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.
“FREE RANGE KIDS” has become a national movement, sparked by the incredible response to Lenore Skenazy’s piece about allowing her 9-year-old ride the subway alone in NYC. Parent groups argued about it, bloggers, blogged, spouses became uncivil with each other, and the media jumped all over it. A lot of parents today, Skenazy says, see no difference between letting their kids walk to school and letting them walk through a firing range. Any risk is seen as too much risk. But if you try to prevent every possible danger or difficult in your child’s everyday life, that child never gets a chance to grow up. We parents have to realize that the greatest risk of all just might be trying to raise a child who never encounters choice or independence.
In 1986, the Chernobyl Reactor 4 exploded and spewed radioactive material over a wide swath of Belarus, Ukraine and Russia. The people were relocated from numerous towns and villages. There is controversy over how many people exposed to the radiation suffered from it. The area around Chernobyl was cordoned off and became the Exclusion Zone. Today the Exclusion Zone is a place empty of humans except for a few people who went back to their homes and scientists studying the effects of radiation on the animals and plants in the area. Some animals seem to have adapted to the radiation while others have abnormalities caused by the radiation. This book is an honest look at a couple of the studies done on animal populations in the Exclusion Zone. It is extremely readable and informative.
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley.
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?
Well, given that I learned several ways to study better, to learn faster, and retain more, from this book, I think getting a good education is necessary for teachers as well. Some of the methods I learned seemed intuitively correct, but I didn’t know why, I was unaware of other things. I did know that studying for two hours all at once was less effective than studying 1 hour on one day, and then another hour, a couple of days later. Why does this work better? because 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. It also helps explain why pop quizzes are good for students, its Not that they tell you so much about what the student knows, its that it is a good tool to help students learn. Trying to find the answer in your brain is helpful. Students dislike pop quizzes, yet maybe if they didn’t count for lots of points, student’s wouldn’t object to them as much. I did know that when you reach an impasse, you should stop, take a break, then go back to the problem. I advise my husband to do this all the time, now I have evidence to back me up.
I also didn’t realize how important it is to mix things up, Carey call interleavement. Drills are fine, but you don’t want to spend a long period of time on the same one, or same type, do some scales, then some etudes, then play a piece through, then work on tone, then back to scales, etc. 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 a given formula. 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, that can benefit you for the test, but Not for the long run. part of it boils down to, do you want to just pass the class, or do you really want to learn, do you want to challenge yourself.
I enjoyed this book a lot, and wish more of my professors had imparted this type of knowledge.
When you think about the Arctic you probably see an icy expanse with polar bears hunting seals and the occasional ice breaking ship making its way through the treacherous waters. In reality the Arctic ice is melting with little hope of renewal to previous levels. This is opening up the Arctic to all kinds of things from ship traffic to oil wells. Nations around the north pole are trying to stake their claim on these new areas and resources and environmentalists and native peoples are concerned for the Arctic way of life. Arctic Thaw does a fabulous job of explaining what is happening in the Arctic and providing information on what may happen in the future. It is a well-balanced look at an area that has seen little exploration or development.
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley.
My doctor prescribed a low carb diet and this was one of the books I picked up to learn more about it. The main thing I garnered from the book was that some incredibly lucky people with incredibly efficient endocrine systems can eat carbs all the livelong day without negative side effects. However, the vast majority of us are not that lucky. And I am included in the vast majority, making the book depressing. I feel like her system of going incredibly low carb and then slowly testing out various kinds of carbs to see how sensitive you are is great in theory, but difficult to follow. Her program is incredibly detailed and restrictive. I feel I could be successful at this if I was wealthy enough to hire a private chef, or retired with absolutely nothing else to dedicate my life to but food preparation.
This is a short biography of a African American born into slavery, then emancipated with his family, who loved working with horses, and ended up owning his own stables and showed horses at major events. Bass was able to overcome a number of racial barriers because of his great skill with horses, and because other people, whites, stood up for him. He was a quiet, gentle man, and one wonders if an African American with a different temperament would have succeeded in his place.
On September 30, 1955, en route to a car race in Salinas, James Dean, in a Porche Spyder, crashed head-on with a Ford and died instantly; he was 24 years old. This year he will have been dead 40 years; Holley’s biography is the most definitive biography yet written, and it is quite interesting without being sensational. Holley does take off into flights of verbosity at times, but his general style is so forthcoming that his work gains in credibility, albeit slowly, as the very first chapter, “A James Dean Primer,” is too breathless, dazzling readers with his subject’s legendary achievements and controversies. But then the pace slows, and Holley begins building his portrait with fine use of the 100 or so interviews with people who have never before spoken on record. His presentation of Dean’s career in New York onstage is surprising in that for most people his image is filmic. But, like Brando, he worked well on the stage, gained notoriety, and became a member of the Actors Studio. Holley reveals that Dean’s television work was extensive and continued after he became a Hollywood star. It seemed before that James Dean came from nowhere, a total myth, who in the last 18 months of his life acted in three films–East of Eden, Rebel without a Cause, and Giant, and only East of Eden had been released when he crashed. Now it’s different; an icon has human dimensions. Bonnie Smothers
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This year he will have been dead 59 years. From reading this book I learned so much about the “real” James Dean, not the Hollywood version of the man. His mother died at the age of 9 and he was sent to live with his Aunt and Uncle in Indiana. Feelings of abandonment followed him his whole life. There is much controversy about his sexuality, which I never knew. From various accounts of people, he was an enigma. He changed his persona to fit the person he was with. Giving them the version of himself he thought they wanted to see. Extremely interesting and intriguing man. I recommend anyone who has ever watched his films to read this book. You will see him in a whole new light.
