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All posts by Laura Townsend

Laura Townsend is an essayist and screenwriter based in Los Angeles. She studied writing at The University of Iowa and UCLA. She is passionate about American history and deeply inspired by the masters who came before her.

How ballet helped a ballet dancer with autism

How ballet helped a ballet dancer with autism

When Trockadero dancer Phillip Martin-Nelson was a child, his autism was so severe that he couldn’t speak. After discovering ballet, Martin-Nelson made strides in his behavior and communication. It inspired him to become a ballet teacher himself and give back to the community. In the ...

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Amy Tan: Writer and rock musician

Amy Tan: Writer and rock musician

Embed from Getty Images When Amy Tan published “The Joy Luck Club,” she hadn’t expected that it would thrust her into the world of celebrity. As thrilled as she was about the novel’s success, she was also intimidated. She was under insurmountable pressure to create ...

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5 interesting facts about Judy Garland

5 interesting facts about Judy Garland

“Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore,” Dorothy Gale once famously said in “The Wizard of Oz.” The actress Judy Garland was just 16 when she starred as the sparkly shoe-wearing Dorothy in the award-winning film, and she crash-landed into a new ...

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