Theodore Talk Information

Sunday, January 23rd via Zoom at 2:30 pm
What’s Love Got to Do with It? Writing a Harlequin Romance Novel
Dr. Elle Jackson, Harlequin’s first Black author of Historical Romance

The first Theodore Talk for 2022 is What’s Love Got to Do with It? Writing a Harlequin Romance Novel. Elle Jackson, Harlequin’s first Black author of Historical Romance, will discuss her latest novel, A Blues Singer to Redeem Him, her love of writing, and writing about love. A Blues Singer to Redeem Him is set in the time of the Tulsa Massacre and is a story of interracial romance and the hatred that permeated society in the 1920s. Jackson has been writing for more than twenty years. She has a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Baker University, an MFA in Creative Writing from Seton Hill University, a Master of Arts in Teaching from Pittsburg State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has written everything from children’s books to erotic romance. As Jackson puts it, she loves, loves, loves writing and reading.

Theodore Talks take place on Zoom the fourth Sunday of each month at 2:30 pm. You must register for each lecture with an email address associated with your Zoom account.

Ethnic Eats

Saturday, January 8th, 1:00 pm
Jazz a Louisiana Kitchen – Located in the Legends Outlets
1859 Village West Parkway, Kansas City, KS

Ethnic Eats celebrated the holiday season and our friendships at Legends of Asia in Blue Springs. About a dozen of us met with our contributions to Harvesters and Toys for Tots. The buffet was outstanding, with fresh sushi, a Mongolian grill along with the more traditional Chinese dishes plus quite a few non-standard ones, including several varieties of seafood. January will find us up north at Jazz a Louisiana Kitchen, looking for some spicy food to warm up those winter blues. RSVP are appreciated so we can sit together; check the Mension for more details. ~Karin Miller, Ethnic Eats Coordinator

Mensa Cares Community Service

Several years ago, a group of MAM members could’ve been seen volunteering to cook a meal for the families at one of the Ronald McDonald houses by Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. It was an enjoyable and meaningful way to serve others during their time of difficulty. You may not know that American Mensa has a Community Service committee, which encourages Mensa members to get together and help in their communities where help is needed. MAM will soon be offering an opportunity to gather and help Harvesters at their volunteer center in March or April. Be sure to check your Mension for more information and details about this topic when it becomes available. In addition, please let us know if you are interested in coming with us to help Harvesters!

Happy New Year!