Category Archives: Activism

The Hats We Wear

Collington women have shown us the way of the world just by sharing their hats.  From an Admiral’s hat to traditional nurses caps to hard hats to church hats to pussy hats, this year’s Women’s History Clocktower Exhibit displayed our unique places in the world.   Colorful and diverse and observed and commented by residents and visitors alike the exhibit was changed out some, mid-month to accommodate all hats donated.  Fun and fascinating and successful!  Whatever shall we do next year???

Hope you enjoy the pictures.

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Collingtonians at the March for Our Lives, 3/24/2018

Here are some of our residents who traveled to downtown Washington to support the hundreds of thousands of young people protesting gun deaths in America, and to demand sensible gun control actions from politicians.

 

 

Photos submitted by Marilyn Haskel and Dorothy Yuan and Nadine Hathaway

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Meet Today’s Women Musicians​

In keeping with Collington’s celebration of Women’s History Month, I promised to speak with our artist in residence, Samantha regarding a music program.  We met and that was that!  She corralled 5 of her friends (local and out of towners) to educate and perform for our community.  The packed auditorium was astounded!

Below you will find the program broken into 4 parts, each presenting a set from the musicians.

Now meet the Women who represent the future of music!

Part 1 – Ruth Bright is a collaborative pianist based in the Washington, DC area. She is currently studying at the University of Maryland School of Music, pursuing her MM in collaborative piano.   In addition, Ruth is an active choir director and accompanist for three community churches.  She is also a co-founder of OperaTerps, and is currently serving as Artistic Director of this pioneer undergraduate opera company.

Part 2 – Sequina Dubose is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in vocal pedagogy at the University of Maryland.  She has numerous opera credits performing traditional and new roles around the country.  She has also toured as a soloist with The American Spiritual Ensemble and sang alongside famed trumpeter Wynton Marsalis.  In addition to her personal academic and artistic pursuits, she serves as Director of Development for ArtsCentric, a non-profit theater company she helped to found in the Baltimore area.

Part 3 – Tiffany Lu is a third-year Doctoral student in conducting at the University of Maryland. She has conducted many orchestras including the University of Maryland Repertory orchestra and symphony orchestra. She is assistant conductor of the Capital City Symphony, conducting associate of the Monteux School and Music Festival, interim music director of the Wilmington Community Orchestra in Delaware, among other commitments.

Part 4 Marina Murayama Nir and Rob’n Delaine – Marina organizes events in the DIY music and art scene in Philadelphia.  She is a writer, music educator and performer.  Her interests lie in bringing together artists of varying disciplines and in building spaces that nurture and support people of color, gender-marginaliaes, and queer creatives.  Marina is a contributor and co-curator of the social justice art blog, Culturework, and is a facilitator at Girls Rock Philly.

Rob’n Delaine is a 23-year-old Philly native.  She’s a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and feminist.  Her music touches on a wide range of issues from mental health to politics and her influences span a variety of genres and artists.  She released her debut EP “Westbound” last September.

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Vitalize360 Launching This Week — Meet and Greet Friday in the Game Room

This is the week that our Vitalize 360 program gets its real launch and sign-up opportunity.  A project of Kendal, it provides us Collington residents the opportunity to get a “life coach,” who will help us bring together whatever resources and help to decide what they want to achieve next in our lives.  If one of us does not yet know what this is, our new staffer Kim Rivers will help us figure that out too.  Once a goal is identified, Kim will help pull together the Collington resources, staff and residents, to support the process.

Often this is thought of in traditional medical terms, such as achieving a particular “vital sign” milestone, or getting physically strong enough to, for example, get on a plan to visit grandchildren.

But many of us feel that the most exciting engagements that this makes possible are more intellectual, political, academic, etc.  Dianna Cox, who runs the project, and was here for a great presentation yesterday, gave an example of a man who had decided to challenge his golf club’s men only policy, and did so successfully.  (Other more transformative possibilities might come to mind.)

Tomorrow, Friday March 9 at 10:30 in the Game Room, there will be a meet and greet to get to know  Kim and learn more about the project.

Here is the PowerPoint that Nancy Cox presented.

Here is a short video:

It is important to note that Vitalize 360 is a key pat of our strategic plan, both as a specific element, and as something that will help build culture-transformative energy.

Indeed, a recent article in the Journal of Aging Research and Healthcare, here, concludes:

In this project, COLLAGE [Vilalize at one location] 360, a comprehensive assessment system and wellness coaching program that focuses on prevention and wellness was implemented in one continuing care retirement community. Following completion of two assessment tools through directed conversations with a wellness coach, older adults developed an individualized vitality plan that outlined life goals, supporting goals and action plans for goal achievement. Results from this program suggest engagement in the assessment and wellness coaching process via the COLLAGE 360 program translated into sample older adults sensing that they live in a more supportive environment when compared with elders not receiving any wellness coaching. In addition, the older adults had positive responses in the areas of mood and life satisfaction. Strategies to improve health and well being need an extended focus beyond the older adult‘s medical conditions and consider psychological, spiritual and social needs with personal preferences being paramount. These issues are foundational to a person- centered, health promotion approach needed among older adults.

Do not miss the opportunity.

 

Collingtonian Article on our “Pre-History” Raises Questions about Next Steps

Occasionally, this blog draws attention to articles in our sister publication, the Collingtonian. Peggy Latimer’s piece in the January 2018 issue is deserving of such focus. The piece, tells the history of slaves here at Collington, to the minimal extent that it can be reconstructed from wills and other documents. The story is particular present, because of the graves up on the hill, including one of Basil Warring, who had “inherited” ten slaves from his father.

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It is, of course, deeply shaming for a white person to read, and I think Peggy gets just the right combination of factual clarity and respectful perspective:

Marsham’s 1730 will listed them. All but one, however, were identified only by first name [spelling and punctuation through- out are as written in the original documents]: “One Negro Man named Caceour One Negro Man named Hercules one Negro Man named George One Negro Woman named Moll One Mulatto Boy named Charles One Mulatto boy called Robin One Negro Boy named Will Bulger One Mulatto Girl named Sarah One Mulatto Girl named Cate one Negro girl named Lucy and their Increase”

Peggy notes at the end, “With much research, we may be able to learn more of the history of these people. At the very least, shouldn’t we be honoring those enslaved persons who lived and labored on the land where we all now reside?” At the very minimum we should find public ways to recognize and honor that we enjoy the legacy of the labor of their forced and denied lives. Without in any way suggesting equivalence, the need to remember and honor reminds me that a few years ago, I went with my Polish Holocaust surviving aunt to a gymnasium (high school) in Mainz Germany, and for our visit, as part of a larger group, they had put up a mounted display of The Holocaust in Mainz, including a map showing locations.

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Here is a photo of my aunt with some of the display. The kids were deeply respectful and attentive.

Surely we can try to do as much.

Indeed, there must be much else that we could do, that not only reminds of the past, but steers us for the future in these apparently anti-historical times.