Conquer the World Through the Written Word

5 Ways You Can Conquer the World Through the Written Word

While technology has changed the way that we read and how we interact with books, people still don’t read as much as they used to. With high definition TV, blogs and 3D movies, it’s no wonder that people are embracing new and exciting forms of entertainment. That being said, there are still several reasons to pass your days with a good book in your hands.

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1. You Learn From History

If you’ve got a great idea for a business, movie, product or anything else that you think is completely original, it can save you a lot of time and possibly even money if you’re aware that that idea has actually been tried before. While you can still put your special take on the idea, reading about how it was done before can prevent you from making the same mistakes and doing it the exact same way that it was done in the past. Read about and learn from past experiences to enhance your own.

2. It’s Easier to Learn

When you read, you activate special parts of your brain that make it easier for you to process and gather information. As you age, reading makes it easier for you to continue learning new information and use new technology. One of the fascinating things about reading is that your brain’s occipital-cerebral cortex can extend past its limitations in order to process written language. Continue reading

6 Great Reads for Elementary Education Teachers

If you are an elementary teacher, or looking to become one in the near future, it is always a good idea to get your hands on some great books about elementary education. Quality education books will help you become the best teacher you can be and will be very valuable to you as you create lesson plans for your students. Here are a few great books to help you get started in your journey as a teacher.

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1. 6+1 Traits of Writing: The Complete Guide: Grades 3 & Up: Everything You Need to Teach and Assess Student Writing With This Powerful Model by: Ruth Culham

Looking to improve your students’ writing? The 6+1 Traits of Writing guide assists teachers in developing a better teaching system for writing. It is based on the theory that children should learn how to assess their own writing and come up with the ideas and content on their own. The author, Ruth Culham, talks about 6-7 traits of writing to help children break down the elements of writing. For teachers, this is a great resource to improve comments to their students in order to make them helpful and constructive. Continue reading

Your Very Own Herbal Library

herbalHerbs are plants beloved by gardeners the world over. Valued for their beauty, scent, flavor, and medicinal value, herbs are being discovered by a whole new generation of enthusiasts. Many people are interested in the potential of herbs to be used to promote health in a natural way.

Thanks to the wealth of information published on herbs for healing, it is now easier than even to study herbalism at home. These are a few books that should accompany every home herbal medicine chest. They are some of my personal favorites and I think they will be some of yours, too. Continue reading

Study Up On Social Media Marketing

Social media marketing has revolutionized the way that businesses and customers connect and interact. In the past, businesses were primarily responsible for generating interest in the products and services they offered. Now it is possible for businesses to harness customer interest and work together with the people they serve to reach an increasingly broad base of potential customers. Multimedia marketing is no longer confined to just print and television. Many types of branded media can be turned into value-rich content for users around the world.

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Navigating the increasingly complex world of social media marketing requires an in-depth understanding of customer behavior and business activity. No matter how long you have worked at marketing, I believe there is something new to be learned; these are some of my favorite books on this intriguing subject. Continue reading

5 Books About Richmond, VA You Won’t Want to Put Down

Have you ever been to Richmond, Virginia? Would you like to learn more about it? Whether you are living in Richmond, wanting to travel there, or just love learning about different places, there are several books that you won’t want to put down. Each book is chalked full of information about the history and culture of Richmond. There are also several which are specific to certain topics that you may enjoy. The following are reviews of books that are highly recommended.

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1. Richmond: The Story of a City by: Virginius Dabney

For a history of Richmond up until about 1970, Richmond: The Story of a City is the book to turn to. The author, Virginius Dabney was a Times-Dispatch writer for about 50 years. Because of this, he knows quite a bit when it comes to the city of Richmond, Virginia. This book gives an overall comprehensive history of the city with great details as to how and why the city was founded. It also talks about Richmond’s major industries and its role in being a major river port and a railroad hub. Richmond is known for being the capitol during the Civil War for the Confederate States of America and Dabney describes this central role perfectly. It provides the reader with complete and accurate information about the city of Richmond’s past and its importance in the business and financial world today. Continue reading

Recommended Books on Chesapeake Bay Conservation

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Chesapeake Bay Conservation Corps

The Chesapeake Bay region is a world-famous watershed area full of distinctive plant and animal life. Known for its stunning scenery and abundant native wildlife species, the Bay is also regarded as one of the most threatened ecosystems in North America. Awareness of Chesapeake Bay conservation has grown considerably in the past several years, thanks in part to a number of exceptional books published on the subject.  I highly recommend these books to anyone interested in the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem, conservation, and native North American ecology.

The Chesapeake: An Environmental Biography by John R. Wennersten

Many books on conservation focus their discussion on recent history and on current developments. This natural history (or as the author calls it, an “environmental biography”) looks at the long-term history of the Chesapeake region and examines how it developed its distinctive characteristics. Most interestingly, this book looks at the way that people have regarded this area and how there have been many Chesapeake Bay regions throughout human history. As you will see, our human relationship with this region goes back a very long way. Continue reading