On Being Seen

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Last night, as the sun set and the stars rose, I sat on a patio with a friend bundled beneath blankets, sipping cider and Captain Morgans, warming up with sips of our drinks and stepping stones in our friendship. “Where I’m getting to be,” she said, “Is not caring about my weight. It’s not everything, […]

This Is My Motherhood

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My motherhood is waking up while it’s still dark out to iron out the details of my day, my work, my things, so when my three stumble down the stairs with bleary eyes and sleepy hair, I’m ready for them. It’s falling asleep to details swirling and MindPencils writing. It’s waking up to complete the […]

Childhood Memories And New Terrains

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We’re the first generation of parents and teachers raising digital kids without having been digital kids ourselves. When it comes to technology, phone use, and all things social media, we need all the help we can get.  This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of OurPact. Most of us look back at what–and when–our […]

There’s A Sweet Spot Following “Pitchfork Nation.” It’s Called “Culture of Kindness.”

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Tonight a segment about cyberbullying aired on Fox 9 News. It was titled, “Pitchfork Nation,” a phrase coined by KFAN talk show host Dan Barreiro to describe how quickly our society currently turns to social media to attack someone who’s made a mistake. In between ESPN reporter Britt McHenry’s berating an impound lot worker one minute and […]

Coping With Spring Allergies

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When I moved to Minnesota over a decade ago, there were obvious things to get used to. Six months of winter. True-blue love for the State Fair. Hot dishes, bars, and “duck, duck, grey duck” to name a few. But what I didn’t account for was spring allergies. Moving here meant a whole slew of […]

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