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The mission of Professor Owl’s Book Corner is to provide specialized information to young adults with special needs, chronic illness and learning challenges.

Professor Owl’s Book Corner is a hub of resources for young adults (13+) with special needs, chronic illness and learning challenges. Each month we produce a complimentary newsletter to showcase special activities, news and crafts for those who are ill or have needs out of the ordinary.

These activities include reading challenges, games, safe web surfing, prizes and a special page; where we feature monthly heroes from the Variety Foundation.

Professor Owl will also give monthly book reviews and news on the latest YA books that have been released.

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Professor Owl’s Book Corner, April 2019 ~ Computer Safety Edition

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Welcome to the April 2019 Issue of  Professor Owl’s Book Corner Newsletter where in addition to supporting those with special needs and learning challenges, we are also committed to being more focused on YA/New Adult reading and literacy.  We will be featuring tips from a certified literacy tutor to help make your reading experience the best it can be.

We will also be encouraging young writers and artists with tips, writing exercises and will still be updating our Community News Boards with the latest news from Variety Village and The March of Dimes.

Now the March break has now come and gone. Professor Owl’s Book Corner hopes you enjoy this month’s computer safety edition! Please feel free to give us your feedback on our new issue, also send us any ideas you may have to help Professor Owl’s Book Corner be all that it can be.  We look forward to hearing from you and to bring you a new, more interesting newsletter.

Online Safety for Tween, Teens and Young Adults.

1. Keep Your Online Identity Secret

• Don’t share or tell anyone your real name, address or neighborhood you live in.

Here are the general rules:

• Do not give out any information that a predator could possibly use to find you.

1. Even “simple clues” like the name of the school you attend or the name of your sports team is enough for a predator to figure out your identity

2. Your Username and Password Belong to You … Only You

• Do not give or share your username or password with anyone. It is that simple.

• If someone gets hold of them and tries to pull a joke on you by putting something online under your name. It can cause many serious problems that can get you into trouble with your parents, school or even the police. Keep both your username and password “Private.”

3. The Internet has a Great Memory ~ Keep Its Memory of You Clean.

• Since the internet is so huge that does not mean that any embarrassing or rude pictures, nasty comments, or illegal activities will just disappear.

• Be careful what you post about yourself or others. Do not allow your friends to post about you. If not you may have to live with it for a long, long time.

Looking for an interesting book about internet safety check out Belinda’s review:

The All Seeing Digital Eyes

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Release date: September 20th, 2018

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I received a complimentary copy of  The All Seeing Digital Eyes
by Neville J Kattakayam from the author and AshNel Inc in order to read and give an honest review.

… the author had done an incredible job showing us what is happening to our information and what we can do to prevent our privacy from being compromised…

Whether you are an internet veteran from the days of bulletin boards and WebCrawler (I know dating myself) to a novice just dipping their toes into the cyber water this book is for you. Neville J. Kattkayam’s initial inspiration was to write a book to help his 13-year-old daughter navigate the information age when everyone is utilizing smartphones, smart televisions, tablets and even appliances.  With the advance of technology when most of our lives are controlled by the transmission of electronic information so is our personal information.  The author has done an incredible job showing us what is happening to our information and what we can do to prevent our privacy from being compromised.  If you have already experienced problems it’s not too late, Mr Kattkayam also includes a section to get your information secured and tips on how to proceed moving forward.

Even though this book is inspired by a 13-year old I feel this is a great guide for everyone who is on the grid, definitely a five-star in my opinion.

 

via http://www.BelindaWitzenhausen.com

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Book of the Week: The Sound of Suffering by Darin C. Brown #Sci Fi & #Fantasy #Teens #YA #NetGalley #Review

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The Sound of Suffering

by Darin C. Brown

Release date: February 21st, 2019

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I received a complimentary ARC copy of The Sound of Suffering by Darin C. Brown from NetGalley and Doc Squared Publishing/Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members’ in order to read and give an honest review.

Hunter is on a quest to find out what the aura’s, scents and sounds he experiences around people mean.  This is the second book in the Masters of Perceptions series, the first I have not read but feel it didn’t hamper my ability to enjoy the story.  Young Hunter is autistic and suffers from overwhelming stimuli when he comes in contact with others. At this point, he is learning a little bit about himself and his abilities.  While excelling at school and working his way through earning his Karate belts he still struggles with learning how to handle his gift and how to interact with those around him.  He has people to help him though, a few friends, one of which has a dubious reputation, his desk mate and his Sensei all help him but he finds his biggest confidant to be his grandfather who lives across the country.  When he gets strange sensations indicating one of his teachers is in trouble he can’t ignore the feeling and becomes determined to help her.  His friends by his side he sets out on a dangerous adventure that is much bigger than just helping his teacher. I won’t give any more away the plot takes an interesting turn you need to read!

