Elaine M.

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    The Man From Masoo

    Who is stuck in jail? Captain Kangaroo? Not much is going on. There’s a man playing an instrument—a guitar and he has a car. It was a long time ago- around ’30 in Milwaukee. The woman ... More »

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    It's a Dead Heat

    They ran out to the ball game and they're gonna' win. They're happy because they won. The old guys are cheering them on. There's a rope across there. There was a long battle between the cou... More »

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    Hungry Horses

    Why don’t the horses run away. They’re hungry. The horses are eating. It’s lunch time and they’re hungry. The horses are eating and it looks like they’re eating. It’s clearly in Yosemite. It’... More »

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    Pavlov's Dogs

    He's just feeding the animals. He's either going to eat the eggs or eat the birds. That's all. It looks like a rural community, but might be in Harvard Square! They're just following their lead... More »

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    Paddle Lifting Competition

    Girl power! He looks like a dork. A canoe is much harder to paddle than a kayak. Kayaks are for wimps. Did I use deodorant today? "Sure...or Unsure?" Attendees at the 20Leading Age Annual M... More »

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    Best Friends

    It takes place on a New York City street. Jane is being ignored by the folks around her, which makes her even more lonely. She feels warmth on her leg, opener her eyes and sees a friendly face. ... More »

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    Stop - Look!

    A river raft in Colorado, in mid-summer. It smells of pine. His name is Explorer in Chief. He's going downstream to the rapids. Watch out for the waterfall! Roaring rapids! Exhilarating, adve... More »

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    Where are we going?

    Whatever is going on with these two is trouble at the end. “Now that our people are gone, let’s meet up for a run later!” “Did she smell like ‘HUMAN?’ Sometimes I wish mine would buy an air fre... More »

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    We have found each other and will live happily ever after!

    Slip and Slide hadn’t seen each other for 3 months. A stroll along the water’s edge - they found each other. “I’m lost!” says Slip. “I’m here - take my hand,” says Slide, “I won’t leave you a... More »

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    Shoes, Dog, Bow, and a Rug

    Tinted color - the color is a little off. It’s 1944. His name is Charlie - that’s a good name for a dog. He’s in someone’s shoe closet; there’s a lot of shoes! It smells like wet carpet. Charlie... More »

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    A Musician in Korea

    He or she is playing the accordion. Juan Valdez is playing his accordion to get money. He's a nice guy. That's what the red container is for--to feed his family. He doesn't have anything. Just t... More »

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    The People

    Somebody always has a dog at our house. This is a "citified" picture. A little town somewhere. They are waiting for the bus or street car. The little boy probably belongs to the people because ... More »

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    The Circus

    The Circus isn't around anymore. They can do a lot of stuff. They have a lot of balance. They can ride a bicycle on a wire. We're all going to the circus. Ed doesn't want to go. The animals m... More »

  • Risking It
    Be Fierce and Do What You Can

    Risking it means be fierce and do what you can. I always think of my dad as fierce. He had all of these kids and my mom died. I was the only girl. We went to Puerto Rico after my mom died. We ... More »

  • Risking It
    Risking It

    By TimeSlips participants at St. Ann's Intergenerational Care Center (Milwaukee): Cookie, Robert, Lena, Donald, Allen, Dean, Julio, Diana, and Donna Taking a chance. Take care of things if som... More »

  • Beautiful Questions
    Sounds of My Neighborhood

    By TimeSlips participants at St. Ann's Intergenerational Care Center (Milwaukee): Cookie, Robert, Lena, Donald, Allen, Dean, Julio, Diana, and Donna A little bit of everything. Horn blowing. ... More »

  • Hidden
    A Good Way to Remember Your Mom and Dad and Anyone You Ever Loved

    By the Storytellers at St. Ann's Intergenerational Care Center's Alzheimer's Unit A person's clothes might be hidden. If you can't find them, you don't go anywhere around because there are thin... More »

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    What does home mean to you? Give Respect To Other People

    By the storytellers at St. Ann's Intergenerational Care Center's Alzheimers Unit. That depends on what you have at home. My everything! I give all respect to my home. It's a place where paren... More »

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    Everyday is a Good Day

    By a storyteller at the Alzheimer's unit of St. Ann's Intergenerational Care Center in Milwaukee Here. Everyday is a good day. I have a daughter. I'm a grandma too. I had her young. 16 years... More »

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    "Good Old Day" by the storytellers at St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care

    Glad we're not living in those days. They have funny looking hats. The one on the right is Buzz's girlfriend. She is Mary or Margaret. Carol is on the left. They are probably in New York. They... More »

  • Water
    Save Water by the storytellers at St. Ann's Center for Intergenerational Care

    By Kenneth, Diana, Buzz, and Julio My mother told me to drink a lot of water. We could be where there is water. We are in Wisconsin. There's plenty of water in Wisconsin. Water is to dri... More »

  • Beautiful Questions
    "We Need Good Friends" by the storytellers at St. Ann's Center for Intergenerational Care

    By Nicole, Diana, Donna, Robert, Buzz, Amil and Kenneth Sometimes you don't want the stranger to feel welcome. You don't want them to be part of you anyway. So leave them alone. Strangers sho... More »

  • Acquired Taste
    Sweet Pickles by the storytellers at St. Ann's Intergenerational Care Center

    By Robert and Diana Sweet pickles. Going to a lot of stuff. It’s a good thing. You would go there, there, there. If you do that stuff and you’re trying to do all things. Just see where it... More »

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    Strolling

    He's on the sidewalk behind some pictures. His name is Earl. He is gong for a stroll--just walking to the store to get groceries. Eggs. Earl will go home and eat some of his eggs, scrambled. T... More »

