Category Archives: Freedom

Dancing for the health of it

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A few years ago I had the pleasure of hearing my friend Cris Linnares speak about her journey back to health through movement, especially dancing. The warm-blooded Brazilian native described her first winter in North Dakota, the birth of her daughter, subsequent baby blues and her father’s passing as “the perfect storm.”  She was down,…

Never Let Them See You Sweat: What to do if you sweat too much.

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Summer is winding down, and it’s been a hot one. Deodorants and anti-perspirants have been a very necessary part of most people’s morning ritual. Sweating is usually a good thing. It helps us keep our temperatures normalized, and minimizes risk of heat stroke. Our best friends, dogs, can’t sweat, so they try to keep up…

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,…

Why We Love the Lake

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 The weekly exodus of vehicles on Friday afternoon and evening has begun. Those cars and trucks and campers, filled with food, beach towels, fishing rods and smiling faces, seem magnetized by the call of the water. We get to follow “rules” like these: Nap Often Watch the Sunset Go Boating Wake Up Smiling Soak Up…

Make a Summer Bucket List for 2016

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Here in Fargo, we do not take our summers for granted. We wait ever so patiently through the dark, frigid winter months, dutifully scraping ice off our car windshields, salting our sidewalks, shivering in our coats, all the while… dreaming of summer barbecues, lake adventures, and road trips. Now that summer has officially arrived, have…

Six wishes in honor of World Wish Day 

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One spring morning—back in 1980—a seven-year-old boy named Christopher received an unexpected phone call. It was a local police officer. “Chris, how would you like to take a ride in a real police helicopter?” Chris was ecstatic. He had been battling leukemia—and the battle was not going well. His mother knew that he loved police…

Allergies got you down? 18+ ways to breathe easier.

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While allergies can be year-round, spring seems to be the worst time for many people. As the green grass begins to peep through and the trees are studded with new life buds, the pollen count soar. It’s hard to believe all that loveliness can pack such a punch, making you cough, sneeze, sniffle and itch….

Practicing mindfulness… when you’re not a Buddhist monk.

All of us lead full lives. We often wear several hats: parent, colleague, volunteer and more. And while it’s likely that we truly enjoy all of those roles, time flies by and it seems like something is missing. Could it be that we have a hard time being mindful in the moment? I love the…

A woman on the new $10 bill? I vote: YES!

Sometimes the government actually wants our opinion. The US treasury is inviting American citizens to suggest a new “face” for a new edition of the $10 bill. And for the first time in a century, a woman will grace the face of the bill, replacing Alexander Hamilton. Some suggest that retiring Andrew Jackson’s portrait on…

Beauty bullying: it’s got to stop.

“That outfit is totally inappropriate. Does she think she’s seventeen? Looks ridiculous.” “I can’t believe she’s eating a donut. Has she looked in the mirror lately?” “Wow. She’s going to the gym… again? She’s already so skinny. Talk about obsessive.” “Looks like she got some ‘work’ done. How sad. She looks terrible.” If there’s one…