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The Durable Human Manifesto: Practical Wisdom for Living and Parenting in the Digital World Paperback – October 2, 2013
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Jenifer Joy Madden is a bike-riding, creek-splashing, durable human in her own right. A science, environment, and relationship communicator extraordinaire, J.J. is widely known for her ability to convey Big Thoughts Made Simple. Also an award-winning community leader and digital journalism professor, J.J.’s work has informed millions watching ABC, PBS, Discovery Health Channel, and reading The Washington Post and her blog, The Durable Human. http://durablehuman.com/
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So, put down the laptop, stop checking your phone for emails, realize that that Facebook upload can wait, and read this book. From raising kids to maintaining your health to carving out more time to do the fun things in life--JJ has some suggestions you really should hear.
(Oh, I don't think my review is listed as "verified" because I actually own the paperback edition.)
Jenifer Joy Madden is multi-faceted Renaissance Woman, who juggles many disparate facets of her life with seeming ease and light-heartedness, yet brings a certain gravitas and order to all she touches. A science, environment, and relationship communicator, civic leader, speaker, and journalism professor, Jenifer serves our end of town well through her accomplishments in transportation planning for Tysons. She is widely known as the force behind the new pedestrian bridge linking Vienna to the Wolf Trap Filene Center.
Originally published in Vienna VA civic association newsletter (www dot wbcrier dot com)
I particularly enjoyed the story of Flavio, and the reference about children's lives becoming so constructed and organized. I think I recall summing up this condition as pointing out that all kids should have childhoods like Tom Sawyer . . . . very little organization, even less adult intrusion, and plenty of time to explore, imagine, and create. . . to be a kid. It has been pointed out before, but is worth repeating: if you want to see what a kid can do, stop giving him things. Coupled with pointing out how enslaved we are becoming to technology, and this tiny book forms a vivid picture of what we are losing in our frantic race to nowhere.
Harrison A. Glasgow