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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
Why don't we talk about what to do with Mom's 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.
Rosenblum: Hopkins woman creates moving memorial for World War II vets

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

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

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

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

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

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.
Minneapolis artist sketches her way through family medical crisis

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

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

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.
Rosenblum: Hitchhikers follow adventure and belief in human kindness

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?
Rosenblum: Minnesota study gives hope for children with sexual behavior problems

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

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.
JUSTICE IN A JAR

JUSTICE IN A JAR

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

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.
Rosenblum: Minnesota grandparents feel love after travel ban revised

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

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

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.
Rosenblum: Even with 'Option B,' grief remains a stubborn companion

Rosenblum: Even with 'Option B,' grief remains a stubborn companion

Sheryl Sandberg explores how we best face adversity, build resilience and reclaim joy after loss or tragedy.

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…
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