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Gail Rosenblum

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phone: 612-673-7350
Gail Rosenblum writes two to three columns a week on people, social issues, trends, and the complexities of human relationships.
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Rosenblum: Minneapolis artist turns barbed wire from Holocaust camp into 'eternal light'

Rosenblum: Minneapolis artist turns barbed wire from Holocaust camp into 'eternal light'

When a St. Louis Park woman finally summoned the inner strength to return to Poland, a place of devastating loss for her family in World War II, she found the seeds of Jewish life in the most unexpected of places.
Rosenblum: Middle-aged angst stifles too many men

Rosenblum: Middle-aged angst stifles too many men

Author David Figura, who will be in the Twin Cities this weekend for a book event, talked about the importance of friendship, the pressure to make money and the midlife affair.
Rosenblum: It takes little to keep our Little Free Libraries magical

Rosenblum: It takes little to keep our Little Free Libraries magical

In just seven years, the phenomenon that began in Wisconsin with a single miniature schoolhouse filled with books has blossomed to nearly 36,000 Little Free Libraries (LFL) around the world.
Rosenblum: Cosby case shows limits of testifying against spouse

Rosenblum: Cosby case shows limits of testifying against spouse

Camille Cosby is likely facing the worst week of her life — again. After testifying under oath in February in a defamation suit against her…
Rosenblum: After 50 years, three siblings live again under the same roof

Rosenblum: After 50 years, three siblings live again under the same roof

At ages 79, 87 and 89, the three have Siblings Day every day at Friendship Village in Bloomington.
Rosenblum: The good news about the way we really are

Rosenblum: The good news about the way we really are

Stephanie Coontz is fascinated by history — particularly the events that never happened. Coontz, director of research and public education for the Council on Contemporary…
3 women on how Daisy Camp helped them, plus resources for men

3 women on how Daisy Camp helped them, plus resources for men

Carolyn Riley, Minnetonka 71, married for 46 years, divorced in 2012 “People felt so free and safe to speak what was on their…
Rosenblum: Minneapolis retiree is the superhero of smiles

Rosenblum: Minneapolis retiree is the superhero of smiles

Ask Bill Martin the pressing question — Batman or Superman? — and he's ready with an answer. Yes. And yes.
Rosenblum: How 'hope mentors' keep us uplifted

Rosenblum: How 'hope mentors' keep us uplifted

  You know things are bad when you see an American flag flying at half-staff, as I did last week, and you’re not sure why…
Rosenblum: Personal pain led Twin Cities widow to prescription drug safety advocacy

Rosenblum: Personal pain led Twin Cities widow to prescription drug safety advocacy

Like so many people, Kim Witczak's call to activism was born of personal heartache. In 2003, her husband, Tim ("Woody") Witczak, sought help for insomnia.…
Rosenblum: As times change, should alimony change, too?

Rosenblum: As times change, should alimony change, too?

A bill in the Minnesota Legislature would consider cohabitation for ending spousal maintenance.

Rosenblum: Times have changed. Should alimony change, too?

The end of a marriage, as anyone who's been through it knows, is rarely the end of a marriage.There are often children to support and…
Rosenblum: Helping teens not regret student debt

Rosenblum: Helping teens not regret student debt

Politicians responding to our country's astonishing $1.2 trillion student loan debt have offered solutions ranging from free college tuition to debt forgiveness.But parents of college-bound…
Rosenblum: 'Watermelon Hill' revisits era of secrecy, shame in St. Paul

Rosenblum: 'Watermelon Hill' revisits era of secrecy, shame in St. Paul

Anya Kremenetsky feels emotionally connected to all the plays she directs. But "Watermelon Hill," which opened Saturday for a four-week run at St. Paul's History Theatre, presents a particularly heavy pull.
Rosenblum: Twin Cities writer Donna Trump can't wait for November

Rosenblum: Twin Cities writer Donna Trump can't wait for November

Good-natured Twin Cities writer Donna Trump answered a few questions about what the political season looks like when you almost share a name with you-know-who.
Rosenblum: A renewed respect for the 'latchkey kids' of the 1970s and '80s

Rosenblum: A renewed respect for the 'latchkey kids' of the 1970s and '80s

On a recent out-of-state college visit, my youngest daughter and I experienced a scene that is best described as the Brigade of the Packages.

