Saturday, October 31, 2015

Celebrate Life!

Let ours be a time remembered for the awakening of a new reverence for life, the firm resolve to achieve sustainability, the quickening of the struggle for justice and peace, and the joyful celebration of life.
(The Earth Charter,

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Get Organized

Get Organized to Save Fuel and Cash!

What can you do to minimize that cash drain? Get organized! That’s right. You can reduce the number of gallons of gas you burn if you follow these simple tips.
1.      Organize your errands.
Make a list of your errands, then organize them into a travel plan. Write down all your errands and then think what stops are near each other so you can create a gas-saving route for yourself.  

2.      Keep a shopping list handy.
Create a running shopping list on your fridge, in your office, and in your storage area where you store bulk items like paper towels or reams of paper. Writing a list to shop with will prevent you from forgetting items.

3.      Don’t duplicate your purchases.
If you keep similar items together, you will reduce the chances of misplacing or losing items and repurchasing them unnecessarily.  

4.      Stay home and organize.
Tackle the area of your home you tend to ignore, and get it organized. You will be doing something highly productive without driving anywhere!   

5.      Establish a family organizing time.
Get your whole family involved and have organizing mornings or nights. Together, organize a room that everyone uses, like the family room or kitchen.   Make it fun–turn on the music or plan a reward for completion like watching a moving afterwards or playing your favorite board game.

6.      Enjoy your nest!
Stay home just to enjoy your own beautiful surroundings. Yes, there are many places to go, but when it comes to family and leisure time, your home is a wonderful sanctuary.  An organized dwelling provides calmness, security, and peace of mind with plenty of space for fun activities or simply relaxing.

by Susan Lovallo
Clutter Solutions

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Hors d'Oeuvres in a Hurry

Unexpected guests can be welcomed with an array of  tasty hors d'oeuvres quickly prepared from ingredients which are right at hand in one's refrigerator.   

That's what participants were shown when Chef Margaret Jacobs held another cooking demonstration program at Wisdom House on September 14.

In her next demonstration class on November 4 from 6:00-7:30pm, participants will learn how they can prepare a delicious brunch in the "humble muffin tin!"
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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Self-Care Saturday

The group of women attending the Self-Care Saturday program had many opportunities to laugh, unwind, walk Wisdom House's labyrinth, enjoy each other's company, and get tips for leading a more balanced life. Yoga instructor and facilitator of the day, Gabriele Davis of Litchfield, led the group in the life-enhancing activities.

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Friday, October 16, 2015

The Unbearable Wholeness of Being

Ilia Delio, OSF, presented a challenging retreat day on God, evolution, and the power of love on September 26th. The audience of more than 140 people were presented horizon-expanding information about the interconnectedness of all creation - how we are related to each other and to the Creator of all.

To view a brief video presenting an overview of her topic, click on the Video section of our homepage at

Photos: Linda Oristano
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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Living in the Divine Milieu

With great enthusiasm, Ursula King, Ph.D., presented a program at Wisdom House that focused on the life and teachings of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, a 20th Century Jesuit priest, scientist, and mystic. It was titled, "Living in the Divine Milieu."

Coming to us from Bristol, England, she presented Chardin's desire to make known the presence of God in all creation. His work as a paleontologist brought him in touch with God's special presence among us in the very earth on which we live and on which we walk.  A video of Dr. King speaking about the program can be accessed from our homepage under "Videos."

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

E.L.V.I.S. Comes to Wisdom House

The East Litchfield Village Improvement Society met at Wisdom House recently to learn more about the history of this section of Litchfield.

The presentation was given by Rachel Carley, local Architectural Historian. She presented a talk with images from the architectural survey of the northeast quadrant, which recounted the rich history of Litchfield that she recently completed for the Greater Litchfield Preservation Trust.

One of the completed survey forms is posted on the Trust's website:

Rachel is the author of many books, including "Litchfield: The Making of a New England Town."
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Saturday, October 3, 2015

17th Annual Wisdom Award

At a reception and dinner on Wednesday, September 30, 2015, Wisdom House held its 17th annual Wisdom Award celebration. This year's recipients were Susan and Timothy Cook, who were honored for Serving with Compassion and William G. Harding for being an Energizer of Community.

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