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I Feel You: The Surprising Power of Extreme Empathy: Cris Beam 

I Feel You: The Surprising Power of Extreme Empathy: Cris Beam  | Books, Food, Home, Wanderlust | Scoop.it

A cogent, gorgeous examination of empathy, illuminating the myths, the science, and the power behind this transformative emotion

Empathy has become a gaping fault line in American culture. Pioneering programs aim to infuse our legal and educational systems with more empathic thinking, even as pundits argue over whether we should bother empathizing with our political opposites at all. Meanwhile, we are inundated with the buzzily termed “empathic marketing”—which may very well be a contradiction in terms.

In I Feel You, Cris Beam carves through the noise with a revelatory exploration of how we perform empathy, how it is learned, what it can do—indeed, what empathy is in the first place. She takes us to the labs where the neural networks of compassion are being mapped, and the classrooms where children are being trained to see others’ views. Beam visits courtrooms and prisons, asking how empathy might transform our justice system. She travels to places wracked by oppression and genocide, where reconciliation seems impossible, to report on efforts to heal society’s deepest wounds through human connection. And finally, she turns to how we, as individuals, can foster compassion for ourselves.


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(Teaching Empathy) One More Really Big Reason to Read Stories to Children

(Teaching Empathy) One More Really Big Reason to Read Stories to Children | Books, Food, Home, Wanderlust | Scoop.it

Stories Promote the Development of Empathy
Empathy is believed, by many psychologists, to be the biological foundation for morality.  To empathize is to see the world, to some degree, from another person’s point of view and to experience, at least partly, what that person is experiencing.  Sensing and in some way feeling the sadness or fear of another person is a first step toward wanting to help that person, and feeling the joy of another is reward for helping to bring that joy.

 

Even infants show a primitive form of empathy, for example, when one cries in response to another’s crying.  As children develop, their capacity for empathy can either grow or atrophy depending on conditions, and it can develop along various lines, also depending on conditions.  One set of conditions that may play a crucial role in the growth of empathy consists of the stories that children hear or, later, read.

Fritz Breithaupt, a specialist in German literature, has suggested that fiction is a powerful vehicle for the development of empathy because the listeners (or readers) automatically identify with one or more of the story’s characters.

 
Peter Gray Ph.D

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Creative Writing Journal - How to Keep a Journal for Writers

Creative Writing Journal - How to Keep a Journal for Writers | Books, Food, Home, Wanderlust | Scoop.it
A creative writing journal can make you a better writer or poet. On this page, you'll find tips on how to keep a journal for writing, along with journal ideas to inspire you.

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Penelope's curator insight, September 8, 2017 12:48 PM
I adore journaling. Most of it is a head dump, but sometimes I'll wax poetic on what I'm seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, etc.This will usually lead me on a meandering path to something greater that needs to be written.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, September 8, 2017 2:21 PM
There are good ideas in the list. I already walk, free write, and write about my experiences.
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10 Benefits of Reading: Why You Should Read Every Day

10 Benefits of Reading: Why You Should Read Every Day | Books, Food, Home, Wanderlust | Scoop.it
If you're one of countless people who don't make a habit of reading regularly, you might be missing out: reading has a significant number of benefits, and just a few benefits of them are listed below.

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, February 19, 2017 9:33 PM

One of the assignments I had for my writing students was called "Kleptomania" which I lifted from someone a very long time ago. Belatedly, thank you. So, the activity required students to find three different writing styles, fiction and/or non-fiction. Just find three passages from three different writers. Then they were to write about something familiar--an event, an experience, an observation--and copy that voice and style. They were to mimic the punctuation and sentence structure, too. It was hard for many reasons but they learned a lot about their own styles and voices, most of which were still in development. But they also realized how much about writing they could learn from reading. Yep, sneaky teaching. Got to love that.

