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They are free-form thoughts on whatever was going through her mind at the time. Take them as you would an impressionist painting, or just soak up the mood.

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The song is beautiful no matter what it really means. He was married hence the "too trusting but then women usually are" line. My post was simply my opinion, but you provided facts. Flag leamanc on October 12, General Comment Her lyrics send sivers up my spine. I just wish I knew who she writes her songs for. General Comment this song is the story of my life its so beautiful and pure.. Fleetwood Mac is amazing beautiful. General Comment This song is just absolutely gorgeous. Stevie sings with such emotion.. I gather that this song is about a woman who is having an affair with a man she can't have, and she knows this, but she just can't help herself.

General Comment I found some very interesting stuff about this song on fleetwoodmac. None of it confirmed, but it sounds very likely and well-informed. It was from a lyric interpretation board on the fleetwood mac website, fans. Apparently Stevie Nicks, who wrote and sings this, had a relationship, secretly- for a long time, since she was young, with Mick Fleetwood, who is much older than she is. Even the band didn't know. She partly wants to leave, but is not independent enough or loves him too much to leave. At the end of the song she is grown and independent, but still struggles with letting go of her dependence on him.

I found it mentioned on wikipedeia as well. She feels like a fool for having fall in love with this man. This could also indicate that she fell in love easily throughout her life. He is at once the center of attention and invisible. His reserve matches the movie's overall staidness, but also angles his experience as one of opting out of the frictionless life he was leading, rather than, like so many of the other characters, working desperately toward an idea of fitting into a community hostile to him.

You get the sense that, if he were to only deny his true self forever, he would glide onward while a life clicked into place around him. The title character Hedges plays in Ben Is Back, on the other hand, has already torched his shiny teen promise by the time he pays a surprise visit to his mother Holly Julia Roberts , his stepdad Neal Courtney B. Vance , and his siblings on Christmas Eve. In its marvelously acted first half, Ben Is Back feels like it could swerve at any moment into horror, largely because of the contrast between Holly's denial and the tense caution of some of the other family members, like Ben's sister Ivy Kathryn Newton.

Ben's addiction has caused serious domestic heartbreak, but Holly is only able to see this bright boy back in their lives, even as she gathers and hides all the jewelry and medication. It's not until the rambling, didactic second half, which finds Ben giving his mother a tour of the underbelly of their Westchester community, that she's made to confront the reality of her son.

Ben's heroin addiction and subsequent rehab aren't in any way equivalent to the fraudulent, damaging practices Jared is subjected to in Boy Erased.

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But in both movies, the parents seem invested in the fantasy that a child could be dropped off somewhere for treatment, and, for a fee, refurbished and returned to factory settings. But it's also a dig at how many chances Holly herself has given her son — out of love, but also because he still looks like any clean-cut college student home for the holidays Hedges' disarming appeal goes a long way , and not like her idea of an addict with an obviously shaky hold on his sobriety. You feel Ben chafing under the burdens of this regard, whether it's from his mother or from the girl at a meeting who tells him how much it meant to hear a testimonial from someone like him.

He's trying to get away from everything he's been allowed to get away with over the years. When David first starts noticing that something is going on with his son like Boy Erased , the movie skips back and forth through time , he treats it impatiently as a bump in the road to a surely radiant future for his son, not understanding that it's actually the start of a long, difficult journey for both of them. There's no room in David's comprehension for what's happening to Nic, for the ways in which he will go from overachiever to turning up near death in a hospital thousands of miles away.

He waits, for far too long, for his son to just snap out of his habit. Beautiful Boy is the best installment in this accidental trilogy, because director Felix Van Groeningen fully embraces what the other two only half realize, which is that these are stories about a warping romanticization. The camera takes in Chalamet, from his tumble of curls to the winglike bones of his back, with a lovesick gaze that has nothing to do with lust and everything to do with parental adoration, even as Nic's life gets darker — as he runs away, or turns up high and demanding money, or overdoses in a pool of honey-colored sunlight on the floor of a cafe restroom.

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This book was a pretty good read. Fairly predictable, extremely self-congratulatory, and slightly dated in a lot of ways, some of which are fairly problematic by todays standards imho, but overall, a decent feel-good read that isn't going to tax your mental faculties by any stretch of the imagination.

I do feel like I had the same problem with this teacher narrative as I do with other teaching narratives typically assigned to preservice, or graduate level teachers as if they contain groundbreakin This book was a pretty good read. I do feel like I had the same problem with this teacher narrative as I do with other teaching narratives typically assigned to preservice, or graduate level teachers as if they contain groundbreaking revelations for the field of teaching Sure, it might leave you with a good feeling, or serve as a good example of best practices to potentially emulate, or even better yet, offer an example of someone who was forced to change in order to grow as an educator and a person, but in the end that's all they are Like I said, I think parts of this are outdated, because a lot of the more physical things Torey did with Venus or the other children at times made me cringe, and I think probably wouldn't fly in today's day and age.

