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CHAPTER SEVEN: The inevitable ordinary human suffering

Alicia Mirta Ciancio de Montero Karnac Books ePub

Haydée Faimberg (France)

The angle from which I have chosen to write this article is no doubt unusual and merits an explanation. Any definition I may give of “midlife crisis” will be intrinsically bound up with my own theoretical-clinical perspective. I find, moreover, that the concept is one that I have never used in any of my previous works. On the other hand, if someone I know outside the framework provided by the psychoanalytical method goes through some kind of a crisis, I often find myself thinking in terms of midlife, even if I am not aware of anything that could link such a crisis to that person in terms of his or her unconscious mind.

Upon being asked to contribute to this book, I thought about Erik Erikson’s concept of life cycles, but with the added complication that I do not think in terms of ego-psychology, self-psychology, or developmental psychology.

The outstanding work done by Elliott Jaques on the primitive anxieties invested in institutions has been an important element in my analytical thinking. To my surprise, as I began preparing for this article, I learned of the existence of his Death and the Midlife Crisis (1965). So, although Elliott Jaques had previously concerned himself with the midlife crisis, what called my attention was his emphasis on the primitive anxieties embedded in the various temporal-spatial contexts of the life experience. Analysis offers an ideal context for reliving the experience of primitive anxieties, as José Bleger (1967) showed in his insightful study of the analytic frame, viewed as an institution. .

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The Unknown Child

Elizabeth Jennings Carcanet Press Ltd. PDF

The Soldiers

Sometime they will come.

Maybe upon an easy August day.

They will come swaggering into a room,

Loosen their belts and say,

‘We are not what we seem.’

The way that they behave is quite at odds

With all their easy speeches.

Something in this invasion is like the god

Or like a man who preaches,

Catching up all the congregation’s moods.

I woke this morning early, could not hear

The noise of soldiers moving round the house.

Silence was simple: it was everywhere

Enclosing us.

And yet within the distance the taut drums

Were trembling for the fingers’ throb and stir.

The Unknown Child

That child will never lie in me, and you

Will never be its father. Mirrors must

Replace the real image, make it true –

So that the gentle love-making we do

Has powerful passions and a parents’ trust.

That child will never lie in me and make

Our loving careful. We must kiss and touch

Quietly, watch our own reflexions break

As in a pool that is disturbed. Oh take

My watchful love; there must not be too much.

A child lies within my mind. I see

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15. It’s a Mystery to Me

Peter Block Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

it’s a mystery to me.         Part of what drives the instrumental culture and keeps us entangled in practicality is our need for certainty. This is inevitably frustrated by the nature of human systems. Much of what we know about how people change or how organizations develop is based on anecdote and intuition. The social sciences are highly social with very little science. Much of the research in psychology has been done with college students, since they are the only subjects that are available and affordable. Research in living systems uses the term research in the broadest terms, since it is impossible to create controlled conditions in a human operating system. One of the tenets of science is that the research be replicable, which is impossible in a social system.

Trying to contain human endeavors within the realm of certainty or science or engineering is both futile and harmful. Try as we might, we are unable to remove the mystery from life. We are constantly confronted with the difficulty of acting on our idealism and pursuing an unreachable depth, and are left with little more than paradox: the idea that for every great idea, there is an opposite idea that is also true.

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Richard P. Kluft Karnac Books ePub

Joe Morgan, the Program's Nick Gregorides, was a highly valuable asset. All programmed Nicks or operatives in other name-coded protocols received certain training in common. However, individual differences were often exploited to create uniquely qualified agents.

Nick C. possessed an astonishingly retentive memory. He was educated to apply it for the Program's purposes. The extremely handsome Nick W. was groomed to enhance his seductive prowess, facilitating his ability to extract information from both genders.

Nick G. was a stealthy warrior. The not-quite-good-enough football player and scholar was a dead shot, expert with edged weapons, and becoming a formidable martial artist. He would be a specialist in infiltration.

