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My review of Lullaby by Amanda Hocking

Lullaby: Amanda Hocking The bond between sisters is often so great that some can complete the sentences of the other even before the words come out. But, what happens when one sister is captured and her family threatened if she does not go along with her captors? How far will Harper go to find Gemma and return her to her family? How many risks will be taken and how many lives will be in danger? Can you hear the song of the sirens if you do they might wind up dead? But, before all is said and done only one song will be heard. Gemma has no choice but to go with the sirens and adhere to their way of life. We meet her as she interacts with Thea, expresses her feelings about her condition, cannot seem to eat and the starkness of the house where she is being kept is almost as bare and stark as her new life. Each siren more evil and cunning than the next as Gemma is recruited by these three unusual figures that can transform into other shapes. Penn, Lexi and Thea are the three sirens, violent, evil and dangerous and Gemma needs to become one of them. But, can she? The second in the Watersong Trilogy, we also meet Harper her sister, Daniel the man she seems torn about and Alex, Gemma’s boyfriend who is devastated about her disappearance but figures out where she might be. As the author enlightens readers as to how Gemma came to be a siren we learn the affect it has on her body and why she’s fighting them. Unable to eat and hold down food, fearful that she won’t return home, her body has become part mythical creature and part mermaid. The song of the siren keeps her focused on their agenda and learning how and why she was chosen chilling. While her sister Harper, Daniel and Alex search for her add Facebook pages and hopefully get some hits and help, the history behind the sirens why one was killed and their goals are revealed. We meet Alex, Gemma’s boyfriend who stands guard on her house and will not leave until he finds her. Daniel who has feelings for Harper but pushes him away because of her search for her sister, yet he does not give up. With Daniel’s help and guidance Harper finally opens up and tells him what she feeling and allows him to help find Gemma. Gemma is miserable only leaving and going with the sirens because they threatened to harm her family. Three evil and wicked sirens can Gemma stand up to them or will she permanently change? The reason for her change and why they took her was for their own selfish purposes and the key was to find another siren before the next full moon. Her new body awkward at times having scales and not legs, dealing with Penn, Lexi and Thea Gemma had to find a reason to stay alive and remain that way. How far will Gemma go to protect the people she loves? The author allows the reader to hear both Harper and Gemma’s innermost voices, concerns, fears and apprehensions. But, will both Alex and Daniel be able to help find Gemma and what can they do that Harper cannot? Enter Marcy, who works with Harper in the library and who covers for her so she can find her sister. But, each time we see Gemma she is tormented by Penn and the other sirens that her body begins to fall apart and if she does not swim and revitalize herself she and the rest will die. There is much more as Gemma tries to bond with Sawyer who at first seems naïve about his relationship with Penn but knows that she cast a spell on him causing him to react to her the way he does and submit to her every command. Imagine being turned, unwillingly into a siren, which according or our author is a mermaid that can enchant people with their voices, usually men. The song of the siren is quite powerful. As Harper, Daniel and Alex search for Gemma and we learn more about Nathanlie their mother who suffers for TBI yet seems aware that Gemma is missing. Knowing that these sirens are monsters and evil would Gemma do their bidding or will she stay true to who she is and rebel? Choices are decisions we make and have to live with the good and bad of them. The consequences that we endure as a result of poor decision making will become part of what we deal with as Gemma relates to the reader in Chapter 12 telling us that she has made the choice to join the sirens, spend her life with them and needs to deal with it. Leaving behind her family, friends and boyfriend for their own protection was more than just a small sacrifice. Joining the sirens in watching a movie, swimming and spending her day with them would create conflicts within her for Sawyer as she too seemed drawn in by him. Realizing that she could no longer restrain herself she decides to take his car and blow off some steam. But, what would be her next step and will she ever return home as Harper and Daniel clean Bernie’s house after the funeral and his murder. But, Gemma needs her space and what happens will place within the realm of the sirens as she meets an overbearing man in a restaurant and takes action when he follows her and becomes more of a siren than she would like. Not remembering the entire incident but the end result killing someone Gemma’s life would never be the same. Would this bond her with the sirens and what about Penn’s attitude towards her? As you come to know Gemma even more you realize that she’s concerned about her actions, what is going to happen to her next. But, sometimes bad choices might bring unexpected results as Daniel makes a strong connection between the sirens and the murders of young boys and just might figure our where Gemma is and bring her back home. What happens next will surprise the reader and let you know that Harper will stop at nothing to protect her sister but what about the sirens and what will they do when they realize that she’s missing? When the sirens come face to face with Harper, Daniel, Alex and Gemma what happens will surprise you, the twists and the turn plus the surprise ending will definitely make you want to read Tidal the next in the trilogy. Just what does Penn have in mind for Gemma? Will she figure out what went wrong and decide to destroy more people? Will Gemma’s family ever be safe from the sirens? How far or how much will she sacrifice to keep the people she loves safe from harm? What happens to Sawyer and what does Lexi try to do to Gemma? Sisters forever and some will go more than that extra mile is one issue brought to light in this novel. Friendships, loyalties, caring and the love of two sisters just might outfox the sounds and music of the deadly sirens. Author Amanda Hocking once again pens a novel that keeps the reader glued to the printed page, wearing earplugs so you don’t hear the songs being sung, and hoping that someone will finally short circuit the songs of the sirens. Some lullabies can be deadly and others you just need to tune out. Fran Lewis: Reviewer

