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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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"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 would be the chapter of your life story that you are in?

"Finding myself. I’m paying off my bills, trying to save up money. Trying to get things together."

What was the happiest moment of your life? When I accepted Christ. I was in church and I don’t remember what the sermon was, but I felt called to go to the front. I told the pastor that I wanted to get baptized again. What was the saddest moment? I walked in on my ex-boyfriend cheating on me. What makes you happy? My life, my friends, my family, cats, my dog. What would be the chapter of your life story that you are in? Finding myself. I’m paying off my bills, trying to save up money. Trying to get things […]

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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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"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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"...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 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’s the best advice you’ve been given?

"Do your best at all things you do. That should be enough."

What was one of the saddest moments of your life? The saddest thing was leaving for SST, leaving my friends. SST is Study Service term at Goshen College, where you go to another country to study for three months. I went to Nicaragua last summer. Leaving friends, church, my culture, being thrown into a new place, that was hard. If your life was a story what would be its title? Hymn Sings! Just because I love singing hymns, congregational song. I think its great for building community. It’s inspiring. I love them. I wouldn’t do anything else. If that could […]

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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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