The characters are well-written and as mentioned the story takes an unexpected and interesting path. I would give this story 4.5 stars only because I found that some things seemed a bit unnecessary and they detracted from the story. Although I appreciate that the author is trying to teach the reader through the process of reading, sometimes the “info dumps” distracted me from the flow of the story, it felt hard to stay connected.  It’s really is an ingenious story with interesting characters but many of the lessons seem repetitive. All in all, though I think it’s worth reading and would definitely recommend it!

Anything Is Possible When You’re Unstoppable #WATWB

The #WATWB was created as a mission to negate the overwhelming negativity that has been present in our social media streams. For every negative news story in the world, there are plenty of positive, uplifting stories that show hope, compassion and the resiliency of everyday people who face insurmountable challenges. Our hope is to share heartwarming stories that lift the human spirit. 

The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their stories led by six co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are:
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Sylvia McGrath,
Peter Nena,
Shilpa Garg,
Inderpreet Uppal,
and Belinda Witzenhausen.

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To learn more about #WATWB or to join us click here! here! here!
When “My Get-Up-and-Go” is just not there or I have a few aches and pains, just reading inspirational articles like the one below inspires me to get moving again.

Anything Is Possible When You’re Unstoppable

Tracy Schmitt.-

Put Tracy Schmitt in front of an audience and watch her go. She has a million tales to tell—there’s her stint as captain of a 100-foot tall ship in the Eastern Atlantic, the day she won the Rick Hansen Award for her work as an inclusive teacher in Africa, Jamaica, and Mexico, her cameo in Robocop. And that’s just for starters—Tracy has a dozen more stories, each one demonstrating her resilience and hardheaded determination, each one more amazing than the last. If she’s not off on an adventure, she’s working as an advocate and consultant for people living with disabilities. It’s easy to forget that she’s four-way amputee. Tracy may have been born without lower limbs, but she’s always been Unstoppable. On her first day of school, Tracy missed recess because she was helping her new friends put on their shoes. When she was 19, she helped March of Dimes plan a trip, for four people with physical disabilities to Nepal and went along to climb mountains in the Himalayas without her prosthetic legs. Tracy has even won a bronze medal in downhill skiing! Tracy strongly believes that activities organized by March of Dimes are a key part of her success. “Everybody needs to take risks to grow,” Tracy told us in June. “Recreation is that place where you figure it out so you can move your life forward, where you can get out, get your strength up, get social circles started, so you can be independent in daily living.”
And Unstoppable Tracy is always ready to move forward. Though she learned to drive at 16, like most Canadians, she couldn’t afford the $60,000 that she was told it would cost to modify a vehicle for her unique needs. But when she was old enough, March of Dimes Canada helped her through its Home and vehicle Modification Program. “When other people say no, March of Dimes has always had a creative solution.” At March of Dimes Canada, Tracy is one of our own because Tracy not only benefited from some of our programs, she also worked with us. As an employee, Tracy was Director of the Summer Holiday Program, supervising 65 staff members. She was also staff in our Recreation Department, helping to plan accessible excursions and vacations.
Clearly, Tracy has experienced the impact of MODC from both sides, and she’s made an impact of her own in the process. Very few people have such a personal understanding of how donated funds change lives every day. Thanks to your generosity, our programs helped Tracy build a foundation for her inspiring work. And Tracy is truly an inspiration. “Doing these activities with March of Dimes gave me skills and confidence to go on into the employment world and be a valuable contributor to society. And now I’m giving back by working with people with disabilities. Because MODC had my back, now I’ve gone on to have everyone else’s back.” Congratulations, Tracy—we can’t wait to see what’s next for you!
For more information or to join our #WATWB please click here!

Professor Owls Book Corner~March 2019~Special Parent’s Edition

 
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Welcome to the March 2019 Issue of  Professor Owl’s Book Corner Newsletter where in addition to supporting those with special needs and learning challenges, we are also committed to being more focused on YA/New Adult reading and literacy.  We will be featuring tips from a certified literacy tutor to help make your reading experience the best it can be.

We will also be encouraging young writers and artists with tips, writing exercises and will still be updating our Community News Boards with the latest news from Variety Village and The March of Dimes.

With March break upon us Professor Owl’s Book Corner hopes you enjoy this month’s parental edition! Please feel free to give us your feedback on our new issue, also send us any ideas you may have to help Professor Owl’s Book Corner be all that it can be.  We look forward to hearing from you and to bring you a new, more interesting newsletter.

Creativity for Children 

March Break Boredom?  Try these ideas! Journaling

via www.IgniteYourCreativity.net 

 

It’s March break again, the time of year that strikes fear into the hearts of many parents.  What can you do to occupy and inspire your child during the week? 

  Are you going on a long drive or flight and are worried about how to keep your child occupied other than movies and gadgets?  Create an age-appropriate travel kit for your child.  Pack an inexpensive tote with journals, markers, coloured pencils, stickers, glue sticks, watercolours and drawing tablets.  Along the way encourage your child to keep a travel journal. At every stop have them pick up inexpensive postcards and incorporate them into their journal, writing about each stop.  This will not only keep your child occupied but also enable them to have a lasting memory of their travels.    

