One of the “big ideas” that came from our reading discussions was that “Sometimes you can observe and not comment” We were reading “Crash” by Jerry Spinelli and a student noticed that Penn Webb’s parents (who are Quakers) don’t react to Crash’s talk of violence. We refined our big idea somewhat to “You can listen to others and not respond or argue even if you disagree”. I’ve thought about this a lot this political season especially within the world of Facebook, social media, blogging etc. It’s probably good for me to remember that every post or comment is not a direct challenge to me, no virtual glove across the face with the promise of pistols at dawn. My mother once told me that she expected me to be honest, but that honesty didn’t mean telling her everything I thought, she honestly didn’t want to know. Mother’s have good advice like that.