Thomas Farmen: Bessie's Story
Join us for an inspiring evening in the bookshop - complete with a happy dog story! Thomas Farmen & his beautiful chocolate lab Bessie are coming to Woodstock to share their tale of taking what life throws at you and aging gracefully. Bessie's Story: Watching the Lights Go Out is the story of a charming, brave dog who gradually loses her eyesight. The author leads the reader from the unexpected diagnosis of terminal blindness for his beloved four-year-old pet through the two-and-a-half year transition to sightlessness. In the process, Bessie unwittingly becomes an expert mentor and teacher for the high-wire act of growing older with grace and optimism.
About the Book: This is the first-person non-fiction account of several years in the lives of a man approaching retirement and his chocolate Lab as she gradually loses her sight. It painstakingly traces the subtle but inexorable changes in Bessie, an exuberant passionate retriever and lover of humanity, as she struggles to make sense of a world of increasing darkness and learns to compensate for her disability. As Bessie adapts, so does he; his behaviors alter in response to her behaviors. He becomes more watchful, mindful, compassionate, and also ingenious as he dreams up ways to make her life easier and better. His love for her grows and grows.
About the Author: Thomas W. Farmen is the Headmaster Emeritus of Rumsey Hall School in Washington, Connecticut. He and his wife Ashley worked in partnership at the school for over four decades and now live in rural New Hampshire. Dog owners for all of their forty-plus years of marriage, the Farmens travel, pursue a variety of outdoor interests and are active volunteers. Ashley is a New Hampshire Granite State Ambassador. Tom serves on the board for several non-profit organizations, including Special Olympics of New Hampshire, and is an ambassador at Mount Sunapee ski area. The Farmens have two grown sons.
This event is free and open to all.