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    Snow Days

    Snow Days By Shirlene, Mr. Peters, Barbara, Mary, and Melvin at Residential Living Services 1/18/17 There’s houses and snow. A cold house. And the ocean. You can’t jump down in the ocean be... More »

  • If you could have a super power, what would it be?
    Our Super Powers

    Pam's super power would be to bring the world to an end and start all over again. And Carol said, "We'd be very nice to each other." Pam would be better dressed. Karen's super power would be i... More »

  • Only in Milwaukee
    By the storytellers at Saint Ann's Intergenerational Care Center

    By Emil, Alan, Julio, Mary and Donna Cruising and Cream Puffs Julio says there are a lot of pretty women. And there are some bad guys. Fish fry Friday! Go to Scotty’s bar and get fish. Ju... More »

  • Unfinished Business by the Storytellers at St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care

    Ms. Williams doesn't have any unfinished business. Miss Karen hasn't made her first million yet. Joyce says it means business we haven't finished yet. Ms. Dorothy didn't stay in high school long... More »

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    The Only One (Part 2)

    See The Only One Part 1 for the beginning of the story. Then Donald decides to get penguins. He keeps them in the basement of his mansion. He gets experts to create and ice pond and a pool o... More »

  • Only in Milwaukee
    Only in Milwaukee from the storytellers at St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care (Bucyrus Campus)

    St. Patrick’s Day! I like Milwaukee, I’ve been here a long time. I went to a Brewers game. All kinds of beer. We’re brewers. We make beer! Summerfest. Mayor Meyer caused a lot of grief. We... More »

  • Unfinished Business by the storytellers at Residential Living Services

    Unfinished business is something that was not discussed. They didn’t finish was they were supposed to do and they don’t want to discuss it. Some things you have to keep to yourself. “Yes, she’s ... More »

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    This and That

    There might be a war. Their clothes look like some kind of uniform. If they're out in the woods, you would expect wild animals or snakes on the ground. A deer is kind of big and you might see it... More »

  • Beautiful Questions
    The Most Beautiful Sound by the storytellers at St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care

    by Emil, Barbara, Allan, Kenneth, Dean, Harold, Diana, and Mary Children laughing and having fun. They laugh when they have fun. We like to hear a little bit of everything. Mary likes to ... More »

  • Beautiful Questions
    "Courage" by the storytellers at St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care

    By Deanna, Diana, Donna, Emil and Douggie Take chances and do things. Challenges. We do that all of the time. Donna said that having a child takes courage. You've up things for your... More »

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    "Dogs Love Making" by the Storytellers at St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care

    By Emil, Lorna, Julio, Deanna, Diana, and Donna On 9 dishes road. The doggies' eyes are open. They are talking to themselves. Dog talking. Woof, woof, woof. Rover is on the left. Kaitlin i... More »

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    Untitled Story

    He's gonna' ride that horse! Yee ha! Giddy up, Silver! The horse is called Black Horse. He's gonna' ride out of here. The man is called Silver Horse. Sam made the pants too long. Th... More »

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    Life is Strange but Beautiful by the storytellers at St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care

    She's playing a guitar. She's sitting on a bench. Her legs are crossed. She might be a one-man band. She's a singer. Her name is Guitar Lady. She plays fast songs--blues and rock and rol... More »

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    A Visitor to Earth One Time

    Could be an angel who fell down from heaven. His name is Louis the thing or the angel. Someone kicked him in his ass. He will probably go back up. "I wouldn't want to stay down here." He w... More »

  • Beautiful Questions
    Welcoming a New Friend

    "Come in, the door is open." "Get out." Do a square dance. Ed's daughter square dances. Nobody comes in the house. Meet outside. "The weather outside is frightful, blah, blah, blah." "... More »

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    A Girl with a Guitar by the storytellers at St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care

    Her name is Diane. She's playing jazz. She plays the bass guitar. She's been in a lot of bands. Kenneth's brother was in a band and he saw Elaine there. The band is called Ozie. Mary play... More »

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    They're Going to Win! By the storytellers at St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care

    By Kenneth, Harold, Emil, Julio, Diane, Mary, Donna, Marilyn, and Patricia The boy hit the ball with a bat on the ground. It's a picture of boys playing baseball. Steven is the boy with the ba... More »

  • Beautiful Questions
    What it means to be a grown up

    Grown ups have to be responsible and take care of kids. They have to be thoughtful. They have to take them to day care and party with them. Grown ups are sick like a dog. You gotta go to r... More »

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    We feel truly at home when...

    It's comfortable, great and good. You have a daughter. You smell food cooking like Thanksgiving - turkey, ham, corn bread, greens, corn bread dressing,and cranberry sauce. Goodness. You feel aw... More »

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    The Mysterious Old Man

    By Jeanine and Ed and their great grandsons, Noah and Ezra. This guy is walking with a cane. He's walking to the store. He's ignoring the butterfly art which is so huge. That's good. He's c... More »

  • Beautiful Questions
    Oh My God! Look Who's Here

    c "Come in! Have a seat." Check if he has a gun. Turn on the TV. Ask him what his name is and google his criminal record. Check his pocket for guns. "What the heck do you want?" "O... More »

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    The Violin Player

    This takes place at a picnic or at State Fair Park at the start of summertime. His name is Sammy and he is wearing a hat and a sweater. It smells like hot dogs and corn plus something cooking on ... More »

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    A Day on the Farm

    There's a girl playing with baby pigs. Her name is Amy. She's in the barn with three pigs (Mary, Lora, and Melvin) and a mamma pig. The farm is in Racine, Wisconsin. Amy is having fun. She... More »

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    My Latest Musical Experience

    My latest musical experience was on Monday evening, June 5, 2017 at Colectivo on 68th and Wells in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. I in my wheelchair and a friend listened to a quintet from the Milwaukee Sy... More »

