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Gail Rosenblum

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Phone: 612-673-7350
Location: Minneapolis
Other languages: French

Gail Rosenblum is editor of the Inspired section. She's also an author, journalism instructor and public speaker who has worked for newspapers and magazines for nearly 40 years. 

Rosenblum has a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in journalism, and has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the American Association of Feature and Sunday Editors, the Associated Press and Parenting Publications of America. She is the mother of three young adult children and the bonus mom of three others.
Recent content from Gail Rosenblum
Alex Jackson Nelson is a gender services consultant for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, the first position of its kind within a Minnesota health plan.

Blue Cross gender services consultant brings years of work in transgender community to new role

It's rare for a major health insurance company to create a position called "gender services consultant."
Amy Ronneberg

New leader of Minneapolis' Be The Match breaks down stem-cell process, busts myths

The international nonprofit organization based in Minneapolis provides lifesaving blood stem cell therapy to people of all ages around the world.
Geri Chavis, emerita professor at St. Kate's and Past President of the National Association for Poetry Therapy tells us how we can find healing by rea

In the age of COVID-19, Minn. author looks to 'poetry therapy' to soothe the soul

It turns out poetry as an agent of healing was recognized in the ancient world over 2,000 years ago, she says.
Dave Ellis, 68, is a longtime advocate working around childhood trauma and resiliency.

Minneapolis trainer on race and trauma shares ideas for how we talk to each other now

In this wrenching moment for our city, he encourages us to continue to have productive conversations.
Matthew Utecht, president of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 663 is part of the Inspiring Heroes Issue. Here in the boardroom, he misses live

Midwest union leader talks safety, shopping smart and his hope for life after COVID-19

Utecht is president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 663, a union of more than 13,000 members in Minnesota and Iowa, including 1,850 at the JBS pork plant in Worthington.
Joe Hobot of the American Indian OIC which is working to increase employment opportunities for Native Americans.

American Indian OIC leader offers ways to stay proactive in job search during pandemic

His message for all of us: Tough passages are an opportunity to rethink, recharge and re-engage.
Greg Pavett, founder of Humanity Alliance.

Minnesota leader of Humanity Alliance connects the dots between health disparities and food insecurity

The nonprofit organization's first program rescues food about to be discarded and turns it into high-quality and healthful meals delivered to families who lack access to good-tasting nutrition.
Tracie Ward.

Former Twin Cities management consultant shifts gears to help us live with intention

Tracie Bluse Ward says that challenging times are often the best times for personal growth.
These Minn. health care heroes are fighting on the front lines against COVID-19

These Minn. health care heroes are fighting on the front lines against COVID-19

Meet the people putting it all on the line during the coronavirus crisis: "We are going to look out for each other."
Jin Lee Palen, executive director of the Minnesota Association of Community Mental Health Programs.

COVID-19 testing Minnesota's already fragile mental health support system

Meet the leader of a statewide network of 32 community-based mental and chemical health programs that serves approximately 180,000 Minnesotans annually.
This week, our inspiration comes from readers across the Twin Cities

This week, our inspiration comes from readers across the Twin Cities

We've compiled a growing list of selfless, creative and often courageous acts you've shown toward family members, friends and strangers.
Twin Cities employee engagement leader encourages businesses to embrace fun

Twin Cities employee engagement leader encourages businesses to embrace fun

Fun Is Good, an employee engagement consulting firm that offers seminars and workshops, lunch-and-learns and keynotes.
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6 Minnesotans who were voices of inspiration in 2019

As the year draws to a close, let's be inspired by people who aspire to connect, heal and support their communities.
Tracy Nielsen, executive director of HandsOn Twin Cities, posed for a portrait Wednesday, April 1, 2020 in Minneapolis.

HandsOn Twin Cities leader shares ways we all can help during pandemic

Here are some practical steps to take from the safety of our homes to help our fellow Minnesotans.
Richard Leider: "We’re wired for purpose. It is not a luxury."

