Wednesday, April 27, 2011


Violeta, browsing through the new Staff Directory

YESTERDAY we unveiled the Staff Directory that we've been compiling for the past five weeks. On our part, it's been a labor of love as we've been privileged to meet each of 100 people who take care of us here at the Manor, plus a handful of other people who are part of our daily lives without actually being employees of the facility in which we live.

Of each individual we asked 7 questions, putting the answers on the lower half of a notebook page, with a picture of the employee above. Always we took several photos, letting the subject choose the one to use. Nearly everyone was not only highly cooperative but also pleased to be a part of the project. However, one individual couldn't seem to find the time and kept putting it off until later. Near the end of our venture, this person found ten minutes for us and okayed one of the several pictures we took. Mission accomplished, or so we thought.

Today, we were told that she didn't like the picture. I suggested that perhaps she'd like to bring a more acceptable image and I removed the one that we'd used.

Two hours later, one of the maintenance men who has worked here for 23 years, came to me to tell of his delight with the directory. He said that in all those years no one had thought of the importance of compiling such a book and he thanked me with warm words and a big hug.

Now I know full well that it's impossible to please everyone and I've often wondered why I tend to grant negativity greater power than all the good and positive things that happen.

I'm going to try to break that pattern in my thinking and remember my intent in putting together this directory. I wanted to recognize and honor these hardworking individuals and I thought it would help residents to get to know these dedicated helpers who are guiding us through our latter years. It's much larger than just a pretty picture. With that said, I'm stepping down from my soapbox and going to bed.


  1. Love all the efforts and i bet many will love it. It is like the young man who took photos and made written notice of all the fallen military at Arlington. No one had done it yet, and this 17 yr. old boy now has the website we can all go see...and so many grateful people who loved his efforts. In your own way you have done the same. Recognition for who you are and what you do is the ultimate compliment.

  2. I think it sounds like MANY will enjoy it. Don't worry about one person who isn't happy. Some people just like to complain, you know, too. Sounds like a work of love....

  3. denisef in c'ville, vaApril 28, 2011 at 6:36 AM

    it sounds like a very insecure person who can't stand to see herself in a photo ... she's stuck there

  4. Karen Z. wrote:


  5. Susan H writes: I loved the pre copy you sent me in the real mail. You did a great job! It is important to be acknowledged and validated by a photo and telling a little something about themselves. Bravo!

  6. What a fabulous idea! We all seem more human, and care more about each other when we know each other a little better.