You have learned over these nearly five years that I am a passionate Norwegian (with Swedish and Danish mixed in). Celebrating the Norwegian Constitution Day, Syttende Mai (The 17th of May), has been a valued tradition in our family for nearly 45 years. When our son, Andrew, was a little boy, I woke him up […]
I used to teach with Sonja Tiedman in Forest City. Sonja recently retired, but I remember her as such a vivacious teacher, always showing such love and care to her students. She also had a great sense of humor and found joy so easily. One winter morning she listened as one of her students described […]
Our daughter, Maria, is a member at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mason City. This congregation often holds church gatherings at the homes of various members. A recent get together was held at the farm of the parish nurse. Because Maria is plagued with migraine headaches, most often triggered by smoke, scents, and weather changes, she […]
It started with a song, “The Fruit of the Spirit,” that we learned at worship. All the students and staff can now recite the fruits, based on Galatians 5:22-23, as the words flow through the recesses of our mind whenever we hear one of them: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control.
I listened to the Writer’s Almanac on May 7 while driving to school and learned that Beethoven’s 9th Symphony premiered on that date in 1824. It was his last symphony. According to historical reports, the hall was sold out and Beethoven himself dramatically conducted the orchestra. As he conducted, he stretched to his full height, […]
The St. Paul’s Lutheran Church & School Playground has been a home for fun, learning, and play to our school students as well as community members after school and every weekend. To meet the needs of children who are unable to play easily on pea gravel due to physical challenges, we are raising money to […]
The story goes that Sven, a Swede, moved into a house right across the street from Ole, a stout Norwegian in Northern Minnesota. Ole decided to go over and introduce himself. He nodded at Sven and said, “I’m your neighbor, Ole. I understand you’re a Swede then.” Sven looked squarely at Ole and replied in […]