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Multiply/Divide

by Wendy S. Walters

I have never been particularly interested in slavery, perhaps because it is such an obvious fact of my family's history. The fact that I am descended from slaves is hard to acknowledge on a day-to-day basis, because slavery does not fit with my self-image. Perhaps this is because I am pretty certain I would not have survived it.In the manner of Calvino's Invisible Cities, Wendy Walters deftly explores the psyches of cities such as Chicago, Detroit, Manhattan, and Portsmouth. In "Cleveland," she interviews an African-American playwright who draws great reviews, but can't muster an audience. An on-air telephone chat between a DJ and his listeners drives a discussion of race and nutrition in "Chicago Radio." In "Manhattanville" the author, out for a walk with her biracial son, is mistaken for his nanny. There's even a fable, imagining a black takeover of Norway. All of these essays explore societal questions--how eras of immense growth can leave us unable to prosper from that growth, how places intended for safety become fraught with danger, and how race and gender bias threaten our communities. As John D'Agata notes: "What probing, lively, ridiculously smart, gorgeously surprising essays."Wendy S. Walters is the author of two books of poems, Troy, Michigan and Longer I Wait, More You Love Me. Her work has appeared in Harper's, Bookforum, the Iowa Review, and many other publications. She is associate professor of creative writing at The New School University in New York.

Bad Sex

by Clancy Martin

This novel deals, primarily, with an adulterous love affair. It also talks about alcoholism, self-destruction, and what it means to love. The protagonist, Brett, a recovering alcoholic writer living in Mexico, begins a love affair with Eduard, her husband's banker.

Winners and Losers

by James Long Marcus Youssef

Two friends pass the time together playing a made-up game in which they name people, places, or things and debate whether they are successful or not; in other words, whether they are winners or losers. Each friend seeks to defeat the other, and because one of these men grew up economically privileged and the other did not, the competition very quickly heats up.Marcus Youssef is associate artistic producer at Vancouver's NeWorld Theatre and teaches theater at Concordia University in Montreal.James Long has been making theater since 1995 and is artistic director of Theatre Replacement in Vancouver..

Reckless Hope

by J. Leigh Bailey

What's life without a little risk?Or a lot of risk, if you're Sebastian Carlisle. He'll never live up to the legacy of his dead brother, so why try? Being the wild child in a family of stuck-up rich snobs suits him just fine.Until he meets Micah Burke, and everything changes.Micah's got too much going on for a relationship. Even if he could trust Sebastian, a distraction--a sexy, reckless distraction with a death wish--would only derail his carefully scheduled life. If it were just Micah, maybe that would be fine, but his mother and sister depend on him, and he can't let them down. Or at least that's what he tells himself.A hot moment leads to a hot night leads to a connection neither of them are ready for. And when a crisis hits Micah's family hard, Sebastian will have to shed his bad-boy image and decide whether he can be the man Micah needs--and Micah needs to decide whether he'll let him.Book two of Letting Go68,630 words

Fourth Down and 50

by James Leon Wilson Andrea Williams

From a murder charge to the San Diego Chargers--defensive back Jimmy Wilson spent more than two years in jail before he was acquitted of murder. In this motivational coming-of-age memoir, he shares the inspiring story of how faith in God and the love of his family helped him turn his life around and achieve his NFL dreams.Jimmy Wilson knew he shouldn't have gone to his Aunt Opal's house on the eve of his return to the University of Montana, where he was a star football player and preseason candidate for All-American. But when he learned her partner had badly beaten her, his primary concern was for the safety of her and her two young children. Growing up a biracial kid in the San Diego projects, Wilson was always fighting. Kids tested him, and he relied on his physical prowess. Tussling with his aunt's abuser on the lawn of her home, trying to defend himself from the man's gun, Wilson was in his element--until a shot accidentally rang out, changing the game. Wilson was labeled a murderer, and his football dreams all but faded. The next two years in jail opened his eyes to another world. When he was finally acquitted, he felt adrift back in his old neighborhood. But through his faith and the support of those who believed in him, Wilson made it back to Montana and eventually to the NFL. This is his uplifting story of growing from a boy to a man and how one bad decision that threatened to end his life became a catalyst for complete transformation.

