Pamela O'Meara

Pamela O’Meara
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Pam O’Meara can be reached at pomeara@lillienews.com or 651-748-7818.

 

 

 

Thu
14
Apr

The wonders of Yellowstone National Park


In the grasslands of the Hayden Valley, bison roam freely around, often up close along the road. Even though they seem like friendly animals, our guide warned us they are wild and dangerous and to stay in our cars.

The Fountain Paint Pot area of Yellowstone National Park seemed other-worldly with its dead trees, barren landscape, geysers, steam vents, boiling mud and colored bacteria in bright blue circles of water in the ground as I strolled past on the boa

Wed
02
Mar

Keeping girls around the world in school


A group of volunteers met last year at the Maple Grove Government Center to cut, sew and put together colorful feminine hygiene kits for girls in Third World countries to help them manage their periods. (submitted photo)

North Hts. Lutheran joins global effort 

In American stores, girls and women may find an entire aisle of feminine hygiene products for managing their menstrual cycles so they can continue going to school, working or doing sports. They wouldn’t accept anything less.

But in remote areas of developing world, girls are often shunned, forced to miss school when they are menstruating. 

Sometimes they skip food and water, because they have to sit apart from others on cardboard or moss for a few days or they may use leaves, corn husks, mattress stuffing, newspapers or cow dung to manage their periods. They often get vaginal infections. 

Sun
21
Feb

Sandhill cranes and spectators head to Nebraska’s Platte River

photo courtesy of Gary Lillie
photo courtesy of Gary Lillie

Want to view one of the world’s great migrations — the event anthropologist and primatologist Jane Goodall calls one of the world’s top 10 animal migration spectacles — which she reportedly goes to observe nearly every year?

Sun
07
Feb

The great migration

Sandhill cranes and spectators head to Nebraska’s Platte River

Tue
02
Feb

Sen. Franken visits Central Park Elementary

U.S. Sen. Al Franken read the “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats, a popular children’s picture book, to kindergartners at Central Park Elementary. He discussed his two-year-old grandson with the kids, as well as snowballs, a theme in the book. (Pamela O’Meara/Review)
U.S. Sen. Al Franken read the “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats, a popular children’s picture book, to kindergartners at Central Park Elementary. He discussed his two-year-old grandson with the kids, as well as snowballs, a theme in the book. (Pamela O’Meara/Review)

When U.S. Sen. Al Franken visited Roseville’s Central Park Elementary Jan. 22, the children were cheery and curious while he engaged them in discussions about school, books, science projects and snowballs.

Sun
10
Jan

Volcanoes and a river gorge

Vineyards at Maryhill Winery overlook the Columbia River with the more rocky south side of the river in the background. Lewis and Clark and their expedition camped right in this area in 1805.  (Pamela O’Meara/Review)
Vineyards at Maryhill Winery overlook the Columbia River with the more rocky south side of the river in the background. Lewis and Clark and their expedition camped right in this area in 1805. (Pamela O’Meara/Review)

Exploring Oregon’s ring of fire — Mount St. Helens & Crater Lake
When Mount St. Helens in Washington exploded in 1980, the world watched on TV and saw lava and steam pouring out from the northern slope of the mountain. Viewers also saw devastation - the majestic peak in the Cascades was partially collapsed and covered with charred remains of trees and volcanic ash.

Sun
03
Jan

History through the books

(courtesy of HMH Books for Young Readers)
(courtesy of HMH Books for Young Readers)

Author brings Gypsie culture and WWII survival to life in new children’s book
Sitting on a train with windows draped in black, Lizzie, 10, and her brother Peter, 7, were among a group of fearful, anxious children being sent to the safety of Swainedale in the Yorkshire countryside to live with strangers during the World War II bombings in England. Some host families welcomed the children and others, like Lizzie and Peter's, found them a burden.

Tue
24
Nov

Remembering Al Reiter

Al Reiter (submitted photo)
Al Reiter (submitted photo)

My friend Al Reiter died Nov. 15. He was 83.

A long-time Roseville resident, Al was a good friend to hundreds of people in the Twin Cities running and biking communities.

Mon
02
Nov

From Edison to art

This swirl of glass full of small flowers inside is called Garden Memories, created in 2009 by Rick Ayotte. This modern piece is on display at the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass in Neenah. (Pamela O’Meara/Review)
This swirl of glass full of small flowers inside is called Garden Memories, created in 2009 by Rick Ayotte. This modern piece is on display at the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass in Neenah. (Pamela O’Meara/Review)

The Fox Cities area is full of surprises

Who would have thought that in 1882, the beautiful Victorian Hearthstone home overlooking the Fox River in Appleton, Wisconsin, would be the first home in the world to be lighted by hydroelectricity from a central station using the Thomas Edison system?
The event put the area on the map and launched unimaginable changes in how people cooked, cleaned, lived and entertained themselves in their homes.

Tue
27
Oct

‘Hail to purple, hail to white’

 hail to mom and dad

Wearing her school colors, Pam O’Meara stands in front of her former sorority house, now privately owned.  It overlooks Lake Michigan just off the Northwestern University campus. (Pam O’Meara/Review)
Wearing her school colors, Pam O’Meara stands in front of her former sorority house, now privately owned.  It overlooks Lake Michigan just off the Northwestern University campus. (Pam O’Meara/Review)

I searched my closet for anything purple — my school color — and came up with a few shirts, a jacket, socks and even shoes to wear for my 50th college reunion at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois — the first reunion I’ve ever attended.

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