“His Life ‘Began’ with a Bike Ride to the New York World’s Fair” by Harriett Burt
Carlton Senior Living | May 3, 2020

"His Life ‘Began’ with a Bike Ride to the New York World’s Fair" by Harriett Burt

Ed Vining moved into Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill-Martinez a few months ago from the Muir Oaks section of Martinez. He was born in North Carolina in 1925 shortly before his family moved to Montgomery, West Virginia. His father was a teacher and his mother was a housewife. He had two sisters. Ed is certain of one thing: “my life didn’t start until I was 14” when the 1939-40 World’s Fair opened in New York.  He wanted to see it, but his family wasn’t able to go. Ed around 1946 It was 1940 before he started the trip. How did he get there? “I rode my bike,” he replied. What??? Montgomery is nearly 500 miles from New York City! “Were your p …

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Carlton Residents Show Appreciation for our Essential Associates
Carlton Senior Living Blog | April 28, 2020

Carlton Residents Show Appreciation for our Essential Associates

The outpouring of support from residents, families and our communities at large is truly humbling and heartening. Bill Edwards from Carlton Senior Living Sacramento and Harriett Burt from Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill and their expressions of appreciation are fantastic examples of the fellowship that can only be felt within a community.   We’re in this together and we feel the love, so, thank YOU!

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“Finding Love in the Midst of War” by Hariett Burt
Carlton Senior Living | April 19, 2020

"Finding Love in the Midst of War" by Hariett Burt

Many of us at Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill-Martinez know Connie Malone but only a few remember her husband, Mike, who lived here from 2008 until his death in 2010. Connie is a first-generation American born of an Italian couple who immigrated to the United States around 1919 to build a better life. Mike, the son of an Indiana Presbyterian minister’s family, decided to sign up for a two-year enlistment in the Marine Corps in October 1941 so he could get the draft out of the way before resuming college to become a lawyer. Just two months later, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor radically changed Mike’s plan. By August 1942, he was an i …

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“Lucy Hanson Remembers…” by Resident, Harriett Burt
Carlton Senior Living | March 6, 2020

"Lucy Hanson Remembers..." by Resident, Harriett Burt

This article detailing a specific time period in the life of Lucy Hanson, a resident of Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill was written by fellow resident and Martinez News-Gazette writer, Harriett Burt. At one point in her life, an Arab fortune teller in French Algeria told teenage Lucienne ‘Lucy’ Hanson, “I see you in uniform. I see water very, very far away….” No matter how skeptical one might be about fortune tellers, this turned out to be a true vision. Lucy wore a U.S. Army uniform from 1945 until 1947 when she crossed the Atlantic as the bride of an American army officer with a baby on the way. Born in Aix-les-Baines, France in 1925, L …

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Resident Spotlight – Harriett Burt

Resident Spotlight - Harriett Burt

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Harriett Burt – Harriett was born in 1940 in East Oakland, California to Harold and Jean Burt. Her father attended Chico State University and was a school principal in Ashland, California but he felt he could not raise his family well on such an income. He ultimately decided to enlist in the U.S. Army but was denied due to colorblindness and instead became a welder for the shipyards in Oakland. In 1947, the Burt’s welcomed a son and both children were raised in El Cerrito. Harriett was considered to be very bright in her youth but chose to focus on activities other than her studies. At El Cerrito …

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