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    Ice Cream Makeup

    This takes place at Summer Fest or State Fair Park during the summer months, mid-August. They're names are Tommy and Jim. They are 6 and 8 or 9. Their hair is orange from the They are eating ice... More »

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    Otis and Oliver

    Otis and Oliver are good buddies. They are saying "hi" to each other. The car on the right is Uncle Joe's with Otis. Otis is younger but Oliver is bigger. Otis says "Do you want to hang out... More »

  • What would you say to your town?
    Things we would say to Milwaukee

    Ms. Willliams will be 101 on September 2nd. Carol will be 74 on November 9. Karen's birthday is September 5. Zelly was born in 1924. Thank you for rebuilding upper 3rd Street. Kathleen wants... More »

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    Bad Dad or Things That Could Happen but Shouldn't

    Looks like the baby is falling in the water so the man better catch him! The baby can't handle himself yet. He better catch that baby before he falls. He's about 1 1/2. If he was 3, the man w... More »

  • Tell a Story of Flight
    A Beautiful Flight

    It was a cloudy summer day in 1966. I boarded a 747 United Airliner at Chicago's O'Hare Airport. At that time, airplanes had two seats on each side thereby enabling one to more readily get a windo... More »

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    A Beautiful Day at the Fair

    The box is for donations. You need to put two holes in the box so they can put dollar bills in. the hole on the right would be for quarters and dimes. People are running or walking around. ... More »

  • Summer Cookout by H. Hargrove
    Get Together

    Facilitated by Pam with Pearlie, Darius Quadear, Cleveland, Ms. Moore, and Fred It’s a family reunion. The aunty is coming out the door. There’s a boy in the window. They are barbecuing. The... More »

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    What it means to be in childhood

    As told to Pam Evers by her friend Charmaine Woods at Woods Haven No worries. No debts. Someone to cook your meals. Christmas holiday with gifts. Going skating with friends. State Fair Park ... More »

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    A Wonderful Day Dancing with My Mom by the storytellers at St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care

    Definitely dancing. A man and his mother are dancing. Polka, polka, polka. They are Raymond and Edith. At a fair, a festival or a neighborhood fair. Or State Fair in New York, or Chicago, or W... More »

  • What would you say to your town?
    Things we'd like to tell Milwaukee

    We started out by talking about the 50 anniversary of the open housing marches in Milwaukee. 200 consecutive days. Mary walked in every one of them. She would have been about 26. Vel Phillips, the... More »

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    The Stranger called Curiosity or The Wonders of Curiosity by the storytellers at St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care.

    She'spPointing up at the sky at something -- could be the sun or an airplane. It is a little girl wearing a summer dress with sandals. She is looking for the stars. She is thinking about going up ... More »

  • Tradition
    Tradition

    Facilitated by Pam with Pearlie, Darius Quadear, Cleveland, Ms. Moore, Fred Tradition is something that you always do. Something you’re addicted to. A routine you keep in the family. Some of ... More »

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    A Day in the Lake

    This is on Lake Michigan. They are taking a walk around the great lake like Mary used to do with her boyfriend. They say “quack!” which means have a nice day. “We’re glad to get out of here.” ... More »

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    The Only One (Part 1)

    He's an only child. His name is Donald. He's eating and ignoring the dog. As the dog gets more insistent, the boy starts to cry and the dog howls. He pulled the dogs ear. Then the nanny come... More »

  • Beautiful Questions
    What it means to be a child

    Mr. Hill--It was the greatest thing in my life. It was interesting. Karen--Discovery and happiness. Mary--I had a good childhood being bad. You had to go out and get your own switch. They ... More »

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    Childhood

    By the Veranda storytellers facilitated by Rosemarie Learning. No bills. Mom and dad pay for everything. Happy go lucky. Main concerns are eating and having fun. Maybe they are home school... More »

  • Beautiful Questions
    The Things We Treasure

    Facilitated by Kristen Diane treasures her health and family. Jennell treasures alcohol and her echo. HA! Frank treasures his gun and his money and time with spunky his dog, but not time with... More »

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    The Wild West

    By the Shepherd House storytellers facilitated by Karin Some guy is getting ready to get blown away. There's flowers. This young lady is about to be killed. She doesn't have a gun on her. It ... More »

  • What do you wish for?
    What we wish for.

    Mr. Watts wants to go home and go to bed. He's thirsty and sleepy. Sammy wishes for happiness. Ally wishes for new shoes and a hammer and 10 nails. Karen wishes to see her son in San Diego. Pa... More »

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    "Roll Out the Barrel" by the storytellers at St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care

    By Kenneth, Diana, Kate, Marilyn, Donna, Emil, Julio, and Dianne There's a man with a white shirt. They are trying to gather together. The woman is the man's grandma. Her name is Ruth. The gr... More »

  • If your foot could talk, what would it say?
    The Things Our Feet Say

    Diana's foot would say, "okay." Ed's foot would say "I want to get out of here and watch TV." Jacqueline's foot would say "Why can't I kick the ball straight." Sister's foot would say "I'm tired... More »

  • Beautiful Questions
    We feel truly at home when...

    Carol-When she is on no more meds! Kat-When she is bored. Allie-Everyday when she is home, she has pop and gets on the phone and has her feet up to the sky. If you have too much pop it start... More »

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    Blowing Balloons in the Wind

    That's Pam on the left. She's five years old. Pam is sophisticated. The other kids are Tony and Melvin. They are eating chocolate chip cookies and blowing bubbles. They are by a little play gr... More »

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    The Mailman who

    This is John the mailman but the only one who has to know his name is him. There's a wreath on the door. He's reading Christmas cards and sending out checks. Make sure he gets Paul's address rig... More »

  • First Time
    The first time I....

    The first time I saw you, I did things I never did before--storytelling and talking about people. (Melvin) The first time I came to Milwaukee there was a snow storm. I was ready to go home. I... More »

  • Work
    It is what it is.

