on January 17, 2013

I had the privilege to know and care for Jean Caul in the last few years of her life. She was an outstanding person who paved the way for women in physical education. She was the first woman to receive her doctoral degree in physiological chemistry from the College of Medicine at OhioStateUniversity, in 1942.

Jean came to Manhattan to work at KansasStateUniversity in the College of Human Ecology. Jean lived at Meadowlark Hills for many years before she passed away in November 2009, at the age of 94.

Written By Annie Peace on January 17, 2013

Question: I have seen and heard figures pertaining to the percentage of Meadowlark Hills residents who have exhausted their assets and are in need of Good Samaritan help as being approximately 32%. Could you provide information about how this percentage is related to Independent Living, Assisted Living, Health Care etc.?

Written By Charlie Kempthorne on January 10, 2013

Why not give yourself away? 

Pass on your experiences. If you give away your money, it’s gone. If you give away your furniture, your automobiles, your house, your cottage on the lake, they’re gone. But paradoxically, if you give away your experiences by writing them up, they’re still yours--yours more than ever, in fact--and yet you’ve given a gift to the family and community you love. 

I know many of you in all modesty would question whether anyone would want them. Some of you have tried to give this gift and it didn’t seem like anyone was very interested.  

on January 3, 2013

On Friday, Jan. 25 the Community Room will be transformed into an enchanted Winter Wonderland, and all residents are invited.

In November, Meadowlark Hills residents were given the opportunity to submit a theme suggestion for the Winter Ball. The top choice was A Winter Wonderland. Residents also chose whether the event would be formal or informal. The votes concluded that this year’s Winter Ball would be informal. To fit the theme guests are encouraged to wear their favorite winter sweater. So bundle up and make this event festive with your fluffiest sweater!

Written By Annie Peace on December 13, 2012

Question: Annie, can you tell us more about the Eden Alternative Program that Lonnie mentioned at Town Meeting? He said you had attended this program.

Written By Annie Peace on December 6, 2012

Question: Why have employees been wearing jeans to work, outside of Fridays?

Answer: I am glad you asked! This idea was a result of brainstorming ways to give back to the community. Twice a month, employees have the opportunity to donate a dollar to wear jeans on specified days. The money raised will benefit various causes. 

on November 15, 2012

Back in January of 2009, I was still working as the Director of Spiritual Care at Mercy Regional here in Manhattan, KS. Mercy and Via Christi were very supportive of me becoming a Board Certified Chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC). After two and a half years of certification process, I went to Orlando, FL for the annual APC conference at Lake Buena Vista (a.k.a., Walt Disney World Resort). I was ready for my oral defense of all my written materials. Everything went well and I was certified, while some would say I was always "certifiable" in other ways.

on November 8, 2012

Forget the usual Friday afternoon of nodding off on the couch. On Friday, Nov. 2, two Meadowlark Hills residents took a special trip around town. Or should I say, above town?

Thanks to Sherry Smith and her husband Gordon Smith, owner of Heartland Aviation, residents of Lyle and Sloan Houses found themselves aboard a small aircraft for an afternoon getaway. Merle Schmidt and Bea Mullin both seemed pleased to have had this opportunity.

on November 1, 2012

Quilts are part of many cultures and found in households across the country. They are often made by hand using familiar materials such as scraps of clothing, grandpa’s old coveralls, or delicate lace from a wedding dress. Quilting continues to be a form of artistic expression.

Quilts can be works of art, as well as stories through pictures and memories. They tell a story about their creator. The story of my great-aunt’s quilt is remarkable. I find perseverance in my great-aunt and the journey of her quilt.

on October 18, 2012

Becoming a good listener is not something that is highly valued in our society. I am not aware of any events centered on how well a person is able to listen to another, or of any awards that are presented to those who are exceptionally skilled listeners. We certainly have these events and awards for speaking.  As the presidential election nears, Americans listen to debates and speeches given by the candidates and judge for themselves the information that is being presented and how it is delivered. Most of us are not thinking about the candidates’ listening skills.