Category Archives: Education & Reference

Book Review: Inspire, Connect, Empower: How to Reach Across Cultural Differences and Make a Difference by Anne Chan

This book is a complete guide to mentoring, outlining ways to be the most effective mentor in the current world. The author was lucky enough to have a brilliant mentor, who helped her in a multitude of ways. And now, she is eager to share information to help others in becoming life-altering mentors. For those …

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Book review: It Simply Must Be Said: A View of American Public Education from the Trenches of Teaching by Hank Warren

In “It Simply Must Be Said: A View of American Public Education from the Trenches of Teaching,” Hank Warren draws from his 34 years of experience as a school teacher and presents us with what he feels needs to happen in order to improve the educational system.   He uses many true-life stories to exemplify the …

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Book Review: AD/HD SUCCESS! Solutions for Boosting Self-Esteem: The Diary Method Ages 7-17 by Kerin Bellak-Adams

“AD/HD SUCCESS!  Solutions for Boosting Self- Esteem:  The Diary Method Ages 7-17” by Kerin Bellak-Adams “is a simple, direct, and practical guide that will do the following:  increase self-esteem, establish and influence positive attitudes and behaviors, and motivate each child/teenager to fulfill his or her own potential.”  (p.x) The book aims to increase self-awareness and …

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Book Review: The World’s Easiest Astronomy Book by Hitoshi Nakagawa

In the Preface of “The World’s Easiest Astronomy Book,” Nakagawa states, “In our busy day-to-day lives we often forget to lift our heads and look to the skies, which is exactly why we must look up and open our minds to the universe.  In the past, in the present, and onwards to the future, space …

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Book Review: India’s Immortal Comic Books: Gods, Kings, and Other Heroes by Karline McLain

“India’s Immortal Comic Books” is ultimately a textbook for a college course dealing with cultural studies of India. Nonetheless, it can be enjoyed as a casual read by people interested in Indian culture or those interested in the role of comic books abroad. It is structured like a textbook, very detailed text with limited illustrations. …

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Book Review: Russian Phrasebook for Tourism, Friendship and Fun by Marina A. Frolova & Robert F. Powers

The “Russian Phrasebook for Tourism, Friendship and Fun” was not an easy book to review.  First of all the Russian language is a difficult one to learn.  The authors did a fine job of laying out the book, but it has one major drawback in my opinion.  That is it shows how to say an …

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Book Review: Sending Your Child to College by Marie, Katharine, Ann and Elizabeth Carr

The way we went from filling out college applications to moving our oldest daughter into a dorm was the “live, screw up, and learn” method.  I do not recommend it.  What we thought would be a great experience turned out to be one of the biggest headaches in our lives. We stumbled from beginning till …

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