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This post on The Unofficial Apple Weblog reminds me where I was 5 years ago today: standing in line outside a local AT&T store hoping to be one of the lucky ones to snag one of the store’s allotment of the brand new iPhones. (Fortunately, the temperature 5 years ago was nowhere near the 104 F. expected here today. And I don’t have a photo of the original iPhone, so the one pictured here is the later, 3GS, model.)
Like this TUAW blogger, I had been a devoted Palm user, although my Palm wasn’t a phone model. I had been wanting a smartphone, but nothing available was exactly the device of my dreams. As soon as I saw the descriptions of the upcoming iPhone, I knew it was what I had been waiting for.
And then the purchase of that iPhone prompted me to buy a Mac laptop. And the purchase of that laptop initiated our conversion into an all-Apple, all-the-time household.
Happy 5th birthday, iPhone.
On a recent bike ride my husband came upon this big snapping turtle on the sidewalk. After photographing him head-on, he tried to get a side view. But every time he moved to get a different perspective, Snappy moved, too, to maintain their face-off.
About 10 years ago I read the book Woman as Healer because that is a topic I’ve long been interested in. A couple of years later I decided to go back to school to study for a doctorate in humanistic psychology. I had already enrolled at Saybrook before I realized that the author of Woman as Healer, Jeanne Achterberg, was on the faculty. I worked with her throughout my six years of study, and she chaired my dissertation committee. Jeanne Achterberg died on March 7, 2012. She was a popular and well-known scholar, researcher, and speaker, and she was immediately eulogized by her colleagues (see links below). But I knew her as a teacher—one of the best teachers I’ve ever had in my long academic career.
Jeanne Achterberg made her name in the field of alternative medicine, or mind-body medicine, with the development of the use of guided imagery in the treatment of cancer. In 2001 Time magazine named her one of 100 innovators for this pioneering work. Here are a couple of tributes by her colleagues:
- Marilyn Schlitz of IONS (Institute of Noetic Sciences)
- Don Moss, Chair, College of Mind-Body Medicine, Saybrook
Also, her family has set up a tribute page on Facebook.
Jeannie was passionate about her work in promoting the spiritual nature of healing, but she was equally devoted to mentoring students, particularly in their research. Many professors think of their graduate students as extensions of themselves whose main purpose is to further their mentors’ research. But Jeannie did not think that way. She saw her role of mentor as that of guiding students in pursuing the research topics they were interested in. Trained as an experimental psychologist, her first allegiance was always to science. Her approach was to work with students to find a sound methodology appropriate for their research questions. When, at the beginning of my doctoral research, I asked her for some specific direction, she gently refused—not because she wanted to work me as hard as possible, but because she wanted me to discover my own passion within the topic rather than pursuing hers.
The other characteristic that made Jeannie such a good teacher was her own willingness, even eagerness, to learn. She frequently talked about how much she learned from her students. When I wanted to use the developing methodology of narrative inquiry for my dissertation, she initially hesitated. But she gave me the opportunity to demonstrate its soundness, then declared herself convinced and wholeheartedly supported my work. I was truly blessed to be one of the many students who earned their degrees under her direction.
There is a complete list of her publications on her web site. Here are two of my favorites, in addition to Woman as Healer:
- Lightning at the Gate, her memoir of her own experience of illness
- Intentional Healing, an audio program that sums up her life’s work and her belief in the spiritual nature of healing
And in this 15-minute video she discusses transpersonal psychology in advance of her scheduled appearance as a keynote speaker at the Spirituality and Psychology Conference in February, 2012 (you will need to turn the volume all the way up on both the video and your machine):
Heaven must certainly be a much nattier place now that Jeannie has arrived to offer fashion advice.
Monday Miscellany is taking this week off for the winter holidays.
Season’s greetings and best wishes for peace and joy in 2012 to all!
15 best nonfiction books of 2011: CSMonitor picks – “Day of Honey,” by Annia Ciezadlo – CSMonitor.comTuesday, December 6th, 2011
These are the 15 nonfiction titles that Monitor book reviewers found to be the most outstanding of 2011.
I just finally have to say this. I HATE it when a web site, such as Christian Science Monitor, puts each item of a list on a separate page and I have to click repeatedly to see all the items. I realize that this probably is a function of advertising, since more clicks means a higher advertising rate, but this just drives me nuts. You have now been warned what will happen if you click on this link.
During the 6 years while I was back in grad school, the practice of reading challenges blossomed. Often I’d see a challenge that looked so interesting, but I just didn’t have time to participate. I guess my doctoral program was itself a 6-year reading challenge.
Anyway, since I finally got my degree this past summer, I’m now ready to undertake a reading challenge. I’ve signed up for What’s in a Name 5, hosted by BethFishReads. Here’s her description of the challenge:
Here’s How It Works
Between January 1 and December 31, 2012, read one book in each of the following categories:
- A book with a topographical feature (land formation) in the title: Black Hills, Purgatory Ridge, Emily of Deep Valley
- A book with something you’d see in the sky in the title: Moon Called, Seeing Stars, Cloud Atlas
- A book with a creepy crawly in the title: Little Bee, Spider Bones, The Witches of Worm
- A book with a type of house in the title: The Glass Castle, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, Ape House
- A book with something you’d carry in your pocket, purse, or backpack in the title: Sarah’s Key, The Scarlet Letter, Devlin Diary
- A book with a something you’d find on a calendar in the title: Day of the Jackal, Elegy for April, Freaky Friday, Year of Magical Thinking
The book titles are just suggestions, you can read whatever book you want to fit the category.
Other Things to Know
- Books may be any form (audio, print, e-book).
- Books may overlap other challenges.
- Books may not overlap categories; you need a different book for each category.
- Creativity for matching the categories is not only allowed but encouraged.
- You do not have to make a list of books before hand.
- You do not have to read through the categories in any particular order.
I decided on this challenge because, as I looked at the categories, I realized that I already had at least one book for almost every category on my TBR list.
Although the directions say that making up a list of books before hand is not necessary, I went ahead and did it anyway because it was so much fun to realize that I’ll actually have time to read these books now. Here’s what I’ve come up with:
- In the Lake of the Woods by Tim O’Brien
- Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
- The Lake of Dead Languages by Carol Goodman
- Empire Falls by Richard Russo
- The Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
- By the Lake by John McGahern
- Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
- Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine by Ann Hood
- Vinegar Hill by A. Manette Ansay
- Master of the Delta by Thomas H. Cook
- The Falls by Joyce Carol Oates
Something in the sky
- The Pull of the Moon by Elizabeth Berg
- The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
- How to Read the Air by Dinaw Mengestu
- A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
- The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold
- Bedbugs by Ben H. Winters
- The Bumblebee Flies Anyway by Robert Cormier
- The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King
- A Maggot by John Fowles
Type of house
- Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
- Green Mansions by W. H. Hudson
- We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
- Asylum by Patrick McGrath
- I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
- Room by Emma Donoghue
- The Keep by Jennifer Egan
Something you’d carry in your pocket
- The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields
- Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally
Something on a calendar
- In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer-Fleming
- Blue Nights by Joan Didion
- October 1964 by David Halberstam
- Solstice by Joyce Carol Oates
- Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks
There are a few titles on this list that I’ve already read, but I’ve left them on in case other people are looking for books to fit a particular category. And some of the books that I have read before could stand a rereading.
I’m pretty well set in all the categories except “something you’d carry in a pocket, purse, or backpack,” so if you have any title suggestions for that one, I’d love to hear them.
Thanks to BethFishReads for hosting this challenge.