Barbara Resch Marincel

Writer and Photographer in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Barbara Resch Marincel

Writer and Photographer in Minneapolis, Minnesota

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I live in beautiful Minneapolis with my husband and best pal George, and Fiona, the uber-cocker spaniel who is in charge of our little family. Unfortunately, I also live with pain on a daily basis, thanks to fibromyalgia, chronic migraine, scoliosis, etc. If that wasn't enough, I've also struggled with major depression and PTSD most of my life.

I refuse, however, to live an unlived life. Despite physical and emotional pain I lead a creative and passionate life full of love and laughter; I focus on the sacredness of the present moment, and seek the wonder and beauty of the everyday. Well, okay, with varying degrees of success, but even with tears and anger and grief factored in, it still all amounts to a rich and wondrous life.

For the world's edification, here are five fascinating factoids about me:

1. I am a real redhead. I was bald as a billiard ball for the entire first years of my life and then BAM! my hair came in carroty red and curly.

2. Yes, I do have a redheaded temper.

3. Yes, I am Irish-American. My ancesotors also hail from Germany, Denmark, France, Lithuania, and...Minnesota. (I am a tiny bit Native American, Ojibwe to be precise.)

4. Last year I finished my M.A. in Theology with a concentration in Spirituality, thanks to numerous accommodations by the faculty and staff, from St. Catherine's University. Two of my favorite theologians are Therese of Lisieux and Julian of Norwich.

5. When I was seventeen, I had surgery to fuse my thoracic spine and attach a Harrington Rod (steel rod) to my spine to straighten it; even so I still have some scoliosis and kyphosis. But I vividly remember crying the first time I saw myself in the mirror after the surgery...for the first time I looked like all of the other girls instead of dumpy and slouching. I'm still grateful, thirty years later, when I see my profile in the mirror.

Yeah, I have a lot to be grateful for...

  • Education
    • Boston College
    • St. Catherine University,