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Author: Chuck Allen


Hi, My name is Xiomara. I’ll never forget hearing Miss Alice’s voice that night. I was shocked to see her and embarrassed that I was there. You see, at first I liked being called Eddie’s girlfriend. He was nice to me and I felt protected. But later I would see what he was really like. He viewed me as his property. I didn’t know what to do. The one time I tried to break up with him, he slapped me and threatened to kill me. I was so scared. That was not the life I wanted. I wanted to...

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Young At Heart

I met Alice at the diner. For a while I would eat dinner there at least once a week just so I didn’t have to cook. The more we chatted, the more we realized we had in common. We both had our only child – sons – when we were in our mid thirties and we both raised them as single moms. Alice was several years younger than me – my son is off to college now. But I was surprised at how close we were in age, because she seemed so much younger. She seemed more energetic. I...

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I like to use the word xenial to describe Alice. My name is Louis Harrington and I am a University Professor of English at Portman University. I first met Alice through my work with the Immigration Support League where I serve as a member of the board of directors. Alice was a volunteer with our organization and was always willing to open her home to anyone that might be new to the area. And that, to me, is the essence of the word xenial. Informally, the word is often used to describe someone who is hospitable – especially to...

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My name is Mike and I’ve known Alice for a long time now. You have all touched on various aspects of Alice that made her special. She wore so many hats – mom, friend, mentor, co-worker. And while I am thankful to call Alice a friend, I will always remember her as the prototype waitress. A lot of people don’t realize how challenging that job can be. Karla and Evan touched on this a little bit, but Alice was the model for how the job was done. Being quick and efficient while also spending time with the customer is...

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I knew Alice from attending meetings with her. We didn’t always get along because, well, she would tell me I wasn’t taking my recovery seriously. That would usually make me mad. Of course, I guess the fact that I was down there that night when all this happened showed she was right. Alice had always been so positive and spoke so kindly to everyone in the meetings. Even when she challenged me about my commitment, she did it in a nice way – like she was worried about me. But that night I saw a side of her that...

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