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Music for honoring and nurturing connection

by Kerry Dexter / Sep 21, 2020 /
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Connection: sharing ideas, sharing stories, sharing time with friends and family is a powerful and lasting aspect of life. Connection with acquaintances and people less well known also has its place in creating and sharing community.

In challenging and shifting times, honoring and nurturing connection, in whatever ways might be safe and available, are healing and grounding things to do.

“Josh Recommends” By Josh Garrick: HELLO DOLLY!!! LIVE at the Garden Theatre

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“Josh Recommends” By Josh Garrick: HELLO DOLLY!!! LIVE at the Garden Theatre 

The good folks at the Garden Theatre have jumped through hurdles to let theater lovers -- like us -- into a live theater experience. And they've done it with one of the greatest Broadway musicals of all time: HELLO DOLLY. I don't think I've ever met a person who doesn't love this musical. It's the lovable and award-winning Jerry Herman at his “music and lyrics best.”

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Cultivating understanding, patience, & compassion to navigate this school year

by Stacey Ebert / Sep 07, 2020 /
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It’s September. Traditionally, we’re talking about student schedules, managing our time, how to embrace kindness in those new and often scary experiences, and approaching that chaotic last quarter of the year with a renewed spirit. Um, it’s 2020–this one is far from traditional. While we’re still talking about schedules, time management, kindness, new experiences, and that last quarter, it’s all sorts of different this time around. 

How are you handling it all?

Minnesota Children’s Book Festival Brings Children's Literature to Life

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Eight of the State’s Most Acclaimed Authors & Illustrators Participate in Anderson Center’s Hybrid Minnesota Children’s Book Festival. Online presentations Sept. 9-12 and distanced activities on-site Sept. 19

7 Great Degrees in the Medical Field

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Professionals working in the medical field are in the business of health and healing. Many different professionals play their roles to help people maintain or restore their health. They include doctors, nurses, lab technicians, and many other specialists. They diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases. There are also those that conduct medical research that makes all this possible. Some specialists practice alternative medicine like Chinese medicine and acupuncture. Here are 7 examples of degrees in the conventional medical field.

The Sights and Sounds of the Yi Peng Lantern Festival

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You arrive at dusk down a back alley where the tuk tuk dropped you off; the air is thick and hot. “Walk to the lights,” the driver says while waving goodbye. You feel a rush of excitement, knowing that you’ve finally arrived at this annual festival that takes place right in the heart of Chiang Mai, Thailand. 

Passages: Music for Rough Times and Calmer Spaces

by Kerry Dexter / Aug 18, 2020 /
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The saying that walking on uneven ground is good for improving balance strikes me as a metaphor for parts of the shifting times we are in at present. Music to help you think about that here, from rough seas to calmer waters, from quiet walks to a  tale holding wisdom from older times.

Passages: Music for Rough Times and Calmer Spaces

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Adaptability is a Superpower

by Stacey Ebert / Aug 03, 2020 /
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“The best entrepreneurs and most successful people I’ve ever encountered view change as opportunities. Every time an industry is adjusted and the terrain shifts, they don’t get on a soapbox and start complaining. Instead, they analyze the situation and determine how they can adapt, and act, in a way that leaves them better than they would have been if they kept trying to do the same thing.” 

Must Read! Why This Faithful Book: A Diary from World War Two in the Netherlands Has Important Life Lessons for Today

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One good thing about this pandemic: we have more time to read. This is a silver lining, and let me tell you all about a book that you MUST read: This Faithful Book: A Diary from World War Two in the Netherlands, by Madzy Brender à Brandis, translated and edited by an author we just love: her daughter, Marianne Brandis.

The Most Important Book You Can Read With Your Kids

by Dr. Jessie Voigts / Jul 27, 2020 /
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One of our very favorite people in the world (not to mention one of our very favorite artists: read our profile with her here!), Lara Smith, has a new book that, honestly, is a must for any parent or educator to share with their kids.