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I Want to Be Moses
I want to be Moses. Admittedly, there are a few impediments: Moses is another person; he is no longer alive; he was male -- even in today's remarkably tolerant societal structure these are factors ...
6/19/13 at 11:49 AM Vacationing Every Week 6/17/13 at 5:38 PM
The Exhausted Smiley Face Emoticon 6/14/13 at 3:05 PM
Picturing Writing: Fostering Literacy Through Art
Last week, I had the opportunity to get out of the office and into the classroom by attending the Picturing Writing: Fostering Literacy Through Art workshop in Bismarck. I wasnt sure what to expect, a...
6/11/13 at 2:03 PM Pondering Public Art 5/15/13 at 2:55 PM
A Family Affair - Woiwode Book Signing 4/16/13 at 11:41 AM
Old-School China = Bone-Breaking Pressure
In China around 1000 years ago, a unique trend began in the area of fashion, custom, and duty. Parents started to tightly wrap the feet of their young daughters so the feet wouldn't grow large. This b...
8/4/12 at 8:29 AM
What Do You Have?
I had been warned about signs like these before I arrived. In fact, I have seen signs like these in the past when I have been on the east coast because there are all kinds of properties on which other...
8/1/12 at 7:00 AM Walking to the Dentist 6/19/12 at 7:30 AM
When The Best Blows Into Town
Oh, to be the best at something. What must that feel like? Ill never know, but I console myself with this the best string quartet in the world performs here Nov. 17, and I will hear them. Will the mu...
10/26/11 at 1:26 PM
Author Brenda K. Marshall visiting Jamestown College Sept. 20
The Jamestown College Convocation Committee will host author and North Dakota native Brenda K. Marshall for Dakota, Or Whats a Heaven For: Writing about 19th Century Dakota Territory in the 21st Centu...
9/15/11 at 10:53 AM Jamestown College offering new course on Chinese language, culture 8/31/11 at 3:31 PM
Community Block Party kicks off new school year 8/15/11 at 3:57 PM
Hiking the remote but worldy, ancient but modern, Colca Canyon
It's mid-afternoon, and our small group is catching its breath after slowly scaling the steep, winding trails of Peru's Colca Canyon. We sit in silence as we look over an ancient landscape of sheer cl...
8/4/11 at 9:37 AM
Outdoor art gallery in Fort Yates definitely eye-catching
BISMARCK--As I made repeated loops around the streets of Fort Yates last week to write about their flooding issues, it was hard not to notice the huge pictures staring at me wherever I went. Plastere...
6/5/11 at 10:20 AM
For health care professionals, there are few worse moments than the horrible, sinking realization of having made a mistake thatharms a patient. It's not just the psychic pain that comes with hurtin...
9/8/10 at 2:45 PM Eating their young 8/17/10 at 10:43 AM
The shock of the new 3/16/10 at 6:17 AM
'Christianity Today' examines hipster faith
From a Christianity Today cover story: "Welcome to the world of hipster Christianity. It's a world where things like the Left Behind book and film series, Jesus fish bumper stickers, and door-to-do...
9/3/10 at 5:36 PM Dana Key dead, 56; remembered as member of old-school Christian rock band DeGarmo and Key 6/8/10 at 7:35 AM
All my blogging will be here until further notice
So..... we're still working on getting everything at AreaVoices.com back up to speed. For now, I only have access to this one, "Everything Else by Forum Reporter J. Shane Mercer." I don't currently ha...
8/14/10 at 7:43 PM More Rem Lezar 5/10/10 at 12:17 PM
Wannabe Irish: Wishing for Cultural Adoption
My first three CDs were Pachelbel's Canon (which contained the Albinoni Adagio, still my favorite classical piece), the Phantom of the Opera, which I was really into at the time, and "The Long Bl...
3/18/10 at 12:00 AM