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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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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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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Thurman Greco

 

 


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A Woodstock Christmas

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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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The Forsythia is Out!

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When the forsythia blooms, I always rejoice.  I’ve survived another Woodstock winter.  It’s not that winter here is bad…it’s just that we always lose some plants and some businesses.

We lose people, too.  One winter my peers were dying at the rate of about one a week.  It made for some depressing chats at Bread Alone, for sure.

So…when the forsythia blooms I walk around the town and see what plants and what businesses have survived.  To put it another way, I’m looking for the casualties.  This winter has been very mild and the casualties have been few overall.  Woodstock is ready for its annual rebirth.  As are the residents.

Provisions is still open.  Hurrah!

The T-shirt parlor is actually sporting a Help Wanted sign in the window.  We don’t see many of those in Woodstock, so it’s a welcome diversion.  Hopefully this will be  the start of a new fad and we’ll see more Help Wanted signs around town as business picks up.

There are some empty buildings, though.  Down in the financial district, Dr. Longmore’s office is still vacant.  Some neighboring store fronts surrounding his old office are also vacant.

On Rock City Road, there are a couple of empty buildings.  One shop was open for years and years.  Our community will miss this store.

The space  behind the Bank of America is still available.

Several months ago Not Fade Away moved into the old Mid Hudson Valley location so the old Not Fade Away store is available now.

The Turquoise Lady has moved into Christine Varga’s old place.  So, that means the old Turquoise Lady storefront is vacant.

And, over on Tannery Brook across from  the world famous Wooden Kazoo store, there is a new concept being born.  The old sign is gone, as is the row boat which, I think, is being replaced by a bathtub.  There is a large white flag flying outside.

As I walk around, I see that Fiona is open and filled with wonderful things  we can all bring home.  I’m suspecting  people will be coming from all over the globe to spend a few minutes getting a reading at Fiona’s.  It’s certainly worth the trip.  After all, when you’re good, you’re good.  And Suzan Saxman is good.

And…Pegasus has sandals in the window!  Now, that’s a step in the right direction!  Sandals mean the summer is going to be here any day now.  We can all  enjoy life a little more with sandals.

Storefronts tell an economic  story about Woodstock and are important to us all here.  But, sandals cut right to the soul as they prepare us to play in the stream, shop at the flea market on Saturdays and  pick up a bangle  at Gwen’s Gems.

Last summer’s dreams have long since been forgotten so the need to fill the gap in our hearts is strong about now.  This is the spiritual awakening we all look forward to experiencing.

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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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Konrad Ryushin Marchaj – Woodstock Hero for Hunger

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It seems only yesterday that we sent you an appeal for support.   We were a band of 4 people who barely knew each other, embarked on an adventure, a quest.  None of us mentioned it, not even to each other…but you were our only hope.

We were processing a 501(c)3 to open the Reservoir Food Pantry.  And, until it came through, we needed a sponsor willing to share theirs.  So, you got the letter, and invited us to lunch at Zen Mountain Monastery so we could meet and make our appeal.  We joined you at your table on Sunday, October 27, 2013.

We begged, really, but you never let on.  We went away that afternoon energized by your openness, professionalism, interest, concern.  Eventually you did what you did and we received the support from your group.

You gave us a raft on which we floated until we got our own 501(c)3 and gained acceptance with the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley.

So, today, as a result of your efforts, there is now a pantry on Route 28 in the Ashokan Reservoir area of Ulster County in New York serving over  area households every Monday afternoon at 2 and every Tuesday morning at 9.

The majority of these people are seniors.  For the most part, they have worked and lived all their lives in this area.  They paid their taxes, raised their children, and contributed to their community.  And now, in the 21st century they are finding  they don’t have the resources to feed themselves.  They constitute the senior citizen faction of the new 21st century Struggling Class.

The pantry volunteers  look forward to serving the hungry for many years to come.   They’ve had the last year to become a very dedicated and close knit group.  The community appears to accept the services offered by these very special people.

IN CONCLUSION:  Thank you Konrad Ryushin Marchaj for all you have done for yourself and your fellow man.  I saw you change the world around you for the better.  That counts for a lot in my book.

