The March meeting of the Priscilla Book Club was hosted by Lynda Flowe. After a dessert course, members shared news. President Kay Barefoot opened the meeting with information about Don Gibson, a well-known country music entertainer born and buried in Shelby, N.C. Gibson wrote and recorded many songs and also had many of the songs he wrote become hits for other popular country music performers, club officials said.
Following the business portion of the meeting, Program Leader Kay Marks reviewed two short story collections written by Ron Rash called “Nothing Gold Can Stay” and “Burning Bright.” Rash was reared in Boiling Springs, N. C., and is the Professor of Appalachian Cultural Studies at Western Carolina University. The underlying premise of Rash’s short stories is that “our destiny shapes us.” Kay chose to read a short story entitled “Hard Times” from the “Burning Bright” collection. The story is set during the Great Depression near Boone, N. C.
Presenter Marks also shared with the group how some researchers believe there is scientific evidence that frequently reading works of fiction can enhance emotional intelligence. President Barefoot closed the meeting by playing a recording of Don Gibson singing his hit “I Can’t Stop Loving You.”
For the April meeting, Doris Little will serve as hostess; Sarah Lantz will be the program leader.