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Soul Songs: My Review

Loneliness in Philosophy, Psychology, and Literature B.L. Mijuskovic: Author Consider a person locked inside a 6 by 6 jail cell with nowhere to go, no one to talk with and just himself to contemplate his future and every thought. Imagine what would happen if someone came over to the metal bars and attempted to have a conversation with this isolated man. What about someone locked away in a mental institution calling out and screaming hoping for someone to answer but having no idea what he/she would like as a response. The only thing this person has is the restraints that confine him from self inflicting any injuries and the thoughts running through his head yet not understanding the response that he wants. Isolated by others not by his choice. What about the child at the playground surrounded by other children yet feeling isolated and alone? Stated in the introduction of his book, Ben Mijuskovic states “ Man is social, “political,” that is to say, a communal animal. Without the desire for companionship he becomes progressively less human.” What about the prisoner or the patient all alone? If given the chance or opportunity would they prefer to be alone or with someone else? He continues to write that while man is or senses that he is alone it is not abundantly clear. The author has developed many theories that he has extensively researched in literature, philosophers quoted and psychological reasons states. The mind is fascinating to me and the various levels of thinking and our thought processes although individual to each person the author states that everyone has a certain consciousness, a “Philosophy of mind, which alone can account on various levels, existential, psychological, epistemological, phenomenological, existential, psychological and passional to name a few. He continues by linking the relationship between loneliness in literature and the theory of consciousness. This book draws heavily on the interdisciplinary approach focusing on philosophy, literature and psychology. In chapter one the author wishes to convey the following: an image of man intrinsically alone and irredeemably lost. He continues to state that man is always struggling to escape the solipsistic (The theory that the self is the only thing that can be known and verified.) prison of his frightening solitude. Second, he will discuss a theory of consciousness that will allow the reader a better insight and understanding of why man is lonely. Author Ben Mijuskovic asks the reader to look long and hard at the definition of loneliness and understand that man and everyone has at sometime suffered from feelings of loneliness which most try to escape but never completely. There are many people that emotionally isolate themselves in a social setting with other people. They might even withdraw into a corner and keep their feelings to themselves. Some will not accept emotional support from anyone. Some feel sad, sullen and shut down completely and refuse to communicate. It is almost like self-imposed isolation or self inflicted loneliness. These people find it hard to connect with others. The author states that a man who is lonely feels “no delight.” He also states within Chapter One that it can be argued that the concept of loneliness is served, and I found this really quite compelling, like the idea of exile. Citing Ovid’s Tristia or Letter from Exile and stating that it can be interpreted as the expression of longing for what most of us want: Family, friends and a country, which was caused by his exile from Rome. He also states and quite succinctly that even if you overcome loneliness for a while you cannot escape or “vanquish” it for long. There are so many pieces of literature cited within this chapter that if I cite them all I would never be able to tell you about the rest. But, when the author states that a salesman whose actions purports that he knows and likes everyone, in the end will come to a startling or harsh realization that he can count on no one. There is much more elaborated on page 7 of Chapter One. Linking the theme of loneliness within the three disciplines throughout each chapter and weaving in many stories, even going back to the Middle Ages, Roman and Greek Mythology and allowing the reader to know that loneliness is not just a thing of the present. The most compelling reference in literature is his reference to Robinson Crusoe and The History of Robinson and Friday. Chapter 2 focuses on the awareness of loneliness. In simple terms what causes a person, any one of us to have this sense of isolation and make it possible? Referring to Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason we learn that Kant’s main purpose or aim is to determine the scope and limits of pure reason. Simply explained he wants to know exactly what reason alone can determine minus the other senses or any other faculties. He expands on this by explaining in detail the two specific distinctions: Priori and posteriori knowledge and between analytic and synthetic judgments and follows with a more detailed explanation. He