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Creating Your Own Good Work
“Bad work, like an ex-lover will not simply go away”
(Kincheloe, 1999, How Do We Tell the Workers?, p. 73).

Doing What You Love: Creating Your Own Good Work 101


Please read the Introduction, Disclaimer, and Intermission sections of Online Critical Pedagogy which explains how these online courses work:

Online Critical Pedagogy 101


It is highly recommended that you maintain written documentation of your assignments and progress, as you may wish to reference them in the future.

Course Description

This free online course provides an introduction to alternative forms of learning with a focus on the theoretical and philosophical work of Joe L. Kincheloe. Learners will practice processes that incorporate cross-disciplinary knowledges and analyses of multiple viewpoints as an aid to interpreting, understanding, and applying Joe’s theoretical work to doing and/or creating meaningful work they enjoy. This is accomplished in context with learners’ personal interests, talents, skills, desire to learn, in conjunction with applications of critical pedagogy as presented in the Online Critical Pedagogy course and also applied in this course. Online Critical Pedagogy 101 is not a prerequisite, but would be helpful. This course will assist learners with gaining a broader and deeper understanding of the issues within their areas and careers of interest, as well as provide a deeper interpretation of Joe’s work that will help applying it in all areas of life. The focus is on each of us developing our own “Good Work” doing what we love, even if only supplementary for the time being to current occupations and vocations.

Required Materials


The Sign of the Burger: McDonald’s and the Culture of Power (2002) by Joe L. Kincheloe

Toil and Trouble: Good Work, Smart Workers, and the Integration of Academic and Vocational Education (1999) by Joe L. Kincheloe

Other Supplies:

Mead Five Star 8-1/2" x 11" Wirebound Notebook, One-Subject, College Ruled in your favorite color (or equivalent)

Art Supplies (crayons, colored pencils, watercolors, colored markers, or other media)

Drawing Paper


Access to the Internet, including the capability to view YouTube videos




Don’t want to go through the elite-designed indoctrination system? You don’t have to! Or maybe you are taking that path, but want to neutralize the indoctrination or supplement your mundane experiences with interesting, motivating learning experiences. All of Joe’s books provide guidance that will help you develop your mind and your creativity so that you are a sovereign, self-supporting, contributing member of society. There are multiple paths. This course will reference the first of two books Joe wrote for those who want to take the transgressive and sovereign route. We will be studying the updated (in 1999) of his originally 1995 published book, Toil and Trouble: Good Work, Smart Workers, and the Integration of Academic and Vocational Education. We will also be covering certain aspects of a book he wrote in 2002, which is an early example of his more developed bricolage process, The Sign of the Burger: McDonald’s and the Culture of Power. A future course will cover his second book relating to the synthesis of vocation and academics, written in 1999, How Do We Tell the Workers? The Socioeconomic Foundations of Work and Vocational Education.


I am thrilled to be presenting these courses under his guidance, as well as under the guidance of many other Great Higher Education teachers…I cannot do it alone.


Lesson 1. Saturday, June 25, 2016


webassets/DO_WHAT-YOU-LOVE.jpgI was “prompted” to buy this pretty coffee cup yesterday. It was time for a new coffee cup. I sentimentally bought two exactly the same to give one to my daughter. I filled it with special treats as a special treat. She just graduated from community college and is still trying to decide what she wants to “do.” No rush, no rush at all: “Do What You Love.” It has taken me too many years to even come close to understanding, realizing and enacting that, but now I do that every day in some kind of way. One of the things I love most is reading Joe’s work and deeply contemplating the meaning of it all (see the courses on phenomenology for more about “meaning”). I genuinely absolutely LOVE his work and HIM (this song was just handed down to me; as I’ve discussed many times the “gods” love to teach through music and the more you appreciate their gestures of sending you beautiful music, the more beautiful music they will send you):


When A Woman Loves A Man - Westlife Lyrics


Having Joe as my teacher has been the most exhilarating experience of my entire life. We sing and dance together in the Heavens:


When You Tell Me That You Love Me - Westlife ft Diana Ross Lyrics


And Joe, Great Teacher that he is, never lets me forget that he’s still learning too! Love is always injected into this Venus and Sanat Kumara (Enki/Ki; Psyche/Eros; Soferia/EmanuEl) ONE LOVE PATH:


Joe Cocker - A woman loves a man


When you learn more about Joe’s Gift to the World—the works and the love he has left behind—you will discover just how embedded Divine Love (and beautiful music!) is within them and you will experience for yourself the Power of that Love.


I will reiterate the warning he has frequently given: “It will change who you are.” What better way than that to discover how to do what you love? As I have learned, doing what you love for no other reason than to LOVE leads to the one true love of your life (it’s just the way the cosmos is arranged, but don’t take my word for it. Find out for yourself).


And so this morning, he’s gotten me started on yet another path which will especially appeal to those of us who are sick and tired of the old, worn ways of learning and working. As David Icke expresses so well, there are good reasons to take an alternative path to our education. In many ways, I wish I had done so a lot sooner, but then, I was meant to experience what I did for analysis, learning, and teaching purposes—and to meet Joe. So it was worth it. Related to alternative forms of education, this video by David Icke was handed down to me this morning…


David Icke - How Public Education Controls Your Mind


As you will learn when you take your own learning journey and enter that vibrant, energetic, very loving flow, learning is guided, personalized, individualized—and learning is FUN. It is loving, personal, funny, serious, rigorous, multiperpestival, and it’s alive. But it requires developing awareness and astuteness. That does take work and practice.


