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Noticiero #6
17 de agosto, 2021
The feather; the pen
Bienvenidos al noticiero
: La Pluma. Welcome to the Newsletter.  

Hola <<First Name>>,

The red blazing ball of sun rising in the haze filled sky unnerves me. It passes into white fuzz as the planet turns toward afternoon. The weather reports include temperature, wind speeds, and now, air quality alerts. My nose twitches. An eerie beet colored moon finishes the day. I look at the stars and wonder what we look like from up there.

The forest is dry, crackling underfoot. The lake is low, a fact that, even the children noticed.

“Last year, we could dive off of the dock. This year, we’d scrape our faces on the bottom!” They still pretend to be mermaids and this year added, “shape-shifters.” I wondered what that meant to them.

To me, it speaks of shamans melting into the mist and taking on animal personas. I looked it up and found a much more sinister definition – everything from multifaceted robots to people shedding their skin and taking on another person, dead or alive.

I prefer the shamans with their owl companions, nighttime flights, spiritual powers, and a sprinkle of mystical magic. As I wait for the skies to return to blue with white fluffy clouds, I reason they are shape shifters.  When I think of my many facets as a human – my roles as mother, neighbor, teacher – I am a shape shifter.  When I returned my mother’s ashes to her hometown cemetery this week, to join other generations resting there, I sensed that death is the ultimate shape shifter. [If you haven't read my article on my mother's hospice, please click here.]

Until that day, keep your imagination sharp and shape shift your dreams.
Hasta la pasta,
Profe Jan(et)
Olympic Games this month included an array of Latinos on the U.S.A. team. Check out the variety of sports and ethnic backgrounds from los filipinos to los cubanos. The United States got a “team mixta” showcasing a rich heritage, historically predating the European settlers. [click image for more]
The book, Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya, gives an insightful look at cultural beliefs from shamanistic healings to owl spirit guides and wise women. Is Ultima, a curandera/healer, really a bruja? How do societies deal with witches? Is it necessary to hold to one belief or feasible to hold two or more beliefs, thus enriching understanding?  [click image for more]
Special thanks to Laura Lowry of Mind Chimes for the Book event on July 22. Great location, discussion, and a reunion of peoples! 
Upcoming: 25 de agosto
Claudia’s Book Club         
Private gathering at 6:30 p.m. for informal discussion of Northern Shores/ Southern Borders.
Topics covered in a Q & A format.
Nisswa, MN location
Upcoming: 12 de septiembre
Lake Street Methodist Church, Eau Claire, WI
Presentation: “Why and What Nows of Central American Immigration Issues”
After services at 10:00 a.m. Contact Pastor Jerry for details

Upcoming: 13 de septiembre
Location TBA, Eau Claire, WI
Presentation for the Eau Claire branch of the Alpha Delta Kappa (ADK) teacher sorority. Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Copies of books available at:

CatTale's, Brainerd
Central Lakes College, Brainerd
Mind Chimes Bookshop, Three Lakes
Chippewa Valley Museum, Eau Claire
The Local Store, Eau Claire
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My upcoming event topics include community activism, border/immigration current issues, bilingual benefits, and culturally mindful travel. 

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