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Free-For-All Newsletter #2


It has truly been a pleasure getting to know such wonderful & kind people from all over the world — literally.

We have members joining us from Malaysia, India, Western Sahara, Albania, Poland, Pakistan, Morocco, Austria, Georgia, Mexico, Afghanistan, and the Philippines, just to name a few.

Thank you for taking this journey with us, and we look forward to all that the future holds.

In case you missed the meeting last night, here is a list of all the things we discussed.


First, a HUGE congratulations to one of our members, Helen Edwards, for publishing her new book...
Dutchy's Diaries: Life as a Canadian Naval Officer, In His Own Words: 1916-1929

John “Dutchy” Edwards rose from cadet to Commodore in a Naval career rich in adventure. His journals begin with his experiences in the theatre of battle during the First World War, then follow his peacetime progress through the “Roaring Twenties.”

The Feeling of Life Itself: Why Consciousness Is Widespread But Can't Be Computed

An argument that consciousness, more widespread than previously assumed, is the feeling of being alive, not a type of computation or a clever hack.

Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People

The authors reveal hidden biases based on their experience with the Implicit Association Test, a method that has revolutionized the way scientists learn about the human mind, and that gives us a glimpse into what lies within the metaphoric blindspot.

The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure

Three terrible ideas that have become increasingly woven into American childhood and education: What doesn't kill you makes you weaker; always trust your feelings, and life is a battle between good people and evil people.

Why We're Polarized

Neither a polemic nor a lament, this book offers a clear framework for understanding everything from Trump's rise to the Democratic Party's leftward shift to the politicization of everyday culture.

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari: A Fable about Fulfilling Your Dreams & Reaching Your Destiny

The story of Julian Mantle, a lawyer forced to confront the spiritual crisis of his out-of-balance life, and the subsequent wisdom that he gains on a life-changing odyssey that enables him to create a life of passion, purpose, and peace.

Sophie's World: A Novel about the History of Philosophy

A page-turning novel that is also an exploration of the great philosophical concepts of Western thought, Sophie's World has fired the imagination of readers all over the world.

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

For anyone who struggles to reconcile the demands of leadership with a concern for personal integrity and spiritual well-being, the Meditations remains as relevant now as it was two thousand years ago.

The Saturated Self: Dilemmas of Identity in Contemporary Life

This book explores the profound changes in our understanding of self-identity and their implications for cultural and intellectual life.

If Life Is a Bowl of Cherries What Am I Doing in the Pits?

The enchanting lady of laughter has done it again--this time taking a hilarious swipe at husbands, honeymoons, tennis elbow, marriage, lettuce, the national anthem, and a host of other domestic dilemmas.

The Brain: The Story of You

Locked in the silence and darkness of your skull, your brain fashions the rich narratives of your reality and your identity. Join renowned neuroscientist David Eagleman for a journey into the questions at the mysterious heart of our existence.

What I Did and Do and Why: A naturopathic protocol that helps me to survive and thrive

"In 2012, I lost full use of both legs and one arm, was told I would likely not walk again, and would be dead within weeks. I took charge of my healing, incorporating western medical treatments as well as an intensive naturopathic regimen, and survived against all odds."


"Don't fight it, cure it, by offering something beautiful in its place."

- Don Loffredo

"Men are disturbed not by the things which happen, but by the opinion about the things."

- Epictetus

Other Recommendations:
The Beauty of Being a Misfit | Lidia Yuknavitch

To those who feel like they don't belong: there is beauty in being a misfit. 

Author Lidia Yuknavitch shares her own wayward journey in an intimate recollection of patchwork stories about loss, shame and the slow process of self-acceptance.

RUMI Meditation Music

Marcus Aurelius T-Shirt
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Marcus Aurelius Notebook
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That's all, folks! 

To everyone who came to the meeting last night, thanks for coming, and we hope to see you again next week!

To everyone who didn't show up, you are dead to us now. Lol, jk. Excited to connect with you soon! :)

Hakuna Matata,

May the Force be with you,

To infinity and beyond,

Live long and prosper,

May the odds be ever in your favor,

Roll credits,


Trace & Caitlyn

The Free-For-All Book Club

921 N Woodbridge Drive

Bloomington, IN, 47408

United States