Minnesota author on finding purpose in an age of uncertainty: 'It's an aim outside of yourself'

The senior fellow at the U's Center for Spirituality and Healing believes that it is precisely in times like these that we can gain valuable clarity.
Cindy Kaigama, the health systems director for the Alzheimer's Association of Minnesota and Dakotas, posed for a portrait at Centennial Lakes Park in

Minnesota public health leader aims to bring equity to Alzheimer's care

Cindy Kaigama knows firsthand the challenges of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease.
John Haine.

White Bear Lake-based Cummins partners with 916 Career & Tech to power high-paying diesel jobs

The Cummins School-to-Work Program will train qualified high school students with the intention of launching them into high-paying jobs in the diesel field.
Zubeda Chaffe.

Minn. teen beats the odds, dreams of building a school in her native Ethiopia

On March 19, this 18-year-old will be one of five honorees at the 28th Children's Defense Fund-MN Beat the Odds celebration.
Founders of LiveMore ScreenLess, Maree Hampton and Katherine Myers.

Veteran Mpls. educators start organization to help everyone screen less, live more

The Minneapolis-based LiveMore ScreenLess offers workshops and workplace consultations, school visits and tips to parents and grandparents, principals and CEOs.
Steve Humerickhouse is executive director of the 32-year-old Forum on Workplace Inclusion, newly housed at Augsburg University.

How Twin Cities became one of the largest hubs for workplace diversity, inclusion

The Forum on Workplace Inclusion gears up to welcome about 1,500 people to the Minneapolis Convention Center on March 10-12 for its annual conference.
Mark Meier, the founder of the Face It Foundation, which helps men face their mental health problems, posed for a photo in his New Brighton headquarte

Peer support groups show promise in helping men facing mental health problems

Mark Meier knows there's only one thing tougher than getting a man into therapy — and that's keeping him in therapy.
New president of Children's Home Society of Minnesota dreams of loving home for every child

New president of Children's Home Society of Minnesota dreams of loving home for every child

It's a time of massive changes in adoption, including a drastic decline in international ones and a huge upswing in the need for families of older children.
Abdul Omari, a University of Minnesota alum and former regent, who runs a program aimed at drawing and keeping black male students on Minnesota’s pr

Former University of Minnesota regent makes sure black men at private colleges finish and thrive

  When Abdul M. Omari was a teen, his parents made some things clear: “You’re going to college. You’re going to get good grades. And…
Donna Minter, executive director of the Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute, where she works with victims and perpetrators on restorative jus

Minn. restorative justice leader sees this method as best opportunity to heal trauma

Donna Minter deals with what she calls a public health epidemic every day, even though "few know how to talk about it or are willing to address it."
Colleen Tusa runs the adaptive recreation program for St. Paul Parks and Recreation.

St. Paul Adaptive Recreation specialist champions winter activities for everybody

Local park and recreation centers have many affordable indoor and outdoor options, Colleen Tusa says.
Dr. Helen Kim.

Director of Hennepin Healthcare's Mother-Baby Program focuses on the 'Fourth Trimester'

Dr. Helen Kim's work addresses the need for more people to focus on a mothers' health after birth.
Ceola McClure-Lazo helped grandson Vail, 21 months, test out toys at the Toy Library.

A 'toy library' in Minneapolis adds to playtime with environmentally conscious twist

Minneapolis Toy Library responds to a growing desire for affordable and environmentally conscious ways for kids to play.
Certified financial planner reveals true meaning of 'life planning'

Certified financial planner reveals true meaning of 'life planning'

Amber Miller hopes we'll take the final days of 2019 to ponder a big question: What do we want to do with the rest of our lives?
Aletta Brady.

