On Friday, March 26, the Rockaway Initiative for Sustainability and Equity (RISE) hosted its Virtual Book Club from 2 to 4 p.m. The book theme for this month was Rockaway Culture and our group voted on reading Rockaway: Surfing Headlong into a New Life by Diane Cardwell. It is an inspiring true story about a woman who was looking for a fresh start after going through a very difficult time in her life, and how surfing in the Rockaways helped her find happiness once again. This month's meeting was special because our group was fortunate enough to have the author, Diane Cardwell herself, join us in our discussion. It was one of our best turnouts yet, everyone came to the meeting with questions about her incredible journey and together we had a great conversation about life in the Rockaways. Our group was able to take a deeper look into her life at the time when she was first starting to write her story and how she is doing now after having it published.
With this month's theme of Rockaway Culture, our group was looking for a more uplifting and lighter story after our last few selections. Although there are many heavy elements in this story, it shines a light on the pursuit of happiness and the importance of following your passions. I want to send an extra thank you to Diane Cardwell for taking the time out of her day to join our meeting, and for providing our group with another amazing story to discuss.
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