Mission Statement

As an American, rapid assimilation by foreigners sounded like a good idea - until my soul protested when I tried it myself. Cutting off decades past or my half-German children - would not be decided by Solomon's sword.

Meanwhile, the mental demands of my prior career left me too little time for the emotions, senses and spirit that also feed my soul. It was too often hungry after a day's meal of efficient, compartamentalized family/work/social boxes.

So I founded Hometown Soul Cafe, to help rejoin the parts of us we unconsciously misplaced, or attempted partially anesthesized surgery on. Please bring your family and friends, prepared to experience the whole you (and to experience what real conversation in English is like - in case they skipped that part in school).
-Jeff Winchell, Founder

A Few of Jeff's Parts

16 years and 1600 kilometers separate these two photos. Can you guess which one of the Winchell boys on the left is me? For the geography challenged, which Disney is in the picture on the right? (Hint: as a small child I lived outside of Philadelphia.)

My german odyssey had it roots in what's written on that T-shirt.A free beverage for anyone who can tell me what it says in English. Each additional language you can properly translate it into, spoken reasonably correctly, entitles you to an additional beverage. (Limit 5: in case there are some serious polyglots around.)

I have two half-German children. Kai is the cute one you can find on the Winchell family website at
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Phoebe, the equally cute one, is on the right.


Where's the Cats?

I fondly remember the bookstore cat at Twice Told Tales in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood, but I can't keep Jake and Elwood from running outside. So though you will often find Kai or Phoebe at the store, an apartment visit is required to hear Jake and Elwood (the striped brother) purring while you pet their very soft coat.
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