Month: December 2018 (page 1 of 2)

Current Affairs: CT’s Fiscal Problems, April 18, 2019

Discussion leader: John Schlachtenhaufen

Everybody has an opinion – and someone to blame – but in this discussion we’ll dig deep into the data and look for realistic solutions. 


You’re gonna need this …

The Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth produced a bleak assessment of Connecticut’s fiscal health for the incoming governor and General Assembly

Current Affairs. DNA Privacy. March 21, 2019

Discussion leader: Gary Banks

DNA Privacy.  It is now inexpensive to at least partially sequence a person’s genome.  Companies like and 23 & me have done it for 20 million people.  There are also growing databases, some public, with individual’s DNA gathered from medical testing or crime events.  Recently, a cold case of rape/murder was solved by taking DNA from the crime scene and quickly identifying the killer’s cousin that then lead to an arrest.  That’s good to solve a crime – now how about an employer or insurance company looking into your genome?

Current Affairs. Brexit. February 21, 2019

Discussion leader: Bryan Hooper

Ed Mulock passes away Dec 3, 2018

Edwin McCord Mulock, III of Darien, died at home December 3, 2018. Born April 14, 1938 in Detroit, Michigan, he was the son of Edwin McCord Mulock Jr. and Harriett (Knight) Mulock.

Ed is survived by his wife of fifty-four years Neville Rodgers Mulock, his children Lyndsay Drew and Luke Mulock and two grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Bruce Mulock.

As a resident of Darien since 1973, Ed was active in the community. Starting out as a co-president of the Hindley School Parents Association and Sunday school teacher at St. Luke’s Parish, he also served as President of the Board of the Noroton Bay Property Owners Association, and enjoyed his stint as “King of the Bay” in their opening day parade.

He developed the first computer system for Person-to-Person and served there as a Van Man. He continued to move furniture in and out of clients’ and donors’ homes until he was 80. He became a member of the Darien Men’s Association and served on the Social Committee, offered to be their Computer Activity representative at the Darien Senior Center and partook in their Happy Wanderers outings.

Ed attended Hackley School in Tarrytown. He went on to Princeton University and attended reunions, football games and P-rades the rest of his life. He spent a summer at UC Berkeley studying German and attended the University of Virginia for graduate school. Rather than beginning his career as an economist as planned, Ed began with three days of training from IBM at Avon Products and spent his entire career in computer systems development and information services management. Ed also received an MBA from Adelphi University after three years while commuting with a professor on Metro-North. He became a founding member of the Advanced Technology Group at Bristol-Myers Squibb in New York where he was employed for over thirty years. After retirement, he became a consultant for Hoffman-La Roche Pharmaceuticals.

Ed loved to travel. He met his wife in the lobby of a hotel in Miami while getting ready to embark on a windjammer cruise to the Bahamas in 1963. His more adventurous travels included camping trips navigating Volkswagon Pop Top campers through Holland, Belgium, Germany, and Austria when his children were young.

He was an avid sailor and loved sailing more than any other activity. He was lucky and grateful to his many friends at Noroton Yacht Club who asked him to be their foredeck man for decades. He also discovered he liked having others skipper cruises in the Caribbean, Europe and Africa and across the Atlantic. He loved jumping from the pilings at Noroton Bay at high tide and body surfing wherever the surf swelled enough.

He was a true music enthusiast with his tastes ranging from atonal Charles Ives to zydeco, to Norah Jones to jazz to classical. His favorite, however, always remained Bach for whom he forever tweaked his speakers to find just the right acoustics. He will be remembered by all who knew him for his big smile.

A memorial service will be held at Saint Luke’s Parish. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ed’s memory to Person-to-Person, 1864 Post Road, Darien, CT 06820 or a charity special to the donor. Edward Lawrence Funeral Home, 2119 Post Road, Darien, handled arrangements.

A service will be held Friday, December 28th, 2:00 p.m., St Luke’s.

Dinner & Hockey, Saturday, January 26, 2019


When: Saturday, January 26, 2019

Where: Dinner at Ralph & Rich’s at 5:00 pm followed by Bridgeport Sound Tigers game vs. Lehigh Valley Phantoms at 7:00 pm


• Restaurant is at 815 Main Street-just two short blocks from the Arena

• Carpool-free parking behind the restaurant (park towards the back of the

lot) Sign up sheet at the next DMA meeting-December 12th

Group size limited to 20—first come, first served

• Checks payable to DMA-early payment please as we have to give the

restaurant a deposit . Cost–$60 per person—which includes a center ice ticket to the game

Dinner Menu:

• Choice of glass of house red or white wine or soft drink

• Mesclun field greens/gorgonzola on the side for those who wish

Choice of three entre options: salmon marsala, veal parmesan or chicken francaise—with swirled mashed potato and vegetable

Dessert: cookies and pastry tray

• Coffee or tea

Current Affairs: Is Social Media Good For Democracy? January 17, 2019

Intelligence Squared Debate

Hard Questions: What Effect Does Social Media Have on Democracy?

Facebook Says Social Media Can Be Negative For Democracy

Guest Post: Is Social Media Good or Bad for Democracy?

