Reflections with Ric

Go West Young Man!

2019-10-24T18:35:30+00:00

Image of Mt Baker, Bellingham, Bellingham Bay | 1959 Oregon's Magazine (1859oregonmagazine.com) “Son, this makes no sense. We cannot move to Washington State. Nebraska is already a long way from Minnesota, Chicago and the lake home in Stoughton, Wisconsin. A move to Washington State is out of the question.” As Dad talked, the memory of

Go West Young Man!2019-10-24T18:35:30+00:00

An Unexpected Encounter with an Unforgettable Cat!

2019-10-01T14:07:15+00:00

“I can’t wait to see Pansy,” my Mother said right after we exchanged hellos. Moments earlier, as I dialed the phone that early May evening, I had dreaded talking with Mother. Her opening comment caught me off guard. Mom had breast cancer surgery nearly six years earlier and had been cancer-free ever since.  Then during

An Unexpected Encounter with an Unforgettable Cat!2019-10-01T14:07:15+00:00

A reflection with Ric long-term care story about an unexpected Minnesota Twins’ surprise!

2019-09-10T18:16:09+00:00

“Would it be ok with you if we took your Dad to a Twin’s game tomorrow afternoon?” I couldn’t believe what I just heard. Dad had been a Twin’s fan from the first day in 1961 that the franchise moved to Minnesota from Washington D.C. Dad had never been to a Twin’s game during all

A reflection with Ric long-term care story about an unexpected Minnesota Twins’ surprise!2019-09-10T18:16:09+00:00

An Unforgettable Summer: “Lord Help!”

2019-08-29T12:46:02+00:00

It was a frequent part of my Grandfather’s (Axel A. Olson) evening prayer as we finished yet another workday. It seemed so different from seeing him in action throughout the day as I worked for him during the summer prior to the start of my Freshman year at Bethel College (now called Bethel University).  

An Unforgettable Summer: “Lord Help!”2019-08-29T12:46:02+00:00

Expect the Unexpected – An Unforgettable Poolside Moment to Remember

2019-08-28T13:51:32+00:00

“They told me I can’t sing at the pool!!” Mark said, confused and a bit exasperated. The comment caught Dave, Forrey and me off guard. “Why don’t you ask the lifeguard if you can sing?” we suggested. Mark, 15, who was born with Downs Syndrome, immediately left our table next to the pool and walked

Expect the Unexpected – An Unforgettable Poolside Moment to Remember2019-08-28T13:51:32+00:00

Welcome to the Family

2019-08-01T15:06:52+00:00

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

Welcome to the Family2019-08-01T15:06:52+00:00

Tennis Anyone?

2019-07-25T00:51:34+00:00

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

Tennis Anyone?2019-07-25T00:51:34+00:00

An Unforgettable Fishing Adventure

2019-07-16T21:21:44+00:00

“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

An Unforgettable Fishing Adventure2019-07-16T21:21:44+00:00