Author Archives: Dana Carmichael

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.

Uplifting Business Reading

Earlier this year in my “recommended reading phase,” a good friend suggested I read Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni.  At the time, I think it was the title that put me off, though I dutifully downloaded it into … Continue reading

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Holiday blues

Like a lot of families, ours has been impacted by the economy in general.  We decided to ask the kids to buck up and bit and not be disappointed Christmas morning when they had fewer presents than years past.  The … Continue reading

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The Girl with Dragon Tatoo!

OK, OK – perhaps I was the last person to read this. There is something annoying about jumping on the band wagon. But I must say now that I have finished Stief Larsson’s trilogy, I am a happy reader. Elizabeth … Continue reading

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Fall of Giants, by Ken Follett

Last month I had the good fortune of being given a galley copy of Follett’s latest book, Fall of Giants. It will be available in stores on September 28, 2010.  What a delight – 987 pages about five main characters … Continue reading

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Initial thoughts about “Connected”

So this book was great! Nikolas Christakis and Jame’s Fowler’s “Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks” is worth a read. And it relates beautifully to this year’s theme, which ideas change us and why? I already finished it and … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Olympic Opening Ceremony

WOW – The Olympic opening ceremony was spectacular. Sure there was flash and sparkle, but the delicate way in which the ceremony celebrated the majesty of Canadian geography and the rich cultural heritage was fantastic. I was especially struck with … Continue reading

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