Sunday, January 31, 2010

Who is J.D. Salinger?

Speculations arise when this mysterious person, the reclusive author of "The Catcher in the Rye," passed away at 91 in the name of J.D. Salinger.

According to Mike Knumboits, the contributor of Buzz Week in Review (Yahoo) said that the author who is mysterious and little-seen went into seclusion in New Hampshire, refusing all interviews. Thus, this resulted lots of searches on the web, even me want to know the "juice".

Here's what I have got.

Salinger never wrote another novel, and in the next 12 years, before retreating to rural New Hampshire as a permanent recluse, published only three volumes of short stories and novellas. His career demonstrated that a reputation, even cult status, could be comfortably maintained by a very small amount of published work.

The three books after The Catcher in the Rye were For Esmé – With Love and Squalor (1953); Franny and Zooey (1961); and Raise High the Roof Beam Carpenters, and Seymour: An Introduction (1963).

The first was a group of short stories; the second a single short story and a novella; the third consisted of two long, connected stories.

After 1963 Salinger spent the rest of his life successfully avoiding all but a minute circle of neighbours in Cornish, a New Hampshire hamlet. The other inhabitants gradually learned to be closemouthed and defensive about their odd, uncommunicative neighbour.

He was once, in the early 1970s, lured to the telephone by a reporter for the New York Times – at a moment when he was particularly annoyed about his early, uncollected short stories being republished in book form without his permission. These magazine stories were printed in two volumes and had been distributed without authorisation. By that time there was not much that Salinger could do about it, but he took the opportunity to complain hotly.

The reporter quoted him as saying: "There is a marvellous peace in not publishing. Publishing is a terrible invasion of my privacy. I love to write, but I write for myself and my own pleasure."

That, apparently, was how he filled his days in the privacy of his hideaway. One story in the trade had it that he had not been face to face with his literary agent for years. It was even said that he had never met his publisher.

His life as a recluse – with the temptations this offered to journalists – made as much news as his books. But in all his years dwelling in his rural fortress he never answered a single letter from his army of fans, and resisted every blandishment to appear on the lucrative lecture circuit. He simply chose to remain in Cornish, write whatever it was he was writing and pursue an interest in Zen Buddhism.

Salinger clearly set a very high value on a man's right to absolute privacy. Scores of heavyweight critical studies of his work appeared in solemn journals over the years, though he gave not a moment's encouragement or help to any of their authors. Thus the essence of the man remained elusive.

Readers might have seen this coming from the beginning. In the very first paragraph of The Catcher in the Rye – with its autobiographical overtones – he has his protagonist Holden Caulfield remarking: "I'm not going to tell you my whole goddam autobiography or anything."

Indeed, after the British author (and sometime Sunday Times literary critic) Ian Hamilton had devoted three years to preparing JD Salinger: A Writing Life, Salinger sent lawyers to court in the United States to block its publication.

The US publishers Random House, in a routine prepublication exercise, had sent advance proofs of the book to reviewers and booksellers. Someone sent a copy to Salinger, who objected strenuously, especially to passages quoting from letters he had written to Ernest Hemingway, and others which Hamilton had unearthed in university libraries.

Even a rewrite of the manuscript failed to mollify Salinger, and for two years injunctions flew, appeals were filed and positions argued. The case was followed closely in the publishing world due to its ramifications about the use of unpublished letters. In the end the US Supreme Court ruled in Salinger's favour – only for Hamilton to rewrite the book, weaving in an account of the legal imbroglio itself. It was finally published in 1988 as In Search of JD Salinger.

Jerome David Salinger was born in New York on New Year's Day 1919 to Sol and Miriam Jillich Salinger. He attended McBurney school in the city before going on to Valley Forge military academy in Pennsylvania. His time there clearly provided background for Pencey Prep, Holden Caulfield's school in The Catcher in the Rye.

He went on to New York University, to Ursinus College in Pennsylvania and to Columbia University, New York, where he studied short story writing under Whit Burnett. His first published piece, The Young Folks, appeared in Story magazine in 1940. He served four years in the US infantry and was once stationed at Tiverton, Devon. He was in the Battle of the Bulge as the Germans made their final thrust to the west.

