Further Shore Summer Quarterly Newsletter July 2007

A Word of Welcome ~ “Boy is it HOT.” You hear this often lately, in southern Arizona, here on sacred mountain, and all over the U.S the heat is on! In Flagstaff, at 7,000 feet above sea level, the ponderosa pine forest is normally a cool respite from the desert heat. Record temps have made the news everywhere and we are not an exception. Monsoon season has not quite begun, but the smell of rain is in the air most afternoons. At Wayne’s House we see full greening of the Russian olive trees, cottonwoods, and aspens. The air feels electric with summer storms on the horizon. Even though the dew point is up, it is important to remember to stay hydrated during this hot, dry season. Drink plenty of water and keep snacks handy when traveling by car or taking a walk. Dehydration symptoms include dry mouth, clammy skin, dizziness, and muscle cramps. Severe symptoms such as vomiting, dark urine, and fainting will require immediate medical attention. Beat the heat by taking an afternoon nap; your body will appreciate the rest.

In Further Shore news: Massage Therapist, Barb White, has joined our staff and will be offering services to our TLC Clients on the sliding scale. THANK YOU for this assistance, Barb! The infamous Cookbook is on the way to press. Watch for ordering options on line. Robert has
also added “Kiss the Food Doctor” apparel (aprons, hats and T-Shirts) as another fund raiser for our precious work. We hope you will want to order these fun items.

As some of you know Robert and I recently traveled to upstate New York. It was an auspicious time to be in the cradle of my birth. I was blessed to be able to ‘say goodbye’ to my beloved Aunt Dot; and also offered support to TLC family members Pat and Laura (see below). Robert took the most amazing photos of Lake Ontario and some will be seen on our website, truly reflecting the Further Shore’s beauty, color and grace. During this season of fullness and sunshine, may your days be blessed with the light of love that abides through all transitions.

In Gratitude, Aleia

Honoring and Dedications
Further Shore honors the memory of Dorothy Lembach, who passed over on May 26, 2007 at age 90. “Aunt Dot” to me, “mom” to her five children, “sister” to my mom, this amazing woman blessed my life in ways too numerous to count. The day she died five swans swam silently past our lake house in predawn mists. I was privileged to have three special visits with her in the weeks before she passed. My cousins honored me with an invitation to speak at her memorial service. That day, when I stood before my cousins and other loved ones, I had to take a big gulp of air before opening my mouth to speak. My heart felt like it would burst with all the love, laughter, and gratitude for my aunt. My heart also knew grief in that moment; the sorrow of loss that touches us when those we love change form. Even though my faith is strong and my work in this world to assist the dying and bereaved, it was deeply humbling to feel this empathy for those who grieve; to feel this vulnerable, this “human.” So for you, Aunt Dot, I say “Thank you, again and again and always.”

Further Shore honors the memory of Laura Anne Collins. I had the privilege of ministering to
Laura and her mom, Pat Bradshaw while in upstate New York. Laura was a bright light to all she met. In my visit with Laura, she told me that she was getting tired and was hopeful for her pain to lessen and her heart to open. We meditated silently together in a sweet glow of love. After a long journey with a rare melanoma she moved into spirit on Summer Solstice, June 21, 2007. She will be dearly missed by family and friends and remembered with great love.

Further Shore also remembers with love: Mr. George Giffi who crossed peacefully over on May
14, 2007
; a kind and gentle man, a veteran, father, husband and grandfather extraordinaire. Our prayers for health and grace are with Judy, Christie, Susana, and Sue.


