Carl Dimow (music) and Nathan Kolosko
It was five years ago that Carl Dimow (music) heard that another classical guitarist, Nathan Kolosko, had moved to Portland. Dimow, who also plays flute, called Kolosko, offering his services. “We got together to play,” Dimow said, “and just immediately hit it off.”
Two CDs later that musical and creative fit is beautifully apparent. Border Crossings, the second CD by the internationally acclaimed duo, is another exploration that blurs musical boundaries. Dimow, playing flute and bass flute, and Kolosko classical guitar, include three offerings: Kolosko’s “Nayarit,” inspired by Steinbeck’s The Pearl; Dimow’s Klezmer Suite, inspired by his years playing with the Casco Bay Tummlers; and their own arrangements of portions of Afro Sambas by Baden Powell.
The music is beguiling and energetic, with Kolosko’s precise and powerful guitar punctuating Dimow’s warmly enveloping bass flute (an instrument that has to be heard). No surprise then that Border Crossings is a collaboration that is more than the sum of its parts, with much to offer fans of classical, jazz, and world music. —Gerry Boyle ’78
Tigers of the World: The Science, Politics, and Conservation of Panthera Tigris, Second Edition
Edited by Ronald Tilson and Philip Nyhus
Tapping the expertise of some of the world’s foremost tiger scholars, editors Philip Nyhus (environmental studies) and Ronald Tilson have deliberately created a textbook suitable for the general reader or for use in the classroom.
“Our goal for this book was to provide a useful and accessible document that would compel readers of all kinds, worldwide, to take action,” Nyhus and Tilson, director of conservation at the Minnesota Zoo, write in the preface of Tigers of the World: The Science, Politics, and Conservation of Panthera Tigris. The authors include their own experiences with and perspectives about the future of the world’s largest cat.
This second edition (the first edition, from 1987, was edited by Tilson and Ulysses S. Seal and includes essays by some of the same contributors) looks at the plight of the wild tiger with the insight afforded by modern technology: infrared cameras, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and genetic analysis, to name a few.
Colby’s recently tenured Nyhus, the first faculty member dedicated solely to environmental studies, combines environmental science, technology (namely GIS), and policy in his study of tigers. He also taps the potential of Colby student researchers, six of whom he names in the book’s acknowledgments. For more about Nyhus’s research and his efforts to reintroduce tigers into the wild in China, go to www.colby.edu/mag, keyword tigers.
The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion
Christopher K. Germer ’74, Ph.D.
The Guilford Press (2009)
Life can be hard—and it doesn’t always go according to plan. Accepting this reality is tough, too, but Germer offers a simple solution: self-compassion.
The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion is an easy-to-read guide that illustrates the importance of self-compassion and shows how to achieve it. With a gentle and experienced voice, Germer explains how to deal with emotional pain using skills such as mindfulness—noting sensations or thoughts and then directing attention to them—and self-acceptance—making a conscious choice to experience those sensations and feelings just as they are. Facing emotional pain, rather than turning away from it, is key in this process.
“Pain is inevitable,” writes Germer. “Suffering is optional.” Psychologist and founding member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, he combines real-life examples from his patients with scientific research and educational theory in this accessible and important book. Germer offers simple exercises to help readers move from destructive thoughts and emotions (suffering) toward self-compassion. Begin by practicing techniques such as conscious breathing, simple meditation, and self-nurturing, he says, before employing more challenging techniques such as forgiveness, acceptance, and opening to pain.
The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion offers sound advice. Practicing self-compassion won’t make your problems go away, but it can make them easier to bear. —Laura Meader
Now What? Confronting and Resolving Ethical Questions: A Handbook for Teachers
Sarah V. Mackenzie and G. Calvin Mackenzie (government)
Sarah Mackenzie, associate professor of educational leadership at the University of Maine, and G. Calvin Mackenzie, the Goldfarb Family Distinguished Professor of American Government at Colby, could have written an academic treatise on ethics and education. They didn’t.
The Mackenzies, who are married, have drawn on their own experience and that of scores of educators who have shared their own ethical quandaries and questions. The situations are real, as are the discussions that follow. The book doesn’t offer simple answers, but guidance that will help teachers negotiate situations likely to test them in the course of a career.
A teacher asked by a troubled and disadvantaged student to give a passing grade that would keep him on the basketball team. A media specialist who sees a teacher making multiple copies of a copyrighted workbook. This handbook offers a framework for discussion (internal or public) that allows teachers to develop their own guidelines. It is a chart that makes these ethical waters, while still murky, at least navigable. —G.B.