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The key to happiness is not the eradication of all problems but rather the development of a mind capable of transforming any problem into a cause of happiness. Essential Mind Training is full of guidance for cultivating new mental habits for mastering our thoughts and emotions. This volume contains eighteen individual works selected from Mind Training: The Great Collection, the earliest compilation of mind-training (lojong) literature. The first volume of the historic Tibetan Classics series, Essential Mind Training includes both lesser-known and renowned classics such as Eight Verses on Mind Training and The Seven-Point Mind Training. These texts offer methods for practicing the golden rule of learning to love your neighbor as yourself and are full of practical and down-to-earth advice. The techniques explained here, by enhancing our capacity for compassion, love, and perseverance, can give us the freedom to embrace the world.
The old adage truth is stranger than fiction can also be construed as truth is funnier than fiction and we see no shortage of real people doing and saying dumb things and making us laugh in the process. The Editors of Reader's Digest present a hilarious collection of dumb people doing dumb things.Every day in America we are bombarded by stupidity; sometimes we just shake our heads, but most of the time we get a good laugh out of the really dumb things people do and say. In our first collection of dumb stories we poke a little fun at the unbelievably dumb things that happen in our lives and have a good chuckle along the way. "You're a dumb criminal if...You're not picky about your office locations. Christopher Exley of Everett, Washington, was arrested for conducting a drug deal over the phone--in the bathroom of the Everett Police Department." "During my brother-in-law's first performance review, his boss said, "I'm not quite sure what it is you do here. But whatever it is, could you do it faster?" --Jeanie Waara, Philip, SD "In an attempt to balance work and motherhood, I delegated the grocery shopping to my young babysitter. But the job proved a tad daunting. One day while I was at work, she texted me from the supermarket. "Can't find Brillo pads," she wrote. "All they have are Tampax and Kotex." --Kimberly Clark, Alpharetta, GA "I overheard an elderly gentleman tell his friend that he couldn't meet him the next day because he had to go to the hospital for an autopsy. His friend was sympathetic: "I had one of those last year. Luckily it wasn't serious." --Tracy Moralee, Hitchin, Great Britain
The Hardy boys have been invited to attend the Bayport Motor Speedway to test-drive the prototype of a world-class sports car. But when the high-performance racer vanishes without a trace, Frank and Joe's investigation leads to the demolition derby, where they run head-on into danger.
A thorough revision and update of the best-selling Reader's Digest original Quotable Quotes will bring this timeless classic into the 21st century. The new collection will feature words of wisdom, wry witticisms, provocative opinions, and inspiring reflections from history's greatest figures, such as Benjamin Franklin, William Shakespeare, Socrates, Abraham Lincoln and scores more. It will also contain the best quips and quotes from modern celebrities like Colin Powell, Garrison Keillor, John Stewart, Steve Jobs, J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, Conan O'Brien, Jerry Seinfeld, Barack and Michele Obama, Lady Gaga, and well beyond.Sometimes all it takes is a poignant observation to turn our entire outlook on a topic, or even life itself, upside down. Whether readers are looking to polish a speech, get a quick laugh, or be inspired by the wisdom of the world's greatest minds, Quotable Quotes will provide them with unique insights and revelatory perceptions. With this up-to-date yet timeless edition, this book will have relevance for all readers, old and young, on subjects that range from life to the universe and everything in between: family, friends, work, death, taxes, religion, the modern world, literature, pop culture, and more. "Our belief was that if we kept putting great products in front of customers, they would continue to open their wallets" --Steve Jobs "The world is more malleable than you think, and it's waiting for you to hammer it into shape." --Bono
The first edition of Foods That Harm, Foods That Heal changed the way we view food and its impact on our bodies. More than 7 million copies of the book have been sold worldwide since then, and interest in food as medicine has only grown as researchers have continued to discover the crucial connections between diet and chronic conditions such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and other serious illnesses, as well as the impact of food on stress, insomnia, and other common complaints. In this completely revised, updated, and redesigned edition, you'll find: More than 90 health condition entries from arthritis to insomnia to heart disease Almost 150 food entries from apples to zucchini, including fast food, additives, and more Simple ways to eat, cook, and store each food Food-medicine interactions to be aware of Sidebars on everything from the new USDA Food Plate to the many benefits of vitamin D, probiotics and super foods like goji berries and acai.
