When Did We See You a Stranger?

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By Dick Gillett

Angelina (not her real name) has been cleaning our house in Green Lake regularly for almost ten years. Last Tuesday morning—November 15—when I greeted her at the door, she responded with her accustomed cheerful smile and greeting. Although she easily speaks English, we spoke in Spanish, a language I grew up with in my native El Paso.

I asked immediately how she was adjusting to the election results. She put on a brave face, but then teared up. “ We have done a lot of crying,” she admitted. Angelina and her husband are from Mexico, and are undocumented. Their daughters, aged 14 and 11, were born here and thus are U.S. citizens. Her husband is disabled and cannot work.
She said that as the election results became clear, she began to feel ill, and went to bed. Her children started crying and became terrified, but Angelina reassured them: “No nos van a matar,” she said. “They won’t kill us.” Such is the level of fright in our community, especially among children, as a result of the 2016 election vitriol.

“No nos van a matar,” she said. “They won’t kill us.”

Angelina spoke of a neighbor’s anguish after the election. This neighbor’s work ran later than usual that day. Her school-age son, accustomed to letting himself in the house after school, started fearing his Mom had been picked up. Terrified, he went to a neighbor’s house. The neighbors, American citizens, took him in. His mother arrived to find her son gone, and likewise panicked. Finally she located him at the neighbor’s house.

Angelina is an independent contractor whose work must support her whole family.
“I keep good work records, and I am proud to pay taxes,” she told my wife Anne in English. She worked early on to learn English, and her children go to an all-English school, although she speaks Spanish to them at home. It’s clear that a week after the election, Angelina remains deeply shaken.

“I was a stranger and you welcomed me,” responds Jesus lovingly to the righteous who had seemed to doubt their own faith (Matthew 25:36). In these last days, we in the churches have been given the mission of giving thanks for, and welcoming, all the Angelinas and those like her and her family—immigrants, Muslims, people of color, native Americans, LGBTQ people—who make up the human family.

Can we take it on?

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Author (Rev. Canon) Dick Gillett is a Member of PNA Village, a retired Episcopal priest, and a regular contributor to our PNA Village Connections blog. His many previous articles include, “Martín’s Journey to the White House”“”Generation Nice’ at Herkimer Coffee”, and “Johnny Cash & Global Warming.”

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A Place to Share and be Heard

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By Alyssa McFarland

If you write—stories, memoirs, poems, haiku, what-have-you—and would like an audience to hear you read your writing out loud, there’s a group for that: the PNA Village Writing Group.

Carol Beach started the group in early 2015. She recalls, “After joining the PNA Village I felt a need to reach deeper into myself and pull out some life stories making them into poems, memoirs, and short stories. So I started the Village Writing Group and found that others felt the same way—a place to share and be heard.

“I think that we all need a space that allows us to explore what we think and feel…”

Typically, members go around the table taking turns reading something they’ve written. There’s no requirement that the work be new…some have read work that is decades old! You can ask for feedback if you would like it, but it’s not a critique group: it’s writers supporting other writers.

Wilma Bishop has shared some memoirs with the group, like the story of her first ride in a hot air balloon. She had previously been part of a memoir writing group that dissolved, and is hoping the PNA Village Writing Group will be just as rewarding.

Terry Cook has been sharing a serial story about a teenager in the 1950s working as a cowgirl. She joined the group to motivate herself to write. She finds it to be a “supportive environment to try out different stories.”

“I think that we all need a space that allows us to explore what we think and feel,” says Cook. “Writing is one way to do that, but being able to share that with others in an open forum validates our musings.”

The PNA Village Writing Group meets at Home Street Bank’s community room on the 4th Friday of each month, from 11am to noon. The group welcomes new members.

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Fall Village Potluck on November 5

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Fall Village Potluck
Saturday, November 5
4 – 6 PM
Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th Street


This will be a fun and casual event for members and volunteers with lots of fun and socializing…please consider bringing a friend that you might like to introduce to your wonderful Village. And as ever, bring your family, kids, and grand kids!

Please bring dishes to share* according to the first letter of your last name:
A – F: Main Dish
G – O:  Dessert
P – Z:  Side or Salad

*Please bring serving utensils for your dishes.

If you would prefer, you may donate money that will be used to purchase food.  A $10 donation is suggested.

Please contact the Village office and let us know if you plan to attend. We really hope to see you there!  As always, if you wake up on the morning of the potluck and decide you want to join us, please do just come!

PNA Village office: 206-789-1217 or village@phinneycenter.org

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PNA Village Summer Potluck and BBQ

This summer’s event will be held Sunday, August 7 from 1 – 3 pm at Ida Culver House Ravenna, 2315 NE 65th Street, Seattle.

This will be a fun and casual event for members and volunteers with lots of socializing and games. Please bring your family, kids, and grand kids. Would you like to introduce a friend to the Village? Bring them! The more the merrier!

In the spirit of community, the meal will be a potluck. Please bring dishes to share* according to the first letter of your last name:

A – F: Salad or side dish
G – O: Meat or veggie meat + buns for grill
P – Z: Dessert

*Please bring serving utensils for your dishes.

If you would prefer, you may donate money that will be used to purchase food. $10 is suggested. ERA Living will provide coffee, lemonade, and juice.

If you are a Full Village member and would like to request a ride, please contact the PNA Village by today, Friday July 29.

