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									- Savannah Morning News, Tuesday. December 10,1991 * * * *

ISLAND                                                                                                                                                                                                                Knock Off
REVOLT                               i
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      By LORAJNE O'CONNELL
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Orlando Santtnd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Carolyn Carlson tapes hers to her
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      bathroom mirror; Ross Payne jots
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      his down in his day planner; Stephen
  People of Casco Bay Fighting                                                                                                                                                                                        Harrison just carries his around in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      his head.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           What are these people taping, jot-
  Trend Toward 'Gentrification'                                                                                                                                                                                       ting and pondering?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Affirmations - pithy, positive
    EDITOR'S NOTE: They live in               their real estate taxes this sum-                                                                                                                                       statements designed to replace the
their own world, a cluster of is-             mer.                                                                                                                                                                    negative "self-talk" so many people
lands off the mainland of Maine,                  Residents of the islands, most-                                                                                                                                     level at themselves.
with few of the amenities available           ly lobster fishermen, are talking                                                                                                                                            Yes, even you.
                                              about seceding from Portland and                                                                                                                                             Be honest. The last time you
to city dwellers. They like it like                                                                                                                                                                                   locked your keys in the car, didn't
that. The government, in their
                                              starting their own municipal gov-
                                              ernment. They've even launched a                                                                                                                                        you think to yourself, "Boy, what a
opinion, is intruding on their turf by        campaign to throw most of the                                                                                                                                           stupid thing to do!" or "What a
increasing their taxes. Now the is-           City Council out of office.                                                                                                                                             thimble-brain I am!"?
 land people of Casco Bay, mostly                 Berle and others fear the in-                                                                                                                                            If someone else kept zinging you
 lobster fishermen, are fighting              creasing taxes could force many                                                                                                                                         with these verbal slings and arrows,
back against the trend toward                 year-round, island residents to sell                                                                                                                                    you'd tell them to knock it off, right?
 "gentrification."                            their homes and move off, turning                                                                                                                                       Think of affirmations as a gentle
                                              theislandsintosummervacation                ABOVE CLIFF ISLAND: Aerial view shows the 35-foot bluffs and home of Bob Belknap in Maine                                   way of telling yourself to knock off
                                              havens for the rich.                                                                                                                                                    the negativism.
By WILLIAM C. HIDLAY                                                                       generate revenue. "The reason is        land, Great Chebeague, tradition-            Ted Weber, a part-time                     "An affirmation is a way of
The Associated Press                             "I've worked for 20 years to
                                              keep the year-round community                you can tax people with second          ally has been governed by the            lobsterman on Great Diamond Is-           thinking positively about yourself,"
    CLIFF ISLAND, Maine - Rog-                from dying," Berle says. "Year-              homes through the nose and you          town of Cumberland. The rest of          land, saw the assessed value of his       said Sandra Guest Houston, a clinic-
er Berle lives in Maine's largest             rounders have a limited income               don't have to provide any ser-          Maine's islands are independent,         four-bedroom home jump from               al psychologist who also teaches at
city, but his neighborhood has dirt           and if they can't pay their taxes            vices," Conkling says.                  with their own town governments.         $39,500 to $164,400, and his taxes        the University of Central Florida.
streets, no police protection and             that means the only people who                   Mayor Tom Allen disputes                The Casco Bay islands, linked        rise from $1,185 to nearly $4,300.             "When we're under stress, when
can be reached only by boat.                  can live,out here are summer peo-            that. "It just is ridiculous to think   to Portland by ferry, each have a        Now, he and his wife are trying to        things don't go the way we want
    Eight miles out in Casco Bay,                                                          that the city would have a policy       different character, based on their      sell their house.                         them to go, an affirmation might be,
Cliff Island is within the city lim-             The Casco Bay islands are                 of driving longtime residents off       mix of summer vacationers and                Tax increases like Weber's are        'Yes, I made a mistake, but I'm still
its of Portland. But life on the is-          among hundreds dotting the                   the islands/' he says.                  year-round residents. Each har-          common and could accelerate the           a good person, I did the best I could,'
land is so different, so distant              Maine coast. They were among                     Allen says the city is required     bors its own natural treasures,          trend toward gentrification of the        which is healthier than dwelling on
from Portland, that Berle often               the first places settled in North            by state law to conduct periodic        from the Singing Sands beach on          islands, some residents contend.          the negative by saying, Tm a fail-
talks about events in the city hap-           America, preservationists say.               property revaluations. He said the      Long Island, where the sand                  "Obviously, there's going to be       ure, 'Tm awful.'"
