Hello to All from CommunityCare of Lyme!!
Venturing into Fall, I’ll report on the end of Summer and what’s coming up. Before diving in, I’ll share something a friend passed on that caught me at exactly the right time. Maybe you’ll appreciate it too.
In Praise of Slowness
It was a hectic day, and catching my breath didn’t seem to be an option. Glancing through my messages, deciding which were critical to the moment, I saw this one, and not usually hearing from her unless things were difficult, I opened it:
I saw this today and thought you might find it of interest, and that you might like to share it with others through CCL … In a TED Talk, journalist Carl Honoré describes a wake-up call he had while reading bedtime stories to his son, and it is certainly is eye-opening. He has also written a book, In Praise of Slowness, in which he “dissects our speed-obsessed society and celebrates those who have gotten in touch with their ‘inner tortoise.’”
Speed-obsessed? She caught my attention, and I clicked on the link to the talk. After finding himself “speed-reading The Cat in the Hat” to his son, Carl Honoré began to look around. We are all trying to do more and more in less and less time. He believes our emphasis on speed is bad for our health, our quality of life, and our productivity. But he sees a backlash brewing, as “everyday people” start putting on the brakes. Well speaking as an every day gal, I could use some brakes! His talk was fascinating and encouraging.
Click here to hear the TED talk for the rest of the story. You may view it or read the transcript. If you prefer, contact me, and I’ll send you the transcript.
As busy as we are, as much as it feels we must accomplish, it’s important for us all to slow down … to enjoy our time and our people and our space. It feels an especially appropriate message for CCL to share, as we care about and for our collective Lyme family.
So, as I launch into a long list of goings-on, know that we are grateful for the many, many hands and hearts that make all this possible. Let’s all try to think of the sometimes overwhelming list of activities as a big set of opportunities to be with new and old friends, to slow down and disconnect, even briefly, from the everyday race to a finish line we can’t even always see.
Reviewing CCL’s September and Early October:
Back to School Potluck Picnic
A wonderful evening with 50+ neighbors, from toddlers to some of Lyme’s most experienced residents, making new or deeper friendships on a beautiful evening in Lyme Center.
Atul Gawande simulcast
with over 80 people in attendance!
Tuesdays at the CCL Gathering Room
Very full and interesting days each week: several folks enjoying Our Hour, a Select Board Coffee Hour, Parish Nurses spending one-to-one time in their private space, many friends experiencing a Reiki Power Surge compliments of Stephanie.
… and all about Town
Lyme Health Ministry’s Red Cross blood drive, a very successful and informative Aging in Place Committee meeting, the fun-filled Third Thursday Lunch at Stella’s, a Planning Board Public Forum on housing, digging into the ongoing discussions about housing in Lyme.
And, last on this list, but at the top of mine: helping several neighbors who shared the gift of their trust.
Looking Forward – ‘Tis the Season!
So many exciting things to share. Again, please reference the newsletter calendar and the Lyme Events Calendar for more events and details. Here are highlights:
Please say Happy Birthday with cards
to Charles & Mertie Balch! Charles will be 99 on October 16th and Mertie will be 94 on October 25th. The address for a card is 21 Pleasant Street in Lyme. Melvina Beauford will be 98 on October 17th! Her address is 17 Union Street in Lyme.
Neighborhood Breakfast Café, Monday, October 16th 7:30-9:30am
With the kick off of the CCL Neighborhood Breakfast Café on October 16th, there are now at least four monthly opportunities for casual gathering with friends: One breakfast, two lunches (Senior Lunch on the first Thursday at LCC, and the CCL Third Thursday Lunch at local restaurants), and the Our Hour conversation over tea and treats.
Holding the Net – Caring for My Mother on the Tightrope of Aging October 18th 7:00pm
Book reading, discussion, and refreshments with author Melanie Merriman, at the CCL Gathering Room. Please let us know if you’ll join us.
National Village Gathering in Baltimore, November 5th-8th
Martha Tecca and I will venture to Baltimore to learn from hundreds of other communities across the country and to share some of what makes Lyme so special. Martha and Ellen Thompson have attended in previous years and brought back enthusiasm and new ideas. Very exciting, not only for CCL but for me!
Coming in January: Weatherize Lyme!
We are pleased to share that Lyme has teamed up with Orford and Piermont, and we have been chosen to participate in the Vital Communities Weatherize program! This is a collaborative effort between (so far) CCL, the Lyme Energy Committee, members of the Lyme Congregational Church, the Lyme Foundation, and community leaders in Orford and Piermont, with the coordinating leadership of Lyme’s David Perlman. MUCH more to come, but we are excited to be part of bringing the community together to increase the energy efficiency of our homes.
Let us hear from you so we can be here for you:
Our mission is to lift up, support, and collaborate with our Lyme family and the many entities designed to keep us all safe, comfortable and happy. During the coming season of giving, our focus is reinforcing our commitment to you and asking for your continued support and ideas. We are opening our ears and inboxes to hear what our Lyme neighbors might wish to give or receive over the coming months, so we can support you. Whether it’s preparing for colder weather, assistance with transportation, or an event idea to bring cheer as the days grow shorter, all suggestions are welcome. We are your partner in making 2017 a happy and healthy year for all our neighbors.
Please reach out to me, any time. Call 603-795-0603 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.