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A Word In Edgewise: First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage, Then…

While “Baby Carriage” no longer must necessarily compete the triad of the old playground K-I-S-S-I-N-G song lyric, and today babies are no longer de rigeur to complete socially sanctioned marriage, many same-sex couples (along with straight counterparts) […]

A Day In The Life: Junauda Juanita Petrus

Name: Junauda Juanita Petrus Where did you grow up? Phillips, South Minneapolis, Dakota Land, baby! My parents are from the Caribbean, so I also feel connected to that part of the world in my heart (My mother […]

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 […]

John ‘Roy John Mehring II’ Mehring: 1953-2018

John Mehring’s ashes were scattered in the waters of Lakewood cemetery in Minneapolis on June 2 after passing away from cancer at age 65 at St. Benedictine Health Care Center on March 31. Two major diseases, human […]

Serving Minnesota Before Minnesota

Washburn-McReavy provides funeral, cremation, and other services to Minnesota families. Since 1857, William P. Washburn started what was called Washburn Undertakers, a funeral home, cemetery, and furniture store. Opening one year before Minnesota became a […]

A Day In The Life: Megan Slater

Name: Megan Slater Age: 36 Where did you grow up? Willmar, MN Where do you live? St. Paul, MN Who do you live with? Currently, my friend/roommate Haley. As of September 1, I’ll be living […]

Skirting The Issues: Road Trip

“Tell me another story.” I looked over to the passenger seat at my 26-year-old daughter, Meredyth, and smiled. I had just shared a story about life when I was my former self, presenting as man. […]

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 […]

Skirting The Issues: Canary In A Coal Mine

A couple months ago, I spoke at a national conference for government clerks and finance officers in a mid-Atlantic coastal city. My topic was Gray Area Thinking®, a training on human inclusivity and on how […]

A Day In The Life: Justen Pohl

Name: Justen Pohl Age: 34 Where did you grow up? Andover, MN Where do you live? The North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis. Who do you live with? Just me. What is your occupation? Owner and Ringleader at Enticing Entertainment, […]

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