Saturday May 4, 2013

Let’s Go Fourth!

Editor of the Reformer:

The "By the People: Brattleboro Goes Fourth" citizens committee is planning the town’s 40th anniversary Independence Day celebration, set for Thursday, July 4, with a morning parade downtown and afternoon and evening program of free activities, concerts and fireworks at Living Memorial Park.

But first, our all-volunteer effort must raise money to pay for local bands, pyrotechnics and appropriate liability insurance and security. Can you help us?

We invite all area individuals, businesses and organizations to offer donations next Friday, May 10, from noon to 3 p.m. at our annual WTSA radiothon outside the River Garden on Main Street.

(People can mail contributions in advance to: "By the People: Brattleboro Goes Fourth," P.O. Box 1112, Brattleboro, VT 05302)

In addition, the Brattleboro Firefighter’s Benefit Association will help us with its fifth annual Spaghetti Dinner this Saturday, May 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the fire station on 103 Elliot St. Spaghetti, meatballs, garlic bread, salad, drinks and dessert will be available for $8 for adults and $6 for seniors and children, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Brattleboro Goes Fourth.

With initial donations down from past years, your contribution is needed now more than ever. This celebration has been a town tradition for four decades, and the committee appreciates your help in ensuring it continues.

Timothy O’Connor,

For the "By the People:
Brattleboro Goes Fourth"
citizens committee, May 2

A different Saunders

Editor of the Reformer:

My name is Kimberly J. Saunders and I live in Hinsdale, N.H. I have received some very interesting calls about the Reformer’s police logs and the story of the women hit by a train ("Woman hit by train identified," May 19), with the same name as mine. I am writing to you in order to let everyone that is reading the police log and the story that this is not me. I have not been arrested for anything and have not been hit by a train. I would appreciate this letter making it to your paper to clear things up.

Kimberly J. Saunders,

Hinsdale, N.H., May 3

Saying ‘Yes’
to life

Editor of the Reformer:

Thank you Richard Davis for sharing with us the "return to life" journey of Robert Pillsbury ("Till death do us join," Wed. 1). I think that life is always seeking ways to shatter old perceptions and bring in a new perspective, and this is a beautiful example. In this scenario, 79 year old Robert Pillsbury’s journey, on medication, to death’s door, held an expected trajectory for everyone: He wanted to die, his family and medical care-givers expected it, yet he shattered that expectation by turning it around after being shown it wasn’t his time. He turned it around in a way that suddenly he was saying "yes" to Life, and he shattered the belief that he needed all the medications to survive for he was no longer on any of them. We can surmise that his "inner pharmacy" had kicked in when he said "yes to life," yes to playing with his great grandchild, yes to expressing his love to his family, and that was supplying him with what he needed.

There are plenty of similar stories, although each one unique, yet how do we translate that into our own lives and not necessarily wait for the death knell or crisis to call it forth. In my experience "life" is always seeking to serve and enrich life, whatever form that life is in, and when we say yes to it, life says yes to us and so called miracles can happen. Yet more often than not we shut down on life through our fears, our expectations, our narrowed mindsets and fall back on trying to control life -- an impossible task.

On all American currency, coins and bills are the words "In God we Trust," declared to be the national motto, yet we argue over concepts of God and lose sight of the practice of trusting. Trusting works if we can let go of concepts and come to trust that God as the source of life has placed a spark of that life in every heart, allowing us to navigate the journey in ways that are beyond expectations, beyond beliefs and agendas, our own or that of others, and in ways that are ultimately always life-serving, not only to ourselves but to others too. Can we learn from the story of Robert Pillsbury to say yes to life to play more, to love more, to navigate from the heart more, and to allow our inner pharmacy more room to do it’s work of keeping us whole and healthy. Who knows what miracles might happen in our own lives if we would do that.

Wendy Webber,

Marlboro, May 2

Enchanted
by TAP

Editor of the Reformer:

Rolling down the inside ramp with my service dog, Angie, I found myself surrounded by a cascade of white lights. At the end of the ramp, I found a myriad of characters milling about in different areas of the staging. There were cowboys, a magical figure, queens (good and evil), and even Ludwig van Beethoven. The actors, as well as the supporters, were generous in spending time with me. I quickly felt the enchantment around me. Having been in high school plays myself, I witnessed here intense determination of the actors to immerse themselves into the characters they were playing.

Before rehearsals started, I was invited to participate in the warm-up circle where physical motion and vocal exercises helped the actors loosen up and focus on their characters in the play. I enjoyed sharing with both the actors and their supporters. The director, Laura Lawson Tucker, always had time for everyone involved with the play and brought cohesiveness to "Enchantment."

During rehearsals, though the actors were intense in their roles, they had a unique way of relating to each other to achieve success. I found myself getting lost in the action and the music and the lighting. The costumes matched the colorful personalities of the characters that the actors were portraying.

I was fortunate enough to attend the formal presentation of "Enchantment" at the West Village Meeting House on April 18, and I look forward to seeing some of the same cast members perform on Diversity Day, Friday, May 3, at 5 p.m. in the Harmony Parking Lot.

Suzette Noel,

Brattleboro, May 1