Rosenblum: In 'selfie-steem' culture, confidence gaps remain

A new study of more than 840,000 people in 48 countries reveals that pretty much everybody struggles with self-worth at times.
Two couples give advice on maintaining home-work balance

Two couples give advice on maintaining home-work balance

Jeff VanMaanen and Leslie Branham Fitness coaches and co-owners of Equipt Fitness in St. Paul, married five years. The couple admit that it’s hard…
After helping her through 30 operations, young patient's stuffed animal is missing

After helping her through 30 operations, young patient's stuffed animal is missing

Yes, she knows that "it seems kind of silly for a 20-year-old to want to have a stuffed animal," said her mom. "But that distraction is what helps her survive."
Turning off cellphone lets this Minneapolis businesswoman recharge

Turning off cellphone lets this Minneapolis businesswoman recharge

Leah Simon-Clarke is a sought-after aesthetician, but she’s raising eyebrows for another reason. Since 2012, she’s turned off her cellphone for a three-month stretch every…

Gripes (or praise) about the workplace? Women tell all at Fairygodboss website

Employee engagement surveys are a popular way for bosses to take the pulse of their workforce. But it's hard to be completely candid, due to…
Rosenblum: Help abounds for having 'the talk' with aging parents

Rosenblum: Help abounds for having 'the talk' with aging parents

My mother celebrated her 83rd birthday just as she wanted: in the presence of her children, close friends and a plate of succulent crab legs.Over…
Rosenblum: Stuck in an airport? Lucky you!

Rosenblum: Stuck in an airport? Lucky you!

I'm going to share my dirty little secret here. I've started to wish for flight delays (assuming I'm not trying to get home for a child's graduation or something).
Rosenblum: In Minnesota, the push for more psychiatrists gets creative

Rosenblum: In Minnesota, the push for more psychiatrists gets creative

Danielle Goerke has heard the well-meaning joke many times. At least you have job security! Goerke is ready with her standard response. “I would…

U professor wants to know: How is divorce affecting your job?

Three-part survey to quantify the effects divorce has on full-time working people, for better or worse.
Rosenblum: Are drugs really the remedy for toddlers?

Rosenblum: Are drugs really the remedy for toddlers?

Mental health professionals understand the potentially lifesaving power of the right medications prescribed well. Not too strong a dose, not too weak. Not necessarily forever,…
Rosenblum: How to stop multitasking and relax

Rosenblum: How to stop multitasking and relax

We can bemoan our kids' insistence on doing homework while wearing earbuds, and watching television, and Snapchatting. But we're worse.
Rosenblum: I'm sorry, but we shouldn't be sorry for saying, 'I'm sorry'

Rosenblum: I'm sorry, but we shouldn't be sorry for saying, 'I'm sorry'

I’m sorry to start my column this way, but I’m worried about a social trend that I don’t think is good for us. Suddenly, saying…
U of M's Goldstein Museum focuses on places where sex crimes occur

U of M's Goldstein Museum focuses on places where sex crimes occur

Many find comfort believing that the insidious world of sex trafficking is a world apart from our own. A quietly powerful photography show turns that notion on its head.

Rosenblum: 2016: The year of living lazily

Just four weeks into 2016, and I'm loving the way this one is going. Suddenly, everywhere I look there's another opportunity to be lazy.

Lonely teens may face more physical, mental health problems

Elana Warren has learned to spot the lonely teen walking the school hallways or sitting alone at lunch.She's ready with a kind smile or a…

Rosenblum: P.I. in the eye of parental-abduction storm

Ed Wunsch is a private investigator, specializing in the strange and strained world of "child abductions by parents."

Rosenblum: Your old bras can help women fleeing abuse

Few women think to donate our used bras. But this intimate item is, in fact, greatly desired and in short supply.
Rosenblum: Who needs Powerball to dream? Real power comes from you

Rosenblum: Who needs Powerball to dream? Real power comes from you

It's fun to play the "what if?" game, to imagine a cloud-free existence of happiness, freedom and philanthropy. But why do we assume we can't play that game unless Powerball swoops in?
Rosenblum: What will you vote for? Anger or optimism?

Rosenblum: What will you vote for? Anger or optimism?

Just weeks from the Iowa presidential caucuses, and less than a month until the New Hampshire primaries, it’s getting hard to avoid the question, “Whom…
Rosenblum: Muslim bridge-builder urges us to fight fear, ask questions

Rosenblum: Muslim bridge-builder urges us to fight fear, ask questions

A local Muslim woman tries to allay concerns about her religion by opening her home and heart.
Rosenblum: And my calculated life expectancy is …

Rosenblum: And my calculated life expectancy is …

I could live to 100. Or, more accurately stated, I could live to 100??? Apparently, yes. Dr. Perls says so. I don’t know Perls, but…

Rosenblum: Lifting ban on gay blood donors a good first step, but ...

