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What makes you happy?

"Talking to my dad."

What makes you happy? Talking to my dad. What do you talk about? I Just ask how he is and  about his work.  

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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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"Life's too short to waste it. Go for that sec on helping of ice cream."

If your life was a story what would be its title? A journey. Life isn’t about a destination. And I feel like mine is just a journey along the way and discovering what’s up. What was the happiest moment of your life? I can’t pick a particular. Just being with friends. What is the best advice you’ve been given? Live radical. Life’s too short to waste it. Go for that second helping of ice cream.    

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"'...you didn’t really belong with them or with the Mexicans. You didn’t fit with them because they had different customs. You were just kind of in-between."

If your life was a story, what would be its title? My Life as a Chicana.  I was born here in Goshen, raised here in Goshen. When I started here it was just difficult because there weren’t so many Hispanics. I was born in 1981. What would be the chapters of that story? I had to be in first grade two years because I didn’t know enough English. My parents, all they spoke was Spanish. So, that was first grade (the first chapter). Then I remember finally in sixth grade a lot of Hispanics came then to the U.S. That […]

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

"When will it end?"

Why is that?

"I just want to know. I’ve got a lot of pain inside."

If your life was a story what would be its title? When will it end? Why is that? I just want to know. I’ve got a lot of pain inside. What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? Go to happy places. When I get really sad and depressed I just need to go to a happy place. What does your happy place look like? Being with friends. I have this really best guy friend who always makes me happy.  

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

“Pause.”

If your life was a story what would be its title.? “Pause.”                I feel I never really have time to stop and think about what’s happening in my life or take time for myself. I think I need that reminder.

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"When I’m here I feel like kind of an outsider, but when I go back to Mexico I become an outsider again. I’m neither from here nor there; where do I belong?"

When Edgar was 11 months old, his family moved from Mexico to California. After five years they moved back to Mexico. After five more years they packed up again. This time they moved to North Manchester. There Edgar began to learn English in 7th grade.  I remember going to middle school crying because I felt deaf and mute. There was no English support program for immigrants. I learned my English in eight months because I was immersed in the culture and exposed to the language. We were living in a trailer and didn’t have cable or radio. I came in […]

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She’s a junior in high school and she is drawn to chemistry and biology. But, she has this other passion for photography and art and travel.

This story is narrated by the stranger-friend who met her at the “Meet a Stranger, Make a Friend,” First Fridays event. She grew up in Indiana, but she has traveled all over the world including two places where I have never been but would love to see. One, to China, and two to Hawaii. If your life was a story what would be it’s title? The adventure. Because I like to travel and I’ve been to a lot of places. She was saying that she is really interested in a career that allows her to travel around the world, maybe […]

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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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