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Author:  Chris OConnor [ Fri Nov 28, 2008 5:36 pm ]
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Who would like to be the discussion leader?

Would someone like to lead the discussion of The Secret Garden?

Author:  seespotrun2008 [ Tue Dec 02, 2008 7:38 pm ]
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How do you be the leader? Do you have to be here for a certain amount of time?

Author:  GentleReader9 [ Tue Dec 02, 2008 8:18 pm ]
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How do you be the leader? Do you have to be here for a certain amount of time?


Good question. What's the commitment and what's expected? Does it hurt? Or tickle? Do you just start a string with a question about a specific section and leave town? Or what?

Author:  Chris OConnor [ Tue Dec 02, 2008 11:56 pm ]
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We really do need to create a page describing the role of a discussion leader. Remind me to do this please. :cool: But for the time being I will share my thoughts right here.

Leading a discussion is all about being involved in the discussion threads. A discussion leader doesn't have to agree or disagree with the author. They don't have to answer other peoples questions or reply to every post. Just be involved for the entire discussion period and make an attempt to keep people talking.

Ideally, a discussion leader will take some pride in their role and will create some threads. Be creative and add a poll or two. Maybe ask a few questions or share some relevant links found elsewhere on the web.

Over the years we've had all sorts of discussion leaders. Some have been very involved and others vanish after volunteering. We'd all prefer the kind that stick around and get their hands dirty. But it shouldn't hurt to lead a BookTalk.org discussion. If it tickles consider yourself lucky.

Author:  GentleReader9 [ Wed Dec 03, 2008 8:55 pm ]
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That sounds like fun, actually. If people thought it would be okay to let me try it, and if someone would split the role with me, I would like to do it for December. My fear is that I will be doing trainings on the weekends in January and could prove flaky if expected to be consistently present for developments throughout that month, thus the request to split it with a January partner. I'll also understand if others would be better choices for this. As you like to hear me say, "I'm not attached to it." :smile:

Author:  GentleReader9 [ Wed Dec 03, 2008 10:50 pm ]
Post subject:  Please will you lead the discussion, Thomas Hood?

Okay, I just read Thomas Hood's post on The Secret Garden and I take my volunteering back and instead nominate Thomas, first to be discussion leader, then, for a free book because he always contributes so much information and pays such close attention to what other people are saying. Please, Thomas?

Author:  Chris OConnor [ Thu Dec 04, 2008 8:24 pm ]
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Have you emailed or PM'd Thomas?

Author:  Chris OConnor [ Thu Dec 04, 2008 8:27 pm ]
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By the way I agree that Thomas deserves a book or two. I did mail him East Anglia and Macachiavellian Intelligence a few months ago, but will offer him another soon.

Author:  GentleReader9 [ Fri Dec 05, 2008 12:39 pm ]
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I talked to Thomas in the string where y'all had already started talking about The Secret Garden and he answered there.

Author:  Thomas Hood [ Fri Dec 05, 2008 11:22 pm ]
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GentleReader9 wrote:
Okay, I just read Thomas Hood's post on The Secret Garden and I take my volunteering back and instead nominate Thomas, first to be discussion leader. . .


What? You had already volunteered? I didn't know that or I wouldn't have. Your social skills are so much better than mine, so don't let me hold you back. Burnett is one interesting lady -- enterprising, creative, independent, scandalous, . . . She was into Theosophy and spiritualism as were many writers and artists of her era. (I have to be nice to the Theosophists because they were once good to me.)

Burnett's writings appear like a conclusion of the Romantic era: the healing influence of Nature, mind over matter, importance of the child and the childlike -- Walden with more concreteness. What's the view from The Fort?

Tom

Author:  Chris OConnor [ Sun Dec 07, 2008 12:24 pm ]
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I'm confused at this point. So who would like to be discussion leader? :hmm:

Author:  Thomas Hood [ Sun Dec 07, 2008 1:46 pm ]
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Chris OConnor wrote:
I'm confused at this point. So who would like to be discussion leader? :hmm:


Let's have co-leaders. GR9 says in her blog that she's going to be gone this weekend and co-facilitating. So maybe she'll co-facilitate The Secret Garden and help us connect to our inner selves when she gets back. But if there has to be one, and you need a quick answer, then, OK, I'll do it.

Tom

Author:  GentleReader9 [ Tue Dec 09, 2008 6:02 pm ]
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Thanks for doing it, Tom. I know you're the best human for the job. I will participate as much and as stimulatingly as I can, but I think you can supply a lot of good background and perspective, and you are totally joking about our respective social skills. At least you're a grownup.

Author:  WildCityWoman [ Thu Dec 18, 2008 8:50 pm ]
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You're doing just fine with that, Thomas . . . nice to see you here.

It's a good book, isn't it?

Author:  Thomas Hood [ Thu Dec 18, 2008 9:15 pm ]
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WildCityWoman wrote:
You're doing just fine with that, Thomas . . . nice to see you here.

It's a good book, isn't it?


It's a great book, Carly. I could use some of that Magic myself. GR9 has seen multiple movies, read the book before, is highly sensitive to racial issues, does things with crystals and Tarot cards, and has even been sung lullibies to in Hindustani (like Mary did to Colin), and she is going to be hexed and have bad Karma if she doesn't participate more -- unless, of course, she has a very good excuse. And I was hoping Ashleigh, who is taking a course in magic, would show up too. Isn't is so nice that we have a book on Magic to counterbalance the scientific atheism on this site? :)

Tom

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