The First Panchen Lama's Easy Path (de lam), written nearly four hundred years ago, is like a chest of jewels that has, until now, been locked to English speakers. This translation, with Gyumed Khensur Lobsang Jampa's commentary, unlocks that chest and holds each jewel up to the sunlight to reveal its great beauty and value. A number of books in the past have explained how to meditate on the stages of the path, but Geshe Lobsang Jampa's volume is unique in showing the reader how to integrate visualizations from highest yoga tantra, guru yoga, and the instructions of the oral tradition within the contemplations of every single stage. From the initial meditations on the precariousness and immense value of human existence, through the contemplations of how we perpetuate the cycle of suffering, to the highest teachings on the practice of universal compassion and the empty nature of phenomena, The Easy Path leads practitioners step by step through the journey to enlightenment.
For the first time in one book, here are low-cost, all-natural replacement recipes for 713 name-brand products that you buy week in and week out at the supermarket, pharmacy, or discount store. Save a fortune making your own everyday cooking, cleaning, and toiletry products! At the same time, you'll fill your cabinets with fresh, super high-quality products at work or taste great--without all the chemicals and preservatives of store-bought versions. Plus, 'think green"--you will greatly reduce the amount of useless, environment-damaging waste and garbage--spray bottles, jars, and cans. For cleaning, laundering, and polishing, the compounds are much gentler and less damaging to drains, sewage, and septic systems.<P> The ingredients in most brand-name products account for only pennies of the purchaser's dollar and rest of what you spend covers advertising, packaging, shipping, and the retailer's overhead.<P> Try these easy to make recipes:<P> * Food Staples: mayonnaise, peanut butter, breakfast cereals, soft drinks, soups, pickles, and jellies--save 50% on homemade salsa<P> * Beauty and Health Supplies: moisturizers, facials, lip balm, aftershave, decongestant, foot powder, and PMS tea--save 90% on aftershave<P> * Household Compounds: glues, wood stains, ant traps, and houseplant food<P> * Cleaning Supplies and Polishes: carpet fresheners, cleaners, mildew remover, dishwasher detergent, and fabric softener--save 95% on homemade bathroom cleaner<P> * Pet Supplies: liver snaps, dog shampoo, flea dip, cat litter, pet bird honey treats, and hamster fruit cup--save 73% on cat treats<P> * Garden Products: fertilizer, soil conditioners, weed killer, deer repellents, and snail traps<P> * And much more<P> Making low-cost, more natural versions of your favorite name brand grocery items is simple when you know the secrets. Homemade is your guide to saving a small fortune by making everyday household items yourself.
When you have a problem, don't run to the store and waste good money, just open your pantry door--and EXTRAORDINARY USES FOR ORDINARY THINGS. You'd be amazed at what you can do with baby oil, bleach, duct tape, tea, rubbing alcohol, and dozens of other handy items. This book will open your eyes to over 2,300 creative and helpful uses you can make of familiar household products. You will discover how to save time and money with items in your pantry, medicine cabinet, wastebasket, and recycling bin that you can use to solve common household problems or to substitute for products that you would otherwise buy. The over 2,300 extraordinary uses includes: Aspirin can revive a dead car battery and a coating of petroleum jelly will keep the battery's terminals from corroding A dab of shaving cream can keep your bathroom mirror from fogging and can remove juice stains on carpeting Petroleum jelly makes a great lip balm, makeup remover, and moisturizer A turkey baster is the perfect tool for watering Christmas trees and hard-to-reach plants Beer can be combed through your hair as a setting lotion, used as lure to trap insects, and polish gold jewelry Sandpaper can be used to sharpen needles and scissors, roughen slippery soles of new shoes, remove ink stains and scuff marks from suede, and remove stains on grout lines Wax paper will prevent a cast iron skillet from rusting, restore the nonstick surface on your iron's sole plate, and use on bottom of a microwave when cooking messy foods If you hate to throw things away or if you delight in dreaming up new ways to use ordinary items, then you'll love the ideas in this book. You'll be amazed at the problems you can solve. It's a book you'll be sure to turn again and again for the helpful ideas, trustworthy advice, and entertaining reading.
