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8 Life under the Knife

Mike Roos Quarry Books ePub

“My gosh, Joe! This is where you lived?”

“You made me bring you here.”

On a rainy Sunday afternoon in August, Joe Lents and Connie Leinenbach stood in the decay of the little shack in Burns City where Joe had lived the first eleven years of his life, the place where he had slept fitfully and uncomfortably in one room with a brother and three sisters, where his parents had fought with random and terrifying violence, and where his mother had died painfully of cancer.

“I had no idea it was this tiny and dirty,” Connie said in the gloom of the abandoned kitchen.

“Nobody’s lived here since we left. It was a little cleaner then. Not much.”

“It’s so depressing, Joe.”

“What did you expect?”

“No hot water, no indoor plumbing.”

“There are people who have it a lot worse than this.”

Connie felt the sadness welling up inside her and put her arms around him. “Oh, Joe! I’m so sorry.”

“Why?” he said, pulling away and stooping to pick up an old scrap of newspaper with an ancient headline, “Ike Re-elected.” “It’s got nothing to do with you. Come on. Let’s get out of here. This place gives me the creeps.”

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5: DNA barcoding for identification of plant pathogens

Boonham, N. CABI PDF


DNA barcoding f or identification of plant p


Jennifer Hodgetts*

Fera, Sand Hutton, York, UK

5.1  Introduction

Taxonomy, the classification of organisms, is a profoundly important scientific discipline.

Without it, plant pathogen identification or, indeed, precise identification of any organism, would not be possible. Since the advent and uptake of DNA sequencing from the

1980s onwards, analysis of an organism’s DNA sequence has become a new tool added to the traditional taxonomic process.

The term DNA ‘barcodes’ was first used in the scientific literature in the 1990s (Arnot et al., 1993); however, the technique as it is now known came to the forefront with the work of Canadian scientist Dr Paul D.N. Hebert, who is often considered the ‘father of

DNA barcoding’. In 2003, Hebert and co-workers published a seminal paper ‘Biological identifications through DNA barcodes’ in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B, which proposed the use of DNA barcoding for species identification

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Chapter Six - Playing and Survival

Ira Brenner Karnac Books ePub

“A hundred children—a hundred individuals who are people—not people to be, not people of the future, not people of tomorrow, but people now…right now…today”

(Korczak, 1967, p. 254)

Of the roughly six million unanswerable questions that may be asked about the Holocaust, one of the most perplexing pertains to the nature of “play”. While it is indeed amply documented through diaries and journals, as well as survivor testimonies, photographs, artwork, and poetry, it is not yet possible to have a full understanding of the meaning, purpose, and capacity to play under the conditions of sadistic, dehumanising, genocidal persecution. A young girl in the Warsaw ghetto simply put it this way:

When I am in play, I forget my hunger. I forget that outside are such evil Germans even existing. Early in the morning I rush to the child care center and I wish that the day would never end, because when it is getting dark, we all have to return home. In my room it is so full with dark shadows and black fear. (Eisen, 1988, p. 101)

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Chapter Twenty-Two: Myron

Patricia R. Everett Karnac Books ePub

The next communication from Mabel to Brill is either a complete note or part of a lost letter. It contains only the date, location, one word by Mabel, and a clipping from The New York Times (May 2, 1939) previewing the publication of Myron Brinig's Anne Minton's Life. The book's cover announces: “When Anne Minton steps out on the window-ledge of a Los Angeles hotel and crowds gather below to watch the spectacle of her distraction, her own life rolls backward in the novelist's mind and the lives of others are quickly affected in the present.”


May 5 [1939]


Horrors! [with a vertical line in Mabel's hand indicating the following passage]


A new novel by Myron Brinig, author of “May Flavin,” is being brought out by Farrar & Rinehart on June 5 under the title “Anne Minton's Life.”1 It is the story of one fevered day in the life of a tragic exhibitionist.


In Brill's next letter to Mabel, he forcefully defends not having time to read all the material she sends him, since she had by now mailed him over 600 pages of manuscripts, including Una and Robin, Una and Robin in Taos, Water of Life, On Human Relations, and “The Money Complex.” He then reveals his intrigue about the true identity of Brinig's new heroine, implying Mabel may be the inspiration.

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Parc Jean-Drapeau

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

1Taking a long breather from the hustle of the city by soaking up some sunshine and fresh air on verdant Île Ste-Hélène

2Riding the world’s tallest wooden roller coaster at La Ronde. Or getting eye-popping views of the city from the Ferris wheel.

3Grabbing a picnic and joining music lovers on the grass, during the laid-back summer fest of Piknic Électronik.

4Fighting the good fight, 18th-century style, with military parades at Musée Stewart, housed in a British garrison.

5Getting active, by taking a Stand-Up Paddleboard Yoga class, kayaking off the Plage des Îles or wakeboarding.

