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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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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…

Rosenblum: Doctors, patients need help accepting limits of late-stage chemo

While the promise of chemotherapy is of more days and better days, a new study reveals that, for patients with late-stage cancer, neither promise may be true.
Rosenblum: How about treating sex offenders like humans?

Rosenblum: How about treating sex offenders like humans?

Many Minnesotans wonder if, finally, it’s safe to dream that a loved one will be released from the embattled Minnesota Sex Offender Program.

Rosenblum: Latest e-mail technology can't save us from ourselves

Quietly in June, Google added an option designed, no doubt, with imperfect human beings in mind. In other words, designed for all 900 million of its Gmail users, give or take a few.
Rosenblum: Mediating when divorce goes to the dogs

Rosenblum: Mediating when divorce goes to the dogs

Kelsey Ramirez and Zach Woolhouse knew that their divorce was wreaking havoc under their roof. They knew that joint custody would be the kindest and…

Rosenblum: As millennials say 'I don't' to marriage, parents learn to adjust

A young friend whom I’ve adored since she was a toddler approached me last weekend, lifted her hand and, with a delighted grin, flashed a…
Rosenblum: From the cheap seats, we can learn from Greece, 50 Cent

Rosenblum: From the cheap seats, we can learn from Greece, 50 Cent

Greece, the country, and 50 Cent, the rapper, might seem a million miles removed from our ordinary lives.But their extraordinary money woes offer those of…
Rosenblum: Persistent, opinionated caller to Star Tribune is greatly missed

Rosenblum: Persistent, opinionated caller to Star Tribune is greatly missed

Duane Markus played second base for a Chicago Cubs farm team back in the 1960s.He was a beloved middle-school social studies teacher, the proud father…
Day trip: White Bear Lake maintains small-town charm

Day trip: White Bear Lake maintains small-town charm

White Bear Lake, a suburban city of 23,000, has retained much of its small-town charm, while moving confidently into the 21st century with abundant attractions both culinary and cultural.
Rosenblum: Want to experience joy? Here's how

Rosenblum: Want to experience joy? Here's how

Pixar’s delightful new film, “Inside Out,” confirmed a few things for me. You can never pack too much tissue in your purse. And we grown-ups…
Rosenblum: Who loves a parade? Minnesotans do

Rosenblum: Who loves a parade? Minnesotans do

Minnesota's popular summer spectacles help us maintain connections, slow down and keep childhood memories afloat.

Teens behaving badly, and right on schedule

Overheard recently: A group of moms bemoaning the “acting out” behavior of their children. Toddlers? Who said anything about toddlers?
Friends (and a few strangers) help Minn. woman marry dying fiancé

Friends (and a few strangers) help Minn. woman marry dying fiancé

Sheila Van Epps always knew she’d marry her longtime love, Joe Eder. When crushing news threatened her “someday” dream, Van Epps watched in awe as friends, and many strangers, stepped in to help.
Female scientists laugh at teary stereotype

Female scientists laugh at teary stereotype

After Sir Tim Hunt shared his thoughts about coed laboratories recently, female scientists had every reason to boil over in anger. They did something better. They got funny.

New book by Gillette Children's encourages kids to ask about disabilities

Illustrator Nancy Carlson and hospital team up to Cure Pity.
Rosenblum: Don't be selfie! I'll take your picture

Rosenblum: Don't be selfie! I'll take your picture

They were a gorgeous couple, clearly enjoying their stroll on Manhattan’s energizing, lushly landscaped and highly populated High Line. Walking behind them on a recent…
Rosenblum: A school in Guinea grows out of a tragedy in St. Paul

Rosenblum: A school in Guinea grows out of a tragedy in St. Paul

A gracious Minnesota child’s dream to build a school in Guinea will be realized far earlier than anticipated, but it’s a bittersweet victory.
Day trip to Shakopee goes off the beaten track

Day trip to Shakopee goes off the beaten track

Visitors willing to forgo the adrenaline rush of thrill rides, horse racing and jousting and keep driving will discover rich and varied options in the hilly and understated city of Shakopee.
Rosenblum: Homeless kids learn that money talks

Rosenblum: Homeless kids learn that money talks

Mastering money might seem like the last thing a young adult who's been homeless through most of his teens needs to survive. But without an understanding of finances, such kids will be sucked right back down the hole.
'Zemene' tells tale of survival and hope for Ethiopian girl

