Summer Socrates Cafe Events – July 11 and August 8

Socrates Café

We will be having two Socrates Café meetings this summer with barbeque as usual. Many thanks to Bob and Beverly Kennedy and Jim and Jackie Southcott for hosting once again! Please bring your appetite, a beverage, and ideas for a lively round of discussion and persuasion!


July 11th Bob and Beverly Kennedy   12 noon – 2:00 pm
10152 Merrywood Drive     519.238.6030

August 8th Jackie and Jim Southcott   12 noon – 2:00 pm
10121 Shoreline Drive     519.238.8800

Regular Socrates Café returns in the fall – dates tba.

Spring 2017 Potpourri Events


April 10  10:00 AM to noon, Pine Dale Motor Inn

CANADA EH? WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

Presented by Don Santor

What’s a Canadian?  What makes us different from Americans? We look the same, talk the same, watch the same TV and movies and eat the same food. So what makes us Canadian? What, if anything, makes Canada distinctive among the nations of the world?  Why is it that Canadians are the only ones to ask this question of themselves?  Are we destined to eventually disappear into the English speaking melting pot of North America?  This session will explore these questions as we attempt to describe and define a Canadian identity.


April 24  Noon to 2:00 PM, Lambton County Museum

PAINTING ONTARIO

Presented by Nancy Winters

The Grand Bend Event known as Paint Ontario! is rapidly becoming one of the best known and popular art exhibition events in the province, and it originated here in the vision of some determined local artists.  We will gather at noon in the lunch gallery at the Lambton Heritage Museum to hear how it all came about, and what it means for the province’s artists. Curator Theresa Marie Phillips and a group of local artists will describe why this event has become key to Grand Bend’s reputation as an artistic hub. In addition, the event’s famous caterer, Erryn Sheppard, will talk about the  important role of food in a community’s celebratory life.

Please pre-register with Nancy at 519-238-5419. 


May 1, Meet at 10:00 AM, Pine Dale Motor Inn

THE CREATIVE MIND

With Debbie A. McClure

What is a creative mind and how does it work?  Do you believe you have a creative mind, or perhaps firmly believe you don’t?  Multi-published author Debbie A. McClure talks about how to nurture the creative mind and the truth behind the mystifying “muse” creative people talk about.  Learning how to trust yourself and your creativity, finding that spark of creativity in all of us, and discussing the truth behind the business of monetizing creativity are just some of the topics she’ll be discuss during her presentation.

Click HERE for a more details / event flyer.

Special thanks to Kevin Coates, Adult Services Librarian, Lambton County Library.


May 8, Field Trip

THE DONNELLY SAGA

Host and Coordinator: Jim Southcott

This event is fully subscribed.

The feuds, murder, and mayhem surrounding James Donnelly and his infamous family has intrigued Canadians for over a century.  Their homestead lies in our own backyard in Lucan, Ontario, where the Donnellys were killed after years of conflict with neighbours.

Jim Southcott and Carla Revington will guide us through the Lucan Area Heritage and Donnelly Museum, related gravesites and schoolhouses, and the site of the fateful massacre at Whalen’s Corners. Be ready for adventure, followed by lunch and discussion!

This event is limited to 20 people.  The fee, including registration, the museum, the Donnelly homestead and the bus is estimated at $25.  Lunch will be covered by each participant. Carpooling arranged from Grand Bend to Lucan.


May 15, 10:00 AM to noon, Pine Dale Motor Inn

WHITEHORSE OR BUST!

Presented by Mike Ash and Kathy Liberty

Want to know how to raise eyebrows? Tell your friends that you are flying to Whitehorse (4,622 nm or 8,562 km, return) in a “tin can” that you made yourself. In the ongoing saga of Mike and Kathy’s aviation adventures, 2016 saw a 3 week adventure to the far northwest. Share the challenges, highs and lows of this trip of “100 billion trees”. What motivates some folks to take some risk and check off a bucket list item? Learn something more about our spectacular Canada as seen from a few thousand feet above the ground, as told by the pilot and “co-pilot”.


PIL Talks, September 12, 2016

Choose one.  Choose all.  But come!  OPEN HOUSE ON SEPTEMBER 12

This is a new format for the fall introduction.  It is open to non-members with the first session being free. The remaining sessions cost $10 each or $30 for the four talks.  The cost for members is $5 per session or $20 in total.

If you think your interested check us out, click here for more.

Canadian Theatre,  September 12

Nancy Winters will talk about  advances in Canadian theatre,  The second hour will feature two working playwrights who  strive  to represent Canada as a  source for dramatic material.

Travel Photography with Tom Stewart,  September 19

Since retiring Tom Stewart has done a number of trips with the goal of improving his photography and capturing the sights and feeling of the places he visits. Tom will talk to us about how to improve our vacation photographs with numerous examples from some of his favourite trips   The emphasis will be on discussing the elements which make a good picture – such as composition, light, subject, colour, and line. Regardless of the hardware you use to capture your images there is sure to be helpful information for your next holiday.

