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Julie is the author about the power of gratitude called BlessBack®: Thank Those Who Shaped Your Life as well as numerous articles and essays. She received her bachelor's degree in print journalism and English from the University of St. Thomas. She divides her time between her home in Minneapolis and her Adirondack chair at her cabin on a lake in Ottertail County with her husband Rick, sons Sam, Joe and Jake, and a golden retriever named Mick.
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The importance of spiritual ropeholders


Ecclesiastes 12:1 tells us to “remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth.” In the past six weeks, I have remembered the days of my Creator by reflecting on the early days of my faith and just how much of an impact certain people and faith communities had on my “long obedience in  …

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The Likeness of Glory

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One of the most profound stories in all of literature is Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. In it, the scientist Victor Frankenstein creates a creature. All goes well for a short while – until the creature starts to embarrass the scientist by not leaving him alone. Frankenstein then sees his creation as a pest and a monster.  …

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Giving Thanks: Honor a Loved One Who Has Passed


“So, will everyone be home for the holidays?” For many of us whose loved ones have passed away, this is a question we dread. When you’ve lost a family member, never again will everyone be home for the holidays. You will always be missing your loved one’s presence at your family’s celebrations. This became a  …

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10 Ways To THRIVE When Being Bullied


I just learned that school friends are bullying a 16-year-old girl whom I love very much. This girl hasn’t a clue as to why she’s being whispered about, why she’s excluded from sleepovers and weekend get-togethers with her supposed “best friends.” Once upon a time, I too, experienced this kind of teen peer abuse. Today  …

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