Family & Friends

A Day In The Life: Voua Her

Name: Voua Her Where did you grow up? I grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but lived in other parts of Wisconsin, like Caledonia, and Madison, until I was eighteen. Where do you live? I currently live in East […]

Everyday Drama: A Day In the Life of a Step Parent

You wake up and make your lunch. Hide your lunch on the back porch so the kid doesn’t grab it by mistake. He once took your lunch shortly after you entered his life four years ago. It […]

Skirting The Issues: Sentimentalist

Gentle readers: please indulge me as this is my second column in a row where I go back in time. It’s true: among other things, I’m a huge sentimentalist. I hold onto things way longer […]

Skirting The Issues: Remembering

The first time I ever met someone with a “positive” HIV status was in the early 2000s. His name was Doug; he was middle-aged, well-read, and introverted. He told me midway through lunch at a […]

A Word In Edgewise: Surfing the Sands of Time

People frequently prefer either/or to multiple-choice; less fuss and bother, less thinking required. Before or After, Then or Now, Good or Bad. Recently, the term “Interdisciplinary” is used, particularly in academia, leading one’s mind to make connections, to […]

Multi-Generational Mill City

Abiitan Mill City provides unique senior living to Minneapolis’ Mill City District. More than seven years ago, if you were to walk around the Mill City District, you might notice one thing missing: senior living. […]

Brotherly Love

Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly forms friendships between older adults and volunteers. As we all grow older, we prepare ourselves for the day when the roles between parent and child reverse themselves. From […]

A Word In Edgewise: Thoughts on Friendship and Fitness in 2019

Holidays evoke images of family and friends, get-togthers with food and beverage, communities of kindred spirits. Often, in my experience, these resemble childbirth, as the host moans, “Why did I do this? Now I remember why I […]

A Day In The Life: Christopher Valen

Name: Christopher Valen Where did you grow up? Princeton, MN Where do you live? I live in Seward, Minneapolis. Who do you live with? I live with a mixture of human roommates and furry ones. […]

2018-19 Winter What To Do Guide

As the darkness falls upon us, it’s easy to choose hibernation as the coping mechanism of choice to avoid the dreadful, icy, bone-chilling winter season. But as much as we might want to curl up […]

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