Monday, February 27, 2012

In Between Edinboro and Aberdeen



Scott and his brother were born in the United States, but they grew up in Dundee, Scotland.  Listen above or at the Internet Archive as Scott talks about being raised by his mother and the three things for which Dundee is famous: jute, jam, and journalism. 












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Monday, February 20, 2012

The Good in People





For better or worse, we teach our children well.  They actually pay close attention to what we do and say--especially when it comes to learning how we should treat each other. 

With a degree from a prestigious university and a prominent career as a scientist in front of her, who could blame Ashlee for being self-focused.  Yet, for now she chooses to work in the service of others as a compassionate care giver.  It's a calling that comes from home.

What life lessons are you teaching your children?  Listen to Ashlee's Life Story Minute above or at the Life Story Minute Archive.

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Paul's Harmonica




As a young boy during the Depression, Paul taught himself how to play the harmonica by listening to the radio. That was seventy-three years ago. The polkas, waltzes, gospels, and American folk songs that he learned as a boy still make up the soundtrack of his life. 

Listen above or at the Life Story Minute Archive as Kevin Farkas talks to his father, Paul Farkas, about his life-long musical talent. 

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Sparkling Coal Dust



Coal Miners.  Photo: National Archives
A daughter remembers . . . Joe Fogle supported his family by working the coal mines along the Allegheny River Valley. Among the coal families, the filthy and breath-taking sparkling coal dust was just a normal part of everyday life. After the men tended to the mines, their wives and children looked after the men, including washing their blackened laundry.

Listen at the Internet Archive as Mary Fogle-Loveland shares her memories of growing up in a coal family.

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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Engineer



Rob Aldi: Engineer
Rob Aldi has always wanted to be an engineer. A native of New York, he is currently a mechanical engineer at the prestigious Rochester Institute of Technology. After graduate school, Rob hopes to start his own business working with advanced materials...and for peace.

Listen to Rob's Life Story Minute at the Internet Archive.


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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

There Were Times



Keri Carvelli
"There were times . . ." says Keri, reflecting upon tougher times raising two boys on her own.  

Keeping the family together was a team effort; it took responsibility.  Listen to her story.  






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Monday, December 26, 2011

Like Superman



Jeff Farkas
After graduating from high school, Jeff took to the skies in a perfectly good airplane and did what no human being ought to do.  He jumped out.

Skydivers say that there's no other feeling like free falling to earth. Listen as Jeff tells the story about his plunge. 




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