Mary Margaret Ripley (of Ripley Farm) kicks off TFL’s 101 Series with Veggie Soup 101 on Thursday, April 11 at 1:30 p.m.

Mary Margaret calls soups “the epitome of comfort food for hundreds of years but they’re also highly nutritious, easy to make, and economical.” Mary Margaret will teach us the basics of creating a delicious veggie soup in this hands-on class. Make and taste homemade soups and leave inspired (and with a handout) to make your our own. Please bring a bowl and a spoon.

TFL’s 101 Series feature lively, informative, interactive demonstrations from the practical to the creative. Pick up some basic how-to’s, then learn & explore on your own. Or, just satisfy your curiosity & have fun!

TFL’s Philosophy Circle meets the first Friday of every month at 3:30 pm. Our next meeting is Friday, April 5. Curious? Read this newsletter article by Tom Lyford:

I Think, Therefore I Am:

Socrates, one of our wisest philosophers, left the world to chew on this observation: “The unexamined life is one not worth living.” On a Friday afternoon in January, TFL’s Philosophy Circle (19 down-to-earth, would-be “philosophers”) began by examining that statement. Some assured us and Socrates that hey, they never examine their lives and yet their existence feels “quite worth living, thank you very much.” On the other hand, others admitted that they do examine and search for meaning in their lives to varying extents. But long-story-short the high schooler, the septuagenarian, the clergyman, the atheist, the engineer, the homemaker, the counselor, and the physician who showed up enjoyed a lively, engaging discussion. And it was fascinating, what was offered up.

When it was over, virtually everyone agreed it had turned out to be both an eye-opening and fun experience (no punches thrown!) and all looked forward to the next one. Now, after four monthly meetings, attendance has averaged a satisfying seventeen. So if you were imagining a sophisticated, high-brow affair, one set among marble statues of Zeus and Aphrodite, one that would never apply to you, you can forget it. This is not a Philosophy 101 class where you have to take boring notes and pop quizzes to prove that you learned something. No pie-in-the-sky discussions here. The focus is on my life and yours, right here and now in 2019 Central Maine. We tackle topics like How Can You Know What’s True in a World of Photoshopping and Lying Politicians? or Human Beings: Inherently Benevolent, Malevolent, or What?

In facilitated discussions, we share some of the reasons and personal experiences that have shaped our individual outlooks. Originally the brainchild of patron Diane Boretos, the group models itself after The Socrates Café movement, a philosophy discussion template gaining popularity throughout America and around the globe. The Socratic Method of asking, answering, and discussing simple questions guides our discussions. The Philosophy Circle meets on the first Friday of each month from 3:30 to 5:00. Please join us. Come and dive right in, or simply watch and listen for a while. All are welcome.

Please join us for a free public workshop on Tuesday, April 9 at 11 am with Deb Parker, an AmeriCorps Literacy Instructor with the National Digital Equity Center. This initiative aims to bring ring digital literacy all around Penobscot and Piscataquis Counties. We will cover the upcoming classes that will be offered to help grow your computer and digital literacy skills. Bring your questions, tell your friends and family!

Take a break, have an evening out, relax and enjoy TFL’s Monthly Movie Night on Friday, March 29 at 6 pm. Admission is free & popcorn is provided!

This month we will show Paper Moon, a 1973 PG comedy-drama directed by Peter Bogdanovich starring father-daughter duo: Ryan and Tatum O’Neal. Set against the backdrop of the rum-running, Prohibition era mid-west Bible belt during the Great Depression, a con man finds himself saddled with a young girl who may or may not be his daughter and the two forge an unlikely partnership. Tom Lyford calls his selection “a film that audiences have found endearing for decades.”


Maine history buffs take note: Warden Jeffrey Merrill Sr. will give us a look behind prison walls on Tuesday, March 26 at 5:30 pm. Join us as Merrill shares a documentary about the Maine State Prison and discusses his book “Maine State Prison: 1824-2002.” He will answer questions and share stories from his research and his own experiences as the last warden of the Thomaston facility.