How to Make an Effective Presentation,  Don Santor- September 26

Everyone would like to be able to make effective presentations.  We never know when the occasion will arise.  So how do you make effective presentations?  How do you make a presentation interesting?  How do you get people involved?  How do you stimulate discussion?  How do you incorporate humour? And finally, how does a person relax and feel comfortable when making presentations?  These are some of the practical questions that will be addressed in this session.

Mindfulness with Mickey Gurbin,  October 3

Mindfulness, according to Jon Kabat-Zinn, is the ability to pay attention, moment by moment, to the unfolding of one’s experiences. Based on ancient Buddhist teachings, Mindfulness has taken root in the West over the past 40 years to become a popular alternative and complementary treatment in health and wellness. Mindfulness is an internal resource within each of us and the idea is to develop this ability to transform or relationship with stress, emotional overlay, and even chronic and acute pain. Join us to explore how to focus on what is unfolding both within and around you and discover the benefits of connecting with your own experience.

Current World Events with Don Santor,  October 17

World events are disrupting our lives and threatening our future every day. They are exploited by leaders the world over. How should we react? What can we do? This session will examine and discuss 3 or 4 significant world events that are preoccupying the media as summer comes to an end.

 

The Sea Around Us, September 12, 2016

Moderator:  Don Santor
Registration Fee:  $20
Time:  5 weeks, Monday, 2:00 to 4:00 PM, September 12 to October 17
Location:  Pine Dale Motor Inn
Format:  Presentations and Video

the-sea-around-us-manWith the publication of “The Sea Around Us” in 1951 Rachel Carson forever changed our relationship with the oceans of the world.  From time immemorial humans have been drawn to the sea for food and recreation, as well as for exploring the world.  Throughout recorded history humanity has taken the oceans of the world for granted, failing to recognize them as the origin and sustainer of life.  In the ensuing years the oceans have suffered from our abuse and misuse.  But it is not too late for us to change our ways and restore them.  With a combination of videos and presentations this course will examine humanity’s love affair with the sea around us.
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Innovation, Only in Canada, Eh!, October 24, 2016

Moderator:  Mike Ash
Registration Fee:  $20
Time:  5 weeks, Monday, 10:00 AM to Noon, October 24 to November 21
Location:  Pine Dale Motor Inn
Format:  Presentations and Discussion

Technological innovation is directly tied to science and scientific research. While Canada has a great education system and directly funds research, our ability to turn this effort into “economic or social value”¹ has recently come into question. Let’s find examples of Canadian ingenuity and inventiveness and talk about them to discover the status of science and innovation in Canada. Can we hold our heads high and claim to be savvy in science and technology?

¹ Conference Board of Canada definition of innovation

InnovationPossible Topics to Explore

  • Important discoveries that have made life better for us all
  • How has your favourite company innovated to build value?
  • The role of government programs and funding – examples of success or otherwise
  • The role of colleges and universities – examples of success or otherwise
  • Barriers to innovation – examples
  • Science to help the environment
  • The special case of our digital world, value creation and societal impact – specific examples
  • Primary education – numeracy and science programs
  • Personalities – science super stars
  • How does the media present science and innovation?
  • How is Canada really doing?
  • Why is it important?
  • Canadian inventions big and small
  • How do you see science in our society?

Ancestral Medicine, October 24, 2016

Moderator:  Karen Bowes-Sewell
Registration Fee:  $20
Time:  5 weeks, Monday, 2:00 to 4:00 PM, October 24 to November 21
Location:  Pine Dale Motor Inn
Format:  Brief Information Gathering, Videos

ancestral-medicineWe depend on our science-based medicine to solve our health problems. And it mostly does a good job. But what did our ancestors use before big pharma? How do shamans in eastern cultures work? Which medicinal and edible plants grow right in our own backyards yet are thrown out as weeds? Why do many alternative health practices consider the mind and spirit in healing while modern western medicine focuses more on the physical body? Join us to rediscover healing perspectives and prescriptions that have been long-lost and yet may still offer promising benefits, and have a look at recent research on some old traditions. To your health!

