Maggie Hettinger

I first read Zen and the Art when I was in college, (the 70s). It was about ten years ago when I was heavily involved the reorganization and survival of our small, rural, Catholic church and school (and unable to sleep at night) that I pulled the book out again. It was wonderful, refreshing, compelling. It also helped me see the currents of things I was dealing with. I realized then our problems weren't caused by individual "bad" people doing "bad" things, but something bigger. Zen and the Art helped me act constructively instead of simply being frustrated.

When Lila first came out, I wouldn't buy it, because I was afraid to be disappointed by a sequel. My husband bought it for me, though, and I have thanked him often.

I think Lila is the most important book I have ever read.

I live in Kentucky (surrounded by the unintended effects of massive education reform) and I often wish the rest of the world had even an inkling of the concepts of MoQ. It would make things much simpler.

(See The Technology Connection, an effort to apply MoQ insight to the dynamics of school reform. It's on my homepage at

I am a music teacher, Girl Scout leader, mother of four daughters, and am a member of the 1998 Cohort of Spalding University's Doctorate in Leadership Education program.

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