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Mon
28
Apr

Behold the super powers of parents

When it comes to parents, the Lord giveth and he taketh away. We lose our minds, yet inherit special powers. It’s as if God makes us Superman, only to hand us kryptonite.

Thu
24
Apr

Saluting equal rights for women

The United States has come a long way since Susan B. Anthony and the National Woman Suffrage Association started their movement to treat women equally in this nation. Thanks to their hard work, and the efforts of all of the women that followed, denying a women’s right to vote, hold office or own a business and property now seems like a ridiculous, backwards practice that is hard to imagine ever existed in our nation’s history.

Thu
24
Apr

Writing with a home field advantage

I’m baaaaacckk...
You thought you would be rid of me after I went away to college, but you thought wrong.
Maybe it was destiny--you see, I grew up about three blocks away from New Brighton City Hall. And I’m pretty sure I was at least partially named after the lake in Arden Hills.

Thu
24
Apr

Beware prepaid debit card scams

For years, scammers have duped people into wiring money using wire services. Today, scammers are increasingly asking people to pay money with reloadable, prepaid debit cards.
It works like this: “Betty” decided to buy an exercise machine from an unknown website on the Internet. The equipment looked good and was listed at a fair price. The seller told Betty to go to a local “big box” retail store and buy a prepaid debit card, load it with $700, and give the seller the serial number. Betty did so. After paying the $700, she never heard from the seller again.

Tue
22
Apr

Women’s Economic Security Act is good for state’s economy

The 2014 House passed several significant bills, but one in particular is well overdue. The Women’s Economic Security Act, aimed at eliminating the pay gap and work place discrimination that still occurs for female workers, was passed with broad bipartisan support on April 9.

Tue
22
Apr

Set up a secure retirement

Approximately 10,000 baby boomers will turn 65 every day until around 2030. If you’re part of that group, or if you’re planning ahead for a comfortable retirement, the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants offers this advice for securing your financial future.

Fri
18
Apr

‘More protections and flexibility’ for women

On Wednesday, April 9 I joined a bipartisan group of state lawmakers to pass the Women’s Economic Security Act by a vote of 106-24, legislation that will help close the gender pay gap so women can earn equal pay for equal work, provide more protections and flexibility for pregnant mothers in the workplace and create more opportunities for women to enter high-wage, high-demand professions.

Tue
15
Apr

Learning to take my time in Azerbaijan


New Year’s Tree in Yevlakh. Santa Claus comes to Azerbaijan on New Year’s Eve! (photos by Rebecca Rowe)

Making cookies or other treats is quite common for me as I simply have a difficult time going anywhere without some sort of gift in my hands. Here I made some, let me say, delicious chocolate chip cookies for a birthday present.

A Soviet-era Vladimir Lenin statue was cut into pieces and left in a Yevlakh junkyard.

A student group with whom I work; originally I had taken the photo of each student this autumn so that I could quickly learn each of their names.

Dear friends and family: I thought I would take the opportunity and send a quick update regarding my wellbeing. Everything is fine.
I had a bout of mononucleosis from late November through December which limited my levels of energy, but, of course, I persevered. The persistent feeling of having been hit by a bus and constantly needing sleep was – as those of you who know me can imagine – both unfamiliar and unwelcome. I’m glad that my health is much improved now.

Mon
14
Apr

The virtual workplace: What’s ‘the office’ these days?

As technology continues to challenge the traditional paradigm of employees and “the office,” many businesses and individuals find calculating taxes for work done outside company office space to be confusing. According to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, there are now an estimated 3.2 million full-time employees who telecommute for at least half the workweek, up 79 percent since 2005.

Sat
12
Apr

The extraordinary world of Mr. Selfridge and his fabulous store


Selfridges department store dominates Oxford Street in London, just as it has for over 100 years. ( Pamela O’Meara/Review)

Little did I know when I started watching “Mr. Selfridge” on PBS’ Masterpiece Theater last year that the go-getter who opened a shocking new store in the heart of London in 1909 was the same person who first modernized and popularized Marshall Field’s in the heart of Chicago. I often shopped at Field’s as a high school and college student.

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