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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

And The Winners Are....

Congratulations to the follow people who won door prizes at our annual Christmas Bazaar.  Thanks again for all your support!

Cookies - Cathy Jannett
Doll - James Moyer
Quilt - Don Brinkman

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Have You Thought About This...

“The answer to dealing with stress and anxiety could just mean spending time at the gym chatting with friends.”
This statement is from a recent University of Florida Health Podcast.  It cites a study that  documents the benefits of socializing while you’re working out.  The most exciting benefit of socializing while exercising appears to be the mental health benefits. The article goes on to say that, “according to Health Promotion, those who engaged in vigorous exercise for 20 minutes at least three days a week were less likely to report poor mental health and perceived stress.”

This is the essence of the Vital Life model; ever  increasing fun & function in the physical, emotional, & nutritional dimensions of life!  The research is pouring in as we speak on this subject.  The moral of the story is—don’t go at it alone.  Enjoy your friends, enjoy your activities, while you enjoy your life!  Sounds like a  formula for success. Let’s move!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

St. Leonard Studio Art and Writing Show Update

Poetry Judge Update
Herbert Woodward Martin will be judging the poetry category. He began his studies at the University of Toledo. He continued them at SUNY at Buffalo, then at Middlebury College, and finished at Carnegie Mellon University. He came to UD in the fall of 1970, and has spent the bulk of his career there. The exceptions occurred in 1973, when he served as a distinguished visiting professor at Central Michigan University, and in 1990, when he was a Fulbright Scholar in Hungary. He has been The University of Dayton's poet-in-residence for over two decades. Martin has published four books of poetry and a monograph on Paul Laurence Dunbar.

Gardening, Floral Arrangement, and Landscape Judge
Lori Sienbenthaler, from Siebenthaler’s, will be judging our gardening, floral arrangement, and landscaping categories. Founded in 1870, The Siebenthaler Company has been beautifying homes and industries in the Miami Valley for six generations. The company has continued to have a major impact on the Dayton community to present day, serving the community through two, year-round garden centers and a landscape and maintenance division. An expert in the field of gardening, Lori is a great addition to our judging team!!

Enter in your piece of art TODAY! Entry forms available online, Human Resources, Chaminade main desk, and The Franciscan Center. Contact Anna-Bridgette at 937-436-6423 or for questions.

Monday, July 15, 2013

St. Leonard Staff Participate in MUD Volleyball for Epilepsy

Several staff members of St. Leonard Franciscan Living Community had fun and gave back to a great cause on Saturday, July 13, 2013. The 23rd Annual MUD Volleyball for Epilepsy took place at Wegerzyn Garden Metropark. All proceeds from the event went to The Epilepsy Foundation.

The Epilepsy Foundation’s mission is to lead the fight to stop seizures, find a cure and overcome challenges created by epilepsy. Since 1974, EFWO has provided services free of charge to the residents of Auglaize, Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Logan, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Preble and Shelby counties. You can learn more abot EFWO at their website -

Monday, July 8, 2013

High-Resolution Mapping Technique Uncovers Underlying Circuit Architecture of the Brain

June 27, 2013 — The power of the brain lies in its trillions of intercellular connections, called synapses, which together form complex neural "networks." While neuroscientists have long sought to map these complex connections to see how they influence specific brain functions, traditional techniques have yet to provide the desired resolution. Now, by using an innovative brain-tracing technique, scientists at the Gladstone Institutes and the Salk Institute have found a way to untangle these networks. Their findings offer new insight into how specific brain regions connect to each other, while also revealing clues as to what may happen, neuron by neuron, when these connections are disrupted.   
More information is available at Science Today -