By Jan Pease
Litchfield is a town of many book clubs. Someday I should call around and make a list of all of the book clubs in our community. We have two book clubs for adults that meet here at the library, the Mystery Book Club and the Noon Book Club. We have two book clubs for children: the Beginner Book Club, for grades 1-3, and Book to Movie club, for grades 4-6. I’m involved with Dragon Lunch Bunch at Wagner school. But my personal favorite is a book club that we refer to as Classic Book Club (or the Bluestockings, depending on mood.)
Classic Book Club is not a library-sponsored book club, but many of its members have close ties to the library. We haves read various well-known authors of the past. We’ve tackled Austen, the Bronte sisters, Dickens, Tolstoy, Hemingway, Elliot, and I don’t remember who all. We meet a bit irregularly at Cricket Meadow Tea on a Saturday most months. As I said, it’s a bit irregular.
I treasure the time spent with these women. They are wise and witty, with varied life experiences. The conversation flows as quickly as the coffee. I recently polled them for advice for the New Year. Here are five savory thoughts that I’m adopting for 2015.
Be Kind. First and foremost, if this characterizes every day of our new year, it will be a great year.
Be Mindful. The moment to live in is now, not regretting the past or putting off for the future. Eat, breathe, and live mindfully. No one knows what tomorrow will bring. There might not be a tomorrow.
Be Forgiving. All is well, all is well. Just let go of betrayals, anger, sadness and guilt. Forgive yourself. Forgive others.
Choose Life. Every life matters. No matter the age or color, gender, or belief system. Every life matters.
Rise Above. More than forgiving, rise above whatever is bogging you down. Don’t let the darkness grind us into the lowest common denominator. Rise above.
Classic Book club will get together January 17 at 8:30 a.m. at Cricket Meadow. The book for January is “Death Comes to Pemberley” by P.D. James. A modern author! This book is her loving homage to Jane Austen, and we agreed that it would be a good book for beginning a new year.
Anyone who would like to read a great book, enjoy wonderful conversation and sample Cricket Meadow’s delicious menu is welcome. Jane Austen herself stated: “Men were put into the world to teach women the law of compromise.”
So of course a male person would be welcomed.
I resolve to make these simple statements part of my life in the coming year. Be kind, be mindful, be forgiving, choose life, and rise above.
Happy New Year!