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Through the Eyes of an Educator: To Thrive

by Stacey Ebert /
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Jan 03, 2024 / 0 comments

A new month, a new year, a new chance to write your story. 

How do you greet the new year? 

Through the Eyes of an Educator: To Thrive

Music for December, a time of hope and reflection

by Kerry Dexter /
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Dec 19, 2023 / 0 comments

December is a time which invites reflection. That is true wherever you might be, and whatever else may be going on.

December can also be a time of many things to get done, holidays to celebrate, gatherings to attend, travel plans, resolutions for the coming year...

Each of those activities will benefit from a bit of space, a bit of time for reflection. That may come before, during, after you take part, of course—and music is a fine way to invite reflection and a fine companion alongside quiet consideration, as well.

A Taste of Viennese Christmas

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Dec 09, 2023 / 0 comments

Recipe for Viennese Vanilla Crescents at the end!

The Crown Jewel of the Great Lakes: Mackinac Island (aka Turtle Island)

by Stasia Lopez /
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Dec 06, 2023 / 0 comments

I’m natively from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but for five years, my husband and I lived in southwest Michigan. My husband has family that live in the area, and Fernando and I were newly engaged when we first settled in the Kalamazoo area in 2009. I started attending Western Michigan University in 2011 for my master’s degree, and we got married that same year in the fall. As a graduate student, you’re limited with time off because of academic commitments, but we didn’t mind delaying our honeymoon at all. 

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Shine Your Light

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Dec 04, 2023 / 0 comments

 

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” - Edith Wharton

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Shine Your Light

Redefining Aid: Unpacking the Insights of ‘Refugees, Self-Reliance, Development: A Critical History’ by Evan Easton-Calabria

by Esmee Johnston /
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Nov 30, 2023 / 0 comments

Refugees, Self-Reliance, Development: A Critical History by Evan Easton-Calabria, published by Bristol University Press, offers a comprehensive exploration of the complex relationship between refugees and their experience of integrating in new communities. 

The Beauty of Traveling in Games 2023

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Nov 28, 2023 / 0 comments

2023 has been an amazing year for gaming, with the release of two of some of the most favorite games of the decade, Baldur's Gate 3, and the long-anticipated sequel to Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. There have been many other beautiful games released this year, but these are getting by far the most praise—and for good reason. 

Invisible Struggles: The impact of COVID-19 on Migrant and Refugee Communities

by Esmee Johnston /
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Nov 27, 2023 / 0 comments
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unique challenges worldwide, affecting every aspect of society. One particularly vulnerable group facing many challenges were migrants and refugees as they began the complex experience of integrating into their new communities during unprecedented times. 
 
Invisible Struggles: The impact of COVID-19 on Migrant and Refugee Communities
 

Music for Peace, Reflection, and a Cup of Tea

by Kerry Dexter /
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Nov 20, 2023 / 0 comments

Music for Shifting Times: that is what we have chosen to call this series.

One of the ideas behind it was that music—especially the sorts of music we share with you here—can offer ways to help you reflect on these changes.

She Belongs: The Integration of Female Migrants and Refugees

by Esmee Johnston /
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Nov 13, 2023 / 0 comments

Migrant and refugee women across the globe face a number of challenges, often intensified by their gender, including workplace discrimination, domestic violence, and a lack of language proficiency. These are just some of the many obstacles these women face throughout their journey of integrating.

It is imperative to recognise that that what women migrants and refugees are faced with are often a result of systemic and societal factors in their host country. 

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