Recent Pioneer Press Columns

Spare Key: Helping Families to Bounce, Not Break

Jul 8th, 2014 | By
Spare Key: Helping Families to Bounce, Not Break

Tweet As seen in the St. Paul Pioneer Press on June 27, 2014. When Erich Mische rode his bike from his St. Paul home to his Wisconsin cabin recently, he was mindful of families who endure far greater challenges than riding 162 miles in a day. For the executive director of the organization for which
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Memory loss: For Families, a Stressful Balancing Act

Jun 16th, 2014 | By
Memory loss: For Families, a Stressful Balancing Act

Tweet   As seen in the St. Paul Pioneer Press on June 13, 2014. John Sullivan joined the Regions Hospital Foundation board for a very corporate reason. He remained for a very personal one. John was general counsel for Imation when Brock Nelson, CEO of Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota, asked him to join
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Temple Grandin: Scientist, Designer, Professor, Person with Autism

Jun 2nd, 2014 | By

Tweet   As seen in the St. Paul Pioneer Press on May 30, 2014. Four years ago Time magazine included Temple Grandin in its list of 100 people who most affect our world, citing her influence as both a renowned animal scientist and an inspirational advocate for people with autism. With an award-winning HBO film
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Coping with Dystonia: Choosing Hope Over Despair

May 15th, 2014 | By
Coping with Dystonia: Choosing Hope Over Despair

Tweet As seen in the St. Paul Pioneer Press on May 16, 2014. It is said that people come into our lives for a reason, a season or a lifetime.When Traci Chadbourne and Nikki Abramson met at the Refine Conference in Bloomington, Minnesota last weekend it was definitely for a reason. The women were born
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Autism Insights from the Inside

May 1st, 2014 | By
Autism Insights from the Inside

Tweet As seen in the St. Paul Pioneer Press on May 2, 2014 We were driving to the store when my typically reticent son broke the silence. “Do you regret having me?” he asked. He knew I loved him, he said, but felt responsible for my abandoning my career when he was diagnosed with autism
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Mentors: Bolder Options

Apr 17th, 2014 | By
Mentors: Bolder Options


Louise Whitbeck Fraser: Appreciating a Pioneer in Special Education

Apr 3rd, 2014 | By
Louise Whitbeck Fraser: Appreciating a Pioneer in Special Education

Tweet As seen in the St. Paul Pioneer Press on April 4, 2014. As Autism Awareness Month gets under way, it is an apt time to honor Louise Whitbeck Fraser, a pioneer in special education whose heart for children led to new initiatives and opportunities for individuals with special needs. In the winter of 1985,
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Heroin abuse: ‘It’s your child. It’s my child’

Mar 20th, 2014 | By
Heroin abuse:  ‘It’s your child. It’s my child’


Ambition: Believing in one’s worth

Mar 7th, 2014 | By
Ambition: Believing in one’s worth

Tweet As seen in the St. Paul Pioneer Press on March 7, 2014 Every year nearly 600,000 Americans start a new business.  Within five years most will be defunct and few will be profitable. It is one thing to dream about abandoning the paycheck for one’s passion.  It ‘s quite another to have the tools
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Matt Birk’s New Book: The Fifth Quarter

Feb 13th, 2014 | By
Matt Birk’s New Book: The Fifth Quarter

Tweet   As seen in the St. Paul Pioneer Press on February 14, 2014. It was no coincidence Matt Birk suggested we meet for coffee at St. Paul’s La Patisserie to discuss his first book, “All-Pro Wisdom: The Seven Choices that Lead to Greatness.” Though the former Minnesota Vikings center now makes his home in
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