For this award-winning Minnesotan, the climate crisis is personal

Aletta Brady created a web-based platform, called Our Climate Voices, to humanize the climate crisis by gathering and sharing personal stories.
Turn the 'getting' season into 'gratitude' season with help from Twin Cities nonprofit

Turn the 'getting' season into 'gratitude' season with help from Twin Cities nonprofit

Sarah Aadland has gathered loads of research confirming that altruistic kids are happy kids. And what better time than December to practice?
Hennepin County social worker helps at-risk parents thrive

Hennepin County social worker helps at-risk parents thrive

Danielle Monsrud has a personal connection to Hennepin County's Parent Support Outreach Program.
Nur Mood is Hamline’s coordinator of social justice initiatives and a champion of getting youth to vote. Hamline has the highest percentage of stude

Hamline University's social justice leader is a winner at getting out the youth vote

Nur Mood looks into the future every day — in the form of the bright young people walking across his St. Paul campus.
The tribally owned Poeh Cultural Center near Santa Fe, N.M., preserves the culture of the Pueblo communities of the northern Rio Grande Valley.

After a century away, Tewa pots return to their native lands near Santa Fe

Their return is due to a historic two-year collaboration between leaders at the Poeh Cultural Center and representatives of the Smithsonian Institution.
Molly Baeverstad, marketing manager for Eastside Food Co-op which just launched FARE: Food Access to Restore Equity

Minneapolis' Eastside Food Co-op makes food access 'FARE'

People of limited means are often denied the health benefits and simple pleasures of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Rabbi Ted Falcon, Pastor Don Mackenzie and Imam Jamal Rahman, who call themselves the Interfaith Amigos, spoke recently at Plymouth Congregational Chu

A rabbi, a pastor and an imam walk into a … dialogue about shared values

The "Interfaith Amigos" are serious about their mission to reject the idea of "otherization."
Dr. Thomas Kottke is the immediate past president of the Twin Cities Medical Society. He has been working on efforts to help people understand the per

HealthPartners cardiologist says we need to stop denying the dangers of vaping for teens

His particular concern is young people with developing brains who have taken to vaping like candy.
International community puts stamp on 150th anniversary of the postcard

International community puts stamp on 150th anniversary of the postcard

Here's why the postcard still matters to so many people.
Karen Meyer runs an innovative nonprofit called Community Support Center that is bringing together many churches to combat housing insecurity in her c

New Brighton's Community Support Center stays with people until they're ready to launch

Once it accepts a case, the center has been able to stop almost 100% of evictions.
George Esbensen.

Former Eden Prairie fire chief sparks a new conversation about the safety of his peers

Among their often-unspoken dangers: high rates of cancer and heart disease, as well as mental health challenges
Chris Bentley is a financial advisor who started the nonprofit, Wings for Widows, offering pro bono financial assistance, as well as coaching and emot

St. Louis Park financial adviser lessens money worries for widows with free services

The nonprofit Wings For Widows offers free services, including financial coaching, during this difficult time.
Mia Youth Summit co-chair Ursula Girdwood, 16, posed with her favorite piece of art, Nick Cave’s 2010 Soundsuit.

Teen Youth Summit at Minneapolis museum explores how creativity can lead to societal change

On Oct. 5, the Minneapolis Institute of Art hosts its first "Creative Fuel" youth summit.
Ellen Pillsbury practices what she preaches -- working to get everybody to embrace safe walking to all, or at least most, of their destinations. ] Sha

This Minnesotan is doing her part in the fight to make local communities more walkable

Ellen Pillsbury helps lead the Minnesota Department of Health's Walkable Community Workshops.
Wanda Walker

Minneapolis time-management guru turns procrastinators into goal-setters

For 30 years, the Brooklyn Park-based owner of Uniquely Yours Consulting has been helping people, mostly by getting out of their own way.
Blake Elliott, co-founder of Bridges MN has a new service, Rumi, which pairs people with disabilities with caregivers who live together.

