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Emotionally preparing for the holiday season

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I recently asked a group of young adults what some of their fondest memories from the holidays are. They shared a lot of similarities: grandma’s peach cobbler, playing card games with cousins, and the special gift that they waited all year to receive. Everyone in the room was in sync with one another about these joyful moments.
Then one person, a young Black female who did not say much during the session, stated, “I hate the holidays.” Continue Reading →

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Black Fathers

By Willie Johnson
Guest Commentator



It takes courage and sacrifice to raise a family. To Black fathers in Minnesota and across America, Happy Father’s Day. It’s a great privilege to be a father, especially a Black father with so many trials and tribulations they face daily in America. With the daily struggle for a Black father it’s hard to make ends meet. It’s not so much financial as it is with the social communication with his family. Continue Reading →

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Insights from experts at starting anew



Hello to all the followers of the “Starting Anew” column. I am pleased to announce that after many triumphs and struggles as well as other issues, I have landed a permanent working position at St. Stephens Human Services. It was four years ago this month when I was given the opportunity to start this column. I have gone through quite a bit since then. Continue Reading →

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