May/Jun
2012

Revitalizing Rhubarb - Rhubarb Cookbook Reviews

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Written by Margo Stitch

0021“Everything Rhubarb: Recipes and stories from a small town that celebrates rhubarb,” Dry Store Publishing Company, 2010, $15 (pbk). For orders, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

As spring welcomes rhubarb season, here is a delightful collection that will inspire destination travel and culinary adventures. Four dynamo Lanesboro women identified on the title page as “Top Stalk” Nancy Martinson, “The Root” Heidi Dybing, “Tallest Stalk” Mary Bell and “Newest Stalk” Jennifer Wood published this cookbook in 2010. They depict the community spirit of Lanesboro and surrounding area along with images of the annual June rhubarb festival.

 

May/Jun
2012

Sneaking Science into Summer

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Written by Marlene Petersen

0035Jobs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are expected to grow by 17 percent through 2018—nearly double that of other fields—but only one in four of those jobs are currently held by women, according to a study by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. So how do we get our children, especially girls, excited about STEM? Summer camps!

Science fun

Just as innovative moms have learned to sneak spinach and blueberries into chocolate cupcakes while maintaining their delectability, several camps in Rochester are sneaking science into summer while keeping them fun.

 

May/Jun
2012

Getting Your Family Groove On

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Written by Emily Watkins

0023May. The month we celebrate mothers. What do you usually give your mom for Mother’s Day? If you are a mother, I bet some of your favorite gifts aren’t material goods but time spent with your kids. What better thing to do with your children than exercise with them?

Active at Home

Ideas in a jar. Write down activities on slips of paper and put them in a jar. When you need something to do, pick a slip and get busy. Some ideas: do 50 jumping jacks, run around the block, boogie around your kitchen, go bowling, go fishing, work in your garden or go for a hike. Have races in the backyard or at a nearby park (three-legged race, anyone?).

 

0037Jill Daniels considers herself blessed. Preeclampsia turned her first pregnancy into a life-threatening situation and cast a shadow of fear over her next two pregnancies.

    In recognition and gratitude for having three healthy children, Daniels is helping to organize the Minnesota Promise Walk for Preeclampsia™ in Rochester on May 12.

Frightening diagnosis

Like many women, Daniels knew little about preeclampsia before being diagnosed with it 31 weeks into her pregnancy. “At a routine prenatal check up my doctor noticed that I seemed to be retaining fluids and there was an increase in my blood pressure.”

 

May/Jun
2012

A Song for Sendai

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Written by Alison Rentschler

0041Just 15 days after last year’s earthquake and tsunami hit Sendai, Japan, the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra gathered together to play for its people whose lives, homes and livelihoods were lost. In a temple, near Sendai Station, they played Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings, a pathos-filled lament also played at President Kennedy’s funeral.

    Since then, the Sendai philharmonic has played all over northern Japan, despite the ravaged region, little to no funds, an obliterated concert schedule and destroyed concert halls.

    They play in quartets and all together. They play in shelters and schools. They play because music, for them, is more than just entertainment. It is hope.

 

May/Jun
2012

Because I Said So! Love, Mommy

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Written by Amy Brase

0049A profound revelation washed over me in a sketchy public restroom stall.

    As I painstakingly teetered over my little one to wipe her tush, she peered up with a smile to boast, “Mommy! I did it! I went potty without touching anything!”

    Indeed, she had kept her hands to herself, her legs on the dry part of the seat, and her skirt off the floor. It was an incredibly proud moment.

    That’s when it occurred to me: this is what my child thinks is important to me—that she remain as sanitized as possible when approaching a precarious toilet. Is that really the message I want to embed in her precious little heart? Well, maybe. But, there’s so much more.

 

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.

 

Mar/Apr
2012

Pet Q & A - Mar/Apr 2012

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Written by Sara Reusche

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Q My adolescent Labrador gets plenty of exercise every day, but she never seems satisfied. What can I do to keep her calm?

A Physical exercise is important for dogs, and most dogs need 30 to 60 minutes of aerobic exercise (exercise that makes them pant) a day. However, mental exercise is also very important to keep dogs happy and healthy. Mental exercise is anything that encourages your dog to think and problem solve. Consider how tired you would be after doing half an hour of calculus compared to half an hour of walking: thinking is hard work!

 

Mar/Apr
2012

Devoted Hearts Conference 2012: Knowing God

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Written by Amy Brase

0029What’s one thing that you should absolutely do with your mom, sisters or girlfriends at least once? Attend a women’s conference! Chances are, you’ll be hooked and want to do it every year. It’s just that fun.

    A team of women from various backgrounds and walks of life is hosting the ever-popular Devoted Hearts Conference in Rochester. Five other churches—Christ Community Church, Calvary Evangelical, Hope Summit, Rochester Covenant and Celebration Church in Byron—have joined with Autumn Ridge to offer an amazing local conference for Southeast Minnesota women.

 

0041“Women’s Shelter, Melissa speaking. How can I help you?”

    Calls to Women’s Shelter, Inc.’s crisis line conform to no predictable measure. They come day or night, in every season, seven days a week and 365 days a year.

    A call might be from a woman whispering, “Please help me,” just seconds before the phone is disconnected because the abuser has ripped her cell phone from her hand or torn the cord from the wall. St. Marys Hospital may be on the line looking for shelter for a frightened, wounded woman being treated in the ER. A call could be from someone who desperately needs an empathetic ear to listen and to understand.

 

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