In the 1940s, during and after the war, he published short fiction in Colliers, Esquire, Story, The Saturday Evening Post and The New Yorker. One story, A Girl I Knew, was chosen as one of the best American short stories of 1949. It was the unauthorised publication of some of these in book form that led to Salinger's outburst about privacy to the New York Times.

Many of these stories, in fact, dealt with similar themes to those in The Catcher in the Rye and in the short stories in For Esmé – With Love and Squalor: young people at large in a world they judged to be valueless and uncaring, a world scarcely worth joining.

Critics had various explanations for his success. Some found his books, particularly The Catcher in the Rye, touched the mood of a disaffected generation of the postwar young. In Holden Caulfield he painted a youth, really only just emerging from childhood, with colloquial speech and mannerisms, finding himself confronting a society he could not understand and in which he could discern no remaining values worth clinging to.

One critic called Catcher the best novel by an American since Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. Others found the praise heaped on Salinger exaggerated and his reputation inflated.

Late in the book came a strange passage from which Salinger drew his rather odd title. Holden Caulfield is telling his little sister what he wants to be, and gratuitously mentions Robert Burns's poem starting: "If a body meet a body coming through the rye."

There follows a convoluted story in which he tells his sister that he had thought the line read "catch a body" and how (for no reason stemming from anything earlier in the book) he imagines himself watching hordes of children playing in a field of rye at a cliff's edge.

If they don't look where they're going he has to catch them. "That's all I'd do all day," he tells her. "I'd just be the catcher in the rye and all. I know it's crazy but that's the only thing I'd really like to be. I know it's crazy."

Salinger's short stories in For Esmé – With Love and Squalor were frequently about children and the subtle communication between children and the strange world of adults. Some were about sadness – a war orphan befriended by an American soldier; a young man falling in love with a nun who is taking his learn-art-by-correspondence course. One reviewer thought nobody since Lewis Carroll had so subtly observed children.

The final story in For Esmé was Teddy, which offered a hint of Salinger's future interest in Zen. His protagonist, a boy, tries to embrace Buddhism as a hedge against a world he sees as ephemeral.

His last two books, Franny and Zooey and Raise High the Roof Beam Carpenters, and Seymour; An Introduction, charted the progress of the Glass family, New York Jewish-Irish Catholics. The tales were set against a background of competing religious traditions. In 1965, the New Yorker printed Hapworth 16, 1924, an early instalment in his chronicle of the Glass family. It was the last time Salinger printed new work.

Soon, however, it was the author, not his work, that was to become the focus of media attention. In 1972 the New York Times published the reflections of a young writer, Joyce Maynard, entitled An Eighteen Year Old Looks Back on Life. The piece, and its attendant success, prompted the reclusive Salinger, then 53, to write to its author, warning her of the dangers of fame. The pair then embarked on a correspondence and, shortly afterwards, an affair.

Joyce Maynard lived with Salinger for 10 months, writing her memoir, Looking Back. In later interviews and in a subsequent memoir, At Home in the World, she gave an insight into Salinger's otherwise mysterious life, describing the reclusive writer as by turns compelling, vicious and deeply self-obsessed.

She also chronicled his fascination with homeopathic medicines, his need to vomit after eating junk food and his daily meditation rituals.

Most importantly for his legions of admirers, however, she also confirmed that, at the time of their affair, Salinger was highly disciplined about writing every day; and that he had produced novels and short stories which he kept to himself because of his disgust with the publishing business.

She also claimed that, due to her young age, she had been exploited. Salinger's personal reputation and his writing were bruised by the affair, with new scrutiny being brought retrospectively to bear on his fictional portrayals of young women and prepubescent girls. Most critics quickly exculpated him, deeming his fictional interest in children eccentric, perhaps, but not erotic.

By then Salinger had been twice married and twice divorced. His first, brief, marriage, to a woman called Sylvia, was over by the early 1950s.

