Author: Tchipakkan

Change isn’t good or bad

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Sometimes we create tools to be able to understand the changes going on around us. But we should be careful not to think of the information they give us in ways that don’t serve us. Some things benefit from acid, some from base Ph, some things don’t care, and some have a very narrow range of what allows them to thrive. This information can be critical when gardening, but not particularly in other situations.

Similarly we measure many things: the temperature, the Dow, how old we are, how many calories we eat…, all of these things have meaning, but far too often we ascribe more meaning to them than the actual measurement warrants. Change is fairly constant, and information is useful, but if we only count the length of days in the fall, we might thing our data meant eternal night was coming. We need to recognize that change is often simply part of natural fluctuation, and sometimes it’s the result of something we are doing. In that case, we can try to change what we are doing to either adapt to the change or try to make it more as we’d want it. Sometimes knowing the direction we are going sooner gives us a greater ability to make changes, that’s why many of us use divination. Collecting information, and learning how the world works is useful, whether we get it by reading a map, an X ray, satellite weather, or a dowsing rod. We can work with change when we understand what’s going on.

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Workshop preview: The Best is yet to be

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The Best is Yet to Be – with Catherine Kane

In this culture, youth’s valued and aging feared. It doesn’t have to be that way. Join Catherine Kane at 60 for a rollicking tour of getting older. We’ll look at alternative health options, quality of life issues, coping with the challenges of aging, as well as the advantages of getting older and how to make the most of them. Grow old with me- the best is yet to be!

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The World is Changing

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Change: Rising to the Challenge

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We chose the theme of Change for this year, reframed as

Change as Opportunity:  Rising to the Challenge

and, boy, has the theme proven out! Some of you may remember that the year the theme was Forces of Nature, that was the year of Hurricane Sandy. The themes always seem appropriate, and this one left us scrambling to find a replacement venue when the owners of the Hudson Valley decided to close their resort on October first, and only mentioned this to their staff on Friday, which was when we found out. Our intrepid Chair, Maryalyce, spent the weekend checking out at least 18 other venues and found the Villa Roma, in Callicoon, NY (in time to announce it on Tuesday) which has room for us, and will meet the prices settled on with Hudson Valley. Now we will see who will be rising to the challenge with us, and who is coping with too many changes at this point.

The Villa Roma is another resort in the Catskills, this is a quick overview from Maryalyce’s onsite visit:

“It has 8 restaurants on site. Our function rooms are all in close proximity to one another. Hospitality will have a real kitchen with a real fridge. Indoor pool & co-ed jaccuzzi are open. Just about all of the amenities & facilities that you see on their website are open and staffed. The staff is insanely accommodating & extremely helpful.

Because the hotel (attached to the main building) is at their 200 room capacity, they are giving us Time Share units at the same cost as our hotel rooms at the HV Resort ($119 per night).
There are eight two-bedroom units per building, and we are getting 2 (possibly 3) buildings next to each other. Each Unit has a queen bedroom, living room, kitchen, bathroom, and dining area on one side and a separate double queen bedroom with bath adjoining. Doors between the living room and double queen can be opened for socialization. Each bedroom (whether it is the section with the living room or not) is $119 per night. Also, the sofas should all be pull-out and provide another sleeping space for guests. Each building has 2 stories. The second floors have stairs.
The time share units are not a long distance from the mail hotel where the classes are, but they’re not a short distance, either. Shuttle busses are plentiful and run frequently and also per call. Busses are equipped with lifts & happy to assist those with limited mobility.
Also, there is a pizzeria/deli.convenience store in by the time share buildings. There is a fire circle that is staffed & lit nightly during the weekends. If we have a drum circle, we may choose to have it there if weather permits. If weather does not permit, we can cancel it. There will not be a healing room this year, (but activites we had scheduled for the healing room will be placed elsewhere). We are still securing the Paranormal Investigation. We definitely have permission to roam about & investigate. Some of the team members are going to try to get there ASAP to do their own site visit & report back.

The energy is definitely more upbeat. I think we are going to be very pleasantly surprised, happy, & comfortable there.”

As usual, change brings both inconvenience and advantages, while dealing with the changes the inconvenience may not immediately see the advantages, but when we get there, I’m sure we will. The Vendor Village and Hospitality (as well as our sleeping areas) will be in the Timeshare section, which seems to be their overflow space.
One thing everyone can do is to let friends know about the event, and encourage them to come. Do go over to the rest of the website and see the wonderful workshops we’re having this year, our great panels (sign up to be on them!), vendors (which may change- we got a new request just today!), this is going to be a great year, and you won’t want to miss it!

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Complaining is Optional

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When you know the seasons are changing, when winter comes, the cold and snow won’t surprise you. You will have the wood laid in (or whatever), taken your heavy coats and scarves out. In the spring, you’ll expect mud as well as flowers. In the summer you’ll have your fans or AC ready before the sweltering weather hits! We may still have hurricanes and tornadoes, but now that we have satellite weather the loss of life is less, and even before that the old timers could help everyone else know how to deal with seasonal disasters.
Much of the trauma for the USA after 9/11 was because we’d convinced ourselves that “it couldn’t happen here”. Things are always easier to handle when you’ve thought ahead and prepared yourself- whether physically or mentally.

Some changes, like this week’s, are surprises. But we have friends, clever energetic people helping each other, and we cope, we adapt, and we look for the silver linings. Sometimes, like four leaf clovers, we don’t find them unless we look.

How often do we say: “This, or something better for the best interest of all.” When we don’t get what we were asking for, sometimes we are disjointed, but remember, we did say “or something better” and maybe that’s why it’s not what we requested. Or maybe it’s “for the best interest of all”, which could mean we will never get all the details why it’s better, and we’ll have to take it on faith that if we knew, we’d be satisfied.

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