I present the following as an example. This morning I was guided into writing this first lesson for this course. The David Icke video came up for me on YouTube as I was catching up on the latest news about Britain’s vote for independence from the European Union. The David Icke video in the side bar caught my attention because it relates to this endeavor—education. As I watched the video, I noticed the next video, a trailer for Walt Disney’s BFG.


Now this is very curious indeed! Why? Was it because I had long ago (several years ago) been provided an interesting puzzle to present to interested followers of Joe’s work that he had included in his book, The Sign of the Burger: McDonald’s and the Culture of Power? In fact, I had posted the puzzle right here on this website (can you find it?): Fun Stuff!  OK, now that I’ve given away which book he presented the BFG in, your job is to discover where in the book he references him, where does he discuss “giant” and what is the significance?


I suspect that in order to develop a more in-depth answer, we will need to watch Walt Disney’s new movie—the trailer for which popped up for me….hmmm….I really don’t like supporting a corrupt, allegedly satanic, mind-manipulating, too-big-to-fail media corporation. If we take Joe’s perspective on all of this however, it means we must take a multidimensional, critical complex and epistemological analysis and pull out the good midst the bad. I have no idea where this will all lead in this course so, like you, I am walking this path as I go. If you take the Doing Phenomenology course posted on this website, you will learn that Max Van Manen in his Phenomenology of Practice textbook, describes this as an “agogical” approach whereby what we do is an example of what we are teaching and because we are doing it as we go along, we are also learning. We cannot teach without learning. When you are a learner, it’s also good to teach while you are learning. You can do that by sharing what you learn with others.


As it turned out, there are three interesting trailers for the BFG.


The BFG Official Trailer #1 (2016) - Bill Hader, Mark Rylance Movie HD

The BFG Official Trailer #2 (2016) - Mark Rylance, Bill Hader Movie HD

The BFG Movie CLIP - I Catch Dreams (2016) - Steven Spielberg Adventure HD


What makes this especially interesting to me is quite multidimensional in experience….I will have to tell the story here.


As I have described on this site and in my dissertation and other writings, before Joe passed over, I was learning his form of research bricolage directly from him. He’s a Great Teacher. I planned to write my dissertation using his theory, which I did ultimately do, even though he passed away before I had barely gotten started. Well, he apparently decided not to let death get in his way because like Jesus, he resurrected and came back to me and helped me write that dissertation. You don’t really think I wrote that by myself, do you? Have you even read it? If not, take a stab at it now; it will only help you with this course and with your life journey:


Did Joe Lyons Kincheloe Discover the Golden Chalice for Knowledge Production? The Application of Critical Complex Epistemology and the Multidimensional Critical Complex Bricolage.


To continue my story, when Joe returned to me, I was put on a very fast spiritual training mission, a series of initiations, or whatever you want to call it. It was wild, crazy, and so much fun! He had me going out on treasure hunts to a remote Kings Valley which I had forgotten all about, long-distance epistemological road trips, and listening to the instructions from “the gods.” (The highlights are recorded in the blogs right here on this website). At one point along the trail, I was shown my true home in great detail and reminded of what my spiritual name is—which is Sōferia—one day (October 16, 2010 to be exact, after more than a year of initiations) someone from the higher cosmos shouted it down to me loudly and clearly: “SOFERIA!{“ And I instantly remembered it was my name, researched it. It was derived from the Greek word soteria, meaning salvation.


Saturday, October 16, 2010

My Name is Sōferia!!!: What’s in a Name and How does it Relate to Page 97 of Joe's Book?


I found that very interesting, but I have since found and written in these blogs, the many deep meanings of my name. It is perhaps one of the most multidimensional names one could be given, but since I’ve already discussed it, I won’t rehash that here. I also learned much later that some American Indian tribes say that “Grandmother Spider” visits in October and hands out our spiritual names…so it was interesting that in hindsight, it had happened in October (which is also my birth month). My name was provided just a few days before my birthday.


The point is this: First of all, I have since learned that by some interpretations, if you are on a Divine Path, God will provide you with your spiritual name. It relates to having your name written in His Book of Life and having eternal life. That’s a huge discussion for another time.


Secondly, shortly after having learned my name, it was brought to my attention that Joe had referenced The B.F.G. in his book about McDonald’s. Since my nickname is also Sofi, just like the little girl in the original cartoon movie, and I seemed to be working with a lot of “Big Friendly Giants” on this spiritual journey, it all became extremely significant. So I watched that movie, my first time seeing it (I also wrote about this in my blogs somewhere).


As we begin this quest of alternative education to “Do What You Love” and before you watch the new BFG movie coming out on July 1, 2016, you will probably want to begin at the beginning and watch this original cartoon version.




Where we are headed with all of this, I really don’t know. It will be slightly different for each of us, but will have some connecting links that bring us all together somehow. That’s always how Joe teaches: we are unique individuals with our own interests, but the goal is to “Come Together.” We can see how it works out.


