Grief and Grieving

“She Woke Up Well”

History is often considered a stale, boring subject filled with places, dates, and people. This is not true because despite the passage of time and regardless of who they were, where they came from, or what they did – at some level, we can identify with these people from the…
Johannes Allert
July 15, 2019
Healing Stories and Storytelling

The Perfection of Imperfection

My friend Michael and I were sitting alongside the Mississippi River in south Minneapolis recently when I witnessed the poignant beauty of imperfection, the hidden strength in what is broken. Photo from Michael Bischoff's CaringBridge page. This little piece of damp sand, where the water flows past, is a special…
Cathy Wurzer
July 5, 2019
Healing Stories and Storytelling

No Known Survivors

Memorial Day 2019 was the first for Fred Rathfelder at his new address. Fred, who I knew as Sigfried, was my Dad's cousin. Sigfried immigrated to the United States along with Erna Rathfelder, my aunt. Aunt and nephew left war torn Germany and wound up in Minnesota, both sponsored by…
Cathy Wurzer
May 28, 2019
Guest BlogsHealing Stories and Storytelling

What’s Your Story?

I recently had the honor of attending the 10th anniversary of the storytelling project A Peace of My Mind by the photographer John Noltner; a project that began simply by asking the question, “What does peace mean to you?” Ten years, two books, hundreds of interviews and thousands of miles later, voices all…
Christy Moe-Marek
April 29, 2019
End of Life WisdomGuest Blogs

The Death You Want

“Have you given any thought to how you want your end of life to go?” I gently asked my nearly-94-year-old grandma that question one afternoon as we talked about her younger brother who had died two years earlier. “I don’t want a stranger to find me.” “OK,” I said, wondering the odds…
Christy Moe-Marek
February 12, 2019