Just Another Snowy Sunday

A week or so ago, I nearly wrote about the new breed of Minnesota weather wimps–you know, the people (or “officials”) who seem to call off all plans and events at the slightest suggestion of a snowflake in the forecast. I hate it when a school “early out” is announced but the atmosphere remains completely…
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Aiming To Educate

I am not a teacher. However, my mother is a veteran educator, having taught for 41 years in various lower elementary grades. She’s continued to substitute since her retirement nearly 20 years ago because she relishes helping children and adults learn, and she simply loves being in schools. My earliest memories carry vivid images of…
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The Answer Is….Yes

Repeatedly, scientific studies have proven that humans exhibit empathy from the start. Infants tend to cry more when they hear others crying, for instance. Unfortunately, self-interest and a sense of greed sometimes overtake that initial empathetic impulse, leaving us with an ongoing societal struggle between people who wish to help others and those who believe…
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It’s A Small Town After All

Last Black Friday, what floated my boat was a brief cruise with my husband, daughter and three close family friends through the iconic “It’s a Small World” attraction at Disneyland. As the unmistakable tune, sung in various languages, played on an endless loop while we drifted past the somewhat stereotypical displays of countries around the…
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Settling

Lofty aspirations. That’s what most people, whether young or young at heart, embrace as they embark on what’s expected to be a lifelong journey of togetherness commonly referred to in our society as marriage. In the fashion of slightly more than 50 percent of the U.S. populace, my spouse and I took that meaningful walk…
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