Author: Stina Kielsmeier Cook

In-Between Thankfulness and Homelessness | What to Celebrate and Lament This Week

Celebrate: In-Between Thankfulness   It is late November and the weather has been unseasonably mild in Minnesota, extending our fall well past the usual onslaught of snow and ice. The late afternoon light has been so warm that I’ve managed…

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Storytelling and #metoo | What to Celebrate and Lament This Week

As I type this, I am midway through a workshop in Massachusetts on writing for social change. In our small group of pastors and clergy (of which I am one of the only participants without a Master’s of Divinity), we…

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Voting and Shootings | What to Celebrate and Lament This Week

Celebrate: The Right to Vote   On Tuesday, my two-year-old son was home from preschool sick with a cough and cold. After a few cartoons and reading to him until my voice was raw, I knew we needed to get…

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Halloween and Racism for Beginners | What to Celebrate and Lament This Week

Celebrate: Halloween!   On Halloween, my husband and I were in a fight. He was in a bad mood after a discouraging day of teaching; I was tired and grumpy from spending the day working and running errands with two…

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Free Art and Paul Wellstone | What to Celebrate and Lament This Week

Celebrate: Free Art This weekend I had a conversation with an acquaintance who lives 40 miles outside of the Twin Cities in a beautiful small town along the Saint Croix River, and she said something that surprised me.   “You…

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#celebratefamily and Lowered Refugee Admissions | What to Celebrate and Lament This Week

Celebrate: Family   Imagine adopting a child from Uganda and later learning the same child had been stolen from her birth mother. That’s what happened to an Ohio couple who welcomed a young girl named Namata into their home, only…

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Genius and Sexual Assault: What to Celebrate and Lament This Week

Celebrate: Genius On Wednesday, the MacArthur Foundation announced its selection of the 2017 “genius” grant recipients — a group of 24 extraordinary individuals who use their creativity to benefit society. As I scrolled through the list of awardees, who range…

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October and Las Vegas: What to Celebrate and Lament This Week

Celebrate: October Anne Shirley, heroine from Anne of Green Gables, famously said: “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. It would be terrible if we just skipped from September to November, wouldn’t it? Look at…

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Colds and Lead: What to Celebrate and Lament This Week

It seems counterintuitive to celebrate illness, but let me explain.   A few weeks into the start of the school year and it finally hit: our first family cold. My son is coughing and complaining of a sore ear, my…

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Libraries & Parks, Hurricanes & Earthquakes: What to Celebrate and Lament This Week

Celebration: Libraries & Parks   Someone posted online recently about how, if the idea of public libraries and public parks were first introduced today, people would laugh at the ridiculous left-wing nuttiness of it all. (That bill would surely not…

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