I thought that we had an original idea to do whatever we wanted in the sixties. It looks like the twenties did start the whole thing. In this book, yoI thought that we had an original idea to do whatever we wanted in the sixties. It looks like the twenties did start the whole thing. In this book, you will learn about Fitzgerald's wife Zelda, and her mental health struggles, not to mention his. Fitzgerald had a lot to say to his daughter about her education; the title of the book comes from a letter to her from him. I learned about the preliminary writing he did in his notebooks for a novel. That method was never explained to me in a writing class. There is a good compendium of his letters here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1... Several others writers such as Hemingway figure in the story. This is worth reading, for a number of reasons....more
I got this book in a lot, and I'm glad I did. Pound is interesting from a psychology perspective, having spent about a dozen years at St. Elizabeths HI got this book in a lot, and I'm glad I did. Pound is interesting from a psychology perspective, having spent about a dozen years at St. Elizabeths Hospital. This was part of being indicted for treason because he supported Mussolini, and broadcasting radio programs in Italy. He had attitudes towards minorities and women which would not be acceptable today. The book has some good descriptions of what his mind felt like (wasp nest, upper part of brain being replaced by fluids, mainspring busted). Pound was associated with many other writers, including Frost, Eliot, Hemingway, H.D. (a Freud tie in)and Joyce. Here (restated, as I love to do) are his five important things to teach his daughter: 1. Don't lie, cheat or steal 2. Don't ask inconvenient questions; all countries have different customs 3. If you're suffering, it's because you aren't understanding the universe; suffering exists to make people think 4. don't judge others, except understanding how what they are doing is part of a behavioral sequence figuring out whether she might do what they are doing 5. If you don't like something, blame it on either the universe or on yourself The information about how Pound and George Santayana got along is interesting. This will probably be a hard book to find reasonably priced, but worth the look....more
This turn towards fiction is, for me, an attempt to mine the novels and biographies for insights into people and how they can be understood/helped/eduThis turn towards fiction is, for me, an attempt to mine the novels and biographies for insights into people and how they can be understood/helped/educated. This biography and Pere Goriot, by Balzac, both contribute. The Signet Classics edition of Pere is much easier to read than the other translations I have found, so be aware of that issue. Balzac's characters are complex and numerous enough that you are not likely to run out of things to read. Balzac only lived to about the age of 50, so what he accomplished is amazing in that light. He may have written, in some spurts, for about 45 out of 48 hours at a stretch. No writer's block there. He read one of Dickens' early stories, so that's an interesting tie in. I knew that it was a good idea to get expensive stuff for your love, but I didn't know what to say to go along with it. Here, for your benefit, is Honore (hence, Nore) Balzac's version: "'You are my whim, my passion, by vice...my mistress, my comrade, my louploup, my brother, my conscience, my happiness and my wife, and you must also be the object of my follies... for you are all my hope and all my life. If only you knew how carefully I am arranging everything!' 'And when you see it, you will say, "What, Nore, is that all it cost?"'" Looks like all three quotation marks (the middle one single)are warranted at the end. Anyone who knows better, please let me know....more
I listened to the book on audible. The author has written many articles on education. She took the ultimate field trip to visit schools in Finland, SoI listened to the book on audible. The author has written many articles on education. She took the ultimate field trip to visit schools in Finland, South Korea, and Poland, following three US exchange students in the countries. She gives ideas about how to make our education system as strong as those in the other countries. In the interest of full disclosure, I will say that I am a US educator (school psychologist). There are pitfalls of making international comparisons. The school rankings are based on the PISA test. The factors talked about in the book include better training for higher quality students in teacher training, more emphasis on rigor (less on self-esteem and sports), not relying on technology, emphasis on critical thinking, later tracking and high expectations (very big stakes for the student in high stakes testing), terminating teachers that don't perform, and strong parental involvement. Some interesting phenomena are covered. These include hagwons in Korea, seeing Special Needs as fixable in Finland (or was it Sweden?), effects of diversity in education, textbooks being shorter and more deep, Common Core, and many others. I'm not convinced that things are as bad as the author says, in the US. The stories of the three students are interesting. There is a lot to think about in this book....more
