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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8/13/17 This story appeared in the St. Paul Pioneer Press.  On a Sunday afternoon in July, it happened again. Limousines swept into St. Paul and dropped a parade of celebrities off on the red carpet at the St. Paul RiverCentre. It was the Starkey Hearing Foundation’s annual gala, and gawkers and media were snatching glimpses…

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As seen in the St. Paul Pioneer Press on 6/21/15 Eight summers ago I crafted my first column for these pages. With no plan, but a calling, I set my life on a new course, despite my editor’s observation that I’d picked a bad time to get into the newspaper business. Life changed dramatically after…

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September 5, 2014 I went on an adventure last week that filled my soul and created lasting memories. After I wrote a column about the Starkey Hearing Foundation, co-founder Tani Austin invited my daughter Julia and me to go on a mission to Peru. I’d told Tani I was interested in seeing firsthand how the…

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This piece appeared on the St. Paul Pioneer Press Opinion Page on July 25, 2014 Since I attended the annual Starkey Foundation gala I’ve thought about some of the most poignant sounds in my life: my children’s first cries as they entered the world; the “I do’s” when my stepchildren and their spouses exchanged wedding…

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