Answering The Call

by Dwain Hebda It’s a nice turnout at the church social hall. Friends and fellow worshipers greet each other and chat between sips of coffee. There’s a joy in these friendships, but a slight nervousness too. No one really knows what to expect from the speaker today and a few are a little bewildered as…

Project Zero – All or Nothing

Besides being many other things – mom, author, Executive Director of Project Zero – Christie Johnson Erwin is a dreamer. She dreams of a world where children are loved and accepted and cared for. She dreams of communities full of families and individuals who ensure this happens. And she dreams of a day when the…

God Bless the Child

by Dwain Hebda Scroll down the screen, click on play; Chris has something to tell you. The handsome, well-spoken teen looks like any other high schooler with a palpable charisma and a jokester’s grin. You hear he likes most sports and he’s good too. That he likes photography and likes to write. You hear him…

Exit Laughing: Matt DeCample Dies at 44

The call to set up the interview with Matt DeCample for AY Magazine wasn’t returned immediately and when it was, Matt had an unexpected suggestion: Would I care to interview him while he took his chemo treatments at UAMS? I was shocked that he would have a writer chronicle his cancer journey in such a personal…