Without Transparency, Democracy Dies In The Darkness Of Social Media

Why social media may not be so good for democracy

Book Club: Leonardo Da Vinci by Walter Isaacson, May 8, 2019

He was history’s most creative genius. What secrets can he teach us? The author of the acclaimed bestsellers Steve Jobs, Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin brings Leonardo da Vinci to life in this exciting new biography. Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo’s astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science. He shows how Leonardo’s genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy. He produced the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. But in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and technology. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry. His ability to stand at the crossroads of the humanities and the sciences, made iconic by his drawing of Vitruvian Man, made him history’s most creative genius.

Book Club: A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne, April 10, 2019

Clever, chilling, and beautifully paced; a study of inner corrosion that Patricia Highsmith herself could not have done better.”–The Times (London)Esquire: “Best Books of 2018 (So Far)”Town & Country: “5 Books You Need to Read in November”Vulture: “Best New Books of November”A seductive, unputdownable psychodrama following one cunning, ruthless man who will stop at nothing in his pursuit of successMaurice Swift is handsome, charming, and hungry for fame. The one thing he doesn’t have is talent – but he’s not about to let a detail like that stand in his way. After all, a would-be writer can find stories anywhere. They don’t need to be his own. Working as a waiter in a West Berlin hotel in 1988, Maurice engineers the perfect opportunity: a chance encounter with celebrated novelist Erich Ackermann. He quickly ingratiates himself with the powerful – but desperately lonely – older man, teasing out of Erich a terrible, long-held secret about his activities during the war. Perfect material for Maurice’s first novel. Once Maurice has had a taste of literary fame, he knows he can stop at nothing in pursuit of that high. Moving from the Amalfi Coast, where he matches wits with Gore Vidal, to Manhattan and London, Maurice hones his talent for deceit and manipulation, preying on the talented and vulnerable in his cold-blooded climb to the top. But the higher he climbs, the further he has to fall… Sweeping across the late twentieth century, A Ladder to the Sky is a fascinating portrait of a relentlessly immoral man, a tour de force of storytelling, and the next great novel from an acclaimed literary virtuoso.

Book club: The Winter Soldier by Daniel Mason, March 13, 2019

A dream of a novel…’art mystery, part war story, part romance.”‘Anthony Doerr, author of All the Light We Cannot See Vienna, 1914. Lucius is a twenty-two-year-old medical student when World War I explodes across Europe. Enraptured by romantic tales of battlefield surgery, he enlists, expecting a position at a well-organized field hospital. But when he arrives, at a commandeered church tucked away high in a remote valley of the Carpathian Mountains, he finds a freezing outpost ravaged by typhus. The other doctors have fled, and only a single, mysterious nurse named Sister Margarete remains. But Lucius has never lifted a surgeon’s scalpel. And as the war rages across the winter landscape, he finds himself falling in love with the woman from whom he must learn a brutal, makeshift medicine. Then one day, an unconscious soldier is brought in from the snow, his uniform stuffed with strange drawings. He seems beyond rescue, until Lucius makes a fateful decision that will change the lives of doctor, patient, and nurse forever. From the gilded ballrooms of Imperial Vienna to the frozen forests of the Eastern Front; from hardscrabble operating rooms to battlefields thundering with Cossack cavalry, The Winter Soldier is the story of war and medicine, of family, of finding love in the sweeping tides of history, and finally, of the mistakes we make, and the precious opportunities to atone

Book Club. I Was Told to Come Alone : My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad by Souad Mekhennet, February 13 2019

The journalist who broke the “Jihadi John” story draws on her personal experience to bridge the gap between the Muslim world and the West and explain the rise of Islamic radicalism Souad Mekhennet has lived her entire life between worlds. The daughter of a Turkish mother and a Moroccan father, she was born and educated in Germany and has worked for several American newspapers. Since the 9/11 attacks she has reported stories among the most dangerous members of her religion; when she is told to come alone to an interview, she never knows what awaits at her destination. In this compelling and evocative book, Mekhennet seeks to answer the question, “What is in the minds of these young jihadists, and how can we understand and defuse it?” She has unique and exclusive access into the world of jihad and sometimes her reporting has put her life in danger. We accompany her from Germany to the heart of the Muslim world — from the Middle East to North Africa, from Sunni Pakistan to Shia Iran, and the Turkish/ Syrian border region where ISIS is a daily presence. She then returns to Europe, first in London, where she uncovers the identity of the notorious ISIS executioner “Jihadi John,” and then in Paris and Brussels, where terror has come to the heart of Western civilization. Too often we find ourselves unable to see the human stories behind the headlines, and so Mekhennet – with a foot in many different camps – is the ideal guide to take us where no Western reporter can go. Her story is a journey that changes her life and will have a deep impact on us as well

DMA Gentlemen Songsters Celebrate — Christmas Lunch with Bunny (December 2018)

A very merry time was had by all: Bunny, our long-time accompanist, entertained our Gentlemen Songsters singing group at her home in Darien, as she played songs on her magnificent organ, gave accordion lessons to Dave and then provided us with a holiday feast that will live in our memories for a very long time. Great fun! Tom

Baldwin, Barry

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