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  • Earth Day, 2018

    Published on by Matt McCoy

    What’s green, happens every April, gets more than seven times the civil participation each year than the largest American elections, and rhymes with “birthday?” Maybe you’re thinking, “mirth-day,” as a synonym for April Fools’ Day, but it’s not green. I’m …

  • Love Your Neighbor!

    Published on by Matt McCoy

    You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your …

  • Happy New Year 2017

    Published on by Matt McCoy

    I have been reading “The Night before Christmas” to my daughter every night for the last month, and I felt inspired to write my own New Year poem:   Homewoods 2017 Poem Struggling ‘round the final bend, Approaching the finish line, …

  • 2016 Christmas Letter

    Published on by Matt McCoy

    My generation has not kept with the tradition of writing an annual Christmas letter, maybe because with text messages, Facebook, email, and other social media, we keep each other updated on day-to-day life in real time. While I think staying …

  • Fair Housing, “Independent” Living

    Published on by Matt McCoy

    Our admin staff attended a fair housing update webinar hosted by LeadingAge Oregon today, and with some quiche, fresh fruit, and coffee, it turned into a spontaneous brunch! The webinar focused on discrimination against people with disabilities. After an hour …

  • Summertime and the Livin’ is Easy

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    This month we are looking forward to lots of celebrating. A big cause for celebration is the completion of our siding replacement project!  Remodeling is never easy, but having a good general contractor has definitely made things go as smoothly …

  • Wish, Dream, Tell Us What Happened Next

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    I am looking ahead to summer already! Steve, our maintenance director, and I have been busy planning and scheduling all of the work that can only be done when the weather is good. We will complete the remainder of our siding …

  • Reason for Hope

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      I can remember hearing my grandmother say, “everything’s going to pot.” She was complaining about the state of the world which, in the 1970’s in southern California, was a far cry from the orderly, hardworking world that she had …

  • The Meaning of Community

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    I have been thinking a lot recently about what it means to be a community. Our little community here by the river is more than the sum of its parts. In other words, we are more than 125 individuals living …

  • That Certain Something

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    This month I’m looking way ahead. In June we typically take stock of how well the year is going  and focus strategically on goals for the coming year. If I had a crystal ball, I would be tempted to use …

  • Cultivating a Good Life

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    I have called this column “Looking Ahead with Laura” because I think it is important to have something to look forward to. It gives some idea of where we are going. At least for me, looking ahead, brings focus. Since …

  • Make Way for Something New

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    Like many of you, whether the groundhog sees his shadow or not, I am looking ahead toward spring! This past week I have felt it, in the sunshine, on the warmer cloudy days, and in the evening light at 5 …

  • A Whole New Year

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    A new year tends to bring about reflection. The words Auld Lange Syne literally mean “old long since.” Another way of saying this is “time gone by.” It is a good time of year to sit by the fireplace, or with …

  • A Season to Remember

    Published on by Homewoods

    This month we are eagerly looking forward to three big celebrations.   On Saturday, November 2, the Homewoods resident council will be hosting their annual holiday bazaar. Betty Reynolds, our chairperson for the bazaar, has outdone herself this year by …

  • Holiday Bazaar and Pie Social – November 2

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    Homewoods community members are having their annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, November 2,  from 10:00am to 3:00pm.  All proceeds go to the resident council  who donate them to the staff scholarship fund and to the Alzheimer’s Association for research.  All of …

  • Looking Ahead with Laura – A letter from the director

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      This year the transition from summer to fall has felt especially dramatic. The good news is, we love the fall! It gives us a chance to celebrate and ready ourselves for all kind of wonderful seasonal celebrations.   Resident …

  • Sudoku June 2013

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    sudoku scan June

  • Looking Ahead With Laura – July 2013

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    July is here and we are looking forward to celebrating our independence this week at the annual patriotic picnic and barbecue. This is our biggest event of the year and we are expecting sunshine. Beginning at noon on Saturday, June …

  • Soduko Answers

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    Suduko May Homewoods – Sudoku 5×5 2013-6

  • Announcing collaboration with Willamette View

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      Recently Homewoods residents attended a Wellness Sampler hosted by the Homewoods community to introduce  residents to Willamette View’s  home care and wellness services. The executive director at Willamette View, Craig Van Valkenberg, and I have been working on an agreement between our …

  • The Homewoods Way

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    I received a warm welcome from Homewoods residents when I joined the staff last April. It is the same welcome they give to every new person, whether a staff member or community member, who comes into our place.  People who …

  • The Power of Story and Creative Expression

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    One of the most popular program offerings here at Homewoods is our writers club that meets every Monday at 10:00 a.m. Those who participate in it say that they are having the time of their lives!  The group leader, Ann …

  • Spring’s Awakening

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    The lawn that rolls down to the Willamette River may still be soggy at Homewoods, but we are thinking springtime thoughts. From the raised garden beds to the newly set rosebuds, we are seeing signs of spring everywhere. Here at …

  • The wisdom of retirement living

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    The Greek philosopher, Aristotle, said, “Happiness is the meaning and purpose of life, the whole aim and the end of human existence.” In your retirement life, I believe your health; your attitude and everyday enjoyment of life are driven by …

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