Over the River and Through the Woods

By Sr. Christina M. Neumann

What is the most famous Thanksgiving song?  Most of us think of “Over the River and Through the Woods.”

This song actually has a special significance for St. Anne’s.

When I was working in Rugby, North Dakota, we used to spend our Thanksgiving weekend with our Sisters at St. Anne’s in Grand Forks.  The above-mentioned song was very apropos for us, for we were going to “Grandmother’s house.”  You see, St. Anne, the patroness of this facility is, in fact, the grandmother of Jesus.

This beloved and appropriate song actually originated as a poem.  According to one folk music source, it was first published in 1844 by slavery abolitionist, poet and novelist Lydia Marie Child.  It was originally entitled “The New England Boy’s Thanksgiving Poem.”

As you may remember, the song chronicles a trip to visit loved ones amidst “white and drifted snow.”  The original poem was actually twelve verses long!

According to Making Music Fun, the original “grandmother’s house” is still standing, near the Mystic River in Medford, MA.


Job Opening…Dietary Assistant

We have an opening in the dining room.

The St. Anne's Scoop

Visit www.stannesguesthome.org/employment.html or stop by to pick up an application.  More information available by calling 746-9401.

Hours: Weds. and Thurs.: 4:30 – 7 p.m.
Every other weekend (Sat. & Sun.) 6:40 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.


Responsible for serving meals to the residents and visitors in a courteous manner; cleans and maintains the Dining Room area and washes dishes in the dish-washing room.


Is responsible to the Dietary Supervisor.


1.         Education:  High School diploma preferred
2.         Training/experience:  Will provide on-the-job training.
3.         Physical demands:
A.        Ability to tolerate walking, standing 90-95% of the time.
B.        Ability to lift or transfer a minimum of 50 lbs.
C.        Ability to frequently bend, stoop, stretch, pull, and climb three-step ladders.

4.         Ability to tolerate disinfectant soaps and bleach.

5.         Visual and auditory abilities to respond and communicate effectively with the residents and other staff members.

6.         Visual acuity…

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Just Two Weeks Away, #GivingTuesday is coming up!


Did you ever think about using your Black Friday and Cyber Monday savings to help us in our mission to the poor, elderly, and vulnerable who call St. Anne’s “home”?

St. Anne’s Guest Home has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving.

This annual observance is meant to inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.  It’s a reminder that the holiday season—while a heavy shopping season—is meant to be a season of giving, too.

#GivingTuesday is held every year now on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.); this yar, it falls on November 29th.

At St. Anne’s, our primary objective is to promote the self-worth, personal dignity, security, happiness, and healthful longevity of each elderly or disabled person we serve.  We seek to extend Christ’s merciful love to all those in our care.

If you’d like to be a part of this mission by joining in St. Anne’s Guest Home’s #GivingTuesday initiative, you can get to our online giving portal here.

We’d also encourage you to share the message with your friends and family members and help us in our mission of serving elderly and vulnerable adults in our community.

Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Thank You to our Veterans!

Flag outside St. Anne’s

November is known for a few things, particularly voting, All Saints Day, Thanksgiving, and not to be forgotten: Veterans’ Day.


There are no veterans left from World War I; there are few still alive from World War II and some more from the Korean War.  Our Vietnam vets are also getting older.

A lot of our veterans are now in their 80s and 90s.  There are still many people serving in foreign countries.  Countless veterans, from past decades and from our own time will be will never return.

A good number of our former and present residents are veterans.  Our activity staff are taking any interested current residents who are veterans to enjoy a free lunch for Veterans at the Texas Roadhouse.  Several other restaurants offer a free meal in appreciation to our veterans on this day in their honor.

To me, Veteran’s Day is a very important holiday.  We owe our freedom to these men and women.

If you see a vet or know a vet, thank them for our freedom.  If it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t be here.  God bless the veterans.

God bless America!

Carla Kennedy

Zoe & Gracie (our dogs) Like Pumpkin, Too!

img_0896After last weeks article, “Remember National Pumpkin Day,” one of our readers sent an email with some very interesting information.

She informed us that pumpkin is good for dogs for both weight control and improved digestion.

This information really peeked our interest.  We have several pumpkins (the combined weight of which exceeds 100 pounds) which we will be processing very soon.  That is quite a bit of pumpkin, but our residents will enjoy it.

Given that bit of information, we did a little experiment.  Sr. Christina cooked the pieces that had been cut out to make jack-o-lanterns and mashed them up.  We found that both Zoe (our Havanese Bichon) and Gracie (our yellow lab) really enjoyed it.

In recent weeks, Sr. Rebecca has discovered that Zoe also enjoys other cooked vegetables, such as carrots and beans.

Now, when we freeze the processed pumpkin, we can add a little extra to each bag.  Once we’ve measured what is needed for cookies or muffins, any extra can be used as a healthy treat for our four-legged friends.

In doing a little more research on feeding pumpkin to dogs, we found that it is good for digestive health, urinary health and weight loss (throughadogsear.com).  According to the Morris Animal Inn Blog, it is also good for adding bulk to a dog’s food and making them feel full. This probably ties in with its usefulness in weight control.  This same article shares its value as a source of important vitamins.

According to Pet360, pumpkin is also good for a dog’s skin and coat:  as well as fighting fur balls and parasites.  Even the pumpkin seeds are claimed to have benefits.

So, all the work of cleaning, cutting , baking and peeling our pumpkins is worthwhile, not only for humans but for our pets as well.