Yoga and Carolyn – a Best Kept Secret in Woodstock!

Do you attend  a yoga class regularly?

No?

Well, you’re missing out.

Well, actually, I’m missing out, too.  I used to take a yoga class every day.

Then, life happened and I really just never got back into the daily morning yoga groove.  But, it’s okay.   I found Carolyn Abedor.  So, now, I take a  morning yoga class at 9:30 every Thursday.

What can I say?  With Carolyn Abedor teaching our class, I feel better than I’ve felt in years.  What’s her secret?   Carolyn takes her class time seriously.  She focuses on our spines  so that we stand straighter.  We breathe better.  Our balance improves.

I feel more confident when I have a class with Carolyn because my body is rejuvenated.  I know this reads redundantly but it’s true.  I know that my chance of falling is smaller after a class with Carolyn.

So, after a class with Carolyn, I stand taller, with happier shoulders.  I walk straighter on stronger legs.

But, that’s not all.  An hour with Carolyn and yoga is an hour promoting homeostasis which is all important.  I leave the class more grounded.  I feel that I have offered my spiritual body a chance to harmonize  itself through Carolyn’s instruction.

During the hour, wellness is all important.  Joint health stays  on the agenda.    Emotional balance is part of the routine.

Okay, you’ve got the picture I think.  Where is Carolyn?  She’s in the yoga building at Access PT on Route 212 next to St. Gregory’s.

And, what makes Carolyn so fancy?  Well, it’s her experience and her credentials.  She’s a physical therapist AND a yoga teacher.  This combination of education and training and experience make Carolyn an exceptionally wonderful teacher.

I LOVE Carolyn!

I look forward to seeing you on Thursdays at 9:30!

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You are Invited to a Book Signing!

Please join me at the Mower’s Meadow Flea Market at 10:00 a.m. this coming Saturday, September 22nd  where I’ll be reading from my recently published book, “I Don’t Hang Out in Churches Anymore” and there will be a book signing  for you at that time.

Light Refreshments will be Served!

I hope you can make it to this book signing on Saturday morning.  The author talk will be interesting. The chocolate brownies promise to be delicious!  My pen will not run out of ink.

My daughter, Michele Garner, designed the cover.  My writing teacher, Cullen Thomas, came up with the title.

And, of course, what better location for the book signing  than the Mower’s Meadow Flea Market?

Then, after the author talk and the book signing, you can visit all the booths at the market!

Look forward to seeing you!

Thurman


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Learn the Secret Language of Your Dog

Why does your pet . . . .

eat grass?

dislike having his feet touched?

roll in stinky things?

eat poop?

bark at butterflies?

Please join me at this fascinating workshop which will unlock the secrets of your furry friend to help you have a happier pet.  This practical fundraiser class is a guide to decode your dog’s language so you can discover the real reasons behind canine behaviors which may have mystified you.

I’ll offer this class on Sunday, September 23rd at 2:00 pm at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church, 2578 Route 212 , in Woodstock, New York, as a fundraiser.

This fundraiser benefits the Woodstock Dog Park which is  short on funds and long on a to-do list.  Volunteers at the Woodstock Dog Park are local residents, all of whom love animals as much as you do.  They devote time and energy to maintaining the park so  all of us can enjoy quality time with our pets.

The Town of Woodstock owns the land but has no budget to maintain the park.  So, we need your help.  Taking down trees after a storm and rebuilding a chain link fence are expensive but necessary if we are to continue to have a dog park for our furry companions.

Please join us for this class.  We’re asking for a donation of $15.  I’m also selling copies of my book, “A Healer’s Handbook”, for $15 at this class.   The total cost of this book will be donated to the Woodstock Dog Park at this class.

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And, finally, tell all your friends, neighbors, and  relatives about this class and urge them to attend.

Thanks again.

Thurman Greco

 

 


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Nancy’s Come to Town and She Brought Ice Cream with Her!

Sometimes I’m just grateful for kind words and surprises.  I don’t ask why I got selected.  I just enjoy.  And, that includes ice cream!

