|Genevieve Morel||Karnac Books||ePub|
For some psychiatrists, even those who are psychoanalysts, the concept of sex remains linked to that of reproduction. Stoller, in his book on transsexualism Sex and Gender,1 describes a number of cases of transsexualism or chromosomal intersex states, with the family background, which is always of value to the psychoanalyst. Although he is sensitive to the dimension of language, he defines sexuality as “that whose function is directly a prototype of, leads to, or accompanies either procreative behaviours or that which is clearly a substitute for procreative behaviour”. And he adds, “We know that reproduction is the fundamental purpose behind sexual behaviour”.2 Stoller places himself within the perspective of a biological model. This is confirmed by his approach to sexual difference: “… thus, with few exceptions, there are two sexes, male and female”. They are determined by a number of characteristics: internal and external genital organs, gonads, hormones, and secondary sexual characteristics, as well as chromosomes and genotype. The “exceptions” Stoller talks about are “mixed” individuals from the chromosomal or hormonal point of view, who belong to what are called intersex states. For Stoller, biological sex is divided into two classes which can be defined according to opposing attributes or57 distinctive traits. However, there is an uncertain zone in between the two classes which is continually being reduced as science makes progress in defining sex genetically. With each new discovery, this intermediate zone containing cases of intersex states is reduced, and we can assume that it will eventually disappear altogether.See All Chapters
|Clarke, Gillian||Carcanet Press Ltd.|
|Team, Safari Content||Safari Books Online||ePub|
By Robert C. Martin
Prentice Hall, August 2008
464 pages, $32.48
This book is divided into three parts. The first describes the principles, patterns, and practices of writing clean code. The second part consists of several case studies of increasing complexity. Each case study is an exercise in cleaning up code—of transforming a code base that has some problems into one that is sound and efficient. The third part is the payoff: a single chapter containing a list of heuristics and “smells” gathered while creating the case studies. The result is a knowledge base that describes the way we think when we write, read, and clean code. Readers will come away from this book understanding: how to tell the difference between good and bad code, how to write good code and how to transform bad code into good code, how to format code for maximum readability, and more. This book is a must for any developer, software engineer, project manager, team lead, or systems analyst with an interest in producing better code.See All Chapters
|International Journal of Educational Ref||Rowman & Littlefield Publishers||ePub|
Susan R. Wynn
Kathleen M. Brown
ABSTRACT: Beginning teachers in the United States continue to exit the classroom in alarming numbers, despite numerous recruitment and retention strategies. High turnover rates negatively affect instruction and, ultimately, student achievement. The purpose of this empirical inquiry of beginning-teacher retention issues is to better understand what new teachers value in a school leader within the context of professional learning communities. Twelve schools with low beginning-teacher attrition and transfer request rates were identified, and focus group interviews were conducted with four to six new teachers in each school (i.e., teachers with 1 to 3 years of experience, N = 61). Findings indicate that beginning teachers relate principal leadership, mentoring, and professional learning communities to their job satisfaction.
Teacher retention becomes an increasingly critical issue as schools address the competing demands of No Child Left Behind, state mandates, and the growing backlash to the accountability movement. The numbers are becoming well known but no less striking: 40% to 50% of beginning teachers leave the classroom within the first 5 years (Ingersoll & Smith, 2003). The issue is not recruitment—an adequate supply of teachers exists. Teaching, long viewed as a “female” career, now competes with more lucrative professions because opportunities for women have expanded (Guarino, Santibanez, & Daley, 2006). The issue is teacher attrition. Nine percent of new teachers do not complete their 1st year (Black, 2001), and 14% leave after their 1st year (Ingersoll, 2002).See All Chapters
|Preston Gralla||O'Reilly Media||ePub|
Think of your Xoom as The Great Navigator. Its got the spectacular mapping app, Google Maps, built into it, and more amazing still, its got a full-blown GPS navigation system as well. Wherever you are, the Xoom can lead to your destination with ease. Read on to find out more about these two great apps.
Google Maps on your Xoom is the mobile version of the renowned Google Maps website (http://maps.google.com). In fact, the Xooms Maps app is even more powerful than the Web version, since it can incorporate GPS information. And your Xoom has full 3D graphics, so you see eye-popping three-dimensional views as well.
Type any address or point of interest in the U.S. (or many places all over the world), and you see a map. You can choose a street map, an aerial satellite photo, or a combination of the two. You can also find nearby businesses, points of interest, and traffic congestion. Maps can also give you turn-by-turn directions, even including public transportation in some cities.
