Each month we spend an hour or so reading poetry. There is usually a theme for poetry afternoons; for love we read Pablo Neruda with a resident reading the poem in Spanish first, for spring, poems with beautiful images of flowers and rebirth. For summer, just recently, we read this poem that we all loved. It is always wonderful to look for the small miracles in the day to day. While there are so many things in the world right now that are beyond our control, it is good to be reminded, especially with Walt Whitman’s gift for language, to notice and be grateful for all of life’s miracles.
Ellenka Wasung-Lott, Activities Director
Ethel Brosnahan has been a member of the Holton Home family since September of 2011, and just celebrated her 90th birthday. Ethel shared memories with friends and staff about being elected as the first woman side judge in the town of Newfane, VT. “I was just thrilled to do it!” she said as her face lit up.
During this time two men were always elected as side judges and made decisions about situations concerning women. “They did not understand what life was like as a woman at that time, and I lost a lot of sleep feeling sorry for these women.” Women needed a voice, and Ethel fought to give them one.
Ethel was also one of the first judges to perform Civil Unions between men and women couples. “I met so many wonderful people who came from all over the country to be together.