15 Books That Influenced Me

Far From the Tree  (2012) Andrew Solomon How do “normal” parents accommodate children with mental, physical, or social differences?     Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (1990) Mihaly Csikszentmihayli Csikzentmihayli describes the state of flow; the periods of time when we are engaged, learning, and happy.     A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1943) Betty Smith The fictional story of Francie Nolan growing up … Continue reading 15 Books That Influenced Me

Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television

Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television has been on my to-read list for quite some time. I finally got around to it earlier this year. Jerry Mander provides a lot to think about in this book. Here is a summary of his main points and what I took away from it. Mander’s first criticism of television is how it creates artificial environments and disconnects … Continue reading Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television

Happy Birthday Neil Postman!

Today celebrates the would-be eighty-third birthday of Neil Postman. Postman was an author, professor, media scrutinizer, and a cultural commentator. Often labelled a Luddite for his “anti-“technological views, Postman assisted in creating the concept of media ecology. This is the study of how media and technology influence our behaviours and society. Over the last few years I have read four of his books. They are … Continue reading Happy Birthday Neil Postman!

Voluntary Simplicity

I recently read Voluntary Simplicity by Duane Elgin, an author and media activist. Elgin defines voluntary simplicity as living more deliberately, intentionally, and purposefully with a minimum of needless distraction. “[A] manner of living that is outwardly more simple and inwardly more rich.” People choosing a simpler life tend to: – invest in quality time with family, friends, or volunteerism – develop their potential physically, … Continue reading Voluntary Simplicity

Remembrance Review 2

It is once again time for my Remembrance Day book review. This time I have choosen a different theatre of World War II – Japan. Japan’s Longest Day describes the country’s decision to surrender to Allied forces.  Although seemingly an easy decision for an outsider; the decision was more difficult for the Japanese.  Although primarily about August 14th – 15th, 1945 the book begins by outlining Japan’s precarious position and the … Continue reading Remembrance Review 2