• Introverts vs. Extroverts

    Harris Teeter Cafe

    DISCUSSION: We will discuss the differences between introverted people, and extroverted people, and what annoys each group. Extroverts urge introverts to get out of the house, to stay at the party, to live life. Introverts want to be understood and left alone. How do we all co-exist? RESPECT We ask that no one interrupts another while they are speaking. Also, to keep any individual from dominating the group, speaking time for each person will be limited to about a minute. HOW TO FIND US: Enter Harris Teeter and turn right. The café is in the front corner of the store. BRUNCH: The discussion starts at 12:00, but I will arrive around 11:30 for brunch. You can join me if you wish, or just come for the discussion. The Harris Teeter café offers a buffet that has a wide variety of food, including sesame chicken, rice, potatoes, fruits, salads, and more. There's a coffee machine next to our tables.

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  • Assisted Suicide Follow Up

    St. Michael's Episcopal Church

    At our last meeting, I thought it would benefit us to discuss how “right to die” legislation is written in various states. Check the comments for links!

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  • Assisted Suicide

    Temple Beth Or

    Should Assisted Suicide be legal in NC? A Rabbi will be on hand to discuss the ethical issues associated with the hard decisions we make at the end of our lives.

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  • Differences between the Generations

    Harris Teeter Cafe

    How do the BABY BOOMERS differ from the MILLENNIALS? And what about GENERATION X, and even Z's? Is it true that the newer generation feel more entitled, and that those born in the 60's and before were more reckless, tough, and optimistic? Have the boomers exploited the financial resources for the millennials? Why do so many of today's teenagers have anxiety issues? Let's explore these differences, and discuss how they shape us as individuals trying to live together in the same society. BABY BOOMERS: 1946–1964 (54–72 years old) GENERATION X: 1965–1980 (38–53 years old) MILLENNIALS/Y: 1981–1996 (22–37 years old) GENERATION Z: 1997–Present (0–21 years old) RESPECT We ask that no one interrupts another while they are speaking. Also, to keep any individual from dominating the group, speaking time for each person will be limited to about a minute. HOW TO FIND US: Enter Harris Teeter and turn right. The café is in the front corner of the store. BRUNCH: The discussion starts at 12:00, but I will arrive around 11:30 for brunch. You can join me if you wish, or just come for the discussion. The Harris Teeter café offers a buffet that has a wide variety of food, including sesame chicken, rice, potatoes, fruits, salads, and more. There's a coffee machine next to our tables. ~~~~~~~~~~~ BOOMERS Optimistic Idealistic Athletic Workaholics Adventurous Self-righteous Career Climbers Played more outside Used their imagination more Patient (things weren’t as readily available) Use technology as a tool instead of connectivity GEN X'ers Pessimistic Cynical Skeptical Street smart Individualistic “Latch-key kids” Entrepreneurial Incur much debt Divorced parents Into labels and brand names Late to marry, quick to divorce Introduced to computers in school MILLENNIALS Inactive Entitled Cerebral Confident Informed Depressed Sophisticated Technology-driven Poor interpersonal skills Aren’t as sexually active “Live more in their rooms” Slower to move out on their own Except instant access to everything Want a better lifestyle, not just work First generation to be “digital natives” Have learned the word isn’t safe (guns) Have been repeatedly told that they are special Don’t get in as much trouble as past generations GENERATION Z's Tolerant Lonely Multi-taskers Prone to panic attacks Feel pressured to succeed Many have anxiety issues Suffer from identity crisis Have never known a world without computers Helicopter parents who are obsessed with their kids Y & Z's tend to think instead of feel. The Millennials were influenced by 3 things — September 11th, the Iraq War, and the Great Recession. They aren't likely to ever forget that. Gen Z was too young to remember those things well or experience them in a direct way. It's fashionable among the current high school students to parody & ridicule “social justice warriors.” But their social justice warriors are a caricature of the real thing.

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  • Memorial Picnic

    Rollingview State Park

    PICNIC & SWIM PARTY May 26 (Sunday) 2pm–5:00pm Memorial Weekend The Community House at Rolling View, Falls Lake 4201 Baptist Rd. Durham, NC 27704 This event does not involve a political discussion, but I'd like to invite Chautauqonians to a picnic! Let's celebrate Memorial Weekend by going to this lake house and enjoying a picnic and a swim on a lazy Sunday afternoon just before summer kicks in. The next day is Memorial Day… no work! I’ve rented the Community House right on the lake. It’s a very short walk to the sandy beach. This house has a full kitchen, a wrap-around porch with rocking chairs, a fireplace, 15 tables & 72 chairs, grills, AC, our own indoor bathrooms… it has it all. Home sweet home, on the lake. If it rains, no problem… we have the house. Everyone bring food to share (including a serving spoon) and your drink. It’s a state park, so they say that no alcohol (or dogs) are allowed. Cost is $5 cash (it cost me $198 to rent the Community Building). It would be helpful if you had exact change. The park charges a $7 per car entrance fee. No small kids at this event, please. Teens & adults are fine. Another group has also been invited to this event. Meetup's settings only allow a maximum of 5 guests, but there will be about 25 or so more people, I'm guessing. Fun event!

