Monday October 1st 7:00 pm
Francis Pring-Mill author of
In Harmony with the Tao: A Guided Journey Into the Tao Te Ching
The Tao Te Ching is one of the most widely read and deeply loved works of ancient spiritual wisdom in the world. But its dense and cryptic lines can sometimes yield more confusion than illumination. If you’ve ever found yourself understanding the printed words but thinking, “Yes, but what does this mean and how is it relevant to me?” then Francis Pring-Mill’s In Harmony with the Tao: A Guided Journey into the Tao Te Ching is your guide into deeper understanding of this classic work of Chinese philosophy.
“Francis Pring-Mill’s In Harmony with the Tao is an insightful guide to the Tao Te Ching, which has meant so much to so many millions of people across the centuries and across the world. Mr. Pring-Mill’s kind reasonableness may help you navigate through the Tao Te Ching’s apparent obscurities, until you get to the point where you joyfully throw away all guides, and throw away the text itself.”
– Stephen Mitchell, author of Tao Te Ching: A New English Version and co-author with Byron Katie of A Thousand Names for Joy
Monday October 8th 7:00pm
The Poetry of Ciaran O'Driscoll
Ciaran O’Driscoll is an Irish poet whose work is marked by subtle humour and craft. He has published eight books of poetry and is an elected member of Aosdána, honoring Irish artists and writers who have made outstanding contributions to art and literature. His work has been widely translated and recognized. His awards include The James Joyce Prize and the Patrick and Katherine Kavanaugh Fellowship in Poetry.
Thursday October 11th 7:00 pm
Ellen Notbohm discusses her novel
The River By Starlight
Set a century ago, this novel explores a history little seen in fiction and will feel painfully relevant to women today. Annie Rushton’s post-partum moods and violence destroy her Iowa family life. Annie never wants to marry again, but when she meets Adam Fielding later in Montana, the electricity between them—and his pragmatism, smarts, and spirit—persuade her to try again. Annie’s recurring and frightening complications after miscarriage and childbirth continue, though, and in the face of social injustice, ignorance, and their own grief, they’re forced to accept a heartbreaking turn of events. The novel is based on a true story, and readers everywhere will champion this entrepreneurial couple, their passionate union, and their bright, fragile hopes.
An internationally renowned author, Ellen Notbohm’s work has informed, inspired, and delighted millions in more than twenty languages. Writing from her experiences raising children with autism and ADHD, her perennially popular Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew has been an autism bestseller since 2005. In addition to her four award-winning books on autism, Ellen’s articles, columns and posts on such diverse subjects as history, genealogy, baseball, writing, and community affairs have appeared in major publications and captured audiences on every continent.
Thursday October 18th 7:00 pm
The Poetry of Chris Anderson and Steve Dieffenbacher
Corvallis poet and Catholic deacon Chris Anderson returns with a new book of poems celebrating the presence of a Mystery, a Longing, in our memories and our lives. You Never Know, as David Biespiel puts it, “is an elegant testimony to the joy of making sense of everyday moments.”
How do we remain hopeful in today’s world – one in which accelerated climate change has become a reality, nuclear proliferation remains a threat, and technological advances make our interactions with each other increasingly impersonal? Steve Dieffenbacher’s Intimations examines this search in poems about the fear of dislocation, the sustaining bonds of family and friends, the solace of the Southwest’s stark beauty, and the restorative power of language itself.
Steve Dieffenbacher’s full-length book of poems, The Sky Is a Bird of Sorrow won a ForeWord Reviews 2013 Bronze Award for poetry. A poem in the book, “Night Singer, Chaco Canyon, New Mexico,” was named a 2013 Spur Award poetry finalist by the Western Writers of America, and he won the Cloudbank magazine poetry prize in 2010. He also has two chapbooks, At the Boundary and Universe of the Unsaid, and has been published widely in regional anthologies and magazines. He lives in Medford, Oregon.
Thursday October 25th 7:00 pm
Mark Gibson author of
How to Find Love Through OnLine Dating: A Guide to Successful Internet Dating for Men and Women
Combining his most valuable personal experiences in online dating with extensive research, certified life coach Mark E. Gibson has published much needed heart-felt advice in his newest book “How to Find Love Through Online Dating”.
“My goal with this guide is to inspire both men and women to make their online love connections in the easiest, most effective way. Many online daters suffer from burnout and disappointment because they do not know how to use the online dating tools to their fullest capability. Too often they get frustrated and quit because they do not know how to win “The Numbers Game”.
Monday October 29th 7:00 pm
Digging Out From the Dirty Decades
Catie Faryl shares her artwork to create a dialogue about current topics such as Climate Change (what she calls “Global Weirding“), job creation, stewardship of the planet, challenges for the spiritual, health care and educational communities in our times, consciousness-raising and possible answers for environmental, social and political issues. Using humor, satire and colorful paintings and ironic, amusing prose she presents images to facilitate a discussion.
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