The Joy of Volunteering with Young Children

 Many Kendal at Oberlin residents enjoy volunteering in the Kendal Early Learning Center. Opportunities for intergenerational activity are commonplace in our community. Below, Marie writes about the things she loves best when she volunteers with the young children. 

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Michelle Obama, Ninde Scholars and Making a Difference

Following are the thoughts of Ardith Hayes, Kendal at Oberlin resident and President of the Kendal at Oberlin Resident Association (KORA).  She reflects on the challenges that the Oberlin College Commencement speakers put forth to graduates, and how that “making a difference” is not generational, but can happen throughout one’s life.

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Opera Review: “Strawberry Fields”

John Elder, Kendal at Oberlin resident, shared this review of the opera performance that took place at Kendal on Tuesday, January 27th. “Strawberry Fields” is a one-act opera, written by Michael Torke. The cast of this production, directed by Sally Stunkel, included Oberlin Conservatory students and residents of Kendal at Oberlin. Kendal resident Bob Cothran […]

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Len’s Trolley: A “Small Wonder” at Kendal at Oberlin

This story, written by Roderic Knight, tells the story of Len’s Trolley, the model streetcar display that Kendal resident Len Garver created as a youth, and continued to develop over many years. Len passed away recently, but the legacy of his trolley will continue to bring joy to members of the Kendal at Oberlin community […]

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The Learning and Labor of Peacemaking

Oberlin College welcomes hundreds of alumni for reunion over Memorial Day weekend. This year, the 55th Reunion group sponsored a panel discussion about “The Learning and Labor of Peacemaking, ” moderated by Al Carroll, with John Elder on the panel of speakers. Both are residents of Kendal at Oberlin. Following is the transcript of John’s remarks to […]

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Letter from a Kendal at Oberlin Resident

Written by a Kendal at Oberlin resident, this letter to CEO Barbara Thomas offers a glimpse into what makes Kendal a unique retirement community. She mentions numerous activities at Kendal that have allowed her to continue to grow and learn. The author has chosen to remain anonymous. 

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New Friends: a Kendal Senior and an Oberlin Freshman

This is an intergenerational story about a friendship between a Kendal at Oberlin resident and an Oberlin College student. Their friendship has grown around their love of the German language.  What do a freshman at Oberlin College from South Carolina, and a Kendal at Oberlin resident from Germany have in common?  While their backgrounds are […]

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