The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Jane Jacobs’s The Death and Life of Great American Cities has been on my to-be-read list for awhile. Jacobs was a journalist, lobbyist, and activist from New York City. She offered innovative tactics regarding city planning. Her efforts preserved Greenwich Village and rescinded a planned expressway through Lower Manhattan. A number of topics are discussed in this book – the purpose and safety of sidewalks … Continue reading The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Recommended Reading

Hello readers! I have included another page, entitled Book Recommendations, on my blog. It is divided into Non-fiction, Fiction, and Biography/Memoir. My top-rated books have been added to each section. Lists will be updated as I read notable books or remember previous favourite reads. More categories maybe added in the future. Feel free to comment with books you have enjoyed or books you believe I … Continue reading Recommended Reading

There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather

I recently finished Linda Akeson McGurk’s There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather. McGurk compares the cultural practices of raising children in her home country Sweden to the United States. She discusses many issues including maternity leave, environmental stewardship, technology, natural play, childhood freedom and much more. My review will focus on three categories: nature, play, and independence. Nature Nature and fresh air can be … Continue reading There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather

The Absorbent Mind

  I recently re-read Maria Montessori’s The Absorbent Mind. Published just a few years before her death, it is arguably one her most quoted books. The observations she made in child psychology and education were ahead of her time. Here are my top take-aways from the book: …”[W]e discovered that education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process … Continue reading The Absorbent Mind

Favourite Books of 2019

I completed my to read list for the year a bit early this year. Here are my favourites books of 2019: I was a bit apprehensive prior to reading this book. Books discussing challenging issues are often difficult to read. They are taxing on your emotions. Wagamese tackles the affects of residential schools from a different approach. Using a “ficticious” character he weaves in history, … Continue reading Favourite Books of 2019

10 Year Anniversary!

It is hard to believe that I began my blog this week ten years ago! I started my site on Blogspot for nearly two years before switching to my current WordPress blog. To commemorate this occasion I am listing my top twelve personal favourite posts from the past decade! I was hoping to narrow it down to ten, but with no luck. My favorite posts … Continue reading 10 Year Anniversary!

15 Books That Influenced Me

Far From the TreeĀ  (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 in Brooklyn in the … 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