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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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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.
Rosenblum: Young St. Paul writer and artist gets a big jolt from 50 Coffees

Rosenblum: Young St. Paul writer and artist gets a big jolt from 50 Coffees

Recent college grad Morgan Mercer asked for advice — not once, but 50 times.
Remembering 'Big Boo' and other 'selfless young men with guts' in Merchant Marine

Remembering 'Big Boo' and other 'selfless young men with guts' in Merchant Marine

Now that Michael Chris Boosalis is gone, I wonder who will tell the special, and still largely ignored, stories of the Merchant Marine.
Rosenblum: North High students challenge gentrification with winning documentary

Rosenblum: North High students challenge gentrification with winning documentary

Students at Minneapolis North High School are heading into summer after a year of mind-expanding travel to the slums of Kibera outside Nairobi, Kenya. To…

Rosenblum: In Minnesota, a 'common sense' change in alimony

While transportation and public safety dominated the waning days of the 2016 legislative session, our elected officials quietly — and surprisingly quickly — shifted ground on the home front.

Rosenblum: Ka-ching! Teens aren't the only ones excited for prom

Prom season wraps up this month, which means that clever high schoolers can begin planning next year's extravagant "promposals" and parents can reclaim their wallets.
Rosenblum: Despite health concerns, babies born to older moms often thrive

Rosenblum: Despite health concerns, babies born to older moms often thrive

New research shows the benefits to their children outweigh the biological risks.
Rosenblum: Book clubs shelve guilt (and excuses) by tackling magazines

Rosenblum: Book clubs shelve guilt (and excuses) by tackling magazines

My neighborhood book club abandoned any pretense of reading books long ago. Attendance has been consistently robust ever since.
Rosenblum: Twin Cities school's gift helps man travel to mom's funeral

Rosenblum: Twin Cities school's gift helps man travel to mom's funeral

Within 24 hours of word getting out about his mother's death, Joseph Noble's legions of fans at Breck raised nearly $20,000 for him, his wife, Rhonda, and his two children to fly home to Guyana.
Rosenblum: Minnesota stole the heart of foreign exchange student

Rosenblum: Minnesota stole the heart of foreign exchange student

As 17-year-old Malia Obama mulls how to spend her upcoming gap year before entering Harvard, it's a safe guess what 17-year-old Nariah Haer would suggest to the president's daughter:
And my calculated life expectancy is...

And my calculated life expectancy is...

Want to live longer? For starters, exercise and manage stress.
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.
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