Chapter 2: Elizabethtown

by Kevin Kaminski

Elizabethtown, now isolated, timeless and quiet, was once a gathering place for theosophists, artists, philosophers, and eccentrics from New York City, who stayed at a rambling manse of idiosyncratic Victorian architecture.   The Windsor Hotel opened in Elizabethtown in 1876. It served a new leisure class that turned to the Adirondacks.... …a post (Civil War) boom provided the Northern States with prosperity, and created a new leisure class. They turned to the Adirondacks to expend their new found wealth at summer resort hotels which provided unmatched social, cultural, and recreational activities and events. In this way, The Windsor Hotel was not merely where one slept during a vacation, it was the vacation!

In the 1960’s, The Windsor Hotel was a mere shadow of its former self, and the atmosphere of wistful reminiscences was what Patrick Joseph really liked. He wandered around the old rooms, once elegant and functional, but now decorated with arcane and mysterious accoutrements - antlers and twisted horns, stuffed animals, like fish and raccoons, sporting gear, measuring devices and old lamps covered with the dust of time. 

The place was packed with odds and ends - ephemera left behind by guests whose names were beautifully penned in ledgers from half a century ago. Patrick Joseph would imagine that some of those people could have been his relatives and their friends. He yearned to find families with his real name. The bones of the old hotel seemed to resonate with familiar voices that whispered to Patrick Joseph - who welcomed the ghosts and spirits.

With its rust-decayed swimming pool, the Windsor Hotel, which once featured early morning and evening concerts and Sunday Evening Sacred music, was a natural site for the boy's second Institute for the Advancement of Humankind, a wonderful place to fantasize and commune with legendary mystics, gamblers, opera singers and his imagined long, lost family. His head was filled with ideas.

 




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        The idea of the Patagucci Institute for the Advancement of Humankind  is relatively recent, but which has been on my mind a long time. In my private practice where I mostly see kids with issues, labels and problems I’ve often wondered: What will help engage THAT student? What will move them along? How can I motivate them?

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CHART OF VIRTUES

The  Value of Harmonious Development

Our library organizes forty eight virtues along an positive executive function model. You can use the words to acknowledge growth and affirm change in your child, a co-worker or a student. Harmonious Development is the idea that effort produces change in individuals. Outcomes do matter, yet they are not the complete picture. Certificates of Harmonious Development recognize the internal outcome of effort. They signify that you recognize something of great value in the recipient. To students who struggle, or coworkers who strive or students who study hard, words matter. As people seek to master tasks at hand, there is something of great value - greater than accomplishing a goal, that occurs. 

What matters is that others understand the nature of their effort, the unseen aspects of self actualization and efficacy. The purpose of Certificates of Harmonious Development are to acknowledge the recipients for their inner accomplishments.

 

Vitality

Energy required to activate and organize for tasks

Curiosity | Dauntlessness | Humor | Imagination

Pertinacity | Spunk | Zest

Motivation

Focus of energy to sustain and shift attention

Attentiveness | Creativity | Diligence | Knowledgeable

Mettle | Patience | Perspicacity 

Leadership

Alertness to self and sustaining effort

Autonomy | Commitment | Courage | Endurance

Foresight | Idealism | Reliability

Mindset

Managing mental and emotional energy 

Acceptance | Adaptability  | Awareness | Confidence  

Entrepreneurial | Heroism  | Ingenuity | Integrity

Kindness  | Tranquility

Harmony

Creating internal and external equilibrium

Altruism | Balance | Candor | Character

Collaboration | Compassion | Equity

Gratitude | Intuitiveness

Veracity

Goals

Planning energy and time to complete tasks

Assiduousness | Gumption | Initiative

Judiciousness | Meticulousness

Wherewithal