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, February 21, 2017 8:22 AM
Do your exercise - Read.
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, February 22, 2017 4:43 PM
Parents and teachers can read with their children and students. It can be done as silent or reading to them.
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Without libraries we are less human and more profoundly alone | Nicola Davies

Without libraries we are less human and more profoundly alone | Nicola Davies | Books, Food, Home, Wanderlust | Scoop.it

Nicole Davies writes: "Librarians are far more than stackers and catalogers. They are creative curators of their book collections. They review and renew their flocks of books, adjusting what they have to fit their readers, highlighting certain sections and topics to reflect the world. They are on hand to guide and encourage, to foster relationships between books and people. Subtly, quietly, inexorably, they weave individuals into a community. They make a library shimmer, as if the books were the scales of a dragon flexing as it folds and flies."


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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, March 4, 2017 12:10 PM

If you ever feel what you do doesn't matter, pull out that one gorgeous paragraph by Nicola Davies and remember why you do this!

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"They are on hand to guide and encourage, to foster relationships between books and people. Subtly, quietly, inexorably, they weave individuals into a community. They make a library shimmer, as if the books were the scales of a dragon flexing as it folds and flies.""

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, March 6, 2017 5:05 AM
Without libraries we are less human and more profoundly alone
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Le Marche Recipes: Marchigiana Fava Bean Soup 

Le Marche Recipes: Marchigiana Fava Bean Soup  | Books, Food, Home, Wanderlust | Scoop.it

This recipe is from Marche, the birthplace of my grandfather. I prepared it thinking about our imminent departure for Marche, where we are going to spend a full six weeks—enough time, we hope, to experience the region more as true residents than as mere tourists. The plan is not to fill our days with sightseeing and long drives, but to experience living for an extended time in the small hill town, Scapezzano, where my grandfather grew up and our friendly and generous cousins still live in the same house—the descendants of the brother who stayed behind in Italy when my grandfather emigrated to the New World. They have offered us the use of a small apartment in this building! We look forward to perusing the local markets—like much of Marche, which lies along the Adriatic coast, my grandfather’s home town is near the sea, offering abundant seafood—and to preparing meals with whatever is in season, fresh and local. This soup—so inviting and appealing in texture as well as flavor, is like an invitation to all the adventures that await us! [...]


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Mariano Pallottini's curator insight, April 12, 2016 11:53 AM

MARCHIGIANA FAVA BEAN SOUP
Ingredients

  • ¼ pound thick-sliced pancetta
  • 1 tablespoon—plus for drizzling—extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 stalk of celery
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 small bunch of parsley
  • 1 sprig of rosemary
  • 8 ounces canned peeled Roma tomatoes
  • 1½ quarts good quality chicken broth (preferably home-made)
  • 8 ounces fregola pasta, or other pearl-shaped pasta
  • 8 ounces shelled fava beans (Trader Joe’s now sells frozen and shelled fava beans)
  • Grated pecorino to taste
  • Toasted and sliced bread, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper


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How to make Stuffed Olives - called Olive Ascolana

If you fancy something different for party nibbles this is it: Olive Ascolana are stuffed and fried olives from the Ascoli Piceno region of central Italy

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Europe 2016 - Athens, Greece (1) - Cendrine Marrouat Photography

Europe 2016 - Athens, Greece (1) - Cendrine Marrouat Photography | Books, Food, Home, Wanderlust | Scoop.it
Welcome to the capital of Greece! Athens is considered as the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy. Piraeus, its port, is both the largest passenger port in Europe and the second largest in the world. The city boasts many ancient monuments and works of art, including the Parthenon, the Acropolis and the medieval Daphni …
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Peppered Mussels - Impepata di cozze

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Here’s a recipe that’s so simple you could call it a non-recipe: impepata di cozze, or Peppered Mussels.
Ingredients - Serves 4-6

1-2 kilos (2-3 lbs) musselsFreshly ground pepperTo serve (optional):Finely chopped parsleyLemon wedges

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Mariano Pallottini's curator insight, December 12, 2015 12:19 PM

Peppered Mussels - Impepata di cozze is the most simple and tasty recipe to unleash all the fresh sea flavor of the mussels

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We’ve Been Making Pasta Wrong – Here’s The Actual Italian Way

We’ve Been Making Pasta Wrong – Here’s The Actual Italian Way | Books, Food, Home, Wanderlust | Scoop.it
When pasta is on the dinner menu, many of us dump some boxed noodles into boiling water and call it a day, but in Italy, pasta is an art form. You can tell many Americans admire that way of thinking, as over 49 million people visited an Italian restaurant in the last 30 days in the United States.

