An Irish Limerick

Written while travelling in Ireland, Fall 2018…

There once was two eejit’s from Mactier
Who came to Ireland for the beer
They loved the emerald green
So they rented a camping machine
We signed up for a winding slow ride
Not knowing it was all on the left side
Off we go down one lane roads
When meeting oncoming trucks you need to be bold
So narrow you can scratch your arm
No fear the mirrors already have seen much harm
Garry said we were a long long way to Tipperary
So off to ring of Kerry.

By MaryAnn Beaudin


Massey Lecture 2018: Field Trip

We’re going on a field trip!!  To the 2018 Massey Lecture… which will be given by investigative journalist, and 2017-18 Atkinson Fellow in Public Policy, Tanya Talaga.

We have purchased a block of tickets… and have one remaining available.

Want to join us?

Join us at our Labour Day weekend get-together (Sunday September 2nd from 11am to 1pm) to discuss Seven Fallen Feathers – our pre-cursor to attending the Massey Lecture… and to join us on our field trip.


Labour Day Book Pick

We’ve chosen our book… We made a collective decision to read ‘Seven Fallen Feathers’ by Tanya Talaga… without bothering with a Pick List.

Even more radical, we settled on our book for Thanksgiving as well… A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles.

Each of these titles has been bandied about – indeed a few of us have already read one or the other, or both – and we decided that it’s high time we just get on with it and read and discuss them.


And the title is…

For our August Civic Holiday 2018 Book Club get together… The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer (Feminist Fiction)


  • Published April 3rd, 2018
  • ‘The perfect feminist blockbuster for our times’ (Kirkus)


From the New York Times-bestselling author of The Interestings, an electric novel not just about who we want to be with, but who we want to be.

To be admired by someone we admire—we all yearn for this: the private, electrifying pleasure of being singled out by someone of esteem. But sometimes it can also mean entry to a new kind of life, a bigger world.

Greer Kadetsky is a shy college freshman when she meets the woman she hopes will change her life. Faith Frank, dazzlingly persuasive and elegant at sixty-three, has been a central pillar of the women’s movement for decades, a figure who inspires others to influence the world. Upon hearing Faith speak for the first time, Greer—madly in love with her boyfriend, Cory, but still full of longing for an ambition that she can’t quite place—feels her inner world light up. And then, astonishingly, Faith invites Greer to make something out of that sense of purpose, leading Greer down the most exciting path of her life as it winds toward and away from her meant-to-be love story with Cory and the future she’d always imagined.

Charming and wise, knowing and witty, Meg Wolitzer delivers a novel about power and influence, ego and loyalty, womanhood and ambition. At its heart, The Female Persuasion is about the flame we all believe is flickering inside of us, waiting to be seen and fanned by the right person at the right time. It’s a story about the people who guide and the people who follow (and how those roles evolve over time), and the desire within all of us to be pulled into the light.

Trevor Noah: Born a Crime… Follow Up

Connections which came up in the course of our conversation…

Listen and watch Trevor Noah

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Steven Pinker’s new book

Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton

Biko by Donald Woods

Nelson Mandela

The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay

  • YA novel

Barracoon: The Story of the Last Black Cargo by Zora Neale Hurston

  • Posthumously published (April 23rd, 2018)
  • Her interview with the last known survivor of the Atlantic slave trade
  • Devastating

Doughnut Economics by Kate Raworth

Rabbit Proof Fence