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Published July 21, 2012

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  • Heather Leah
    Owner, Editor-in-Chief, Candid Slice

    All my life I’ve believed in the power of storytelling and its ability to change the world–and, yes, changing the world has always been my goal. When I was a teenager, I co-founded a local chapter of Kiwanis International to do volunteer work and improve the community. Years later, my best friend and I embarked on a cross-country journey to serve in communities at non-profit organizations in twenty-two different states and practice random acts of kindness. When we came home, I co-founded a non-profit organization now known as Activate Good. I sincerely believe that through the power of storytelling, Candid Slice can make social issues become more than a set of boring statistics, but can actually enhance the sense of community in the Triangle area. I studied History and Religious Studies at UNC Asheville, but my expertise is in community leadership, non-profit work, event coordinating, networking, and storytelling. I hope that by combining these skills, I can give voice to the voiceless in Raleigh and we can all get to know each other–and understand each other–a little better. My stories | My resume


Our Authors

  • Adam
    A SoCal dude trying to fit in to North Carolina life. I am the founder of the video blog, EyeOn NorthCarolina. I cover the sights and sounds of NC.
  • Alan
    Alan Hamm is InterAct’s Crisis Line Coordinator. InterAct is a private, non-profit, United Way agency that provides safety, support, and awareness to victims and survivors of domestic violence and rape/sexual assault. InterAct fulfills this mission through the support of its volunteers and community.
  • Amber
    Volunteer. Nonprofit ninja. Idealist. Lover of art, music, languages, kung fu, & sappy heroic tales.
  • Bibi
    Bibi is a grandmother, a mother, a daughter, and a descendant of lines of ancestors who have been natives of the North Carolina territory since before the Revolutionary war. She is passionately involved in the Moral Monday movement.
  • Bobby
    I bring Christmas joy!
  • Catherine
    Catherine is the Peace and Justice Team Co-chair at High Country United Church of Christ, in Vilas NC. She is also a passionate supporter of Moral Monday's.
  • Chanah
    Chanah is a Podcaster, Writer, Mentor, and Professional Transformational Tarot Consultant. She runs Pen Wize, a community for writers who are ready to kickstart their writing into high gear, turning their dreams into reality!
  • Chris
    Chris Hendricks is a musician, inspirational speaker, and writer in the Raleigh area.
  • Claire
    Claire Sorrenson lives in Durham, NC and runs Celebration Stories, a small business that celebrates the love between family and friends with thoughtful and unique memory books. She loves writing, running along the Eno, and discovering the Triangle area’s many hidden gems.
  • Dana
    Dana is a passionate champion in the fight for awareness of human trafficking, with special focus to our own state of North Carolina, which holds the dubious position of ranking 10th in the nation for this scourge.
  • Darlene
    Darlene is a passionate supporter of public education and Moral Monday's.
  • Blaster BrewMaster
    Dereck Bearsong, alias Blaster BrewMaster, is a gamer, writer, artist, martial artist, brewer, chef, and a jack of all other trades. He has been brewing for three years and continues to experiment with the brewing method in the quest to make the best brew possible.
  • Don
    Don is a tireless equal rights champion and board member of both PFLAG Triangle and Rainbow Community Cares. He regularly volunteers at the front desk of the LGBT Center of Raleigh and has also phone banked for marriage equality through Marriage Equality USA.
  • Hybrid
    I love to draw pinup and robots-- and everything in between. I'm a 24 year old graduate with a degree in art with a concentration in design, but am still always fine-tuning my art, mainly for my own amusement. 🙂 Please enjoy your time in my little space on the internet.
  • Dylan
    Dylan Ward is a writer and storyteller and lives in North Carolina. He is a husband, father and avid lover of coffee. He often ponders the plight of the world and thrives in creative writing. His work includes short stories, screenplays, essays and reviews.
  • Earl
    Earl Barber is a blue collar working stiff who prefers playing his 12-string acoustic guitar for free to most any other endeavor. An occasional essayist, Earl has been posting on random internet sites, most notably the old WRAL-TV GOLO pages, with his essays for over ten years.
  • Elaine
    I love stories and legends, whether they be educational, humourous, silly or touching. I grew up on the fairy tales and later grew to love legends from different times and different cultures. Find other stories and legends from Elaine, by visiting her own blog “joyful2bee“.
