Stuff by Judith Ritschard

  • Locations: Columns Published

    Bits & Pieces: Proximity doesn’t cut it

    We’ve all been in a situation where someone made a racist joke or comment. 

    Remember how some people cheered on the joker by laughing? While others stood there awkwardly staring at their drink, and when someone did speak up they got told, “Oh, you have noread more →

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    Bits & Pieces: The good, the bad and the weird

    “How are you guys holding up?” I asked a friend. 

    She groaned and told me how her marriage was strained after months of unemployment, not to mention the stress of having her older children suddenly thrust back into the nest. I sensed she wanted to goread more →

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    Bits & Pieces: Eight ways it’s weird to be Mexican

    I don’t care what culture you identify with the most, or how amazing or superior you may think your culture is to others. Every single group has its eyebrow-raising, kooky, cultural neuroses, and we Mexicans are no different.

    As most of you know by now,read more →

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    Immigrants and our food

    Even though we’d been going to the same restaurant for years, I hadn’t noticed a little message at the bottom that read:  “Today’s menu was made possible by immigrants.”

    I left a tip for our waiter, signed and exited the restaurant, surprised at my ownread more →

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    Ten years in town — a love letter

    Dear Carbondale:

    Cheers, sweetheart, on our ten year anniversary! Last month marks a decade since I spent my first night on the floor in our new townhome. As you may recall, at the time the economy was puttering along and I was months away from becoming a first-time… read more →

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    Bits & Pieces: Becoming a fermentista

    This new book I have assures me that, “fermenting vegetables is a simple, inexpensive process that was used reliably for a few thousand years.” 

    Okay, so if it’s so simple why am I so scared to venture into the world of lacto-fermentation? I assure you I know my… read more →

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    Getting the most out of an exchange

    “Isn’t your life already too busy to host an exchange student?” is a question we heard over and over.

    I don’t know? Aren’t all our lives eternally busy in some form or another?  But our dedication to raise two boys to be globally awareread more →

  • Locations: Opinion Published

    Mexicans don't ski?

    I don’t know about you,  but I’m still buzzing with fuzzy good feelings days and days after attending the 5Point Film Festival. One film that caught my attention this year was The Brotherhood of Skiing, a film about an organization of black skiers that started in 1973.… read more →

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    Bits & Pieces: All’s fair if you’ve got the cash?

    Let me tell you about the time I got busted for cheating in school.

    During my sophomore year in high school I got a big fat zero on an English assignment and, frankly, I deserved it. I suppose with pressure from juggling athletics, my social life,read more →

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    Parenting with presence

    As usual, our favorite Mexican restaurant was packed.

    The parents at the table next to us didn’t even flinch as their kids raced around not just their table, but everyone else’s, too. Several times the kids got in the way of the servers carrying hot food out of… read more →