Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Mirth Defects by Clint Forgy is one of those books that reminds me of Forrest Gump's famous box of chocolates: "You never know what you're gonna get."
Hysterically rich and with a vivid voice, Forgy writes a story of JD Ferguson, a young boy growing up in middle America in the early 70's, born in a small town in Iowa.Forgy begins his novel with JD's birth. He arrives with the clarity and sarcastic wit of an old soul, entering this world as if he's ready for action, and indeed he is. This is the story of JD's life and how his world evolves; the highs and lows, the rites of passage that bring him to manhood.
This is no boring accounting. It's fun, lush and complex, laced with humor, and filled with soft memories of riding bikes up and down a street in the hazy twilight. JD has it all. The agony of a boy's kindergarten crush, first kisses and the tender passion of young love. The story is rich, as real life as it can get, astoundingly insightful and side-splittingly funny.
Forgy is a brilliant author with the rare skill of growing JD's voice from boy to man. His delightful sense of humor and flair for dangerous pranks left me breathlessly reading, wondering how JD and his cohorts would escape unscathed. The cast of characters includes JD's younger brother Bob, his best friend Gasser, and the lovely Lana.
Roadapple Ridge is a town of possessed of fodder, ripe for Forgy's pen. JD and his cohorts leap from scrape to scrape, with JD's sharp mind constantly outsmarting the locals. At times, it reads like those old Keystone Cops silent movies. The only sounds were my chuckles. It's a special book that makes you laugh, even better when it makes your eyes sting, and Mirth Defects has the distinct honor of doing both.
Forgy is a wonderful writer, stepping forward to give a voice to the twilight of the twentieth century. Dinner was eaten with your parents, you rode your bike until the stars were out, and you went steady instead of hooking up. Despite his rough and tumble ways, JD has a sweetness. While he may court trouble, he knows when to do the right thing. Better than that, he knows when to say it. He tells his girlfriend, "If you think you're ten foot tall then you are," letting us know he has become a man. When his grandfather dies unexpectedly, JD says, "I'm trying to hear him breathe one more time." That line undid me, voicing true grief in a way that says it all.
Near the end, JD laments,"You can't always get what you want but sometimes you get what you need." Mirth Defects manages to do both, giving the reader everything they want as well as what they need.
Carole P. Roman
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Not much has changed in the way we approach special needs education for children. However, one special needs doctor has developed a program that she believes will greatly improve the way in which special needs children learn.
Dr. JoQueta Handy, Ph.D, CCC-SLP had developed a program, the Children’s Opportunity for Brilliance, or COB model, that focuses on a child’s strengths in order to better understand how each individual responds to different learning strategies. In congruence with the COB model, Handy also partnered with several institutions to augment her program’s effectiveness. Some of these technologies include:
Quantum Reflex Integration: Based on research conducted at Harvard Medical School, Bonnie Brandes developed this technology, which uses low-level lasers on the head and body to grow stem cells through the hypothermic effect created by the laser. At the Brilliant Learning school, results have been seen on EEGs in as little as six treatments.
Interactive Metronome: This technology was originally developed for Olympic athletes but quickly advanced into the academic realm. It is used to prepare the brain for learning by stimulating the temporal lobes of the brain. It also helps with speech, attention, and reading fluency and comprehension.
Quantum Biofeedback: This scan determines the diet and supplements each individual needs to balance brain chemistry for better sleep, concentration, and overall health.
Sunday, November 27, 2016
Basketball is an action packed game that is very engaging, competitive, and helpful in keeping fit thereby making it a preferred game by most youngsters. However, playing the game requires effort, training, and practice. This is why you should teach your son how to play the game for him to have a good comprehension, understanding and knowledge of the rules and general gameplay.
Look for an appropriate basketball courtTeaching your son how playing basketball should be done in a suitable basketball court with the necessary facilities as well as enough space to run around the court. Beginner basketball players need to be exposed in a court that is specially designed for basketball. A serene, quiet environment is also needed so that the beginner can pay attention to what the trainer is saying or instructing him to do. With a well-set basketball court, it becomes easy for the beginner to learn new tricks such as dribbling and shooting the basketball. Ideally, the environment for training the beginner should be conducive for learning and as such, should be calm and peaceful.
Provide the necessary equipmentThere is more that is needed to teach your son basketball in addition to an appropriate playing field. And it's the same with any other parenting-related topics. For starters, you need to have balls of varying sizes depending on your son’s age, protective gear, appropriate sports clothes, and footwear. All this equipment contributes to enabling the beginner to learn to play basketball comfortably and without any difficulties whatsoever. Protective gear should include knee and elbow guards for young children to protect them from getting bruised after they fall while training. The beginner should avoid wearing sports clothes that are too tight as such clothes may become uncomfortable to play in especially in hot and sunny weather.