Despite any real suspense for me, it was still enjoyable to watch the story unravel if only to see if my suspicions were on point, or if I perhaps misread the situation as written. If you'd like morals to this modern day fable without having to read it first I'll do ya a solid. The moral of the story is, you have to develop a relationship with the kids you teach, especially if they have special needs or are coming from trauma and it's always the ones who's behavior pushes people away the hardest who are the most in need of our comfort and our support.

This story further reinforces something I've always believed about being the best approach, or the only approach really imo, to effectively working with challenging students. Here it is, super simple really; relationship, relationship, relationship; speaking as a challenging student myself. They're gonna put you through the wringer, but if you ride it out and come at them in a genuine fashion, which they'll spot from a mile away, then you can start making progress with them. Kids, especially those who've experienced trauma of some sort, either directly or indirectly in their lives aren't going to learn from someone they don't trust, or respect, or like.

Finally and most importantly, always trust your gut. If you feel like something is off about a situation, or have doubts about the safety of one of your kiddos, don't assume that telling someone else about this concerns constitutes satisfying your responsibilities as a mandated reporter. Sep 26, Christine rated it it was amazing. Beautiful Child by Torey Hayden was an amazing memoir. The setting for the majority of the book was a classroom, as the narrator Torey Hayden is a special education teacher. There were five students in her classroom: an aggressive, loud nine-year-old named Billy, an eight year old named Jesse dealing with Tourette's Syndrome, six year old twins who had suffered FAS Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and had various behavioral problems, and then there was seven-year-old Venus Fox.

Venus was the hardest o Beautiful Child by Torey Hayden was an amazing memoir. Venus was the hardest one to understand. She never said a word during class and rarely looked up or even moved without being forced to. Throughout the book, the main character is trying to get Venus to respond and attempting to discover the reason behind the child's silence. The entire story is told using the author's point of view since it is a memoir. However, the character who the reader really focuses on is Venus. At first, Venus's character frustrated me; I really didn't understand how she could be so unresponsive to the point where she didn't even move without being forced to.

It confused me when it was revealed that she was not actually calm on the inside and whenever someone touched her, she went crazy and started beating them up. There didn't seem like there was really could be a reason for her to act so uncooperative. However, my frustration turned to sympathy as more was gradually uncovered about Venus's background. I realized that there really was a lot more going on in her life that no one but Venus was aware of. By the end of the book, her character had developed a lot more and she had become a girl who learned to express herself and respond.

I had become a big fan of Venus as the book developed. I found myself cheering her on and smiling whenever she managed to make a gesture. I don't think that it would be as suitable of a book for younger kids because there are some concepts in the book that are very psychological and violent. Younger children would not handle this book as well as teenagers and adults. I would recommend this book because it really uncovered what life was like for kids with problems.

Not only did it have the touching story of Venus Fox who refused to talk, but it also showed what kids like Billy, Jesse, Shane and Zane have to go through as they deal with their behavioral issues. I found it amazing and inspiring to follow what life was like in that classroom as the children advanced socially and academically. The fact that this entire book was true really emphasized how touching the story was. I would definitely recommend it to anyone 12 and up. View 1 comment. Aug 03, Lydia rated it really liked it. This is my first Tory Hayden book and I plan on reading more.

This book is a story of her struggles with a classroom of children with special needs. You come to love each of the children and ache for the trials they face. But the amazing experience of the one girl in this story going from no response no eye movement, nothing!

My heart broke for the children like her that face so many difficults View all 3 comments. Review written May 24, 3. As i wrote in another review: Torey L. In my opinion well and and lovely tastefully written as well.


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I listened to a very well hours audiobook a Swedish edition narrated by Anja Lundqvist. Sep 18, Julie rated it it was ok Shelves: women-words-wine. I struggled with this for quite some time. The first pages or so seemed to be like 'Groundhog Day' - day after day of never-changing school routine. In the second half of the book things moved in leaps and bounds. I couldn't seem to warm to either Torey or Julie for different reasons. However, the incredible work by both - but especially Torey - has to be commended. My main aim throughout the book was to learn how Venus came to be mute and that kept my interest.

I'm looking forward to hearin I struggled with this for quite some time. I'm looking forward to hearing what people have to say about this one at book club. View 2 comments. Jun 02, Rebecca McNutt rated it liked it. The story of this child is horrific and deeply sad, but told incredibly well. However, I wanted to hear more about her than the special education teacher who, though she's definitely an important person in this book, clouds over everything with her presence. I would rather hear more about the future for this little girl and what progress has been made rather than the ranting from the teacher.

