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url 2017-06-09 08:19
Mindfulness Tools and Exercises: Circle of Life Mandala
Conscious Parenting: Mindful Living Course for Parents - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Mindful Being - Nataša Pantović Nuit

Last week I was asked to lead a Circle of Life Workshop with a group of people who regularly meditate and this is what happened...

circle-of-life-mindfulness-exercise who am i flower of life from Mindful Being course by Nataša Pantović Nuit

 

http://artof4elements.com/entry/193/mindfulness-exercise-circle-of-life

Source: www.artof4elements.com/entry/193/mindfulness-exercise-circle-of-life
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review 2017-04-01 03:39
Charlotte's Web
Charlotte's Web - Garth Williams,E.B. White,Kate DiCamillo

Lexile Level: 680L

 

Wilbur the pig is born a runt, and the farmer decides he must face the axe.Fern steps in and saves him. She cares for the little pig, who later goes to a nearby farm. Wilbur discovers that his fate has been set for him. Horrified, he talks to a spider named Charlotte and she decides to try to help the pig out to save his life. The story is one of friendship, loyalty, and self-sacrifice. 

I would read this to older grades to show that the passing of time  has to happen so that life can go on, but with friendship and love and that the life was meant for something to help everyone you can. 

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review 2014-01-24 00:00
Life In The Second Circle - Poems
Life In The Second Circle - Poems - Michael Cantor This is actually 2.5 stars, Thirty something poems and I found what I liked and counted with one hand and don't need a pinky finger.

Wendy Videlock says on the back cover "This is not your mother's book of poems." I can see why since some of these poems about pimps, Whores, sexual activities. But to much story poetry for me. I like the surreal stuff. my favorites below.

-Freshly Shaved and Barbed We'll
-Ceremonies
-Prologue
-Retired, and Living in Seclusion near Las Vegas
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review 2014-01-08 00:00
The Squared Circle: Life, Death, and Professional Wrestling
The Squared Circle: Life, Death, and Professional Wrestling - David Shoemaker David Shoemaker rose to prominence with his weekly Deadspin column, “Dead Wrestler of the Week”. At first glance, the column’s title seems unnecessarily harsh but Shoemaker writes with a real passion for those who entertained us during their sometimes short lived career. At some point, he decided to adapt this into a book about the history of pro wrestling and those who’ve passed before their time. Cramming over one hundred years of history into a tight four hundred pages isn’t an easy task but Shoemaker does a surprisingly comprehensive job.

For someone who has read countless wrestling biographies and viewed dozens of documentaries on the subject, this book may not be a necessary read. Shoemaker covers ground that many have in the past with extensive write-ups on the collapse of the NWA (National Wrestling Alliance), the poaching of top territory stars by Vince McMahon in his ambitious attempt to bring the WWF to a national audience as well as the Monday Night War between WWF and WCW and the era-defining moment of the Montreal Screwjob. Of course, no attempt to tell the history of pro wrestling should be without these subjects but there’s only so much to say about it before it sounds repetitive.

That being said, while I’m sure I’m aware of ninety percent of what Shoemaker is writing, I still found it to be an engaging and entertaining read. One thing worth noting is his exhaustive research into the days before professional wrestling was a performance art and still maintained a certain sense of legitimacy. Prior to its move to a more entertainment based spectacle, matches could last hours with one in fact lasting nearly five and a half hours before one for the participants just gave up due to exhaustion! Shoemaker traced the evolution of the sport back to legendary promoter Toots Mondt who is basically responsible for the scripted style that we enjoy today.

The format is a little strange with the timeline of major events broken up by what could be considered obituaries for wrestlers who have since passed on and what they had meant to the industry. There’s some great write-ups for such legendary performers as Randy Savage, Junkyard Dog, Owen Hart, Gorgeous George, The Fabulous Moolah and even low level talents like Ray “The Big Bossman” Traylor. While they’re very comprehensive for their length, they often break up the flow of the text and seem inserted randomly with no real timeline or reason for their positioning.

What we’re left with at the end of the day is a pretty extensive look at pro wrestling’s history. It’s not the best that I’ve read on the subject – there are better books that focus on a very specific time or promotion (Heath McCoy’s book about Stampede Wrestling is a great example) but as an overall history of the “sport”, Shoemaker gives us a solid read.
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review 2013-06-16 12:26
The Need for a New Language
Writing a Woman's Life (Ballantine Reader's Circle) - Carolyn G. Heilbrun

Fascinating work on how women conceal themselves in order to conform, even in their autobiographies. Wonderful discussion on how women have needed, as writers especially, to create a new language for their experience. The last chapter, on claiming power and authenticity after 50, is wonderful.

 

Alas, the tragic irony is that at the age of 66  Heilbrun left her post at Columbia, stating she felt unwelcome, and committed suicide at 77. Although the shadow of her life's end falls heavily on the work, it doesn't negate it.

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