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Meet Your Assisted Living Houston Neighbor: Richard Shanks

Posted by Lisa Witt on Feb 27, 2018 10:12:00 AM

Meet Your Assisted Living Houston Neighbor:  Richard Shanks

by Jane Zimmerman, Treemont Resident

Each morning before opening my eyes, I see my purpose in my mind's eye in gigantic letters spread across a clear blue sky,

Richard Shanks.jpg"LIVE, LAUGH, LOVE!"

Words of the wise? Spoken by the sublime? Famous authors and masters of living?

These and other awesome sayings were written and spoken daily by resident Richard Shanks. He plays pool and dominos, but "Mr. Richard" (called by students and friends) is probably better known here as the talented piano player who entertains us after dinner in the lobby, performing popular, classical, and original pieces to our delight.

Mr. Richard's 65th birthday is February 18, 2018 at 8:18 p.m., and his apartment number is 218.  Even his car sticker is 218!  He said that the number "one" represents "unity" and the number "eight" represents "infinity".  When he orders coffee at IHOP, he asks for 218 "frisky" bubbles!  Is this number "218" a coincidence?  Richard even made and laminated his favorite menus for IHOP and Pappadeaux, using beautifully colored graphics and fonts!

One of four children born to Jack and Shirley Shanks, Mr. Richard was raised in Baytown and moved to Houston at age 13 when his father became Pastor of Pine Grove Baptist Church. Mr. R graduated valedictorian from Pine Grove Christian School, and attended Houston Baptist University, receiving 155 hours of credit in music and music education, though he began teaching piano at age 15.  Many of his students have performed beautifully at Christmas and Spring Recitals since 1969.  Mr. Richard encourages "practicing at a slow and steady tempo", and playing with much expression.  He uses some of his own duets to make learning fun.

The wise words mentioned earlier are in Mr. Richard's book, The Magic Power of Love and Repetition, written for his twin niece and nephew, Nikki and Matthew, for their 18th birthday.  He has written loving creations for family and friends taken from his 3 personal journals.  His penmanship is as excellent as his musical performances.  The journals are in color.  One journal uses black print, one blue, and another hot pink – his favorite color!

Richard would love to meet with anyone who is interested in piano lessons.  For residents at Treemont, there is a $15.00 discount per lesson.  $30.00 for 45-minute lessons.   For those who are interested, please leave a message for RICHARD SHANKS at the front desk of his senior living Houston community.


If you enjoyed meeting your Houston assisted living neighbor, then click here to meet more residents of this dynamic independent living in Houston community. There is much documentation on the value of social interaction and friendships in keeping seniors happy and content. Active Activities Programs are key to resident happiness in senior living in Houston communities. Seniors want to live with interesting and engaging residents. At Treemont, from concert pianist Ann Wang, to Nelda Sims of the Sims Trio and also Wilma Carr and Lillian Lee, residents enjoy in-house entertainment, and meeting new neighbors with whom to engage and share their new community. Please make sure you ask about the residents and the activities for seniors programs when you tour senior living Houston TX communities. 

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