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Gail Rosenblum

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Gail Rosenblum covers trends, social issues and the complexities of human relationships. Author of "A Hundred Lives Since Then: Essays on Motherhood, Marriage, Mortality and More."
Recent content from Gail Rosenblum
Jennifer Ally Kern is the creator of Thriviesta, which addresses the “loneliness epidemic” that social scientists warn is chipping away at the emo

Rosenblum: Minneapolis gala tackles 'loneliness epidemic'

Thriviesta's interactive games, led by professional coaches and trainers, aim to bring people together "in a way that is fun and playful."
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Rosenblum: What does Dad really want? More time with his kids

The struggle for work-life balance begins with baby's first breath, and is exacerbated by divorce.
Pam and Dave Olson, daughters Bridget (graduating from St. Olaf) and Gretchen. A survivor of colon cancer, Pam didn’t think she’d live to see this

Rosenblum: Minn. woman learned the young are not immune to colon cancer

Woodbury mom stresses importance of screenings and urges paying attention to symptoms.
Raymond Robinson and Mattie Henderson, who both live at the senior high rise Rainbow Terrace, use the free Northside Circulator shuttle to run basic e

Free North Side shuttle connects folks to community: 'I love it'

The Northside Circulator is part of a mission to provide access to basic amenities.
A U.S. flag will be placed at about 178,000 headstones at Fort Snelling National Cemetery on Memorial Day.

Rosenblum: At Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Waconia vet honors those who served

Administrative officer says he has "one of the best jobs in the Veterans Administration."
Ron Rudolph began building bluebird houses to keep his hands busy after his wife, Pat, died.

Minnesota widower rebuilds from grief, one birdhouse at a time

His daughter is helping him sell them: "We're spreading joy and happiness, and we didn't even know it."
The doll's disappearance sparked a conversation about race.

At Art Institute, doll's disappearance sparked conversation about race; now, she's back

She was removed quietly from an elaborate, three-story dollhouse at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. But the mysterious disappearance of the tiny doll — a…
Noah Song, 10, spun the wheel of the “What Am I Feeling” station at the “Mental Health: Mind Matters” exhibit at the Science Museum of Minneso

Minnesotans share stories in powerful St. Paul exhibit on mental health

Family-friendly exhibit doesn't just make it OK to talk about mental illness — it shows us how.

When it comes to mental health, words matter

Certain words and phrases we use to describe mental health are so entrenched in our lexicon that we are unaware of how hurtful they sound.…
Take finanical advice from these teens (clockise, from top): Diana Zhu, Iam Lim, Brandon Arneson and Therence Niyonkuru.

What Twin Cities teens can teach us about being smart with money

You don’t need me to tell you we’re generally lousy role models for our kids, at least when it comes to fiscal responsibility. Nearly a…
“Mind Matters” is a hands-on multimedia exhibit at the Science Museum of Minnesota.

St. Paul exhibit tackles mental health: 'People don't realize how hard it is'

A man sits alone in his living room, immersed in an inner dialogue about his depression. In a dark forest, foreboding creatures approach, only their…
After Katie Pivec graduated from college, she became a lawyer, and later started teaching, like her dad Jay Pivec.

Minneapolis dad took his daughter to work and now she works there, too

Attorney Katie Pivec of Mounds View has vivid memories of Take Our Daughters to Work Day, held annually on the fourth Thursday of April. One…
Harry Hartigan has been ministering all his life, starting as an altar boy. But being ordained a priest is “a major milestone.”

At 70, Minnesota man joins the priesthood, capping a life of ministering to others

Harry Hartigan is being ordained as a priest of the liberal St. Theresa's Catholic Apostolic Church in North America.
Students (from left) Maggie Lindenfelser, Stephanie Garcia and Odalis Andrade are first-generation college students who have benefited from Northfield

Care packages let disadvantaged students know 'someone is rooting for them'

Northfield's TORCH program offers low-income and first-generation students encouragement — and cookies.
Judy Kinsey attended Albert Lea High School Senior Prom in 1958 wearing a red dress made by her mother. Sixty years later, her granddaughter Annie Bur

Rosenblum: A new generation says yes to Minnesota grandma's red prom dress

The strapless gown once considered "risqué" fit perfectly, and offered "the bonus of sentimental value."
Author Lenore Skenazy and her “subway savvy” son Izzy back in 2009.

Free-range parents now have a law protecting their approach to child-rearing

Kids, run along now. Parents, let them run along now. They’ve got the law on their side. In one state, at least. In news that…
"The Art of Boxing, the Sport of Ballet" will be at the Ordway.

