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Levada Paths

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

One of the chief reasons people have been coming to Madeira for the past four decades is to hike the levadas – 2500km of irrigation channels along which lead gentle paths through the wilds of the island's interior. A levada walk is the quintessential Madeira experience, departing Funchal early in the morning, spending the day wandering through the dramatic landscape, picnicking along the way, before making it back into the city for dinner. Levada novices should try at least one – most visitors are hooked straightaway.

ALevadas can be found across the island.

AThere's no charge to walk, unless you take a tour.

AIt's often a good idea to contact the tourist office to find out if the route you intend to take is affected by the weather or repair work.

AGood hiking boots, a torch, waterproofs and food are a must.

AExposed sections are common and definitely not for vertigo sufferers.

ANever walk in the levadas, throw anything into them or (how should we put it?) use them as an outdoor convenience.

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Chapter Nine - Crossing the Border Within: Migration, Transience, and Analytic Identity

Monisha NayarAkhtar Karnac Books ePub

Gabriel Ruiz

Then—in my childhood—in the dawn/Of a most stormy life—was drawn/
From ev'ry depth of good and ill/The mystery which binds me still—

—Edgar Allan Poe, Alone

Becoming a psychoanalyst brings forth an ongoing elaboration in one's developing identity. This expansion of one's internal dimensions inevitably includes aspects of culture (Akhtar, 1999). Yet when our inscape is met with the amalgamation of two or more distinct cultures, one's analytic identity stretches the boundaries of this transformation to compelling depths (Akhtar, 2006). Throughout my analytic training I often wondered how my Mexican is weaved into my American as a psychoanalyst? My own analysis and training, as was most of my supervision, were conducted in English, my second language. Where does the migrant farm experience of mine reside? Where does this childhood experience of going from farm to farm, US to Mexico and back migrations resound?

It is not only in the “Mexico” or “US” experience that my analytic identity develops from. I find it arises out of my internalized experience of traveling between the two countries. Actual and internal experiences of transitioning between “Mexican” and “American” culture grounds my ongoing analytic understanding of my patients. In essence, this “to and fro,” is the deepest signifier of my ongoing self-definition as an analyst.

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Chapter Eight - Stolen Freedom

Monisha NayarAkhtar Karnac Books ePub

Deborah A. Reeves

Thoreau talks about (“being”) in our dreams awake…surely this is what psychoanalysis brings to bear; those otherwise unknown identities and truths through everyone…that kind of translucent information that runs like a river reshaping the land.

Deborah A. Reeves

Just how is an analytic identity established? Marginality and distance, coupled with certain sensory and perceptual qualities are most probably requisites. To these should likely be added the capacity for detachment, a truncated biography, and a personality structure imprinted with massive overlays of alienation, estrangement, and anomie. In the following pages I recount, both chronologically and conceptually, the establishment—or assembly—of analytic capacities. What follows is a narrative of sorts in which the occasional theoretical excursus at times interrupts, and hopefully enhances, the discussion.

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It was likely not for nothing that most of the early psychoanalysts (and their patients) were German or Austrian Jews. If groups of people are ghettoized for half a millennium, excluded from agricultural pursuits in an overwhelmingly rural continent, badged, branded, and reviled as ritual murderers and enemies of Christ, occasionally massacred, and forced into a restrictive, exhausted gene pool, it is hardly unpredictable that curious and extraordinary human beings will result. The distance and marginality of this nation, and the sufferings—selfinflicted and otherwise—that it endured, made possible the genesis of the Psychoanalytic Chosen People. Despite Edward Hine's scrambled and confused thesis that the English are in fact the Lost Tribe of Ephraim (Hine, 2003) this writer can claim no such heritage as that elaborated in the erroneous and notorious England's Coming Glories. But in the case of a British teenager rather abruptly transplanted to an isolated, provincial community in the American Midwest, a region described by the Coen Brothers as “Siberia with Family Restaurants,” a pronounced marginality obtains. Certainly not of the caliber of Jewish Diaspora or persecution, but nonetheless a small, private case of anomic displacement, uncannily invisible—translucent as it were—and hence contributory to an identity that ultimately developed within the psychoanalytic paradigm.

