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West with Giraffes
with Laura Sturgis
We will take a look at Lynda Rutledge’s book, based on the true story of two rescued giraffes on their way from the East Coast to the San Diego Zoo.
Laura is a retired English teacher who loves to read. She taught a course for Syracuse University for seniors at Edward Little High School.
Class meets every other week; February 1, February 15, and March 1.
Memory and Food - Writing Workshop
with Lisa Mayer
I find that talking about food-- and the people who cooked , prepared and ate it with you-- is almost ALWAYS a good way to unlock a nice, juicy, memory.
Lisa is a Clio-award winning advertising writer from NYC, humorous essays published in national magazines, blog featured on Huffington Post. International musician and performer- featured on PBS-TV and NPR together with her husband, Rabbi Sruli, of Temple Shalom, Auburn.
Reclaiming Memories Using Photographs – Then Writing Them Down
with Ariela Zucker
The stories that disappear from our memory are forever a mystery. Filling up the holes that time created is as exciting as traveling to an exotic land. By hunting for lost memories in photographs, we can reclaim them and make them our own again. In this hunt, old photographs and new ones will be used as helpful means to achieve our writing goals.
Ariela Zucker Born in Israel, Ariela and her husband left twenty years ago. Over the summer they reside in Ellsworth Maine where they run a Mom and Pop motel. Ariela writes poetry and nonfiction and offers online and Zoom classes mainly on the connection between photography and writing.
The Sons of Fez: A Moroccan Time Travel Adventure
with Kay Hardy Campbell
A Journey to the Moroccan City of Fez - and its Medina, a Unesco World Heritage Site, is the setting for Kay Hardy Campbell's novel, "The Sons of Fez: A Moroccan Time Travel Adventure". Discover the history, sights, and sounds of the only intact medieval city in the Arab world. Learn about its famous citizens, including Fatima al-Fehri, who in 859 AD used her inheritance to found the famous Qarawiyyin Mosque and University that still stand today, 1,100 years later. The session will include a discussion of the novel, with ample Q&A time for the author and the participants. Sit back with a cup of sweet mint tea and enjoy the adventure. Suggested book: The Sons of Fez: A Moroccan Time Travel Adventure by Kay Hardy Campbell
Maine author Kay Hardy Campbell's first novel, A Caravan of Brides: A Novel of Saudi Arabia was named one of the best 'Indie' books by Kirkus Reviews in 2018. A life-long student of Arabic language, culture, history, and music, Kay majored in Arabic at University and lived in Saudi Arabia for several years. She writes about Arab culture for AramcoWorld Magazine, and is a director of the Arabic Music Retreat. On her first visit to Morocco, she felt instantly drawn to the city of Fez, particularly its medina, sensing that history was very near. She and her husband live in Maine. www.kayhardycampbell.com
TED Talk Discussion Group
with Bill Frayer
As he did last year, Bill will show TED talks on six consecutive Tuesday afternoons and lead a robust discussion by our well-informed, sophisticated participants.
Bill Frayer has a BA in English from Brown and an MS in Adult education from USM. He taught at CMCC for 31 years where he chaired the Humanities Dept.