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Introducing Kim Love, Programs Coordinator

Kim Love, Programs Coordinator, Rest.Stop.Ranch

Since September 2018, Kim Love of Topsfield, MA, USA has been working with us part-time each week as a Programs Coordinator.  She is helping with office administration, outreach, and events management. Kim brings a beautiful, kind & friendly spirit, along with great experience with volunteer management.   She is the contact person for folks interested in volunteering in four areas:

  1. Programs/Hospitality
  2. Outreach/Marketing
  3. Administration/Office
  4. Gardens/Horticulture

We have a new process for recruiting, interviewing, on- boarding, and managing volunteers.  The process begins with filling out our application and returning it to us via e-mail or U.S. Post.

Please visit our Volunteers Page to access the application and more information about volunteering.

Say hi to Kim at her new e-mail: admin (at) rest-stop-ranch.com !  She is also receiving e-mail sent by interested volunteers: volunteer (at) rest-stop-ranch.com

Welcome Kim!

Moving forward with a listening heart,

vision, inquiry, and action,

~ Mary

 

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Drum Play! Jan 22 – Mar 12, Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:00PM

2019 Drum Play Flyer
2019 Drum Play Flyer
For 8 weeks this winter, we are offering at our home in Topsfield the opportunity to play with the wonderful drum collection we have (purchased for our Memory Cafe in the Garden, thanks to funding from MA DDS).

View/Download a full-size flyer

What: Meet for Drum Play, 8 Weeks

When: Tuesdays, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
January 22 – March 12

Where: 202 Haverhill Rd. Topsfield, MA
The home of Karl R. Ackerman & Mary E. MacDonald

Register by Jan. 15: Call or E-mail Mary, 978-887-4202; mary (at) marymacmissions.com
Free-of-Charge. All Abilities, All Ages. Instruments Provided or bring your own.
Space is Limited.

Similar to other drum circle programs, participants can expect to:
A. Have FUN
B. Reduce Stress
C. Learn to Play
D. Meet New Friends

My personal hope and intention is to facilitate for others an access to and love for the benefits of drumming.
An outcome of the 8-week winter program may be that some participants opt to join us as volunteer drumming players, for our April – November Memory Cafe in the Garden.

Please call or e-mail with any questions.

Thank you!
Mary

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Our Gift for Dementia Caregivers: Free Programs, Year-round

Year-Round Support, Our Gift for Family Caregivers
Year-Round Support, Our Gift for Family Caregivers
We’ve updated the information kiosk near our 202 Haverhill Rd. mailbox, to include a more direct message of love and hope: For Dementia Caregivers! Free-of-Charge Year-round Programs!

Our survivor’s mission is born of being dementia caregivers to my mom, Margaret, who lived with FrontoTemporal Degeneration (FTD) from age 60-67. It is still the hardest thing I’ve had to do in my life to date. My spouse, Karl, was a life-saving presence during this most difficult time.

Tonight at 11:45pm, we remember my mom, Margaret. It is the 10th Anniversary of her death (d. 12/24/08). She passed away on Christmas Eve night…10-years ago. We’re also missing my Uncle Mal (d. 9/28/18) for the holidays this year.

Transitioning to “a new normal,” without certain loved ones at the table, is a reality we all face sooner or later. Let us hold close the ones now present.

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

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Winter is Here! Holly Red Berries

Holly Tree Red Berries Along Home Access Trail
Holly Tree Red Berries Along Home Access Trail
The holly and the ivy -offer perennial warmth and sustenance during this barren time.  Gardens are, mostly, cleaned-up and winterized.  Still a few rose shrubs at the cottage needing compost before the real snow storms come.  I’m realizing we could use horticulture volunteers through November and December, since we are benefitting some from global warming.

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

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New Site! Practice Patience Please

Dear Friends,

We’ve updated our website software for greater usability and functionality.  The new site has been live for 24 hours now.  Over the next few weeks we are tweaking menus, content, colors & fonts.  We’re backfilling content from this fall 2018, when posting to the blog became difficult (technical and personal reasons).

We welcome your feedback, suggestions and ideas as we continue growing!

