Stories and Photos of Life in Lyme
This page brings it all together: stories and photos about our people, events and other news of note in town. It’s essentially a community “blog”, designed to evolve and expand to be interesting and helpful to you. Every post appears on this main page, with the newest on top. In the right hand column are links to the events calendar and photo galleries, and below that, categories allow you to explore topics of interest or more quickly find what you are looking for.
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Celebrate in Community! We are inspired by the annual reminder to experience the gift of giving – and receiving, too – and we’re promoting opportunities to do both this year. Look for ways to share your gifts and to lift up others by receiving theirs. Check out our Season of Giving page for lots of ideas and calendar listings.
An Appreciation Katie Jenks' labor of love, Kid's Time Child Care Center, was a huge part of my family's life, from the moment we moved to Lyme in 1993 with two boys under 3 until Grace went to school full time. Those were formative years for us all. In August, Kid's Time closed, after twenty-six years -- more than a generation -- of caring for Lyme and other local children and families. I celebrate Kid's Time! Since the early 1990’s, shortly after graduating from Bay Path College with a degree in Early Childhood Education, Katie Jenks owned and operated a (comparatively) small, in-home, licensed day care center in the heart of Lyme. 15-25 kids roamed and/or crawled the halls & floors of Katie’s home on High Street on a daily basis. The center employed several qualified and loving associates to work with the children. Katie's house was once occupied [...]
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 [...]
Lyme Library Supports CCL Programs! With gratitude, we share a note from Lyme's fabulous Library Director, Judy Russell: Community Care of Lyme is doing great things, and the library loves to lend a helping hand when we can. I wanted to let everyone know that as of this morning, the audio CD version of Being Mortal is available to borrow, along with the PBS video based on the book. You may place a hold on the book at this time, or check with Margaret--we often have spare copies of this enormously popular book. In addition, we suggest the following (all currently available): Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science, by Gawande Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance, by Gawande When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi (print version) When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi (audio CD) The Best Care Possible: A Physician's Quest to Transform Care through the End of Life, by Ira [...]
Reflections on a Summer of Listening A Guest Blog by Mariah Lang This summer I worked on the We Have Each Other project with CommunityCare of Lyme. The project is loosely based on the Lyme Historians' oral history of Lyme, We Had Each Other. For We Have Each Other, we want to hear how folks are doing now. Though I grew up here, I went into the job not knowing much about this community, and I left with an understanding of life in Lyme now, and life in Lyme past, that will stay with me for years to come. For this project, we started by speaking with the older generation of Lyme. CCL’s hope was to create programming around needs and ideas, as well as to understand the important perspective on life in Lyme. So, I cold called my way through a list of community members, and a [...]
September 18, 2017 Happy Fall, from CommunityCare! Summer flew by…and Fall brings more exciting and interesting things for our life in Lyme. It’s the evening of September 10th, and as the sun sets, the Academy Building field is full of kids. A wonderful multi-generational group of old and new friends are gathered under the tent provided by Those Guys, finishing up the last of a varied and delicious collection of pot luck offerings at the Back to School Pot Picnic. Over 40 people attended, and we are very grateful for those that took time from a busy schedule to join us. I haven't used this message to highlight regular calendar items. Please do check the calendar in this newsletter and the (beautiful!) Lyme Events Calendar. Also watch for occasional posts to the Lyme Listserv. August and Early September in Review: [...]