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Pushing back against the tide

Theresa Johnson’s life is a whirl, from the home that is the center of family life to the job she cherishes as a school secretary to the struggle to keep her sons safe. Through it all – whether sitting outside a jail or dancing to blow off steam – her unquenchable spirit and dry wit remain intact.

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