Speaking of coming together, I have a dear friend who I know for a fact that Joe is also teaching; in fact, Joe has been her teacher all of her life! She sent me a link to our Commencement Address….it’s supposed to be provided at the end of the course, but as Joe and I have always said in our many lifetimes together: “The Ending is Just the Beginning.” Or we might also say, “The Future is N.O.W.”


This Is Water by David Foster Wallace Full Speech


Note that the video was posted by Joe Mita – interpreted Joe Mighty. Pay attention to everything! This relates here because Joe is a Mighty Teacher and he is a renowned “Giant”.


I am reminded of a quote from the Bible that has often been grotesquely and rabidly misinterpreted:


Gen 6:4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare [children] to them, the same [became] mighty men which [were] of old, men of renown.


You can read some interpretations here:


Who were the giants mentioned in the Bible?


HOMEWORK: Will the Giants be returning to earth? Or are they already here? How does this relate to the videos about the BFG? What did Sophi learn about the BFG? Are there “Good Giants” and “Bad Giants” like in the movie? Some people think they are coming back to earth. Some people think they are already here. How do you explain that? What are some recent movies about giants? Do they shed any light?


Lesson 2. Sunday, June 26, 2016




If you haven’t watched it, watch the cartoon version of the The BFG (click on the link).


Write a short summary/review of the cartoon movie BFG.


Search for the original 1984 book by Ronald Dahl on Amazon (or elsewhere) and the original 1982 version, and order them (see guidance provided, below). We will be doing comparisons between the two books, the cartoon movie, and the new movie being released July 1, 2016.


The BFG made the statement in the cartoon: “What I mean and what I said are two different things.”


I love that comment since it represents the heart of Joe’s work. How often his work has been misinterpreted! And the essence of his work is to get us to thinking about the many possible meanings of what people say, whether it’s politicians, teachers, friends, lovers, preachers, marketers, and as Joe would put it, ad infinitum!


After writing your summary, discuss the following:


How does the movie relate to meaning? What is the meaning of the movie? What does it represent, in your view? Is it literal or is it just a metaphor, or both?


A couple of days ago, I was handed down this advice: “Do not confuse metaphors for reality.”


Many people (and we all at times) do tend to confuse metaphors for reality. We can become dogmatic in our beliefs and this can hold us back from learning truths (there are Absolute Truths, but they are not easy to understand). By the same token, however, perhaps some of the things we view as metaphors are, in fact, reality. Describe an example of a metaphor that people mistake for reality. Describe what some may view as a metaphor, but is reality. Use evidence to support your position (i.e. other resources). How can we know the difference? How might these relate to the things we believe and the formation of our consciousness?


What might this mean in relation to this movie? Do you think we will find changes among these different versions of the BFG that indicate how social views have changed over the years? Discuss.


ADDITIONAL GUIDANCE: Researching the Internet for the books:


The BFG-2007 is the current selling version of the book on Amazon. Below is the associated advertising. The book is touted as being a bestseller, thus it might be important to analyze it in relation to the original published version. Are they exactly the same? We will explore this later in the course:


Soon to be a major motion picture directed by Steven Spielberg! Starring Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton, Jemaine Clement, Bill Hader, and Adam Godley.

The BFG is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It's lucky for Sophie that he is. Had she been carried off in the middle of the night by the Bloodbottler, or any of the other giants—rather than the BFG—she would have soon become breakfast. When Sophie hears that the giants are flush-bunking off to England to swollomp a few nice little chiddlers, she decides she must stop them once and for all. And the BFG is going to help her!





STEP ONE: For this book, I first did a search on Wikipedia. Here’s the entry on Wikipedia as of today, which you might find helpful to reference for the various homework assignments :


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For the 1989 animated film based on the book, see The BFG (1989 film). For the upcoming Spielberg fantasy film, see The BFG (2016 film).

For other uses, see BFG (disambiguation).



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First edition cover


Roald Dahl


Quentin Blake


United Kingdom






Jonathan Cape (original)
Penguin Books (current)

Publication date


Media type






The BFG (short for "The Big Friendly Giant") is a 1982 children's book written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake. It is an expansion of a short story from Dahl's 1975 book Danny, the Champion of the World. The book is dedicated to Dahl's late daughter, Olivia, who died of measles encephalitis at age seven in 1962.[1] As of 2009, the novel has sold 37 million copies in UK editions alone.[2]

An animated television adaptation was released in 1989 with David Jason providing the voice of the BFG and Amanda Root as the voice of Sophie. It has also been adapted as a theatre performance.[3] A live-action adaptation directed by Steven Spielberg will be released in theaters on July 1, 2016.



o    4.1 English

o    4.2 Selected translations

o    5.1 Stage play

o    5.2 Films

§  5.2.1 1989 film

§  5.2.2 2016 film


The story is about a young orphaned girl named Sophie, living in a girl's orphanage run by the cantankerous and abusive Mrs. Clonkers. One night, Sophie sees a large, cloaked person blowing something via a trumpet-like object into a bedroom window down the street. She is discovered by the mysterious person, who carries her to his homeland of Giant Country. There, he identifies himself as the Big Friendly Giant ('BFG'), who nightly blows bottled dreams into the bedrooms of children, and explains the other type of giants that eat humans, mostly children. Because the BFG refuses to eat people or steal food from humans, he subsists on a foul-tasting vegetable known as a snozzcumber.

