Joy Kogawa’s masterful third novel, a middle-aged woman discovers painful truths about her father

kogawa_rainIn Joy Kogawa’s masterful third novel, a middle-aged woman discovers that her father, a respected Anglican priest, has long been a sexual abuser of boys. Originally published to critical acclaim in 1995, The Rain Ascends has been revisited by the author, with substantive additions to the end of the narrative that bring to fruition the heroine’s struggle for forgiveness and redemption.

As a middle-aged mother, Millicent is confronted with the secrets of her father’s past as she recalls certain events in her childhood-a childhood that, on the surface, was a blissful one. Disbelief turns to confusion as she faces up to the sins of her father and wrestles with a legacy of lies, silence and her own embattled conscience.

In The Rain Ascends, Joy Kogawa beautifully sifts the truth from the past and the sinner from the perceived saint. The result is a sensitive, poetic, yet searing depiction of the wounds left by abuse and the redemption brought by truth.( Penguin)

Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Date Published: January 14, 2003
Subjects: Fiction
EAN: 9780143013xxx
Physical Dimensions: 5.50″ x 8.55″
Sales Rank: #

JOY KOGAWA was born in Vancouver in 1935 to Japanese- Canadian parents. During WWII,  Joy and her family were forced to move to Slocan, British Columbia, as part of the Canadian government’s policy to relocate and intern Japanese-Canadians. Kogawa is the author of several award-winning novels and volumes of poetry. In 1986, Kogawa was made a Member of the Order of Canada; in 2006, she was made a Member of the Order of British Columbia. She lives in Toronto.

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“Rain Ascends by Joy Kogawa.” Penguin Random House Canada. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 June 2015. < http://penguinrandomhouse.ca/books/390961/rain-ascends#9780143013204

Critical Parenting Lead to Anxiety or strict ‘Tiger Mothering’ is effective

Harsh, Critical Parenting May Lead to Anxiety Disorder Symptoms
“Tiger” parents may drive kids’ brains to overreact to errors

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In an age when the formula for success seems infinitely regressive—when having a good career means going to a good college, which requires acing your way through a top high school, middle school and even preschool—the onus is on the parent to push, push, push. We want our children to get a foot in the door before they even know how to tie the shoe that’s on it. But should we encourage our children through tender praise, or do we embrace the “tiger mom” strategy of punishment and criticism?( Peck)

Does Science Support the Punitive Parenting of “Tiger Mothering”?

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A law professor’s new memoir has stoked controversy because of its suggestion that a strict, authoritarian upbringing leads to academic success. But what does the scientific evidence say?

Are Chinese moms superior? That claim was suggested in a headline last week for a book excerpt in The Wall Street Journal by Yale University law professor and self-proclaimed “tiger mother” Amy Chua. It drew roars of anger from parenting experts and the Chinese-American community for its harsh parenting techniques, which included verbal denigrations and negative reinforcement, such as not permitting bathroom breaks or threats to destroy favorite toys until the child performed a musical composition flawlessly. The excerpt attracted numerous comments and responses such as “Parents like Amy Chua are the reason why Asian-Americans like me are in therapy.”

Access issue…SCIAM MIND May 2015…….https://my23.sd23.bc.ca/school/kss/staffroom/new/shareddocs/eread/Documents/SCIAM_MAY201506teenbrain.pdf
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Works Cited

Choi, C. (2011, January 18). Harsh, Critical Parenting May Lead to Anxiety Disorder Symptoms. Retrieved June 3, 2015, from http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/harsh-critical-parenting-may-lead-to-anxiety-disorder-symptoms/

Peck, M. (2015, April 9). Harsh, Critical Parenting May Lead to Anxiety Disorder Symptoms. Retrieved June 3, 2015, from http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/harsh-critical-parenting-may-lead-to-anxiety-disorder-symptoms/

