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901. Mark Braught's Pastel Workshop

Earlier this week our newest Professor, Mark Braught gave a demo on working with pastels - his favorite medium. Mark decided to honor our most famous graduate and did a portrait of Margaret Wise Brown, author of GOODNIGHT MOON.
     He began with the underdrawing. It's charcoal with an acrylic wash over the top. He said he never likes to work on white.

Here are his supplies.
The class was glued to his process as he built up layer after layer of COLOR! It was so funny watching all the cameras - our students were fascinated. I was too! I had no idea you used so much pastel on one piece!
Mark layered and scrubbed and mixed the colors right there on the paper. He used a bristol which can hold up to the abuse.
The workshop lasted for just 1 1/2 hours, and yet, Mark was able to turn this beautiful portrait around!
He did tweak it some more after the workshop ended, but it was an impressive accomplishment in that short window. And now the program has a treasure to keep in its permanent collection of Margaret Wise Brown memorabilia - fantastic!

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902. ALA Poetry Blast

Meeting the Berenstain Bears!
I just came back from the annual convention of the American Library Association in Orlando and what a great event-- as always! There's so much to love about these conferences-- running into great friends from across the country, meeting fascinating new people, learning-learning-learning (at sessions, events, exhibits, and EVERYWHERE), attending fun publisher previews, receptions and dinners, and reveling in the amazing Newbery-Caldecott-Wilder banquet. Wow! I'm probably forgetting a ton of other things-- all packed into 3-4 days of nonstop action. No wonder I always come home equal parts exhilarated and exhausted! 

Proud mom, daughter, and daughter's first book!
One of the highlights this year was attending ALA with my grown up daughter who is also a librarian-- although in the medical field. She's so much fun to travel with and I'm so proud of all her achievements too! She presented her poster on her new book about the Affordable Care Act for librarians.

Janet (Wong) and I also had a poster session featuring how to connect poetry and picture books and I was so pleased with all the traffic we had and all the social media buzz our visitors created! 





Check out my homemade "share poetry" dress which I was excited to debut here. I ordered this customized fabric (with a Groupon from PersonalizedFabric2) and then made it into a simple dress. So much fun! 

And of course I couldn't miss the Poetry Blast which was held Sunday afternoon, hosted by Marilyn Singer and Stephanie Bange and featured poets Robert L. Forbes (Beastly Feasts; Let's Have a Bite; Beast Friends Forever), Madeleine Kuderick (Kiss of Broken Glass), Ann E. Burg (Unbound), Lee Bennett Hopkins (Jumping Off Library Shelves; Amazing Places, Been to Yesterdays), Carole Boston Weatherford (Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement; You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen), and Marilyn Singer herself, of course (Miss Muffet, or What Came After; Echo Echo). I made tiny video clips of their readings and I tried to post them here, so you can catch some of the excitement we all felt there-- and get the scoop on some new, forthcoming poetry books, but neither Blogger nor YouTube is cooperating! Heck! Sorry! I'll keep trying and re-post, if I have more success. 
(L-R) Lee Bennett Hopkins, Carole Boston Weatherford, Ann E. Burg, Robert L. Forbes, Marilyn Singer & Madeleine Kuderick
Thanks to the sponsors for bringing poets and sponsoring the Poetry Blast: Candlewick Press, HarperCollins Children's Books; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers; Lee & Low Books; Scholastic Books, and Wordsong/Boyds Mills Press.

Meanwhile, head on over to Tabatha's place, The Opposite of Indifference, where she has heaps of Poetry Friday goodies to share. See you there!

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903. Katherine Waterston and Alison Sudol on Portraying the Goldstein Sisters in ‘Fantastic Beasts’

Katherine Waterston and Alison Sudol feature in Fantastic Beasts as sisters, Tina and Queenie Goldstein. The Pottermore Correpondent caught up with them to ask about their auditions, and how they manage to portray the bond between the sisters so well.

According to Pottermore, Katherine Waterston and Alison Sudol were cast as the Goldstein sisters after Eddie Redmayne had been cast as Newt, and David Yates was looking for two actresses with a ‘very specific type of chemistry’. Alison Sudol describes the moment they showed that they were the right fit:

‘We were introduced and it was kind of like, “Okay Katherine, this is Alison. Alison, this is Katherine. Why don’t you have a seat on that couch and be sisters?” We were both like, “Right, okay!”’

