Study Guide: Listening Is an Act of Love

B. Reading the Stories

1. MARTHA CONANT interviewed by her daughter-in-law BRITTANY CONANT

Pre-reading statement of opinion:  Surviving a tragic accident can sometimes be a worse consequence than not surviving it.  Do you agree that there is some logic to this statement?  Why or why not?

Post-reading guided summary:  Explain the role that chance plays in Martha Conant’s survival from the plane crash.  Give four ways in which her lifestyle attitude changed and comment on her efforts to learn to express gratitude for whatever happens and to transform this “intentional behavior” (108) to her “habitual” way of being.

Personal response:  Write your reaction to one or two aspects of the summary you have written, and try to connect this response to the opinion that you expressed before reading the StoryCorps transcript.