Beauty in the Ordinary

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"And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it." Raold Dahl

Friday, November 19, 2010

'What a gift it is to have women who are honest, straight-forward,
physically healthy and over the age of seventy in our lives,
they give us hope, courage and guidance for our path ahead.'

After my post on our bookclub, Chania over at Razmataz, commented that when she had been looking for a bookclub to join and finally found one, she wasn't allowed in because they had this ridiculous stipulation of only wanting women members under the age of 35! I am proud to say that our bookclub has two women in it who are over the age of 80. They are vibrant, intelligent and all of the above, but most of all they inspire us with their wisdom.

Katherine Govier: In Praise of Older Women

You do hear, in publishing circles, the occasional complaint that the audience is “graying”. Yep, it is. It is also loyal, intelligent, informed, crazy about Canada, opinionated, and not going anywhere. These women have years of reading ahead of them. They will not be switching their allegiance to video games or social media. They will read, and discuss what they read, as long as they have eyes in their head.


  1. Amen to that Victoria! Well said!
    I belonged to a Book Club in Australia similar to yours and it was wonderful. Their experiences enriched the discussions and boy oh boy were stories to tell. I miss that group, it was special and more so because of we had such wide and varying interests and experiences.

    Jeanne xx

  2. Brilliant post ! I totally agree !

  3. Thanks for that Jacqueline. I frown on exclusion of any kind. As an avid reader, especially of Canadian literature, I pass my beloved books to my daughter and her friends and then we chat about them.

    The group I didn't join missed out on me rambling about Larry's Party and my favourite part of the book when he puts his hands into his jacket pocket and realizes he has the wrong jacket. I even went to the play and Carol Shields was in the audience shortly before she died. Give me an author over a celebrity any day.

  4. I read the article V. and this jumped out at me:

    But something happened. The thrill went out of it, for a whole generation. How did we fail to engage the forty year olds? What about the twenty-five year olds?

    I'm not sure she's correct here - every 25-40 year old I know reads. Some now, however are downloading their books to their Kindles or IPads, so they don't show up at book-signings. Their time is more divided and this age category is a physically-active one...reading is a passive past-time.

    I'm not ready to give up on this group yet. Need to chat with my girls about this. Good post Sis!

  5. Cheers to you for posting this! I will be 70 next year ... enjoy reading, discussions, current events, film, theater and on and on and on!

  6. This "graying" member of the audience will be reading until they pull the book from my hands. Actual books and newspapers, no e-readers for me. Our 19 yo daughter is also an avid reader.

  7. Wonderful post! Those silly young bookclub girls don't know what they're missing!!
    xo J~


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