A Resident’s Perspective – Thoughts in February

Written by Panorama resident, Sandy Bush. February 2016

As we prepare to exit winter and head into spring, I had a few thoughts about moving forward. We have had the State of the Union address on the National level; Governor Inslee has delivered the State of the State message. The State of our Panorama community was recently presented at my District One meeting. What was special was how many from District One attended. It was wonderful to see so many new faces to put with the names read off by the District One, A, B and C, representatives.

These very useful meetings keep all of us apprised of how our administration is handling the changing demographics and economic environment we all find ourselves in.

There was information shared which helped to put rumors, that often run wild, in perspective. The CEO, CFO, Operations and Security speakers bringing information to us imparted it clearly and well thought out. Questions were answered, some that were sent prior to the gathering, and many from the floor.

The numbers of new builds, re-builds, remodels and upgrades were amazing and certainly show us all that we haven’t just imagined our roads full of big equipment. The air is full of activity with many awaiting homes and living units. It really is good to see, if not always to hear.

Meanwhile, spring is happening!!!

Spring crocus

The big trees that have lived past their viable ages are being replaced at a wonderful ratio, not one for one. Many more are planted for the few lost. This is a contrast to the many felled trees that happened in neighboring Lacey itself with a new developer/owner in the Woodland Square Loop area. That issue is still being discussed for mitigation by city planners.

It is interesting to think of Panorama as being 50 years old. We all helped celebrate that milestone last year. How very fortunate we are to live in a non-profit situation where moneys go into the infrastructure to keep our “home” community vibrant.

Each district has its own meeting with specific information for those residents, but anyone can go to any of the meetings if you miss your own particular one. Since moving here three years ago, I am continually thankful for the availability of information affecting us, as well as administrative folks who are willing to take time to hear our concerns.

Besides getting our SARA buttons batteries changed, and hearing from our administrative staff, it is wonderful to make contact with neighbors we don’t always see because of our widely divergent interests.  We are in good hands and while moving forward can be noisy, we ARE moving forward. We will be ready for some younger “whippersnappers” who will be/are joining us here at Panorama.

…And how about those crocuses busting out all over??????

Spring Crocus

Sandy Bio

A Resident’s Perspective – February: Month of Thanksgiving

Written by Panorama resident, Mary Jo Shaw. February 2016

Love flows year round, but it appeared in unusual sizes, shapes, and forms this February. Not one to complain, I was stepping gingerly, sitting and rising slowly, and constantly clenching from muscle spasms. Holding up the walls with one hand while balancing my heavy coat, bag of piano music all day after playing piano at Assisted Living and the Skilled Nursing Facility, going to the gift shop, bank, chapel, classes—obviously, I was in pain. (No, I’m not to drag, pull, back-pack, or shoulder the load!)

Hubby Chris shoes and socks me and sees to fresh bed linens–folded back, too!

When he takes the bus to the grocery store, he proudly brings home soul foods for my comfort–forgetting a prediabetes’s diet (so he enjoys them himself!)

Daughter Melody insists on being with me, even to the campus clinic and to MRI and other tests to come soon. Her hubby John offers his help constantly, especially, grocery shopping for special items at big box stores. Their little eight-year-old daughter Hope stays at times with us and offers her “Granny, I love you. We don’t have to play this game if you’re hurting.” We still find little love notes she leaves around the rooms before she leaves.

Last week, two neighbors showed up to deliver a walker, raised the handles for my tall size, and demoed its use–to borrow until I have one of my own soon.

Residents have delivered:

packs of microwave popcorn and no-sugar walnut fudge,

to-die-for carrot cake baked for a birthday party for her volunteer co-worker,

CD purchased when I was unable to attend the Charlie Albright piano concert,

ride to church when I experienced a good day,

chocolate covered giant strawberries,

offers for rides (outside resident transit hours) to play the piano,

visits when I beckon from my patio door for friends passing by to come in,

fresh asparagus—the large bunch was too much for herself,

offers to deliver my crafts for consignment to Gifts, Etc.,

extra help from dedicated resident transit drivers,

kindness of listening ears, prayers and loving concern.

The list goes on.

Many have said, “Mary Jo, you should lay off playing the piano until you feel better.” What would I do? Sit and watch TV?

While piano doesn’t relieve the pain, I do feel better! It is a tremendous, rewarding distraction and gives me the pleasure of volunteering and making people happy. They always come to the piano, thank me, and say how much they enjoy it. I thank them for listening and whisper a quick, sincere thank You to God for my piano fingers. I’m simply sharing what talent is left in me to His honor and glory.

