Great stories seem to fall at Heath Hardage Lee’s feet, or may be it is her curiosity that unlocks these gems. Growing up in Richmond, Heath notice a portrait of an elegant woman. It was everywhere. Who was she, a princess? The woman wore medals and a sash and her picture was everywhere in Heath’s hometown. So one day she asked a docent at the museum who the woman was. That question eventually led to Heath’s first book, Winnie Davis: Daughter of the Lost Cause.
Davis was more than just the daughter of Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederacy. She was a young woman educated abroad who knew little of the Confederate cause. Heath shares some of Davis’ story which includes falling in love with northerner with family ties to a famous abolitionist and her efforts to distance herself from the cause that made southerners revere her.
Heath’s second book The League of Wives: The Untold Story of the Women Who Took on the U.S. Government to Bring Their Husbands Home from Vietnam follows the evolution of a group of women from conservative military wives to activists fighting to bring their husbands home.
Heath’s next offering to readers is a biography on Former First Lady Pat Nixon due out in the summer of 2024. In this edition of Sisterhood of the Second Act she gives us a taste of what is between the covers; the romantic side of Richard Nixon from letters he exchanged with Pat. Then there is Pat’s determination after being orphaned at 18 to get a college education.
London Ray-Dykstra had been active her whole life. She was a dancer through college then went on to teach. As she entered her late 20s London took a job in the corporate world and the dancing stopped. A perfect storm was gathering, London was less active and three traumatic events sent her seeking solace in “comfort food and too much wine.”
Her weight went up and so did her cholesterol and blood pressure and she wasn’t event 30 years old. Still she did not put together what was missing. The mind-body connection she had had all her life until she quit dancing.
On this edition of Sisterhood of the Second Act London tells the story of how a doctor sent her on the path to wellness with dietary changes, holistic supplements and finally exercise, not for weight loss but for mental health. London will tell you she is not a gym lover and that she knew if the only reason she was sweating was to loss weight, this new routine would not last.
So she went back and revisited what she had known, yoga and cycling, hot yoga to be exact. You’ll hear how that combination eventually led to her business Hustle/Haven. Where community meets yoga and cycling. Learn about the unique atmosphere at Hustle/Haven on this edition of Sisterhood of the Second Act.
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