The Maps app on your Xoom may vary somewhat from what you see explained here. Google frequently updates Maps. The Maps app described here is the latest version as of the writing of this book. So if you have an older or newer version of Maps, it may vary.See All Chapters
|Alison Miller||Karnac Books||ePub|
Many survivors of ongoing childhood trauma often have difficulty managing daily life as adults. They are usually out of touch with their bodies, and so they do not know when they need food, or rest, or exercise. They are out of touch with their emotions, and so they do not know what they like or dislike. And their emotions are not accurate gauges of what is going on in their lives in the present, because they are so often a response to post-traumatic triggers. Survivors often do not have personal boundaries, as theirs were perpetually violated in childhood. They lacked an intimate, nurturing connection with their parents, and so they do not know how to build one with their friends, spouses, and children. Their sleep is disturbed, because it was disturbed by abusers in childhood. They have difficulty with many areas of everyday life, often because of post-traumatic reactions in which they react to something in the present as though it were the past when the abuse was still happening.See All Chapters
|Lizette M. Lantigua||Pauline Books and Media||ePub|
After another stop, Sonia took the wheel until evening. Then Rosie continued driving until they arrived in Miami.
“We are not far,” Tommy said to Luisito.
“How long?” Luisito said.
“I don’t know, but we are close. When I see palm trees I know we are getting close to my Abuela Maricusa,” Tommy said.
“I hope she is waiting for us with hot chocolate and churros,” Sonia said.
“What are churros? A typical Miami food?” Luisito asked.
“No, they’re a pastry eaten in Cuba with hot chocolate or café con leche. It’s really from Spain, but many countries claim it because it is so good!” Rosie said.
“I remember eating churros as a child,” Elena said. “In fact, I had forgotten all about them until now.”
“You are going to love them,” Tommy told Luisito who by now was quite hungry just thinking about it.
It was already dark when they drove through the streets of Miami. They saw mostly one-story ranch homes with aluminum fencing.
“Look, Abuela and Abuelo are waiting for us on the porch!” Tommy exclaimed.
As expected, hugs and kisses and hot chocolate awaited them. My cousins were right, Luisito thought. The hot thick chocolate was delicious, especially when he dipped the churro into it. Maricusa had guest rooms prepared for the parents and the sunroom ready with cots and sleeping bags for the kids. Luisito, exhausted from the excitement and the long day, fell asleep in seconds.See All Chapters
|Thom Hartmann||Berrett-Koehler Publishers||ePub|
Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where
— VIRGINIA SATIR
When we communicate, there is a story, a storyteller, and a listener. The story travels from teller to listener, from writer to reader. Without people telling and listening, writing and reading, there would be no communication.
We began this book by talking about the importance of story. In part II we talked about the different ways people interact with the world, the way some people are primarily visual, some primarily auditory, some primarily kinesthetic, and so forth. In part III we talked about the importance of recognizing that someone else might not have the same response we have to a story and what techniques we can use to try to match their response to ours. In all of these discussions, we assumed that the person who is reading, or listening to, or experiencing our story has just one identity. We talked about ways people are different from each other, but we haven’t yet talked about the different identities we each carry around inside ourselves.See All Chapters
|Furey, Paul||Karnac Books|
EFFECTIVE FEEDBACK : YOUR FEELINGS
EFFECTIVE FEEDBACK: IT’S SPECIFIC
Feelings are the most important signals that you and I send to ourselves, and to each other, about what we believe, like and dislike.
So it makes complete sense to mention them as soon as possible.
To help the recipient of your feedback to get the message you intend, it’s vital that you describe the behaviour that they did that worked or did not work for you. Feedback often fails because it is simply not spe-
‘feelings thing’. They don’t pay their feelings much attention – they just feel them and react. Some of us don’t know that we have the option
These probably won’t work:
1. I was surprised when you arrived late like that
2. I get embarrassed when you speak that way in front of clients
3. I’m puzzled by your leadership approach
especially at work.
Since giving feedback is so much about us knowing about our own feelings (how we feel about another person’s actions) getting to know their names is vital if we want to give feedback effectively. Giving ourselvesSee All Chapters
|Richard Gonzales||UNT Press||ePub|
|Brent Potter||Karnac Books||ePub|
We are our own biggest tyrants,
—Michael Eigen, 2014
Damage is a part of life. Spiritual and religious luminaries of bygone eras are purported to have lived without damaging themselves or others. The rest of us, throughout history and into the present, knowingly and unknowingly inflict harm upon ourselves and others, to lesser and greater degrees, as we make our way through this pilgrimage called life. When we hurt ourselves or others, more often than not we feel remorse. At a minimum, a “red flag” goes up in our minds after seeing a person's reaction that we probably just said or did something offensive and/or stupid. At other times, we are blatantly destructive and feel quite justified about it in the heat of the moment. It is only after we calm down that the gut-churning “Oh my God, what did I just say (or do)?” effect kicks in. We then, hopefully, do the right thing by arranging a time to utter those most humbling of words: “I am sorry”. If you can identify with one or more aspects of what is written here, then you are among the majority. It seems that most of us do cause quite a bit of injury, of various sorts, because we apologise quite a bit.See All Chapters
|Margaret J. Wheatley||Berrett-Koehler Publishers||ePub|
Old ways die hard. Amid all the evidence that our world is radically changing, we retreat to what has worked in the past. These days, leaders respond to increasing uncertainty by defaulting to command and control. Power has been taken back to the top of most major corporations, governments, and organizations, and workers have been consigned to routine, exhausting work.
