From the St. Paul Pioneer Press Opinion page, October 4, 2019 It’s said that the right decisions are the hardest ones to make. That’s certainly been true for me. In 1993, I was a practicing attorney with a baby on the way when my two-year-old son was diagnosed with autism. Autism – one new word,…

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From the St. Paul Pioneer Press Opinion Page, February 23, 2020 When news broke last month that a helicopter transporting Kobe Bryant, his teenage daughter, and seven others had crashed, I was reminded of the temporary nature of life and prompted to reflect on my own. The Bushaw family did not need such a reminder,…

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From the St. Paul Pioneer Press Opinion Page, Nov. 10, 2019 As I stood at the podium last month to address a roomful of nurses, memories came flooding back from a time when I, too, was a caregiver, though I didn’t have a lick of medical training. In 2005, my daughter underwent a bone marrow…

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A man in Peru showing his gratitude

1/3/17 Everyone is talking about gratitude these days. It’s good for your soul to feel grateful. Gratitude fosters resilience. What’s even better than experiencing gratitude?  Expressing your gratitude – to your boss for the great year-end bonus, to your spouse for giving you a day at the spa, to your neighbor for shoveling your walk…

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12/25/16 There is a family with an empty chair at the table today. I don’t know who they are or who once sat in the chair. I just know it is empty. There is also an intact family filled with gratitude and grace, every seat at their table filled. Though both families have a story…

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September 19, 2014 It’s been nearly ten years since I spent weeks in a hushed hospital room with my young daughter as she fought for her life. We were blessed with a confluence of factors that led to a successful bone marrow transplant – principally expert medical care, a perfectly matched donor and a loyal…

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