The Chicken Qabalah of Rabbi Lamed Ben Clifford

The September monthly bookclub will meet on Thursdays, September 12 & 26 from 2-3:30pm at the home of Donna Flotron, 1850 Cherryhill Road #7.  To respond text 705-772-9032 or email

……Dilettante’s Guide to What You DO and Do Not Need to Know to Become a Qabalist.  A unique and humorous — and also practical — approach to the increasingly popular study of Qabalah.  This is a seriously funny book! Traditional Qabalistic (or Cabalistic, or indeed, Kabbalistic — read this book to find out what the difference is…we know you’ve always wondered) sources tend to be a bit, er dry.  DuQuette spices up the Qabalah and makes it come alive, restoring the joy of learning the fundamentals of this admittedly arcane system by using simple amusing anecdotes and metaphors.  This account, written psuedepigraphically (fictitiously attributed to a supposed authority), allows DuQuette as Rabbi Lamed Ben Clifford to soar to outrageous heights and, when necessary, stand apart from the silliness to highlight the golden eggs of Qabalistic wisdom nested therein.

Sure to be a revelation to those who think that learning about the Qabalah needs to be tedious and serious, DuQuette shows that great truths can be transmitted through the medium of laughter.

ONE STORY, ONE SONG by Richard Wagamese

June’s meeting will be held on June 13,  at the home of Gillie Trowbridge,  24 Cricket Place at 2PM.  We will be discussing One Story,One Song by Richard Wagamese. As well we will be proposing. books for discussion going forward in September. In One Story, One Song, Richard Wagamese invites readers to accompany him on his travels. His focus is on stories: how they shape us, how they empower us, how they change our lives. Ancient and contemporary, cultural and spiritual, funny and sad, the tales are grouped according to the four Ojibway storytelling principles: balance, harmony, knowledge and intuition. As always, in these pages, the land serves as Wagamese’s guide. And as always, he finds that true home means not only community but conversation— good, straight-hearted talk about important things. We all need to tell our stories, he says. Every voice matters.

Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error by Kathryn Schulz

April’s meetings will be held at the home of Linda Palmason (3022 Westridge Blvd.) at 2pm on April 11th and 25th. (This book was scheduled for March, but due to difficulties getting books, we’ve postponed it to April. There
will be no bookclub meeting on March 28th.

This bestselling history of and investigation into human error explores what it means to be wrong, and why homo sapiens tend to tacitly assume (or loudly insist) that they are right about most everything. Kathryn Schulz argues that error is the fundamental human condition and should be celebrated as such. Guiding the reader through the history and psychology of error, from Socrates to Alan Greenspan, Being Wrong may change the way we perceive screw-ups, both of the mammoth and daily variety, forever.

Bill McKibbon says of this book: “Both wise and clever, full of fun and surprise about a topic so central to our lives that we almost never even think about it.”

The Once and Future World by J.B. Mackinnon

This month’s meetings will be held at the home of Meredith Hill at 631 Lillian at 2pm on February 14th and 28th.

From one of Canada’s most exciting writers and ecological thinkers, a book that will change the way we see nature and show that in restoring the living world, we are also restoring ourselves.

The Once and Future World began in the moment J.B. MacKinnon realized the grassland he grew up on was not the pristine wilderness he had always believed it to be. Instead, his home prairie was the outcome of a long history of transformation, from the disappearance of the grizzly bear to the introduction of cattle. What remains today is an illusion of the wild–an illusion that has in many ways created our world.

In 3 beautifully drawn parts, MacKinnon revisits a globe exuberant with life, where lions roam North America and 20 times more whales swim in the sea. He traces how humans destroyed that reality, out of rapaciousness, yes, but also through a great forgetting. Finally, he calls for an “age of restoration,” not only to revisit that richer and more awe-filled world, but to reconnect with our truest human nature. MacKinnon never fails to remind us that nature is a menagerie of marvels. Here are fish that pass down the wisdom of elders, landscapes still shaped by “ecological ghosts,” a tortoise that is slowly remaking prehistory. “It remains a beautiful world,” MacKinnon writes, “and it is its beauty, not its emptiness, that should inspire us to seek more nature in our lives.”


The New York Times bestseller from the author of Chasing the Scream, offering a radical new way of thinking about depression and anxiety.

We will be meeting January  10th and 24th at 2pm at the home of Donna Flotron, Unit 7, 1850 Cherryhill Rd.  All are welcome to join in the discussion of this interesting book.

There was a mystery haunting award-winning investigative journalist Johann Hari. He was thirty-nine years old, and almost every year he had been alive, depression and anxiety had increased in Britain and across the Western world. Why?

He had a very personal reason to ask this question. When he was a teenager, he had gone to his doctor and explained that he felt like pain was leaking out of him, and he couldn’t control it or understand it. Some of the solutions his doctor offered had given him some relief-but he remained in deep pain.

So, as an adult, he went on a forty-thousand-mile journey across the world to interview the leading experts about what causes depression and anxiety, and what solves them. He learned there is scientific evidence for nine different causes of depression and anxiety-and that this knowledge leads to a very different set of solutions: ones that offer real hope.



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