by Cyndi Paxton Johnson
Every time we open our mouths to speak we have a choice. A critical choice.
We can choose to use our words to build someone up, to brighten their day, to tell them they’re awesome, they’re loved, they’re creative, they’re resourceful. We can use our words to help them become stronger, more secure and able to take on life’s challenges. We can make their world better, simply by pointing out the positive.
We can choose to remain neutral. We can talk about the weather, football, the government or what to make for dinner. These words don’t have a positive effect on the world, but they do no harm, either.
Our third choice is the most popular option. We can use our words to wound, to hurt, to embarrass. We can point out the other’s faults, shortcomings and imperfections. We can let them know we find them lacking, less than optimal, less than…..well, ourselves. We leave them slightly stunned, trying to hide the wounds our words have caused. Their world – and self-esteem – is diminished slightly; our words have found their mark. We shrug, turn away, and reassure ourselves that we did nothing wrong – we spoke only the truth. We continue along our way, in search of our next victim.
As a recent victim, I say to you: the truth has many colors, and yours is the virulent green of day-old vomit. If I do not ask for your opinion – do not give it. Do not tell me of my faults, I know them already. I should, you’ve pointed them out enough. Please note – they still exist; your notice did nothing to help me grow, indeed, it kept me small and helpless. Perhaps that was your plan, all along?
I love it when ordinary people do extraordinary things! Hurricane Sandy has brought us many heart rending stories of survival and rebuilding. Now a local celebrity and her family are gathering supplies and items for the hard hit folks of Staten Island, NY.
I speak of Chesapeake City's own Nana Sophie Ferrara, who spent her 102nd year becoming the Nation's Nana and gathering more than 5,000 Facebook friends. For her 103rd birthday in October she was featured on a New York morning show (she's from Staten Island), and now she's gathering clothes, wipes, toiletries, shoes, blankets, diapers and more to send to her hometown.
Sophie's granddaughter, Diane Scuderi, will be making as many trips as are needed to transport necessities to NY. Diane asks that everything be neatly placed in boxes or bags and dropped off at her home at 119 Manor Circle, Elkton MD. Her number is 302 593 2016 if you need to coordinate things with her. Please be respectful, and only call during daytime hours!
Let's pull together, Mid Shore, and help Nana help others! Contact your churches, civic groups, youth groups, etc. and get people collecting needed items! I know gas cans are in desperately short supply - Wal-Mart is selling out daily to folks driving south to find supplies.
I know we all want to help but don't always know how. We can do this!
Let's work with Nana Sophie and make a difference!
PS - I can help bring supplies from the lower counties to Cecil - email me! firstname.lastname@example.org
Did you know that for every $100 you spend with an independently owned local store $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll, and other expenditures? Spend that same money at a national chain store and $43 stays here. Spend it online and $0 is returned to the community. [check out the 3/50 Project for more information]
This year Mid Shore Life is setting up the Buy Local Guide to Exceptional Gifts to promote and encourage everyone to keep those hard earned dollars on the Shore. All types of gifts will be showcased, including traditional presents, gift certificates to local restaurants, tickets to local shows, sports lessons, art classes and more. Think funky, original - and LOCAL!
Right now we're busy gathering gifts and businesses to be included - so spread the word! Contact me at email@example.com or 443.993.3823 for details on how to be included. These next two weeks will be crucial - we need to get the gifts listed early to beat the holiday rush! Thank you!
Great fall weather brought animal lovers out in support of Talbot Humane at the organization’s annual Bark in the Park festival at Idlewild Park on October 20th. The family-friendly day for dogs began with a “moment of howl” following the pet blessing and National Anthem and ended with a tail-wagging contest for people. In between, the fun included a Dog Walk through the streets of Easton, a Dog Show with winners in ten classes, canine demonstrations, horse-drawn carriage rides and more.
A 10K run and a 5K fun run/walk each debuted at the event this year. More than a hundred runners and walkers participated in the races sponsored by Annapolis Volvo, helping to raise additional funds for Talbot Humane.
Educational as well as entertaining, the event featured local veterinarians, and rescue and humane groups that provided information on topics of interest to pet owners. Exhibitors and vendors offered pet-care products and services.
