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Everyone else in my Introductory Mandarin class correctly interpreted the sentence, "Zheli you ji ge ren?" as "How many people are here?" I, on the other hand, had tried to do my homework on a bleary-eyed Sunday morning and had written down, "Where do you have chicken people?" Yeah, I knew that was probably not right. So you can imagine my difficulties when attempting to buy necessities here in China, let alone luxury items such as shoes. Shopping, usually good therapy in any country, began to feel more like a nightmare during my first months here in Zhuhai.
I would like to respond to the Chamber of Commerce CEO's gushing column about our city's "investment" in schools. ("Learning from our past while investing in our schools' future," published in the Nov. 17 issue of the Budgeteer on page A6.) I've been out talking to people about this issue for six years. Many people dislike the size and location of these schools. They literally hate the size of the classes. These schools are a draw to our community? All other educational venues in the area are booming; the Duluth public schools are still losing students.
Within the safety of our homes many of us struggle with unnamed offspring(s) who could be described as having "oppositional defiance disorder." This looks like that sweet boy who will argue with you about whether snowflakes are falling and in the same breath blame his brother because he tripped on his own untied shoelaces while endlessly whacking his sister with a carrot. These people exist in our homes, our workplaces and in the cars next to us. According to the American Academy of Adolescent and Child Psychiatry website, Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD) in children presents itself in
If you are reading this on Saturday, Nov. 30, you have successfully survived Black Friday 2013. Congratulations! The Friday directly following Thanksgiving Day and is considered to be the biggest shopping day of the year. Did you venture out to shop until you dropped when stores opened on Thanksgiving evening? Or were you like me and stayed as far away from the mall as possible? In the 30-something years of my life, I have never shopped on Black Friday.
When Don Olson became the principal of Emerson Elementary school back in the 1960s, he decided his school staff should get to know each other better. Little did he know that what started as a routine staff meet-and-greet would grow into a collective friendship that has lasted 50 years. On December 12, a group of educators from Emerson will meet for its 50th holiday party. The tradition started in 1963 when Emerson Elementary absorbed Jackson Elementary.
Knitting, spinning, weaving, inkle weaving, knotted bracelet making, and felting -- these are just some of about 12 different demonstrations happening in the Great Hall of the Depot at the Duluth Fiber Handcrafters Guild annual sale and fair on December 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The demonstrations are mostly hands-on and family-friendly. The guild was formed in 1973 and is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. "[... the fair] is really an opportunity for members to show off what we can do," said guild member Katie Chmielewski.
By the time that we get to early December, the autumn migration is mostly one of memory. Songbirds, many of which feed on insects, need to be in a warmer climate where they can survive on their food of choice. Water birds, finding ice covers over ponds, swamps, lakes and even rivers as we approach winter, escape these conditions further to the south. During the last couple of months, raptors have been on a southbound trek of their own.
Darryl Teske spoke at First United Methodist Church about his experiences serving as a missionary in Costa Rica on Sunday, Nov. 17. Teske is serving through the United Methodist Volunteer in Mission as a program assistant with Strong Missions to act as a Spanish-English speaking guide. Strong Missions is missions organization started by Charlie Strong and his wife Angela. Their work includes construction work for families, classrooms, and churches, feeding and educational programs and aiding medical and dental programs for families.
Having just noted its 125-year anniversary, the law firm of Johnson, Killen & Seiler has another reason to celebrate. The firm has been named one of the top law firms in the nation by Martindale-Hubbell, the legal industry's most respected information service. Among more than 250,000 firms nationwide rated by Martindale-Hubbell, only 2,442, or less than 1 percent, were selected as 2014 U.S. Top Ranked Law Firms. The honor requires that at least one-third of a firm's attorneys receive AV Preeminent ratings by their industry peers.