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Humor has always been an essential part of North American aboriginal culture. This fact remained unnoticed by most settlers, however, since non-aboriginals just didn't get the joke. <P><P>For most of written history, a stern, unyielding profile of "the Indian" dominated the popular mainstream imagination. Indians, it was believed, never laughed. But Indians themselves always knew better. As an award-winning playwright, columnist, and comedy-sketch creator, Drew Hayden Taylor has spent 15 years writing and researching aboriginal humor. For Me Funny, he asked a noted cast of writers from a variety of fields - including such celebrated wordsmiths as Thomas King, Allan J. Ryan, Mirjam Hirch, and Tomson Highway - to take a look at what makes aboriginal humor tick. Their hilarious, enlightening contributions playfully examine the use of humor in areas as diverse as stand-up comedy, fiction, visual art, drama, performance, poetry, traditional storytelling, and education.
This multicultural children's book presents a heartwarming Korean fairy tale about a little girl and a fortunate encounter.<P><P>Poverty is all Maya has ever known, but she doesn't allow it to stop her from caring for her father, and others, as best she can. Kind and gentle, she is a lovely young girl who always puts others first. One day, she finds a little turtle and takes him home, raising and loving him, never knowing that he will play an instrumental part in her destiny.Similar to The Korean Cinderella, Maya and the Turtle, is an original Korean fairy tale by authors John Stickler and Soma Han that teaches children that the road to greatness lies in selflessness and that the loving kindness of a pure heart can awaken great love and power in another. Beautifully illustrated by Han, this book contains fascinating bits of information about Korean culture and is a poignant tale about the rewards of kindness, patience and courage.
The experts at Kennel Club Books presents the world's largest series of breed-specific canine care books. Each critically acclaimed Comprehensive Owner's Guide covers everything from breed standards to behavior, from training to health and nutrition. With nearly 200 titles in print, this series is sure to please the fancier of even the rarest breed.
Best-selling author David Hough is the anti-bad ass of motorcyclists, a serious down-to-earth master of two- (and three-) wheeled street rods who is interested in the safety and road smarts of his fellow motorcyclists.<P><P> Mastering the Ride is his follow-up book to one that put him on the map, Proficient Motorcycling, and it goes one better. For motorcyclists ready to take their rides to the next level, Mastering the Ride is an exhilarating course in skills, safety, and common sense. Hough's writing style is straightforward and conversational, never professorial, preachy, or boring. With instructional color photographs and drawings, the book covers improving the rider's skills of speed and passing on superslabs, mountain roads, and city streets; anticipating and handling street and road hazards, from treacherous tar snakes to lane-weaving drivers; and learning the limits of sight distances, executing quick stops at sudden hazards as well as curves. The book devotes two full chapters to the skills involved in mastering cornering, with specific advice about rolling on and off the throttle, shifting, braking, countersteering, body steering and positioning, and cornering lines.In the chapter "Mastering the Art of Conspicuity," Hough recommends riders understand and employ conspicuity, that is understanding how motorcyclists and car drivers see their surroundings and getting others to see you on the road by use of hi-viz clothing, LED lights, and other gear. The key to safety rests in increased situational awareness-the topic of the next chapter-the ability to predict how road events will unfold by thinking through the possibilities way before a potential hazard presents itself. Thanks to Hough's direct and specific instructions to riders for what they need to know, to improve, to avoid, and to do every time they get on their bikes, this chapter and the skills it describes are nothing short of life-saving.In short, Mastering the Ride is a crash course in how not to crash-that is, after all is read and done, what every motorcyclists must avoid for his own life and the lives of others on the road. As Eric Trow, a motorcycle safety journalist and instructor states on the back cover, "Mastering the Ride should be required reading for every road-going motorcyclist and become the companion of any rider serious about advancing his or her road craft." Voni Glaves, the record-setting million-mile BMW rider, is a long-time Hough fan who relied on Hough's "wisdom" back in the 1970s when the author was a columnist. "The latest from David brings together his years of experience and his unique analysis to make the case for mastery in a conversational way that makes [Mastering the Ride] impossible to put down. The breadth and depth of the information...is astounding."A section on the aging rider, including ways to compensate for older riders' slower reaction times and readapting their skills, is included in the appendix, as is a travelogue of Hough's road trips to some of his favorite locations. A glossary, resources section, and index complete the book.
