“Those were the best days of my life” – Bryan Adams
“These are the best days of my life” – Me
I attended the original Woodstock in 1969, and I attended the 50-year reunion in 2019. Then I had more hair; now I have more wisdom. Then I was looking for the purpose of life; now I have the prize of life. Then I had my whole life ahead of me; now I have my granddaughter’s life ahead of me.
I still have my health, and I have more wealth. My family has expanded, but not my waistline. The music has changed, and so have I. I will take my life now at 67 over the life I had then at 17.
Michael worked in business for 40 years including 28 years as a systems engineer and project manager with IBM, and in various capacities for United Health Care, Grumman, and the YMCA. Michael has also served as a congregational and teaching leader in Minnesota, Arizona and New York. He earned a B.A. from Bethel University, and an M.A. in Human Resource Development from the University of St. Thomas. He is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) and a National Board-Certified Health and Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC). He has also completed 15 marathons and 60 half-marathons in 10 different states. His passions are praying, reading, writing, crosswords, health, and fitness. He lives in Eden Prairie, Minnesota with his wife Cheryl. They have been married for 49 years.