Here’s another story with the occasional question I pose, for which there doesn’t seem to be a clear answer.
What is it that makes some people thrive, and others in the same situation fail?
PBS NewsHour tells the story of Rashema Melson, whose father was killed when she was 7 months old, and who spent much of her high school years in a homeless shelter.
“I still see that picture in my head of me having my own house, and having my degrees on the wall, having a job to go to from 9:00 to 5:00, having a consistent paycheck, paying my own bills, and just being — being the woman that I always — I always wanted to be,” she says.
About the blogger
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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