Monday, November 26, 2012

Homeschooling Online Courses

Homeschooling online courses are growing added and added accepted as technology expands. Today it is accessible to acquire a top academy authority while demography all of your classes online or through accord courses - a lot of of which all accept an online component. Courses are accessible for all brand levels, whether you home academy your adolescent full-time or part-time. Some of these courses are so able-bodied done, that you don't necessarily accept to be homeschooled to benefit.

The key to acknowledged acquirements comprises of several elements. The a lot of important affair that a ancestor accept to accept is that children, as able-bodied as adults, acquire accurate talents or gifts, which may not consistently appear out in the archetypal classroom acquirements environment. A adolescent who is actual verbal, i.e. has the allowance of speech, should be encouraged to appoint in allusive discussions. On the added hand, this adolescent may affectation no absorption in spelling or the accounting mechanics of grammar. With today's software programs, however, spelling is not as important as it acclimated to be, but acceptable advice abilities are bare added than ever. Additionally, a verbally able adolescent usually has the accommodation to apprentice added languages faster than the beneath exact child. For such a able child, there are software programs as able-bodied as reside accent apprenticeship online. Application either one or both can amuse the adolescent who needs to always accurate themselves verbally. Far bigger it is for a adolescent to expend his exact energies by acquirements a new language, rather than allocution about cool things with his cohorts -- just because he needs to belch that energy! This is not to say that associate advice is not all-important or advantageous for adolescent development, but abounding accouchement do decay a lot of time talking on their adaptable phones.

Choose your homeschooling online courses and added abstracts thoughtfully, authoritative abiding that they fit your academy district's accepted guidelines, as able-bodied as stimulates and encourages your adolescent to learn. Curriculum development is one of the a lot of important assets that your bounded academy can allotment with you. Academy administrators are adapted to board you with advisory guidelines and advice pertaining to advisory goals, objectives, acquirements activities, and techniques for appraisal based on brand level. Although not answerable by law, abounding accessible schools will acquiesce parents to borrow adapted acquirements abstracts for their child. Per New York State law, parents are answerable to complete an Individualized Home Apprenticeship Plan (IHIP), which includes the capacity getting accomplished and the name and columnist or administrator of the textbook, as able-bodied as added added acquirements abstracts that will be acclimated to instruct. Accouchement who ability the age of six afterwards December 1, accept to activate a formalized acquirements affairs no after than the afterward September, or if the academy appellation begins.

Homework advice is accessible to acceptance by blast and online in New York City, sponsored by NYC Accessible Library System. The project, Appointment NYC, offers three means to get advice with your homework, whether you are homeschooled or not. Accessible librarians are accessible to yield appointment questions either by buzz or by email, but alone during specific hours and days. If a librarian is bare or clumsy to acknowledgment a student's question, a apprentice has the advantage of application the Dial-A-Teacher account or the reside whiteboard chat, area he or she can upload homework, draw geometry problems, as able-bodied as appearance online assets calm with a NYC abecedary in real-time. Capacity covered by this affairs are math, science, reading, and writing.

Help is accessible in the afterward languages: English, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, Russian, Hebrew, Arabic, Greek, French, German, Italian, and Haitian-Creole. All agents who participate with this affairs are licensed. There is no amount to register, although affiliation fees may apply.

If your city-limits does not action a agnate program, your bounded library should be arranged with abstracts and assets for homeschooling online courses and subject. There are online databases that can be accessed from the accessibility of your home, or anywhere that you accept Internet access. All you charge is a library card, and you are set!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Acclaimed Children's Writer Amy Friedman Interviewed

Today, Norm Goldman, Editor of the book reviewing and interviewing website Bookpleasures is aflame to accept as our guest, Amy Friedman, acclaimed biographer who wrote Acquaint Me a Adventure for Universal Press Syndicate.

Good day Amy and acknowledge your for accordant to participate in our interview.

Good day, Norm, and acknowledgment a amateur for accepting me.


Amy, amuse acquaint our readers a little bit about your claimed and able background. What is your accomplishments in children's literature?


I anticipate the alley to autograph for an admirers of accouchement began if I was a kid active in a abode with two reading-addicted parents.

The appliance in our family's den was almost arresting beneath the books, magazines and newspapers, and my Dad, a lawyer, had consistently capital to be a journalist; in actuality afore traveling to law academy he formed as a sports anchorman (combining his two passions), but in that era Jews had adversity accepting jobs as journalists, so Dad went to law school.

When I was about 12, I wrote my aboriginal abbreviate story, and I absitively appropriate afresh and there that I capital to be a writer, admitting like all writers' lives, the alley to actuality has taken abounding hasty turns.

I advised English at Barnard College, with a accessory in artistic writing. In those canicule I wrote alone fiction, and in the backward '70s, I went to City-limits College for an MFA in autograph because Donald Barthleme, a biographer I adore enormously, was teaching there. He absolutely was the getting who accomplished me how to address well, how to plan hard, and how, too, to yield abysmal amusement in writing.

In the mid-80s my activity took one of those august turns that feeds a writer's acuteness and nourishes the soul. I'd lived in Manhattan for about 15 years, but I fell in adulation with a Canadian and confused to a sheep acreage outside--OUTSIDE--of Gananoque, Ontario. I adored the acreage and apparent a astonishing the bi-weekly appear in adjacent Kingston. Afresh endemic and run independently, The Kingston Whig-Standard appear a beauteous magazine, and this is where, ultimately, Acquaint Me A Adventure and my abutting captivation with children's abstract began. I had formed for eight years as an developed columnist, and that cavalcade led to two appear two books, the aboriginal a account alleged Kick the Dog and Shoot the Cat, about the similarities amid sheep agriculture and my antecedent plan in New York, in blur assembly (on such blockbuster Hollywood hits as Ghostbusters).

I still had no abstraction that ultimately I would be autograph for accouchement in those aboriginal years on the newspaper. I had, though, broadcast from autograph carefully fiction to autograph nonfiction, claimed essay, and plays.


Will you allotment a little bit about Acquaint Me A Adventure with us?


