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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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    It's for You

    I wish I could drop by my sister's house after supper. Then Margo and I could discuss our respective days while she worked in her yard. I'd be there to advise her about the overbearing first-grader who's been bullying my niece. And she would sympat...

    by Ellen Shriner 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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    Signs of Faith

    I'm driving home in the rain at seven-thirty on a dark Wednesday night. I forgot to eat lunch; my last meal was a late breakfast of shredded wheat, and my head is pounding. I've been proofreading all day; my eyes feel totally shot. I'm sitting at a...

    by Jeannine Ouellette Howitz on December 1, 1998
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    To Dance is to Live!

    Nancy Schmotter watches with pride as her eleven-year-old daughter, Laura, uses her head to maneuver her wheelchair to the center of the dance studio and faces the mirror in preparation for her solo. "I have many dreams for Laura," Nancy says. "I w...

    by Carstens Smith 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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    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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    Poems

    by MP Staff on December 1, 1998
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    Unnatural Law - Chances are, what you do in bed is criminal

    I'm a law-abiding person. I don't cheat on my taxes or cross against the light and I always clean up after my dog. Yet even my respect for the law can't keep me from committing a gross misdemeanor in Minnesota. I've committed sodomy, and I intend t...

    by Melodie Bahan on December 1, 1998
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    Show Off - Coffee-table books speak volumes about character--and the characters we want to be

    Let's be honest: Most coffee-table books are good for about 10 minutes of actual reading time. Filled with dazzling ink-saturated images and inherently fluffy text, these tomes are always more interesting when viewed with others. If conversation lu...

    by Lisa Needham 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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    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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    Cathy Fejes

    Name: Cathy Fejes (pronounced FEE-jus.) The word fejes is Hungarian for "head of lettuce." Age: 40 Profession: General manager of Borders Books in Uptown. Her degree in biology from the University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse primed her for dealing ...

    by Michael Dahl on December 1, 1998
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    Trans teacher returns to Blaine classroom

    Music teacher Alyssa Williams returned to her job at Roosevelt High School in Blaine last month. Williams, a transgender woman, was put on paid administrative leave nearly three months ago when a parent raised questions about the teacher's gender. ...

    by Q Monthly Staff on December 1, 1998
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    Openly gay candidates win, lose elections

    Incumbent state Rep. Karen Clark (DFL-Minneapolis) trounced her opponent, Republican Greg Dolce, in the Nov. 3 elections, winning 80 percent of the vote. Clark, who is openly lesbian and has served in the House for 18 years, says she's pleased with...

    by Q Monthly Staff on December 1, 1998
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    Patrick's Cabaret plans relocation

    A $240,000 gift from an anonymous donor has cleared the way for the relocation of Patrick's Cabaret. As early as January, the cabaret could move to the Firehouse Theater, located at 3014 Minnehaha Ave. Gay activist and performer Patrick Scully's cu...

    by Q Monthly Staff on December 1, 1998
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    Executive director search reopened at District 202

    The Minneapolis queer-youth center District 202 has launched a second round of interviews in its search for a new executive director. The 202 board issued a call for new resums in late October after an initial search failed to result in a hire. Th...

    by Q Monthly Staff on December 1, 1998
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    Orchestra improves benefits for same-sex couples

    Gay and lesbian employees of the Minnesota Orchestra will no longer have to pay higher costs than their heterosexual colleagues to purchase health benefits for same-sex partners. The orchestra's management and its musicians' union recently signed a...

    by Joel Hoekstra 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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