This is a comprehensive, self-study workbook for learning Japanese characters.Mastering Japanese Kanji can help you greatly reduce the time and effort involved in learning to read Japanese and write Japanese.<P><P> It does so by introducing a method that is both effective and easy to use in memorizing the meanings and pronunciations of Kanji-the array of characters that are used in the Japanese language to symbolize everything from abstract ideas to concrete nouns.Learning any of the kanji is a two step process, requiring that you remember both the visual aspect of a character (so you can recognize it when you see it) and the aural aspect (so you will know how to say and, thus, read it). The method employed by Mastering Japanese Kanji will show you how to tackle both of these aspects from the outset, and by so doing enable you to immediately get down to the practical (and fun!) business of recognizing and reading kanji on everything from street signs to newspapers. By the time you finish this book, in fact you will be able to boast of a Japanese vocabulary numbering in the thousands of words.Key features: Downloadable material helps to reinforce the written materialTeaches the 200 most common kanji and the hundreds of compounds that use include them. Unique, specially-designed drawings and entertaining stories help you learn more quickly. Sample sentences, along with common words and compounds, expand your vocabulary by showing each kanji used in context. Stroke-order diagrams show the correct way to write each chapter. Chapter and cumulative review exercises help ensure master of what you've learned. Complete indexes show Japanese readings and English meanings for all Kanji.
Massages energize, revitalize, and renew both body and spirit, and have even been proven to restore and promote good health. But to safely practice massage, you need to understand how the body works.<P><P> Everyone from new students to experienced massage therapists can benefit from this unique book dedicated to the practice of massage. The world of massage at your fingertips! This comprehensive book explores seven of the world's best-known styles of massage: Swedish, Fusion, Shiatsu, Thai, River Stone, Reflexology, and Reiki. Massage Anatomy uniquely combines an understanding of the human body with different massage styles, making it an excellent resource for practitioners of all levels. Detailed anatomical illustrations and approachable text demonstrate body planes, muscle groups, and crucial areas like the nervous and lymphatic systems. There is also a helpful reference section on massage terminology and a glossary of muscles. Discover the ancient secrets practiced by Native Americans and Egyptians using warm stones that are applied to the body. Feel the "spirit life force" of reiki, a centuries-old Japanese technique used to promote peace and well-being. And find out how to combine Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports massage techniques for a fabulous massage fusion.
Learn nutrition secrets from Teri Tom, dietitian to popular fighters such as boxing's Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan, and MMA's Andrei Arlovski!<P><P>In the martial arts and combat sports, it's important--and sometimes a matter of life and death--not to have any weak links in your fighting arsenal. The same principle applies to your approach to nutrition and fitness. Train and fuel yourself methodically, and you can't miss, as registered dietitian and trainer Teri Tom details here.Your conditioning, your training regimen, and your body are in a constant state of change...and your nutrition approach must vary according to give you exactly what you need, when you need it. Whether your goal is weight loss, to build muscle, or break through a plateau, here are the nutrition techniques to prepare you for any scenario.Teri Tom,MS, RD, a registered dietitian, strength and conditioning coach, and leading authority on Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do, explains exactly how the nutrients you consume impact your martial arts performance--and sometimes in ways you might not expect. No stranger to the challenges of competition, she guides you in choosing the best nutrition techniques to achieve your martial arts goals.
Originally published in the November 1943 issue of True Love andRomance Magazine, the People Magazine of its day, Marry MeTomorrow is a story that epitomizes the struggles many generationsof American men and women have faced as loved ones are about togo off to war.
