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On March 11, the world changed. That was the day the novel coronavirus was officially declared a pandemic. I never dreamed that in my lifetime we would be facing a pandemic. It is terrifying. I don’t know about you, but I am frightened. None of the movies, TV shows or books in the world coul…

I’ve been thinking about four things I cannot change. Three of these certainties are less than appealing. One of them is very good. Three of them apply to things I know will change along the way. One of them applies to something that will never change. All of them are worth thinking about.

On Nov. 28, 1979, an Air New Zealand flight left Auckland for Antarctica on what promised to be a photographer’s dream trip. The 11-hour round trip was dubbed a luxury cruise at altitude. Each flight had a world-renowned guide to point out the most interesting features. On clear days, passen…

As we age, all of us will face challenges. Finding affordable, high-quality home services, accessing health care and staying connected to our communities are just a few hurdles older adults face when striving to live fulfilling, enriched lives. These challenges, however, grow significantly w…

When asked why he robbed banks, Willie Sutton is rumored to have said, "Because that's where the money is." Why do scam artists target older adults? They have the money; tend to be more trusting and many seniors are not experts with the technology in their phones and computers.

Minnesota Department of Public Safety released data on how the new hands-free law in Minnesota has performed since it went into effect on Aug. 1, 2019. As of Dec. 31, 2019, that is in five months, a total of 9,727 drivers received citations for violating the law. That amounts to little over …

The morning temperature outside was -11 degrees as I stood by the window in the bright sunlight visiting with memory care residents in the Rose Court where I now serve as chaplain. The dazzling bright light reflecting off the deep snow felt so very warm and wonderful, especially after a reco…

February is Love Month. High schools celebrate with Heart Weeks and Heart Week dances. While good intentioned, they don’t always turn out very loving. A recent situation at a local high school exemplifies what I mean. A few kids were left out of the planning phase for the dance and therefore…

As I pulled into the driveway, I took in the scenery. Alice lives in a white two-story house and it was picture perfect. The pink petunias with the blue vintage metal chairs completed the scene making it seem like an era long since past. It looked like someone had been working in the garden …

There is a deficit in spirit in our world today because of a lack of clarity on the nature of human personality. It is an ironic phenomenon since we live in a season in our culture in which we regularly offer unstinting affirmation and celebration of every human being. Children are raised to…

At this time of year, I get a lot of emails and texts from people reporting they are hearing an owl hooting outside their windows at night. While many enjoy the sound, others complain they can’t get to sleep. Either way, the chances are a great horned owl is the culprit. The great horned owl…

If it is January, many among us go through an annual ritual called setting resolutions. I personally do not follow the ritual, but I do not mind suggesting an item for a section of the Eden Prairie News audience: parents of teens.

The importance of eating healthy is something we are taught throughout our life. It is no surprise that it becomes especially important as you age. This is because aging is linked to a variety of physical changes in the human body. Some of these changes can make you prone to nutrient deficie…

“New year, new me.” Why start the year with this mind-numbing phrase? Within the first few months of a new year, most people forget about the list of New Year’s resolutions that they made. However, there’s a new concept that I think is important for us to consider in this new decade of 2020:…

Almost four years ago, on Jan. 30, my daughter took her own life. I tell this story not to elicit sympathy or for dramatic effect. I tell this story in the hopes that someone struggling with suicidal thoughts will see the devastating pain caused by suicide loss and seek help to avoid it. I a…

In 1986 I was a young energetic 39-year-old pastor serving a young 13-year-old Eden Prairie congregation when visionary Pastor Dale Galloway from Washington State published his seminal book on church leadership titled “2020 Vision.” His vision for future church communities was all about “cel…

Humbleness is one of the rarest of virtues, one that I believe has taken a backseat to other more popular virtues like love, kindness and compassion. Dare I say — it is the humblest of virtues and I believe is the hardest to do. Who really ever wants to eat “humble pie” as the popular saying goes?

I’ve been thinking about having a storm home. Garrison Keillor tells a story about winter in Lake Wobegon. Each year, before the season of wind and snow really set in, students were assigned a storm home close to the school. This is where they would go if a serious snowstorm developed during…

Today, we tell of The First Story, making it a celebration of pomp, an affair of gold-embroidered vestments and costly columns and altars of marble, and choruses of choirs, of jeweled windows and incense, of the extreme abundance of gifting and getting.

Hopefully, you are surviving another holiday season and the snow blankets the woods and farms throughout most of the country. Winter is here and the white-tailed deer breeding season, called the rut, has come to an end for another year. However, the big white-tailed bucks are still wandering…

Each year, I have a simple Advent practice. I meditate on the creche, and I ponder what or who I might be in the Nativity scene. I’ve been cast as the stable more times than I can count, and somehow, I never get the lead role as Mary. I’ve wanted to be counted among the shepherds, early adop…

It’s that time of year again when we are thinking about what presents to give to our loved ones at the holiday season. Here are a few tips and ideas about what to give to your favorite senior, and also some ideas for gifts that are easy for seniors to give to their loved ones.

Dorcas Reilly passed away a year ago this past October, she was 92, and no, I’m pretty sure you didn’t know her, but one out of three Americans will sit down and enjoy her invention this coming Thanksgiving. Ms. Reilly, you see, was the soupie who invented Campbell’s Green Bean Casserole.

Happiness is an elusive yet powerful mantra to live by. How do we get there? My understanding has evolved over my lifetime. My schooling taught me that happiness is a thing that can be pursued. It was a condition that existed outside of my control that would allow me to be happy. It could be…

I’ve been thinking about winter. Haven’t we all? It is early November and we all know winter is on the way. The sun is lower in the sky. The morning air has an edge to it. Gray skies to the north hold the promise of snow.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. No gifts means very little stress. Just time with your family and your own traditions. I’m sure some people’s traditions revolve around watching football, playing games or eating certain foods. My family had those, sure, but our best tradition was the “tu…

It’s been several weeks since I’ve written a column. I’ve been occupied with two daughters getting married within a few months of each other, and life in general. Though I don’t think that is really why I haven’t been writing.

Anxiety, stress, depression, suicide, isolation; the physical health of students has always been taken seriously in schools, but mental health is often overlooked. Excused absences from schools across the nation require “legitimate excuses,” and this list rarely acknowledges mental breaks.

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