This book by Jackson Galaxy and Kate Benjamin is packed with ideas for making your home more cat friendly. Cats at war? Help is in this book! Have a shy cat who hides a lot? No problem! Catification not only has ideas for cat furniture and climbing walls, but it also has information about why cats are the way they are. For example, I discovered that the reason altercations happen on my staircase is because it is a matter of turf. By building a superhighway with multiple lanes for traffic, I can eliminate these altercations. The ideas in here range from $10 cost to $600 or more, so there is something for every budget. If you wish to make life better for the feline(s) in your life, I highly suggest picking up this book. It is a delightful, easy and fast read.
This innovative book teaches you how to rediscover the delightful curiosity you had as a child. Wahl walks the reader through how we were when we were younger, how we are now, and how we can find our Picasso. Picasso is an acronym Wahl uses to describe his methods for rediscovering creative genius. Wahl gives examples of each step, as well as quotes and inspiration. Wahl is not some professional psychologist. He is someone who has walked this path to Picasso himself. Wahl gives us very poignant questions to ask ourselves as we consider where we are in our current life and who we hope to become in the future. This book deserves more than one reading in order to glean all of the information you can out of it. I recommend this for anyone struggling with who they are and where they fit in at home or at work. Great read!
This new addition to the library as of November 2014 is a wonderful book for any artist. I could see the applications being used in mixed media art, art journaling, calligraphy, and so much more! This book will get you started with basic pen paper and ink while later chapters add paint, chalk, and more! Illustrated lettering is also discussed with ideas for enhancing the first letter of a quote for phrase. Includes instructions for making your own chalkboard as well as how to do some of the basics in a digital program such as Photoshop. Creative Lettering and Beyond is not one to be missed by all types of crafters. Write on!
Who doesn’t want to spend more time playing?! Tricks and Games to Teach Your Dog is the how-to book for dog owners looking to improve their “fun factor” in their dogs’ eyes. Author Sophie Collins, assisted by Suellen Dainty, promise that any owner of a dog—no matter what age, breed, activity level, size or personality—can transform his pooch into an accomplished performer in brief daily five-minute training sessions. In all, the book offers 80 tricks and games, from the tried-and-true rainy-day tricks like “roll over” and “play dead” to out-of-the-box surprises like “lion tamer” and the “commando crawl.” Fully illustrated with color photographs and drawings, Tricks and Games to Teach Your Dog serves as a game plan for busy owners who wish to spend more quality time with their dogs, engaging them in educational games to improve their obedience skills while deepening the dogs’ bonds with their owners. Readers can teach their dogs helpful household tasks, such as the “laundry service,” “fetch my keys” and “answer the door,” as well as games that expand their repertory of manners, such as “say please,” “learning a ‘stop’ signal,” and “dinner time.” The authors emphasize the importance of safety in teaching tricks and games and caution owners to only work with safe objects when teaching fetching or finding games. The book is filled with practical training tips that owners can use throughout their dogs’ lives. Once an owner is confident and aware of his own technique, he will be better prepared to give the dog specific direction and not confuse the dog by giving false cues or misusing body language, tone of voice or hand signals. The level of difficulty in the lessons range from the simplest (“high five” and “stand ten”) to more challenging tricks like “shut the door,” “push the ball” and “freeze.” The unmistakable focus of the book is fun and activity, and no dog (or owner) ever wants to lead a dull, boring existence. To that end, the authors discuss some great fun outings to bring an owner’s play sessions with his dog to an all-time high: camping, volleyball, biking and hiking for starters. And for really adventurous overachievers, the authors provide a brief introduction to the ever-popular obstacle-course sport known as dog agility.
Now this is a marvelous book which uses the creative process to help readers visualize their dreams and bring them into their consciousness. What better way for a creative person to dream than through art? Ms. Gaynor’s three step process of dreaming, creating and reflecting is very beneficial. Gaynor is a licensed therapist who uses art therapy to help women realize their dreams. The book includes a year of monthly entries by artists using her process as well as a transformation deck and tips for creating your very own dream book. There is so much information packed in this volume that I couldn’t hope to do it justice in this review. Go to the MOBIUS catalog and pick it up. It is well worth your while!
This little book is filled with fantastic tips for would-be freelance writers. Everything from how to interact with editors to what types of pieces editors look for is covered. The book is short and to the point. There is no fluff. I highly recommend it to anyone who is even thinking about diving into the freelance world. It is guaranteed to not be a waste of time!
This is an excellent book. It was just what I was looking for and had answers to some painting issues I had ran into. As well as suggestions for a tiling question I had for my bathroom and some problems I may have when I start replacing some old carpet with hardwoods. For each common problem the author offered three different solutions. Some varied by skill or price but others were just different ideas that may appeal more to one person than another person. Each one photos to illustrate the problem and the solutions and step-by-step instructions. Or as specific as the instructions could be trying to answer a variety of people’s problems.
Interesting ideas for some basic remodeling, paint, tile etc., that can be accomplished in a few days. More of an idea book than a how to book though.
Gives detailed steps for plumbing, tile work, grout, sealant, everything you would need to know to repair or do basic improvements to your bathroom, provided you have the right tools.
Ideas and some step by step tips to update home bathrooms. Some good ideas provided you have the right tools and budget.
Ideas and instructions for replacing old flooring with a variety of different materials. Even tells you how to check to make sure the sub-floor is solid before beginning and how to replace it if it isn’t. Good information and instructions.
