Published by Villages I and II Retirement Community
CHILDREN OF MERCURY, those May/June Geminians of the zodiac, are born communicators. Journalistic surveys of any newsroom in the nation reveal that over 80 percent of staffers will have May or June birthdays. My high school counselor knew that, for she – and a later-in-my-life psychologist – assured that I was destined to be a writer. Nearing my 80th June birthday, I reflect on stringing for a suburban weekly newspaper, composing media releases for a major corporation and associations, ad-agency and magazine copy, my tourism newsletter, reams of poetry and a second new year of editing this newsy sheet, that have given me a long, interesting career. So, I apologize if I bend your ear a bit long or too often. Just remember this – it’s in the stars.
A MESSAGE FROM SISTER ANN BOONE, DIRECTOR: We know that summer vacation frequently gives children the opportunity to spend time with grandparents and other relations. We are happy that many of you have the joy of visits with children from time to time. For the safety of all concerned, please read the section on “Visitors” in our Resident Policy Handbook, page nine. We want all of your visitors, the young and not-so-young to have a safe visit and to enjoy the beautiful environment of Nazareth. May the blessing of Summer be upon you, enveloping you with the warmth of Love.
OBSERVED, ADMIRED, WELCOMED She “took the cake” that was raffled at our Derby Party. Sandy Roby also deserves honors for the cheery, red Gerbera daisies that bloom in her black urns that enhance our Lounge’s exterior entry … A colorful, oversized Mother’s Day card decorated the apartment doorway of Alice Smith … Generous gardener Beverly Naïve kindly works a second plot at the Community Garden, for a vegetable-craving friend who would have difficulty setting out the plants … Motherhouse resident, Sister Mary Eugene, walking with a friend on that brilliant, sunny day, chanced upon loading of 30 Villagers onto horse-drawn wagons for a pre-Mother’s Day tour to Bardstown. At age 93, Sister’s childhood memories of growing up with beloved horses were recalled “with each clop, clop of the hooves.” Her constant smiles and laughter were much of the beauty of our ride, with charming and informative driver, Brandon. We are grateful to Town & Country Bank & Trust for the gift of a delightful, breezy, sunny-day adventure…May 8 birthday-girl Dot Mudd added a purple African violet to the second-floor/B-wing table garden…The first-floor photo wall of Village Crafters – at work quilting, beading, knitting – shows their Tuesday/Thursday pastimes, at one p.m. in the Lounge. Bring your embroidery, crochet, hooking work down and join them.
SUMMER SUN BRINGS JOY, natural beauty, vitamin D, outdoor pleasures, but we need to screen our indoor skin against skin cancers: basal cell, squamous or melanoma. Remember high-coverage UV sunscreen, and, definitely, read your prescription alerts warning against sun’s reaction , stay out of direct sunshine from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., wear wide-brimmed hats to shield ears and neck against damaging burns.
GRIN AND BEAR IT
There are many intelligent species in the universe; they are all owned by cats.
Dogs come when they are called. A cat takes a message and gets back to you, later.
Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this.
(With thanks to Sharing reader, Bob Fugazzi)
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“That man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.”
Henry David Thoreau
“I never have trouble with the luxuries; it’s the necessities I can’t afford.”
Lynne Rosseto Casper