continues with his definition of the three models of consciousness, which are: the behaviorist, the intentional and the reflexive paradigms of cognitive apprehension. The author continues with the definitions of all three and links it to many great works in literature. Rather than cite every example I will instead relate which statements that I found compelling and which I agree with. For example on page 28 he states that each of us is alone, is a tragedy. When we try to reach another person, since no one wants to be alone, we often find ourselves in a situation where each person wants to dominate the other and he explains it more in detail on pages 28-30. Chapter Three is titled Loneliness and Time Consciousness followed by Types of Loneliness. He elaborates by referring to an article written by Gotesky which defines the four possible definitions of loneliness: Physical loneliness, loneliness in contrast to loneliness according to Gotesky is a state of mind, third in his analysis defines the state of feeling isolated and finally the fourth aspect of isolation is solitude which he considers a positive. He continues by discussing the main disagreements within his classificatory scheme and his defense of solitude. First he states that loneliness is not avoidable and secondly against Gotseky; who insists that this sense of aloneness was practically nonexistent before the Renaissance. He sites Nicholas Beriiaev, other well-known psychologists and returns to Gotesky with his discussion of friendship in his paper. Chapter five talks about Loneliness and Narcissism and 6 Loneliness and Phenomenology. Chapter 7 focuses on Loneliness and the Possibility of a Private Language where the author discusses in detail the basic motivational and emotional drive in man to try and escape his aloneness, sense of isolation and seeking companionship with other consciousnesses or trying to achieve “ a temporary memory block in which some fact from the recent or remote past is forgotten but later recalled,” referred to in this book as benign forgetfulness. Throughout this chapter he refers to psychologists of loneliness such as Erich Fromm, Clark Moustakas, R.D. Laing and James Howard. As a result of his research and findings in this chapter the author concludes “ man feels himself to be alone, that he is conscious of his isolation before he learns to express this fact in language.” I must add that at the end of each chapter he includes the explanation for each of the footnotes in detail. The final chapter before adding all of the appendices to the book is Loneliness and the Divided Self. Appendix A written by the author alone is titled: Loneliness An Interdisciplinary Approach which includes a discussion of The Psychology and Sociology of Loneliness which I found most interesting. In this appendix the author discusses in children their first phobias related to these situations: darkness and solitude. Children often fear being alone when there is the absence of some person close to them that loved them. Sometimes children will call out when they are in the dark and the response is one that is hurtful, abrupt and unfeeling letting the child know the adult does not want to deal with them or handle their fears. Death is another concept he deals with in this appendix since children are afraid of death and often have trouble as adults do, with a permanent loss. But, he makes an interesting statement: we do not fear death but we fear loneliness. He continues with this throughout this very informative Appendix. The remainder of the Appendices you need to read for yourself. Appendix: Loneliness and Personal Identity and Appendix C titled The Sociology and Psychology of Loneliness and Appendix D where he continues with Kant: Kant’s Reflections on the Unity of Consciousness, Time Consciousness, and the Unconscious. One final statement which refers to Appendix C in this appendix he sums it up quite well when he states that all human beings are lonely, and the desire to avoid isolation constitutes the ultimate motivational drive in human passion, thought and conduct cited from paragraph one page 190. There are many different definitions and experiences that define loneliness within this book. Imagine yourself on an island all alone with no one there but yourself, your thoughts and your mind. What are the determining factors involved in man’s constant confrontation with loneliness? You need to find the answers to this question and explore your own feelings about loneliness, read the book, the research and determine what you agree or disagree with but one thing for sure after reading this book you will definitely have a better understanding of the deeper meaning of this word. This book is great for psychology, philosophy and literature students, professors and anyone who wants to truly understand the meaning of Loneliness and connect them to the three disciplines: Literature, Psychology and Philosophy. Just to let the reader know I really think everyone should read this book and as you can tell from my detailed review I learned a lot and really did like the book. Fran Lewis: reviewer

