Question — how do you teach high school students about recent historical events when they are skeptical, distrustful, and inclined to believe any conspiracy theory that pops up on social media? Perhaps with a good fictional story (based on fact) that examines an issue from every angle? So how this for a novel’s storyline? —
Category Archives: Book Reviews
Communication is so important, but there are times when it can be difficult. So what do you say when your significant other doesn’t want to talk about it? How can you establish a dialogue? Yesterday I ran across one solution. It’s something of a self-help book entitled Please Read This for Me: How to Tell
Thomas L. Friedman, author of The World is Flat, has a recent book with the unlikely title of Thank You For Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations. The world is changing quickly, too quickly for many people. Friedman identifies three major change agents — Moore’s law (the increase in
Think back to the early days of our country. We were a collection of 13 disparate colonies, each with a unique reason for being. We had just won our independence by throwing off an authoritarian king and now we were suspicious of a strong central government. How do you pull a country like that together?
Have you ever read about scientific research and thought, “Well, that’s a waste of time”? The truth is we never know where our ideas will lead. Benjamin Franklin was watching an early flight of a hot-air balloon when another spectator remarked, “But of what good is it?” Franklin replied, “Of what good is a newborn
This is another interesting book I’ve heard about, but haven’t read. So, for what it’s worth… “Susan Burton’s world changed in an instant when her five-year-old son was killed by a van driving down their street. Consumed by grief and without access to professional help, Susan self-medicated, becoming addicted first to cocaine, then crack. As
Some topics just beg to be written about. I found one such topic on New York Magazine’s “The Science of Us” news summary on May 8, 2017. Entitled “How to Predict If a Borrower Will Pay You Back”, it’s actually excerpted from the book EVERYBODY LIES: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can
I love to eat meat. But having been raised on a farm, I’m acutely aware that we are feasting on fellow mammals. If you feel as I do, you probably won’t want to read this. There is a new book entitled Personalities on the Plate: The Lives & Minds of Animals We Eat by Barbara J. King.
Today was the 2017 Dayton [OH] Book Expo at Sinclair Community College. The publishing business has changed lightyears since I entered it in 1990. Today anyone can get published, so this show was a fascinating assortment of (near as I could tell) about 80 local, self-published authors. There were also seminars on such subjects as
History tells a lot of stories that are fascinating, yet illustrate the utter cruelty of our fellow human beings. A new book receiving a lot of attention falls squarely into this category. Its title is Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann. I haven’t read