Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Eau Claire Area Retiredd Teachers Association February meeting is next Monday the 6th of February1:30PM, at Chapel Heights Methodist Church, 300 E. Hamilton Avenue. This is one of the simple no reservation, no cost meetings so just grab a friend or two and join us!  

It's the time of the year when I need interesting things to do to get me out of my warm, comfortable house and this program will be one of those things. B.J. Hollars of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will present the "Freedom Riders." Cathy Hoffman heard this program two summers ago as a Chippewa Valley Learning in Retirement offering, and she still has vivid memories of it. She is looking forward to hearing this again.  ECAREA encourages you to join us as this is an important part of the history of civil rights in our country and Hollars presents it so effectively.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Dear Cheryl,
I’d like to introduce you to the new book in my new favorite series— The Nowhere Man by Gregg Hurwitz!
I’m a long-time fan of Gregg’s novels but with his Orphan X series featuring Evan Smoak, he’s really outdone himself.The Nowhere Man blows the doors off most thrillers I’ve read. It takes off like a missile launch and never slows down. Brilliantly conceived and plotted, his character Evan Smoak deserves his own niche in the thriller hero hall of fame. Evan—who is the Nowhere Man—instantly went to the top of my must-read thriller list.
I don’t say these things lightly. And I’m far from alone in saying them. Evan Smoak is a character who will stay with you long after the last page is turned. When you finish The Nowhere Man, you’ll want to tell your friends so they can enjoy it as well.
Read this book. You will thank me later.
—David Baldacci, author of No Man’s Land

from goodreads.com
Maureen is reading: 
The TrespasserT by Tana French  which is a murder mystery, has many twists and turns. One critic says it is . "literary fiction .  . . only literary fiction, supposedly blessed with superior writing, characterizations and intellectual firepower, deserves the respect of serious readers."
Patrick Anderson - Washington Post

               Cheryl is reading: The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware, a deep, dark mystery                   that takes place on a small cruise ship on the North Sea. 2. When Lo (the main                     character) first enters the ship, she says, “I had a sudden disorienting image of                     the Aurora as a ship imprisoned in a bottle—tiny, perfect, isolated, and unreal” That              is how I feel as I read it.

                         Cheryl just finished reading Dust by Patricia Cornwell which is, of course, 
                         a murder mystery. Good read, but I do not highly recommend it. Many                                    subplots keep you interested. Kate Scaretta has become very paranoid in 
                         last two novels I read by Cornwell. This may account for several repititions 
                         of parts of the text throughout the book.     

Please share your good reads with ECAREA.                    

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Bright and sunny, bitter cold days;
 our next meeting is many weeks away!
Cuddle up with a blanket and a book or
  give some tv shows a little look. 
Cook or bake a special treat;
  share a recipe we all can eat.
Write a limmerick or any poem;
  share your talents wherever you roam.
Go to ecarea.web@gmail.com 
and tell your friends and colleagues 
what's going on.

There was an old group who had worked in the schools.
They taught life skills and gave kids new tools
They worked like a slave;
They bought and they gave.
Nobody noticed they were priceless jewels.