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This first volume of the Shining Beautiful Series highlights the realm of love attained by six people who wondered if they could reach beyond their limits and change the world. Their stories center on Mikelle Learned. Orphaned in Korea at the tender age of three months, destiny took Mikelle by the hand and led her into the arms of a new family in Denver, CO. There, doctors diagnosed her with significant cerebral palsy.

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Her path led her to the halls of Congress as a speaker and then on to the National Press Club as an Honored Guest Reactor. Mikelle speaks across the country, owns her own condo, a small business, and many friends who pop in and out of her world. She loves showing young people how to overcome life’s challenges. Not bad for someone who can’t walk or talk without technology.

Her book will tickle your funny bone, inspire you to move beyond your limitations and show you how to create a supportive community full of love. Shining Beautiful (the English translation of her Korean name) shares tips and strategies for creating a meaningful life, no matter what that life brings.


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  • Broncos and Boys, Celebrating Friendship Part 2

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    Well, the Part 2 didn’t go as planned. The Denver Broncos changed the time of training camp from afternoon to morning practice due to the threat of thunderous storms tumbling over the Rocky Mountains.  Bummer. Disappointed by not deterred. Mikelle, Ian, Jerome and I were set to go. Her boys were ready to watch Peyton […]

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  • Community in Action and Celebration

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    In a bone-dry park in the middle of Denver, Colorado—friends gathered for a celebration.   Cool people came on this hot, record breaking summer day.  The temperature raced to the top of the thermometer, breaking open a 105 degree record. As the smell of parched grass filled the air the wind sucked out the remains of […]

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