Articles tagged as interview

Image Spotlight: Dave and Trish Whitinger
By Sharon Brown on March 29, 2010

It isn't often we get to take a peek into the minds of a young couple who have as many interests and as much passion about life as Dave and Trish Whitinger. Talking with them is as relaxing as it is informative, and is definitely worth sharing with you. Join us as we talk with Dave and Trish.

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Image Spotlight: Janet Colvin (UniQue Treasures)
By Nancy Polanski on April 5, 2010

Janet Colvin is a Texas based artist who, with her sister Connie, works metals and other assorted odds and ends into magical garden figures, some human, some not so human. Come and meet Janet........

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Image Remembering Polly: Spotlight: Polly Kinsman (Pollyk)
By Sharon Brown on April 23, 2015

*** We lost a beautiful friend this week, we knew her as PollyK. She left us with lovely memories and beautiful images of plants she loved most. If you ever had a question about Irises or Lilies, she was the one to ask. I thought it would be appropriate if we published her Spotlight article again. *** Getting to know new people is fun and exciting. Getting one of your best friends to be in the Spotlight is somewhat interesting. Not that there was any bribery involved, but she knew very well I could have told her story without her help. But that's my friend Polly, low key, cordial, very helpful, and very, very knowledgeable. I want you to get to know her, too, because she is the one to go to if you want to learn more about Irises and Lilies. Let's meet Polly Kinsman . . .

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Image Spotlight: Jackie Muncy (kaglic/kiska)
By Nancy Polanski on April 19, 2010

From giant vegetables, to a moose in the backyard, to majestic mountains and Aurora Borealis....living in Alaska is an adventure! And this week's Spotlight is on someone who has lived there for over 30 years. Come along and meet Jackie...

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Image Spotlight: Chris Rentmeister (Goldfinch4)
By Nancy Polanski on May 3, 2010

You probably know her for her intarsia creations. She recently wrote an article about it for the Wood Crafts Cubit. I saw the article and wanted to learn more, not only about intarsia, but also about Chris. She's got some interesting things to say about her hobbies and her life. I invite you to meet Chris Rentmeister.

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Image Spotlight: Doris Klene (kareoke)
By Nancy Polanski on May 17, 2010

This is the story of how a young teenager from England left her family and everything familiar, to travel across the Ocean with her new husband and take up residence in a strange land called Indiana. And now, after many decades of Americanization, I have met and become captivated by this charming lady. Her name is Doris Klene.

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Image Spotlight: Dinakar Konanur (Dinu)
By Nancy Polanski on June 7, 2010

Dinu is everyone's friend. He is a longtime fixture at Dave's Garden, a prolific writer and an accomplished photographer. He has just about the loveliest garden in Mysore, his hometown in India. And I have invited him to be the subject of our next interview.

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Image Spotlight: Becky Moder (Boopaints)
By Nancy Polanski on June 14, 2010

Boopaints on Cubits, Booplants on Dave's Garden, Becky Moder to her friends. She answers to all of them. This energetic, artistic lady is our spotlighted guest this week. She has a contagious smile and a warm, friendly personality. I know you will enjoy this informal chat with her.

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Image Spotlight: Kathy Puckett (Boojum)
By Nancy Polanski on June 28, 2010

Boojum, as she has always been known, is an expert on orchids. That's why I selected her to be in our Spotlight this week. She is the owner of An Orchid Obsession here on Cubits, which includes an ever growing Database. Whether you have orchids, or whether you don't, you will love the photos she publishes!

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Image Spotlight: Brenda Essig (Zanymuse)
By Nancy Polanski on July 12, 2010

When I first asked Zany to be in our Spotlight, she was reluctant. She thought she wouldn't have enough to say and people wouldn't be interested. This interview proves she was wrong on both counts.

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Image Spotlight: Charleen Harrell (Ridesredmule)
By Nancy Polanski on July 26, 2010

How many of us have heard of Charley's Girls and not had any idea what that means? I, for one, fall into that category. I didn't know. I finally saw an article about Charley the big red mule and became enchanted with Charley and Charleen. So I'd like you all to join me on a journey to Georgia to meet them.

