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    Where were you when Apollo 11 landed on the moon?

    July 20, 1969 is one of those days resident Ken Lohrentz will never forget.“It was a Sunday evening in June, and my wife, Lola, and I were driving across Syracuse, N.Y. That’s when we heard the announcement on the radio that a man had been placed on the moon. It was really exciting to hear this.   Read More...

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    The soggy, song-filled motherhood of Pat Blair

    For Pat Blair, motherhood is made up of intimate moments of harmony punctuated by extended outbursts of all-out family raucousness.Growing up, it was a mutual love of music that enabled Pat to connect with her own mother and spend some quality time together.“We played piano duets together,” said Pat. “We mainly just played for ourselves. Family would be around, but it was something we did together.”When she became a mom herself, Pat infused music into the lives of her own...  Read More...

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    Mary Burchill’s secret to motherhood: there is no secret

    With 60 years under her belt, Mary Burchill has a lot of experience being a mom. But when it comes to passing down advice, she hesitates knowing there can never be just one right way to raise a family.“It’s a real balance and I don’t know if there’s any secret to it,” said Mary. “I suspect every situation is different.”However, for Mary, the one universal challenge facing all new moms is just that—the whole “newness” of being responsible for another life at a time when your own uncertainties are...  Read More...

  • Back to the books

    After working as associate director for the law library at the University of Kansas for 15 years, resident Mary Burchill was pleasantly surprised to find herself working back in a library in retirement.“We moved into Lawrence Presbyterian Manor in late 2000 and it was probably 2002 when I was asked to be in charge of the library committee here. I am a librarian, so I thought sure, I’d be delighted,” said Mary Burchill.Once a month, Mary and her library committee of six other re...  Read More...

  • Join the team and have a ball

    If you walk by the chapel on Thursday afternoons and hear uproarious laughter, there’s a good chance it’s the chair volleyball team. One of the newer activities to come to Lawrence Presbyterian Manor, the game emphasizes teamwork, exercise and fun.“From its first conception, there were just two of us volleying the beach ball back and forth and more people joined us. I’m not sure how it got started—I think Linda, our activity director, set up the net to see if we wer...  Read More...