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Themes of A Christmas Carol
ReadOasis Step 5 "Oh! But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge! a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner! Hard and sharp as flint, from which no steel had ever struck out generous fire; secret, and self-contained, and solitary as an oyster." This is the... Read more
The Most Famous Not a Protest Song (Step 5)
ReadOasis Step 5 Protest songs speak out against problems in society. We can hear protest songs at pivotal moments of activism in western history, during the civil rights, anti-war, feminist, labor, and environmental movements. Protest singers have also sung about slave emancipation and women's suffrage. Of the many protest... Read more
The DNA of Coffee
ReadOasis Step 5(Part 1) Sleepy By Varvara (Creative Commons) A young man sleeps in his bed. His face looks calm, not ready for what is about to happen. Sunlight from the window shines through white curtains and inches across the room. It slowly moves across the floor and touches... Read more
The Power of Lucky Charms
ReadOasis Step 5 Do you think that having a lucky charm or carrying out a superstitious ritual is irrational? Then it’s time to think again. In 2010, researchers had people carry out a range of tasks with and without the their lucky charms. The results were remarkable. When people... Read more
The Themes of Frankenstein
ReadOasis Step 5 The author of Frankenstein (Mary Shelly) focuses on three critical themes. She is concerned with how we use science for good or evil; how we develop technology but become enslaved by it, and how we receive from nature the power of life and death. Knowledge Shelly... Read more
Stop Multitasking
By Fast Company and Gina TrapaniReadOasis Step 5 A human’s ability to do several things at once, it’s a wonder of biology. It means we can eat a burrito while we walk down the street and listen to music and daydream about the weekend, all at the same time.... Read more
Winner Take All
Book Trailer by Dambisa Moyo ReadOasis Step 5 In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, commodity prices increased 150 percent. Over the last twenty years, rising resource demand and constrained commodity supply have increased global tensions and triggered over 20 wars and conflicts worldwide, with more inevitably to... Read more
The Little Book of Talent
Book Trailer by Daniel Coyle ReadOasis Step 5 (52 Tips for Improving your Skills) TIP #21: Think in vivid Images. Here’s a quick quiz. Which of the following is easier to do? 1. Take the tennis racket back in a straight horizontal line. 2. Take the tennis racket back... Read more
The Tiger
ReadOasis Step 5 Textured Tiger by Steve Wilson (Creative Commons) The Tiger by William Blake may be the most popular poem in English. This is because editors have put it in more poetry collections than any other English poem. Blake was a graphic artist and a genius with words.... Read more
The Treasure of the Blues
ReadOasis Step 5 Blues Legend Robert Johnson The blues is a great treasure of American musical culture. It stands as the foundation for practically every form of American music in the 20th century, including gospel, jazz, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, and hip hop. Blues music has its... Read more
MIT Cheetah Robot
ReadOasis Step 5 Creative Commons photo by Jiuguang-Wang Scientists have been experimenting with four-legged robots for years. They want robots to carry heavy loads over difficult areas of land and do other difficult jobs. But one problem is power. Now that has changed. Engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of... Read more
Winter Time
By Robert Louis StevensonReadOasis Step 5 Berit Watki Winter in Merstham (Creative Commons) Late lies the wintry sun a-bed,A frosty, fiery sleepy-head;Blinks but an hour or two; and then,A blood-red orange, sets again.Before the stars have left the skies,At morning in the dark I rise;And shivering in my nakedness,By... Read more
The Two Pots (Milo Winter)
ReadOasis Step 5 Two Pots, one of brass and the other of clay, stood together on the hearthstone. One day the Brass Pot proposed to the Earthen Pot that they go out into the world together. But the Earthen Pot excused himself, saying that it would be wiser for... Read more
The Rabbit Who Came to Supper
ReadOasis Step 5(Part 1) Bugs Bunny“I'm trapped. Trapped. I gotta get out of this.I gotta think fast. Trapped.Oh boy, they've trapped a rabbit. Look, look fellows, I'm Rin Tin Tin.” Elmer Fudd“Now I got you. You're a dead rabbit.” Delivery Boy“Telegram for Elmer Fudd.” Bugs Bunny“Eh, what's up, doc?”... Read more
The 10-20-30 Rule
By Guy Kawasaki ReadOasis Step 5 The seventh thing is you need to follow what I call the 10-20-30 rule. I have this thing called Meniere's disease. Meniere's disease has three symptoms: hearing loss, tinnitus, which is a constant ringing in my ear, and sometimes I get dizzy or... Read more
To Sell is Human
Book Trailer by Daniel Pink ReadOasis Step 5 What if everything we knew about sales turned out to be wrong? For instance, we think the only people in sales are the folks who try to get us to buy stuff. That's sales as we know it, and it’s huge.... Read more
The Story of Prometheus
ReadOasis Step 5(Part 1) Part 1: How Fire Was Given to Men In those old, old times, there lived two brothers who were not like other men, nor yet like those Mighty Ones who lived upon the mountain top. They were the sons of one of those Titans who... Read more
Little Tuppen
By James BaldwinReadOasis Step 5 One day an old hen whose name was Cluck-cluck went into the woods with her little chick Tuppen to get some blueberries to eat. But a berry stuck fast in the little one's throat, and he fell upon the ground, choking and gasping. Cluck-cluck,... Read more
The Bear and the Bees (Milo Winter)
ReadOasis Step 5 A Bear roaming the woods in search of berries happened on a fallen tree in which a swarm of Bees had stored their honey. The Bear began to nose around the log very carefully to find out if the Bees were at home. Just then one... Read more
The Wolf and the Ass (Milo Winter)
ReadOasis Step 5 An Ass was feeding in a pasture near a wood when he saw a Wolf lurking in the shadows along the hedge. He easily guessed what the Wolf had in mind, and thought of a plan to save himself. So he pretended he was lame, and... Read more