News, Reviews & Resources   June, 2009
In This Issue
Winter Scene
Whether you're approaching the depths of mid-winter in the southern hemisphere or enjoying a breezy summer in the north, may this issue of Starlink Extra brighten your day.

For example, you'll find a huge range of books to read online at Book Glutton and you can brush up on urban slang with the Urban Dictionary.

Or you can read about some thought-provoking research indicating optimism may reduce your risk of dying by 14%! Perhaps another good reason to focus on the doughnut instead of the hole. :)

Summer Scene

Our thanks go to to Maggie Verster, Stephanie West Allan, Viv McWaters and Nancy White for some of the resources in this issue.

Sue & Chris
BJ Seminars International

Looking for the Good Stuff
Looking for the Good Stuff

Looking for The Good Stuff is a wonderful library addition for anyone interested in Appreciative Inquiry - or simply in changing life for the better.

Produced by Bob New and Kathleen Rich-New, it will help you to find out what works and figure out how to do more of it.

In a series of engaging anecdotes and memorable quotes, they demonstrate how the principles and assumptions of Appreciative Inquiry can change your life.

More Good Stuff ....

We also 'looked for the good stuff' on TED and found some gems to inspire and lift your spirits.

Michelle ObamaSpeaking at a London girls' school in April this year, Michelle Obama offers a passionate plea for education as a means of closing the gap between the world as it is and the world as it should be.

Stuart Brown Stuart Brown tells us Why play is important, no matter what your age - it's not only fun, but is deeply involved with human development and intelligence.

Dan Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness asks "Why are We Happy"

Pangea DayAnd finally ... Pangea Day! This was held on May 10 2008. In 2006, filmmaker Jehane Noujaim won the TED Prize, an annual award granted at the TED Conference. She was granted $100,000, and more important, a wish to change the world.

Her wish was to create a day in which the world came together through film. Pangea Day grew out of that wish.

Watch her entertaining acceptance speech and the wonderful collection of films on the Pangea Day website and be inspired!

Leadership Resources

The Art and Science of Leadership is an excellent resource for leaders of any organisation or community group. We've just added it to the other fifteen great leadership resources listed on the Useful Websites page of our site.

If you've not discovered our links page or you've not dropped in to it for a while, you may like to know there are now 176 useful sites listed on a wide range of topics.

Blog Buzz ...
Typing Bee
Since the last issue of Starlink, we've both posted several new entries to our blogs. We'd love you to drop in and leave a comment on something if you're so inclined. :) Here's a sample ...

Among Chris's posts are Very Cat Chi and How Embarrassing. And do watch the wonderfully inspiring videos he found for his post on Children Full of Life!

Sue has reflected on Perspective and Reality, learned some Lessons from Squirrels, and voiced a Passionate Plea to teachers everywhere.

Or visit the Archives page on either blog for a full list.

Next Full Issue
July, 2009
Starlink #77
Links & Resources

Can the Arts Survive the Economic Crisis?

Trust Me, The Glass is Half Full


Book Glutton

The Audience is Tweeting

Urban Dictionary

Communities and Networks Connection

For Children & Young People

ABC Playground Centre

Chateau Meddybemps

ARKive Education


The Comic Creator

Practice Driving Test (Queensland)

Video Lectures from World's Top Scholars

The Last Word
I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. (Lao Tzu)
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Chi Collection #2
Abdominal Breathing
Excellent technique for calming the mind, relaxing the body, reducing stress and improving overall health.

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