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My Record Store Day ’16 Picks

Record Store Day is almost upon us again! My wife might tell you that every day is Record Store Day for me, but honestly, this is like Santa Claus coming in April, and I just can’t help myself. Similar to past years, I will probably wake up way too early and spend way too much money, but such is the life of a music junkie. As RSD continues to gain in popularity, and the number of releases increases, with several record labels hoping to cash in on anything and everything they can, it’s becoming harder to separate the wheat from…

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Tingsha Cymbals

I bought these “Om Nama Shiva” Tingsha Cymbals to use in my classroom, and I love them. I first read about them on the Cool Tools site and wanted to try them out. As an English language teacher, I often break my class into pairs and/or small groups for students to discuss various topics. When I am ready for students to come back together as a class, I need a way to get their attention. Enter these tingsha cymbals. When struck together, they produce a long sustained high-pitched chime that calmly brings everyone to attention. Once, a student even whispered the…

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The Silver Cord

I first heard of The Silver Cord when I saw Kevin Kelly retweet someone’s review of the book. Being a graphic novel fan and a follower of his Wink Books blog, where I’ve discovered several great reads, I figured I should check out The Silver Cord. @Silver_Cord I’ve reached the end. I’m totally blown away. You don’t read it- you EXPERIENCE it. Phenomenal. I have no words to describe it. — Zara (@thebook_addict) January 23, 2016 I bought a copy from Amazon last week. My first impression was marked by the sheer size of the book. It’s heavy and huge… in…

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The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1)

I read The Gunslinger when I was about 10 years old, and I thought it was the coolest thing ever. All the references to the wild west, King Arthur, and the Beatles were mind-blowing. Then, when I realized it was going to take another 30 years for Stephen King to finish writing the series, I decided to wait and read the whole thing later. Now, those 30 years have passed, and with talk of a Dark Tower movie being made soon, I decided to go back and revisit The Gunslinger. This time, all those references seemed like a messy hodgepodge.…

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Bullet Journal Better Than Smartphone

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I started using a Bullet Journal about a year ago, and it’s helping me stay focused and get things done. I highly recommend this system to anyone who needs to keep a to-do list, and their swanky smartphone doesn’t do the job. A Bullet Journal works better than a smartphone because it’s analog and not as distracting. When I open my phone, I’m quickly distracted by an app notification, or an email, or text message. It seems something always commands my attention before I can jot down my idea. The Bullet Journal solves this problem for me and helps me stay on point.…

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