PHOTO ESSAY: Choice & Consequence

TIME PASSAGES: Monica Villa with her favorite book at home amid the tents along Bear Creek near Highway 99. She says she keeps the poetry book, Healing Earthquakes, by Jimmy Santiago Baca, as a cherished memory. It was one of the last things her late son, Jonathon, gave her as a special gift. The author's dedication in the book has a line that Villa cherishes: “I honor you woman; so dance, dance, dance.” She says it's something Jonathon would have said. Villa's son died in an apparent suicide in 2006 at the age of 25. (TIMES PHOTO BY LEONARDO ALVAREZ)

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