Program operatives had to be highly hypnotizable. Protocols were developed for each to create states of mind with useful attributes and carefully calibrated degrees of awareness of one another. Clinical multiple personality cases initially develop different identities with their own individual purposes, motivations, and memories to defend against overwhelming childhood experiences. In contrast, states created by the Program were without motivation or direction, designed to keep their specific functions latent until called upon. The exception was that each operative had been trained to create an overseer charged with keeping whichever function was currently activated on what the Program considered the straight and narrow.

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Chapter 9. Woodland Folk

Salley Mavor C&T Publishing ePub

Camouflaged in shades of green, a multigenerational family gathers in a mossy corner of the forest floor. What is it like for them living in the woods? Make the Woodland Folk grandparents, parents, and children with the materials listed.

For more specific directions, see these sections:

Basic Materials for Most Dolls

Faces, clothing, and accessories: See Making Wee Folk and Fairies.




Grandmother (4˝ doll)

Additional Materials

Makes 1 Grandmother doll.

1 sturdy 4˝ doll armature

1 unvarnished 20mm wooden bead for head

8 size 6/0 beads for hairpiece

Cotton fabric for skirt

7 faux leaves each 2˝ long for skirt

2 faux flower petal disks 1½˝ in diameter for sleeves



1. Slip the hands through the center hole of the flower petal disks and slide the petals up the arms.

2. Sew the centers of the petal circles to the body’s shoulders. (The felt bodice will hide the raw ends.)

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Chapter One Developing Cultures of Collaborative Inquiry

Laura Lipton Solution Tree Press ePub


Developing Cultures of Collaborative Inquiry

In a rapidly changing world, the role of teaching and teachers has remained highly stable. Images from novels, old photographs, and movies portray instructors at the front and center of the classroom, delivering lessons to sometimes docile, sometimes unruly groups of students. When the backstage life of teachers is depicted, we see staffrooms filled with banter, gossip, and complaint. In these settings, social interaction with other adults is a way station offering respite from the arduous work of enlightening young minds.

Outdated expectations and structures cannot meet the learning needs of today’s students. Data bounce off these entrenched cultures of individualism, cultures that maintain isolated pockets of both excellence and mediocrity in the same organization with no mechanisms for sharing and transferring success (Newman, King, & Rigdon, 1997). A cohesive approach to school improvement requires new ways of thinking about and structuring teachers’ work. The emerging models of professional engagement rally all resources to produce greater cumulative effects on student achievement.

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Chapter 10

Bean, Leon Leonwood Down East Books ePub

Chapter 10

How to Hunt Pheasants

Maine pheasant hunting is confined to the coastal counties, these birds being unable to withstand deep snow in the northern sections during the winter.

Like grouse, the pheasants are found in the farming sections and around the outskirts of villages. In many cases they frequent the same covers and it is not unusual to find pheasants in woodcock covers.

During the first part of the open season we look for them in fields and covers that contain seed plants or weeds. We also find them in gardens from which corn, beans and other foods have been harvested. They also feed on berries and apples but not to the extent that grouse do.

Later, after they have become wise to the ways of men, dogs and guns the birds are more likely to be found in thick cover and in softwoods. A cover so thickly grown with vines and bushes that it is nearly impenetrable will be a favorite hiding place for pheasants.

The State of Maine liberates four to five thousand mature pheasants every spring. These birds breed in the wild and produce flocks ranging from four to a dozen. In addition, the State liberates six to seven thousand nearly grown birds in the latter part of the summer. These supplement the wild stock and are available for hunting in the Fall. Although they are not so plentiful as grouse and woodcock there are enough pheasants in Maine to provide good sport. They are an added reason for late season grouse hunting since the open seasons run together the first two weeks in November.

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Appendix B. A Performer's Guide to Medieval Music: Contents

Jeffery Kite-Powell Indiana University Press ePub


A Performer's Guide to Medieval Music

Ross W. Duffin, editor




I. Sacred Music



3. Motet & Cantilena JULIE E. CUMMING


II. Non-Liturgical Monophony

5. Introduction ELIZABETH AUBREY





10. Sephardic JUDITH R. COHEN

11. Italian BLAKE WILSON


13. English PAUL HILLIER

III. Lyric Forms post 1300

14. French Ars Nova CHARLES E. BREWER

15. Italian Ars Nova ALEXANDER BLACHLY

16. Ars Subtilior LUCY E. CROSS

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What Can Be Done to Control the Fringe Economy?

