I am just reading an article in the online Charlotte Observer by Kay McSpadden on Why Jane Austen Matters. McSpadden is a high school English teacher in South Carolina and writes of her student’s love of reading, and how Jane Austen speaks to them. I am reminded again of why Austen matters to me, but I put the question out there to you … as her December 16th birthday approaches, and we here in our Vermont JASNA Chapter prepare for the annual tea celebration on December 7th, I wonder, why does Jane Austen matter to you? Please comment! ~ I would like to share some of your responses at our gathering. Thank you!