'Zemene' tells tale of survival and hope for Ethiopian girl

“Do good stuff.” I don’t know if Dr. Rick Hodes contemplated before he crafted this succinct response, or if his generous words rolled out like…
U of M's Chair in Sex Health Education a first for country

U of M's Chair in Sex Health Education a first for country

This week the University of Minnesota's Program in Human Sexuality (PHS) inaugurates the nation’s first Chair in Sexual Health Education.
Mpls. mom opens home and heart to struggling neighborhood kids

Mpls. mom opens home and heart to struggling neighborhood kids

Hannah Lieder, the unstoppable founder of Minneapolis Swims, didn’t envision raising a second family at this juncture, but it’s not surprising if you know her.
Rosenblum: Capitol would gain with statue of Nellie Stone Johnson

Rosenblum: Capitol would gain with statue of Nellie Stone Johnson

A statue, and final fundraising, is in the works to honor the labor and civil rights activist in St. Paul.
Photo show exposes the double lives of vets

Photo show exposes the double lives of vets

College sociology student Devin Mitchell has long been intrigued by photography’s power to expose the contradictions and complexities of human nature. But his “Veteran Vision…

Rosenblum: Don't let family dinners become a grind

Time will tell whether the Dolmio Pepper Hacker is legal, but I’m pretty sure of two things: Somebody with teenagers created it, and you will…
Duets: Gary and Mark make beautiful music together

Duets: Gary and Mark make beautiful music together

A gospel-infused Jewish prayer service? Have a little faith, won’t you? The idea’s no surprise when you meet the musicians bringing it to life.
Rosenblum: Moms, dads, we need more free-range kids

Rosenblum: Moms, dads, we need more free-range kids

Years ago, we had a different phrase for this now controversial parenting style. We called it Normal Childhood.

Rosenblum: 'Boys will be boys' is no excuse

A scathing critique of Rolling Stone for its story on an alleged gang rape at a university fraternity reminds us that reportorial rigor can never…

Rosenblum: Couples therapists to tackle sex, lies and narcissism

Terry Real has been known to welcome participants to his popular couples therapy conferences by asking: “How many of you are therapists? And how many…
Duets: Betsy Peak and Lisa Marie Borchert

Duets: Betsy Peak and Lisa Marie Borchert

Betsy Peak’s husband of 47 years died six years ago, just as Lisa Marie Borchert was planning a vacation to London. Come along, Lisa Marie…
Duets: Chris and Aaron

Duets: Chris and Aaron

Chris Henningsen was hoping that Aaron Kaercher would join his extended family for Christmas brunch this year , and Aaron knows why. “Chris,” Aaron says with a laugh, “wanted one more holiday with his liver.”
Duets: David and Allison

Duets: David and Allison

Since meeting through friends a few years ago, thirty-something Allison and 59-year-old David are comically in sync in nearly every race they run.
Duets: Mike and David deliver

Duets: Mike and David deliver

Nothing keeps Mike White from his daily dairy deliveries — not even surgery. He knew he needed David Nelson.
Duets: Noah and Diana

Duets: Noah and Diana

Brad Johnson knew that his son, Noah, was musically gifted. That buoyed Brad and his wife, Melissa, as they sought to give their son — born 15 weeks premature and legally blind — every opportunity.
Duets: Ed Crozier and Dick Duerre

Duets: Ed Crozier and Dick Duerre

Ed Crozier glanced up from his coffee mug on a winter morning and noticed a man cross-country skiing on a lake behind his home. Ed…
Duets: Lee and Jim move on

Duets: Lee and Jim move on

Lee Blons was “an outsider” when she moved to the Twin Cities for college. Now firmly rooted, she’s readying to move forward without the partner who bolstered her remarkable transition.
Erik and Penny, skating away

Erik and Penny, skating away

Penny Jacobs, 88, and Erik Wardenaar, 54, of Golden Valley meet regularly to share the sport they’ve loved since childhood: ice skating.
Rosenblum: Bigger push needed to 'grow' caring kids

Rosenblum: Bigger push needed to 'grow' caring kids

Instilling the spirit of giving in our children requires more than an occasional project. It must become our family’s day-in, day-out philosophy, our way of life.
C'mon, get happy!

