The Page-Turners' Picnic
Read any good books lately? Our October virtual picnic is your chance to share some of your literary recommendations with the Hokuloa ohana. Lois Toevs will host and invites picnic-goers to give a brief verbal plug for some of their favorite books or authors during the picnic. You can email the Title, Author, and Genre for up to five of your favorite books to Jack Olson and he will compile the list of recommendations. Some of the genres that Lois suggests are Hawaiiana, mystery, or biography - but suggestions are not limited to any set categories.
The virtual picnic will start on Tuesday, October 4th on Zoom at 11am HST for about one hour for Talk Story and a time of fellowship. Please note the time change for the October picnic, which will allow those in Ghana to attend without staying awake until the middle of the night.
Micronesian Council United Church of Christ
Hawaii UCC Conference Minister, David Popham reflects on a recent meeting of UCC denominations from the Micronesian Islands in this week's edition of the Coconut Wireless. This provides some context for our relationship with the Chuukese and Marshallese congregations that worship at Hokuloa.
The Bad Girls take a Break
The group that has been reading The Bad Girls of the Bible has decided to postpone future discussion sessions to accommodate members' travel plans and other schedule conflicts. They anticipate resuming after the holidays. This may allow others to join the group. Stay tuned.
The latest from our Writer-In-Residence, Linda Petrucelli:
If you’ve spent even minimal time on the internet, you’re likely to have run across a listicle. Think— Top Ten Reasons to Eat More Kale — Five Exercises That Will Change Your Life — Three Indispensable Rules for Dog Owners. Listicles are short articles written in a numbered list format. The word comes from combining list and article and sounds similar to the word popsicle—something fun but not necessarily nutritious.
You might assume that listicles are a recent phenomenon. But the origin of this genre actually dates back to Sei Shōnagon, a lowly Japanese Lady-in-Waiting. Shōnagon served in the imperial court around 1000 and authored The Pillow Book, so named because courtiers stored diaries in their wooden pillows.
Shōnagonʻs collection brims with rambling reflections that were never meant to be shared publically. Over the centuries though, her book of lists became a famous work of literature and an important historical record of royal Heian Japan.
The Pillow Book delivers 164 lists that describe Shōnagonʻs daily life, the seasons, and a diverse range of opinions and complaints. Her witty topics include, Things That Make the Heart Grow Fonder, Infuriating Things, Rare Things, Blue Things, Things That Should Be Short.
What I like about listicles is that almost everybody has written one. And as Sei Shōnagon shows us, a list can also record our deepest perceptions about life. Why not draft a list of your happiest days or most important decisions? Or pick one of your favorite obsessions and write a list about it. You might be surprised by how much you have to say.
And, if you have time, you might enjoy this creative nonfiction piece I wrote one long August night last summer— Tattered Wing
Words and Wonder