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Fittingly enough, it was during this election cycle my mother received her dementia diagnosis. Thanks to her stroke, she’s moved fairly quickly through the levels, like a pro-gamer unlocking ever more complex realms of challenge. When she was unable to feed herself or attend to hygiene, memory care became inevitable. My periodic visits have become studies in both specific and general cognitive atrophe, in addition to whatever else it is when a son becomes the elder to his parent.

As a way of holding on to the rail when the seas get rough, I have begun to look at the memory care facility, and mental disability, in an anthropological light. I’m always on the look out, in my mother’s case, to see what parts of personality persist, and which patterns remain as a kind of behavioral bedrock. Observing which of her symptomatic responses were there all along in nascent form. Seeing her surrounded by her ‘peers’, each with their own expeditions underway, it forces me to wonder about the so-called sanity of us all.


Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire's Wings of Hope Butterfly Release event

Purchase of Butterflies Raises Money for Hospice Programs

Lebanon, New Hampshire, August 29, 2016 – On Saturday, September 10th, hundreds of majestic Monarch butterflies will take flight simultaneously during the Wings of Hope butterfly release event to be held in Colburn Park in Lebanon from 1-3 p.m. The annual fundraiser, now in its seventh year, is presented by Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire (VNH) and is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the non-profit organization. Purchase of a butterfly for release is $20 and proceeds help support hospice care programs, patients and their families.


Coffee Break Fundraiser

The Brattleboro Area Jewish Community will be hosting a “Coffee Break”  all day Friday September 2, 2016 at the Welcome Center in Guilford, Vt. on I-91 to kick off the Labor Day weekend holiday.   Starting at 7:30am, we will offer hot coffee and tea; bagels; hot oatmeal, apple cider donuts; an assortment of homemade muffins, pastries, and other home-baked goods; egg salad, tuna salad, and cheese sandwiches; tastes of various flavored challah; Vermont-made yogurt;  a variety of cold drinks, including freshly squeezed lemonade. 


Host a Spanish Teen This Summer

Expand your family’s horizons this summer by welcoming a student from Spain into your home through the STEP-to-U.S.A. program. The boys and girls, who range in age from 14 to 17, will arrive on June 25 and spend 3 1/2 weeks in New England, departing on July 20.

The students are all from the Basque region of Spain and are at an intermediate English level. Host families provide a warm and safe home environment for the student, as well as meals and transportation to a meeting spot on the days there are field trips ( Boston and Six Flags--host families are invited to come along).


Youth Services' Summer Camp Fair During April Gallery Walk

Youth Services will host their Annual Summer Camp Fair on Friday, April 1, on Gallery Walk Night from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the River Garden in downtown Brattleboro.

Many summer camp providers will supply activities and entertainment for the children. The public is encouraged to take advantage of this great opportunity to arrange a fun-filled summer while being entertained. To entice the public to stop in, Youth Services is holding a free drawing for $100 credit toward a camp of the winner’s choice and giving out free balloons.


350Vermont Launches Mother Up! Parents Exchange for Change

A message from one of our time trade members:

For many parents, our days are filled with putting food on the table, wrestling limbs into snow gear and checking in on school work. Often our busy lives prevent us from taking a leading role on the larger issues at play in the world in which we are raising our children - racism, climate change, gross economic inequality.  

Many parents share a profound sense of despair in the face of climate change and other big issues, yet feel powerless to act. Time Trader Abby Mnookin is working from Brattleboro with 350Vermont as part of a new team project: “Mother Up! Parents Exchange for Change." This team believes parents are powerful voices in fighting for the health and safety of our children's future!


What Do You Think?

Hosting an event for parents and other members of the Brattleboro community to come talk about what they have experienced and what they might need for the future/what might be useful to them to trek through the daily life. 

Event Link

We are trying to collect information to decide what to do with a grant; the end result being we better family and educational life in children.  

Wondering if anyone has any thoughts on this...


Thank You, Time Trade!

Dear Brattleboro Time Trade,

I am writing to thank you for the BTT scholarship which provided myself and my family access to BTT Membership. I am a single mother of four young children and would not be able to join BTT and benefit from its work coordinating time exchange within our community without this scholarship. I look forward to finding the help I need within the BTT community and the extensive services it's members offer while being able to offer my time without the burden of financial exchange. Thank you for providing this opportunity to myself and the many area families in need.


Busy Mother of Four


Stories From This Mommy

Hi there! I wanted to share the link to my blog, which I hope to keep a bit more active (that will be easier when I am a bit less active but details..)!  My newest topic discusses my experience with working and affording childcare. 



The Compassionate Friends - New Bereavement Group Remembers Children Who Died

Brattleboro, VT---Bereaved families that have experienced the death of a child now have an opportunity to meet with others on a regular basis who have endured similar tragedies.

The Compassionate Friends (TCF) of Brattleboro, a national self-help organization for families that have had a child die, will hold its next monthly meeting Sunday, November 15th, at 2:00 PM at 541 Black Mountain Road, Brattleboro, VT. Meetings will be held each month the third Sunday of the week at the same time and location.

