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COVID Accomplishment: Writing – Vivian O’Neill

With pen in hand, Garlands member, Vivian O’Neill, 93, took a leap of faith during COVID-19 and entered a poetry contest sponsored by Barrington’s White House on the topic of “House and Home.” She hadn’t written poetry before but, in the spirit of ever-growing and learning, she thought “Why not?!”   Vivian scored a spot… Continue Reading COVID Accomplishment: Writing – Vivian O’Neill

Charlie Foos in the woodshop

COVID Accomplishment: Charlie Foos – Carving

Garlands member, Charlie Foos’s grandfather built a workbench to house the magnificent wood-carving tools he curated over a lifetime. Upon his passing, the workbench went to the only family member who showed the slightest interest: high-school student Charlie, whose only qualification was that he had taken a shop class once.   The workbench remained untouched… Continue Reading COVID Accomplishment: Charlie Foos – Carving

Bill Lawton - Photographer

Through the Lens of Garlands Member and Professional Photographer Bill Lawton

Photographic Exhibit at The Gallery at The Garlands   Garlands member Bill Lawton got his first camera in junior high, and he hasn’t stopped taking photos since! “There is hardly a day that goes by that I don’t take a photo of something,” says Bill. “If I haven’t taken a picture, it hasn’t been a… Continue Reading Through the Lens of Garlands Member and Professional Photographer Bill Lawton

Thank you notes held by members in front of their doorways

Members and Families Share the Love with Garlands Essential Workers

Thank you to all the members and family members who “Shared the Love” with Garlands essential workers during these difficult times. We truly appreciated your words, cards, and thoughtful gifts. Please take a moment to listen to this touching tribute to Garlands Essential Workers submitted by Garlands members and family members, compiled by The Garlands… Continue Reading Members and Families Share the Love with Garlands Essential Workers

Nancy McCaffrey, CDP

Meet Nancy McCaffrey, The Garlands of Barrington’s New Director of Hospitality

The Garlands of Barrington’s New Director of Hospitality A career healthcare and hospitality professional, Nancy served in many seniors housing capacities, including activities, social services, sales, marketing, administration and operations. Prior to The Garlands she oversaw new construction, hiring and leadership training and developed the assisted and independent living side of a family-run, Illinois- based organization… Continue Reading Meet Nancy McCaffrey, The Garlands of Barrington’s New Director of Hospitality

Leadership Zoom Screens

Even When We are Apart, We are Together at The Garlands!

Transparency and communication with Garlands management and members is key to successful ongoing relationships. Even in the times of COVID-19 and social distancing, Garlands leadership and residents share “coffee and conversation” and engage in productive dialog . . . albeit virtually. The content of this month’s Zoom meeting was, as one might expect, primarily related… Continue Reading Even When We are Apart, We are Together at The Garlands!

Mahjong Tile Tray

The Ancient Art of Mahjong and Friendship . . . in Virtual Times

Mahjong is a tile game that originated in 19th century China and links back to Confucius and his love of birds. The “twittering of the sparrows,” or shuffling and tinkling of the tiles, signals the start of the game. At The Garlands, the Mahjong bird metaphor continues, as in “birds of a feather flock together” to… Continue Reading The Ancient Art of Mahjong and Friendship . . . in Virtual Times

Books Finders Keepers and Writing Power

Be BRAVE

THE BEST ADVICE I EVER GOT Dorothy A. Winsor Back when I was writing academic books and articles, I conducted a five-year ethnographic project at an engineering center. My area is professional communication, so I hung around the center watching engineers try to communicate in their natural habitat. It was a lot of fun, and… Continue Reading Be BRAVE