 Not traveling? No Problem!  If feasible, plan day trips to museums, theatres and your local zoo.  Have your child pick up postcards, ticket stubs and programs to add to their travel journal.  Is your child a budding artist? Have them take a sketchbook along as well.  Want to get out of the house?  Create an “around town” scavenger hunt.  By using a relatively inexpensive disposable camera give your child a list of items to photograph right in your own backyard.  Make it a “Signs of Spring” list i.e. bird, flower bud, chipmunk, etc. Another option does your child love cars?  Take them to a car show or around the neighbourhood looking for different cars, for example, the oldest car, the biggest car, a red car, etc.  Once all of the pictures have been taken have them developed and have fun with your child creating a special collage. 

 Local craft stores, libraries, and community centers may offer classes on everything from pottery to bead making helping your child to create a lasting treasure.  For inexpensive creative ideas often you don’t have to look any further than your local dollar or craft store. 

 Not only do creative pursuits help pass the time they also give your child tools to live a creative life.  Creating helps give your child a sense of accomplishment and boosts their self-confidence.  Learning how to tap into their creativity helps them find solutions to problems by teaching them how to think “outside the box”.  Another benefit of being creative is that your child also learns how to express themselves, learn new skills and discover their unique attributes.  

“Creativity is really the structuring of magic.” ~ Ann Kent Rush 

 Creative challenge for March Break:  Choose at least three creative activities to enjoy with your child this week. 

 This week’s affirmation:  I teach my child to discover their creative potential. 


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In this video, the teacher leads her students through activities that begin with a previous homework assignment and lead up to reading an authentic science article. The teacher uses a series of scaffolded steps to develop students’ critical thinking and to prepare them to understand and discuss the technical article they read together in class. At the end of the class, the teacher explains her rationale for how she structured the lesson and reflects on what went well and what she changed or adapted as the lesson progressed

 

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#Weekly Book review via NetGalley ~The Cold Is In Her Bones by Peternelle van Arsdale.

The Cold Is In Her Bones

By  Peternelle van Arsdale.

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Milla’s whole world is her family’s farm. She is never allowed to travel to the village and her only friend is her beloved older brother, Niklas. When a bright-eyed girl named Iris comes to stay, Milla hopes her loneliness might finally be coming to an end. But Iris has a secret she’s forbidden to share: The village is cursed by a demon who possesses girls at random, and the townspeople live in terror of who it will come for next.

Now, it seems, the demon has come for Iris. When Iris is captured and imprisoned with other possessed girls, Milla leaves home to rescue her and break the curse forever. Her only company on the journey is a terrible new secret of her own: Milla is changing, too, and may soon be a demon herself.

Suspenseful and vividly imagined, The Cold Is in Her Bones is a novel about the dark, reverberating power of pain, the yearning to be seen and understood, and the fragile optimism of love.

The characters in this book were very interesting the villains very complicated, and a plot pulled from a dark fairy-tale.  This was a very suspenseful and quick read, one that held my interest from cover to cover with a very satisfying ending.

Thanks again to NetGalley for the opportunity to review this book.

Available from www.amazon.com, www.amazon.ca, www.kobo.com, and other fine bookstores and libraries.

 

ATTENTION!

Autumn Leaf

 

Unfortunately, due to a family emergency Professor Owl’s Book Corner will be taking a brief hiatus. We hope to be back with our newsletter next month. 

Please check back then!

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Wishing everyone a wonderful and safe Autumn!

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UPDATE:

Due to a death in the family Professor Owl will not be returning until January 2019. Thanking you in advance for your understanding.

Wishing everyone a healthy and happy holiday season.

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Weekly Book Review ~ 12th. October, 2018 “Twice Dead”

Twice Dead

by Caitlin Seal

Description:

In this imaginative debut perfect for fans of character-driven fantasies like Graceling and Daughter of Smoke and Bone, seventeen-year-old Naya Garth becomes one of the undead and an unlikely spy for her country.

Naya, the daughter of a sea merchant captain, nervously undertakes her first solo trading mission in the necromancer-friendly country bordering her homeland of Talmir. Unfortunately, she never even makes it to the meeting. She’s struck down in the streets of Ceramor. Murdered.

But death is not the end for Naya. She awakens to realize she’s become an abomination–a wraith, a ghostly creature bound by runes to the bones of her former corpse. She’s been resurrected so as to become a spy for her country. Reluctantly, she assumes the face and persona of a servant girl named Blue.

She never intended to become embroiled in political plots, kidnapping, and murder. Or to fall in love with the young man and former necromancer she is destined to betray.

“A high fantasy filled with adventure, espionage, and romance that envelops the reader in a world where the undead walk among the living.”—Kirkus Reviews

Twice Dead is the first in a new series titled “The Necromancer’s Song.” It has a nice fantasy aspect and romance! I am new to the necromancer world, but I found it very enjoyable and would highly recommend this to others who love this genre.

I was pulled to this book by its cover. Twice Dead is one of the most distinctive books I have read. I really enjoyed the world building and the concept behind the wraiths and necromancers. I was really drawn into this book and the ending left me in complete surprise. I look forward to reading the next book in this series.