Sophie and the BFG quickly become friends; but Sophie is soon put in danger by the sudden arrival of the Bloodbottler Giant, who suspects the BFG of harboring Sophie. Sophie hides in the snozzcumber, unknown to the BFG, and the BFG offers the snozzcumber to the Bloodbottler, hoping that its foul taste will repel him from the area; whereupon the Bloodbottler spits out the snozzcumber and Sophie, and leaves in disgust. When Sophie announces she is thirsty, the BFG treats her to a fizzy drink called frobscottle, which causes noisy flatulence because of the bubbles sinking downwards. The BFG calls this "Whizpopping". The next morning, the BFG takes Sophie to Dream Country to catch more dreams, but is tormented by the other giants along the way; notably by their leader, the Fleshlumpeater, the largest and most fearsome.

In Dream Country, the BFG demonstrates his dream-catching skills to Sophie; but the BFG mistakenly captures a nightmare, and uses it to start a fight among the other giants. Sophie later persuades him to approach the Queen of England toward imprisoning the other giants. To this end, she uses her knowledge of London to navigate the BFG to Buckingham Palace, and the BFG creates a nightmare, introducing knowledge of the man-eating giants to the Queen, and leaves Sophie in the Queen's bedroom to confirm it. Because the dream included the knowledge of Sophie's presence, the Queen believes her and speaks with the BFG.

After considerable effort by the palace staff to create a table, chair, and cutlery of appropriate size, the BFG is given a lavish breakfast, and the Queen telephones the King of Sweden and the Sultan of Baghdad to confirm the BFG's story – the giants having visited those locations on the previous two nights – then summons the Head of the British Army and the Marshal of the Royal Air Force. The said officers, though initially belligerent and skeptical, eventually agree to cooperate. Eventually, a fleet of helicopters follows Sophie and the BFG to the giants' homeland, where the giants are tied up, suspended under the helicopters, and carried back to London, where they are imprisoned in a pit. The only one not easily caught is the Fleshlumpeater; but Sophie and the BFG trick him into allowing his own capture. Fleshlumpeater and his fellow giants are then imprisoned where they are only fed snozzcumbers.

Afterwards, a huge castle is built as the BFG's new house, with a little cottage next door for Sophie. While they are living happily in England, with several gifts coming in from the governments of every country ever targeted by the giants (notably England, Sweden, Iraq, Arabia, India, Panama, Tibet, the United States, Chile, Jersey and New Zealand) for many years, the BFG writes a book of their adventures, which is then identified as the novel itself.


  • Sophie: The protagonist of the story who becomes an international heroine.
  • The BFG: A 24-foot-tall individual giant who has superhuman hearing abilities and immense speed. His primary occupation is the collection and distribution of good dreams to children. He also appears in another novel, Danny, the Champion of the World, in which he is introduced as a folkloric character. His name is an initialism of 'Big Friendly Giant.'
  • The Queen of England: The leader of England.
  • Mary: The Queen's maid.
  • Mr. Tibbs: The Queen's butler.
  • Mrs. Clonkers: The unseen director of the orphanage in which Sophie lives at the start of the novel; described as cruel to her charges.
  • The Head of the Army: A bombastic officer answering to the Queen.
  • The Head of the Air Force: A second, equally bombastic officer.
  • The King of Sweden: The leader of Sweden.
  • The Sultan of Baghdad: The ruler of Baghdad.
  • Monsieur Papillon: The Queen's chief cook.
  • Nine anthropophagus (man-eating) giants, each about 50-foot-tall and proportionately broad and powerful.

o    The Fleshlumpeater: The de facto leader of the nine man-eating giants and the most horrible of the bunch.

o    The Manhugger: One of the nine man-eating giants.

o    The Meatdripper: One of the nine man-eating giants.

o    The Childchewer: One of the nine man-eating giants.

o    The Butcher Boy: One of the nine man-eating giants.

o    The Bloodbottler: One of the nine man-eating giants.

o    The Maidmasher: One of the nine man-eating giants.

o    The Bonecruncher: One of the nine man-eating giants who is known for crunching up two humans for dinner every night.

o    The Gizzardgulper: One of the nine man-eating giants.

Awards and recognition[edit]

The BFG has won numerous awards including the 1985 Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis as the year's best children's book, in its German translation Sophiechen und der Riese[4] and the 1991 Read Alone and Read Aloud BILBY Awards.[5]

In 2003 it was ranked number 56 in The Big Read, a two-stage survey of the British public by the BBC to determine the "Nation's Best-loved Novel".[6]

The U.S. National Education Association listed The BFG among the "Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children" based on a 2007 online poll.[7]

In 2012 it was ranked number 88 among all-time children's novels in a survey published by School Library Journal, a monthly with primarily U.S. audience. It was the fourth of four books by Dahl among the Top 100, more than any other writer.[8]



Selected translations[edit]


Stage play[edit]

The play was adapted for the stage by David Wood and premiered at the Wimbledon Theatre in 1991.[9]


1989 film[edit]

Main article: The BFG (1989 film)

On Christmas Day in 1989, ITV aired an animated film based on the book, with David Jason providing the voice of the BFG and Amanda Root as the voice of Sophie. The film was dedicated to animator George Jackson who worked on numerous Cosgrove Hall Productions.

