Stories

But I Never Realized I Was Learning Anything

by Stacey Ebert / Mar 07, 2017 /
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I never knew that one of the best compliments from a former student was “I never really thought I was learning anything in your class – we just had fun.” At first I was offended and thought, ‘really, with all of that work in my lesson planning and efforts, really?’ And then I realized it was a compliment. Eventually, even those same students realized that if they didn’t know something at the start of the year and by the end of the year they excelled – then there must have been something going on.

Why you Need to Take a Trip with your Best Friends Right Now

by Brianna Krueger / Mar 03, 2017 /
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Ninety-five percent of my vacations have been with my family. Only one has ever been a vacation with my friends. Pretty sad.

It gets sadder that there’s likely never going to be another friends vacation for us. We’re in the stages of life that include careers, engagements, marriage, and babies, which often makes it difficult to arrange time, even weekend getaways, to see each other. Unfortunately, that’s the sad truth of life and growing up. 

Lessons from Argentina: Q&A with a Pattern Designer

by Culinary Spelunker / Feb 27, 2017 /
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Jessica George can’t remember a time when she didn’t know how to sew.
 
“There are 5 kids in my family and one of the ways my mom kept all of us busy was by doing crafts – so I was always crafting,” recalls George, who grew up near Cleveland. 
 
In college, George studied industrial design with the intent to go on to create toys, perhaps for some big-name company. She took time off before completing her studies to volunteer in underserved communities just outside Buenos Aires in Argentina.
 

#StudyAbroadBecause it will introduce you to yourself

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Rebecca Schuman, Ph.D., is the author of the comic memoir Schadenfreude, A Love Story: Me, the Germans, and 20 Years of Attempted Transformations, Awkward Miscommunications, and Humiliating Situations That Only They Have Words For. She studied abroad in: Germany (1995, 1997); Czech Republic (2004, 2006); Austria (2008)

Revolutionary Ride: On the Road in Search of the Real Iran

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Note: Revolutionary Ride is Lois Pryce's third book, about her travels in Iran.

Asking Questions, Telling Stories: Music for Times of Change

by Kerry Dexter / Feb 21, 2017 /
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Music makes a good companion in times of change. Songs and tunes and symphonies, lullabyes and string quartets, music of the griot and the sean nos singer, the classical violinist and the street corner busker all have ways of connecting us to one another, of giving space for reflection, of lifting spirits, offering hope, adding perspective and building courage. 

We Love The Incredibly Delicious Fire Department Coffee!

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Firefighters Know Coffee. This is a fact. My brother's a firefighter, and I know that there's more truth than we can ever guess to that statement. After all, our first responders need to be ON for 24 hour shifts - sometimes longer. So who better to make coffee than firefighters?! 

We Love The Incredibly Delicious Fire Department Coffee!

The Chosen Maiden: Bronia Nijinska and Modern Dance

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If I were to dance these words, I would dance the drops of rain falling on parched earth. 

Cielo Nocturno: Nuevo Flamenco with Extraordinary Songwriter and Guitarist Russ Hewitt

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Winner of two World Music Awards, 'Cielo Nocturno' by renowned guitarist Russ Hewitt is a work of art. The Grammys? They know what they're doing by putting it on the ballot in three categories. Hewitt, now on his third album, is constantly growing, traveling, writing...and impressing listeners. His work is new to me, but one listen to Cielo Nocturno and I was hooked. When I interviewed him, I became even more of a fan.

6 Magical Items to Keep You Safe at Hogwarts

by Sarah Albom / Feb 01, 2017 /
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Every Harry Potter fan has dreamt of walking the halls of Hogwarts, or performing complex spells that will turn any enemy into a bat or mouse. But we’ve begun to grow up. Our minds have moved on to reality, and Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry has been tucked away on to a dusty shelf of our subconscious.

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