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Literary Lessons from My Friend Astrid

By Jean Storlie / March 11, 2024 /

Instead of waiting for the high school bus to drive us home, Astrid and I preferred to walk two miles to her house, which culminated in a 10-min steep climb. But once we were there, we had the place to ourselves. Totally worth the trek! Their house was perched on a cliff with a view…

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Creative Flow or Wasteland? Nancy Drew Provides the Clues

By Jean Storlie / January 16, 2024 /

My calendar did not include an emergency meeting with the PR department that entailed challenging negotiations about technically accurate nutrition information versus consumer-friendly language. Although tensions between the nutrition and PR functions predated my tenure … the dynamics were escalating too far. During the meeting, my team (nutrition communications) was criticized for creating dull, uninteresting…

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Tales from Iceland #2: Christmas Traditions

By Jean Storlie / December 25, 2023 /

Happy (or Merry) Christmas!  Sharing a few insights I learned about how the “island of fire and ice” celebrates Christmas … Yule Lads Instead of one Santa Claus, Icelanders have 13 Yule Lads. According to local lore, they live in the highlands and come down from the mountains, one each night for the 13 days…

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Tales from Iceland #1: Democratic Conversion to Christianity

By Jean Storlie / December 19, 2023 /

Few trees. Few people. Many churches. On our first day driving the Icelandic countryside, I observed the ratio of churches to people and asked my husband, “Since Iceland was first settled by the Vikings in the 9th century, wouldn’t they have been a pagan country?” We pondered how Christianity became the dominant religion. By the…

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Fire Tower’s Vantage Point

By Jean Storlie / August 22, 2023 /

When I looked down and realized that I was twice the height of the treetops, my stomach flip-flopped … my head started to spin. I could hardly manage to hold onto the steel ladder leading straight up to the fire tower lookout. I was in northern Wisconsin with some friends (in my early 20s). They’d…

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Root Canal Misery to Fur Coat Comfort

By Jean Storlie / February 14, 2023 /

The Chicago wind slapped my face as I stepped out of the dentist’s office on Valentine’s Day in 1988. I’d just finished my first root canal and had no plans for a romantic evening … or any romantic prospects on the horizon. It was 3 pm and I felt lousy. Instead of returning to work,…

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Opportunity Disguised as Loss … Ten Years Later

By Jean Storlie / August 30, 2022 /

Instead of checking my email before work, I called my mom to wish her happy birthday. When I walked into the office, I could tell something was odd. My boss walked past me without greeting or eye contact. Looking out at the sea of cubicles, I noticed that everyone had their heads down. I felt…

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Travel Story: Evolving Perspectives about Wyoming

By Jean Storlie / August 18, 2022 /
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Travel Story: A Rocky Adventure in the Rocky Mountains

By Jean Storlie / August 4, 2022 /

In the third installment of my travel series, we have some new runes to contemplate, as well as a hike … that didn’t go as planned. June 25, 2022:  Inguz, Laguz, and Raido Runes We woke on Saturday morning in a charming AirBNB rental, called the Rainbow Cabin in Nederland, CO. Once a bustling mining…

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Travel Story: Rotten Weather, Camping with Incompatible People

By Jean Storlie / July 10, 2022 /

The second installment of the travel series starts with the first leg of my 2022 road trip with my husband and flashes back to the story about my canoe trip in 1978, which was introduced in my last post. Sowulo Rune, June 21, 2022 The sun lit the night sky late into the evening of the…

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