A Winter Solstice Weekend Meditation

Visualize a world where all beings know they are connected and live together in harmony, respect, and honor.

Focus on a world where peace and food for all are prevalent.

See a time where no being goes to sleep hungry.

Join with all who seek peace throughout our planet.

Set aside a moment this weekend to spread the spirituality of peace and love to all you know.

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Thurman Greco

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Book Day Celebrations Continue at Mower’s Meadow Saturday Flea Market Next Season

Thank you to everyone who participated on the Book Day Celebration this summer at Mower’s Meadow Saturday Flea Market.

Writers, story tellers and poets celebrated their work with readings and displays of copies of their books to sell on Saturdays.

On book day, writers discussed their work with readers. Throughout the flea market season, books were available for sale at a book booth at Mower’s Meadow Saturday Flea Market.

Contributing writers included Neal Brownell, Avigayil Landsman, Mary Guiliano, Judith Kerman, Judith Boggess, Mercedes Cecilia, Erica Obey, Jeffrey Bovee, Leslie Gerber, Carmela Tal Baron, Emmanuelle Linard, Eric Siegel, Sue Simms, Lisa Mullenneau.

Much of the credit for this ongoing event goes to John and Janine Mower. They made space available for the writers and readers. They recruited writers for the project. When chairs were suddenly needed at the writer presentation, they appeared…complements of John and Janine Mower. And, they are in for the 2020 season!

Current plans include a book display table on Saturdays throughout the coming season in addition to a Book Day Celebration.

In order for our 2020 Book Day Celebration to be the ongoing celebration we look expect, I need your help. Please spread the word so we can expand our writer base.

Please spread the word so people will know they can find books every Saturday at Mower’s Meadow Flea Market in Woodstock.

Thanks!

Thurman Greco


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Join Us on Book Day! – September 14th

Join us on Book Day!

Writers, story tellers, poets will read their work, talk about their work with you  and have copies of their work to sell on Saturday, September 14th at Mower’s Meadow Saturday Flea Market on Maple Lane.

You’ll be able to get a card reading, buy the book and card deck, and ask questions from the creator of this system!  How cool is that!

Writers will be discussing their books:  mystery plots,  memories of growing up in a Rosendale bar, overcoming drug addiction.

Three children’s book writers will be reading their stories and talking about their work.  So, if you want to bring a young friend or relative, this should be fun.

Join us at 10:00 in the writer’s space on the 14th.

Don’t want to wait until the 14th to see the books?  They’re on display on Saturdays and Wednesdays between now and Book Day.

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I look forward to seeing you at the Book Day Fair on September 14th.

Thanks

Thurman Greco


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Calling All Area Writers! – Come to Book Day September 14th

Come!  Bring books to sign – work to read!

Join area writers at the upcoming FREE Book Day on Saturday, September 14th from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm at Mower’s Saturday Flea Market on Maple Lane in Woodstock, New York.

Book Day is an opportunity to showcase your work!

Reserve your space today.  Call me at 845-399-3967 or email thurmangreco@gmail.com.

Hope to hear from you soon!

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March 30th Book Signing at Inquiring Minds Book Store in Saugerties: Please Join Us!

Please join me for a book signing

at 6:30 pm

at the Inquiring Minds Bookstore located at 66 Partition Street in

Saugerties on

on Saturday, March 30th.

I’ll be reading from I Don’t Hang Out in Churches Anymore.

This memoir features wonderful, true stories about hunger in America, related by those around us who live it.  This book reveals the food pantry where I worked as a place where miracles are real and hearts are healed.

The stories I’ll read at this book signing promise to open your eyes and your heart as I share moving experiences and miracles in the pantry.

Coming from the heart, the stories offer inspiration and comfort.

I look forward to seeing you there!

If you haven’t been to the Inquiring Minds Bookstore before – or in awhile -please join us! If you visit Inquiring Minds everyday, it’s okay.  Please join us.  It’s one of my favorite places.  Actually, I’m not alonewith that opinion.  All of us who shop there feel comfortable in the atmosphere and, of course, we all love the books!

Writers and poets know the most about what makes a book store wonderful.  After all, we know a lot about words.  The BEST words are found at Inquiring Minds.

I love attending the monthly readings at Inquiring Minds.  Everyone is so friendly.   The poems and stories read on  the last Saturday of the month at the readings are never disappointing.

Thurman

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Our Hometown Newspaper – the Woodstock Times

I walked over to the CVS today and got the latest copy of the “Woodstock Times”.  It’s a sellout publication in Woodstock.  How could it not be?  It’s got  the latest obituaries,

stories about community events (more fun than a soap opera)

a full color picture on page 1 (always)

and, a Letters to the Editor section.