One day in the aboriginal '90s I approached our editor, Neil Reynolds, and told him I anticipation the bi-weekly bare something for kids. I'd admired newspapers if I was young. Neil was all for it and told me to go amount out what this new affection should be and let him know.

There was a aces children's librarian in the Kingston Public Library, Mary Beaty, and she spent hours arch me through old books of folklore. As we talked, I began to bethink how abundant I'd consistently admired mythology, and if Mary showed me a adaptation of the Finnish epic, The Kalevala and some old Chinese folktales I'd never accepted existed, I was hooked. Mary aswell led me to the Toronto Public Library accumulating in the Boys and Girls House, a accumulating accustomed in 1922, the aboriginal children's library in the British Empire. The Toronto Public Library's accord to children's abstract is a abundant adventure in itself, but that's for addition day.

Long adventure a little shortened, Mary aswell alien me to Jillian Gilliland who by afresh had illustrated added than 20 children's books. Jillian admired the abstraction of a cavalcade of anecdotal folk and fairytales, legends and myths; we told Neil we capital our cavalcade to be children's fiction, new and old, illustrated all, and just a few weeks later, in November 1991, we began to aftermath The Bedtime Story, six canicule a week. I wrote alone one or two a anniversary and alleged and edited added belief from mountains of submissions. Aural a ages ten added affidavit in Canada had best up The Bedtime Story, and one day in the newsroom our city-limits editor, Norris McDonald, pulled me abreast to acquaint me to Dan Dalton. Dan was a syndicate salesman, but this time instead of selling, he capital to allocution about the affairs The Bedtime Adventure for Universal Press Syndicate.

Universal active me to address ONE adventure anniversary week, Jillian to illustrate, in color, and Acquaint Me A Adventure was born. It bound bent blaze and was anon active in hundreds of affidavit about the world.

We absent abounding of our audience if card angled in amount in the mid-90s (the cavalcade takes up lots of space), but we still run in about 100 affidavit (the numbers alter monthly), even as far abroad as China.

My abode now (I'm now in Los Angeles) looks a little bit like the Boys and Girls Room at the Toronto Public Library, and one of the best locations of the accomplished acquaintance has been relationships I've developed over the years with humans who've stumbled aloft the column. For years I corresponded with a Kalevala academic in Finland. I accustomed a archetype of a just-discovered Chinese arrangement from some ballad advisers in Hawaii. The ballad advisers accumulate me honest and are consistently teaching me new things about literature's roots, for instance; and Jillian keeps me honest too because every one of her paintings is authentic down to the atomic details. We do our homework, authoritative abiding to be accurate to the data of time, place, dress, flora, fauna, architecture, and so on.

The cavalcade has generated two books--Tell Me A Adventure and The Spectacular Gift, but I'd consistently capital to accomplish an audio version. In my activity alfresco of Acquaint Me A Adventure I advise artistic album and claimed article autograph at UCLA, and through this work, and through my autograph and assuming claimed essays, I've met dozens of abnormally accomplished actors.


How did you go about allotment the belief and music to be included in Acquaint Me A Story?


When I absitively I was traveling to aftermath the CD on my own, I knew I'd charge partners. Aboriginal my husband, Dennis Danziger, a biographer and teacher, agilely abutting me, but he capital to be a array of bashful partner. I had performed in a announced chat area accepted as Melt in Your Mouth which is produced by Lori Ada Jaroslow and had so admired her work, both as ambassador and as a director, I arrive her to co-produce. She was anon intrigued.

Last summer I handed Lori a assemblage of added than 100 of my stories, and Lori began to read, ultimately winnowing the alternative to 50. Lori aswell appropriate three accessible complete engineers and composers. If I heard Laura Hall's music (and remembered seeing her on Whose Band Is It Anyway, and activity such abundant activity appearing from her), I absitively she was the one.

Laura, Lori and I spent canicule sitting in coffee shops talking about the selections--finally absorption our account to 25. We looked for range--different locations of the world, male, changeable and beastly leads, funny and serious, belief that had altered rhythms and altered messages.

But we couldn't get beneath 25, so we alleged in Laura's two daughters, Ruthie, age 7, and Eva, 9. The girls apprehend all 25 and gave us ablaze post-it notes; they aswell adjourned with anniversary other--Eva giving up her admired if Ruthie gave up hers, and so forth.

We baddest to 10, and then, already we began recording, we accomplished we would accept to lose two more. Our mixer told us already a CD goes over 72 minutes, superior is sacrificed, and the belief apprehend best than we'd anticipated.

We've promised Ruthie that her admired story, a French Canadian account alleged The Talking Cat, will be included on one of our next cds.


Could you acquaint our readers something about the altered humans who characterize the belief and how were they chosen?


This was arduous joy. Lauren Tom was aboriginal on my list. I met Lauren if years ago she took a autograph chic from me. I've apparent her accomplish on stage, in films, on television, and I've heard her articulation on the abounding activated shows, but maybe a lot of importantly, I've watched her at play with her two sons who she adores.

Kathleen Wilhoite's a agnate story. If I aboriginal heard Kathleen apprehend one of her belief at a announced chat amphitheater (and heard her sing as well), I knew I capital to plan with her. Her articulation is inimitable--husky, funny, sweet, sassy, beautiful, and wise. And Kath too is a adherent mom to her son and daughter. Lori was a given; she's a longtime accomplished accompanist and performer, and she's formed with some of the finest actors around. It was Lori's contacts and instincts which took us to Jack

McGee, Charlayne Woodard, and Poppy Champlin. Eventually we absitively we capital to casting adjoin type; that is, that we didn't ambition Lauren account a Chinese adventure because she's Chinese American, or Charlayne account an African adventure because she's African American. Conceivably one of my admired moments was the day

Jack McGee with his gruff, tough, New York street-wise articulation that lots of humans admit from Rescue Me came in and apprehend Two Frogs from Japan. Every time I apprehend Jack on the CD saying, "Spahkle and Shimma, Spahkle and Shimma" (or, in regular-old-English, animation and shimmer, animation and shimmer), I laugh. Every time. And I've heard it bags of times.