Thank you, NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. ~ #TwiceDead #NetGalley

Available from: www.kobo.com, www.amazon.ca,
www.amazon.com, http://www.indigo.ca and other fine bookstores

About Author

Caitlin Seal

Caitlin is a writer and compulsive reader living in Northern California. She graduated from Middlebury College with a degree in International Politics and Economics and quickly learned that she preferred making up her own governments to working with real ones. When she isn’t writing, Caitlin GMs tabletop games, practices aikido, and hunts for portals in old wardrobes. She started writing when she was six. Twice Dead, the first novel in the Necromancer’s Song series, is her debut novel.

To read more about Caitland, please visit her website: www.caitlinseal.com

 

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Weekly Book Review ~ September 29th. 2018~ Select Few

Select Few

By Marit Weisenberg

This is Book #2 of The Select series. Readers should read Book #1, SELECT, first.

After rejecting the cult-like influence of her father’s family, Julia moves into a fancy hotel in downtown Austin. But she finds herself alone except for her boyfriend, John–and her fears. Once again she’s suppressing her abilities, afraid her family will come for John when they find out he’s been developing abilities of his own in her presence. The FBI is also keeping a close eye on Julia hoping she can lead them to her father, Novak, as he’s wanted for questioning in his former assistant’s death.

With tensions high, Julia and John agree to go separate ways for the summer, paving the way for Julia to reunite with Angus, a fellow outcast. Together they set out on a road trip to California to find Julia’s mom and a way into Novak’s secret underground world. Along the way,  Julia will learn the Puri perhaps aren’t the only humans evolving into something different. . . and that maybe she’s the leader her people have needed all along.

This is a fun fantasy read and I would recommend it. The story is unique and interesting. It is well written in a style that is easy to read and keeps you interested. Thanks to NetGalley for an advance copy of this book.

About Author

Marit Weisenberg
Ten Things about Marit Weisenberg.

1. I live in Austin, TX with my husband and two daughters where we love to hike across the greenbelt for breakfast tacos.
2. My first name is Norwegian, pronounced maa-RIHT. I’m only a quarter Norwegian but my parents really decided to commit. My sister’s name is Kjersti.
3. I’ve retold a PG-13 version of Game of Thrones for my kids, roughly covering all seven seasons. It took a couple of weeks and I’m realizing there are still subplots left.
4. I love nice clothing but spend most of my days wearing workout gear and never bothering to change.
5. I’m a native Northern Californian and I grew up in Silicon Valley before it became the Silicon Valley it is today.

6. From California, I went to Bowdoin College in Maine and was stunned to experience a true winter for the first time.
7. I have a master’s degree from UCLA in Cinema and Media Studies and worked in development at production companies on the Warner Brothers, Disney and Universal lots. If you ask me which my favorite was, I think I would say Warner Brothers–I’ll never forget seeing all six of the ‘Friends’ on one golf cart. But the Disney Commissary had the best food.
8. We are on the waitlist for a golden doodle puppy and I know my life is about to change.
9. I’ve always known I wanted to be a writer–from making up stories with my toys, to secretly writing a romance novel with my friend during high school Latin class.
10. I love to read–especially YA. I love powerful girls and anything having to do with first love.

Available from: www.kobo.com, www.amazon.ca
www.amazon.com, www.indigo.ca and other fine bookstores

Spinal cord stimulation, physical therapy help paralyzed man to stand, and walk with assistance. #WATWB

 

The #WATWB was created as a mission to negate the overwhelming negativity that has been present in our social media streams. For every negative news story in the world, there are plenty of positive, uplifting stories that show hope, compassion and the resiliency of everyday people who face insurmountable challenges. Our hope is to share heartwarming stories that lift the human spirit.
Eric Lahti, Inderpreet Uppal, Shilpa Garg, Sylvia Stein, and Peter Nena. The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their stories led by six co-hosts.

The past few weeks for me and my family have only been full of negative news about the health of my husband, and I was going to have a few months hiatus but when I saw this piece of news, I remembered my favorite quote which is “When the world says give up ~ Hope says to try one more time.”

I just had to share my husband’s health his getting a little better day by day.  He has a long way to go, but positive articles like this and the others shared here help a lot.

Professor Owls Book Corner~October 2018

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Welcome to the October 2018 Issue of  Professor Owl’s Book Corner Newsletter where in addition to supporting those with special needs and learning challenges, we are also committed to being more focused on YA/New Adult reading and literacy.  We will be featuring tips from a certified literacy tutor to help make your reading experience the best it can be.

We will also be encouraging young writers and artists with tips, writing exercises and will still be updating our Community News Boards with the latest news from Variety Village and The March of Dimes.

Professor Owl’s Book Corner hopes you enjoy this month’s edition! Please feel free to give us your feedback on our new issue, also send us any ideas you may have to help Professor Owl’s Book Corner be all that it can be.  We look forward to hearing from you and to bring you a new, more interesting newsletter.