With his second wife, Claire Douglas, half-sister of Lord Douglas of Kirtleside, he had a son and a daughter. The marriage was dissolved in 1967. He did, however, marry for a third time, again falling for a woman much younger than himself. But although four decades his junior, Colleen O'Neill, who had run the town fair in Cornish, was no girl by the time they met in the late 1980s.

She survives him, along with his children and the rumours, long nurtured by admirers, of the existence of unpublished works filed away in his house in New Hampshire.

(Source: Telegraph.co.uk)

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Rectal or Ear Thermometer?

According to Mark Widome, M.D., professor of pediatrics at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, in Hershey that a rectal thermometer gives the moset precise reading than ear thermometer because the latter is trickier to use because you have to angle the infrared sensor properly in the ear canal. Thus, he suggests that it's fine to switch to an oral thermometer when your child is around 3 years old. The new temporal-artery thermometer is another accurate option, but it's pricey.

But digital thermometer use a battery and they could die at a crucial time. He said that it is good idea to keep an extra battery or a back-up digital thermometer on hand.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Constant stress linked to B12 defeciency.

Foggy thinking, debilitating tiredness and mood swings are on the rise as women absorb less and less of this critical vitamin.

According to Fred Pescatore, M.D., author of The Hamptons Diet (Wiley, 2005), "The body needs cobalamin to make red blood cells, activate metabolism enzymes and regulate muscle activity." He further explains, "And since B12 is also used to form the myelin sheath that surrounds nerves and ensures healthy signaling, shortages can lead to mental fogginess, mood imbalances and memory lapses." Long-tern consequences can include anemia, nerve damage and even dementia.

In fact, finding from a new survey reveal that Ameicans' soaring stress levels have increased their risk of ulcers and other GI complaints by over 300 percent. That's worrisome news, but adding to the problem is the fact that digestive complications - and the drugs we use to treat them - can lead to brain-robbing shortages of vitamin B12 (cobalamin). As a result, B12 deficiency seem to be growing more widespread" In a Tufts University study, nearly 40 percent of all female subjects were found to suffer from suboptional levels.

Thus, vitamins B12 can't do its job without stomach acids, notes naturopathic physican Holly Lucille, N.D., head of Healinh from Withing Heathcare in Los Angeles. "Gastric acid id what releases methylcobalamin, the food form of B12 from its protein bords so the vitamin can be absorbed," she explains. But since the body's acid production naturally declines with age, B12 malabsorption is common. For the same reason, acid-suppressing medications are problematic.

Another B12 obstacle is H.pylori, a bacterium that lives in the gut of 20 percent of women under age 40 and 50 percent of women over 60. "H.pylorcan damage parietal cells in the stomach," says Dr. Pescatore. "This reduces their output of intrinsic factor, the glyco-protein that transports B12 to the intestinal site where absorption occurs."

And the best help solution according to Dr. Pescatore is to eat 8 oz. servings of yogurt containing live and active cultures and Dr. Lucille advces supplement intake with at least 1,000 methylcobalamin a day, increasing the daily dose to 2,000 mcg. if you're over 40 or taking acid blockers instead.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Know more about Asbestos. Maybe you are one of the victim.

Asbestosis. Mesothelioma. Lung Cancer.

These three are the serious problem when one is a victim of Asbestos. What then is Asbestos?

Asbestos is the name given to a number of naturally occurring fibrous silicate minerals that have been mined for their useful properties such as thermal insulation, chemical and thermal stability, and high tensile strength. The three most common types of asbestos are: a) chrysotile, b) amosite and c) crocidolite.

Furthermore, Asbestos Survey reveals that over 70 people a week die in the UK of asbestos related diseases. A quarter of the dead worked in building and maintenance trades.
According to the HSE, very week: 3 plumbers die, 20 tradesmen die and 6 electricians die too. Of course, nobody wants many lives will be totally devastated. And researchers are always trying their very best to come up with the better remedy. Two of the possible solutions are now being discovered:
Pharmaceutical Decontamination and Pharmaceutical Decommissioning.

