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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope to hear from you soon!
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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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At a time that fits your schedule on the Winter Solstice, December 21st, please take a moment to join with fellow mankind to focus on a vision of peace and harmony for all species on our planet.
Get comfortable in some place quiet, private.
Inhale deeply and slowly. Breathe in love, gratitude, and the energy of new beginnings. When you exhale, breathe out all negativity.
Continue with this breathing pattern as you breathe in love, gratitude, and the energy of new beginnings. Exhale all negativity.
Begin to be more grounded and feel calmer.
When you are ready, envision the Winter Solstice as the turning point of the year for all beings. See the Winter Solstice for what it is…a re-birth for all and a time of positive new encounters.
Envision a Planet Earth where all beings know and feel a connection to one another.
Envision a Planet Earth where all beings work together and coexist in mutual respect.
Envision a Planet Earth where all beings live in harmony and are dedicated to deepening an understanding of one another with love and gratitude.
Envision a Planet Earth where all beings use our new energy brought by the Winter Solstice for peace.
Sit quietly for a short time with this meditation and absorb the positive new energy surrounding you.
Now, move a bit as you reenter the present. Feel comfortable repeating your Winter Solstice meditation reinforce the experience and your intention for the coming year.
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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.
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On weekends, Woodstock is one crowded place. This famous little town has much to offer:
Mowers Meadow Flea Market
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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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.
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Tara Sanders, a Woodstock based yoga instructor, is the program director in the nonprofit Exhale to Inhale. Born in Woodstock, Tara has traveled extensively to faraway and exotic places such as Thailand and India.
Now, she’s returning to Woodstock to share her talents with area residents as she uses her yoga classes at Exhale to Inhale to empower survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault as they heal through yoga. Exhale to Inhale yoga guides women through postures, breathing and meditation. Taught in trauma-sensitive style, students are enabled to ground themselves in
As this happens, the women connect to themselves and work toward empowerment and worthiness. This practice can be transformative for victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence when they shed the cloak of victimhood.
Healers and body workers have long known that when the body is traumatized, the event is stored in the muscles.
Tara teaches yoga without music. She does not touch the students to correct a posture. Lights remain on throughout the class. These sessions offer survivors an opportunity to reclaim their lives through the healing and grounding of yoga.
Tara uses the yoga classes to help her students feel safe, strong, and in the present moment. As she teaches, she is a conduit for healing and healthful programs in our community.
Tara Sanders is well trained for her position as program director at Exhale to Inhale. She received her 500 hour certification through YogaWorks in NYC and is trained in Divine Yoga Nidra. Other trainings include:
Off the Mat
Karma Kids YTT
Trauma Sensitive YTT.
She studied with David Emerson, Jenn Turner, and Bessel Van der Kolk.
Exhale to Inhale is a New York-based nonprofit offering free weekly yoga classes to survivors of domestic and sexual assault. Tara will offer free public yoga classes on 4 consecutive Saturdays beginning May 30th. These classes, held from 11 am to noon at the Center for Creative Education, 15 Railroad Ave., in Kingston, will introduce Exhale to Inhale to our area.
These 4 classes are open to the public. There is no charge and reservations are not necessary. The space is large. There is room for all.
After June 20th, Exhale to Inhale yoga classes will be taught free of charge to women in area shelters, halfway houses, and other venues where women victims of domestic violence will be comfortable.
Exhale to Inhale has partnered with Upstate Films to screen “The Hunting Ground”, a documentary about the huge, yet hidden problem of sexual assault on college campuses throughout our country.
“The Hunting Ground” will screen on Saturday afternoon, May 30th at 1:30 in Woodstock at Upstate Films. On Sunday, May 31st, “The Hunting Ground” will screen at Upstate Films Rhinebeck. The cost for the tickets is $11 for adults, $9 for seniors and students.
$1 for each ticket sold will go to Exhale to Inhale. Funds are needed to support its programs which empower women.
To contact Tara Sanders: Tara.Sanders@exhaletoinhale.org
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