Local Action equals satisfaction 3


Last weekend was full of local activities and fabulous fun.  (This weekend, Memorial Day Weekend, looks to be quiet and that’s okay.  I tend not to like to travel on holiday weekends – the exceptions being the fall and winter holidays when I must be around my family and Labor Day in NYC, which is my son’s birthday and a great time to hang with him when he’s open to have Mom visit for his birthday.)


Last weekend showed that you don’t have to go far to have a good time.


Friday morning I had my first acupuncture appointment at a satellite program of the New England School of Acupuncture located at Dimock Community Health Center in Roxbury.  I relaxed, enjoyed it and am hopeful about it being good for what ails me.


Friday evening found me at Haley House in Roxbury for a “Dinner and A Movie” sponsored by The Color of Film Collaborative.  The featured film was “Who Does She think She Is?” directed by Pamela Tanner Boll.  It is about living women artists who are mothers and how they manage the responsibilities of being artists and mothers. I strongly recommend it for emerging women artists and any one interested in following their passion.  (The pizzas were nutricious, delicious, and fresh and everyone at my table enjoyed the rhubarb-peach crumble dessert.  None of us had ever tasted rhubarb before and were pleasantly surprised.)


Saturday morning I walked over to the Ashmont Hill Yard Sale featuring more than 40 homes.  There were 100s of people of all hues walking the hilly streets of the Ashmont Hill Neighborhood in Dorchester with its gorgeous Victorian homes and gardens.  Refreshments were provided by a trio of enterprising young men selling lemonade; a resident who fired up ribs on her grill (judging from the number of people waiting in line to order, they were delicious and even came with a  choice of side dishes, including potato salad – yum): and the Ashmont Nursery School that sold hotdogs, hamburgers, etc.) 

I usually miss this yard sale because I find out about it after the fact, but this year I found out the day before and got there. I walked around for 2 ½ hours and am proud that I only spent $20 (for four separate purchases).  This is definitely going on the list for next spring.


Saturday afternoon I watched the last three episodes in Season 1 of the No ! Ladies Detective Agency Series with a friend on pay-per-view.  We also enjoyed the 20-minute film about Botswana (the setting of the series) and the 4-minute “author’s notes” with the writer, Alexander McCall Smith.  If you haven’t read the 10 novels in the series or watched the show, get thee to it now.  The books are some of the most affirming novels featuring a lady sleuth who solves problems and mysteries in a direct, wise and gentle manner.  I love the novels and the books equally.  Jill Scott embodies the lead character, Precious Ramotswe.  She and the rest of the cast are wonderful!


Sunday afternoon found me attending a salsa social with friends and hubby.  Denise Matthews-Turner, founder of My Salsa Thing,  gives private and small group salsa lessons.  Every 4-6 weeks, they have a social and it’s great fun for beginners to more experienced dancers.  It was fun-fun even if my legs ached the next day.


Monday morning me and my two walking buddies walked in another gorgeous Dorchester neighborhood, the Melville Park area. You don’t have to go far or spend a lot  of $ to have fun. 

Local action = satisfaction.
 


About Candelaria Silva

Candelaria Silva-Collins is a marketing, community outreach and programming consultant; writer; and trainer/facilitator who lives in Boston, Massachusetts. She has designed and facilitated workshops on a wide variety of topics including communication, facilitation, job search skills, team building, and parenting issues. She currently coordinates the Community Membership Program of the Huntington Theatre Company. Her work as Director of ACT Roxbury was profiled in several publications, including The Creative Communities Builders Handbook. Candelaria’s children’s stories, short stories, essays and reviews have been published in local and national publications and she is an active blogger. Her publications include the booklets, Handling Rejection; Pushing through Shyness: Networking Tips when You’re Shy, Slow to Warm Up or Just don’t Feel you Belong; and Real Questions about Sex & Relationships for Teens: A Discussion Guide for Parents. She has served on the boards of Goddard College, Wheelock Family Theatre, Boston Foundation for Architecture, and Discover Roxbury. She is currently Chair, Designators of the Henderson Foundation.

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3 thoughts on “Local Action equals satisfaction

  • Jim

    You do not sound holier than thou, more like the voice of experience. Bad decisions can deteriorate into worse decisions, compound into fatal errors. Or with a little bit of bad luck they can become fatal immediately. Everyone can ruin his own life. Some do. Well said, thanks.

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