New enhancements to longtime Globe Santa book giving tradition

For six and a half decades Globe Santa has been providing holiday gifts to Boston area children. In this time of heightened need please consider giving by mail or at

Children’s books have always been an important part of the Globe Santa gift box, but in this year of pandemic tragedy and uncertainty the program has some special enhancements to report in its book giving tradition.

In its 65th year, Globe Santa, a program of the Boston Globe Foundation, will give out some 65,000 books to thousands of deserving children in Greater Boston.

This year, as part of the Boston Book Festival, Globe Santa has been hosting virtual readings of children’s books to aid the program, which will provide holiday gifts to tens of thousands of Boston area children. The last reading is scheduled for Oct. 21 and information can be found at

Book Festival executive director Norah Piehl lauded the new alliance.

“We’ve partnered with the Boston Globe for many years, and I’m so pleased that we’re expanding our partnership this year to focus on Globe Santa,” said Piehl. “Their mission, which includes ensuring high-quality, award-winning books in the hands of children this holiday season, is such a great fit with what we do at the BBF. We’re proud that donations from Boston Book Festival attendees will help bring joy to kids around Boston this year!”

Meanwhile, Candlewick Press of Somerville, a strong annual Globe Santa supporter since 2016, has decided to increase the number of books it will give this year.

Last year, the children’s book publisher donated 2,000 books.

Candlewick’s Kristin Seim, who handles book donations, said the publisher plans to donate between 3,000 and 4,000 books this year “because of the COVID impact on families,”

Seim said that the donations to Globe Santa are part of the publisher’s wider book giving effort.

“We donate books to a lot of different charitable and non profit organizations,” she said. “For Globe Santa we love to do things local. We’re in Somerville so, of course, Globe Santa is in our area. And we are all about children so that’s just something we like to focus on and that’s what you all do.”

Over the years, Globe Santa has raised $50 million and provided gifts to some 2.8 million children from 1.2 million families.

Last year, the program delivered gifts to 29,869 children age 12 and under in 16,806 families. For the 32nd year in a row, the program raised over $1 million from thousands of donors.

The books included in Globe Santa gift boxes are distributed based on the ages of children in a family and arrive in time for the holiday along with toys and games and winter clothing.

For several years, a certain portion of Globe Santa’s book giving has been guided by The Horn Book Inc., which publishes the highly regarded Horn Book Magazine, an essential resource for people in the field of children’s and young adult literature.

Horn Book has partnered with

‘White Tears/Brown Scars,’ by Ruby Hamad book review

From colonialism to the election of Donald Trump, Hamad takes a closer look at how White women’s performance of victimhood keeps White male patriarchy in place. “It is true to say white women were subordinated in settler-colonial society,” Hamad writes. “It is not true to say they were bystanders to the colonial enterprise, and it is certainly not accurate to imply they were victims of comparable standing to the colonized populations.” The so-called “protection” of White women has been the selling point for atrocities perpetrated by White men, from lynchings to refusing asylum seekers. As the literal bearers of white society, White women were tasked with ideal womanhood. Therefore, their protection, and the subsequent continuation of white supremacy, are part of the same equation. Hamad asserts that by “keeping this false image of impeccable white Womanhood alive, white masculinity was absolved of its terrible crimes and black sexuality could be demonized and mythologized.”

Hamad, who lives in Australia, offers a global perspective as she deftly renders the reach of this “maternal colonialism.” White women’s “care” and commitment to Western notions of civility helmed the mass removal of Indigenous children from their communities in Australia and North America from 1880 to 1940. They lobbied for school segregation, eugenics and the creation of a women’s KKK chapter as active warriors for the continued institutionalization of white supremacy.

Hamad is concerned with how this imbalance of power affects feminism. She argues that the feminist movement can never be equal if the complexity of women of colors’ experiences are not acknowledged. She points out that Aboriginal women, who are 2 percent of the total Australian population, make up 34 percent of the female prison population. Native women in Canada have alleged forced sterilization up until 2019. Hamad calls upon “feminists who prioritize the concerns of white, middle-class women as though they are representative of all women” to recognize their myopic view of womanhood. She claims that beyond clueless, this fallacy of a universal feminism is also toxic, citing writer Audre Lorde’s definition of tokenization: “an empty gesture designed to placate and even silence our demands for more equitable treatment.”

In both public and personal life, Hamad follows the progression from the White damsel in distress trope – a strategically wielded innocence — to the damsel in defense: that quick escalation of defensiveness when white domination is threatened. Obvious recent examples include Amy Cooper, who hysterically called the police on Black birdwatcher Christian Cooper, and “BBQ Becky,” a White woman in Oakland who feigned tears after alerting authorities about a Black family allegedly grilling in an undesignated area.

