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By the pricking of my thumbs …

By the pricking of my thumbs …

… a Great Books weekend this way comes. Explore all manners of literary wickedness at the Great Books Foundation’s annual Chicago weekend, May 3 to 5, 2019. Book lovers from across North America will gather to discuss four readings that centre on the wickedness people contemplate and perpetrate: The Handmaid’s […]

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ON THE ROAD WITH ANN – Up, up and away — to the muddle and mystery of India

ON THE ROAD WITH ANN – Up, up and away — to the muddle and mystery of India

A quick note before a bunch of us take off for India. Lots of preparation – reading, movies, visa, shots, packing, repacking.  But how does one prepare emotionally for India? I don’t know. I am going, I hope, with an open heart and mind and no expectations of making sense of […]

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TORONTO PURSUITS – Your chance to weigh in

TORONTO PURSUITS – Your chance to weigh in

I have never been known for my prudent and methodical long-range planning. Most of you who know me probably plunk me right in the middle of the “Free Spirit” camp. And yet… I have had to learn to sometimes set spontaniety and seredipity aside when it comes to Classical Pursuits. And now […]

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TODAY IN LITERATURE Why Great Books? Why Shared Inquiry?

TODAY IN LITERATURE  Why Great Books? Why Shared Inquiry?

First, Why Great Books? Many have written on this subject, but I think Nigel Beale, Ottawa-based writer, broadcaster, bibliophile, is particularly articulate. This is an abbreviated version of his essay, “Why Read Great Literature: the guide to a good life,” included here with his permission. Most of us, through a combination of personal […]

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Walking with Socrates

Walking with Socrates

WALKING WITH SOCRATES This company offers learning vacations with a difference  By Laura Robin, Ottawa Citizen April 2, 2011   Ann Kirkland runs a company called Classical Pursuits that takes people on trips based on readings and ideas. She also puts on summer sessions at the University of Toronto with […]

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