Archive for April 2020

Recalibrating Expectations

How do you define happiness these days? The pandemic has forced us all to change our daily schedules and focus on different priorities. We’ve had to accept a larger degree of uncertainty than we were comfortable with in the olden days….say six weeks ago. Each of us has a varying ability to live with that…

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Head Outside

We continue to walk every Saturday morning at 9 am, leaving from the Folk School parking lot. As we have from the beginning, we follow social distancing guidelines while still feeling a part of the folk school community. Join us if you can, or use the time to walk in your neighborhood. We knew we felt…

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On-line Resources, Things To Do, etc.

We’ve all been dreading the thought of melting snow and daffodil sightings as the ground warms up under the spring sun….NOT! Even if your only connection to gardening is a small pot on a window sill, we’re betting you are dreaming of seeds and potting soil. Our list of resources this week primarily focuses on…

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Some Days – A Poem

photo credit Rudi Hargesheimer Thanks to Pastor Joel at Christ Lutheran Church, for posting this reflection. Some Days     by Philip Terman Some days you have to turn off the newsand listen to the bird or truckor the neighbor screaming out her life. You have to close all the books and openall the windows so that whatever…

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Thoughts on the Pandemic

This week our board member Jane Norbin, a retired public health professional, shares her perspective on the Covid-19 crisis. MMFS has benefited from her smarts and foresight, we’re certain you’ll find her comments and insight realistic but ultimately hopeful: On April 22 Governor Walz and staff announced a new plan for testing, which is aggressive…

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Class Cancellations – May Classes Cancelled

We’re sorry to announce we are cancelling all classes until May 31. Although the current stay-at-home guidelines do not extend to this date, we believe it is prudent to take this step.We appreciate our instructors and our participants flexibility and support during this time. We will send an email to all class participants with information…

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The Art of Letter Writing

As a follow-up to the idea of letter writing as a way to connect, we heard from Erin Maher, an enthusiast and founder of the St. Croix Letter Writing Club: While we physically distance ourselves during this moment in history, many would argue that finding time to socialize has become even more important. Why not…

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On-Line Resources, Things to Do, Etc.

Combine an escape to nature with support for a talented photographer who’s just down the road….Craig Blacklock and his wife have been forced to close their gallery in Moose Lake and shop in Duluth, but you can still purchase Craig’s amazing book on the St. Croix or his other beautiful nature photography books. He’s offering huge discounts, how about…

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The Peace of Wild Things – A Poem

The Peace of Wild Things By Wendell Berry When despair for the world grows in meand I wake in the night at the least soundin fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,I go and lie down where the wood drakerests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.I come…

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News From Our Instructors

We can’t physically be together in class, but we knew you’d be interested to catch up on what our instructors have been doing during this difficult time. You won’t be surprised to hear that they haven’t changed their spots – they are continuing to create and to be role models for life long learning as…

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