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  • In Search of the Practical Life: Remembering the monster’s of race, part 1

    One of my earliest memories—I must have been about nine—was of riding on the gondola at the state fair with my little brother. We had been allowed, after much begging, to leave our mother and baby sister and ride across the fairgrounds by ourselves. We held hands and swung our legs and thrilled at the…
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  • In Search of the Practical Life: New Beginnings

    I’ve been stuck at home for a week. My car, even with snow chains on, can’t make it up our two kilometer, hilly, and now icy road It’s January and a time of new beginnings. As if I didn’t have enough new beginning: leaving the city and moving to a very rural island with my…
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  • Are fairy tales still relevant today?

    I let fairytales be fairytales. We read the classics such as the Grimm’s Fairtytales and Aesop’s Fables as well as adaptations such as the Barefoot Book series of Princess tales from around the world. And of course contemporary and more feminist Princess stories such as the Paper Bag Princess. I also read a number of…
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