Sunday, November 23, 2014

Shasta's Fog


 Drawing over 2,000 participants, the mid-size Indianapolis Marathon and Half Marathon affords beautiful autumn views during the its loop through Fort Harrison State Park.

Ditching her lesson plans and report cards, community blogger and school teacher Esther Swartzentruber shares her experience running the 19th Annual Indianapolis Marathon and Half Marathon.

Posted on Oct. 24, 2014 at 8:30 a.m.

Believe it or not, your world is greatly affected by dictionaries and the definitions they contain. They play a role in conflict, maintaining peace and the way we interact with the world around us, community blogger Esther Swartzentruber says.

Posted on Sept. 9, 2014 at 1:40 p.m.
 In small towns in the U.K., one might find steep, narrow roads like this one in Haworth, Yorkshire, England. Haworth is the hometown of writers Charlotte and Emily Brontë.


Driving on the “wrong side” of the road in another country can be a challenge, even for seasoned drivers. Community blogger Esther Swartzentruber just got back from the U.K. and shared some tips for those planning to venture across the pond.

Posted on Aug. 19, 2014 at 1:18 p.m.
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 Third grade teacher Jill Kaufman conducts a class at Concord Ox Bow Elementary on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 in Elkhart.
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Posted on May 27, 2014 at 11:59 a.m.

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 This newly-published purple hymnal is popping up in conservative Mennonite churches.
Posted on May 13, 2014 at 12:26 p.m.

A cappella hymn-singing is an important tradition in conservative Mennonite communities. Esther Swartzentruber thinks contemporary Christian songs could be rearranged into accessible, effective additions to the tradition.

Esther Swartzentruber
Esther Swartzentruber
Esther Swartzentruber, a new-comer to Elkhart County, recently graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelors of English. As a first-year teacher, she teaches English grammar and literature to junior high and high school students at a small Mennonite school in Nappanee. She blogs about her experiences and discoveries at her personal blog, Shasta's Fog, a name that references C.S. Lewis’s beloved character from The Horse and His Boy. She is a newbie blogger, writing hopefully (that is, with hope), about the things she loves: education, Mennonite culture and traveling.