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Peace and unity were elements that attracted Ron Bushey to the Baha'i faith. "I liked the lack of exclusivity. We're all one big human family," said the Duluth man in his Lakeside home. Bushey has been a Baha'i for more than 40 years, and his first thoughts about the religion: "It makes too much sense," he recalled. The faith
What drew Nicholas DeShaw to capoeira was a hallmark of the time. "It looked like 'The Matrix,' but for real," recalled DeShaw of his introduction to the Brazilian martial art. He also felt called to it, he said. "It felt very natural. ... It evolved into bigger and bigger things." Now, the 28-year-old has been practicing capoeira for 11 years, and teaching it for the past seven at Avalon Educational Institute in Duluth. Capoeira combines acrobatics, self-defense, dance and music.
Instead of wedding gifts, Shelley and Lindzi Campbell-Rorvick asked their loved ones to help send them to Costa Rica — and it wasn't just to honeymoon. The Duluth couple sandwiched their post-wedding travels with a week serving alongside local students as part of the Minnesota-based nonprofit Global Volunteers. Shelley, who had been on a service trip like this before, wanted to share the experience with her new bride. While Lindzi had volunteered locally, she hadn't yet served internationally.
The most striking feature is the wall. It’s a painted midnight sky, with a crescent moon and tiny, sparse stars dotted near the ceiling of the home in Duluth’s Endion neighborhood. Toward the floorboard are clouds that look like cotton candy — and that was no easy feat. “They just looked like mashed potatoes for the longest time,” said Mallory Moore, adding: “3-D clouds are hard to draw.”
Show her a wooden surface and, chances are, Wilma Challstrom will rosemal it. The Proctor woman has been rosemaling since the late '80s. Now she teaches the traditional paint technique that emphasizes flowers, scrolls and wood carving designs. And her home is covered with her work — literally.
Whether it's hired out or a do-it-yourself job, the time to tackle painting a home exterior begins now — as long as nighttime temperatures are above freezing, said Luke Clough of Northstar Painting in Duluth. A good benchmark is at least 50 degrees or warmer, said Yvonne Pilcher of Denny's Ace Hardware in Duluth. If temps drop too low, a fresh coat will prematurely fail and begin to peel about a year later. A solid exterior paint job can last as long as seven years, and there's another factor in paint wear and tear in the Northland: the lake wind.
Children filter in and get to work arranging chairs in the music room of Myers-Wilkins Elementary. In front of the each chair sits an elongated drum called a tubano. Resting in the center is a group of trophy-looking drums — djembes. Under the chairs sit finger cymbals, maracas and even a couple of tambourines. The chatter dies down as one, two, three drummers stir the tubano tops, and the trance begins. More students arrive, and they fall in line, following the heartbeat of the room, their hands in unison.
Scott Burnes of Duluth has spent a lot of time in saunas. He has asthma, and the hot air helps his breathing — as it opens and cleanses his pores. "It just made you feel good. It's really relaxing," he said. And there's science behind that. "Sauna has the same effects on the body as physical exercise," said Dr. Anemona Anghel, interventional cardiologist at St. Luke's. High temperatures lead to increased heart rate and dilation of blood vessels, which reduces the effects of cardiovascular risk factors.
DULUTH, Minn. — Attention, gardeners and lawn owners: Weeds may not be a bad thing. "A yard that is full of dandelions is bee heaven," said Dr. Stephen Hedman, master gardener and retired biology professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth.
Walk into First United Methodist Church on a Monday night, and women in varying stages of pregnancy circle up. Some in jeans, others in exercise clothes, they sit on colorful yoga mats. Several mothers rest with their legs crossed, another rolls up a mat and sits on it while taking notes. It's not a traditional exercise class. The prenatal circle is one part discussion and one part whole birth yoga, which is more than a breath and poses.