Motherhood Around The World: Photos From My Travels And Sent In From Readers

Motherhood is as ubiquitous to human life as is its meaning and impact impossible to overstate. Perhaps this is why it’s as easy to take our mothers and motherhood for granted as it is to express endlessly to them and upon it. On this Mother’s Day 2017, let’s let some pictures of motherhood worldwide do…
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Characters On Parade At The Minneapolis May Day Festival

The annual May Day Festival is a mix of hippie, pagan, bohemian, eclectic, and other alternative arts and fashions rolled into one. It’s not my scene–but that’s not relevant when admiring the expression and variety of humanity on display last Sunday. Here were just a few of the shots I grabbed at this year’s event. ***…
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Interview With A Mother And Fiance Of A 2016 Innercity Homicide Victim

Andre Riley Jr. was shot and killed at a late-night block party July 3, 2016. The shooters thought he was somebody else. The shooters have never been caught. On April 17 of this year, Andre’s mother and former fiance shared about the man who died, the events of that night, and the struggles of inner-city black…
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My Interview On ESLauthority.com, A Great Resource For Teaching Abroad

I’m guessing most of you have considered (or have) traveled abroad. I’m also guessing many of you (or someone you know) has considered (or has) lived abroad. The prospect of doing so can be fraught with excitement and concern. How can I leave my family, friends, and home? Will it be uncomfortable living in an unfamiliar…
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The Concept Of Money: Unfamiliar, Yet Necessary

Money. It’s been said by many smart people over many years that we ought to teach financial literacy to schoolchildren. As it stands, most all Americans–despite their income–live paycheck to paycheck and spend what they have (or even what they don’t) on liabilities instead of assets. Recently I wrote about how experiencing the outdoors hearkens…
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Fund Drive For Tanzania School — Culminating On The 50th Floor

Remember 2014?  That was the year Russia annexed Crimea, the year of the Ebola outbreak, the year Germany won the World Cup, and the year I spent at the small village school in central Tanzania. Three years after I brought computers to Magulilwa, the secondary school continues to thrive as an educational beacon in this…
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Video: Spring Walleyes In A Creek In Northern Minnesota

The moist, form-fitting earth around footsteps in the forest, the budding green grass below and buds above, and the trickle of now-melted streams bringing nourishment to the land… Particularly for a city-dweller like myself, immersion into nature awakens a piece of me. And naturally, no time of year is as enlivening as the springtime. This…
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Amy Helps A Boy With HIV Who Needs To Be Rushed To The Hospital

This Easter weekend, we introduce traveler, volunteer, and heartfelt thinker Amy Petersen. Having spent time in some of the toughest environments on the globe–Uganda, Syria–Amy ventures to where people need her most.  A few years ago, Amy moved to Kazo outside the Ugandan capital Kampala and worked with UYWEFA, a nonprofit supporting HIV/AIDS-effected individuals in this East…
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Humility, Openness, And The Path To Growth: What I Learned From My Work Performance Review

Last Wednesday I walked into the CEO’s office at the school I work for. This day had been on my calendar for sometime. In the weeks leading up to it, my supervisor asked me to prepare by openly and honestly answering a packet of questions. The questions had to do with my work. This was…
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Minnesota Man Shoots Caribou…Grizzly Takes It: New Video Story

Back in ’01 (2001, that is), old outdoorsman Richard Ferdig finally got his chance to bag a caribou in Alaska. Just one hour into his first day out, he downed a small bull. Success. But on his way back to camp to get the sled to haul his kill, he and hunting partner Roy saw a…
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