Present Participle List for October 2018

Cathy ZielskeCZ Life62 Comments

It’s October, my favorite month of the year, and you probably have noticed (or not) how little I have been posting about my personal life in this space. That’s going to happen from time to time so this is a small update of what’s being happening around here. Watching my daughter establish her life in law school has been a … Read More

Cathy ZielskePresent Participle List for October 2018

Transitions, middle age and chin hair

Cathy ZielskeCZ Life85 Comments

One week from tomorrow Cole heads out for his freshman year of college. A few weeks ago, Aidan moved out to prepare for the start of her law school adventure, slated to kick off right after Labor Day. Dan is teaching a new grade this year (a third and fourth split), luckily at the same school, but a whole new … Read More

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The end of an era

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This past weekend, my college-bound son, Cole, competed at his final Youth Club Championships at the National Sports Center up in Blaine, Minnesota. It was a bittersweet weekend, full of the most exciting ultimate you can imagine, and Cole’s team, Minnesota Superior, made a serious bid for the finals, but lost in semis after mounting an amazing comeback that wasn’t … Read More

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Present Participle List for July 2018

Cathy ZielskeCZ Life42 Comments

Summer is in full swing here in the Upper Midwest, and I thought I’d update you on a few things that are happening right now: Celebrating the triumphant return of my son, Cole, from his 16-day camping trip out west. I ain’t gonna lie: it was weird to not be in communication with him all the time, but he made … Read More

Cathy ZielskePresent Participle List for July 2018

And exhale

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She competed (and won) at Nationals. He had a major tournament. He secured a teaching job for 2018/19. She graduated from St. Olaf college. He competed at the state championships. He graduated from high school. We threw a party. And this morning, as I write this, I feel like I can finally exhale. It’s like that scene in Jerry McGuire, … Read More

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Introducing your 2018 D3 National Women’s Collegiate Ultimate Champions

Cathy ZielskeCZ Life27 Comments

Last weekend the St. Olaf Vortex won the D3 Collegiate National Ultimate Championships in Rockford, Illinois, in an inspiring display of teamwork and grit. I was lucky enough to be one of the spectators and I can tell you that it was one of the most exciting weekend of sports I’ve ever seen. Also, apparently Vortex loves the grind. Coming … Read More

Cathy ZielskeIntroducing your 2018 D3 National Women’s Collegiate Ultimate Champions

Present Participle List for May 2018

Cathy ZielskeCZ Life47 Comments

The roller coaster that is May is off and running. The next five weeks will be, oh, how do you say… busy! Here are few things that are happening right now: Photo by Margie Scherschligt Planning Cole’s grad party. Yep. My baby is graduating from high school. And right after that, we’re throwing a party. And right after that he … Read More

Cathy ZielskePresent Participle List for May 2018

Sometimes it snows in April

Cathy ZielskeCZ Life35 Comments

Yes, Prince himself once sang those very words and this weekend the upper Midwest got a giant dump of the white stuff and can I just say this: SO glad it happened on a weekend when there was no need to go anywhere for any reason. Other than the shoveling and the impeded travel, I like snow. I don’t mind … Read More

Cathy ZielskeSometimes it snows in April

Present Participle List for April 2018

Cathy ZielskeCZ Life48 Comments

Ah, Spring is in the air… (well, in some parts of the world, anyway!) Here are few things happening right now: Anticipating the graduation of my first-born from college. For those of you who don’t know, my daughter Aidan will be graduating with a degree in political science from St. Olaf college in May. Next stop: law school. She’s still … Read More

Cathy ZielskePresent Participle List for April 2018


Cathy ZielskeCZ Life, Scrapbooking18 Comments

This magical human is 22 today. Oh, my. Time, you so crazy. Right now, 22 years ago, I was staring at an IV in my arm, waiting for that Pitocin to kick in so we could get this show on the road. And seriously, what a glorious show it has been and continues to be. My girlie is spring breaking … Read More

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