Get the Life You Want

by Dr Freddie Jackson Brown

So often we find ourselves blocked in our lives, unhappy but at the same time anxious and fearful about making real and lasting change and uncertain what direction to take. In this book psychologist Dr Freddy Jackson Brown reveals that many of our difficulties are self-imposed. By following the principles of a breakthrough approach, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, he shows that we can all live a happier, less fearful and more purposeful life. The book explains the key principles of ACT - accepting rather than avoiding difficult experiences, discovering how to defuse harmful thoughts (often through changes in the way we use language), focusing on the values that give your life meaning and committing to changes in behaviour. The ground-breaking aspect of this therapy is its recognition that lasting happiness can only be found when we identify the core values that are most profoundly important to us. The book begins by explaining that values give meaning and dignity to the difficult times we may face and provide a guiding star by which we can steer a path through life, ensuring that our choices are consistent with who we truly are.The book goes on to explain how we can determine our values and understand them, and then put our values into action in practical ways throughout every aspect of our life. Dr Jackson Brown shows us how to set long-term goals based on our values and shows how exploring the issues that seem to most distress us can provide clues as to what truly matters in our lives. Rich with case studies and practical exercises, this inspiring book will lead you to the life you truly wish to lead.

Self Mapping

by Brian Mayne

Self-awareness, self-belief, self-esteem, self-acceptance, self-love, self-renewal: how would you like to transform your "self"? Self-help guru Brian Mayne guides readers on an inward journey of personal discovery that will lead them to greater fulfillment and confidence. The results are amazing, yet his method is beautifully simple: Mayne explains how to create a "Self Map" that activates the whole brain and serves as a reminder of the person you'd like to become. This map literally acts like a subconscious command, and stimulates you to act upon your desires; by regularly meditating on it you can integrate your "low-self ego" with your "High-Self spirit" to become your authentic, natural True Self.

Small Eternities (Withern Rise, v.2)

by Michael Lawrence

Four months ago in the snowy depths of winter, Alaric and Naia, two teenagers who'd never met, discovered they were living almost identical lives in different versions of Withern Rise, their riverside Victorian mansion. One day, they accidentally stranded themselves in the wrong realities. Now it's summer, and heavy rains have caused the river to overflow. Withern Rise's grounds are under water when Alaric and Naia find their separate ways into an earlier reality -- a small eternity -- and meet a boy called Aldous. Aldous Underwood. But who is this Aldous? Is he the old vagrant Naia has met in the present day, or an Aldous destined to die very soon, under mysterious circumstances? And will their meeting change Underwood history? There are 2 more chapters at the end of the book. These are not listed in the Table of Contents.

The Secret Teachings of Mary Magdalene

by Claire Nahmad Margaret Bailey

Discovered in fragments in Egypt in 1945, The Gospel of Mary remains one of the most controversial texts of early Christianity. This translation of Mary's teachings, from the original Greek and Coptic, offers a unique new perspective: authors Claire Nahmad and Margaret Bailey utilized "inner listening" to uncover lost material, and they present Mary's ideas in the form of a dialogue between the (risen) Savior and His disciples. Most importantly, the volume includes a description by Mary of special revelations given to her by Jesus. Nahmad and Bailey argues that Mary was not just the consort of Christ but the feminine Christ herself, and in their view, the partnership between Jesus and Mary exemplifies the crucial balance of male and female in spiritual and corporeal life. It's an interpretation that uncovers a rich subtext in Mary's words offering wisdom on an extraordinary range of concerns, from the origins of the human race to the pathway to Christlike consciousness.

Parkers' Encyclopedia of Astrology

by Julia Parker Derek Parker

Derek and Julia Parker are two of the most famous and best-selling names in the field of astrology: their Compleat Astrologer introduced thousands to the subject. With this new encyclopedia, they have produced a must-have tool for the professional, student, and amateur astrologer. The Parkers' work encompasses everything from the entire history of astrology to its terms and techniques. There's plenty in here for everyone: fascinating facts and anecdotes, biographies of top astrologers, textbook definitions of such phrases as trine aspect, and answers to such questions as: Are Scorpios REALLY sex mad?

The New Materia Medica Volume 2

by Colin Griffith

The New Materia Medica is a source book of information on some of the most exciting new crystal, botanical, and animal remedies now in use by practitioners of the Guild of Homeopaths. These remedies, proven through the practice of meditation and with a reputation for remarkable success, are extraordinary for their depth of action, reaching far into a patient's psyche and history. Each entry gives a description of the original substance in its natural state and an outline of its medicinal and traditional uses, along with crystal essence cures where applicable and explanations of the remedies' affinities for the chakras and the associated glands and organs. All the remedies also include detailed information on their mental, emotional, and physical effects on the individual parts of the body. Summarized case notes show clinical evidence of efficacy of these therapies and illustrate their day-to-day use.