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5: The Growth Imperative: Prosperity or Poverty

Peter Y Paik Indiana University Press ePub

Prosperity or Poverty

Joel Magnuson

GENERATING A MEASURABLE rate of return for investors is the core element of any capitalist economy. Investors derive their income from percentage returns on stocks, bonds, or other business investments. If investors do not get these expected returns, they will sell their investments and seek returns elsewhere. By disinvesting, or cashing out, investors can drive down the book value of a company, which can ultimately cause the business to fail. To prevent this outcome, the prime directive of a capitalist business is to sustain robust returns and growth of financial wealth for their investors. This is the paramount goal of capitalist enterprise.

To provide these returns for their investors, businesses essentially have three choices. One would be to pay investors with money held in their business bank accounts. This choice, however, would amount to self-impoverishment, as businesses would make themselves poorer by drawing down their bank account balances, just as a person would become poorer by trying to live on a savings account. Another choice would be to generate profits from sales growth gained by taking market share away from competitors. Although the threat of losing market share in a competitive marketplace can force an individual business to be innovative and create new cost-saving technology, one business's gain is another business's loss in a zero-sum strategy. This would ultimately be self-destructive to the interest of the capitalist class as a whole. The third and only viable, long-term choice would be for each business to generate its returns by producing and selling more goods and services for profit.

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CHAPTER FOUR: Desiring by myself

Jean Petrucelli Karnac Books ePub

Adam Phillips

“Poetry is feeling, confessing itself to itself in moments of solitude …”

(J. S. Mill, Early Essays)

Leo Bersani once said in an interview that the reason most people feel guilty about masturbation is because they fear that masturbation is the truth about sex; that the truth about sex is that we would rather do it on our own or that, indeed, we are doing it on our own even when we seem to all intents and purposes to be doing it with other people. The desire that apparently leads us towards other people can lead us away from them; or we might feel that what we call desire is evoked by details, by signs, by gestures; that we fall for a smile, or a tone of voice, or a way of walking, or a life-style, and not exactly for what we have learned to call a whole person; and that this evocation, this stirring of desire releases us rather more into our own deliriums of fear and longing than into realistic apprehension of the supposed object of desire. There is nothing at once more isolating and oceanic than falling for someone. Lacan (2001) formulated the objet petit a to show us that the promise of satisfaction always reminds us of a lack—that to desire is to remember the one thing we are trying to forget—and that this lack, disclosed by our longings, sends a depth-charge into our histories. It is as though to desire someone is to be sent back into yourself; it reopens the issues that have made us who we are. In other words it may not be cynical—at least from one point of view—to think of desiring as something we do by ourselves, even if the phrase “by oneself” needs now to be re-described. The object of desire—as some psychoanalytic theory suggests, though it is mostly not British and American—may be rather more of a hint, a suggestion, a clue, than we are willing to acknowledge. And the subject of desire may not be interested in other people in quite the way we are encouraged to believe.

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7: When Short-Term Needs Clash with Long-Term Goals

Paul Levesque Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

If you are willing to submit yourself, to align with whatever that … dream or vision is for yourself, then you can do great things in your life.


“It’s a trap. I’d love to focus more attention on my Big Dream, but I also have to keep food on the table. My job seems to swallow up every bit of my time and energy. At the end of the day I’ve barely got anything left over to give to my family, let alone my dream. How do I get around this?”

It’s a common dilemma. We have an exciting long-term goal, but there are pressing short-term needs that cannot be ignored. The two seem in conflict; meeting our short-term obligations and responsibilities is a full-time job that keeps the long-term dream forever “on hold.”

The way out of this dilemma begins with the realization that life is not only like a box of chocolates (in the Forrest-Gumpian sense of “never knowing what you’re going to get”). In many ways life is also like a glass of lemonade—sweetness is involved, and sourness is involved, and unless the two are in balance the whole thing’s going to leave a bad taste in your mouth.

