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Something Good Out of Something Bad

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I don’t remember my first hospitalization. I was either too young to understand it or too high off the five milligrams of morphine. But for as long as I can remember, I’ve gone to the hospital for extreme pain about 10 times a year. Almost monthly. I could practically put my address down as the […]

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Scoliosis Doesn’t Make Me a Burden

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The cold hand of my mom’s chiropractor tickled me as she followed my spine. Pointing at it, she told my mom that my spine was curving. I had been experiencing worsening back pain for a few weeks. At first I hadn’t told anyone, afraid to be told that I was making it up to get […]

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Book Review: Spilling the Greasy Beans on Demon Copperhead

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Barbara Kingsolver dedicates her novel Demon Copperhead to survivors of the opioid crisis and foster care. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that the book is dedicated to someone like me: I am an Appalachian who was put in foster care due, in part, to my father’s opioid addiction.  Reading the novel, I felt […]

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The Chancellor Banks Interview 

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In August, as part of our summer writing workshop at YouthComm, we had the opportunity to interview New York City Schools Chancellor David Banks. As journalists, we spent time researching the issues we cared about most, such as student disciplinary practices, teacher layoffs, and specialized high school admissions. We met as an editorial team to […]

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