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A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to participate in a panel with other white people about ways that we have messed about how we have responded and how we could do better. For me this was an important way for white folks to model authenticity and vulnerability around our own internalized racism. […]

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The others (2015 & 2016) have been heart-wrenching (including just yesterday) but this one is feeling deeply personal. The shooting was miles from my home. It took place in a location where I spent lots of time as a student at Hamline. Just after college a good friend lived in the apartment building where outside the […]

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It has been 6 months since I left my job at Macalester College as the Director of Campus Life to work on my own. It has been both wonderful and totally weird. I’ve given up stability for freedom. I’ve learned a great deal about myself through the transition. Here are some of those reflections so far. […]

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We think that successful people have lots to be happy about, but science has shown us that it is actually the opposite. Happiness helps people be more successful. Similarly, we think that happy people have lots to be grateful for, when it is actually the opposite. Gratitude helps people be more happy. Shawn Achor has a […]

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I often long for the wisdom of a conversation with an 85 year old version of myself who can give me perspective and help guide me about what in the end will be more or less important. I regularly keep coming back and find great clarity (or at least better questions) from this list from Bronnie […]

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In 2015, I’ve taken on a special challenge for each month. It’s a fascinating experiment discussed in this TED Talk. This started as some dietary experiments with the family to see how our kids might be affected by some common allergens/sensitivities. From there I wanted to dabble with some possible long-term changes and see what […]

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After eight years, I’ve decided that it is time for me to graduate as Director of Campus Life at Macalester College. It is largely because Macalester has been such a wonderful place for me, that I’ve decided not to pursue opportunities at other institutions. If I wanted to continue working on that similar set of […]

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I have decided that at the end of May it will be time for me to graduate from my experience of being the Director of Campus Life at Macalester College. I feel very much like the students who I have worked with over the past eight years. They arrive feeling in over their heads, get engaged with […]

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My grandmother, Dr. Irene Bishop Kuhl, passed away over Thanksgiving. She was 93 years old. It was wonderful to celebrate her life over this past weekend in Denver, CO. I was honored to be invited to read a eulogy about her life at her memorial service and her funeral. It was emotional and wonderful to […]

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“He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.” – Friedrich Nietzsche A couple of weeks ago, I heard this quote while reading Viktor Frankl’s book Man’s Search for Meaning. Frankl describes this lesson resonating with him and in others during his experience in concentration camps. Those who had a reason could endure […]

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