Dogism Saga

by Mark Anthony

Lance Thomas is a sexy, young black male who has it all: a high-paying blue collar job, a home in Queens, two cars, a son, and a beautiful wife. He has realized, however, that he is afflicted with dogism, a distorted sexuality that causes men to be unfaithful to their women. Witness Lance as he juggles God, a wife, a son, and a new mistress, all while trying to end his dealings with an obsessed stripper.In the midst of all the drama and deception, Lance realizes that eventually every dog has his day, and he tries to put his cheating ways behind him. It works for several years, but when he quits his blue-collar job to become a bestselling author, he finds himself with loads of money and idle time on his hands. The temptation to cheat has never been stronger, and he's convinced that he can master the art of cheating and cover his tracks perfectly this time. It's not long before he's back to juggling his wife, his mistresses, a love child, and some major baby momma drama.Dogism Saga is an over-the-top relationship drama that will have readers shaking their heads as they laugh out loud at Lance's antics.

Carl Weber Presents Ride or Die Chick 3

by J. M. Benjamin

Imagine being the product of one of the most notorious criminal couples ever to terrorize the state of Virginia. Imagine your father choosing death over life in prison because he thinks he has no reason to live. Imagine your mother trying to kill herself and you to protect you from the world. Then imagine growing up parentless in a society you seem not to fit in--until you meet someone else who feels the same way. If you can imagine all of this, then you will be intrigued by the story of young Treacherous Freeman and Baby Love.Nearly two years after the death of his mother, Treacherous is faced with a situation that causes him to unleash all that has been bottled up inside him. His actions ultimately land him in a place that surprises even him. Despite growing up with both parents and strong family values, Baby Love feels her life is not too far from hell. Deceit, betrayal, and deception are the contributors to Baby's sudden change. They are the very same things that land her in a predicament that has her craving for vengeance. As fate would have it, Treacherous finds himself drawn to the girl that reminds him so much of his mother. The chemistry between him and Baby is undeniable, and a twisted love connection is born. Fueled by pain, they form a bond that Treacherous has always dreamed of and Baby never thought existed.

Nancy Drew 42: The Phantom of Pine Hill

by Carolyn Keene

When Nancy Drew and her two close friends arrive for the Emerson University June Week celebration and learn there has been a mix-up in their motel reservations, the confusion leads to a baffling mystery.<P><P>Uncle John Rorick, a descendant of the early settlers of the town of Emerson, invites the three girls to be his guests at his historic mansion on Pine Hill. Shortly after their arrival, he tells them about the phantom who haunts the mansion's library. Uncle John also relates the weird family saga of a lost French wedding gown and valuable gifts which went to the bottom of a nearby cove in the sinking of the Lucy Belle a hundred years before. Could there possibly be some connection between the phantom and the old ship disaster? Nancy wonders.In between enjoying the university's June Week boat races, river pageant, and fraternity dances, Nancy and her friends work diligently to solve the mystery of Pine Hill and to find the long-lost wedding treasures.

Nancy Drew 19: The Quest of the Missing Map

by Carolyn Keene

Prompted by the concerns of a young child, Nancy investigates a small studio on the Chatham estate. She discovers that there is a connection between the mysterious occurrences at Ship Cottage and her search for a treasure island. <P><P>With only half of a map, Nancy sets out to find the man who possess the rest of the map that will pinpoint the location of buried treasure. Constantly beset by danger and intrigue, Nancy courageously outwits her enemies and solves one of the most challenging cases in her career as a teenage investigator.

Nancy Drew 10: Password to Larkspur Lane

by Carolyn Keene

Blue bells will be singing horses! This strange message, attached to the leg of a wounded homing pigeon, involves Nancy Drew in a dangerous mission. <P><P>Somewhere an elderly woman is being held prisoner in a mansion, and Nancy is determined to find and free her. Meanwhile, the young detective's close friend, Helen, begs her to solve a second mystery. Helen's grandparents, the Cornings, are frightened by a sinister wheel of blue fire that appears after dark in the woods outside their home at lonely Sylvan Lake. When Nancy discovers the significance of the eerie signal, she also learns that her two mysteries are connected.

