Think Green!

March 22, 2014   March 20th marked the first day of spring for us here in the Northern Hemisphere.  Known more scientifically as the vernal equinox, derived from the Medieval Latin word equinoxium (for Latin aequinoctium), meaning “equal nights.” This seasonal event is not only cause for a festive mood and invigorating spirit for most after a long,…

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A Grand Anniversary

March 13, 2014   This month marks an amazing anniversary for The Danish Home of Chicago!  March 11th was the 123rd anniversary of the very first meeting of the 12 Founding Women.  These ladies made it their mission to found a home here in Chicago to care for elderly Danish-Americans, having their very first meeting…

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Women’s Day

March 6, 2014 March can be an exciting month.  It may not seem like it with our recent weather, but it isn’t described with the idiom ‘in like a Lion, out like a lamb’ for nothing!  Just a few weeks ago (long weeks, it seems!) it was predicted that there would be six more weeks…

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Anna Mikkelsen

February 26, 2014 Anna Mikkelsen left her home on Grace Street in Chicago and took the short walk to a neighbor’s home at 836 N. Irving Avenue. The air was brisk on her walk and she noticed the sun peaking out of the overcast sky on this particular March afternoon.  “I hope spring arrives soon,”…

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Fastelavn Celebration

February 20, 2014 Last Sunday The Danish Sisterhood joined the Danish American Athletic Club (DAAC) for its Fastelavn Celebration, and I’m told that there was a wonderful turn out!  Members, friends and families with children of all ages took part in the traditional costume parade, and there was Fastelavnsris and Slå katten af tønden (“hit the…

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Victorian Valentine

February 12, 2014 Although the mercury seems to be stuck way below freezing with still no sign of a thaw in sight, at least there is something warm and fuzzy for us to look forward to this week: Valentine’s Day! Conversation hearts, chocolates, and cards of pink and red make their way onto store shelves…

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Keeping the Faith

February 5, 2014 In visiting The Danish Home over these past several years I have met so many wonderful people, from the friendly residents and staff to the many visitors and generous supporters and benefactors who support its mission.  A mission that was forged over 125 years ago and still holds so dear to all…

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A Meeting of The Minds in 1901

January 29, 2014 With this recent cold snap we’ve been experiencing I’ve gotten a chance to spend some extra time visiting Mormor at The Danish Home.  They are keeping themselves quite busy there with all sorts of activities, including cookie making, movies, Club 21 cards and fitness.  Sometimes I think she’s busier than I am!…

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Miss Mary Thorsen

January 21, 2014 With this week being one of remembrance and admiration for the bold and courageous lives of those who came before us, paving the way for the rights we cherish today, it is only fitting that we highlight the life of Miss Mary Thorsen. Granddaughter to Emma and the youngest of the original…

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