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Mariano Pallottini's curator insight, October 24, 2015 12:46 PM

The proper way to sauce pasta; starch and fat are crucial.

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Asparagus with Lemon and Olive Oil - Asparagi all'agro Recipe

Asparagus with Lemon and Olive Oil - Asparagi all'agro Recipe | Books, Food, Home, Wanderlust | Scoop.it
Asparagus with lemon and olive oil is so simple you might think it hardly needs a recipe. But simple doesn't necessarily mean easy or obvious.

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Mariano Pallottini's curator insight, April 25, 2016 11:25 AM

Ingredients - Serves 4-6

  • 2 bunches of asparagus
  • Salt

Lemon wedges or slices

For the sauce:

  • 100ml (1/2 cup) best quality olive oil
  • Freshly squeezed juice of one medium lemon
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Fresh herbs (optional—see Notes)

 

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Secret Italy: finding perfection in Le Marche

Secret Italy: finding perfection in Le Marche | Books, Food, Home, Wanderlust | Scoop.it
The title of the Italian province of Le Marche literally means “the borderlands”, a neutral region neighbouring more important places. This makes a lot of sense when you consider that Tuscany lies to the north and Umbria to the south. Next to these titans of the tourist trade so beloved of the inglese, and hemmed in by the mountains and the sea on either side, you might call Le Marche something of a poor relation, rarely visited.

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Mariano Pallottini's curator insight, April 4, 2016 9:54 AM

The Indipendent dedicates an article to Le Marche

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The Indipendent dedicates an article to Le Marche

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This is How Literary Fiction Teaches Us to Be Human

This is How Literary Fiction Teaches Us to Be Human | Books, Food, Home, Wanderlust | Scoop.it
More recently, Trends in Cognitive Sciences reported more findings that link reading and empathy, employing a test called “Mind of the Eyes” in which subjects viewed photographs of strangers’ eyes, describing what they believed that person was thinking or feeling (readers of fiction scored significantly higher).

 

It turns out that the narrative aspect of fiction is key to this response. From the study: “participants who had read the fictional story Saffron Dreams by Shaila Abdullah … were found to have a reduced bias in the perception of Arab and Caucasian faces compared to control subjects who read a non-narrative passage.” More plot-driven genre fiction doesn’t seem to have the same effect.

By TOM BLUNT
Young Girl Reading, 1868 © Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot

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Beautiful midcentury book covers in 'The Illustrated Dust Jacket' – LA Times

Beautiful midcentury book covers in 'The Illustrated Dust Jacket' – LA Times | Books, Food, Home, Wanderlust | Scoop.it
"The Illustrated Dust Jacket" showcases the best book covers from the heyday of Midcentury Modern graphic design.
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Enter an Archive of 6,000 Historical Children’s Books, All Digitized and Free to Read Online

Enter an Archive of 6,000 Historical Children’s Books, All Digitized and Free to Read Online | Books, Food, Home, Wanderlust | Scoop.it

We can learn much about how a historical period viewed the abilities of its children by studying its children's literature.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, August 8, 2017 4:02 PM

What a super resource for kids and grandchildren, not to mention parents and grandparents.

