Posted in February 2013

Week Thirty-five: Brian B. Baker

Who was the first person who died in your life and how did you feel? Just before my sixteenth birthday the lady I called Aunt Cella passed away. She wasn’t an aunt in the blood relation sense, and she was more of a grandparent if she had been. In typical Cella fashion she passed away … Continue reading

Week Thirty-five: Bridget Scoville

Who was the first person who died in your life and how did you feel? My great grandma Kay was an amazing woman. She raised seven children (I think), and could remember the names and birthdays of every single one of her grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren. I in grade school when she … Continue reading

Week Thirty-four: Amanda Kasper

At what age did you become an adult? … part of growing up is learning how to deal with difficult issues, and the benefits can be great if you have the courage to ask for help…  Human beings are not designed to go through life alone. No one has to bear the burden of the tough … Continue reading

Week Thirty-four: Kathy Benson

At what age did you become an adult? I think I became an adult when I left home to go to college at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in August 1993. I was eighteen years old at the time and though I still had a lot to learn about life and maturity, it was … Continue reading

Week Thirty-four: Peter Combs

At what age did you become an adult? I remember the exact moment that I realized my childhood was over. I was fifteen and my parents had just been sentenced to prison for what will most certainly be the remainder of their lives. If I had been thinking clearly at the time I would have … Continue reading

Week Thirty-four: Brian B. Baker

 At what age did you become an adult? I think this could be taken a few ways, could go with when I turned, or when I stopped thinking of myself and started thinking of others. The year I stopped thinking about what was important to me and started thinking about those around me was the … Continue reading

Week Thirty-four: Bridget Scoville

 At what age did you become an adult? “The first half of life is learning to be an adult—the second half is learning to be a child.” 
–Pablo Picasso During my first 25 years, all I wanted was to be an adult with a great job, financial security. I first felt like an adult when … Continue reading

Week Thirty-three: Amanda Kasper

What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done? I realize that when your heart breaks you have to fight like hell to stay alive because you are that pain you feel. That’s life. the confusion && tears. That’s there to remind you that somewhere out there is something better && that something better is worth fighting … Continue reading

Week Thirty-three: Kathy Benson

What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?  Bury one of my children, our daughter Molly, who was born and died on April 17 2008. Molly was buried on Monday, April 21, 2008, in the early afternoon at Holy Seplechure Cemetery, in Alsip, IL (a nearby southwest suburb of Chicago) where Bob’s paternal grandparents and great-grandparents … Continue reading

Week Thirty-three: Brian B. Baker

What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?  When I was eighteen I went to Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, because I wanted to be a Marine more than anything. In high school I didn’t study as hard as I could because I knew I was going to be a Marine and I would use … Continue reading