I mean, what more can we all ask for?  An  edition once offered  a full color photo of a statue of Buddha perched atop a bright blue sign saying:

WELCOME TO WOODSTOCK

We are all here because we are not all there.

I mean, how can I not buy a copy of the Woodstock Times this every week?  It’s better than any tabloid anywhere.  Donald Trump  doesn’t even have a chance with this one.

If you live in Woodstock or visit Woodstock, you can buy a souvenir bumper sticker at Houst with the Buddha post on it.  Buddha won’t be on the bumper sticker.  But, that’s not the important part of the message anyway.

Then, when you return home to wherever in the world that may be, you can display this wonderful sign which reads:  We are all Here Because We are Not all There.  Personally, I can’t think of a better souvenir of Woodstock than that.

But, back to the Woodstock Times:

Because of the propensity of cotton tops in the area,  obituaries are always popular.  A couple of winters ago we were dropping at the rate of 1 per week.   Every week  Stuart Klein and I visited in Bread Alone for a few minutes and   chatted about who died the week before.

Both Stuart and I were grateful to see spring arrive that year.  First, we were grateful to see a few forsythia blooms just to see something besides winter.  And, second, we were grateful to be alive and mentally together enough to know we were looking at forsythia blooms.

The weekly Letters section usually begins about   page 14 or so  with a letter from Howard Harris.  Howie has been sending letters to the editor for years, decades maybe.  For years, he wrote them in haiku.

Howie’s letter is traditionally the first one to go on the page.  Howie taught me many years ago (when I first began writing letters about the pantry) that the letters are more or less sorted by when they come in.    “Email your letter over on Friday, Thurman.  That way you’ll have a good chance of reading it in the Woodstock Times.”  Howie’s advice worked every week for years.

Brian quit printing my letters years ago but Howie still plugs along with his weekly letter.  A couple of years ago or so, he dropped the haiku and now uses a straight 2-4 paragraph letter denouncing any local activities involving the local Zoning Board of Appeals and whatever else he’s thinking about.  His letters have great interest  and are probably read by 95% of the people buying the Woodstock Times  weekly.  Personally, I miss the haiku.

Standard letters written by Woodstockers include:

comments on the Arab Israeli conflict,

opinion pieces on all sides of whatever local fight is in progress,

thank you letters offering recognition about a job well or poorly done.

During election season, the Letter section is filled to capacity with letters for and against the various candidates and the issues they represent.

But, no matter what’s happening, I look forward to Sparrow’s message.

One thing the Woodstock Times does not have is a list of breakins, brawls, speeding tickets.  If we want to read about that stuff, we have to buy the Daily  Freeman.  While it’s nice that the Woodstock Times  doesn’t waste space on sleaze, it gives the reader the feeling that nothing ever goes wrong around here.  This  is definitely not the case.  We have as many vandals around here as any other town but we just don’t mention them.

An important  part of the paper is the weekly listing of meetings which usually appears at the top of page 3.  These meetings are important.  Whenever a decision is brewing, interested parties and protestors need to know exactly where and when the meeting will be held.   It will never do to show up at the wrong time or place (which I did once).

Town Board Meetings are big sellers with a list of commenters who sign up a few minutes before the meeting so they can have a 2-minute “say” about anything they want in the “Public be Heard” segment of the meeting.   Always popular in this segment is  comment about any project that is just beginning, is ongoing, or is finished.

The Woodstock Times  is delivered to Woodstock stores every Thursday afternoon after 2:00.  Apart from the first section  featuring news, letters, meetings, obituaries, the second section is a real seller.  That’s the Almanac.  Everything that’s happening around here, both large and small, appears in the Almanac.

My favorite section in the whole Woodstock Times  is the cartoon by Swami Salami.  Swami Salami’s cartoon is displayed, usually, in the upper left hand corner of page 15.    My week is just not complete without seeing Michael Esposito’s  message.

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Thurman Greco

Woodstock, New York


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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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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Gender Neutral Restrooms in Woodstock?

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On weekends, Woodstock is one crowded place.  This famous little town has much to offer:

Mowers Meadow Flea Market

Gwen’s Gems

Bread Alone

Houst

Maria’s Bazaar

Byrdcliffe

Woodstock Artists’ Association Museum

The Woodstock Drum Circle

Assorted festivals, and other weekend events throughout the year help boost the crowd.

Once you hit town, it helps to know where the restrooms are…especially because there aren’t that many and they aren’t that well advertised.  And, if it’s a gender neutral restroom you’re looking for, you may be disappointed.

