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How to remove yellow red foxing stains brown spots from books and paper

Old books hold useful knowledge, but they also hold mold, stains, and dust. As we have been building our own library, it's been very exciting to add books from hundreds of years ago. Unfortunately, many of these books come with issues. In general, I always smell any book I plan to purchase. Unless it is exceedingly special or rare, I will not buy a moldy book. Damaged covers can be removed and replaced. Moldy pages....ugh In the last 2 years, thousands of books have come in and out of my home. In that time, I have learned to do a little maintenance on old books. Not a lot, and I am by no means an expert, but I have been able to improve the quality, at home, and for very little cost. How to deodorize books and remove cigarette smoke odor Stinky books are such a tragedy. Most of the book odors are from being left in basements or humid environments. Books need to be stored in temperature and humidity controlled environments out of direct sun. A typical bedroom, office, or living room

Howard Gardner: Theory on Multiple Intelligences & Book Summary

It took having children for me to understand that people think differently than I do. And it took having multiple children for me to realize that much of those differences are part of the person's innate structure - coming with them from the beginning. Perhaps, I am just a slow learner - more likely, I lacked interpersonal intelligence. In 1983, Howard Gardner proposed a theory of multiple intelligences. In essence, he surmised that IQ was not the only intelligence. IQ just so happens to be one of the best predictors of economic success in our current culture, but there is more than one way to play this game of life.  As promised before, I am outlining all of the books I am reading on this site as a way to keep notes and share the information with the world at large. I just finished reading Gardner's Multiple Intelligences .  This is a book I started and stopped multiple times. The underlining premise is good. I like the information he gives, but the entire book (in my opinion

A lesson from Derek Sivers - and why I will now summarize every book I read

When I was a young adult, I moved quite frequently. After the second or third move, I decided to never own another book. Yes, I would buy them and read them - and then be rid of them. Moving books is a heavy operation, and I stupidly packed them all in one large box, making it extra unbearable. This went on for years. I read at least 30 books a year and as I read them, I take notes. I have been filling notebooks with illegible scribbles from various books, then losing them along the way. It's been a bad cycle.  Then I heard Derek Sivers talking on a podcast (I think with Tim Ferris) and was in awe. This guy sounded so full of life. And he had such a "just go with it attitude" that I liked. So I decided to look him up. He can be found here: I read his intro page and what he was up to - but then I discovered his book reviews . OH....MY....GOD. At the time of my discovery, he had about 200 book summaries on this site. Basically, he read a great book, rated

Women of the world - What is it like to be "treated like a lady?"

What do you know about other couples? Are they happy? Do they feel like their significant other is a true partner to them? Facebook and Instagram would have us believe that everyone is living the dream: in their jobs, their travels, their relationships. But it's not true. My closest friends are all very open and honest people. I know all the things they don't put on Facebook - and some of their stories are heartbreakingly tragic. But the reverse is also true. If I were to ask my neighbors, acquaintances and some relatives, they would tell me they are happily married. HAPPILY married, yet I have seen so much evidence to the contrary. One particular woman has been abusing her husband for the past 45 years. She claims they have a happy marriage. SHE has a happy dictatorship. Though she's not really happy. She is on mega doses of antidepressants. Such a high dose that she has tremors and other side effects. And even on the meds, she claims to be suicidal. Sounds like happiness