Episode 11 – Richard Paquin

Tiverton, RI
Born 1936

“That’s how I built the agency, [by going door-to-door].  You can’t do that today.”

Richard Paquin is a character.  He loves telling stories, and has a warm personality.  He is the cousin-in-law of Grace Stinton, another participant in this project.  I included clips from his childhood in this podcast, mainly because I think it’s important to be able to lay a foundation for contrasting today’s life to that of the 1930’s.

Episode 10 – Sister Ardeth Plattie, OP

Baltimore, MD
Born 1936

“If life is this short, let me do it well.”

Sister Ardeth is a Dominican Nun, part of the Marywood Sisterhood in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Today she curates and cares for the oldest Catholic cemetery in Baltimore, as well as cultivates orchards and vegetable gardens from which 130 local families are fed.  She has led a life of activism and peace spreading, and has a lot to say about community.

Episode 9 – Juanita Laush

Portland, OR
Born 1923

“I had to type eight carbon copies, and always at 5pm, my boss would find something to change.”

Juanita worked most her career in medicine.  She first started as a Red Cross Nurse during the War, then went on as a Medical Assistant, eventually co-authoring a textbook on X-Ray and running her own business.  Naturally, she talked a lot about how medicine has changed for the better.

To donate to the Alex Atkin surgery fund, please go to GoFundMe [now completed].

Episode 8 – Madison and her Urban Farm

Portland, OR
Born 1993

Madison was so fun to live with!  I stayed with her for two days, and it was amazing.  She’s bubbly, kind, and really intelligent.  Oh, did I mention, she has five goats and several chickens?  Right downtown Portland.

Episode 7 – David Netterfield

Rantoul, IL
Born 1938

“We knew everyone on this small street.”

David told me of his cherished days working with his grandfather.  They were bored, and so they talked, a lot.  Could that happen today, or do we distract ourselves with our smartphones too often?