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Our 2022 Winter Programming:

 

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Winter Reading Series - "The Seed Keeper"

Tuesday, February 22, 2022
6:00 pm7:30 pm
online via Zoom

Join LEC for our second Winter Reading Series for a discussion of the book, "The Seed Keeper."

About the book:
A haunting novel spanning several generations, The Seed Keeper follows a Dakhóta family's struggle to preserve their way of life, and their sacrifices to protect what matters most.
Rosalie Iron Wing has grown up in the woods with her father, Ray, a former science teacher who tells her stories of plants, of the stars, of the origins of the Dakhóta people. Until, one morning, Ray doesn't return from checking his traps. Told she has no family, Rosalie is sent to live with a foster family in nearby Mankato--where the reserved, bookish teenager meets rebellious Gaby Makespeace, in a friendship that transcends the damaged legacies they've inherited.
On a winter's day many years later, Rosalie returns to her childhood home. A widow and mother, she has spent the previous two decades on her white husband's farm, finding solace in her garden even as the farm is threatened first by drought and then by a predatory chemical company. Now, grieving, Rosalie begins to confront the past, on a search for family, identity, and a community where she can finally belong. In the process, she learns what it means to be descended from women with souls of iron--women who have protected their families, their traditions, and a precious cache of seeds through generations of hardship and loss, through war and the insidious trauma of boarding schools.
Weaving together the voices of four indelible women, "The Seed Keeper" is a beautifully told story of reawakening, of remembering our original relationship to the seeds and, through them, to our ancestors.

We will be meeting via Zoom.
Event is free to attend, pre-registration is requested, and free-will donations are greatly accepted.
Register via Eventbrite:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/winter-reading-series-the-seed-keeper-tickets-210729095397

Winter Reading Series - "How to Be Alive"

Tuesday, March 29, 2022
6:00 pm7:30 pm
online via Zoom

Join LEC for our final Winter Reading Series to discuss the book, "How to Be Alive: A Guide to the Kind of Happiness That Helps the World"
About the book:
The author of "No Impact Man" and founder of the No Impact Project returns with this trailblazing guide to living a meaningful and fulfilling life while also contributing to the wellbeing of our communities and the planet.
When Colin Beavan embarked upon a yearlong experiment to lead a zero net-impact existence in the middle of New York City, he had no idea what a profound effect it would have upon himself and others around him. For Colin, the project--chronicled in a book, a documentary, and an ongoing lecture series--formed the basis of a radical "lifestyle redesign" that reached beyond just environmental activism. And, in the course of his travels and lectures, he encountered scores of people who were similarly breaking from traditional ideas about work, home, and even family in order to take their futures, and the planet's, in their own hands. In the process they made a startling discovery--a happier way of life that is also having a deeply positive impact on the world.
For most of us, though, even contemplating this kind of transformation is overwhelming and confusing. "In How to Be Alive," Beavan shares his insights on finding the path that's right for you. Drawing on everything from classic literature and philosophy to current science, and combining that with his own experiences alongside those of the many people he has met along the way, Colin explores a broad array of transformational lifestyle adjustments--small and large--that offer security and meaning in a world confronted by ecological crises, economic upheaval, and ongoing war and social injustice. In the process, he helps readers embark on the quest for a "good life" of their own--lives both better for them and the planet.

We will be meeting via Zoom.
Event is free to attend, pre-registration is requested, and free-will donations are greatly accepted.
Register via Eventbrite:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/winter-reading-series-how-to-be-alive-tickets-210735003067


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The poem, entitled "Bless This Night With Breath," can be read below...