Everything listed under: Spiritual Life

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    Mary’s Musings: Reflections on grief and community

    I often refer to the residents here at the Presbyterian Manor as family, but I also believe that we are a unique community. Community is defined as a group of people with a common characteristic or interest living together within a larger society.Throughout my life, I have been blessed to be surrounded and supported by many different communities. Each one of these communities provide caring support and encouragement during the many different stages of my life.   Read More...

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    Mary's Musings: What's on the Line for You?

    If you search "Independence Day" with Google, this is the information you will get from timeanddate.com: In 1775, people in New England began fighting the British for their independence. On July 2, 1776, the Congress secretly voted for independence from Great Britain. Two days later, on July 4, 1776, the final wording of the Declaration of Independence was approved, and the document was published.   Read More...

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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...