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In this funny, rambling tale about a pair of counterculture roadside attraction operators, Robbins asks: What if Jesus wasn't really resurrected? True to form, his first novel explores spirituality while questioning organized religion and social mores through philosophical parables and clever prose. Books mentioned in this post Another Roadside Attraction Tom Robbins Used Trade Paper [...]Add a Comment
Have you ever read an I Survived book by Lauren Tarshis? If so, you know that the series is hard to put down once you get started! So far, there are books about kids surviving disasters like the Titanic, World War II, Pompeii (get excited for September!), and a whole bunch of other major events. Now, the time has come for you to help us pick the next one!
There are three awesome choices, which is sure to make it a hard decision. To help, we came up with these simplified summaries of each of the three. Which one will you choose?
The Winter at Valley Forge, 1777
Learn about the Revolutionary War in school? This is the ultimate butt-kicking George Washington choice! His Continental Army had to deal with every sort of obstacle: starvation, disease, not to mention the FREEZING conditions and the constant threat of attack over the three months that they hunkered down at Valley Forge. Pick this if you want to read about the red, white, and blue!
The Great Chicago Fire, 1871
Picture a massive, hungry fire that lasts for TWO FULL DAYS and destroys thousands of buildings, leaving 100,000 people homeless and an entire city in chaos. One tiny barn caught fire and it spread faster than you can imagine; the city was mainly made of wood, which you know is extremely flammable, and the air was as dry as can be – not a good combination. Can you stand the heat to pick this?
The Hindenburg Disaster, 1937
The LZ 129 Hindenburg was a huge airship that carried passengers from Germany to the USA. As the pilot prepared to land, the airship EXPLODED in a giant burst. We still don’t know for sure what caused it, but some hypotheses include 1. sabotage mission, 2. lightning strike, and 3. high intensity static charge (sort of like what happens when you rub a balloon on your head). Pick this to get the 4-1-1 and form a theory of your own!
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"We don't dare to let people make choices of their own."
"Not safe?" The Giver suggested.
"Definitely not safe," Jonas said with certainty. "What if they were allowed to choose their own mate? And chose wrong? Or what if," he went on, almost laughing at the absurdity, "they chose their own jobs?'
"Frightening, isn't it? The Giver said.
Jonas chuckled. "Very frightening. I can't even imagine it. We really have to protect people from wrong choices."
"Yes," Jonas agreed. "Much safer." (98-9)
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There was an awkward silence for a moment. Then Father gave a little chuckle. "Jonas, You, of all people. Precision of language, please!"
"What do you mean?" Jonas asked. Amusement was not at all what he had anticipated.
"Your father means that you used a very generalized word, so meaningless that it's become almost obsolete," his mother explained carefully.
Jonas stared at them. Meaningless? He had never before felt anything as meaningful as the memory.
"And of course our community can't function smoothly if people don't use precise language. You could ask, 'Do you enjoy me?' The answer is 'Yes,'" his mother said. "Or," his father suggested, "Do you take pride in my accomplishments?' And the answer is wholeheartedly 'Yes.'"
"Do you understand why it's inappropriate to use a word like 'love'?" Mother asked.
Jonas nodded. "Yes, thank you, I do," he replied slowly.
It was his first lie to his parents. (127)
As people age and the odds of getting sick and out of sorts becomes greater, it becomes increasingly important to rely on intuition salted with good common sense and a lifetime of experience to get through confusing symptoms and bad days. The odd tingling here, the unexplained headache there—not to mention feeling downright irritable or depressed—can lead one’s imagination to run wild, prompting questions like, “Is my diabetes acting up, am I having a stroke?” These events can be serious but they also might be nothing but instigators for bewildering and frightening experiences—especially if they come on a bad day when a person is lonely, or otherwise not feeling “up to it.” More questions surface, “Should I call my doctor? Can I afford another medical expense?” A whole litany of concerns pop into the mind, compounding the problem by adding to any anxiety or depression already manifesting itself.
Naturally, if a person suspects or has reason to believe a serious issue is presenting itself, a visit to the doctor would be appropriate. However, where there is reasonable doubt, a lifetime of having to solve problems requiring responses where one doesn’t have all the answers can encourage the senior to rely on intuition, common sense and previous experience. A decision to call the doctor will then be based on deep insight coming from the body itself, and can really help the doctor treat the person accordingly.
