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.

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

Magazine Articles

Where the Monarchs Go

Click to read Her Voice article “Where the Monarchs Go” from Spring 2020. 

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Robert burst into the kitchen, “The monarchs are here! They’re in the prairie on the Blazing Stars!” I put down the zucchini I was shredding for lunch, wiped my hands on my apron, and grabbed …

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Joyful Fatalism

“What I believe in is ‘joyful fatalism’ – my own term,” Patti told me as we caught up after a 37-year-haitus. In 1985, Patti and I were Spanish teachers, she in Iowa and I, in …

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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.