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Ears


Mon, May 29th, 2000
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Contest Runner-upBy Marie Winckler

Monday, May 22, 2000

(Due to technical difficulties, this article did not appear in last week's web edition of the Journal. The article appears in full as it was written by Marie Winckler below.)

This is a story with a subtle but powerful theme of how different sounds are always around us whether we choose to use our ears to hear them or not. The piece has a nice loose structure to it, almost like a letter to a friend, one of the judges commented. The author, Marie Winckler, lives in Canton.

I hear the unexpected noise as I crease each sheet of paper. The trance I'd fallen into is suddenly broken. I hear it, my fingernail sliding first one way then the other over the flyers Lynn made. I flip them over and score them again, preparing them for mailing, trying to finish by Friday, Steve's deadline.

Slish slish pause...slish slish pause. There's a surprising amount of high frequency in this noise. Is that what's drawing my attention? It sounds so foreign.

Every sound is different now. My ears have recently returned to normal thanks to the help of my healer friend from the Big Woods. Judging by how strange this paper is to me, I'd been functioning with only a percentage of my hearing for quite some time.

The brittle, metallic hiss of paper being creased continues to engage me. As I listen, I think of ears and of hearing. What a source of pleasure it is to me! When I couldn't hear well, I was completely focused on sound, no longer taking it for granted. Now, my hearing restored, a story begins to take shape. I'm thinking of calling it "Ears".

I think of Belinda, my T'ai Chi teacher, who is deaf. To be in the class of this young master is a privilege. Watching her "do the form" with such flawless inner power, it's impossible to think of her as disabled. She told us that when she lost her hearing she began to hear other kinds of things.

I've heard noises in my head: fluid crackling behind my eardrums; ringing noises after a night working the dishwashing machine at the Pub; even the "ghost voice" of my niece Rachel calling to me several days after she and her family moved to their own place. I wonder if these are the kind of things that Belinda hears.

Mark said he once partied with a group of deaf kids as a teenager. They turned up the rock music with the speakers face down to the floor. The floor acted as a sounding board and vib .....
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Are we going anywhere?

Mon, May 29th, 2000
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Monday, May 29, 2000

During another long and winding discussion regarding the Bjorklund Compensation Study, Fillmore County Board Chairman Gary Peterson sighed last Tuesday and said, "Well, are we going anywhere? It seems like we are, but Im ..... 
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Grandpa

Mon, May 29th, 2000
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Contest Runner-upBy Jenna Larson

Monday, May 29, 2000

Editors Note: The judges found Grandpa to be a succinct and well-crafted character sketch of somebody who obviously means a great deal to the author. The vivid imagery a ..... 
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A window to the past

Mon, May 29th, 2000
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Wykoff museum boasts historical treasures, odditiesBy Carol Thouin

Monday, May 29, 2000

Smack dab in the middle of a worn, glass display case sits a jar of fifty-some year old gallstones. Nearby is a box of gold teeth and across ..... 
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A small world

Mon, May 29th, 2000
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May 15, 2000

"This is my letter to the world,
That never wrote to me,--"
~Emily Dickinson


An Amish buggy stops beside me on the Big Woods road. Its occupants introduce themselves as Jacob and Sarah Byler and their childre ..... 
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Theres Snakes in Them Thar Hills

Mon, May 29th, 2000
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Monday, May 29, 2000

With records for at least 39 of Minnesotas 50 or so native amphibians and reptiles, the rugged stream-dissected Blufflands of the far southeastern corner of Minnesota is easily the most herpetologically diverse region of ..... 
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Play Ball!

Mon, May 29th, 2000
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Monday, May 29, 2000

Outside the old St. Mane Theatre in downtown Lanes-boro, the sweet strains of the Count Baise and Duke Ellington orchestras float through the warm evening air. Even before entering the theatre, you know you are about to be ..... 
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Beat the Rain

Mon, May 29th, 2000
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Monday, May 22, 2000

Most of the people I know are glad it is raining today. It has been very warm and dry this spring. Even though the weather has been warm for weeks, the recent overnight cold caused some of the small corn and soybean plants ..... 
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Who wants to be a commissioner?

Mon, May 29th, 2000
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Monday, May 22, 2000

If you didn't know it by now, this is an election year. Come November, voters in Fillmore County will be casting their ballots for president, senator and congressmen. Both of the seats held by state Representative Greg Dav ..... 
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