Learning these two is everyone's task for us to educate ourselves and avoid the risk from this monstrous-killer disease.

That is why, proper awareness and public interaction and vigilance is a must.

How to organize your clothes.

Do you ever stop to think that getting your clutter under control can actually help you lead a healthier, less stressful and more productive life?

There are methods for controlling clutter everywhere in your home. Instead of taking a modular approach to your organizational needs, the closet company explains that the company takes a customized approach to make life simpler.

Closet company should focus to develop a meaningful use of space in your environment. Visual tools show you the different options for your space, keeping your specific storage needs as the priority.

To accomplish an optimum result, you need a good designer. Someone that will listen to a client's problems as well as their goals and then think about how to make it work.

While your wardrobe may be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about closet organization, closet company offers solutions for just about every space in your home, from the linen closet to the pantry, garage, home office and more.

Whatever your organizational challenges, closet company is there to help you as evidently as much as they help me organizing my wardrobe.

Perfectly, it makes my life easier and comfortable.

How to expose your dog to the environment.

I often see my dog in the house. He is the security guard, the guardian, the inspector and of course, my best pal ever. I pretty understand how tasking and boring his life is. Imagine, having that overtime duty 24/7. Of course, I feel his agony of always staying in the house and have nothing exciting to do. That is why, I come to a point of deciding to make his life more meaningful, pleasurable and worthwhile. I have him join whippet.

At first, I don't know that he is capable of winning because all I know is that his world just revolves around the house. I was so glad that he was totally happy with his new amusement and job now, which I take serious concern too as well. I now potentially know that he is okay and comfortable with his new life as well. Me, being always his supporter, is always there for him.

Amazingly, this gives me the idea that part of his duty is not more on the house. He should also be exposed to the different pleasures this world could ever give and it starts at whippet. Pretty amazing, my dog is always into it!

Poor Nutrition Causes ADD or ADHD

50 percent of kids who get diagnosed with ADD or ADHD also have poor nutrition, William Sears, MD, an associate clinical professor of Pediatrics at University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine said. Sears believes they actually suffer fronm NDD or Nutrition Deficiency Disorder. Sears further said that the quality of food the children eat has a profound effect on behavioral problems like ADD or ADHD. "For many children, nutrition alone can work as an effective alternative to drugs," he said. Grazing, fish and blueberries are what he recommends.

Grazing is good for the brain because it helps steady blood-sugar levels. Sears calls it the rule of twos: Eat twice as often half as much, and chew twice as long.

Moreover, "Kids who eat plenty of omega-3 fats and protein are almost guaranteed to have better school performance," says Sear. Since it is next to impossible to get kids to eat enough fish to meet this demand, a high-quality supplement is essential.

Furthermore, Sears recommends blueberries which are great brain food because their skin is full of flavoroids and antioxidants that help keep growing brains healthy.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Nitrous Pressure for Cars

I have experience how vital equipments in car are necessary. Pressure is power with nitrous and the P.O.D. is an all-in-one nitrous control system that operates a remote bottle opener and bottle heater with the push of a button. Everything is controlled and monitored with an LCD screen and bottle pressure can be adjusted up and down. The P.O.D. monitors bottle pressure and automatically cycles the heater on and off to maintain the preset pressure within +/- 5 psi of the target. Coupled with the ability to open and close the bottle, you'll never even have the bottle until it's time to refill. Thus, this vital car equipment is always in demand!

Monday, January 11, 2010

2010: I fruitfully welcome you!

This was written on the midnight of December 31, The New Year!

Here I am, can't sleep. I can't go back to sleep as midnight blash of "boom" of firecrackers firing here and there which made me unable to go back to sleep.

This is our first New Year that we celebrated without electricity because the owner of the house which we rented can't able to have electric connection for now. The only thing that lightens our room is just this old lamp which I placed on the chair near the place where I write. My two sisters are relaxing on the bed. They are fast asleep.