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Image Spotlight: Janet Rowley (JRsbugs)
By Nancy Polanski on August 9, 2010

I don't know of anyone else like Janet. She takes great photos......mostly of bugs. Her floral photos and garden photos are also very pretty. She's agreed to stand in our Spotlight this week and tell us all about herself. She has an interesting story to tell.

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Image Spotlight: Lynn Smith (Valleylynn)
By Nancy Polanski on August 23, 2010

If you want to meet a sweet and loving person with a lifetime of fascinating stories to tell, then let me introduce you to Valleylynn. Have you ever had to defend your family from a bear? Kill a rattlesnake? Encounter an intruder in your home? Feed fish to water moccasins? Me neither. But Lynn has...........

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Image Spotlight: Jo Ann Gentle (ge1836)
By Sharon Brown on August 30, 2010

I thought I was an artist until I met this week's Spotlight guest. Now I've decided I'm a student at the knees of a master. I knew Jo Ann could paint, I've followed her paintings for a long time, but I never knew till now just how talented she really is. It is my pleasure to introduce Jo Ann Gentle to you, and to show you some of her very beautiful work.

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Image Spotlight: Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners)
By Nancy Polanski on September 6, 2010

Not many people know just who Threegardeners really is behind that adorable little puppy in her avatar. Her name is Lee Anne and she's Canadian. She is a multi-cubit owner and she writes the weekly Cubits 'n Bytes Newsletter. There's more.....

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Image Spotlight: Rannveig (Rannveig)
By Nancy Polanski on September 20, 2010

There's a lovely young lady from Iceland who is a popular member of the Cubits Universe. Rann's photos have shown us that gardens can not only survive, but thrive in colder climates. Day by day, she brought us reports of the recent volcanic eruption. Now I am pleased to share with you the story of Rannveig.

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Image Spotlight: Susan Dorris (Gardenersdetective)
By Sharon Brown on September 27, 2010

Let's venture into the realm of gardening with a lovely lady who has provided us with a wealth of resources. Once you've discovered what she's created, you might never have to Google again. Come with me and meet Susan Dorris...

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Image Spotlight: Kathleen Tenpas (Kathleen)
By Nancy Polanski on October 4, 2010

Kathleen is the owner of a cubit named Farming. She and her husband run Hillfarm, in the Southern Tier of New York State. It's beautiful country, situated near Chautaqua Institute. She is also a writer, and a creator of Fiber Art, and she is chatting with us today.

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Image Spotlight: Adina Dosan (Adinamiti)
By Nancy Polanski on October 18, 2010

This is the touching story of Adina Dosan of Romania, whose life has been a series of highs and lows. Yet her kind, gentle character and her beautiful smile only prove that one's inner peace can shine through even the darkest of times.

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Image Spotlight: Larry Rettig (LarryR)
By Sharon Brown on October 25, 2010

Sometimes we meet a friend and we know within a heartbeat that our lives have been made better. It doesn't matter that we've never seen our new friend face to face, it only matters that the value of the friendship begins to evolve. Remember the old song "Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better..."? Well, it was almost like that at the beginning, but I think I need to tell you the whole story so you'll understand.

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Image Spotlight: Vicki Sunderman (Vic)
By Nancy Polanski on November 1, 2010

Vicki Sunderman is one of the nicest people you would ever want to meet. I found her to be extremely pleasant to chat with through our Cmail exchanges recently. Now I'm pleased to introduce her to all of you.

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Image Spotlight, Special Edition: Revisiting Dave and Trish
By Sharon Brown on November 8, 2010

William Jennings Bryan said: "The greatest things ever done on Earth have been done little by little." Sometimes it's good to step back and take a look at where we came from and where we are going. Today's special edition of Spotlight will do just that. Join me, please, as we look at the revised edition of our first Spotlight article. You might see a surprise or two...

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Image Spotlight: 1Anjl (Annmarie)
By Nancy Polanski on November 15, 2010

I am pleased to bring 1Anjl into our Spotlight this week. Her All Things Hobby Cubit has something for everyone. Miniatures, woodworking, painting, puzzles, needlework.....I'll let her tell you herself!

