“Maya’s Voice” – A Review of a Book for Children with Selective Mutism

“Maya’s Voice” is a story of a little girl who is full of energy and enthusiasm, and who loves to share her sweet voice. She likes to sing and play with her sister, and she’s very curious and asks a lot of questions.

Maya's VoiceBut when she starts school, she loses the confidence to use her voice and goes about her school day facing challenges brought on by her inability to speak. Maya’s classmates start asking the teacher “Why doesn’t Maya talk?”. Whenever the teacher asks her a question, they start talking for her and say things like “Oh, she doesn’t talk, so we’ll just answer that question for her”. She sometimes receives mean comments and actions, because the kids know that she is not going to tell on them, because she won’t speak. And as a result of all these challenges, she doesn’t want to go to school.

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Love One Another

Love one another. My final lesson of history is the same as that of Jesus. You may think that’s a lot of lollipop but just try it. Love is the most practical thing in the world. If you take an attitude of love toward everybody you meet, you’ll eventually get along.  — Will Durant

Will Durant was 92 years old when he was quoted in the article “Durants on History from the Ages, with Love,” written by Pam Proctor and published in the magazine Parade (6 August 1978) p. 12. He provided this quote when he was asked if he could summarize the lessons of history into a single sentence.

Jesus’ teaching about loving one another must have left a lasting impression on him. After a lifetime of scholarship in the fields of History and Philosophy, he has come to the conclusion that love is the most practical thing in the world.

True or False: Will Durant fell in love with and married a fifteen-year old student while teaching at the Ferrer Modern School.

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“My Friend Daniel Doesn’t Talk” – A Review

This is a story of a friendship between two boys. Ryan, the most outgoing student in the class, meets Daniel who is too scared to talk in school or anywhere outside of his home. Ryan defends Daniel in school against other children who don’t understand the silent boy. Daniel, on the other hand, feels comfortable enough to talk to his new friend. Ryan’s impulse to “talk too much” gives him the ability to help Daniel in the class room. He is willing to continue the friendship until the day when his buddy will be able to talk in school, and other children will get to know the “real” Daniel.
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What do the novel The Edible Woman, the LongPen device, and the chamber opera Pauline have in common?

What do the novel The Edible Woman, the LongPen device, and the chamber opera Pauline have in common?

The Edible Woman

The Edible WomanThe Edible Woman is a novel first published in 1969. It is the story of Marian who works in a market research company and has a dependable but boring boyfriend named Peter. Following her engagement, Marian’s sane, structured, and consumer-oriented world starts to slip out of focus. She starts bestowing food with human qualities, a development which causes her to identify with and unable to eat food. As the story progresses, Marian finds herself unable to savor and enjoy more and more kinds of food, while slowly realizing she is also gradually losing her identity.

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