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A little of this, A little of that.


By Kathy Little

Fri, Aug 16th, 2013
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Uno, dos, etc. Yes, I did take Spanish in high school long before Taco Bell became a restaurant chain. Mrs. Worley, our Spanish teacher, wanted us to learn not only the language but also about the culture of Spain and Mexico. So we had a Spanish party. We learned how to fry tacos, made and broke a pinata, and sampled salsa.

During the fiesta one of our classmates, Steve, refused to try the salsa. Instead, he insisted upon using ketchup. Another classmate, Pam, scornfully referred to him as a “chicken.” Now at that time Minnesota men prided themselves on being “manly.” So Steve quickly chugged half of the ketchup right from the bottle. Shocked, Pam promptly threw up all over her salsa seasoned taco. What’s fiesta without drama?

Mrs, Worley so inspired me to know more about Mexico that I insisted my husband and I help chaperone a Caledonia High School Spanish trip to Mexico. It was our first year of teaching and seemed like a good idea at the time. Eleven juniors, the first year Spanish teacher, a pregnant phy-ed teacher, a new math teacher and my husband and I boarded a plane in Minneapolis and flew to Mexico City blessfully unaware that we were the last choice for chaperones.

The principal had insisted that the new Spanish teacher ask more experienced teachers to chaperone, but they had all refused. When I became a more experienced teacher, I understood completely.

Even though we took precautions with the food and the water, most of us got “Montezuma’s Revenge,” which required extremely near-by bathroom facilities. High school juniors and even colleagues are not fun when they have bad stomach cramps.

Mexico City was beautiful, but we were looking forward to going to Acapulco and to seeing the cliff divers. Three hours later after riding on a broken-down school bus in 98 degree heat (did I mention that the windows didn’t open?), the only thing we were looking forward to was getting off the bus.

The cliff divers were almost as exciting to watch as the bull fighters. Both seemed to have a “death wish” in my opinion. Soon, the Spanish teacher was too busy with a bull fighter to bother to help chaperone. No problem. We had the students to talk Spanish for us. Big Problem. They could barely count to 10 in Spanish, but they knew how to order beer. Really, really big problem for chaperones.

I wanted to keep my teaching job next year. Therefore, .....
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Postcards from the Windy City - Art in the City

By Abby Stocker

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
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Dear Readers, This week, I found myself on the train once again, tumbling into downtown Chicago. Beautiful Saturday afternoon, plans in the city, what more could you want? Art. And people to share it with, of course. My trip downtown a few w ..... 
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Country Coffee Talk - August 12, 2013

By Jeanette Schmidt

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
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Don’t you just love the summer! There’s nothing more enjoyable than sitting on the porch in the morning with that first cup of coffee, ignoring what’s ahead for the day. How did that jingle go...“The best part of waking up...”? Did you kno ..... 
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Tech Bytes - Profiling

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
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Profiling, “the recording and analysis of a person’s psychological and behavioral characteristics, so as to assess or predict their capabilities,” is often associated in a negative light when you’re the potential employee. When you’re th ..... 
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Musings from the back porch! - August 5, 2013

By Judy Thomas

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
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In the good old summertime We waited quite awhile for it to get here and before we know it, it will be gone. Since this is my first attempt to share bits of myself and who I am, I guess I could describe myself as liking to meet and getting to know ..... 
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Postcards from the Windy City - A Bird? A Plane? A...Magnet

By Abby Stocker

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
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Dear Readers, Picture this: a giant circular object, apparently a ring, shrink-wrapped in some kind of white plastic, on top of a 16-axel red flatbed trailer, driving maybe five miles per hour through a gap in the trees opposite the building wher ..... 
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Postcards from the Windy City - Casablanca

By Abby Stocker

Fri, Jul 26th, 2013
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Here’s looking at you, Readers. I got stuck in “Casablanca” this week. Astoundingly, I’d never seen the movie. So I spent nearly two hours last Monday evening with Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and my host parents, waiting for letters ..... 
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Tech Bytes - Uninvited Guests

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jul 26th, 2013
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Keeping in touch with family and friends via instant messaging is great, through video is even better. Skype, for example, is a great program to video chat at people’s convenience by utilizing your computer’s webcam. However, if a stranger was ..... 
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A View From The Woods - Blackcaps and Bites

By Loni Kemp

Fri, Jul 26th, 2013
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I rose at sunrise, anticipating a sweltering hot day with only a couple of hours of relative comfort in the shade before the sun reached the forest edge. I forced myself to put on lightweight slacks and a long-sleeved shirt, both stained and relegat ..... 
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