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YouSaid August 2017

These troubled times
You are making a difference, but like most, the difference is not quantifiable today, or even tomorrow. [OnYourMind, Lisa Gray, MN Women's Press, July 2017] If you are doing all the things you list, you are educating yourself and others, you are contributing to the work of democracy, you are sharing your compassion for others through resistance to what is harmful ... together with all those you do touch, and all those who are doing what you do, it demonstrates human kindness, and there are far more of us doing that than people realize sitting alone in their kitchens.
Kathleen Laurila, Crystal

A community of women
If there is any way to pass on my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Yasmin Mullings and Karen Kugler, please do! [Profile, MWP, July 2017] Their roles and work are so very important and I value them tremendously. Thank you to these women, and to the respected John Choi, also at Ramsey County, who make it their jobs to "show the underbelly." It's those hidden stories - if only more people knew the realities! The public perception of trafficking is often seen as a choice rather than as the exploitation and brutality that it is. How do we make people more aware?

As always, yours is a treasured publication and we are so lucky to have you here locally. My massage practitioner, Linda Knapp, and my estate-planning lawyer, Chris Tymchuck, are both Women's Press advertisers. There are so many artists, authors and activists in MWP that I have learned have connections to my friends. What a wonderful and respected circle of women. I treasure this community.
Jean Abbott, Lakeville

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