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Molly Kavanaugh

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Your Guide to Summer Fun in Oberlin, Ohio

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Jul 19, 2019 9:41:19 AM

This time of year, sailors, anglers and swimmers head off to Lake Erie, baseball fans and diners to downtown Cleveland, families and coaster enthusiasts to Cedar Point and music lovers to Blossom Museum Center. But Oberlin minus students is still a city steeped in entertainment and outdoor intergenerational fun, so let’s get started.

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Topics: Intergenerational, Active Lifestyle

An Eclectic Art Collection at Kendal Collects 2019

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Jul 10, 2019 3:28:56 PM

Mary and Tom Van Nortwick have been collecting Japanese woodblock prints since they met in the late 1980s. The couple, 80 prints in tow, arrived at Kendal two years ago, just as the Kendal Collects exhibit was going down.

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Topics: Retirement Community

A New Guidebook to Cleveland's Thriving Restaurant Scene

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Jun 24, 2019 9:39:53 AM

Ten years ago, husband and wife travel writers David Molyneaux and Fran Golden would have been hard-pressed to fill a book about Cleveland’s restaurant and foodie scene. Today that task was easy, and the result is a delicious and diverse guidebook called “Unique Eats and Eateries of Cleveland” (Reedy Press, $20.95).

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Topics: Active Lifestyle

Kendal at Oberlin Celebrates Pride Week

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Jun 17, 2019 8:53:00 AM

From its start, Kendal at Oberlin has been a welcoming community for older adults of all races, cultures and sexual orientations. But last year, as the life plan community celebrated its 25th anniversary, a group of gay, lesbian and transgender residents decided to form a group to support each other and educate the larger community.

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Topics: Retirement Community

Celebrating Our Fathers

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Jun 10, 2019 4:30:00 PM

Father’s Day is kind of a Johnny-come-lately holiday, having been a national celebration only since 1972. Mother’s Day, on the other hand, got the country’s blessing years earlier.

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Topics: Intergenerational

Kendal is the Place for Avid Art Volunteers

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on May 31, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Artistic expression abounds at Kendal at Oberlin.

The life plan community has three distinct art galleries always filled with eclectic exhibits (including the current Kendal Collects exhibit). Hallways and other public areas are decorated with 600 pieces donated by residents, an art studio for residents to paint and pursue other artistic endeavors, and a calendar packed with art lectures and classes.

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Topics: Retirement Community

Celebrating Our Mothers

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on May 9, 2019 5:05:54 PM

I was born on Mother’s Day. Over the course of our 63 years together, the second Sunday in May meant dual celebrations, including Mother’s Day 1989, a week after I became a mother (pictured here). The best celebrations, my mother would tell you, were the ones we spent together.

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Topics: Intergenerational

Intergenerational Relationships Flourish in the Dining Room

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on May 3, 2019 10:46:09 AM

Brendan Ortiz started working at Kendal in the dining rooms when he was a freshman at Oberlin High School. During the past four years he says he learned not just time management and responsibility, but also what life is like at Kendal.

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Topics: Intergenerational, Retirement Community

Captivating Books About Older Adults

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Apr 25, 2019 4:05:03 PM

After the death of her long-time husband, Lola is very lonely. When she rents an older cat over the Internet, her days gradually brighten and become meaningful. Lola and the Rent-a-Cat, written by Dutch writer Ceseli Josephus Jitta, is a children’s book that explores issues about grief and aging.

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Topics: Active Lifestyle, Lifelong Learning

An Important Decision: Picking a Retirement Community

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Apr 17, 2019 3:00:39 PM

Finding someone you want to spend the rest of your life with takes time. The two of you may start out as friends then discover a spark, begin dating casually and then more seriously until you decide to make a lifelong commitment.

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Topics: Retirement Community

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