Family

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This Life Rocks

When I was six, I started a kindness project called This Life Rocks. At the time, my dad was recovering from his first cancer, and I was struggling with selective mutism.

  • 02/28/2022
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Planning a Life

You don’t bother to tell her about the pineapples back home and how fruit vendors peel the outer skin with machetes and sell them on wooden skewers, or on hot days, sell juices of freshly pulverized pineapples, complete with foam on top.

  • 08/25/2021
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VIEW: Aunt Margaret

“When I was in the orphanage, they put me in charge of the younger children because I could relate, because I cared. I guess that’s carried over.”

  • 05/14/2021
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Reducing the Risk of Deportation

If an immigrant is convicted even of a non-violent or minor offense, many years later that conviction can lead to deportation orders.

  • 02/25/2021
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Legislative Update: What’s coming up that impacts women?

We checked in with former legislator and current Gender Justice advocate Erin Maye Quade about priorities that impact women and marginalized genders this year

  • 02/23/2021
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VIEW: Practicing Unity

I asked and listened to what voters told me about their hopes — about better jobs, wages, healthcare, and education. I also heard their fears — of more taxes, immigrants, gun laws, and “defunding the police.”

  • 02/04/2021
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Freedom School

One of my favorite aspects of this experimental learning program includes the value of Harambee — Swahili for “Let’s pull together.”

  • 01/01/2019
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What’s In a Name?

My name is Siena, the 648th most popular girls name in the United States. Unsurprisingly, I have spent an extraordinary amount of

  • 09/01/2018
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BookShelf: Losing My Baby

First contractions Shannon: I finally sat down, after sweeping the floor and washing the dishes. My stomach was rumbling, but

  • 02/01/2018
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Marriage rights celebrated: Cathy ten Broeke and Margaret Miles: The impact of being legally married

Margaret Miles and Cathy ten Broeke were the first same-sex couple married in Minnesota after the passage of the 2013

  • 06/01/2016
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Welcome home

Who am I? Where am I going? What am I doing? Which direction am I going? Sandy White Hawk, director

  • 04/01/2016