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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.
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…
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…
Worker bees are struggling to preserve work-life balance and, increasingly, their mental health.
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…
Michael Friedman died Sept. 9, just days before "The Abominables" opened at Minneapolis' Children's Theatre Company.
A restorative justice project has brought together University of Minnesota students and Sandstone prisoners to help sick kids.
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.
Diana Smith challenged her eighth- and ninth-grade students to put down their tech devices for the 11 Tuesdays of summer.
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.
What two factors vastly increase the likelihood of a healthy and happy future for kids after divorce? Mom — and Dad. With the important exception…
The warmhearted executive director of Minneapolis nonprofit C2i sees young adults with infinite potential.
Topics at a Star Tribune "Dateline Minnesota" event touched on mining and water quality, diversity and job creation, as well as politics.
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?
"There doesn't need to be all this stigma," says project lead. "It gets in the way of us responding."
Doris Rubenstein wanted respect for her kosher dills. She got it, in the form of a play.
Lecturer on how we might all learn to argue well, instead of just loudly.
The case is a reminder that grandparents are essential to a growing number of families.
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,…
A new nonprofit has breathed life into the sand castles and the beloved, goofy milk carton boat races once part of the Aquatennial.
After I challenged you to come up with ideas for what unites us as humans, you offered gracious, decent, bridge-building sentiments.
After many years of progress to cut prison phone costs, a federal court this past month struck down regulations that cap those costs.
A recent blog post by author and career coach Fiona MacKay Young had me nodding in agreement. Young, best known for her inspiration journals,…
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.
Sheryl Sandberg explores how we best face adversity, build resilience and reclaim joy after loss or tragedy.
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…
When I hear about family rifts big and small, I wonder with weird frequency: Who, then, will be invited to the Thanksgiving table?
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.
Trying to get comfortable? There's an app for that.
A new study finds differences in how fathers react to daughters and sons.
Twin Cities Mobile Market, a retrofitted Metro Transit bus loaded with food, expanded in May.
After the election, Planned Parenthood got an affirming boost that, six months out, shows no signs of waning.
Parental burnout is real. Here are some things you can do to fight it.
Anybody wanting proof that motherhood is changing need do only one thing: Shop the greeting card aisles.
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.
What better time than a gloriously sunny Minnesota day to think about death?
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…
Residents of a senior community in St. Louis Park have become pioneers in the movement to talk about death.
Live in Minnesota? Get ready to talk about dying in Minnesota.
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.
Did you or your child not get into a preferred school? Some tips on making the best of it.
But nostalgia for "Leave It to Beaver" is unlikely to portend a return to the past.
"I want people to see the person and not the illness," says show producer.
Vindication has come, at long last, and from a surprising source.
The problem: My parents think my husband is a saint. Truth is, he had an affair.
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.
A 117-year-old Minneapolis farmhouse is ripe for teardown, but preservationists think it's worth saving.
The more I fly, the more I realize that I may never again have the window or aisle seat.
While tears are shed, there's also plenty of laughter. "This is about living."
Growing pains are to be expected with college students, of course, but food theft by roommates?
Après offers women career coaching, how-to and motivational articles and educational courses.
Residents are excited about upcoming full-service grocery store in what was a "food desert."
Tips on how to deal gracefully with an embarrassing disappointment.
My neighbor walks her dog in my yard, and it freaks my dog out.
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.
Longtime blood donor: "I'm just a guy who tries to do a little something to make a difference."
The word blends "phone" with "snubbing," and it's wreaking havoc on intimacy.
A bold new campaign in this season of frenzied consumption reminds us of what should never be for sale: women and girls.
My education in stepfamilies began long before I became part of one. The Bradys made it look so easy.
Filing, paying bills, even ironing: If you can't have fun outside, then get organized inside.
I'm proposing the Great Turkey Truce of 2016. Are you in?
"It's about not being afraid anymore," one birth mother said. "It never should have been a secret."
Winning is fun. Losing is not. But we must in life practice, and model, losing with grace.
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?"
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.
"Conversation stations" and other exercises help first-year Concordia University students reflect on technology.
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 Marriage therapists often tell struggling couples, “It’s not what you say. It’s how you say it.” The same seems to…
It's impossible to be happy all the time. But here's how to be happy a little more.
Wallin Education Partners is a college-completion program with a twist. Donors and scholars are encouraged to establish close ties, and most do.
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…
Tight-knit siblings face big decision: Stay together, or go to separate schools?
With American family size down and the number of household bedrooms up, many millennials never have shared a bedroom before.
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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