This was excellent! Just about everyone knows they have self-control issues, but this series of lectures not only explains why scientifically, but alsThis was excellent! Just about everyone knows they have self-control issues, but this series of lectures not only explains why scientifically, but also gives ways to attack the problem based on lab tests. Just one example gives an idea. Since the Internet, we can shop all day and night which can be murder on the budget. It is the purchases at night that often are most problematic. The explanation is that practicing self control can actually be stressful, so after a long day of practicing it, we are worn out so the decisions about purchases can be made when our supply is depleted. The simple answer is to wait until morning to purchase something! I can't think of the times when I've gone on a website to see what is new and put a number of things in my shopping cart. Coming upon it at some later date, I have wondered why in the world I wanted some of those items.
The lectures also deal with how you can build your self-control muscles. Each time we resist something, we get better about it. The author advises "Implement Intentions – Takes your mind out of the middle of “Desire vs What you actually do.” You make a one step intention that only tackles one part of the goal. In this example, the author says to never purchase anything at night, but to wait until morning. My first intention was "When I am waiting for my coffee to warm, I will take the dishes out of the drainer." also "When I go from one room to another, I will tidy one thing." Those decisions are very easy but they help build the habit of self-control.
I agree with some criticism of some that the author's delivery isn't the best, so it only gets 4 stars, but the content is great. I'm glad this is an Audible book that I purchases because I plan to listen to it a lot!...more
This is a beautiful book people who love foundation pieced quilts. I originally got it from the library, but liked it so well, I ordered it. The arranThis is a beautiful book people who love foundation pieced quilts. I originally got it from the library, but liked it so well, I ordered it. The arrangement and color choices of the quilts illustrated are really beautiful and they really are exceptional. Carol Doak is known for her paper piecing books and this one is a real winner. The only thing that could make it better would be a CD to copy blocks into any size rather than to have to graph them....more
This book is excellent! It is going to be one of the books I reach for most. The quilts are lovely and I'd be hard pressed to figure out which ones IThis book is excellent! It is going to be one of the books I reach for most. The quilts are lovely and I'd be hard pressed to figure out which ones I like most. They are perfect for wall hangings, lap quilts and baby quilts and it is easy to make them larger. This is not a book for the absolute beginner because it doesn't devote a lot of pages to elementary quilting, but most of the projects are easy enough for a beginner who knows the process. This book has a whole lot for the money....more
This book was excellent, albeit frightening. It is a concise description of the history of viruses, the major ones we face today and the potential virThis book was excellent, albeit frightening. It is a concise description of the history of viruses, the major ones we face today and the potential viruses which can transfer from animals to humans. It is technical without being unreadable. There are fascinating examples which illustrate some of the more difficult concepts and solid information about what is being done now and what should be done in the future.
There are a lot of topics mentioned in the book that I wanted to know more about and I don't think the book is meant to be definitive on the subject by any means, but it is a very good introduction to the subject and It's a book I think everyone should read....more
Dare I admit that two of my favorite books are on Linguistics and Advanced Grammar? I have to confess, I love this book as well as another book by ProDare I admit that two of my favorite books are on Linguistics and Advanced Grammar? I have to confess, I love this book as well as another book by Professor Drout: Understanding Grammar for Powerful Communication (The Modern Scholar: Way with Words, Vol. 3) These books are absolutely fascinating and I could listen to them over and over, there is so much information in them. Professor Drout takes what could be a boring subject and turns it into something humorous and interesting.
This isn't the stale old grammar from high school, although I did like that pretty well too. This is about why we have "ring, rang and rung" when the rule is "walk, walked and walked." It's about how words show their tenses in different languages and how they showed their tenses in the precursors of our modern English. Who would have thought that the way make a verb past was to move the position of the tongue in the mouth instead of adding "ed." Just notice where your tongue and lips are when you say "sing, sang and sung." Why do we have what we call "irregular verbs? They were part of an earlier version of our language.
Even more amazing is the story of the development of language. We are so comfortable with our language and tend to think of other languages as odd when they deviate from ours. Professor Drout starts with some monkeys who have 3 different screams, one for each of their predators. Is that really language? It's a beginning. The monkey brain is too small for adjectives, but I think that the desperation in their voices told a whole lot about whether the predator was especially large and close.
Then Professor Drout takes apart the way children learn language and especially how they learn the grammar of the languages around them. At first children over generalize, but around age 2 they start talking in sentences that are arranged grammatically. Where do they get that ability? It is almost as if they have a grammar gene. We laugh at sentences like "I goed home," but the child is using the grammar he has internalized. No one tells him that the subject usually goes first in a sentence and that you form the past by adding "ed."
Every society, no matter how remote, has language and their language has a grammar that is amazingly similar to all the other languages. Some languages use position in the sentence to indicate the subject, the verb and the direct object, but other languages use word forms, just the way we use the tenses in verbs. Suppose Paul is the subject of the sentence. In some languages, he might be called Paulo with the "o" ending signifying that he is the subject of the sentence. I just made that up, but you get the idea.
