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“Nice tail.” “Excuse me?” “You have a nice tail,” a man mumbles under his breath in the checkout lane. Now, after four babies, this is not a compliment I’m accustomed to fielding. Nice salad. Nice Christmas card. Nice haircut. I’ll admit, while nursing, there was some suspicious eyeing of my bosom, but I’m pretty sure [...]

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What advice would you give a young man who recently asked for suggestions? He’s hoping for a career in which he helps make major improvements in public education. Here’s a little information about him, and a few suggestions. Reactions are welcome. The young man works in a suburban public school. He’s a first-generation college graduate [...]

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Back when I was still writing speeches and giving policy advice to naïve candidates foolish enough to listen to me, I once told a young, first-time congressional candidate who was depressed about all the negative attacks coming his way that you can tell a lot about a man by the enemies he attracts. Such was [...]

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Distance has always been a tough economic challenge for rural Minnesota. Cars and highways have gone a long way toward shortening that distance. Now, modern communications bring the world even closer. With interactive video, a patient in Lac qui Parle County can be seen by a medical specialist in Minneapolis. With e-commerce, a small business [...]

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Most likely, by the time you read this, one of my dearest family members has either died of natural causes or been euthanized. Roxanne, my all-time favorite cat, seems fated to use up her ninth life just days short of her 18th birthday, the victim of kidney disease and inoperable hyperthyroidism. She preferred one-on-one attention, [...]

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