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LeadingAge Creative Writing Contest: “My Persian Rug” by Barbara Dubin

LeadingAge LogoAs every year since 1993, LeadingAge Oregon held a Creative Writing Contest. Cedar Sinai Park residents participated in great numbers. Winners were announced publicly on February 28; 50 top-rated pieces were also be published in Reflections: A Collection of Writing and Poetry by Oregon’s Elders.

The following entries by RSM residents were selected as winners:

Here’s the seventh of 13 submissions we’ll be reprinting here (with permission from their authors).

“My Persian Rug” by Barbara Dubin

My Persian rug was made the year I was born.
I fell in love the first time I saw her, when she was 48 years old.
Her colors were unusual for a Persian rug.
Her background was fuchsia with golden flowers and black designs intertwined.
She was described as an antique by the curator.
My Persian rug was made the year I was born.
I thought she was too young to be an antique.
She is called an American rug, because her bright colors were dyed in Persia and then shipped to American buyers.
I bought her at an estate sale in New Jersey.
Did I overpay? What did I know about Persian rugs?
A friend more knowledgeable than I said, “Do you buy and sell rugs for a living?”
“No, I just loved her.”
“Then I hope you enjoy it in good health.”
So the rug joined our family in 1977.
My Persian rug was made the year I was born.
I thought she was too young to be an antique.
Infant grandchildren played with their toys on her cheery colors.
Her fringes were tattered by our family’s use.
I became older and needed to live in a smaller, more compact living space.
The rug was cleaned and presented to my oldest child.
The college-age children now play games on the rug.
My Persian rug was made the year I was born.
I hope she continues to live with my descendants for many decades.

LeadingAge Creative Writing Contest: “Mother Tulip’s Chant” by Martha Pomeranz

LeadingAge LogoAs every year since 1993, LeadingAge Oregon is holding a Creative Writing Contest. Cedar Sinai Park residents participate in great numbers. Winners will be announced publicly on February 28; up to 50 top-rated pieces will also be published in “Reflections: A Collection of Writing and Poetry by Oregon’s Elders.”

We have received notification that the following entries by RSM residents were selected as winners:

  • “Uncle Izzy” by Sam Berry
  • “Friday, December 14, 2012” by Florence Blitch
  • “Waiting” by Diane Budner
  • “A Mother” by Alice Cahana
  • “Haunted” by Evelyn Hirsch
  • “Mother Tulip’s Chant” by Martha M. Pomeranz
  • “Sonnet” by Robert S. Putterman

Here’s the sixth of 13 submissions we’ll be reprinting here (with permission from their authors).

“Mother Tulip’s Chant” by Martha Pomeranz

“Wake up my darling baby, for there’s much work to be done”
Quote Mother Tulip sleepily to her newborn tulip son.

“Today we start our digging, since we aim to reach the light.
Do eat all your breakfast, so you can push with all your might.

Here now, take a sip of water; the past weeks have been so dry.
We’ve got to reach the surface, which means you’ll really have to try

To put some color in your cheeks, you’ve been sleeping, and you’re pale.
So do breathe deeply and stay awake – it’s one, two, three – inhale.

The rumors have been echo’d along the rooted vines,
And the news that spring is coming has been proven by its signs.

You may be just a bulb now, but you’ll sprout and be a Man,
And you’ll dress in vivid colors to win the best award you can.

It’s true you’re just a flower, and your life won’t last so long
But dream a bit and show us that you know right from wrong.

There are roses and some daisies, and friendly lilies, too.
All decked with fragrant blossoms; all waiting to greet you.

One day you’ll meet a “lady”- all dressed in creamy white.
You’ll find her in the garden and bow to her each night.

With both of us together, how proud I’ll be of you.
We’ll hold our heads up high, dear, and see the sky so blue.

However, I must warn you, while you delve into great deeds,
Be forever on the look-out for our enemies-the weeds.”

Robison Residents Perform Purim Schpiel

This year’s Purim Schpiel at Robison Jewish Health Center was again a hit. Life Enrichment Coordinator Jennifer Felberg wrote the original script, repurposed many classic songs for the occasion, and led Robison residents in performing in front of a crowded Living Room on Thursday, February 22, 2013. Resident Care Manager Ronnie Schechter helped lead the singalongs.

Take a look at this raw, unedited footage from the event:

LeadingAge Creative Writing Contest: “Friday, December 14, 2012” by Florence Blitch

LeadingAge LogoAs every year since 1993, LeadingAge Oregon is holding a Creative Writing Contest. Cedar Sinai Park residents participate in great numbers. Winners will be announced publicly on February 28; up to 50 top-rated pieces will also be published in “Reflections: A Collection of Writing and Poetry by Oregon’s Elders.”

We have received notification that the following entries by RSM residents were selected as winners:

  • “Uncle Izzy” by Sam Berry
  • “Friday, December 14, 2012” by Florence Blitch
  • “Waiting” by Diane Budner
  • “A Mother” by Alice Cahana
  • “Haunted” by Evelyn Hirsch
  • “Mother Tulip’s Chant” by Martha M. Pomeranz
  • “Sonnet” by Robert S. Putterman

Here’s the fifth of 13 submissions we’ll be reprinting here (with permission from their authors).

“Friday, December 14, 2012: Sandy Hook Elementary School” by Florence Blitch

I write down words, then take them away.
I can find none that will convey
The awful horror of today…

Their young laughter, song,
Stilled suddenly, was no more…
Teachers crumpled to the floor
All, all tomorrows gone.

A boundless rage born of our sorrow
Roars out across the land.
Keening, we bend to comprehend
Evil beyond evil. We cannot understand.

Forever now a shadow lies across our lives,
A tie that binds our agony.
Knot well this ribbon of our grief;
Hold them forever close in memory.

Cultural Diversity Week at Robison

The Life Enrichment staff at the Robison Jewish Health Center spearheaded the Cultural Diversity Week during the week of February 11 through the 15. Many of our employees from around the world shared their culture through dress, talks, song, dance, and food.

Residents sampled Chinese food while celebrating the Year of the Snake for the Chinese New Year. They took a Spanish lesson with Benito and an armchair trip to Thailand and Vietnam with Katy Chappell and her husband Dave. The Ethiopian coffee ceremony and Francoise Kasongo’s stories and songs from the Congo transported residents to Sub-Saharan Africa. Other countries represented with programs were the Ukraine, Guatemala, Nigeria, and India.

In thanking staff for their participation, Robison Life Enrichment Coordinator Jennifer Felberg wrote, “It was wonderful to get to know the people we see every day a little bit better.”

Throughout the week the notice board by the dining room featured photographs from around the world and a map where many employees placed a pin in the place of their birth. Robison staff represent at least 26 countries outside of the U.S.!

2013 Diversity Week MapSMALL