The last part of the book deals with terms and accents in our speech. He poses the question of whether you say "soda" or "pop" and what your answer tells about you. He links the accents of the early settlers to a region in the country they emigrated from, explaining the differences in accents from state to state in the US, and gives a history lesson of language.
I probably haven't convinced many people that this is a captivating book, but maybe someone will get the audio book from their library or Audible and enjoy this fascinating subject. ...more
When Mary Ellen Hopkins wrote this book years ago it was a brand new technique that people took classes to learn. Now it is the backbone of quilting.When Mary Ellen Hopkins wrote this book years ago it was a brand new technique that people took classes to learn. Now it is the backbone of quilting. The premise was that quilts that were made with this simple technique using the rotary cutter and an easy way of stacking blocks would take much less time to make so that people could feel comfortable using the quilts instead of putting them in the guest room bed where people could look, but not touch.
Well, it worked and quilters found that they could make 20 or more quilts per year instead of just 1. It also meant that quilters could be free to try trendy colors or fabrics and make quilts for kids, whose taste changes from year to year and babies who tend to drag favorite quilts all over and love them to shreds. If you only have one quilting book, then this is a good one to pick....more
This is one of the very best of the "One-Skein" books. I can't even count the number of things I have made from this. The patterns are great...very faThis is one of the very best of the "One-Skein" books. I can't even count the number of things I have made from this. The patterns are great...very fashionable and yet most are simple to do. It's great when you are working on big projects and need a little break, a quick gift or for charity knitting. If the house was burning, this is one of the books I'd grab. ...more
This is an excellent book for kids in middle school and even some high school, although it might seem a little childish for the older students. It takThis is an excellent book for kids in middle school and even some high school, although it might seem a little childish for the older students. It takes themes prevalent in literature and helps a student to see the patterns and the large part of the story that is written between the lines. In fact, it is a bit like a road map to help readers to pick out the important parts of a book while they are reading. Once read, I think the students would be able to apply this knowledge to any writing assignment in school and at least, begin to understand it.
The author has a companion book about reading novels and I think this is important. This book deals with literature and the great literary themes and would be almost impossible to apply all of them to novels, but in even the simplest novel there are themes and Dr. Foster's books will help. ...more
This was very short and not as skillfully written as it could have been, but it was good. It deals with the story of one child in the family who is siThis was very short and not as skillfully written as it could have been, but it was good. It deals with the story of one child in the family who is singled out for abuse. It is incredible that someone at school or in the neighborhood didn't raise questions about what was going on. I know that she eventually didn't have near neighbors, but someone should have spotted something.
I would also like to know more about Sarah's mother. How was she raised and how did she get to be so hateful towards her first child. Her extreme hatred of Sarah has to have its roots in her past. I don't mean to excuse her, but it would have been worthwhile for Sarah to know.
I'd also like to know what happened to her sister when she left. I would be so afraid that her mother would turn on her in her rage when Sarah was no longer around. It is possible that her sister's father would interfere when it was his own child, but he bears a lot of the blame for abusing Sarah and allowing her to be abused.
I think that Sarah wrote this book as a therapeutic device. She needed to set the record straight and say what she couldn't say when she was at home. It would be good if she could write a more in depth book which went into the history and brought the information into the future. This book is very short, but there is a lot more of the story left....more
I've always been fascinated with the workings of the mind of a serial killer. Their view of the world is so radically different from the ordinary persI've always been fascinated with the workings of the mind of a serial killer. Their view of the world is so radically different from the ordinary person, but how? Why? This book is the only one I have ever read that really answers that question. Ted Bundy was intelligent, articulate and willing to talk about the workings of his mind to Dr. Al Carlisle. Some of what he said was self serving, obviously, but in the last days of his life, Bundy wanted to remain in the limelight. He knew that explaining his pathology would keep the focus on him and so he called the doctor who had done one of the first psychological evaluations on him and whom he had kept contact with over the years.
In this book, Dr. Carlisle put together all the various evaluations, books and anecdotal information on Bundy and before his death, and questioned Bundy in a last interview about the reasons and inconsistencies in his life. Bundy answered candidly most of the questions about his life. He gave us a window into the mind of someone who builds a fantasy life that becomes so real it takes over his life. He shows how the pathology develops and is acted on.
What has fascinated people about Bundy is why, with the natural advantages he had, did he develop into a monster? While his early life was difficult, it was no worse than millions of people who didn't become serial killers. What made Bundy different was his response to the unpleasant details of his early life. Instead of resoling the issues and coming to terms with them, he lived in a revenge fantasy of blame and retaliation. This book shows how that developed....more
This is a great book. It is all you need to know for a child to make a board game out of their favorite books. The author's son wrote his own book aftThis is a great book. It is all you need to know for a child to make a board game out of their favorite books. The author's son wrote his own book after he finished reading the Harry Potter series. He made his game to resemble Trivial Pursuit, but this book gives even more suggestions. If a child has old board games they never play, they can easily be converted to a game they will love. I'm planning to stop at yard sales and the Goodwill to see if I can pick up some. Best of all, the instructions are for the child to make the game with little help from adults....more