Category Archives: Personal

Jul
04

I Want to Fly Like an Eagle

It was a Sunday afternoon last summer. After three miles, I was tired and hot from running but happy because I had finally reached the river. As I glanced upwards, I spotted an eagle’s majestic wingspan far above. I slowed down and walked by the shore. Before long, five eagles were soaring overhead–freely weaving between the trees and open air as if they were playing a game. I stood watching them for a long time.

Eagles are awesome creatures. They exude power, grace and freedom. Our founders made the Bald Eagle America’s national bird, partly to show that America’s democratic republic mirrors the glory Rome exuded before its fall. Just as Roman architects used the eagle to represent independence and strength (see the photo below), so too did our Constitution’s architects. Continue reading

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Nov
16

Make KT’s Cranberry Crumble

Baking is creative, festive and it taps into your entrepreneurial spirit. I hope you try making my cranberry crumble this Thanksgiving. You can top it with ice cream for a delicious dessert or serve it with bacon, coffee, tea and milk for a day-after-Thanksgiving brunch. It’s super easy to make and it adds a sweet and tangy punch to your holiday menu.

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Oct
04

Celebrating two fabulous years

Amie and Katie Kieffer.

Today is my second anniversary of blogging! Many wonderful things happened over the past 12 months. Remember how much fun we had last year? Here are some of this year’s highlights:

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May
28

Remembering my heroes

By Katie Kieffer

Cemetary with American flags on Memorial Day.

This Memorial Day weekend, I want to honor the lives of two men who served our country and made a profound difference in my life: My grandfathers, Grandpa Rick and Papa Chuck. These two men touched me and countless others with their love, advice and proud patriotism. Continue reading

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Jul
07

Finding beauty in life

By Katie Kieffer

Life is a beautiful thing. That is why the freedom to give generously to others and to choose gratitude over discontent elevates humanity.

I was recently nominated by the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Foundation as one of the Twin Cities 25 Finest Young Professionals. Prior to being honored in this way, I was not fully aware of the impacts of this genetic disease. Recently, I was fortunate to interview Chelsea Votel – an amazing and optimistic young woman who is living with cystic fibrosis.

In the video below, Chelsea tells me about her daily regimen to manage cystic fibrosis and her hope for the future. I think you will find the video inspiring and eye-opening. Video filmed and produced by Charles Eide of Forever Film Studios.

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Jun
24

I’m back in the USA

By Katie Kieffer

I’m back. Back in the USA. It feels good to be home after spending 20 days traveling throughout Italy and Ireland. I have a new appreciation for and understanding of European history and culture.

At the end of my journey, however, I have a renewed pride for America. I’m proud and blessed to say that I’m an American. Continue reading

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Jun
01

Heading to parts unknown

By Katie Kieffer

KT goes to parts unknownThank you for following my blog. I am heading to “parts unknown” for the month of June. I’ll be vacationing and doing some very interesting research.

I will reveal my destinations and share highlights from my trip and research with you upon my return. Since I will not be bringing my laptop with me on this journey, I will only post periodic updates on Twitter or Facebook. I will return to regular blogging at the end of June.

Thanks for waiting for me – it will be worth it!

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Dec
24

Missing family at Christmas

By Katie Kieffer

Papa Chuck laughs at the tiny fish he caught. He threw it back, of course.

The holidays can seem difficult and sad if you have recently lost a loved one. Christmas is a time of traditions and celebrations that include spending time with family. So, when one of the most important people in your life is suddenly gone, Christmas seems like it’s missing something.

This year, I lost three grandpas. Both my Grandpa Rick and my Papa Chuck (or “Chucky Wucky” as Grandpa Rick nicknamed him) passed away. My family’s dear hockey friend, “Grandpa Schmitz,” also left us. These men were all important to me as mentors, supporters and role models. Now they are gone, and their absence is real. Continue reading

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Nov
11

The one thing they died for

By Katie Kieffer

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My favorite WWII sailor passed away in January. I was fortunate enough to share supper with him the night that he died. My Grandpa, Richard, taught me some important lessons through his example of service for our country. He gave me the passion and desire to write about the qualities that make America great. Today is Veteran’s Day, so I think it would be appropriate to share the wisdom of “Pops.”

We’ve all met veterans. The most undeniably attractive quality that U.S. veterans share is their patriotism. My grandpa tried to pass this patriotism on to me. In high school, I would sit in fascination as he would tell me stories of his experiences in World War II. I was amazed by his bravery and humility. Continue reading

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