New roommate matchmaker Rumi connects caregivers, people with disabilities

Blake Elliott, vice president of operations for Rumi's parent company, Bridges MN, explains why he feels the timing is right for this service.
Ferd Schlapper is a math tutor with AmeriCorps, a national “Peace Corps” that gives boosts to kids in math and reading. He volunteers at Woodbury

Minnesota is No. 1 in AmeriCorps members: 'I love to see these kids'

AmeriCorps — sometimes called the domestic Peace Corps — is demonstrating measurable success, aided by a robust Minnesota presence.
Josh and Sheree Savage have invested in four spaces in south Minneapolis that they offer to the public for free.

Hero Plumbing owners build community by offering free use of spaces throughout Minneapolis

A local couple have made four intimate spaces available for free to all community members who need a spot to gather.
Tutapona offers emotional healing to victims of war, including Minnesotans

Tutapona offers emotional healing to victims of war, including Minnesotans

More than 50,000 victims of unspeakable trauma have begun to reclaim their lives thanks to this nonprofit's forgiveness model.
“Maybe You Should Talk to Someone” by Lori Gottlieb

Reviews: 'Maybe You Should Talk to Someone,' by Lori Gottlieb, and 'At Briarwood School for Girls,' by Michael Knight

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone By Lori Gottlieb. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 412 pages, $28.)   Few mysteries are more intoxicating than what goes on…
Collaborative attorney and mediator Ron Ousky.

Edina divorce lawyer creates cards to help couples communicate better and maybe stay together

What if couples had a way to proactively practice talking to one another, not about kids or money stresses or in-laws, but about their own needs, vulnerabilities and desires?
Young volunteers participating in a program offered through West Suburban Summer School.

5 Twin Cities tweens find a way to 'make a difference' on summer break

A look at an unusual gifted-and-talented summer school class offered through West Suburban Summer School.
Creators Space founder Melissa Dessart stood for a portrait in the salt room.

A remarkable creative space reopens in St. Paul's Lowertown

The Creators Space is a creativity center and coffeehouse that provides space and tools for creative people to incubate ideas.
Helping Hand Companies is labor of love on Minneapolis' North Side

Helping Hand Companies is labor of love on Minneapolis' North Side

The north Minneapolis business teaches local youths work skills and self-sufficiency, with plenty of fun still included.
Ned Crosby.

Twin Cities philanthropist sees our best hope for common ground in Citizens Juries

For 45 years, Ned Crosby has randomly selected a microcosm of the population to gather and listen to and learn from experts on pressing societal issues before respectfully brainstorming solutions.
New nonprofit Let Grow urges parents to land those helicopters and let kids be kids

New nonprofit Let Grow urges parents to land those helicopters and let kids be kids

How do we let go? Minnesota native Diane Redleaf has a suggestion: Practice.
Kate Hersey, executive director of the Minnesota Tool Library showed off some of the tools available in the St Paul location.

Minnesota Tool Library offers savings by sharing 5,000 tools

The nonprofit, among the Twin Cities' best-kept secrets, offers classes to the public as well.
Headwaters Relief Organization’s Dr. Roshan Khatri.

Golden Valley-based Headwaters offers disaster relief with children's books

Storytelling can be a powerful tool in disaster recovery.
Monica Gail.

Why more millennials should consider a financial planner

Twin Cities financial planner Monica Eckberg shares her philosophy on how young people should save money.
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter kissed his father, Melvin Carter Jr., at a prayer service. The elder Carter founded SOS.

Retired St. Paul cop Melvin Carter Jr. helps young black men rewrite their script

Sgt. Carter, father of St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, is the founder and executive director of Save Our Sons.
Nicole M. LaVoi

Colleges courted to increase women head coaches over the next 5 years

The Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport has released its annual report card to document progress, or lack thereof.
Mary Latham, right, was especially moved by the story of Julie Dombo, of Kansas, a shooting victim who received mechanical limbs from a stranger. Domb

A quest to collect stories of kindness has driven her to 39 states (and counting)

Mary Latham's remarkable cross-country road trip collecting stories of kindness in every state, including Minnesota, will be turned into a book.
The Kindness Club with Matt Greenhoe, top left, and Ashley Justen, right.