The Sunflower has a restroom  located behind the produce department.  It’s used by employees, grocery shoppers, residents,  and tourists alike.   This is one busy place.

There is a public restroom in a cinder block building next to the Chamber of Commerce information stand.  This building is located right at the beginning of Rock City Road.  On busy days, you may miss it because this is where the famous tie dyed Woodstock T-shirts are sold.  The T-shirt display is actually in front of the entrance to the women’s room.

If you’re looking for a restroom during the winter…forget this one.  It closes every year after November 30th  and doesn’t open again until April 15th.

The Town Hall has a  restroom although the location in the building is not that easy to find.  It’s there, though.

The Woodstock Free Library has a restroom located  just past the children’s area.  This is actually a nice one but the library isn’t open everyday.

And, that’s about it.  The whole thing can be a bit discouraging if you have bought into the attitude Woodstockers seem to have about being on the cutting edge of every trend and attitude.

Of course, if you are eating at Landau,  or Oriole 9, you don’t have to worry.  They have facilities for their customers.

But that’s a bit of a challenge for the rest of us.  A good thing to do is to buy a cup of coffee and a pastry at Maria’s and use the restroom there.  While you’re shopping for your coffee and pastry, you just might catch sight of a local celebrity which will make for a good story when you return home.

Another option is to ask to use the restroom at the CVS.  It’s not a public restroom but the employees are sympathetic to your cause and, if the cash register lines aren’t too long, they’ll  unlock the private restroom.

Please note:  Try to leave it as clean as you found it.  If it gets  dirty too many times, they may suspend this service.

I’m really hopeful for our future here.  Trends in the area are toward gender neutral bathrooms and this is just the kind of thing Woodstockers can understand.  Gender neutral bathrooms are turning up in some neat places.The new Honest Weight Food Coop in Albany has a spiffy gender neutral restroom.   The Whitney Museum in New York City has a gender neutral restroom also.

Hope springs eternal here.  And, actually, we’ve got a better chance at a gender neutral restroom  than we have at additional sidewalks.

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Woodstock, Abbe and her Woodstock Wooden Kazoo

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No blog about Woodstock will be complete or even acceptable without a post honoring the brightest star of of all the stars in Woodstock:  Abbe Graber, otherwise known as Miss G.  Abbe is big, beautiful, talented, and a light in the darkness for all of us in Woodstock.

I hadn’t been living in Woodstock long before I discovered the local flea market.    It seemed she had a booth at the Mower’s Meadow Flea Market every weekend that summer.  What a way to spend the summer!

Abbe’s booth was generally along the back perimeter and she  smiled this gorgeous smile at everyone who visited her table.  Throughout the day, if a lull occurred, Abbe  belted out a jazzy song that could be heard all over town.  What a voice!

When I was a little girl of 7 or 8 years, if anyone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up…I always replied “singer”.  Nobody quite got it.  After all, I couldn’t even carry a tune.  But,  I promise you,  to know what I wanted to be when I grew up…all you have to do is listen to Abbe Graber belt out a song.

I’m not a jealous person.  I didn’t want to be Abbe.  But, when I was 8, I wanted to grow up and have a voice just exactly like her’s.  And, of course, the truth here is that there is only one voice like Abbe’s and she’s got it.

For starters, I still can’t carry a tune.

So, I happily live with my talents and thoroughly enjoy her voice when I get a chance to hear it.

But, Abbe’s  more than just a gorgeous, show stopping voice.  She’s got a smile that lights up the whole town.   And, if that’s not enough, she’s got a kazoo company.  Abbe makes the world famous Woodstock Wooden Kazoos.

These handsome, individually made musical instruments  come in different sizes and are made of several different woods.  They come in walnut, maple, oak, cherry, mahogany, and cedar.

And, they are not just pretty little toys.  Abbe’s Woodstock Wooden Kazoos have a crisp, yet mellow sound.  They are easy to play.  And, they are owned by many professional musicians the world over.

And, as if Abbe’s star isn’t bright enough, she makes beautiful ironwork sculptures. Abbe’s actually bilocating these days.  She’s got her plant on Mill Hill right behind EvolveD and then, at the other end of town, she’s right around the corner from Joshua’s Restaurant at Woodstock Earth located at 5 Tannery Brook.

Drop by her  Tannery Brook location to visit  for a minute,  bask in the sunshine in her smile.  The new location boasts many creations made by local artists in addition to  her Woodstock Wooden Kazoos.

http://www.woodstockwoodenkazoo.com

http://www.woodstockironworks.com

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