I am truly humbled and honored to have the opportunity to be a part of Meadowlark Hills.
February 17, 2020
Some folks may know I was once on the Meadowlark Board, representing Blue Valley Church. At one meeting Steve Shields made a statement something like this. “It is one of my dreams that the staff of Meadowlark Hills will look on their jobs as servants in a huge southern stately mansion. I hope that will give that kind of care to the residents.”
Let’s hope that most wild organisms survived the human-based wonder and chaos of December. What must they have thought when all manner of lighted globes and twinkling lights were strung here and there, when conifers became technicolor. Surely the creatures noticed that large groups of humans gathered in certain buildings, and large colorful windows glowed from lights within. Surely they noticed that instead of calling back and forth to each other, those inside made various strung-out group sounds.
We’ve been learning the art of practicing patience at the Duggan household. This new found focus was driven by the annual raising of our family Christmas tree which lent itself to housing wrapped and tempting presents at its base. Murphy is three-years-old and this is her fourth Christmas, however, it is her first Christmas she has started to connect that some of the gifts under the tree are for her.
I’m going to speak of a magnificent animal—also one of God’s creatures—that is a source of disdain for many of you: the eastern fox squirrel (Sciurus niger). The genus name, Sciurus, is related to their habit of “sitting in the shade of their tail” while resting or sunning on a horizontal limb. This squirrel ranges widely across the eastern United States, including all of Kansas. Yes, Meadowlark Hills also is blessed. The fox squirrel range touches western New England and extends somewhat beyond the 100th meridian in our West. Thus, these squirrels grace many woods, l
Christmas came early for Meadowlark’s Home Health staff! In November, residents Duane and Pat Miksch offered to donate their 2007 Toyota Prius to Meadowlark Foundation, and it didn’t take long to determine the car would be a welcome addition to Meadowlark’s fleet.
Welcome to one of the best times of year—the Holiday Season. There are many ways to celebrate, but one of my favorite ways to ring in Christmas is by watching the best of the best holiday movies. Listed below are my top five favorite Christmas movies! Watch the Grosh Cinema Movie Listing for Sarah’s Pick! through the month of December.
#5 ~ The Family Stone (2005): This one is a tear jerker and I am a sucker for crying in movies. Holiday gatherings make already functionally dysfunctional families at little bit more crazy and the Stones are no exception.
National Family Caregivers Month has taken place every November since President Bill Clinton signed the first Presidential Proclamation in 1997. Its purpose is to honor and recognize family caregivers, as well as raise awareness about issues affecting this population. The theme of the month this year is “Caregiving Around the Clock” because caring for a family member can be a 24-7 job.
9,644,400 seconds! That’s how long the anticipation has been building for the big reveal of the newly-renovated Verna Belle’s Café! For those without their calculators handy, that’s almost 112 days!
But good news, the wait is over and as of 7 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, Verna Belle’s Café is open for business!
Getting out the door to go anywhere at my house is an extreme sport played over what feels like several hours. After all the organizing, dog feeding, kid dressing and teeth brushing, I may have five minutes to pick a clean outfit and splash on some make up for myself. It doesn’t seem to matter what time I get up—it always comes down to five minutes.
Festival of Trees entry wins two awards...again!
For the sixth straight year, a decorated tree donated by a Meadowlark team to the annual Festival of Trees Gala scored favorably with judges and event-goers. “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” decked with hand-made and store-bought ornaments representing places and businesses in Manhattan, received the Mayor’s Choice and People’s Choice awards.
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Manhattan, KS 66502