The deaths of three young children in a Bronx fire last month exposed the harsh living conditions of many impoverished New Yorkers, but the family's treatment by city authorities in the wake of this tragedy deserves equal scrutiny.
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The year I worked at a group home youth crisis shelter with runaway, homeless and foster youth in transition is strung on a ribbon of memories as if it had been one long unending day.
It's important to understand that looking for the best is a self-defeating, misery-making strategy; that we should, in general, be looking for good enough, not the best.
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