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EMIL STOESSEL is an extraordinary wood craftsman, as well as a gifted potter and beekeeper. He owns a remodeling company, "Homeworks Construction, Inc." Susanah is his daughter with Lise, and Lisi and Julie are his daughters with his former wife, Cris.

Lisi Stoessel. by Photo Credit: Jyoti Sackett

First-born to Emil and Cris, LISI STOESSEL is a multidisciplinary theatre artist working in scenic design, puppetry, and performance. She created the lovely artwork for the cover of her stepmom, Lise's, book, as well as the woodcut effect artwork seen here. She and her husband live in the Washington, DC area. Lisi's website is

Julie Stoessel. by Photo Credit: Lisi Stoessel

Second-born to Emil and Cris, JULIE STOESSEL is a professional violinist, a middle school orchestra teacher, and also teaches breakdancing at a new, Washington, DC, breakdance studio, She is also a vocalist known professionally as Julie Emilie, her video is at

Susanah Stoessel by Photo Credits: Lise Stoessel, Olivia Bloom

Daughter of Lise and Emil, SUSANAH STOESSEL 's half-sisters are Lisi and Julie. Susanah is bilingual, and has been working in Berlin for over three years as a researcher and project manager for Ecologic Institute, an environmental think tank. She also attends Waldorf Teacher Training, works on an organic farm near Berlin, and is a Flamenco dancer. 

Arianna Arbo-Yax. by Photo courtesy Arianna Arbo-Yax.

ARIANNA ARBO-YAX is a dancer and jewelry designer who shares half-sisters, Lisi and Julie, with Susanah.

Divorce rate percentages vary from study to study. This is due partly to the fact that it is not possible to determine that a couple will never get divorced until one of them dies. However estimates can be made, and they tend to vary between 35% - 48%. The National Center for Health Statistics reported on May 24, 2001, that 43 percent of (then) current marriages break up within the first 15 years of marriage (see

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)

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