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The Quill

Quick Updates for Independent Lifelong Learners

January 22, 2023


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Get Ready to Register for LLAIC's Spring Semester

No Geniuses on Wall Street - Monday, 1/23

Spanish Conversation Group (La Tertulia) - Monday, 1/23

WINTERSESSION! Every Tue., Wed. and Thu. through 2/9

Read ahead: New Yorker Short Story for January 31 Roundtable

Northern Solstice Alpaca Farm - Thursday, 2/2

LLAIC Lit-Lovers - Friday, 2/10

LLAIC Zoom Happy Hour - Thursday, 2/16

Movie Mavens - Friday, 2/17

Conversation with Ann Hood - Thursday, 2/23

French Conversation Group



Registration opens tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. so make sure you are ready. The first step is to sign up for membership and we recommend you do so BEFORE tomorrow morning. The fee is $45 for a spring semester membership. If you are already an annual member, the system will not let you join again! There is no fee for Temple Shalom members, but you still need to sign up for membership.


Here’s how to sign up for membership:


1a.   New to LLAIC: If you are new to LLAIC, you first have to set up an account. Click on this link to go directly to account setup and fill in the form. This establishes your account. Be sure to record your username and password for later reference. Click “Submit” to get to the Welcome screen. Then go to select your membership type (2. below)


1b.    Returning member: If you are a returning member, then you already have an account. Click on this link and login with your username and password. If you don’t remember them, click on “Forgot password” and you will be asked to enter your email so that you can reset your password. Then go to select your membership type (2. below).


2.    Membership Type

Click on “Membership” at the upper left. Choose your membership type, and then click “Submit” to pay the $45 (for the semester) to become a LLAIC member. The next screen will say “Thank you for your selection.” If there is no on-screen confirmation, you will nevertheless receive an email from LLAIC within a few minutes. (If you already have an annual membership, the system will not let you buy another one!)


If you do not receive an email confirmation, don’t resubmit, but instead drop a short note to Note that members of Temple Shalom do not pay a membership fee and therefore will not receive a confirmation.


3.    You now have your membership and will be ready to sign up for courses tomorrow morning. Course registration will be through LLAIC’s ProClass system which gives you instant confirmation of courses. To make registration simple we recommend that you prepare before registration by checking the course schedule and descriptions at our website at https://llaic.orgAnd keep your user name and password handy.


The online registration link on the LLAIC website will be open to you at 10:00 a.m.


If you need assistance with course registration, several experienced ProClass users will be available to help you. Please call any of the following anytime during the three-day registration period for help registering for courses. If you do not connect with someone immediately, leave a message or call another person on the list:  


Richard Mansfield 978 443 4404  

Barbara Mende 617 306 3013

Phyllis Cohen 508 651 9630 

Peter Schmidt 339 223 3973



MONDAY, JANUARY 23 @ 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.

Click here before noon on Sunday, January 22, to request a Zoom invitation. If you have any questions about the group, contact Richard Lewis: or 617-448-4439.


¡Bienvenidos a La Tertulia!


Bienvenidos a todos a la Tertulia. We look forward to seeing you at our Zoom meeting tomorrow.


Our format consists of reading and discussing articles from various Spanish language media sources of general high interest. There is no homework although everyone is invited to submit articles they might find for our agendas.

The hosts for the group are Miriam Grodberg and Larry Krakauer. Contact Miriam at with any questions.


Our second week of the four-week Wintersession begins this Tuesday, January 24th, on Zoom. Links will be available for each week's events in the Quill on the preceding Sunday, and you can sign up until noon of the day before the event. So be sure to watch for the links every week.

Every week of Wintersession includes:

  • Tuesdays: The New Yorker Short Story Roundtable. This week's story is "The Other Party" by Matthew Klam. Click here before noon tomorrow, Monday, January 23, to request an invitation to the event. You'll receive it that day.

  • Wednesdays: Current Events and Timely Topics. The January 25th session will be led by Richard Mansfield. Click here before noon on Tuesday, January 24, to request an invitation to the event. You'll receive it that day.

  • Thursdays: Special presentations. Carole Levy will draw on her knowledge of Israeli politics and culture to lead us in a discussion of Israel's new government and U.S. policy. Click here before noon on Wednesday, January 25, to request an invitation to the event. You'll receive it that day.

All sessions will begin at 10:00 a.m. and end at 11:15 a.m. Everyone is invited to attend Wintersession events. They are open and free to all members.


It can be found in the January 16, 2022 issue, or by clicking on this link.



(A Wintersession Program)

Maine Alpaca Experience and Northern Solstice Alpaca Farm began nearly 20 years ago and has evolved into the thriving operation it is today - home to 40 magnificent alpacas, two successful retail locations, an education center and an online store with outstanding selections. 

Co-owner Corry Pratt will take us on a walk through her operations, letting us meet her family of alpacas and learn about the fiber that they produce. We will see how the animals are sheared and some of the beautiful items created from their yarn. If you visit the farm in Unity, Maine, you can walk among these gorgeous animals and experience the wonders of nature!

Click here before noon on Wednesday, February 1, to request a Zoom invitation. You'll receive it that day.  



FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10 @ 10:30-12:00


In China there is a belief that people who are destined to be together are connected by an invisible red thread. "Who is at the end of your red thread?"

After losing her infant daughter in a freak accident, Maya Lange opens The Red Thread, an adoption agency that specializes in placing baby girls from China with American families. Maya finds some comfort in her work, until a group of six couples share their personal stories of their desire for a child. Their painful and courageous journey toward adoption forces her to confront the lost daughter of her past. Brilliantly braiding together the stories of Chinese birth mothers who give up their daughters, Ann Hood writes a moving and beautifully told novel of fate and the red thread that binds these characters’ lives. Heartrending and wise, The Red Thread is a stirring portrait of unforgettable love and yearning for a baby.

Click here before noon on Thursday, February 9, to request a Zoom invitation. The meeting will open 15 minutes early so we can socialize before we begin the discussion. Contact Joan Chasan if you have trouble signing up. All book lovers are welcome. 

(Note that Ann Hood will be available for a conversation with us on February 23. See below for details.)

Coming up:

  • Friday, March 10: The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne.





At our January Happy Hour we talked about masks, working from home, day care, nannies, post office jobs, teachers' salaries here and abroad, plastic surgery, and visits to theaters, As usual we had a great time and got our minds off the wastewater reports. Come join us on Zoom on February 16, with or without wine and hors d-oeuvres.

Click here to request a Zoom invitation before noon on Wednesday, February 15. You'll receive it that day. 



Watch this space for the name of the movie that we'll watch on our own and then gather on February 17 for one of our lively discussions.

Click here before noon on Thursday, February 16, to request a Zoom invitation. You'll receive it that day.


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23 @ 11:00-11:30

Ann Hood, author of The Red Thread, the February 10 Lit-Lovers book selection, has graciously agreed to Zoom with us on February 23 from 11:00-11:30. All LLAIC members are welcome whether or not you have read the book or attended the Lit Lovers meeting on the 10th. But of course you are welcome at both! Click here before noon on Wednesday, February 22, for a link to request an invitation. You'll receive it that day.


The French Conversation Group is now reading La Femme au Carnet Rouge, by Antoine Laurain.

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 Betty Salzberg at

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Editor: Barbara Mende

Contributing Editor: Shelly Levine

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