Moving forward with a listening heart,

vision, inquiry, and action,

~ Mary

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Energizing & Relaxing: Drum Circle Memory Café

We enjoyed getting into the groove this past weekend: Saturday, December 15, 10am – 12pm, at our Topsfield Memory Café at Trinity Church.

Karen, a Memory Café volunteer, enjoyed loosening up and going with the flow!

A total of 16 joined our circle.  A team of 6 volunteers welcomed 10 guests from Topsfield, Beverly, and Gloucester.  Some brought their own drums.  Some used ours.  After the 60-minute facilitated session, three young men originally from Nigeria, Solomon, Happy & Friday, now professional care partners, thrilled us with their djembe and gathering drum rhythms.

We are now putting together a small group to play mid-January – mid-March, on a weeknight (Mon, Tues or Wed – to be decided by the majority of folks interested).

If you’d like to drum with us weekly starting in the new year, please contact us.  You can bring your own drum, or borrow one from our collection (funded by MA DDS).

Moving forward with a listening heart,

vision, inquiry, and action,

Mary

Paulette drums her Buffalo drum.
Paulette plays her Buffalo drum.

 

Bizzy, Paulette, and Mary Find Their Rhythm
Bizzy, Paulette, and Mary Find Their Rhythm
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Sharing Our Roots Memory Café

Topsfield Winter Memory Café Flyer 2018-2019
Topsfield Winter Memory Café Flyer 2018-2019

November 3, 2018 was our first indoor Topsfield Memory Café at Trinity Church (this 2018-2019 season).  It was a good chance for the new volunteer team to bond, as zero guests attended.  Myself, Karl, Jon, Paula, Kim, Karen, and Gale have committed to 4 of 5 indoor sessions at Trinity Church, November – March.  Lynne Bermudez facilitated the Furry Friends visit.  We enjoyed seeing the dogs before we got settled in our sharing circle.  As each person shared an object from their home, we heard more about their values and background.  After showing and telling, each person placed their object on the table with the bare branch.  When all objects were on the table we noticed the diversity and unity of our volunteer group.  Attached is our 2018-2019 Winter Memory Cafe flyer.  Please share with friends, print and post.  Thanks!

Moving forward with a listening heart,

vision, inquiry, and action,

~ Mary

Topsfield Winter Memory Café Events Flyer 2018-2019

Paula shares a horseshoe for good luck, Jon and Kim listen
Paula shares a horseshoe for good luck, Jon and Kim listen

 

Kim listens, Karen shares about family and faith
Kim listens, Karen shares about family and faith

 

 

Gale listens as Karen shares her roots
Gale listens, as Karen shares her roots

 

 

 

Furry Friends visited our Memory Café
Furry Friends visited our Memory Café

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Uncle Mal Passes from Young Onset ALZ, 9-28-18

Mary, Mal & Karl, visit July 30, for Mal's Birthday 7-31
Mary, Mal & Karl, visit July 30, for Mal’s Birthday 7-31

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7-31-43 to 9-28-18.  Malcolm Bryant Fraser, a life-long science educator, was the younger brother of my mom, Margaret Ellen, a life-long music educator.  John Cameron, the eldest sibling, lives still in the DC area, a retired 4-star Admiral.  John Cameron Fraser and Emily Bryant Fraser were their parents, my grandparents, life-long music educators in Seneca Falls, NY.

Uncle Mal Fraser’s Obituary

Mal appears unhappy at the Facility 7-30.
Mal appears unhappy- even with dessert- at the Assisted Living Facility 7-30-18.

The photos taken from the visit on July 30 are a painful reminder of how difficult it is to lose our loved ones to a form of memory loss – especially at an age, like 75, when we expect or hope for their continued presence, especially at holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, and other special milestones.

I have many warm memories shared with my Uncle Mal who visited us often from his home in Haverhill.  In addition to seeing him for perennial birthday and holiday celebrations, he also joined us for our 2015 Stations of the Cross Blessing and our 2012 Wedding Celebration.

2012 Karl & Mary Wedding Celebration with Family
2012 Karl & Mary Wedding Celebration with Family & Friends, Pictured here with Mary’s maternal clan, the Fraser’s.  Mal is standing left of Karl.

Moving forward with a listening heart,

vision, inquiry, and action,

~ Mary