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Gail Rosenblum

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Gail Rosenblum writes two to three columns a week on people, social issues, trends, and the complexities of human relationships.
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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.
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?
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