The Voice that Speaks to Women: An Open Letter to Dr. Jacobson

The Voice that Speaks to Women: An Open Letter to Dr. Jacobson

Dr. Jacobson, you are in a unique position to speak into the lives of women. How will you use your voice? Will you use it to feed into negative self-talk and negative body image? Or, will you use it to inspire women to see themselves in the best possible light through positive affirmation and realistic body images?  

Jessica's Story: Building a Life and Raising a Family With No Religion, Too

Jessica's Story: Building a Life and Raising a Family With No Religion, Too

In 2001, Jessica arrived in Rochester via Winona after graduating from Winona State University. Growing up in Chicago, she loved the city life, and never imagined she would grow roots in a town such as Rochester, but she and her husband have learned a valuable lesson in what it means to create the kind of life you want to live wherever you are.

Driving Off the Side of a Mountain: When to Let Go of a Dream

Driving Off the Side of a Mountain: When to Let Go of a Dream

I would have a (nighttime) dream where I was driving in a car on a busy highway. Usually, I was lost, or unsure of the way....There would always be a feeling that I was out of control. That at any moment the car I was driving would go off the road, or the cars around would hit me, or I would miss an exit or the highway would end. 

Anissa's Story: A New Heart, A Double Transplant Survivor

Anissa's Story: A New Heart, A Double Transplant Survivor

Anissa was only in her mid-30's when hypertrophic cardiomyopathy began to thicken the wall of her heart. Anissa became so ill that walking small distances exhausted her. Her liver and lungs were also failing as a result of this genetic condition.

Paul & Bethany's Story: An Unexpected Journey, Part 1

Paul & Bethany's Story: An Unexpected Journey, Part 1

We were gathered around a picnic table on a Sunday afternoon after worship. The bright sun warmed us as we ate lunch. The couple that sat across from me began to tell their story. They were young, hardly out of college, and somewhere in the conversation, I realized they were something very special, indeed. 

Am I Making a Difference?

Am I Making a Difference?

Every now and then I catch a glimmer of my impact in this world. Like the sparkler I light every 4th of July; my little light shines bright, sends sparks all over the place, but quickly fizzles out as I try to prevent it from burning my hand. Then, I'm left to stare at my neighbor's fireworks and wonder why I even bothered to light my sparkler in the first place