Reflections with Ric

Expect the Unexpected – An Unforgettable Poolside Moment to Remember


“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


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?


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


“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

Gift that Changed the Direction of a Life


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

Gift that Changed the Direction of a Life2019-07-01T14:41:10+00:00

Leadership 101 – An Unforgettable Checkers Game


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

Leadership 101 – An Unforgettable Checkers Game2019-06-25T18:04:00+00:00