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The Uber-Chicagoan

MEDIUM, 10 / 29 / 2019

The Cubs-themed floor mats — lined by blue track lights — are the first thing you notice inside Santiago’s Honda Odyssey. Next thing you see is the Chicago Bears flag proudly unfurled from the back of his seat.

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Transgender independence: A daughter’s journey and her father’s love

HUFFINGTON POST, 12 / 19 / 2018

"Deep inside I’ve always been the same person. But my body - it was just different. And I wanted to make corrections. I wanted to change myself so I felt more comfortable. And I felt more comfortable in a woman’s body. And that’s who I truly was. I wanted to bring out my inside and reveal it on the outside.”

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From drug addiction to deacon: A story of love and salvation from the man who lived it

MEDIUM, 09 / 30 / 2018

“I was saved, gave my life to God. Twenty-five years ago I asked God to deliver me from drugs and alcohol. Send me to a place where I can get help, from drugs and alcohol. And he sent me to a place, a rehabilitation house."

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The great American story: Once a refugee, now a nominee

MEDIUM, 09 / 13 / 2018

As a child, Safiya Wazir lived in Afghanistan under the threat of the Taliban, hiding from shootings and bombings. Today, 27-year-old Safiya is the Democratic nominee for state rep. in New Hampshire’s 8th Ward.

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Self-made

MEDIUM, 06 / 18 / 2018

The term “self-made” is a loaded term. What, exactly, did someone’s first station in life have to be in order to qualify as “self-made.” Some would say being born in this country is reason enough to exclude the term.

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More than 12,000 Americans have taken different paths to serving in the U.S. Congress — here’s One.

UNLOCK CONGRESS, 05 / 31 / 2018

We have had more than twelve thousand Americans serve in Congress since 1789, and so many of them, like Bean, never had a clue early on that they would wind up walking the halls of the U.S. Capitol.

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The ageless lesson: Let yourself do good

HUFFINGTON POST, 12 / 18 / 2017

Unbeknownst to Seth, I found his admission to be ironic because I’ve struggled with the very same doubts and questions far more than he, or for that matter many others in my life, will ever be aware...And the courage he exhibited in writing about it to a professor he hardly knew was a wholesale inspiration.

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A life spent leading by example

HUFFINGTON POST, 12 / 06 / 2017

The professor shuffled into the classroom on the first day of his economics course looking the part: bespectacled, bearded, wearing a dark sports jacket with a button-down sneaking out of a crew neck sweater. But it didn’t take long to realize that Woods Bowman was anything but your typical professor.

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Once imprisoned by a wrongful conviction, attorney Jarrett Adams now offers universal lessons

HUFFINGTON POST, 06 / 16 / 2016

Jarrett had endured the ineffable horror of being wrongfully convicted for an assault crime he did not commit, and then served nine years in a federal penitentiary. Had it not been for his remarkable survival instinct to learn the law - in prison - and then participate in his own defense appeal, he would have lost many more years of his life to that phantom felony.

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