Newsletter Archive

December 2022 Newsletter

A Message from Pat Ryan, Executive Director

Making a list and checking it twice….
December has arrived and it’s time to get serious about buying gifts for family and friends. The simple act of giving is a great feeling, making someone happy and letting them know you care, but there is usually a lot of personal energy that goes into it.  Who should be on the list, what to buy them, and where to buy it, all come into play, and it all needs to happen at the same time to meet an unmovable deadline.  It is exhausting and sometimes I think, who the heck started this gift giving idea? …..

November 2022 Newsletter

A Message from Pat Ryan, Executive Director


When I was very young and things did not go my way, I got a hug and kiss from mom and then she would say “You’re okay now, it’s not the end of the world. Go ahead and try again”. It sounded good to me, and it was my mother who said it, so that’s what I did. She was so wise, and little did I know she was speaking from experience. Having come to the U.S. from Ireland at 17 years of age it was not all smooth sailing, as things did not always go her way…

October 2022 Newsletter

A Message from Pat Ryan, Executive Director

Best Friends

How do I stay healthy? Eat right, exercise, get plenty of sleep, and talk to my best friend! I feel very fortunate to have a lifelong best friend that knows everything about me and who I know everything about. We met in college and shared our dreams and had a lot of fun. Going our separate ways after school did not seem to slow down our friendship. We established our own lives and zig zagged our ways through life. While a lot of things changed over the years, the one thing that has always stayed constant is our connection to each other, which has only strengthened through the years….

September 2022 Newsletter

A Message from Pat Ryan, Executive Director


Many of you may remember or have seen reruns of Kung Fu, a television series that originated in the 1970’s.  Although it only ran for three seasons, it is considered one of the most influential Martial Arts TV shows in America and was recognized for it’s excellence with both Emmy Awards and Golden Globe nominations.  The main character in the show was a Shaolin monk who was tutored by an older wiser monk he called Master.  In turn the Master called his student Grasshopper. As I see it, we are all Grasshoppers who move through life learning about ourselves and others….

August 2022 Newsletter

A Message from Pat Ryan, Executive Director

Are You an Ironman?

Last month Gary , our Housekeeping Manager, did an amazing thing. He
completed his own personal Ironman Distance Triathlon to raise money for the Manchester Rec Park Scholarship Fund.The physical endurance to complete this feat is imposing, but I am awestruck by the mental toughness it takes….

July 2022 Newsletter

A Message from Pat Ryan, Executive Director

The Dog Days of Summer

At long last summer is here with hot, sultry days and warm nights.  It also seems to slow everything down including our pets.  Is this why we have the expression “dog days of summer”?   While very well suited to the month of July, the expression is celestial in origin.  The term indicates a period between July 3 and August 11 when the Dog Star, Sirius, rises at the same time or near the same time as the sun in the Northern Hemisphere….

June 2022 Newsletter

A Message from Pat Ryan, Executive Director

Remembering My Father

Last week, my brother sent me a photo of my father in his Army uniform, and my first thought was how young he looked. When I think of my father, I think of him through the eyes of a child never stopping to think of him as a man, only my father.  I know he had a rough upbringing having lost his father when he was very young.  There were a lot of expectations that he would be the man of the house since he was the oldest of three boys. After the army he married the love of his life, but tragically lost her weeks after my older brother was born. Enter my mom, who lived in a room rented from my grandmother. She took care of my brother and was engaged to my father’s best friend, but fell in love with my father and married him! Shortly after, he became my father…..

May 2022 Newsletter

A Message from Pat Ryan, Executive Director

Time for a Fresh Start

I am just sooooo ready for some nice warm weather in the month of May. Don’t get me wrong I do love winters, but just like eating too much dessert, you can get good and tired of it! Well, I guess it depends on what dessert we’re talking about. Anyway, you get my point….. The pandemic really changed our routines so much and it’s time to rethink our priorities and make a change that will bring us to a happier place. Here are some ideas to help you get going…

April 2022 Newsletter

A Message from Pat Ryan, Executive Director


As I write this message I am at once sad, proud, and hopeful because of the war on Ukraine. The daily bombings and strikes on Kyiv, Mariupol, and Karkiv have brought out the best and worst of humanity. Volodymyr Zelensky and all of the nameless heroic Ukrainians have astonished the world…. This crisis has hit home as we see the pictures of destruction and register the look of despair on the faces of Ukrainian men, women, and children. We, the Equinox Village family, which includes residents, management, staff, and friends have stepped up in a big way. We know we are not helpless and can offer comfort and care to those in need. Over the past two weeks, we have raised $25,000 to go toward the humanitarian crisis created by this war. Our funds are being sent to Project HOPE.  This organization is on the ground responding to the Ukraine crisis and is actively shipping essential medicines and medical supplies to assist Ukrainians….