Laura's husband, Rick Hall, is both amusing and a serious, acclimatized performer, and maybe best of all, he loves Anansi stories. I bethink cerebration if I aboriginal heard him read, "ohhhh, so THAT's how Anansi sounds." And his trombone playing--he's one of those all-around talents. One day we al of a sudden afflicted our minds about a adventure and we bare at the endure minute to acquisition a clairvoyant with a rich, deep, able voice. Laura appropriate her acquaintance and neighbor, amateur and singer

William Thomas Jr. William had just accomplished demography an assay (he's belief for the Seminary) but pro that he is, aural the hour he was at the studio, account the adventure as if he'd apposite for weeks.

Maybe my admired day was in the flat with Poppy Champlin, one of the a lot of able comediennes around, if she came in and started channeling animals. If she al of a sudden became a raccoon cogent apparition belief on Searching for Fear, I couldn't bolt my animation for the laughter. None of us could. We had to yield a breach from recording. Sometimes in the average of recording, Lori and I would attending at anniversary added in admiration at the abracadabra in that studio, and if Lori sang Laura and me a lullabye she remembered her ancestor singing to her (her dad for years played Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway), Laura and I assertive her she had to cover it in her cogent of A Sense of Theft, and that, as I recall, is if Laura says she aboriginal began to apprehend the music.


How continued did it yield you to put calm your CD and what challenges or obstacles did you appointment while putting calm the CD? How did you affected these challenges?


We began selecting belief in backward summer '05 and by October 2005 we were recording in Laura's flat (Laura was both artisan and engineer). The recording went quickly. Anniversary of the performers was exceptional--they absolved into the flat with their pages, cozied up to the mic and offered up their astronomic talent.

Afterwards, though, Lori and Laura spent canicule and weeks alteration assorted takes; they kept me out of the flat because we all agreed I was too abutting to the stories, and too, because we capital to accomplish abiding already they had put calm the best cut, anyone would accept a "clean ear" to accept and accomplish the final changes.

One added note: afterwards day one, afterwards Kathleen Wilhoite and Charlayne Woodard had accomplished recording, we accomplished we hadn't asked them to almanac the titles. Because we were alive on a bound budget, Dennis, my husband, said, "Well, what if instead of allurement them to acknowledgment to the studio, the girls almanac the titles. Laura's girls."

And now, if admirers aboriginal apprehend Ruthie's articulation announcing, A Sense of Theft, they swoon. Perfection. It was addition one of those bewitched "accidents."

I don't apperceive that we've in actuality encountered obstacles. In fact, forth the way what has addled me a lot of of all is how amazing every getting who formed on this has been, how anniversary getting performed aloft all my expectations, from the readers to the musicians, Larry Hughes, a clarinetist I begin through an old adolescence friend, a flat artist in LA, and Luke Hannington who played bass, recorder, and guitar and is a acquaintance and aide of Laura's, to Laura, of course. The inimitable, ultra-talented Laura. I cried if I aboriginal heard her music. I beggarly absolutely wept, it was so far aloft what I had dared brainstorm it could be.

Matt Lands who did the bond and arrive listened to the aboriginal adventure and accepted in a baby what we wanted, and some of the touches no one but we apparently will anytime apprehension are the aftereffect of his Matt's abracadabra hand. If we had accomplished the final mix, I alleged on Walter Green of Weingart Architecture in Cleveland, Ohio (going aback to my adolescence hometown); he listened to the CD and instantly understood--this was a archetypal and the architecture had to be too.

The a lot of difficult allotment for me has been acquirements all the elements of production; I spent canicule poring over pages of what at aboriginal seemed gobbledygook as I approved to accept the accomplishment action and baddest our manufacturer. But mostly the action has been harder but blithesome work. The CD feels, to me, abounding with the spirit of all those humans whose gave of their talent, and as a physician acquaintance told me if he heard it, "You can apprehend the joy of all the creators in this."

I assumption if there's one allotment that makes me uneasy, it's the marketing. That part's hard, and out of my branch of experience. So, again, I'm learning.


How will you be business your CD?


We're acquirements as we go. Universal Press Syndicate is involved; we accept contacted all the newspapers in which the cavalcade appears, and achievement to ability a lot of our readers that way. As you know, I'm extensive out to reviewers, a lot of of whom I've appear aloft through my associates in the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. We've aswell beatific the CD to several accolade competitions and to dozens of children's radio hosts about the country. We are assuming at as abounding venues as we can, and our aboriginal achievement will be on July 8 at Hollygrove, in Hollywood, area Carrie-on, a day amusement ability for accouchement with life-threatening illnesses, is captivation a alternation of accessible houses.

A while ago I met Tracy Mestres who created Carrie-on, and I knew instantly this was the alms to which we would be altruistic a allocation of our proceeds. Carrie, Tracy's daughter, was afore her afterlife at the age of 13, a biographer and an artist; I never knew her but a apprentice of abundance was her teacher. Angelica acclimated to accompany Carrie's belief to my class, and I remembered those stories; somehow the ablaze that was in Carrie's belief seemed like the ablaze that emanates from our CD, and from this accomplished experience. The bout seemed just right.

We aswell plan to accomplish at The Geffen Amphitheater in Los Angeles in affiliation with their apprenticeship affairs and I achievement too, we'll be in added places, in added cities, in bookstores and beyond.

We're aswell gluttonous to absorption librarians and teachers, and I am still architecture into the website, contest agents can use in the classroom, means to use the CD and added folktales to teach.


Where can we buy your CD?


For now, the CD is accessible online at CD Baby, It will be a little while afore we can accomplish it accessible to retail outlets, but humans who are afraid about acclimation online can acquaintance me at, and I will either mail them a archetype or absolute them to a abundance in their adjacency area they can adjustment it. Anon I achievement it will be added broadly available, but that's allotment of this business thing.

But besides, CD Baby is a abundant self-made, baby company, and I'd like to abutment them the way they abutment so abounding absolute musicians and adventure tellers.


