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Spring 2022 Inspire(d)

Spring 2022 Inspire(d) cover

The Spring 2022 Inspire(d) encourages you to look at this season as an opportunity to Restart. Just as the world begins anew, growing out of the muck, so can you. Inside, you’ll find inspiration for restarting your goals, gardens, and more! 

Restart with Spring! Q&A with MN Artist Amy Rice • Circular Economy – Secondhand as a Way of Life • Climate Advocacy – Ayla Boylen & Leslie Smith Sand • Community Builders: Friends of DPL; Renée Bergstrom; Bree Breckel & Eric Weninger • Spring Gardens • Mental Health – Restart Your Goals • Sum of Your Biz: Jamie Gavle of Rendered Unique • Spring Ephemerals • DIY Scratch Notebooks • And More!

Read the whole thing online here!

A note from Aryn:

The first thing we do when something’s not working – a computer, a coffee grinder, a phone – is do a restart.

We power it off. Sometimes we even unplug it, and then we power it back up again, hopefully with its functions restored and ready to restart.

Sidenote: Pretty much every day I get a prompt from my computer: Updates available. Restart  > now; later; remind me tomorrow?

Every time, I click “remind me tomorrow.” Ha! We are all works in progress!

And that’s more than okay. Our mental health writer, Olivia Lynn Schnur, gives us a background on why restarting – a goal, a day, your life – is a worthwhile endeavor (pg 36). She writes: “Each time we restart, our why becomes louder and our why not loses its voice.”

Minnesota-based artist Amy Rice (featured on the cover) made a conscious decision to restart her creative direction more than a decade ago, painting her future, rather than her present or past. Much of her work switched to featuring the flower farm of her future – which is now a reality! Inspire(d) is sponsoring Amy’s upcoming show at Lanesboro Arts, “A Few Steps Ahead: Finding Hope in a Seed Started.” Her work often features reuse of items like old maps, love letters, and stamps – a good way to restart the life of these items, and a perfect fit for this issue (pg 16).

This Restart theme is also a nod to Earth Day. I can’t let an opportunity to love the Earth slip on by; it needs all the love it can get!

Kristine Kopperud met up with two women who are both working to spread that message: Ayla Boylen of Cedar Rapids, and Leslie Smith Sand of Decorah. They have found a way to advocate for climate action on a community level, building their communities up as they go (pg 56).

We have other great Community Builders in this issue as well – read about Decorah’s own Friends of Decorah Public Library; Renée Bergstrom of Lanesboro, Minnesota; and Bree Breckel and Eric Weninger of Cashton, Wisconsin, and how each group, person, or partnership has worked to make their hometowns a better place to live.

Speaking of “re-” words, reuse is the name of the game in our piece about four awesome, women-run secondhand stores in the Driftless (pg 50). Plus, our Sum of your Business features Jamie Gavle and Rendered Unique, home to great rehabbed and vintage furniture, handmade jewelry, Midwest-inspired apparel, and more (pg 42).

Dreaming of restarting my garden is one of the things that gets me through the end of winter. You too? Check out inspiration on page 48. Love plants that don’t require weeding? Conservationist writer Craig Thompson gives us a tour of nature’s spring ephemerals (pg 60). Don’t know that word? I didn’t either. It means: “lasting a very short time.” Which is often the case with the entirety of spring, so let’s soak it up!

Spring can be a time where our dreams from the start of the year have fallen to the wayside. But just as the world is restarting its life outside your doors, peeking out of the earth toward the sunshine, so can you. Press restart today.

Looking forward,

Aryn Henning Nichols

November 2019 Calendar!

November! It’s the segue from Fall into Winter this month (in our opinions, anyway), but that doesn’t stop the fun! Start your planning with this handy-dandy November 2019 calendar (you can download the pdf here).  Have a blast! XO, Inspire(d)

LOOKING FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT EVENTS ON THE CALENDARS?
Check out these great November 2019 activities! In chronological order, each event’s number coincides with its number on the calendar!

18. November 2: Support Lanesboro Arts  at the Fall Gala! Delicious dinner, great company, all for supporting the arts! Lanesboro Community Center, 6pm www.lanesboroarts.org

19. November 16: Absolute Science Big Bang Bubbles Show at Decorah Public Library. Mind-blowing bubble magic leaves all ages feeling like a kid again! Families are invited to come see ordinary bubbles go to the realm of extreme! 11am.  www.decorah.lib.ia.us

20. November 24: Tattoo Talk – “The Future of Tattoos,” Carson Bruns, Prof. of Chemistry, Univ./Col., Boulder. 7:00pm at Luther College, with After Party at Vesterheim. www.vesterheim.org

21. November 28 – December 25: Holiday Lights. 5 pm – 9 pm at Pulpit Rock Campground in Decorah for Northeast Iowa’s largest drive-through holiday lights display. Free will donations benefit Helping Services for Youth & Families.
HelpingServices.org/holidaylights

July 2018 Calendar!

July 2018! This month always feels like all summer, all the time!  And that means there’s lots of fun stuff to do! Start your planning with this handy-dandy July 2018 calendar (you can download the pdf here). Enjoy! XO, Inspire(d)

LOOKING FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT EVENTS ON THE CALENDARS?
Check out these great July 2018 activities!  In chronological order, each event’s number coincides with its number on the calendar!

13. July 4: Harmony’s 4th of July Celebration – Including the Jim Busta Band featuring Mollie B., Grand Parade, pedal tractor pull, and fun for all ages! Full schedule of events at www.exploreharmony.com

14. July 10: International Owl Center: Build an Owl Program. Learn first-hand about owl adaptations by identifying the pieces and parts of an owl. See if a live owl will come out from under the “magic” box! Decorah Public Library, 11am

15. July 12: Join Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation for a Summer Prairie Seed Harvest at Heritage Valley! Find details and RSVP at inhf.org/events Rain date: July 19.

16. July 14: Songs of Hope returns! A free community concert, performances by 60 youth and young adults from around the world. 7PM, Potter Auditorium, Chatfield, MN. www.chatfieldarts.org

17. July 14: Lanesboro Arts presents acclaimed MN songwriter Chris Koza & his band at the intimate St. Mane Theatre. $15 – $12. 7:30 p.m. LanesboroArts.org

18. July 14: Enjoy amazing music in a gorgeous setting at the Driftless Music Festival, Eckhart Park, Viroqua. Noon-10pm, FREE admission! Zydeco, Funk, Americana, Reggae & Soul.  www.driftlessmusicfestival.com/

19. July 18: Blank Park Zoo: Animal Sounds and Stories. We all have a story to tell and so do the animals at the zoo! Come discover the many ways animals communicate. Decorah Public Library, 1pm

20. July 21: Decorah Ridiculous Day! Visit Water Street for sidewalk sales downtown. And be sure to check out ridiculous savings all around Decorah! www.decorahareachamber.com

21. July 20-21: Seed Savers Exchange Conference & Campout 2018: Celebrate our garden heritage. Lectures, workshops, garden tours, tastings & more. July 20-21. FREE. Register @ seedsavers.org/conference

22. July 29: Nordic Fest Weekend Pizza at Luna Valley! Come on out to the farm and relax after a weekend of Nordic-festing in town. Open Sunday, July 29th 11am-3pm. Rural Decorah. wwwlunavalleyfarm.com

23. July 31: Visual artists! Apply by today to sell your work at the 4th Annual Arts & Heritage Day on September 29, Chatfield, MN. Details @ www.chatfieldarts.org