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The written word

Writing Circle (via Zoom): Writers of all kinds and all levels of experience are invited to step away from the holiday frenzy for an afternoon of supported writing. As the light fades and the world tilts away from the sun, we will write to illuminate our inner light, honor our inner voice, tell whatever stories rise to be told. Prompts and guidance for automatic writing will be provided. We will collectively create a safe space for those who wish to read their new words. Deborah Lee Luskin is an author, blogger, writing consultant, and teacher of writing and literature to inmates, healthcare workers, children, college students, adults, elders. Since 2016, she's led the Rosefire Writing Circle most Fridays throughout the year. 1-4 p.m. Moore Free Library has 2 tablets, 2 laptops for participants to borrow - first-come, first-served. Call 802-365-7948 in advance to arrange pick up 12/12 before 2 p.m. and return equipment 12/15 by 1:30 p.m. The Library has high speed Internet, so connection can be made from outside the library. Closed on Sundays. Free. (Donations welcome: Moore Free Library, 23 West St., Newfane, VT 05345 or Zoom. Advanced registration is required to receive the link. Enrollment limited to 20. Register at

Ideas and education

Windham World Affairs Council - "Code Name Madeleine: A Sufi Spy in Nazi-Occupied Paris" (via Zoom): Conversation with Arthur Magida, author of "Code Name Madeleine." Noor Inayat Kahan's courage, faith, and adherence to truth are much needed in our own chaotic and turbulent age. Noor's father brought Sufism (Islamic mysticism) to the West in 1910. While serving as a secret agent for the British in France during World War Two, Noor – poet, musician, and author – never strayed from Sufi teachings of love, service, and forgiveness. For ten months, she organized cells, invigorated the Resistance, sent indispensable messages to London for D-Day, all while constantly on the run from the Gestapo. When finally caught, Noor tried to escape twice from a Nazi prison in Paris. Sent to Germany, she was chained in solitary for ten months, then executed at Dachau. Her last word was "Liberte." "The heart," Noor wrote, "must be broken in order for the real to come forth." . 4 p.m. Free. Zoom. Register in advance: You will receive a confirmation email with info about joining the webinar. register/WN_W71ZsViaQziKIm3V8j2XsQ.


Meditation for Creative Expression (Online): Sound healer Lavender Suarez guides you with live music, gentle breathing and movement meditations combined with expressive writing and drawing prompt exercises to facilitate a reflective therapeutic experience. Based on principles of art therapy, this class is for anyone, artists and non-artists alike. 7 p.m. Presented by Epsilon Spires. $15 suggested donation. Online. Information:

Community building

Southern Vermont Sister District (via Zoom): SVT is a group of volunteers who have come together to provide support and donations to Sister District and its candidates. Pour a glass of wine/cup of tea and join fellow supporters in celebrating what we've accomplished thus far. Everyone is welcome. Special guest Rita Bosworth (SVT's Exec. Dir.), with an update on the national, post-election strategy. Premier viewing of our video retrospective, "Stir the Pot"; poetry (by Verandah Porche); music (by the Seymour Sisters); and the unveiling of a delicious soup surprise. 4 p.m. (Sister District hosts community events and also works to provide support for strategic, Democratic state races through phone banking, text banking, sending postcards to voters. Zoom. Information:



December 2020