  • Faisal
    Peace activist & community organizer. My mission is to promote peace, coach & empower people of faith and non religious groups to engage in dialogue & advocacy.
  • Ginny
    I have a journalism degree and an English minor from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. I am a staff writer for I enjoy music, books, photography, hiking and travel. Previous jobs include positions at Deep South Entertainment in Raleigh and ReverbNation in Durham.
  • Grant
    A proud Raleigh native, I write about anything and everything.
  • Greg
    Greg is a graduate of High Point University and loves Dubstep almost as much as life itself. When not taste testing North Carolina State Fair carnie food, he works as a data management associate, and enjoys being cheerful and spending time with his superhero wife.
  • Captain Hoody
    Captain Hoodie / Greg Harwood is a part-time superhero, and aids in the missions and day-to-day of the Blue Beacon. Greg is a graduate of High Point University and likes Dannon yogurt with the fruit at the bottom. When not performing super-heroics, he works as a finance service rep, and enjoys being cheerful and spending time with his superhero girlfriend.
  • Mike
    Known for his eclectic taste and talent for discovering rare musical gems, local music reviewer Headphone Mike shares his collection of lesser-known bands with strange, new sounds.
  • Hope
    Trying to educate the world one SLICE OF HISTORY at a time! Hope Thompson is a freelance journalist focused on hidden history, Southern & Appalachian folklife, and Native American culture. She is a native of North Carolina and has been writing for this space for four years. She currently works in state government finance and owns a graphic design business.
  • Gaming Nomad
    I review various video games, sometimes movies, and other nerdly things. I'm just some guy on the internet but take into consideration my opinion as I am trying to find out if these forms of entertainment are worth your time and money. I'm also the head editor for the gaming section of the site. The primary consoles I cover are Playstation 3, 3DS, and (hopefully soon) Playstation 4.
  • Jeanne
    Jeanne deWard is a writer who writes technical and scientific stuff for a living, and other stuff for her own, and it is to be hoped, others' pleasure. She writes fiction, poetry and essays, and has occasionally published in small journals and blogs. She lives in Apex – sort of; it’s really closer to Holly Springs – with her husband, Earl Barber, her pit bull Zoe-Belle, and their two cats, Kozo and Lulu-Belle. Jeanne has four sons, a daughter, and six grandchildren, ranging in age from nine years to 25.
  • Jen
    Jen is a former Republican and proud Mom. She is passionately involved in the Moral Monday movement.
  • Jennifer
    Jennifer Weaver grew up in Charlotte and now resides in Hillsborough with her husband and two small children. She is passionately involved in the Forward Together/Moral Monday movement.
  • John
    John is a writer born and raised in Raleigh, N.C he has written about politics and International affairs since 2011. He previously worked for and is now a freelancer. In 2012 and 2014 he covered the United Nations General assembly meeting. He is also passionate about local affairs and what happens in Raleigh.
  • Jonathan
    Jonathan Lee is a freelance graphic artist, photographer, writer and sometime podcaster who grew up in Eastern North Carolina who currently resides in Raleigh. He also presently serves as one of the folks behind the Guitartown discussion group which centers around the music scene in the Triangle. Guitartown has a presence on Yahoo Groups, Facebook and Twitter.
  • Toby the Dog
    I'm a humble border collie mix adopted from a local animal rescue. Oh, and I'm running against Mr. Bongo to be the official mascot of Activate Good! You can vote for me by making a donation to Activate Good here. Donations support local volunteerism!
  • Kelley
    Kelley Harrell is a bestselling author in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina. A lifelong intuitive, she has worked with a local and international client base soul tending since 2000. Find her blog, Intentional Insights, at Soul Intent Arts.
  • Leslie
    I am Leslie Boyd, founder of WNC Health Advocates and mother of our inspiration, Mike Danforth. I was a newspaper reporter for nearly 30 years before Mike died and I was compelled to move to advocacy.
  • Libby
    Libby is a native of Raleigh, photography enthusiast, and kindness advocate.
  • Linda
    This stay at home mom reflects on her fascination with all things apiary, gleaning plentiful professional and personal lessons in the process. Even those without any real connection to or interest in the natural world, cosmetics, food, or other topics typically associated with a SAHM.
