Second Acts

Mr. Former President

From Taft to Carter, the second acts of American presidents are sometimes more compelling than their first.

June 14 2013 7:00 AMWhat Did You Want to Be When You Were 8?Gerry Allen wanted to be a National Park ranger. It just took a while.
June 3 2013 6:00 PMLife Is SweetBrian Noyes left a successful career in magazine publishing to start his own bakery.
May 28 2013 6:45 AMShrink DreamsHow a Slate journalist became a psychiatrist.
May 22 2013 7:00 AMThe Inn of the Second-Act HappinessOperating a bed and breakfast is a common starting-over fantasy.
May 14 2013 5:00 PMNothing but NetHow Andy Enfield’s tech startup success helped him coach “Dunk City” to the Sweet 16.
June 5 2013 5:15 PMSculpting a Career in FashionHow Alice Wu made the switch from fine arts to clothing design.
May 30 2013 9:45 AMFrom Fashion to FilmsBefore she was an award-winning movie director, Cindy Meehl was a successful designer.
May 23 2013 5:00 PMThe CallingOne man’s path to the priesthood.
May 17 2013 5:49 PMThe Children of PahiatuaThey were orphaned, lost, and alone. Yet a generation of World War II Polish child refugees found a new life and happiness in distant New Zealand.
May 13 2013 4:00 AMThe Barefoot Contessa’s Kissinger ConnectionHow Ina Garten went from nuclear policy analyst to beloved chef.