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Mike Farris: His Inspirational Road to Grammy Gold

The year was 2011. The weather was bright and sunny with a chilly, northerly 70-degree breeze, indicating our wintertime. Our good friends asked whether we’d be interested in joining them on the Sandy Beaches Cruise leaving in a few days out of Ft. Lauderdale. For the unaware, Sandy Beaches is a week-long, music-themed Holland America cruise headlined annually by one of my favorite rock and blues musicians, Delbert McClinton. Because a South Florida ritual is having two bags always packed and waiting in the foyer for last minute cruise invitations, my wife and I were heading off to the port in a flash. Little did I know what life-changing delights we’d be experiencing in the days ahead. As usual, we were having a magical time on our cruise. And why not? Our only responsibility was finding our way from our cabin to the several restaurants and lounges offering limitless food and drink day and night, and to the various music venues scattered around the ship, and then making it back to our cabin at night’s end. Actually, that was the

Krystle Wright
: Canon Master Photographer

Shooting on the Edge: One gutsy woman takes adventure photography where few dare to go. What does it take to live the life of your dreams? For Krystle Wright, the sacrifice is massive. She’s suffered internal bodily damage, a fractured foot, blood clots, swallowed her own broken teeth, and more. But after each injury, she smiles at the camera and continues her journey. It is all, of course, worth it, when you get to live your life to the fullest, skyrocket to the top of your field, and have the freedom to follow your instincts without limitations.  A Sense of Adventure  Wright, a 31-year-old from Australia, is an adventure photographer, director, and cinematographer. She’s known for her extreme photographs taken at perplexing angles. Growing up in Australia, she’s used to beautiful scenery. When she was a child, you could find her surfing along the coast, playing sports, hiking, or exploring nature. In high school, she began toting a camera along with her and unknowingly began her lifelong mission to do whatever it takes to get the right shot. She started

Kyle Maynard: Living Large and Going Strong

Experiencing life challenges can be daunting for most, but there are those rare individuals who can transform difficulty into true inspiration. One such person is Kyle Maynard who was born with congenital amputation that left him as a quadruple amputee. Despite what could have been a life-crushing disability, he has instead valiantly chosen to pursue an extraordinary life, oftentimes without the use of prosthetics. Perhaps it is through sheer will power or simply following his dream, or both, he’s turned his disability into his greatest asset. He continues to live a life much fuller than most of us, filled with achievement, and is a motivational force for others to follow. It’s All About Attitude Growing up, Maynard was very athletic as a wrestler, weight lifter, football player, and jiu-jitsu martial artist. More recently, he took up mountain climbing. More than a rigorous undertaking, mountain climbing presented him with a whole new set of challenges that would ensure his defeat. But his slow and persistent approach helped him achieve lofty heights and a sense of personal exhilaration. How many can say they’ve