Thank goodness for kind old carpenters who build birdhouses. I don’t remember his name and the newspaper tearsheet is long gone, but I remember my trembling knees as a journalism student at the University of Missouri in search of a story for the newspaper’s “People” page.
I drove around, peeking in yards, and found my first “People” – a retired fellow who built fancy bird hotels to give away, just for the sheer joy of it.
Hundreds of published articles later, I’m still searching for stories that leave readers saying “ahhh.” Some of my favorites: A “senior” prom where the high schoolers invite the elders to a dance to remember; an international friendship among Kansas teens and a forgotten Holocaust heroine, Irena Sendler, that brought long overdue recognition to Sendler; a combination kindergarten and nursing home in Oklahoma where the halls ring with laughter; and two sisters’ successful restoration and re-opening of their grandpa’s candy store.
I’ve published feature articles in American Profile, Family Circle, Good Housekeeping, Ladies’ Home Journal, Reader’s Digest, Redbook, The Christian Science Monitor, Woman’s Day and many more. Since 2017, I’ve published more than 25 articles in Woman’s World.
Note: Most of these are articles to external links around the web.
Behind the scenes with American Pickers.
Since 1870, Bump Family Crafts Rocking Chairs
Kindness of strangers, Joplin tornado brings out the best in people
Feed Sacks Brimming with History
Pitchforks and Pie Forks at American Gothic House
Marti Attoun’s grab bag of stories about rummage romps and flea market vending is more fun than a yard-sale table full of 25-cent smiling ceramic pigs. Whether bidding on an unclaimed box at a Greyhound Bus auction and discovering a prisoner’s dingy underwear inside or squeezing into a 1950s prom dress for an eBay photo, Marti finds the humor in secondhand dealing.