September readings

We had a terrific meeting on September 9, 2016. Below is most of the literature we discussed. Thank you, Cathy, for taking the time to put these notes together. We really appreciate being able to check them when we want to look for our next book!     FICTION -“The Man in the High Castle” – novel on Read More…

Morning Coffee

By Daniela Caride   Morning came And awoke the crazy man screaming in my ears He’s trapped in my skull He wants to come out Commit suicide by swimming out through slow silent tears   In the kitchen I look out the window The chickadees and titmouses get the last of the seeds in the Read More…

The Giant Moon

By Daniela Caride   Before we could even see her The giant Moon swept the slippery tides Of your sinking sickly self And took you   Darkness unrolled roaring grey rugs Over a timid turquoise Sky Enveloping a vaporizing Earth To snatch you   But stealth and stark The giant Moon cleared crusty curtains Taking on the tides of steam and Read More…

Chimes of Freedom

We had a very interesting and entertaining Literary Society Meeting this morning. We talked about the recent news that Bob Dylan had won the Nobel Prize for Literature a day or two ago, and some members were surprised that his song lyrics could be so well-regarded. I was a very big fan of his music Read More…

Bedtime Stories for Grown-up Girls

Jessica’s friend Ellen Beth Lande has just published her novel, Bedtime Stories for Grown-up Girls — an adult women’s adventure story with two unforgettable female protagonists. It recalls a long friendship, a business partnership, a love triangle and how we do (and do not) reconcile who we once were with who we have become. If you Read More…

Poetry for Modern Mindfulness

The following New Yorker piece so cracked me up. Hope you enjoy it! ~ Daniela Caride Poetry for Modern Mindfulness Swiffering my floor, / I offer thanks to the Procter & Gamble company. By Jenny Allen Gathas are small verses or poems which we use to help us in our mindfulness practice. A great practice Read More…

The first woman to run for president

Hillary Clinton may become the first female president of the United States. But she is far from being the first woman to present her candidacy for such a job. That title goes to Virginia Woodhull, an eccentric lady who saw a bit of everything in life except dullness. Woodhull built a life for herself out Read More…

My cup of tea

  (A poem by Daniela Caride) I love you little teacup So broken So crumbled My dear vessel of pain Shards puncture my fingertips As I struggle to put you back Together again I can’t help myself I love you Ugly little shattered thing Cold hard thing No one wants I may even pity you Read More…

July talks and recommendations

    During our meeting in July, 2016, we had a nice time on the porch, as the weather was so nice. We had books, movies and even suggestions of historical homes we should visit. And we sorely missed Cathy, not only for her wonderful contributions, but also for her thorough note-taking. Enjoy our reading, Read More…

Desiderata

By Max Ehrmann Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud Read More…