Leah Chase, the famed New Orleans chef and inspiration for a classic children’s animated movie, has fed musicians, Presidents, and countless visitors in her restaurant Dooky Chase’s. In this audio clip, she expounds on the importance of work and some of what it has taught her.

There’s so much to do in this world, you don’t have time to do nothing, you know? Even if you retire, you should have something you could get involved with, you know? Do something. But in this world you don’t have time to sit down and do nothing. I couldn’t do that all day, I would go crazy. So, this is my life. I come in here and I cook and I talk to people all day long and that makes me happy. Nothing like people. People are the most important thing. All walks of life, people, different kinds of people, you talk to and you can learn something. You always learn something every day. Little children come, you can learn from them. As far as little children today, they’re so smart I’m afraid of them. [laughter] I’m afraid of them. So, it’s fun.

MORE STORIES

Earl Frost

Earl Frost discovered his talent for music thanks to the support that others showed in him. In this audio clip, he shares what he has learned about faith.

VIEW THIS STORY

Tom McGrath

Clearly my father understood his situation: he was dying and there was more pain to come. And yet here he was saying, as if he was letting us in on a secret, ‘All in all, we’re in pretty good shape.’ Was this just the medicine talking? The truth is that I had heard those words…

VIEW THIS STORY

Joe Schneider

I was a bomber pilot in World War II. We were the bombers who were knocking out hundreds of bridges in Italy. We became known as the ‘Bridge Busters’. We had to fly straight and level, otherwise we would never hit a 100-foot bridge. It was very touch-and-go. And we lost an awful lot of…

VIEW THIS STORY

Tony and Grace Naudi

[Grace] You want to get on in the world, you want to be a success, and you think that’s really important. But in the end, that’s not what’s most important. The important thing is to find yourself, to know yourself, and to be grateful for what you have. You tend to exclude the frivolous things…

VIEW THIS STORY

Razanamialy Simone

[W]ith the grace of God I changed. I continue to work as a laundrywoman and now have some savings. My community does not see me as a parasite anymore. I have a good relationship with my daughters. They give me pocket money that I use to buy yogurt. I even managed to improve my house;…

VIEW THIS STORY

Earl Frost

I think my faith grew the most when I left home and came to Boston. I knew nobody. I wasn’t going to church at the time. If somebody wanted to hire me to play the piano at a church, I’d go, but I was looking for money. Don’t play with my money! But they told…

VIEW THIS STORY