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My Critique of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Self Improvement by Stephen Covey – YouTube

This video is a summary of a book I read many years ago. Worth revisiting, yet I’ve moved on. Covey doesn’t speak to me at all now. Yes, he teaches skills that are useful, skills I use every day toward … Continue reading

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The book that fights sexism with science | Science | The Guardian

This looks like an interesting book. With Inferior, Angela Saini counters long-held beliefs that biology stands in the way of parity between the sexes. Now her message is set to reach thousands of schools Source: The book that fights sexism … Continue reading

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Botanical life in close-up – in pictures | Environment | The Guardian

I love the cross-over between art and science. This book is a wonderful example. Colin Salter’s new book is a selection of extraordinary electron microscopic images of the plant world around us, including seeds, pollen, fruiting bodies, trees and leaves, … Continue reading

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7 ways reading improves health, according to science | TreeHugger

This inforgraphic from Global English Editing makes great points, reading helps: live longer, reduce stress, relaxation and sleep, slows mental decline, helps depression, increases happiness and builds social skills and links to others but I want to question this as … Continue reading

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Ursula K. Le Guin on Art, Storytelling, and the Power of Language to Transform and Redeem – Brain Pickings

I was eight, bare kneed sitting cross-legged on the mat enthralled by the story Miss Lamerson was reading to her class. Tranced by the story of a wizard in a far off land. The school year finished before she could … Continue reading

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The book that made me a feminist | Books | The Guardian

I have a problem with the language of empowerment. Students write, as do organizations like the World Bank, of the need to empower women (or what ever group they choose). My problem is that the powerful do not give power… … Continue reading

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Book Review: Captivate by Vanessa Van Edwards

I have an embarrassing habit. I read self improvement books. Vanessa Van Edwards writes self improvement books ; actually she researches human behaviour and is an effective science communicator. She caught my eye when I was looking for short videos … Continue reading

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The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot. Robert MacFarlane

In my twenties is spent many happy weekends walking in a tramping club, although I consider my walking solid, it is nothing like that Robert MacFarlane has achieved. Walks across the ancient ways of England, and in Spain and Israel; … Continue reading

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Organizing for Creative People: How to Channel the Chaos of Creativity into Career Success. Sheila Chandra

I was taken by the Guardian Review of this book, bought the book and it is great. Sheila Chandra an international level singer writes on organizing for creative success. She clearly introduces her approach to managing a successful creative life. … Continue reading

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Words That Matter: Ursla Le Guin

This book is a collections of essays, reflections and book review by Ursla Le Guin. Ursla is one of those authors I loved but did not know it. Many years ago, when I was six my teacher, Miss Lambson began … Continue reading

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