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I am a reviewer for Bookpleasures, St. Martin's Press, Hillcrest Media and many other publishing companies. I love reading and reviewing fiction, nonfiction, self-help, children's books, YA's and biographies. These are just some of the genre that I will read and review. My reviews are free but they are quite detailed with no spoilers. They stand as written and are posted all over the web and I would post them here on Scoop It too. I have my own radio show on Blog Talk Radio: Book Discussion with Fran Lewis on The World Of Ink and another second show on Red River Writers. I do online interviews, promote other authors on my own review site on facebook and have nine titles of my own.

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What To Classify Personal Development Blogs As On StumbleUpon?

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Where To Find Personal Development Content On StumbleUpon  From the Just Ask Kim mailbag, a recent discussion about StumbleUpon categories came up…  “If someone is blogging about mindset, personal development, “becoming a better person” stuff… which category are you filing that under?

 


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Dead On Ice: My review

Dead On Ice: Lauren Carr Cheryl Smith was out to make sure that Angie Sullivan would pay for what she thinks happened between her and her boyfriend, Ned Carter. What was supposed to be a special night between Angie and Kyle would turn into one filled with revenge, vengeance, hate and accusations. June 3, 1978 would remain in the hearts and minds of many as the events of that night, the final outcome would come front and center in the present. Ruthless, mean, cunning and definitely a bit delusional, Cheryl Smith blatantly accused Angie of more than must stealing her boyfriend in front of a crowd in a skating rink. However, when the dust seemed to have settled and Angie’s friends and Kyle got her away from Cheryl the final outcome would reveal that someone was not going to stop until Angie would not longer be a threat. The following morning when Kyle comes to see Angie her sister Susan greets him at the door and what is revealed will set off a chain of events that will come front and center over 30 years later. Just where was Angie? Why wasn’t she in her room? What happened to her? Friendships change and people often remain who they are as we fast-forward to the present and a courtroom scene. Albert Gordon is a criminal defense attorney who is defending a DWI against Prosecuting Attorney Joshua Thornton. A courtroom scene so vividly described you can hear each lawyer’s arguments, share their frustrations, feel the tension building and understand the final result. Making this scene and causing more tension is that fact that Albert Gordon was the son of Joshua Thornton’s grandmother’s sister. Albert introduced his noted adversary to the law and now has to face off with him in a court of law. Enter Cameron Gates the girlfriend of our Prosecuting Attorney. Cameron is a detective in the homicide division of the Pennsylvania State Police. But, I would be remiss if I did not introduce my two favorite characters, no it’s not Gnarly it’s Irving and Admiral. Irving is a unique and special cat that belongs to Cameron and he has serious issues. Heaven help poor Joshua if he tries to steal Cameron away from Irving. Admiral is Joshua’s very own Irish Wolfhound and Irving’s friend. Albert Gordon was a true and loyal Church goer and after the trial ended and the deal was struck he went home. So, what happened that he did not wind up in Church that Sunday and why did Cameron go in search of what happened to him? Cameron is quite smart, clever and needs answers. After calling Albert’s name and doing things by the book she realizes that the only way is to get into the house by let’s say pick the lock entry. With the help of Donny, Joshua’s son together they find out what really happened to Albert. Murdered! Why and who would want to kill this wonderful man? Was it a stroke as the ME thought at first or murder as the evidence just might reveal? But, there is much more to this intricate plot because as we all know author Lauren Carr would not make it that simple and allow the reader and the police to solve just one crime when she can intertwine murders and make it all the more interesting. Cleaning out Albert’s house we meet Susan Sullivan who is Angie’s sister the missing young girl. We meet Angie’s best friend Brianne Davenport whose reputation is anything but sterling and whose husband’s business is being investigated for embezzlement. Sound like a simple plot. I don’t think so because it gets better. You see, Brianne is there to attempt to offer her help but in reality she offers something else to teenage Donny. Now for the really interesting part. We learn that Angie Sullivan was