Talbot Free Library - September Programs for Adults

Adult Programs

Easton (100 West Dover Street, Easton)

 Authors to Discuss Achieving Better Health Without Medication

Thursday, September 13, 6:00 p.m.  Dr. John Snyder, author of Overcoming Depression Without Drugs, and David Mercier, L.Ac., author of A Beautiful Medicine, will discuss their work. 


Brown Bag Lunch: Hurricanes and the Chesapeake Region

Thursday, September 20, noon.  Rick Schwartz talks about the great storms in our region.

CBMM offers woodworking, new boat shop programs

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels, MD has announced a new fall series of programs in the museum’s boat shop. The public programs begin September 14 and continue through November 23, with limited space and pre-registration needed.

CBMM’s Friday Open Boat Shop program takes place on September 14 and 28, October 26, and November 9 and 23, and invites members of the public to work on a small woodworking project of their own, or to bring ideas for a future project. Participants will receive the advice and guidance of an experienced shipwright and woodworker and can expect assistance with CBMM’s machinery and tools, plans, measurements, and the execution of their small-scale project. Small-scale projects could include plans for a small gift, frames, furniture, models, artwork, and more. The Friday Open Boat Shop program runs from 5:30-8:30pm and costs $20 per session for CBMM members and $30 per session for non-members. Space is limited with pre-registration required by calling 410-745-4941. Participants must be 16 or older, unless accompanied by an adult.

On Thursday, September 20 from 6:30-8pm, Woodcuts with Kevin Garber offers the opportunity to meet the master printmaker as he demonstrates and discusses the proper techniques for duplicating a print from an early 1960s Philip McMartin wood cut. Garber’s work can be found in the Kemper Art Museum and Island Press at Washington University, as well as in collections throughout the country, including the Whitney Art Museum in New York City, and in CBMM’s new exhibit, Push and Pull: Life on Chesapeake Bay Tugboats. The cost is $25 for CBMM members and $35 for non-members, with space limited and pre-registration required by calling 410-745-4941.

Mid Shore Mediation Offers Training For New Mediators

Mid Shore Community Mediation Center is offering free training for new volunteers who wish to become mediators. Basic Mediation Training will be held during the first three weekends in November. Introductory orientations will be offered in September for those enrolling.

Mediation Center Executive Director Peter Taillie described the Basic Mediation Training course as intense and interactive. The 45 hours of training will be conducted over three consecutive weekends beginning November 6, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. both Saturdays and Sundays, with breakfast, lunch and snacks provided. No more than one hour can be missed to complete the course.

The training will be conducted by Errika Bridgeford from Community Mediation Maryland. “Errika is one of the best mediation trainers in the country,” said Taillie. Bridgeford takes participants through extensive role playing in fast-paced, counter-intuitive sessions designed to teach mediators how to listen and reflect back, rather than advising and judging during mediations.

Volunteers learn skills such as active listening, positive reframing of topics and de-escalation of high-intensity situations, allowing them to guide participants in mediations through a process that brings parties to their own resolution of conflicts and voluntary agreements. Two volunteers conduct each mediation, making sure that each individual’s concerns are heard and understood.

“We are looking for a diverse group of trainees who are dedicated to giving back to their communities,” explained Taillie. Mid Shore Community Mediation Center serves Caroline, Dorchester and Talbot counties, offering no-cost conflict resolution for a wide range of issues.

The Hard Facts of Long-Term Care Insurance

By Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC.

Almost everyone knows the merits of life insurance—the umbrella for that rainy day.  But few of us consider that perhaps a bigger need is for long-term care insurance—coverage for the unfortunate event that you or a loved one becomes incapacitated or disabled and unable to care for yourself.  Indeed, 75 percent of Americans have made no preparations for long-term care.1 Well, it’s time to face the hard facts about long-term care.

Fact one: Today, approximately 9 million Americans over the age 65 will need some form of long-term care, and that number will reach 12 million by 2020.2 

Fact two: Don’t let youth lull you into a false sense of security. Although the majority of people who require long-term care are over the age of 65, a substantial 40% are between the ages of 18 and 64.3

Fact three: The cost of long-term care can be expensive. According to the Genworth Financial 2007 Cost of Care Survey, the average daily rate of private nursing home care is $204.  But that figure could go as high as $539 a day in Alaska to as low as $119 a day in Louisiana.4  Whatever the cost, will you be able to shoulder these expenses on your own?

However, it’s never too late to evaluate your long-term care needs.  Here are some factors you should consider.

Who is a suitable candidate for long-term care insurance?  Single people with no one to look after them in case of a debilitating accident or illness should consider taking out a long-term care policy.  Since they tend to live longer than men, women are also ideal candidates for this insurance coverage.  Finally, anyone who wants to protect a bourgeoning nest egg should contemplate it.  Long-term care costs can wreak havoc on your finances.

