We tried the 3rd Wednesday Book Group by Zoom on Nov. 18. We found it worked very well, and will pick up again on January 20, 2pm. Our choice is Rebecca West's The Fountain Overflows, an autobiographical novel about her eccentric childhood. Anyone can participate. More information on the Events page.
The Living Room is “operating as a crisis center providing two meals a day, pet food, hygiene products and information services to anyone in need of help.” 85% of The Living Room funding comes from private sources. Our annual HARVEST DINNER benefit for THE LIVING ROOM ain’t happenin’ for all the obvious reasons, but we would still like to be sending them some $$ this fall and so we are asking our would be guests to please send a tax-deductible donation directly to THE LIVING ROOM, 1207 Cleveland Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 95407 by November 15, 2020 For other forms of donation, go to their website:
For any Edith Wharton fans out there: The Sitting Room has recently received (from the late Dorothy Bryant’s personal library) a large number of books by Wharton, more than our policies (or shelves) will allow. We would be glad to pass this bonanza on to someone who would cherish (and read!) them.
For a list of the books we have available, please send an email to J.J. Wilson at email@example.com or telephone her at 707 705-9028.
When the SR is once again open, be ready for surprises. The fireplace is gone, along with the piano. The toilet has been replaced. The kitchen will look different and have a microwave. Floors will change. So at least one benefit from lock-down is freedom to update the place. Thanks to all who have made suggestions.
WRITING FROM MEMORY OR IMAGINATION WITH NICOLE ZIMMERMANTUESDAYS, OCT 6 – NOV 10, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Zoom
Each writing workshop follows the Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) method, with prompts to spark memory or imagination and supportive feedback to bolster our creative practice. Participants find a safe environment in which to experiment, learn craft, and develop each unique voice. All genres and experience levels are welcome.
$150 for the 6-week series; no drop-ins. Space is limited.
Nicole R. Zimmerman, MFA, is a 2019 recipient of Creative Sonoma's Discovered Awards for Emerging Literary Artists. Her work appears in the Los Angeles Times, Creative Nonfiction, Sonora Review and The Rumpus, among other publications. She is an AWA affiliate, certified to lead workshops.For information or to register: https://www.nicolerzimmerman.com/workshops/
The prompt this year is to write about the word and your concept of HOME, be it in the past/present/future or all three.
Please write about your thoughts/memories/resonance with HOME. Whatever you can get together about this hospitable topic on one page of prose, one poem, one (or two or three)
drawings, even one song will be published if received on, or better yet before, April 1. 2021.
For details on contributing go to Publish Page.
Food and cooking are so much of the SR event experiences. Here's a piece on the creation of a new food history website. Medieval cookbook in latin? A 1790 recipe for almond cheesecake? Read how Barbara Ketcham Wheaton compiled her 130,000-item database at Harvard’s Schlesinger Library, and from the personal library of her neighbor, Julia Child. From paper to digital, now at https://thesifter.org/.
What hope can one hold in the midst of COVID and Fire? Maya Khosla's movie offers insight:
What better time to spiff up the Sitting Room building? We have a new roof and HVAC system. Here are some plans:
--New wall paint
--Make step down from the kitchen safer
--Remove piano and replace with bookcase/display area
If you have suggestions, please send them to JJ Wilson: firstname.lastname@example.org