Category Archives: Relationships

A Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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Though Mom is often on our mind, finding a special something to honor her might leave you scrambling. Gifts don’t have to be too costly to feel meaningful, thoughtful, and genuinely useful. I like my friend Melissa Schmallenberger’s advice for gifts: Get something consumable or go with an experience. I’ve got several suggestions for you. For…

The power of noticing.

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There’s a viral video that was circulating around the Internet in the past few months. You may have seen it, or you’ve probably seen your friends talking, tweeting, and Facebooking about it. It’s a teenage love story set in a library with a harrowing twist at the end.    Put out by supporters of the…

So much to celebrate on July 4 and every day

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At our house, the trip to Memory Fireworks with my son is an annual tradition. Sparklers, little poppers and those crazy snake things are bringing lots of joy as we celebrate freedom. It got me thinking about the beauty of celebration and why we should do more of it. For all types of celebrations- birthdays,…

Kids in the Kitchen: Common Ground for a Delicious Life 

A few weeks ago, I got to participate in an evening cooking event sponsored by CommonGround North Dakota. The ND women farmers who volunteer for CommonGround are focused on starting a conversation between growers and consumers. They talk about science, research and establishing trust in our food supply. And, once you grow it, how does…

How to deliver compliments that people will never forget.

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“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment.” ~ Leo Buscaglia   I’ll admit it: I have a lot on my plate, and on my mind. Between running my medical practice, helping my team, caring for my patients, raising my son, being a…

Feeling unloved… or undervalued? It’s time to discover your Love Language!

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Your best friend sends a bouquet of flowers for your birthday. “Nice,” you think to yourself, “But I would have appreciated a phone call so much more.” Your partner leaves a handwritten note on your pillow that says, I love you. “So sweet,” you think to yourself, “If only he’d vacuum or fill my car…

On Parenting: For Fathers and Mothers

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Happy Father’s Day to all good men: fathers, brothers, uncles, grandpas, colleagues, bosses and friends who help raise us up. My dad and brothers just returned from a week-long fishing trip to Canada, a tradition that has spanned more than 20 years. It’s been a very rare occurrence for any of my four brothers to…

Friends are Good Medicine

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Mark Twain once said, “Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” New research has proven him spot on, especially about the “friends” part. A study at the Center for Aging Studies at Flinders University in Australia found that people with a strong network of friends tend to live 22%…

Feedback as an Opportunity

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A good friend offered sincere, valuable feedback. She meant to help and advise; I heard criticism and disappointment. I tried to process it, and respond thoughtfully, but still messed up. I fear that I damaged the relationship. The experts say that when given feedback that we find challenging, most of us respond in less than…

Leading Ladies

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This past week, I’ve thought a lot about women in leadership roles. I attended a breakfast meeting sponsored by the FM Area Foundation’s Women’s Fund that asked us to think about barriers and opportunities for women at work, government roles and board service. We talked about awareness, childcare, gender roles, expectations, unconscious bias, corporate boards,…