I wish you well on your continued journey of spiritual growth.  I am proud to have been touched by you.  On behalf of all the hungry people volunteers feed weekly, I offer gratitude.  It is an honor and a pleasure.

I cannot thank you enough for your trust, your support, and your confidence in our humble venture

http://www.zmm.mro.org

http://www.reservoirfoodpantry.org

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David and Suzan Saxman (local Heroes for Hunger) and the Woodstock Winter Exodus

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Every year about this time, Woodstock finds itself losing some old friends and maybe getting  new ones.  Sometimes the new ones move in right away.  Other times it takes awhile to fill the vacant storefronts.

I have a small year end ceremony in which I take several special walks through Woodstock  to identify, and say goodbye  to closing businesses.   For Sale signs are scattered all over town this year.

My first goodbye  trip around the loop this fall reminded me that the entire cluster of storefronts in the buildings across from the Woodstock Playhouse appear to be for sale.  To all prospective buyers:  this cluster of buildings has tenants  in every space but Dr. Longmore’s old office.

I notice the sign advertising the space behind the Bank of America is down.  “Is this a positive move?” I ask myself.

There’s  office space available  in the CVS building.

A bit further up the street, Not Fade Away has a sign.  Even the vacant lot next door has a for sale sign.

The old Mid Hudson Valley space is still available.  They appear to be making the best of things with a pop-up store.

The Then and Now Hair Salon has vacated its space next to Woofstock.  They even took the sign with them.

Every vacancy is a story.  Some happy, others not so.

The White Gryphon must empty soon  because Bob wants to sell the building. According to a recent Facebook posting, the White Gryphon still has about 2 weeks left.  Now  is the time to get one last item  from one of Woodstock’s favorite shops.  Please be sure to stop by before it closes for good.

In Woodstock this winter, we’re  going to love hating the building owner, “Bob” who we got to know in Susan Saxman’s book “The Reluctant Psychic.”

Suzan and David are splitting the store up.  He’s moving across the street to #68 and she’ll  do her  famous psychic readings in the building where Headstock is located.  You can find David behind Walkabout at the bright yellow staircase.

Even though they appear to be making a go of it with two locations instead of one, this proposition sounds challenging.  What we all know about Woodstock is that it’s easy to sell anything in the summer and almost impossible to turn a profit in the winter.  David plans to have the winter White Gryphon open daily from about 11:30 to 5.

Fortunately, Suzan Saxman’s book “the Reluctant Psychic” offers them an extra layer of recognition which should help overcome the empty building people will be seeing in coming months.  I heard recently that the Golden Notebook has sold out her book eight times already.  If you’re not in the area, you can also get a copy at Amazon and at Barnes & Noble.

Have you read Suzan’s book?  I did.   It’s  a different take on the psychic memoir. Suzan’s story is  well organized, interesting, and filled with answers to questions that people always want to ask.

I loved reading the book and found that it has much more depth than I ever expected.  Each chapter answers questions:

Do animals have souls?

Are we the agents of our own destiny, or are there forces bigger than ourselves at work?

How does death change us?

Are unhappy people still unhappy after they die?

Why are we born?

How does karma work?  Can we change our karma?  How?

How difficult is it to be a healer? a psychic?

Is reincarnation real?  How does it work?

What is it like in the after world?

What carries over from our past lives?

How hard is it to move from the past to the present to the future?

Does anyone remember deciding to come back?

How hard is it to be an old soul?

What about finding a soulmate?

And on and on and on.  There are many answers in this book.  The wisdom  found on the pages of “The Reluctant Psychic” is unique, special, and deep.

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Woodstock Fashions – the Unveiling of the Winter Boots

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Labor Day is over now.  The warm summer days and summer moons are quickly becoming a memory…or maybe even less as  Woodstockers  move on to the promise of a harvest moon and  the local tradition of the unveiling of the winter boots.

When swimsuits, bare feet and slow walks back up Tannery Brook from the stream are replaced with winter boots – something happens to the soul.

The transformation to Autumn in Woodstock is not a gradual, gentle event.  Instead, everyone seems to charge into the new season with renewed enthusiasm.  People walk briskly along the sidewalks, shop in the stores, eat in the restaurants, and attend local meetings with feet shod in purchases from Pegasus or maybe (if truth be told) Montano’s in Saugerties or Kenco in Kingston.

