Parenting Advice from a Spy: CIA Spymaster Jack Devine on Raising a Family Undercover

Originally posted on BookPeople:
With Father’s Day around the corner, author and CIA spymaster Jack Devine shares what it’s like to be both a father and a spy, with input from his children on the experience of growing up undercover in foreign lands. (Devine is… Continue reading Parenting Advice from a Spy: CIA Spymaster Jack Devine on Raising a Family Undercover

An Invitation to DO SOMETHING about the Environment

Originally posted on Life in the Boomer Lane:
In a world that sometimes feels like it’s going to hell in a handbasket (and the handles of the hand-basket are ratty and chafing), Life in the Boomer Lane invites you to step back and ask the following: “What kind of world to we want for our grandchildren?”  LBL’s own answer is “One that is better, in many ways, than this one.” Let’s start with a topic close to LBL’s heart, the environment. She would say “With all due respect to legislators who consistently avoid taking action on environmental issues…,” but she has no due… Continue reading An Invitation to DO SOMETHING about the Environment

Sam Asks: What Influence Does Our Reading Baggage Hold Over Us?

Originally posted on Reflections of a Book Addict:
Source: http://www-t.nationalgeographic.com/traveler/images/st_luggage0610/st_luggage0610.jpg Everyone has baggage. It’s just a fact. Every book you’ve read, relationship you’ve had, and song you’ve heard add up to your life experience. It’s what makes you who you are. Everyone’s baggage looks different. Everyone’s baggage affects them differently. There’s no telling what’s in somebody else’s suitcase, even people you know well, or think you know well. A colleague and I had an experience with this recently. We were co-teaching a lesson in close reading to about twenty 6th grade students. The idea was that the students would investigate the theme of… Continue reading Sam Asks: What Influence Does Our Reading Baggage Hold Over Us?