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Natural World, The Americas

10 Snapshots from the Land of Lakes

Minnesota is called the Land of 10,000 Lakes; it has more like 11,842. Minneapolis alone has 13 lakes. I grew up there, between Lake Nokomis and Lake Harriet. Minneapolis and St. Paul (the Twin Cities) are the largest and most populated towns. They are near the eastern border with Wisconsin and 175 mi (217K) from […]

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writing

5 Reasons to Sing

5. We’re alive today. There’s a great song by Colombian singer Santiago Cruz, “Como si no fuera suficiente despertar y ser conscientes del milagro tan sencillo que comprende el estar vivos nada más, tanto más, simplemente estar vivos.” (As if it were not enough to awaken and be conscious of the simple miracle, to understand […]

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blogging, writing

Are We Alive?

Yellow and orange autumn leaves litter the streets. A cold snap sings a lullaby to flora and foliage. This season reminds me of the Greek myth of Persephone. She eats the pomegranate seeds that doom her to life underground for several months a year. Her mother Demeter, goddess of agriculture, mourns her daughter’s loss to […]

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Indigenous Peoples, Nature, travel

Autumn Near the Wisconsin River

Have you ever traveled one hour away from home and found yourself in another world? I’m just back from two days in the woods with our child’s class of fourth and fifth graders. We had a complete 24 hours in nature. Last night we had a camp fire, s’mores and a starry hike. This morning […]

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Spanish Culture and Language, The Americas

Land of the Free

We study US history in school, learning about our valiant founding fathers. At baseball games we sing our national anthem that hails the United States as the “land of the free.” Is it? Was it founded upon the ideals of freedom for all people? Women of any race, African Americans and American Indians weren’t the […]

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