Susan Olasky

Susan is a book reviewer, story coach, feature writer and editor for WORLD. She has authored eight historical novels for children and teaches twice a year at World Journalism Institute. Susan resides with her husband, Marvin, in Austin, Texas. Follow her on Twitter @susanolasky.

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Water worries

Lifestyle | Scandal in Flint, Mich., has people in other cities concerned about what’s on tap
by Susan Olasky
Posted 2/19/16, 01:00 am

In summer 2014, LeeAnn Walters of Flint, Mich., noticed a peculiar rash on her 4-year-old son, Gavin. Doctors at first diagnosed it as contact dermatitis, then scabies. It seemed to get worse after every bath or swim in the backyard pool. Later that year, when brown water came out of the faucet and an older son got sick, the Walters family stopped drinking the water.

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Notable Books

Books | Four quirky novels
by Susan Olasky
Posted 1/22/16, 01:00 am

In this novelized memoir, Hickam tells the improbable story of his just-married parents, who take a Depression-era journey from West Virginia to Florida to free an alligator given to Elsie by the actor Buddy Ebsen, whom she briefly dated. Along the way they meet strange characters, escape dangers, and cement a marriage that started out as a one-sided love match, as his mom longed for more than life in a coal town. It’s a rollicking story with an acknowledgment of God’s presence and providence throughout.

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Do-it-yourself death

From Our Archives | RU-486 will bring psychological horror to pregnant women’s homes
by Susan Olasky
Posted 1/18/16, 07:00 am

Friday is the 43rd anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion. To commemorate this tragic event, WORLD is republishing five important articles from its extensive archives related to the abortion issue. The following article originally appeared in WORLD Magazine’s Jan. 18, 1997, Roe v. Wade issue.

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