    The teens work on tobacco prevention programs, they work in the garden, they cook, they meet people, and write books. The boys play basketball. Mr. Hill worked for a pickup and delivery service... More »

  • Work
    Then and Now

    Mr. Keys wants a job. He’ll mop! McDonald’s won’t give him a job. They’re not hiring. Karen was a telephone operator and a hair dresser. Joe was a DJ. Edward worked at Time Warner. He ran ... More »

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    It's Got to Be Las Vegas

    It looks like a pool table but they are playing dice. It could be Potawatomi but it's got to be Vegas. It's a round table where you throw your dice. This is Ethel and Matilda who are grandma... More »

  • Beautiful Questions
    We feel truly at home when...

    You can do what I want to do. You can do everything I'm supposed to do all of the time. It smells good, fresh and clean. It smells like greens or a roast/fried chicken. Chitlins are good but th... More »

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    I feel truly at home when...

    You can relax and have all of your needs met. You know how much money you can truly win! All of your bills are paid and your house is paid and then you can relax with a lemonade. No one is the... More »

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    The Adventures of the Two Ladies

    They're having a good time. Laughing and having a party! Inez and Alice are gambling, shooting dice at the casino table. They're sisters from Chicago. They're in the casino in Vegas to have fun. ... More »

  • What do you wish for?
    What We're Wishing For

    Angie - Short term: To be invited to a home that is handicapped accessible for Christmas. Long term: To go to Chicago. Delores - Peace Gene - Being a saint Donald - Just to make it throu... More »

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    Unbutu Farm or Old McDonald's Farm

    This takes place at a farm. The girl is feeding a dog. One of them laying down looks like a baby sheep. There's a dog, a cat, and a cow in the back. She has on a cow hat. Her name is stupi... More »

  • What do you wish for?
    What We Wish For.

    Daniel - A new home with cooking facilities so he can take care of himself. A safe home. Jackie - A man. He has to be extra generous and rich. Ed - To fly all over the US at 10,000 feet. Y... More »

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    The Amazing Life of Isabella

    It's autumn. The leaves are down on the ground. Isabella is playing her guitar. She likes blue. She has blue shoes, pants, shirt, and nail polish. She has a wig on today. Her real hair is blo... More »

  • Gentle Conversations
    Ed the Mailman or Elaine the Female Mailman

    This is Ed the mailman. Ed was a mailman on 9th, 10th, and 11th and National Ave all the way down. People always said, "Where's my social security check?" so they can get gifts for the kids. Ed ... More »

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    We feel truly at home when...

    -We are sitting at the table and eating with somebody else. -We walk in the door. -Pearlie has potato chips and dip. -Charmaine and Fred cook for us. They're a perfect team. We say, "I love y... More »

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    Violin Guy

    The box is for donations. You need to put two holes in the box so they can put dollar bills in. The hole on the right would be for quarters and dimes. People are running or walking around. ... More »

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    Love and Happiness

    This is in Graceland. She's a friend of Kenneth's brother. Her name is Van. She's roaming around. She's walking in the garden and she lost her life. She must have died. Van is holding a g... More »

  • What is your fantasy tour or trip?
    Our fantasy trips

    Shirlene will fly with her own wings to England and to the Eiffel Tower and all around the world to see all of the historical landmarks. Mary would go to Las Vegas for a whole month and hit ever... More »

  • Beautiful Questions
    The Sounds of Childhood

    Facilitated by Shannon and Marina of Still Waters Collective Karen: Crying Pamela: Laugher Edward: Noisy Carole: Clap hands and the ice cream truck James: Kids playing with others Allie... More »

  • Beautiful Questions
    The most beautiful sound in the world is

    Music playing in the background. A guy farting. People laughing and having fun, enjoying themselves. State Fair. Flowers and then you can see rain, sun, clouds, moon stars, and airplanes. An ... More »

  • Beautiful Questions
    The gifts we would give the next generation

    What they ask for. A gift with the money you can spare. A history of what happened before this like the street car. Love. Respect. We would teach them how to love and respect people. We would... More »

  • Gentle Conversations
    The Street Car

    They used to have street cars instead of busses. This is on Wisconsin Avenue downtown. You can see the Federal Building and the Court House. Mr. Q remembers that before the street car there was ... More »

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    A Day at the Fair

    This is State Fair and Richard or Grandpa Ed is playing the violin. Maybe it's a guitar. That's Sam and Doris walking by. They are in Mukwonago on the fair grounds. It costs $10 to get in. E... More »

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    Looking Forward

    This is Ezra, he's 10 and very confident in himself. He's 10. He's with Lisa, his younger sister who is 7. She's shy. They are with their dad. They only get to see him four times per month f... More »

  • A Day at the Circus
    Things Happen at a Circus

    They be on a swing. There's horses. Kids ride on them. They strap you in the seat so you won't fall out. He rides it like anything else. He is the master. Sheilah will walk the tight rope b... More »

  • Work
    Work

    As told to Pam Evers by her friends at Community Care Brenda: We like to eat. Got to have clothes and food. Brenda was a housekeeper working outside of the family at the VA. Derek: Have ... More »

  • What is the greatest gift you've received?
    Our Greatest Gifts

    Mr. Q: Being baptized and saved by Pastor Lewis because I was running the streets betting on horse races and dog races. Karen: The love of my life, the father of my children, Tommy. Also inte... More »

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    The Blind Stripper—Drinking on the Job

    Facilitated by Kristen Her name is Annabelle. She’s 12. She was born in Chicago but right now she’s in Florida by the ocean. it’s around noon. Once in a while she looks up at the clouds. She... More »

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    Lost in the Woods

    They are space men. One is Charles; the other is Pat Lawrence. They are from Chicahomonie. That's over there. Ed doesn't want to go. He'll get lost. They are going for a walk in the woods... More »

