Kidney Support Group Meeting, January 2022

Last Updated on December 31, 2021

kidney support

Choosing A Kidney Failure Treatment Option

Monday, January 17, 2022

10 AM


Presenter: Christine Hare, Certified Renal Specialist and Registered Dietician, Davita Kidney Care

A limited number of classroom seats may also be available.

For reservations call Cal Williams. Contact information available in the Resident Directory, available online on MyErickson.

Technology Users Group January Meeting on Passwords

Last Updated on January 8, 2022

 Monday, Jan. 10, 2022 | 11 AM | Auditorium – CANCELLED

Rescheduled to February 14

Topic: Passwords

Have you ever lost a password? We will discuss best practices for handling your passwords on paper, spreadsheets, password managers, and introduce two factor authentication (2FA).

Bring your own questions for the Q&A time. This group is for basic questions using a Mac or PC laptop or computer, smartphone, or tablet.

For more information, contact Hope Tillman. Contact information in the Resident Directory on MyErickson.

Conservative Voices January Meetings Focus on Right to Life

Last Updated on December 29, 2021

Preserving, Protecting and Defending the Unalienable Right to Life from Beginning to End

Mon. Jan. 3, 2022 | 10 – 11 AM | ZOOM – Focused Prayer: Right to Life; Group Participation

Tue. Jan. 11, 2022 | 7 – 9 PM | Auditorium – Unplanned: What She Saw Changed Everything [film]

Thur. Jan. 20, 2022 | 7 – 8:30 PM | Auditorium – Speaker: Physician-Assisted Suicide Bills Considered in MD

For Zoom link, contact Bob Ricketts. Contact information can be found in the Resident Directory, available online on MyErickson.

Book Review of “Silverview: A Novel”

Last Updated on December 27, 2021

Resident Ed Appel’s review of Silverview: A Novel by John le Carré [New York: Penguin Random House, 2021], is scheduled for Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 7 PM in the Auditorium.

Will the last, posthumously-published spy novel of the renowned David John Moore Cornwell (1931-2020), who wrote as John le Carré, live up to his reputation?  If so, why did it remain written but unpublished until after his death?

Like many widely-acclaimed le Carré novels, Silverview is a tale of the British Secret Service, MI6, its peccadilloes, decline, penetration by insider spies and human weakness.  As a le Carré fan since the 1960’s, and a retired FBI counterspy, I delighted in the vintage execution of this novel, much as I did Leon Uris’ Trinity or John Grisham’s The Firm.  It’s the plot, characters and the artful details that attract.

In “Silverview,” her mansion in seaside East Anglia, Deborah Avon, a renowned MI6 analyst, an Arabist, lies dying.  She alerts MI6 that her husband Edward, an MI6 agent himself, is betraying Britain and the Service.  A young financial whiz, Julian Lawndsley, has abandoned a rich but corrupting London life to open a bookstore nearby.  Edward uses the naïve young man to send reports to Palestinian terrorists.  As Deborah dies, Julian falls in love with Deborah’s daughter Lily, a single mother.  Stewart Proctor, the MI6’s upper-class security man investigates, and out pours a river of sordid facts, proving the betrayal.  Will Edward the mole (a term le Carré coined) go to jail?

Le Carré’s son Nick, himself an author, promised to publish Silverview after his father’s death.  His immediate question was what to do with this well-worked manuscript, which his father mysteriously chose to withhold.  Nick asks, “Should I put eyebrows on the Mona Lisa?”  In Nick’s June 2021 afterword, he notes that the novel’s portrayal of the Service as a fragmented, ineffectual tribe too big for its britches may be what made his father wait.

Even for those not into the spy genre, le Carré offers more than most gifted novelists.  The picaresque, often amusing and insightful portrayal of the denizens of a vaunted, secret society will offer enough to satisfy most readers.  Unlike his Smiley trilogy, le Carré spares us the complexity and opacity of the old wilderness of mirrors.  His characters’ fates are as inevitable as being soaked by seaside storms, and we cannot wait to see what they do and say.  Silverview’s portrayals are well worth the experience.

Charlestown resident, Ed Appel, retired from the FBI, is also an author and teacher.  He will present an ELLIC program in the spring.

Janet Neer and Ellyn Loy, Book Review Coordinators.

Movies Shown at Chariestown, January 2022

Last Updated on December 26, 2021


Saturday, Jan. 1

IN THE HEIGHTS (2021 PG13 2hr 32m)
For the start of the year, an exuberant musical involving an entire NYC neighborhood in rousing song and dance.

Saturday, Jan 8

LET HIM GO (2020 R 1 h53m).
Diane Lane & Kevin Costner are a couple seeking to find their only grandson after the death of their only son.

Friday, Jan 14 Continental Cinema
TALK TO HER (2002 R 1 hr 52m).
Written &
directed by Pedro Almodovar. Two men share an odd friendship while both are in love with two women in deep comas.
Saturday, Jan 15

QUEEN BEES (2021 PG13 1 hr 40m).
A reluctant widow finds mean women and an amorous guy in her new senior residence.

Saturday, Jan 22

FIVE FLIGHTS UP (2014 PG131hr 28m).
Diane Keaton & Morgan Freeman as a long-time, married couple learn of all the difficulties in seeking a new home.

Saturday, Jan 29

CAPE FEAR (1991 R 2h 8m).
A released rapist stalks the family of the lawyer who defended him. Robert DiNiro is the criminal.