A Miracle in Motion

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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‘Rowing the boat,’ young Casey O’Brien seems to have learned the secrets to living a good life

I’d never heard of Casey O’Brien until my son-in-law emailed the link to an ESPN story with a note that said,  “This one hits rather close to home.” He was referring to the video of O’Brien’s speech at a Big 10 kickoff luncheon last July. I wasn’t the only one in my family to watch…

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Grace, Gratitude and Giving

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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Art, Autism & Accolades

12/8/16 It happened so quickly.  Jimmy Reagan was playful and happy. Then everything changed. He became sickly, withdrawn, and uncommunicative around his second birthday. One of five children, his challenges became endless and all encompassing for his mother, Peg Schneeman Reagan, and his father, Brian. Jimmy’s autism diagnosis was shocking. But his health issues were perplexing. Why…

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