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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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"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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"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 was the happiest moment of your life?

"I kissed a girl today. That’s not one of the happiest, happiest moments of my life. I got these new shoes."

If your life was a story what would be its title? Big Life Why? Because I have a big life. I do a lot things. I’m athletic. A lot of weird things, sad things, mean things, of drama. Like what? Like arguments with girls. But, I deal with it. What was the happiest moment of your life? I kissed a girl today. That’s not one of the happiest, happiest moments of my life. I got these new shoes. What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? Conversate. With girls. If you could give advice to a bunch of people what […]

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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 your saddest moment?

"The death of my grandmother. I’ve never knew anybody close to me who has died before that. I was sort of naive to the situation. I didn’t really understand how serious it was. Then when it happened it was sort of shocking and hard for a while."

What was your saddest moment? The death of my grandmother. I’ve never knew anybody close to me who has died before that. I was sort of naive to the situation. I didn’t really understand how serious it was. Then when it happened it was sort of shocking and hard for a while. If your life was a story what would be its title? Hope and Courage. I like to do things that are a little more adventurous and sometimes out of my comfort zone. I think that takes courage and not being afraid to get out of your comfort zone. […]

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"What really means something to me is being part of this community, being somebody other people can count on to provide a space like this for people to interact in."

The title of my life would be The Bookseller.  It wasn’t until much later, as a thirty-plus-year-old that I found my vocation, that this is where I belong. Being a Bookseller is kind of a title. In a small town like this one you have the coffee slinger and the different shops that become part of the identity of downtown. And for me, this has become my identity. What really means something to me is being part of this community, being somebody other people can count on to provide a space like this for people to interact in.  What was […]

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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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"I try to communicate with a lot of people. If we work together, if we help people, we can live better."

How long have you been living in Goshen? I came from Guatemala almost 13 years ago. I’ve been living here a long time. What brought you here? My brother was here and he asked if I want to come. So, I came. Do you have other family here besides your brother? I have two brothers here now. Is that your whole family or are there others still in Guatemala? Yeah, my whole family, my father, they are in Guatemala. Do you see them? I have not seen them in a long time, but I talk with them. Right now I’m […]

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