murdered and that Cheryl Smith is most likely her killer. So, where is deal Cheryl and how does all of this link to Albert? Albert Gordon defended Cheryl Smith when Angie’s body was found since she was accused of being a suspect in her murder. Cheryl Smith AKA Cheryl Pickens changed her name and became a famous porn/film star. So, how did she wind up dead in Albert’s freezer? Just how long was she in there and why is this going to make him look bad? Will anyone think there was more to his helping her than just being her lawyer? Was he murdered because he got her off? Dead on Ice: Frozen Solid: Cherry Pickens murder victim 3. Who blew up Albert Gordon’s house to cover up Cheryl’s murder? Retired Police Detective Harry Shannon sheds some light on Angie’s murder for both Cameron and Joshua. Learning more about the murder, the possible motive Cheryl had for wanting to eliminate Angie leads both Cameron and Joshua to a startling revelation. Just why did Cheryl go after Angie and why didn’t Ned tell her they were not having an affair? Who was her ex-boyfriend protecting? Just what link does this have to Kyle Bostwick who was engaged to Cheryl the next person on Cameron’s list to question? Angie left Kyle and was supposed to go home. How did she wind up back at the Yacht Club where her car was found? Killed in 1978 why did it take so long to find the body? Enter Jan the ME’s wife and reporter. What information does she have that might help Cameron solve the case? Why are so many interested in this murder? After hearing what Kyle Bostwick has to say, Ned Carter and Brianne different pieces of the puzzle fit together but whose picture will appear in the frame? Ned casts suspicion in one direction, Kyle in another and we learn more about Brianne. But, when Cameron and Joshua question Randy Vincent, Cheryl’s alibi the pieces start forming a picture totally different than Cheryl whose face everyone thought would fit perfectly into the frame. But, Cheryl had her own reasons for not letting on about the truth. Wanting to leave for Hollywood, alone in a car with Randy who passed out from drinking too much, she decides to check out the view. Low and behold Cheryl sees the murder committed, knows who killed Angie and decided to capitalize on it. So, who is the real murderer? There are so many who hated Cheryl just who hated Angie? Added in there is a family secret that could blow this wide open and just what did someone reveal about Angie that would changed everything for her and did this cause someone to murder her? Author Lauren Carr takes us inside the minds of many people in this small town where gossip reigns, grudges never seem to die and two young people lost their lives but why? Was it really jealousy that got Angie killed? Was it the secret that was revealed? Did Cheryl kill her or did Cheryl know the killer and blackmail that person? Things change when a piece of information is revealed and the truth behind the incident with Cheryl comes to light. Was it Ned that Angie was after or did someone plant that thought in Cheryl’s mind to divert everyone’s attention from the truth? Who was hiding in plain sight and wanted the spotlight on someone else? Then we are witnessed to a catfight that will make you wonder just who, if anyone, likes anyone in this town. When Doris and Mildred go at it and you learn why you might feel sorry for these two or just double over laughing. Each of these older women has issues with the other just what they are I won’t tell you but I can guarantee the Inquirer or Star magazine would love the story. Something happens when Cameron enlists Donny’s help to uncover information about the missing red Ferrari. Things go wrong his life is on the line and what happens next will not only change her relationship with Joshua but also put her in check with the police department. Just why doesn’t Brianne feel any remorse for what happens during that operation? What really happened that night at the rink? Just how many people hated Cheryl and who was the one person who needs to rid the world of Angie? When several are confronted and the pieces fit together more lives will be lost but one will stand out as the killer? Just who decided to take Angie out of the equation and why you will have to learn for yourself? Just who else pays the price for their deceits, betrayals and lies you just won’t believe? Author Lauren Carr takes us inside Hookstown where gossip is not uncommon, the friendships quite unique and the characters so vividly described by the author you really get to know them first hand. Just how many dead bodies are there? How did Cheryl wind up DEAD ON ICE? Read this five freezer novel or better yet: Ask Irving when he’s not snaring at Joshua! Fran Lewis: Reviewer

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My Book Review: Loneliness in Philosophy, Psychology, and Literature B.L. Mijuskovic: Author

