My mom would have been 98 today. Mom was born Haldis Morken on January 3rd, 1912 in Bergen, Norway and was the first child of my grandfather Hans Michael Morken and my grandmother, Ragnfreid Emilie Hagelien. In one photo, mom is celebrating her birthday and in the other, she and her baby brother, Harold, are celebrating Sttende Mai, which is Norwegian Independence Day on May 17th. Mom's love, her words of encouragement and her aspirations and hopes for my success meant so much. As my mom would say so many times, "This is a very special day and it is love that brought us all together." How right she was!
In the days and weeks to come, it is my intent to post photos and share my many rich and fulfilling Arizona experiences. Hopefully, this blog will engender and create an interest on the part of the reader to know more about the diversity of the "Grand Canyon State" and possibly visit. (November 23rd, 2009)
I was born and raised in the cold country of Minnesota. After spending thirty seven years in education, retirement in Arizona was my answer. Today, my interests and passions include traveling, playing tennis and being with my grandchildren.