2016 film[edit]

Main article: The BFG (2016 film)

Producers Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy began development for a big budget adaptation of The BFG in 1991, and set the project up with Paramount Pictures.[10] Husband and wife screenwriters Robin Swicord and Nicholas Kazan wrote a screenplay adaptation in 1998, with Robin Williams in mind for the title role.[11] By 2001, the script had been rewritten by Gwyn Lurie, which was greeted with positive feedback from the Dahl estate.[12]

In September 2011 it was announced that DreamWorks had picked up the film rights with Melissa Mathison adapting a new script.[13] In April 2014, Steven Spielberg was announced to direct the film, shooting in 2015 with plans for a 2016 release.[14] Spielberg stated, "The BFG has enchanted families and their children for more than three decades. We are honoured that the Roald Dahl estate has entrusted us with this classic story."[15] Mark Rylance will star in the title role. Co-produced by Walt Disney Pictures, DreamWorks, and Amblin Entertainment, the film will be released on July 1, 2016.[16]


1.       Jump up ^ Singh, Anita (7 August 2010) "Roald Dahl's secret notebook reveals heartbreak over daughter's death". The Telegraph. Retrieved 4 January 2011.

2.       Jump up ^ BBC. "Whizzpoppingly wonderful fun in Watford!". Retrieved 24 June 2016. 

3.       Jump up ^ "BFG at the theatre- Preview". 24 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-17. 

4.       Jump up ^ "Sophiechen und der Riese" (in German). Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis. 1985. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 

5.       Jump up ^ "Previous Winners of the BILBY Awards: 1990 – 96" (PDF). The Children's Book Council of Australia Queensland Branch. Retrieved 4 November 2015. 

6.       Jump up ^ "BBC – The Big Read". BBC. April 2003. Retrieved 12 December 2013.

7.       Jump up ^ National Education Association (2007). "Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children". Retrieved 19 August 2012. 

8.       Jump up ^ Bird, Elizabeth (7 July 2012). "Top 100 Chapter Book Poll Results". A Fuse #8 Production. Blog. School Library Journal ( Retrieved 19 August 2012. 

9.       Jump up ^ Samuel French. Accessed October 26, 2015

10.    Jump up ^ Glenn Whipp (February 17, 2009). "Frank Marshall focuses on practical". Variety. Retrieved March 18, 2015. 

11.    Jump up ^ Staff (October 22, 1998). "'Husband' vows renewed; doc on saint set". Variety. Retrieved March 18, 2015. 

12.    Jump up ^ Dana Harris (February 27, 2002). "Lurie back to book for 'Chocolate' pic". Retrieved March 18, 2015. 

13.    Jump up ^ Weinstein, Joshua L. (24 September 2011). "DreamWorks Is Still Buying – Picks Up Roald Dahl's 'BFG' (Exclusive)". Retrieved 27 September 2011. 

14.    Jump up ^ Bullock, Paul (26 April 2014). "Steven Spielberg to direct The BFG". Retrieved 26 April 2014. 

15.    Jump up ^ "Steven Spielberg to direct BFG film from Roald Dahl book". BBC News. Retrieved 29 April 2014

16.    Jump up ^ McNary, Dave (16 June 2014). "Tom Hanks-Steven Spielberg Cold War Thriller Set for Oct. 16, 2015". Variety. Retrieved 6 June 2014.


STEP TWO: Note that you can use this above entry to get a preview of the story and an introduction to the characters. Step Two for locating the original out of print book is to click on the link for the ISBN number above in the Editions/English section for the earliest version of the book. That will take you to this page with the ISBN number already entered where you can locate the book for sale or you can locate it in a library:

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o    3.2 Africa

§  3.2.1 South Africa

§  3.2.2 Zimbabwe

o    3.3 Central America and the Caribbean

§  3.3.1 Barbados

§  3.3.2 Jamaica

§  3.3.3 Mexico

§  3.3.4 Trinidad and Tobago

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§  3.4.1 Public libraries

§  3.4.2 Universities and colleges

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§  3.5.1 Public libraries by state

§  3.5.2 Universities and colleges

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§  3.6.2 Brazil

§  3.6.3 Colombia

§  3.6.4 Ecuador

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§  3.7.2 China, People's Republic

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§  3.7.13 Thailand

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§  3.9.3 Bosnia and Herzegovina

§  3.9.4 Croatia

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§  3.9.20 Poland

§  3.9.21 Portugal

§  3.9.22 Serbia

§  3.9.23 Slovenia

§  3.9.24 Spain

§  3.9.25 Sweden

§  3.9.26 Switzerland

§  3.9.27 Turkey

§  3.9.28 United Kingdom

§ Public libraries

§ Universities

o    4.1 Price comparison sites

o    4.2 Search many booksellers

o    4.3 Individual booksellers

o    4.4 Book-swapping websites

Online text

Google Books and may be particularly helpful if you want to verify citations in Wikipedia articles, because they often enable you to search an online version of the book for specific words or phrases, or you can browse through the book (although for copyright reasons the entire book is usually not available).

