7Dorvin D. Lively: Reforming Maidenform

“Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens.”

—Epictetus

Images How did you get to be the person you are? What’s your story?

In the third quarter of the 20th century, I grew up in 19th-century-like conditions in an impoverished section of rural Arkansas. You might say I’m a generation or two removed, since I grew up in ways my parents’ or grandparents’ generation did. I came second in the stack of three sisters, with one several years older and the other two a bit younger than me. We lived on a farm with no running water or indoor plumbing. That’s right: We used an outhouse. We ...

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