I loved this. I fell in love with some of the characters and more than fell in love with the actual writing. Very creative way to tell a story of multI loved this. I fell in love with some of the characters and more than fell in love with the actual writing. Very creative way to tell a story of multiple teenagers through as series of poems, lyrics, prose. Each has their own distinctive voice. The author is brilliant in his clarity of expression. The book is emotionally authentic. ...more
I would've given this 4 and a half stars if I could. It's a brilliant premise. A boy named Clay, comes home and there's a pkg on the door. There are tI would've given this 4 and a half stars if I could. It's a brilliant premise. A boy named Clay, comes home and there's a pkg on the door. There are tapes in a shoe box and they are from a girl, Hannah, he crushed on who killed herself a few weeks prior. There are 13 people talked about on the tapes and he is one of them. The way Asher told the story..well I was totally in the main characters shoes. I was scared while reading it. Filled with anxiety about what the girl might say or reveal. No one wants to be blamed for someone's death. It was an emotional read. A fantastic Young Adult Novel. The main thing about it is that it shows how much we do affects one another. There are no meaningless acts. No person is an island. It reminds me of a line from one of Jewel's songs. "Be careful with each other, these fragile flames. For innocence can't be lost. It just needs to be maintained."
It was good to hear the story from someone who's committed suicide and/or contemplated it, though if it was someone I knew, it would've been incredibly hard to listen to the tapes. I was suicidal as a younger person and attempted suicide when I was 16. It was not thought out in advance. I didn't leave a note. No one would've really known why. And I didn't get help at the time. I woke up feeling terribly sick after all the pills I had taken and had to go to school because when I was growing up we weren't allowed to stay home sick from school. That day I walked around in a haze and thought that I survived for a reason. I had another few terrible days when I was 25 but did get help. Again no one would've really known what had happened. I think people saw me as basically a strong person.
As a reader, when we got to the last tape, I was hoping that it would turn out differently. I was scared about what had been the last thing to tip her over.
All in all I would recommend this book. I don't know how to reach people who have gotten to the point who don't want to live but if they are anything like me, there's is so much pain and when I was a teenager I wanted an escape, relief. As an adult it was that I felt I couldn't be myself truly and live in this world and that I had created a life for myself that I just couldn't live. Luckily there was help.
I saw this book while browsing at a bookstore a couple months ago. I scanned through it but didn't have time to read it then nor $$ to buy it. So, libI saw this book while browsing at a bookstore a couple months ago. I scanned through it but didn't have time to read it then nor $$ to buy it. So, library time. It was great reading all the quotes. Some of the sections that I remember were family, love, peace, environmental, justice, leadership, education, activism. My favorite quote was by Angela Davis. "Walls turned sideways are bridges."
Others I liked:
The Spirit whispers, the ancestors agree. You are starborn and God loved. The universe awaits your gift. -Barbara Holmes Black Theologian.
When you start measuring somebody, measure him right, child, measure him right. Make sure you done take into account what hills and valley he come through before he got to where he is. -Lorraine Hansberry
I know the beast will go down, but sometimes I see a growing baby beast that will replace it, and that worries me. I don't want revolution. I want evolution. -Nilak Butler
It's hard to be a human being and deeply painful to be conscious. -Ines Hernandez Avilla
Reunions are the conveyor belts of our individual histories. They reaffirm the thread of continuity, establish pride in self and kin, and transmit a family's awareness of itself, from the youngest to the oldest. Reunions are a means of communication with our living kin and that in turn is testament to our heritage. Reunions are nothing less than a family's roots brought to the surface. - Alex Haley
Everybody remembers the first time they were taught that part of the human race was other. That's the trauma. It's as though I told you that your left hand is not part of your body. -Toni Morrison
Despite the murders, rapes, and suicides, we had survived the middle passage, and the auction block had not erased us. Not humiliation, nor lynchings, individual cruelties, not collective oppression had been able to eradicate us from earth. -Maya Angelou
Yes, Mother. I can see you are flawed. You have not hidden it, that is your greatest gift to me. -Alice Walker
How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these. -George Washington Carver, Black Scientist...more
This is a good book I purchased at a used book store last summer. I was trying to teach myself back then but it's hard to teach yourself from a book aThis is a good book I purchased at a used book store last summer. I was trying to teach myself back then but it's hard to teach yourself from a book and not have anyone to sign with or ask questions about the signs. This book was published in 1994 and I just found out that a revised version of the book was published in 2004. I think I'm going to try to hunt that one down.