C'mon, get happy!

Is anybody happy?Apparently not, if the results of a recent Harris Poll are to believed. So I would like to offer a few ideas to…
Rosenblum: Bringing fresh thinking to divorce

Rosenblum: Bringing fresh thinking to divorce

A bill to keep divorcing couples out of court may or may not pass this legislative session. But couples navigating the tough terrain of a…
Duets: Mary and Rose form caring bond

Duets: Mary and Rose form caring bond

Mary Touve jokes that Rose Sobleski fired her after two years as Rose’s caregiver. In fact, Rose promoted Mary — to best friend.

Rosenblum: Divorce outside the box

Minnesota has long been a leader in making divorce less awful. We’ve led the way with collaborative lawyers, mediators (who guide couples without offering legal…
Rosenblum: Pregnancy rates down, but so is funding

Rosenblum: Pregnancy rates down, but so is funding

Nine girls, all eighth-graders at Brooklyn Center High School, carry their lunches into a conference room and grab a seat around a large table. They…
Rosenblum: Families take break from spring vacation expectations

Rosenblum: Families take break from spring vacation expectations

Fran and K.C. O’Connor viewed their 2014 spring break trip as a grand finale. Traveling to Mexico with five other families, they’d celebrate their daughters’…
Rosenblum on Sunday: 25 years ago, did you save her life?

Rosenblum on Sunday: 25 years ago, did you save her life?

Jennifer Green discovered something unexpected when she tried to commit suicide by jumping off a Faribault bridge: a profound desire to live. Twenty-five years later, she wants to thank the mysterious person who made that wish possible.
Bridge survivor gets her wish, as Good Samaritans step forward

Bridge survivor gets her wish, as Good Samaritans step forward

Gail Rosenblum wrote Sunday about a woman going public with her hope to find the person who saved her life 25 years ago. As a result. two Good Samaritans have stepped forward.
KFC to sell coffee cup in U.K. that's good enough to eat

KFC to sell coffee cup in U.K. that's good enough to eat

The Brits, as we know, are a tea-loving bunch, which is why KFC should be commended for bravery. The American food chain has announced plans…

Rosenblum: Inequities tarnish Minneapolis' rising star

It’s been years since someone asked me what life is like in “Mindianapolis,” that chilly conclave located in Somewhere Up There, United States.These days, it’s…
Rosenblum: Local woman helped Julianne Moore play 'Still Alice'

Rosenblum: Local woman helped Julianne Moore play 'Still Alice'

Sandy Oltz may be the only Minnesotan who knows what Julianne Moore will be wearing to the Academy Awards on Sunday.
Rosenblum: Real sexual desire in gray zone, too

Rosenblum: Real sexual desire in gray zone, too

If a movie — even one during which I kept checking my watch and editing dialogue in my head — encourages us to broach a difficult subject, that’s good.
Travel to 'Planet Cuba' ready to take off

Travel to 'Planet Cuba' ready to take off

Some restrictions remain, but travel to this storied Caribbean island has eased considerably and will get easier still after airlines and hotels launch new service.
Rosenblum: Why I won't be reading 'Watchman'

Rosenblum: Why I won't be reading 'Watchman'

I keep treasures on the shelves of my little home office, although I doubt others would grant them that designation. There’s my mother’s master’s thesis…
Rosenblum: At 33, enjoying 'retirement' and a new beginning

Rosenblum: At 33, enjoying 'retirement' and a new beginning

Matt Jackson doesn’t remember if he was hired on the spot. Maybe it was the next day. But at age 14, Jackson started working at…
Rosenblum: Off-field Super Bowl stats offer big surprises

Rosenblum: Off-field Super Bowl stats offer big surprises

Quick: What’s the most popular food eaten during the Super Bowl? Chicken wings? Pizza?Would you believe … vegetables?NPD Group, a marketing research firm tracking Americans’…

Project: Duets

“Duets” is an occasional feature that celebrates unique relationships between two people -- in words by Gail Rosenblum and pictures by Jim Gehrz.