pening "over there, in America."                  "There is no other state along           consulting company that per-            makes a humming sound in the             gentrification, but it can be con-             Affirmations have their origins in
    For Berle, Cliff is an idyllic            the Atlantic that has as many                formed the $1 million revaluation       wind, to the 35-foot bluffs for          trolled," says Patrick Gardner, a         the Alcoholics Anonymous "Big
place to work and raise a family,             year-round island communities,"              this year made mistakes in as-          which Cliff Island is named.             Peaks Island resident.                    Book," a compendium of daily medi-
far from the hubbub, congestion               says Philip Conkling, executive di-          sessing the value of island proper-         Peaks Island is the closest to           Gardner, who spent most of his        tations and inspirational messages,
and crime of Portland, yet close              rector of the Island Institute, a            ty, and city officials are trying to    Portland and has about 1,000 per-        life in Ottumwa, Iowa, discovered         and in hypnotherapy, which uses the
enough to take advantage of the               non-profit group devoted to pre-             correct those errors.                   manent residents, the largest            Peaks in 197S6, fell in love with the     proverbial4 'power of suggestion.''
good things the city has to offer -           serving them.                                    "Once we've corrected the           year-round community among the           island and moved there perma-                  Indeed, affirmations work best
the museums, the restaurants, the                 But Conkling says the number              mistakes," Allen says, "it's still     city islands' total population of        nently five;years later.                  when practiced in a state of relaxa-
concerts.                                     of islands with year-round com-               going to be true that the property     about 1,300 people.                          Gardner and his wife designed         tion, said Anne-Marie Bercik, a clin-
    "We're in our own world out               munities has dropped from about               values on the islands have gone up         Little Diamond and Great Dia-        and built their own house on              ical psychologist.
here, yet, with a fast boat, we're            300 at the turn of the century to             more than property on the main-        mond, across from Peaks, are             Peaks' rocky back shore, a pictur-             "In a relaxed state, your uncon-
only 25 minutes away from a vi-               just 14 today.~Five are in Casco              land. That's market forces at          predominantly summer colonies,           esque spot looking out onto the           scious is more open and receptive.
brant city with all that it has to of-        Bay, and Conkling shares the                  work, That's not city policy."         though eight families live year-         open ocean.                               That's where the more deep emo-
fer, "he says.                                fears for their survival.                        Portland is one of only a few       round on Great Diamond. On the               Although the 2 %-story home's         tional kind of learning happens/'
    But these days, Berle and oth-                The islanders "feel they're be-          cities that govern traditional is-      other side of Peaks, Cushing Is-         first floor isn't finished yet, he             Affirmations are encouraged by
ers warn, Cliff and some of Port-             ing taxed into the ground at a rate          land communities. Six of Casco          land isn't served by the ferry and       says, the revaluation sent his            counselors who use cognitive thera-
land's five other inhabited islands           that will essentially make it im-            Bay's seven largest inhabited is-       is private; only property owners         property value from nearly                py, a technique that holds that our
in Casco Bay are imperiled by the             possible to sustain traditional fish-        lands - Cliff, Long, Peaks, Great       and their guests are allowed.            $70,000 to $227,000, and doubled his      feelings are governed by our
very city that has governed them              ing communities," Conkling says.             Diamond, Little Diamond and                 Farther out in the bay, beyond       yearly tax bill, from about $2,400        thoughts.
since 1786. Many islanders are in                 He contends some city officials          Cushing - have been part of Port-       Peaks and Great Diamond, are             to nearly $5,000. Like many island-            According to Ms. Bercik, "What
revolt against the City Council be-           want to promote development of               land since the city was incorporat-     Great Chebeague, Long and Cliff          ers, Gardner is appealing his re-         you tell yourself and what you think
cause of a property revaluation               the islands as summer communi-               ed in 1786.                             islands, which have traditional          valuation and has succeeded ini-           - whether out loud or repeated over
that doubled and even tripled                 ties for the wealthy as a way to                 The other major inhabited is-        fishing communities.                    tially in lowering it to $225,000.        and over to yourself and pictured
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      over and over - is what you feel."
