Earthly Connections …

For 12 years I had the privilege of working internally for a long-term care company that provided services in residential settings to seniors and persons who were developmentally disabled.  Since starting my own consulting business, I have continued to work with a variety of long-term care providers, and am blessed to be able to do so. 

The men and women in long-term care communities make a huge, positive difference in our society and in persons’ personal lives on a daily basis.   They make connections with their residents and, on a more global level, with policymakers who make decisions about Medicare and Medicaid on behalf of their residents.

Working alongside long-term care professionals, and supporting them, is a privilege.  Here’s a narrative, musical example of the many good things happening in our skilled nursing facilities, including for persons at the end stages of their lives.  This link was sent to me by a friend with whom I worked many years ago in the long-term care profession, and I think it is a very powerful story about connections.

On this Earth Day, here’s to great connections for you and yours!  Melody

http://youtu.be/NKDXuCE7LeQ

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Easter/Passover Blessings and New Beginnings

However you may celebrate spring, Easter, Passover, or a typical Sunday afternoon, many blessings.  Here is part of a poem by Peter Menkin that was read in church today by our pastor.  It meant a lot to me, and I thought I’d pass it along.  Blessings, Melody

 At the intersection of Easter
we wait with thoughts of new life,
the life of a baby, the life of the Baptized,
the life of the lamb, and the memory of slaughter,
of the death is fresh, but forgotten for the time
we say, He is risen! He is risen indeed!!

Those bones, those bones, those dry bones
are linked, renewed, given flesh, given life.
More than renewal, like freshness, like birth…
Out of the tomb, white as lightning, transfigured…
we are mystified, believers, quiet in surprise,
wondering at the miracle and hearing how the Apostles
told their friends the tomb is empty.

He is risen! He is risen indeed!!