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  • Are Violent Protests Justified?

    Harris Teeter Cafe

    Is the violence that often results in protests necessary for our voices to be heard? Do peaceful protests change governments? What are effective ways to change a law we feel is wrong? Let's explore these ideas. RESPECT We ask that no one interrupts another while they are speaking. Also, to keep any individual from dominating the group, speaking time for each person will be limited to about a minute. HOW TO FIND US: Enter Harris Teeter and turn right. The café is in the front corner of the store. BRUNCH: The discussion starts at 12:00, but I will arrive around 11:30 for brunch. You can join me if you wish, or just come for the discussion. The Harris Teeter café offers a buffet that has a wide variety of food, including sesame chicken, rice, potatoes, fruits, salads, and more. There's a coffee machine next to our tables.

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  • Gun Control

    Temple Beth Or

    One of the most contentious issues in American civil society today is what restrictions (if any) should be placed on firearms. Proposals range from allowing everyone to concealed carry without a license, all the way to confiscating certain types of weapons. Some persons grow up with firearms and feel comfortable around them; others know them best from the frequent tragedies that appear in the news. Bill Graves, concealed carry instructor, will present one viewpoint, and we expect this to be a passionate but informative meeting. For updates on Chautauqua, please subscribe to our mailing list at https://www.meetup.com/Raleigh-Chautauqua-Meetup/ We will meet at 7:30pm in the Assembly Room at temple. As always we will hold a civil discussion where all persons and viewpoints will be treated respectfully.

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  • Marijuana Follow-up

    Compass Rose Brewery

    This will be a follow-up discussion for last night's meeting: 'Should Marijuana be Legalized in NC?' This get-together is for those who want further and more in-depth discussion, for those who didn't get a chance to voice some of their thoughts, or for those who were unable to make the meeting (me!) on Monday March 18. I have invited folks from our Philosophy Group to join us. The people in that group are similar to our group in that they are bright, inquisitive, open-minded, and love a respectful debate. We will discuss whether or not marijuana should be legalized. We will also ask the following questions: ~Should marijuana be legalized in all states? ~Should marijuana only be used for medicinal purposes? ~Is recreational pot use okay? ~What age limit should be given for pot consumption? ~What about driving while high? ~Do most people depict stoners as low-lifes? (!!) ~Would you want your teenaged child smoking pot? ~What should the penalties be for someone who smokes illegally? I went to Alaska last summer (where marijuana is legal), and would like to share my experience at a head shop. The owners were classy, not "strobe lights and Bob Marley posters"-ish. They seek an classy image and want to kill the 60's stereo-type image. They had several small glass bottles filled with pot, each giving a different high, and they discussed the effects of each sample with customers. For example, one gave a very relaxing body-high, another gave a heady high, and the rest were several degrees in-between. They hope to come across as fine wine connoisseurs, not stoners. The heady paranoia some felt in the 70's after smoking marijuana was the result from some croppers breeding the plant to enhance the THC effects, thus mostly eliminating the relaxing elements of the plant's natural chemicals. RESPECT We ask that no one interrupts another while they are speaking. Also, to keep any individual from dominating the group, speaking time for each person will be limited to about a minute or two. COMPASS ROSE BREWERY This is a new venue. See photos below. They have really cool beers, is dog-friendly for polite dogs, and there's free popcorn. Hey! You can also bring food in here. They normally have a food truck, but I don't think there's a food truck on Tuesday nights because the place is rather empty on Tuesday evenings. Depending on how many people come, we may pull tables together (to have our seats more round than long) so someone on one end of the long table can hear the person on the other end.

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  • Legalization of Marijuana

    Temple Beth Or

    Should Cannabis be legalized in NC? If so, for recreational purposes or only medical? Should it stay illegal in North Carolina, in which case what are the appropriate laws and enforcement? We will try to get a speaker for this discussion about this important topic. For updates on Chautauqua, please subscribe to our mailing list at https://www.meetup.com/Raleigh-Chautauqua-Meetup/ We will meet at 7:30pm in the Assembly Room at temple. As always we will hold a civil discussion where all persons and viewpoints will be treated respectfully.

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  • Spirituality V Religion: how to move forward?

    St. Michael's Episcopal Church

    Last week we seemed to agree that while spirituality is not divisive, religion is very divisive. So, is there a way to create community for our individual spiritualities while avoiding the sins and mistakes of the past?

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