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December 2016/January 2017

My Limited Understanding
by Douglas Lorie

I do not purport to have a definitive understanding of men yet I am definitely an expert in my own experience. If there’s a stereotype on The New Age male I guess I qualify. I was raised by a single mom who possessed strong self-worth and exemplified the highest ideals of a liberated, brilliant woman. Consequently I became one of those rare males who not only were sexually attracted to women, but who genuinely liked women, who understood women and a man with whom women for the most part felt safe. I use the word “rare” because it has been my experience and observation that many men … I hesitate to say most … though I am tempted to say most … simply do not like or understand women.

In the parlance of the New Age I came into consciousness and political awareness with a “strong internal feminine”. As a young man in my 20s I looked out on the landscape of male behavior and it wasn’t a pretty picture. The Vietnam War was raging so it was easy to internalize the message that men were the aggressive makers of war and perpetrators of violence. My mother had been abused by my father and indeed empirically if not statistically true, men were by far the major perpetrators of domestic violence. For one reason or another many men were not present for their children. My mother raising two boys as a single mom was a glaring example of that.

So now we arrive at the confluence of a couple of forces that give rise to The New Age Male, Women’s Liberation and Anti-War. So it was fairly easy to know what kind of male I did NOT want to be, but how was I to find my way toward a new male identity? I believe The Men’s Movement and Robert Bly provided some accurate glimpses on what was happening. Here was the message being overtly and subliminally sent by women. New Age men received this message and began to act accordingly.


The Twelve Days of Christmas
by Rob Ransone

The Twelve Days of Christmas tradition is English, starting with Christmas Day and finishing with the eve of Epiphany on 5th January. The Twelve Days of Christmas carol is reputed to be French. The first publication date for the carol was 1780. From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. The carol The 12 Days of Christmas was a catechism song for young Catholics. The song has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church. Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality that the children could remember. The repetition helped to memorize the song.


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Shared Learning Association provides panoply

This spring, 2017, the Shared Learning Association of Chapel Hill welcomes the public to enroll into any of its 22, 14-week courses, as cited on its website: An enrollment fee of $50.00 entitles the registrant to take as many courses as he or she wants. Morning class meetings take place in the com-fortable classroom environments in Expand Church, 114 Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill, 27514. Those interested may pick up a paper catalog with complete course descriptions and a course registration form at the Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library Book Store, lower level of the library. Or, they may contact Nancy to receive a paper catalog: 703.329-2933 or

The Shared Learning spring registration period ends on January 2, 2017. Classes begin on Monday, January 9 and end on April 21, with an end-of-term party. For the Spring 2017 term, some sample titles from the 22 offered include: "Basics of Digital Photography"; "TED Talks at Shared Learning"; "Emergence of America as a Cultural Force in the West, 1945 – 1960"; "Music as a Mirror of History"; "Turning Points in Middle Eastern History"; "Early Classic British Literature"; "Plays of O'Neill, Plus"; "Great Decisions"; "Personal History"; "Baubles, Bangles and Beads." Also, on the second Friday of the month, Shared Learning presents a special movie program, from 9:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., by showing classic films, followed by discussion: "Let's Go to the Movies."

In addition, two, free one hour 'Lindgren Lectures' are scheduled for Spring, both held the last Friday of the month, beginning at 11:00 a.m. Free and open to the public, on Friday, January 27th, at 11:00 a.m., Neil Siegel, Ph.D., Duke University will speak about "The Supreme Court & Constitutional Law." And on Friday, February 24th, at 11:00 a.m., Gerhard T. Weinberg, Ph.D., UNC Retired will lecture on "Reflections on 25 Years of German Reunification."

Founded by local residents in fall 1979, Shared Learning Association is a voluntary association for persons living in or near Chapel Hill, who wish to continue to learn in groups and classroom settings. It aims to encourage members to explore together topics of interest and to foster and share fellowship. Paying the annual membership fee of $50 entitles a member to take as many non-credit courses in the Fall, Spring and Summer terms as he/she wants. Members determine the study topics to be pursued per term, based on their diverse interests, experiences, travels and expertise. Also, they serve as moderators in courses and programs, using presentation formats that are learner-centered and provo-cative to enrollees.

For further information or to receive a paper catalog, contact Nancy at 703.329.2933 or


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