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Mathematizing

by Allen C. Rosales

This proven, accessible approach to a curriculum presents a learner-centered approach to math education. Mathematizing provides both the emergent curriculum and professional development frameworks to help young children learn math throughout their everyday routine and to facilitate teachers' understanding of how to see and support children's math learning at every turn. With this book and its plentitude of case studies, illustrations, photographs, and documentation, the mathematizing adult can interpret children's interests and use that knowledge as a catalyst for creating meaningful and purposeful mathematical lessons and interactions.

Creating a Beautiful Mess

by Ann Gadzikowski

Parents will appreciate Creating a Beautiful Mess because it's fun and helpful. This book isn't about parenting rights or wrongs; it's about playful, joyous play experiences for childhood that are universal. It boils down the essential play experiences in an accessible, practical, and easy way. The chapters represent an optimal balance among experiences that support learning, provide physical activity, encourage creative expression, and promote social and family connections.Ann Gadzikowski is an early childhood educator and the author of several books. She is a frequent presenter at professional conferences on the topics of both early childhood education and gifted education.

Aftershock

by David Wiedemer Robert A. Wiedemer Cindy S. Spitzer

Secure your financial future before the next big bubble bursts Aftershock provides a definitive look at the economic climate still ahead in 2015--and beyond--and details the steps you can take now to secure your financial future. Written by the authors who accurately predicted the financial crisis of 2008 and 2009, this book serves as both a warning and a game plan for investors looking to avoid catastrophic loss. This updated fourth edition has been expanded with new actionable insights about protection and profits in an increasingly confusing investment environment, and includes the latest data, updated charts and tables, and brand new coverage of monetary stimulus. With a look back at the domino fall of the conjoined real estate, stock, and private debt bubbles that triggered the last major crisis, this book paints a vivid picture of what to expect the next time the world's economy pops. You'll learn how to protect your assets before and during the coming fall, and how to capitalize on the opportunities everyone else is missing. The housing bubble has popped, toppling banks and sending shockwaves of stock market misery around the world. It may seem like the worst is over. It's not. This book shows you what's still to come, and how to ride the crest instead of being sucked under. Learn when, why, and how the global bubble will burst Understand the repercussions that will reach into your accounts Get up to date on the data, with expert analysis and insight Start protecting yourself now with a few smart investment moves The stock market, real estate, consumer spending, private debt, dollar, and government debt bubbles will burst, driving up unemployment, devaluing the dollar, and causing deep global recession. Aftershock helps you fortify your assets before the wave so you can enjoy clear skies after the storm.

Mala of the Heart

by Kate Vogt Ravi Nathwani

This collection of timeless poetry celebrates the eternal spiritual truth within each heart. Since ancient times, this hidden essence has been symbolized by the number 108. There are 108 earthly desires, 108 human feelings, 108 delusions, 108 beads in the traditional meditation mala, and 108 sacred poems in this anthology. Filled with crystalline wisdom from the great poets, sages, saints, and mystics, this selection of poems is a collective expression of universal heart-filled wisdom. The poems span a wide range of cultures and civilizations -- from India to Europe, Japan, and the Middle East -- and each one offers a unique perspective about the path to awakening. Some of the poems express belief in a higher being. Some convey instantaneous awakening. Others lead the reader down a disciplined path of contemplation. Ordered according to a broad interpretation of the heart-centered chakra model, these remarkable poems guide the reader toward realization and offer timeless jewels of insight to spark awakening and enrich spiritual practice.

The Power of the Herd

by Linda Kohanov

Linda Kohanov is beloved for her groundbreaking articulation of "the way of the horse," an experiential wisdom known to riders for centuries but little studied or adapted to off-horse use. Now Kohanov takes those horse-inspired insights on exceptional communication and leadership into the realms of our workplaces and relationships. Here we explore the benefits of "nonpredatory power" in developing assertiveness, fostering creativity, dealing with conflict, and heightening mind-body awareness. In the first part of this far-reaching book, Kohanov profiles cultural innovators who employed extraordinary nonverbal leadership skills to change history, usually on horseback: Winston Churchill, George Washington, Alexander the Great, and the Buddha, among others. She also draws on the behavior of mature horse herds, as well as the herding cultures of Africa and Mongolia, to debunk theories of dominance hierarchies, challenge ingrained notions of "survival of the fittest," and demonstrate the power of a consensual leadership in which governing roles are fluid. Kohanov adapts these lessons into twelve powerful guiding principles we can all incorporate into our work and personal lives. Eloquent and provocative, this is horse sense for everyone who seeks to thrive in the herds we all run in -- our communities, careers, families, and friendships.