CommunityUpdate

  • We support the wholistic community newsletter, Alive and the beginning of the Alive Network! If you want to advertiser, distributor, or write an article for Alive, call 774-4326.
  • On Thursday, August 16th at 6:00 p.m. Friends of Flagstaff’s Future will gather to say farewell to Membership Outreach Coordinator, Ann Altland. The gathering is in the garden at Grand Canyon Trust 2601 N. Ft. Valley Road. All F3 Friends are welcome to bring a potluck dish. Questions directed to 556-8663.
  • August 18th the American Cancer Society hosts its annual Climb to Conquer Cancer hike 7 miles up Snowbowl road. Registration required by August 3rd. For information call
    526-3800
  • Also on August 18th Theatrikos celebrates 35 years of great community theater with Talent Night! For tickets or info http://www.theatrikos.com/upcomingeventshome.html
  • NAGA is sponsoring a Family Caregiver Workshop on August 24th at Thorp Park Community and Senior Center from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. Jill Preston from Jackson White Elder Law Services will present “Legal and Financial Resource Planning for Seniors” Barb Wagner 774-2880 with questions or to register. Northland Hospice is holding a fundraiser “Wheels for Life – Motorcycle and Car Trivia Run” on August 25th For
    information call 779-1227.
  • We are proud to have 22 Twilight Brigade – Compassion in Action volunteers in our community. Thanks to Connie Sarff for her skillful training of the April class. Those interested in this training are welcome to contact Further Shore. A training will again be
    planned for next April (before, if there are 12 enrollees). We are greatly appreciative of Marshall Rosenbergs approach to communicating with love and compassion. The Flagstaff Center for Compassionate Communication, director, Mary MacKenzie has Summer Telecourse Sessions on line for NVC (Nonviolent Communication). Check into this by contacting her at (928) 526-4796 or fccc@compassionatecommunication.org

Must See Movies
If you have a movie you feel speaks to our mission, please send us a review! This quarter’s pic is Meet Joe Black. The 1998 film stars Brad Pitt, Clare Forlani, and Anthony Hopkins. Bill is about to celebrate his 65th birthday when he is contacted by a hallucination (he thinks). Later, Joe Black (Death Itself) enters his life. Joe intends to take Bill with him, but he develops an interest in Bill’s daughter, Susan. This is a powerful movie about not taking life for granted. Pitt plays
Joe Black and offers an amazing insight to the simple and complex concepts of life, love and peanut butter.

Wayne’s House – Update
Due to your generosity, we continue to offer healing retreats at Wayne’s House. Truly a blessing for each and every client! To date 65 people have enjoyed time at this charming cabin. If you are interested in a retreat, visit www.furthershore.org to learn more. Retreats are tailored to meet client needs and scheduled according to your ideal timing. Check out photos at http://furthershore_org.apache1.cloudsector.net.s134971.gridserver.com/index.html

Finances and Fund Raising
Further Shoreis currently supporting several clients in need of ongoing Tender Loving Care.
We now have four practitioners and several individuals on the Lighthouse Keeper Volunteer Team to provide counseling, listening, advocacy, light house chores, massage, Reiki and other support for these clients in their homes, in the hospital or wherever they may be. Because of the very personal nature of their circumstances, we cannot share details about their journeys. But they want you to know how blessed they feel to have our support and love. A family with
extreme need and many end of life concerns has come forward for TLC assistance and also requested a Gentle Transitions Retreat at Wayne’s House. It is our honor to assist them. Your contributions help us to provide ongoing care to clients with serious illness and financial need.


Please HOLD THE DATE for our Second Annual Fund Raiser, That’s Life ~ A Bone Dance! It will be held on November 3, 2007 at Forest Highlands Canyon Golf Club. Hope to see you there!
You can help to keep our work going by making a donation! Further Shore, P. O. Box 23518, Flagstaff, AZ 86002 or via Paypal on the web at www.furthershore.org

Summer Calendar
If you would like to schedule a program at Wayne’s House with your partner, family or with a group, please contact us. With the new flexible use permit, we can accommodate a half day, full day or overnight program designed just to meet your scheduling needs. If you wish to
participate in Gentle Transitions for Women or Cancer Survivors,
email your
name, phone number and the date you would like to attend. Please do not let financial challenges stop you from requesting a program, as sponsorships are in place. Minimum co-pay for programs is on a sliding fee scale ($10-$25).

