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url 2016-06-28 21:34
The Educational Power of Discomfort

One of my kids' parents shared this article with me just before graduation as a way of thanking me for challenging her daughter and pushing her out of her comfort to the place  where learning begins. I have my students study the Holocaust and other genocides, but we don't stop there; together we wade into the controversial waters of current events, which, in today's climate of coddling and intolerance, can be (and sometimes has been) a controversial move on my part, but the benefits generally outweigh the risks, and I am far too old to start changing now. Besides, parents and kids like the ones I just mentioned make it all worthwhile. 

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text 2014-06-07 12:27
How big is your comfort zone?

One day I recommended to a friend the book 'FEED', by Mira Grant.
She read a few words and said: "nope, I don't read about zombies".



My intention is not to convince people to read the books I like, as I don't always read what others suggest either, so I left it at that.


 ... But deep down I wanted to ask her:
"Do you think that, for example, "Daughter of Smoke and Bone" is a religious book?"


 She would have said "no", of course, and I would have asked: 
"Why not? It has angels, an apocalypse, for sure it must be about religion, about repentance and other stuff like that". And in case you didn't read it yet, be assured it is definitely not about that! Just as 'Feed' is not about 'zombies'. They are there, right, but it is not their story in the least.


Deep down I wanted to tell her how 'The Newsflesh Trilogy' is about so much more (because I am not into zombies either, not at all).

I wanted to tell her how it is about journalism and about how far one would go to uncover the truth. Also, about politics and social manipulation (even with the biological weapons as means), about hope and friendship and love...
How it is so much about the human nature and how it takes you on a high emotional carousel. How it has the most wonderful characters, how I loved it to pieces, how I love it still.


There was so much I could have said then. I just didn't.
Some books should speak for themselves, and if they don't call one to them maybe it is for the best.


And now I ask you..
"What books outside your comfort zone did you read?
And how did you enjoy them?"


Originally posted here.

Source: readingaftermidnight.tumblr.com/post/88069962659/how-big-is-your-comfort-zone
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review 2012-05-08 00:00
No Comfort Zone: Notes on Living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - Marla Handy I read this book for World Literary Cafe.

I will be honest, I had a hard time with this book. It's not because I don't feel for the author and what she has gone through in her life with the child abuse and rape. It's just that I feel she is giving into her abusers still.

There is a person in my life that was abused as a child at the hand of a parent. I also have a person in my life that has PTSD. Neither respond in the way the author does.

I guess it's true that everyone responses to things differently. In my opnion she is still giving into the abusers and that lets them win. Her triggers let them win. That may make me cold hearted but that is how I feel.

This book was not a memoir or even a self help book. It also doesn't really show you what PSTD is. Everyone that has PSTD has different symptoms and treatments. I'm not really sure what the point to this book was given that there are different symptoms and treatments.
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review 2011-08-08 00:00
Comfort Zone
Comfort Zone - K.J. Reed Review coming shortly!
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