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June 8, 2020 June 2020 No Comments

Shall I tell you that what I missed most during the shut down was THE LIBRARY!!!Sure there were books on my shelf and through the generosity of friends was able to source more, but it was not the same.

When I go into the library I get to choose the world I will inhabit and the ideas I will absorb. Here there is the potential to explore the universe  and to listen to the voices of the world. To stand on the peaks and look into the stars, to descend to the valleys  and to hear the cries of the dispossessed, to open the doors of the past and to read the great words that has brought forth change. And also to find laughter and entertainment. Here truly is riches!

An entertaining book I read  was “Good Dogs don’t Make it to the South Pole” by Hans-Olav Thyvold. Told from the mouth of Tassen (the dog) whose perspective into the life of his elderly owners and their family brings the thought “yes this is how it is” and interspersed with the history of Amundsen and Scott”s race to the South Pole  it makes for an inspiring comment on ageing and friendship.

From March: Then the book entitled “The Outlaw Ocean” by Ian Urbina  a shocker which exposes a parallel world,( the sea which encompasses 70% of our planet) where murder and slavery is rife and law and order is non-existent. From magic pipes that let raw sewerage and oil flow straight into the sea to the way the fishing industry operates. This is a book that opens our eyes to the way we treat the earth we live in and it makes me feel ashamed to belong to the human race. As I read in another book ‘The Uninhabitable Earth” that contemplates  the worst scenario that could happen to mankind with climate change, a sentence has resonated with me is, the earth is fighting back and the earth will win.

Where to from here?

The reason I would like to see this continue firstly is selfish, I cannot read every book and it is so good to hear of the treasures others have found. Then it is good  to share the insights we have found in our reading. I have been asked if it would be possible to change the day from a Friday to another day. So how would the third Thursday in the month suit?

I am flexible as far as time goes and I have heard the suggestion that we meet maybe at The Village Café, as at present we don’t think it will work for the library. So either call me (0272821757) if there are other preferred options. So next meeting 10am Thursday June 18th at  The Village Café

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