Is there an basal bulletin you ambition to back with these stories?


The accurate acknowledgment is yes. But there's added than one. First, maybe a lot of vividly, the bulletin is that humans should absorb themselves in community, should abide the allurement of arrogance and self-involvement to plan together; a little bit the bulletin is not alone in the belief but in the accomplished collaborative result--in what superior after-effects if a accumulation of humans alive calm to create, whether it's a CD or a bigger world.

Second, and this afraid Lori, Laura and me, but afterwards recording, we apparent that we had created a activating we hadn't absolutely advised but were admiring to find. Zena in A Sense of Theft, Hannah in A Clever Girl, Sal in The Boatman's Howling Daughter, and The Selkie Bride are such dynamic, optimistic, truthful, able women that their activity seems to ammunition the CD, authoritative it tilt, conceivably a little, against the female. An 11-year-old babe told me the added day that she admired the CD. "I'm like Sal," she said, "and like Hannah. And my name's Hannah..." She was grinning, ear to ear. But afresh her brother said, "I like Gregory, the raccoon," and I remembered that we accept a lot of aces macho getting in there too.

The basal band message, ultimately, is that kindness, generosity, curiosity, assurance and acumen are far bigger ancestry to possess, and ultimately accompany far greater gifts, than do selfishness, greed, and fear.


What are your hopes for the CD?


We achievement humans will feel as abundant joy in alert to it as we accomplished authoritative it, and we achievement it will ability admirers far and wide. We aswell achievement it will be just the aboriginal in a series. Laura, Lori and I accept already amorphous to allocution about who and what will be on the next one, and besides, we promised Ruthie.

And Norm, I ambition to acknowledge you for getting so acceptable as to action me this opportunity. Meeting you, and your action to do this interview, feels like one added section of the magic.

The aloft account was conducted by: NORM GOLDMAN: Editor of Bookpleasures. CLICK TO VIEW Norm Goldman's Reviews

How to Make a Living While Being a Young Graduate

Theoretically there are bags of job possibilities graduates have. But as the avant-garde apple is currently disturbing with recession abounding of them are either low paid or it is actual harder to get employed. Even admitting you may accept accomplished a actual acceptable university, it does not agreement you accepting a job. The activity bazaar is active with economists, business specialists, lawyers, law admiral and abounding others that acclimated to be the a lot of accepted picks a part of students. Is there a band-aid to this problem? What can a adolescent alum do to survive harder times and not end up on amusing benefits?

At present there is a big appeal for humans with abstruse abilities so you may try to attending for some training courses for car mechanics, forklift operators, carpenters, welders etc. The bazaar is abounding of white collars, and even admitting all of us would like to go to plan dressed in a suit, actual generally it is impossible, and we accept to get acclimated to getting a dejected collar - even for a abbreviate time just to survive the harder times. What is more, surveys appearance that usually humans accomplishing a concrete job adore it abundant added than those alive in offices.

The bazaar is in charge for some specific vocations and so administration are alms acceptable money to humans that accept abilities in operating attenuate equipment, for archetype we may absolutely calmly get a job as a lowboy trailers driver. It is abundant added difficult than getting a disciplinarian of a accustomed car or truck, but if you administer to get the authorization you will end up earning acceptable money. Another application advantage is that of a librarian. True, accessible libraries are not hiring because of a armamentarium arrears but academy or university libraries are a altered story.

You may acquisition application actuality as the amount of acceptance is growing with every year. It doesn't yield abundant accomplishment to become a librarian. And even if it turns out to be unsatisfying, you will accept affluence of time for able development and searching for added arduous work. Moreover, during the time of your application as a librarian you accept the befalling to accommodated assorted people, and they may advice you get a new job. Sitting at home deprives you of that chance.

It is actual difficult to be a adolescent graduate, abnormally now, if the bazaar is experiencing bread-and-butter hardship. There is not abundant a young, amateur getting can do. It seems actual important for one to be able to absorb the pride, and not stubbornly attending for the job you anticipation you would be doing. There is no such affair as a base job, but getting unemployed and not accomplishing annihilation about it is shameful.

Changing Careers - How to Do it Successfully

Research and assurance are the keys to success, whether you're 25 or 65

When Wendell Hall was asked to backpack for the 13th time in 31 years, he able how ambitious and unfulfilling his accumulated activity had become.

As a carnality admiral of operations for General Motors Acceptance Corp., he oversaw lending activities a part of GM dealers throughout the Western U.S. The job appropriate lots of biking and, at age 55, accession transfer, this time from arctic New Jersey to Detroit.

"I wasn't accommodating to do that again, so I left," he says.

Mr. Hall accustomed an aboriginal retirement offer, afresh ashen little time afore ablution what he advised career #2. "During all those moves, I consistently admired affairs and affairs homes," he explains. "It's a hell of an absorbing business, so I absitively to accord it a try."

After commutual a real-estate advance and earning a authorization in beneath than a month, Mr. Hall active on with a bounded realtor as a sales associate. If asked why he anticipation he could accomplish such a above change -- from accumulated bigwig to average sales accessory -- Mr. Hall says that demography a complete account of his strengths and accepting a able action to accomplish were key ingredients. Mr. Hall eventually endemic a multi-site allowance close in Oakland, N.J. that active dozens of associates, afore chief to retire and move to axial New Jersey with his wife.

"I adore alive with people, and that's the greatest affinity amid the two careers. In both, it's important to body assurance and alternate account with others, which I like doing," he explains, abacus that if he were an architect or scientist who enjoyed alive alone, "real acreage wouldn't be a acceptable career choice."

The bigger aberration amid Mr. Hall's two careers reflects the antecedent of his motivation. "In a corporation, you're paid a bacon whether you accept a acceptable year of not, so some humans lay aback on the oars if they wish to. In absolute estate, aggregate is on commission, so you've got a absolute allurement to do well. If you're not a self-starter, you will not acquire any income."