‘And so I [Alison] sat down and something happened: I just looked at Katherine’s face and felt incredibly empathetic towards her. In this scene, she – Tina – was suffering and I could see that. I started playing with her hair, and plaiting her hair, and it was a really emotional moment for both of us.’

But, according to Katherine, it wasn’t the first time she’d seen Alison act:

‘The truth is that I saw Alison in a scene first. I got to watch her work a little bit before we did the improvisation, so I already knew she was a really good actor,’ Katherine says.

‘So I went into the improvisation knowing I was with someone who would be able to hold up their side of the bargain. With things like that when you’re nervous and you’re auditioning, to know you can trust your partner gives you confidence you might not otherwise have in that situation. 

‘I think that made a big difference.”

J.K. Rowling’s focus on family, love and relationships in the Harry Potter series has continued to be a prominent theme in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and it seems we’ll get to see another side to this in the sisterly relationship between Tina and Queenie in Fantastic Beasts.

Katherine Waterston says that being a sister makes the role slightly easier to play naturally, given that she knows all the quirks of such a close bond:

 

 

‘I have a whole life’s history of that feeling of being a sister. That’s really what it comes down to with acting like this: it’s trust and love. We both felt that connection on the first day, Alison and I. But also, I’ve got a sister. I am a sister, so it wasn’t tricky to call on that. Sometimes my sister and I have come downstairs wearing the same outfit or we’ve called our mom at exactly the same time. There’s something witchy about being sisters anyway, don’t you think?’

Read the full article here!

If you haven’t seen it already, catch the sisters in the Fantastic Beasts trailer here, and read an interview with Katherine Waterston on working with David Yates here.

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904. आरओ पानी – एक सच्चाई

आरओ पानी – एक सच्चाई सुन रहा है ना तू क्यो R.O. रहा हूं मैं घर पर एक जानकार आई हुई थी. उन्होनें अपना नया घर बनवाया है. बातों बातों में उन्होनें पूछा कि आपने कौन सा R.O. लगवाया है. मैने मना किया क्योकि मेरा आर ओ के प्रति मन नही बन रहा था. कारण था […]

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905. New Photo From ‘Cursed Child’ Set Designer!

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has been captivating preview audiences in London over the past month, but those of us who haven’t been able to make it yet have (mostly) been kept in the dark regarding the play’s plot and – more importantly – the atmosphere of the production.

Set Designer Christine Jones revealed the inspiration behind one of the sets on the Cursed Child Facebook page – it sounds like the quote she uses implies that Platform 9 3/4 in King’s Cross Station will be a significant part of the play, and that time will have a significant part to play in the story of Cursed Child (which seems fitting, seeing as Harry Potter “ended” on the very same platform in ‘Nineteen Years Later’):

‘Few buildings are vast enough to hold the sound of time… there was a superb fitness in the fact that the one which held it better than all others should be a railroad station.’

The page has also been posting photos of props from the set (this one is what looks like an application letter for the Ministry of Magic, where Harry works):

And this one is a deliciously realistic photo of some Hogwarts Express Liquorice Wands:

Some who have seen the play are struggling not to spoil secrets in comments, so be wary of this, and for those of you who know what this quote signifies in the play – remember to #KeeptheSecrets!

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906. Plot is somehow related to a book or the other

Hello! my name is... let that go as anonymous. I have a plot, for my story, but I have one problem- the plot is always there in a book or the other.

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907.

Yes, the Peacock can fly.

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908. Narration tenses issue

Hey, so the story I'm writing works best if I feature narration in the past and present tense. I.e the (first person) narrator talks about what he is

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909. Sam Clemmett on Albus and Harry’s Relationship in ‘Cursed Child’

Being the son of The Boy Who Lived isn’t always easy according to Sam Clemmett, the actor portraying Albus Potter in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Clemmett goes as far as to describe the relationship between Harry and his middle child as “fractious”, and being that Harry Potter is as famous in the Wizarding World as he is in ours, it’s not hard to see why.

Of the father-son relationship, Clemmett says:

“There are issues. It’s like having a massive celebrity figure as a dad. People react to you in different ways whether you want that attention or not. Whether you are able to live up to that person or not, it affects your self-esteem.”

