April – 2010
I TOLD YOU SPRING WAS COMING! Clues are everywhere: Smiling faces return from strolls in sunshine that soothes aches that medications cannot mend; hyacinth and tulip tips push up through moist soil; Easter baskets are disappearing, hot items at the Thrift Shop; friendlier, smiling faces call “Hello” in hallways and elevators; cards and notes are delivered via our Under-door Express to many residents who are Springtime-born, in Aries and Taurus; gently-beaming faithful with foreheads marked by palm char; winter-wear is stacked on the Freebie Table, as pastels are tenderly tucked into closets; flocks of red-breasted robins martial at our entry; residents car-pool from “cabin fever” for lunches of Oriental fare, fish-and-chips, hearty burger or healthy subs. Heavenly Father’s season of renewal, hope and growth gently feeds our spirits, too.
AN EASTER MESSAGE FROM SISTER ANN M. BOONE, DIRECTOR – “The Resurrection assures us that God never gives up on us, even if we give up on ourselves.” Ron Rolheiser
What the Resurrection of Jesus promises is that things can always be new again. It’s never too late to start over. May we, like the Disciples on the road to Emmaus, truly let our hearts burn with the love of Christ.
OBSERVED, ADMIRED, ENJOYED, WELCOMED Who’s the resident fellow who spins yarns of his nifty fifth-floor apartment, with a hot-tub, to grinning, naïve ladies surrounding him? I’d have sworn those elevators only rise to four floors…It’s very good to see patient souls kindly waiting in the Village I lobby, after knocking for office assistance. They understand that Sisters and staff might be busy in conference, greeting a prospective resident, solving a serious condition, or are in the middle of an important telephone conversation concerning Nazareth Villages business. So, if your knock on the office door receives a delayed response, please don’t run away. Be patient, and remember that there are many details and uninterrupted work required of a small, dedicated staff to keep Villages functioning – safe, warm and pleasant…Thanks to staff and volunteer gardeners who are primping our flower beds to welcome springtime blooms for our pleasure…Please welcome Judy Grant to her new residence at Village I.
THE POET SUPPER RETURNS to Village I Lounge, Thursday, April 15, in celebration of Kentucky Writers’ Month. At 7:30, following their dinner meeting, the poets invite you to enjoy dessert while listening to the poetry readings. In its 16th year, the organization’s members come from Berea, Lebanon, Lexington, Louisville, Springfield, Lancaster, Mt. Olivet, Perryville, and Valley Hill, where it was founded in 1994. Bardstown poets will assist your editor in hosting. Please register at the Main Bulletin Board, if you expect to attend this delicious and entertaining evening.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT “Trust in what you love; continue to do it and it will take you where you need to go. Don’t worry too much about insecurity. You will eventually have a deep security when you begin to do what you want. How many with big salaries are actually happy, anyway?”
– Natalie Goldberg, in Writing Down the Bones
“The Irish are a fair people. They never speak well of one another.”
– Samuel Johnson