Buried inside news pages in recent days was the happy announcement that the pool of American blood donors soon will expand. The Food and Drug…
Rosenblum: A Minnesotan's ode to forgiveness at the end of a difficult year

Rosenblum: A Minnesotan's ode to forgiveness at the end of a difficult year

The end of any year is a popular time to look back and reflect. But I don’t blame you if you’d rather not look back…

Christmas Day house fire kills one south of Austin, Minn.

One person has died in a Christmas Day fire near Austin, Minn., authorities said. Fire Chief Jim McCoy said Saturday night that the fire broke…
Rosenblum: Recordings capture simple joys of a grateful family

Rosenblum: Recordings capture simple joys of a grateful family

Pierce Huxtable’s Christmas gift to his family last year cost nothing, and required not an inch of glistening wrapping paper. But the 24-year-old’s invaluable present…
Rosenblum: Glass artist's beauty offers comfort to family, friends

Rosenblum: Glass artist's beauty offers comfort to family, friends

There is no way to make sense of the way Susan Spiller died. So family and friends of the beloved north Minneapolis glassworker, teacher, grandmother…
Rosenblum: Edgy greeting cards help people say what they're really thinking

Rosenblum: Edgy greeting cards help people say what they're really thinking

Angie Kallas knows what we’re thinking, but she’s no therapist. The 31-year-old is a greeting card designer whose irreverent and rapidly growing Muddy Mouth card…
Rosenblum: Anybody know why we say 'Brrr?'

Rosenblum: Anybody know why we say 'Brrr?'

Unseasonably warm weather this month might lull us into unreasonable optimism. So to keep us focused on reality, here is a question: Anybody know why we say, "Brrr?"
Twin Cities parents are getting roommates: Their young adult daughters

Twin Cities parents are getting roommates: Their young adult daughters

Close friends since high school, Samantha Scholtz and Liz Martin launched into the world in impressive ways. Scholtz, 22, graduated from the University of Iowa…
Rosenblum: Why it's good to let our girls fail

Rosenblum: Why it's good to let our girls fail

Nancy Gruver has championed the unique gifts of girls for close to a quarter of a century, as the mother of twin daughters, now 35,…

Rosenblum: Cherishing Hanukkah and savoring the Christmas season

Hanukkah begins at sundown Sunday and I can't wait to do … nothing.
Guy advice – from a guy

Guy advice – from a guy

Phillip Petree offers a succinct explanation regarding his expertise in man issues."I am a man," he said. He's also divorced, the father of four grown…

Rosenblum: Restore former prisoners' vote and restore dignity

Gina Evans, community outreach director for Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge, has a "pretty long history of low-level criminal activity," beginning at 16, including check…

Rosenblum: With postpartum depression, empathy, not judgment, is needed

“This morning, I killed my own child.” The statement is unfathomable to us — the lucky ones who never have experienced postpartum depression. While Shwe…
Rosenblum: Calling in sick? Here are tips to sound legit

Rosenblum: Calling in sick? Here are tips to sound legit

Thinking about calling in sick? Prepare for the cold shoulder from work colleagues.

Rosenblum: This year, a recipe for a feud-free gathering

It’s five days before Thanksgiving. Time to make our list, but not for groceries or Black Friday gifts. This list guarantees that our family gathering…
Rosenblum: Minnesota pediatrician a hero for kids' dental health

Rosenblum: Minnesota pediatrician a hero for kids' dental health

Minnesotan Dr. Amos Deinard was honored early this month with a national lifetime achievement award for public health dentistry. Impressive, certainly — especially since Deinard…
Rosenblum: Want the cold truth on co-workers? Watch the office fridge

Rosenblum: Want the cold truth on co-workers? Watch the office fridge

If you want to understand the psyches of your workmates, don't wait to see how they handle a crisis. Watch what happens when they open the fridge.
Rosenblum: A troubling 'social-class gap' in college gap-year studies

Rosenblum: A troubling 'social-class gap' in college gap-year studies

Brianna Medearis' heartening optimism is common among young people of means who pursue gap-year adventures to Europe, China or Africa before leaping into college. Uncommon is Medearis herself, who in no way is a young person of means.
Rosenblum: Twin Cities families get needed lift across digital divide

Rosenblum: Twin Cities families get needed lift across digital divide

The ubiquitous nature of computers on laps, desks and kitchen tables makes it easy to assume that every man, woman, child and dog in America…
Rosenblum: Setting gull free brought strangers together at Lake Harriet

Rosenblum: Setting gull free brought strangers together at Lake Harriet

I know this is a small story in the scheme of big, horrible things we must digest on a daily basis. That is precisely why I'm telling it.
Rosenblum: For families like the Wetterlings, a different kind of loss

