Newsletter for October 2023

My. Anthony in the Fall


  • October 11 at 1 pm. Scribble Sisters. Location: Home of Suzanne Kirkpatrick.

  • October 18 at 1 pm.  Book Group. Location: UU Meetinghouse.  The Good Life: Lessons from the World’s Longest Scientific Study of Happiness by Dr. Robert Waldinger and Marc Schulz.

Our Book group decided to read this as our October selection, in preparation for our Branch meeting on November 1. All members invited!

  • October 22 at 2 pm.  “Leaving Your Tales Behind You.” Location: UU Meetinghouse. 

An interactive session about uncovering and documenting memoirs with Marianne Dekoven and Kathy Wagenknecht. You will receive more information by email in a couple of weeks. Click to read about the memoirs.

  • October 25 at 1 pm.  Scribble Sisters. Location: TBD

  • November 1 at 7 pm on Zoom. AAUW member Julie Mackaman in conversation with Robert Waldinger, MD, Director of The Harvard Study of Adult Development and Co-author of The Good Life (Simon and Schuster, 2023).

    A co-presentation of Bennington AAUW and the UU Fellowship.                                                  Use Zoom Link:

Dr. Waldinger, a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, is also a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, Zen priest — and a high school classmate of Julie’s in the Midwestern town where they grew up. Julie will talk with Bob about the 85-year-old ongoing Harvard study on healthy aging and the new book that shares the study’s findings. They will open up the conversation for questions from Zoom participants, including AAUW book group members who selected The Good Life for their October discussion. Click to read Julie’s response when we asked her to tell us a bit about the Harvard study and The Good Life


* August 26 was Women’s Equality Day – How Are Vermont Women Faring?
          By Gudrun Hutchins

* Poems from the Scribble Sisters

By Kathy Wagenknecht

Lap Dogs of the Roman Empire
By Kathy Wagenknecht

I give my grief
By Berta Winiker

* FYI—Role of Corresponding Secretary

Jennifer Kerns is our new corresponding secretary. In that role, she sends cards of condolences, get well, or congratulations to members. Whenever you hear of a member who is seriously ill, has experienced a death in the family, or has received an honor or award, please let Jennifer know. Her email is

* New Mission and Action Newsletter available from National.  (Click the link to access)

End of Summer Picnic

September 9, 2023 at Willow Park

Newsletter Editor,  Dawn Rodrigues (, Co-Editor, Kathy Wagenknecht. Consider submitting an article or announcement about women’s news or events. We welcome your contributions, suggestions, and comments!