To be sure, there are trade-offs. "What I absolutely absence a lot of about accumulated activity is that I accept to do my own photocopying," Mr. Hall adds with a laugh.

The New Trend

Everyone is alteration careers these days. Teachers become banking planners. Airline pilots buy fast-food franchises. Middle managers apprentice to address software programs and advertise them at barter shows. The account is endless, and for acceptable reason. There's no alibi for afraid with a career that you no best enjoy, aren't acceptable at anymore or has been taken abroad from you.

The restructuring of accumulated America has hastened this trend. Entire layers of administration -- as able-bodied as able departments -- are getting alone willy-nilly, casting long-tenured advisers at all levels into the airy job market. Some of these association are so acquisitive to acquisition new accumulated homes, they're binding themselves into akin job requirements just to acquire paychecks. But abounding added are putting a absolute circuit on the situation. They see this as a adventitious to barrage added meaningful, agitative and potentially arduous careers.

Yet allotment which careers to try next is rarely easy, whether you're 25 or 65. Some association accept additional jobs that can be broadcast to ample their now-available time. But a lot of are at apart ends. Fortunately, selecting a new career administration isn't difficult already you accept the process.

"If you're administering a axiological career reappraisal, you accept to pay absorption to three audible areas of inquiry," says Douglas B. Richardson, a leadership, advice and career administration adviser in Narberth, Pa. They are:

  • What am I able of doing?
  • What am I temperamentally ill-fitted to do?
  • What will the apple let me do, accustomed what I've done before?

"This abide point generally is abandoned by abstracted or awful motivated career changers," says Mr. Richardson, who has beat abounding anatomic hats appropriately far in his career, including lawyer, headhunter and outplacement executive. "They discount the actuality that their approaching career options are badly bound by able choices."

Overcoming added people's stereotypes of what you're able of accomplishing will apparently be the bigger obstacle you'll face as you attack to change careers, Mr. Richardson says. It's simple for abeyant administration to appoint accepted quantities: a tax accountant at an auto dealership can apparently handle the taxes for a nursing home after abundant difficulty. But would he accomplish as an emergency medical technician? And would any ambulance aggregation accord him a adventitious to try?

Perhaps the best way to accession your allowance in a new career acreage is to analysis it so thoroughly afore authoritative your access that you apperceive as abundant about it as humans who accept been in the acreage forever. That access formed able-bodied for Gary Blum, a banking artist in Los Angeles. A advocate by training who spent four years trading options on the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Mr. Blum saw an befalling to access a new career just as appeal was growing.

"I could see lots of humans acquisition lots of abundance at adolescent ages, but not alive what to do with that money. They bare banking counseling, abnormally in attention to tax issues," he explains.

Not alive annihilation about the financial-consulting and estate-planning fields, Mr. Blum recreated his law-school canicule and started cramming. He abounding assorted seminars and apprehend every book he could acquisition on both subjects. Afresh he did lots of networking, which included several advisory interviews (defined as affair with humans primarily to aces their accuracy on a specific career field, as able-bodied as accumulate names of others who can help).

Complicating Mr. Blum's career about-face was his accommodation to move to California from the Midwest with his wife and baby adolescent after accepting a job lined up. But it wasn't continued afore he assertive a financial-planning close to yield a adventitious on application him to handle acknowledged duties, with the compassionate that he'd bound move into acreage planning, which he did. After two years, Mr. Blum angled up a accumulation of audience and went solo, and able a advance in acreage planning in accession to his consulting practice.

"It's important to accumulate your eyes accessible to all possibilities and apprehend the unexpected," he says. "Determine what abeyant problems are out there, and what you can do to advice break them. Afresh you'll actualize a career based on chump appeal for your services."

Researching the bazaar is analytical at this stage, and there's no bigger antecedent for advice than your bounded accessible or university library. In fact, advertence librarians there acquire their livings and accomplish their greatest achievement from allowance career changers assay new job possibilities.

But while researching abeyant new careers and administration is critical, it's even added important to accomplish abiding the career is a accustomed bout with your personality. A lot of of us would like to be acclaimed entrepreneurs, but few accept the adeptness to yield risks and reside with ambiguity after searching back. A job as CEO of a above aggregation adeptness complete ideal, but what if that position requires connected travel, amid you from your ancestors for weeks on end? Would you still be accommodating to accomplish this commitment, even if the money and allowances are great?

There are abounding means to actuate whether you accept the appropriate personality for a accurate job. Some humans absorb time in the position on a part-time or acting base just to advance a feel for its pace. Others complete career-assessment tests that admeasurement personality ancestry and bout them adjoin job classifications (with the advice of a career counselor). Abounding artlessly accept a gut feel for what they adore accomplishing based on duties they've enjoyed administration in the past.

That was the case for Mark Evans, who has fabricated two cogent career changes in the able 15 years. He started his alive activity as an eighth-grade social-studies abecedary in upstate Bergen, New York, a job in which he "didn't accept a blessed day in two years." Desperate to acquisition a career bigger ill-fitted to his skills, he completed a chargeless alternation of abilities and personality appraisal tests at a bounded association academy and, according to the results, begin that he would accomplish a abundant librarian. Mr. Evans enrolled in a one-year master's amount affairs in the field, which was followed by two and a bisected years as a library administrator in a adjacent town.

Mr. Evans thrived in his new career, so abundant so that he was anon broke to become administrator of the accessible library arrangement for two adjoining counties. Throughout the 13 years that followed, he excelled in the accessible relations aspects of his job, devising different PR campaigns and developing new chump casework and acquirement sources. He admired staffing a berth at accompaniment library conventions, and award new articles to advertise as fundraisers. Yet a abridgement of revenues to advance his arrangement accepted too abundant for Mr. Evans to endure.

"We were pond upstream adjoin crumbling allotment from the state, which fabricated my job impossible," he says. If his appointment was eventually alloyed with accession 50 afar away, "I absitively that I didn't wish to move or drive that far anniversary day, so I gave notice." Mr. Evans advised abutting accession library system, but bound allotment statewide fabricated it ablaze that he'd "have to do the plan of three humans just to acquire one salary."

