Say Goodbye to Isabel!

I finished Portrait of a Lady – Thank goodness.  All I can say is that it is the perfect transition to this year’s new theme:

How can “idea(s) spark change?” Clearly Isabel Archer, or rather Mrs. Goodwin – for that is what she remains, never heard or had any ideas compelling enough to spark change. In a novel we know the author decides the fate of his characters, but in real life why do some ideas push us to change while others are enough to simply consider.

When I shared this theme – ideas that spark change – with someone recently, his question was “change in whom?” Is it change in the individual self, moving towards intrinsic change;  or is it change that causes social change, the externalization of an idea. My answer is both and any other change that happens. But I’m less interested in THE change, and more interested in the ideas that cause them.  That will be the central theme of 2010.

If you have any recommendations, please send them via the comments page. Remember that a theme can be cut through fiction, nonfiction, movies, essays and documentaries.  Good and great selections are highly preferred over the mundane! Between now and January 5th, the main reading will be A. Lincoln by Ronald C. White Jr.

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About Dana Carmichael

Dana has a professional interest in Authentic Intellectual Work. This means focusing on improving intellectual quality in the classroom and increasing student engagement. By day, she does this work with a passion. By night, she is a thematic reader, examining a random essential question for the year through fiction, nonfiction, film and general random conversations.
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