The Teachers


by Sarah Blaine

We all know what teachers do, right? After all, we were all students. Each one of us, each product of public education, we each sat through class after class for thirteen years. We encountered dozens of teachers. We had our kindergarten teachers and our first grade teachers and our fifth grade teachers and our gym teachers and our art teachers and our music teachers. We had our science teachers and our social studies teachers and our English teachers and our math teachers. If we were lucky, we might even have had our Latin teachers or our Spanish teachers or our physics teachers or our psychology teachers. Heck, I even had a seventh grade “Communications Skills” teacher. We had our guidance counselors and our principals and some of us had our special education teachers and our study hall monitors.

So we know teachers. We get teachers. We know…

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Full Moon rises with 8th Annual Northwest Indian Storytelling Festival

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Tales this year at the 8th Annual Northwest Indian Storytelling Festival roamed a world in which bear, coyote, bobcat, butterfly, whale, mountain lion, salmon, perch, buffalo, beaver, seal, wolf, eagle, raven, iktomi, cedar, wild iris, chokecherry and many more of our indigenous characters revealed teachings for us humans. Humans who appeared as fools, as fishermen, as hunters warriors, as lovers, racers, as wise elders and as disrespectful naughty ones. Humans finding their way together with the animals, the tricksters, the many relations.

First Nations tellers included representatives of  the Chehalis, Kalapuya, Quinault, Yakama, Coos, Shoshone Bannock, Blackfoot, Grande Ronde, Nez Perce, Apache, Chinook, Dine, Navajo, Ute, Chickasaw. Choctaw, Cherokee, Skokomish, Lower Elwha S’Klallam, Jamestown S’Klallam,  and many many more…

Amidst the stories bear lost her two tails, bossy limbed snake was bound and rolled into her modern form with a hiss for humans, whale gifted us with our…

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A Global Friendship: Empowering Women of the Pine Ridge Reservation

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A Global Friendship is a not-for-profit that works to improve the standard of living in developing regions through “tackling gender inequality” and “empowering women around the world who are living under $10 a day”. AGF creates and builds sustainable businesses for artisans by providing business training and market access, and currently works in Thailand, Indonesia, Peru, India and the USA.

I spoke with Jess Bergeron of AGF to learn more about the organization and their current Kickstarter Project, the Sage Braid. Jess has combined her passion to help and background in fashion to work as Development Manager for AGF.

AGF helps women break the cycle of poverty. The AGF model targets women because of the vital role women play in community development. According to my conversation with Jess, “children of an educated mother are fourteen times more likely to get an education themselves, and that, “A woman’s resourcefulness with money…

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Enjoy the Summer Savings and Suport Team Matthew at the same time!




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