Nov/Dec
2016

Believe in the Magic of Kindness

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Written by Danielle Teal

Never expecting a ‘boomerang of kindness’ in return, I was the recipient of an incredibly massive Random Act of Kindness in December 2015 when my friend Rebecca Dombrovski (Scott) nominated me as a Community Hero. The Community Hero campaign recognizes positive contributions to the community and is sponsored by Haley Comfort Systems and Bryant Heating & Cooling Systems. 

THANKFUL FOR THE AWARD

The award could not have come at a better time because the previous year my furnace failed to start. A mechanic came out to repair it and told me I would probably need to replace it in the next couple of years. It was a Christmas miracle watching them install the new furnace. Not only did this kind act warm my heart and make our home toasty—it inspired me to continue to spread kindness.

 

Sep/Oct
2016

Back-to-School Supplies Needed: Pencils, Notebooks, and Interpreters–Their First Ears and Their Voice

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Written by Renee Berg Photos by Dawn Sanborn Photography

If there's anyone who understands the needs of non-English speakers living in Rochester, it's Susana Boggs, a local interpreter and immigrant. Boggs was born in Argentina to Laos-born parents, who had moved continents for a better life. Their new life in Argentina wasn't without its challenges, Boggs recalls.

"Growing up, we didn't have interpreters," Boggs says. "I've come to think, how was my mom able to communicate with people?"

Boggs grew up speaking Spanish and Laotian, but upon moving to Rochester at age 18 at the behest of her parents, she was thrust into a world where she didn't know the language. Gradually, by taking classes, Boggs learned English. She watched her uncle's kids, met her husband, Michael, and had three daughters.

 

Sep/Oct
2016

Hijab for a Day: Fostering Dialogue Through Perspective

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Written by Grace Murray Photos by Dawn Sanborn Photography

For one day, four Rochester women volunteered to wear a hijab—the headscarf traditionally worn by Muslim women—to work, school, Even Starbucks, all while being filmed for Community Interfaith Dialogue in Islam’s (CIDI) newest documentary, “Hijab for a Day.” 

CIDI was founded by Regina Mustafa in 2014 to meet a need and provide an opportunity for a reliable resource on Islam and interfaith conversation. The organization is grounded in information being mutually shared, so doing the hijab project was a natural next step.

“This kind of thing has been done in other cities,” Mustafa remarks, “but I hadn’t heard of it being done in Rochester, especially one that was well-documented.” With the help of a Rochester Downtown Alliance grant, the documentary will now be a full-fledged community event, hosted by the Rochester Civic Theatre.

 

Sep/Oct
2016

2016 Fall Showcase and Remodeler's Tour

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Written by Rochester Women Magazine

2016 Fall Showcase of Homes Entries

 

Sep/Oct
2016

Sex Offenders – Protect your Children and Yourself

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Written by Danielle Teal

Alex Bunger, M.S., community corrections supervisor in Olmsted County, works with sex offenders on a daily basis. When asked what types of sex offenders there are, he says, “It’s difficult to put a sex offender in a specific category.” There are different factors that contribute to sex offenses. As such, we must understand the different typologies of sex offenders. 

Become Informed

There are two distinct Groth typologies of sex offenders: child sex abusers and rapists. Within these typologies are categories of motivations and reasons for committing sex crimes.

Child sex abusers are categorized as pedophilic and non-pedophilic. The pedophilic have a sexual attraction specific toward children. They may or may not act on their impulses. Non-pedophilic offenders may have sexual contact with children if they have experienced stress in their life—using it as a coping tool or to substitute for an appropriate partner.

 

Sep/Oct
2016

Proud to be Alive: Choices that Define Us

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Written by Jorrie Johnson

You won’t forget meeting 90-year-old Mabel Tidings Bigelow in “Pride’s Crossing,” running September 9 through November 13 at Commonweal Theatre in Lanesboro. Mabel wants to have a party and becomes adamant about decisions she wants to make for the party, while others attempt to tell her what she can and cannot do. Inspired by real-life swimmer Gertrude Ederle, Mabel's character swims the English Channel in her youth, and as we see through the course of the play, this accomplishment ultimately defines her.

“Pride’s Crossing,” written by Tina Howe, premiered in San Diego, California in 1997. The play addresses aging and the traps of gender and social identity. Howe says her work tends to express her feminist perspective, but in this production she allows her character (Mabel) to admire and be affectionate towards men.

