06 Portrait

1st. Angela Rowlings/Freelance

Shyanne Davis, 9, reclines in a window during Princess Day in Boston on October 14, 2023. The annual event features music, dancing, and activities that cultivate self-love and confidence in little girls of color.

2nd. John Tlumacki/Boston Globe

Dorchester -04/12/2023 Jane Richard loves playing guitar as she sits on her front porch playing just before dinner. An MR 8 team sign hangs on the front door. She lost her left leg in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and her brother, Martin was killed.

3rd. David Goldman/Associated Press

Candy Linear wears a jacket decorated with an image of her daughter, Nylah, who was shot and killed at the age of 16, as Linear attends a gun control rally in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, June 3, 2023. Linear ran out to find her daughter on the ground just blocks from their home. Two years later, she attended what would have been her daughter’s high school graduation today.

HM. David Goldman/Associated Press

Navada Gwynn, left, embraces his daughter, also named, Navada, 15, as they hold their dogs, Whoa-Whoa, left, and Honey, at their home in Louisville, Ky., Monday, Aug. 28, 2023. When the elder Navada’s 19-year-old son, Christian, was killed in a drive-by shooting four blocks from home in 2019, he blamed himself for not doing more to protect him. Just two years later, his daughter, Victoria, then also 19, was shot and injured at a park. Now the Gwynns have pulled their youngest child, Navada, out of school, home schooling to keep her safe. Navada prefers being close to her family rather than worry about her safety at school. And when her anxiety kicks in, she’ll listen to music, or color or play with her dogs.

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Stuart Hickox kisses “Hank the Hugging Pine” while hiking on his wooded property on Prince Edward Island, Canada, on September 30, 2023. Hickox, who grew up on the island, lives in a winterized cabin he build and surrounded with trees in the 1990s. Many of the trees were knocked down by post-tropical storm Fiona in September 2022, so Hickox started Tree Stories for people to share their memories of trees with other tree huggers.