1.) In “Yolanda’s Homeless Man”, Yolanda Gress is taking her son to a tutor the day after a snowstorm. As they were driving, they saw a man walking in the cold and they wanted to help. But there was no place to turn around to find him. As she drives home, she finds the man and offers him a ride and some spare blankets.
2.) Kelvin Lazaro writes about his experience in prison in “I Close My Eyes to be Free”. Lazaro talks about the pleasant memories of home and how he misses it deeply. He then explains several of the rules of prison and all the beatings and fights he incurred to learn those lessons. His only escape is being alone in his cell, where he can sleep and dream of his family. He explains jumping the new guy in the shower and how he is becoming a person he hates.
7.) Muriel Weyl recounts several memorable moments in her life as she observes the artwork in her home in “Climbing Forever. The focal point of her home are the ceramic stairs which she commissioned a local artist to do. She wants the stairs and the art around the stairs to remind her and her friends of all the events she’s witnessed in her lifetime. At eighty-one years old, she is still adding memories.
9) “Why” follows Elis Sanchez as she is watching her daughters playing with their cousins and having fun. Sanchez reveals that her childhood was not even remotely close to her children’s. She mentions that she aspired to become a lawyer to follow her dreams but were squashed by her parents whom forced them to work on their farm. Through all of this, Sanchez is motivated to do the best she can to ensure her kids a better childhood.
10. Child labor
11) “To Hold You in My Arms” follows Stephany Ramirez’s journey to America to reunite with her parents. Ramirez was separated from her parents since early age and has been living with her great-grandmother and uncles whom taught her everything she knows. When she was leaving, Ramirez is sad that she is leaving everything and everyone she is thankful for and cares for and wishes she can stay longer. When she arrives in New York and reunites with her parents, Ramirez is thrilled to see them after waiting for this chance to be with them.
2. Dominican Republic