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"We all have the same thing in common, it doesn’t matter what job we do, we all need a job to feel useful. We have families to feed. So even if there’s a president of a company and a president of the union, they aren’t that far apart because they both work for a living."

Bonnie moved machinery for twenty years at Goshen Rubber. She started at age 23, timid and unsure of her place. But over time that changed. When her supervisor took her off of her job without permission, an act she knew was against union rules, she filed her first grievance.  When her grievance made it to the plant manager, she says,  I knew I was right. I said, “Gentlemen, I am right. You know I’m right. I can prove it to you in the contract. You have already admitted that you were wrong, but nothing has changed. I am still not […]

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"I try to be positive. It saves your body and mind a lot of wear and tear. You have to have a positive attitude to live in a complex world."

Tell me a little about yourself. How long have you lived in Goshen? I’ve lived in Goshen most of my life. I lived in a family of seven kids and we still have the house that my parents lived in, right across from the library. I went to school with the mayor of Goshen. (I beat him up in first grade.) I’m 64 years old, so I spend my time any way I want. I moved to Santa Barbara, California for a few years. I U-hauled myself out there and U-hauled my way back. I went because I always wanted […]

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What was the happiest moment of your life?

It would be two. My wedding day and the day we adopted my son, the day he came home to be ours.

What was the saddest moment?

Probably my brother’s death because it was unexpected. And because I felt afterwards like I hadn’t been the best sister, the nicest most understanding. He was sort of a pain in the neck sometimes.

What would be the title of your life if it was a story? Changes. Because I’ve had lots of changes in my life. Lots of things have happened to me. So would those changes be the chapters? Yeah they would be: Young and Stupid. Young and Curious. Self Discipline. Learning. What was the happiest moment of your life? It would be two. My wedding day and the day we adopted my son, the day he came home to be ours. What was the saddest moment? Probably my brother’s death because it was unexpected. And because I felt afterwards like I […]

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What advice would you give a whole bunch of people?

"Try to find connections with other people. That can lead to so many things.

And you don’t need to fill any moment of space with something else."

What was the happiest moment of your life? The one that comes to mind is biking to the most remote location I know and wandering around through the woods on this big hill and finding this dock picnic table with a boat hitch. Sitting there in what felt like the middle of nowhere even though I really wasn’t. There was a little stream and a little marsh. I felt independent because I discovered a place I had never heard about. That was the summer I was working through feelings of leaving high school and going to college. I was glad […]

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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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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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She’s a junior in high school and she is drawn to chemistry and biology. But, she has this other passion for photography and art and travel.

This story is narrated by the stranger-friend who met her at the “Meet a Stranger, Make a Friend,” First Fridays event. She grew up in Indiana, but she has traveled all over the world including two places where I have never been but would love to see. One, to China, and two to Hawaii. If your life was a story what would be it’s title? The adventure. Because I like to travel and I’ve been to a lot of places. She was saying that she is really interested in a career that allows her to travel around the world, maybe […]

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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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"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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