LIFE STORIES: Mom comes back from homelessness after toddler's death
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LIFE STORIES: Mom comes back from homelessness after toddler's death

Kim Straube, 57, has spent almost 30 years trying to claw her way back to where she was before the death of one of her sons. "This is where I catch myself wanting to make excuses. It's nobody's fault but my own," she said. "I remember drinking to stop seeing my son's death. For a long time I would wake up and have the vision of his little body in his casket."

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LIFE STORIES: Preston's written words chronicle his journey
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LIFE STORIES: Preston's written words chronicle his journey

When his 11 grandchildren were younger, Dwain "Doc" Preston would write each one a personal book as a present. Years later, he estimates there are around 150 books he has written accumulated in four households around the country.

LIFE STORIES: Medium says she has helped 100 ghosts 'cross over'
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LIFE STORIES: Medium says she has helped 100 ghosts 'cross over'

Kae Blecha is trained in occupational therapy, plays viola with the Quincy Symphony Orchestra ... and considers herself a medium with the ability to speak to the dead. WITH VIDEO.

LIFE STORIES: Model T collection keeps retired engineer young
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LIFE STORIES: Model T collection keeps retired engineer young

Machines are an art form for Elvin Townsend. The 85-year-old's garages are a testament to his mechanical inclinations. He has several Model Ts -- eight antique vehicles in total -- from the early 1900s, most of which he either built or restored by himself.

LIFE STORIES: Retired two-star general says 'the military is a young man's game'
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LIFE STORIES: Retired two-star general says 'the military is a young man's game'

From behind the desk of his second floor office at First Bankers Trust Co., Scott Thoele looks to be far removed from the life of danger and tough decisions he once led. Maj. Gen. Thoele, 59, retired from a 35-year military career in September 2015 and settled in as internal audit manager at First Bankers Trust. He held on to the buzz cut.

LIFE STORIES: Good Sam residents give activities aide insight into aging
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LIFE STORIES: Good Sam residents give activities aide insight into aging

Sporting a massive 2-year-old afro, bright green shoes and a quartz crystal dangling from his neck, Joe Ware doesn't exactly blend in while on the job at Good Samaritan Home. The 21-year-old Quincy native has worked at Good Sam since he was 16. "It seems like people open up to me, and they eventually lead off to some of their personal stories, as a friend almost," he said.

LIFE STORIES: World War II journalist reflects on many different lives
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LIFE STORIES: World War II journalist reflects on many different lives

Margaret "Margie" McClain has lived at least nine lives. The 97-year-old has been an advertising representative, a journalist during World War II, a college student, a mother and a painter, to name a few.

LIFE STORIES: Music sustains Quincy couple for six decades
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LIFE STORIES: Music sustains Quincy couple for six decades

After 60 years of marriage, Doris and Ted Dede still use pet names, still make eyes at each other across the table and are still happy together. She jokes that they've lost a bit of luster over the years, but she still finds herself fawning over her husband's eyes. Twisting one of the rings he bought her last Christmas, Doris recited the inscription from memory -- "I loved you then, I love you still, always have, always will."

LIFE STORIES: Quincy native a scientist trying to answer life's biggest questions
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LIFE STORIES: Quincy native a scientist trying to answer life's biggest questions

A conversation with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution senior scientist and Quincy native John Stegeman walks the line between teaching and storytelling.

LIFE STORIES: German immigrant finally feels at home in Quincy
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LIFE STORIES: German immigrant finally feels at home in Quincy

One of Judy Percy's earliest conscious memories is of her proclaiming her desire to immigrate to America. She was 3.