Friendship Soufflé

To lift a friend in trouble. Ingredients: 1 air of approachability 2 listening ears 2 welcoming shoulders 1 scant sense of humor 1 mouth, working 1 mouth, closed 1 heaping portion of tolerance Yield: 2 generous servings Have all of your ingredients at the ready before you begin. Do your mise en place! Don the…

“What is this?”

K repeats his history, a version of his story, almost every time we sit down to talk. There is a wooden table. There is a man with a belt. There is blood. Sometimes the victim is a young woman who attended a birthday party. She is being beaten because men were present at the party….

S(END) Off Part 3

I created my college major. I call it “The Politics of Language.” I’m studying how public discourse and rhetoric around marginalized groups affects public policy. When I tell people what I’m studying eyes widen, heads nod. I’ve grown accustomed to the polite smile. And to explaining. We throw words around like they are meaningless. But the way we talk about each other influences…

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This month Tell Your Story PRC is repeating some of our popular posts from early days. Don’t forget to ‘like’ the post, share it or leave a comment, when you read!             

Challenge Accepted

For many years, I owned a tutoring business which helped people with learning disabilities.  After I retired, my church challenged members to use $100 to do good in the world. I decided to use the money to help someone in my field. To get started, I called People’s Resource Center in downtown Wheaton. I thought I’d…

Anniversary

Today the Tell Your Story blog is six months old! In half a year, we have created 46 posts with over 3,500 views and 746 visitors. Wow! I had no idea when we started, how much this blog would come to mean to me and all the writers, artists and readers in our community. This…

Uncle Bill

Dear Uncle Bill, I am currently a forty-two year old single mother with a two year old son. I became pregnant in a very emotional time while my mother was in an institution struggling with mental illness. I became romantically involved with my mother’s doctor, who was a married man. The whys and wherefores of…

Ask Kate

Dear Ask Kate, Thank you in advance, should you consider publishing my letter and commenting on it. Five months ago, I learned I was pregnant from a man I didn’t want to deal with anymore. We broke-up shortly after he had found out about the baby. I am now living alone in a tiny, old apartment with…

What is this? Advice Column #2

As a group, our class imagined a character full of fears, dreams and secrets. Our character is a woman from Peoria, Illinois a mid-sized river town in central Illinois. She needs a better job. She’s pregnant, but the baby’s father doesn’t know. She wants badly to leave Peoria, but she is afraid to leave her…

Learning the Word

Maryanna Milton started working at the People’s Resource Center in 2003. Today is her last day at the PRC. She will be greatly missed. I’m not good at goodbye. I haven’t learned the word. See you later. Peace. Ciao. Not goodbye. I’m moving. It’s not my first time. But this move feels bigger. I’m leaving…

Crazy Legs

Dear Crazy Legs, I am twenty-one year old lady who has had a rough life.  I was involved with a man who was in a street gang.  I was pregnant at twenty.  The man that I was involved with was ready to leave the gang and marry me, but he was murdered.  I did give…

Aunt Fanny is Listening

Dear Aunt Fanny, I am a first time letter writer. I have a serious problem and am in need of advice. I’m old enough to know better (40 years old), a mother of a two, and three months pregnant. I plan to carry the baby to term because I am healthy and able to raise…