Group Seeks Health Care Stories

Valley News Staff Writer
Friday, December 01, 2017

An alliance of Upper Valley faith groups is inviting area residents to write down and share their struggles and successes in finding access to health care coverage through Medicare, Medicaid and plans offered in accordance with the Affordable Care Act.

Sunday is the deadline to submit personal stories, which the United Valley Interfaith Project will post on the Facebook pages of New Hampshire Healthcare Stories for Change and Vermont Healthcare Stories for Change on Monday. The interfaith project advises aspiring storytellers to visit unitedvalleyinterfaithproject.org and click on Stories Project and then on the Share Your Story button for their home states, and to address the following questions:

Name an instance when you needed health care.

Did you have health insurance? If so, which kind?

How did it help? Could it have been better?

What would you do without this health insurance?

What is your concern for health insurance in the future?

Writers who prefer to share their stories anonymously are invited to visit unitedvalleyinterfaithproject.org and click on Send Us a Message.

On its web site, the alliance declares a belief “that health care should be available to all people” and expresses concern that “our current administration is working to demolish whatever system we do have that provides support for Americans without access to coverage. … Please consider sharing your story to help save health care and work to improve it.”

The interfaith group is made up of congregations from Hartford, Lebanon, Hanover, Norwich, Meriden and Woodstock, as well as a group of Catholics who support UVIP.

Other stories the group has been collecting include oral histories from elderly residents of the Upper Valley and interviews with Claremont residents struggling with poverty. To read about these projects, go to unitedvalleyinterfaithproject.org.

For Better or Verse

The Norman Williams Public Library in Woodstock is inviting poets of all ages and experience to its monthly session of poetry on the theme of “Recite!” on Tuesday evening. To sign up to recite original work or favorite poems, email info@recitewoodstockvt.com or stop by the library. Poetry fans are welcome to listen to the sessions.

From the Source

Thetford author Dean Whitlock reads from his new coming-of-age novel, Finn’s Clock, on Thursday night at 6:30 at the Latham Library on Thetford Hill. The book, recently released in paperback after Whitlock published it as an eBook in June, follows the adventures of Finn O’Neill, an Irish-American teenager learning to be a boatman in Boston Harbor in the 1850s, just as steam locomotion is starting to replace sailing ships as a mode of transportation and factories are displacing workers.

In a talk aimed at young readers, Whitlock will focus on the action, including an abduction at sea of Finn’s father and of a clockmaker who fixes a device with unusual powers. Copies of the paperback are available at the Norwich Bookstore. To learn more, visit deanwhitlock.com-my-fiction.

Talk Amongst Yourselves

The Second Friday Book Group at Woodstock’s Norman Williams Public Library tackles the George Saunders best-selling novel Lincoln in the Bardo during its monthly gathering next Friday afternoon at 1:30. The experimental novel, featuring multiple narrators holding forth in a graveyard over a single night, won Saunders the Man Booker Prize for fiction this year. Admission is free.

Books up for Bid

Today is the last day to bid on items, including a number of enticing books, in the second annual silent auction benefiting the Good Neighbor Health Clinic and the Red Logan Dental Clinic in White River Junction.

In addition to a wide range of paintings and crafts donated by local artisans, the auction includes a stack of first-edition books, signed by such authors as part-time Strafford resident Gregory Maguire (A Lion Among Men,one of the sequels to his novel Wicked), Brookfield cartoonist Ed Koren, humorist David Sedaris and novelists Michael Cunningham and Janet Evanovich. Other donated literary items up for bid include children’s author Chris Demarest’s The Cowboy ABC Book, paired with a framed piece of Native American art; folk illustrator Will Moses’ book of his Christmas-themed pictures, Silent Night, paired with a poster of one of his winter scenes; and a hardcover edition of New London illustrator Tomie dePaola’s Strega Nona, along with a related doll and play set.

To see the full list of auction items, visit goodneighborhealthclinic.org. Preliminary bids can be made by calling 802-295-1868 or emailing eula@goodnhc.org. The final round of bidding will take place during a bidding party at the clinic tonight between 5 and 7.

Crosswords to the Wise

Dave Sullivan, editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education’s crossword puzzle “Raising the Bar,” leads a workshop on creating crossword puzzles on Tuesday from noon to 1 at Woodstock’s Norman Williams Public Library. The topics include constructing software, making word lists and the process of submitting a puzzle for publication. Admission is free.

David Corriveau can be reached at dcorriveau@vnews.com and at 603-727-3304.