“The Attic” from the Memoirs of James Thompson Sr. of Carlton San Jose
Carlton Senior Living | November 22, 2020

"The Attic" from the Memoirs of James Thompson Sr. of Carlton San Jose

“The Attic” is just one of the many short stories from the memoirs of James Thompson Sr., a resident of Carlton Senior Living San Jose. Written during the 1970s, Thompson’s writings illustrate what life was like as a child growing up in the small town of Dyer, Indiana during the 1930s. Dyer is a town in St. John Township, Lake County, Indiana and is a southeastern suburb of Chicago. According to census records, the population of Dyer was just 672 in 1930 and had increased to 976 by 1940. “The Attic” by James Thompson Sr. The attic was a good place to play if the weather was mild. In the summer, the attic was very hot and in the winter it was …

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“Why I Wait For the Bus in Front of Carlton” by Elma Blaud
Carlton Senior Living | June 29, 2020

"Why I Wait For the Bus in Front of Carlton" by Elma Blaud

“It’s the people, the dear people,” says Elma Blaud, a resident of Carlton Senior Living. “I like to sit (and I arrive early so that I can) under the apple tree – oh no, no, that is still another story,” Elma, a life-long lover of music says jokingly. “Back to square one. I like to sit under the overhang at the front of the Carlton Senior Living San Jose community. My reason: I wish to be the first person to enter the bus! Why? You ask – because I want to observe all the beauty of San Jose and the surrounding views as we glide to our destination, whether it be Santa Cruz, Half Moon Bay, Watsonville, etc. They are all beautiful and most intere …

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“The Beautiful Music in Everything” by Elma Blaud
Carlton Senior Living | April 27, 2020

"The Beautiful Music in Everything" by Elma Blaud

“I see the piano and beautiful music in everything!” says Elma Blaud, a resident of Carlton Senior Living. “I do not feel that I have a signature style,” says Elma. That is a true statement. She attempts to incorporate different elements into her music. And, something in her playing is known and appreciated by many Carlton Senior Living San Jose residents and visitors alike. Her music consistently manages to appear well detailed without requiring a great pianist to possess astrophysicist-level playing skills to achieve. Elma wants to play pieces that others may choose to hear and play and are not overly complicated. She’s aware that many pian …

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