The story of a crossed love that is star to every wandering bark.Together as husband and wife, Nick Ward and Lena Grant ran a successful boutique law firm in Minneapolis, vanquishing all their legal foes side by side.<P><P> When Nick's charmingly erratic behavior finally became too much for Lena, the marriage and the partnership ended. But-like C. K. Dexter Haven and Tracy Lord-it seems that Lena and Nick just can't quite separate.Lena works out fiercely, keeps her dates with the boring and conventional Preston Winter, and daily battles on against corporate greed. But Nick's not doing so well.Still brilliant and devilishly clever, he is now also almost crazy. He is prone to fantasy and the big gesture, and he engages frantically in guerrilla activism for the sake of animals wild and domestic. Nick doesn't make plans; he has visions. And eventually his antics put him back into Lena's hands. While she tries to navigate the legal waters into which he's thrown them, Nick veers out of her wake and into the midst of a strange set of companions, including Oscar, his psychiatric attendant and Action Comics collector; Ralph and Alice Wilson, the rebellious managers of the city animal shelter; and an aging Russian hound named Wolfram.Often laugh-out-loud funny, with bright wit and brilliant machine-gun dialogue, The Marriage of True Minds sweetly explores modern love, undying idealism, and one cracked partnership that can't be sundered-from without or from within.If you like screwball comedies, like Bringing Up Baby and His Girl Friday, then you'll love The Marriage of True Minds!
This book contains nearly 2,000 hand-painted illustrations featuring 1,635 individual species. The paintings were completed over a 3-year period and are primarily based on photographs or color transparencies of either live fishes taken underwater or freshly caught specimens. In many cases preserved specimens at the Western Australian Museum have been consulted to ensure accuracy of detail and proportions. The end result is a colorful and highly comprehensive guide to the sea fishes of northern Australia and the adjacent Southeast Asian region.
Author Ray Hunziker, longtime editor of Tropical Fish Hobbyist magazine and lifelong fish keeper, is the ideal tutor for aquarists looking to take a dive into the saltwater end of the tank!<P><P> Marine Aquariums begins with a discussion of seawater and water quality, the most critical part of keeping marine fishes happily swimming (and breathing) in their tank. Hunziker continues with a step-by-step explanation of setting up a marine aquarium, discussing aquarium types, the number of fishes for the size tank selected, siting the tank, stands, substrates, temperature, lighting, filtration and décor.The chapter on stocking and maintaining the tank discussing purchasing healthy, vibrant fish, acclimatizing them to the tank, feeding them, and monitoring the tank on a regular basis. An elaborate chapter on the various types of saltwater fishes available, "Ideal Fish for Your Marine Aquarium, "details and illustrates nearly 70 fishes divided into the following categories: moray eels, squirrelfish and soldierfish, lion fish, groupers, cardinalfish, butterflyfish, angelfish, damselfish, hawkfish, wrasses, jawfish, gobies, surgeonfish, and triggerfish. The final chapter discusses keeping fish healthy, including the signs of illness, treating various ailments, and setting up a quarantine tank for affected fish. Resources, glossary, index included.
Marijuana is a palliative, an analgesic with anti-inflammatory properties --it alleviates pain without addictive effects experienced with narcotics. You might think of marijuana as being something like an herbal aspirin. <P><P>In fact, it was used in folk medicines like aspirin for thousands of years to soothe aches and pains before aspirin was discovered. When hearing marijuana most of us call up an image of recreational smoking to "get high". Being in the high-state actually promotes wellness. Being high feels good and feeling good encourages healing and homeostasis.Most of us, however, are less familiar with the other ways in which one can use marijuana as a remedy for aliments that diminish quality of life-like aching muscles from over exertion or spinal misalignment, for example. Actually the list of aliments that can be soothed with medical marijuana is quite long. It is important to emphasize that marijuana does not "cure"; rather it soothes and alleviates and in so doing we feel better and heal faster. This comes from its palliative qualities.Marijuana's palliative qualities can be delivered in a variety of ways: smoking, eating, rubbing into the skin. Each of these delivery methods has special benefits, which are compared and contrasted in MARIJUANA RECIPES AND REMEDIES. In addition to the delicious foods described, MARIJUANA RECIPES AND REMEDIES tells how to extract the beneficial chemicals from the herb-its essence-to make tinctures and ointments good for massaging aching muscles, soothing bug bites.MARIJUANA RECIPES AND REMEDIES offers many easy, delicious, nutritious recipes, including desserts of all kinds, breads, main courses, and elixirs. It also teaches principles-such as using butter to extract the essence-so that you can experiment with your own recipe development. What fun!Most cookbooks tell you how to cook "from scratch", which is great if you're a cook and you have enough time. But many us aren't "cooks"-yet we would like to incorporate marijuana herbals in our menu. MARIJUANA RECIPES AND REMEDIES is unique in that it shows how to use inexpensive, off-the-shelf, ready-made mixes you can find at the corner store to make some fabulous cannabis cuisine. How to convert off-the-shelf lotions into something fit for Cleopatra-well, almost!
