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¿Cuáles serían los capítulos en el cuento de tu vida?

"El Antes, El Comienzo, y El Después. El antes sería cuando era rebelde. El comienzo sería empezar una nueva vida, y el después sería vivir en harmonía y paz."

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What would the chapters be in the story of your life?

"The Past, The Beginning, The After. The past would be when I was a rebel. The beginning was the start of a new life. The after was living in harmony and peace."




¿Si tu vida fuera un cuento, cual sería su título? Nueva criatura ¿Y por qué? Porque he vuelto a nacer y ahora las cosas son diferentes. ¿Como eras antes? Era muy rebelde. ¿Cuáles serían los capítulos en el cuento de tu vida? El Antes, El Comienzo, y El Después Puedes describir cada uno un poco? El antes sería cuando era rebelde, el comienzo sería creer, y el después es lo que creo. ¿Los puedes describir con mas detalles? La rebeldía sería vivir las penas, el comienzo sería empezar una nueva vida, y el después sería vivir en harmonía y paz. […]

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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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"I was kind of one of those girls in school that didn’t have a lot of friends and sat by herself at the swing set. During my first year of middle school I met another girl and she walked me to the table and invited me over. Ever since then we’ve been friends. And it has been a blast."

If your life was a story what would be its title? Pretty generic. I would say, “A Girl From Goshen High School” What would be some of the chapters of the book? Meeting new friends. The friend that I came with today, she is one of the only reasons my life is as happy as it is right now. Could you say more? How does she help? I was kind of one of those girls in school that didn’t have a lot of friends and sat by herself at the swing set. During my first year of middle school I […]

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"...people were very patient and tolerant with us. They showed us what to do and we followed directions."

This interview happened on July 15, 2013 in Lidya’s home off of CR 38. A translator facilitated our communication, so this story is an approximate translation and at times combines the speaker’s words with an explanation the translator gave.  When did you come to the U.S.? I came to the United States in 2000 when I was 46. My sisters and mother had come here 10 years before [me]. My sister’s husband and family had been living in New York, but it was hard to find a job in New York. Then the other side of the family came to […]

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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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"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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What is the best advice you have been given?

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"I was born to a family that was well knit; we got along. I think having a foundation like that, where you get along with your parents and your siblings allows you to move out into the world with a sense of, well, feeling lucky."

If your life were a story, what would be it’s title? Lucky. Why? Because I was born to a family that was well knit; we got along. I have two sisters who are two of my best friends. I think having a foundation like that, where you get along with your parents and your siblings allows you to move out into the world with a sense of, well, feeling lucky.  

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"It is the beginning of the end but it’s also the end of the beginning. It all depends on how you see it."

  If your life were a story what would be its title? Sunset, Sunrise Why? It is the beginning of the end but it’s also the end of the beginning. It all depends on how you see it.  

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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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