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"I think that often we just walk by people or we just keep our zones of space. But if you take a moment and are willing to ask a question or give a smile or make a comment or observation or something positive to them it can start a conversation that doesn’t happen normally."

If your life was a story what would be its title? Normal is Good I have often felt like my life is normal. It doesn’t have a lot extremes or as much struggles and yet it is good and rewarding and rich nonetheless. What was the best advice you’ve ever been given? Just to be me not  try to be someone else. One of my high school teachers that I respected a lot gave me that advice. What advice would you give a crowd of people? Try to get to know people for who they really are. Listen to their […]

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

"Strength

Throughout my life I have become stronger because of the situations I’ve come through."

If your life was a story what would its title be? Strength Throughout my life I have become stronger because of the situations I’ve come through. Is there a particular situation that has made you stronger? I think coming here from Mexico five years ago. What else has made you stronger? Tolerance. Needing to talk to people, reach out to people. Here there are lots of people from different cultures and backgrounds.  Sometimes they don’t understand me, or I don’t understand them. What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? “Never give up your dreams.”  

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"I get obsessed with certain bands for a few months at a time. First it was Green Day, then AC/DC then it was Beastie Boys, then Metallica and now I don’t know what it is."

If your life was a story what would be the title? Sleep and Music. Are there chapters that would be a part of that book? Maybe my obsessions. I get obsessed with certain bands for a few months at a time. First it was Green Day, then AC/DC then it was Beastie Boys, then Metallica and now I don’t know what it is. What is the best advice you’ve ever been given? Don’t do drugs. Has it been good advice so far? Kind of.  

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"People tend to really look more at the negatives. They always see their flaws. They always judge people. I would have people focus more on the positives."

If you could give a crowd of people advice what would you say? People tend to really look more at the negatives. They always see their flaws. They always judge people. I would have people focus more on the positives.  What would be the title of your life if it was a story? Beyond the Beginning Why? My main story is from when I was little and I want to go beyond that.  

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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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"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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"You only live once. I know it sounds really cliche, but I think it can really affect how you make a decision. Are you going to have this opportunity again? Is you pass this up now, will it pop up another time?"

What was the happiest moment of your life? My happiest moment was after SST (Goshen College’s three month study abroad program). The biggest thing that I missed was regular cold milk, they just didn’t have it anywhere, and my mother’s white chocolate raspberry scones. When I came home and plopped down on the couch with milk and a scone I thought about how surreal it was to be home. If your life was a story what would be its title? Know Lots of People Relationships give so much meaning to your life. In situations where you’re down or you’re up, […]

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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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Who have you met who has been really important in your life?

"Alice Cooper.

He was nice. He was tall. My dream is to play drums for him some day. His wife said that I might be able to…"

Who have you met who has been really important in your life? Alice Cooper.  He was nice. He was tall. My dream is to play drums for him some day. His wife said that I might be able to… I met him in South Bend. I know Tommy the guitar player and he told me I could meet him and his wife. I just went to a concert and Tommy took me back stage. Did Alice Cooper give you any advice? Yeah, “Look for new musicians.” What does that mean for you? Look for new people to listen to, new kinds […]

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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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