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"Ni chifanle ma?"(That's Mandarin for "Have you eaten yet?") If you happen to be in China when someone asks you that question, don't answer it as you would if you were in Duluth. It is just a common greeting in the same vein as "How are you?" No one really wants to know how you are or if you have eaten; they just want to get the conversation started. "Talk doesn't cook rice," a popular Chinese proverb points out. A culture's history and mindset are often manifested in its culinary habits. You can learn a lot by experiencing a culture's mealtime routines.
In recent years it has become easier and more convenient to recycle items that typically would have gone into the garbage and straight into the landfill. The majority of our local garbage haulers accept aluminum, plastic, glass, paper and cardboard to be recycled. However, there are many items that cannot simply go on the curb and out with the trash. Household items such as electronics and furniture are more challenging pieces to dispose of.
So I've got an important decision coming up, the ramifications of which could have a tremendous impact on not only me, but on my entire community. Therefore, I can't make this decision lightly. It must be approached with careful thought and deliberation. And if you think I'm referring to city council elections or school tax levies, you're as wrong as WDSM on-air staff heading up an enunciation seminar.
One warming Sunday morning I looked out the window to see Leo, our black cat, walking along the garden fence. My eyes bugged out when I then noticed the portly skunk walking on the ground right below Leo. Although the cat and skunk weren't interacting, I froze with the threat. Glancing at the chicken yard I realized something was wrong. Three of my five young pullets were jerking around the cage in a bizarre attitude. The fourth chicken was not in sight and the fifth chicken was no longer a chicken at all, but a lifeless pile of red feathers!
Peregrine falcons, the swiftest species on the planet, once ruled the skies of North America. Ambushing their quarry with speed and stealth, peregrines hunt at speeds of over 200 miles per hour. These pinnacle predators seem invulnerable. So how did it come to pass that by 1967, nesting peregrines had all but disappeared from the eastern two-thirds of North America? In the early 1900s, the military developed DDT, a pesticide to protect American troops from insect-borne diseases such as malaria. DDT was highly effective and seemed safe for all but insects.
In his column headlined, "How to visualize climate change in Minnesota," dated Oct. 20, David Beard poses the question of how do we help Minnesotans to see how climate change will affect them? Models of climate change predict that the climate of Minnesota will shift to become more like that of Nebraska. As a native Nebraskan I know what that entails. One summer after enjoying a camping trip in northern Minnesota, my sister and I began driving home in the afternoon. As we drove from Minnesota to Nebraska, we watched the temperature rise from 70°F to 95°F.
The Duluth Public Library is hosting a series of programs inspired by the show "Downton Abbey" during the month of November. "Downton Abbey" is a fictional account of the aristocratic Crawley family and its servants. The library will be showing the first three episodes of Season 3 of the popular show in the main library's Green Room at 520 W. Superior Street beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2. The rest of Season 3 will be shown on the following three Saturdays, Nov. 9, 16 and 23.
"Created Here" honored local women artists as part of a fundraising effort for the American Association of University Women Duluth Branch. Those in attendance listened to the poetry of Deb Cooper, Ann Niedringhaus and Candace Ginsberg. Ceramic artist Lenore Lampi gave a slide presentation and also displayed her work. Linda Turpening played piano. Vocal artist Sarah Lawrence sang, including a comedic opera song, and was accompanied by her mother Madelyn Lawrence. The event included a dinner and a silent auction at the Northland Country Club on Thursday, Oct. 24.
The YWCA celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the Women of Distinction event on October 23 at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center. The event highlights and celebrates the leadership of women in the Duluth area. This year's honorees include Ann Busche of St. Louis County Public Health and Human Services (who is also a Budgeteer columnist keeping the public informed on issues relating to health), Mary Lu Larsen of CHUM and Tina Olson of Mending the Sacred Hoop.
As October was making its exit, it did with many features that are part of these days. After the first half of the month being far above normal in temperature, we dropped down beyond the usual lows several times. Readings that had avoided the 20s so far this season reached into this subfreezing range and we saw the responses. During my morning walks last week, I noticed how the ice had begun to creep onto the surface of ponds.