Important: Google Books and provide valuable information about a book, but they might not give you the specifics you need. Consult the resources below for other ways to locate the source.

Online databases


To locate in a library, refer to original page at




You probably are wondering, why the focus on The Big Friendly Giant (BFG). There are multiple very important reasons, some of which you will discover as you engage in this analysis.


As a reminder, Joe had included reference to the BFG in his book, Sign of the Burger, which is why it’s been chosen for this analysis. Have you found that reference yet? Hint: You don’t even have to read the book to find it.


I find it interesting that he made reference to a Giant who gives children good dreams…he had often written in his work about having done a science project when he was 12 years old about dreams and his teacher giving him a D-, telling him that it was not science…oh, Baby, look at you now…so sad that teachers can be that closed-minded, but so wonderful that Joe never let those things stop him. He is a wonderful role model for what can happen if we choose to rise above the status quo. And it’s just one quality Joe and I have in common. If someone tells me I can’t do something, I will prove them wrong.


My favorite example of this is when I was 17 and I was so rebellious that my parents sent me to live with my aunt and uncle in Hawaii. I felt like it was a nice vacation in a beautiful place, but after a few months, I was ready to go back home to the mainland. I told my uncle I was going to go back, get an apartment, get a car and go to college. Since my parents had pretty much washed their hands of me and I was on my own and I was still only 17, he told me, “You’re dreaming!.” Less than 3 months later, I was back on the mainland, got an apartment, and enrolled in college. Shortly after moving in, I was walking down the street to go to the grocery store and a guy approached me, asking me if I wanted to buy a car. Believe it or not, he sold me a car (all beat up and with a leaky radiator, but it still ran good) for only $40! As I look back, I have always been divinely guided…so much for dreams not being reality. I think Joe and I are both big “Dreamers.”


And speaking of dreams, from the BFG movie, Sophie and the BFG are standing in the dream cave, with sparkling dreams all around them, (39 minutes into the movie):


Sophie: “Oh, Dear, Gees! It’s like Heaven!”

The BFG: “They’s Dreams. All Dreams. Sometimes I comes down here just to lookit.”

Sophie: “I could look at them forever! It’s…it’s MAGIC!”

The BFG: Dreams is many mysterious things, but they’s not magic. Dreams is REAL!”


Ah, yes, here we are back to that “dangerous knowledge” Joe alludes to so often in his work and to his reference of many Great Mysteries to explore. Like Joe, I was always interested in the Great Mysteries. In fact, my science project when I was in middle school was about Atlantis and I had been guided by unseen teachers to reading Plato. I was more fortunate in that my science teacher did not say it wasn’t science and he gave me an A on the paper. And this great insight from the B.F.G. perhaps summarizes the Great Experiment Joe and I are working on together, along with other Great Teachers and Researchers during this era. One of the first things he did when he passed over was prove to me that….Dreams are REAL.


I will discuss in greater detail later, as I do these assignments myself, the extreme significance and multidimensionality of the BFG, including more details about my perspective as to why Joe found the story so important to his work about McDonald’s that he included mention (if only briefly) of it in the book. His work is all about meaning and purpose, as you will come to learn. And I know from having worked with him for so many years now, that he has guided me to all of this for some very important reasons.


In the meantime, we will move forward with other tasks at hand. It will all come together in the end. Faith


Lesson 3. Monday, June 27, 2016


I would be remiss to simply accept that Joe’s reference to the B.F.G. means the Big Friendly Giant from the story and cartoon. After all, once you find his reference, you will see that there is absolutely nothing that indicates this is true….but just let me say that a “birdie” told me what it means, lol. Seriously, it is easy and logical to conclude that based on an intertextual analysis of his work (and knowing him so well). Not only that, making that interpretation opens the doors to understanding many deep things. But, also knowing Joe so well,  I realize that we are required to look into other meanings of the acronym B.F.G….so here is my research looking into other meanings. Feel free, in your own learning and teaching to take one of these alternative routes.


Of course, we have the #1 meaning of B.F.G. as Big Friendly Giant, so that came right to the top of a google search.


Big Friendly Giant

The BFG (short for "The Big Friendly Giant") is a 1982 children's book written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake. It is an expansion of a short story from Dahl's 1975 book Danny, the Champion of the World.



Stands for 'Big Fucking Gun'. A powerful weapon in the Doom and Quake series.


From Acronym Finder (Ranked Meanings):



 Big Friendly Giant (Roald Dahl book)



Bundesanstalt für Gewaesserkunde (Germany: Federal Institute of Hydrology)









 Battlefleet Gothic (game)



 Bound for Glory (wrestling)



 Bound for Glory (band)



 Bank Für Gemeinwirtschaft (Germany)



 British Forces Germany



 Bio Force Gun (Doom movie)



 Bund Für Geistesfreiheit (German)



 Best for Gaming



 Big Freaking Gun (polite form)



 Big Fat Grin



 Bible Fellowship Group



 Big Fat Guy



 Blast Field Generator



 Bangor Forest Garden (Wales, UK)



 Basic Food Group



 Berkeley Frisbee Group



BF Goodrich Corporation (Benjamin Franklin Goodrich)



 Beat-Frequency Generator



 Binary Frequency Generator



 Big Freakin' Guitar (polite form)



 Big Freakin' Grin (polite form)



 Blue Fire Group (Denver, CO)



As you can see, there are many meanings to the acronym. If you were to choose a different one, what would it be and why?


