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On Sept. 2, 100-year-old Rev. Merton Strommen passed away, and a couple weeks later the title on his featured obituary story in the Star Tribune read, “Lutheran pastor felt calling to dedicate life to young people.” His doctoral dissertation on the needs, beliefs and values of young people b…

The most frequent question I’m asked regarding my daughter’s suicide is “How do you do it?” Well, as the saying goes, “You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice.” You just keep going. You hope you make it through the hard days without crying and you celebrate t…

I’ve been thinking about a comment Jesus made concerning “Rendering unto Caesar what is Caesar’s.” (Luke 20:25) The reason I am thinking about this is because I just now filed my 2018 tax return. Taking refuge in the IRS filing extension provision I managed to delay the inevitable until Octo…

When you first meet the love of your life you picture growing old together as the two of you with gray hair (but otherwise unchanged), holding hands and gazing at a sunset. This phrase takes on a whole new meeting when you actually have grey hair and are post-retirement age.

Harvest time is upon us! You would never think of that as you stroll through our beautiful suburban neighborhoods or look upon a skyrocketing crane at one of the many construction sites around town, but harvest time has historically been of prime importance to Eden Prairie. Throughout most o…

We see them everywhere. We see them in movies, and behind the scenes. We see them in magazines with words that seem to pop out at you. We see them all over Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook, the biggest and most developed social media networks. We see them at award shows, such as the…

Last week, I wrote about tennis being a lifestyle and a lifetime sport. I received an email from a reader asking for some tips for senior players. It is true that as we get older our body does not always react as fast as in our younger days, but, I must first relate an experience that I had …

Sept. 8-15, 2019 is National Suicide Prevention Week. Each year, 47,000 Americans die by suicide. For every person who dies by suicide, 25 people attempt suicide. That’s 1,175,000 people who are in so much pain they feel they can do nothing but die to make their pain go away. With the United…

Every day many paths lay ahead of us and I invite you to consider taking a path toward race amity. Earlier this month, I was at the William Sears Baha’i Summer School where we came together as individuals, communities and institutions to study race amity. I was so inspired to learn more abou…

Two thoughts come to mind as the kids head back to school: thank God I don’t have to go to school anymore, and I wish I’d thanked Miss Peseux. Miss Marion L. Peseux (rhymes with kazoo) was my sixth-grade teacher in 1961 and she was the best teacher I ever had.

Myth: I hear that I need to pronate my arm to get more speed on my serve, but when I try it as suggested, I get pain in my forearm and I’m less consistent. I must be doing something wrong.

Here’s a DIY fix for your estate plan. Every estate plan should have at least three elements: a will or trust; a health care directive; and a financial power of attorney. A fourth and final element is a letter of instructions for survivors. This is your job. It’s not that difficult to do for…

I have a dear friend visiting from Mexico, so I’m serving up the classic Vanni family summer dinner tonight. Pete’s cheeseburgers on the grill, with the option of a roasted sahuaro green pepper from Marshall’s farm stand plopped on top. Fresh corn (although thanks to this year’s rain, that w…

Five words from the oft-quoted challenge to the nation by President Kennedy in his inaugural address is the title of this column. These words inspired me to pose a question for all who drive on our Minnesota roads. More about that quote and my question a bit later.

When I was younger, I binge-read the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series, which is written and illustrated by Jeff Kinney. Not only were the novels roll-on-the-floor hilarious (and very relatable), but they’ve inspired me to start a journal.

I have a whole new definition for streaming TV. A couple years ago, I installed a tiny color camera complete with audio inside one of my purple martin houses. This allows me to observe and study the nesting behavior of our largest swallow species. The camera also has infrared-emitting diodes…

As we enter Summer, Minnesotans might spot our state bird (the loon), state fish (the walleye) or state flower (the pink lady slipper). Now, we can take notice of the newest addition in the state pantheon: the rusty patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis), just appointed state bee by Gov. Tim Walz.

There is a group of birds that I find so very interesting and exciting. They are not tiny and colorful, or sing a beautiful song, but rather look plain and sort of familiar. In fact, they look much like a chicken.

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