From Light Scones to Connectedness

Since the last blog, I have read the The Unbearable lightness of Scones, by Alexander McCall Smith. I read it primarily because I needed some light reading after Ronald White’s A. Lincoln. Smith is a great author when you want desert, but don’t want to downgrade to a bar of Chocolate. All his books are a trifle more upscale, like a Mozart Kugle, (click here for a peek if you don’t know what one is).

Like a Mozart Kugle, there is a limit to have many you can consume in one sitting. So with that read, I have moved on to something deeper. This morning while cooking breakfast, I was listening to public radio and heard the interesting story about the power of social networks. Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler, the co-authors of “Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks” talked to Kerri Miller about their research.

So here is my challenge – If you are reading this blog, maybe you are open to reading a new book. If so, would you consider reading “Connected.” Then we can talk about it here. This might be the quintessential book for this year’s theme “Which ideas change us and why?”

What do you say! Let’s put their theories to the test.

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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