Sometimes, the past feels impossibly strange and distant from our technology-powered lives. Other times, we find a time capsule from the 1800s in a school that connects us immediately to the people who inhabited the world before us. How cool is that?!
The Ghirardi Compton Oak tree has been growing in League City, Texas for more than 100 years, longer than anyone in the town could remember. Then, a new road project threatened the massive, stately oak. Would the town cut down this landmark of their community?
At age 20, Jerren Harrison is finally standing on his own. He's nearly 6 feet tall, which isn't terribly unusual, unless you consider the fact that every inch that Jerren has grown for the last 18 years of his life has come with enormous effort and assistance.
Encarna Alés is a 74-year-old grandmother who loves to talk with her friends and family on the phone. To look up the phone numbers to dial, though, Encarna turns to an unusual address book: in place of written names, Encarna's book is filled with detailed and specific doodles to accompany the 10-digit numbers. Which helps, because Encarna never learned to read or write.
When Kheris Rogers was a pre-teen, she told her older sister that she wanted to stay in the bath longer, in the hopes that her skin would get lighter. That's when her sister, Taylor Pollard, knew that she needed to focus on cultivating Kheris' sense of self-worth and beauty.