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Frayed but not Broken

Frayed but not Broken

January 31, 2019
By Katie Smith

There’s no official training for people who give death notices. You might get a few pointers, a few dos and don’ts, but nothing prepares you to actually deliver the news that ...

Man of Courage

Man of Courage

January 31, 2019
By Daniel Hopkins

Three of John Paul Reyes’ friends tried to pull him into the car, but they couldn’t hold him back. Despite being outnumbered and surrounded in the wrong part of town, John Paul ...

Every Kind of Mom

Every Kind of Mom

November 12, 2018
By Katie Smith

On the island of St. Croix, the weather is serene, hovering between the 80s and 90s year-round with cool breezes smelling of sea salt and hibiscus. Located next to Puerto Rico, the...

Alejandra Gerdes

Alejandra Gerdes

November 12, 2018

“My daughters saved my life. At the time, I was a single mom working nights as a surgical technician at a trauma hospital, so I could take care of my girls during the day. I...

Eric Priddy

Eric Priddy

November 12, 2018

“Last October, I decided to cut down a mulberry tree in my yard. I had a rusty old ax in the shed but for some reason I wasn’t in the mood to clean and sharpen it that day, so I went...

Bettye Petree

Bettye Petree

November 12, 2018

“We call ourselves the ‘Gateway Girls.’ Our group is mostly single or divorced ladies, except for me and a couple others. We meet upstairs at Whole Foods on the first and third...

Dancing into Freedom

Dancing into Freedom

November 12, 2018
By Katie Smith

The song swells and finishes with one booming note, voices blending in honeyed harmony, and everyone holds their ending pose with huge smiles. Sweat, smoke, and the sound of applause...

Anchored

Anchored

November 12, 2018
By Katie Smith

There were three things Lisa Burkhardt Worley was afraid of. The first was snakes. (Unfortunately, that’s a story for another day.) The second was horses. This fear stemmed from one...

Cellblock Prayers

Cellblock Prayers

November 9, 2018
By Naquanna Comeaux

To many of the inmates at the Mark W. Michael Unit maximum-security prison, Wayne Edson is known as the man with the miracle story. A certified volunteer chaplain, Wayne has been...

Harvesting Hearts

Harvesting Hearts

November 9, 2018
By Georgette Shuler

When you journey 5500 miles east over the deep, blue Atlantic toward the old world, you’ll reach the small, tropical West African nation of Sierra Leone. A hotbed of distress for...

Thomas Jones

Thomas Jones

November 9, 2018

“Growing up, I’ve always been open to trying new things. I played football, tennis, sang in the choir, and participated in many extracurricular events at school. But when I thought...

Summer Rogers

Summer Rogers

November 9, 2018

“I’ve always loved the drums and I could sit and watch drummers play forever. When I was 11 years old, I asked my parents for my first drum set, and at Christmas that year, they...

Wayne Ross

Wayne Ross

November 9, 2018

“I’m an artist and I’ve been drawing and painting since I was in tenth grade, but I didn’t realize until later that my drawings are more than just art. My dreams inspire my art—I’ll...

Amy Suson

Amy Suson

August 9, 2018

"I was born with a hole in my heart and have a transposition of the major arteries—that means my arteries are connected to my heart in the wrong spots. I’ve had several major...

Rheanonda Gray

Rheanonda Gray

August 9, 2018

“I just love sharing this story. Eight years ago, I went to the hospital for a routine surgery. I was supposed to go in at 8 am and be out by 5 pm. Little did I know that day would...

Karen Kelly

Karen Kelly

August 8, 2018

“When I was a young mom, I decided to stay home and raise my four kids. I gave it my all and more every day, but that’s not exactly something you can put on a résumé. During that...

Warrior for Hope

Warrior for Hope

August 8, 2018
By Daniel Hopkins

If you didn’t know Eric Lyons’ story, you’d think he’s a glutton for punishment. For a hobby, he competes in Muay Thai, a kickboxing-like combat sport popular in Thailand. And he can...

Young at Heart

Young at Heart

August 8, 2018
By Katie Smith

Kathy Conley had to say goodbye to her husband of 43 years. The most enduring romance of her life ended abruptly when he passed away in 2011. In her wildest dreams, she couldn’t see...

Good Taste

Good Taste

August 8, 2018
By Daniel Hopkins

When Jeff Williams was a kid, he was forced to be creative with food. His father was a warehouse manager for a major supermarket company, and when his union would call for a strike,...

Spent

Spent

August 8, 2018
By Katie Smith

When Erin Reeves received a credit card offer in the mail about four years ago, it seemed innocent enough. She and her husband, Chad, and their three kids had just moved from Florida...

Emily Poe

Emily Poe

August 3, 2018

“After high school, I was in a constant state of rebellion. I always wanted to go against what people told me to do. I became addicted to a lot of different things and began dating...

Ron Butler

Ron Butler

August 3, 2018

“I’ve been a firefighter for 23 years, and it’s a firefighting tradition to have a piper in the department for memorials. I’ve always loved the sound of the bagpipes. There’s...

Valeria Warren

Valeria Warren

August 3, 2018

“I lived a double life. I grew up in church thinking I knew how to live a Christian life, but it wasn’t until six years ago that I truly gave my life to God. At the time, I was in an...

Now I See

Now I See

August 3, 2018
By Katie Smith

Emma’s very existence was a miracle. She had heard the story her whole life—her surprising and miraculous conception to parents who struggled with infertility—but she thought that...