Coffee with Emily (refill)

Checking out Minneapolis.

A few months ago, when Coffee with Chloe started, I interviewed Emily. We talked about her natural empathy and inherent desire to help others learn to help themselves. Now, settled into Josiah’s Coffeehouse, Café & Bakery with dark roast coffees and chocolate chip cookies, we’re continuing the conversation. In 2015, Emily graduated from the University […]

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Coffee with Vern & Carol

Me, Carol, Vern (repping his signature Vern's Veggies hat) and Jill Bertus at my senior prom. Courtesy of Carol Tolsma.

Heading west past Avon, S.D., you’ll see rows of cucumbers, cabbage, lettuce, peppers, tomatoes and more. Shades of green grow across the city block, backed by a large high tunnel greenhouse and bright red barn. Next, you’ll see two more greenhouses, one connected to a small building. Bright colors peek out from the greenhouse windows: […]

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Coffee with PK

Lea, PK and me by our 2016 science fair project: Analyzing the Effectiveness of Shade Balls on Evaporation.

Paul Kuhlman aspired to extinguish fires; instead, he found a talent for lighting them. Kuhlman, known to me as ‘PK’ since my first math class with him, wanted to be a fireman – or maybe a garbage man. Instead, he’s spent 26 years teaching math and science classes in Avon, S.D., and igniting students’ passion […]

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Coffee with Sophie

Sioux Falls airport selfie.

“I’m just a narcissist,” Sophie said when I thanked her for doing an interview. She’s wrong. Last fall, Sophie and I were delivering yearbooks and I dropped mine on the pavement, smashing the edge. I was disappointed, but Sophie immediately offered to switch with me. This was a kind gesture from a woman whose name […]

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Coffee with Anna

Rooftop supper in Dallas

I wasn’t sure what to think of Anna Stritecky. A few weeks before Welcome Week 2016, I received an email from one of my Viking Guides: Anna. At the time, I thought Viking Guides would be at least 40 years old, so I thought the terms Anna used in her first email were sorry attempts […]

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Coffee with Camden

Holding my giggling nephew.

“Whatcha drinkin’, Chloe?” Camden asked. He watched me sip coffee from a straw. “Coffee,” I said, setting my cup out of his reach. “I don’t drink that, but when I’m bigger I’ll like it,” Camden told me. He resumed playing with his blocks. About a year later, Camden likes drinking “hot chocolate coffee” (which is […]

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Coffee with Naomi M.

During interim, I took American Sign Language (ASL) 110 with Carmen Steen and started learning an intricate language. When spring semester began and I started multimedia storytelling, I decided to further my work with the interpreting program by featuring Augustana Deaf Awareness (ADA) and its annual Burst of Sign event. This led me to an […]

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Coffee with Lea

Photo by the AU sign.

Lea buys chocolate ice cream, I buy coffee ice cream. She’s a redhead, I’m blonde. She drives a Chevy, I stick to Ford. Her creamer-to-coffee ratio is 5:1, mine is 1:5. She’s Froiland, I’m Humanities. Sixteen years ago, our friendship began. Our friendship grew stronger during high school as we searched for our passions. Lea […]

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Coffee with Emily

Checking out Minneapolis.

“Emily, will you play dollhouse with me?” I looked up at my best friend with my bottom lip puckered slightly, hoping for an innocent puppy face. My 13-year-old sister didn’t hesitate. “Of course!” “Emily, can I interview you for my blog?” I asked (sans puppy dog face). My 25-year-old sister didn’t hesitate. “Of course!” So […]

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Introduction: Coffee with Chloe

A hazelnut soy latte from Coffea Roasterie.

“What are you passionate about?” Professor Janet Blank-Libra asked. “That’s what you need to blog about.” During the last week as I struggled to decide on a blog theme, I asked my closest friends and family what I am passionate about. Everyone said, “coffee.” Well that’s not a good blog theme, friends. Yet, that’s all […]

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