Resident Feature: Bud Henderson

This month’s resident feature takes us to Lenox Village Apartments in Lincoln, Nebraska. Francis aka, “Bud” Henderson, a resident of two and a half years, has become good friends with the staff on property. Bud and his wife moved to Lincoln in order to be closer to their daughter. When asked what his favorite part of living at Lenox Village is, he said “the convenience (of being near) our daughter’s home, shopping, activities, quality service and neighbors.” Since his retirement, Bud has spent a lot of his time researching and writing books that he has plans to publish. He is the author of the book Dreams, which was recently published by Handersen Publishing, LLC.

Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Bud was the first of his family to finish high school. Although he had wanted to continue on to college to study journalism, the cost was just too high. After working for the International Shoe Co. for two years, he was encouraged by his coworkers to pursue his dream of attending college. He attended college in Bolivar, Missouri, where he decided to take a different path and completed his pre-med course at Ouachita Baptist College in Arkansas. He completed medical school and his residency before spending nine years in the United States Army, Army Reserve and National Guard. Bud then returned to Arkansas to continue his medical practice before retiring to care for his wife in 2014.

Though circumstances lead to his career in medicine, Bud knew since high school that he wanted to be a writer. “I had written some creative work during my practice years, but upon retiring, I began to seriously study and participate in writing fiction,” he explained. After moving to Lincoln, Bud decided that he would write children’s literature and was intrigued with picture books. It was then that the idea for his book Dreams came to life. “(Dreams is) a story that parents and grandparents will enjoy reading to their children. It is a ‘rhythmic’ picture book, teaching about ‘dreams’ and giving permission to children to dream, both asleep and awake, and then to follow those dreams,” he said.

Although his daughter believes the story to be a reflection of his own life, Bud says he did not intend it to be. He explained, “I wanted a story that taught children about their opportunity (and) to follow what they like to do.” Local Lincoln artist, Karissa Bettendorf, illustrated his story and made it come to life with her original paintings. “She made the narrative pictures of the mind come alive to the eye,” Bud said.

If you’d like your own copy of Dreams, you can purchase it at Handersen Publishing, Barnes & Noble (SouthPointe Pavilions, Lincoln), Francie & Finch Bookshop (130 S. 13th Street, Lincoln) or on Amazon (search Dreams Francis Henderson). When asked if he has any future books in the works, Bud replied “Yes. I have two picture books and two middle-grade novels I’m working on. Hopefully, at least one will be published within the year.”

Bud Henderson is the perfect example of what it means to chase after your dreams. And no matter where life may lead you or where you end up, it’s never too late to go for it!

Resident Spotlight: Julia

Why did you choose to live at The Biltmore?

My husband and I wanted a spacious townhome with lots of storage and a community. The Biltmore was a natural fit! We’ve been here for several years and have enjoyed getting to know the staff and our neighbors.

How did you get involved with the American Lung Association?

I have been serving the American Lung Association since 2011. I love going to work every day! I have many personal ties to lung disease and lung cancer and wanted to work for an organization where I could impact change in the community and make a difference.

What do you love most about your position?

My favorite thing about the American Lung Association is our mission and the depth and breadth of the work that we do! We touch so many lives every day. The mission of the American Lung Association is to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. You might not know that the American Lung Association is the country’s oldest voluntary public health organization – and we’ve accomplished some pretty cool things over the last century – including discovering a treatment for children living with TB, eliminating smoking on domestic air flights and strengthening the Clean Air Act. Our work is focused on five strategic imperatives: defeating lung cancer, improving the air we breathe, reducing the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families, eliminating tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases and accelerating fundraising and enhancing organizational effectiveness to support the urgency of our mission. I love that in my role, I get to work to raise awareness and dollars to help make our work happen.

Resident Feature: Michelle N. Gibson

1. How long have you lived at Delante?
I have lived at the Delante for a year and a half.

2. How long have you been a dancer and how did you get started?
I have trained since the age of 10. I attended the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts in elementary, middle school, and high school furthering my studies and receiving my Bachelors of Arts in Dance from Tulane University in New Orleans. I then continued on receiving my Masters of Fine Arts in Dance, Choreography and Performance Studies from Hollins University in Virginia and Duke University in Durham NC. Hopefully will be working towards my PHD in the near.

3. What type of dance do you teach and what is your favorite?
I am trained in a plethora of dance techniques which allows me the ability to teach varies styles such as Classical Ballet, Contemporary Modern, Jazz, Hip Hop, West African, Brazilian Samba, Salsa/Latin Dance etc just to name a few. I don’t really have a favorite because I embody all of them. Each technique has benefited and supported me throughout my career as a dance educator and performer. I love them all!

4. Do you use the Studio at Delante?
Yes, I do utilize the studio periodically for private lessons and rehearsals as needed.

5. Do you teach adults or children?
Yes I do teach both children and adults. Recreational, pre-professional, professional leveled and private classes. I also teach and offer a movement therapy workshop for the elderly at several facilities throughout the DFW area.

6. What is it that you like about dance?
Dance is my life and my voice. What inspires me as an artist is to watch how creativity cultivates the mind, body, soul, and spirit that conjures up the true essence of what human life really is and all that it can be. What inspires me as an artist is to allow my creativity and gifts to be embodied by my students and audience where a conversation takes place that is not verbal but it is felt from one agency to another through movement.

7. In your opinion, what are the top three benefits of dance?
It is a creative expression that can bring discipline, training, and enlightenment to all while addressing physical therapy, mind and body connection, and a rigorous workout. The language of dance is universal which allows all people of different ages and races the opportunity to partake within its holistic presence. Dance is life and the community lives through it.