The Immigration of an Idea

by Claire Booth

Who would do this job? What characters would I need to create to chop down these trees? And there really was only one answer. Immigrants. Specifically, undocumented immigrants from Mexico and Central America.

The Erie Canal was indeed a paragon of public works. But although it exemplifies possibilities, the canal also reminds us of pitfalls.

Mental health issues seem to be discussed everywhere these days. Yet appearances are deceiving. Although public knowledge of mental health has increased sharply over the past 60 years, public attitudes have either stayed flat or, in crucial ways, become worse.

American recreational camping history has its share of legendary popularizers, including John Muir and Theodore Roosevelt. But some of the people who helped transform or popularize pleasure camping in America have fallen into obscurity; chances are you’ve never even heard of these innovators unless you are a history-minded camping nerd like me. It’s time to give these American originals their due.

I Was Told to Come Alone

by Souad Mekhennet

I was told to come alone. I was not to carry any identification and would have to leave my cell phone, audio recorder, watch, and purse at my hotel in Antakya, Turkey. All I could bring were a notebook and a pen.

“Doctors said I wouldn’t live to be twelve—I’m now twenty-five and the national ambassador for the MDA.”

Multiple award-winning poet and memoirist Maya Angelou said it best: “In diversity, there is beauty and there is strength.” Peter and Aaron accept the true value of diversity and how it benefits America’s future.