Isn’t It Ironic, Don’t You Think?

I was scheduled to speak to members of the Fargo West Rotary today about emergency management.  I find it ironic – along the lines of Alanis Morissette’s song Ironic – that I am not speaking because of a blizzard that has caused widespread closures and activity cancellations in the area.  I think Mother Nature delights…
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And The Winners Are…

Today my little NDSU team participated in the Chili Cook-Off sponsored by the Sheltering Churches Project.  We had an all female team and the three students who joined me – Tamara Nelson, Cari Oye, and Katie Schulz – did an incredible job!  Tamara brought a huge crock pot of her secret family recipe chili and…
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Thank You Summit, South Dakota!

In the midst of blizzard conditions, it is still mighty warm and cozy in Summit, South Dakota.  In true Midwest form, community members in Summit rose to the occasion when student fans of UND’s hockey team couldn’t continue their trip home due to worsening conditions.  They opened facilities in town where the students could settle…
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The Singular Designation – I Am North Dakotan.

I was drawn today to Teri Finneman’s last Ask Your Government column.  Teri’s started a doctoral program and will not be doing this column any longer, but she leaves it with a powerful exit.  The column addresses this question: Can someone be fired in North Dakota because they are gay? Teri went to  Labor Commissioner Tony Weiler for an…
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For All Women, Let’s Have The 2nd Talk.

I have shared on my blog in the past my disdain for the delightful changes I am experiencing in perimenopause.  I refuse to suffer this assault on my body silently under an umbrella of shame.  I am fortunate to have friends who have shared their experiences with perimenopause with me; as such, I was more clued…
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