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Greetings Chestertonians!

I hope this finds you enjoying a restful summer! Hopefully you have time in your (more relaxed) schedule for an evening of conversation and conviviality.

PLEASE NOTE that we are meeting, this month only, on the FIRST MONDAY, August 3, at 7 PM, at the Country Gourmet in Sunnyvale. This schedule tweak accommodates several attendees with conflicts on the normal date. We are currently working our way through “In Defense of Sanity,” which is a fairly recent anthology of essays spanning most of Chesterton’s writing career. The August readings will be 13. The Mad Official and 14. The Mystagogue (both from A Miscellany of Men, 1912). While these are all available in a variety of free formats online, and people are welcome to use them, the physical book does present the advantage of everyone literally being “on the same page” when someone wants to discuss a particular passage.

Since these are both unusually short pieces, the group decided last month to add a third reading in the form of a selection from The Everlasting Man. So in addition to the two short essays, we will be discussing the chapter entitled “The Five Deaths of the Faith.” Again, there are numerous free sources for this reading online, including here.

Please drop a quick line here or back to the list if you plan to be at The County Gourmet Monday night at 7. The address is 1314 S Mary Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94087, at the corner of Fremont and Mary. My cell phone in case of any last-minute issues is (408) 772-6185. Hope to see you there!

PS Hopefully everyone has already gotten a short email blast about the upcoming performance at Our Lady of Peace on October 2nd.  We can start discussing some of the nitty-gritty details at the meeting.  Please aim to be arrive as close to 7 as possible so we have time to catch up, discuss the readings and discuss some of these practical matters.

Greetings Chestertonians!

I hope this finds you enjoying a restful summer! Hopefully you have time in your (more relaxed) schedule for an evening of conversation and conviviality.

As usual, we’ll be meeting on the second Monday of the month, 7 PM, at the Country Gourmet in Sunnyvale. We are currently working our way through “In Defense of Sanity,” which is a fairly recent anthology of essays spanning most of Chesterton’s writing career. The July readings will be Chapter 11. The Shop of Ghosts (Tremendous Trifles, 1909) and Chapter 12. The Romantic in the Rain (A Miscellany of Men, 1912) While these are all available in a variety of free formats online, and people are welcome to use them, the physical book does present the advantage of everyone literally being “on the same page” when someone wants to discuss a particular passage.

Please drop a quick line here or back to the list if you plan to be at The County Gourmet Monday night at 7. The address is 1314 S Mary Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94087, at the corner of Fremont and Mary. My cell phone in case of any last-minute issues is (408) 772-6185. Hope to see you there!

April 13 2015 Meeting

Hello Chestertonians!

 Don’t forget that there have been a few recent changes–

  • Meetings will be held the second Monday of each month, 7-9 PM, at the Country Gourmet in Sunnyvale
  • Our “basic” book for the foreseeable future will be In Defense of Sanity
  • Typical reading will include one or more essays from In Defense of Sanity, plus additional materials– a book of particular interest, articles on specific topics like GKC’s literary criticism, etc
For April, we’ll be discussing essays 7 & 8, What I Found in My Pocket and On Lying in Bed.  Physical paper copies of the book are strongly encouraged so we can literally all be “on the same page,” as this greatly facilitates the conversation.  

 Finally, please help us spread the word about our little group.  Invite a friend, forward this email to a few acquaintances, put a posting up on a community forum, share on Facebook.

 See you April 13! 


March 9 2015 Meeting

Hello Chestertonians!
Don’t forget that there have been a few recent changes–
  • Meetings will be held the second Monday of each month, 7-9 PM, at the Country Gourmet in Sunnyvale
  • Our “basic” book for the foreseeable future will be In Defense of Sanity
  • Typical reading will include one or more essays from In Defense of Sanity, plus additional materials– a book of particular interest, articles on specific topics like GKC’s literary criticism, etc…
For March, we’ll be discussing the fifth and sixth essays from In Defense of Sanity. These essays are entitled A Piece of Chalk and What I Found in My Pocket.  Physical paper copies of the book are strongly encouraged so we can literally all be “on the same page,” as this greatly facilitates the conversation.  We will also briefly dip our toes into the waters of Distributism, with this introductory essay in a series from the online journal Ethika Politika.  IF this proves to be a sufficient interest to attendees, we may work our way through the series over the next several months.  Please bring a paper or electronic copy of the essay to the meeting if you can.
Finally, please help us spread the word about our little group.  Invite a friend, forward this email to a few acquaintances, put a posting up on a community forum, share on Facebook.  
See you March 9!  

February 9 2015 Meeting

Hello Chestertonians!
Don’t forget that there have been a few recent changes–
  • Meetings will be held the second Monday of each month, 7-9 PM, at the Country Gourmet in Sunnyvale
  • Our “basic” book for the foreseeable future will be In Defense of Sanity
  • Typical reading will include one or more essays from In Defense of Sanity, plus additional materials– a book of particular interest, articles on specific topics like Distributism or GKC’s literary criticism, etc…
For February, we’ll be discussing the third and fourth essays from In Defense of Sanity.  These essays are entitled On Certain Modern Writers and the Institution of the Family and On Running After One’s Hat.  Physical paper copies of the book are strongly encouraged so we can literally all be “on the same page,” as this greatly facilitates the conversation.  Please bring along your thoughts and suggestions for additional reading for March– is there a particular book you’d like to read?  A topic you’d like to examine in greater depth?  I’ve found an interesting-looking essay series on Distributism, so I’ll bring along a few copies of the first installment to see what people think.
Finally, please help us spread the word about our little group.  Invite a friend, forward this email to a few acquaintances, put a posting up on a community forum, share on Facebook.  
See you February 9!  

Hello Chestertonians!

A few decisions were made at the December meeting.  Briefly:

  • Meetings will be held the second Monday of each month, 7-9 PM, at the Country Gourmet in Sunnyvale
  • Our “basic” book for the foreseeable future will be In Defense of Sanity
  • Typical reading will include one or more essays from In Defense of Sanity, plus additional materials– a book of particular interest, articles on specific topics like Distributism or GKC’s literary criticism, etc…

For January, we’ll be discussing the first two essays from In Defense of Sanity.  Physical paper copies of the book are strongly encouraged so we can literally all be “on the same page,” as this greatly facilitates the conversation. Please bring along your thoughts and suggestions for additional reading for February– is there a particular book you’d like to read?  A topic you’d like to examine in greater depth?

Finally, please help us spread the word about our little group.  Invite a friend, forward an email to a few acquaintances, put a posting up on a community forum.

See you January 12!  Merry Christmas to all!

Greetings Chesterton lovers!

We will meet up the first Wednesday of the month, December 3, at 7:00 PM at Country Gourmet in Sunnyvale.  We will be reading and discussing the Father Brown mystery, “The Flying Stars.”  Numerous sites have the story available, including a PDF file here.

Please come prepared to share a brief “book report” or proposal or whatever on what YOU would like to be the upcoming reading for the group.  Specific edition information, pricing, availability, etc would be helpful.
Gather your thoughts on the possibility of moving meetings to MONDAYS starting in the new year.

New members are always welcome.  Please leave a quick comment in the box if you might come so we get a large enough table.

If you’ve never eaten at Country Gourmet before, be aware that you place your order up at the front counter, and the staff will bring your food to your table.  So step up and order upon arrival, then come on over to the table!

 

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