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    Fernando has a Happy Family

    This is Fernando. He's holding up his hands to greet everyone. He has a crown on his head. He might be a new/old angel. He's new but not young. He's standing by the wings. Let him fly! Fer... More »

  • Beautiful Questions
    Sounds of Childhood

    As told to Pam Evers by her friends Pearlie and Brenda at Community Care Pearlie Mother waking up her children. Five brothers and 6 sisters. Born in Chicago Ambulance and police sirens plus... More »

  • Beautiful Questions
    The Story of a Childhood

    As told to Pam Evers by her friend Claudia, CNA, at Community Care The loss of my parents and having to stay in foster care. Father died first on 12/13. Mother died 17 months later. It was ex... More »

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    The Girl Who Farted in the Wind So Long Ago

    The Shepherd House storytellers - Barbara, Jackie, Patricia, Ed, Julio, Karl, Luther, Harold, Emil, and Kathy She looks like she’s getting ready to go swimming. She farted and it smells like st... More »

  • What could go wrong?
    What could go wrong?

    -Nothing should go wrong today because today is almost over. -If you're not living right, things could go wrong. -When you don't set your alarm clock things could go wrong. -In Las Vegas the c... More »

  • Beautiful Questions
    Childhood

    Carol: To be nice to one another. To be faithful. Behave yourself. Joyce: You're not an adult. It's a learning process. June: Put them in daycare. Emmit: No responsibilities. Have... More »

  • Fred
    Interview with Fred

    By Pam Evers, Milwaukee, WI Frederick Sterling Woods, a professional basketball player, was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He’s 30 years old and engaged to be married. He’s 6’8” and wears a siz... More »

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    True Confessions of the Twist

    Ooga mooga! That's an ugly woman. Her name is Hillary. She's dancing the twist and the Charleston. She's happy! There's a band there. She's happy because she CAN twist! The #1 reason that sh... More »

  • Last Straw
    The Last Straw was when....

    Quan--When I had to get two cars in one month. When she thought she could talk to me like a little kid. When the bus rolled past and saw me running. Karen--When he lied to me. Pam--When I was ... More »

  • What could go wrong?
    What could go wrong?

    -Things could go wrong if you didn't do it right. -You might have to get your coat and leave. -A phone call that someone is sick and you got to get back to them. -What could go wrong if you left... More »

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    Perfection in the Household, Things Happen, or Happy Go Lucky!

    Everybody is happy because everything turned out good. Usually the dog and cat fight but they said, "forget that," because there's a lack of stimulation. The dog and cat knocked over the Christ... More »

  • Beautiful Questions
    Sounds of Childhood

    Crying, laughing, loudness, moodiness, joy More »

  • Beautiful Questions
    What does it mean to be in childhood?

    Mischievious. The act of being mischievous and devious at the same time. Devious is to be slick, cunning, deceptive, devious. Mischievous also means causing mischief, playful in a naughty or tea... More »

  • Tradition
    Traditions

    1. What are some of the traditions you can think of for the Christmas holiday? Pam: The thing that comes to my mind is putting of the Christmas tree three days before Christmas and decorating... More »

  • Summer Cookout by H. Hargrove
    An Interview with H. Hargrove, the Artist

    Pam and Elaine were humbled to have the opportunity to interview Mr. H. Hargrove by phone from his home in New Jersey on January 8, 2018. We wanted to know more about his work as an artist and his... More »

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    The Stranded Plutarians

    These are two purple people from Pluto. Itka is the man and Litka is the woman. They are co-captains of a spaceship. They've been coming to earth for the last several years to masked balls. The bal... More »

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    Get Rover

    Fast ball. Two dogs see each other. Ed wants a cat. They care about each other. They already talked to each other. They said war-wra-wra-wra. They yell out loud. Their names are Rover an... More »

  • Work
    Work

    You could work at the Post Office. Donna goes to the Post Office and works everyday. Donna was once an insurance adjuster. We feel good when we work. Diana worked around the house. You cou... More »

  • Work
    Work

    Work means to be physically engaged in an activity and get paid for it. It means time and energy. It means patience. work is something of value. it is something for greeting and meeting people.... More »

  • Beautiful Questions
    Tastes of Childhood

    As told to Pam Evers by Derrick at Community Care Center Upon questioning Derrick this morning at th eCommunity Care Center, I gave him the question about childhood tastes of food. At first, I ... More »

  • Beautiful Questions
    What does it mean to be a grown up?

    As told to Pam Evers by Fred Woods of Woods Haven Responsibilities increased. Work. Demands. To have something, you must work hard for it. Financial demands. Paying bills on time. Educatio... More »

  • Beautiful Questions
    What would you like to ask a child of today?

    As told to Pam Evers by Minnie who was born 12/23/33 at Woods Haven. 1. Do you love your parents? 2. If he comes knocking at the door, I would ask him what his name is and who he wants to speak... More »

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    Magic Will Blow Your Mind

    His dad died. There is a woman who is about to get her head cut off and another lady is watching. There are two women closed up in a box. Mothballs. This guy has his head stuck in the table... More »

  • Beautiful Questions
    Questions for a child of long ago and some tastes of childhood

    As told to Pam Evers by Francisco, age 70, at Community Care Center 1. The passing of someone close. What was it like long ago in heaven? 2. Check to see if you are going to the same place. ... More »

  • Beautiful Questions
    What does it mean to be in childhood?

