From Confessions

Intimate profiles of American families.

“It’s been like dying and going to heaven”

Earlier this year, I published a long story about a grandmother in Houston, Stephanie Johnson, who had lost access to her grandson after her daughter was murdered and who was fighting in court to be reunited with him. Here’s an update on Stephanie’s plight.

Grandparents matter. Here’s how.

Grandparents matter in profound, enduring, and sometimes unexpected ways. That’s what I learned from these recordings, which were made by three American families for the oral history project StoryCorps.

My hero

Maybe I would have made it through my 20s without him. But, to be honest, I can’t imagine how.