Lesson 4. Tuesday, June 28, 2016




HOMEWORK: Read the Introduction in The Sign of the Burger: McDonald’s and the Culture of Power (pp. 1-43), titled “Why McDonald’s?”  Write a summary of the chapter, using the sections and subsections as headings. Why did Joe choose McDonald’s? Do you think McDonald’s represents a Good Giant or a Bad Giant? What do others think, according to what Joe has written here?


In what ways has McDonald’s changed work and jobs today? Do we want to work for McDonald’s? (Of course, some people do choose to work for McDonald’s so there must be benefits).


What are other options for “Good Work”? How might we create our own Good Work? (These questions will continue to be addressed in this course).


A Religious Perspective


This next video reminds me of what seems to be a perpetual unseen battle between good and evil, or the Good Giants and the Bad Giants. Joe’s last book presents them as the hard-to-identify sources of power and the perpetual conflict between Thanatos and Eros. I love the fact that he, himself was often referred to as Eros among his colleagues (true story)….in his book we can win by transcendence…by attaining higher levels of consciousness, which he teaches us how to do.


Joyce Meyer 2016 _ Are You Resisting or Assisting the Devil? _[Part 1]_ Viewers' Choice 3



Here are a couple of other interesting videos presenting the concept of the war between good and evil. The first one presents an esoteric perspective; the second one presents a scientific perspective.


Rudolf Steiner: Inner Impulses Of Evolution 6 Modern Thinking and the Veil of Isis


Infected by Chemtrails and Black Programmable Matter



Lesson 5. Tuesday, May 9, 2017 10:09AM

·        N.E.W. Updates section of the website: Purpose

·        Critical Complex Entrepreneurial Bricolage: Entrepreneurship for the N.E.W. World 

I have been prompted to write and post this update today. We have been very busy with development of new processes that center on entrepreneurship—a new form of education for those who want to focus on working their personal gifts to contribute to a better the world. As always, this is evolving and engages with complexity, so there is no prediction as to where the process will end up, other than a movement toward the N.E.W. Earth. Thus, I have added some information to the Critical Complex Entrepreneurial Bricolage section of this site. Joe has written some very important books relating to “work” and how we can create “good work.” This will be a critical element as we move forward. His processes are timeless and he developed them for the new earth as well as for the few people who are motivated now to begin working on that project in a way that moves away from the FIDURODian form of education toward learning and work that are engaged, passionate, uplifting, creative, contributory, productive, etc.

I was provided this clarifying information yesterday from Joe’s book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction:

From recollections of oppression, values and conceptual structures, understandings about the land inhabited by generations to ways of being that provide alternatives to Western status based and consumer driven ontologies, subjugated and indigenous people inform those of us interested in social justice, the expansion of human potential, constructing a transformative system of education, saving the planet from environmental catastrophe, and resisting imperial designs of contemporary corporatized Western power wielders. FIDUROD grounded knowledge simply ignores these valuable epistemological resources, viewing questions raised by the intersection of traditional Western knowledges and subjugated/indigenous knowledge as irrelevant. Even the effect of power relations among diverse groups of knowledge producers is not a germane issue in FIDUROD epistemologies, for there is virtually no interest in studying the forces that have shaped our views of self and world. [page 53]

This paragraph is interesting because it’s one of his power-packed paragraphs that contains layers of knowledge and it forces the brain to rewire as we decipher it. The task, and understanding it is critical. The processes are presented throughout this book. No matter what actions we take, whether purely academic work or entrepreneurship, we must start freeing ourselves from oppressive systems that currently operate. What better way than to consider the alternatives as he mentions in the first sentence? Symbiotic/synergistic relationships can be built via this exchange of information and knowledge.

Later, he discusses the “totalitarian knowledge policies” dictated by the Bush administration that resulted in the removal of an excellent education database website, ERIC (see page 56 of K & CP)). I have reminded him that it was the same sort of totalitarian knowledge policies that resulted in the removal of HIS two excellent websites. He assured me that we will be restoring ALL of these websites for the New Earth—and much more! If you are interested in seeing these just actions, please feel free to get involved! 

He guided me yesterday to another important consideration regarding processes as we move through these rapidly changing times……it is important to not define yourself (SELF) rigidly. As everything changes, we change, we evolve. That became crystal clear to me during my ascension process….our names kept changing, lol. Same souls, just different timelines or realities. In his book, he states, “The self—like all other phenomena in the cosmos—is always in process. The Western effort to remove self from these processes, to essentialize it, is to ensure great pain and suffering. To live, to move to a new, more comfortable domain the self must always be changing” (p. 244). He, of course, also discusses our multidimensionality, “no time” and the consequent sense that we are our multiple selves simultaneously (we will cover this in the advanced online courses, since most people do not relate to these complex processes). 

