CCL Weekly Update – 10/8/2021


I really appreciated Laurie’s Wellness Wednesday message this week. The Serenity Prayer is one that applies to all of us, and her particular message comes at a unique time in our collective lives.

“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

I’m willing to bet that every one of us, on any given day, says one form of this “prayer” or another.  Its underlying pleas for patience and understanding may keep us going, feeling like we really can draw another deep breath and keep on keeping on. Whether it’s the battle with the kids or a long wait on the phone or just an impatient and overwrought day … being granted serenity and wisdom is a true gift. It comes from within us. WE HAVE the ability to bring acceptance and dignity to ourselves and those around us. Other ways to describe this prayer include respect for ourselves and others, empathy for the person and situation, taking charge of our life, accepting help and acknowledging the need.

Courage and wisdom. Sometimes these words are scary to me. Am I really brave and wise enough to get through what I need to get through? I am going to find the courage to say yes and be wise enough to try. It’s what we need to do.

I wish you a peace-touched life, filled with patience, acceptance, courage, wisdom and beauty.

With Love,  Patty

603-795-0603 (CCL office)

News & Notes: 

Covid Update

Not much new this week. See last week’s message for emerging details about boosters, currently recommended for some people who have completed their two rounds of Pfizer vaccines 6 months ago.

Please continue with mitigation practices particularly if you go outside of the Upper Valley area.

CCL Blue Jeans and Bluegrass party. Celebrate Community!

Sunday (10/17) 3-6 PM at Ramsdens’ Barn on Breck Hill. A celebration of YOU: volunteers, partners, neighbors and friends! Everyone is invited. Dan Freihofer and the Dinosaurs will be playing live bluegrass music throughout the event. We’ll have a pig roast and chicken too, scrumptious sides, and delicious desserts for you to enjoy. If you’d enjoy adding your favorite apple-themed dessert to the feast, that would be fun! There will be a harvest table for garden bounty you might like to share (Apples? Pumpkins? Root veggies? Fall flowers? Corn stalks?). Lawn games will be available too. It will be fun for the whole family!  Be sure to break out your dancing shoes! More details on the event page, here. 

We each did our best to make it through a couple of challenging years, and we’re still moving forward, together. That’s what makes our strong, loving, and resilient community. And that’s something to celebrate! RSVP to help us plan … or just come! Do you have questions, or would you like to help? Contact or 603-795-0603. 

October is Arts and Humanities Month

Throughout the month, we will share information and local resources for engaging in events and programs that lift up the arts and culture. Here are just a few for your consideration:  

  • The Dartmouth Aging Resource Center extensive list of programs includes drawing, singing, and poetry readings. Read the latest ARC weekly update to learn more about the offerings. 
  • NH Humanities supports programming and events throughout our state. Learn more about their upcoming events here. Many are virtual too! 

Do you have an Arts or Humanities program you would like us to share? Email 

Weekly health and well-being tips, resources, and recipes …

Monday’s Menu. This week’s Monday’s Menu is: Lentil Shepherd’s Pie . Anna states, “This warm and comforting casserole is full of flavor and loaded with healthy goodness! The tasty lentil mixture is topped with creamy mashed potatoes and then baked until deliciously golden brown and crispy. A high protein and fiber vegetarian meal, with lots of iron, calcium, potassium, vitamin A and vitamin C! This delicious and filling dinner will not disappoint!”  Click here to see all the Monday’s Menu recipes.

Wellness Wednesday. This week, we share a post submitted by Laurie Veillette, PsyD – Acceptance: The Serenity Prayer in Action. Laurie shares examples and highlights questions we can ask ourselves throughout the day to work toward acceptance. See all Wellness Wednesday posts here

If you have a wellness tip or a healthy recipe you would like to share, please contact

We are here. Every day. 603-795-0603 or

Reach out when you or someone you care about needs a hand. If you could use information, help, a listening ear or ways to bring someone else joy, contact us at 603-795-0603 or  Our phone is answered every day, usually in person. Our welcoming living room in the Lyme Center Academy is a terrific place to relax, read, visit with friends, or meet with a CCL team member. It is now open often during the week and by appointment. Give us a call to confirm times. Be in touch, any time. You’ll reach a friendly voice, a little (or a lot of) help, and creative, safe ways to be involved.

Coming up: 

There is a LOT going on out there! Check out the Lyme Events Calendar (a selection of events from lots of calendars), the Valley News Calendar (especially for all kinds of arts in the area, but lots more), Lyme organizations (see several links at the end of this message) or the Aging Resource Center for ideas. 

Lyme is happening!

We are pleased to pass on news shared by Lyme organizations.

  • “Our Hour” Gathering with a Fall Fun theme. We’ll share poems, stories, recipes, and more with each other. By Zoom on Tuesday 10/12 at 10:30am; Wednesday 10/20 at 10:30am at the CommunityCare of Lyme Living Room in the Lyme Center Academy Building. RSVP to
  • Lyme Congregational Church. In person worship is back! Sundays at 10:30am. Bring a mask. 
  • Lyme Historians. Museum and Barn are open on Saturdays and Wednesdays through October. Chesley Schoolhouse will open one last time on October 10th, 2-4pm.
  • Lyme Food Pantry. CCL hosts every Tuesday at 1pm at Lyme Congregational Church. Call ahead to let us know what you’d like (603-795-0603), or just stop by. DELIVERY AVAILABLE.
  • Lyme Library.  Please visit the library website for the most up to date information on hours, and programs. 
  • Happy Feet Clinic. CCL hosts three Thursdays a month at the Lyme Center Academy Building. Appointment required. Expert foot care with nurse Susan Hannah Rose. Call 802-296-1112 0r email to schedule a time.
  • Those Guys. Monthly first Wednesday in-person meeting.

Check out the Lyme Events Calendar for a full listing of upcoming events selected for Lyme and neighboring communities.

Calendar information is gathered from multiple sources, including:

Lyme and other local listservs
Lyme Library Calendar
Lyme Community and Church Newsletter
Lyme School Events Listing
Town of Lyme Website
Daybreak Upper Valley daily newsletter Click to subscribe
Valley News online calendar

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Aging Resource Center

Please share any additions or edits to calendar items, so that we can include them in the online calendar.

We are here for you.
When you seek information, help, or ways to help others, contact us.

The Lyme Community Help Line:
call 795-0603 or email

Connection to resources you need now to stay active, involved, and well.
Lyme Food Pantry or prepared meals. Deliveries or errands. Help around home.
Just a chat. You name it.