The Last Mile in Ending Extreme Poverty

by Homi Kharas Laurence Chandy Hiroshi Kato

The past quarter century has witnessed a stunning reduction in the number of people around the world living on less than $1.25 a day, the marker for extreme poverty. This has led to a new sense of hope that extreme poverty can be eradicated within a generation. Yet optimism is tempered by the unique circumstances facing those who remain left behind and new challenges that weaken traditional paths to prosperity. The Last Mile in Ending Extreme Poverty explores what it will take to finish the course. It identifies three critical challenges that define the last mile: securing peace, creating jobs, and strengthening resilience. These are issues that development experts have largely overlooked, on which cutting-edge knowledge is blunt and best-practice solutions feel decidedly underwhelming.By uncovering evidence and approaches to address these issues--and while pointing out the knowledge gaps that remain--The Last Mile outlines an agenda to inform development research and poverty reduction strategies for governments, international organizations, donors, charities, and foundations around the world.Contributors: Michael Carnahan (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Government of Australia), Raj M. Desai (Georgetown University and Brookings), Shane Evans (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Government of Australia), Akio Hosono (JICA), Bruce Jones (Brookings), Marcus Manuel (Overseas Development Institute), John McArthur (Brookings and UN Foundation), Alastair McKechnie (Overseas Development Institute and University of Otago), Gary Milante (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute), Yoichi Mine (JICA and Doshisha University), Ryutaro Murotani (JICA), John Page (Brookings), Go Shimada (University of Shizuoka, JICA, Columbia University, and Waseda University), Stephen C. Smith (George Washington University and Brookings)er disasters, Go Shimada, JICA-RI Social protection and the end of extreme poverty, Raj Desai, Georgetown University and Brookings

Stripped Box Set

by Kelli Ireland

Don't miss these three rereleased stories--complete as a box set for the first time! These male strippers have all the right moves...until they each meet a woman who brings them to their knees...In Stripped Down, Eric Reeves is the CEO of a real estate development firm that's on the cusp of a huge breakthrough. But first he has to earn a living...by becoming Dalton Chase, the most sought-after stripper at Beaux Hommes, one of Seattle's exclusive adult clubs. Cass Jameson hires Dalton for her best friend's bachelorette party, but from the moment he steps through the door, nothing can stop the primal need between them--nothing except their real identities.In Wound Up, Justin Maxwell is celebrating his last night as a stripper before he starts his career as a psychologist. Then he spies Grace Cooper in the audience. He's wanted her for years, but as his student, she'd been off-limits. Grace and Justin are through skirting around their fierce need for each other. But indulging in their shared insatiable desire could cost both of them their futures...In Pulled Under, Levi Walsh becomes the proud part owner of Beaux Hommes. But as he goes over the books, he realizes something is very wrong. And then IRS investigator Harper Banks comes knocking. Harper is determined not to notice that Levi is seriously sexy--because she's certain that he's lying to her. To get the bare truth, she'll have to strip him down...and pull him under...

Brenda Jackson The Westmorelands Series Books 11-15

by Brenda Jackson

New York Times bestselling author Brenda Jackson brings you The Westmorelands--a family whose loyalty always leads to love!Millionaire deal maker Spencer Westmoreland has a proposal for Chardonnay Russell: he'll save her business if she becomes his wife... Patrina Forman won't fall into bed with a lawman--until she's trapped in a blizzard with the seductive Texas Ranger Cole Westmoreland... He has thirty days to untangle his marriage-in-name-only to Alyssa Barkley, but Clint Westmoreland wonders what it might be like if he were really her man... When Quade Westmoreland discovers he's the father of three babies, he vows to do what it takes to claim them--and their irresistible mother... Olivia Jeffries finds her wild side at a masquerade ball--and only later realizes her new lover is Reginald Westmoreland, her father's most-hated rival!Get to know the Westmoreland family in five alluring stories of love, family, drama and passion!SPENCER'S FORBIDDEN PASSIONCOLE'S RED-HOT PURSUITTAMING CLINT WESTMORELANDQUADE'S BABIESTALL, DARK...WESTMORELAND!

