Absorbing advice for revising one’s life and integrating it with others’.

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THE CONNECTIVITY PRINCIPLE

HEALING THE WOUNDS OF SEPARATION

Buddhist minister and author Long (Dharma and the Metta Map, 2012, etc.) shares steps for achieving connections with other living things.

Humankind, the author posits, has drifted away from a paradigm of connectivity to one of separation, so in this book, he advocates for finding ways to be more connected in one’s work, life, and home. His theory of “connectivity” says that every living being is linked by a common energy, and that honoring that connection is important to the future of the planet. Long quotes philosopher Ervin Laszlo: “We live in a crucial epoch—an epoch of instability and change….We could go down in chaos and catastrophe, or pull ourselves up by our bootstraps to a peaceful and sustainable world.” The text is divided into three parts: “A View of Two Worlds,” “A Bridge,” and “A Sea of Rules.” The first provides the intellectual underpinnings of Long’s beliefs. The second offers techniques for bridging the gap between separation and connection with others; primary among these is meditation, a cornerstone of Buddhism, but he also includes chapters on self-inquiry, service, and love and gratitude. “A Sea of Rules,” the final part, focuses on family, community, and business relationships, and well as one’s relationship with technology—a very important aspect of living in the 21st century. The text is quite dense and requires sustained concentration; it’s enriched with charts and diagrams, although some are difficult to read, due to their small size. Interspersed throughout the book are quotes from prominent thinkers, such as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Mohandas Gandhi, which add value to the work; particularly notable are Gandhi’s “seven social sins” at the beginning of the chapter on business relationships, with which many readers will be unfamiliar. Long initially wrote the book in 2015, but revised it after the 2016 presidential election; although he avoids overt politicizing, some well-aimed barbs are unmistakable: “To build a wall or open our borders...to View the world as ‘Us’ vs. ‘Them’ or see it as home to everyone...these are the choices we face every day, both individually and collectively.”

Absorbing advice for revising one’s life and integrating it with others’.

Pub Date: Aug. 18, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-5069-0472-6

Page Count: 282

Publisher: First Edition Design Publishing

Review Posted Online: Nov. 28, 2017

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MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. AND THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON

This early reader is an excellent introduction to the March on Washington in 1963 and the important role in the march played by Martin Luther King Jr. Ruffin gives the book a good, dramatic start: “August 28, 1963. It is a hot summer day in Washington, D.C. More than 250,00 people are pouring into the city.” They have come to protest the treatment of African-Americans here in the US. With stirring original artwork mixed with photographs of the events (and the segregationist policies in the South, such as separate drinking fountains and entrances to public buildings), Ruffin writes of how an end to slavery didn’t mark true equality and that these rights had to be fought for—through marches and sit-ins and words, particularly those of Dr. King, and particularly on that fateful day in Washington. Within a year the Civil Rights Act of 1964 had been passed: “It does not change everything. But it is a beginning.” Lots of visual cues will help new readers through the fairly simple text, but it is the power of the story that will keep them turning the pages. (Easy reader. 6-8)

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 2001

ISBN: 0-448-42421-5

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2000

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WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD

A LIFETIME OF RECORDINGS

Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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