 

With Halloween coming up at the end of this month, Professor Owl’s Book Corner would love to share with you some great costumes ideas for those who are confined to a wheelchair.

The Magic Wheelchair

Magic Wheelchair is a nonprofit organization that makes epic costumes for children in wheelchairs. Kids, with their parents’ permission, submit a 1-3-minute video telling us what they want to be for Halloween, a parade, or another big day and why.
Ryan and Lana Weimer, the founders of Magic Wheelchair, have five children, three of whom were born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, which requires the use of wheelchairs for the entirety of their lives. Each Halloween, Ryan made the biggest, “baddest” costumes he could for his sons, Keaton and Bryce.

For more information ~ https://www.magicwheelchair.org/contact/

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“The more that you read,
the more things you will know.
The more that you learn,
the more places you’ll go.”
~ Dr Seuss

If you would like to tell us about your goals, ask for assistance or information ~ Just drop Professor Owl a note –  mail toprofessorowl@outlook.com

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How to Teach Yourself How to Read ASAP – Part 11

With YouTube and Professor Owl

Quintos Academy: Self-Education for Real Life Success This Lesson builds on Part I and then Proceeds to the sounds of N: NA, NE, NI, NO, NU M: MA, ME, MI, MO, MU R: RA, RE, RI, RO, RU L: LA, LE, LI, LO

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The Lantern’s Ember

by Colleen Houck

Welcome to a world where nightmarish creatures reign supreme.
Five hundred years ago, Jack made a deal with the devil. It’s difficult for him to remember much about his mortal days. So, he focuses on fulfilling his sentence as a Lantern–one of the watchmen who guard the portals to the Otherworld, a realm crawling with every nightmarish creature imaginable. Jack has spent centuries jumping from town to town, ensuring that nary a mortal–or not-so-mortal–soul slips past him. That is, until he meets beautiful Ember O’Dare.
Seventeen, stubborn, and a natural-born witch, Ember feels a strong pull to the Otherworld. Undeterred by Jack’s warnings, she crosses into the forbidden plane with the help of a mysterious and debonair vampire–and the chase through a dazzling, dangerous world is on. Jack must do everything in his power to get Ember back where she belongs before both the earthly and unearthly worlds descend into chaos.
Colleen Houck, the New York Times bestselling author of the Tigers Curse series and Reawakened series, breathes new life into classic folklore in this wild, twisting adventure propelled by the spirit of Halloween.
“[Houck] offers a fresh spin on The Legend of Sleepy Hollow**…with some genuine surprises in store.”–**Kirkus
If you’re in the mood for something that’s just dripping with that Halloween atmosphere, look no further, because The Lantern’s Ember absolutely DELIVERS. It’s got witches, werewolves, vampires, the Headless Horseman, pumpkins, spells, the Loch Ness Monster, and still MORE because that’s how Halloween it is. Plus, that cover? Absolutely gorgeous and completely perfect for the book. Those were easily my two favorite things about this book.

About the author

Colleen Houck

New York Times Bestselling author Colleen Houck is a lifelong reader whose literary interests include action, adventure, p New York Times Bestselling author Colleen Houck is a lifelong reader whose literary interests include action, adventure, paranormal, science fiction, and romance. When she’s not busy writing, she likes to spend time chatting on the phone with one of her six siblings, watching plays, and shopping online. Colleen has lived in Arizona, Idaho, Utah, California, and North Carolina and is now permanently settled in Salem, Oregon with her husband and a huge assortment of plush tigers.aranormal, science fiction, and romance. When she’s not busy writing, she likes to time chatting on the phone with one of her six siblings, watching plays, and shopping online. Colleen has lived in Arizona, Idaho, Utah, California, and North Carolina and is now permanently settled in Salem, Oregon with her husband and a huge assortment of plush tigers. Available from www.amazon.com, www.amazon.ca, www.kobo.com and other fine bookstores and Libraries.

We would love to hear about your favourite books and your views on the ones we recommend here… send them
To: professorowl@outlook.com

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Writing prompts are a wonderful way to kick-start your creativity and generate ideas. There isn’t a right or wrong way respond, just be honest, be creative and use your imagination!

“Buying a book is not about obtaining a possession, but about securing a portal.” – Laura Miller

You’re at a garage sale when you are drawn to an old journal and the price is too good to pass up. When you get home, you decide to go on the internet and do a little research on the author.  What you discover frightens yet intrigues you at the same time.  The writer of your masterpiece is known to have dabbled in the occult until they went missing over a decade ago.  It is rumoured that by reading the journal you can open a portal to another dimension.

Write about your adventure with this journal.  Are you brave enough to read it? What do you find inside? Does this portal exist and if it does, where does it lead?  Is it a dream come true or your worst nightmare?

Get creative, write and have fun! 🙂


Writing Prompt…A picture is worth a thousand words…

“One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.” ~ Cassandra Clare

Write about what happens when someone is so influenced by a fictional book that their life is turned inside out. Describe what book they read. How did they change internally? What changes did their friends and family witness?

