CCL Weekly Update – 6/4/2021

As the laundry (and life) churns

Have you ever watched the front load washing machine do its thing? I mean, you throw a whole bunch of fabric in a big tub, toss in some cleaner and it agitates. The stuff goes up, down, around and backwards. It gets wet and agitates. It spins around and agitates. It’s doing what it’s supposed to do, yet it’s wearing out the fabric.

Kind of like life. We’re the fabrics. We get tossed in the bucket of life (over and over again), tossed around and agitated … and we wear out in the process.

So, how can we slow down the wearing out process? What happens in the washer that helps prevent too much stress and wear and tear on the fabric? Different settings, softeners, shorter cycles … and maybe we are careful about how often we put things through the process.
We can do this for our non-washer life too.

We can be gentler and more thoughtful about how we act and react. We can be assertive without being abrasive. We can accomplish the goal without too much banging and clanging and overloading the “machine” so it becomes off-kilter and stops functioning well.

As we reenter the non-Covid-restricted world, we begin to encounter some of those old agitators that were shelved for a year. For all that time we were tuned into our place, our space, and our people. We resisted agitating and aggravating because there was no escape. We worked hard at solidarity and mindful kindnesses.

Let’s not forget that we did this. We can continue this art and keep watching the cycles, with an eye toward not only well-being, but being well. Keeping kindness and patience. Keeping the agitations within the washing machines as much as possible. And remembering that after each cycle is a fresh start.

Wishing you just enough “spring cleaning”, and peaceful, bright times ahead.

With Love,  Patty

603-795-0603 (CCL office)

News and Notes:

Join us in honoring Bill Murphy’s 60 years teaching at Hanover High!

In a sweet and powerful moment on Thursday afternoon, the Hanover High School community honored Bill Murphy for his 60 (SIXTY!) years as a teacher. Former students sent in heartwarming messages of gratitude and congratulations. If you see Bill/Mr. Murphy/Murph, give him a hug! (You know, if you’re vaccinated.)

Celebrating this month …

Agriculture – Showcasing the hard work of our local farmers.  We celebrate the past, present and future of agriculture in our community. We have so many skilled and dedicated women, men – and children – dedicated to raising crops, animals, flowers, and more, benefitting our health, well-being, economy, and the earth. Watch for stories, photos, and activities throughout the month! If you appreciate or are involved in local agriculture, and would like folks to know more, please email

Pride Month – Love is Love. “Pride is both a jubilant communal celebration of visibility and a personal celebration of self-worth and dignity.” The Presidential proclamation on pride month is a powerful statement, and it provides some context of the struggles, achievements, and much work to do together. We embrace, with pride, our LGBTQ+ family, friends, and neighbors, and all who struggle to live and love as they choose. Upper Valley Rainbow Connection is working to establish a resource center for the LGBTQIA community. Please contact us to share stories or resources in support of Pride month, and always let us know how CCL might help you or someone you know.  Email or call 603-795-0603.

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

Monday’s Menu. Click here to read this week’s recipe, Curry Cashew Chickpea Quinoa Salad, from Anna Pippin, MSHN. Anna says, Loaded with flavor, veggies, herbs, and curry maple glazed cashews! This fun and filling salad is high in protein and fiber and would be a fantastic side dish or main meal. Click here to see all the Monday’s Menu recipes.

Wellness Wednesday. Click here for this week’s post, “Ready for a new beginning?” by Angela Santavicca  This week Angela provides pointers on how to get out of our ‘busyholic’ life and start living the life we’d imagined. See all the Wellness Wednesday posts here

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

Happy Feet Clinic. Click here for details. Contact Debbie Whitaker 802-727-0284 for more information or to schedule an appointment. All are welcome!

“Heads Up Virtual Roundtable – The Silver Lining: What’s Next for Seniors”

On Friday, May 28th, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Centers of Health and Aging hosted a panel to discuss creative ways for seniors to stay engaged, plans to resume in-person programs and activities, and addressed mental health struggles seniors faced due to the pandemic and social isolation. Here’s a link to the recording on the DH Youtube channel. 

The panel featured Johanna Beliveau, DNP, MBA, RN, President and Chief Executive Officer at Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire (VNH), Lori Fortini, MEd, Program Leader, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Aging Resource Center, Dartmouth Centers for Health & Aging, and Bernie Seifert, LICSW, Director of Adult Services, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) New Hampshire.

Osher Summer Lecture Series by Zoom – What’s Next? Finding a Way Forward

The United States is at a critical crossroad. As we emerge from a devastating pandemic and recession, our democracy is once again being tested. Six scholars will examine the multiplicity of challenges including how to restore the American Dream amid a technological and global revolution, how to peacefully integrate an increasingly diverse population, how to minimize climate damage, and above all, how to restore trust in government that works for all the people. Thursdays, July 15 – August 19, 9-11am. Click here to view OSHER’s Summer Lecture Series information and registration. Note: There is a fee to register. Contact CCL at 795-0603, if the fee would prevent you from joining. We can help.

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 make someone else feel really good, contact us at 603-795-0603 or  You’ll reach a friendly voice, a little (or a lot of) help, and creative, safe ways to be involved. 

We partner with organizations and generous volunteers to connect you with just the right resources and opportunities to get involved, in Lyme and in nearby communities: Vaccination support. Trusted “handy” helpers for small jobs (reasonable rates or at no cost). Volunteers for deliveries, errands, technology support, and more. Food. Jenks Fund help with special “little things” to ease your mind or lift the spirits. You name it. And you can join in, in so many ways.

Coming up: 

You can find events and fun activities to enjoy, following Covid-safe protocols. Check out the Lyme Events Calendar, the Valley News Calendar, or the Aging Resource Center for ideas. 

This week, don’t miss:

  • Saturday (6/5) 9am-noon: Lyme One Day Electronics Recycling Event. Please click the link for details.  
  • Saturday (6/5) 9am-3pm: Bargain Barn Opening Day! at Lyme House, the small white building next to the horsesheds by the Lyme Congregational Church. 
  • Tuesday (6/8) at 10:30am: Our Hour Zoom Gathering. From lovely conversations about May Flowers and Mothers, we turn our thoughts to Fathers and Farms (all the ways women, men and whole families grow plants and animals to enrich our lives), themes of June. Please bring your stories, poems, thoughts, feelings, memories, and hopes to share. Contact Debbie Whitaker , 802-727-0284 to let us know you’ll join us. Click the event link for Zoom info. 
  • Tuesday (6/8) at 1pm: Lyme Food Pantry Fresh Produce and Staples Pick-up or Delivery at Lyme Congregational Church. Farmers market style fresh produce from Willing Hands, Pete & Gerry’s Eggs, and local bakers. All who ask can receive a box of non-perishable items. Gift cards for other groceries and prepared meals are also available. Boxes of food may be ordered ahead, and if we’re asked for something special we’ll do our best to make it available. There is plenty. Contact us at 795-0603 or

Save the Date:

  • Wednesday (6/16) at 4:30pm: “Farms & Fathers” Gathering, outside at the Lyme Center Academy Building.  
  • Thursday (6/17): Lyme School 8th Grade Graduation. Watch school news for details.
  • Friday (6/18): Lyme School Last Day of School 
  • Saturday (9/25): The Lyme Health & Wellness Fair. Planning is just underway!

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.
You name it.

Click here to check out the Lyme Events Calendar
Things are happening!