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For eight years (minus a Covid hiatus) Pickersgill’s Writing Group has met every Friday to share original writing pieces. Participants come from independent living, assisted living, and skilled nursing.  Each week a suggested topic is given, and members bring their results to class the following Friday and read them aloud.  A recent topic was to write about examples of kindness they’ve seen or performed themselves.


By Pat Colianni

The first thing I remember was last Saturday.  We had Italian wedding soup for lunch.  It was delicious and authentic, just like the Italian restaurants I used to frequent.  I told the assistant manager and asked her to tell the cook; she said she would and it would make her very happy. 

There are so many acts of kindness here at Pickersgill, beginning with the smiles that always appear on so many residents and workers.  Everyone in the activities department is always helping others through the programs, games, weekly happy hour, and special events.  We probably take for granted the kindnesses of our nurses Shannon, Simonne, and Bill, as well as the LPNs and med techs, the housekeeping and maintenance staffs, the laundry workers. The doors of the administrative staff are always open to residents who have questions and even the occasional complaint.  Our dining room is usually very full, and the staff try so hard to serve all of us as well as they can. 

Kindness is in abundance here at Pickersgill; we are so fortunate to have it all around us. 

November 2022


By Bonnie Kramer

When I first heard of this topic about acts of kindness, I immediately thought of one of our dining room servers.  His name is Spencer MacIntosh and he’s been at Pickersgill for about a year.

When Spencer first started he was very inexperienced and had a difficult time.  It is not easy learning a new job, especially serving senior citizens.  Not everyone was patient or understanding with him.  In spite of that, he showed great perseverance and has become one of our best servers – dependable, prompt, polite, and always pleasant.

One of our residents has a vision problem and sometimes has a hard time cutting her food.  Many times I have seen Spencer going out of his way to help her by reading the menu to her, filling it out, cutting her meat, and helping in any way he can.  I know she appreciates his kindness. 

Kindness is a virtue we should all strive for, and it is one that is exemplified by Spencer.

November 2022