‘Memory books’ can help older loved ones recall their past

'Memory books' can help older loved ones recall their past

Family photo albums can help jog an elderly friend or relative’s memories, but consider taking the photo book idea one step further: Create a “memory book” that combines personal photos with brief family stories and historical information.

These can be used to help people struggling with memory loss, and give younger family members a window into older relatives’ lives.

Memory books are also useful in helping older people introduce themselves to caregivers and provide topics for conversation, says Ann Norwich, director of the adult gerontology nurse practitioner program at York College of Pennsylvania.

By illustrating and explaining details from the person’s past, Norwich says, the books cue caregivers and other visitors to ask better questions. That can prolong positive conversation.

Read full article and learn how to begin at: Coeur d’Alene Press

Trash to Treasure: Why a library of abandoned #books highlights need for literature donations

I’m not crying, you’re crying.

But really, if you aren’t getting a little emotional over the recent CNN article  where Turkish garbage collectors rescued discarded books and turned them into a free public library, I’m not sure we can be friends.

According to the article, garbage collectors began collecting abandoned books they’d found, and with the help of their neighbors’ donated books, eventually had enough literature to open a public library with over 6,000 books including fiction, comics, and books in different languages.

Read at: The Daily Collegian Online

More than $5000 on offer in new Sutherland Shire Literary Competition

Literary competition launched: Councillors Michael Forshaw (left), Tom Croucher and Barry Collier and Kellie Wilson (community engagement) in Sutherland Shire Library. Picture: John Veage

A new literary competition to be held annually in Sutherland Shire aims to encourage local talent and show the area is rich in more than just sporting prowess, beaches and bushland.

Sutherland Shire Council has launched the competition, which will carry a first prize of $1000, plus $500 and $350 for second and third places, in each of the three categories – traditional (rhyming) poetry, free verse poetry and short stories. 

The council hopes to attract entries from poets and short story writers around Australia.

Continue at: St George and Sutherland Shire Leader

Winning Poems To be Engraved On Sleepy Hollow Sidewalk

While Hollywood stars have their footprints and handprints immortalized in cement  in front of  Grauman’s Chinese Theater, local rivertown residents now have a chance to make a literary impression in cement.  It is an opportunity that doesn’t arrive very often, and it doesn’t involve footprints or handprints.

“Poetry in the Pavement Program” is part of a plan to “rebuild and enhance” the sidewalk along Riverside Drive in the Philipse Manor neighborhood of Sleepy Hollow. And what will be engraved in the cement will be brief poems, the winning entries in the village-wide poetry competition launched last month by a collaboration of the  Hudson Valley Writers Center and the Village of Sleepy Hollow.

When the new sidewalk is installed this spring, the winning poems will be imbedded in it, according to the contest directors. Here are the contest’s guidelines:

Continue at: The Hudson Independent

 

This Beloved Street Photography Bible Gets an Exciting New Edition – Flavorwire

Street photography didn’t start with Henri Cartier-Bresson. Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre, Charles Nègre, and other predecessors were capturing the comings and goings on the Boulevard du Temple in Paris and beyond in the 19th century. A detailed history of street photography was first collected in a 1994 landmark book called Bystander, by artist Joel Meyerowitz and curator Colin Westerbeck; Laurence King Publishing is releasing a newly revised edition (available November 7), featuring 27 additional photographers, a new chapter devoted to digital photography, and a historical revisit. From the publisher’s press release:

Full Story: This Beloved Street Photography Bible Gets an Exciting New Edition – Flavorwire

THINK: Fresh Opinions, Sharp Analyses and Powerful Essays | NBC News

This has to be one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a very long time.  So beautiful.  I highly recommend clicking on the link and watching the video associated with this story.  Amazing.

Deaf Poet’s Visual Poetry: Creative Storytelling Without Words Poet Douglas Ridloff creates American Sign Language poetry and performs at ASL Slam, a creative outlet for deaf people.

Video: THINK: Fresh Opinions, Sharp Analyses and Powerful Essays | NBC News

There’s going to be a Hunter S. Thompson TV series – NME

MGM Television has announced that it will be producing a television series based on the late Hunter S. Thompson’s life.The show will be called ‘Fear and Loathing’, after the writer’s 1971 novel, ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream’.

Full Story: There’s going to be a Hunter S. Thompson TV series – NME

Catch up on Hunter’s work for yourself at Amazon

 

Cambridge University moves to ‘decolonise’ English literature curriculum | London Evening Standard

I think it’s rather appalling that it takes a “movement” to have these writers included, I would have thought they were long ago.  Great writing is great writing – no matter the ethnicity / religion of the author.  Still, I’m glad to see the change is finally happening.

Students have campaigned to 'decolonise' the university

The University of Cambridge’s English faculty is taking steps to “decolonise” the curriculum in response to a student campaign.

Full Story: Cambridge University moves to ‘decolonise’ English literature curriculum | London Evening Standard