Clear, mild, sunny summer mornings are a joy.
Summer work is a great prep for joining the labor force later. It's a good way to sample different kinds of jobs and learn how variable bosses and working challenges can be.
Every June, around the summer solstice, a Carlton County family hosts a weekend of independent film. In its 15th year, the Free Range Film Festival, on Friday, June 29, and Saturday, June 30, draws people of all ages from nearby counties, Duluth and the Twin Cities.
I haven't had living fathers to thank on this day since 1981, but I always think of them: my father, David Markusen, and his father, Marinus Markusen. Makers, nurturers, teachers, musicians and loving husbands. In a year when we've witnessed the serial bad behavior of many grown men, it's a good day to reflect on all a loving father can be.
Didn't get into your preferred college? Keep in mind that you can transfer. It's much easier to gain admission to another school if you have a decent freshman year record. Why? Because at every kind of college, many first-year students drop out. I started at one college, but decided I really wanted to go to Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. I did, and my best friends were two other women who also transferred after a first year elsewhere.
For weeks, on ladders and benches, and sometimes squatting near the floor, students volunteered to paint. Art teacher Ann Carlander created the design and worked for permission to engage students in the painting under her direction. Carlander, a Wrenshall resident in her second year at the school, teaches all grade levels. The day I walked the halls with her, the murals were nearly completed. Carlander pointed out small features to fix, like a lake horizon that wasn't quite horizontal. On April 20, the school hosted a midday ice-cream celebration of the finished murals.
> President Trump himself is a frequent target: "Trump collapses from Exhaustion after Ninety Minutes of Faking Empathy: The sustained effort of simulating compassion proved too much for someone who has never exercised that part of his brain before,' the White House doctor said." Fair game note: Borowitz (and Barry, too) previously satirized President Obama — admittedly a tougher task. <
"I wanted to make strides to end the abuse of women," Walt recalled as she accepted the first "Phenomenal Woman" award on March 10. "I was on welfare with little kids, living in Solon Springs in cheap housing, thinking there has to be something more. I had no education. But I had drive." Walt moved to Duluth and worked on sexual assault, battered women and incest issues. With others, she began the long slog toward creating good, safe living space.
> In the late 1990s, when some ambitious members of the Weavers Guild of Minnesota dreamt of a Textile Center, potential funders questioned, "Who would come?" For a year, the weavers traveled around the state and found hundreds of groups quilting in church basements, knitting and crocheting, and weaving in distinctive immigrant traditions: the Finns prominent in our region. They got their funding.
Like most of us, I've been brooding over school and public space massacres. Probing the causes in my mind, wondering how we can stop them. Some answers: stronger and less individualized communities, better teaching and mentoring of prospective parents, and changes in how we arm and police.