and "Hot Cheetos & Taki's." For Minnesota Rising, the year included our third annual Un/Conference, working in partnership to broaden the reach of the "Our Minnesota" Cascading Conversations Tour, and being featured on Policy and a Pint and MPR.

What was momentous, heart-wrenching, and once-in-a-lifetime for you this year?

I’m pretty ambitious…I’m attending private pilot school and this coming summer I’m going to learn how to scuba dive so I can go get you a lobster dinner whenever you want. I try to exercise everyday for 30 minutes on my stationary bike. Anyway, good luck to you, because I can have any woman I please.

Later on in my life an ex-girlfriend would say, “100,000 sperm and you were the fastest?

And, there was this ovum that came from my mom, but I’m pretty sure that I was mostly the sperm part.

I’m sort of off dating for the moment, plus, well, he’s not my type physically.

Even with a well-written profile he doesn’t cut the mustard.

In person I’m pretty shy when it comes to women…so that’s why I’m hiding behind this computer.

And, my skin sparkles like diamonds in direct sunlight. Actually, I don’t want to put too much information on here, because I can only handle one woman at a time.=) Maybe we could do something like go shopping so I can buy you a new car.Today, when the term is referenced, it’s usually because the perpetrator says things like, “You’re so stupid” or “No one will ever want you” to the victim.This is an intentional, pre-meditated form of gaslighting, much like the actions of Charles Boyer’s character in , where he strategically plots to confuse Ingrid Bergman’s character into believing herself unhinged.We culled through 268 blog posts this past year to find the ones that capture the essence of 2012 for Minnesota Rising.