Mary Stanik

Mary Stanik
Minneapolis, Minnesota,
September 22
Communications consultant. I hike, I skate, I love Canada, and I think every life should have some wild child left in it. I'm @mstanik0 on Twitter. And I soon will publish my first novel, which involves a psychic, an Icelandic volcano, and a young hospital spokesperson desperately in need of a life less ordinary.

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It’s finally summer in the American Great White North and as such, I’m planning to drive by myself within the next month or two from my current home of Minneapolis, where I’ve lived off and on for years, to my hometown of Milwaukee. 

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To mark both Canada Day (July 1) and Independence Day (July 4), I thought it might be worthwhile to revisit the highly controversial, not completely accurate, but still historically interesting pro-American recitation esteemed Canadian broadcaster Gordon Sinclair made famous in 1973.  A great ma/Read full post »

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JUNE 29, 2011 2:16PM

Singlehandedly representing the U.S. in a Montreal bar

Anyone who knows me at all (including those who have been kind enough to read my pieces on Open Salon), knows I love and admire Canada.  I visit various parts of the country as often as I can, publish opinions in a variety of Canadian newspapers, count several Canadians among my/Read full post »

The June 20 5-4 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that effectively blocks a massive class action discrimination lawsuit brought against Walmart and could affect as many as 1.5 million past and present female Walmart employees has, in the tradition of the most controversial Supreme Court decisions, sRead full post »

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JUNE 15, 2011 11:04AM

I saw my father when he let me know he was afraid to die

I know one is supposed to remember a dead father for things like the strength he displayed when faced with situations like four small kids fighting over one basketball or one television (okay, I was a child quite a while ago), how nice it felt when he put his arm around you,Read full post »

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JUNE 8, 2011 12:29AM

Thinking about all of my never-happened weddings

For some reason, this year’s wedding season has me thinking about weddings that were supposed to be mine but for more than one usually sound reason, never took place.  I don’t know if it is age, overdue maturity, the world going to absolute hell all around us, or what that is/Read full post »

If President Kennedy were still alive (and maybe even physically and mentally well), he would be 94 today.  Even by AARP’s much hyped definition of the New Old, that’s pretty old.

Still, given the grip the Kennedys retain on people able to remember all of their real and imagined allRead full post »

Not that it was our business, but so many of us were certain there was more to the separation of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver than divergent career aspirations, past tales of him “groping” women and his cryptic statement from some years ago that he had indeed behaved badly at tRead full post »

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MAY 15, 2011 9:42PM

Republicans who cannot decide? Chicken or good sense?

Is it just me or are some of the Republicans who people thought surely would run for president, but have either decided not to or are still sitting on I-might fences, just chicken?  Or, are some of them, maybe, just maybe, exhibiting good sense?  Don’t go nuts.  I just said maybe/Read full post »

I’m an American with an open secret: I just love Canada.  I've written a lot about U.S.-Canadian relations during the past several years and friends and strangers alike have asked me to explain just why I love the place so much.
I realize a protestation of
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If you're already ready to puke when you hear about the possible 2012 presidential candidates, including those who may be more serious about whether the president really was born in Hawaii or got passing grades at Harvard than about actually having to work as president, you mig/… Read full post »

As if times are not still hard enough for many of us, I’ve been forced to come to terms of late with a horror I could not imagined a few years ago.  Cancer?  No.  A nasty romantic breakup or a home foreclosure?  Neither one.  Victim of a Ponzi scheme?  Nope.Read full post »

I just read that this year marks the 40th anniversary of the start of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”  As one also named Mary, who moved to Minneapolis the first time around in part because I wanted to live like Mary Richards (although I never found any apartment approaching the charm/… Read full post »
It will be 42 years this weekend that Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated.  As a student of Kennedy’s life and times, I’ve often thought back to that day in June 1968 when my grade school principal (a nun, but a rather kind one, actually) told us to put our heads on/… Read full post »
JUNE 2, 2010 9:13AM

Fishy women around us

“A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle.”  A lot of us have heard this phrase, commonly attributed to feminist Gloria Steinem, who actually happily surrendered her single status to get married at age 66 for the first time.  Anyway, lots of us know the saying but

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