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Everyday Saints

This is part two of a four-part series of stories of people who have shined their light as a beacon in service to others. When we celebrate All Saints’ Day, we remember those who died as witnesses to the Christian faith. A saint is a person acknowledged as holy or virtuous. The informal definition of “saint” is a...

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Remembering the Power of Persistence

All Saints' Day
Each year, we celebrate All Saints' Day in the life of the Christian church on November 1. Dating back to the ninth century, this sacred holy day has been set aside to honor those who died as witnesses to the Christian faith. We also make time to remember the dedication, persistence and commitment of those who...

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October Book Series: On the Brink of Everything

When I'm 64
My 64th birthday is quickly approaching, and I hope I have an abundance of birthdays yet to come. Still, I can't ignore that already I live with some of the diminishments that come with age. Body parts ache. I groan when I get out of the car. My hearing is sliding away. And the list goes on....

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October Book Series: This Chair Rocks

The One -ism That Affects Everyone
What percentage of people over 65 live in nursing homes? How fast are dementia rates increasing? What impact does aging have on mental health? The answers to these questions will surprise you. In reading Ashton Applewhite’s, This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism, you'll discover stories and facts that will fundamentally change...

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Technology and Aging

Technology and aging are not usually things that people think about in the same sentence. And yet, technology is already drastically improving the lives of many older adults, helping them connect with others, improve their health and find ways to participate in life. To be clear, technology, as per the Oxford Dictionary is the “application of scientific knowledge for...

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Staying Connected: Older Adults and the Use of Social Media

My mom was born in Ohio but moved to Indiana the summer before her third-grade year commenced. In their community in Indiana, my grandparents maintained many friendships. Mom was active in school, and she was social and had many friends. The summer before her senior year in high school, my mom moved back to Ohio after my...

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Summertime: Then You’ll Spread Your Wings

George Gerschwin’s Summertime invites the listener to appreciate the gentle wonder and fullness of each new day. “Then you'll spread your wings, and you'll take to the sky.” One can imagine the graceful beauty of young bird, slowly stepping out, then suddenly begin to soar toward broad new horizons.
Invitation to Spread Your Wings
These beautiful lyrics continue to...

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Summertime: Rise Up Singing

Summer and Music
Hearing Ella Fitzgerald’s smoky voice croon George Gershwin’s “Summertime” from the opera Porgy and Bess evokes the warmth and joy of summer.  “One of these mornings, you’re going to rise up singing.” For me, summer starts in springtime when the robins return to Michigan to lay their eggs. I crack my windows, even though it is...

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Summertime: And the Livin’ (Isn’t) Easy

I was born in West Virginia. As a young boy, I would lie in my bed at night and listen to the towboats blow their whistles as they entered the curve on the Ohio River at Huntington. The towboats actually pushed the barges. It was dangerous work  The barges were usually in groups of six across and eight long, stretching...

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There are signs and markers of summer everywhere these days. For some, school begins just days away. For others, vacation is still ahead. And for many, the routines of work life make the heat of the day obsolete. As themes were suggested for this August blog series, Gershwin’s Summertime  wormed it’s way into the conversation. One of the most...

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Comprehensive Campaign for Abundant Life

Learn more about the historic effort to raise $20 million over five years through the Comprehensive Campaign for Abundant Life at United Church Homes.

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