I feel that way about Nancy’s Ice Cream Parlor in the brick building across the street from the library.  I don’t know why she chose to bring her fabulous ice cream to Woodstock instead of a hundred other adorable communities in our area.  And, frankly, I don’t care.  I’m not even bothering to ask her.

I just show up and order the ice cream, eat the treat, get blissed out and return home smiling.

Nancy uses only the purest ingredients to make the many flavors of  ice cream   on the premises.  They are sourced locally.  Her chocolate, for example, comes from Fruition.  The result is a product which, when eaten, has the potential to be  a spiritual experience.  What more can I ask for?,

Specials, that’s what.  Just the other day it was blueberry pie a la mode.

Nancy’s Ice Cream was open over the winter, too.  For some strange reason, I just never noticed it until this July.  Well, now that I know about Nancy, I’m hoping she’ll stay open over the winter this year.

If you haven’t tried Nancy’s Ice Cream, go on over and enjoy the best milk shake you’ve ever had…or the best sundae you’ve ever had…or the best…….you name it.

And, spread the good news.  Nancy’s come to town!

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Health and Wellness for You and Your Pet

COME JOIN US

Please join me Sunday, July 8th at 2:00 p.m. at St. Gregory’s Church on Route 212 in Woodstock for a fun, interesting, and informative health and wellness workshop for you and your favorite four-legged pet.

We’ll be discussing topics dealing with your pet’s health and wellness.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS WORKSHOP

Lumps and bumps and other subjects about your pet’s health and wellness

Your allergies and your pets

Your dog’s skin and you

Does your favorite companion need a groomer…or…can you do A better job yourself?

Your health and your pet’s health and wellness are connected.

A well stocked first aid kit for your pet

When to take your pet to the emergency room.

Where is the emergency room anyway?

COME JOIN US

All the proceeds of this interesting and entertaining health and wellness workshop for you and your pet will be used by the Woodstock Dog Park Committee to maintain the dog park.  So far, we’ve used the money to fix the fence, keep the area clean, tree care.  Although the dog park belongs to the Town of Woodstock, there is no budget for park maintenance.

We are asking for a donation of $10 for this event.

“Healer’s Handbook” by Thurman Greco will be available for purchase at this workshop.  Money received for this book will be used for Woodstock Dog Park Committee projects.

We hope you’ll join us!  Bring your favorite companion and enjoy this event.  The room is air conditioned.  Refreshments will be served.

Looking forward to seeing you and hearing from you.

Thurman Greco

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Come Celebrate With Me!

It’s OUT!  It’s in print!  The story has been told!  And you can get a copy of the book.  Today!  Right now!  Simply go to thurmangreco.com and order it on paypal.

Or, you can get it at a book signing.  I’m reading my book in libraries and church halls and in  independent book stores.  Check my website to find a time and place convenient for you.

What began as a project, guaranteed to take no more than two hours a month, is a calling.  Proceeds of the sale of this book (and the t-shirt) are going to feed the hungry.

The Book and the T-Shirt:

The book and the t-shirts took more than five years of work.  I went through reams and reams of paper.  Two computers blew up and one copier died of exhaustion.

Get the book, read it, and let me know how you feel about what you read.

And, please share this unbelievably exciting news!

Thank you,

Thurman Greco

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Reflexology for You and Your Pet

Are  you interested in a fun afternoon with your favorite canine companion?  Then reflexology for you and your pet might be a good answer!

If your answer is “YES!” then St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church on Route 212 in Woodstock is  a good place to be on Sunday afternoon at 2:00,  June 10th when I  teach a class called Reflexology for You and Your Pet.

You’ll discover  how to offer reflexology to humans and to your four footer pets.  You will be given charts  you can use  reflexology after you leave the class.  The goal is to offer you a skill you can use beyond Sunday the 10th.

If you don’t have a favorite canine companion, you have two options.  The first is just to show up and take the class anyway.  The second is to borrow a pet from someone who can’t take the class that day.

So, whether you bring your favorite canine companion or not, you can benefit from the class and the Woodstock Dog Park will benefit from you donation.