Drawn from the cutting-edge frontiers of science,This Explains Everythingwill revolutionize your understanding of the world. What is your favorite deep, elegant, or beautiful explanation? This is the question John Brockman, publisher of Edge. org ("The world's smartest website"--The Guardian), posed to the world's most influential minds. Flowing from the horizons of physics, economics, psychology, neuroscience, and more,This Explains Everythingpresents 150 of the most surprising and brilliant theories of the way of our minds, societies, and universe work. Jared Diamond on biological electricity * Nassim Nicholas Taleb on positive stress * Steven Pinker on the deep genetic roots of human conflict * Richard Dawkins on pattern recognition * Nobel Prize-winning physicist Frank Wilczek on simplicity * Lisa Randall on the Higgs mechanism * BRIAN Eno on the limits of intuition * Richard Thaler on the power of commitment * V. S. Ramachandran on the "neural code" of consciousness * Nobel Prize winner ERIC KANDEL on the power of psychotherapy * Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on "Lord Acton's Dictum" * Lawrence M. Krauss on the unification of electricity and magnetism * plus contributions by Martin J. Rees * Kevin Kelly * Clay Shirky * Daniel C. Dennett * Sherry Turkle * Philip Zimbardo * Lee Smolin * Rebecca Newberger Goldstein * Seth Lloyd * Stewart Brand * George Dyson * Matt Ridley
A rollicking, sensuous, feel-good romantic comedy about a grieving young widow who decides to get in shape . . . and winds up getting her groove back--and a whole lot more Holly didnt expect to be a widow at thirty-two. She also didnt expect to be so big. After her husbands death, food was the one thing she could always count on. Now, those extra pounds make flying coach feel like medieval torture--especially when shes squished next to Logan Montgomery. A personal trainer to famous pro athletes, her seatmate is so hot that he makes Holly sweat in all the right (and so embarrassingly wrong ) places. Though Holly doesnt make the grade on Logans first-impression meter, he finds himself intrigued by her sharp wit and keen insights--a welcome change from the high-maintenance models he dates--so he impulsively offers to get her back in shape. A little skeptical but ready to make at least one positive change in her life, Holly agrees. To Logans (and her own) surprise, Holly turns out to be a natural in the gym, slimming down into a bona fide looker with killer curves--and a new kind of hunger. Before either of them can stop it, the easy intimacy of their training sessions leads to even more steamy workouts away from the gym. Logans best friends, professional baseball player Chase Walker and his wife, Amanda, see that this is more than a fling, even if Logan and Holly dont. But can a man whose whole life depends on looks commit himself to a woman who doesnt fit his ideal? Now that Hollys turning other mens heads, does she even need Logan anymore? Are they a couple built to last . . . or destined to fizzle?
It's been over a year since all the adults disappeared. Gone. In the time since everyperson over the age of fourteen disap-peared from the town of Perdido Beach, California, countless battles have been fought: battles against hunger and lies and plague, and epic battles of good against evil. And now, the gaiaphage has been reborn as Diana's malicious mutant daughter, Gaia. Gaia is endlessly hungry for destruction. She yearns to conquer her Nemesis, Little Pete, and then bend the entire world to her warped will. As long-standing enemies become allies, secrets are revealed and unexpected sacrifices are made. Will their attempts to save themselves and one another matter in the end, or will the kids of Perdido Beach perish in this final power struggle? Light, the sixth and final book in the New York Times bestselling Gone series by Michael Grant, creates a masterful, arresting conclusion to life in the FAYZ.