Clemmett also joins a number of other Potter alumni in defending the casting of Noma Dumezweni as Hermione in Cursed Child–a decision that has been the topic of much discussion as of late.

“The films have painted a picture of the Harry Potter world and it is hard to put that aside. But JK Rowling never specified ethnicity in the books. Noma is a brilliant Hermione and does a wonderful job and tells the story beautifully — and that is all that matters.”

Sam Clemmett and the rest of the cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child continue to charm audiences at the Palace Theatre. For those of you who have seen the play, we ask that you please remember to #KeeptheSecrets in the comments!

 

Read more from the interview at Digital Spy and Standard.

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910. डाक्टरी सलाह और हमारी मानसिकता

डाक्टरी सलाह और हमारी मानसिकता ऐसा भी होता है..!! कल एक सहेली को किसी डाक्टर से कुछ सलाह लेनी थी सो मैने एक बहुत ही काबिल और अनुभवी डाक्टर का पता बता दिया. आज मैनें ही फोन करके पूछा कि डाक्टर साहब के कैसा रहा ? इस पर वो बोली कुछ खास अच्छा नही रहा. […]

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911. I.F. Tornado


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913. Source of Lit - The Postman! (and West Virginia University Press) - Monsters in Appalachia by Sheryl Monks

Monk - Monsters in AppalachiaA nice treat when getting home was the envelope from West Virginia University Press which contained an Advanced Reading Copy of Sheryl Monks' forthcoming (November 2016) short story collection, Monsters in Appalachia. I first "met" Sheryl via her work at Press 53 where she was at least partially responsible for the publishing of Visiting Hours, the short fiction anthology I edited. Watching this book develop via Facebook posts has been a treat and I'm looking forward to dipping into some stories.

