Andy. 50 yrs old. Carpenter. Homesteader. Wanderlust. Wanted to learn how to build a house, so he built his own. "I never really liked school. It wasn't an encouraging environment for me. Growing up, I just couldn't be 'that guy' but that's what I was always being pigeonholed into. I've always done my own thing. I'm a lucky guy."
Corey. 35 yrs old. Creative Entrepreneur. Co-Founder of Creative Control Fest, a conference that promotes diversity in design and other creative fields. Went to Space Camp as a kid. "Even though my dad was a bus driver and my mom was a medical secretary, my parents sacrificed a lot for my sister and I. Looking back on that I'm very appreciative."
Randall. 77 yrs old. Proud father and grandfather. Studied yoga in India. "Everybody knows I'm gay, I mean I'm not waving a flag or anything, but it's amazing how well accepted I am around here… considering I'm a backsliding Methodist minister."
Andrew and daughter. 33 yrs old. Self proclaimed "dread neck" (former rasta/reggae kid). Owns and lives on a farm. Loves to cook. "Do what makes you feel comfortable."
Mike. 37 yrs old. Professional trumpet player. 20+ years in the Army Reserves. Does all the cooking for his family. "In the military, you work with people you don't get to pick. It's worked out well, I've got close friends on the opposite end as far as values, politics, faith… you have to make it work. As a result, it helps you to be more open to other people."
Tom. 58 yrs old. Runs a cabin rental business. "I wasn't all that good growing up, but I guess I was good enough."
Josh. 38 yrs old. Herbalist. Bee keeper. Musician. "I grew up real mean, then at some point I just stopped. I started deliberately trying to work back into a gentle nature. I decided to be outwardly kind to people, to take people more sympathetically that I ever had…"
Isaac with son. 33 yrs old. Went to private boarding school. First in family to graduate from college. "I grew up in the projects, so life wasn't that great, but at the same time we had a very strong family. It's so important. I love family."
Lawrence. 66 yrs old. Peace activist. Participated in the World Peace March of '82 walking from St. Louis to DC with Japanese monks. Has cooked "community supper" once a week at his community center for over 20 years. “There were a few times where I had a ‘real’ job, but generally I had a real hard time motivating myself to do that.”
Doni with daughter. 33 yrs old. Carpenter. Owns a farm stand with his wife. Built house from trees on his land. Started a men's group in college to study the affects the patriarchy. "I know I'm a good person so I don't get down on myself. Sure, I make mistakes but I rarely have a bad day."
Wilmer. 96 yrs old. Farmer for 45 years. Worked in forestry another 30 years. Political activist. One of about 10,000 war objectors during WWII. "Stay alert! Get an education. Read more. Be skeptical. Less sports, less television, more reading!"
Ian. 36 yrs old. Contractor. Reads a lot. "Work is a good way to stay at peace with my mind."