Catherine Bailey has been enjoying the single life long enough to know a catch when she sees one. Gorgeous, charismatic and spontaneous, Lee seems almost too perfect to be true. And her friends clearly agree, as each in turn falls under his spell. But what begins as flattering attentiveness and passionate sex turns into raging jealousy, and Catherine soon learns there is a darker side to Lee. His increasingly erratic, controlling behaviour becomes frightening, but no one believes her when she shares her fears. Increasingly isolated and driven into the darkest corner of her world, a desperate Catherine plans a meticulous escape. Four years later, Lee is behind bars and Catherine-now Cathy-compulsively checks the locks and doors in her apartment, trusting no one. But when an attractive upstairs neighbour, Stuart, comes into her life, Cathy dares to hope that happiness and love may still be possible . . . until she receives a phone call informing her of Lee's impending release. Soon after, Cathy thinks she catches a glimpse of the former best friend who testified against her in the trial; she begins to return home to find objects subtly rearranged in her apartment, one of Lee's old tricks. Convinced she is back in her former lover's sights, Cathy prepares to wrestle with the demons of her past for the last time. Utterly convincing in its portrayal of obsession, Into the Darkest corner is an ingeniously structured and plotted tour de force of suspense that marks the arrival of a major new talent.
It's been one year since all the adults disappeared. Gone. Despite the hunger and the lies, even despite the plague, the kids of Perdido Beach are determined to survive. Creeping into the tenuous new world they've built, though, is perhaps the worst incarnation yet of the enemy known as the Darkness: fear. Within the FAYZ, life breaks down while the Darkness takes over, literally-turning the dome-world of the FAYZ entirely black. In darkness, the worst fears of all emerge, and the cruelest of intentions are carried out. But even in their darkest moments, the inhabitants of the FAYZ maintain a will to survive and a desire to take care of the others in their ravaged band that endures, no matter what the cost. Fear, Michael Grant's fifth book in the bestselling dystopian Gone series, will thrill readers . . . even as it terrifies them.
Seattle investigator J. P. Beaumont uncovers a dark and deadly conspiracy that reaches deep into the halls of state government, in this latest thriller from New York Times bestselling author J. A. Jance At first glance, the video appears to be showing a childish game: a teenage girl with dark wavy hair smiles for the camera, a blue scarf tied around her neck. All of a sudden things turn murderous, and the girl ends up dead. It's as bad as a snuff film can get, and what's worse, the clip has been discovered on a phone that belongs to the grandson of Washington State's governor. However, the boy, who has a troubled background, swears that he's never seen the victim before. Fortunately, the governor is able to turn to an old friend, J. P. Beaumont, for help. The Seattle private investigator has witnessed many horrific acts over the years, but this one ranks near the top. Even more shocking is that the crime's multiple perpetrators could be minors. Along with Mel Soames, his partner in life as well as on the job, Beaumont soon determines that what initially appears to be a childish prank gone wrong has much deeper implications. But Mel and Beau must follow this path of corruption to its very end, before more innocent young lives are lost.
It's been eight months since all the adults disappeared. Gone. They've survived hunger. They've survived lies. But the stakes keep rising, and the dystopian horror keeps building. Yet despite the simmering unrest left behind by so many battles, power struggles, and angry divides, there is a momentary calm in Perdido Beach. But enemies in the FAYZ don't just fade away, and in the quiet, deadly things are stirring, mutating, and finding their way free. The Darkness has found its way into the mind of its Nemesis at last and is controlling it through a haze of delirium and confusion. A highly contagious, fatal illness spreads at an alarming rate. Sinister, predatory insects terrorize Perdido Beach. And Sam, Astrid, Diana, and Caine are plagued by a growing doubt that they'll escape-or even survive-life in the FAYZ. With so much turmoil surrounding them, what desperate choices will they make when it comes to saving themselves and those they love? Plague, Michael Grant's fourth book in the bestselling Gone series, will satisfy dystopian fans of all ages.