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914. The Lion's Gate

If you’ve never spent time on welfare during a Vancouver winter, you won’t understand my motivation. It can rain hard for three weeks at a time. You get wet no matter what you wear or how careful you are. The sky can be dark grey with massive clouds for more than a month with never a peek of sunshine. They say the suicide rate is the highest there. I believe that is the reason. Everyone who has lived there knows about the advantages of Vancouver, but the depressing winter rain is not mentioned so much. It’s hard to take, day after day. I had finally left the house in Kitsilano where the longest, poorest, wettest, greyest, most depressing Vancouver winter had driven the guys living there to desperation. We met the winter before on the False Creek seawall job. The bosses were permanent city truck drivers. They trucked in millions of boulders, needed them dumped by wheelbarrow down the sides of False Creek. Four of us lived in a house in Kitsilano. Soon we were broke. The winter we spent in that house in Kits was so depressing that, by spring, I knew I had to get out. I found a bachelor apartment on 16th Avenue. Les had worked on the Lion’s Gate bridge in years past, encouraged me to apply for the job. When I got up in the morning on 16th Ave., I could see the tops of the Lion’s Gate towers above the surrounding roofs, snow caps of mountains called The Lions, beyond. The pay, on being hired by the highway department, seemed astronomical after the past winter. Ron was the boss. He was a tall, slim, grey haired man with an English accent. They said he could climb like a monkey. He made a remark about “getting stuck with the choirboys” in the morning meeting on the first day. Apparently, the crew on the Second Narrows bridge had inherited more experienced men from the personnel department and he wasn’t happy about it. Apart from that he was civil to me. He only came up on the bridge once a day to see how things were going. The rest of the crew, having worked there for years, appreciated that. They put me with Tim, the sandblaster, for the first two weeks. He was a big, bald guy who worked in a three sided building where he sandblasted all day. He did plows, grader blades, all kinds of things for the department of highways. I loaded the sandblaster drum for him, moved things around until he got me doing the sandblasting. In the hot summer, with all the equipment a sandblaster has to wear, it’s not a pleasant job. No matter what you do, the tiny grains of silica get into every crevice and crack. The day finally came when they told me I was going up. I followed the rest of the crew up the sidewalk from the North side of the bridge. The view gets more spectacular as you walk. At the first tower you climb the protective barrier between the sidewalk and one leg of the tower. It is then that you first step across a little space which provides a clear view of the sunlight dancing on the water, two hundred and fifty feet below. My job was to prepare the steel for the painters to spray. They gave me a wire brush, a paint scraper and a needle gun. You plugged the needle gun into an airline wherever you needed it. You scraped the steel clean of rust before the red paint was applied. There was a lot of bird droppings. Some areas needed more work than others, but they all had to be done because when the spiders arrived from above, the painters wanted the surface cleaned and primed. The painters attached their spiders near the tops of the towers, descended to prepare the surfaces unreachable otherwise, then spray painted the whole structure with several coats. The logistics of the painters’ jobs, their five gallon cans of paint, spray guns, lines and spiders, make it a long process. No one can go onto the bridge to work if there is precipitation. They’re lucky to get one half of the bridge done in one summer. When we climbed up from the road level to the next work area, the men left their lunches, threw their safety belts into a pile in the corner. I did the same. The safety belts were too much trouble. Every time you moved, you had to unhitch the belt. Sun filled, windy days on the Lion’s Gate made you feel alive and strong and in the right place at the right time. The trials of life were always waiting when the day was over, but those summer work days were irreplaceable. The constant swoosh of traffic hummed below, ships sailed the Burrard Inlet, sun shone, ocean breeze blew. Snowcapped mountains stood in the distance. When you looked West, you stared straight out to sea. As the weeks went by, I repressed the unspoken fear of danger. I gained courage. I became used to the casual disregard for safety, took the others’ confident actions on the job for granted. They were sure they wouldn’t fail. They could do anything they had to on the job: there was no possibility of them falling to their deaths. Anyone who doubted them was a fool and this was no place for fools. I didn’t work at the top of the tower because it was done in the past summer but, some days, I climbed the ladder inside the tower to eat lunch with the painters. The towers at both ends are attached to each other by a steel walkway in an x configuration which spans the roadway. There are two walkways, the painters ate in the top one. I don’t know who saw me, Fred or Jimmy. I got a warning from Ron himself. My friend, Les, who told me about the job, was angry. It just seemed logical at the time. One day, near the end of summer, we had worked our way into an area in the middle of the bridge which was too far from the towers to go back to them for anything. We took everything with us. After needle gunning, scraping and wire brushing all of the rusty areas out in the middle, it was time to paint them with the red primer. After this they would be painted by the painters from bosun’s chairs. I carried my can of primer and the brush with me, doing what I had been doing all summer, crawling, climbing, struggling along the side of the bridge. The bulk of my work had been where there were a lot of girders to hold onto. I watched Les walk along the top of the bridge barrier, brush in one hand, paint can in the other. He moved along at a steady, relaxed pace, arrived quickly at the place where we were working. It would take me a long time to cover the same distance, my way. I decided to do it his way, climbed up onto the bridge barrier. There, standing up, with nothing on either side to hang onto, I started walking along the external barrier. The water below sparkled, the wind whispered, the sun shone warm on my back. The ledge was a foot and a half wide, a crisscrossed pattern of flat, steel pieces fastened to the big girders on either side by rivets. I saw the blur of vehicles on the road to my right, twenty feet below me, the waves of the inlet, more than two hundred feet below me, on the left. I walked on, carrying my paint can, scraper and wire brush in the pockets of my coveralls, careful to avoid the rivets. A big cruise ship passed under the bridge at that moment. It emerged beneath me, on my left. I stopped to watch it. I was mesmerized by the slow motion. The breeze carried Les’s voice to me. He told me to move. I did. I made it all the way to the work area, but that hesitation got me into trouble. It created a moment of worry, a sliver of unease in someone. They told the boss. He gave me a lecture about not doing a circus act, just doing the work. It must have looked worse than it felt. It was either Fred or Jimmy who told him. Fred was an older guy who showed me how to hold a brush properly for that kind of painting. I found out later that he used to be a boss like Ron. He was demoted when he and the crew were caught playing poker and drinking on government time too many days in a row. Fred probably told the boss in a sincere effort to save my life. Jimmy was a big, tough biker who painted from a spider. He used to come to work hungover with his knuckles skinned from fighting in his favourite Surrey bars. He had a picture of his father doing a handstand on the flagpole on top of the Surrey city hall. Jimmy always had a smile and a laugh, even with a hangover. He probably told the boss because he thought I might fall off the bridge and embarrass the crew or cost them money. I left at the end of the summer, got hired onto a highway crew which replaced railroad ties on the bridges to Squamish. I saw Les later that month. He said that they’d had one more job after I left. Ron had taken a couple of the guys, climbed up to the very top of one tower, changed the light. When you look at the Lion’s Gate Bridge and see that red light at the top, that’s the one they changed. When they came down, after doing it, Ron told them they had done a good job, bought them a beer. There were a few men lost over the years. One conversation I heard was about the death of a man they worked with. Some said he shouldn’t have gone up that day, there was too much moisture. Others said he jumped into the Burrard Inlet because of problems at home and “bad nerves”. His body was never found so there was even a suspicion that he had taken the opportunity to disappear from his current life for mysterious reasons. The Vancouver rain started again that Autumn, winter approached. I tried to get a job on a freighter. I heard that there were regular shipments of lumber from BC to Australia.