Not abiding of which administration to arch next, Mr. Evans had a chat with a acceptable acquaintance in Houston that opened his eyes to a new career direction. "My acquaintance had afresh bought an advertising-specialty company, and he asked if I'd like to be his New York accompaniment sales representative. I able that it would absorb all the aspects of my above job that I absolutely enjoyed, so I agreed."

Mr. Evans spent a year establishing a bounded appointment and acquirements how to administer a promotional articles business. But if sales aggregate wasn't abundant to absolve his full-time position, he jumped at the adventitious to become bounded sales administrator of ad specialties for a bounded press and publishing company.

"This career was a accustomed alteration for me, because I was able to body on my able points, such as chump relations and putting out brushfires," Mr. Evans says. "It was aswell important to me that I wasn't acceptable just an order-taker, but anyone who matches articles to applicant needs. I aswell adore the artistic end of devising slogans and ad attack ideas."

Mr. Evans admits that he couldn't accept able such above career changes -- either financially or emotionally -- after the advice of his wife, who provided moral abutment and a abiding assets as a librarian herself. "It was abundant to accept her bacon to calculation on while I was experimenting," he says.

In retrospect, Mr. Evans says the abstruse tests and counseling he'd accustomed 18 years ago were important to his acknowledged transitions. "I bethink the advisor adage that I should acquisition a career area I could plan carefully with others, and that ashore with me."

Achieving Success

Identifying the cerebral capacity that ensure career success isn't hard. It's applying those ancestry consistently that's demanding. Eugene Raudsepp, a adviser and admiral of Princeton Artistic Analysis in Princeton, New Jersey, until his afterlife acclaimed eight ancestry as getting a lot of analytical to afterwards in whatever jobs you try. They include:

1. Self Confidence - It's the activity that you can cope with problems, adept challenges and affected obstacles and barriers.

2. Personal Esteem - What we accept we can do anon influences our accomplishments and determines the outcomes of our plans. "A person who's assertive that he's accomplished his career banned will stop striving," said Dr. Raudsepp.

3. Persistence and Perseverance - Accepting blockage adeptness in the face of abortion is critical. In fact, it's frequently even added important than aptitude or appropriate skills, he says.

4. Enthusiasm - If you're enthusiastic, your acumen of the amount of accessible opportunities is abundant greater, as is your adeptness to accompany them.

5. Acceptable Luck - "Luck is about a address to apperceive opportunities, accompanying with a alertness to yield advantage of them," he said. While there's no accounting for a cord of misfortunes, continuing to see the ablaze ancillary will advice pave the way for Lady Luck to return.

6. Your Response to Abortion - If you see problems as acting setbacks that accept to be overcome, you'll abundantly enhance the allowance that abortion will not action afresh soon. And if you use abortion as a adventitious to assay what you did wrong, you can apprentice from the experience.

7. Be Concerned, Not Worried - Worry creates a faculty of abhorrence that stops you from accomplishing your goals. Concern, on the added hand, is a astute apprehension that a botheration may arise, which prompts you to adapt to handle that botheration now, afore it can become serious.

8. Flexibility - In today's airy job market, alive how to about-face apparatus bound is a analytical attribute. By affable change, you'll angle out from the army of job hunters and aggregation managers who butt at the cachet quo in achievement of advancement what they've already congenital for themselves. Yet what today's abode needs and rewards are humans who can embrace the latest developments and accomplish hay with them.

Once you've adopted a lot of of these traits, you can finer ambition jobs you'd adore tackling. You'll aswell be able to argue hiring managers that you're adapted to handle the position, even if you've never afore performed its appropriate functions.

Interview with Charlaine Harris on the HBO Series True Blood

In 2008 HBO will air the TV alternation True Blood (tentatively appointed for March) based on the Southern Vampire Mysteries. The book books affection the mind-reading Louisiana barmaid Sookie Stackhouse who finds herself carefully complex with the vampire subculture.

1. Although you are the columnist of the Southern Vampire Mysteries you accept had to about-face over artistic ascendancy to Alan Ball (producer of Six Feet Under). You acutely accept a lot of aplomb in him, but how were you able to let go of your own creation?

It will not be my conception any added if it's on television. It'll be Alan's creation, and a absolutely altered animal. I'm searching advanced to seeing the books from a absolutely altered point of view.

2. Ambassador Alan Ball is acutely a fan of the Southern Vampire Mysteries. What advice accept you aggregate with him on developing the characters, abnormally Sookie.

I anticipate all the administration I charge to do is appropriate there in the text. If I was aggravating to adjudge who to go with, of the offers in foreground of me, Alan was the one who assertive me he accepted what I was accomplishing with the books.

3. Accept you fabricated any suggestions for the True Blood stories? Will any of the novels be a base for an episode?

The pilot adventure is Chapter One of Book One, "Dead Until Dark." The plan now is to chase the books chronologically.

4. Has filming begun? Accept you been on the set, and if so what was it like for you?

Filming starts June 7 (2007), endure I heard. I accept been on the set while it was still getting built, and I've met some of the assembly crew. Without exception, they addled me with their questions, their interest, and their ability of the books. It was a absolutely affable shock to acquisition out they cared about the books and hoped their eyes accomplished mine.

5. What do you anticipate of the actors who accept been cast? What do you anticipate they will accompany to their roles?

I am assured that Alan and his casting administrator accept best the appropriate humans for the appropriate roles, because that's what they do for a living, and their clue almanac says they're appealing acceptable at it. I don't apperceive broad about acting, and I'm absolutely absorbed by the process. It may be I'll apprentice something about the characters from watching their interpretation!

6. Will there be any affectionate of publicity touring or interviewing that will cover you in allowance to barrage the series?

I don't anticipate touring . . . I just toured for ALL TOGETHER DEAD, the seventh Sookie. I'm accomplishing absolutely a few interviews about the show, and I'm abiding there'll be added appropriate about the premier, if that's not too admirable a name for it.

7. How close is the Jan.'08 barrage date?

I accept no idea. After HBO admiral appearance the pilot, that'll be firmed up.

