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Local Author Night: John Wooley and Brett Bingham: Twentieth Century Honkey-Tonk

Trinity Woods welcomes authors John Wooley and Brett Bingham for a look at their new book about a Tulsa icon. It was supposed to be a car dealership. Instead, it became one of the most famous American music venues of all time. For the first time ever, all the secrets of the hottest honky-tonk of the 20th Century, the Cain’s Ballroom, are revealed, in the words of the people who made it happen.

Spanning the famed venue’s first 75 years, from 1924 through 1999, Twentieth-Century Honky-Tonk tells it all, from Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys—who became a national sensation with their clear-channel ballroom broadcasts— to U2, the Police, and Van Halen. Books will be available for purchase and signing at a cost of $20, cash or credit card accepted.

John Wooley is a writer, novelist, lecturer, filmmaker, and radio and TV host who specializes in the movies, literature, and music of the 1930s and ‘40s as well as other pop-culture history. Brett Bingham has managed and booked dozens of musical acts, specializing in western Swing. Currently, he’s the business manager for Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys under the direction of Jason Roberts.

Be Well in the New Year

by Jennifer Rawlings, VP of Wellness

What if your health and well-being were your job? What if it was your top priority? It is the time
of year when most people set their goals and then want to see instant results.

I encourage you to resist the temptation to give up, especially if you don’t see immediate results after the first two weeks. Your health is a work in progress. You must find what works for you. Your success is built upon failures and trials. Never quit when you are struggling; you only fail when you quit. As long as you are working toward your goal, you are making progress. It doesn’t matter how slow or how fast you are going as long as you keep going. You are
worth it!

If your health is something you think about every day or even if it is something you only think about when you have to, you are still making progress by thinking about it at all. Your health is the product of small choices you make every day. Remember skipping one workout or eating one dessert doesn’t make you unhealthy and doesn’t derail your goals. However, skipping a workout more often than not and fueling your body with processed foods will take you farther and farther away from your healthy goals for wellbeing!

Make your health a priority to make your life better. Being well is not a punishment to your body, it is something you are doing that is good for you. Celebrate, embrace, and be proud of being well. It’s all about your mindset.

Love yourself and allow the struggle to help you grow. Enjoy the process; remind yourself of the small wins and focus on where you want to go. You owe it to yourself to do the best you can and invest in you!

Member Council 2022

We are excited to announce the Trinity Woods 2022 Member Council.

Front Row (left to right): Bill Moorer, Shirley Frizzell, Chuck Hanna, Phyllis Rhodes
Back Row (left to right): Glenna Hertzler, Rollie Rhodes, Sue Duncan, Paul Hockett, Jenneth Sheeler, Howard Rhodes, Charlotte Frazier, Fred Elder

Their role is to promote, organize and/or conduct events and activities of interest to the Members. The Council serves in an advisory role for the organization and may also represent the Member body in forums when necessary. This group is excited to serve their Trinity Woods neighbors.

Leave it Behind and Move Forward

by Weldon Tisdale, Trinity Woods Chaplain

The beginning of a new year is an opportune time to start afresh. Don’t let 2022 just be another year
of moving forward – make it a year of leaving some things behind. Past hurts, failures, pains, decisions…
are often weights that hinder our ability to move forward. Even good things that are energy drainers could potentially need to be left behind. If you have done something you thought was meaningful without getting meaningful results, maybe, it’s time to leave it (or them) behind as well.

Actually, any unnecessary weights or baggage should be left behind. Sometimes that includes individuals who have become baggage by occupying too much of your time, space, and energy, unnecessarily. Leave them behind and
love them from a distance.

Ultimately, the most difficult thing to do is move forward when you are totally focused on the past.

As one who was intimately aware of hurts, pains, beatings, and shipwrecks in life, the Apostle Paul teaches us the importance of forgetting past things and moving forward. He encourages us to press on towards a greater prize.