SA MIND – new issue now available to KSSreads. it’s a dog’s breakfast…

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An overactive immune response can cause depression.
By the time she visited her doctor, Anne, a 28-year-old graduate student, had felt listless for months. Plagued by headaches, dizziness, anxiety and visual disturbances, she was struggling in her seminars and failed two exams. She also quit hobbies she enjoyed and stopped socializing. Her doctor diagnosed burnout, a depressive reaction to ongoing stress. He prescribed antidepressants and referred her to me for psychotherapy. Neither helped.(

Tapping the Expertise of Patients

Peer counselors are playing a growing role in guiding newcomers to mental health care
On a February day 15 years ago Paul Bradford took himself to a local emergency room. Bradford felt agitated and confused; he and his wife thought he needed professional help. To his surprise, two large men came into the waiting room, grabbed him by the arms and hustled him into a treatment room….

Scientific American MIND Explores the Psychology Behind Keeping Pets

Science helps us understand why we keep animal companions and how they became so prominent in our daily lives
In 1961 a child psychologist proposed a radical idea to the American Psychological Association: What if dogs could help therapists connect to troubled patients? Perhaps the animals would help soothe anxiety and help people open up. When Boris Levinson of Yeshiva University presented this idea, many of his colleagues thought it was laughable. Yet the idea that humans might derive therapeutic effects from animals would go on to capture the attention of many future researchers….

How to Be a Better Sleeper

Expert advice on lighting, timing and hacking your dreams
Everyone in my family is sleep-deprived. My wife, who usually writes this column, is so overtaxed this month that she asked me to fill in for her. It’s tempting to blame our sleep deprivation on nightly interruptions by our nine-month-old or our toddler. But it’s my own fault, too: like 30 percent of my fellow Americans, my sleep habits are fairly wretched. Instead of treating my sleep as a valuable resource, I approach bedtime like folding the laundry: as a regular obligation that I’ll get to, eventually….(Pavlus)
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Kasten, Eric. “Can Infection Give You the Blues?” Scientific American Global RSS. N.p., May-June 2015. Web. 13 May 2015. <http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/can-infection-give-you-the-blues/&gt;.

Pavlus, J. “How to Be a Better Sleeper.” Scientific American Global RSS. N.p., May-June 2015. Web. 13 May 2015. <http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-to-be-a-better-sleeper/&gt;.

“Scientific American MIND Explores the Psychology Behind Keeping Pets.” Scientific American Global RSS. N.p., May-June 2015. Web. 13 May 2015. <http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/scientific-american-mind-explores-the-psychology-behind-keeping-pets/&gt;.

Weintraub, Karen. “Tapping the Expertise of Patients.” Scientific American Global RSS. N.p., May-June 2015. Web. 13 May 2015. <http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/tapping-the-expertise-of-patients/&gt;.

Annual KSS dance show, entitled “Flow” – collaboration with GESS

Hello Friends!
Please accept our cordial invitation to the annual KSS dance show, entitled “Flow”. We are collaborating with George Elliot; performing at the Creekside Theatre, Thursday May 21st.  16 numbers, a variety of dance styles!!
Tickets are only $5 for students/seniors, and $7 for adults. Seating is limited
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Summer wellness to my tired and amazing colleagues.

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From Positivity Big…
http://www.positivityblog.com/index.php/2014/06/26/take-care-of-yourself/
Thanks! Enjoy! Rest!

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1. Just watch the clouds go by.
Do only that, savor the moments of summer and feel how the inner tensions flow out of your mind and body.

2. Go phone- and internet-free for a time..
I recommend trying this one out, especially if you tend to spend a lot of time at work or in school with being online or talking on the phone.
Start with just staying away from your email and phone for maybe 24 hours. Then check them.

3. Appreciate what you did between New Year’s Eve and the start of this summer.
Half of 2014 has now gone by.
And there might have been some worries. Perhaps you were angry with yourself more than a few times during these 6 months. Or disappointed in what you did, didn’t do or what happened in your life.
When the stress…

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SAY magazine- now on display

http://www.saymag.com/wpsay/?cat=135

New Issue… ‘ Made in Manitoba’
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About …

SAY Magazine is the only lifestyle magazine in the world for Native people.