Her violent responses threaten her placement in school. Venus and four difficult boys make for a challenging class especially with a passive-aggressive aide who thinks she knows better than Hayden. Torey displayed nearly unending patience with Julie, her aide. I would have written her up or insisted on a new assistant much sooner. Hayden displays a better understanding of boundaries with the kids and communicates effectively with her supervisors and social services. Her story is both inspiring and heartbreaking. Mar 08, Emmie Ksilent rated it it was amazing. I love Torey Hayden books. She does a great job of drawing you into the book making you understand both her point of view and the child's point of view along with great descriptions of methods she used and I find her extremely self aware of her own strengths and weaknesses and is unafraid to admit to things that are more about her then about the child that she's trying to help.

I always find the books extremely engaging interesting often sad and sometimes horrific, but it's a good reminder to us I love Torey Hayden books. I always find the books extremely engaging interesting often sad and sometimes horrific, but it's a good reminder to us all how important the teachers in our children's lives are. Jul 15, Patsy Parker rated it it was amazing Shelves: non-fiction. This is one of the most wonderful books I have ever read.

Torey's work with children is astonishing. As a teacher of children with special needs, she exemplifies patience, endurance and compassion beyond measure. What I love about her writing most, though, is her honesty. She talks about her negative feelings as well as the positive things she feels. She conveys her frustrations with the education system, child services, and her boss and co-workers. Her books are fantastic. Jul 19, Jane rated it it was amazing. The story speaks to all who love children and want to reach out to the little ones who are trapped in silence, who cannot tell of the vicious acts that has happened to them to cause them to retreat into silence and into lashing out against any who try to get close enough to try to help them.

Venus is a seven year "Beautiful Child" written by Torey Hayden was well written and very informative.

Venus is a seven year old who is trapped in silence, who never speaks, listens, or acknowledges another human being that is in the same room with her. Anyone who accidently touched or bumped into her sent Venus into a rage that would take two people to control her, so she would not come to harm.

Oct 29, Den rated it it was amazing Shelves: true.


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  4. Another story about her life as a special needs teacher and the children she helped. Although there are a number of children featured in the book, the main focus is on Venus, a girl who doesn't talk and is locked in her own world. Torey manages to break through and bring the girl out the other side extremely slowly.

    Not many people would have the patience for this. It is horrifying when you finally get to hear why she locked herself into her own world and like Torey you feel as if the system ser Another story about her life as a special needs teacher and the children she helped. It is horrifying when you finally get to hear why she locked herself into her own world and like Torey you feel as if the system seriously let her down for years.

    Made to sleep and spend the majority of her time naked in a cold bathroom, it is really not surprisingly she didn't react to others. I liked how the epilogue went onto tell you what each of the children are now doing in their lives and I almost cried when I found out two of the children were now at university.

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    So it really does show what a difference a wonderful and dedicated teacher can make. Apr 21, Amy Young rated it liked it. This is really a 3. I hadn't heard of Torey Hayden before reading this book and now want to read more of her work. Venus was a child in Torey's behavioral challenge class who simply hid within herself. While the focus of the book was on Venus and her slow emerging, I loved watching how Torey fostered a sense of group and belonging for all of the kids. This was the blossoming of a slow miracle and why I got into education in the first place.

    This is the story of a child who won't speak, won't talk and really won't do anything at all! Torey Hayden displays amazing patience, insight and honesty as she recounts how she creatively approaches teaching Venus and some other unruly and mentally challenged children. An inspiring book. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.

    What a book!!! I felt virtually there every step of the way. I am grateful to the author Torey for sharing this portion of her life. That first hurdle is the hardest. But you persevered with such a wonderful outcome. For Venus's parentage I can't say I was surprised. In fact I was guessing it was so. I'll admit I was bothered by the frequent use of "mental retardation".

    It made me sad. Though it was a term at the time I just didn' What a book!!! Though it was a term at the time I just didn't think of these kids that way. I don't think of anyone that way. I guess for me it falls into learning disabilities. Mental or physical illnesses.

    Comprehension, social, etc disabilities. It's very hard for most of the world to have compassion for people like these. Or patience. There's a reason why everyone does what they do. Why they think like they do. It just taking the time to at least try and figure out. Which is what Torey did. I was your cheerleader. The trying to coax Venus. I was like that's it. Keep going. Keep trying.

    And I completely appreciate how difficult that can be. Pushing, sitting in silence, continually trying. Very few can do that. I'm not good with empty silences. I'm a yacker. Lol I give it a bit then jump in. I was so touched by the dancing, singing, constant ideas, it was wonderful. Reminds me of myself too.

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    I'm creative. Somehow I was able to create classes from grade 1 to into the teens for my Sunday school class. There was only an average of 10 that came every week. Physical issues has pulled me from continuing. Most are growing up and out of Sunday school. And sadly we lost 2 of those kids last year in Unrelated instances but both incredibly tragic.