it comes to discerning what to read, watch or listen to in the precious time we
have, it is always helpful to have the suggestions of people who read and
experience new information as part of their living. Some of our faculty share
here monthly the books they are reading, as well as the electronic media they
are listening to or viewing. Most of us have a stack of books at
our bedside, while some of us have stacks near our reading chair, our cocktail
table and any other horizontal surface capable of supporting weight. Most of us
also have long lists of films we want to see or music groups we hope to
experience. When it is possible, some of the faculty will give you a few
words of evaluation of what is occupying their leisure time.
In a world with too many options for reading and watching, we hope faculty
suggestions will help you in your discernment process about what to read on
~ Dean Mark S. Markuly, PhD
Dr. Christie Eppler"I’ve been reading a magical realism novel, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender. It is a family story of how children encounter and experience emotions of others, particularly their mothers. I just finished Wonder by R. J. Palacio. Wonder is set in middle school and is told through the voices of several characters. The main boy, August, was born with disfigurement (quote: “I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse”). August’s principal would write monthly precepts. My favorite was “when you have a choice between being right and kind, choose kind”. The book made me wonder how we could build resiliency and wonder through kindness."
Dr. Sharon Callahan"I just finished the Sharon Kay Penman series of historical novels related to the medieval period of 1150-1220 (through the reigns of Henry II and his queen Eleanor of Acquitane and Richard the Lionheart.) Very interesting study from a renowned English historian. Very detailed about the life of the times, including the life and influence of the Christian Church as well as the constant wars for power and land. I am also reading: Healing the Heart of Democracy (2011) by Parker Palmer. A very helpful look at how each of us can assess our own participation in and contribution to the commons. Also, The First Muslim by Lesley Hazelton and Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, Sheila Heen and Roger Fisher (2010) A different take on managing conflictual situations. And "the out-of-sync child" by Carol Kranowitz and Lucy Jane Miller. I always like to keep my hand in understanding how people are formed and what works for their thriving."
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