Multiculturalism: Some Experiences Last a Lifetime

In 1990, the Walls in Germany and Berlin came down, uniting East and West Germany for the first time since WWII. That summer, in July, about 20 youth between 16-22 gathered to work and holiday in France within walking distance of Sweden, and not too far from Lyon.

In 1989, a group of about 20 youth between 16-22, as well as several adults from Tipton, Indiana joined an equal number of youth and adults from Indianola, Iowa to help an orphanage get a ‘tune up’ in terms of looking a little nicer, giving some time and attention to the children there, and working together. In Reynosa, Mexico (just over the boarder of Mexico) we worked, played, sang, and learned to communicate with each other and the children and adults who lives in Reynosa at that time.

I was a part of both of those groups, and here is my story:

Rebel by Nature: And Probably Nurture

This is a story I wrote for a contest I participated in. It is the beginning of a memoir, about moving from a suburb of Indianapolis to a rural, farm community; Tipton, Indiana. Read on to learn more about how a tragedy in the community shaped who I am today

Thankfulness: Thanksgiving, Tradition Changes and COVID

I’ve got to admit, Thanksgiving used to be my least favorite holiday. Here are some things I’m not really a fan of: Turkey waiting to eat As a child, pitch-ins, or food I didn’t know what it was made of. I was (and am, if I’m being honest) a picky eater. If food was broughtContinue reading “Thankfulness: Thanksgiving, Tradition Changes and COVID”