However, most likely, we have not developed intuition for a number of reasons. For one thing, it was almost never taught in school despite the fact that most scientific advances come as a result of intuitive insight. Also, perhaps in younger days there weren’t so many “gray areas,” especially concerning health. Chances are, when we were in the full bloom of youth and health, we only dealt with issues that have ready solutions, or had a medical problem for which the doctors were able to heal or at least adequately address. The chronic conditions were a lot fewer. If we broke a leg skiing; we got a cast on our leg. If we contracted a strep throat; we were given an antibiotic to fight it. Most of us didn’t “listen” to our bodies. We took our good health for granted and lived in blissful ignorance.
So aging seems to bring, along with the gray hair, more and more gray areas in life, especially health related issues, where there are no set solutions to matters of mind, body and spirit A little more than an apple a day is needed to address the problem of an arthritic knee, and no one person has all the answers. In some cases, there simply are no answers or cures. One must somehow forge one’s own path ahead to get light and definition in the gray areas. This can be done through intuition.
Intuition is something all of us are born with, but few of us make a point to work on as we would work on building our muscles or financial portfolio. Yet like our muscles and portfolios, it’s never too late to work on our intuitive abilities as long as we are mentally competent.
At first this effort to develop intuitive skills most likely will seem completely stupid, especially if one hasn’t tried it. After all, within is where all the problems are felt—between the pounding heart, the tightened stomach and splitting headache!
It helps beginners to read a few good books on intuition or maybe take a class in intuition. It takes a little guidance for most adults to go from the head to the heart, a journey described as one of the longest anyone can possibly make. Like every serious undertaking, a little groundwork and the learning of a few techniques are required. And being serious about it helps. You can’t just say a few “oms” and expect to feel better. For some seniors, reading the books and applying the self-help techniques to develop intuition are quite enough and could prove very beneficial. Others will become fascinated by what they learn, and realize they possess special intuitive gifts which they may want to develop through the help of a trainer. Most will certainly become more confident in making decisions regarding the “gray areas.” The discovery of these gifts could open up a new phase of life not only for self development but for helping others.
The Los Angeles indie animation event of the season takes place tomorrow, Saturday March 8th, at The Cinefamily. Animation Breakdown Roundup! is a collection of over two dozen shorts by seasoned indie stars (Vince Collins, Emily Hubley), current filmmakers (Kirsten Lepore, Takeshi Murata, Devin Flynn, Allison Schulnik, Galen Pehrson, Amy Lockhart, Matt & Paul Layzell, Garrett Davis, Charles Huettner, Caleb Wood, Alex Schubert) and next-wavers (Peter Millard, Sean Buckelew, Quique Rivera Rivera.)Add a Comment
Not much to report in the Golden home for the month of February. We had more snow, which meant more snow days, and the crazy thing is that I totally missed my job while I was at home. I guess that's the major development this month: I am falling in love with my job. My boss is amazing and supportive and wants to teach me new skills; I love what I'm doing and feel like I'm really developing my skill set; and I get to play with books. Bonus: I have not one single time been cursed at, hit on, or had to break up a fight between students. They are respectful and polite. It's like living in an alternate world. I think I'm going to come up with a whole post later about the differences and also maybe something about why I chose to leave for profit education. Would anyone be interested in that?
ST. PAUL, Minnesota – Fuzion Athletics has pledged a package of Summer Vault Sessions, valued at $300, for a $200 pledge to Maggie’s Audiobook Campaign. This offer includes twelve 2-hour practice sessions with coaching from Jim Moeller, from June through … Continue readingAdd a Comment
At USA Today:
I slept horribly after Detective Grant left. I don't remember most of my nightmares, just vague images from the death visions I had of Nate's and Grace's possible ends. I think that the killer is the same person who pushes Grace into her car trunk and makes Nate choke on liquor. I have no actual proof—just a feeling. The odds of two killers in my small town seem impossible. Truthfully, even one seems impossible, but I know there is one. We all know that now. What I don't know—and need to figure out—is what it has to do with me. And why he tried to kill me.
