Category: European American

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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Harry, Lou Weiss

Posted in: , Story by: December 13, 2013

In part of his soul searching journey of hitch-hiking to L.A. Lou Harry met German tourists who gave him a fresh set of eyes with which to see America’s Las Vegas and Disney Land as well as exchange popular novels.

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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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Karatz, Martha Annexton

Posted in: , , Story by: December 11, 2013

After graduating from Northwestern with a teaching degree and working in England for a while Martha Karatz moved to Paris. There she landed a luxurious job as a private teacher for a wealthy family in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower. But how long could this last…?

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Durkos, Larry George

Posted in: , , Story by: December 11, 2013

Larry Durkos describes the ingenuity and creativity of his Grandfather Rudolph, a man who may have given Larry the genes and the personal inspiration to become an engineer.  

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Sawi, Jeanette Marie

Posted in: , , Story by: December 9, 2013

While visiting Greece with her brother, Jeanette Sawi took a side trip that changed her life.  In this excerpt of the story of how the The Island of Santorini Restaurant in Fountain Square area in Indianapolis came to she tells about meeting the man she would marry.  

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Lawrence, David Brian

Posted in: , Story by: December 9, 2013

David Lawrence tells of an early defining experience with Art in the form of music that helped to set his career path toward Arts Administration.      

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Lindgren, James Edward

Posted in: , , Story by: December 9, 2013

James Lindgren tells about how branches of the family in Sweden and the U.S.A. were separated by a falling out between a grandfather and his brother. Years later, after researching family history, the grandchildren reunited in peaceful correspondence and travel.

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Myers, Brenda Lousie

Posted in: , , , , Story by: December 9, 2013

Brenda Myers reflects on her father who was a decorated medevac helicopter pilot in Vietnam, PTSD, angry war protestors and growing up in the military community.

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Brandt, Elizabeth Jeanne

Posted in: , , , Story by: December 9, 2013

In an excerpt of her oral history of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church’s Spiritual Life Center  the director, Elizabeth Brandt, tells about her love of labyrinths.  How did the center come to have three labyrinths for meditative walking?   Elizabeth tells the story.  

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