This is a wonderful book for anyone who works in mixed-media. The idea of doing a self-portrait may make many people put the book down before they even crack it. This book is something you should at least flip through as it gives you clues of what to look for when trying to define yourself and how you are unique. This is useful study for any type of portraiture as it makes the artist pay attention to things like eye placement and lip shape in comparison to other portraits. The portrait does not have to be an exact image of the artist. It can also be a representation or it can be a portrait of the person the artist wants to be. The main thing for artists to keep in mind when creating a portrait of the self is to be introspective. The book walks the artist through the importance of a self-portrait, knowing yourself, and revealing yourself. A lot of the things talked about in the book are good for artists regardless of the medium they choose. I highly recommend this book to anyone more curious about discovering what makes them unique.
This is a nice book for anyone wanting to get started in creating an artist’s journal. While a bit different from art journaling, there are still some fundamentals here that could be used for that craft. This book focuses more on the types of journals an artist can create, such as travel. The book discusses multiple media; however, many pages shown only combine a couple such as ink and watercolor. If you are wanting to complete multimedia pages, this is probably not the book for you. However, if you want to create pages that document your daily life or certain parts of it, in an artistic way with illustrations, Cathy Johnson provides a great starting point. This book asks questions such as, “What do you want from an artist’s journal?” to help the reader get started in finding the type of journal that is right for him/her. There are also chapters on test driving different media and the journaling lifestyle, just to name a couple. Great book to start with!
This is a wonderful book for anyone wanting to dive into the world of mixed-media art journaling. There are lots of techniques to try out, particularly with watercolors. If watercolors are a medium you wish to learn more about, this is the book for you. The instructions are clear without being overbearing. They still allow for a lot of experimentation on the part of the reader. The author tells you which tools you will need for each exercise, specifying which are optional. She also discusses some brand names to try out. I found this book to be very useful, especially when combined with other books and magazines on mixed-media art. There are also prompts at the end of the book for continued thought and fun with art journaling. The author encourages the reader to make a mess and try things out for fun. While the book gives some of the basics, there is still room for the artistic reader to soar.
After reading the book The Smartest Kids in the World: and How They got that Way, I started wondering how much can pedagogy be taught, and how much of it is just having a good personality. And by “good personality” I was thinking of the charismatic “hail fellow well met type”. I should have remembered that people with “hail fellow well met” type of personalities, usually get more credit than they deserve see the book Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a World that can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. Should teachers be required to get a good education or does getting a degree in physical education, qualify you to teach math in high school. How much can training benefit a teacher?
Science reporter, Ben Carey, provides us with a users manual for how our brains work.
Some of the methods I learned seemed intuitively correct, but I didn’t know why they worked; other methods were new to me. I did know that studying for two hours straight is less effective than studying 1 hour on one day, and then another hour, a couple of days later. The deeper we have to dig to retrieve a piece of information, the more likely it is to stick. That is why comprehensive exams are better for you, though less popular, because you have to study more. I did know that when you reach an impasse, you should stop, take a break, then go back to the problem. I’ve advised my husband to do this, but now I have evidence to back me up.
I didn’t realize how important it is to mix things up, what author Carey calls interleavement. Drills are fine, but you don’t want to spend a long period of time on the same one, or same type, for example when practicing music do some scales, then some etudes, then play a piece through, then work on tone, then back to scales, etc. Carey posits that this is really critical in math, because you need to be able to figure out which type of formula to apply to different problems. Often in school, a student does fine on an individual section, but then fails the comprehensive test, because now, they have to select which formula to apply. Another way to mix things up, is to study in different places, under different conditions, though if you can study in the room where you will take the test, this will assist you when you take the test, but Not in the long run. You want to know if you are merely studying to pass a given test, or do you want to retain the knowledge for the long run.
I enjoyed the way Carey wove together academic research studies with real world applications. I liked this book a lot, and wish more of my teachers and professors had imparted this type of knowledge.
Estes guides you in how to interpret your dreams. First she gives you guidance in remembering your dreams, including writing them down, having a tape recorder near your bed, and vowing to remember your dreams. She discounts, using standard dream dictionaries to interpret symbols. She advises paying attention to the nouns in your dreams, and then looking for synonyms to figure out what they might represent. Often, I find there is a major difference in the tone or feeling of my dream, compared to what actually happens in my dreams. Sometimes, there are really yucky feelings, without anything ominous actually happening. So I wasn’t sure the noun approach would really work for me.
She also covers specific dream narratives that lots of people experience, like flying dreams, or waking up late for a test, of finding yourself without your clothes. The one recurring dream that I have that she didn’t cover is the one where I am choosing my bed in a dorm room, or some variant thereof.
I tried her methods and got some advice from my subconscious that I’ve ignored, that I know I should take care of, but don’t really want to. So much for amplifying my subconscious.
Twitter for Dummies is all encompassing book on Twitter. Twitter is used by millions of people around the World to communicate with each other. From the casual friends to use in the business sector Twitter is a hit and this book tells you the ins and outs of the media.
This is a fantastic book for the beginning fantasy watercolorist with information on faces, hands, feet, and everything in between. It also has beginning watercolor instruction for those not well-versed in it already. I absolutely loved this book and plan to add it to my personal collection soon. It was exactly what I was looking for!