Posts Tagged ‘St. Thomas Academy’

The Intriguing Legacies of Vince Flynn

 9/10/17 This story appeared in the St. Paul Pioneer Press.  Vince Flynn was a man with a big personality, a big heart, and a big following. Beginning in the mid-1990s, he created a body of work featuring a counterterrorism agent named Mitch Rapp and plot lines so plausible he captured the interest of readers and…

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Legacies: What We Leave Behind

As seen in the St. Paul Pioneer Press on 10/18/15 I was one among hundreds who attended an unusual book launch at St. Thomas Academy on Oct. 6. Sitting in the gymnasium bearing his name, family, friends, fans, and colleagues of the late Vince Flynn celebrated the release of the 14th thriller in his Mitch…

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Birthday Parties and Backpacks

As seen in the St. Paul Pioneer Press on 8/16/15 In May 2011 a tornado struck north Minneapolis, wreaking havoc on many homes and lives. It also prompted a 7-year-old Eagan girl to consider how she could help affected kids and make a difference. Starting when she was 5 years old, Mandi Simon chose to…

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Inspiration and Grief: Vince Flynn, Gone too Soon

June 21, 2013 The news arrived by text early Wednesday morning. After a 2-½ year battle, St. Paul author Vince Flynn had succumbed to cancer. Though I didn’t know him well, the news hit me hard, for like many, I was praying for a miracle for the man who had a track record for beating…

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