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You Can’t Run with a Piano – by Diana Budner

Today we continue to honor our resident winners in the  LeadingAge Oregon Creative Writing Contest.

Enjoy the winning entry by Diane Budner.

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You Can’t Run with a Piano

My father played the violin

in high school, in WPA.

My father at home, with Mom on the piano

and Shelley and me singing.

My father and his girls

having fun making music.

violinYou can’t run with a piano

The violin found on the street

 

When the old man died my sister’s family

received the fiddle

When it was my love’s turn

With gentle coaching, music from the strings.

The prize, last chair in the community orchestra.

Sadly, his music struck down on New Year’s Eve

 

You can’t run with a piano

The violin found on the street

 

An empty chair, his silence noted

So kind, so reliable, so dedicated

We miss you already

Young grandson has it now

the violin resting in the dark

Perhaps some day he will play

his great grandfathers’ violin

Perhaps some day he’ll

pass it on, the next generation.

Perhaps some day the violin

will play last chair again.

 

You can’t run with a piano

The violin found on the street.

Adult Day Services is lucky to have the Four Leaf Clovers!

Adding to its already long list of fun activities, Adult Day Services at CSP has formed a choir which began in January of this year! The group has been dubbed the Four Leaf Clovers by Rose Schnitzer Manor resident (and ADS participant) Lillian Stillman.

Directed by staff member Jessica Bernstein and accompanied on piano by ADS Director Nancy Heckler, the choir practices for an hour each week and specializes in songs made popular in the 1930’s and 1940’s (a time many of these singers remember well).

Each participant gets to sing a solo each session and they all go for it! Check out this clip of the Four Leaf Clovers singing “Oh You Beautiful Doll.”

The choir’s first performance is scheduled for CSP Memorial Day program on Tuesday, May 27, 2014. the day after Memorial Day at 1:30 pm at the Robison flagpole out front. In case of rain, it will be moved to the Robison Living Room. Cross your fingers for sun!

 

 

 

A Conversation with Tu Fu, A Great Chinese Poet – by Murray Kaufman

Today we continue to honor our resident winners in the  LeadingAge Oregon Creative Writing Contest.

Enjoy the winning entry by Murray Kaufman.

A Conversation with Tu Fu, A Great Chinese Poet

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TU FU, come visit our trail. We will show you

salal’ that sustained red men through the seasons;

the syringa shrub that arches over us,

performing the air with her white blossoms;

orange grape seeds that turn to purple.

See the cedar, maple, fir and hemlock trees

that proudly form our forests.

Tu Fu, do not lament your “withered bits of blown lotus

and chestnut drift”;

dear brother poet, “why so hurt, why these tears

falling like rain?”;

why do you sorrow at “fading riverside blossoms?”

Walk with us, our trail will sooth your aching heart

with elderberries and holly trees,

Come, Tu Fu, be our guest on this beautiful day,

and walk our trail, and experience bliss,

as we share nature’s kiss.

Congrats to CSP’s LeadingAgeOregon Creative Writing Contest Winners!

From left to right: Murray Kaufman, Marion Gans, Sam Berry (& Diane Budner – not pictured)

From left to right: Murray Kaufman, Marion Gans, Sam Berry (& Diane Budner – not pictured)

We were recently thrilled to announce that four Cedar Sinai Park residents were selected as winners in the  LeadingAge Oregon Creative Writing Contest. Talented residents of Robison Jewish Health Center and Rose Schnitzer Manor have been participating in the program for many years.

Marion Gans and Sam Berry’s short stories were read yesterday at a recognition luncheon honoring all winners at Friendsview Retirement Community in Newberg, Oregon. Today we are honored to share “Assisted Living” by Marion Gans. Stay tuned for pieces by Diane Budner, Murray Kaufman and Sam Berry in coming posts!

Assisted Living

By Marion Gans

She seeks the sunshine, shoulders sagging
Two wrinkled smiles say sit with us.
Escape was blocked. She sinks on the bench rim
Energy sapped, sighing self-pity—
Can they read me?

Warm comments, soft questions
Heads tip with sighs of compassion.
The need to connect, to be heard, consumes her—
Do they care? Do I matter?

Risking rejection, in a low monotone
Words tumbling lips trembling
She speaks without breathing—
Should I dare? Can I trust them?

All attentive, truly listening
Jaws relaxed and eyes a-glistening
Avoiding judgment, not correcting
Common themes and thoughts connecting.

Tactful touching, sympathizing
Nodding, knowing, empathizing
Sharing, smiling, weakens woe
Releasing rancor, spirits glow.

A lifeline is forming
With joy to impart
A hand on her hand
Its warmth fills her heart.

No need to hide nor run nor roam
At least, with friends, she knows she’s home.

 

 

Life Enrichment Calendars Now Online!

Last week was National Activity Professionals Week. We are so thankful at Cedar Sinai Park for our amazing team who provide so many Life Enrichment activities for our residents to enjoy.

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Looking for information on what Life Enrichment events are taking place on campus?  We are excited to share with you our new look and easy access to all kinds of information with just a few clicks of the mouse.

  • Go to the Cedar Sinai Park website (cedarsinaipark.org)
  • Click on the Community Life Heading (third from the left along the top header row)
  • Pull down the menu and go to Events and Activities
  • Choose your calendar—Robison Jewish Health Center or Rose Schnitzer Manor
  • You can look at the entire month, the entire week, or in agenda format

Also, attached is a link that can be dragged to the desktop so that you have quick and easy access to the calendar without needing to go the website. There are different ways to look at information so please feel free to play around with the calendars. You can even print out a calendar for a hard copy reference. If you are looking at volunteer opportunities look for events that have a number in parenthese () next to it. You can even pull up a description of what is expected and if you have signed up, check for your name.

Now Life Enrichment staff, resident family members, and volunteers can stay updated on all the fun events happening and new information. Changes made by the Life Enrichment staff are seen immediately by the viewer online too. Resident family members who had originally been receiving an email about weekly or monthly events no longer have to wait to find out what’s happening and can even look at several months ahead for special events that are already on the calendar.

Residents Get Creative in LeadingAge Contest

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The annual Creative Writing Program of LeadingAge Oregon (formerly the Oregon Alliance of Senior & Health Services, or OASHS) has been going strong since 1993. Talented residents of Robison Jewish Health Center and Rose Schnitzer Manor have been participating in the program for many years.

We are proud to announce the following Cedar Sinai Park residents have been selected as winners in the LeadingAge Oregon Creative Writing Contest:

  • Marion Gans – “Assisted Living”
  • Diane Budner -”You Can’t Run with a Piano”
  • Murray Kaufman – “A Conversation with Tu Fu
  • Sam Berry – “The General’s Son”

Marion Gans and Sam Berry’s short stories will be read at a recognition luncheon honoring all winners on Thursday, February 27 at Friendsview Retirement Community in Newberg, Oregon. All entries were required to be original works, written at the age of 60 or older, previously unpublished, and submitted in electronicForm. The contest was open to all residents of LeadingAge Oregon member facilities.