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Tara Olson
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Because Growing up is Hard Enough
This year, our second daughter decided to move into an apartment in her college town and take some summer courses.  In the short 2 months she has been away, she has definitely applied the life skill of problem solving.  The last few times she has called me,...

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Innovation, Sustainability and the Power of Yet
Sustainability and Innovation: two words I have been hearing quite frequently during my "day" job.  I heard them in my "mom" job the other night, while attending a JDRF Board meeting.   I remember thinking how strange that these two words keep popping up.  ...

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Consider Perseverance
Mowing the lawn this morning, my mind got stuck on the word "perseverance."    This thought was triggered first by the mysterious ivy plant that started to grow on the west side of the house this summer.  "How can this thing grow here?  It wasn't here last ...

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Changes
Four years ago today, Troy and I were driving to Minneapolis for a weekend getaway to take in some Twins baseball.  On this particular drive, somewhere between Fergus Falls and Alexandria, I got a text from a friend I had lost touch with in recent years.  H...

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This is Diabetes
Typically, I don't get too worked up or defensive about diabetes comments.  I've heard all sorts of things about causes and cures.  Yesterday, the CrossFit CEO chose to put ignorant and insensitive post on the company's social media accounts.  Today, if you...

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Time to Kill the Beast
Last week, I was privileged to participate in JDRF Government Day.  This is an event sponsored by JDRF in which advocates from across the country meet in Washington D.C. Over the course of four days we learned about research progress, networked with other T...

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