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Right on, says Ms. Carlson, 49.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The Orlando, Fla., woman start-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ed using affirmations about a year
                                                                                                                                                               IN BRIEF                                               ago after reading Louise L. Hay's
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      "You Can Heal Your Life" (Hay
                                                                                                                                      A Holiday Home Show and Dem-          and pine. There will also be balsam       House, 1984), one of the first books to
                                                                                                                                   onstrations will be held today from                                                introduce affirmations to the
                                                                                                                                                                            and white pine wreaths, balsam and        masses.
                                                                                                                                   10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the home of Dr.     boxwood garlands, forced bulbs,                Ms. Carlson's favorite affirma-
                                                                                                                                   Albert Wall, 27 E. 56th St. Sponsored    poinsettias, handmade topiaries,          tion from Ms. Hay is prominently
                                                                                                                                   by the Savannah Area Council of          fresh arrangements, plump bows            displayed on her bathroom mirror
                                                                                                                                   Garden Clubs, the event will feature     and even a small selection of or-         and beside her telephone so that ev-
                                                                                                                                   handmade crafts and art work,            chids.                                    ery time she walks by those places
                                                                                                                                   cakes and cookies for sale. Demon-                                                 she reads:
                                                                                                                                   strations also will be held of wreath-
                                                                                                                                   making with fresh greenery, deco-            Nationally acclaimed storyteller           "I am totally open and receptive
                                                                                                                                   rating doors, arranging tables, and      Jackie Torrence will give a free per-     to a wonderfulnew position, one that
                                                                                                                                   making swags and ornaments.              formance at 7 p.m. today at the Sa-       uses all my talents and abilities and
                                                                                                                                      A donation of $5 is requested;        vannah Civic Center, as part of a          allows me to express creatively in
                                                                                                                                   proceeds will benefit the proposed       visit sponsored by the Savannah-           ways that are fulfilling to me."

             OurLittle, ftng&ts                                                                                                    Garden Center and Botanical Gar-
                                                                                                                                      The house will be decorated for
                                                                                                                                   the holiday season and refreshments
                                                                                                                                   will be served by members of sever-
                                                                                                                                                                            Chatham County Public Schools.
                                                                                                                                                                            Earlier Tuesday, she will lead a
                                                                                                                                                                            public schools reading rally at the
                                                                                                                                                                            Civic Center. Ms. Torrence, a North
                                                                                                                                                                            Carolina native, has been featured
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           This affirmation has served Ms.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Carlson well, she says - despite the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       fact that she's unemployed at the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      moment. Her expertise is in medi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      cal-office management.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            "I did find a job that worked well
                                                                                                                                   al garden clubs.                         in such publications as Parade mag-
                                                                                                                                      For tickets or more information,      azine, the New York Times, the Bos-        for a while. Now I'm looking again,
         Make sure that your "Little Angel" will                                                                                   call 897-3321.                           ton Globe and the Glasgow (Scot-           and I have a feeling there's some-
                                                                                                                                                                            land) Herald. She was a 1988 winner        thing out there for me, and it's going
      be included in our keepsake edition to be                                                                                                                             of the Annie Glenn Award, which           to look different than anything I've
      published on December 25th in the                                                                                               The Trustees' Garden Club              recognizes communication achieve-        ever done before. It may not even be
                                                                                                                                   Christmas Greenery Sale will be           ments of those who overcome severe        in the field I've worked in before. I
      Savannah News/Press, Each child's cameo                                                                                                                                                                         just feel real positive about it."
                                                                                                                                   held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at      speech impediments. Info: 651-7123.
      photo will appear in a Christmas ball                                                                                        the St. John's Episcopal Church                                                         There's nothing wrong with feel-
      ornament with their name, birthdate and                                                                                      Educational Building, Charlton and                                                 ing positive, of course - but Ms.
                                                                                                                                   Whitaker streets.                                                                  Carlson isn't relying on her affirma-
      parent's names listed below.                                                                                                                                             A Christmas "Open Lighthouse"          tion to bring in the bucks. She's out
                                                                                                                                       Proceeds will help finance land-     will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. today at
                                                                                                                                   scaping the south and east sides of                                                there seeking a job.
                                                                                                                                                                            the Tybee Island Lighthouse, 30                "An affirmation isn't going to en-
        It's one of the easiest and fun ways to                                                                                    the Savannah Science Museum with         Meddin Drive on Tybee Island. The          able'anyone to earn more money if
     shop this season! The first cameo is $35 and                                                                                  indigenous plants that will provide      free event will include admission to
                                                                                                                                   both aesthetics and educational val-     the lighthouse, music, refreshments       they don't work," Ms. Bercik said.
     each addtional cameo Is $30. A laminated                                           Child's Name Here                          ue.                                      and opportunities for children to          "It's just another small piece of the
                                                                                                                                       Cut greenery for sale will include   have their pictures taken with Santa      behavioral change (from thinking
     cameo will be sent to you as a gift,                                                                                                                                                                             negatively to thinking positively).
