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68 Blocks: Life, death, hope: Part 4 of 5

Pushing back against the tide

Mayhem has a kind of momentum; it can be exhausting to resist. In Bowdoin-Geneva, an anticrime effort flops. And Big Nate explodes. But the peace festival rocks, and a son in jail has started to pray.

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.