Against All Odds

By Christine Tully Cristina Santana’s small stature and quiet, comforting manner are nearly lost in her sizable bulletproof vest. She roams the streets of Sunnyside, Washington, with her husband, Arturo, whose medium-sized build fits his T-shirt labeled U.S. Probation in large, yellow letters on his back. They walk with confidence among the streets of their hometown, often stopped by passersby for a quick hello. The Santanas' confidence and determination to beat their obstacles led them to where they are today – Cristina, a community corrections ... MORE

Ahead of the Curve

Jon Hammermeister – An expert in sports and performance psychology By Brad Brown At the highest level of professional competition, all athletes relentlessly search for ways to gain an edge over their opposition. Their ambition for success is equally preternatural as they train to the outer edges of physical capability. So what sets apart the perennial MLB All-Star from the struggling minor league prospect, both drafted in the same round in the same year? Is it simply talent? Luck? Sure, every circumstance is significantly affected by an ... MORE