Monday, December 03, 2018
By Hayes Photography
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"You need to talk to Larry.  He's the best man I know. He'd be perfect for this project."
These were the words uttered by Erica Ebert after interviewing her for We All Have a Story.

Larry Wahl is someone I have been fortunate to know for several years.  Back when I was a substitute teacher and he an English teacher, I would often work at Webster Schroeder High School for him or with him and we'd have some great conversations.  I found him to be a thoughtful, passionate teacher who challenged and inspired many students.

As word of We All Have a Story got out, I had many people reach out to me with interest in participating.  Larry was not one of them.  It took an email on my part (maybe several) to convince him to meet with me.  Once we talked and he understood my goals and vision , he was fully on board.  He knew that his love of woodworking would be just the story to tell.  

Visiting his woodshop for our photo session was everything I'd hoped it would be.  Meticulous and well-organized, filled with machines and tools handed down from his father and brother, his woodshop is a place for him to putter, create, continue to learn and always to think.

In his words:

The Woodshop


Ever since I was little, a woodshop has been a welcome part of my life. One of my brothers, nine years older than I, was always working in my dad’s shop when we were young. He let me help out wherever I could. By the time I was in high school, he’d made a business of his hobby, and I worked for him until I graduated from college. After buying my own home, I was able to set up a basement shop, which included a couple of his and my dad’s early tools. The most recent shop is (finally!!) above ground, in the back half of the carriage house at our village home. In it, I am able to build things that can be both useful and beautiful, and each project provides an opportunity to learn something new.


Larry Wahl

Coordinator of Library, Secondary ELA, and Strategic Initiative

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018
By Hayes Photography
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Upon meeting Erica to discuss my project, I began to have a deeper understanding of what mindfulness truly is and how we all can benefit from practicing it.  Erica is an instructional specialist in the Webster Central School District exploring mindfulness. She travels from building to building working with students and staff teaching the connection of mind and body through many means like breathing, meditation, and yoga. She believes that noticing how you feel will help you move through your life in a better way.  

In her words:

externally, we are as ever changing and dynamic as the shift from winter to spring to summer to fall. yet, who we are - beneath the crisp red leaves, the shimmering summer sunsets, the celestial white flakes - is timeless.  there is a space in each of us that is clear, clean, and constant. it is love - unaltered, untouched, and unwavering. it’s for this reason i chose to not wear makeup.  my work is to uncover and undo the layers of fear that life has put on me. and, sometimes that’s as uncomfortably simple as not wearing mascara.


Erica Ebert

Instructional Specialist

Exploring Mindfulness

This project, We All Have a Story, is near and dear to my heart.  It encompassed almost six months of my life and involved many people sharing their stories.  To find out more Click Here  and be sure to leave a comment.