Jennifer Malvin

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Being an 'Elephant Mom' in the Time of the Tiger Mother

It's okay for parents to nurture, protect, and encourage their children, especially when they're very young.<p>I still remember the first time someone spoke to me about grit. It wasn’t when I lost my dad and saw my mother fall apart.<p>It wasn’t when my mother died, and I felt like I was falling apart.<p>It …

Brain 'architecture' differs in kids with dyslexia - Futurity

Neuroimaging shows that "white matter" behaves differently in the brains of children with dyslexia, a disorder that makes reading a struggle.

The cult of 'mindfulness'

Separating meditation from faith is a dubious business, morally and sometimes in its effects<p>Listen<p>The chances are that by now either you or someone you know well has begun to practise ‘mindfulness’ — a form of Buddhism lite, that focuses on meditation and ‘being in the now’. In the past year or so …

Mindfulness

Meditation Tips for the Easily Distracted

<i>By Alex Orlov for Life by DailyBurn</i><p>Odds are good that you’re one of the 90.6 percent of Americans that have not meditated in the past 12 months. …

Joan Didion Answers the Proust Questionnaire

In the 1880s, long before he claimed his status as one of the greatest authors of all time, teenage Marcel Proust (July 10, 1871–November 18, 1922) filled out an English-language questionnaire given to him by his friend Antoinette, the daughter of France’s then-president, as part of her “confession …

10 Rules for Aspiring Women Writers

<b>1. If someone in your life is not supportive of your writing or the time you invest in your writing, stop discussing your writing with them.</b> Continually seeking encouragement from someone who refuses to give it is counterproductive. Pour your energy and emotion into your writing. They may come …

Writing

What There Is Before There Is Anything There: Celebrated Cartoonist Liniers Confronts Childhood Nightmares

Children often wonder about why we dream, as do some dedicated researchers, but the question of why we have nightmares is as perplexing to scientists — some of humanity’s most intelligent grownups — as it is exasperating to kids. Indeed, nightmares, along with its sister fear of the dark, are among …

The Psychology of Writing and the Cognitive Science of the Perfect Daily Routine

Reflecting on the ritualization of creativity, Bukowski famously scoffed that “air and light and time and space have nothing to do with.” Samuel Johnson similarly contended that “a man may write at any time, if he will set himself doggedly to it.” And yet some of history’s most successful and …

The Complete Guide To Twitter Hashtags For Education

<b>What is a hashtag?</b><p>A word or phrase preceded by a “#.”<p><b>How do hashtags work?</b><p>Twitter can be a busy place with <i>lots</i> of tweets–and thus lots of “noise.”<p>A …

Leonard Shlain on Integrating Wonder and Wisdom at the Intersection of Art and Physics

<i>“It’s part of the nature of man,”</i> Ray Bradbury told Carl Sagan and Arthur C. Clarke as they peered into the future of space exploration, <i>“to start with romance and build to a reality.”</i> <i>“What would happen,”</i> Marshall McLuhan wondered in his seminal 1964 treatise <i>Understanding Media: The Extensions of …

The ABC Bunny: A Sweet and Unusual Alphabet Book from 1934

In 1934, six years after creating the oldest American picture-book still in print and a year before her brilliant proto-feminist children’s book, pioneering artist, author, illustrator, and translator <b>Wanda Gág</b> released <b>The ABC Bunny</b> (<i>public library</i>). Given my enormous soft spot for alphabet books …

C.S. Lewis on Suffering and What It Means to Have Free Will in a Universe of Fixed Laws

If the universe operates by fixed physical laws, what does it mean for us to have free will? That’s what C.S. Lewis considers with an elegant sidewise gleam in an essay titled <b>“Divine Omnipotence”</b> from his altogether fascinating 1940 book <b>The Problem of Pain</b> (<i>public library</i>) — a scintillating …

The Poetics of Reverie: Philosopher Gaston Bachelard on Dreams, Love, Solitude, and Happiness

