Self help Books 50 of the Best

Feeling Good – by David D. Burns is number 1 on this list.  Never heard of it until recently.  And with the subject of advice to modify moods to a more positive outlook on life in mind, I put in an order to purchase a paperback copy.

“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.”  Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture.  You can find more quotes here.

I also ordered the fourth book on the list and am excited to read it even though it was created under a sad premise – The last Lecture by Randy Pausch.

Randy Pausch rode around his neighborhood on a bicycle talking to a friend on a cell-phone headset.  This was done 53 times and became the source for the book.

The real Last Lecture is on Youtube.  It is something to view as one waits for the book to arrive.

Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch (Oct. 23, 1960 – July 25, 2008) gave his last lecture at the university Sept. 18, 2007, before a packed McConomy Auditorium. In his moving presentation, “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams,” Pausch talked about his lessons learned and gave advice to students on how to achieve their own career and personal goals.

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Blu “Bold Like Us”‘


It is part of life to replace a cellphone.  Blu is an inexpensive option with an Android OS in most of its phones and the wonderful Window OS in fewer and fewer models. Blu is a sturdy, designed in the USA mobile phone that is built in China.

I remember reading a Bloomberg article – China vs. the U.S.  by Harold L. Sirkin. Since this is a company founded by and predominately of Hispanic origin, Blu might consider building phones in the U.S. or Mexico.  Nothing against Canada, but BLU mobile devices are present throughout Latin America, Central America, the United States, and all of the Caribbean countries. In regions such as Central America, 50% of mobile phones for sale are BLU devices. This would strengthen the economy of one of our two closest neighbors.

Multitasking is not possible and there is a loss of attending to the person in the presence of a texter.  Check out this link on the issue.

Some information comes thanks to this link.  And this link is a good read about mobile phones.


Referring to another persons work.


After I made my first link to another site, I took a look around the internet on the rules regarding referring to another person’s content with a link.  I found the information at Lorelle’s WordPress School helpful.

From my college days I am accustom to using APA format.  The American Psychology Association website has useful information at this link on APA Style for specific content and this link is clear information for citing an entire website.

My wife teaches at New Mexico Highlands University and has students refer to the Purdue Owl, an online writing lab to help with APA format issues.  There is somethings called pingbacks and trackbacks that share citing of things back and forth beneath what we see on the surface.

Digital Parenting

I’m an Occupational Therapist.  I became one after graduating from the OT program at the University of North Dakota December of 1988.  I became a parent in October 1992.  Cell phones entered my life and made my parenting digital in June of 2006.

First it was flip phones and finding a cheap texting plan.  Then it was dealing with paying for overages of texts, then came unlimited texting.  Then Smartphones entered the field and social networks and notifications.  Now digital parenting is a major part of parenting.  Not only in the United States but around the world.

160 characters per message is a challenge to parenting that will not go away. We can thank Friedhelm Hillebrand for the length of text and twitter messages.  There is a wonderful site specific to cell phones and family life. This link will take you there.

Digital parenting is not the problem.  How we cope with cellphones and incorporate them into our parenting is the problem to address.

It is not an easy thing to raise a child today.   Virgina Satir agrees.

Parents teach in the toughest school in the word: The School for Making People. You are the board of education, the principal, theclassroom teacher, and the janitor, all rolled into two. . . . There are few schools to train you for your job, and there is no general agreement on the curriculum. . . . You are on duty, or at least on call, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, for at least 18 years for each child you have. Besides that, you have to contend with an administration that has two leaders or bosses, whichever the case may be. - Virginia Satir