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Return to the warm, cozy town of Serenity in this collection of classic stories from the Sweet Magnolias series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Sherryl Woods.Welcome to SerenityWhen Jeanette Brioche helped launch The Corner Spa in Serenity, South Carolina, she discovered the deep and loyal friendships that had been missing from her life. But even the Sweet Magnolias can’t persuade her to enjoy the holiday season—until Jeanette is pushed into working on the Christmas festival with the sexy new town manager, Tom McDonald.Home in CarolinaFor Annie Sullivan, coming home to Serenity is bittersweet. She’d always envisioned a life there with her childhood best friend, Tyler Townsend, but his betrayal years ago cost her the future they’d once planned. Now that Annie’s back in town, can Ty persuade her to forgive and forget?Sweet Tea at SunriseEmotionally wounded single mom Sarah Price has come home to Serenity for a fresh start and support from her two best friends. But sometimes a woman needs more than even treasured friends can provide—and sexy Travis McDonald may be exactly what Sarah’s battered self-confidence requires.
In the spirit of The Paris Wife and Loving Frank, the provocative and compelling story of one of the most fascinating and influential figures of the twentieth century: Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood--an indomitable woman who, more than any other, and at great personal cost, shaped the sexual landscape we inhabit today.The daughter of a hard-drinking, smooth-tongued free thinker and a mother worn down by thirteen children, Margaret Sanger vowed her life would be different. Trained as a nurse, she fought for social justice beside labor organizers, anarchists, socialists, and other progressives, eventually channeling her energy to one singular cause: legalizing contraception. It was a battle that would pit her against puritanical, patriarchal lawmakers, send her to prison again and again, force her to flee to England, and ultimately change the lives of women across the country and around the world.This complex enigmatic revolutionary was at once vain and charismatic, generous and ruthless, sexually impulsive and coolly calculating--a competitive, self-centered woman who championed all women, a conflicted mother who suffered the worst tragedy a parent can experience. From opening the first illegal birth control clinic in America in 1916 through the founding of Planned Parenthood to the arrival of the Pill in the 1960s, Margaret Sanger sacrificed two husbands, three children, and scores of lovers in her fight for sexual equality and freedom.With cameos by such legendary figures as Emma Goldman, John Reed, Big Bill Haywood, H. G. Wells, and the love of Margaret's life, Havelock Ellis, this richly imagined portrait of a larger-than-life woman is at once sympathetic to her suffering and unsparing of her faults. Deeply insightful, Terrible Virtue is Margaret Sanger's story as she herself might have told it.
Your no-nonsense guide to making sense of machine learning Machine learning can be a mind-boggling concept for the masses, but those who are in the trenches of computer programming know just how invaluable it is. Without machine learning, fraud detection, web search results, real-time ads on web pages, credit scoring, automation, and email spam filtering wouldn't be possible, and this is only showcasing just a few of its capabilities. Written by two data science experts, Machine Learning For Dummies offers a much-needed entry point for anyone looking to use machine learning to accomplish practical tasks. Covering the entry-level topics needed to get you familiar with the basic concepts of machine learning, this guide quickly helps you make sense of the programming languages and tools you need to turn machine learning-based tasks into a reality. Whether you're maddened by the math behind machine learning, apprehensive about AI, perplexed by preprocessing data--or anything in between--this guide makes it easier to understand and implement machine learning seamlessly. Grasp how day-to-day activities are powered by machine learning Learn to 'speak' certain languages, such as Python and R, to teach machines to perform pattern-oriented tasks and data analysis Learn to code in R using R Studio Find out how to code in Python using Anaconda Dive into this complete beginner's guide so you are armed with all you need to know about machine learning!
"Storti's cultural observations about Indians are spot on."--Ranjini Manian, CEO, Global Adjustments, and author of Doing Business in India for Dummies"This is a must read! It provides rich insight into why routine interactions are often misconstrued, and offers practical advice on how to present material so both the East and West can relate."-Nikki Webster, Learning and Development Director, CNA Insurance CompaniesWesterners and Indians are working more closely together and in greater numbers than ever before. The opportunities are vast, and so is the cultural divide. Misunderstanding, misinterpretation, missed deadlines, and frustration due to cultural differences raise havoc on success.Any Westerner conducting business with Indians and any Indian trying to figure our the West will recognize the challenge.In this revised and expanded edition of Speaking of India, author and intercultural communications expert Craig Storti helps to ease the frustration and bring cultural understanding in business and life. With a new foreword by Ranjini Manian, the book also features new content on managing remotely, and the results of a five-year cultural survey.Craig Storti is a nationally known figure and a leading voice the field of intercultural communications and cross-cultural adaptation. He is the author of numerous works, including Americans at Work, Art of Coming Home, Cross-Cultural Dialogues, and Culture Matters--all available from Nicholas Brealey Publishing--as well as a cross-cultural workbook used by the US government in over ninety countries. Craig lives in Westminster, Maryland.