March 2022 Newsletter

A Message from Pat Ryan, Executive Director

Community Bucket List

It seemed like we would never be able to start our grand refurbishment. With the challenges of COVID, supply shortages and manpower availability it wasn’t looking good.  But somehow the magic wand was working, and we were able to start the three-month long project in early February.  Doug and Tom have been installing the flooring and they will know every inch of the community by the time they are done.  Reggie and his crew are working on the painting and finishing the hallways in record time. I was nervous about how it would all look having based our decisions on small samples and trying to envision the finished product, but I let my breath out after the first week. I don’t like it, I love it!…

February 2022 Newsletter

A Message from Pat Ryan, Executive Director

Not Another Trend

Every year there are new trends to improve our health and wellness. Some that come to mind are Juicing, Boutique Fitness, Self-Care, Superfoods, Cuddle Therapy and Mindfulness. These are all good ideas complete with health benefits, but there is one thing that is not considered a trend and has a long list of benefits. It’s something we learned as toddlers and carry through our lifetime. What I’m talking about is having fun! Children love to play and have fun; it’s a natural way for them to learn. When we become adults, life gets in the way, and we  tend to overthink things. We need goals and want to sign up for a program or plan to reduce stress, lose weight, find inner peace, make us a better person, or solve what we perceive to be a problem. I am one of these people and I can tell you it’s exhausting…

January 2022 Newsletter

A Message from Pat Ryan, Executive Director

Just Do It

Time to kick off your slippers, put away the holiday decorations, and find your sneakers. January is the perfect time to make a healthy start and take a walk.  The nice thing about walking is that it doesn’t require special equipment, you can do it anytime, and invite a friend or go on your own. It’s a very versatile sport, you can walk inside or outside on a treadmill or in a hallway, on a track or in a mall. We already have a couple of superstars in the community who walk every single day. 10,000 steps a day, which is over 2 hours, now that is impressive!…

December 2021 Newsletter

A Message from Pat Ryan, Executive Director

Naughty or Nice?

‘Tis the season to be jolly! Who wants to review the year we just had? It’s been one for the history books, but not something I want to dwell on, so forget about asking whose been naughty or nice and let’s jump into celebrating the holidays and starting a new year.

Did you ever wonder where the first holiday cards originated? The custom of sending holiday cards was started in the UK in 1843 by Sir Henry Cole. He was a senior civil servant (Government worker) who had helped set-up the new ‘Public Record Office’ (now called the Post Office), where he was an Assistant Keeper, and wondered how it could be used more by ordinary people…

November 2021 Newsletter

A Message from Pat Ryan, Executive Director


  I was ordering some Thanksgiving Day cards and without thinking about it, I noticed that pretty much all of them expressed the sentiment of gratefulness. When I did start thinking about it, I realized this is the most used sentiment connected to the Thanksgiving holiday. It makes me wonder why for some people it takes a holiday to remind us to be grateful, then there are others who always have an attitude-of-gratitude…

October 2021 Newsletter

A Message from Pat Ryan, Executive Director

Hocus Pocus …..

is my favorite Halloween movie. It has a scary theme, but the humor and characters, plus the fact that you can guess that all will be okay, make it lighthearted. If you haven’t seen it, it’s about three diabolical witches from the 17th century that come back to life and wreak havoc on a town as they work to become immortal. The chemistry between the three witches is something like real life and you will know someone like each witch: bossy witch, sweet witch, and confused witch. When you think about it, it could be different sides of the same person…

September 2021 Newsletter

A Message from Pat Ryan, Executive Director

Welcome September ….

Doesn’t the changing of a season bring with it certain emotions and memories? Fall is the season that brings about the most feelings from me…. Vermont is an expert at Fall. It wears the most vibrant colors, flamboyant red, brilliant yellow and screaming orange. It displays the bluest sky decorated with puffy white clouds. It invites you to walk and feel it’s cool crisp air embrace you making you feel alive. It is thought provoking and brings up fond memories while coaxing you to create new memories. It is the place you want to be between summer and winter, and for those of us who live here, we understand it’s one of the reasons we choose to stay…

August 2021 Newsletter

A Message from Pat Ryan, Executive Director

Magic Moments ….