Last summer’s swimmers who didn’t have the wherewithal for a fancy swimsuit swam in their street clothes and dried them out as they walked along Tannery Brook.  Now, with autumn upon us  (and winter on the way), these same people are getting their  boots at Woodstock’s most creative boutique – the Family of Woodstock Free Store.

There is an excited air of expectancy all over town.

“Woolly worms are scrawny  this year!”

“The Almanac is calling for a mild one.”

“Last night’s weather man predicted an early snow – maybe in October.”

People flock to buy tickets to the now famous Woodstock Film Festival which, in reality, plays films in movie theaters all over the area:

Upstate Films I&II in   Rhinebeck,

UPAC in Kingston,

Upstate Films in Woodstock,

Orpheum Theater in Saugerties,

Rosendale Theater,

Bearsville Theater,

BSP in Kingston

This area event is based in Woodstock – but it’s not really of Woodstock.  Ricos, stars, and wannabes flock to town during film festival week.  Every available mansion, house, B & B room,  apartment, bedroom, sofa, tee pee, porch, shed, yurt, and pup tent is rented out at top dollar to them.

They come rushing in and then, just as quickly, go rushing out with the last show, pausing only to get everything clean at Woodstock Laundry.  This short laundry stop allows people to chat with one another one more time before they take off to places far and near:  New York, Chicago, Detroit, Miami, LA and points further out.

Hallowe’en is a merchant event in Woodstock.  People of all ages flock into town in their costumes for a street party created when  Tinker Street businesses  set out candies and other goodies in front of their shops.  By the time the party is over, there won’t  be even 1 can of shaving cream or whipped topping to be found in town.  For my $$$, the best place to enjoy this event is in a top floor room at the Village Green Bed and Breakfast.    From this room, you can enjoy the entire show without getting covered in whipped topping.

In the weekends after Labor Day, the vendors at the Mower’s Meadow Flea Market begin to add merchandise which can be sold for cold weather use and for holiday gifts.  We never really know exactly when the Flea will shut down each autumn.  It all depends on the vendors renting the spaces.  Everyone wants the place to stay open as long as the vendors  can stand it.

The real question every year is “Will winter be early?” The unspoken statement is “Will the flea close early this year?”  It  depends on how much stamina and determination the vendors  can muster as the weekends get colder and colder.

The locals hang out in front of Maria’s as long as they can every fall.  Then, reluctantly, they move indoors.  Maria has a very comfortable cafe there.  The food is really the best in town.  But, the locals like to sit outside as long as they can…talking and visiting with one another.  Both the known and the unknown gather in blessed anonymity.

The same is happening at Bread Alone.  The little side patio will be full as long as anyone can stand the cool temperatures.

This last spring the Landau winterized its  covered patio hoping to convince us all that it’s still summer as we drink a beer and eat a burger.  One thing they didn’t winterize is the picnic table area alongside the building where the smokers, pet owners, and their dogs sit.

Even though it’s still only  September, people are planning both the Thanksgiving Dinner and the Christmas Dinner.  These 2 traditions make living in Woodstock all worthwhile, really.

Everyone comes together and puts on the most fabulous feasts imaginable.  People donate turkeys.  Other people cook the turkeys.  Yet other  people bring special side dishes.   But…more about that in another blog post.

For now…let’s all enjoy our new winter boots.

http://www.villagegreenbb.com

http://www.woodstockfilmfestival.com

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Woodstock is Not a Vaccination Town (If you’re from Woodstock, don’t even bother to read this post.)

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MY OLDEST DAUGHTER, MICHELE ALMOST DIED FROM CHICKEN POX.  We covered her hands with thick mittens in an effort to keep the scarring down as she scratched the scabs continually for about a week.  At one point we put her in a bathtub filled with cold water and 8 bags of ice when she got delirious with fever.

Chicken pox survivors are, later in life, subject to the ravages of shingles.  What an awful, painful  disease.   As soon as that shot came out, I got immunized because I never, ever want to suffer with shingles.  Michele, now over  50, recently got her shingle shot, too.