Latinos are dramatically changing the demographic profile of the United States. Developing a strong command of the Spanish language is not a realistic goal for most health care providers wishing to establish a rapport with their Latino patients. Yet growing numbers of health professionals are realizing the importance of understanding Latino culture in order to deliver the best possible care to this growing section of the population. The Latino Patient: A Cultural Guide for Health Care Providers provides an in-depth exploration of Latino diversity - relevant cultural values, beliefs, practices and effective communication strategies. The author has developed an original, practice-oriented model that leads the health practitioner from greeting the patient to negotiating treatment. The book is hands-on with many illustrative examples gleaned from the author's experience and is essential reading for any and all primary care physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician's assistants, therapists, clinical psychologists and social workers interested in providing the best service to this important minority.
As our neighborhoods grow more diverse, a variety of cultures, values and traditions become an important part of our classrooms and schools. In Kids Like Me: Voices of the Immigrant Experience, twenty-six personal narratives celebrate the experiences of young people making new homes in unfamiliar communities - finding common ground as they make new friends, learn different languages and share their unique cultural identities. Kids Like Me personalizes the important themes of cultures and customs, immigration and citizenship and learning to appreciate differences. While written to help youth understand their classmates and friends, Kids Like Me also includes discussion questions, self-directed activities and research ideas for teachers and families that can be used in classrooms, clubs and community settings. Richly illustrated with photos and maps of each home country, the text presents countless opportunities to explore and understand new cultures and new friends.
Introduces Western readers to the fundamentals of Islam and to how Muslims apply religious teachings to their everyday lives. Islam & Muslims addresses everything from Islamic perceptions of God to marriage, prayer, and politics. Drawing on the author's experience living, teaching, and studying in the Middle East, It breaks down stereotypes, presenting individuals in a sensitive and unbiased way.
This helpful workbook functions as a companion and supplement to Anna Mindess's earlier book, Reading Between the Signs: A Cultural Guide for Sign Language Interpreters. Hands-on exercises allow students to better comprehend the sometimes-puzzling differences of culturally appropriate behavior. Role play, discussion topics and critical incidents increase first-hand understanding of the relationship between the Deaf and Hearing communities.
Experiential Activities for Intercultural Learning is a collection of 32 activities designed to expand the repertoire of trainers and educators alike. Centering on the development of cultural awareness, this book helps leaders to develop cross-cultural sensitivity in their groups through participation in simulations, case studies, role-playing, critical incidents and diversity exercises. Some activities address complex workplace issues, while others focus on intercultural dynamics within educational contexts. Activities also range from beginner to experienced, facilitating the exploration of intercultural issues in depth and allowing every participant to benefit, no matter what their skill level is. Editor H. Ned Seelye presents each activity in an engaging manner, interspersing the book with insightful commentary that adds to the reader's understanding and appreciation. Full of great ideas that can enhance your group's cultural expertise, Experiential Activities for Intercultural Learning is an asset to any instructor.
In a sizzling prequel novella to her new trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Tawny Weber introduces the sexy, powerful Navy SEALs in the Poseidon team as they take on the ultimate mission: love. Within the elite brotherhood of Navy SEALs, the Poseidon team are the very best--and the most secretive. Convincing a naive journalist not to write a tell-all PR feature should be a piece of cake for Chief Petty Officer Aaron Ward. Especially once he glimpses Bryanna Radisson's soft, lush curves. His tactic: seduce and destroy... Bryanna is no pushover. Aaron's hard-muscled body makes her crave much more than a story, and she'll get what she came for. Desire is her weapon of choice, but when this one wild night is over, will Aaron sabotage her plans...or lose his heart in collateral damage? Don't miss Call to Honor, the first in the SEAL Brotherhood series, from HQN Books!
Icicle Falls is the place to be at Christmas... Everyone's getting ready for Christmas in Icicle Falls, especially on Candy Cane Lane, where holiday decorating is taken very seriously. Tilda Morrison, town cop, is looking forward to celebrating Christmas in her first house...until she discovers that she's expected to "keep up" with the neighbors, including Maddy Donaldson, the inspiration behind the whole extravaganza. But this year, someone's destroying Maddie's precious candy canes! Thank goodness for the cop in their neighborhood. Tilda already has her hands full trying to sort out her love life and fix up her fixer-upper. Oh, and won't it be fun to have the family over for Christmas dinner? Not really... Then there's her neighbor, Ivy Bohn. As a newly single mom, Ivy can sum up the holiday in two words: Bah, humbug. But she's determined to give her kids a perfect Christmas. WDespite family disasters, irritating ex-husbands and kitchen catastrophes, these three women are going to find out that Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year!