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915. Certain Songs #582: Harvey Danger – “Flagpole Sitta”

Harvey Danger Flagpole Album: Where Have All Of The Merrymakers Gone?
Year: 1997

So why “Flagpole Sitta,” anyways? Out of all of the pop-punk songs that came flying out of the back half of the 1990s after Green Day proved that there was a perpetual market for snotty punk rock, “Flagpole Sitta” seems like an unlikely candidate for immortality.

And in fact, if you’ve had any reason to listen to commercial alternative (whatever that is anymore) radio over the past two decades, you’re probably sick of this song. Shit, I’m probably sick of this song.

That said, one of the things about “Flagpole Sitta” is that it plays like a novelty song, what with the bouncy rhythm and snarky lyrics, but like its spiritual predecessor, Suicidal Tendencies “Institutionalized,” what feels like a novelty song is actually an incredibly sharp look at what it’s like to be a young person.

Of course, I was trending, er, post-young in 1998 when “Flagpole Sitta” first hit the radio, but I sure kinda loved the generational-skewering of the bridge.

I wanna publish ‘zines
And rage against machines
I wanna pierce my tongue
It doesn’t hurt, it feels fine
The trivial sublime
I’d like to turn off time
And kill my mind
You kill my mind, mind

Maybe it wasn’t quite as funny/pathetic as “All I wanted was a Pepsi / And they wouldn’t give it to me,” but it was pretty damn close.

Add that to a pure pop chorus, and lyrics that sharpened as the radio plays piled on, and you have a weirdly enduring classic that will probably make sense to each generation of kids who encounter it.

“Flagpole Sitta” performed live on Letterman, 1998

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916. A Kepler's Dozen (anthology)

A Kepler's Dozen, an anthology from Hadrosaur Productions,  imagines what planets discovered by the Kepler Space Probe are like. It's 50% off at Smashwords for the month of July. Just use the code SSW50 on checkout.https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/325583

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917. Emotional Wound Entry: Discovering One’s Sibling Was Abused

When you’re writing a character, it’s important to know why she is the way she is. Knowing her backstory is important to achieving this end, and one of the most impactful pieces of a character’s backstory is her emotional wound. This negative experience from the past is so intense that a character will go to great lengths to avoid experiencing that kind of pain and negative emotion again. As a result, certain behaviors, beliefs, and character traits will emerge.

sad1Characters, like real people, are unique, and will respond to wounding events differently. The vast array of possible emotional wounds combined with each character’s personality gives you many options in terms of how your character will turn out. With the right amount of exploration, you should be able to come up with a character whose past appropriately affects her present, resulting in a realistic character that will ring true with readers. Understanding what wounds a protagonist bears will also help you plot out her arc, creating a compelling journey of change that will satisfy readers.

NOTE: We realize that sometimes a wound we profile may have personal meaning, stirring up the past for some of our readers. It is not our intent to create emotional turmoil. Please know that we research each wounding topic carefully to treat it with the utmost respect. 

