Reprinted with permission from The Vermont Standard
I am writing this on Sunday afternoon and just realized that I am going to miss the Grace Coolidge Musicale that will be taking place shortly! Pianist, Abigail Charbeneau and mezzo-soprano, Ellen Nordstrom will be performing and part of me regrets not being there. I, however, will be swimming in Echo Lake at the invitation of a friend. Life is full of difficult choices….
The recent weather seems so unVermont-like lately. It is not often that the nights remain in the 70s, but that has happened for a couple of nights now. Although we live in the woods, I do like to open up the house at night to let the cool air in, then close it during the day if the temps are going to rise appreciably. No cool air circulating last night!
Late afternoon on Saturday, we were at a delightful party in Woodstock and the breeze made all the difference, especially in the shade. As we cruised by Camp Plymouth State Park, the beach was not as packed as anticipated, but I imagine folks were gathered on the grass under the trees; only emerging long enough to dunk themselves in the clear, relatively cool lake water.
Thanks to Windsor County Youth Services for handling the BBQ for the monthly Community Luncheon last Thursday and to others who assisted with food items. Our speaker was Tayo Kirshhof, Director of the Ottauquechee Health Foundation. She provided information about their wonderful programs. Their goal of fostering health and wellness includes provision of caregiver and other referral services, plus respite and good neighbor grants. It is no secret that medical care costs can easily get out of hand, so they strive to help make these expenses less devastating and more manageable. Check out WWW.ohfvt.org.
On Thursday the Reading Group viewed the documentary that led to the novel, The Rent Collector, that we read in May. It was overwhelming to see the way the folks lived in that dump in Cambodia, yet their resilience was admirable. It has since been closed. Our next book selection is Where the Crawdads Sing by Della Owens. It is about a murder in a small town in NC. The author notes that: “we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.” Consider reading it and joining us for discussion on 8/29.