                                                                                                                                   cedar, holly, magnolia, mistletoe        Claus. Info: 786-5801.                     It's not magic in and of itself; it's
         This years "Our Little Angels" edition promises to be btight and                                                                                                                                             not going to change the world."
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           But an affirmation can make the
      colorful. Select your favorite photo and send it along with the form below                                                                                               These "faux foods" will be set on      world a more pleasant place to be,
      and your preferred method of payment. Personal checks are
      acceptable as well as Mastercard and Visa.
                                                                                                                                   Yule                                     the Owens family's dining table
                                                                                                                                                                            among the antique glassware, china
                                                                                                                                                                            and silver.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      advocates say.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           In addition to helping individuals
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       feel good about themselves, affirma-
                                                                                                                                   Continued From Page ID                       "This is the first time we have        tions can remind them to be good to
         Don't wait in lines this year! Send in your information today or call 233-                                                china.                                   ever done this, and it was a very in-      others.
      3671 or 233-3686, You'll be so delighted when you see that angel face on                                                        4                                     teresting process," says Ms. Alison.            "They keep me in touch with
                                                                                                                                        'At that time, the main focus at                                               what's really important," said
      Christmas morning!                                                                                                           Christmas was the meal," says Ms.        "It will be a wonderful opportunity        Payne, 35, an in-house attorney for
                                                                                                                                   Alison.                                  to see things as they were."               an insurance underwriter.
            The deadline for this promotion is December 13th.                                                                         So, the museum staff researched
                                                                                                                                                                                And because the festivities take
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            "If I'm going through the day and
                                                                                                                                   the Southern Christmas feast (with                                                  I open my day planner and see
                                                                                                                                   assistance from Colonial Williams-       place in the evening, visitors will see    'Each person is important,' that re-
          Child's Name:                                                             Child's Birthdate:                                                                      the glitter of looking glasses and sil-
                              (As 't Should Appear )r                                                                   I          burg and the Winterthur Museum in
                                                                                                                                   Delaware) and re-created its des-        ver and "get an idea about the light       minds me that every contact I have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       with a customer is an important
      (   Parents Names:
                                 (As They SfxxiW Aopecx tr Dao«r)                                                       I          sert course - sweetmeat pyramids
                                                                                                                                   of candy, fruits, jellies, mints and
                                                                                                                                                                            conditions our forefathers lived
                                                                                                                                                                            with,1' says Ms. Alison.                   one," - making him less likely to
      I Your Name & Relationship toChiid
                                                              (for Our Etocads and To                erf Ptxj'o)        I          nuts.                                        Additionally, the sounds of the
                                                                                                                                                                            Counterpoint Madrigal Singers will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        take customers for granted.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            And, heck, loving self-talk just
                              Peccxds Only)
                                                                                           Phone.                       I                                                   fill the music room of the Telfair          feels good, affirmation aficionados
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                                                                                                                        •            Colorful Commentary                    Academy-owned home, which will
                                                                                                                                                                            be decked with garlands, mistletoe              After a few affirmations, "I feel
      I Photos may be btock and wNte or color Setect dear photographs No potewo«d$ please -                                                                                 and poinsettias.                            good about myself because I know I
                                                                                                                       I                                                                                                do care about me," says Harrison, a
      | MaH Form to: Th+ Savannah No)ws/Pr»ss, Aftn: Ctossiftod Ang*4 Pago, P.O. Box 1066,                              |                                                                                               36-year-old Orlando horticulturist.
      •              Savannah, GA 31402                                                                                .                                                       Tickets purchased before Satar-          "It's like after you've had a mas-
                                                                                                                                                                            day'i "YitetMe lavitatta" are 14            sage - you feel all nice and com-
      Additional copies of this promotion. will be available..                                . .. ..... .....                                                              for cttidrea and * far *doJU Tick-          fortable."
                                                                                                                                                                            ets, wfckfa tecMe admissta to both         As affirmation advocates have
                                                                                                                                                                            boose maseonis from I to I p.m., proliferated, so has the parapherna-
                                                                                                                                                                                 will be ayailabte at the door for lia - includUng dozens of books, au
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