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review 2017-04-07 13:38
Bubbles by Abby Cooper
Bubbles: A Novel - Abby Cooper

Abby Cooper's BUBBLES is the follow-up to her strong debut and surprisingly takes every aspect to the next level. I was amazed, chapter by chapter, just how good Cooper’s new middle grade novel truly is. BUBBLES has all the humor, magical whimsy, and lovable characters that were notable in her first outing, but manages to exceed expectations in terms of style, voice, and concept.

 

12-year-old Sophie has a lot on her plate: her mother is single (again), unemployed and depressed, her teacher is making her do a challenging project on risk-taking, her best friends convince her to do a triathlon with them, and she’s getting a crush on her childhood friend Rafael. To make matters more interesting, Sophie starts to see other people’s thoughts in balloons over their heads and finds out there are definite pluses and minuses to knowing what on people’s minds.

 

The concept works really well and draws the reader deeper into Sophie’s inner world with every revelation. Most of us can relate to thinking we can read other people’s minds at times, and it’s never more important than when in our young teens. The plot moves along nicely and gathers momentum with every relational complication. In the end, it comes down to learning about communication, and without saying too much more, the results are surprising, funny, and touching. I highly recommend this wonderful and inspiring novel.

 

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review 2017-03-22 01:26
COMMUNICATION SKILLS by Minxie Wells
Communication Skills - Minxie Wells
 

Kira, a tournament playing Scrabble player, meets her match in Grahame. As a Dom he challenges her to let go and become the sub she was meant to be.

 

An interesting story that uses Scrabble to communicate between the partners. Grahame is a jerk. He expects Kira to know instinctively what he wants but he never talks with her about what he wants. He is a his way or the highway guy. It's a good thing I was not Kira. I would have walked away. She persevered and figured out what he wanted through Scrabble. Amazing! This is not a story to use as a guideline for how to begin a BDSM tryst except for what not to do.

Because of the shortness of this work, the time in the playroom is intense. The storytelling is good. Ms. Wells does well to put the reader into Kira's shoes. I could feel Kira's anger, fear, frustration, and desire. I will read her again.

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url 2017-01-31 11:50
Cross cultural communications: How to understand and adapt your behaviours?

 

Businesses have gone multinational and there is a huge shift in the way of doing business across the globe with the advent of online and international business. The workplaces of today have rapidly grown and become vast. Expatriates and people doing business across borders should be proactive and well informed about the culture of the people they are interacting with. A clear understanding of the cultures and knowing some basic or frequently used words can help in communicating effectively.

 

Modern technology and internet have made international transactions simple and reduced international trade complications to a great extent. More people are promoting businesses regularly as new markets have opened up for business across all cultures and geographical locations. Technology has also made it possible to facilitate easy conversations between people through language translation software and language conversion dictionaries. Cross Cultural Communication Trainings available online gives clear insights to appropriate ways to behave and communicate among cross cultures.  Electronic communication has made communication and networking as easy as working with someone in the neighbourhood or next town.

 

Why would someone limit himself by working with a location that has lesser demand and workforce rather than a location that has greater demand and can have easy access to most knowledgeable people in the entire world or the highest quality resources?

 

A multicultural workplace brings a lot of communication challenges. There are some cultural differences between employees located in various regions or organizations speak the same language. For example: English speakers in the US have differences in accent, spelling and pronunciation. Communication can be optimized between such cultures if these cultural differences are considered. People should have a mutual understanding of communicating with cultures to reap the benefits of a diverse workplace. An organizational work culture that is common to people of all cultures is being adopted by a majority of companies across the globe. Effective cross-cultural communication starts with a basic understanding of cultural diversity.  This can start by knowing the basic differences between cultures that are totally from our culture.

 

Better communication with individuals and groups who totally differ from our culture should be analysed carefully by paying attention to every detail. Below mentioned are some of the aspects to be considered while communicating among cross cultures:

 

Greetings and physical contact: This can become critical if a basic study and understanding of cultures is not present. For example, kissing a business associate with one peck on each cheek is an acceptable greeting in Paris but the same will not be acceptable in gulf countries. A firm handshake that is widely accepted in the U.S which is not recognized in all other cultures.

 

Ambiguity: The ways of seeing, thinking and interpreting are different in different cultures. There is a possibility of misunderstanding where languages are different and similar words can have two different or sometimes opposite meanings in different languages and cultures.

 

Attitude of Acceptance and Flexibility: Some people tend to void exposure or experience of the host culture as this might not be favourable for their culture or due to an attitude of introversion. This results in developing a closed mindset and learn and ignorance to learn and adapt to the new culture which will give rise to cultural shock and spoiling of business relationships.

 

Ethnocentrism: Assuming that own groups culture is right and moral. Considering other cultures as inferior can spoil and bring an end to a business relationship even before it starts. It is often an unconscious behaviour which is realised after reacting. It is always necessary to consider respecting a totally opposite culture or establishing a path that builds a favourable climate among such cultures. Cross Cultural Awareness Training conducted by people who have a practical experience of dealing with different cultures can be very helpful with practical approaches.

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review 2016-11-02 23:18
Spiritual Alchemy by Jenny Tyson
Spiritual Alchemy: Scrying, Spirit Communication, and Alchemical Wisdom - Donald Tyson,Jenny Tyson

Join Jenny Tyson, wife of occult author Donald Tyson, on a remarkable journey of spirit communication and instruction with her two guides—famed Elizabethan magicians John Dee and Edward Kelley.

This fascinating book follows her yearlong training that culminated in an intense, three-day initiation through which her minimal psychic abilities became full-blown clairvoyance and clairaudience. Providing detailed accounts of Jenny’s experiences and the tools she used to contact the other side, Spiritual Alchemy also teaches you how to undertake your own spirit communication.

Meet your own spirit guide, develop your psychic abilities, and learn the spirit world’s greatest secrets. With powerful new training methods, a rare interview with Edward Kelley himself, and more, this book revolutionizes the interactions between humans and spirits.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First off I need to say that this is a very dangerous lesson for those who aren't well versed in the practice. This book is not for beginners.

Only those who have had enough time in the field should pursue the journey within.

Spiritual Alchemy is fascinating and entertaining and also includes some intriguing interviews with her spirit guides.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                

 

 

 

        

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Krissy's Bookshelf Reviews received a digital copy in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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