Workshop ?graduates? at Parkside Home read from their memoir projects

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Laurie Oswald Robinson (left) introduces the five residents from Parkside Homes in Hillsboro who participated in her six-week workshop called ?HomeTies: Sharing Our Life Stories.? The students read from the memoirs they produced during the workshop to a gathering of about 20 Parkside residents and staff Monday morning. Seated from left are Pauline Greenhaw, Doris Arnold, Ella Wiebe, Ben Wiens and David Faul. Robinson, a journalist and author who lives in Newton, has been leading these free classes through a $5,000 Schowalter Foundation Grant under the banner of Progressive Healthcare Alliance, an organization that represents 12 retirement communities in the area, including Parkside Homes. ?There is no more sacred task than for each person to tell his or her story,? Robinson told those who came to Monday?s gathering. ?For there will only be one narrative like it in all eternity. If that singular story remains untold, it will remain silent to succeeding generations forever.?

 

 

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