The referential nature of the collection is a testament to Hamad’s commitment to community. In some instances the book reads more like an oral history. Hamad’s conversations with scholars, journalists, humanitarian employees and other professional women of color about their experiences with white women’s defensiveness and gaslighting in personal and professional settings punctuate the text. These accounts are weighted by data on the effects of racism on

New Hampshire Wendy’s raises $34,000 for Home at Last campaign through coupon book sales


New Hampshire Wendy’s raises $34,000 for Home at Last campaign through coupon book sales

Wendy’s has sponsored Home at Last since 2015

On Tuesday, New Hampshire Wendy’s Franchise owners in collaboration with New Hampshire Chronicle’s Home at Last series met with the association to present them with a check for $34,000.>> Download the free WMUR appThe money was raised from the sale of Wendy’s coupon books this spring. They hope it will help kids find the perfect home.Wendy’s has been a proud sponsor of Home at Last since 2015.

On Tuesday, New Hampshire Wendy’s Franchise owners in collaboration with New Hampshire Chronicle’s Home at Last series met with the association to present them with a check for $34,000.

>> Download the free WMUR app

The money was raised from the sale of Wendy’s coupon books this spring. They hope it will help kids find the perfect home.

Wendy’s has been a proud sponsor of Home at Last since 2015.

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New Book Gives Women the Career Edge They Need to Succeed

"Helping Women Succeed in Business" is a refreshing, personal, and honest book about what it takes for a woman to succeed in the workplace. Author Nina Baldwin has a matter of fact, tell it like it is voice that speaks from the heart about mistakes women make that hold them back and how they can work their way up the corporate ladder rather than be overlooked. Nina herself has been in the restaurant business since she was a teenager, eventually holding almost every position possible from waitress to Chief Operating Officer at various restaurants and franchises. It is not exaggerating to say that she has basically "seen it all" in the restaurant industry and her experience and examples easily translate to any other business and level, from major corporations to entrepreneurship.

The book is divided into two sections. In the first, Nina offers about two dozen lessons she has learned that will help propel women to success. She balances her advice so it extends to women in any and all positions and stages of their careers. From giving women tips on applying for jobs and interviewing-including why women shouldn't interview the same way they date-to discussing how to behave professionally in the workplace, how to get noticed, and finally, how to treat your employees, mentor them and help them succeed, Nina covers it all in concise chapters with plenty of personal examples and stories to back up her points.

Some of the most important topics, in my opinion, that Nina covers are topics often overlooked, including the value of networking, the importance of mentoring and lifting up other women, the need to know your weaknesses and ask for help rather than trying to fake it, and how to find balance between creating a career and finding time for yourself.

The book's second section consists of seventeen interviews, all with successful women, with one exception. Patrick Snow, an entrepreneur and best-selling author, offers sixteen strategies to drive revenue to your business. These strategies alone are worth the price of the book. The successful women interviewed include the owner of a gelateria, a woman who heads a nonprofit organization that helps women, several high level executives in various industries from restaurants and beverages to housing management and resorts, and even women who have worked under Nina and been helped by her to succeed. These interviews offer great advice and make the reader feel success is possible no matter who you are or when you start your career.

In the past, I have read about women's organizations that help to support women and where women support one another. Nina's book builds on this model bringing together in one volume seventeen different women's stories, including her own. "Helping Women Succeed in Business" is Nina's brainchild but also a true sisterhood effort to help other women enjoy meaningful careers. Nina's desire to write this book to help other women speaks to her true giving and professional nature and why she has been so successful herself. …

Book Review – RESOLVE: A New Model Of Therapy by Richard Bolstad

Copyright: 2002

Publisher: Crown House Publishing

Richard Bolstad’s book RESOLVE: A New Model of Therapy is excellent on several levels and is highly recommended for anyone interested in advancing the science of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) or the use of NLP is psychotherapeutic practice. It is extensively referenced, citing research, other NLP developer’s ideas, and non-NLP models of change. This is not a book focused on NLP “pyrotechnics” (his term), rather it is integrative and practical. Bolstad makes connections between NLP and other models of psychotherapy. He presents a perspective on the utility of NLP as an explanatory model, as NLP concepts are useful for explaining what therapist from many orientations do. His RESOLVE model is essentially a well articulated synthesis of the use of the NLP in the context of an NLP informed psychotherapy model.

The book provides a historical perspective on NLP and psychotherapy. Bolstad makes the point that NLP’s roots and assumptions have connections with other forms of psychotherapy. He devotes a chapter providing a clear, science based, linkage between NLP and how the brain functions. Bolstad discusses several aspects of the model (representational systems, submodalities, emotional states, etc.) and relates these to what has been learned in recent years about neurological functioning. For instance, his discussion of the state-dependent qualities of neural encoding and the implications of this for intervention was fascinating.

