Iron Caterpillars

Stories of courage and strength about children and youth. “The soul is healed by being with children.” Fyodor Dostoyevsky

My Road Less Traveled

My Road Less Traveled by Nikki Abramson I have always felt like an ‘outcast.’ Different. Perhaps it was because I was a Korean adoptee or maybe it was because I have a disability. I was six months old when I was adopted from Seoul, South Korea. As infants we learn...

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A Reason To Fight

By Anna Harwin As the family scapegoat for a drunken stepfather, I knew it wasn’t safe to go home.   Too many meals missed, too many head ringing punches, too little sleep, I knew I wouldn’t survive if I couldn’t find a place to go and so, one night at the age of 12,...

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The Muck and Murk of Grief

By Cathy Knutsen My son has Neurofibromatosis, or NF, a genetic central nervous system disorder in which tumors can form on any nerve of the body. It can cause deformity, learning disabilities, scoliosis, vision disorders, mental disabilities, epilepsy, cardiovascular...

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Sweet Sixteen

By Brigette Neal It was Friday night, my friend had convinced me there was a "great" party we needed to check out, in a neighborhood near ours. Our usual drill was sneaking out her bedroom window, either walking somewhere to attend a "great" party, or sneaking her...

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