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BY Carolee Noury
 
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BY Carolee Noury; Photo by Jung Wi

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Meet Laila Ea, Hospitality Across Cultures

Laila Ea was crossing cultures before she was even born. The child of Chinese and Cambodian parents, Ea was born in a refugee camp in Thailand. “My parents were lined up at the camp and told they would marry each other,” she explains. Her parents eventually fled Cambodia for Thailand, but it wasn’t an easy escape. “My mother was pregnant with me and my parents walked to Thailand,” she says. Ea’s family eventually landed in Philadelphia where they worked hard to secure a new life for Ea and her sister.

Meet Marilyn Sukonick-Zeff, It's All in the Cards

Marilyn Sukonick-Zeff’s story starts in a Barnes & Noble. On a whim, many moons ago—as she says—she took her two children for story hour at the national bookstore and noticed there would be a tarot card reader coming in to promote selling the cards. The experience intrigued her so much she asked for a private reading with the woman on a different date.

Meet Mike Amery, Inn at Bowman’s Hill

Running an inn often appears on retirement wish lists, but shadow Mike Amery, owner and innkeeper of the Inn at Bowman’s Hill in New Hope, and you might discover that you don’t have the energy. This peripatetic Brit certainly isn’t whiling away his afternoons. Instead, he’s busy greeting guests at breakfast, booking reservations and attending to seemingly tiny details like shooing a fly from the jam.

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