As a child, I became ill with what we called the “10-day measles”.  I WAS IN SOLITARY CONFINEMENT.  No one came in my room but my mother for fear that it would be spread around the neighborhood.  The room was pitch dark the entire 10 days because of the danger of permanent blindness.

For what it’s worth, Woodstock IS an Arnica town.  And, it’s NOT a vaccination town.

As September rolls in, the pharmacy employees are preparing their stores  for immunization season.   THE NEW 2015-16 FLU SEASON VACCINE IS ALREADY IN TOWN.   And, truth be told, we can get   flu, meningitis, pneumonia, and shingles shots all year long at

CVS

Rite Aid

Village Apothecary.

Personally, I think the signs are sent out to the stores to be left up all year long but as the months go by, they begin to look a little ragged.  Some of them just disappear. You know how it goes.

The signs are already up in the parking lot and the pharmacy entrance at the RiteAid.  The RiteAid has serums on hand for all vaccinations.  The chairs are in place back in the pharmacy area.  The only thing missing is the privacy screen.  They plan to have it ready when they need it.

The CVS is almost the same except the signs aren’t in yet.  They’ve been shipped, they just haven’t arrived yet.  However, the serums are in the pharmacy.  The chairs are in place and the privacy screen is operational.

Village Apothecary has the serum but doesn’t put out signs.  They have a discreet  privacy area located in the rear of the pharmacy.  The setup at the Village Apothecary is very professional.  Josh can speak reasonably and knowledgeably as he answers any and all questions you might have about vaccinations.  They have all vaccines available at Village Apothecary.

Frankly, I don’t even know why the pharmacy employees at any Woodstock area pharmacy even bother to put out the signs.  IT MUST ALL BE BASED ON WISHFUL THINKING BECAUSE I DON’T KNOW ANYONE IN WOODSTOCK WHO’S WILLING TO FESS UP TO GETTING INOCULATED.

When I’m sitting around a group of people and the conversation begins to lag, all I have to do is say the word  “vaccination” and everything gets lively in less than 3 seconds.

I’m the only person I know in Woodstock who gets vaccinated  for anything.   And, since I’ve been immunized  against everything, no one wants to sit next to me at the table when they hear this. IT’S AS IF I’VE SUDDENLY COME DOWN WITH COOTIES JUST BECAUSE I’VE HAD A FLU SHOT.  The whole thing reminds me of Arlo Guthrie’s Group W Bench experience.

Love ’em or hate ’em, there doesn’t seem to be any middle ground for immunizations.   Well, I’m not one to shy away from a controversial subject, so I chime in whenever I want to share  my experiences with contagious diseases.     After all, I’m way into my 70’s so I’ve seen a few in my time.

There is absolutely no need for a person to suffer with any of these diseases.  Every time I talk with a person who’s against immunizations.  I learn  she’s never seen anyone  with chicken pox, measles, mumps, smallpox.  (And, some of these diseases are making a come back.)

When they hear this, they usually say they have to go home.  I KNOW THE PARTY’S OVER.

We have  inoculations against tetanus, diptheria, mumps, measles, whooping cough, meningitis…and more.  These infections are all serious (often life threatening illnesses) and can lead to lifelong disabilities.

The way we keep these terrible diseases in the past is with inoculations.  When immunization  rates are high in a community, it’s difficult for the disease to gain a foothold there.  This offers  “herd immunity”  to those who are unprotected.

There’s not much herd immunity in Woodstock.  TRUTH BE TOLD, THERE MAY NOT BE ANY HERD IMMUNITY HERE.  I hate to discourage tourists from visiting our famous and fabulous community.  But, really, you’re taking a chance if you depend on herd immunity to protect yourself in Woodstock.

The way I see it, if any Woodstockers do get vaccinated against anything, they probably sneak over to Kingston so nobody will know the awful truth.  (And, by the way, I saw a fresh flu shot sign up in Kingston today outside a CVS.)

September’s here now.   I’ve been waiting until after Labor Day  to get my flu shot. I know full well that no one in Woodstock agrees with me.  I blame it on the fact that I wasn’t born here and I didn’t come from Brooklyn.

That’s my excuse for believing in vaccinations.  That, life experiences, and scientific evidence.

http://www.CVS.com/immunization/get-vaccinated?

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