May/Jun
2015

From The Editor: Dear Reader

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Written by By Jorrie Johnson

Are you a mother, daughter, sister, friend, teacher, coach or mentor? We, women, tend to define ourselves by our relationships. Sometimes these roles can be demanding and leave us with little time or energy for ourselves. This issue of RochesterWomen magazine is about taking care of yourself so that you can be the best that you can be. You are worth it!

 

Mar/Apr
2015

From The Editor: Mixing Cultures

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Written by By Jorrie Johnson

I am one-quarter Swedish and one-quarter Portuguese, along with some Finish, Polish and, I think, German. I was your typical mixed-culture American kid growing up in Duluth, Minnesota. Swedish is the culture with which I most identify. My grandfather was born to Swedish immigrants (from the province of Dalarna, Sweden) in 1911. When I was a young girl, he took me to a maypole festival that I remember fondly. I also remember visiting the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis for the Midsommer Celebration. When I asked him what he and my grandmother did to survive the winters in Minnesota, he told me they would dance. He loved to polka, and he would dance with me in his little living room. When he passed away in March 2013, I stated at the funeral that if you see me dancing at a festival (alone), I am dancing with my grandfather.

 

Sep/Oct
2013

From the Editor: September/October 2013

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Written by Marlene Petersen

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As editor, I receive story ideas every day which highlight inspiring, enterprising and successful Rochester-area women (usually over age 25). These ideas are right up our alley since that’s generally our focus. But lately, we’ve been receiving submissions about women under the age of 25 who are doing incredible things in our area. It has been fun for me to read about these driven, focused young women, but, unfortunately, we haven’t had much opportunity to present these stories yet.

So to change that—and to kick off the call for nominations for our 10th Annual Extraordinary Rochester Women Award (ERWA)–we’ve done two things. First, we added a “young woman” category to the Extraordinary Rochester Women Award For more details, see the call for nominations (page 38).

 

Jul/Aug
2013

From the Editor: July/August 2013

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Written by Marlene Petersen

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What's Taboo to You?

In addition to our regular features this special issue of Rochester Women explores a few “taboo” topics. Consistent with our mission to connect women with each other and the community in a positive way, our taboo subjects aren’t bawdy or vulgar, rude or disparaging. They’re simply subjects that can be difficult (or embarrassing) to talk about. They’re things that should be discussed but often aren’t, subjects that are food for thought, help us plan or make us laugh.

Right off the bat, we tackle the toughest discussion you’ll ever have with a family member (assuming you’ve already covered the birds and the bees): how to prepare yourself and your family for the end of life. In “End-of-Life Arrangements” (pg. 11) we consulted with local attorneys and financial advisors to bring you advice and a glossary of key documents you and your loved ones should be aware of regardless of your current health or age.

 

May/Jun
2013

From the Publisher: May/June 2013

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Written by Jorrie Johnson

from-the-publisherI am blessed!

Almost every morning, my youngest son wakes up, puts his long thin arm around me and says, “I love you.” A bit later, my teenage son calls out that he’s leaving for the day and waits for my hug before he goes. When he comes home after school, he seeks me out to help him find a snack. Most evenings, my beautiful teenage daughter plays her guitar and sings, lullabying me to sleep.

 

Mar/Apr
2013

From the Editor: March/April 2013

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Written by Marlene Petersen

marlene-petersenMarch marks my first anniversary as editor with RochesterWomen. This year, I’ve edited over 100 articles for publication, read thousands of emails and over 400 story ideas, seen hundreds of incredible photos and had a dozen cups of coffee with the editorial staff while planning each issue—all of which I expected and enjoyed.

But two things have surprised me. First, I never thought people would actually read my “from the editor” letters. I always assumed everyon—except my immediate family and closest friends who are bound by blood and other oaths—would just skip my prattle and dive right into the articles. So, many thanks to everyone (and anyone) who reads this, especially my friend Sherry who says she likes my letters because I write the way I talk. Second, I’ve never had a job where I enjoy phone calls so much. People are excited to talk with me and share their stories…a monumental change from my days as an attorney.

 

Jan/Feb
2013

From the Editor: Jan/Feb 2013

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Written by Marlene Petersen

from-the-editorEvery December, we reflect on the passing of another year—pay tribute to those we’ve lost, celebrate great moments and give a sigh of relief that we passed through hardships.

In 2012, RochesterWomen embraced challenges and triumphs, including new staff members and three Excellence Awards from Minnesota Magazine & Publishing Association. Please join me in congratulating my colleagues who received much deserved praise from MMPA in November:

 

 

Nov/Dec
2012

From the Editor: Nov/Dec 2012

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Written by Marlene Petersen

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Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. The smell of roast turkey wafts throughout the house. Sugar-crusted pecan pie waits on the hutch for coffee and conversation. Loved ones bustle in, shaking the last of fall off their coats, knowing the white chill of winter is just around the corner. It welcomes all ages and faiths. It is uniquely American, begun by people who built more graves than homes but who were thankful nonetheless. It quiets my Post-Modern grousing.

 

Sep/Oct
2012

From the Editor: Sept/Oct 2012

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Written by Marlene Petersen

from-editor-septoct2012Throughout her 14-year encounter with cancer, my mother used to say, “I am not dying of cancer; I am living with cancer.”

She was not delusional about her condition; she knew that it could take her life, which in fact it did last September, but she chose to live…through every bought of chemo and every doctor’s appointment filled with bad news. She refused to let life pass her by one moment before her time.

 

May/Jun
2012

From the Editor: May/June 2012

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Written by Marlene Petersen

0031This issue we celebrate the mothers of Rochester. “The Call of the Soil” and “Accounting Ledgers and Christmas Hams” explore the dreams and adventures of several mother-daughter business ventures. In “Because I Said So!” I hear much of my own voice—and my mother’s—in Amy Brase’s advice to her young children.

    My first “child” was a basset hound, Freddie, followed three years later by my daughter, Meg. I thought having a dog would prepare me for motherhood, and in some ways it did. Of course, with Freddie I didn’t learn what sleep deprivation was, how to give a bottle or what it is like to carry a diaper bag everywhere for two years. But I became responsible for someone other than myself and, in return, experienced the wonder, love and affection that grow from the love you give another. That is what motherhood is all about, albeit the care of a child or a pet.

 

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