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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012 5B The barn-raising conc:ept is alive and weil In times past barn-raising was a community activity. Neighbors came to assist a family in putting up their barn. It became an all-day af- fair, with food to feed all who were involved. Children had their own fun, climbing trees, playing blind man's bluff and steal the bacon. There was a great feeling of camaraderie and commu- nity-building that accompa- nied the barn-raising. Folks needed one another. They often faced great challenges of distance and weather when establishing home- steads. This was not only an opportunity to build a structure, but a time to so- cialize, and sometimes entertain. Fiddles, banjos, guitars and other musical instruments would appear after the meal. The barn- 00ilii -' ) (..( MMUNITY GREEN PAMELA NOEL raising was an event. In our neighborhood, we recently had our ovn barn- raising, it was not an all-day event for the neighborhood, but many people had their hands in the process. Since we are a neighbor- hood of backyard farmers, we often share what we grow with one another. Last sum- mer, in an effort to make this more efficient, we estab- lished a "bounty box" on a fence corner in a central lo- cation. Folks put their excess produce into the box for all the neighbors to share. It worked. And this year we de- cided to "fancy it up" a bit. Thus, the idea of a "bounty barn" was established. Com- munity Connections, our lo- cal time-banking system, was contacted. A member of this group built the skeleton and walls. Then, another neigh- bor continued, making the bats to make it appear like an old board and bat barn. An- other person stained it to make it look old. Someone else had a piece of corrugated roofing that was cut for the roof. Then the artists entered the scene. One made a beau- tiful little sign with a picture of flowers and strawberries surrounding the words "Bounty Barn." Another neighbor is making a tiny barn quilt. All we need now is a small 5-inch weather vane, and it will be complete. This 2-by-3-tb(t barn has baskets and jars of water, in which to put the produce. It has been temporarily hauled to a common cornet', where it sits, awaiting the bounty that will make its way there. I've even heard talk of Burma Shave-like signs pointing the way to the spot. I thought it might be a lit- tle early to put it out. But yesterday, when I stopped by to look, there was kale, chard and three different types of herbs in the barn. Amazing! It's almost like magic, re- minding me of "build it, and they will come." Bounty is certainly arriving, feeding both our bodies and our" neighborly community spir- its. Later in the summer, we'll start our fruit gleaning in preparation for the JOLT (juice them or lose them) event, scheduled for Oct. 21. This (now annual) event, hosted by Transition Quincy, invites community members to bring their apples to the learning center across from Quincy Natural Foods and have them squeezed into deli- cious apple juice that can be immediately enjoyed or frozen for later use. More than 100 gallons were made last year at the first event. Additionally, our neigh- borhood will be picking extra pears, apples and other pro- duce to launch a large dehy- drating event in one neigh- bor's unconditioned attic. Thus, this will ensure more winter local fruit. As we also embarked upon a larger- Scale squash-growing pro- ject, we'll probably be dehy- drating excess zucchini to be used later in soups and stews. Perhaps we'll be even more energetic and make sauce from our tomato crops as well. The types of community- building around food are al- most endless -- only limited by the imagination of those involved. When the excite- ment builds around these events, equally exciting addi- tional ideas emerge. Although we don't have the immediate need to raise barns in the traditional sense, we are busy with our local equivalents. The historical barn-raising may be lost to another time, but the reach- ing out our hands to one an- other in neighborly activities will never go out of style. You don't have to be Q: Mr. Norris, most of us can't obtain Olympian bodies, but what about thinking like a champion? Doesn't that count for anything? ...... P. Thompson London A: You bet it does! Before Olympians mastered their bodies and sports, they mas- tered their minds. They've learned how to stay positive, discard distractions and ibcus on the present, especially in the midst of adverse condi- tions. But they didn't conquer their cognitive senses alone. Positive parents, coaches and teammates, most Olympians will tell you, helped them win the war of the mind, which is a moment-by-moment battle and a collective success. Since 1985, Olympic competi- tors and teams have benefited from the rich resources of the United States Olympic Com- mittee's team of sports psy- chologists, which works "close- ly with athletes, !earns and C-FORCE HEALTH ANI) FVINESS CHUCK NORRIS info@creatois.com coaches to assist them with the mental and psychological preparation needed to perform at the elite level," according to the USOC's website. (Some Olympic competitors even are going high-tech by using USA Track & Field sports psycholo- gist Dr. Steve Portenga's new sport arrd performance psy- chology mobile app.) If Olympians need the help of mental health profession- als, why should any of us avoid their input, coaching and benefits? Though they might not all be psychologists, I believe we all need at least a small troop of cheerleaders who give us a an Olympian to mental edge to overcome the barriers and to stop the men- tal terrorists (obstructing thoughts) from paralyzing our progress and success, whether" in our personal life or in our professional life. (On that line, it is great to see the modern movement of mental and spiri- tual health pofessionals join- ing the ranks of various corpo- rations and nonprofits across the nation.) Sports psychologists and oth- er mental health professionals will tell you that there are three key actions that, when practiced repeatedly, create an Olympian mindset and also can help us overcome our own per- sonal mental obstacles, whatev er they might be. The first is the belief in sell in success and in the person God made us. We're not accidents. We were made for a purpose and created or a calling. 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Dr. Shane Murphy, a sports psychologist and professor at Western Connecticut State University who also has worked with Olympians, told National Geographic News that the key is the way in which extreme athletes rede- fine risk according to their skills, experience and envi- ronnlent. Murphy explained: "We look at a risky situation and center in Marin County, wrote: "Many years ago, psy- chologist Albert Bandura de- fined, studied, and expanded the concept of self-efficacy: the belief that you have the power" to produce a desired effect. If, for a particular task, your sell: efficacy is high, you're more likely to engage in that task. You're also more likely to work harder and be more per- sistent. And, you're more like- ly to attribute failure to exter- nal factors ('My training wasn't tuned well for this race') rather than low ability ('I suck'). How can you in- crease self-efficacy and keep it high in your cycling? 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