I had the opportunity to attend the Minnesota Newspaper Association convention in Bloomington on January 24-25. After attending many teacher conventions, it was interesting to go to a convention for another profession and hear speakers with different ideas and concerns. I met a lot of dedicated people who are working hard to put out newspapers in a time when it is difficult to be in this business. The convention reinforced what I have already felt in our own newsroom. I am glad I have the chance to try a new career and experience writing for a community newspaper.
Since taking the job as a reporter with the Red Wing Republican Eagle and RiverTown Multimedia, one of the best assignments I have had is to go out looking around our area for 101 Things To Do. We will be running one story every week for the next two years. Many will be indoor activities, many will be outdoor. We will try to match them to the season as best we can and offer a variety of activities that represent the many things there are to do along the Mississippi River in southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Click here to see the full collection of articles published so far.
Earlier I posted a note about my oldest daughter Greta and her new music CD. Today I am posting an article about my second daughter, Romney, and her work in the world of digital advertising. She tracks what customers are buying and makes decisions about how to spend digital advertising dollars. It is a job that didn't even exist just a few years ago, and a position that is changing and growing daily. Read about her on Literate Learner.
After retiring from teaching two years ago, we moved to Minnesota. I had wondered if I should try to find some interesting work to do, and soon came across a job opening for a reporter at the Red Wing Republican Eagle. I got the job and began working on April 30. I am writing mostly feature stories and outdoor pieces. I'll post links to some of the articles under the Publications link on this website and all articles can be seen at the Republican Eagle website. It has been an exciting start to this second act career, and I am really enjoying getting out in the community, meeting new people, and seeing interesting places. It is a good way to learn about our new home.
The Walden University alumni magazine just published an excellent article about the 50 for Tibet project and the Highpointing for Tibet book.
You can read it here..
Throughout my teaching career, I believed strongly in the importance of teaching reading. One of the most powerful tools I used, every year I was a teacher, was Sustained Silent Reading (SSR). The flexibility of the program let me meet the needs of every student in my classes. NNSTOY invited me to write a post for their website and they published it today. You can see it here.
Sport Literate published my essay "Summit Storm," which is an account of a blizzard which trapped seven of us high on the icy slopes of Mount Rainier. We dug snow caves with our ice axes and waited out the storm. We were finally able to descend with no injuries or damage. It was an experience earlier in our climbing careers that helped us be realistic about later decisions. You can see their contents of their current issue here, but "Summit Storm" does not have a link. It is a good literary journal if you decide you want to buy a copy.
The Billings Gazette ran an excellent article this morning about the 50 for Tibet project and our book Highpointing for Tibet. Click here to read it.
Highpointing for Tibet: A Journey Supporting The Rowell Fund is published! It is the account of the 50 for Tibet project, the dream of my good friend John Jancik who wanted to climb all fifty state highpoints in one year. The one year part of that dream proved unrealistic, however, the push to climb the highpoints created the opportunity to meet many interesting people, see beautiful landscapes, share awareness of the situation in Tibet, and raise significant money to help support Tibetan artists, writers, and musicians through The Rowell Fund for Tibet. The journey, planned for one year, has now extended to eleven years, and the adventures of the 50 for Tibet project fill the 206 pages of this book. Highpointing for Tibet is available on Amazon.com.
Photo by John Jancik
Dr. Steve Gardiner is the author of five books and over 600 articles.