(Book Review) Writing Your Own Script: A Parent’s Role in the Gifted Child’s Social Development

Sabbatical season. Thankfully, it’s given me time to tinker with a couple of larger projects–one fiction, one non-fiction–that I pushed aside for my first two books. I reckon they’ll keep me plenty busy in 2016.

While I hit reset on the writing process, a few friends have shiny new books to promote, so I can’t be a complete hermit.Therefore, this is the first of a series of book reviews you’ll see here this year.

Writing Your Own Script by Goodwin and Gustavson | Reviewed by Pamela Price for RedWhiteandGrew.com

DISCLAIMER: the publisher of the book reviewed here provided me with a courtesy review copy. Two Amazon affiliate links appear in the body of this review. I receive a penny or two back from purchases made via those links.

One of the benefits of participating in GHF’s vibrant online community is the chance to learn from “seasoned” parents of gifted and/or twice-exceptional kids. These are people who have walked before us, wearing similar shoes. A few of them have even blazed a new trail or two.

Still, between juggling home, work, and life responsibilities, not every parent in need of advice and support has ample time to dip their proverbial toes into the GHF social media stream.

With the release of GHF Press’s Writing Your Own Script: A Parent’s Role in the Gifted Child’s Social Development, Corin Barsily Goodwin and Mika Gustavson have streamlined the hard-won collective wisdom of the community. Both women are mothers who have demonstrated their commitment to the gifted community time and again. Between them, they have decades of experience on the front lines of gifted education and parenting. Goodwin founded GHF and still serves as the organization’s president, and Gustavson is a psychotherapist and parent coach. Continue reading “(Book Review) Writing Your Own Script: A Parent’s Role in the Gifted Child’s Social Development”

(Book Review) Writing Your Own Script: A Parent’s Role in the Gifted Child’s Social Development

Book Review: The Complete Idiot’s Guide Composting


The Complete Idiot's Guide to Composting
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When it comes to composting, I’m only semi-literate. Well, I was until I read Chris McLaughlin’s new book.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Composting closed the knowledge gap for me in most areas. As we’ve come to expect from this series, the information is provided in a clear, easy-to-read format. It helps, of course, that McLaughlin is a good writer, contributing regularly to VegetableGardener.com and serving as the San Francisco Gardening Examiner at Examiner.com. 

Here McLaughlin’s created a light, lively text that lays out composting’s nuts-and-bolt for, well, all of us composting idiots. There’s no pretense or hooks, just the facts laid bare. The tone is conversational, much like what you’d expect from chatting with a more seasoned garden pal in person or online. Between the covers of this slender volume, expect to read up on the “why” and “how” of compost piles as well as the oh-so-trendy vermicomposting, mulching, and green manures and cover crops. My personal fave–sheet mulching–is mentioned, too. (It’s my fave, honestly, because it’s the only type that I’m familiar with.) Considering that I’ve been considering a tumbler bin, it was nice to see McLaughlin write about container options, site selection, and maintenance. Continue reading “Book Review: The Complete Idiot’s Guide Composting”

Book Review: The Complete Idiot’s Guide Composting