I ran into this book in a thrift shop while shopping with my daughter. It's good stuff. Four points: 1. Longfellow is a contemporary of Tennyson. I thiI ran into this book in a thrift shop while shopping with my daughter. It's good stuff. Four points: 1. Longfellow is a contemporary of Tennyson. I think I never kept them straight. The Longfellow Bridge should have been a hint, I guess. 2. The middle name is Wadsworth (his mother's family) not Wordsworth, as I thought when playing Authors in the late 1950s. You would think that a poet would have Wordsworth as a middle name. 3. His writing skill didn't come out of nowhere. As proof, here is a letter from his aunt, written from Portland, ME in 1828. Dear Henry, I am unwilling to be the only member of the family who does not express, in form of a letter, the affection they feel for you, still I am aware that a letter from a maiden aunt cannot afford you much amusement, for to be written in character, it must contain sage maxims and advice, cautions against the temptations to which you are so constantly exposed, against dissipation of every kind, urgent entreaties to take special care of your health, recipes for colds, coughs, &c and tho' much age will entitle me to do all this, yet I am not so thoroughly initiated into the mysteries and privileges of a "state of single blessedness", as will induce me to undertake it, therefore I cannot pursue this course. all useful and necessary counsel you will receive from your parents, all domestic information from others, of the family, all accounts of matter and things in general, from your numerous correspondents, and the the mouth of Edward [Preble] himself. flights of imagination, sentiment and all that, you know I never attempt a letter on science and literature is altogether out of my line, so what remains for me, but to assure you that I love you as well as any of your friends do, that I feel as great an interest in your welfare and happiness, and shall rejoice as much, when the objects of your tour are attained, and you return again to your friends. Your aunt LW. 4. It is reported in this book that Nietzsche said - what a philosopher Emerson would have made, if only he had had an education....more
First, the series. If the other books in this series are as good as this one, it is a real resource. This one has ten chapters,each on a topic like ThFirst, the series. If the other books in this series are as good as this one, it is a real resource. This one has ten chapters,each on a topic like The Prison, The Death of Man, and Repressed Sexuality. The chapters in with an extended quote from a book or paper, and then the topic is discussed. You get a pretty good survey of Foucault's work here. From the chapter Practices of the Self: "Ethics refers to a creative activity, the permanent training of oneself by oneself." There's a chapter called Reason and Madness, which starts with a quote from Foucault's History of Madness.
This is a pretty good resource for this topic. Here are some take home points. (1) A problem solving approach works well for counseling in the schoolsThis is a pretty good resource for this topic. Here are some take home points. (1) A problem solving approach works well for counseling in the schools. To use it, four questions can be your guide: (a) What is the problem? (b) Why is it occurring? (c) What can be done about it? and (d) Did the approach work? (2) There are several counseling approaches that you can draw from. The major ones described here are behavioral, cognitive, Gestalt, therapeutic recreation, Art Therapy, dance/movement, reality/choice, and play/sandtray. Brief Strategic Family Therapy, which I researched at one point, is also mentioned. (3) The counseling process involves many steps and issues. Some are referral, informed consent, assessment to determine eligibility, development of goals and objectives, planning, organization of sessions, reporting progress, and dismissal/termination. (4)There are many special situations. Dealing with grief/loss is one of them. A framework for understanding grief responses (Precedent is the acronym) involves the person's personality, relationship with the person being grieved, experience with loss, culture and values, environment, developmental stage, equilibrium of grief/moving forward, nature of the loss, and transcendence (capacity to find meaning in the loss). (5) There are several models for consultation in the schools. The ones considered here are behavioral, instructional, Adlerian, social-cognitive, and mental health. The book is published by the National Association of School Psychologists, and so it certainly has their seal of approval....more