Anna G. Larson
Anna G. Larson is a features reporter with The Forum who writes a weekly column featuring stylish people in Fargo-Moorhead. Larson graduated from North Dakota State University with a degree in journalism and joined The Forum in July 2012. She's a Fargo native who enjoys travel, food, baking, fashion, animals, coffee and all things Midwestern. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter: @msannagrace
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FARGO—A surprised face smiley, blushing smiley, baby emoji and heart-eye emoji stared at me. It was a pregnancy announcement from one of my friends. And she shared her happy news via a text message without words, instead using little images or icons called emojis. Emoji is an anglicized Japanese word meaning "picture character." They were first created in the 1990s for the launch of the world's first mobile Internet platform in Japan, according to emoji information website, www.iemoji.com . More than 1,600 emojis exist.
FARGO—New months are like Mondays—a chance to start fresh. My planner (a paper planner because I don't need my phone buzzing more) quickly fills with social events, appointments and work duties. To control the chaos, I spend time at the beginning of each month taking inventory of things I can do to make the month flow smoothly. Planning ahead means less stress and more time to enjoy each day. 1. Schedule appointments.
FARGO — The New Life Center's annual Prayer Breakfast and Evening Dessert fundraiser will be held April 14 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 4351 17th Ave. S., Fargo. Author and radio host River Jordan will speak at both the 9:30 a.m. Prayer Breakfast and the 7:30 p.m. Evening Dessert. Jordan will talk about her book, "Praying for Strangers, An Adventure of the Human Spirit." Tickets are $22 for breakfast and $17 for dessert. For tickets or more information, call (701) 235-4453 or visit www.fargonlc.org .
FARGO — First Lutheran Church, 619 Broadway, Fargo, will host brunch with guest speaker Daniel Speckhard, president and CEO of Lutheran World Relief, at 9 a.m. Friday. Speckhard, who is the former U.S. ambassador to Greece and Belarus, has experience working with economic development, international security and political change — all areas that are closely linked to Lutheran World Relief's mission to serve people experiencing poverty and marginalization overseas. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (701) 235-7389.
FARGO — The Augsburg Concert Band & Augsburg Jazz from Minneapolis will perform at 7 p.m. March 12 at Olivet Lutheran Church, 1330 S. University Drive, Fargo. Under the direction of David Mantini, the band and jazz ensemble will perform music from John and Clifton Williams, Ron Nelson, Hazo, Goodwin, Nestico, Corea and others. A freewill offering will be taken during the performance. For more information, call (701) 235-6603.
FARGO — The Baha'is of Fargo invite the public to a discussion with Cheyenne Defender about youths at 4 p.m. March 13 at the James Carlson Library, 2801 32nd Ave. S., Fargo. The talk will focus on how 12- to 14-year-olds can contribute to the construction of a better society. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.fargondbahai.wix.com/welcome or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
FARGO—Livvy Caroon needs "lips" and tattoos every day. The 2-year-old Moorhead girl calls lip balm "lips," and her tattoos are temporary and usually puppies. She needs at least one tattoo on each arm. She also likes her fingernails polished, and on the day I spotted her, she was wearing nontoxic Piggy Polish in a teal hue. Livvy can operate Snapchat, too, says her mom, Laura Caroon, and enjoys taking selfies.
MOORHEAD—Martha Stewart does it. Ina Garten, too. But you don't have to be a TV food celebrity to snip homegrown herbs for cooking. Spring takes root indoors with container herbs. Fragrant plants like basil, rosemary and thyme can be started inside now to ensure a spring and summer of flavorful eats and fresh smells. "March is a good time to start planting," says Sarah Liljestrand of Holland's Landscaping and Garden Center in Moorhead. "Another plus of growing your own is knowing how they've been grown."
MOORHEAD — The Lorentzsen Center for Faith and Work, part of the Concordia College Offutt School of Business, will sponsor a luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 11 in Barry Auditorium of the Grant Center at Concordia College. "Leadership and Values" will feature Prakash Mathew, retired vice president for student affairs at North Dakota State University. Mathew will reflect on his personal leadership journey, guiding principles and values. The cost is $20 per person. RSVP by March 4 online at www.ConcordiaCollege.edu/businessevents or call (218) 299-3305.
FARGO—An interfaith gathering from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the North Dakota State University Lutheran Center, 1201 13th Ave. N., will focus on sacred texts from different faiths, including Native American spirituality, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam and the Baha'i Faith The aim of the event is to understand what different religions have to say about the same theme, such as revelation. Books will be provided. For more information, call Helen Beth Kuhens at (218) 477-0703.