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As longtime bird watchers, my husband and I greatly enjoy the several feeders in our yard, so it wasn't hard to notice when we saw a goldfinch that was "not quite right." Usually their bright yellow feathers dart around our yard at breakneck speeds, but this time, a juvenile male was sitting on the feeder hardly moving. He bobbed his head looking for small seeds with no shells because he was so weak. Upon closer inspection it looked like the poor guy had a wood tick covering his left eye. Because he was unable to see, I was able to get close for a better look.
Minnesota is finally turning the corner. In August, the state added 12,200 jobs, meaning we've finally returned to the employment levels we were at before the 2008 Great Recession. According to the Star Tribune, we've restored 127,200 private sector jobs to the Minnesota economy since Jan. 1, 2010.
Saturday, Nov. 9, marked the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, or "Night of Broken Glass." It is called the "Night of Broken Glass" because of the shattered glass from the windows of hundreds of Jewish-run businesses, homes, and synagogues in Germany that were broken by members of the Nazi regime over the course of two days. Kristallnacht is widely viewed by historians as launching the Nazi party's systematic persecution of the Jewish people and the beginning of the Shoah, or the Holocaust.
Walking in the drab and leafless woods of AutWin gives us views of many things that we might overlook during the green times earlier. Conifers show their green needles easily in this scene, but so do other green plants appear. Along any route in the forest now, we'll find a plethora of green mosses, ferns, clubmosses and a closer look reveals several leafy flowering plants as well.
Bring in the new liturgical year with a hymn festival of music for each season. The hymnfest will begin at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17, at the First Lutheran Church at 1100 E. Superior Street in Duluth. Dr. Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra features improvisation with hymn singing, bolstered by the choirs of First Lutheran.
Veterans' Memorial Hall invites the public to the annual Veterans Remembrance Dinner on Thursday, Dec. 5. The event begins with a social hour at 5:00 p.m. in the Great Hall of the St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center, 506 W. Michigan Street, and will end by 8:00 p.m. The focus of this year's event is the Grand Opening of the new Albert J. Amatuzio Research Center and to recognize Mr. Amatuzio for making the center possible.
This year, you may find yourself decking the halls with African sisal angels or setting up your nativity set made from banana leaves if you visit one of the new pop-up shops called "Touched by Africa." Touched by Africa Imports is a small business run by Beth Magomolla which features handcrafted items bought from artisans in East Africa. The shop is located in Suite 204, at 315 W. Superior Street in the Skywalk above Bagley's Jewelers. It is in the space that used to be The Candy Express & Gourmet Shop. The shop will be open starting Monday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
If you've been out shopping lately, you may have heard bell-ringing in front of store entrances. The Salvation Army kicked off its Red Kettle Campaign on Friday, Nov. 8. Bell ringers are encouraging shoppers to drop coins or more into the red kettles. Although Bentleyville doesn't open to the public until Nov. 23, Salvation Army major Bill Cox highlighted the importance of the Kettle Campaign to the ongoing work of the Salvation Army against the backdrop of Bentleyville at a press conference on Nov. 8.
The average person is exposed to over 3,000 ads every day. Yet many people think advertisements have no effect on them. "I can't tell you how many times I get told by people that ads don't affect them ... most of the time by somebody wearing an Abercrombie T-shirt," said Dr. Jean Kilbourne as she spoke to a crowd of mostly college students who laughed knowingly. Kilbourne is an internationally recognized lecturer, filmmaker and author known for her innovative work examining and critiquing advertisements for their portrayal of women.
So Sue and I recently spent the longest three years of our lives one night in Minneapolis. Our daughter wanted to attend an all-ages concert at the music club First Avenue and, being such loving parents, we drove her and her friend down there and didn't even bellyache about it. OK, we bellyached a little, but we did try to keep most of it to a low murmur under our breath. The concert was general admission with the doors opening at 6 p.m.