Texas K-9 Unit Series Books 4-6

by Lenora Worth Valerie Hansen Terri Reed

Love Inspired Suspense authors Valerie Hansen, Terri Reed and Lenora Worth conclude the saga of the Texas K-9 Unit with three heartpounding romantic suspense novels in one box set! Come along for the ride as the brave officers and their trusty canine partners work to keep Texas safe in these three stories:A pregnant woman with a secret must depend on an officer and his bomb detecting Labrador to stay one step ahead of a killer.After drugs are found at the teen center a female detective runs, she'll have to team up with a K-9 officer and his drug sniffing beagle to find the culprits.When the team's dog trainer is attacked, it's up to the captain of the Texas K-9 Unit to protect her and take down the crime ring once and for all.This box set includes:EXPLOSIVE SECRETS BY VALERIE HANSENSCENT OF DANGER BY TERRI REEDLONESTAR PROTECTOR BY LENORA WORTHLook for more Texas K-9 Unit books sold separately:TRACKING JUSTICE BY SHIRLEE MCCOYDETECTION MISSION BY MARGARET DALEYGUARD DUTY BY SHARON DUNNAnd don't miss the bonus novella collection:TEXAS K-9 UNIT CHRISTMAS BY SHIRLEE MCCOY AND TERRI REED

Ether & Elephants

by Cindy Spencer Pape

A Gaslight Chronicles NovelSir Thomas Devere and Eleanor Hadrian have loved each other most of their lives--but sometimes love doesn't conquer all.Their chance at happiness was ruined by Tom's hasty marriage to someone else. Heartbroken, Nell left home, finding a new life as a teacher at a school for the blind. But when one of her supernaturally gifted students, Charlie, is kidnapped, Tom reappears and her worlds collide.Tom claims he hasn't seen his wife since the day of their marriage...yet he fears the missing student could be his son.The deeper they dig, the more Tom and Nell discover: a deadly alchemist, more missing gifted children and long-suppressed feelings neither of them is ready for. A race on airship across England and India may lead them to answers--including a second chance at love--but only if all of British Society isn't destroyed first.83,160 words

Finding Their Way

by A. M. Arthur

Thanks to an abusive father and a string of bad relationships, Riley McCage learned the hard way that people are not kind without a reason. Now, after landing a job at popular gay bar Pot O Gold, Riley is on the right track--until the night Boxer finds him drunk and drugged in the back room of an exclusive sex party.Donald "Boxer" Boxwood wasn't looking for anything beyond some casual kink until he peeled Riley off the floor and gave him a safe place to stay. But there's something compelling about the guy crashing on his couch, and the two forge an instant friendship that eases into unmistakable attraction. Despite Riley's hesitancy, Boxer knows one thing to be true: he needs Riley in his life.Riley risked everything to run away and build a new life for himself, and his secrets aren't something he'd ever wish upon his kind, gentle new friend. But when the past comes to call, he'll have no choice but to put his trust in Boxer...and believe people can change enough to deserve a second chance.Book two of the Restoration series84,210 words

Cut Loose

by Victor Tan Chen

Years after the Great Recession, the economy is still weak, and an unprecedented number of workers have sunk into long spells of unemployment. Cut Loose provides a vivid and moving account of the experiences of some of these men and women, through the example of a historically important group: autoworkers. Their well-paid jobs on the assembly lines built a strong middle class in the decades after World War II. But today, they find themselves beleaguered in a changed economy of greater inequality and risk, one that favors the well-educated--or well-connected.Their declining fortunes in recent decades tell us something about what the white-collar workforce should expect to see in the years ahead, as job-killing technologies and the shipping of work overseas take away even more good jobs. Cut Loose offers a poignant look at how the long-term unemployed struggle in today's unfair economy to support their families, rebuild their lives, and overcome the shame and self-blame they deal with on a daily basis. It is also a call to action--a blueprint for a new kind of politics, one that offers a measure of grace in a society of ruthless advancement.