Hire the assistance of knowledgeable basketball playersIt is difficult to know all the ins and outs of basketball unless you are a pro-player. This is why it is advisable to hire the services of an expert player to assist you in training your son. The input of these players is very important especially if your son is considering taking up basketball as a career sport. The best thing about the expertise of pro-players is that they use their experience and skills to assess whether a beginner is undertaking and executing a skill appropriately and correctly. This makes it easy to correct the beginners and teach them how to avoid making some common mistakes while playing basketball.
Exercise patienceTeaching basketball to your child is not a one-day affair. As such, you need to be patient with your son and avoid pressuring him too much especially when you notice that he is taking time to understand and master the art of playing the sport. Learners feel demoralized and demotivated when they are pressured to learn new skills and understanding the sport. Instead, let your child learn at his own pace and avoid getting mad at him when he seems slow to understanding the game. The mental ability of the child combined with his physical skill will make it easy for the child to learn how to throw, catch and control the ball. Therefore, it is important for him to practice playing basketball regularly and perfect on the sport’s basic skills (throw, catch & control) before he advances to any complex skill. It is worth noting that the sport should remain fun and entertaining at all times.
Let him playGive your son an opportunity to experience how playing the game feels. You can play with him as well. By now, he should be able to see and comprehend the fun of playing basketball. This realization acts as a motivation to make the child more passionate and interested in playing the game. For starters, you can let him run around the court, dribble and make shots without any opponents guarding him. After your son has understood the basics of the game, you can let other players (may also be beginners) play with your son. There is a great difference between playing alone and competing against other players. It is important that as the trainer, you need to ensure that the training and practice sessions are as enjoyable and exciting as they can be.
ConclusionAlways interact with your son when you are teaching him how to play basketball. This goes a long way in sparking interest in the child and makes him more interested in learning the game. You can also choose many great products to assist your child here if you wish. Take care.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
I love this time of year. The weather is cooler, everyone seems happier, and the spirit of the holidays fills the air. My youngest loves to curl up with me and drink hot cocoa, and there's no better brand (or flavor) than Brooklyn Bean Hot Cocoa's Campfire Hot Cocoa. I received it for review about a week ago and we have hit that box hard. It isn't our first time trying it though. I have known about this a while and keep it in the house for a special treat because we love it so much.
For an extra special treat after the kids go to bed, I add a splash of Vanilla Vodka and Baileys. Nice way to unwind after a hectic day!
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Friday, November 18, 2016
A cup of cheer has officially been poured, as the World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta has launched its holiday celebration. Featuring larger-than-life decorations, special seasonal exhibits and beverages, one-of-a-kind handmade gifts and more, the attraction provides a uniquely Atlanta experience for out-of-town guests and long-time locals alike.
“Coca-Cola has been a special part of seasonal celebrations for generations, and similarly, the World of Coca-Cola has become a favorite destination for fans from around the world looking to experience the magic of the holidays,” said General Manager of Retail and Attractions for the World of Coca-Cola Russell Jacobs. “Each year, we look forward to welcoming guests to make memories and celebrate the holidays with us.”
When you visit the attraction this season, be sure to hit these five holiday highlights:
1. Curious about why ol’ Saint Nick always wears red? Learn the true story through the “History of the Coca-Cola Santa” exhibit. The exhibit features several paintings of the famous Santa that Coca-Cola commissioned Haddon Sundblom to illustrate in the 1930s.
2. Sample the seasonal flavors in the Taste It! beverage lounge and rate your favorites. Good luck choosing between Gingerbread Coke® and Chocolate Cherry Coke® - or try them both!
Step up your Secret Santa game with a handcrafted accessory from the 5by20 artisan collection
4. -Cola Polar Bear, and capture a group shot aboard Santa’s sleigh. Let the world know you’re a fan using #WorldofCocaCola, and you might even see your photo on World of Coca-Cola social media channels.
5. Sharing the magic with a World of Coca-Cola Annual Pass means you can create new memories year-round.
There are more than five, but we had to stop the list somewhere. Visit and see why people all over the world keep coming back to the World of Coca-Cola.
About the World of Coca-Cola
The World of Coca-Cola has welcomed guests from six continents, more than 75 countries, all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. Join more than 6 million people who have visited the Atlanta attraction and experience the history of the world's most famous soft drink at the dynamic, multimedia home of the 130-year-old secret formula for Coca-Cola. Get closer than ever before to the vault containing the secret recipe, view more than 1,200 never-before-displayed artifacts and get an inside look at the bottling process. Take a trip around the world in a thrilling 4-D movie experience and tempt your taste buds with more than 100 flavors from around the world.
