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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."
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Gail Rosenblum: Leading the effort to end sexual violence

Teri Walker McLaughlin is the new executive director of one of the state’s most respected sexual-assault prevention organizations. McLaughlin comes to the Minnesota Coalition Against…
Rosenblum: Emotions high and millions in the mix leave bad taste for Lund family

Rosenblum: Emotions high and millions in the mix leave bad taste for Lund family

When I hear about family rifts big and small, I wonder with weird frequency: Who, then, will be invited to the Thanksgiving table?
Rosenblum: More new dads taking leave from work

Rosenblum: More new dads taking leave from work

Census Bureau data shows that the number of fathers taking paternity leave has soared from 5,800 per month in 1994 to 22,000 per month in 2015.
Rosenblum: Too hot, too cold, just right: How to win the Office Thermostat War

Rosenblum: Too hot, too cold, just right: How to win the Office Thermostat War

Trying to get comfortable? There's an app for that.
Rosenblum: Why dads are such softies with their daughters

Rosenblum: Why dads are such softies with their daughters

A new study finds differences in how fathers react to daughters and sons.
Rosenblum: Grocery store on wheels delivers to Twin Cities 'food deserts'

Rosenblum: Grocery store on wheels delivers to Twin Cities 'food deserts'

Twin Cities Mobile Market, a retrofitted Metro Transit bus loaded with food, expanded in May.
Planned Parenthood's new challenge: How to manage all those volunteers?

Planned Parenthood's new challenge: How to manage all those volunteers?

After the election, Planned Parenthood got an affirming boost that, six months out, shows no signs of waning.
Rosenblum: Parents, here's how to stress less and still help your kids

Rosenblum: Parents, here's how to stress less and still help your kids

Parental burnout is real. Here are some things you can do to fight it.
Rosenblum: Greeting cards celebrate modern moms 'in all shapes and sizes'

Rosenblum: Greeting cards celebrate modern moms 'in all shapes and sizes'

Anybody wanting proof that motherhood is changing need do only one thing: Shop the greeting card aisles.
Rosenblum: French presidential win is a victory for new view of romance

Rosenblum: French presidential win is a victory for new view of romance

Centrist Emmanuel Macron's resounding victory in France's presidential election signals a welcome shift toward saner central ground. But that's not the only union on the minds and lips of the French at the moment.
Rosenblum: How I tackled writing my own health care directive

Rosenblum: How I tackled writing my own health care directive

What better time than a gloriously sunny Minnesota day to think about death?

Resources on end-of-life issues

Books• "Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End," Atul Gawande• "Gratitude," Oliver Sacks• "Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way…
Rosenblum: St. Louis Park seniors have lively talks about death

Rosenblum: St. Louis Park seniors have lively talks about death

Residents of a senior community in St. Louis Park have become pioneers in the movement to talk about death.
Rosenblum: Minnesota takes the lead in pushing end-of-life conversations

Rosenblum: Minnesota takes the lead in pushing end-of-life conversations

Live in Minnesota? Get ready to talk about dying in Minnesota.
Afraid to Ask: Am I supposed to talk to my massage therapist?

Afraid to Ask: Am I supposed to talk to my massage therapist?

That's really up to you, says our expert, Cari Pelava, who answered a few embarrassing questions we posed so you wouldn't have to.
Rosenblum: How to turn college rejection into a lucky break

Rosenblum: How to turn college rejection into a lucky break

Did you or your child not get into a preferred school? Some tips on making the best of it.
Rosenblum: Generation in flux? Younger millennials pine for '50s families

Rosenblum: Generation in flux? Younger millennials pine for '50s families

But nostalgia for "Leave It to Beaver" is unlikely to portend a return to the past.
Rosenblum: Traveling Minnesota art exhibit aims to 'break the stigma' of suicide

Rosenblum: Traveling Minnesota art exhibit aims to 'break the stigma' of suicide

"I want people to see the person and not the illness," says show producer.
Rosenblum: You're smart to hang on to your old car