Elk River fifth-graders combat bullying by adding kindness to the curriculum

Elementary school kids start their own club to stymie bullying and promote kindness.
Kaycee Stanley, founder of the Reel Hope Project, a faith-based nonprofit that makes short videos of children in foster care to help them get placed.

Minnesota project uses video stories to find forever families for kids in foster care

Meet Kaycee Stanley, the woman behind the Robbinsdale-based nonprofit the Reel Hope Project.
Lee Roper is retiring after 18 years at the helm of the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota. For 18 years, she has championed programs benefitting girls

Retiring Women's Foundation CEO happy to make room for new generation of female leaders

Lee Roper-Batker's leadership has led to changes in laws and police training.
David Weissbrodt.

'You changed my life': Mpls. law professor celebrated for all the lives he impacted over his 40-year career

David Weissbrodt is a pioneer and mentor in human rights.
From left: Cathy ten Broeke, Robert Lilligren and Jonelle Glubke stood on Franklin Avenue, near the former site of a homeless encampment along Hiawath

Should you give money to people on the street? Homelessness experts weigh in

To give or not to give? That's the question many of us struggle with as we see a person holding a cardboard sign at freeway exits or along busy pedestrian malls.
Sasha Cotton

She brings a public health approach to keep Minneapolis youths safe from violence

Sasha Cotton worked for years for state and federal agencies before feeling called to more grass-roots work as youth violence prevention coordinator for the city of Minneapolis.
Casey Sorensen, CEO of PCs for People.

St. Paul's PCs for People readies to expand reach as leveler of digital playing field

The St. Paul-based nonprofit is celebrating 20 years of getting refurbished computers and low-cost internet into homes across the United States.
Luke Nichols, a recent U of M graduate who is a champion of affordable housing, was photographed in his office.

'Cabin Cooperative' idea mixes affordable housing with Minnesota culture

Luke Nichols' passion is housing instability, because "you just never know who" will be caught in its grip.
Vijay Dixit's 19-year-old daughter Shreya Dixit was killed about a decade ago when the driver of the car in which she was riding was involved in a dis

Grieving Eden Prairie father devotes his life to ending the distracted-driving epidemic

"In every teenager on the road, I see my daughter," Vijay Dixit says of his new mission.
Andrew Cameron is the founder and lead trainer at Lions United fitness center, a new nonprofit that aims to bring together athletes of all abilities i

Mendota Heights personal trainer opens gym for athletes with special needs

Andrew Cameron elaborates on his inclusive vision for the soon-to-open Lions United Fitness Center.
Ellad Tadmor, a University of Minnesota professor who runs a program called “Science Court.”

Aerospace engineer takes civility to court at University of Minnesota

Ellad Tadmor believes that strengthening our democracy isn't rocket science.
Anna Peterson, director of Step Up, a youth employment program poses for a portrait in Minneapolis.

Minneapolis youth are eager for you to 'Step Up' for mock interview assistance

You'll help our future workforce practice firm handshakes, eye-contact and other terrifying interactions with adults before they move into summer jobs and beyond.
Jasmyn Green has an extensive history working with youth and is the program manager for Oasis for Youth. She has quickly become a leader in the outrea

Oasis For Youth's Jasmyn Green celebrates small victories for at-risk young people she serves

Her work builds trust — and futures.
Labrador retriever Millie nosed in on the action at MSP Airport.

MSP Airport's hard-working TSA dogs don't get a spring break

Spring break might be coming for you, but not for these highly trained four-legged workers.
John Leland.

New York Times reporter John Leland looks to elders to learn how to live now

Like many baby boomers, John Leland is a front-row observer of aging as the son of a 90-year-old mother. Unlike most boomers, he felt driven…