    As told to Pam Evers by her friend Fred Woods at Woods Haven Stealing wine from the church. Fighting the white boys across the tracks. Stealing cars. Breaking into trains. Going to church on... More »

  • Beautiful Questions
    What does it mean to be a child?

    it all depends what par to the world you live in. In some countries, kids have to go to work right away. Unless they are denied work. Then they go into prostitution. If you were born in a w... More »

  • What the new year brought in
    What the New Year brought in

    Minnie said, "Another day that God has kept her. ...clothing and food, plus a place to lay our heads." Pearlie shared that she had a nice Christmas and New Year. Pearlie became a new aunt. ... More »

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    The Little Girl Standing in the Back of the Barn

    Ubuntu storytellers facilitated by Sheila Pretty little gal out the chicken coop. This is on a farm in the country in a southern state. Could be Mississippi or Mexico. She looks Mexican. It t... More »

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    A Day in the Life of Carol and Elaine or The Ocean of the Arctic Penguins

    They look like penguins in the water. They want to go in the water and swim. Their names are Carol and Elaine. They swim in the lake or the arctic ocean and play around. They are some kind of... More »

  • Tradition
    Tradition

    There are traditions in a family. They keep coming back every year. Mother always had the girls. Brides wear white. It’s a wedding tradition. Turkey, dressing and green beans. Or it var... More »

  • Living on the Edge
    Living on the Edge at Saint Ann's

    If you live ear a river or a pond you are living on the edge. If you do you should move. Or you could live on the edge of a building or in water. Don't drown yourself. We are living on th... More »

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    Gretchen

    Her name is Grethen. She's a lost child. She is in someone's barn. She doesn't know whose. She's going to stay there until help comes. She needs a place to sleep. She'll sleep on the straw. ... More »

  • Beautiful Questions
    The most beautiful sound is...

    -birds singing (Judy N.) -ocean waves (Sandy) -water falls (Robin) -wind (Nina and Patti) -rustling leaves in he wind (Judy P.) -music (Wilma and Klara) -airplanes (Angie) -baby laughing (Jo... More »

  • Beautiful Questions
    What is means to be in childhood

    As told to Pam Evers by Kevin Konieczka, PT at Community Care Center To be in “childhood” means to have all of your needs taken care of. A child has someone (parent, guardian, etc.) looking ou... More »

  • Beautiful Questions
    The Tastes of Childhood

    What are the foods/tastes of childhood? As told to Pam Evers by her friend Pearlie at Woods Haven Spaghetti and meatballs Hotdogs and fries Chicken legs with mac and cheese Cotton candy from... More »

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    Untitled Story

    It's a ghostman. Ed is scared. She's talking to a head. It's a haunted cabin in Milwaukee in an alley. They need help. Just because. Ann's head is on the table. The guy's name is Disney. ... More »

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    Metamorphisis--Sam's Daily Routine

    This old man is getting his exercise by walking to the bread story for donuts and company. The butterfly represents being free. He's looking for the dollar he dropped. He looks like the ... More »

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    Untitled Story

    She's go go dancing in the street! Yeah man! Her name is Betty Boop. She's looking for attention. She can't dance in the hallway. Soldiers want her to dance for free. She can't go anywhere ... More »

  • First Time
    The First Time I....

    Pearl: I came here! Karen: Had a baby and it was a boy. I was very happy about it. Paul: Went to school or work was always an adventure. Exciting! Eveline: I saw it I had to find out what... More »

  • First Time
    First times

    Diana: …The first time I came here I was scared. I stayed scared for a while. And then they became more friendly. Pat: The first time I came here I felt cold. Did the happy dance—float in the... More »

  • Beautiful Questions
    The Sounds of Childhood

    Laughter. Voices in the neighborhood. Bicycle riding around and around Shh (with a finger up to your lips): People telling you to be quiet when others are talking. You need to understand what ... More »

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    The Insect Hunter

    He lost something and he's looking for it. Yep, he's lookin'. Only he knows what he's looking for. He's looking for insects. He's pushing sand on the cow. It looks like a dog. He's looking at... More »

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    Black Tie

    These might be swans. They are going in the water. They might be living in outer space. Or they are penguins. They are holding hands. They are brother and sister, David and Betty. They make a... More »

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    Two Penguins

    It's a lot of work! This is Sam and Ruthie. They're going home to the igloo and to the store to buy some ice to eat. They want to eat fish. They're holding hands because they're cold. They... More »

  • Beautiful Questions
    Pam's Childhood

    By Pam Evers How on earth will I answer “What does it mean to be in childhood”? The first thing that comes to mind is the sound of playing jacks on the front porch with my girlfriends. Hearing... More »

  • Karma
    We are lucky

    Inevitability. That’s true. If you do good things, you get good things. If you do bad things, you get bad things. It’s manifestation. You don’t throw stone for stone. You might get thro... More »

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    Meet Mary Ann

    Mary Ann was born in 1942 in Oklahoma. When she was a child, she wanted to grow up to be a very pretty actress, a nurse, or a teacher. She was a beautiful sweet girl. Was she a whore? She could... More »

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    Whole Lot of Happiness

    There's a pitch fork in the air. Pam is holding it. "This really astounds me," said Pam. "My hair still looks the same. I was happy. I've always been happy." Kids are making bubbles. They ... More »

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    On the Road Again

    There are two dogs staring at each other. They are Skip and Scott. One is male and one is female. The big dogs name should be Bee Joe. The female is trying to get the male dog to come over to h... More »

  • Beautiful Questions
    The Things we Treasure

    -Joyce values herself because she's in there. -Mr. Watts values the bed he goes to sleep in. -Maddie values her bed. -Carol values reading, puzzle books, and popcorn. -Allie values the thing... More »

  • Make Up a Story
    Chicago

    By Pat, Daniel, Harold, Barbara and Ed They are dancing on ice on roller skates. He's trying to make out with her. Their names are Denise and Andrea. It's a wooden floor. He has to hold her u... More »

  • Beautiful Questions
    The Games of our Childhood

    -Ed played Ring Around the Rosy and Hide and Go Seek from the cops. Ed played baseball. A guy stands up with a bat. A pitcher throws a curve ball he can't hit. -Pat jumped rope and double dut... More »

