Rick in the shop

June 14th, 2018 by Rick and Jackie

There are not many left . . .  skilled artisans

This Saturday on A Firm Foundation for Life,   N. W. Ohio’s most trusted hosts take you into the shop.   The shop is in Perrysburg at the office of Artistic Memorials,  the artisan is Jeff Pettit,  the “Caveman”,  Jeff has stone dust in his veins.    As we continue to add technology to our program we now have the option of of extensive video pictures to expand the program each week.   This Saturday you’ll get a chance to see how these beautiful masterpieces, that will last for centuries, are created.   Anytime after the program starts on Saturday after 9:00 am.  you can go to Facebook live@  “A Firm Foundation for Life” and view this short informative video clip filmed right in the shop at Artistic Memorials.

The radio program is Saturday at 9:00 am. or Sunday at 7:00 am. and can be heard live and local on  1370 WSPD.   Or stream it on the internet @  <wspd.com>  or remotely on your I-PHone with the I-Heart radio media app.

Monday was Media Day at the Marathon Classic which takes place this year in early July.   N. W. Ohio’s most trusted hosts had lunch with the defending champion,  I.K. Kim.   I.K. shot a 63 in the final round of last year’s championship to win.  She was a delightful young lady who shared her birthday on Wednesday with Jackie.

R &  J

Stay in your lane!

June 7th, 2018 by Rick and Jackie

How do you like your new car?

Have you looked at new cars lately?  Just one step below self driving most of the new models have driving and safety accessories that keep the car in the correct lane,  slow down as traffic slows down,  and backup cameras to keep you from backing into things.   Well we bought one and it’s fabulous,  with all these gadgets and gizmos,  plus more than 44 mpg.

This Saturday on A Firm Foundation for Life we are at the shop of Sylvania Auto Restyling and Glass,  just off the Central Ave. strip to talk about all this technology,  plus leather interiors,  sunroofs,  heated seats,  glass replacement and all the other after market options that can be added if the car you purchase doesn’t have these options factory installed.   We will be joined in the shop with Les and Mike Breininger,  owners of Sylvania Auto Restyling & Glass to enlighten us on this work.

The program starts at 9:00 am. on Saturday can be heard again Sundays at 7:00 am.  on 1370 WSPD,  streamed live @ wspd.com remotely on your I-phone with the I-Heart radio media app.  Many of these car options we discuss can be viewed on our Facebook Live @ “A Firm Foundation for Life”.

Pictured with R & J from last Saturday’s program in studio,  Yvonne Dubielak,  from Toledo Grows,  the new director for this year’s 53rd. Crosby Festival of the Arts,  now just two weeks away on June 23 and 24.

R & J

Robotic Surgery

May 31st, 2018 by Rick and Jackie

Kick’n it into June

This Saturday June 2nd   A Firm Foundation for Life gets to preview one of the top two summer events in N. W. Ohio,  the 53rd. Crosby Festival of the Arts,  at the Toledo Botanical Gardens.   Rick and Jackie welcome our new host for this year’s Festival,  Yvonne Dubielak  from Toledo Grows.   The actual date for this year’s Festival is June 23 & 24th,  and Rick and Jackie will have several of the visiting artists on the program that weekend.

Tune in on Saturday at 9:00 am. or Sunday at 7:00 am. on several platforms,  live and local on 1370 WSPD,  streamed worldwide @ <wspd.com> ,  remotely on your I-Phone with the I-Heart media app. and on Facebook live@ “A Firm Foundation for Life”.  Summer fun has begun and we look forward to covering the best summer events in N. W. Ohio on A Firm Foundation for Life completing 18 years in local talk radio,  now on the region’s #1 station WSPD.

Pictured tonight for a near future program is the new da Vinci Xi robotic surgery robot that R & J  attended at Wood County Hospital this evening.   This will be an upcoming topic on  a program in the near future.

R &  J

Memorial Day Weekend!

May 25th, 2018 by Rick and Jackie

Summer has arrived

Summer is here both on the calendar and with our weather.  Blooms are abundant and we have been mowing grass twice a week.   This Saturday on A Firm Foundation for Life,  a holiday weekend,  but not for N. W. Ohio’s most trusted hosts.   Imagine owning a small business,  then try to imagine owning two different small businesses in the same household.   Hear about that Saturday as we welcome for the first time to the program,  Lisa Palmer,  owner Calico, Sage, and Thyme,  a Bowling Green landmark since 1975,  Lisa has owned it now for two years.  Brett Palmer,  owner,  Jim Palmer Excavating,  (JPX),  since 1961,  Brett has been doing this all his life,  but the work today is much more complex,  serious,  and in many cases risking work.   So Saturday you can hear about,  flowers,  tea,  herbs, gifts,  artist consignments,  tractors,  backhoes, excavators, mini equipment, dirt,  stone, topsoil,  sewers,  and water lines.   A full program with something for everyone . . . .

