Immigrants & refugees tell their stories

Story-telling event coming up near us, folks! April 5, 2017 7:30pm – 9pm 40 Stow St, Concord, MA A group of us (me included) are going to the Umbrella Community Arts Center on April 5th, 2017, to hear refugees and immigrants in New England tell their stories of resettlement and integration in their new communities. All funds raised that day Read More…

Maya Angelou

Starr shared on Facebook today this beautiful poem by Maya Angelou and a very touching video. What a wonderful woman she was. Still I Rise By Maya Angelou, 1928 – 2014 You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may trod me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I’ll rise. Read More…

We Walk

  A poem by Daniela Caride   The wind scrapes off particles of our younger selves Great masses of air dislocate our pasts Take away our cells The rain washes off our warmth and ease Relentless showers of cold water Pound as our bones freeze   But we walk Together we walk   Sometimes the Read More…

Ingersoll Lecture with Marilynne Robinson

  Mark your calendar!   On April 27, the Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Marilynne Robinson will deliver the 2017 Ingersoll Lecture at Harvard Divinity School. To prepare for her visit, the Divinity School is offering several workshops, open to all, to give everyone a chance to discuss some of her works before she arrives on campus. In case Read More…

Poetic entrust

Karim Sulayman, Meredith Kaufman Younger, and their videographed poetry about fear, love, hope and trust.  Watch below and get your mind blown away by the beauty of this simple yet profound work of art.

November finds

Here is what the group recommended during the November, 2016, meeting. FICTION -“The Sympathizer” by Viet Thang Nguyen (Pat & Jessica). -“Cat’s Claw” a China Bayles Herbal mystery, one of a series by Susan Wittig Albert (Pat & Rodger) [Note: Novel includes recipes at the end – Rodger brought delicious curry and cardamom cookies to Read More…

This poem is not addressed to you

  By Donald Justice   This poem is not addressed to you. You may come into it briefly, But no one will find you here, no one. You will have changed before the poem will.   Even while you sit there, unmovable, You have begun to vanish. And it does not matter. The poem will Read More…

The Raven

  By Edgar Allan Poe Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore, While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door. “‘Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my Read More…

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…