Day: October 17, 2011

“Cat Calls” by Jeanne Adlon and Susan Logan

“Cat Calls” by Jeanne Adlon and Susan Logan c.2011, SquareOne Publishers $14.95 U.S. 123 pages   By TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER You’ve been thinking lately about the pitter-patter of tiny feet. You love a round baby belly and tiny baby ears. You long to gaze into an innocent little face as you hold your baby in your arms. Definitely – it’s time to bring new life to your household. But first, there’s so much to do. You need to get a new litter box, catnip toys, and a collar with a bell. And, according to authors Jeanne Adlon and Susan Logan, you’ll also want to kitten-proof your home. In their new book “Cat Calls,” they’ll give you lots more advice on being a new cat owner. For most of her life, Jeanne Adlon has been an animal lover. She worked with Cleveland Amory and his Fund for Animals. She owned a Manhattan boutique for cats and their owners, and she was one of New York City’s first full-time cat sitters. The job, she says, “is not for wimps.” Adlon has climbed up fire escapes to find her clients. She’s broken into apartments, dodged paint tarps, and she’s been clawed, scratched and ignored. Still, she loves her job because it’s “never dull.” If you’re game, there are lots of places to adopt a cat, says Adlon. You might know someone with free...

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Teachers find smartphones an effective learning tool

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes In most classes at McNary High School, cell phones are subject to a zero-tolerance policy. If a student has one out during instruction time, chances are good the phone will end up confiscated until the end of the day. The reasoning behind the policy serves many functions: it keeps students from attempting to copy tests on the sly, keeps distractions to a minimum, and keeps them off social media networks where they might fan the flames of confrontations between other such that have produced recent fights. But, like any new technology, cell phones have their benefits and drawbacks. “We used to have these discussions about calculators in the classroom and before that I’m sure there were the same discussions about slide rulers,” said John Honey, McNary High School principal. It’s an especially relevant example. Earlier this school year, a McNary instructor came to Honey asking for the go-ahead to purchase 30 scientific calculators. Honey went to the classroom and asked how many students had smart phones, then how many students had calculators on them, then how many could get scientific calculators on their phones. Instead of 30 calculators, the school ended up purchasing 10. At a time when every penny matters due to budget cuts, the incident brings into the sharp focus the pros and cons of technology in the classroom. “It comes...

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