May/Jun
2012

From the Editor: May/June 2012

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Written by Marlene Petersen

0031This issue we celebrate the mothers of Rochester. “The Call of the Soil” and “Accounting Ledgers and Christmas Hams” explore the dreams and adventures of several mother-daughter business ventures. In “Because I Said So!” I hear much of my own voice—and my mother’s—in Amy Brase’s advice to her young children.

    My first “child” was a basset hound, Freddie, followed three years later by my daughter, Meg. I thought having a dog would prepare me for motherhood, and in some ways it did. Of course, with Freddie I didn’t learn what sleep deprivation was, how to give a bottle or what it is like to carry a diaper bag everywhere for two years. But I became responsible for someone other than myself and, in return, experienced the wonder, love and affection that grow from the love you give another. That is what motherhood is all about, albeit the care of a child or a pet.

 

Mar/Apr
2012

From the Editor - Mar/Apr 2012

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Written by Ellington Miller

0036A ship in port is safe, but that is not what ships are for.
Sail out to sea and do new things. --Grace Hopper

When I started my first job after college, my dad told me, “You’ll never be this poor again.” He meant, of course, that I would likely work my way up the financial ladder as my career grew.

 

Jan/Feb
2012

From the Editor - Jan/Feb 2012

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Written by Ellington Miller

0004Sometimes, when I’m frantically running from one job/gig/appointment/event to the next, I look around, watching people around me doing the same running. I know it’s standard procedure this time of year to resolve to do more of some things, less of others. Every January I look longingly at the cushy canvas chair I bought in 2001 and envision myself enveloped in it, reading. But in order to get to that poor chair I’d have to change my entire life structure.  I’m simply too busy.

 

Jan/Feb
2011

From the Editor - Jul/Aug 2011

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Written by Ellington Miller

0005Three years ago, Joel and I were the happy owners of four Springer Spaniels when we got a phone call that changed our life.

    A stray Springer had been turned into the local shelter, but the shelter was full. A volunteer for a Springer rescue group (springerrescue.org) asked if we would foster him for until he could be adopted. Cooper was a cuddly, smart, energetic, ball-chasing dog whose new family still sends us updates and gratitude. Since then, we have helped rescue and foster 19 more Springers and I have volunteered to transport dozens of dogs from other states to Minnesota rescue groups.

 

Nov/Dec
2011

From the Editor - Nov/Dec 2011

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Written by Ellington Miller

11nov-editorDuring the holidays, we are all involved in productions in one way or another. It might be acting in a heartwarming holiday play, singing the Hallelujah Chorus, helping kids learn their lines for school or church programs or driving young dancers to Nutcracker performances. Even our kitchens become stages for baking, cooking and hosting; we seem to be in production in every area of life. My holiday performing is mostly musical. In November and December, I have 17 scheduled rehearsals or concerts. It seems everyone wants live music, and I have a history of saying yes to everything. I will be playing my horn for church services, Yulefest, Festival of Trees, quintet concerts and maybe even the Civic Theatre’s production of White Christmas. What can I say … the spirit of giving makes me do it. That same spirit has inspired a relatively new theatre company, Words Players, to undertake a production of gigantic proportions: “The Spirit of Christmas Past: A Christmas Carol.” More of an experience than a play, this holiday performance includes a Dickens market, trolley rides to and from the Mayowood Stone Barn venue after dinner at The Restaurant, the “streets of London” and more than 70 cast members. Behind the scenes, a group of talented women are managing the budget, costumes, market and technical details, all so Tiny Tim can take center stage and recite his famous line, “God bless us, every one.”

 

Sep/Oct
2011

From the Editor - Sep/Oct 2011

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Written by Ellington Miller

0007The best part about working on this magazine is meeting the women willing to share their stories, because not all stories are easy to tell, and not all of them have happy endings. I read some and think, “I don’t know how she endured that” or “I wish I had the guts to do what she did.”

    However, each story represents a woman living among us, and the struggles she faces easily could be our struggles. Seldom do we choose our challenges; we rise to them.

 

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