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Good reminders for living in the New Year

I don't know Cinda's full name. She was an associate of Ann Wallen and she worked sometimes for the Rutland County Office on Aging. The fall of 2009 she gave a program for the Killington Arts Guild and everyone thought that she was terrific. She was like a gift. Her talk seemed to me like a good guide for anyone for the New Year. I wrote a poem about the meeting. Ann gave her the poem and the three of us had lunch at Johnny Boys on Route 4 in Rutland. We were the last people to leave and we promised to meet again monthly but a second date was never made. I suppose she was just too busy.

Now I am looking for her. The poem about that KAG meeting is my only clue. As prose it reads like this:
"Cinda enters the room a tall stately woman in a long flowered gown. The dress swings at her feet, like she's dancing. As she passes through the assembly, she looks at each face, carefully makes eye contact with each. We feel like we already know her.
She sits in the front row tilts her blond bobbed head, speaks to the woman behind her 'I used to be ugly, to be unsure, to be depressed and without a friend. That is over now, that feeling has come to an end.'"

When Cinda stands and speaks she sounds like she's singing: "What makes you light up like a Christmas Tree?" she had asked.
'Chocolate', 'children,' 'spring,' the chorus replies.

She confesses, "I wanted to be an antelope once. I learned to run. One afternoon, I ran like an antelope, that's what lit up my life."
Cinda has clients, depressed and in pain, her task is to help them find joy. She tells them and she's telling us now, "Accept the moment, and live fully in it. Find the good in every person. Find happiness in every place," she said, admitting. "It takes practice living like this. Live with thanks. Live with praise. Give it to yourself; give it to others."

"The meeting is over, now cookies and tea. George sits down and plays the piano. We form a Congo line and dance. That's how it should be, that's what lights us up like a Christmas Tree," she concluded.

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