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It’s that time again!!!!

ATTENTION ALL YOUNG WRITERS!

NaNoWriMoYWP

Are you a young writer 17 years of age or under who has always wanted to participate in NaNoWriMo? Well, you can!!! Did you know that NaNoWriMo has a Young Writers Programme just for you?

What is NaNoWriMo?

NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month happens every November! It’s a fun-filled, writing-fueled, seat-of-your-pants writing event where the challenge is to write an entire novel in just 30 days. Participants begin writing November 1 and must finish by midnight, November 30. The word-count goal for the adult program is 50,000 words, but the Young Writers Program (YWP) allows young writers to set reasonable individual word-count goals.

Every year approximately 100,000 young writers participate check out their website and sign up to participate…..http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/

Things to do to prepare for NaNoWriMo…

Find the Time!  Figure out what your word count will be and divide this by 30 to get your daily word count goal. Once you know how many words you need to write to finish on by the end of the month you’ll need to organize your time. This might be tricky for some but if you create a schedule it might be easier to commit to writing every day. Try to figure out when you are going to be able to work on NaNoWriMo. Do you have time after school? Could you get up a bit earlier in the morning? Do you have extracurricular activities that might get in the way, how can you work around these? Can you right on your lunch break at school? Create a calendar and try to find where you think you’ll have free time each day and try to commit to writing during that set time. DVR your favourite TV shows, perhaps save movie nights for when NaNoWriMo is over, remember it’s only 30 days.

Start working on a story idea! Keep a notepad and spend time just brainstorming and jotting down story ideas.  What works for me is asking “What if?” “What if my favourite mythological character decides to live among us mere mortals?”  Do they hide their abilities or powers? Do they fit in or are they ostracized by society for being different? What if Ares gets a job as a clown? What if Hades becomes the lead singer in a boy band? These are a bit goofy but sometimes you’ve got to write down both the good and bad ideas, don’t censor yourself. Sometimes something will spark another idea that’s worth keeping!

Get to know your characters!  Spending a little time with your characters will make it easier for you to write about them. You’ll need to know more than how old they are or what they look like. Create a character bible on Pinterest. Go through images and create a board that shows you what your characters look like, who are they? Where do they live? How do they dress? What are there hobbies? Also, know that through most stories the characters grow and change. Does your character go from weak to strong, or from poor to rich?  You’ll need to know who they will become throughout the story. I’ve created a Storyboard divided into sections on Pinterest for my upcoming Urban Fantasy Trilogy Moon of Morrigan. My character board is here: Moon of Morrigan Character Board

Take some time to organize your thoughts. Whether you outline or not having a rough idea of where you are going will save you time when it comes to writing. The same goes for research, if you need specific information to help with your story, now is the time to make notes and prepare all the information you need beforehand. If you want to write an outline now would be the perfect time to do that. There are so many ways to outline from J.K. Rowling’s scribbled handwritten outline to using index cards to outline scenes but if you prefer using your computer you can also create spreadsheets or if you’re lucky enough use a software such as Scrivener.  If you scour Pinterest you will also find so many resources to help you find a way to outline that works for you.

I hope you join in the fun! Drop Professor Owl a note by commenting below if you have any tips to help with NaNoWriMo! Good luck and happy writing! 🙂

 

 

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Variety Village

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Variety the Children’s Charity and Variety Village promotes appreciation, interaction, empowerment and inclusion. We facilitate the achievement of life goals for people with disabilities through sports, fitness, wellness; awareness; education for more than 60 years, Variety Ontario has worked with young people with disabilities and those who face developmental barriers to achieve their life potential. We are a world-recognized authority providing integrated sports and life skills programs, applied research and learning programs that change children’s lives and strengthen communities.

We’ve achieved this reputation because of our ongoing work to better the lives of children and young people with disabilities. We are active in the greater Toronto area and across Ontario promoting the inclusion of young people through our three areas of expertise:

Integrated sports and life skills programs:

Children’s programming is delivered at Variety Village and throughout Ontario.

Applied research:

Reflecting our philosophy, our practical and theoretical work develops equipment, games and curricula promoting access, awareness and adapted activities.

Learning programs:

Our academic and professional certifications programs draw students and teachers from around the world to learn and study our best practices and approaches, to participate in their applications and to learn how to adapt their own programs and initiatives.

Our hope is to foster a more integrated society, where everyone feels welcome, inspired and hopeful about his or her future.

Various positions are available from working with children in programs to administrative work and special events.

 

“There are no planned events for the month of October, 2018”

 

To Plan an event  or find out information on future ones

Please contact Zoe Middleton at zmiddleton@varietyvillage.on.ca

Contact Information:

3701 Danforth Ave. Toronto, ON M1N 2G2

For more information on these Variety Village Events and  Programs, please contact/ www.varietyvillage.ca

March of Dimes is a community-based rehabilitation and advocacy charity for people with physical disabilities http://www.marchofdimes.ca

~EVENTS ~ `

Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Tablet Giveaway

March of Dimes Canada is here for you!

