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For this meeting of HFFC Books Et Cetera, we will discuss “The Living Reed” by Pearl S Buck . We'll meet at a home in Norwalk on Sunday, November 17. We will gather at 1:00 pm and our meeting will end around 4:00 pm. We will start with lunch which each of the attendees will contribute to and will then discuss the reading. We'll conclude with a brief discussion of upcoming readings and meetings. "The Living Reed" is a historical novel covering Korea’s history from 1881 to 1945. An interesting review is located at https://londonkoreanlinks.net/2011/02/25/book-review-pearl-bucks-living-reed/ All attendees are expected to do the reading. The location will be sent to those who are attending. Capacity is very limited. Enough regular attendees of HFFC Books Et Cetera have signed up for our November 17 meeting that we are already above capacity and RSVPs for this gathering are already closed. If you want to join our book group, you can RSVP for later gatherings. Contact Manny Ratafia at [masked] if you would like to attend. Again, all attendees are expected to do the reading. Our upcoming gatherings include: “Religion for Atheists: A non-believer's guide to the uses of religion” by Alain de Botton 12/31/19—RSVPs CLOSED “Leonardo DaVinci” by Walter Isaacson – place and date TBD “Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover – place and date TBD Feel free to contact me at any time with questions, comments, suggestions, etc. Manny [masked]
Silver Star Diner private banquet room
6:00 pm Social Hour; 7:00 pm Death Cafe discussions. Death cafés are part of a life-affirming international movement to encourage people to gather in social settings to have honest and frank conversations about death. A death café is an informal, intimate, group-facilitated conversation on topic of death and human mortality. There is no planned agenda, theme or objective. It serves to “increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives.” Discussions will take place in small groups of about six with each group having its own facilitator. www.deathcafe.com Please be advised this is not a bereavement support or counseling event. Humanist Celebrant Anita Peters, who organized the event, has led 6 Death Cafes in Connecticut, 4 for HFFC since 2016. The discussion will be facilitated by two HFFC members: Anita Peters, a Humanist Funeral Celebrant, and Sandi Sacks, a recently-retired LCSW. The event is free and open to the public. This program is part of HFFC November 2019 focus on Carpe Diem (Seize the Day): Living with Death. For more on the death cafe movement, visit www.deathcafe.com.
6:30 pm social time; 7:00 pm discussion/presentation. Science readers, here’s our chance. Cat lovers, let’s challenge the dog lovers. Let’s read a new article about studies of how cats relate to people. We’ll discuss it on the evening of November 25, 2019 at 6:30 to chat, 7:00 to discuss, What’s the latest in scientific thinking, what does it mean for us, and what do we think of it. Join the HFFC Science Readers group to tackle and be entertained, under the leadership of Dr. Ruth Light. An article is selected for reading in advance of the discussion or presentation. Science Readers meets on the fourth Monday of the month at the Silver Star Restaurant’s banquet room. For information on the reading, send email to hffc at optimum dot net with "Sci Read" in the subject line.