More than just for youth – Native youth are the largest growing demographic in North America and SAY has grown over the years to include information for more than just our youth.

Consistently SAY has received feedback that the magazine and website are a RESOURCE for our people and a major source of INFORMATION on CONTEMPORARY Native issues. SAY’s mission statement is HOPE.

Established in 2002, SAY publishes four regular issues, plus annual ‘Best Practices in Economic Development, Education Guide for Native Students and Back2School editions.  Special publications, such as the program for 2008 NAIG, program for 2011 Manito Ahbee and annual reports are also available from SAY.

Subscriptions are available for single copies, multiple (6) copies and classroom kits (for educational providers at any level). Story ideas and submissions are welcome – contact info@saymag.com.

Walrus magazine- now on display

the KSS Learning Commons

http://thewalrus.ca/category/issues/2015-05/

Access>

https://my23.sd23.bc.ca/school/kss/staffroom/new/shareddocs/eread/Documents/thewalrus.ca-Time%20for%20Bed.pdf

https://my23.sd23.bc.ca/school/kss/staffroom/new/shareddocs/eread/Documents/thewalrus.ca-Emily%20Carrs%20British%20Columbia.pdf

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Time for Bed

Your kids aren’t sleeping enough—and neither are you

Health
by Katherine Ashenburg

Emily Carr’s British Columbia

An unsettling journey through the archives

Visual Essay
by Sarah Milroy

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In 1884, the ban on the potlatch ceremony struck an additional blow, crippling an important mechanism for the consolidation of community and identity, and for the transmission of knowledge, property, and clan entitlements. Finally, as the twentieth century dawned, the landscape was increasingly ravaged by industrial logging practices. No longer was the natural world honoured as the seat of identity and spiritual connection, as it had been for millennia. Rather, it was aggressively reframed as a commodity, with Indigenous people struggling to find an equitable footing within the new economy. That struggle continues today.( Milroy)

When Elizabeth was three, social and emotional lags became apparent. “Alarm bells were starting to go off,” says Claire. She…

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Some new print and digital reading- magazines

fc134covSome current titles are now on display in our periodical collection. A few have online access as well.See Mr. Smith for details.

Reminder:  we have hundreds of journals, with full text, in our databases collection.

Browse/search titles in the Publications tab.    Eg. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=rch&bquery=JN+%26quot%3bAmerican+Fitness%26quot%3b+AND+DT+20150301&type=1&site=ehost-live

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Geography AP Reading Project 2… TASK

Project 2…Non-Fiction Task

Why blog writing?

Scholarship and personal learning grows with the written word.

  • The written word is a primary device for acquiring meaning, evaluating understanding and sharing perspectives. Not unlike the expansion of culture, ideas and technologies, during global exploration, today’s online reality has expanded the potential to engage in discourse far beyond our borders.
  • Connected learning and dialogue is the new commerce. Blogs are a platform that exchanges content beyond the level of a status update.
  • Often credit and/or personal courses include ‘response’ evidence.
  • Your feedback builds academic capital for KSS and future students.

Assessment:

Organizer notes with references to your book choice. The notes must be :

  1. One(1) or more blog comment below and
  2. One(1) REPLY to (1) student comment(s) for a book other your own.
  3. Criteria:
    1. Comment:
      1. proficient exam writing,
      2. with a paragraph(s), your book’s connection to the main Human Geography themes.
      3. Provide a minimum of (1) quote.
    2. Reply
      1. proficient written feedback
      2. with a sentence(s), 
      3. includes mindful feedback and a POV

Geography AP Reading Project 2…Non-Fiction

http://www.mosaicbooks.ca/?q=h.tviewer&e_def_id=rQ-L1wGCIGw

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Our Geography AP class is embarking on another reading project.  This unit is focusing on a non-fiction selection. Students will select a title and research as needed to write various analytical criteria of the human geography curriculum- economic, social, political and nature of place. ASK-a-Librarian 24/7 for questions or suggestions…

