Friday, May 28, 2010


Police Station Destroyed by arsonist, but was not functioning at the time due to government neglect

Our Crooked Tree Village community possesses many of the characteristics of any group of diverse entities in a free society. A community obtains its identity through a common goal or a common need. There are as many ways to reach that goal or provide for that need as there are individuals in the community.

The contribution that older people, by virtue of their experience, can add to our community and culture is particularly invaluable.

Let me take some time to reflect on some of the recent happenings in our village. Many of you may recall the removal of a single mother from the place she called home for over twenty years, the burning of the Crooked Tree Police Station, the controversy over the construction of the road to Blackburn, as well as the current state of our village council. As the 16th President of the United States so aptly stated, “a house divided cannot stand.” 
The causeway to Blackburn in the middle of the CT Wildlife Sanctuary with no break to allow water-flow which could eventually lead to stagnation.

The home of Raquel Cornique and her family for twenty four years
The Broken Crooked Tree Village Cemetery
In order for our community to exist, there must be an overriding desire by all to co-exist. Peaceful and productive co-existence requires the realistic awareness that, even though each individual has the right to express his or her need, desires, or biases, the expectation that one individual’s views are right for the entire community is unrealistic, counterproductive and selfish. Where our common interests converge, that is the glue that holds our community together. Where individual interests diverge, this is when trouble starts; but divergent views do not necessarily promise discord.

In order for the community to cooperate, some amount of compromise will be required from the vast majority of individuals in the community. It is not the fact that people disagree that creates the discord; it is how they choose to express their differences.

We, as members of our community, have equal responsibility to bail in the same direction to keep the boat afloat. When we share our views with respect for each other, we are bailing in the same direction regardless of our differences. Whereas, when we are disagreeable without respect for the needs and desires of the whole, we discontinue the bailing and before we know it, we are working to bring the boat to the bottom.

Our younger generations are losing a sense of history and consequently the sense of identity. If our community minimizes the sense of history, we will fail in our responsibility to educate the young people. The loss of an historical sense is also attributable to a system of life that has marginalized and isolated the elderly, which hampers dialogue between the generations. Our life is dominated by waste, haste and instant gratification. We have become so distracted that we forgot the dignity and destiny of our community. The older people in our village are an indisputably resource for fostering the harmony in our community, in our family and in each other.  

How can we get back to the values of the past? Our moral and religious values has instilled in us a sense of responsibility, faith in God, pride, wisdom and a deep inner conviction to respect each other and most importantly to foster peace. How we speak, and what we say creates a world around us and everyone we interact with. As a community, we must communicate and exchange ideas in a responsible, productive and respectful manner.

On May 30th, 2010 is our village election. It is imperative that our villagers come out and vote. Let us focus on the well being of each other and the Crooked Tree Village community we are blessed with. Together we can sail into the future with our ever expanding Crooked Tree Village. A community’s whose goal is to foster unity and cooperation in its members so that we can move forward in development. 

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Cherry Cadle said...

I agree wholeheartedly with your thoughts and analogy on fostering unity in our community. It is a sad fact that the younger generation is being brought up in a time where family values are being torn apart, God is not a continual presence in our lives and for some reason they believe that this world is revolved around technology. Mothers need to realize that their place is in the home with their children, so that they can be brought up with the love and norturing they need and family values can be passed on thereby creating the unity needed in the family first. Then, the unity will be created within the community. There is a serious need for this type of education within our village which will help the people realize that within this chaos, there is hope if we would just learn from history by listening to the elders and learn that unity among the villagers will be the only way our village will grow and prosper.

Julia Middleton said...

That was very insightful. Home IS where the heart is, and for many of us living abroad, we consider Crooked Tree to be our home. This is where our roots lie, afterall. I believe unity starts within each of us - making a conscious decision to co-exist with our neighbor for the good of the community.

Unknown said...

This is interesting. Indeed, a major factor in the disintegration of our society is the "absence" -- be it physical, psychological, emotional, sprititual, financial or a comibination thereof -- of the "parents" -- mother AND father or figures thereof -- in our homes. We need more "parents" who assert their role to feed, clothe, shelter, educate and, in general, nurture our children to be productive, self-sustaining members of our society. Parents, I call on you to NEVER leave your children... be "present" in your children's lives, no matter what, to nurture them.