Rosenblum: You're smart to hang on to your old car

Vindication has come, at long last, and from a surprising source.
This philanderer gets too much love from in-laws

This philanderer gets too much love from in-laws

The problem: My parents think my husband is a saint. Truth is, he had an affair.
Rosenblum: Want to be happier? Stop chasing after more possessions

Rosenblum: Want to be happier? Stop chasing after more possessions

It's long past time that we give up the deeply embedded belief that having more — time, stuff, awards, money — will lead to better results.
Rosenblum: There's a big battle to save author Brenda Ueland's little house in Linden Hills

Rosenblum: There's a big battle to save author Brenda Ueland's little house in Linden Hills

A 117-year-old Minneapolis farmhouse is ripe for teardown, but preservationists think it's worth saving.
Hate being stuck in the middle seat on an airplane? Here's how to cope

Hate being stuck in the middle seat on an airplane? Here's how to cope

The more I fly, the more I realize that I may never again have the window or aisle seat.
Twin Cities therapist helps folks 'heal through grief' in 'Conversations With Kelly'

Twin Cities therapist helps folks 'heal through grief' in 'Conversations With Kelly'

While tears are shed, there's also plenty of laughter. "This is about living."
Is your roommate stealing your food? There's a cold, hard way to stop theft

Is your roommate stealing your food? There's a cold, hard way to stop theft

Growing pains are to be expected with college students, of course, but food theft by roommates?
These 'advocates' aim to help women return to workforce

These 'advocates' aim to help women return to workforce

Après offers women career coaching, how-to and motivational articles and educational courses.
Rosenblum: North Market serves up community goodness in Minneapolis

Rosenblum: North Market serves up community goodness in Minneapolis

Residents are excited about upcoming full-service grocery store in what was a "food desert."
Rosenblum: Mariah Carey's moment leads to a resolution of being a good loser

Rosenblum: Mariah Carey's moment leads to a resolution of being a good loser

Tips on how to deal gracefully with an embarrassing disappointment.
What to do when a neighbor's dog walking is out of bounds

What to do when a neighbor's dog walking is out of bounds

My neighbor walks her dog in my yard, and it freaks my dog out.
Rosenblum: It wasn't all bad: Celebrating the good people of 2016

Rosenblum: It wasn't all bad: Celebrating the good people of 2016

One of my favorite gifts to myself is reviewing the year by checking in with some of the gracious subjects of my columns. In a year that we likely agree was surreal at best and violent at worst, it's a relief to be reminded of the many good-hearted people working quietly and diligently to lighten the load for others.
So much taken from Minnesota man, yet still he chooses to give

So much taken from Minnesota man, yet still he chooses to give

Longtime blood donor: "I'm just a guy who tries to do a little something to make a difference."
Hey, put down that cellphone! Are you 'phubbing' your partner?

Hey, put down that cellphone! Are you 'phubbing' your partner?

The word blends "phone" with "snubbing," and it's wreaking havoc on intimacy.
Duluth men's group renews fight against sexploitation

Duluth men's group renews fight against sexploitation

A bold new campaign in this season of frenzied consumption reminds us of what should never be for sale: women and girls.
'The Brady Bunch' and blended families: Carol Brady offered a comforting slice of fiction

'The Brady Bunch' and blended families: Carol Brady offered a comforting slice of fiction

My education in stepfamilies began long before I became part of one. The Bradys made it look so easy.
Bundle up and hunker down: As temperatures fall, productivity seems to rise

Bundle up and hunker down: As temperatures fall, productivity seems to rise

Filing, paying bills, even ironing: If you can't have fun outside, then get organized inside.
Rosenblum: How to dish up a political truce for family Turkey Day

Rosenblum: How to dish up a political truce for family Turkey Day

I'm proposing the Great Turkey Truce of 2016. Are you in?
Decades after forced adoptions, Minnesota birth moms begin to heal

Decades after forced adoptions, Minnesota birth moms begin to heal

"It's about not being afraid anymore," one birth mother said. "It never should have been a secret."
How to help your kids learn to rise above defeat

