“We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.”

Fanny Price, Mansfield Park


“How quick come the reasons for approving what we like.”


“Run mad as often as you choose, but do not faint.”

Sophia, Love and Friendship

“I suppose there may be a hundred different ways of being in love.”

Emma Woodhouse, Emma


“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel must be intolerably stupid.”

Henry Tilney, Northanger Abbey

“I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.” 

Elizabeth Bennet on Mr Darcy, Pride and Prejudice

“I wish, as well as everybody else, to be perfectly happy; but like everybody else, it must be in my own way.”

Elinor Dashwood, Sense and Sensibility

President’s Message February 2020


In September, two JASNA-Me Board positions will open. I will complete 2 terms as regional Coordinator and Judith Clarke will resign as the Communications Director. Briefly, I’ll describe the tasks associated with these positions. Officially, the Coordinator is “director of activities of the region and the representative to JASNA.” Other JASNA-Me Board members: treasurer, communications, program, hospitality chairmen report to me. I try to anticipate their needs and be of assistance. Most of our work is done by email and we try to meet face to face twice a year. As required I send reports of our meetings to JASNA. As JASNA’s representative in Maine, I receive a modest number of requests from JASNA, other regions, vendors, product sales people and publishers. Some of these I pass along to our members through Judith. 

Coming into the position, I knew that we needed a presence on the web. Karen Webb developed our Facebook page which continues to have a popular following. Our website features an archives section and allows registration for meetings. That site is in the process of being redesigned. In future, I see outreach as an ongoing responsibility for the Coordinator. 

Judith will be stepping down as Communications Director, a critical post she has held for many years. She assists in maintaining the mailing and membership list, designs and mails our invitations and forwards to our members relevant information that comes from JASNA or other regions. 

If you are interested in joining our board as Coordinator or Communications Director OR just would like to talk to us about our work, please contact me, Barbara, at rubarb121@gmail.com or 761-1593 and Judith at judit6207@gmail.com or 620-0715.