It startled me to hear my son spontaneously singing Happy Birthday to Harry. Harry, a senior living community resident, was attending a reception with a group of high school students. The students had just concluded a musical program at the residence. Someone had informed my son that Harry had a birthday that same day. At
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Grandpa Anderson (we called him Mr. A) often said, “There are lots of ways to win at tennis.” My Uncle smiled as he described seeing his father in action. Mr. A relied on placement, not power. At the end of a match opponents walked off the court shaking their head in disbelief, replaying the shot
“Grandson. We are going to fish today at the dam.” Usually we fished from the pier or a boat. This added to my excitement. I had almost achieved 10 years of age, and really looked forward to going on this new fishing adventure. So off we went. When we got to the dam, my Grandpa
“I love you Ric Olson.” Coming from within the pool or just before jumping into the pool or as he walked alongside it many times over the past several summers, he would say this to me. When I heard it this time I looked up and saw Mitch on the edge of the pool. He
Early in life, possibly as early as kindergarten, our son received a gift of a CD from his grandfather that would change his life. The CD contained classical music, a departure from the gospel and old gold rock and roll preferred by my wife and me. We were surprised by and pleased with the gift
Leadership 101 – An Unforgettable Checkers Game My folks told me that Rev. J.G. Johnson would be coming to our church in Cokato to speak. Johnson served as the “number one” leader in the Minnesota Baptist Conference. Coming to our rural Minnesota church to visit and to preach on a Sunday would be a
An Unforgettable Concert It was a beautiful recently opened affordable housing facility located on Martin Luther King Drive in Portland, Oregon that looked like a Marriott Courtyard. It had been a very busy and challenging site visit and I decided to get away for a little while. There was a new piano given to
It has been a delight and honor to serve for over ten years as a member (Chair until September 1, 2017) of the Winchester House Advisory Board. Check out this wonderful story of the December 2018 ground breaking. Although I was not able to attend this particular event, eagerly looking forward to reaching the finish