This book has over 1300 signs. Some are outdated. Most are not. I have yet to take an ASL class but I have taken Introduction to Deaf Culture and am currently in a class called Implications of Deafness. A good majority of my classmates have taken AMSL II and beyond and one of my closest classmates is Deaf. She learned ASL when she was 3. Every day, from the first day of class, one of my classmates has taught me signs and/or clarifies things for me when I have a question. Two weeks ago I pulled out this book and started looking thru it. I recognize more signs, my Professor signs to us all day and the class is like 3 hours a day, twice a week. I can see the signs in context and just in person you know and it's easier. I practice practice practice and am picking up vocabulary fairly quickly and this book is a great help. The book is broken up into sections:
Family/People Home Clothing Colors Food Social Actions Sports Recreations Hobbies Numbers Animals Nature Science Travel Holiday Leisure Thoughts/Emotions/Abstract Ideaa God/Religion Education Communication Weather Time and so on..
At the end of each chapter there are little quizzes with pictures of the signs and you can write in what they are. This is to help with receptive skills.
Let me tell you though..It's a lot different when someone is signing in front of you.
It's a great fun way to learn signs. Just like the title says :D
When I am trying to learn anything I usually look for the simplest formatted text. AndIt's a great fun way to learn signs. Just like the title says :D
When I am trying to learn anything I usually look for the simplest formatted text. And usually it's kid related. When trying to teach children I feel like the texts are colorful, fun, and easy to understand. This book was no exception. It has awesome pictures. Little blurbs/facts about Deaf Culture and History. Along with pictures of the signs, it'll have written instructions on how to sign the sign. Chapters include, numbers, colors, animals, household things, clothes and so on. At the end of each chapter are finger spelling practice sentences. At the end of the book there are all these different games to play.
What I like about the book is that throughout it encourages the reader to learn to sign and to learn to sign with a friend or friends.
I read this book for my book report book in My Implications of Deafness class at school.
I picked it because one of my friends really likes Clayton VaI read this book for my book report book in My Implications of Deafness class at school.
I picked it because one of my friends really likes Clayton Valli, who was an instructor at Gallaudet University, (the only Deaf Liberal Arts University in the world) and he co-edited the book. The book has an accompanying video tape. The book and the tape (which I didn't view because it's in ASL and has no english subtitles) are comprised of essays and journal entries from students who are taking a class called, Introduction to the Structure of ASL in the 1990/1991 school year. They were asked about the role of American Sign Language (ASL) in their lives. Also other questions:
When did you learn ASL? How did you learn ASL? What was your life like before you learned ASL? How do you feel about learning and using ASL? How is using ASL part of your identity? Talk about your educational background and the role of ASL and language in general in your education.
Eventually the students decided that they would like to make their assignments into a book. PAH is the english gloss for the ASL sign which can be translated as "Finally" or "At Last" and reflects the student's feelings that ASL was at long last being recognized as a legitimate language and taking its proper place as the medium of instruction in some deaf education programs.
Note: Gloss is commonly used in written texts to explain a grammatical structure of signed phrases and sentences. ASL is a visual language and when it is translated into writing as with many other languages, some meaning is lost or can't be wholly translated.
What I liked about the book was the diversity of responses from the students and the discoveries that they made about themselves and the language as they took this class. I am studying the language and am in an interpreting program. I would love to someday teach Deaf Students using ASL as the medium in which to convey information/instruct. ...more
Got this book for 3 dollars. I wouldn't have normally bought it. Just a super quick overview of handwriting analysis. I'd love to get a full reading fGot this book for 3 dollars. I wouldn't have normally bought it. Just a super quick overview of handwriting analysis. I'd love to get a full reading from a graphologist on what my handwriting says about me. This may be my birthday gift to myself.
I've had some issues in the past related to mental health and the first things my psychologist said to me when he saw my handwriting was something like, he could tell from my writing that something was wrong and it had been a problem for at least a couple of years. Since getting healthier I always keep an eye on my handwriting to notice if there are big changes. I keep a journal and when I'm done with a notebook I'll flip thru it and if it looks markedly different I'll read the entry to see what was going on for me emotionally at that time. Any old way it's interesting.
Also I think it's something that I'll use in future for business related things. ...more
To love a person is to learn the song that is in their heart, and to sing it to them when they have forgotten.
This is one of the first quotes to openTo love a person is to learn the song that is in their heart, and to sing it to them when they have forgotten.
This is one of the first quotes to open the book. The book covers some celebrity friendships. Julie Andrews and Carol Burnett. Sophia Lauren and Audrey Hepburn. Lauren Bacall and Katherine Hepburn. Carrie Fisher and her her mom Debbie Reynolds. And some others..
Super quick read. I liked the layout of the book and the actual book in my hands. Don't know how to really describe it. I liked the physical feel of the book. Then book cover..the pages.
This was great. The books get better as they go along. I read it really slowly. A week and a half because the next book won't be out til next year andThis was great. The books get better as they go along. I read it really slowly. A week and a half because the next book won't be out til next year and also it got into heavier/darker? things. Brilliant work....more