I have finished the first book, but not the rest. I am using this for reading with my granddaughter whom I homeschool. It is amazing how much Nelly BlI have finished the first book, but not the rest. I am using this for reading with my granddaughter whom I homeschool. It is amazing how much Nelly Bly accomplished in a time when women were just making their presence known outside the home....more
This book has the pattern for a water bottle carrier that can be made with the stiffer yarn. Try the medium green. Other projects I'd like to do are tThis book has the pattern for a water bottle carrier that can be made with the stiffer yarn. Try the medium green. Other projects I'd like to do are the Beaded Lariat, the Bristleberry Scarf, the Bead crochet Mesh Moebius, Net Shell Cowl, Secret Garden Shrug for Addie, Tunisian Pouch,* Elegant Fingerless Gloves,* slippers, Pixie Baby Hats,* Spiral Mesh Bag, Felted Slippers, E-Reader bag, Loopy Felted Bowls,* lots more!
*Use to figure out the bag I tried to make for MB....more
There are no pictures in this book, but on the digital version there are hyperlinks to the pictures. Most of the projects are simple, but great for chThere are no pictures in this book, but on the digital version there are hyperlinks to the pictures. Most of the projects are simple, but great for charity work....more
This was very interesting except for the first chapters, which were hard to follow and caused me to check again if this was fiction or non-fiction. IThis was very interesting except for the first chapters, which were hard to follow and caused me to check again if this was fiction or non-fiction. I was never 100% sure if the author was diagnosing himself or speaking of unnamed cases.
After the first chapter, I finally figured out that this was a non-fiction account of the state of the psychological and drug industry. The author makes a case that there are far too many categories of mental illness and psychologists have reduced so much to mental illness that no one is guilty of anything anymore. Looking at some categories of mental illness brought to mind the book WHATEVER BECAME OF SIN, by Carl Menninger. Interestingly, I found that I have a mental illness because I am addicted to coffee. I wonder if I could go on disability?
The author discussed the case of a man who was guilty of a crime that would give him around 7 years in prison decided to feign mental illness. Once the psychiatric unit, he realized he had made a terrible mistake and that prison would have been better, but he cannot convince anyone that he is sane. He tried to act sane and normal and the doctors found that he was faking sanity. Then he went in the other direction and they stepped up his medication. At the point of the interviews for this book, he had been a patient for 12 years.
The last section of the book deals with the treatment of problems, especially in children, for illnesses which seem to be fueled by the pharmaceutical industry. Children are being diagnosed with ADD, ADHD, autism, and especially bipolar disease and given medicine at an alarming rate. The most concerning is bipolar disease, which is a serious condition almost never seen in children, and the diagnosis of which will follow a child for the rest of his or her life. The drugs used to treat some of those diseases can be very strong and many have side effects.
I learned a great deal from this book and I would recommend it, but it would have been much better if the first chapters were revised.
This is an excellent book. There are techniques for using novelty yarns and all sorts of information on the make-up of the various patterns which alloThis is an excellent book. There are techniques for using novelty yarns and all sorts of information on the make-up of the various patterns which allow you to change the designs to suit yourself. A lot of the scarves, especially, have added details that make them unique....more
I just couldn't put this down. I have always been a big fan of Johnny Cash and this biography is so compelling. This could be called a biography of JoI just couldn't put this down. I have always been a big fan of Johnny Cash and this biography is so compelling. This could be called a biography of Johnny Cash's music with the facts about his life providing the thread that holds it together, especially near the end of his life. Taken together, it is an amazing story of one man's dedication to telling the American story in song. Johnny Cash was similar to Woody Guthrie in the way that he chronicled the lives of ordinary people, especially the poor and disenfranchised. He forged his music out of deep poverty and a sense of rejection from his father that he could never get over. In Cash's own biography, he talks of his brother Jack's death and how his father let him know that the wrong son died. Whatever J.R. did, it would never replace Jack and I think that is what gave Johnny the affinity with people who started out life with two strikes against them.
The book also chronicles Johnny's addiction to pills that were fueled by the grueling pace that those early performers met as they tried to climb to the top. What faced these artists made me tired just reading about their schedule. Prescription medicines seemed to be a way to keep up, but they came with a high cost. Hilburn doesn't pass any judgment about the abuses associated with this life, and that just makes it easier to understand. Johnny Cash was a complicated man and this book goes a long way towards unraveling some of his motivations.
The strongest part of this book was the last few chapters. Johnny's health was failing and he had become obsolete in the eyes of Columbia Reconds. He had heavy debts and he was forced to perform and record albums to keep up with them. He also had a lot more to say in his songs, but he lacked direction. Rick Rubin came into his life from a different direction and he saw Johnny as a unique voice that needed to be heard. He listened to a lifetime of Cash's recordings and came to see him as one of the greatest artists of our time. Somehow he was able to build up Cash's confidence and led him back into music that was right for him. With infinite patience, he helped Cash record songs that spoke to a new generation of fans as well as the old ones.
In a fit of insomnia, I listened to this book in audio form and flipped back and forth between Youtube and the book. The musical journey was amazing, but the last songs Johnny wrote or recorded from other artists were a gift to prosperity. No one will ever be able to do what he has done. When I heard him do "Hurt" years ago, I thought it was the most powerful and compelling a song as I have ever heard. After reading what lead up to it, I found I couldn't keep the tears from coming. Even if a person isn't a fan of country music or Johnny Cash, the is a powerful story of a man and the soul of a people.