Pirouettes and punches: St. Paul gym combines ballet and boxing

See a show featuring an artistically athletic mashup at the Ordway.
Author Maya Dusenbery

Doctors urged to heal misperceptions about treating women

Maya Dusenbery didn’t think much about the American health care system — until she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at age 27. Research into her…
Andrea Pierre and her daughters Millicent and Josephine Anderson viewed the dollhouse at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

At Minneapolis museum, a tiny doll provokes a big conversation around race

The doll's disappearance two years ago became a flash point around race and history, which led to important introspection by many and even a short film.
Matzo ball soup

Sinkers vs. floaters: a matzo ball taste-off for Passover

Two colleagues put their matzo ball recipes to the test.
Julia Ruelle is ecstatic to be heading this summer to the serene Boundary Waters Canoe Area as winner of an essay contest sponsored by the founder of

Minnetonka student and cancer survivor wins trip to BWCA

Julia Ruelle is ecstatic to be heading this summer to the serene Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCA) as winner of the first ever essay…
Betty Jeanne Mahaffey, an ob/gyn nurse practitioner, served in the Navy from 1969 to 1992, including a tour in Vietnam on a hospital ship in 1971. Amo

Minnesota campaign honors female vets: 'You are respected'

I Am Not Invisible asks military women to share stories of challenges and contributions.
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Minnesota parents team up to put kids' smartphone use on hold

Peer pressure to have a cellphone is reaching younger and younger consumers.
Blame Lin-Manuel Miranda for the catchy lyrics in “Hamilton.” He wrote the musical and originated the title role on Broadway. The smash hit makes

Rosenblum: Going to see 'Hamilton'? Don't be 'Hamil-tone deaf' and sing along

It's hard not to get carried away when you're excited to see a show, but please don't.
Tommy Jones is a volunteer facilitator for Choosing Healthy Sexual Boundaries.

Rosenblum: Twin Cities support group helps men overcome 'bad choices'

Volunteer facilitators help members become better men.
Bill Seabloom founded a pioneering program for young sexual offenders in 1977.

Rosenblum: Minnesota therapist believed sex offenders were 'very treatable'

Bill Seabloom, who died in January, provided a rare voice of compassion in the debate.
Jason Zabokrtsky, founder of Ely Outfitting Co., is eager for kids to be kids in the great outdoors.

Essay contest can win you a parent-free trip to Minnesota's BWCA

Hey, high schoolers: Want to give up your cellphone and laptop? Want to get wet and dirty? OK, want to get away from your parents…
You can learn a lot about other people while riding the train if you're not looking at your phone.

In seven minutes on the train, a memorable connection

Maybe an occasional break — to look right at a real person — is a solution to our universal happiness drought.
Everson and Tiffany Griffen sealed their introduction with a kiss.

At fashion show, NFL players' wives styling for a cause

The show benefited the Women's Foundation of Minnesota and featured about 40 wives of coaches and current and former NFL players.
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The link between stepkids and divorce — and how you can beat the odds

January is "divorce month." While the usual suspects play a key role, another is right up there: kids.
Tom Bruhn's parents died weeks apart in 2015 and are buried together.

A grieving son's Christmas card reaches parents — at Fort Snelling Cemetery

Special delivery by kind employee warms the heart of sender still missing his folks.
Emily Baxter

Founding director of Twin Cities nonprofit explains why 'We're All Criminals'

Honesty and humility fill new book with people's stories about criminality.
Burn the dinner you lovingly prepared? There’s always pizza.

Rosenblum: My New Year's resolution is to fail more and apologize less

A "failure résumé" sounds like a great idea.
Hanadi Chehabeddine works to build bridges between Muslims and non-Muslims.

Star Tribune columnist Gail Rosenblum's favorite 2017 stories

Gift wrap from weeks of celebrations has been tossed. Our house is in relatively good order. Traffic to work remains temporarily (and blessedly) light. It’s…
Missie Kittok, who has been a letter carrier for 15 months helps deliver some packages in time for Christmas. "Packages are easier in some ways," says

Like Santa, postal workers deliver on Christmas Eve

Yes, the Postal Service does deliver on Sundays — including Christmas Eve — which this year brought cheer, and surprise, to those on the receiving end.
Donald McFarland and son Tyler Quaas-McFarland, 17, are featured in the video shown before Act II of "Annie."

