Let’s Deregulate Child Care in Minnesota… Oh Wait We Already Partially Have

2018-06-09T19:09:43+00:00 June 9th, 2018|It is well with my soul.|

(This is a picture of my brother David and I, circa 1989 aka the good 'ole days, playing by an open body of water, with ducks nearby and probably duck poop on the ground... we're still both alive in case anyone's wondering - oh and look there are pokey weeds how ever did we survive? [...]

The Right to Be Equally Offended

2018-05-06T13:18:01+00:00 May 6th, 2018|The struggle is real.|

Since this legislative session began in Minnesota, I have spent over 20 days at the Capitol. What began as a movement to expose the inconsistency, targeting, and straight up bullying by the Department of Human Services towards privately owned child care providers, has turned into something far greater: I am standing up for my right [...]

Dear Friend: An Open Letter to Advocate for Change to the VA System in America

2018-04-29T00:21:07+00:00 April 28th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Dear Friend, Today was hard. I struggle on days like today; wondering if I have a right to miss you… to be sad. Because it was me. I was the one who called the police. I was the one who said I feared that you may harm yourself. I was the one who rode in [...]

The Things You’ll Carry

2018-02-12T17:33:56+00:00 February 12th, 2018|It is well with my soul.|

There were words of wisdom about work-life balance; Words about finance, leadership or mission. But the one thing they didn’t tell me, was about the things I’d carry.   There were handshakes, high-fives, and congratulatory gifts; A giant red ribbon cut by a large pair of scissors and a special engraved groundbreaking shovel. But the [...]

An Open Letter to My Husband’s Former Employer

2018-01-28T21:16:33+00:00 January 28th, 2018|It is well with my soul.|

To My Husband’s Former Employer, The cover of your Employee Handbook says it all; your mission statement printed in royal blue… clearly the focus. I normally don’t do things like this… things that might burn bridges. In fact, my mission throughout my work, is to turn walls into bridges. But I’m not writing to talk [...]