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.


November Traditions

November. My month. November, trying to push October’s startling yellows, reds, and oranges to the ground in gusts of 40 m.p.h. winds from the west. November clouds seem darker, perhaps because they harbor possibilities of …

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Celebrating: Día de la Raza

It’s in the air.  Change. The mercury falls to the number 32. The clock reads 6:20 a.m., but light has not returned to the morning like it did just a few weeks ago. The coyotes …

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Great River Regional Library NOVEMBER 2

4:00 to 5:30 p.m. Great River Regional Library 108 NE 3rd St | Little Falls, MN 56345 Author Panel and Book Signing Moderated by MN Book Award Winner Peter Geye Learn from our panel of …

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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.