April 2015

Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more. Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

This week let’s reflect on MINDFULNESS, which means living in the present moment. In an article by Carolyn Gregoire entitled 13 Things Mindful People Do Differently Every Day, she provides a perfect recipe for mindfulness. “Here are 13 things mindful people actually do every day to stay calm, centered and attentive to the present moment.

  1. They take walks.
  2. They turn daily tasks into mindful moments.
  3. They create.
  4. They pay attention to their breathing.
  5. They uni-task rather than multi-task.
  6. They know when not to check their phones.
  7. They seek out new experiences.
  8. They get outside.
  9. They feel what they’re feeling.
  10. They meditate.
  11. They’re conscious of what they put in their bodies and their minds.
  12. They remember not to take themselves so seriously.
  13. They let their minds wander.”

May you give yourself the time to present some of these gifts to yourself daily. May you be blessed to live in the sacrament of the present moment.

Happy Earth Day!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

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Happy Earth Day! Did you know that Jennings has an extensive recycling program?

We feel that being good stewards is important to our community. Throughout the campus, individuals are encouraged to recycle plastic, aluminum, paper and other products. A starter grant from Cuyahoga County Solid Waste Management District in 2012 helped Jennings to formalize our program. In addition, a yellow and green Abitibi unit at the back of the campus is a place for anyone in the community to recycle papers. As an incentive, Jennings receives a little financial reward that benefits activities for individuals residing in apartments on the campus.

It is our responsibility as people living on this planet to maintain the beauty of our environment by having clean air to breathe, no trash in backyards or surrounding areas and using energy to live longer happier lives for now and in future generations. We hope you will share in this stewardship, which benefits us all by saving energy and money, reducing the need for landfills and incineration, creating new jobs, reducing air and water pollution and preserving habitat for wildlife.

Spirituality and You: Two Friends

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Two friends were walking along the beach and got into an argument.  One of them slapped the other. The man felt hurt, but saying nothing he wrote on the sand: Today my best friend slapped me.
They continued walking and decided to swim in the ocean. The one who had been slapped started to sink, but [more…]

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Happy 90th birthday, Chuck!

Friday, April 17, 2015

On Friday, we surprised Chuck with a celebration to honor this volunteer, past family member and friend of Jennings. With extensive planning from family and Jennings staff, Chuck was thoroughly surprised by the party. For more than 13 years he has been a staple in the Marian Gardens neighborhood at Jennings, assisting the residents with [more…]

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Star in the Sky

Monday, April 13, 2015

by Hannah
Oh star in the sky
you twinkle brightly upon my eye.
You’re there when I go to sleep
for my beautiful soul to keep!
(Hannah is a school-aged student at The Learning Circle at Jennings)

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Spirituality and You: Life is about YOU

Monday, April 13, 2015

Life is about you. If it weren’t about you, you wouldn’t be here.

You are not an accident. You are here for a reason. You have a destiny.
You have a purpose. You have gifts and talents.
You do things that only you can do in the way you do them. You and only you can leave your [more…]

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Spring has sprung

Sunday, April 12, 2015

by Anissia
Spring has sprung
Do a jig
Take a run
And…  have some fun.
Laugh, scream
Think again.
Dream Big……
Fly freely
Freely fly
And Let Be.

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Beach of Life

Saturday, April 11, 2015

by Anna A.
So much sand on a beach,
So many speckles of sand.
We are a speckle of sand
On this beach of life.

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Storytelling with Robin Echols Cooper

Friday, April 10, 2015

The Learning Circle enjoyed story time with storyteller Ms. Robin Echols Cooper. This intergenerational experience with our older adult friends had us clapping and dancing and having fun!
This Gateway to Culture program was made possible in part from the support of Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture and PNC Foundation.


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Friday, April 10, 2015

by Joe K.
Love is young,
Love is old,
You hope in life you have it
when you are young and old.

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