A modern gothic novel of love, secrets, and murder-set against the lush backdrop of Provence Meeting Dom was the most incredible thing that had ever happened to me. When Eve falls for the secretive, charming Dom in Switzerland, their whirlwind relationship leads them to Les GenÉvriers, an abandoned house set among the fragrant lavender fields of the South of France. Each enchanting day delivers happy discoveries: hidden chambers, secret vaults, a beautiful wrought-iron lantern. Deeply in love and surrounded by music, books, and the heady summer scents of the French countryside, Eve has never felt more alive. But with autumn's arrival the days begin to cool, and so, too, does Dom. Though Eve knows he bears the emotional scars of a failed marriage-one he refuses to talk about-his silence arouses suspicion and uncertainty. The more reticent Dom is to explain, the more Eve becomes obsessed with finding answers-and with unraveling the mystery of his absent, beautiful ex-wife, Rachel. Like its owner, Les GenÉvriers is also changing. Bright, warm rooms have turned cold and uninviting; shadows now fall unexpectedly; and Eve senses a presence moving through the garden. Is it a ghost from the past or a manifestation of her current troubles with Dom? Can she trust Dom, or could her life be in danger? Eve does not know that Les GenÉvriers has been haunted before. BÉnÉdicte Lincel, the house's former owner, thrived as a young girl within the rich elements of the landscape: the violets hidden in the woodland, the warm wind through the almond trees. She knew the bitter taste of heartbreak and tragedy-long-buried family secrets and evil deeds that, once unearthed, will hold shocking and unexpected consequences for Eve.
Abducted from a life of privilege, she was sold into slavery in a distant land. For Lady Janet Leslie there would be no escaping the harem of the wealthy and powerful Sultan Selim. But from the moment the handsome ruler spied his breathtaking "Cyra," was captivated -- by the fiery desire that coursed through his veins. She belonged to him, body and soul -yet it was he who was enslaved.Praised for her keen sense of history and remarkable storytelling powers, the bestselling author of The Spitfire displays the passionate magic that has made her a national favorite -sweeping the reader into the romantic past, from the magnificence of Renaissance Europe to the perfumed splendor of a Sultan's court.
It's been seven months since all the adults disappeared. Gone. It happens in one night. A girl who died now walks among the living; Zil and the Human Crew set fire to Perdido Beach; and amid the flames and smoke, Sam sees the figure of the boy he fears the most: Drake. But Drake is dead. Sam and Caine defeated him along with the Darkness-or so they thought. As Perdido Beach burns, battles rage: Astrid against the Town Council; the Human Crew versus the mutants; and Sam against Drake, who is back from the dead and ready to finish where he and Sam left off. And all the while deadly rumors are raging like the fire itself, spread by the prophetess Orsay and her companion, Nerezza. They say that death is a way to escape the FAYZ. Conditions are worse than ever and kids are desperate to get out. But are they desperate enough to believe that death will set them free?
It's been three months since everyone under the age of fifteen became trapped in the bubble known as the FAYZ. Three months since all the adults disappeared. Gone. Food ran out weeks ago. Everyone is starving, but no one wants to figure out a solution. And each day, more and more kids are evolving, developing supernatural abilities that set them apart from the kids without powers. Tension rises and chaos is descending upon the town. It's the normal kids against the mutants. Each kid is out for himself, and even the good ones turn murderous. But a larger problem looms. The Darkness, a sinister creature that has lived buried deep in the hills, begins calling to some of the teens in the FAYZ. Calling to them, guiding them, manipulating them. The Darkness has awakened. And it is hungry.
The first in New York Times bestselling author Michael Grant's breathtaking dystopian, sci-fi saga, Gone is a page-turning thriller that invokes the classic The Lord of the Flies along with the horror of Stephen King. In the blink of an eye, everyone disappears. Gone. Except for the young. There are teens, but not one single adult. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what's happened. Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents--unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers--that grow stronger by the day. It's a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: On your birthday, you disappear just like everyone else... Michael Grant's Gone as been praised for its compelling storytelling, multidimensional characters, and multiple points of view.
