My Grandfather’s Blessings, Rachel Naomi Remen

The non-fiction bookclub will be meeting on June 14th at 2pm.  We will be meeting at Ed Adams home, 1042 Oriole Drive.  All are invited to join us for the discussion of this timely book.

In My Grandfather’s BlessingsRachel Naomi Remen, a cancer physician and master storyteller, uses her luminous stories to remind us of the power of our kindness and the joy of being alive.

Dr. Remen’s grandfather, an orthodox rabbi and scholar of the Kabbalah, saw life as a web of connection and knew that everyone belonged to him, and that he belonged to everyone. He taught her that blessing one another is what fills our emptiness, heals our loneliness, and connects us more deeply to life.

Life has given us many more blessings than we have allowed ourselves to receive. My Grandfather’s Blessings is about how we can recognize and receive our blessings and bless the life in others. Serving others heals us. Through our service we will discover our own wholeness—and the way to restore hidden wholeness in the world.

ON FOREGIVENESS AND REVENGE by Ramin Johanbegloo

We will be meeting May 10th and 24th at 2pm for discussion of this book.  All are invited to join us on May 10th at the home of Helen Griffins, 1370 Armstrong Dr, and on the 24th at the home of Margeree Edwards, 1336 Centre Line, Lakefield.

“As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.” – Nelson Mandela

Upon his release from Iran’s notorious Evin Prison, philosopher Ramin Jahanbegloo contemplated the words of Mandela as he grappled with demons arising from being unjustly imprisoned.

He then began to wrestle with ideas of forgiveness versus revenge, and wondered if the politics of forgiveness could offer salvation in a world where revenge endangers the social and political fabric of our lives.

“What is forgiveness, and how do we get there?” Jahanbegloo asks, in this follow-up to his internationally celebrated book Time Will Say Nothing: A Philosopher Survives an Iranian Prison.

Prevailing upon the wisdom of the Ancients, the Dalai Lama, and other great thinkers, this meditation on forgiveness and revenge offers insights into building a more peaceful world during this time of nationalism and ex

1491 By Charles Mann

The UFP Book Club will be discussing this book at our April 12th and 26th meetings.  All are invited to join us at the home of Helen & Gord Drew, 1742 Ravenwood Drive, Unit 408, Peterborough, Ontario, K9K 2R6.

In this groundbreaking work of science, history, and archaeology, Charles C. Mann radically alters our understanding of the Americas before the arrival of Columbus in 1492.

Contrary to what so many Americans learn in school, the pre-Columbian Indians were not sparsely settled in a pristine wilderness; rather, there were huge numbers of Indians who actively molded and influenced the land around them. The astonishing Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan had running water and immaculately clean streets, and was larger than any contemporary European city. Mexican cultures created corn in a specialized breeding process that it has been called man’s first feat of genetic engineering. Indeed, Indians were not living lightly on the land but were landscaping and manipulating their world in ways that we are only now beginning to understand. Challenging and surprising, this a transformative new look at a rich and fascinating world we only thought we knew.

THE RIGHT TO BE COLD – Sheila Watt-Cloutier

We will be meeting to discuss this book on February 8 & 22,  at the home of Linda Palmason, 3022 Westridge Blvd., Peterborough. All are welcome to join us for our usual invigorating discussion While it was both enlightening and revealing to learn about her earlier...

THE POWER OF HABIT by Charles Duhigg

Here  is a description of the book  we will be discussing on January 11th and 25th at 2pm, at the home of Brian Ling, 440 Carriage Lane, Peterborough. Groundbreaking new research shows that by grabbing hold of the three-step “loop” all habits form in our...

THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE by Karen Armstrong

We will be meeting this month on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of December at the home of Linda Palmason 3022 Westridge Blvd at 2pm.  All are invited for these discussions. In the lucid yet reflective manner that is Armstrong’s trademark, The Spiral...

Freedom Evolves – Daniel Dennett

The book for November is Freedom Evolves.  The gatherings will be held at Gillie Trowbridge’s home, 24 Cricket Place at 2pm on November 9 & 23. Can there be freedom and free will in a deterministic world? Renowned philosopher Daniel Dennett emphatically answers...

How’s Your Faith?: An Unlikely Spiritual Journey – David Gregory

Our October discussions will be held at Ed Adams home, 1042 Oriole Dr at 2pm on October 12th and 26th. All are welcome to join us,Join former NBC newsman and Meet the Press moderator David Gregory as he probes various religious traditions to better understand his own...

UNSETTLING THE SETTLER WITHIN by Paulette Regan

The bookclub will begin the fall with this challenging book. We will be meeting at Helen Griffn’s home 1370 Armstrong Dr. on September 14 and 28 at 2.00pm.  All are invited to join us! In 2008, Canada established a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to mend the deep...

THE MIRACLE OF MINDFULLNESS, by Thich Nhat Hanh

We will be meeting only once in June on the 8th at the home of Brian Ling – 440 Carriage Lane to discuss this book.   In this beautiful and lucid guide, Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh offers gentle anecdotes and practical exercise as a means of learning the skills of...

RISING STRONG by Brene’ Brown

Here is an introduction to the book we will be reading for May.  All are invited to join us even if you have not read the book. We will be meeting this month on May 11th and 25th at the home of Linda Palmason, 3022 Westridge Blvd. Social scientist Brené Brown has...

The Self Illusion – by Bruce Hood

Wonderful. Illuminating. Full of insight, beauty and-humor.” -David Eagleman, author of Incognito and Sum This month’s gatherings will be hosted by Helen Griffin on April 13th and 27th at 2pm at 1370 Armstrong Dr. TheSelf Illusion is about the science of...