Master over 80 incredibly effective recipes to manage the day-to-day complications in your infrastructure About This Book • Immediately apply Devops techniques and methods, then combine them with powerful Chef tools to manage and automate your infrastructure • Address the growing challenges of code management, cloud, and virtualization with Chef quickly • Explore and implement the important aspects of Chef Automate using this recipe-based guide Who This Book Is For This book is for system engineers and administrators who have a fundamental understanding of information management systems and infrastructure. It is also for DevOps Engineers, IT professionals, and organizations who want to automate and gain greater control of their infrastructures with Chef. No experience with Chef is needed, but may help. What You Will Learn • Test your cookbooks with Test Kitchen • Manage cookbook dependencies with Berkshelf • Use reporting to keep track of what happens during the execution of chef-client runs across all of the machines • Create custom Ohai and Knife plugins • Build a high-availability service using Heartbeat • Use a HAProxy to load-balance multiple web servers In Detail Chef is a configuration management tool that lets you automate your more cumbersome IT infrastructure processes and control a large network of computers (and virtual machines) from one master server. This book will help you solve everyday problems with your IT infrastructure with Chef. It will start with recipes that show you how to effectively manage your infrastructure and solve problems with users, applications, and automation. You will then come across a new testing framework, InSpec, to test any node in your infrastructure. Further on, you will learn to customize plugins and write cross-platform cookbooks depending on the platform. You will also install packages from a third-party repository and learn how to manage users and applications. Toward the end, you will build high-availability services and explore what Habitat is and how you can implement it. Style and approach This book follows a recipe-based approach and covers all the important topics you need to know. If you don't want to dig through a whole book before you get started, this book is for you, as it features a set of independent recipes you can try out immediately.
Culture affects everything we do: the simplest phrase can be so steeped in cultural context that even seemingly innocent exchanges between people are loaded with cultural differences waiting to expand into misunderstanding and tension. In response, Cross-Cultural Dialogues: 74 Brief Encounters with Cultural Difference offers a collection of 74 brief conversations between an American and people from other cultures, spanning nearly every major region of the world. Each dialogue is categorized as a social, workplace or business interaction and contains at least one breach of cultural norms, which the reader is then challenged to address. Even the most careful reader will be caught off guard by some of the dialogues' hidden subtleties. Storti is meticulous in his analysis of each dialogue, pinpointing not only the moment when the interaction goes wrong, but also identifying the cultural reasons behind each participant's point of view. Whether training others or adding to your own cultural awareness, Cross Cultural Dialogues is an excellent resource, encouraging readers to engage in the world and increase their multicultural understanding.
No matter where we live or what we do, we deal with people using a wide variety of communication styles every day. At work, in the marketplace and at home, diverse communication styles present opportunities for growth on the one hand, and misunderstanding on the other. Communication Highwire: Leveraging the Power of Diverse Communication Styles is an important breakthrough for managers, team leaders, community leaders, educators, trainers and facilitators as they work with individuals and teams to overcome frustrations, prevent mistakes and save time and money. World-class intercultural trainers and educators share their strategies, techniques and-most importantly-their tools for taking advantage of diversity in the modern world. Communication Highwire offers the following: twenty-six powerful activities, ready to go with a minimum of prep work; the debut of the Five-Factor Model (Context, Goals, Values, Self-Concept and Communication Style Repertoire), presented in an easy-to-use star chart; and dozens of examples that make concepts real and applicable.
In Reading between the Signs, Anna Mindess provides a new perspective on a poorly understood culture, American Deaf culture. With the collaboration of three distinguished Deaf consultants, Mindess explores the implication of cultural differences at the intersection of the Deaf and hearing worlds. This new, third edition of her classic and best-selling text covers several new topics of great interest to activists and interpreters, including teaming with Deaf interpreters and cultivating a "Deaf heart." It is used in Deaf studies courses and interpreter training programs worldwide.Anna Mindess has been a Sign Language interpreter for more than thirty years. She lives in Berkeley, California.
In this pioneering book, Joseph Shaules explores exciting new research in cultural psychology and neuroscience, and explains how the new science of the mind can help us understand how the unconscious mind processes cultural differences, and how our sense of identity shapes how we view the world.The Intercultural Mind presents new perspectives on important questions such as:What is culture shock, and how does it affect us?Why are we blind to our own cultural conditioning?Can cultural differences be measured?What does it mean to have an international mindset?Illustrated with a wealth of examples and memorable stories, The Intercultural Mind is a fascinating look at how intercultural experiences can transform the geography of thinking.
