Which stories are not told here?

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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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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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"...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 happiest moment of your life?

"I can’t think of one. I’m happy all the time."

What makes you happy? Everything. What was the happiest moment of your life? I can’t think of one. I’m happy all the time. What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? Never date. Why is that the best advice? I don’t know. It seems reasonable. If you could give advice to a whole bunch of people what would you say? Do whatever you want.  

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

"Never trust a man in a big white van."

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? Never trust a man in a big white van. If you could give a bunch of people advice what would you say? Never trust a man in a big white van. If your life was a story what would be its title? My Life. What is the chapter you’re in right now? Teenager. What was the happiest moment of your life? When my basketball team was undefeated. What was the saddest moment of your life? This year, when my basketball team didn’t win a game.  

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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 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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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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