Bolstad makes the point that research into NLP is still needed to make it more useful for psychotherapists. He notes that since the earliest NLP writings this need has been recognized, “but it was 20 years before the field of NLP itself began to respond effectively to this need.” He goes on to describe several studies published over the last ten years that examined the use of NLP in psychotherapy that found positive results. But research supporting that NLP is successful “in a general sense” has not been enough to draw a great deal of attention to it among psychotherapists. He also notes that few attempts to link NLP techniques and those used in other models of psychotherapy have been made since NLP’s inception, with a notable exception being Practical Magic: A Translation of Basic Neuro-Linguistic Programming into Clinical Psychotherapy by Stephen Lankton, published in 1980. Bolstad notes that it has been more than 20 years since Lankton’s book and “both NLP and psychotherapy have evolved.” Clearly Bolstad feels that more attention to the use of NLP in psychotherapy is warranted. A major accomplishment of this book is to systematically address how NLP fits into psychotherapy as it is practiced today. Among other things, he advocates the incorporation of NLP interventions into the context of the therapist preferred modality to speed the achievement of many specific results.

In my estimation one of the critical points Bolstad makes relates to what type of information constitutes data supporting the validity of NLP as a change technology. While advocating more clinical research, he also contends that “Because much of NLP is a metadiscipline (a way of …

Book Review of "Kabul Beauty School"

If you thought you knew everything there is to know about beauty schools, you haven’t seen anything like this. In “Kabul Beauty School”, author Deborah Rodriguez-Turner with Kristin Ohlson shares one journey you wouldn’t even imagine. It’s not an adventure I would want because I am too afraid to ever leave the United States but a fascinating one to read about from a woman who has guts.

At the age of twenty-six, Deborah divorced her first husband. She had two kids and couldn’t quite put her finger on it but she always seemed to be restless. She tried college. She tried being a correctional officer. She tried partying. She tried religion. Without a religious background, she jumped right in to a Pentecostal church and married a traveling preacher who turned out to be abusive.

Her second marriage tuned out to be a bad situation. Deborah sent her boys to live with her mother and started trying to find the safest way to escape this relationship. She began going on mission trips, convincing her husband that she would be a good helper to him when he traveled. Then, she also got involved with relief efforts of humanitarian agencies and really enjoyed it.

On her first trip by herself to Afghanistan, she felt a little awkward because all the other volunteers were educated medical professionals. To her pleasant surprise, when she was introduced as a hair dresser, everyone was ecstatic because she could help them feel refreshed in the ditsy desert.

When she returned home, she began brainstorming about how she could make a difference in the lives of Middle Eastern Women by opening a beauty school and teaching them to become hairdressers.

Deborah collected product donations, found someone to ship the product and made contacts to actually make the dream happen. Someone put her in contact with a lady who already had started a school and suggested they join forces so she agreed. She just wanted to help.

Deborah’s husband was very controlling and began making threats in attempt to stop her from leaving him. She had her mind made up and left.

Once she opened her school, friends convinced her that if she planned on staying permanently, she would need a husband. She agreed to enter an arranged marriage as the second wife.

Much of the book introduces the reader to the lives of the women at the school. Sadly, she discovered that she couldn’t help everyone because there were so many sad stories and cultural differences beyond her control. She learned to be grateful those the differences she could make. As of the publishing if the book in 2007, she was still married to her Afghan husband and remains living there. The school had many obstacles to overcome but she did make a difference.

I think the main point of the book is that you have something to offer wherever you live.

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Book Review – The Elements of Style by Strunk and White

Most of us do not like to write. Writing is a skill and not something you are born with. Initially, I did not like to write. I found it cumbersome and even difficult to put my thoughts into writing. Currently, I love to write. Writing has become a means of expression. It is the best way to organize your thoughts and convey meaning.

There are many books on writing and on technical aspects of writing such as punctuations, spelling, etc. There are few books on the style and proper flow of writing. One book stands above all books. It has also been around for awhile. That book is “The Elements of Style” by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White.

The authors are also writers themselves. E. B. White wrote the classic children’s book, “Charlotte’s Web”. Their principles on the style and proper usage in writing is generally accepted by anyone and everyone (educators, writers, teachers, etc.).

The book, “Elements of Style”, should be one of those books that students and writers should have a copy of. As a student, you will learn principles that will make your essays and papers convey effective meaning (and earn an “A” at the same time). As a writer, you will be able to make your writing flow purposefully and your ideas come across as organized and effective. This is what you want your writing to be.

The English language has its own code. The book, “Elements of Style”, will enable you to “break that code” in your writing. That code includes how to use punctuations, active tense, composition, expressions, and style. Here are the topics that are covered by this reference book:

* Elementary rules of usage

This includes how to properly use parenthesis, commas, colons, dashes, etc. It is also discusses using the proper possessive form, proper use of pronouns, phrases, etc.