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Image Spotlight: Ava Eads (akfishergal)
By Sharon Brown on November 22, 2010

Sometimes we meet a new friend who changes our lives forever. Ava is that kind of friend. I had to travel all the way from Kentucky to Alaska to find her. Her story is so special, I just had to share it with you. Join us as we spend some time in a very beautiful state with a very interesting lady.

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Image Spotlight: Patti1957 (Patti Peck)
By Nancy Polanski on November 29, 2010

I've seen Patti1957 in various cubits that I frequent. I like the way she thinks in the Word Association cubit. I like that she is active in the All about Cubits cubit. And I was intrigued to see she has a cubit about Hawaii when she lives in Oregon......

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Image Spotlight: Linda Cartwright (Taters55)
By Nancy Polanski on December 20, 2010

Taters55 is Linda Cartwright, a very down to earth person who enjoys creating handmade crafts and Christmas decorations with her grandchildren. Today I'd like to have you meet Linda, and then maybe share some of your own craft ideas with us.

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Image Spotlight: Lin Vosbury (plantladylin)
By Nancy Polanski on January 17, 2011

The first Spotlight of 2011 is on Plantladylin! Lin has impressed me by the kindness she exhibits in her posts here on the Cubits website. What I have come to learn about her through this interview is just how genuinely sweet she is. In fact, I joked that if you look up the definition of 'sweet' in the dictionary, you will probably find a photo of Lin Vosbury.

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Image Spotlight: Donna Yates (HappyJackMom)
By Sharon Brown on January 24, 2011

I didn't know Happy Jack was the name of a town in Arizona. I only knew that it was the name of an online friend and the name made me smile every time I saw it. Even knowing it's the name of a town, I still smile when I see my friend's name. I think you will too, after you read about her.

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Image Spotlight: Audrey Warren (Audrey)
By Nancy Polanski on January 31, 2011

Audrey's memories of her childhood, growing up at a time when so many Americans had to “do without” during the years of WWII, are extraordinarily sad and beautiful. She has consented to share them with us, so let's welcome Audrey to the Spotlight.

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Image Spotlight: Maria Williamson (Mistirose)
By Nancy Polanski on February 14, 2011

We asked Cubits members to recommend names of people who we might approach about being interviewed. One name we received was Mistirose. Until recently, all I really knew about her was her unforgettable avatar. (Check it out!) I was curious to meet the person behind the “Kiss.”

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Image Spotlight: DesertPirate (Randy Lowe)
By Sharon Brown on February 21, 2011

You might call him Pirate or maybe you know him as DP and sometimes he answers to Randy. I usually reserve 'Randy' for those times when I feel the need to yell at him for one thing or another, not often, mind you, just sometimes. He's been a good friend for several years and I probably could have written this article without his help but I thought if I did he might just start yelling back at me. I'd like you to meet my friend, Randy Lowe.

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Image Spotlight: Dorothy Mitchell (LaVonne)
By Nancy Polanski on February 28, 2011

Our interview this week is with Dorothy Mitchell, who owns several cubits and a store which sells painted gourds, jams, jellies and handmade crafts. She has tried her hand at the widest variety of crafts I've ever seen, and she has some wild stories to tell of rock hunting expeditions in the desert. Let's meet LaVonne.

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Image Spotlight: Candyce Fulford (Candyce)
By Sharon Brown on March 7, 2011

Gentleness flows through her words; strength builds in her story. If I ever need peace in my often chaotic life, I truly believe I could ask Candyce and she would share hers with me. Come join me as we meet this beautiful, gentle woman: Candyce Fulford.

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Image Spotlight: Kelli Kallenborn (Kelli)
By Nancy Polanski on March 14, 2011

This week you'll meet Kelli Kallenborn. Kelli loves the Great Outdoors. She likes to go hiking. In fact she owns a cubit titled Day Hikes. Fortunately for us, she takes her camera with her. Please join me in welcoming Kelli to the Spotlight.

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Image Spotlight: Sheri Weldy (Sjweld)
By Nancy Polanski on March 21, 2011

I became familiar with Sheri over at the Playpen of Graphics Jigsaw Puzzle Forum. Some of the puzzles Zany made were of Sheri's budgies, beautiful birds that she talked about as if they were her family. We puzzlers are a close-knit group, and I started to get attached to them too. So it was a delight for me to chat with her for this article.

