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!

The Obesity Code

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss, by Jason Fung. We’ve met several friends lately who have shifted to eating only one meal a day—whatever they want during that meal—and have successfully lost, and kept off, dozens of pounds. One friend finally clued us i …

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Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Today, Barb’s giving the opening keynote for the Harvard-MIT-Dana Alliance Science of Learning Conference at 1:15 PM – 2:15 PM at The Westin Copley Place, Boston, MA; with an advanced workshop that builds on these ideas at 3:45 PM – 5:15 PM.  If you’re near Boston, don’t miss it! Book of the …

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Babel No More

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week Babel No More: The Search for the World’s Most Extraordinary Language Learners, by Michael Erard.  For years, Barb has thought she would like to write a book about language superlearners. Babel No More is what she had in mind. This fascinating book begins with the story of le …

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Patient H. M.

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Mайстер-клас від Барбари Оуклі Barb’s just wrapping up her work for IE University in Madrid, Spain this week and, after a weekend visiting historic and beautiful Toledo, is off to Kyiv, Ukraine to work with and speak for  Оsvitoria!  Book of the Week Patient H.M. A Story of Memory, Madness, a …

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Crisis in the Red Zone

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week Crisis in the Red Zone: The Story of the Deadliest Ebola Outbreak in History, and of the Outbreaks to Come, by Robert Preston. We’ve been fans of Robert Preston ever since his gripping New York Times best-seller The Hot Zone first came out. Crisis in the Red Zone focuses on E …

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Powerful Teaching

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Greetings from Moscow, where Barb is speaking about learning for Sberbank. (Fun fact: if you’re sitting in the Radisson Collection Hotel in downtown Moscow, and type in “Your location” on Google Maps, you’ll see the location showing up as 40 kilometers away, at the Sheremetyevo Airport.) Book …

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Chernobyl

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World’s Greatest Nuclear Disaster, by Adam Higginbotham. This extraordinary book tells of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster—but it is also a powerful testament to how governmental propaganda and secrecy can cause these t …

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The Great Degeneration

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week The Great Degeneration: How Institutions Decay and Economies Die, by Niall Ferguson.  One experience that struck Barb when she worked as a translator on Soviet trawlers was just how easy it was to convince people to go along with certain ideas, no matter how bizarre they migh …

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Marie Antoinette and other great biographies

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week Marie Antoinette: The Journey, by Antonia Fraser. We’re used to reading history books about compelling, intelligent men and women like Catherine the Great, Peter the Great, and Queen Isabella of Spain. We’re not-so-used-to reading books about apparent intellectual lightweight …

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Your Happy First Draft/Mission Transition

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners from beautiful Almaty, Kazakhstan! Books of the Week Your Happy First Draft: A Practical and Painless Guide to Obliterating Writer’s Block, by Daphne Gray-Grant. This is the best book we’ve ever read about getting past writer’s block.  Daphne has been a writing coach for decades, and she’s see …

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