A Reflection with Ric – Lessons Learned from a CFO’s First Day


His name was James P Drevets. He was the first Chief Financial Officer of Covenant Retirement Communities and my predecessor, mentor, colleague, and trusted friend. I was the first employee of a central office established by Covenant leadership to serve a loose confederation of retirement communities around the country. I had been splitting my time

A Reflection with Ric – Lessons Learned from a CFO’s First Day2021-04-15T15:20:38+00:00

A Reflection with Ric – A Primary Caregiver Gives Thanks


“Your wife’s cancer has returned.” What just happened???  In June (2020) we heard good news after my wife’s annual mammogram – all clear.  The chances her breast cancer of 2006 would return became more remote with each passing year.  Then came the new diagnosis two months later from my wife’s primary Doctor. The scans showed

A Reflection with Ric – A Primary Caregiver Gives Thanks2021-02-16T22:23:39+00:00

A Reflection with Ric – An Unforgettable Veteran


On the occasions when I traveled to Washington, D.C. for work, I took great joy visiting the many Memorials on The National Mall. The Memorials regularly stirred up a variety of emotions, pride, awe, and often, a great deal of sadness. Gazing up at Abraham Lincoln never failed to remind me of the sacrifices of

A Reflection with Ric – An Unforgettable Veteran2020-11-10T20:50:05+00:00

The Pandemic of 1918 – 1920 – A Family Member Looks Back


A Reflection with Ric – The Pandemic of 1918 – 1920 – A Family Member Looks Back Silas Theodore Olson 14 Jan 1903 – 27 Jan 1920 When visiting my grandparents many years ago, I discovered some very old Olson family pictures.  One picture in particular caught my eye.  In the photo I saw a

The Pandemic of 1918 – 1920 – A Family Member Looks Back2020-08-28T13:53:19+00:00

 “I’m So Lonely – I Just Wanna Die”


A Reflection with Ric  “I’m So Lonely – I Just Wanna Die”   As I approached her room, I saw the door stood slightly open.  I could barely see her and noticed she sat hunched over in her wheelchair.  I heard the Chicago Cubs’ game on her TV. “May I come in?” I asked, knocking

 “I’m So Lonely – I Just Wanna Die”2020-08-26T13:28:52+00:00

A Reflection with Ric – 1968 Revisited


As I drove back to Bellingham, Washington from St. Paul, Minnesota after completing my freshman year at Bethel, I knew my life had dramatically changed but I had no idea how much. At Bethel, I encountered Professor G.W. Carlson who taught Political Science. Professor Carlson challenged me to research, think and to pray through issues

A Reflection with Ric – 1968 Revisited2020-06-15T18:50:39+00:00

A Reflection with Ric – 9/11 Revisited


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zi2SNFnfMjk “Did you see what is happening in New York?” The woman’s comment caught me totally off guard as I walked past her in the hotel hallway. I had been preparing for leadership team meetings in San Diego with leaders from around the country and had not seen the news. “They flew a plane into

A Reflection with Ric – 9/11 Revisited2020-04-15T17:42:44+00:00

I Love You Lord!


The long-term care community always looked forward to the annual talent show. One year I especially remember, despite her reluctance, the Life Enrichment team encouraged Ruth to enter. Ruth, in her 90s, eventually agreed, though she now lived in the skilled nursing community. Ruth second-guessed herself about entering the talent show right up to when

I Love You Lord!2019-12-31T02:24:21+00:00

Who Knows My Name?


A reflection with Ric story about an unforgettable change agent. Who Knows My Name? “This is my third time here.  Does anybody know my name? Does anybody really care?” Leo asked. Several of us attended that Wednesday evening college and career Bible study and prayer meeting when he asked this question.  Leo had served as

Who Knows My Name?2019-12-13T13:17:42+00:00

Two Words – Big Impact


Everything changed the moment Doug walked into the adult day care center where my wife volunteered. He had worked in management until his late fifties until he suffered a stroke. Now he could no longer work, and his every day speaking skills were limited.  But the new realities from the stroke did not limit Doug

Two Words – Big Impact2019-11-26T16:39:07+00:00
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