Rosenblum: Autism cards help, but we should, too

Dawn Brasch laughs when asked if she ever got “the look.”“I can’t tell you how many times,” said Brasch, education and training specialist at the…

Rosenblum: Making sense of the tragedy next door

I was relieved to see my smiling neighbor the other day. She was outside shoveling a light layer of snow as I walked my dog…
Travel agents make a comeback

Travel agents make a comeback

Travel agents are back as vacationers tire of do-it-yourself booking and opt for ease and advice.
Rosenblum: In hiring this year, remember our veterans

Rosenblum: In hiring this year, remember our veterans

Business owners enjoying a long-awaited lift in the economy could benefit from tapping into a particularly worthy workforce candidate this year: the returning veteran.
Rosenblum: Edgy ads aim at deterring young smokers

Rosenblum: Edgy ads aim at deterring young smokers

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is trying something fresh to get young smokers’ attention. Their timing is good.
Kosherfest to offer surprising delights

Kosherfest to offer surprising delights

On Sunday, you can go heavy on the calories, and light on the guilt, at the first Crossriver Kosherfest.

Rosenblum: Talking about race doesn't have to be fraught

Jason Sole wants to help us talk to one another about race, and I’m taking him up on that.Sole owns a consulting firm (jasonsole.com) focused…
7 steps to immediate happiness in 2015

7 steps to immediate happiness in 2015

Happy 2015! Is anybody happy? Apparently not, if the results of a recent Harris Poll are to believed.
Rosenblum: Catching up with folks we met in 2014

Rosenblum: Catching up with folks we met in 2014

As I culled a year’s worth of columns to update you on a few, I now know why I was drawn to this particular collection. Each story rose up due to one or more of Kwanzaa’s cherished values.
Rosenblum: Calif. girl says 'Biggest Baddest' books aren't just 'For Boys'

Rosenblum: Calif. girl says 'Biggest Baddest' books aren't just 'For Boys'

Santa’s going to have a tough time topping the gift that Parker Dains already got this holiday season. In early November, the 7-year-old from Milpitas,…
Rosenblum: Mpls. songwriter may have a new Christmas classic

Rosenblum: Mpls. songwriter may have a new Christmas classic

Jeremy Messersmith , who was singled out by Time magazine as one of 14 musicians to watch in 2014, has dropped an invaluable gift that’s nothing short of a miracle: He wrote a Christmas song that’s really good.
Rosenblum: Anonymous donors spread joy, inspiration

Rosenblum: Anonymous donors spread joy, inspiration

The tale of anonymous donors stuffing thousands of dollars into Salvation Army red kettles is warm and welcome comfort during a cold December week.
Unlikely discovery of backpack fosters friendship

Unlikely discovery of backpack fosters friendship

It’s impossible to know how many people drove past the child’s backpack, lying abandoned on the median of a busy street near downtown Minneapolis. We do know that one person pulled over, ran into traffic to rescue it, and looked inside.
Rosenblum: Blake School 'global citizens' keep Ebola on our radar

Rosenblum: Blake School 'global citizens' keep Ebola on our radar

The reality of capricious news cycles makes it easy to forget the Ebola epidemic. But not seeing stories on hourly news feeds doesn’t mean the public health crisis is over.
Rosenblum: She's bringing back the art of customer service

Rosenblum: She's bringing back the art of customer service

Remember customer service? Jeannette Grace does. And she’s making it her life’s work to bring it back — to Mom-and-Pops, big box stores and everything in between, including your cubicle.
Rosenblum: For Team RWB, every day is Veterans Day

Rosenblum: For Team RWB, every day is Veterans Day

Flags were planted in the snowy earth. Patriotic anthems were sung, bells rung, tears shed. And, because this is America, department stores honored the day…
Rosenblum: What price beauty? Millennials will tell you

Rosenblum: What price beauty? Millennials will tell you

Recent stories about the challenges women and girls face in the face of beauty might lead us to believe that we’re not making any progress. Don’t believe it.
Reading saved this ex-con's life

Reading saved this ex-con's life

Literacy saved A.J. Briscoe’s life. Now a free man for the first time since he was 14, he’s using books to inspire high-risk kids.
Minneapolis woman has exercised her right to vote — for 77 years

Minneapolis woman has exercised her right to vote — for 77 years

FDR was on the ballot of her first presidential election, and she’s voting still. In fact, this Minneapolis woman has voted in every local and national election since she turned 21 — in 1937.

Rosenblum: Everybody wants a little privacy

The lovely young woman to my right barely sat down before popping up again to take a selfie. She was giddy to post the moment…
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