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…

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…

My Son

  By Miriam Laserson Varon Some day this hand will outgrow mine. These tiny fingers which I now entwine, So soft to touch, so frail to press, Will do man’s labor, skilled and bold, Will play and punish, hurt and bless, Carry a lover’s tendermost caress, Will draw life’s pattern, line for line – And Read More…

May books and talks

  During our meeting in May, 2016, we again discussed classics, nonfiction, film, a little bit of everything. Enjoy this eclectic list!   FICTION “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Bronte (Daniela) “Summer” by Edith Wharton (Daniela)   NONFICTION “The Big House” by George Howe Colt (Starr) “Founding Gardeners” by Andrea Wolf (Daniela) “Etty Hillesum: An Interrupted Life, the Read More…

On apples and life

Cathy read this poem at our April meeting — a beautiful piece of poetry that awoke different meanings at different times in her life. I’m looking forward to reading it many times during the next years. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.   “After Apple-Picking”  By Robert Frost   My long two-pointed ladder’s Read More…