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book of july: genome

Matt Ridley has written a book entitled Genome: The Autobiograpy of a Species in 23 Chapters. The premise of the book is quite interesting – take 23 chapters to disucss 23 chromosomes, picking one (or a few) thing(s) that are of particular interest (to many readers) from each of the chromosomes.

To begin I would like to mention that Ridley has written a refreshing and self-aware preface. You I never know with these kinds of books if the author really knows their stuff well enough to be penning such *mainstream* works. Ridley is quite clear from the beginning about just what he is and isn’t doing. So, right off the bat he gets my vote.

Though at times very mainstream, and a little out there from a purely scientific perspective, I did very much enjoy Ridley’s work. It was an entertaining read to be sure, add this one to your to-read list!

Genome has actually been on my to-read list for quite some time now. I think I may have bought this book when originally published…seeing as it’s a hardcover and it says “FIRST U.S. EDITION” in there. All the signs seem to be pointing to the purchase occurring around 20 years ago. That being said, I am quite happy to finally have read it. Per my 30 before 30 list I get to check a book off my to-read list!

Happy reading!

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2017, that happened

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My last blog post that did not feature a book was in July. That’s quite a few months of happenings with no writing. In fact, after doing a quick scroll through of my 2017 blog I now realize I’ve only posted 7 times outside of my book of the month posts. Seven:

  1. one year old
  2. finally 2017 (a look ahead)
  3. ry-guy
  4. mediwift
  5. t-man
  6. 15 days: my iphone withdrawal story
  7. four(teen)th of july

Either there’s not a whole lot going on for me, or a whole helluva lot. To be honest, definitely some of both. So, yeah, that happened. I do want to continue my recent tradition of reverse bucket listing my year. This year’s list will serve two purposes: it’s a great way to reflect on the good times of 2017, and is also a list of blog posts soon to be featured here:

  1. Hosted wintry guests
  2. Went on a cruise
  3. Celebrated weddings in Newport, RI and Sundance, UT
  4. Traveled to the western USA with my family
  5. Saw the Grand Canyon
  6. Went to Vegas
  7. Followed my savings plan
  8. Coached a growing group of girls
  9. Attended my 10 year high school reunion
  10. Completed another year of my ECE degree

I’ll stop at 10, because that’s been my modus operandi the previous two years, but there may be an extra post or two coming down the pipeline with happenings from the eventful 2017 – like my epic summer vacation. Get ready, 2018 is here.

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book of may

You will not find this book in stores, as I made it with my brain and a glue stick.


This is the only book I’ve read cover to cover this month, so that’s why it’s featured on the blog today. Tomorrow I’ll be using this home made log book during my very first in class exam at university in Sweden. Up until now we have had final papers, not exams, so this is certainly an exciting nerve-racking time. Now, for my Natural Science and Technology with Outdoor Pedagogy class I’ll be taking the plunge into university test taking (in Sweden). We’re allowed to bring a 200 page log book in to the exams with our notes from the class. Good thing too!

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This may be my first book of the month post that won’t conclude in a recommendation. Purely because no one else can actually read it. As I write I realize that’s not entirely true. If you come to Sweden, specifically where I reside, you may read the book. With my permission of course. Oh, and there’s the prerequisite that you can read I Swedish, as 99.6% of the book is in Swedish. So, if you know Swedish and are feeling especially motivated you can come read my log book. But this is like those library books you can’t check out and have to read while on the premises. Only in that case do I recommend you read this book. 

Until next time!


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book of april: the magic of reality

I’ve read The God Delusion by Dawkins already, so I thought I knew what I was getting into. I did not.

This book is assigned reading for my current Early Childhood Education class. As you can see there are multiple versions. The one in Swedish (on the left) is full of fun and exciting illustrations. The one on the right is in English (I mention this just in case) and lacks pictures, but is read a lot faster when English is your first language. A whole helluva lot faster if you don’t even speak Swedish. I’ll let you decide what language you read in, but you should seriously consider this book. 

It’s a fun introduction to many scientific fenomena. From evolution to space and back. Without going too deep into any one topic Dawkins presents an easy to read and engaging book. I definitely plan on getting our little one a copy in each language – with illustrations of course. I recommend this book to you or any 8-12 year olds you may know.


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book of january: one, two, many

I haven’t had a lot of time for free reading this month. That is to say I’ve done quite a bit of reading, but almost exclusively for my ECE degree. I say almost exclusively because not reading road signs makes driving a whole lot harder.


This book, En, två, många (which translates to One, Two, Many) has all the information you might want regarding mathematics in the early years of life. Of course, in Swedish. 

Side bar: only the first letter of books are capitalized in Swedish. I may have mentioned this before on the blog, but it really baffles me. Every time! So I need to bring it up again now.

I definitely recommend this book for any early educators, people curious about basic mathematical terms in Swedish, or just anyone looking for a good time.

Dig in!


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coursera – and why my eyes are bigger than my stomach

I want to take all of the courses available on Coursera. You guys have heard of MOOC right? It’s probably the most bestest thing ever.


I say this because I like to learn, and an excellent day for me consists of reading and exploring new ideas. When I say I like to learn, I mean it. I’ve been studing, in one form or another, non-stop since pre-school. At least 24 years of my life has been spent in organized education.

This being said, when it comes to coursera, and all MOOC really, my eyes are much, much bigger than my stomach. Learning isn’t the only thing I spend my time doing, I have some hobbies. So, I don’t actually have any time for extra learning on the side of the learning I’m already doing.

I’ve started a list of Coursera courses I plan on taking. 

  1. Learn to play the Guitar
  2. Social Psychology
  3. Early Childhood Interactions
  4. Positive Psychology
  5. Calculus One

Stay tuned, if and when I start actually completing (and not just starting) these courses I’ll write about it here first. That is, when I have a spare moment. There’s just so much to learn but so little time.


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language arts

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Have you ever thought about this concept? For me the idea of language arts has gone somewhat unnoticed until my move to Sweden. We had a Language Arts building in high school. Let me explain that further, we had an open campus, which means multiple buildings and a nice little walk outdoors between each class. The outdoor time was especially appreciated during winters in New England. The Language Arts building is where students had their foreign language classes and some English classes (like Medieval literature – which I took senior year). Being the wonderfully cheerful teenager that I was I never put a lot of thought into the naming of the building, but it’s a concept I was reminded of during recent pondering.

What does Language Arts really mean, what about language is an art? Just as music is an art, where the reading and composing of notes creates the beautiful sounds that humans across the globe cannot get enough of, language is also an art. Though I never really understood the deep connections between say language and music (or painting, or what have you) until I really  learned my second language (and exited my moody teenage years).

When writing, and speaking, word composition is just as important as music composition, or the composition of a painting, et cetera. Just take that word “composition” in the previous sentence how it can be applied in so many contexts. What I’m getting at is the fact that I’ve recently been considering language, along with the other art forms, as a sincere form of expression. It takes skill and practice to be articulate. Even more skill and practice to be articulate in multiple tongues. Just as any art form takes skill and practice to perfect.

If language is a form of expression that begs the question: What do you mean? What is it that you really want to say? What is the best way of saying it? Are you going for clarity? Beauty? Irony? Melody?  I don’t think these questions need answers, I just think they’re worth considering. They are at least for me in my inner wonderings about self-expression, communication and how I use language to do it.

That being said, word choice is one of the most important aspects of language. I find saying what you mean to often be the goal of communicating, and I do think this is the essential purpose of language. All people across the globe use language as a way of finding one other and attempting to understand those around us. In that I see beauty.

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