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Family & Friends

Icicles in Their Hair: Christmas in Embarrass, Minnesota

By Diane Dettmann
Christmas Eve in "The Cold Spot of the Nation": At dinnertime we ate in shifts, with the youngest children squirming on their mothers’ laps while the older cousins squeezed in wherever they could find a space. The early-evening meal disappeared quickly and was followed by the stream of bathers bundled in jackets walking through the snow to and from the sauna, with icicles occasionally dangling from their hair.
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Family & Friends

Dr. Pat Consults: On Sibling Rivalry in Midlife

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. and Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.
Conflict between siblings is so ubiquitous that I would guess that on a word-association test most people would say “rivalry” when prompted by the word “sibling.” But what’s more surprising is how much of the conflict persists as we age. Here, a clinical psychologist lays out five common issues that persist, often well into mid-life (and beyond).
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Family & Friends · Lifestyle

Christmas Memories

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.
There are many of us for whom the secular Christmas is fraught with landmines of memories. In our dysfunctional ways we learn to manage these memories. We avoid the holiday, we suffer through it, or we make it an MGM spectacular event. I chose the Hollywood option. I loved making Christmas special when I was a young wife and mother.…
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Lifestyle

Thanksgiving Day: A Day of Introspection and Gratitude

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.
I did not feel well enough to travel this holiday. Normally, I would have pushed my way through it, but my husband gave me this gift of the day, the turkey and stuffing and pumpkin pie that I needed for my soul. I needed time to be and not do more than I could do, for just one holiday. I…
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Family & Friends · Lifestyle

Thankful for My Aunts

By Elizabeth Willse
My mom is one of six sisters. Every Thanksgiving, my mother’s family gathers at Aunt Ruthanne and Uncle Ron’s house in Connecticut. The table stretches from the dining room into the living room, with a joyous crowd of parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents and friends. “We don’t say grace,” my late Uncle Howie once quipped. “We do The Wave.” I…
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Family & Friends · Lifestyle

The Compass Rose: Thicker Than Water

By Ainslie Jones Uhl
“Let’s have a family Thanksgiving,” I said to my friend Mary, “without any blood relatives.” It was a time a few years ago when I had had my fill of filial histrionics and was fed up with the my-way-or-the-highway holiday hosts. I wanted a tradition without the traditional baggage, a happy feast prepared and shared by all — and lots…
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Family & Friends · Lifestyle

A Week of Recipes and Gratitude Lists

By Billie Brown
This week, many or most Americans will sit down to a traditional or not-so-traditional meal of turkey – alternatively, on both ends of the spectrum, turducken or tofurkey – and many other holiday dishes, as a way of giving thanks for the blessings of daily life. Perhaps the sideboard will groan less this year than it has in the recent…
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General Medical

National Diabetes Awareness Month – November Isn’t Just the Month of Thanksgiving

By Keri Gans, M.S., R.D., C.D.N.
When you think of the fall season, you are probably thinking about the leaves changing color, the temperature getting cooler and the holidays around the corner. For most, this time of year can be very challenging. Am ong those challenges is our nutritional health, which may be why November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. Did you know that 24 million…
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