Rapid Reading and Retention Workshop

Rapid Reading

Rapid Reading and Retention Workshop Talk about synchronicity! As you know I have been investing a lot of time learning to read faster so that I can read the 50 classic literature books for my informal liberal arts education. And each day I perform speed reading drills using browser extensions and bookmarklets. I received an email informing me about a Rapid Reading and Retention workshop offered by Jim Kwik so I immediately signed up. I like to learn as much as I can about a topic of interest or a new subject so that I can pick out the sections that will work for my situation. And this is especially important since the ability to read … [Read more...]

Do you make this critical mistake because of impatience?

Mistakes

Do you make this critical mistake because of impatience? We are living in a world that is always turned on, with the expectation that people will respond at the speed of light. You get an email, and if you do not respond in a few minutes, you may receive a phone call inquiring if you did not receive the email message. Because of this intense pressure, people may cut corners in many areas of their lives hoping to accelerate things, achieving their goals faster. They could also cut corners in their professional development, thinking that they will attain professional success that much faster if they eliminate elements of their learning. But … [Read more...]

The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe

The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allan Poe, Review The Purloined Letter  by Edgar Allan Poe is a short story that I found at American Literature. Early this year, I read a blog post, and in it the blogger commented that reading a short story each day helped to improve his writing. As a writer, there is always room for improvement so that I can become better at my craft. But, the reason for reading the short stories is that they present opportunities for me to practice my speed reading drills while getting access to works by a variety of writers. If you use a speed reading bookmarklet to read the story, you can complete it in eight minutes or … [Read more...]

Maude Abbott, International Authority on Heart Disease

Maude Abbott

Maude Abbott, International Authority on Heart Disease Name: Maude Abbott Birth Date: March 18, 1869 - September 2,1940 Job Functions: Medical Doctor & Curator Fields: Medicine Known For: Heart Disease Specialist Maude Abbott and her sister Alice were raised by their maternal grandmother after their mother died from tuberculosis and their father abandoned them. Their grandmother legally adopted them at the age of 62 and gave her granddaughters her surname. In June 1885, Maude received a scholarship to attend McGill University, which recently started to admit girls. In fact, Maude Abbott was a part of the third class of women … [Read more...]

The Model Millionaire by Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

The Model Millionaire by Oscar Wilde The Model Millionaire by Oscar Wilde is not a book, but a short story. In the mornings when I am practicing my speed reading drills using bookmarklets, I have been doing so with short stories that I find on the American Literature website. I have found and read some excellent short stories on this site. Please also read my review of Oscar Wilde's The Canterville Ghost. I found The Model Millionaire by Oscar Wilde very touching. Oscar Wilde wrote an amazing start for this story, “Unless one is wealthy there is no use in being a charming fellow. Romance is the privilege of the rich, not the … [Read more...]