I ran across a blog called Books That Heal Kids, was intrigued by the title and think that even though most of my students are not “kids” anymore, you can still learn a lot from — and be healed by — books meant for kids. And if those books are written in English, that’s ‘two birds with one stone’.

The blog is a collection of book reviews and recommendations by an elementary school counselor, who focuses on “bibliotherapy” — using the power of books to heal.

A video introducing a book in the “Making Mistakes” section:

Found this on Reddit. It’s called “The Joy of Reading”:

Making a “perfect” country


“My Perfect Country” is a radio program by the BBC (13 episodes as of today, and there will be a total of 14) which imagines how we could build a perfect country, based on the best policies of countries around the world. We could use Japan’s gun control policies, Costa Ricas’ green energy techniques, Peru’s methods of reducing poverty, and more.

The episodes are 27 minutes in length, but there are also shorter clips:


Another idea to add to the list:

“Iceland knows how to stop teenage substance but the rest of the world isn’t listening” (from Mosaic)

Can you think of others?

Although I don’t think perfection is possible in most things in life, a willingness to try to change things for the better is a more beneficial way to spend our time than complaining.


We’re already two and a half weeks into the new year, but it’s not too late to make another good resolution. Here’s a list of things that Guardian readers have done that have changed their lives for the better:

“From date night to cold showers: 20 habits that changed readers’ lives”

cycling to work

cycling to work

Some are rather predictable (yoga, meditation, drinking more water), and some may not have occurred to you as being useful changes in your life (stop shouting). Some may be easy to start — if not to continue (baking bread) and some may be hard (no more coffee) or impossible (cycling to work, which would probably take me about 3 hours).

My favorite on the list is doing something new every day. It reminds me of a book I’m reading now, called The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. Harold leaves his house one day and starts walking the length of England. While he’s gone, his wife decides to do one thing each day that she’s never done, like putting air in the tires of their car or organizing their closet in a new way.

What changes are you making this year? Have you succeeded in your new year’s resolution so far?


This is a place called Chillazy, in Hong Kong. You can go there and pay $6 for an hour of peace and quiet.

Read about the two young entrepreneurs who started the company, why they choose to put in hammocks instead of beds (to avoid a hospital atmosphere), and more.

“Paying To Be Lazy: Chillazy Startup” (from Youth Time Magazine)

I think we need at least one of these rooms on campus. Where should we put it? Should it be free? If not, how much would you be willing to pay per hour? What furniture and other things would you put in it? Should it be completely quiet or have some calming background music?