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Nancy's Notes - February 19, 2015

“Walking Home” by Sonia Choquette, “Leaving Before the Rains Come” by Alexandra Fuller.
Nancy’s Notes

        Until our celebration in June, most weeks, I am planning to add a little history to my articles. On February 9, 1907 Mayor M.A. Mickelson called a special meeting of the Clarion Council. The Mayor and Clerk of the incorporated town of Clarion, Iowa were to give notice of a special election regarding the construction of a new library. There were 222 ballots cast with 199 in favor of the construction. The first meeting of the library trustees met in April of that year. Two lots owned by EJ Tillinghast were then purchased for site of the facility. Architect O.A. Lindel was hired and decided that the building would be buff, pressed, Bedford stone with a red-tile roof. Construction was then begun by F. F. McManus who submitted the lowest bid. The doors were open to the public on April 8,1908.
        One of our patrons recommended, “Walking Home” by Sonia Choquette. It is the biography of Choquette, who is an intuitive guide and spiritual leader. Life was falling apart. Within the space of three years she had suffered the unexpected death of two close family members, seen her marriage fall apart, and been let down by her colleagues.  No one had sympathy for her since she is a world-renowned intuitive guide and teacher.      In order to regain her spiritual footing, Sonia turned to the age-old practice of pilgrimage and set out to walk the legendary Camino de Santiago, a 500-mile trek over the Pyrenees and across northern Spain.
        A memoir you may enjoy is, “Leaving Before the Rains Come”, by Alexandra Fuller.  She is a child of the Rhodesian wars and daughter of two deeply complicated parents. The disintegration of Fuller’s marriage leaves her shattered. Looking to pick up the pieces of her life, she finally confronts the tough questions about her past, about the American man she married, and about the family she left behind in Africa.
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