Howard Jacob Karger Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Qui non improbat, aprobat.
(Who does not blame, approves.)

What was once a loose medley of family-owned pawnshops, used-car lots, neighborhood lenders, and small-time real estate speculators has evolved into an industry dominated by large corporations with revenues in the billions. Despite staking out different sectors of the fringe economy, all fringe businesses share a common goal: to extract the maximum amount of money possible from each customer.198

Fringe businesses are connected to each other by their predatory relationship to consumers and communities. Specifically, in the fringe economy, customers make interest payments but receive no benefit from them. I know of no transaction in which consumers receive any interest compensation from a fringe economy corporation. Capital in the fringe economy flows in only one direction—from the pockets of consumers to industry coffers. Unlike mainstream financial institutions that allow customers to save money or invest, the fringe economy offers no investment services or financial products that lead to asset growth or increased household and community wealth. This feature alone marks the fringe economy as predatory. In the final analysis, the fringe economy preys upon society’s most vulnerable members by charging them more for goods and financial services than it does the middle class, both in absolute dollars and relative to their income.1

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School District Leadership Stability: The Relationship Between the Stability of a Board of Education and the Superintendent

International Journal of Educational Ref Rowman & Littlefield Publishers ePub

Paul Williams

Anna Maria Tabernik

ABSTRACT: Board of education membership changes that are numerous or frequent appear to cause some level of disruption to the educational process in a school district. A board of education that is changing can be vulnerable to special interest groups. The purpose of this study is to determine the interrelationships among the following five variables and board of education membership stability: (1) changes in student scores on the Ohio tests of achievement, (2) changes in the district’s operational millage rates, (3) changes in the number of staff conflicts and anxiety, (4) changes in the percentage of enrolled minority students, and (5) changes in overall student enrollment.

Board of education membership changes that are numerous or frequent appear to cause some level of disruption to the educational process in a school district. A board of education that is changing, relatively new, or unsure of its membership can be vulnerable to special interest groups. This type of school board may not be able to provide leadership, direction, or goals for the school district. Members may pursue changes in policy to promote the values and aspirations of a small vocal minority.

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Chapter Eight: John Graves

John R. Erickson University of North Texas Press PDF

Chapter Eight: John Graves


remember sitting on an airplane and watching the man across the aisle from me. He had oriental features and was reading a newspaper covered with Chinese characters that had no more meaning to me than chicken tracks. Yet those marks on the page caused him to smile and frown, and held his attention during a flight that lasted two hours. This left me thinking about the wonder of written language and the miracle that occurs when the human mind transforms those lines of type into mental pictures. Printed words can cause us to laugh, cry, think, remember, and shake with anger.

They can alter our blood pressure, dilate the pupils of our eyes, raise the hair on the back of our necks, and cause our breath to quicken.

Books have started wars, brought down tyrants, altered history, and caused people to fall in love.

Words have a power that is almost mystical, and our ability to transform scribbles on the page into feelings and actions is one of the spiritual qualities that sets us apart from our dogs and cats, and defines us as humans. Sometimes the direction of a person’s life can be changed by what he reads in a book. I can point to several books that have had a profound effect on me. Stories from the Old Testament gave me the heroes of my boyhood. When Mrs. Smith, my fourth grade teacher, read

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18. Going Global

Belva Davis Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

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In the world of television news, nothing is more tantalizing than the big “get”—an interview with a source that everyone else wants but only you have. In 1977, few “gets” were as elusive or desirable as Fidel Castro. Cuba’s enigmatic communist dictator was the archenemy of the United States—in fact, the CIA had been out to “get” Castro as well, secretly targeting him in hundreds of assassination plots that contemplated everything from an exploding cigar to a fungus-tainted scuba-diving suit. Demonized by the right and romanticized by the left, the cigar-chomping guerrilla was based only ninety miles off our shores.

And he hadn’t given a TV journalist an interview in sixteen years.

