Reflections with Ric

A Reflection with Ric – 1968 Revisited

2020-06-15T18:50:39+00:00

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

2020-04-15T17:42:44+00:00

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!

2019-12-31T02:24:21+00:00

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?

2019-12-13T13:17:42+00:00

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

2019-11-26T16:39:07+00:00

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

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