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"C" Words: COOP-HSPT Vocabulary

Ace Academics Ace Academics ePub
Medium 9781855755635

CHAPTER NINE: Inquiry as relational practice: thinking relationally about the practice of teaching and learning

Simon Clarke Karnac Books ePub

Margaret L. Page


What conditions are needed and what conceptual tools required in order for the consultant/educator to enable clients and students to creatively explore tensions that present themselves as polarities? What might relational thinking offer to educators and consultants who wish to develop this capacity? This chapter takes up these questions and explores them through examples drawn from experiences of teaching and learning within management education. Taking up the themes explored by Karen Izod, it draws from the work of Jessica Benjamin and from current research on experiential teaching and learning to explore difficulties and opportunities of inquiry-based teaching and learning within contexts where instrumental approaches predominate. Finally, it returns to the question: so what is special or radical about relational thinking? What is its potential or actual contribution to teaching and learning in university-based management education programmes?

In the first section, I offer an introduction to relational theory and practice, as an application of inquiry-based learning and teaching. This is developed in the three illustrations that follow. The first of these is a co-mentoring relationship that enabled teaching staff to sustain an inquiring stance in relation to Masters level students, and to resist institutional pressures to adopt a more instrumental approach. The second and third sections also relate to Masters level students, this time in the context of a programme that is experiential and based on peer learning. Two vignettes are offered that explore how relational thinking offered a way of making sense, in reflection after the event, of the challenges of sustaining inquiry in the context described. The final section draws together reflections on these experiences to consider what relational thinking might offer to inquiry practice. More specifically, it explores its potential contribution to working with the difficulties and opportunities of management learning in the current UK context, where pressure is intense to stick to instrumental approaches.

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Faces at a Play

Amy M. Clark University of North Texas Press PDF
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CHAPTER ONE: Editorial introduction: ‘Therapeutic ethos’ in therapeutic, educational and cultural perspectives

Richard House Karnac Books ePub

Richard House and Del Loewenthal

[T]he protection of the imaginative space of childhood … needs a background of security, adult availability and adult consistency … — the safeguarding of a space where identities can be learned and tested in imagination before commitments have to be made.

(Williams, 2000, pp. 61, 31)

It is something of a truism of many, if not most, psychotherapy and counselling modalities that adult emotional difficulties are to a significant extent rooted in, or at the very least influenced by, childhood experience. On this view, it follows that we surely need to pay particular attention to childhood experience if we are to minimize the extent to which today's children will need therapy as adults, and maximize levels of emotional well-being across society. Put differently, and culturally speaking, the aim of a society should perhaps be that of reducing the need for psychological therapies—in the sense that an emotionally mature, virtue-centred society which minimized noxious childhood experiences of all kinds, and which also had culturally and community-sanctioned means for ‘holding’ and supporting people's ‘difficulties of living’, would have far less need for therapy as a culturally legitimated healing practice.

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Who Moved My Curriculum? Leadership Preparation Programs and the Core Technology of Schools

JOURNAL OF SCHOOL LEADERSHIP Rowman & Littlefield Publishers ePub


ABSTRACT: This cross-case study utilizes the publically available data of three urban low-performing, low-socioeconomic-status districts designated as districts in need of improvement under No Child Left Behind legislation. Despite multiple interventions aimed at improving student learning, these and other districts remain in corrective action. Critics attribute responsibility for such low-performing schools in part to leadership preparation programs and their failure to prepare leaders who are capable of improving student learning. Current research points to the value of preparation programs focusing on the development of instructional leaders and a curriculum that focuses on improving student achievement (Darling-Hammond, Meyerson, LaPointe, & Orr, 2010). We argue that preparation programs must prepare leaders who can ensure that a well-articulated curriculum aligned to the state standards exists and, more important, is implemented effectively.

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8 Around the World in Eighty Minutes: Douglas Fairbanks and the Indian Stunt Film

Jennifer M Bean Indiana University Press ePub

Anupama Kapse

If a playwright seeks to stick to true history, then he is foregoing his duty to theater. If history is shown on the stage just as it is, it will be unsuccessful as theater.

Kaikhusro Navraji Navrojji, Parsi playwright (1874)

There is no picture like The Thief of Bagdad. It is just suitable for Indian audiences.

