Long Overdue Reflection

As I sat on the beach in front of the Del watching “Some Like it Hot”, I realized that this was an iconic moment. Marilyn Monroe on the really big screen, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon early in their careers. All black and white production, sand under my feet, the smell of popcorn and warm…

A Sparkly Wish To You!

Ron and Jeanine’s holiday review We have enjoyed a full year in Rochester with a little travel and lots of family celebrations. Early in 2017 we vacationed in Hilton Head and had a relaxing week of bicycling and enjoying the moderate weather. Jeanine worked on her Charleston moves for Dancing for the Arts in Rochester…

Birthday Cards, Sympathy Cards, and Thank You Notes

Birthday cards, sympathy cards, and thank you notes It has been that kind of week. It started out with writing a birthday card to my grandmother as she turns 99 on the 11th. She is a great inspiration and provides a living example of what it looks like to persevere through several world, country, local…

The Day That Everything Changed

The Day That Everything Changed: Perfecting Of Skills Prior To Practicing On People I remember the day vividly, I was at the National Council for State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) convention as a delegate for the Minnesota Board of Nursing. The results of the national simulation survey were announced. I just sat there, stunned. The…

Unique Blessings: A Tribute to Grandmothers

Unique Blessings Touching the image of the two of us, my grandmother put her finger on the image of my face and said “I remember being that young”. I looked at her and the nostalgia was palpable in the room. Clearly, she longed for the days of being younger – it was a time of…

“Go ahead and share it”

“Go ahead and share it” A couple weeks ago I toured a brick plant to learn how bricks were made, the process for improvement, and a bit more about the industry. I was overwhelmed by the warm reception, not only the radiant heat of the kiln, but also the open nature of those working at…

ASKING FOR HELP….

ASKING FOR HELP…. “We need to replace the roof on the church. Then replace the wall paper, carpet, and test for mold.” I remember asking, “How long have we had these issues?” The answer was “since it was built”. Oh, my, that has been a while, apparently since the early ‘70’s. I was about 3…

The Team and Their Strengths

The Team and Their Strengths I recently asked one of the professionals that I work with what he expects from me as his supervisor. After some time, I received the response from him and asked him to share a bit more about the words and concepts that were shared. “No one has ever asked me…

Bringing Joy and Inspiring Energy

Bringing Joy and Inspiring Energy “OMG, why didn’t I know you a year ago?” I know, right! Last week I met another dynamic woman leader. She talked about her journey through careers, education, life direction, and relationships. Her journey brought her to a point in time where we were meeting and talking about how we…

Stage Perceptions/ Leadership Reflection

Stage Perceptions/ Leadership Reflection Lights, camera, action. The music is playing, the dancing begins, Lord don’t let me forget too many steps and keep my feet moving when I do miss a step or two. Keep on moving, keep on smiling, focus on joy. What fun! Recap. I saw the judges, the first few tables…

Hope and Transcendence 

I imagine 100 years ago several Winona “normal college” faculty were visiting with Rochester school teachers about ways to offer education courses in Rochester and the surrounding area. Well that happened, and then in 1920 Winona State started a nursing program in Rochester. The programs kept growing and the offerings expanded to meet the needs…

Why public higher education?

Why public higher education? The buzz in higher education funding is about technical careers (note*). These are entry level positions that often are above minimum wage and may or may not include benefits. These positions are a great way to get to work quickly and many individuals launch their life careers with a technical education….