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Everyone at Overlook is brimming with excitement over Clifford Chase’s new book THE TOOTH FAIRY, but we’re not the only ones! Check out Alexander Chee's review for Slate and see for yourself why everyone is raving about Chase’s radically candid new new memoir! The White Space Between the Sentences <!--[if gte vml 1]> <![endif]--><!--[if !vml]-->A memoir of aphorisms, byAdd a Comment
The official Read an E-Book Week may be almost over, but we are taking advantage of the month-long version to celebrate the beauty and benefits of today’s children’s e-books. First, a bit about this unique event:
First conceived by author Rita Toews more than nine years ago as a response to the stagnant acceptance of electronic reading, Read An E-Book Week has slowly built a strong international following among digitally published authors and readers alike. This year’s event, which began March 3th and carried through to March 8th, brought authors from eleven countries together for a week of e-reading. Many organizations continue to celebrate this event all month long with e-book reading events and activities.
Read an E-Book Week works to educate and inform the public about the pleasures and advantages of reading electronically. Authors, publishers, vendors, the media and readers world-wide join in the effort to spread the love of e-books with families everywhere. Read more about the history of this event and the history of e-books HERE.
FREE eBOOK: Everyone loves a freebie and our friends at OceanHouse Media are offering a bunch of children’s e-books for free during this March event. Our top pick is The Berenstain Bears and The Golden Rule. Grab your copy HERE.
Then of course we have to mention our own top picks from the Audrey Press line-up! Our best-selling e-books for kids include:
The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Ever wanted to explore a chocolate river or create gobstopper gum? The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a front row seat to a delightfully illustrated and fabulously written children’s digital e-book.
This year will mark the 5th “fox spring” at the Budayr home. Read how it all began with this sweet family of foxes. The Fox Diaries: The Year The Foxes Came to Our Garden is available in e-book form for the Nook.
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BOBBEE BEE says that he has learned 12 things you need to know in 2012.
1. I've learned that HATRED is like acid. It destroys the vessel that holds it.
2. I've learned that if love isn't taught in the home it's diffcult to learn it anywhere else.
3. I've learned that marriages are meant to last a lifetime. When they don't, all the world suffers.
I'm pretty stoked to finally be able to show off a project I've been working on for the last several months. It's hard to keep a secret about something you're excited about. Almost as hard as pronouncing Idina Menzel's name.
I had the pleasure of working with Enslow Publishers on designing and illustrating the covers for a new series of middle grade books called "The Baseball Geeks Adventures." They're about a trio of best friends who (obviously) loooove baseball, and the various and sundry shenanigans they get in to. Loads of fun to work on,
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He's got the big apparel Printable Coupons. Now he just needs to find a team.
According to a report from ESPN, former Heisman winner and likely first-round draft pick Johnny Manziel has signed a multiyear endorsement deal with Nike. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it is reportedly the largest contract signed of any member of the rookie class.
Manziel's team negotiating the deal included LeBron James' business manager, Maverick Carter, and Fenway Sports Group.
Adidas, Under Armour and New Balance's Warrior brand all submitted bids for Manziel's marketing rights.
The former Texas A&M quarterback had an impressive combine, especially in the 40, but it's not clear just where he'll fall in the draft yet. For now, at least, he's got some money.(Thanks to ESPN for sharing.) Add a Comment
Bold and playful work from Till Hafenbrak, an illustrator living and working in Berlin.
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eBook subscription company Scribd has tabulated the most popular book by state throughout the 50 states in the US.
American Gods by Neil Gaiman is the top choice among readers in Illinois; The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption and Pee by Sarah Silverman reigned in New York; Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie was the top choice among readers in Texas; and The Family Vault by Charlotte MacLeod led the list for Vermont. The list takes into account, not just book sales or downloads, but the actual reading habits of its 80 million monthly readers.
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The trailer for the upcoming remake of Annie is out, and we’re quite excited for the fabulously diverse cast! Quvenzhané Wallis, the talented young actress who was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress (the youngest nominee ever!) for Beasts of the Southern Wild, plays the star role of Annie. Jamie Foxx is cast as Will Stacks, the modern version of Daddy Warbucks, Rose Byrne cast as Stacks’ trusty assistant, and Cameron Diaz plays the dreadful Miss Hannigan.
We like that the story is updated a bit; it feels less like a copycat of the original Annie and more like a fresh, modern take on the story of the lovable orphan. In the 2014 remake, Will Stacks is running for NYC mayor and strategically takes Annie in for publicity purposes. Annie, of course, thinks that Mr. Stacks is saving her, but… we all know who saves who and how this story ends. Take a look at the trailer below and look out for the movie in theaters this Christmas.