Just a reminder: faith is the key element for moving forward. Your heavenly Father did not create you to live a life of mediocrity – you were created to live life in the faith lane. The faith lane is not to be mistaken for the ‘fast lane’ because often it is just the opposite. Patience will be required as you embark on the new.

There is so much more ahead of you than behind you. Like Paul, let it go, leave it behind and move forward.

January STARS Employee of the Month

Candy Ramirez, Cook, Employee Corner Cafe

» Start Date: August 2011
» Born and Raised: Texas
» Described by Friends: Caring, helpful, attentive and does the right thing
» Favorite Holliday: Family birthdays!
» Favorite Recipe: Salsa – Green or Red
» Favorite Quote: “This isn’t Burger King but you can have it your way – upon availability.”
» Favorite Thing about working Trinity Woods: “Doing what I love to do, helping and serving and especially cooking for my employees.”
» What her supervisor says: “Candy is a very caring person. She works tirelessly to ensure superb service to every employee.” – Richard Applegate, Food Services Director

Trinity Woods Opens Medical Clinic on Campus

Trinity Woods is excited to announce the opening of a new medical clinic on campus.
“We are very pleased to announce a new phase in the partnership between Trinity
Woods and the OSU Center for Health Sciences for the clinic,” said Steve Dickie,

The clinic is located on the bottom floor of the Crestwood building just outside the
Spann Wellness Center west entrance. The location, which used to be the salon, has
been completely renovated to accommodate its new purpose. In addition to primary
care visits, the space will be used for lab draws, Podiatry and Audiology.

“The area has been remodeled with new walls, doors, lighting and plumbing,” said
Jesse Stark, Trinity Woods, Project Coordinator. “The new space includes a private
reception area that is spacious and quiet, an exam room, and a private physician
consultation room.”

Along with the clinic we are pleased to introduce Dr. Marinn Rank, D.O. as the
new physician on campus. Dr. Rank earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology
graduating with honors from OSU. She attended Oklahoma State University College
of Medicine and did her specialty training in the Oklahoma State University Family
Medicine Residency Program. She is Board Certified by the American Board of
Osteopathic Family Physicians. Dr. Rank serves as Assistant Clinical Professor of
Family Medicine in the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences Family
Medicine Residency program.

The new clinic will officially open its doors later this month. The central location
will provide easy access for all community members. The clinic will be open from
1-5 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month. To schedule an appointment
or learn more about utilizing Dr. Rank, contact Lupina Fry at 918.346.6618.

Tulsa Youth Opera Performs at Trinity Woods

Tulsa Youth Opera at Trinity Woods: Amahl & the Night Visitors by Gian Carlo Menotti
Friday, January 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, January 8 at 2:30 & 7:30 p.m.
Community Life Center, Westervelt Hall

This one-act, fully staged opera in English tells the story of Amahl and his mother as they encounter the three kings who are journeying to bring gifts to the baby Jesus. It is an inspirational story of faith, told from the perspective of a child. Admission is free but tickets are required.

January Issue of The Trail Mix

In this issue:

New Medical Clinic on Campus
Meet Dr. Marinn Rank and learn more about what this new clinic space offers. Introducing the 2022 Member Council!

January Wellness
Be well in the new year. Advise from Chaplain Tisdale on moving forward with a positive out look. Exciting events in January with Tulsa Youth Opera as they present Amahl and the Night Visitors.

New Neighbors
Meet Jim and Linda Pat, Jerry and Latricia, and Margaret!

A Dementia Friendly Holiday

by Jennifer Rawlings, VP of Wellness

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is upon us, and you may be wondering what is it going to be like this year? Will it be “normal?” Will it be different? This is probably true if your family has a loved one living with dementia. One thing is certain, the holidays will still come, and they will still be celebrated.

For many families who have someone living with dementia it can add another layer of anxiety. Within the United States, there are at least 5 million people currently living with age related dementias. To put this into perspective, it’s estimated that one out of every six women and one out of every 10 men, living past the age of 55 will develop dementia. So, the odds are that you know someone living with dementia.

