2019 WINTER – Winter Mondays

WINTER Monday classes are FREE. Space is limited.  
All Monday classes meet from 1:10-2:50 PM
Room W101
NCC Photo ID with current LLI sticker must be worn visibly.


January 14 – The Poetry of Bob Dylan – Free class!     

Many of us have listened to and loved Dylan’s music for the last fifty years: The Times They Are A-Changing, Blowing in the Wind, Like a Rolling Stone. What is the power of Bob Dylan’s song lyrics?  Why is he regarded as one of the greatest songwriters of the 20th century?  Why was he awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, and thereby recognized as a poet? We explore some of the well-known and lesser-known song lyrics as poems, examining their verbal dexterity, wit, social commentary and adept handling of metaphor and rhyme.  This is NOT a lecture, but rather a discussion of Dylan’s lyrics.  And yes, we listen to the songs as well!

Sandra Soson retired from teaching English at Wilton High School in 2014 after a long and fulfilling career.  In recent years she has run the Poetry Out Loud program for local high school students, given writing workshops to adults, taught ESL as a Literacy Volunteer, as well as taken courses at NCC and Lifetime Learners.  She has been passionate about poetry her whole life and enjoys sharing her love of poetry with others.


Monday January 21 – No classes, NCC closed for Martin Luther King Day


January 28Estate & Long-Term Care Planning – Free class!

Estate planning increasingly focuses on two aspects: planning for the distribution of one’s estate at death and planning for incapacity during one’s life. We try to familiarize attendees with the basic principles, goals and vocabulary of both aspects of estate planning.  We briefly discuss wills, living trusts, powers of attorney, living wills, appointments of health care representatives, conservatorships, income tax planning regarding capital gains as well as inherited retirement accounts.

Stephen B. Keogh practices law in Norwalk and the rest of lower Fairfield County. He concentrates his practice in the area of elder law, probate and trusts and estates. He is a frequent speaker to attorney and community groups on topics including estate planning, planning for incapacity, health care decision making, long-term care financing, Medicaid and conservatorships.


February 4 – Tracking Your Family in Online Newspapers – Free class!

Genealogy students explore many kinds of records as they research their ancestors. None of the resources bring as much color to genealogy as newspaper items do. LLI genealogy students have found unexpected accounts of their ancestors’ lives that go well beyond marriage announcements and obituaries, the two most revealing accounts of peoples’ lives. As an example, the most recorded event in the instructor’s family, the 1894 murder of her great-great grandfather, William Strutz, has led Janeen to 140 different accounts found in online newspapers.

Janeen Bjork has combined 30 years as a TV researcher with looking for the many characters of her family via online newspapers since she began doing genealogy research in 2011. In her popular courses and presentations, she has shown the methodology she uses to uncover hard to find items.  The thousands of newspaper stories she found range from the sacred (acts of heroism, not just sacraments) to the profane (a great aunt was committed to an insane asylum for laughing in church).