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Coffee and Conversation #163 – and “100 years”…

Greetings and welcome to Coffee and Conversation #163!

Let me tell you about "100 Years"! Yes, I'm a book lover, and have learned and continue to learn so much from the written word. So the thought that there is a literary connection to our "years" definitely piques my interest.


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You may know by now that I’m a big fan of TED Talks…

They’re entertaining, they’re inspiring, they’re educational. I may not agree with the speakers from time to time, and most always I’m coming from a different worldview. But they are intelligent discourses, sincere and well-done presentations of past experiences and hopes and dreams for the future. (And a lot less melodramatic than Facebook… 😉 ) But I digress.

Recently I was doing some research for another post and came across yet another interesting idea. As described on the TED site:

As different as we humans are from one another, we all age along the same great sequence, and the shared patterns of our lives pass into the pages of the books we love. In this moving talk, journalist Joshua Prager explores the stages of life through quotations from Norman Mailer, Joyce Carol Oates, William Trevor and other great writers, set to visualizations by graphic designer Milton Glaser. “Books tell us who we’ve been, who we are, who we will be, too,” Prager says.

Yes, I’m a book lover, and have learned and continue to learn so much from the written word. So the thought that there is a literary connection to our “years” definitely piqued my interest.

For you visual types, here’s the video itself:


Well, I was intrigued, and the bibliophile in me took the bait and ordered the book. Y’all, it’s just lovely! (And – spoiler alert to my family: you may or may not be getting a copy of this as a birthday present from me in the coming year. wink-wink) It’s a wealth of wisdom for (and from) each year of our lives from birth to 100. Great conversation starters at the table or while friends are visiting (mine is staying on our coffee table…); and neat little quotes to include on birthday cards or gifts. Of course, you can find the book on Amazon, like everything else. Do let me know what you think of it if you get it, too!



If you’re also into TED Talks and have some time to waste, here are some more videos on books and reading…and yes, I get the irony there…:

My year of reading a book from every country in the world – Ann Morgan

Why a good book is a secret door – Marc Barnett

What we learned from 5 million books – Jean-Baptiste Michel and Erez Lieberman Aiden

Happy reading and/or viewing!

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Pat is a Yankee city-girl who has been adopted by the sleepy, sunny south. Married for 30 years and the mother of 5, she woke up one day recently to discover she reached the stage of life where she is the “older woman” described in Titus 2:3-5. A coffee lover, the purchase of a coffee shop a few years ago was her personal foray into the small, family-owned business arena.Today, PatAndCandy.com is her outlet for packaging up and sharing the nuggets of wisdom God and life experiences have taught her.
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14 Responses to Coffee and Conversation #163 – and “100 years”…

  1. Roseann Hampton September 13, 2017 at 8:19 pm #

    Thanks for hosting Pat! Hope you’re having a blessed week!
    Roseann Hampton recently posted…Gluten Free Soft Ginger SnapsMy Profile

    • Pat September 14, 2017 at 9:20 am #

      My pleasure, Roseann! Hope you have a wonderful, safe (considering all the areas of the US being bombarded these days…) week!
      By the way, you are SO speakin’ my language with those Ginger Snaps…and I saw Pumpkin Spice, too! Oh I just LOVE fall flavors…so yummy!!
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  2. Marilyn Lesniak September 13, 2017 at 3:07 pm #

    Thank you so much for hosting. I always get so much inspiration from your readers. Have a great week and stay safe!

    • Pat September 14, 2017 at 9:15 am #

      Oh, Marilyn, that makes me so happy to hear!! Thanks for stopping by every week…I always enjoy your posts…
      Be well!!
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  3. Patrick Weseman September 13, 2017 at 11:00 am #

    That is a cool Ted talk. I enjoy them also, they are cool.

    Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful rest of the week.
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  4. Beth September 13, 2017 at 8:46 am #

    I love any book that can get a conversation going, Pat. I’ll have to check that one out. And the Ted Talk sounds intriguing too. If I had more time today I would watch it, but will have to try and remember to come back by later this week. Thanks for the linkup, my friend!
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    • Pat September 14, 2017 at 9:12 am #

      So happy to see you hear as always, Beth! I think you’ll find the book fun and fascinating! Never realized that EVERY age of life had a literary reference (or two!). I doubt I’d have had the patience to seek them out…lol
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  5. Michele Morin September 13, 2017 at 8:21 am #

    I could just geek out over TED talks all the time. And I love getting recommendations from others about their favorites, so thanks for all this!
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  6. Kristina Rees September 13, 2017 at 7:26 am #

    Great Ted talk suggestion. When looking for something to listen to while quilting I will have to remember to search Ted talks. I’ve listened to a few in the past and forget what a great source of information they can be.

    • Pat September 14, 2017 at 9:09 am #

      Wasn’t it, tho? I love TED talks and think that they’re a great source of discussion for some “big ideas.” I SO admire that you quilt! I tried learning it many years ago along with my daughter and realized that, well, it’s just not my thing… 😉
      Quilt on, friend!
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  7. Donna Reidland September 13, 2017 at 2:26 am #

    Pat, it sounds like a very interesting book. I may have to check it out. Thanks for hosting and have a great week.
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