“I don’t let my past define me, and I really love that you have stuck with me through all of these years.”

Our interview is about Gabby, a former foster child and her adoptive mother Karla. In the interview, the two of them talk about the beginning of their life together which includes heartfelt sentiments, life-changing moments, and memories of a unique...

Dylan Caine (16) Asks His Mother, Shelly Pesick-Caine (56), About Her Detroit Youth, Jewish Ancestry, and Worldview

In this interview, conducted on Thanksgiving, 2015 in a suburb of Cleveland, Dylan Caine (16) asks his mother, Shelly Pesick-Caine (56), about her quintessentially American upbringing in the suburbs of Detroit. Born into a caring and hardworking family of six,...

Extraordinary summer camp

This is a story with my little brother about a summer camp in Hawaii he attended about our heritage. He tells about how that week will impact him in the future and what happened during that special week

Mom

I asked my mother about what life was like when she was growing up and some memories. I mostly asked her about her family and school.

“Some of them as young as five and six had passed away throughout the course of the year”

Alex Semper Upton was a camp counselor for several years through many programs and leaderships. In this interview, she talks about becoming a certified lifeguard, putting on fun shows, and working with kids with Cystic Fibrosis. She talks about how...

Ms. Douglas’s child birth traumas

In this interview, conducted in November 17th , 2017, in Lincoln Park High School, Chicago, Illinois, Biljana Tanceva (16) interviews her Law teacher Miss Douglas (53) about her childhood and the beginning of her adulthood. Miss Douglas shares her story...

Sometimes throwing someone in the pool is the best way to teach them how to swim–and I got thrown in the pool!

Will Robertson grew up singing in The Saint Paul Conservatory of Music choir program. He participated in the summer camp program first as a camper, then as a counselor. Years later, he returned as a composer in residence. Camp was...