Service Heart, Outcomes Head

A few weeks ago a local leader was described as having a servant heart and an outcomes head. I loved the description and considered what this description may have meant to others. “The servant-leader is servant first… It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings…

Knock on that Door!

Opportunity is knocking. A door, do you perceive it as as welcoming or a barrier? While touring Norway and Sweden, I started to take pictures of doors. Most of these photos are from Stockholm. As I wandered I kept thinking “these are exceptional”! Then I started asking people about there perception of a door. The…

Weekend Nature Break

Parks   The butterflies were catching the breeze and flitting from plant to branch, the bees were busy communing with the flowers, and we were enjoying a stroll. I took a deep breath in and remembered the days of my youth when we were busy cutting and bailing hay. I love smell of grass. There…

A Grand Finale

Stockholm Today we finish our time in Sweden with a lovely walking tour of Gamla Stan (Stockholm) and dinner at Magnus Ladulas. Ron and I enjoyed our time in Norway and Sweden and hope to return in the years to come. We enjoyed the exceptional weather and views, engaged with locals and tourists, and loved…

Swedish Hospitality

    The Erickson/Erkers/Erkes Family Reunion (30, June 2018) We were greeted by Ron’s distant relatives with warmth and hospitality. In all there were eight Gangeness family members at the gathering from Minnesota ranging from 65 to 4 years of age (roughly 50 overall attendees). Our itineraries varied, however, we all gathered in Leksand to…

A Swedish Village

The Leksand Experience  The lupine are in bloom in northern Sweden (Lupinus, commonly known as lupin or lupine). Everything is beautiful. I kept asking, what is the word for beautiful in Swedish, and they would say skön.  My response, ah yes, this is a beautiful region. My most frequently stated comments were: “Beautiful” “Everything smells…

A Day in Oslo

Our Oslo Experience We just completed a whirlwind tour of Oslo. The weather was unseasonably warm (80’s) and wind from the north. I loved it!  I could spend days here just studying the architecture. The area has a bit of everything for architectural design and style. Possibly my favorite public space is the opera house…

The nutshell!

Sognefjord: A day in the fjords of Norway. Ron and I went on the “Norway (Sognefjord) in a nutshell” tour. Wow! This day trip featured some of the most beautiful landscapes I have ever seen. Some describe it as breathtaking, I would say magnificent! Each step of the way added a new view and element…

Bergen

Bergen, Norway The ship horn blows, the fragrant fish market bustles, and vacationers gear-up for another drizzling day in Bergen. This city has seven mountains that surround the harbor, which is city center. We enjoyed our tour of the city today, wandering through the quiet neighborhoods, touring the grounds of Rosenkrantz tower and Haakon’s Hall,…

The Cupcake Rule

The Cupcake Rule There are a lot of words out there and wise people that share them, often referred to as “Words of Wisdom”. I have several mentors who have provided words of wisdom to me over the years. Honestly, I usually have to think about the advice for a while and put them into…