By: Darren Rose
Last week Shore house attended Battleview Orchards. The members got to go visit the store that sold all kinds of stuff like apple cider donuts and apples. Then after, they went apple picking and pumpkin picking. It was very crowded, and there were lots of people at Battleview. Susan brought her dog Enzo with her, he was a little dog but he was not allowed in the orchards. We then went to a park and had turkey and cheese sandwiches and waters. At lunch Darren got to take a walk with Susan’s dog, Enzo. There was also conversation about the upcoming week, and visitors that were scheduled to come to the Clubhouse. Once lunch was finished everyone went home. It was a fabulous day at the Battleview Orchards and everyone can’t wait to do stuff like this in the future.
Shore house has been a great opportunity for me to meet new people. I have made a lot of friends here, like Ashley, Sherone and Bianca to name a few. I would have never meet these great people if I was just sitting at home playing video games. Aside from the Work Order Day, socializing is an important part of the model.
Last month we went to former board member Mary Jane’s house for a day on the water. I learned how to fish and members Ashley and Damion kayaked on the river. Mary Jane kindly served a delicious lunch. It was not only a fun day, but a learning experience as well. I learned the reason there were a lot of bees around was because they liked the smell of crabs and wanted to eat the crab shells on the dock. I also found out the reason insects become very aggressive during this time of the year is because it is harder for them to find food.
Mary Jane had a pool for the members to swim in. I didn’t swim, but other members enjoyed the pool. I thought it was beautiful that Mary Jane loves her family so much. She had lots of pictures of her family on the walls inside her guest house. She told us stories about her grandfather and what each of her family members were doing when the picture was taken.
It was a fantastic day at Mary Jane’s house and we were all very grateful for her kindness and generosity. We are very glad she will continue to be part of Shore House even after retiring from the board.
By: Kevin Reilly
I walk through Winters’ Woods ,
now covered in new-fallen snow,
It’s quite cold outside today ,
with the wind whipping around-
It truly feels like Twenty –Below !
The low-hanging sun’s rays have
little or even no warming effect ,
however , the true natural beauty of
Mother Nature is truly something I
can almost always detect !
The longer and further I walk ,
the more enjoyable it is ,
I wish I could walk forever……
I guess it’s the way Winter is…..
JUST PERFECT !!!!!!
I grow from what I know ,
I grow because I love it so.
I grow to attend to my mental health
I grow because I have so many darn
I grow because I care so much about
Mother Earth , so you will be able to see a much cleaner planet
from the very moment of your birth!!!
I grow to enjoy so much ALL the
seasons of the year ,
I grow to enjoy any kind of weather , so there is nothing I may
I grow to make our local towns clean and neat , near and far ,
so they all look great as you pass
through them , either on foot , by bike , or in your car !
I also grow to enjoy all the holidays
of the year , And so I shall now
prepare my New Years’ Resolutions--
as that time draws near !!!
Do you notice how big the moon is when it’s rising and how little it is when it’s up in the sky?
Sign of a brave woman
Give me hope to live another day
I was unprepared for the feelings I had
A way into the unknown
But I had it for so many years hard to let a piece of yourself go the memory of the gray hues
Voices float down to me another silence
Nothing ever truly ends we just keep on repainting.
Day four at the Shore house was absolutely amazing I got to meet a lot of new people. I got to meet Dan and the other Abby. I thought it was pretty cool that Dan like the 90’s grunge era of music, so I found someone I have something in common with. He said He like Nirvana and Sound Garden, Alice in chains and Stone Temple pilots which are all my top favorite bands to listen to. He said he saw me in the mall a lot and then saw me on the Shore house Facebook and thought about dropping by today and He introduced himself to me. I also found out about some cool things about John one of member at the Shore house. He told that He loves to listen to music he likes to listen to Matchbox twenty another good 90’s band. He was listing to music as he was going over checklist for the Shore house He wanted to know when I started there. Cause John had not seen my name on last couple of lists I told him that I pencil in my name every day I came in. He told me that computer does goes on by whatever is checked off by the list. Hopefully Shore House will eventually add my name on list because I plan on staying here for a long time. We also talked dreams John talked about how He dreams about He didn’t graduate college. Abby said there might be deeper reason why He is having a dream like that. He said He went through college and that it was really easy for him. Maybe He felt college wasn’t a challenge enough for him is what I was thinking because John is really smart person. John also said that He had dreams where is drinking again and would wake up and feel like thank god I didn’t. I said I have similar dreams like that with smoking because I was addicted to it and feel same sign of relief that I didn’t pick up that cigarette. He said the brain is really powerful organ and it’s like our brain are constantly writing down the same thing over again that what addiction can feel like. We talked some more about dreams I talked about how I had a dream that I was in Japan. But then you wake up realize you are in New Jersey again that’s what Bailey said. I bet she knows that same disappointing feeling that I’ve felt. There’s actually a little bit more to that dream though. I had dreamed that I walked around Japan was looking around all the architecture and visiting all the famous sites around Japan and that I married a woman from Japan. It was the most beautiful dream I ever had. I experienced the most crushing feeling that it was all just a dream Bailey knew how I felt to wake up again in that New Jersey reality. Abby talked about she experienced sleep paralysis and how she would see dead bodies around the room and feel like someone captured her was coming for her. John said that he had similar experiences and that He read a lot about sleeping and would tell himself over and over again that what He was experiencing was not real and that had He helped him with his sleep paralysis. Today I also met with ICMS and EISS to discuss the future of my mental health. I told them many personal things about my mental health. I told them about my depression over the fact that I can’t attract women. They told that I don’t really know if there have been women that are attracted to me. Sometimes people don’t always their feelings out loud because it might make that person feel uncomfortable to and they may want to hide their feelings. They told the media is really to blame for the fact that I feel this way. Our society stigmatizes people who never had relationships before. You see some guy made fun on TV for not being in relationship and all sudden you feel like you don’t want to say that you haven’t. There’s a lot of pressure in our culture to have sex and relationships with people but, at the same time there’s a lot people who don’t have sex and relationships till there a lot older. I told them that it’s gotten me so depressed in the past that I thought about suicide and I would cut myself. I do feel pressure and that is something we need to change in our culture. It’s just like when I was talking with Abby and she said how mental health is stigmatized in our country. People stigmatize things that they are afraid of and don’t understand, but to add that I think people stigmatize things cause people base things off of themselves. People feel like you have to measure up to their standards in order to be considered a person. What I love most about the Shore house, EISS and ICMS is I feel welcomed that it’s okay to be different
