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While Keri Blakinger was incarcerated, she papered her cell walls with pictures her romantic partner drew for her. “I was dating someone who liked drawing things instead of using words, and having those drawings and being able to look at them and put them on the cell wall — that was all meaningful,” says Blakinger, a journalist whose 2022 memoir Corrections In Ink chronicles her heroin addiction and 21 months behind bars. “That was a way of deepening and preserving a connection with someone in the free world.”
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — When many child care facilities were closing their doors during the COVID-19 pandemic, DeShonda Jennings opened her family home child care DJ Shining Stars Daycare. “I knew that all of these families needed help and that kids needed care,” said Jennings, who left a comfortable...
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