In the middle of the mighty St Lawrence, this alluring green space spreads across Île Ste-Hélène and Île Notre-Dame. Together, the two islands offer a fine choice of recreational activities, along with some worthwhile museums. The park is also home to a casino, a Formula 1 racetrack, an old-fashioned amusement park and summer festivals (see www.parcjeandrapeau.com).

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11. Getting Past Your Expiration Date

John B. Izzo Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub


“If you are called to sweep streets, but you sweep them the way Beethoven wrote music, you will never have an unhappy day.”
—Martin Luther King, Jr.

When I first met Mrs. O’Donnell she was already sixty-four years old and had been teaching for more than forty years. One year away from retirement, even a casual observer could see the youthful enthusiasm she demonstrated in her classroom full of active, noisy fourth-graders. She seemed to have the bright-eyed innocence and wonder of a recent college graduate, even though she had been doing the same thing for four decades.

I have encountered many teachers (and other professionals) who have lost that innocent wonder—often at a much younger age—and meeting her made me ask: Why is it that some people never lose heart? How do we keep the fires of passion burning in our work? Why do some of us stay innocent and joyful long past our predicted expiration date?


In the world of work, we have a word for those who have lost their sense of wonder; we say they are “burned out.” When we say we are burned out, it is our way of raising the white flag, surrendering to the loss of whatever wonder once captivated us in our jobs. Burnout is different than stress because it cannot be relieved with a vacation or time off; it is the work itself that we have fallen out of love with. When we have truly fallen out of love with our work, time off doesn’t renew our interest. It merely reinforces that the job just isn’t fun anymore.

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Elizabeth Jennings Carcanet Press Ltd. PDF


Milk is on rocks, sea is only

Faintly tidal. The same sail draws

Its red sheet on a washing blue.

A telescope picks out rocks.

Limpets cling to their fastness.

Somebody’s photograph? It wasn’t.

Geologist’s playground? No.

A scene unglossed by sentiment.

No one has ever been there.

A slice of an island this is.

The hem of a dream held fast.

Immaculate invitation.

A move towards innocence.

A place revered so richly

Is untampered as the moon.

But idylls are earmarked always

And we have set our seal

On the power which pulls a particular

Sea. This fragment of shore

Was sand-castled once by a child

But isn’t now any more.

Childhood in Lincolnshire

Six years of a flat land.

Grasses cut your fingers on that shore.

People kept calling it Holland and a child

Thought this on some map somewhere

Linked it with that place

A Dutch doll came from.

So the sea trafficked with imagination

Which was more luminous even

Than the blazing tulips in formidable ranks

Or honeysuckle,

The first flower to be seen and smelt,

Tied to its own event and potent for that, therefore, always.

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CHAPTER 9: Problems of context: a fiasco

Lisl Klein Karnac Books ePub

The book about working as a social scientist in Esso came out in 1976. It was a very detailed case study, and it seemed obvious that the way to take the subject further would be to document other attempts (of which there were by then quite a number) and compare them to see what could be learned. The writing of the Esso case study had been funded by the Social Science Research Council, and when it was published, the chairman of the SSRC wrote a very nice, unsolicited review. So I was optimistic about taking the subject further. I was working in the Tavistock Institute at the time; Ken Eason was a colleague and friend who had taken part in some of the Esso work and who was now at Loughborough University. Together we decided to try for a research grant to collect and compare examples of social science being applied in organizations. This paper tells the story of that attempt. It is the edited report to the SSRC on a feasibility study and has not been published before.

The attempt to get this work funded failed. Any researcher suffers bids that fail, and I have had my share of grant applications being turned down. But there is something different about this one and what it demonstrates about the institutional difficulties of relating research and practice. I knew that the climate among the academics on the SSRC’s committees was changing, and that “usefulness” was going out of favour; but I did not realize just how far the change in direction had gone.

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8 Taking Up Our Organizational Roles How We Can Affirm Our Experience at Work

Alan Briskin Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

I recall one of my first consultations with a group of psychotherapists who were part of a not-for-profit community-counseling agency. They found themselves in conflict over every conceivable aspect of their work together. They could not agree on referral arrangements, on management of common office space, or on ways to maintain their shared kitchen. They could not even agree on the consultant that they wanted to work with. After a lengthy process and multiple interviews, they settled on me. I was told they had chosen me because of my background and experience in working with issues of authority, but they actually couldn’t really agree on that either.

Before our first meeting together, I called the director of the agency. We agreed that he would begin the meeting with a question that would allow the members to introduce themselves to me: “What do you believe is the purpose of this organization?” I felt that, beyond introducing the members, the question would evoke some common themes that we could build on over the course of the consultation.

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13 What does she think you need to improve?