How to help your kids learn to rise above defeat

Winning is fun. Losing is not. But we must in life practice, and model, losing with grace.
At 99, woman still finds voting a thrill

At 99, woman still finds voting a thrill

Mary Lou Hill awoke earlier than usual on Election Day, called her daughter Sue Hill and left a message: "Is this the day we're going to vote?"
Say 'buh-bye' to neighbors till spring

Say 'buh-bye' to neighbors till spring

We will open our doors on Halloween to dole out candy, but the bittersweet reality is that this will be the last time for many, many months that we'll see most of our neighbors.
How some St. Paul college students are learning to connect without cellphones

How some St. Paul college students are learning to connect without cellphones

"Conversation stations" and other exercises help first-year Concordia University students reflect on technology.

How well do you read body language?

Body language basics Say what you will, but know that your body might be communicating something else. Body language, said Anne Warfield, CEO of Minneapolis-based…

Candidates' communication styles speak volumes

Candidates’ communication styles speak volumes Marriage therapists often tell struggling couples, “It’s not what you say. It’s how you say it.” The same seems to…
The secret to happiness? Lower your expectations, experts advise

The secret to happiness? Lower your expectations, experts advise

It's impossible to be happy all the time. But here's how to be happy a little more.
Donors help disadvantaged Minnesota scholars adjust to college life

Donors help disadvantaged Minnesota scholars adjust to college life

Wallin Education Partners is a college-completion program with a twist. Donors and scholars are encouraged to establish close ties, and most do.

Minnesota's divorced dads' group celebrates growth

When Bruce Smith faced divorce in 2006, he didn't know where to turn. Like many men, he found it difficult to admit that he needed…
Rosenblum: For twins, picking a college can be doubly complex

Rosenblum: For twins, picking a college can be doubly complex

Tight-knit siblings face big decision: Stay together, or go to separate schools?
Rosenblum: For many students, first test at college is sharing a dorm room

Rosenblum: For many students, first test at college is sharing a dorm room

With American family size down and the number of household bedrooms up, many millennials never have shared a bedroom before.
Rosenblum: Hate Mondays? Some tips on beating the blues

Rosenblum: Hate Mondays? Some tips on beating the blues

School’s back in session. Time for the dog to eat the homework. And for Monday to eat Sunday. While summer doesn’t technically end for 10…
Rosenblum: With Wetterlings, so many kinds of grief, so much grace

Rosenblum: With Wetterlings, so many kinds of grief, so much grace

While the Wetterlings now are able to move forward, let's not forget what is most remarkable about them.
Welding, HVAC, construction and more: Scholarships help Minnesota women trade fields

Welding, HVAC, construction and more: Scholarships help Minnesota women trade fields

Women are breaking into traditionally male jobs with help of new scholarship program.
How one mom found joy in cabin life, thanks to her kids

How one mom found joy in cabin life, thanks to her kids

Even a not-from-here mother knows that summer isn't complete without s'mores around a fire pit and a charming loon sighting from a canoe.

Rosenblum: Young men are all thumbs, and researchers are worried

It's State Fair time — so what better time to introduce readers to the Hydraulic Hand Dynamometer?

Rosenblum: Family ties are the key to long life

Turns out the people most likely to keep us alive well into our 80s and beyond are our complicated, annoying and ultimately endearing families.
Rosenblum: Young fathers show risk of postpartum depression

Rosenblum: Young fathers show risk of postpartum depression

A 4-month-old's fatal beating encourages us to think about the vulnerable mental health not just of new mothers, but also of new fathers.

Rosenblum: Alimony reform bill draws concerns and calls

A new law allows judges to end, alter or suspend alimony if recipients are found to be living in a committed relationship with a significant other.
Rosenblum: The sobering truth about women and wine

Rosenblum: The sobering truth about women and wine

A growing number of women — and even teen girls — are having trouble with wine, say experts in alcohol addiction.