<i>“Creative writing, like a day-dream,”</i> Freud observed, <i>“is a continuation of, and a substitute for, what was once the play of childhood.”</i> But how, exactly, does the playful imagination weave dream and storytelling together to frame our creative experience?<p><b>Gaston Bachelard</b> (1884–1962) is one of the …

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How to Find Yourself

At the age of twenty-one, artist and writer <b>James Harmon</b> chanced upon a copy of Rilke’s <i>Letters to a Young Poet</i> and found himself mesmerized. Rilke’s elegant exploration of the deepest human concerns — love, fear, art, doubt, sex — prompted young Harmon to wonder what the best advice to young people …

How to Get Out of Your Own Way and Unblock the “Spiritual Electricity” of Creative Flow

<i>“Art is not a thing — it is a way,”</i> Elbert Hubbard wrote in 1908. But the question of <i>what</i> that way is, where exactly it leads, and how to best follow it is something artists have been grappling with since the dawn of recorded time and psychologists have spent decades trying to decode, outlining the …

Tchaikovsky on the “Immeasurable Bliss” of Creativity, the Mystical Machinery of Inspiration, and the Evils of Interruptions

<i>“A self-respecting artist must not fold his hands on the pretext that he is not in the mood,”</i> legendary composer <b>Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky</b> wrote in 1878 in a letter to his benefactress, Nadezhda von Meck, attesting to what psychologists have since demonstrated empirically — that “grit” is more …

Why You Shouldn’t Be a Real Book Player

Take a peek into a high school jazz band rehearsal or grab a seat at a college jazz combo concert. Better yet, walk into your local jam session or …

10 Things You Can Do In (About) 10 Minutes For A Better Classroom

When the school year begins, teachers spend a lot of time getting the classroom ready, planning lessons, and getting to know his/her students. The …

30 Trends In Education Technology For 2015

<b>30 Trends In Education Technology For The 2015 School Year</b><p>by <b>Terry Heick</b><p>What’s trending up for 2015 school year in terms of education technology?<p>iPads …

Clive Sinclair

Unashamedly erudite, often macabre and sometimes deliberately obtuse, Clive Sinclair’s postmodern novels and short stories address uncomfortable …

New Evidence of Mental Benefits From Music Training

1.5K<p>SHARES<p>As we’ve reported, a large body of research has noted a link between music education and higher test scores. But precisely why learning an …

The Brain

C.S. Lewis on the Three Ways of Writing for Children and the Key to Authenticity in All Writing

<i>“I don’t write for children,”</i> the late and great Maurice Sendak said in his final interview. <i>“I write — and somebody says, ‘That’s for children!’”</i> J.R.R. Tolkien had memorably articulated the same sentiment seven decades earlier, in asserting that there is no such thing as writing “for children,” …

Making the Magazine: A Reading List

<i>Magazine nerds, here we go: A starter collection of behind-the-scenes stories from some of your most beloved magazines, including The New Yorker,</i> …

Anna Deavere Smith on Discipline and Learning to Stop Letting Others Define You

<i>“Discipline,”</i> the late and great Massimo Vignelli wrote, <i>“is the attitude that helps us discern right from wrong… Discipline is what makes us responsible toward ourselves [and] toward the society in which we live.”</i> It’s a dimensional definition that touches, ever so gently, on the second meaning of …

How to Turn Your Daily Commute Into Something You Actually Enjoy

For many of us the daily commute is a necessary evil; not all that enjoyable but unavoidable if we want to keep our job. While it might not be your …

Rise and shine: the daily routines of history's most creative minds

Benjamin Franklin spent his mornings naked. Patricia Highsmith ate only bacon and eggs. Marcel Proust breakfasted on opium and croissants. The path to greatness is paved with a thousand tiny rituals (and a fair bit of substance abuse) – but six key rules emerge Daily Rituals by Mason Currey – review<p>…

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Free Infographic : Why Music Works Wonders with Kids with Special Needs

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