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    Winter Safety Tips for Preventing Brain Injury

    Protecting your child's brain from an injury may be the most important thing you can do as a parent. This winter help your child play it safe. Sledding: The fun of sliding downhill can turn into danger unless children know how to sled safely. Chi...

    by MP Staff on December 1, 1998
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    "It's the Thought that Counts . . ." - Is there any wisdom left to squeeze from this dried-out old bit of gift-giving advice?

    Yeah, yeah, yeah. You've heard it all before. After searching through forty-two stores in twelve different shopping malls, standing in line for hours, and shelling out a huge bundle of your hard-earned bucks to buy your kid that extra-special prese...

    by Michael K. Meyerhoff on December 1, 1998
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    Helping Kids Cope with Colds

    Children aren't little adults, and most parents realize that when it comes to treating kids' colds they have to tailor their treatment. Many pediatricians recommend medications made specifically for children that contain acetaminophen to treat fe...

    by MP Staff on December 1, 1998
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    Grounded Angels

    Angels are today's media darlings. While Tess and Monica sprinkle gold on CBS ratings via "Touched by an Angel" and "Promised Land," winged actors fly into our hearts at the movies. But I owe my first run-in with angels to the United States Air ...

    by Pamela J. Wilson on December 1, 1998
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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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    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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