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The Heroines of Halifax and The World’s Greatest Explosion

In 1917, a ship collision caused the biggest accidental blast the world has ever seen. While the city’s male leaders dithered, a band of volunteer nurses leapt into action.

The Crime Victim Who’s Obsessed with True Crime Shows

After I was injured in a school shooting, I found unexpected comfort in binging grisly TV shows and podcasts. And I’m not the only one.

The High Notes and Hard Knocks of My Traveling Karaoke Family

My parents owned a karaoke business, and we were all on stage together night after night, with Dad belting “YMCA” and Mom coo-ing like Marilyn Monroe. When disaster struck,...

Twenty Years After a Brain Injury, I’m Finally Getting on with My Life. And I’m Terrified.

My long recovery from a freak accident held me back, but it also gave me an ironclad excuse for everything wrong with my life.


Their Own Government Killed Their Families. Now These Women Are Helping Each Other Survive.

The Fire That Forced Me to Finally Say Goodbye

When my house burned down with Mom’s ashes inside, I lost her all over again.

What Life Is Like in a Village with No Children

After a drought devastated La Cienga, Ecuador, every working family packed up and left. Just twelve somber senior citizens linger with the ghosts of their former lives.


The Millennials of Afghanistan Have Never Known a World Without War. So Why Are These Kids So Hopeful?

Our 2016 Was a Year From Hell. Here’s Why I’m Grateful It Was So Hard.

First we got divorced. Then our dog died. Then there was the terrifying close call when our eight-year-old got hit by a car. Through it all, I learned to focus on love and luck.