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FAMILY EVENTS JULY 2017 JULY 3-5, 10-12, 17-19, 24-26, 31 CHILDREN'S ACTIVITIES Museum of Visual Materials, Sioux Falls. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Join MOVM for free activities. No registration required for groups of 10 or fewer. More info: sfmvm. ______________________________

JULY 4 STOCKYARDS AG EXPERIENCE 4TH OF JULY Stockyards Ag Experience Barn, Sioux Falls. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Open special hours for Mayor's 4th of July celebration. More info: stockyardsagexperience.org. ______________________________

JULY 7-9, 14-16, 21-23 LAURA INGALLS WILDER PAGEANT PRESENTS: LITTLE TOWN ON THE PRAIRIE De Smet. See Laura Ingalls Wilder live. 6 p.m. More info: desmetpageant.org. ______________________________

JULY 10-13, 24-27 CAMP CEO Embe Downtown, Sioux Falls. Learn to be a #LADYBOSS. Times vary. First session July 10-13, second July 24-27. Limited to 14 girls. More info: embe.org. ______________________________

JULY 20 KID’S ACTIVITY DAY: MASQUERADE! Old Courthouse Museum, Sioux Falls. 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m. Learn about history and make your own crafts to take home. More info: siouxlandmuseums.com.

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information,” both workers dive right into work with a mind burdened with all the duties of the day without another glance at each other. End scene. Seem familiar? We’ve all seen this in the movies, right? I was watching a movie the other day with one of these scenes in it, and I started to laugh awkwardly, because I recognized that type of interaction on a personal level. Perhaps, this scene is a little too familiar to me, just maybe in a different “workplace” context.

STOPPING FOR 24 HOURS TO SMELL THE FLOWERS BY TRACY KIRBY | CRISTA BALLARD PHOTOGRAPHY There is a familiar scene that happens in some fast-paced workplaces. So familiar, in fact, the scene has been rendered anew in many contexts in innumerable films and TV shows. We all know it: A worker enters a bustling, loud workplace, and there awaiting her/him is their assistant/co-worker. Without so much as a “hello” or a “good morning,” the assistant/co-worker begins rattling off the duties of the day, the schedule therein, whilst walking quickly with them back to their office, so as to not waste any time to actually stop and have a face-to-face conversation. At the end of the scene, predictably, there is either someone waiting on the phone to talk to one of them, or someone is actually waiting in the office to speak. So, without a “goodbye” or “thank you for the

Imagine for a moment, if you will, a spouse returns home. It's loud - obnoxiously so at times - and they see their spouse scurrying about busy in both mind and duty. With an ever-so-brief “hello,” and maybe even a passing kiss “hello,” one spouse begins to rattle off the happenings of the day, while walking with them into the house, so as to not waste any time (and oh, by the way, the children are waiting to play with you!). The other spouse accepts the charge to play, takes the children, and both spouses dive into the duties of the moment until they all reunite at the dinner table. At the dinner table, both try painstakingly to get the children adequately fed. Then one cleans the kitchen while the other begins the marathon act of bedtime prep for the little ones. At the end of the night, both fall into bed exhausted from the myriad of responsibilities and massive blessings that is child-raising. End scene. DOES “WORKPLACE” SCENARIO SOUND FAMILIAR? And if children aren’t in the pic-

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