At the end of the day most of us do our very best to make sure all our family and guests are happy and are having an enjoyable time. Here are some helpful tips to welcome loved ones and friends living with dementia this holiday season.

Be Flexible – Go into the holiday season knowing it might look different than you think – be flexible with your plans. Changes may be necessary, have a “Plan B”. If your loved one becomes agitated by large gatherings, have a quiet place you can take your loved one to rest. Maybe have family come a few at a time to talk with them instead of all at once. Give them some space if necessary.

Respect Routine – For some living with dementia the holiday season can be disruptive to their daily routine causing them to be uncomfortable or even act out. Routine is highly important for managing symptoms of dementia and any changes to their daily schedule, seeing unfamiliar faces or being in large groups could upset someone with dementia.

Preparing Family – Talk to your family and guests prior to the gathering. Let others know the ways you have found to have successful interactions.

Other things to discuss might be:

• The stage of dementia and what symptoms they might see.

• The daily routine and why it’s important.

• Being patient during conversations, without correcting or questioning.

• Don’t be offended if he/she forgets you, live in the moment.

• Don’t say “don’t you remember” or “I’ve already told you that.”

If your normal family get-together now looks different, that is ok. There are still ways to enjoy this special time of the year. Just keep it simple. And most important – remember to take time for yourself. The best caregiver is a caregiver who takes care of themselves as well.

Dementia takes different forms for everyone and people living with dementia can thrive with the support of their family and community. Whether they are able to express it or not they are thankful for you as I’m sure you are thankful for them.

Stats from Dementia facts & figures | Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) (

Take Control of the Holidays – Over Coming Holiday Stress

by Weldon Tisdale, Trinity Woods Chaplain

Philippians 4: 6 “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything…” (NLT)

This scripture is direction given from the Apostle Paul for dealing with stressful times and certainly, the holiday season often brings unwelcome guests like, stress and depression. And it’s no wonder. The holidays present a dizzying array of demands — parties, shopping, baking, cleaning and entertaining, to name just a few. At times, holidays will bring back memories of loved ones passed on often adding an additional level of

coping. But with some practical tips, you can minimize the stress that accompanies the holidays. You may even end up enjoying the holidays more than you thought you would.


Acknowledge your feelings. If someone close to you has recently passed or you can’t be with a loved one, realize that it’s normal to feel sadness and grief. It’s okay to take time to cry or express your feelings. You can’t force yourself to be happy just because it’s the holiday season.

Reach out. If you feel lonely or isolated, seek out community, religious events or other social activities. They can off er support and companionship. Volunteering your time to help others also is a good way to lift your spirits and broaden your friendships.

Be realistic. The holidays don’t have to be perfect or just like last year. As families change and grow, traditions and rituals change. Choose a few to hold on to and be open to creating new ones.

Set aside differences. Try to accept family members and friends as they are, even if they don’t live up to all your expectations. Set aside grievances until a more appropriate time for discussion. And be understanding if others get upset or distressed when something goes awry. Off er them “grace” because chances are they’re feeling the effects of holiday stress and depression, too.

Stick to a budget. Before you go gift and food shopping, decide how much money you can afford to spend. Then stick to your budget. Don’t try to buy happiness with an avalanche of gifts.

So, take control of the holidays. Do not allow them to become something you dread. Instead, take steps to prevent the stress and depression that can descend during the holidays. Learn to recognize your holiday triggers so you can combat them before they lead to a meltdown. With a little planning and some positive

thinking, you can fi nd peace and joy during the holidays. And remember, “Do not worry about anything, instead pray about everything.”

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Christmas in the Woods

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas on the campus of Trinity Woods. Lights, holiday programs and of course – Christmas in the Woods! We are excited to bring back this holiday favorite from years past. Mark your calendar for Thursday, December 9th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. It will be a night of good old fashioned holiday fun.