Memoir Writing Workshop

Date for the event is Sept. 17th

William Hill Manor
located at
501 Dutchman Lane,
Easton, MD 21601

Time: 8:30am Check In and Breakfast /9:00am Guest Speaker Joan Katz
Topic: Telling Your Story

Participants will be introduced to:

  • Process and usefulness of writing memoirs for themselves
  • Many resources including genealogy websites available to use in writing their story
  • Communicating and connecting with family members and friends
  • Sharing the challenges and rewards of memoir writing
  • Different ways to organize their memoirs
  • The opportunity to reflect on their life choices, both personal and professional.
Free to current ESSPN Members… All others $10 donation at the door.

Seating is limited - RSVP by Sept 13 or more info inquiries to Sandra Early
sandra.early@verizon.net, (410) 643-6288 (o) or (410) 739-4716 (c)

Follow Rt 50 into Easton until you get to Dutchman’s Lane on the Southern edge of Easton. Go approximately one-half mile and you will see Manor House of William Hill Manor on your right. Turn right onto the main driveway.
Further directions - Google maps or (410) 822-8888

Paper Plates-- the Difference between “Old age and Elderly”

by Carolyn Kennedy

What is the definition of “old age”?  What about “elderly”?   Like many other subjects, you can do a search on the Internet and find all kinds of theories and answers.  According to the World Health Organization (WHO), most developed countries have accepted the chronological age of 65 years as a definition of ‘elderly’ or older person.

Various entities use other ages to define older.  For example, I live in an “over 55 community”.  Most of these communities have explicit descriptive names such as “Legacy”, “Del Web”, etc.  Others use more generic titles such as “age restricted”, “active adult”, 55+ or lifestyle communities.  As far as I can tell, the benefit of living in these communities is no kids, no bicycles lying on the pavement, no playgrounds, less noise.  There is also more opportunity for lunches out and bus trips.

Moreover, there are other benefits to getting older such as the “senior discount” at movies, coffee shoppes, McDonalds and elsewhere.  I believe these offers target the older person not the elderly.  Of course, although I am getting older, I’m not yet elderly!!

It is a proven thought that the older people get, the longer they think it takes for a person to reach “old age”.  Heaven forbid that old age should begin at 55.  According to a study done recently most women say old age begins at age 70, while men, on average, say that old age begins at 66.

AARP Meeting & Program

AARP Talbot Chapter 1601 meeting at the Talbot Senior Center, 1:30 PM.  Chapter "Day of Service" - bring donations of canned and boxed foods or funds for the Hunger Coalition's Asbury Soup Kitchen project.  Program - "Gang Awareness" by Easton Police Detective Milton Orellana.  Call 410-822-8952 for information.

MamMaw’s Cooking

by Carolyn Smith-Kennedy

Someone once said:  “If God had intended us to follow recipes, He wouldn't have given us grandmothers.” Indeed even the great-granddaughters still ask my Mother how to make certain dishes.  Mother once was a very good cook and probably still would be if she could make it into the kitchen.  Her meals weren’t fancy but they sure were tasty. 

Mother was able to prepare delicious meals well into her 80’s.  A few years ago, however, it became clear to me that cooking was becoming a challenge and possibly a risk for her.  She did not give it up easily.

One of the first services I enrolled my parents in when it became clear that Mother could no longer cook as she had been was Meals on Wheels.  MOW is a wonderful resource available in most areas.  Just do a search online to find the Meals on Wheels location nearest you.  You do have to apply for the service but the application process is not too complicated.

Caring for Elderly Parents - Raising Expectations

by Carolyn Kennedy 

Caring for elderly loved ones often becomes a balancing act.  You must balance your life and comforts against theirs.  If you are employed you may at times have to miss several days on the job because your parents need your time, have a doctor appointment, or an unexpected need arises.

My husband and I try to live most of the winter months in Florida.  We are of the age where people start to say “at your age”, though we like to think we are in the prime of life.  Even a cool Florida feels good in January and February when the snow is falling in the North.  My elderly parents live in a northeastern state.  The Blizzards of 2010 created some challenges for keeping them safe and comfortable.

During the first storm in February, they were on their own.  They both rely on a walker to move around and because Mother is very frail and Father has macular degeneration, it is difficult for them to even prepare meals.  Fortunately we have caregivers who are there every day to prepare meals. 

Talbot Library Free March Programs

Upcoming Programming in March at the Talbot County Free Library

20th Annual Poetry Contest

The Friends of the Library and the Historical Society of Talbot County are sponsoring their 20th annual county-wide poetry contest.  Pick up flyers outlining the rules and categories for entry at all library branches, the Historical Society, or on our library website: www.tcfl.org.  The contest is open to all residents of Talbot County.  Deadline for entry: March 19, 2010. 

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