The Curious Autodidact

November 14, 2010

The Boy Who Loved Tornadoes

Filed under: book related,media related,women heroes — Honilima @ 4:00 pm

Randi Davenport is a brave intelligent women with two children, a son with special needs and a younger daughter she worked hard to keep her life on an even keel. She moved to North Carolina in hopes the services for her young son Chase would be more available and off she went as a single mother of two, on a quest to provide a better life for both children. Here’s is an inspirational story.

She tells the ups and downs of dealing with mental health issues in a country that discounts mental health in contrast to issues of physical health. At first it is thought that Chase is autistic but then in his early teens begins to have seizures and suicide attempts. Randi craves guidance and for his son’s issues to be categorized but like so much around Chase it is easier said than done.

Author Randi Davenport is an educated intelligent woman who pushes hard to do the right thing amid self-doubts and utter exhaustion. This is a very inspiring story of a mother’s love and quest to do the right thing for her children. You will read it and want to work for change. You may well know many others who need to read her amazing book.

a well written heartfelt book


November 10, 2010

More Quotations by Women

Filed under: women heroes,Word Related — Honilima @ 9:56 pm



We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.
Maya Angelou

Society as a whole benefits immeasurably from a climate in which all persons, regardless of race or gender, may have the opportunity to earn respect, responsibility, advancement and remuneration based on ability.-Sandra Day O’Connor

We still tend to think of a powerful man as a born leader and a powerful woman
as an anomaly.
Margaret Atwood

It has been a woman’s task throughout history to go on believing in life when there was almost no hope.
Margaret Meade

November 5, 2010

More Tech Tips for Fall: RSS Feeds

Filed under: cool internet stuff,helpful hints,media related — Honilima @ 9:36 am


Instead of looking up a bunch of websites to check up each day on what is new I have set up a simple Google RSS feed. I subscribe as you would a newspaper or magazine to sites that I want to check up on daily. This allows me a simple place to go to see what’s new as the various things are aggregated into one simple format. RSS feeds allows readers to view lots of information quickly and then click on the stories that interest them most. A few things I have subscribed to in my RSS feed include: The Buzz Machine, The Consumerist, French Word a Day, Freestyle Volunteer, Lifehacker, Molly Rants, and Well. Some of these are magazines, some are blogs, some are newspapers and they all stream simply using RSS feed. It’s like a modern-day Reader’s Digest without the features being the abridged, they are customized to your choosing and you can alter it as you wish with the press of a button or two. There are many different RSS feeds, I use Google and am most familiar with this one but there are other available, talk to a friend you may learn about which one they use. As they say in the UK, it is simply brilliant!

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