Sue Collinson is a talented, fascinating woman. She recently became a Life Master in bridge, a milestone achieved by winning 300 master points in bridge tournaments. Her favorite partner is her husband, Dale Collinson. Sue and Dale compete in bridge tournaments all over New England.

Sue’s passion, however, is physical movement as a form of therapy. Several years ago she suffered from chronic back pain, which led her to the Alexander technique. F.M. Alexander was a Shakespearean actor who lost his voice in the 1920s. After a focused inner search lasting more than seven years, Alexander gained an awareness of what was causing his problem and was able to develop techniques to deal with it. The Alexander technique uses the mind to undo debilitating habits that cause physical problems. After solving her back problem and undergoing more than 1,600 hours of rigorous training, Sue became a certified teacher of the technique.

Her success with the Alexander technique led to a keen interest in yoga. Yoga is the ancient Indian discipline that centers around physical and spiritual well-being. Most Americans begin with yoga as a physical exercise. Disciplined, attentive practice over many years enables you to observe changes in your whole being. With such practice, the physical and spiritual aspects of yoga come together to become one.

Sue is also a certified yoga instructor. She has focused her training on the Iyengar approach to restorative yoga, which uses yoga practices to help people overcome certain diseases and physical problems. These problems include joint and back pain, obesity, female problems, digestion and respiratory-related problems. Sue teaches both Alexander technique and yoga out of her home. Call her if you have a physical problem and would like to try an alternative therapy to solve it.

Patsy McCornack is renting the Collette house for July, and the place is overflowing. Stu, Kym, Q and Sydney McCornack are here from Portland, and Nancy, Dan, Sam, Matt and Annie Protz-mann are here from New Hampshire. To gain some needed peace of mind, Patsy is chairing the “Fifteen” fundraising events at Featherstone this year. The name “Fifteen” denotes the 15 planned events, and the fact that Featherstone is 15 years old this year. At the gala held at Farm Neck on July 11, many East Choppers were in attendance, making generous donations and purchasing auction items. To all of you who attended, Patsy says, many, many thanks.

As lots within East Chop have been developed over the past 25 years, we appreciate more and more all of the open space provided by our parks. John Breckenridge as parks chairman of the East Chop Association has supervised the maintenance of our parks for many years. This winter he was ably assisted on several cleanup projects by the entire Potter family, Duncan Ross, Steve Durkee, Susan Thompson and Jay Whiting, Craig Dripps, Bob and Liz Huss, Penny Hinkle and Richie Combra, the Oak Bluffs highway superintendent. Barbara Baskin has made new signs for all of the parks, including our newest addition from the Chapman family, a gift from Philip Chapman and his daughter, Michele. Many thanks to all of you good workers and generous donors.

A celebration of the life of Kit Sanders will be held at Union Chapel on Sunday, July 24, at 3 p.m. with a reception following the service at the East Chop Beach Club. All family members and friends are urged to attend.

Finally, remember the wonderful booklet, A Guide to East Chop Families, that Jane Coe put together? Well, she has extra copies she is willing to give away for free while they last. If interested, call her at 508-693-9669.