Living Longer, Living Better

This week I will celebrate my 63rd birthday. I gave birth to my daughter, our second child, just weeks after my own mother turned 63 thirty-one years ago. Mom would live another 20 years before passing away at 83 from congestive heart failure, one of the complications of her long struggle with diabetes. My father […]

Lessons From My Mother

My mother was born 92 years ago today in a small town in northwestern Minnesota not far from the Canadian border. She was the 5th of six children born to second generation Norwegian immigrants, Olga and Elmer. My grandparents were hard-working, no-nonsense┬áLutherans who expected the same from their children, two boys and four girls. When […]