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Advent, Week 1 ~ Keeping Watch

Reindeer in Our Backyard

Winter Red Winterberry
Winter Red Winterberry
The Gardens have been put to rest. The Winter Red Winterberry plants are peaking. Just a few weeks ago, we swapped plants in this bed: the Montauk Daisies are now in the back of the bed, directly in front of the shrubs, and the evergreen Lenten Roses (Hellebore) now greet folks at the edge of the walking path.

As the North American earth quiets down, how might you practice stillness?

Moving forward with a listening heart,
vision, inquiry, and action,
~ Mary

Reindeer in Our Backyard
Reindeer in Our Backyard

Our Gift of Love: All Programs are Free of Charge
Winter-Season Program Reminders (December – March)
Individual Support for Caregivers, age 8-88+ (by appointment)
Group Support for Caregivers under age 65, caring for loved ones with memory loss, under 65 (2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month)
Memory Café at 124 River Road, Topsfield Trinity Church (1st Saturday, or 3rd if a snow event)

Here’s the invite to the Drum Circle Memory Café (and below).

Help us create Accessible Gardens North of Boston! Please consider a contribution to our cause:

We are aiming to offer bigger and better accessible gardens in 2022. We’ve set up a Go Fund Me Page to assist this goal. Please consider a contribution in any amount. Checks made payable to “MaryMac Missions” will also fund 100% this goal. Simply put “RSR Accessible Gardens” in the Memo Line. Please read the Rest.Stop.Ranch Accessible Gardens Development Portfolio for more information, or contact me!

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Topsfield Holiday on the Green ~ Sat. Dec 2, 3pm – 7pm

Little Drummer Boy Snowman at Topsfield Library

Little Drummer Boy Snowman at Topsfield Library
Little Drummer Boy Snowman at Topsfield Library
Join the holiday fun this Saturday, 3pm – 7pm, in our town center. The Holiday on the Green event offers something for everyone. We, Rest.Stop.Ranch & Memory Café, will be in the Topsfield Plaza, next to Curves, in a dedicated space for non-profits, the “North Pole.” Karl and I will offer our presence at the table for most of this time, to meet and greet our neighbors, and answer any questions folks might have about our mission, in a nutshell: accessible gardens, respite support for care partners, and social inclusion for memory-care individuals, couples, and families!

Wednesday morning, Edith and I met with the Topsfield Parks Staff, Peter, and Laura O’Connor, member of the Holiday on the Green committee, to install our Little Drummer Boy Snowman.

With our snowman design, we hope to:
1 – Honor native world drumming traditions and the eldest form of music (drumming)
2 – Create awareness about our Topsfield Memory Café, now year-round, outdoors (April – October) and indoors (November – March)
3 – Encourage participation in our Drum Circle Memory Café, 12/16, by people of all ages, abilities, and cultural backgrounds

Here’s the invite to the Drum Circle Memory Café (and below).

Help us create Accessible Gardens North of Boston! Please consider a contribution to our cause:

We are aiming to offer bigger and better accessible gardens in 2022. We’ve set up a Go Fund Me Page to assist this goal. Please consider a contribution in any amount. Checks made payable to “MaryMac Missions” will also fund 100% this goal. Simply put “RSR Accessible Gardens” in the Memo Line. Please read the Rest.Stop.Ranch Accessible Gardens Development Portfolio for more information, or contact me!

Moving forward with a listening heart,
vision, inquiry, and action,
~ Mary

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Little Drummer Snowman Ready for Install

Little Drummer Snowman Practices for Drum Circle Memory Café 12/16

Little Drummer Snowman Practices for Drum Circle Memory Café 12/16
Little Drummer Snowman Practices for Drum Circle Memory Café 12/16
Our hip snowman will join others on the lawn of the Topsfield Library from November 29 to December 11. He’s practicing now for the Drum Circle Memory Café, which will happen December 16, 10am – 12pm, at Trinity Church, facilitated by me and Laura Proctor (Music Director at Trinity).

With our snowman design, we hope to:
1 – Honor native world drumming traditions and the eldest form of music (drumming)
2 – Create awareness about our Topsfield Memory Café, now year-round, outdoors (April – October) and indoors (November – March)
3 – Encourage participation in our Drum Circle Memory Café, 12/16, by people of all ages, abilities, and cultural backgrounds

Here’s the invite to the Drum Circle Memory Café (and below).

Also: It’s Giving Tuesday. If you’d like to support our creation of Accessible Gardens North of Boston, please consider a contribution to our cause:

We are aiming to offer bigger and better accessible gardens in 2022. We’ve set up a Go Fund Me Page to assist this goal. Please consider a contribution in any amount. Checks made payable to “MaryMac Missions” will also fund 100% this goal. Simply put “RSR Accessible Gardens” in the Memo Line. Please read the Rest.Stop.Ranch Accessible Gardens Development Portfolio for more information, or contact me!

Moving forward with a listening heart,
vision, inquiry, and action,
~ Mary