Stories are powerful because they speak to your mind, heart and imagination.

February 27, 2018

Facts, data and numbers will never have a story’s power to influence simply because a story speaks to the mind, heart and imagination.

Harold Goddard wrote in The Meaning of Shakespeare, “The destiny of the world is determined less by the battles that are lost and won than by the stories it loves and believes in.” How we respond to the stories we read very much influences how we respond to the stories in our own lives. Conversational Reading-read a book, ask a questions and start a conversation- encourages reading for meaning and engaging with the story on a personal level. Conversational Reading ignites a reader’s curiosity and brings into focus the ubiquitous page turner … and then what happened?

The best of readers seek to realize the meaning of the stories in our own lives and in the lives we meet through story. As E.L Doctorow remarked in defense of “the March,” his fictional tale of the Civil War, ‘ Which would you rather tread to get a sense of the Napoleonic Wars-a history textbook, or ” ‘War and peace’?” Through story we apprehend the world and in so doing, gain an understanding of ourselves. Maybe this is the best definition of a life well lived, a commitment to seek his or her own inner truth. The inner story, though the same for all, is always unique in each human being, never before lived and never to be repeated.

Harvard Study highlights the importance of questions & Conversational Reading looks to ask good questions

February 26, 2018

As parents, we can help our children practice a regular habit of asking good questions through the stories we read. Hone your skills of “Conversational Reading” with the literacy and language expert who coined the phrase herself, Diane Frankenstein. Register now for her Beginner, Advanced and Enriched Conversational Reading classes, March 3-10, 2018! In the […]


Conversations that expand our understanding about masculinity

February 24, 2018

The tragedy (2.14.18) of 17 people, most of them teenagers, being shot dead at a Florida school has put important conversations in motion and I am not just referring to the much needed and to be applauded protesters who took their plea for tougher gun laws to the Florida House of Representatives. A recent NYT […]


What would Presidents Washington and Lincoln have to say to us today?

February 19, 2018

It would be good to know why February 19 is a holiday and to ponder the sentiments of the leaders the day honors. Presidents Day honors President Washington, whose birthday falls on February 22. The day is also believed to celebrate Abraham Lincoln, America’s 16th President who was born on February 16. Though we don’t […]


A school curriculum that focuses on happiness… not math…

February 18, 2018

A modern new school in rural India, expected to be completed by 2020, turns the traditional education model on its head-focusing instead on cultivating happy students and compassionate people. The primary goal is to teach chidden how to be happy. Learning skills comes next. Preparing for standardized tests is not part of the curriculum. The […]


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