Made famous on The Martha Stewart Show on television and Sirius radio, Marc Morrone is front and center to answer his viewers' (and his readers') many questions about their favorite pets.<P><P> In Ask the Bird Keeper, Marc's quirky, entertaining personality shines on every page as he spews out his wisdom, know-how, and hilarious anecdotes to answer dozens of questions. Divided into nine chapters, this book offers answers on hundreds of topics about feeding, housing, training, healthy, anatomy, and everyday care. In the "Food" chapter-from grit to grub-Marc discusses dietary changes, supplements, people food, and different kinds of diets. A chapter devoted to accommodations talks about various cage options, choosing the right size cage and equipment, and cleaning tips. Positive reinforcement underscores Marc's chapter "School," in which he lectures on bonding, hyperactive, noise issues, and challenging bird behaviors. As a self-taught bird keeper, Marc's chapter on "Health" is a true primer in what owners can and cannot do, from first aid tips and trimming (nails, beaks, feathers) to broken tails, parasites, parrot fever and bird flu. While Marc is often laugh-out-loud funny in all of the chapters, it is his genuine admiration and respect for his avian friends that make this book a unique resource for all pet lovers. Fill with real first-hand information and reliable tips, readers will be laughing and learning in equal measure! The book is beautifully designed and illustrated with color photographs as well as original artwork by Jason O'Malley.
Over 20 million Americans run recreationally, but doing it right is more than a matter of buying an expensive pair of shoes and heading for the track.<P><P> Building on the popularity of The Beginning Runner's Handbook, this practical, easy-to-use guide provides a step-by-step program for running a half or full marathon for the first time. It shows readers how to get motivated and set realistic goals, choose the proper shoes, eat right, build strength and endurance, and avoid sore muscles and injury. The book includes tips from elite runners on such subjects as staying motivated when the weather is extreme, running technique, running with a dog, and running partners. Finally, the book describes strategies for the race, what to expect on race day, and the psychological effects of finishing a half or full marathon. Most importantly, it includes a full training program designed to ensure that that crucial first race is a winner.
Part mad manifesto, part revolutionary love letter, part freight train adventure story-Maps to the Other Side is a self-reflective shattered mirror, a twist on the classic punk rock travel narrative that searches for authenticity and connection in the lives of strangers and the solidarity and limitations of underground community.<P><P> Beginning at the edge of the internet age, a time when radical zine culture prefigured social networking sites, these timely writings paint an illuminated trail through a complex labyrinth of undocumented migrants, anarchist community organizers, brilliant visionary artists, revolutionary seed savers, punk rock historians, social justice farmers, radical mental health activists, and iconoclastic bridge builders. This book is a document of one person's odyssey to transform his experiences navigating the psychiatric system by building community in the face of adversity; a set of maps for how rebels and dreamers can survive and thrive in a crazy world.
