A holiday gathering in Williamstown for Rainbow Seniors


The rainbow is a perfect symbol for the month of December with its many holidays, and whether you celebrate Christmas, Kwaanza, Hanukkah or the birth of Apollo and Artemis, we are going to have a festive party on Tuesday, December 20 from Noon to 2pm at the First Congregational Church meeting room in Williamstown. It’s a potluck event, so cook up something special to bring and share at our family buffet.

If you haven’t joined us before, the First Congregational Church of Williamstown is the large white church on Route 2, with free parking in the rear. Use Chapin Hall Drive which runs alongside the church to access. Be sure to remember your parking permit for the dashboard, or if you need one, pick one up at the church office so you are not ticketed.

Ideas: past, present and future

We will also be looking for some ideas on things to do and speakers to invite to our meetings in 2017, so be sure to bring your ideas and suggestions as well. We need them to be sure our gatherings represent the diversity of our members.

In the past we have done things like a day in the deep woods, a June Pride Dance, trips to performances at Jacob’s Pillow, Barrington Stage Company and the Williamstown Theatre Festival, as well welcoming special guests from the worlds of politics, entertainment and the social services to speak at our meetings.

To keep up to date we have an e-mail list that keeps us in contact with each other. To have your name added, or for more information, send a note to ed@rainbowseniors.org. You can also call Ed at 413-441-6006.

Rachel Maddow talks about her partner, their two labs and herself

Rachel Maddow and her partner Susan Mikula at home.
Rachel Maddow and her partner Susan Mikula at home.

We came across an interview with Rachel Maddow in a recent WebMD magazine while at our doctor’s office. Here are a few highights of what she had to say, with a link to the complete article. Some day we hope to do a real in-depth interview with the truth-telling newshound, or even better have her speak at one of our Rainbow Seniors events. She has to be the best role model that the LGBT community has at the moment.

What makes you happy?

I have a really good personal relationship with my partner. It’s the spine on which the rest of my skeleton hangs. We’re together 17 years now.

You’ve had recurring depression since you were a teenager. What’s it like for you?

The way I experience depression is a real closing-off from the world. It can make you really shut down physically. It can be very lonely and isolating. It turns on and turns off.

What helps you manage it?

My partner. She can remind me that I’m having an episode and it is temporary. And not allowing it to stop my life. I have to stick to a routine and keep working. I have to exercise.

Have any puppy advice?

There is no such thing as too much puppy class. We had a dog who was a super handful. We just kept doing puppy class over and over. Now we’ve got two giant black Labs who are giant marshmallows.

Do you have any new projects you’re excited about?

I go fishing a lot and I’m terrible at it. I need to get serious. 2017 is going to be my year where I finally stop being a complete 6-year-old when it comes to fishing.

To read the full article, go to http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/features/rachel-maddow

An “out” doctor shares some “insider” information for the patient


Do visits to the doctor make you tense? Adam Irick is one of our own and he tells us how to work with your doctor and other professionals to get the best results. Don’t miss Saturday’s gathering on Saturday December 3, 2016 from 2-4pm at the Berkshire Athenaeum in Pittsfield. It’s held in the conference room on the second floor. For more information, call Ed at 413-441-6006 or by email at ed@rainbowseniors.org. Check us out on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/berkshirerainbowseniors.