by Darren Rose
On my first day at the Shore which is almost a week ago, I remember feeling really nervous and out of place. I worried whether or not I would fit in. I came here on my first day with my therapist Kelly from the EISS program and she drove me to the Shore House. In the car she told me what they were about and she encouraged me to go to this place. Kelly felt that it would help me make lots of friends and that it had good peer support. I was greeted by Faith and Abbie and they were the friendliest people I ever meet and then I would meet Bailey and Susan on my second day there were also really friendly. They were excited about me joining their group. They smiled and showed me around the place they showed me and explained to everything they do for the place. They told me that staff, members and volunteers are all equal and make contributions to Shore house which would be renamed Shore Clubhouse. What I feel Shore house has done for me is give me a higher sense of self-esteem and friendship. I really appreciated when Abbie one of staff said I had a nice face. And how she helped educate me on the all of the Shore house duties. I really appreciate Susan for her generosity like when she bought sub sandwiches for our group and drove us to the Brian’s concerts. She also bought me a coffee when I didn’t have any money and I’m forever grateful. I also like to thank Faith and Bailey for working with me on job duties around the Shore House and for training me in job duties and just being someone to talk too when I felt lonely. I really appreciate Brian being a great driver and, I appreciate his patience when picking me up and how quickly he arrives to my house. I remember when I filling out my application all the Shore house staff walked back in room with me so I wouldn’t feel lonely. The staff that work here are so warm and friendly. I don’t feel so lonely anymore and I feel like I have a purpose and that I have friendship here. I’ve done a lot of different jobs here Abbie always appreciates it that I’m so eager to sign up for everything. She told that the Shore House skills are transferable to other jobs and that Shore House takes a lot pride in having working members in their group. The kinds of jobs I’ve signed up were social media and salad prep. I would write posts on the internet supporting and promoting the Shore House which is such great place to work just like main job Wegmans. I worked putting the lettuce and tomatoes and cucumbers into the salad with Faith as She made grill cheese sandwiches and the sandwiches were absolutely delicious She also showed me that She also likes fried chicken and that’s my favorite thing to eat, and that was what she was having for lunch on my second day at the Shore house. I‘ve worked answering the phones for people calling the Shore house. I remember checking the answering machine with Abbie and thought it was funny when soap lady left a message about giving the shore house soap. I’ve also made calls out to notify the riders about when there pick up time would be. One of Shore House members loved how I want to did everything I can to make the Shore house grow. I want to say a finial thank you to all Shore House staff, volunteers and members for their continued support of me and our program thank you
Exercise and Mental Health
What do bicep curls and walking have in common? These are all forms of exercise. I love to exercise, and this causes me to change up my workouts as I like to incorporate regions of the body. The different regions of the body are chest, triceps, biceps, legs, and back. There are many exercises to do for these parts of the body. Almost every day I exercise, and I can see the benefits and results. Exercise does take work and if you put the work in you can achieve positive results that can have helpful outcomes, especially on the mental health of a person.
One of the benefits in how exercise affects mental health positively is it can improve mood or depression. There are many people in this world that have depression; as it lots of the time is a mystery. Many people are too ashamed to speak up. On average people should get thirty minutes of exercise a day. As simple as brisk walking could help alleviate the pain associated with depression and can most of all improve mood.
by Josh Stein
The game of Ice Hockey has always been a passion of mine. It started as a hobby but after years of playing it turned into passion. I met a lot of friends playing this sport and I learned hard work and dedication from it.
I especially got a lot from the practices, as that made me more skillful. From the goalies, to the defenseman, and to the forwards we all were instructed on the different drills which if done right could make us better. My coach Oktay guided us to be the best player possible and most of all have fun. He was instrumental in helping me learn the game and improve my skill level and I enjoyed every minute of it.
One of the best feelings I got from playing Ice Hockey was the smell of the hockey rink. Just the smell of the cold rink lifted my mind, and I enjoyed everything, especially the camaraderie with my teammates.
Some of the memories, like traveling with my teammates to a game or playing ice hockey with my teammates has instilled character and teamwork in me. I have had my highs and lows of being an ice hockey player but in the end it was not only a lot of fun but a life-long experience.
For almost twenty years ice hockey has been a part of my life and I want to continue this passion into my life story.
Yesterday Project Write Now visited, and we were allowed to randomly pick poems to use as writing prompts. We selected several words that stood out for us, and then wrote a story based on all or some of those words.
This is the poem that I got:
by Mark Strand
Ink runs from the corners of my mouth.
There is no happiness like mine.
I have been eating poetry.
The librarian does not believe what she sees.
Her eyes are sad
and she walks with her hands in her dress.
The poems are gone.
The light is dim.
The dogs are on the basement stairs and coming up.
Their eyeballs roll,
their blond legs burn like brush.
The poor librarian begins to stamp her feet and weep.
She does not understand.
When I get on my knees and lick her hand,
I am a new man.
I snarl at her and bark.
I romp with joy in the bookish dark."
Blog posts are written by Shore House members and staff.