All posts tagged: technology

A powerful and harrowing story of homeless youth, a dysfunctional family of origin, mental illness, & success of physician Sheryl Recinos in HINDSIGHT, plus a timely and topical reading list, activism, more

By Leslie Lindsay  A powerful and almost unbelievably true account of one woman’s dysfunctional family, her experiences in detention, foster care, the streets of Hollywood, and how she made it through. ~MEMOIR MONDAY|ALWAYS WITH A BOOK~ HINDSIGHT (2018) by Sheryl Recinos, is one of those stories that will absolutely stay with you. Sheryl is a your typical eight-year old when her mother has a psychotic break. Along with her next-closest-in-age brother, she takes them to a trailer home to stay warm, leaving them with nothing but uncooked pasta and raisins. And then she vanishes, but returns. The family struggles. Eventually, the parents divorce, but the father receives custody. When Sheryl is eleven, he remarries a woman who wants nothing to do with kids, who struggles with her own mental health issues. To summarize this harrowing story in a succinct manner almost discredits the author’s pain and struggles. Here, we delve into a deeply dysfunctional family of origin, involving children sent away to foster care, the ones that remain, and the frank abuse that follows. HINDSIGHT …

In My Brain Today: Guest Post and Give-a-way: Luca’s Lashes

By Leslie Lindsay What a fun week!  I am blessed with yet another guest post from author Nicole Fonovich, co-creator of the “Luca Lashes”  a collection of kids’ ebooks and interactive apps – aimed at kids ages 0–4 – that turn“fear of firsts” into fun. Created by long-time educators and husband/wife team Nicole and Damir Fonovich, the series was inspired by their little boy, Lucas, and their desire to help him be brave in all his childhood discoveries. The newest release is Luca Lashes Visits the Doctor. Other 2012 ebooks cover first swim lesson, airplane ride and first haircut. Take a look below for a fun Luca Lashes contest! Okay…take it away, Nicole!! NICOLE FONOVICH, M.Ed, is a tech-savvy mom blazing a new trail in children’s publishing. (image source: http://www.lucalashes.com/t-about.aspx) “Taking your child to the doctor? Five tips to help them say “Ah” with confidence. Winter is on its way and everyone knows what that means. Not skiing, not hot chocolate, not kissing under the mistletoe. Colder temps bring cold and flu season, sick kids and doctor’s …

The Teacher is Talking: Are your Children Cyber Savvy?!

By Leslie Lindsay Recently, at Curriculum Night for my 2nd grader, her teacher whipped out a pink-clad iPad and said, “You know, this isn’t required [yet], but sometimes I will pull out my personal iPad and use it with the class.”  She went on to say that she is very “digitally-aware,” and plans to use multi-modal technology in the classroom.  Humm…what happened to chalk and blackboard?  (on a sidenote, when I was in school–in the Stoneages, apparently–we had brown boards and yellow chalk, which at the time was seen as ‘progressive,’ as it was softer on the eyes.  We had Encyclopedia Brittanica, too).  Even the fact that whiteboards are now the norm in most classroom settings still seems “new” to me.  But, you see this digital thing isn’t going away.  In fact, it’s just getting started.  And for a luddite like me, I am well, baffled.  I like actual things–like books I can hold and periodicals I can flip through.  But, alas I must keep up with the times.  Another thought for antiquated learning:  many schools …