Rosenblum: Going for gold in political diplomacy

Summer’s the season of family and high school reunions, neighborhood block parties and reconnecting at the cabin. This summer? It’s the season of RSVP avoidance.…
Rosenblum: The surprising (and sweet) truth about love in late life

Rosenblum: The surprising (and sweet) truth about love in late life

Romance isn't just for the young.
Rosenblum: Retailers aren't alone in back-to-school push

Rosenblum: Retailers aren't alone in back-to-school push

Unfortunately, we can't place all the blame on retailers for stealing our summer thunder. Turns out a big reason for the early selling season is us.
Rosenblum: How to tackle a bucket list of fears

Rosenblum: How to tackle a bucket list of fears

Anybody can experience the giddiness and confidence-building of overcoming a fear.
Peace, Shalom, Salam: Twin Cities women's group works for peace in Mideast

Peace, Shalom, Salam: Twin Cities women's group works for peace in Mideast

Minnesota Senate President Sandy Pappas, DFL-St. Paul, is in Cyprus this week to talk not about building walls, but tearing them down.
No 'plus one'? How to handle flying solo at a wedding

No 'plus one'? How to handle flying solo at a wedding

Close friend's wedding brings up painful feelings after divorce.
Rosenblum: How all of us (even Playboy Playmates) can stop 'fat shaming'

Rosenblum: How all of us (even Playboy Playmates) can stop 'fat shaming'

To single out Dani Mathers for "fat shaming" is absurd.

The dangers of weight stigma

The common wisdom is that “helpful comments” (aka body shaming) might motivate people to lose weight. But the University of Minnesota’s Katie Loth has done…
Rosenblum: Bra-vo! Let's donate again to women fleeing abuse

Rosenblum: Bra-vo! Let's donate again to women fleeing abuse

In January, I asked readers to please consider donating new or gently used bras to one of many Soma stores throughout Minnesota, to benefit women…
Want to unleash creativity? Socrates Cafe founder says to consult kids

Want to unleash creativity? Socrates Cafe founder says to consult kids

It's all about asking "the good question."
Rosenblum: When and how to talk to your kids about sexual consent

Rosenblum: When and how to talk to your kids about sexual consent

High-profile stories provide an opportunity to talk to our children about respectful relationships, power imbalances and consensual sex.
Rosenblum: Twin Cities community health workers help patients get good care

Rosenblum: Twin Cities community health workers help patients get good care

Indispensable health care professionals connect Minnesota's underserved populations to services and resources.
Helicopter parents face off against stealth bombers, mowers and drones

Helicopter parents face off against stealth bombers, mowers and drones

Students heading to college this fall would be well advised to look up, down and all around. A slew of shiny new machines has arrived on campuses nationwide, albeit with familiar names. Mom and Dad.
Workplace martyrs, please take your vacation!

Workplace martyrs, please take your vacation!

Do you love your job so much that you feel lucky to also be contributing nonpaid volunteer hours? Of course you do. Wait. What?

Rosenblum: Advocate won't retreat in effort to bring friend to outdoors

When Kevin and Lorie Johnson welcomed Kirk Williams into their home in 1999, they promised him a full life under their roof. The Johnsons have made good on that promise.
Rosenblum: Fighting back against 'grief overload'

Rosenblum: Fighting back against 'grief overload'

High-profile tragedies feel personal in the digital age. Here's how to cope.
Rosenblum: Singers from midcentury Mpls. hotspot Schiek's still dazzle fans

Rosenblum: Singers from midcentury Mpls. hotspot Schiek's still dazzle fans

From the mid-1940s until 1971, Schiek's Cafe offered fine dining and the Schiek's Singing Sextet.
Rosenblum: Bittersweet birthday for Minn. man, as 40-year card exchange ends

Rosenblum: Bittersweet birthday for Minn. man, as 40-year card exchange ends

Of all the offbeat subjects I've tackled, this story is among my favorites — a lighthearted homage to family bonds, sustained silliness and the thing I love almost as much as I love my kids: Handwritten letters.
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