On Sunday, Oct. 26, the Pagosah Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will hear a talk by Durango author Paula Huntley, entitled “A Personal Foreign Policy.” Her presentation will be based on experiences and insights from her critically acclaimed award-winning book, “The Hemingway Book Club of Kosovo.”
In the fall of 2000, one year after NATO planes stopped the brutal ethnic cleansing of Kosovo’s Albanians by Serb forces, Paula’s husband, Ed Villmoare, went to Kosovo as a volunteer attorney to join the international effort to build a new legal system for the country.
With many misgivings, Paula accompanied him, and discovered a country which was, in the words of the Chief Prosecutor for the War Crimes Tribunal at the Hague, “one vast crime scene.”
In her eight months in Kosovo, Huntley taught English as a Second Language and began keeping a journal, never imagining that it would become such an important and honored critical success. The San Francisco Chronicle calls it “exactly the kind of story Americans need to hear right now.” The Fort Worth Star Telegram calls it “gripping, heartbreaking reading ... stirring, and nearly impossible to put down.”
The children’s program will provide the opportunity to decorate some special cookies of the season. Also, with Halloween being just a few days away, we will look at the different rituals observed this time of year. The Christian All Saints Day, the pagan holiday of Samhain, and the Mexican tradition of El Dia de Los Muertos all celebrate and honor those who have died. Those who wish may share stories about someone they have lost, as a tribute to their memory.
The service begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Pagosah Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall, Unit B-15, Greenbriar Plaza. Turn east on Greenbrier Drive off of North Pagosa by the fire station, then left into the back parking lot and look for the big sign. All are welcome.