J. J. Madan, distributor for Madan Films (1928)

One of the most abominable features of Indian films is [the] hopeless acting. It looks like mimicry.

D. D. Sharma, film distributor (1928)

When Douglas Fairbanks visited India in 1931, he was almost mobbed. An excited reporter carried the story in the New York Times: “Calcuttans … mob Douglas Fairbanks.”1 Newspaper reports suggest that his arrival in Calcutta was some-what compromised by an accident that involved a young teenaged boy who had been knocked down by his car. Even this accident could not deter the eager crowd that had come to see him in person. The experience of being mobbed was not new to the star of The Mark of Zorro (1920), Robin Hood (1922), and The Thief of Bagdad (1924). The Russians had already welcomed Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks—often called Hollywood’s first couple—with a display of acute Americanitis when they visited Moscow.2 But it is not as well known that a Baghdadmania deluged Fairbanks on his otherwise unremarkable trip to India. Within the Hollywood imaginary, India had often figured as a land of bejeweled rajahs and wild tigers.3 The size of the massive, somewhat affluent and urbane crowd gave Fairbanks his first inkling of new audiences in an unexpected venue where his silent films continued to hold sway, although his popularity was fading in Hollywood. As eager fans waited to catch a glimpse of the celebrated “thief of Bagdad,” Fairbanks arrived with the intention of shooting his sassy new film, Around the World in Eighty Minutes with Douglas Fairbanks (1931).4 The idea was to make Thief’s oriental world come alive—to enact a “real” hunt in the actual “orient.” But Fairbanks would soon discover that it would be impossible to supplant the fantastic world of Thief with this actual footage of urban India in Around the World.

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David Cooperrider Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub
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PERK #67: Cancer Introduced Me to Many Phenomenal Women

Strang BA BEd MEd, Florence Basic Health Publications ePub

Perk #67

Cancer Introduced Me to Many Phenomenal Women

Through my journey with cancer and my experiences with blogging, I have had the privilege of meeting other strong and inspirational women who are living happy and fulfilling lives while facing cancer. The person who has most inspired me through my journey is a former student of mine, nineteen-year-old Beck. Due to an oversight in reporting her initial test results, Beck’s cancer has advanced to stage 4 and is considered incurable. Rather than become bitter about this unfair twist of fate, Beck strives to make the most of every day with her family, friends, and fiancée. She shared this message with me:

Meet Beck: An amazing young stage-4 cancer warrior who is inspiring me to live each day to the fullest.

I fight because I’m finally happy. I love living life… . A lot of people when they’re diagnosed look at it as “I’m dying,” the way I look at it, I’m living until the day I die. I’m trying my hardest to stay strong and keep the people that matter to me happy. You just have to live each day to the fullest.

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6. “Song-and-dance” and its developments: the function of rhythm in the learning process of oral and written language

Donald Meltzer Karnac Books ePub

Suzanne Maiello

Preliminary remarks on rhythm

Singing and dancing are both rooted in rhythmicity. In music, rhythm is the element that organizes and structures the melody and the body of its underlying harmonies. In dancing, the rhythm determines the moment when a movement begins or ends or changes direction, and when the dancers’ feet leave or meet the ground. We shall see how the rhythmic elements in song-and-dance have a holding and sustaining function, and at the same time introduce discontinuity and change.

“In the prehistory of the race”, Meltzer writes, “the first leaps of imagination … were enacted in song-and-dance” (Meltzer et al., 1986, p. 184). This may be equally true for the “prehistory” of every human individual—that is, prenatal life.

A dream that the dreamer, a woman, associated with possible intrauterine experiences, may illustrate this. She dances with a man:

We are in perfect harmony with the sound of music that comes from somewhere, our bodies moulded to each other. There is nothing sexual about our closeness, no tension or excitement, just a deep and total sense of well-being. Our legs and feet are in such perfect agreement that they sometimes step out of the beat of the music, without ever losing their harmonious correspondence. The most wonderful of all sensations is to feel our steps moving in syncopation with the rhythm of the music while effortlessly maintaining their movements in perfect accord. [Maiello, 1995, pp. 28-29]

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