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    Save-A-Friend Hotline

    Save-A-Friend hotline is a toll-free phone number for K-12 students to call and anonymously alert school authorities to situations involving guns, other weapons, potential violence, or students at risk. "We are totally committed to making each an...

    by MP Staff on December 1, 1998
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    Paradise Traded - Swapping Oz for the way back home

    We had it all. At least, we had a good start. In Michigan, we lived in a sprawling rambler on four and a half acres bordered by rows of mature, stately evergreens. Our expansive front yard offered both the comforts of a mown lawn and the rusticity ...

    by Marie Bjoraker Peavey on December 1, 1998
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    Estate Sale - Sifting the sundries of a lifetime

    A steep staircase opens directly into the sewing room at the top of her small house. Dormer windows give a view of the quiet street below. The walls of the longish room are white, with little tables scattered about. Jumbled with bits of fabric, the...

    by Alison McGhee on December 1, 1998
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    For Sale - Searching for a sense of place

    My six-year-old son Luke is engrossed in play with his best friend, Josh, as a crew of neighborhood men help Josh's family move. The new house is only a few miles away, but to my son, it might as well be on another continent. He senses the end of l...

    by Corey G. Gunderson on December 1, 1998
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    Being There - A Reflection On Parenting

    It was a ludicrous sight--one that struck a little too close to home. I was sitting on my front porch taking one of those rare moments to enjoy a bright summer morning. A young dad came cycling down the street, his child behind him in a bright blue...

    by Edward J. Colon on December 1, 1998
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    Mary

    Every woman who has ever given birth loves to tell her birth story. She loves to tell it in excruciating detail. She'll tell it to anyone who will listen. One ravenous night some two thousand years ago, a woman named Mary brought a baby named Je...

    by Nanci Olsen on December 1, 1998
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    Counselor at U files anti-gay discrimination suit

    An academic counselor at the University of Minnesota has filed a lawsuit against the school, alleging that he was discriminated against due to his sexual orientation. Richard Marsden, who is gay, has been an employee of the University of Minneso...

    by Lisa Needham on December 1, 1998
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    Class of Queers, Brian Zimmer, and Foxes on Fox

    Class of Queers. We didn't exactly love high school the first time around, but after a day at Homo High last month, we'd go back in a minute. Well, almost. With the Jackie Ohs as chain-smoking hall monitors and Miss Richfield teaching elocution, ho...

    by Q Monthly Staff on December 1, 1998
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    History Play

    As the first act of Gross Indecency drew to a close during its opening-night performance at the Guthrie Lab, I found myself distracted. Not that the play wasn't brilliant: Moises Kaufman's script about the three trials of Oscar Wilde, which eventua...

    by Joel Hoekstra on December 1, 1998
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    Out of Place - What makes a homo feel at home?

    Are we going to have to move?" my friend Drake kept asking--several times a week, in fact--as the November election approached. With same-sex marriage and a repeal of the state's human-rights law being debated, he feared that Minnesota's climate fo...

    by Jim Foti on December 1, 1998
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    The National Agenda - These four Minnesota women are shaping the way the GLBT movement thinks about politics, AIDS, and grassroots organizing. Can they change a nation?

    We elect our president. We elect our senators. We elect congressional representatives. But when it comes to the national GLBT movement, it's less clear who's leading the charge. Activists from New York, Washington, Los Angeles, and San Francisco ha...

    by Joel Hoekstra on December 1, 1998
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    Thing: Hawaiian Punch

    Perhaps a Pacific breeze passing over the mouth of Mauna Loa, Hawaii's largest active volcano, sucked up an invisible psychoactive vapor or two. Perhaps our intensified year-long focus on the Aloha State, as she considered amending her constitution...

    by Michael Dahl on December 1, 1998
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    It's a Sista Thang - A local zine for the "go girls" on its way to making Gloria Steinem proud

    HUES Magazine $3.95 cover price $19.99 for one-year (six issues) subscription Minnesota pro-girl smart chicks, get proud. Thanks to Duluth's New Moon Publishing, we're home to HUES, a new young women's bimonthly mag that stands tall in chunky...

    by Ann Rosenquist Fee on December 1, 1998
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    Place: Snap, Buckle, and Crop

    I've lost track of the number of times I've heard some guy tell me he needs to replace his leather jacket because his was stolen the next morning by a trick," says Scott Kelley. "But I've never heard that story from a woman." Kelley, 51, salesman...

    by Michael Dahl on December 1, 1998
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    The Stifling of the Body Electric - Remember, the mind's the thing

    The Body Project: An Intimate History of American Girls by Joan Jacobs Brumberg Random House, 1997 $13 (paperback) In 1892, an adolescent girl confided to her diary: "Resolved, not to talk about myself or feelings. To think before speaki...

    by Amy Timberlake on December 1, 1998
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    Person: Elf Esteem

    Peter Rothstein's theatrical career began amid gingerbread and fake frosting in the Grand Rapids Elementary production of Hansel and Gretel. Rothstein, then a first-grader, didn't have much of a part, but he knew he was destined for life in the lim...

    by Joel Hoekstra on December 1, 1998
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    Poems

    by MP Staff on December 1, 1998
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    Scan It: Knew You Were Waiting

    Let it never be said George Michael hides from adversity. After his arrest for lewd conduct in front of one of California's finest last spring, the former Wham! frontman has bounced back with a greatest-hits package featuring a new single and video...

    by Lisa Needham on December 1, 1998
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    Scan It: Rooms of their Own

    Michael Cunningham's remarkable new novel, The Hours (Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, $22), begins with a harrowing depiction of Virginia Woolf's suicide in 1941. War has begun, and Woolf is again hearing those voices in her head, the same voices that ...

    by Thomas Fagan on December 1, 1998
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    If a gifted psychic offered to tell you what lay ahead for you, would you listen?

    Editor's Note: "Think About It" is a new, ongoing feature in Minnesota Parent; a place where our two editorial staffers, Jeannine Ouellette Howitz and Julia L. Ramirez, will recount firsthand experiences with offbeat subject matter. This month's to...

    by MP Staff on December 1, 1998
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