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#191: Faith, Friendship, and Tragedy

Happy Thursday, and welcome to this week’s edition of The Highlighter! I’m happy it’s May, my favorit
The Highlighter
#191: Faith, Friendship, and Tragedy
By Mark Isero • Issue #191 • View online
Happy Thursday, and welcome to this week’s edition of The Highlighter! I’m happy it’s May, my favorite month, and I hope you’re enjoying the sun, preparing for summer, and finding time to relax and read.
Loyal readers, today’s lead article is one of my favorites so far this year. It’s a quintessential Highlighter article. It’s about two shy girls in Texas who become best friends. It’s about a lot of other things, of course, like faith and family and tragedy, but friendship is at the center. I urge you to read it.
Also in today’s issue, I’ve included three other excellent articles — covering the controversy over school discipline, the resilience of homeless student-athletes, and the lasting effects of gentrification. Please enjoy!

Faith, Friendship, and Tragedy at Santa Fe High
School Discipline Debate in Parkland: Seeking Answers, Seeking Blame
Kodi, who belongs to loyal reader Crystal, approves of the super bloom. Nominate your pet to appear in The Highlighter! hltr.co/pets
Kodi, who belongs to loyal reader Crystal, approves of the super bloom. Nominate your pet to appear in The Highlighter! hltr.co/pets
Young, Gifted, And Homeless
The Neighborhood Is Mostly Black. The Home Buyers Are Mostly White.
+ Reader Annotations: Last week’s lead article on Fixer Upper’s “restoration” of Waco elicited strong emotional responses. VIP reader Michele, who is from Texas, wants her fellow readers to know the following:
Chip Gaines went to my high school. I didn’t know him.
Waco is a bad town. I always say, about moving to another town, “There’s something good about every place — except Waco.”
It’s incredible to me how many different ways racism can look. I recognize I’m late to seeing it, but now that I do, I’m going to name it as often and publicly as I can. My campaign slogan for 2025: See the shit, name the shit.
The apocalypse is nigh. This article only confirms that. But shiplap! (My house in Austin had shiplap.)
Thank you, Michele, for sharing your sentiments! I encourage you all to hit reply and let me know what you think.
There are no more articles left. Sorry about that. But thank you for reading this week’s issue of The Highlighter. Hit reply or use the thumbs below to tell me what you thought. Also, let’s welcome this week’s five new subscribers: Judith, Maddie, Brittany, Shula, and Mego. Thank you for trying out the newsletter. Hope it’s a good match!
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