My sister is the USA, Cecille called at midnight, as soon as New Year comes. She is checking us if we're okay and she further expresses her greetings. We miss her so much. It has been 3 years now that we don't spend special moments like these because she is there.

We miss Mama so much. Christmas and New Year are filled with parties of food and good things if Mama is still here as what she always do as she was still alive. My sisters and I talked much about Mama. Spaghetti, salad, cakes, chicken curry, seafoods, beef steak, "Adobo", Coca-Cola, etc. are some which Mama is serving every special occasion and even whenever she likes to prepare them. It's just no other Mama is so caring, loving, kind, generous and pretty as her. That's why, we miss her deeply.

How's tatay right now with my stepmother at the other house?...I just don't know.

Counting all the blessings and the breath of life that God gave to me, I thank Him for everything!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Securing the best loan ever.

It is so hard to live life without proper investment and the appropriate money on hand especially that all are experiencing the big crisis nowadays. That is why, it is inevitable for us not to apply for a loan.

Having a huge family with 3 or 4 or numerous kids is such a problem. The main focus of our daily wants is to school them in a learning institution that would meet their needs and make them a well-rounded person in the future. That is why, for you to fully attain your child in the best school and for him to be able to gain the right, quality education, you need to have that loan of Getting Your Kids Through College. This matter is very serious and it needs an urgent, lifetime plan. And the proper plan is to secure a loan where the agency you are applying understand your needs and problem. An agency that will help you, not add a headache to your part. Indeed, life is not easy. All are expensive. But needing to struggle from its inflictions need the sole plan and trust to get the right assistance.Thus, Debt Consolidation has so many benefits. So why should you wait where in fact, everything is right here? Your every problems will be solve.

If you plan for your future, get the best out of life and secure the best loan ever. It helps!

Check-up

Yesterday, we went to the hospital together with my sister for her check-up. The doctor prescribe her with medicine which we directly bought in the drug store. The price is quite high but I think that is how life is.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Body Shops Downey: Solves your car problems!

I love my car. In fact, I have it way back a year ago and until now, it keeps its services, well and sound. Thanks to body shops downey for keeping the consistent lifespan of my car. I don't have to worry wherever I go because my car always lead me to places with less worries. And if I encounter problems with my car, whether its light or heavy, I give it a cure at body shops downey.

I always want the best for whatever I own especially that my car is part of my big investment. I don't want to compromise things with less value and with negligence. That is why, before anything serious really happens to my car and before it cause much infliction, I get it protected only at body shops downey.

What makes me smile is the perfection of their services and the guarantee that they access with quality and assurance. In fact, it wastes me not - time, effort and money!

For Bikers: Highway Hawk

Getting the right gadget at hand is like living a life with endless comfort and warmth. I love the outdoors and I do bike a lot. This keeps me enthusiastically fit and healthy. Good thing that Highway Hawk leads me to that fitness accommodation because I get the right gear of my bike. Wherever I like to go, it transport me to places. From horns to wheels, from light to handle, they have all the necessary tools. What good it is to experience a life with no hazards and only safety is the top priority. Frankly, I got it all at Highway Hawk. Actually, my biker-friends trust their gadget as well.

It is perfectly come in the right time for us!

Heart Rate Monitor for Workout

I do workout. Early morning, I jog around the huge space near our house. What determines me to pursue doing daily exercises is because of the heart rate monitor which helps me most our of my every workout. It records my heart rate pumping. It's also when I recognize to give more or moderately balance my extra energy exerted on every exercise.

With heart rte monitor, it makes my body tiredlessly move.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Free Printer Cartridges

I always want to have the complete set of computer access because it is very important for my job. I can't live a day without using my computer because my work permits me so. And that to Free Printer Cartridges because I can make my work easily done and without a hassle.

Actually, my printer does all the job when I submit reports and assignments and pretty sure, it is the most abused one. Plenty of works in a day and I got all it done. There is nothing important for me than to rely myself with the right things for my work and for the accomplishment of my job. In this writing business which everything needs constant and immediate response, good thing that I have all the access right with my computer. It solves my daily problems as well!

I can always work with less worries.
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