I can’t say I had any aspirations to land Castro—to do so seemed beyond the wildest of possibilities. After all, I worked as a junior reporter at a local station on the West Coast; I spoke no Spanish; I never had covered any overseas story; and I was well aware that only a network’s chief foreign correspondent or primetime anchor could ever hope to garner such a coveted assignment. But at a social gathering in the East Bay, I was chatting with Barbara Lee, who would eventually be elected to Congress herself but in those days was an aide to then representative Ron Dellums.

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Chapter 2 Accepting Organizations for What They Are

Geoffrey M Bellman Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Organizations loom large in our lives. They lift and move us; they feed and drape us; they brand us with their swoops and stripes; they color all that we do. They pool the talents of tens of thousands of people so we can have the drink, music, flight, movie, education, check, or drumstick when we want it and how we want it. They hold out the comfort, clarity, and convenience; the peace, peril, and power; the security, seduction, and satisfaction we are looking for. They offer themselves, their products and services, as if there were nothing in the world more important than meeting our needs. And they serve themselves while serving us.

And we feed them. With every credit card, bus pass, tax payment, welfare check, and Internet transaction, we nourish their lives. Willingly or begrudgingly… we affirm their continued existence; we declare our dependence. And of course, we are them. We form their ranks as employees; we make their purpose our own for our best hours each day. And to rest up or escape from our employers, we consider the alternatives offered by other organizations, whether it’s a movie at the multiplex, franchise food, or a cruise of the Caribbean. Wherever we turn, there they are with their enlightenment, enticement, and encouragement. Our world offers us choices among organizations, and we’d rather not choose to do without them. The proclamations of individuality, independence, and self sufficiency are lost as we converge on the malls, embracing the latest trend in eyewear, footwear, and four-wheel-drive hardware. Those few people who opt out are notable because they are such an exception—and we act like they are just a little bit crazy.14

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‘From the Bottom of the Sea’:

Loiperdinger, Martin John Libbey Publishing ePub


Man Ray once said: “The worst films I’ve ever seen, the ones that send me to sleep, contain ten or fifteen marvelous minutes. The best films I’ve ever seen only contain ten or fifteen valuable minutes.” A tee shirt for sale at the 56th International Short Film Festival at Oberhausen puts it even more succinctly, if less elegantly: “Fuck Feature Films”. The dominance of the feature length (roughly, an hour plus) form for film has lasted for almost a hundred years and has determined (and been supported by) systems of distribution and funding, and, perhaps even more crucially, has controlled cultural attitudes towards what films do, formally and structurally. Although there are exceptions, the 90 minute to two hour format reinforces film’s role as a narrative medium, and its homology to the novel and the three act drama as the major Western form of long format storytelling.

Although forms like television have found niches for shorter formats, short films remain outriders within the commercial industry, whether as scouts, spies, or saboteurs. Short films cost less, and have the maneuverability of guerrilla outfits compared to the full battalion strength feature film, with its armies of support, and vast supply lines of material. Oberhausen supports the short form against all comers, and remains perhaps most famous as the launching site for the revolt against Papa’s Kino that led to the New German Cinema in the sixties. It still feels different from any other major film festival – younger, less formal, more edgy and its attention to avant-garde and alternative cinemas (both current and retrospective) continues to exist side by side with the potentially more commercial categories of music videos and animation.

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Letter from the Editor

JOURNAL OF SCHOOL LEADERSHIP Rowman & Littlefield Publishers ePub

This issue of the Journal of School Leadership marks the change of editorial responsibilities. I am pleased to be your new Editor. I will be assisted by Don Willower, Consulting Editor and Kenneth Lane, Associate Editor, both of whom assume these positions with enthusiasm and dedication to the journal. We are joined by an outstanding board of reviewers and advisors, ensuring the publication of the best thinking and writing in the field. While our review process is rigorous, we operate on a foundation of fairness with substantive and timely feedback.

The Journal of School Leadership has as its mission to publish quality, relevant research and conceptual papers that inform the practice of educational leadership and provide meaningful inquiry about our field. The articles published in the journal reflect a growing emphasis on quality scholarship and diversity of perspective. It is my goal to strengthen the focus on quality, relevance, and multiple perspectives so that the journal reflects the latest discourse around school leadership and learning.

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