• How We Live:

    Telling people's life-changing true stories

What’s it like to wake up during oral surgery?

Austin Realtor Jason B. Long, now 36, had problems with his teeth growing up. By age 14, he’d lost all his baby teeth, but his eyeteeth were not coming in. His dentist told him he’d need to drill up into his nose area, attach chains to his eyeteeth and link braces to the chains to force … Continue reading

What’s it like to live through a 9.0 earthquake?

American Jason W. Long moved to Japan to teach English in 2005. Earthquakes are a common occurrence in his part of the country, so Long is accustomed to feeling the ground shake. What he wasn’t expecting was the 9.0 earthquake and resulting tsunami that struck Japan on March 11, 2011. The tsunami did not make it as far … Continue reading

What’s it like to work amidst the Mexican drug violence?

In the past five years since President Felipe Calderón took office in Mexico, government figures show that more than 40,000 people have been killed in the country. The toll for 2010 was 15,237 — the highest number yet. Many people have had spouses, children and siblings brutally murdered, and many have to endure the machine … Continue reading

In wake of brutal murder, a nonprofit is born

Liona Lovings, now 52, grew up in the town of Pearl Lagoon, on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua near Bluefields. Nicaragua is currently the second-poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, and the Caribbean coast is a particularly difficult part of the country to live in — it’s largely jungle, and is even poorer than the rest … Continue reading

What’s it like to massage a shark?

Alison Edmunds, now 35 years old, works as the exhibit manager at Melbourne Aquarium in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Aquarists from the aquarium occasionally catch wild sharks outside the aquarium and bring them in for public display in the aquarium’s large tank, or oceanarium. Here the sharks may also be used in groundbreaking shark reproduction research. … Continue reading

The ghost on the railroad tracks

Keawe Segi is 13 years old, and lives with his mother and grandmother in Lahaina, Hawaii, on the island of Maui. There are many ghost stories on Maui, which Keawe has grown up hearing, but he wasn’t sure he believed them since he’d never seen a ghost himself. In late September 2011, however, he had … Continue reading

On 10-year anniversary of 9/11, a first responder looks back

Where were you on the morning of September 11, 2001? It’s a question almost everyone in the United States, if not the world, can answer, because on some level we all knew when we saw the photos and video footage of the World Trade Center after the 9/11 attacks that the world would never be … Continue reading

What’s it like to be a Mormon missionary?

Mormonism has been making headlines lately: Jon Huntsman and Mitt Romney’s U.S. presidential campaigns, Warren Jeffs’ trial and sentencing for sexual assault of two underage girls, and “The Book of Mormon” Broadway musical, to name a few. But what’s it really like to be a Mormon? Rolf Straubhaar was raised in the Church of Jesus … Continue reading

Booze, prostitutes, and Chinese thugs: A day in the life of a rural Czech villager

Jan grew up in a tiny village south of Prague in the Czech Republic. He lived the village lifestyle until his early 20s, helping his dad garden and care for cows, chickens, rabbits, and pigs on their family farm. But he wasn’t satisfied, so at 22 he moved to Prague to work in sales, and … Continue reading

So, astronaut Mike Good, what’s it like to go into space?

NASA launched the final mission of the space shuttle Atlantis on July 8, 2011, bringing an end to the American space flight program. So what’s it actually like to go into space? Here, astronaut Mike Good shares his answer to this question. Good has gone on two space shuttle missions on Atlantis. On the first, in … Continue reading