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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AUGUST 5, 2012 7:43PM

When the latest mass shooting occurs in your (my) hometown

After the horrendous shooting in Colorado, I know I was not the only one who feared there might be another somewhere else in America.  And all too soon.

Little did I think the next would take place in my hometown.  To be fair, no one ever thinks the next sceneRead full post »

After the horrendous shooting in Colorado, I know I was not the only one who feared there might be another somewhere else in America.  And all too soon.

Little did I think the next would take place in my hometown.  To be fair, no one ever thinks the next sceneRead full post »

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MAY 7, 2012 8:47AM

A return of might have been

The photo that accompanied the Facebook friend request looked more familiar than the name that accompanied it but I still wasn’t sure who was asking me to be their “friend.” 

            So I looked at as much of his proRead full post »

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MARCH 23, 2012 8:46AM

When "I'm scared to meet your parents" lights the world

            If you’ve read enough of my posts, you know that I find many of my stories from my casual and (more often than not, I admit it) studied observations of people I run into on the street, while sitting in bars or restaurants, that sort ofRead full post »

FEBRUARY 13, 2012 12:50PM

When a virtual Valentine is...not

Now that Valentine’s Day is nigh, and people are getting ready to soak in love, flowers, chocolate, lingerie, fragrance, power tools, go on, I wanted to take some time to think about those who may be soaked in something other than love.   Maybe they are sopping wet with hearRead full post »

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JANUARY 27, 2012 2:42PM

My Washington: Not so tawdry, rather lovely

Despite the tear and accolade fest that rightly (and I think, and hope, sincerely) accompanied the farewell ceremony for Gabby Giffords in the House of Representatives, no one need be a genius or even moderately sentient to know that people think precious little of what goes on in our nation’sRead full post »

JANUARY 23, 2012 9:39AM

When the past visits the ice

As anyone who has read many of my posts knows, I don’t really, totally hate winter.  Since I live in Minneapolis, such a feeling would, to my mind, lead to unnecessary mental exasperation.  And who needs that when there are so many others things about which one can more rightly becomeRead full post »

When one chooses to live somewhere such as Minneapolis that is known by evil and good alike as a place of winter misery, it’s easy to forget that sometimes the winter brings forth some quite lovely things.

I was reminded of such last night as I walked home along the MississippiRead full post »

I just returned to the somewhat cold of Minnesota after spending “pre-Christmas” (or, as this former airline spokesperson calls it, the relatively sane travel spot that exists between Thanksgiving and Christmas) with my mother at her retirement community in Arizona.

Now some of you mightRead full post »

In August, I wrote a story for these pages called “Unforeseen Romance and Cigarettes” that concerned a quite attractive man and woman I had observed since last winter while walking in downtown Minneapolis.  I had seen them smoking outside their posh office tower on a number of occasiRead full post »

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NOVEMBER 22, 2011 10:23AM

Happier holiday flying: By a former airline spokesperson

Stewardesses   As a former spokesperson for a major airline, I’m often asked two questions.  One is whether I’ve seen the show “Pan Am.”  The answer is yes.  I don’t dislike it but I think it’s mostly an hour packed with candy and cookies for boRead full post »

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NOVEMBER 16, 2011 9:43AM

Holidays and the Single Girl

So the major holidays are nearly upon us.  For single women such as myself who won’t be able to be with family because they live thousands of miles away (and whether this is a good or bad thing can be debated at another time), it might be a time for tears,/Read full post »

           A lot of people were quite concerned that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie might have jumped into the Republican presidential nomination fracas.  Some worried as to whether the 300-pound Christie could even execute a real jump.

 &Read full post »

In light of Michele Bachmann’s pronouncements regarding what she believes could be a link between the human papillomavirus vaccine and mental retardation and cures for homosexuality (to name just a few of her recent statements from her self-anointed mount), I’ve been asked by more thRead full post »

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SEPTEMBER 21, 2011 8:14AM

The man to know to be (almost) cool for school

            If you’re looking for a story about university freshmen friendships forged for life in a near Gothic dormitory (complete with beanies, stupid songs, and “naughty” midnight cookie raids), this will not be the piece foRead full post »

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SEPTEMBER 9, 2011 11:49AM

The 9/11 generation at university: Will they find hope?

            The new school term started at most North American colleges and universities this week.  In the not too distant past, this time of year was often marked by buoyant optimism and lofty plans for a great future for the students atte/Read full post »

It’s fairly common knowledge that college campuses have become places full of many more young women than men.  The hard numbers give proof to this knowledge:  in 1990, 55 percent of U.S. undergraduates were women, and by 2003, the percentage had risen to 57 percent.  I often walk/Read full post »

AUGUST 26, 2011 10:17AM

Yes, It's the Lady Who Walks

This is not going to be a piece about being a really athletic jock but it is about walking.  Because I like to walk.  A lot.  I’ve loved it for many years now.  A bad week of sloth sees me putting on only about 10 miles.  Most weeks I try to/Read full post »

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AUGUST 19, 2011 9:37AM

One marriage equals one goodbye

As he nearly galloped like a wild horse up the grassy way with the woman who would, within minutes, become his wife (you need to know right away that this was not an ordinary wedding), I thought, well, he seems fine, even though I really didn’t like him dressed as aRead full post »

AUGUST 12, 2011 8:08AM

Strippers have to get to work too

            She got on the already crowded train at one of the stops just beyond the world famous or infamous Mall of America.  As she tried to make her way to any available seat in strappy sandals that could have been worn by a Roman (if th/Read full post »

AUGUST 5, 2011 9:35AM

Unforeseen romance and cigarettes

At first, or even second, third or fourth glance, they don’t look like the sort of people who might be a couple.

However, in a world where the unhealthy and socially unacceptable habit of cigarette smoking has been restricted to the spaces just outside restaurants, bars and office buildings, yoRead full post »

JULY 27, 2011 11:59PM

What Would Jackie Do?

Former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis would have been 82 on July 28 had she not succumbed to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in May 1994. 

To commemorate her birthday, I spent a little time thinking about “what would Jackie do” in today’s world.  So many of us remembeRead full post »

            During this Great Recession, it seems almost selfish to say one quit a decent, stable job with a decent, stable organization to pursue a dream that to some seemed more crazy than sensible. 

      &Read full post »

Given all of the talk (talk based on a large measure of very painful reality) about how divided America is, between red states and blue, conservatives, liberals and the assumed great mass of moderates in-between, real Americans and traitors, I figured it would only be a matter of time before IRead full post »

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JULY 14, 2011 10:04AM

Our neighbors should care if it is "evening in America"

The Great Recession that has pounded the United States and much of the world for nearly four years has left so much misery in its wake that even if we address the debt ceiling, the nation’s credit rating and the enormous debt that is cratering that ceiling and rating, things areRead full post »