Blessings of love come all year. But while on the mend, this February brought an abundance of special thanks to my heavenly Father Who continually showers His love to me through His people—my family of relatives and my family here at Panorama.

Mary Jo Bio

Featured Panwriter – A “Through the Looking Glass” Essay


You Don’t See That Every Day

Written by Panorama resident, Verl Rogers. January 2016

After Alice went through the looking glass, she met Humpty Dumpty, and asked him kindly to tell her the meaning of the poem Jabberwocky.

Let’s hear it,” said Humpty Dumpty.  “I can explain all the poems that ever were invented – and a good many that haven’t been invented just yet.”


Alice repeated the first verse. 


‘Twas brillig, and the slithy toves

Did gyre and gimble in the wabe ;

All mimsy were the borogroves.

And the mome raths outgrabe


Humpty Dumpty then told Alice that Brillig meant four o’clock in the afternoon,

Slithy  means lithe and slimy, that Toves are something like badgers, something like lizards, and they’re something like corkscrews.  Humpty added, Toves make their nests under sundials – also they live on cheese.


To Gyre, Humpty went on, is to go round and round like a gyroscope, to Gimble is to make holes like a gimlet, The Wabe is the grass plot around a sundial, because it goes a long way be-fore it,  and a long way be-hind it, and a long way be-yond it on each side. He continued, Mimsy  is flimsy and miserable.  A Borogrove  is a thin shabby-looking bird with its feathers sticking out around like a mop.


 Humpty Dumpty told Alice that a he was not sure about Mome Raths.   The Rath were green pigs,  but Humpty Dumpty offered a shaky opinion that Mome meant that they’d lost their way from home.


His last opinion, or maybe it was a fact – Humpty Dumpty was always certain – uttered the truth that Outgribing is something between bellowing and whistling,  with a kind of sneeze in the middle.  “When you hear it down in the wood yonder, you’ll be quite content.”


 Something  Alice never interpreted was how she got through the looking glass, into the house of mirror images.  She said to her kitty, “Let’s pretend the glass has got all soft like gauze, so that we can get through.”  The book goes on to  say she went through the mirror, but hardly knew how  she got there.


I conclude that Humpty Dumpty is a  unique person; a talking egg, one wearing a shirt collar and cravat, sitting on a wall, in danger of falling. 


Because Alice found him in the House of the Looking-Glass, his left hand is his right and everything else about him is also a mirror image.   You have to take the distortion into your mind when you deal with the little fellow.


More, you would have to follow Alice’s lead; you must go through the looking-glass to find him!  You don’t see Humpty Dumpty every day!

– Verl Rogers

Verl Rogers has recently published some of his essays in an e-book, which you can purchase for $2 here or here.


Yoga For Everyone

Written by Panorama yoga instructor and resident, Charles Kasler. January 2016

Yoga Floor PosesWhy are yoga students using chairs, blocks, blankets, tennis balls, bolsters (firm pillows), walls, and straps? These are all props we use to make yoga accessible for anyone. Props provide support and cushioning, “raise up the floor,” help improve posture, and compensate for differences in ability, body type and proportion. What do we do with tennis balls? Try rolling one under your foot to open up the feet. Or tossing and catching a ball while balancing on one foot to improve concentration. Props are also used in passive restorative yoga to support the body, so we can relax deeply and release long-standing tension patterns. Yoga is for anyone. We just adapt our movements to accommodate different students. 

We do seated postures in chair yoga. In this way anyone can practice and benefit, even if you use a wheelchair or walker. Chairs offer stability while still allowing students to move in all directions. We also stand near a wall for balance practice so no one falls. 

There are also different classes for different levels of ability: Yoga 1 is gentle for people who are limited or just beginning. Yoga 2 is for students who have experience and want to build more strength and endurance. The late afternoon class is called Moving Meditation – mixed levels with flowing movements in harmony with the breath. As one teacher says: “we move everything that’s supposed to move.” Some students have even taken two classes in the same day! Most students continue to sign up for yoga classes year after year. They can feel the difference in their quality of life. Yoga slows the aging process! 

moving meditationOur sitting meditation group also uses chairs, along with optional walking meditation. One of the greatest benefits of meditation is that we realize we are not our minds. Fortunately! We can have a distinct (even if momentary) experience of pure awareness, beyond the chattering mind. This is like a big weight being lifted off of our shoulders. We are more able to experience the beauty and joy of the moment. There is grace in the present moment. Meditation is a deep healing of body, mind, and soul – a refuge from today’s overload of stimulation. It’s perfect for seniors. Come join us for an adventure in the yoga and meditation program at Panorama. There’s something for everyone.