Carol Isakson's curator insight, August 9, 2017 12:28 PM
Exciting collection of books. Look into the openculture.com site too! It has ads but is an amazing collection. From About statement: "Open Culture editor Dan Colman scours the web for the best educational media. He finds the free courses and audio books you need, the language lessons & movies you want, and plenty of enlightenment in between."
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Break Out of that Writing Rut: Tell, Don't Show, and Write More of What You Love! via PHILOSBOOKS

Break Out of that Writing Rut: Tell, Don't Show, and Write More of What You Love!  via PHILOSBOOKS | Books, Food, Home, Wanderlust | Scoop.it

Writing is hard work. You are faced with a blank sheet of paper. Don't let this stop you.


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Flurries Unlimited's curator insight, March 10, 2016 10:17 AM

 

This is a post from my website that I wanted to share with other authors who feel they are in a rut. This happens to all of us from time to time, but doesn't have to be a reason to be intimidated and stop writing.

 

There are a couple of books which helped me jump start my creative thought processes and begin writing again. The added benefit? I was also able to nearly double my written words when I did sit down to write.

 

I've summed up the process in 11 simple steps at the end.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***

 

Link to the original article: http://philosbooks.com/set-goal-writing-finish-booktg/

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 6, 2017 12:38 PM
I try writing daily. It is a stream of consciousness process. I don't edit until later. I was surprised how challenging writing like this is, but have found it benefits my writing.
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, October 21, 2017 1:48 PM
The 11 tips are practical i.e. write each day, first writings should be stream of consciousness, create lists, etc.
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Ambient Mixer: Listen and create ambient sounds easily

Ambient Mixer: Listen and create ambient sounds easily | Books, Food, Home, Wanderlust | Scoop.it

From the website: Listen online to relaxing sound atmospheres, ambient music or chilling sound effects. You can even create and mix your own moods, all for free.


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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, January 2, 2017 1:48 PM

While the free version limits you to one download a month, I think this would be a fun book project. Students can create a sound track for a book they've read, using sounds from FreeSound or remixing tracks they find on Ambient Mixer. Or, just use one of the tracks to play in the library--the Hogwarts library would certainly encourage reading!

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30 Of The Best Books To Teach Children Empathy  

30 Of The Best Books To Teach Children Empathy   | Books, Food, Home, Wanderlust | Scoop.it
by TeachThought Staff

Often confused with sympathy and compassion, empathy is, put simply, the ability to feel what another person is feeling. Unlike sympathy or compassion, empathy doesn’t require you to feel for  them, though it can lead to those emotions. Empathy, rather, is a starting point for understanding both ourselves and other people from the inside out.

In “How To Teach Empathy,” Terry Heick said that “empathy is both a cause and effect of understanding, a kind of cognitive and emotional double helix that can create a bridge between classroom learning and ‘real life’ application.”

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Coffee drinking linked to lower mortality risk—again

Coffee drinking linked to lower mortality risk—again | Books, Food, Home, Wanderlust | Scoop.it

Scientists seem to be topping off the data on coffee’s health benefits. In a fresh-brewed study involving more than 200,000 people, researchers found that drinking coffee—regular or decaf—is associated with an overall lower risk of mortality. Drinking between three and five cups a day perked up survival rates the most, lowering the risk of premature death by up to 15 percent compared to coffee abstinence, researchers reported Monday in Circulation.

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Brodetto di pesce recipe

Brodetto di pesce recipe | Books, Food, Home, Wanderlust | Scoop.it

Brodetto di pesce (seafood broth) is an authentic, Italian seafood dish. A delicious selection of seafood cooked in a tomato broth flavored with wine and garlic. It’s comfort food for seafood lovers.[...]


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Mariano Pallottini's curator insight, December 13, 2016 10:47 AM

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3/4 cup Pinot Grigio or any dry white wine
  • 8 ounces Pomi organic strained tomatoes
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds assorted seafood clams, mussels, shrimp, scallops and firm fish (I used seabass). Scrub the shellfish well.
  • 2 teaspoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • Crusty bread for serving

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Crostata di marmellata - Jam-filled crostata

Crostata di marmellata - Jam-filled crostata | Books, Food, Home, Wanderlust | Scoop.it

On our last trip to Italy, we stayed at a stunning agriturismo in Marche, Tenuta San Marcello. Each morning, a lovely woman named Sylvia would make a different fresh jam crostata. [...]

