Sunday, July 28, 2013
Edward Ball’s “The Inventor and the Tycoon”
8:10 am edt
A July 7 post below
mentioned Sticks and Stones, a book by Emily Bazelon. I just finished a book by another New Haven-based
author, Edward Ball, known for works including his important book Slaves in the Family.
Edward Ball’s latest book, The Inventor
and the Tycoon, is about an inventor of motion pictures, E. Muybridge (who gave himself various names and spellings over
the years) and his onetime patron Leland Stanford – the railroad tycoon whose land and fortune created Stanford University.
The book’s history (including of Gilded Era-political corruption and extravagance, as well as of technology)
and the author’s understated wit make the story both enlightening and entertaining.
Saturday, July 27, 2013
7:22 pm edt
I donated blood recently and encourage
others to give blood, which one may do every eight weeks.
(For example, locally on August 16, there will be a blood drive at New Haven’s municipal Hall of Records; other
Fridays, the Red Cross chapter house on Whitney Avenue is typically the location.)
Sunday, July 7, 2013
“Defeating the Culture of Bullying…”
8:35 am edt
I recently read Emily Bazelon's book, Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy.
Her book is valuable and subtle, informing readers about bullying without exaggerating it in promoting a positive culture
of “character and empathy.”
of the authorities she cites, Susan Swearer of the University of Nebraska, describes "five myths about bullying" (December 2010, Washington Post).
Emily Bazelon’s book also gives attention to Facebook’s fitful
attempts to reduce bullying behaviors through that online medium.
Now, Facebook is benefiting from Yale's Marc Brackett and the psychological insights that he and colleagues at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence bring to this effort.
They are focusing on 13- and 14-year-olds and advice for their parents, teachers, and guidance counselors.
Thursday, July 4, 2013
“Those Who Serve”
2:31 pm edt
NPR’s “Those Who Serve”
series today featured Sgt. Chris Cunningham, now on his fifth deployment to Afghanistan and training Afghan soldiers.
Thanks to Sgt. Cunningham, and the other members of the military and their families, for their service to our nation
and the world.
A July 2012 (July 4) post cited a prior installment in NPR’s “Those Who Serve” series. A March 2013 post treated Tomas Young’s “Last Letter” on the Iraq War.