“A Life Well Lived”; An Interactive Evening with Author John Eric Baugher, Ph.D.

Thursday, September 27
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

We all wish to be happy, and in contemporary culture, we are bombarded with so many messages telling us that happiness is about feeling good, acquiring things, being young and wrinkle-free. But true happiness, what the ancient Greeks called eudaimonia, results from engaging life with meaning and purpose. How is it that turning toward death and grief can enrich our lives with meaning?

Come join us for this interactive talk, offered as part of the September 2018 mindfulness month at the Thomas Memorial Library, designed to evoke wonder about the possibilities of the human spirit and the meaning of a life well-lived. The evening will include stories shared from Dr. Baugher’s forthcoming book Contemplative Caregiving: Finding Healing, Compassion, and Spiritual Growth through End-of-Life Care (Shambhala Publications, 2019), as well as a guided meditation and group discussion.

We’re practicing Mindfulness this September! “When you change yourself, you change the world.”

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CircleSinging Workshop

Saturday, September 29
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Please join us as we explore the multi-faceted world of CircleSinging, a form originated and cultivated by the renowned, improvisational vocalist and jazz master, Bobby McFerrin. Time in the workshop will be spent building jazz pieces “in the moment,” using many exercises and games designed to inspire vocal creativity. Singers will be supported in small group clusters, and for those who wish to solo, there will be ample opportunity to partake.

Also featured in the workshop will be the beautiful, clear tones of quartz singing bowls with their other worldly vibrations. These magical tones, along with group generated vocal music, will, without a doubt, transport you to places unknown.

Open to all ages and levels of singers. Or come just to listen to the ethereal sound of these magical bowls!

We’re practicing Mindfulness this September! “When you change yourself, you change the world.”

Learn more about our presenter
Originally from NYC and Baltimore, Kathy has had an extensive career in both music and academia. She holds a BA, Major in Theater/Speech and Minor in Vocal Music from Ithaca College and came to UMO to complete an MA In 1987. During her time in Maine, she founded the now burgeoning vocal program at 317 Main Community Music Center where she has been teaching voice for almost 15 years. Her musical exploits included singing in the band, Little Debbie and the Snack Cakes, in addition to the well-known vocal improvisational group Improvox, both of whom performed in a variety of venues and festivals throughout Maine and New England. Along with vocal improvisation, her latest passion is playing the Quartz Crystal Singing Bowls, a music medium she uses as background sound for Yoga classes and Opening Pathways’ workshops.

Senior Night: College Planning

Tuesday, October 2
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

 

HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS AND PARENTS: Do you have questions about the college application process? Have you filled out your FAFSA yet?

Gary Canter, owner of College Placement Services in Portland, will discuss how to research your options after graduation, application strategies, financial aid advice, and the newly released FAFSA and CSS PROFILE forms at this college planning workshop designed to jumpstart your college selection and application process. This workshop is geared toward high school seniors and their parents.

Mr. Canter will be presenting a three part series of workshops in early 2019 for juniors and sophomores on all aspects of the college process. Stay tuned for more information!

Learning the Lessons of Showing Up

Thursday, October 4
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Artist Joanne Arnold has photographed at first light for nearly a decade. Her images of shadow and light, of pattern and starkness, of contrast and reflection speak to the beauty and simplicity of a world that’s right in front of us but that we often don’t see. Seen through Joanne’s lens, nothing is random. And everything, even if it appears to be abandoned or blown about, has a place.

As Joanne would say, when you show up in a state of surprise you never know what mystery will unfold in front of you. We hope you’ll join us to see Joanne’s amazing work, and to hear her stories.

Here’s more about our presenter
Joanne Arnold graduated from Maine College of Art 1979 with a BFA in Painting. Regaining her visual self became a priority for Joanne ten years ago after her three children were off to college. One practice she began and continues now is to photograph at dawn every day, without exception, year round. She wanted to learn the lessons of showing up; of putting herself on the spot; to work with what existed before her and recalibrate the discipline of seeing; to be faced over and over again with uncertainty that would  rekindle a spirit of invention and challenge her assumptions.

Her work as a photographer introduced her to those that inhabit this early morning landscape: the fishing community, the dock workers, the homeless, the recovery population. Her work as an Interfaith Chaplain (Chime 2013) deeply informs her work and how she moves throughout this landscape. Joanne is a frequent presenter at PechaKucha events in Portland, Kennebunk, and Belfast.

Democracy Cafe – October

Tuesday, October 9
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

After a lively discussion a few months back, one of our regular Democracy Cafe attendees asked if we could discuss what the role of government could, and should be, in healthcare and education. Are these institutions best regulated at a federal, state, local, or personal level?

The Democracy Cafe is a great place to share ideas, to listen, and to ponder. We hope you’ll join us this month in a place where all opinions are respected and all voices are heard.

Morning Book Group – October

TML’s Morning Book group meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 9:30 – 11:00 AM. On Wednesday, 10/10, we’ll be discussing Nicole Krauss’s incredibly interesting book, The History of Love. This is one of those stories that is filled with compelling characters, and loops in and around itself totally drawing you into the web of the story.

We hope you’ll join us this month! All are welcome.