Words from the Wise

Today, we are featuring an original poem by one of our residents. She has a true talent for poetry and we are certainly enjoying her wise words. We hope you do too!

Prologue to “The Making of a Pearl”

“This poem came to me as I contemplated the trials people often go through and the impact those trials often have on their lives. Many of the most compassionate people I have been privileged to know are also people who have experienced great hardship and trial of one sort or another. I thought about the scripture in Jeremiah 48:11 concerning Moab: “Moab has been at ease from his youth, and he has settled on his lees,(like wine left on its dregs)*, and has not been emptied from vessel to vessel neither has he gone into captivity; therefore his taste remained in him, and his scent is not changed…”

* used in the NIV version and makes this verse a lot more understandable to us in the 21st century.

“Nature teaches us about the process of a pearl being formed in an oyster- the irritation actually becoming the process of a beautiful jewel. This is what the Lord began to speak to me to produce this “parable” in poetic form.


As I looked at the pearl that lay in my hand

A lesson from nature transpired:

This beautiful treasure had started from sand

And from trials, its beauty acquired

The oyster through much irritation had come

And defensively added protection

That brought such a transfiguration with time

It produced this great gem of perfection


Could it be that the trials that come upon us

Are creating an Eternal Treasure

And as the Refiner brings heat in the fire

Mortal flesh takes on heavenly measure?


In that wonderful day when He makes up His Jewels

And He gathers us in as His Bride

We will see that all things were planned for our good

And by trials we were made purified.

Phyllis M Sizelove

October 27, 2001

National Heart Month

February is National Heart Month. A month to recognize a very important organ in your body. Not only is it used to fall in love…with people, but with anything and everything beautiful in this world. In order to do so, you need to keep your heart healthy! You can do this by EATING WELL and STAYING ACTIVE. So as soon as you’re done reading this excerpt, get moving! Do something, anything to get your blood flowing and your oxygen pumping.

According to the American Heart Association:

1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke.

Men are at risk too!

Try relieving stress by: Chatting with an old friend, going for a walk or  listening to music.

Exercise: While listening to that music, get up and get moving, any movement helps!

Eat better: Try adding more fiber to your diet, cut out those saturated and trans fats and take a sip of red wine once in awhile…a little bit is good for the heart!

Quit smoking: Smoking is the #1 risk factor associated with coronary heart disease. It also decreases your HDL (good) cholesterol and lowers your tolerance for physical activity.

~ Smiles and hugs are good for the heart as well ~

Words from the Wise

Every so often, when someone is feeling down or just having a bad day, it is always nice to try and cheer them up somehow. Our residents are always doing this for us. Whether we are down or not, they always have something sweet and smart to say. We like to think of them as Words from the Wise. The great Advice from the Ages. And sometimes just plain on point and what you needed to hear. However, we aren’t always down or having a bad day, but we sometimes just want to hear what they have to tell us. They know best. So…we ask them questions about life.

“How do you know when someone loves you?”

“You just know.” – Elizabeth J.

“What makes a happy marriage?”

“A little give and take. Having arguments, but never ending on an argument!” – -Elizabeth J.

“Happy people.” – Hayden M.

And this is the great advice that we get!

Healthier Eating: Banana Crunch Pops

If you have a sweet tooth like many of us do, but would like a healthier alternative to an ice cream bar, try Banana Crunch Pops! Our residents made these sweet treats today and they were as tasty as they were easy.

~ You Will Need ~

Ingredients: 1/2 cup granola, 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, shredded coconut, raisins, or nuts. 3 Bananas, 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt and 6 popsicle sticks. Makes 6 servings.


Peel and cut your bananas in half~ Place the popsicle in the banana~ Dip the banana in yogurt~ Roll in granola mixture~ Place on plate & freeze~ ENJOY!


Don’t forget to exercise and drink lots of water as well!

To Warm Your Heart

“My mother told me that while my father was away at war, that we would not cry the whole time. We would not shed a tear for three years. But my father knew that my mother would sneak off and cry on her own outside and he wanted someone to look after her when she would. He said not to let her know I was watching, but just be there if something happened to her. He said that he was very sorry to have to ask an eight year-old to do such a task, but that he was worried about his wife…So for three years, I secretly watched my mom sneak off and cry. She was so proud of herself for getting through the time my father was away all by herself. I think she was proud of herself until the day she died. And so I never told her I was there.” — Knolls Resident

Happy Presidents’ Day!

Interestingly enough, Presidents’ Day never actually falls on a president’s birthday. While there are four presidents who were born in the month of February, they were either born before the third Monday in the month or after. So happy birthday to George Washington, William Henry Harrison, Ronald Reagan and Abraham Lincoln…sometime this month!

In honor of today, here is quote by Thomas Jefferson to get you through tough times! His words are wise and remind us of all the great advice we hear from our residents.

“When angry, count to ten, before you speak; if very angry, a hundred.”

Thomas Jefferson, 1801-1809