Loneliness in Philosophy, Psychology, and Literature B.L. Mijuskovic: Author Consider a person locked inside a 6 by 6 jail cell with nowhere to go, no one to talk with and just himself to contemplate his future and every thought. Imagine what would happen if someone came over to the metal bars and attempted to have a conversation with this isolated man. What about someone locked away in a mental institution calling out and screaming hoping for someone to answer but having no idea what he/she would like as a response. The only thing this person has is the restraints that confine him from self inflicting any injuries and the thoughts running through his head yet not understanding the response that he wants. Isolated by others not by his choice. What about the child at the playground surrounded by other children yet feeling isolated and alone? Stated in the introduction of his book, Ben Mijuskovic states “ Man is social, “political,” that is to say, a communal animal. Without the desire for companionship he becomes progressively less human.” What about the prisoner or the patient all alone? If given the chance or opportunity would they prefer to be alone or with someone else? He continues to write that while man is or senses that he is alone it is not abundantly clear. The author has developed many theories that he has extensively researched in literature, philosophers quoted and psychological reasons states. The mind is fascinating to me and the various levels of thinking and our thought processes although individual to each person the author states that everyone has a certain consciousness, a “Philosophy of mind, which alone can account on various levels, existential, psychological, epistemological, phenomenological, existential, psychological and passional to name a few. He continues by linking the relationship between loneliness in literature and the theory of consciousness. This book draws heavily on the interdisciplinary approach focusing on philosophy, literature and psychology. In chapter one the author wishes to convey the following: an image of man intrinsically alone and irredeemably lost. He continues to state that man is always struggling to escape the solipsistic (The theory that the self is the only thing that can be known and verified.) prison of his frightening solitude. Second, he will discuss a theory of consciousness that will allow the reader a better insight and understanding of why man is lonely. Author Ben Mijuskovic asks the reader to look long and hard at the definition of loneliness and understand that man and everyone has at sometime suffered from feelings of loneliness which most try to escape but never completely. There are many people that emotionally isolate themselves in a social setting with other people. They might even withdraw into a corner and keep their feelings to themselves. Some will not accept emotional support from anyone. Some feel sad, sullen and shut down completely and refuse to communicate. It is almost like self-imposed isolation or self inflicted loneliness. These people find it hard to connect with others. The author states that a man who is lonely feels “no delight.” He also states within Chapter One that it can be argued that the concept of loneliness is served, and I found this really quite compelling, like the idea of exile. Citing Ovid’s Tristia or Letter from Exile and stating that it can be interpreted as the expression of longing for what most of us want: Family, friends and a country, which was caused by his exile from Rome. He also states and quite succinctly that even if you overcome loneliness for a while you cannot escape or “vanquish” it for long. There are so many pieces of literature cited within this chapter that if I cite them all I would never be able to tell you about the rest. But, when the author states that a salesman whose actions purports that he knows and likes everyone, in the end will come to a startling or harsh realization that he can count on no one. There is much more elaborated on page 7 of Chapter One. Linking the theme of loneliness within the three disciplines throughout each chapter and weaving in many stories, even going back to the Middle Ages, Roman and Greek Mythology and allowing the reader to know that loneliness is not just a thing of the present. The most compelling reference in literature is his reference to Robinson Crusoe and The History of Robinson and Friday. Chapter 2 focuses on the awareness of loneliness. In simple terms what causes a person, any one of us to have this sense of isolation and make it possible? Referring to Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason we learn that Kant’s main purpose or aim is to determine the scope and limits of pure reason. Simply explained he wants to know exactly what reason alone can determine minus the other senses or any other faculties. He expands on this by explaining in detail the two specific distinctions: Priori and posteriori knowledge and between analytic and synthetic judgments and follows with a more detailed explanation. He continues with his definition of the three models of consciousness, which are: the behaviorist, the intentional and the reflexive paradigms of cognitive apprehension. The author continues with the definitions of all three and links it to many great works in literature. Rather than cite every example I will instead relate which statements that I found compelling and which I agree with. For example on page 28 he states that each of us is alone, is a tragedy. When we try to reach another person, since no