Bark in the Park’s focus is the animals awaiting adoption at Talbot Humane and other area organizations. A Pawrade of Adoptable Dogs allowed each group to showcase several of its dogs currently waiting for loving homes. Two of the Dog Show classes were testimony to those organizations’ efforts. Festival attendees entered a total of forty dogs in the “Dogs Adopted from Talbot Humane” and “Dogs Adopted from Other Organizations” classes.
Lakshmi Vaidyanathan, MD, is the winner of the 2012 Arthur B. Cecil, Jr., MD Award for Excellence in Healthcare Improvement. Dr. Vaidyanathan was chosen from among five nominees for her work in developing a palliative care program for Shore Health System. Palliative care is a coordinated approach of physical, emotional and spiritual care with the goal to relieve suffering for patients with advanced illnesses.
The Cecil Award for Excellence in Healthcare Improvement is named for Arthur B. Cecil, Jr., MD, a surgeon who practiced at Memorial Hospital from 1950 until 1988. The award was established to recognize Dr. Cecil’s commitment to using grand rounds to share the latest developments in the field of medicine.
“Physicians are lifelong learners and they want to share what they learn with their colleagues,” says Michael Tooke, MD, chief medical officer for Shore Health. “Today, the Cecil Award recognizes physician leaders for their contributions to educating and engaging physicians and other members of the healthcare team in quality improvement initiatives that continuously enhance the care available to our patients.”
Dr. Cecil’s son, Arthur Cecil, III, presented the award to Dr. Vaidyanathan on October 18 at a special ceremony at the Tidewater Inn in Easton. Mr. Cecil, who serves on the Shore Health Patient Quality and Safety Committee, says, “Tonight we pay tribute to everyone who provides patient care at Shore Health. This award is one of many ways that Shore Health recognizes the teams of people who are committed to caring for patients.”
Rosa Mateo, MD, and Paul Monte, MD, were finalists for the Cecil Award along with Dr. Vaidyanathan. Dr. Mateo, an infectious disease specialist, was cited for her role in eliminating healthcare associated infections through the Target Zero initiative. Dr. Monte, a specialist in hospital medicine, was cited for leading the venous thromboembolism risk assessment and prophylaxis initiative.
(Note: Pre-registration is requested for all programs except those requiring tickets.)
Easton (100 West Dover Street, Easton)
First Step Storytime
Tuesdays, November 6 - 20, 10:00 - 10:30 a.m. For children 3 and under accompanied by an adult.
Tuesdays, November 6 - 20, 2:00 - 2:45 p.m. For 3 - 5 year olds. Note: The Pickering Creek Audubon Center will conduct the program on September 11.
Meet the Creatures with Pickering Creek
Thursday, November 15, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. For all ages.
NOVEMBER 2: “Images, Imagination” exhibit begins. View the award winning work of former National Geographic photographer James L. Amos. Glass and jewelry artist Wendy Gordon joins Amos in this show featuring her imaginative designs. A portion of the proceeds benefit renovations to the Centre’s historic building.For more information, contact Centre for the Arts, 206 S. Commerce St., Centreville, MD. 410.758.2520. www.arts4u.info
NOVEMBER 3:Come see the “Crawdaddies” 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Queen Anne’s County Arts Council. $30 advance / $35 door (call for availability). Cajun/zydeco by a band that knows its way around the bayou.Concert followed by an ‘After Party’. Enjoy light fare, cash bar and meet band members. For more information, contact Centre for the Arts, 206 S. Commerce St., Centreville, MD. 410.758.2520. www.arts4u.info
NOVEMBER 9:“Images, Imagination” Exhibit and Reception. Join artists’ Jim Amosand Wendy Gordon at the Centre for the Arts from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.The exhibit ispresented by the Queen Anne’s County Arts Council and will benefit their building fund. View the award winning work of former National Geographic photographer James L. Amos and glass and jewelry artist Wendy Gordon.For more information, contact Centre for the Arts, 206 S. Commerce St., Centreville, MD. 410.758.2520. www.arts4u.info