Featured Resident Poet

Untitled Dream– by Jeanne Gordner

While I slept,
the morning broke-

broke so softly
I never woke. Light slipped
silently off the clouds
and shattered
‘neath the sweet gum tree,
surprising flickers feeding there.

The brightest pieces lost
in unmowed grass and dandelions.

But all that day
in springtime showers
I searched for shards among the shadows,
unmatched shapes
soft and pliable as flowers,
and pressed them in a book.

On worried days I bring them out
and weave them in a golden ring,
warm as the morn they rained to me
radiant and quiet.

Jeanne will be reading her original poetry Sunday, July 24th at Traditions Cafe on 5th & Water St. in Olympia. The reading will begin at 2:00 p.m. and is expected to last approximately 45 minutes. The public is welcome to attend.

Annual Panorama Flower Show

The Panorama Resident Council presented the 42nd Annual Flower Show on Saturday, June 11th and Sunday, June 12th. Residents, employees, and the general public walked through the Chalet Courtyard to view the exhibits of plants nurtured by resident participants. Along with the beautiful displays of bonsai trees, orchids, African violets, and miniatures, there was an exhibit of native weeds, as well as a section of arrangements donated in memory of past loved ones. There was also a wide array of large and beautiful arrangements donated by local nurseries and business owners that were given away to the lucky door prize winners.

Beautiful orchid featured at the Panorama Flower Show

Outside the Chalet Courtyard, members from the surrounding communities gathered for a guided tour around campus to see the largest residential arboretum in Washington state. There were two tours offered on the afternoon of the 11th and both of them attracted a larger crowd than expected. Attendees were given booklets that feature color photos and descriptions of the plethora of shrubs and trees growing on Panorama campus.

It was an afternoon filled with enjoyment and education focusing on the beauty of nature that surrounds us here at Panorama.

Olympia Top in Health and Well-Being

According to the Thurston County Economic Development Council, the Olympia area recently scored second nationally in the small cities category of the Well-Being Index which includes: Life Evaluation, Physical Health, Emotional Health, Healthy Behavior, Work Environment, and Basic Access.

Click here to read the full Thurston County EDC article.