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Currents: October 2017


Currents is published monthly by Windhorse Integrative Mental Health of Northampton, 211 North St., Suite 1, Northampton, MA 01060. Executive Director is Victoria Yoshen. For questions, concerns and suggestions about Currents, contact us at

Upcoming Events

mark your calendarMark your calendars for community gatherings!

Community Events:

TED with Bread group’s next meetings
Thursday, October 26th and November 2nd, 1-2:30pm meeting in the Windhorse Community Room or Library.
See New “TED with Bread” Group Started for more information.

Pumpkin Carving Community Event
Wednesday, October 25th, 2:30-4:30pm in the Windhorse office.
See Pumpkin Carving For One and All! for more information.

2018 Budget Discussion (open to entire community)
Wednesday, November 1st, 10-11am in the Windhorse Community Room. 
See Budget Discussion to Happen Next Month for more information.

Community Lunch:
Tuesday, November 14th, 12:30-1:30pm in the Windhorse office kitchen.

For more information, contact us at

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New “TED with Bread” Group Started

Recently, another new group started at Windhorse. This past Thursday was the first of three meetings of the “TED with Bread” group. In the words of the group’s facilitators, this group is “a series of TED talks accompanied by food and followed by discussion. We will be exploring challenges of the human experience and how to cultivate meaning, vitality and resiliency in one’s life as a path to promote connectedness and healing…We aim to explore our intentions as the talks inspire us, and apply them to the weeks ahead.”

We hope you will consider joining us for the remaining meetings of this group. After all, the more participation, the richer the discussion.

Please see below for all of the details.

Who: This group is open to the entire Windhorse community.

When: Thursdays, October 26th and November 2nd, from 1:00 to 2:30pm.

Where: Each meeting will take place in the Windhorse office Community Room or Library.

Questions or need more information? Contact David Stark at

Here is the flyer for the group: TED with Bread

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Pumpkin Carving For One and All!

As a member of our Windhorse community, we hope you will join us for some pumpkin carving at the office, which is this month’s community event. Pumpkins, tools, and patterns will be provided. Just bring yourself, a bit of creativity, and a willingness to get some pumpkin guts on you.

Click on the link below for more details on this event.

Pumpkin Carving 2017

Looking for more pumpkin-related ideas and decorations? Check out these links and have fun!

Pumpkin Carving Tips and Tricks

DIY Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

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Things To Do: Websites for Events and Activities

With winter around the corner and (eventually) a drop in the temperatures, it may seem more difficult to find things to do. After all, there won’t be any outdoor farmers’ markets or fairs or concerts that you might happen upon as you walk or drive by. Nor will there be any swimming holes to visit or long, pleasant bike rides to eat up the day. But that isn’t to say that the Valley is lacking activity during the winter months; you just have to seek it out. We’ve compiled a list of websites that feature local events and activities. Some can be hard to navigate due to the tremendous wealth of information on them, but with a little searching we’re confident that you’ll find some activities that pique your interest.

The Valley Advocate’s Events page Items of interest from a local, alternative weekly newspaper.

The Valley Visitor Events Calendar page This page breaks down listings into categories such as dining, family fun, etc.

Visit Hampshire County website’s Calendar page Things to See and Do page

MassLive Local Events page This one can be a bit overwhelming but it’s likely you’ll come across at least a few things during your hunt that tempt you.

Smith College’s Performance Calendar page We are in the Five College area after all. Why not take advantage of it?


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Why Do We Love Pumpkins?

Why do pumpkins have such a huge presence in American culture during the autumn season? From canned pumpkin and pumpkin spice-favored lattes (and muffins and cereal and cookies and more), to festivals and “biggest pumpkin” competitions, to the classic Jack-o’-lantern on the front stoop at Halloween, these squashes have become iconic representations of the fall season. And yet there are so many other types of squash out there, and so many other fruits, vegetables, and flowers that are particular to the fall season. So why pumpkins? This question led us to do a little bit of research into the pumpkin’s history in the States as well as the history of the Jack-o’-lantern. Click on the links below to learn more.

Pumpkins in America

Jack-o’-lantern history

Looking for more things pumpkin-related? You got it! We rounded up some tasty recipes for you to try. Please let us know what you think and how the recipes turned out in the comments section. Do you have a beloved recipe or two that use pumpkin? We’d love to hear about them, too. Please share in the comments section and spread the love!

15 Pumpkin Recipes From Healthy Pumpkin Banana Bread to Pumpkin Mac and Cheese to Pumpkin Pie Smoothies, this site has a lot of creative and delicious ways to incorporate pumpkin into your diet.

Pumpkin Bread Pudding If you don’t have time to make the pumpkin bread for the bread pudding, you could always pick some up at Atkins Farm or your local grocer’s bakery department. Some coffee shops like Woodstar Cafe may also sell it this time of year.

A Classic Pumpkin Pie An oldie but a goodie.


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Budget Discussion to Happen Next Month

On October 4th, Phoebe presented her synthesis of the information she collected during the strategic planning process to the Windhorse staff and community. The next step in this process is to have a discussion about the 2018 budget.

The Windhorse community has expressed a desire for Victoria to describe how this year’s strategic plan has turned into a draft of next year’s budget, and to discuss how this all relates to Windhorse’s underlying values. In answer to this desire, on Wednesday, November 1st from 10 to 11am in the Windhorse office Community Room there will be a meeting to which the entire Windhorse community is invited. During this meeting Victoria will present an overview of how the synthesis fed next year’s budget and how the different realms of Windhorse and our organizational values are represented in the budget.

If you have any questions or are interested in attending this open meeting, please contact Windhorse at

Adapted from last month’s article entitled, “Planning for Next Year’s Budget”.

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Spooky Movies and Thrilling Novels

It’s that time of year when we all (or most of us anyway) secretly crave a scare or two. We’re on the hunt for movies and books that will send shivers up our spines and make us want to cover our eyes. Do you have any to recommend? If so, please tell us in the comments section. We’ll happily distribute any recommendations we collect to the Windhorse community email list so that we can all partake in this season’s freaky fun.


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New to the Windhorse Library

Agnes’s Jacket: A Psychologist’s Search for the Meanings of Madness by Gail A. Hornstein

In a Victorian-era German asylum, seamstress Agnes Richter painstakingly stitched a mysterious autobiographical text into every inch of the jacket she created from her institutional uniform. Despite every attempt to silence them, hundreds of other patients have managed to get their stories out, at least in disguised form. Today, in a vibrant underground net-work of “psychiatric survivor groups” all over the world, patients work together to unravel the mysteries of madness and help one another re-cover. Optimistic, courageous, and surprising, Agnes’s Jacket takes us from a code-cracking bunker during World War II to the church basements and treatment centers where a whole new way of understanding the mind has begun to take form.

A vast gulf exists between the way medicine explains psychiatric illness and the experiences of those who suffer. Hornstein’s luminous work helps us bridge that gulf, guiding us through the inner lives of those diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar illness, depression, and paranoia and emerging with nothing less than a new model for understanding one another and ourselves.
~from the back cover




  • Jeremy F. has joined the staff as a PCA.

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