Rosenblum: 'Annie' is helping Minnesota foster kids find forever families

The Ordway and Ampersand Families are teaming up to reach caring adults.
The party's in full swing.

Must Minnesota party guests toe the line on requests to remove shoes?

A highly unscientific poll reveals that we're deeply divided on this issue.

Minnesota divorce lawyers: Alimony changes would shortchange families

House Republicans pushing a tax overhaul have managed to do something that's extremely difficult to pull off.They've found a way to make the searing pain…
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Baby boomers are becoming 'baby boozers' as reliance on alcohol and drugs rises

The trend is alarming doctors, substance abuse specialists, family members and some boomers themselves.
What’s old is new again: Thank-you notes are becoming an important marketing tool.

Expect thank-you notes from businesses eager to keep you

Quaint? Absolutely. A powerful modern marketing tool? Oh, yes.
Go to the office party, but behave when you do. Here's how.

Go to the office party, but behave when you do. Here's how.

It’s office party time! If reading that string of words causes dread, you’re in good company. Office festivities, while well-intentioned, are fraught for most people.…
It’s OK to stand when something dramatic is happening.

Down in front! Uber-fan won't stand for being told to sit

Others want to see the game, but this guy doesn't care.
Vegetables, fruits, seafood and dairy products are thrown away more than junk food.

Let's learn to love leftovers and fight food waste

While we Americans are rock stars with post-Thanksgiving turkey, we refuse to tap our culinary creativity any other time of the year.

All of us need to speak out against sexual harassment

Janene laughed. Hers was a high-pitched and rapid-fire giggle. She made me laugh, too.So when she told me, through hysterical tears, what had happened to…
A complicated lesson on the birds and the bees.

Rosenblum: Sexually active teens don't need threats

Pushback was swift and loud when a school district learned in October that folks must report sexually active teens to law enforcement.

A good divorce is possible, says psychologist

Nearly 25 years ago, Constance Ahrons put two words together that rocked legions of couples: “Good” and “divorce.” After the San Diego-based psychologist wrote “The…
Twins Henry, left, and Austin Sween. Members of the Minnesota Boychoir participated in "respect workshops."

How to teach your kids to be 'little ambassadors' of kindness

Want to raise kind kids? Then model kind behavior.
Minneapolis seniors who lost their center make Halloween call for help

Minneapolis seniors who lost their center make Halloween call for help

Operating on a $185,000 annual budget, the Skyway Senior Center relied on private funding and in-kind support from the city of Minneapolis. Despite repeated attempts to keep it open, supporters were unable to find an ongoing sponsor.
Valencia Proctor, left, and Kendall Kent in Chain Reaction Theatre’s production of “Body and Sold.”

Rosenblum: Twin Cities play 'Body and Sold' reveals grim truth of sex trafficking

Eden Prairie-based social justice theater company hopes to raise awareness of issue.
The #iwishyouknew on Twitter

One-day social media campaign highlights domestic abuse in the Twin Cities

Domestic abuse shelter asks people to post personal experiences.
In Minnesota, cremation is now more popular than traditional burial. But those left behind are often left to wonder what to do with the remains.

Why don't we talk about what to do with Mom's remains?

Many families — due to grief or exhaustion or simple confusion about what's legal — don't discuss the long-term ramifications of a loved one's cremated remains.
Detail from Jean O’Keefe’s “Arsenal of Democracy.”

Rosenblum: Hopkins woman creates moving memorial for World War II vets

Like so many of us, Jean O’Keefe avidly reads the obituaries. But she does more than just read. She guards memories. Since 2010, O’Keefe has…

Weird hotel habits, from the housekeepers who've seen it all

Cleaning up after other people means seeing some pretty weird things. A group of housekeepers gathered their collective advice on what we should and shouldn’t…
Fully 70 percent of women ranked their stress level at 5 or higher out of 10 in a recent study.

Rosenblum: How to combat 'high levels of stress and unhappiness' at work

Worker bees are struggling to preserve work-life balance and, increasingly, their mental health.
Men, don't be afraid to cry.

Gail Rosenblum: Big boys don't cry, but maybe they should

Mark Greene has to dig deep to recall the memory. Nearly 50 years deep, and not even a real event. Greene’s singular recollection of a…
The recent death of composer and lyricist Michael Friedman from AIDS-related causes serves as a reminder to remain vigilant in fighting HIV.