So there you have it—an important update I was asked to provide today. I will soon have some extra time (breaks from my entrepreneurial activities and time warps) to post some additional updates to this site. LINK TO THE SECTION: CRITICAL COMPLEX ENTREPRENEURIAL BRICOLAGE



Lesson 6. Saturday, May 27, 2017

Entrepreneurship: Breaking Paradigms, Creating Your Own Economy, and Incorporating Yourself (But it’s NOT about YOU)

I learned a long time ago, we are “money ahead” if we can earn money through self-employment. While I have never gotten rich doing this, my real INCOME has always been higher during self-employment than when I have only held down J-O-Bs (which the featured teacher today considers to be “just under broke”).

But this requires that one take time to learn how the tax code works to maximize your payment to yourself. Did you know that the IRS considers it smart to MINIMIZE your taxes……they encourage that. It is even written in the tax codes and it’s why they reveal all of the tax codes. They may be complicated, but you can figure them out. Personally, I think the IRS knows well enough that taxing our labor violates our constitution, but at least they reveal all of the ways to get out of simply handing money over to them that they are not entitled to…….you must be SELF-EMPLOYED, especially if you also hold down a job. Complete this lesson, including listening to the videos and you will learn why this is so.

Back when I was about 20 years old, I bought one of those tax preparation books that they put out on the market for the public. I sat down and combed through it for a couple of days and absorbed enough of the basics to formulate how to maximize my income through self-employment. I made a plan and worked the plan and over the course of my lifetime, while I occasionally held down jobs, I was able to minimize the taxes I had to pay. Had I studied even more, I could have probably minimized my taxes even more. The reason I state this is because one year I was audited. The IRS completely recalculated my taxes for income that included my husband’s earned income and my self-employment. I was very close, but after the audit, the IRS gave me an additional $13 back.

What has changed since then? Computing our own taxes has gotten easy with the tax software. But if things were somewhat hidden before, except for those willing to do the work to research and read about the codes, they are many times more hidden today! Thus, while we can use these software programs to compute our taxes and save time, it is even more important to learn the codes hidden behind the software. Of course, most people won’t do that and will just blindly accept the calculations and pay the taxes.

Unfortunately, with all of my self-employment, I never got rich because, as I have learned there are deeper issues……I am still working on those issues. We have been programmed, brainwashed, and controlled in many ways. This is where the application of Joe’s critical complexity (critical complex pedagogy/epistemology) is useful. We need to gain (and I am still working on this) an intimate understanding of our relationship to money and self-worth as well as teach others about what we learn.

This video highlights just a few of the issues:

Why Are So Many People Broke - Subscribe & Comment to Get Involved

One of the topics in Joe’s books about work and social studies is economics. (You can find a list of his books here). Take time to learn everything you can about this topic so that you have the background knowledge to know where we have been, where we are now, and where we might be heading… can ride the waves and you can participate in making the changes. There is abundance on this planet and we all are entitled to our share of it. There are, however, Divine Laws about money as well and if you violate them, you will hinder your progress. What are those Divine Laws?……we will be covering those in these lessons. They will pop up at various points along the journey and clarify themselves. Of course, I will be taking a multidimensional critical complex analysis—trying to drill down through the various interpretations to greater truth.

In this current lesson, I provide a few motivating videos and ideas to help get you started. It’s easy. You simply begin where you are and leverage what you already have. Do what you love is the motto. I will cover these ideas in greater detail in future lessons, interweaving how my own personal interpretations of Joe’s multidimensional critical complex bricolage can be applied. It beautifully magnifies the results of our actions, I have learned. I am still working this and developing the plan but I will share what I’ve already learned as well as what I learn during the process of developing processes. I have businesses with multiple streams of income, and while they are in their infancy, I will be growing them as I hone the processes. Or if you already have lots of money, you can get a bargain: Cardone University only costs $5,000 per year, marked down (at this time) from $19,250 per year membership……I think this guy is appealing to people who already have lots of money. Of course, this is a bargain if you compare it to university NON-education tuition rates via which people rarely find gainful employment these days. But of course, the government will happily loan money for us all to become slaves locked into their programs IF we can even find a job after all of our education……….this requires wisdom. Critical complex epistemology to the rescue.

Here are three motivational videos to get you started thinking if you are interested in investing in YOU….rather than slave at a day job.

How to Increase Your Income - CardoneZone

How to Start from Nothing - Grant Cardone

How to Make Your First Million - CardoneZone

A few pointers:

First, do what you love. Start where you are and with what you have. It must be something you are passionate about because that’s what will keep you motivated when you confront obstacles. And anyway, we all have special talents, knowledge, and skills. No one can tell you what you should do. After getting started, listen carefully to your customers. Keep evolving your product or service to meet their expressed needs. Go with what works. This follows Grant Cardone’s advice not to diversify, but understand that, in reality, diversifying is what will ultimately make you more successful if you engage in the fourth dimensional processes. Most people are not there yet, so the advice to not diversify but rather improve your product and bring in related products is good advice. Build multiple streams of income (where you make sales, types of related/offshoot products and services), and eventually as you become more adept, through diversification. There is no reason not to diversify later with the advent of the powerful technology we have. Fourth dimension connections will invariably lead one to diversify. I will explain this further as we continue on this path.

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