Discovering One’s Sibling Was Abused

Examples:

  • witnessing the abuse first hand (seeing or hearing it occur)
  • discovering the abuse after the fact only when one’s sibling opens up about it
  • knowing one’s sibling is taking the abuse to protect oneself or other loved ones
  • hearing a rumor about abuse involving one’s sibling and discovering it to be true
  • being abused and realizing up to this point, one’s sibling has allowed herself or himself to been victimized in order to shield
  • discovering the abuse when one’s sibling attempted suicide and left a note
  • being told by a friend or family member that one’s sibling was abused

Basic Needs Often Compromised By This Wound: safety and security, love and belonging, esteem and recognition

False Beliefs That May Be Embraced As a Result of This Wound:

  • This is my fault, I should have done something
  • I should have protected my sibling
  • I should have seen what was happening
  • I failed as a sister/brother and should have shielded them from this
  • I should have been stronger and taken the abuse myself
  • I am unworthy of love, respect, and trust
  • I can’t help others; I will only fail or let them down
  • I cause other people pain and shouldn’t be close to anyone
  • I am weak and deserve only pain and unhappiness
  • I can never make up for my failure, I deserve the darkness of this guilt
  • I can’t protect the people I love
  • I don’t deserve to feel safe and secure, not when my sibling had that taken away

Positive Attributes That May Result: affectionate, alert, appreciative, courageous, empathetic, generous, honest, honorable, humble, introverted, loyal, kind, merciful, nurturing, obedient, observant, patient, perceptive, persistent, private, protective, resourceful, responsible, spiritual, supportive, tolerant, unselfish

Negative Traits That May Result: confrontational, cowardly, humorless, inhibited, insecure, nervous, paranoid, promiscuous, reckless, self-destructive, subservient, suspicious, timid, uncommunicative, violent, volatile, withdrawn workaholic, worrywart

Resulting Fears:

  • fear of trusting people
  • fear of being responsible for others
  • fear of letting others down
  • fear of one’s children also being abused
  • fear of misreading people and missing a threat
  • fear of being left alone with people who make one uncomfortable or who intimidate
  • fear of helplessness
  • fear of secrets or fear that secrets are being kept from oneself
  • fear of exploitation
  • Fear of people who trigger reminders of the “type” of abuser

Possible Habits That May Emerge:

  • subservience to one’s sibling to make up for a perceived past failing (the character will feel guilt, even if they were not in a position to help or didn’t know it was occurring
  • anger and outbursts, even violence
  • refusing to speak to those who one blames, even if they were unaware themselves of what happened
  • a desire for revenge
  • second guessing one’s decisions, especially when one is responsible for others
  • Growing overprotective of loved ones
  • Digging for secrets if one suspects they are there, seeing even the smallest one as toxic
  • wanting to know where one’s loved ones are at all times
  • placing oneself in risky situations that increase the likelihood one will be hurt out of a deep sense of guilt and believing one deserves it
  • deep feeling of shame keeping one from being around one’s sibling
  • self-harm, medicating with alcohol or drugs, or engaging is self-destructive behavior from guilt

TIP: If you need help understanding the impact of these factors, please read our introductory post on the Emotional Wound Thesaurus. For our current list of Emotional Wound Entries, go here.

For other Descriptive Thesaurus Collections, go here.

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918. What would be a good software program for a work mixing biographical and autobiographical material with fiction? Program should make easy to insert photographs and drawings on the pages?

Dear how to write a book people, Thank you for making such an informative and useful website. I apologize if I am writing into the wrong category but

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919.

2016 Kindle Book Award Winners

Welcome to Our 5th Annual Kindle Book Awards!



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920. व्यंग्य- सकारात्मक सोच और नेता – ऑडियो

सुनिए ऑडियो 1मिनट और 42 सैंक़िंंड की. मुझे पता है कि आप बहुत व्यस्त हैं और सांस तक लेने की फुर्सत भी नही है इसलिए मैं नही कह रही कि आप पढिए  पर आप सुन तो सकते ही हैं…  ऑडियो  पर क्लिक करके अपने काम भी करते रहिए और सुनते भी रहिए… व्यंग्य- सकारात्मक सोच […]

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I donated this painting to the PreK through 3 years, at the Rochester Childfirst Network, on South Ave. Still love it.

