Time is of essence

Time is of essence.  As you read this, “Old Man 2020” is long gone and replaced by the “Baby” enshrouded with a banner reading 2021.  The old man from last year looks a bit more weary from the burden of the on-going pandemic.  However, over the past years have proved to be a struggle for humanity. Keeping meaningful records of

New Year, Less Clutter!

The New Year is a great opportunity to take a good look at your life and make changes to the things you would like to improve. A great resolution to tackle is to declutter. Many of us have tendencies to collect items, and those items end up in drawers, closets, on countertops, and in other areas in your home. Sometimes

Staying healthy…Minnesota Winter Survival Tips

It’s no secret that I don’t like being cold. Every winter I ask myself, “Why do I live in Minnesota?” The answer is family. It’s hard to move away from those I love just because I don’t like the weather. For those folks who do like the cold, there are many great ways to stay active and healthy during the

Season of Thanks, Giving, and Change During the Pandemic

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough and more. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” ~ Melody Beattie   The holidays are such a wonderful time of year. Families gather and memories are created. Although this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic,

Caregiving

“Patience in the present, faith in the future, and joy in the doing.” ~ George Perera We all have a special calling in life. For some of us, it takes a while to figure out what that special gift may be. For others, it is apparent from a very young age. Caregiving is one of those natural special gifts for

Jack’s trip to Northern Canada’s Arctic

Many years ago, in the 1960s, while attending a lyceum program at a high school, my interest in polar bears piqued. A local professional photographer presented a program of slide pictures of his recent trip to Northern Canada’s Arctic region to explore the life of polar bears. Thirty years later my wife and I were able to travel to the

Technology Tips for Seniors

The holidays will be vastly different for a lot of people this year, especially seniors. Because of COVID-19, large holiday gatherings are not recommended. That doesn’t mean we all can’t still enjoy the holidays, but we will have to be a little bit creative in how we do so. One of the ways we can still enjoy the holidays is

Meet Darlene!

Darlene Johnson has been a part of our Good Shepherd Family since 2017. Darlene is feisty and she would not disagree with that description. She does not “sit on the fence” and feels it is important to speak her mind and knows what is best for herself. This strength has served her well as she worked, raised a family, and

Meet Dorothy!

Dorothy was born in September 1927 on the family farm in rural Lyon County located near Marshall, Minnesota. Her parents were farmers who grew crops and raised livestock. She was the second oldest of four children. As with farm families, she grew up doing chores and learning the value of a good work ethic. She attended a small school in

Moving During the Coronavirus Pandemic

The pandemic has reshaped how we think about nearly every facet of life. But it has also taught us that where there’s a will, there’s a way. It may be different, but it can still be good. Moving is no exception. We have heard from many older adults that they are waiting to move. For some, that decision is right