July Newsletter


National Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Week

Dear Eileen,

We hope you are enjoying the summer and staying safe and well. It is gratifying to report that Connecticut COVID cases continue to decline; in fact, on July 1, Governor Lamont announced that Connecticut's positive test rate is the third lowest in the nation. You will be pleased to know that Noble Horizons remains COVID free.

Highlights from the last week in June include a visit from Theo, an irresistibly charming llama who ambled throughout campus on a beautiful summer afternoon enchanting everyone he encountered. The farm-to-table program was launched by avid Noble gardeners who tilled the soil, planted seeds and seedlings and are now tending the gardens to ensure bountiful harvests through the growing season. We are especially grateful to the Noble Horizons Auxiliary whose generous donation of raised gardening beds ensures full participation by all Noble gardeners!

Noble Horizons will be celebrating July 4 with lots of red, white and blue and we wish you a joyous celebration of our nation's 244 birthday!

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Hotchkiss School's Carita Gardiner Teaches a Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novel

Join Hotchkiss School instructor Carita Gardiner for a "virtual book club"  in which participants will read the Pulitzer Prize-winning, best-selling novel, Less, by Andrew Sean Greer.  While telling the satirical story of a struggling novelist traveling the world, it offers a rumination on time and the human heart.  Her series begins on July 7, from 10:30-11:30 am.

Gardiner is a former Chair of the Hotchkiss School English Department and holds a B.A., from Amherst College, an M.Ed. from Harvard University, and an M.A. from Middlebury College. Registration and Zoom link.

Practicing Life During COVID

Examining Life as a Stoic in the Time of COVID with Dr. Mary O'Neill

On Thursday, July 9 from 10:30-11:30 am, Dr. Mary O'Neill will begin a four-week series exploring the pillars of Stoicism and how they provide the tools to examine central questions of life. Readings from Ward Farnsworth's The Practicing Stoic will be provided to promote a greater understanding of life’s arc during these challenging times.            

Mary B. O’Neill, Ph.D. was an award-winning lecturer in philosophy at Western CT State University before becoming the Career Experience Coordinator at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. She is a senior contributing writer at Main Street Magazine. Registration and Zoom link.

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Don't Miss Four-Time Pulitzer Peace Prize Nominee David Ives

On July 10 at 11 am, Noble Horizons will host four-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Emmy Award-winner, and former long-time Executive Director of the Albert Schweitzer Institute of Quinnipiac University, David Ives.

Ives is a global humanitarian who has worked with President Jimmy Carter and the Dalai Lama, served as the senior advisor to the Permanent Secretariat of the Summits of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates and won an Emmy Award as the Executive Producer of the 2005 Emmy-winning documentary Albert Schweitzer: My Life is My Argument. Registration and Zoom link.

Don't forget!

The Nature of America, Hamish Lutris, Mondays, through July 13, 11 am

Noble Horizons weekly balance class, Wednesdays, 10:30 am-11:30 am.

Studio Lakeville Senior Workout class, Wednesdays 1-1:30 pm

Yoga for Everyone!  Fridays, 10:00-10:30 am

David Ives, Four-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee and Emmy Award Winner, July 10; 11 am-Noon

The Hotchkiss School's Carita Gardiner teaches Less, the Pulitzer Prize-winning best-seller on July 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23; 10:30-11:30 am

Mary O'Neil, Ph.D., Examining Life as a Stoic in the Time of COVID, July 9, 16, 23, 30 10:30-11:30 am

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While COVID continues to be the backdrop this fall, the season's pageantry of spectacular foliage has provided a magnificent counterpoint to the pandemic.  Whether enjoying trails like the one pictured above or the mesmerizing views out every window, we are savoring the panoramic brilliance unfurling daily across the Noble campus.

We hope you are well and enjoying this spectacular fall.  The Noble campus is awash in neon yellow, crimson red and eye-popping orange and the views beyond are breathtaking.  Thanks to the warm, sunny weather, activities continue throughout campus, including outdoor family visits.  Indoor family visits are also taking place thanks to DPH policy changes.

As signs of fall emerge, we are happy to report that Noble Horizons remains 100% Covid-free.  Every team member has twice tested negative for the virus and all living at Noble continue to be healthy.  Like you, we had hoped that Covid challenges would not persist as they have but we are humbled by the sacrifices, commitment and hard work of so many who have kept Noble Horizons safe, vibrant and flourishing.

Salisbury temperatures will be dipping to 35 this weekend, a stark reminder that fall arrives on Tuesday. Fortunately, the days remain warm enough to enjoy weekly barbeques, outdoor family visits, golf cart rides, fishing, courtyard activities and bounteous harvests from the Noble gardens.  In fact, most of our barbeques feature vegetables and herbs picked just moments before they are served.

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