The Quill
Quick Updates for Independent Lifelong Learners
November 21, 2021
#375

Enjoy the week off!
Looking for Course Leaders!
Spanish Conversation Group (La Tertulia) - Monday, 11/29
Current Events - Friday, 12/3
No Geniuses on Wall Street - Monday, 12/6
What You Eat Matters - Wednesday, 12/8
LLAIC Lit-Lovers - Friday, 12/10
On the Air! Online Information Session - Tuesday, 12/14
The LILAC Players Present - Wednesday, 12/15
LLAIC Zoom Happy Hour - Thursday, 12/16
Movie Mavens - Friday, 12/17
Let's Go: Van Gogh Exhibit? We Need Your Input
French Conversation Group
ENJOY THE WEEK OFF!

Have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving holiday and a wonderful week. Classes and activities resume Monday, November 29.

STILL LOOKING FOR COURSE LEADERS!

We've received some exciting course proposals for spring 2022, but can still use more if we're going to match our successful fall semester.

It’s a wonderful opportunity to share a topic that interests you with other like-minded people! Courses can range from traditional topics such as history, math, science, and literature to classes focusing on current events or dogs or horses or food. The Curriculum Committee can help you with developing your idea into a course—generally running from five to ten weeks.

Spring courses can be either in-person or on Zoom. Whichever you choose, you'll have full tech support behind you. A dedicated person manages all our Zoom sessions so the course leader can focus on teaching. There’s also training as needed on A/V equipment for in-person classes and on Zoom for virtual ones. And while course leaders teach on a volunteer basis, they may register early, tuition-free, for courses in the semester they are teaching or in the following semester.

So think about what you’d like to explore, and fill out and send this course proposal form to curriculum@llaic.org. And if you know anyone else who might be interested in teaching, let them know about us!

SPANISH CONVERSATION GROUP
¡Bienvenidos a La Tertulia!
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29 @ 1:00-2:30
The LLAIC Spanish Conversation group, La Tertulia, meets via Zoom every other Monday from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. We focus on print and short video articles from Spanish language media from around the world, choosing topics of general interest for every reading appetite. We take turns reading or viewing and then discuss the content, vocabulary, style, world view and other relevant themes.

Participants should feel comfortable reading, speaking, and understanding Spanish at an advanced intermediate level or higher. We address vocabulary and grammar issues as needed, but the focus is on conversation. No preparation is required. The hosts for the group are Miriam Grodberg and Larry Krakauer. Contact Miriam at mgrodberg@comcast.net with any questions.
CURRENT EVENTS
LED BY JERRY JACOBS
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3 @ 10:00-11:15

What will have happened to the Build Back Better bill in the Senate when next we meet? Can we avoid a holiday spike in infections? What will be the fallout from the Wisconsin verdict and the anticipated Georgia verdict? Our intrepid Current Events group will be ready as usual to dissect the happenings of the next two weeks and tell us how they could have been handled better.

Click here to request an invitation before noon on Thursday, December 2. You'll receive it by 3 p.m. that day. New members are always welcome.
THERE ARE NO GENIUSES ON WALL STREET
MONDAY, DECEMBER 6 @ 10:30-12:00
Are you an experienced investor, or are you new to "the market" and want to know more? We are an easygoing discussion group that deals with all market-related topics. Bring your opinions, insights, and questions. Or just listen.

Watch this space to request an invitation to the December 6 meeting - or, if you've attended recent meetings, just use the same link. If you have any questions, contact Richard Lewis: lewisdmd@yahoo.com or 617-448-4439. And save January 24, February 21, and March 14 for future meetings.

WHAT YOU EAT MATTERS: SIMPLE GUIDELINES FOR A HEALTHIER LIFE
PRESENTED BY MONA DOLGOV
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8 @ 1:30-2:45 P.M.

The power of food as medicine is real! Nutritionist and five --star cookbook author Mona Dolgov will present easy and simple ways to create healthy lifelong habits on December 8 at 1:30 p.m. She will also share simple meal, snack, and lifestyle tips that can improve your overall health. If you don’t like to cook, come to this presentation and get recipes that can be made quickly by using the right ingredients!  If you like to cook this will be interesting too!

