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"If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten."
- Rudyard Kipling

We are delighted to share our resident stories below. 

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Carol Steyaert

You would never know that there was a depression. My mom could really make good stuff.

Carol: I was born in ’28 and the depression was in the ‘30’s. I remember my mom and dad always had a little insurance policy. I don’t know how old I was. I wasn’t very old maybe 4 or 5 something like that. And I remember an insurance man, Mr. Mellencamp  (not that it makes any difference to you guys) , but anyway, he came, and they’d come once every so month’s for the payment. That’s how they did it then in my little town. I can remember mother not having the money. So He said “Well “ (isn’t that funny that I can remember that?)  He said, “Is there any way you can borrow something or sell something Sadie? “ She said ‘Yes, I think so, can you come back next week?” He said, “Oh yeh.” What she did - she sold her engagement ring so she would have enough. It was a thousand dollars on each kid or something like that. It has been so long I don’t remember. When I got to be 21, I believe, 18 or 21 we turned the policies back to Mom and Dad so they could have their money. But At the time they wanted the money. That popped into my mind when you said the depression because we were never without food. Never. Always had something. You would never know that there was a depression. My mom could really make good stuff.

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1580 Valley River Dr #260 Eugene, OR 97401

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The Power to Transform

Stories have power. They delight, enchant, touch, teach, recall, inspire, motivate, and challenge. They help us understand. They imprint a picture on our minds. Our storytelling ability, a uniquely human trait, has been with us as long as we’ve been able to speak and listen. Not only do people love to tell stories, people love to hear stories!

That’s why we’ve partnered with Carrie Gallahan, founder of Saving Libraries. Carrie was inspired by this African proverb to start a movement to save the stories of our elders.

African proverb

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Bob Brophy

Bob Brophy was a beloved resident at Peachtree Village Retirement in Roswell, New Mexico. He loved telling his stories and passionate about sharing them—with anyone that would listen. We’re certain that Bob would say thank you for listening.