Sunday, March 29, 2015

Shasta's Fog


Swiss Valley Ski & Board

Midwestern weather can make scheduling a ski trip a little tricky, community blogger Esther Swartzentruber says. However, a recent class trip threatened by a rainy forecast ended up working out after a little bit of prayer.

Posted on Feb. 6, 2015 at 7:00 a.m.
Esther Swartzentruber mug shot shastas fog

For college students going to school far away from home, the holidays can be a lonely time. However, community blogger Esther Swartzentruber tells the story of one very special, unexpected Thanksgiving with those who she’s most thankful for – her family.

Posted on Nov. 27, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.
19th Annual Indianapolis Marathon & Half Marathon

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.
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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 Aug. 19, 2014 at 1:18 p.m.


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 June 19, 2014 at 1:51 p.m.

A newcomer to the area judges, raves and forms opinions about legendary ice cream establishments in Elkhart County.

Posted on June 12, 2014 at 8:00 a.m.

Book buyers and readers of classic books must weigh several factors when purchasing a title, including edition, translation and cover art.

Posted on June 5, 2014 at 11:10 a.m.

It has been said that first-year teaching is about learning to survive. Here is a first-aid kit for frazzled first-year teachers.

Posted on May 27, 2014 at 11:59 a.m.

The first year at any new job is one of adjustment. Read about some of the lifestyle adjustments of a first-year teacher.

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.