Don Quixote de la Mancha
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
(1547 – 1616)

“I do not insist that this is a full adventure, but it is the beginning of one, for this is the way adventures begin.”

“No insisto en que sea una aventura completa, sino es el comienzo de una, porque así es como comienzan las aventuras.”


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Jan with her Mexican maid and amiga, Beda, Saltillo 1970
Author at her northwoods home


Janet E. Kurtz

¡Hola! Me llamo Jan.

My parents named me Janet. I call myself Jan. My Spanish-speaking friends call me Juanita. These stories and photos represent my duo-life, a bilingual journey, a multi-dimensional world view.


My Culture

The furnace kicks in at the same time each morning, but the morning light changes daily. It is 6:30 a.m.  A month ago, it was dark at this hour. Today, the far forest becomes separate …

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It’s Been A Quiet Week

“It was a quiet week in Lake Wobegon, my home town,” is how Garrison Keillor – one time Minnesota Public Radio host of Prairie Home Companion – used to start out each weekly monologue on …

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Y2K and 2023

On the last night of a year, I traditionally write down my reflections while others write down resolutions. In my lifetime, the most impressive turning of the calendar came when the millennium changed. It was …

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Monarch Butterflies

Monarchs. Those butterflies with royal orange and black patterned wings that flit into northern life every spring and hasten to return south before the freeze. Monarchs. A story of metamorphosis from egg to caterpillar to a being that takes flight – a metaphor of life, death and resurrection. Monarchs. Their rare migration requiring four generations to complete the life cycle that perpetuates their survival, unique among planetary creatures.