mary alice is one of my hero[ine]s
she was passing through reading pa as a young mennonite missionary to central america and she found a need for teaching english as a second language to the latino community. so she bought a house in reading in a neighborhood swarming with drug dealers, prostitutes, and gunfire.
she stayed for years.
i met her just before she retired.
she said – the drug dealers and prostitutes are gone and the birds came back.