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Image Spotlight: Dahlianut
By Sharon Brown on March 28, 2011

Capturing Dahlianut is a bit like chasing a beautiful red butterfly in the midst of a garden filled with red roses. We can occasionally come close, but most often the butterfly is hiding behind the roses, dancing on their petals, and fluttering just above our heads. Luckily I've known her for several years, so I knew what I was in for when I asked her for an interview. I'd like you to meet this lovely friend of mine.

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Image Spotlight: Maridell Standish (Merigold)
By Nancy Polanski on April 4, 2011

Maridell grew up in South Dakota, home of Mount Rushmore and the Badlands. She was an introverted young woman, and like most of us, she was unsure of what she wanted to do with her life after high school. Yet she soon found herself a career and a husband and is now pursuing a new goal. She's on the right track.

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Image Pet Spotlight: Daisy and Jazz
By Sharon Brown on April 11, 2011

My grandmothers taught me to make do with what I had and that's what happened with this week's Spotlight article. I simply had to make do with what I had. Join me for a Spotlight that's just a little furry around the edges.

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Image Spotlight: Sandi Kellogg (skellogg)
By Nancy Polanski on April 18, 2011

"Oh give me a home where the Buffalo roam, where the deer and the antelope play." If you think that's only a song, then you need to meet Sandi. She's got one. It's in the Badlands, where Butch and Sundance reigned. She'll keep you glued to your seat in this interview.

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Image Spotlight: Franklin Troiso (herbie43)
By Sharon Brown on April 25, 2011

Everybody knows Herbie. We've known him for years and we've cried and celebrated right along with him through many family events, both his and our own. But I thought maybe there might be something yet to learn about this most caring, amicable family man. Let's take a look at what he has to say.

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Image Spotlight: Cheryl Byers (Cajuninky)
By Nancy Polanski on May 2, 2011

When I asked our guest this week if she would allow me to interview her, she agreed. But she said this in her reply, “I'm busy up potting some seedlings right now. I also want to get another planting bed finished and I hope to get some corn and mangles put in. Still have the horses to feed also so I'll get started on this tonight.” I laughed!! I expected her to finish by telling me she had no time to write!

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Image Roving Reporters: What Makes You Happiest?
By Sharon Brown on June 6, 2011

Well, folks, it's another one of those nights when our usual spotlight article has to take a little detour. You know how it is in summer, gardens and vacations and guests are calling us away from our computers. Nancy had a wonderful idea, a unique way to fill our Spotlight on days when our friends might be too busy. So tonight I took a little trip around Cubit land, and this is what I learned...

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Image Spotlight: Sally Hazen (billyporter)
By Sharon Brown on May 9, 2011

"And she will spread smiles wherever she goes..." I really have no idea where I found that phrase, but it truly fits my friend, Sally. I've been on many chat threads with her over the years and whenever I see a post from 'billyporter', I rush to get my daily smile. It's a little like following the ice cream truck, you know when you catch it, you'll find a sweet treat.

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Image Spotlight: Christine Gaither (Wildflowers)
By Nancy Polanski on May 16, 2011

Our Spotlight guest this week goes by the name Wildflowers. In her words, I sense sweetness and a joy in simple pleasures. In her eyes and her smile I see a healthy sense of humor. And woven through her life are threads of sadness, which have produced an inner strength and an attitude of gratitude. I think you'll like meeting Christine!

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Image Spotlight: Mike Stewart (Mike)
By Nancy Polanski on May 30, 2011

As you read our Spotlight interview today, you will be moved by the beauty of Mike's gardens, and the quality of his nature photography. Don't let the expression on his face fool you! He earned that Tiara for his DIY garden project. He'll tell you all about it, as well as his passion for banjo playing and his other interesting hobbies. Come and meet Mike.

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Image Spotlight: Chris (Ladygardener1)
By Nancy Polanski on June 13, 2011

In the Spotlight today is Chris, from the scenic State of Pennsylvania, which is on the Great Lakes and which just happens to be the subject of the cubit she owns. I'm delighted to have had this opportunity to chat with her. Join us please.

