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First there was word of mouth And on the second day God said Let there be newspapers and it was good Being one of the oldest forms of news in the world the writers of them have to uphold to certain standards With the reporting of news comes the responsibility with it Tom Hallman is a journalist who advocates for these responsibilities He as Keith Woods said he brings to his stories the ear of a musician the eye of a detective and the fiction writers sense of complexity and character development He reports with deep reporting rich detail and a personal voice With his talents and abilities Hallman can make even the most ordinary of ordinaries become interesting and give them a soulChildren of a Lesser Hope was the first story I have read by Hallman I had finished reading the story for about two minutes before I could Hallman brings to us the lives of a somewhat forgotten presence in American The poor single retarded mothers I have yet to have met one and Im not sure but I doubt you have The story reads like a movie theres enough drama and complexity in there I first picked up on his first few sentences Donna Purrell adds with her fingers and cant make change for 20 Lennetta Bell cant give direction to her home or read the childrens book Green Eggs and Ham Youre not exactly sure what the article is going to be about but you do know that youre hooked The lead in just pulls you in to the rest of the article You wanted to find out who these people were and exactly why one of them couldnt read a thermometer and doesnt understand what it means when the grocery store sells something at 3 pounds for a dollar You wanted to find out why and Hallman did a good job of explaining to you the situation these women were
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