Ten minutes into the writing group, Patty says look at what we’ve bandied about– Mary Oliver who says words are too wonderful for words, Vittorio Grigolo’s career in rock and opera, the NYT piece about the man who repairs watches in Queens and takes a one-week vacation once a year –  here!, a movie of The Help due out in April (and yes, we think the casting is fine), Sunday plans, overheard cell phone conversations, lineage, a “borrowed” metaphor, tire sensors and rusty bolts, a recipe for socca from Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table and the latest book from Mark Bittman, The Food Matters Cookbook and QE2.

Our group is just like Time Magazine.  It covers it all.  From Finance to   Freedom.

Is it a Queen? Is it a Ship?  No – it’s QE2, the Federal Reserve’s Quantitative Easing Plan, designed to bolster the economy. Its aim is to get interest rates down and make borrowing cheaper, as well as push Americans to spend more.

In August, Time put Jonathan Franzen on its cover, the first time in 10 years that a living American novelist has been featured since Stephen King, in 2000.

Talk about advance publicity. There’s even a Freedom Listening Club

(cut and paste this link: or click on the listen tab from the Freedom Listening Club title underlined above)


where you can listen to Chapter 1 –free – of his novel about a dysfunctional family, narrated by David LeDoux. There’s also a discussion page that is open through November.

Rather read it on screen?


Jonathan Franzen will be on The Oprah Winfrey Show Monday, November 29. Here’s a link to join the conversation with Jonathan and ask your burning questions right now. https://www.oprah.com/ownshow/plug_form.html?plug_id=5579403

Can someone please find me an App for that?

The writing group did get to talk about

Cover of
Cover of Thinking About Memoir (AARP)

Chapter One of Thinking About Memoir

by Abigail Thomas.

More about that later.

In the meantime, pay attention to – Everything.

Like Time….turn your clocks back.   🙂

Toni  11/2010