I’m a Dutch-American who grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan in the fifties and early sixties.  I graduated from Calvin College in Grand Rapids with a degree in history.  I was the first member of my family to attend college.  I have graduate degrees in Clinical Psychology from Kent State University.  I am a licensed psychologist in the states of North Carolina and Michigan, and currently practice psychology part-time at Psychology Associates of Grand Rapids (Michigan).  I am an emeritus faculty member at Methodist University, Fayetteville, NC, where I taught for 10 years.  I am divorced, and have two sons.  At present, I am spending most of my time in Grand Rapids providing assistance to my elderly mother.

14 Responses to “About Me”

  1. collette Says:

    Oh, watching your sweets, are you?

  2. bobritzema Says:

    I didn’t order a second piece. That should count for something.

  3. BrianH Says:

    It must have been sunny and warm there – sounds like somewhere I would enjoy going right about now since it is only 36 degrees in sunny Massachusetts.

  4. bobritzema Says:

    It was marvelous–warm, but not humid. I would like to be back there myself. I’ll probably feel that way even more in a few days, when I’ll be in frigid Wisconsin!

  5. christian Says:

    What is your full name? I want to cite you for my Psych 352 class.

    1. bobritzema Says:


      My name is Robert J. Ritzema. Thanks for citing me!


  6. You look like a happy person. That location is definitely a beautiful environment to foster that look in.

    1. bobritzema Says:

      I am usually happy, and particularly enjoyed that trip. I went with my son and his fiance (now his wife), and we had a great time together.

  7. Jeanette Hielkema Says:

    Thank you for your insight to reinventions and renewal. in the Banner-

    1. bobritzema Says:

      Glad you found it helpful. Thanks for commenting.

  8. lscripsit Says:

    Dear Bob,

    Thanks for visiting my blog and liking my articles. I appreciate the attention and perspectives of someone with your background.



  9. Barry Cox Says:


    Excellent perspectives well presented, as usual!

    All through Him,

  10. Barry Cox Says:


    Excellent perspective well presented, as usual!

    All through him,

    1. bobritzema Says:

      Thanks, Bear. Hope you’re doing well.

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