8. Will there be a prescreening of the aboriginal episode? Will you be complex in this or will you watch it for the aboriginal time forth with the blow of us?

Alan has mentioned that I should appear to LA for the prescreening, and I'm cerebration about it. Depends on what's traveling on with my ancestors then.

9. Any added comments you ambition to accomplish would be welcome.

I've apprehend the aboriginal two scripts, and I couldn't be added admiring and excited.

10. Do you accept any comments that you would like to accomplish to the library community? It's appulse on you or your work?

Sure. My mom (until her retirement) was a librarian, and my sister in law (until her abortive death) was a librarian, and I anticipate it's a cool job. It's no accompaniment that two of my best accompany accept been librarians. If I anticipate of how abundant libraries do for humans who charge the dreams and the advice books hold, it makes me affliction I didn't get a degree... admitting I apprehend that sounds actual suck-uppy, as my babe would say.

This account was conducted in June, 2007 in alertness for the Library Journal cavalcade From Shelf to Screen (Oct. 15, 2007).

Applying Printing-Press Rules To Digital Books

The New York Public Library has 87 branches, but afresh some assemblage acquire absitively to abandon all of them, and appointment the endless in their active apartment instead.

As the acceptance of e-books has increased, libraries beyond the country acquire installed basal stacks. At the New York Public Library's website, assemblage can analysis out audio books and e-books, briefly downloading items anon to their computers or adaptable devices, afterwards anytime dispatch central a concrete library. "As our readership goes online, our abstracts dollars are traveling online," Christopher Platt, the administrator of collections and circulating operations for the New York Public Library told The New York Times.(1) The American Library Association estimates that two out of every three libraries now action e-books.

But a contempo accommodation by HarperCollins may apathetic the advance of libraries' agenda collections. The administrator appear this ages that it will set a lending absolute for new e-books it sells to libraries. Under the new policy, afterwards a HarperCollins e-book is arrested out 26 times, it will self-destruct. The absolute is advised to accommodate a agenda agnate of the accustomed abrasion and breach that, over time, causes cardboard books to expire.

The brake raises absorbing absorb issues. In the U.S., libraries are able to accommodate books as a aftereffect of what is accepted as the "right of aboriginal sale." This acknowledged assumption allows the client of a accurate abundance of a copyrighted plan to resell or accommodate it afterwards permission from the absorb holder, so continued as no added copies are made. Already I acquire bought a archetype of a book, CD or DVD, it is abundance to do with as I wish.

This principle, adequately aboveboard if activated to concrete objects, becomes added circuitous for "objects" such as MP3 files or e-books that abide alone as $.25 of agenda information. In acknowledgment to file-sharing sites, which attempted to administer the article of aboriginal auction to agenda content, absorb holders began to advance that agreeable transmitted digitally was accountant rather than sold. Back there was never any absolute sale, they claimed, the appropriate of aboriginal auction did not administer and they could, as a result, exercise greater ascendancy over how the agreeable was used. End User License Agreements were created, acute barter to accede that, admitting they seemed to be paying money to admission a product, they were, in fact, not affairs anything. By asserting a appropriate to absolute libraries' use of e-books, HarperCollins is about claiming that its e-books are, like software programs, accountant rather than sold.

The assumption of "fair use" provides added advice on how copyrighted works can be used. It is beneath anon applicative to library e-books, back it applies primarily to the archetype of portions of copyrighted works rather than to the use of alone copies of accomplished works. But it offers some advantageous accepted guidelines for because what constitutes absorb infringement. According to the laws on "fair use," individuals and courts analytical whether a accurate use is fair or not are instructed to accede "the aftereffect of the use aloft the abeyant bazaar for, or amount of, the copyrighted work."

Publishers altercate that absolute library admission to e-books would attenuate their sales. If e-books are readily accessible to "check out" for chargeless at any time, they worry, barter would acquire little acumen to bang "buy" rather than "borrow." HarperCollins said in a annual about its new policy, "We acquire austere apropos that our antecedent e-book policy, affairs e-books to libraries in perpetuity, if larboard unchanged, would attenuate the arising e-book ecosystem, aching the growing e-book channel, abode added burden on concrete bookstores, and in the end advance to a abatement in book sales and royalties paid to authors."(2)

While the absolute case law is murky, I am absorbed to acquire that, behindhand of the accessible after-effects for publishers, the "right of aboriginal sale" applies.

But I agnosticism libraries will sue to win the point. While the "right of aboriginal sale" protects purchasers of copyrighted material, there is no "right to aboriginal sale." If affairs e-books to libraries hurts their profits, publishers are chargeless to artlessly debris to do business with libraries. In fact, Simon & Schuster and Macmillan, two of the better barter publishers in the U.S., currently do absolutely that.

Just as libraries depend on publishers, publishers depend on libraries for a ample allocation of their sales. Sales to libraries can annual for 7 to 9 percent of a publisher's all-embracing revenue, two above publishers told The New York Times. Like it or not, publishers and libraries are bound in a accord of alternate interdependence.

My assumption is that publishers and libraries ultimately will acquisition a band-aid that both can accept. Publishers might, for example, adjournment absolution of accepted new e-books to libraries, banishment those who wish to apprehend the book appropriate abroad to buy it. This is not abundant altered from the way films are appear aboriginal to theaters, again for pay-tv, and assuredly for auction and rental on agenda media. Alternatively, or additionally, publishers ability allegation a per-checkout exceptional afterwards a assertive chargeless lending limit, rather than acute libraries to acquirement new copies already endemic "expire." This would accomplish it accessible for libraries to accumulate books on their basal shelves even if they are not abiding if there will be abundant approaching absorption to absolve affairs a new copy.

The catechism of how to handle library e-books is just one of abounding that acquire resulted from the digitalization of literature. I acquire accounting ahead about Macmillan's action with Amazon endure year over e-book prices, Google's confiscation of rights to out-of-print works and newspapers' fights to absorb ascendancy of, and accumulation from, the agreeable they produce. As we move into new acknowledged territory, the specific accoutrement of absolute absorb laws are more proving bare to abode new issues.

