About leona

Leona Bergstrom is a writer, speaker and consultant. She currently directs the ministry of Re-Ignite, a division of ChurchHealth. Passionate about inspiring her Boomer peers, Leona has written and developed Re-Ignite curriculum, co-authored Third Calling: What are you doing the rest of your life? and My Life After Work. She manages a weekly blog, and contributes articles to magazines and newsletters. She lives in Seattle with her husband, Richard.

Sam the Olympic Eagle and You

Let the games begin!  On July 23rd, the world will finally get to watch its best athletes compete in the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. After a one-year delay due to COVID 19, stadiums, tracks, gymnasiums, and pools will host over 11,000 athletes and almost no fans. Sadly, pandemic protocol means the rivalry and revelry will [...]

By |2021-07-13T10:11:09-07:00July 13th, 2021|News, Re-Ignite Your Life, Third Calling|0 Comments

Lessons from Grandma Orcas

We in the Pacific Northwest treasure our Orcas. If you are fortunate enough to spot one or a pod of these beautiful black and white “killer” whales in the Puget Sound, you understand the meaning of “electrifying.” They are majestic, graceful, purposeful, and magnificent. To Native Americans, they symbolize family bonds, the strength of community, [...]

By |2021-05-18T16:25:13-07:00May 18th, 2021|News, Re-Ignite Your Life|Comments Off on Lessons from Grandma Orcas

Akin to Nomadland

Reflections on Nomadland - by Leona Bergstrom Since winning the 2021 Academy Award for Best Picture, actress, and director, there has been much interest in the movie Nomadland. Based on the non-fiction book written by Jessica Bruder (whom we heard speak at Seattle University in 2018), the story is about a widowed woman who loses [...]

By |2021-05-03T15:16:43-07:00May 3rd, 2021|News|Comments Off on Akin to Nomadland

Transforming an Old Monarch

By Leona Bergstrom, Re-Ignite  I am an old Monarch. No, I’m not the Queen of England. I’m a butterfly currently hanging out in a beautiful garden in the Pacific Northwest. I’ve been fluttering around here for a couple of weeks and have seen a lot of things come and go—blossoms, people, and insects. On an ordinary [...]

By |2021-04-28T15:49:02-07:00April 28th, 2021|News|Comments Off on Transforming an Old Monarch


Author's note: This was written in 2016, and while the depth of emotion is similar to then, the reality of our Easter weekend in 2021 continues to be so much different. Limited Easter egg hunts, few frilly dresses, no choirs singing. Still in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, we continue to face many layers [...]

By |2021-04-02T09:45:32-07:00April 3rd, 2021|News|Comments Off on A SAD AND UNCERTAIN DAY

And then, they moved the line. Again.

March 12, 2021 Yesterday (March 11, 2021) marked the one-year anniversary of the World Health Organization's official declaration of a global Coronavius-19 pandemic. The day was observed with memorials honoring the over 525,000 Americans who have died from COVID 19 in the past 12 months. We also listened to scientists, physicians, and politicians express optimism, [...]

By |2021-03-12T12:11:08-08:00March 12th, 2021|News|Comments Off on And then, they moved the line. Again.

Recipe for a Successful Second-Half Marriage: Grace, Grit, and Giggles

For a sizzling second-half marriage, you need...  Grace, Grit, and Giggles Every year when we go out for dinner to celebrate our wedding anniversary, my husband asks our server the same question, “Do you know what happened on June 17, 1972?” Then with a wink and a smile, he quickly adds, “Besides our wedding, of [...]

By |2021-01-28T13:54:10-08:00January 28th, 2021|News|1 Comment

Proceed to THE Route!

I am proud of my ability to find my way. I have always assumed I had a flawless internal compass that leads me to my desired destination. However, now that Siri lives inside my iPhone and gives dependable and accurate driving directions, I’ve concluded that historically I may have spent more time than necessary wandering around [...]

By |2020-12-30T15:27:41-08:00December 30th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Proceed to THE Route!


On a cold winter night in 1816, a young Austrian priest walked the streets of his parish. He was stunned by the tranquility and calm— a stark contrast from the years of chaos, conflict, and war. Experiencing this new serenity, Joseph Mohr penned a simple, reflective poem. Several years later, the Church assigned Fr. Mohr [...]

By |2020-12-15T13:40:49-08:00December 15th, 2020|News|Comments Off on LOST WORDS