Many Faces, One Voice is a must-read companion book to the award-winning film The Anonymous People.<P><P> Together with the film, this collection of insights, illuminated by vibrant faces and voices of recovery, takes the reader along a journey of individual growth and, potentially, to world change.A vital record of the lives and testimony of brave people who have come out of the shadows of anonymity to fight stigma and discrimination--people who now publicly advocate for the 23 million Americans suffering with addiction. Their inspiring stories, told in intimate detail, are essential to understanding the success, the hope, and the power of recovery.Bud Mikhitarian is an award-winning filmmaker and the producer of The Anonymous People film.Greg Williams is the director of The Anonymous People.
The mantram, or mantra, is a short, powerful, spiritual formula from the world's great traditions, repeated silently in the mind, anytime, anywhere. Examples of mantrams are Rama, Rama, used by Gandhi, or My God and My All, repeated by St. Francis of Assisi, or Om Mane Padme Hum. <P><P>Easwaran taught the use of the mantram for over forty years as part of his passage meditation program. He explains how the mantram works, and gives practical guidelines for using it to focus our thoughts and access deeper resources of strength, patience, and love. The mantram can help us replenish our energy, release creativity, and heal old conflicts. These resonant phrases work equally well for parents with young children, colleagues at work, couples in a relationship, in illness or depression, and even at the time of death. And Easwaran shows how repetition of the mantram can open the door to a life that is increasingly meaningful and fulfilling.
Manabeshima Island Japan: One Island, Two Months, One Minicar, Sixty Crabs, Eighty Bites and Fifty Shots of Shochuby Florent Chavouet
More than just a Japan travel guide, Manabeshima Island Japan paints a colorful and entertaining picture of a particular place and time in Japan.<P><P>Japan is made up of thousands of sacred islands, artificial islands, industrial islands, resort islands, wild islands and exploding islands...but artist Florent Chavouet had only ever visited two of them. This graphic novel is the story of one summer when he decides to get to know one more--the tiny island of Manabeshima. This speck of dirt in the Inland Sea, off the coast of Osaka, has a total population of 300, and he sets himself the task of recording everything and everyone he meets there in quirky detail on the pages of his sketchbook.Whereas Chavouet's other best-selling book, Tokyo on Foot, focuses on the physical city, it is the local island inhabitants who form the heart of this new book. Chavouet's sensitive drawings and insightful captions create instant portraits of incredible literary depth.The cast of characters who are lovingly depicted includes Ikkyu-san, owner of the island's only bar (and the bar's three regulars--skinny guy, Day-Glo cap guy and greasy-haired guy); the young Nakamura family and their five kids; the layabout Shimura-san, a living relic from the hippie 1970s; Kurata-san the policeman; Reizo-san the island intellectual in his elegant Meiji-era home; Rock the Neanderthal fisherman; and a chorus of assorted grandmothers and cats--all of whom welcome Chavouet into their community as a kindred soul.Against a backdrop of fireworks, summer festivals, fishing expeditions, and the constant hum of the cicadas, Chavouet depicts these characters so vividly and sympathetically, and describes their rustic way of life in such simple and appealing terms that we find it as hard to finish the book as Chavouet found it to leave the island at the end of his enchanted summer holiday.
When Elaine and Fletcher marry, their relationship is passionate. She is a beautiful model; he is a loud businessman, nineteen years her elder. Then he is stricken by illness, which leaves him voiceless and impotent. Intent on ending his own life, and forbidding her to love anyone else, he plots his suicide to look like murder. Jealousy knows no bounds.
Refering to him by his nickname Cometa-Catalan for "comet"-Imma Monsó tells us about the sudden loss of her husband and, using an original structure combining A chapters-"A for affection, amusement, acceptance"-and B chapters-"B for barbarous, brutal, bare"-she bears witness to her life with him, and to her life without him.
For Stanley Cohen, baseball is the prism through which he views the events of the last seventy years.<P><P> In The Man in the Crowd, Cohen chronicles America's changing mood and lifestyle from the years of World War II through the silent generation of the fifties, the revolutionary turmoil of the sixties through the social decay of the seventies, the excess of the eighties through the technological transformation of the nineties, up through the sobering uncertainty of the post- 9/11 present day. His narrative spans four generations as he recounts in sparkling prose how, for his immigrant father, sports was a means of assimilation into life in the New World; the warmth of watching his son and, later, his grandson both fall heir to his devotion; and how the game of baseball has provided his life with its truest sense of continuity.
