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Thursday, November 7, 2013

gentlemen and women

Hi All-

We took our residents on an exciting journey to the Mohegan Sun yesterday.  I love the story being told about another journey, one of Americans returning back from Afghanistan recently .  The way I heard it,  6 servicemen and women had first class tickets home, and 7 others were in Coach on the same plane. 

7 first class ticket holders gave up their seats so ALL the servicemen and women could travel home together in First Class! 

Let me tell you a story about a gentleman here at The Canterbury this morning. 

If our van is full, we have a second trip to the grocery store about an hour and a half later.  You decide which trip of the week is your first choice, and you get to sign up to go at 10am. For an additional trip that week you put your name on the waiting list, which decides if you go at 10 or 11:30am (everyone following this?).  Well ______ (I told her I was writing this but absolutely promised not to name her when I gently let her know what happened later) hopped on the van this morning but she was third on the waiting list (and the 10:00am ride was full).  So David, sitting in the dining room enjoying his morning coffee, gallantly stayed behind and went on the second trip instead of claiming his spot.

I got to hear David's story, from the war, that guarantees in his mind we have a soul.  I had chills. That is a long story short.

Some don't like to talk about the war and their service time.  When it happens I feel honored to listen.

Hope you are enjoying this very cozy rainy day; I am glad to see you again (I can't really tell who is here unless you sign in as a "follower").

Come on over for morning coffee with David next Thursday.  We'll show you around, and maybe tell you a good story.


Friday, November 1, 2013

Happy November

Hi Everyone!  Happy Friday.  Ready to change the clocks back tomorrow night?  I am.  I like an extra hour.  I do hear a lot of complaints though, especially from new moms.

We are having a resident appreciation day, and in the sprit of collecting data for this event I will share some of the interesting tidbits here with you (no names on purpose).

He is a Yale graduate  w/ a degree in Political Science and was a reporter for the Bridgeport Post Telegram . He spent 2 years in the Army at Fort Dix as a public information specialist. A lifelong tennis nut, he worked in NY and also at Heublein in Ct., and then consulted for many yrs.



She taught at the University of Hartford for 36 years.  Since retirement she continues to teach one course each term with specialties in medieval literature, detective fiction, film and international studies.


She raised two children and 5 stepchildren- sort of a brady bunch experience- and now takes special delight in her 9 grandchildren.


Among other things, she has written a biography of Beatrice Fox Auerbach who ran G. Fox and Company where many of our residents have worked and/or shopped.


At present she is at work on another biography of a well-know Hartford citizen, Moshe Paranov who founded the Hartt School of Music and who was the first director of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.
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See you later, and Happy November!