Growing up in Falls Church, Virginia, a city so small it makes nearby Arlington look cosmopolitan, you pick up inspiration where you can. And so it was that Thao Nguyen gleaned some serious life lessons from her childhood pet chicken, Jennifer. "She was so smart," she says. "Very gentle and strong-willed—very independent. And I look for that in anyone I'm close to. I don't like for anything to depend... More >>>