Catching up! October musings

Sorry for the multiple postings today, guys! Catching up on Literary duty after a very busy month. On October 14, 2016, our Literary meeting welcomed E.B. Lande, who just published her first novel. Ellen Beth read the first chapter to us. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it! FICTION -“Bedtime Stories for Grown-Up Girls” by E.B. Lande (Ellen Read More…

Auguries of Innocence

By William Blake   To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour A Robin Red breast in a Cage Puts all Heaven in a Rage A Dove house filld with Doves & Pigeons Shudders Read More…

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…

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…

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…

Recommendations for June!

Thank you, Cathy, for recording the recommendations given by all of the participants at our June, 2016, meeting! FICTION “Love & Friendship: In Which Jane Austen’s Lady Susan Vernon Is Entirely Vindicated” by Whit Stillman (Cathy) [companion book by writer/director of “Love & Friendship” — film now in movie theaters.] “The Tenant of Wildfell Hall” Read More…

A naked Emily Dickinson

Imagine Emily Dickinson is her many, many layers of clothing. Now imagine Billy Collins taking them all off. Huh! That’s one of the many subjects that came up during our Poetry Reading event at the library, on March 25, 2016. I love Billy Collins, and our friend Kathleen told us about this poem he’d written that I’d never come across Read More…