From Scratch

by Rachel Goodman

A down-home, feel-good debut Southern romance, From Scratch explores one woman's journey back home to Dallas, Texas, where her family is cooking up a plan that doesn't quite suit her tastes...Thirty-year-old Lillie Turner grew up with maple syrup stuck to her skin and bacon grease splattered on her clothes, courtesy of working in the family diner. Thank goodness she escaped all that when she moved to Chicago five years ago. Now a successful strategy consultant and newly engaged to a man who complements her like biscuits and gravy, she has everything she wants. When an urgent phone call about her father's health pulls Lillie back to Dallas, she soon learns it was a ruse to bring her home so she can run the diner she'd rather avoid and compete in the Upper Crust, an annual baking competition, with no option to withdraw. Lillie is furious and ready to run back to Chicago, but her father's haggard appearance makes her wonder if he's hiding something. Things go from bad to worse when Nick, her handsome ex and the only man she ever truly loved, reappears, looking as scrumptious as ever. Lillie's trip home forces her to question the path she's chosen, find her place in the family she abandoned, and wonder if the life she left behind is what she really wants after all.

Guidelines for Initiating Events and Independent Protection Layers in Layer of Protection Analysis

by Ccps

The book is a guide for Layers of Protection Analysis (LOPA) practitioners. It explains the onion skin model and in particular, how it relates to the use of LOPA and the need for non-safety instrumented independent protection layers. It provides specific guidance on Independent Protection Layers (IPLs) that are not Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS). Using the LOPA methodology, companies typically take credit for risk reductions accomplished through non-SIS alternatives; i.e. administrative procedures, equipment design, etc. It addresses issues such as how to ensure the effectiveness and maintain reliability for administrative controls or "inherently safer, passive" concepts. This book will address how the fields of Human Reliability Analysis, Fault Tree Analysis, Inherent Safety, Audits and Assessments, Maintenance, and Emergency Response relate to LOPA and SIS. The book will separate IPL's into categories such as the following: Inherent Safety eliminates a scenario or fundamentally reduces a hazard Preventive/Proactive prevents initiating event from occurring such as enhanced maintenance Preventive/Active stops chain of events after initiating event occurs but before an incident has occurred such as high level in a tank shutting off the pump. Mitigation (active or passive) minimizes impact once an incident has occurred such as closing block valves once LEL is detected in the dike (active) or the dike preventing contamination of groundwater (passive).

Verification, Validation and Testing of Engineered Systems

by A. Engel

Systems' Verification Validation and Testing (VVT) are carried out throughout systems' lifetimes. Notably, quality-cost expended on performing VVT activities and correcting system defects consumes about half of the overall engineering cost. Verification, Validation and Testing of Engineered Systems provides a comprehensive compendium of VVT activities and corresponding VVT methods for implementation throughout the entire lifecycle of an engineered system. In addition, the book strives to alleviate the fundamental testing conundrum, namely: What should be tested? How should one test? When should one test? And, when should one stop testing? In other words, how should one select a VVT strategy and how it be optimized? The book is organized in three parts: The first part provides introductory material about systems and VVT concepts. This part presents a comprehensive explanation of the role of VVT in the process of engineered systems (Chapter-1). The second part describes 40 systems' development VVT activities (Chapter-2) and 27 systems' post-development activities (Chapter-3). Corresponding to these activities, this part also describes 17 non-testing systems' VVT methods (Chapter-4) and 33 testing systems' methods (Chapter-5). The third part of the book describes ways to model systems' quality cost, time and risk (Chapter-6), as well as ways to acquire quality data and optimize the VVT strategy in the face of funding, time and other resource limitations as well as different business objectives (Chapter-7). Finally, this part describes the methodology used to validate the quality model along with a case study describing a system's quality improvements (Chapter-8). Fundamentally, this book is written with two categories of audience in mind. The first category is composed of VVT practitioners, including Systems, Test, Production and Maintenance engineers as well as first and second line managers. The second category is composed of students and faculties of Systems, Electrical, Aerospace, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering schools. This book may be fully covered in two to three graduate level semesters; although parts of the book may be covered in one semester. University instructors will most likely use the book to provide engineering students with knowledge about VVT, as well as to give students an introduction to formal modeling and optimization of VVT strategy.