“I couldn’t be more excited that we are able to host Christmas in the Woods this year,” said Steve Dickie, CEO. “I love this event. It brings community members, their families and Trinity Woods employees together in a way that truly embodies who we are as a community – good friends and caring neighbors.”

After a four year break due to construction and COVID this year is sure to be a night to remember. Christmas in the Woods is a campus-wide celebration for the whole family. In addition to great food at several venues, horse drawn carriage, entertainment and the beautiful living nativity, there will also be a candy shop, photos with Santa Claus and an elf scavenger hunt!

“Everyone talks about how amazing Christmas at the Manor was and how it was the highlight of the season. I am excited to now be part of Christmas in the Woods,” said Jennifer Rawlings, VP of Wellness. “Trinity Woods

community members, families, friends, and employees are all encouraged to attend this event, that is sure to put us in the holiday spirit!” To purchase tickets visit the Crestwood Concierge or Holliman Center Receptionist – ticket prices are $12 members, $15 guests, and $7 children ages 3-12. Children under 3 are free. Tickets may be charged to your member account. For more information call 918.346.6614

What Thanksgiving Means To Me

By Phyllis Rhodes, Member Council President

Simply put it means kindness, gratitude, and thankfulness. As President of Member Council, I
often see and hear many stories of how community members help each other and show each other
gratitude. Honestly, it is one of my favorite parts of the job!

As we enter the month of thankfulness, I wanted to take time to express my sincere appreciation for our
community and all those who live and serve at Trinity Woods. It is with that in mind that I would like to
introduce the “Operation Gratitude Challenge.” Here is the challenge:

  1. Ask someone to join you for lunch or dinner that you have never eaten with before. Whether you are new or have lived here for years, people always walk into Charter Oak or Cypress Grille and wonder where to sit. Wouldn’t it truly be an act of kindness if we invited them to be part of our table or group?
  2. Write a note to a Trinity Woods employee. Nothing makes someone feel better than when they are appreciated. Being grateful for those who choose to work here is something I know many of you do all the time, but this month be intentional about seeking out an employee to show them how grateful you are that they work here.
  3. Send a thank you note to a Trinity Woods neighbor or friend. Our neighbors help us in many ways – whether it’s a smile or saying good morning or even checking on us when we haven’t been feeling well. Aren’t you thankful you live in a community where people truly care about you and your well-being? Take a minute to let them know you are thankful for their thoughtfulness.

Whether you accept my challenge and do one or all three of these suggestions, I hope you take time to truly embrace a spirit of gratitude. The Wellness Team has agreed to help us in this endeavor. There will be thank you cards at the Wellness Reservation Boxes for you to fill out. You may place completed notes for employees or members in the
boxes for them to be delivered or you can deliver them yourself to that special person.

Over 65 Years of Neighbor Helping Neighbor

What exactly does that mean – neighbor helping neighbor? Neighbors play an important
role in our community and our lives. Throughout your life I am sure interactions with
neighbors has meant many things – borrowing a cup of sugar, babysitting, yard chores, or
sharing a meal. But when you live at Trinity Woods, it means so much more.

When we did the research for our new name, people used terms like “neighbor” and
“kindness” to describe the community. I remember thinking, “Isn’t that interesting but
not surprising.” We have always been a community where love of and kindness to others
defines our very essence. Like the traveling stranger in the parable of the Good Samaritan,
we have all been “beaten up” by the world around us. We have all been abandoned “on the
side of the road” of disillusionment, loneliness, or despair. All of us need others to show
us grace and mercy.

Since announcing our new name, I have been overwhelmed by seeing this “neighbor”
persona in action. Just last month, I heard story after story of neighbor assisting neighbor
when a storm knocked out the power in one of the buildings on campus. Neighbors going
door-to-door to check on each other, neighbors walking flights of stairs to bring others

I think of the group of widows who live on campus who share a deep friendship. In fact,
they describe each other as “a best friend.” When I asked about the length of their
friendship, they told me they had only met since living at Trinity Woods. Isn’t that amazing,
discovering your best friend in life here?

