2/5/17 When Donald Trump was sworn in last month Norm Coleman witnessed  the peaceful transfer of power, though the New York native had supported several other candidates. I was curious about his view of the Trump presidency and the visceral reactions to it. Coleman has been a Democrat, a Republican, the mayor of St. Paul,…

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 June 24, 2011 In three decades as a relocated Minnesotan, I typically haven’t spent more than a few days at a time vacationing in the state. Last week, I started a new tradition by spending six days at a family resort north of Park Rapids. When I entered the cozy lakeside cabin, the silence gripped…

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I never met Major Chuck Creech and for that I am most sorry.  I heard a lot about Chuck and his wife Sara from my sister Traci, who counts them among her most treasured friends.  Chuck was a military man who served our country with great pride and distinction.  He earned two Meritorious Service Medals for…

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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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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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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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June 6, 2010 As an appearance-conscious society, we are rather obsessed with our hair. We cut and color and change curly to straight to showcase our crowning glory. While a shaved head can be stylish on men (e.g. Taye Diggs, Chris Daughtry, and Bruce Willis), there is typically one gut-churning explanation for a bald head…

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March 12, 2010 It’s curious how we live life in denial, disregard, or even defiance of the one thing that is certain to occur to all. Death. It’s been 12 weeks since I got the phone call I’d strangely never anticipated. My husband, Ted, bearer of seven stents and survivor of a previous heart attack,…

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January 15, 2010 When Pat Leseman was a young girl, her Italian grandmother told her, in broken English, that God sends everyone an angel or two in their lifetime. They do not come dressed in white and they don’t tap you on the shoulder to introduce themselves, she said. Rather, you must keep your eyes…

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