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Through the Eyes of an Educator: Inspiration is Everywhere

by Stacey Ebert /
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Feb 05, 2024 / 0 comments

“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

A shooting star, the first snowflake, a rainbow after a storm, a child’s laughter, an act of kindness, the innocent check-in of a furry red muppet—inspiration is everywhere if only we pause a moment to look. 

It’s in that awe when we witness a magical moment, the wonder experienced through curious questioning, the joy of a quokka’s quizzical smile, and so much more. When we open our eyes, it’s everywhere…can you see it? 

Travel your home: How to experience your city in a new light

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Jan 22, 2024 / 0 comments

A man at the front desk of a hotel we were checking in at was making light conversation. I don't remember what my mother asked, but I remember he responded with, “traveling to the place you live will change your view of your home.”

He then told his story of how he gets to know his new hometown, to get a hotel and look up the sights to see. 

Travel your home: How to experience your city in a new light

Music for living through changing times

by Kerry Dexter /
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Jan 15, 2024 / 0 comments

Shifting times seem to be the usual state of things these days. Thinking about and working through the changes such situations bring is something musicians face and consider in their work, too.

Here are aspects of shifting times and living in them through music.

Music for living through changing times

Through the Eyes of an Educator: To Thrive

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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. 

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