Category: childhood

Lofton, Mary Lou

Posted in: , , , Story by: March 31, 2014

Mary Lou Lofton’s son Tim was full of energy and and joyful sound effects but he also feared two things that were designed to delight children.  Both were to be found at the Children’s Museum in Indianapolis.

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Lieber, Tammy Ann

Posted in: , , , Story by: March 24, 2014

Years after leaving home Tammy Lieber visited the rural farm house of her childhood periodically to reflect and rebuild her life. In this excerpt of her life story she describes listening to the wonderful range of sounds of the country heard from the porch and her fresh appreciation for rural life.

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Blake, Walter Andrew

While growing up in a family of 17 children in South Bend, Walter helped his Father in the trash hauling business. During his freshman year at Notre Dame Walter came home to visit and gained a fresh appreciation for what his family had done for him.

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Perkins, Sally Jane

Posted in: , , , Story by: December 13, 2013

Reflecting on her path to professional storytelling, Sally Perkins tells of preparing to tell a flannel graph story at church, before she knew how to read, at the age of five! She has been telling stories in public ever since.

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Florio, JoEllen Rossebo

Posted in: , , , Story by: December 13, 2013

JoEllen reflects on the home of her early childhood where her Italian Grandparents created a beautiful, safe garden close to the heart of Chicago.    

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Lyons, Fitzhugh Lee

Posted in: , , , Story by: December 13, 2013

On the day of the attack on Pearl Harbor an Elkhart minister declared that they would rebuild their fire damaged church too. Fizhugh Lyons tells the story of rebuilding and hosting a major Methodist convention in his home town.  

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Boyd-Jones, Tasha with William Boyd and Reginald Jones.

Posted in: , , , Story by: December 12, 2013

Tasha Boyd Jones grew up with two fathers, her biological father William Boyd (in photo on the right) and her step-father Reginald Jones (in photo on the left) in her life.  In an excerpt of their group interview, they talk about the communication and understanding that made it work so well.

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Wellington, Wayne Roland

As a child Wayne Wellington was impressed by the manner and dress of his shop teacher. Those polished shoes lead him to the path to higher education, teaching, and a successful career as an administrator.    

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Borel, Daisy Elizabeth

In excerpts of her life story, Daisy Borel describes the sheltered self-suffiency of the African American community along Capital Avenue in down town Indianapolis of the 1930’s and 1940’s. When she returned to Indy from Tennessee with a BS in Nursing and a family she experienced the more subtle racial discrimination of the North.

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Moffat, Pauline M.

Posted in: , Story by: December 5, 2013

Pauline Moffat tells of growing up near Sidney, Australia in the very different climate down under.

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