* Elementary principles of composition

This includes choosing a design in your writing, paragraphs, active voice, statements in positive form, using definitive (rather than useless words), loose sentences, keeping related words together, use of tense, placing emphatic words at end, etc.

* An Approach to Style

This includes writing naturally, writing with nouns and verbs, revising, rewriting, cardinal sins such as using foreign languages or excessive opinions, being clear, over explanation, etc.

* A Few Matters of Form and Words and Expressions Commonly Misused.

This will benefit anyone who needs to write to a wider audience. Unless you want to write in fragmented thoughts or in a haphazard way, then this book is not for you. Otherwise, you will need this book, “The Elements of Style”, to be a reference for all your writing.

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Men's Style by Russell Smith – Book Review

Writers on sartorial style tend to have a lovely prose style. This is certainly the case for Russell Smith, author of Men's Style: The Thinking Man's Guide to Dress. His book is full of interesting and entertaining anecdotes, paragraphs and turns of phrase, yet he never comes across as trying too hard. He's able to explain the technicalities of fine dress while writing in plain English – easier said than done.

The one problem with any style guide is that, at bottom, style is a matter of personal taste, and the rules become more subjective as you gain expertise. Russell does not deny this, but he is also firm about his convictions. I'd personally much rather read a book like this – even if I disagreed with most of the author's prescriptions and proscriptions – than a book full of wishy-washy relativism ("Leisure suits are not my thing, but wear them if you want to. "How helpful would that be?).

Rules of style are meant to make dressing less confusing, since "it is useful to know the rules, particularly if you are new to this whole game and don't trust your own taste." Fred Astaire may be able to pull off an outfit that would leave you or I looking like a dressed-up ape, not because he's handsome (he isn't) but because he's a pro. He can break the rules because he knows them, and he knows the loopholes.

The book is a good introduction to men's style, especially traditional and somewhat formal style. It shows you how clothes can make you feel sexy and cool. It shows you how to dress for different occasions. It's also a fun read. But if you're looking for advice on, say, how to pick the best color shirt for your skin tone, or how to dress for your body type, you might want something more practical and technical.

The book has wide margins, which allow quotes, illustrations and sidebars to frame the page. The illustrations, by the excellently-named Edwin Fotheringham, are a nice addition and help illustrate the author's point: a chapter about casual dress features a man dressed in a paisley leisure suit with a gold chain. The caption: "Casual dress is probably the contemporary male's weakest point." Point made.

This is a great gift for a man who is interested in style, or at least in sleeping with women. (If he's interested in sleeping with men, he'll still find it entertaining.) If you have a spouse, brother, or friend who makes abysmal fashion choices, consider giving them this book as an introduction to style. I've combined this book with an old picture book of Fred Astaire or Carey Grant, just to point out how important good style can be.

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Two Old Women: A Book Review

Folktales provide great insight into specific cultures. We often find enjoyment reading our own folktales to our children but tales from different cultures provide us with a greater understanding of other kinds of lifestyles. "Two Old Women" is powerful story written by Velma Wallis about a Gwich'in band of Alaskan Athabaskans. It is a story about two aging women and traditional Athabaskan practices, but it incorporates universal themes of survival and motivation.

The story follows Ch'idzigyaak and Sa 'as they face the cruel fate of being abandoned by their own people. The lack of food forces the chief to make the decision to abandon the two old women. Thus, Ch'idzigyaak and Sa 'begin their journey of physical, emotional, and psychological endurance. They travel across the land fending for themselves finding they had more strength than they thought possible.

They started as a couple of old women who would complain a lot while doing little work, but they transform into two successful and strong survivors. At the end of the story, they reunite with their tribe. The meeting is shaky at the start, but the women eventually forgive their people for abandoning them and share their bounty with their less successful family and friends.

Throughout the story, we learn much about the Gwich'in culture. Ch'idzigyaak and Sa 'recount their childhood and discuss roles within their families. We learn that the Gwich'in have distinct jobs designated to females and males, there are female and male gender roles and specified times when males and females should marry and have children, the Gwich'in view of aging is varied and changing, and there are distinct cultural values ​​among the Gwich'in.

The distinct cultural values ​​among the Gwich'in are shown in the themes of the story. These women toiled and survived through hardship and eventually found a happy ending. It shows how the Gwich'in value strength, both physical and mental. This story was likely created to inspire others to be strong and endure through hard times because it is possible even for a couple of old women. The Gwich'in also value their people. The women were abandoned by their band but forgave them since they have a deep connection with their people. They share certain understandings and a way of living.

Two Old Women is an amazing story full of the Gwich'in culture. It shows many examples of how they lived and what they believe. But the story is great because it not only provides us with cultural information. It is a story about people on an incredible journey who transforms themselves. People of all cultures can learn a lesson from these two old women.

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