Steve Arneson Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Have you ever considered that your boss doesn’t think you’re perfect? That you’re not finished developing? It’s a safe bet she feels your skills could use a little polish. Since we all have development opportunities, what does she want you to work on? Has she told you? Even if she has, do you really believe that’s all she feels you need to improve?

This question can’t be answered by looking at your performance appraisal or development plan. Sure, you both agreed upon some growth areas in your most recent review, and those may be legitimate development opportunities. But what else does she want you to work on? Think about her motives and preferences. Is there anything she’s not telling you because it reveals too much about what she wants from you?

Kevin is in this situation. At his mid-year review, Kevin’s boss suggested he work on his coaching and delegation skills (Kevin agreed these were opportunities). However, he also suspects the boss wants him to work on listening and taking direction more effectively. Why? Because whenever Kevin doesn’t follow his boss’s specific direction, she gets upset. She wants Kevin to do exactly what she tells him to do, and whenever Kevin follows his own path, he feels the boss’s wrath. Why doesn’t Kevin’s boss just come out and tell him to improve these skills? Because she knows it will sound silly; the only examples she can give Kevin are times when he’s not done precisely what she wanted. She’s savvy enough to know it looks petty to suggest a development need that really isn’t there. Still, if Kevin is right, how long should he ignore this unspoken development suggestion? My recommendation was to start demonstrating deeper listening behaviors now, to get ahead of what may well become a career-derailer if the boss’s perceptions don’t change (after all, Kevin can always use improved listening skills). The idea is to infer what your boss wants you to improve, even if she’s not telling you directly.

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Don Hutson Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub
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10. Winnicott and Education

Duncan Barford Karnac Books ePub

Val Richards

Winnicott’s writings bring together a psychoanalytic understanding of the mind and an existential vision of human life. He offers a strikingly interpersonal, and social perspective on how learning occurs.

The ideas which shaped Winnicott’s vision include a strong infusion of Nineteenth Century Romanticism. This is an essentialist stance, which bears little relation to the modernist notion of the self as an ‘absent centre’. However, through his immense clinical experience, Winnicott arrived at a view of the self which—even thought it is regarded as ‘an entity’—is nevertheless problematical and ultimately unresolved:

There is much uncertainty in my own mind about the meaning of ‘Self… For me the self, which is not the ego, is the person who is me, who is only me, who has a totality based on the operation of the maturational process. At the same time the self has parts, and in fact is constituted of these parts. (Winnicott 1989: 271)

In the first part of this chapter, I will focus on Winnicott’s ideas on early infant needs and development. In the second, I go on to explore how these concepts might be applied—both to the fostering of creative and effective learning, and to the discovery and recovery of disturbed creativity.

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Five: The Paralogisms of Pure Reason: In Search of a Regulative Principle for Transcendental Reflection

Avery Goldman Indiana University Press ePub


The Paralogisms of Pure Reason:
In Search of a Regulative Principle
for Transcendental Reflection

I. The Faculty of Thinking (Axvii)

In the preface to the first edition of the Critique of Pure Reason, in what stands as the opening salvo of critical philosophy, Kant writes that although questions concerning “the faculty of thinking [das Vermögen zu denken]”—the mind, or reason, in the broadest and most undifferentiated sense—are important, they are not an essential part of the Transcendental Deduction, nor are they necessary for inquiry into the “faculty we call the understanding, and at the same time for the determination of the rules and boundaries of its use” (Axvi).1 What is central to the Transcendental Deduction is the demonstration of the objective validity of the categories of the understanding; and while one could also trace these categories and the faculty of understanding that they constitute back to their source, to the “faculty of thinking” itself, from out of which they have been distinguished, this latter task, which Kant describes as subjective, does not belong “essentially” to the Transcendental Deduction.

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CHAPTER FIVE. An “ethical code” for authors?

Emma Piccioli Karnac Books ePub

Parthenope Bion Talamo

When I first started thinking about the possibility of producing a paper on writing in psychoanalysis, I had something very simple and practical in mind; not exactly along the lines of an American-style course on “creative writing”, but something of that sort. So I was aiming to speak about writing considered as interpersonal communication, which is the area that the people on the board of editors of the Rivista diPsicoanalisi usually find themselves dealing with, inasmuch as they function as editors rather than as analysts—and it is also the level on which they find that they have trouble. As I slowly mulled over the (few) ideas that I had on the subject, while being influenced by recent vicissitudes in the Italian Psychoanalytic Society, gradually some thoughts that were connected a little more clearly with the ideal, triangular relationship between the writer, psychoanalysis, and the reader, emerged. At this fatal point (in the sense that chance plays its part, too) Alberto Semi asked me, without the slightest warning, what the title of my paper was going to be … and the outcome is something of a hybrid, perhaps rather unpleasant title in fact, even though softened by Alberto's having wisely added a question mark to the original.

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In Praise of Maps


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