This book explores the trait that makes our species stand out: a desire to find answers. From the confessions of a professional student to the search for the miraculous, this collection of essays, short stories, poetry, and art wrestles with the question of what brings forth a questing spirit. The book looks at how learning and teaching take place, as experienced in, and sometimes in spite of, the classroom. A teacher learns a truth from what becomes for him an absurdity - the assigning of grades. A Midwestern community is forever changed by the courage of one student. A writer learns how to give the perfect dinner party by dining with the John Dos Passos family.Symbiotic relationships between living and learning take readers on a literary pilgrimage to Virginia Woolf's neighbourhood where, at an abandoned railway station, the significance of a diary entry brings a writer's past into emotional focus. A humorist examines her disastrous early marriage to a sailor. A professional juggler adroitly handles the theoretical issues of multiple intelligences as played out in the business community.
As with earlier Chrysalis Reader volumes, "Live & Learn" is a literary smorgasbord, which may present readers with answers to some perennial questions: what aspects of the learning process are universal, and which are individual? How do we foster lifelong learning? Why do we ask 'Why'?
Robert F. Lawson s poetry has appeared in "Three Rivers Poetry Journal," "Salt Lick," "Plum Review," "Phoenix," "Negative Capability," "Lullwater Review," "Kalliope," "Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, " and others. He is currently the major gifts and planned giving officer for the Maine Public Broadcasting Network. A co-editor for the Chrysalis Reader and former editor for Simon & Schuster, Lawson does freelance editing and writing consultation as time permits. Carol S. Lawson holds a master s degree in creative writing and literature from Bennington College. Her long and varied career in publishing has included editing a medical journal for Harper & Row, publications work for the U.S. Public Health Service and the Environmental Protectio"