May 19 – Care for the Caregiver Retreat at Wayne’s House

June 25 – Quarterly Board Meeting

June 28 – “Changing Woman” at Wayne’s House

July 3 & 4 – Gentle Transitions for Women at Wayne’s House

July 7 – Fund Raising Team Meeting

July 15 – TLC Client Special Birthday Party!

July 16 – Llumination

July 25 – Llumination

July 30 – Twilight Brigade Potluck at Aleia and Robert’s place 6-8:30 p.m.

August 9 & 10 – Gentle Transitions (private)

August 12 – Llumination

September 2 & 3 – Gentle Transitions for Women at Wayne’s House (open)

September 13 – Care for the Caregivers “Changes” at Wayne’s House (open)

September 26 – Quarterly Board Meeting

Summer Ratatouille submitted to Recipes from the Food Doctor and
Friends
by Wayne’s long time friend, Linda Carr of West Virginia. Enjoy it hot as a main or side dish, add grilled tempeh or tofu for an additional protein punch. For an appetizer, try serving it cold or at room temperature on crackers or pita chips.

2 T. extra virgin olive oil
1 onion (red or yellow), diced
1 green pepper, chopped
1 large eggplant, cubed
2 medium zucchini, cubed
2 – 3 tomatoes, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups mushrooms, sliced

Garden fresh basil or oregano to garnish and taste

Heat Olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Sauté onions and pepper until onion is
translucent. Add eggplant. Sauté 8 – 10 minutes. Add zucchini, cover, reduce heat, cook for another 10 minutes. Add garlic, tomatoes, and mushrooms; cook for another 10-12 minutes until all vegetables are tender. Season with salt, pepper and hot pepper sauce to taste. Customize with any vegetables you like. Red pepper instead of green; or hot peppers (for a little heat). Yield 4-6 servings.

Calling All Volunteers!
Further Shore offers several opportunities for volunteers. You may choose to help with gardening, housekeeping, or cooking for Wayne’s House retreats. Office work, fund raising or event planning are also options! If you are a certified hospice volunteer, you may serve as Lighthouse Keeper for our TLC Clients. If you are interested in being a Lighthouse Keeper, please request a volunteer application today!

Llumination Questing to Discover Your Truth
Join Aleia for a Llumination Quest and help support Wayne’s House. Much more than a board game, the Quest helps to open a portal to expanded consciousness and enlightenment. I have seen amazing events occur for seekers after play.

During the game, you have opportunity to hone and sharpen intuitive skills, compassionate speaking, and careful listening; receiving spiritual comfort and guidance for yourself and your
fellow players. The place for play is at Wayne’s House. Game playing for 2-4 people takes 3-4 hours. Sliding scale of $25-50 per person or an equitable barter. Create your own group or play with new seekers.

SpecialThanks to:

  • Barb Wagner, with NAGA for wonderful work for seniors and care givers
  • Joe Bodin at Flagstaff Central for his upholding community in so many ways
  • All the members of the new Alive Network for willingness to connect
  • Janine Minkler, Jill Rundall, Bee Valvo, Pamela Hopkins, Eliot Schipper, Patricia Pease, Karen Anderson, Julie Tinklenberg, Katie Proctor, Barb White, Shannon Dooley-Arnette and Devon Moughan-Phillips for stepping up to volunteer needs for home bound TLC clients
  • The Divine in all our lives and for all prayers of hope, love, and compassion.

Gone From My Sight
I am standing on the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength, and I stand and watch her until at length she is a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each
other. Then someone at my side says, There! She’s gone!” Gone where? Gone from my sight, that is all. She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side, and she is just as able to bear her load of living weight to her destined harbor. Her diminished size is in me, not in her. And just at the moment when someone at my side says, “There – She’s gone!,” there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout, “There – She comes!” And that is dying.

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