A Penny for Your Thoughts?…

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penny_400x400We have a lot of loose pennies in ‘the Monk,’ our little piggy bank (in the form of a monk) for loose change in the office here at St. Anne’s.

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Ain’t no Cure for the Wintertime Blues?

We posted this before, a couple of years ago, but it seemed apropos to share it again. Most of us are probably experiencing a bit of ‘the wintertime blues’ right now.

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This is a guest post by Cindy Flath, Supervisor of the Research Department at Altru Health System.

The days have gotten shorter; seemingly endless cloudy days and little sun greet us each day. If we could hibernate like bears winter wouldn’t seem so bad.


Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons — SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year. If you’re like most people with SAD, your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter; sapping your energy and making you feel moody.

The specific cause of seasonal affective disorder remains unknown. Some factors that may come into play include:

  • Your biological clock … The reduced level of sunlight in fall and winter may cause winter-onset SAD. This decrease in sunlight may disrupt your body’s internal clock and lead to feelings of depression.
  • Serotonin levels. A…

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The Wonder of Bread


With the surge in ‘gluten-free’ and ‘low carb’ diets in recent years, the once acclaimed slice of bread has gotten a bad reputation.

But even if you avoid wheat for dietary reasons, the humble piece of bread may still play a useful role in your life.

The multiplicity of purposes bread can serve was realized to a greater degree here at St. Anne’s recently, believe it or not, with a container of mints.

We had some pastel colored mints around, the kind that are sometimes mixed with nuts at parties.  Unfortunately, they were very hard, far beyond the usual density for these little sweets.  Sr. Elaine liked to warn those who might attempt to eat them: “Don’t break your teeth!”  Alas, thus was the sad state of affairs with the collection of mints…

We knew, though, that bread does wonders for brown sugar, and even for perking up cookies, so we thought, “why not try it on the mints?”

A piece of bread was placed inside the Tupperware container which held the “rock candy.”  Within less than 24 hours, the ‘wonder bread’ had done its trick.  The mints were now softened to a more normal pliability, and no longer posed much of a risk of dental damages.

In doing a bit more research on the subject of the usefulness of bread, we found that bread can also be used to take away dirty, or scuff, marks from wallpapered or white panted walls.  On one site, the reader is encouraged to rub the marks with a piece of stale bread (crusts having been removed).

If you are like the writer of this post, you might remember tearing up old bread to feed waterfowl or even using it to add texture to hot cereal or soup.

There are also many delicious dishes one can make using old bread, including quiche, bread pudding, and French toast, to name only a few listed on another online source.

Another site, flusterbuster.com, offered some amazing uses for old bread.  Bread, soaked as directed, can be applied to help alleviate boils, calluses, corns, and splinters.  Bread is useful, too, for picking up broken glass.  It can also be used to avoid grease fires when cooking meat!  Who would have thought!

Part-Time Nurse Needed

nurseI just wanted to help get the word out: we are looking for another nurse to assist with the care of our residents.  If you, or someone you know, is interested in the positions, I’d encourage you/them to visit: www.stannesguesthome.org/employment.html or stop by to fill out an application.