September 30, 2019

I can't say that I'm a fan of goodbyes. My style of goodbye is to slip out before anyone can realize that I'm gone. I hate the lingering hugs, the "be sure to call"s.

This might have something to do with the fact that I'm horrible at long-distance relationships and my p...

September 26, 2019

I try not to have favorites.

But the accordion club is one of my absolute favorite Family Night groups.

If you like swinging and swaying and feeling like you're in a French cafe, come on out to Family Night tonight at 7:00 in the dining room. Refreshments will be served...

September 23, 2019

When I was younger, I used to be depressed by autumn. "Everything is dying!" I would wail to my mom. "How can anyone like fall?!"

As I grew up, though, I began to appreciate the melancholy of the season. I began to see that death in its time is beautiful too. Oh, not in...

September 19, 2019

In no particular order, here are a few of our favorites from Benefit Day. Many thanks to administrator Nate Hoffman for capturing these moments!

September 16, 2019

We hear a variety of responses when we talk about the staff blitz, but the one we hear most often is, "What on earth is a blitz?!"

When I first began to work here, the word caught me off-guard too. Being the avid history nerd that I am, my mind immediately went to Germa...

September 12, 2019

Our residents have been looking forward to our outing to Springfield for weeks.

No wonder. The Lincoln Museum is chock-full of intriguing history. I've been there two or three times and am still not tired of it.

It will be a long outing to Springfield and back, with a sa...

September 9, 2019

I remember standing in the middle of a harvested cornfield staring at the sky as Air Force One sped across the sky. It was the afternoon of September 11, 2001.

I remember people talking about the tragedy in hushed tones. I remember them pointing out the jet and saying,...

September 5, 2019

Have you ever built a banana split six feet long?

We have--several times.

This is a great activity for the last few weeks of summer, when the weather is still warm, but not so hot that things melt too fast to eat.

The trough was handmade from a PVC pipe by two wonderful v...

September 2, 2019

When I was a child, I abhorred washing the dishes and picking up sticks. Out of all the work that clouded my young horizon, those two tasks were the thunderclouds.

My perspective began to shift as I grew. Some work was actually fun. And if not exactly "fun," then at lea...

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