Thursday, December 25, 2014

Five Links I Have Enjoyed -- Dec 25, 2014

Whither the College Essay?: I enjoyed this post from John D. Wilsey on the importance of academic essay writing, not only for students of the humanities, but for Science, Tech and Engineering Majors as well. As someone who has spent over a decade working in the technology field, I'm well aware of writing deficiencies in the workplace. From e-mails to blog-posts, good writing skills are important for an intelligent person to be able to convey their ideas.

How to Write 225 Words Per Minute With a Pen: I found this post on shorthand fascinating. It's something I've always been curious about but never taken the time to research. 

The mystery of Chopin's death: I have always found the story of Chopin's short life interesting. Here is an interesting article that involves a heart presumed to be Chopin's that is preserved in alcohol and looks at some possibilities other than Tuberculosis (consumption) which could have cut his life so short.   

Music Education Improves Students' Academic Performance, But Active Participation Is Required: Here is an article about yet another study that shows that music education improves overall academic performance, but also shows that students can't just be exposed to music education, they have to be actively involved.

The letter that started it all: Lottie Moon was a Southern Baptist missionary that spent nearly 40 years serving as a missionary in China. Here is the letter she wrote back in 1887 which is credited with providing the motivation for the creation of a Southern Baptist offering to support international missions, which later became the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions.

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