The Imitation of Christ

by Stephan Mackenna

The saintly Thomas à Kempis's classic guide to the spiritual and religious life. A book which has been loved and revered by devout Christians throughout the ages. Transcending all sectarian divisions, it emphasises the importance of the inward journey.

The Power of Peace in You

by Marlise Karlin

In this important and inspiring book, US-based educator, coach and workshop leader Marlise Karlin explains how we can all access profound levels of inner peace and personal transformation through the practice of her revolutionary method: The Simplicity of Stillness. This method combines the power of prayer together with the principles of meditation to provide a very powerful tool. You will learn how to achieve clarity, equanimity, wisdom and peace, even in the midst of daily stresses and anxieties, by connecting with the universal energy that surrounds us. By tuning into this force you will be able to live your life with courage, resilience, compassion and creativity. Marlise's method is both profound and practical and follows three key principles: Stillness Sessions - a new form of meditation developed from Marlise's extensive teaching experience and infused with the energy of peace The Three Breath Awareness - a reconnection tool for accessing this deep inner peace within moments Power of Peace Practices - these show you how to integrate your newly discovered inner peace into your daily life.The practices include contemplation and journaling, as well as the cultivation of specific attitudes such as releasing resistance and learning to love Part 1 of the book explains the principles of Marlise's method supported by ancient scriptural teachings, modern scientific studies and Marlise's own personal experience. Part 2 outlines in more detail the steps we must take along the path to greater awareness and includes case studies and practical exercises to give the reader concrete support and guidance. Part 3 describes what is possible in the future as you integrate these teachings into your daily life.

The Stellow Project

by Shari Becker

When a killer storm unexpectedly hits Manhattan, seventeen-year-old Lilah Stellow's dad insists that she and her younger sister, Flori, take refuge at their cabin in the mountains. But instead of joining them with the experimental drug that keeps Lilah alive, he disappears just as news reports name him as a prime suspect in an act of ecoterrorism. As days pass without her medicine, Lilah finds herself teetering on the edge, caring for her sister, and growing increasingly certain they re being watched. In her search for answers, Lilah is thrown into the center of a mystery involving an off-the-grid research facility and finds herself drawn in by Daniel, an intriguing boy who is the son of the lead scientist. As she dares to seek answers, Lilah slowly realizes that even the best intentions can go horribly wrong.

The Butterfly Experience

by Karen Whitelaw-Smith

Change is one of life's absolute certainties, but so many of us are held back by a fear of the unknown, by constant procrastination and by living in the shadow of negative thinking about what the future holds for us. This book shows us how to bring positive energy into our life by breaking out of the cocoon, shifting our focus from the negative and embracing change. Written by life coach, clinical hypnotherapist and healer Karen Whitelaw-Smith, The Butterfly Experience reveals how changing your mindset, focusing on abundance, living in the present and learning the skills of relaxation will help you overcome your fears and become the person you deserve to be. The book offers a wealth of practical tools such as visualizations, meditations and affirmations to help you to forget about past mistakes and habits and find the inspiration for change deep within yourself. Learn how to take responsibility for your own thoughts, stop waiting for the miracle that will make you happy, and trust your intuition rather than looking to other people for approval.The journey from caterpillar to butterfly is full of profound transformations and stubborn obstacles to overcome, but this book shows us that if we continue to focus on what we don't want, or on what makes us fearful, then we are certain to stay where we are and we will never experience the exciting challenges and wonders that lie ahead. Apply the groundbreaking techniques of The Butterfly Experience and discover the key to a healthy, happier life.

Language Development and Language Impairment

by Ciara O'Toole Paul Fletcher

Language Development and Language Impairment offers a problem-based introduction to the assessment and treatment of a wide variety of childhood language developmental disorders. Focuses for the most part on the pre-school years, the period during which the foundations for language development are laid Uses a problem-based approach, designed to motivate students to find the information they need to identify and explore learning issues that a particular speech or language issue raises Examines the development of a child's phonological system, the growth of vocabulary, the development of grammar, and issues related to conversational and narrative competence Integrates information on typical and atypical language development

Principles of Health Care Ethics

by Angus Dawson John Mcmillan Richard Edmund Ashcroft Heather Draper

Edited by four leading members of the new generation of medical and healthcare ethicists working in the UK, respected worldwide for their work in medical ethics, "Principles of Health Care Ethics, Second Edition" is a standard resource for students, professionals, and academics wishing to understand current and future issues in healthcare ethics. With a distinguished international panel of contributors working at the leading edge of academia, this volume presents a comprehensive guide to the field, with state of the art introductions to the wide range of topics in modern healthcare ethics, from consent to human rights, from utilitarianism to feminism, from the doctor-patient relationship to xenotransplantation. This volume is the Second Edition of the highly successful work edited by Professor Raanan Gillon, Emeritus Professor of Medical Ethics at Imperial College London and former editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics, the leading journal in this field. Developments from the First Edition include: The focus on 'Four Principles Method' is relaxed to cover more different methods in health care ethics. More material on new medical technologies is included, the coverage of issues on the doctor/patient relationship is expanded, and material on ethics and public health is brought together into a new section.

