Roxane B. Salonen
FARGO — Last month, I took part in an international press event in Mexico City. Along with other journalists, including a group of faith-based communicators, I flew there to preview the horror film, "The Nun" — a prequel, fourth release, in the popular The Conjuring series. The experience, hosted by Warner Bros. Pictures, included previewing the film at an old convent in the Mexican mountains, touring the catacombs during a thunderstorm, and interviewing two of the main actors and director. I share more about this adventure at
FARGO — Last Sunday, my two daughters and I, fueled on drive-thru coffee, left for Duluth in a two-car caravan. Through my rearview mirror, I kept track of the vehicle behind that held my girls and abundant boxes, contemplating the strangeness of leaving all you've ever known. My own college send off over 30 years earlier had seemed serene. Since my only sibling, my world from infancy, had left the year before — and me, bereft — I followed with relative ease.
I feel a bit sheepish admitting publicly, in Vikings fan territory, that I recently attended a conference for Christian communicators in Green Bay, Wis. But I think even my purple-and-gold-hearted husband would have enjoyed the opening reception and tour of the impressive Lambeau Field. The week also included a stunning pre-dusk rosary walk at our nation's only-approved Marian apparition site, invigorating sessions at a hotel bordering the sparkling Fox River, and Mass at a newly restored cathedral filled with awe-inspiring, colorful murals.
When President Trump announced a ban on transgendered people in the military last week, the internet immediately lit up with cries of injustice. One Facebook posting showed a solider in military garb with a rainbow sticker pasted across his or her mouth, with the caption: "Is this a man or a woman? Does it matter? Did they serve this country? Protect transgender rights. They protected yours." Everyone deserves to be treated with respect, welcomed in this world, and approached with kindness.