True Stories

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He Taught His Kids the Family Trade: Robbing Banks

Widower Scott Catt had a secret life as a bank robber. But when he wanted accomplices, he turned to… >>

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My Weekend With Uncle Gutta at the Renaissance Faire

How a Saturday at the Renaissance Faire taught me that kindness starts with "kin." >>

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A Grandmother’s Tale: When Anne Lamott’s Teen Son Became a Dad

What would you do if your teenager had a child? For author Lamott, it was a crash course in the… >>

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How a Password Changed My Life

With the simple repetition of unlocking his computer, the author was able to make incredible things… >>

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“I Went From Scrooge to Santa”: A Magical Tale of Transformation

Charles Edward Hall got the part of a lifetime when he was cast as Scrooge in the Radio City… >>

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6 Unexpected Animal Heroes

Some of these exceptional creatures are cuddly, some are courageous, but all share an extraordinary… >>

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The Dramatic Rescue of Bärle, the Circus Polar Bear

For 13 years, a female polar bear endured neglect, scorching heat and near-starvation as one of the… >>

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When I Met the Pope and Saw Him Burn with Joy

He used to be a man who rarely smiled. Then something astonishing happened. >>

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Saying Goodbye to My Father and the Closet He Left Behind

I struggled to let it go until I got one final look. >>

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Quick Thinking Saves a Couple Stalled in a Train’s Way

Chris Ihle, a former mortgage consultant, received a Carnegie Medal for his act of courage. >>

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Everyday Hero: Neighbor Rescues Toddler Who Disappeared in Hole

“Alyson fell in the hole!” the girl's sister cried to Luz. Luz peered down the hole in… >>

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The Inspiring Story of Sicily and Her Tiny House

If these walls could talk, they’d tell the story of a family tragedy—and of a girl, her mom… >>

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She Was Abandoned in the Woods as a Baby. He Was Her Guardian Angel.

"It's like a fairy tale with a very bad beginning and a wonderful end." >>

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The Storm and the Tide: From Football Champs to Tornado Heroes

After a tornado devastated Tuscaloosa, a coach and his team became the lifeline for an entire town. >>

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The Gift and the Guilt of the Sole Survivor

The odds of surviving even the most serious plane crash are 76 percent. The odds of being the only… >>

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Feel-Good Story: Social Worker-Mechanic Gives a Lift

Social worker-turned-mechanic Cathy Heying provides affordable car repair to those in need. >>

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Hero Barber and Customer Risk Their Lives for a Stranger

When a woman screamed, the two men sprinted into the line of fire to help. >>

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Remembering September 11: How America Has Changed

"Nothing will ever be the same" was our constant refrain after the terrorist attacks. But how… >>

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Judging Jack: When a Teacher Finally Understands a Student

I thought my student was ordinary. I came to learn he was just too busy being brilliant. >>

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Frozen Back to Life: How Hypothermia Can Help Cheat Death

One hundred years ago, hypothermia was often lethal. Now doctors induce it to save people on the… >>