- Aug 23rd, 2012 11:14am
- Andrea Marboe
- Jim Klobuchar
Four years ago at a family gathering on Thanksgiving Day in Arizona I sat next to a young man in his senior year in high school and in the midst of a decision.
I’d known him only briefly. For most of the people at the table I was what we once called an in-law. Today, in the more charitable description of an outsider, I’m a member of the extended family. David was an impressive kid, physically conditioned, well-mannered and deferring to the older folks in the cross-conversation the holiday dinner. Earlier his father had mentioned his son’s interest in the military as one possibility.
“I’m thinking of college,” the young man said. “But I’m also thinking of enlisting in the Marines.”
This was in 2008. American forces in Iraq were still taking casualties. In Afghanistan it was worse and was now formally being described as a quagmire.
Continue Reading "Jim Klobuchar: A Young Man Rolls the Dice"
- Aug 13th, 2012 9:43am
- Andrea Marboe
Faye Florence Green, Ecumen Lakeshore Special Events and Volunteer Coordinator, passed away recently after a hard fight with ovarian cancer. Faye was just 65, and a beloved member of the Ecumen Lakeshore family since 2008.
“Faye truly was a gift to Lakeshore as an employee and lived a life of service to others,” says Paul Libbon, former Executive Director of Ecumen Lakeshore, now Ecumen’s Director of Managed Campus Operations. “She deeply impacted the lives of those she touched and I will always remember her with smiles.”
Faye kept working through all of her various treatments, even when they left her fatigued. She LOVED all of the residents at The Crest, and did such a marvelous job guiding the Auxiliary, coordinating volunteers, and was a wonderful event planner. “She helped with all of our parties, socials, and making sure there was a host of activities and programs to keep everyone engaged, busy and happy,” according to Roxanne Sternberg, Residence Director at The Crest. “I miss Faye's bright smile, enthusiasm and zest for life. May she rest eternal in Heaven.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with Faye’s family and friends.
Continue Reading "A Sad Farewell"
- Aug 6th, 2012 12:21pm
- Eric Schubert
- Public Policy
Ecumen CEO Kathryn Roberts shares ideas for needed public policy changes in our aging country and state.
Continue Reading "In Our New Old Age, Minnesota Must Move Beyond Medicaid"