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Bill’s Board

I read a joke on the internet that went something like this: “During the COVID 19 Safer at Home order I finally had time to indulge myself in all of my favorite hobbies. Unfortunately it turned out that my hobbies are going to restaurants, going to bars and being a...

Did I get the job?

Did I get the job?

On Friday, June 1, 2007, I received a call at my home. I heard a voice say, "Marina? This is John Capes from Moosehaven." I quickly responded, "Did I get the job?" And thus began a 13 year journey! Since that day, I've been fired more times than I can count but I just...

Just John

Just John

It ain’t over till it’s over. I said this recently in answer to a resident’s question about how much longer this coronavirus epidemic will last. Later, I got to thinking about my response and recalled my boyhood baseball hero, Yogi Berra. Now, before I go any further,...

Simply Helen

Simply Helen

It seems like we are all spinning our wheels ninety to nothing and going nowhere. During these times, it may be difficult for you to “feel” grateful. Noticed I said, “feel.” It’s important to be grateful. Studies show when we feel really grateful, we're more likely to...

Bill’s Board

Bill’s Board

“Look but don’t touch. Touch but don’t taste. Taste but don’t swallow.” This is a quote from the movie “The Devil’s Advocate.” The movie revolves around a lawyer from Jacksonville Florida, Keanu Reeves, being tempted by and essentially selling his soul to the devil,...

April Showers Will Bring May Flowers If We Don’t Drown First

April Showers Will Bring May Flowers If We Don’t Drown First

April showers bring May flowers. Every cloud has a silver lining. There's light at the end of the tunnel. Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Tomorrow's a new day." These, and so many more, are sayings we've heard all our lives from our mothers, grandmothers,...

Just John

Just John

Finite, beautiful, painful, possible, unknown, miraculous, tragic…all adjectives describing our lives and a reminder of how swiftly it can change. How strange life is. I used the above as an introduction to my last Just John without realizing how much more appropriate...

Simply Helen

Simply Helen

Yes, these are difficult and trying times, not only for our residents, community, state and country, but on a global scale. As I told our residents last week, “The world as we know it today – is changed.” Moosehaven continues its efforts to combat the spread of COVID...

Bill’s Board

Bill’s Board

For the first time since Marina has been editing the Moosehaven Newsletter, she can actually say a copy has gone viral. I think every article in this newsletter will say something about the new Chinese Corona Virus Disease, COVID-19. After all it is, or should be, at...

Social Distancing, What Does That Really Mean?

Social Distancing, What Does That Really Mean?

We are a social species and we are asked to stop socializing. Right? Wrong. We’ve been indundated with messages from media, national and local healthcare organizations as well as our own community leaders urging social distancing in an effort to reduce the risk of...

Simply Helen

Simply Helen

  How do you view your life? Do you think your best days are behind you, or are your best days are ahead of you? “The best is yet to come.” William Shakespeare When Executive Director, John Capes reminded me that this month’s article is his last, it got me thinking about the question I presented you with above, “How do you view your life?” At retirement, one may wonder, “Are my best days ahead?” Retirement should be an exciting time; a new chapter filled with uncharted paths. It’s not the end...

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Bill’s Board

Bill’s Board

I read a joke on the internet that went something like this: “During the COVID 19 Safer at Home order I finally had time to indulge myself in all of my favorite hobbies. Unfortunately it turned out that my hobbies are going to restaurants, going to bars and being a part of the crowd at the club.” The part about going to restaurants hits a little close to home. I never realized how many times my wife and I went out to eat in a month, that is until they closed all the restaurants and we couldn’t...

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Did I get the job?

Did I get the job?

On Friday, June 1, 2007, I received a call at my home. I heard a voice say, "Marina? This is John Capes from Moosehaven." I quickly responded, "Did I get the job?" And thus began a 13 year journey! Since that day, I've been fired more times than I can count but I just keep coming back to work as I'm sure he was always joking!! Right? Um, John? In the last 13 years, I've watched as the campus and the culture of Moosehaven changed. Moosehaven is now known in our fraternity, community, state and...

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Just John

Just John

It ain’t over till it’s over. I said this recently in answer to a resident’s question about how much longer this coronavirus epidemic will last. Later, I got to thinking about my response and recalled my boyhood baseball hero, Yogi Berra. Now, before I go any further, I grew up at a time when boys collected, traded and horded baseball trading cards. In fact, I’m somewhat surprised that I still have teeth for all the bubble gum I chewed chasing favorite player’s cards. I remember trading cards...

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Simply Helen

Simply Helen

It seems like we are all spinning our wheels ninety to nothing and going nowhere. During these times, it may be difficult for you to “feel” grateful. Noticed I said, “feel.” It’s important to be grateful. Studies show when we feel really grateful, we're more likely to show random acts of kindness. It’s a difficult time right now. People are lonely and are missing socialization with friends. People feel isolated from everything that’s important to them so it’s crucial that we remember the power...

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Bill’s Board

Bill’s Board

“Look but don’t touch. Touch but don’t taste. Taste but don’t swallow.” This is a quote from the movie “The Devil’s Advocate.” The movie revolves around a lawyer from Jacksonville Florida, Keanu Reeves, being tempted by and essentially selling his soul to the devil, Al Pacino. The movie has all kinds of moral implications related to trust, greed, power, arrogance, lust and the battle between good and evil. But it all begins and ends with succumbing to temptation a little at a time without...

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April Showers Will Bring May Flowers If We Don’t Drown First

April Showers Will Bring May Flowers If We Don’t Drown First

April showers bring May flowers. Every cloud has a silver lining. There's light at the end of the tunnel. Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Tomorrow's a new day." These, and so many more, are sayings we've heard all our lives from our mothers, grandmothers, neighbors, well-meaning friends and family members. But why do these 'messages' hang around for generations and why are they so relevant for so many situations in everyday life? Some research suggests that humans are 'hard-wired' to...

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Just John

Just John

Finite, beautiful, painful, possible, unknown, miraculous, tragic…all adjectives describing our lives and a reminder of how swiftly it can change. How strange life is. I used the above as an introduction to my last Just John without realizing how much more appropriate it would be in a very short time. The COVID 19 (coronavirus) is spreading rapidly across the country causing severe, though necessary, decisions by state and federal leadership. As we contemplate the impact on our lives at...

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Simply Helen

Simply Helen

Yes, these are difficult and trying times, not only for our residents, community, state and country, but on a global scale. As I told our residents last week, “The world as we know it today – is changed.” Moosehaven continues its efforts to combat the spread of COVID 19 and our COVID19 Task Force is meeting almost daily. The precautions in place are difficult but necessary. Our greatest concern is the safety of our residents. We are following the guidelines of Florida’s Agency for Health Care...

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