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Ice and Sky

A must-see movie produced by Luc Jacquet (March of the Penguins) which recounts the story of Glaciologist Claude Lorius who volunteered to go on a trip to Antarctica at the age of 23 and now, at 82, is retracing the steps of his many journeys that followed. His inquisitive, scientific mind recognized that, the presence of air bubbles in the ice cubes of his drink he was enjoying after a hard day in the extreme cold, had a profound significance. Thus began his journey into the depths of the polar ice fields gathering data and making the connection between the presence of air bubbles and the impact of human activity on earth’s climate over thousands of years. It is a powerful, fascinating story.

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Chapter Memories

For me, a Chapter memory and highlight is my table group. We were Table #5 and we were great. All tables were bilingual tables and Table 5 was Spanish-English. We were aware of differences in what words meant, deeper meaning than simple translation might imply. Being sure we each spoke, allowing our ideas to be influenced by others. I still wonder what interculturality means for me locally but Table #5 showed me what's possible and I am grateful. Thanks! 

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Fukushima Comes to Kingston, Ontario

On September 8, the Sisters of Notre Dame Community at the Providence Mother House welcomed twelve students and two of their teachers from Sakura no Seibo Junior College in Fukushima, Japan. The students shared some beautiful pictures of scenic places in and around Fukushima trying in their best English to explain the images they shared. One of the teachers tickled our imaginations as he performed a few magic tricks much to the delight of all present. The students also described the preparation of some unusual foods that are served in their part of the world. After refreshments were served, the students gave each Sister a tantalizing game which involved matching small pictures which had to fit with other parts of pictures to form a whole. The challenge was that the paper could only be arranged by folding. The Sisters enjoyed immensely the visit of these lovely young women who are in regular contact with our Japanese Sisters. 

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