March/April 2016
    the be connected issue
 
A little red string

One of my favorite things to do in my spare time is read stories from other cultures. And I don't just mean your run-of-the-mill mythology anthology. I like to dig into obscure...


Connected in the classroom:

Infusing technology into the classroom supports student equity in completing tasks, searching for current resources and more. Locally, Bismarck and Mandan public schools recogni...


It's a small world after all:

Scrolling through the infinite feed of restaurant check-ins, relationship status updates, and selfie posts, Facebook provides a unique way to keep track of what your frie...


Connecting with a new 'home'

Nearly four years ago, I met a born and raised North Dakota farmer via Twitter and fell head over heels in love. I took the leap of a lifetime and moved my life to North Dakota....


The view from my kitchen sink:

The idea came to me suddenly and out of nowhere, like a lightning bolt or a toddler's tantrum. It was uninvited and unwarranted, but as I stood in front of my class of 22...


'But you look so good!'

Nettie Lindvig always kept up with the boys at work. She worked in the automotive industry and was able to lift and carry 50-60 pounds.

Recently, she applied for social se...


Measuring in gold stars:

For a while now, being a "smart shopper" has been synonymous with knowing the ins and outs of the Internet -- not only for cheap prices and coupons, but als...


Terrible Tantrums:

(BPT) -- One minute your toddler is giggling with delight and in the next, he's having an uncontrollable meltdown. Overwhelmed with emotion, he won't listen to reason. As a car...


An eggcelent way to start seeds

Jumpstart your garden

Every spring, I get planting fever -- this urge to get my plants into the dirt and reap the tasty bounty early. ...


A helping paw:

Those brown, soulful eyes. That wet nose. And that friendly, wagging tail.

We've all heard that a dog is man's best friend. But can a dog be a teacher, a therapist and a ...


Sister-in-law troubles

My grandmother recently passed away from a heart attack. It was very sudden, and our entire family is in a state of shock - except for my sister-in-law. She is very good abo...


Connections in Stories

My Name Is Lucy Barton

By Elizabeth Strout

Random House (2016)

Pulitzer Prize-winner Elizabeth Strout's latest novel explores the theme...


Trainwreck takes the rom-com genre for a ride

Relationships are all about connection. Sometimes it's on a physical level, sometimes it's on an emotional level, and (occasionally) sometimes it can actually be on both....