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Special Teachers Are (Story) Gems

By Jean Storlie / October 3, 2017 / 0 Comments

I vividly remember the day in third grade when a teacher touched my life. Done with my classwork and tired of staring out at the dreary landscape of late fall in Wisconsin, I wandered over to the bookshelves to browse the books. When Mrs. Athnos came over, I thought I was in trouble … for…

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From Peaceful Evening to Stormy Night

By Jean Storlie / September 6, 2017 / 0 Comments

After enjoying a pleasant picnic on an island in Lake Minnetonka, our friend Cindy and I gathered up dinner gear as the sun slipped into the horizon, leaving a splash of color behind. Busy chatting as we set up for a campfire and tucked gear away before dark, we didn’t notice that the sky had…

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Sunset and Fireworks Mark Key Milestones

By Jean Storlie / August 2, 2017 / 0 Comments

When I got home after receiving my lay-off notice from General Mills, I tossed my severance packet on the couch, joined my husband on the porch with a glass of wine, and started brainstorming names for the business I wanted to start.   After working on the naming challenge for about six weeks, I was…

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Passport to Rainbows and Waterfalls

By Jean Storlie / July 5, 2017 / 0 Comments

As he eyed three passports and a Minnesota Driver’s License, a Canadian Customs Officer asked me (the driver) why a Brit, an Australian, and two U.S. citizens (from Georgia and Minnesota) were traveling together across the border at Niagara Falls? I replied that we were attending a conference at the University of Buffalo and wanted…

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Resting Logs Kept Little Legs Moving

By Jean Storlie / June 2, 2017 / 0 Comments

Jay and I paused at the crest of a foothill overlooking Boulder to the east and the Rocky Mountains to the west. According to my iPhone Activity App, we had climbed 71 floors. We decided to rest on a fallen log. While we soaked in the vista, Jay recounted a memory about hiking in the…

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Nevertheless She Persisted in Wellness

By Jean Storlie / May 3, 2017 / 0 Comments

Snow covered the grounds of the Cooper Aerobic Center in Dallas, TX, when Georgia Kostas arrived for her interview with Dr. Kenneth Cooper in 1977. Tip-toeing out of the cab in her winter-white suit and pink floral blouse (with a flouncy bow), Georgia’s heart was set on getting this job.  A few years earlier, Georgia…

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Lessons from Croup and Captain Hook

By Jean Storlie / March 2, 2017 / 0 Comments

Four-year-old Jackson sounded like a seal barking as he called from his bedroom one wintery Sunday afternoon. I’d put him down for a nap an hour earlier and hoped sleep would curtail his cough. He was frightened and struggling to breathe. A call to our doctor: “hang up and dial 911.” The ambulance arrived in…

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2017 Holiday Story: Tale of the Toppling Tree

By Jean Storlie / December 24, 2016 / 0 Comments

The winter sun was setting as Jay and I arrived at the tree farm to harvest our first Christmas tree as a married couple. The farm was a little more primitive than we’d expected. A fog was settling in. The next evening we were hosting a “Tree Trimming Party,” so we really needed to get…

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“From Grinch to Our Neighbor” Inspires Imagination

By Jean Storlie / December 6, 2016 / 0 Comments

We dreaded the arsenic hour … 5:00-6:00 pm, the first hour that Abby was home from day care. She would melt down and become inconsolable over small things. After a series of tantrums, she would retreat to her room (or be sent into a time out) and re-emerge with a new outfit … often dressed…

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Transformed by Listening

By Jean Storlie / August 3, 2016 / 2 Comments

I slipped into the last empty seat in the session on “Listening Dialogues” at the Creative Problem Solving Institute Conference (CPSI 2016). I recognized the woman sitting next to me in the circle as someone I’d seen around the conference and wanted to meet. She gave me a warm, welcoming smile, and I knew I’d…

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