  • Michael
    Instructional designer, Photographer-in-Residence at Historic Oakwood Cemetery, and social learning evangelist. Oh, digital storyteller, too. I take pictures. Lots of them. Find me on Instagram: mpalko.
  • Mr. Saturday Night
    Mr. Saturday Night is a Real Life Super Villain that came on the scene just after the Blue Beacon began her mission to volunteer across the Triangle. He believes in looking out for himself, neither hurting nor harming others, and often rises up to be the foil to Blue Beacon's message of inspiration and kindness.
  • Olen
    Olen Watson and his family have lived in Raleigh since 1952. A former Marine, when Olen returned from service, he worked in information technology, as a Special Education teacher, construction project management, and now works as a carpenter. After having run for District C in 2017, Olen is running for Raleigh City Council at large.
  • Orion
    Orion Pozo is a retired academic librarian who has lived in Raleigh, NC since 1979. He was born in New York City and went to school in Fordham University, Pratt Institute, and SUNY Geneseo. He has been a librarian at the New York Botanical Garden, the Bronx Zoo, Yonkers Public Library, SUNY Albany and NC State University. He is an active BookCrosser who shares his books at the Deco Free Book Drop on Hargett Street in Raleigh.
  • Police Officer
    The personal perspectives of a man who risks his life daily to protect the citizens of North Carolina and their rights.
  • Robin
    Robin is the Executive Director at Historic Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh, NC. She supervises the day to day operations of this 143 year old site, including the overall maintenance of the grounds, sale of property, and programs and events.
  • Robyn
    Robyn is a devoted aunt, sister, friend and nanny. She is an advocate by nature and has always stood up and spoken out against social injustice and those actions will never cease. She will continue to fight with her fellow North Carolinian's as they demand the state be given back to its people. She has been a North Carolinian for 12 years with no plans to ever leave her wonderful state.
  • Sandy
    Sandy is the Communications/Blogging Intern at the Historic Oakwood Cemetery. She is the Creator of Oakwood Plot Lines, which invites cemetery enthusiasts to learn about the stories and happenings there. In her spare moments, she searches for eccentric poetry and classics to enjoy. Discovering vintage wares and travelling on spontaneous road trips to the beach gives her bliss.
  • Sarah
    Sarah is a 6th grader in central North Carolina. She loves to write about anything and everything! Sarah's interests are baking, computers, and photography. Sarah also loves to read.
  • Fae
    I review various PC video games, sometimes movies, and other nerdly things. I'm just some gal on the internet but take into consideration my opinion as I am trying to find out if these forms of entertainment are worth your time and money.
  • Sheon
    Sheon The Writer is a middle school teacher turned technology specialist, poet and essayist. She has work appearing at Carolina Woman's online publication. She has been a member of several writing groups in North Carolina. Sheon The Writer hopes to publish a collection of poems and essays.
  • Stephanie
    Stephanie Lormand is a writer and community activist living in Raleigh, NC. Her work primarily focuses on the lack of funding and race/socioeconomic equity in public education, outdated industrial chemical legislation, mental health, and how legislation created, and maintains, racism and poverty. Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post, Momsrising, Carolina Parent, and WRAL's Go Ask Mom. You can also listen to her speak as part of the 2014 Listen To Your Mother- RDU cast.
  • Tom
    Rev. Tom Rhodes is the former minister at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh on Wade Avenue.
  • Tonya
    Tonya is an art dealer currently teaching English in South Korea. She is very passionate about the arts, mainly visual still art. My heart is in the art of lithography and posters, but I am drawn to all kinds of art.
  • Victoria
    I am an aspiring Psychology professor with a passion for the arts. I also team with other authors as a photographer for Candid Slice.
  • Vivian
    Vivian is a passionate supporter of Moral Monday's and Witness Wednesday's, and a veteran of and participant in the Civil Rights and Vietnam "War" demonstrations of the 1960's.



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  • Victoria Photographer, Candid Slice

    I am an aspiring Psychology professor with a passion for the arts.
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  • Libby Photographer, Candid Slice

    I’m a Raleigh navtive, photography enthusiast, and kindness advocate.


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