Nutritionist and cookbook author Mona Dolgov lives her lifelong mission of creating “kitchen comfort” and healthier eating habits through her recipe development, helpful nutritional content, and simple culinary tricks. A graduate of Cornell University in Nutritional Biochemistry, and an MBA from New York University, she has worked in the housewares and food industry for the last 30+ years. Mona has authored and published over 20 cookbooks for houseware manufacturers such as SharkNinja, Philips, HSN and Crock-Pot, as well as health and wellness companies. She co-authored The Perfect Portion Cookbook, a five-star-rated cookbook, with Anson Williams (Potsy from Happy Days), that explains how to make American classics healthier. She is now launching her new cookbook Satisfy (available on Amazon!) which takes nutrition and deliciousness to a whole new level—120 easy complete meals that follow Mediterranean diet principles, are gluten free, and are 500 calories made with real ingredients.

Click here to request a Zoom invitation. You'll receive the invitation by 3 p.m. on Tuesday, December 7.
MAGPIE MURDERS
BY ANTHONY HOROWITZ
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10 @ 10:30-12:00
Sign up by sending your name and e-mail to Joan Chasan before registration closes at 10 p.m. on Wednesday, December 8, and you will receive a Zoom invitation by 3 p.m. Thursday, December 9. The meeting will open 15 minutes early so we can socialize before we begin the discussion. Contact Joan if you have trouble signing up. All book lovers are welcome.

Masterful, clever, and relentlessly suspenseful, Magpie Murders is a deviously dark take on vintage English crime fiction in which the reader becomes the detective.

Click here to see the upcoming book selections through April.
 ON THE AIR
ONLINE INFORMATION SESSION
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 14 @ 10-11 A.M.

Interested in learning more about LLAIC’s terrific program offerings? If you're not yet a member, are you ready to expand your horizons with like-minded people? Come listen to what we offer and ask your questions. And ask your friends to join us.
 
Sign up for our LIVE online Information Session on December 14 from 10 to 11 a.m. Hear about LLAIC, its community, and the exciting learning program we've planned for the spring.  Watch this space to register for your Zoom invitation.

THE LILAC PLAYERS PRESENT...
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15 @ 1:30-3:00

Join the LILAC Players as they present William Inge’s drama “People in the Wind” and Terryl Paiste’s comedy “Another One of Louella’s Killer Ideas.” William Inge’s play will provide a slice of life at a small Kansas bus stop. The movie Bus Stop was based on the Inge play and Terry Paiste’s comedy will tickle your funny bone. So join us to laugh and contemplate in one afternoon. More information to come.
COME TO OUR LLAIC ZOOM HAPPY HOUR!
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16
4:00-5:00

At our November Happy Hour we talked about moving, identical twins, crowds like concerts and political rallies and Times Square on New Year's Eve, life before cell phones, the dangers we exposed our children to when we let them bounce around in cars with seat straps and car beds and later in carpools of eight or more, and the obstacle courses we went through to quit smoking.

We hope you'll all join us on Thursday, December 16, from 4 to 5 p.m. We should have lots of new things to discuss. Bring your drinks, snacks, and conversation. New members are especially welcome.

Click here for a Zoom invitation before noon on Wednesday, December 15. You'll receive it before 3:00 that afternoon.
 
MOVIE MAVENS
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17 @ 2:00-3:00
Watch this space for the next movie that we'll watch on our own before meeting for a lively discussion on December 17.
 
Please click here by noon on Thursday, December 16, to receive a link by 3:00 that afternoon. Newcomers are welcome!
VAN GOGH EXHIBIT? WE NEED YOUR INPUT

The Let's Go committee would like to organize an outing in January or February to “Imagine Van Gogh” at the SoWa Power Station on 530 Harrison Ave in Boston, which is ½ mile from the Back Bay MBTA station. Tickets to this exhibition, which has gotten rave reviews, are $34.99 per person (it's not clear whether this includes tax) and are selling out quickly. Unfortunately, we cannot book a specific date without knowing how many members might be interested. We are also thinking of an indoor lunch at a nearby restaurant. 

So, our question to our membership: Would you be interested in a trip to this exhibit on a weekday in January or February? Please email Margalit Lai at margalit.lai@yahoo.com if you might like to join us.

FRENCH CONVERSATION GROUP
The French Conversation Group is now reading La Gloire de Mon Pere by Marcel Pagnol.

We are a group of intermediate to advanced level speakers. We read books aloud, taking turns, and stopping often to discuss any interesting aspects of what we are reading. If you are interested in this group, please contact Richard Mansfield at richardscottmansfield@gmail.com.
Learn more about LLAIC at www.llaic.org
Call us: (508) 453-1205
Write us: info@llaic.org

Editor: Barbara Mende
Contributing Editor: Shelly Levine
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