Caged Warrior

by Alan Lawrence Sitomer

McCutcheon Daniels' life is full of bone-cracking violence. As a star fighter in the gritty underground Mixed Martial Arts circuit in the poorest section of Detroit, McCutcheon fights under the tutelage of his volatile and violent father, not so much for himself but to survive as protector of his beloved five-year old sister, Gemma. We get to know McCutcheon as he battles opponents who are literally trying to kill him. Mr. Freedman, his science teacher, spots his intellectual potential, befriends him, and encourages him to enter the lottery for a scholarship to an elite charter school so he can obtain a first-class education. He is at first dead-set against the idea, and of course his tyrannical father forbids it. But the school's headmaster, Kaitlyn, a student assigned to be his guide, and Mr. Freedman continue to encourage him to consider it. <P><P> His father and the Priests, the local Mafia-like crew that run Detroit's organized crime, have other plans for McCutcheon. For them, he is simply a tool to make them money. And when that cash flow is threatened, his father hits McCutcheon where it hurts most-he hides Gemma and threatens his own son that he'll never see his beloved sister again if he doesn't play by the Priests' rules.<P> For the first time in his life, McCutcheon reaches out for help. Mr. Freedman turns out to have a very mysterious past and not only helps McCutcheon find his sister but also his mother who had simply disappeared on McCutcheon's 13th birthday. All seems well, but happy endings aren't really something McCutcheon feels he can rely on. And he may be right.<P> A ferocious novel, Caged Warrior is like a great fight movie, a tour-de-force of relentless conflict, but one that is leavened with rich characters and meaningful and loving relationships.

The Legend Of Africania

by Dorothy Robinson Herbert Temple

Children's book initially explaining the intervention of European exploitation of Africa,the kidnapping of the nation suppression of African expression ( stolen legacy) of self and theft of the motherland's important minerals.<P><P> A Coretta Scott King Medal Winner

Twelve Extraordinary Women Workbook

by John F. Macarthur

A first-time mother, a prostitute, an introverted young woman, sisters with opposite personalities. Who were these women? Ordinary women for sure, but used by God in ways they never could have imagined . . . made extraordinary because of their life-changing faith in God. Based on the book by pastor and best-selling author John MacArthur, this workbook brings you face-to-face with twelve women whom God chose to bring His message of redemption to the world. In examining the lives of these women, you will discover their struggles and doubts, their fears and failures, their faith and commitment. you will learn how God used these ordinary women in extraordinary ways. And, through their stories, you will discover how God can impact the world through you! Perfect for group or individual study, this workbook includes: Daily Bible readings Engaging and thought-provoking questions and journaling Fascinating and helpful applications for your daily life "Adding to your Scriptural Vocabulary and Understanding" sections Instructions for facilitating your own small group study

When Mockingbirds Sing

by Billy Coffey

What marks the boundary between a miracle from God and the imagination of a child? Leah is a child from Away, isolated from her peers because of her stutter. But then she begins painting scenes that are epic in scope, brilliant in detail, and suffused with rich, prophetic imagery. When the event foreshadowed in the first painting dramatically comes true, the town of Mattingly takes notice. Leah attributes her ability to foretell the future to an invisible friend she calls the Rainbow Man. Some of the townsfolk are enchanted with her. Others fear her. But there is one thing they all agree on--there is no such thing as the Rainbow Man. Her father, the town psychologist, is falling apart over his inability to heal his daughter . . . or fix his marriage. And the town minister is unraveled by the notion that a mere child with no formal training may be hearing from God more clearly than he does. While the town bickers over what to do with this strange child, the content of Leah's paintings grows darker. Still, Leah insists that the Rainbow Man's heart is pure. But then a dramatic and tragic turn of events leaves the town reeling and places everyone's lives in danger. Now the people of Mattingly face a single choice: Will they cling to what they know . . . or embrace the things Leah believes in that cannot be seen? "Billy Coffey is a minstrel who writes with intense depth of feeling and vibrant rich description." --Robert Whitlow, best-selling author of The Choice

In the Frame

by Dick Francis

Charles Todd--a renowned painter of horses--is shocked when he turns up at his cousin Donald's house for a weekend visit to find his cousin's young wife dead on the floor--and Donald the police's prime suspect. Determined to prove Donald's innocence, Todd trails a set of clues from England to Australia to New Zealand, only to realize that someone is trailing him. Someone with every intention of taking him out of the picture for good...