Colorado caterer Goldy Schulz encounters a bridezilla--and murder--in another delectable novel by the New York Times bestselling author of Sweet Revenge, Dark Tort, and Double Shot. Cynics say getting married is a death wish. ... It's been a long, rainy summer for Goldy Schulz, who is engaged in planning wedding receptions for what seems to be all of Aspen Meadow. It's bad enough that Billie Attenborough, the bride from hell, has changed her menu six times and the event date twice. Now she wants to move the location to the Gold Gulch Spa just a scant two days before tying the knot to her doctor fiance. Then Doc Finn, beloved local physician and the best friend of Goldy's godfather, Jack, is killed when his car tumbles into a ravine. At least that's what appears to have happened. But Jack thinks Doc was murdered because of the research he was doing at the spa--allegations that are confirmed when Jack himself is attacked. So Goldy dons chef's whites and goes undercover at the spa, where coffee is outlawed in favor of calming smoothies, and the fruit cocktail doesn't include fresh fruit. Add in the obstreperous owner, who years ago tried to sabotage Goldy's fledgling business, and she's got her hands full. Above all, there seems to be a clever killer on the spa grounds, watching her every move. After what befell Jack, Goldy knows that she might be next. Catering weddings, and cooking low-fat food, could be killing her--literally. Recipes included.
If laughter is the best medicine, then look no further to cure whatever ails you. The column "Offbase," formally known as "Humor in Uniform," has appeared in the Reader's Digest magazine for over half a century, and has published more than 3,500 jokes, quotes, and funny stories from the more than a million readers who have submitted them. This volume--from the world's #1 source of humor--contains laugh-out-loud gems from one of Reader's Digest's most popular columns.<p> This side-splitting collection of humor delivers hundreds of the best jokes, anecdotes, cartoons, quotes, and stories from men and women in the armed forces or their families proving that life is often funnier than fiction.
Do you puzzle over participles, argue over agreement, or throw up your hands over the comma? This back-to-basics overview of the English language includes just what you need to know to make a great impression every day--in school, in life, online, and on the job. Each chapter, covering all the essentials from parts of speech to pronunciation to common pitfalls, includes concise, easy-to-find definitions and explanations, countless examples, fun facts, and tips. · Parts of Speech: Nouns, verbs, adjectives, and more form the building blocks of the English language. Don't get tripped up by tenses, possessive pronouns, or adverbs ever again.· Grammar: From the simplest sentences to the most complex, this quick guide to grammar shows how to construct phrases and clauses, fix fragments, maintain subject-verb agreement, and so much more.· Spelling and Pronunciation: Avoid embarrassing gaffes and typos with this guide to common spellings, vowel and consonant sounds, and word stress.· Punctuation: Eggs or egg's, the Smiths or the Smith's (or the Smiths')--proper punctuation makes all the difference. Never misplace another comma, misuse another apostrophe, or mistake another semicolon for an ink smudge.· Clear Usage: Create sparkling sentences by using ten key principles of great writing, such as Don't use no double negatives, Steer clear of clichés, and It is thought that using passive voice should be avoided. (CK final keys)· Pitfalls and Confusions: Avoid misunderstandings with this handy li
Life... is what you make it Getting the most out of life can be so much easier if you know the coordinates. Whether you want to take the scenic route, make a quick detour, or find the simplest shortcut, there can be no substitute for a good roadmap. Part instruction manual, part GPS, part beloved confidante, Life...The Reader's Digest Version brims with smart ideas to help you navigate those tricky roads you travel each day. Covering key topics, this handy little guide includes advice that spans from surprising tips for dealing with a crisis to surefire suggestions for remembering names. Inside, you'll discover how to: Talk your way out of a traffic ticket Score the best seats Make a great first impression Tie a necktie in 7 easy steps Be the life of the party ...and there's more. Each of the short-but-sweet topics delivers a shot of instant advice, distilled as only Reader's Digest can-a little life lesson that really works.
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