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Noticiero #5
17 de julio, 2021
The feather; the pen
Bienvenidos al noticiero
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Hola <<First Name>>,

The sparklers sparkled. The sidewalk snakes were lit, curled up, and left black coils on the cement. The tiny white Poppers made dainty explosions delighting the children. The Fourth of July ended with a question posed by eight-year-old James. “What is Independence Day?” he wanted to know.
Where to begin? Breaking with England? The Boston Tea party? Why did those easterners sail west? What made them think they could just plant their flag in other peoples’ “living room?” What does, “Freedom and justice for all” look like?
This week the temps surpassed 90, encouraging us to rediscover the swimming hole in the bend of the Nokassippi river where kiddos have cooled themselves for generations. This one activity exercised freedom of movement, choices, opportunities, and advantages.
Moving on to justice. As kids, we often ran to our parents crying out, “That isn’t fair!” As adults, we morph from “fair” into “just.”  “No justice, no peace.” What privileges were we born with that made going with the “flow” of the day easier or more difficult?
In this month’s blog, I contemplate freedom and justice on the personal level via excerpts from my “Pen” Pal, Ana. Twenty-five years ago, Ana was locked up in a County Dade penitentiary. Sister Donna asked if I would take over this correspondence when she retired. My daily freedoms juxta-positioned with Ana’s life of confinement starkly remind me to be grateful, but also seek justice. More revelations. More Spanish connections.
Hasta la pasta,
Profe Jan(et)
COVID brought Incan community together to save the last remaining suspension bridge in the Andes. Using the ancient construction engineering, the one remaining bridge is renewed. This is worth your four minutes! 
Infrastructure. As Congress struggles to pass legislation, maybe they could take a lesson from the Pre-Columbian Inca. Community cooperation built an infrastructure system that took the Inca the length of South America. What could we build with community cooperation?
What: Informal author led discussion                                                             
Three Lakes’ Mind Chimes Book Store
When:  July 22 at 6:00 p.m.

Register: Event sponsor, owner Laura Lowry, 715.546.4222 or
Limited to 10 registrants! Sign up now! 

Book is available at:
CatTale's, Brainerd
Central Lakes College, Brainerd
Chippewa Valley Museum, Eau Claire
The Local Store, Eau Claire
My upcoming event topics include community activism, border/immigration current issues, bilingual benefits, and culturally mindful travel. 

Click here to contact me to be your next speaker. 

Each presentation is tailored to the specific audience. No reruns! My book offers a plethora of topics. Let’s make a plan!
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