The situation is this:  The Woodstock Dog Park Committee members work full time to maintain the park with a budget of  $000.

To raise money to improve the fence, remove dangerous trees, keep the place clean, we are having monthly fundraisers.  Each one is different and all include the presence of your special canine companion if you want to bring him/her.

We at the Woodstock Dog Park Committee hope to see you on June 10th.  Bring a friend or two with you.  We’ll all have fun!

My two books, “Healer’s Handbook” and “I Don’t Hang Out in Churches Anymore” will be for sale at this class.  All the funds received on the sale of the “Healer’s Handbook” will be donated to the Woodstock Dog Park.

Thanks!

See you there!

Thurman Greco


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Can you Help? You can Help!

Your support is crucial to the Woodstock Dog Park.  Local Dog Park volunteers are committed to providing an excellent play space for the many pets and their owners who live near it.  Volunteers know of the connection and kinship experienced between dogs and their  owners.

Volunteers maintain the grounds.  They set up the agility play equipment in the spring and maintain it throughout the year.  The Woodstock Dog Park is visited throughout the year by local dogs and their humans.  Recently, I visited the park on a day when the temperature was freezing and snow was on the way.  There were eleven cars there that morning.  So…my car made an even dozen!

Winter weather has left its mark on the dog park.  And, some fencing needs repair.  Other fencing needs replacing.  This is going to cost some money and sweat labor as well.

When you support your local Woodstock Dog Park, you strengthen your community,  offer peace and harmony and offer support to the volunteeers.  This helps support them as they work to keep the park in good repair.

In short, when you support the Dog Park you help the volunteers in their work.  Our Woodstock Dog Park cannot succeed without you!

SEND THE DOG PARK A FINANCIAL GIFT.

Our Woodstock Dog Park volunteers work hard to keep the space in excellent condition.  This takes some money.

CONSIDER A PERIODIC DONATION

It’s easy to set up a quarterly  or monthly donation in whatever amount you choose.  If you prefer to send a check, let the park treasurer know so you can get some self addressed envelopes to make the job easier.  Regular donations offer a financial flow coming to the dog park.  This is the easiest way to offer your support.

PAY A SPECIFIC BILL

Speak with the committee chairwoman or with the treasurer to select which bill you prefer to pay regularly.  The volunteers will appreciate your generosity.

GIVE A DONATION TO HONOR A FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER.

When you give a contribution as a gift to a friend or loved one, the Dog Park volunteer  will send a personalized card to the recipient acknowledging your gift.  Include the name and address of the honoree, along with your donation so the volunteer can do this.

SHARE THIS BLOG POST WITH EVERYONE ON YOUR EMAIL AND SOCIAL MEDIA LIST.

Spread the word.  It helps.  Really.

PRAYERS, LOVING SUPPORT, AND KIND THOUGHTS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME.

Thank you for supporting the Woodstock Dog Park.  You are important.  I send blessings your way.  Volunteers do not work in a vacuum.  They simply cannot succeed without your help.

TO DONATE YOUR TIME AND/OR MONEY IN SUPPORT OF THE WOODSTOCK DOG PARK, PLEASE CONTACT ME AT  thurmangreco@gmail.com FOR MORE INFORMATION.

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My latest book “A Healer’s Handbook” is now available on Amazon as well as on my website:  http://www.thurmangreco.com.

Thurman Greco

 

 


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A Woodstock Christmas

.snowy branch

Everyone’s getting excited because, well, it’s Christmas.  And, we pretty much all get excited around here for the holidays.

Tinker Street and Mill Hill Road are busy this year with tourists, relatives of tourists, friends of tourists, neighbors of tourists, enemies of tourists.  They’re walking around with colorful shopping bags in their hands.

Upscale shoppers and shopping abound.

While people shop and visit, I look to see if there are lots of shopping bags, or even  some shopping bags, or even a few shopping bags.

When there are no shopping bags, I know we’ll have an empty store or three over the winter.  And, this is important.   Our business district has been expanding this year.  We’ve got growth on Mill Hill Road down by the intersection of 375.