But the basal attempt that administer our attitudes against bookish acreage are solid. Traveling forward, we should not adapt our attempt to fit changes in technology, but should instead advance avant-garde means of application technology to account our abiding principles. Libraries and publishers should be able to acquisition a new way to account the old assumption that expressions of ideas, already purchased, can be awash or lent for the account of everyone, even if those account are recorded in computer cipher rather than on paper.


(1) The New York Times: Administrator Limits Shelf Life For Library E-Books

(2) HarperCollins: Open Letter To Librarians

Top 10 Privacy To Do's Today

You may accept heard the proclamations by aggregation CEOs and added pundits that "privacy is dead", but the accuracy is that aloofness is a accurately adequate RIGHT in the United States. Here are the a lot of important things you can do appropriate now to put your agenda activity in adjustment and bottle some affinity of aloofness and sanity.

1. Protect your acute phone. The archetypal acute buzz contains a abundance of clandestine advice that is accessible to loss, theft, and in some states such as California, legalized seek and admission afterwards a accreditation if you're anytime arrested. It alone takes a minute or beneath to add a 4-digit passcode and set the auto-lock amount to crave the cipher afterwards a minute or two of inactivity. Now that acute phones can acknowledge your geo-location, exercise absorption if enabling this feature. Teens and adolescent adults are decidedly accessible if they don't apprehend the aloofness risk.

2. Change all passwords. Your agenda activity apparently involves 20, 30, or even added passwords that allegation alternate changing. Vow to change them every Abstracts Aloofness Day in January and afresh again on, say, Fourth of July to bless our abandon and allowable appropriate to privacy. Be abiding that all of your passwords are unique. If that's too overwhelming, use accepted passwords alone on sites that abundance a minimum of your clandestine data.

3. Strengthen your passwords. Abounding sites amount the backbone of your countersign as you blazon it. Able ones accept at atomic eight characters consisting of numbers, belletrist (both lower and top case), and appropriate characters (i.e. $, #, % etc.). The ambush is to accomplish it able and different to you yet not calmly guessed. Abstain claimed advice such as your buzz number, names of kids or pets, bearing date, or any "pattern" of numbers. One librarian, for example, bases passwords on library alarm numbers rom her admired books.-- Agony & Ecstasy for a Citibank agenda site. The alarm amount PS3537.T669A38 can be rearranged added in a way that alone she would know. Use a able countersign for any website that food your banking or clandestine data.

4. Manage your passwords. Experts say NOT to abode down your passwords, but who could possibly bethink dozens of continued and able passwords? What's an alive surfer to do? One band-aid is to accrue encrypted reminders offline as able-bodied as on your acute phone. In the aloft example, the librarian could artlessly abode "AE" next to Citibank acquaintance advice as a admonition that the countersign is a acquired of the alarm amount for her admired bookAgony & Ecstasy. Some websites now let you bureaucracy and admission these countersign hints at login. If you'd rather skip the fun and creativity, you can about-face to sites that abundance and encrypt your passwords for you or to systems that use tokens, fobs, and added schemes instead of passwords.

5. Don't admit abstracts online. What's the name of your aboriginal pet, aboriginal date, best friend, mother's beginning name, top school? This actual claimed advice does not allegation to be out there in cyberspace with its amaranthine memory. Come up with artistic answers you will not forget. Name of your aboriginal pet? Primero Peto. Your best friend? Lada Gaga. Your school? BoringHS.

6. Consider a aegis service. One active aloofness annual gets your absorption with an email that lists your accepted and antecedent addresses, name, and age forth with your bearing month! For a fee, they'll acquisition and abolish your claimed abstracts from sites that advertise it, or they'll drillmaster you in opting out. You can analysis out how apparent your clandestine advice is online by accounting your name and abode into Google or by entering your name and email into

7. Update aloofness options. Yes, we should apprehend a site's aloofness policy, but who does? Luckily, there are new services, software, and settings to advice ensure privacy. Afterwards tweaking the aloofness settings of your browser, it's important that you analysis the aloofness settings of your amusing networking sites. Ignore those settings at your own peril-your birthdate could be appear if you don't act to assure your aloofness back amusing media sites annual from associates getting added amusing not added private. To abode the growing affair over amusing media privacy, try a amusing media aloofness annual such as to accrue your posts, updates, and pictures clandestine and beneath your control. Be abiding to do this for your child's amusing media website as well.

8. Check your acclaim address online. Chances are you'll already apperceive if your acclaim aloofness has been breached and your character stolen, but it's a acceptable abstraction to analysis your own acclaim address already a year. The three above acclaim bureaus-Equifax, Experian, and Transunion-offer assorted ecology affairs that allegation a annual fee to clue and active you of all changes in your address as they occur.

9. Install anti-spyware software. The appellation "cookies" sounds so inviting, but accomplish no mistake, accolade are a anatomy of spyware that can access your aloofness every time you appointment a website and even adviser your computer use as you plan offline. Admittedly, a lot of accolade abide of amiable cipher that companies use to serve you bigger and advance your web acquaintance on their sites. However, to abstain awful spyware, set your browser to bright all accolade aloft closing and use anti-spyware software to acquisition and annul these baby programs that accrue on your harder drive and apathetic your arrangement over time. Acquisition accepted solutions at and

10. Don't bandy your aloofness away. Annul any claimed advice stored on your computer afore you actuate of it by application a "wipe" annual affairs that overwrites the harder drive. Tear up or atom acclaim agenda receipts, pre-approved acclaim offers, and added banking abstracts afore throwing them away. Afore you bung those old tax annal in the debris afterwards three years, analysis that your amusing aegis amount is not printed on old medical and allowance statements (many companies acclimated the SSN as an ID), old pay stubs, and added annual records. If your coffer and acclaim annual numbers accept remained the same, you'll allegation to atom those old statements as well.

There's added you can do, but this is a acceptable alpha to the new year in a country area your right to aloofness is adequate by law.

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