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Be Like Ferdinand

One of my favorite children’s books is The Story of Ferdinand the Bull. If you’re unfamiliar, it takes place in Spain when some men visit a farm in search of the biggest most fierce, most-best-at-everything bull for the bull fight. Ferdinand, the biggest, happens to be anything but fierce. In fact, he loves to just sniff the flowers. As the men watch Ferdinand, he sits down under his favorite tree amongst the flowers and a bee stings him causing him to fiercely kick, snort and buck; perfectly fitting the bull bill. The men are certain they have found the roughest toughest bull. The day of the bull fight, Ferdinand is clearly distraught until he smells the flowers in the hands...

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"Be a Witness to What is Beautiful"

I am a believer in signs, and all signs pointed to say something now. I haven’t said much about what is going on in the world, not because I don’t see the problem but because I’m afraid I’ll say something the wrong way. All I want is for things to be better. I don’t want to discuss the supposed politics around a pandemic or looting as there is something more sinister. The final straw was drawn when my son asked me to read “The Last Stop on Market Street” by Matt de la Peña before bed; a story about a grandma (Nana) and her grandson (CJ). They’re the perfect pair as they navigate their day and she shows him where...

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A little on cell service in Switzerland from our guest writer, Kim of Sweden…

“So, do you have cell service in Switzerland?” Well, when I finally decided to go on exchange, I was excited for what was to come. I had absolutely no idea where I was going to be placed, with whom or who my friends were going to be. To be honest I basically just winged my decision anyways because I applied in April and left in July. Let’s just say I tried to make up my mind about leaving to the USA from November and on, but I am very bad at making decisions and good at overthinking. So, I just told myself “Go! What do you have to lose?”. That is the best thing I have ever told myself. Just...

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Embrace The Living Things!

  I studied abroad in college – it wasn’t my idea. I was undoubtedly nervous about it as I was someone that previously thought going to Florida from Ohio without my parents was a big deal. Rewind to my senior year of high school, I did just that; I went to Florida on the band trip. Side note – I still can’t tell you why I was in band; I was horrible at playing every instrument I touched. I have to imagine my participation and lack of skill in band was an avenue or push toward a next step from the universe... And a pardon from my bandmates. Post Florida, it was time to prepare for moving to college and...

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