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Edith Cook

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Jul 3, 2021, 6:55:49 PM7/3/21
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Dear Friends and Readers,
 
The fifteen months of COVID restrictions are behind us. Hurray for the vaccine! Experts say it is effective against the new strains also. In the midst of grief for the loss of loved ones, or the loss of jobs for many--I read that every COVID death leaves behind nine sorrowful people, which means, currently the U.S. harbors five million grieving individuals--there's a ray of hope.

During downtime I participated via Zoom in a Just Faith training workshop at Episcopal Church. The following semester I went through a similar training with Unitarian Universalists through its Beloved Conversations workshops. What I learned gave me the idea for a discussion group via Zoom, where participants and guests discuss books they have found helpful or inspiringWe are on hiatus over the summer but in early September will meet again Monday evenings, twice a month, with two presenters per meeting.

We have covered anti-racism books Caste and So You Want to Talk About Race and the novel American DirtWe learned from books on trauma like Writing Into the Wound by Roxane Gay and The Choice: Embrace the Possible by Edith Eger. We heard about Buddhism via The Book of Joy and What Makes You Not a Buddhist. Gender diversity discussions came to us via Redefining Realness.

For September I'd like to expand the group to extend an invitation to anyone of you, along with spouses, significant others, etc. Discussions are in the pipeline of The Secret Life of Groceries, Nomadland, and Where the Crawdads sing.

Drop me a line if you want to try it. I'd love it if you'd like to discuss a book, but it's enough to love books and want to hear about more of them. Many participants are unable to be there every time, and that's ok, too.

Edith Cook  

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Hailey Ellingham

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Jul 3, 2021, 7:00:07 PM7/3/21
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Edith, thanks! 
I definitely want to participate! 
Even though, my friends survived Covid. I’d love to know better how to assist those who are grieving . 
Blessings to you for organizing!! 

Hailey 🙏💜

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Kent C. Simmonds

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Jul 3, 2021, 7:21:45 PM7/3/21
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Thank you, Edith, for this and for all your work.  We too spent much of our time this past year discussing books via zoom.  I'm very interested in the selection of books already read and proposed, some of which we also have read.  I have a weekly commitment on Monday evenings, else I would almost certainly join you.
Much thanks again,
Kent

Carol Sowards

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Jul 4, 2021, 9:51:03 PM7/4/21
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So Edith 
  Good talking with you today
  I did just receive this e-mail and it comes to my  regular inbox (not as spam) so I should be on hand in September to participate in this book discussion group.
Thanks!
Carol

Edith Cook

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Jul 5, 2021, 10:09:40 AM7/5/21
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That's great, Carol! It'll be nice to develop our relationship further.

Edith Cook  

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