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By: Sarah Nelson Ka... on December 8, 2010 - 1:30pm - Add new comment

I just completed my fourth marathon. I was feeling pretty good about my accomplishment until I talked to my chiropractor. She must be doing her marathon research because she told me:

"The average person can run two marathons in their lifetime before they start to do permanent damage to their body."

Let's just hope I'm not average.

By: Sarah Nelson Ka... on March 7, 2012 - 10:03pm - Add new comment

UPDATE: When I started writing this blog yesterday there were just under a million views of the KONY 2012 video.

It's gone viral. More than 19 million people have watched on YouTube alone and this thing has taken over the internet. People are watching and they are moving to action.

By: Sarah Nelson Ka... on March 31, 2011 - 9:16pm - Add new comment

My name is kind of the female equivalence of "John Smith." There are A LOT of Sarah Nelsons on planet earth.

A LOT.

In fact, I know there's a least three or four in the Brainerd lakes area.

I got a phone call today, on my work line, from a stranger looking for "Sarah Nelson." She left me a message while I was out of the office and tried to get through a second time when she didn't hear back from me. On the second try, I answered.

This is kind of how it went down:

Me: "Newsroom, this is Sarah."

By: Sarah Nelson Ka... on April 18, 2011 - 5:00pm - Add new comment

My passport expired yesterday.

It doesn't sound like that big of a deal, and the reality is— I should be relieved.  The little blue book that gets me in and out of the country looks more like a home-ec project than proof of my citizenship.

That dumb thing has gotten me detained in my own country, detained in other countries, denied entry visa, removed from various forms of transportation and possibly added to the FBI watch list.

I don't know for sure.

By: Sarah Nelson Ka... on February 2, 2011 - 5:01pm - Add new comment

In my previous life,  I was a teacher. I taught high school seniors. 18-year-old children who desperately wanted the world to know how grown up they were. It was of course my job to make sure they got to adulthood with at least a grasp on the tools they would need to survive the rest of their lives.

My educational weapon of choice — Government and Economics.

By: Sarah Nelson Ka... on December 30, 2010 - 11:41pm - Add new comment

I feel like I might owe some people, maybe a lot of people, an apology.

I'm sorry.

I have this bad habit of ending phone calls prematurely. I don't know if it's cultural, personal or biological. But, sometimes, when I am hanging up the phone, I can still here the voice on the other line saying, "Okay then, talk to you later, bye now, okay..."

I did not hang up on you. I did not get fed up with talking to you. I do not mind using my daytime mobile minutes to share a conversation with you. I do like you. I just thought we were done talking.

By: Sarah Nelson Ka... on July 13, 2011 - 10:46am - Add new comment

I realize I'm outnumbered.

I'm one of a handful of people in Minnesota, and probably North America, who actually cares about soccer, and probably part of an even lesser number who cares about women's soccer.

Although...with the NBA AND NFL locked out or shutdown...whatever they do...things could change for soccer ratings. You can only watch so much baseball.

Anyway...

People typically don't like "girls' soccer." It's slow. It's less physical than the men's side. They don't score enough goals. They're women. Women playing a men's game.

By: Sarah Nelson Ka... on May 3, 2011 - 3:52pm - Add new comment

Osama bin Laden is dead.

The second those words flashed across the screen Sunday night, I knew people across the world would be reacting. Ten years of searching for this man and suddenly they had him.

It didn't feel real.

Like every other person connected to any form of social media, I immediately checked my Facebook to see what people were saying. That's the beauty of social media— it creates an immediate outlet for people to vent their feelings.

By: Sarah Nelson Ka... on January 12, 2011 - 12:14am - Add new comment

Ten years ago this month I boarded a plane for an island country I knew little about and, frankly, had never really given much thought. I was 18, I didn't give a lot of thought to a lot of things.

A decade later, it's rare that a day goes by that I don't think about my time in Haiti.

When the tiny half-an-island nation was obliterated by the earthquake one year ago today, I found myself glued to my TV. Watching helplessly from the frozen north,  I worried for my friends. I was taken back to the winter of 2001 that I spent in Port-Au-Prince.

By: Sarah Nelson Ka... on December 9, 2010 - 11:26pm - Add new comment

I've never had a snowy Christmas.

I know for most Minnesotans that is not only shocking, but borders on horrifying. What can I say? I grew up in Northern California. My neighbors put Christmas lights in their palm trees.

I've lived in Minnesota for a grand total of 16 months and am heading into my second real winter. Ever.

Last winter I learned a few things about living in the snow, driving in the snow and walking in the snow. Some of my "lessons" were painful. Some were expensive. All remind me of my own smallness.