Get Ready for Banned Books Week 2015

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Get Ready for the American Library Association’s Annual Banned Books Week Most of the answers you are seeking to the questions and problems you face are buried in a book somewhere, so the freedom to read is vital. Banned books are usually works of fiction, but research has shown that there are benefits to reading fiction. According to Harvard Business Review: Over the past decade, academic researchers such as Oatley and Raymond Mar from York University have gathered data indicating that fiction-reading activates neuronal pathways in the brain that measurably help the reader better … [Read more...]

Musings and Lessons from Historical Romance

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Musings and Lessons from Historical Romance The lazy days of summer are coming to an end. I worked on a few projects during the last two months, but I have also spent a lot of time reading and contemplating about life. Although I have read books from different genres, I have read several historical romance books. I am not a history buff, and I didn’t like history in high school, but I have learned a lot about history through the people I have profiled on this blog. I am warming up to historical romance and have learned to enjoy them. Historical romance genre is an outgrowth of gothic … [Read more...]

Whom do you Please First?

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Whom do you Please First? The past eight years have been filled with many upheavals for me, including the sudden deaths of my mother and brother. What’s going on in my life doesn’t make me special because countless people have gone through worse upheavals and upsets than I have. During a time of many upheavals, there are also many opportunities to reinvent yourself. I have mentioned on this blog that I am planning to offer book summaries.  That’s not a unique idea because you can get many paid and free book summaries, but I am not going to allow that to stop me because I am doing my … [Read more...]

Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone

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Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone Although it’s very cliché, it’s important to step outside your comfort zone every so often. I find that I sometimes get very comfortable with the status quo, which is an uncomfortable place to be because you lose your creative edge. I walk everywhere, but this summer I have walked for exercise. I usually walk a trail that leads into a ravine because it is very challenging. Recently I went to Staples Canada and planned to connect to a route that would lead me to the ravine. While heading toward a known route, I decided to turn off on a road I had never … [Read more...]

Learning How to Learn

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Learning How to Learn In school, we are not taught how to learn effectively, so when students graduate, or before they even graduate, they forget what they learned in no time. Additionally, when it comes to reading, people forget important concepts that could possibly transform the way they perform their work. This means that people have to learn how to learn, so that they can remember key information that matters. Learning how to learn is of such great importance that Coursera, a leading platform for MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), is offering the course, "Learning How to Learn: … [Read more...]