Tell us your story and win a customized accessible tablet package that includes a tablet, case, stylus and specialized apps to improve your community access and participation.

March of Dimes Canada will help residents in Edmonton, Winnipeg, Nova Scotia and Montreal with physical disabilities to enhance their community access and participation through the Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative. We are looking for local residents with a disability which impacts their ability to communicate, be independent or to enjoy other aspects of a full life.

Share your story with us for a chance to win a customized tablet package. Smart tablet packages may include a tablet, case, stylus and specialized apps. The Tablet package has a maximum value of $1875.00 per winner.

The project will help successful applicants achieve one or more of the following:

•Increase access to services

Explore or control the environment  contribute to their ability to take on new leisure pursuits
•Contribute to improving their education
•Assist in their employment objectives
•Assist in communication, verbal and written

Applications must be received by the following dates:
Nova Scotia – October 9, 2018
Montreal – October 30, 2018

La Marche des dix sous du Canada est là pour vous!

Parlez-nous de vous et courez la chance de gagner une tablette personnalisée assortie d’accessoires (étui, stylet) et d’applis spécialisées) pour améliorer votre accès et votre participation à la communauté.

La Marche des dix sous du Canada aidera les résidents et résidentes à Edmonton, à Winnipeg, en Nouvelle-Écosse et à Montréal qui ont des handicaps physiques à améliorer leur accès et participation communautaires par l’entremise de l’Initiative de technologie d’assistance mobile. Nous recherchons des résidents locaux et des résidentes locales qui ont un handicap qui affecte leur capacité de communiquer, d’être autonome ou de jouir d’autres aspects d’une vie pleine.

Partagez votre histoire avec nous pour courir une chance de gagner une trousse d’une tablette personnalisée. Les trousses d’une tablette intelligente peuvent inclure une tablette, un étui, un stylet et des applications spécialisées. La trousse de tablette a une valeur maximale de 1,875 $ par gagnant ou gagnante.

Le projet aidera les demandeurs dont la demande est acceptée à réaliser un ou plusieurs des objectifs suivants :

•Avoir un accès accru à des services

•Explorer ou contrôler leur milieu de vie

•S’adonner à de nouvelles activités récréatives

•Poursuivre des études

•Atteindre leurs objectifs d’emploi

•Communiquer verbalement ou par écrit

* Les demandes doivent être reçues avant les dates suivantes :
Nouvelle-Écosse – 9 Octobre 2018
Montréal – 30 Octobre 2018

Eligibility Criteria /Critères d’admissibilité :

To be eligible for the tablet package giveaway in your city, contestants must:

1.Be a permanent Canadian resident and the person must make his / her permanent and principal home in Edmonton (for Edmonton AMTI), in Winnipeg (for Winnipeg AMTI ), in Nova Scotia (for Nova Scotia AMTI) and in Montreal (for Montreal AMTI);
2.Be the age of majority for the province they reside in;
3.Be a person with a permanent disability that impacts his or her ability to fully engage in activities in daily living;
4.Explain how he or she will benefit from having a tablet in achieving a desired goal;
5.Be of financial need. In order to be eligible for funding, the combined gross income of applicant and spouse (where applicable) cannot exceed $45,000, after allowable deductions are considered;
6.Be working with an Occupational Therapist and/or Speech Language Pathologist who can provide a current assessment of the applicant’s needs and support them in installing required software applications; and
7.Be available for the presentation of the tablet at the annual Rock for Dimes fundraiser to be held in their city. Please visit http://www.rockfordimes.ca for dates and locations.

Pour être admissibles à l’offre cadeau d’une tablette, les demandeurs doivent répondre aux critères suivants :
1.Être un résident canadien permanent et son domicile permanent et principal doit être dans Edmonton (pour l’ITAM à Edmonton), Winnipeg (pour l’ITAM à Winnipeg), Nouvelle-Écosse (pour l’ITAM en Nouvelle-Écosse) et dans Montreal (pour l’ITAM à Montreal); et
2. Avoir atteint l’âge de la majorité pour la province dans laquelle il ou elle vit; et
3.Avoir une invalidité permanente qui empêche de participer pleinement aux activités de la vie quotidienne; et
4.Expliquer en quoi le fait d’avoir une tablette aidera le demandeur à atteindre un objectif particulier; et
5.Avoir besoin d’une aide financière. Pour être admissible à une aide financière, les revenus bruts combinés du demandeur et de son conjoint (s’il y a lieu) ne doivent pas dépasser 45 000 $ après les déductions autorisées; et

6.Travailler avec un ergothérapeute et/ou un orthophoniste qui peut fournir une évaluation actuelle des besoins du candidat et les soutenir en installant les applications requises; et
7.Être disponible pour la présentation de la tablette à la collecte de fonds annuelle Rock for Dimes qui aura lieu dans sa ville. Veuillez visiter http://www.rockfordimes.ca pour les dates et les lieux.

