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Jedediah Berry’s “The Manual of Detection”

Jedediah Berry’s “The Manual of Detection”

This week I am doing a quick review of a rather unusual mystery/detective novel: Jedediah Berry’s The Manual of Detection. The story follows Charles Unwin, a clerk at a massive detective agency. In fact, Charles works at The detective agency. Set in a sci-fi unnamed city, the world of The Manual of Detection has seen [...]

Multiple Types of Learning

Multiple Types of Learning

According to multiple intelligences learning theory (1983 Howard Gardner), we are all intelligent beings, but in different ways. We learn in different ways and we express ourselves in different ways, as well. It is good to know we are all good at something. When children begin to understand how they are intelligent, they understand the [...]

Good Seasons and Bad Seasons

Have you ever noticed cable/TV programming seems to be much like a roller-coaster, with lots of ups and downs, some slow starts, as well as some head rushing dives. Year after year, we wait for the perfect shows to fill the fall line-up and tweak our interest, providing entertainment for the cold days ahead. Sometimes, [...]

Spiderwebs, Frogs, and Raccoons

Well, fall is here, and much too soon might I say. It seems only yesterday we were experiencing spring. I’ll have to say, we certainly have had an unbelievably hot summer. But, what will our winter bring? I recently noticed spiders had built numerous webs at the highest peak of my cathedral windows, making it [...]

Remembering Assignments During the Busy School Year

Remembering Assignments During the Busy School Year

Remembering information for school can be improves by adapting a few simple strategies, which can be real game changers for your child’s school life. – Concentration is incredibly important for retaining memory. You need to keep things simple. When studying and trying to remember things for school, focus on only that. Don’t think about that [...]

Help Your Child Raise Their Grades

Help Your Child Raise Their Grades

With the school year underway, goals are set for a better year. This includes getting better grades. But how? Of course, setting a routine that works for better attention and focus, as well as taking notes, has great merit, but learning how to study and take tests, also contribute to the student doing their best, [...]

Stephen King’s “Under the Dome”

Stephen King’s “Under the Dome”

With the new It movie coming out, I figured now was the time to dive into some Stephen King novels I’ve either overlooked or put off reading. First up is Under the Dome, which had everybody excited a few years ago. In terms of premise, the novel is certainly strange. One perfectly fine afternoon, a small Maine [...]

Let Fall Begin!

With August in the double digits, schools in session, and the orange flying again, it must be the beginning of Fall.  Fall or Autumn marks the transition from Summer into Winter.  Where we live, Fall is usually considered to start with the September equinox.  Autumn or Fall runs from the day after Labor Day through [...]

Helping Your Child Become A Better Student

Helping Your Child Become A Better Student

With the start of school, so also is there the reminder that with each year we try to improve how much we take away from the school year. It is a time of refreshing our academic selves. It is a time to help our child become a better student. There are a few rules that [...]

Mountain Trails

Mountain trails, swinging bridges, log bridge, waterfalls, creeks, rock climbing, and crawdads are plesannt memories of the hiking world of my younger days. I can remember hiking with my husband and children when the kids were younger (and so were we). Of course, picnics were also a part of the festivities. We usually had a [...]

Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s “Batman: The Killing Joke”

Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s “Batman: The Killing Joke”

This week I am reviewing something a little different, but that I couldn’t wait to get my hands on: Batman: The Killing Joke, by Alan Moore (illustrated by Brian Bolland). This is perhaps the most legendary graphic novel of all time, so when a friend picked up the deluxe edition recently, I just had to [...]

A New School Year

A New School Year

It’s a new school year, which makes this a perfect time to establish good interactions with school staff. I am encoring a series of articles I feel are important iin this endeavor. One of the most profound statements concerning children and their needs is attributed to Hillary Clinton. She simply said, “It takes a village [...]

Roseanne Montillo’s “The Lady and Her Monsters”

Roseanne Montillo’s “The Lady and Her Monsters”

For this review, I am stepping away from fiction and taking a look at Roseanne Montillo’s The Lady and Her Monsters: A Tale of Dissections, Real-Life Dr. Frankensteins, and the Creation of Mary Shelley’s Masterpiece. In this book, Montillo examines various cases of human experimentation and corpse mutilation throughout the 1800s, as well as the effect these [...]

Teaching the Value of Respect Using the Holidays

Teaching the Value of Respect Using the Holidays

The 4th of July offers a great venue to teach your child to respect their country and the symbols that represent it to us. Explain to your child what makes America so special, and how we show our gratitude for the privilege of living within her borders. Look at an American flag together, pointing out [...]

Cow Violence

Cow Violence

Today, I’d like to address a serious problem currently plaguing our world. I am disturbed by the growing epidemic of cow on cow violence. This type of senseless behavior is udderly irresponsible. I don’t want to sound cheesy, but the simple truth is that problems in bovine interpersonal relationships have been churned to the surface. [...]

Tomatoes and the 4th of July

July 4th is definitely the time for home grown tomatoes. I remember waiting for the juicy fruit to ripen, with many trips to the garden to see if that would be the day I could finally eat the luscious, juicy, ripe, tangy, succulent tomatoes! One thing I knew for sure was that the 4th of [...]

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