If someone listens, or stretches out a hand, or whispers a kind word of encouragement, or attempts to understand a lonely person, extraordinary things begin to happen.
- Loretta Girzartis, Author
Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World.
- Christopher Columbus, Explorer
You can't stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.
- A. A. Milne, Author (Winnie the Pooh)
Nothing is more revealing than movement.
- Martha Graham, Dancer
They invented hugs to let people know you love them without saying anything.
- Bil Keane, Cartoonist
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essayist
In American life, we think we are most free when we don't need anybody. Exactly what Alzheimer's represents is absolute dependency - That's what we all need to learn - how deeply we need one another.
- Stanley Hauerwas, Professor of Theological Ethics
Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat . . .We must find each other.
- Mother Theresa, Saint
The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.
- William James, Philosopher
A good traveler is one who does not know where he is going to, and a perfect traveler does not know where he came from.
- Lin Yutang, Writer
I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.
- Albert Schweitzer, Missionary
All real living is meeting.
- Martin Buber, Philosopher
Memory Bridge Newsletter
06/10/08 - Profile: Margaret Price
Margaret is originally from Northbrook, Illinois, and received a B.A. in Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture from Syracuse University. Her interest in intergenerational work and the creation of communities stems directly from her work after college.
In 2003-04 she taught English in a kindergarten, after-school program, and adult high-school equivalency program in an impoverished neighborhood outside Buenos Aires, Argentina. The agency she worked for placed an emphasis on serving the entire community, and in many families Margaret taught both parent and child. She learned a great deal about the many ways to foster a sense of solidarity from her host family, supervisor, students, neighbors, friends, and fellow volunteers.
After returning to the United States, Margaret began working at Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago in the North Lawndale neighborhood. Her main duties were communicating with underprivileged clients and responding to their needs by providing them with legal advice and connecting them with resources in their community. She was regularly called upon to relate with empathy and clarity, while tailoring her message to an individual client's situation and sensibilities. For Margaret, assisting people in some of their most challenging life experiences was both trying and incredibly fulfilling.
After over two years at Legal Assistance Foundation, Margaret joined the Memory Bridge team in January 2008. She was particularly interested in returning to the field of education and introducing positive communication skills to children and adolescents. Part of Margaret's passion for the Memory Bridge program lies in its commitment to diversity and dignity. She is inspired by the students and residents with dementia who form meaningful connections with each other, oftentimes having little in common other than the human spirit.
Margaret's duties at the Chicago Memory Bridge Initiative encompass both class coordination and administrative duties. She has translated much of our correspondence into Spanish, as a large percentage of Memory Bridge students come from Spanish-speaking homes. She regularly updates the website, www.memorybridge.org, and responds to program inquiries from all over the world. In addition, she is coordinating the publication of an anthology of short stories dealing with Alzheimer's disease and adolescence. Margaret also recently took on the operational duties of the Memory Bridge program and did not realize until she was in charge of them just how much she loves details. Outside of work, her interests include reading, traveling, and sharing meals with friends.