After growing up in Yellow Springs, Suzanne moved to the Bay area for 10 years. She returned to her childhood home to raise her own daughter with the help of her mother. While life is “easier” here, in ways that only a small, inter-generational community can be, Suzanne speaks about the danger of considering this place as being “so different” that we end up in a values and culture struggle, set-apart from the larger world.
Deanna and Volker lived, most recently, in Montreal. They moved to Yellow Springs when Volker was offered a faculty position at a nearby university. A trilingual family moving from a large, diverse city to a small rural town in Ohio, they speak of the comfort and security of raising kids in an environment that seems local and walkable (similar to Germany), where people share their focus on education and the environment.
Caryn and David moved to Yellow Springs in 2007, following the trail of quality schools, the food co-op, Home Inc., and local arts organizations. Both musicians, they speak about the draw of raising kids in this community—and also about being a “military family” in a community that has preconceived notions of what this may or may not mean about their values and their character.