Rosenblum: For families like the Wetterlings, a different kind of loss

"The families and friends of the missing are stuck in a painful limbo where relationships are brutally ruptured and, yet, grief is frozen," an expert says.
Rosenblum: Twin Cities Maytag Man rejects throwaway society, one appliance at a time

Rosenblum: Twin Cities Maytag Man rejects throwaway society, one appliance at a time

Like all good practitioners, Mark Kramer is trying to diagnose my problem by asking a lot of questions. I, unfortunately, am not the best patient.…
Rosenblum: Halloween scaredy cats, unite: It's OK to be a wimp

Rosenblum: Halloween scaredy cats, unite: It's OK to be a wimp

The world, at this Halloweenish time of year, seems to be divided into two groups. Those who feast on the adrenaline rush that comes from walking into a dark basement. And my group.
Rosenblum: Rekindling the magic of flight at new Cargo Road viewing area

Rosenblum: Rekindling the magic of flight at new Cargo Road viewing area

Air travelers of a certain age will remember when “romance” and “flight” were constant companions. Long before TSA bodychecks. And community meetings to protest noise…
Rosenblum: Love letters alive and well in the 21st century

Rosenblum: Love letters alive and well in the 21st century

To believe in love again — pristine and pure and still protected by sunny optimism — one need only observe Mason Starry.
Rosenblum: Mix It Up program helps Minneapolis grade schoolers, others make friends

Rosenblum: Mix It Up program helps Minneapolis grade schoolers, others make friends

There's a reason why the sterile school cafeteria is a metaphor for a potentially cold reality of growing up, not to mention the scene of many coming-of-age films.
12 reasons to visit Albuquerque, N.M.

12 reasons to visit Albuquerque, N.M.

Most visitors to New Mexico head to Santa Fe, but here are 12 reasons to spend time in the city where your plane lands: Albuquerque.
Patrick Kennedy brings frank talk about mental illness to Twin Cities

Patrick Kennedy brings frank talk about mental illness to Twin Cities

Patrick J. Kennedy knows unequivocally that it is a miracle he is still alive. The 48-year-old son of the late Sen. Edward "Ted" Kennedy was…
Rosenblum: Workplaces turning 'follow the leader' on its head

Rosenblum: Workplaces turning 'follow the leader' on its head

Do you have good vision — the big-picture kind, not the eyeglass kind? Are you a self-starter? Can you discern good direction from bad? Are…
Minneapolis woman goes from foster care to Harvard Law School

Minneapolis woman goes from foster care to Harvard Law School

When she graduated from Harvard in May 2014, Esther Mulder moved back to Minnesota to take a job with the Hennepin County public defender's office. "I identify with underdogs. I was an underdog," she said.
New to St. Paul? Get a free hat and make friends at Welcome Hat event

New to St. Paul? Get a free hat and make friends at Welcome Hat event

Thanks to Jun-Li Wang, recent transplants and those who've returned to St. Paul will get a uniquely warm welcome this week.
Rosenblum: Marge and Homer's split no laughing matter

Rosenblum: Marge and Homer's split no laughing matter

After 26 years, viewers simply cannot be expected to envision a co-parenting arrangement for Bart, Lisa and Maggie.
We don't need a new Facebook button to show empathy

We don't need a new Facebook button to show empathy

News that Facebook is adding an alternative to its "like" option has been met with thumbs up all around. But the new option won't fix what's broken.

Rosenblum: Forgiving well leads to living well

Imagine a long, thin line, stretching from end to end of a piece of paper and signifying a continuum of difficult life experiences. On the…
Rosenblum: Coach has 'sanity' tips for sports parents

Rosenblum: Coach has 'sanity' tips for sports parents

A lifelong athlete with two young sons who also play sports has written a helpful and honest book that reminds us, somewhat painfully, that too much of a good thing has tripped us up.

Rosenblum: How does my garden grow? With helpers, hope – and lots of hostas

For 28 years, I've watched winter melt away and every single Minnesotan effortlessly transform brown death into brilliant window boxes and flower pots, replant terraced lawns with graceful sedge and fiery orange daylilies. Every year I watch in awe, and more than a little shame. I have no idea how to do any of this.
Rosenblum: Sex drug puts women in the driver's seat

Rosenblum: Sex drug puts women in the driver's seat

The FDA's long-awaited approval of Addyi, a drug promising to recharge waning sex drive in some women, has led to happy-dance sightings, grouchy doomsayer warnings about side effects and the usual misinformation about the act in general.
Rosenblum: In a flash, years of dissertation research gone

Rosenblum: In a flash, years of dissertation research gone

Lindsey Schiffler’s steely determination will come in handy over the next many weeks. A competitive swimmer since age 8, the popular teacher and yearbook adviser…
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