Whether you're a businessperson beginning to work in the United States or a foreign student visiting for a semester, American Ways will help you navigate the diverse and changing culture of the United States. From the deep-seated attitudes that mark the American character to customs and everyday activities, Gary Althen and Janet Bennett provide invaluable information on religion, politics, education, and relationships.
Spain is Different focuses on the uniqueness of both the Spanish people and their culture and examines what effect differences have on the way Spaniards and Americans relate to and interact with each other. It looks at how Spain has evolved from a travel destination - a source of "sun and cheap wine" - to a dynamic modern society. It depicts a people proud of their accomplishments, yet working hard to maintain valued traditions in the face of increased buying power and more European and American influence. The new edition of Spain Is Different features extensively updated and revised sections on women, particularly in the workplace, and has added new sections on minorities and immigrants and on ethics and corruption. This book will be welcomed by anyone looking for clear guidelines on how to be most effective when encountering the people and culture of Spain.
Today we live in a world without borders, a global village. Distance no longer defines who we meet, fall in love with or marry. The Internet and e-mail connect people around the world in seconds. Immigration, study abroad, travel and multinational business have created a thriving cross-cultural community. But the experiences shared across cultures and countries do not always bridge the fundamental differences in beliefs and behaviors that span diverse cultures. In Intercultural Marriage, Dugan Romano delivers a "reality check" for anyone already in, or contemplating, an intercutural marriage. This insightful book interweaves lessons learned from others and suggests that the joys of an intercultural marriage often result from turning the challenges of crossing cultures into an opportunity for a fulfilling and lasting relationship. Now in its third edition, Intercultural Marriage examines the impact of cultural differences in marriage and offers practical guidelines on how to deal with the complexities they bring to a partnership. Covering such topics as raising bicultural children, religion, values, male vs. female roles, sex and social class, Romano continues to give voice to hundreds of couples she has interviewed and followed for over a decade.
Perhaps more than any other East Asian country, Korea adheres to the traditional collectivist and Confucian traits of harmony, hierarchy, status and proper behavior. In Learning to Think Korean: A Guide to Living and Working in Korea, Robert Kohls demystifies Korean culture for people who encounter it in business and in everyday life. The book explores Korean modes of thinking and behaviors in juxtaposition to American society. Learning to Think Korean discusses the cultural patterns and practices of the workplace and goes beyond business interaction as the book explores Korea's culture of private life, providing notes on proper etiquette in non-business settings and Korean history and social customs. Understanding the complex tapestry of influences, tradition and deep cultural values inherent in Korean society is essential to effective and mutually rewarding intercultural communication.
Exploring the Greek Mosaic: A Guide to Intercultural Communication in Greece is a comprehensive exploration of the many facets of Greek life and culture including work, social life, history and society at large. Benjamin Broome deciphers the complexity of Greek culture, drawing on years of living and teaching in Greece to paint a vivid portrait of the Greeks and their cultural characteristics. His prose is enriched with numerous first-hand examples that personalize Greek culture. Exploring the Greek Mosaic seeks to help create positive intercultural relationships with Greek people. A country steeped in history and myth, Greece remains a largely homogenous society. While modernized, the country still revolves around certain key cornerstones, such as the village community, family life and the Greek Orthodox Church. Further, Broome explores Greek values, attitudes toward work, communication styles and mindsets and Greek perceptions of Americans. Included is a glossary of Greek words and phrases used throughout the text, as well as a thorough list of resources for further reading.
Graduate to a Great Career: How Smart Students, New Graduates and Young Professionals Can Launch Brand YOUby Catherine Kaputa
In today's job market, competition is fierce. But what if you changed the way you thought about job searches and applications, and instead approached your resume like a marketer launching an exciting new brand?Catherine Kaputa, brand strategist and bestselling author, knows exactly how to make an application sizzle - by turning your passion and strengths into sensational branding tools, and creating Brand You.You will learn how to stand out from a sea of applicants using helpful exercises and fascinating insider strategies from companies like Google, Nike and Volvo. Full of practical advice on everything from CV formatting to internships, from networking to Skype interviews, Graduate to a Great Career will give you the tools you need to survive and show you how to thrive!
