Week of May 19, 2013

New Location!

Yes, we are finally coming to Lamoille County! Thanks to Lisa Schukei’s drive to do it, Boot Camp will be held at the Cambridge Elementary school in Jeffersonville every Wednesday night from 6:30 – 7:30pm. It officially starts on June 19! Spread the word. No need to register.

Remember, First Responders and accompanied children under 18 are FREE! So yes, Johnson and Jeffersonville first responders, you are FREE.

Directions: http://goo.gl/maps/gJrwN

Corporate Cup

Last Thursday, a handful of Boot Campers participated in the Corporate Cup run. Lisa S., crushed her 5k time by doing it just over 26 minutes! That’s crazy! Jacki O’s team took 3rd place in the non-profit division. Maria D beat her time from the last time she ran this race in 2011 by about 20 seconds. Lisa S saw Michelle N there too (we’re glad to see Michelle back at boot camp). Congratulations everyone!

Run for Empowerment

6th Annual Run for Empowerment

Wow! We have 13 people on the Boot Camp with LSD team for the Run for Empowerment event benefitting Women Helping Battered Women. Want to join our team? It’s June 15 on Burlington’s waterfront (kids 1k, 5k walk/run, 10k run). If we assemble a team that raises $500.00, we can run as an empowerment team. There are 3 steps:

  1. To help me keep track of who’s doing this, plus I want to order shirts, click on this link. But you still have to join the team (see link in step 2). https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AvK-bb5j5SjndFdUZXpuY014NW8xeS0yZW5NSTJSUWc&usp=sharing
  2. Go to this site, click  register, you can then join the “Boot Camp with LSD” team. https://www.firstgiving.com/22338/runforempowerment/teams
  3. **Send out the team fundraising page: https://www.firstgiving.com:443/fundraiser/lisa-durocher/runforempowerment

A Deeper Look at Community

Last week was fun and brutal (= brutally fun). It ended with out of control laughter when two brother-in-laws whipped each other good with a rubber tube when doing chariot races. Then we had the Dan and Paula show . . . had to be there.  Maria’s son was by her side. Dana’s entire family comes. Husbands and

Perfect Paula Plank--it looks so easy! Hmmm
Perfect Paula Plank–it looks so easy! Hmmm

wives side-by-side. Then there’s the births, weddings, races, gatherings, etc. This brings up the topic of Community and significance of it; the meaning of it; what happens without it. Here are quotes from a few authors about the meaning of community.


It was  Aristotle who first defined the word “community” as a group established by men having shared values. That initial definition has been refined and expanded through the years. We have come, for example, to recognize that people can belong to a number of different “communities” simultaneously–bcmay13_2communities of place; cultural communities; communities of memory, in which people who may be strangers share “a morally significant history”; and psychological communities “of face-to-face personal interaction governed by sentiments of trust, co-operation, and altruism,” said Bell, from Communitarianism and its Critics.


“I understand community to be a world in which my ties to others are a series of  mutual obligations and privileges that connect us now and into the future. I  know the people of my community by sight, sound and personal history. The song  from the TV show “Cheers” about a place “where everybody knows your name” does  not come close to describing how our lives intertwine from cradle to grave. We  do not always like each other. We can completely disagree. We rejoice bcmay13_3and mourn  together. We are often beholden. We decide collectively and abide by those  decisions — usually. Sometimes we desire distance; other times we revel in our  closeness. Sometimes the difference between an embrace and a chokehold is not  clear” (Real Meaning of Community, 2009).


Voices are longing for a world of neighborhoods and neighbors with less isolation and  alienation. They looked for more connection and a sense of shared responsibility  for the well-being of themselves and their peers, even as they constructed  fences, built firewalls to avoid identity theft and joined virtual groups on  Facebook  (Real Meaning of Community, 2009).

We may well look longingly at the notion of ‘community – it is the ‘kind of world which is not, regrettably, available to us – but which we would dearly love to inhabit and which we hope to repossess’. However, in a world where market ideologies have become dominant and infused all areas of life, we have increasingly lost a sense of working together to make change (What is Community, 2013).

This is Amazing!

Avocado Chocolate Mousse Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe avocado (straight from the fridge)
  • 1 frozen banana (peeled and cut into chunks before freezing!)
  • 3 heaped tablespoons of raw cacao powder
  • 2 tablespoons of raw local honey (optional)
  • Squeeze of lemon
  • Water as required
  • Pinch of sea salt (I used Celtic sea salt)

How To:

In a blender, add the cacao powder, then the remaining ingredients on top.

Blend until it reaches a “moussey” texture. Make sure you scrape the sides of the blender and mix in, to ensure it is all blended well.

Fill small cups or shot glasses with the mixture and serve straight away!



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