Category: My History

Essentia Health in the News

Minnesota Public radio aired a segment about Essentia Health’s mandatory flu shot policy.   “About 300 employees of Duluth-based Essentia Health could lose their jobs for refusing to comply with the company’s new mandatory flu shot policy. “Monday is the deadline for the company’s 15,000 employees to get the vaccine, or receive a medical or religious exemption. Essentia says 98 percent have complied. “Scot Harvey is not one of them. Harvey, who lives outside Chisholm Read More …

Is Your Freedom Worth Fighting For?

Veterans Day has just passed. A day when we stop and think about the sacrifices the men and women in the military have made to secure the freedoms we enjoy. I ask you, was such a great sacrifice worth it? Sure! Every Veterans Day we try and tell the veterans we know, “Thank you for your sacrifice.” Do our actions speak louder than our words?   Essenia Health made a new policy two months ago Read More …

Mandatory Flu Shot

  Union’s flu shot motion denied; Essentia Health mandate still set to take effect on Monday   That was the headline for an article in the Duluth News Tribune this morning.  A Judge denied the United Steelworkers Union’s request to block the firings.   It bothers me that in September a hospital can change a policy to require a flu shot and one can be fired in November if you cannot comply.  (I am in Nursing Read More …

What Happened to the CARE in Healthcare?

  I chose to become a nurse 12 years ago because I wanted to help people.  I pictured myself at the patient’s bedside caring for and comforting them.  I saw myself sitting there holding their hand when they were scared and just needed someone to talk to.  Patients are in the hospital because they are sick and in need of help.  If they could care for themselves they would be at home.   Then I Read More …

Veteran Fired For Not Getting Shot

  I remember growing up in the 1980s. At that time the Soviet Union was the biggest threat to our freedom. I remember hearing stories about some poor worker who lost his job or home because of some petty offense and thought, “How lucky I am to live in America where that would never happen.”   I joined the military in June of 1990 because I wanted to protect the freedoms that I hold so Read More …

Proud to be an American

    Every Veterans Day I listen to this song by Lee Greenwood and It brings tears to my eyes.  I was in the Military but never saw combat.  I am smart enough to realize that I will never be able to comprehend the magnitude of the sacrifice of those men and women who have stood in combat to protect the freedoms that I often take for granted here in America.   If tomorrow all Read More …

Rare Heirloom Seeds

For the month of September Garden Seeds is featuring Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company again.  We featured them when we first started this website back in January of 2016 because Jere inspired my son Basswood with his desire to learn about and collect rare seeds.    Garden Seeds Featured Seed Companies.   There is a documentary series on the dangers of GMOs that has been running the last couple of weeks.  It was put out by Read More …

Why I Write about Basswood

I have tried to get Basswood to blog, but he says he is not a writer. Well… I am not a writer either. I have to get my mom to proofread and edit what I write before it is readable. [Note from Mom: Scot is a better writer than he thinks he is, and his work is also readable. I am extremely proud of my dyslexic son! I make a few corrections to his grammar Read More …

New England Trip with Basswood: Part 3

One morning on our New England trip we spent a couple of hours looking for the Bordoville Seventh-day Adventist Church, a simple, white building in West Enosburg, Vermont, that was built in 1864 by the French-Canadian brothers Augustin C. and Daniel T. Bourdeau. We finally found it and had a picnic lunch there. We missed the 150 year anniversary celebration by about 3 days. It was held on Oct. 18, 2014 at the Bordoville Seventh-day Read More …

Croatia

These are a few pictures from my hitchhiking trip through the Balkans in January 2014. Sorry, there are a lot of pictures and this takes a while to load.  (Note: this post was put up by Basswood.)