Rick and Jackie take their hats off to all who have served this Country,  including Jackie’s father,  Tom,  all her uncles,  and Rick’s uncle Herb a decorated WWII veteran still living in Florida.

A Firm Foundation for life is available on several platforms,  Saturday at 9:00 am. or Sunday at 7:00 am.  live radio,  1370 WSPD,  streamed @ wspd.com remotely with the I-Heart media app on I-Heart radio,  and on Facebook live @  “A Firm Foundation for Life”

Pictured with Rick and Jackie is Adam Knieriem the new manager at TruGreen in Perrysburg.

Summer has arrived!     Rick and Jackie

No yellow flowers in this lawn!!!

May 18th, 2018 by Rick and Jackie

How good does it look?

It’s that time of the year,  cut the grass two to three times per week!    Especially if it’s a TruGreen lawn,  take a look at this!

Joining N. W. Ohio’s most trusted hosts this Saturday and Sunday on A Firm Foundation for Life,  your lawn,  what does it look like?  Just a new father this week,  Adam Knieriem,  your local TruGreen expert,  will leave the new born with Mom and be live in studio with us.   For sure no watering of any lawns in N. W. Ohio,  in fact if it stays cool might be weeks before we have to add water to our lawns.   Crabgrass preventer,  and those ugly yellow flowers in our lawns,  that’s top priority right now.

Tune in Saturday at 9:00 am. and/or Sunday at 7:00 am. to the region’s number one radio station  1370 WSPD,  or pick up the live stream at:  wspd.com remotely on your I-Phone with the I-Heart radio media app.  And again this week,  on Facebook live@  “A Firm Foundation for Life”.   You can also watch Jackie’s face peel on Facebook live from last week’s show with our friends from Anders Dermatology.

Our lawn has never looked so good,  attached is a picture taken this evening!

Rick  &   Jackie

Rick’s column in Sentinel Tribune Friday May 11

May 13th, 2018 by Rick and Jackie

The End

Completing five (5) years now, visiting daily a local longterm care facility has given me a whole new perspective on life.   Along with just ordinary bygone days important holidays have come and gone — we’ve even had birthday parties — seasons change,  and the calendar turns over another new year.   I have gotten to know many residents along the way that have since passed; in fact, my Mother has had no less than seven (7) roommates.   Along this journey I have written to you about the many residents that seldom, if ever, had a visitor.  I might run into one of their family members around town and remark how I had just seen their father, mother, grandfather, or grandmother at the Home. Some would utter how they hadn’t been there yet this year and, in shock, I would exclaim, ‘It’s July!’

I am writing you to let you know — all is not dead!   Sometimes you witness  a heartwarming story that stands above all the other stories in which you struggle to find hope or meaning.  A large, anonymous local family recently had the Patriarch and Matriarch of their family residing at the Home   unable to care for themselves or each other.  There is no question this was a hard decision to make but this seemed like the right one.   The other family members of this large family: Older adult children, adult grandchildren, younger great-grandchildren,  and all others related by marriage, were at the Home regularly, daily,  if not for every meal time.  Sometime later, the Patriarch was the first to pass on. This left the Matriarch at the Home alone,  sometimes confused, cranky, and generally not content in her situation.

The participation of the rest of the family and others related increased. It seemed from across the hall, that the Matriarch was seldom without some relative there with her.   Certainly,  someone in the rest of the family was with her during meal time.   This large family coordinated their times so that any burden was shared by all who participated.    As we watched, months passed and the deserved attention continued, not with an attitude of obligation, but with obvious kindness, joy, care, and love for this remaining Matriarch.

Now the end is near, nearly everyone in the family is there together for the Matriarch. This is the time to share all the things you want the Matriarch to take with her about the feelings you have for  her.   She seems unconscious, but experts have told us that hearing is the last thing to go.  Assume she is hearing everything said around her, talk about all the pleasant memories,  be specific!  What was the favorite dish she made for you that you intend to continue in the family tradition?   Where was this memory created? Who was there? What was the weather at that time?  What were you doing that makes this such a pleasant memory?  Share all this with her!  What else do you have at a time like this? And, what do you want her to take when she crosses over? Give her the security of release!  It’s okay to let go!     Why not sing her favorite hymn? How comforting is it for her to have the whole family with her, near the end of life, singing her favorite church hymn?  End times, with this spirit in the room, can comfort the living, too.  It helps ease the deep grief you’ll feel from the loss.

What else is there?  I wish there were more. The end!

Their oldest living patient, since 1969

May 11th, 2018 by Rick and Jackie

Here comes the sun!

That time of the year has come,  sun protection,  sun screen,  look for the shade,  stay off the water!   This Saturday joining N. W. Ohio’s most trusted hosts the “Dean” of dermatology in this area,  Dr. John Anders,  almost 50 years treating people in our area,  and treating Rick for sun and related skin issues for all those years.   Also on the program with the senior Anders,  Dr. Tim Anders,  along with Kristie the head aesthetician at Anders Dermatology.   It’s an entire show this Saturday on A Firm Foundation for Life about your skin and the latest in effective skin treatments for sun damaged skin.