Dr. Longmore’s old place has been transformed into a tap room.  A new tattoo artist has moved in next door.  Abbe is back behind EvolveD.  This part of town is looking safe.

At the other end of town, there’s expansion toward the post office.  A new deli, a new tattoo parlor.  The turquoise shop is now  down by the new hotel.  Gossip has it that it’s called the White Dove Hotel.  But, further gossip has it that it’s sold and is now called something else.  Who knows?

The big event in Woodstock this year isn’t downtown.  This year, the big event is out off of 212 at the Woodstock Jewish Congregation which is celebrating Christmas Eve with Chinese food, latkes and a reading of “Oy!” by Rich Orloff.

This event, which is totally free and open to all, is the place to be on Christmas Eve this year!

Enjoy!

Thurman Greco

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Blog posts have been kind of empty these past few months because I’ve been working on “A Healer’s Handbook”.  That project is now completed so I’ve got more time for other things.  “A Healer’s Handbook” is available on Kindle and Nook and will soon be available in the paper version.  Hope you enjoy reading it.

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Over at Maria’s in the Summer as Rick hunts Mushrooms

vegetable soup

Today, I was at Maria’s early.  We went for breakfast there because I’m convinced she’s got the best breakfast in town.  So, I’m over there every chance I get.  For meals other than breakfast, Maria has homemade pastas with her own special sauces.  Special oriental dishes are prepared fresh daily and fresh cooked salmon is on the menu always.

But, Maria’s has more to offer than authentic Italian food and fabulous breakfasts.  I saw several people seated at tables both inside the restaurant and outside on the patio under the shade of  trees and umbrellas.  The unspoken rule is this:  When I see a small group of people at a table away from   everyone else, I just pretend they aren’t there.

After all, we all need a quiet, private place to visit, work out a deal, network, try to get a vote in a local project…or whatever.  Woodstock is a small town and if we don’t go to Maria’s then the only other option is someplace in Kingston like Florentina.

So, when I saw a group of three women at a table with stacks of papers sporting attached colorful tabs, I just went to the other side of the patio.

But, this was morning.  Afternoons are the same at Maria’s…only different.  In the afternoons, I see local residents sitting at tables just being themselves without attracting attention.  Woodstock has a lot of stardust of one kind or another.  And, sometimes people enjoy just not being noticed.

After all, if a person wants attention,  the place to go is Bread Alone to  order a coffee, and look for connection.

The bar at Landau grill offers another place for conversation and connection.

A third place is  Catskill Mountain Pizza.  People gather there and visit with one another over a slice of pizza,  sub sandwich,  salad.

A place which can be a kind of mix  in the summertime is the Wednesday afternoon Farm Market festival.  Locals and tourists alike  wander among the stalls, focus on the food at hand and wear invisible  blinders.  Last Wednesday, I saw more than a few musicians, actors, artists, writers, activists simply being themselves.  No one was disturbing them.  I’m convinced that some of them have learned to be “invisible” to others when they want to be alone for a little while.

Everyone blended together.  Some shopped alone while others enjoyed hugs, gossip.  Both groups looked forward to  the promise of a perfect meal made up of gorgeous food purchased here.

One person having a rough time being invisible, though, is Rick the Mushroom Hunter.  He can be tracked down at every Farm Market Festival.  The mushrooms he sells  must be discovered in the forest.  This requires a special person.

Rick is just that person.  He doesn’t have a booth because he carries his prizes in a small cardboard box.

Throughout the summer, Rick may offer

morels,

yellow oysters,

chantrelles,

black trumpets,

hens of the woods.

These prized  jewels  are gifts  from the wild.  They have a different aroma, color, texture, energy from their domesticated cousins.

A meal including one of Rick’s discoveries is transformed into a mystical, magical creation.  The dining experience becomes spiritual so the soul is fed as well as the body.

How long has it been since you prepared a dish with one of these wild, wonderful gifts of nature?

That’s tooo long!

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