MN Writes Reads



One Way For Mothers To Heal

More than a decade after her son was killed, Mary Johnson-Roy stood in Stillwater Prison hugging Oshea Israel, the man

  • 07/01/2019

Healthy Sexuality

At the age of 14, I volunteered as a swim instructor through adaptive recreation for the St. Paul Parks and

  • 05/01/2019

Helping My Mother Die

In March 2017, my sisters and I gathered in my mom’s bedroom as her pacemaker was deactivated by a hospice

  • 04/01/2019
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The Gift of a Death Done Well

My youngest son has suffered from chronic illness since he was born, requiring many surgical procedures. During one of his

  • 04/01/2019

Stuff of Legacy: The Stories We Leave Behind

Year by year, item by item, many of our homes become repositories for stuff: our stuff, stuff from past generations,

  • 03/01/2019

Pets Guide: Animal Comfort

When we take Emory, my son’s dog, to my parents’ home, the dog tends to sit unusually close to my

  • 02/01/2019

Freedom School

In 1960, a group of Black students in North Carolina demonstrated resistance to segregation with a sit-in at an all-white

  • 01/01/2019

My Slow Movement Holiday

As a kid, I was as eager for Christmas presents as anyone, soaking in the giddy anticipation of that wonderful time of

  • 12/01/2018

Welcome Home

Our house on Summit Avenue turned 100 last summer. My family — first my mother, and now my husband, my daughter, and myself

  • 12/01/2018

The Deepest Well: Reducing Childhood Trauma in Minnesota

My life-mate, Tom, had a childhood filled with toxic stress. The abuse and neglect were significant during his formative brain development years — when children

  • 11/01/2018