The dominance of command and control is having devastating impacts. There has been a dramatic increase in worker disengagement, no one is succeeding at solving problems, and leaders are being scapegoated and fired.
Most people associate command and control leadership with the military. Years ago, I worked for the U.S. Army chief of staff, General Gordon Sullivan. I, like most people, thought I’d see command-and-control leadership there. The great irony is that the military learned long ago that, if you want to win, you have to engage the intelligence of everyone involved in the battle. I’ve heard many military commanders state that “if you have to order a soldier to do something, then you’ve failed as a leader.” The army had a visual reminder of the failure of command and control when, years ago, they developed the new tanks and armored vehicles that could travel at speeds of fifty miles an hour. During the first Gulf War, there were several instances when troops took off on their own and sped across the desert at this unparalleled speed. However, according to army doctrine, tanks and armored vehicles always had to be accompanied by a third vehicle that is literally called Command and Control. This vehicle could only travel at twenty miles an hour. (They corrected this problem.)See All Chapters
|Pope Francis||Pauline Books and Media||ePub|
259. Spirit-filled evangelizers means evangelizers fearlessly open to the working of the Holy Spirit. At Pentecost, the Spirit made the apostles go forth from themselves and turned them into heralds of God’s wondrous deeds, capable of speaking to each person in his or her own language. The Holy Spirit also grants the courage to proclaim the newness of the Gospel with boldness (parrhesía) in every time and place, even when it meets with opposition. Let us call upon him today, firmly rooted in prayer, for without prayer all our activity risks being fruitless and our message empty. Jesus wants evangelizers who proclaim the good news not only with words, but above all by a life transfigured by God’s presence.
260. In this final chapter, I do not intend to offer a synthesis of Christian spirituality, or to explore great themes like prayer, Eucharistic adoration, or the liturgical celebration of the faith. For all these we already have valuable texts of the magisterium and celebrated writings by great authors. I do not claim to replace or improve upon these treasures. I simply wish to offer some thoughts about the spirit of the new evangelization.See All Chapters
|Bernard Lown||Berrett-Koehler Publishers||ePub|
Nuclear weapons are psychological weapons whose purpose is not to be employed, but to maintain a permanent state of mind: terror in the adversary. The target is someone’s mind.
THE CHARGED EVENTS in Oslo filled me with contradictory emotions. My mother, a frail little old lady, was unexpectedly suffused with youthful energy. She insisted on participating in the packed schedule of events. She entered a chauffeured limousine as though it were a usual means of conveyance. She was not fazed by klieg lights or press interviews. She emanated equanimity, culture, and sound judgment, holding her head high with a dignity befitting royalty. She impressed people with her spunk and proud demeanor.
Yet her background did not offer the most remote pretense of her being high-born. The facts said otherwise. She was of humble stock raised in an impoverished rabbinic family in a tiny town far removed from the traveled thoroughfares of civilization. As the first born, she was securely anchored emotionally. She reigned over half a dozen siblings, who referred to her as “the princess.”See All Chapters
|Ken Ham||Master Books||ePub|
Doesn’t the Order of Fossils in the Rock Record Favor Long Ages?
Dr. Andrew A. Snelling
Fossils are the remains, traces, or imprints of plants or animals that have been preserved in the earth’s near-surface rock layers at some time in the past. In other words, fossils are the remains of dead animals and plants that were buried in sedimentary layers that later hardened to rock strata. So the fossil record is hardly "the record of life in the geologic past" that so many scientists incorrectly espouse, assuming a long prehistory for the earth and life on it. Instead, it is a record of the deaths of countless billions of animals and plants.
The Fossil Record
For many people, the fossil record is still believed to be "exhibit A" for evolution. Why? Because most geologists insist the sedimentary rock layers were deposited gradually over vast eons of time during which animals lived, died, and then were occasionally buried and fossilized. So when these fossilized animals (and plants) are found in the earth’s rock sequences in a particular order of first appearance, such as animals without backbones (invertebrates) in lower layers followed progressively upward by fish, then amphibians, reptiles, birds, and finally mammals (e.g., in the Colorado Plateau region of the United States), it is concluded, and thus almost universally taught, that this must have been the order in which these animals evolved during those vast eons of time.See All Chapters