, Luella, and was unsure of how to cope and deal with the challenges he faced as a widower. Doyle learned to combat the range and rage of grief and sought refuge in mother nature and his first love: toiling the land and farming the soil....

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Faith Care at Wesley United Methodist Church

By Naimah shaw True stories are always better than those that are born out of mish mashed thoughts that we culminate  in our brain. True stories serve to inspire us and the people behind those stories are those that we aspire to be. Within these individuals there is an unwitting but heightened sense of fulfillment, compassion and a longing to eradicate pain and offer assistance to those in need. Such is the case of Lew Bandy who has served in his capacity as the administrator of the Faith Care at Wesley United Methodist since 2013. Beyond his lengthy career of...

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