In a small clinic outside San Juan, the midwives, doulas, and health practitioners of Mujeres Ayudando Madres work around the clock to provide care to women and families during pregnancy, childbirth, and beyond across the island of Puerto Rico.
"Farming is something that has to be in your blood. If you don't love it, you won't make it," says Raymond “Buster” Kueckelhan, an 87-year-old Boonville area farmer.
With 200 cattle and 1200 acres of beans and corn spread across six farms, Buster and Roberta “Birdie” Kueckelhan, 80, have farmed Missouri soil together for more than 60 years.
Despite health problems and challenging economic times, Birdie and Buster are determined to keep their family-run farm going. They plan to someday pass down the farms to their three children and six grandchildren, who have been imbued with a love of the land. All three children and six grandchildren actively farm or have ties to agriculture in Boonville and the surrounding areas.
The never-ending daily chores keep them working from dawn until well past dusk each day, but for Birdie and Buster, it’s just a way of life.
It's 8 a.m. at the Mount Sterling-Montgomery County Airport and the landscape stretches for miles before the horizon. The sun streams in the cockpit windows as pilot Devean Teasley, 25, leans forward to adjust the controls and turns to his flight student to make sure he's completed the pre-flight inspection checklist properly.
"It's close to as being a bird, I think, as possible," says flight student Jordan Heil, 29, of Louisville. "I forget about everything else."
While much of the team at the airport goes about their daily tasks independently, a spirit of camaraderie can be felt.
"We are like family," says Jay Jones, a flight line attendant. "Anywhere else I've ever been, there's been a small percentage of people that don't want to get along with other people, or they don't want to do their job and consequently other people have to chip in. It's not like that here. Everybody works together. Pulling for a common cause."
With a mission to nurture self-esteem, develop life skills, and encourage youth, Annapolis-based nonprofit organization, Box of Rain, gives underserved children and teens the opportunity to experience maritime activities on the Chesapeake Bay through it’s “Summer on the Bay” program.
Annapolis Pride Parade and Festival on June 29, 2019 in Annapolis, Maryland.
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