Reading List formal Bibliography > https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lusZFulRkKq3Pmwki2M0I0S-hva9R9IdK_lOMnU05Dc/edit?usp=sharing

The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness and Greed Vaillant, John
The 100-Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating Smith, Alisa
Infidel Hirsi Ali, Ayaan
The David Suzuki Reader, 2nd Edition: A Lifetime of Ideas from a Leading Activist and Thinker Suzuki, David
Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda Dallaire, Romeo
Race Against Time: Searching for Hope in AIDS-Ravaged Africa Lewis, Stephen
The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World Weiner, Eric
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism Klein, Naomi
World is Flat, The: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century Friedman, Thomas
Guns Germs and Steel: The Fates Of Human Societies Diamond, Jared

AP Geo Longlist

Unit Overview:

The project is designed so student’s written reflections address the five themes of Geography (Movement, Region, Location, Interaction with the Environment and Nature of Place).  By it’s natural genre, he NON-FICTION reading titles have more explicit references to each concept. Your outline points should now be more analytical and less descriptive.

Even historical inquiry demands the inclusion of “geographic eyes” to build deeper understanding.  An exemplary book report should include some interpretation of the geographic elements that proves your analysis and understanding.

Book Review/Resource Links to assist in your selection and analysis. Questions? contact me anytime.

KSS Novelist reviews:

http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=neh&tg=UI&an=154206&site=novp-live

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/769948-al?shelf=geog12ap

LibraryThing:

https://www.librarything.com/catalog.php?tag=Geog12AP&offset=0&view=literateowl&shelf=shelf

NoodleTools:

http://www.noodletools.com/public/141104161044935833390388

GoogleDocs:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lusZFulRkKq3Pmwki2M0I0S-hva9R9IdK_lOMnU05Dc/edit?usp=sharing

Samplers/Bios/Video….

Stephen Lewis. lecture on Race Against Time, Massey Lectures. frank, articulate, intelligent essay on AIDS, Africa and foreign policy.

“I have spent the last four years watching people die.” With these wrenching words, diplomat and humanitarian Stephen Lewis opens his 2005 Massey Lectures. Lewis’s determination to bear witness to the desperate plight of so many in Africa and elsewhere is balanced by his unique, personal, and often searing insider’s perspective on our ongoing failure to help.(CBC)

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Hayes, Marques. “Geography, More Than You Think.” Geoawesomeness. 13 Aug. 2014. Web. 10 Mar. 2015.

“Al’s Geography AP.” Mosaicbooks. Bookmanager.com. Web. 9 Mar. 2015.

Klein, Naomi. “Naomi Klein – The Shock Doctrine – Part 1 of 6.” YouTube. Policy Alternatives, 2007. Web. 12 Mar. 2015. <https://youtu.be/Ka3Pb_StJn4&gt;.

Lewis, Stephen. “The 2005 CBC Massey Lectures, “Race Against Time” – Home | Ideas with Paul Kennedy | CBC Radio.” CBCnews. Ed. Kennedy. CBC/Radio Canada, 07 Nov. 2005. Web. 12 Mar. 2015. <http://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas/the-2005-cbc-massey-lectures-race-against-time-1.2946874&gt;.

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What is the one book to break barriers?  That’s the question host Wab Kinew will be asking for the 14th edition of CBC’s battle of the books…. Try one for Spring Break.

Follow : web, TV, Radio or Social Media. 

The tradition and literary integrity of this nation wide program is the envy of the world. In Canada, millions follow the reading list, debates and events each year. Where else is there a community book club? 🙂 KSSreads celebrates the event each year.

Past winners and nominees> http://www.cbc.ca/books/CRpreviouswinners/index.html

If you have read any of the contenders, please post a reply below with a comment or mini review.  Thanks.