The program starts at 9:00 am. on Saturday, 7:00 am. on Sunday and can be heard or viewed on all the platforms,   locally on 1370 WSPD,  streamed worldwide at:  <wspd.com> ,  remote listening on your I-Phone with the I-Heart radio media app.   And this Saturday a special Facebook live demonstration on Jackie live during the program with the latest chemical peal.   Facebook live @  “A Firm Foundation for Life”.

Pictured with  Rick and Jackie last week from Genacross Youth Services,  from the left,  Kathy Lemmerbrock Executive Director of Genacross Foundation,  Aimee Kaminski,  Ex. Secretary Family and Youth Services,  Katie Zawisza,  Ex. Director Family and Youth Services,  and Tim Davis,  Asst. Director Family and Youth Services.

No place else to turn!

May 4th, 2018 by Rick and Jackie

When there are family issues with children and there is no place else to turn,  there is one resource in Toledo on the front lines of problem children,  doing the Lord’s work.   Genacross Youth and Family Services treating over 60 kids at a time from 5 sites in N. W. Ohio with a trained caring staff,  doing things the old fashioned way with structure,  discipline,  and faith-based love.   Joining N. W. Ohio’s most trusted hosts this Saturday at 9:00 and Sunday at 7:00 am. all be the Genacross Youth Service director with over 20 years on the job,  Katie Zawisza,  Tim Davis,

and Amy Kaminski.  With all the problems in our troubled world this is a show of hope you will want to hear!

Tune in locally to 1370 WSPD,  streamed @ <wspd.com>  remote streamed on your I-Phone with the I-Heart Radio media app.  or watch on Facebook live @  “A Firm Foundation for Life”.

Rick and Jackie toured the Genacross Lutheran Services orphanage museum Wednesday in preparation for Saturday’s broadcast,  archivist Bob Haar showed Rick and Jackie one of the class rooms from the ’60’s.   This was almost an exact duplication of the classrooms Rick and Jackie  experienced in grade school.   Notice the picture in the upper left corner of the first President of the United States.   We don’t hear much about him in today’s world?

Rick and Jackie

April Showers Bring May Flowers

April 27th, 2018 by Rick and Jackie

The last weekend in April.

This Saturday on A Firm Foundation for Life, blood, drugs, and pain. N. W. Ohio’s most trusted hosts welcome back to the program Dr. Jeffrey Swartz to the program. Dr. Swartz has created the new family center clinic and the Falcon Health Center. All this works together with the announcement of the program “New Vision Medical Stabilization” service for people battling addiction. Continuing the discussion about “A Perfect Storm” aging, drugs, and chronic pain. Later in the program Dr. Swartz will review the importance of regular blood tests in the overall health care plan for people as they age. The annual Chamber Community Blood draw is this Saturday which is sold out again this year! This program is a great example of people taking charge of their own health care.

The program starts Saturday at 9:00 am. can be heard again Sunday at 7:00 am. Dr. Swartz will be on the entire program. Tune into 1370 WSPD, or stream it live @ or use the I-Heart radio media app. for your I-Phone. Additionally this Saturday’s program will appear on Facebook live @ “A Firm Foundation for Life”

Pictured with Rick and Jackie at last Saturday’s Literacy in the Park, is Dr. Tim Murnen, event coordinator, and the guest author and illustrator from Austin, Don Tate.

More Water!

April 19th, 2018 by Rick and Jackie

Hey get a load of this!

You have heard recent news about steel and aluminum and tariffs and how important these industries are to the security of our country!   No one ever talks about cement,  the main ingredient in concrete,  the building block of our country.  Very little cement is manufactured in our country anymore,  most of it is imported,  in this area from Canada,  some from Mexico,  and some from very far away.  Where is all the cement going to come from if we re-build the Nation’s infrastructure?

This Saturday at 9:00 am. and Sunday at 7:00 am.  N. W. Ohio’s most trusted hosts welcome back to the program,  Jordan Schmeltz,  one of the principles in Palmer Brothers Concrete,  with plants in Bowling Green,  Fremont,  Tiffin, and Napoleon.   Jordan has grown up in the business and brings wealth of knowledge to this important subject you need to hear about!

A Firm Foundation for Life is heard locally on 1370 WSPD,  can be streamed on the internet at:  <wspd.com>  remotely on your I-Phone with the I-Heart radio media app.  or you can watch the interview on Facebook Live @   “A Firm Foundation for Life”

Pictured with Rick and Jackie from last week’s program is Dr. Tim Murnen,  coordinator of Literacy in the Park which happens Saturday at 10:00 am. at the Perry Field House at B.G.S.U.  Nationally famous author,  Don Tate will be there to do presentations during the event.