CCRC Residents Meeting

Nov 15

The National  Continuing Care Residents Association (NaCCRA) held their annual meeting the weekend before the LeadingAge convention, October 29-30, 2016 in Indianapolis, IN. Dan and I have been members of NaCCRA for about a year. LeadingAge provides meeting space and exhibit space for the Association as well as reduced rates for us to attend the Leading Age convention.

I was interested to see what NaCCRA was all about after being an association executive for 12 years. Since I had worked for the Maryland affiliate and then  LeadingAge, I was curious to go to a convention almost twenty years later.  I went to the General Sessions with Charles Duhigg, the Pulitzer prize-winning reporter for the New York Times, who talked about his best-selling book, Smarter, Faster, Better: The Transformative Power of Real ProductivityAngela Duckworth who wrote the best seller, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, and Sanjay Gupta, the neurosurgeon and media reporter on CNN.

I met former co-workers and played catch-up. It was a good experience. Dan did attend sessions one day.

The Staybridge Suites across from the Lucas Oil Stadium was very nice. It was so nice to have a living room, kitchen, and a separate bedroom. I used Lyft rides to get back and forth from the huge convention center.

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Up North

Sep 09


Island Lake

I was born in Duluth so it always feels good to visit. My grandparents are long gone so now we visit Dan’s niece, Kaye Witzman, when we travel there. It is very relaxing to stay with Kaye as she lives on Island Lake outside of Duluth. We ususally see deer around the cabin. The deer hang out in Kaye’s yard.

Nephews at Iron River, WI

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Steam Threshers at Rollag

Sep 05

img_0772 The Western Minnesota Steam Thresher’s get together has been on Dan’s bucket list for years. This year we planned our trip so that we would be in the area over the Labor Day weekend.

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How Fargo of You

Sep 01

screen-shot-2016-09-18-at-12-48-10-pmIt may seem like a funny title for a blog post, but it captures the city. How Fargo of You: Stories from the Northern Prairie that People Who Haven’t Been here Will Never Believe is a title to a book by Marc de Celle, who moved to Fargo and discovered the Upper Midwest way of life and people. There is Minnesota nice and the same attitude applies to North Dakota people. East coasters tend to view the Upper Midwest as flyover country, especially North Dakota.

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Freeport, Fairmont, and Fargo

Aug 30

img_0794Freeport, Minnesota is not a usual stop when traveling to Fargo. However, a Facebook friend touted the merits of the caramel rolls at Charlie’s Cafe in her post. It is just 19 miles north of St. John’s so we stopped for gas and a caramel  roll. As I was taking a photo of Dan in front of Charlie’s, a man came along and put his arm around Dan and asked if we wanted a photo together. Fritz turned out to be a native of Freeport. We thoroughly enjoyed our small town experience.

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St. John’s Abbey Rest

Aug 29

It is always a treat to stay at St. John’s Abbey Guesthouse. It is a nice halfway point between the Twin Cities and Fargo, North Dakota. Dan graduated from St. John’s University in 1958. We sang afternoon prayers and psalms with the monk. We took our evening meal with the students in their Refectory. It was fun people watching. St. John’s University has a diverse student population which was evident in the dining hall.

imageWe met Fr. Eric Hollas, OSB, for breakfast the next morning. We first met him in 1998 when he taught an Elderhostel class in a program sponsored by St. John’s. We both follow his blog, The Monk’s Chronicle. He has been blogging weekly for four years.  Fr. Eric is the Deputy to President in the Institutional Advancement Office.

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