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What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?

"Let things work themselves out in their own time.

A friend of mine has been trying to teach me that for the past three years. I’m still learning it."

If your life was a story, what would be its title? The traveler. I’ve lived in fifteen different states and spent a year in South Korea. What took you to all of those places? A lot of it was when I was living with my mom. She didn’t like being in one place for too long. And then I went to South Korea to teach English. What is the best advice you’ve ever been given? Let things work themselves out in their own time. A friend of mine has been trying to teach me that for the past three years. […]

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"My biggest motivation right now is my youngest daughter and my grandkids."

Phil has had a job every year since he was nine. That is, until 2007. That year, NISCO laid off one fourth of its workforce; he was one of them. So, he and his wife started a five-year trek through unemployment, bankruptcy and foreclosure, and the loss of 80% of their income.  His activity shifted from hard physical labor to online job-searching.  I went from working 12 hours a day to sitting at a computer all day long. When I lost my job I was 170 pounds lighter than I am now. This (he pats his belly), this is unemployment. […]

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"Reading to me is as real as it gets. I have to read. Without it, I don’t know what I’d be doing, probably nothing, and inactivity is death. Reading instructs me in the present moment."

I met Lauren on a 90 degree day outside The Electric Brew in downtown Goshen last summer. Tell me a little about yourself.  I’m not currently employed. I quit my job a week ago. I was a day laborer. I was making frames for RVs. I’ve worked in factories since I was fifteen. That’s how I really got the feel of day laborers. I quit because of the heat. I mean, I’m conditioned to the heat; when I go home I don’t have air conditioning, but I have asthma. You don’t really respect money more than what you have to […]

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What would you say would be the title of your life if it was a story?

"Getting Lost.

That’s kind of how I explore life. I don’t really follow maps or anything. I kind of have to do it myself."

What was the happiest moment of your life? The day I got married. Could you tell me more about that day? Well, I was making a commitment to the woman I loved, a lifetime commitment. And I was looking forward to spending the rest of my life with her. What would you say would be the title of your life if it was a story? Getting Lost. Why is that? That’s kind of how I explore life. I don’t really follow maps or anything. I kind of have to do it myself.  What’s the best advice you’ve been given? To […]

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"Sometimes I wish I could redo a couple things, some of the wrongs I have done or some of the priceless moments."

What was the happiest moments of your life? My son is sixteen and my daughter is nine and a half. When each of them was born, those were just priceless moments. If your life was a story, what would be its title? Once upon a time… Sometimes I wish I could redo a couple things, some of the wrongs I have done or some of the priceless moments. What moments would you redo? I would redo some of the things I went through in my marriage. We went through a troubled times, myself and my husband, and I would redo […]

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What is the best advice you’ve been given?

"To remain humble and remember I can learn something from anyone."

What was the saddest moment of your life? In high school, when I was with elementary kids, how I mistreated a classmate. What is the best advice you’ve been given? To remain humble and remember I can learn something from anyone.  If you could give advice what would you say? I would pass that on. Who gave you that advice? My mother. She was always keeping me in check and pointing out if I appeared cocky or was acting too arrogant. I played sports so she was always watching and quick to point that out. Which I appreciate. It’s easier […]

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If your life was a story what would be its title?

"I can’t answer that. My question is, does the author choose the title after they finish?"

If your life was a story what would be its title? I can’t answer that. My question is, does the author choose the title after they finish? What would be the chapter you’re in right now? Exploration of Spirituality I’ve been thinking about it a lot. A few days ago I got in this massive discussion with a professor about what God represents. My question is, if God is a rationalization of human ideals and understandings of life, why do we need God? What’s the saddest moment of your life? Grade 12. Three different friends committed suicide in a month. […]

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What was the happiest moment of your life?

"When I found out I was pregnant with each of my three children."

If your life was a story what would be its title? I can’t think of an overall title, but the title of the chapter I’m in now is “Motherhood.” What is the best advice you’ve been given? Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Where did you learn that? Probably Sunday school. What was the happiest moment of your life? When I found out I was pregnant with each of my three children.  

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What was the best advice you were ever given?

"To enjoy my children while they’re young and take advantage of every moment to be with them."

I do research for the Horizon Education Alliance a non-profit in Elkhart County. We are looking at improving the educational outcomes of all of our residents. I’m doing the work of evaluating and making sure we’re effective in our work. What was the happiest moment of your life? I couldn’t pick one because I have two kids. So, when both of my children were born. What was the saddest moment? Losing people I love. What was the best advice you were ever given? To enjoy my children while they’re young and take advantage of every moment to be with them. […]

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