Ingredients

8 ounces (by weight) all-purpose flour plus extra for rolling the lattice4 ounces (by weight) white cane sugar½ cup unsalted butter (1 stick) at room temperature1 egg1 egg yokeA pinch of saltA medium-sized jar of your favorite jam or marmaladeA lemon (for zesting)Sliced almonds or other thinly sliced nuts
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How Beautiful Is The Life In Le Marche Countryside

How Beautiful Is The Life In Le Marche Countryside | Books, Food, Home, Wanderlust | Scoop.it

iWe feel very blessed to have the opportunity to be living in Italy, and in particular in such a beautiful region as The Marche.  This area of Italy is, on the whole, reliant on arable farming.  The lowlands and hills are a beautiful patchwork of fields which during the summer are bursting with crops waiting to be harvested – wheat, sunflowers, corn, legumes, etc.  [...]


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Mariano Pallottini's curator insight, October 20, 2015 11:18 AM

This enthusiastic, colorful report of an expat living in Le Marche Countryside, is able tease the curiosity of all around the world dreaming a "rural dolce vita" in Italy. Pity that "All that glitters is not gold",  the article is able to offer even a small view of the problems and ansity of the Italian society

Fabiola Giannini's curator insight, October 26, 2015 2:53 PM

Beautiful patchwork!

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Le Marche Cuisine: Polenta con le vongole

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Polenta con le vongole recipe
Ingredients:
• 4 cups of salted boiling water
• 1 cup polenta (not the fast-cooking type)
• White wine to taste
• A slice of lemon
• 2 lbs small clams (I used Manila clams)
• Olive oil
• 2-3 garlic cloves, peeled and lightly smashed
• 4 canned San Marzano tomatoes, roughly chopped
• 1 tablespoon chopped parsley plus a little extra for garnish
• Salt and pepper
Special equipment:
• Strainer lined with cheese cloth or clean paper towels
• Wire whisk
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Mariano Pallottini's curator insight, January 24, 2016 4:17 AM

Polenta con le vongole recipe by Italo-Americano: "To prepare for this journey, I’m doing some reading on the food of Le Marche. Recently I came across this super-simple dish. As usual, the quality of the seafood is what makes it. I even found a sagra (food festival) especially for this dish in southern Marche. Marche certainly has plenty of crazy-fresh seafood. I plan to wake up early and browse the catch on the docks of Senigallia as often as I can! "

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Basil and Ricotta Frittata

Basil and Ricotta Frittata | Books, Food, Home, Wanderlust | Scoop.it

Just a single ingredient, ricotta, and herbs such as basil (or mint, or sage, according to the season) to create a full plate with flavor.
I love the frittata cooked in the oven and I mainly use this method of cooking but, if you prefer, you can use the same procedure also for the classic fried frittata.


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Ingredients
  • 15 basil leaves
  • 5 sage leaves
  • 10 thyme leaves
  • 2 large eggs
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • White pepper, to taste
  • 200 g (7 oz) fresh ricotta
  • tbsp whole milk
  • Extra virgin olive oil, to taste

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Being Moved by Unfamiliar Sad Music Is Associated with High Empathy

Being Moved by Unfamiliar Sad Music Is Associated with High Empathy | Books, Food, Home, Wanderlust | Scoop.it
 

Experiences of Moving sadness were strongly associated with high trait empathy and emotional contagion, but not with other previously suggested traits such as absorption or nostalgia-proneness.

 

Relaxing sadness and Nervous sadness were not significantly predicted by any of the individual difference variables. The findings are interpreted within a theoretical framework of embodied emotions.

 

Tuomas Eerola
Jonna K. Vuoskoski
Hannu Kautiainen

 


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