Articles written by Janet Kurtz

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The Back-Story of “BIRTHING A BOOK”

“Writing a book is like being pregnant without a due date.”  J.Kurtz (Quote from the upcoming May 2020 issue of my Her Voice article about writing a book.) Conception: The idea to write a book …

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Janet Kurtz Holding Her New Book
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Northern Shores-Southern Borders: Revelations of a Bilingual Life has officially been “born!”

The most wonderful shipment arrived last week…   …my new book Northern Shores – Southern Borders: Revelations of a Bilingual Life has officially been “born!” Birth Announcement – A bouncing baby Memoir Name: Northern Shores …

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First Congregational Church, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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Day 24 away from home. . . or. . . Back home again

  So, it has come to this. Fifty years after leaving this town for college, I am back, seated in my mother’s car, parked in front of the First Congregational Church where my father was …

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Isabel Allende
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Isabel Allende Writes

Every January 8th Isabel Allende, the world’s most widely read Spanish-language author, steps into her “writing” shed to begin her next book. It became her habit starting on January 8, 1981, when she wrote a …

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Don Miguel Ruiz
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The Year: 2020

Seems such an amazing date. Every January is a new beginning, but in 2020? This must be very resilient in the numerology game. Strong. Defiant. Heady. Barreling in at the end of the twenty-teens. A …

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Father Donald, age 2
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Día de Muertos – Remembering

Donald was born thirteen years after his brother, Woodrow, and sister, Wilma, putting him into his own separate family generation. Wilma embraced him as her personal doll. Woodrow teased and taunted him when not out …

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Conga Line
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Celebrating Hispanic Month

It is noon, 12:00 p.m. almost sharp, on the first Thursday of the month, Cultural Thursday time at Central Lakes College, Brainerd, Minnesota. Today, the speaker has been chosen to commemorate a designated time frame …

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Set up and decorating
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Sugar Skull Weather

A chilly breeze rattles the yellowing maple leaves. The sumac turns blaze red, outlining the browning cornstalks drying in the fields. Orange pumpkins polka dot the gardens. The half-moon sheds long shadows through the forest. …

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Maru, leader of the Spanish Language Institute of Cuernavaca, poses with a tour/student, Barbara, from Minnesota at the Rosario Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary
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Monarchs in Mexico

Last fall, an email arrived from SLI, Spanish Language Institute in Cuernavaca, announcing its annual trip to Morelia, Michoacán to visit the Rosario Monarch Sanctuary.  Last year, I had pondered too long and the trip …

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