Education

A Word In Edgewise: Oppy We Hardly Knew Ye

“My battery is low and it’s getting dark,” translated the ones and zeros beamed from Mars rover Opportunity back to NASA’s flight controllers on Earth, June 10, 2018. “Oppy”, as the little rover was known […]

A Word In Edgewise: Thoughts on Black History Month

In 1926, Negro History Week, Black History Month’s precursor, was created concurrent with the February birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. Co-founder Carter G. Woodson wrote, “If a race has no history, it has […]

Skirting The Issues: A Tough Crowd

Last year, training on human inclusivity across North America put me in front of more than 10,000 people. In November, I encountered what was by far my biggest challenge of the entire year: law enforcement […]

10.05.18 Out4Engineering Conference Hosted by Cargill Minneapolis MN

 

A Word In Edgewise: Good Neighbor Fred

I was much older than the target audience for the TV show which, after a start in 1963 and some re-brandings, made its U.S. debut February 19, 1968 as Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. Most of the bits and […]

A Word In Edgewise: Why Gay Pride? (Again)

It’s that time when querulous voices ask, “Why do gays need a special Pride day/week/month/parade?” Standard retorts are generally permutations of, “When were you last attacked or bullied for being straight?” While not written as a specific […]

A Most Colorful Classroom

Minnesota’s 2018 Teacher of the Year Kelly Holstine shares her passion for teaching and life lessons from the GLBT community. A Minnesota native herself, Kelly Holstine grew up in Fairmont before departing for Massachusetts where […]

A Truly Open House

As a member of the GLBT community, it’s always comforting to know you have an advocate in your corner. And in a climate where housing discrimination is still a reality for plenty of Americans, it’s […]

A Word In Edgewise: Youth Isn’t Wasted on the Young

History was not driven solely by bearded elders—a fact we tend to forget, looking at portraits of the bewigged and edentulate, that the subjects started in youth and vigor. Benjamin Franklin, born in 1706, had a […]

Skirting The Issues: Idealist or Naïve: Part I

My official biography lists that I’m a “hopeless idealist.” Often when I’m introduced to audiences, the person making the introduction points this out about me, smiling as they do so. I’m never quite sure whether […]

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