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Columbia puppeteer brings stories, imagination to her audiences
Columbia puppeteer brings stories, imagination to her audiences

Shirley Johannesen Levine sways back and forth at the Ellicott City Senior Center, her arms moving to the left and then the right as she recites the classic nursery rhyme, "Old Mother Hubbard." "Old Mother Hubbard went to the cupboard to give her poor dog a bone," she said with a voice deeper than her normal tone. "That's me." Then, she pants. Child-like giggles spread erupt from the audience – members of the Senior Center Plus social day program and the Athelas Institute, a community center that provides vocational, educational, residential and recreational programs for adults with disabilities. Yet it's not Levine, a 74-year-old...

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