Grateful Hearts this Valentine’s Day

February 11, 2011 This Valentine’s Day many will celebrate with gifts of jewelry or chocolate or by sharing a meal at a favorite restaurant. Angie MacDonald and her family will mark the day with gratitude for more than 200 strangers who saved her life 31 Valentine’s Days ago. Born prematurely to Charles and Cece MacDonald…

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Blending the Good Stuff into our Lives

February 4, 2011 We’re just five weeks into the new year and for much of it we’ve experienced bone-rattling cold. If you launched into 2011 with a pocket full of resolutions, good intentions and optimism, how are you faring, particularly if improving fitness was high on your list? It takes a lot of discipline to…

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An Attitude of Gratitude

Watching news reports of massive snowstorms across the country earlier this week, I was overcome with gratitude.  I’m grateful that, for once, we who live in the Twin Cities escaped the storm. I ‘m grateful that I live in a warm house with food in the fridge and cars in the garage.  I’m grateful that…

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Reality without the Oxy Twins

I’ve been battling the dissonance that sets in when my words and actions are out of sync. Months ago, after spending an unprecedented amount of time at funerals, I made peace with the reality that life is impermanent.  I resolved to do my best to embrace each day as a gift.  I was so determined…

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Navigating a Family Tragedy

January 14, 2011 My eyes scoured the photographs of the citizens whose lives ended unexpectedly at the hands of a troubled young gunman last Saturday. They were a random collection of people who mostly bore wrinkles and scars from decades of living. Sympathy for their families yielded to heartache for another when I laid eyes…

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Dick Long’s Legacy — Choosing to Make a Difference

December 27, 2010 It seems that Dick Long never forgot what it felt like to be hungry or to wonder whether he’d have a bed to sleep in at night. Those memories are partly what drove him not only to build a successful car dealership but also to become engaged in St. Paul charitable and…

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Let’s Keep our Warriors in Mind

November 26, 2010 On Veterans Day, the Pioneer Press recounted the story of Edmund Gangl, an 84-year-old WWII veteran who suffered from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for decades before being diagnosed. A sailor on a Navy destroyer, Gangl experienced flashbacks of buddies who begged for morphine or death after their ship was attacked. He was…

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The Woodruff Takeaway: Live in the Present

November 6, 2010 Bob Woodruff’s future was brilliant in 2006. The ABC News journalist, father of four and husband to Lee, secured the coveted World News Tonight co-anchor chair after Peter Jennings died. Then fate intervened. Embedded with an Iraqi army unit, Bob was struck by a roadside bomb filled with rocks. He sustained a…

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Visitation: Not for School, but for Life

This past weekend, I gave a speech at the mother/daughter brunch at my daughter’s school, Convent of the Visitation. You can read the entire speech below. A couple of months ago I was walking with Ellie McDonald’s mom, Ann, and I said, I’d like to speak at the mother/daughter brunch and share with the group…

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