On Being Norwegian-American

I have known for a long time that I was different, not only because I felt it, but because I was often told this by friends, co-workers, and acquaintances.  A little background might be in order: I grew up on a small farm near a Norwegian-American town of 1,500 people in Wisconsin.  The entire county … Continue reading On Being Norwegian-American


Depending on others for insights into concerns that trouble you can be essential,  frustrating, or impossible. Case 1: I asked three friends for help in determining an approach to speaking with a relative about a severe health problem that was being ignored.  Implicit in my request was that I cared deeply about this person I … Continue reading Insight