Booker and Beyond Book Club

Contributed by Dorothy Yuan

After the enforced hiatus to our monthly meetings the group was finally allowed to meet outdoors in the courtyard.  Fortunately, the number was kept at exactly ten and an active discourse progressed, albeit through voices muffled by masks.  It turns out that few of us enjoyed reading The Vexations,by Caitlin Horrocks, the book chosen for this session.Nonetheless, Ann Carlson lead us through an interesting discussion on the “vexations” engendered in the readers by the author, a discussion that amply shows, again, the value of our book club.


Hopefully, we will be able to resume full activity by our next meeting, scheduled for July 15.  The book chosen for that session is The Dutch House by Ann Patchett.  The meeting is open to ALL.  Even if you choose not to read the book you’ll find the discussion interesting.

Or more background on the Booker and Beyond Book Club, click here.

Awesome! The energy, enthusiasm and excitement of what’s on offer at Collington!

Contributed by Marian Fuchs

Friday’s Activities Fair filled the Auditorium with residents at tables presenting 45 campus activities, ranging from audio-visual training to yoga.  Arranged by the RA Executive Committee, this event was a huge success, offering a dazzling variety of things to do for the lucky people who live on campus.  The photos below are just a few of the dozens of people who showed up to promote their favorites.

Marion Robbins at the Yoga table, Shirley Denman of the Coloring Club, Bud Gardiner at the Camera Club, Scotti at Dining Committee, Clarita Rickets painting for Creative Arts group.

Pat Duggan and Joyce Garrison of the Flower Committee, Peter Pfund of the Sustainability Committee, Jim Giese promoting audio-visual training, and Don Peterson representing both the Garden Committee and the Composting project.  Liz Barbehenn is at the next door Weed Warriors table. 

Here are Delores Padrone and Mary Bird offering Spanish;  Pat Kirkham, Herb Stone and Joyce Koch three of the large Library contingent, and Elizabeth Gill representing both the Marketing Committee and the Ambassadors Program.

 Noel McPherson and Faith Torsani on the Collington Singers table; Gretta Esty and Nancy Brown signing up a new member of the Fitness Committee. Lorrie Rogers is talking to Anita Myers about the Collington MACCRA branch

RoAnne and Helen Hindinger were showing some of the Glass Case wares they sell for the benefit of the RA; Stephen Poole and Bill Lively were playing to promote the newly created Chess Club (although Bill is obviously taking a moment to chat with Elizabeth Gill).  On the right Florence Zook shows what fun is to be had playing mahjongg.

Here are Irmgard Dugge for the Weed Warriors, Dorothy Yuan for the Booker and Beyond Book Club and Eloise Brache and Marion Henry for the ever-popular Drama Committee.

On the stage were Jim Florini with his drones (unpictured, alas), and two gentlemen billiard players; Laurie Cobb was at the table of the Health Service Committee, and in that picture Barbara Florini is talking Bonnie Cronin of the Women’s History Month, shown in the next picture. Peggy Latimer is representing the Collingtonian.  Jane Miller was one of three women at the knitting table. 

 As time wore on, the Auditorium became more and more crowded, and the noise level went up.   Two residents were said to have removed their hearing aids.  The energy, enthusiasm and excitement were palpable.

What a rich and lively campus we have!  What an extraordinary number of activities we (and the residents before us) have created for our education, enjoyment or self-improvement!  As if the array of activities on offer in the fair were not enough, there are many, many others – perhaps as many as another 45.

Consider, for instance, the unrepresented operational committees and groups (e.g. Grounds, Fiscal Review, Committees, Low Vision Group), so many other opportunities (working at the Country Store, visiting in Creighton Center, welcoming newcomers at dinner).  Think of our many musicians, (the Kollington Kats, and the many great singers and players who accompany evening glasses of wine in the Ivy Bar.)  Think of our radio hams, and the many folks who fix things in the woodshop/hobby shop, where a plethora of tools are on offer. Then there’s the list-serve and the residents’ website keeping residents informed of what’s going on. There are the diverse ways of worship in the Chapel, and residents bringing worship to folks in the Creighton; there’s the Speakers Program, the Neighbor Program, and the wonderful array of concerts that come our way on Sundays and throughout the week.  There’s the Interiors Group, bringing art to the walls of our Community Building, and the OO Shop that finds new homes for the things we no longer need, and funds all the wonderful things that we do.

What energy on the part of our community!  All this activity is generated by us, the residents.  These things are neither initiated, funded or organized by Management, or Sage or anyone but just us, and the residents who came before us.

When asked if they had seen anything like the verve of the Activities Fair in their previous CCRC positions, Justin Reaves and Megan Barbour both said they hadn’t.  It is they who used the word ‘awesome’.

Let’s give ourselves a big pat on the back!


Booker and Beyond Book Club

contributed by Dorothy Yuan

Eighteen of us gathered for an interesting discussion of the book selection of the month: “Pachinko”.  The discussion extended beyond the book content to discrimination within and between nationalities as well as the influence of the intrinsic characteristics usually associated with different peoples.

If you happen upon a book that you think maybe of interest to the group please send it to me ( and I will add it to the list of candidates to be voted on by the group.

The next meeting of the Club is scheduled for December 12, when we will discuss the interesting novel “Home Fire” by Kamila Shamsie.  Discussion will be led by Sara Case.

Book Club News: Booker and Beyond

Book Clubs have always been an important part of the culture of Collington.  So today we are highlighting a note from Dorothy Yuan about one of our book clubs.  I am sure she would welcome your thoughts and ideas.

One of the book clubs in the Collington Community used to be called the “Booker Book Club” because the selections were all from Booker Prize winners or those short-listed for the Prize. In order to broaden the selection to a broader range, members have been asked to submit titles that they have read and would like to have discussed. For this reason the name of this book club has been changed to “Booker and Beyond”.

There were thirteen in attendance for the Book Club meeting on October 10, to discuss “The Kingdom of Ice” by Hampton Sides.  Many thanks to Zora Hesse, who gave a good synopsis of this interesting book and posed many thought-provoking questions to lead off the discussion.

From a list submitted previously, members voted for the books to be discussed at the next three meetings.  These are as follows:

November 14th Selection: “Pachinko” by Min Jin Lee, suggested by Dorothy Yuan

December 12th Selection: “Home Fire” by Kamila Shamsie, suggested by Sara Case

January 9th Selection: “Pearl” by Mary Gordon. Suggested by Linda Ewald

In addition to current members we welcome all interested residents. Even if you do not have time to read the particular book, you are welcome to attend.  Our highly varied backgrounds make for some very interesting discussions.  Do join us in the First Floor Meeting Room.

All are welcome to come to the meeting.  But if you have a book that you think the group would enjoy, please send me the selection and I will add it to the list to be voted on next time.  However, the group has decided that if you suggest a book, you will have to be prepared to lead the discussion.