Michelle Rusk (Linn-Gust)'s Blog – April 2012 Archive (2)

Is it really a new normal?

I spent the summer after my sister’s suicide doing my journalism internship at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. While it was a difficult summer, I wasn’t about to give up on my dream to spend time there. The internship offer came three weeks after Denise’s death and was a bright spot in an otherwise difficult time. I literally jumped up and down on the couch in my apartment after that phone call.


In the few months I was in Colorado, I…


Added by Michelle Rusk (Linn-Gust) on April 12, 2012 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

The Merging of Birthdays

Sunday, April 1, I was asked to bring my fiction books to sell at a St. Baldrick’s Event to benefit children with cancer. A fellow high school classmate lost his daughter Brianna almost three years ago to a rare brain cancer when she was thirteen. April 1 would have been Brianna’s 16th birthday. Another high school classmate – the owner of a local pub – offered her location for the benefit. The turnout was incredible. For three hours, people had their heads shaved, enjoyed a meal…


Added by Michelle Rusk (Linn-Gust) on April 9, 2012 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

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