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    Mary’s Musings: Mission at the heart of our being

    Each April, our PMMA organization celebrates Founder’s Day. This year marked another milestone for our organization with the unveiling of a new logo for PMMA and its senior living communities. In May’s Community Matters, you were introduced to our new PMMA logo.   Read More...

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    Mary’s Musings: Nurses are the Heartbeat of Healthcare

    National Nurses Week, May 6-12By Mary Bridges, chaplainWhen I was born, my oldest sister Dorothy was in nurse’s training at what was then Asbury Hospital in Salina. I still have the penny postcard my dad sent her to announce my birth. She worked as a private duty nurse for many years.My sister Betty, who was 10 years older than I, worked as a nurse’s aide for a year after she graduated from high school, waiting for her best friend to graduate so they could go to nurse’s training at St.  Read More...

  • Mary’s Musings on Holy Humor

    By Mary Bridges, chaplainGenerations of my family overcame untold adversity as they labored to make new homes in foreign countries. If asked, I would describe these Germans from Russia, who settled in Russell, as quiet, stoic and stern looking.Growing up I often thought I had been adopted because I felt like I didn’t really fit in. Laughter and humor have always been part of who I am, and my personality certainly didn’t match those mostly unsmiling, stern looking people I called family.   Read More...

  • Mary’s Musings: Caring Conversations

    By Mary Bridges, chaplainThe seasons of our lives are many and varied. Some are familiar and filled with joy and growth. Some feel cold, barren and filled with overwhelming uncertainty.   Read More...

  • Mary’s Musings: Sisters of the Cabbage Soup

    By Mary Bridges, chaplainWhy is it that when we are getting ready to flip our calendars over to a new year, we become nostalgic? For many years, I was very active in women’s ministries in our church and served as a board member on a district level. Members of our board would meet each January in Independence, Mo., at the Sisters of St.   Read More...