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Image Spotlight: Sunfarm (Sally Ramsdell)
By Sharon Brown on June 20, 2011

Sally, or Sunfarm as we know her here on Cubits, is one of my Kentucky friends. She lives nearer to my mountain hometown than I do and sometimes I have to look at her pictures just to get a glimpse of my beloved hills. Uplifting, you bet! And it's even more uplifting to know Sally.

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Image Spotlight: Brenda Savage (bsavage)
By Sharon Brown on July 4, 2011

Sometimes people just make us smile, you know? It might be a word or a glance or the sight of a smiling face. Brenda makes me smile for all of those reasons, but it's also because of her most joyful attitude. Join me as we get to know one of my new friends, Brenda Savage.

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Image Roving Reporter: Funniest Thing That Happened
By Nancy Polanski on July 18, 2011

Today I have no Spotlight interview, so it's time for another Roving Reporter article. I approached a number of you with the question...”What is the funniest thing that ever happened to you? Or the funniest thing you ever saw, or did?” I hope these answers will make you smile.

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Image Roving Reporter: Funniest Thing That Happened (part 2)
By Nancy Polanski on August 1, 2011

The last Roving Reporter Spotlight, “What's the Funniest Thing You Ever Saw, Or Did, Or Had Happen To You?” was a big hit with our readers, and several of you asked for more! So today you'll find all new responses to that question, from a number of different members. You'll want to check it out!

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Image Roving Reporter: Random Acts of Kindness
By Nancy Polanski on August 8, 2011

What is the kindest thing anyone ever did for you? Perhaps you were the recipient of a Random Act of Kindness. Maybe you got help from someone when you needed it the most. Did someone go above and beyond what you might have expected, either for you or for your family?

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Image Roving Reporter: Childhood Memories
By Nancy Polanski on August 22, 2011

If you ask me, today's youth don't have a clue about having fun. Previous generations made the most out of simple pleasures. We enjoyed family get-togethers, playing dress-up, homemade games, running through fields, etc. Our members share their own memories today.

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Image Spotlight: Mindy03 (Margaret Tucker)
By Sharon Brown on August 29, 2011

Sometimes we meet people who remind us of our childhood, so it was with Margaret. She asked me to edit an article she'd written about beekeeping. I found myself transported right back to my grandfather's mountain where he kept bees many years ago. I wanted to know more about Margaret, I think you'll enjoy knowing her, too.

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Image Spotlight: Deanna Vensland (Sashagirl)
By Nancy Polanski on September 5, 2011

The person you're going to read about this week is bound to become an instant "old friend." We have crossed paths a few times here on Cubits, mostly in the Jigsaw Puzzle forum, and I always thought I'd like to get to know her better. I know you will like her to. She goes by the name Sashagirl.

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Image Spotlight: Jo Miklovic (Roadrunner)
By Nancy Polanski on September 19, 2011

"Delightful" isn't a word I use very often, but that's what came to mind after reading the material Jo sent me for this week's article! That avatar she uses, the roadrunner, is the perfect one for her. It accurately defines her lifestyle. On the go. Busy. Fast paced. I'll bet she even has that same silly grin!

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Image Spotlight: Hart
By Sharon Brown on September 12, 2011

I've always loved writers, maybe because I enjoy reading so much. I wanted to be Carolyn Keene when I was about 7 or 8 and discovered Nancy Drew. Every time I read a new author even now, I have a need to know everything about him or her. When I met Hart some time ago, I had a golden opportunity.

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Image Spotlight: Sandy Coffman (Wren)
By Nancy Polanski on October 10, 2011

Wren is someone who has been a presence in Cubits since the beginning. We've seen her posts on other websites as well. Yet, I have never really chatted with her in depth, so I decided it was time to get to know her better.

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Image Spotlight: Moby
By Sharon Brown on November 21, 2011

I'd like you to meet a good friend. She might just be the happiest person I know. She's one of those people who freely spreads her happiness around and leaves us with a smile. There are some people like that; Moby is one of them.

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