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Searching For a Job? A Dozen Strategies For Success

This column provides 12 tangible tips for unemployed readers seeking employment. 1. Grief Process Grief guru Elizabeth Kubler Ross penned five stages of grief that apply directly to job loss: denial, anger, bargaining, depression then acceptance. It’s normal to experience a wide range of intense feelings after being laid off, including relief if you disliked your job. Find someone safe to process your emotions with, so negative emotions don’t spill over into your job search. Never bad mouth a former employer to a prospective one…ever! 2. Holistic Approach You bring body, mind and spirit to the job search, so take … Continue reading

Black Hole in Space Not Unlike Energy of Subtracter’s on Earth

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I just had a personal encounter with a black hole, It was the strangest thing; I bought a tube of lipstick, tucked it into a small pocket but when I went to retrieve the tube, it had vanished. Once again I purchased another tube, stuck it in the same purse pocket, and theorizing the lipstick had spilled out the top of my purse, I mindfully zipped the zipper to seal it shut. This went on several more times, until I finally happened to pick up my purse from the bottom, and felt several strange bumps. When I inspected my purse … Continue reading

7 Spiritual Lessons from 23 Kindergarteners

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“Children are remarkable for their intelligence and ardour, for their curiosity, their intolerance of shams, the clarity and ruthlessness of their vision.” Aldous Huxley Volunteering in my daughter’s kindergarten class has become an annual tradition, and so on a recent Monday morning I found myself eagerly awaiting the bell that would signal the start of the day.  The bell rang, the kids marched in and no sooner had I reminded Laura she was free to put me to work doing anything, than a five-year-old boy walked in and sheepishly presented his teacher with his shoe covered in dog poop.  I … Continue reading

Our Environment: The Beauty of Bees

According to Becky Masterman, director of the Bee Squad Association Program at the University of Minnesota, there is both good and bad news when it comes to bees. “The good news is the media has done such a good job of letting the public know the bees are in trouble,” Becky says. The bad news — of course— is that the bees are in trouble. The Bee Squad at the University of Minnesota is the outreach arm for the University of Minnesota Bee Lab, under the guidance of nationally known and respected Dr. Marla Spivak. During beekeeping time (spring, summer … Continue reading

College Recovery Programs: Supporting Students Choice for Recovery and Academics

School may still be out for students, but Patrice Salmeri, Director of Augsburg’s StepUP Program in Minneapolis is hard at work ensuring all is ready is for the start of another successful school year. Recently she took time out to answer questions about college recovery programs and Augsburg’s StepUp Program. Collegiate recovery programs (CRP’s) provide support for students in recovery who are seeking a degree in higher education. Colleges with recovery programs provide the infrastructure necessary to support the academic performance of college students in recovery. CRP’s are not new — they’ve been around since the 1970s. Brown University was … Continue reading

Real Places: The Retreat

John Curtiss

As I pulled into the driveway at The Retreat in Wayzata on a rainy, weekday morning, I quickly discovered every parking spot was taken. As I squeezed my not-so-compact car into a not-so-legitimate parking space, my curiosity grew. “Who are all these people here? Why is it so busy? What exactly does this this place offer?” My questions would soon be answered by the caring, enthusiastic staff at The Retreat. History Lesson from John Curtiss To understand what The Retreat is, and why it was created, one needs to know about John Curtiss, the co-founder and president of The Retreat. … Continue reading

Wild: Life Lessons from the Wilderness

An Interview with Cheryl Strayed, the author of Wild: Life Lessons from the Wilderness Cheryl Strayed is a Minnesota native, and the author of Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. Wild is the journey of Strayed’s 1,100 mile, three month solo hike on the Pacific Crest Trail and the personal struggles that led to her hike, including the tragic loss of her beloved mother to lung cancer when Cheryl was 22-years-old. Oprah Winfrey selected Wild for her book club, which led to a spot on the New York Times best seller list, and Reese Witherspoon commissioned … Continue reading