Harvest Time: No-Regrets Remodeling

Harvest Time: No-Regrets Remodeling

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Harvest Time: No-Regrets Remodeling

After two years, I see the fruits of my contribution to the revision of No-Regrets Remodeling, from Home Energy Magazine Publishers.

No-Regrets Remodeling, Second Edition “will introduce you to the concepts of whole-home performance, energy auditing, energy rating, and how HVAC systems and other elements of a home work together. It will help you understand and control energy use in your home, pointing out money-saving opportunities you can take advantage of now, as well as helping you plan for future upgrades when you can afford them.”

 

Barbara Ruth Saunders is a writer, editor, and writing coach.
Harvest Time: No-Regrets Remodeling

Ivan Pavlov

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Ivan Pavlov

Enslow Publishers’ description: “Although Russian scientist Ivan Pavlov is best known for his experiments with dogs, which were key to the development of behaviorism, few realize that he actually won the 1904 Nobel Prize for his research on digestion. In this latest title in the GREAT MINDS OF SCIENCE series, author Barbara Saunders examines Pavlov’s enormous contributions to our modern understanding of the relationship between the mind and body.”

Award: Science Books & Films BEST BOOKS FOR JUNIOR HIGH & YOUNG ADULTS 2007 (American Association for the Advancement of Science): “. . . an interesting and thorough biography of the famous Russian scientist . . . One strength of this text is that Ivan Pavlov is characterized as a person influenced by his family and his colleagues, not as an isolated entity . . . This book is a useful introduction to classical conditioning.” 

Barbara Ruth Saunders is a writer, editor, and writing coach.
Harvest Time: No-Regrets Remodeling

The Hard Work Begins

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The Hard Work Begins

“If you’re not feeling overwhelmed, you’re not doing it right.”

So says the teacher of the solo performance class I finally had the guts to sign up for.

This has been a week spent, stumped, frustrated, and struggling — and loving it. I cringe when I hear people extolling the virtues of “hard work.” This week’s plod has helped me understand why: the phrase has been usurped.

The hard work of this piece consists of pushing against the perceived limits of my skills, talents, and endurance. It includes enduring the frustration and discomfort of settling into that zone between those perceived limits and whatever the real ones might be.

The liberating thing, though, is that this hard work isn’t many of the things often called hard work, the artifacts of awful school and job dynamics that have tainted our feelings towards work itself:

* Social display: face time and the like

* Obedience: submission to people who have the power to waste the time of their underlings

* Going through the motions: dutifully performing tasks that fail to produce results

* Narrative of sacrifice: living out the ritual that people who sleep, work out, and have adequate social lives are “losers”

As I stood on the stage, spotlight on me, my piece looking like Charlie Brown’s pathetic Christmas tree, I felt a glimmer of hope. Is work — real, hard work — the key to leaving the rest of that c*** behind?

Barbara Ruth Saunders is a writer, editor, and writing coach.