Guidelines / Des lignes directrices :

Click to download the following pdf forms

/ Cliquez pour télécharger les pdf des formulaires suivants :

Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Guidelines (PDF)MODC Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Guidelines 2018-2019
Lignes directrices sur l’Initiative de technologie d’assistance mobile de la MDSC de 2018-2019Lignes directrices sur l’Initiative de technologie d’assistance mobile de la MDSC de 2018-2019
MODC Aphasia-friendly Guidelines (PDF) MODC Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Guidelines 2018-2019 (Aphasia-friendly)

Application Forms / Formulaires de demande :

Click to download the following pdf forms

/ Cliquez pour télécharger les pdf des formulaires suivants :

EDMONTON:

MODC Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Application Form for Edmonton (PDF)Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Application Form for Edmonton

Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Edmonton Formulaire de demande (PDF)Formulaire de demande pour l’Initiative de technologie d’assistance mobile pour Edmonton
Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Aphasia-friendly Application Form for Edmonton (PDF)Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Application Form for Edmonton (Aphasia-friendly)

Applications must be received by August 29, 2018.

* Terms and conditions apply. Applications can be submitted by fax, email or post. We encourage applicants to apply using email or fax, as it can take up to 9 days to receive information by Canada Post.

Presentation to Recipients:
Winners will be notified by the week of September 4, 2018 and invited to attend March of Dimes Canada’s annual Rock for Dimes Edmonton fundraiser, for the presentation of the tablet package on September 15, 2018 at on the Rocks, 11740 Jasper Ave NW, Edmonton, Alberta.

WINNIPEG:

MODC Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Application Form for Winnipeg (PDF)Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Application Form for Winnipeg

Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Winnipeg Formulaire de demande (PDF) Formulaire de demande pour l’Initiative de technologie d’assistance mobile pour Winnipeg
Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Aphasia-friendly Application Form for Winnipeg (PDF)Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Aphasia-friendly Application Form for Winnipeg

Applications must be received by September 4, 2018.

* Terms and conditions apply. Applications can be submitted by fax, email or post. We encourage applicants to apply using email or fax, as it can take up to 9 days to receive information by Canada Post.

Presentation to Recipients:
Winners will be notified by the week of September 10, 2018 and invited to attend March of Dimes Canada’s annual Opening Doors for Accessibility Winnipeg fundraiser, for the presentation of the tablet package on September 20, 2018 at Canad Inns Destination Centre Polo Park, 1405 St Matthews Ave, Winnipeg.

Nova Scotia:

MODC Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Application Form for Nova Scotia (PDF)Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Application Form for Nova Scotia

Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Nouvelle-Écosse Formulaire de demande (PDF) Formulaire de demande pour l’Initiative de technologie d’assistance mobile pour la Nouvelle-Écosse
Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Aphasia-friendly Application Form for Nova Scotia (PDF)Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Aphasia-friendly Application Form for Nova Scotia

Applications must be received by October 9, 2018.

* Terms and conditions apply. Applications can be submitted by fax, email or post. We encourage applicants to apply using email or fax, as it can take up to 9 days to receive information by Canada Post.

Presentation to Recipients:
Winners will be notified by the week of October 15, 2018 and invited to attend March of Dimes Canada’s annual Rock for Dimes Halifax fundraiser, for the presentation of the tablet package on October 26, 2018 at Casino Nova Scotia, 1983 Upper Water St, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

MONTREAL:

MODC Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Application Form for Montreal (PDF)Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Application Form for Montreal

Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Montreal Formulaire de demande Formulaire de demande pour l’Initiative de technologie d’assistance mobile pour Montreal
Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Aphasia-friendly Application Form for Montreal (PDF)Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Aphasia-friendly Application Form for Montreal

applications must be received by October 30, 2018.

* Terms and conditions apply. Applications can be submitted by fax, email or post. We encourage applicants to apply using email or fax, as it can take up to 9 days to receive information by Canada Post.

Presentation to Recipients:
Winners will be notified by the week of November 5, 2018 and invited to attend March of Dimes Canada’s annual Rock for Dimes Montreal fundraiser, for the presentation of the tablet package on November 16, 2018 at Corona Theatre, 2490 Notre-Dame St W, Montreal.

Submit all applications and direct any inquiries to:

Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative
March of Dimes Canada
291 King Street, 3rd Floor
London ON N6B 1R8

amti@marchofdimes.ca
Tel (toll-free): 1-855-660-6632
Fax: 519-432-4923

* Please note that only complete Applications with all required documentation will be reviewed.

Si vous avez besoin des services en français, veuillez téléphoner au Programme à
1-855-660-6632.

Special Thank You to our Sponsoring Partner /

Un merci tout spécial au partenaire commanditaire :

CAOT ACE logo

Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative Past Winners

March of Dimes Canada was there for residents in Nova Scotia, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary, presenting customized tablets with specialized software/apps to improve community access and participation!

March of Dimes Canada have already helped residents with physical disabilities in the Nova Scotia, Montreal,

March of Dimes Canada
10 Overlea Blvd.
Toronto, Ontario M4H1A4
CA

For more information on the March of Dimes and their events please visit >www.marchofdimes.ca

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