on Park Street
Four Days in the Corridor
What the Kids Said
Sadie Pearson & Richard Davis
Ideal Body Shop
Park Street Shoe Repair
Early Childhood Center
Yue-Wah Oriental Foods
Boys & Girls Club
Style & Grace Salon
St. Mark's Lutheran Church
Yasmin's Halal Meat Market
Italian Workmen's Club
Beth Israel Synagogue
Wisconsin Union Hoofers
Fishing Along Wingra Creek
AFL-CIO (Labor Temple)
Quality Ace Hardware
Tropical Fish World
Quann Community Gardens
Street Scenes 1
Street Scenes 2
Park Street Delights 1
Park Street Delights 2
Dane County Cultural Tour
Hmong Cultural Tour
Park Street Delights
Another memory I have is walking by the village co-housing and thinking
how much it reminded me of one of those fairy tale villages that only
have a few houses in the middle of who knows where.
I first got to Meriter Hospital I walked inside and saw lots of people
hanging out and talking to each other in the lobby gift shop and other
places. “This isn’t like a hospital,” I thought. “A
hospital is where people go when they’re injured, or sick, ooorrr
. . . having a baby! But was I wrong! A hospital has much, much more
to it than that!
I think that the most relaxing thing was the holding the ice and breathing
activity [at Meriter Hospital].
I remember relaxing and slipping away into another world when we did
the breath exercises at Meriter.
strength of the figure eight follow-through knot. The splintery feel
of the rope. The waves sloshing against the boat. The toxic smell of
the paint and chemicals in the place where they fix boats.
I remember the shouting and the squealing of the seagulls when there
was a storm coming at Lake Mendota. I was a tiny bit afraid when the
storm was coming and they put the red flag up. That was kind of freaky.
And then the Guadalupe Center when we ate dinner, that was so relaxing
The bocce balls were round and all kinds of colors. The ball was heavy
felt hard and smooth. I enjoyed that bocce ball. I could hear the balls
hitting each other and making a clicking sound.
The feel of the muddy bocce ball slipping from my fingertips.
“Clink!” 8 to 3! My ball hits the palino and I jump for
joy as Alexandra and I exchange high-fives and grins.
I loved, just loved, looking for fishermen and just looking at the
water and saying, “People fish in that?” Sometimes I think
of the water as a glass pond.
The dazzling colors when first entering Lakeside Fibers.
One amazing thing was the voice of Eugene Parks. Another amazing thing
was the colors and assortment of yarn at the Lake Side Fibers.
loved meeting Eugene Parks, because he spoke his mind and he didn’t
seem to care about what other people thought about what he said. He
said things from his heart, not what people would think would be right
for other people.
[Eugene Parks] was a great speaker. I loved his style
of talking and he just seemed so friendly I felt like the moment I met
him that I had known him for years.
I loved listening to Eugene Parks, the way he directed
his talk at us, the way he engaged us in the “conversation,”
even though we didn’t talk.
“Every neighborhood has its own special ways. That’s what
makes every neighborhood special,” booms Eugene Parks in his strong
confident voice. I feel content in this room. He is right.
I was able to rest down in my sleeping bag feeling a very strong sense
of security in South Madison with the Park Street corridor surrounding
where I was sleeping and the quiet humming of cars on the street itself.
6:30 I wake up, I look out the window and see a street where my backyard
should have been. “This is Park Street,” I say to myself.
I felt at home.
Now I understand how many cultures there are and how nice my neighbors
are here in Park Street.
Before this trip, I had a very limited view of what the Park Street
corridor is. Now my horizons have broadened, and I am ready to face
challenges that some of the people we talked to have already encountered.
I now realize that even close to home, there are extraordinary people
doing extraordinary things.
I would like to do the whole field trip all over again but without
Now I see culture, discovery, and the chance to explore in everything.
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