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‘That’s When My Whole Life Changed.’

‘That’s When My Whole Life Changed.’

  Elizabeth finds peace, reunites with her children Elizabeth had an uneventful childhood until she got mixed up in the wrong crowd in 12th grade. “I was doing good until then,” she said. “Then I started ditching and using drugs. When I was 18, I went to jail.” A couple years later, Elizabeth got pregnant […]

In devastated Houston, ‘nobody hates anybody’ as people come together

The traffic jams are back on the vast highways lacing through the heart of Houston, and the sun is shining again. Many Houstonians are still trying to salvage what they can from their flooded homes. But one word captures the mood in the most racially diverse US city: solidarity. “Come on in!” calls Sarah Osborne […]

Can we still ‘grow’ decent Americans?

Can we still ‘grow’ decent Americans?

By Phil Erwin I was wrist-deep in soggy soil at dusk, planting some late-season vegetables in my back yard, when I heard those dread sounds: The momentum-halting CRUNNNCHHH!!! of automotive metal on metal, followed by the hail of safety glass on pavement. I peeked over the wall and saw neighbors gathering, though my view of […]

Transform Your Nameless Week

Transform Your Nameless Week

By Brynne Betz He sat outside the grocery store on the cement curb, his head perched on a body that wanted to puddle to the ground. He was tired and had all but given up. I smiled at him when we went in. No pity, just real. My daughter waved and gave him a piece […]