Cheery Friday e-mails

Every Friday I send a “Cheery Friday” email chock full of insights about learning and changing to a million registered learners from the massive open online course (“MOOC”) Learning How to Learn.  To receive these emails, just register for the course here (it’s free, and registration takes only a few seconds).  “See” you on Friday!

Victoria’s Daughters

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week Victoria’s Daughters, by Jerrold Packard.  Historians and writers understandably like to focus on Queen Victoria, whose lengthy reign had such an impact on Great Britain and Europe. (Long ago, we read and enjoyed Stanley Weintraub’s Victoria—many a biography has come out sinc …

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Genius Foods

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Books of the Week This week, we read two different books on how diet can improve your brain’s health.   Genius Foods: Become Smarter, Happier, and More Productive While Protecting Your Brain for Life, by Max Lugavere and Paul Grewal M.D. This is a well-researched and beautifully-written book …

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Coddling of the American Mind

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Books of the Week This week we read two related books on movements that are emerging from college campuses and affecting society as a whole—and not necessarily in a positive way. The Rise of Victimhood Culture: Microaggressions, Safe Spaces, and the New Culture Wars, by Bradley Campbell and J …

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The Bottleneck Rules

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week This week, we read the simple The Bottleneck Rules: How To Get More Done at Work, Without Working Harder, by Clarke Ching. This is a short, quick read that gives plenty of examples of bottlenecks (we’ll never look at lines in a coffee shop—or elsewhere—in the same way). Bottl …

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The Brave Learner

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Month We received a pre-publication of Julie Bogart’s magnificent The Brave Learner: Finding Everyday Magic in Homeschool, Learning, and Life.  Barb’s cover blurb says it all: “A masterpiece. This is the deepest, most meaningful book on parenting I have ever read. If you want to r …

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The 100-Year Life

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week The 100-Year Life: Living and Working in an Age of Longevity, by Lynda Gratton and Andrew Scott. We had never really thought about the consequences of lifespans in today’s world, where people have a good chance of living to 100.  Living so long means many societal changes. Fo …

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Secret Life of Fat

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! This week’s fascinating book is The Secret Life of Fat: The Science Behind the Body’s Least Understood Organ and What It Means for You, by Sylvia Tara PhD. What we love about this book is not only that it brings fat to life as the fascinating substance it is, but Tara is also a great story-te …

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Isabella: The Warrior Queen

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Month One of our tricks for finding good books, especially biographies, is to look through the books at historical tourist sites that we happen to visit.  In this way, we happened to come across (at the Royal Alcázar of Seville), the extraordinary book Isabella: The Warrior Queen, …

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Hyperfocus

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Month Hyperfocus: How to Be More Productive in a World of Distraction, by Chris Bailey. This book gets right to the heart of how to tame distractions and get your attention keenly focused on the task at hand.  But Bailey does more—he also discusses intelligent use of the diffuse m …

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The Genius Ramanujan

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan, by Robert Kanigel.  We first read this book not long after it originally came out in 1991.  The best biographies are often older ones, and this is definitely one of the best. We’ve been surprised over the years to fin …

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