Personal Growth

Make Your Life a ROCKIN' Reality Show!

by Cyndi Paxton Johnson

We all know fear - and change - is part of life. Yada yada yada.  It’s easy to say the words – but it’s harder to walk the walk.  Doing something new is terrifying! Your heart rate increases, you wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat and wonder if you’re doing the right thing. It’s hard to think of anything else, since your entire body goes into that “fight or flight” scenario – preparing for action.

But we need this shake-up, this rush of adrenaline, this pure terror.  Without it, we stagnate – lose interest in moving forward – and resign ourselves to watching yet another reality tv show – watching others risk all without ever leaving the safety of our easy chair.

Why else would reality shows be so overwhelmingly popular? All the drama without ever having to risk anything, ourselves. 

But let’s face it, folks – Our lives ARE a reality show!  Every day we face choices that will determine what direction our lives will take.  We even have an audience watching our performance – our family, friends, even neighbors.  Our very own fan club, cheering us along!

Five Steps to take this Summer that will Transform Your Life!

There's no more putting it off - Summer is upon us. Tis the season for surf, sand and family time - and we've earned every minute of it! But this summer, let's also concentrate on US - and our dreams! Here are five things to do this summer that will change our lives!

1. DREAM - What are your dreams and lifetime goals? Do you even know? NOW is the time to dream big. What do you need to accomplish so, when you look back over your life, you see a life well-lived? Write down as many as you can; things to do, to see, to become, to learn. Then go back and circle the top five that you start working on NOW!

Now that you know what you want, visualize your world as if these things were already accomplished. See the details of your day, and feel the joy and satisfaction of knowing you have accomplished these things. Do this EVERY SINGLE DAY. 

2. BIG ROCKS - Remember the story of putting rocks, pebbles, sand and water into jar? You have to put the big rocks in first, or the smaller stuff will fill up your days and you'll never accomplish the really important things. We all have a million little things that we need to do each day - but we need to make sure the important, dream building stuff gets done, too. 

Look over you dreams list. For each goal write down the steps you need to take to make your dream a reality. These are the "Big Rocks". Every day list 3-5 action steps (in different categories) - and make them the priority for your day. Break down large, involved steps into more managable actions. You'll still have the daily stuff to do - but just knowing that THESE are your priorities will super-charge your journey toward your dreams!

Computers Classes for Farm Businesses

Computers are an important tool for farm business management.  The University of Maryland Extension will be offering a series of computer classes focused on farm use on December 14, 2012.  Learn how to manage your files, operate windows software, protect your computer, develop spreadsheets and use QuickBooks.  Classes will be held at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills.  Class sizes are limited so please register sdill@umd.edu or 410-822-1244.  The cost of each class is $15.00.

If you need special assistance, please register 1 week ahead of time.  This course is open to anyone interested in learning more about computers for their farm business.

Excel Spreadsheets for Farm Businesses – December 14, 9am - noon

Chesapeake College, Economic Development Center EDC 26

Spreadsheets are a great tool for farm businesses.  They help with recordkeeping, budgeting and organizing data. This workshop will provide hands on applications of Microsoft Excel 2007. Topics will include navigating the software, setting up a spreadsheet and inserting formulas and calculations.  Participants will practice with laptops and spreadsheet templates.

Upcoming Programming at the Talbot County Free Library in November of 2012

Children’s Programs

(Note: Pre-registration is requested for all programs except those requiring tickets.)


Easton   (100 West Dover Street, Easton)

First Step Storytime

Tuesdays, November 6 - 20, 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.  For children 3 and under accompanied by an adult.


Preschool Storytime

Tuesdays, November 6 - 20, 2:00 - 2:45 p.m.  For 3 - 5 year olds.  Note: The Pickering Creek Audubon Center will conduct the program on September 11.


Meet the Creatures with Pickering Creek

Thursday, November 15, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.  For all ages.

Queen Anne’s County Arts Council November Calendar of Events

NOVEMBER 2: “Images, Imagination” exhibit begins. View the award winning work of former National Geographic photographer James L. Amos. Glass and jewelry artist Wendy Gordon joins Amos in this show featuring her imaginative designs. A portion of the proceeds benefit renovations to the Centre’s historic building.For more information, contact Centre for the Arts, 206 S. Commerce St., Centreville, MD. 410.758.2520. www.arts4u.info

NOVEMBER 3:Come see the “Crawdaddies” 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Queen Anne’s County Arts Council. $30 advance / $35 door (call for availability). Cajun/zydeco by a band that knows its way around the bayou.Concert followed by an ‘After Party’. Enjoy light fare, cash bar and meet band members. For more information, contact Centre for the Arts, 206 S. Commerce St., Centreville, MD. 410.758.2520. www.arts4u.info

NOVEMBER 9:“Images, Imagination” Exhibit and Reception. Join artists’ Jim Amosand Wendy Gordon at the Centre for the Arts from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.The exhibit ispresented by the Queen Anne’s County Arts Council and will benefit their building fund. View the award winning work of former National Geographic photographer James L. Amos and glass and jewelry artist Wendy Gordon.For more information, contact Centre for the Arts, 206 S. Commerce St., Centreville, MD. 410.758.2520. www.arts4u.info

CBMM presents Working Waterfront speaker series in November

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels, MD begins a new speaker series entitled “Working Waterfront” on Thursday, November 1, with later sessions on Friday, November 16 and Thursday, November 29. Held in the Van Lennep Auditorium along the museum’s waterfront campus, the series welcomes CBMM members and the general public, with pre-registration needed.

