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Lisa Gray
Lisa Gray is a writer, a bookseller at The Book Shelf, and a public speaking instructor. She does all of this in Winona, MN and you can read more from her at

Entries by Lisa Gray

A Whisper

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 2:28 PM

The sappy cards and flowers and pretty boxes of chocolate in every store I see mock how I feel on this particular Mother's Day. Over 234 girls were stolen from a place that was supposed to be a safe haven, a place where girls could learn in order to create...

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A Beautiful Day in Minnesota

(11) Comments | Posted May 15, 2013 | 11:13 AM

I am not exactly sure that I can explain how it felt to be at the capitol in St. Paul, MN on the day Minnesota legislators cleared the final hurdle and the senators voted to legalize same-sex marriage. What many pictures will show is the jubilation, the profound joy, the...

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Beauty Is a Beast

(1) Comments | Posted April 8, 2013 | 12:35 PM

Beauty is a beast that can burden those who have it and torture those who feel they've drawn the short straw. Even the president is not immune to a lovely lady. He said this about Kamala Harris, Attorney General of California: "You have to be careful to, first of all,...

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Moving Forward With No Fear

(5) Comments | Posted November 12, 2012 | 1:07 PM

Minnesota made history! We did it! We voted no and did what Dan Savage, sex advice columnist and co-creator of the It Gets Better Campaign, didn't think could be done. On a recent visit to Winona State University in my small berg of Winona, Minn., prior to the election, Savage...

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Crossing Party Lines

(2) Comments | Posted October 26, 2012 | 12:58 PM

Tis the season to hunker down and shut off your TV, pre-set your car radio to music-only stations, block everyone but your mother or grandchildren on Facebook, and let your Twitter account temporarily expire. It's the final push before the election and I wonder if there is enough chocolate and...

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Minnesota Is Working to Make History

(34) Comments | Posted August 23, 2012 | 3:28 PM

Thirty-one states have banned same-sex marriage and Minnesota is the next state to consider a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as something that only occurs between man and woman. If the amendment is defeated, Minnesota will make history.

If it isn't, we will be forced to amend more than our...

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To Honor, or Not, the Scouts

(9) Comments | Posted August 15, 2012 | 6:27 PM

The Boy Scouts of America are asking for our money. Because some of my husband's fondest boyhood memories come from his years within the Boy Scouts program, and because my son is currently a Cub Scout, we have sent yearly checks supporting the organization.

But this year has been...

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Still Going Strong

(5) Comments | Posted August 9, 2012 | 7:14 PM

Harry Potter has finally been vanquished, but it wasn't at the hands of He Who Must Not Be Named. Instead, E.L. James whipped and flogged him off the best seller list when industry publishers recently announced that her romantic/erotic series 50 Shades of Grey ousted Potter from Amazon...

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