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ART THERAPY ACTIVITIES FOR ALL AGES

AN ARTFUL APPROACH TO HEALTH AND HEALING

A good resource for art therapists, teachers, and caregivers.

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Stewart’s guide provides step-by-step instructions for various therapeutic art projects.

After running a preschool for 10 years, the author switched directions and concentrated on helping seniors. She found that, with modifications, the same type of art instruction that is fun for children just beginning their lives can also serve a population with many years behind them (“You never stopped being an artist,” Stewart notes). The guide includes projects suitable for stroke recovery classes. After suffering a stroke, people may have difficulty with their own facial expressions, manual dexterity, and isolation; recommended projects include drawing faces representing emotions onto balloons and painting different types of masks; some have themes, such as Mardi Gras, Halloween, and Phantom of the Opera, or use mixed media for decoration. (Per the author, these projects may especially resonate with stroke survivors, whose changed appearances may make them feel they’re in disguise already.) All of the activities encourage social interactions. Stewart also discusses obstacles older adults might face, such as dementia and hearing or vision loss. The book is well structured and organized. Activities are grouped into categories, like “brain,” “memory,” “senses,” and “teamwork.” Each project is rated with symbols; for example, dollar signs signify the cost of the supplies and each clock-face symbol represents half an hour of preparation time. Stewart lists the specific supplies needed and gives steps to follow for every activity. She sometimes includes templates to use, such as the shape of a mask, a tree, or a set of postcards. Photographic examples give further ideas for how each project might look. Some of the simpler activities, such as cutting up magazines or drawing partner portraits, don’t seem to require the detailed instructions they’re given, and readers may wish for more stories about the author’s classes to give inspiration and add interest. But Stewart’s focus on an older population that is usually overlooked is admirable, as is her emphasis on making art fun for people of all abilities.

A good resource for art therapists, teachers, and caregivers.

Pub Date: March 28, 2024

ISBN: 9781039177055

Page Count: 184

Publisher: FriesenPress

Review Posted Online: June 17, 2024

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 2024

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GREENLIGHTS

A conversational, pleasurable look into McConaughey’s life and thought.

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All right, all right, all right: The affable, laconic actor delivers a combination of memoir and self-help book.

“This is an approach book,” writes McConaughey, adding that it contains “philosophies that can be objectively understood, and if you choose, subjectively adopted, by either changing your reality, or changing how you see it. This is a playbook, based on adventures in my life.” Some of those philosophies come in the form of apothegms: “When you can design your own weather, blow in the breeze”; “Simplify, focus, conserve to liberate.” Others come in the form of sometimes rambling stories that never take the shortest route from point A to point B, as when he recounts a dream-spurred, challenging visit to the Malian musician Ali Farka Touré, who offered a significant lesson in how disagreement can be expressed politely and without rancor. Fans of McConaughey will enjoy his memories—which line up squarely with other accounts in Melissa Maerz’s recent oral history, Alright, Alright, Alright—of his debut in Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused, to which he contributed not just that signature phrase, but also a kind of too-cool-for-school hipness that dissolves a bit upon realizing that he’s an older guy on the prowl for teenage girls. McConaughey’s prep to settle into the role of Wooderson involved inhabiting the mind of a dude who digs cars, rock ’n’ roll, and “chicks,” and he ran with it, reminding readers that the film originally had only three scripted scenes for his character. The lesson: “Do one thing well, then another. Once, then once more.” It’s clear that the author is a thoughtful man, even an intellectual of sorts, though without the earnestness of Ethan Hawke or James Franco. Though some of the sentiments are greeting card–ish, this book is entertaining and full of good lessons.

A conversational, pleasurable look into McConaughey’s life and thought.

Pub Date: Oct. 20, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-593-13913-4

Page Count: 304

Publisher: Crown

Review Posted Online: Oct. 27, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2020

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THE 48 LAWS OF POWER

If the authors are serious, this is a silly, distasteful book. If they are not, it’s a brilliant satire.

The authors have created a sort of anti-Book of Virtues in this encyclopedic compendium of the ways and means of power.

Everyone wants power and everyone is in a constant duplicitous game to gain more power at the expense of others, according to Greene, a screenwriter and former editor at Esquire (Elffers, a book packager, designed the volume, with its attractive marginalia). We live today as courtiers once did in royal courts: we must appear civil while attempting to crush all those around us. This power game can be played well or poorly, and in these 48 laws culled from the history and wisdom of the world’s greatest power players are the rules that must be followed to win. These laws boil down to being as ruthless, selfish, manipulative, and deceitful as possible. Each law, however, gets its own chapter: “Conceal Your Intentions,” “Always Say Less Than Necessary,” “Pose as a Friend, Work as a Spy,” and so on. Each chapter is conveniently broken down into sections on what happened to those who transgressed or observed the particular law, the key elements in this law, and ways to defensively reverse this law when it’s used against you. Quotations in the margins amplify the lesson being taught. While compelling in the way an auto accident might be, the book is simply nonsense. Rules often contradict each other. We are told, for instance, to “be conspicuous at all cost,” then told to “behave like others.” More seriously, Greene never really defines “power,” and he merely asserts, rather than offers evidence for, the Hobbesian world of all against all in which he insists we live. The world may be like this at times, but often it isn’t. To ask why this is so would be a far more useful project.

If the authors are serious, this is a silly, distasteful book. If they are not, it’s a brilliant satire.

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 1998

ISBN: 0-670-88146-5

Page Count: 430

Publisher: Viking

Review Posted Online: May 19, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 1998

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