I think I’ve caught onto something that I want to share with you. I was on the way to work listening to a talk show on the radio that was discussing all the unrest, violence, and politics going on in the world. There were a lot of people that called-in to comment, and all agreed that the world was crazy right now and they wished for the day it would turn around. There was one woman whose comments I took to heart and thought she had a simple solution to help people get through these tumultuous times….

July 2021 Newsletter

A Message from Pat Ryan, Executive Director

A Feeling of Freedom ….

If I had to connect one word with the month of July, it would be freedom. There are moments in my life when I have experienced a great sense of freedom… learning to ride my bike, going on my first camping trip with the Girl Scouts, my first time skiing, my first airplane ride. At the time, I would not have called it freedom, but I am sure that feeling of excitement I had was freedom. There were also many significant life changes when I did know I was experiencing a sense of freedom…

Ken Ahlering & Betty Hahn

June 2021 Newsletter

A Message from Pat Ryan, Executive Director

I was my Father’s Favorite….

I had two brother’s and a sister, but something told me I was my father’s favorite. I didn’t appreciate it when I was very young, but as I grew-up, I understood the connection we had with each other. He was the one who told me I could be anything I wanted to be, never discouraging any crazy dreams I had. My father grew up during the depression, that explains some things to me. If we were eating dinner and left some ketchup on the plate, he would say that’s how Mr. Heinz got rich!  We used to tease him and say he was a cheapskate, but I think he was just trying to spend money where it was needed. He was the oldest son of three brothers, whom were all in the service during WWII. My father was in one of the flamethrower tanks on Iwo Jima. WOW.  I am incredible lucky to have the life I do because of my father; his name was John. Happy Father’s Day!…

Let's Pop the Cork on Spring

A Message from Pat Ryan, Executive Director

May 2021
Everything looks and feels so fresh and new. The grass that resembled hay is turning a lush green and the bare trees are displaying their new buds. If I look hard enough, I can see the perennials in my garden grow. Really! I raked out the leaves last weekend and they are already 6 inches in height. Everyone is outside walking, exchanging their apparel from winter to spring styles. This past weekend, I had a conversation about going through your wardrobe and looking for a new home for clothes that are still in great shape. The local Good Will centers are going to be booming very shortly with some nice merchandise. Another dilemma this spring, is going to be “what to wear” with our new Covid-19 waistlines, but that’s a whole different conversation we can table for now! ….

April 2021 Newsletter

A Message from Pat Ryan, Executive Director

April 2021
It’s the tangible items people spend time packing prior to a move, like their favorite furnishings, clothing, and household decorations. Then the moving truck arrives signaling a whirlwind of activity, by staff and other residents alike, to get our new resident settled into their home. The best part is that with all this “stuff” comes their experiences, memories, and talents, making each person an interesting gift to our community as they unpack themselves. Everyone being different, some residents we get to know quickly, while others may take more time…

March 2021 Newsletter

New Year's Resolution

A Message from Pat Ryan, Executive Director

March 2021
Every year, I really like the moment when I notice that the days are getting longer. It always catches me off guard, and I smile because I know it’s time to come out of hibernation. I stop wearing my mittens and leave my scarf at home. I have an urge to open the windows, take a long walk and buy some flowers. Simple things that I know will make me happy. When I hear people talk about mindfulness and living in the moment, I think, I never do that. Then again maybe I do….

February 2021 Newsletter

A Message from Pat Ryan, Executive Director

February 2021
Winter can be a drab, lonely time or it can be magical and poetic. It’s a point of view. I want to share with you a gift-of-thought from a friend who spent his life as a police chief and when he retired became the poet he always wanted to be. Please enjoy it. ….

New Year's Resolutions

A Message from Pat Ryan, Executive Director

January 2021

I resolve to leave 2020 behind me and look forward to getting back to normal in 2021.

All the rules and regulations and all the “don’ts” and “must-dos” surrounding COVID have been a bit overwhelming. Instead, let’s focus on the easy stuff like resolutions. Whether we carry them out or not, they help us reflect on what would make us happy. …