Rosenblum: Death of hockey musical composer calls for renewed vigilance in AIDS fight

Michael Friedman died Sept. 9, just days before "The Abominables" opened at Minneapolis' Children's Theatre Company.
Sandstone inmates crochet animals for sick kids at four Twin Cities Ronald McDonald Houses.

Rosenblum: Minnesota inmates crochet way to redemption in Project Teddy Bear

A restorative justice project has brought together University of Minnesota students and Sandstone prisoners to help sick kids.

Men gather in Minneapolis to 'take back our humanity'

A provocative discussion of what it means to be a healthy and respectful man begins Thursday when the Twin Cities plays host to the 2017 national conference of a violence prevention organization.
It’s a rare parent of a tween or teen who doesn’t worry about kids’ uber-usage of social media.

How a principal's 'extreme' experiment got kids to turn off their phones

Diana Smith challenged her eighth- and ninth-grade students to put down their tech devices for the 11 Tuesdays of summer.
Watercolors by Minneapolis artist Anita White

Minneapolis artist sketches her way through family medical crisis

From December 2016 to May 2017, Anita White documented her family's sometimes harrowing medical experiences, and the quiet heroes who pulled them through, by creating dozens of pen and watercolor sketches.

Rosenblum: New research supports shared custody for children in divorce

What two factors vastly increase the likelihood of a healthy and happy future for kids after divorce? Mom — and Dad. With the important exception…
Chante Mitchell, left, first came to C2i as a 15-year-old aging out of foster care. Jessica Rogers, right, is executive director of the Minneapolis no

Rosenblum: Minnesotans who 'age out' of foster care can still find help with life skills

The warmhearted executive director of Minneapolis nonprofit C2i sees young adults with infinite potential.
Sunrise over the Duluth harbor as seen from Skyline Parkway.

Rosenblum: In Duluth, an affirming face-to-face dialogue

Topics at a Star Tribune "Dateline Minnesota" event touched on mining and water quality, diversity and job creation, as well as politics.
Thomas Francine, 30, of New Jersey, says the drive to hitchhike more than 26,000 miles was "in my blood."

Rosenblum: Hitchhikers follow adventure and belief in human kindness

When was the last time you saw a hitchhiker in the United States? What might push us out of our cars again, to hitch a ride?
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Rosenblum: Minnesota study gives hope for children with sexual behavior problems

"There doesn't need to be all this stigma," says project lead. "It gets in the way of us responding."
Doris Rubenstein’s traditional kosher dill pickles are fermented in brine instead of in vinegar. Their resulting murky liquid got her disqualified t

Local pickle maker gets rejected from Minn. State Fair contest, wins a play

Doris Rubenstein wanted respect for her kosher dills. She got it, in the form of a play.
Doris Rubenstein developed her taste for traditional fermented kosher dill pickles from pickles her uncle used to make.

JUSTICE IN A JAR

Auguste Rodin's "The Thinker" at the Soumaya Museum in Mexico City.

Rosenblum: Less yelling, more arguing: U lecturer on power of critical thinking

Lecturer on how we might all learn to argue well, instead of just loudly.
Nana is there to help.

Rosenblum: Minnesota grandparents feel love after travel ban revised

The case is a reminder that grandparents are essential to a growing number of families.

Who's raising Minnesota's kids?

Grandparents provide much needed care to a growing number of grandchildren. Approximately 2.7 million children nationwide are being raised by their grandparents and other relatives,…
After a two-year absence, sand castles will return to Lake Calhoun, although they won't be a part of the Aquatennial celebration.

Rosenblum: Sand castles, milk carton boats again bring joy to Mpls.

A new nonprofit has breathed life into the sand castles and the beloved, goofy milk carton boat races once part of the Aquatennial.

Rosenblum: What do we have in common? Our hopes, worries and our stories

After I challenged you to come up with ideas for what unites us as humans, you offered gracious, decent, bridge-building sentiments.
One recent study found that one in three families with an inmate goes into debt because of prison phone costs.

Rosenblum: Why Minnesota prisoners pay so much for phone calls, and the fight for reform

After many years of progress to cut prison phone costs, a federal court this past month struck down regulations that cap those costs.

Rosenblum: Need a moment of zen? Try mowing the lawn

A recent blog post by author and career coach Fiona MacKay Young had me nodding in agreement. Young, best known for her inspiration journals,…

Rosenblum: In a world divided, four truths bring us closer

Ellie Krug is a Twin Cities-based lawyer, writer and founder of Human Inspiration Works, which trains organizations locally and nationwide to be more inclusive and welcoming.
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