Here are some possible topics …

♥  Ancient Medicine – Prehistoric, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, or Ayurveda
♥  Hippocrates
♥  Galen
♥  The Four Humours
♥  Medieval Islamic Medicine – Al-Razi
♥  Medieval Pharma – Hildegard von Bingen
♥  Renaissance Medicine
♥  Enlightenment Medicine
♥  Scientific Method
♥  Rise of public health
♥  Development of hospitals
♥  Mental Illness
♥  Traditional Chinese Medicine
♥  Alternative medicine
♥  Complementary medicine
♥  Integrative medicine
♥  Folk remedies
♥  Indigenous medicine
♥  First Nations medicine in Canada
♥  Medicine men and women
♥  Shamans
♥  Edible and medicinal plants
♥  Diana Berseford Kroeger – “The Sweetness of a Simple Life”
♥  Mind and spirit in healing
♥  Jo Marchant – “Cure – A Journey into the Science of Mind Over Body”
♥  Placebo effect as treatment
♥  Relationship between the nervous system and the immune system
♥  Meditation and inflammation
♥  Mind-body medicine: meditation, prayer, art therapy, distance healing, hypnotism
♥  Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction – Jon Kabat-Zinn
♥  Manipulative and body-based practices: massage, osteopathy, somatic practices, chiropractic
♥  Energy therapies: qigong, reiki, therapeutic touch, electromagnetic therapy
♥  Naturopathy
♥  Homeopathy
♥  Reflexology
♥  Bio-feedback
♥  Neurofeedback

Spanish Art, January 9, 2017

Moderator:  Nancy Winters
Registration Fee:  $20
Time:  5 weeks, Monday, 10:00 AM to Noon, January 9  to February 6
Location:  Pine Dale Motor Inn
Format:  Videos and Discussion (no presentations)

Spain has produced some of the most startling and original art ever created.” In his documentary series, Andrew Graham Dixon, one of the world’s leading and most personable art critics, looks at the rich culture of Spain and its surprising edge. He takes us from Moorish art and the Islamic legacy on Spain and Europe to the beginnings of Modernism, and then provides a closer look at Picasso, Dali and Miro to illuminate their roots and influence. Spanish Cubism, Surrealism and even Magic Realism all come into play in Dixon’s fascinating presentation.

 

Current World Events, January 9, 2017

Moderator:  Don Santor
Registration Fee:  $20
Time:  5 weeks, Monday, 2:00 to 4:00 PM, January 9  to February 6
Location:  Pine Dale Motor Inn
Format:  Videos and Discussion

Most people think the world is in a mess! Controversial current world events become issues that dominate the news. Headlines in the media are designed to attract our attention and irritate us.  Some even raise our blood pressure!  Some of these issues can be dismissed and ignored, but others impinge on our lives and make us anxious.  Not only do they affect each one of us, but they also affect our families and friends.  Consequently we worry about the future. We cannot remain bystanders, but how do we cope?  What should we do? Through videos and discussion this course will examine a number of controversial public issues selected by the participants. The goal is to probe the underlying causes and work out reasonable responses.

 

The Fabulous 50’s, February 13, 2017

Moderator:  Mike Ash
Registration Fee:  $20
Time:  5 weeks, Monday, 10:00 AM to Noon, February 13 to March 20 (excl. Feb. 20th)
Location:  Pine Dale Motor Inn
Format:  Presentation and Discussion

“The post war years were a golden time in the Canadian economy …”¹  What was it about this time period that made Canada the best place to grow up for the boomer generation? As the immediate fall out of the WWII subsided, everything was upbeat and opportunities for jobs and a better standard of living grew. The cold war was warming up but we had a vision of a brighter and prosperous future for all Canadians, particularly the new generation of youth. Let’s explore this decade (+/- a few years) with a little research and by drawing on our own rich experience to discover the events and conditions that shaped us.

¹CanadaHistory.com

The50s-family-carPossible Topics to Explore

  • The cold war
  • Immigration – DP’s and the Immigration Act of 1952
  • Rebuilding Europe – good for Canadian business
  • The Korean War
  • The civil rights movement
  • The oil industry in Alberta develops
  • The impact of American culture, particularly pop music
  • The housing boom and the new invention – suburbs
  • Consumerism takes hold
  • Newfoundland joins Canada
  • The baby boom
  • From the war new technology emerges
  • National Hospital Insurance introduced 1957
  • The Avro Arrow is cancelled
  • The ascendance of the Liberal agenda
  • The quiet revolution in Quebec and the FLQ
  • NORAD is created
  • The Canadian Bill or Rights, 1960
  • Television changes culture
  • Cars for everyone
  • Canada as peacekeeper
  • The St. Lawrence Seaway is built
  • The seeds of the Vietnam war are sown
  • Canada Council for the Arts started
  • Personal, characteristic experiences from the 50’s
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A Walk on the Wild Side, February 13, 2017

Moderator:  Molly Russell
Registration Fee:  $20
Time:  5 weeks, Monday, 2:00 to 4:00 PM, February 13 to March 20 (excl. Feb. 20th)
Location:  Pine Dale Motor Inn

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Animals, other than ourselves, have been our constant companions from the beginning of time. They love us, feed, protect, and sometimes still hunt us. Facing a challenging world, we have looked to them in their splendour to help make sense of the mysteries of life. And increasingly, we recognize the breadth of their intelligence, emotional lives, and individuality. Take a walk on the wild side to explore some of our feathered, furry, and scaly friends through their natural history, symbolism, and the roles they have played in our culture, science, cooking, and medicine. Using the “Animal Series” books as a resource, each participant investigates one animal and shares highlights with the group.