As we prepare to celebrate our nation’s independence, it is incumbent upon us to acknowledge and sincerely appreciate the liberties we enjoy in our country that other citizens of the world merely dream of. Our ability to freely participate in the election of a new President in a few months readily comes to mind as an example of our precious freedom as Americans. It is our hope, however, that as you enjoy our barbeque on the 4th and proudly don red, white and blue, that you recognize that there are the small, everyday freedoms that we are to be grateful for as well. Here at The Commons we strive to provide you with arenas in which to express your opinions, maintain various religious and political beliefs, and learn about others’ cultures and traditions. We encourage you to stretch yourselves a little farther by trying new activities, learning new skills, and meeting new friends. Whether you’re traveling vicariously with Doug on Thursday July 14th on his adventure to Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park, or swapping stories of traveling mishaps with fellow residents on Saturday the 16th or exploring the multicultural world of Jewish music with Edee on the 7th or 21st, we hope you take a moment to appreciate your freedom to do so. On Tuesday the 5th, we invite you to choose a memento to bring to a sharing circle. This is an opportunity to share something that has meaning to you, and learn about things that others hold dear. For those who enjoy performing before groups, we encourage you to sign up to perform in our Resident/Staff Talent Show on Friday the 8th. On Friday the 29th we will be entertained by a play reading of an adapted version of the Golden Girls pilot that will be performed by our residents. On Tuesday, July 19th, audiologists from Universal Hearing Care will be holding a Hearing Wellness Seminar from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. in the Activity Room. Come learn important steps you can take to improve your hearing health! You will also have an opportunity to sign up for hearing screenings or to have hearing aids checked and cleaned. We wish everyone a fabulous 4th, and an enriching month of exploration and gratitude. “Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.”-Khalil Gibran Look inside this newsletter for full and complete details and descriptions of all our July programs, events and outings.