“Three Cups of Tea”

  Dr. Barney Forsythe, President of Westminster College led the discussion of this year’s runner up book, “Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortenson, in Fulton last night.  He has spent time in Afghanistan and brought a special perspective to the conversation. He started off the discussion by asking each of us to talk about one particular thing that impressed us most about the book.  What stood out most in your mind after reading the book?

Monday, Sept. 15 we’ll discuss “Three Cups of Tea” at the Columbia Public Library at 7pm. 

 Greg Mortenson will be at Jesse Auditorium Sept. 16 at 7:30pm. Call the library 443-3161 for more information.

Is Casper Llewelyn based on the boxer Stanley Ketchel?

At our One Read discussion with Tribune columnist Bill Clark we discussed a boxer, Stanley Ketchel. Bill believes Rose’s deceased husband, Casper Llewellyn is based on the real life boxer, Stanley Ketchel. Stanley started his boxing career in Butte, Montana in 1904 and had a reputation for living in the “fast” lane. He died in Conway, Missouri in 1910. For more information about Stanley Ketchel go to

International Boxing Hall of Fame     http://www.ibhof.com/ketchel.htm


“The Whistling Season” is full of secrets. Of course there is the big secret at the end about Rose and Morrie. I won’t ruin the ending for those of you who haven’t read to the end.  But, what about all the other secrets, the backwards horse race, the Halley’s comet program? Do you remember other secrets in the book?

Mayor & Mrs Hindman’s discussion

Last night we had a great discussion on “The Whistling Season” at the Shelter Gardens one room schoolhouse. The setting was ideal and to see all the desks filled with adults discussing the One Read book was quite a picture. Mrs Hindman started the evening asking if anyone there attended a one room school house and 4 people had.  They added some genuine insight to the one room schoolhouse experience.

  Paul, the lead character in the book and the narrator of the story had very vivid dreams throughout the book and we discussed the importance of these dreams to the story. One participant mentioned that important people in books have dreams and referred to Job in the bible. Another thought the dreams were key to Paul finding out the secret of Morrie and Rose.

Let us know your thoughts on this or any part of the book.