Flying Finish

by Dick Francis

Lord Henry Grey had a bad disposition. Or so his sister, his co-workers, and just about everyone else said. But Henry knew a new job was all he needed. His present career as an office worker and part-time amateur jockey would never do. So he took a new job--air transport of racehorses--which would let him see the world, and maybe change his luck. His luck changed all right--when he discovers that he's actually transporting something altogether different--and has to call upon every ounce of resourcefulness he has to land with his life intact.

America's Secret Jihad

by Stuart Wexler

The conventional narrative concerning religious terrorism inside the United States says that the first salvo occurred in 1993, with the first attack on the World Trade Center in New York City. This narrative has motivated more than a decade of wars, and re-prioritized America's domestic security and law enforcement agenda. But the conventional narrative is wrong.A different group of jihadists exists within US borders. This group has a long but hidden history, is outside the purview of public officials and has an agenda as apocalyptic as anything Al Qaeda has to offer. Radical sects of Christianity have inspired some of the most grotesque acts of violence in American history: the 1963 Birmingham Church bombing that killed four young girls; the "Mississippi Burning" murders of three civil rights workers in 1964; the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968, the Atlanta Child Murders in the late 1970s; and the Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995.America's Secret Jihad uses these crimes to tell a story that has not been told before.Expanding upon the author's ground-breaking work on the Martin Luther King, Jr. murder, and through the use of extensive documentation, never-before-released interviews, and a re-interpretation of major events, America's Secret Jihad paints

A History of Glitter and Blood (Sneak Preview)

by Hannah Moskowitz

Want a sneak peek? Download this free sample of A History of Glitter and Blood by Hannah Moskowitz.Sixteen-year-old Beckan and her friends are the only fairies brave enough to stay in Ferrum when war breaks out. Now there is tension between the immortal fairies, the subterranean gnomes, and the mysterious tightropers who arrived to liberate the fairies. But when Beckan's clan is forced to venture into the gnome underworld to survive, they find themselves tentatively forming unlikely friendships and making sacrifices they couldn't have imagined. As danger mounts, Beckan finds herself caught between her loyalty to her friends, her desire for peace, and a love she never expected. This stunning, lyrical fantasy is a powerful exploration of what makes a family, what justifies a war, and what it means to truly love.

The Castaway Lounge

by Jon Boilard

Set in a busted Massachusetts mill town circa 1986, The Castaway Lounge is the story of Jackson "Applejack" Thibedeaux. Cocaine dealer, womanizer, and tough-guy-for-hire, Applejack is weary of the wrong life and trying to leave it behind. But all bets are off when a young pole dancer ends up dead during an after-hours party with a local businessman and politician, and our hero risks going to prison or worse by setting in motion a plan to bring the killers to justice.Along the way, Applejack's fiancéeis abducted by a flying saucer and she goes on the Oprah Winfrey show to talk about her experience, a bible-thumping arsonist burns down the titty bar, and a disturbing love triangle forms when a washed-up guitar player seduces his teenage son's girlfriend. To further complicate matters, upon learning of her demise, the dead pole dancer's father and twin brother's thunder down from the high hills with violent intentions.It is a dark world that these people live in, but from time to time slivers of light manage to break through. At its core, the book is an exploration of one man's struggle to choose between right and wrong. And the fact that sometimes the right choice requires the ultimate sacrifice.Jon Boilard is the author of A River Closely Watched, a finalist for the Northern California Book Award. Born and raised in Western Massachusetts, Boilard lives in San Francisco, California.

The Anglerfish Comedy Troupe

by Colin Fleming

The Anglerfish Comedy Troupe collects 18 stories about the epiphenomena of failed relationships. Though Fleming cut his teeth writing non-fiction for outlets such as Rolling Stone and The Boston Globe, his literary verve has always been clearly observable to his readership. Here he is finally able to fully indulge in the wordplay, world-building and grammatical flourishes that tentatively surfaced in even his most esoteric of articles.

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