Monthly Archives: March 2016

Magic in The Lord of the Rings–Deus ex Machina Part II

In last week’s blog I wrote about how magic and the paranormal can sometimes become a cheat in modern fiction. This week, I want to focus on how Tolkien handled magic The Lord of the Rings. I know he is not … Continue reading

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The Supernatural–A Modern Deus Ex Machina

*I’m on vacation and reblogging this from a few years ago!*  Deus ex Machina—this phrase means “god from the machine” and was originally a stage device used by the ancient Greeks in which a god would be lowered to the … Continue reading

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GRW-Gradual Release of Worry

In my work as a reading tutor, I learned a strategy called GRR or Gradual Release of Responsibility. Basically, with GRR the tutor or teacher gradually releases the responsibility of the student’s learning from teacher-led to student-led. In my job … Continue reading

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Mommy Radar

I’m fast asleep when all of a sudden, BAM!, I wake up. I do the normal check: Noise? Bad dream? Do I have to go to the bathroom? Am I hot? Cold? No. No. No. No. No. I turn and … Continue reading

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Afraid of the Robots

Artificial Intelligence scares me. Terrifies me. In my own human, intelligent, rational brain I know that AI means different things and has many different levels. I know, for example, that my internet search engine is a form of artificial intelligence. … Continue reading

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