Beverly Jackson started her writing career as a newspaper columnist and photo journalist for 24 years. In 1998, she published her first book, the prize-winning definitive book on the history of Chinese footbinding Splendid Slippers: A Thousand Years of an Erotic Tradition, which has just been reprinted 13 years later by Random House.
Splendid Slippers was followed by Ladder to the Clouds: Intrigue and Tradition in Chinese Rank, Kingfisher Blue: Treasures of an Ancient Chinese Art, Shanghai Girl Gets All Dressed Up, Asian Tour 1910 and as her 83rd birthday approaches this November she has just self-published her first novel, The Beautiful Lady Was A Palace Eunuch, which is for sale as an ebook and hard cover through bookstores.
Beverly will ship a personally signed copy of my Random House book Shanghai Girl Gets All Dressed Up to the winner of the non-fiction contest.
…hunt reenactments served a purpose greater than showing off. They were instructive. With expressive pantomime, and a few props, they demonstrated hunting techniques and tactics to youngsters and other clans. It was a way of developing and sharing skills. -Jean Auel, The Clan of the Cave Bear (Earth’s Children, Book One)
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“A co-worker’s rudeness can have a great impact on relationships far beyond the workplace, according to a Baylor University study published online in the Journal of Organizational Behavior. Findings suggest that stress created by incivility can be so intense that, at the end of the day, it is taken home by the worker and impacts the well-being of the worker’s family and partner, who in turn takes the stress to his/her workplace.” -Science Daily
“There is never a way to fully outrun our beginnings.” -Christopher Barzak, Smoke City
“Narcissism can sometimes be useful in a leader, says Nevicka. In a crisis, for instance, people feel that a strong, dominant person will take control and do the right thing, ‘and that may reduce uncertainty and diminish stress.’
“But in the everyday life of an organization, ‘communication — sharing of information, perspectives, and knowledge — is essential to making good decisions. In brainstorming groups, project teams, government committees, each person brings something new. That’s the benefit of teams. That’s what creates a good outcome.’ Good leaders facilitate communication by asking questions and summarizing the conversation — something narcissists are too self-involved to do.
“Nevicka says the research has implications beyond the workplace — for instance, in politics. ‘Narcissists are very convincing. They do tend to be picked as leaders. There’s the danger: that people can be so wrong based on how others project themselves. You have to ask: Are the competencies they project valid, or are they merely in the eyes of the beholder?’” -Science Daily
“The world is already weirder and stupider than you could ever have guessed.” -William Gibson, Spook Country
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