one wants to be alone, we often find ourselves in a situation where each person wants to dominate the other and he explains it more in detail on pages 28-30. Chapter Three is titled Loneliness and Time Consciousness followed by Types of Loneliness. He elaborates by referring to an article written by Gotesky which defines the four possible definitions of loneliness: Physical loneliness, loneliness in contrast to loneliness according to Gotesky is a state of mind, third in his analysis defines the state of feeling isolated and finally the fourth aspect of isolation is solitude which he considers a positive. He continues by discussing the main disagreements within his classificatory scheme and his defense of solitude. First he states that loneliness is not avoidable and secondly against Gotseky; who insists that this sense of aloneness was practically nonexistent before the Renaissance. He sites Nicholas Beriiaev, other well-known psychologists and returns to Gotesky with his discussion of friendship in his paper. Chapter five talks about Loneliness and Narcissism and 6 Loneliness and Phenomenology. Chapter 7 focuses on Loneliness and the Possibility of a Private Language where the author discusses in detail the basic motivational and emotional drive in man to try and escape his aloneness, sense of isolation and seeking companionship with other consciousnesses or trying to achieve “ a temporary memory block in which some fact from the recent or remote past is forgotten but later recalled,” referred to in this book as benign forgetfulness. Throughout this chapter he refers to psychologists of loneliness such as Erich Fromm, Clark Moustakas, R.D. Laing and James Howard. As a result of his research and findings in this chapter the author concludes “ man feels himself to be alone, that he is conscious of his isolation before he learns to express this fact in language.” I must add that at the end of each chapter he includes the explanation for each of the footnotes in detail. The final chapter before adding all of the appendices to the book is Loneliness and the Divided Self. Appendix A written by the author alone is titled: Loneliness An Interdisciplinary Approach which includes a discussion of The Psychology and Sociology of Loneliness which I found most interesting. In this appendix the author discusses in children their first phobias related to these situations: darkness and solitude. Children often fear being alone when there is the absence of some person close to them that loved them. Sometimes children will call out when they are in the dark and the response is one that is hurtful, abrupt and unfeeling letting the child know the adult does not want to deal with them or handle their fears. Death is another concept he deals with in this appendix since children are afraid of death and often have trouble as adults do, with a permanent loss. But, he makes an interesting statement: we do not fear death but we fear loneliness. He continues with this throughout this very informative Appendix. The remainder of the Appendices you need to read for yourself. Appendix: Loneliness and Personal Identity and Appendix C titled The Sociology and Psychology of Loneliness and Appendix D where he continues with Kant: Kant’s Reflections on the Unity of Consciousness, Time Consciousness, and the Unconscious. One final statement which refers to Appendix C in this appendix he sums it up quite well when he states that all human beings are lonely, and the desire to avoid isolation constitutes the ultimate motivational drive in human passion, thought and conduct cited from paragraph one page 190. There are many different definitions and experiences that define loneliness within this book. Imagine yourself on an island all alone with no one there but yourself, your thoughts and your mind. What are the determining factors involved in man’s constant confrontation with loneliness? You need to find the answers to this question and explore your own feelings about loneliness, read the book, the research and determine what you agree or disagree with but one thing for sure after reading this book you will definitely have a better understanding of the deeper meaning of this word. This book is great for psychology, philosophy and literature students, professors and anyone who wants to truly understand the meaning of Loneliness and connect them to the three disciplines: Literature, Psychology and Philosophy. Just to let the reader know I really think everyone should read this book and as you can tell from my detailed review I learned a lot and really did like the book. Fran Lewis: reviewer

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Halloween Jokes -- Over 300 Good Ones!

Halloween Jokes -- Over 300 Good Ones! | Fran Lewis | Scoop.it

Happy Halloween everyone!

 

Just for grins today I found a great collection of funny Halloween jokes (there are a lot of not-so-funny ones out there)!

 

Hope these bring a chuckle and are fun to share.

 

Here in CA we also celebrate the Day Of The Dead where we hang out in graveyards and honor our ancestors.

 

Eat, drink and be scarry today!

 

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Up Close With Google's New YouTube App

Up Close With Google's New YouTube App | Fran Lewis | Scoop.it

Google has launched a new iOS YouTube app, that is now available in the App Store as a free download by clicking here. The announcement of a new YouTube app prior to the release of iOS 6 later this month, is not unexpected.


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