A Talent Shared

We are so blessed here at St. Anne’s to have a “resident artist!”  Ron Danielson has been producing beautiful images for use in our monthly resident newsletter, The Broadcaster, for the last two years.  He even created the artwork for our annual Christmas letter in 2014.


Ron enjoys painting model airplanes.

Ron has a real, natural talent, and we are so glad he is willing to share it with the rest of us!

In this issue of The St. Anne’s Scoop, we’ll share a little interview with Ron, done by his neighbor and friend, Patricia Schildberger.

Picture1.pngWhat kind of art have you done?   Sketching with pencil, charcoal, art using a combination of pencil, pen and colored pencils and oil painting and various other art forms

How many siblings do you have?  Five-two sisters and three brothers

How did you first get into art?  I was born with the art skill, started art in 1st grade or earlier, [and] did a lot of art work till 12th grade when took off to work.  I had art classes in school always carried an “A” for my grade.




What do you enjoy most?  Pencil, pen and color pencil art.  I do enjoy doing art for the Broadcaster.






What work have you done?  I started working for the railroad when I was still in high school. Then went on to work a variety of jobs some of which are plant and construction work among others and my last job was working for a moving company  which was moving households in and out of their respective locations.



Something special about ‘Nites’

Last week, I worked the night shift and had some thoughts to share about it.

Caught on camera!
I put our new surveillance cameras to good use.

Starting this past June, I’ve worked ‘nites’ a half dozen times.  Although our night staff are good at ensuring the health and physical well-being of our residents, they themselves are not immune to physical ailments.  When no other backup can be found, I’m called upon.  Through this, I’ve discovered: There’s something special about ‘Nites.’

Along with housekeeping and laundry, we take turns doing rounds throughout the night.  As I walk from room to room, checking on the (hopefully) sleeping residents, I am often struck by the specialness, almost sacredness, of this work.  People who can occasionally get on one’s nerves during the day are now so still, so vulnerable.  I realize that I am entrusted with the wellbeing of several priceless human beings.  They are all unique individuals who deserve my respect and my care.

I am most grateful for the opportunity to work the night shift, which gives me new insight and appreciation into the care of our residents.

I guess Gracie isn't always much help as a guard-dog!
I guess Gracie isn’t always much help as a guard-dog!