Dead Wild Roses: Get Used to It!

Sometimes there are things you shouldn’t get used too… http://socialuprooting.tumblr.com/post/15149510298 Filed under: Culture Tagged: Get used to it!, Learning, Matriarchy

Scripturient: Kanile’a Islander GL6

What a difference two strings make. Late last week, I traded my Jupiter Creek steel-stringed baritone, solid-body uke for one of these Kanile’a nylon-stringed GL6 “guitar-leles” which the company calls a “guilele.” It’s really a short-scale guitar tuned like a ukulele: a fourth higher. More like a requinto than a uke. Kanile’a says of the GL6 ...

Dead Wild Roses: John Bowlby – A Secure Base – Five Therapeutic Tasks

      To be honest, I could excerpt most of Bowlby’s book.  It is that good.  However, little things like time and copyright concerns limit me to providing some of the highlights of attachment theory and how big a change it was from traditional psychoanalysis. “The first is to provide the patient with a secure base ...

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Ukulele Workshop Today

I just returned from Orangeville where Broadway Music hosted a two-and-a-half hour musical workshop this Saturday by Manitoba Hal today (which will be followed by his concert tonight from 8-11 p.m. – try to attend, if you can: he’s very talented). Very informative and well worth attending. Interestingly, at least half the participants were my ...

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Reading music and music theory

I write about reading a lot, because I read a lot of books. There are other kinds of reading – other languages, too – that I don’t write much about. Reading music is one of them. It’s a different language; a symbolic language with its own grammar, punctuation and rules. As far as reading music ...

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Amo, Amas, Amat…. and what?

My well-thumbed copy of Eugene Ehrlich’s book, Amo, Amas, Amat and More, is dated 1985. It’s amusingly subtitled “How to Use Latin to Your Own Advantage and to the Astonishment of Others.” It’s still in print, it seems, or was as recently as 2006. I’ve read my copy on and off for the past 25-plus ...

Dead Wild Roses: On Education – how it ‘werks’.

Go read The Bowl, the Ram and the Folded Map:Navigating the Complicated world by Elodie Under Glass.  It is fine narrative post with plenty of interesting bits and sheep!  It is wool worth your while.  However, these paragraphs in particular, caught my educational eye as they articulate not only what happened to me, but what ...

Melissa Fong: Zero-tolerance No-Touching Rule… for Kindergarteners?

I’ll never forget the first day I got called in to teach a Kindergarten class.  It was probably one of the most terrifying experiences of my life to see 30 […]

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: The sum of all knowledge

In his 2004 book, The Know-It-All, A. J. Jacobs tells of his quest to become “the smartest person in the world” by reading the Encyclopedia Britannica from cover to cover. Right away, you can see the fly in this intellectual ointment: knowledge doesn’t equal intelligence. Jared Diamond, in his introduction to Guns, Germs, and Steel, ...

Things Are Good: Online Sex Ed Course Decreases STI Risk in Teens

A lack of education around sex can lead to a lot of unwanted things like sexually transmitted infections and diseases to pregnancies. For many people sex is a taboo subject so delivering worthwhile information to teens can be difficult due to parent’s attitudes. One way to get directly to teens is through the internet and, ...

Paulitical Satire: A Short-Term Blog Hiadus

Thoughtful, inquisitive Paul… So, in case you haven’t already noticed, this space has been pretty quiet for the past month or, hmmm, maybe even longer. Over time, I have gone from posting a few times a day (like at the beginning), to once a day, to a few times a week…then just Movie Monday. Now ...

Paulitical Satire: Tips for Barack Obama on How to NOT Suck in the Next Debate

Fight Night! (GIF from GifWich) So, ummmm, the Obama VS. Romney rumble in the mountains (it was in Colorado…get it?) was less a debate than it was two Economics professors arguing about which shade of grey was better. Oh, and one hate’s Big Bird…seriously. Clearly, Prof. Romney won the debate and proved that his grey ...

Paulitical Satire: The Truth About Disappointment – Movie Monday

So, the past couple of months there have been some high profile political loses, at all levels of government. Whether I agree with the loses, like in the case of last week’s vote about abortion, or no it occured to me that so much of politics and of life was about dealing with disappointment.  With ...

Paulitical Satire: Back to School Tips – Movie Monday

So, while all the little little kiddies went back to school last week, the bigger kiddies are heading back to classes today in most cases. Given that, I thought I would dispense some “I wish I knew then what I know now” typed advice for students going to University and College. As usual, our wonderful videographer, ...

Paulitical Satire: A Not-So New Blogger Needs Your Help!

Paulitical Satire: Debt Free – How to Get That Debt Monkey Off Your Back

So, I’ve spent the better part of a year and a half I’ve been doing my best to learn a skill that was never taught to me, and that I never really encountered out there in the big wide world until I turned 23: budgeting. When I finally was introduced to the cruel mistress that ...

Paulitical Satire: How to Ace a Job Interview – Paulitical Styles

the more boring they are, the harder they fall…back into unemployment So, I was reading an article on the Star’s Moneyville blog that purported to be about how young people can perfect there interview skills and not make some common mistakes. I encourage you to take a quick look here  as it isn’t entirely terrible. The ...

Paulitical Satire: "Does This Blog Suck?" And Other Questions I Might Be Asking Myself About How to Blog

So, you’ve probably been noticing a number of posts recently about content or the use of this blog. As you have likely guessed, I’m still trying to figure out what the best way to use my blog and deliver content. I struggle with giving people what they want and attracting new people to this space, ...

Things Are Good: Kids Should Fail

A prevailing attitude in North American schools is that students shouldn’t be able to fail, but really what better place than a school to learn from mistakes? Thankfully people are noticing that letting kids not excel at something is actually a good thing. Interestingly, it’s in the world of games that parents and educators let ...