This is one the first and most important books about 18th century Malaysia and covers a wide array of topics from Malaysian culture and history to nature and wildlife. It is essential reading for anyone interested in Malaysia.<P><P>A century and a half after it was first published, this book remains one of the great classics of natural history and travel--perhaps the greatest. Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913) deserves equal billing with Charles Darwin for his independently drawn but parallel conclusions on the theory of evolution. Darwin himself called Wallace "generous and noble" and referred favorably to his work in later editions of The Origin of Species.The Malay Archipelago is an extraordinarily accessible book. There is a wealth of detail about pre-modern life in the Indonesian archipelago which Wallace accumulated on over 60 separate journeys spanning 14,000 miles. He was equally fascinated by the exotic peoples, flora and fauna he encountered in his epic travels. A mark of his achievement lies in the size of the collections he bequeathed to British museums--some 125,000 specimens ranging from large mammals to tiny insects, exotic butterflies and splendid birds of paradise.
Leading writers discuss, debate, and celebrate the legend of Superman in this anthology, contending that his legend is a truly American myth. <P><P>Superman was an immigrant with little more than the clothes on his back and raised by simple farmers, absorbing their humble values. He always chose to do the right thing, fighting for truth, justice, and the American way, and represents America at its best. The in-depth analyses of the comics, films and cartoons are at turns funny, philosophical, insightful, and personal, exploring every aspect of the Superman legend.
This new collection explores for the first time male sex work from a rich array of perspectives and disciplines. It aims to help enrich the ways in which we view both male sex work as a field of commerce and male sex worker themselves.<P><P>Leading contributors examine the field both historically and cross-culturally from fields including public health, sociology, psychology, social services, history, filmography, economics, mental health, criminal justice, geography, and migration studies, and more.Synthesizing introductions by the editors help the reader understand the implications of the findings and conclusions for scholars, practitioners, students, and members of the interested/concerned public.
Making Out in Thai is a fun, accessible and thorough Thai phrase book and guide to the Thai language as it's really spoken.Dichan long nai tua khun! Ca phop kan iik muearai?--(I'm crazy about you! When can I see you again?) Answer this correctly in Thai and you may be going on a hot date. <P><P>Incorrectly, and you could be hurting someone's feelings or getting a slap! Thai classes and textbooks tend to spend a lot of time rehearsing for the same fictitious scenarios but chances are while in Thailand you will spend a lot more time trying to make new friends or start new romances--something you may not be prepared for.If you are a student, businessman or tourist traveling to Thailand and would like to have an authentic and meaningful experience, the key is being able to speak like a local. This friendly and easy-to-use Thai phrasebook makes this possible. Making Out in Thai has been revised and redesigned to act as a guide to modern colloquial Thai for use in everyday informal interactions--giving access to the sort of catchy Thai expressions that aren't covered in traditional language materials. As well as the Romanized forms, each expression is given in authentic Thai script (akson thai), so that in the case of difficulties the book can be shown to the person the user is trying to communicate with.This Thai phrasebook includes:A guide to pronouncing Thai words correctlyExplanations of basic Thai grammar, such as, word order and polite vs. impolite formsA guide to male and female usageRomanized forms of words and phrases with tonal markingsComplete translations including Thai script (akson thai)Useful and interesting notes on Thai language and cultureLots of colorful, fun and useful expressions not covered in other phrasebooksTitles in this unique series of bestselling phrase books include: Making Out in Chinese, Making Out in Indonesian, Making Out in Thai, Making Out in Korean, Making Out in Hindi, Making Out in Japanese, Making Out in Vietnamese, Making Out in Burmese, Making Out in Tagalog, Making Out in Hindi, Making Out in Arabic, Making Out in English, More Making Out in Korean, and More Making Out in Japanese.