Author Archives: kimberlysbarton

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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Off the Wall

If you ever have the chance to be in a flash mob…do it. I’ve been participating in a dance workshop that will end in a performance, but along the way our teacher decided it would be fun for us to … Continue reading

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The Fourth Way

Fight, Flight, or Freeze. The three ways humans deal with an attack or an extremely stressful situation. Aikido training offers a fourth way–Blend. Absorb an attacker’s energy. Redirect it. Change the nature of the conflict. The way to do this … Continue reading

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Comfort Shows

Comfort foods. We all have them. For me, it’s mashed potatoes and gravy, macaroni and cheese, and chicken noodle soup. I think we have comfort TV shows too, those shows that we like to go back and watch even though … Continue reading

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The Saddest Story

Puff the Magic Dragon is the saddest story I have ever heard. Sadder than Shakespeare, sadder than a Greek tragedy. It’s the story of growing up and losing the magic in life. What could be sadder than that? A song … Continue reading

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Energetic Batteries

Aikido is energy training. The name itself speaks of this energy; the ‘ki’ in aiKIdo means energy or life force. Put together, the word Ai-ki-do means ‘the way of joining energy’ or ‘the way of harmony.’ I recently spent a … Continue reading

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