Nancy Kermode pursues artistic, physical and social opportunities at South Franklin Circle

Nancy Kermode believes you’re only as old as your attitude.

Since moving to South Franklin Circle in June 2010, she continues to live up to this motto, admitting she’s never at a loss for something to do.

“You could be going from morning until night here–it’s wonderful!” exclaims Nancy.  “Nothing holds me back.  I continue to enjoy hobbies, interests and friends and I discover new ones all the time.”

With a degree in fine art from Kent State University, Nancy’s a prolific artist who dabbles in watercolors.

“South Franklin Circle has a magnificent art studio.  That was a real plus for me,” admits Nancy.  “I’m thrilled to be able to store my art supplies there!  Art Studio Coordinator Cathy Bryan has been great to work with.  She’s encouraged me to pursue acrylic painting and enameling.  We’ve become great friends,” says Nancy.

While art fosters her creativity, she stays physically fit with a variety of exercise classes.

“This has opened up a whole new world for me,” says Nancy.  “I take the gentle yoga and gentle conditioning classes, which help me with my balance.  The warm-water pool has been great for my back.  I put on a special belt that keeps me afloat in the deep end so I can do water exercises without my feet touching the bottom of the pool.”

Nancy is also a big fan of South Franklin Circle’s restaurant options, including Radius, which is conveniently located in the community center, only a short walk from her apartment.

“Radius is great for dinner parties,” says Nancy.  “I love taking guests there because the food is always delicious and the staff is extremely accommodating.  During the summer, we’ll have cocktails on my patio and then we just walk over for dinner. I’ve hosted Christmas Eve dinners there for my family.  They always ask ‘Are we going to eat at Radius?’ when they come to visit.”

Nancy is quick to point out that one of the other benefits of living at South Franklin Circle is that she can be social–or not–whenever she chooses.

She enjoys the hustle and bustle of the community center which she can access by a quick walk outside, or, in the colder months, by bridges that connect the buildings.  Also, if she doesn’t have firm dinner plans with anyone, she can easily join fellow diners at Radius’s convenient community table.

But Nancy also appreciates the sanctuary of her apartment, where she can spend a quiet evening cooking in her spacious kitchen.  She also enjoys reading with her cat, Wheezer, curled up beside her.

“A big selling point was that I could bring my cat,” says Nancy.  “I didn’t want to give her up!”

Outside of South Franklin Circle, Nancy continues to champion the cause of Heifer International, a humanitarian assistance organization that works to end world hunger and protect the earth.  Through livestock, training and “passing on the gift,” Heifer has helped more than 8.5 million families in more than 125 countries improve their quality of life and move toward greater self-reliance.

Nancy’s enthusiasm for Heifer International has inspired community groups and churches near and far.  This past spring, she presented the members of Chagrin Falls Methodist Church with a plaque on behalf of Heifer International in gratitude for their generous support of raising $5,000 for the cause.

“Moving to South Franklin Circle was the best decision I ever made,” smiles Nancy.  “I am so lucky!”

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