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- Savannah Morning News, Tuesday. December 10,1991 * * * * Positively ISLAND Knock Off Negativism 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- dens. 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 Address: Peccxds Only) Phone. I fill the music room of the Telfair feels good, affirmation aficionados say. | MC/VISA (Member crxj PU§ Nam* Cord ts tr and Exprat»or Dot*) l • 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 Call 236-0271 SAVANNAH EVENING PRESS to Subscribe IS aad 117. For addtfMal iflfennattM ffiotspes" twtor Cheating vok* tones or reservations, pboee tbe Juliette acoustically integrated"), cards and Low Birthplace at 2m*l. laminated plaques.
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