From 6-8pm on Thursday, November 1, “Working Waterfront: Delaware” gives participants an in-depth look at the museum’s 1912 river tug, Delaware. Now celebrating her centennial, the Delaware was built in Bethel, DE, and is one of the last survivors of Bethel’s great age of wooden boatbuilding. Join CBMM’s Vessel Maintenance Manager Michael Gorman, CBMM boatyard staff, and others with connections to Delaware’s long Chesapeake Bay history as they share a closer look at her recent restoration and more.

From 6-8pm on Friday, November 16, “Working Waterfront: Tide, Trade, and Tugs” presents an evening with the Ward Family of Deltaville, VA, who operate one of the last “mom and pop” tugboat companies on the Chesapeake Bay. Join them for a conversation as several generations of the Ward family share stories of transporting crabs, oysters, produce, grain, and other goods by wooden buyboat, tug, and barge throughout the tributaries of the Bay.  

Academy Art Museum Announces New Speakers Series

The Academy Art Museum has announced a new Kittredge-Wilson Speakers Series which will be held on Thursdays at 6 p.m. at the Museum throughout the year.  The first lecture in the series will be an Environmental Film Night by speaker Thomas Horton, in conjunction with Midshore Riverkeeper® Conservancy on October 11, 2012, 6 p.m. This event is supported by the Town Creek Foundation in grateful appreciation for Tom Horton’s many years of commitment to the protection and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay. Ticket sales from this lecture will benefit both the Academy Art Museum and the Midshore Riverkeeper® Conservancy.

Horton, a noted environmental storyteller and Bay advocate, will introduce two 20-minute films featuring Chesapeake waters. The films include “Menhaden: The Most Important Fish in the Bay,” an insightful investigation into the Bay's most essential fishery, and “Let Our Rivers Flow,” an evocative and moving portrait of the history and future of our mid-Shore rivers.  Horton covered the Bay for 33 years for the Baltimore Sun and is an author of six books about the Chesapeake.  He writes a regular column for the Bay Journal and narrates the feature film, “Let Our Rivers Flow.”

The speaker series continues with a lecture, Catesby, Audubon and the American Wilderness, by Esther Sparks on November 15, 2012, 6 p.m. Esther Sparks will speak on the two artists, Mark Catesby and John James Audubon, both of whom most shaped the popular sense of wildlife in the New World. Burt Kummerow will present, Discovering the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake, on December 13, 2012 at 6 p.m. Kummerow will recount the War of 1812, which occurred in the Chesapeake region and explore the Tidewater world of two centuries past.  The presentation coincides with the recent release of his book, “In Full Glory Reflected, Discovering the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake.” On February 28, 2013 at 6 p.m., author Christopher Tilghman, a Professor of English and Director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Virginia, will present The Right-Hand Shore.  Tilghman’s life has revolved around his family’s farm on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. His new novel, “The Right-Hand Shore,” follows his acclaimed novel, “Mason’s Retreat,” telling the multigenerational story of a farm on the Eastern Shore modeled after his own.  On March 21, 2013 at 6 p.m., Martin Kemp will present a lecture on Leonardo's Graphic Invention. Leonardo da Vinci reformed every aspect of drawing as a tool for study and invention. His design techniques not only affected the whole course of art but also encompassed almost every method of graphic demonstration in architecture, engineering, the sciences of nature, and mathematics before the advent of X-rays.   The series will wrap up with a presentation by Professor David M. Stone, Signed in Blood: Caravaggio's 'Beheading of St. John' and the Knights of Malta, on April 25, 2013. Stone is with the Department of Art History at the University of Delaware and a Trustee with the American Academy in Rome.

What's So HOT About Power Yoga?

by Brenda Lain
Eastern Shore Yoga co-owner/instructor

It’s summer and 100 degrees in Easton, MD and the studio at Eastern Shore Yoga is beginning to fill up for its evening, hot yoga class.  The studio is a muscle limbering 88 degrees and the students are chatting, rolling out mats, preparing for a sweaty, vigorous class—looking forward to going to their edge.  So what brings people of varying genders, ages, and bodies to yoga in general and Eastern Shore Yoga (ESY) in particular?

I know what brought me to yoga, and anyone with an angst-ridden, 16-year-old, teenage daughter would understand completely, stress release.  It was 2000 and I had just moved with my husband and two daughters to Pittsburgh, PA.  My teenage daughter left behind her high school, friends, and “the boy she loved” in Georgia.  She hated life and especially me.  So when a newfound friend of mine suggested I take a yoga class with her, I reluctantly agreed, thinking a group of women sitting around chanting and stretching was not going to cure my ills.  I needed something stronger, like military school for girls, or a bottle of scotch for me.  What I found was something that changed my life, my relationship with my daughter, and my body.

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.


With its forests, thickets, marshes, rivers and creeks, the Eastern Shore’s natural landscape provided a passageway to freedom along the Underground Railroad for hundreds, and possibly thousands, of slaves, including abolitionists Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman. Designated as a “Place to Visit” on the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, Adkins Arboretum reflects the conditions through which slaves traveled en route to freedom, and serves as a dramatic vista to experience the little-known relationship between nature and the Underground Railroad.

With grant support from Maryland Humanities Council and Maryland Heritage Area Authority, the Arboretum will produce a stimulating, educational and thought-provoking interpretive project that explores the role of nature for those in pursuit of freedom via the Underground Railroad. The two awards, totaling $28,000, will expand the Arboretum’s capacity to tell the story and experience of the Underground Railroad and make a significant contribution to the development of the Underground Railroad Scenic Byway.

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