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Monday, October 27, 2008

Brain Book, Tentative Schedule, Seasonal and Bookstore Events

The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science, by Norman Doidge, M.D. The brain science surveyed in this book has wide applications for dyslexia, stroke, autism, etc., and important implications for education, including but not limited to special education and older adult learning. Every educator and parent should read this book. Its main thesis, neuroplasticity, supported by research and case studies, gives realistic hope not only for young children with learning disabilities but even for older people whose stroke events may have occurred long ago in the past. There is also--surprise!--support from neuroplasticity for psychoanalysis and other "talking cures." Just when you thought there would be nothing more to brains but surgery and drugs! Thanks to Nancy Swink for bringing this important and fascinating book to my attention.

Tentative schedule for the weeks ahead:

Saturday, Nov. 22, 2-4 p.m. Grafton McCready ("Mac") Thomas will sign Confessions of a Maverick Minister: A Life of Butterscotch, Horseradish, and Strawberry Pie [Note: This is the new date. We had to change from the 29th to the 22nd of November.]

Saturday, Dec. 13, 5-8 p.m. Holiday Open House

Saturday, Dec. 17, 2-4 p.m. Ed and Connie Arnfield will sign Michigan Roadside Guide to Plants, Trees and Flowers: An Ecological Approach [LATE-ADDED NOTE: This book will not be ready from the printer in time for a 2008 launch, so we're delaying the party until spring. Watch blog and Dog Ears Books website for announcement.]

Colors are gaining in richness what they have lost in brightness. Beech trees are like buttered toast with honey dripping through, golden yellow with crisp, warm brown edges. There is color in the orchards now, too--some going golden, others rosy. Milkweed pods have burst. Cottonwoods shimmer silver, poplars gold. Today, Monday, alternated between sunshine and rain showers, with rainbows and dramatic cloud effects until about 4 o'clock in the afternoon when the temperature dropped. Then, suddenly, it was winter mitten weather.


Anonymous said...

I am sorry that you're not able to post photos right now, because you post some dandies, but you might not write about beech trees like buttered toast with honey dripping through, golden yellow with crisp warm brown edges if you had just uploaded their portrait. I'm glad to have the image you wove from words.

Anonymous said...

Hello! And where are the pictures of beautiful landscapes? How is everything? Hope all is well.
Best regards,

P. J. Grath said...

Thanks, Gerry. And welcome back, Joe--where have you been?