“A bereavement organization like TCF where families could talk about their loss publicly without feeling out-of-place is invaluable to those of us whose children have died,” said new chapter leader Beverly Miller. “After your child dies, most people do not want to talk with you about your child probably because they are afraid of making you feel bad. The irony is that talking about your child helps you--no one wants their child forgotten. And studies have proven that sharing our stories and tears is an emotional release that helps us.”


Desperately Seeking...

Well, maybe not desperately but thought I'd throw this out there. If anyone in ibrattleboro land has any used legos that their kids have outgrown and they'd like to sell, I'd be interested in them. My grandson has just gotten into them and new sets are crazy expensive. I'd like to do a combination of some new and some used. Amazon has many "used' legos but, as I sadly discovered- they are more often than not rip offs of actual Legos and don't even fit with the real ones. Or they are being shipped from Malaysia or Tokyo- we'd be waiting months and who knows the quality.  I'm not looking for any rare or collectible Legos - they're for a 6 year old- just thought someone might have a bag of them hanging around - waiting for someone in bare feet to step on them. Thanks!


The 34th Annual Design-A-Plate @ Brooks Memorial Library

Don’t miss the 34th annual Design-a-Plate workshop on Saturday October 17. Stop in any time between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to make a 10-inch melamine plate or 20-ounce melamine bowl.  Each item costs $6.00. Cash and checks made out to Brooks Memorial Library are accepted. Plates and bowls will be ready for pickup in December, just in time for holiday gift giving. Design-a-Plate is great for children of all ages and a fun measure of your child’s changes through the years. The workshop will be held in the Meeting Room. For more information, please call the Children’s Room at 802-254-5290 x110.


Reliable Volunteers Needed for Playground Installation

DATE:  SATURDAY, AUGUST 29, 2015 (rain date will be Saturday, Sept. 5)

LOCATION: Lower park of the Canal Street School (next to the basketball court)

We need 4 - 5 Volunteers for the morning shift:  8:15 a.m.  - Noon

We need 4 - 5 Volunteers or the afternoon shift: Noon - 3 or 4 (or when complete)

Experience working with tools will be very helpful. 


Superhero Crime Solvers

The superheroes need your help.

A medallion was stolen by some villains from the libary and they need the help of the superhero crime sovlers to find out who stole it.

Come to the library on Tuesday, July 28th for either a morning session from 10:30-11:30 or an afternoon session from 2:00-3:00.

Please call (802)-254-5290 x110 or email cr@brookslibraryvt.org to pre-register for either sessions in this event.


Meet Your Local Hero Event

Come to the municipal lot, behind the library, on Saturday, July 25th from 10:00-12:00 to meet some local heroes and check out their vehicles.

Look at a firetruck or an ambulance. Check-out a police car or a dump truck from public works. See how high a utility truck from Green Mountain Power can go.

Stop by on Saturday to look at all these great vehicles and thank the people who operate them. 


Family First: Brattleboro Savings & Loan Earns Gold Status as a Breastfeeding Friendly Employer

BRATTLEBORO, VT. – Brattleboro Savings & Loan recently took a step toward making the bank a bit more comfortable for new moms and dads on both sides of the teller window.

This June, the bank received ‘Gold Status’ from the Breastfeeding Friendly Employer Project, joining an elite set of businesses across the country that are taking a pledge to create safe, welcoming environments for breastfeeding mothers and their children.


Unbeatable Bee-zzzz - Free Program at Brooks Memorial

What superhero can carry 122 times her own weight,  fly 5 million miles on a gallon of honey and see ultraviolet colors invisible to us? Yes! The Mighty Bee!

Bees can buzz along at 15 mph and beat their wings 200 times per second. What do bees do with their superpowers? They help provide the world with flowers, fruit, and even chocolate! One in three bites of food we eat is thanks to these pollinators! And don’t forget honey. To make a pound of honey, bees must fly 55,000 miles and visit around 2 million flowers.


Super Costumes Needed!

Desperately seeking tween-sized superman and spiderman costumes.  They will be used by kids in one of NEYT's upcoming Melodrama Summer Camps.  I am hoping to borrow, rather than buy or rent.  

These would be returned, and the generous lender would receive gracious acknowledgement for their donation.  Please contact via call, text (579-9756) or email (isewfunny@gmail.com).



VFW Annual Family Outing

The Brattleboro VFW Post #1034 will be hosting their annual family outing Sunday, July 26th. A $25 ticket will enter you for a chance to win money, with a grand prize of $1000. The meal will be grilled steak, baked potato, corn on the cob, and a roll. The $25 cost will also cover entry to the dance featuring the Colt 45 Band.

For $12, you get a meal and entry to the dance. A $5 charge will be offered for those wanting to enter the dance only. Burgers and hot dogs will also be for sale.


Guiding Good Choices Parenting Series in Bellows Falls

Guiding Good Choices Parenting Series

for parents/caregivers of children ages 9-19  offered in Bellows Falls

Bellows Falls- Are you a parent or caregiver of an older youth or teen? You are invited to upcoming parenting classes - Guiding Good Choices (4th to 8th grade) for parents and caregivers FREE of cost. 


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