The Ultimate Guide to Mobile Marketing - Revised and UpdatedAn American Express Open Forum Best Business BookWe are in the midst of a technological revolution bigger than the television or the PC. How do we, as marketers, harness mobile technology to serve our customers most effectively?With the "first screen"-the television-companies sent ads directly into consumers' living rooms, reaching millions with one campaign. The "second screen"-the personal computer-increased interaction between companies and consumers and allowed for immediate customer feedback. Now, the "third screen"-the mobile device-changed the game in an even more revolutionary way. The Third Screen: The Ultimate Guide to Mobile Marketing defines the implications, strategies, and tactics used to thrive in business during the mobile revolution. This revised, updated paperback links technological developments to behavioral changes, reveals the unexpected forces of thechanges in mobile, and equips marketers and businesses for the future.A new breed of consumer has emerged: on the go and always on, tapping into content at the touch of a button-anytime, anywhere.
You don't need a big title or a business degree in order to lead with impact. What you need is practical wisdom: the insight, judgment, and strength of character that all great leaders have, but that most business schools and corporate workshops don't teach. The Greats on Leadership gets you there.Jocelyn Davis takes you on an in-depth tour of the best leadership ideas of the past 25 centuries, featuring classic authors from Plato to Winston Churchill, Shakespeare to Jane Austen, C.G. Jung to Peter Drucker, and many more. In a style both thought-provoking and entertaining, she shows how history's great writers have always been, and still are, the real leadership gurus.Davis spells out the behaviors that distinguish true leaders from misleaders and covers 20 specific leadership topics, including:* Leadership Traps (Shakespeare)* Change (Machiavelli)* Power (Sophocles)* Dilemmas (Madison, Hamilton)* Communication (Lincoln, Pericles)* Personality Types (Jung)* Motivation (Frankl)* Judgment (Maupassant, Melville, Austen, Shaw)* Character (Churchill, Plutarch, Shelley, Joyce)Each chapter begins with a synopsis of a great work by the author and then draws out the key leadership insights, weaving them together with business examples, the best contemporary research, and tools to help put it all into practice.In the last two chapters Davis presents a new way to think about leadership levels, framing them in terms of the impact you have rather than the title on your business card.Whether you're a recent graduate or MBA searching for something more inspiring than the standard textbook, a new manager looking for something deeper than the typical how-to book, or an experienced executive seeking ideas to lift you to the next level, this remarkably readable and practical guide will set you on the road to becoming a great leader.
'With a sharp eye for detail and a historian's capacious knowledge, Padraig Rooney has written a superbly amusing guide to all the writers who've been drawn to or emerged from Switzerland. This is a book that should be stuffed into every stocking - the perfect Christmas gift!' -Edmund White, author of The FlâneurRainy summer of 1816. Paparazzi train their telescopes across Lake Geneva on the hanky-panky of Byron, Shelley and their womenfolk. Mary Shelley is inspired to write Frankenstein. Byron diets and dashes off The Prisoner of Chillon while his doctor, 'Pollydolly', gives birth to The Vampyre. Percy Shelley almost drowns in the lake. Together they put Switzerland on the literary map.From Caesar, Rousseau and the Romantics, from Conan Doyle to le Carré, Hesse and Highsmith writers have scratched their names on the Swiss chalet. In the nineteenth century they came for fresh air, fresh milk and the sublime scenery, escaping tuberculosis and smog. Switzerland became spa central, a place of health fads, luxury hotels and nude sunbathing. Sherlock Holmes fell to his death only to be resurrected. H. G. Wells thought he'd died and gone to heaven. Hermann Hesse had himself buried to the neck as a cure for alcoholism. Thomas Mann wrote The Magic Mountain and lusted after the sailor suits.Neutral Switzerland became a haven in the twentieth century for Borges, Joyce, Remarque, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Nabokov and Highsmith. They wrote their classic works up some secluded valley, in a coldwater flat in Zürich or in a five-star hotel. The Gilded Chalet took them in and gave them a suite with a view.Anarchists, spies and detectives came too. Sherlock Holmes, Maugham's Ashenden, Fleming's Bond, le Carré's spooks and double agents. Glauser and Dürrenmatt invented Swiss noir - not a chocolate but a style. Behind the squeaky-clean facade, Swiss and foreign writers often found something rotten in the state. Laundered art and money, the world's slush funds, daylight robbery.Switzerland's travel writers Maillart, Eberhardt, Schwarzenbach and Bouvier couldn't wait to make their escape to a bigger air and a warmer climate. The Gilded Chalet is crammed with old lederhosen and new butterflies, spas and spies, fool's gold and numbered accounts.Part detective work, part treasure chest, full of history and scandal, award-winning writer Padraig Rooney takes you on a grand tour of two centuries of great writing by both Swiss and foreign authors and shows how Switzerland has always been at the center of literary Europe.
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