I Am Here


For me the recycling of digestible speeches and non-threatening quotes is patronizing. No, it is not existential anxiety, although it could be. I skip the few hours of songs, stories and speeches intended to commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Wallingford’s Town Hall which I have attended thrice since 2002. It is now … Continue reading I Am Here

Hercules Arrived in the Neighborhood 5 Years Ago


Public Art has a whole new value in the time of Covid-19, at least in this tiger’s neighborhood. But we always knew it was a destination spot. Even Triple AAA agrees. Ryan Christenson, a local mural artist, widely known as ARCY began touring the nation painting murals in 2015. Finding a welcoming spot in his … Continue reading Hercules Arrived in the Neighborhood 5 Years Ago

What are the responsibilities of Board Members?


The Basics Attend 6 meetings that focus on oversight and strategic direction of the organization. Participate in at least one committee: Outreach, Building, Nominations, Tech. Attend committee meetings and attend to the tasks identified by or for those committees. Preferably a three year commitment to increasing the postential for WPAA-TV to serve the community. Very … Continue reading What are the responsibilities of Board Members?

Out of the Dark: Looking at Mental Health through practiced eyes


By Garrett Amill Mental health issues are still stigmatized. Addiction, PTSD, and more are rarely understood, let alone talked about. Out of the Dark takes a shot at addressing these complicated issues. It succeeds at shedding light on them through frank discussion. The hosts, Jane Buckley and Joan Landino, are twins. Despite looking nearly identical, … Continue reading Out of the Dark: Looking at Mental Health through practiced eyes

Citizen Mike: a service to the town and a lot of fun


By Garrett Amill The most important part of government can be smaller than you think. Local politics often have just as much of an impact on life in a town as state politics do, or even federal. There can be a dearth of information about local politics, however. Citizen Mike acts to fill a gap … Continue reading Citizen Mike: a service to the town and a lot of fun

Midlife Matters: Cozy, yet full of wit


By Garrett Amill I never thought I’d care about the art of Ukrainian egg dying. Hearing it discussed on Midlife Matters, however, my attention was nowhere else. Midlife Matters manages to make topics I’d never heard of interesting. The host, Georgian Lussier, brings a calming presence to each show. From the owl sounds that play … Continue reading Midlife Matters: Cozy, yet full of wit

Ten-Year Journey Ends With the Signing of a Check: WPAA-TV Reaches Major Milestone


Contributed by Garrett Amil WPAA-TV reached the end of a ten-year journey that wouldn’t have been possible without community support. On Feb. 24, Nelson Ford, the oldest volunteer, and former board member, excitedly signed the final check to pay off the building, located at 28 So Orchard Street. The building was paid off two years … Continue reading Ten-Year Journey Ends With the Signing of a Check: WPAA-TV Reaches Major Milestone

The Bloom A Reflection


In the sharing, and promoting the sharing, of A thorny Journey Blooms in Story in the #MyGivingStory contest funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in partnership with Unleash Global Good LLC (dba GivingTuesday) there was much personal discovery. The premise of #MyGivingStory follows: By sharing our stories, we can inspire others to give. … Continue reading The Bloom A Reflection

A Thorny Journey Blooms in Story


Sharing #MyGivingStory now seems the right choice as I may be at the halfway mark in my service journey. What does over forty thousand hours of service in one’s adult life mean beyond being a lifestyle? What if I do what I am doing now for twenty consecutive full-time years? What can I resurrect from … Continue reading A Thorny Journey Blooms in Story