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    Looking for the Ground

    By Daniel, Ed, Dianna, Dotty, Pat, and Jacqueline This is Al. He was born in Poland in 1866. He's trying to figure out what the blue thing is. When he was young, he wanted to be a coast guard... More »

  • What is your fantasy tour or trip?
    Beautiful Thoughts Reduced about Fantasy Experiences

    Although I had hoped that the fantasy experiences would become a reality, the realization that the sudden death of Joanne, my friend and helper who was only 60, made me realize how much I need othe... More »

  • If you could have a super power, what would it be?
    Our Super Powers

    By Angie T. and Friends: Angie would fly and not be handicapped. She would wear long pajama-like trousers with elastic around the ankles and snug slippers that slip on and close with industrial s... More »

  • What do you wish for?
    By Angie T.: Beautiful Thoughts Reduced: About Fantasy Experiences

    By Angie T.: Although I had hoped that the fantasy experiences would become a reality, the realization that the sudden death of Joanne, my friend and helper who was only 60, made me realize how ... More »

  • Beautiful Questions
    The Games of Our Childhood

    -Joyce played hopscotch and she showed us how it's done. -Smile showed us how to shoot marbles. -Paul played a little bit of everything. His parents said, "Don't do anything dangerous, or else!... More »

  • We're all going to a ball!
    The St. Ann's Ball

    -Marilyn will wear a nice dress and shoes. Both blue. She'll dance with a fine man named Gus. -Mr. Watts will wear what he has on. He'll dance with Joyce, his wife. She'll wear a pretty red an... More »

  • Beautiful Questions
    How We Welcome Our Friends

    Sister A.T. says, "Welcome. come in." Barbara says, "Happy to meet you. Sit down." Clara says, "Come on in. Sit down." They would offer something to drink and eat. But it depends on who it... More »

  • Beautiful Questions
    What I Would Tell Today's Child by Angie T.

    I would tell today's child and all those who have influence over them the importance of learning math. This includes parents, teachers and friends. I would engage the child in making up shoppi... More »

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    Looks Like Christiine

    That's a pretty one there. The clouds make pictures like birds and animals. There's asphalt on the highway. It's a '58 Ford. They give you a car wash. The dealer owns it. Or an older perso... More »

  • Beautiful Questions
    Ask a Child of Long Ago

    Were you as happy then as now? How were you brought up on the farm? They didn't have the modern things. Mr. Watts would love to see those motorcycles take off fast. Carol says that they are... More »

  • Gentle Conversation
    A Story About Strawberries

    Approximately 50% of us like strawberries. They are red, juicy, sweet, sort of sweet. Good in shortcake. Easy to eat. Tasty. They're okay. Emil says that his friend can't see like Jennel. ... More »

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    The Car

    By Daniel, Jeanine, Harold, Ed, Donna, and Jacqueline Daniel saw this car driving on the highway. It scared the hell out of him and almost ran him over. It's a street car or a Ford Eldorado.... More »

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    The Epic Space Adventures of Jerry, Lucy and Shawn, or Pop Goes the Weasel and the Dream is Over

    The year is 1960. The kids are having fun and are feeling joy. They are making bubbles. They know each other because they've lived in the same neighborhood for about a year. That's Jerry "Cow" ... More »

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    The Fight of Belsheba

    This is a fencing battle to see who is the best. Their fighting over the royalty of the palace. Their names are Belsheba and Constantine. They know each other - vaguely. But they're not looking ... More »

  • Beautiful Questions
    The Foods and Tastes of our Childhood

    Mr. Watts: Something sweet. Apple pie. Christine: Pizza Joyce: Peanut butter and jelly, hamburgers, fried chicken wings. Sally: Jello June: Oatmeal, chicken soup Allie: "It tastes good ... More »

  • Make Up a Story
    The Naive Spy Ring by Angie T.

    Any resemblance to anyone living or dead is coincidental. This is 1965, the Cold War Era. The main characters are two women age 23. There is Ursula Hauptmann of Munich, Germany, and Olga Slavins... More »

  • Beautiful Questions
    The Games of Our Childhood

    Red Light Green Light Hoolahoop--Joyce demonstrated Hide and Go Seek Basketball (It's called netball in Africa) Swimming Marbles--Edward showed us how you flick them with your thumb and try to... More »

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    Girl in China

    Jeanine is an orphan from the war. She's blowing bubbles. She's playing an instrument. She's in China sitting in the sun. She's enjoying herself too. She's thinking about the price of tea ... More »

  • Beautiful Questions
    The Things we Treasure

    -Jackie treasures her mom and dad because they were both supposed to have died last year and they didn't. -Pat values her husband because she loves him. -Ed values nothin' because he doesn't hav... More »

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    The Fencing Story

    By Pat, Ed, Harold, Jacqueline, Julio, and Jeanine They are fencing around the yard. They need to put a gait in the fence so they can get through. This is Miss Edna and Susalyn. They are fig... More »

  • What gift would you like to give a mother?
    The gifts we would like to give a mother

    -Carol would get a birthday card for her sister. -Kat says that the best gift is yourself. -Joyce says money and a nice dinner. -Mary would cook her a nice dinner and invite the rest of the kids... More »

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    Love is Forever

    Looks like she is going to get married or getting in engaged. He has flowers behind his back. They could be friendship flowers. Their names are Mork and Mindy. You can tell it's Mork because ... More »

  • Beautiful Questions
    Welcoming a New Friend to My Home by Angie T.