Laboratory Manual for Pulse-Width Modulated DC-DC Power Converters

by Marian K. Kazimierczuk Agasthya Ayachit

Designed to complement a range of power electronics study resources, this unique lab manual helps students to gain a deep understanding of the operation, modeling, analysis, design, and performance of pulse-width modulated (PWM) DC-DC power converters. Exercises focus on three essential areas of power electronics: open-loop power stages; small-signal modeling, design of feedback loops and PWM DC-DC converter control schemes; and semiconductor devices such as silicon, silicon carbide and gallium nitride. Meeting the standards required by industrial employers, the lab manual combines programming language with a simulation tool designed for proficiency in the theoretical and practical concepts. Students and instructors can choose from an extensive list of topics involving simulations on MATLAB, SABER, or SPICE-based platforms, enabling readers to gain the most out of the prelab, inlab, and postlab activities. The laboratory exercises have been taught and continuously improved for over 25 years by Marian K. Kazimierczuk thanks to constructive student feedback and valuable suggestions on possible workroom improvements. This up-to-date and informative teaching material is now available for the benefit of a wide audience. Key features: * Includes complete designs to give students a quick overview of the converters, their characteristics, and fundamental analysis of operation. * Compatible with any programming tool (MATLAB, Mathematica, or Maple) and any circuit simulation tool (PSpice, LTSpice, Synopsys SABER, PLECS, etc. ). * Quick design section enables students and instructors to verify their design methodology for instant simulations. * Presents lab exercises based on the most recent advancements in power electronics, including multiple-output power converters, modeling, current- and voltage-mode control schemes, and power semiconductor devices. * Provides comprehensive appendices to aid basic understanding of the fundamental circuits, programming and simulation tools. * Contains a quick component selection list of power MOSFETs and diodes together with their ratings, important specifications and Spice models.

The Ultimate Star Wars and Philosophy

by William Irwin Kevin S. Decker Jason T. Eberl

Does it take faith to be a Jedi? Are droids capable of thought? Should Jar Jar Binks be held responsible for the rise of the Empire? Presenting entirely new essays, no aspect of the myth and magic of George Lucas's creation is left philosophically unexamined in The Ultimate Star Wars and Philosophy. The editors of the original Star Wars and Philosophy strike back in this Ultimate volume that encompasses the complete Star Wars universe Presents the most far-reaching examination of the philosophy behind Star Wars - includes coverage of the entire film catalogue to date as well as the Expanded Universe of novels, comics, television series, games and toys Provides serious explorations into the deeper meaning of George Lucas's philosophically rich creation Topics explored include the moral code of bounty-hunter favourite Boba Fett, Stoicism and the Jedi Order, the nature of the Dark Side, Anakin and Achilles in a nihilism face-off, feminism and being chained to a giant slug, cloning, de-extinction, fatherhood, Wookiees, loyalty, betrayal, guardians, republics, tyrants, terrorism, civic duty, friendship, family, and more! Publishing in time for the global release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens on December 18, 2015 - hotly anticipated to become the first film to top $3 billion in worldwide box office sales

Brazil-U.S. Workshop on Strengthening the Culture of Nuclear Safety and Security: Summary of a Workshop

by Benjamin Rusek

On August 25-26, 2014, the Instituto de Pesquisas Energéticas e Nucleares (IPEN) and the National Research Council of the U. S. National Academy of Sciences convened the Brazil-U. S. Workshop on Strengthening the Culture of Nuclear Safety and Security. The workshop, held on the IPEN Campus in São Paulo, Brazil, examined how a culture of nuclear safety and security is built and maintained within the nuclear science, technology, and industrial sectors. Participants identified opportunities for cooperation to strengthen that culture and shared research, perspectives, and practices. This report summarizes the presentation and discussion of that event.

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