The World of Coca-Cola is located in Pemberton Place, adjacent to the Georgia Aquarium in downtown Atlanta, and is accessible via the Peachtree Center or CNN/ World Congress Center MARTA stations. Consumers with questions may call 1-800-676-COKE or visit our website at www.worldofcoca-cola.com to purchase tickets. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/WorldofCocaCola or find us on Facebook at facebook.com/WorldofCocaCola.
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Who inspires your writing?
- My daughter and my mom, the two Yetunde books were writing because of them.
Who is your favorite author?
- I don't have one favourite author. The very first book that I loved as an 11/12 year old is by Nyengi Koin called Time Changes Yesterday. The next one is The Gods Are Not To Blame by Ola Rotimi. As an adult, I like Stephen King
If you could never write again, what would you do?
- Writing involves using my hands and imagination. Only something seriously wrong would make me never write and then writing would be the least of my worries
What made you get into writing?
- I didn't set out to write, it sort of fell into my laps. You see, my mom passed away a little over a year before my daughter was born. One day when my daughter was sleeping (she was only a few months old then) I was thinking about my mom and the folktales she used to tell my sister and me. I couldn't remember in detail all the folktales she told me, so I decided to look into it further so that I could tell my own daughter when she was older. Whilst compiling it, I had (what I thought was a brilliant idea) to turn the folktales into 3D animation. Nollywood is the 3rd largest movie industry in the world but they focussed mainly on film and not animation. I thought it was the best time to bring change. Sadly that plan was deflated when I found out the cost of getting animations done. I thought that instead of letting the script gather dust whilst I looked for funding, I should re-write it into a novel and that was what I did and that lead to the birth of Yetunde: The Life And Times Of A Yoruba Girl In London (1). Doing so I think is the best decision I could have made. I hope to re-visit my original plan sometime in the future after I would have established my author platform.
When did you realize you were a writer?
- I guess I am but as someone who doesn't like labels, it's not something I ever thought of. I'm more of 'an idea pops into my head, I write it down' sort of person
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
As a coach or parent, you know a lot of work goes into teaching players the skills they need to score goals. But what about the skills they can use off the field? Playing sports is an opportunity for kids to learn life lessons that can help them for the rest of their lives. Read on to make sure you’re emphasizing some of the most important life skills when your players are on the field.
Exercising, making friends, improving skills—soccer provides the perfect recipe for building confidence. Converting a weakness into a strength is a big part of building morale. Instill confidence in your players by creating an atmosphere of respect on and off the field, offering constructive criticism, being approachable, and giving sincere praise. Increased tenacity can help them play better, work harder, and persevere through hard things.
What’s one thing every athlete knows? They know how it feels to win and lose. Help your players learn to swallow their pride. Show them how to win with gratitude and lose with grace—especially in practice; habits like these are built before the game whistle blows. Also, try incorporating team building opportunities into practice to teach humility. When players help each other individually, the entire team benefits.
Whether a player is trying to figure out how to make their way around a determined defender or improve their dribbling, problem solving is a constant part of soccer. Invite your players to talk about problems they encounter on the field and brainstorm ways to solve them. Exemplify problem solving skills as you interact with them; this skill can translate into every other area of their lives. For example, Joe, Briganti, founder of SockIt, recognized his daughters and their teammates had trouble remembering to apply correct techniques to their kicking. When he couldn’t find anything in stores that could help, he designed a device called the SockIt, a light-up device that helps young players learn how to kick accurately. He used it as a way to show his daughters that they could find a solution to their problem. Understanding this life skill will help empower your players and show them they have the ability to grow and change.
Making mistakes is part of the process of developing skills, and results come by learning from these mistakes and continuing forward with a strong work ethic. Some days your child might come home from practice feeling discouraged that they missed a goal or still haven’t perfected their defensive footwork. Recognize that these conversations are opportunities to show them that if they keep working at it, they can find success. Mistakes and weaknesses are opportunities for growth.
This is a big one for team building. If you have players that aren’t aware of their position on the field in relation to other players, don’t understand how their negativity impacts the team or fail to consider how their actions affect other players, then it might be time to teach self-awareness. Soccer is a competitive sport, but that shouldn’t come at the cost of being aware of the feelings of others or adopting a humble mindset. This applies to the workplace, school, home, and anywhere else in life.
When you love something, you commit to it. When a soccer player loves the sport, he or she will spend time studying it, playing it, and watching it. Remind your players what it means to be committed. Thank them when they show up on time, help their teammates, give 110 percent in practice, and eat right. They’ll soon learn to do the same with other commitments in their lives.
Every day presents new ways to learn and teach life skills. You’re helping mold who these kids will be as teenagers, adults, community members, and parents. There is no better way to show them how to be the best they can be than by applying these principles while they’re on the field.