    If I met someone through a shared activity such as hiking or someone at work and I found that we had similar interests, I would invite the person to my home for lunch on our day off. If they dra... More »

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    It's a Sad Love Story

    By Joyce, Smylie, Paul, June, Mr. Watts, Marilyn, Pearlie, Darlie, Pam and Karen. Her name is LaToya. She's playing her guitar and singing a song. It's a love song she's singing to her man an... More »

  • If you could have a super power, what would it be?
    Our Super Powers

    -Pat's super power would be making money and her cape would be a super woman cape. -Ed's super power would be flying all over in a Piper Cub airplane. Its for two people. A pilot and a guy in th... More »

  • Gentle Conversation
    We Found Our Thrill on Strawberry Hill

    Strawberries are good. You can put that in a pill. Strawberry wine. Short Cake. Sweet and red. Little round bumps. Green leaves. They're shining. Strawberry daiquiri. Anything you wan... More »

  • Living on the Edge
    Living on the Edge Experience by Angie T.

    It was the fall of 1948. I was attending business school in Green Bay. The school found rooms for the students. My Aunt who brought me up was a protective possessive person. She would visit occa... More »

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    The Guitar Woman and People Change

    Pam says that's her. She's playing a guitar on a picnic bench behind a picket fence in autumn. She's Tina Turner singing, "bad boys, bad boys." She's playing a guitar in front of a barn. She's ... More »

  • Fred
    Learning Process

    This is Willie Leroy. He was born in South America. He wanted to go to school to be a lawyer. He's a jogger. Hunts to be a policeman or a doctor or a muppet. Maybe Kermit from Sesame Street. ... More »

  • Beautiful Questions
    The Gifts We Would Give the Next Generation

    Paul would give them knowledge and the wisdom to use it. Christine would give them education. Allie would give them more money and more money so they can buy themselves some stuff and not steal.... More »

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    The Mars or Out of the Wilderness or Lost in the Woods

    Facilitated by Trealaand People are sightseeing. They are in costume. They look like two aliens. They are in a forest. There are flowers and trees. There is a UFO! This takes place last ... More »

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    Go Swimming

    Their names are Jim and Able. She's Able because she's very "able." Jim desires Able very much and he tells her that "you will be mine for a long, long time. They are sitting in the boat and swi... More »

  • Beautiful Questions
    The Sounds of Childhood and Summer

    Daniel--When you mess up you hear things. Jackie--Her mother yelling for her but first calling her Pat (her sister's name) and then Smokey (the cat)! Ed--Snoring, corn popping, drinking beer and ... More »

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    George Eastman's House

    Facilitated by Sheila with the Unbutu storytellers. He is laying in bed. His name is George. He probably got a cold and is tired. Or he got sick and the doc made a house call. He looks sleepy... More »

  • If your foot could talk, what would it say?
    If our feet could talk

    Ed: Oh do I stink. I need new socks and toe nail polish. Put socks on. Ouch. Yellow stockings for Thursdays. The floor is hot. Willie: I need a new pair of boots. Emil: apple pie, cake ... More »

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    Too Far Gone

    Facilitated by Trealaand There's a dog playing and a boy eating a cookie. He's hiding from somebody. Probably his momma. The dog is a Cocker Spaniel The little boy stile some cookies and ... More »

  • What are you thankful for?
    What we're thankful for

    Facilitated by Sheila with the Ubuntu storytellers. Edward - Staying alive. Marilyn - Food and candy. Darlee - Everything God gave me. Jane - Good health. Minnie - Good health. Mattie - To be... More »

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    The Woman Walking in the Rain

    Facilitated by Sheila with the Ubuntu storytellers. She's walking under an umbrella trying to get out of the rain. She is trying to to get home by walking in the rain. Or she's going to work. ... More »

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    Daniel is Lost!

    Facilitated by Brianna (an intergenerational group) This is Daniel, "the kid." He's in the bed and he's sick. He has a doctor's bed at his house. He has a toy, little book, and something to ... More »

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    The Weekend in the Winter Time

    By Karl, Emil, Daniel, Ed, Donna, Dean, Julio, Pat, Willie, Lillian There are kids playing in the snow. These people will fly up in the sky. They probably are by the airport by Los Angeles or ... More »

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    May the Best Team Win

    By the Umbutu Storytellers They are playing baseball. They have a back stop--a catcher behind the batter. The batter is lining up himself. Looks like he's trying to make a home run. They are... More »

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    Fishing

    Facilitated by Shannon and Marina Still Waters Collective This is Peter and Pearl or Paul. Or its, Jay and Jayla. They're twins. They're about 10 years old. They just left fishing on Lake Michi... More »

  • Beginner's Luck
    Beginner's Luck

    When you try something for the first time. You may lose it. Pam It's something that you find like a diamond or sapphire. You looked down and saw something sparkling in the grass. Joyce It's l... More »

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    Win It All; Lose It All

    Facilitated by Karin, Kristen, and Rosemarie with the Shepherd House storytellers These are two ladies gambling. She's throwing a four. They are playing craps. She won on the four and the fiv... More »

  • Beautiful Questions
    The foods and tastes of childhood

    Facilitated by Rosemarie, Kristen, and Karen with the Shepherd House storytellers Ed ate delicious hot oatmeal with sugar and milk and vodka. And soapy water. And Pancakes, and chocolate ice c... More »

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    Merry Christmas!

    Somebody knocked over the tree. The dog or the cat. We don't know which one. The sittin' up there so we can play with them. The cat's name is Baby and he says, "Not me!" Sam, the dog, says... More »

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    The Ladies

    With the Ubuntu storytellers These are racing lady bugs. They are flying to bees and honey. They are on a building. They have dots on them. Or they could be pumpkins or helmets. Or it's Fan... More »

  • Imaginary pet
    Our Imaginary Pets

    Fanny's imaginary pet is a bee with wings that got in her sock on her sore foot. It's still in there and she has to go to the doctor to take care of it. Smylie's imaginary pet is a cat fish. Y... More »