Author Archives: Andrea Morisette Grazzini

Catholic Archbishop: End Church-State Separation

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Also at OpEdNews.com. By Andrea Morisette Grazzini The most powerful Catholic leader in Minnesota told a mother to either change her mind about her gay son or plan on going to hell. Which helps explain why many would like to tell Archbishop John Nienstedt to […]

Rethinking ‘Yes, We Can!’

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Also at OpEdNewsOnline @2012 Andrea Morisette Grazzini This quote by President Barack Obama captures a hidden, but essentially American, reality: “The pundits like to slice-and-dice our country into red states and blue states … But I’ve got news for them, too: We worship an awesome […]

Disabled Young Man is a Citizen Star

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  Also published at Minnesota Public Radio. © 2012 Andrea Morisette Grazzini David is a crooked young man, maybe 30. He wears a helmet and clearly he has some sort of neurological damage. His speech is limited, and comes with difficulty; his reactions are slow […]

Mortal Sins of Moralistic Mothers and Fathers

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Also published with bibliography and footnotes at Google. July 2012, Andrea Morisette Grazzini One would hardly know it from reading much of the news, but Islam and Christianity are nearly identical — morally, at least.  Though for the violence done in their names it seems apparent […]

Make Like a Tree, Everyone: Constructivist Success

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Related article at Forbes. ©2012  Andrea Morisette Grazzini As it turns out, thriving social systems act a lot like healthy trees. Both “ends” of a tree—like human social systems—serve complementary roles as both “vessels” that contain growth producing materials, and “venues” or places where more […]

Coaches: Time to Train Citizen Fathers

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©Andrea Morisette Grazzini, Father’s Day 2012 Brad Fiedler and Bill Doherty are outwardly different, and yet, in many ways similar in their self-appointed and community-critical roles as citizen fathers. Bill is a global leader in the work of healthy relationships and communities, a committed husband, […]

Conscious Capitalism Coming of Age

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Related articles at Harvard Business Review and WetheP, Inc.  Updated, May 2013 A year ago, in April 2012, I published the first draft of this essay, then called “Killer App for Angel Investors: Authenticity.” To my delight, ideas like these are taking off. Not only at start-up enterprises […]

Home of the Hateful: How our Leaders are Us

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One group of police chaplains was shocked into silence by disturbing photos depicting a full-sized image of Hillary Clinton decimated by bullet holes.
Posed by the presidential candidate’s gutted likeness was a 40-something white man.

The Radical Humanity of Citizen Professionalism

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  Also published in AOL’s The Patch. By Andrea Morisette Grazzini Betty GreenCrow has a presence so striking it’s hard to miss.  Balanced measures of wisdom and curiosity, connection and boundary seem to emanate from people like her.  Emerging unbidden from somewhere integral—their soul, perhaps. Whatever […]

Conservatives Must Banish Hate

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Also published at Star Tribune.  By Mitch Pearlstein On the chance you’re ever of the mind that yahoos have a special affinity for what some people think of as the political “right” — I’m alluding most immediately here to an ugly public invocation, try Googling “Bush” […]

Big-boy NASA and small Girl-led Biz launch jobs

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By Charles Bolden and Darlene Miller  Seattle, Washington February 3, 2012 You may be wondering what the owner of a small, Minnesota-based, woman-owned machine parts company has in common with the Administrator of the world’s premier space exploration agency.  The answer was made clear this week […]