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922. The Great White Shark Scientist

The Great White Shark Scientist  by Sy Montgomery photographs by Keith Ellenbogen Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016 Grades 5 and up It's Shark Week on the Discovery Channel, and it's the perfect time to review the latest Scientists in the Field book, The Great White Shark Scientist. Author, Sy Montgomery, and photographer, Keith Ellenbogen, have teamed up on another exciting marine biology story

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923. Emma Watson Discusses New Drama ‘The Colony’ and Playing Belle

Emma Watson is currently on a year long hiatus from acting, but she’s starring in two exciting films in the line-up to be released: The Colony (released yesterday in the U.K.) and Beauty and The Beast. The Independent asked her a little more about her character in The Colony, the subject matter of the film, and what it’s like to be playing Belle.

“I think she’s just so brave” Emma says of Lena, her character in The Colony. “It’s such an extraordinary act of courage, so I found that very compelling”

“I think Lena’s very relatable, she’s an air hostess, she’s kind of an everyday woman, so I’d just say the women that I’ve met personally in my life who I’ve seen that kind of resolve and that kind of strength and that kind of thinking which allows them to do extraordinary things … a belief in themselves and a belief in what they’re doing” 

Emma also confirms that she visited Chile to speak to survivors of the sect Colonia Dignidad,  which the film is based around, which operated during the 1973 Chilean Military Coup, and researched the cult to try to understand as much as she could about the way it functioned:

“It was actually not that long ago, and I feel like so little is known about it, which is extraordinary”

“Even just being there, there was an atmosphere which was quite strong and quite pervasive, so even if I’d spoken to no one, just going and being around the buildings and know what each of the different functions of the rooms were … was a pretty intense experience”

She also spoke about how the responsibility being UN Goodwill Ambassador for Women impacts her choice in film roles:

“It is a different dimension – being a ‘child star’ as they call it, or having worked as a minor, you do have to be aware of the kind of trajectory, and also aware that people are viewing your performances through a very different lens”

Emma comments on an article which discussed people who had seen the trailer calling her role in The Colony a ‘scandalous’ move, showing her ‘really trying to push the envelope and really trying to step away from Hermione and Harry Potter‘:

“I’m just kissing someone, you know, and it’s like, a huge deal” 

“You’re aware of that, but I don’t like to try and let all of that that noise effect my choices and decisions, because ultimately if you live like that … it would close me off to a lot of opportunities and experiences”

She also spoke about violence against women (which is a recurring theme in The Colony):

“It’s probably not talked about enough – how pervasive it actually is. I think we’ve got a long way to go – I think it’s also just become socially acceptable or just ‘the norm’ that women should feel afraid walking around alone, whether that’s particularly at night or whenever. I think it’s sad that we live in a society where women don’t feel safe to walk around on their own”

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On what it’s like to play Belle in Disney’s new live-action Beauty and the Beast:

“Amazing, I mean it’s just every girl’s dream, really. I loved her as a child, I love all the music, I knew all the lyrics and I loved that she was just this feisty heroine who’s whole life wasn’t about marrying the most handsome guy in the village …  she wanted to read and go on adventures and she wanted to be her own woman and her own person … she’s probably one of my first tastes of feminism, so pretty cool to be playing her now”

Read more about The Colony and watch the trailer here, and watch the full interview below!

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924. Aaron and Alexander

Aaron and Alexander: The Most Famous Duel in American History. Don Brown. 2015. 32 pages. [Source: Library]

First sentence: Aaron and Alexander could have been friends. They were alike in many ways. But the ways in which they were different made them the worst of enemies.

Premise/plot: Don Brown compares and contrasts the lives of two men--two patriots--Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton. The book does a great job in providing context for the now-more-famous-than-ever duel between Burr and Hamilton. The narrative is straight-forward and engaging.

My thoughts: I definitely liked it. I can say I like the narrative more than the illustrations. I thought the narrative was good and age-appropriate.

Is it text-heavy? Not really. I'd say it was very well balanced actually. It is still for older readers. (I don't imagine anyone reading this one out to kindergartners or first graders.) I'd say it's for the 9 to 99 crowd.

Text: 4 out of 5
Illustrations: 3 out of 5
Total: 7 out of 10

© 2016 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

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925. Best Books of June 2016

Summer has been busy so far! In June, I read 9 books and scripts, none of which are published yet, so I can't expand on them any further at this time.

But while I have your attention, if you want to share the love of reading, if you have gently used books you'd like to donate to a good cause, if you want to get books in the hands of eager readers, please check out Just. One. Book. Thank you!

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