ADRIENNE SWEENEY AS MABEL

Adrienne Sweeney, in her 16th season with Commonweal Theatre Company, will be playing the part of Mabel Tidings Bigelow in “Pride’s Crossing.” Adrienne has performed in more than 30 productions at Commonweal. She also serves as assistant artistic director and as the director of external communications for the theatre company. You may recognize her voice from radio and television commercials as well. 

 

Sep/Oct
2016

Night Owl Meditations: A Blog About Life

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Written by Jessica Ripley

Night Owl Meditations is a blog I began with the purpose of writing about the random things that I think about on any given day. At first glance through the posts, it may appear capricious. There is humor (off-beat), and I also write about personal experiences in relationships, mental health, love, art, mysticism and anything else that feels relevant to me at the time.

GIRL OF DARKNESS

My most recent post is entitled “Girl of Darkness,” and it is a metaphorical exploration of trauma. I read a book recently by intuitive coach Colette Baron-Reid called, “The Map,” and my post was inspired by the exercises in the book. It was an exercise for me in facing my inner nightmares brought on by trauma I had experienced, which caused me to live for a long time with undiagnosed PTSD. 

I have recently begun, mostly on my own, but also with the support of loved ones, healing from the trauma to have a better life. I haven’t written
about it much because I’ve been experiencing it instead. The idea of facing and incorporating your shadow is a Jungian concept that I have found brings peace. 

 

The National Prohibition Act of 1919 may have resulted in 13 years of widespread, organized crime, but for the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) it was a moral victory, providing families protection from alcohol addiction that had resulted in domestic violence and loss of employment, leaving many women and children destitute.

Creating a National Organization

By the 1800s, women were fed up with their lack of civil rights. They couldn’t vote, own property or have custody of children. They witnessed rampant alcohol consumption with detrimental societal effects. 

Instead of sitting quietly, they created an organization that supported various social reforms focusing on prohibition, education, public health, better working conditions and women’s suffrage. The WCTU became an official organization at its first national conference in Cleveland in 1874. Two years later, the International Woman’s Christian Temperance Union formed. At one time it was the largest women’s organization in the world, boasting over 370,000 members.

 

Jul/Aug
2016

Girls' Night Out: Hop Aboard! Taking a Trolley Tour of Local Microbreweries

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Written by By Kim Zabel Photography by Kim Zabel

As our group gathers for our microbrewery trolley tour, we notice that our trolley has a name. We are about to board the trolley Charlie. In fact, all the trolleys, including Charlie, at the Rochester Trolley and Tour Company are named after the Mayo family and partners: Will, Alfred, W.W. Mayo, and Henry. 

Historically, many streetcars were often named after locations and/or famous leaders (Louisiana, Napoleon and Jackson, for example), and, yes, there was even a streetcar named Desire. 

Whether it is trolley cars, microbreweries or beers, a good reason exists for every name. 

First Stop: Forager Brewing Company

Forager Brewing Company derives its name from the process used to forage ingredients in their hand-crafted brews from local growers. Simply put, foraging is the act of searching for food or provisions. 

 

Jul/Aug
2016

Local Author Mary McCarthy

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Written by Catherine H. Armstrong

When your diagnosis is brain cancer and the location is inoperable, the future can feel daunting. Rochester resident Mary McCarthy lived these fears and wrote about them in her autobiography, “A Pilgrimage of Hope: A Story of Faith and Medicine.” 

The story of McCarthy’s illness began in March 2011 with what she assumed was a fainting spell. “I was healthy that morning,” she remembers, but by mid-afternoon she experienced the first of many seizures that were later diagnosed as Grade Three Oligoastrocytoma, a low-grade form of brain cancer.

Not On My To-Do List

“Brain tumor was not on my list of things to do,” McCarthy jokes. “I had mailed a deposit (that morning) for a trip to a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in January of 2012.”

Over the next six weeks McCarthy’s seizures continued, requiring many overnight stays at Mayo Clinic. “Nights in the hospital were lonely, and I shared my fears with the Lord and was consoled,” McCarthy says. She explains that these devotionals helped her understand the importance of prioritizing personal relationships and increased her resolve to complete treatments in time for her planned pilgrimage, only 10 months in the future.

 

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