I could go on and on about our community members and their stories of friendship and
kindness – or as we call it “being neighborly”. That is what living at Trinity Woods is all
about – neighbors helping, welcoming, and extending grace to others. I think our ads
say it best “everyone being welcome just comes naturally…seems like the Christian and
neighborly, thing to do.”

Trinity Woods Host Trunk or Treat!

Thursday, October 28 from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. in the Community Life Center

This year we are excited to host a Trunk-or-Treat for Trinity Woods’ family and friends. Invite your grandchildren, nieces, nephews, or special children in your life to dress up and show off their costumes. Employees are encouraged to bring their children for this special event! Members can sign up to decorate their car trunk, golf cart or a table (inside the CLC) to pass out candy. Join us for this Trinity Woods family fun night!

Trinity Woods Introduces new Director of Dining Services!

Richard Applegate is the newest member of the Trinity Woods Dining Service Team. Richard comes to Trinity Woods with over 15 years of culinary experience. He has spent his career working in the kitchen in some capacity or another.

“I am passionate about my work and my goal is to make sure that dining at Trinity Woods is the best that it can be.”

His background includes executive chef at a senior living community where he had oversight of all daily operations of the food and dining. Richard has also been featured on the noon Channel 6 cooking segment showcasing his talent and love of food. He has served as the chef for a catering company and a local casino and resort.

“I chose Trinity Woods because I like this type of environment and I have heard great things about this community,” said Richard. “I am looking forward to getting to know everyone and showing them my home style, made from scratch cooking with love.”

Fun Facts about Richard

Born and Raised: Tulsa, Ok
High School: Will Rogers High
Family: Married with three children – a son and two daughters
Interesting Fact: When I’m bored, I like to tie flies for fly fishing
Proudest Accomplishment: Opened a BBQ restaurant in Southern Texas
Wanted to be as a Kid: Pitcher for the Atlanta Braves
One Meal Forever: Steak and potatoes
Friends Describe Him: Very caring and loyal
Favorite Family Recipe: Pork and corn soup
Favorite Movie: Field of Dreams
Favorite Quote: “Grown men can learn from very little children for the hearts of little children are pure.” Black Elk of the Oglala Sioux

Fall Fright Night

Thursday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Community Life Center Westervelt Hall

After the treats have been passed out, the trunks have closed, and the children have been sent home all sugared up, we will gather for our annual Fall Fright Night. This year, the wonderful Bill Rowland – or should we say “The Phantom” – will be here to provide live accompaniment for the classic silent film, The Phantom of the Opera, starring Lon Chaney. Enjoy this chilling tale with live music and, of course, there will be some treats for you!

Fall Festival

Fall Festival is back and better than ever! We’ll have a delicious meal in Westervelt Hall of BBQ baby back ribs and BBQ brisket, with baked beans, cole slaw, potato salad, and apple pie for dessert. Then we’ll move outside (weather permitting) to the Community Life Center parking lot for a foot-stomping, relaxed outdoor concert of classic country music from Gypsy Twang. Gypsy Twang is Sarah Barker Huhn on lead vocals and guitar, Steve Huhn on upright bass, John Williams on vocals, guitar, harmonica, and Kurt Nielsen on mandolin.

For our party, they’ll be joined by Western Swing Music Society of the Southwest inductee Lee Roy Whisenhunt on steel guitar for a classic country sound. It will be a great evening to celebrate fall!

Spotlight on Westervelt Hall at Trinity Woods

This month we are showing off the Nelda Westervelt Stage. Here are some fun facts about the stage and lighting in Westervelt Hall.
• Named after John Westervelt’s wife Nelda
• 50 colored stage lighting fixtures
• 9 Standard colors on the Stage lighting fixtures that can be programed for multiple options
• 12 spot light fixtures
• Sound and lighting can be controlled from anywhere in the building via mobile app
• Capability to connect 16 microphones and instruments on stage
• Broadway production-style stage curtain
• 380 square foot stage area
• Fully retractable 4K projection system

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