Articles written by Janet Kurtz

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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Alberto and Robert on the boardwalk along the Mississippi River at the Crow Wing Park Town Site, 2019
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The Sauerkraut and Salsa Life (Northern Shores; Southern Borders)

It is 7:00 a.m. The August sun is already rising later than it did in July. The overnight temperature slipped to 52º sending a cool breeze into my upstairs room. How could summer already be …

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