Overweight teen Cat takes on a high school science project where she takes up the diet and physical habits of hominins. In the process she loses lots of weight, dates a number of guys, and tries to recover from an old emotional injury.
The beginning of the Spirit Animals series. At the start of the adventure, 4 11-yr olds drink the special honey liquid and are able to call spirit animals. But Not just any spirit animals appear to these 4, rather the Great 4 Fallen, who died in the old battle with the Destroyer. Each youth is from a different country on Erdras and from a different segment in society.
This is a fast moving, action filled adventure.
Rebecca Parker West President of the Star King Ministry, as well as a Methodist Minister co-writes this with John Buehrens (co-author of A Chosen Faith). They examine the commonalities of liberal Christian theology, exploring what is fruitful among various interpretations.
Progressive Protestants are committed primarily to the healing and creative transformation of themselves, their neighbors, and their world. They often experience ‘theology’ primarily as ideas and teachings that are authoritatively presented and hamper more than they help the work of the followers of Jesus. Their lack of a positive theology is one reason for their marginalization in today’s religious scene. Buehrens and Parker begin with the life of service and work for justice and deepen it to show the implicit beliefs that it assumes and that are implicit in it. They show that progressive Protestants can be proud and articulate about their beliefs
One of the themes woven throughout this book, is that we are called to build Heaven on Earth. The structure of the book did Not work for me, they assigned different aspect of liberal Christian religion to various structures of a house. The foundation or the floor makes sense, but I just wished they had defined their terms (I’ve encountered eschatology, but don’t remember what it means), and Not attempted the metaphorical bridge. However, I really enjoyed this book, wanting to incorporate it into my life.
This book chronicles Kiefer Sutherland’s rise to Jack Bauer fame, professionally and personally. He did not ride into show business on his daddy’s, Donald Sutherland, coat tails as some may think. He did it his way.
We get a glimpse of his early life, his struggles early in his film career, as well as intermittently throughout, and his incredible work ethic. He’s never late for work and is the consummate professional. Sutherland works hard and plays hard. He pays the price and reaps the reward for both. Much of what is recanted in this book you’ve probably heard some rendition of through the Hollywood grape vine, but it’s fun to read it anyway.
From movies, to voice overs, to personal relationships, to his interest in helping young music talent breaking into the business, this book covers it all.
It’s Complicated is the result of a ten-year study investigating the effects social media has on our nation’s teenagers. danah boyd traveled all around the country interviewing teens and parents. What she found may surprise some. Many of the fears and assumptions held by adults tend to be misguided and/or hyperbolic. The ways in which teens use the technology varies from teen to teen, but much of their use is consistent with the psychological and social needs presented by physical interactions with their peers. It’s important to remember that simply because we adults may use the same social networks, we may use them for different purposes. Most of the things we fear about online interactions, i.e. predators, bullying, etc. tend to be greatly exaggerated and may, in fact, be worse in the physical world. There’s a lot teen psychology here as well, which helps not only in understanding how the software is used, but also why (and which sites, for that matter).
I may have only given this three stars, but a lot of that is because so much of this book feels like common sense if you anything at all about teenagers. It presupposes that you, as the reader, may only have limited interaction with teens (or interaction with a limited number of teens) and thus may not have spent much, if any, time researching their behaviors. I work with teens on a daily basis, so it kind of felt like this book was preaching to the choir. The biggest take-away here can basically be boiled down to: “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” Teens are doing what they’ve always done; they’re just adapting current technologies to do so (mainly because their access to public spaces and unstructured time has drastically increased over the years). Still, for those who may not feel as well-versed in teen behaviors, this is an informative read.
This text provides a lot of basic information about the formation of the asylum in Fulton as well as present day status and everything in between. Very informative if the reader is interested in some of the politics surrounding the state hospital throughout history. Lael gives a lot of factual information, including patient statistics. However, I feel that the book is lacking in one very important aspect: the lives of the patients who lived/live there. In order to give an accurate history, this reviewer feels that conditions within the asylum should have been included, not just what was happening on the outside. Though the author makes note of three patients who lived there, this is a very small and seemingly insignificant portion of the book. An interesting read, but not what this reviewer was looking for. So many of the treatments used were just glossed over or barely mentioned. This is, then, truly only a PARTIAL history of this facility.
Olivia Susan Clemens, known as Susy Clemens was the eldest daughter and second child of Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) and his wife Olivia Langdon Clemens. Susie is said to have inspired some of the character traits for Joan of Arc, in her father’s historical novel: Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc.
At the age of thirteen, Susy Clemens began work on a biography of her famous father, Samuel Clemens who wrote under the pen name, Mark Twain. Susie’s brief biography of Twain was eventually published as Papa: An Intimate Biography of Mark Twain in 1988. The book includes a brief recollection of young Susie meeting a dying Ulysses S. Grant as the former Civil War General and United States President worked on his personal memoirs for Twain’s publishing house. Twain included some passages from his daughter’s biographical sketch of him into his own autobiography.
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.