Please let us know if you are planning to attend by Tuesday, August 2, so we are sure to have enough food and drinks for everyone! Contact the PNA Village office: 206-789-1217 or village@phinneycenter.org

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Cheese, Goats, and Kids at the Phinney Farmer’s Market

By Richard Gillett

Cheese, Goats and Kids!

This goat farm is a family enterprise: Collin Medeiros, his wife Rebecca, and four children staffed the booth on opening day!

Attendance at the June 3 opening of the Phinney Farmer’s Market broke records in both revenue for the farmers ($23,729) and attendance (1975 people)!  Among the new vendors this year is Burton Hill Farms, a Grade A certified goat dairy farm on Vashon Island. The farm has 50 goats; 14 are currently milking.

Goat cheese is a specialty at Burton Hill, with naturally aged Feta Cheese and also a special blue cheese. But there’s also goat milk for lactose intolerant people, goat soap, and other products. Last Friday (June 10) was popular at the booth—I bought the last 4 oz. block of Feta fairly early on in the session (Market hours: 3:30-7:30).

Collin Medeiros told me that his 13 year old son George would be milking goats that evening. His five-year old, Peter, has a favorite goat—Mississippi.

So it seems that kids go together with kids!

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Two Fun Events This Weekend!

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Please join us for one or both events this Sunday:

Village New Member Orientation
Sunday, January 17th
1-2pm
GSC West Room

A chance for Village members to get acquainted, or reacquainted, with the Village’s offerings and meet the Village staff and other members. After the orientation, join us upstairs for our quarterly potluck!

Your RSVP is appreciated at village@phinneycenter.org

Village Quarterly Potluck: High Tea
Sunday, January 17th
2-4pm
GSC Greenwood Room

Great company, tea, and tiny sandwiches! Bring your favorite teatime treat (sweet or savory) and get to know your fellow Village members and volunteers. Our own Guy Smith will treat us to Renaissance music on period instruments. Coffee and tea will be provided.

If you know what you’d like to bring, please let us know! Your RSVP is appreciated at village@phinneycenter.org

If you are a Full Village Member and need a ride, please contact the Village at (206) 789-1217 to request your ride as soon as possible.

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Winter 2015 “Connections”

Connections Winter 2015

Our Winter 2015 PNA Village Connections newsletter is now available!  Great articles in this issue include:

  • Preventing Falls: A Matter of Balance
  • Fall 2014 Potluck and Sing-a-long
  • Member Services Support Team is Here to Help
  • Piano Benefit Concert
  • Home for Christmas: At the GSC!
  • My Green Lake Story
  • PNA Village Vetted Vendor Message
  • Quarterly Stats

…as well as informational flyers from Era Living and the Greenwood Senior Center.

If you’re not getting our quarterly “PNA Village Connections” newsletter, please call the PNA Village office at 206.789.1217 or email village@phinneycenter.org. You may request a paper copy (sent USPS) and/or email.  You may also view our newsletter in a browser:

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Village Writing Group

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Please join us for an invigorating writing group starting February, 2015! 

Write about your life or others in memoir form, poetry, short stories, or books. Test out those tantalizing phrases with us in a comfortable, non-judgmental setting. We will meet monthly at the Couth Buzzard, Greenwood Ave, on an agreed-upon day.

If interested, email PNA Village Member Carol Beach at cbeach5122@gmail.com .

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Retirees Turn to Virtual Villages for Mutual Support

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By Constance Gustke
The New York TimesNovember 28, 2014

RICK CLOUD, 68, knew that he wanted to stay in his home in Austin, Tex., as he aged. But Mr. Cloud, who is divorced, was not sure how he could do that without relying on his two daughters.

Then he ran across the idea of virtual retirement villages, whose members pay a yearly fee to gain access to resources and social connections that help them age in place. Sold on the concept, Mr. Cloud joined with some friends to start Capital City Village four years ago.

“Our virtual village can connect me with people my own age so I can do more things,” said Mr. Cloud, a retired technology consultant. “I worry about being single and getting older.”

Now, Mr. Cloud has all the support he needs. He can tap into Capital City Village’s network of more than 100 service companies referred by members. Dozens of volunteers will walk his dog or do yard work. When he wants to meet people, Mr. Cloud can attend house concerts in a member’s home, go to happy hour at the local Mexican restaurant or hear a champion storyteller give a talk. He has also made over 40 village friends.

Read the full article here

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PNA Village Needs YOU!

Please consider contributing to our Connections blog and newsletter by submitting your writing, photos, or ideas for publication. We’d love to hear from you!

Here are some general guidelines for submission:

TAGSTopics

PNA Village Connections blog publishes a variety of posts on aging in place and staying active, healthy and engaged in our community. Our readership includes members and volunteers of all ages.

General categories include:

Word Count

Posts vary from 100 word (or less) announcements to 1000 word (or more) book reviews and articles. Most posts fall in the 250-500 word range. We also publish quick links to articles and event notices published elsewhere that will be of interest to our readership.

Tips

  • Posts with original photos get the most traffic on the blog—your photos are very welcome submissions!
  • Posts that feature animal companions and/or wildlife are very popular
  • Less is more—our most-read posts fall in the 250-500 word range
  • Posts on the PNA Village Connections blog are cross-posted to our Facebook and Google+ pages

Interested?

Please send queries to: pnavillageblog@gmail.com and be sure to include your contact information (name, email, telephone number) and any applicable links to your material.

Submissions may be kept on file for consideration for several months. PNA Village Connections blog retains the right to edit all submissions.

Thanks for contributing your voice to our Village!

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