BY CAROL AFFOURTIT
As we enter into the middle of summer, let us pause and relish in the fact that we have been blessed with such lovely weather.
Life in our Eden Alternative Community is blessed as well. Under the guidance and loving arms of our administrator, Laurie Blatt, our home is a place to cherish.
Our Eden bulletin board displays ``Life’s Simple Pleasures’’ on which staff and residents have put together a collage of what we hold dear as pleasures to us.
In our community, such delights as the love and companionship of a pet, fondness for gardening and bird watching, music and laughter, the liveliness of children and the peacefulness of sitting on our many porches, enable our residents and staff to enjoy those pleasures.
For me, my simple pleasure is hugs. My mantra is ``at least three hugs a day keeps the blues away!’’ Whether a hug is to say hello, offer support, share a joy or sorrow, or just show you care, it is one of the simplest actions, but can mean so much to the giver or receiver. In my 23 years at the Thanksgiving Home I can’t fathom the amount of hugs I have given or received, buteach and every one holds a special place in my heart and has made my life so rich and fulfilled.
The mission of our Eden Home is to offer our residents a community free of the plagues of helplessness, loneliness and boredom.
When you see the vision of camaraderie and love shared by residents and staff, you can only think, ``family.’’ As we visit together, day by day _ sharing life stories, enjoying activities, meals, joys and sorrows, you can’t help but know the Thanksgiving Home is truly special.
Throughout the years, I have come to know the families and friends of our residents. When these people visit our home, they know their loved ones are in a truly special place and are cared for by staff who love what they do. We are a family in every sense of the word, and meet the needs of each and every resident as if they were our own parents or grandparents.
The past two weeks many residents enjoyed visits from family and friends. MarthaQuinn enjoyed visiting with the Doyle’s from Maine, lunch out with granddaughter, Bridget and dinner with two dear friends, Lucille Gilchrest and Betty McCarthy. A new great grandson, Grayson, born June 30th added to her joy.
Pat DeBaun has had a busy summer with daughters Laura and Ellie, going out for dinner and sailing on the boat.
Art and Natalie Laidlaw had a lovely visit with Mary and Peter Clark. Veronica Seaver took Fannie Navarra and Julia Gil to the Blue Mingo for lunch and Dot Gardner had lunch with her son Mark.
July 21st, Sara Siegel, Max Ofer and Renee Freidman put on a skit depicting the history of the Braille System, their way of celebrating History Day. July 22nd, staff and residents took off for Camp Minnetoska for our annual summer picnic and July birthday party.
The cake, artfully decorated by Darcey Schilling, was a replica of a picnic blanket, decked out with food, goodies and even ants!
We had a wonderful time and provided our own entertainment by singing summertime songs.
July 29th, Janet Saporito led ``Laughlines,’’ a get-together for jokes and laughter. Later that afternoon, ``Tea and Sweets’’ brought residents and staff together to celebrate our cat Ginger’s 6th birthday. Iced tea, lemonade and molasses cookies were served.
BY CAROL AFFOURTIT
Film examines Lance Armstrong's fall
There's nothing more heartwarming than someone overcoming impossible odds and achieving the pinnacle of success. The last thing you want is for that story to fall apart. When it happens to an icon like Lance Armstrong it's even more difficult to accept. He is someone you'd want to admire since he was both a champion and a do-gooder. How does the public react when it all comes crashing down?Continued ...
Taking risks and getting out of my comfort zone
I never thought that I would be trapped in so many whirlwinds of stressful thoughts about where I'm taking my life. There are so many different options to choose from, and so many decisions that have to be made. I feel like I am falling into an endless pit, awaiting my final decision that will inevitably lead me into the unknown that is my future.Continued ...
Denmark meeting expectations
Hej! My name is Max Ofer, and I am in Denmark through the Rotary Youth Exchange Program. I live in a small town called Hjallerup, consisting of 3000 people, in the northern part of Jutland, the main peninsula of Denmark.Continued ...
Local Voices From Around The Globe: Settling in and having a smooth transition
Oi! I'm spending my junior year as a Rotary Exchange student in Brazil.Continued ...
Teen Talk: Getting working experience has had its bumps in the road
Stepping into the working world has proven to be a lot harder than I thought it would be.Continued ...
Getting to attend a journalism and media conference
What has social media got to do with journalism? Why does the media focus on the topics it does, and how does that shape public opinion?Continued ...
Local Voice From Around the Globe:Thinking, 'How can this be?' all over again
I have at last bid farewell to India, and come home. However, the thread of my story did not stop at the departure gate, but continues on uninhibited, having only changed course.Continued ...
There is good, there is bad and then there is high school
Looking back at all my endeavors since freshmen year in high school, I realize that life moves on in a blink of an eye.Continued ...
Getting to know a man called 'Ee-yah'
Hughie Jennings died in 1928, but I feel like I know him well.Continued ...
Local Voice From Around the Globe: Keeping Thai while re-entering America
As I've begun my American life again, spending time with friends, holding up a job, etc, I've been able to stay above the tide of reverse culture shock and the sort of post-exchange despair that is common at this time for exchange students by meditating on some Thai-inspired thoughts.Continued ...
A new kind of racing is turning a dream into reality
There are really no words to describe getting on a race horse, getting behind the starting gate and taking off full speed at a trot. All I can say is it is a bumpy ride that gets the cheeks bouncing and your helmet pushing back in the wind.Continued ...
Fight to keep chicken alive has taken several attempts
I agree with the narrator of Robert Frost's poem "Mending Wall" that good fences make good neighbors - most of the time.Continued ...
'Read My Lips' may not be a memoir for everyone
Sometimes an actor or actress can be defined by a singular performance. Everyone remembers Vivian Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara in "Gone With the Wind," but most people would be hard pressed to name any of her other films (I can name one, "Caesar & Cleopatra," only because I saw it for a class in college).Continued ...
Local Voices From Around the Globe: It's been a year of inexplicable joy, struggle, hilarity and triumph
Recently I went with my host mother to travel through a central province of Thailand called Kanchanaburi. Here, I was able to sit among and pet sleeping tigers at a temple that serves as a tiger reserve/zoo.Continued ...
Attack on Sacket's Harbor
Sacket's Harbor, near the beginning of the St. Lawrence River from Lake Ontario, was the principal American naval base on Lake Ontario during the War of 1812.Continued ...
Once again, hope springs eternal ...
We are happy to report that although Mother Nature did her best to thwart the annual Upper Pioneer Street Block Party, she was not successful.Continued ...
Local performs costumed recitations of Casey at the Bat
Since 1996, I have had the privilege of doing costumed recitations of Casey at the Bat as part of my job at the Baseball Hall of Fame. Iâ€™ve performed the poem an estimated 2,000 times in 22 states, at ballparks, conferences, classrooms, Hall of Fame Induction ceremonies, weddings and other events.Continued ...
E-readers come in handy when traveling
I recently took a trip to California and it was the perfect time to make use of my e-reader. While I'm still devoted to actual books, I must admit that traveling with a thin, lightweight computerized device beats dragging along one or two bulky hard copy titles. The only issue is finding the right e-books to take on the airplaneContinued ...
Local Voices From Around the Globe: Arriving at the last bend in the River
The month of May is the height of the summer in India, a time best spent indoors with a good book and a sliced mango for company.Continued ...
Cooperstown election and law
On Tuesday the 18th inst. [May], the following persons were elected officers for this village for the ensuing year: --Continued ...
- Film examines Lance Armstrong's fall