Chris Barton talks with Lynda Mullaly Hunt


“Everybody is smart in different ways. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its life believing it is stupid.”

Fish in a Tree, is a new chapter book by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. It focuses on a smart girl named Ally who struggles with dyslexia and often feels embarrassed and out of place because of it. But there is a lot more to it than that — great characters, friendships, and an honest look at schools, students, and life. The book is garnering glowing reviews —

“Filled with a delightful range of quirky characters and told with heart, the story also explores themes of family, friendship, and courage in its many forms . . . It has something to offer for a wide-ranging audience . . . Offering hope to those who struggle academically and demonstrating that a disability does…

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25 Years Of Photoshop

Inspirational Geek

I’m a big fan of Adobe Photoshop, it is a core piece of software that we use at work and is incredibly powerful.  From pure photo manipulation, to creating images from scratch, to mixed media collages, it’s so much more than a tool for correcting red eye or airbrushing models.

Last week I learned, to my surprise, that Photoshop has just turned 25 years old!

25 years of photoshop

Rather naively I thought perhaps Photoshop had come about in the mid-to-late-nineties, but in fact it all started back in the late 1980s!  You can see the full timeline history here.

The introduction of layers with Photoshop 3.0 in 1994 was a huge step in how you work with the software, having started working with Photoshop CS myself around 2004 some ten years later I can’t imagine it not having layers!

If you’re in any doubt as to some of the marvellous effects…

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A Year of Reading the World: A Q&A with Ann Morgan News

Several years ago, writer Ann Morgan noticed that she didn’t read much literature from countries outside of the United Kingdom and United States — and had yet to dive into stories from around the globe. From this realization, her blog, A Year of Reading the World, was born. You can read about Ann’s journey in her new book, Reading the World: Confessions of a Literary Explorer, available now in the UK. (The US version, The World Between Two Covers, will be released on May 4.)

I chatted with Ann about the blog-to-book journey and her experience of reading and blogging about literature from 197 countries.

For readers new to A Year of Reading the World, can you talk about your original project — and how the blog came about?

A comment someone left on a blog I wrote four years back, A Year of Reading Women

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Manner-Man by Sherrill S. Cannon and Illustrated by Kalpart

The Picture Book Review

Wouldn’t it be awesome if, when you’re at the park and children aren’t being nice, a superhero would swoop down and literally teach them some manners?

“He teachers good manners, so take his advice:  If someone starts shoving, just shout out ‘Not Nice!'”

Manner-Man is a multi-award winning book that indulges my son completely!  I will happily take all the help I can get when it comes to promoting good behavior and manners.  The story is told in verse and talks about situations such as when another child takes a toy without asking, fighting, shoving, and bullying. Manner-Man is also very empowering — giving children skills and a call to action to join the Manner-Man team.  There’s even a Manner-Man badge at the end of the book or you can write to Sherrill Cannon and request a Manner-Man sticker.  This additional step made my son feel officially part of the Manner-Man…

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Inactivity and Heart Disease

Dr. Diane Ferris

Every minute counts when it comes to your health. According to the Journal of American Heart Association, each minute of physical activity may reduce your chance of developing a heart attack or heart related disease. (

What limits your ability to be active? Some have jobs which require them to be inactive for hours. Sitting staring at computer screens causes many individuals to adopt sedentary lifestyles. Some are hindered due to pain, illness and chronic fatigue. When every minute counts, we need to make decisions that will greatly impact our lives. You don’t need to be involved in moderate to high intensity workouts. Short low intensity activity can improve your health.

Avoid sitting excessive periods of time. Every half hour make yourself get up and move around. If pain is preventing you from moving, seek help. Many people are discovering the benefits of Chiropractic care. Chiropractic keeps people moving and healthy.


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